Aditya Trivedi, Sidelines Senior Analyst
Aditya Trivedi

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UNC-Chapel Hill '15. Sidelines Writer/MVP. And the only person who has hope for the Browns.
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3 years ago

Bosh is a talented PF…..but no doubt that Blake Griffin is better and more powerful. With a jumpshot that he's acclimating to…..I could see this happening. LBJ would jump ship if it meant getting a better shot ...

I'm sorry but Jeff Hornacek is the leader and it isn't even close.

Look at that roster! Besides Bledsoe those guys are all role players and Hornacek's system has elevated them to perennial stars. The Morris Twins ...

Boston and LA are both non contenders, I feel like the Spurs are too old to are about rivalries, so this is definitely up there.

They already both hate each other as David Lee and Andrew Bogut constantly fight with ...

It was a RIDICULOUS dunk especially in game.

That being said Vince Carter's was better. He was still going up as he finished the 360 reverse windmill while George didn't get nearly as much hang time.

I love ...

Hakeem for Wilt is clutch. Hakeem was a better offensive center and dominated the elite while Chamberlain…..as dominating as he was…..usually got stopped by Russell.

Hakeem could also spread the floor decently for a guy who's 7 ...

It's a great move. Jordan Crawford is a much more versatile version of Jarrett Jack and he can pour in 40 points if needed. He's also shows to be much more efficient.

@Josh Miller the Kevin Love idea ...

Yes although I'm not a fan of teams who solely rely on fast paced shooting offenses. The Clippers are a prime example of a team doing that and they never go further than the 2nd round in the playoffs ...

I think a contender like OKC or a middle pack team like Memphis will take a gamble. Both need bench play and while he can't be efficient…..or smart……a change of scenery would definitely help him out a ...

This would be a loss for the Clippers. Why? Cause they need to keep their post play.

Melo has a solid mid range and post game. But he's not a better rebounder than Blake Griffin and can't bang ...

Well last night looks like a clear indication that Collison can't keep up with the elite. I mean it shouldn't have been questioned before but now it's definitely justified. No offense to Collison but Paul would've ...

Just an all around heck of a player. He never did anything at an all-star level but this guy could do everything you asked of him. Guarded the PG, SG and SF positions when necessary and also could stroke from ...

Tom Brady is the second coming of Jesus is really the only answer.

Alright all jokes aside this team is like the San Antonio Spurs. They might not always have the sexiest names but they always draft where players are ...

Diggin the analysis their @Marios Assiotis. But I have to agree with @Josh Mahoney in that sense of place also does really matter. I don't think even some well versed fans even know about the fact that the Patriots ...

Pops Mensah Bansu was a really really cool name. I feel like these guys parents just know that their kids are gonna be amazing athletes. There's also World B. Free which I thought was a pretty freaking awesome name ...

I know the Vikings used to be competitive.....like eons ago.....but that's the reason why the Metrodome closing might not be as celebrated. I think that it has a lot of wonderful history, but the 49ers were dominant ...

I think he just needs to leave the NBA altogether. I know you have boneheads who can come to Heat and play well (Beasley) but those guys have already had relationships with Heat players. Not to mention they just had ...

There is always the option of getting a third team involved in my opinion. Rondo would bring back the flair that NYC quickly lost this year and it would actually benefit Melo because he could be more of a pick ...

Winning time got me SO HYPE when I first saw it. Reggie Miller wasn't the sexiest name and didn't play for the sexiest team. But that guy dropped buckets in an era where we had amazing wing players ...

How about Los Angeles? Who I think could use both Davis and Nelson's services. Steve Nash isn't going to contribute at an efficient level anymore and I believe he'll retire soon. I love the guy but I ...

I'd argue that the Pistons actually have somewhat of a shot to cause havoc. Why? Well for starters they have a TON of size and if they utilize it correctly they can make the bigs of Miami work. Not ...

This team has amazing talent in my opinion but just a horrible coach who can't utilize anything. Not to mention a QB who is flawless for 40 minutes and then a dud the rest. They don't win with ...

For me it's gotta be neither. I think a Portland swap would make more sense. Why? Because Philly and Boston should be TANKING HARD right now. Asik isn't gonna be the kind of guy to lift a team ...

There have been a ton of game winners and I think it's been an interesting start for sure. Underwhelming for the east in the sense that a lot of teams are just bad. But the Nets are really picking ...

4 years ago

The Kings are the epitome of this example of how tanking doesn't pay off. They quite simply drafted good players don't get me wrong, but these players didn't fit a system. Each team needs a culture or ...

They keep Chalmers...why? Because he can SHOOT THE BALL fellas. I love Cole don't get me wrong but he can't shoot nearly as well.

Also I think they may snag a guy like Ben Gordon if they ...

@Abel Tovar How about Marc Jackson? It's an example I know but that dude commanded presence and was a hell of a basketball player! I think Kevin Garnett would be an awesome coach because he has the personality and ...

All solid posts. Mine is personally with Kobe Bryant averaging at least 7 assists per game. Oh and the Lakers get all the way up to the 6th seed in the West. This team is arguably the most athletic one ...

@Trevor Franco I agree with Asa on this one. And I mean it doesn't make sense regardless because they're STILL wheeling and dealing for different pieces. Derrick Williams CLEARLY makes them a better team. And quite frankly this ...

I agree @Abel Tovar. Being in the biggest spotlight in the world doesn't really help this. I know Melo has had his share of game winners or clutch shots in the big lights, but this year is a clear ...

Yeah that's true. I still got faith in him though @Josh Mahoney whenever he decides to come back. That dude was SO reliable for so many years and he hasn't hit his 10th year yet so I still ...

Well they've been effective before so I think if Rivers pushes them one more time they can get through. Royal will be missed as a great slot receiver (or at least solid) but guys like Brown will need to ...

In this league a guy who can basically do everything and shoot is an exceptional point guard. Guys like Chris Paul, Westbrook, Irving are all threats to drop a 3 on you, hit a runner, get 10+ assists, 3+ steals ...

@Fitzgerald Sawyer nailed it. This is a team that has a history of winning bowl games and was once considered a perennial championship contender. Granted the Callahan era really did screw that up, the department isn't wrong in wanting ...

First thing wrong with that list is that you have Newton behind guys like Flacco, Stafford, and Matt Ryan. He's having an MVP caliber year and while he might not lead the league in TDs passing, he's doing ...

The man is a monster and I think he's more athletic than Dwight. He's an elite rebounder and defender but people are right in that he needs a go to post move. TARGET THAT EARLY DETROIT because we ...

@Clark Nolan I think it does hurt their playoff chances. He anchored that defense and Randolph can't keep up with faster players. I honestly think this hurts them a good amount.

Derrick Rose's injury has been heartbreaking. It ...

YES. This guy has so much potential to be even better. I agree with that for sure @Krithic Annamalai

It's frustrating to keep talking about him but it's true. If he had veteran guidance we wouldn't be ...

@Sal EricksonYou might be right. Regardless at least my Panthers are finally doing work for the proud state of North Carolina! Bobcats are definitely on the prow though

It's going to happen regardless of the fact that hitting is a cornerstone of the game? Why? Well because the media will non-stop play all these Health PSA's about NFL players not being able to live proper lives ...

Baylor and Oklahoma is going to be non stop scoring. I honestly would not even be surprised if they dropped 70 a piece. These teams both have top 20 defenses in the NCAA football but their offenses are going to ...

does no one remember how this guys adjusted his mid range game when his athleticism faded? It's Jordan-esque honestly. He's about 10 percentage points higher than the league average and he constantly can get to that point and ...

You know it's bad when former teammates are talking crap about you. Vince essentially said "yo he's a friend.....but he's a crybaby" and quite frankly beyond the whole smiling during the All-star game or social events ...

@Tim TrippYou think? Maybe the Lakers jumped the gun with firing their coach early last year and well Dwight is dwight, but it's hard to see them always working. Even in 03-04 the Lakers super squad couldn't ...

It's definitely been a major issue. It's what seperates this team from actually playing winning football. They've had tremendous defensive issues and Philip Rivers is quite frankly the only reason why they're even winning games. He ...

I agree with @Rhiannon Griffith. Te'o wasn't really hyped when drafted and I think the Alabama game REALLY showed everything bad about him.....considering Alabama's OL is always NFL caliber in my opinion.

As for their issues ...

I think he's the QB of now. The Peyton's Bree's and Brady's will slowly but surely evaporate from the game and guys like Newton, RGIII, Wilson and Luck will come in. He's sort of bridging ...

Kaepernick and Griffin were prematurely called elite.

I know most people realized that this wasn't true this season......but it was definitely solidified this week. People can say that Kaep has no receivers....but last I check he has ...

I think after looking at it, this could potentially be a lose-lost but necessary trade. The Knicks aren't going to tank that's for sure. So they might take Faried's services. He could become an Oakley kind of ...

I agree @Tim Tripp I just don't think they've gotten a taste of a great NFL offense and they've really not had the most challenging of schedules. The Broncos have a questionable defense no doubt, but in ...

It's a good move but then you give up the offense and playmaking ability of Lin. Lin's a high turnover guy, but he's definitely more proven and a better playmaker. He can also be a 30 point ...

Xavier Henry so far has the best dunk of the year. All time in a game has to be a tie between the Dr. J cradle dunk or the Vince Carter windmill off the backboard dunk.

In College? How about ...

How about Benji? I felt the correlation between that and Jabari Parker was something that the sports world really needed to know about. Granted both players came from different backgrounds, they represented the same city and school and it was ...

I know everyone says defense wins championships.....but without Bowe they're not gonna get far in the playoffs. It can only take you so far in my opinion and they're gonna have a tough time with other great ...

@Tim Tripp that one was hilarious! TO definitely deserved it but it was still incredibly funny haha.

The one where Chad Johnson made a sign saying "please don't fine me" was also incredibly funny in my opinion. Granted he ...

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This really relies on the emergence of Iman Shumpert because quite frankly I think JR Smith's year last year was a fluke and incredibly inefficient.

Iman is such a good two way player and he's developed a solid ...

It was a calculated risk. Only a one year contract. However he has still made some strides in very brief moments of play. There was the game he had 10 and 5 and the other game he had 3 blocks ...

I feel like guys like Clyde, Hakeem, Charles Barkley and others didn't receive the accolades they deserved

And what about MUTOMBO!!! He was a legit superstar without a doubt! You can't deny that!

It was legit. Boston has been through SO much and regardless of whether you like them or not.....it's a resilient city. There wasn't any bad blood between the squads. In fact, they had some incredible if not ...

Aaron Hernandez dropped faster than anything. He went from successful tight end who was going to be the focal point of the Patriot's offense to a felon who's probably killed multiple people, has gang relations, and is just ...

I'm so tired of this. Look it's a RISK playing football in the first case. A risk many of you people decided to take in order to make millions of dollars and live a lavish lifestyle.

Yes it ...

@Graiden Nichols that was an underrated game for sure. But honestly NBA Ballerz was just incredible. Remember the one with Steph and Vince just being ridiculous? Granted I can see why it wasn't as popular socially cause it may ...

@Arka Ray I think RBs also just have a shorter life span in regards to playing at a consistent high level. QBs can perform well into their prime. I mean Favre and Manning are prime examples of that. They can ...

I'm still a sucker for the Browns......hell I have to be since I was born in Cleveland. But it makes SO MUCH SENSE for him to be there. He's from Akron and the Browns can use a ...

@Caleb Mitchell hit it on the dot in my opinion. Controversial, exciting and legendary all describe his career. I think he's one of the best ever and that he's done so much.

He'll be in a somewhat ...

@Flynn Bush is right. The gear will be bought regardless. It's all about coordination effects and adaptive expectations in regards to products. Once they see other people buying the gear.....it'll be a norm for them to get ...

It's a great marketing scheme. And quite frankly it's going to take over the NBA regardless of what we think. I don't really have an issue with it and quite frankly besides product placement it doesn't ...

@Joshua Bird Brings up a good point. I personally don't think he's the worst human in the world. Is he an ass and shouldn't play baseball ever again? Absolutely......but the fact that he's on basically ...

@Patrick Tutka @Tim Tripp Fauria has been good in the endzone.....but c'mon guys his numbers aren't ROY worthy yet. I still think it's gonna be Giovanni Bernard or EJ Manuel if Manuel comes back healthy.

@Quamar Copeland I'd argue that no athlete/superstar is completely humble. I mean look at guys like Sean Avery, Alexander Ovechkin, hell even Sidney Crosby. They're not humble by any means in my opinion.

Superstars in any sport ...

@Flynn Bush I think he potentially could. Not really likely considering they're stacked with Shump and Smith. @Bernard Knowles I love Karasev's game. He's quick and can just stroke it. He's not there defensively but he ...

You don't just fire the guy who got you back to relevancy. I hate this move in all kinds of sports. Granted they finally have the players to make runs in the future, he bought the winning culture back ...

Definitely a lot more differentiated than I thought! Personally I don't think he had a lot of hesitation when going to the rim. He even had a pretty athletic put back and was still pretty fast in the open ...

It's gonna be a lethal 1-2 combination. Both are considered lottery picks......with Wiggins basically considered the number 1 pick. They both bring a lot to the offense and defensive sides.......but Kansas will need strong post play to ...

@Phelan Velez so true. I mean no one is better than someone based on the fact that they're black or white. Darren Sproles and Danny Woodhead are both talented and have work ethic. Woodhead's only caveat is that ...

@Phelan Velez I'm a huge Kobe fan......and regardless of that I know most people won't count him out. His game is centered around the old man game. Just feed him in the mid range and he'll ...

@Josh Mahoney @Tim Tripp bold but could happen. They say D-Wade is back in shape.....but I don't buy it. He was all about athleticism and that won't work when you're on the wrong side of 30 ...

Great points @Arka Ray. I think a good question to ask then is when they lose.....who will it be to?

Haha but will anyone get to him @Josh Mahoney? I mean I completely see the correlation between the 2007 Patriots and this squad, but barring any major injury to the line, Peyton can basically eat dinner there and still get ...

@Ryder Townsend I think you pretty much answered your question there. He's a younger guy and he doesn't really have any preconceived notions about programs or patterns. It appears that he just does things his own way which ...

I think James Franklin is someone we really need to start looking at. I know he just got the job at Vandy.....but the guy flat out wins and so far wins fair. He'd bring a fresh new approach ...

It definitely gives more variety for Japanese players to pick from more teams than just one. It seems like it can hurt smaller market teams ie......the Houston Astros might never be good again since they just don't have ...

@Graiden Leblanc I'd show it up. Hell I'd strut across the diamond if I had to. Why wouldn't you? You gotta show who the alpha player is and Maholm was clearly owned by Gomez in this situation ...

YES he completely does. Look if you're gonna continuously have a vendetta against someone who's better than you.......or at least has success against you......then don't try physically harming the guy. Try outworking him. If you ...

how about we shift the subject a little from Eli's fantasy season to real life: If the Giants can't produce and Eli has a bad year......will we see a new coach and rebuilding effort from the G-men ...

Haha touche @Ivan Carrillo but look do you seriously see Eli as someone to run to the media with his problems.....or anyone for that matter?

That's one thing I gotta respect about the guy.....he's gonna keep ...

@Ivan Carrillo Gonna have to shut down that comment Ivan. News is that it hasn't caused much of a rift. Eli is basically gonna do whatever the hell he wants to do for the forseeable future. Why? Well because ...

Thoughts on Dallas?.....do they FINALLY have things put together or am I just relaying a false hope?

Granted they had a close win against the Giants.....they gave the Chiefs a really good fight and didn't have trouble ...

@Giacomo Weaver I hear that. Granted Buffalo is a weird team where we can't tell if they're actually good or not, it still says something that Smith is making and converting those gutsy calls. I don't recall ...

I've always liked the Cincy squad @Josh Mahoney. AJ Green is easily the 2nd best receiver in the league and Dalton has a savvy about him that not many QB's have. Mohammed Sanu is a SOLID secondary receiver ...

I agree @Marvin Hudson....they seem to be taking an approach that if it isn't broke don't fix it.......except this team has always had flaws that needed adjustment. I know Eli has won 2 superbowls........but for ...

@Asa Beal I think you got it right with Mike Smith......I mean he has a still somewhat young QB in Matt Ryan who I think can still get better. Roddy White, Julio Jones and Gonzalez always give him that ...

I can see the Panthers over the Giants. Not really sure that's much of an upset since both teams are playing horribly but hey it is definitely something that could happen.

Buffalo trades Fred Jackson is something that I wouldn't rule out happening. CJ Spiller is the future and Jackson quite frankly is old. He could get dumped to the Browns?

I love Fred Jackson don't get me wrong ...

I definitely think they are. It really depends a lot on their behavior before they got caught. Guys like Ryan Braun, Lance Armstrong, Barry Bonds who vehemently denied allegations don't deserved to be forgiven or redeemed.....but there are ...

IM SO DAMN PISSED.

@Paul Kramer Maybe I am. I mean I still can't see how keeping the same helmet that takes a beating continuously will help prevent spine and neck injuries. These teams can afford to spend more money on retro helmets ...

@Upton Justice do you think it's some sort of marketing issue? Maybe something to do with how certain helmets or logos sell? I think it's such a weird system but I do agree that they need to get ...

Coming from a family that always stresses a tight budget, I feel like prices are definitely way too high. I'd pay if I knew the team was going to win but in superbowls, blowouts can definitely happen and deflate ...

Coming from a family that always stresses a tight budget, I feel like prices are definitely way too high. I'd pay if I knew the team was going to win but in superbowls, blowouts can definitely happen and deflate ...

Hey @Sal Erickson I agree with that.......but let's be honest the Panthers have no secondary. I'm a huge panthers and i'll admit that. That's why I was saying that they might be lowly. In that ...

@Drake Stevenson Well then what does contribute to increased production? I mean athletically....they're a step ahead of any class to ever play. Granted it's a mix when it comes to skill set.....obviously guys like Aaron Rodgers ...

I gotta argue that the defenses are definitely not as good as they used to be. Granted I'm used to early 2000's to now......but let's take a look at the Seattle and San Fran game. You ...

@Asa Beal I think Calvin didn't get off to the best start game 1. Definitely picking it up in game 2 of the season but he really needs to produce at a high level to make up for one ...

non-offensive TD in Cleveland @ Baltimore is my safe bet. Brandon Weeden and Flacco, as you mentioned @Asa Beal are extremely turnover prone and while Baltimore has lost playmakers.....I still say Weeden throws a bad pass in his territory that ...

@Scott Whittum Your point in a sense adds to what I was trying to say. Yeah there isn't much of a rivalry right now.....but it only means that there is more fuel to the dislike. It's TOTALLY ...

@Drake Stevenson I mean I understand that. It makes sense for a team to want to protect its turf in regards to other players disrespecting them. But look at this from another perspective that you actually mentioned in that Fernandez ...

I like the 49ers......especially since Russell wilson and the Hawks struggled against a somewhat lowly Panthers team.

Granted I think the Panthers are MUCH improved from last year.....the Hawks couldn't score against cornerbacks that probably wouldn't ...

I think KD will take a step up this year. I mean he really showed the beginnings of a player who can fill up a stat sheet in a hurry. This only was further justified in the playoffs. In the ...

I think the Hershel Walker comparisons are still not completely warranted......but man this kid is TOUGH. I mean the fact that he was playing with an injured thigh and he was still running over people with no regard for ...

I like the list......except take out Bill Walton and put in GEORGE MIKAN who was essentially the first REAL big man to play in the NBA.

I don't want to downplay Mannings' numbers.....because they are ridiculous quite frankly.....both in Denver and Indianapolis. However it's pretty clear that he had a GREAT supporting cast in WR's in both Indiana and Colorado. Whether ...

Vince Young at QB was basically his peak. Colt McCoy was also great as a QB but that's been their weakest spot for a long time. They've had a mediocre offense and now the defense seems to be ...

@Michael Clark You forgot horrible locker room guy, turns the ball over more than he passes.......and he basically makes Demarcus Cousin's work ethic look incredible.

In all honesty......he could've been a top 5 player. You think ...

I read this tweet that went along the lines of "Not only does Manning's arm not look stronger, it looks weaker." Which I think is SCARY to think that despite the fact that he's technically gotten weaker in ...

PG: Russel Westbrook
SG: Gerald Green
SF: Lebron/Iguodala
PF: Derrick Favors
C: Andre Drummond

The Lakers dropping him really shows how brutal this business is. Considering Lamar had won against drugs before.....it has got to be tough.

I really thought his stock rose last year. He wasn't the shooter he used to ...

You have to put the Packers in the top 5. There's no way they aren't top 5. Aaron Rodgers alone along with a great receiving core is gonna work wonders.

Gotta go with @Justin Olexa on this one. Honestly he was what a lot of guys like Melo, Bron, George and KD wanted to be when they watched him play while they were in high school.

Had he not been ...

Jordan, Ruth, Montana and of course Gretzky.......wanna add a fifth?

How about Russell, Gehrig or hell even Sachin Tendulkar who's dominated a global sport in Cricket

I wouldn't be surprised if Derrick Rose ended up playing better.....But all signs point to Westbrook who didn't have as bad of an injury and didn't miss nearly as much time.

Rose is the better of ...

I love Lamar. From all signs he's usually a great teammate. But it seems like he's dealing with a lot of mental health issues that only he can change. It's not looking bright by any means.......but ...

Bryn Renner in my eyes could really make a splash this year. He was one of the top QBs in the Manning Camp and he's projected as the 3-4th best in this draft. He's got a cannon of ...

You've really gotta look at his mental health. It was clearly affected by the Lakers basically dropping him.......and honestly if he had stayed with the Lakers.......they still could've been a great team and he would've ...

As much as I love the Seahawks......I still thing they don't have the best receiving core to make this move yet.

I really like The Broncos over the Packers in what will be just an offensive juggernaut of ...

Kobe. 81. Nuff said.

Honestly there were a lot of great games.....but a guy single handedly scoring 81?.......You've gotta be kidding me.

Russell Wilson will definitely become a household name after this season in my eyes.....all the pieces are in place for him. But quite frankly he's still overrated considering he just started his 2nd year.

Eli Manning for me ...

Yeah honestly this is ruining tradition.

It's probably some marketing thing with the shirt company but it really sucks. It ruins the tradition of the NBA and makes it look like more of a pick-up game or some high ...

Knicks and Celtics are always legendary rivalries.

I think the Spurs and Mavericks and even MAvericks and Suns from mid 2000's were REALLY underrated rivalries. Those teams were always at each others throats.

But honestly.....the LAkers-Celtics rivalry is ...

@Jonathan Woo I love the Lakers as much as anyone.....but comparing this squad to the 2010 WCF Suns squad is a little too much.

They got a younger bench definitely.....which will really help in the long run.......but ...

@Michael Clark very very true.

At a certain point Asik and Howard wouldn't be fighting other players for positioning both offensively and defensively they'd literally just be fighting each other for positioning for the most part

They definitely won't be that low......you can guarantee that. They'll sneak in the playoffs and I know everyone is saying Kobe is just trying to hype up his rehab process.......but multiple LA doctors have agree that ...

I think the combination of Millsap on offense and Brand on defense is what the Hawks will expect to replace Smith. And quite frankly with a lot of teams in the East tanking and a few in limbo.......this Hawks ...

He's already at an elite level defensively......and him and John Henson could form a formidable 4-5 combination.

I want to see him more on offense. Maybe he could spike his PPG up to 18 or so?

@Philip Yorio I'd argue otherwise honestly......I mean the dude had Patrick Ewing to help in Orlando and Ewing in himself is a dominant center......I think if it hasn't happened now.....there's no way it'll ...

@Nick Ostiller said it best. And @Michael Clark not only from outside....but I'd argue that a mobile stretch four could easily take Dwight off the dribble to the basket

@Michael Clark Oh I agree with your first post completely. His game is downright pitiful but he can't be even close to other guys like Hakeem and Shaq.

In regards to Shaq vs. Hakeem I don't want to ...

It's hard to say this but.....I put him ahead of Stockton and here's why:

He was the better all around player. You can't get much better than Magic in regards to all-around play......and that includes ...

This kind of goes along with Dwight Howard's immature personality.......

Basically ANY one of the 1980's Celtics or Lakers teams would be a team that could compete and be a strong threat. Both teams obviously have superstars in Parrish, Mchale, Bird, Worthy, Abdul Jabbar and Magic.

I'm weary about Trey Burke. I know summer league isn't always a great indication of regular play......but his numbers were REALLY bad.

Considering he's supposed to be a good shooter.....he didn't perform well at ...

Die hard Cavs and Lakers fan through thick and thin. And to tell you the truth I'd hate Kobe just as much as I did Lebron if he were to have left.

In general....I like individual players like ...

James Jones really just seemed to always be open last year for touchdowns.......but I would still take Cobb. I agree that Jordy Nelson is the number 1 guy.....but Cobb is definitely getting better. He hasn't even reached ...

Congrats @Tim Tripp and @Robert Gardner!

Definitely. I mean look....PJ Hairston is a BIG part of this team......he's their best wing player and 3 point shooter and potentially their best NBA prospect.

But at the same time....Roy is trying to win a ...

Minnesota is projected as an 8th seed but they could get even higher now that they have a high scoring 2 guard and a healthy (for now) Kevin Love.

Idk if we include Golden State in the mix......considering they ...

I just don't think he can rebound at 6 per game to tell you the truth. Yes he's tall....but at 35 with week knees it's gonna be hard.

He'll always be a great scorer. No ...

one word. DOPE

The main reason why Cp3 would make the Lakers a perennial contender......BECAUSE Pau, Kobe and CP3 operate on different parts of the floor

Dwight wouldn't have worked. I mean on paper yeah it looked like a no-brainer. But ...

