NBA Training Camp Watch: Central Division
by: Jonathan Givony - President
October 5, 2006
A look at the training camp rosters of all five Central Division teams, with an eye on open spots on each roster, and the potential favorites we might see emerge.

Chicago Bulls

Guaranteed Contracts:

Malik Allen
Martynas Andriuskevicius
P.J. Brown
Luol Deng
Chris Duhon
Ben Gordon
Adrian Griffin
Kirk Hinrich
Viktor Khryapa
Andres Nocioni
Thabo Sefolosha
Mike Sweetney
Tyrus Thomas
Ben Wallace

Non-Guaranteed:

Andre Barrett
Eric Chenowith
Scott Merritt
Luke Schenscher
Jeff Varem

Analysis: With 14 guaranteed contracts, the Bulls may or may not be looking to add some more depth to their already extremely deep team. If they decide to go for a 3rd point guard to replace Jannero Pargo, Andre Barrett is the obvious choice, but if its depth at the center position they are after, bringing back incumbent Luke Schenscher makes sense. Schenscher appears to have the inside track early on.




Cleveland Cavaliers

Guaranteed Contracts:

Shannon Brown
Daniel Gibson
Drew Gooden
Larry Hughes
Zydrunas Ilgauskas
Luke Jackson
LeBron James
Damon Jones
Donyell Marshall
Ira Newble
Sasha Pavlovic
Scot Pollard
Eric Snow
Anderson Varejao
David Wesley

Non-Guaranteed:

Eddie Basden
Stephen Graham
Brandon Hunter
Ondrej Starosta

Analysis: With 15 fully guaranteed contracts wrapped up, the writing was on the wall for Stevie Graham and Eddie Basden once David Wesley was signed. Basden’s non-guaranteed contract (which becomes fully guaranteed if he’s still around on opening night) was traded to Cleveland by Chicago in return for Martynas Andriuskevicius’ fully guaranteed deal, a move which was strictly a financial one to avoid having to cut and pay the 7-3 Lithuanian. The only hope for Basden and Graham would be to make a tremendous impression on Cleveland’s coaching staff in the month of October and force their hand by waiving Ira Newble. As useless as Newble has been, that seems pretty unlikely considering that he’s still owed 6.5 million dollars over the next two years.




Detroit Pistons

Guaranteed Contracts:

Chauncey Billups
Will Blalock
Dale Davis
Carlos Delfino
Ronald Dupree
Richard Hamilton
Lindsey Hunter
Amir Johnson
Jason Maxiell
Antonio McDyess
Nazr Mohammed
Ronald Murray
Tayshaun Prince
Rasheed Wallace

Non-Guaranteed:

Rick Rickert
Rob Griffin

Analysis: With 14 guaranteed players under contract and two extra bodies brought in as mere unannounced fodder, there will be no suspense at Detroit’s training camp.




Indiana Pacers

Guaranteed Contracts:

Darrell Armstrong
Maceo Baston
Marquis Daniels
John Edwards
Jeff Foster
Danny Granger
Al Harrington
David Harrison
Stephen Jackson
Sarunas Jasikevicius
Rawle Marshall
Jermaine O'Neal
Josh Powell
Jamaal Tinsley
James White
Shawne Williams

Partially Guaranteed Contracts:

Orien Greene ($200,000 guaranteed)
Jimmie Hunter ($100,000 guaranteed)

Analysis: If there is any training camp battle European teams should be following closely, it’s the Indiana Pacers. With 16 players with fully guaranteed contracts already on board (and 18 total), the Pacers will be cutting at least one of the players in the first list and possibly two or three if either Greene or Snap Hunter impress enough in camp. The money that’s already been guaranteed to them means that they can’t be taken lightly in terms of the commitment that’s already been made to them. Josh Powell just became fully guaranteed on the 1st of October, and word out of Indiana is that the Donnie Walsh likes him too much to let him go. Rawle Marshall became fully guaranteed back in August, but he’s a prime candidate to be let go if he doesn’t seriously impress in camp. John Edwards is another name to look out for, as the Pacers already let him walk once. Darrell Armstrong signed a 3 year deal with Dallas before being traded to the Pacers, but only the first year of his contract is fully guaranteed, meaning he’s another prime candidate to be let go if the younger guards manage to beat him out.




Milwaukee Bucks

Guaranteed Contracts:

Charlie Bell
Steve Blake
Andrew Bogut
Dan Gadzuric
Lynn Greer
Ersan Ilyasova
Damir Markota
David Noel
Ruben Patterson
Michael Redd
Bobby Simmons
Brian Skinner
Charlie Villanueva
Mo Williams

Non-Guaranteed:

Ha Seung-Jin

Analysis: Ha Seung-Jin is battling against himself for the 15th and final spot on Milwaukee’s roster, but considering the fact that many teams like to keep that spot open, there is no guarantee he’ll make it. The Bucks could certainly use another big body to give them six fouls off the bench, but based off what Ha showed us at the Las Vegas Summer League, as well as the fact that the Trailblazers decided to cut their ties with their former 2nd round project after investing two years in developing him, even that might be too much to ask from him.

Edit: We've learned that Michael Harris (6-6 combo forward from Rice) and Chris McCray (6-5 shooting guard from Maryland) will also be competing here. Both are intriguing prospects for Europe if they are cut.
 


