Lang Greene is a NBA Writer for HOOPSWORLD covering the Atlanta Hawks and Eastern Conference. Lang’s chat gets started at 8pm EST every Wednesday.
1)I think the Bucks got a fair price for Sanders if the reported deal of about $11 mil per year is true.
So can you tell me in order who you think is the best value for their contract and why? (including their age and contract):
Brook Lopez, 4 years, $60.8 million
Nicola Pekovic, 5 years, $60 million
Serge Ibaka, 4 years, $49.4 million
Sanders, 4 years, $44 mil
2) Who do you currently have as your bottom 3 playoff teams in East of these 4: Wizards, Cavs, Hawks, Pistons?
I think Wizards are clearly the worst (not by a lot) but i’ve seen a few sites saying it’s either the Hawks or Pistons to my surprise.
What’s up Hoop Freaks? This one is for Allen Iverson. Salute and nothing but respect to a basketball legend. Always hoped he would get one last shot, but Father Time and other aspects have taken its toll. Nonetheless, one of the greatest to ever do it. Excluding no one.
Great question to get things started.
It depends on how the rest of your team looks, but I’m partial to Brook Lopez. Finding coordinated 7′ footers able to give you 20+ points per game is a rarity .. and at $15 million per season isn’t too bad of a situation at the top of your salary cap.
Secondly, I think Washington, Detroit, Atlanta, Toronto and Cleveland will all be in the mix for those last three spots. I think Cleveland has improved significantly, but I’m shaky on them because of their propensity for injury. Kyrie, Bynum and Varejao have been known to miss significant chunks of the season. Atlanta has the talent to make it but their chemistry could be a problem … especially with a rookie head coach who has to gain cohesion. It is going to be a fun race to watch.
Good Evening, Lang. I am always underdog lover and heartbroken when the spurs 28 seconds from knocking down the heats, so i would like to ask a question about Bucks. They have a gd center who is a defense specialist and I like İlyasova’s shooting. and if they beat out all the odds( the 8th, 9th worst team in the league) and get Andrew Wiggins, they could be having the best front court. and in the best scenario, they get Rondo in 2 years as free agent, they can be SUPER good. Am i dreaming? Thank you
Honestly, you are dreaming a bit. Let me address the Rondo wish first … two years is an eternity in the NBA. So many moving parts … don’t peg your hopes on a 2015-16 dream. Winning the draft lottery is a another crapshoot. I do believe the Bucks have talent right now. They’re not as far off from being a playoff team as most think. But resting their success on the variables you listed, while fun to think about, are not likely.
1 more question. I know as long as miami keeps their big 3 together, they will be the no.1 team to beat. but Wade is getting older, so is Bosh and Lebron. so in your opinion, which team has the best chance to compete for a championship in the post-2003 class era? Cleveland gets 1 vote from me. Thank you
After LeBron James, you have to put Kevin Durant in the discussion. The Cavaliers, led by Kyrie, will eventually be in the mix but Oklahoma City is right there at the top … right now.
I just read the Kevin love article…why does people give him such a hard time but people doesn’t give lamarcus Aldridge a hard time…he hasn’t lead his team to the post season since Brandon Roy went down.
Thanks for the read. Much appreciated.
In my view LaMarcus Aldridge was thrust into the lead role because of Brandon Roy’s injuries. Kevin Love was basically entrusted as the “franchise guy” in season two. So you have to factor this is … but in my opinion Kevin Love has received a pass in general from the media and fans. As much slack as Chris Bosh receives, don’t ever forget he took those Toronto Raptors to the postseason strapped to his back. It is time for Kevin Love to do the same. He has the contract. He has the All-Star appearances. He has the supporting cast. He has a strong coach. He has the organization’s backing. It is all on him now in 2013-14 and I will be watching closely.
Hope your week is goin’ well! Got a question that I’d be interested to get your take on..
Sam Cassel. I always felt he was underappreciated by NBA fans and the media in terms of production and leadership. Were you very familiar with his game in his prime circa 1999-2005? He was putting up good, efficient numbers during those years (19/4/7) at the point guard position and was leading those teams pretty deep into the playoffs. Just interested to get your thoughts, and thanks for doing what you do for the hardcore hoop fans!
My man Chase. My week is going pretty well. Can’t complain.
Sam Cassell could go. I followed Sam’s game all the way back to Florida State when him, Bob Sura and Charlie Ward used to get busy in the ACC. Sam was underappreciated. No question. Offensively he was a problem off the bounce and an absolute master at creating space for his mid-range jumper. Go look at some of his clips on YouTube. He was a master at using a defenders own momentum against them.
Salute to Sam-I-Am
Talk me off the Timberwolves-Are-Winning-OKC’s-Northwest-Division ledge. They may not win most of the head-to-heads, but they’re deeper, and have better options at SG and C. With a healthier season from Rubio, Love, and Budinger, it looks as though they will hold up better through 82 games than the Thunder.
