Thursday, July 18, 2013
Akognon's staying power
By Joe Kaiser
One of the top scorers in summer league this year is a player many of you may not have heard of: Josh Akognon. Playing on Dallas' squad, the 5-foot-11 point guard is averaging 20.5 points in four games, leading all scorers on a roster than includes NBA players like Jae Crowder and Bernard James.
On Wednesday, he came off the bench and scored 24 points in 25 minutes. But does he have staying power in the NBA?
Akognon has several factors working against him. For one, he's a small, undersized point guard. That alone is always a tall task. On top of that, he's also 27 years old, having played overseas since spending his college days at Washington State and Cal-State Fullerton.
But as Brian Roberts showed last season as 27-year-old rookie point guard in New Orleans, there is always hope for someone like Akognon, whether it be in Dallas or elsewhere. Akognon has proven that he can score and shoot the 3-ball; he has made 13 shots from distance in four summer league games. Another example that should give Akognon hope is in Toronto, where the Raptors signed undrafted point guard Dwight Buycks to a guaranteed contract to play behind Kyle Lowry and D.J. Augustin next season. Buycks played in France last season and in the NBDL the year before.