Are we sure?

Alright someone has to be fucking with me. PAU GASOL IS 38th ON THE ALL-TIME NBA SCORING LIST. 38th!!! I know Pau Gasol was a very talented basketball player and has been in the league forever, but holy shit 38th was way higher than I would have guessed. WAY HIGHER. Not even an insult but if you told me to guess I wouldn’t have been anywhere near 38. Maybe would have guessed in the 90s, most likely somewhere in the 100s just for reference for players near Pau Gasol: David Robinson(39th), Larry Bird(33rd), John Stockton(45th), Scottie Pippen(57th). You get the point he’s in good company being 38th. I like to consider myself very knowledgeable when it comes to the NBA, but this even stumped me. I went and searched his name into google to make sure I was thinking of the right player. He only averaged over 20ppg in 2 of his seasons out of 18 so far. Pau Gasol is arguably the most consistent player of all time. 

Is Pau Gasol a Hall of Famer?  I would like to believe so with him being a 6x All-Star, 4x All-NBA and a 2x Champ but Pau Gasol seems like one of those guys you just forget about. I will now fight for Pau Gasol to be inducted into the Hall of Fame, I never saw myself fighting this battle but holy shit, 38th! 

(On the ABA + NBA all-time scoring list Gasol is 43rd, still crazy.) 

(Also how the fuck is Joe Johnson 42nd?)

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Pacers Potential Offseason Free Agency Moves

Will the Indiana Pacers win the 2018-19 championship? Not a fucking chance. Can they compete at the highest level? Absolutely. The Indiana Pacers have no chance of signing an already developed superstar. (in all honesty, I thought if we made a push for Paul George then we could maybe swing him but no one would get on my #BringBackPG13 train.) The Pacers can win 55 games, and we still know that it would take a miracle to beat Boston. What does Indiana have on their side? A TON of cap space. There are a lot of moves this offseason that the Pacers should take a chance at, let’s dig into them.

Free Agents for the Pacers :

Julius Randle PF – 16.1ppg 8.0rpg 2.6apg

I love this fit for the Pacers. I feel like Julius Randle fits what the Pacers are looking for in a PF. Julius not being able to shoot isn’t an issue to me even the slightest. If they do take the route of signing Julius Randle, then they have to make sure they either draft/sign more shooters for this roster. Bojan and Oladipo can’t be the only capable shooters off of a Randle drive. Most Pacers fans may disagree, but I don’t believe in the starting two center theory with Sabonis and Turner. If the Pacers have the chance to pull the trigger on Randle at a reasonable price, (which I know is going to be high), then I think they should do it. He’s the perfect replacement for Thad Young.

Jabari Parker PF/SF – 12.6ppg 4.9rpg 1.9apg 

People aren’t talking about this one because it’s a little crazy, but hear me out. I still believe if Jabari can stay on the court, then he is a tremendous talent, that’s a big what if. Jabari didn’t fit into what the Bucks were doing anymore when he came back last season. Jabari would provide the Pacers with a better shooting PF if that’s the route they’re going to take, with even some lineups he can play SF. The only reason I would want the Pacers to take a chance here is if 1) he can pass a physical 2) they get him for dirt cheap on a two year deal with a team option for the 2nd year. Jabari has something left in the tank; he has to stay on the court to prove it.

Will Barton SG/SF – 15.7ppg 5.0rpg 4.1apg 

Pacers need to talk first and pull the trigger on Will Barton before someone else can. The Pacers are missing a Will Barton style player and whose better at being the “Will Barton” style player other than Will Barton? I believe this signing helps Bojan tremendously. I know it doesn’t make sense for a team to sign a player to play some of your minutes, and it benefits you, but in this case, I think it does. Bojan is a good role player for the Pacers, what the Pacers lacked was not having a role player that could make up for Bojan on bad shooting nights. A role player isn’t going to play 82 good games, that isn’t how they work, but if you have two similar role players, then you can hope in a majority of the 82 games one of them shoots half ass at least. Then when they’re on, on the same night, then the other team is in trouble from the start. GR3 didn’t provide this for the Pacers like they originally hoped. Just a personal preference, I think Bojan would be a tremendous 6th man.

