Players in Review: Cliff Clinkscales

Thursday, April 23, 2009

The March 25 decision to waive Cliff Clinkscales was not an easy one for the BayHawks, and one they likely regretted soon after making it as Quincy Douby was called up by the Toronto Raptors voiding a roster spot that could’ve been Clinkscales’ for the taking.

The departure likely means Erie fans won’t get to see the talented ballhandler back with the BayHawks in the future, but he contributed too much to the team’s success to ignore in this Players in Review year-end roundup.

Despite starting only nine times, Clinkscales led the BayHawks in assists this season, totaling 229 in his 43 games played. He also averaged 7.3 points per game. But passing the ball was where he made his greatest impact during his tenure with the BayHawks.

He finished the season playing for the Rio Grand Valley Vipers, who claimed him off waivers. In six games with the Vipers, he averaged 6 points and 4.8 assists in 18.8 minutes. It’ll be interesting to see if he’s back with the Vipers or any other NBDL team next year. If so, Erie may be left regretting their decision to release him even more.


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Blog Talk BayHawk is an unofficial Erie BayHawks blog covering the NBA D-League. It features opinions and information about the NBADL and the Erie BayHawks. Blog Talk BayHawk is written from a basketball fan’s perspective to fill In the gaps left by professional journalists’ coverage of BayHawks basketball and the Erie professional basketball scene.

Matt Hubert is a 25-year-old writer and basketball fanatic born and raised in Erie, Pa. He graduated from Mercyhurst College in 2007 with a bachelor's degree in English and a dual concentration in writing and creative writing. Matt's not wavering from his stance as a lifelong Los Angeles Lakers fan, but he will cover the BayHawks' NBA affiliates in Cleveland and Toronto when it makes sense to do so throughout the year.

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