Boone's double-double lands him Player of the Week award - Jan 7, 2012 (by Eurobasket News)
27-year old power forward Josh Boone (208-F/C-84) put on an amazing game in the last round for Zhejiang C. and receives a Asia-basket.com Player of the Week award for round 21.
He had a double-double of 25 points and 22 rebounds, while his team edged out Xinjiang F.T. (#9, 10-8) in overtime 114-112. Zhejiang C. is placed at 4th position in Chinese league. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Zhejiang C. will need more victories to improve their 12-7 record. It's Boone's second year at Zhejiang C. and it's hard to imagine this team without him. University of Connecticut graduate has very impressive stats this year. Boone is in league's top in rebounds (8th best: 12.8rpg) and averages solid 1.7bpg and 61.0% FGP.
Lawal had 26 points (12-21 fg and a Boone-like 2-10 ft), and 10 rebounds.
SUMMARY, WITH MARCH SCENARIO
The Nets trade with Orlando and get Dwight Howard and the miserable contract of Hedo Turkoglu. The Nets give up some draft picks, Brook Lopez, Okur (expiring contract), Petro (only one more year), Farmar (only one more year), or something like that. Three centers are gone.
I'd sign both Josh Boone and Gani Lawal to minimum contracts. Boone's better than Petro and Lawal's better than Dennis Horner. Both Boone and Lawal will be in playing shape, will be very happy to be in the NBA, and will be ready for the playoffs, if the Dwight Howard-Deron Williams team can rack up wins in a favorable Nets schedule. There's not much risk.
Boone might also go to the LA Clippers, who have no depth behind Jordan and Griffin.
Or to the NY Knicks, who have no depth, either. Thanks for the Petro contract, Rod Thorn.