Two games (Dec. 28 & 30) were played since the last China update and Josh Boone put up some impressive numbers. Can any team in the NBA use a big at vet's minimum who will provide defense and rebounding?
The Josh Boone-J.R. Smith team lost, 117-95. There are no other quality players on the team besides these two, and J.R. had only 24 points, 1-5 on threes. Boone had the monster game of the night: 36 points (17-26 fg, the usually awful 2-9 ft). 19 rebounds, 1 block.
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The other team that interests me is the Wilson Chandler-Peter John Ramos team. In the a 118-112 victory on December 28th over Stephon Marbury's team, Chandler had 44 points, 18 rebounds, 4 assists, two steals, and one block. Peter John Ramos (the 7'4" fellow) had 26 points and 14 points, but no blocks.
On December 30, the team won a 115-85 blowout. Wilson Chandler had 22 points and 9 rebounds in 24 minutes. Peter John Ramos played 35 minutes, with 20 points (none from the line), 10 rebounds and just one block. I just don't know how he'll do in the NBA if he's not getting to the foul line and not getting blocks in China.
J.R. Smith (unrestricted) and WIlson Chandler (restricted) are playing as we expected them to play. A scoring small forward like Chandler could really help the Nets.