Coach Smith, Several Skyforce Players Set Sights on Franchise History

By Matt Dykstra | January 24, 2019

Several Skyforce players, and even Head Coach Nevada Smith, have their eyes set on various franchise records as the 2018-19 season continues to unfold. Whether it’s the longevity of veteran guards Bubu Palo and Briante Weber, or a first-year explosion by rookie Duncan Robinson, all have a chance to cement their name in the record books for good.

Let’s take a look at where a few members from this year’s Force roster stand, and who they’re competing with for top billing in Sioux Falls franchise history.

Bubu Palo: Career Free Throws Made, Career Free Throws Attempted, and Career Games Played

Palo continues to climb the franchise record books, and is attempting and making free throws at a far greater rate than any other player in Skyforce history. Palo’s consistency, longevity, and high shooting percentage have vaulted him to the top of the list, and he’s closing in on franchise-leader David Bailey each game.

Palo is currently on pace to surpass Bailey for all-time free throw attempts in the next two games, pass Bailey for most free throws made within the next seven games, and with 20 possible appearances left this season Palo has the chance to climb into the top five for most games played in franchise history.

Career Free Throws Made

1 David Bailey 207 642 3.1
2 Bubu Palo 144 612 4.3


Career Free Throws Attempted

1 David Bailey 207 788 3.8
2 Bubu Palo 144 774 5.4


Career Games Played

1 David Bailey 207
2 Monty Buckley 187
3 Randy Livingston 175
4 Victor Page 157
5 Henry James 145
6 Bubu Palo 144


Briante Weber: Career Steals

Weber is currently averaging the most steals per game in franchise history at 2.7 swipes per contest. While nothing is impossible for the two-time All-NBA G League Defensive Team player, catching franchise-leader Darryl McDonald before the season ends (20 games left) would be extraordinary.

However, Weber has a perfectly legitimate chance to catch Randy Livingston, needing 56 more steals through his final 20 games played this season (2.8 per game) to crack the top two in the franchise record books. Weber has earned multiple NBA Call-Ups in each season he’s played with the Force, so a trip back to the big leagues may derail his continued climb in the rankings (though for good reason).

Career Steals

1 Darryl McDonald 137 349 2.5
2 Randy Livingston 175 326 1.9
3 David Bailey 207 285 1.4
4 Briante Weber 101 270 2.7


Duncan Robinson: Three-Pointers Made (Single Season)

Miami HEAT two-way player Duncan Robinson has been explosive in his rookie campaign, averaging over four made three-pointers per game. Robinson currently leads the NBA G League despite only having played in 24 of a possible 30 games for the Skyforce this season (spent time with the HEAT early in the year, per his two-way contract).

Robinson will most likely spend more of his allotted 45 days in the NBA this season, but at his current rate, has the chance to catch Ike Nwamu for the all-time single-season three-point leader in just 10 more games. If Robinson sticks with the Skyforce for the team’s 20 remaining games this season, he has the chance to climb into the top 10 for career three-pointers made in just one season, which would be a remarkable feat.

Three-Pointers Made (Single Season)

1 Ike Nwamu 144 47 3.1 2017-18
2 David Jackson 135 48 2.8 2003-04
3 Henry James 130 45 2.9 1996-97
4 Matt Williams Jr. 124 43 2.9 2017-18
5 Andre Dawkins 123 30 4.1 2014-15
6 Elton Nesbitt 118 49 2.4 2007-08
T7 Frank Williams 117 47 2.5 2008-09
T7 Tony Harris 117 51 2.3 1996-97
8 Tony Mitchell 115 44 2.6 2017-18
9 Carlton McKinney 111 38 2.9 1993-94
10 Carlton McKinney 107 55 1.9 1995-96
11 Duncan Robinson 106 24 4.4 2018-19



Nevada Smith: All-Time Wins

In today’s NBA G League, few coaches spend enough time with one team to make a significant impact on the franchise record books, but now in his third season with the Sioux Falls Skyforce, Head Coach Nevada Smith has a chance to move into second place in franchise history for all-time wins.

Mo McHone’s 195 wins seem insurmountable, but there’s something to be said about being right behind him at the top of the list. Sioux Falls has had 19 different coaches in its history, and only two have won more games at the helm than Nevada Smith, and he has the chance to surpass Kevin McKenna (76) over the next few days to bring that number down to one.

In addition to total wins, Coach Smith currently holds a higher winning percentage (.569) than each of the other two coaches at the top of the record books. With 20 games left this season, Smith will look to lead the Force to its first playoff appearance under his guidance.

1 Mo McHone 354 195 .551
2 Kevin McKenna 168 76 .452
3 Nevada Smith 130 74 .569


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