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NBA Salary Cap Rises

In General NBA on July 1, 2015 at 8:35 am

Salary cap

  • 2014/15 – cap was $63 million

Estimates for

  • 2015/16 – cap expected to be $70 million
  • 2016/17 – cap expected to be $89 million
  • 2017/18 – cap expected to be $108 million

So for evaluating contract this off-season,

  • 2016/17 cap = a 43% rise on last year’s numbers
  • 2017/18 cap = a 72% rise on last year’s numbers

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2015 Playoffs: First Round Predictions

In General NBA on April 16, 2015 at 7:38 pm

Eastern Conference

  • Atlanta over Brooklyn – short series. 4 or 5 games.
  • Cleveland over Boston – short series. 4 or 5 games.
  • Chicago over Milwaukee – medium length series. 5 or 6 games.
  • Toronto over Washington – long series. 6 or 7 games.

The Raptors vs Wizards series is the only series in the East that I think will be closely fought. To be honest, it is the only series in the East that I am looking forward to seeing in the first round. I expect the Bulls to toy with the Bucks and let them hang around longer than they should but ultimately take care of business. Chicago has too much talent for the Milwaukee. The Hawks and Cavs should have comfortable series wins against vastly inferior opponents. Read the rest of this entry »

My 2015 All-NBA Team Picks

In General NBA on April 16, 2015 at 9:39 am

First Team

  • PG – Steph Curry
  • SG – James Harden
  • SF – LeBron James
  • PF – Anthony Davis
  •  C – Marc Gasol

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LeBron’s Career Minutes

In General NBA on February 12, 2015 at 1:01 pm
  • Magic Johnson = 33,245 regular season minutes + 7,538 playoff minutes = 40,783 total minutes
  • Larry Bird = 34,443 regular season minutes + 6,886 playoff minutes = 41,329 total minutes
  • LeBron James = 34,860 regular season minutes + 6,717 playoff minutes = 41,577 total minutes

I was shocked to hear LeBron has already played more career minutes than Larry Bird. Read the rest of this entry »

Kobe Bryant Watch 2014/2015 (Part Two)

In 2014/15 NBA Regular Season on December 22, 2014 at 1:39 am

First edition – click here – dated November 10th.

This is an update to that post. 82.1

  • Kobe Bryant just shot 8-30 FGAs for 25 points while hitting 6-6 from the FT line and turning the ball over 9 times in a 7 point loss to the Sacramento Kings.That is a total of 42 possession to net 25 points equaling 0.595 points per possession. Obviously a disgraceful number.
  • The Lakers have played 27 games but have won only 8 games. They have lost 19 games.
  • Kobe Bryant is now averaging 24.6ppg, 5.1rpg, 4.9apg in 35.5mpg.
  • Kobe Bryant is shooting 37.1% from the field, 27% from three and is up to 81% from the FT line. Big increase in free throw shooting percentage since early in the season.
  • Those 24.6ppg are coming from 22.4 FGAs per game, 8 FTAs per game and 3.5 TOs per game. A total of 29.9 possessions (FGAs + 0.5FTAs + TOs) to net 24.6ppg for an average of 0.823 points per possession.
  • An average shooting guard is scoring at 0.926 points per possession this season. That is a huge difference = 0.100 points per possession.

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Rondo’s Scoring

In 2014/15 NBA Regular Season on December 21, 2014 at 10:25 pm

Rondo’s scoring has been a big problem this year.

In the past, Rondo was an above average scorer in (1) interior shots (2) transition (3) cuts. He developed into a capable midrange shooter.

His outside shooting and FT shooting has always been a problem but he was an asset in those other areas as a scorer.

However, this year, Rondo’s scoring utility has dropped off in all the strong areas of his game scoring wise as well as struggling with his jumper. This has made him a very large liability in terms of scoring and I think comparable to someone like Ricky Rubio. This is a big drop-off from his scoring in the 2008-2012 seasons.

This to me is the main reason for the drop-off in his performance and the area he will need to correct in order to reestablish himself as one of the top PGs in the league. I am confident Rondo can do that given time as he continues to get himself healthy after the knee injury and the broken hand he suffered at start of the season.

But until he does so, Rondo is on the outside looking in amongst the top PGs in the league.

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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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 »

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