Am I the only person who thinks that Danilo Gallinari, when he’s spiked his hair up, looks a bit like Butthead? Probably.
Cummings was drafted by the Idaho Stampede in the fourth round of this year’s D-League Draft, but was released before the season started without so much as a line on the D-League’s transactions page. (They’ve got to tighten this up, really. It happens a lot, and makes it hard for those of us who try to keep tabs on D-League transactions.) He was later picked up by the Springfield Armor, for whom he averages a tidy 14.7 points and 9.1 rebounds per game.
T.J. stands for Terry Junior, for Cummings is the son of former NBA player Terry Cummings. That said, T.J’s name is actually Robert, so the ‘Junior’ label is kind of speculative. But you can see why a man wouldn’t want to be called Bob Cummings. Particularly if he used to watch The Fast Show.
When this website started, Curry had just left the Indiana Pacers, the third team in three years to start Curry for the “defensive tone” that his offence-free ways supposedly set. In the time since then, Curry has been the NBA’s Vice-President of Player Development, named as an assistant coach for the Detroit Pistons, named as the head coach for the Detroit Pistons, and fired as the head coach of the Detroit Pistons. All this elapsed time can make a man feel old.
Curry is currently not doing anything.
Neither is Antonio Daniels. Daniels was traded by the Hornets to the Timberwolves this offseason in exchange for Darius Songaila and Bobby Brown, purely because his contract was one year shorter than Songaila’s. Consider for a minute that the cost of trading Randy Foye and Mike Miller for Ricky Rubio was taking on Songaila’s salary, then consider how easy it was to get rid of it, and essentially it cost Randy Foye and Bobby Brown to get Ricky Rubio. Hmmm. Seems one-sided.
The Timberwolves then bought out Daniels for $736,420 less than what his contract initially called for; not coincidentally, that’s the same amount Nathan Jawai is getting this season. Daniels clearly thought there was a chance he’d get a minimum-salary deal elsewhere, but like the rest of the veteran point guards on the market (Brevin Knight, Steve Francis, etc), he’s had to stand by and watch while teams call up the Sundiata Gaines and Cedric Jackson types of this world. Daniels remains unsigned.
Daniels did a noble job of pretending to be a centre in the D-League last year, averaging 21/10 in the process. He’s gone to Ukraine this season, playing with Azovmash. Daniels was initially fighting for one spot with Demetris Nichols, won the race, and has been a key player for the team all season. He averages 14.8 points, 6.0 rebounds and 3.4 European assists per game in the VTB United League, 17/6/3 in the Ukrainian league, and 21/10/3 in the EuroCup. Azovmash have had quite a lot of turmoil this season, turning over basically their entire roster over the last few weeks. Yet Daniels has been one of the few constants.
Davidson was waived by the Warriors in the summer, yet still picks up $75,000 from them this season for his troubles. He has since moved to Turkey to play for Darussafaka. On the season he averages 14.7 points per game (albeit inefficiently), 9.6 rebounds, 1.1 steals and 1.1 blocks per game. The rebounds per game lead the Turkish league, and Darussafaka also have the leading scorer in the nation in Quincy Douby (21.6 points per game).
However, despite having the best scorer and best rebounder in the country, they are last in the league with a 1-15 record.
Davis was a camp signee of the Nets this season. The Nets’ three training camp signings were Davis (a back-up in the D-League), Will Blalock (recovering from a stroke) and Brian Hamilton (a defensive-minded forward on a roster that already had Trenton Hassell, Terrence Williams, Eduardo Najera, Bobby Simmons, and about twelve other forwards). Considering the run the Nets are putting on for the title of the worst three-point shooting team of all time, their offensive struggles in general, and the problems they’re having with their big men not named Brook Lopez, I think they could have found some more apt pieces for camp, even if they wouldn’t have made the team anyway. At least they mercifully didn’t sign Isaiah Rider.
Davis returned to the Utah Flash for this season, where his numbers and minutes have improved slightly. In 26 minutes per game he is averaging 11.2 points and 6.8 rebounds, but shooting only 45% from the floor and 68% from the foul line. His shot-blocking is down to 0.8 per game, and he still comes off the bench behind Carlos Wheeler. He also turns 26 next year, which doesn’t do much for his NBA prospects. Nevertheless, he’s a decent D-Leaguer and an athlete.
Davis has not played since the 2006-07 season, and turns 40 in March. The rumours of a return in early 2008 amounted to nothing. He is now the CEO of a movie company. Davis also “carefully selects business ventures for Pro Player’s Holdings that create optimistic revenue streams and make worthwhile contribution to society by creating employment with positive social reinforcement.” Or something.
Here’s a music video he shares producer credits on.
It was only a few short years ago that Josh Davis was putting a run on the most-NBA-teams-played for record, currently jointly held by Jim Jackson, Tony Massenburg and Chucky Brown with 12. However, it’s also been a few years since Josh Davis played in the NBA, and a season of good play in the D-League last year did not lead to any new NBA contracts. Therefore, Davis went off to Europe, where he’s playing for Panellinios in Greece. Davis averages 8.8 points and 4.0 rebounds per game in the Greek league, and I watched him last night. He shot well.
Last year, I wrote this about Justin Davis:
[F]ormer Golden State Warriors training camp invitee Justin Davis is out of basketball, and has been since a brief trial in Germany back in November 2006. Therefore, as was the case with Chris Crawford, I am hereby announcing that I can’t bring you Justin Davis news any more, since there isn’t any. (Readers note: Bizarrely, when I said that about Crawford, someone e-mailed me and told me that, somewhat out of spite, they were going to single-handedly track him down and get an update from him on his life. If someone wants to do the same with Justin David [sic], then be my guest. You could form a merry band of freedom fighters, fighting for what’s right in the world; peace, saving the rainforests, the downfall of terrorism and Chris Crawford updates. I could be your leader. You can be like my droogs or something. Except we won’t be as annoying as the real droogs.)
Despite the offer oozing with generosity, no one took me up on it, so I’ve had to do it myself. However, I’ve failed once again. Justin Davis hasn’t played since 2006, and any off-the-court stuff is proving to be hard to find given the common nature of his name.
Kyle Davis started last year in Cyprus, averaged about 7/7/3, came home, joined the D-League, averaged about 4/4/2, was released last February due to injury, and has not played since. This probably only means something to you if you know who Kyle Davis is. If you don’t, but would like to, here’s his Myspace page. He looks to be off the market, though. Sorry ladies.
Paul Davis went to camp with the Wizards, had little chance of making the team, and then made it anyway as injury cover for Antawn Jamison. He played in two games, totalling 4 points, 3 assists and a block, and got paid roughly $90,000 for his troubles.
Another Wizards big man signing this offseason, Fabricio Oberto, is being paid $1.99 million in a season that has seen him total 34 points, 43 rebounds and 57 fouls. Those two players represent $4.1 million in salary for the Wizards this season once luxury tax calculations are included, which is about $100,000 a point give or take. If the post-Arenas incident Wizards believe that they are now able to get under the luxury tax and save about $30 million this season once all rebates are included, they will soon find that this would have been far easier to achieve had they not unnecessarily signed Fabricio Oberto. Ah well.
Davis has remained unsigned since the Wizards waived him, with only an unsuccessful tryout in China since that time. No word on whether he remains naive about sex.