Interesting Read On Dwight Buycks
Old 07-22-2013, 04:16 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Might be a diamond in the rough. I can totally see him passing Augustin in the rotation.
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Reputations are hard to shake, and even harder to change. Coming out of Marquette, Dwight Buycks had a reputation of a scoring point guard, a euphemism for a guard that canít reliably run an offense.

Fast forward two years later, and Buycks ó now having played in the NBA D-League and overseas ó was playing for the Oklahoma City Thunderís Summer League team in Orlando. Buycks said his goals in Orlando was ďto come here and let the world know what Iíve been working on: picking and choosing when I can get my shots and shots for others.Ē

Perhaps this sounds like the beginning of a story youíve heard thousands of times before: A player comes to Summer League, promising to have completely retooled his game, only to show that his prior weaknesses still remain. This is not that story.
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Might be a diamond in the rough. I can totally see him passing Augustin in the rotation.
Already impressed with his achievements in the past and yet he's still growing.

Won't be surprised to see him ranked in top 10 rookie next year
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So it looks like hes a jerryd bayless clone.
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Dwight Buycks, 2013 Summer League's breakout point guard - SBNation.com

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"Once I see my name in the locker room, I think that's when I'll feel like*yeah, that's it right there," Buycks says. "It'll be an NBA dream come true."Summer league is about opportunity. It's a chance to break out in front of executives, coaches and scouts. It's a time to prove your worth and change your reputation. Buycks went undrafted in 2011, accepted an invite to Phoenix Suns training camp and didn't make the roster -- the perception was that he could score but not distribute. Before starring in France, he went to the D-League and Belgium. He played in Orlando and Vegas last year with the Thunder and the*Spurs, but it wasn't anything like this.Most years, there's a player or two like Buycks, someone who makes an impact after having his dreams dashed and persisting. Someone who fell out of the draft or out of the league, someone who knows what it means to sacrifice. Someone who won't take an NBA contract for granted.

Many players who competed in summer league will earn training camp invites, but so far only Buycks and*Phil Pressey, an undrafted rookie point guard out of Missouri who latched onto the*Boston Celtics, have inked guaranteed contracts. For the 24-year-old Buycks, the key to making it after a setback is what you do afterward."Are you gonna stop?" Buycks says. "By not getting drafted, are you gonna stop and just say, ‘Well, that's what I wanted to do, it didn't happen so now I'm just going to wait,' or are you just gonna say, ‘Okay, I didn't get drafted, now let's get to work for the next day and see what we can do and see if something else can happen?'"Buycks says he didn't think about Plan B this summer. He didn't consider whether he'd try his luck in the D-League or go back overseas if there was no NBA interest. He stayed in the moment, focusing on each practice, each workout session."[He] earned everything, and I respect his battle and his grind," Raptors power forward*Quincy Acy*says after heaping praise upon Buycks for his basketball IQ, competitiveness and unselfishness. "Can't say enough about him."It took only three games with Toronto -- he missed the first two because he had to have a physical and officially sign his contract -- but Buycks feels like he's found a home. The young Raptors from summer league are excited to play with him during the season. The vets who watched have introduced themselves."It felt like we was family from the start," he says.While in France, Buycks couldn't watch much NBA basketball.

He'd try, but the six-hour time difference made it tough. He'd get up at 9 a.m. for practice and watch highlights on NBA.com, hoping all the while that this year would be the year."You think about it a lot, you try to think about your next move," Buycks says.He did a lot of that in the past two years. Now he knows where he's going and he's extremely excited about the destination.As the Raptors roster stands, it looks like Buycks will battle with the recently signed*D.J. Augustin*for minutes behind starter Kyle Lowry. With Augustin's five years of NBA experience and top-10 pick pedigree, Buycks might be considered the underdog. If Buycks' last couple of weeks tell us anything, though, it's that these things can change quickly.

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So it looks like hes a jerryd bayless clone.
I disagree he plays nothing like him & he has longer arms...
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His style/movements remind me of Jennings. Luckily he's not a trigger happy 3 ball shooter though and actually seems to enjoy involving others.
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His style/movements remind me of Jennings. Luckily he's not a trigger happy 3 ball shooter though and actually seems to enjoy involving others.
Agree ... looks for like Jennings.

I like his offensive skills, especially in his ability to get his shot off ... I noticed he was trying to get his teammates involved, but I certainly didn't see naturally strong passing/assist capabilities.

He can certainly become a better distributor, but for folks who have actually played BB, this isn't one of those capabilities that's easy to improve on. Lets not expect him to win any assist to turnover ratio award ... this will never happen.

Being a scoring guard that can defend and not make stupid turnovers can still result in a very rewarding career.
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Old 07-23-2013, 01:03 PM   #8 (permalink)
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He'll be great practise fodder for Lowry and Augustin and, if Buycks brings his improved game to the NBA season, he could easily steal minutes away from Augustin, especially if he continues his downward trajectory from last season.

Also, I can totally see us getting way too excited about Buycks when Lowry gets his annual 10-15 game injury and Buycks and Augustin have to play heavy minutes!

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Being a scoring point guard is not a terrible thing for a back-up PG.
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nice post Kirby!

Good read
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I think his dynamic play will put him ahead of Augustin. Or maybe they both share guard duties at times. I just think his ability to draw in defenses and hit guys with really nice passes on the perimeter could allow for some really good use of Novak, and make the bench much stronger than many people think going into this season.
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initially i liked the augustin pickup and to be honest i still don't mind it, i think he's a great third guard, and the contract is reasonable. but he is sort of a corpse, and can't be relied on to score, distribute, or defend consistently.

dwight i agree, he seems to be a more dynamic player and athlete in general, with the potential to be way more versatile on defense and offense. i hope it's a situation where buycks plays his way into the backup guard role instead of augustin sucking enough to fall back into a third guard role.
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i like our bench
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I believe most horrible thing about our bench is that Casey is managing rotations
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It's horrible
scrappy, physical, defensive minded, full of potential and all hungry to prove themselves is always great for an upcoming team. not bad for its price, especially hansbrough who is going to set the standard of physicality.


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scrappy, physical, defensive minded, full of potential and all hungry to prove themselves is always great for an upcoming team. not bad for its price, especially hansbrough who is going to set the standard of physicality.


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Our bench is near the bottom in the NBA. Bottom 5 bench easily.
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Our bench is near the bottom in the NBA. Bottom 5 bench easily.
We have no proven scorer off the bench, only Novak who is a specialist and not a 6th man. I rather bring Amir off the bench and start TH just so we could get some scoring from our second unit.
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We have no proven scorer off the bench, only Novak who is a specialist and not a 6th man. I rather bring Amir off the bench and start TH just so we could get some scoring from our second unit.
I've been saying for months that we'd be better if Amir came off the bench.
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