Amir going to NBDL?

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  1. ggazoo69

    ggazoo69 Team Captain Forum Donor

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    From McCoskey's article:

    Making a move?
    Rookie guard Will Blalock and second-year forward Amir Johnson will likely spend the season in Sioux Falls (NBDL).
    If that happens, the Pistons will have 12 players -- the maximum on the active roster. Teams typically like to keep one or two extra players on the inactive list.
    So, the Pistons could add a player before the end of camp.
    President Joe Dumars will be keeping a close eye on the waiver wire. Most likely a veteran point guard would be the target.


    Bummer, I was hoping Johnson would sit at the adult table this year. Geez, looking at the waiver wire for a guard. Why not just keep Delk? Or did they?
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    Delk got a job in Europe.

    I don't know why they would keep Blalock in the DLeague, and not bring him up in the event of an emergency. After all, Delfino can play the 2/3 (and needs the minutes), and Murray can play the 1/2 (and needs the minutes).

    If they need a backup PG, with Hunter in the mix as well, Blalock should be fine as #2 or #3 in the event of an emergency.
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    Delk's gone to Greece (or was it Israel) I think.
    Probably Joe didn't keep him because he isn't a real PG- more like Lindsey Hunter's lost twin.
    Sad thing that Johnson won't play with the NBA squad, he could ba human victory cigar at least. Could he participate in the slam dunk contest while being in the NBDL?
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    Maybe Balock simply ain't no NBA material (yet) if Joe still searches, although we've got Murray and Hunter who can play that spot- maybe it's because both of them can't play the PG spot.
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    I first read this as "Murray can play the one half." :confused: I assumed it was some kind of in-joke about a new position, the "half" (e.g., a point guard who scores and passes but plays no D, or vice-versa).

    It might be too early in the day to be reading pf.com. :ohwell:
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    He signed with Panathinaikos in Greece.
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    Slippy All-Star Administrator Forum Donor

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    I really like the idea of Amir in the NBDL. I think learning to dominate is as important as learning to play. VSL...he wasn't that impressive...yeah he has the athletic tools but that only came into to play on a fast break or around the basket.
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    Amir was pretty good in the NBDL last year. If he keeps progressing, he could be the best player in that league this season.
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    I think Roscoe meant that Murray can play the 1 and the 2 if needed.
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    Delfino can also play the one. I read that somewhere last year.
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    Slippy All-Star Administrator Forum Donor

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    its possible for short stretches. you'll prolly look at point forward in the mould of Tay.
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    You guys think Blaylock can play? Last pick in the draft and all?

    Veteran point would be my guess because we need one. I was hoping Amir would spend most of his time with the Pistons. For now his goals are still reasonable for a 2nd round HS pick stating that his goal is to play 100 mins this year as a Piston. So he wants to be here but realizes that he will not play every game.
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    I don't know the answer to this, but how many American players have gone from High School to the NBA and not played at all for 2 seasons?

    It seems like most guys skip college for a reason.
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    I kind of view this as a last chance opportunity for Amir to tone his game and build confidence before he becomes a permanent fixture coming off our bench... next year he can't go to the D-league.
    This year he's stuck behind the vets and Delfino... we don't know if a regular rotation slot will open up by next year.
    He's still got some game to work on (handles & shooting).
    One of Darko's complaints (legit) was that there wasn't much time to practice 5 on 5 with all of the road games... I remember once he said he went two weeks without practice... that can't be good for any young guy looking to improve...
    I believe we can get up to three call ups from the D-league... maybe work it around home game stretches.
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    Great point. At least the guy will be playing ball -- instead of watching.
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    I like the moves. I think Amir and Blalock are the 2 guys that would benefit the most from being in the D league. J-Max is the most NBA ready and Acker is playing overseas now.

    The log jam at the end of the bench is starting to sort itself out.
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    do we need another PG? We have flip and hunter.

    I really like Blalock's game. I'm down with 2 more years developing his overall skills and other skills like shooting.

    it would be great if next next season we have amir off the bench at 3 and delfino backing up the 2. and doing decent jobs at it
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    Don't forget people, we have potentially 4 picks coming in next season. :gun1::MusicBigGrin:
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    yeah so what? all of them go to the NBDL!!! or overseas. haha. pick projects with the 2nd rounders and leave them overseas.
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    Yeah. But two first rounders going to the D-League? That means its poop or get off the pot time for Blalock, and perhaps also the nail in the coffin for an Alex Acker return...
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    well, if the talent is better than acker and blalock...

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