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Kendrick Nunn has been among the biggest surprises in the NBA landscape this 2019-20 season. Nunn earned a spot in the Miami Heat’s starting lineup and has so far been thriving as part of a new nucleus in South Beach.

So, how did the Heat land an undrafted rookie with such high upside and untapped potential?

The Heat have had a long history of finding diamonds in the rough — from Bruce Bowen to Malik Allen to Tyler Johnson to Udonis Haslem, who spent his entire career next to Dwyane Wade and still finds himself employed by the team at 39 years old.

Those reasons start with the scouting department, as they are the ones tasked with identifying potential NBA players and tracking them through their venture into the league:

“There’s a story behind each one of them,” said Miami’s longtime Director of NBA Scouting, Chet Kammerer, according to David Aldridge of The Athletic. “We’ve been fortunate the last three or four years getting a guy that goes undrafted that we like. Part of it is I think we probably spend more time looking at ’61,’ as I call it, than most teams. Because most teams have two draft picks. They take a long look at guys who go in the 40s and 50s (in the second round). There’s years where we don’t have any draft picks. Since I’ve been there, we’ve always looked at finding the best undrafted players. I think that gives us a little bit of an edge. People ask me that and I think we spend a little more time combing through those guys.”

Nunn was no different. He played for the Golden State Warriors during Summer League after going undrafted out of Oakland. He was second in the nation in scoring, finishing right behind Trae Young with 25.9 points per game while winning the Horizon League Player of the Year award.

Pleading guilty to a misdemeanor battery charge in 2016 kept bigger schools at a distance, which is why he wound up at Oakland after getting kicked off the Illinois team following his plea deal.

It took one matchup between Golden State and Miami for the Heat to see his potential:

“The day we played them, he was really good,” Kammerer said. “He was better than most of us thought. We kind of talked about that, this is a kid we need to track. I give Adam (Simon, the Heat’s assistant general manager) and Andy (Elisburg, Miami’s Senior Vice President of Basketball Operations) a lot of credit for that. Rather than just bring him up, we hoped he’d be available for a late signing in April (of 2019) like most teams are doing now. We were thinking of bringing him up earlier and they were like ‘no, let’s wait a little longer and see if he’s there.’ And he was available. He was a guy who was available.”

The Heat would have to do some waiting, however, as Nunn signed an Exhibit 10 contract with Golden State before he was cut during training camp in 2018 and promptly stashed to the Santa Cruz roster of the G League.

Nunn came off the bench for Santa Cruz in a Lou Williams-like role — something that made a lot of NBA teams barely gloss over his resume, despite averaging 19 points in 29 minutes per game for the G League team, shooting 47.3% from the floor, 33.5% from deep, and a strong 85.6% from the foul line.

The young guard pushed hard for a 10-day contract, but the Warriors were already elbows-deep in the luxury tax, and signing him to a 10-day deal would result in hundreds of thousands in tax payments.

After the G League playoffs had come to an end, the Heat swooped in swiftly, offering Nunn a three-year deal shortly after waiving Rodney McGruder, who the Los Angeles Clippers picked up from waivers.

The rest will be part of NBA lore from here on.

Nunn posted 112 points in his first five games in the league, breaking the record for most points scored in that stretch by an undrafted player, surpassing Connie Hawkins’ 105. The 6-foot-2 rookie impressed even more, as his 112-point tally was the most recorded by a rookie in his first five games since Kevin Durant scored 113 in 2007.

Through seven games, the rookie gem is leading the Heat in scoring with 18.3 points per game on 45.9% shooting from the floor and 40.9% from deep, showing that rough diamonds just need the right polishing to shine the brightest.

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OMAHA, Neb. — When the 2019-20 NBA season starts tonight, Creighton University will have five alumni in the NBA at the same time for the second straight year when Kyle Korver, Anthony Tolliver, Doug McDermott, Justin Patton and Khyri Thomas continue the school tradition of Bluejays playing at pro basketball’s highest level.

Korver signed with the Milwaukee Bucks in the off-season, while McDermott embarks on his second season with the Indiana Pacers. Tolliver returned to the Portland Trailblazers as a free-agent in the offseason after spending last year with the Minnesota Timberwolves. Justin Patton spent time with the Timberwolves and Philadelphia 76ers organizations a year ago and is now part of the Oklahoma City Thunder. Returning for his second year as part of the Detroit Pistons organization is Khyri Thomas.

Korver played at Creighton from 1999-2003 and was succeeded by Tolliver, who played for the Bluejays from 2003-07. In 2012-13 they were teammates with the Hawks, where they became CU’s first alums who were NBA teammates since 1970, as well as becoming the first Bluejay alums to start an NBA game as teammates.

Korver begins his 17th year in the NBA and first campaign with the Bucks. Known as one of the elite long-distance shooters ever, Korver ranks fourth in NBA history with 2,351 career three-pointers and is ninth in league history with his 42.92 percent marksmanship from three-point range. Korver and Stephen Curry are the only players in league history in the top-17 of both categories.

Korver’s 53.6 percent marksmanship from three-point range in 2009-10 remains an NBA record for a season, smashing a mark held by noted sniper Steve Kerr. In 2013-14, Korver smashed the NBA record (since broken by Stephen Curry) with a 127 game streak with a 3-point basket to obliterate the Hawks franchise mark of 42 and the previous NBA mark of 89 formerly held by Dana Barros. He also led the NBA by shooting 47.2 percent from long-range in 2013-14. In 2014-15 Korver was an NBA All-Star for the first time, was named NBA Co-Player of the Month in January, led the league with 49.2 percent three-point marksmanship, and finished third in the NBA with 221 three-point baskets. Korver became the only player in NBA history to lead the league in three-point percentage four times when he shot 45.1 percent from downtown in 2016-17.

