Friday, October 28, 2016

Where Are They Now? Start of 2016-2017 Season

Eric Bledsoe (Phoenix Suns)
Career: (2010-2016)
26.0 MPG, 44.7% FG, 33.4 % 3PT, 3.6 Reb, 4.3 Ast, 11.6 PTS,  104 ORtg, 106 DRtg

Bledsoe is in his third year of a 5 year contract.  Last year he only played in 31 games, in 2013 he only played in 43 games.  Phoenix really needs him to stay healthy.

Devin Booker (Phoenix Suns)
Career: (2015-2016)
27.7 MPG, 42.7% FG, 33.9% 3PT, 2.5 Reb, 2.6 Ast, 13.8 PTS, 102 ORtg, 112 DRtg

Booker is in the second year of his rookie contract.  I would expect that Phoenix will try to sign him to a longer contract this year assuming he plays as well as he did last season.  He was a big surprise last year, let's hope he can continue to surprise.

Willie Cauley-Stein (Sacramento Kings)
Career: (2015-2016)
21.4 MPG, 56.2% FG, 5.3 Reb, 7.0 PTS, 119 ORtg, 107 DRtg

Cauley-Stein is also in the second year of his rookie contract, and like Booker he surprised last year with his quality of play, and I would also expect they will try and get him signed to a longer contract this year.

DeMarcus Cousins (Sacramento Kings)
Career: (2010-2016)
31.6 MPG, 46.1% FG, 10.8 Reb, 2.7 Ast, 20.2 PTS, 102 ORtg, 103 DRtg

Cousins is in the third year of a four year contract.  If the Kings are going no where this year I would not be surprised to see them try and trade Cousins to get out of his contract.  That would give another team Cousins for the end of this year, plus next before he becomes and unrestricted free agent.  If he and the Kings are ever going to do anything it has to start this season.

Anthony Davis (New Orleans Pelicans)
Career: (2012-2016)
34.0 MPG, 51.6% FG, 9.7 Reb, 1.7 Ast, 20.9 PTS, 116 ORtg, 103 DRtg

Davis is in the first year of a five year contract.  He has proven to be one of the best young players in the game but he needs two things to happen this year.  He needs to stay healthy, and he needs his team to get better around him.

Aaron Harrison (Charlotte Hornets)
Career: (2015-2016)
4.4 MPG, 26.3% FG, 30.0% 3Pt, 0.7 Reb, 0.9 PTS, 77 ORtg, 103 DRtg

Harrison is in the second year of his contract with Charlotte.  He'll need to be playing for Charlotte by the end of the year if he hopes they will pick up his third year option.  That means great improvement from the year before is necessary.

Andrew Harrison (Memphis Grizzlies)
Career: (2016-2016)

Andrew just played in his first NBA game recently so I'll leave his stats out for now.  No reason to record that 14% shooting percentage.  He signed a three year contract with Memphis.  I'm guessing he will spend much of this season in the D League.

Terrence Jones (New Orleans Pelicans)
Career: (2012-2016)
24.1 MPG, 51.1% FG, 31.2% 3Pt, 5.7 Reb, 1.0 Ast, 10.3 PTS, 113 ORtg, 105 DRtg

Jones just signed a one year contract with the Pelicans.  You might ask how a guy with as good a numbers as Jones, who is only 24, could be signing one year contracts and there is one simple answer, health.  If he can stay healthy and play to his 2013-2014 level then he will get a contract.  If he cannot this is probably it for Jones.

Enes Kanter (Oklahoma City Thunder)
Career: (2011-2016)
24.0 MPG, 52.6% FG, 6.8 Reb, 10.7 PTS, 110 ORtg, 107 DRtg

Kanter is in the second year of a four year contract.  I would expect to see him on the floor more this year to help with offense since Durant is gone.  It will be interesting to see what OKC can do with this cast of characters.

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (Charlotte Hornets)
Career: (2012-2016)
26.4 MPG, 46.8% FG, 6.2 Reb, 9.2 PTS, 105 ORtg, 106 DRtg

Kidd-Gilchrist is in the second year of a four year contract.  Last year was lost to injury.  The previous year was hurt by injury as was the year before.  He plays a physical game and that is his real value.  Basketball people love what he brings to a team, fans don't get it.  I just hope he can stay healthy and succeed.

Brandon Knight (Phoenix Suns)
Career: (2011-2016)
32.9 MPG, 41.6% FG, 35.9% 3Pt, 3.5 Reb, 4.6 Ast, 15.9 PTS, 101 ORtg, 110 DRtg

Knight is in the second year of his contract.  So far his time in Phoenix has been bad all around.  I would not be surprised to see Phoenix try to move him this year.

