Rookie Recap: Trail Blazers’ Future On Display, John Jenkins Struggles

By now, most franchises have a general understanding of whether or not their team has made the playoffs (unless you’re Utah –which always seems to have every game and season decided in the 11th hour –and Los Angeles –which has a flair for the dramatics).

For some, it is a time to rest the stars and let the kids go out and play, as was the case for the Atlanta Hawks last night. Continue reading

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Media Day Has Arrived

Well, it’s about time!  Media Day is finally here!

If you’ve visited twitter in the past couple of hours to try to follow your favorite team and incoming players, you’ve most likely seen an influx of tweets flying your way.  Yet trying to follow the incoming personal posts, it may be just as easy to tune into each teams live online Media Day news conference.  Here are a few teams that are holding theirs now:

Charlotte Bobcats: After a dismal season last year, the Cats will have plenty of questions flying their way about how they plan on improving this season.  Help will most definitely come in the form of incoming rookies SF Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and SF Jeffrey Taylor.

Washington Wizards: John Wall is out for the first eight weeks of the season, which may give rookie PG Tomas Satoransky some time off the bench, or at least a guarenteed roster spot.  Also, much will be expected from SG Bradley Beal to provide plenty of scoring in Wall’s absence.  With the expanded workload, Beal could easily falter, or boost his ROY stock to start the season.

Toronto Raptors: The Raptors have quite a lot of new blood within the organization.  Super-rookie C Jonas Valanciunas will finally be making his league debut, and should flourish in Dwane Casey’s defensive system.  SG Terrence Ross has also looked impressive throughout the summer, and F Quincy Acy is sure to provide a spark either in the starting line-up or off the bench.  However, those are crucial roster spots to try and blend together in the preseason, and the Raptors may face difficulties putting everything in place.

For more live video coverage throughout the day, NBA.com will be providing live feeds for teams throughout the afternoon.

The calendar has turned; the leaves will turn soon, too.  And the long summer break from NBA action has now turned; Media Day has arrived.

It’s the Final Countdown

We are on the verge of a big breakthrough…not necessarily a medical breakthrough, but a big one nonetheless.

We are just days away from NBA training camps opening in colleges and universities across the country (and in Halifax, Nova Scotia, of course).  This is the moment we’ve all been waiting for…

Well, not exactly.  Everyone’s still waiting for opening night, but training camp is close enough.  It’s also the perfect time for rookies across the league to begin to integrate their Summer League experience with the rest of their teammates.  It also gives undrafted players an opportunity to find a long term home with an organization.  A few key names to keep an eye on over these next few weeks, for one reason or another, are:

Anthony Davis: The Brow will make his much anticipated NBA “debut”, as he squares off against much stiffer competition than the competition he faced in the Olympics (see: Latvian bench warmers).

Lillard proved his worth in the Summer League. Now he’ll have to prove himself again the rest of the NBA.
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Damian Lillard: The prospective point guard of the future in Portland, Lillard had an extremely impressive Summer League, as he showed he could play with all the “big boys” from major collegiate conferences.  Now, he will once again have to prove doubters wrong as he squares off against more than just his incoming rookie class.

Jae Crowder, Draymond Green, Quincy Acy, and Kyle O’Quinn: These four have possibly the most to gain in training camp.  All four play a very blue-collared style game; strong defense and a strong will that results in stuffing stat sheets to no end.  All four were drafted in the second round, yet they all have a decent shot at making their teams rotation based off of their hard work and will power.

Training camp is a time for the incoming rookies to show what they can bring to the table before the season begins.  It’s their final shot.

It’s the final countdown.