Tag:Alexis Ajinca
Posted on: October 4, 2011 4:51 pm
Edited on: October 4, 2011 5:02 pm

The worst overall player ratings in NBA 2K12

Posted by Ben Golliver


Last week, we took a look at the top-rated players in the latest rendition of the popular video game, NBA 2K12. Miami Heat forward LeBron James led all current players with a player rating of 98. Dwyane Wade, Kobe Bryant, Dwight Howard, Chris Paul, Kevin Durant, Derrick Rose, Carmelo Anthony and Deron Williams were all rated above 90 by the game on a scale of 1-100.

Here's the flipside. The following is a list of the worst-rated players on each team. The absolute worst of the worst is Oklahoma City Thunder center Byron Mullens, who rates as a 40. The rest of the bottom five: Chicago Bulls forward Brian Scalabrine (41), Toronto Raptors center Alexis Ajinca (42), Utah Jazz center Kyrylo Fesenko (42) and San Antonio Spurs forward Steve Novak (43).

Here's the full list of the worst-rated players for each team in NBA 2K12

Atlanta Hawks -- Jason Collins -- C -- 45
Boston Celtics -- Nenad Krstic -- C -- 54
Charlotte Bobcats -- DeSagana Diop -- C -- 51
Chicago Bulls -- Brian Scalabrine -- PF -- 41
Cleveland Cavaliers -- Luke Harangody -- PF -- 50
Dallas Mavericks -- Ian Mahinmi -- C -- 47
Denver Nuggets -- Kosta Koufos -- C -- 53
Detroit Pistons -- DaJuan Summers -- SF -- 55
Golden State Warriors -- Vladimir Radmanovic -- PF -- 53
Houston Rockets -- Hasheem Thabeet -- C -- 51
Indiana Pacers -- A.J. Price -- PG -- 53
Los Angeles Clippers -- Brian Cook -- PF -- 49
Los Angeles Lakers -- Theo Ratliff -- C -- 53
Memphis Grizzlies -- Hamed Haddadi -- C -- 48
Miami Heat -- Dexter Pittman -- C -- 45
Milwaukee Bucks -- Jon Brockman -- PF -- 51
Minnesota Timberwolves -- Nikola Pekovic -- C -- 55
New Jersey Nets -- Mario West -- PG -- 49
New Orleans Hornets -- D.J. Mbenga -- C -- 45
New York Knicks -- Anthony Carter -- PG -- 53
Oklahoma City Thunder -- Byron Mullens -- C -- 40
Orlando Magic -- Malik Allen -- PF -- 49
Philadelphia 76ers -- Tony Battie -- C -- 47
Phoenix Suns -- Garret Siler -- C -- 52
Portland Trail Blazers -- Earl Barron -- C -- 47
Sacramento Kings -- Hassan Whiteside -- C -- 49
San Antonio Spurs -- Steve Novak -- PF -- 43
Toronto Raptors -- Alexis Ajinca -- C -- 42
Utah Jazz -- Kyrylo Fesenko -- C -- 42
Washington Wizards -- Hamady N'Diaye -- C -- 50

Note: Both the Hawks and the Hornets had multiple players rated below 50. Guard Pape Sy was rated 48 for Atlanta and center David Andersen was rated 49 for New Orleans.
Posted on: January 24, 2011 5:50 pm
Edited on: January 24, 2011 5:53 pm

Stojakovic to Dallas, Ajinca to Toronto are done

Peja Stojakovic has been officially acquired by the Dallas Mavericks, who also announced a trade that sent Alexis Ajinca to the Toronto Raptors.peja-stojakovic Posted by Ben Golliver.

Late last week, we noted that the Toronto Raptors were buying out Peja Stojakovic, and that the veteran forward planned to sign with the Dallas Mavericks. In a not-officially-related move, the Mavericks were going to trade reserve big man Alexis Ajinca to the Raptors. The timing of the two moves raised some questions around the league, and the deal was held up by the league so that an investigation could take place.

