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12/26 NC State NBA Rundown

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Last night 3 former NC State players were in action in the NBA. Here is a rundown.

The Dallas Mavericks (10-25) pulled off a major upset last night, beating the Raptors (23-9) 98-93. Former NC State Point guard Dennis Smith Jr. had 8 points, 5 rebounds, and 4 assists. DSJ continued to struggle from the field, only connecting on 3 of his 14 shot attempts. Thus far, Smith Jr is averaging 14 points (39 FG%), 4 rebounds and 4 assists in his rookie season, starting 27 of the 27 games he has played in.

Despite the poor shooting performance, Mavs head coach Rick Carlisle was pumped.

“Smith was in a constant attacking mode,” Carlisle said. “He pushed himself to a level tonight that gave our team goose bumps to watch. And it’s hard. It’s so much work and requires so much energy and will. But tonight convinced me that this kid is going to be a great player. (link)

TJ Warren and the Suns took down the Grizzlies 99-97, compliments of an alley-oop dunk by Tyson Chandler with 0.4 seconds left. Warren was efficient, scoring 17 points (7-14 FG). He started in all 36 of the games that he has played in, averaging 19 points (49.4 FG%) and 5.6 rebounds.

CJ Williams started for the Clippers once again last night, and has started 6 of the 21 games that he has played for Los Angeles. He played 22 minutes in the Clips 122-95 victory over the Kings last night, scoring 4 points (2-4 FG), and he also picked up 2 assists and 2 blocks. Williams is averaging 5 points per game.


Unless the Clippers figure out a way to give Williams a new contract, CJ’s time in the NBA this year is coming to a close. He signed a two-way contract with the Clips prior to the season, which only allows a player to play for their NBA team for 45 total days, and play the rest of the year for the G-League affiliate. Los Angeles head coach Doc Rivers addresses this at the end of the presser below. He says that Williams has played “great” but the options of keeping him up aren’t “great” either.

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Joe Thuney Starts 50th Straight Game, On his way to a 3rd Straight Super Bowl

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Former NC State All-American Offensive Lineman Joe Thuney started his 50th consecutive game for New England yesterday, in the Patriots’ 37-31 victory over the Chiefs. Thuney has started every single regular season and postseason game since entering the league as a rookie.

The Pat’s and Thuney are on their way to their 3rd consecutive Super Bowl.

Thuney’s NFL young NFL career: 3 seasons…3 Super Bowls.

The three Super Bowl appearances is the 2nd most ever by a former NC State football player.

Jim Ritcher – 4
Joe Thuney – 3
Mike Cofer – 2
Perry Williams – 2
Mike Jones – 2
Torry Holt – 2
Russell Wilson – 2
J.R. Sweezy – 2
Steven Hauschka – 2
(Bill Cowher – 2 – as a head coach)

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Bradley Chubb Named to 2018 PFWA All-Rookie Team

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Former NC State consensus All-American Bradley Chubb didn’t take long to establish himself in the NFL, officially being named to the PFWA (Pro Football Writers of America) 2018 All-Rookie Team.

2018 PFWA ALL-ROOKIE TEAM
Offense
QB – Baker Mayfield, Cleveland Browns
RB – Saquon Barkley, New York Giants; Phillip Lindsay, Denver Broncos
WR – Calvin Ridley, Atlanta Falcons; DJ Moore, Carolina Panthers
TE – Chris Herndon, New York Jets
C – Billy Price, Cincinnati Bengals
G – Will Hernandez, New York Giants; Quenton Nelson, Indianapolis Colts
T – Mike McGlinchey, San Francisco 49ers; Braden Smith, Indianapolis Colts
Defense
DL – Bradley Chubb, Denver Broncos; Marcus Davenport, New Orleans Saints; Da’Shawn Hand, Detroit Lions; Daron Payne, Washington Redskins
LB – Darius Leonard, Indianapolis Colts; Roquan Smith, Chicago Bears; Leighton Vander Esch, Dallas Cowboys
CB – Jaire Alexander, Green Bay Packers, Denzel Ward, Cleveland Browns
S – Jessie Bates, Cincinnati Bengals; Derwin James, Los Angeles Chargers
Special Teams
PK – Jason Sanders, Miami Dolphins
P – Michael Dickson, Seattle Seahawks
KR – Tremon Smith, Kansas City Chiefs
PR – Christian Kirk, Arizona Cardinals
ST – Zeke Turner, Arizona Cardinals (PFWA)

Chubb finished his rookie campaign with 12 sacks, 2 forced fumbles and 60 total tackles. His 12 sacks broke Von Miller’s Bronco’s rookie sack record of 11.5 set back in 2011. Chubb earned Rookie of the Month honors in October, when he tallied 5.5 sacks over a three week span.