For his NBA career, Korver has scored 11,567 points (second-most among Creighton basketball alumni, trailing only Paul Silas) in 1,174 games (9.9 ppg.). He has also made 87.76 percent of his career free throws, which ranks 17th in NBA history among players with at least 1,200 makes from the charity stripe.

Korver, who was inducted into the Creighton Athletics Hall of Fame in August of 2018, wears No. 26 with the Bucks.

Tolliver returns to Portland for the first time since 2009-10 after also spending time with the Cleveland, San Antonio, New Orleans, Golden State, Minnesota, Atlanta, Charlotte, Phoenix, Sacramento and Detroit organizations in his career. Creighton fans who remember Tolliver as an inside force may be surprised to learn of his perimeter game. More than 64 percent of his career shots have come from behind the NBA three-point arc, and he has made 37.6 percent of those shots from downtown. In 2017-18 he made a career-best 43.6 percent of his long-range tries for the Pistons to rank seventh in the league while connecting on a personal-best 159 treys overall. Tolliver has also converted 77.2 percent of his shots at the line and owns 606 career assists (against just 425 turnovers), 202 blocks and 250 steals.

Tolliver went undrafted and spent time in the NBA D-League and Germany before becoming an NBA regular. He wears No. 43 with the Trail Blazers.

McDermott played at Creighton from 2010-14 and left as the most decorated men’s basketball player in school history. He ranks sixth in NCAA history with 3,150 career points and swept 14 National Player of the Year awards as a senior. McDermott was a three-time conference player of the year and became the first male in 30 years to be named a First Team All-American three straight seasons by the Associated Press.

McDermott was selected 11th overall in the 2014 NBA Draft by the Denver Nuggets, then traded an hour later to the Chicago Bulls. McDermott averaged 7.3 points and 1.4 rebounds in 17.4 minutes per game during 77 games with the Pacers last season. He ranks 30th in NBA history with 40.4 percent marksmanship from three-point territory, and in 2018-19 led the NBA with 49.1 percent shooting from three-point range in road games (minimum 35 attempts). The son of Creighton head men’s basketball coach Greg McDermott, Doug McDermott wears No. 20 for the Pacers.

Both Tolliver and McDermott joined Korver in the Creighton Athletics Hall of Fame in August of 2019.

Patton signed as a free agent with Oklahoma City in August. He redshirted the 2015-16 season with Creighton before a breakthrough 2016-17 campaign that saw him earn BIG EAST Freshman of the Year accolades. Patton was the 16th pick in the 2017 NBA Draft by the Chicago Bulls in June, then traded that evening to the Minnesota Timberwolves with Jimmy Butler for Kris Dunn, Zach LaVine and Lauri Markkanen. Patton played in one game for the Timberwolves in 2017-18 and three games a year ago with Philadelphia. Patton wears No. 13 for the Thunder.

Khyri Thomas bypassed his senior year at Creighton to turn pro in 2018 and last year averaged 2.3 points in 26 games with the Pistons. A two-time BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Year, Thomas was a Second Round pick in the 2018 Draft by the Philadelphia 76ers, then traded to the Detroit Pistons. Thomas wears No. 13 for the Pistons.

Including 2019-20, Creighton has now had an NBA player in 36 of the last 37 years, and 53-of-56 seasons since 1964-65.

Before 2017-18, Creighton last had four NBA players at the same time during the 1969-70 season, when Paul Silas, Neil Johnson, Bob Portman and Wally Anderzunas were active simultaneously. Last year was the first time the Bluejays had five products in the NBA at the same time.

The five NBA players listed above are among 21 former Creighton products that are playing professionally, including this list generated by EuroBasket.com.

Melvin Turpin Jersey Signed

There is a beginning and an end to everything. Eventually, everybody has to (will) die when their time comes. Having said that, it hurts and stings that much more when somebody calls time on their own lives. There might have been deeper reasons, that many might not even know off, as to why that person felt motivated to end his life.

And although years after, we still might not know the many (or one) reason why the person decided to do so, we could take a look back at those people. So here are five NBA players that committed suicide:

#5 Melvin TurpinMelvin Turpin (Image courtesy: behindblondiepark.com)
Melvin Turpin (Image courtesy: behindblondiepark.com)

After four noteworthy years at the University of Kentucky, Melvin Turpin was drafted sixth overall in the famous 1984 NBA Draft. He was drafted by the Washington Bullets but it was immediately traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers. After three seasons with them, he played a year with the Utah Jazz and then called the curtains on his career in 1990 after a season with the Bullets.

In 361 career games in the league, he averaged 8.0 points and 5.0 rebounds. However, his career was only limited to six seasons because of the weight issues he faced and battled.

In the 2000′s, Turnpin worked as a security guard for his livelihood. At the end of that decade, courtesy of what is said to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound, Turpin died on July 8th, 2010.

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For the first time in years, the window to win an NBA championship is wide open.

Across the board, the league is as competitive as ever, and few teams head into the 2018-19 season with little to no playoff hope. With so many superstars (Kawhi Leonard, Kevin Durant, Anthony Davis, Paul George, Jimmy Butler, Kyrie Irving, Russell Westbrook, Kemba Walker) switching teams this summer, the balance of power is far more spread out.

One thing that’s stayed the same? The dominance of the Western Conference, which could have seven of the top 10 teams in the league, led by the new-look Los Angeles Clippers.

