Tag: Kevin Martin

Detroit Pistons v Toronto Raptors

Brandon Jennings fined for obscene gesture during Pistons-Raptors game


Brandon Jennings scorched the Raptors for 34 points, 10 assists and the game-clinching steal in Detroit’s 114-111 win Monday.

The Pistons point guard also apparently unleashed an over-the-line celebration on Toronto.

NBA release:

Detroit Pistons guard Brandon Jennings has been fined $15,000 for making an obscene gesture during the Pistons’ 114-111 win over the Toronto Raptors on Monday, Jan. 12, at Air Canada Centre, it was announced today by Rod Thorn, President, Basketball Operations.

Jennings’ actions occurred with 2:58 remaining in the fourth quarter of the game.

Jennings made a 3-pointer with 2:58 remaining in the fourth quarter, but neither the Pistons’ nor Raptors’ telecasts showed an obscene gesture to go with it.

On Toronto’s version, you can see that Jennings’ hands are below his waste, and his arms are moving slightly. Sam Cassell dance? Kevin Martin and Jameer Nelson each got fined $15,000 for it, so the price is right.

If that’s why Jennings got fined, the gesture wasn’t too pronounced. Who at the league office spends his or her time meticulously monitoring for players slightly moving their hands near their groins?

Stephen Curry makes 1,000 3-pointers quicker than anyone else. Much quicker

Stephen Curry, Damian Lillard

Stephen Curry could have stopped shooting 3-pointers for more than a full season and still made 1,000 career 3-pointers in fewer games than anyone in NBA history.

Of course, Curry wouldn’t do that.

The Warriors guard became the 74th player to make 1,000 3-pointers, draining four triples in the Warriors win over the Pacers last night. He needed just 369 games to achieve the mark – 88 fewer than second-place Dennis Scott.

Here’s how long it took everyone in the 1,000 3-pointer club:


And despite his early injury troubles, Curry was also the youngest to 1,000 3-pointers:


Player 3s Games to 1,000 3s Age at 1,000 3s
Stephen Curry 1003 369 26-299
Dennis Scott 1214 457 29-076
Ray Allen 2973 473 27-167
Gilbert Arenas 1079 476 28-323
Peja Stojakovic 1760 488 28-145
Mike Miller 1553 527 27-319
Nick Van Exel 1528 534 29-025
Jason Richardson 1577 551 28-001
J.R. Smith 1344 561 27-097
Michael Redd 1045 570 31-218
Ben Gordon 1162 585 29-005
Kyle Korver 1607 585 30-001
Jason Williams 1238 587 31-100
Baron Davis 1332 589 28-334
Jamal Crawford 1765 591 28-360
Wesley Person 1150 595 31-267
Chauncey Billups 1830 598 29-182
Brent Barry 1395 600 32-317
Jason Terry 2009 602 29-121
Tim Hardaway 1542 605 31-213
Glen Rice 1559 606 29-265
Kevin Martin 1043 608 31-043
Paul Pierce 1981 611 29-029
Antoine Walker 1386 615 28-092
Eddie Jones 1546 615 32-025
Rashard Lewis 1787 626 28-098
Reggie Miller 2560 627 29-207
Quentin Richardson 1167 633 29-277
John Starks 1222 642 33-184
Vernon Maxwell 1256 652 31-153
Cuttino Mobley 1085 654 31-218
Mookie Blaylock 1283 654 31-012
Manu Ginobili 1231 657 34-253
Joe Johnson 1645 660 28-196
Stephen Jackson 1252 661 31-338
Vince Carter 1847 670 31-025
Allan Houston 1305 682 30-354
Damon Stoudamire 1236 691 31-151
Kirk Hinrich 1123 693 32-103
Dan Majerle 1360 698 32-170
Morris Peterson 1009 701 32-217
Mitch Richmond 1326 702 32-162
Mike Bibby 1517 706 29-306
Steve Nash 1685 734 32-334
Dana Barros 1090 736 32-312
Nick Anderson 1055 745 32-040
Steve Smith 1148 746 32-330
Dirk Nowitzki 1513 746 29-269
Hersey Hawkins 1226 747 31-062
LeBron James 1184 749 28-068
Tracy McGrady 1081 766 29-203
Mike Dunleavy 1165 769 33-070
Chuck Person 1220 775 31-261
Lindsey Hunter 1075 781 34-119
Michael Finley 1454 783 32-352
Hedo Turkoglu 1200 784 31-286
Dale Ellis 1719 784 33-225
Shane Battier 1250 794 33-154
Jason Kidd 1988 803 32-259
Latrell Sprewell 1104 810 33-172
Allen Iverson 1059 815 32-286
Kobe Bryant 1688 820 29-143
David Wesley 1123 834 34-138
James Posey 1035 834 33-329
Metta World Peace 1119 844 33-019
Dell Curry 1245 860 34-251
Antawn Jamison 1163 935 35-223
Derek Fisher 1248 996 35-178
Terry Porter 1297 1001 35-005
Rasheed Wallace 1086 1018 35-055
Danny Ainge 1002 1037 36-020
Clifford Robinson 1253 1109 36-340
Gary Payton 1132 1121 36-128
Derek Harper 1070 1125 36-121

