Western Notes: Nunnally, Booker, Brooks, Powell, Okafor

Euroleague sharpshooter James Nunnally has no doubt he can make an impact with the Timberwolves, Jon Krawczynski of The Athletic reports. Nunnally, who made 55.4% of his threes while playing for Fenerbahçe of Turkey last season, signed a two-year deal with Minnesota. “I’m ready to get out there and play and take advantage of every opportunity that comes,” the 6’7” Nunnally said. “I know this team needs three-point shooting and wants to pick up the pace of play this year. I know that I can bring that and help in that aspect.” Nunnally’s minimum deal has a $350K guarantee, Eric Pincus of Basketball Insiders tweets.

We have more from the Western Conference:

  • Devin Booker may be just 21 years old but he needs to assume a leadership role with the Suns, Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic opines. Booker must set a standard for players such as top pick Deandre Ayton and 2017 lottery pick Josh Jackson to follow after signing a max contract extension, Somers adds.
  • Grizzlies’ second-year guard Dillon Brooks sees himself growing into a leadership role and plans to start laying those seeds during the upcoming season, as he told Peter Edmiston of the Memphis Commercial Appeal“For me, as a future leader, I need to connect with every single player somehow, someway, so you can get the best out of them,” Brooks said.
  • Dwight Powell needs to continue to grab rebounds in bunches, as he did toward the end of last season, in order to solidify his spot in the Mavericks’ rotation, according to Eddie Sefko of the Dallas Morning News. It’s unlikely he’ll start, so he needs to be tough around the boards to stand out among a frontcourt reserve corps that includes Salah Mejri, Maxi Kleber and Dorian Finney-Smith, Sefko adds.
  • Only $50K of Jahlil Okafor‘s two-year contract with the Pelicans is guaranteed, Pincus reveals in another tweet. The second year is a team option but just a little over $54K is guaranteed even if it’s exercised, Pincus adds. The signing became official on Thursday.
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3 thoughts on “Western Notes: Nunnally, Booker, Brooks, Powell, Okafor

  1. Sometimes is easy to forget that Booker is only 21, the guy is so good, had a great year last season, counting the he was constantly injured & with many niggles, can’t wait to see him this year healthy, he might be close to 30PPG.

    • David D

      If he is close to 30 ppg; it just means Suns are lottery bound, again.

      In reality if the team talent is there, Ariza, Ayton, JJ & Knight will there points and the team would be more balanced, offensively. I think book’s ppg will be the barometer of how well the team does this year. Up for him, team is struggling. Slight decrease, team is more balanced and successful.

  2. x%sure

    Recommend tapping that Booker link, checking out the great pic of Booker and JR Smith, then getting right back to HR, because the Suns should revolve around Ayton.


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