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    Corey Webster is a New Zealand professional basketball player who currently plays for The Tallblacks and the New Zealand Breakers of the Australian National Basketball League, Corey is 6 feet 2 inches tall, he plays point and shooting guard positions.

    Apparently, Corey Webster has impressed the New Orleans Pelicans enough during his tryout over this past week that he's been extended an invite to training camp starting September 29th. He was rewarded with a partially guaranteed contract, yet he's well aware more work lies ahead.

    "I am not there yet but this is another positive step towards my dream of playing in the NBA. The past week has gone well and the coaches have been impressed enough by the workouts to want me to stay for the training camp on a non-guaranteed contract."

    "It is again up to me now to prove my value to the organization, to put my head down and give it my best shot at training camp. I came here this week with a three day window to impress, this has bought me more time and a chance to take the jump into the actual NBA roster."

    However, he's definitely going to help his chances by remaining in New Orleans instead of returning back to New Zealand. Working with the coaching staff for over the next two weeks should help him hit the ground running when the Pelicans travel to the Greenbrier at month's end.

    With the camp taking place from September 29 to October 2, Webster will not return in the interim, instead staying to continue to work out with Pelicans coaching and support staff to ensure he is as ready as he can be to chase a shooting guard contract on the NBA roster with the New Orleans franchise.

    Currently, the Pelicans have 13 players signed to contracts for next season. Assuming Norris Cole is eventually signed, that would leave only one more available roster spot. Most likely, Webster will be in direct competition with Sean Kilpatrick and Bryce Dejean-Jones. Conceivably, whichever player shoots the best over the course of three days in West Virginia could earn the right to remain with the Pelicans through the exhibition period and then see the start of the 2015-16 season.

  • #2
    Breaking Down Corey Webster’s Shot at the Big Time

    Yesterday it was revealed that Tall Blacks star Corey Webster had reached an agreement with the New Orleans Pelicans to attend their training camp on a three year, non-guaranteed deal.

    The move was understandably applauded in New Zealand – Webster will be one of only 600 possible players invited to a NBA training camp – but before we all prepare to purchase Pelicans jerseys plastered with Websters name, we first must take a look at what the contract entitles him to.

    The Boring Stuff

    Understanding the every nuance of the NBA salary cap is mammoth task for even the most avid fan of the league, so I will look to be as straightforward as possible with my explanations.

    Webster’s deal is termed as a “summer contract”, which means that he is not guaranteed any money unless he makes the final roster announced on the 26th of October. This summer contract allows the team to pay him “food money” of roughly $127 per day as well as footing the bill for any hotel and travel expenses incurred.

    Because he has made the training camp roster, Webster is also eligible to receive up to $2000 per week for roughly a month, though this compensation is deducted from his first paycheck if he does make the final roster.

    Because he has signed a three year deal as opposed to the standard one year version of a summer contract, Webster is also fully insured by the Pelicans against injury.

    Making The Roster

    The NBA mandates that teams must make their final cuts by 5PM on October the 24th. If Webster makes it past this deadline, he will be guaranteed at least one day’s pay.

    Teams are allowed to carry a maximum of 15 players on their roster for the NBA season, though some teams decide to dip below this maximum in order to leave a roster spot open for any number of reasons.

    The Pelicans currently have 13 players with fully-guaranteed contracts for the upcoming season, meaning that there are two open roster spots that Webster will be competing for.

    The Pelicans have also submitted a “qualifying offer” to veteran guard Norris Cole and as such it is almost certain that he will be on the roster come the start of next season, narrowing the possible spots for Webster down to one.

    Who Is His Competition?

    To my knowledge, there are two players who also currently have agreements with the Pelicans to attend their training camp – Bryce Dejean-Jones and Sean Kilpatrick.

    Kilpatrick is a 6’4″ guard who played his college ball at the University of Cincinnati before going undrafted in the 2014 NBA draft. He bounced around the D-League for a few months before he famously signed a 10-day contract with the Minnesota Timberwolves, chosen specially because he was “within a train ride away”.

    Kilpatrick is on a non-guaranteed deal similar to Webster in the sense that if he is cut before the final rosters are announced, he does not see a cent of his contracted money.

