Saturday, September 26, 2009

Curtis Stinson practicing with Chicago

Former Iowa State guard Curtis Stinson is the next Jason Kidd, if only for the fact that he rebounds a lot for a 6'3 player. Last year in the D-League, Stinson averaged Kidd-like numbers of 16.1 ppg, 7.0 rpg, 8.4 apg and 2.2 spg, playing 44.6 mpg in 50 games for the Iowa Energy. 

His three year professional career has seen him play for 5 D-League teams, as well as in Greece and Croatia; Stinson had signed in Greece for this season, too, but was released last week as his team (Aris Thessaloniki) deemed him 'unsuitable.' (Not my quote.)

For some reason, the Bulls seem to sign someone out of Iowa State every year, but Stinson's all right. The numbers are self-explanatory, and he has produced everywhere he's gone at every level immediately beneath the NBA level. He also played on the D-League select summer league team, and performed well again, averaging 8.6 points, 5.4 rebounds and 3.2 assists. However, Stinson's NBA prospects have been undermined by an inability to shoo; in his 3 D-League seasons, Stinson has hit only 30 three pointers in 100 games, on 133 attempts, resulting in a poor 23% success rate. He is not much use without the ball in his hands, and despite the high assist numbers, he is still primarily a scorer. (And not a very efficient one at that; a lead guard who plays 45 minutes a night should get more than 4 free throw attempts per game, particularly if he can't shoot three pointers.) Stinson is also now 26, and is stuck on a team which absolutely totally and completely does not need a point guard. His chances don't look good.

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