Before every NBA Trade Deadline, media members and fans always speculate about the big name players that could potentially be moved. However, most seasons, teams more commonly deal young, lower-salary players to help get under the salary cap or open up a roster sport to bring in a free agent. Often, those lower salary guys come out of mid-major conferences in college basketball, like the Colonial Athletic Association.
Thursday, two former CAA guards were moved in the NBA, as the Oklahoma City Thunder traded former VCU guard, Eric Maynor, to the Portland Trailblazers and the Golden State Warriors shipped former Hofstra guard, Charles Jenkins, to the Philadelphia 76ers.
Maynor, who became well-known in basketball circles after leading the 11-seed VCU Rams over the 6-seed Duke Blue Devils in the opening round of the 2007 NCAA Tournament, was playing just over 10 minutes per game for the Thunder and was definitely in need of a fresh start. In return, OKC received $2.2 million in trade exception.
At VCU, Maynor clearly showed his potential and abilities to play basketball and run the point. He was selected as the CAA Player of the Year for the 2007-2008 season and is the all-time leader in scoring, assists and made free throws at VCU.
The former CAA standout was taken with the 20th pick in the 2009 NBA Draft by the Utah Jazz, but hasn’t really found a niche in the League. He’s averaging just 4.2 points, 2.9 assists and 1.3 rebounds per game over his career. However, he may have found a really nice home as the backup point guard to Damian Lilliard.
Jenkins, the 2009-2010 and 2010-2011 CAA Player of the Year, scored 2,513 career points at Hofstra, which is good for the most in school history and second most in CAA history. Taken with the 44th pick in the 2011 Draft by the Warriors, Jenkins has been a deep reserve on head coach Mark Jackson’s bench. Also residing on that particular pine is another former CAA star, Old Dominion’s former guard, Kent Bazemore. Jenkins was sent to Philly in exchange for a future second round pick.
Today, the Rams are excelling in the Atlantic 10 and continuing to thrive with dynamic guard play with Treveon Graham, Troy Daniels and Rob Brandenberg filling the role of Maynor. Hofstra on the other hand is struggling to replace Jenkins with Stevie Mejia and Taran Buie as they likely will enter the CAA Tournament as the lowest seed.