With the 2019-20 season nearing its start, here’s how every team stacks up.

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30. Charlotte Hornets

Biggest Adds: Terry Rozier, PJ Washington

Worst Losses: Kemba Walker, Jeremy Lamb

With Walker and Lamb leaving in free agency, the leading returning scorer for Charlotte is a tie between Marvin Williams and Cody Zeller at a whopping 10.1 points per game.

Rozier should get all the shots he can handle, but his true shooting percentage last season (50.1 percent) ranked 87th out of 96 qualified guards. Charlotte doesn’t have any other go-to options, meaning the Hornets offense should be the league’s worst.

The growth and development of Miles Bridges, PJ Washington and Malik Monk will be the lone bright spots on a team that should have traded Walker when it had the chance.

29. Cleveland Cavaliers

Biggest Adds: Darius Garland, Dylan Windler, Kevin Porter Jr.

Worst Losses: Channing Frye, David Nwaba

The health of Kevin Love will ultimately determine how far the Cavaliers fall this season, and the team needs to be among the bottom 10 to keep its 2020 first-round pick stemming from a 2017 Kyle Korver trade.

Consider the pick safe.

Three first-round selections (Darius Garland, Dylan Windler, Kevin Porter Jr.) join 2018-19 All-Rookie second-teamer Collin Sexton, who averaged 16.7 points while shooting 40.2 percent from three.

The locker room will miss the retired Frye, and losing their best perimeter defender in Nwaba could mean an even worse defense than their record-setting performance (117.6 defensive rating) from last season. Cleveland has some nice young talent and lots of expiring contracts but still won’t be able to stop anybody this year.

28. Washington Wizards

Biggest Adds: Rui Hachimura, Isaiah Thomas, Davis Bertans

Worst Losses: Trevor Ariza, Tomas Satoransky, Jabari Parker, Bobby Portis

The Wizards only won 32 games last season and lost a ton of talent in free agency. Combine that with John Wall’s Achilles injury and Washington should be a serious contender for the No. 1 overall pick.

Bradley Beal will be in trade talks all year as the Wizards sink to the bottom of the East, and trading him with two years left on his contract would probably be the best play for all involved. Beal could challenge for the league scoring title as long as Thomas, when healthy, doesn’t attempt to hijack the offense. Thomas is among the NBA’s worst defenders and made just 36.7 percent of his shots over the past two years.

Bertans was third in three-point shooting among all forwards last season (42.9 percent), Hachimura could be a sneaky Rookie of the Year pick, and Thomas Bryant should outplay his new three-year, $25 million deal. There are some positives on this bad Wizards team, but not enough to keep them out of the basement.

27. Memphis Grizzlies

Biggest Adds: Ja Morant, Andre Iguodala, Tyus Jones, Jae Crowder, Brandon Clarke

Worst Losses: Mike Conley Jr., Avery Bradley

The last time a Grizzlies team didn’t feature Conley or Marc Gasol, Allen Iverson led the NBA in minutes per game, Brandon Roy won Rookie of the Year, and the “We Believe” Golden State Warriors shocked MVP Dirk Nowitzki’s 67-win Dallas Mavericks.

Yeah, it’s been a while.

The good news? Memphis already has a pair of future stars and franchise building blocks in Morant and Jaren Jackson Jr. Others like Brandon Clarke, Grayson Allen and De’Anthony Melton could turn into solid role players, as well.

Center Jonas Valanciunas was uber-productive following a midseason trade to Memphis (19.9 points, 10.7 rebounds, 1.6 blocks in 27.7 minutes per game), and the team should get some decent draft picks and young talent back for Iguodala and Crowder from wing-hungry playoff teams closer to the deadline.

Morant should be among the Rookie of the Year finalists with the offense flowing through him from Day 1.

26. New York Knicks

Biggest Adds: RJ Barrett, Julius Randle, Taj Gibson, Elfrid Payton, Bobby Portis, Marcus Morris

Worst Losses: DeAndre Jordan, max cap space

New York could win 10 more games than last season thanks to a rise in overall talent, even if no superstars came flocking to Madison Square Garden this summer.

Barrett carries star potential, while Dennis Smith Jr. (21) and Randle (24) are still young enough to become standouts, as well. The rest of the veteran signings should at least help keep things competitive, and nearly all have small enough guarantees to be bought out and transformed into cap space again next summer.

New York’s goal should be trying to establish a more attractive culture for future free agents while developing Barrett, Smith, Randle, Kevin Knox, Mitchell Robinson and Frank Ntilikina.

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25. Phoenix Suns

Biggest Adds: Ricky Rubio, Dario Saric, Cameron Johnson, Ty Jerome

Worst Losses: TJ Warren, Josh Jackson

The Suns probably messed up by trading back in the draft and passing on Jarrett Culver and Coby White, even if Johnson will give them a much-needed floor-spacer between Devin Booker and Deandre Ayton.

Rubio was a huge signing for Phoenix as a veteran who cares about ball distribution and defense. The Suns were just 19th in assists per game last season (23.9) and next to last in defense (115.1 defensive rating).

Kelly Oubre Jr. (16.9 points, 4.9 rebounds, 1.4 steals) is still 23 and could be Phoenix’s answer at small forward, while Ty Jerome and Mikal Bridges should be key rotation pieces.

The roster still isn’t playoff-worthy, but at least it’ll be fun to watch.

24. Chicago Bulls

Biggest Adds: Coby White, Thaddeus Young, Tomas Satoransky

Worst Losses: Robin Lopez

The Bulls have assembled a nice, young roster that should be in the running for the playoffs. But unless they can develop a star or trade for one, they’ll once again be on the outside looking in.

