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TD15
Two months ago

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Torrey Craig agrees to a deal with Denver

http://www.sportando.com/m/en/usa/nba/241364/torrey-craig-agreed-to-a-deal-with-denver.html

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SteveK2
Two months ago
06:52 17 Jul 17

Reply #639965

re: Torrey Craig agrees to a deal with Denver

Its a two way contract with Sioux Falls Skyforce. He will get up to 45 days with Nuggets.

Its official now, the Bullets need a new import.


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Wookiee
Two months ago
07:48 17 Jul 17

Reply #639966

re: Torrey Craig agrees to a deal with Denver

Hmm... so what ex-NBL imports are floating around? Chill? I'd hate to see him play for any non-Kings team, but he'd certainly be a decent fit? Not sure of their budget though, what's the NBL got left in its coffers?


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Anonymous
Two months ago
08:02 17 Jul 17

Reply #639967

re: Torrey Craig agrees to a deal with Denver

Ebi Ere?


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Hespect
Two months ago
08:40 17 Jul 17

Reply #639968

re: Torrey Craig agrees to a deal with Denver

Hopefully Cairns can find Brisbane a player asap.


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SteveK2
Two months ago
09:01 17 Jul 17

Reply #639969

re: Torrey Craig agrees to a deal with Denver

LOL Hespect. Maybe too soon to call it karma but sounds like the Bucks considering Trice amongst several candidates for one of their two way as well. So things could look a bit bad with Bullets import situation.


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Bodega Owner
Two months ago
10:22 17 Jul 17

Reply #639974

re: Torrey Craig agrees to a deal with Denver

someone want to explain what a two-way deal is?


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Isaac
Two months ago
10:49 17 Jul 17

Reply #639975

re: Torrey Craig agrees to a deal with Denver

someone want to explain what a two-way deal is?
They're new this season and basically a way of locking in a deal for play in either the G-League or NBA. Previously, a one-way deal with an NBA team might've meant that they were paying the full NBA rate regardless of whether they suited for the NBA team or the D-League affiliate. A two-way deal presumably has a price for either league and the play gets whichever rate is relevant to the games they play.

For anyone confused, the G-League is the rebranded, Gatorade-sponsored, D-League.


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ME
Two months ago
10:49 17 Jul 17

Reply #639976

re: Torrey Craig agrees to a deal with Denver

it means he is signed both to the Nuggets and their D League affiliate but can only play up to 45 games with the Nuggets unless the contract is revised.


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Anonymous
Two months ago
12:23 17 Jul 17

Reply #639993

re: Torrey Craig agrees to a deal with Denver

Two-way contracts are great. Previously you were overpaid if you played little but on a full NBA contract yet if you didn't get out of the D-League you were on below minimum wage.


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CT
Two months ago
12:58 17 Jul 17

Reply #639998

re: Torrey Craig agrees to a deal with Denver

Good thing he cleaned out his apartment then :-)

Seriously though, best of luck to him. Lovely guy, keeps his mouth shut and works hard.


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ME
Two months ago
14:41 17 Jul 17

Reply #640009

re: Torrey Craig agrees to a deal with Denver

I think it is fair to say this is the first guy that the NBL has legitimately prepared for the NBA. You can say what you want about Terrance Ferguson but he could have kicked rocks for the past year and still would have been drafted. Chris Anstey was an absolute project when he was drafted and was not "NBA ready". However Torrey Craig has developed his game here and the attributes that make him an NBA level player were polished up in Australia. This is a true success story for not only Torrey, but the NBL and Australian basketball. It is a bit of a shame that he probably wont be naturalizing now though!


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Anonymous
Two months ago
14:55 17 Jul 17

Reply #640012

re: Torrey Craig agrees to a deal with Denver

Didn't Torrey Craig say he wanted to play a few more years in Australia to get citizenship? Does this end those plans?


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Anon
Two months ago
15:48 17 Jul 17

Reply #640017

re: Torrey Craig agrees to a deal with Denver

ME, did you consider James Ennis?


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XY
Two months ago
16:04 17 Jul 17

Reply #640018

re: Torrey Craig agrees to a deal with Denver

Anon

ME's statement might be an over-reach, but Craig was in a different category than James Ennis.

Ennis had just been drafted and was sent overseas for a year, ala Bolden this year with Philadelphia. Craig was undrafted and has played 3 years with his highest competition being the NBL.


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LoveBroker
Two months ago
17:38 17 Jul 17

Reply #640025

re: Torrey Craig agrees to a deal with Denver

What are the selection criteria for ME's 'NBL has legitimately prepared for the NBA' status?

