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Charles Rhodes Conspicuously Absent From NBDL Draft List

Posted by Kyle Weidie on November 7, 2008

After Charles Rhodes was cut by the Dallas Mavericks, I assumed he might make himself eligible for the November 7th NBDL draft, also factoring into my assumption that most European leagues had already begun season play. However, Ridiculous Upside posted the final list for tonight’s NBDL draft and Rhodes is nowhere to be found. Interesting.

I did some brief web searching to see if I could find the 411 on C-Rhodes, but all I came up with was a 40-year old Charles Rhodes who was arrested in Lake County, FL for running a meth lab, another Charles Rhodes who won some sort of local election somewhere, and yet another Charles Rhodes who plays college basketball for the Chowan Hawks.

So why would Mississippi State’s Charles Rhodes decline an NBDL opportunity? Draft Express has some good background on the NBDL draft:

To become eligible for the D-League draft, a player must contact the league office, and sign a general player contract with the league. The league determines if the player receives an A, B, or C level contract. Every team is only allowed a select number of A and B players, so they must use those spots wisely. D-League salaries have increased slightly this year. The C contract will be worth $15,000 this season, up from $12,000 last season. The B level contract pays $20,000 this season (up from 18k), and the A contract will be worth $25,000 (up from 24k). These contracts become voided if a team gets a call-up from an NBA team, but are signed for one year otherwise. If a D-League player wants to leave for Europe, they must first arrange a buyout for their contract. The buyout is $30,000.00 from December 31st to the end of the Season in April 2008, $15,000.00 if you get out the contract before the Draft on November 1, 2007, and $20,000.00 from November 2, 2007 to December 30, 2007.

As you can see by the dates, this info is actually from November 2007, prior to last year’s NBDL season, but I don’t think the fact that D-League contracts don’t pay much has changed. And that’s the Catch-22 faced by a lot of players. Do you play in the confines of your home country, and closer to an NBA call-up? Or do you head overseas to a foreign league that pays much more (such as those in Italy, Spain, Russia, and Greece)?

Stay tuned for more information……

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MSU Bulldogs Hold Strong in Opening Exhibition Basketball Game

Posted by Kyle Weidie on November 2, 2008

TCOB….“Taking Care of Business”….that’s what the Mississippi State Bulldogs did in their opening exhibition match against the DII Montevallo Falcons. In 2007, the Falcons were champions of the Gulf South Conference, and made it to the DII Elite Eight. On Saturday, the Bulldogs held the Falcons to 32.4% shooting en route to an 88-59 win.

Didn’t see the game, but here’s what I learned from the boxscore:

  • The Bulldog offense started out slow shooting 36.1% in the first half, and ideally, you’d like MSU to put up more than 88 points against a DII opponent……but all that’s okay. With a mix of fresh faces, and a new PG trying to get acclimated to running the offense, the development won’t be instant gratification.
  • Speaking of that point guard, Dee Bost couldn’t find the range from outside, going 1-5 from deep, but I’d much rather see that 7 assists to only 3 turnovers in his stat line. Bost played a team high 32 minutes.
  • Ravern Johnson led the Dawgs in scoring with 19, and took the most shots, 14 attempts, making 8. It’s looking more and more like he will be the safe bet to be Mississippi State’s leading scorer this year.
  • Barry Stewart filled up the stat sheet in good ways (10 points, 4 assists, 5 rebounds, a block and a steal), and bad (3 turnovers, 4 fouls). I believe that if Barry Stewart accepts the role of Robin to Ravern Johnson’s Batman, the two will form one of the more dangerous scoring duos in the SEC. I hope to see Stewart hitting a lot of spot up jumpers created by Bost and Johnson.
  • Jarvis Varnado had a very strong game — 17 points (7-9 shooting), 12 boards, 8 blocks, 4 assists, 1 turnover — those last two categories being the most remarkable.
  • Perhaps freshman big man, Romero Osby, was just as impressive with a double-double (10 points, 11 rebounds) in only 13 minutes on the court.

News Quotables:

[MSU rolls past Montevallo for hoops win – NE Mississippi Daily Journal]

Stansbury was especially pleased with his team’s unselfish play. The Bulldogs had assists on 23 of their 32 field goals. “I think the thing that was most pleasing to me was, we shared that basketball,” he said. “I thought that basketball flowed through a lot of people.”

