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DIAMONDS IN THE ROUGH

The NFL draft’s first round comes with all the bells and whistles. The commissioner announces all the picks, its in prime time, and all eyes are turned to the stage to see who gets picked next. Day two of the draft, the second and third round really lays the foundation for whether or not teams will succeed. These are the guys you’ve probably seen on Saturdays, or at the very least on Sportscenter that night. But its on day three where NFL executives earn the paychecks and build their reputations. Its on this day when they lean heavily on the…

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.…

NBA MOCK DRAFT 2.0 – LAST ATTEMPT UNTIL DRAFT DAY

We’re just over a week away from the 2019 NBA Draft. The league champions will be crowned either Thursday, or Sunday night. It still amazes me how quickly the league turns its attentions from the Finals to the Draft. Regardless, we’re going to take one more crack at a mock draft before our final venture that will come out the day of the draft, June 20th. We’re not projecting trades, of which I expect there to be plentiful. Both in draft and prior. Its anticipated that Anthony Davis will be traded between now and draft day (I’m anticipating it’ll come…

NBA NORTHWEST DIVISION OFFSEASON ROLL CALL

A tough division that saw the Nuggets at the top this year, there isn’t really a team devoid of talent. You could certainly say that the Timberwolves didn’t play well, but with Karl Anthony Towns, Andrew Wiggins, Jeff Teague, and Dario Saric, they have some talent. You’ve got some star studded guard play with Dame Lilliard, Russell Westbrook, and Donovan Mitchell. Some stud centers in Rudy Gobert and Nikola Jokic. And one of the top 2 way players in the game today in Paul George. But as we approach the NBA offseason, the draft, trades, free agency. What is each…

NBA PACIFIC DIVISION OFFSEASON ROLL CALL

In the wake of the Raptors victory over the Warriors to move up 3-1 in the series, with the Warriors on the brink of losing, the question is now being posed that was seemingly a forgone conclusion a month ago, will Kevin Durant consider staying? Could Golden State do what they did last time they lost in the finals, sign Kevin Durant? Its been thought since the all star break, if not all season by most, that Durant would be looking for new opportunities after this season. Him staying put would put the kibosh on the plans of a few…

NBA SOUTHWEST DIVISION OFFSEASON ROLL CALL

Game 4 of the NBA Finals isn’t for a few more hours. But the end of the season is very much in site as draft night is officially less than 2 weeks away. A lot of talk will be about cap space that teams have, and their ability to maneuver. Ultimately, if you’re properly motivated you can get almost anything done. If the Cavs (a franchise currently in gross salary cap hell) had the opportunity to sign Kevin Durant, they could figure out a way to get it down. It wouldn’t be easy, and it’d cost them assets to get…

READY TO BREAK OUT

Sometimes breaking can be good. Breaking that glass ceiling. Break dancing was all the rage in the 80’s. Break neck speeds can be exciting. But sometimes breaking can be bad. Breaking a condom. Breaking out with acne. Breaking your arm. In this case though we’re talking about breaking out from their rookie seasons. Establishing themselves firmly into the NFL landscape. We’ve identified 25 second year NFL players who are looking to be super sophs. We’re not talking about the blue chippers, the Saquon Barkleys, the Quenton Nelsons, the Bradley Chubbs, or Sony Michels. Nope, no sir, you won’t find a…

CHECKING THE CAREER BATTING AVERAGE

We’re coming up on the 2 year anniversary of You’re Ducking Right. On June 4th, 2017 the first post was made. Many predictions have been made, some right, some wrong. We’re rapidly approaching the NBA’s off season with only the Raptors vs Warriors finals standing between us and the free agency frenzy awaiting the league. Before we get to the annual free agency prediction article, lets review how we’ve done in the past. We went back and reviewed the 25 free agency predictions for the summer of 2017 in the NBA, the summer of 2018 in the NBA, and then…

DECSION 2019 – KEVIN DURANT

For months now speculation has driven the NBA headlines. Where will Anthony Davis be traded? Who will land Zion? Can the 76ers keep both Jimmy Butler and Tobias Harris? Will Kyrie stay true to his word? Is Kawhi bye-bye after just one year? But the biggest piece of the puzzle, the domino that could shape the NBA landscape for the next half decade, is where will Kevin Durant be playing basketball come October 2019? While the Golden State Warriors try to return to good health watching Toronto and Milwaukee trade blows in the east, the big decision of this summer…

WHICH WAY DO I GO NOW?

Like the Hindenburg, the Boston Celtics season went down in a ball of flames. While all the focus has been on Kyrie Irving, and yes aside from Game 1, Kyrie certainly didn’t produce as anyone thought he would in the second round of the playoffs, including Kyrie. All the blame can’t be placed upon him. Tatum didn’t provide the scoring punch that one would hope he would to take pressure off Kyrie. Hayward, who had played very well the last few months of the season reverted back to his early season form, at least results wise. Smart couldn’t provide the…