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Knicks’ Summer League standout Maurice NDour headed to Mavericks’ training camp


Maurice NDour looked good for the Knicks at Summer League. He had great energy and outworked people at both ends of the floor, was disruptive on defense thanks to his length, and a averaged 9.6 points and 4.8 rebounds a game, while shooting 51.2 percent.

Knicks coach Derek Fisher said they liked what they saw from NDour, but they were not sure they would have an open roster spot for him come training camp.

So instead NDour is headed to Dallas, reports Ian Begley of ESPN.

There are two reasons for NDour — who is from Senegal and played his college ball at Ohio (not State) — to make this move, and money is the first one. If you’re going to get cut, get the largest payday you can.

Second is not getting cut at all — where can he make a roster?

Dallas gives him a chance as a reserve center. Zaza Pachulia will be the starting five this season in Dallas, but they are bringing a lot of players to camp to see who might back him up . Greg Smith and Bernard James could return after playing in Dallas last season but neither are for sure. Jarrid Famous got a camp invite like NDour, and Satnam Singh will be in camp but is much more likely destined for a season in the D-League.

Dallas famously lost out on DeAndre Jordan this summer, and that left the team in need of rim protection inside. NDour and Famous will get a chance to prove they can provide that.

It’s official, Amar’e Stoudemire signs with Dallas Mavericks

Milwaukee Bucks v New York Knicks

We all knew it was coming, now it is official:

Amar’e Stoudemire is a Dallas Maverick.

He was bought out of the last year of his Knicks contract so he could go chase a ring (plus the Knicks should play their younger guys to tank for a draft pick see what they’ve really got). For Dallas, they needed depth up front since trading Brandan Wright to Boston in the Rajon Rondo deal.

“I’m excited to be a part of a first-class organization,” Stoudemire said in a released statement. “To play alongside Dirk Nowitzki, Tyson Chandler and other great players, I think it’s a tremendous opportunity for me to compete for a championship.”

Stoudemire is not the high-flying athletic guy who played with the Suns, was a six-time All-Star and signed a max deal with the Knicks. Injuries have robbed us of that explosive guy.

However, Stoudemire is still good on the pick-and-roll and Dallas gets nearly 30 percent of its offense off that play (the only team that runs it more is Orlando). He can help them on the offensive end, but he’s not much of a boost on the other ends.

Still, for a veteran minimum he’s an upgrade over Greg Smith and Charlie Villanueva for the Mavs.

Report: Amar’e Stoudemire leaning toward signing with Dallas

New York Knicks v Miami Heat

Amar’e Stoudemire’s knees may have robbed him of being the MVP-level player the Knicks thought they were getting (which is why the team bought his contract out), but he could still help out a contending team in limited minutes.

There were a lot of teams interested; rumors included Golden State, Dallas, San Antonio, and the Los Angeles Clippers.

But it sounds like Stoudemire may have made up his mind.

Dallas needs depth up front. When Tyson Chandler steps off the court the Mavericks are 5.8 points per 100 possessions worse. When Chandler sat out with a sprained ankle before the All-Star break Dallas started and leaned on Greg Smith. Behind All-Star Dirk Nowitzki the Mavs have Charlie Villanueva.

That’s not striking fear into any teams in the West as the Mavericks head into the playoffs. Frankly, Stoudemire will not either, but he can be an upgrade.

Dirk Nowitzki on Rick Carlisle starting him at center: ‘I thought he had a few beers to come up with that idea’

Los Angeles Lakers v Dallas Mavericks

The Mavericks were suddenly running thin on centers last night.

Tyson Chandler was injured. Brandan Wright got traded to the Celtics. Jermaine O’Neal remains a free agent. That left Greg Smith and Charlie Villanueva as the only other two Dallas players who’d regularly played the position this season.

Rather than starting one of those two, Rick Carlisle rolled with this starting lineup against the Thunder:

  • Point guard: Rajon Rondo
  • Shooting guard: J.J. Barea
  • Small forward: Monta Ellis
  • Power forward:Chandler Parsons
  • Center: Dirk Nowitzki

Nowitzki, via Tim MacMahon of ESPN:

When Coach came up to me and asked me if I wanted to start at the 5, I thought he had a few beers to come up with that idea

Parsons, via MacMahon:

The least athletic front line we’ve ever had in the history of the NBA

Nowitzki had played just six minutes at center – defined as playing without Chandler, Wright, Smith or Villanueva – entering the Oklahoma City game.