Deandre Liggins (Cleveland Cavaliers)
Career: (2011-2013, 2016)
7.2 MPG, 47.4% FG, 30.4% 3Pt, 1.2 Reb, 0.4 Ast, 1.7 PTS, 98 ORtg, 101 DRtg

Liggins is on a one year contract with Cleveland.  When Liggins left UK I remember him talking about his dream being able to make it in the NBA and I know UK fans were rooting for him.  I'm glad he has continued to fight for his dream and now he's back.  Not only is he back, he's back with the defending champs as their primary backup point guard.  Hope he has a great season.

Trey Lyles (Utah Jazz)
Career: (2015-2016)
17.3 MPG, 43.7% FG, 38.5% 3Pt, 3.7 Reb, 6.1 PTS, 101 ORtg, 105 DRtg

Lyles is in the second year of his rookie contract.  He was getting more and more playing time last year as the season went along, we hope to see that trend continue this year.

Nerlens Noel (Philadelphia 76ers)
Career: (2014-2016)
30.1 MPG, 49% FG, 8.1 Reb, 1.8 Ast, 10.5 PTS, 98 ORtg, 101 DRtg

Noel is in the fourth year of his four year rookie contract.  He's proven to be what people expected a solid defensive player, but on this team with two other big men I wouldn't be surprised to see the 76ers try and move him.

Jodie Meeks (Orlando Magic)
Career: (2009-2016)
24.3 MPG, 42.2% FG, 2.2 Reb, 1.1 Ast, 9.9 PTS, 111 ORtg, 109 DRtg

Meeks is in the last year of the contract he originally signed with Detroit.  Is once again out with an injury and I'm thinking this could be the end of his career unless he finds health and his 3pt shot.  Meeks has done well for himself and made quite a bit of money.  Hopefully he's held onto it and if this is his last season he can go enjoy the rest of his life.

Jamal Murray (Denver Nuggets)
Career: (2016-2016)

He's on a two year rookie contract with Denver.  Look for him to spend a lot of time in the D-League this season.

Patrick Patterson (Toronto Raptors)
Career: (2010-2016)
23.9 MPG, 46.6% FG, 36.6% 3Pt, 4.7 Reb, 1.2 Ast, 8.0 PTS, 112 ORtg, 107 DRtg

Patterson is in the last year of his contract with Toronto.  He seems to have a good skill set for the modern NBA so I would expect him to find a team next year or resign with Toronto this year.

Julius Randle (Los Angeles Lakers)
Career: (2014-2016)
28.1 MPG, 43.3% FG, 10.1 Reb, 1.8 Ast, 11.3 PTS, 97 ORtg, 108 DRtg

Randle is in the third year of a four year rookie contract.  I wouldn't be surprised to see LA sign him to an extension this year, I also wouldn't be surprised to see them wait.  I've heard some people who really like his game and his potential.  We should see a big improvement this year.

Rajon Rondo (Chicago Bulls)
Career: (2006-2016)
32.9 MPG, 46.8% FG, 28.9% 3Pt, 4.8 Reb, 8.7 Ast, 11.0 PTS, 105 ORtg, 103 DRtg

Rondo signed a two year contract with the Bulls this summer.  He seemed to be back to form last year, we'll see how he does with his new team.

Karl-Anthony Towns (Minnesota Timberwolves)
Career: (2015-2016)
32.1 MPG, 54.0% FG, 10.4 Reb, 2.0 Ast, 18.4 PTS, 112 Ortg, 106 DRtg

Towns has a lot of fans in the NBA and people see this Timberwolves team as having real potential in a few years assuming these players develop.  Towns is in the second year of a three year rookie contract.  I would expect them to try and get him signed to a new contract this year if they can.

Tyler Ulis (Phoenix Suns)
Career: (2016-2016)

Not sure why Phoenix got yet another Kentucky guard, but hey.  Ulis signed a four year contract with the Suns.  I would expect Ulis to spend much of this season in the D-League.

John Wall (Washington Wizards)
Career: (2010-2016)
36.0 MPG, 42.9% FG, 31.9% 3Pt, 4.5 Reb, 9.0 Ast, 18 PTS, 103 ORtg, 105 DRtg

Wall is in the third year of a five year contract.  After a very disappointing season last year the Wizards will be looking for much improvement.

James Young (Boston Celtics)
Career: (2014-2016)
8.9 MPG, 34.1% FG, 25.0% 3Pt, 1.1 Reb, 2.2 PTS, 95 ORtg, 107 DRtg

Young is in the last year of his rookie contract.  He either shows great improvement this year or he's out of the League.

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