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3 Players Who Could Shock the World in 2019-2020

Monte Morris Was Not Even a Top 500 Player Last Season
Ranked the 505th overall player in 2017-2018 (just behind James Young and Xavier Mumford) Morris etched his name in the Nuggets' rotation early and never looked back. He was a fringe top 100 player this past season and although very talented the one skill that got him to that point was a ridiculous IQ. His assist/turnover ratio is borderline legendary at 3.6 APG/0.6 TPG. That was what he was known for in college as well.
Here Is a Fact
There's the LeBron's, the Curry's, Embiid, Giannis. If a player is outside of this group and wants to stick around the NBA for a long time, having one specific skill is the best way to do this.
This could be ANY skill, and I don't mean just on the court. Let me give an example of this:
Jason Smith has been in the NBA since 2007 and on first glance I have zero idea how in the hell Jason Smith has been in the NBA since 2007.
Then I read an article in The Athletic after Smith was traded to Milwaukee, and the Wizards' players were legitimately pissed off that Smith was traded. I'm not talking like "oh whatever just another trade" I mean they were prepared for a full blown mutiny.
Why was this? Smith (despite the absolute mess Washington was early on in the season) was friends with everybody in the locker room. He had a lot of positive energy and could easily move from group to group in terms of interactions. Everybody on the team loved him.
Here's my point: Smith's skill is being positive (okay being 7 feet tall helps too, but there's a lot of other 7 footers since 2007 that aren't in the NBA still. I mean who could have guessed Jason Smith would outlast Greg Oden? What even is this timeline?). It's better to be great at one thing than a jack of all trades..or if your LeBron just great at everything but that type of situation is 4 or 5 players out of everyone in the NBA at a time. Probably even less.
There Will Be Players Next Season Who Not Many Fans Know About That Will Make a Name For Themselves
Here are examples of that this past season:
Monte Morris (2017-2018: 505) (2018-2019: Top 130)
Malik Beasley (2017-2018: 388) (2018-2019: Top 170)
Derrick White: (2017-2018: 398) (2018-2019: Top 170)
Thomas Bryant (2017-2018: 466) (2018-2019: Top 190)
Derrick Jones Jr (2017-2018: 457) (2018-2019: Top 250)
5 Players, who spent time in the G-League last year, none ranked higher than the 388th player in the NBA and all made major leaps. All were crucial rotation players during this season.
A few more examples exist, my point is there is a near definite possibility that 5-10 players in 2019-2020 will come out of no where to be important rotation players. There are players who will have been grinding it out with little recognition and their time comes.
So Here are 3 Players Who Could Shock the NBA in 2019-2020
I don't mean make a regular or semi-expected jump in progression. I mean quite literally going from hardly any NBA fans (even some regular nba or nbadiscussion posters) knowing who you are to making an immediate impact in the NBA.
These players I feel very strongly about upon much review. One of them I believe has top 100, if not 50 overall NBA potential within the next couple of years. There are more I think will progress but I've narrowed this list down to 3.
1. Tony Bradley (Utah Jazz)
If there will be a Monte Morris of next year, Tony Bradley is my overwhelming favorite to be an immediate impact player in the NBA.
I truly believe the Utah Jazz think they have a major hidden gem on their hands and are ready to unleash him next year.
I will even go as far to say that at the current rate of progression Tony Bradley could be a top 100 NBA player in 2-3 years.
A late 1st round pick in 2017 (and a favorite of mine at the time) that simply needed a few years. He had beautiful long term potential but everything hadn't come together yet.
He's a 7 footer who's athletic and has always had the defensive ability (1.2 BPG since 2017 in the G-League). Where he developed this year is his offense.
The Jazz experimented with moving him out of the post and all of a sudden Bradley (who was limited to the post) has become the unlikeliest of 3 point shooters. He did only shoot 26% this past season, but he's shooting 1 a game and has made clear development from the previous season.
Not to mention, in the last game of the NBA season dude put up 15 points/10 rebounds/2 blocks/2 steals against the Clippers.
He is only 21 years old. Bradley is just one month older than 2019 projected 1st round pick Rui Hachimura.
The Jazz also quite literally do not have a viable backup center to Rudy Gobert right now, and I'm not kidding when I say if Bradley develops the way I think he might the potential is there for him to be even better than Gobert.
Sounds crazy? Bradley is the same age right now Gobert was when he was drafted. He has similar defensive potential and is already more versatile on offense than Gobert is right now.
Now, Gobert is a top 3 defensive player and has been the last couple of years. I'm just saying in terms of potential Bradley is further along than Rudy is at the same age.
2. Wade Baldwin IV (Portland Trail Blazers)
Anfernee Simons is young and I think learned a lot behind Damian Lillard in his first year in the NBA, and I see an obvious move up the success ladder next season.
Baldwin IV is not on the Trail Blazers anymore, but currently the starting point guard for the Toronto Raptors' G-League affiliate. I can assure you Toronto is keeping a close eye on him, and I will go as far to say I expect Baldwin IV to be in the Raptors rotation in 2019-2020.
I think the Raptors are well set up for success clearly but there is a point guard problem behind Kyle Lowry. Fred VanVleet is good enough (although inconsistent) but after that there is a mess. Jeremy Lin doesn't play at all and although this is not a major issue whatsoever, there is an opening for an opportunity next year.
Baldwin IV was a 1st round pick in 2016 by Memphis and for good reason: his physical skills as a point guard were Westbrook-esque. But he was immature, and has floated through the wind the last 3 seasons.
Here's the catch though: he still has the physical skills, has matured, and improved a lot in 2018-2019. In the G-League he averaged 22 PPG, 5 RPG, 4 APG. Good enough, but where he really progressed that makes him stand out his his FG PCT.
2016-2018: 43% FG, 27% 3 Point in G-League
This Season: 48% FG, 35% 3 Point in G-League
He's always had the physical skills and his efficiency improved from mediocre to excellent.
Still only 23 years old he is in an excellent position, there will be a spot open on Toronto's roster for him to have a chance at the rotation, and I would go as far to say the chances he does get a spot are likely.
3. Angel Delgado (LA Clippers)
The G-League Rookie of the Year has one beautiful skill and that's rebounding.
He averaged 15 rebounds a game.
Delgado was also a 1st team all G-League player and averaged 11 RPG in 4 years at Seton Hall.
His offensive game is developing as well. 19 PPG on 62% shooting and a slowly developing 3 point shot.
At 6'10, 245 pounds he has NBA level size to match with his skillset.
Having only played 2 games in the NBA this past season, Delgado was outside of my overall top 500. Similar to Morris last year.
But like Morris, he has one very crystal clear NBA level skill and that's rebounding. It's a skill that could give him an 8-10 year career in the NBA as a valuable role player.
Delgado is older than the other 2 prospects mentioned (turns 25 in November) but I could easily see him in the Clippers' rotation next season.
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The Suns should hire Jerry Stackhouse

Stackhouse has always been a player's coach (not that Earl Watson wasn't), but he definitely seems like more of a basketball mind rather than just a former player. GM's around the league have recognized Stackhouse's success with the Raptors G-League affiliate as legitimate results, not a fluke. If the Suns front office has any idea what they're doing, they at least have to try to hire Jerry, right?
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[Lewenberg] The Raptors used their D-League affiliate more than any other NBA team this season, making 46 assignments. Celtics made 35, Thunder 27.

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Raptors looking to add Rochester RazorSharks as D-League affiliate

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Ryan Wolstat on Twitter: "Masai Ujiri told me today Raptors had productive talks with D-League officials during all-star break about getting own affiliate soon."

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[Lewenberg] The Raptors used their D-League affiliate more than any other NBA team this season, making 46 assignments. Celtics made 35, Thunder 27.

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Raptors looking to add Rochester RazorSharks as D-League affiliate

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Raptors in talks with Premier Basketball League's Rochester RazorSharks for D-League affiliation

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Ranking the names of G-League teams

I’ve decided to rank all of the NBA G-League team names. The criteria includes relevance to locale, relevance to affiliate team and coolness, with coolness being absolutely the strongest determining factor. If I feel like I would be proud to root for a team with that name, it’s a good name.
They are in no particular order within tiers, just whatever was convenient.
S-Tier —
Greensboro Swarm (Hornets): The Greensboro Swarm is a G-League name done right. It references the affiliate franchise without ripping it off, and it straight up just works well as a name. Anyone should be glad to root for the Swarm - it’s professional and inclusive of its fans. I’d say it’s even cooler than its affiliate. I bet some day it will have just as many championships as the Hornets, too!
Sioux Falls Skyforce (Heat): Already, this one doesn’t really follow any of the criteria except that it’s fucking cool. I have no idea what the name “Skyforce” has to do with the area, the Heat or anything really, but it’s badass. It conjures images of Jimmy Butler smashing through the ceiling like one of the ODST guys from Halo and dunking on some washed up ex-pro in South Dakota.
A-Tier —
Maine Red Claws (Celtics): This one has interesting ties to the area and to the affiliate. Obviously there’s the Maine lobster reference, but they also picked it because it referenced Red Auerbach. Pretty good name on its own, too, but doesn’t quite feel like a pro franchise.
Wisconsin Herd (Bucks): I know this is technically the same as the Greensboro Swarm, but it’s just not nearly as cool. Sorry, Giannis.
Rio Grande Valley Vipers (Rockets): It’s a cool name, it’s got local links, it’s just a bit too long. I know that’s not really the fault of the franchise, but sometimes you’re just unlucky and your name is an A-tier instead of an S-tier. At least they win those G-League trophies, though.
Canton Charge (Cavaliers): Intrinsically, it’s a decent name. It works well with the affiliate franchise and it’s got the same alliteration going on. It just feels a bit generic. Maybe I just have a personal vendetta against verbs being used as sports names.
B-Tier —
College Park Skyhawks (Hawks): It’s not exactly inspired - it’s just tacking “sky” at the start of “Hawks” - but it’s a good name on its own. If there weren’t already a Hawks franchise, it could fit in the NBA. Points off for lack of creativity still.
Delaware Blue Coats (76ers): It’s pretty middle of the road as far as names go. Sure, it has some history behind it and it works well regionally, but it just doesn’t have that ring to it, y’know? I can’t see a franchise with that name lasting in the NBA. And no, I am definitely not bitter that a certain organization in Columbus swept my team...
Texas Legends (Mavericks): It just feels like “Legends” has nothing to do with anything - it feels like a random name selected solely to sound good. It’s not nearly as cool as the Skyforce, either. Still, I could see myself being a Legends fan. Sure, why not.
C-Tier —
Erie BayHawks (Pelicans): It’s not an objectively bad name, but somehow capitalizing the “H” in “BayHawks” just makes it so much more amateurish. It also has nothing to indicate that it’s owned by the Pelicans, and in fact you could easily mistake it for an Atlanta affiliate. Still, it works locally, and it would be cool if they just made it a solid word.
Oklahoma City Blue (Thunder): Very uninspired, but they didn’t have much to work with and it still feels kind of cool. You’re on thin ice, Oklahoma. You were on thin ice before when you stole the team from Seattle, but that ice just got six feet thinner.
Grand Rapids Drive (Pistons): I’m just not feeling this one. You could have gone a different direction, but you just pick a verb that loosely relates to the affiliate franchise. If they put more effort into it, it could work, but as it stands I just can’t ever see myself rooting for the Drive, especially if their court is anything like the Pistons in 2K where I have to sim through every game against them because it actually causes blindness.
D-Tier —
Salt Lake City Stars (Jazz): Probably the most generic sports name possible. Has nothing to do with the Jazz or the local area except maybe that you can see the stars at night in Utah? Just pick something to do with mountains. Or Mormons. Or both. The Utah Mountain Mormons is an S-tier name. Pay me.
Memphis Hustle (Grizzlies): It’s like the Drive, except it doesn’t even make any sense. What does “hustle” have to do with this team? Not going to go with something bear related to match up with the Grizzlies? It probably has something to do with the Grizzlies formerly owning the Iowa Energy, but if you’re gonna rebrand, rebrand! Be the Cubs or something, perfectly good name!
Raptors 905 (Who could it be?): At least they tried a little bit by adding on the iconic area code. I gotta give them credit there.
E-Tier —
This tier is reserved for those teams I have dubbed “low-effort affiliate copies,” where they didn’t change anything from their affiliate except the city name. This includes the Long Island Nets, Westchester Knicks, Windy City Bulls, Lakeland Magic, Agua Caliente Clippers, Northern Arizona Suns, Santa Cruz Warriors, South Bay Lakers, Stockton Kings and Austin Spurs. I’ll throw the Iowa Wolves on there for good measure.
F-Tier —
Capital City Go-Go (Wizards): The “Capital City” part isn’t bad, but Jesus, “Go-Go” is just awful on a whole new level. The only way to save this franchise is if the players are actually dressed in rubber boots and miniskirts. That’ll make me an automatic fan.
Fort Wayne Mad Ants (Pacers): They could have been the Lightning, Fire or Coyotes. They picked Mad Ants. I get that it’s a reference to the city’s namesake, “Mad” Anthony Wayne, but it’s just so horrendously bad. Any basketball team you can step on probably isn’t a good name.
(Sorry if I shit on your favorite G-League team! I know you all follow the G-League very closely!)
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RAPTORS UPRISING crowned champions of The Tipoff tournament.

RAPTORS UPRISING crowned champions of The Tipoff tournament.

Tipoff Champions
MEDIA RELEASE:
“Kenny Got Work” named Most Valuable Player of NBA 2K League’s first in-season tournament
Raptors Uprising GC, NBA 2K League affiliate of the 2019 NBA champion Toronto Raptors, defeated Kings Guard Gaming in a 2-0 series (76-57 and 79-49) to win the NBA 2K League’s THE TIPOFF Tournament powered by AT&T. Kenneth “Kenny Got Work” Hailey, the franchise’s first-ever draft pick, was named the tournament’s Most Valuable Player, tallying 364 points, 102 assists and 46 successful three-pointers made in 11 games through the tournament. Kenny averaged 28.0 points and 9.5 assists per game in THE TIPOFF Finals 2-0 series against Kings Guard Gaming, NBA 2K League affiliate of the Sacramento Kings.
Undefeated in regular season action, Raptors Uprising entered the first in-season tournament placed in Group 6 alongside Blazer5 Gaming (affiliate of the Portland Trail Blazers), Lakers Gaming (affiliate of the Los Angeles Lakers) and Gen.G Tigers of Shanghai, one of the league’s two expansion teams for the 2020 season. On Wednesday, Raptors Uprising emerged top of the group after beating Blazer5 Gaming and Lakers Gaming twice each, with a combined +127-point differential after four games.
On Thursday, Raptors Uprising swept Bucks Gaming 2-0 in a quarterfinal series (84-64 and 90-65), led by standout performances from veterans “Kenny Got Work” (59 points and 19 assists), Jerry “Sick One” Knapp (30 points, 28 rebounds and 12 assists) and Eric “Timelycook” Donald (35 points and 10 assists). Raptors Uprising then defeated Gen. G Tigers of Shanghai 2-1 in a semifinal series (70-66, 67-70 and 72-65) on Friday, with efforts from “Kenny Got Work” (90 points, 24 assists and 11 steals) and “Sick One” (32 points, 43 rebounds and 16 assists) leading the team to its first Finals appearance in franchise history.
THE TURN, the league’s second in-season tournament, will take place during the week of July 20 with THE TICKET, the final tournament of the season, taking place during the week of August 10. The NBA 2K League Playoffs will run between August 19 and 22 before the NBA 2K League Finals on August 29.
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Which G League team is the closest to its NBA affiliate?

Some have said Raptors' player development is helped by the proximity of their G League affiliate, making it easier to call up players when needed. Raptors 905 are based out of an arena in the Toronto suburb of Mississauga, about 20 km/12 miles as the hawk flies from the Air Ca Scotiabank Arena. It got me thinking - which G League teams closest and farthest from their affiliates?
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The Six Cities Most Deserving Of NBA Expansion

Originally posted at my website at: https://www.thephoenixonline.com/post/the-six-cities-most-deserving-of-nba-expansion

Las Vegas
Now that T-Mobile Arena has been built, Las Vegas has been primed for sports franchises, with the NHL’s Golden Knights capitalizing on the opportunity. There’s already professional basketball in Las Vegas with the WNBA’s Aces, but they play in the nearby suburb of Paradise rather than in downtown Las Vegas. Despite the absolute insanity that was the 2007 All-Star Game, Las Vegas has maintained its hold as the official summer league of all thirty NBA teams. Black Knight Sports & Entertainment is actually the perfect group to start an NBA franchise, with the consortium’s first venture experiencing immediate success. The Vegas Golden Knights have quickly established themselves as a top-tier organization, which would be encouraging to the other NBA owners. Another thing that is encouraging is the major half of the consortium, the Maloof family. The Maloofs have owned both the Houston Rockets from 1979 to 1982 and the Sacramento Kings from 1998 to 2013. With an arena in place and an ownership group with sports pedigree, this might actually happen sooner rather than later.

Louisville

Louisville is such an interesting prospective NBA city to me because cities like these is where the NBA absolutely thrives. I can easily see Louisville being a team in the same vein as Salt Lake City or San Antonio, a small market that rallies around its only major pro sport. One of the biggest benefits of Louisville would be the ability to serve both southern Ohio and Kentucky. Louisville is less than two hours from Cincinnati, Ohio and an hour and a half from Lexington, Kentucky. This is another city with an arena in place, the KFC Yum! Center. Although used for college basketball, this arena is the largest basketball arena in the United States built right on the water of the Ohio River. If used by the right team, Louisville NBA could be a crown jewel of basketball in the south. There’s a strong basketball heritage in the state, both by the University of Kentucky basketball program and the ABA’s Kentucky Colonels. Five Hall of Famers played for the ABA stalwart and eleven Hall of Famers represent the university. I’d like to see Carl Linder III and his ownership group build a team in Louisville. His group has started the FC Cincinnati soccer club in 2015 as USL (American soccer’s second tier) club and in four short years, they reached the MLS, the highest level in America. If he chose to take his talents to Louisville, we could have a really fun team in an underrated city.

Montreal
With Toronto finally winning a championship, it’s time to take the NBA to the great white north again. Montreal seems like a natural fit for Canadian expansion, with an immediate rivalry between Ontario and Quebec reminiscent of the Maple Leafs-Canadiens rivalries in the NHL. There’s such a cultural difference between the two provinces and cities, that the Raptors being the de facto Canadian national team might grow a movement in the rest of Canada that could be cultivated by one big star, similar to Vince Carter in Toronto. There’s a bit more risk here since there is no longer a Montreal franchise in the National Basketball League of Canada. However, that league began play in 2011 and early foldings are to be expected. The Molson family is a natural fit to run the franchise, with their ties to Montreal running deep. The Bell Centre is currently the home of the Canadiens and the ownership group that owns the stadium also runs the hockey team that fills it. Of the six preseason games that occurred in the Bell Centre, they were all sellouts. If that can be sustained over forty-one games, likely with more downs than ups due to being an expansion team in a city used to winning is the major question.