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Malik Allen
Full Profile | Player Stats
Physicals
Height: 6' 9"
Weight: 271 lbs.
Birthday: 06/27/1978
37 Years Old
Teams:
High School: Shawnee
Previous Team: Villanova , PRO
Drafted: Undrafted in Draft
Positions:
Current: PF,
NBA: PF,
Possible: PF
Quick Stats:
1.3 Pts, 1.8 Rebs, 0.2 Asts


Martynas Andriuskevicius
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Physicals
Height: 7' 3"
Weight: 228 lbs.
Birthday: 03/12/1986
29 Years Old
Teams:
High School:
Previous Team: Zalgiris , PRO
Drafted: Rnd 2, Pick #14 in 2005 Draft
by the Magic
Positions:
Current: C,
NBA: C,
Possible: C
Quick Stats:
5.5 Pts, 5.0 Rebs, 0.0 Asts


Luol Deng
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Physicals
Height: 6' 8"
Weight: 220 lbs.
Birthday: 04/16/1985
30 Years Old
Teams:
High School: Blair Academy
Previous Team: Heat , PRO
Drafted: Rnd 1, Pick #7 in 2004 Draft
by the Suns
Positions:
Current: SF,
NBA: SF,
Possible: SF
Quick Stats:
10.5 Pts, 4.6 Rebs, 1.5 Asts


Chris Duhon
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Physicals
Height: 6' 1"
Weight: 193 lbs.
Birthday: 08/31/1982
33 Years Old
Teams:
High School: Salem
Previous Team: , PRO
Drafted: Rnd 2, Pick #9 in 2004 Draft
by the Bulls
Positions:
Current: PG,
NBA: PG,
Possible: PG
Quick Stats:
1.8 Pts, 0.8 Rebs, 1.2 Asts


Ben Gordon
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Physicals
Height: 6' 2"
Weight: 192 lbs.
Birthday: 04/04/1983
32 Years Old
Teams:
High School: Mount Vernon
Previous Team: Magic , PRO
Drafted: Rnd 1, Pick #3 in 2004 Draft
by the Bulls
Positions:
Current: SG,
NBA: SG,
Possible: SG
Quick Stats:
1.0 Pts, 0.5 Rebs, 1.0 Asts


Adrian Griffin
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Physicals
Height: 6' 5"
Weight: 217 lbs.
Birthday: 07/04/1974
41 Years Old
Teams:
High School: Wichita East
Previous Team: Seton Hall , PRO
Drafted: Undrafted in Draft
Positions:
Current: SF,
NBA: SF,
Possible: SF
Quick Stats:
1.1 Pts, 1.7 Rebs, 0.4 Asts


Kirk Hinrich
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Physicals
Height: 6' 4"
Weight: 186 lbs.
Birthday: 02/02/1981
35 Years Old
Teams:
High School: Sioux City West
Previous Team: Bulls , PRO
Drafted: Rnd 1, Pick #7 in 2003 Draft
by the Bulls
Positions:
Current: SG,
NBA: SG,
Possible: SG
Quick Stats:
3.7 Pts, 1.7 Rebs, 1.5 Asts


Viktor Khryapa
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Physicals
Height: 6' 9"
Weight: 235 lbs.
Birthday: 08/03/1982
33 Years Old
Teams:
High School:
Previous Team: CSKA Moscow , PRO
Drafted: Rnd 1, Pick #22 in 2004 Draft
by the Nets
Positions:
Current: SF/PF,
NBA: SF/PF,
Possible: SF/PF
Quick Stats:
3.6 Pts, 2.4 Rebs, 0.8 Asts


Andres Nocioni
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Physicals
Height: 6' 7"
Weight: 225 lbs.
Birthday: 11/30/1979
36 Years Old
Teams:
High School:
Previous Team: Real Madrid , PRO
Drafted: Undrafted in Draft
Positions:
Current: SF/PF,
NBA: SF/PF,
Possible: SF/PF
Quick Stats:
5.1 Pts, 2.5 Rebs, 0.2 Asts


Thabo Sefolosha
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Physicals
Height: 6' 7"
Weight: 205 lbs.
Birthday: 05/02/1984
31 Years Old
Teams:
High School:
Previous Team: Hawks , PRO
Drafted: Rnd 1, Pick #13 in 2006 Draft
by the 76ers
Positions:
Current: SG/SF,
NBA: SG,
Possible: SG/SF
Quick Stats:
6.8 Pts, 4.5 Rebs, 1.5 Asts


Mike Sweetney
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Physicals
Height: 6' 8"
Weight: 262 lbs.
Birthday: 10/25/1982
33 Years Old
Teams:
High School: Owon Hill
Previous Team: , PRO
Drafted: Rnd 1, Pick #9 in 2003 Draft
by the Knicks
Positions:
Current: PF,
NBA: PF,
Possible: PF
Quick Stats:
5.9 Pts, 4.1 Rebs, 0.5 Asts


Tyrus Thomas
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Physicals
Height: 6' 8"
Weight: 217 lbs.
Birthday: 08/17/1986
29 Years Old
Teams:
High School: McKinley
Previous Team: Bremerhaven , PRO
Drafted: Rnd 1, Pick #4 in 2006 Draft
by the Trailblazers
Positions:
Current: PF,
NBA: PF,
Possible: PF
Quick Stats:
3.2 Pts, 3.2 Rebs, 1.1 Asts


Ben Wallace
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Physicals
Height: 6' 9"
Weight: 240 lbs.
Birthday: 09/10/1974
41 Years Old
Teams:
High School: Haynesville Central
Previous Team: Virginia Union , PRO
Drafted: Undrafted in Draft
Positions:
Current: C,
NBA: C,
Possible: C
Quick Stats:
1.4 Pts, 4.3 Rebs, 0.7 Asts


Andre Barrett
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Physicals
Height: 5' 10"
Weight: 171 lbs.
Birthday: 02/21/1982
33 Years Old
Teams:
High School: Rice
Previous Team: Westchester , PRO
Drafted: Undrafted in Draft
Positions:
Current: PG,
NBA: PG,
Possible: PG
Quick Stats:
12.4 Pts, 2.8 Rebs, 4.1 Asts