JJ Redick SG – 17.1ppg 2.5rpg 3.0apg 

This would be a weird fit but I think I can talk myself into it. This whole signing only works if they sign a PF. No Circumstance does this work with Sabonis and Turner on the court at the same time. The starting lineup would have to be without a true point guard. Vic would have to step up his playmaking ability. Oladipo, Redick, Bojan, ________, Turner/Sabonis would have to be your lineup almost unless you could talk Redick into being a bench player, doubtful since he’s in his prime. The Pacers would have to fly around defensively and beat everyone with the shooting. I love Redick and would love to have him as a bench player doesn’t seem like something he would sign up for right now, but it could always be worth a call.

Marcus Smart SG/PG – 10.2ppg 3.5rpg 4.8apg 

This signing would allow the Pacers to be one of the best crunch time perimeter defending teams in the league. Being able to have a lineup with Smart, Lance, and Oladipo in the game to get a stop is something that I can get behind. Marcus Smart is a glue guy, Lance and Marcus together is literally super glue. The thought of those two on the court together at the same time already makes me feel horrible for the other team having to deal with them both, and those two would fall in love with each other’s shenanigans. Marcus Smart seems like a player the Pacers really should pursue because I think he fits what the Pacers are trying to do but I’m not too sure the Celtics are going to let him walk.

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope SG/SF – 13.4ppg 5.2rpg 2.2apg 

KCP is the definition of 3-and-D guy. After getting paid the way he did last offseason, and there are a lot better free agents this offseason I see KCP taking a major pay cut. His style of play fits the Pacers, and I think he can start alongside Oladipo and provide defense and floor spacing. He isn’t anything special; he is literally a 3-and-D guy. KCP is a personal preference; you are either for it or against, there will not be much in-between when it comes to him.

Wayne Ellington SG – 11.2ppg 2.8rpg 1.0apg 

He fits with what the Pacers have, but you won’t be signing a starter. Wayne Ellington can be a very crucial part of your bench if the Pacers decide Bojan should start. Ellington is a good shooter and can provide shooting during slumps. He shoots well, and he shoots often. I can’t tell you I’m sold on his defensive ability, I think with this signing you need to know you’re signing a shooter.

Luc Mbah a Moute SF/PF – 7.5ppg 3.0rpg 0.9apg 1.2spg 

The Pacers need to be 100% sure when signing Mbah a Moute that they’re not overpaying. He isn’t worth much, but what he does provide is Oladipo a break on defense, and he will space the floor slightly. Not a horrible shooter but not someone who is going to kill you either. Mbah a Moute to me is a last resort type of player. You know exactly what you’re getting when you sign Mbah a Moute. If the Pacers end up having to sign Mbah a Moute instead of other guys, then we failed. If we sign him cheap with other guys then I find that a win.

Joe Harris SG/SF – 10.8ppg 3.3rpg 1.6apg 

Joe Harris can’t be your sought-after player, but he can be a beautiful piece in a pool of players. If the Pacers go expensive on someone, then I would enjoy seeing a Joe Harris signing also to close up free agency. The kid is an excellent shooter, he started to develop last year, and he’s a very under the radar guy. Joe Harris can provide some real shooting off the bench which is something the Pacers could use. I also really like the fit with Joe Harris, he fits the “overlooked players” shadow that the Pacers have going on.

 

Derrik’s Big Board (NBA Draft)

I will be releasing my 2018 NBA Draft Big Board below. This year I have taken it upon myself to thoroughly study players as much as I could. You can disagree with literally every single person I have below, but I have researched this draft like an NBA Nazi. So most likely you’re talking out of your ass and just agreeing with the general media. Not the guy I am, I will not agree with someone just because they made it on TV or have a little blue check mark. Most of you will because you’re incredibly small-minded. That means absolutely nothing to me when it comes to watching the tape. Basketball is basketball no matter what.

Derrik’s Big Board :

1.) Luka Doncic

The kid is just flat out extremely talented. If you listed Deandre Ayton over Luka Doncic on your big board then you need to look into a new profession because clearly you don’t know what a basketball player looks like. Luka is only 19 years old and has already won every single euro league award that is worth anything. I don’t know if you’ve ever watched foreign league players tape but usually you get done watching it and think to yourself, “how the fuck is this guy going to go top 10?” When you watch Luka’s tape you start to think how many years until he is going to be a top 20 player in the league. 2? 3? The KID is 6’6 218 pounds, size will never be an issue. In this NBA and with his passing skills he’s interchangeable through basically 4 positions. Luka is a modern-day NBA player, and people have him as their 3rd or 4th best player because instead of doing workouts with some proclaimed “trainer” (who works for a company with just a ridiculous name because there are literally millions of self-proclaimed trainers) he is literally playing basketball and that pissed people off. How could Luka think playing 5on5 instead of 1on0 help your draft stock? Seriously Luka. Why would anyone need tape for 5on5 when you can get wide open shots on perfect passes up? Dammit Luka. People are seriously fucking stupid. Playing 5on5 against actually basketball players hurt his draft stock, MY GOD.

2.) Jaren Jackson

You can’t teach players to be built like Jaren Jackson. 6’11 243 pounds. Jaren Jackson is number 2 on my big board strictly because if he pulls it all together then you have your next Giannis/Anthony Davis player. I’m not saying he will ever be as good as the two, but if he figures out that being 6’11 and being able to move the way he can, can make you virtually unstoppable, then I don’t think you want to be the guy that choose to pass on him. With a wingspan over 7 foot, if he can fully figure out this thing called basketball then he is going to be a problem for every single team that has to play him. My one big complaint with Jackson is I think it’s going to take him 3-4 years to figure this whole thing out. I’m not saying he will be bad from the start by any means, but after 3-4 years I think you’re going to see a superstar in the early stages.

3.) Marvin Bagley

Weirdly even though he is suppose to be a top 5 pick, I think he is somehow underrated. I had to debate with myself between Jackson and him for 2nd on my board. Bagley is going to be a great basketball player. I just think Jackson and Luka can be something very very special. This is how I know Bagley is going to be a great basketball player. When Bagley was a senior in High School I traveled about 25 minutes across town to watch Bagley, Jaren Jackson, Brian Bowen, Romeo Langford, and a few other players play in something put on by ESPN. After I watched Romeo score 40 something and Brian Bowen just completely light up the game like he wasn’t even trying. ( Pitino was at this game in person, this could of been a very easy moment to hand a kid a $100,000 check without ever having to text him about it, but that’s another story.) After that game, I had to watch Marvin Bagley, who I didn’t even know existed. Do you want my honest takeaway from high school Marvin Bagley? He was 6’11 and completely unskilled. Couldn’t shoot, couldn’t really dribble, couldn’t do anything besides bully people with his size. The obvious question, “Derrik, how does this back up your point?” Shut up, I’m getting there. Early into college basketball season I’m pretty sure Duke played it’s first 17 games on TV and I started watching those games completely confused. Marvin Bagley was now a player that could dribble, shoot fairly, run the floor, catch lobs and it literally blew me away. Just 8 months before I watched a 6’11 kid who couldn’t do a god damn thing on a basketball court besides dunk and hit lay-ups now plays like a wing. At that exact moment, I told my roommate something along the lines of ” That kid is going to be a good NBA player.” If in just 8 short months you can go from not being skilled and being a center in high school, to being a wing at Duke then I’m pretty sure I will take my chances of you being a good NBA player. Clearly the kid has the passion. Bagley reminds me of kinda like a Kawhi player, (minus the defense) he has a ton that he needs to improve on and people have their doubts but once it’s all said and done this kid will have had an excellent NBA career.

4.) Deandre Ayton

Deandre is this years “Everyone get on your knees” guy. He is more of an old-school post guy than a new school post guy. But guess what? Those guys aren’t superstars anymore. Deandre Ayton is a 3rd best player on a championship team in his prime. (that isn’t an insult, Klay Thompson is too.) That being said, I believe the last 3 players I listed can be the best player on a championship team when they hit their primes. I don’t understand why everyone is in such awe of this guy. He will be a good NBA player, that’s fine. There are 3-5 players in this draft that have the potential to be great NBA players if everything pans out for them. The last thing I’m going to say about Ayton is, if the Suns take Ayton number 1 over the 3 other guys above him on my board then Devin Booker may literally never ever play in a playoff game.

5.) Mo Bamba

He’s raw. The upside to Bamba I think gets him into the top 5. He’s extremely defensively talented. Not good at offense. The video of him going around of him shooting with Joel Embiid actually means a lot to me. Everyone either hates that video or likes that video. The fact that he’s showing that he can have the ability to adapt to the modern day game is a huge plus for me. Will he actually do it? No clue. Everything looked fluent in that video. If he can pull together a little stretch big, then he can do big things for a franchise someday, and if he doesn’t, you still have a natural rim protector and a lob guy.

6.) Mikal Bridges

I love this kid. He is an extremely extremely talented player. I debated having him all the way at 4 on my big board before deciding 6. He reminds me of a Klay Thompson style player. I truly hope that Cleveland takes a chance on this kid strictly because I will love to see a team built around Mikal. Excellent shooter, athletic, good defender. What else do you need? Oh, maybe that he’s coming off a national championship. I’m going to stop why I can because if I keep going, I’ll be raving about this kid for 500 more words. “Ain’t nobody got time for that.”

7.)  Miles Bridges

This is a little high compared to where most people have Miles Bridges ranked. I thought 7 was a perfect spot. I think Miles Bridges has shown that he will be a good starting small forward for years to come. Others may disagree, that’s fine. (This is my big board) He has a lot that he’s going to have to improve on. Him coming back to MSU for an extra year really shows me that this kid wants to be great, he doesn’t just want a payday. (Which with all of MSU problems I’m not going to sit here and tell you he wasn’t paid…) Sometimes when you watch the tape on a player you just get a feeling that they will figure it out, I had that feeling with Miles Bridges.

8.) Trae Young

Oh yes, Trae Young. There isn’t a player in this draft being nagged as bad as Trae. Let’s get one thing straight, HE’S GOOD AT BASKETBALL. What the fuck else do you really care about? A shooter had a terrible 10 game stretch? (which wasn’t even terrible)  NO SHIT. Young is a shooter and was the primary scorer for a team where only one player on the court could wipe their own ass. (That player was Trae) Everyone is looking way to deep into a player starting hot and then a college team adjusting to why Oklahoma is winning games. Oklahoma wasn’t even good, and they made the tournament because of one player. Explain that? (Pleaaaaase get drafted by the Magic.)

9.) Kevin Knox

Kevin Knox is Tobias Harris. I don’t know what else to say. He may never be an all star but he will always be a crucial player for his team and probably an easy trade throw in.  I loved Kevin Knox tape. Then he had one of the worst individual drill tapes that I have ever seen. It was flat out pathetic. He was slow, wasn’t trying, cuts were garbage, didn’t shoot the ball like it was a game situation. It was fucking bad. ( I tell it like it is)

10.) Michael Porter Jr.

I know the kid is an extreme talent. He hasn’t released his medicals and I will NOT watch high school AAU as a reference for a NBA player. When he did play at Missouri this year he played like complete shit.

11.) Shai Gilgeous-Alexander

I love the potential in SGA. First thing, SGA as a nickname already kind of makes you a better player. He’s an NBA defender, he’s long, he can do things off the dribble, he knows when to take his 3pters because when he shoots them he hits them. A 6’6 point guard in the NBA is always going to create mismatches for other teams. If he can figure out how to bully smaller guards off the court that will be huge for his career. Also, he doesn’t create a defensive match-up problem for his own team. For even certain teams that play smaller guards, he can guard different players on the perimeter.

12.) Khyri Thomas

This is extremely high for Thomas. I think he is a tremendous player that is truly just being overlooked. Even though the NBA has successful combo guards, that phrase literally sends GMs to run deep into their nearest closet. He can score and he can shoot. Those are 2 things in this NBA that every single team needs. People fall in love with players for no reason and they dislike players for no reason. They know what material brings clicks and what material doesn’t. Khyri Thomas doesn’t pay the bills. Just know after his career pans out well that I’m smarter than all of you.

