Maurice Ager, Siena's Kenny Hasbrouck Coming to the D-League!

Will new D-League additions Maurice Ager (left) and Paul Davis (right) someday re-join fellow Michigan State and D-League alum Shannon Brown in the NBA? Only time will tell. (That's a good caption, huh?)

Maurice Ager, former first round pick of the Dallas Mavericks, and Kenny Hasbrouck, leader of a few Siena Cinderella teams, apparently decided if JamesOn Curry can get called-up, so can they.  To that, I say "Good luck ... and I hope your agent has dirty pictures of Neil Olshey."

Maurice Ager, well, I don't really know much about.  He was drafted in the first round by the Dallas Mavericks in 2006, but has played more minutes in the D-League (542 in 17 games (9 starts)) than he has in the NBA (476 in 78 games (4 starts)).  According to his D-League stats, he's an inefficient ball hog, shooting 40% from the field while averaging 2.5 assists per game.

Since I've never watched him play, I decided to enlist an expert.  Unfortunately I couldn't find anyone claiming to be a Mo Ager expert and I don't speak Spanish well enough to understand why he's no longer playing with Cajasol in Spain, where he was averaging 3.3 points and shooting 28% from 2-point range and 29% from 3-point range.

Looking a bit further back, he last played in the NBA with the Nets, so I shot an e-mail over to the newest SBNBA blog (and Nets expert), NetsDaily:


Oh, that other guy that came in the Kidd trade!

Honestly, we barely saw Ager play in NJ. He scored a total of 70 points in his season-plus here, and I don't think any of them were meaningful. From what we saw, he's a pretty good athlete with a decent jumper. He seemed to be able to get to the rim, but with tunnel vision (seven assists in 185 minutes as a Net). In the D-League (or on the Warriors), those guys are probably a dime a dozen.

I don't recall if he played any defense, but if he did, he wouldn't have been the 14th man on a team coached by Lawrence Frank and ranked near the bottom of the league in defensive efficiency last season.

As far as Kenny Hasbrouck goes, he'd be the face of those Cinderella Siena teams you forgot to pick in your March Madness bracket the past couple of seasons.  Honestly, aside from his name, I don't really remember him.  He had a workout with the Thunder pre-draft, apparently worked out with the Heat in lieu of playing for the Grizzlies in the Vegas Summer League and hasn't been doing anything since. He's here now, though, and that's what matters.  If you want to welcome him, I'm under the impression he's into creepers.

Wait, what team are they on? Well, the D-League works just like your fantasy team.  Since they just came in the pool yesterday, whoever is highest on the waiver wire and puts in a claim is the team that gets them.  We'll have a better idea who's at the top once we figure out which team claimed the last batch.

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