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Georgia Tech #ProJackets Basketball Report

THE FLATSDennis Scott will be inducted into Orlando Magic Hall of Fame … Jose Alvarado and young Pelicans’ core comes into its own … Michael Devoe turns in big performance in win for G League Clippers … Thaddeus Young keeps Raptors steady as injuries mount … more in this week’s #ProJackets Report.

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DENNIS SCOTT TO BE INDUCTED INTO MAGIC HALL OF FAME

Dennis Scott will become the 12th inductee into the Orlando Magic Hall of Fame, CEO Alex Martins has announced. Date and time for the induction ceremony will be determined at a later date.

“Dennis (Scott) still remains one of the elite, long-range shooters in both Orlando Magic and NBA history,” said Martins. “His ability to shoot from beyond the three-point arc was a major key to our success during his time in Orlando and his records stand to this day. We are proud to make Dennis the next inductee into the Orlando Magic Hall of Fame.”

Originally selected in the first round (fourth overall) of the 1990 NBA Draft by Orlando, Scott played seven seasons with the Magic from 1990-97. He played in 446 regular season games (322 starts) with Orlando, averaging 14.8 ppg., 3.1 rpg. and 2.3 apg. in 30.7 minpg., while shooting .403 (981-2,432) from three-point range.

During the 1995-96 campaign, Scott set a then-NBA single season-record with 267 three-pointers made, a standard that lasted for ten years. The 267 three-pointers made remains the franchise record for most made in a season. On April 18, 1996 vs. Atlanta, Scott connected on 11 three-pointers, breaking the then-NBA single game-record, a mark that lasted for almost seven seasons. The 11 three-pointers made also remains the franchise record for most made in a game.

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PELICANS YOUNG CORE COMES INTO ITS OWN

It was Jose Alvarado‘s turn to shine on the big stage. His duel with eventual Hall of Famer Chris Paul catapulted Jose to becoming a household name. It solidified his nickname of Grand Theft Alvarado. From there, Alvarado would appear on numerous NBA shows and start making his rounds as a media darling. Alvarado was beginning to gain the respect of his peers and opposing coaches. All three players have built upon the foundation of last season.

Jose Alvarado sought the help of Spurs great Tony Parker to train during the offseason, and it has paid major dividends. Alvarado has incorporated Parker’s signature teardrop into his offensive repertoire and made defenses pay for it in the pick-n-roll.

Alvarado has also improved his 3-point shooting tremendously, going from 29% as a rookie to over 42% this season. While he made his reputation in this league last year as a defensive player, this year, he is becoming a complete player on both sides of the ball with his playmaking.

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DEVOE TURNS IN BIG PERFORMANCE IN WIN

Michael Devoe finished with 23 points (10-15 FG, 0-3 3Pt, 2-2 FT), six rebounds, four steals and two rebounds in 30 minutes during Wednesday’s 119-101 Ontario Clippers’ win over the Oklahoma City Blue.

Prior to this game, Devoe was a limited contributor for Ontario, averaging only 3.4 points and 2.1 rebounds per night. However, when he got the opportunity to showcase his skills, he stepped up to the plate, finishing as the second-leading scorer while also being active in the passing lanes and finishing with a team-high four steals.

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OKOGIE TURNS IN SOLID PERFORMANCE FOR SUNS

Josh Okogie produced seven points (2-4 FG, 0-2 3Pt, 3-4 FT), two rebounds, one assist, one block and two steals in 14 minutes during last Friday’s 108-102 win over the Pistons.

Okogie tied his season-high seven points while also contributing a season-high two steals. However, his role is set to be reduced with Landry Shamet (concussion) expected back Saturday and Chris Paul (heel) shortly thereafter.

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YOUNG COMES UP BIG AS INJURIES HAMPER RAPTORS

Thaddeus Young has been essential to the Raptors going 4-4 without Pascal Siakam (and a host of other players), which is quite a development for a player who picked up three Did Not Play- Coach’s Decision designations before Siakam’s absence, and had not topped 11 minutes in any of those nine games. Young is obviously not going to light up a box score on most nights, but he is averaging more than 23 minutes per game since Siakam hurt his adductor, is shooting 59 percent from the floor and averaging 5.5 rebounds and 2.8 assists per game.