How about Doug Overton and our very own Rick Brunson?

Do they count?


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ME
Two months ago
18:15 17 Jul 17

Reply #640029

re: Torrey Craig agrees to a deal with Denver

What XY said.

You can't really lay claim to developing a player if he was going to the NBA either way. Ferguson was going no matter what, Ennis was likely, but Torrey Craig is there because he worked his way up from the bench of an NBL team to becoming our defensive player of the year. It is a very, very different thing.

Overton and Brunson played elsewhere as well didn't they?


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Mock
Two months ago
19:46 17 Jul 17

Reply #640037

re: Torrey Craig agrees to a deal with Denver

I used to have a card of Nuggets legend Dikembe Mutombo but then it got destroyed in a fire.


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Anonymous
Two months ago
20:29 17 Jul 17

Reply #640045

re: Torrey Craig agrees to a deal with Denver

No one cares you LAMER


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Anonymous
Two months ago
20:41 17 Jul 17

Reply #640047

re: Torrey Craig agrees to a deal with Denver

Sick burn!!!

Mock, also sick burn!!!


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AngusH
Two months ago
22:10 17 Jul 17

Reply #640050

re: Torrey Craig agrees to a deal with Denver

Say what you want about Fearne and how he utilised Craig in Cairns, but I don't think Craig is on any NBA team's radar without those first couple of seasons at the Taipans. He hardly blew folks away out of the gates, but he developed into a heck of a player, and surely Fearne deserves some credit for that - not taking away from the work that Craig himself obviously puts in.


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proud
Two months ago
00:00 18 Jul 17

Reply #640059

re: Torrey Craig agrees to a deal with Denver

I agree Angus and you can almost think the same of Casey Prather to less of an extent but it makes you wonder how good imports can be if the NBL puts time into them.

Torrey was very much an average import when he arrived but now we as fans trust that he is going to do anything on the court to get his team the win and even then it still may not be enough but good luck to him, I've enjoyed watching him live and I hope when his NBA career ends that he considers becoming that Australian citizen that he's spoken about in the past. We need more citizens like him.


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Anonymous
Two months ago
01:18 18 Jul 17

Reply #640060

re: Torrey Craig agrees to a deal with Denver

Why did he leave Cairns for Brisbane?

and he actually went straight out of QBL to NBA ;)


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Anonymous
Two months ago
01:20 18 Jul 17

Reply #640061

re: Torrey Craig agrees to a deal with Denver

Torrey played both offseasons in NZ for Wellington Saints. Maybe that's where he developed? Fearne just seems to stifle players.


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Thunder Jam
Two months ago
05:52 18 Jul 17

Reply #640064

re: Torrey Craig agrees to a deal with Denver

What dribble Torrey was developed, he had all the skills from day one but was too flashy for Darth Vader. Was easily 5 times better than Weigh yet had to be a bench player. This a super slap in the face for Darth!


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paul
Two months ago
06:54 18 Jul 17

Reply #640065

re: Torrey Craig agrees to a deal with Denver

This is such a revision of history. In half his games that first season Craig shot below 40% from the field. In the playoffs he shot 9/31 from the field.

He was very inconsistent, very much a young player learning the professional ropes, and Fearne used him accordingly - minutes generally reflecting performance - in a team that performed exceptionally well and made it to the GF.


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Chewie
Two months ago
08:19 18 Jul 17

Reply #640066

re: Torrey Craig agrees to a deal with Denver

Quick correction to above thread. The 2 way contract is 45 days in length when part of the nba team and not 45 games.
Worth a read of the full extent of this clause in the new cba. Definitely better for the teams, and it appears better for those fringe players. One example being the guys get 50k if they are signed before training camp, and it's not factored into the salary cap etc.


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XY
Two months ago
09:32 18 Jul 17

Reply #640071

re: Torrey Craig agrees to a deal with Denver

I think Craig can thank the 36ers for his NBA contract and basketball development.

In that first year or so in the NBL Craig likely would have been sacked except that he got to have games against the Sixers.

I think at one point he was averaging 23 points per game against Adelaide and 9 points per game against the rest of the competition?

After three full seasons, this has averaged out far more reasonably. He now only averages 17.4 points against Adelaide, and 10.9 points against all other opponents.

The Sixers should really be getting a signing bonus from him.


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Freethrows
Two months ago
10:24 18 Jul 17

Reply #640073

re: Torrey Craig agrees to a deal with Denver

@XY, that is brilliant use of statistical analysis. Snaps for XY, everybody.