13.) Lonnie Walker

Scores from anywhere on the floor. Kid has a extremely hard motor. He will never be your superstar or even an all-star but he might be your better version of Lance Stephenson. Plays hard and disrupts everything. I’m not sure on his 3 and D fit with a team because I’m not sold on his 3pt shooting but he will be able to score in other ways and he will figure it out defensively. I could see Lonnie being the guy that sneaks up in the lottery come draft night because you know what you’re getting.

I’m stopping after 13 because after this point this draft, to me, is an extremely hit or miss. I didn’t forget Collin Sexton or Wendell Carter, I just don’t like either as a player. I know that everyone else fell in love with Collin Sexton, I did not. I don’t want a worse version of Eric Bledsoe on my team at any given point in my life, hell I don’t even want the real version. Collin Sexton just plays out of control, and he doesn’t shot the ball real well and doesn’t seem like a natural playmaker. It’s a gut thing here. For Wendell Carter, there are 7-8 “good” bigs in the NBA right now, 4 more aren’t coming in the first 13 players of this draft. That is nothing but common sense. He has the worst upside I feel like of all the bigs ahead of him, and with that reasoning, I’m out on Wendell. (plus he has mom problems, and that is just a diaster.)

Episode 9 – NBA MOCK DRAFT SEASON

It’s the most wonderful time of the year. It’s NBA offseason baby. Ryan and I break down our lottery mock drafts and our big boards. Talk about a few sleepers and “what-ifs” in this draft. We also break down the Pacers future offseason ahead of them. Thanks for listening, Like Subscribe and Leave a rating!

Kawhi Leonard is Never Playing for the Spurs Again.

I don’t think Kawhi Leonard is as hurt as the Spurs are making it seem. About a month ago it was reported by tons of sources that Kawhi Leonard and the Spurs were having “relationship troubles”. I will be more surprised if Kawhi Leonard isn’t traded during this NBA offseason then if he plays for the Spurs again. If Kawhi wants out the door he isn’t going to play and risk hurting himself more. The day he is supposed to play is now pushed to possibly not this season. It has moved like every week this whole season. Everyone has waited to get the normal Spurs back but Kawhi is nowhere to be found. He also hasn’t made progress to get back on the court, it doesn’t seem like. It will be sad to see Kawhi wear a different jersey besides the Spurs but it could also be good for the league because I don’t see the Spurs going anywhere. The Spurs aren’t going to win another championship without him in the near future but there are plenty of teams that aren’t going to win a championship in my lifetime and the Spurs already have five times. I am kinda sad thinking about Kawhi, not on the Spurs come crunch time in the playoffs. It has been fun and entertaining and as a non-Spurs fan that is about all, I could ask. I haven’t looked at contracts or anything like that but my honest prediction on where he goes is – to the Suns for their top 5 pick for the 2018 draft and TJ Warren. Maybe also throw in some garbage like Dragan Bender to make it work. I think what the Spurs get for Kawhi won’t seem as high as it needs to be but will work out because Popovich makes it work.

Should the Lakers even want Paul George?

Free agency 2018 could potentially mark the beginning of a new era in Los Angeles. With expiring contracts and the availability of big-name players this summer, the Lakers have the opportunity to become a playoff team. While there are plenty of options, Paul George seems to be the fan favorite in LA to come home and play alongside the young core of the Lakers. But should the Lakers want Paul George?

First of all, let’s talk about who can’t be signed to new contracts for the Lakers for this summer to be a success. Brook Lopez, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, and Corey Brewer. These 3 combine for nearly $50 million in the last year of their current contracts. None of these guys deserve the money they are making now and are not essential for the Lakers that are clearly building for the future. Julius Randle, who has been in trade rumors for what seems like forever, is on the last year of his contract, making about $4 million. However, Randle is only 23, and he will have a solid career as a power forward in the NBA. The Lakers need to seriously consider trying to keep him around.

Now, this is where the other options come in to play for the Lakers. There are two players that I see fitting in best with Lonzo Ball, Kyle Kuzma, and Julius Randle. Those players are none other than Demarcus Cousins and Avery Bradley. But why pursue Avery Bradley and not Paul George? The answer to this is simple. The Lakers are arguably always the center of attention in the NBA media. I can already imagine all of the stories and articles regarding the tension between Paul George and Demarcus Cousins. I just don’t see these two working well together. If George plays for his hometown Lakers, he will want to be the leader, and to be honest, I wouldn’t blame him. I don’t see Cousins taking the backseat to Paul George.

Avery Bradley and Demarcus Cousins just make sense to me. Lonzo and Cousins seem like the perfect match. Lonzo will create on offense and Cousins will feed off of it like we’ve never seen from him before. Bradley, a great defender and good scorer, will also fit in naturally. If they can keep Randle, I like the potential that the Lakers would have, while also being a strong team in the bottom half of the playoff picture in the West. But no matter what happens, the Lakers cannot mess up this summer. The money they have available can be spent poorly in free agency. We see it all the time, teams overpaying players is the trend. The Lakers need to be aggressive with the better free agents and make something happen. There is only one name that could POTENTIALLY (I’m not sure I see this) complicate things for the Lakers: LeBron James. If he shows any interest in the Lakers, they don’t have any other reasonable option other than making it happen.

Is Trae Young Worthy of the #1 Pick??

The most electric player in college basketball since Jimmer Fredette (who was the 10th pick of the 2011 draft). Trae Young an absolute electric factory. The true freshmen averaging 29.1pts 10.1ast and 3.8rebs a game at the age of 19. Everyone comparing him to Steph Curry because of the way he plays. Constantly hitting 3’s that most people wouldn’t even attempt. But the big question, is he worth the first pick? My opinion yes and no. Seems like I’m taking the easy way out there but I’m actually not. We are just going to base this off of the bottom 5 teams in the league because we never know who is going to get the 1st pick but I would really hope he goes in the top 5.

Atlanta Hawks – If I am the Atlanta Hawks, I truly would not draft Trae Young. They have the young Dennis Schroder. They wouldn’t benefit as much off of Trae Young as they would someone like Marvin Bagley. If they did draft him, I wouldn’t be surprised but it would be a better option to not draft him.

Orlando Magic – IF I AM THE ORLANDO MAGIC, I DON’T EVEN THINK TWICE. I WON’T EVEN WASTE ANYONES TIME ON DRAFT NIGHT TRAE YOUNG WILL BE MINE. This of all the shitty teams in the NBA this is by far my favorite fit for Trae Young. Also if I am Trae Young this is where I would want to play. Why the Magic are bad I’m not even sure. Their roster really isn’t that bad. Trae Young would look good in blue.

Sacramento Kings – This would be the hardest decision of all the teams. This truly depends on if you want to try to play two point guards or if you believe one of your talented young bigs actually pan out. (I don’t think there is a fucking chance they do) If I am the Kings, I think I pass on Trae Young and draft Marvin Bagley. Having a 1-2 piece of Bagley and Fox sounds a lot better than a 1-2 piece of Fox and Young. That would be a horrendous team defensively if they drafted Young.

Memphis Grizzlies – This is also tough. You have Mike Conley but do you really believe in Mike Conley at this point? Truly if I am the Grizzlies on draft night I trade Mike Conley and draft Trae Young. It is time for the Grizzlies to just blow it all up. They were like right there for so long but we knew they weren’t actual contenders. It is time to just blow it the fuck up. Draft Trae Young this year suck next year and draft another talented player early in the draft. Memphis it is time to just trust the process.

Los Angeles Lakers – If I am the Lakers, I would see what it would take to make Lonzo a shooting guard instead of a point guard and then I would draft Trae Young. LeBron is coming to town this off-season anyways so zero reason to draft a forward. Based on trades in the past there is a good chance the Lakers won’t even have this pick. If they didn’t pick Trae Young then I don’t know who they would pick. I don’t think the Lakers will take this pick.