On Monday, the Mavericks announced that both moves had been completed. In addition to formally confirming Stojakovic's signing, the Mavericks sent out the following details regarding the Ajinca trade.
The Dallas Mavericks announced today that they have traded center Alexis Ajinca, a second round draft pick and cash considerations to the Toronto Raptors in exchange for the draft rights to forward Georgios Printezis.
Ajinca (7-2, 248) played in 10 games with 2 starts for Dallas this season. He averaged 2.9 points, 1.7 rebounds and 7.5 minutes per game as a Maverick. Ajinca was originally acquired via trade from Charlotte on July 13, 2010.   Printezis (6-9, 230) was the 58th pick of the 2007 NBA Draft by the San Antonio Spurs before Toronto acquired his rights from San Antonio for a future second round pick. Printezis is a native of Athens, Greece and plays professionally in Spain.
The trade details are surely a formality, as the pick is likely heavily-protected and the draft rights to Printezis are inconsequential.

The move to pick up Stojakovic, of course, is an effort to fill the hole left by Caron Butler's season-ending knee surgery. It's not totally clear how much game the 33-year-old has left, as he's made just eight appearances so far this season. 

This signing is the definition of a low-risk, low-reward move, as Stojakovic will make the veteran's minimum, costing Dallas virtually nothing, and Ajinca wasn't likely to see court time or progress past his "project" status any time soon. Even if Stojakovic is the step-slow, no-defense, spot-up shooting small forward everyone seems to think he is, the only standard he really needs to meet is "better than nothing." 

ESPNDallas.com reports that Mavericks head coach Rick Carlisle said on Monday that Stojakovic will not play for Dallas on Tuesday night against the Los Angeles Clippers and said that it wasn't yet clear whether he would play on Thursday night against the Houston Rockets.
Posted on: January 21, 2011 6:04 pm
Edited on: January 21, 2011 6:07 pm

Report: Ajinca deal held up by league for now

Posted by Royce Young

According to Yahoo! Sports and ESPN Dallas the NBA has held up a trade to send Dallas Maverick forward Alexis Ajinca to the Raptors. According to the reports, several rival front offices have privately charged an illegal side deal had been arranged to get Peja Stojakovic to the Mavs.

Peja of course was waived and bought out by the Raptors Thursday.

All indications still point that the Mavs appear to be ready to sign Stojakovic once he clears waivers. He'll become a free agent Monday and has reportedly given the Mavs a verbal commitment.

To create a roster spot for Stojakovic – who had almost immediately committed to the Mavericks – Dallas agreed to send the Raptors the 7-foot Ajinca, a future second-round pick and cash to Toronto for the rights to Georgios Printezis.

As the report from Yahoo! notes, such accusations like this are hard to prove and the league is just performing its due dilligence in holding up approval. The trade is still likely to go through, according to reports. When reached by email on Friday by Yahoo!, Mavericks owner Mark Cuban denied there had been an illegal prearranged deal.

The trade was appeared to be done Thursday as TNT's cameras even caught Mavs coach Rick Carlisle breaking the news to Ajinca before Dallas's game against Chicago. Ajinca was told to go back to the team hotel and wait.

Again, this is just the league fulfilling its obligation to check it out and more than likely things will eventually go through. But there is a chance the league could find things were done improperly and Dallas would need to figure out how to clear a roster spot for Peja a different way.
Posted on: January 4, 2011 7:32 pm

What if the Mavs go big?

With Caron Butler done for the year, is there an alternative to just plugging in replacement parts for the Mavs?
Posted by Matt Moore

With Caron Butler out for the season, Royce Young went over the options for the Mavericks, but the general tone is doom and gloom. However, in all of this, something must be remembered about Butler's injury. It wasn't to one of their bigs. 

The Mavericks were very particular in their moves this summer. They brought in bigs. Brendan Haywood moved to backup center. Tyson Chandler brought in as a difference maker, even with his injury issues. Ian Mahinmi picked up from the Spurs' discard pile. Alexis Ajinca picked up for spot duty. That's a ton of size for a team that's been known for razzle dazzle most of the decade. The idea was pretty clearly to try and build up enough size to slug with the Lakers. And that's still the plan.

