Derrick Jones Jr. is Suns’ Most Improved Player

At this time last year, Derrick Jones Jr. was fighting just to make a spot on the Phoenix Suns roster. Fast-forward to now and he is being crowned the Most Improved Player through the offseason. “He looks like the most improved player on the team right now,” Eric Bledsoe said. “His jumper looks pretty good.…

Derrick Jones Helps Suns Break in a New Refurbished Court

In honor of the Suns’ 50th season in the Valley, Suns Charities is refurbishing, renovating and building 50 courts throughout Arizona thanks to a $1 million grant approved by Suns Managing Partner Robert Sarver and Phoenix Suns Charities. The goal is to create safe and enjoyable environments for kids and entire communities to play the…

The Terry Rozier Difference

Terry Rozier could end up being one of the most important players if he breaks out this season. The Boston Celtics have a lot of young players that they are hoping can break out this season, but there is a little more weight on Terry Rozier becoming a capable ball handler. As always, you have…

Mangok Mathiang Signs Two-Way Contract with the Charlotte Hornets

Former Louisville basketball center Mangok Mathiang has signed a two-way contract with the Charlotte Hornets, the Charlotte Observer reported Tuesday, citing a source. The Hornets also signed former North Carolina star Marcus Paige, the report said. Mathiang, a 6-foot-10 rookie, played for Charlotte during the NBA summer league, averaging 4.4 points and five rebounds in…

JaKarr Sampson Inks Two-Way Deal with Kings

JaKarr Sampson is back in the NBA system after signing a deal with the Sacramento Kings this weekend. Sampson, 24 and entering his fourth year in the NBA after two season with St. John’s, will catch on with the Sacramento on a “two-way” contract – allowing Sampson to shuttle between the “minors” (the “G-League”) and…

Antonio Blakeney Signs Two-Way Contract with the Chicago Bulls

There weren’t many positives for the Chicago Bulls during this years NBA Summer League. Yet in the plethora of bad performances, there was one player who shined for the “SummerBulls”, Antonio Blakeney. The former LSU guard averaged 16.8 points while shooting a whopping 64.3% from three-point range during his time in Vegas. He certainly provided…

Kobi Simmons Signs with the Memphis Grizzlies

Shortly after being unselected in the 2017 NBA Draft, it was reported that Kobi Simmons had reached an agreement with the Memphis Grizzlies. That deal became official on Saturday, the first day of free agency. “Feels great to be a Memphis Grizzly,” the former Arizona Wildcats guard tweeted. Here’s the press release in its entirety:…

Rozier Rising to the Occasion in Playoffs

WALTHAM, Mass. – Al Horford had a hunch that Terry Rozier was going to make a major postseason impact for the Boston Celtics. The veteran big man stated ahead of Boston’s first-round series with the Chicago Bulls that he believed the second-year point guard did not reach his peak playing level during the regular season…

Terry Rozier Ready to Step up in Playoffs

BOSTON — Terry Rozier knows better than anybody how quickly a player can be thrust from the background into the limelight in the NBA playoffs. A year ago, Rozier was a rookie point guard who had barely played for the Celtics in the regular season. But a hamstring injury to Avery Bradley late in Game…

Derrick Jones Oozes Potential

Upside and potential are ideals which see NBA general managers fired often. Drafting young men who are age 19-22 is a tricky proposition, because while there are numerous draft models and projections, there is no definitive guarantee of what any one player will become. Innate, unteachable skills — like athleticism — often catch the eyes…

At NFL Combine, Shell Embraces Role as Underdog

INDIANAPOLIS — For media interviews at the NFL Combine, the hierarchy is such that the top prospects are reserved a podium to address questions. Lesser-valued players are assigned to small tables in the corner of the conference hall. While projected first-rounders Dalvin Cook of Florida State and Christian McCaffrey of Stanford stood a few feet…

Who Is Derrick Jones Jr.?

