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NBA ALL STARS – WESTERN CONFERENCE EDITION

Well, we’re a whole 3 weeks into the NBA season, about 8% through. More than enough time to prognosticate upon who will be representing their teams in the NBA All Star game next February in Chicago. Now, not everyone will get to be an all star. Disappointing to all the participation trophy givers and receivers out there. But this is a designation that requires hard work, sacrifice, extreme skill, and a bit of luck sometimes. A quick scan of the Western Conference shows 38 names that warrant at least some level of consideration. So before we get to who makes…

POCKET GUIDE NBA SEASON PREVIEW

Welcome to the next eight months of your life. The 2019-2020 NBA season is upon as. The battle for L.A. is the featured match up on night one of the NBA season, and many expect the Western Conference Finals to be the finale of the match up of superstar duos. Lebron and The Brow vs. Kawhi and Paul George. But lets slow down. That’s a late May/June event. Lets deal in the here and now for a moment. This is being billed as one of the most exciting seasons in NBA history with no overwhelming favorite, and by my count,…

THE NBA’S WORST CONTRACT

Following the trade that sent Russell Westbrook to Houston and saw Chris Paul’s return to Oklahoma City (recall he spent a year in OKC as a Hornet following hurricane Katrina) the public opinion seemingly went overboard in their negative assessment of Chris Paul. Certainly his production has declined as he’s gotten older, and he hasn’t played a full season since 2014-2015. In his 2 seasons as a Rocket he managed to be on the floor for 58 games each season, not including playoffs. His per game scoring average was the lowest of his career at 15.6 ppg. But he is…

NBA PLAYERS WHO NEED TO MAKE A BIG LEAP

The NBA draft is now well behind us, it feels like a lifetime ago (it was less than 2 weeks ago in reality). And the initial flurry of NBA free agency moves have been made with really only Kawhi Leonard as the last major piece to fall into place. Its now time to start thinking about how the existing pieces fit into the new puzzle each team is trying to put together called their 2019-2020 roster. We’re going to review 5 non-lottery talents taken in the first round of the 2018 draft that were brought along at a snail’s pace…

RUNNING THOUGHTS AS NBA FREE AGENCY KICKS OFF

Keep coming back for more thoughts and info as it comes with regards to the NBA free agent extravaganza that starts in just under half an hour…. Just kidding, its 2:34 here (PST), about 26 minutes before anything is allegedly allowed to get done, and we’ve got reports of about 16 deals going down. I’m going to just keep updating this post throughout the evening with random thoughts and notes regarding the movement, so keep refreshing ladies and gentlemen! 2:34 PM PST: Deals we know of so far: Kyrie Irving to the Nets on a max deal, 4 years, $141…

TIME TO PUT THE PUZZLE TOGETHER: NBA FREE AGENCY

With over 200 players in the NBA free agency pool this next month will truly be a jigsaw puzzle as league execs attempt to piece together their rosters in what is suddenly appearing to be a wide open race to take home the next Larry O’Brien trophy. The reigning champs, the Toronto Raptors may not retain their cornerstone piece, their franchise savior, Kawhi Leonard. The Golden State Warriors’ dynasty was shook to its core by 2 devastating injuries in the Finals, and will likely never be the same again. The team that would be king, the 2018 off season paper…

ITS JUST ABOUT SHOWTIME

With some maneuvering, namely sending out the bottom of the barrel of their roster to the Wizards, the Lakers have managed to set themselves up to be in a position of offering a near (within a few hundred thousand dollars… Oh, is that all, just a few hundred grand, sure, I’ve got that in my car’s cup holder) max deal to a free agent. Now, there are currently 2 schools of thought in regards to what to do with this money. The first of which is to offer it up to bring in a 3rd star. Targets are thought to…

FINAL NBA MOCK DRAFT: Includes Projected Trades

Tonight by NBA presidential decree, the draft will be re-instituted. At least for a night. The dreams of 60 young men will be realized tonight as they’re welcomed into the fraternity of the NBA. Before they do though, we’re going to speculate on how the night will play out. That’s right, we’re gonna do our best Nostraduckmas impersonation and project all 60 picks, including trades! I know, I know, you need to go change your underwear you’re so excited. Go on, we’ll wait. Okay, you’re back? Great, lets get into this then, I know you’re busy, and we absolutely appreciate…

CLINT CAPELA AND THE BOSTON CELTICS

Welcome to NBA offseason land. A land of make believe. Of rumors, of speculation, of off hand comments being taken as gospel. A land of lies, and deceit. On June 9th, Steve Kyler of Basketball Insiders┬áresponded to a question from @DakRandallNESN (who per a quick search is shown to be an assistant content producer with NESN) asking who the Celtics may be pursuing. At 7:48 AM, Steve replied with “The Celtics from what I have heard engaged pretty seriously on Clint Capela… have had some level of talks with Terry Rozier on a new deal. Everything is very fluid at…

TRADING PLACES: NBA EDITION

NBA Twitter has been all aflutter with trade rumors running rampant. Celtics and Lakers pursuing Anthony Davis. Eric Murphy, sorry, I mean Rich Paul trying to ward off Danny Ainge’s seemingly life long pursuit of the Brow. Will the Lakers include Kuzma? Will that #4 pick of the Lakers entice a 3rd team to enter the fray? Well tune in bat fans because the trade rumor mill is about to jump to 80 year old ladies playing canasta while drunk levels of chirping. And you can find out what happens here, on You’re Ducking Right. Before the final draft preview.…