Charlotte picks up undrafted free agent Sherron Collins

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sherron_collins.jpgThe Charlotte Bobcats are about to find out just how rough life after Raymond Felton can be. With D.J. Augustin and Shaun Livingston as the primary point guards on the roster, Charlotte has added Sherron Collins as the team’s third PG, giving the Bobcats a trio of young guards to pair with Stephen Jackson.

Between Augustin, Livingston, and Collins, the Charlotte point guards will have a combined seven seasons of NBA experience. Livingston is the battle-worn sage of the three, and he’s just 24 years old. The often hilarious Bobcats offense has the potential to get even zanier.

Collins isn’t a surefire NBA talent, primarily because his most marketable NCAA skill — scoring — isn’t enough of a strength to guarantee NBA success. Collins wasn’t all that efficient at Kansas, and his shot selection is certainly questionable. This, ladies and gents, is Collins’ supposed strength. His playmaking abilities are secondary to his scoring, but the Bobcats are banking on Sherron’s ability to put up points and defend, and the former is certainly in doubt, to say nothing of the latter (he is sub-six-feet, after all).

Yes, he lit it up in a game at the Orlando Summer League. Collins can do that. He will have good games. The concern is what he’ll do to your team during those other games, where he’s shooting blanks from the perimeter and still insists on being a focal point of the offense. If Collins can adjust to being strictly a catch-and-shoot threat on most nights, he could easily be a quality pro. However, an insistence on being the “offensive force” Collins seemed to think he was at Kansas will doom his NBA career from the start.
 
It’s definitely worth noting that according to the Associated Press, Collins signed with the Bobcats for two seasons, both of which are unguaranteed. If he lasts through January, his salary for that season will be fully guaranteed for the league minimum. If not, Charlotte is off the hook for his remaining salary.

I think it’s likely that Collins will stick with the Bobcats for the full two seasons, if only because he’s very much in the Larry Brown mold. Somewhere along the line, playing “the right way” changed into “giving perimeter players license to take whatever shots they want.” Collins should dig that. Plus, assuming Collins can overcome his short stature to remain a quality defender, it’s not hard to imagine him being an LB favorite.

Glenn Robinson III does his best to salvage Dunk Contest, gets victory in process

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NEW ORLEANS β€” This year’s NBA All-Star Dunk Contest was doomed to disappoint, it was never going to match last year’s epic battle. It started in a hole.

It never climbed out. Don’t take my word for it, check out what JaVale McGee thought.

Saturday was an underwhelming night of dunks punctuated by a couple of moments of brilliance.

The Pacers’ Glenn Robinson III had the most of those moments β€” which is why he won the event. His strong night started with his first dunk, which may well have been the best of the contest.

The final one from Robinson, the one that sealed the victory, may be the other best dunk of the competition β€” dunking over Paul George, the Pacers mascot, and a Pacers dancer.

“I originally planned for it just to be PG (Paul George),” Robinson said afterward. “I knew I had to bring out something special. We added the mascot and the cheerleader. I really just wanted to get up high and dunk that thing hard, man. My adrenaline was going. It felt like I was looking at the rim. All I knew was the crowd go crazy. I pointed like this because, man, everybody seemed to sleep on me, didn’t really think I was going to win this thing.”

Event favorite Aaron Gordon, who should have won a year ago, opened the contest with an innovative idea β€” a drone dunk β€” but he couldn’t execute it and there were a few attempts before he nailed it.

Gordon didn’t advance out of the first round, and his first dunk summed up the 2017 Dunk Contest β€” interesting ideas that didn’t quite pan out like planned. (To be fair, Gordon has been battling injuries recently, that may have thrown him off).

If it wasn’t going to be Gordon, a lot of people expected it to be the bouncy Suns forward Derrick Jones Jr. who won, and he reached the Finals in part thanks to this spectacular dunk that woke the Smoothie King Center up.

DeAndre Jordan was okay, but without Chris Paul throwing him lobs it didn’t quite feel the same. Jordan can dunk with such power in game, but we didn’t see that Saturday.

In the end, it was Gordon who was making the plays.

“I’m not really a known dunker,” Robinson said. “I practiced. I prepared. I know I’m a jumper. And like I said, I’m a guy that stays out of the way. But when it’s time to shine, that’s my thing. That’s what I wanted to do. I knew all along I had some things planned, and I just wanted to show the world.”

Glenn Robinson III wins underwhelming dunk contest on over-people, below-rim dunk (video)

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NEW ORLEANS — Glenn Robinson IIIΒ won the dunk contest with the second-best dunk of the night, going over a few people and under the rim — a narrow path to slamming victory.

It would’ve rated as the event’sΒ best dunk if he were truly under the rim rather than somewhat in front of it. And he did have the best body of work to win the contest.

But the best single dunk was still by runner-up Derrick Jones Jr., who went between the legs on a pass off the side of the backboard.

NBA stars shoot threes to raise $500,000 for Sager Strong Foundation in touching moment

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NEW ORLEANS β€” The spirit of Craig Sager is strong during All-Star weekend in The Big Easy and he’s going to get a spot in the Hall of Fame, deservedly so.

After Eric Gordon won the Three-Point Contest, he and the other finalists Kyrie Irving and Kemba Walker stayed on the court to shoot threes to raise money for the Sager Strong Foundation β€” they would shoot threes for a minute and for each make the foundation would get $10,000. Then they brought out help β€” Reggie Miller, James Harden, DeMar DeRozan, DJ Khaled, and others to knock down shots. That raised $130,000.

Stephen Curry tried to push that to $500,000, but it was Sager’s son that actually did it (with an assist from Shaquille O’Neal).

It was a touching moment for a great cause.

Derrick Jones Jr. catches pass off side of backboard, jams between-legs dunk (video)

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NEW ORLEANS — With defending runner-up Aaron Gordon eliminated in the first round, Suns forward Derrick Jones Jr. might be our best hope to save the dunk contest.