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Marcus Smart for Rookie of the Year

In 2014/15 NBA Regular Season on December 18, 2014 at 7:31 pm

Rajon Rondo trade to Dallas is confirmed. Celtics getting Brandan Wright, Crowder, picks and some filler.

So this clears the way for Marcus Smart to take over as starting PG for the Boston Celtics. Back on draft day, I felt that Marcus Smart was one of the most NBA ready players in this draft class and now with Rondo out of the way, Smart will have the chance to show that.

The Competition for RoY

The early returns for Rookie of the Year are fairly weak:

  • Andrew Wiggins = 12.6ppg, 3.8rpg in 30.8mpg with above average defense
  • Jabari Parker = injured, out for season, played only 20 games
  • Embiid = injured, out for season, 0 games
  • Aaron Gordon = injured, out indefinitely, looks stuck in a 15-20mpg bench role even if/when he returns
  • Dante Exum = raw and struggling most nights

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Kobe Bryant Watch 2014/2015

In General NBA on November 10, 2014 at 10:04 am

Kobe Bryant averaging 26.5ppg, 5.3rpg and 3.0apg plus 1.5spg in 34.5mpg.

However, those 26.5 points per game are coming on a 39.4% FG% and 28.6% 3PT%. Kobe is getting to the FT line a very healthy 8.5 FTAs per game but hitting a career low 76.5% thus far. I care less about the percentage than the number of FTAs Kobe is getting though. That is very impressive to be drawing that many fouls at his age coming off the achilles injury. Kobe also averaging 3.3 turnovers a game.

So Kobe Bryant is scoring 26.5 points on 23.7 shot attempts, another 8.5 FTAs (say 4 more possessions) and 3.3 turnovers … so 26.5 points on 31 possessions giving Kobe a very poor 0.855 points per possession. Read the rest of this entry »

Celtics Expected W-L

In General NBA on October 28, 2014 at 1:43 pm

Boston Celtics 2014/15 schedule and expected W-L based on games against teams where I would expect Boston to win, lose or have a 50-50 shot against opponent.

Brooklyn Nets Wednesday, October 29 2014 50-50
November
@ Houston Rockets Saturday, November 01 2014 Loss
@ Dallas Mavericks Monday, November 03 2014 Loss
Toronto Raptors Wednesday, November 05 2014 50-50
Indiana Pacers Friday, November 07 2014 Win
@ Chicago Bulls Saturday, November 08 2014 Loss
Oklahoma City Thunder Wednesday, November 12 2014 Loss
Cleveland Cavaliers Friday, November 14 2014 Loss
Phoenix Suns Monday, November 17 2014 Loss
@ Philadelphia 76ers Wednesday, November 19 2014 Win
@ Memphis Grizzlies Friday, November 21 2014 Loss
Portland Trail Blazers Sunday, November 23 2014 Loss
Chicago Bulls Friday, November 28 2014 Loss
San Antonio Spurs Sunday, November 30 2014 Loss

