Former NC State ACC Player of the Year TJ Warren just wrapped up his 5th season in the NBA, all played with the Phoenix Suns, who drafted him 14th overall in the 2014 NBA Draft.
It was a frustrating ending for Warren, missing the final 33 games of the season due to an ankle injury, which ultimately was determined to be a severe bruise.
In 43 games (36 starts), Warren averaged 18.0 points and 4.0 rebounds, while shooting 48.6% from the field, and a super impressive 42.8% three-point percentage.
To put it in perspective, he shot 22.2% from beyond the arch last year.
Warren picked up a $250,000 bonus for shooting over 37% from three, and missed another $250,000 bonus by 5 three-point attempts. He needed 185 attempts for the bonus, and shot 180.
Tony Bucket’s highest scoring performance of the year came on December 13th, when he dropped 30 points on the Mavs.
Warren just finished the 2nd season on his 4-year contract extension worth $50 million. He is due $10.8 million next season, $11.7 million in 2020-21 and $12.69 million in 2021-22.
There is speculation on whether or not Warren will be a member of the Suns, because he is an enticing player for the Suns to package in a deal.
With that being said, Warren is optimistic about Phoenix taking a step forward next year.
“We’ve got the talent,” Warren said. “We’ve got the players. All it’s about is coming together. Building together. Growing together. Josh (Jackson), Kelly (Oubre Jr.) Book (Devin Booker), Tyler (Johnson) D.A. (Deandre Ayton). We have the nucleus to really make some things happen. It’s going to be a big offseason for everybody. Hopefully everybody is going to work, which I know they are.”AZCentral
Through 5 seasons, Warren’s career scoring average of 14.4 is the third highest by a former Wolfpack player.
Phoenix Suns Trade TJ Warren to the Indiana Pacers
Former NC State ACC Player of the Year TJ Warren was traded by the Phoenix Suns to the Indiana Pacers prior to last nights NBA Draft.
Rumors were swirling that the Suns could be moving Warren to clear cap space, and the Mavericks, Magic, Spurs, Pacers, and Pistons all reached out.
Warren still has 3-years and $35 million left on his current contract. The Suns inked a 4-year extension worth $50 million in 2017.
Here’s the remainder of the contract the Pacers are inheriting.
Last year was Warren’s 5th year in the league, and he averaged 18.0 points per game (2nd best), and a career best 42.8% from three-point land.
The Pacers are getting a deal.
Warren will have the privilege of being coached by former NC State Guard Nate McMillan.
Philip Rivers Tied for 2nd Best Odds to Win 2019 NFL MVP
Football season is creeping up on us, and Vegas is itching for people to chuck money their way. According to some very early betting lines, NC State legend, Los Angeles Chargers Quarterback Philip Rivers is tied for the 2nd best odds to win the 2019 NFL MVP Award.
At the age of 36, Rivers’ QB Rating of 105.5, 32 touchdowns, and 68.5% completion percentage, were all tied for the 2nd best marks of his 15 year career.
Last year Rivers ranked 8th in Completion Percentage (68.3%), 8th in passing yards (4,308), 6th in passing touchdowns (32), and 5th in QB Rating (105.5).
Rivers led the Chargers to a 12-4 record last year.
TJ Warren, Terry Henderson & Malik Abu Invade Local Summer League
The Ultimate Basketball Association, a local Pro-Am League, is currently in session, and 3 former NC State players have come back to the Triangle to show out.
TJ Warren is on a team with Terry Henderson, and in the video below, the two of them face off against Malik Abu’s squad.
Compliments to the Hoop State Network for the video released Monday.
Will Wilson Signs Contract with Los Angeles Angels
Former NC State Shortstop Will Wilson has officially signed his contract with the Los Angeles Angels after being taken 15th overall in the 2019 MLB Draft.
The shortstop from North Carolina State will receive an under-slot bonus of $3.4 million, said a club official who was not authorized to publicly comment. The value of the 15th pick with which the Angels chose Wilson was $3,885,800.LA Times
Wilson became the first player in NC State history to earn ACC Defensive Player of the Year honors this year, and also has picked up All-American honors.
It was fitting that Wilson was in attendance at the Angels game tonight, making an appearance on the big screen.