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    Default Raptors Call Up Trey Johnson, the D-League's Leading Scorer

    Don't know much about this cat, but you gotta think anything can help now.

    Trey Johnson has paid his dues in the NBA D-League for at least part of the past four seasons, and it looks it's finally paid off. According to a source close to the situation, the 26-year-old Johnson has been called up by the Toronto Raptors for a 10-day contract.

    Johnson, the D-League's leading scorer, is averaging 25.8 points, 4.3 rebounds and 4.3 assists while making 51 percent of his attempts from the field this season. In 101 career D-League games, all with the Bakersfield Jam, Johnson's posted averages of 20.2 points, 4.7 assists and 3.8 rebounds. He also earned two 10-day contracts with the Cleveland Cavaliers during the 2008-09 season, but appeared in just four games for 14 minutes total.

    Johnson, a 6-foot-5 combo guard, told FanHouse following the D-League Showcase that he was ready and waiting for the right opportunity in the NBA.

    "I have a strong belief in God and, for whatever reason, I'm still here. I'm not going to accept just getting called-up, having a 10-day contract, and then coming right back down, and maybe God understands that," Johnson told FanHouse following the Showcase. "Maybe He's like 'I'm going to get him to a situation where he's going to be able to perform well; where he's going to stick and get a legitimate opportunity to go out there and do some things.' I mean, I was called up to Cleveland and I had two 10-days, but I didn't really play. I'm very thankful for the opportunity, but how legit can I really say my time in the NBA was since I didn't really get a chance to play?"
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    Why not? What really do we have to lose? Who knows, the kid could be a diamond in the rough. His FG% for a guard is pretty encouraging.

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    I am very excited to see him play! Let's hope for a diamond in the rough. If he wants to stick he better not use Sonny's shot selection as an NBA template.

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    Why not, i'm happy having him and Gaines around

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    actually, terrence williams is the the leading scorer

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    Quote Multipaul wrote: View Post
    Why not, i'm happy having him and Gaines around
    FWIR, Gaines isn't around. His 10-day probably will not be renewed.

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    Quote dagon420 wrote: View Post
    actually, terrence williams is the the leading scorer
    If you want to get technical, then yes, he's the NBDL's leading scorer (and probably the only person in the NBDL who averages a triple double this season), but he's only played in 3 games in comparison to Johnson's 26.
    Last edited by MangoKid; Mon Jan 24th, 2011 at 01:39 PM.

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    Just saying, it shows how much he actually sucks since TW isnt really amazing himself

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    I'm with Mango on this one. If Trey somehow managed to score 35 points in his first game with the Raptors would he then be considered the leading scorer of the NBA because his PPG is 35 pts? Not a chance. It's too small of a sample.

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    Has there ever been a D-League call up that managed to gain permanent NBA player status, let alone become a regular NBA starter?

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    Quote MangoKid wrote: View Post
    FWIR, Gaines isn't around. His 10-day probably will not be renewed.
    That's too bad, he couldve been a good keep for us

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    Quote jeff_hostetler wrote: View Post
    Has there ever been a D-League call up that managed to gain permanent NBA player status, let alone become a regular NBA starter?
    Mikki Moore.

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    Quote jeff_hostetler wrote: View Post
    Has there ever been a D-League call up that managed to gain permanent NBA player status, let alone become a regular NBA starter?
    Reggie Williams (GSW) is the most recent I am aware of.

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    Let's not forget Jamario Moon made the leap from the D-League to the NBA as well.

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    Ironically, this "rookie" would be the second oldest active Raptor if he plays tonight against Memphis. 26 years old on this team is old!
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    Quote dagon420 wrote: View Post
    Just saying, it shows how much he actually sucks since TW isnt really amazing himself
    If he's putting the ball in the hoop at a pretty good clip, then how can he suck? The dimensions of the court are the same in the NBDL as the NBA. The rims are still 10 feet high. They don't have Fisher Price nets there, you know.

    Williams is a very good player. Hence the stats and the reason why he only played in 3 games at the D-League Level. I'd take Terrence Williams here in a second. He's got fantastic court vision (and can run the point), he's tough and is a solid scorer.

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    Quote dagon420 wrote: View Post
    Just saying, it shows how much he actually sucks since TW isnt really amazing himself
    You've never seen the guy play, yet you're quick to pass judgment on the guy and his game. Bra-fucking-vo. Way to look foolish.

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    The guy seems worthy of an audition. While the odds for a D-Leaguer getting far in the NBA are slim, he definitely seem like someone worth taking a flyer on. The Raps don't have much depth at guard at the moment and Gaines didn't make any jaws drop. Call it what it is - an audition.

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    Lord knows we need more offense....Can't hurt though.

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