Rick Jackson claims D-League weekly honour - Dec 5, 2012
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Rick Jackson (206-F-89) had an amazing evening in the last round for Austin T. and that's him to receive a USBasket.com Player of the Week award for round 6. The 23-year old forward had a double-double of 18 points and eleven rebounds, while his team beat Idaho S. (#8, 0-4), the league's bottom-ranked team 97-82. Austin T. maintains the 5th position in D-League. Austin T. is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 2-2 record. It was one of impressive evenings for Jackson as usually he does not deliver so high stats. Rick Jackson averages just after three games 11.0ppg and 7.7rpg.
The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was young guard Travis Leslie (193-G-90) of Santa Cruz W.. Leslie impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 21 points and 14 rebounds. Bad luck as Santa Cruz W. lost that game 95-102 to slightly higher-ranked Bakersfield J. (#2, 3-1). It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the title. Santa Cruz W. still maintains its place in the top 3 of the standings, even despite this loss. His team's 2-1 record is not bad at all. Leslie is a newcomer at Santa Cruz W. and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders.
The third best performed player last round was another Austin T.'s star - Canadian Cory Joseph (190-PG-91). Joseph showcased his all-around game by recording 15 points, ten rebounds and eight assists in the last round. He was another key player of Austin T., helping his team with a 97-82 easy win against Idaho S. (#8, 0-4). Austin T. needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 2 victories and 2 lost games. Joseph has a great season in D-L. After only 2 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 12.0ppg (5th best).
Other top performing players last week: 4. John Jenkins (193-G-91) of Bakersfield J. - 22 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists 5. Mike Davis (205-F-88) of Sioux Falls S. - 8 points, 14 rebounds and 4 assists 6. Justin Holiday (198-F-89) of Idaho S. - 14 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists 7. Sean Evans (203-F-88) of Idaho S. - 26 points and 9 rebounds 8. Chris Wright (203-F-88) of Maine RC - 17 points, 12 rebounds and 2 assists 9. Brian Butch (211-C/F-84) of Bakersfield J. - 11 points, 14 rebounds and 2 assists 10. Cliff Tucker (198-G/F) of Springfield A. - 12 points and 11 rebounds
The Player of the week is chosen based on efficiency calculation, but also including game result, importance of the game, if played recorded double-double/triple-double, etc. The efficiency formula is a combination of various formulas used by different basketball organizations/leagues. We got involved many basketball scouts and journalists to assure it's accuracy. The formula: 1.5*PTS + 3* (REB+AST+ST+BL-TO) - 2*BSAG - 4*PF + 3*PFRV + 4* (2FGPM+3FGPM) + 1.5*FTM - 3* (2FGPA-2FGPM) - 3* (3FGPA-3FGPM) - (FTA-FTM)
Mad Ants eliminate Drive from playoff contention - 18 hours ago
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The Grand Rapids Drive (22-24) came back from 20 points down to tie the score at 99 after trailing the entire game, but the Fort Wayne Mad Ants (28-19) took back control from there and eliminated the Drive from the playoff picture, prevailing 126-119. The Drive went on an 18-6 run to open the fourth quarter after trailing by eight at the end of the first quarter and 13 at halftime. Henry Ellenson converted a three-point play to force the game's first tie, but Tyler Hansbrough (6'9''-F-85,... [read more]
The Grand Rapids Drive (22-24) came back from 20 points down to tie the score at 99 after trailing the entire game, but the Fort Wayne Mad Ants (28-19) took back control from there and eliminated the Drive from the playoff picture, prevailing 126-119. The Drive went on an 18-6 run to open the fourth quarter after trailing by eight at the end of the first quarter and 13 at halftime. Henry Ellenson converted a three-point play to force the game's first tie, but Tyler Hansbrough (6'9''-F-85, college: N.Carolina) responded with a three-point play of his own immediately after and the Drive were not able to tie the game back again. The NBA veteran Hansbrough had 28 points and 11 rebounds for Fort Wayne, Alex Poythress (6'8''-F-93, college: Kentucky) had 30 points on 12-of-16 shooting with eight rebounds and Trey McKinney-Jones had 17 points and 10 rebounds. Jordan Loyd (6'4''-G-93, college: Indianapolis, agency: Three Eye Sports) also had 21 points, as he and Hansbrough combined to go 23-of-24 from the foul line. As a team, the Mad Ants hit 34 of 39 free throws. On the Drive's side, Kevin Murphy (6'5''-G-90, college: Tenn Tech) led the team in scoring for the third consecutive game with a game-high 32 points. Lorenzo Brown (6'5''-G-90, college: N.Carolina St.) had 28 points and five rebounds and Ray McCallum (6'3''-PG-91, college: Detroit Mercy) had 23 points and seven assists. Pistons assignee Ellenson had 13 points and 12 rebounds before fouling out. A physical defense for the Drive meant the whistle was their enemy all night. They committed 33 fouls to 17 for the Mad Ants, and even after Brown dunked to cut the Fort Wayne lead to two in the fourth quarter the Drive bench was whistled for a costly technical. The Drive were very efficient from the field, especially in the second half, finishing shooting 52 percent from the field and 38 percent from three-point range. But it was not enough to make up for the Mad Ants' prolific volume and efficiency at the charity stripe, especially since they supplemented it with 48 percent shooting from the field and 12 offensive rebounds to six for the Drive. Grand Rapids pulled within a half-game of Fort Wayne in the standings on Feb. 22 when they beat Long Island to improve their record to 20-17, but the teams have gone in opposite directions since, and this loss put an end to the Drive's playoff hopes. They will remain without a playoff appearance in three seasons as a franchise. These teams meet for a rematch in Grand Rapids tomorrow night, March 25 at the DeltaPlex. Courtesy of: oursportscentral.com
