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Where do you project the Magic to be in 3 years? They have several prospects from last year that seem to have a high ceiling. Victor looks good so far. Plus they will have a ton of cap space in 2014 and 2015 in the no state income tax in FL. The no state tax I believe saved Howard from paying over 20 million in Houston. Thanks.
Good afternoon, HOOPSWORLD Citizens, and welcome to another edition of my weekly chat! The NFL season officially starts tonight, which is exciting for the guy that has Ray Rice and Eric Decker in his fantasy football starting lineup, but really all the start of a major sport in the fall has made me feel is excitement for some NBA basketball. The first preseason games are in a month, which means I have a whole other fantasy draft to start preparing for (mock drafts, here I come!). Not that anyone cares, but because my team sucked so thoroughly last season, I traded away all my players for draft picks, so I’ve got a top-three pick, plus three second-round picks and two third-round picks. And I’m keeping Derrick Rose and Roy Hibbert. I’m excited. But like I said, no one cares. I’ve got a captive audience right now, though, so deal with it.
Okay, okay, okay… I’ll get to the questions… here we go!
I think three years is a good amount of time for us to “wait and see” with the Magic, who are just going to have to stink for a couple more seasons in order to let their young kids develop and amass the draft picks they’ll need to be relevant again. Like you, I really enjoy Oladipo and think he’s got as good a shot as anyone of being named this year’s Rookie of the Year. He’ll have the opportunity in terms of playing time, and I think his all-around talent is right up there with any other rook in the league. This sounds crazy, but I think Kelly Olynyk will be up there when it’s all said and done, too. But that’s a tangent. Back to the question.
I’m assuming that Orlando is bad enough to get themselves another stud, but man, if they ended up with Andrew Wiggins, Julius Randle, or Jabari Parker, I’d like them a whole lot more moving forward. Tobias Harris, Nik Vucevic, Mo Harkless are all guys that look promising, but one more potential superstar rookie in 2014 would go a long ways towards boosting my confidence. If they get that and Oladipo pans out, I like where they’re headed.
1) As a passionate fan, you seemed like the best writer to ask this to: what do you think of Jimmy Goldstein’s article (if you didn’t see it, he basically said since the 60s he has been sitting front row at Lakers games every year at almost every game even though he strongly dislikes them)? Sounds like professional hating to me. I can’t imagine regularly attending Spurs games just because i lived in SAS…it’s just irrational to me.
2)I feel like too many people are counting out Bulls chances of being the #1 seed. I know Lebron and the Heat have improved alot since D ROse was injured but the 2 seasons Rose was healthy in big 3 era Bulls were better by 4 games in regular season.
3) If you were the Pacers would you start Stephenson or Granger?
1. If my favorite team was bad, I would not be purchasing season tickets. It’s as simple as that. I’d still go some games, but not half of the home schedule or anything like that. The White Sox, for example, are as bad as they’ve been in over a decade, but I still went to a couple of games this past summer because I’m a fan. I also don’t “hate-watch” TV shows like some people do. If the show sucks, I just don’t watch it. Can’t imagine spending good money just to sit there pouting and hating. No thanks.
2. In 2011 and 2012, the Bulls had the best record in the Eastern Conference, and this 2013-2014 roster is better than either of those rosters were. Definitely can’t count it out, especially with how much stock Thibs puts in each and every regular season game. I don’t know that that’s a good thing, but it works in Bulls’ favor as potential #1 overall seed.
3. I’d start Hill-George-Granger. You bring Lance off the bench and he can play either two or three. Plus, he’s in a contract year, and if he’s not an official “starter,” maybe you can get him for less money. I haven no idea if that’s something Indiana would actually do, but it’d be a smart way to approach it, I guess, as long as Lance didn’t find out and feel disrespected and bolt. On second though, never mind. I’d still pick Granger, though. They need the help on offense.
Thoughts on the Raptors this season? Playoffs?
Let’s break this down logically: Miami, Chicago, Indiana, Brooklyn, and New York are making the playoffs. I also really think Detroit and Atlanta are getting in, too, which leaves one open spot for someone from this pool: Cleveland, Washington, and Toronto. All three of those teams look really improved to me, so I’m having a hard time deciding which I think will get in. Right now, I’m leaning towards the Wizards, but I’m not good at making these kinds of predictions, as anybody who has ever read my preseason 50 predictions articles knows. I really do think the Raps will be right there, though. Let’s try and get to .500 first, and playoffs won’t be far behind.