Only the 17-win Knicks had a worse offense than Chicago last season (104.8 offensive rating), and starting point guard Kris Dunn has unimpressed to this point. White and Satoransky should help jumpstart the scoring attack, which is led by Zach LaVine (23.7 points), Lauri Markkanen (18.7 points) and Otto Porter Jr. (17.5).

Injuries hit this roster hard last season, so even a clean bill of health could add five to 10 wins. Chicago will need a strong sophomore season from center Wendell Carter Jr., who could be the next Al Horford with his defense and impressive overall game.

23. Atlanta Hawks

Biggest Adds: De’Andre Hunter, Cam Reddish, Evan Turner, Allen Crabbe, Jabari Parker

Worst Losses: Dewayne Dedmon, Taurean Prince, Kent Bazemore

Looking for a surprise team to surge into the Eastern Conference playoffs? This is it.

Following a miserable 6-23 start to the 2018-19 season, the Hawks finished a respectable 23-30 behind Trae Young’s 19.1-point, 8.1-assist rookie campaign. Power forward John Collins averaged 20.3 points and 10.3 rebounds after the All-Star break, while 6″7″ shooting guard Kevin Huerter drilled 39.7 percent of his catch-and-shoot threes.

Mix in a pair of lottery picks, a versatile forward in Turner and some scoring off the bench with Parker, and this could be a sneaky seventh or eighth seed in the East.

22. Dallas Mavericks

Biggest Adds: Seth Curry, Delon Wright, Boban Marjanovic

Worst Losses: Dirk Nowitzki

Like the Knicks, the Mavericks entered free agency with lots of cap space and big free-agent targets who ultimately went elsewhere. Unlike the Knicks, the Mavericks have Kristaps Porzingis to fall back on.

Signing Porzingis to a five-year, $158 million contract means he and Luka Doncic will both be under team control for at least the next four years, giving them perhaps the most talented young duo in the entire league.

The rest of the supporting cast (Tim Hardaway Jr., Curry, Dwight Powell, Jalen Brunson) isn’t good enough to make this a playoff team in the loaded West, no matter how dominant Doncic and Porzingis will be.

Even though he had little left to offer on the court, Nowitzki soaked up a lot of the media attention last season and was beloved in the locker room. Not having him in a Mavericks uniform for the first time since Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa were breaking the single-season home run record in 1998 will just be weird.

21. Oklahoma City Thunder

Biggest Adds: Chris Paul, Danilo Gallinari, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander

Worst Losses: Paul George, Russell Westbrook, Jerami Grant

After punting on their George-Westbrook combo, the Thunder stockpiled eight first-round picks and a new face of the franchise with Gilgeous-Alexander.

Having Paul on board, at least to start the season, is a bit awkward since neither party likely wants to be together. Unless Oklahoma City wants to give up a draft pick or two to dump his remaining three years and $124.1 million, Paul will guide this Thunder team to be a competitive lottery squad in the West.

Steven Adams (13.9 points, 9.5 rebounds, 1.0 blocks) remains a fan favorite, and Gallinari carries value both with his production (19.8 points, 6.1 rebounds 43.3 three-point percentage) and expiring $22.6 million contract.

At some point, OKC can cash in all its gift cards and build a contender once again. But for now, it’ll finish with a losing record for the first time since becoming the Thunder in 2008-09.

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20. Minnesota Timberwolves

Biggest Adds: Jarrett Culver, Jordan Bell

Worst Losses: Dario Saric, Taj Gibson, Derrick Rose, Tyus Jones

Minnesota sported a playoff-worthy 111.4 offensive rating last season, but a 24th-ranked defense ultimately doomed it.

Point guard will be thin with the loss of both Rose and Jones, and Shabazz Napier will now fill in behind 31-year-old Jeff Teague. Karl-Anthony Towns (24.4 points, 12.4 rebounds, 3.4 assists, 1.6 blocks) is good enough to keep Minnesota competitive most nights, but the ceiling of the team will once again be decided by Andrew Wiggins.

After he shot just 42.5 percent over the past two years, the Wolves need a motivated and efficient Wiggins to even sniff the playoffs.

Culver will be a good defender in time, and Robert Covington remains one of the NBA’s most underrated players on both sides of the ball. Another 35-40-win season should be expected.

19. Detroit Pistons

Biggest Adds: Derrick Rose, Tony Snell, Sekou Doumbouya, Joe Johnson

Worst Losses: Wayne Ellington, Ish Smith

Detroit had the worst record (41-41) and net rating (minus-0.2) of any playoff team last season, and it should once again struggle to reach the postseason.

Rose, when healthy, is an upgrade as the team’s starting point guard over Reggie Jackson, and a previously weak group of wings is improved with Snell, Doumbouya and Johnson, fresh off his impressive showing in the BIG3.

The Pistons need a healthy Blake Griffin to have a chance, and his 75 games played last season were the most he’s logged in five years. Andre Drummond can become a free agent next summer by declining a $28.8 million player option and should only build on his 17.3-point and league-leading 15.6-rebound 2018-19 campaign.

With the Miami Heat improving, look for Detroit, Atlanta and the Orlando Magic to battle it out for the final playoff spot in the East.

18. Orlando Magic

Biggest Adds: Al-Farouq Aminu

Worst Losses: None

The Magic decided to run back a 42-40 playoff team, handing out $154 million to retain All-Star center Nikola Vucevic and small forward Terrence Ross over the next four years. The Aminu signing didn’t make a whole lot of sense given how loaded Orlando already was at power forward.

