This could be the point where Bryan Colangelo really shows us how we are just mere mortals and he is some sort of basketball God. This is where he says, hey, you think my Kapono signing was strange? Well, wait until you get a load of this.
The Raptors have signed Jamario Moon of the CBA’s Albany Patroons (the what?) to a 2-year contract. Moon had 18.8 points and 7.5 rebounds last season in the CBA. Those numbers sound pretty good, don’t they? Well, he also averaged 2 steals per game and was second in the league with 2.4 blocks. Well, this just keeps getting better. He was also named Defensive Player of the Year and was fifth in 3-point percentage (.401). First team All-Star too.
Moon has played everywhere you can imagine. CBA, D-League, USBL, ABA, WBA, you name it. Apparently, he isn’t the brightest guy in the world as he received a scholarship to Mississippi State, but didn’t qualify academically. He was also suspended from his Community College team after 12 games.
Okay, so those numbers are impressive. But there has to be a reason this guy has kicked around so long in so many leagues without being picked up by anyone in the NBA. Could it be that he has just taken this long to develop into an NBA-ready player? Is it that he has played in so many different places, that when he finally got his shot at the NBA (well, he did have a shot in pre-draft camp in 2001…so let’s say “another” shot) he just busted his hump, let all the talent out and flat out earned a spot?
Let’s take a look at his strengths. He’s athletic, can get to the rim, has rebounding ability and can play D. Decent size at 6′8″ and around 200 lbs. It seems he has managed to get some previous character issues resolved and is ready to be a solid contributor (he has even called out teammates whom he did not think had the desire to win…).
I think this might be one of those signings where later on, people will be wondering why nobody took a chance on Jamario Moon, but I am just a little nervous that this guy has been putting up good stats for so long and didn’t get a sniff. It looks like he is going to be the slasher/wingman the Raptors have been looking for or at least he is going to be the guy they hope can fill that position. He has all of the tools, but transferring them onto the court in the NBA is a different story.
No financial terms were released on his contract, but realistically, they probably signed him for a few ham sandwiches. Two years with a league minimum of just over $400K would probably be low, so maybe two years and $750K per? I don’t know, just a total shot in the dark. A completely uninformed shot in the dark.
I’m hoping this works out for everyone.