@Michael Clark REALLY diggin the Floyd pick up. He's a guy who could really take over and get into your starting lineup. The dude has the ability and I think with Palmer under center....he'll definitely have a ...

Fitz is a great choice. A victim of horrible QB play.....his numbers will definitely go back to normal with Palmer.

But I gotta go with @Jared Stearne on this one.....AJ Green is the most underrated player in the ...

As @Nick Ostiller said......this is THE year for the Spurs.....they're really aging and I know EVERY YEAR we count them out.....but a Spurs team from 2005-2006 would've sealed the deal against the Miami team from ...

Can't hold it against Lebron. If the guy was mad that he didn't win......I wouldn't be surprised if he won this year. He'll definitely start focusing on that.

I love the NBA draft. Especially because I keep up with college ball just as much. Obviously the international players drafted are usually curve-balls and you don't know how they'll pan out....but the draft can usually make ...

It could happen. I think we got a strong sample from Beverley....but also a really small sample of how well he can play. Lin is still the better playmaker in my mind.....but Beverley is a strong defender.

If ...

Oklahoma State seems to be set up as that team that returns talent....but ends up not winning the championship or flaking completely.

Now I don't think that'll happen.....but unless Marcus Smart shows us that he can ...

I think he'd be like a Vince Carter/Ray Allen type.

Savvy veteran who can provide some offense and could also give you some decent passing and defense as well.

However.....he could have a bigger impact just cause ...

Cordarrelle Patterson had a great showing in the preseason thus far and looks to be a great receiver in the future.

I think the LB for the Panthers will have a breakout year. Guys like Thomas Davis and Jon Beason ...

Steph Curry
Byron Scott
Ron Harper
Derek Harper
Josh Smith
Rod Strickland
Mike Bibby (in his prime)

Don Nelson
Jason Terry (again in his prime)

@Tajh Jenkins I mean imagine the possibilities if that pans out?! Assuming Carter-Williams develops over the next 2 years and Noel gets an offensive game

The trio of Wiggins-Noel-Michael Carter Williams will already be a GOOD if not great trio ...

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Hmm good call. It just seems like recently besides Dwayne and LBJ the rest of the league doesn't have that kinda combo. I see some PG-SF combos.

That list is great @John Overby and I forgot about a lot ...

Everyone seems to be sleeping on Anthony Davis and quite frankly....he could be the best out of the whole lot. He's still gonna get bigger in regards to weight and the fact that he used to be a ...

Curry, Kobe, KD, Dirk although he was injured and even guys like Chris Bosh.

I agree with @Justin Olexa Griffin however could become much better if that jumpshot still gets better. But offensively Kevin Love will be better LONGER because he actually can shoot and play the post.....Griffin relies A LOT on athletic ...

@John Overby Very very true. They didn't have an ideal end to last season.....but VCU ALWAYS can pull the upset. New Mexico is returning a lot of key guys and I think Oregon can make some noise as ...

It's weird @Tajh Jenkins I can't really remember a great SG-SF tandem since MJ and Pippen. Kinda odd to think no?

I agree with your analysis. Quite frankly his talent could have put him in that upper echelon ...

Winning an NBA title the way Jordan did in '98.

Or Winning a title the way the USA national team did in 2008 against Spain. We're used to blowing out teams.....but that was probably the most competitive global ...

Great list @Robert Gardner. I love the steve smith pick.....but Muhsin Muhammad was there for so long that it's hard to against the moose

Gotta agree with @Rohit Mansukhani as well. Cruz is well on his way to ...

@Justin Olexa@Krithic Annamalai The thing is WHEN he doesn't have his head in the clouds....he can be a dominant force. He's a stretch four and he's got a better looking jumpshot than a LOT of ...

I think the 76ers will land him. They have a hole at that position and when your primary offensive options are a rookie who can't hit a three point, an old dunker in JAson Richardson, and a center who ...

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Vince Young is a dual threat QB and while he's had poor play....he's still capable.

He reportedly signed with the Green Bay Packers which isn't a high risk move for them actually.

How about a mid major? like Wichita State or Butler?

@John Overby As of now it has to be the 1984 Draft class cause they have 4 Hall of Famers and essentially the best positional players in Hakeem olajuwon, Michael Jordan and John Stockton. Those guys are either the best ...

@Max Chee By next year I meant 2014-2015......obviously he's got no shot in 2013. And if he does....it'll be his greatest feat ever.

@Robert Gardner @Zac Oakes I agree on KU for sure. No doubt they're going to be dangerous. Louisville will probably be pre-season number 1 and I still think they can beat Kentucky and repeat

But losing Siva is really ...

@Neal Eisler Of course they have one against the PED users. I was speaking from a slightly personal standpoint on A-Rod's behalf. Ryan Braun's PED use is reported as being just as extensive as A-Rods from what I ...

Wow definitely didn't know that @John Overby. Frank Thomas always looked like a BIG dude so I could definitely see him be tight end.

But haaaah imagine Todd Helton playing football.....crazy to think he was ahead of Peyton ...

It could be as severe as @Grant Cummings although I wouldn't understand WHY Manziel would take money if it was proven that he did.

He comes from a well off family and while he's quite frankly a bad ...

He won't leave. He's still from an older generation of basketball that wants to stay put regardless of the situation. Guys like him, Tim Duncan and so on.

He still has a good shot next year. Regardless of ...

Enjoying my time working with the site. Definitely glad I can voice my opinion without anyone bashing it. Rather, we have great discussions and arguments without any ignorant commentary which you don't really get on any other sports site ...

The 2009 draft class....while having it's duds like Hasheem Thabeet, Johnny Flynn and Terrence Williams had some other good-great players.

Guys like Steph Curry, James Harden, Blake Griffin, Tyreke Evans, Demar Derozan, Brandon Jennings, Ty Lawson, Jrue Holiday ...

@Jonathan Smith I think from that perspective you can say the position is just defined much differently now. Every generation seems to have progressed a LOT since the 50's.

Not from a character standpoint.....but let's be honest......he'd probably be on an NFL roster.

From a playing standpoint he was great. A lot of that was Tom Brady but there's no denying that he was ...

We're forgetting about two REALLY relevant players in Amare Stoudamire and Kenyon Martin both of whom were great PF's who had lots of injury problems.

Martin was basically becoming a dominant PF before his microfracture knee surgeries and ...

@Shehan Peiris McDyess could have been a perennial all star and possible hall of famer. It really sucks what happened to him. He was still a solid serviceable player....but man he had just thunder rocking dunks back in the ...

There's no need for him to turn into one. As @Michael Clark said it's just a completely different position. Sure the transition might be sped up slightly.....but it's still just a completely different way to play ...

I agree with @Neal Eisler although @Ballah Boakai makes a point in that older players are only coming,

Younger talent is definitely necessary and it's gonna be hard to bring those guys over because the Spanish and English leagues ...

@Rohit Mansukhani Yeah I could understand that. I mean I'm not on his side....but it definitely seems like the MLB has a vendetta against A-Rod because he has a huge contract and seems to be arrogant.

He's ...

@Aaron Miller The Yankees will ALWAYS be rich enough. They're like the Lakers....in that they can get a lot of good players.....but I don't think they get a team that necessarily meshes.

And you know it ...

I think they'll be over .500 but I could definitely see them still get in and make noise despite a weaker record.

They need better bench play and Otto Porter needs to prove that his Summer league stats were ...

The Rockets vs. Lakers won't be a good matchup in my opinion. Emotions will be high....but the Rockets probably will win if Kobe is out. If Kobe is in though....it could be interesting.

I think if the ...

LOLOL I remember that game @Luke Galati.

Honestly it looked good from where I was watching so it's slightly understandable haha....but I guess you could tell when Ariza looked pissed that it wasn't a gamewinner.

BTW I want the Thunder to win.....I just don't see it logistically happening with them not really having a proven bench yet.

Alex Smith needs to be a game manager rather than a game changer. He does that and you let Jamaal Charles do work....and the offense will be fine.

@Shehan Peiris @Tajh Jenkins I feel bad for leaving him off my list....but he's definitely there.

He was the first mold of a dominant defensive SF in this era. Guys like Lebron and KD defensively grew from what ...

As @Shehan Peiris said....Melo doesn't capitalize. He draws SO many double teams that it'd be easy for him to find cutters and get more assists than he does

and you see glimpses of great passes.......but usually ...

He easily could....and he easily couldn't.

I think the great players can sustain past their primes....guys like Derek Jeter and so on. I just don't think Jake Peavy can. Especially being a pitcher....where it seems ...

@Aaron Miller Well they're kinda in the NBA mindstate.....where they're just good enough to be over .500 but don't really have any chance at doing damage in the playoffs because everyone on their roster is SO ...

High school and honestly even college this is extremely relevant.....but in the pros you're the best of the best.

If you lose....it's cause you were severely outmatched or you didn't prepare nearly as much as ...

That Kentucky squad of 2011-2012 and the UNC squad with Ty Lawson both had REALLY complete rosters with multiple NBA stars on each team.

Granted I think the Kentucky squad was better.....both dominated on their ways to national championships

I agree the most with @Matt Ozanne. Regardless of speculation.....it's hard to go against Sportscenter and OTL.

There's no way A-Rod gets past this. He'll retire for sure and I don't see him suiting up ...

Portland and OKC are right there.

Gotta give due to the Chicago Bulls as well. I personally think the Cavaliers will this year just because they're gonna be winning again. They had a great homecrowd before too when they ...

Inefficiency.....lack of off ball offense as well as ANY defensive ability result in this. You notice most of the guys who win have great defenses or are great defenders themselves of which Carmelo is neither.

They're also mobile ...

The Finals will feature the Miami Heat versus the Oklahoma City Thunder for a repeat of the 2011-2012 finals.

Miami beat Brooklyn while OKC beat the Clippers. Miami wins in 7.

MVP- Lebron
Most Improved- Iman Shumpert
Defensive Player of the Year- Joakim Noah
Sixth Man of the Year- Jarrett Jack/Harrison Barnes
Coach of the Year-Doc Rivers
Rookie of the Year-Victor Oladipo OR Kelly Olynk
Executive of the ...

instant big three and the biggest competitor for the Spurs and Thunder

The thing with the SG position is that YOU NEED that clutch factor.....and quite frankly Brandon Roy was as clutch as they get

Aldridge is the perfect ...

I'm really indifferent on this. Personally gender shouldn't matter at all. The same with orientation, race, ethnicity, height whatever......however there are a lot of studies of women being smarter than men so this could help if anything ...

Everyone's SLEEPIN on the Chicago Bears who ALWAYS have a great defense. Don't forget they have solid corner play as they gave up the 8th fewest passing yards per game and they also have Julius Peppers and Lance ...

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@John Overby I understand Lebron's greatness and like you I can respect it even though I'm not his biggest fan.

@Ryan Magnuson I have to agree with John. NO ONE will remember how big those final minutes were ...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ialoWXcCCAg

These are of Javale McGee and quite frankly.....those aren't even the funniest ones.

Old Warriors jersey were INCREDIBLE and the Raptors Jersey.......Idk why I loved them

And I love the Minneapolis Lakers blue jersey.

Simple.....but extremely classic

I'd argue that the Yankees wouldn't be losing much at all just because they've been over .500 even without him in the lineup. He's been injured a lot the past 2 years and they've still ...

A LOT of guys were drafted in the MLB drafts out of high school. Colin Kaepernick never played....but he was drafted.

You think any point guards from this generation could even TOUCH Magic Johnson?........or is the class as a whole just better than everyone?

@Shark Theus I'm talking solely about Point Guards though. Harden is a good distributor.....but he's a shooting guard in the purest sense. He'll look for the basket before.

Steph Curry.....I'm pretty sure he's ...

Much younger and quite frankly even WITH multiple intense knee surgeries......definitely in better shape. Curry ballooned to almost 350 and 400......and he was only 6 ft 9- 6 ft 11.

@Aaron Miller Haha I'll always love the Lakers.....but even a logical fan can tell that 02 was a rigged year. How many freethrows did they shoot in the 4th like 30?

@Shehan Peiris That's true. Plus the disparity between things like player contracts and salaries is A LOT bigger than it was before when Patrick Ewing was president.....plus Patrick Ewing was from Georgetown so he knew the ins and ...

Ah beat me to it!

Well they need size....but he hasn't played in YEARS and quite frankly idk how he'll handle the spotlight being right back on him again. I thought a smaller market team where he ...

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@Robert Gardner @Andrew Hu Definitely a good choice. I mean those guys when healthy were incredible and honestly Kidd is number 2 all time in regards to PGs for me.

The Braves have really had a great year.....but the Nationals are young and up and coming and while I personally think the race is over....I really wouldn't be surprised otherwise.

There have been massive comebacks by a ...

Chris Paul said going to Cowboy's camp was the BEST experience of his life so I can only imagine how great Peterson's little kid felt. Honestly this is a nice change of pace.....considering all the crazy things ...

Honestly.....if my previous reply becomes true....he can be good enough to be the best PG in the league

@Alex Strauss The thing with D'Antoni is that his style is SO specific and it's literally live or die by. It only worked really with a run and gun system......with Steve Nash and Stoudamire in their prime ...

@Justin Olexa The thing is Kirlenko COULD shut down Lebron a few years ago....but Lebron has progressed his game a lot and realized he can back down lighter guys now.....even though he still doesn't have a great ...

Roy, McGrady, Hardaway, Yao and Oden are the obvious choices

You could look at Andrew Bynum too if he doesn't ever bounce back from his injury. Shaun Livingston was really expected to be the next BIG point guard in ...

I think considering the mascot is a pelican....it was a solid jersey. Nothing horrible or spectacular at the same time.

@Hasani Grayson I think the way he bounced back last year shows that he isn't gonna let injuries slow him down. I think he'll be good.

I argue this for a lot of young guards like Rose, Westbrook ...

They'll squeak into the playoffs and then lose horribly in the first round.....if Kobe is healthy and that's coming from a devout Lakers fan right here.

I agree @Alex Strauss. I was REALLY pissed that the Lakers ...

@Dean Lake said it best. Which is why Louisville in my opinion won't be a National Championship team regardless. He's gonna be a nice addition regardless.....any former BCS championship MVP would be.

But they already have talent ...

A lot of people are sleeping on Anthony Davis.

He can really be a stretch center if he beefs up. He can handle and knock the three down consistently and might be the best shot blocker we'll see in ...

Look being a college kid comes with the territory of having fun and goofing off.

But these guys NEED to know they're role models. We've had many a discussion on this on sidelines and the consensus is that ...

@Jonathan Smith I agree with Garnett. Dude honestly only fights guys who are a head shorter than him.....except for Duncan who well all know probably scares Garnett.

I think Danny Granger can be put into the mix as a ...

Not looking good AT ALL for the Niners. They were great against the pass last year....but Culliver out really hurts. He's a young corner who came off a solid season for this squad.

IF Willis is out....you ...

I'd take the roll on Collie to tell you the truth. But Laurent Robinson is a great locker room guy and honestly both these guys have serious injury issues so working with either is a gamble

I will say ...

@Robert Gardner I agree but I feel that it shows he has something to prove.....that he can be an elite running back despite being in a weak class.

It's like all those teams that Jordan's Bulls beat ...

@Andrew Hu That's true....but I'd argue that even without a good supporting cast....Wall has performed REALLY well. He literally had no one his first two years and he averaged like 8 assists per game. Which quite ...

Well it depends on the conference rematches.

I'm all for rematches with teams like Duke-UNC, Michigan-OSU and even Louisville-Syracuse but at the same time I think it also promotes budding rivalries between other conference foes that may have had ...

@Jonathan Smith really did. Chris webber was elite at that time. And Stojackovic was a legit threat to beat Reggie Miller's 3 point record. He also had a lot of great head to head battles with Dirk Nowitzki.

@Robert Gardner Oh absolutely. No one can. But his shooting has gotten better. I think it's impressive what he did coming off an ACL injury. He even dropped 47 points! The addition of pieces this off season will in ...

@John Overby Kevin Durant and LBJ cancel each other out. HAha I agree that I am a huge Lebron critic.....but of course he's gonna go down at least as a top 5 player of all time. You can ...

@David Baird Oh I agree completely on both parts. It's just Lebron is gonna always be compared to the greats like Magic and Bird....both of whom played despite being a few years removed from their primes.

@Robert Gardner ...

I'm gonna go really outside the box and say Giovanni Bernard. He was the top running back taken in a weak running back class.....which I think will fuel him to show that he should have been a first ...

@John Overby Kobe gambles a LOT now.....but give the man his due. He definitely was a great lock down defender when he was younger and in his prime.

@Dean Lake I was in a rush my bad!!! I definitely would include him on the list. He's lesser known but man if you look at some old NBA clips from Espn....you could tell he was a complete ...

The Pacers because they can outplay them at the PG with George Hill and now CJ Watson

and they also have a lot of size. Roy Hibbert caused Havoc for them last postseason and so did David West and now ...

@David Baird I agree completely. Although if he does....people will definitely complain that he should be in the olympics too

@Robert Gardner I really do too. I was actually gonna agree with the whole college degree thing. And I don't mean to discriminate but let's be honest......you need that kind of education to understand some of the ...

@Varoon Bose I understand that Bellichick can be fickle.....but he's in somewhat of a dire situation right now. He's survived without solid running backs....but I'm assuming if he's got Ridley....who was solid if ...

Luck definitely is up there. Russell Wilson I think is in a slightly better situation....because his defense is ridiculous which only adds to his confidence and lets him free up his game.

Luck played behind the worst offensive line ...

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I know a lot of players make these "heart felt apologies" but quite frankly I find MOST of them to be BS.

Riley is included in this.

He's clearly not sorry about it. Hell a lot of guys wouldn ...

@Luke Galati @Grant Cummings I agree. Honestly regardless of the Kobe drama.....he'll know that he has to sacrifice in order to get great players on his squad.

Even if they sign Pau to a smaller deal.....they can ...

@Ryan Magnuson VERY true. Like I said....the greats aren't considered great defenders cause of name brand......but mainly because they are ACTUALLY great defenders They can play knock down defense and are always willing to guard the best ...

What do you guys think about the new age of defenders......guys like Shane Battier and Tony Allen.......will they go down as some of the best as well?

@Erryn Finck I can see that. Although I still think he'll have a better year. His interceptions are suspect for sure. Palmer would be on this list....but I guess since he has Larry Fitzgerald to throw to he ...

@Josh Mahoney I completely agree. He'll definitely help strengthen that rotation especially when you have big bats in Tampa and Baltimore trying to compete.

The influx of talent in Canada makes it really hard not to include them. The 90's didn't have much talent from Canada....but the 2000's and 2010's clearly have great prospects.

It also shouldn't threaten ...

@Luke Galati However you don't want an Atlanta Hawks complex.....where they're essentially a team on the brink of making significant playoff moves......and then end up consistently being ousted in the first round.

However they have a ...

The Sacramento Kings from the Early 2000's. Had a GREAT core in Bibby, Stojackovic, Webber, Divac and Bobby Jackson. But they always lost to the Lakers or Mavs.

Same with the early 2000's Mavs teams. Dirk, Steve Nash ...

@Luke Galati Where do you like Carmelo leaving?

Honestly I feel like if Indiana doesn't make it this year..... George might bolt to a bigger market. Maybe LA?!?!

@Justin Olexa @Robert Gardner AHH BRUCE! Him and Shane Battier were LOCK DOWN back in the day. Bowen had that corner three and he also caused havoc for any opposing wing player.

@Krithic Annamalai Hahaha you know how I get about Howard......I think he'd still be decent defensively. I know he's SUPER talented.....but he doesn't seem as hungry as these other guys do. He doesn't really ...

@Krithic Annamalai @Tajh Jenkins When he played.....he was probably the most athletic dude on the floor. If he can hone in on the offense.....cause he's got GREAT footwork in my opinion.....he'll be great.

@Justin Olexa ...

CAN'T FORGET Mutombo and Mourning just because they blocked so many shots.....it's gotta translate into throwing some punches.

@Justin Olexa I agree completely. It comes down to player mentality....but that's just really hard to change at this age for a lot of these guys. Teams in the gutter usually need to over pay to make any ...

One could really argue that out of all the great up and coming point guard.....John Wall could be the best and also has the highest ceiling

I mean he has GREAT size for his position. And considering he really ...

Gary Payton.....for lack of more appropriate term....or actually this just fits him perfectly......WOULD CHEW YOUR ASS OUT

Literally in your ear non stop. He didn't care who it was. MJ was right there too.

The thing ...

Lebron REALLY stepped up this post season especially. I can be a huge critic....but ya gotta know that this past post season was legendary. He had his MJ moment too.

I think Kevin Durant and Kobe Bryant are also ...

Incredible work on @Erryn Finck's part. This site has a plethora of incredible writers and she's definitely a great one. Really enjoying reading your, @Robert Gardner's and literally everyone's posts on Sidelines.

Let's keep the ...

@Femi Zaccheus True true. He was commanding big dollars so to sign for that cheap is good.

NAte Robinson was in the same boat in my opinion.

@Robert Gardner Solid choices. One would have to wonder how Russell would stack up against current centers and those from the 80's and 90's.

@Michael Almonte he was a hell of a defender. People really look at stats ...

Allen did have a few years where he got 6 boards and 6 assists a game and he gives up a lot in regards to defense. Reggie didn't do much besides score and Allen has a higher average too.

Also throw in Thomas Robinson to the Blazers. I think that's gonna be a great pick up for them.

So does Rodney Stuckey become a 6th man now? I think he'd fit perfectly in that position as a combo guard.

@Luke Galati I know Bargnani was hated by a LOT of Toronto fans.....but his production in regards to points was definitely really.

Also how about Marcus Camby for the two years he played with the Raptors. He averaged like ...

Yeah a lot of the Clippers moves were technically sign and trade or just trades in general. Adding great rotation pieces like Dudley and Redick will work WONDERS. I just didn't know if I should include them into this ...

I think Freeman is a little better than advertised. Matt Flynn also had the misfortune of playing with Russell Wilson....who NO ONE saw being this good.

That being said I agree with @Tim Tripp I think Kyrie Irving could potentially be the most clutch player.....but in my mind Kevin Durant is the most clutch

Everyone can argue that Kobe plays hero ball but let's be honest.......players with the killer instinct want the last shot

Seriously.....think of ANYONE else on the Lakers squads in the past decade that could make the shots ...

Trout is definitely there. I think he's batting around .312 and it's only his third year.....which I think means that his potential hasn't even been reached yet.

@Jason Cho I agree with you there. Considering they essentially had the worst bench last year in regards to points scored......they did A LOT to help.

Danny Granger....if he comes off the bench....has 6th man of the ...

I would agree with the consensus and say even 7 years wouldn't be too bad. Then again it depends on the sport and outliers.

In all sports, players can easily get injured in their primes, or decide to quit ...

I agree with @Luke Galati. Honestly....last year's Knicks squad gave Anthony the best chance at winning a championship in years. They had solid defense, good point guard play, JR Smith had his best year and Melo was playing ...

@Michael Clark you think they're still gonna be in the post season?

Honestly I felt that they actually could have been a Memphis Grizzlies kinda team. I don't think Maurice Cheeks is the guy who would take them ...

Anyone remember Kevin Love's elbow injury from sleeping on his bed?

That was definitely one of the weirder injuries.

They're on the rise....but it really comes down to chemistry. Can you have 3 guys from the same class...all ball dominant...coexist on the same team?

I think it's gonna be hard. It'd be easier ...

Lakers:

PG: Magic Johnson
SG: Kobe Bryant
SF: Elgin Baylor
PF: Shaquille O'neal
C: Kareem Abdul Jabbar

6th man: Jerry West

@Alex Bell No love for Magic!??!?!

Whoops nevermind.......Brandon Knight will be sent over.

I think they gave up on him.....he could be efficient and quite frankly Brandon Jennings might turn into another gunner for this team that they don't need at the PG ...

@Jon Lau I agree. That team ALWAYS is loaded since Melo left. Even this past year.....they basically re-assembled guys to put on their bench when Mozgov, Brewer and Iguodala left.

@Krithic Annamalai That's very true as well. I ...

@Josh Mahoney that's a great skit as well.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0MVfyG3VQd0

This shaq one and

@Krithic Annamalai said it perfectly. NONE OF THE ELITE players will say Lebron is better than them. They're out to prove something and by saying they're not the best.....that just wouldn't help their cause.

@Nate Levinson one would have to think those are the reasons. The Pacers ALWAYS got in trouble with the Bulls and Allen had Pierce and Garnett in Boston and then he had James, Wade and Bosh in miami.

All time?:

PG: Gary Payton
SG: STILL Michael Jordan
SF: Scottie Pippen
PF: Dennis Rodman
C: Shaq

6th man: Kevin Garnett/Bill Laimbeer/ anyone on the bad boys.

Currently:

PG: Russell Westbrook
SG: Paul George
SF: Matt Barnes
PF: Kenneth ...

Another.....REALLY WEIRD MOVE by the Pistons.

Possibly the most inefficient big name point guard on the market. Yeah he can get hot....but c'mon Detroit you still have Brandon Knight and Chauncey Billups so what the heck are ...

A LOT of people forget about 8 points in 9 seconds.

Ray Allen may have the record.....and granted he's one HECK of a shooter.....but Reggie will always have that killer instinct and while Allen hit his number ...

A lot of teams are taking the mold of having a bench filled with great shooters. Toney Douglas can definitely do that. Harrison Barnes is reliable from downtown and if Bazemore's summer league performance translates, he'll be a ...

Ed Lacy is a great pick up but when you have guys like Aaron Rodgers running the show it's gonna be hard for Lacy to get as many carries I think.

Gio Bernard I think adds the most. He ...

I could see undrafted rookie Connor Vernon making a name for himself as a slot receiver. He had a great career at Duke and he's done well in camp so far at Oakland. They don't have any slot ...

@David Bessin You want rebounding yes.....but free throw shooting is key and if Dwight is gonna get the boards....he's gonna have to learn how to convert. Every other big man is pretty consistent with that besides Howard.

Oh and also we can't forget about Miami's bench too.........and for that matter the Pelicans IF Tyreke Evans is gonna be a 6th man.

Ok not a commercial......but Peyton Mannings "Big Brother" skit where he yells at those little kids is priceless

Also the one where him and Eli start fighting when they're touring ESPN with their dad haha.

Davis has the home run lead for now.....but it's Cabrera's MVP to lose and quite frankly I could see him catching up to get another triple crown

the NL has to be Buster Posey or Carlos Gonzalez ...

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It's gonna be between Manning and Peterson.

I wanna say Brady has a hard year.....but they always bounce back despite setbacks. Manning has arguably the best wide receiving core in the NFL and Minnesota still has Christian Ponder ...

@David Bessin hahah good call! I'm a little sketchy about Toney Douglas....definitely a downgrade from Jarrett Jack.....but guys like Harrison Barnes and Draymond Green are great. Harrison would be starting if it wasn't for Iguodala.....but ...

Honestly @Jonathan Safir that ENTIRE SERIES seems to be forgotten haha.

It should remind Miami fans that they used to be really good before they had Lebron.

@Nick Ostiller I can agree with that.....but he's definitely improving on his jumper.

He had some pretty big scoring games before he had that horrific injury. Still FAR away but remember Derrick Rose had a semi broken jumper ...

4th seed is realistic.

Honestly if they are healthy and everyone clicks.......they could provide the Heat some noticeable problems because the Cavs would have an advantage at point guard and Center/PF

@Michael Clark GREAT CHOICE. I completely forgot about this song but it's one of the many reasons why GZA is considered the "Genius."

He's on the wrong side of 30.....and I feel like in baseball the usage rate is so high that after they get to 33 or 34......some players burn out.

Now this isn't the case for EVERYONE ...

MJ's 1998 game winner

Isiah Thomas's sprained ankle 20+ point quarter

And when Magic Johnson started at center and won the championship

The thing is.....if Dwight gets to a Finals......and it's the game 7 and free throws DO matter.....he won't even be on the court even though he's the best "player" on the Rockets

I think ...

Magic and Oscar Robertson for me.

Some of the best all around players in the game.

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No love for Rondo.......I think he's the best passer in the league!

Tim Duncan and Kevin Love are separating themselves from the group because they are dominant rebounders and also have better skill sets.

How many 7 footers can navigate 20 feet out and how many 6 ft 10 big men can ...

@LG Jonas Valaciunas should take the next step and adding a great shooter like Novak will help......but something tells me the Raptors will come up short again.

I love Rudy Gay....but him and Derozan are almost the same ...

Scola is essentially a poor man's version of David West.

Having the better and worse version on the same team will REALLY help this squad. Scola will be a great piece on the 2nd unit who can also be ...

Shoutout to @Dean Lake for the most epic tale of them all.

Wow so far no consensus. Haha just goes to show how incredible our PG class is.

keep the discussion going guys!

@Aaron Bruder very true. His confidence is definitely backed up

@Robert Gardner I love cp3 but I feel his lesser athleticism poses an issue. Although he's performed just as well against a lot of these guys.

No love for ...

Loooool @David Bessin not attacking at all!

I figured we might as well ask the question! Great response my man

I would say Kobe....barely just because he has that clutch gene and he can be a threat for the last game winner.

His numbers are higher in regards to points and championships. Timmy D doesn't lose in this ...

I feel like Nick Saban at Alabama also helps players a lot because he has coached in the NFL before. He usually gets the best recruits and grooms them over a few years.

Yeah @Shark Theus I'm not attacking you.

I'm literally stating the obvious.

If averaging 6 rpg and 6 apg isn't good ALL AROUND......then you're just mistaken

@Tajh Jenkins @Trevor Roberts Agreed that they set themselves up for mediocrity. Plus with Jose Calderon they should have ball movement......and yet they might not cause of Ellis. Not to mention no defense

@Jon Lau AHHH completely forgot about him because of the injury but definitely a great point!

Thoughts on Kenneth Faried as well?

IMAN SHUMPERT

I mean think about it? JR Smith is gonna be hurt.....Iman is finally healthy and an athletic monster. He's got an improved jumper and will be able to fill in at point guard as well when ...

@Justin Olexa That makes sense. He's like the Derek Jeter of basketball......he's super efficient in everything but he's not gonna be the top in any category.....but he'll still be incredible all around. Noah has ...

I wouldn't go with Stephenson

he relies a lot on energy and yes he's great at it and a great rebounder......but his jump shot is REALLY suspect in my opinion.

They're definitely gonna just hover at the bottom 7th or 8th seed @Tajh Jenkins. Teams like that and LA need to just rebuild and stop gambling on free agency every year.

haha @Robert Gardner I wouldn't say "love" seeing as I'm from the UNC side.......despise fits a little better

I believe Derrick Rose if healthy will be there too.

People are also saying Andre Drummond and Kenneth Faried are possibilities but I'm more sold on Faried than Drummond.

Thoughts?

@David Bessin I would assume so. It's a good reason to go to the Rockets.

Although one has to hope Dwight doesn't just make this a two week thing. I remember a few years ago a lot of ...

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A healthy Iman Shumpert has the potential to become a top 5 SG in this league.

The small sample size we saw this past year showed he's become a better three point shooter and he's already a freak ...

@Shark Theus Look I really appreciate that......but there is NO WAY you leave Kobe out of the top 10. I'm not comparing by age (even though IT SHOULD be noted)....but purely by numbers he averaged 27 PPG ...

2k took over in 2011 and will continue to get better in regards to graphics and quite frankly.......EA is holding on by it's last limb as the NCAA football brand stopped a contract and the basketball one didn ...

The scary thing about Trout is that in his 2nd year he was already a highly accomplished player and finished SECOND in MVP voting which says a LOT for a guy who was playing his 2nd year in the majors ...

@Jason Cho I couldn't agree more. He's a defensive stopper and while yeah.....he did sometimes become passive we have to remember last year was the first time he was THE man in Indiana......so some growing pains ...

@Robert Gardner has said it best. They've just been better and haven't really let up with Urban Meyer at the helm.....who is a prized recruiter and coach.

Ever since Michigan hired and fired Rich Rodriguez they've ...

It has to be the tobacco road rivalry between Duke and UNC

Sanchez, Gabbert, Flynn and Manuel will all emerge.

I could see Gabbert and Sanchez being benched incredibly early after failure.......but then again they could also do well. The signing of Braylon Edwards is REALLY underrated as he had a ...

I'd love for this to happen being a Lakers fan.......but honestly I think if Carmelo is here we won't win. Having a guy like Paul George would help I think a lot more because he can move ...

Alright well how about in posterizations?

I know Lebron had that one on Jason Terry and has had MANY this year.......but Barnes definitely topped the list in regards to posterizing a player.....which is only a section of dunking ...

Uhhhhhh @David Bessin that's kind of against what we were talking about. Kobe was the one who said he could teach Dwight not Kareem or Hakeem.

I TOTALLY agree you can't go wrong either way in regards to ...

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DeAndre has the mold to be the perfect rim protector like Tyson was......he just doesn't have the savvy or skills he's purely about dunking.

I disagree but would you expect him to say otherwise? All the elite players think they're the best in the league.......you need that kind of confidence moving forward or else you aren't elite

@David Bessin of course they're the cream of the crop.....but if you compare guys like Ewing to someone like Olajuwon and Abdul Jabbar.....clearly the latter will be considered better because they won championships

And yeah he might ...

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He's having a great year considering he's 37 and will definitely spark the offense but it won't help in the long run as @Ryan Magnuson said.

Also what about guys like Lillard?

and does a college kid have a legit shot to crack the lineup?

Gerald Green was definitely nuts his in game dunks are crazy when he gets legitimate time.

ALASKA!

Alright just kidding that would be horrible......I could definitely see San Diego or Las Vegas. Although I feel with all the crazy happenings with athletes getting in trouble with the law the past decade basically....personnel would be ...

Highly doubt he'll leave.

He's made things hard for the Lakers.....but let's be honest.......this team will definitely recover even if he's there. A LOT of young stars would love to play in LA and ...

@Brian SaundersII I completely forgot about Faried. Big guys don't get the glamor they should but Faried is a POWERFUL dunker.

Alright my bad for getting off topic. Final opinion: Kobe has a huge ego.....but so did guys like Michael Jordan. And quite frankly they back it up with their play so that's why I say it's justified ...

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@David Bessin One last thing......Dwight relies on brute strength. He can't shoot and he has a hook shot and quite frankly that's about all he can do on offense......he just has the gift of having a ...

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LBJ is an obvious choice here.....and so are guys like Paul George and KD

But Harrison Barnes threw down some ridiculous dunks for a rookie. And his ceiling is getting higher too.

@David Bessin you notice how all the big men you listed are great.......but there are clearly guys better than all of them?

They can be top 50 of all time........but that doesn't mean they are gonna be ...

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@Brian SaundersII hahaha no worries and that's a really solid group right there actually. I would think some players are coming back but the competition is a lot more open.....especially with injuries to Rose and even westbrook and ...

That's a good point that I completely overlooked actually @Jared Johnson. But don't you feel with RGIII's intangibles he still would have succeeded even in Indianapolis.

Luck definitely was the victim of having to rush a lot ...

After watching Harrison kill it in the US scrimmage.....I gotta go with him
It PISSES ME OFF he wasn't this assertive at UNC......but he has the full package. He can clearly penetrate, shoot from the 3, and ...

Charlotte didn't address their defense.......and quite frankly they downgraded with Al Jefferson who's got PHENOMENAL foot work but can't stop people from scoring.

I wouldn't say that the Redskins had better talent they god lucky landing a guy like Alfred Morris......and quite frankly Reggie Wayne is way better than whoever is on the Redskins receiving core.

When it's said and done....Andre Drummond will be a better center than Dwight Howard.....YOU HEARD IT HERE FIRST MY FRIENDS

And I mean put yourself in Dwight's show.....NBA players will win at ANY cost......why run away from a teacher who can show you how to win just because he "hurt your feelings"

@Nick Ostiller is right.....this ...

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@Nick Ostiller @David Bessin Nick is right......I mean look Kobe might have a huge ego but the dude CLEARLY KNOWS HOW TO WIN

And so what if Dwight led his team to the finals......they freaking got swept by ...

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@Rob Patterson out of that group people are REALLY sleeping on Karasev who I think will have a good NBA career he's like a Dragic type of player in that he's really athletic and he's tore it ...

A LOT of people sleep on Jackie Robinson......but honestly lettering in FOUR different sports is really hard REGARDLESS of generation

DONT SLEEP ON GIOVANNI BERNARD

He's a multi-talented back who can block, run and catch the ball.

The Bengals also boast a top 10 offensive line which can really help Gio if he becomes an every down back (which ...

@Jon Lau @Michael Clark Kenjon Barner is a nice option......but Michael is right in that Stewart and DeAngelo are both a little more talented and experienced.

That's not to say Barner isn't.......but when the Panthers focus ...

@Shark Theus.......you are SO wrong about Kobe not being a top 10 player in the last 3-4 years.....SO WRONG

He might not be as good as Durant.....but the things he does as a freaking 35 year old ...

Redskins and Giants will definitely get bigger especially with the rise of RGIII.

For some reason....I think the NFC south with the Panthers and Saints or Falcons will be big. All three of those teams are primed for good ...

@Shehan Peiris yeah I agree with the Blake Griffin note. The thing is that he's the most athletic of the bunch and while he can't shoot.....he'd be a decent center if he learned to play really ...

Kobe Bryant was right up there as well before he got to his twilight years.

@Dean Lake He went toe to toe with Shaq and played really well. If he came when he was younger he could've made damage in the NBA

We also need to throw in Peja Stojackovic into the conversation and ...

No love for Manute? That man had done some INCREDIBLE humanitarian work before his untimely demise.

The same could be said for a lot of European players like Vlade Divac.

@Krithic Annamalai I remember reading that Paul George was an android set to play defense on Lebron.......replacing him on the USA squad would be just as helpful haha!

@Shehan Peiris I agree. I think Gordon will be traded and Evans becomes a 2 guard or something. he's really talented....but he needs to be ball dominant to do so

@Christophe Kambou that's a really good disecton ...

Allen is scary for me and Paul George is right up there as well

Kevin Durant is kind of underrated in this regard. He gets steals and a lot of tipped balls and his blocks have also gone up. Avery ...

He's a franchise QB.....and they always command big money regardless of post season success.

They should make a breakthrough soon. I think this will assure the Falcons playoff berths for the next 5 years.

It's still REALLY bright.

Paul George, Steph Curry and Blake Griffin should all be on the roster soon enough. They've already got Durant, Paul, wade and a bunch of other great guys.

Losing Lebron might be tough.....but ...

Bo Jackson and Deion Sanders for sure.....they're pretty much upper echelon in regards to athletes who were successful in 2 sports which is UNheard of now a days.

Randy Moss and Tony Gonzalez were both basketball players and ...

PG: John Stockton
SG: Elgin Baylor
SF: George Gervin
PF: Karl Malone
C: Patrick Ewing

6th man: Allen Iverson

Coach: Don Nelson/Rick Adelman

Paul George and DAmian Lillard all answer that call

Anthony Davis could be poised for a great year too and Kyrie Irving is basically super star status

the 03-04 Lakers as well as last year's Lakers are pretty much up there

You could also make a case for the undefeated Patriots squad that ended up losing to the Giants in the Superbowl although they had a ...

Having been born in Cleveland, I basically grew up listening to my parents talk about the Browns "glory" days and when I came to North Carolina......I vividly remember watching my first superbowl where the Panthers nearly upset the Patriots ...

The sex appeal if you want to call it that in baseball is HITS AND HOMERUNS both of which generally increase when steroids are involved.

It's a dirty way to play.....but let's be honest......America loves to ...

Buycks wrecked it in the summer league and showed that he can be a great back up point guard for a team that needs him.......Goudelock also showed that in the proper environment you just need him on the 3 ...

it's a toss up between Magic, Kobe and Bill Russell.

John wall came back with a VENGEANCE and is making a case that he's a top tier PG in the NBA

This is a great move for the Wizards. Their core is really coming along well although I think ...

Steph Curry's shooting

Kobe Bryant's mid range game

Kevin Durant's lankiness

Lebron James body and court vision

Derrick Rose PRE ACL hops.

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Howard by a pretty wide margin. Asik had his first double digit rebounding year.....and Dwight in an injury filled year still averaged more not to mention Dwight has been averaging around 10 boards a night since his rookie year.

Didn't remember the combo guard reference but it makes sense.....especially this year when he plays alongside with JArrett Jack

He said reportedly that if the team REALLY needs him he'll be back for Rio.....James is the best in the world but guys like Steph Curry and Paul George can definitely help fill his rather large void

@Trevor Roberts said it best. Signing to Nike was a great move and way ahead of his years......but he hasn't really done anything else to help himself.

Jordan's playing speaks for itself....but buying the Bobcats...making ...

I remember reading about how he hit square in the chest and his head basically got up and knocked off the helmet.

Regardless that referee is completely out of line.....it was a hard hit and Davis wasn't even ...

A few other names to throw into this are Hakeem Olajuwon, Manute Bol and Dikembe Mutombo

All 3 are guys who used their sphere of huge influences in Africa for good rather than going out and clubbing. It's fine ...

They've clearly made a resurgence that is similar to the Cardinals squad that snuck into the playoffs and ended up winning the whole thing

I could see it happening. Baseball is usually about who gets hot at the right ...

Miami loses and somehow both Bosh and Wade don't play for them after the loss.....Bosh ditches for Dallas while Wade ends up calling it quits due to career ending injuries

I don't see it happening.......but it ...

Hey @Erryn Finck! I actually posted about this earlier last night on a different post and would love some feedback!

Miguel Cabrera.......and it isn't even close

Rarely do you see players get the triple crown.....and the fact that he's threatening for it TWO YEARS in a row is just phenomenal.

He's the best pure hitter ...

The Pacers essentially have the best defender for Lebron in Paul George while the Clippers can finally match the shooting of the Heat.

OKC was out last year.....but when you have the intangibles of Russell and KD.....it's ...

@Jake Lapin very true!

Would you argue that Curry is at his ceiling.......or is there more that we have yet to see?

Cause it's clear that Kyrie still is gonna become a better player.....which is crazy to ...

@Femi Zaccheus Wade's progression from injury is KEY......the Heat had too many close calls in Indiana and San Antonio and had Wade been his old self.....they wouldn't have had any worries

I think the Pacers, Clippers ...

It's a toss up between Jack and Evans (assuming Evans is the 6th man)

JR Smith is gonna be called on the play more defense this year since the Knicks pretty much have no defenders besides Shumpert and Chandler ...

Clemson's tough schedule might make them vulnerable to lose a winnable game this year.....especially in the ACC championship where they are better than anyone from the Coastal division

I can definitely see them being prone to something like ...

Consensus shows that pitching is the issue here. Buerhle is a shell of his former self who can't be consistent and while this team has all the star power in the world they also suffer from some injuries.

@Michael Clark you hit it right on the dot with your example about Drew Bree-Stevan Ridley-Demarco Murray versus the other combo.......Forte Lesean and Stafford will get you way more points

With running backs, I feel the top tier will ...

Jay Bilas is a PHENOMENAL college bball analyst. He uses the number really well and having played he clearly gets a grasp of the college basketball world.

I think his dry humor through twitter and some of his shows also ...

@David Bessin I beg to differ......here's the bleacherreport article saying that Colangelo will not contact him for the training http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1715497-lebron-james-reportedly-will-no-longer-play-for-team-usa

It's a mixed reaction from a LOT of people. I personally think it ...

It depends on if the ADD medicine thing was true.....like @Erryn Finck said.

Other than that it's hard not to give him hype. There's not really anyone who can cover as well as him besides Darrelle Revis ...

@Philip Yorio Ahhhh Jeter completely got past me but I completely agree!

@Michael Clark good point......he's from the Virgin Islands......and the Spurs should've won that series in 6 but that's for another post I suppose

I think you also have to look at turnovers per game for NBA players to a certain extent

I mean obviously there are some guys who are just inefficient with the basketball.....but you also have guys who are the ...

Steve Nash, Dirk Nowitzki, Hakeem DA DREAM

Guys you forget about Drazen Petrovic who was about as good of a shooter the NBA had seen in a while and competed with Reggie Miller in 3 point shooting every year. Had ...

I like the Timberwolves (I think Peckovic will resign which will be GREAT) and the Lakers tentative of how much Kobe ends up playing

If Kobe isn't playing then it'll be a toss up between the Pelicans and ...

Paul is great.....but you gotta look at post season success and quite frankly he hasn't had much.

I would have said Kobe about a year ago........but Kevin Durant is clearly right there. I love Kobe to death ...

You have to look at consistency here.

Peyton has CONSISTENTLY been in the playoffs and or thrown for better numbers.......yes Eli has won 2 championships but both those were riding off a hot streak

Eli has also won championships ...

If Jeremy Lamb and Reggie Jackson play as well as they did in the summer league.......OKC is gonna get there

That being said I still think Lamb has a ways to go and Jackson wasn't anything to blink ...

It's a toss up between Kobe and Magic......and I'll go with Magic

Kobe is a top 10 player and the 2nd best SG next to MJ.....but Magic was the best point guard ever to play......averaged ...

I think personally that Kyrie is gonna go off this year.....with added support on offense he could bump his assist average

He's still a mediocre defender...people forget that because of his amazing shooting and offense

Curry is ...

@Ben Bagamery I think he's been a low key guy.....even his work in Seattle went unnoticed.

He's got a lot of work ahead of him but luckily his offense is coming together with the rise of Cecil ...

I think Pitcher's wins are definitely true.

Look at Felix Hernandez.....who's clearly a top 5 pitcher in baseball but won't get the wins because his run support is horrible

Hmm good observation @David Bessin. I definitely forgot he racked up all those steals as well.

Regardless of the PED talks......this guy would have still had a hell of a career even if he wasn't into steroids (allegedly...but let's be honest)

I think when he 756......that's a moment a lot ...

The Center talent pool isn't as high as it used to be and despite his injury.....Oden could make impact.

It won't be anything like 25 and 12 a night.....but I could definitely see him having a ...

Los Angeles Clippers (60-22)
Oklahoma City Thunder (60-22)
San Antonio Spurs (59-23)
Memphis Grizzlies (56-26)
Golden State Warriors (52-30)
Houston Rockets (51-31)
Los Angeles Lakers (47-35)
Dallas Mavericks (46-36)

LAKERS DEPENDENT ON IF KOBE IS ACTUALLY BACK BY NOVEMBER/DECEMBER ...

@Erryn Finck I agree.....at the same time MJ is known for extremely dumb draft moves (Hello there kwame brown and bismack biyombo)

That being said.....it should be a no brainer although I think Philadelphia might have a crappier ...

Tavon Austin.....BUT watch out for the Duke kid Connor Vernon......he's been great in OTAs and could lock up a spot as a slot receiver for Oakland

But if you look after his down summer....Jahlil Okafor would be behind Andrew Wiggins.

AND if you look closer at the Nike Hoops Summit......team World beat team USA with Wiggins contributing 17, 9 and 4. Parker may have ...

I think @Robert Gardner is right.....when you compare similar numbers you gotta look at the Lombardis.

Players themselves would probably tell you the exact same thing. They'd had successful careers but a lot of them would be disheartened ...

I think the NFL vs NCAA disparity is not as a great as people thinking. Yes people are essentially trying out for the NFL.....but I think once there you play the best of the best.....and it's hard ...

Hmmmm Chad Johnson?

I can't really think of anyone else......but we gotta find someone besides Ochocinco! I also think at some point....we could possibly see Arian Foster up on this list.

Just wishful thinking! The list is ...

Gasol is still a top 5 PF/C based on his skill and production.

The dude got 2 triple doubles in the final three games last year......it's safe to say he's gonna be good for a lil ...

I can't relate to the magnitude of @Robert Gardner's ordeal.....but having a concussion myself in a pick up basketball game I can definitely say it's terrifying how people deal with multiple ones.

I definitely think it ...

@Jonathan Safir part of the reason he didn't get the ball is because he'd be prone to getting fouled........which would result in a lot of missed opportunities.

I'm also NOT sold on him being the best ...

@Jonathan Safir Oh no I applaud him for that. It's great and all......but I do recall him bringing it up NON stop.

Other superstars have played through as much pain (don't get me started with Kobe pretty ...

THIS IS SUCH BS

I mean look at the hit! That's just a healthy hard hit!!!!

Clowney wasn't horse collaring or aiming at his knees/ACL.......he literally hit him dead on in a legal hit and Smith ...

I think we should really take a step back and realize that this class of QB has the best potential to become a legendary class

I mean it's clear that all these guys are already the leaders of their ...

Honestly......if Blake can shoot 45-50 percent on his jumpers.....and if both those guys can develop even a jump hook or something......it's gonna be a long season for teams tryna compete with them

A lot of teams do these charity visits and help a soup kitchen out for a day....but that's robotic for the players. They don't really learn, they just show up for pictures.

A lot of the really ...

@Erryn Finck makes sense.

I mean I'm from Cleveland but I've lived in Raleigh and I'm a fan of both those cities teams.....and I love the Lakers because they were the first NBA team I started ...

@Ethan Still I was saying it would be a failure in regards to the fact that he's clearly the best prospect we've seen in years.....and there's no indication his game will let up in the CB ...

It's gotta be the Warriors.

The Nuggets are gonna be entertaining with Robinson and the Clippers are also gonna be spectacular. I think the Nets will be entertaining.....but those teams aren't gonna be as fast and high ...

I think if you look at Ryan Braun's body type.....compared to guys who CLEARLY used PED's like water in Barry Bonds, McGuire, Palmeiro and so on......Braun clearly didn't use PEDs to the same magnitude.

That ...

He's still got a ways to go. He didn't play in workouts and has ballooned to 305 pounds.

He says he's ready to work and has been humbled by all the criticism....so I want to see ...

Honestly.....he's the present day and Red Sox version of Derek Jeter. A great guy on both sides of the field to have on your team. His offense is great......it won't be ridiculous RBI or HR numbers ...

@Jonathan Woo let's see if Bynum is back to normal. He's about 25 pounds overweight right now and I think Varejao can fit nicely if Bynum is hurt.

How do you all think Varejao and Bynum will co-exist ...

C'mon guys this a great topic!

Josh Smith's defense basically cancels out Aldridge's offense and vice versa. They generally have great matchups and are opposite styles for the PF position. Aldridge is more traditional while Smith is ...

They have a great young nucleus and can be scary good....but you have 3 ball dominant guys and 1 star who literally can only play half the season which just YELLS chemistry issues.

It's gonna be hard having ...

O'Neal is a competent back up compared to Andris Biedrins and will be a great locker room presence.

They are gonna compete....but O'Neal won't be the reason why

@Robert Gardner I think you can make the case that AP is soooo much better than a lot of other running backs too. Especially after last year.

I think after he came back from a horrific injury and won the ...

I see you've been on bleacherreport!

I Agree with Leonard and Butler for sure......but Blake Griffin should have been invited as he was on the roster before he got injured last year. The same for Dwight.....but really ...