The Raptors have outscored opponents by 4.6 points per 100 possessions, key since he has been thrown in as the starting centre recently, with the opening unit dealing with multiple health issues. His shortcomings as a starting centre were evident as the Atlanta Hawks burned the Raptors via the Trae Young-Clint Capela lob a few times on Saturday, with Thad Young not able to help and recover with the speed and athleticism that Precious Achiuwa might if he were in the same situation. Without that type of lob threat, though, Thad Young’s intelligence and relative switchability have been a boon: The Raptors are allowing just 103.9 points per 100 possessions when he’s been on the floor during Siakam’s absence, and 119.7 when he’s sitting. The Raptors’ offensive rebounding and turnover creation have improved with him on the floor, too.

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#ProJackets in the NBA/G League 2023-24

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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
2.3 rpg
2.1 apg
40.8% FG
Record: 45-31
Standing: 7th place, -8.0 GB
Streak: L3
Last 10: 5-5
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
5.5 ppg
5.3 rpg
1.7 bpg
54.2% FG
Record: 21-13
Standing: 2nd place, -1.0 GB
Streak: W1
Last 10: 8-2
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
14.8 ppg
3.8 rpg
3.0 apg
47.4% FG
Record: 15-19
Standing: 12th, -9.0 GB
Streak: W1
Last 10: 3-7
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
5.6 ppg
4.6 rpg
0.7 bpg
66.7% FG
Record: 15-19
Standing: 13th place, -7.0 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
4.9 ppg
2.7 rpg
1.1 apg
41.4% FG
Record: 45-31
Standing: 6th place, -8.0 GB
Streak: W2
Last 10: 7-3
THADDEUS YOUNG
Team: free agent
Number: 30
NBA Experience: 16 seasons
Years at Georgia Tech: 2006-07
Hometown: Memphis, Tenn.
Status: Active
6-8, 235 lbs
2023-24 Stats
4.6 ppg
3.3 rpg
1.9 apg
61.2% FG
Record: 45-31
Standing: 6th place, -8.0 GB
Streak: W2
Last 10: 7-3

 

Yellow Jackets in Professional Basketball

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Ben Lammers (6’10”-C-1995, graduated ‘2018, plays pro in Germany) could not help ALBA Berlin (3-7) in their game last Tuesday. Despite his good performance the bottom-ranked ALBA Berlin was defeated 88-84 on the road by the higher-ranked Crvena Zvezda (#13). Lammers was the second best scorer with 12 points. He also added 4 rebounds and made 2 blocks in 22 minutes. But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen. This year Lammers averages 5.8ppg and 1.9rpg.

Adam Smith (6’1”-PG-1992, graduated ‘2016, plays in Spain) contributed to Bilbao’s victory against one of league’s weakest teams Zaragoza (2-7) 74-67 in the Spanish Liga Endesa in Saturday night’s game. Smith scored 8 points and added 3 assists. Surne Bilbao Basket (2-1) is placed second in the Liga Endesa. But the season just started, so everything may happen. It’s Smith’s first year with the team. He has relatively good stats this season 11.4ppg, 2.4rpg, 2.7apg and 1.3spg in nine games he played so far.

Experienced Thaddeus Young (6’8”-F-1988, graduated ‘2007, currently in the NBA) was not able to help the Toronto Raptors in their game against the Brooklyn Nets (11-11) in the NBA. Despite his good performance on Wednesday night He recorded 12 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists in 28 minutes. But the season is still in its first stage and everything can happen. It’s Young’s first year with the team. This season Young averages 5.8ppg, 4.4rpg, 2.1apg and 1.2spg.