Seattle
Do I need to explain why Seattle needs a team? The SuperSonics were NBA royalty for over forty years, before Clay Bennett moved the franchise to Oklahoma City in business-savvy yet opportunistic move. There’s an alternate universe out there somewhere where Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant are the next big tag team in Seattle, following in the footsteps of Lenny Wilkens/Spencer Haywood and Gary Payton/Shawn Kemp. The former home of the Sonics, the KeyArena, is currently under redevelopment under the name Seattle Center Arena and if redevelopment goes well, we should expect a team in the near future. The Seattle Storm have maintained a presence in Seattle as a proud WNBA franchise, whose owners could make a great group to run the NBA side. Eleven families have stake in the Seattle Sounders MLS team, who are the most valuable franchise in MLS. The three businesswomen who make up Force 10 and run the Seattle Storm would be an amazing group with any of the families who invested in the Sounders, hopefully bringing basketball back where it belongs in the Pacific Northwest.

Vancouver
The Vancouver Grizzlies were kind of a failure. Lasting only six seasons before moving to Memphis, they were barely a blip in the radar of NBA history. The NHL’s Canucks were sold alongside the Rogers Centre in 2004 to the Aquelini group and with new developments going up around the arena, the NBA should be looking to make a return. A lot of the reasons I’d like to see Vancouver rejoin the NBA are similar to Montreal’s, but 4000 miles away. The Canucks have experienced more success recently as well as the Vancouver Whitecaps FC, with supporters reaching over 15000 in just their second MLS season. If Vancouver can last more than six seasons in a rebirth, it’d be a success. Having a face like Steve Nash joining the ownership group would be perfect as a liaison for the NBA and I think they could rebuild the image of basketball in British Columbia.

Virginia Beach
I have a soft spot for Hampton Roads. After living there a few years and seeing how fans from seven different cities mobilized for their respective teams, I really want to see how they’d rally around a local team. The only arenas in the area are the Norfolk Scope and Hampton Coliseum, which aren’t really NBA-caliber arenas. I’m OK with a team in Richmond, which is about an hour away from Hampton Roads, but the Kings were in negotiations to move to the area from 2011 to 2013. Virginia Beach is kind of the ultimate small-market team in this list because this team would be starting from scratch. There’s no major team in the area, only various minor league teams, and an arena desperately needs to be built in order to make it happen. An arena could revitalize the area and doesn’t necessarily need to be on the waterfront. There was an arena plan that failed, but I think this is an “If-you-build-it-they-will-come” situation. The Virginia Squires are another ABA team who existed and with the pedigree of Julius Erving, George Gervin, Charlie Scott and Zelmo Beaty in the Hall Of Fame, there is a place for basketball. There’s almost 400 miles of real estate between Charlotte and Washington DC, fertile for a new fanbase to join the NBA.

Honolulu, Mexico City and San Juan
If Las Vegas receives an NBA team, it makes sense to move the Summer League to a new city. Honolulu is a great place to stay for ten days, despite my bias from growing up in Hawaii. Honolulu can’t really support a team consistently, but is great for events and one-offs similar to the Pro Bowl. Mexico City would be a good place for international expansion, as would San Juan. A quick ten-day trip in an established vacation spot makes a ton of sense as a replacement.

G League
Each of the teams have a few options as far as G League affiliates. The G League is the minor league of the NBA and the cities mentioned each have options. Las Vegas could resurrect the Reno Bighorns, Louisville could bring back the Arkansas RimRockers or the myriad of teams in the Carolinas. Montreal could bring back the Springfield Armor or put a team in Quebec City. Seattle has options in Bismarck, Boise or Tacoma. Vancouver could build in Calgary or the other teams in the Great Plains and Midwest. Virginia Beach could also use the Carolinas teams or bring back the Roanoke Dazzle.

Conclusion
I did this in NBA 2K19 and expanded with all six teams at once as a sort of reboot for the NBA. Free agency when every team has a maximum of eight players besides draftees would be insane and it would give the NBA a chance to restructure the divisions to a more geographically sound, cost-efficient way. NBA 2K19 puts the expansion teams right behind the top three teams in the draft, which makes sense, and is fair for the top three lottery picks. NBA owners are reportedly talking about a $2 billion entry fee to own a franchise, but the only team in the NBA that didn’t turn a profit were the Cleveland Cavaliers, who lost the biggest star of our generation, taking millions of revenue with him. The NBA would have a chance to do something unprecedented and I think the expansion draft of players with six teams could result in major stars moving as well as some up-and-comers having the cleanest of slates. NBA expansion is a very exciting prospect to me, on and off the court and seeing the league evolve both in business and in gameplay is something that could change sports forever.
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Here's what analysts had to say about Pascal Siakam's selection in the 2016 NBA Draft

nbadraft.net: C+ (overall team grade)
"The Raptors decided to go very safe with both of their picks. Jakob Poeltl was incredibly efficient in his sophomore year at Utah, and the main concern is whether he would be strong enough to replicate his effectiveness inside at the next level. By going to a playoff team with a starting center in Jonas Valanciunas who is early in a long-term extension, Poeltl will be afforded the advantage of coming off the bench. He is well liked by scouts, but we’re not sure he has the heart and feel for the game to be a standout NBA guy. Pascal Siakam posted impressive numbers at New Mexico State and is a high caliber individual, and has the physical makeup to merit a chance to transition from the WAC to the NBA. It is likely that he will make use of Toronto’s close and well-used D-League affiliate."
https://www.nbadraft.net/2016-nba-draft-grades/

Josh Benjamin (Forbes): D-
"Just what Toronto was thinking with this pick with Deyonta Davis still on the board is a mystery. Pascal Siakam has talent, yes, but is not a strong athlete and even ESPN analysts were surprised that he went this high. GM Masai Ujiri must see something in him that others don't, but there's no doubt that the Raptors could have done so much better with this pick. Grade: D-"
https://www.forbes.com/sites/joshbenjamin/2016/06/23/nba-draft-2016-grades-for-each-first-round-pick/#71d98aaf7967

Walterfootball: D+
"The Raptors need depth at power forward, but I'm still shocked that Skal and Davis aren't selected here since they have more upside. Siakam was a double-double machine in a the low-major WAC, so at the very least, can be a rebounder off the bench."
http://walterfootball.com/nbadraft2016grades_1.php

Kevin O'Connor (sportingnews): B- (overall team grade)
"Poeltl is a tough fit next to Jonas Valanciunas, though he’ll have a long career in the NBA as a rotational big. Siakam is a much better value pick with pick 27 and could end up being a better NBA player than Poeltl because of his increased versatility."
https://www.sportingnews.com/us/nba/list/nba-draft-grades-sixers-lakers-celtics-suns-timberwolves/exl9vx9z56s51clvbpaf38i7u

Sam Vecenie: C+
"Comment: Value-wise, this isn't a superb pick. But he fits the team's M.O. in terms of motor and hustle, and he could be a guy who contributes on the offensive glass sooner rather than later. Wish they would have gone with a guy like Deyonta Davis, but Siakam is probably closer to contributing now."
https://www.cbssports.com/nba/news/2016-nba-draft-grades-sam-vecenie-breaking-it-down-pick-by-pick/

yahoo sports: B (overall team grade)
"The 20-year old Utah center won’t be able to play next Raptors center Jonas Valanciunas, as the Raptors didn’t finally land the power forward they’ve been searching for since 2010, but there is absolutely no shame in securing a solid and obvious backup center with a lottery pick. Especially while working in the top ten after posting the NBA’s fourth-best record. Siakam doesn’t factor to be the answer at power forward either, but the 22-year old’s package of athletic defensive gifts is in with a chance."
https://sports.yahoo.com/grading-the-2016-nba-draft-160550197.html?y20=1

Sports Illustrated: No grades
"Siakam was extremely productive at New Mexico State last season, but was projected as a second-rounder. He’s also already 22. The Raptors are adding depth up front, and his physical tools and competitiveness suggest he will eventually give them something. Still, it feels like somewhat of a reach here. "
https://www.si.com/nba/2016/06/23/nba-draft-grades-results-ben-simmons-dragan-bender-brandon-ingram

Basketball Insiders: A (overall team grade)
"The Raptors for a while had been one of the riskier drafting teams in the NBA. This year, the Raptors could not have played that draft any safer. Jakob Poeltl at 9 was as safe and smart of a draft pick as there was outside of the top two. He gives them a play-right-away skill set that can augment or eventually replace Jonas Valanciunas. He certainly gives them a viable replacement to Bismack Biyombo, who is likely leaving via free agency. At 27, Pascal Siakam is a solid addition too, not as proven as say Poeltl but he is a high energy guy who could replace some of the effort plays the Raptors lose from Biyombo. The value for both players was very good. Both can contribute right away and both could have day one roles. This was a really good and low-risk draft for the Raptors."
http://www.basketballinsiders.com/nba-am-grading-the-2016-nba-draft/
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Longest Active Minor League Affiliations

A brief snapshot of each team's longest standing minor league affiliation, from youngest to oldest:

Milwaukee Brewers - Wisconsin Timber Rattlers (Appleton, WI - A -Midwest League) - 11 seasons
A partnership between two Wisconsin teams seems like a no-brainer, but this is the "youngest" oldest affiliation in Major League Baseball. The Timber Rattlers trace their history back to the Appleton Papermakers of 1909, and the franchise has played affiliated baseball since 1942. Nevertheless, they have had partnerships with nine different teams (including the likes of the St. Louis Browns, Boston Braves, and Washington Senators) before signing on with the Brewers in 2009.

Arizona Diamondbacks - Visalia Rawhide (Visalia, CA, A-Advanced - California League) - 13 seasons
The Visalia Oaks began a relationship with Diamondbacks in 2007; two years later they were rechristened the Rawhide. Baseball in Visalia dates to 1946, and the franchise has played in the same stadium (Recreation Park) through nine names and nine different parent clubs.