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Bradley Chubb Makes PFF’s 2018 All-Rookie Team

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Former NC State Consensus All-American Bradley Chubb finished with 12 sacks in his first season in the NFL, breaking the Broncos’ Rookie Sack Record, and tying for the 7th most in NFL history by a rookie.

ProFootballFocus released their 2018 All-Rookie Team today, and Chubb made the cut, and it was because of more than his ability to sack the quarterback. Here’s what they had to saw about the former Nagurski Award winner.

EDGE DEFENDER

Bradley ChubbDenver Broncos

Chubb takes the headlines from the rookie defensive linemen class based on sack totals alone, but as we’ve proven, sack totals aren’t predictive of future sack totals, so a better indicator of potential future play for the former NC State standout is his rookie-leading 58 total pressures, something that correlates over much better from year to year.  That’s something that should excite Broncos fans for some time. (PFF)

PFF 2018 All-Rookie Team

QB – Baker Mayfield, Cleveland Browns
RB – Saquon Barkley, New York Giants
WR – D.J. Moore, Carolina Panthers
WR – Calvin Ridley, Atlanta Falcons
Flex Offense – Robert Foster, Buffalo Bills
TE – Mark Andrews, Baltimore Ravens
OT – Mike McGlinchey, San Francisco 49ers
Interior OL – Quenton Nelson, Indianapolis Colts
Interior OL – James Daniels, Chicago Bears
Interior OL – Will Hernandez, New York Giants
OT – Braden Smith, Indianapolis Colts

Edge Defender – Marcus Davenport, New Orleans Saints
Edge Defender – Bradley Chubb, Denver Broncos
Interior DL – Da’Shawn Hand, Detroit Lions
Interior DL – Vita Vea, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
LB – Leighton Vander Esch, Dallas Cowboys
LB – Darius Leonard, Indianapolis Colts
CB – Jaire Alexander, Green Bay Packers
CB – Denzel Ward, Cleveland Browns
S – Derwin James, Los Angeles Chargers
S – Jessie Bates, Cincinnati Bengals
Flex Defense – Justin Reid, Houston Texans

K – Jason Sanders, Miami Dolphins
P – Michael Dickson, Seattle Seahawks
R – Tremon Smith, Kansas City Chiefs
Special Teamer – Zeke Turner, Arizona Cardinals (PFF)

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Philip Rivers and the Chargers Defeat the Ravens 23-17 to Advance

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Former NC State quarterback Philip Rivers led the Chargers to a 23-17 victory over the Ravens yesterday in the Wild Card round of the playoffs, setting up a matchup against the Patriots in the Divisional Round next weekend.

Rivers had a quiet performance, completing 22 of his 32 passes for 160 yards (0 touchdowns and 0 interceptions).

His 9-yard run and celebration thereafter were probably my favorite moments of the game.

You gotta love this guy.

Rivers’ record in the playoffs is now 5-5, but he will have to go up to New England, and beat Tom Brady and Patriots to bump that to a winning record.

This will be the 8th time Rivers has faced Brady, and he’s yet to walk away with a victory.

“It’s exciting to get another chance,” Rivers said. “I think it just goes to show, unless you’re the Patriots and I know there’s some other teams that get in the postseason a lot, it’s hard. They’ve been in the conference championship I think seven or eight in a row or whatever, but for most of us it’s not that easy to get in and when you get in and now you know you’re one of eight teams, that’s all you can ask for is a chance.” (Chargers)

Rivers is joined by two other former NC State football players in Defensive Tackles Justin Jones (Rookie) and T.Y. McGill (4th season).

McGill recorded a tackle for loss against the Ravens, and Jones finished with 2 tackles, 1 tackle for loss and 1 sack.

The Chargers and the Patriots are set to kickoff next Sunday at 1:05pm on CBS.

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