Can’t buy the cupcakes if anyone is selling Minnesota over Oklahoma City right now. The stage is set for a playoff appearance for the T’Wolves. I would be highly disappointed in them as a fan if they produce another sub .500 season. It’s time to get it done and join the Western Conference’s elite.
How about this trade:
76ers get: O. Asik and T. Jones
Houston get: Thad Young and S Hawes
Houston gets an upgrade at power forward and a reserve center that may complement D. Howard.
76ers get a starting center and potential in Jones.
Good proposal. One that would benefit both teams. But I wouldn’t bite if I was Houston. Not until Howard shows his back, shoulder, wrist, etc are back to form. Asik is an asset. I wouldn’t be in a rush to deal him. Talent wins championships, so you just can’t trade away guys like that. Now … Thaddeus Young can play, but he’s owed a ton and we know Houston will have to break the bank on Chandler Parsons soon.
Solid proposal though, I just wouldn’t pull the trigger if I was Daryl Morey.
How do you see Bradley Beal’s game progressing this year? Could he be in the ‘Most Improved’ conversation if the Wizards are in playoff mix?
Brad will have his feet under him a bit more. John Wall was hurt early last season so he got off to a rough start as a rookie. But did you notice how he started to bust guys up Dec-Feb? The scoring was up. The shooting percentage was up. He started to get it, but then injuries set in. No reason he shouldn’t be pumping in 14-16 points per night on close to 40 percent shooting form three-point range.
What’s up Mr. Greene?
Glad you’re with us tonight. Do you see Tobias Harris as more of a 4 or 3 for the Magic moving forward? He really had it going toward the end of last season, but the return of a healthy Glen Davis seems to be in his way at PF. Will he get starters minutes anyway, and in general are you a fan of his game?
Glad I’m here with the Hoop Freaks too! Thanks.
I see Tobias Harris as more of a small forward who can play power forward (ala Thaddeus Young) if needed to do so. I believe Harris will continue averaging 33+ minutes per night. Easily on that roster. Big fan of his game and glad the young bull got his chance to shine.
Any chance Mark Price can fix MKG’s broken jump shot?
Also, in 20/20 hindsight should the Cat’s have drafted differently with their #2 pick?
Easy to play the hindsight game. I judge picks by “at the time” … and MKG was the “safe” pick for a franchise who had made some huge mistakes in drafts prior.
Now, I believe Damian Lillard is going to be a multiple time All-Star performer eventually. Andre Drummond may develop into a very solid big man. Brad Beal could record a few 20+ point per game seasons before he hangs up the laces. Other than that, MKG could develop into a very solid player. He’s not a franchise player type talent. But could he develop into a Gerald Wallace type of a guy? Yes. That isn’t a bad realm to be in.
Should the Jazz be concerned with T. Burke’s Summer League performance?
I don’t put much stock in Summer League games. But the expectations will be high for him because of where he was drafted. He’ll have to deliver quicker than his peers, without the security blanket (coddling).
Favors and Hayward are open for extensions.
1. What will be the agents position for $/yr?
2. What will the Jazz offer be?
3. Where do they end up?
4. Or, do they end up RFAs?
My man! Always good to hear from you.
I wish I knew these answers because I would be able to maximize my income stream. Haha.
1. I’m quite sure Derrick Favors’ agent is trying to secure $9-10 million per season. 5yr/$46 million. I can see Hayward’s agent pushing for J.J. Redick type money … 4yr/$26 million or so.
2. I think the Jazz let both guys enter (restricted) free agency. No need to bid against yourself when you’ll have the opportunity to MATCH ANY offer for their services next summer.
3. I think both guys end up back in Utah
4. Yep, restricted free agency. My prediction.
Call me crazy, but I’m very psyched about the moves Detroit made this summer. Not only do I think this team will make the playoffs, but I think they could make some noise if Drummond develops like everybody believes he can. Plus they should absolutely be a top 10 defensive team.
How about you, do you think they can surprise as well?
You are not crazy. The Pistons made some very solid moves on paper. Brandon Jennings, Josh Smith, KCP, Chauncey Billups, etc … very solid summer.
But I disagree with you on how much noise they can make “this” season. If the Pistons do make the playoffs, they’re first round toast for Miami, Brooklyn, Chicago, Indiana or New York.
In his latest chat, Bill Ingram stated he would take Marc Gasol over Dwight Howard if he was starting a team from scratch. He cited who the player is as a person matters as much as what they do on the court. And Ingram believes based on the way Dwight has gone about his private and professional business the last 2-3 years, he prefers Gasol. Would you choose the same? Why or why not.
One thing about Bill Ingram I will always respect is his stance. Whether it is popular or not, he sticks by them.
Right now, I would still take a healthy Dwight Howard over Marc Gasol. But I will admit the gap has closed considerably. If you asked me that two years ago I would have been chuckling while typing a response. But I really had to think about it …which says a lot about the drop-off in Dwight Howard. In many ways he’s been regressing. Maybe this time next year I’ll be on the other side of the rope with my man Bill.
