There was a proposal to bring a franchise to Virginia Beach in 2017. The SB Nation NBA network held a mock expansion draft, and we took our team to Virginia Beach. It said the arena would create 1,230 jobs while generating $98 million in revenue in 2015, including $66 million in Virginia Beach. Jacksonville, Fla. Population: 892,062. At pick 11 in an expansion draft, it seems like a steal. And since the Hampton Roads area was on Tom Ziller’s list of possible expansion locations, I (Kristian) — a proud Hampton University alumnus — decided to make Virginia Beach the East’s 16th NBA city. Shoutout to Arsenal Tech in Indianapolis. Team first, will do anything to win kind of guy. What is the smallest state (in terms of population) with an NBA team? Adding more franchises to the 30-team league is “just a question of when the right time is to seriously start thinking about [it],” he said. In late July, NBA commissioner Adam Silver announced he is considering the idea of an expansion. I wanted someone young who was developing a versatile skill set. 6. Lyles is a 21-years-old, 6’10” forward who can step out and shoot threes. ". Bob McDonnell and the city, according to Warren Harris, the city's director of economic development. Kristian: Seattle got a really good pick in Chandler here, a vet who can mentor the young guys and still turn in valuable minutes as a defensive anchor and rebounder. McClean and NSYNC had Chris Kirkpatrick. Whitney: Like Kristian said, we got a good leader in George Hill to start, so we wanted to keep this team young. Claiborne and Pervis Stevenson founded PUSH Basketball in 2019. The proposal to build a $350 million arena near the Virginia Beach Oceanfront to attract an NBA team is moving forward with behind-the-scenes meetings. The closest Richmond has come to a pro team is the Virginia Squires of the ABA, a league that was folded into the NBA. A spokesman for the Kings, Tony Hanson, wrote in an email Wednesday: "We have been contacted over the years by several cities and parties interested in the Kings organization. Follow the action on NBA scores, schedules, stats, news, Team and Player news. Seattle took Kenneth Faried from the Nuggets at No. Check, check and check. "It was, 'Hey, we need to meet with you to let you know where we're at, and we might need to meet with you again.' His efficiency dropped last season, but Fournier was still a legitimate perimeter threat on a nightly basis. A: California, Florida, New York, and Texas. Whitney and I paired as one team in the East and we pit ourselves against SB Nation’s Seattle SuperSonics blog, Sonics Rising. Mascot fights? Ideally, we wanted a young guy here who could play defense, hit threes, run in transition and didn’t have an injury history or off-court troubles. MILES TOGETHER AGAIN. As we were talking about what an expansion draft would look like in 2017, we decided to do our own. The Virginia Squires played in the American Basketball Association from 1970 to 1976; the team was left out of that league's partial merger with the NBA after the 1975 and 1976 season. Will you find the Warriors in the Garden State or the Golden State? We gave the SuperSonics the first pick because they deserve it. Miles is exactly what I wanted when I said we needed a wing who “could play defense, hit threes, run in transition and didn’t have an injury history or off-court troubles.” Besides, we could use Fournier’s offense with the second unit, anyway. That didn’t stop 10 picks in. 13. He’s going to be perfect on the floor and off. Please also read our Privacy Notice and Terms of Use, which became effective December 20, 2019. Comcast would lease and operate the building for 25 years. The mayor of Virginia Beach and cable giant Comcast-Spectacor will issue a joint statement Tuesday to announce that a possible plan to build an arena -- and lure an NBA team -- … Koch's study said that starting in 2015, the arena would host 200 events a year with 1.3 million attendees. Today, The Pilot begins exploring the city’s ‘Dividing Lines.’, Teen steals nearly $1 million from Georgia supermarket over two weeks and buys cars and guns, police say, In your sleep: "If you have to die, this is a great way to go". Chesapeake baker gets $10,000 grant from Beyoncé, ending a year of setbacks and sadness, Norfolk remains deeply segregated. What I did know is this: Thomas Bryant is from Rochester, N.Y., and my cousin played ball at the local YMCA with him before. Overall it’s better than a portion of the nba already but a few touch ups and it could exceed its potential. Whitney: Young talent, young talent, young talent. Kristian: Whitney and I like our