[Rick Stansbury Post Game Quotes MStateAthletics.com]

  • “[Jarvis Varnado] is special in his ability to pass out of the paint. If people double team him it is okay to throw it in there. It is not like a black hole, once it goes in it does not go out.”
    In other words, Varnado is not like Robert Jackson….or Mario Austin….or Lawrence Roberts….or Charles Rhodes. Nothing against those guys, but a big man more willing to pass is refreshing.
  • “Number one [Romero Osby] plays hard and he is very active. He goes after the boards every time a shot goes up.”
  • In reference to Dee Bost: “If I were a player I would be smiling, because all you have to do is run if you want to score. I should never as a coach, tell you to sprint, because if you want that basketball all you got to do is run hard.”
  • “I like our ability to share the basketball and the chemistry we are working with. Brian Johnson did a good job establishing his presence tonight as well.”

For other thoughts, check out the comment section on this post at bullybasketball.blogspot.

Next up: Exhibition #2 against Oklahoma City in Starkville on Saturday, November 8th.

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Crazy Texas Tech Upset: How An 8-Team Playoff System Would Look

Posted by Kyle Weidie on November 2, 2008

Unbelievable….Texas Tech fans stormed the field twice after the winning touchdown? Absolute craziness……officials were even taking the goal posts down (preemptively) before the game was “officially” over. After two unsportsmanlike conduct penalties, Texas Tech kicking from 7.5 yard line still should have made Bobby Knight ready to choke someone.

After the game was decided, all those fans rushing the field was one of the scariest things I’ve ever seen on a football field. I still can’t believe there hasn’t been a serious injury, or even death, from teammates, fans, etc. piling on a guy after an extreme outcome….at least there hasn’t been an instance documented. Such a weird thing to do….here’s to the hope that at least in basketball, kids who hit game winning shots grow up learning to run straight to the locker room.

All that being said,  with the “official” BCS ratings coming out soon, here’s how I would set an 8-team playoff system for college football:

1. Alabama
8. Utah

2. Oklahoma
7. Oklahoma State

3. Penn. State
4. USC

5. Texas Tech
6. Florida

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Does Rick Stansbury have a shot at Keith “Tiny” Gallon?

Posted by Kyle Weidie on October 31, 2008

It’s well known that the Mississippi State Bulldogs are on the radar of Keith “Tiny” Gallon. It should be made clear that the “Tiny” part is ironic, but not the “Gallon,” as this 6’9″ center prospect, ranked 21st overall (3rd among centers) by ESPN.com/Scouts Inc., weighs in at around 300 pounds.

In his assessment of superlatives among high school big men, Scout Inc.’s Bob Gibbons admits that Gallon is one of only three centers ranking in the overall top 25, but does not rank Gallon within the top three in areas such as rebounding, shot blocking, low-post scoring, and high-post scoring.

More recently, Gibbons had this to say about Gallon after observing a mid-October scrimmage of his high school team, Oak Hill Academy: “Gallon powered for 10 points and 9 rebounds in the first period of Tuesday’s scrimmage. However, he did not score in the second period. He is still overweight and not in good playing condition. He wore down during the night and when fatigued he has a tendency to bring the ball down in the post and lose it or get tied up.”

Other profiles on Gallon, such as the one on Draft Express, continue to relay the message that the kid is out of shape. But go check some YouTube videos of Gallon, and he is clearly abnormally agile for a guy his size. What the big man can do with a ball is almost unprecedented…..even for his common comparison, Robert “Tractor” Traylor.

So what gives? Well, obviously the AAU/High School system is less about developing and teaching players and more about ‘what can I do for myself lately?’ on all levels.

The question is, if Rick Stansbury gets Gallon to Starkville, can he prod the big man into living up to his potential? Stansbury isn’t exactly known for being able to motivate those who lack the full desire to be motivated…..just ask Robert Jackson and Marcus Campbell. Stansbury expects his players to be self-motivated. Not all coaches do it the same way, that’s just Stansbury’s style. Now, it might behoove him to be more like, say, Roy Williams, but with the difficult work it takes to produce a winner at Mississippi State, I can’t exactly blame Stansbury for not taking the time to be a hand-holding nurturer.

