The shooting guard, known as the two or off guard, is one of the five positions in a regulation basketball game. A shooting guards main objective is to score points for his team, some teams ask their shooting guards to bring up the ball as well, these players are known colloquially as combo guards. A player who can switch between playing shooting guard and small forward is known as a swingman, notable swing men include Jimmy Butler, Tracy McGrady, Vince Carter, Joe Johnson, Andre Iguodala, Andrew Wiggins, Evan Turner and Tyreke Evans. In the NBA, shooting guards usually range from 64 to 67, the Basketball Handbook by Lee Rose describes a shooting guard as someone whose primary role is to score points. As the name suggests, most shooting guards are good long-range shooters, shooting guards are taller than point guards. Height at the position varies, many bigger shooting guards play small forward, Shooting guards should be good ball handlers and be able to pass reasonably well, though passing is not their main priority.
Since good shooting guards may attract double-teams, they are frequently the teams back-up ball handlers to the point guard, Shooting guards must be able to score in various ways, especially late in a close game when defenses are tighter. They need to have a free throw percentage too, to be reliable in close games. Because of the level of offensive skills shooting guards need, they are often a teams primary scoring option. Good shooting guards can usually play point guard to a certain extent, Lee H. Rose ISBN 0-7360-4906-1 Media related to Shooting guards at Wikimedia Commons
Joe Smith (basketball)
Joseph Leynard Smith is an American former professional basketball player who played at power forward position for 12 teams of the NBA during his 16-year career. Born and raised in Norfolk, Smith was the College Player of the Year at Maryland in 1995 and he was named to the 1995–96 All-Rookie team. Smith was mobile throughout his career, the NBA indicated that he was one of the most traded players, in 1998, Smith was traded to the Philadelphia 76ers, he played for the Minnesota Timberwolves until 2003. Smith attended Maury High School and played at the University of Maryland, Smith was named to the NBA All-Rookie First Team for the 1995–96 season and finished third in the Rookie of the Year voting to Damon Stoudamire and Arvydas Sabonis. Joe Smith would play two-and-a-half years for the Warriors before being traded to the Philadelphia 76ers with Brian Shaw for Clarence Weatherspoon, the trade was engineered by Golden State as Smith had made clear his desire to return to the east coast, and he was approaching free agency.
Smiths statistics declined immediately after the trade, and never fully recovered, despite a drop in production, Smith was seen still as a hot commodity in the free agency blitz that followed the strike in late 1998. In what seemed at the time like a move, Smith signed for very little money with the Minnesota Timberwolves. For the next two years, Smith played very productively at small forward alongside All-Star Kevin Garnett, following the 1999–2000 season, it was discovered that Smith was involved in a salary cap–tampering scandal involving Timberwolves executive Kevin McHale. Smith was allegedly promised a future multimillion-dollar deal if he signed with the team for below market value, Joe Smith was released by the Timberwolves and signed with the Detroit Pistons for the 2000–2001 season as a backup. Smith produced good numbers for the Pistons and, at the end of the season, for the next three seasons Smith played for the Milwaukee Bucks. Prior to the 2006–07 season, Smith moved on to the Nuggets, despite being considered an add-in on the deal, Smith averaged over 25 minutes per game with the 76ers, during the teams ultimately unsuccessful second half battle to make the playoffs.