Lamar Odom…realistically what are his chances of playing in the NBA again at his age…with all that baggage?
I hope his “re-hab” is successful this time, for his REAL life, Getting mixed up with the Kardashian’s, the TV show and the LA lifestyle probably wasn’t a good choice in hind-site for Lamar, ask Mark Cuban.
I think Aaron Hernandez has a better shot at playing in the NFL again. The Odom story is pretty crazy, though I guess not particularly surprising in retrospect. He needs to get himself right, and in the meantime I think the rest of the league will move on, looking for younger, cheaper, harder-working talent to fill those last few roster spots. Odom’s done in the NBA, I’d say.
This is Benjamin from Germany.
How do you think has the best chance to get the Rooki of the Award?
Guten tag, Benjamin from Germany, and thanks for your question!
Honestly, the all-around talent this year isn’t staggering in terms of breakout stars, which is why I really think Oladipo will end up winning it. As I’ve already said today, I like Kelly Olynyk, too, and think he’ll have a surprisingly excellent rookie campaign. Cody Zeller is possible, as is Trey Burke. I’m not betting against Oladipo, though.
I know they probably won’t but should the Bulls take a shot and bring in Beasley for camp?
I just threw up a little bit in my mouth.
You got any fantasy sleepers this early? Can’t wait to get fantasy hoops going!
I honestly haven’t had a ton of time to think about fantasy basketball yet. My football draft was just this past weekend, so I’ve been immersing myself in that for the last few weeks. Once I see how my football decisions pan out, I’ll go out and buy a fantasy basketball magazine and start separating my tiers for that. As for sleepers, it’s way too early to tell who you could get late and still have them be productive, but a couple names jump out: Jeff Teague always goes later than he’s supposed to, and I actually think Glen Davis has a chance to be productive this season if he can stay healthy. Guys like Jonas Valanciunas, Derrick Favors, and Enes Kanter look poised for breakout seasons, too. I’ll have more after I delve a little deeper into eight-and-nine category stat projections.
I know it’s hard to come up with possible trades when no teams are actually talking about trades, but if it were up to you, what are some trades you’d like to see go down at some point this season?
We’ve been talking about trade situations here at HOOPSWORLD for a couple of weeks now, so if you want detailed answers to questions like this, just check out the last several NBA AM reports. There’s loads of good stuff in there.
But to answer your question quickly, I think Boston needs to cash out on Rajon Rondo. He could turn a pretty penny and even get them a first-rounder or two in the process. Time for him and the C’s to move on. Phoenix needs to ship off Marcin Gortat, and there are plenty of teams that could use a center with his skill set. Sacramento has 7,453 guards in their rotation, so moving off Marcus Thornton or Jimmer Fredette would really help Ben McLemore blossom. Indy could get by with trading Danny Granger.
when the hornets come back to charlotte, do you think they will go back to teal or keep the current colors
Good Lord, I hope so. Has anybody bumped into any fan-created speculative uniform designs while perusing the internet? Has Uni Watch covered this yet? I love that kind of stuff, but I see little reason not to modernize the classic look, much like what Detroit, Milwaukee, and Philly have done. I can’t wait for this particular re-branding. It’s going to be off the chain. (Do people still say that?)
Tristan Thompson is shooting around 90% on FTs in the FIBA tournament. Thats an increase from his 68% he averaged his first two years. He constantly improves and has a work ethic like no other. What do you think his ceiling can be?
An on another note, what do you think of Chris Grant? He has assembled a young, very talented roster that is now filled with some veterans and is incredibly versatile. I think he should receive more recognition for the job he has done so far with the Cavs’ rebuild!
The really cool thing about Thompson’s boost in FT% is that he’s done it by SWITCHING SHOOTING HANDS. He just decided to start shooting free throws with his other hand, and it’s bumped him up over 20 points on his percentage. Unreal. I always feel like a three-year-old when I try and shoot a set free throw lefty. I’m sure I look like an idiot, too. So props to Tristan for figuring that out. I hope it translates to the regular season.
