Tag:Jason Thompson
Posted on: February 5, 2010 10:06 am
Edited on: February 5, 2010 10:07 am

SAC Kings Need to Trade Kevin Martin

Okay, so the title say it all there. And coming from a guy who doesn't know all that much about the NBA, some people probably think that it's a crazy statement. I don't hate Kevin Martin, but I feel sometimes he tries to do to much to win a game. He takes way too many shots at times and while he puts up good numbers, well, he doesn't win all that many games. Don't believe me? Here are the stats.

Here is Martin's averages in the 16 games he has played this year: 21.4 pts, 4.5 asts, 2.9 rebs in 37.1 mins. Again, there's nothing wrong with Martin's stats. Yes, he's only shooting 39 percent for the year, both from the floor and from 3-pt range, not the best numbers for a shooter. But the real problem with Martin's stats, his 2-14 record when in the Kings lineup. That means the Kings are 14-18 WITHOUT Martin in the lineup.

Kings rookie Tyreke Evans has not seen a drop in production with or without Martin. His averages of 20.7 pts, 4.7 rebs and 5.0 asts in 36.9 mins. He has played in 43 games. In the 5 games Evans has missed the Kings are 1-4.

The one Kings player who I've noticed a drop in production is my boy, fellow Bronc Jason Thompson. With Martin in the lineup, Thompson has scored in single digits in 9 of 15 games when they are both in the line up. Without Martin, Thompson had 6 games in single digits in 32 games Martin had missed. Thompson also has taken few shots with Martin in the lineup, usually seeing 10 shots or more when he is absent. Yes, Thompson could be struggling individually and/or going through some kind of sophomore slump. Yes, I could be a homer, but still, this is a staggering group of stats.

Just a side note on Thompson: He missed his first NBA game on Wednesday due to a death in the family. He will also miss tonights game as well. I know everyone in the Sacramento and Rider communities wish Jason the very best for him and his family in this difficult time and hope to see him and his brother Ryan back on thier respective courts soon.

So, what does this mean for Kevin Martin? I don't know. This is where my lack of NBA knowledge has me in a spot of trouble. Thanks to ESPN's NBA Trade Machine I was able to come up with the following trades the Kings could make:

Kevin Martin and Kenny Thomas to Boston for Ray Allen
Kevin Martin and Andres Nocioni to Utah for Andrei Kirilenko (plus-3 Wins to Kings)

But I don't know enough about the NBA. These trades probably wouldn't happen in a million years. This is where I need your help. If you agree with me, leave a comment and your own trade down below. If you think I'm crazy and Kevin Martin is the next best thing to sliced bread, that's fine too. Leave me a trade that makes the Kings better with Martin. I think the Kings have a nice young core to be a competitive team very soon. Getting 3 months of Ray Allen probably makes no sense except tp free up cap room, something else I know nothing about. So please leave your comments and help out the Kings.

And yes, I lied to you. I wanted to post this yesterday but couldn't get around to posting. I will write and my Super Bowl Preview entry tomorrow inbetween shoveling out my driveway with this impending blizzard the East Coast is supposed to get.
Posted on: January 6, 2009 4:56 pm

What I Missed During Wild Card Weekend

Because of a variety of reasons, I had a rather disappointing Wild Card weekend when it came to sports. That is until my Eagles dominated the Vikings in Minnesota to setup Eagles-Giants III this weekend. I'm sure I'll be spending the Sunday surrounded by friends, mostly Giants fans, and stuffing my face full of chips, dip, wings and other game-day goodies. But, right now I'm lamenting on a weekend that could have been. Here's the rundown...

Why I missed it: Because ESPN International didn't carry it when I was in Mexico. Maybe they did, but I'm sure it was in Spanish and probably focused more on soccer than the upcoming NFL Wild Card games. Was it the end of the world? Not when you have a laptop and a free WiFi connection to browse CBSSports.com and ESPN.com. Even kept up with my blog too.

CFB-International Bowl - Saturday 1/3, 12 PM, Buffalo vs. UConn
Why I missed it: Because I spent Saturday afternoon coming back from Mexico on a plane to Bradley Int. Airport (Hartford, CT). However, when the captain announced the final score, there were two audible "YES"s and a maybe a Tiger Woods fist up as well.
What I missed: The UConn Huskies turning the ball over 5 times and not attempting a pass in the first half. They rebounded with Donald Brown having another career day and breaking the 2,000 yard mark for the 15th time in NCAA FBS/Div. I-A history. Brown also announced he will enter the NFL Draft next year and skip his senior season at Connecticut.

