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2013 NBA Draft Thoughts

-by Trevor
Sunday, 30 June 2013 | Category : NBA
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Some quick thoughts on the 2013 NBA Draft:

Cleveland- After picking Tristan Thompson and Dion Waiters with the last two picks, should it really surprise anyone that they made a completely unexpected pick this year? I felt like there was a 50/50 chance they would pick Noel or someone unexpected. I suppose they are partially to thank that some excellent draft picks have fallen to the Pistons lately.

Orlando- Victor Oladipo was probably my favorite in this draft, but I knew the Pistons would not be lucky enough to have him drop down to 8.

Washington- Otto Porter Jr. was about as good as anybody in this draft. Probably won’t be an All-Star, but should have a good career.

Charlotte- Him?

Phoenix- They liked Len better than Noel, fine. But what about McLemore?

New Orleans- Great maneuvering to make the most of this pick that fell to them, but that 2014 draft pick could come back to haunt them (although it is protected, I haven’t seen how high). You had to feel for Noel slipping so far and then being asked questions about his situation when he didn’t know what was going on. At least Philly fans are understanding.

Sacramento- Here’s what went through my head- “On a team full of players that need the ball to be effective, could the Kings possibly pass on McLemore and let a top prospect fall to the Pistons again? With his possible character issues, do I even want that?” They probably made the right pick here.

Detroit- Whatever-his-first-name-is Caldwell-Pope? This wasn’t even a player I looked into before the draft. Everything I’ve heard makes him sound like a great fit to help fill a role in the style of Rip Hamilton, but I’m still not positive how I feel about them passing on Burke. But at least they didn’t draft Shabaaz, which was my greatest fear. Overall I’m happy.

Utah- Trey Burke to the Jazz! Way to pounce on the opportunity. Both the Pistons and the Jazz had very similar needs, so I am happy that at least one of my teams got Burke. I’m not convinced he’ll be great, but I liked him in his interviews. Here’s hoping he can be the starting PG of the future for the Jazz.

Portland- I was pretty impress with everything I read about saw on McCollum. I’m not sure how he fits with Lillard, but he should be a solid player.

Philadelphia- How were they able to keep this pick in their trade for Noel? They managed to get both a top ranked center and point guard from this draft. They are officially going into full rebuilding mode.

Oklahoma City- A chemistry guy with some upside. It still doesn’t validate the Harden trade, but if they amnesty Perkins now, it will help make up for it that much more.

Minnesota- The guy they wanted got snatched up right under their noses, so they traded down to a point where they could still draft their next pick and grabbed an extra pick. Nice move.

I didn’t have strong feelings about the rest of the draft. It’ll be interesting to see how these players pan out.


Irrelevant Suggestion

-by Trevor
Sunday, 19 May 2013 | Category : NBA
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When it began looking inevitable that the Kings would relocate to Seattle, I had an idea.  I waited too long to post it and it is no longer relevant; however, I figured I would share it anyway.

I never liked the idea of Oklahoma City having all of Seattle’s history.  If Seattle ever gets another franchise and renames it the SuperSonics, they will have no tie to all of the SuperSonic basketball of the past because it belongs to another team that plays in another city with no connection to those players.  So I figured if the Kings went to Seattle, they could basically switch franchise histories up until Clay Bennet bought the Sonics.

What this would mean is that Seattle would be able to keep all of it’s history, records, championship, and so on other than theSeattle SuperSonics, Sonics, Sacramento Kings, Oklahoma City Thunder, Clay Bennett, DeMarcus Cousins two years Bennet owned the team while it was in Seattle.  Therefore, all of the King’s history up until 2006 would go to the Thunder and everything from 2006 on would go to Seattle.  And since the Kings have bounced around so much anyway over the life of the franchise, there is less of a connection to one single city.

As for team accomplishments, it’s basically a wash. Both the Kings and the Supersonics have had 1 championship and 3 conference titles.  The Kings have only had 3 division titles whereas the Sonics had 6, but that is offset by the fact that the Kings are an older team and provide a longer history.

I figured it would’ve been a good way for Bennett to pay back Seattle in a small but significant way.  Oh well, it’s a moot point for now until relocation talks for another team come up.


NBA Predictions: Mid-Season Review

-by Trevor
Saturday, 16 February 2013 | Category : NBA
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This summer, before training camp or any big trades were made, I made predictions for how the 2012-13 NBA season would turn out. Nobody is going to be able to predict ever team correctly. Obviously injuries and trades happen. But what I did was group teams into different tiers. Each tier is flexible as to how many teams are in it. For example, if a conference had 10 teams that were legit contenders, then that tier would have 10 teams. If it only has one, then just one.

