We won’t make this blog entirely about JMM, but his story is pretty interesting. Last night, he played his first game for the Warriors since being signed to a 10-day contract a few days ago. And while Golden State was comfortably ahead and the result wasn’t really in doubt, McAdoo was still really good. Watch these highlights below. We defy you not to be impressed, especially with that one block he gets. He just plain gets. up.
Golden State, the team that signed him earlier in the season before letting him go, has again picked up James Michael McAdoo. It’s only to a 10-day contract, so it’s not like he’s in the League for good, but there have been plenty of pro players who have enjoyed long careers after starting with a 10-day contract: Raja Bell, Bruce Bowen, Anthony Mason, Kurt Rambis… Fingers crossed JMM makes the permanent roster and gets to continue playing for the best team in basketball.
Great win against Louisville! So how did the Heels close this one out when they failed in a very similar situation against Notre Dame? We conclude our “Buy, Sell, Hold” exercise, evaluating the bench players. And it’s a double dip in Dook Sucks: Andy has a brush with an actual Dookie, and the Devils get destroyed in Raleigh.
Sure, he’s doing it in the D-League, but that’s all right. This guy clearly has skills and has a real shot of making an NBA roster one day. Don’t tell me he’s any less skilled than everyone on the Knicks. He’s especially good at the pick and roll and seems much better at finishing at the rim with contact than he was in his UNC days. (Phil Jackson, are you hearing this?) Here’s highlight footage of JMM going for 25 and 13.
Or so says the latest DraftExpress. This is a little bit insane, especially considering that a couple months ago, only Brice Johnson and Paige were charting in the top 100, with Johnson being ranked higher. And now? Well…
Kennedy Meeks is the big dog at #33
Johnson at #41
Justin Jackson at #44
J.P. Tokoto at #46
Marcus Paige at #58
It seems like Paige’s slump early in the season could potentially hurt his NBA stock. Whatever. It’s still early. And even so, what’s wrong with being a great college player? That’s what NCAA championships are built on anyway. Montross. Phelps. May. Ellington. Hansbrough. All were exceptional college athletes who had/are having mediocre pro careers. But would you rather have them or some one-and-done phenom who may win you some games during the regular season (cough — cough — Jabari Parker — cough — cough) but not deliver come March? I’ll stick with a bunch of late second-rounders, thanks.