His ceiling needs to be high if the Cavs are going to make the playoffs, and I’m absolutely ready to see him take the next step as a pro. Either he’s a 10 and 7 guy forever, or he’s a borderline All-Star, but it’s time to show definitively which one of those he’s going to be. This is the season where I think that debate is settled.
Grant’s done okay, but Kyrie was an easy pick, and I think he’d botched three drafts in a row by reaching for players that weren’t the best ones available at the time. Jonas Valanciunas should have been the pick in 2011 (and everyone knew it) and Harrison Barnes should’ve been the pick in 2012 (and everyone knew it). Can you imagine how much better this time would look with those two guys dressed in merlot and gold than Thompson and Dion Waiters? Even the Anthony Bennett thing… I just don’t know. Thought he should’ve traded Varejao earlier in the season last year, because of course he got hurt. He always gets hurt.
You’re right in that the Cavs are on the right track, but I think they could’ve been even better had drafts gone the way they were supposed to.
What are you most looking forward to this upcoming season?
Honestly, the first Bulls home game when Derrick Rose is announced. The United Center is going to be nuts. Mostly, though, I’m just looking forward to being back in NBA buildings. Pacers games were SO MUCH FUN (in a Ronald Jenkees voice) last year, and Bulls games are always a spectacle. I’m lucky enough to cover two of the four or five best teams in the Eastern Conference. Just being at NBA games as a journalist is enough for me.
With Barnes looking like the odd man out at Small Forward in G-state. What would you think of the deal of barnes and speights to toronto for Derozan+Hansbrough. Toronto lets gay walk next summer and starts off young with ross,JV and barnes as the young cornerstones. Gstate settles the SF dispute and starts demar with Iggy. Then klay thompson becomes a jamal crawford type of 6th man. Thoughts?
Bringing in DeRozan just creates a new logjam at shooting guard with him and Klay Thompson fighting over minutes. I think Barnes can stomach coming off the bench as long as the Warriors are among the West’s best teams (and, at least for next year, they should be). Gotta have some depth, right? I think the trade you’re suggesting is a downgrade overall, so I’d pass if I were Golden State. If I’m the Raptors, though, I jump all over that.
Hi Joel.. every year there’s dreamers out there that repeat the same story before the season about how this is the year the Raptors make the playoffs.. I’m a Raptors fan and I’m from Canada but let’s be serious.. they aren’t going to get in the playoffs this year.. I tell this to everyone every year (not being negative.. just don’t see it happening with this roster vs the East)! Am I wrong this year?
Good Lord, you sound like a jaded Cubs fan. They’ve got a shot, bud. They really do. They were the first Eastern Conference team out of the playoffs last year, so if they can just win four or five more games this year than last, they’ll be right there. A full year with Rudy Gay, the development of J-Val, a healthy Kyle Lowry… those things are going to help. Without Bargnani, Toronto’s going to be a really fun team to watch this year. I’m not counting anyone out until the season starts. There are always surprises in this game.
Do you think Nikola Mirotic will be the next Peja Stojakovic as a Power Forward? And I always felt like Jimmy Butler could develop into a Paul Pierce type of player offensively, what do you think? If both do develop into those types of players that’s definitely not a bad thing
I don’t know what Nikola Mirotic is going to be, but I’ve heard nothing but great things out of Spain and the YouTube videos I’ve watched have done nothing to contradict an of that positive humming. He’ll be coming in right as Carlos Boozer is heading out, so I think Taj Gibson will be there to act as a more traditional four when Mirotic finally heads stateside. Very excited to see how he translates to NBA game.
Jimmy is a perfect player for today’s NBA. He plays great defense and can knock down outside shots at a high percentage. It will be interesting to see how well-rounded his game comes back after the offseason, but he’s a good kid and a hard worker, so I’m optimistic he’ll be the best starting shooting guard the Bulls will have had since Ben Gordon. I mean, he kinda already is that, I guess.
Alright folks, that’s all the questions for this week, so make sure you head back next Thursday for more of the same. Until then, enjoy Week 1 of fantasy football (er… NFL football, I mean), and I’ll catch you in a week!
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