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THE FLATS Thaddeus Young extols veteran presence and depth on Raptors team … Jose Alvarado reflects on last season, the summer and looks ahead to his second season with the Pelicans … more in this week’s #ProJackets Report.

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YOUNG: “SUPER DEEP” RAPTORS ALLOW VETERANS TO THRIVE

Ahead of his second season as a Raptor, Thaddeus Young describes Toronto’s roster as ‘super deep’, allowing veteran players like himself to thrive in reduced-minutes roles.

THADDEUS YOUNG: “You know, I think now, I’m coming into training camp and coming into this season with a fresh mind– mentally prepared and focused. Last year when I got here, like, I was kind of, like– you know, I was fine, but, you know, that’s because I’m a tough individual– but mentally burnt out, just for the simple fact of I didn’t play the first half of the season. And I spent a lot of time conditioning myself and burning myself out to try to be ready for the second half of the season. And then I think when I got here, I wasn’t able to really play to my full potential and my full reach.

So now, I get a fresh mind, fresh start to come to training camp to really figure everything out in the beginning. And also, like, I had some time last year to kind of play with the guys, so I have a great feel for who plays what, how they kind of play, and what they kind of do. So I’m very happy to be back with this team. That was one of the big determining factors– just coming back to a situation that I was familiar with.”

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ALVARADO AT PELICANS’ MEDIA DAY

New Orleans Pelicans guard Jose Alvarado speaks to the media following day two of Training Camp on Wednesday, September 28, 2022 at the Ochsner Sports Performance Center.

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ALVARADO ONE-ON-ONE WITH WDSU-TV IN NEW ORLEANS

New Orleans Pelicans guard Jose Alvarado was a spark plug for the team in his rookie season, helping them make a push to the playoffs.

Alvarado is looking to make a bigger impact in his second season with the Pelicans, hoping to make a deeper push into the playoffs.

WDSU sports anchor Sharief Ishaq went one-on-one with Alvarado in the video above to discuss his role this season, Zion Williamson, the core players, the fan base and the city of New Orleans.

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SUNS SET TO UNLEASH DYNAMIC DEFENSIVE DUO

The Phoenix Suns may have been ranked second and third in defensive rating across the last two seasons, but they appear set for a boost on that end thanks to free agent signing Josh Okogie.

Mikal Bridges and Okogie could provide the Phoenix Suns with the most dynamic and devastating defensive wing duo in the NBA.

Okogie is relishing the opportunity to play at a franchise where defense is prioritized; his first three seasons in Minnesota saw them rank 21st, 28th and 25th in defensive rating, before making a jump to 13th last season.

In his rookie season back in 2018-19, the best of his career to date, Okogie was second at the Timberwolves for defensive win shares, demonstrating his capacity on that end from early on in the league.

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JOSE ALVARADO
Team: New Orleans Pelicans
Number: 15
NBA Experience: 3rd year
Years at Georgia Tech: 2017-21
Hometown: Brooklyn, N.Y.
Status: Active
6-0, 179 lbs
2023-24 Stats
6.9 ppg
2.2 rpg
1.8 apg
41.8% FG
Record: 33-22
Standing: 6th place, -6.0 GB
Streak: W2
Last 10: 7-3
JAMES BANKS III
Team: Maine Celtics
Number: 5
G League Experience: 3rd year
Years at Georgia Tech: 2018-20
Hometown: Atlanta, Ga.
Status: Active
6-10, 250 lbs
2023-24 Stats
6.1 ppg
6.6 rpg
1.8 bpg
48.4% FG
Record: 11-9
Standing: 7th place, -2.0 GB
Streak: W2
Last 10: 6-4
MICHAEL DEVOE
Team: Memphis Hustle
Number: 10
G League Experience: 2nd year
Years at Georgia Tech: 2017-21
Hometown: Orlando, Fla.
Status: Active
6-4, 183 lbs
2023-24 Stats
13.3 ppg
2.2 rpg
2.9 apg
52.0% FG
Record: 10-10
Standing: 10th, -5.0 GB
Streak: W1
Last 10: 6-4
DERRICK FAVORS
Team: Windy City Bulls (G League)
Number: 14
NBA Experience: 12 seasons
Years at Georgia Tech: 2009-10
Hometown: Atlanta, Ga.
Status: Active
6-9, 265 lbs
2023-24 Stats
6.9 ppg
5.4 rpg
0.6 bpg
74.4% FG
Record: 6-12
Standing: 14th place, -6.0 GB
Streak: L1
Last 10: 4-6
JOSH OKOGIE
Team: Phoenix Suns
Number: 2
NBA Experience: 5 seasons
Years at Georgia Tech: 2016-18
Hometown: Snellville, Ga.
Status: Active
6-4, 213 lbs
2023-24 Stats
5.0 ppg
2.8 rpg
1.1 apg
41.5% FG
Record: 33-22
Standing: 5th place, -6.0 GB
Streak: W2
Last 10: 7-3
THADDEUS YOUNG
Team: free agent
Number: tbd
NBA Experience: 16 seasons
Years at Georgia Tech: 2006-07
Hometown: Memphis, Tenn.
Status: Active
6-8, 235 lbs
2023-24 Stats
5.0 ppg
3.3 rpg
2.2 apg
62.1% FG
Record: 33-22
Standing: 5th place, -6.0 GB
Streak: W2
Last 10: 7-3

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