Welcome to your weekly roundup of all things Gonzaga and the NBA.
Last week was a snapshot of what life as a rookie is like. Clarke missed one game with a sore hip, came back to muster a total of four points, and followed that up with an 18 point effort. So it goes. On a broader look of the year, Clarke’s talents, ability to shoot his lovely floater, and all-around effort locked him a spot on the NBA Rising Stars Team (Team World—go Canada).
The Canadian Press had a nice round-up of Clarke’s contributions this year, mentioning him one of the prime draft steals of 2019.
Collins is still out from his shoulder injury, still rehabbing, still hopefully returning to the court soon.
Rui played in his first game since injuring his groin in mid-December, and he picked up right where he left off. Rui started in the loss against the Warriors, but finished with 11 points and eight rebounds in 25 minutes. Also, showcasing the marketing appeal of the Japanese star, the Washington Wizards used Rui as the understandable face for a heritage night.
The Wizards are giving out these Rui Hachimura t-shirts for Japanese heritage night on Monday when they host the Warriors. pic.twitter.com/KdXW6ijmCL— Chase Hughes (@ChaseHughesNBCS) January 31, 2020
Zach Norvell Jr.
Some good news from the Snacks camp as Norvell was signed to a 10-day contract with the Golden State Warriors. The Warriors got a good luck at Norvell over the Summer League, when he had a couple of big games and a couple of ankle breakers against Jordan Poole.
Per source: Warriors signing Zach Norvell to a 10-day contract to fill another vacancy. He's a lefty scoring guard. Currently averaging 16 points per game in G-League, shooting 40 percent from 3.— Anthony Slater (@anthonyVslater) February 7, 2020
If you read Miami Heat Twitter, Olynyk pops up as a possible trade candidate, probably because many of them don’t like him (or something). Olynyk is having one of his worst seasons as a pro, only averaging 7.8 points and 4.6 rebounds per game, also averaging under 20 minutes a game for the first time in his professional career. Olynyk’s line for last week pretty much is on par with his season averages, a couple of seven point efforts.
Olynyk signed a four-year, $50 million deal in 2017. The final year of the deal is a player option, and considering the year he is having, it would not make much sense for Olynyk to try and become an unrestricted free agent. Hence, why Miami is shopping the former Gonzaga big man.
The former Gonzaga guard is finally back in the NBA. Pargo last cracked a NBA rotation back in the 2012-13 season with the Philadelphia 76ers. This season, he joined the Santa Cruz Warriors, and is averaging 17.1 points in 31.1 minutes per game. Today, he signed a 10-day contract with the Dubs, joining Norvell on the squad for the next few days.
First he was named to his first All Star of what we can assume will be many, then Sabonis followed it up with another triple-double on Feb. 5, finishing with 15 points, 11 rebounds, and 10 assists. That marks his third triple-double of the month, although he has been one or two assists away repeatedly throughout the year. Sabonis, in general, had a big week, scoring 26 and 25 points in his other contests in February. The man is having himself a year, and it is great to see the rest of the NBA finally recognize his talents.