NBA draft predictions VS reality

As previously predicted, the NBA draft went pleasantly sideways last night as several trades threw multiple sized monkey wrenches into the spokes of my ever-spinning basketball tires.

Post-draft assessments are a bit boring usually, mostly due to the fact that no one really has a clue what kind of “motor” or “ignition switch” or “alternator” any of these teens can oil up for the duration of a 82-game NBA season, much less a career. For every example of a team nailing a pick (Donovan Mitchell), there’s 100 examples of picks that went off the rails or at the very least a tad bit eschew (Anthony Bennett, Kwame Brown, Greg Oden, Robert Swift, Robert “Tractor” Traylor, Michael Olowokandi, 75% of all European-picked players).

Having said that, here’s a quick post-draft assessment:

  •  The Phoenix Suns got their guy, Ayton checks all the boxes for their limping franchise and he’s even a local kid. The land of the sun also scooped up a ready-to-play-now asset in Mikal Bridges after he was hijacked from his mother in Philly.  
  • Atlanta made a big move and added two sharp-shooting guards that they desperately needed: Trae Young and Kevin Huerter. In addition, they landed a stretch-four that may or may not contribute right away in Omari Spellman.  Hey, now I can name three players on the Hawks roster! Seriously, who are these guys?
  • San Antonio landed what I consider to be a diamond in the rough, the possible Donovan Mitchell break-out player in this draft. Lonnie Walker, an insanely versatile, explosive athlete with the greatest hair in the history of the draft. 
  •  The LA Clippers pinned down two very athletic, scoring guards who can get up and down the floor. Jerome Robinson is one of the better natural scorers in the draft and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander had a great suit on draft night, so I’m all in on him in the city of angels. 

See below for my prediction-accuracy, the red comments are my initial predictions and  will ultimately tell you the true story of the NBA draft.

I regret nothing.

  1. Phoenix Suns: Deandre Ayton, Arizona  – GOT IT!
  2. Sacramento Kings: Marvin Bagley III, Duke – GOT IT!
  3. Atlanta Hawks: Luka Doncic, Real Madrid (Traded to Mavericks) – SORTA!
  4. Memphis Grizzlies: Jaren Jackson Jr., Michigan State – GOT IT!
  5. Dallas Mavericks: Trae Young, Oklahoma (Traded to Hawks) – I was close on this one.
  6. Orlando Magic: Mohamed Bamba, Texas – (Wendell Carter) To air is human.
  7. Chicago Bulls: Wendell Carter Jr., Duke – (Michael Porter Jr.) The wheels are falling off.
  8. Cleveland Cavaliers: Collin Sexton, Alabama – (Trae Young) The sky is falling.
  9. New York Knicks: Kevin Knox, Kentucky – (Shai Gilgeous-Alexander) Dooooooh!
  10. Philadelphia 76ers: Mikal Bridges, Villanova (Traded to Suns) – (Kevin Knox) I’m terrible at this.
  11. Charlotte Hornets: Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Kentucky (Traded to Clippers) – (Mikal Bridges) Push me off a cliff.
  12. Los Angeles Clippers: Miles Bridges, Michigan State (Traded to Hornets) – (Collion Sexton) WTF!??!
  13. Los Angeles Clippers: Jerome Robinson, Boston College – (Robert Williams) Good thing I’m not a betting man. 
  14. Denver Nuggets: Michael Porter Jr., Missouri – (Miles Bridges) Similar to how I feel about this Nuggets pick, I’m concerned for the future of my mental health. 
  15. Washington Wizards: Troy Brown, Oregon – (Lonnie Walker) Not even close.
  16. Phoenix Suns: Zhaire Smith, Texas Tech (Traded to 76ers) – (Aaron Holiday) Similar to my drinking habits, it just keeps getting worse.
  17. Milwaukee Bucks: Donte DiVincenzo, Villanova – (Jerome Robinson) I like this italian red-haired kid.
  18. San Antonio Spurs: Lonnie Walker IV, Miami – (Kevin Huerter) Hey, I was only one pick off on this one.
  19. Atlanta Hawks: Kevin Huerter, Maryland – (Zhaire Smith) He a terp.
  20. Minnesota Timberwolves: Josh Okogie, Georgia Tech – (Donte DiVincenzo) This was supposed to be the italian Stallion. Good thing I only “predicted” the top 20.
  21. Utah Jazz: Grayson Allen, Duke
  22. Chicago Bulls: Chandler Hutchison, Boise State
  23. Indiana Pacers: Aaron Holiday, UCLA
  24. Portland Trail Blazers: Anfernee Simons, IMG Academy
  25. Los Angeles Lakers: Moritz Wagner, Michigan
  26. Philadelphia 76ers: Landry Shamet, Wichita State
  27. Boston Celtics: Robert Williams III, Texas A&M
  28. Golden State Warriors: Jacob Evans, Cincinnati
  29. Brooklyn Nets: Džanan Musa, Cedevita
  30. Atlanta Hawks: Omari Spellman, Villanova
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Woj went full thesaurus mode at the NBA draft

