Saturday, 07 November 2020 22:23

Is This The Year of The Blair?

Written by Jay Harvey
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 It is a new season for the Storm and hopefully, they can be a contender for the 8 seed this season, putting them in the playoffs for the 3rd time under Prince Amour. San Diego entered the off-season with just four players under contract and needed to make some moves during the draft and free agency.

 

Power Forward Blair Call led the team last season, taking a front seat to veteran Gary Williams. If that wasn’t impressive enough, Call managed to make his 1st all-star appearance in his 1st season in a starting role. Despite Call being moved from his original position from Power Forward to Small Forward, Call led the Storm in scoring, rebounds, and block shots. With Blair in the final year of his contract and the Storm hoping to offer him an extension, that is if he plays well this season, fans are left wondering if this will be the year of the Blair.

 

Blair Call responded to the fans saying, “I am tired of being tossed around the league. I know my capabilities and San Diego has given me the opportunity to prove I am better than many of the big men out there. I became an All-Star in just my first year here and I am hoping to repeat that this season.”

 

San Diego has no easy task ahead, they not only have to surround Blair with players who will allow him to play his inside game, but they also have to get their budget back on track in order to be successful, not just for this season but for the future of the franchise as well. 

 

Rookie of the year candidate and future face of the franchise Roman Roberson was the 3rd best scorer on the team and nailed 3 player of the game honors in his first season. Though he seems to have proved himself, head coach McKinley Browning does not think Roberson is ready for the big league and thinks his selfish play should have warranted him more points per game. Browning mentioned sending the young stud to the D-League, alongside his former Mississippi State teammate Roy Young, this season if he can find a replacement starting guard during free agency, and Browning did just that.

 

Storm during free agency signed big man Gino Rodriguez, a post defensive specialist, to replace Gary Williams's presence inside after his contract ends this season. Knowing that both Gino and Blair commit a decent amount of fouls, they added Richard Hardee and Donald Williams as inside support. In the backcourt, they brought back Louie Benefield, who exploded on the scene in his first starting season with South Florida last season. They also added Gary Vail, another ex-Storm player. Vail has the talent to start in the big league, according to team scout Rocky Ledet, and Browning confirms he will take on that role in the place of Roberson. The Storm also brought back one of the best 6-man in the league, guard Jose Peters.

 

During the draft, the Storm went with Small Forward Quintin Dean of Florida State 6th overall, and then took Point Guard Roy Young of Mississippi State at 14th, and finished the draft with Tennessee's Shooting Guard Rashad Zaragoza in the second round.

 

Storms are a long way from being a contender, but they are still hoping to make the 8 seed and more focused on getting the fans to come out to more games this season.

 

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