MBB-Rutgers vs. UConn - Storrs, CT, 1/3 7 PM
Why I missed it: My cousin and I had a plane to get off our plane, head to his house, they hightail it up to Storrs to watch the game. Turns out, getting through customs, security and trying to find my sister's suitcase took too long so we bailed on heading to the game.
What I missed: Just UConn laying down the law to a Rutgers team that faced No. 1 UNC, No. 2 UConn and No. 3 Pitt in successive games. Still can't believe Rider lost to them at home. Speaking of my future alma mater...

MBB-Marist vs. Rider - Lawrenceville, NJ, 1/4 3PM
Why I missed it: The Eagles game at 4:30 and it's a 2 1/2 hour drive from my house in Trumbull, CT.
What I missed: The Rider Broncs retired the No. 1 of Jason Thompson, the 12th pick to the Sacramento Kings. Thompson became the second basketball player to have his name retired, joining Darrick Suber's No. 4 in the rafters. Also, Rider won the game 76-65 over the Red Foxes to improve to 3-0 in Metro Atlantic (MAAC) conference play.

NBA-Sacramento Kings vs. NJ Nets - 1/5 8PM
Why I missed it: Because I am a moron and completely forgot that the Nets are on the YES Network.
What I missed: Kings G Kevin Martin going nuts off the bench for a second straight game and the Kings blowing yet another 1st half lead. I'm actually glad I didn't watch this, because I probably would have been frustrated watching this game. I've already started the Mikki Moore watch for when he gets benched again. He lost his starting power forward spot to Spencer Hawes, who's out with an injury. And with my boy, Jason Thompson producing off the bench rather consistently, 9.3 pts / 6.7rebs / 1.0 ast in 24.3 mins/g, I can't see how's Moore is still getting starts. Moore is basically there to grab boards, and Kenny Thomas had 8 rebounds in 24 minutes after not playing since Christmas and Moore had 3 in 13 minutes. If your going to give Thompson more minutes, why not just start him. He can play both forward spots and center and he's a huge upgrade offensively. Whatever.

The life of a sports fan seems to always be incomplete. Whether your team is losing, underachieving or just can't seem to get over the hump to that next level, there always seems to be something missing. There is always more lows in sports than highs, because there can only be one true champion (unless it's the BCS). But I can live with missing out on everything written above, as long as there is that one high. Like calling my college roommate and resident Vikings fan last Sunday.

- Eagle
Posted on: July 28, 2008 10:29 pm

It's Been A While

Time for a blog post. I guess I'll use my favorite new format and go back for some more of The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly.

The Good -
Philadelphia Wins Championship - Okay, it's the Soul claiming the ArenaBowl 22, but that was a heck of a finish to that game.
JJ Claims Brickyard - And my guy Jeff Gordon drove to a 5th place finish. Chase for the Cup is coming up soon too.
Jason Thompson - Hit two gaming winning shots in the Vegas Summer League for Sacramento. Did I mention I saw him play as a Rider Bronc?

The Bad -
The Braves DL - It just won't stop growing. Chipper Jones and Tim Hudson were added over the weekend.
My Glogging Return - An ugly 12-3 loss to St. Louis. Can't win 'em all though.
Trade Deadline Talk - Enough speculation about who is leave, your all driving me insane. Tell me when the trades happen and how they're good for each team.

The Ugly
The Brickyard 400- Whatever happened is in the past. Let's just make sure that never happens again.
The Brett Favre Saga - See Trade Talk Above. It's just tiring, tell me when something important happens, like Brett Favre starting for the Packers.
Minor League Brawl - That pitcher throwing the ball into the stands was absurd. Reminds me of Jose Offerman charging the mound with a bat in Bridgeport, CT during an Atlantic League game.

I'll try to get a full post in sometime soon when I have time. Thanks for reading/feedback.

- Eagle
Posted on: June 27, 2008 11:15 am

With the 12th pick of the 2008 NBA Draft...

The Sacramento Kings select...Jason Thompson, Forward/Center, Rider University.

My Reaction - HOOOOOOOLLLLLLLLLLIIIIIIEEEEEE S************************!!!!!!!!!!

Text Message from my roommate Norm - JASON THOMPSON!!!

