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Quebec Coyotes Conclude Rough Season

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Quebec Coyotes Conclude Rough Season

 

The Quebec Coyotes limped through the 2024 season with very few bright spots, concluding the second season of their full rebuild with a measly 16-64 (.200) record and a 6th place finish of 7 teams in the National East division.

 

Twenty-four year old PF Frederic Johnson, who showed promise during the 2023-24 season after his acquisition from the Philadelphia Americans on 02/15/2024 in the four-team deal that sent all-stars C Charles Ottinger and PF Gary Williams out of Quebec, posted his second consecutive season of improvement. Johnson started 78 games for Quebec and finished the season averaging 15.6 points per game, 5.6 rebounds per game, 1.5 assists per game, 1.3 blocks per game, a .482 field goal percentage, a .927 free throw percentage, a .213 three-point percentage, and an 18.2 PER in 30.7 minutes per game. Johnson finished 1st in the OBWL in free throw percentage, and showed improvement from the previous season in points per game, rebounds, assists, steals, blocks, and field goal percentage. Johnson’s scoring ability and defensive presence was enough to earn Johnson a four-year, $43,053,016 extension that locks him up through the 2028 season.

 

Twenty-two year old rookie SF Horacio Vega, the #6 overall pick of the 2024 OBWL Draft, showed the upside that made him a sure-fire top ten selection. Vega started all 80 games for Quebec, finishing the season averaging 13.5 points per game, 3.8 rebounds per game, 2.7 assists per game, 1.0 steals per game, a .427 field goal percentage, a .836 free throw percentage, a .359 three-point percentage, and a 15.4 PER in 28.1 minutes per game. Assuming continued improvement, it’s believed internally that Vega can develop into an upper-tier producer on the offensive side of the ball.

 

Quebec fans hoped to see more of 1st round, 16th overall pick PF/C Coy Hardy and 1st round, 25th overall pick Rupert Leeper in Quebec, but the lack of polish in their respective games showed, resulting in time split between Quebec and OBDL affiliate Montreal Mayhem. For Quebec, the nineteen-year old Hardy finished the season averaging 3.9 points per game, 2.3 rebounds per game, 0.8 assists per game, 0.2 steals per game, 0.2 blocks per game, a .373 field goal percentage, a .738 free throw percentage, a .308 three-point percentage, and a 5.5 PER in 14.7 minutes per game; for Montreal, Hardy appeared in 15 games, averaging 0.8 points per game, 0.3 rebounds per game, and a .400 field goal percentage in 3 minutes per game. For Quebec, the twenty-year old Leeper finished the season averaging 6.7 points per game, 2.6 rebounds per game, 2 assists per game, 0.9 steals per game, 0.1 blocks per game, a .333 field goal percentage, a .846 free throw percentage, a .161 three-point percentage, and a 7.7 PER in 24.6 minutes per game; for Montreal, Leeper appeared in one game, playing two minutes and recording an assist.

 

Rookie SG Joshua Rollins, the 23-year old who was drafted by Quebec with the 6th pick in the 2nd round (34th overall) in the OBWL Draft, also split time between Quebec and Montreal without as much fanfare. Rollins struggled with Quebec, appearing in twenty games and starting ten, finishing the season averaging 5.6 points per game, 2.6 rebounds per game, 2.2 assists per game, 0.3 steals per game, 0.1 blocks per game, a .388 field goal percentage, a .778 free throw percentage, a .353 three-point percentage, and a 9.7 PER in 21 minutes per game; for Montreal, Rollins was an impact player, appearing in forty-six games and starting forty-five, finishing the season averaging 11.7 points per game, 2.4 rebounds per game, 4.4 assists per game, 0.5 steals per game, 0.3 blocks per game, a .440 field goal percentage, a .847 free throw percentage, a .401 three-point percentage, and a 14.3 PER in 30.6 minutes per game.

 

C Wesley Lefler, 24, who received a five-year, $87,884,048 contract prior to the start of the season in free agency, had a solid first season with Quebec, starting 78 games and finishing the season averaging a double-double and 12.4 points per game, 10.5 rebounds per game, 1.6 assists per game, 0.7 steals per game, 3.3 blocks per game, a. 484 field goal percentage, a .619 free throw percentage, and an 18.2 PER in 32.4 minutes per game. SF Joe Spurlock (8.5 PPG, 3.4 RPG, 1.8 APG in 23.8 MPG), the 2019 OBWL Draft’s 2nd overall draft pick, has continued to underachieve, but has developed into a reliable mid-tier contributor, but broke his leg and was limited to 42 games / 8 starts. SG Joe Nicely (9.8 PPG, 3.2 RPG, 2.3 APG in 23.6 MPG) saw an increased role and still flashes ability to be a scorer, and this potential netted the twenty-three year old, 2023 second round pick to a four-year, $3,502,755 extension. PF/C Darren Fielding (6.6 PPG, 4.9 RPG, 0.9 APG in 20.3 MPG) continues to work on his game and provide able-bodied minutes and good rebounding ability, but still needs to work on consistency from an offensive perspective.

 

With the season over, the team looks towards the offseason with three things in mind – cap room to spend on free agency; the OBWL Draft with three first round picks, including two lottery picks; and a likely coaching change based on the expiring contract of head coach Antony Warren (172-228, .430 career record; 1-12 playoff record).

 

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