DALLAS – Zach Collins has a new high-profile teammate in San Antonio in Victor Wembanayma, the French-born 7-foot-4 sensation who was the first pick in the 2023 NBA draft and is, along with Gonzaga product Chet Holmgren (Oklahoma City), a favorite to win the NBA Rookie of the Year Award.
Through it all, one thing the affable big man has never forgotten is how much love and support he’s received and continues to receive from the Gonzaga family, both during his time in Spokane, while he was rehabbing from his injury and now, in his rookie season.
This hasn’t been a peaceful year for Thompson. At its peaks, Thompson plays like he did in Utah — as an evolved version of himself that can lay low on nights he doesn’t have his legs, but keeps defenses preoccupied as a threat to pop off into a scoring frenzy on a dime. In its valleys, Thompson grows visibly upset that he’s not always the bonafide second option, the go-to closer and scorer he was before his two major injuries.
Jalen Suggs has only missed four games this season for the NBA’s Orlando Magic, which is a nice change of pace for the ex-Gonzaga star who missed 63 games the previous two seasons with various injuries.
Klay Thompson didn’t let his smile fade. Can he find solace in seeing the younger, spryer wings close out a win against the Brooklyn Nets? Most definitely. Is he frustrated that he didn’t close the Warriors’ win? Of course, he said.
Domantas Sabonis is churning out double-doubles faster than an In-N-Out Burger. After the Sacramento big man put up 17 points and 11 rebounds in a 120-115 victory at Dallas on Saturday, he followed up with a monster 20-point, 26-rebound effort in the Kings' 103-94 win at Memphis on Monday – his 28th straight double-double game.
The NBA’s never-ending scoring boom reached a new level of absurdity last week when Joel Embiid and Luka Doncic each recorded a 70-point game during a four-day span. After averaging roughly one 70-point game every seven years during its first 75 seasons, the NBA has seen four in the past 13 months.
With the inaugural in-season tournament dominating December and trade deadline season off to a fast start thanks to the Toronto Raptors, it would be easy to forget that it’s the midpoint of the NBA’s regular season.
Amid on-court chemistry issues that team leaders say are contributing to inconsistent play, Thompson and coach Steve Kerr sat down to discuss the 33-year-old veteran’s sour mood on the bench and put his career, and his role on this team, into perspective.
It’s been an eventful month for Filip Petrusev, not so much on the basketball court but with several uniform changes. The former Gonzaga forward is on the move again with reports that he’ll be waived by the Sacramento Kings and is expected to join Olympiacos, a Euroleague power in Piraeus, Greece.
No Warrior has been more affected by the changes to the roster than Klay Thompson. Since returning from back-to-back season-ending leg injuries, there had been a reliable, steady input and output from the five-time All-Star.
Corey Kispert has made steady improvement in his first two seasons in the NBA and he’s off to a strong start in year three. So it came as no surprise that the Washington Wizards announced Tuesday have exercised their fourth-year option on the former Gonzaga standout.
Just two days after making his long-awaited NBA debut with Philadelphia, Filip Petrusev is heading across the country to join a new team.The former Gonzaga standout was part of a seven-player trade, including 10-time All-Star James Harden, between the 76ers and Los Angeles Clippers that also involved multiple draft picks.