Ever since John Wall came back from injury he has been playing like a man on a mission. Trying to prove to all that he is a PG to be reckoned with. If he keeps on pulling off ridiculous moves like this, shouldn’t be too long before people sit up and take notice again.
Washington Wizards guard Jordan Crawford has been traded to the Boston Celtics today in exchange for the injured Leandro Barbosa, sources confirm. Included in the deal, Jason Collins who will suit up for the Wizards. While Crwaford was seemingly a valuable part of the Wizards’ plan, he has been on the receiving end of reduced minutes behind Bradley Beal and more recently has had four straight DNP-CD’s to his name. Boston’s need for athletic big men have not been the focus of trades this year, but it is thought that Crawford’s ability to register good numbers will help Boston’s back court offense alongside Avery Bradley, Jason Terry, Courtney Lee and Paul Pierce. Leandro Barbosa’s contract stands at only $2.3 Million giving the Wizards room to move under the cap in free agency.
So here we have it hoop heads, the season is finally upon us!
We hope you have stuck with us during the Pre-Season and have enjoyed our previews on every team in the NBA.
Here is our 9th and final part to the series. Enjoy the season!
Portland Trail Blazers
How will they do?
ROOKIE WATCH 2
Heading into season 2012/13, we decided to shake things up a bit and as you’ve heard already from Nick How, we stumbled across an idea that not a lot of other blogs have. A rookie update! Over the course of this exciting new season, we’ll each select a rookie to follow throughout the year and keep you updated on their movement in the NBA and how their journey is progressing. These will be three ongoing pieces throughout the year, so please feel free to forward us anything interesting you find relating to our respective players and we’ll include it in our reports. Be it a tweet, video, Instragram or an article… if you think it’s relevant, send it through!
I tossed and turned trying to figure out who I would select as my player to follow throughout an entire season as it is quite a commitment, dedicating oneself to their movements for a long period of time. I originally decided to go with Darius Johnson Odom, a point guard out of the University of Marquette, selected by the Lakers via Dallas at pick 55 in the draft. DJO has fascinated me since I saw a segment on ESPN’s Sports Science which focused on his speed in transition offense and his ability to break ankles with lightning quick cross overs. Obviously being a Lakers fan meant watching him would be part and parcel with my love for the purple and gold, so that was another perk of choosing him.
BUT, I thought “Nick, we don’t like to take the ‘easy’ option here at NBA Nation”, and I decided I needed more of a challenge and get to know a player who I likely wouldn’t of spent much time on had I not chosen him. This young, athletic shooting guard was chosen by the Washington Wizards with the 3rd pick in the 2012 Draft from the University of Florida where he averaged 14 points a game on .44% shooting and just under 7 rebounds per game. He’ll play alongside the likes of Nene, John Wall, Trevor Ariza, Emeka Okafor and Jordan Crawford for the Wizards in 2012/13 and I can’t wait to see what impact he has in the Nation’s Capital. He also dumped 28 points on me in 2K13 last night, Just because he can. This is Bradley Beal.