Right now, the latest reports indicate that the Bulldogs, California, and Oklahoma are at the top of Gallon’s list, with Arizona, Arkansas, Texas A&M, Tennessee, and Georgetown being somewhat in the picture. I’ve heard rumors that Stansbury is losing out on Gallon, but I wouldn’t count Slick Rick out of a recruiting battle, ever. At this point, even Gallon’s coach is unsure about his decision.

Will “Tiny” one day squeeze into maroon & white? Stay tuned…..

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Bulldog Basketball Roundup: Intrasquad Scrimmage

Posted by Kyle Weidie on October 31, 2008

Ok, work has been crazy, the NBA season has started, my Washington Redskins are garnering a lot of attention, etc., etc….I just haven’t had the chance to keep up with MSU basketball this week. So, it’s time for an exercise……an exercise in Bulldog-related internet postings.

The topic: last Saturday’s scrimmage. It’s always hard to judge the stats put out after a scrimmage. Coach Rick Stansbury has traditionally run a lot of situational scenarios. But we must remember, the scrimmage is more for team development and not the fans….they’re just allowed to watch.

So, while the official MStateAthletics.com story relates that there were two 20-minute scrimmages followed by an 8-minute game, you’ll surely be curious as to how Dee Bost, when looking at the “official” box score, played 55 minutes for the white team.

So, the sensible thing to do would be to check out coverage of those who actually attended the scrimmage…..the highlights:

The MSM mavens of the Clarion-Ledger and NE Miss. Daily Journal could not stay the whole time as preparations for the football game took precedent The consensus seems to be that Ravern Johnson has a diverse offensive game…..not only can he slash to the basket, but the kid has three-point range too.

“What he did is what we need him to do, and that is to shoot the ball,” said Coach Stansbury about Johnson.

Big man soph, Elgin Bailey, threw around his weight in the paint. Remember, both Johnson and Bailey honed their games in the Dominican Republic this past summer.

Signs indicate that Dee Bost will be the starting point guard, although a competitor for the spot, Twany Beckham, could not play due to injury. Bost impressed with his passing (even though the stats indicate four assists to five turnovers), but more importantly showed he can score, dropping 34 points and going 5-8 from long distance.

A more extended recap of the scrimmage can be found at bullybasketball.blogspot.com.

In other news:

Dee Bost made the CollegeHoopsNet freshman honorable mention team. Scotty Hopson (who’s that guy?) made the first team and Alabama’s JaMychal Green made the third team. Here’s what CollegeHoopsNet’s Shawn Siegel had to say about Bost, “If you’re looking for a smaller name player from the HM list who might break out in a big way, I’d look at Dee Bost, David Loubeau, Chris Singleton, and the Kentucky pair of Liggins & Miller.”

Mark Cuban‘s HDNet will be broadcasting the semis and finals of the Legends Classic live….but I’m not sure what that means for your local cable or satellite provider.

The first scrimmage kicks off tomorrow against the Montavello Falcons.

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Gearing Up For Basketball: The Mississippi State Bulldogs

Posted by Kyle Weidie on October 24, 2008

Media days have come and gone. The Mississippi State Bulldogs are entrenched in preparations for a scrimmage this Saturday, and the first preseason game on Saturday, November 1st. There has been a lot of media coverage surrounding the Bulldogs, especially Jarvis Varnado. Below are the best excepts……the added commentary comes at no charge.

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Mark Gottfried’s eyes widened a bit when asked about Mississippi State’s Jarvis Varnado becoming an offensive threat this season………Varnado said he can hit a jump shot as far out as 15 feet.
[“Bulldogs’ Varnado broadens his game,” NE Mississippi Daily Journal – Brad Locke]

Still…..teams are going to give Varnado space, he needs to be ready to take advantage from the get-go.

“[Jarvis Varnado] leads by example for the most part with his effort every day,” [Rick] Stansbury said. “He’s not a guy we have to prod very often to get him to play hard. We just have to get him to play hard for more minutes…..He’s a good person and a good kid. Those kind of people you don’t have to worry about much. You don’t have to go to that whip very often with Jarvis.”
[“Varnado wants to be bigger offensive threat,” The Commercial Dispatch – Danny P. Smith]

Uhhh….coach? I know you consider the kids you coach horses….but I still don’t think you wanna talk about whipping black kids in the South….I’m just saying.

