A recent staple in TBT, The Money Team looks to grab this elusive title in 2023.
After last year‘s third-round loss to the Red Scare, 83-81, Floyd Mayweather has returned to The Money Team (TMT) but this time without TBT favorite Jimmer Fredette. Former NBA big man Trevor Booker does return along with Corey Davis, Jordon Crawford, and Terrico White from last year’s TMT. While Jimmer has left the team, another Fredette, TJ, joins it as general manager.
THE THREEGIONAL MANAGER WILL PLAY IN TBT👌🔥💰
Here’s the sickest video ever btw⤵️⤵️⤵️ pic.twitter.com/eqiKmLAtvu
— TBT (@thetournament) June 19, 2023
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- CJ Elleby (Washington State)
- Corey Davis (Houston)
- Devin Booker (Clemson)
- Devin Davis (Indiana & Houston)
- James Batemon III (Loyola Marymount)
- Jeff Ledbetter (Idaho)
- Jordon Crawford (Bowling Green)
- Kyle Vinales (CCSU)
- Mike Scott (Virginia)
- Peyton Aldridge (Davidson)
- Terrico White (Ole Miss)
- Tomislav Zubcic
- Trevor Booker (Clemson)
- EJ Gallup(Head Coach)
- TJ Fredette (GM)
- Aric Kucel (Asst. Coach)
- Brandon Crawford (Asst. Coach)
- Eddy Davis (Asst. Coach)
- Xavier, Ohio
Team MVP: Jordon Crawford
Red Scare has a little issue…
NO ONE CAN STAY IN FRONT OF JORDON CRAWFORD 💨💨💨 pic.twitter.com/TkjI9P2Kf0
— TBT (@thetournament) July 28, 2022
Last year, Jordon Crawford was in the shadows of Jimmer Fredette. This year he looks to make his presence known. After averaging only 10.7 points in TBT last year, Crawford hopes more shots will fall with more time. While playing in Turkey this year, he averaged 19.6 points, 2.0 rebounds, 5.6 assists, and 1.7 steals. Crawford shot 34.8% from 3-point range. With a year to improve, Crawford’s scoring ability should be what leads this team with the lack of Fredette.
His ability to score is important, but knowing when to pass it off will be vital. Last year in the TBT, he tied with Davis and Fredette with assists at 2.7. Having a significant impact on the game, he also was one of the leaders in minutes played. Crawford can show out for TMT with that experience and being available in TBT.
Make-or-break Player: Trevor Booker
Speaking of experience, Trevor Booker was in a similar role to Crawford. Playing fewer minutes than Fredette and Creek, Booker scored more points than Crawford averaging 12.0 points a game. Where he showed up was in his rebounding, Booker impressed on both ends of the floor. Crashing the boards, he grabbed 2.7 offensive rebounds a game and 5.7 defensive rebounds again. Averaging 8.4 a game, he led The Money Team in rebounding.
Booker forces players into difficult situations as he led this team in steals last year, averaging 1.7 a game. His time in the NBA was well spent as his plus-minus differential was massive for this team as he tied with Corey Davis for second-chance points. Booker created a lot more second-chance opportunities with his steals and shot-altering ability.
Nasty Nati is BACK again in TBT‼️🐾
The @GoBearcatsMBB alumni team will get to play another home game in front of their fans in Cincinnati (Cintas Center)!
— TBT (@thetournament) June 21, 2023
The Money Team has found ways to win in the past three years but struggled to grab the championship. Last year, TMT won easily in the first round knocking out Athletics Miami 71-67. Then absolutely blew out Men of Mackey in the second round, 92-75, before falling short against hometown team Red Scare. This year, this team has reloaded with 3-point shooters and a potential surprise in Tomislav Zubcic. Zubcic played in the UK, averaging 12.1 points, 3.9 rebounds, and 2.2 assists. Zubcic’s ability to score is impressive as he averages 62.0% from 2-point range and 38.5% from 3-point range while standing at 7 feet.
Other new names of note include Kyle Vinales, who played professionally in France and Puerto Rico this year. Averaging 38.5% and 46.5% 3-point shooting, Vinales has played in TBT and will be an asset for TMT. Another big man, Mike Scott, played professionally in France and Puerto Rico. Scott averaged 20.6 points, 9.4 rebounds, and 2.3 assists while playing in Puerto Rico. He shot 39.1% over those 19 games. Everyone on this team averages over 30% from 3-point range, but seeing how they work together will be crucial to their success.
The Money Team will be in Xavier and has a foe with a backing in the first round, Nasty Nati. This is a tough draw, and as I continue to say, this region is challenging. It boasts impressive shooters and teams with experience. Getting out of the Xavier Region will be tough, but The Money Team could have what it takes to come out on top.