@Justin Olexa I could see Derrick Favors being a 16-11 or 16-12 guy. He's gonna be getting the ball a LOT.

It's a tangent from this article......but you're feeling my pace.

Teams say that they want to always win regardless of the situation.....but it's clear that some teams tank on purpose and quite frankly....it's just how it works.

You can't stay in the middle of the ...

HArden might go off this year. If last year was any indication. He's undersized as is but he's still grabbing 5 boards a game and 6 assists per. Westbrook is the favorite....but Harden is creeping in.

If that front line takes that next step for ONCE this year......it could spell doom for a lot of teams. You just need DeAndre dropping 12 a game with 10 boards which he is definitely capable of.

The same ...

RGIII might not play the most sustainable style due to his constant running but I think he's the clear best of the group. His rookie season was incredible. Luck still turns the ball over but will definitely improve on ...

He's the best on that squad......and his first season manning the helm led to them being the 2nd best in the east which is a GREAT start.

@Michael Almonte said it best though.....you need 2 more years ...

ASU would be my pick. The defense is gonna be staunch.....something not too usual in the Pac 12.

The running game came on and should help this year. I think it's gonna be Oregon or Stanford winning it ...

He came on great at the END of last year.....but his team is gonna be at the bottom of the west and he won't be competing for an MVP against Lebron ANYTIME soon......so sorry Mark but looks ...

It's a no brainer......Clowney will be signed by Jay Z along with EVERY top prospect in the NBA and NFL draft in my opinion.

It could change depending on Hov's success this year but that's not ...

ALABAMA vs OSU

And somehow OSU pulls the win. Both return essentially the same squads.....but I like Braxton Miller's intangibles over AJ Mccarron's and I think that will help separate OSU....a team that should have competed ...

I'm not doubting his heart by any means....and I wouldn't be surprised if he somehow came back but quite frankly I just don't see it happening as much as I would like it to

Both are extremely turnover prone. Harden's the better shooter but Russell Westbrook can be a PG or a SG depending on what you want.

I'd go with Westbrook. He's erratic......but he's successful

@#NoSleep #JustSports That's true! But I don't think it was just 4-5 years.....this guy was constantly working wonders on Philly teams where he had no real help. He finally got that in Andre Iguodala, but at that ...

sanchez won't even be starting in a few months.

cam newton is a good choice because he came on real strong last year......although if RGIII comes back he'll basically run away with the award

YES.

I mean look at Von Miller, who has also failed a drug test in the past. He's clearly not the highest of character guys yet his report was mainly just a news clip with a mention of his ...

@Rick Amburgey I think so. A LOT of these guys know the power they hold. I know Barkley's whole role model commercial proved his point....but even he knows that he has a lot of authority in the view ...

I really wanna say the Niners here. Coaching staff is second to none. Sure the Ravens beat them......but they lost A LOT on their defense and while Elvis Dumervil is a great player.....he can't replace 2 of ...

Him and Ty Lawson are gonna be the fastest backcourt in the league......but that's gonna be a hell of a lot of turnovers and it's gonna be weird seeing those two co-exist.

@Grant Cummings you could be right. OKC has a loooooot of bench issues in my opinion. Hopefully Reggie Jackson still dominates like he did in summer league but it's going to be interesting to see.

Goal tending will be key. Hate to say it but Canada looks likely to win assuming those camp invitees are gonna be on the roster.

It's been tough on all sides......the sad reality is that despite cheating Braun will still make a lot of money. He's only losing 3.4 million OUT OF HIS 130 MILLION

Chemistry is important.....but top to bottom this Clippers squad looks better than a lot of teams.

@Coach Mike Fabber I did forget that Patriots team had Moss and a good defense.

@Tyler Olson absolutely. He's been in that style for sooooo long though that's it gonna be hard for him to adjust.

Lol at anyone who puts Byron Mullens

They definitely need to prove that @Benika Chena. Defense in the paint is gonna be an issue with softer guys like Mullens.

Seeing that more 5 year olds will watch a baseball game with Ryan Braun than something like the Godfather or Inception........it's safe to say athletes should be at a higher standard for the kids sake.

They usually have ...

The Saints are semi obvious here just because they'll finally have a coach

The Cowboys should be improved

But honestly no team did better than the Chiefs......who for the first time since Trent Green have a solid QB ...

@Jared Johnson that team is basically the "all offensive defensive team" in that any of those guys can torch you for 20 while also holding you to 35 percent shooting.

Vick is the best option here. He's still super athletic as seen by him beating Lesean McCoy in that race but honestly........it's still gonna be hard for Vick to function.

Those years of basically NO offensive line ...

Well if we're saying Eli is better.........than is that implying that he's better than other QB's who haven't won?

Ya know......like Dan Marino?

I do think championships make sense in grading players......but at ...

Plus with the growth of Barnes and Thompsons slashing ability as well as Iguodala's.......he can do what he does best run of the ball for wide open jumpers

@Krithic Annamalai I can see that. I mean he's like the Spoelstra of the West though in that he came in with no real experience and led a duo to the finals. I think he'll stay but I ...

WE could also throw in Michael Redd to this mix BEFORE his injury plagued days.

He won a medal and was pretty much a guarantee for 20-25 points a night when healthy.

Don't you guys think these lesser known players become good coaches?

I mean they're pretty high character guys and they possess the IQ just not the actual talent. Jacque Vaughn is doing well down in Orlanda, Vinny Del ...

@Shammi Stinson ehhhhhh I think Blake Griffin becoming a more competent post player is more realistic. CP3 is always gonna be the best player on that team. He can pretty much do anything asked compared to Blake.

PG- George Hill
SG- Rudy Gay
SF- Paul George
PF- Serge Ibaka
C- THE GOAT OF GOATS JAVALE "I DON'T KNOW WHAT IS GOING ON" MCGEEEEEE

@Daniel Stuart hahahhaha I'm digging that.

On a more serious note though the hits that are considered illegal range from warranted to just outright ridiculous. We need to find a perfect medium and stop including less threatening hits.

I ...

@#NoSleep #JustSports @Justin Olexa AI and Carmelo on the same team looked good on paper.....but those were two ball dominant guys.

You really have to point at the Philly squad that made it to the finals. That was Iverson ...

@Tyler Olson @Erryn Finck Cricket is actually pretty easy once you watch a few overs.......as are many sports. It's a long game yeah.....but it's definitely an exciting fast paced one as well.

@Rohit Mansukhani I think Carlisle will be fine. He's won a championship and as @Michael Clark said he is definitely the best coach dallas has had.

The hot seat could really heat up for a team like LA and ...

Not to mention Urban Meyer's name even being mentioned in the Aaron Hernandez case has already raised suspicion with him being a bad coach for developing character.

If the report and accusations are true......this had to be done ...

Maybe the addition of Laker alumni is a hint that they're gonna make a run at a LA connected head coach after D'Antoni is fired or resigns.

Just a thought but it would make sense. Most of the ...

It was looooong in the making.
He was supposed to be racked out 100 games but got a deal for sure. Sure as @Rohit Mansukhani said when he comes back no one will spite him as much as they are ...

Ya gotta go with Archibald or Rodman here too. Both were really undersized for their position yet did incredible things during their careers.

The thing is coming off the bench for Asik at THIS point in his career is so unappealing for him that he'll definitely have a negative attitude.

He was on the uprise and could have been a top 5 ...

Honestly......he might win it straight for the next 2 years or more.......he's that good.

Super quick release and the fact that he HAS the ball in his hand non stop only adds to that.

Thanks @Tim Tripp. People keep on forgetting that Indiana essentially lost all its scoring.
They're gonna need as much help and throwing a freshman in the fire of Vonleh's caliber will help the most.

@Paul Fleck YES YES.

Again all bias for UNC aside......Eric Ebron and Quinshad Davis wrecked havoc last year and who's to say they won't again?

He's pushing 40 and was injured his first game back.

Honestly if he didn't have that ankle break last post season I'd be saying differently but he's also fluctuated his weight since the injury......but I ...

@Josh Mahoney said it best. That team had Matt Cassel.......who isn't even starting.....and they went 11-5 which is nuts.

Tom Brady is gonna have to bail them out a lot. Their defense also won't be as ...

Personally I'd love Paul George to join. He'd fit in well and is the only human who can play defense against Lebron (maybe Kawhi but that's about it)

Appreciate it my man @Krithic Annamalai and I agree with what you're saying.

CP3 is in the better situation while Melo is in limbo with the Knicks. They have some great pieces in iman shumpert.....but then they didn ...

That's very true. Despite health.......and if Bynum is back to his old self......how will Varejao feel if he gets bumped down to a bench position? Or if Thompson does as well?

This team is gonna be good ...

@Rohit Mansukhani that's true. LBJ's strategy to winning is just having a plethora of shooters with him and stretching the floor. That's kind of what D'Antoni loves......although we don't know if he'll even ...

@Rohit Mansukhani that's a viable point. But he's already considered better than those guys. I don't agree with that yet....... but he's on the path to be the best in the game.

I still think he ...

Boston is gonna probably take the crown. The Yanks might sneak on the wild card assuming Jeter is back but they probably won't see the playoffs this year.

@Shammi Stinson the Parsons stat dipping makes sense.....or they could increase with less attention on him as he isn't the number 2 option anymore.

Favors and Faried are gonna bust out this year. Faried has already been a ...

@Robert Gardner said it best. Kelly's offense is ideal for Vick.......but it's just gonna be hard to translate to the NFL. I always loved his athleticism......but he's an example of a guy who has rode ...

I am convinced if he went to the Lakers other great rotation players would follow

but he doesn't need to go to the Lakers. He commands enough power now to basically bring great players to Miami and he knows ...

The roster has taken a hit outside this drama that happened. Personally I think he will.

You're talking about a guy who won Superbowl trophies with wide receivers who should have been 2nd string and I'm sure he ...

YES. As @Femi Zaccheus said.....that 76ers team would have been possibly one of the worst teams in history if it wasn't for Allen Iverson.

Archibald, Webb, Bogues may have been some of the best small guys to do ...

He may be a little on the less bright side but Javale McGee is a fast center and would be a monster tight end.

Dwight Howard would be a hell of a defensive end too or a great guard. Assuming ...

CURLING YES!

And trust me @Robert Gardner you'd love it. It's a longer but much more exciting version of baseball

That was one of the greatest rounds I've seen. You definitely have to give him credit. He's persistent and he really elevated his game despite being over the hill. You really have to diversify your strategy on that ...

Quite honestly the softest big man superstar to ever play the game......watching that picture of him with the Rockets great big men was hilarious because they just towered him.

And he was fine before he became a baby. The ...

Aaron Rodgers has crazy ability and is the most complete QB in the league. He's underrated athletically and throws some of the prettiest passes I've seen. He doesn't play dumb but at the same time isn't ...

Denver over Green Bay

Peyton rides off in glory on a white horse while Eli is crying behind him.

Thompson and Leonard are gonna be GREAT this year. They both were able to get away from the sophomore slump and ended up having great seasons last year. They should build again this year. Thompson will have help in Varejao ...

*@Erryn Finck* got it......this team is ALWAYS thinking championship regardless of their roster.......but that doesn't mean they'll get it

No team's mentality is "hey let's mess around and get a number 1 pick" and ...

it would help LIKE CRAZY. He's an underrated rebounder and distributor and he can bust 3's like no one's business.

He's older.....but that team needs help on the bench..

Also it turns out Denver is ...

He won't go back. He DOESNT NEED to go back to make it more specific

Look when Lebron was in Cleveland and he wanted MORe talent.....he got an aging Shaq and a SG who can't play defense ...

It's not as exciting yes.......and everyone is mainly looking for the big play or dunk in professional basketball.

BUT I can see the WNBA being popular based on the fact that : more and more women can dunk. I ...

The freshman with the BIGGEST impact will be Andrew Wiggins AND Noah Vonleh

Wiggins is obvious......he's the best talent we've seen since Lebron and Durant. The scariest part besides his RIDIC athleticism is that his shooting is ...

Having my origin from the 2nd largest country in the world and despite not being born there still being a huge fan of this game......I'm gonna go with CRICKET

Now I know what you're saying.....it's ...

@Skyler Cable and @Robert Gardner have it down.

I wanna agree with the Andy Reid prediction too. Although I do think the Chiefs are much better than last year......who's not to say things could go bad? A new ...

He's elite so it will DEFINITELY hurt them a decent amount. You can really replace guys like Von Miller too often and playing the Ravens (who are also gonna be down defensively and offensively) and the Giants will be ...

They're both great in their own rights. Despite his inefficiencies shooting.....Josh Smith basically does everything else and can also score when he's on. Lamarcus Aldridge might be considered a little softer but he can still score from ...

If his marketing schemes are good in Miami......they're gonna be even BIGGER in LA.

That being said.....he's not gonna be in LA next year. Miami is too good of a thing for him and they've ...

@Femi Zaccheus uhhhhh I wouldn't hold it against a guy who's played on arthiritic knees and a dangling pinky finger for the last 3 years.

Lebron might be the best right now......althought as seen in my other ...

To everyone.......how the hell can you compared a dude who's in the league for 15-16 years (Duncan and Kobe) to a guy MUCH younger and in the prime of his career (Lebron James).

That's not how it ...

@Trevor Roberts since when is shooting 45.4 percent for your career inefficient? And how did he ruin that starting lineup?.........That had a LOT to do with the horrible coaching hire of Mike D'Antoni coupled with the fact ...

I wanna say Oladipo. highest energy guy in this draft and probably the best defender not named Nerlens Noel. Except even on that front he's more versatile as he can legit guard 3 positions on the court.

He won ...

I can see them trying to pull the trigger. Trading Monroe would make sense because then Smith will be back in PF spot.

Considering the dearth of quality big men......when you get someone as athletic as Drummond you don ...

Maybe....just maybe the Knicks will try to get more ball movement in their second unit.

It's a stretch but with JR gone......other guys will have to step up rather than let JR jack every shot up. I ...

I REALLY want to say yes to this. Experience being a factor is usually hit or miss with Cal as in he won a championship with all freshman two years ago while last year he lost the NIT 1st round ...

Actually before I forget didn't Kobe beat Dwight's Orlando team in the finals?

Look I'm not taking anything away from Dwight.....but let me take back what I said about agreeing with EVERYTHING you said about Dwight ...

@Shark Theus Alright I can agree on the awful free throw shooting for Lebron.....although 75 percent is still great......I'm talking about developing your style. Lebron improved his defense and court vision every year as his assist, rebounding ...

It's pretty clear this is going to be a problematic year that will ultimately set up the Rockets for an early playoff exit in my opinion

You have two REALLY talented big men yes. And combined you'd be ...

@Femi Zaccheus @Aaron Bruder Hahahaha I'm gonn have to agree that Hennigan might be a genius. I mean he basically got mid-late 1st round talent in return for Dwight.....except every one of those guys can be a stud ...

@Andy Hegeman hit the nail right on the head. The prototypical center piece has really evolved in regards to position and skill set.

Now we're seeing a shift from PG to generally SF and even SG. Guys like Paul ...

The Nets took a pretty big gamble although when you have household names like Paul Pierce and KG......it's usually hard not too.

They really will need to see how this year pans out. Winning a championship is pretty ...

I could definitely see them going to some contender for possible draft picks or prospects. To tell you the truth......OKC REALLY needs some bench help and could use Gerald Wallace for instant energy.

Maybe even a squad like Denver?

I think a rematch with the Pacers and Heat will be what we see for the East while for the West it's gonna be the Spurs against either the Thunder or clippers.

I love him in the offense.......I think he'll be great within the offense.

Notice I said offense there?

I think the Knicks had no problem on that side of the ball in regards to shooting the 3. They ...

If it was about 5 years ago........It would help a lot.

The bottom line is MWP won't cover up the defensive lapses that both Melo and Bargnani will ultimately have every game this season. He's gonna be ...

It definitely just strengthens his hype...... which is already SKY HIGH considering he's the best defensive player in the best conference.

But as @Dean Lake said......allegedly means a lot more now. We've heard ridiculous stories and quite ...

I don't doubt his ability......I just want to see how he plays the first week. If he's back......the Bulls just got a lot scarier

@Ben Bagamery said it best. Look I LOVE Kobe......but he's basically donezo after 2 seasons.....maybe 3.

Melo would be a good pick up.....I guess. He's reached his ceiling as a player while guys like Paul ...

I love the list.

But......no love for Dennis Johnson?

@Michael Clark I heard Titus Young's issues are being linked to some medical mental problems he has.

I don't know if those are completely correct reports however so I guess until proven otherwise.....we don't really know ...

Honestly.......I think the Bobcats have taken a step towards mediocrity rather than cellar dwelling now. It's not a good step for them though.....because it means that they might not get a lottery pick they wanted.

I don't think NO is gonna be a surprise team. They had the tools last year.....just no coaching.

The Seahawks are gonna be considered a contender finally but I think KC is gonna be right there as a ...

@Grant Cummings THANK YOU.

Look guys, the Rockets picking up Howard is GREAT for them. But I don't even think they're in the top 4 of the Western conference. I still got (in no order) the Clips, Warriors ...

@Alex Bell I'd agree that the Niners core are underrated. Crabtree had a break out year last year and it sucks that he's injured. Boldin is gonna get a lot of balls thrown his way and could have ...

Let's be honest......Dallas for the 2nd year struck out on free agency.

I do like this move in that it is basically some minor recovery to Cuban's failed free agency attempts but it's gonna be weird ...

Let's be honest......Dallas for the 2nd year struck out on free agency.

I do like this move in that it is basically some minor recovery to Cuban's failed free agency attempts but it's gonna be weird ...

I gotta agree with @Tim Tripp. While I haven't personally watched.....a .397 batting average in 150 at bats is RIDICULOUS especially considering he just came up. Tim's point on seeing these basic no names from mediocre/bad ...

I think that the Pistons still REALLY want Brandon Knight to be the guard of their future and they don't want to be in rebuilding mode anymore.

Billups can still start and is also a hell of a mentor ...

Cavs are definitely up there depending on Bynum.....and the Pelicans depending on the chemistry although they have basically an entire draft class on their roster haha..

BUT EVERYONE IS SLEEPING ON THE WIZARDS who came on pretty strong after ...

team chemistry Is THE ONLY thing that matters

I mean look at teams like the Heat and Spurs. Those squads have a set system, the guys have played with each other for a while, they know their roles and NO ...

The addition of Reggie Bush is gonna really decrease a lot of the pressure he's had on him.

It'll be interesting to see how that helps. Oh and of course how the defense holds up.

Look if Joe ...

He's a top 15 PG.......But Jeff Teague IS WAY BETTER in my opinion. Better passer, more efficient scorer, he's improved every year he's played.

Brandon Jennings play has been SO erratic. Granted.....playing with another erratic ...

He could've been a legend. His talent was pretty much up there with some of the best.

Consistency wise.......he had one of the best 10 year stretches from late Toronto to early Houston. I mean 13 points in ...

I think @Justin Olexa is on to something.

Detroit......isn't very appealing. They don't have a big name coach and while they've built decently through the draft......the roster is in all kinds of mess as in ...

OFFICIALLY signed with the Cavs on a 2 year deal

It's not a super high risk one.....just cause of the team option. But still......12 million dollars this year is nothing to smirk at.

If he can produce ...

Portland has been making a lot of moves to add talent. Thomas Robinson is a year removed from a top 5 pick and he just needs proper scenery. CJ Mccollum will be a stud in the league.

I know Lamarcus ...

I think a lot of people are forgetting that Tyreke is WILLINGLY giving up a starting spot as he told the Pelicans before he signed the deal.

He could potentially be Jarret Jack........except just 200000 times better. Especially if ...

They would have actually been spending somewhere around 20 million on Metta with the whole luxury tax provision.

It's good to cut losses where needed. He had a great year but let's be honest.......his skill set IS ...

He's great when he penetrates. Shot around 50 percent during his GSW days but then the shooting got to him.

He'd be a great addition as a 3rd or maybe 2nd option for a team that already has ...

He can just chuck it. Then again....a lot of QBs can when you have the best WR on your team.

He's probably not worth that much. Just like Flacco isn't worth his contract. They both have other ...

@Kyle Lindemann Honestly.....as I said in other posts.....the LAkers SHOULD rebuild.

But alas they won't.......Kupchak basically thrives off free agency luck and with the reputation, money and city of LA behind them......it'll be easy ...

The Pacers upgraded their weak spots and are getting a healthy DAnny Granger who can drop bombs from anywhere

That's a legitimate threat to oust them. The Bulls also could with their roster.

And honestly.....the Nets size and ...

@Kyle Lindemann I appreciate that.....but you're forgetting that passing is essential in D'Antoni's system. And you can't find better than Pau.

In all honesty though Kyle, I think we all know that this roster is ...

Couldn't agree more. Monta Ellis might also be in the conversation soon.....especially if he signs with Sac town

But Al for sure. However, the Bobcats had a lot of money and they needed to make a splash in ...

@Shark Theus........uh I don't think Dwight will ALWAYS succeed. Dude has been in the league 10 years.....and he hasn't won a championship despite being considered "the best big guy in the league"

Quite honestly he deserves ...

@Kyle Lindemann I wouldn't amnesty Pau. That would make no sense in their eyes. He came on strong and honestly......this team isn't going to tank. They're gonna have TOO much money in 2014 to snag a ...

His game would be perfect off the bench. Honestly reminds me of a smaller version of Tyreke Evans.

But man he'd kill it coming in for the 2nd unit of a team. He can break down basically anyone and ...

Someone's been reading bleacherreport haha @Tim Tripp

I could see them being a lottery team. I think Late lottery but it's a definite possibility.

Or they just tank altogether......but remember these Lakers squads have NEVER tried rebuilding from the draft.......they always score big in ...

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He's a solid player. His summer league debut had it's ups and downs. Honestly the negatives and positives canceled each other out to the point where we wondered.......ok so we don't know anything I guess?

I ...

My only response is WHY IS EVERYONE FORGETTING ABOUT PECKOVIC?!

He stays healthy, is a pretty low maintenance guy, gets buckets, rebounds and plays solid D.

It's not worth it to run after a guy like Bynum.....who honestly ...

Yeah.....they basically have no jump shooting.

Not really confident about the abilities of Rodney Stuckey and Brandon Knight either at the PG positions/ whatever the hell they play.

The combo of Drummond-Monroe- Smith will be formidable.......that could be ...

Sign and trade with ATL is out of the question cause Josh Smith signed a 4 year 56 million dollar deal with the Pistons so honestly it is up in the air at this point.

Possible the Pelicans if they ...

Well......he finally made up his mind.

Doesn't make them a contender yet......Jeremy Lin isn't gonna be able to run that and James Harden isn't a Lebron and there still will be chemistry issues to solve ...

Adrian Wojnarowski reports that he won't make a decision till tonight.......but USA Today reports that he's gonna be a Rocket next year

Agreed @Chris O'Neil.....Asik and Howard take up too much of the same area on the floor. Obviously Asik is expendable for the best center in the league.......but if they can't get rid of him and Lin ...

@Alex Bell TOOK THE WORDS OUT OF MY MOUTH BRO.

Honestly, being a Lakers fan, I gotta love Kobe. He's the man. He's been the leader and next to Jordan is probably the best competitor to ever play ...

@Aaron Miller well the Kings technically got the best out this in regards to what they already know........they know that Vazquez is a great PG and his play skill set won't contradict anyone. That being said.....the Pelicans ...

Well I love Vazquez.....but Holiday is younger and clearly going to be a better PG in the long run. He needs to cut on his turnovers but oh well.

That being said.....the Evans pick up is great. He ...

Charlotte is slowly building a kind of solid big man core.

Biyombo isn't gonna get any better offensively in my opinion. The training staff sucked on that. But he's a GREAT defender.

Byron Mullens is gonna be a ...

I like the Al Jefferson deal A LOT.

Personally thought the Bobcats should've gotten Ben McLemore. That trio of Walker-Mclemore and MKG could work wonders.

It was horrible in hindsight.

Honestly one of the most impulsive trades in NBA history as there were no reports of major negotiations and basically a no-nonsense attitude from OKC.......which I found stupid due to how much talent Harden ...

I think Houston will be where he lands up.

People in the media need to stop speculating that they're gonna be instantly awesome because CLEARLY that doesn't happen for many teams like the Lakers last year, Miami 3 ...

I agree with all this for the most part. I wouldn't say dominate is a great word......especially in the playoffs.....ESPECIALLY.

But their regular season was incredible. 26 game win streak, 66 games won.....you don't beat ...

Just when you thought this free agency couldn't be an weirder......Literally OUT OF NO WHERE

I agree @Charles Keeley. From what the Celtics are saying.....they aren't trying to move anymore pieces. The roster they have right ...

@Tim Tripp.....very true. Pardon my language.....but let's be honest......Charlotte is extremely shitty when it comes to player development, making a team, team chemistry.....and basically everything you're supposed to be doing as a franchise so ...

@Kyle Lindemann COMPLETELY AGREE ON KMART. Honestly......considering he came from Western Carolina University.....he's been a slight success story but the attention he garnered after a few great scoring years is not really warranted. The man still can ...

LA has the best market, a pedigree for great big men, and Kobe is basically gone after 2 years.

Houston still has uncertainty at the point guard spot and James Harden is the man on that squad.

Also......Houston doesn ...

I'd give Andrew Bynum 9 or 8 million a year tops.

He's max when he's healthy. But honestly....his half ass attitude and horrible chemistry with other players should be a red flag.......not to mention he ...

Honestly......you gotta put Lebron James's life story up there.

coming from inner city Akron, bouncing around from home to home, and then all the scrutiny he's conquered in the NBA......it'd be worth a good movie.