For the 2007–08 season, Smith signed with the Chicago Bulls, Smith averaged over 11 points and 5 rebounds per game for the Bulls, but the team managed only 33 wins the whole season. Smith was traded in a three team deal at the deadline to the Cleveland Cavaliers. On March 1,2009, the Thunder bought out the remainder of Smiths contract, two nights later, he agreed to terms to rejoin the Cavaliers. On August 25,2009, he signed a contract with the Atlanta Hawks. On March 17,2010, Smith became the 92nd player in NBA history to reach 1000 games played, on September 10,2010, Smith signed a deal with the New Jersey Nets. On December 15,2010, Smith was traded to the Los Angeles Lakers in a three team trade involving the Nets and Houston Rockets, on January 2,2011, Smith made his debut for the Lakers. Two days later, he scored his first points as a member of the team, Smith wound up participating in one of the Phoenix Suns pre-draft practices on June 9,2015 as someone to help out center Alex Len during practice
Kansas /ˈkænzəs/ is a U. S. state located in the Midwestern United States. Its capital is Topeka and its largest city is Wichita, Kansas is named after the Kansa Native American tribe, which inhabited the area. The tribes name is said to mean people of the wind or people of the south wind. For thousands of years, what is now Kansas was home to numerous, tribes in the eastern part of the state generally lived in villages along the river valleys. Tribes in the part of the state were semi-nomadic and hunted large herds of bison. When it was opened to settlement by the U. S. Thus, the area was a hotbed of violence and chaos in its early days as these forces collided. The abolitionists eventually prevailed, and on January 29,1861, after the Civil War, the population of Kansas grew rapidly when waves of immigrants turned the prairie into farmland. By 2015, Kansas was one of the most productive agricultural states, producing high yields of wheat, corn and soybeans. Kansas, which has an area of 82,278 square miles is the 15th largest state by area and is the 34th most populous of the 50 United States with a population of 2,911,641, residents of Kansas are called Kansans, officially.
Mount Sunflower is Kansass highest point at 4,041 feet, for a millennia, the land that is currently Kansas was inhabited by Native Americans. The first European to set foot in present-day Kansas was Francisco Vázquez de Coronado, in 1803, most of modern Kansas was secured by the United States as part of the Louisiana Purchase. Southwest Kansas, was still a part of Spain, from 1812 to 1821, Kansas was part of the Missouri Territory. The Santa Fe Trail traversed Kansas from 1821 to 1880, transporting manufactured goods from Missouri and silver and furs from Santa Fe, wagon ruts from the trail are still visible in the prairie today. In 1827, Fort Leavenworth became the first permanent settlement of white Americans in the future state, the Kansas–Nebraska Act became law on May 30,1854, establishing the U. S. territories of Nebraska and Kansas, and opening the area to broader settlement by whites. Kansas Territory stretched all the way to the Continental Divide and included the sites of present-day Denver, Colorado Springs and Arkansas sent settlers into Kansas all along its eastern border.
These settlers attempted to sway votes in favor of slavery, the secondary settlement of Americans in Kansas Territory were abolitionists from Massachusetts and other Free-Staters, who attempted to stop the spread of slavery from neighboring Missouri. Directly presaging the American Civil War, these forces collided, entering into skirmishes that earned the territory the name of Bleeding Kansas, Kansas was admitted to the United States as a free state on January 29,1861, making it the 34th state to enter the Union. He was roundly condemned by both the conventional Confederate military and the partisan rangers commissioned by the Missouri legislature and his application to that body for a commission was flatly rejected due to his pre-war criminal record
The Toronto Raptors are a Canadian professional basketball team based in Toronto, Ontario. The Raptors compete in the National Basketball Association, as a club of the leagues Eastern Conference Atlantic Division. The team was established in 1995, along with the Vancouver Grizzlies, when the Grizzlies relocated to Memphis, Tennessee to become the Memphis Grizzlies in 2001, the Raptors became the only Canadian-based team in the NBA. They originally played their games at the SkyDome, before moving eastward along Bremner Boulevard to the Air Canada Centre in 1999. Carter was instrumental in leading the team to a then-franchise high 47 wins and their first playoff win in 2001. During the 2002–03 and 2003–04 seasons, they failed to make significant progress, after Carter left, Chris Bosh emerged as the team leader. In the 2007–08 season, they advanced to the playoffs again, after Masai Ujiri was brought in as the new General Manager in 2013, he traded Bargnani to the New York Knicks. With a backcourt led by Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan, the Raptors returned to the playoffs, won their second Atlantic Division title, they failed for a fourth consecutive time to advance beyond the first round of the playoffs.
In the 2015–16 season, they won a franchise record 56 games and Allan Slaight of Slaight Communications each owned 44%, with the Bank of Nova Scotia, David Peterson, and Phil Granovsky being minority partners. Wagering on NBA games in Ontario nearly cost Toronto the expansion franchise, as a result, a nationwide contest was held to help name the team and develop their colours and logo. Over 2,000 entries were narrowed down to eleven prospects, Bobcats, Grizzlies, Raptors, Scorpions, T-Rex, the name Raptor is a common informal name for the velociraptor, a swift medium-sized dromaeosaurid theropod non-avian dinosaur. On May 24,1994, the logo and first General Manager. As part of the deal, Thomas received an option to purchase part of the team and he would purchase 4. 5% in May 1995 and a further 4. 5% in December 1995, half each from Bitove and Slaight, decreasing their share to 39. 5%. The teams colours of red, purple and silver were revealed, Naismith silver was chosen as an ode to Canadian James Naismith.