Yes, I too was surprised J.R. Smith previously held the record for youngest player to make 1,000 3-pointers. (Smith has surprised me quite a bit lately.)

In no uncertain terms: Curry blew the competition out of the water.

I’ve long believed Curry will retire as the greatest 3-point shooter of all-time, and obviously him breaking these records reinforces that belief. But he has strong competition sooner than I ever imagined.

Damian Lillard (red) has made 500 3-pointers in 199 games, putting him ahead of Curry (blue) at the same point:


Even by age, despite Curry entering the league younger, Lillard has passed the Warriors guard:


Lillard (2.5 3-pointers per game in his career) trails Curry’s overall pace (2.7), and Curry deserves credit for improving even after his fast start. But it’s also possible Lillard makes similar improvements.

Of course, volume isn’t the only factor in determining the best 3-point shooter. Curry has a healthy lead in career percentage (43.5 to 38.3), and that’s a big reason I remain confident in my Curry prediction.

Still, if we’re going to discuss how Curry smoked the field in games to 1,000 pointers, it’s worth noting Lillard could get there even more quickly.

Report: Add the Clippers to the list of teams pursuing Corey Brewer (with Rockets, Cavs)

Los Angeles Lakers v Minnesota Timberwolves

When Kevin Martin went down injured, the Minnesota Timberwolves quickly squelched their Corey Brewer trade talks with teams like the Rockets and Cavaliers. The Timberwolves needed him in the rotation with Martin and Ricky Rubio injured.

However, as the last month wore on Minnesota coach/GM Flip Saunders realized that with or without Brewer the 5-19 Timberwolves are terrible, so they might as well get something for him. There was still demand.

The Timberwolves have re-opened trade talks and invited the Los Angeles Clippers to the table also, reports Marc Stein and Brian Windhorst of ESPN.

The Minnesota Timberwolves have put veteran swingman Corey Brewer back on the trading block, according to league sources…

The Houston Rockets and Cleveland Cavaliers, sources said, remain the most interested suitors for Brewer, but have also been joined by the Los Angeles Clippers….

Houston and Cleveland remain the best positioned to make a deal because both teams possess an active trade exception large enough to absorb Brewer’s $4.7 million salary. But sources say that the Wolves are seeking a future first-round pick in exchange for Brewer, something the Cavaliers are reluctant to surrender. The Rockets, sources say, hope to sell Minnesota on going through with the swap in exchange for a 2015 second-rounder via New York that the Rockets possess. It’s a pick with the potential to be attractive come June given the Knicks’ ongoing struggles.

The Cavaliers news conflicts with other recent reports that the Rockets were active but the Cavaliers had faded from the picture. (Two different reports suggest two different leakers, one that wants it to sound like the Cavaliers are in it and one that wants them to sound out of it. It’s easy to subscribe a lot of motivations to those leakers.)

The Clippers are new to the party, and it will be much harder for them to make a deal. When they used their mid-level exception on Spencer Hawes this summer they triggered a hard cap on themselves at just more than $80 million, and right now they are close to that line (ESPN has the Clippers at $800,000 away, while BasketballInsiders.com says they are $1.7 million away). Corey Brewer is making $4.7 million this season and the Clippers would have to send back salary the Timberwolves do not want in the deal. Finding a third team makes things very complex.

Both the Rockets and Cavaliers are looking for upgrades on the wing, where Brewer is solid but not spectacular. What he does well is leak out and get long passes for easy buckets (he and Kevin Love have a great history from Minnesota on that), and he gets a lot of his shots (46 percent) near the rim where he finishes well. However, once you get beyond three feet and into his jumper both his shot selection and percentage of makes drops off fast. Defensively he’s okay but likes to gamble.

Expect to see a deal, maybe sooner rather than later, although Saunders can milk this for a while and see if he can get more by playing one team off another.