多倫多暴龍隊對Luc Mbah a Moute有興趣?Mbah a Moute帶給你的,不只是防守大鎖而已

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根據《Sportsnet》的Michael Grange報導,多倫多暴龍隊正在討論有關於招攬Luc Mbah a Moute加盟的事情。目前暴龍隊已經超過了薪資上限,因此他們正在洽談以薪資特例爭取Mbah a Moute的加入。

 

Mbah a Moute有體型、翼展也很長,在防守的時候就算是錯位也好,他快速移動的腳步讓他面對速度快的控衛並不會完全落下風,而且Mbah a Moute在場上的反應也很出色。我認為他具備從一號守到甚至是五號的能力。

 

Mbah a Moute的防守真實正負值(Defensive Real Plus Minus)是2.32,在全聯盟大前鋒的排行榜中占據第九位。當他在場時,對手只能攻下105.4分,但當他下場後,對手完全可以猛攻洛杉磯快艇隊,高達111.6分。甚至,在一對一防守的時候,他的對手的命中率也只有30.8%。

 

的確,普遍上對於Mbah a Moute的印象都局限於他的進攻能力不好。然而,若是擔心Mbah a Moute在進攻端表現的話,其實從2014-15賽季開始無論是命中率、三分命中率還是罰球命中率,他一直都在進步當中,上賽季則是50.5%的命中率、39.1%的三分命中率和55.2%的罰球命中率。

 

值得一提的是,Mbah a Moute在底角三分,無論是左右邊都相當準,上賽季他在左底角三分球投33中13,在右底角三分球55投23中,命中率有41%。其實他在進攻端也不是那麽的不堪。

 

在少了DeMarre Carroll和P.J. Tucker之後,Mbah a Moute加入多倫多猛龍隊可以補上少了這兩人後的防守大鎖空缺,而那裏也有他的好友同鄉Pascal Siakam,我想若真的加盟暴龍隊,他不需要擔心適應問題。

 

但是以Mbah a Moute的實力,我相信聯盟還有其他球隊是對他有興趣的。

 

 

總還有些需要證明的事情 — Tim Hardaway Jr.

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「你在這裏打了兩年的球,然後你就被交易走了,接下來兩年之後你接獲一通電話。這就像是:『哇,我真的沒有想到這通電話是從他們那裏來的。』」Tim Hardaway Jr.說。

 

驚訝的,不只是曾經把自己交易出去的紐約尼克隊再度找回自己,還有攤開在他眼前的一系列數字。四年,7100萬美元,砸得亞特蘭大老鷹隊也決定不跟進如此巨大的價碼。「你認為尼克隊給予Hardaway Jr.過高的薪酬?你猜怎麼著?Hardaway Jr.的四年7100萬美元讓這裏很多的決策者都感到震驚。老鷹隊熱衷於留下Hardaway Jr.,大概在4000萬美元,也有可能是5000萬美元。」某個出現在拉斯維加斯夏季聯盟的制服組人員這樣說。「7100萬美元?不通過。」

 

談到自己當初被尼克隊交易,Hardaway Jr.並不會帶著怨恨的心情離開,他明白這一切始終還是要回到生意的根本上。「他們必須要做個決定,然後他們也做了,而我也接納這樣的事情。我很感激,當時老鷹隊真的想要我成為球隊的一份子。」Hardaway Jr.說。然而命運總是造化弄人的。當初Hardaway Jr.被交易後尼克隊所獲得的Jerian Grant後來被送去芝加哥公牛隊交易Derrick Rose,然後尼克隊選擇放棄Rose,進而以Hardaway Jr.來取代。兜兜轉轉,尼克隊的這一系列的舉動成為眾人調侃的話題,而難以避免的,壓在Hardaway Jr.身上的擔子也越來越重。

 

固然上賽季他打出了生涯最佳的場均14.5分的成績,但是他生涯至今先發上陣最高不超過30場比賽。如今Hardaway Jr.的巨大合約占據了尼克隊總薪資空間的18%,理所當然地,下賽季開始他會是尼克隊的先發球員。尼克隊沒有什麼理由把拿那麼高薪資的球員放在板凳上。Hardaway Jr.很清楚這一點,也了解周遭對於他這份合約的反應。

 

「我並不知道要去說些什麼。我所知道的,就是我會來到這裏,拼命地鍛煉我自己。我會讓所有的球迷看到他們想要看到的東西。」Hardaway Jr.說。「我現在已經是個成熟的球員。所有事情都已開始履行。我非常認真地看待所有事情。」

 

就像Hardaway Jr.所說的,一切始終還是回歸到生意的基本上。他沒辦法控制其他球隊會給予自己怎麼樣的一個合約,這些球場以外的事情,由不得他來說、他來決定。他能夠做的,就是做好自己,然後在球場上證明自己,是值得這份合約的。

 

「肯定的,一定會有壓力的。但你必須要去接納這些壓力。你必須要全心全意地去面對這一切。我已經做好準備,無論是在球場內外,去做任何我必須要做的事情來幫助這支球隊成功。」Hardaway Jr.說。

 

尼克隊在Phil Jackson離開之後仿佛還無法完全地復原。或許外界對於尼克隊提供給Hardaway Jr.的這份合約感到百思不解,但那也由不得Hardaway Jr.來說些什麼。他清楚這一點,而他也不想要白白的拿這份高薪酬來過日子。

 

他始終還有一關過不去,那就是自己。他還年輕,他還有很多東西要在球場上證明給世人看。

林書豪對未來後場搭檔D’Angelo Russell有些可以配合的想法 | 林書豪:他真的很好,蠻棒的

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當D’Angelo Russell被交易到布魯克林籃網隊時,焦點似乎並不僅限於Russell昔日榜眼在球場上的表現而已。待人處世的成熟度、目前尚缺乏的領導氣質,隨著Russell的被交易,這些問題也隨之而放大來看待。但是林書豪卻不認為這些事情會造成很大的問題。

 

「我不認為我們彼此有感覺到任何對立的情況。我們都知道我們會在大部分的時間內核對方聯手打球。所以我們已經一起訓練、談話、傳簡訊。我們也一起出外閑逛。」林書豪說。「他是個非常棒的家夥。我知道人們嘗試去說些關於他的一些事情。但我並沒有看到任何這些負面的東西。他真的很好,到目前為止都蠻棒的。我很雀躍。」

 

或許當初Magic Johnson在交易Russell之後所發表的言論指出洛杉磯湖人隊需要一個真正的領袖在控衛位置上被認為在影射Russell的不足之處,但林書豪給予新搭檔非常高的評價,也相信他們可以合作得來。「他很有天分,可以投籃,可以運球後制造空間,很全面性。」林書豪說。「他可以擔任控衛,也可以打得分後衛,他身高臂長。可以把他放在不同的位置,把我放在不同的位置,他打一號我打二號。我們可以和彼此配合,所以我真的並不擔心這些。」

 

「有些事情我之前有些想法,有的時候我可以在無球狀態下打球,執行球隊的第二輪戰術,然後隨後再獲得球權。我並不需要控球上前,然後看著五個家夥瞪著我,有的時候這還蠻困難的。能夠讓自己穿插些無球打法,然後打得更有創意些,那將會是非常有趣和好玩的。」林書豪說。很多人認為Russell的到來會影響到林書豪在籃網隊的球權,但顯然他對彼此未來的後場配合已經有些看法和可以開拓的地方。

 

Russell自己也認為他是有東西是要去證明的。「當然,一直都會有東西是我要去證明的。一旦你被交易後,你應該怎麼看待這樣的事情,你就怎麼去看待。我認為這是一個我需要去證明自己的跡象、不被尊重,不管你要怎麼去形容,到最後一天我還是有些東西是要證明給自己看的,不是給任何其他人。」Russell說。

 

的確Russell過去在球場以外會有些不太恰當的行為,或許是還不夠成熟吧。除了林書豪以外,我認為籃網隊總教練Kenny Atkinson也是可以幫助到Russell的人。過去他在亞特蘭大老鷹隊的時候擅長與球員打交道、關註球員的成長,備受好評。Russell在Atkinson的執教下無論場內外我們都期待會有突破性的表現。

布魯克林籃網隊總管Sean Marks的受限自由球員報價戰役,這一次他會突破勝利荒嗎?

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對受限自由球員拋出大合約,對布魯克林籃網隊總管Sean Marks來說,已經是他習以為常的事情。盡管到目前為此都是失敗的,但如果我們從另外一個角度來看的話,又似乎並不算完全失敗。

 

去年,籃網隊提供給Tyler Johnson一份四年達5000萬美元的合約。若要說當時24歲的Johnson表現很出色也不為準,2015-16賽季飽受傷勢困擾的他場均可以獲得8.7分、2.2助攻和3籃板。但是籃網隊看好他可以作為林書豪的替補,並且從第六人的位置出發。

 

遺憾的,邁亞密熱火隊決定跟進合約,而在上賽季,Johnson也確實打出讓人驚艷的表現,表現也全面性地上升,數據提升至場均13.7分、3.2助攻和4籃板。Marks的報價裏藏著毒藥合約的作用,Johnson在合約最後兩年的薪資平均接近2000萬美元,至於到時熱火隊是否會觸動到Marks所設下的毒藥效果還有待觀察。

 

「我本來已經做好準備要過去布魯克林的。當然我依然熱愛邁亞密,但我已為布魯克林做好準備。」Johnson說。他承認,當時看到籃網隊的報價時,他直接把那報價文件往天空丟了兩次。

 

這一次的失敗,並沒有阻止Marks繼續在夏天丟給其他球隊總管關於受限自由球員的煩惱。他在Johnson案列失敗後繼續向波特蘭拓荒者隊報價,準備提供給Allen Crabbe四年7500萬美元的合約,挑戰拓荒者隊的能耐。而拓荒者隊也隨後選擇跟進,Marks的出動再次以失敗告終。

 

雖然這一次Marks並沒有藏著毒藥合約,Crabbe的薪資平均每年都是1850萬美元左右,但是Marks多多少少還是帶給拓荒者隊一定程度的影響。多虧EvanTurner和Crabbe的這份合約,下賽季拓荒者隊薪資爆表,要繳付的豪華稅甚至比克里夫蘭騎士隊還多。

 

「當他們告訴我這件事情的時候,我的情緒好復雜。我很雀躍、開心。這是一種很瘋狂的感覺,只要有一支球隊這麽想要我,感覺很好。」Crabbe說。Crabbe還真的必須要加把勁打好球,確保拓荒者隊真的花的錢是值得的。

 

然後,帶著毫無勝績的Marks,繼續向DonatasMotiejunas出手,四年3700萬美元,而休斯頓火箭隊也隨後跟進。Motiejunas過後帶給了火箭隊不少麻煩,間中還鬧出了不出席訓練的事情,最終還是被交易到紐奧良鵜鶘隊。

 

來到這一次的夏天,Marks仍然不甘寂寞,這一次他提供給Otto Porter Jr.四年高達1.06億美元的合約,至今還等待著華盛頓巫師隊的報價。只不過,這一次Marks的部署還蠻特別的,在合約裏頭添加特別條例,Porter的薪資必須要在每一年的10月1日前付給他一半的薪資。

 

這一次,就看Marks是否會得逞了。

The Sword and the Shield — Dante Exum and Donovan Mitchell sealed the final win in Utah Jazz Summer League

 

UTAH JAZZ, MALAYSIA — My first thought before this last Utah Jazz Summer League tips off, who is going to guard Jayson Tatum? He is NBA-ready and he played so well in the past two summer league games, averaged 22.0 points, 8.5 rebounds, 2.5 assists, 3.0 steals, with 51.4 FG% and 25 3P%. My first option was Dante Exum, but Donovan Mitchell is the one who guarded Tatum. And the good news is, he did a good job.

 

 

Tatum had 12 points and 12 rebounds during a 65-68 loss to Utah Jazz on Thursday in Utah Jazz Summer League’s last game. Although his shooting form did not go well, but he proves that he has too much for Jazz to handle. When it came down to Iso-Tatum moment, Tatum used his size and height to score at the low post. He has a lot of tools with him and his fade-away shoot would let you think of Dirk Nowitzki. Tatum’s footwork is fundamental and I believe he can contribute a lot for the Boston Celtics when the season is coming up.

 

But Tatum was struggling and frustrating. Facing someone higher than you, Mitchell never quit but keep trying to lock Tatum down. Not to mention he got a pretty steal and Tatum was called for foul, trying to stop Mitchell from behind. Mitchell wasn’t take much shots in this game, but his defensive plays are big, and he can become much more better in defending opponents in future.

 

 

 

The Jazz used a late fourth-quarter rally to erase a Celtics lead and capture a victory, before all of them head to Las Vegas to start the big summer league. Exum had 16 points and 4 assists, while Mitchell, Julian Wright, Tony Bradley and Eric Griffin finished with 8 points apiece as Jazz won the final summer league game in Utah.

 

Abdel Nader led the Celtics with 17 points, while Jabari Bird and Ante Zizic scored 9 points each.

 

TIP-INS:

Jazz: Mitchell can average 3.3 steals per game…Jazz got 7 offensive  rebounds…Jazz shot 3 of 15 on 3s for total.

 

Celtics: Celtics made 19 turnovers…Zizic had 7 rebounds and 3 blocks.

