Posts Tagged ‘DJ Augustin’

D.J. Augustin Takes Out Ref

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — One of the only drawbacks to the Thursday night games on TNT is that if anything funny or wacky happens, there isn’t really enough time for it to make it into that evening’s version of Shaqtin’ A Fool. Take last night, for instance, where a simple loose ball ended up with a referee getting wiped out along the sideline.

As Oklahoma City’s Reggie Jackson and Chicago’s D.J. Augustin chased down a ball, instead of trying to actually grab the ball, Jackson instead chose to just screen Augustin out of the way. This caught Augustin off-guard and, in turn, sent him sprawling toward the Bulls’ sideline, directly into the legs of veteran referee Michael Smith. Despite going down hard, Smith was able to finish the game.

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Bragging Rights Championship: Texas vs. Duke

by Micah Hart

In the final of All Ball’s inaugural Bragging Rights challenge, it’s no surprise to see the dominant college basketball program over the last two decades make it thus far. It is a little surprising to see their competition, traditionally known as a football school — but one that has churned out a sizable number of NBA players over the last decade. Who will win? That’s for you to decide. And if you need a refresher on the Bragging Rights rules, read up on them here. For a view of the entire bracket and how both teams got to the finals, check here. Onto the finale: 

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Texas Longhorns

Starters (all stats per 48 minutes, through 4/3):

LaMarcus Aldridge, Trail Blazers: 26.6 points, 10.4 rebounds, 2.5 assists, 1.4 blocks, 1.2 steals
D.J. Augustin, Bobcats: 20.5 points, 4.0 rebounds, 8.5 assists, 0.1 blocks, 0.8 steals
Kevin Durant, Thunder: 33.9 points, 8.4 rebounds, 3.4 assists, 1.2 blocks, 1.4 steals
T.J. Ford, Pacers: 14.1 points, 4.9 rebounds, 8.8 assists, 0.5 blocks, 2.0 steals
Maurice Evans, Wizards: 14.1 points, 4.9 rebounds, 1.4 assists, 0.4 blocks, 1.0 steals

Missed the cut: Damion James, Nets; Daniel Gibson, Cavaliers; Royal Ivey, Thunder; Dexter Pittman, Heat; Avery Bradley, Celtics

How they got here: Talk about March Madness. After easily dispatching Washington, the Horns beat UCLA literally at the buzzer, winning their matchup against the Bruins by a single vote in the Elite Eight. In the Final Four, the Horns edged out UConn in their closest match of the tournament, winning by a 52%-48% margin.

Team synopsis: As expected, the Durant-Aldridge combo has proven too much for any opponent thus far. Augustin is having a breakout season in Charlotte, and makes for a solid third option. Ford is somewhat redundant with Augustin on the floor, but his track record is a little better than rookie Damion James. Mo Evans is no star, but he is a capable defender and rebounder who can hit the corner three when needed.

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Bragging Rights Bracket: No. 1 Texas vs. No. 4 Washington



by Micah Hart

For the complete Bragging Rights rules and to vote for other matchups, click here. With 70% of the vote, the Washington Huskies defeated the Ohio State Buckeyes in the 5-4 play-in game, and for their trouble they get the Kevin Durant-led Texas Longhorns. Let’s take a look:

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Texas Longhorns

Starters (all stats per 48 minutes):

LaMarcus Aldridge, Trail Blazers: 26.8 points, 10.5 rebounds, 2.6 assists, 1.4 blocks, 1.3 steals
D.J. Augustin, Bobcats: 20.6 points, 4.0 rebounds, 8.4 assists, 0.1 blocks, 0.9 steals
Kevin Durant, Thunder: 34.2 points, 8.6 rebounds, 3.4 assists, 1.1 blocks, 1.4 steals
T.J. Ford, Pacers: 14.1 points, 4.9 rebounds, 8.8 assists, 0.5 blocks, 2.0 steals
Maurice Evans, Wizards: 13.1 points, 4.5 rebounds, 1.6 assists, 0.3 blocks, 1.0 steals

Missed the cut: Damion James, Nets; Daniel Gibson, Cavaliers; Royal Ivey, Thunder; Dexter Pittman, Heat; Avery Bradley, Celtics

Team synopsis: A real title contender, with both Durant and Aldridge providing matchup problems for just about any potential opponent. Augustin is also having a breakout season in Charlotte. Ford is somewhat redundant with Augustin on the floor, but his track record is a little better than rookie Damion James. I could see an argument for James over Ford, but he hasn’t really played enough yet to cement a place over Ford or even Daniel Gibson. (more…)

Extend, Trade, or Cut – new starting PG edition

by Micah Hart

Today is Monday, which means it’s time for another fabulous edition of Extend, Trade or Cut. It’s not just any Monday though, it’s the Monday before the start of the 2010-11 season. That being the case, I thought today we’d take a look at three players who start this new season in similar places — as the projected starting point guard for their team for the first time in their careers. The nominees: the Sixers’ Jrue Holiday, the Bobcats’ DJ Augustin, and the Pacers’ Darren Collison.

Just to refresh you on the rules, picture yourself as the GM of a mythical NBA franchise, and pretend that you have to choose between three players. One player you can extend with a new contract, one player you have to trade for some mythical asset(s), and one player you must cut from your roster for eternity (it’s a harsh world). You may choose each option only once.

Let’s take a look at your options:

- Jrue Holiday: Holiday had an up and down rookie season in Philadelphia a year ago, but came on strong toward the end and established himself as the team’s starting PG going into the new season. Known for his sticky defense (many think he can be in the Rajon Rondo class of lead-guard stoppers), his offense is still a bit of a work in progress. A teammate of Collison’s at UCLA, Holiday — who is 20 — is the youngest of this trio.

- DJ Augustin: Larry Brown and Michael Jordan saw fit to let Raymond Felton leave for New York, handing the reins to Augustin in Charlotte this season. Augustin ain’t the tallest cat in town (the Bobcats generously list him at 6-foot), but he makes up for it with the ability to use the angles to get shots in the paint over taller defenders. He’s also an excellent shooter from distance and from the charity stripe.

- Darren Collison: Many were surprised to see the Hornets trade their Chris Paul insurance in the offseason, but Collison was so impressive in relief of Paul last season that the Pacers dealt for the UCLA product and immediately installed him as their starter. Better known for his his defensive capabilities at UCLA, Collison surprised the league by averaging 18.8 ppg in 37 games as a starter during his rookie season.

Them’s the choices. How do you vote?

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Muscle men

by Micah Hart

Indiana's Roy Hibbert, before and after losing 23 pounds

It’s something you hear every single year in preseason – how this player or that player has either added or dropped x amount of weight over the summer, making them either bulkier (and ready to play a stronger, more physical game) or sleeker (and ready to get up and down the court more quickly and with added agility).

So which players went which direction this offseason? Fortunately, SLAM’s Lang Whitaker (who also co-hosts the Hang Time Podcast) did the dirty work for us, compiling his annual Muscle Watch list of the players whose body mass made the biggest moves. Some highlights:

- The Knicks’ Anthony Randolph put on more weight this summer, bringing him up to about 225, which is amazingly 50 pounds heavier than he was when he came into the league.

- Lakers rookie Derrick Caracter left college tipping the scales at 305, but worked all summer with a trainer to get down to 265.

- Bobcats’ PG DJ Augustin added five pounds. That doesn’t sound like much, but DJ ain’t the biggest cat around. By the way (Texas homer alert), I think he’s going to surprise people in Charlotte this season.

What did you do in your offseason?

Muscle Watch 2010 (SLAM Magazine)

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