roster, but there’s something missing: shooters. What is the largest state (in terms of population) without an NBA team? Can you match the NBA team to their city? I like the shading with the space needle. We’ve got Bryn, and we fully expect him to train with Iverson this summer. Bennett is one of just three former NBA players to have won the NCAA Championship as a head coach and, as of 2020, the only one who is an active NCAA coach. “We actually had this idea to try and help kids, as many kids as we could, get into school,” says Claiborne. Finally, I gave in, and in truth, we found our starting three. Kristian: Seattle took Jamal Crawford with their fifth pick, and like Negan from The Walking Dead, I had to shut down a Jamal Crawford-Lou Williams backcourt, with no exceptions. Seattle took Thabo Sefolosha from the Utah Jazz at No. This rendering shows how a proposed professional sports arena would look next to the Virginia Beach convention center. Kristian: Pick 14 in an expansion draft gets tough. 3 talking about this. EDIT2: I picked this because the 1st Virginia Regiment had a Valkyrie for its coat of arms. I get it’s just the word mark but it’s diagonal where as all the other times it’s horizontal. "Virginia Beach is the city in which they are highly interested in, and in comparing their options today, Virginia Beach would be one of their top choices," he said. But, much like the Knicks, our team's success hinges on Tim Hardaway Jr.'s development. From 2006 to 2013, the Sacramento Kings organization was under constant threat of the team moving. After drafting Anthony Davis first overall in 2012, the Pelicans have yet to make the playoffs, despite trading their 2014 draft pick for All-Star point guard Jrue Holiday. Seattle took Jeremy Lamb from the Hornets at No. Let's show the NBA that Hampton Roads wants a team here! Kristian: Had it not been for Lonzo Ball, Bryn Forbes probably would have won Summer League MVP. Suggested Team Name: SuperSonics. Bring the NBA … Seattle has been the likely destination for an expansion team ever since the SuperSonics relocated and became the Oklahoma City Thunder in 2008. A lot of these guys can play multiple positions and that is crucial in today’s NBA. 19. Whitney: It’s time to teach Virginia Beach not to google his name. Either will do. 5. Whitney: We’re going to be playing in the East. We’ll take it. The team became the Pelicans in 2013, after an ownership group lead by Tom Benson (who also owns the NFL’s New Orleans Saints) purchased the team from the league. 9. The only Pirates to play in the NBA were Devin Green and the honorable Bad Boy himself, Rick Mahorn. Team … With that, we got first pick at head coach and we quickly offered Becky Hammon as much money as we possibly could. Nets coach Kenny Atkinson likened him to Marcus Smart, and if he reaches that level, there’s no way Whitehead’s not in my rotation. Seattle took Mario Hezonja from the Magic at No. After … I’VE NEVER WANTED A FAKE TEAM TO BE MORE REAL. He’s also a really solid defender, an underrated passer and a seriously underrated low-post scorer. A second study on the economic impact of the arena on the city is scheduled to be presented to the City Council on Tuesday. He’s a guy who does the dirty work — fights for 50/50 balls, boxes out, occasionally fist-fights Serge Ibaka — and doesn’t complain about touches. 1 guy on this team but at least he’s been in a winning culture and can bring that to Virginia Beach. His harmless antics add another dimension to the team, and he’ll be a great teammate on the bench and on the court. Kristian: Whitney had been legit campaigning to draft C.J. "I did not disclose the name of the team or the name of team ownership," he said. Whitney: This was a makeup pick for Kristian. NBA team whose owners made failed attempts to relocate the franchise to Anaheim, Virginia Beach, and Seattle between 2011-2013. And every time, I make sure to get guys who can play more than one position and at least compete on defense. Seattle took Wesley Matthews from the Mavs at No. Will fight for the team every night. Vince Carter once feuded with an entire city, Vince Carter’s 10-year beef with Toronto included Nelly, a possible body slam, and so many injuries, Shaq and Donovan Mitchell had the most awkward post-game exchange, he is considering the idea of an expansion, We imagined how an NBA expansion draft would look today, Adam Silver: Seattle on ‘short list’ of NBA expansion cities, Tom Ziller’s list of possible expansion locations. Remember when he played power forward for Paul George? The Sonics took Greg Monroe from the Milwaukee Bucks in their first pick