Shareef Abdur-Rahim Rumors
Jason Hart, a nine-year NBA veteran with extensive coaching experience at the collegiate level, has been named head coach of NBA G League Ignite, NBA G League President Shareef Abdur-Rahim announced today.
“Jason’s commitment to developing high-character young men and his experience across all levels of basketball make him the perfect fit to lead Ignite,” Abdur-Rahim said. “I am excited to have him guide this team as we continue to build Ignite as the premiere program for the world’s best young players.”
The NBA G League today named the Santa Cruz Warriors as its Franchise of the Year and Erie BayHawks President Matt Bresee as the Team Executive of the Year for the 2020-21 NBA G League season. NBA G League President Shareef Abdur-Rahim made the announcement at the league’s annual Sales & Marketing Meetings.
It’s one thing as a general manager to look in the mirror and know that taking Allen Iverson or Marcus Camby or Shareef Abdur-Rahim or Stephon Marbury or Ray Allen or Antoine Walker with one of the first six picks of the ’96 draft was the right basketball call at the time. They all made the ’96-’97 All-Rookie Team (1st or 2nd) and there were two bona fide Hall of Famers (Iverson and Allen) several all-stars (Abdur-Rahim, Marbury and Walker) and Camby was a 4x All-Defensive Team player.
“The NBA G League continues to be an essential destination for player development, and I’m so pleased to welcome the Kroenke family and the Denver Nuggets to the league,” said NBA G League President Shareef Abdur-Rahim. “Steve Jbara and his team in Grand Rapids run an outstanding organization and I’m excited for this partnership to take both teams to new heights.”
Which is why it’s so strange to find him at the top of the leaderboard for rejections of his own shot. It almost sounds like a paradox. It’s not exactly a feat you’d associate with a player who opposing coaches compare to Shaq. Williamson has had his shot blocked 104 times this season, according to NBA Advanced Stats. Not only is that the most in the league, but it’s 33 more than the next player (Cleveland Cavaliers guard Collin Sexton) on the list. Opponents have swatted 2.1 of his shots per game — the highest frequency among players with at least 41 games played since Shareef Abdur-Rahim in 1998-99. Williamson’s pace is the third-highest in the 25 seasons that the NBA has tracked this data.2