So with Butler on the shelf, what are they missing? The biggest component is Butler's shooting. Butler was on a hot streak early on, shooting 45% from the field and 43% from the arc, the best mark of his career. Without him, the Mavericks need Jason Terry to maintain and improve his production if possible. It means more jump shots are needed from Shawn Marion. And it means Rodrigue Beaubois needs to get back as soon as possible. Beaubois is currently described as "not close" to returning. 

Another option exists, for the Mavericks to counter their perimeter attack with Kidd and Terry, and their elbow attack with Dirk Nowitzki by pounding it inside with Tyson Chandler and the more offensively capable Ian Mahinmi. Mahinmi has considerable upside still and a soft touch around the basket. In short, he's an offensive upgrade even if his defense has a gap. 

The point of all this is that while losing Butler is a huge blow, it is not unrecoverable. The Mavericks were built this year on positional fluidity. They have the versatility to respond if Rick Carlisle is willing to go to the lengths to adapt as necessary.
Posted on: July 22, 2010 5:59 pm
Edited on: July 23, 2010 11:11 am

Offseason Reviews: Southeast Division

Posted by Matt Moore

With only a handful of free agents left on the market and with summer league over, we thought we'd take a look at how various teams did over the summer in negotiating their moves.

Atlanta Hawks

Added: Joe Johnson (re-signed for eleventy billion dollars) Jordan Crawford (draft)
Lost: Josh Childress (didn't really have him anyway, but technically, they lost the rights to him in trade)

Philosophy: "Self-delusion is all the rage this summer!"

What are you going to do if you're Atlanta in six years? When Joe Johnson's crossover is no longer deadly and you're paying him $20 million? The goal, apparently, is to try and contend for a title in the next three years, hoping Al Horford and Josh Smith keep developing, Jeff Teague turns into a starter-caliber point guard, and maybe figure out some big name free agent you can sign on the cheap, like Shaq, that will put you over the top. It's not that the Hawks are a bad team. Far from it. While everyone was mocking them in the mid-00's for stockpiling forwards, they've either developed them into quality starters or raised their trade value enough to move them for pieces or cap relief. But this summer, they have only made one signature move, and that was spending way too much for Joe Johnson.

The vast number of ways in which the Johnson signing was poorly conceived is staggering. The full max, all six years? That much money? The roster had potential to really contend, but instead, the Hawks simply avoided the great collapse of losing a high usage player with low efficiency. Johnson can take over a game like few in the league. But he also simply isn't worth the money, and it's hamstrung their franchise for the future.

Grade: D+

Charlotte Bobcats

Added: Shaun Livingston (free agency), Dominic Maguire (free agency), Matt Carroll (trade), Erick Dampier (trade), Eduardo Najera (trade)
Lost: Raymond Felton (free agency), Alexis Ajinca (trade), Tyson Chandler (trade)

Philosophy: "Slight derivatives"

Did the Bobcats get better? Did they get worse? Did they stay the same? No, those aren't rhetorical. I'm asking. Because looking at that list above, I really can't be sure. They lost an underrated point guard who worked hard but never could stick with Larry Brown. They added a recovering injury-plagued point guard who can't seem to stick with any coach. They lost a veteran seven foot center with wear and tear on him and a large contract. They brought in an aging behemoth with wear and tear issues and a big contract. And they got Dominic Maguire, so they've got that going for them.

Larry Brown and Rod Higgins have built a program of improvement through trade and have kept up with this offseason. Adding Livingston provides a high-upside, low-risk replacement for Felton and they managed to trim some long-term money off the books. But you can't look at the roster and say they've improved dramatically. Status quo for the Cats. Underrated moves that still don't move them up dramatically in the NBA world.

Grade: C-

Orlando Magic

Added: J.J. Redick (re-signed), Chris Duhon (free agency), Quentin Richardson (free agency), Daniel Orton (draft), Stanley Robinson (draft)
Lost: Matt Barnes (free agency)

Philosophy: "The fear of losing out."

Marcin Gortat wants a bigger role. Benched. Brandon Bass wants a bigger role. Benched. J.J. Redick wanted a bigger role and more money. Offer from the Bulls matched and benched. The Magic seem to really believe in this roster, and it shows in them re-signing Redick and only addint marginal adjustments at other positions. Their draft essentially yielded them a raw, underdeveloped player who has little to no chance of getting playing time (Orton) and another wing to be buried deep. They didn't lose anyone, which means the luxury tax and the Magic are best of friends, especially after matching the $20 million offer for Redick from the Bulls.

