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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

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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Stuckey Putting In Work

In General NBA on August 29, 2012 at 7:49 am

Always nice to hear about players having a great summer developing their games

Nobody has been more diligent or more present at the practice facility all off-season than Stuckey. A series of nagging injuries – foot, groin, hamstring, all on the same side of his body, likely brought about because Stuckey had virtually no training camp while negotiating as a free agent – dampened what otherwise was the best of his five NBA seasons.

Frank’s approach to the game brought out the best in Stuckey. Stuckey loved that Frank gave the team a long leash offensively as long as they defended to his expectations. Read the rest of this entry »

Rick Adelman on Derrick Williams at SF

In General NBA on July 20, 2012 at 9:42 pm

Star Tribune reports

On Derrick Williams’ 15-pound weight loss so he can play small forward, “He wants to be a `3’ man. To be a 3 man, he’s going to have to be much more active and handle the ball and defend that spot. We’re trying to give him the opportunity to see what he can do because he can play both spots. He can’t just be a jump shooter at the 3 spot. He has to pound the ball inside and go to the boards. He’s bigger than most 3 men and stronger than most 3 men. He’s got to use those abilities.

“He does float. He can’t do it. He’s got to be aggressive all the time. He’s got the ability. He’s quicker than `4’ men, but he avoids contact. He can’t just settle for jump shots. He can be a player in this league but he can’t be on cruise control. I told him coming into this thing, `You’re not here for a workout, you’re here to dominate.’ “

When told it didn’t sound like he was “sold” on Williams playing small forward, Adelman said, “I’m definitely not sold on him. He’s never played it. He’s got to go and prove he can do it. If he can do that, certainly I’ll use him there because he’s got some skills there. Going to the boards and rebounding,that’s on him. He’s got to be a factor on the boards.”

Kevin Love On Bad Locker Room Presences

In General NBA on July 20, 2012 at 7:45 pm

Twincities.com reports

“There was some bad blood in that locker room we were able to get out of there and smooth things out. That should help us out going forward.”

Asked to elaborate, Love responded: “Just what I said. We had bad blood in the locker room. We got that out.”

Forwards Michael Beasley and Anthony Randolph, guard Martell Webster and center Darko Milicic were the most notable players Minnesota jettisoned this offseason. Read the rest of this entry »

Wolves Waive Martell Webster

In General NBA on July 13, 2012 at 5:33 pm

ESPN reports

The Minnesota Timberwolves have been engaged with the Trail Blazers for days in a back-and-forth dance to try and pry Nicolas Batumout of Portland.

And it’s not quite over yet.

The Timberwolves traded center Brad Miller and two second-round picks to New Orleans and waived swingman Martell Webster on Friday, all in an effort to clear enough cap room to sign Batum to a four-year, $46.5 million offer sheet with incentives that could push the deal past $50 million. Read the rest of this entry »