Varnado still seems to have that shot-swatting body – he’s still thin as a rail, maybe having gained five pounds in the off-season…..On the 20-minute flight to Birmingham on Wednesday from Starkville’s Bryan Field, he couldn’t even finish a sandwich from Arby’s……”I can eat two of them,” Stansbury said. “He can’t even eat one of them.”
[“A defensive threat, Varnado goes to work on his offensive game,” Clarion-Ledger – Kyle Veazey]

Wait, is Arby’s good for you? No matter…..just reading about Arby’s had my mouth salivating like Pavlov’s dog at the sound of a bell.

“I think the real strength is my creativity,” [Barry Stewart] he said. “You have to find a way to get your shot sometimes. If a (defensive) guy is playing me tight, I might use the big guys as a pick or to run plays off of. You also have to move without the ball.”
[“Stewart, Bulldogs shoot for SEC crown,” The Mississippi Press – Tommy Hicks]

Boy….if Stewart can become a Reggie Miller/Richard Hamilton type (on the college level), then this Mississippi State team can be scary….then again, Rick Stansbury coached teams have been offensively challenged in the past, and the Bulldogs haven’t had a knock-em-down shooter worthy of constantly running ball screens for in a long time.

“I love Dee Bost,” Stansbury said. “He’s got a chance to be as good as we’ve had and that’s a big statement. There’s not many holes in his game right now except he’s a freshman and he’s about 163 pounds. Besides that, he possesses everything that I want a guy to have right now. He’s got a toughness about him. He can defend that ball. He can score it. He’s a terrific passer. But he can defend that basketball, and I love that about him. He’s just young and new.”
[“SEC basketball: Blame the economy for sluggish ticket sales,” Memphis Commercial Appeal – Marlon Morgan]

Hey, I already like this kid better than Gary Ervin.


Suggested Reading:

Zebra Talk – Inside Mississippi State Sports with Brad Locke

Talk about getting grown….the college three point line has been extended a full foot.

“Donovan center of discussion over SEC’s best coach,” Orlando Sentinel – Jeremy Fowler

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Why The NCAA Would Bring Back The Consolation Game

Posted by Kyle Weidie on October 21, 2008

I’m just getting around to reading John Feinstein’s book, “Last Dance: Behind the Scenes at the Final Four,” given to me by my father this past Christmas. The book was published over two years ago, but contains a ton of great NCAA tournament tid-bits. Feinstein seems to jump around, but the smooth transition between the various stories reads as if you were sitting next to him at the bar talking shop.

One part which recently caught my eye was talk of the consolation game, a match between the two Final Four “losers” for third place. Feinstein recounts the last consolation game played between LSU and Virginia in the 1981 NCAA Tournament played in Philadelphia. LSU, led by shooting guard Howard “Hi-C” Carter and point guard Ethan Martin, fell to Isiah Thomas and the Indiana Hoosiers 67-49 in the semi-finals. On the other side,  North Carolina, featuring Sam Perkins and James Worthy (but pre-Michael Jordan), took down Virginia, led by All-American Jeff Lamp and Naismith Player of the Year, Ralph Sampson, 78-65.

The Hoosiers went on to be national champions, beating the Tar Heels 63-50. Virginia beat LSU 78-74 in the third place game. Both games were played under “eerie” circumstances, as Feinstein describes. March 30, 1981 was also the day that John Hinckley shot President Ronald Reagan. So, not many were in attendance for the LSU-Virginia matchup, and people were unsure if either the consolation or championship games would be played in the first place. But they went on and that was the last time the NCAA had a game for third place in the Big Dance.

I’ve often wondered, with the media coverage (and bracket frenzy) surrounding the NCAA tournament today, why not hold a consolation game? More times than not, it would feature a matchup between young stars that could be billed as ‘Must See TV.’ But what circumvents that possibility is the sensible approach that neither team, or coaches, could muster the will to play after halting to a disappointing stop at the doorstep of a national title.

One could argue that the outcome of a consolation game has much less meaning than even an early season gimme between a D1 powerhouse and a tiny NAIA school…..just ask a 1982 Chaminade team. But what if the consolation game meant something? What if the winner was guaranteed a spot in next year’s tournament?

