The East's bottom top 4 (5th-8th) is very hard to predict, MIA could be good, but pretty much the whole team hasn't played together before and they still don't have a complete roster so it's unsure what their rotations will be like. I think ATL could be dangerous, with Al Horford back they could be much better. Teams like Detroit, NY and Indiana could be anything really, very unpredictable.
I think Minny should trade both Martin and Barea also, try get rid of all these contracts that aren't apart of the future plans. Like you said, 'Whats the point of having these guys when they aren't winning short term', they may aswel play Rubio, Shabazz, LaVine, Bennett, Wiggins, Dieng as much as they can! They actually have some very nice young pieces now, they could have won the trade similar to how Denver kind of did with the Melo trade, even though they are mediocre, they still didn't get much worse after loosing Melo.
Yeah, good point about the RFA theory about how it gives some insurance to the franchise, and low market teams would suffer. I guess thats completely right, and i agree 100, but some times it seems a bit stupid when a player doesn't really want to play for the franchise.!
Man the NBA is very boring at the moment!
Yeah, i'm getting right into the NFL, Cincinnati Bengals are my team now! It's keeping me busy while the NBA is dead!
Yeah, the Love trade. Cleveland looks so good (understatement) on paper, and it's hard to imagine them not making the ECF, unless something catastrophic occurs! But yeah, i still think Chicago finishes first, unless Rose becomes injured again, which i really hope he doesn't! While Cleveland has the better big three, i think Chicago's team is more complete and more deep! After those two, i see Washington 3rd, and then Charlotte and Toronto battling out for 4th.
Minnesota is worse short term, i agree, and i agree about their future, and the fact that bennett has more potential than Thad, even though we have never seen Thad in a different environment! Man, i think they should honestly trade Pek now, and get more draft picks for him, a contending team could sure use his presence, or a team right on the verge of being elite, Pek is a terrific, strong player that gives you a double double, so i'd imagine Minny would get something decent. The reason i think they should trade him, is because they are now in full rebuild mode, there's no point paying so much money to Pek when they are going to be mediocre at best, plus they have Dieng behind him.. Deing, Wiggins, LaVine, Bennett, Thad, Rubio, Shabazz are nice young assets that have so much potential!
yeah Indiana could blow up the roster, and i can certainly see why they would. But i ultimately think they won't, they will ride out this year, resign West for cheaper next offseason and then try to add a better piece to sit along side George when he's ready, possibly upgrading the PG spot and SG spot. I think Indiana will be patient, blowing up the team could be a bit premature and risky. Top FA's will want to play with George, so resigning West for cheaper, having that cap that they could have used on Lance, and Hill coming off contract or near contract will give them some room to move with.
I think Hibbert wouldn't be the perfect fit that Chandler is, but i feel his presence for the future would make Hibbert more valuable to Dallas than Chandler.
I feel sorry for Monroe and Bledsoe, i hate the restricted free agent rule, players should be able to do what they want after the contract ends, it's up to them, and it makes no sense resigning a player who obviously wants to leave. Like Eric Gordon, he wanted to go to Phoenix, but NOLA pretty much forced him to stay with the restricted, same with Hibbert and Portland. I think Monroe did the right decision to stay and make his own choice next offseason, and i think Bledsoe will do the same, or he will be signed and traded, i don't know who to though?
I've just started getting into the NFL, do you follow the NFL at all?
yeah i agree with your minute rotations, i hope Crowder gets a bit more than 14mins a game though, he deserves it. He will probably see a bit of time at the 4 when we play small ball also, but honestly we are so stacked with 3's and 4's! So many guys that are naturally a SF but will be playing PF in Dallas. I think Ivan will end up working his way into the rotation in a big way, he's a guy that does so much off the ball and is very intimidating, which is key for a team wanting to be a contending team.
yeah i'm bummed that Wall and Beal both didn't make it, i understand Beal but Wall got robbed. Like you said, the 3 ball is very important in international basketball, but they have so many 3P specialists now. You would think that they would like to have a slasher who's incredibly athletic to fill Westbrooke's absence and help create open 3P shots when Wall drives to the rim, obviously not though. Also you would think that such a high energy athletic slasher such as Wall would destroy the big foreign un athletic C's and get them into foul trouble, but o'well! Wall will come out firing this season to prove a point.
Waiter's won't be included in the trade, but you see they are including Philly anyway, sending Bennett for Thad? That's pretty good, but i thought MIN could have possibly milked one more piece. Still they are in a great situation going forward with young assets such as Wiggins, Dieng, Rubio, Thad, LaVine. On the other hand, Cleveland is an automatic championship team, they are going to be so tough to play! No question about that, it's obvious how good they are going to be.
You see Indiana trying to deal Hibbert for Monroe or Goran Dragic? What you think about that? It would result in a weird peering for both Detroit and Indiana, Indiana would have two PF like big men, i'm not sure how good Monroe and West would be together, even though Monroe is a natural C. And then Detroit would have twin towers, imagine how good their defense would be in the paint! But then eliminates more scoring. Dragic would work, but PHO would then have to give Bledsoe his max.
With Hibbert on the market it makes me think whether Dallas could have got him for the same deal instead of Chandler, that would have been interesting, Hibbert would have worked well in Dallas and is a younger version of Chandler, that's if his attitude worked out though. What you think about all the Hibbert drama?
The problem with facing GSW is that they have an above-average defense and they have Stephen Curry. GSW's starting lineup features 3 good to great defenders while Curry and Lee are below average defenders. If we do play the GSW in the playoffs, then they will definitely put Bogut on Dirk, Iggy on Parsons and Klay on Ellis. That pretty much neutralizes our biggest offensive threats. Which will mean that we'll need the rest of the team to carry a lot of the load which is a pretty big task if Dirk, Parsons and Ellis struggles. Another problem the Warriors give the Mavs is Curry. I'm still a bit stunned by that step back jumper Curry hit over Calderon this past season. It's just that he is so clutch, and that he is super hard to guard which makes him a problem. If Curry lights up the Mavs from downtown and during 4th quarter, the Mavs will have trouble. Hopefully, if Carlisle plays it right, put Harris or Felton (If he can make his defense work) on Curry and double team if necessary. Would love to see Carlisle bust out a zone defense so that there are defenders everywhere and double team will be a great thing.
Thanks! I'll be watching the Mavs from LA so hopefully everything works out and we get a 4th seed! Go Mavs!
Tyson is probably going to be the key player who dictates whether we do well or not. If he's continuously injured and only plays 55 games like last season, or he shows that his age is a factor and he's slowing up then we could be in trouble. Dallas desperately needs Tyson to be on his game and healthy, he makes up for our weak defense out on the perimeter and Dirks average D. Everyone thinks Parson's is the key guy, but personally i think Tyson is!
Yeah, people are slowly buying into what Washington is doing. Personally i think the acquisition of Paul Pierce has opened up the eyes of a lot of NBA fans and are looking and seeing that Washington has some real potential. People say, Washington only did well last year in the playoffs because of the weak conference, but i think they played very well and with the new guys, they certainly have what it takes to be a top 3 team. A lot does fall on Wall and Beal, but after last years playoffs i think it's certainly possible that Beal will take that all star step and Wall will get into the MVP consideration. I think Wall will average something around 19 & 9.5 APG, Beal something like 21 PPG while shooting 42 % from downtown. Especially with Paul George's injury, Washington can be among the elite with Chicago and Cleveland.
Haha yeah my friend; OKC, GSW and Orlando. Yeah, i think i now have overall the best teams!
I think Cleveland should trade Wiggins for Love. Having Love pretty much certifies them being a contending team and probably the favorites. Wiggins has huge potential, obviously, but based on Lebron only being on a 2 year deal means that Cleveland is under the pump to win a championship, or he could leave again, even though i don't think he would. Wiggins may take a couple of years before he's an elite player who can contribute significantly in the playoffs. So i would trade for Love, simply to be in a win now mode. But i agree with what you said, Wiggins and LBJ would have tremendous defense, and that's intriguing, but ultimately having Love there also makes them head and shoulders above any other team in the East. I can see a deal going down with key players like this;
Cleveland receives; Kevin Love, Mo Williams or JJ Barea
Minnesota receives; Andrew Wiggins, Anthony Bennet, Thad Young, future 1st
Philly receives; Dion Waiters
Man, sucks about Paul George, even though he's a rival to my eastern teams, it sucks to see someone like that go down with such a gruesome injury! I could not watch it twice! I feel sorry for Indiana and George, they are now going to miss a major season, and i think it's David West's last season under contract, would have been nice to see them go at it again. Hopefully Goerge is not Indiana's next Danny Granger!
I hope Carlisle's no-nonsense attitude can swiftly turn Felton into a good PG. I also hope that Casey Smith can keep Tyson outta trouble.
I'm doing fine here in Los Angeles right now. About to start college so I'm in LA. How are you doing these days?
Yeah, i didn't mean Harris would only play at the 2, he will play at the 1 also, but i see his use being much more combo-guard-ish, a similar role to what Rodney Stuckey played in Detroit, being a PG/SG along with Brandon Jennings and Will Bynum. All those players co-existed well, they all played over 20mins a game and had good averages so i have no doubt that Carlisle can't work out something similar with our 3 guards.
But yeah, i see your point by playing Devin Harris at the 1, which leads to our starting line up being overall better defensively. There are a lot of athletic explosive PG's in todays game, so the PG defense will be vital. However a lot of those athletic explosive PG's drive to the rim a lot (Wall, Bledsoe, Westbrooke) So having Tyson in the paint may fill the defensive requirement on those players, as he's one of the best rim protectors in the league, which may enable Carlisle to start Jameer. Either all, time will tell, and i will be happy with anyone of the 3 PG's starting! haha.
Washington i still feel is going to be a bit of an underdog out there in the East, many people still believe that Toronto could be one of the top 3 teams, and teams like Indiana and Miami could really surprise some teams. I feel Washington will still be doubted a lot, simply because their key players are still young. But i certainly think that Washington will finish top 4, if not, i will be kind of disappointed to be honest!
Emeka needs to be signed by the Heat.
Yeah Houston has taken a major step back and i think it will be proven this season, it seems that Houston and their fan base think they are going to be fine, but really with teams getting even better in the West, teams can't afford to take steps back and still expect to be top 4 material. There is going to be one huge rivalry between Houston and Dallas this season and i can't wait! It's funny so many of the South West players have been moved within the divisions teams; Asik to Pelicans, Aminu to Dallas, Parsons to Dallas, Carter to Memphis, haha this is un heard of!