Affeldt's Star Will Shine

Affeldt's Star Will Shine

Feb. 5, 2010GIANTS PAGE

As a member of the Bay Area baseball media, I'm partly responsible for having failed you miserably last season. How so? By not putting Jeremy Affeldt squarely in the spotlight.I just finished interviewing Affeldt for CSN Bay Area's Giants season preview show, and I came away astounded by the fact that he isn't already a media star. Confident, direct, colorful, and insightful, Affeldt is everything you want a professional athlete to be.Not only does he perform at the highest level, having been named the set-up man of the year in 2009, but he's the kind of guy who will tell you what's going on, why it's going on and what makes it compelling.We touched upon a number of topics during our chat, including his role as the set-up man and whether he has the goal of eventually becoming a closer. And while he'd certainly be open to the opportunity of someday closing games, he not only understands the importance of a set-up man's role but embraces it and is more than willing to let his own closer, Brian Wilson, take the lion's share of the credit when the Giants win.That's not to say he doesn't think he wouldn't thrive in the closer's role. But for now, as a member of the Giants, he knows he's exactly where the team needs him to be and it's not a cliche when he says he really is all about the team. He's believable, he's interesting and he's entertaining and if I have anything to do with it, you will not be failed in 2010. Jeremy Affeldt is on the verge of stardom as a player, and over the next six months you'll see that he's a star in every other way.
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Thornton, Marleau now permitted to speak with other teams

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Thornton, Marleau now permitted to speak with other teams

Their futures with the Sharks more uncertain than ever, pending unrestricted free agents Joe Thornton and Patrick Marleau are now free to take calls from other teams to gauge their potential interest.

Nothing can be signed with a new team before July 1, and there is a ban on discussing terms of any potential deal. Teams have already reached out to Marleau, per TSN’s Pierre LeBrun, while Thornton is also reportedly receiving interest around the league.

While they could still return to the Sharks, it’s new territory for both, as neither Thornton nor Marleau has ever tested the unrestricted free agent waters. Most recently, they agreed to three-year contract extensions with the Sharks on the same day – Jan. 24, 2014 – in what was the final year of their current deals.

Whether they return to the Sharks could depend on the length of the deal. If other teams are willing to offer multiple-year deals to Thornton and Marleau, it makes their return to the Sharks less likely – particularly in Marleau’s case. Earlier in the offseason, NBC Sports California confirmed that Thornton was seeking a three-year deal, while Marleau preferred a deal of at least three years.

General manager Doug Wilson’s top priority this offseason is to re-sign goalie Martin Jones and defenseman Marc-Edouard Vlasic to long term extensions. Those contracts would likely cost the team a combined $12-14 million, and would begin in the 2018-19 season.

There is an added risk to any team that signs a player over the age of 35, as it would be on the hook for the entire salary cap hit regardless of whether that player is active (unless that player is on long-term injured reserve). 

Thornton turns 38 on Sunday, while Marleau turns 38 on Sep. 15.

Draymond Green receives most votes on 2016-17 NBA All-Defensive Team

Draymond Green receives most votes on 2016-17 NBA All-Defensive Team

For the third straight season, Draymond Green is considered one of the best five defenders in the NBA.

The NBA announced Monday that Green was named to the 2017 NBA All-Defensive First Team.

Of the 100 ballots submitted, according to the NBA, Green received 99 first-place votes, but no second-place votes, meaning one voter left Green off their ballot.

Green is joined by Utah's Rudy Gobert, San Antonio's Kawhi Leonard, Los Angeles' Chris Paul and Houston's Patrick Beverley.

Gobert and Leonard also recieved 99 of a possible 100 First or Second team votes.

Green, Leonard and Gobert are the three finalists for the Defensive Player of the Year, which will be announced Monday night during the NBA Awards Show in New York.

Green is the first player in Warriors franchise history to earned All-Defensive First Team honors three years in a row.

In a season when he had several game-saving plays, Green averaged 10.2 points, 7.9 rebounds, 7.0 assists, 1.38 blocks and a league-leading 2.03 steals in 76 games. Green was also the first player in franchise history with at least 150 steals and 100 blocks in a season.

Warriors shooting guard Klay Thompson received eight First-Team votes and 29 Second-Team votes for a total of 45 points. NBA Finals MVP Kevin Durant received six Second-Team votes. Sixth Man of the Year candidate Andre Iguodala received one First-Team vote and one Second-Team vote. Two-time MVP Stephen Curry received three Second-Team votes.

Below are the voting results for the 2016-17 NBA All-Defensive Teams. The balloting was tabulated by the independent accounting firm of Ernst & Young LLP. Complete media ballots will be posted at NBA.com/official tomorrow (Tuesday, June 27).