December

@ Atlanta Hawks Tuesday, December 02 2014 Loss
Detroit Pistons Wednesday, December 03 2014 50-50
Los Angeles Lakers Friday, December 05 2014 Win
Washington Wizards Sunday, December 07 2014 Loss
@ Washington Wizards Monday, December 08 2014 Loss
@ Charlotte Hornets Wednesday, December 10 2014 50-50
New York Knicks Friday, December 12 2014 Win
@ Philadelphia 76ers Monday, December 15 2014 Win
Orlando Magic Wednesday, December 17 2014 Win
Minnesota Timberwolves Friday, December 19 2014 Win
@ Miami Heat Sunday, December 21 2014 50-50
@ Orlando Magic Tuesday, December 23 2014 Win
Brooklyn Nets Friday, December 26 2014 50-50
@ Washington Wizards Saturday, December 27 2014 Loss
Sacramento Kings Wednesday, December 31 2014 Win
January
Dallas Mavericks Friday, January 02 2015 Loss
@ Chicago Bulls Saturday, January 03 2015 Loss
Charlotte Hornets Monday, January 05 2015 50-50
@ Brooklyn Nets Wednesday, January 07 2015 50-50
@ Indiana Pacers Friday, January 09 2015 Win
@ Toronto Raptors Saturday, January 10 2015 Loss
New Orleans Pelicans Monday, January 12 2015 Loss
Atlanta Hawks Wednesday, January 14 2015 50-50
Chicago Bulls Friday, January 16 2015 Loss
@ Los Angeles Clippers Monday, January 19 2015 Loss
@ Portland Trail Blazers Thursday, January 22 2015 Loss
@ Denver Nuggets Friday, January 23 2015 Loss
@ Golden State Warriors Sunday, January 25 2015 Loss
@ Utah Jazz Monday, January 26 2015 Win
@ Minnesota Timberwolves Wednesday, January 28 2015 50-50
Houston Rockets Friday, January 30 2015 Loss
February
Miami Heat Sunday, February 01 2015 50-50
@ New York Knicks Tuesday, February 03 2015 50-50
Denver Nuggets Wednesday, February 04 2015 Loss
Philadelphia 76ers Friday, February 06 2015 Win
@ Milwaukee Bucks Saturday, February 07 2015 Win
Atlanta Hawks Wednesday, February 11 2015 50-50
@ Sacramento Kings Friday, February 20 2015 Win
@ Los Angeles Lakers Sunday, February 22 2015 Win
@ Phoenix Suns Monday, February 23 2015 Loss
New York Knicks Wednesday, February 25 2015 Win
Charlotte Hornets Friday, February 27 2015 50-50
March
Golden State Warriors Sunday, March 01 2015 Loss
@ Cleveland Cavaliers Tuesday, March 03 2015 Loss
Utah Jazz Wednesday, March 04 2015 Win
@ New Orleans Pelicans Friday, March 06 2015 Loss
@ Orlando Magic Sunday, March 08 2015 Win
@ Miami Heat Monday, March 09 2015 50-50
Memphis Grizzlies Wednesday, March 11 2015 Loss
Orlando Magic Friday, March 13 2015 Win
@ Indiana Pacers Saturday, March 14 2015 Win
Philadelphia 76ers Monday, March 16 2015 Win
@ Oklahoma City Thunder Wednesday, March 18 2015 Loss
@ San Antonio Spurs Friday, March 20 2015 Loss
Detroit Pistons Sunday, March 22 2015 50-50
@ Brooklyn Nets Monday, March 23 2015 50-50
Miami Heat Wednesday, March 25 2015 50-50
@ New York Knicks Friday, March 27 2015 50-50
Los Angeles Clippers Sunday, March 29 2015 Loss
@ Charlotte Hornets Monday, March 30 2015 50-50
April
Indiana Pacers Wednesday, April 01 2015 Win
Milwaukee Bucks Friday, April 03 2015 Win
@ Toronto Raptors Saturday, April 04 2015 50-50
@ Detroit Pistons Wednesday, April 08 2015 50-50
@ Cleveland Cavaliers Friday, April 10 2015 Loss
Cleveland Cavaliers Sunday, April 12 2015 Loss
Toronto Raptors Tuesday, April 14 2015 50-50
@ Milwaukee Bucks Wednesday, April 15 2015 Win

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2013 Free Agent List – Rolling List

In Free Agency on July 15, 2013 at 8:37 am

Updated as of 02/08/2013

Unrestricted Free Agents

Point GuardsChris Paul, Jose Calderon, Jarrett Jack, Devin Harris, Jordan Farmar, Darren Collison, Leandro Barbosa, Beno Udrih, Will Bynum, Nate Robinson, Aaron Brooks, Mo Williams, CJ Watson, Eric Maynor, Toney Douglas, Shaun Livingston, Keyon Dooling, Derek Fisher, Jeremy Pargo, Daniel Gibson, Rodrigue Beaubois, AJ Price, DJ Augustin, Jamaal Tinsley, Earl Watson, Jannero Pargo, Bobby Brown, Sebastian Telfair, Nolan Smith, Royal Ivey, Darius Morris, Andrew Goudelock, Mike James, Chauncey Billups, John Lucas III, Ben Hansbrough, Maalik Wayns, Josh Akognon

Shooting GuardsTony Allen, Kevin Martin, Corey Brewer, Ronnie Brewer, Dorell Wright, JR Smith, JJ Redick, Nick Young, OJ Mayo, Manu Ginobili, Monta Ellis, Kyle Korver, Rip Hamilton, Rodney Carney, Gary Neal, DeShawn Stevenson, Marquis Daniels, Mikael Pietrus, Sam Young, Dahntay Jones, Wayne Ellington, Randy Foye, Marco Belinelli, Anthony Morrow, Alan Anderson, Terrence Williams, Xavier Henry, Jerry Stackhouse, Charles Jenkins, Daequan Cook, Cartier Martin, Julyan Stone, Elliot Williams, Roger Mason Jr, Garrett Temple, Diante Garrett Read the rest of this entry »

