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)
D-Fenders Acquire Player Rights to Juwan Staten - 15 hours ago
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The Los Angeles D-Fenders have acquired the returning player rights to Juwan Staten (6'1''-PG-92, college: W.Virginia) from the Delaware 87ers in exchange for forward Roscoe Smith(6'9''-F-91, college: UNLV), it was announced today by General Manager Nick Mazzella. The deal is pending the successful completion of physicals. Staten currently plays for the Salon Vilpas Vikings in Finland, where he is averaging 12.6 points, 2.7 rebounds and 3.5 assists through 19 games. A 6-foot-1 point guard... [read more]
The Los Angeles D-Fenders have acquired the returning player rights to Juwan Staten (6'1''-PG-92, college: W.Virginia) from the Delaware 87ers in exchange for forward Roscoe Smith (6'9''-F-91, college: UNLV), it was announced today by General Manager Nick Mazzella. The deal is pending the successful completion of physicals. Staten currently plays for the Salon Vilpas Vikings in Finland, where he is averaging 12.6 points, 2.7 rebounds and 3.5 assists through 19 games. A 6-foot-1 point guard, Staten has career averages of 7.8 points, 3.9 assists and 2.1 rebounds in 28 NBA D-League games with the Santa Cruz Warriors and Delaware 87ers. The former Dayton and West Virginia standout has also played internationally in Belgium. Smith averaged 16.0 points and 9.1 rebounds in 67 career games with the D-Fenders. He leaves Los Angeles as the franchise's second-leading rebounder, totaling 609 in two seasons. Courtesy of: oursportscentral.com
Warriors bring in the big guns, shoot down Stars - 1 day ago
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The Santa Cruz Warriors at times struggled with Patrick McCaw (6'7''-G-95, college: UNLV), Kevon Looney (6'9''-F-96, college: UCLA) and Damian Jones (7'0''-C-95, college: Vanderbilt) in their starting lineup Friday night against the visiting Salt Lake City Stars. It appeared they might need to call upon the efforts of Draymond Green, who sat courtside to watch his three Golden State teammates at Kaiser Permanente Arena. But another fourth-quarter comeback - and another massive, off-the-be... [read more]
The Santa Cruz Warriors at times struggled with Patrick McCaw (6'7''-G-95, college: UNLV), Kevon Looney (6'9''-F-96, college: UCLA) and Damian Jones (7'0''-C-95, college: Vanderbilt) in their starting lineup Friday night against the visiting Salt Lake City Stars. It appeared they might need to call upon the efforts of Draymond Green, who sat courtside to watch his three Golden State teammates at Kaiser Permanente Arena. But another fourth-quarter comeback - and another massive, off-the-bench individual performance for Santa Cruz - ensured the Warriors' hot play of late continued. Reserve forward James Southerland looked like another one of Green's Golden State teammates when he caught fire from behind the arc Friday to lead the Warriors in their fourth-quarter comeback, dropping the Stars 113-104 in front of a sell-out crowd. Looney was solid, to be sure, finishing with 18 points and a Santa Cruz season-high 20 rebounds in just 23 minutes of work. But Southerland stole the show - and perhaps the win from Salt Lake City's grasp - when he deposited 17 of his game-high 29 points in the final stanza. 'To see James get hot, it was a lot of fun,' Looney said. 'It's something I'm used to (seeing at Golden State), and it was good to see him play well.' Southerland was 6 of 12 from 3-point range. And with a fourth-quarter offense geared around him hoisting improbable shots from beyond the arc, the 6-foot-8 forward made all four attempts and drew a shooting foul on another. The spark was all Santa Cruz needed. It led to a 20-8 run to start the fourth quarter and, eventually, the Warriors' seventh win in their last 10 games. 'James is an interesting guy. It doesn't matter what the situation is, he's just gonna shoot it,' said Warriors coach Casey Hill , who was feeling nostalgic after the game by sporting a Dakota Wizards hoodie. 'Tonight, he got hot and we were able to find him - both in screening situations and with him spacing the floor.' Phil Pressey (5'11''-PG-91, college: Missouri) finished with 20 points to go along with seven assists, while Alex Hamilton (6'4''-G-93, college: Louisiana Tech, agency: Three Eye Sports) provided nine points and a game-high 11 assists off the bench. Many of those dishes were to Looney, who also dominated on offense in the fourth quarter. Though his game was seemingly forgotten at times by Salt Lake City, Looney was the beneficiary of multiple put-back dunks and lack of help defense by the Stars, who were outscored 38-24 in the fourth quarter. Rebounding is where the 6-9 big earned his pay Friday, surpassing the season-high rebounding mark for the team through the first three quarters. Looney surpassed Dennis Clifford (7'1''-C-92, college: Boston Coll.)'s mark of 17 boards set on Dec. 9 with 18 rebounds in his first 18 minutes of play. 