Kelvin T. Cato is an American retired professional basketball player. Cato was an obscure player averaging six points and six rebounds at the University of South Alabama in 1992-93. At that time, he struck up a relationship with University of New Orleans coach Tim Floyd, who recognized Cato's potential. In 1994, Floyd took over as head coach at Iowa State University and convinced Cato to transfer to Iowa State. Cato averaged 11 points, eight rebounds and four blocks per game for an Iowa State team that reached the Sweet Sixteen of the 1997 NCAA Basketball Tournament. Drafted 15th overall in the 1997 NBA Draft by the Dallas Mavericks, Cato's draft rights were traded to the Portland Trail Blazers for the draft rights to Chris Anstey and cash considerations. Cato averaged 3.8 and 3.5 points per game in his two seasons in Portland before being bundled in a six-for-one deal with the Houston Rockets that sent Scottie Pippen to the Blazers. He spent five years in Houston, averaging a career-high 8.7 points per game in 1999-2000, started all but two of the games he played in both the 2001-02 and 2003-04 seasons.
On October 28, 1999, Cato signed a six-year, $42,000,000 contract extension that increased in controversy as his playing statistics cooled. With Yao Ming as the Rockets' new starting center, the Rockets traded Cato in a seven-player deal that sent Steve Francis, Cuttino Mobley, Cato to the Orlando Magic for Tracy McGrady, Juwan Howard, Tyronn Lue, Reece Gaines. While he started 50 games in the 2004-05 season for the Magic, his playing minutes went down the following season as he battled shoulder injuries. On February 15, 2006, along with the Magic's first-round pick in the 2007 NBA Draft, was traded to the Detroit Pistons for center Darko Miličić and point guard Carlos Arroyo. Cato finished out the season with the Pistons, he signed with the New York Knicks for the 2006-07 season. NBA.com Profile - Kelvin Cato Career statistics and player information from Basketball-Reference.com
Marc Anthony Jackson is an American former professional basketball player. Jackson attended Roman Catholic High School, he averaged 18 points, 11 rebounds and two blocks while leading his team to the Catholic League championship in 1993, as well as winning the Alhambra Catholic Invitational Tournament. During the ACIT, he was commanding presence in the middle during Roman Catholic's run, including their defeat of perennial powerhouse DeMatha in the final, his performance earned him an All-Tournament Team nod, in spite of missing a dunk during the semi-final game that drew massive gasps, laughs, from the packed crowd. He committed to Virginia Commonwealth University. Prior to his sophomore year, Jackson transferred to Temple University, only five blocks from his childhood home in Philadelphia, he would redshirt his first year of eligibility play two seasons for the Owls. Jackson led the team in scoring and rebounding both seasons, helping them to a 40-14 record over those years and advanced to the NCAA Tournament both seasons.
He gave up his final year of eligibility to declare for the NBA draft. Jackson was drafted in the second round of the 1997 NBA draft by the Golden State Warriors; because he fell to the second round, Jackson chose to begin his pro career in Europe to make more money to support his mother and younger brother and better develop his skills before entering the NBA. He spent three years overseas playing for Tofaş Bursa, Lobos Caja Cantabria and Cantabria Lobos, before returning to U. S. and debuting for the Warriors in 2000. Jackson made an immediate impact for the Warriors, leading all rookies in points and rebounds, while staying near the top of the list in field goal and free throw percentages, he finished third in Rookie of the Year voting. As a restricted free agent at the end of the season, Jackson signed a six-year, $24.375 million offer sheet with the Houston Rockets, which the Warriors matched. Despite Jackson's success, he was stuck behind Adonal Foyle, Danny Fortson and Erick Dampier on Golden State's depth chart, voiced his displeasure with the Warriors front office matching the offer, rather than allowing him to get more playing time elsewhere.
At the 2002 NBA trade deadline, the Warriors traded Jackson to the Minnesota Timberwolves, to play alongside Kevin Garnett. On July 23, 2003, he was traded to his hometown Philadelphia 76ers in a four-team deal, he missed 57 games due to injury his first season in Philadelphia, but bounced back the next year leading the team in rebounds and being second in points, to help the Sixers return to the playoffs. During his time in Philadelphia, he split time between the Power Forward positions. On August 9, 2005, Jackson was traded to the New Jersey Nets after a deal to bring in Shareef Abdur-Rahim from the Portland Trail Blazers to the Nets fell through. Before the 2005–06 trade deadline, he was traded by the Nets to the New Orleans Hornets. In 2007, he signed with the Greek League team Olympiacos, but was released after not fitting in the system of the team's new coach, Panagiotis Giannakis. In August, 2008, Jackson was signed by UNICS Kazan of the Russian Super League, he announced his retirement shortly after signing for Obradoiro CAB in 2009.
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Brevin Adon Knight is an American retired professional basketball point guard who played with nine teams in the NBA from 1997 to 2009. Knight played college basketball at Stanford University and was drafted by the Cleveland Cavaliers in 1997, he is the brother of Brandin Knight. He is a color commentator for the Memphis Grizzlies on Fox Sports Tennessee. Knight attended Seton Hall Preparatory School in West Orange, New Jersey, leading its basketball team to New Jersey state championships his sophomore and senior years, he was named to the Newark Star-Ledger's All-State First Team. Recruited out of high school, Knight was a late signee for Stanford University. Knight had a successful college career at Stanford, where he is the all-time leader in assists and steals and third all-time in scoring, he was chosen by the Cleveland Cavaliers with the 16th pick in the 1997 NBA draft. Knight was drafted with the 16th pick of the first round in the 1997 NBA draft. In his rookie season, Knight led the NBA in steals per game and was named to the NBA All-Rookie First Team.
He has played for the Cavaliers, the Atlanta Hawks, the Memphis Grizzlies, the Phoenix Suns, the Washington Wizards, the Milwaukee Bucks and the Charlotte Bobcats, averaging 7.6 points and 6.5 assists per game in his career. The Bobcats received Knight through their 2004 expansion draft, he was one of the best players on the team during the 2004–05 NBA season, averaging 10.1 points, 9 assists, 1.98 steals per game as the Bobcats went 18–64. Knight finished second behind MVP Steve Nash, he was waived by the Bobcats on June 2007 after spending the last three seasons with them. On August 13, 2007, he signed a two-year contract with the Los Angeles Clippers, he was traded to the Utah Jazz on July 2008 for Jason Hart. Knight joined the Memphis Grizzlies broadcast team as a color commentator on Fox Sports Tennessee in 2010. Knight and his wife Deena have a son. List of National Basketball Association players with most assists in a game NBA.com Profile – Brevin Knight Career statistics and player information from Basketball-Reference.com Assist by Knight Foundation
The shooting guard known as the two or off guard, is one of the five traditional positions in a regulation basketball game. A shooting guard's main objective is to steal the ball on defense; some teams ask. A player who can switch between playing shooting guard and small forward is known as a swingman. In the NBA, shooting guards range from 6' 3" to 6' 7" and 5' 9" to 6' 0" in the WNBA; 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 averaging 35–40 percent from three-point range. Many shooting guards are strong and athletic, have the ability to get inside the paint and drive to the basket. Shooting guards are taller than point guards. Height at the position varies. 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 the team's back-up ball handlers to the point guard and get a fair number of assists.
Shooting guards must be able to score in various ways late in a close game when defenses are tighter. They need to have a good free throw percentage too, to be reliable in close games and to discourage opposing players from fouling; because of the high level of offensive skills shooting guards need, they are a team's primary scoring option, sometimes the offense is built around them. In the NBA, there are some shooting guards referred to as "D" players; the term 3 and D implies that the player is a good 3 point shooter who can play solid defense. The 3 and D player has become important as the game sways to be perimeter oriented. Good shooting guards can play point guard to a certain extent, it is accepted that point guards should have the ball in their hands at most times in the game, but sometimes the shooting guard has a significant enough influence on the team where he or she handles the ball often, to the point where the point guard may be reduced to a backup ball handler or spot-up shooter.
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Antonio Robert Daniels is an American retired professional basketball player who played 13 seasons in the National Basketball Association. He is a basketball analyst for the Oklahoma City Thunder on FOX Sports Oklahoma and co-host/analyst on SiriusXM NBA Radio. After playing college basketball at Bowling Green, Daniels was selected by the Vancouver Grizzlies with the fourth overall pick of the 1997 NBA draft. On June 24, 1998, he was traded to the San Antonio Spurs in exchange for rookie Felipe López and Carl Herrera, he helped the Spurs win an NBA championship in 1999. On August 5, 2002, Daniels along with Spurs teammates Charles Smith and Amal McCaskill was traded to the Portland Trail Blazers in exchange for Erick Barkley, Steve Kerr, a conditional second-round pick in the 2003 NBA draft, he signed as a free agent with the Seattle SuperSonics. After his run with the Sonics had come to an end, he signed with the Washington Wizards, he was sent to the New Orleans Hornets in a three-team trade with the Washington Wizards and the Memphis Grizzlies on December 10, 2008.
On September 9, 2009, he was traded to the Dallas Mavericks along with a 2014 second round pick in exchange for Bobby Brown and Darius Songaila. On September 24, 2009, Daniels agreed to a contract buyout. On November 1, 2010 Daniels was selected by the Texas Legends of the NBA Development League in the second round of the 2010 NBA Development League Draft. On April 5, 2011, Daniels was signed to a 10-day contract by the Philadelphia 76ers, he returned to Texas Legends for the next season. On October 22, 2015, Daniels was named as an analyst for Fox Sports Oklahoma covering the Oklahoma City Thunder games. Career statistics and player information from NBA.com Antonio Daniels at Basketball-Reference.com
Austin Nathan Croshere is a retired American professional basketball player who played for five different NBA teams throughout his career in the National Basketball Association, is now a TV broadcaster for the Indiana Pacers. Croshere went to Crossroads School in Santa Monica and played college basketball for Providence College in Providence, Rhode Island. Croshere was the 12th pick of the 1997 NBA Draft, selected by the Indiana Pacers. A 6'10", hard-nosed player who can play the power forward and small forward positions, Croshere has shot 33.9% from three-point range over the course of his ten-year career. In the 1999–2000 NBA season, he had peaked at just the right time as he helped the Pacers advance to the 2000 NBA Finals, marking the Pacers' first Finals appearance since the ABA-NBA merger, he was rewarded for his performance in the regular season and the playoffs with a hefty contract, Croshere played 49 games in 2002-03, averaging a career-low 12.9 minutes per game that season as he fell out of the rotation.
Croshere became an important backup during the Rick Carlisle years, was a key contributor against the Detroit Pistons in the 2004 Eastern Conference Finals. On September 26, 2008, Larry Bird announced that Croshere was invited to training camp with the Pacers for an opportunity at a second stint, he was waived on October 23, 2008. On July 5, 2006, Croshere was traded to the Dallas Mavericks for Marquis Daniels; this move left Jeff Foster as the last Pacer remaining from the 1999-2000 Eastern Conference championship team. Croshere scored a career-high 34 points in a Mavericks 122-102 win against the Seattle SuperSonics on January 30, 2007. On August 3, 2007, Croshere signed with the Golden State Warriors; the 2007-2008 season was the first in Croshere's career. Croshere spent the 2008-09 pre-season with the Indiana Pacers. However, he was waived by the Pacers. On October 27, he was signed off waivers by the Milwaukee Bucks, he was released January 2009 after averaging 3.3 points and 2.2 rebounds per game.
Croshere was signed to a 10-day contract with the San Antonio Spurs on 16 January 2009. He was released on 28 January after scoring 4 points. In February 2010, Croshere joined Fox Sports Indiana as a pre and post-game analyst for Pacers games, he has served as a color commentator. NBA.com Profile - Austin Croshere NBA biography of Croshere NBA biography of Croshere
S.S. Felice Scandone
S. S. Felice Scandone known for sponsorship reasons as Sidigas Avellino or Sidigas Scandone, is an Italian professional basketball club based in Avellino, Campania. Founded in 1948, the team has been a regular in the Lega Basket Serie A, the first tier of basketball in Italy; the club won one trophy in its existence, as it won the Italian Cup championship in 2008. The club was founded in 1948 as Felice Scandone Sports Society, merging with Libertas Avellino two years and CSI-Cestistica Irpina in 1968. After going between leagues from 1974 to 1995, the club settled in Serie B1. Two seasons coach Gianluca Tucci guided the team to the second division Serie A2; the turn of the millennium saw the side reach the first division Serie A, placing ninth in 2001 at the end of their debut season. The next seasons were more complicated, with finishes of 15, 16 and 12th place; when coach Zare Markovski, coaching the side since 2002, left in 2005, the club ended the season in 17th place and should have been relegated if not for promoted Roseto's inability to play in the Serie A. Matteo Boniciolli took over coaching duties following that season and kept Avellino away from the relegation places.
The 2007–08 season saw Boniciolli lead Avellino to their best league finish of tied second-best with a 23–11 record and a league MVP title for Marques Green, their playoffs run was cut short in the semifinals by Lottomatica Roma after they had swept Capo d'Orlando in the quarterfinals. Better for the side, players such as Green, Devin Smith and Eric Williams led Air Avellino to its first title the 2008 Italian Cup, in its first participation in the competition, after beating La Fortezza Bologna 73–67 in the final with 18 points from the game MVP Smith; the 2008–09 season saw Avellino make their European debut, in the elite EuroLeague. The team had a difficult period between 2011 and 2015, missing the playoffs in multiple occasions and changing the head coach every season. In 2016, the team led by coach Pino Sacripanti had a run of 20 victories in 26 games and reached the Italian Cup final, losing to Olimpia Milano. Avellino finished the regular season in 3rd place, eliminated Giorgio Tesi Group Pistoia 3–0, reaching the league semifinals against Pallacanestro Reggiana, where the Hirpinian team lost the series in game 7, despite winning Game 4 by a 43 point margin.
In the 2017–18 season, Scandone played its first European final after the team reached the Final of the FIBA Europe Cup. Italian Cup Winners: 2008 Runner-up: 2016 FIBA Europe Cup Runners-up: 2017–18 Throughout the years, due to sponsorship, the club has been known as: Pasta Baronia Avellino: Cirio Avellino: Select Avellino: Nicoloro Avellino: De Vizia Avellino: Air Avellino: Sidigas Avellino: Official Website Serie A profile Retrieved 23 August 2015