If Thursday night's game turns out to be a preview of the upcoming NBA D-League playoffs, fans in Portland are in for a show. The Canton Charge - who swept Maine in two games last spring - had their way with the Red Claws Thursday night, leading from start to finish and even rubbing salt in the wound at the end of a 110-99 victory before a crowd of 2,287. Kay Felder (5'9''-PG-95, college: Oakland), a 5-foot-9 rookie guard on assignment from the parent Cleveland Cavaliers, drove in a for a... [read more]
If Thursday night's game turns out to be a preview of the upcoming NBA D-League playoffs, fans in Portland are in for a show. The Canton Charge - who swept Maine in two games last spring - had their way with the Red Claws Thursday night, leading from start to finish and even rubbing salt in the wound at the end of a 110-99 victory before a crowd of 2,287. Kay Felder (5'9''-PG-95, college: Oakland), a 5-foot-9 rookie guard on assignment from the parent Cleveland Cavaliers, drove in a for a dunk that didn't quite beat the final buzzer but certainly will be remembered should the teams meet again in April. Felder finished with 26 points on 12-of-33 shooting that included flushes of two alley-oop passes. He also had nine assists. 'We talked about him a fair bit this week,' Red Claws Coach Scott Morrison said. 'I didn't think his scoring was the end of us (Thursday). I thought our transition defense was the reason we lost the game, but Felder also hurt us passing the ball. We've got to be able to contest his shots without taking three guys to do it.' The loss ended a four-game winning streak for the Red Claws (28-18), whose magic number remains two for clinching a third straight Atlantic Division title. They have four games left, including a regular-season home finale Sunday afternoon against Reno. Canton (29-18) stands in second place in the Central Division. 'We're not clinched in the playoffs,' Canton Coach Nate Reinking said. 'So for us, we're trying to get the mentality like every game is a playoff game. Tonight we came out, we played extremely well but we knew Maine, they've got firepower, too.' Canton jumped to leads of 10-2 and 27-13 before the Claws cut it to eight after one quarter. They came as close as four (44-40) midway through the second on a 3-pointer by Coron Williams (6'1''-PG-89, college: Wake Forest) before Canton went on a 12-0 run and entered halftime with a 63-44 lead. Eric Moreland (6'10''-F-91, college: Oregon St.) (14 points, 16 rebounds) took a Felder pass and dunked early in the third for a 79-51 advantage, Canton's largest of the night. With help from two Celtics assigned to Maine, Jordan Mickey (6'8''-F-94, college: LSU, agency: Babcock Sports) and Demetrius Jackson, the Claws cut the margin to single digits in the fourth and with two minutes left had two open looks from deep to make it a five-point game, but attempts from both Marcus Georges-Hunt and Jackson rimmed out. 'It was important for us to show that fight,' said Mickey, who led Maine in points (20) and rebounds (11). 'We battled back. We didn't quit.' John Holland led Canton with 28 points on 16 fewer shots (11 of 17) than Felder. Williams had 18 for Maine, Jackson 16 and Abdel Nader (6'6''-F-93, college: Iowa St.) 14. After Jackson made two free throws with 6.4 seconds left, both teams relaxed, assuming Canton would dribble out the clock. Instead, Felder brought the ball up court and dunked, with Mickey coming over to contest it. 'No NBA team I know of would do that,' Mickey said. 'I know the Celtics wouldn't do it for sure and I doubt the Cavaliers would so something like that. Guys know better than to do stuff like that.' He paused. 'I'll keep that in the back of my mind,' he said, 'if we happen to play these guys again.' Courtesy of: pressherald.com
Stokes comes back to Sioux Falls Skyforce - 2 days ago
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Sioux Falls Skyforce strengthened their roster with addition of 23-year old forward Jarnell Stokes (201-113kg-94, college: Tennessee). It is actually his comeback to Sioux Falls Skyforce as he has played here before. Stokes played atDenver Nuggets in the NBA, but was released by the team in Nov.'16. But in two games he recorded just 1.5ppg, 1.0rpg and 1.0apg this season. The last season Stokes played at another team Sioux Falls Skyforce where in 35 games he averaged impressive 20.7ppg, 9.... [read more]
Sioux Falls Skyforce strengthened their roster with addition of 23-year old forward Jarnell Stokes (201-113kg-94, college: Tennessee). It is actually his comeback to Sioux Falls Skyforce as he has played here before. Stokes played at Denver Nuggets in the NBA, but was released by the team in Nov.'16. But in two games he recorded just 1.5ppg, 1.0rpg and 1.0apg this season. The last season Stokes played at another team Sioux Falls Skyforce where in 35 games he averaged impressive 20.7ppg, 9.2rpg, 1.4apg and 1.0spg. Great season indeed as he was selected USBasket.com All-D-League Player of the Year, Forward of the Year and voted to 1st Team. Three years ago he was drafted by Utah Jazz (NBA) in second round (35th overall). Stokes attended University of Tennessee until 2014 and it is his third season in pro basketball. He represented USA at the World Championships U19 in Prague (Czech Republic) four years ago. Stokes' team won Gold and his stats at that event were 9 games: 7.2ppg, 4.6rpg, FGP: 60.0%, FT: 55.0%. Stokes has played previously professionally in other NBA team (New Orleans Pelicans, Miami Heat and Memphis Grizzlies) and D-League (Iowa Energy).
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