2006-07 Preseason Notes - Week 4: |
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October 27th preseason notes
Robert Swift, center for the Sonics, will miss the
season with a knee injury. Swift had been projected to split time with Johan
Petro. Ordinarily this would represent an opportunity for someone like Petro
to step up and have fantasy value however he has not shown this type of
potential yet. Swifts injury will like give the Sonics more reason to play
Nick Collison who has played well in the preseason.
Marvin Williams broke a bone in his hand and will be out
6-8 weeks. Players to potentially see more playing time are Josh Childress
and Shelden Williams. Sheldon Williams may be available in your league and
with the extra playing time has the potential to contribute points, rebounds,
October 26th Preseason Notes
Rookie Marcus Williams is averaging 15.5 pts and 6.6
asts in 5 preseason games. He is a viable late round selection who has the
potential to contribute in the coveted assist category.
Kyle Korver is averaging 18 ppg in 5 preseason games
including shooting 56% three pointers. It appears as he has fended off the
threat to his playing time from rookie Rodney Carney.
Rudy Gay has led the Grizzlies in preseason scoring but
has shot only 39.5% FG. He has shown multi category potential by averaging
over 1 bpg and over 1 spg.
Hakim Warrick has led Memphis in playing time in the
preseason and could make for a good late round selection.
Jason Maxiell continues to be consistent in the
preseason with 14 pts and 6 reb yesterday.
Jason Terry and Jerry Stackhouse played their first
preseason game yesterday.
Wally Szczerbiak is leading the Celtics in preseason
scoring average. Note that he is coming off of offseason surgery.
Sebastian Telfair has had a good preseason averaging 15
pts on 54% FG and 4 apg.
With TJ Ford sitting out, Jose Calderon started and had
19 pts and 7 ast.
Eddie Griffin had 10 pts, 12 reb, and 3 bl however his
playing time will likely be volatile in the regular season.
Steve Novak has now hit 18 treys in 6 preseason games at
50% for Houston.
Mike Bibby will miss the first couple weeks of the
season with an injured finger. Ronnie Price and Jason Hart will likely split
his minutes but it should not be anticipated that either will surface with
Brandon Roy had 14 pts, 8 ast, and 4 reb. He is
averaging 3.4 apg in 7 preseason games which indicates he may be better in
this category than I had for his projections.
Sean Livingston had 10 assists and 1 TO. It appears he
may be ready to take over for Sam Cassell who has been slowed by injuries.
Robert Swift will miss some time with a knee injury.
This could translate into an opportunity for Nick Collison who has had a good
October 25th Preseason Notes
The article following was sent to me by a subscriber. I
have not seen this article referenced elsewhere.
By Craig Morgan, Tribune
October 18, 2006
Two weeks ago in Italy, Mike D’Antoni and Amaré
Stoudemire had what amounted to a father-son chat. There was no wine offered.
Just a simple message endorsed by owner Robert Sarver: If you don’t dedicate
yourself to this team 100 percent, you won’t be playing. Stoudemire had just
skipped another workout, complaining of pain in both surgically repaired
“Mike had had enough,” said a source familiar with
the situation. Two weeks have passed and Stoudemire has not missed a workout
or complained of pain in his knees since, although he did minimal work at
Tuesday's shootaround due to stiffness. Coincidence? Hardly.
But if you think the star forward is now a model
citizen who just needs to hone his conditioning and timing, think again.
Stoudemire’s biggest hurdle in his comeback attempt
may have less to do with rust and more to do with the jersey number he is
wearing this season — No. 1 — and all the attitude that it embodies. As a
matter of coincidence, it is the same number microfracture poster child Penny
Hardaway wore in Phoenix.
For those keeping score, Stoudemire played 18 minutes
in Tuesday’s exhibition loss to the Clippers, scoring eight points, grabbing
six rebounds, missing on all four free throw attempts and a pair of spin
moves in the lane.
For those watching closely, there were periods of
lack of interest and periods of coasting. Normal fare for a preseason game,
maybe, but not for a guy who needs every minute of practice time he can get
after sitting out most of the 2005-06 season.
Speaking of practice, some within the organization
felt Stoudemire attended Tuesday’s shootaround in body only. The mind was
So where does this leave the Suns as they head into a
pivotal season for this incarnation of the franchise?
In one heck of a pickle.
If Stoudemire gets back to 100 percent, it’s easy.
Most figure the Suns as championship material and the chemistry will come in
But if he’s not 100 percent — physically or mentally
— what does D’Antoni do?
Does he use him as sixth man and wait patiently for
him to regain his former glory?
Does he bog down a team that established its own
identity in his absence in advancing to the Western Conference finals?
Can he afford to do either given the brutal start to
the Suns’ schedule, which includes two games against the Clippers and one
each against San Antonio, Dallas and Memphis in the first seven?
“It’s a little touchy,” said guard Steve Nash, who
made it clear last season that the Amaré-less Suns were an unselfish, fluid
and fun bunch to conduct.
Nobody knows if Stoudemire will rewind the clock to
2004, or if he will stay healthy the entire season.
Although the left knee will eventually need more work
because microfracture is a temporary fix, not a solution, Suns doctor Tom
Carter thinks the right knee will be a greater immediate issue because
Stoudemire has chronic arthritis in it.
“He’s going to have to cope with periodic flare-ups,”
And when he does, the Suns will have to walk a fine
line between babying and bullying him.
“People can say what they want but nobody knows what
kind of pain I have in my body but me,” Stoudemire said. “Nobody knows what I
can and can’t do but me.”
Time is running out for Stoudemire and the Suns to
find the answer to that latter puzzle.
Soon, D’Antoni will have to dust off his best Bono
and tell Stoudemire the Suns are ready to move on: “With or without you.”
October 23rd Preseason Notes
Peja Stojakovic's ranking may seem low to some however
he has not been giving much incentive to increase it. In four preseason
games he is shooting 35% including only 24% from three point land.
You can't make much from the Spurs last box score
considering all five projected starters DNP. Given the opportunity, none of
the other players did much to distinguish themselves.
Steve Novak of the Rockets continues to look like a Kyle
Korver Jr as he hit 3 treys yesterday. It is time to give him more
consideration as a player to offer support in the three point category.
Laker's Andrew Bynum had 16 pts, 9 reb, and 1 bl in 25
minutes. Injuries to Kwame Brown and Chris Mihm could give him early season
Luke Walton has been leading the Lakers in assists in
the preseason at 4 apg. Also, yesterday he had 19 pts and 5 reb. He has
shown potential in the past but has not produced on a consistent basis.
Leandro Barbosa had 19 pts and 5 stls. He could pay
some dividends as a late round selection.
Chicago rookie Tyrus Thomas has had a solid preseason
showing the ability to contribute in multiple categories. He is averaging 10
pts, 4 reb, 2 stl, and 1.8 blk in 22 mpg.
With many drafts coming up, the issue that the highly
ranked Kobe has not played yet lingers. You are justified to skip over him
if that makes you uncomfortable.
October 22nd Preseason Notes
Notes from games of Oct 22
Larry Hughes had a nice effort with 14 pts, 8 ast, 7
reb, and 2 stl. His stock is low after last season and he could end up
paying big dividends as a late round selection.
Jason Maxiell had 21 points, 8 reb, and 2 stls in 30
minutes. He has had an excellent preseason and you would be justified to
take a flyer on him after 130 players or so have been taken regardless of
where he shows on your depth chart. Do this realizing you may need to waive
him soon in the regular season but I am feeling good about Maxiell at this
Raptors Kris Humphries had 16 pts and 9 reb. He has had
a good preseason and could earn some time at SF during the regular season.
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