of the expansion draft. No other options exist. Whitney: Taking Hill first sets the tone of the team. Let's find out! Two sources who were at a city department director meeting last Thursday said Harris gave a brief update on the arena and told the group that Sessoms and the governor had recently had meetings with the ownership of the Sacramento Kings and mentioned the Maloof family, which owns the team, by name. It’s not crazy that this team could sneak into the eighth spot in the East. He’s a tough-nosed wing who really showed himself as a gifted scorer in Detroit before being traded to Boston. He could have Bryn if I had total control of our 10th pick. Harris denied mentioning the Kings or the Maloofs at the meeting. Harris said the team that met with the governor and the city is interested in coming to Virginia Beach. The Pilot is exploring Norfolk’s ‘Dividing Lines.’ Here’s how you can help. Mayor Will Sessoms said he plans to update the City Council on Tuesday. The parties are working on a term sheet to present to the City Council later this year or early next year. We have a shot to make the playoffs, so we’re also going for a sixth man of the year award. We’re shooting for the stars. Whitney: Clark was lowkey my favorite player on the Warriors roster. Those sources spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the politically sensitive nature of the project. Can play any position on the court. 14. And that may be challenging. Sal Iaquinto said. In truth, I was never against New York adding Hardaway in the first place. City officials also briefed Virginia Beach's General Assembly delegation on the arena on Oct. 25. Whitney: So part of starting a new team in a new city is having a team that is likeable! We called upon the beautiful SB Nation network of team blogs and experts to protect their players from each team and let us know who was available for drafting. … That said, it’s okay if you roast us for this contract. Ron Villanueva said and that the delegation has yet to get a specific request from the city about what state support might be sought for the arena. Kristian: Whitney and I had been playing with the idea of grabbing RoLo earlier, but letting him fall further could have been risky. Here’s how that conversation went: My cousin’s month-old endorsement was good enough for me. Solid guy and I had to keep Kristian from drafting Tim Hardaway Jr. with our first pick. Whitney: Another dirty work kind of guy. Aaron Applegate, 757-222-5122,aaron.applegate@pilotonline.com. Remember when he did a remake of Beauty and the Beast? The guy looked like Damian Lillard in Las Vegas, fundamentally picking defenders apart at the cellular level to the tune of 26 points per game. Here's who we picked and why, Reviewing every Stephen A. Smith performance on ‘General Hospital’, Western Illinois, Year 30 and Year 31, 2036-2038. This team is a decent mix of young and old players and should be a group of guys that can put egos aside and gel together rather quickly. By Kristian Winfield and Whitney Medworth Updated Aug 9, 2017, 12:21pm EDT Knock down three-point shooter. — Desi Sills scored 14 of his 22 points in the second half to help Arkansas rally from a 12-point halftime deficit, and then hold on to beat Auburn 75-73 on Wednesday night. 17. Seattle took Ryan Anderson from the Houston Rockets at No. That didn’t exist, so we went with the best available. When you're rooting for your favorite NBA team, which city are you representing? 11. The briefing was a general update, Del. Virginia Beach, Virginia. Kristian: We needed a big man, but I didn’t want someone who could only play one position. I’ll take that at pick No. 5. He hasn’t played much, but there’s no reason to believe he can’t develop into a legitimate inside-outside offensive threat in the future. We need guys like this. He knows what it takes to win a championship too. Seattle took Jamal Crawford from the Timberwolves at No. Seattle took Bojan Bogdanovic from the Indiana Pacers at No. Year: 2015 Team: Dallas Mavericks Round: 1 (21 st overall) The skinny: Beloved by Hoos fans for his high-flying dunks and energetic style of play, Anderson – who had originally committed to the University of Maryland before changing his mind after Coach Gary Williams retired – was the first player under Bennett to get selected in the first round. The Raptors, current NBA champions, are the lone team north of the border, but the country has produced several high-level players in recent … We drafted an expansion Virginia Beach NBA team. Name the most populous cities in the United States that do not have a team that competes in the NBA, NFL, MLB, or NHL. 15. 