you sly devil, you.

originally posted here on deadpsin.com…….

Despite a report from Awful Announcing stating that reporters associated with NBA broadcast partners were asked by the league not to tip picks, the draft-night focus of ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski could not be shaken. But while Yahoo Sports’ Shams Charania appeared to outright ignore the league’s order, his former mentor Woj added just a bit of winking uncertainty to his spoilers this year, maintaining some plausible deniability.

Woj has been playing this game all night, though some attempts at subtlety were better than others:

  1. “has a laser on”
  2. “are fixated on”
  3. “is tantalized by”
  4. “have no plans to pass on”
  5. “are unlikely to resist”
  6. “has cleared the way”
  7. “are enamored with”
  8. “is zeroing in on”
  9. “is determined to select”
  10. “is locked on”
  11. “is locked in on”
  12. “prefers”
  13. “are targeting”
  14. “is focused on”
  15. “has been focused on”
  16. Getting scooped by your own protégé
  17. “are on”

a quaf-envious Adam Silver shakes the hand of Lonnie Walker on draft night

2018 NBA mock draft – and also Ghostbusters II

  1. Here’s your official/non-official 2018 NBA Mock Draft. If I happen to be correct with any of these guesses, then I’ll be quick to say I told ya so. For the incorrect calls – well, basketball isn’t an exact science, it’s more of a flowing river of pink slime with no beginning and no real end.

Enjoy!

1. 

SUNS: DEANDRE AYTON, C, ARIZONA | FR.

Height: 7’0″ | Weight: 260 pounds | Age: 19 | Last Mock: 1
Stats: 20.1 PPG, 11.6 RPG, 61.2% FG

2. 

 KINGS: MARVIN BAGLEY III, F/C, DUKE | FR.

Height: 6’10” | Weight: 235 | Age: 19 | Last: 2
Stats: 21.0 PPG, 11.1 RPG, 61.4% FG

3. 

HAWKS: LUKA DONCIC, G, REAL MADRID

Height: 6’8″ | Weight: 220 | Age: 19 | Last: 4
Stats (all competitions): 14.2 PPG, 5.2 RPG, 4.6 APG

4. 

GRIZZLIES: JAREN JACKSON JR., C, MICHIGAN STATE | FR.

Height: 6’11” | Weight: 235 | Age: 18 | Last: 3
Stats: 10.9 PPG, 5.8 RPG, 3.0 BPG

5. 

MAVERICKS: MOHAMED BAMBA, C, TEXAS | FR.

Height: 7’0″ | Weight: 225 | Age: 19 | Last: 6
Stats: 12.9 PPG, 10.5 RPG, 3.7 BPG

6. 

MAGIC: WENDELL CARTER, C, DUKE | FR.

Height: 6’10” | Weight: 250 | Age: 19 | Last: 7
Stats: 13.5 PPG, 9.1 RPG, 2.1 BPG

7. 

BULLS: MICHAEL PORTER JR., F, MISSOURI | FR.

Height: 6’10” | Weight: 210 | Age: 19 | Last: 5
Stats: 10.0 PPG, 6.7 RPG, 33% FG

 

8.

CAVALIERS: TRAE YOUNG, PG, OKLAHOMA | FR.

Height: 6’1″ | Weight: 180 | Age: 19 | Last: 8
Stats: 27.4 PPG, 8.8 APG, 36.1% 3FG

9.

 KNICKS: SHAI GILGEOUS-ALEXANDER, PG, KENTUCKY | FR.

Height: 6’6″ | Weight: 180 | Age: 19 | Last: 11
Stats: 14.4 PPG, 5.1 APG, 1.6 SPG

 

10. 

76ERS: KEVIN KNOX, SF, KENTUCKY | FR.

Height: 6’9″ | Weight: 215 | Age: 18 | Last: 14
Stats: 15.6 PPG, 5.4 RPG, 34.1% 3FG

 

11. 

HORNETS: MIKAL BRIDGES, SF, VILLANOVA | JR.

Height: 6’7″ | Weight: 210 | Age: 21 | Last: 10
Stats: 18.0 PPG, 5.4 RPG, 43% 3FG

 

12. 

CLIPPERS: COLLIN SEXTON, PG, ALABAMA | FR.

Height: 6’1″ | Weight: 185 | Age: 19 | Last: 9
Stats: 19.2 PPG, 3.6 APG, 33.6% 3FG

13. 

CLIPPERS: ROBERT WILLIAMS, C, TEXAS A&M | SO.

Height: 6’9″ | Weight: 240 | Age: 20 | Last: 13
Stats: 10.4 PPG, 9.2 RPG, 2.6 BPG

14.

NUGGETS: MILES BRIDGES, F, MICHIGAN STATE | SO.

Height: 6’6″ | Weight: 220 | Age: 20 | Last: 15
Stats: 17.1 PPG, 7.0 RPG, 36.4% 3FG

 

15. 

WIZARDS: LONNIE WALKER, G, MIAMI | FR.

Height: 6’4″ | Weight: 195 | Age: 19 | Last: 12
Stats: 11.5 PPG, 2.0 APG, 34.6% 3FG

16. 

SUNS: AARON HOLIDAY, PG, UCLA | JR.

Height: 6’0″ | Weight: 185 | Age: 21 | Last: 23
Stats: 20.3 PPG, 5.8 APG, 43% 3FG

 

17.

BUCKS: JEROME ROBINSON, G, BOSTON COLLEGE | JR.

Height: 6’4″ | Weight: 190 | Age: 21 | Last: 17
Stats: 20.4 PPG, 3.4 APG, 41.9% 3FG

 

18.

SPURS: KEVIN HUERTER, SG, MARYLAND | SO.

Height: 6’7″ | Weight: 195 | Age: 19 | Last: 18
Stats: 14.8 PPG, 3.4 APG, 41.7% 3FG

 

19.

HAWKS: ZHAIRE SMITH, SG, TEXAS TECH | FR.

Height: 6’4″ | Weight: 195 | Age: 19 | Last: 16
Stats: 11.3 PPG, 5.0 RPG, 55.6% FG

20. 

TIMBERWOLVES: DONTE DIVINCENZO, G, VILLANOVA | SO.

Height: 6’4″ | Weight: 200 | Age: 21 | Last: 19
Stats: 13.4 PPG, 4.8 RPG, 3.5 APG

 

Lebron’s landing spots, fact and fiction

Lebron made comments this week about being able to play in the league until his son, Bronny (14), gets drafted in the NBA. In previously unaired footage that was released by James’ multimedia platform UNINTERRUPTED on Monday, the 33-year-old says he’s already thought about the prospect of playing with — or even against — LeBron Jr.

“You want to ask me, ‘What was the greatest achievement in my life?'” James said. “If I’m on the same court as my son in the NBA. That would be No. 1 in my lifetime as an NBA player.”

“I’ve thought about it because my son is about to be 14, and he might be able to get in there a little early.”