Of course, this idea could not happen unless the tournament expanded. The tournament committee is not going to subtract from the pool of at-large bids, and the lone play-in game is already controversial enough. I can honestly see the NCAA tourney field expanding within the next 10 years. Perhaps the new deal will involve regular season and tournament champions from each conference getting an automatic ticket, evening the playing field for one-bid conferences.

If the NCAA were ever looking for a way to make even more money off the men’s basketball tournament, which we know they have the propensity to desire, then a championship Monday double header with four teams playing for future hopes and present titles would be the way to go.

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Charles Rhodes Cut by Dallas Mavericks

Posted by Kyle Weidie on October 20, 2008

Judging by his meager playing time with the Mavs in the preseason, the writing was already on the wall for former Mississippi State Bulldog, Charles Rhodes.

On Tuesday evening, the Dallas Morning News reported that Rhodes was the first player to be waived by the Mavericks before the upcoming 08-09 NBA season.

In late September, Rhodes was being considered by a top professional team in Spain. However, as previously reported blogged, most European leagues are already entrenched in season play. The Spanish league started in the first week of October, and Jamont Gordon obviously already has several games for his Italian team under his belt.

Rhodes’ best bet might be trying to make a name for himself in the NBDL. The 2008 D-League draft will take place on Friday November 7th and will be broadcast live on NBA TV.  Should Rhodes hold the NBDL as an option, keep an eye on the blog Ridiculous Upside, which provides excellent coverage of the NBA’s Developmental League.

Stay tuned…..

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Mississippi State Basketball Picked to Finish 4th in SEC West; Jarvis Varnado Named 2nd Team All-SEC

Posted by Kyle Weidie on October 20, 2008

A panel of SEC and national media members was recently comprised to vote on preseason first and second All-SEC teams, and the predicted order of each division, along with an overall conference champion.

When Mississippi State’s votes were added up, the Bulldogs were predicted to finish fourth in the West Division, after Alabama, LSU, and Ole Miss respectively. With 91 overall poll votes, MSU is essentially picked to be the 7th best team in the conference, having received the most votes among teams which did not receive any first place votes within their division.

Bulldog big man, Jarvis Varnado, was selected to the preseason All-SEC 2nd team. For the full press release, visit secsports.com.

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3:45 PM Madness! The Mississippi State Bulldogs Commence Basketball Practice

Posted by Kyle Weidie on October 19, 2008

At 3:45 pm last Friday afternoon, the Mississippi State Bulldogs began a quest for another basketball championship. And so coach Rick Stansbury puts a decade at the helm of the program behind him and begins a new one with his 11th year. For the utmost time, Stansbury is selling his team as young and inexperienced. As the Clarion-Ledger’s Kyle Veazey implies, Stansbury’s media quotes are….manufactured, if you will……and the factory seemingly went out of business awhile ago (damn economy), so Rick is forced to blow the dust of the same ol’ quote handbook year after year.

Can you blame him? There’s a term for the same song and dance, it’s called “coach-speak” and it’s a standard around the country from college to the pros. Coaches aren’t necessarily straight-shooting mavericks, they’re teachers of the game (and let’s be honest, businessmen). But in any case, I’m looking forward to the basketball season and I’m anxious to see just how this young Bulldog team, and the coaching of Rick Stansbury, develops.

Recently, there have been several great articles from media outlets covering the onset of practice, such as from The Commercial Dispatch, the NE Mississippi Daily Journal, College Hoops Net, and Inside Mississippi State Sports (Daily Journal Blog).  Here’s a summation of what I’ve learned from those articles:

  • Stansbury essentially claims the team to be an unknown entity to him….however, that doesn’t mean he’s not aware of the individual strengths and weaknesses observed from the NCAA sanctioned individual workouts, which have been going on almost since the start of school.
  • Stansbury knew well enough to ride the talent of Jamont Gordon like butter on warm bread…..put the ball in the guy’s hands and get out of his way. Sure, many times this laissez-faire method worked to the detriment of the team, but would the Bulldogs have won an SEC West Championship without Gordon? I doubt it.
  • However, Coach is not exactly shedding tears over the early departure of Jamont, and looks forward to working with two new point guards, Dee Bost and Twany Beckham, who are more towards the pure end of the spectrum, yet whose games are different enough to give Stansbury diverse options.
  • Speaking of Beckham, he claims himself to be a leader….I like that.
  • But Barry Stewart is expected to be the leader of the team…..I’m not sure how vocal Stewart is, but in terms of his on-court presence, hopefully he leads by example.
  • Brian Johnson, and his new-found leg strength, could be the pleasant surprise that the rest of the SEC isn’t ready for.
  • The man-child who will garner the most attention is obviously Jarvis Varnado….but one of those “unknowns” Stansbury was speaking about would surely be Varnado’s offensive game. Jarvis had a very active summer, from going up against the likes of Chris Paul and LeBron James, to unveiling some offensive skills at the renowned Adidas Nations camp. So, there’s no reason to think that Varnado’s scoring abilty hasn’t improved by leaps and bounds, and thus, Stansbury will be able to feed him the ball with confidence.

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UPDATE: Lawrence Roberts balling in land of the Red Star

Posted by Kyle Weidie on October 16, 2008

Since leaving Mississippi State in 2005, Lawrence Roberts played for the Memphis Grizzlies a couple years (with a brief stint in the NBDL), spent time in Greece last year (where he was signed, but didn’t actually suit up), and caught on with the Denver Nuggets this past summer in the Las Vegas NBA Summer League.

While the former SEC Player of the Year surely still has NBA hopes, he’s currently taking a tour of duty in the land of the red star…..Serbia my friends. In early September, Roberts signed a 1-year deal with Košarkaški Klub Crvena Zvezda, which translates to Basketball Club Red Star. Located in Belgrade, Red Star participates in the top Serbian basketball league (Sinalco Superleague), in the larger Adriatic League, and competes for the ULEB Eurocup.

To date, Red Star has played three games in the Adriatic League, which also features teams from Bosnia, Croatia, Herzegovina, Montenegro, and Slovenia. All three games have been wins, and the indication from eurobasket.com is that Roberts is among the starting five. However, he is only averaging 20.7 minutes per game (tied with three others for 5th on the team).

The reality, being a stranger in a strange land, is that Roberts will take a while to get his bearings. So while he is only averaging seven points (4-12 total FG, 33%) and 4.7 rebounds through three games, I expect his numbers to improve. However, I am curious that out of the 12 shots Roberts has attempted, eight of them have been three-pointers (he’s made only two). Is that what his game has become? Who knows.

Maybe Lawrence Roberts will receive some tips from Vlade Divac, the former NBAer was recently named an adviser in Serbia’s government. In any case, good luck to Roberts and his overseas basketball endeavors.

Former Mississippi State basketball player, Lawrence Roberts, is suiting up for Red Star Belgrade these days.

Former Mississippi State basketball player, Lawrence Roberts, is suiting up for Red Star Belgrade these days.

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Should Charles Rhodes Start Packing His Bags?

Posted by Kyle Weidie on October 16, 2008

As previously reported, Charles Rhodes is not getting a lot of time on the court in Dallas Maverick preseason games. In his first three outings, he saw around 20 total minutes of action and missed all five shots he took.

Last night, the Mavs went up against the Indiana Pacers in their fourth preseason game. Knowing that Jason Kidd, Erick Dampier, Devin George and Jerry Stackhouse would be sitting out beforehand, I’d hoped that Rhodes would see more time on the court (even though three of those veterans are guards/wings).

Well, Rhodes only got off the bench for six minutes, just long enough to snag two rebounds, block a shot, and make a single free-throw. Normally, this would not necessarily indicate that Rhodes’ days with the Mavs are numbered. However, the player believed to be competing with Rhodes for a roster spot at power forward, John Singleton, played 27 minutes, scored 11 points, got nine rebounds, and blocked four shots. Singleton is also signed to a guaranteed contract with Dallas, Rhodes is not.

Rhodes has no doubt made a good impression on the Mavs brass, especially with his summer league play. Now, will that impression, also noticed by scouts league-wide, be enough to keep Rhodes stateside, perhaps playing in the NBDL and hoping to get noticed for a 10-day contract down the road? Or would Rhodes head overseas for a more lucrative opportunity? The main problem with foreign play at this point is that most leagues have already started.

Rhodes making the final cut in Dallas is not a complete improbability, but the signs are pointing in a ‘less than likely’ direction.

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