3. It might as well have a … NBA teams reportedly have had multiple conversations over the last year about moving away from the term “owner” when describing the person who controls the majority of the franchise. Evan Fournier hasn’t distinguished himself as a star in Orlando, but he hasn’t been a scrub either. Allen Iverson, who is from Hampton, Va., will assume a guard development role effective immediately. Whitney: That’s fine with me. Marcus Morris is one of those guys. Seattle took Tyson Chandler from the Phoenix Suns at No. We have to sell tickets! 25. Kristian: At this point, we had our guards and bigs, but we had no wing. The best part is that the Eastern Conference is currently depleted and it will give them some confidence that they can compete right away. After all, Lopez is a guy who doesn’t need the ball to be effective. Whitney: Every team needs a tough guy. To learn more or opt-out, read our Cookie Policy. 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Seattle took Tyler Johnson from the Miami Heat at No. Virginia Beach Valkyries. Christian-Republican or Christian-Democrat, We Are All One In Christ! The rest would be available for a new team to take for a new franchise. It’s a conference that is totally up for grabs. A: California, with four NBA teams. Or an NBA team. We need it. An if we live, we live to tread on _____; if die, brave death, when princes die with us! 7. VIRGINIA BEACH The proposal to build a $350 million arena near the Virginia Beach Oceanfront to attract an NBA team is moving forward with behind-the-scenes meetings. You need a tough guy in every successful group. Henson became somewhat of an afterthought in Milwaukee due to Giannis Antotkounmpo’s emergence as an all-world talent and Thon Maker’s quick rise to prominence as a rookie, but he’s got the skills. Whitney: I DID IT. The city is touting to state officials an economic impact report that showed the statewide impact of an NBA team in Virginia Beach would be almost $503 million a year, including almost $11 million annually in state tax revenue and the creation of 3,700 jobs. ... Virginia Beach and Wichita. At 26 years old, he’s still a rebounder, shot-blocker and rim-running athlete we can use off the bench. Sessoms and a spokesman for McDonnell declined to comment on the meetings with the NBA team's representatives. Seattle took Iman Shumpert from the Cavaliers at No. In all reality, Miles is that dude. The council ordered it to check numbers in a study done by Old Dominion University economics professor James Koch. Anthony Guy Bennett (born June 1, 1969) is an American former NBA basketball player and the head men's basketball coach at the University of Virginia since March 31, 2009. That doesn’t mean he’ll be the No. It is widely believed that the former owners of the team lost much of their fortune and no longer were able to run a National Basketball Association franchise. VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) — Virginia Beach City Public Schools has decided to continue with the varsity winter sports season amid the coronavirus pandemic. 23. However, we are not going to comment on rumors regarding relocation of the franchise.". Remember when he played power forward for Paul George? Someone that will go to battle with you no matter what the circumstance. Here is a veteran leader, competitor, a two-way player and stability at the most important position in basketball. Oct 4, 2017. also Albuquerque and Louisville. Win, win. "It was really broad brush," Del. 3. Devon Hall Professional Career. Miles since before we started the Expansion Draft. ... (essentially Virginia Beach and Norfolk) has a sizable population and no pro sports. Besides, what team couldn’t use a walking bucket coming off the bench? 21. Lopez fits what we want to do on the basketball court, but his personality fits as well. Other teams [ edit ] We went ahead and grabbed the youngest available version of Chandler in John Henson. But the center court logo is to be seen nowhere else. Name the most populous cities in the United States that do not have a team that competes in the NBA, ... or NHL. The Leathernecks played two instant classic NCAA tournament games in our College Hoops 2K8 sim. While Virginia Beach is mainly a tourist attraction, basketball fans throughout the state of Virginia will be thrilled to have an NBA team they can call their own. So, I went with a hometown guy in Whitehead, who’s from Brooklyn. Add comment. That’s a guy I want on my team. The team would have to start completely from scratch and build a … Kristian: I’m a Knicks guy, through and through. Kristian: Ian Clark plays within a system, can shoot threes and can play either guard spot. While Seattle would be an excellent choice for an expansion NBA franchise or an existing team's relocation (the city plans to build a new $490 million arena) and Virginia Beach … 1 and 2. He’s 25, can score in bunches, and hasn’t scratched the surface of his potential. Hardaway developed as a player on both ends of the floor in Atlanta and he returns to a Knicks team that no longer employs the guy who traded him. Remember when he did a remake of Beauty and the Beast? 