@Siva Sambasivam he's still pretty erratic in regards to playing style and he needs to still work on his jump shot. Athletically he might be the best out of all those guys........but he's still got a ways ...

I'd pick the Heat.

They've been together much longer and have a system and once I see Houston......I think I'd have a better idea depending on how chemistry between those players goes.

I think Josh Smith ...

@Charles Keeley I mean look at his Cleveland teams........what did they lack? shooters. Yeah he had regular season success.....but the only shooters he had were Daniel Gibson and Mo Williams........and that meant perennial Eastern Conference finals where ...

Harden added the PERFECT balance in my opinion in regards to the PG position when Westbrook was on the court.

Seperate.....neither is of course a point guard.....but when put together on the court their skillsets made it seem ...

I think some slight panic mode ensues. The team has basically taken a huge step backwards in regards to their trio.

They REALLY need shooting from the bench. The draft picks won't cut it. Lamb can be that guy ...

@Charles Keeley Assists average aren't the main argument but go on in further justifying my point. Basically @RJ Gardner said it best. Magic was a point guard. He ran the system in a defined role. LBJ....as mentioned above ...

You mean the Rockets?

@Sam J has a great idea. I'm hearing reports about Cleveland and Charlotte....which would rush him in my opinion and maybe cause another horrible injury for him so I think going to a place where he can contribute ...

Magic.......with my eyes closed.....gun pointed to my head.......falling from the sky.......any circumstance won't change me picking Magic.

Lebron only averages 6.9 assists per game for his career........Magic averaged 11.2 assists. Lebron has ...

I like the emergence of Reggie Jackson and I hope he can continue to grow next year. Jeremy Lamb or Jones.....like @Tim Tripp said should also try to develop.

Outside that....Kevin Martin could realistically leave meaning that the ...

In an ideal world......everyone should retire with the team they had the most success with. However, winning is much more important for a player.....so I definitely understand Pierce leaving

I think it was a great move by Ainge ...

It's definitely a weird move. Granted....getting rid of Camby helped....I thought they could have been MUCH more effective in using Steve Novak. He's a better shooter and granted he can't play defense or rebound......neither ...

@Aaron Miller said it best.

It's an added plus for sure. Realistically......I don't see how this franchise can build around Dwight and Dirk. One player can't make free throws and the other is close to retirement.

Oh I completely agree. Rivers DEFINITELY helps them though. A lot more than Del Negro.....who was used to mediocre results.

I think if the Clips win 60 games.....they could win the conference or become a 2 seed. Especially ...

@Andy Hegeman I still stand by my pick. However....I hear reports of JR Smith being linked to the sixers.....so JR Smith, MCW and 4 lotto picks will be great for them.

Hopefully Noel pans out. He's got ...

Great discussion starter on a pretty underrated PF in Chris Webber. He did all he could at the PF position in the NBA and was a powerful player who also had a great jumper.

That being said.....I still think ...

I think we can't really determine this yet......since no one has played yet.

I could see Bennett being bad....but at the same time he could be awesome. No character issues, multi talented combo forward....it spells success ...

@Aaron Bruder I couldn't agree more. Aldridge has a great game for the PF spot. His rebounding numbers could be up......but he can play in the post and has a lethal mid range jumper.

@Justin Olexa Yeah Conley ...

Gotta agree with @Evan Alexander.

I say Bennett and Oladipo become the all-stars.....and Porter shows that he can be a REALLY good NBA player who makes the all-star games a few times.

Trey Burke also is put in a ...

Considering that Griffin didn't have any chance of jump shot......I thought it showed that he was developing one. Maybe the wording was off....but I think next year he can show us that it's a consistent jumper ...

Houston and LA are tied at the top in my opinion.

Mavs are a distant 2nd

ATL is barely even clinging on.

The Mavs honestly aren't a great choice. Dwight has claimed that he wants to win now and ...

Best SG of our generation, 2nd best of all time next to MJ, top 10 NBA player EVER in my opinion........

This is a no-brainer guys. Literally......I don't need a brain to determine that he's top.

He ...

Blake and Melo. Both are GREAT don't get me wrong.....but they're so one dimensional.

Griffin can't squad up on the block and make any flashy post moves. He's getting better with his jumper.....but he ...

I think Marc Gasol, Mike Conley, Ty Lawson and Tim Duncan are all in this category.

EVERYONE forgets about the Grizzlies. The basketball they play isn't flashy but man do they win often and effectively. Conley is a hell ...

PG-Magic
SG-Jordan
SF-Bird
PF-Russell
C-Kareem

6th Man- Kobe.

@Dean Lake got it in my opinion.

He has the KD body. Great dribbling for that size. Not sure about his shooting but if he can figure that out......he'll be a household name.

Deshaun Thomas as well. Perfect ...

At the end of the day....you got to hold the player responsible.

Criminal background checks and so on are put in place but you can't bar a player from playing if he has a record in the past ...

WINNERS:

Cavs: I was shocked by the Bennett drafting....but it is gonna pay off. He was considered one of the most if not the most talented player in regards to skill. Definitely a young Larry Johnson.

Kings: Got a ...

This is what happens when a team doesn't invest in the draft like the Lakers haven't been since basically Kobe Bryant was drafted.

They've literally been scraping by on free agency for the last 15 odd years ...

Muggsy Bogues versus Spud Webb
Kobe vs. MJ
LBJ vs Magic
Magic vs Kobe
MJ vs LbJ
MJ vs. Magic
Larry vs. Magic
Wilt vs. Bill

KG vs. Tim
Malone vs. Barkley.

I could go on all day actually.

The Nets didn't really have much of an option to their defense.

They couldn't really make a splash in free agency with their roster deals, no one was willing to pick up KG since him and Pierce couldn ...

Yeah again at this point it's hard

but from a playing standpoint they're completely different. You can't compare their games because they have different styles. MJ will always be THE MOST clutch player to ever play. LBJ ...

It's scary that people think he can save our franchise......I knew we were desperate.....but man this is an all time low.

Everyone is gonna REALLY regret on Noel, Mclemore and Burke. Those guys are all in great systems now and will have great careers.

I think Shabazz in Minnesota is perfect mainly because it just means MORE assists for Rubio. Now ...

The Celtics got a great bargain in my opinion. The players they got allow them to still kind of rebuild without having to worry much about being completely horrible since they got a bunch of draft picks

Garnett just approved ...

If you look at one on one interviews with Demarcus Cousins he's really not a bad guy @Trevor Roberts. He didn't have many issues on a Kentucky team that already featured some hard ass personalities (John Wall) and ...

Spain. @Andy Hegeman basically said it best. That roster is tooooo stacked and Brazil was having all kinds of trouble with Uruguay's defense until the last 5 minutes.

And that too.....if Neymar hadn't kicked that corner perfectly ...

NOOO it is not.

Pierce and Garnett are going to retire very very soon....in my opinion within the next 2 years tops.

This just smells like the Lakers 03-04 squad all over again. Good team picks up 2 veterans ...

Honestly.....I think the Bobcats would be willing to make this stupid move in hopes of a high payoff.

The Suns are a close second. Both these teams don't really have a clue as to how they're gonna ...

Bosh is top 40 in my opinion. They're gonna be together for a while. I hate that.....but if they keep on winning like they have been there is no use trying to change it.

The resurgence of Norris ...

YES YES YES.

Maturity is THE ONLY thing standing in Cousins way and let me tell you when he can hone his stuff properly.....he's got more skill than any other center we've seen.

I'm being serious ...

Can't really say much yet. Completely different circumstances and LBJ hasn't even finished his career yet. Which is noteworthy BECAUSE no one was saying MJ was the best until AFTER he retired

granted it might have been a ...

I agree with @Justin Olexa and @Evan Alexander.

He was already on the upswing in regards to his jumper. It was REALLY coming along well in my opinion. It is only gonna get better since he has had more time ...

I'm sure Jay Z is gonna have LOADS of help in NBA negotiations. That too even without that.....we're talking about one of the top businessmen in the States hands down in my opinion.

As @RJ Gardner said ...

This team was caught in a state of limbo where they felt they could compete but ended up falling because of Rondo's injury.

I thought this roster would have been a 45-50 win squad if Rondo hadn't been ...

LOVE the Dallas, Cleveland and OKC picks. Those are all areas where they sorely need help.

I think OKC might also go with a big man.....but Caldwell-Pope will become a great player off the bench for this squad as ...

I'm looking forward to:

Where does Andre Iguodala end up?
How about Josh Smith?
Trading draft picks tomorrow (Will Cleveland pull the trigger?)
New Orleans improvement (as in letting go of Eric Gordon)
LA Lakers off season signings (Will ...

Everyone should pick up Amendola.....he's basically the only threat on the Patriots.

some rookies could have big days but overall Amendola will have to do the most work.

I don't think it is worth it. Otto Porter is who I think they would pick but honestly.......Luol Deng is one of the top SF's in the league.

Put in Jimmy Butler at SG and you have ...

IF they can keep Luol Deng and if Derrick Rose is back to his normal self(which I expect)....this team is gonna be right back to where the were two years ago when they made the Eastern Conference Finals ...

@Andy Serbe I feel in the long run it's an upgrade. You can't have a SG play every other game and expect to succeed.

I could see Gordon being traded.

@Chris O'Neil those are all viable trades ...

I highly doubt Hibbert and Gasol would be as athletic as Russel and Chamberlain. Dwight probably is but at the same time you have to look at skill and I would think the era of Ewing, Olajuwon, O'Neal and ...

I wanna say the Thunder.....and if they can nab a big guy in the draft it'll be even better.

Also I heard they're interested in Isiah Canaan.....who's just a knockdown 3 point shooter. Adding those ...

@Kyle Lindemann and if Lebron doesn't come and they still suck next year......they have a shot at the number 1 pick so holla at Andrew Wiggins. A lineup with him, Irving, Waiter AND Noel?! Man that's gonna ...

This is all too early fellas. He's on his way for sure. No one was saying MJ was the best until after he retired. Granted......it was probably an hour after he retired haha but you get the point.

Alex Len is NOT a number 1 pick in my opinion. I agree with the McLemore idea although personally Otto Porter fits better. The same can be said for a Nerlens Noel kind of player.

However....this team wants to ...

He only helps in altering for the better. He brings a winning culture. Guys like Del Negro were good coaches.....but they didn't have playoff success and often underperformed.

Rivers is a proven winner.

Paul Pierce has also been linked to the Cavs. However Boston is demanding a first round pick at least but so far teams are only giving 2nd round picks

KG is for sure gone. Probably to the Clippers. I wanna ...

PERFECT Bobcats pick.

Wanna hold off on the Cavs pick......I've heard reports that Andre Iguodala is linked to them.....however I think he might go back to Denver or ATL.

You never know though! Ben Mclemore= Eric Gordon ...

@Ballah Boakai said it best.

Especially if you're team is on the uprise. The Washington example makes perfect sense in my opinion. If you're a team like the Bobcats....who basically need any help at any position.....then ...

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My decision was said to early. I say it cracks top 5. Game 6 isn't game of the millenium....but it's certainly one of the best we've seen.

Top 5......still not close.

I don't think revamp is the proper term.

He really woke up with the dolphins. Showed himself to be a great running back in my opinion. I think he'll definitely improve in Detroit. I might be one of ...

Ah I remember reading about that @Dean Lake.

Great article.

Oh and Magic or Bird for me. Maravich would probably contribute to me breaking my ankle.....but I'd still want to play him. He could hit almost anything.

Bradley Beal benefited greatly from actually having a point guard to play with. He's only going to get better in my opinion and he's a great shooter. John Wall is still kind of underrated in my opinion. Yeah ...

Yeah I want to change my mind and put Thabeet there. Can't believe I forgot about him but he was supposed to be the next big thing. Granted he is big......he's not a great player and underperformed ...

Risk plays a major factor I think. Even if they don't go as hard.....an NFL player not going hard on someone still means that person has a high chance of getting hurt.

I like the charity bit @RJ ...

Basketball would be a toss up between Larry Bird and Magic. Two of the most well rounded guys we have seen in basketball. MJ would be an option....I just feel he'd go as hard as possible on me ...

@Michael Walker said it best. We also have to consider that he's gotten limited playing time (as in basically none) over the last year. So to move from no playing time to a TE position would not be ideal.

@Kale I like the Shaun Livingston floor comparison. That just fits perfectly.

Oh and you basically put ** at the beggining and end of a word or sentence or your entire post.

They should try finding a replacement soon. Kawhi is a solid piece at the SF position but you need to look for a great wing player with him and Parker.

NOT YET although he's certainly on his way.

He's top 10 without a doubt. But he's definitely not better than Russel, Bird, Magic, MJ, Wilt or the Big O at this point in his career

His resume ...

Holla! I'm down!

And I think ESPN is the easiest to use haha.

I agree it was a great series in terms of performances.....but games 2-5 were basically blow outs. I guess from that perspective you could say this wasn't a great series because while yes.....star power was being shown ...

Yeah @Evan Alexander nailed it with the floor comparison for Anthony Bennett. His floor in my opinion is Derrick Williams. That's assuming Williams doesn't progress.....although he looks like he probably will.

Bennett is lethal from 3 for ...

@RJ Gardner I think you're coaching reasoning is my main reasoning for ranking Martin ahead of Morris. Catching the football out of the backfield is an easy way to get fantasy points for a running back....especially when they ...

Manu is on the decline: fact but I think....like what @Justin Olexa said.....if he wants to sign the veteran's minimum you let him do it. He's hinting at retirement yes....but you can't argue how ...

I don't see how it isn't. He's the most marketable name in America along with Lebron. And quite frankly.....he's been successful in literally every avenue he's taken in life.

That tied in with his ...

The Euro culture definitely centers around the team concept compared to the one on one play we see in the NBA. And it shows with this Spurs team success.

Granted you can have Tony Parker lead your team every game ...

I wouldn't take away from Matthew Stafford in being an average QB without Megatron. He's got great arm strength regardless. It definitely does take a lot more than that to have a great team though as seen through ...

AP AP AP AP by a landslide!

I hate to sound like a broken record....but you can get great QB play from 2-3 rounds. And even if you have to settle for middle-tier....you'll still get great points ...

They look kind of awkward. Then again.....I guess it is cause we've been used to the norm of regular jerseys.

@Jared Stearne and @Alex Bell said it best though. It would make the jersey a bit more wearable ...

@Alex Strauss said it perfectly.

In regards to the overall series...yeah it's been close as no team has had a two game lead or whatever. However if you look at the actual games.....besides 1 and 6 nothing ...

You can't bench him Granted yes....he made a horrible turnover....he's also had great games and was a cornerstone of this franchise so it'd be hard to do so.

He has been there with them non ...

I honestly hope Carter-Williams does well in the NBA. HAving a PG that big would be great for a lot of teams. However.....worst case scenario is that he falls and becomes a Shaun Livingston.

Bennett will fall.....but not ...

TALKS ARE BACK ON according to bleacherreport. CP3 of course got a say in this.

If he isn't happy by July 1st.....you can kiss any chances of him staying good bye.

@Justin Olexa that's a good call. However I just feel that Atlanta won't be able to grab a big name free agent.

I see Iggy fitting well in Cleveland....where he'll be come number 2 behind Kyrie ...

I wouldn't touch Len in the top 5.

He's gonna be a top 10 product for sure....but definitely not in the top 5. He was really inconsistent and his shot blocking ability is no where near as ...

I want to say Atlanta. Why? Because when it is said and done....I think CP3 and Dwight will stay put or go somewhere else besides Atlanta. That leaves a wide opening for Ellis.....where he'll team up with ...

I think people forget exactly how HARD it is to block Lebron. Like literally I can count the number of people who have blocked him on maybe 2 hands throughout his career.

And guess what.....Danny Green takes up two ...

I can't find a better story for him. He was written off after his senior year at unc. Everyone thought he had reached his ceiling but man did he push through that. He's an underrated defender and athlete ...

The Heat need size. And as much as I love Ray Allen......16 years of running around screens really does wear out the greatest shooter not named Reggie Miller to ever play so I think starting him would just make ...

As usual @Jared Stearne took the words right out of my mouth. He's top 5 no question. Granted I am a huge UNC fan since I go there......you can't argue from a logical viewpoint what Coach K ...

@Alex Bell hahahahah I find that sooo hilarious.

Bandwagon fans are prevalent anywhere....especially for teams where you know they are going to perform well. It happens. It sucks for us real sports fans......but alas, we move on.

Granted ...

oh and what @Kyle Lindemann said. Can't beat those 4.

MJ in 1998. Thus the term coined "Imma be MJ in game 6"

Also Isiah dropping 43 on a severely sprained ankle. You can't beat those two.

I'm hoping that @Arka Ray is currently on a table throwing things at the TV.

I think many are overlooked and Tim Duncan seems like the poster child.

In an era where Kobe Bryant "seemed" to dominate (disclosure: I am a HUGE Kobe fan).....Tim Duncan was right on his tail time and time again ...

I think his unconventional approach to the game with his crazy and questionable shots makes him loved. I mean look at the average player in a pick up game. We all take questionable hook shots and contested 3 point shots ...

I have to agree with those two....although Van Gundy KILLS it in a good way with his controversial nature. It's a new art form for announcers. He won't think twice in calling out the best players during ...

Boston is known for it's loyalty and tight ties. Granted Rivers has done SO much for this organization.....I really don't see him back especially with all the new coaching talent that is out cause of everyone getting ...

I find it baffling that KD is under 25. I say like @Erryn Finck that he is the number 1 in regards to potential. He's great....but he's at the stage of his career where Lebron was a ...

YES to @Krithic Annamalai's comment.

I mean....this shouldn't be contested. Tim Duncan will get a statue in my opinion. He was with the team for all his career and is warranted as a top 5...if not ...

I gotta agree with Spurs in 7 ordeal. I say Lebron comes out and plays great.....but in the end the Spurs become too much. I wouldn't really be surprised if the Spurs win tomorrow because quite frankly....the ...

@Trevor Roberts you can't really put in Bargnani in there because granted....he was the number 1 pick.....he's been a great offensive player. Plus the fact that he's still relevant shows something.

I personally think it ...

Magic
Kobe
Mr. West
Kareem
Elgin BAYLOR c'mon people no one wants to give him a top 5 spot?!?!

I think Larry Bird's stats speak for themselves. something along the lines of 24 ppg, 10 boards and 6 apg.......and these fools saying Lebron is the first one to do it

I think it has to be Larry ...

He's gotta be the MVP.....especially if the Spurs end up winning game 6. which btw....reply to my discussion board about the game!

But in all seriousness.....he's been nuts. Broke the NBA three point record in ...

They definitely become well rounded at the SF position with Pierce AND Butler. I mean Pierce can still fill up a stat sheet and Butler is a scorer. Legacy wise....I mean they already won a championship and they're ...

This just SPELLS perfect locker room material if these teams were ever to meet again in a bowl game.

Hell if Lionel Hollins gets fired after leading the Grizzlies to the Western Conference finals......Erik Spoelstra might be fired and banned from coaching in the league again....leading him to coach in Eastern Europe for the rest of his ...

Drew Brees definitely deserves the top spot. He's shattered so many records and won a super bowl for a city that was struggling after Hurricane Katrina. Not to mention that he got looked over for freaking Daunte Culpepper and ...

@Ben Bagamery stated it best. I wanna see who he hires as assistants to help him go along in the process. His IQ is already first rate so that can't hurt the team, but it's going to be ...

@Josh Mahoney brings a good point about injuries. In that not only did the Spurs benefit from them, but they could also falter underneath them next year.

They have great pieces already in Parker, Leonard, Splitter and Green. I think ...

Yeah that's a good point @Justin Olexa. I just don't trust giving the keys to Monta Ellis. I mean that team would be interesting, but there's no real PG and while Smith and Sanders would give defense ...

Oh it's up there that's for sure. I mean they got blitzed the 4th quarter and gave up the most 3 pointers ever in a finals game.

Wilson will be consistent and hell with a stronger team behind him, he could get better. I think Luck or RGIII will have issues with RGIII being most likely. He's the most athletic and will put up ridiculous numbers ...

@Michael Walker pretty much nailed it with that last line. Regardless.....the Heat CAN'T rebound. It's been a problem all year and Lebron usually cancels that out by getting a triple double. But he's been laying back ...

I'd usually say they will......and it's gonna be close regardless.....but honestly nothing looked good for Miami. Everyone was out of sink and besides Lebron the body language was off. This loss is honestly the worst I ...

Man this is gonna be hard for Miami to swallow.....I mean they're down 31 points right now and this is the worst I've seen Lebron since his last game in Cleveland.......

@Justin Olexa yeah that's really true. Actually doing so would make things interesting....since him and Larry Sanders would basically block everything in the paint. I could see that happening though.

Jordan's first run was legendary. There's no doubt about it and he pretty much set the precedent that when he's playing.....he's going to own the league.

I think Olajuwon's play against other dominant centers ...

One has to chuckle when reading this but you're completely right @Michael Walker in that it IS as bad as we think.

Granted, these teams get a lot of money to get their butts whooped, it's almost a ...

You'd have to put them in that category. Not many teams have 5 championships to their name and the ones that do are incredible.

The Spurs have dominated ever since Duncan became a force in the NBA. It'd ...

@Brett Remmel I feel like between Magic, LBJ and Bird (who was an extremely underrated passer) you'd basically have 30 assists.

I can see that perspective @Jared Stearne but I feel that since everything was working despite that.....it was just a weird move to make. The players really got along with him from what I hear and they were only ...

I think we might be overblowing this. Belichick isn't one to let the media rattle him.....otherwise the Patriot's whole spygate thing would've spelled doom for his structure.

Tebow could be used at tight end a little ...

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How you guys gonna look over Dallas haah?! Minus @Erryn Finck and @Michael Clark.

I mean granted Dez Bryant might talk too much.....the dude is a great wide receiver. Miles Austin is proven and is gonna be back up ...

I guess it's cause of experience.

I think this team is more discombobulated than mediocre. They definitely have budding talent and I think Monroe and Drummond are gonna be hard for anyone to handle.

Their PG situation is a ...

He might not get the points.....but he brings physicality regardless.

I agree with @Krithic Annamalai in that they should continue how is. BUT if things go sour during Game 3.....Haslem should start game 4 because a 3 game ...

I just want to say this is probably the best title I've seen for a sidelines post.

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@Krithic Annamalai yeah I completely agree. Honestly their roster is pretty solid as is. Granted DeAndre's only real post move is dunking......this squad should be in the conference finals no doubt.

Personally.....I REALLY like George Karl on ...

I find this funny......mainly because I'm writing this post from UNC's campus since I am a student here who is also disgruntled with all the academic bs that goes on

We're a top 5 public university ...

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Yeah you can't forget Joe Johnson for sure @Jonathan Smith.

Playmakers help constitute clutch plays and can facilitate systems......but hero ball just appeals to be more flashier. The legends were remembered by hero ball as well. I mean ...

I wanna see how Newton does this year with some decent help at the WR positions. Ginn and Hixon aren't great.....but they're much more solid than Louis Murphy and if that offensive line can hold.....Cam could ...

*The Bucks market is really hard to lure great players to begin with so I could see why they would want to sign Ellis. Granted yes......he's the most inefficient player next to Jennings in the league, I could ...

I gotta agree with @Michael Clark on this one. Vucevic can score and is a better rebounder than Chris Bosh. That's really what the Heat lack is a true big guy.

You can't have Bosh's first option ...

@Jonathan Smith Oh dude I completely agree. Granted he's as whiney and conniving as they get.....he's still dominant and that trio would be the best in the league in my opinion. I just worry because Asik is ...

It'd be interesting to see if he picks up some triangle from Jackson.....I really think he will and if CP3 stays....him and Blake would be great parts to that.

My only question would be who is the ...

@Jonathan Smith I agree in regards to SUPERstar power this draft is marquee.......but you're gonna have really good players in this draft as well as solid role players who will be integral parts of any lineup they're ...

REALLY scary and @Jonathan Smith I think Mchale will be able to get it done if this works. Harden's numbers will regress because he won't be needing to score as much but I think that lineup is AS ...

@Jonathan Smith I agree but I think their impact would be better honestly. Considering how well those same enforcers played against TOP notch post play in the 80's and 90's I think they could hold their own in ...

Yeah it's definitely all about experience. Everyone needs to pay their dues in a sense to become a coach and granted......Jason Kidd is a Hall of famer and one the best PG of our generation.....he still needs ...

Every Shaquille O'Neal nickname should be put in the "Best" category

The Big Aristotle is the GOAT when it comes to nick names.

@Dean Lake a LOT of people forget about him appearing in 8 championships. I think that's what makes him the best because he was always at that peak but just couldn't get over the top.

I wanna apologize I completely forgot that @Michael Almonte had the exact same post.

PLEASE post on his instead! Didn't want to be repetitive.

OKC is contingent on Ibaka playing WELL in the playoffs. Man if he posted his usual 13-15 a night to go along with 8-10 boards.....we'd be seeing OKC in the west finals and I know that's saying ...

For me it's

1)Kobe
2) KD
3) Melo

Melo is SO underrated in this category. While yes he may not be super efficient or whatever.....if he has the ball with 5-8 seconds left.....his team is gonna ...

I honestly wanna see how this series pans out before we talk about mental toughness for Lebron. Look it's clear he's gotten stronger in that regard.....but I wanna see how he responds IF Miami were to fall ...

I think it's clear Miami will win.

Granted the Spurs won game one without playing super well.......I still say Miami pulls this out HOWEVER I think it'll be closer than what most people think.

@Michael Clark oh yeah absolutely.

Even when it wasn't a turnover....Leonard at least got his hand on the ball and totally disrupted play sequences as well.

