Michael Carter-Williams Named Rookie Of The Year

MCW is sure to become an uprising star in the NBA in the next few years.

CBS Cleveland

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — 76ers guard Michael Carter-Williams has won the NBA’s Rookie of the Year Award.

Carter-Williams was only the third player since 1950-51 to lead all rookies in scoring (16.7), rebounding (6.3) and assists (6.2), joining Oscar Robertson (1960-61) and Alvan Adams (1975-76).

The league said Monday that he received 104 of a possible 124 first-place votes. The Orlando Magic’s Victor Oladipo finished second and Trey Burke of the Utah Jazz was third.

Allen Iverson is the only other player in Sixers history to win the award. The 11th overall pick in last year’s draft, Carter-Williams is the first player picked 10th or lower to win since Mark Jackson did it in 1987 for New York.

Philadelphia finished 19-63.

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Report: Mavericks announcer suspended two games by NBA for criticizing refs

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Dallas Maverick PA announcer Sean Heath will be suspended for two games after he criticized the referees following a 122-120 loss to the Golden State Warriors on April 1 according to reports.

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On April 2, the NBA released a statement which said the Warriors’ Jermaine O’Neal should have been called for goaltending on the play below …

So, Heath wasn’t entirely wrong — he just didn’t voice his displeasure appropriately.

According to an ESPN report, the suspension will start on Saturday and end either during the Mavs’ first home game of the playoffs or Dallas’ first home game of the next season.

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Pro Football Focus’ Advanced Stats Don’t Love Jared Allen As Much As Bears Fans Seem To

CBS Chicago

(CBS) The Bears signed defensive end Jared Allen to a four-year contract Wednesday, a move that affords them versatility on the defensive line and has Bears fans, generally speaking, reacting optimistically about adding a dangerous pass rusher who has recorded an NFL-best 128.5 sacks since 2004, including 11.5 last season with the Vikings.

However, the advanced statistics of Pro Football Focus suggest that while Allen’s sack numbers were strong on the surface, his pass rushing skills actually declined last season. Allen, who will turn 32 next month, recorded career-worst pass rushing and overall grades, posting negative marks in both categories.

The first chart below shows how Allen’s performance declined noticeably last season, while the second one shows his game-by-game performance. Click on the embedded tweets to enlarge them.

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Heat & Pacers Set For Big Late Season Clash Wednesday

Miami Heat have only 5 of their last 12 games. With LeBron James really struggling trying to get his game back on track. Pacers are in the same boat, after starting the year red hot then after the All-Star break they have seemed to fall off the map.

CBS Miami

INDIANAPOLIS (CBSMiami) – The Miami Heat can pull even in the loss column with the Indiana Pacers this year if LeBron and company can go into Bankers Life Fieldhouse Wednesday night and knock off Indiana at home.

But that’s a lot easier said than done.

The Heat and Pacers are on a collision course not just Wednesday night but also in the Eastern Conference playoffs. There will be plenty of storylines to follow in the game Wednesday, but near the top of the list will be the matchup between each team’s big men.

Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra moved seven-foot center Greg Oden into the starting lineup recently and he is poised to start the game against Indiana’s Roy Hibbert. Indiana’s center has run roughshod over the Heat, who hasn’t had a big man to throw at him in recent years.

But now with Oden in the starting lineup, the…

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‘Workout freak’ Jared Allen still has productivity left at 32

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By Tom Pelissero

Jared Allen turns 32 years old next week and seemingly has played every snap of his 10-year NFL career. But the veteran pass rusher has some productivity left – even if the odds may be against him playing out the four-year contract he signed Wednesday with the Chicago Bears.

“He’s not finished,” one NFL personnel man who studied Allen recently told USA TODAY Sports, speaking on condition of anonymity for competitive reasons.

The personnel man says Allen, a “workout freak” who takes care of his body, likely will be able to battle Father Time more than others and has a year or two left.

That includes a 22-sack season – a half-sack shy of Michael Strahan’s single-season NFL record – on a Minnesota Vikings team that went 3-13 in 2011.

Allen added 12 sacks in 2012 and 11½ in 2013, extending his streak to seven…

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JaKarr Sampson leaving St. John’s for NBA Draft

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St. John’s forward JaKarr Sampson won Big East Rookie of the Year last season and considered jumping to the NBA.

He returned to schooland as is the tendency – didn’t improve all that much.

His jump shot got a little better, helping him increase his field-goal percentage from 45 to 49. But he still doesn’t have 3-point range, and his game has stagnated more than not. He’s still an extremely athletic 6-foot-8 power forward with decent upside, but his college production has yet to match his potential.

So, he’s decided enough with college.

St. John’s release:

St. John’s sophomore forward JaKarr Sampson, the 2012-13 BIG EAST Rookie of the Year, announced Monday that he intends to forego the remainder of his collegiate career and enter the 2014 NBA Draft.

“JaKarr will forego his final two years of eligibility and pursue his dream of playing in the NBA…

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