Anthony Davis Dominates Again
The world is beginning to understand the ridiculous talent that is Anthony Davis. Yesterday afternoon against Slovenia Davis scored 18 points to go along with 9 rebounds, 5 blocks, and 3 steals in just 19 minutes of work according to Team USA's official box score. I watched again and counted 10 rebounds and 6 steals, but methodologies are different I guess?
Taking a look at the cumulative stats for the Men's Team National Tour Davis is leading all players in scoring (55 points) and blocks (with 15, 11 more than any other player) while trailing Kenneth Faried in rebounding 26 to 27. There were times yesterday where the Slovenian players attempted to pass around or over Davis and he simply tipped the ball and controlled it. His length will be a serious problem throughout the FIBA World Cup, which begins on Saturday. You can catch the game at 2:30 Central on ESPN.
Salmons Finally Signs
The Pelicans officially announced the signing of John Salmons on Tuesday.
The New Orleans Pelicans announced today that the team has signed forward John Salmons. Per club policy, terms of the contract were not released.
Salmons, the 26th overall pick in the 2002 NBA Draft, has appeared in 874 games (429 starts) over his 12-year NBA career for Philadelphia, Sacramento, Chicago, Milwaukee and Toronto. The University of Miami product holds career averages of 9.4 points, 3.0 rebounds and 2.5 assists in 26.8 minutes per game.
There are probably better small forwards still available. Chris Douglas-Roberts comes to mind.
Ryan Anderson Recovery On Track
On Monday Jim Eichenhofer of Pelicans.com posted an interview with Ryan Anderson. Anderson has begun basketball-related activities with teammates in New Orleans. While he is still not cleared for contact that he says things are going "really smooth" is a very encouraging sign.
"I can do everything with the guys as far as shooting workouts, drills, weights and conditioning," Anderson said. "I just can’t play five-on-five or (even) one-on-one basketball. My disc is fused, which is good, but if I take the risk of getting hit too soon, it just wouldn’t be a good thing. I have a few more weeks, so training camp I’ll be ready to go all out. I just can’t wait to play contact basketball again. I can’t wait for that day. Until then I want to build up strength, get stronger and really work on my conditioning, and get back to normal."
Bucks and Clippers Trade
Yahoo Sources: Clippers, Bucks agree on trade centered on Jared Dudley. http://t.co/H6hGA69DaW— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) August 26, 2014
This trade is bizarre. I do not understand it.
Thunder and Sixers Trade
ESPN has learned that Oklahoma City is trading Hasheem Thabeet to Philadelphia— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) August 26, 2014
Thabeet, I'm told, is likely to be waived immediately by Sixers after completion of trade— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) August 26, 2014
I expected Thabeet to be the starting center for the Sixers. If you are tanking, tank hard. Looks at Philadelphia's roster. Oh, y'all got the tanking down pact.