Without any adjustments, and with how much better the East has gotten, it's hard to argue that the Magic have improved by not subtracting. Chris Duhon might be considered an upgrade over Jason Williams, but we're talking inches, not miles, and Quentin Richardson brings better three point shooting than Matt Barnes . That may be the best addition the Magic made, adding another shooter that provides an alternative reason not to play Vince Carter when he goes in a hole. But all in all, for a franchise that has spent the money to contend, they simply haven't done enough to get there.

Grade: C-

Miami Heat

Added: LeBron James (free agency sign-and-trade), Chris Bosh (free agency sign-and-trade), Dwyane Wade (re-signed), Mike Miller (free agency), Udonis Haslem (re-signed), Zydrunas Ilgauskas (re-signed), James Jones (re-signed), Joel Anthony (re-signed), Jamaal Magloire (re-signed), Juwan Howard (free-agency), Dexter Pittman (draft), Jarvis Varnado (draft), Da'Sean Butler (draft),

Jermaine O'Neal (free agency), Quentin Richardson (free agency), Michael Beasley (trade), Daequan Cook (trade)

"So, that went pretty well."

That's how you build a title contender. Any questions? The Heat managed to add all three of the top free agents this summer, fill out the roster with veteran talent that knows how to win and supports their Big 3, and did it all in a little less than fourteen days. Think about that. The Heat remade their team into a title contender in less time than it takes for your milk to go bad. It was a sweeping coup, one that has to lead people to believe it probably took much longer to orchestrate (cough*tampering*cough). What could the Heat have done better? Well, not allowing for the act to paint them as the most obnoxious triumverate in modern sports would have been nice. Other than that, it's hard to argue Pat Riley's anything but a genius. Getting Quentin Richardson would have been nice, but adding Mike Miller more than makes up for it. Zydrunas Ilgauskas and Joel Anthony gives the team some size to go along with the incredible talent they have. From when once mortals stood, now there be gods. Geez, Riley, save some for the rest of the class.

Grade: A

Washington Wizards

Added: John Wall (draft), Kirk Hinrich (trade), Trevor Booker (draft), Yi Jianlian (trade), Hamady N'Diaye (draft), Hilton Armstrong (free agency), Kevin Seraphin (draft)
Lost: Randy Foye (free agency), Mike Miller (free agency), Shaun Livingston (free agency)

"Let's see how this goes."

One thing is absolutely certain. John Wall is the future. Everything is built around Wall as the future. He is the singular sure thing. Other than that, sussing out a pattern that goes beyond "keep it flexible, stupid" is tough. The team acquired Kirk Hinrich in one of the more baffling moves we've seen. Hinrich brings a veteran defensive guard that can play on or off ball, back up Wall, and anchor the defense. But he's also an underwhelming shooter (oh, where, oh, where have you gone, 2005 shooting average?) and doesn't seem like an ideal fit next to Wall. Neither does the incumbent shooting guard, Gilbert Arenas , who you may remember from such films as "The Single Worst Offseason Meltdown in the History of the League" and "Little Blogger, Get Your Gun, Then Bring It To The Arena."

Arenas' ability to play next to Wall will decide his future in Washington. No longer is the team willing to build around him. If he can slide into an off-ball shooter that complements Wall? Terrific. Redemption abounds. Provided he stays out of trouble, of course. If he can't, he's trade bait. He may be already. The addition of Yi Jianlian seems like a "let's see what this does" kind of tinkering. The team still needs a long-term solution at small-forward, and with Andray Blatche recovering from injury, there are questions all over in the frontcourt. When you realize that JaVale McGee seems like the player best adapted to mix with John Wall, you know you've got a ways to go in the rebuilding process.

To evaluate? They failed to make any signings or trades that wow you, but they also managed to not screw up the #1 overall pick and cleaned some salary off the books for the future. Not a bad day at the office. And that's better than last year.

Grade: B-
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