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Sunday, January 5, 2014

Which NBA Teams Are In The Best Shape?

Obviously the theme of this year is all-or-nothing with several teams forgoing success (honestly forgoing mediocrity more than success) to get into position for a lottery pick or going all in for a title but also hiring a first time coach that just retired and doesn't really have any idea what he's doing, and paying almost as much in luxury tax as salary in the meantime while also becoming a laughing stock.  It's been one of those two for most teams.  The Nets are morons.

Some have also made small upgrades at a couple of positions that has maintained their flexibility while staying supremely competitive like the Blazers.  I see you Rip City.

All of these strategies are a gamble.  That's just the way it is.  A team could set the record for losing percentage like they set out to do but still not get the franchise changing big man they wanted because the commissioner screwed up and had to make it up to the Pelicans for the whole CP3 debacle.  Hypothetically.

So which teams are in the best shape?  That's a question that could be answered a lot of ways depending on the objective at hand.  Due to that, I will break it down into three categories:  Succeeding, failing and floundering.  Here we go.

The AJ NBA All-Star Game Solution (With Picks!)

Here's the deal, folks:  We're approaching the NBA All-Star Ballot becoming a serious thing.

Surprisingly, I have an issue with the NBA All-Star voting.  No, not just the fact that players that have only played two games can make the team or that we've somehow eliminated a position from the voting, but I have a problem with why players are voted in.

The All-Star team is designed to recognize the best and most popular players in the NBA.  Well, it rarely accomplishes that.  Sure, some slip through the cracks that are both deserving and popular, but the majority of "starters" are just somehow voted in based on very little.  Now it seems we've gotten a fairly decent hold on this runaway nightmare from the early to mid-2000s (basically Yao Ming) but I think we're in for trouble this year when Kobe inevitably gets voted in for his couple of games this season.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

What We Know After Ten Games

So we’re finally far enough into the season to know what we know and to know what we don’t know, except most of what we think we know we really don’t know, but that won’t stop me from knowing what I know.
You may say ten games is too small of a sample size.  Well, I did a recap of the season through five games I’ve clearly proven that is false.  We’re 12% through this season.   How much longer do you expect me to wait?  There have been a few surprises, but it does seem like most everything is going more or less like we thought it would.  In light of that, here is what I think I know through ten games:

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Predictions That Matter Week 11

Predictions That Matter
Week 11 Edition

            Week 10 happened and now it is over. It was tough for me to care at all last weekend because of the lack of quality matchups. In fact, the only good game of the weekend turned into another Florida State blowout. Michigan showed that they are much worse than we expected and lost an uneventful game to Sparty. Week 10 is now thankfully over, and it is time to look ahead to week 11.

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

My NBA Award Winners After Five Games

Don't worry, you didn't slip into a coma during your sleep.  The NBA season is not over yet.  No, it's not the mid-season break either.  We're five or six games into the NBA season which I happen to believe is enough of a sample size to go ahead and crown my current award winners.  Buckle up:

Coach of the Year- Brett Brown, Philadelphia 76ers
-The first year coach has taken a team many thought would challenge the all-time futility mark and scored victories over the Heat and Bulls already this season.  The Sixers suck but he has them playing hard, playing fast, and playing fun.  He's got me psyched about the Sixers future.  
Honorable Mention: Frank Vogel
Projected Winner: Frank Vogel

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

You Want Bama? Be Careful What You Wish For

Late in the 2nd quarter of what would turn out to be a Seminole blow out of rival Miami, I heard a chant begin to ring out of Doak Campbell Stadium that is becoming increasingly familiar. Led by the rowdy student section, "We Want Bama" began to echo through out the stadium. Tallahassee isn't the only place this yell is becoming popular, it can be heard in Eugene and Columbus as well.

Alabama is the reigning two time National Champion and consensus number one team in the country. Of course, the challengers want a piece of them. Well, I'm going to give y'all a look into want you're really asking for and how these contenders match up, starting with a team I happen to know a ton about, The Florida State Seminoles.

Monday, November 4, 2013

The Curious Case of Tanking

Everyone knows that teams are tanking this year.  Everyone knows this year’s draft class is going to be absolutely loaded with potential perennial all stars.  Everyone knows you never want to be outside of the lottery but lose in the first round.  Well, everyone should know the last one, but some GMs seem to be unaware of that simple maxim. 

Going into this season we knew the Suns, Magic, Jazz and Sixers were all competing for ping pong balls.  But apparently no one told the Sixers.

You see, it’s easy for all of us to say that a team should tank for a better draft pick.  It makes sense in theory.  You shed salaries, give your young guys a chance to grow and ultimately better your future prospects of competing for a title thanks to nailing a lottery pick (I hope Shabazz Muhommed doesn’t misinterpret that line) in exchange for a few rough years at the bottom of the standings.  But after this surprising 3-0 start for the 76ers and a strong start by the Magic, I started to look at this from another, less-explored angle: that of the players.

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

The Season Is Here! 2013-2014 NBA Predictions

If you've read any of my stuff before, if you know me at all, or if you follow me on Twitter @Krowbar44 then you know I <3 NBA season.  The NFL and MLB are just placeholders holding me over until the greatest pro sports league on the planet gets cranking.

Well, finally it began.  Last night saw an odd three-game appetizer to really whet our appetites.  D-Rose is back and looks just as springy as ever, the Heat still look good and the Blake Griffin still sucks at the stripe.  What will the rest of the season hold?  Let's take a look at my almost assuredly incorrect predictions:

Eastern Conference

Atlantic Division

1.  Brooklyn
2.  New York
3.  Toronto
4.  Boston
5.  Philadelphia

-The Nets will have a much easier time adjusting to each other than most other teams that have been assembled over the last few years thanks to Kidd, KG and Pierce.  The Knicks finish second by default and my 76ers flirt with their own all time loss record hopefully.  

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Predictions That Matter Week 10 Edition

Predictions That Matter
Week 10 Edition

            Last week was pretty much exactly what we expected. Miami won another coin flip game, and Missouri fell from the graces of the unbeaten. LACES OUT DAN! I hope you didn’t go to the bathroom during the Oregon game like I did, because the score was 14-14 and in the blink of an eye it was a blowout. Virginia Tech continued to prove my point on why they are terrible, and Alabama continues to refuse to have a close game. Now that week 9 is in the rear view mirror, lets continue to make picks for next week that will be done with 100% accuracy.