Texas Rangers - Frisco RoughRiders (Frisco, TX - AA - Texas League) / Spokane Indians (Spokane, WA - Short Season A - Northwestern League) - 17 seasons
The Rangers brought their AA presence close to home when they partnered with the newly established Frisco RoughRiders in 2003. While Frisco was a totally new venture, Spokane has baseball roots going back to 1892. They also began a partnership with the Rangers in 2003, their second tenure with the parent club (they were also aligned with Texas from 1973-1975).

Los Angeles Dodgers - Ogden Raptors (Ogden, UT - Rookie - Pioneer League) - 17 seasons
Los Angeles and Ogden have been affiliated since 2003. The Raptors originated as the Calgary Cardinals in 1977, also playing in Salt Lake City and Pocatello, Idaho before settling in Ogden in 1994. This team is currently marked as a contraction candidate.

Miami Marlins - Jupiter Hammerheads (Jupiter, FL - A-Advanced - Florida State League) - 18 seasons
The Marlins and the Hammerheads began their partnership in 2002. The Hammerheads were originally a long-time affiliate of the Montreal Expos, and were known as the West Palm Beach Expos from 1969 to 1997.

Houston Astros - Tri-City ValleyCats (Troy, NY - Short Season A - New York-Penn League) - 18 seasons
The Astros and ValleyCats have been affiliated since 2002, the first year of the the ValleyCats' existence. The team had previously based in Pittsfield, Massachusetts as the Pittsfield Astros (and before that, the Pittsfield Mets).

Los Angeles Angels - Salt Lake Bees (Salt Lake City, UT - AAA - Pacific Coast League) - 19 seasons
The Angels began an affiliation with the Salt Lake Stingers in 2001. The Stingers became the Bees in 2005, renewing the name used by Utah's first professional baseball team starting in 1915. The current Bees began play in 1994.

San Diego Padres - Fort Wayne TinCaps (Fort Wayne, IN - A - Midwest League) - 21 seasons
Fort Wayne and San Diego began their relationship in 1999. The TinCaps franchise has a history winding back to 1947, and the team has had many identities in cities in Illinois, Iowa, Wisconsin, and (now) Indiana. They were the Fort Wayne Wizards when they first affiliated with the Padres, later becoming the TinCaps in 2009.

Pittsburgh Pirates - Altoona Curve (Altoona, PA - AA - Eastern League) - 21 seasons
The Altoona Curve were established in 1999 as a result of major league expansion creating a need for more minor league clubs. The Pirates and the Curve have been affiliated since the 1999 season.

Oakland Athletics - Midland RockHounds (Midland, TX - AA - Southern League) - 21 seasons
Oakland and Midland began their partnership in 1999. Midland has been home to Double-A baseball since 1972, enjoying fairly long affiliations with the Cubs and Angels before joining up with the Athletics.

Tampa Bay Rays - Hudson Valley Renegades (Fishkill, NY - Short Season A - New York Penn League) - 24 years
The Rays have enjoyed a fair deal of continuity with minor league teams in their young history, and they still have affiliations with three teams from their inaugural season in 1998. The Durham Bulls and Princeton (Devil) Rays have both been partnered with Tampa Bay from early on, but the Hudson Valley Renegades are technically the oldest affiliate, playing under the Devil Rays banner as early as 1996, two full years before the major league club took the field.

Seattle Mariners - Tacoma Rainiers (Tacoma, WA - AAA - Pacific Coast League) / Everett AquaSox (Everett, WA - Short Season A - Northwest League) - 25 seasons
Seattle made two lasting affiliation changes in 1995, on the higher and lower ends of the minor league hierarchy. The Rainiers date back to the Tacoma Giants of 1960 and the AquaSox date back to the Everett Giants of 1984.

New York Yankees - Tampa Tarpons (Tampa, FL - A-Advanced - Florida State League) - 26 seasons
The Tampa Yankees were established in 1994, and have always been affiliated with the New York Yankees. The team re-branded as the Tarpons in 2019, harking back to another Tampa franchise with the name that played for about thirty years.

Colorado Rockies - Asheville Tourists (Asheville, NC - A - South Atlantic League) - 26 seasons
The Rockies' affiliation with the Tourists almost goes back through their entire history, but not quite. Asheville's professional baseball history dates back at least to 1897, with the Asheville Moonshiners. The Tourists are the only Single A affiliate Colorado has ever had; the team did not have one in their debut 1993 season (although they did have the A-Advanced Central Valley Rockies and the Short Season A Bend Rockies).

Washington Nationals - Harrisburg Senators (Harrisburg, PA - AA - Eastern League) - 29 seasons
Don't let the name fool you - this affiliation predates the Nationals' existence by almost 15 years. Professional baseball in Harrisburg has roots going back to the 1890's, with the Senators moniker being used as early as 1894. The Montreal Expos began their partnership with Harrisburg in 1991, and the relationship survived the Expos' relocation and re-branding.

Cleveland Indians - Akron RubberDucks (Akron, OH - AA - Eastern League) - 31 seasons
This affiliation started when the Vermont Mariners moved to Ohio and became the Canton-Akron Indians, starting their new identity and new partnership in 1989. The minor league club became the Akron Aeros in 1997, then re-branded again as the RubberDucks in 2014.

San Francisco Giants - San Jose Giants (San Jose, CA - A-Advanced - California League) - 32 seasons
San Jose has had a professional baseball team since 1962, starting with the San Jose Bees. Their affiliation with the San Francisco Giants began in 1988.

Toronto Blue Jays - Dunedin Blue Jays (Dunedin, FL - A-Advanced - Florida State League) - 33 seasons
There have actually been two different incarnations of the minor league club aligned with Toronto: the short-lived Dunedin Blue Jays of 1978-79, and the current iteration, which started play in 1987. Dunedin is also the major league Blue Jays' spring training home.

Chicago White Sox - Birmingham Barons (Birmingham, AL - AA - Southern League) - 34 seasons
Professional baseball in Birmingham dates back to at least the Birmingham Coal Barons in 1885. The current incarnation relocated from Montgomery, Alabama in 1981, and has partnered with the White Sox since 1986. They achieved some notoriety outside the baseball world in 1994 when Michael Jordan played with the team during his basketball hiatus.

Baltimore Orioles - Frederick Keys (Frederick, MD - A-Advanced - Carolina League) - 38 seasons
The Orioles affiliated with the Hagerstown Suns in 1981, then maintained that relationship through the team's relocation in 1989. Professional baseball has been a presence in Frederick since 1915, although there was a gap of several decades from 1930-1989 where the city did not have a team. They are currently marked as a contraction candidate.

Atlanta Braves - Danville Braves (Danville, VA - Rookie - Appalachian League) - 38 seasons
Atlanta's relationship with the Appalachian League Braves goes back to when the team was located in Pulaski, Virginia, starting in 1982. Atlanta affiliated with the Pulaski Braves for eleven seasons, then the team moved to Danville, where they continue to play today. They are currently marked as a contraction candidate.

Chicago Cubs - Iowa Cubs (Des Moines, IA - AAA - Pacific Coast League) - 39 seasons
The Iowa Oaks had several different affiliates during the first twelve or so years of existence, but finally struck a lasting relationship when they joined up with the Cubs in 1981. The spent their first year as a Cubs affiliate as the Oaks, then changed their name the following season.

New York Mets - Kingsport Mets (Kingsport, TN - Rookie - Appalachian League) - 40 seasons
The Kingsport club has typically been named for its parent team, having existed in some form since 1921 when they began play as the Kingsport Indians. They have been affiliated with the New York Mets since 1980. They are currently marked as a contraction candidate.

St. Louis Cardinals - Johnson City Cardinals (Johnson City, TN - Rookie - Appalachian League) - 45 seasons
The Johnson City Yankees became the Johnson City Cardinals when they affiliated with St. Louis in 1975. Johnson City has had a baseball club in some form since at least 1910, with the Johnson City Soldiers. They are currently marked as a contraction candidate.

Minnesota Twins - Elizabethton Twins (Elizabethton, TN - Rookie - Appalachian League) - 46 seasons
The Twins twins have been partnered since 1974, tied with the Red/Mustangs as the longest affiliation in Rookie level ball. Elizabethton has never had another major league parent club. They are currently marked as a contraction candidate.

Cincinnati Reds - Billings Mustangs (Billings, MT - Rookie - Pioneer League) - 46 seasons
The Reds and the Mustangs have shared a relationship since 1974, the longest affiliation in the Pioneer League. The Billings club has existed since 1948, with a five year hiatus during the 1960's. They are currently marked as a contraction candidate.

Boston Red Sox - Pawtucket Red Sox (Pawtucket, RI - AAA - International League) - 50 seasons
The PawSox's affiliation with the Red Sox began in 1970, but almost ended less than a decade later, when the team (briefly rechristened the Rhode Island Red Sox) was in massive debt, taken over by the league, and effectively dissolved. However, a local businessman stepped in and was awarded a new franchise, which took over the Pawtucket Red Sox brand, maintaining a consistent identity. Change is on the horizon, however, as the team intends to relocate to Worcester, Massachusetts for the 2021 season.

Kansas City Royals - Omaha Storm Chasers (Omaha, NE - AAA, Pacific Coast League) - 51 seasons
The Royals are one of only two teams (the other being the Tampa Bay Rays) with an affiliate that has remained constant since their inception. Both the Omaha and Kansas City teams were founded in 1969, and Kansas City has never had a different AAA team. The Storm Chasers were known as the Omaha Royals through most of their history, from 1969 to 2010, briefly re-branding as the Omaha Golden Spikes from 1999-2001 before becoming Royals again. They adopted their current name in 2011.