These are the 5 favorites to have the top pick. Trae Young is electic and he has the talent to contribute immediately but he isn’t the kind of player that you select 1st pick no matter what. He needs to fit your roster for it to work. He isn’t worth in most situations to just blow your team up.

Time to Eliminate NBA All-Star Fan Voting.

With the new vote count among Eastern Conference guards, it has become clear that fan voting has turned into a popularity contest. I could go on and talk about why Ben Simmons isn’t a top 3 guard in the East, but I’m going to dismiss that for now. Dwyane Wade and Isaiah Thomas are actually in the top 10. Yes, I already checked if you were wondering, this is indeed the voting for this year. Dwyane Wade, who doesn’t start, and Isaiah Thomas, who has played 3 games, are ahead of Bradley Beal. I honestly don’t give a shit about Bradley Beal, but he sure as hell deserves to be in the all-star game above those two, as he averages almost 24 ppg. Unfortunately, most of the fan voting occurs on social media, which allows people to simply retweet to vote for undeserving players. Obviously, there are more Cavs fans due to LeBron James and their recent dominance of the Eastern Conference than there are fans of Bradley Beal.

The fans have officially made a joke out of what it means to be an all-star in the NBA. Luckily, fan vote does not solely determine who makes the all-star game. There is plenty wrong with the current vote count, and if this is any reflection of who ends up making it, things are going to get bad for the NBA. It’s time for the NBA to realize fans can’t even handle the ability to vote for players that deserve all-star status.

And also, if you think Ben Simmons is a top 3 guard in the East, please seek help.

A Way to Early Look at the 2018 NBA Playoffs

Knowing that the NBA playoffs ended last month and free agency isn’t even completely over, would it even be a blog if we didn’t start talking about the 2018 playoffs?

Western Conference

  1. Golden State Warriors – No reasoning needed.
  2. San Antonio Spurs – I don’t believe anyone in the West improved enough to take the 2 spot over the Spurs.
  3. Oklahoma City Thunder – With the addition of Paul George and the resigning of Roberson I see the Thunder as one of the best defensive teams in the NBA. Oh yeah, and they have Russell Westbrook still.
  4. Minnesota Timberwolves – I think with trade for Jimmy Butler losing potentially nothing and the signings of Jeff Teague and Taj Gibson. I think the Wolves win 20 more games moving them up to 4th in the West this year.
  5. Houston Rockets – I think with the addition of Chris Paul the Rockets became worse simply because there is only one basketball and now two ball dominant guards.. Also they’re trying to trade for Melo???? Reminder Houston: 1 BALL.
  6. Portland Trailblazers – Lillard and McCollum are just amazing. Nurkic stays healthy averaging 15pts 10rebs 3ast and 2blks. I think they have a bright future. Even though I think the Zach Collins pick was awful. I believe they got a steal in Caleb Swanigan in the draft.
  7. Los Angeles Clippers – The Clippers became drastically worse this off season but I still don’t see them falling out of the playoffs. (assuming Blake is healthy which is a long shot) I believe in the Chris Paul trade they received enough to keep themselves in the playoffs.
  8. Denver Nuggets – Jokic is arguably the most interesting player in the NBA. Pair him along side Paul Milsap and I see the Nuggets in the playoffs. The only thing that troubles me about the Nuggets is they have way to many “bigs” who deserve to play and not enough guards.

