At 41 years and 264 days of age, Atlanta Hawks veteran forward Vince Carter reached an NBA milestone when the Hawks took the court on Wednesday to kick off the 2018-2019 regular season, when Carter was in the starting lineup.
With the start for Atlanta, Carter became the second-oldest player to start an NBA opener in league history, second only to Robert Parish who started a season opener when he was 42 years and 65 days old.
At 41 years, 264 days old, the @ATLHawks Vince Carter is the second-oldest player to start a season opener in NBA history. Robert Parish was the the oldest (42 years, 65 days).
— Justin Kubatko (@jkubatko) October 17, 2018
NBA Commissioner Adam Silver’s Contract Extended
NBA Commissioner Adam Silver had his contact extended through the 2023-24 season, which was announced out of the NBA Board of Governor’s meeting this week.
Silver, who has worked for the league since 1992, has gotten mostly positive reviews since taking over for David Stern back in 2014.
Silver’s work on expanding the league globally and his active and progressive approach to social issues in the United States have stood out during his tenure.
Ben Simmons Has Won Rookie Of The Year
After a spectacular rookie year by the Philadelphia 76ers Ben Simmons. He has been bestowed the honor of rookie of the year. Simmons tore up the league this year. Averaging 15.8 points 8.1 rebounds and 8.2 assists as a rookie is unheard of. Simmons posted the second highest number of triple doubles for a rookie last season. Only to be eclipsed by Oscar Robertson.
After an historic rookie year. Things will only get easier for Simmons as he progressed exponentially throughout last season, much of the same is expected for this coming year. If Simmons develops any semblance of a jump-shot he will be impossible to guard.
The future is looking bright for Ben Simmons, with limitless potential and maturity beyond his years. Simmons could go down as an all timer when he hangs it up.
Kostas Antetokounmpo Drafted 60th Overall By The Mavericks
Kostas Antetokounmpo, the younger brother of Giannis Antetokounmpo was taken last in the draft by that Dallas Mavericks. Kostas was an interesting pick for a few reasons, one being his raw upside, he isn’t as tall as his brother but he’s got the length of a big man with a 7’2 wingspan.
Kostas is not yet ready for the NBA and could see serious minutes in the G-League until he polished his game a bit more. He only averaged 5.2 points and 2.9 rebounds, playing 15 minutes a game for Dayton last year.
While Kostas was not ready for the draft he was also not given the right tools to develop at Dayton according to a piece by Jonathan Wasserman from the Bleacher Report. Wasserman referenced an anonymous scout saying.
Far from ready, upside guy completely.”
They didn’t do him any favors at Dayton.”
It’s tough to gauge what the future holds for Kostas, it was rumored that if he made the NBA, Giannis would do anything within his power to play with him, so he could help mold him into an NBA player. Does that entail leaving Milwaukee once his contract is up? I guess we will see.
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