With things a bit slow over the Christmas holiday, we thought we’d check in on the Villanovans playing this season in the the NBA or its Development League, and get your opinion on a couple things.
Scottie Reynolds: The Springfield Armor sent their first round pick for 2011 to Tulsa in return for Scottie Reynolds, the 13th pick overall in the 2010 Development League Draft. After an impressive stint for the Phoenix Suns at the Las Vegas Summer League, Scottie opted to head to Italy to play for Prima Veroli, but left after only four games. Scottie plans to use the NBA D-League to further develop his point guard skills, which is where his NBA future lies.
Kyle Lowry: Has scored 20 or more points twice (Memphis – 28; Detroit – 22). Houston Chronicle: "Lowry has helped key the success of the Rockets' offense, averaging 8.4 assists and 14.7 points (on 47.4 percent shooting overall and 52.3 percent accuracy from the 3-point line) in December. "The thing Kyle has done the best is he has done the things like the really good point guards, the Nashes and those types of guys where he is getting into the middle and he keeps that dribble alive and suddenly Luis (Scola) is standing at the free-throw line all by himself. A lot of point guards are going to get to the middle and either shoot it or look to the outside and not keep that dribble alive. A guy like (Steve) Nash has made a living on that. Kyle has done a great job of that the last six games."
Dante Cunningham: Scored 18 points and had 10 rebounds in 31 minutes against Utah. Scored in double figures five times this season; two double-doubles with 10 rebounds in both games. Dime Magazine: "The other night in Portland’s win over Golden State, second-year Blazers forward Dante Cunningham had a breakthrough game. Finishing with 13 points and five rebounds in a career-high 39 minutes of action, D.C. showed the Portland brass why they drafted him with the 33rd overall pick in the 2009 NBA Draft."
Randy Foye: Best game: 14 points against the NY Knicks on November 20. Foye has struggled with a hamstring injury all season as well as an uncertain role with the Clippers. Clipper Blog: "When the Clippers signed Foye to a two-year deal, they imagined him being a versatile combo guard capable of filling in at either spot. What they have found is that he is a shooting guard in a point guard’s body, a scorer at heart that isn’t all that efficient. At 6’4", he isn’t a big shooting guard and when teamed up with Gordon, it will at times leave the Clippers undersized against bigger backcourts. With Gordon warranting a bulk of the minutes at the two, Foye is left to battle Rasual Butler for the remaining minutes. Foye is more of a combo guard (but neither a strong distributor nor scorer, but has value as an insurance policy at point if/when Baron is hurt."
Malik Allen: Best game – 5 points against Indiana; scored 4 points in three other games. Orlando Sentinel: Magic Coach, Stan Van Gundy says, "Malik is a guy who I was with early in his career when I was an assistant coach in Miami. He’s just a very professional, very serious, tough-minded guy. He’s tough physically and mentally. He’s very smart and very serious about what he does. He knows the NBA. He’s never a guy you’d be afraid to put in a game because he knows the game so well."