@paul, I don't think I could have said it better.

Aside from Craig's inconsistencies, especially in his first season, you have to take into account the way that Fearne's teams work. There are a lot of people that shit-can Fearne for his approach to coaching (myself included, at times) but you've got to realise that he works to a system, and that system means that there are times when it's not appropriate to have certain players on the court. Quite often, he uses groups of players together, and it worked out very well for the club to use Torrey off the bench in the 14/15 season. He used the same starting 5 for every game, and we were runners up.

For everyone that wants to roast Fearne for his inability to win a GF series, please remember only four coaches at two clubs have won the championship in the last eight seasons: Beveridge, Gleeson, Lemanis and Vickerman.

Back on the thread, though, good luck to Torrey, he's a great guy and has worked very hard (with some very good coaching) to improve his game. He has always had the physical tools, and an excellent defensive game. His 3pt shooting may still need some work, but he has done a fantastic job of turning himself from a very unreliable free throw shooter (45% in his first season of NBL) to a much more respectable 74.5% in his third season.

I hope he does well, and never returns to the NBL (unless he decides to come back to Cairns of course!!!)


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CT
Two months ago
11:25 18 Jul 17

Reply #640076

re: Torrey Craig agrees to a deal with Denver

Couldn't have put it better myself. When he left for Brisbane he seemed to be a talented but very streaky player who on some nights could torch an opposition team and put down 20+ pts from the bench, and in other games struggled get any rhythm at all. Obviously starting at Brisbane has been great for him, but two years of constantly having to work to prove himself and being held accountable for his performances would help any young player in his position.

So when's Egwu going to the Bullets then? ;-)


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XY
Two months ago
11:53 18 Jul 17

Reply #640080

re: Torrey Craig agrees to a deal with Denver

CT, those nights when he laid down 20+ points from the bench were the nights he played the Sixers.

I think he was probably being defended by Ebi Ere in that first season though.

I have nothing against the guy, he has developed in the time he has had in the NBL and become better. I wish him the best with his NBA aspirations. But I suspect he will spend a nice year at Sioux Falls and then continue with his career in Europe.

These two-way contracts are a gamble for players and teams at the moment. Nobody quite knows how they will work out. As I understand it Craig now cannot accept 10 day contracts with other NBA teams. At best Craig will be 16th or 17th man signed in the roster for Denver, and will only see time if multiple players in front of him in his position get injured AND there is no-one better available in the G-League for a 10 day contract to replace him at that time.

Plus,


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Anonymous
Two months ago
12:23 18 Jul 17

Reply #640087

re: Torrey Craig agrees to a deal with Denver

"but was too flashy for Darth Vader."

HAHAHA OMG this!


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Anonymous
Two months ago
12:27 18 Jul 17

Reply #640089

re: Torrey Craig agrees to a deal with Denver

It helps he effectively extended his season each year by playing NZNBL after NBL. Had two seasons with Wellington Saints including winning a title. Also played with Rollers in QBL after this offseason. #neverstopworking


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LoveBroker
Two months ago
14:26 18 Jul 17

Reply #640105

re: Torrey Craig agrees to a deal with Denver

"For everyone that wants to roast Fearne for his inability to win a GF series, please remember only four coaches at two clubs have won the championship in the last eight seasons: Beveridge, Gleeson, Lemanis and Vickerman."

Using the above as a defence for Fearne not winning a GF series suggests to me the writer believes there exists NBL regulations that dictate only those with a surname of Beveridge, Gleeson, Lemanis and Vickerman can win a title and only while you coach for the Breakers or the Wildcats.

I'm not saying Fearne is a bad coach. I'm saying that is a bad excuse.


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KingPodge
Two months ago
15:06 18 Jul 17

Reply #640109

re: Torrey Craig agrees to a deal with Denver

Well typed Freethrows.

CT - Fu's contract is signed, iron clad and hopefully in a vault somewhere!

Lovebroker: i believe the point being made was RE the well used resources of those franchises.


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LoveBroker
Two months ago
15:30 18 Jul 17

Reply #640113

re: Torrey Craig agrees to a deal with Denver

No.....FT specifically named 4 coaches, the inference then being ONLY those 4 are to win titles which excludes Fearne because of his surname and not because of Fearne's plan / strategy / skill.


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KingPodge
Two months ago
15:32 18 Jul 17

Reply #640114

re: Torrey Craig agrees to a deal with Denver

Yeah, no.


