One of the NBA's most gifted players ever, has now been out of the league since 2010. A sure fire HOF candidate when eligible, former #1 overall draft pick Allen Iverson has been searching for the answer to his question for the past 2.5 years, why won't an NBA team give me a chance, bench player or not. Even though that answer remains elusive, AI has been busy, he played in a number of exhibition games in China this past month, and played as if he was trying to get the attention of one of the top (at least money wise) leagues in the world, the CBA.
Iverson still and always will have the skill, no one can take that away from him, but at the age of 36 ( turning 37 in early June), father time has caught up with him, no longer as quick, no longer as crafty, he now must rely on his intelligence as a player, and ability rather then his trademark speed, and relentless pursuit to the basket. The question, is will a CBA team look at this as Marbury 2.0, or just another publicity stunt to pad AI's wallet, for his well documented financial issues.
Only a handful of teams can afford what Iverson likely will command in terms of pay, as well as off court stuff. Beijing and Shanghai, the 2 most desirable cities to live in for foreign players, won't be available as Marbury has all but cemented his legacy in China, and Shanghai traditionally is a no risk team. That leaves the rest of the league. Xinjiang the powerhouse team, that has recently tilted the financial boundaries in the CBA, likely wont make the same mistake twice, as they did last year signing a NBA veteran, Shanxi, the 1st team to lure a proven NBA All Star, in Marbury, won't have interest, as standing now trumps showing. So who will take the Answer, that leaves a lot of questions from now till the star of the 2012-13 CBA season
The 2016 NBA Draft is in the books, with teams trying to reshape their future by adding the best young talent available on Thursday night at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. The Philadelphia 76ers, who lost a whopping 72 games this season, took LSU forward Benjamin Simmons (6'10''-F-96) with the first pick, hoping the 6'10 playmaker can be as productive as their last No. 1 overall pick, guard Allen Iverson in 1996. With the second pick, the Los Angeles Lakers took forward Brandon Ingram... [read more]
The 2016 NBA Draft is in the books, with teams trying to reshape their future by adding the best young talent available on Thursday night at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.
The Philadelphia 76ers, who lost a whopping 72 games this season, took LSU forward Benjamin Simmons (6'10''-F-96) with the first pick, hoping the 6'10 playmaker can be as productive as their last No. 1 overall pick, guard Allen Iverson in 1996.
With the second pick, the Los Angeles Lakers took forward Brandon Ingram (6'8''-SF-97) out of Duke with their second consecutive No. 2 overall selection. But after that, the draft was anyone's guess.
One thing is certain on draft night: there will be trades galore, and even more rumors throughout the night. Already on Tuesday, the Indiana Pacers acquired Thaddeus Young from the Brooklyn Nets for the 20th pick in this draft plus a future second-rounder, and the Sacramento Kings sent Marco Belinelli to the Charlotte Hornets for the 22nd pick.
The Phoenix Suns, who drafted Croat forward Dragan Bender (7'0''-PF-97) with the fourth pick, also traded with the Sacramento Kings for the eighth pick, and grabbed forward Marquese Chriss (6'9''-F-97) out of Washington.
Serge Ibaka is the biggest draft day name traded, headed to the Orlando Magic in a package that includes Victor Oladipo, Ersan Ilyasova and the 11th overall pick, Gonzaga center Domantas Sabonis (6'10''-F/C-96) going back to the Oklahoma City Thunder.
The Oklahoma City Thunder have traded forward Serge Ibaka (208-109kg-89) to the Orlando Magic for Victor Oladipo (6'4''-G-92, college: Indiana), Ersan Ilyasova (6'10''-F-87) and the newly drafted Domantas Sabonis (6'10''-F/C-96), perhaps tweaking the roster to appeal to soon-to-be free agent Kevin Durant. The Magic announced the deal Thursday night. Ibaka has been one of the league's top defenders, but his offensive production has dipped the past two seasons. He averaged career highs of 1... [read more]
Ibaka has been one of the league's top defenders, but his offensive production has dipped the past two seasons. He averaged career highs of 15.1 points and 8.8 rebounds in 2013-14, but those numbers fell to 12.6 points and 6.8 rebounds last season.