For Orlando to make any real jump in the standings, it’ll need Markelle Fultz to have some sort of impact. If the 21-year-old point guard can give Orlando’s lackluster backcourt a jolt, home-court advantage in the East if up for grabs.

In the end, the Magic may have to shake up this roster to maximize their talent. Aaron Gordon, Jonathan Isaac, Vucevic, Mo Bamba and Aminu are all worthy of starting frontcourt jobs, and Gordon’s growth has already been stunted by playing on the wing instead of at his natural power forward position.

Unless Fultz can prove he’s healthy or some sort of major trade takes place, Orlando won’t be much better than its 42 wins last season.

17. Sacramento Kings

Biggest Adds: Trevor Ariza, Dewayne Dedmon, Cory Joseph

Worst Losses: Willie Cauley-Stein, Alec Burks

The first team out of the West playoffs a season ago, Sacramento did the right thing by signing veterans to complement its young core.

Unfortunately, even that might not be enough in this West. Though the Thunder might fall out of the playoff picture, the Los Angeles Lakers look ready to take their place. The New Orleans Pelicans and Minnesota Timberwolves could challenge, as well.

To reach the postseason, Sacramento needs star-level play from point guard De’Aaron Fox (17.3 points, 7.3 assists, 1.6 steals), power forward Marvin Bagley III (14.9 points, 7.6 rebounds, 1.0 blocks) and shooting guard Buddy Hield (20.7 points, 5.0 rebounds, 42.7 three-point percentage). Harrison Barnes, Bogdan Bogdanovic and the new free-agent signings will have to play big roles, as well.

The Kings will be good, but too many teams in the Western Conference will be better.

16. New Orleans Pelicans

Biggest Adds: Zion Williamson, Brandon Ingram, Lonzo Ball, JJ Redick, Jaxson Hayes, Derrick Favors, Josh Hart, Nicolo Melli, Nickeil Alexander-Walker

Worst Losses: Anthony Davis, Julius Randle, Elfrid Payton

Go ahead and plug in the Pelicans as your must-watch team on League Pass this season.

Between Williamson likely winning Rookie of the Year, Ingram turning into a 20-points-per-game scorer and Jrue Holiday and Ball putting the clamps on opposing backcourts, the Pelicans will be as exciting as any team in the NBA.

Favors should finally thrive in a starting center role, and Hayes is coming off an impressive summer league in which he looked like a future All-Star. Add in a haul of draft picks from the Los Angeles Lakers and this is a team that could still be star-hunting (cough, Bradley Beal, cough) this season.
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While the playoffs are a possibility, this is all about long-term success for executive vice president of basketball operations David Griffin and Co. And that’s something they should enjoy plenty of.

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Carmelo Anthony didn’t take long to start working his way up the all-time leader boards when he returned to the NBA for the Portland Trail Blazers last week. Already having 25 thousand points under when he joined this team, in the game against the Bulls he passed Alex English for 18th all-time in total points.
Everyone knows Carmelo Anthony is an all-time great scorer. In his 17th season in the league he’s now at the point where records are coming easily to him. After moving into 18th place on the all-time scoring list, how far away is he from moving up further in his time on the Portland Trail Blazers?

Melo passed Alex English in the Blazers last game against the Bulls, he now has 25,615 points. For all your stat nerds out there you’ll be happy to know there is a logjam around the position Melo is in now, all the way to where Hakeem Olujawon sits in 11th spot. Below are the players standing in Melo’s way if he stays in the NBA this season.

17. Kevin Garnett – 26,071
Nicknamed ” The big ticket ” Kevin Garnett had a storied 20 year career in the NBA and finished with massive career totals in many categories. It’s conceivable to think that Melo will average 16 points a game and play 60 out of the 64 games remaining in the season. This will give him about another 1000 points on his career total. Enough to pass one of Minnesota’s finest in only a few months.

16. John Havlicek – 26,395
NBA legend, the late John Havlicek was an integral part of the Boston Celtics title-winning teams in the 1960s and 70s, winning an amazing eight championships. Melo is in reach of 16th spot if he can stay fit and continue to score efficiently.

15. Paul Pierce – 26,397
Another Celtics legend sits next on the all-time scoring list. Paul Pierce terrorized defenses for 20 years in the NBA as a member of most notably, the Boston Celtics. A long-time competitor of Melo in the 2000s, Melo can eclipse his point total this season also.

14. Tim Duncan – 26,496
Another long-time competitor of Melo’s in the 2000s as a member of the San Antonio Spurs, Tim Duncan is one of the greatest players to ever grace an NBA court. Melo will need to be on his game to the tune of at least 16 points a night to pass Duncan this season.

13. Dominique Wilkins – 26,668
Another all-time great is next on this list. High flying Dominique Wilkins wowed crowds with his dunking ability in the 1990s. Wilkins point total is right at the limit of what Melo can do. Unless Melo he break out and average 20 points plus a game he is unlikely to move any further than 14th or 13th.

Dont get it twisted, being top 20 all-time in scoring is an amazing achievement. But Melo has stated he isn’t finished yet. He wants to play next year, and even finish his career with a title if he can play for the right team.

Melo could conceivably finish in the top ten all-time in scoring, if he doesn’t then he will still go down as a first ballot hall of famer. For now he is on the Blazers and we are loving it!

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The Dribble podcast: Boomers coaching switch too harsh on Andrej Lemanis, says Greg Hire
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Plenty of basketball fans were rejoicing this week at reports NBA mentor Brett Brown will return as Australia’s national team coach.

But was the move too harsh on incumbent Andrej Lemanis?

