NBA TAR HEELS: BY THE NUMBER$
* USA TODAY recently provided a breakdown on the 2005-06 salaries of NBA players. Here's a look at the NBA players from North Carolina that are pulling in the big bucks ...
- Vince Carter (N.J. Nets): $13.84 million in 2005-06. Working on a 6-year, $79.3 million deal that runs through 2006-07 with a player option on the final year.
- Antawn Jamison (Washington Wizards): $13.84 million in 2005-06. Working on a 6-year, $79.3 million deal that runs through 2006-07 with a player option on the final year.
- Rasheed Wallace (Detroit Pistons): $10.26 million in 2005-06. Current contract of 6-years, $60 million ends after 2008-09.
- Jerry Stackhouse (Dallas Mavs): $7.5 million in 2005-06. Is on a 4-year deal worth $33 million that ends after next season.
- Brendan Haywood (Washington Wizards): $4 million in 2005-06. Signed through 2009-10 on a 5-year, $25 million contract.
- Marvin Williams (Atlanta Hawks): $3.88 million in 2005-06. Rookie contract runs four years at $18.16 million if renewed by the team after the second and third seasons.
- Jeff McInnis (N.J. Nets): $3.4 million in 2005-06. Current contract has a player option for the one year remaining at $3.6 million for 2006-07. According to media reports, the Nets are expected to offer a buyout to end the contract.
- Raymond Felton (Charlotte Bobcats): $2.85 million in 2005-06. Rookie contract runs four years at $13.33 million if renewed by the team after the second and third seasons.
- Sean May (Charlotte Bobcats): $1.62 million in 2005-06. Rookie contract runs four years at $7.88 million if renewed by the team after the second and third seasons.
- Rashad McCants (Minnesota Timberwolves): $1.54 million in 2005-06. Rookie contract runs four years at $7.58 million if renewed by the team after the second and third seasons.
WILLIAMS, MAY ROOKIE RECAPS
* He won't be 20 until June 19, but Marvin Williams has already closed out his first NBA season with the Atlanta Hawks. Williams was drafted after being at North Carolina for just one year for long-term potential, but showed enough production to be selected to the NBA All-Rookie second-team in voting by the league's coaches. Rookie Raymond Felton of the Charlotte Bobcats was also voted to the second-team.
Marvin Williams' rookie stats: 79 games (7 starts), 24.7 MPG, 8.5 PPG, 4.8 RPG, 0.8 APG, 235-531 (.443) FG, 13-53 (.245) 3PT FG, 189-253 (.747) FT, 48 steals, 24 blocks and highs of 26 points (vs. Mia, 12/20/05) and 11 rebounds (twice)
* Sean May started his rookie season with Charlotte recovering from knee surgery through training camp. May was deemed healthy enough to play in November, but he required knee surgery again and did not play after December 20. Late in the season following rehab, he was cleared for full contact practice, but was held out of game action.
FINGER INJURY SIDELINES CAPEL
* After playing 19 games in the Italian League for British Telecom Roseto (8-23), Jason Capel missed a game last week due to a fractured finger (fifth metacarpal - little finger) of his left hand.
There is the possibility Capel could play again this season with a wrap on his hand, but the injury will need surgery after the season, according to information posted at the Italian League's official website (legabasket.it).
Capel's stats in Italy: 19 games (18 starts), 34.5 MPG, 15.7 PPG, 7.6 RPG, 1.7 APG, 100-203 (.493) FG, 16-57 (.281) 3PT FG and 83-107 (.776) FT
A VEGAS FLING FOR FINGLETON
* The Las Vegas Venom, led by, former UNLV and NBA player Tyrone Nesby, will begin play in the 2006-2007 season of the American Basketball Association.
The club has also announced the signing of "7-7" center Neil Fingleton. He was a McDonald's All-American in 2000 before attending North Carolina and then heading to Holy Cross. A press release issued by the the new ABA team indicated that Fingleton, a native of England, is currently in Las Vegas and is working with Scott Porter, Venom Director of Player Development. Porter is "one of the sport's leading trainers, who has worked with many of today's premier NBA players and past superstars," according to the club. Fingleton has previously played in the ABA with the Boston Frenzy.
Fingleton was released by the NBDL's Austin Toros during training camp in 2005 before returning to England to play for the Teesside Mohawks of the England Basketball League. It was also reported by eurobasket.com during the season that Fingleton was given a tryout in Greece by Apollon Patras, the team that former Tar Heel Joseph Forte plays for.
For some recent notes on Fingleton checkout hooptimeonline.com and you'll also find a link there to purchase a 'WHERE HAVE YOU GONE NEIL FINGLETON?' T-shirt. The answer, at least for now, is Las Vegas.