DUH DUH DUH

You know why? Cause if they lose....fingers WILL be pointed. And San Antonio basically doesn't lose at home ever if they have a 2-0 lead.

If Miami pulls it out.....then it'll be interesting ...

Yeah his legacy will still be fine. Granted being 1-3 in the NBA Finals isn't ideal.......he's still got a championship

What they should really worry about is the break up of the big three.....and I think ...

I'd agree with @Krithic Annamalai. LBJ is a freak of nature athletically.

Plus Rodman basically recanted his statement saying he's a hell of a ballplayer so I'm pretty sure he was basically eating his words as soon ...

Honestly.......he has the power to monopolize the sports agency business.

I'm not even kidding. He has great relationships with nearly all the super stars and he's already proven he's a mogul who can hire the best ...

I think it's fine if he enters the 4th quarter having only scored 15 with his team within 5 or up 5.

But man....if he's not scoring 10 in that 4th quarter AT LEAST.....the Heat won ...

His client base is already pretty high profile.

At the rate Jay Z is going......it's hard for him not to be the leader in any industry he pursues. His star power is unquestioned and he already has great ...

From this list....Popovich is a no brainer. He's been there a lot and basically succeeded a lot

But overall? Definitely Phil Jackson.

You noticed the two NBA finals series he lost....he averaged 22 ppg on horrible shooting and then 17.5 ppg on just 3 fourth quarter points per game

The NBA finals series he ended up winning? he averaged 29 ...

A lot of people forgot about turnovers or ball deflections Leonard had as well.

He held James down pretty well. Granted James got a triple double.....he got worked every play.

Magic, MJ, Lebron, Duncan, Olajuwon OR Russell.

It's also noted to put down that he changed the PG position to what it is today. It was extremely odd to have a PG average 20 and 8 and he was one of the first to be a ...

@Krithic Annamalai EXACTLY. I mean look at teams like the Hornet. They had a mediocre squad with Stephen Jackson and Gerald Wallace but that team still was an 8 seed in the East. They unloaded COMPLETELY and it's been ...

DEFNITELY a top 5 defensive point guard of all time along with top 5 defensive player in general. His stats may not always show dominance.....but if you ask anyone who played against him they would say he's the ...

@Ben Bagamery I think that's cause he takes the shot the most. Which shows confidence in my opinion. I mean KD and LBJ have both stated that they won't shoot if they're having a bad night because ...

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I'm right there with @Nick Ostiller mainly because yes.....I'm a Lakers fan who is bitter.

From an unbiased approach Kawhi Leonard on Lebron is gonna be an interesting matchup. George had the hard task of having to ...

@Michael Clark the stigma among a lot of GMs is just to get the best players....which makes sense on the surface but obviously chemistry issues will arise. Melo and Stoudamire are prime examples. GM's didn't realize these ...

A mixture of what @Jared Stearne and @Michael Clark said.

In terms of just risk....it's never feasible to go all in for the chance at 1-2 FA's. Especially since the chance they come to your team is ...

@Michael Almonte makes sense. Lebron if anything has elevated his game. He's the alpha in the big three and his game has gotten 100 times better. Granted having the 2nd best SG in the league and a top 5 ...

I wanna say San Antonio. I think the last time we've seen a team be this dominant for this long was the Bulls and honestly......they were only super dominant during the 6 championship stretch. San Antonio LITERALLY hasn ...

Oh also @Erryn Finck's comment should get the most thumbs up sidelines has ever seen.

I don't really think anything I have to say is different from what all the other 15 replies are on this thread because all the other replies are what I basically agree with

Like c'mon guys.......let's ...

@Nick Ostiller yeah he made something like 4 or 5 all defensive teams? Never got the due cause he wasn't as athletic but man he would pick your pocket and pass it between your legs as soon as you ...

@Ben Bagamery that makes sense from a physical standpoint. And both those players are clutch in their own right as well. But man it's hard to pass up Kobe. He hits ridiculous shots from anywhere regardless of who is ...

My top 5 are:

Magic
Stockton
Thomas
Robertson
and KIDD.

I think he's top 10 without a doubt. It's just that he literally did everything a PG needed to do AND he could fill a complete stat sheet ...

I'm gonna go with Jason Kidd and here's why:

CP3 and Steve Nash will always be better scorers....that's obvious. What's also obvious is that RIGHT now CP3 is the better PG.....because he's in ...

Oh and @Bobby Sherman the Chris Bosh pick up is bitter sweet at this point. He can absolutely dominate on some nights when he's taking jumpers and making them.....or if he's playing a team that has weak ...

@Paul Fleck I mean.......the Heat have the greatest 3 point shooter in Ray Allen who can still torch a team when he's open.

That lineup would be really intriguing. Although Lebron has been in a PF role and ...

@Michael Clark haha I said tops man! Guess it goes to show how much baseball I watch on a regular basis.

@Brian Robertson I'm still a little confused. Why would it be acceptable in a 1-run game situation for ...

It's just not good regardless that Lebron said it felt like being in Cleveland

EVERYONE knows that who saw the game.....so that type of negative vibe is REALLY detrimental to team unity.....especially when everyone thought the Cleveland ...

It's their bread and butter. They come in for 2-3 innings TOPS and it's their job to finish what the starting pitcher was working on.

There's a different stigma across sports for players at specialty positions like ...

It's gonna be up in the air. Tensions are pretty high in Miami......with all the comparisons about how it's becoming Lebron's Cavs team for years ago not to mention D-Wade and C-Bosh publicly demanding the ball ...

@RJ Gardner I agree with your reasoning. Reggie Miller was basically automatic whenever he got the ball. Most players would be streaky......but he would be on for an entire quarter.

You can't really go wrong with any of ...

Fun fact: He's one of 6 players to average 20-5-5 in his first 6 years

The other six players to do so?: LBJ, MJ, Oscar Roberston, Larry Bird and Jerry West.

If you look at it......when he was healthy.....and even when he wasn't.......Grant Hill was in that class of great ALL AROUND players.

He could literally fill up a stat sheet and could be a triple double ...

Kobe and MJ for sure. MJ hit the most iconic shot in basketball history in 1998 and Kobe has the clutch gene without a doubt.

General consensus is that regardless of how great a player is.......no one ever won it on their own

Russell had help, Chamberlain had help, Johnson had help, Bird had help, Abdul-Jabbar had help, Kobe had help, Shaq had help ...

He basically has EVERY major call in regards to personnel and it's clear that he's the center point of that franchise. He has say in who gets coach basically as seen with the firing of Del Negro.......and ...

I think in regards to how they dominated the game.....it is definitely warranted because while the league has changed......you just can't not compare the yesteryears to today's players. They set the precedents almost.

That being said ...

@Marc Jenkins and @Sal Erickson have a great point about the position shift. It's almost like a paradigm shift where now you need a DOMINANT wing player who can pass, rebound, score and play great defense as well as ...

Talent wise there's no question when healthy......he's the best.

He's got a lot of great post moves and while he can't hit a consistent jumper.....he's becoming a great and underrated passer in my ...

This is really a great post and I really like the stats @Paul Fleck

However....the big 3 idea has been a long standing thing in basketball and you can't say that ONE person has won the championship by ...

Texas A&M could easily win.....but I'm gonna go with the Crimson Defense on this one mainly because I still see Texas A&M and specifically Johnny Manziel not coming off the high that was last year's ...

This just shows how overbearing and totalitarian the NCAA is becoming.

Maybe totalitarian is too strong of a word.....but c'mon WASHING A CAR?!

I think they both have great shots but both teams have added weapons to their offense that might make it harder for Peterson and Johnson to defend yardage titles

With Minnesota adding Greg Jennings.....who when healthy is a top ...

@Tane you basically nailed it on the head with this list.

I would however say that Gronkowski is better when healthy.....and to a certain extent you can make an argument for Vernon Davis too

I think it'll be between Rose and Westbrook. The reasons you mentioned earlier are perfect for Rose. Rose has had more than enough time to be fully healed and he's apparently looked good during warmup.

Westbrook I think ...

@Zachy Girmay oh there's no need for debate....George is definitely the 3rd best forward in the East behind James and Melo

Yeah @Michael Clark I completely agree. This year was only saved for him because he had a much better second half of the year and he's wrecking the Heat.

I think the momentum and confidence he's gained playing ...

He's a dual threat running back who can catch the ball as well as just make people look silly running past them.

I love Fred Jackson. He's a really solid back and when healthy he can be a ...

It's interesting in that the free agent game can really make or break a lot for these teams.

Cleveland I think is only in a position to improve because they have enough money to get Josh Smith. The same ...

It's a really odd situation this year in that Cleveland can also make a splash in free agency......with guys like Josh Smith and Andrew Bynum being highly pursued not to mention a deal with Minnesota that could send ...

Looks like he took his new found confidence from the Spurs series to Twitter.

Atta boy Quincy

@Jared Stearne I agree his shooting numbers aren't great.....especially for a guy who's 6 ft. 10.......but considering he's only a 3rd year player who kind of just had the weight of the franchise put on ...

You nailed it with the bench play and support roles as well in my opinion for the Pacers and Heat for that matter.

Lebron for instance....is averaging 11.5 points more than the next leading scorer and also has ...

West brings a tough tenacity that I really like and I would pick him. Granted he might be undersized......he makes up for that with being a great rebounder and having an awesome low post-mid range game

The dude is ...

I really think they are. Paul George is already there as he had a really solid season and is only going to improve from here out. He's basically been given the keys to be THE man in Indiana.

Hibbert ...

I think it's pretty hit or miss. This kind of reminds me of our debate earlier about Sports analysts being right with the NFL draft........we usually aren't, but it helps to spur conversation and at least give ...

I think that hybrid positions is a growing trend throughout the worlds of the NFL and NBA and quite frankly.....it's awesome as it adds a dual threat in the air and on the ground.

I've always been ...

Oh and @Michael Clark I get that he isn't as efficient as Kobe and Wade.....but those two are going to retire sooner than later and honestly Harden doesn't have much competition for number 1 when they retire ...

The 2003-2004 season justifies what I'm saying.....in that WHEN KOBE HAD AN ISSUE WITH PHIL....They DIDN'T WIN the FINALS

But WHEN HE DIDN'T.....they won 5 NBA Championships

Yeah that doesn't really help your argument with the Phil Jackson story. The issue with authority RESULTED in a failed championship run in 2003-2004 for the Lakers......I'm talking about THE OTHER 5 TIMES he won a championship ...

For now.....let's just stick to CP3. Sorry if I came out as defensive or anything!

@Michael Clark All I can say is that we agree to disagree and my opinion is what I think and what I stand by.

I agree it is the coach's job to develop players. But there is OBVIOUSLY some ...

@Bobby Sherman he might be a horrible locker room player......but I'd take him to see if he could jell at all. Honestly the Hornets get screwed over year in and year out in the draft so I think ...

@Michael Clark I agree they have had those issues.......but when it really matters...you see those guys making the right plays and pushing aside their egos

NO disrespect to CP3.....he's the best PG in the game. But ...

@Alex Bell agree completely. Thompson is up and coming and he's showing he can also drive to go along with that pretty jumper. Redick and Johnson should be much lower on this list.....and Redick should be off completely ...

DEF troll without a doubt. They're bringing back basicallly everyone from an undefeated season.....not to mention a dominant Quarterback in Braxton Miller who should be in the Heisman race.

@Michael Walker Eric Gordon would definitely help my lowly Charlotte HORNETS but man knowing MJ.....he won't pull the trigger.

James Harden is next in line for the throne as Kobe is going to retire in the next year ...

@Alex Bell I've actually heard of both players.

They're gonna be nuts if they can harness their skills.

The fact that AI crossed up MJ when he was a young player in my opinion bolts him to the best crossover we've ever seen.

LITERALLY droppin cats like no one's business.

I gotta agree with @Jared Stearne in that he's a GOOD player but not a top 10 in my opinion

Granted yes EVERY player is a product of a system and that's how they function. Lebron for instance ...

I think @Justice BeSelf makes a great point. Every championship team has great chemistry followed by a loss of ego......whether it be the Heat or Spurs or Lakers......all these teams played together

There was never a doubt that ...

I feel like we see more teams make comebacks in Hockey.

Being the NBA MVP....I gotta rock with my main sport in basketball There have been SO many legendary game 7s and while we can say that for any ...

It was scary seeing what Lebron was doing to a dominant defender in Paul George

I remember reading a line saying George was sent to shut down James......and the complete opposite happened.

I think they should bounce back Game ...

People sleep on Asomugha.....but he's gonna have a great year

I think the Eagles chemistry was just really toxic last year. Lots of finger pointing.....too many high expectations and just a weird defensive scheme.

The 49ers are ...

Adrian Peterson by a pretty big margin at his position although Calvin Johnson is right there

They're both FREAK athletes with Johnson being a huge wide receiver and Adrian just having the ACL of God (I mean....how does ...

@Nick Ostiller I thought they did with Zach Randolph......but even at his old age, Timmy D is showing that he can guard the best of the best at the PF position and with Randolph pretty much getting canceled out ...

@Nick Knopf No it's not the players fault......but at the same time they fall victim to the policy

I'm not saying that the league is softer because the players are softer.......I'm just saying that since ...

I wouldn't be surprised if the Grizz pull this one out. But this is going to be the Spurs series without a doubt. The Grizz don't have enough firepower

@RJ Gardner I think the segregation issue fueled his fire......but he would've been just as imposing regardless especially since he was one of the first running backs we saw who was agile but also just straight brute force ...

I respect your point @Nick Knopf....but the Bulls-Piston series is just an example of how the league has gotten MUCH softer. Those were the 90's.....you're forgetting about Lakers Celtics in the 80's and so on ...

I've gotta fit in Sherman in there. The CB position is one of intimidation and if his numbers didn't show that last year.....then he definitely did off the field with his debate against Skip Bayless

All jokes ...

@Ally Fenz that's VERY VERY TRUE.

I can't believe I actually forgot that but it so true.

Not only championships.....but the different generations usually build around different positions.

It used to be a big man's game ...

Apologies for the caps.....but those words should be emphasized.

In reality he definitely isn't.....but the fact that there are a dearth of DOMINANT centers shows that Dwight is a rare commodity that's worth the money in this league.

The centers you mentioned above are basically in ...

@Nick Knopf the difference between Lebron and Kobe vs. older generation players is that the game has got REALLY soft since then

When MJ or Larry argued for a foul.....it was usually VERY warranted. Nowadays......it's literally over ...

There's an OVERWHELMING THEME in regards to these kind of discussions.....and that's Championships.

You heard it from the greatest coach ever in Phil Jackson.....a guy who won major championships across 3 different generations of the NBA ...

One thing we can say that embodies Lebron is determination.

It's something he didn't seem to have for a while until his later years in Cleveland and now in Miami. I think that is what will help him ...

Remembered for the good I mean the things this guy did are RIDICULOUS.

Any player who averaged 27 ppg and 6 apg and 4 boards......not to mention he's only 6 feet on a good day is crazy. The ...

Texas A&M in my opinion. Not ONLY because they have a tough schedule......but let's be honest.....we're so used to seeing this kind of story.

Team gets star player and becomes really great one season and ...

Ridiculous turn around.....but it just proves how great the Spurs system is

Looks like they're gonna be a finals team again....

@Krithic Annamalai YES YES YES. Without a doubt. 22 ppg, 7 apg and 4 boards a game from a guy who basically has no ankles or body weight.

I feel like a broken record cause honestly I've said his ...

Everyone who disagrees with the NCAA in this thread basically said what I would say

Utterly ridiculous. Like seriously? We're talking about get well cards and small silly putty.......not shoes or cars......cards and freaking silly putty.

@Aaron Bruder that's a great point. They did win a lot without him in the lineup. But I still think on offense he at least doesn't clog up the middle of the lane and demand the ball as ...

I wouldn't bet against Vick UNLESS it was Usain Bolt

We can argue that Mccoy is the fastest RB in the league......and Vick still smoked him.

He IS NASTY. You guys should check out another 7th grader who's already 6 ft 10. I forgot what his name is but he's on bleacherreport.

@Shammi Stinson can't really comment on the homophobic remarks. I think that's just general ignorance from people who have nothing better to do and decided to just make more remarks towards a player already hated by many

Yeah @Ally Fenz Lebron probably didn't need to dribble that entire play........the refs would've actually been completely fine with him haha.

Jokes aside....I also read about the screen switching issue. Bogus move on Vogel's part ...

SO I guess just to sum up.....from a PURE athletic perspective I don't care what your orientation is or what your race is because as long as your talented and can back your game up then you'll ...

I still think we have to take into consideration the weight that athlete's influence has on aspects of our culture. While I agree.....you should be judged in sports on your ABILITY AND TALENT.....we still need to see ...

When we talk straight intimidation mixed with the fact that he would literally knock you out of your socks.....I can't think of anyone else besides the great Jim Brown. We're talking about a running back freight train ...

Wilt, Russell, MJ, Magic and the Big O for sure.

Then Larry, Kobe, Hakeem, Duncan, Lebron

Kaepernick is gonna be there next season. With a full season under his belt we'll see how awesome is capabilities are. The defense will help him out a ton but unlike Alex Smith he's not a game manager ...

Overall.....11 championships to go along with seasons where he averaged nearly 30 rebounds.....gotta go with Bill Russell

But honestly......these guys did not have the polished offensive game of Hakeem Olajuwon. I am gonna just say that he ...

@Krithic Annamalai described it PERFECTLY. Different legacies and style of play. Honestly Lebron is way more like Magic than MJ. MJ completely revolutionized the game with the way he could soar and play the mid range with ease. He was ...

Situations and circumstances were VASTLY different on both these guys journeys to incredible legacies. It's totally justified for Kobe to say that there are different roles because THERE WERE. Shaq needed Kobe to win obviously and so did Kobe ...

In general.....many people WANT to hate the Miami Heat.

It's hard to hate on Lebron and Dwayne because they're the best and second/third best at their position respectively.

Chris Bosh is easy for picking. He's ...

Cal Tech and as @Kale said....the Cleveland Spiders

Hate that my hometown is in futility again......but 101 road losses is honestly ridiculous.

@Aaron Bruder very true. Anytime numbers go down you gotta give credit to the guy who's numbers are up. I just feel it was a result of trying to adjust his overall game. I could be wrong of course ...

I think Griffin tried improving the whole sphere of his game. I think he'll bounce back but I can understand why you'd wanna leave him off @Aaron Bruder. His numbers fell and he underperformed in a lot of ...

You gotta take into account team chemistry as well.

Even if this were to somehow happen.....I think it'd ruin a perfect Dynamic that Golden State had. They made it to the semis without David Lee basically and still ...

@Justin Olexa took the words outta my mouth.

Curry over Wade and I can't believe I'm saying it. He scored more, was healthy and averaged more assists. Plus if you look at it......The Heat still won without ...

No love for Pistol Pete?

The man would not miss and had every shot in his arsenal!

That being said........I feel that in a sports game....of course your sexual orientation doesn't matter and it's no one's say on what your orientation is.

But the fact that Sports athletes and leagues have such ...

Great point @Trevor Roberts.

I think Self is a coach who is gonna let anyone play who can contribute. I mean you saw last year Perry Ellis was clearly the future.....yet he started Kevin Young at Power Forward.

I ...

Before I begin.......let's please be respectful of everyone. Sidelines prides itself on being a community for respectful discussion and non-discrimination. Everyone is entitled to their views but you need to be respectful of everyone's orientation and beliefs ...

Being the lone NC native right now.....IM ECSTATIC!

Are we going to be in the NBA cellar again and suck! ABSOLUTELY! But hell if we can get the Hornets logo back it's definitely worth it.

And as @Justice ...

Don't see this happening. As my colleague @Aaron Bruder pointed out......they're completely maxed out in regards to money and contracts.

Hell they can't even get JArrett Jack back most probably!

Plus from a playing perspective.....I ...

I feel that Miami has this. But that's just kind of a default feeling I'd give to the defending champs.

Indiana went pound for pound last night. I don't think Hibbert's presence on that last drive ...

@Michael Clark nailed it. The system just doesn't work with Dwight because well......he can make a shot outside of the paint.

I honestly think with the Tools that D'Antoni had and the injuries he faced every week ...

@Aaron Bruder does make a good point. Although Zeller is no where near Noel in regards to talent......I wanna see how he develops. BUt in all honesty.....getting a SF would be prime for them right now because Alonzo ...

On Paper.....the Pacers match up REALLY well and in some instances out perform the Heat.

George Hill is gonna have a field day against Chalmers in my opinion and while Norris Cole can cause some trouble......I think Hill ...

My exact same list Kale! Definitely a great discussion but when it came down to it.....I took into account the NBA Championships as well. I think Robinson could get a strong argument because he had freak years where he ...

Gonna be a 7 game bruiser in my opinion. I wanna say the Heat win......but man they haven't seen anything like the Pacers in this playoffs

They're gonna play LBJ even tougher than Chicago did and will ...

I think in regards to Wilt's record Kevin Durant, Carmelo and Curry all have minor shots.

I think Kobe is gonna be the closest to ever doing it.....but those players are the one's in this day and ...

@Shammi Stinson no question there I definitely agree. However even the point forwards are becoming Pass first in my opinion.

Facilitating is what makes great teams like the Heat and so on.

AI and Al Horford along with Jeff Teague make a formidable starting lineup.

Maybe they can nab a guy like Paul Millsap or Monta Ellis?

Agreed @Robert Gardner. Honestly you can't go wrong either way but when it comes down to it I would pick Magic any day.

I just think Stockton never gets his due because again......he played in the Jordan era ...

pass....pass....pass.

Basketball is a motion game that requires ball movement. Granted we have wonderful individual scorers......the teams with the great PG who pass win the most. Granted the NBA is changing quickly.....passing is always important and ...

May the basketball gods please prove that Dwight is selfish for money and let him stay with the Lakers.

@Krithic Annamalai good lord imagine that lineup. That's gonna be running up and down the floor non-stop.

@Robert Gardner true true. I mean Stockton was as fundamental as it gets. Magic is the best.....but Stockton is the leader ...

No love for Malone or Stockton? How about Wilt and Kareem??

@Robert Gardner I agree they may not have gotten their due credit. Definitely an underrated squad and they were perfect for the system.

But look at the logisitics

Michael had Scottie Pippen so not much needs to be said there ...

What's annoying about this is that when people compare players.....they make ones like oh so and so basketball player has more championships than this superstar.....but so and so was only a role player......so you can't ...

@Justin Olexa has my vote with his response. That seemed like the first series I actually remember watching and beginning my love affair with basketball. It had drama, offense, superstars and just about everything you needed.

In my opinion.......while the man gets buckets......he just won't ever average 90% on the free throw line or 40% at the three. Something about his shot mechanic seems a little off cause his elbow sheds out just ...

MJ.....MJ......MJ.

Need more be said? Ultra efficient, could pass and rebound and of course.....score.

Not to mention he played FEROCIOUS and I mean FEROCIOUS defense. He'd guard the best player on the other team the entire ...

We're forgetting too that their bench has Courtney Lee and they could trade Garnett and Pierce for some draft picks to get support in this draft or the star studded 2014 draft.

Jeff Green is the tenure for that spot now.

I wouldn't say this team is going to clear out because with a backbone of Rajon Rondo and Jeff Green......they're gonna have a GREAT segway into their future ...

As many have said earlier......this isn't a superstar draft but it's gonna be a draft where you have guys playing for 12-15 years and producing nicely. I think everyone agrees with that.

With all that being said ...

True @Kale .

It's the one position that needs stability and in an era where we have hybrid players and lack of big men......the small guys still prove their worth.

IM TELLING YALL DON'T SLEEP ON LILLARD AND ...

@Shammi Stinson brings a pretty valuable point up here. It's becoming harder to compare players across generations. While I agree that physically and mentally Michael could have played in any generation.....there's just too many intangibles and personalities ...

No worries! @Michael Walker! No harm done whatsoever.

Holla at my thread for anyone who might be interested!

Reference the playoff thread guys if you wanna talk about this more!!!

But it depends on if George Hill plays in my opinion so we'll have to see how that goes first.

Honestly I like Lillard more than Jrue and Lawson cause of his explosiveness.

Jrue turns the ball over Waaaaaaay too much and Lawson can be inconsistent at times. He should've smoked Curry (even though Curry is better) in speed ...

Injuries.....injuries......injuries. Honestly couldn't agree with you more @Krithic Annamalai. Granted there also wasn't any great things during the trade deadline.....I liked the resurgence of the Lakers and the rise of Memphis and Steph Curry.

We ...

I agree @Shammi Stinson but if you look at Jordan......he never really fought with Phil at such a public level. Granted social media in this generation caused a lot of that......MJ seemed to just do what he was ...

They live to ball another day! Mainly because of the Pacers 19 turnovers as George Hill had a concussion but in a postseason FULL of injured players.......you gotta fight through.

Melo wasn't necessarily efficient and JR had a ...

Exactly my man! @Michael Walker.

He could've been the best because honestly the way Kobe adjusted his game and got the best mid range in this generation showed that he could've been at MJ's level. Regardless he ...

I don't think they will and I think he finally bought up a topic that had been piling on with information from analysts who don't know Kobe and Michael like Phil does. It put a really interesting spin ...

Russell is erratic.....but an essential tool for any team. He is a one man fast break and has a lot of different shots in his arsenal. I would take craziness over lack of production.....as the thunder have seen ...

I hate it from a Carolina fan perspective......but love it from a basketball perspective. He's going to one of the meccas of college basketball and is apart of what looks to be a great one-two punch in him ...

This team NEEDED to play Rip Hamilton earlier. While he does lack the defensive skills, there aren't many in the history of the league that can compare to his midrange game. He's a surprising offensive player who could ...