I believe the Portland Trailblazers are going to be the surprise team this year in the West. They had an overly week bench last year, which caused a lot of issues. Also, they had an undersized PF playing center in JJ Hickson, which led to the most points in the paint against in the NBA last year. They have now addressed their size and depth issue and have a starting line-up which features a big three of Damien Lillard, Nicolas Batum, and LaMarcus Aldrige which can complete with the best of them. Questions: Do you agree they will surprise this year? What do you think their biggest weakness will be? And if you were a betting man, over or under 43 wins on the season?
I can see the Trail Blazers making a strong run for the playoffs. But a lot of this hinges on if LaMarcus Aldridge is truly sold on the team long term. There is talk the man wants a trade from the team and the source I heard this from over the summer is very credible. Who knows … but yes, on paper the Blazers have addressed the lack of size and bench depth woes. I’m looking forward to see them play this season
What’s your opinion of Enes Kanter? He has been given all the opportunity in the world in Utah now that Millsap and Jefferson are gone. And what type of stat line do you project from him this season?
I don’t like doing stat line projections … because most guys in the league, if given the minutes, can produce a decent stat line. I think Enes will be a serviceable big man.I could see him averaging low double-digits and grabbing a fair amount of boards.
If you were starting a team from scratch, rank your preference from these bigs: Jonas Valancious, Anthony Davis, Javale McGee, Marcin Gortat, Nikola Vucevic
From scratch …
Anthony Davis. Jonas Valanciunas. Marcin Gortat. JaVale McGee. Nikola Vucevic.
If you could choose one coach who will help his team exceed expectations the most next year, who would it be and why. Conversely, which coach do you think will be the biggest detriment to their teams success next year (kinda like Vinny Del Negro last year).
The presence of Doc Rivers in LA from a mental standpoint is huge. I listen to Doc Rivers during late game situations when his team is down and seemingly out and his speeches even have me believing I could suit up and give them a few minutes. Lol. Just a great motivator.
Steve Clifford won’t get much press and the Bobcats aren’t making the playoffs … but I think Steve will have those playing noticeably better. Watch.
Still not sold on Mike D’Antoni. Also not sold on Randy Wittman.
If you were a NBA coach, which injury prone big would you prefer on your team for next year and why: Andrew Bogut, Andrew Bynum, Amare Stoudemire or Greg Oden
Andrew Bogut. I still think you can get solid production from him. Amar’e is a close second. He has been injured lately, but he hasn’t been a scrub when he has logged minutes.
In your opinion, which team do you believe will win more games next year and why: Dallas Mavericks or New Orleans Hornets
Dallas. Dirk Nowitzki, though getting older, is still a true franchise player capable of getting W’s.
The Pelicans are on the rise, but they have serious question marks on the interior. A bit undersized down low.
Laannngg! Número Uno! Sup dude? How’re things going?!?
Maan I just saw A.I has officially retired! I am shattered. He is y all
Time number 1 player. MJ, Larry, The dream, all em he is before em!
Where do you stack him all up pg/sg wise? I loved his game, little but TOUGH! Was always hoping he would pull his head in and come back off the bench for a contender, dude deserved a
I think I’m gunna have to bust out my old tapes of the ’01 finals HAHAAA!
My man!!! Always good to hear from you.
Sad day for me as a basketball enthusiast. Allen Iverson, while I didn’t agree with everything he represented, was a certified game changer and iconic figure for the sport. I have the utmost respect for him as a player. Respect to Virginia!
dust off those tapes … it will be well worth it. Poor Tyronnn Lue in that series. Haha.
Hard to rank Allen Iverson. I need a bit more time to think on this one. Him and Isiah Thomas are my favorite guys under 6’2 all-time.
Good evening Lang, are GA schools back in session (your girls thus busy); is tramp still occupying you/daughters/backyard birds attention? On to NBA question: ATL off season was fairly solid (balancing losses/gains: in my opinion); like you, I see Hawks in East playoffs, but then, probably not out of 1st round. Are you in general agreement? Do you see new ATL head coach as good choice: for this season? for next few years? 3rd question: ATL currently has 14 players under contract; but with 5 of them known primarily as PG’s, do you predict any further Hawk’s moves to rationalize 13/14 lineup?
School is back in session my man. Lol. And yes, the trampoline is still getting its work in … from the girls and yes, a true target for birds.
I agree with you. Playoffs for Atlanta. First round exit. I think the Budenholzer hire was a solid one.
Lang what’s good…I asked Jabari this question now I would like your opinion…do you believe that Melo has enough around him to Win a Championship..if not then what is it that he is missing…or is it that he is not the guy to get it done without a superior team……
No. The Knicks are not built for a championship. They would be if Amar’e was still, Amar’e. But he’s not. Stoudemire is still very good. But he’s no longer elite and teams need at least two elite guys to make a Finals run nowadays.
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