4 yrs/$15M with the Magic
Sorry, I know he's a Dukie, but seriously?
Thats great for Chris! He will be playing for a winning team! CD is a great backup PG. He may be overexposed as a starter (especially with his back injuries) but I think this is a great signing for Orlando, especially given the dearth of tested NBA PGs available this year. Obviously, Nelson ain't goin anywhere, expect back-up minutes.
As for the salary, the contract averages $3.75 million/year. According to this article, the average NBA salary last year was $3.4 million. As an "average" NBA player, this seems about right for Chris.
Now if you want to discuss why any athletes are making $3 million dollars/yr, that is an entirely different story
It's a great fit for Duhon. He can now play a backup role for the Magic on a very good young team. He plays defense and distributes well.
For the Magic, it's an upgrade over Jason Williams. The price might be a bit high for a backup PG, but it's not a ridiculous deal.
The Magic have enough shooters on the roster that having a defensive minded, pass-first backup PG is not a problem.
I hope he has JJ as a teammate but I wouldn't be suprised if they just switched teams with JJ become a Knick.
I'm thrilled Chris will get to play on a good team and finally get a little national attention. Also glad that he and JJ might be teaming up again.
Not a lot of point guards out there and it looked like Orlando paid the going rate for a player of Duhon's caliber.
Check out the recent deal Steve Blake got with the Lakers -- four years at $16 million. Pretty similar.
Blake and Duhon have fairly similar numbers. Duhon is two years younger ... last year he averaged 7.4 points and 5.6 assists (1.6 TOs). Blake averaged 7.3 points and 4.8 assists (and 1.6 TOs). Blake shot better -- .395 to .349 on 3-pointers ... but Duhon was over 39 percent the year before.
Anyway, that seems to be the going rate for a quality backup point guard, which is what Blake and Duhon both are. It will be interesting to see the deal that Ray Felton, who is in the same class, gets.
BTW ... Does this mean that Duhon and Redick are now the Magic's backup backcourt?
I hope the Magic hang on to JJ and we get a chance to see him and Duhon both on the floor.
Seems to me that JJ can be a good influence/help to Duhon.
He simply says that Duhon is a pretty poor shooter. He actually compliments Duhon's ability to learn the playbook, to be unselfish, to push tempo, and to play great defense. He even notes Duhon has perhaps one of the best backup PG in the league. He just notes that Duhon is a really poor shooter (which is true - his shooting percentages are not very good, and he's really streaky).
A reference to partying too much, I took it. But, fewer distractions than NYC could be a good thing.And because (speaking from personal experience) it's so damned hard to find a proper pub in Orlando that isn't situated inside of a chain restaurant, Duhon and his big-boy contract will pick up Stan Van Gundy's offense
I think it was a fairly reasonable summary of what you get with Duhon: steady floor generalship, strong defense, streaky/poor shooting, and a history of off-court issues with the nightlife.
Ever since he won the 3-pt shooting contest at the McDonald's All-American weekend, I had hopes for his outside shot. Never could hit it consistently, though.
Chris has done some nice things for people in Louisiana after the Katrina disaster. Wish him luck in his new gig in Orlando.