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Most surprising (in a good way) NBA players through first three weeks of 2016-17 season

USA TODAY Sports’ AJ Neuharth-Keusch lists and gives explanations for surprising players on bad teams such as J.J. Barea, Harrison Barnes, Sean Kilpatrick, Otto Porter and T.J. Warren, but also surprising players on good teams such as Kemba Walker, DeMar DeRozan, Thabo Sefolosha and George Hill. Lou Williams was listed too, as he is playing quite alright so far for the surprising 7-5 Lakers.

So how about Detroit? Who is Detroit’s most surprising player thus far?

Beno Udrih? Aron Baynes? Andre Drummond (his free throws being the biggest surprise)?

Report: New CBA will have shorter preseason, new domestic violence policy

Via Kurt Helin at Pro Basketball Talk:

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver has talked about this before. The idea is to shorten the preseason by a week with fewer games, start the NBA season a week earlier, and that allows more space in the schedule to reduce back-to-backs. It makes sense. If you’re about to say “why don’t they just shorten the too-long schedule by 15 games?” you clearly forgot we live in a capitalistic society where making money is worshiped like a god.

A couple points in the new CBA:

X- There will be some changes to cap holds that will make it harder to do what Kawhi Leonard and Andre Drummond did with their rookie deals, delaying signing an obvious max extension to allow the team to use that cap space to put a better team around them. The cap hold increases also could make it difficult for the Warriors to keep Andre Iguodala and other role players around Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant.

X- The salaries for D-League players — which currently have a max of $26,000 — will jump to $50,000 to $75,000. This brings the D-League in the ballpark of what undrafted players would make in their first season in Europe, making it more likely some of them stay here and chase their NBA dream and grow their game rather than get a paycheck.

Sources: 3 NBA teams stop staying at Trump-brand hotels in NYC and Chicago

Marc Stein and Zach Lowe led the report.

Sources told ESPN.com that the Milwaukee Bucks, Memphis Grizzlies and Dallas Mavericks have moved away from Trump hotels in New York City and Chicago, which bear Donald Trump's name through a licensing agreement.

Sources say that another Eastern Conference team contracted to stay at the Trump SoHo in New York this season has likewise already decided to switch to a different property in Manhattan when its current contract expires at season's end and that the Trump association is among the factors for the switch.

Seven other teams told ESPN.com on Tuesday that they are still currently scheduled to stay at Trump-branded properties this season.

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ESPN contacted all 30 teams this week to ask about their travel plans in New York and other NBA cities that feature Trump-branded hotels, which include Chicago, Miami, Toronto and Washington.

Several teams that have stayed at the Trump SoHo in particular in the past told ESPN that they are not staying there this season but did not specifically attribute the switch to any political reason. Several more said that they've never stayed at Trump-branded hotels.

Let’s go around the league a bit, shall we?

  • Miami Heat second-year forward Justise Winslow is not playing well this season. He’s shooting 33.1% from the field and 21.4% from downtown in 9 games played. On Monday night against the Spurs Winslow had another rough one with a 3 for 12 effort from the floor. There’s a viable excuse for Winslow though, as it seems he’s dealt with a bruised left wrist for the last few weeks. Finally on Tuesday night against the Hawks Winslow was not in action — a “DNP - Sore Left Wrist” scratch. Let’s hope Winslow gets better soon because, as it goes without saying I think, we all here in Detroit follow very closely the Stanley Johnson-Justise Winslow ‘who is better’ battle. We want a fair battle.
  • The Atlanta Hawks are sitting comfortably at 8-2 and while Paul Millsap, Dwight Howard and Dennis Schroder get most of the news juice, the “Moose” is really doing damage for them: it’s not Greg Monroe, no, it’s four-year pro Mike Muscala (I just learned that Mike is called Moose). He’s the Hawks’ first big off the bench and is earning notoriety this season for strong play across the board. Important to note too is that Atlanta’s fourth quarter defense is best in the NBA and it’s not even close right now.
  • Fun fact: Ersan Ilyasova has played 7 games with the Philadelphia 76ers, after being traded there from OKC a few weeks back, and is second on the team in scoring (12.4) behind Joel Embiid (18).
  • Vince Carter is still pretty good and he just broke a record held by Michael Jordan.
  • On Monday November 14th, 2016, there was history made by the Australian players in the NBA.

Five Australian players have scored a cumulative record breaking 63 points in the NBA, the country’s highest scoring day in the league's history.

Aron Baynes and Utah Jazz forward Joe Ingles both led team Aussie with 20 points apiece.

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Drive the speed limit today, folks. Because nobody really does anymore.