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Atlanta Hawks rookie Taurean Prince has had quite the struggle in his life, but now that he’s made it to the NBA he never plans to go back. The young man is a “three & d'” small forward and was a four-year player in college at Baylor before being drafted number 12 overall by the Hawks. Prince sits down with Christopher Cason of Slam Online to talk about a variety of topics, including how he’s enjoying the city of Atlanta, the expectations that the Hawks have for him, and whether Dwight Howard has given him a nickname yet.
Dwyane Wade has never been a three-point shooter, knocking down just 28 percent in just career. Last season, he was just 7-for-44 from distance. But after joining the Chicago Bulls in the offseason, Wade has made a change in his priorities. According to Wade, he’s always been able to shoot the three when he gets the ball in rhythm–he’s merely chosen not to. The poor shooting numbers last season were the result of a lot of end-of-the-shot-clock emergencies. Wade is choosing to add the three-pointer to his regular arsenal this year, and so far it looks good.
Coming into this season, Atlanta Hawks starting point guard Dennis Schroder had started just 16 of his career 206 games, averaging 8.9 points and 3.7 assists per game in 18.3 minutes. With Jeff Teague now in Atlanta, it’s Schroder’s time to shine. But the Hawks went ahead and gave him a four-year, $70 million contract extension, which is a pretty big gamble on a player that’s never been a regular starter. It’s hard to evaluate the deal currently, but Chris Manning of Fansided gives his opinions.
The Orlando Magic are a tough team to read in the early-going, with a lot to like in the way of defense and rebounding but little on the offensive end. With their season-opening loss to the Miami Heat still stinging, forward Serge Ibaka gave his thoughts on what the major culprit was: the team didn’t respect Frank Vogel’s gameplan. In a film session following the game, the Magic players had to sit and watch as they made mistakes, missed shots, and really beat themselves.
With all-time greats such as Kobe Bryant, Tim Duncan, and Kevin Garnett retiring in the offseason, the NBA looks to its next generation of stars to push the league into the future. That includes San Antonio Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard, who has dropped 35 and 30 points in the team’s first two games of the season. One of those games was against the Sacramento Kings, after which Kings’ center DeMarcus Cousins said he saw some Kobe in Leonard.