St.Louis, MO - With their 1st round pick traded in exchange for Frank Williams, the Sunkings weren't looking too much at the rookie class of this years draft. They ended up with PF Ike Azevedo at #43, which was said to be a judgement call without great scouting up ahead. "We felt that Ike was the best player available by then. Sure, he probably will never be a star in the OBWL, but we liked his ability to score and rebound, which can be very usefull for spot minutes off the bench", said Sunkings GM Dominik Jenewein. And Azevedo delivered so far, playing for the Sunkings OBDL affiliate - the New Orleans Doubloons. In 14 games off the bench, the young PF averaged 8 points, 6 rebounds and a block in 20 minutes average playtime. Combined with a TS% of .589, Azevedo has proven his worth for the Doubloons.
Free Agency Review
With the first FA under new GM Jenewein coming up, the Sunkings main goal was to add some depth to the roster. Prior to free agency, PF Alim Arkin was bought out of his 13 million contract to free up some budget space. "We had a reasonable talk with Alim and he agreed to the termination of his contract. We wish him luck for his future career", stated Sunkings GM Jenewein. With the freed up budget space, the Sunkings decided to sign 3 backup players in Shaun Elliott, Randolph Rogers and Spencer Ferguson.
With a few games into the season, especially Ferguson seems to be a very good signing. While Rogers struggles to get courttime behind Devos, Richardson, Urbin and Elliott, Ferguson is the main backup for starting PG Timothy Lawless. In a little bit over 10 minutes a game, Ferguson provides some passing and efficient scoring, but most importantly extremely good ballstealing. After 14 games, Ferguson still has a PER 36 steal rating of 5,6 which leads the league by a big amount.
So far the Sunkings stand 9-5 and therefore currently 5th in the AmCon. With the Dragoons expected to cool off, homecourt seems reachable for St. Louis. But the team has to improve, especially when it comes to rebounding and allowing the opponent good looking shot opportunities.