    Dejean-Jones is a 6’6″ swingman who was undrafted out Iowa State University. Playing for the Pelicans in Summer League, Dejean-Jones was able to ride some hot shooting to a solid rate of scoring and, more importantly, parlayed this into a $50,000 guarantee for the upcoming season.

    This guarantee makes Dejean-Jones the frontrunner for the final roster spot, as even if the Pelicans decide that another player is worthy of making the roster, they will still have to pay Dejean-Jones $50,000 on top of the salary that they will be paying the player on the roster.

    Other players rumoured to potentially be attending the camp are veteran wings Rasual Butler and Chris Douglas-Roberts.

    Can Webster Make It?

    Despite this incentive for the Pelicans to take Dejean-Jones, the competition for the final roster spot is certainly still wide open. In the grand scheme of things, $50,000 is a pittance to an NBA team and if they think Webster is the best player they will definitely take him.

    Teams don’t give out guarantees for nothing though, and the Pelicans brass certainly saw something in Dejean-Jones where they offered guaranteed money to ensure that it was their training camp that he attended as opposed to someone else’s.

    What Happens if Webster Makes the Roster?

    Should the Tall Black guard win out in the competition for the final roster spot, there is a genuine path to playing time.

    Guards Jrue Holliday and Quincy Pondexter are coming off of major injuries while other perimeter options such as Alonzo Gee and Luke Babbitt haven’t proven to be worthy of minutes in prior seasons.

    While it is likely that Webster would begin the season outside of the rotation, injuries or ineptitude could see him get real minutes for the Pelicans.

    The equation therefore seems relatively simple. Beat out Dejean-Jones, Kilpatrick, and any other bodies that the Pelicans decide to bring to camp and their exhibition season and it’s likely that Webster will realise his dream of becoming a fully-fledged NBA player.


    • #3
      Basketball: Corey Webster makes NBA preseason debut

      Tall Blacks star Corey Webster has made another step towards his goal of a guaranteed NBA roster spot, making his NBA preseason debut for the New Orleans Pelicans this afternoon.

      Webster looked like he belonged in his eight minutes and 23 seconds of court time against the Indiana Pacers, although it wasn't a version of the shooting guard many would have recognised.

      Asked to play the majority of his minutes at point guard, Webster was entrusted with running the Pelicans offence, and did a solid job, with three assists, including one to Anthony Davis for a dunk.

      In order to man the point, Webster kept his scoring game in check, only shooting once - missing a long step-back two. Although not showcasing the elements of his game which impressed many for the New Zealand Breakers and Tall Blacks, Webster filled a role asked of him by coach Alvin Gentry with competence.

      Guarding the Pacers point guards, Webster again did creditably. Although he got lost in a mass of rotations to leave an open three-point shot, he was physical against penetrating guards, most notably when he forced Joe Young into a travelling call after an excellent job denying Young the space to get to the rim.

      Webster ended with three assists and a rebound on his 0/1 shooting night, overall acquitting himself well, aside from a turnover and a foul on his first possession, where he had his pocket picked by Rodney Stuckey before fouling the combo guard on an and-one.

      Webster's competition for the available Pelicans roster spot also has mixed games.

      Chris Douglas-Roberts and Bryce Dejean Jones got the most minutes to show their talents, with Douglas-Roberts having 10 points (4/7 shooting), two steals and two turnovers, while Dejean Jones had seven points, two rebounds, two assists and a steal on 2/8 shooting.

      The other player in the mix - Sean Kilpatrick - was gunning like a madman, putting up 12 shots in 14 minutes but only hitting three. He added one rebound and a steal to go with those eight points.

      The Pelicans are next in action in six days time against the Atlanta Hawks.


      • #4
        It was good while it lasted.The New Orleans Pelicans have waived guard Corey Webster.Webster, 6-2, 190, is a native of Aukland, New Zealand, who most recently played for the New Zealand Breakers of the Australian National Basketball League. In 32 games for the Breakers last season, Webster averaged 15.3 points, 2.4 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 1.0 steals per game. Webster was signed by New Orleans on Sept. 23 and appeared in three preseason games, averaging 1.3 points and 2.0 assists per game.

        New Orleans’ roster now stands at 19.


        • #5
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          • #6
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              • #8
                Originally posted by chrisgray View Post
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