In 22 minutes with Nowitzki at center last night, the Mavericks outscored the Thunder by 17 points. Dallas got outscored by 12 in the game’s other 26 minutes.

At this point, we should just trust Carlisle can take a sober look at his team and coach it well.

PBT’s Sunday Night NBA Winners/Losers: Cavaliers shouldn’t hit panic button, may want to locate it

D.J. Augustin, LeBron James

Every night the NBA can be a cold hard reality — there are winners, there are losers. It’s the nature of the game. We know you are busy and can’t keep up with every game, so we’re here to bring you the best and worst of the NBA each week night. Here’s what you missed while you were detained after trying to bring a midevil war hammer on a plane….

source:  Cleveland Cavaliers. ”Right now we are not very good. In every aspect of the game.” That would be LeBron James assessment of the Cavaliers right now, and they looked every bit that bad in a humiliating, 23-point blowout loss at home to the lowly Pistons Sunday. Yes, the Cavaliers were without Kyrie Irving, but the bigger issue is the defense is struggling and Anderson Varejao is not walking through that door. Kevin Love was never much of a defender but LeBron is not hustling back consistently in transition defense and the rest of the team is following his lead. Coach David Blatt can’t get this team to buy in on defense, rather they are a team of bad habits. Still, this is a six-win Pistons team… well, make that seven wins, but the point is this is the kind of team the Cavaliers should be able to beat with LeBron and Love on the court together. That they can’t speaks volumes to where they stand. Their problems are bigger than ones that can be solved with some magical trade (that may not happen anyway). It’s still just more than a third of the way into the season, there’s time to turn it around and become the team many feared. But a lot of things need to change.

source:  Detroit Pistons. Yes, the Cavaliers have issues, but let’s give the Pistons credit — that was their best game of the young season. Is it a coincidence their two best games of the season (beating the Pacers Friday) came after Josh Smith was cut loose? Probably. First off, they hit 17-of-31 from three, that’s a one-off. Also, Brandon Jennings has these kinds of night a couple times a season — 25 points (13 in the third quarter), and almost all of it on jump shots, as he was 5-of-6 shooting from the midrange and 5-of-9 from three. Jennings also has six assists. (To be fair, he’s played well in three of the last four, maybe he’s finding a groove.) That said, it’s two big wins in a row for Detroit. We’ll be watching to see if this continues.

source:  Kyle Lowry and Lou Williams. The Raptors 1-2 punch at the guard spot put up 61 points on the Nuggets. Kyle Lowry continues to be one of the best players in the Eastern Conference this season — he had 30 points (on 20 shots), 11 assists and 10 rebounds. Then Lou Williams comes in off the bench and put up 31 points on 18 shots including going 4-of-7 from three. When those guys re hitting like that the Raptors can beat anybody. It is the play from these guys that has Toronto having won eight of nine without DeMar DeRozan.

source:  Dallas Mavericks. In what was a really entertaining game against Oklahoma City, Dallas may not have won the big individual battles but they won the war and got a quality victory. This one may have been a toss-up: Dirk Nowitzki had 30 points (10 in the fourth) on 13 shots, while Serge Ibaka had 26 points on 14 shots, plus 10 rebounds. At the point guard spot Rajon Rondo had 15 points, seven assists, and six rebounds, while Russell Westbrook flirted with a triple-double scoring 18 points, with nine assists and nine rebounds. Still, without Kevin Durant that’s not enough from Westbrook. But you knew it was going to be a good night for Dallas when Greg Smith was doing this.

source:  San Antonio Spurs. Speaking of teams getting quality wins, the Spurs are still without Tony Parker and Kawhi Leonard yet were able to beat the Rockets 110-106. This was another great game for the fans — it was close the entire way (if a bit sloppy, the teams combined for 43 turnovers), but as they do when it got to the end the Spurs simply executed at a higher level than their opponents. The Spurs got 24 from Danny Green, plus the usual strong nights from Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili.