Toronto dismissed former coach Dwane Casey, who posted a 320-238 record and made five playoff appearances in seven seasons, in mid-May. The team then hired Nick Nurse to replace him earlier this month.
They’re on the fringe of the top tier of players and will need to determine which guy can help them most — no matter what James decides.
Barlow managed a long career in professional basketball, but never played a single game in the NBA. He was drafted by the Lakers and traded immediately to the Atlanta Hawks. This was long before the rookie salary cap set the level of pay for all rookies, and Barlow didn’t like Atlanta’s contract offer and instead signed in Italy, leading his Milan team to a championship in his rookie year. There were talks with the Hawks again, but he liked an offer in Israel better and went there. And so it went. While Barlow had no NBA career, two of the next four players off the board (Sabonis, Rodman) became Naismith Hall of Famers and Price played in four All-Star Games.
A few notes on some of the prospects this Big Board differs on relative to others…
DiVincenzo impressed during the Wildcats’ run to the national title. The 6-5 shooting guard can create his own scoring opportunities off the dribble while providing a viable spot-up threat away from the ball.
He may cap out as a microwave bucket getter off the bench, but he Cheap Jonathan Toews Jerseys showed it’s a role in which he can excel while at Villanova.
Okobo is a 6-2 point guard out of France who shot up draft boards this season as Cheap Jerseys With Numbers he continued to show off the ability to operate out of the pick-and-roll and knock down 3-pointers off the bounce.
In Utah, he would offer head coach Quin Snyder a number of diverse backcourt looks and potentially pair well with Donovan Mitchell over the long-term. The Jazz certainly still need to add shot creators.