Philadelphia Phillies - Reading Fightin Phils (Reading, PA - AA, Eastern League) - 53 seasons
Established in 1967 as the Reading Phillies, the "Fightins" (as they have been known since 2013) have never been affiliated with another franchise. Baseball in Reading dates back to at least 1858, and city has had affiliated minor league baseball off and on since 1927. The Philadelphia Phillies bought the team outright in 1998.

Detroit Tigers - Lakeland Flying Tigers (Lakeland, FL - A-Advanced, Florida State League) - 57 seasons
The Tigers began their alliance with the Lakeland Tigers in 1963. Lakeland has had a baseball team since 1960, briefly affiliating with the Indians and Giants before beginning a relationship with Detroit that has lasted for over half a century. They were renamed the Flying Tigers in 2006 as an homage to the Lakeland School of Aeronautics, which trained thousands of pilots during World War II. The Flying Tigers play in Joker Marchant Stadium, which has served as the Spring Training home of the Tigers since 1966.
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Is this the most Fullcast baseball player?

Chuck James is MLB's pick for "cult hero" for the Braves. However, I think he's the most fullcast baseball player ever. Why? Because of his disaster related-ness
1) Lake/OutdooFreshwater Aquaman's Domain Disaster: Shortly before the MLB draft, where he was projected to be drafted, a shoeless Chuck (a native of the Atlanta suburb of Mableton), was messing around at the lake with some friends and stepped on what he thought was a stick. He felt a prick, pulled his foot out of the water and saw some blood. So he did what any good Georgia boy would do: put his foot back down on the same spot. Again, he felt something prick him, and then found out that it wasnt a stick, but a copperhead snake. His friends tried to rush him to the hospital but had some trouble getting out of the mud, and then couldn't find a hospital. So, again in true Georgia fashion, after a couple hours they tracked down a friend who "had some experience as an EMT" who looked at his twice-poisonous-snake-bitten ankle and told him " Well,“if you ain’t dead by now, you ain’t going to die.” James came away from that with no ill-effects.
2) Backyard disaster: One week prior to the MLB draft, young James found himself partying at a friends house. He decided that it "would be fun" to jump off the roof into the friend's pool. He climbed up on the roof, got aligned to the target, took a running start, and right before he was to jump: his foot went through the roof, and he fell off. He fractured both of his wrists. Dear reader, some of you might be asking an important question right now: Why do this? However since you, like myself, are a Fullcast reader, we are asking the most important question of all : did he make the pool though? That is best answered by the man himself: “I didn’t quite make the pool,” he said. “Well, I went in on the bounce.”
3) What he chose to do in the off-season. Baseball starts in February and runs until late September for pretty much everyone. That is a long season, and in the off-season, many professional baseball players take time to relax, and focus on spending time with their families, or partaking in hobbies like golf or ping pong (John Smoltz is an excellent player). I knew of one player, who in his minor league days, used the off-season to work as a substitute teacher. Chipper Jones used his off-season to hunt, mostly deer, but sometimes for something else at a local hot wing establishment known for its affiliation with the raptor sacred to Athena. Our boy Chuck though, decided to be more productive, and make some extra cash on the side. After his rookie season, he went to work M-F 6 am to 7 pm for a sub-contractor for Lowes installing doors and windows in metro Atlanta homes. Oh, he'd also just got married as well.
In conclusion, I think that Chuck Jones should be named the Most Fullcast Baseball Player, because he's one of us. He works hard. He Jumps off roofs into pools. He steps on snakes.

Thanks for coming to my TED talk.
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31 spooky things on NBA Halloween (Written before 10/31 games)

It’s so early in a new NBA season that brings us a lot of unpredictability for a change. Here are 31 spooky things as we live it up on Halloween Thursday:
1. The concern for the Warriors and Stephen Curry
Golden State started the year 0-2 for the first time since the 2009-10 season. Curry breaking his left hand just made matters worse as their defense had already sunk to a new low (outscored by Phoenix 43-14 in first quarter and giving up 120-plus points all four games).
2. Karl-Anthony Towns vs. the Western Conference
K.A.T. dominated the Wolves’ first few games (5.0 3PM, 32.0 PTS, 13.3 REB) before getting ejected against Philly last night…except they all came over Eastern Conference teams. It might not matter as he is individually capable of doing the same when facing opponents in the West.
3. Gordon Hayward appears to be back
Hayward (17.5 PTS, 7.3 REB, 3.5 AST) isn’t recording spectacular numbers thus far. However, he looks very settled playing alongside Kemba Walker. He’s shooting a comfortable 48 percent from the field and he’s typically the team’s third option, which bodes well for he and the Celtics.
4. Derrick Rose looks really explosive again
It’s now widely known that Rose is in a new phase of his career. However, it would be foolish to say he doesn’t give us flashbacks of his 2010-11 MVP campaign. Rose (55.3 FG%, 20.4 PTS, 6.2 AST) uplifts the Pistons with a boost they very much need from him off the bench.
5. The Kings back to being the Kings?
Having marginal success since the Mike Bibby/Chris Webber era, the Kings (now missed 13 straight) were in the playoff picture for much of last year. This year, they’re starting to remind us of the Kings again while losing their first five including a bad loss to Charlotte at home.
6. The rise of left-handed players
Without doing any history on this, it seems like left-handed players are becoming more abundant, and thus more productive. Harden is the obvious standout but other examples 25 years old or younger: Simmons, Russell, Randle, Sabonis, Fox, Winslow, Barrett, Bagley, Oubre.
7. The Spurs are still good and likely to finish well over .500
Tonight is their first of four games being the underdog as they visit the L.A. Clippers. The Spurs now have Dejounte Murray back, their 23-year-old franchise point guard and Gregg Popovich also added Tim Duncan to his coaching staff. Don’t expect this team to ever miss the playoffs.
8. The Knicks’ alarming point guard rotation
Not much can go right when household name Kristaps Porzingis demands a trade. However, the Knicks have found a way to retool their roster without completely tearing it down. Their point guard situation (Payton, DSJ, Ntilikina) seems erratic and uncertain though.
9. Undrafted rookie Kendrick Nunn leading the Heat in scoring
Nunn appeared in 49 games with Golden State’s G-League affiliate last season. Apparently he wasn’t one of those guys you pick out and say: this guy is definitely going to have a solid NBA career. That’s the way it’s looking now though as Nunn averages 21 points through four games.
10. Giannis Antetokounmpo’s three-point shooting
Despite connecting on only two of them, Greek Freak has attempted 12 triples through his first four games. He’s been vocal about trying to improve as an outside shooter claiming this past summer that he’s reached “only 60 percent” of his full potential and plans to get better.
11. Portland’s well-operated backcourt
Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum (37.2 3P%, 46.8 PTS) put the league on notice last year after scrapping their way to the Western Conference Finals. Did they have any business being there? I don’t know but Rip City has the best healthy backcourt in the league until proven otherwise.
12. Harden drops 59 as Rockets defeat the Wizards 159-158 in regulation
There are many words to describe this defensively-challenged game but indescribable might be the best one. Neither team, especially one with championship aspirations like the Rockets, has any excuse to be allowing this amount of points. Come on, guys!
13. The tremendous depth of the Pelicans
This hasn’t translated into wins, not yet at least as the Pels have dropped all four games including two at home. The return they got for Anthony Davis was more than adequate as Coach Alvin Gentry now employs a legitimate 13-man rotation once Zion Williamson returns.
14. The Joker assist tape (part IV)
We’ve only seen a preview of Jokic’s passing wizardry this season; probably because the Nuggets won the pair of games in which he only had two assists. Matching last year’s average of 7.3 assists or not, Jokic makes his teammates better the same way point guards do.
15. Throwing it back to the 1990s
Like many others and that includes some of the players, I started watching NBA basketball during this time. That’s why it’s neat to see teams the the Jazz, Raptors, and Grizzlies rock their 90s uniforms with the logo covering nearly the entire jersey. It’s all about the memories.
16. The NBA without DeMarcus Cousins
Cousins has had a rough go ahead and has been unfortunate to miss the majority of the past three years. That’s something you hate to see as a basketball enthusiast. Still on the short end of 30 years old, hopefully he recovers as the multi-faceted All-Star center he once was.
17. Kawhi Leonard – different jersey, same deal
There’s no telling statistically how his first six years in San Antonio made him the player he is today but Coach Pop deserves a share of the credit. Leonard went into Toronto last year with an unbreakable mindset and led his team to a championship. That could happen yet again in L.A.
18. The Hornets and Cavaliers look more respectable than anticipated
I know it’s way too early to call the Hornets a surprise team and it remains unlikely they will be. You have to respect the way these teams have integrated guys like P.J. Washington and Darius Garland right off the bat. Maybe we should take the over on 40 wins combined for the two.
19. The Suns’ defense looks good for a change
As stated in my preseason power rankings, this is a team that’s finished bottom six in defensive efficiency the past four years. New head coach Monty Williams seems to have emphasized defense, especially in transition, and that’s allowed them wins over the Clippers and Warriors.
20. The ageless wonder Al Horford
Now with Philly, Horford is 13 seasons deep, almost 800 regular season games in, and he’s been a part of 120 playoff games. He was never the quickest or most athletic player but that has absolutely no impact on his consistent defensive firepower and offensive playmaking ability.
21. The Grizzlies and Andre Iguodala
Iggy has long established himself as a premier perimeter defender and that’s something the Grizzlies need in order to retain their grit n’ grind identity from this past decade. The 2015 Finals MVP is looking for one more opportunity to help a contender before closing the curtains.
22. Joel Embiid is still getting in the head of opposing players
Embiid, arguably the best all-around center in the league, vowed to stop talking trash and solely focus on basketball. That didn’t last long as he publicly took a shot at K.A.T. after the physical controversy that occurred between the two last night. Both will be suspended a few games.
23. Domantas Sabonis could be All-Star worthy
Sabonis should average a double-double this season considering he almost averaged one in just 25 minutes per game last season. Bojan Bogdanovic, now with the Jazz, was the main beneficiary of Victor Oladipo’s absence last season. Sabonis (22.8 PTS, 10 REB) might be that guy this year.
24. Anthony Davis and the 40-point, 20-rebound performance
I don’t know if there’s any player in the league that LeBron James would rather play with at this point of his career. Imagine another Chris Bosh but with more offensive versatility and better rim protection. Assuming A.D. stays healthy, the Lakers-Clippers could be a rivalry for the ages.
25. 21-year-old Trae Young is more NBA-ready than we thought
Young (3.5 3PM, 26.8 PTS) has one year under his belt and that’s definitely given him more confidence. Already one of the league’s elite shot creators, Young isn’t looking for your approval or waiting games. He wants to carry this young Hawks team to the playoffs this year. Why not?
26. The Bulls are playing like it’s nothing but a rebuilding project
Chicago prioritized inexperience leading to high lottery picks ever since trading Jimmy Butler in the summer of 2017. Having drafted Lauri Markkanen and Wendell Carter and acquiring Otto Porter and Zach LaVine, this team needs to show glimpses sooner rather than later.
27. Pascal Siakam honestly might be an MVP candidate
If you think about it logically, it wouldn’t make sense for a new MVP candidate not to be in the mix year after year. Of course we’ll always favor proven stars like Antetokounmpo, Harden, James, and etc., but how can you count out Siakam if the Raptors finish top three in the East?
28. Brooklyn’s new hardwood features shades of grey
Being unique is always a good thing but I can’t decide if I like this new floor design or not. Evidently it hasn’t phased opponents as the Nets have dropped two of their three games at home. The Barclays Center will never have the clout of MSG but maybe it’ll raise a banner or two.
29. What if Utah’s offense reaches its full potential?
It’s understandable that Mike Conley has some adjustments to make after spending 12 years of his career in Memphis. New addition Bogdanovic has wasted no time as he averages 21.3 points through four games. Obviously Donovan Mitchell keeps getting better and better.
30. The Mavs are a playoff-caliber team
“What if this team were in the East?” That’s not the reality of how things work but the Mavs have no reason to think they can’t make the postseason in 2019-20. Doncic-Porzingis is the foundation but under-the-radar players like Delon Wright and Jalen Brunson give them more hope.
31. While we await the Leonard/PG-13 duo, don’t forget Lou Williams is unstoppable at times
George and Leonard might be first and second as the top two-way players in the NBA. Still, I would hesitate to call Lou Will a third option because of the way he commands attention from the defense at will. Enough with the Sixth Man of the Year awards. It’s time for him to get a ring.
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Masai feels as though last roster spot will be determined at Training Camp.

