Damn, Michael Sweetney is enormous. He's currently playing for Vaqueros de Bayamón in the Baloncesto Superior Nacional in Puerto Rico, where clogging the lane is apparently a one man operation.
Nash is smart as hell and slow as hell. Seems like the last couple years he's been turning the ball over on routine crossovers and dribbling, not so much errant passes. He'll help the Lakers, as anything is an upgrade over Sessions/Blake, but think CP and Bled can abuse him.
And liking this Hollins guy. Big upgrade over the one dimensional Reggie Evans.
Nash was a terrible defender even in his prime.
David Stern to retire in 2014
It's the Battle for LA, folks. We are scrutinizing the enemy.
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This season is going to be Awesome for the Clippers. Yahoo has the clippers ranked at #5 going into the season, just below the Celtics.
Still, the team to bet in the West is OKC... thoughts?
5. New York
1. Oklahoma City
2. Los Angeles Lakers
4. San Antonio
5. Los Angeles Clippers
8. Golden State
Miami def Milwaukee in 4
Brooklyn def New York in 7
Boston def Chicago in 6
Atlanta def Indiana in 6
Miami def Brooklyn in 5
Boston def Atlanta in 5
Miami def Boston in 6
Oklahoma City def Golden State in 5
Los Angeles Clippers def San Antonio in 6
Los Angeles Lakers def Dallas in 4
Denver def Memphis in 6
Oklahoma City def Los Angeles Clippers in 5
Los Angeles Lakers def Denver in 6
Oklahoma City def Los Angeles Lakers in 7
Miami def Oklahoma City in 6
MVP: LeBron James
ROY: Damian Lillard
COY: Avery Johnson
Finals MVP: LeBron James
8. New York
1. Los Angeles Lakers
2. Oklahoma City
4. Los Angeles Clippers
5. San Antonio
Miami def New York in 5
Philly def Brooklyn in 7
Boston def Milwaukee in 6
Chicago def Indiana in 6
Miami def Philly in 6
Boston def Chicago in 7
Miami def Boston in 5
LA Lakers def Minnesota in 5
LA Clippers def San Antonio in 7
Oklahoma City def Dallas in 5
Memphis def Denver in 7
Lakers def Clippers in 7
Oklahoma City def Memphis 4
Lakers def Oklahoma City in 7
Lakers def Miami in 7
MVP: LeBron James
ROY: Bradley Beal
COY: Tom Thibodeau
Finals MVP: Kobe Bryant
EDIT: Removed Cleveland from 8th spot. Forgot about the 76ers.
I love the homer pick. And, yes, I consider it a homer pick to pick them as a #8 seed. I don't really see much of anything on that roster worth noting. I guess I'm not sold on Dion Waiters, and I've never been a Tristan Thompson fan. I am rooting for Tyler Zeller, though.
Has Kyrie worked on his defense at all? As much as you can practice that part of your game. From everything I read, and the little bit I saw, he was absolutely atrocious on that end last year.
Except for all his turnovers, that Sacre kid on the Lakes looked pretty good last night. They may have found a steal in the second round. Again, it's preseason.
I think Luke Walton is the worst player in the NBA, but Hollins is still a scrub.
he's been hustling and showing court passion. Had a game saving block a few nights ago. Download the broadcasts off torrents to see. Heh.
Clips at Utah this evening. Looking forward to seeing Heyward, who's on my fantasy team. As with Walton, he's an "intelligent player" (i.e. the label given to all white guys).
Thomas, what can you say about Barclays? How was the game?
been hitting his free throws too. Not a terrible player to have around on a Veteran's Minimum who won't get many minutes. I mean, I ain't gonna buy his poster and hang it over the bed or anything. Ain't the best looking chap, but he's doing alright so far out there.
As for Kyrie's defense, it was inconsistent last year but he got better as the season progressed. He averaged a 1/2 steal per game more after the all star break. I believe calling him atrocious on defense is a bit of an exaggeration.
I mean, we're talking about the 8th seed in the east. I believe Atlanta will also take a serious step back without Joe Johnson and miss the playoffs. Yeah, I'm a homer, but I don't see it out of the realm of possibility given that last year's squad was in the playoff hunt until about 3-4 weeks left in the season, and, again, that was after Varejao went down.
I don't see Atlanta missing Joe Johnson a bunch. On paper, maybe, but he was kind of a ball stopper on offense. Al Horford's health will have more of an impact. I bet people thought Denver might take a step back without Carmelo.
Predictions: Kevin Durant wins MVP
Heat win championship
Jazz move Al Jefferson
A winning record isn't necessarily required to obtain the eighth spot in the east.
Kyrie's defense still must improve, that I will not deny, but his ability to cause turnovers and his improved man-to-man defense were noticeable towards the end of the year. You didn't notice it because, well, I doubt you watched the Cavs much; nobody really did.
With Kyrie though, have a little perspective. 18 PPG and 5 APG in a rookie season for a guy who played just ten games of college, came off a major foot injury, had virtually no training camp and a condensed 66-game schedule... Oh, and he averaged just 30 minutes per game. I think you see his offensive numbers increase a little and his defense take a big step forward.
For Joe Johnson, I sure do see them missing him a bunch. Al Horford's uncertain health means that the only sure-fire weapons returning to that roster are the erratic and inconsistent Josh Smith and DeShawn Stevenson. I think they struggle mightily this season.