Where Are They Now, 2010; Part 29
March 16th, 2010
– Jason Hart
Hart first signed with the Timberwolves for training camp, and the depth chart alone was enough to help him beat out the other 470 competitors for the 15th man spot. However, despite the Wolves’ lack of a third point guard, Hart played only five minutes and ended up being traded away, twice. Sort of. The Timberwolves first had a deal with New Orleans that would have seen them trade Hart (or rather, his unguaranteed contract) to the Hornets in exchange for Devin Brown and cash, and the deal was so close to being done that a press release even appeared on the Timberwolves’ website. However, Phoenix snuck in at the last minute and offered Minnesota a better deal, giving them Alando Tucker and a second rounder for Hart instead.
Phoenix then waived Hart, and New Orleans eventually got their man when Hart signed a ten-day contract with them as injury cover when Chris Paul first went down. Since then, however, Hart has been unsigned. He can often be seen in the crowd of Syracuse home games, although there aren’t any more of them scheduled until November time now.
– Donnell Harvey
Harvey was covered in the 2010 CBA Season Round-up from last week. In his last two games, Harvey put up two of his three worst scoring outings of the season; 14 points, 15 rebounds against Guangdong, and 8/9 in the regular season finale against Zhejiang Lions. Never mind, though. A fine season.
– Matt Haryasz
Stanford graduate and ex-Rockets signee Matt Haryasz moved from Belgium to Israel in the summer, but it didn’t last long. After only three games with Bnei Hasharon, in which he totalled 17 points and 12 rebounds, Haryasz moved to Holland to play for Groningen. Playing in the slightly crap Dutch league (no offence) has done wonders for Haryasz’s numbers; he’s averaging 16.1 points and 8.5 rebounds in only 25 minutes per game on the season.
Holland borders both Belgium and Germany, and their basketball league shares the Belgian and German league trait of having far too many Americans in it. Haryasz is one of seven on his team, and they also boast a Canadian called Steve Ross. It seems excessive.
– Kenny Hasbrouck
Siena graduate Hasbrouck was going to sign with the Miami Heat for training camp. He originally joined the team for their summer free agent camp – boringly, they didn’t enter a summer league team – and he had the Heat staff raving about him. The contract looked – was – inevitable. However, Hasbrouck got injured just before camp started, and he never signed with the team. The injury was supposed to take about a month to heal, but actually took a lot longer than that, and Hasbrouck did not reappear until late January when he resurfaced in the D-League. From there, he was acquired by the Rio Grande Valley Vipers, and in 10 games for them Hasbrouck has averaged 16.9 points and 2.9 assists on 50% shooting.
The Heat are going to call him up later today as a replacement for Rafer Alston, who has been suspended for the remainder of the season. Alston walked out on the team last week after the Heat told him he would be out of the rotation for the remainder of the season, and also after his sister attempted suicide. He is said to be contemplating retirement. The Heat are not said to be contemplating Mike James.
– David Hawkins
Temple graduate Hawkins moved to Montepaschi Siena in the summer, who went undefeated in Italy’s Serie A last year. They’re doing it again this year, too, with a 21-0 record and easily on course for their fourth consecutive championship. (Pepsi Caserta are in second place with a 15-7 record. They are seven games behind in the loss column with only nine weeks left. It’s over.) Hawkins is a big part of Siena’s success this season, averaging 12.8 points per game in the Italian league and 11.2 ppg in the EuroLeague (from which Siena have been eliminated), while playing his usual brand of tough defence.
– Juaquin Hawkins
Former Rockets guard Hawkins turns 37 years old this summer, but was playing professionally until recently. But now he’s not. While playing for the Australian team Gold Coast Blaze in January 2008, Hawkins suffered a stroke that pretty much ended his professional career. It certainly ended his season. Hawkins did return to the Blaze the following season to play again, but his stats were way down, and he left after six games. He’s all right now, even playing on the freaking stacked Los Angeles Lightning IBL team last summer. But there’s no more seasons in Australia in his future.
Now in retirement, Hawkins is an active youth leader and fundraiser in the L.A. area who runs this. He is also an ambassador for the American Stroke Association, for obvious reasons.
– Brandon Heath
San Diego State product Heath is in Cyprus, playing for APOEL Nicosia. Regular readers will be aware that there’s no Cyprish domestic league statistics available, but APOEL are also in the quarter finals of the EuroChallenge, so we have Heath’s stats from that. In 12 games, Heath is averaging 12.1 points, 3.1 rebounds and 2.7 assists, shooting 41% from two-point range and 46% from three-point range despite the squiffiness of his jump shot release.
– Alan Henderson
Henderson last played in 2007 with the Philadelphia 76ers. After being salary-dumped by them onto the Jazz at the 2007 deadline, Henderson was instantly cut by the Jazz, waited the prerequisite 30 days, then rejoined the Sixers for a meaningless last few games. It was reported that Henderson would re-sign with the Sixers for the 2007/08 season, but he didn’t. Nor did he ever sign anywhere again, ever.
Henderson maintained throughout his NBA career that he’d like to go onto medical school once it finished, but he changed his mind when the time came, deciding that it was too late. He now lives in Florida, and studies business at Indiana University through an online program. Henderson also used to be involved in the Alan Henderson Golf Invitational, but pulled out in a row about how the funds that were raised were being distributed. Therefore, the Alan Henderson Golf Invitational now no longer involves Alan Henderson. Which seems a tad strange.
Alan Henderson’s middle name is Lybrooks. That’s pretty unique.
– Dick Hendrix
Hendrix has moved to Spain for this season, playing for C.B. Granada. He is averaging 14.0 points and 7.2 rebounds in 26.2 minutes per game on the season, shooting 67% from the field and 57% from the foul line.
The Warriors have finally been able to replace him with Chris Hunter, but why a team that was outrebounded in 55 of their first 64 games would so undervalue the rebounding abilities of someone like Hendrix is mind-blowing. It’s not that Hendrix is brilliant; it’s instead that they seem not to know or care that their way of building a team with zero power forwards is not working out. Do the Warriors’ brain trust deliberately not get it, or are they all just simultaneously overlooking the obvious?
– Walter Herrmann
Herrmann is in year one of a four-year contract that he signed with Caja Laboral in the ACB this summer, but year one isn’t going too well. Hermann is averaging only 14.1 minutes, 5.9 points and 2.4 rebounds per game in the ACB, alongside 12.9/4.3/2.1 in the EuroLeague. He has played no more than 21 minutes in any EuroLeague game thus far, and had played only 49 ACB minutes all season through January 24th. He did however play all 40 minutes in Vitoria’s last game against Estudiantes, totalling 22 points and 8 rebounds. However, the rest of the team combined for only 36 and Vitoria lost by 16.
– Axel Hervelle
Former Nuggets draft pick Axel Hervelle started the season with Real Madrid, his sixth season there. He totalled 82 minutes, 13 points and 18 rebounds in seven ACB games, but was the subject of transfer rumours the entire season, including rumours of a trade between Real and Efes Pilsen that would have seen Hervelle swapped for Boki Nachbar. That particular deal never happened, but Hervelle did eventually leave, moving to Bizkaia Bilbao in January. In nine ACB games for the team Hervelle is averaging 24 minutes, 8.4 points, 4.9 rebounds and 2.6 assists per game, shooting 73% from two-point range and 11% from three-point range.
His rights are now owned by the Houston Rockets, who acquired them as the suitably-arbitrary returning piece in the deal that saw Denver acquire James White. White never played for the Nuggets. Hervelle will probably never play for the Rockets either.
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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