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Mr. Kawhi Leonard's Destination: A Quantitative Analysis (OC)

Introduction:
Since the beginning of free agency, it seems as if basketball fans around the world have been endlessly asking one question: where is Mr. Kawhi Leonard going? Thankfully, this period of ludicrous speculation is over. With an overwhelming degree of certainty, I have determined the answer.
Psychological Analysis:
To begin my explanation, we must first ask: what does Mr. Leonard want? Naive journalists and even some front office executives mistakenly believe that the Toronto Raptors star desires payment in the form of money. However, this ridiculous claim can be easily debunked. Research shows that once individuals earn more than $75,000 per year, their happiness plateaus as they reach financial stability. Not only is Mr. Leonard already earning more than that per year, but his net worth, $35 million, could be divided to maintain this baseline salary for 467 years.
With money out of the picture, we can now look to the form of payment that satisfies Mr. Leonard the most, and then determine which franchise is most conducive to his desires. From his collegiate career, Mr. Leonard has insisted that "board man gets paid," evidently referring to himself. To deconstruct this claim, the form of payment that 'board man' desires most is boards, or wood-based panels, a product of the forestry industry.
Methodology:
Now, our question now becomes fairly straightforward: which trade destination would be able to provide Mr. Leonard with the greatest amount of wood-based panels? Thankfully, the Forest Inventory and Analysis (FIA) Program of the U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service collects measurements on forest coverage, which I have distilled into telling results below.
Results:
Rank State Percent Forest Relevant Basketball Team
1 Maine 89.46% Maine Red Claws (G League)
2 New Hampshire 84.32% New Hampshire Wildcats (NCAA)
3 American Samoa 80.84% American Samoa Men's National Basketball Team (FIBA)
4 Northern Mariana Islands 80.37% Northern Mariana Islands Men's National Basketball Team (FIBA)
5 West Virginia 79.01% West Virginia Mountaineers (NCAA)
6 Vermont 77.82% Vermont Catamounts (NCAA)
7 Alabama 70.57% Alabama Crimson Tide (NCAA)
8 South Carolina 68.19% South Carolina Gamecocks (NCAA)
9 Georgia 67.28% Atlanta Hawks (NBA)
10 Mississippi 65.07% Ole Miss Rebels (NCAA)
11 Virginia 62.93% Virginia Cavaliers (NCAA)
12 New York 62.88% Brooklyn Nets (NBA)
13 Massachusetts 60.57% Boston Celtics (NBA)
14 North Carolina 59.73% Charlotte Hornets (NBA)
15 Pennsylvania 58.60% Philadelphia 76ers (NBA)

CONGRATULATIONS TO THE MAINE RED CLAWS FOR SECURING THE MOST-DESIRED FREE AGENT OF THIS OFFSEASON, MR. KAWHI LEONARD!

Though this chart should resolve most questions regarding Mr. Leonard's future beyond a shadow of doubt, I have decided to entertain a few concerns that may arise.
Frequently Asked Questions:
  1. Where are the Raptors? Unfortunately, after combing through the article "Forest cover by state and territory in the United States," Canada was not mentioned, indicating that the country has no forest cover.
  2. Where are the Los Angeles Lakers, or the Los Angeles Clippers? Unfortunately, Mr. Leonard's childhood in California was likely one consumed in anguish, as only 32.71% of the state is covered in forest. Mr. Leonard's time in San Antonio was a slight improvement (37.33% forest coverage), but a far cry from the 89.46% forest coverage that beaming Maine Red Claw executives can present Mr. Leonard.
  3. Wouldn't we know if Kawhi was negotiating a G League contract with the Maine Red Claws? Surprisingly, no. Mr. Leonard is notoriously quiet, with journalists having to resort to flight tracking to determine his whereabouts. At the time of writing this post, a Google search of the Portland International Jetport indicates that it is only "a little busy." This blockbuster deal likely slipped through reporters' grasps.
  4. How did you determine the most relevant basketball team of each locale? In some cases, such as in the state of New York, determining the most relevant basketball team isn't too challenging. However, I accept that in more competitive locations, such as American Samoa, insisting that their national team would prevail over their local YMCA chapter will leave a few fans upset.
  5. Is a possibility that Mr. Leonard's ideal lifestyle is not predicated on wood-based panel production? Though this postulation is outlandish, I have entertained the possibility. Mr. Leonard reportedly values his "apple time," so I began conducting an analysis of the top apple producing states in the United States. However, I had to quickly terminate my efforts, as the top apple producing state, Washington, does not have an NBA team.
  6. Will Mr. Leonard have job stability in Portland, Maine? Due to an archaic rule that I discovered after extensive research, Mr. Leonard may have difficulty remaining in his ideal destination. Because the Main Red Claws are an affiliate franchise of the Boston Celtics, Mr. Leonard may have to abandon his shady utopia if he plays at NBA levels. In this case, Mr. Leonard will have to consider extreme load management in order to ensure that his quality of play never catches the eyes of the Boston Celtics.

QED

Works Cited:
“Crops - Apples.” Stuff About States, www.stuffaboutstates.com/agriculture/crops/apples.htm.
“Forest Cover by State and Territory in the United States.” Wikipedia, Wikimedia Foundation, 12 Jan. 2019, en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Forest_cover_by_state_and_territory_in_the_United_States.
“Kawhi Leonard Net Worth.” Celebrity Net Worth, 1 Mar. 2019, www.celebritynetworth.com/richest-athletes/nba/kawhi-leonard-net-worth/.
Luscombe, Belinda. “Do We Need $75,000 a Year to Be Happy?” Time, Time Inc., 6 Sept. 2010, content.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,2019628,00.html.
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[OC] We only care about rings, but what if there was a silver medal? And bronze medal? Which teams would have been on the podium? A look back through the decade

