Where Are They Now, 2010; Part 43
April 8th, 2010
– Amal McCaskill
A-Mac has been doing the D-Lang tour for a while now, and this year’s installment of it saw him wind up in South Korea to play for Inchon Black Slamer. (If that’s not a sex toy, I’ll be shocked.) In 27 minutes of 48 games, the 36-year-old McCaskill has averaged 11.9 points and 6.7 rebounds per game, shooting 57% from the field and 73% from the line.
– Ben McCauley
NC State graduate B-Mac went to summer league with the L.A. Lakers, where he duly impressed all watchers who didn’t know he could make shots. He averaged 11.8 points and 7.6 rebounds, yet did not sufficiently impress with his defence (there’s something about being an under-athletic 6’9 that doesn’t wash in the NBA). So he went to France, where no one plays any defence anyway. For Strasbourg, McCauley has averaged 10.6 points, 5.1 rebounds, 1.3 assists and 1.4 steals in 22 minutes per game in the French league.
– Jack McClinton
Spurs draft pick J-Mac signed with the team for all of nine days, and managed the rare achievement of being waived before training camp even started. This happened because McClinton asked for it to; knowing he wasn’t going to make the Spurs roster, and sensing that a Malik Hairston or Marcus Williams-like ferrying between the Spurs roster and the Austin Toros roster was probably not going to benefit him much, McClinton asked out of his deal to pursue other opportunities. The Spurs granted him that wish and McClinton instead went to camp with the Minnesota Timberwolves. However, he didn’t make that roster either, losing out on a roster spot to Jason Hart.
McClinton then went to Turkey to play for Aliaga Petkim. In 25 games there, he has averaged 16.3 points, 2.9 rebounds and 3.2 assists per game, but has not shot well in doing so. McClinton is shooting 42% from two-point range and 31% from three-point range, which wouldn’t be too bad if he didn’t take eight threes a game, more than he does twos. His 400 total points have come on 377 shots, which is not great, and while he’s shooting 86% from the free throw line, he only gets there three times a game. McClinton’s shooting hasn’t been this bad all year, but after a 5-10 three-point shooting performance on February 27th, he has since shot 11-47 from there, in only six games, while playing nearly every minute. Not a good month. McClinton’s effectiveness is based on how well he shoots.
– Jelani McCoy
NBA journeyman and NBA champion J-Mac was part of the Chinese contingent this year. If you’d like to know how that went for him, read this.
– Chris McCray
Maryland graduate and former Bucks guard C-Mac hasn’t had a great couple of years, being a bench player in Belgium in 2007-08 and posting a sedate 13 ppg in the Italian second division last year. This year, he came home to America to play in the D-League, and was acquired by the Sioux Falls Skyforce. In 36 games with the team, McCray averaged 28 minutes, yet only 8.5 points, alongside 3.5 rebounds and 3.6 assists, shooting 40% from the field and 28% from three. His assist to turnover ratio was near 3:1, and he also averaged 1.6 steals per game, so the defence is still there. But the offence hasn’t caught up.
– Taj McCullough
Winthrop graduate and former Wizards signee T-Mac started the season in Israel, playing for Ramat Gan. He averaged 13.4 points, 4.0 rebounds and 2.1 steals in 24 minutes per game, before leaving the team to go and try out for VEF Riga in Latvia. He was later signed for the remainder of the season by Riga, and has averaged 18.9 points and 6.9 rebounds in the Baltic League. Latvian basketball as described by a Briton. My mum’s quite proud, I think.
– Will McDonald
Dub-Mac is the same place he always is – Spain. He was announced as being a member of the Milwaukee Bucks’ summer league team this past year, which was an unexpected occurrence for a 30-year-old in the midst of a strong European career, but in the end he never played for the team anyway. McDonald then moved from Tau Ceramica (now Caja Laboral) to return to his former team Gran Canaria, for whom he averages 8.6 points and 4.0 rebounds in ACB play, alongside 11.1 points and 4.7 rebounds in the EuroCup.
– Cornelius McFadgon
Scoot-Mac started the year in France to play for Brest. (French people do know that this is a funny place name, don’t they?) Brest only play in the French second division, yet McFadgon was released before the season started (apparently due to injury) and returned to the D-League, drafted as a member of the expansion Maine Red Claws. He was waived in late November before the season began, and moved to Argentina to play for Quilmes Mar del Plata. In 26 Argentinian league games, Scooter has averaged 10.8 points in 24 minutes per game.
– Ivan McFarlin
Former Nuggets and Sixers forward I-Mac is currently signed in a league that no one I’ve ever heard of has signed in before. He started the year in Poland and averaged only 3.0 points and 2.1 rebounds per game for SKK Kotwica Kolobrzeg – which begs the question, how are the different tiles valued in Polish Scrabble? – but he now plays for the Bendigo Braves in Australia.
Australia has attracted and produced many good players over the years, and as such has been covered on here quite a lot, but those players all played in or came from the NBL, the premier Australian league full of teams you’ve heard of like the New Zealand Breakers or Adelaide 36ers. The Bendigo Braves are not in the NBL. They’re instead in what’s called the ABA (Australian Basketball Association). The ABA plays its schedule in the summertime – or, as Australians call it, “winter” – and not unlike the American ABA, it has many conferences (six, or five if you count the SEABL’s East and Central as just one) and a load of teams (57), with the Braves playing in the SEABL, regarded as the strongest conference within the ABA. That being said, the whole ABA is still the second-tier Australian league beneath the NBL, and the NBL itself isn’t too strong these days either.
No stats are available.
– Jeff McInnis
Nothing new to report on J-Mac since this.
– Terrell McIntyre
T-Mac is still with Italian powerhouse Montepaschi Siena, now into his fourth season with the team. He is averaging 10.6 points and 4.1 assists per game in Serie A, alongside 12.5 points and 5.1 assists in Siena’s now-concluded EuroLeague campaign. Siena lead Serie A with a 23-1 record after going 29-1 last year, and have retained much the same core in doing so. McIntyre, Romain Sato, Shawn Stonerook, Ben Eze and Kristof Lavrinovic are the core that’s been together for a while now; the most significant change this offseason was letting Rimantas Kaukenas leave for Real Madrid and signing David Hawkins in his place. However, Siena have a lot of contracts expiring this summer, and their budget is going to shrink at exactly the wrong moment. This might be the year the core breaks up. I am told that McIntyre is one of those whose contracts are due to expire, so this might be his last year with the team.
Ibrahim Jaaber is apparently said to have already agreed a deal with Siena for next year, which would support that.
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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