Unreal. I've watched Jason play at Rider for the last 3 years, starting my academic career at Rider when Jason was a sophomore. But it wasn't until after his junior year that the NBA started looking at Thompson. The past two seasons in college, Thompson averaged aver 20 points and ten rebounds a game. You can say that yes, he played in the Metro Atlantic (MAAC) and never got a chance to play big time opposition, but you'd only be about half-right. What really attracted scouts to Thompson was his play at a LeBron James' Skills Camp last summer. A 6-11 forward was guarding Lebron 1-on-1, and holding his own. How can a big man play defense against one of the best players in the NBA? Who is this kid? Well, Jason Thompson signed with Rider as a junior at Lenape HS in NJ. He was signed as a 6-5 SF. He grew into a 6-11 beast during his college career. And the best part, he grew up as a shooting guard. Meaning, this 6-11 PF/C can handle the ball, hit mid-range jumpers, play post and perimeter  defense and run the floor. Athletically he is a freak and I am excited to now have an NBA team to follow.

So let's run through the checklist I made earlier -

Change CBS profile - Make Kings NBA Favorite (Celtics/Ray Allen dropped to preferred) - Check
Write Blog Entry about Draft Night - In prgoress
Buy Jersey/Hat from Store (NJ is nowhere near CA) Online - Later (waiting for potential trade, although it sounds like Sacramento loves Thompson)
Look-up dates of Kings games in Philly/NJ/NY - Later (again, potential trade)

Thanks to the Ray Allen trade last NBA Draft (Seattle/Boston), I've watched more NBA games last season than I have in the rest of my life. I've always been a stickler for the college game. The passion, the energy, the defense...but maybe, just maybe, the NBA will grow on me a little bit now.

Oh yeah, almost forgot...

GO KINGS IN 2008-2009!!!

- Eagle
Posted on: June 18, 2008 11:30 am

A UConn Fan Salutes A Champion

I've watched more NBA games this year than in the rest of my life put together. Maybe that's a stretch, But after I heard that UConn grad Ray Allen was coming to play in Boston via a draft day trade, I got excited. I never really followed the NBA outside of UConn grads such as Ray Allen, Rip Hamilton, Emeka Okafor, etc. I just enjoy the college game more than the NBA. So naturally, I wanted to see the UConn players have success in the NBA as well. Rip Hamilton won a title with the Pistons a few years back, but other than that, I've really only followed Ray Allen. I have an old, purple Allen jersey from his days with the Milwaukee Bucks that's probably in mint-condition because I never really wore it. That jersey was rather big for my 4-foot nothing frame ten years ago. Even through the rough days in Seattle, I really wanted to see Allen get one last chance at a playoff run. The Boston Celtics answered this call, acquiring Allen via a trade as well as Kevin Garnett in a separate trade. Last night, after watching the Celtics suffocating defense on the Lakers and Kobe Bryant, Ray Allen finally got his ring, and this UConn follower rejoiced. But alas, it is not meant to be.

I followed the NBA more closely than ever before. You see, this is the last year I can "legally" follow the University of Connecticut graduates in the NBA. My current school Rider University (Lawrenceville, NJ), will graduate its first NBA draftee in 6'-10" PF/C Jason Thompson. According to the myriad of sports law, after he is drafted, I can no longer follow Allen's Celtics or Hamilton's Pistons. I'm stuck with whoever drafts Thompson, and I'm not complaining. Following the NBA this year has been interesting to say the least. I still don't like watching most games, mainly because I like watching defense. So watching the Celtics and the Spurs along with a few others comes easy to me, but watching basically every other team is a challenge. But no matter what, after Thompson is drafted, I'm changing my CBS profile, buying a jersey and hat online and embracing my new team with open arms. I would love to see Thompson go to a contender, or stay local in Philly or New Jersey so I could road trip with friends to see him play.

I'm not going to get into a college vs. pros rant, that will be for another time. But for this sports fan, embracing the NBA will take time. Watching this years playoffs and Finals have been exciting, and hopefully next year, I'll be watching Jason Thompson and team to be announced on draft day in 2009 challenging for the title. But for now, this "bandwagon" Celtics fan has a week to celebrate. There won't be any buying of championship hats or t-shirts. Perhaps a phone call or two to family and friends to talk about Allen, Garnett and MVP Paul Pierce finally getting to the top.

But congratulations to Ray Allen and the Boston Celtics, the 2008 NBA Champions. You've started to convert this college fan into a potential NBA fan. And while that day may truly never come, it is a start.

- Eagle
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