View Full Version : Violette update (Idaho Stampede)

01-15-2008, 02:07 PM
Big week for Cory and all the D-Leaguers as the "Showcase" is underway. As DraftExpress (http://www.draftexpress.com/blog/D-League-Blog/) puts it:
The D-League Showcase presents an opportunity for the 140 players in the D-League to display their talents in front of their most important audience of the season. Over 60 scouts representing every NBA team and the top teams in Europe...will make the trek to Boise for the four day event.

The annual event must be approached like a job interview for the players looking to live out their NBA dreams. In addition to the on-court play, the scouts will be observing the interaction of the player with his teammates, his body language in different situations, and even their behavior off the court during the four day event.

Cory's webcast/televised games at the Showcase are:

Tonight 6:15pm, Idaho vs Rio Grande Valley
live webcast, or 9:00pm tape delay on NBA TV

Thursday 6:15pm, Idaho vs Fort Wayne
live webcast, also live on NBA TV

D-League webcast link (http://www.nba.com/dleague/news/dleague_webcasts.html) (and a reminder that all of Cory's future games can be seen here as well).

Stampede schedule (http://www.nba.com/dleague/idaho/schedule/).

Idaho is 14-5 and has won 9 straight. The frontcourt minutes have recently been spread out some as both Sene and McRoberts have been assigned to Idaho.

DraftExpress (http://www.draftexpress.com/blog/D-League-Blog/) has some positive mentions for Cory ("shows excellent hustle", "shows good toughness inside" & "has the ability to step out and knock down an open jumper") and then qualifies ("undersized for a 4 in the NBA", "lack(s) NBA upside".) Still, the numbers are very solid: 15.2 pts & 6.4 rbs in 27.5 min. 57.1% FG and 71.6% FT. (Game Logs (http://www.nba.com/dleague/playerfile/gamelogs.jsp?player=cory_violette))

Here's hoping the chiseled one has a great week.


01-15-2008, 02:39 PM
Wow, bbskorer! You have not lost your touch! Super, super nice work putting that together. Thanks so much. I'm going to try to catch a glimpse of the young man on NBA TV tonight at 9:00.

Edited to add: And everybody should push that Boom! button in BBskorer's signature and dial up the volume for an afternoon wake-up call! That was fun! One of Pargo's dunks gave me chills!

01-15-2008, 05:15 PM
Thanks for the info BBSkorer. I don't follow much pro bball but never give up the chance to see former Zags in action. Just tuned in to the webcast, Cory Violette started, and missed a jump hook early.

It's nice that Cory gets a chance to play in front of friends and family. If I'm not mistaken Boise is his hometown.

01-15-2008, 06:46 PM
thanks for putting together the info for us BBskorer
& thanks for mentioning the BOOM ZN....I just clicked it --
its like totally ballin'!

01-15-2008, 07:14 PM
that...was...AWESOME! Nice work BBskorer, very nice!

01-15-2008, 09:46 PM
We can get salaries for NBA'ers. What is Cory's salary?

Texas Zag
01-16-2008, 03:01 PM
I don't know his salary, but I heard a thing on NPR a while back staying they made less then $30k in the D-League.

01-17-2008, 05:45 PM
How about Chisel tonite? 16 pts, 4 rbs, & 1 ast...........in the first quarter!

Turnaround J's, reverse layups, alleyoop dunks, and throw in a 3-ball.

Game's on NBA TV right now. 2nd quarter underway, and Cory's on the bench....why I don't know.;)

Also on the d-league webcast site. link (http://www.nba.com/dleague/news/dleague_webcasts.html)

01-17-2008, 06:35 PM
Go Cory, go Cory, go Cory!!!

Wish I had NBA tv...how much?

01-17-2008, 06:38 PM
mediant- check out the link that BBSkorer gave.

01-17-2008, 06:40 PM
It's not very expensive. I'm thinking I paid maybe $6 a month for the package that includes Fox College Sports, NBA TV, and some other stuff. It's on #416 on my Comcast package in Spokane.

May have gone up this year, but Comcast is so clever at making their billing incomprehensible, all I know is it's too much, but I can't give up about 10 of the channels I have, which are spread across a number of options that cost way too much.

01-18-2008, 10:12 AM
For some reason my Internet connection was slow last night and the game was buffered over and over, so I turned it off.

01-18-2008, 10:53 AM

19 points on 66% shooting, 6-6 on free throws and 6 rebounds. He played ten minutes less than Mcbob, took one less shot and still scored 12 more points.

01-18-2008, 10:59 AM
Jonathan Givony's DraftExpress (http://www.draftexpress.com/article/NBA-D-League-Showcase,-Day-Four/) writeup from the D-League Showcase:
Cory Violette, 6-8, Power Forward, Idaho Stampede
Game One: 6 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 block, 2 turnovers, 3-8 FG, 17 minutes
Game Two: 19 points, 6 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 turnovers, 6-9 FG, 1-1 3P, 6-6 FT, 20 minutes

It’s not quite clear how Bryan Gates got Cory Violette to accept coming to the D-League this year (he’s an established player in Europe, with little to no NBA upside), but it’s pretty obvious that we’re talking about a huge asset to have at this level.

Violette is an undersized power forward with a wide body, great hands, and underwhelming athletic ability. He’s the type of tough, active player who is always around the ball and really knows how to get after offensive rebounds, thanks to his excellent timing and positioning, as well as the tenacity in which he plays with.

Violette is big and strong enough to be a presence in the paint at this level. He doesn’t have a great deal of moves, but he’s extremely smart and patient with the ball in his hands, making good decisions and not able to get the job done either with simple footwork or a terrific pass out of the post. He has really nice touch, especially on his turn-around jumper, but is limited somewhat by the fact that he plays below the rim, not being a great finisher in traffic. He also sets great screens, and might be able to face the basket a little bit (he hit one nice looking NBA 3-pointer tonight)—even if this wasn’t a part of his game that he wanted to show too much of.

Defensively, Violette lacks size and has poor lateral quickness (the main reason why he’s almost certainly not an NBA player), but he puts a tremendous effort in and gets the job done at this level against the mostly mediocre big men we saw him matched up against.

The best part of Violette’s game might be his passing. He’s extremely intelligent in the way he reads the defense, making quick and accurate touch passes on a number of occasions that got his teammates easy baskets, either directly or on the very next pass (the hockey assist). He’s equally effective passing out of the low or high post. Having two experienced and unselfish players like Violette and Randy Livingston (as well as Lance Allred) is probably a good place to start when trying to figure out why Bryan Gates’ Idaho team has won their last 11 straight games.

It’s not quite clear why Violette decided to take a steep pay cut to come play here in Idaho, but he’s really doing a nice job. The overseas scouts we talked to were clearly impressed, so maybe he’ll end up landing himself a much better job next season than the one he had in Italy last year.

methinks Mr. Givony doesn't know where Cory grew up.;)

01-18-2008, 11:13 AM
Ah, another cruel but enlightening look at the world of NBA scouts. You can be the smartest, toughest player on the court, but if you lack "lateral quickness" or "upside," it's "See ya in Europe!" Glad Cory brought his A-Game to this event, even if he's going to have a hard time changing NBA minds. Screw 'em ...

01-18-2008, 08:34 PM
Love the BOOM!!! Thanks, and great work!

01-18-2008, 09:01 PM
Cory's not short at all! His vertical was amazing when he was here. I'm not sure what this guy knows. Cory has major talent. Sometimes I think these guys and the talkers on radio/tv say stuff just to say stuff. It's their job and they have to say or write something.........not accurate in this case.

01-19-2008, 05:35 AM