27. Swaggy P adds a little flare to our team, and if there’s anything he does, it’s hit three-pointers. Kurkjian: 'Don Sutton was one great pitcher' Tim Kurkjian recalls the incredible Hall of Fame career of Don Sutton, who died Monday at the age of 75. I got Hill and Miles and this is now my favorite team. I think he’s a fine player and in an expansion draft he’s a really great pickup. Seattle took Amir Johnson from the 76ers at No. It’s why the Backstreet Boys had A.J. Signing one of baseball's best center fielders creates new questions for Toronto, starting with whether the team can win now. How many states do not have an NBA team? Kristian: The George Hill pick made sense for our first selection. Talking about his education, he attended Cape Henry Collegiate School and played for the team and later attended the University of Virginia where he represented the team Virginia Cavaliers. Seattle took Frank Mason III from the Kings at No. As a high school player, Hall starred at Cape Henry Collegiate in Virginia Beach and was named to the All-Virginia Independent Schools Athletic Association first-team all-state as a senior. The Beach is negotiating with media and sports giant Comcast-Spectacor to build the 18,500-seat arena near the Virginia Beach Convention Center. Virginia Beach could support an NBA or NHL franchise, an economy study suggests, if the commonwealth can move faster than competing cities on plans to construct an arena. Seattle took Jake Layman from the Trail Blazers at 29. NBA fans living in Jacksonville don’t have a great selection. A: 29. Which states have more than one NBA team? He was first drafted by Oklahoma City Thunder in 2018 NBA draft with the 53rd overall pick. Taj Gibson is a guy who has a winning pedigree, has a defense-first mentality and — most importantly — is from Brooklyn, N.Y. A: New Jersey. The Maloofs courted Anaheim, Virginia Beach, and Seattle as potential suitors for the team. Level 62. Are the Heat bringing their talents from Los Angeles or Miami? Seattle can have Bogdanovic. Elan +2. The players we drafted also will allow Becky Hammon to play with rotations depending on opponent. A: Utah. The SB Nation NBA network held a mock expansion draft, and we took our team to Virginia Beach. Kristian: Seattle went with a hometown pick at 15 and I went to Hampton. Besides, Bryant’s a 19-year-old rookie big man who play like he has multiple chips on his shoulder. Whitney: I’m actually a Hardaway fan. Kristian: I play a lot of NBA 2K, and one thing I like to do is draft out teams in MyGM mode and see how they do. We’re letting Lou Williams cook off the bench. We use cookies and other tracking technologies to improve your browsing experience on our site, show personalized content and targeted ads, analyze site traffic, and understand where our audiences come from. A representative of an NBA team eyeing a move to Virginia Beach has had meetings in Richmond with Gov. Kristian: At this point, we have our starters, we have a second unit, but we don’t have an enforcer. The official site of the National Basketball Association. Las Vegas Bullets (if you move the Wizards there--if you play Texas Hold'em, you know this name works) Vancouver Vipers Kentucky Colonels (former ABA team; 2K … EDIT: I don't know how the create a team works, but if you can upload logos, here are my two choices. (I mentioned Rashad Vaughn multiple times in our draft discussions, but the numbers weren’t in his favor this time around.). So when I saw Tim Hardaway Jr., basking in the wet ink of his $71 million contract, I had to pull the trigger. By choosing I Accept, you consent to our use of cookies and other tracking technologies. Same name, new team: Virginia Destroyers ready to bring exciting football to Hampton The Destroyers, not affiliated with the former team by the same name, open play March 30th. I didn’t have any Pirates to choose from. Sessoms has said he wants any deal to be structured so revenue from the building pays its debt service. We couldn’t risk letting Seattle get him. 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