Eastern Conference

  1. Boston Celtics – The Celtics have something to prove after signing Hayward. Also they drafted Jayson Tatum and if you’ve watched summer league wow! That kid can play.
  2. Cleveland Cavaliers – Easy as this they have LeBron. The only reason they’re not the 1st seed because LeBron takes 3-4 games off a month and their bench is horrendous.
  3. Milwaukee Bucks – I believe this year the Bucks make the jump from the 6th seed all the way up to the 3 seed. Jabari is going to stay healthy and be one of the top scorers in the whole Eastern Conference. Also don’t forget they have Giannis.
  4. Washington Wizards – They ultimately gain nothing and lose nothing this off season so I like the Wizards staying here at 4.
  5.  Toronto Raptors – The raptors became worse this off season changed nothing and lost two role players in Corey Joseph and Demarre Carroll and received C.J Miles…. If you think C.J is going to bail your underachieving out then think again. Also drafted OG Anunoby who may not play this year. I don’t understand the Raptors off season at all.
  6. Charlotte Hornets – With the East being so terrible, I believe the pick up of Dwight Howard for this Hornets teams actually launches them into the playoffs. Plus I think Malik Monk and Kemba Walker are going to be a deadly combo with each other. A center who is going to average over 10rebs a game is going to really help this team.
  7. Atlanta Hawks – Not really much to say. The East is awful this could be a 36 win team in the playoffs.
  8. Philadelphia 76ers – A team of great talent only if they can all stay healthy. They drafted Fultz who can already score like a NBA veteran, the kid is going to light up the stat books. Also could only be a 36-35 win team and make the playoffs and if everything comes together I think they could possibly even steal a couple of games from the 1 seed in the playoffs.

This is a long shot because we are still almost a year away until the playoffs start. Injuries, trades, etc. still will happen between now and then. But on July 12, 2017 this is how I believe the playoffs will look like come April of 2018.

Paul George trying to ruin the Pacers?

Did Paul George try and ruin the Pacers? Many Pacers fans have reason to believe so. Lets date back to early February 2017 when the rumors that in 2018 Paul George was going to sign with the Lakers. These rumors sent all Pacers fans into a panic because now you’re faced with what to believe with these rumors. Was Paul George really going to turn down more money to play in LA? Are these rumors real? Where did they come from? Many of these questions  went through all of the Pacers fans minds and plenty more. So plenty of Paul George trade options start surfacing especially with the Celtics. (the team that had the most to offer) The Pacers front office was then stuck on the fence on what to do because they aren’t sure if the rumors are true just like everyone else. But to stop all rumors Paul George comes out and says that he wants to win in Indy(completely lie to shut up all of the press). The trade deadline finally passes Paul isn’t dealt, leaving the impression to a lot of Pacers fans that Paul George is the man for the future for the Pacers. Fast Forward to April Pacers are now in the playoffs and George plays outstanding against the defending champs(Pacers arguably giving the Cavs the best competition in the playoffs other than the Warriors). After that series Pacers fans seem happy with the decision to not deal George. Jump 2 months to mid June and Paul George comes out and says that he is not resigning with the Pacers in 2018 and plans to sign with the Lakers. (complete cock move by the way) Now after that comment his trade value drops tremendously. Teams are only willing to give role players and no draft picks for George because they see him as a one year rental unless you’re the Lakers. Which the Lakers came out and said that they will give up no young talent for George but would give either Clarkson or Randle and a late first round pick for George. (which would go down as one of the worst trades in NBA history) Boston tried to draw the trade out as long as they could because they preferred Hayward over George and didn’t want to ruin their chances with Hayward. (good decision by them) OKC jumps in and offers the Pacers Victor Oladipo and Domantas Sabonis (no draft picks) for George. Which the Pacers received to mediocre role players(in my opinion) and the Thunder dumped salary to get what some consider a top 10 player in the league. Now in July, Paul George reportedly has the nerve to come out and say “interest in Lakers has “been overstated” could stay with the Thunder” via Bleacher Report Twitter. Does he just want to be the most hated Pacer of all time?

Basically to my point of Paul George trying the ruin the Pacers. Imagine the Pacers getting some real starters and draft picks which is what the value of George was not just one mediocre starter and a unproven bench player for what some consider a top 10 player in the league. Also imagine how terrible Paul Georges legacy in Indy would be if the Pacers improved or even stayed just above .500 because they were given a good trade for him. Do I think Paul George purposely tried to tarnish the Pacers to save his ego/legacy? Yeah, I do believe that. In the order of how he did everything just doesn’t make sense. Did Paul George know the Pacers were going to get snubbed because he claimed himself as a rental? Obviously unless he doesn’t have a brain. Thunder traded for top 10 player in the league and dumped salary with nothing to lose(knowing they aren’t going to beat the Warriors or the Spurs next year). Did I just write a whole conspiracy theory on why Paul George is a asshole? Pretty much.