As General Manager, Isiah Thomas quickly staffed the management positions with his own personnel, the teams roster was filled as a result of an expansion draft in 1995. Following a coin flip, Toronto was given first choice and selected Chicago Bulls point guard, Armstrong refused to report for training and Thomas promptly traded him to the Golden State Warriors for power forwards Carlos Rogers and Victor Alexander. Thomas selected a range of players in the expansion draft, including veterans Jerome Kersey, Willie Anderson. Subsequent to the draft, the Raptors landed the seventh pick in the NBA draft lottery, behind their fellow 1995 expansion club
Kurt Thomas (basketball)
Kurt Vincent Thomas is an American retired professional basketball player. Thomas is a 69,230 lb. power forward-center known for his playing style. Drafted by the Miami Heat in 1995, Thomas played college basketball at Texas Christian University, Thomas began his NBA career with the Miami Heat from 1995 to 1997. In his rookie season, he started 42 of his 74 games played, the following season, he only played 18 games before suffering a stress fracture in his right ankle, which required surgery. He would miss the rest of the season, during his rehab, along with Sasha Danilović and Martin Müürsepp, were traded to the Dallas Mavericks for Jamal Mashburn. Thomass playing career with Dallas was short and he only played 5 games before suffering another stress fracture in the same ankle he had previously injured. This placed him on the injured list for the remainder of the season, then-coach and general manager Don Nelson went out of his way to hire Thomas as an assistant coach. In the offseason, Thomas decided to become a free agent, Thomas played two seasons with the Phoenix Suns from 2005 to 2007.
Thomas was traded by the Sonics to the San Antonio Spurs on February 20,2008, for Francisco Elson, Brent Barry, on June 23,2009, Thomas was traded along with Bruce Bowen and Fabricio Oberto to the Milwaukee Bucks for Richard Jefferson. On July 26,2010, the Chicago Bulls announced that they had signed Kurt Thomas, because of injuries to the Bulls starting center Joakim Noah and power forward Carlos Boozer, Kurt Thomas saw some significant playing time, including 37 starts. When Noah and Boozer came back, he experienced minimal playing time with Ömer Aşık playing in front of him on the bench, Thomas averaged more than 20 minutes per game during the 2010-11 season along with 4.1 points and 5.8 rebounds. On December 11,2011, the Portland Trail Blazers signed Thomas for the shortened 2011-2012 season, though terms for the deal were not disclosed officially, it was reported to be a two-year contract. On April 12,2013, the Knicks waived Thomas. com, or Basketball-Reference. com
The small forward, known as the three, is one of the five positions in a regulation basketball game. Small forwards are typically shorter and leaner than power forwards and centers. The small forward position is considered to be perhaps the most versatile of the five basketball positions. In the NBA, small forwards usually range from 66 to 69, the ideal position for a small forward would be between the key and three-point line. Many small forwards in professional basketball, are prolific scorers, accurate foul shooting is an imperative skill for small forwards, many of whom record a large portion of their points at the foul line. Small forwards who are defensive specialists are very versatile as they can often guard multiple positions using their size and strength such as Kawhi Leonard and Paul George
Jimmy Hal King is an American retired professional basketball player who played in the NBA and other leagues. He played all four years at Michigan and averaged 15 points per game as a senior in 1995 and he was a starter for teams that reached the tournament four times. Before this, he was a high school All-American basketball player at Plano East Senior High School in Plano, a city north of Dallas, Texas. King was selected by the Toronto Raptors in the round of the 1995 NBA Draft and played 62 games for them during the 1995–96 season. On July 24,1996, before the start of the 1996–97 season, he was traded to the Dallas Mavericks in exchange for Ronald Popeye Jones, but King was eventually waived. King played a few seasons in Europe and with the Continental Basketball Association where he was the 1998 MVP with the Quad City Thunder and he played for the US national team in the 1998 FIBA World Championship, winning the bronze medal. He played for the Asheville Altitude in the NBDL, kings last chance to return to the NBA came before the 2000–01 NBA season where King was the final player cut on the defending Eastern Conference champion Indiana Pacers.