Oladipo fills Oklahoma City's need for a two-way shooting guard. He averaged 16 points, 4.8 rebounds and 3.9 assists last season.
Sabonis, the No. 11 overall pick, is the son of former NBA player Arvydas Sabonis. The 6-foot-11 power forward from Gonzaga averaged 17.6 points and 11.8 rebounds last season.
Ilyasova averaged 10.4 points for Detroit and Orlando last season.
Oklahoma City's top concern, aside from re-signing Durant, has been strengthening its shooting guard position, a weakness since trading James Harden to Houston in 2012. This past season, Oklahoma City used a combination of defensive stopper Andre Roberson and the scoring-minded Dion Waiters at that spot, with Randy Foye mixed in.
Roberson, a 6-foot-7 leaper, improved on offense in the playoffs and has potential, but his career marks of 3.6 points per game and 27.4 percent from 3-point range put him in danger of being replaced.
Waiters, while a solid offensive threat, shot 35.8 percent from beyond the 3-point arc last season and has a 33.4 percent career mark. He is a restricted free agent, and adding Oladipo would soften the blow if the Thunder weren't able to resign him. Oladipo had two of his best games last season against the Thunder - 21 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists on Oct. 30, and a 37-point outing on Feb. 3.
Ibaka emerged from raw talent to core piece for the Thunder along with Durant and Russell Westbrook. He led the league with 3.7 blocks per game in 2011-12 and led the league in the same category again the next season. He was on the NBA's All-Defensive first team three straight years.
As the game changed and Ibaka was drawn away from the basket more by perimeter shooting big men, Ibaka became valuable as a versatile defender who could still block shots, yet still keep up with guards on switches.
Ibaka emerged as an offensive player during the 2013-14 season while Westbrook was out with a knee injury and averaged career-highs of 15.1 points and 8.8 rebounds while leading the league in total blocks. The next season, Ibaka extended his consistent mid-range jumper out to three-point range, but his overall averages fell and he missed the final part of the season with a knee injury. Last season saw more offensive regression, as his 3-point percentage fell from 37.6 percent to 32.6.
The Pacers have acquired Thaddeus Young (6'8''-F-88, college: Georgia Tech) from the Nets in exchange for the No. 20 overall pick in tonight's NBA Draft and a future protected second-rounder, Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical reports. The scribe had reported earlier that several Western Conference teams had been aggressively pursuing Young, who Brooklyn was looking to deal to the highest bidder in an effort to land a first round pick, which it nabbed from Indiana in the swap. This is the... [read more]
The Pacers have acquired Thaddeus Young (6'8''-F-88, college: Georgia Tech) from the Nets in exchange for the No. 20 overall pick in tonight's NBA Draft and a future protected second-rounder, Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical reports. The scribe had reported earlier that several Western Conference teams had been aggressively pursuing Young, who Brooklyn was looking to deal to the highest bidder in an effort to land a first round pick, which it nabbed from Indiana in the swap. This is the second big move by Indiana in the past two days, with the team landing point guard Jeff Teague from Atlanta in a three-team trade on Wednesday. It certainly appears that team executive Larry Bird is serious about retooling his squad for new coach Nate McMillan. For Brooklyn, flipping Young for a first-rounder clearly signals that the franchise is shifting into full-rebuild mode. Given the Nets' lack of talent, it is a bit puzzling why they would give up on Young, who is under contract for three more seasons at a fairly reasonable rate. Young, 28, is slated to earn $12,078,652 next season, $12,921,348 in 2017/18 and $13,764,045 the final year. In 73 appearances for Brooklyn this past season, Young averaged 15.1 points, 9.0 rebounds and 1.9 assists in 33.0 minutes per outing. His shooting line was .514/.233/.644. Courtesy of:
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