Archive for December 18th, 2007

Stephen Jackson is rocking

Golden State Warriors swingman Stephen Jackson is stepping up this season. Here’s what he’s done lately:

Posted a team-high 28 points, a career-high 12 rebounds, five assists and two steals in Monday’s victory at Memphis.

Has scored 20-or-more points in seven of the last 10 games.

For the season, is averaging 20.8 points, 5.1 rebounds and 3.8 assists (all career highs) after averaging 14.1 points, 3.6 rebounds and 2.6 assists per game for his career entering the campaign.

Ranks 4th in the NBA in minutes per game (39.7 mpg).

The Warriors are 13-5 since his return to action, after starting 1-6 without Captain Jack.

Celtics waive Brandon Wallace

The Boston Celtics announced today that the club has requested waivers on forward Brandon Wallace.  The Celtics roster now stands at 13.

Wallace signed as an undrafted free agent on July 10, 2007. The 6’9” forward out of the University of South Carolina did not appear in any regular season games for the Celtics.  He averaged 1.2 points in 4.7 minutes per game during the preseason and was assigned to the Utah Flash of the NBA Development League on November 13, 2007.  He averaged 12.5 points and 9.2 rebounds in six games for the Flash.

Grizzlies waive Tarence Kinsey

The Memphis Grizzlies announced today that they have requested waivers on guard Tarence Kinsey.

Kinsey, a 6-6, 189-pound guard, was averaging 3.6 points and 1.1 rebounds in 8.7 minutes in 11 appearances this season. An undrafted free agent out of South Carolina, he averaged 7.7 points and 2.0 rebounds in his rookie season with the Grizzlies in 2006-07. Kinsey came on strong late in the season when he was named the NBA’s Western Conference Rookie of the Month after averaging 18.8 points, 5.0 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 2.63 steals last April.

The current roster stands at 13 players.

The Chicago Bulls today assigned rookie forward Demetris Nichols to their NBA Development League affiliate, the Iowa Energy.  Nichols is the 20th player assigned to a D-League affiliate this season and his assignment marks the 22nd of the season.

The 6-8, 216-pound forward was selected by the Portland Trail Blazers in the second round of the 2007 NBA Draft and was acquired by the Bulls on Dec. 7 from the Cleveland Cavaliers, where he was signed on Oct. 29.  Nichols has appeared in three regular season NBA games with Cleveland, averaging 0.7 points and 0.3 rebounds in 4.7 minutes and five preseason games with the New York Knicks where he averaged 4.8 points and 0.8 rebounds in 7.8 minutes.

A four year contributor at Syracuse, Nichols averaged 10.9 points, 4.1 rebounds and 1.1 assists in 123 career games for the Orangemen, where he ranks third in career three-point field goals with 205.  During his senior season Nichols led the Big East First Team in scoring with 18.9 points, also averaging 5.4 rebounds.  For his efforts, he earned a spot on the All-Big East team and finished second in the 19th Annual State Farm College Three Point Championship in March 2007.

Nichols is expected to be available on Dec. 20 when the Energy hosts the Los Angeles D-Fenders.

Suns assign D.J. Strawberry to D-League

The Phoenix Suns have assigned rookie D.J. Strawberry to their NBA Development League affiliate, the Albuquerque Thunderbirds, it was announced today by Suns President of Basketball Operations and General Manager, Steve Kerr. Strawberry is the 21st NBA assignment to a D-League affiliate this season. Before last night’s game against the San Antonio Spurs, the Suns recalled rookie Alando Tucker from the Thunderbirds.

Strawberry, a 6-5, 201-pound guard, was selected by Phoenix in the second round (59th overall) of the 2007 NBA Draft and signed with the team on Aug. 28, 2007. In six games with the Suns, Strawberry averaged 2.0 points, 0.7 rebounds and 0.5 assists in 6.2 minutes.

The New York City native played four season for the University of Maryland (2003-07) and averaged 10.1 points, 3.3 rebounds and 2.9 assists in 111 contests for the Terrapins. He is the first player from Maryland to be drafted in the NBA since 2003 (Steve Blake, Washington Wizards).

Phoenix recalled forward Tucker Monday, the day he was named the D-League’s Performer of the Week. The 6-6, 205-pound rookie was assigned to the Thunderbirds on Nov. 28, 2007 and averaged 28.2 points, 7.0 rebounds, 1.2 assists and 39.0 minutes over five contests with the Thunderbirds.

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