Where Are They Now, 2009; Part 18
January 21st, 2009
– Richie Frahm has not been signed since his performance with the Dallas Mavericks summer league team. I watched all of those Mavericks VSL games, and Frahm – a shooter – often chose not to shoot, which seemed wrong on a team clearly auditioning shooters. Other things that I learnt from these games: Reyshawn Terry’s a decent shooter, Shan Foster’s a very good one (the last update excluded), Keith McLeod remains deficient at all manner of shot-making, and Renaldas Seibutis is still having an identity crisis. And Rick Kamla’s side parting is one of the seven wonders of the modern world.
– British legend Joel Freeland (a legend if only for the fact that he’s English) is in his third year with Gran Canaria, Spain. And he’s finally getting somewhere. Freeland averages 10.3 points and 4.2 rebounds in the Spanish league, numbers that rise to 15.5 points, 5.7 rebounds and 1.2 blocks in EuroCup play. If Greg Oden continues to disappoint, then…well, Joel Freeland is already better than him. FACT. (Note: not a fact.)
– Matt Freije started the season in Lebanon of all places (is it Lebanon, or The Lebanon?), before moving to China. For Fujian SBS XunXin, Freije averages 19.6 points, 7.9 rebounds and 1.2 blocks per game, shooting 37% from three-point range. His high-scoring teammate is the seminal Chris Porter, who is into his fourth season with the team, with a short Philippines break in between. Porter averages 23.7 points, 13.0 rebounds and 2.0 assists per contest, shooting 41% from three-point range. But I think he’s had it cut.
– Hiram Fuller was recently part of the Pau Orthez turnover, and left the team earlier this month. In his six games with the team, Fuller averaged 6.0 points, 4.3 rebounds, and 3.2 fouls.
– Lawrence Funderburke is out of the news, seemingly dining out on the success of his two books.Additionally, his youth foundation have made a new range of videos, which is exciting.
– Cheyne Gadson started the season with the Albuquerque Thunderbirds, averaging 16 points and 5.4 turnovers in five games, before he was traded to the L.A. D-Fenders. In 11 games, Gadson averaged 8 points, before reportedly leaving the team without permission earlier this month. Not a great idea.
– Deng Gai has not played since a brief stay in Poland last year. As you may already know, Deng Gai is a part of the big Deng family of basketball players, highlighted by Luol. Luol’s cousin is called Kur Deng, and he plays (or used to play) for North Iowa CC. One of Luol’s seven brothers is Ajou Deng, a professional player in England who went to college at Fairfield, as did the aforementioned Deng Gai (Luol and Ajou’s cousin), who briefly played for the Sixers. (There’s another brother who plays professionally called Deng Deng.) Bonus Dengs fact – Luol used to go by the name Michael. Is this section getting confusing? I hope so.
– Reece Gaines averages 14,4 points, 2.9 assists and 2.5 steals per game for Angelico Biella in the Italian league. Ineffective he may have been in the NBA, but he’s put together a decent European career. That sentence wasn’t particularly grammatically sound, but the message was.
– Charles Gaines is but another of the San Antonio Spurs’s training camp signings currently stashed away on their D-League affiliate, the Austin Toros. Gaines averages 14.3 points and 10.3 rebounds, although the D-League’s official website lists his birthdate as January 1st, 1900, which makes him the second-oldest player in the D-League behind Geno Carlisle.
– Mike Gansey is averaging 5.8 points and 3.4 rebounds for the struggling German team, J.R. Bremerhaven.
– Jorge Garbajosa is playing for Khimki in Russia, averaging 8.3 points, 4.0 rebounds and 2.9 assists a game in Russian league play, along with 9.0 points, 6.2 rebounds and 2.6 assists in EuroCup play. And I’ve finally got his buyout amount.
– Alex Garcia is back in his native Brazil, where he averages 17 points and 9 rebounds for Pinheiros. This post died away a bit at the end, didn’t it?
I am continuously intrigued by the esoterica and minutiae of all the aspects of building a basketball team. I want to understand how to build the best basketball teams possible. No, I don’t know why, either.
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