'I feel like I got stronger. I feel better, more in shape and more confident in slides and basketball movements,' Looney said of his development. Hill agreed with the sentiment. 'I think a lot of the stuff you saw tonight was a lot of the stuff you were seeing last year, but with him in way better shape, a good summer under his belt and a little bit more confidence,' Hill said of Looney, who played in 12 games for Santa Cruz last season while on assignment. 'He's got the same nose for the basketball.' Hill said he felt no added pressure to win Friday's game, despite the beefed-up roster. Not since February 2014 has Santa Cruz played with as many as three players on assignment from Golden State. In fact, Friday's tilt was just the third game since the team relocated to Santa Cruz for the 2012-13 season that the NBA parent club had assigned three players simultaneously to Surf City. Santa Cruz is now 3-0 with three assignment players in the rotation. 'Winning is a bonus, but the most important thing is getting these guys what they need,' Hill said. 'It's been good so far,' he added. 'I thought all three of them did a good job of seamlessly rolling into what we were doing. We had a couple of nasty possessions here and there, but that happens when you have new faces in the lineup. 'We got through it and I thought we finished the game strong.' McCaw struggled to find his shot in the first half. Though it appeared the 6-foot-7 rookie out of UNLV would catch fire - he had several shots rim in-and-out - McCaw finished with just five first-half points on 2-of-8 shooting, 1 of 5 from behind the arc. He had 10 for the game on 3-of-9 shooting to go along with five assists, while Jones finished with six points and seven rebounds. Hill said he liked McCaw's effort and energy. 'Offensively, he hasn't made shots down here. But he hasn't been afraid to shoot them either, which is a good sign,' Hill said of McCaw, who was playing for the second time in Santa Cruz this season. 'We need to continue to show that trend and he'll start making shots down here.' Looney was a different story. The second-year big man, playing for the first time this season in Santa Cruz, asserted himself in the paint, either fighting through traffic or muscling for rebounds. He pulled down 10 boards by the break. Salt Lake City took a 59-57 lead at the midway point, taking advantage of Santa Cruz's out-of-sorts play early on to lead by as many as 11 points in the first half. The Stars had a 20-4 run in the first quarter and a 12-0 run in the second quarter, so it was small victory for the Warriors to be trailing by just two at the break. Southerland's play off the bench kept it close, though. The 6-8 forward, who caught fire in the fourth quarter of Wednesday's win, carried over his deep-range game with 12 first-half points. He didn't score again until the fourth quarter, which began with Santa Cruz trailing 80-75. 'I would much rather have a 38-point third quarter,' Hill said of the recent come-from-behind efforts. 'But I'll take what I can get.' Courtesy of: santacruzsentinel.com
After being waived by the Atlanta Hawks then clearing waivers last week, Ryan Kelly (6'11''-PF-91, college: Duke) has joined the Maine Red Claws of the D-League. Kelly was originally drafted by the Los Angeles Lakers in the second round (No. 48 overall) in 2013. He spent three seasons with the Lakers before joining the Hawks as a free agent in October. Kelly carries NBA career averages of 6.2 points and 3.2 rebounds. He averaged just 1.1 points with the Hawks this season, as playing time... [read more]
After being waived by the Atlanta Hawks then clearing waivers last week, Ryan Kelly (6'11''-PF-91, college: Duke) has joined the Maine Red Claws of the D-League. Kelly was originally drafted by the Los Angeles Lakers in the second round (No. 48 overall) in 2013. He spent three seasons with the Lakers before joining the Hawks as a free agent in October. Kelly carries NBA career averages of 6.2 points and 3.2 rebounds. He averaged just 1.1 points with the Hawks this season, as playing time was scarce.
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