Mitnick: Top Five American Draft-and-Stashes

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Ennis-PerthNBA teams have been drafting European players and stashing them overseas for several years. But the term “Eurostash” has taken on a whole new meaning this season.

It’s the Americans who are being stashed across the pond, too. And one of them can actually be called an “Aussiestash.” There’s a new term for y’all.

This year’s draft featured five American players taken out of college who are currently hooping overseas while their rights are retained by NBA teams.

And that doesn’t count second-round picks Pierre Jackson (Pelicans, No. 42, Baylor) and Alex Oriakhi (Suns, No. 57, Missouri), who have been cut by their foreign teams.

Tweet of the Night: Dwayne Wade Brings In Christmas Early

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Dwyane_WadeThe NBA has made it a tradition to have a select group of teams play in marquee match ups every year on Christmas day. While the fans certainly find entertainment from the slate of games, the scheduling forces certain teams to celebrate their holidays a bit earlier than most. In the case of Dwayne Wade and the Miami Heat, this includes time spent with loved ones.

 

Taking full advantage of the opportunity to spread the Christmas spirit a few days early, Wade certainly made the most of it. Today he took to his Twitter and Instagram accounts to announce that he and his longtime girlfriend, actress Gabrielle Union, are officially engaged.

Omer Asik Sweepstakes: Source says Five Teams Still in the Mix

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asikOmer Asik is going to be traded this week, and Philadelphia, Atlanta, Charlotte, Boston and Cleveland are the five teams most squarely in the mix, a league executive with intimate knowledge of the trade talks told SheridanHoops.com on Monday.

A number of three-team deals are being discussed, with Houston general manager Daryl Morey seeking to land a backup center along with a 2014 first-round draft pick — unless he can land a bonafide stud.

Tweet of the Day: Antoine Walker Amazed By NBA Standings

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Parity  \ˈper-ə-tē\ — the quality or state of being equal or equivalent.

Parity is what most professional sports leagues strive for. Parity, or competitive balance in the case of sports, is good for business. It means games are competitive. It gives fans—of all teams—hope and reason to fill arena seats.

Unfortunately for the National Basketball Association, parity seems non-existent nearly 20 games into the 2013-14 season.

Former Boston Celtics forward Antoine Walker took notice of the disparity between the NBA conferences.

Korver has rib injury, record 3-pointer streak on hold

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Kyle Korver won’t tie Dana Barros’ record for most consecutive games with a 3-pointer.Kyle Korver

At least not tonight.

Korver is one of three members of the Atlanta Hawks who did not make the trip to Houston to play the Rockets on Wednesday night. He remained in Atlanta to receive treatment for a bruised rib.

So why are we giving you an injury report on an otherwise ordinary player with a fantastic shooting stroke?

Because the last time Korver didn’t make a 3-pointer in a game was 88 games and more than a calendar year ago in the 2012-13 season opener against – you guessed it – the Houston Rockets.

Of course, nobody noticed because (a) Korver didn’t have a streak at the time and (b) he and his teammates were being torched by James Harden, who went for 45 in his Rockets debut.

But it is a tad of a ko-inky-dink that Korver’s first DNP of the season comes against the team that last shut him out from the arc. It also comes following his worst two distance shooting performances of the season as he was a combined 2-of-8 in home losses to Boston and Orlando.

Prior to that, Korver had been absolutely scorching from the arc. He had made at least two 3-pointers in all but one the first 13 games and was 36-of-68 (53 percent) on 3-pointers this season.

Korver did miss seven games last season – five in late November and early December with a back injury, another in March with a sprained toe and the season finale due to rest.

For the streak, Korver is shooting 46.5 percent (227-of-488) from the arc. During his streak, Barros actually was traded from Philadelphia to Boston and was at 44.2 percent (217-of-491).

Even more remarkable is the ignorance of the streak by the media covering a league thoroughly driven by numbers. You would have thought Joe DiMaggio had been resurrected the way folks were tracking Chris Paul’s season-opening double-double streak or Paul George’s run of 20-point games.

Consider the attention the streak would be getting if it belonged to Ray Allen, with his current proximity to LeBron James. Or if it belonged to Stephen Curry, the current darling of NBA fans consumed by what’s “new and hot.”

But because Korver is an ordinary guy who plays for a blah team in  a mid-sized market, nobody cares. 

Virtually no one is talking at all about Korver’s streak, partially because Korver himself doesn’t like talking about it. And that’s a shame. In a league where more and more emphasis is put on the 3-pointer every season, Korver’s streak is kind of a big deal.

The team injury report gave no indication whether Korver would return Friday, when the Hawks host the Dallas Mavericks. Atlanta visits Wasington on Saturday and San Antonio on Monday.