Former Perth Wildcats favourite Greg Hire thinks so, discussing the switch less than a year out from the Olympics on The Dribble podcast.

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Hire queried where the move would fit in with the Boomers’ playing group’s brotherhood and values, citing the example of a current NBL player who had disrespected the national team culture and never been recalled to the squad again.

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Hire and Chris Robinson also discuss where each NBL team fits in the league’s set of tiers, why the Wildcats aren’t keen on recruiting a Next Star, the mess in New Zealand, and plenty more.

Full episode rundown:

The time a chef yelled at Greg at a Stitch In Time gala dinner (1:14)
Jesse Wagstaff and Damian Martin aren’t done with yet (7:35)
Why aren’t teams playing to the end for percentage? (16:15)
Ranking the NBL’s tiers of teams (22:41)
What’s going on in New Zealand? (32:12)
Greg’s thoughts on the imminent Lemanis / Brown coach swap at the Boomers (39:06)
How can we use replay better in the NBL? (45:34)
Why the Wildcats are steering clear of Next Stars (48:53)

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He ran his hand over the top of the bar, as if to rekindle a memory or two or a hundred. Or perhaps it was to check for his DNA.

The bar tops and other furnishings at Hardway 8 at 46 S. Water St. in downtown Henderson are reclaimed wood made from bleachers at the old Las Vegas Convention Center — home of the “Hardway Eight,” UNLV’s first Final Four basketball team, as nicknamed by former UNLV sports information director Dominic Clark.

Robert Smith, that 1977 team’s point guard, was asked how much of his blood, sweat and tears might have been absorbed into that bar top, those old bleachers.

“Probably a lot,” said the still fit 64-year-old. “I hit those bleachers quite a few times although Glen (Gondrezick, the team’s star forward known as “Gondo” for his hell-bent style) probably hit them more than me.”

It has been more than 40 years since the first of Jerry Tarkanian’s four NCAA Final Four squads stormed into the national consciousness with frenetic pace and swagger and a one-point loss to North Carolina in the national semifinals at The Omni in Atlanta.

The proprietors of the recently opened sports bar still were decades from being born when the Hardway Eight made their run. But they’ve heard the stories, because people still remember the team that transformed Las Vegas into a sports town.

Chills redux

“Just looking at these pictures, this brings back a lot of old memories,” said Smith, the Rebels’ present day broadcast analyst, who averaged 12.8 points and 6.1 assists and was one of six players from that iconic team drafted by NBA clubs. “And then to see the 0ld Convention Center (bleachers) — when I used to pass by that area, I would get chills.

“This is great to have something like this. What a great idea.”

The bar and grill, which has an industrial, open-air feel with exposed beams and a concrete floor and enough room to run a fast break, not only is an homage to the Hardway Eight but recognizes a lot of Las Vegas’ sports history from that era.

There are posters and framed photographs from the George Foreman vs. Ron Lyle slugfest at the old Caesars Palace sports pavilion, the Caesars Palace Grand Prix and Andre Agassi, when he had a mullet and a bare chest. There’s even a section dedicated to jai alai at the old MGM Grand.

The bar owners are millennials named Lyle Cervenka and Bryant Jane, whose first nod to Las Vegas’ history was rekindling the retro vibe at Starboard Tack off east Sahara. Cervenka is from Philadephia, Jane a native Las Vegan. Both are basketball fans.

They said opening a sports-themed bar was on their short list when they stumbled upon those old bleachers from the Convention Center rotunda where so many cheered Eddie Owens, Reggie Theus, Gondrezick, Lewis Brown, Larry Moffett and the three Smiths — Robert, Sam and Tony, not related.

Bleacher feature

“Honestly, the wood came before everything,” Cervenka said.

He and Jane were strolling around the lumber yard at an architectural design shop called Woodstock when a tarp was pulled back to reveal the old Convention Center bleachers.

“Bryant and I always wanted to open a sports bar,” Cervenka said. “But when we found those bleachers it all kind of came together. This is where this team played, made its name, great story, first Final Four team. That day we gave them a check — you’re not selling these bleachers to anybody else.”

About two years later, Hardway 8 — trendy abbreviation: HW8, as it appears on the marquee — tipped off on Water Street.

“It’s a sports bar, but not an in-your-face sports bar,” Cervanka said, meaning it has 22 beers on tap, including Rolling Rock for the college kids, but also offers more exotic fare, such as the Hardway 8 burger (bacon, sunnyside egg, caramelized red onions, aged cheddar, brandy-mayo ketchup, sesame seed bun) and the Easy Owens (Ketel One Peach Blossom, peach liqueur, lemon, Honey Bubbles sparkling).

“I think you’ll find a Smith-Smith-Smith cocktail coming fairly soon,” Jane said of a concoction that will honor Robert, “Sudden Sam” and Tony.

Perhaps they should call it the Triple Smith, and make it with triple sec.

Like a Hardway Eight fast break, it’s almost guaranteed to make your head spin.

Contact Ron Kantowski at [email protected] or 702-383-0352. Follow @ronkantowski on Twitter.

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Thomas Bryant Jersey Signed

WASHINGTON — Last season, the trade of Marcin Gortat and Dwight Howard’s injury left a consequential void in the Wizards’ offense that no one else on their roster was able to fill.

After Gortat had for years used his wide frame to set some of the most effective screens in the NBA, Wizards guards and wings had to work harder to get their shots. Washington ranked 24th out of 30 NBA teams in screen assists and 25th in points off screens.

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With Gortat and Howard out of the picture, Thomas Bryant assumed the starting job at center and became a mainstay in the rotation, but screen-setting was not his strength. He ranked 41st in the NBA in screen assists, tying Ian Mahinmi with only 2.6 per game.