Almost every day this month, I had to answer the same question. And look, yeah, I understand the curiosity. “I don’t know yet,” I kept saying. Over and over. Which was true. But the same question just kept coming at me and I could only delay so long. I knew the curiosity was coming from…

Rozier’s Patience Pays Off

BOSTON – Celtics coach Brad Stevens felt his team needed a jolt. It was early in the second half and his squad was down double-digits to one of the worst teams in the NBA on Friday night at TD Garden. So the coach looked down the bench and called on the player he thought he…

Wendell Smallwood No Longer Feeling Like a Rookie

As the Eagles prepared to face the Green Bay Packers last week, rookie Wendell Smallwood readied himself for a big role. Then he got just nine carries. It wasn’t that those carries went elsewhere, it was that the Eagles got away from the run game early in the 27-13 loss to the Packers despite being…

Steelers Sign Shaquille Riddick to Practice Squad

The Pittsburgh Steelers filled the two open spots on their practice squad on Tuesday as defensive back Mike Hilton and outside linebacker Shaquille Riddick were both signed. Hilton entered the league this year as an undrafted free agent out of Mississippi with the Jacksonville Jaguars. He recorded 225 total tackles during his four seasons at…

Trey Lewis Named German League All-Star

Former Louisville star Trey Lewis was named to the international team in the easyCredit Basketball Bundesliga All-Star Game next month in Bonn, Germany. Lewis averages 15.2 points, 2.2 rebounds and 2.2 assists per game for third-place Medi Bayreuth. Former Kentucky forward Darius Miller was also named to the team and will start. By Jeff Greer, Courier…

The Virtue of Patience: Witnessing Terry Rozier’s Growth

Terry Rozier is finally showing the development that Danny Ainge expected when he was selected in the first round

Two summers ago, the Boston Celtics drafted Terry Rozier with the sixteenth overall pick. The move was largely panned by fans and pundits. Boston’s roster at the time already included several small guards, and both the team’s best player, Isaiah Thomas, and the man everyone hoped was its star in the making, Marcus Smart, played the same position as Rozier. It seemed fair to suggest tha the Celtics could have used their pick on a position of greater need, be it a bigger wing, or a potential rim protector.

NAZ Suns Announce Opening Day Roster

The Northern Arizona Suns announced their 2016-17 roster today. The announcement comes after a week-long training camp.

Northern Arizona entered training camp with 16 players, including affiliate players, local tryout players, returning players and players selected in the 2016-17 D-League draft.

4 players were cut at the end of training camp. Bo Barnes, Mikh McKinney, Langston Morris-Walker and Waly Niang were all cut by the team to trim the roster to 12.

Celtics exercise team options on Marcus Smart and Terry Rozier

The Celtics made two moves Monday night that give insight into general manager Danny Ainge’s vision for the future, exercising the 2017-18 options on the contracts of Marcus Smart and Terry Rozier.

In addition, Ainge declined to pick up the fourth year option on Smart’s fellow draftee James Young, and didn’t extend Kelly Olynyk as other teams hurried to extend their ’13 draft picks before the midnight deadline last night.

Grizzlies’ JaKarr Sampson: Signs with Grizzlies

Sampson signed with the Grizzlies on Friday.

The terms of the deal were not disclosed, but it’s most likely that Sampson signed a non-guaranteed deal and was signed in the hopes that he would ultimately join the Grizzlies D-League team. With Memphis’ roster at 20 players and just fives days till the start of the regular season, don’t expect Sampson to be a mainstay on the team’s final 15-man roster.

Danny Ainge: Terry Rozier the biggest surprise for Boston Celtics so far

Since the beginning of summer league, Boston Celtics guard Terry Rozier has created opportunities, made shots and provided steady evidence he’s ready for an important second-unit role.

After a largely quiet rookie season, Rozier’s quick improvements have eased concerns about filling Evan Turner’s playmaking and impressed a lot of people, including Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge.