This is going to be my daily post called NBA Hodgepodge, sometimes it will be Seattle Focused (anyone that played for the Sonics, UW or has Seattle ties). Since there are so many players that fit these criteria I’ll probably post on the most exciting of them. The format of NBA Hodgepodge can be discussed, dissected or dismembered at any time.
Jason Terry started for the Celtics in the preseason , he played 28 minutes and scored 11 points. Overall Celtics fans throughout the blogs seemed very impressed with how he looked. However the main story of this game is that Jeff Green showed up. Now when Green played his one year in Seattle I loved his game, he was incredibly skilled and reminded me of a Detlef Schrempf type (but better rebounder and worse shooter). He played like the Swing Man that Boston needs in order to fight the Super Power in the East. He finished with 17 points on 5/9 shooting, a super-efficient night. Chris Wilcox and Avery Bradley both had DNPs. Boston has 4 players with Seattle ties, they will be featured prominently in NBA Hodgepodge.
The Heat have done plenty to make sure they stay relevant in the Seattle region. First, they went and won the NBA Finals (Thanks guys)! Then they went out and signed one of the most dynamic duo’s in Sonics History: Ray Allen and Rashard Lewis. This very well could be both of their last stops, and I’m glad they get to play together again. As for the game, Allen had a solid line of 10 points, 5 assists, 3 boards and 3 steals in 27 minutes. Rashard scored 5 points and 2 rebounds in 25 minutes. However, not to be forgotten was the opponent and longtime Sonic Johan Petro for the Atlanta Hawks. According to his boxscore he plays the exact same kind of game now as he did with Seattle… 15 minutes, 4 points 1-6 shooting with 4 rebounds. Sounds about right.
The Toronto Raptors took on a Real Madrid team that has at least 3 NBA Players (Rudy Fernandez, Sergio Rodriguez and Nikola Mirotic) however I’m going to focus on Terrence Ross. The University Of Washington product scored 10 points and played great defense throughout the game. Ross showed off his silky smooth jumper in the 4th quarter when he scored 7 of his 10 points. Ross played 22 minutes and shot 2 of 3 from 3 point range. The 22 minutes was 2nd most of all wings. It will be fun to watch how Dwane Casey plays this out. Toronto is on my short list of teams to follow this year due to Casey and Ross.
Martell Webster showed that scoring ability that the Washington Wizards so badly need. Webster tied Bradley Beal for the high in points (18) and played the 2nd most minutes out of the wings. This is a good showing for Webster for what should be a pretty terrible Wizards team.
Also, Vegas released their Over/Under totals for the upcoming NBA Season. The bets I would consider are:
- Nets (43.5)
- Timberwolves (38.5)
- Hornets (25.5)
- Bucks (36.5)
- Pistons (32.5)
- Jazz (42.5)