Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Your Daily Dose of D-League

Your 2007 D League All Star Game just got a little more mediocre. Jared Reiner, James White, and Louis Amundson will be being replaced by Luke Schenscher, Quemont Greer, and Rick Rickert, respectively. Rickert, the most mediocre of the bunch, will ensure Colorado having 4 all stars in the game after all, even though he's just made 7 starts on the season. In his defense, he has put up pretty respectable numbers, with 11.9 PPG, 6.1 RPG, and a 50.2 FG% in just under 22 1/2 minutes a game. Schenscher is more or less the same player, except he's made 28 starts for Fort Worth this season, putting up 10 and 7 exactly while shooting 52.6%. Greer is probably the most flashy of the replacements, as he's been one of the best scorers in the league not to be called up this year, putting up 17.2 a game while shooting 46.3% from the field. Greer and Schenscher will be replacements on an already lackluster East squad, while Rickert will be joining the West.

My original post on the D League All Star Game is here, and I wouldn't say too much of my analysis changes as a result of these changes, except I'd clearly change my horrid guesses at the percent chances of certain guys getting a callup this year.

Yesterday's Action:

-Austin Toros 85 @ Sioux Falls Skyforce 94
And so the win streak ends at 9. BJ Elder, Cheyne Gadson, and Jamar Smith shot a combined 15-46 and the Toros shot 42.9% on the whole, good enough to be outshot by 5.2%, a number that proved the difference in this game. Loren Woods led Austin with 16 points and 8 rebounds, while Frank Williams, D League All Star Stephen Graham, and Jeff Varem all had at least 15 points for Sioux Falls.

-Arkansas RimRockers 94 @ Albuquerque Thunderbirds 131
The Thunderbirds shot 57% as a team and outrebounded Arkansas by 23. Dijon Thompson was 11-11 from the field en route to scoring 24 points for Albuquerque while Tony Bland poured in 21 of his own and Andreas Glyniadakis and Duane Erwin each had 19 in this lopsided affair.

-Tulsa 66ers 108 @ Anaheim Arsenal 97
Pretty uninspiring matchup, to say the least. Desmon Farmer and all star snub Denham Brown dropped 25 and 23, respectively while another all star snub, Jawad Williams, produced 27 for Anaheim. The game of the night, however, goes to Community College graduate Majic Dorsey, who had 22 points, 14 assists, and 8 rebounds, missing the triple double by a hair. By contrast, he's averaged 11.2, 4.2, and 2.1 on the season.

dude went off. looks like a hard muthafucka, too.

Dakota Wizards 86 @ Bakersfield Jam 90
That's embarrassing. Dakota threw up the stinker of the season, and a day after I said the following, "Fort Worth vs. Dakota: On paper, you probably have to like Dakota in this matchup going into the second half," they lost to league worst Bakersfield Jam for the second time in a row. They dropped to 4-8 in their last 12, and out of first place by half a game in the East, behind Fort Worth. Newly elected all star Quemont Greer had a game, putting up 20 on 9-12 shooting, but the rest of the team shot 21-60 (35%), including Too Much Rod Benson's especially frustrating game, going 3-10 while committing 3 fouls. On Bakersfield's side, Gerry McNamara continued his poor shooting ways, going 3-8 for 7 points (he's at 38.6% on the year), which means we have to bring back this little picture.

38.6%. in the d league. you ass.

(Why Did We Draft) Patrick O'Bryant continues to show signs of life, as he had 10 points and 13 rebounds despite his 3-10 shooting night. I still would never ever draft him. Rounding out the Bakersfield notables were Tamar Slay (yes, THAT Tamar Slay!) with 21 (bringing his season average all the way up to 4.7) and Mateen Cleaves (yes, THAT Mateen Cleaves!) with 10 points and 8 assists. Oh Scooter McFagdon (lolololol) had 10 points.

won't give up basketball.

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