Delonte West made his debut with the D-League Texas Legends on Saturday, playing professionally in a game for the first time all season. He started off strong with eight points on 3-4 shooting, to go along with two rebounds and an assist while playing all 12 first quarter minutes.
West’s numbers dropped off significantly after that, likely due to the need to get back into shape after being away from the game for so long. He finished with 10 points on 4-15 shooting, with four rebounds, five assists, and six turnovers.
Checking out the highlights in the clip above, you can definitely see that West still has some skills. His ball-handling seemed well above average, and his ability to distribute and get to the basket may still be of value to an NBA team once the conditioning piece comes together.
It’s worth noting that the level of competition West was playing against in the D-League is far, far below what he would see at the next level. But if he can put up some gaudy numbers at some point over his next few games, and keep a good attitude about his situation, he may find himself on an NBA roster before the end of the season.
Marc Stein of ESPN.com reports that the Knicks are among the teams monitoring West’s D-League activities.
Rockets’ Clint Capela on Warriors: ‘I expect to beat them’
That’s a fine sentiment. Saying it publicly is another matter. Not even Harden did that a couple years ago. He was recorded during a pregame team huddle.
There’s a fine line between self-fulfilling confidence and providing bulletin-board material to the opponent. There’s already some animosity between the teams stemming from the Stephen Curry-Harden MVP race in 2015, and it has bubbled since. No matter how harmless Capela’s remark might have been intended to be, it’ll be met contentiously in the Bay Area.
Oklahoma City traded for Victor Oladipo out of Orlando to be their third scorer, behind Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook. It didn’t exactly work out that way, Durant bolted town and when Westbrook went off Oladipo was looking for a place to fit in.
That place turned out to be the Pacers.
Oladipo has been playing like an All-Star this season with Indiana, and last week he was key in snapping Cleveland’s 13 game win streak, then turned around and dropped 47 points on Denver. For the week he averaged 35.7 points a game, shot 45.7 percent from three, plus grabbed 7.7 rebounds per game.
That will get you named the PBT Extra Player of the Week.
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