Then at 21 years old, Bryant was learning on the fly what screen setting in the NBA – against the biggest, quickest and strongest basketball players in the world – was truly like. And when his first season in Washington was over, he recognized that part of his game needed some work.

So, he put emphasis on getting stronger and studying the tricks of the trade. So far this year, it has been a much different story. He is currently third in the NBA in screen assists per game, averaging over twice as many as he did last year. His 5.8 screen-assist average is right about where Rudy Gobert was (5.9) when he led the league last season.

On Sunday against the Magic, Bryant recorded 12 screen assists that led to 28 points for the Wizards offense.

“It feels pretty good to have that because we need it,” Bryant told NBC Sports Washington when informed of those numbers.

“I think that’s very good going forward with this team because I know we have so many guys capable of getting shots and getting to the rim. Me freeing them up is going to open things up for me if it doesn’t open things up for the person I’m setting the screen for or for the weak-side getting open shots.”

Bryant gives the Wizards something Gortat never did when it comes to setting screens in that he can not only roll to the basket, he also can pop out to shoot threes. And when he does roll to the rim, Bryant has the size, quickness and touch to cash in for points at a high level. He was fourth in the NBA in field goal percentage last season (61.6) and set a franchise record.

This year, Bryant is shooting 69.5 percent on shots within five feet of the rim. He is 13-for-16 on layups or dunks cutting to the basket.

Setting screens can help Bryant get points, but ultimately it’s about assisting his teammates first and doing the dirty work necessary to help an offense work efficiently. The Wizards are third in offensive rating (112.4) and Bryant’s contributions have been a big reason for that.

“Screen-setting has been a huge part of our offense. We set them all over the floor,” head coach Scott Brooks said.

“We don’t want to stay in one place or one angle, we want to help them find better reads. There’s a way to get guys open, there’s a trick. Depending on who has the ball or who has the guy coming off the screen, you can manipulate the defense to get us the shot we want.”

Setting picks is not the stuff that makes highlight reels or wins players MVP trophies. It isn’t glamorous work, both because it often goes unnoticed and because it isn’t pleasant to do. Bryant has to commit to building a wall that very large opponents will unknowingly run into.

That means elbows, shoulders and chests colliding in all sorts of combinations.

“When you’re setting a screen, you have to go in knowing that you’re going to get hit and that it’s going to hurt sometimes,” Bryant said.

“If you’re trying to get [your teammate] open and get your play off, you’ve gotta expect that you will get hit. When you have that expectation of you getting hit, that makes setting the screen easier because you know that you’ll have that impact and you know you’ll have to set the screen hard or hold it for a second.”

Bryant is picking up all the little things that go into screen setting; how to brace for impact, the timing of holding a screen and when to break away, what he can get away with from referees and how to roll out of them to create his own offense. He says the only way to learn all of those elements is through experience in NBA games.

If his current pace continues, Bryant could establish himself as one of the league’s best screen-setters, much like Gortat was for years before him. There is a long legacy of setting picks in Washington going back to Wes Unseld, who was perhaps most famous for the craft.

Unseld was the size of a refrigerator and, as the story goes, once knocked an opponent out cold with a screen. Bryant has heard of Unseld and his screen-setting prowess but doesn’t want to take it that far.

“I try not to do that. I set good screens, but I don’t ever want to hurt anybody,” he said.

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The Utah Jazz (11-6) take on the Indiana Pacers (10-6) at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.

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Jazz Active Roster: Dante Exum, Nigel Williams-Goss, Royce O’Neale, Rudy Gobert, Mike Conley Jr., Joe Ingles, Tony Bradley Jr., Bojan Bogdanovic, Emmanuel Mudiay, Ed Davis, Juwan Morgan, Donovan Mitchell, Jeff Green, Georges Niang

Jazz Injured Players:

Nigel Williams-Goss (Day To Day – Toe): The Jazz have listed Williams-Goss as PROBABLE for Wednesday’s game (Nov. 27) against the Pacers.
Rudy Gobert (Day To Day – Ankle): The Jazz have listed Gobert as QUESTIONABLE for Wednesday’s game (Nov. 27) against the Pacers.
Ed Davis (Out – Leg): Davis took part in light drills during Monday’s (Nov 25) practice according to Tony Jones of The Athletic.
Pacers Active Roster: Justin Holiday, Goga Bitadze, Domantas Sabonis, Alize Johnson, T.J. Warren Jr., Myles Turner, Doug McDermott, JaKarr Sampson, Aaron Holiday, Jeremy Lamb, T.J. Leaf, Edmond Sumner, Victor Oladipo, T.J. McConnell Jr., Malcolm Brogdon

Pacers Injured Players:

JaKarr Sampson (Day To Day – Back): The Pacers have listed Sampson as DOUBTFUL for Wednesday’s game (Nov. 27) against the Jazz.
Edmond Sumner (Out – Hand): Sumner is nearing a return from his right hand fracture according to Scott Agness of The Athletic.
Victor Oladipo (Out – Quad): Oladipo is making progress and is starting to train with the team’s G-League affiliate, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic. There is no timetable for his return.

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In 1998, two decades before rookie Colin Moran drew a curtain call with his first swing at PNC Park, his uncle B.J. Surhoff sat across the table from then-Pirates general manager Cam Bonifay at a Mount Washington restaurant. Bonifay pointed to the North Shore, to the empty space where workers would soon break ground on Pittsburgh’s new ballpark, and presented Surhoff with an offer: a four-year, $15 million free-agent deal to be the Pirates’ next third baseman.