Since I got busy and never posted my picks, I thought it would be interesting to post them now that we are at the All-Star break and score myself on how well I did. I think it will be clear that I did not change these in any way to make myself look better. I will list their current standing in parentheses.

East

I. Contenders

1. Miami Heat (I.- 1)- Not much to brag about this pick; it was pretty obvious.

II. Challengers

2. Boston Celtics (II.- 7)- I wasn’t sure the Celtics would be 2 in the East, but I did think they would be in the top 4. Like the Spurs, you can’t ever count this team out. Even though they are only 7 right now, I still think they can challenge if they get favorable match-ups in the playoffs.

3. Chicago Bulls (III.- 5)- Without Rose, I’m not sure we can expect too much from this team. They traded away most of the players that gave them their identity.

4. Indiana Pacer (II.- 3)- I haven’t watched them much, but from what I understand, they still seem to be playing below their potential.

III. Good, But Not Great

5. New York Knicks (II.- 2)- This team is old, and it’s best players are redundant. But it seems to work. I’m still doubtful as to their actual ability to compete for a title.

6. Brooklyn Nets (III.- 4)- Even though they are ranked higher than I predicted, I think they still belong in this group. I counting this one.

7. Philadelphia 76ers (IV.- 9)- They are barley a Fringe Playoff team, but I’ll give it to them. I really wanted to see this team keep some of its magic from last year.

IV. Fringe Playoff Contender

8. Milwaukee Bucks (IV.- 8)- Hey, I got one!

9. Washington Wizards (V.- 13)- This is a team that has not lived up to potential. Injuries have killed them. Right now we are seeing more of what people expected before the season. Also, what’s the deal with Nene playing limited minutes?

V. No Man’s Land

10. Cleveland Cavaliers (V.- 12)- What did Cleveland expect?

11. Atlanta Hawks (III.- 6)- They were gutted and glued back together with a lot of stop-gap pieces. I did not expect it to work. Probably still belong in the “Good, But Not Great” group.

12. Detroit Pistons (V.- 11)- The good news is that they look like they are in position to move up a tier or two next year if they play their cards right.

13. Toronto Raptors (V.- 10)- The Gay trade actually seems to be working so far.

VI. Bottom Dwellers

14. Orlando Magic (VI.- 14)- What’s funny is that in some ways they’ve actually over preformed. You could argue they move up a tier.

15. Charlotte Bobcats (VI.- 15)- They told us they were going to bottom out.

West

I. Contenders

1. OKC Thunder (I.- 2)- They’re still expected to make a repeat appearance in the Finals.

2. LA Lakers (III.- 1)- Wrong LA team. You know you can’t count them out yet. But if they don’t get in, they will be floating around in No Man’s Land.

3. San Antonio Spurs (I.- 1)- You know this team is always going to be in the mix.

II. Challengers

4. Memphis Grizzlies (II.- 4)- Nailed this one. And I think they have a real shot at contending once they figure out how to gel better with the new guys and maybe pick up another 3-point shooter.

5. LA Clippers (I.- 3)- I have completely bought into this team yet, but you can’t say they’re not contenders.

6. Denver Nuggets (II.- 5)- You can’t help but feel that nobody wants to face this team in the playoffs.

III. Good, But Not Great/Fringe Playoff Contenders

7. Minnesota TImberwolves (V.- 12)- If they had had a healthy team all season they probably could have cracked this group, but in the deep West it’s hard to say if they’d be in the playoffs or not.

8. Utah Jazz (III.- 7)- They’re going to have to be more consistent if they want to stay here.

9. Dallas Mavericks (IV.- 11)- They may not be shaving for the rest of the season.

IV. No Man’s Land

10. Golden State Warriors (III.- 6)- You’ve gotta be impressed by what this team is doing.

11. Portland Trail Blazers (III.- 9)- They’re still in the playoff hunt, but they are more likely to end in the worst spot imaginable- the 9 seed.

12. New Orleans Hornets (V.- 13)-

V. Bottom Dwellers

13. Phoenix Suns (V.- 15)- What do you expect when you trade Steve Nash.

14. Seattle SuperSonics

14. Sacramento Kings (V.- 14)- Free Jimmer!

15. Houston Rockets (III.- 15)- I wonder where they’d be without James Harden. Probably not this low, but still.

Alright, let’s see how I did. In the East, I placed 10 of the in the right tiers and got 4 spot on. In the West, I got 7 in the right tier and 3 spot on. So my mid-term grade is 17/30 (56.7%) in the tier system and 7/30 (23.3%) for exact positioning. But that’s probably at least as good as any of the talking heads on TV.

 

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