In a phone interview on the Jim Rome Show on November 30,2006, during the 2008–09 Michigan Wolverines season King served as a radio color commentator. Currently, King is the Program Director of H. Y. P. E, athletics Community, a nonprofit organization which provides academic and citizenship mentoring for youth in the Detroit area, and President of J King Solar Technologies. In August 2011, King was detained by police for failure to pay $17,000 in back support for his 17-year-old son. He was incarcerated at Michigans Oakland County Jail along with Jalen Rose, on January 27,2012, the case against King was dismissed after he paid the $17,000 in full. In 2016, King began his career as he became the head coach of the Ecorse Community High School mens basketball team in Ecorse
Liberal is the county seat of Seward County, United States. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 20,525, early settler S. S. Rogers built the first house in what would become Liberal in 1872. Rogers became famous in the region for giving water to weary travelers, Liberal gained its name from the common response to his acts of kindness, Thats very liberal of you. In 1885 Rogers built a store, and with it came an official U. S. Rogers named the post office Liberal, after the railroad was built close by, a plan for the town site was created in 1888. A year the population was around 800, drought caused some farmers to give up and look for more fertile territory, when the nearby Indian Territory was opened, more settlers headed to the cheap land that would become Oklahoma. Natural gas was discovered west of town, in what would become part of the massive Panhandle-Hugoton Gas Field, oil was discovered southwest of town in 1951. In 1963 the largest helium plant in the world, National Helium, was opened, Liberal is located at 37°2′36″N 100°55′41″W at an elevation of 2,835 feet.
The city lies approximately 10 miles southwest of the Cimarron River in the High Plains region of the Great Plains. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has an area of 11.75 square miles. Liberal has a steppe climate characterized by hot, dry summers, dry winters. On average, January is the coldest month, July is the hottest month, the monthly daily average temperature ranges from 34.1 °F in January to 79.3 °F in July. The high temperature reaches or exceeds 90 °F an average of 80 days a year and 100 °F an average of 18 days, the minimum temperature falls to or below 0 °F on an average 5.3 days a year. The highest temperature recorded in Liberal was 114 °F as recently as June 10,1981, on average, Liberal receives 20.15 inches of precipitation annually, a majority of which occurs from May to August, and records 58 days of measurable precipitation. Measurable snowfall occurs an average of 8.9 days per year with 6.1 days receiving at least 1.0 inch, snow depth of at least one inch occurs an average of 9.5 days a year.
Typically, the window for freezing temperatures is October 21 through April 14. Liberal is located in USDA Plant Hardiness Zone 7, as of the 2010 census, there were 20,525 people,6,623 households, and 4,838 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,832.6 people per square mile, There were 7,118 housing units at an average density of 641.3 per square mile
Antonio Keithflen McDyess is an American retired professional basketball player. Listed at 69 and 245 lbs, McDyess played as a power forward. McDyess was born in Quitman and attended the University of Alabama, as a prep, McDyess was one of the top 30 players nationally, and made the Magic Johnson Roundball Classic. McDyess played college basketball at the University of Alabama, as a sophomore, he led the Crimson Tide in scoring and rebounding, and was considered the SECs best big man. He decided to forgo his two years of college to enter the 1995 NBA draft. McDyesss explosive leaping and power dunking ability allowed him to average 17.8 points and 8.8 rebounds per game over his first six seasons, in 1997, before his third year, McDyess was traded to the Phoenix Suns. He helped the Suns to a 56–26 record during his season in Phoenix. He became an agent prior to the lockout–shortened 1998–99 season. The move was however, because after he had verbally agreed to return to Denver. According to Sports Illustrated, Jason Kidd, Rex Chapman, McDyess was attending a Colorado Avalanche game with Nuggets President and General Manager Dan Issel, and Issel told security to not let the three Suns players into the building.