2013 Free Agent List

In Free Agency on July 2, 2013 at 7:58 pm

Unrestricted Free Agents

Point Guards – Chris Paul, Jose Calderon, Jarrett Jack, Devin Harris, Jordan Farmar, Darren Collison, Leandro Barbosa, Beno Udrih, Will Bynum, Nate Robinson, Aaron Brooks, Mo Williams, CJ Watson, Eric Maynor, Toney Douglas, Shaun Livingston, Keyon Dooling, Derek Fisher, Jeremy Pargo, Daniel Gibson, Rodrigue Beaubois, AJ Price, DJ Augustin, Jamaal Tinsley, Earl Watson, Jannero Pargo, Bobby Brown, Sebastian Telfair, Nolan Smith, Royal Ivey, Darius Morris, Andrew Goudelock, Mike James, Chauncey Billups, John Lucas III, Ben Hansbrough, Maalik Wayns, Josh Akognon

Shooting Guards – Tony Allen, Kevin Martin, Corey Brewer, Ronnie Brewer, Dorell Wright, JR Smith, JJ Redick, Nick Young, OJ Mayo, Manu Ginobili, Monta Ellis, Kyle Korver, Rip Hamilton, Rodney Carney, Marquis Daniels, Mikael Pietrus, Sam Young, Dahntay Jones, Wayne Ellington, Randy Foye, Marco Belinelli, Anthony Morrow, Alan Anderson, Terrence Williams, Xavier Henry, Jerry Stackhouse, Charles Jenkins, Daequan Cook, Cartier Martin, Julyan Stone, Elliot Williams, Roger Mason Jr, Garrett Temple, Diante Garrett Read the rest of this entry »

2012 Team Preview: Los Angeles Lakers

In Season Previews on November 6, 2012 at 5:13 pm

Los Angeles Lakers

Starting Lineup

  • PG – Steve Nash
  • SG – Kobe Bryant
  • SF – Ron Artest
  • PF/C – Pau Gasol
  • C  – Dwight Howard

One of the fiercest starting units in the league. The best center in the league in Dwight Howard. The second best two guard in Kobe Bryant behind Dwayne Wade. A borderline top five PG in Steve Nash. A top five PF or C in Pau Gasol. Four extremely talented players. Read the rest of this entry »

Denver Nuggets Salary Situation

In Free Agency on November 5, 2012 at 8:46 pm

Following the signing of Ty Lawson, the Nuggets now have four large multi-year contracts on the books

  • Andre Iguodala – $31 million 2 years
  • JaVale McGee – $44 million 4 years
  • Ty Lawson – $48 million 4 years
  • Danilo Gallinari – $42 million 4 years

Note: Wilson Chandler is also on the books for another $6-7 million per annum for the next three years also.

The trio of JaVale McGee, Ty Lawson and Danilo Gallinari will be earning a combined $34 million a year for the next 4 years. Andre Iguodala has another $15 million a year for two years and will be expecting a contract extension in that price range once it expires which would take the Nuggets up to $50 million in guaranteed salary for the next 4 years. Read the rest of this entry »

2012 Contract Extensions

In Free Agency on November 5, 2012 at 7:35 pm

Here are the players given extensions prior to the October 31st deadline

  • James Harden – $78.6 million over 5 years
  • Ty Lawson – $48 million over 4 years
  • Steph Curry – $44 million over 4 years
  • Jrue Holiday – $41 million over 4 years
  • DeMar DeRozan – $40 million over 4 years
  • Taj Gibson – $38 million over 4 years

Analysis

James Harden

A top 5 shooting guard (elite starter) and top 25 player (All-Star caliber player) in the league overall. A very good scorer and playmaker. Exceptionally efficient. A good defender/rebounder.

When you consider that two of the others are in their mid-thirties (Kobe, Manu) and the other two are over 30 (Wade, Joe Johnson), and that, Harden is only 23 years old and by far the best young shooting guard in the league … his value is clear.

Fully deserving of a maximum contract. Read the rest of this entry »

James Harden Traded To Houston

In Trade Talk on October 27, 2012 at 11:02 pm

Trade Details

Houston Rockets receive: James Harden, Cole Aldrich, Daequan Cook, Lazar Hayward

Oklahoma City receive: Kevin Martin, 2013 Raptors first rounder, Jeremy Lamb, 2013 Mavericks first rounder, 2013 Bobcats second rounder

Trade Reaction

Houston Rockets

Excellent deal for Houston. They traded some scraps, two mid-first round picks and a mid-lottery pick for the best young two guard in the NBA who is already one of the top five SGs in the league (top 25 player in the league with potential for more). Read the rest of this entry »

2012 Team Preview: San Antonio Spurs

In Season Previews on October 25, 2012 at 6:30 am

San Antonio Spurs

Starters

  • PG – Tony Parker
  • SG – Danny Green
  • SF – Kawhi Leonard
  • PF – Boris Diaw
  • C  – Tim Duncan

A pretty good starting lineup but not a dominant one. Two very good starters in Tony Parker and Tim Duncan. One above average one in Kawhi Leonard. One middle of the pack one in Danny Green. And a below average but solid starter at power forward with Diaw. Read the rest of this entry »

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