January 10, 2011
In some additional related bookkeeping, the reason for many of the players listed in the previous list was due to the NBA's contract guarantee date. All players on NBA rosters on or after January 10th have their contracts guaranteed for the remainder of the season (future seasons are unaffected); this also includes waivers. In-season waivers are 48 hours long and do not include weekends; therefore, with the 10th of January being a Monday, players had to be waived by close of business on Wednesday 5th in order to have cleared waivers before the deadline date.
Eleven players with not fully guaranteed contracts were waived in the hours before that deadline: Steve Novak, Damien Wilkins, Jarron Collins, John Lucas III, Ime Udoka, Lester Hudson, Ronald Dupree, Brian Skinner, Pops Mensah-Bonsu, Sundiata Gaines and Rodney Carney. Twenty seven unguaranteed players survived; Delonte West, Von Wafer, Brian Scalabrine, Samardo Samuels, Manny Harris, Alonzo Gee, Brian Cardinal, Melvin Ely, Gary Forbes, Jeremy Lin, Ish Smith, A.J. Price, Ike Diogu, Luc Richard Mbah A Moute, Ben Uzoh, Didier Ilunga-Mbenga, Shawne Williams, Malik Allen, Garret Siler, Patty Mills, Sean Marks, Darnell Jackson, Chris Quinn, Sonny Weems, Jeremy Evans, Cartier Martin and Hamady Ndiaye. Players with contracts who had already become guaranteed due to specific guarantee stipulations in their contracts were Sherron Collins, Derrick Brown, Josh McRoberts, Willie Warren, Derrick Caracter, Luther Head and Joey Dorsey.
October 6, 2010
Sadly, Toronto chose not to take part in the training camp game. They rarely do. In 2008, they signed only Jamal Sampson, who would have been the fourteenth player were it not for the fact that the Raptors were only $1,107 beneath the luxury tax threshold - in 2009, Toronto bettered that total by signing no one at all. In the season where teams are stocking up on signings so that they can then have them assigned to the D-League for future monitoring purposes, Toronto - infrequent D-League users - just don't want to play. They did sign NBA veteran Ronald Dupree for camp, who will go to camp to battle for the 15th roster spot with incumbent
July 11, 2010
Apart from threes and free throw percentage - that is to say, guard stuff - Joey Dorsey is a D-League stat whore. In 16 games on assignment down there last year, Dorsey averaged 14.9 points, 13.3 rebounds, 1.7 assists, 1.1 steals and 1.4 blocks in only 31 minutes per game, shooting 65% from the field. Those rebounding numbers are ridiculous, and they are the reason why Toronto weren't deterred from signing a player waived by Sacramento for being "too immature." (The fact that he's 26 makes that a worrying statement.)
Problematically, Dorsey also stuffs the bad stats. He averaged a whopping 3.8 turnovers in those 30 minutes per game, despite not taking a single dribble. He had two and a half turnovers for every one field goal attempt, which is quite an amazingly bad ratio, and the only shot he can really make is the dunk. Dorsey also averaged 4 fouls per game and is a 6'8 centre. The rebounding keeps him in the NBA; the offense keeps him out the rotation.