I agree with @Aaron Bruder. If you can have two 6 ft 10 guys and 7 ft1 player on the floor at the same time, you can definitely have Wiggins and Selden together. I'm sure Selden can slip down ...

Gotta agree with @Nick Ostiller....I'd like to see anyone even try and drop 81. He had every shot needed in his arsenal and carried that team. Literally NO ONE could guard him and he had 62 points against ...

KD in my opinion. Granted yes....the Thunder aren't winning......it's cause they aren't getting any support from Ibaka. Kevin Martin is on and off and Reggie Jackson is trying his best.

KD flirts with a triple ...

TOO MUCH ISO BASKETBALL. Honestly that's all that can be said. It's nothing else but that.

All signs point to it being personal. He's had success in Hollins staff and had a great relationship with the organization.

You think this means Kansas is automatically top 5? I mean they lost A LOT from last year. Self is a great coach but that's losing a lot of players regardless.

who get got tonight? I say the Pacers pull it off. NY is going to have an interesting off season.....especially with all the veterans and the fact that they considered this year to be a finals year.

thoughts?

Kyrie Irving is a VERY underrated shooter and I think he's gonna have great assist numbers once he gets better support besides just Waiters.

@Kale Kyrie Irving was well rounded......but Steph Curry is as well. He dropped 23 ...

I think Flynn gets it......but Pryor is way more intriguing because of his athletic ability. I really think if he got a shot in the league he'd be a great dual threat quarterback. His athletic ability is great ...

Melo needs to realize he can't fade on Paul George. Gotta attack and force contact like he has a lot this season. And haha @Ben Bagamery good call. Don't forget dribbling into traffic and 3 pointers on a ...

Definitely an underappreciated aspect of working out. I know it helped me work wonders when I started eating properly. NFL players need to as well especially for health concerns. We hear of too many people not being able to play ...

I say top 10 as of now. But honestly we can't tell. The greats weren't really ranked until they were in their mid to late 20's and even the Lebron comparisons weren't really huge until the ...

This game was as old school as it got. Literally just big man pounding with every shot being contested. JR didn't show up cause of his "fever" (hahah no worries I kid) but I really think the Knicks could ...

Gotta agree with @Michael Almonte here. KD is putting up NBA 2k like numbers and is a triple double threat. But their offense is really inefficient besides him.

Kevin Martin needs to have a huge game and Ibaka needs to ...

The Clippers and mainly because they give him the best chance to win. I don't see Dwight anywhere else either and if he were to go.....maybe CP3 would see a promising tandem and follow but in all honesty ...

@Trevor Roberts hit it RIGHT on the dot.

Greatest shooter ever......least amount of points in 16 seconds we may have ever seen. And the guy didn't even bother to go for a layup.....he went with the 3 ...

Interesting and HOF worthy note is that he had the most sacks by a cornerback EVER.

Should have been a pro-bowler more than he was but in my opinion this guy already has a spot in the Hall of Fame ...

HUGE turnaround in Game 2. Granted JR was horrible......Melo did make a lot of shots he took. He needs to be at the foul line more but they took a huge gut check and defensively just wore out the ...

I feel again dumb for writing out the style of fast paced offense for the Warriors because quite frankly.....it's working.

Granted they looked shaky Game 1 letting that lead up......San Antonio has never been comfortable in this ...

Adrian Peterson anyone?

YES I know it's early......but let's be honest......he'll be in.

Absolute stupidity. I honestly don't mean to seem ignorant.....but she doesn't really seem to know anything about basketball and seems she got her ticket cause of her wealth. I mean that type of stuff is just dumb ...

Shumpert has had a tough adjustment since coming back from his ACL but before that and this past month.....he's come on REALLY nicely.

He seems to have added a pretty solid 3 point shot as well and he ...

ABSOLUTELY. I mean did you see him getting 6 assists in a game where literally no one could hit a shot besides him and KMart? I think he's gonna elevate it this post season.

He's honestly like a ...

Athletically.....he might be ahead of what Jordan and James were at his age but he need to build the skill set. Which he definitely will have time to do although quite frankly I don't think Kentucky is the ...

Game 1 showed finally that the Knicks can't just continue to add to their weakness and expect to win. The Pacers are a complete team and adding the fact that DJ Augustin and Lance Stephenson are playing great means ...

As @Mike Briggs said......AI makes a hell of a case to be on this list. I mean a guard who is 6 foot on a day where he has new socks dropping 26 ppg to go along with 6 ...

Add no bad habits to the fact that he has a hard work ethic and realistic outlook on his NFL career shows he wants to meet his goal the proper way. I think the sky is the limit for him.

Imagine Phil Jackson running the triangle with Deron Williams, Joe Johnson and Brook Lopez.....that would be gorgeous basketball that being said I don't find that Jackson will return to coaching. He wants to work in management from what ...

Key word there is survive. Granted I am also kind of impressed more with Kevin Durant's 35 15 and 6 than with the teams performance. Him Kevin Martin and Reggie Jackson were in double figures. If they can get ...

I'd watch out for the Big 12......specifically OSU who's coming off the most unconventional undefeated season where they didn't lost but didn't really receive any recognition either. Braxton Miller emerged as the newest double threat ...

This is gonna be a 90's showdown and granted I was a youngin in the 90's.....I still remember watching those intense playoff matches that were pretty ugly in that they boxscore might have been ugly but it ...

I think a lot of people don't understand the molding of the OKC roster compared to the Heat roster.

The Heat Roster is built so that Lebron can succeed as he has a slasher in Wade, stretch 4 in ...

They're going to be there until they retire KD is basically the Charles Barkley to Lebron's Michael Jordan comparison you could say.

Barkley/Durant were always incredible MVP worthy players but they would always have to face Jordan ...

@Grayson Stout Joakim Noah was worked wonders this playoffs. To think the man couldn't walk just a few weeks ago and now he basically owned Brook Lopez and anyone who tried working in the paint.

I am still riding ...

It's fair to say Royce White is fighting against the odds right now. Unless you've had the experience yourself.....you can't really say you know what White is going through. We probably should have a post about ...

Honestly......this seems more like the parents fault than Kobe's. I mean granted.....Kobe is far from perfect socially......he does deserve some common humane respect from his parents out of all people. As it is, Kobe's parents ...

Okoye technically wasn't a pick but he's got RIDICULOUS upside in my opinion.

The man is already more than fit for the position physically and is in amazing shape. I think he'll have an uphill battle to ...

It's a general consensus that he's a great piece off the bench. He's a stretch four in my opinion who can bang down low when needed and can also counteract the play of Chris Bosh.

As @Grayson ...

In general it feels as if this draft class is weak and that a lot of players are leaving because they don't want to get dropped off in next year's monster draft.

No one really has a perfect ...

The Knicks made moves in finally getting past the first round hump. Melo still had a horrible efficiency night and the Knicks should not feel comfortable about their performance as they nearly gave up a huge lead.

KD had a ...

I think a lot of us can say that this was the biggest upset of the postseason thus far. Unless Boston comes back but honestly a young inexperienced GSW team beats a potential NBA Finals favorite in Denver?!?!

I think ...

My teams the Browns and Panthers are 23 and 27 but that could change in my opinion. The Browns made some small moves that helped them and they've got a budding star in Josh Gordon and a soon to ...

In my opinion....the Thunder are much more disciplined than the Knicks. Durant will always be more efficient than Melo which is why I think OKC will still get out of the first round.

Plus.....as is the case with ...

It's a simple scheme.....Felton can beat whoever is guarding him on the Celtics....he just needs to keep his head down and then kick it out JR is ready for a 3.....Melo is in the midrange.....Tyson ...

It's gonna be a hell of a dog fight. There's a lot of jawing back and forth which is perfect for a heated series and quite honestly this series doesn't feel like anyone has an advantage. If ...

This guys is basically......a physical monster. Granted there's a huge adjustment in the NFL for people playing in college......this guys hasn't even played College ball which means it's gonna be a bigger hill to climb ...

So KD has definitely shown he's doing his job.

What do you all think?

If anyone can.....it's the Celtics in my opinion.

This isn't a team where you need a big guy. Kevin Garnett is old and if this was the 90's he wouldn't be a top PF cause ...

To me it's gotta be Marcus Lattimore

I mean, we were talking about a dude who was basically a top 10 pick before his horrendous injury. He's got the strong character, work ethic and the obvious talent. I ...

It seems like Durant is doing everything humanly possible to help but the role players are sitting ducks right now.

Curry also came off a bad game while George seemed to find his shooting touch. Melo was also horribly inefficient ...

Blake wasn't playing great against the Grizzlies towers to being with.

It's funny people say Gasol has the ugliest pretty game in that everything he does looks painful....but the box score looks beautiful. I don't see ...

Well Geno is off the table.....but I say Vick as well. It's gonna interesting with Barkley but Vick is the clear favorite. He fits perfectly into the system and there's no way he's not starting. He ...

@Grayson Stout is completely right. I mean KD said it himself.....the man was tripled and quadrouple teamed a lot the time which leaves literally everyone open If they can't hit the shot.....then KD can't do much ...

It's premature in my opinion....I mean if Geno HADN'T shown up for the 2nd round then we would have had an issue

Agents make promises they can't keep. That's part of the way they keep ...

up 2-0.......damn those are some crazy odds the Grizzlies are on the verge of beating.

Cant believe there might not be a single LA team next round......California is counting on you Golden State

The consensus seems to be Curry. Who can sustain it though? Who could carry their team?

I'm also gonna put KD up there tied. Honestly his numbers are nuts in the playoffs. Anyone saying that Lebron can only be efficient and stuff the stat sheet is wrong because KD is shooting at around 50 percent ...

The West became WIDE open in my opinion. Honestly, the Spurs haven't been tested yet....the Lakers weren't at full force

And in the first two games at San Antonio when the Lakers did have some wing players ...

They weren't really out of the game till they started fouling at the end.

Hinrich back will be key. HE causes havoc for Williams. I say the Bulls get the win in Chicago.

That being said....I say Heat in 6. Regardless of if they play the Bulls or Nets

@Grayson Stout has a point. The Bucks were a joke and shouldn't have been in the playoffs at all. This Bulls team can bring the Heat defensively. Everyone can guard a position and the rise of Jimmy Butler could ...

Following my trend of being wrong......looks like this series has new life!

The Hawks have momentum.....do they beat the Pacers in Indiana?

Absolutely @Michael Walker Saw him play since he's an ACC product. He's come a long way and still has potential to meet. He's been put in a pretty decent situation too in Buffalo.

EJ definitely has the tools. He's a big QB who's got an arm so I really would like to see how that works in Buffalo. He's got two running backs that can help ease him in and ...

@Arka Ray I think it catapults him as the top scoring PG in the league BY FAR.

He's going to go down as a top 3 shooter.....which is nuts for an NBA PG. He's got great numbers ...

There are a lot of words that come to my mind when I want to describe this situation but the first thing I think is :awesome.

In the issue of gay marriage I say "it's no one's business ...

He was inefficient in some regard.....but man he had a hell of a game. I could see him carrying them....especially if Ibaka is hitting jumpers and Kevin Martin provides a spark off the bench.

Reggie Jackson and Fisher ...

BTW all my previous playoff posts about the Warriors seem to be wrong as their up and down style is working in the playoffs.

HOWEVER if they make it to the next round.....let's see how they do against ...

Carolina's finest in Harrison Barnes glad my man is getting his due in the league as a rook. Wish we saw those dunks at UNC.....but he's playing without a lot of pressure and doing great.

so where is Brandon Chucker Jennings going?

And quite frankly....it takes balls to get a tattoo basically stabbed into you......and if you're an elder person like Pitino it takes some pretty big balls so all the power to him

Jealousy

Hey Erin Calipari remember that time your dad won the NIT? Neither does the rest of America.

Oh by the way......great to hear about those 2 non existent final fours.

However @Michael Walker a LOT of sources say he likes LA a lot.

He'll be THE MAN next year and if they give him an athletic wing that would help in him staying I think. I say he stays ...

Agreed @Justin Olexa

Unless we see Novak coming in a draining 5 threes.....look for the C's to get this one.

Anthony will start off hot.....then become inefficient. The Celtics will be able to match blow for blow ...

Plus.....I look for Texas AM to maybe have one or two losses

Think about the situation.....highly successful QB comes back and gets loads of attention from the Media and Socialites alike. He's basically a celebrity. But also ...

Going off what Dean said......Florida's offense will be suspect next year. Mike Gillislee was solid last year although he wasn't dominant. Driskel isn't anything great and without Gillislee to rely on......it's gonna be a ...

The Westbrook situation still hurts.....but Durant went off.

Granted he wasn't as efficient......a result of Westbrook not being there........he got the job done being the only superstar on the squad.

I'd like to see his ...

@Vance Keller there were definitely a few mock drafts that saw him going in the 1st round.

EJ Manuel pick threw everything off but Barkley was definitely getting first round consideration from a decent number of draft analysts.

@Grayson Stout I just think having Derrick Rose versus not having him at all is a huge blow. I think this year's performance is way more impressive.

Think about it.....they lost to a pretty mediocre Philadelphia squad last ...

@Michael Walker that's true.....but that's just tangling up. There hasn't been any really really dirty plays in my opinion. They usually duke it out in the post and things like that happen.

It's not always ...

WE HAVE A SERIES LADIES AND GENTLEMAN!

Granted it wasn't the way I thought it would be.....2 blowouts, 1 semi close and 1 uber close game......it's still been a great series.

Who we got for game ...

@George Dickinson kinda confused if that was sarcasm or seriousness?

Regardless yes @Michael Walker Russell Westbrook has been ruled out for the playoffs......but who even knows if that is true.

Yeah.....that game was nuts. @Grayson Stoutpretty much nailed it. I see Brooklyn getting game 5 though......and then Chicago coming home and winning.

Well I still think the Thunder make it to the finals. Metta World peace came back from a similar injury in 10 days .......and Russell Westbrook is younger and much more physically ridiculous than he is.

I think the Heat ...

They mainly stream interest and attempt to put together possible scenarios. Granted they are usually wrong......it at least shows some decision making.

Not to mention it adds to the element of surprise when everyone is SO sure someone will ...

It's like the Rockets situation.....they can't win with just one superstar. Now OKC is in the same boat

Granted they have better supporting pieces.....unless Ibaka becomes a 20 and 12 guy in the playoffs and Reggie ...

That was embarassing......definitely unheard of at the Celtics Arena.

Looks like playing without a real PG finally caught up to these guys. JR Smith was ejected though......idk if he gets a suspension but that'll be something that ...

Not good BUT I think Reggie Jackson will surprise us.

I'm not saying he's gonna replace Russell Westbrook because let's be honest.......he's a freak of nature.

But Reggie Jackson plays great defense, has a lot ...

@Odysseus Morris no. I personally think Westbrook adds a ridiculous element to that team that no other team has. Granted he can be erratic.....but you're losing 23 points, 8 assists and 2 steals a night. Quite frankly I ...

So it's 2-1.

I say Memphis gets game 4 as well......any takers?

so anyone still got OKC in the finals.

Watch out! Maybe Reggie Jackson breaks out! He's a big point guard who's been waiting for his time to shine.

Lebron does guard everyone on the floor. I like his attitude. Obviously he's a competitor but in my mind it was between Serge Ibaka and Marc Gasol.

Guys....it's GOTTA BE TOM THIBODEAU.

I mean think about it.....granted yes the Bulls have an "all star" in Luol Deng....he only gets you 17 a game. This team basically cycled in 2 back up Point guards ...

I'd try to lure back Darrelle Revis and make him play QB.

Quite honestly though.......a rookie. Sanchez turns the ball over everytime he blinks. Tim Tebow can only run success in the wildcat or with a great offensive ...

@Scott Whittum brings up a point. He clearly does some under the table dealings. I mean besides again...as @Michael Walker said......robbing kids of their education.....there's no way he isn't doing something wrong.

Quite frankly I ...

@Brian Nance very astute observation. He's got the physical tools for sure. But you're right in that he can be passive in regards to tenacity.

Everyone agrees that Westbrook can be a vice. But at the same time ...

@Krithic Annamalai and @Scott Whittum are right. He's proven SO much since he entered the league. His numbers are down but he's become a better overall player with a nice post game, decent jumper and great playmaking abilities ...

I see this one being exciting as well. @Krithic Annamalai is right if they play Bledsoe....that could be trouble.

He's an overly athletic specimen at the PG position. When he plays properly or at least plays with ridiculous ...

It's his get chicks or die tryin dance.

Miami in 6. I say OKC gets back there. Honestly the Spurs are good....not impressive though. They don't even look like the team that was up on OKC 2-0 last year. Tony Parker still hurt is gonna be ...

Well that was much closer than anticipated. Houston definitely made strides. I take back what I said. Still think OKC has this in the bag.....but Houston will make it interesting.

I think he should. Let's be honest....he IS Los Angeles. He has dedicated his heart and soul to this franchise and quite frankly might go down as the best Laker (that debate will be for another post).

So ...

Rockets get the first game at home. Then lose two more.

I was wrong in saying these playoffs are going to be boring. But the two dominant teams in the Heat and Thunder are gonna get to the finals easily ...

@Krithic Annamalai you're on to something. They've improved. Lost James Harden? No problem we'll just blow his team out by 30 the first game of the playoffs.

They've constantly faced issues and constantly improved. Plus I ...

I agree with @Krithic Annamalai All bias aside......the Lakers team didn't look horrible without Kobe. They were in this game...down at 4 midway through the 3rd and the game was NEVER out of reach.

I don't ...

@Krithic Annamalai A healthy Rondo and Josh Smith is gonna be STRAIGHT TERROR on the fast break.

Partner that with Jeff Green and you got a young athletic new "Big 3" in Bean town.

There are few who rival is tenacity and dedication to both defense first and offense second. his passion is unquestioned as well.

The playoffs have gotten to be interesting again.

Gallinari would have put the Nuggets over the top in this series and with him gone it's gonna hurt a lot more since Faried is also slightly limited.

haha too true @Michael Walker

I think it has changed slightly @Sal Erickson but honestly.....he's gonna be back. This dude works too hard and won't let his career end like this. I see him getting back especially ...

They made me eat mine as well @Arka Ray Looks like this playoff is gonna be more interesting than the first weekend entailed.

Give this series some love y'all!

Looks like day 3 of the playoffs means teams are finally showing up. The Bulls evened up the series with the Nets.

Will Memphis do the same??

@Justin Olexa I could see him having a great game at home. But honestly.....this team won't be able to win regardless.

And as @Michael Walker said it's not possible. Granted we're talking hypothetically.

I honestly don't see this happening even after 2026-2027 though. The ACC has built up so much steam lately and they're gonna be a ...

As an avid UNC fan raised in the ACC....it would be sad and wrong in my opinion. While the Cats and Duke rivalry might be there (kinda).....SEC competition wasn't as great and now with the new ACC ...

@Arka Ray very true. However while I think they have a top 4 starting 5...they've underperformed. They had a great bench too with Evans, CJ Watson, and Blatch and Brooks are all solid bench players but they still ...

He's always been unpredictable when shooting the 3 in that you don't want him to shoot and sometimes he listens and other times he doesn't. He should drive and use the mid range because he's REALLY ...

Word word! We all saw it coming. Now if he can be efficient....this Knicks team will make moves in the playoffs

It's basically Miami and OKC. The Lakers looked horrible....but honestly San Antonio didn't really look dominant at all. GSW is in big trouble without David Lee. He's a stable presence and Bogut looked pretty weary on ...

Moss any day. Granted both can be hard to deal with.... I think Johnson is worse. In my opinion he under-performed even as a number 1 option. He had all the physical tools and Palmer in his prime.

Moss may ...

This might be the GOAT of dunks from the GOAT of players. It's basically GOAT squared. Granted it wasn't in an NBA game so it won't matter... but I mean this dunk had EVERYTHING

one step inside ...

Agreed with @Grayson Stout. He's the 6th man of the year and him making buckets results in wins for the Knicks squad. They've mainly lived with him playing well. He actually started out shooting 6 for 9 before ...

The Lakers can only win with ugly offense and strong defense really. I liked the defense today even though we couldn't contain Parker.

Still a long shot to even win the series.....but this game kinda showed me that ...

Well that game didn't really give a great indication of what I said. But I agree with @Andy Serbe in that they're going to win. I think it'll still be six cause Chris Paul needs a championship ...

I see JR Smith shining for sure in the playoffs. He's already been on a ridiculous pace for a 6th man.

@Odysseus Morris that's what I'm thinking right!

He's been consistent and technically accounts for more points cause of his assists. I like JR Smith but I think Jack is too underrated

Boston will never be out of contention. They're too dangerous even with injuries. They played and WON a lot of games without Rondo. Granted they had their missteps, the fact that they could adjust without having possibly the best ...

I'm trying to go away from the Freshman hype thing. Yes yes I know, it is probably the greatest class of all time blah blah we get it.

But I mean, experience is key. I can see the upperclassmen ...

Phil Jackson is the next Pat Riley as @Krithic Annamalai said. This dude KNOWS basketball better than anyone who has played, thought of, invented, looked at, seen, deciphered or done anything with basketball.

It's in his blood and he ...

Haha glad to hear that @Ally Fenz

The 2-7 and 1-8 matchup in the West will be REALLY intriguing.

I mean think about it? OKC hasn't really been the same without Harden, who is now a superstar in Houston. Houston has the wing players to keep ...

Hell absolutely. I see them making a solid trade this summer too. Especially if Nash isn't healthy. Pau looks to be a favorite to stay after those 2 triple doubles but if he has a bad first round....it ...

REALLY underrated QB in my opinion. He was a do it all guy at Clemson and should build off a great year last year.

Gotta agree with @Grayson Stout again here. He's worked wonders considering everyone's been hurt for a long time and he was hired without a training camp. He has done what he can and is actually building momentum for ...

They're becoming a solid defensive squad. Offense might be a struggle some nights but still, this team has been through a lot.

Steve Blake, Jordan Hill, Dwight, Pau, Steve Nash, Metta and Kobe are their key guys and all ...

Realistic question: are there enough scholarships even?

I mean they got a huge recruiting class coming in. Not mention Alex Poythress and James Young at his position. I would think he's number one but Calipari is put in a ...

@Aaron Bruder you have bought up an excellent point. The thing is, there's a new lineage of all stars to come in that can vault teams to contender status and while many of them are still being grown into ...

Not to mention mental mindset is key and Mcgrady is extremely grateful to be back in the league.

Plus Vick seems to be a much better fit in the offense than Smith would be.

The Jets any day over the eagles. Michael Vick is still 10x more capable as a QB than whoever starts for the Jets.

It's a weak QB draft, but Geno Smith has an NFL arm and other intangibles that ...

Everyone is dealing with injuries right now. With that being said the one player you thought would be out isn't. Steph Curry IS and WILL continue to be a superstar.

Are you kidding me? This guy is ridiculous. 23 ...

@Krithic Annamalai I do too! However they sort of cancel each other out because they almost operate on the same parts of the floor with Rudy Gay being a slightly more efficient 3 point shooter. I could see Derozan being ...

I would think New Orleans doesn't need him cause they have Vazquez right? Thoughts @Dean Lake?

Well he DEFINITELY should because his draft stock just took another increase.

Marcus Smart has reportedly decided not to go pro according to ESPN which means that the Suns who might have been looking at a PG might seriously look ...

The Kings are the best choice. He's got better size and is overall a better player than Isiah Thomas. If not the Kings, he could slide to the Dallas Mavericks. There's no other team that really needs him ...

Jalen Rose said it best on sports nation today. Derrick Williams will be a star on another team and he's right. The system doesn't allow him to be flexible and when Kevin Love is back, he's gonna ...

Hell Yes! Are we gonna see the TMAC of old? Absolutely not even though if he was healthy, he would've been a perennial GOAT.

I can see him working wonders though in San Antonio, especially if he becomes a ...

This is a really thorough post Trevor. I see a paradigm shift however occurring very soon. It's already started with the Grizzlies and Clippers: both teams who flirted with 50 win seasons early in the 2000's only to ...

Gotta agree with @Michael Walker One could make the case that the Heat still win without Lebron which they still do at a good rate, but Lebron still will probably win this award. I could see maybe Kevin Durant threatening ...

Haha I would think no. There's been more about North Korea in the news for bad reasons since the Dennis Rodman visit. Not saying Rodman is the reason why this is, but I highly doubt a man who dressed ...

The 4-3 situation is what irks some people.

But Harrison has been in the division all his career. There's no doubt about his caliber as a player and overall fear he brings to opposing offenses. I think he'll ...

I think If John Wall continues his trend of limiting turnovers, he'll be a top 8 or even break top 5 for PG in the future.

He's worked well on his jumper, easily one of the quickest players ...

Well it looks like the Lakers pulled out a hell of a win. Momentum is definitely there still even without Kobe.

This doesn't mean much especially with Kobe gone, but you know when a team can pull off a ...

Everyone is basically on point. Burke's stock got higher as well with a great championship game.

Even though he'd be the best player in college bball next year, we could see him potentially be at the end of ...

I would think the Spurs might rest stars. They didn't want to meet the Lakers in the first round but that was mainly because of how dangerous Kobe is. I would think they're a little more comfortable without ...

@Grayson Stout John Wall, Bradley Beal and Andrew Bynum would be a nasty core. Definitely would be competing for a lot in the playoffs for years to come. Idk if it would go that direction though cause Bynum has not ...

Interesting prospect: Anderson Varejao?

He's been on the trade block from Cleveland. That would be a great pick up and he's a top center/PF when healthy.

Aaaaaand Let the discussion begin!