“Pittsburgh made a very legitimate, very serious, very interesting run at me,” Surhoff said Monday by phone from Cockeysville, Md., shortly before watching Moran detonate a full-count fastball for his first career grand slam in the Pirates’ 5-4 win against the Minnesota Twins.

THIS is why @morancolin92 is trending in the United States…#GrandSlamMoran pic.twitter.com/g8sg5cHzn1

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Surhoff was lured back to the Baltimore Orioles by Syd Thrift’s slightly sweeter deal. Moran was in the stands April 4, 2005, at Camden Yards for the final opening day of his uncle’s 19-year major league career. The next opening day Moran attended was Friday in Detroit.

Moran, 25, and Surhoff, 53, are aware of their similarities. Tall and wiry, they bat left and throw right. They were All-America honorees at North Carolina. Surhoff was drafted first overall in 1982, and Moran sixth in 2013. “But he didn’t get the speed gene,” Surhoff joked.

Francisco Cervelli and Gregory Polanco wait at home plate for Colin Moran after Moran hit a grand slam during the home opener.
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They are, however, only two branches on a supremely athletic family tree.

The patriarch, the late Dick Surhoff, spent two seasons in the NBA and later became better known around New York City as a prolific pitcher in fast-pitch softball. That, Moran said, “is where our family’s love of the game came from.” The five Surhoff kids piled into the family’s Volkswagen and followed their father around to his games. Soon, their skill started to show. Two of them reached the majors — Rich, a relief pitcher, in 1985, and B.J. in 1987.

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B.J. Surhoff makes a diving catch in 2005 against the Seattle Mariners.
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B.J. Surhoff’s daughters swam at North Carolina and Texas, and his son Austin was an NCAA champion swimmer at Texas. Moran’s older brother, Brian, a seventh-round pick in 2009, is expected to start the season at Class AAA for the Los Angeles Dodgers. Moran’s mother, Diane, and his sister, Megan, played softball. Surely his father has a baseball background too.

“Definitely not,” Bill Moran said, laughing. “That was all her side.”

Bill Moran is a plumber in Rye, N.Y. He was fixing an issue at an apartment building one day in the mid-1980s when a tenant offered him a glass of water. Typically, he’d happily accept. He’d seen this building’s water pipes, however, and, well, he decided he’d pass. But the next time he was there, the tenant offered him water again. This time, it was bottled. So he accepted.

That’s how Bill Moran met Diane Surhoff. He didn’t know then that her brother B.J. had just been drafted first overall by the Milwaukee Brewers. After a few trips to Wisconsin, Moran got the idea baseball would be a big part of their lives. If only he knew the extent. Once three kids were in tow, the Morans’ summer vacations consisted of drives to Baltimore to watch the Orioles.

“I don’t know when it happened,” Rich Surhoff said, “but those boys were hooked.”

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At the 1999 All-Star Game, B.J. Surhoff walked his nephews around the American League clubhouse so they could see the stars — Ken Griffey Jr., Derek Jeter and Pedro Martinez, for starters. The cap Colin Moran had signed by every player he met is still in his parents’ home somewhere. “I wore it out,” he said. “All the signatures faded. All that’s left is sweat lines.”

While some try to credit him and his brother for the Moran boys’ success, B.J. Surhoff said, that should be directed to Bill and Diane — for endless hours of batting practice and for car rides to every corner of the country. Of his father, Colin Moran said, “He’s the reason I’m here. He didn’t play baseball, but he did everything he could to give my brother and me the opportunity to play.”

At North Carolina, things came into focus for Moran. After a “terrible” fall season, he saw an optometrist and tried contacts to correct his near-sightedness. He’d known he needed glasses, but he didn’t like how they looked. Back in the batter’s box, everything was sharper. He picked up spin in a flash. He batted .335 that spring and was named ACC freshman of the year.

Last July, Moran’s season debut for the Houston Astros was at Camden Yards. When he stepped into the on-deck circle, he looked into the second deck behind home plate to find the seats where his family sat all those years earlier, watching his uncle play for the Orioles. “I was thinking back to all those fun memories there,” he said, with his grandmother, Nancy Surhoff, telling stories about his grandfather, the softball star. Moran tripled in his first at-bat in Baltimore.

Later in the game, he hit a solo home run.

“It was special,” he said.

The next day, Moran fouled a ball off his face and was rushed to the hospital with a concussion and facial fractures. The injury prohibited Moran from flying, so his father and then-fiancee, now-wife, Kelsey, drove him to Houston, where he had surgery, and then to Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. Moran returned for the final week of the season, but the Astros headed into the postseason — and toward their first World Series title — without him.

On Jan. 13, Moran and his wife were in Rye, N.Y., for their niece’s baptism. They were walking into Whole Foods when Moran took a call from Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow. When he hung up, Moran turned to his wife and father and said, “I was just traded to Pittsburgh.”

When you’re traded, Moran says now, people don’t really know how to react. Should they be happy? Should they be angry? He was excited, and so they followed suit. Bill Moran recalled he was “ecstatic. Totally ecstatic.” They returned to the Morans’ home and delivered the news to the crowd, included a host of cousins and aunts and uncles, including B.J. and Rich Surhoff.

“There was a lot of excitement going on inside the house,” Bill Moran said.

“They got him for a reason,” said B.J. Surhoff, now an Orioles minor league instructor. “He got caught in a bit of a logjam [in Houston] and had a couple injuries. Got caught behind an eight-ball. As I tell guys in the minors, someone is always watching. If you can play, they’ll notice.”