Lorenzo Brown may have split time between the Toronto Raptors and the Raptors905 but he’s made an impression on the G League regardless of how long he’s played there.
The 27-year-old guard, on a two-way contract with the Raptors and their minor league affiliate, was the only 905 player named to the G League mid-season all-star team on Friday.
In 23 G League games, the six-foot-four Brown has averaged 19.2 points and 9.1 assists per game; in 12 games with the Raptors he’s played about eight minutes a game and averaged 1.2 points and less than one assists per game.
But he hasn’t hurt the Raptors when he’s been called on to play when injuries have knocked another point guard out of games.
“That’s one of the reasons why Masai (Ujiri, the Raptors president) and Bobby (Webster, Toronto’s general manager) went out and got him, that insurance policy,” Toronto coach Dwane Casey said. “He’s done an excellent job with the 905 team, he’s done a good job of bouncing back and forth, he’s a true professional.”
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No one else from the 905 roster made the mid-season all-star team, a group honoured in theory alone since the G League all-star game as part of the NBA’s all-star weekend will not be held this season.
Montreal’s Khem Birch, who has averaged 13.8 points and 9.9 rebounds with the Lakeland Magic, the G League affiliate of the Orlando Magic, joins Brown on the Eastern Conference all-star team.
Hosting Duties: Canada Basketball has picked two logical spots to host games in the long, convoluted process of trying to get the senior men’s team to the 2019 World Cup.
The final two games in the first series of qualifiers will be played in Toronto’s Ricoh Coliseum on June 29 and at TD Place in the Ottawa suburb of Kanata on July 2 to take advantage of Canada Day weekend.
Canada will play Dominican Republic in Toronto and U.S. Virgin Islands in Kanata to finish the first round of qualifying.
Canada is 1-1 in the round-robin at this point, having beaten Bahamas in Halifax in November before losing to the Dominican Republic two nights later. They have games Feb. 22 against U.S. Virgin Islands and Feb. 25 against Bahamas, both in Nassau before the two home games.
Canadian rosters for either of the two-game series have yet to be determined, but NBA and NCAA players should be available for the home games.
Monroe Goes Green: The Boston Celtics have fortified their frontcourt for the NBA playoff push.
According to numerous reports, the Celtics will add veteran Greg Monroe to the roster on a one-year deal worth a pro-rated $ 5 million (U.S.).
Monroe got a buyout from the Phoenix Suns earlier this week.
He is expected to backup Al Horford and augment a frontcourt that also includes Aron Baynes and Daniel Theis in Boston.
Monroe is averaging 10.4 points, 7.4 rebounds and 2.2 assists this season, split between Milwaukee and Phoenix.
The New Orleans Pelicans were also after Monroe but could only offer him a $ 2.2 million deal.
Wounded Buck: Another of the Eastern Conference rivals of the Toronto Raptors has lost a player to a long-term injury.
The Milwaukee Bucks announced Friday that guard Malcolm Brogdon, last year’s rookie the year, will miss six to eight weeks with a partially torn quadriceps tendon.
He joins Cleveland’s Kevin Love (broken hand) and Washington’s John Wall (knee surgery) as conference rivals who could miss up to two months.