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KingPodge
Two months ago
15:39 18 Jul 17

Reply #640115

re: Torrey Craig agrees to a deal with Denver

Look, I could be wrong, but I don't think he’s advocating that there is some kind of surname voodoo going on.


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Anonymous
Two months ago
16:00 18 Jul 17

Reply #640118

re: Torrey Craig agrees to a deal with Denver

You'll find that no one with a part-Aussie/Kiwi/American abortion of an accent are allowed to win. It's in the NBL handbook.


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Anonymous
Two months ago
17:12 18 Jul 17

Reply #640131

re: Torrey Craig agrees to a deal with Denver

If Fearne had the money to sign top line players, ie Bryce Cotton he'd have championship rings. Lot crap talking on here. :))


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ME
Two months ago
17:14 18 Jul 17

Reply #640134

re: Torrey Craig agrees to a deal with Denver

"If Fearne had the money to sign top line players, ie Bryce Cotton he'd have championship rings. Lot crap talking on here. :))"

If Fearn had the money to sign Bryce Cotton he'd be playing 15 minutes a game behind Cam Gliddon.


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Freethrows
Two months ago
17:17 18 Jul 17

Reply #640135

re: Torrey Craig agrees to a deal with Denver

@Lovebroker, are you an idiot, or just trying to wind people up?

I'm not suggesting that there's any sort of conspiracy about coaches' names, or certain coaches in particular being the only ones allowed to win titles. What I'm saying is that if you're going to call Fearne a shit coach BECAUSE he hasn't won a championship, you have to say the same thing about EVERY other NBL coach over the last eight seasons whose name is NOT Beveridge, Gleeson, Lemanis or Vickerman, because they are the only ones that HAVE won a championship over that time.

Sheesh.

With apologies to @Mock for borrowing his OVERCAPITALISATION technique for making his point.


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Anonymous
Two months ago
17:57 18 Jul 17

Reply #640140

re: Torrey Craig agrees to a deal with Denver

Freethrows - Lovebroker is a troll. Otherwise I can't explain how he seems to misinterpret every post... unless he is dumb.


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KingPodge
Two months ago
18:10 18 Jul 17

Reply #640143

re: Torrey Craig agrees to a deal with Denver

Hahaha #Mockology101


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LoveBroker
Two months ago
18:14 18 Jul 17

Reply #640144

re: Torrey Craig agrees to a deal with Denver

First of all I'm not calling Fearne a shit coach, in fact I have often given him props for what he has achieved (most recent comment being a big effort to get 2nd place).

However, the stat of x coaches from y teams have won it over z seasons is NOT a valid defence of Fearne's empty trophy cabinet.

If its 7 different teams winning over 8 seasons except for Fearne's Taipans you could easily suggest Fearne failed over an even 8 year span.

If its 1 team winning over 8 seasons, no coach would stand front of the leadership group at the end of the season and say 'I didn't win because I'm not coaching the New Zealand Breakers'.





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LoveBroker
Two months ago
18:26 18 Jul 17

Reply #640145

re: Torrey Craig agrees to a deal with Denver

"If Fearne had the money to sign top line players, ie Bryce Cotton he'd have championship rings. Lot crap talking on here. :))"

Money does not automatically buy you rings.

Example Sydney and Melbourne last year. Perth Wildcats with DeAndre Daniels.


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Anonymous
Two months ago
18:36 18 Jul 17

Reply #640146

re: Torrey Craig agrees to a deal with Denver

Obviously not automatic but it did with Perth last season.


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Kingpodge
Two months ago
18:49 18 Jul 17

Reply #640147

re: Torrey Craig agrees to a deal with Denver

I money bought rings the Kings would be putting on extra rafters to hang the banners from...


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Kingpodge
Two months ago
18:51 18 Jul 17

Reply #640148

re: Torrey Craig agrees to a deal with Denver

But when money is spent wisely, you get a Cotton, not a Harrington....


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CT
Two months ago
21:10 18 Jul 17

Reply #640159

re: Torrey Craig agrees to a deal with Denver

Podge, is the story of why Fu got the boot last season ready to come out yet?


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CT
Two months ago
21:10 18 Jul 17

Reply #640160

re: Torrey Craig agrees to a deal with Denver

Podge, is the story of why Fu got the boot last season ready to come out yet?


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KingPodge
Two months ago
22:24 18 Jul 17

Reply #640164

re: Torrey Craig agrees to a deal with Denver

Gotta keep something for the memoirs;)


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