When we compare great teams and great players, we tend to fall back on “rings!” And that’s largely fair. After all, the one true goal is to win the championship. However, history tends to forget the great teams that almost won the title and gave their fans a hell of a ride on the road to loser-dom.
With those poor runner-ups in mind, I wanted to ask the question: what if we also awarded silver medals? And bronze medals? Who would be standing on that podium a level below the champ, slightly somber but slightly proud? Let's glance through the past and hand out those imaginary awards to help lift their spirits up.
The process will be simple, to a point. Obviously, the NBA champion earns that gold medal. They don't have to be the best team all season long -- they just have to be the best team in the playoffs. If you beat the champ, you're the champ. End of story.
However, the "silver" and "bronze" medals get more interesting. There's a tendency to think we can blindly give "silver" to every NBA Finals loser, but I disagree. The conferences aren't always evenly balanced, and those runner-ups don't always match up. So given that, we will be giving some silver medals to teams that did not make the Finals if the circumstance compels it.
And obviously, “bronze” will be awarded to the third best team, regardless of conference affiliation as well. As with the silver, there will be some subjectivity involved here. I thought about making a formula for this, but that's less fun than the debate.
2010-11 SEASON
gold
We're starting with the 2010-11 season, because it represents a new era for the NBA. LeBron James left Cleveland to form a "super team" in Miami, changing the power balance and perhaps the entire basketball culture along with it. Of course, as we remember, that powerhouse Miami Heat team did not win the title the first season. They lost at the hands of the underdog DALLAS MAVERICKS. The Mavericks weren't the best team in the regular season (57-25, 3 seed), but they clicked at just the right team. Dirk Nowitzki and his team of veterans (Jason Kidd, Peja Stojakovic, Tyson Chandler, etc) secured some of the great upsets in playoff history, sweeping the defending champion Lakers in round two, and smacking Miami 4-2 in the Finals.
silver
While LeBron James flopped in the Finals, he still helped that MIAMI HEAT team become a true force. They won 58 games in the regular season, with a +7.5 point differential that led the entire NBA. In the playoffs, they beat a battle-tested Boston team 4-1 in round two, and then crushed the # 1 seed Chicago Bulls 4-1 in the Eastern Conference Finals.
bronze
This year represents a clean and easy podium ceremony. Dallas beat Miami, who beat the CHICAGO BULLS. As mentioned, those Bulls were the toast of the regular season. In fact, there are a lot of parallels between them and this year's Milwaukee Bucks. Coach Tom Thibodeau had the team playing excellent defense, earning the # 1 seed and Coach of the Year in the process. Young superstar Derrick Rose (then 22) erupted into a genuine superstar and won MVP. And unfortunately, like the Bucks, the team fell in the Conference Finals. Other contenders for the bronze would have been San Antonio (61-21) and the L.A. Lakers (57-25), but they both lost in more humiliating fashion in the postseason. The Lakers got swept in R2, and the # 1 seeded Spurs actually lost in R1 to Memphis.
2011-12 SEASON
gold
In year two with LeBron James and Chris Bosh, the MIAMI HEAT cracked through and won the title together. Their regular season wasn't dominant (their 46-20 record in a shortened season was only 4th best in the NBA) but they fought their way through the playoffs, culminating in a 4-1 win over Oklahoma City. Chicago (the # 1 seed again, with a league best +8.1 differential) never got a chance for a rematch after Derrick Rose went down in R1.
silver
For the majority of the year, that OKLAHOMA CITY THUNDER team wasn't the best in the West. That would have been San Antonio, the # 1 seed with a 50-16 record. The veteran Spurs were steamrolling their way through the playoffs, winning 4-0, 4-0, and going up 2-0 against OKC before the tide turned. The Thunder won the next four games, and therefore deserve our silver medal before falling in the Finals. At the time, we all would have thought the best was yet to come for this young team, given that Kevin Durant was 23, Russell Westbrook was 23, and James Harden was 22. Unfortunately, the Thunder never made the Finals again.
bronze
Chicago and San Antonio both had great regular seasons (and # 1 seeds), but the SAN ANTONIO SPURS longer playoff run (10 wins compared to 2) allows them to officially snag the bronze.
2012-13 SEASON
gold
Everything clicked for the "Heatles" in their third year, as they rattled off their highest win total (66) and highest point differential (+7.9) of the LeBron James era. The MIAMI HEAT didn't roll through the playoffs, but they won two consecutive Game 7s, first against Indiana in the ECF and then against San Antonio in the Finals, with that Ray Allen three becoming an iconic moment.
silver
The SAN ANTONIO SPURS came about as close as you can to winning the gold, but will have to settle for a silver this year. Their regular season (58-24) was only 3rd best in the league, but their postseason (12-2 prior to the Finals) was much better.
bronze
This may be one of the toughest decisions on the board. In one corner, we have a dominant regular season team in the Oklahoma City Thunder. The Thunder grabbed the # 1 seed out West with 60 wins, with a league-high +9.2 point differential to boot. They appeared destined for a rematch in the Finals against Miami until Russell Westbrook got injured and the team got bounced 1-4 versus Memphis. Alternatively, Frank Vogel's Indiana Pacers team was only 49-32 in the regular season, but had more playoff success, pushing future champ Miami to 7 games in the Eastern Conference Finals. So which do you value more? Regular season greatness? Or playoff "goodness"? At the end of the day, the playoffs matter more, so we're giving this to the INDIANA PACERS. Feel free to protest the Olympic committee as a result.
2013-14 SEASON
gold
After a heartbreaking loss in the Finals the year before, the SAN ANTONIO SPURS clapped back and demolished Miami 4-1 in the Finals. That Spurs team, playing "the beautiful game," was clearly the best all season long. They also led the regular season in wins (62) and point differential (+7.8).
silver
In what would soon become a trend for LeBron James' teams, the MIAMI HEAT didn't push the pedal to the metal in the regular season, coasting to "only" 54 wins and "only" a +4.8 point differential. However, they turned it on in the playoffs, going 12-3 in the East, including a 4-2 win over rival Indiana (the # 1 seed.) Of course, the actual Finals was a mess, but their body of work secured them the silver anyway.
bronze
Once again, we have two good contenders for the bronze medal. And once again, it's Indiana versus Oklahoma City. Both teams made it as far as the Conference Finals, and both teams lost in that round 2-4. However, this time around we're giving the nod to OKLAHOMA CITY. Despite only being a # 2 seed, they were the better team that year. They had more wins (59 to 56), a better point differential (+6.4 to +4.4), and a better playoff opponent in their conference. In fact, you could perhaps argue that OKC was better than Miami over the course of that year. However, we're going to give the benefit of the doubt to the Finals participant.
2014-15 SEASON
gold
This season also represents a significant changing of the guard. After Miami's loss in the Finals, LeBron James left for Cleveland and (re)created an Eastern power. Meanwhile, Steve Kerr's arrival in Golden State spearheaded a huge improvement and a machine that would last for quite some time. In fact, his GOLDEN STATE WARRIORS parlayed an incredible regular season (67-15, +10.1 point differential) into a championship, beating the injured Cavs 4-2.
silver
This is an easy decision and an easy silver medal for the CLEVELAND CAVALIERS. True to new LeBron James fashion, their regular season wasn't dominant (53-29), but they turned on the gas and crushed the # 1 seed Atlanta with a 4-0 sweep in the Conference Finals.
bronze
We can't possibly give the bronze to a team that got swept, can we? Sure we can. Mike Budenholzer's ATLANTA HAWKS were the buzzy team of the regular season, racking up 60 wins thanks to a balanced bevy of All-Stars (4 that year.) They got crushed by LeBron, but they don't exactly have a lot of competition for this medal across the league. The other Conference Finals participant, the Houston Rockets, didn't do much better with a 1-4 loss and had a worse regular season.
2015-16 SEASON
gold
There were two dominant regular season powers this year, the 73-9 Golden State Warriors (+10.8 point differential) and the 67-15 San Antonio Spurs (+10.6 point differential.) But again, LeBron James proved that you can't take the regular season too seriously. His CLEVELAND CAVALIERS (57-25) ended up toppling the mighty 73-win Warriors thanks to a poorly-timed kick, a well-timed block, and a nostalgic 1-2 punch with Kyrie Irving.
silver
Was the GOLDEN STATE WARRIORS' record breaking 73 season all for naught? Clearly not! They collect a shiny silver medal. Maybe they'll use it as a paper weight.
bronze
After an incredible regular season, the 67-win San Antonio Spurs should be able to take solace in a medal of their own. But wait... not so fast, my friends. Because if you remember, it wasn't Golden State that fell this giant, but rather the OKLAHOMA CITY THUNDER. The Thunder knocked off the Spurs 4-2, continuing to be a thorn in Gregg Popovich's side. Given that they directly beat the Spurs, we have to give them the edge for the bronze. Again, the KD-Westbrook Thunder couldn't crack through the glass though, blowing a 3-1 lead against Golden State that may have contributed to Durant's decision to defect.
2016-17 SEASON
gold
With Kevin Durant in tow, the GOLDEN STATE WARRIORS cruised to the trophy and the gold medal. In my opinion, this was their best team of the entire era. The 67 wins may not have set a record, but their +11.6 point differential was their personal best, as was their incredible 16-1 record in the postseason.
silver
The Cleveland Cavaliers may have been roadkill against Golden State, but they squashed plenty of varmints themselves as they went 12-1 in the Eastern Conference playoffs. To be honest, the San Antonio Spurs were actually the better team for the majority of that year. They won more games in the regular season (61 to 51), had a clearly superior point differential (+7.2 to +3.1), and lost to the same Golden State team. In fact, they had a great excuse for that too, as Kawhi Leonard got injured by Zaza Pachulia. However, we haven't given teams a "pass" for injuries prior (see Derrick Rose in CHI and Russell Westbrook in OKC), so we can't start now. The CLEVELAND CAVALIERS earn a gold, based on the fact that they rolled through the East, made the Finals, and won a game against Golden State when no one else did. To be honest, that Finals was well played and closer than the 4-1 spread anyway.
bronze
The SAN ANTONIO SPURS will have to settle for a bronze instead. You can criticize that decision, but don't blame me, blame Zaza.
2017-18 SEASON
gold
Another title, another gold for the aptly-named GOLDEN STATE WARRIORS.
silver
One of the reasons for this entire exercise was to reward teams like last year's HOUSTON ROCKETS. They had an amazing regular season (65-17, +8.5 point differential) and pushed the eventual champs to 7 games. They were clearly the second best team in the NBA, and earn a well-deserved silver medal.
bronze
The Toronto Raptors had a great regular season, finishing second in both record (59 wins) and point differential (+7.8). On paper, there's no way that a team like a flailing team like the CLEVELAND CAVALIERS (+1.0 point differential) should have been able to best them in a 7 game series. Well, it didn't take 7. LeBron James and his ragteam bunch of leftovers finished the job, 4-0. But don't fret, Raptors fans; things get better from here.
2018-19 SEASON
This season is obviously not over yet, but we have tagged our medal recipients already. The cream of the crop this season has been (in alphabetical order), Golden State (57-25), Milwaukee (60-22), and Toronto (58-24.) Toronto will at least win a gold or silver based on the fact that they beat Milwaukee head to head, but the Bucks aren't necessarily locked into bronze. If Golden State can't make a series of this, then perhaps they'll be relegated to third.
metal tallies (2011-2019 seasons)
TALLY, by TEAM
Golden State: 3 gold, 1 silver, (+1 this year)
Miami: 2 gold, 2 silver
San Antonio: 1 gold, 1 silver, 2 bronze
Cleveland: 1 gold, 2 silvers, 1 bronze
Oklahoma City: 1 silver, 2 bronze
Dallas: 1 gold
Houston: 1 silver
Chicago: 1 bronze
Atlanta: 1 bronze
Indiana: 1 bronze
TALLY, by SUPERSTARS
LeBron James: 3 gold, 4 silver, 1 bronze (+ earlier success)
Steph Curry: 3 gold, 1 silvers, (+ this year)
Kevin Durant: 2 gold, 1 silver, 2 bronze (+ this year)
Kawhi Leonard: 1 gold, 1 silver, 2 bronze (+ this year)
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[TMZ]NBA's Kay Felder Arrested for Assault, Allegedly Choked Woman