As Lebron contemplates his family’s future, I’m sure the next thought entering his mind is much more present-day related. Where will Lebron be in 2018-19??

I’ve compiled a list of places and reasons that make sense, or maybe don’t make sense, hell I don’t know anymore. Dennis Rodman is crying on TV, wearing a MAGA hat! What is going on!?!?

Top Five Landing Spots:

1. Cleveland makes the most sense, they can rebuild the roster and ditch JR Smith to the curb, of course he won’t know what that means, so someone will have to explain it to him. Cleveland has the number 8 pick in the draft which should give them someone that can contribute immediately, Duke PF – Wendell Carter, Oklahoma PG – Tre Young or maybe Alabama PG –  Collin Sexton. Also, would Lebron really leave his first wife at the altar AGAIN?

2. Philly has LOTS of upside with their young talent, Ben Simmons should fit with Lebron’s pace of play and would probably benefit a lot from all the attention Lebron garners. Simmons cuts and moves off the ball fairly well and would have open driving lanes after Lerbon draws 3 defenders to him.

BUT, Joel Embiid’s offensive game doesn’t match up with Lebron, or at least historically his back to the basket – big man post moves has never really fit in with Lebron. Sure, Embiid can step out occasionally and hit a jumper, but he’s primarily more of a (talented) post-up player who needs the ball passed to him in the post to be effective. Lebron has NEVER had that kind of player with him.In Miami, Chris Bosh became a pick-and-pop guy who cleared the lane for Dwayne Wade and Lebron to operate. Same thing happened to Kevin Love in Cleveland, and Tristan Thompson fell off the face of the earth.

3. Any team in the Western Conference makes less sense than the previous two teams. But a combo of Kawhi Leonard and Gregg Popovich could be VERY enticing for Lebron’s third act. Kawhi’s future is a bit rocky, to say the least. But something tells me that the enigmatic swing-man is destined to work things out with the Spurs. Plus, they’ve still got Tony Parker, Manu  Ginobili, LaMarcus Aldridge, Pau Gasol, Rudy Gay and some young talent in Dejounte Murray and of course the Aussie blur – Patty Mills.

4. Houston already has two superstars, James Harden and Chris Paul. This dynamic duo ALMOST took down the Warriors in the Western Conference Finals, even with CP3 being injured for half the series. Adding Lebron would put them over the top, even when CP3 has his usual post-season-ending injury (seriously, it’s every year), Lebron and Harden would be absolutely un-guardable. We could see both of them average 35+ points per game easily, and Clint Capella would look like Deandre Jordan 2.0.

5. This is a long-shot, but there seems to be some truth to it. Los Angeles is always a desirable place for NBA superstars, the market and the city attract the best of the best in every profession so why wouldn’t Lebron want to be a permanent west-coaster? He already has a film/TV production company operating in LA, and he owns a home in Brentwood. But with a roster full of millenial-drama, not to mention a 35-47 record and an 11th place finish in the Western Conference, what’s the actual hoops attraction? The hope that Paul George and some random other superstar decides to move west? Hmmmmmmmm.

So you’re telling me there’s a chance (maybe?):

6. Miami again? Why not, they made a Bad Boys II and there’s a third installment of the Miami-based dynamic duo just waiting to be released….maybe Lebron follows Will Smith’s lead and returns to Miami?

7. I mean, why not right? You get to play in Madison Square Garden 40 times a season, become friends with Spike Lee and finally make a sequel to “Do The Right Thing” starring Lebron James as the superstar athlete who returns home to find his old neighborhood has regressed into a racist, segregated fracture of what it formerly was…which of course motivates him to get into politics and fix the mess that has become our country…errr, his former neighborhood? #Symbolism

8. Create the east-coast super team, PLEASE Lebron, PLEASE do this! Boston vs, Golden State – The NBA Finals for the foreseeable future, and you reunite with Kyrie which would make for the weirdest reunion since Gilligan Island’s CBS TV/Movie reunion where the cast was magically rescued and returned to society, but quickly found out they hated what the (Trump) world had become, got back together to take a  cruise AGAIN on the Skipper’s new boat, only to be shipwrecked AGAIN on the same GOT-DAM island as before. You can’t even write this stuff, but somehow they did.

9. There’s no way the league would let this happen right? I mean, there’s no way….right? 

 

It’s good to be a Warrior right now

Happy dance for Jordan Bell

The Golden State Warriors are vets when it comes to winning championships, for the second-straight year and third time in four seasons, the Warriors are NBA Champions.

And no one is celebrating quite like Warriors’ rookie, Jordan Bell (aka: this year’s JR Smith):

Keep doing your thing young man, go forth and celebrate.

 

The official – mildly educated in soccer – 2018 World Cup preview

The 2018 World Cup is upon us and if you’re anything like me, there’s only a few certainties that you’re hangin your hat on as far as general information:

  1. The US Men’s team isn’t in it, because apparently despite growing the world’s most incredible athletes right here in our own back yard, we can’t seem to be remotely competitive when it comes to soccer.
  2. Argentina’s Lionel Messi is still the best player in the world.
  3. Christiano Ronaldo is still playing? And I’m assuming still the male-model version of a socer player?
  4. Neymar…he’s the stud from Brazil with only one name – a name pronounced the way a drunk kid from Baltimore who’s attempting a Southie-Boston accent would sound: “Naaaaaaaymaaaaaaahhhhhhhrrrrr”
  5. The 2018 World Cup is in Russia, so prepare for tons of political infused sports commentary from our “elected” president.

As a reference point, here’s what else you should know about the 2018 World Cup, just in case you happen to stumble into a bar where people are watching and you don’t want to sound like a moron:

Top 10 players in the world

 

 

The battle continues: JR Smith vs Nick Young for worst tattoos ever

Stop this insanity

Since the NBA Finals will be over in less than 6 hours, we need to discuss a topic that fuels the fire for competitive gravitas. Nick Young vs. JR Smith for the ultimate hoops-knucklehead crown.

The ultimate battle royale between Nick Young and JR Smith continues, moving into the topic of tattoos:

can you cut a guy during the playoffs, so they don’t get a ring?

Swaggy P comes hard with some random jibberish, a smiley face and an air plane. From this collage, I concur that Swaggy P’s favorite movie probably stars some kind of singing bear, snowman or bumble bee.

What is going on here?

JR Smith’s tat game takes the prize though:

I don’t get it.

Nothing says “I can hoop” like some other guy’s jersey and name tattooed on your tummy.

WORST TATTOO CONTEST WINNER: “Black Jesus”

#blessed

 

 

Lebron, can you define ‘Bum’?

First they abort Seattle, then they lose Durant and Harden, now this? Hasn’t this franchise had enough bad news in it’s lifetime?

I just can’t get enough of this constant sports-related, non-sensical, 3rd grade-birthday party bullshit that keeps spewing out of the non-elected president Trump’s face-hole:

Even though LeBron James, Steph Curry, the entire Philadelphia Eagles organization, you, me and everyone else in the world  has already said that no sports team is interested in visiting the White House, today Donald Trump tried to pretend like he wouldn’t have invited them anyway……cause that’s a normal reaction from a 71 year-old man in charge of literally everything this country has to offer.

The classic “well, you’re not invited to my party anyway” defense runs deep with 6 year-olds and drunk 20-something sorority girls whose ex-boyfriend slept with their best friend.

Surely the current NBA Finals basketball players will regret the opportunity to watch  the round-mound of orange chicken slurp himself around the South Lawn in order to regurgitate more crazy-ass-old, white guy-propoganda and forget words to “God Bless America”.

Lebron said it best back in September:

This is one of two insanely useless sports-related proclamations that Trump has made today. The other was his public consideration of pardoning the late boxer Muhammad Ali, who has no criminal record.
A consideration that is par for the course for Mr Trump, un-inviting people who don’t want to attend and then reinstating someone who’s already instated. Maybe the next trick for the President will be to get the troops out of Vietnam? Or perhaps ask Mr. Gorbachev to tear down his wall?
How did we get here!?!?

No.