Jose Alvarado (6’0”-PG-1998, graduated ‘2021, plays pro in the NBA) led New Orleans Pelicans to a victory against the Oklahoma City Thunder (8-13) 105-101 in the NBA on Monday night. He scored 15 points and added 4 assists; quite an impressive performance considering it’s only Alvarado’s second season in pro basketball. The New Orleans Pelicans have 12-8 record this season. But the season is still in its first stage and everything can happen. It’s Alvarado’s first year with the team. He has relatively good stats this season 8.6ppg, 2.4rpg, 3.3apg and 1.1spg in 20 games.

Jordan Usher (6’7”-F-1999, graduated ‘2022, plays in Turkey) was not able to secure a victory for Besiktas Icrypex Istanbul (2-5) in their game against Turk Telekom (3-5) in the Turkish BSL. Despite his very good performance on Saturday night Usher was the top scorer with 19 points in 29 minutes. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Usher has relatively good stats this season 13.0ppg, 3.0rpg and 1.3apg.

Josh Okogie (6’4”-G-1998, graduated ‘2018, currently in the NBA) contributed to a Phoenix Suns’ victory against the Detroit Pistons 108-102 in the NBA last Friday. Okogie scored 7 points. This year Okogie averages 1.5ppg and 1.5rpg in 17 games. He is a naturalized Nigerian.

Josh Heath (6’1”-PG-1994, graduated ‘2017, plays pro in Belgium) couldn’t help Stella Artois Leuven Bears in their game against Oostende in the BNXT League. Despite his good performance on Saturday night He scored 11 points and added 6 passes in 34 minutes. This season Heath averages 9.5ppg, 2.5rpg and 8.0apg.

Avi Schafer (6’8”-C-1998, graduated ‘2019, plays in Japan) couldn’t help SeaHorses Mikawa in their game against Hiroshima Dragonflies in the Japanese B1 League. Schafer recorded 7 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists. His team lost 74-87. This year Schafer averages 5.8ppg and 3.8rpg in 13 games. He is a naturalized Japanese.

Anthony McHenry (6’8”-SF-1983, graduated ‘2005, currently in Japan) couldn’t help Shinshu BW in their game against Akita NH in the Japanese B1 League. Despite his very good performance on Sunday night He was the second best scorer with 15 points. McHenry also added 9 rebounds and 4 assists in 33 minutes. This season McHenry averages 8.6ppg, 5.8rpg, 3.2apg and 1.2spg.

Charles Mitchell (6’8”-F/C-1993, graduated ‘2016, plays pro in Argentina) was the major contributor in Obera’s victory against the 14th-ranked Argentino 77-62 in the Argentinian La Liga on Friday night. Mitchell recorded 17 points, 8 rebounds and 2 blocks. Mitchell has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages 16.2ppg and 9.7rpg in 10 games.

Other former Georgia Tech players, who play in pro basketball:

  • Derrick Favors (6’10”-F-1991) is a free agent
  • Moses Wright (6’9”-F-1998) signed for Zhejiang Golden Bulls in Chinese CBA
  • Alade Aminu (6’10”-F/C-1987) plays for Gigantes de Carolina in Puerto Rican BSN
  • James Banks III (6’10”-F/C-1998) plays for Texas Legends in the NBA G League
  • Trae Golden (6’3”-PG-1991) signed for Beijing Royal Fighters in Chinese CBA
  • Marcus Georges-Hunt (6’5”-F-1994) plays for Kuwait in Kuwaiti D1
  • Tadric Jackson (6’2”-G-1994) signed for Atlanta Aliens in the ABA
  • Evan Jester (6’7”-F-1999) signed for Atlanta Aliens in the ABA
  • Abdoulaye Gueye (6’9”-C-1994) plays for Samsunspor in Turkish TBL
  • Gani Lawal (6’9”-F/C-1988) signed for Runa Basket in Russian Superleague 1
  • Michael Devoe (6’5”-G-1999) plays for Ontario Clippers in the NBA G League
  • Robert Sampson (6’8”-F-1992) plays for Tokyo HT in Japanese B3 League
  • Glen Rice Jr. (6’6”-F-1991) played for Power in the Big3

Notice: The list above includes only some of alumni playing currently in pro basketball. Check complete list of Georgia Tech basketball alumni.

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