Link: http://www.tmz.com/2018/12/03/kay-felder-arrested-assault/
Summary
Kay Felder -- a 2016 NBA Draft pick who currently plays in the G League -- was arrested near Toronto early Monday morning for assault and we're told the alleged victim is a woman.
Felder was demoted by the Toronto Raptors to the team's G League affiliate back in October -- and he's been playing for the Raptors 905 squad ever since.
Now, we've learned the 23-year-old point guard was taken into custody Monday morning after a person claimed he got violent and made threats during a night out.
Cops wouldn't confirm the identity of the accuser but multiple sources connected to the incident tell us the alleged victim is a woman who has known Felder for years.
We're told the two got into an argument after dinner and Felder allegedly got violent and choked her, leaving nasty marks on her neck. Our sources say the alleged victim was able to call a family member who then called police.
We're told paramedics responded to the scene and treated the alleged victim.
Law enforcement confirms Felder was booked for assault and utter threats. He's been released from custody and is due back in court later this month.
We've reached out to Felder for comment -- so far, no word back.
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DaQuan > Ariza

High energy wing, this is what we need on our 2nd team .
6'5 but 230 pounds with 7'0 wingspan! Great physical profile.
Exciting prospect for G-League and possible call up early 2020?
Future back-up if Ariza plays like he did last night and Wenyen does not cut it?
Check DaQuan's Vince Carter dunking ability in the 2019 NCAA Dunk Contest:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MId5101gh7I
1st Dunk at 1:51 (10/10!)
2nd Dunk at 4:20 (10/10!)
3rd dunk at 6:25 (9/10) I take one point off only because the dunk was not clean
4th dunk at 8:00 (10/10!) Made it on 3rd attempt to bring the house down!
More Info on Da Quan DaBomb ---
Jeffries recently appeared in five preseason contests for Orlando, collecting four rebounds, three assists and two steals in 28 minutes of action. An undrafted rookie out of Tulsa, Jeffries accrued averages of 13.2 points (.423 FG%, .545 3pt%, .714 FT%), 3.0 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 1.4 steals, 1.0 blocks and 27.7 minutes per game in five games with the Magic at the MGM Resorts NBA Summer League 2019.
From obscurity to the NBA Summer League, underdog DaQuan Jeffries takes his shot with the Magic
July 19, 2019
LAS VEGAS — DaQuan Jeffries scrawls the same reminder to himself on every pair of sneakers he wears in practices and in games.
The message is “2**.”
Two stars. That is how recruiting analysts ranked him as a high school senior. The so-called experts regarded him as nothing more than a middling college prospect.
The perceived snub still motivates him four years later.
It helps explain why, on the second day of a dull NBA Summer League back-to-back Wednesday, he looked more intense and more serious than any of his Orlando Magic teammates. In a game he hoisted 17 shots, he also played energetic, physical defense against the Brooklyn Nets. On one occasion, he blocked what should have been an easy fastbreak layup for the Nets. Coaches love hustle plays like that.
“I’ve always had a chip on my shoulder my whole career,” Jeffries said. “I feel like that’s how everybody should play.”
The Magic could sign Jeffries to an Exhibit 10 contract or to a two-way deal. Either of those outcomes likely would result in him spending most of the 2019-20 season playing for the franchise’s G-League affiliate in Lakeland.
Even a year toiling in the G League would prove his old doubters wrong.
The naysayers originally had legitimate reasons to feel skeptical. Jeffries did not start playing competitive basketball until eighth grade, and his coaches throughout high school made him a post player. There is nothing wrong about playing down low, but Jeffries measures only 6-foot-5 in sneakers, which is much too short to be an effective big man at a powerhouse college or in the pros. No wonder the recruiting analysts felt skittish about him.
He remained a post player during his freshman season at Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, Okla., and during his sophomore season at Western Texas College, a community college. His chances of a pro career looked bleak.
Jeffries’ lifeline came when he transferred to University of Tulsa, where coach Frank Haith moved him to shooting guard. Haith and assistant coach Shea Seals taught Jeffries the nuances of playing on the perimeter. For the first time in Jeffries’ career, coaches expected him to come off ball screens and feed the ball into the post.
“He’s only played on the perimeter in the two years he had here with me, and I think that’s what makes him so attractive as a player,” Haith said in a phone interview. “His best basketball is ahead of him because he is just developing that part of his game. He is so motivated because I think he knows that no one’s really looked at him as a frontline guy.”
Haith loves to tell two stories about Jeffries. The first is how Jeffries writes “2**” on his sneakers.
The second anecdote occurred last summer late on a Sunday afternoon. Haith was in his office at Tulsa’s practice facility catching up on paperwork when he heard a basketball bouncing in the gym. When Haith checked to see who was there, he saw Jeffries working out with his mom and younger brother nearby.
It was Sharonda Jeffries’ birthday, and her two sons were supposed to take her to dinner at The Cheesecake Factory. First, though, DaQuan wanted to sink 500 3-pointers, a sign of how determined he was to develop as a perimeter player. The family eventually went out to eat, but they arrived at The Cheesecake Factory later than they originally intended.
Jeffries made 36.6 percent of his 3-pointers as a Tulsa senior.
His chances of being drafted diminished when he bruised an abductor muscle in his left hip during May’s NBA Draft Combine. The injury forced him to cancel all 12 of the pre-draft workouts his agent had scheduled. If Jeffries had been able to work out for teams, he might have impressed decision-makers with his high-flying athleticism and grit. He also may have allayed any concerns about his long-range shooting.
On June 20, Jeffries and his family hosted 40 to 50 friends at their home in suburban Oklahoma City to watch the draft on TV.
No team picked Jeffries, adding another chip to his broad shoulders.
“Most definitely I had everybody come up to me and just say, ‘Hey, use it as motivation. You’ll get to where you want to be eventually,’ ” Jeffries recalled.
Haith has helped keep Jeffries’ spirits up, reminding him that in 2016, another American Athletic Conference player, point guard Fred VanVleet of Wichita State, went undrafted but developed into a key reserve for the NBA champion Toronto Raptors.
The Magic offered Jeffries an opportunity within 30 minutes of the draft’s conclusion, Jeffries said.
In four games with Orlando’s summer league team, he has averaged 14.5 points per game and made 11 of his 19 3-point attempts. He also has played tenacious defense.
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“He’s picking things up,” said Magic summer league coach Pat Delany. “He pays attention. He’s very coachable. I like when he’s aggressive, not only to score. I just think it puts our team in a better place. I think it helps his individual game. Then defensively, he’s competing.”
There have been some rough moments, though. He has gone just 8-for-27 on his 2-point shots. Though he tends to make the smart play, he still has turned the ball over eight times to go along with his nine assists.
Those mistakes might be a byproduct of playing alongside brand-new teammates.
Amile Jefferson, a Magic two-way player last season and a member of the Magic’s current summer league team, has been impressed.
“DaQuan’s a really good player,” Jefferson said. “He can really shoot it. He’s aggressive. He’s unbothered out there, and it’s really good to see a young guy come and play with that much verve and energy. You can come out there and easily be nervous, but I think he has great poise when he plays. He’s a really good defender.”
Jeffries will turn 22 in late August, and a year in the G League almost certainly would help him refine his game. After all, he has played on the perimeter for only two years.
“I’ve told a lot of folks in the NBA about this,” Haith said. “When it’s a full-time job for him, he’s going to be even better because the guy puts in the work. He’s going to be in the gym.”
And whenever Jeffries is in the gym, you can expect that his old two-star ranking will drive him.
On Wednesday, he wore a pair of white Nikes, and on the left edge of his left shoe, near the heel, was the familiar reminder, written in thin, faded, black marker: 2**.


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Raptors Continue NBA D-League Affiliate With Erie Bayhawks. “Nearly one-third of all NBA Draft picks have played for their NBA D-League affiliate since the program's inception, and these Raptors' Anthony Bennett requests to be sent to D-League for one game Anthony Bennett requested to be sent to the Raptors' D-League affiliate. He is the first No. 1 pick to ever be assigned to the Win The Moment 2.0: On the Identity of the New-Look Raptors 905 Of course, the Raptors couldn’t simply affiliate with Fort Wayne and force the other 12 teams out of the D-League altogether (I don’t think). The Bruno Caboclo conundrum shines a light on why the Toronto Raptors need their own D-League affiliate. By Michael Hoad Feb 25, 2015, 3:00pm EST Share this story

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