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Vander Blue
Vander Blue
Position: -
Born: 07/17/92
Height: 6-4 / 1.93
Weight:200 lbs. / 90.7 kg.
Earnings: $154,112 ($189,743*)
Blue’s seven-year professional career has spanned eight G League teams, four countries, more than 400 teammates and just 10 NBA games. If he has learned anything, it’s that a couple of missed shots can be the difference between a million-dollar contract and the $35,000 deal he signed with Santa Cruz. “On a day like today, we don’t have a shootaround, but I’m just trying to get a rhythm,” Blue said. “I know it’s going to reward me. In this business, you can be at the bottom of the world one day and at the top the next.”
He believes he’s as daunting a matchup as he was that night 4½ years ago when he posted 15 points, eight assists and seven rebounds while playing the full 48 minutes of the Lakers’ regular-season finale against the Kings. His struggle for an NBA home is as much a reflection of modern team-building priorities as it is his own unexpected setbacks, from depression to a freak accident involving a fog machine. “It’s all about opportunity,” Santa Cruz general manager Ryan Atkinson said. “Vander is someone who, like a lot of guys, is talented enough to be in the NBA. But unfortunately for him, situations happened that haven’t allowed him to stick.”
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