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Joe Alexander getting a second chance, courtesy the Hornets quest for forwards

Sep 20, 2010, 8:47 PM EDT

Thumbnail image for hornets_logo.gifGuys under rookie contracts are gold in the NBA — they don’t cost much, and some contribute a lot. Guys on those contracts almost always get them picked up.

Joe Alexander was not picked up. After two injury plagued, low production seasons — one in Milwaukee, one in Chicago — he got to test the market.

The Hornets worked him out — they are on a quest to find some backup big me — and were impressed, so he got a partially guaranteed invite to camp, according to a tweet from Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo.

Alexander had raw athleticism out of West Virginia to go No. 8 overall in the draft (ahead of Brook Lopez, Robin Lopez, JaVale McGee and JJ Hickson among big men). Alexander was raw but had good athleticism, good work ethic and the kind of intangibles that made teams think he would figure it out.

But injuries — starting with a hamstring issue in his first camp — robbed him of a chance to prove any of that. He never got on track.

He’s going to have to compete for a roster spot with Craig Brackins, Aaron Gray, Darryl Watkins, Darius Songaila and Pops Mensah-Bonsu. We’ll see how he does against guys who have proved they belong.

Still, good risk. If he’s healthy, the Hornets may have a steal. 

  1. Michael Warren - Sep 20, 2010 at 10:57 PM

    I’m happy for Joe Alexander. He’s a freak athlete and has alot of potential and upside. He never really got an opportunity with the Bucks or the Bulls. He just has to polish up his overall game, and he needs to work on his defense and his shooting. I’m really pulling for him, and I hope he makes the team too.

  2. Buck A ROO - Sep 21, 2010 at 2:12 PM

    Good luck with Joe Alexander. He’s awful.
    – Love,
    A still bitter that we drafted this hack Bucks fan

  3. Ted - Sep 23, 2010 at 7:01 AM

    I’m a Bulls fan, and I am upset they never gave him a chance. Quite a few fans here liked him, and thought he might be a great pick up. You have to wonder if being white has hurt him in the game nowadays.

  4. Olivera Matic - Sep 25, 2010 at 8:02 AM

    I am happy for Joe.He is good player but he did not have a chance to show.I am happy for New Orleans too. Good luck

  5. Mountaineer4life - Sep 25, 2010 at 8:55 AM

    Bucks fans are crybabies. Joe never had a chance with ur team bringing in Jefferson the day before they drafted him. I hope he shines…and burns the Bucks. Dropping his rookie contract was totally bogus..they should have just traded him and not cut him loose. Hopefully they didn’t set a precident for other teams who draft players. These guys need a few years in the league to get their feet wet. My question was when Joe got drafted…the Bucks…who the hell are they?

  6. LOL @ BUCKS - Sep 28, 2010 at 1:38 PM

    For some reason a player being hurt means they suck. Greg Oden apparently sucks right now. The Bucks didn’t give Joe a chance. They call him a project that needed a few years to develop… then they kick him out after one year.
    Now that Joe is healthy he’s going to shine. The Bucks are going to show why they’re a terrible franchise. Good luck building around a 5′ 11″ shoot first point guard. Bucks FYL

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