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 1 Toronto R. 58-24 
 2 Philadelphia 76ers 51-31 
 3 Boston C. 49-33 
 4 Brooklyn N. 42-40 
 5 New York K. 17-65 
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 2 Indiana P. 48-34 
 3 Detroit P. 41-41 
 4 Chicago B. 22-60 
 5 Cleveland C. 19-63 
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 3 Dallas M. 33-49 
 4 Memphis G. 33-49 
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Points Per Game
 James HARDEN
  Houston R.
  (196-SG-89)
  Avg: 35.6
 1. Harden, Houston R.35.6 
 2. George, Oklah.Ci.28.1 
 3. Leonard, Toronto R.27.7 
 4. Antetokounmp., Milwauke.27.5 
 5. James, LA Lakers27.4 
 6. Curry, Golden S.27.2 
 7. Durant, Golden S.27.0 
 8. Booker, Phoenix .26.6 
 9. Embiid, Philadel.26.4 
 10. Lillard, Portland.26.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Andre DRUMMOND
  Detro.
  (208-C-93)
  Avg: 15.5
 1. Drummond, Detro.15.5 
 2. Jordan, Dallas M.13.7 
 3. Embiid, Philadel.13.1 
 4. Gobert, Utah Jazz12.7 
 5. Antetokounmp., Milwauke.12.6 
 6. Towns, Minnesot.12.4 
 7. Capela, Houston R.12.3 
 8. Davis, N.Orleans P.12.0 
 9. Vucevic, Orlan.11.8 
 10. Whiteside, Miami Heat11.4 
Assists Per Game
 Russell WESTBROOK
  Oklah.Ci.
  (190-PG-88)
  Avg: 10.7
 1. Westbrook, Oklah.Ci.10.7 
 2. Wall, Washington W.8.7 
 3. James, LA Lakers8.3 
 4. Lowry, Toronto R.8.3 
 5. Teague, Minnesot.8.2 
 6. Young, Atlanta H.8.1 
 7. Rondo, LA Lakers8.0 
 8. Paul, Houston R.7.7 
 9. Holiday, N.Orlean.7.7 
 10. Payton, N.Orlean.7.6 
Steals Per Game
 Robert COVINGTON
  Minnesot.
  (206-F-90)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Covington, Minnesot.2.3 
 2. George, Oklah.Ci.2.2 
 3. Harden, Houston R.2.1 
 4. Paul, Houston R.2.0 
 5. Westbrook, Oklah.Ci.1.9 
 6. Smart, Boston C.1.8 
 7. Oladipo, Indiana P.1.7 
 8. Holiday, Chicago B.1.7 
 9. Leonard, Toronto R.1.7 
 10. Drummond, Detro.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Myles TURNER
  Indiana P.
  (211-C/F-96)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Turner, Indiana P.2.6 
 2. Davis, N.Orleans P.2.4 
 3. Robinson, New Y.2.4 
 4. Gobert, Utah Jazz2.3 
 5. Lopez, Milwauke.2.2 
 6. McGee, LA Lakers2.0 
 7. Embiid, Philadel.2.0 
 8. Whiteside, Miami Heat1.9 
 9. Drummond, Detro.1.7 
 10. Antetokounmp., Milwauke.1.6 
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The Road Less Travelled Alen Smailagic Journey to the G-League! - Apr 16, 2019


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The Road Less Travelled Alen Smailagic Journey to the G-League!

Alem Smailagic journey from Belgrade Serbia to NBA draft hopeful is groundbreaking. He's the youngest player to play in G-League history. He previously played for Beko Belgrade in the Serbian Youth selection including playing for their U19 team last season when he averaged 21.7ppg 11.1rbpg and 1.9rbpg. He signed with the famed Wasserman agency and decided to give the G-League a try. Shortly after turning 18 years old he was selected by South Bay Lakers who then traded the rights to Golden States Santa Cruz franchise. G-League team Santa Cruz wasn't a stranger to having Serbian players on their team as previously Ognjen Kuzmic had made a major impact for the club in previous seasons.

Alen struggled at his time with his adjustment to the size and speed of the US game and playing against older players who are focused on making their dreams of NBA stardom come true. He's got a solid array of skills, he's long at 208cm, he's extremely young for his age as well. On the court he can shoot, he has good shooting mechanics and range out to the three point line. Like most players who come up through the ranks of Serbian basketball he's fundamentally sound, he can set screens, play off the ball and is effective in pick and roll situations, especially moving without the ball and rolling to the basket. He's strong and athletic for his size/age and wasn't intimidated by facing the more experienced competition. For a player with his size/skill combo he doesn't score particularly well in a traditional post sense and is inconsistent from three. His shooting strength is finishing near the basket, he struggled from mid range which the NBA is moving away from anyway.

Playing in the G-League means more isolation basketball, teammates and players who are more interested in filling up the boxscore than being good teammate and winning games. When older players are playing for their livelihood it doesn't coincide well with developing young players from Eastern Europe. Alen is used to playing a more team orientated game where everyone touches the ball regardless if they can handled and creating off the dribble isn't always necessary. He got off to a slow start in the US before improving his play down the stretch as he got more comfortable. The team went 35-16 on the season and Alen played in 48 games for the club. He averaged 17.1mpg 9.1ppg 4rbpg 1aspg .9stl .9blks while shooting 58.4% from two, 23.8% from three and 66.7% from the FT line.

The outlook for Alen is very good, he will be eligible for this years NBA draft and is likely to get picked even if it is only as a draft and stash player. If you look at his improvement over the last two seasons few players in the world have made as big of a jump in such a short period of time. Only time will tell if he is a bonafide NBA player, you can already write however that Alen has been groundbreaking so far in his travels.
  




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Raptors outlast Bucks in double-overtime thriller - 6 hours ago
Milwaukee B. - Toronto R. 112-118 Toronto Raptors survived a double-overtime thriller to tame Milwaukee Bucks and cut the deficit in the series. Raptors made 21-of-26 free shots (80.8 percent) during the game. They also forced 20 Bucks turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 28 assists. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Raptors made 10 blocks. 30 personal fouls committed by Bucks helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities.    [read more]

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Cavaliers agree to terms with Bickerstaff to become associate head coach - 4 hours ago
The Cleveland Cavaliers have agreed to terms with John-Blair Bickerstaff to become the team's associate head coach, Cavaliers General Manager Koby Altman announced today from Cleveland Clinic Courts. "We couldn't be happier or feel more fortunate that J.B. is joining us as associate head coach. Having someone with J.B.'s level of experience join Coach Beilein, in partnership and leadership, to guide our team is something we are confident is an excellent addition for us,' said Altman. 'J.B.    [read more]

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The New Orleans Pelicans have hired Brooklyn Nets assistant general manager Trajan Langdon as the team's new GM, a source confirmed to NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune on Sunday morning (May 19). Langdon was one of six candidates to interview for the Pelicans' executive Vice President of basketball operations position that went to David Griffin. Now, Griffin and Langdon will work together. Langdon is the assistant GM in Brooklyn but is coming to New Orleans with a bigger role and the title o...   [read more]


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