 

Utah Jazz’s young men still OK after losing Gordon Hayward, extend winning streaks in Summer League

 

UTAH JAZZ REPORT, Malaysia, — The first night, losing Gordon Hayward didn’t hurt so bad, although it is just a Summer League game. Utah Jazz might not losing Hayward at no cost. According to Adrian Wojnarowski (who else do you think?), Jazz and Boston Celtics discussed on Wednesday the possibility of including Jae Crowder in a sign-and-trade agreement for Hayward, which could be a win-win situation.

 

While waiting further details being bombed by Wojnarowski, Jazz Summer League team is going to be OK after all.

 

After 87-74 win over San Antonio Spurs in the first game of Utah Jazz Summer League, the Jazz stunned the Philadelphia 76ers 100-94 in the second game at Jon M. Huntsman Centre, a win that gave Jazz fans perhaps just a little bit heartbreak comfort.

 

 

Life will be fine, I believe, after watching Dante Exum and Donovan Mitchell delivered another big performance for Jazz. Exum scored 26 points, Mitchell added 15 and thanks for Mitchell made clutch shots in the closing seconds to hold off the 76ers.

 

Joel Bolomboy scored 10 points and Eric Griffin had 14 points and 8 rebounds for Jazz, which led by 13 points in the second half. Markelle Fultz put up extraordinary performance with a fantastic fourth-quarter performance, trying to will the 76ers to victory after the Jazz slowed down, finishing with 13 points in the fourth quarter. Unfortunately, Mitchell made the shot with 29.2 seconds left in the game.

 

Exum did just about anything he wanted to offensively early on, since he is playing for Jazz Summer League team, his shooting form is good and he has a smooth release, shooting 56.2% from the floor and 60% beyond the arc.

 

 

Mitchell wasn’t in the offensive flow early on like first game on Monday, but he had an impact at the defensive ends. The issue of lacking communication when switching defence is getting better in this game, and he was defending aggressively. Running up and down, making spectacular defensive play, had two games with at least three steals.

 

TIP-INS:

Jazz: Great dunk from Eric Griffin…Despite Fultz scored 23 points, Exum played defensively well against Fultz…Jazz shot 11 of 22 on 3s for total.

 

76ers: Fultz finished 9 of 16 from the floor, including 4 of 8 from 3-point range…76ers’s losing streak extends to 2 games.

 

Dante Exum and Donovan Mitchell shine in first game of Utah Summer League

 

UTAH JAZZ REPORT, Malaysia, — Like what Alex Jensen told us before, Dante Exum is too talented and too good to blend in Summer League. Coming to his fourth year as a pro (although he did not play in 2015-16 season due to a tear of the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in his left knee), he shines in today’s game against San Antonio Spurs, as expected but way too surprise.

 

 

Exum is everywhere, taking charge during every deadball. He is talking, teaching, directing and leading. We know that Exum’s shooting has rooms for improvement, but his shooting form is well today. Pull-up shot used to be Exum’s problem in last season, where his FG% is only 18.8%, but in today’s game he proves that his pull-up shot is improving and his performance is just awesome.

 

 

Rudy Gobert and Raul Neto got a front seat for today’s Summer League game, and they should be happy enough to see these young kids performed well just in the first game of the summer for Utah Jazz. Gobert and Neto watched their Utah Jazz grabs the victory by downing the San Antonio Spurs 87-74.

 

Donovan Mitchell was playing like he is the 1st pick of the 2017 draft class. He was spectacular with 23 points, 5 assists, 3 steals and 2 rebounds, nailing beyond the arc in a few plays. He has rooms for improvement, especially in defence. When the Utah Jazz switched defence, sometimes Mitchell would just turn around without knowing who is the one he should guard with.

 

 

Mitchell has a good vision of passing but in today’s game he did not pass a lot even some are easy hoops. For a rookie and especially in a summer league game, I won’t say this is bad, at least he is getting all the points. He never let the scoring opportunities run away from him. He was solid and aggressive and he is building a great bonding with the others in Utah Jazz. Exum talked with him, teammates celebrated his plays. He makes me smile when he ran towards Exum to pull him up from the ground.

 

Quite surprise to see Julian Wright and Eric Griffin to appear in Utah Summer League. Wright who was playing for Italian club Pallacanestro Reggiana for 2016-17 season came back looking for a chance in Summer League. He was a 13th overall pick in 2007 draft. Eric Griffin signed with Pallacanestro Cantu of the Series A as well on 1st of July 2017 which I think he is trying to maintain his condition through these Summer League games.

 

TIP-INS:

Jazz: Joel Bolomboy won his rebound battle against Tony Bradley…Jazz shot 10 of 26 on 3s for total.

 

Spurs: Derrick White scores 13 points in his first game for Spurs…Spurs shot 7 of 23 on 3s for total.