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Pro Update 12-4

Posted by Josh on December 4, 2006

It’s been a while. A week, to be precise. Here’s what’s up.

NBA

Carmelo Anthony still leads the league in scoring having raised his average to over 32ppg. After scoring 37 in his battle with Hakim Warrick last Wednesday, he’s had 35 in a
Friday win over the T-wolves and 38 the next night in a thumping of the Pacers. This makes the 2nd time this year that he has had 30 points in six straight games. He will go for #7 (and sole possession of the Nuggets’ team record in that category) Wednesday vs Atlanta. He is shooting over 50% from the field and has even started to find his outside touch, without hoisting threes indiscriminately (2-3 from deep in each game).

Warrick, meanwhile, continues his solid (and at times team-leading) play for the Grizzlies. He had 22 vs. the Clippers and 17 vs. the Heat in the past week. He consistently hits over 50% from the floor, and has only missed 2 foul shots in his last 8 games.

Etan Thomas, though he has taken over the starting center role for Washington this year, is still basically splitting minutes evenly with Brendan Haywood. In 3 games last week, he had 6 rebounds in each game, while scoring 6, 10, and 0 points, and blocking a few shots. He is still efficient though. His 10 points were on 5-10 from the floor (though he was 4-4 in the first quarter). His 6 points were on 3-3 shooting, and when he went scoreless he only took 2 shots. Since he is not counted on to score major points on a team with Gilbert Arenas and Antawn Jamison, his production will naturally fluctuate in this way. But he is still contributing whenever he is on the floor.

Jason Hart got into a couple games last week. He played 10 minutes and had 5 points vs. Dallas (although it was all in the 4th quarter with his team down by 20) and played 3 seconds the next night vs. San Antonio, picking up 2 fouls. Not the greatest showing. This also suggests that he has not been officially Inactive for the games he doesn’t play. He is just riding the pine as the 3rd-string PG.

JAPAN

Damone Brown finished the first 12-game portion of the Superleague season with the following stats (league rank in parentheses):

  • 20.7 ppg (9)
  • 9.7 rpg (7)
  • 5.0 apg (3)
  • 1.4 steals (7)
  • 0.9 blocks (6)
  • 1.4 dunks (3)

The season resumes in late January, after a long break for the Asian Games, followed by the All-Star game (on 1/14) and another mini training camp. All-Star rosters not yet released, though fan voting is closed.

Meanwhile, Ryan Blackwell continues to represent. He had 30 & 8 on Saturday, followed by 26 & 13 on Sunday as his team split their weekend series. He is 2nd in the league in FG% at over 57%. Their leaderboard only shows the top 3 players in each category. He is averaging 20.7 ppg overall, which is not top 3 but is almost certainly top 10, since #3 averages 22ppg and there are only 9 teams.

EUROPE

Breaking News: Otis Hill was apparently not satisfied with his situation in Croatia because he has left the team and signed with Anwil Wloclawek in Poland. Here is an interview (in Polish) he gave to the Polish media, in which he says (I think) that he wanted to stay in Poland when he played there in 04-05, but there were contract issues which forced him to leave; if you wish, you can copy the text and dump it into this mediocre translator. I have no idea whether this represents a step up or down from the Adriatic Basketball Association, but I will say that I don’t recognize many of the player names on the Ekstraliga league leaders. Anwil is currently in 2nd place in their league. Otis stepped immediately into the starting lineup and had 11 points and 7 rebounds in their game on Saturday.

Meanwhile, Josh Pace has also left his team in Finland. A small news item on this page (scroll down, look for Josh’s picture) indicates that the team was not satisfied with his play, which is odd because he averaged 14 points and 6 rebounds for them, 3rd on the team in both categories. Here is a very poorly computer-translated news release from the Korisliiga web page. I will let you know if he signs with another team anytime soon.

It has already been reported that Gerry McNamara has left Olympiakos. We’ve been indicating all along that he got no PT while in Greece, which is true as far as the regular season. He did get some time in an exhibition game back in October, scoring 9 points on what appears to be three 3-pointers. Still no official press release on the team’s website about Gerry’s departure, nor on the Euroleague page.

As for the guys who are not leaving their teams (yet): Preston Shumpert sat most of his team’s Euroleague game Thursday with foul trouble, scoring 3 points in 9 minutes. But he bounced back with 18 points & 4 rebounds Sunday in an Italian League matchup vs. a team featuring former Providence Friar Donnie McGrath. And Elvir Ovcina had 3 points & 6 boards in a European Cup game on Tuesday, followed by 11 points and 13 rebounds on Saturday in Belgian league play.

ABA

Kueth Duany had 9 points and 6 rebounds Thursday as Buffalo beat the Hammond (IN) Rollers. (Scroll to the bottom for most recent partial box score.) Lazarus Sims’ Razorsharks lost to Detroit but no indication of how Z performed in that game.

See you in another few days!

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