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It's time to check four more teams off of Bill and Jalen's NBA Preview: nos. 26 through 23.
It's time to check four more teams off of Bill and Jalen's NBA Preview: nos. 26 through 23.
about 3 hours ago
It's time to check four more teams off of Bill and Jalen's NBA Preview: nos. 26 through 23. (To watch the videos from this series, click here.) List...
It's time to check four more teams off of Bill and Jalen's NBA Preview: nos. 26 through 23. (To watch the videos from this series, click here.) List...
about 3 hours ago
Jason Kidd's path from future Hall of Fame point guard to unproven coach of the Brooklyn Nets didn't begin with his 10 All-Star appearances or his 2011 title with the Mavericks. It started with a notebook.
Jason Kidd's path from future Hall of Fame point guard to unproven coach of the Brooklyn Nets didn't begin with his 10 All-Star appearances or his 2011 title with the Mavericks. It started with a notebook.
about 4 hours ago
What's ahead for the Houston Rockets? Our 5-on-5 panel previews the 2013-14 season.
What's ahead for the Houston Rockets? Our 5-on-5 panel previews the 2013-14 season.
about 5 hours ago
Bill Simmons and Jalen Rose speculate where new Raptors GM Masai Ujiri will send Rudy Gay, marvel at the NBA Summer League work of Jonas Valanciunas, ...
Bill Simmons and Jalen Rose speculate where new Raptors GM Masai Ujiri will send Rudy Gay, marvel at the NBA Summer League work of Jonas Valanciunas, ...
about 6 hours ago
by Will Overton This will be the first of four parts where I unveil my top 100 rankings for this season. We will be starting with the bottom 25 of the list and work our way up in future postings. You’ll notice in the bottom quarter...
by Will Overton This will be the first of four parts where I unveil my top 100 rankings for this season. We will be starting with the bottom 25 of the list and work our way up in future postings. You’ll notice in the bottom quarter of the top 100 a theme of again big men who might be in for a bit of a down year this year. Here is how I have things from 76 – 100: 76. Nikola Pekovic – C, Minnesota Timberwolves 77. Gordon Hayward – SG/SF, Utah Jazz 78. Enes Kanter – C, Utah Jazz 79. Tyreke Evans – SG, New Orleans Pelicans 80. Jimmy Butler – SG/SF, Chicago Bulls 81. Klay Thompson – SG, Golden State Warriors 82. Zach Randolph – PF, Memphis Grizzlies 83. David West – PF, Indiana Pacers 84. Joe Johnson – SG, Brooklyn Nets 85. Tristan Thompson – PF, Cleveland Cavaliers 86. J.R. Smith – SG. New York Knicks 87. Eric Gordon – SG, New Orleans Pelicans 88. Gerald Henderson – SG, Charlotte Bobcats 89. Jose Calderon – PG, Dallas Mavericks 90. Dion Waiters – SG, Cleveland Cavaliers 91. Carlos Boozer – PF, Chicago Bulls 92. Kevin Garnett – PF/C, Brooklyn Nets 93. Raymond Felton – PG, New York Knicks 94. Eric Bledsoe – PG, Phoenix Suns 95. George Hill – PG, Indiana Pacers 96. Maurice Harkless – SF, Orlando Magic 97. Danny Green – SG, San Antonio Spurs 98. Harrison Barnes – SF, Golden State Warriors 99. Kevin Martin – SG, Minnesota Timberwolves 100. Victor Oladipo – SG, Orlando Magic Last season Gordon Hayward went back and forth between starting and coming off the bench. He was actually a little more effective numbers wise coming off the bench, but this year he’ll be back to starting as the Jazz lack in the depth department. I think the transition should be fine though and Hayward could have big numbers as he is theoretically the best, or at least move proven, scorer on this team. After a down year in 2011 – 2012 David West bounced back very nicely last season for the Pacers with a solid 17.1 PPG, 7.7 RPG, 1.0 SPG and 0.9 BPG. I don’t anticipate quite those numbers this season though. West is aging and the Pacers brought Luis Scola in to help ease the load for him. Not only that, but Roy Hibbert is progressing as an inside scorer and Danny Granger is back to handle the second scorer duties. Obviously I like West since he’s #83, I just don’t know if a repeat is going to happen. You want to see Eric Gordon play a whole year. You want to see the top 50 player he could be if he could play a full year. He played 78 games as a rookie, but he’s missed at least 20 games in each of the next four seasons and he’s missed at least 40 each of the last two years. It looks like he’ll be at 100% by the time the season starts, but we can’t guarantee how long that will last. Draft him at your own risk, but not until at least round seven. One of my favorite offseason moves of the year was Jose Calderon going to Dallas where I really think he can thrive. Calderon has eight assists or more in four of his last six seasons and I’m a believer he’ll do that again in Dallas. Calderon played with the talent depraves Raptors and Pistons last season so feeding Dirk Nowitzki and Monta Ellis will be a welcome relief for him. There is some thought that the ball hungry Ellis will take away from his value, but I don’t think there is any wondering who the point guard of this team is. If you’re looking at this list as though I’m ranking the best players in basketball you’re probably wondering why Kevin Garnett is almost outside of the top 100. This is fantasy basketball though, not real basketball, and I don’t know what to expect from Garnett. The Nets are stacked and they’re deep and they can and will rest Garnett plenty, maybe not with games off, but he won’t average 30 minutes per game I don’t think. He’s also playing with four other very competent scorers who could take points away from him. The big question with Raymond Felton is which Felton do you believe in? In the first half Felton looked like a top 75 guy. In the second half though he averaged just 12.7 PPG
about 11 hours ago
ESPN.com NBA correspondent Marc Stein discusses various attitudes toward diving.
ESPN.com NBA correspondent Marc Stein discusses various attitudes toward diving.
about 22 hours ago
For the last three decades, Doug Collins has essentially had two careers. So it was inevitable, when Collins left the coaching business in the spring...
For the last three decades, Doug Collins has essentially had two careers. So it was inevitable, when Collins left the coaching business in the spring...
1 day ago
Grantland's Bill Simmons and Jalen Rose are back with a breakdown of the Celtics' upcoming season that includes a potential trade sending Rajon Rondo ...
Grantland's Bill Simmons and Jalen Rose are back with a breakdown of the Celtics' upcoming season that includes a potential trade sending Rajon Rondo ...
1 day ago
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