@Ben Bagamery said it best. Don't even know if Dwight is coming back. Pau might be traded for some younger talent or future draft picks and the rest of the roster is just old. Steve Nash can't play ...

True true @Dean Lake. However, there are a dearth of big men so I would be surprised if they let both go. Maybe Okafor.....but he's a pretty decent PF who can board and score when needed. Granted, he ...

He's definitely going to get a shot in the league. The man is too talented not too. Granted the drug thing is an issue, but quite honestly while he has done wrong, he's clearly showing he's improved ...

@Michael Clark thank you for putting it perfectly.

@Lee Durstock usually it's foolish. The thing is that the 2013-2014 Kentucky squad adds a great recruiting class to an already solid core group.

Obviously, this past year's Kentucky group started a fresh with a completely new lineup ...

I like the Grizzlies. You can read my reasoning behind Clippers woes on the Lob vs Sob city post.

But this Grizzlies team is built for the playoffs. I'd like to see them have more bench depth, but they ...

Also, Del Negro is like the Frank Haith of the NBA in that Frank Haith inherited a great Missouri squad that should have contended for a championship last year and this year. Del Negro has also inherited a great team ...

@Justin Olexa the issue is even if they win a playoff round...they're not going to be fine unless they make the Finals. In general with NBA teams, especially when they have multiple superstars.....you expect them to automatically ...

@Evan Alexander it seems that they're trying to get him in the plans. But the coach player relationship is very vital and I don't think the Bucks are going to fool around with any nonsense. At the same ...

Haha I think Gilbert Arenas aside.....it's just some bad luck. Chauncey has still had a great career though! I think Arenas was cursed due to his stupidity.

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There are also reports saying that the Clippers might rest their starters. I would think they would want to try since the clips are in reach of a three seed.

I'd have to go with McLemore. That would at least have their backcourt of the future. Gerald Henderson has played well and Bobcats execs want him back so he might move to the bench when McLemore gets better. I ...

I feel like regardless, Noel has the most upside. Whether it be personality to talent and skill, he poses to best chance as being dominant. He was hitting his stride BIG time before he got hurt and if he wasn ...

I have always thought that Kobe and MJ are much more intense than Lebron. Hell Lebron came out and said that he doesn't think championships determine success....which pretty much every superstar would probably disagree with.

Personally, I think ...

It'll be unusually quiet. The play by play announcer is usually hit or miss where you can have an announcer who naturally knows everything and can give great analysis while you have others who clearly can't figure out ...

Colin Cowherd bought up a great point Carmelo is shooting the best he has in any stretch from really hard spots on the floor to shoot a high percentage from.

The Knicks are basically riding a ridiculously shooting percentage. You ...

It hurts for sure. He's a high caliber player.

But as we've discussed in NUMEROUS posts about the Nuggets, the beautiful thing about this team is that they are stacked.

Plug in Wilson Chandler, who in my opinion ...

look for Fedora at UNC to shoot up. Defense is suspect, but that Carolina offense was high powered last year and looks to get better despite losing Giovanni Bernard.

Gotta be March. NBA and NCAA in full swing. March Madness garners most of the attention as it SHOULD. But there are so many playoff races in the NBA that are forgotten. It's just a wonderfully hectic time of ...

It's pretty much like you have a substitute on the floor in regards to the PF position.

But the only slight issue is when you have a team like the Grizzlies or Clippers that have two bruising players that ...

In general, teams look for the dominant player(s) available and build around them. It's no longer about finding that complete team with each player fitting his definition to it's truest meaning. I mean look at the Lakers ...

Hesitantly picking the Lakers. It's going to probably be the Kobe show from now until the playoffs. They're going to be really thin so Dwight and Kobe have to carry the load. I could see Pau having a ...

The Round Mound of Rebound anyday. Not only can he score, his rebounding and defense was phenomenal and while Melo might have the better offensive repetoire, he couldn't match Barkley's intensity on the defensive end.

Not only that ...

Harrell looks to be the future of that team. I see Behanan leaving possibly too, especially after a strong showing in the final. Dieng has shown he's a solid defender in the paint. He'll probably be able to ...

I think the list is spot on. It's gonna be Harden's game in regards to the top SG spot in the league soon....but right now you have to give it to Kobe. Harden himself has had some ...

@Grayson Stout bought up a valuable point BUT if you even look this year, Kobe is possibly having his best all around season with his highest shooting percentage to go with 27 ppg 6apg and 6 rpg.

His skill set ...

Thigpen performed admirably during his time starting. Russell Wilson is an iron man and I don't think he'll get hurt. But Thigpen can step in and manage the game if need be.

I'd feel slightly comfortable with ...

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I can see LBJ's work ethic getting much better. I think it's already great.....but Kobe and MJ are on a whole other level.

I have to go with the Mamba Kobe Bryant. Everyone basically said what I ...

KD's other stranglehold was that he's going to be in an exclusive 50-40-90 club which in the league is ridiculous for a 6 ft 9 player to accomplish.

The story was initially written before the streak, but there ...

I kind of want to retract my previous statement after reading a story from a few months ago that bought up a valid point. Melo is obviously having a ridiculous season and while that should be the reason why he ...

I like the make up for sure. It's definitely a championship formula.

I just would slightly disagree with the notion that Kanter can't rebound. His per 48 is 13.5 rebounds per game. Now while that's not ...

I was always under the impression that they would go to Enes Kanter and either trade or let go of Jefferson. Kanter has definitely proven when he gets time that he's a great player. I could see Foye at ...

Great game so far. Kobe's doing an incredible job at facilitating and is on pace for 10 assists in the first half.

Clippers running their offense with ease while the Lakers aren't backing down. Anyone see that and-1 ...

JR WITH THE DAGGER! What a great game!

I think this game really showed that the Knicks can be REALLY dangerous in the playoffs. Great defensive Center in Chandler who does EVERYTHING you ask. Bunch of shooters, superstar in Melo ...

Apologies wrong post! Sorry @Nick Ostiller****!

JR WITH THE DAGGER! What a great game!

I think this game really showed that the Knicks can be REALLY dangerous in the playoffs. Great defensive Center in Chandler who does EVERYTHING you ask. Bunch of shooters, superstar in Melo ...

I could think of two teams that fit that description but the Jazz are that team. Although I feel that Foye and Williams aren't really drivers as much as they are just great shooters.

I could be wrong? But ...

*@Michael Walker* by chucking I'm indicating bad shot selection. He tends to take a lot of contested shots whether it be the perimeter, midrange or in the lane. A lot his shots are also pull up 3's.

I ...

Everything said was spot on. But you have to look at W-L without those guys as well. The Knicks still win without Melo if he's injured. Not only that but efficiency wise KD and LBJ have a leg up ...

Dallas has the vets so I think it'd be perfect for Jennings. Hopefully he'll stop chucking cause when he puts his mind to it....he's a hell of a playmaker. His speed is also ridiculous so I ...

OKC dropped the Pacers by 22 tonight and NY took care of business with the Bucks.

This is setting up to be a heavy weight show down. But the way OKC has dismantled the Spurs and Pacers.....I see them ...

Paul George vs. Carmelo is gonna be a hell of a match up. Pacers are at full force and a great defense. It's gonna be a tough out.

What does everyone else think?

Dallas? Hmm that would be pretty interesting. The Darren Collison project I guess didn't work I guess although Jennings is just going to bring a point guard who shoots a horrible percentage with questionable shot selection.

Gotta go with the Pacers in a tight as nails one here. I think the home game atmosphere will help the Pacers. Hibbert's been playing with renewed confidence as of late and I think the bench for OKC has ...

It's the Kobe show basically. D'antoni was not the right guy for this job at all. The pieces were there, he just didn't manage the team properly at all. Honestly they would've been better off with ...

They were seen shaking hands and hugs afterward. I don't think it's as big. Ego issues for both? Yes for sure. But it's not a big deal.

I'd think there would be a story about Dwight ...

I think a lot of people feel that Brooklyn sort of underperformed this year. They were pretty much penciled in at the 2 seed with a great starting 5 but stand right now at 43-31 right now. That's of ...

The possibility of a Lakers-Spurs matchup is always going to be interesting. They have so much history and the Spurs are injured. Not saying anything but I can definitely see that being a really interesting series.

The LA Clippers and ...

Do you all think that the AD will be on his way out soon? Any other officials? It definitely seemed as if Rutgers officials were gonna try and let this slide until today. They definitely tried hiding something.

The governor ...

Definitely true. I was watching a show with Coach Knight and Coach Geno Auriemma about how kids don't care about winning or if they have a bad game as much as they did in the past.

Shaq definitely embodied ...

Aaron I'm pretty sure if you can pass and make plays that makes you somewhat of a point guard.

I mean I personally consider Lebron to run the point for that team. He brings the ball up, makes the ...

Trey Burke has been nuts. He seems to have the complete package at PG which is hard to find in college. Everyone seems to have a shooting issue or isn't fast but Burke seems to have everything. He can ...

In regards to the position change, he's proven he can run the point. Those 10+assist games were no joke and he was also low turnover prone when he was running the point. I think he could run that ...

I find talent wise and skill wise....the man can play for longer than people think. But he can't fight off these injuries forever and that's going to hurt his level of play, which is something he doesn ...

Haha I didn't mean travel attendants and all that. I'm only 19 so I can't vouch for that. I was talking about having to travel in coach for guys who are 6 ft 5 and taller.

Nowadays ...

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I think Kyrie is the future top PG on this list. He's gonna be climbing up sooner rather than later. He has the complete offensive package. Once his defense goes from good to great and his assist numbers go ...

Both are impressive. The traveling situation was a lot more hectic in the past and they didn't seem to have as much time to recuperate. Not only that but they had weeks where they played 3 games in a ...

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I think Kansas is a different kind of ball club. With the exception of McLemore...the majority of players in the system actually develop more because they stay in the system. Self doesn't always look to grab the top ...

Gotta agree with Michael and Grayson. He may be injured....but I put D rose at number 2 on the list. I'd also put Rondo over Westbrook because of the fact that Rondo has really expanded his offensive scoring ...

1 playoff win......clearly a stud. I guess it's a good buy for the cowboys. Although unless he makes noise in the playoffs...there's going to be talk. He hasn't delivered yet and he has a great ...

Sorry if I'm off topic!

I'll be sure to write another post about conference madness. Back to the sweet 16 though!

Ally the conference shifting is really depressing. Before it used to be about proximity and great rivalries but now all anyone cares about is football and making a lot of money.

The Big East should have never disbanded. I say ...

Dan you could be right. Plus the Spurs run a much better offensive scheme and have a PG.

The Spurs will probably grab their rebounds....but look for the Miami fast break to impose it's will early and often. Parker might help keep it interesting towards the end but the Heat get this win.

That Heat Bulls game had some REALLY questionable calls that decided some part of the outcome.

Regardless....the Heat are going to win this game. For the first time I'm seeing a WHOLE LOT of killer instinct from Lebron ...

The most and I mean MOST intriguing match up is going to be Ryan Kelly and Mason Plumlee versus Adrian Payne and Derrick Nix. That will be a game changer and I think Payne and Nix are going to cause ...

Syracuse scares basically any ACC team and fan next year. That 2-3 zone is magic especially with their length. And they get just enough offense to win.

BTW anyone see press conferences this week? I've fallen in love....as ...

Michale Almonte said it perfectly. The guy had his first 1000 yard season. I'm not gonna buy at all that he gets to 2000. Maybe if he matures down the road and during his prime it could be a ...

If not Kobe....Dwight should have been called too. The Lakers are riding on luck right now. Hell even last night they put up a pathetic performance against the Bucks and you'd expect the Mavs to solidify some ground ...

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He possess the best tools of an QB in this draft and so far has thrown well at workouts. Palmer is going to have to cut ties soon I would think. He's pretty disillusioned if he thinks he still ...

Yet at the same time.....there is a huge rift between Gilbert and James.....but I'm sure if Gilbert is desperate to win he would definitely reconsider. At THIS point it seems unrealistic.

I'm not saying it will ...

While I'm pulling for Cleveland because I'm from there......this is as Mike said a cute story line. Definitely not realistic in my opinion, especially with the bad blood between Dan Gilbert and Lebron.

It would be a ...

Mike B is right about demeanor. A lot of the elite players have the talent....but have an even greater motor and will to achieve greatness. Calvin Johnson is a perfect example of this. In my opinion, Dez possesses the ...

I agree about the max player portion. He definitely doesn't deserve a max contract. He's proven his talent I think, but that doesn't warrant a max contract. Especially because of his injuries, off the court issues, bad ...

I think the Iggy Holiday combo would have been devastating this year since Holiday has really blossomed.

Mike I think he's proven or at least in an upward trend to show that he's proven. I just don't ...

Gotta agree with Dean. The Bulls have done an admirable job this season....but they could get blown out against the Heat.

Been reading some reports that some say he could get a deal just because the center position is thin.....kinda ridiculous that a player who hasn't played and is a PR nightmare can potentially get a max offer.

I could see their streak ending just because at some point when down, I feel like shots might not start going in. While LBJ in that case is fully capable of just going off and single handedly bringing his team ...

I'm not saying the Thunder beat the Heat. Obviously Westbrook thinks he's a jump shooter which leads to the crazy fast break. I just think the Thunder would have the best chance. If Westbrook were to drive instead ...

I think your analogy hits the nail right on the head Michael. I still think the Thunder are the best shot to beat the Heat though. Westbrook can essentially match up with Wade, Durant with James and Serge Ibaka can ...

I actually see the way in your reasoning Nick. It's a pretty interesting way to go about. I think we all were talking from the perspective of having the SG as the main focal point in regards to scoring ...

Lillard has a great starting 5 in tact so his assist numbers could get even higher in my opinion. His transition from lower mid major to NBA franchise is pretty jaw dropping. Some of the top talent even need a ...

Vucevic has been a stud and Tobias looks to be a cornerstone for the franchise. I really like what that team is doing. They haven't been bad, but they've had two big surprises with Harris and Vucevic and ...

No Vazquez? I guess no problem.....this is all of a sudden really favorable for the Spurs. If it wasn't already before.

Well the Nuggets are down 15......maybe the Hornets are going to bring them down to earth?

Lob City Michael? Shoot I'll take it.

Gonzaga is a good team and as stated, 15 tourneys in a row is an achievement. If they have their team in tact from this year (minus the graduating Elias Harris), then ...

Those are valid points but I still think hero ball shows the greatness of a player. While non of us will ever have that experience of taking a game winner while being viewed by millions, it takes guts to take ...

The Lakers are by far the most disappointing team in the league. Quite frankly, Bernie Bickerstaff seemed to be the only one to get it right. While Phil Jackson's terms were somewhat odd in that he didn't want ...

Alright well how about clutch shots? The fact that he's logged the 4th most number of clutch points in the league? I mean obviously the Lakers start studded roster issue hasn't worked out and being a Lakers fan ...

I'd have to respectfully disagree Mike. The age is a testament to his performance. He's older and from an older generation in the league. While other players from his generation are slowing down like Vince Carter, T-Mac (China ...

Haha interesting thing about Metta is that everyone knows he's insane.....luckily his teammates are the only one's who appreciate it.

Also in regards to love for the game.....you honestly can't question any of the top athletes love for the game. I mean if they were in it for show we wouldn't be talking about them in this ...

I think A LOT OF PEOPLE tend to forget that he's 34-35 and finishing up his 17th season in the league.....and to be dropping 27 6 and 5 on every night?

YES he's the best SG in ...

Really gotta appreciate Jeff Green's contribution. I think Avery Bradley has been great playing as a sort of combo PG/SG for this team. He's definitely proving why he's going to be apart of their future.

Paul ...

I've seen CP3 on a ton of lists when I google dirty NBA players. I think it gets overshadowed since he's considered the best PG in the game but I definitely see a correlation.

UNC vs. Kansas actually. I think Withey is going to give us issues but they didn't play that well against a pretty pedestrian Western Kentucky team. Maybe it's jitters but this game poses pretty cool match ups with ...

Hey everyone has a different definition of a superhero! Plus Pau Gasol just screams Alfred the Butler.

LBJ- Superman
Kobe- Batman
KD- Green Lantern
Dwight-Hulk
Deandre- Thor
Pau Gasol- Alfred the Butler

Russel Westbrook- any of the teenage mutant ninja turtles
Derrick Rose- The Flash
CP3- Captain America

Blake Griffin- Alpha Male from "I am Legend" (not ...

Michigan vs. VCU was a HUGE statement game for Michigan. I feel like they came into the tourny with a chip on their shoulder especially since they were ranked so high and lost some games down the road that dropped ...

I think you'd have to look at Raja Bell as well. While he hasn't played this year....he's noted for playing borderline to extremely dirty defense. Just ask Kobe Bryant who said (paraphrased) "he's a great ...

Shane Battier! As much as the man frustrates me....I'll admit he's a fearsome defender. But at the same time he's been in some pretty questionable situations where his defense has really just been some cheap tricks ...

Haha absolutely. One bad game isn't going to say much. He's had a ridiculous season.

I think Houston can make noise in the playoffs. They've built great chemistry over the past season and have a great core of Lin-Parsons-Harden-Asik. I think they're going to miss Patrick Patterson and his 11 and 5 a ...

I agree with Krithic. Kawhi will get his time and I think he can definitely be somewhere close to a 20 point scorer. I like Danny Green (UNC!) as well and I feel that if Joseph can somehow develop, he ...

I think Green can honestly play the 2-3-4. What's interesting about him is that his athleticism trumps a lot of his short comings and as seen by his performance against Miami....his shooting has gotten better as he knocked ...

Westbrook man....PASS IT ONCE PLEASE. That would have really solved some issues.

Ahh sorry I meant Joel ANTHONY

Ally: I agree from a personal viewpoint. I mean obviously if you have a 7 foot guy on the court.....you're gonna want him to grab boards and block shots.

But if you look at every generation of centers ...

I guess I'll go with the grain and say the coach as well. Honestly if the MVP went to a coach.....Poppvich would be one of the front runners. The fact that he can literally insert a 2nd round ...

Again I don't want to take anything away from him. He definitely has the skill set as seen in this article and is a phenomenal player who deserves most improved or comeback or something! I just see him more ...

I really hate his game. Like REALLY hate it. He shoots a pathetic percentage at 38.5 percent and doesn't set up anyone with only 1.7 assists per game. He's pretty much there jacking up enough shots ...

I really hate his game. Like REALLY hate it. He shoots a pathetic percentage at 38.5 percent and doesn't set up anyone with only 1.7 assists per game. He's pretty much there jacking up enough shots ...

If he gets a consistent jump shot.....Green can be scary good. He's pretty ridiculous as is athletically and shows signs of becoming better once fully healed. Confidence....as Nick and Vance said......were major reasons why he didn ...

Both Michael's points are great. AJ Green is a monster regardless and I think he's gonna have an even better year next year. The Patriots are always creeping around and either cement themselves early with the rankings or ...

You gotta give this one to the Wolfpack. First Whittenburg is out with a broken foot and this team is left for dead....then he comes back and they push through the ACC tournament beating the Deacs, MJ's Tarheels ...

Along with what Zachy said....you gotta love the PG that Kemba Walker is becoming. His numbers are great considering he doesn't have much of a roster to work with and can't really dump it off to the ...

I agree with Nick. We're talking about the cream of the crop in the 90's with Reggie Miller, Mark Jackson, Rik Smits and others helping run the show. Yet that team still didn't win a finals series ...

I think Zach is onto something. The moves are solid but now we gotta see if Stafford can put the puzzle back together like he did two years ago. They finally have a legitimate big play back in Reggie Bush ...

Middle Tennessee is not gonna get past St. Mary's. After that it's a match up of Joe Jackson and Dellevedova. However I like the big guys for Memphis in Adonis Thomas and Shaq Goodwin. I think they get ...

You gotta hand it to the Seahawks on this one. Their receiving core wasn't great this past year and it's surprising that a rookie made them look so good throwing 26td's.

Adding Harvin really fills a hole ...

It's pretty clear that Russell and KD can pretty much take on any team in the league. Add that with a solid 14 and 9 from Ibaka coupled with 15-20 off the bench from Kevin Martin and I see ...

UNC has a lot of talent and being a Tarheel myself.....I'm a little bias to say that they can go far.

All bias aside (go heels!) I think that UCLA has a huge shot. They're coming on ...

They definitely stretch the game out a lot more. With the exception of Dwight at Chandler, a lot of the centers have a decent mid range and some even try pulling up from 3.

The Magic and Cavs are all in much better shape than people think. The Kings can pretty much drop a 100 on any team, but also lack any defense and have such a weird conglomeration of players. You basically have ...

That is a really interesting breakdown of the defense. I really like the point about how it's "evolving" rather than extinct. I still think maybe the traditional "definition" of a center is going extinct. While we have guys like ...

I think with Adams out it becomes a lot more difficult. Drew is going to have to step up big time and shabazz needs an efficient game. If Anderson steps up, it's gonna be another Pac-12 nail biter.

I'm looking at Boston right now. There's always an intense feeling when the Heat and Celtics play and it's always an incredible game.
Plus this Boston team has been dynamite since the fall of Rondo. They kind ...

LOLOL at this picture.

In all seriousness though this is a must win. Not for getting into the playoffs because the Knicks will be there, but it's a HUGE morale win. I mean think about it? You get schooled ...

I really like Houston in this one. They've developed a 4 headed monster in Jeremy Lin, James Harden, Chandler Parsons and Omer Asik. If Asik plays on Lee, he can cause a lot of trouble. Asik is also really ...

UCLA is SCARY dangerous. While yes they're inconsistent and win some games in a questionably close matter, this team has a solid line up and plenty of scoring.

Seeing Larry Drew play at UNC, I saw an extremely scared ...

It seems like this is something that would happen given the tulmultuous season the Lakers have endured. At the same time, Darren hit the nail on the head. This is THE Kobe "Jelly Bean" "Black Mamba" "We are not the ...

I really loved Mike's second comment here. Lebron is light years beyond a lot of players in the league right now (KD is up there, Kobe is older now but he's still a top 10 player for me ...

I think the Lakers won't win if they play OKC ie if they're a 7th seed. The 6th seed is looking more and more probable every day with the Lakers trending up and winning a little more consistently ...

I think Missouri can make moves. They've underachieved all year but their line up on paper is as good as any in the country. Ya never know with those tigers!

I'd even argue to put him above Parker. The Spurs (without that one mishap against Portland) seem to be getting along without Parker even though of course, he's their best player. I'd think that the Warriors wouldn ...

I think that this Warriors team has been very inconsistent, especially in the last 6 games in which they've only won 2. They recently dropped 2 home games to the 8th seeded Bucks and the Rockets in the West ...

I, like Aaron, thing Rose is A MONSTER WHEN HEALTHY. He's expanded his game in so many different facets and it's incredible to believe that he can only get better once he gets past this injury. If you ...

I really like Aaron's comment and could agree from a different perspective in that yes Lebron is a ONCE in a lifetime player.

Then again, I think all the other GOATs are also once in a lifetime players.

So ...

Well Kobe seems to be reverting back to his old ways. Although he's CRAZY efficient for his regular self. Last night's game was horrible, but I think they're a playoff team. Utah is barely holding on and ...

I think that last post you had made things a little clearer to what you were saying Nick. That was one hell of a game and Wilson Chandler exploded.

My only minor argument is that the type of team Denver ...

I really like this team against the likes of the Spurs because of their youth. The Spurs play great defense and are always the best at fundamentals....but I can see this Nuggets team wreaking havoc on the playoffs if ...

That Dunk was ridiculous.

I definitely think it's a favorite candidate but just take a look at these two as well

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HsFn41nI-Vw

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HsFn41nI-Vw

Not as great competition ...

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I really like this article. It pretty much hits all the points that I would want to hit about the Nuggets general style and depth.

I think you're right about the Nuggets. It is very VERY easy for them ...

I think if you take into account age.....the things Steve Nash and Kobe Bryant do are "beastly." I mean Kobe is a specimen on his own.

I agree Steve Nash has horrible defense. He was never a good defender ...

I don't think they will if they continue their uneven play. At the same time, we've seen interesting things go down in the playoffs in previous years. While the great teams have the star power....let's not ...

Haha my bad Dean! I'm just a bball junkie in general. But Run TMC was one of the great trios in the NBA!

In regards to looks.......I'm REALLY EXCITED for this team's future.

While I was born later, I loved watching highlights of the old Warriors with Mitch Richmond, Tim Hardaway and Chris Mullins. This team is here now and ...

This team can be extremely scary in two aspects. One being that they can pretty much drop 120 on any given night and the other being that they could get romped on any night (or at least be inconsistent).

When ...

I'd have to respectfully disagree about Utah Aaron. They do have a hell of a hard schedule left and while they might be talented, I can't see them winning with a shooting guard playing point guard (Mo Williams ...

I think they're starting to trust each other a lot more now. I mean Kobe went off the last two games....but he's getting 6 assists a game this year. It's gonna be interesting regardless.

I love ...

I think Nash is sort of the weak point in this case. That's mainly cause of his defense. Offensively I think he could still hold his own. Still kinda disagree about Kobe cause he's having a great season ...

I completely agree. I guess by beastly I meant more towards their offense. It's definitely clear that defense is just as if not MORE essential. Quite honestly, I don't see them being a contender. As great as Nash ...

I agree with VA and St. Johns. I think Maryland is going to play their way into this mix though. They have a huge game against UNC coming up at home and Maryland has already pulled off upsets there. Watch ...

I wanna see how Houston does with these new moves. I liked Patrick Patterson in that lineup and Robinson is kind of unproven. At the same time though....James Harden isn't going to let up anytime soon and Lin ...