MBB Canes in the Pros - April 3, 2013
DeQuan Jones - Orlando Magic
In 55 games for the Orlando Magic, including 16 starts, rookie DeQuan Jones has averaged 3.5 points and 1.7 rebounds while shooting 45.6 percent from the field in 12.4 minutes per game. He is shooting 45.6 percent from the free throw line. The Magic are sitting in fourth place in the Southeast Division, boasting the 10th highest assists and 13th highest rebounds per game in the NBA.
James Jones - Miami Heat
James Jones has come off the bench for the Miami Heat averaging 1.1 points, connecting on 34.5 percent of his shots from behind the arc. The nine-year veteran holds a 40.1 career 3-point shooting percentage, making 607 total. James and the Heat have already clinched the Eastern Conference for the 2012-2013 season, leading it by 10.5 games with 8 games still remaining on the schedule. The Heat also hold the best record in the NBA, aided by a 27-game win streak which ended on March 27th.
John Salmons - Sacramento Kings
In his 64 starts, John Salmons is averaging 9.2 points 2.8 rebounds and a team-high 2.5 assists for the Sacramento Kings. Salmons is averaging 30.3 minutes per game, third most on the team. He is connecting on 40.2 percent of his shots from the field and 77.2 percent from the charity stripe. Salmons, 33, is the oldest player on the Kings and is also the highest paid player in the organization.
Adrian Thomas - Bakersfield Jam (NBDL)
After his brief stint with the Hamamatsu Phoenix in Japan, Adrian Thomas has returned to the United States to play in the NBA Development League. In 27 games for the Bakerfield Jam this season, Thomas is averaging 4.3 points and 1.3 rebounds while shooting 33.9 percent from the field. Thomas and the Bakersfield Jam are currently leading the West Division and hold the best record in the D-League. The team has clinched a playoff berth and is looking to win its first Division title since its founding in 2006.
Brian Asbury - Cajasol Banca Civica Sevilla (Spain)
Leading his team with 1.1 steals a game; Brian Asbury is averaging 8.6 points and 2.9 rebounds in 20.8 minutes of play for Cajasol in Spain. Starting in 20 games this season, Asbury is shooting 47.9 percent from the field. Asbury is one of four Americans on Cajasol Sevilla, sharing the role with John Holland, Roderick Blakney, and Latavious Williams. Before playing for Cajasol Sevilla, Brian Asbury played in 24 Israeli League games from 2009-2012.
Lance Hurdle - Wollongong Hawks (Australia)
Playing in 15 games for the Wollongong Hawks in Australia, Lance Hurdle is his team's second-leading scorer with 11.2 points while grabbing 2.5 rebounds per contest. In 27.5 minutes of play, Hurdle is making 38.6 of his shots with a 35.8 shooting percentage from behind the arc. Hurdle is also shooting 75 percent from the line. One of the more experienced players on the Hawks, Lance spent three seasons competing in the NBA Development League before signing with the team. The Hawks’ season ended on March 31st with a post-season loss to Perth.
Malcolm Grant – Wollongong Hawks (Australia)
In 24.8 minutes for the Hawks, Malcolm Grant is raking in 9.6 points, 1.8 rebounds and 2.3 assist a game. In 13 games, Grant is shooting 46 percent from the inside the arc and 29.1 percent from beyond it, while connecting on 76 percent of his shots from the free throw line. Malcolm joined the Hawks in 2012, four months after his University of Miami teammate and friend Lance Hurdle signed with the team.
Anthony King - Artland Dragons (Germany)
Anthony King is leading the Artland Dragons in rebounds, grabbing 6.3 a game, and field goal percentage, shooting 52.7 percent. In 52 games, King is averaging 10.7 points and 0.5 steals in 24.8 minutes. The 6-9 big man is also shooting 79.8 percent from the line. King signed with the Dragons in 2011, and earned a contract extension for an extra season in July of 2012.