Without any further consultation, he re–signed with the Nuggets, considered an up and comer, he was selected to be a part of the gold–winning U. S. Olympic mens basketball team at the 2000 Summer Olympics. In 2000–01, McDyess was named an All–Star and became just the third Nugget to average at least 20 points and 10 rebounds for a season, after Dan Issel in 1977–78 and George McGinnis in 1978–79. Early in the 2001–2002 season McDyess suffered a knee injury, a Patellar tendon rupture. McDyess struggled to play through the injury, re–aggravating it several times and he was sidelined due to injury for the remainder of the 2001–2002 season as well as the entire 2002–2003 NBA season. McDyess was traded to the Knicks on June 26,2002 in exchange for Marcus Camby, Mark Jackson and the rights to Nenê. McDyess began the 2002–2003 season as a highly anticipated addition to the New York Knicks, but on October 8,2002, with 1 minute 55 seconds left in an exhibition game against Phoenix, McDyess reinjured the knee while dunking a rebound.
He would undergo another surgery four days later, in the 2003–2004 season, McDyess was traded to the Phoenix Suns after just 18 games with the Knicks in an eight–player deal that brought Stephon Marbury to New York. He remained healthy while in Phoenix for the remainder of the 2003–04 season and that off-season, his knee was declared healthy and the Detroit Pistons signed him for the full mid–level exception
Brent Robert Barry is an American retired professional basketball player. He is the son of former NBA player Rick Barry, the 6 ft 7 in,210 lb shooting guard played professionally in the National Basketball Association, winning two championships with the San Antonio Spurs. He won the 1996 NBA Slam Dunk Contest, Barry now works as a sports commentator for NBA on TNT and is a studio host for the NBA TV show NBA Gametime. Barry, born in Hempstead, New York, is the son of Hall of Famer Rick Barry, and was arguably the best player of the four basketball-playing Barry sons and his stepmother, Lynn Barry, was an accomplished basketball player in college. Brent, the second youngest, played his school basketball at athletic powerhouse De La Salle High School in Concord, California. Barry played four years on the Beavers basketball team of Oregon State University after redshirting his freshman season, Barry graduated from Oregon State with a Bachelor of Arts degree in sociology in 1995. Brent and Erin Barry were married in 1998, after being together from the time they were both in high school, in 2010 it was reported that Brent Barry had filed for divorce, citing irreconcilable differences.
In December 2010 Erin Barry issued a statement denying the reports about an extra-marital affair being the cause of their separation, the divorce became final on January 5,2011, in Texas, they have joint custody of the children. Barry was generally considered a good passer and had three seasons where he averaged more than 5 assists per game, Barry was a strong three-point shooter, he currently ranks 13th all-time in career three-point field goals made and shot 40% from behind the arc for his career. He was on the San Antonio Spurs championship teams in 2005 and 2007 and he won the Slam Dunk Contest in the NBA All-Star Weekend in 1996 with a Julius Erving-inspired slam dunk in which he took off from the free throw line to sail in and dunk one-handed. He was the first caucasian player to win the competition, 1995–1998 After being drafted by the Denver Nuggets, Barry was traded immediately to the Los Angeles Clippers. In his rookie season, Brent made 1233 pointers, which broke the current rookie record, there Brent would average 10.4 ppg and 38% 3pt Field goal in 179 games.
In his second season, he and the Clippers attempted a run where Brent would average 11.7 ppg. The Clippers only went 3 games in the postseason while Barry was there,1998 Barry was traded to the Miami Heat the day before the February 20th trade deadline from Los Angeles for Isaac Austin. In Miami, Barry would only play 17 games, not starting any of the games, getting only 4.1 ppg.1999 Barry signed with the Bulls on January 25,1999 and signed a 6-year $27 million contract. He played only 37 of the 50 games played that season, starting 30 of those games, failing to fill the void of a Jordan-less Bulls, the team traded Brent for Hersey Hawkins and James Cotton from Seattle on August 12,1999. 1999–2004 Brent spent 4 seasons with the Seattle SuperSonics, Brent would begin his Seattle career as a back-up for fellow Oregon State alumnus Gary Payton. He would eventually move to play the point position as a starter, there he would average 11.2 ppg, make 669 3-point-shots, and start the majority of his NBA Career, and total 4,107 points