Wednesday, May 28, 2008

NBA Regular Season Wrap-Up

Here's how Maryland's Alumni fared in the 2007-08 NBA regular season. Click on the names for expanded stats from
Steve BlakePOR827829.
Juan Dixon-- 52012.
TOR 36011.
DET 17014.
Steve FrancisHOU10319.
Joe Smith-- 773622.410.15.20.9
CHI 503522.911.25.30.9
CLE 27121.
DJ StrawberryPHX 3308.
Chris WilcoxSEA 625528.

Only Steve Blake and Chris Wilcox had years with numbers better than their career averages. Wilcox and Steve Francis struggled with injury-plagued seasons. Juan Dixon and Joe Smith were traded mid-season. DJ Strawberry spent the middle part of the season playing for Phoenix's NBDL Affiliate, the Albuquerque Thunderbirds.

The regular season is long over, but Juan Dixon and the Detroit Pistons are still alive in the NBA Playoffs (2 games, 3.5 mpg, 0.0 ppg, 0.0 rpg, 0.0 apg). Joe Smith (Cleveland, 13 games, 20.2 mpg, 6.6 ppg, 4.6 rpg, 0.5 apg) and DJ Strawberry (Phoenix, 1 game, 5 mpg, 0.0 ppg, 1.0 rpg, 0.0 apg) also played in the NBA Playoffs this year.

Friday, May 16, 2008

Morris and Maccabi Tel Aviv Finish Second in Euroleague

Thanks to the long layoff between the quarterfinal and semifinal rounds of the Euroleague 2008 tournament, it completely slipped my mind to check back in on the Euroleague Championships after their Final Four two weeks ago.

Terence Morris (1997-2001) and his team, Maccabi Elite Tel Aviv, got past Montepaschi Siena, 92-85, in the Euroleague semifinal. Morris had 13 points, 7 rebounds, and 2 steals in the win. This dunk earned Terence the Play of the Day and Top Play of the Final Four honors from the Euroleague:

But in the finals, Morris and company came up short against CSKA Moscow, losing 91-77. Morris had almost the same box score line as in the semifinals: 13 points, 7 rebounds, 1 block. Some ex-four-letter-school player named Trajan Langdon led CSKA with 21 points. Maccabi Elite was lead by Georgia Tech's Will Bynum with 23 points. So I think it's fair to say that the ACC owns Euroleague.

A fan of the team puts this Terence Morris highlight reel together with clips from the whole season:

Sunday, May 11, 2008

Byron Mouton Interview

There is a series of interviews with Byron Mouton (2000-02) up on Byron talks about the NBA playoffs, Maryland basketball, and his own career. There are four audio segments there to listen to; each is around 10 minutes. If you're finding this page late and the interviews there aren't Byron, search the archives for the 5-8-2008 show.