Andrew Wiggins the No. 1 overall pick of the 2014 Draft officially kicked off his NBA career by scoring a game-high 18 points to lead the Cleveland Cavaliers 70-68 past No. 2 overall pick Jabari Parker and the Milwaukee Bucks.
Fans, scouts and media packed the Cox Pavillion to get a glimpse of the much anticipated match-up between the two top picks of the Draft, on a day where Cleveland dominate the headlines as Lebron James announced he would be returning to city that drafted him first overall in 2003.
Andrew Wiggins looking to establish is own legacy didn’t disappoint in his summer league debut finishing with a game-high 18 points in 31 minutes of floor-time. The Canadian who has been compared to LeBron through his recruiting processed showed flashes of brilliance on both ends throwing down two massive dunks and standing tall on the defensive end. Wiggins shot 7-of-18 from the floor but struggled with his outside shot going only 1-for-8 from behind the arc, he added four rebounds in his first non official NBA victory.
“He’s got so much potential,” said Cleveland Cavs’ owner Dan Gilbert during the fourth quarter. “[Our scouts] think the sky is the limit for him. He’s still a teenager. He’s a great kid and he’s working hard. He wants it badly.”
No. 2 overall pick Jabari Parker also had a strong performance finishing with a near double-double of Jabari Parker 17 points and 9 rebounds in the losing effort. Parker displayed his smooth looking game by finishing through contact and several acrobatic takes to the rim.
Anthony Bennett the top pick in the 2013 draft also made his summer league debut after a poor rookie season. Bennett who used to the off-season to get back into ideal playing shape, looked more comfortable of the floor and contributed with 15 points and seven rebounds. The Brampton ontario native ran the floor hard and got himself in good scoring positions. Bennett defense still looked a bit shaky as he struggled to contain the Bucks 6’11 forward Giannis Antetokounmpo, racking up eight personal fouls in 30 minutes.
Zero To Zero. We Could Watch Russ Vs Dame Until There’s No Time Left
Phones have been checked in Philly as missing posters have been put on telephone poles for Ben Simmons’ jumper. Whilst he has started a beef with Jared Dudley of the Brooklyn Nets that even rivals the one between Kevin Durant staring down Patrick Beverley.
Welcome to the 2019 NBA playoffs.
But the real rivalry of this first round that is a real knockout is the one between Damian Lillard and Russell Westbrook. Two noughts to add up to something over nothing that could take this wild West clash between the Portland Trail Blazers and the Oklahoma City Thunder the seven game distance.
Watching these two points make one in the changing of the guard has been where amazing hardwood history happens. And whether the Thunder will reign over Rip City, or whether the city of roses will bloom over OKC all depends on whether the fuse is lit for the stick of dynamite, or the ticking click rings out. Either way whatever adds up to more on the box score will come from nothing.
But these numbers don’t lie.
A Game 3 showdown saw Russell Westbrook explode with a Kareem 33 and the Thunder poured out a 120-108 victory back home as Paul George double pumped a dunk as time expired like old ham on Dame and his men. But up 2-1 it’s not like Portland could blaze a trail to put OKC on the ropes. Even though they want to even things up and take it down to the wire for the next game and week.
D-Lill had 32. But Westbrook taunted that he was “too small” as he rocked the baby with one more point. Denis Schröeder also added 17 and a mock wrist watch tap celebration to Dame like Russell mocking Lance Stephenson’s air guitar against the Lakers. But time and Dame time again, hip-hop star Dame Dolla will play on until this all wraps up.
Laugh now, cry later. Because this one rhymes greater than you’re average player hater. He’s notorious. He’s B.I.G. and he’s ready to die for one more chance to kick in the door, for the skys the limit.
Dame Time runs 24/7 like a 7Eleven and with the ‘Mission Impossible’ fuse of Russell Westbrook never looking like it’s going to fallout like these two, we may need another P.G. by George to settle this score as these two Point Guard number noughts look to cancel each other out until the final score and last buzzer beaten rings out.
Trash talking. Sweat soaking. Until the clock runs out on Dame Time and one of our zeroes becomes hero, we could watch these two men go the full magnificent seven.
I mean ‘Why Not’?
Ryerson Rams’ 7-footer Tanor Ngom declares for NBA Draft
Ryerson Rams’ 7-foot-2 center
Ngom, a native of Dakar, Senegal, enjoyed a breakthrough sophomore season with the emerging Ryerson Rams’ of Canada’s U Sports basketball program — in 21 Ontario University Association (OUA) conference games, he averaged 11.3 points, 5.6 rebounds and 2.3 blocks in 19 minutes — connecting on 63.8% of his 88-138 field goal attempts.
Rams’ head coach Roy Rana discovered the late-blooming Ngom back in 2017 when he and a few of his players travelled to Senegal to take place in a basketball exchange forum.
During his freshman
Appearing in 23 games the towering bigmen contributed 5.8 points, 4.2 rebounds and 1.3 blocks in 12 minutes as the Ryerson Rams advanced to their first national title game.
Ngom’s improvement has been clearly evident in his two campaigns under Rana and features impressive mobility and athleticism for his size. A natural defensive disruptor — Ngom has worked hard to build his thin frame and expand his improving shooting touch from the charity stripe to the three-point line.
Ngom posted a career-highs in points (24) once and grabbed 11 rebounds on multiple (3x) occasions as well as swatting away 8 shots once. Additionally, he reached double-figures scoring in 10 of his last 15 games.
The seven-footer posted 12 points, six assists and three blocks in 24 minutes of action against the Duke Blue Devils during their much anticipated Canadian Tour. Ngom also bec
Unlike the recent NCAA rules changes that allow a player to test the NBA Draft process and still return to the collegiate ranks — The U Sports eligibility model and NBA Draft process aren’t quite clear at this point.
Regardless, Ngom’s path to the NBA faces a steep uphill battle — becoming the first player since Ottawa Gee-Gee’s All-Canadian guard Warren Ward broke barriers by tossing his name in the 2013 NBA Draft process — gathering buzz with a respectable workout at Impact Basketball in Las Vegas.
Canadian William Njoku (Halifax, Nova Scotia), a 6’10”, 193-pounds forward from the Saint Mary’s Huskies holds the exclusive distinction of being the last player from a Canadian university to be drafted in the modern NBA era.
Brooklyn born, Brian Heaney, a Canadian Basketball Hall of Famer and a member of the 1965 Acadia University Axemen championship team
Carleton Ravens’ all-time great point guard Phillip Scrubb — arguably Canada’s best university basketball player of all-time — never declared for the 2015 NBA Draft — but managed to play in the 2015 NBA Summer League with the Memphis Grizzlies and the Toronto Raptors.
Although not a common stake yet, it is inevitable that Canadian players declaring from Canadian universities to the NBA draft will one day, in the not very distant future become commonplace.
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