My latest piece for Raptors Republic.
My post game report after Malcolm Miller scored 17 points in a win over Kendrick Perkins and the Canton Charge.
Video-only report on Lorenzo Brown’s 10 point, 9 assist performance vs the Wisconsin Herd. Filmed January 27.
I drummed up the nerve to approach Masai Ujiri on Saturday at the G-League showcase. I asked the Raptors president how close he thinks Lorenzo Brown is to nailing down a regular roster spot in the NBA. Here’s me relaying our conversation:
On Thursday, Lorenzo Brown arrived at the Hershey Centre in the early morning to get set for a noon tip against Santa Cruz. In front of a veritable throng of scouts at the G-League Showcase, Brown put on a show (case) – 24 points, 12 assists, all in that calm, cerebral fashion we’ve grown accustomed to from the two-time G-League All Star.
To the video tape!
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A link to my written piece on Kennedy Meeks. Thanks to Raptors Republic for having me.
After a lovely siesta in Barcelona, we’re back to dive into some more game tape. Coming into Saturday’s contest against the Mad Ants of Fort Wayne, Kennedy Meeks was putting up very respectable averages of 11.6 points on 45.9 FG%, to go with 8.5 boards – 3.6 on the offensive glass, which is where we begin our analysis.
The conventional wisdom states that defence and offensive rebounding are all, or at least mostly, about effort. While “trying” is certainly a part of it, there’s skill to creating extra possessions off missed shots, and Meeks has it.
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Undrafted free agent Kennedy Meeks seems the prototype for NBA players being phased out of the game – lumbering, over-sized power forward, undersized centre (6’9, 277 pounds) without a reliable three point shot (he didn’t make a single three at North Carolina).
I imagine Masai Ujiri was intrigued by the post game and touch around the rim (shot 56% in his senior year at UNC), and his Herculean effort on the glass in the Final Four and National Championship Game, where he grabbed a combined 12 offensive rebounds. I’d like to figure out what the Raptors saw in a seemingly massive project.
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After playing seven minutes in Atlanta for the Toronto Raptors Saturday night, Alfonzo McKinnie arrived in Mississauga just in time to dominate on Sunday. It was the first time McKinnie has looked “better” than the G-League.
Continue reading “McKinnie’s got NBA Stuff! My on-site report and more film study”
On Monday Alfonzo McKinnie contradicted some of what I saw two days earlier. Still no conclusions to be drawn, but it now seems clearer which aspects of McKinnie’s game I need to focus on to make an informed evaluation. Let’s take a look at a bunch of clips to help get there.
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