HOOPSWORLD Publisher Steve Kyler will hold his weekly chat at 10:30am EST on Mondays. Drop in your questions regarding NBA trades, the NBA Draft, roster moves or questions about your team.
Other than the Pacers and the Bulls, do you give anybody else a shot against the Miami Heat in the East?
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I think this is as open as the East has been since Miami got the Big Three… First I think Miami’s weaknesses got exposed last year. Second I think Chicago (if healthy), Indiana, New York and Brooklyn all have a legit shot at Miami. I still put the champs at the top of the heap, but the gap between them and the others isn’t nearly as great and that’s not accounting for the teams in the West that could challenge Miami in the Finals.
Ring #3 is going to be extremely tough for the HEAT.
Can the Spurs make it back to the Finals again, or was last season their final chance?
I think the road back is a harder road, but I also think they proved to themselves they are good enough. The challenge for them is always health. They got a great season out of Tim Duncan and Tony Parker, but their big off-season addition was Marco Belinelli and I am not sure that makes them arguably better in the West.
I think the X-Factor for San Antonio is Kawhi Leonard… if he can bring his game to the star level he showed flashes off in the post-season that might be the key. Manu Ginobili was a liability in the Finals, but they need his punch. If Kawhi can give them that third guy along with his defense, San Antonio could get back, its just hard to write out Oklahoma City, Memphis and the Clippers. They all got better.
Will Dwight Howard go down as one of the most scrutinized players in Lakers History?
Over scrutinized unfairly… everyone acts like he jilted the Lakers. It was a shotgun wedding and it didn’t work.
Both the Lakers and Dwight are better off apart… he was never going to be the next Kobe (meaning iconic franchise player) and what everyone expected of him never matched what he is as a player.
Do you think Seth Curry will make the Warriors roster?
They have the roster room, so its can Seth really contribute?
I spent some time with Seth just prior to the draft and boy can he shoot it. Not sure he can do much else and its hard to know where he is at conditioning wise.
But Golden State didn’t sign him just to sign him. Camp fodder typically comes out just prior to camp as a bulk announcement. Seth has to earn his spot, but given what’s on the roster now he has a real chance. He turned down guaranteed money overseas, so I am sure he knows its on him to prove he can contribute.
What’s the deal with the Knicks and Nets hosting the All-star game together? I hear that the Knicks will host the all-star game at MSG, while the Nets will host it in 2017.
Its the compromise, both teams bid for 2015 and both teams have a case for 2015.
No one is staying in Brooklyn even if it was hosted there, so you are transporting everyone. So give Brooklyn Friday and Saturday and give New York the Sunday game. Dallas was held in two venues. The Lakers and Clippers “shared” LA they just happened to share the same building.
I think the only reason its remotely plausible is because of how close both arenas are.
Its absolutely a strange arrangement, but it feeds both franchises with one awarding. So call it two birds one stone.
Who will you take and play if more minutes, gerald green or wesley johnson? And please tell me my kings will be making the playoffs in two years?
I would go with Wes Johnson… I also think Wes by virtue of how the Lakers will play will see more opportunities. Gerald will be fighting for minutes in Phoenix.
As for the Kings. I need to see how things change with new ownership and leadership. I just don’t see them as a top team in the West, they haven’t shown that yet.
Should the lakers take scoutibg seriously and pay better scouts cause the last good pick they had was bynum and they took sasha when they could’ve taken a big on verajao, they put all their eggs on signing big time free agents, they need some young talents.
The Lakers do take scouting seriously… the difference is for the last few years they have been in championship mode. The have traded away the ability to draft in order to get assets now. I think that will change pretty drastically going forward.
To be fair, I see the Lakers at virtually every scouting event… they are working the field of prospects, they just rarely have picks that can yield anything. I do think the Lakers are among the weakest in the league in the advanced analytics department. If I recall they were the only NBA team not at the Sloan Conference in Boston. That is an area they certainly need to improve on.
Hard to get quality young guys when you draft in the 50′s, that is the trade off of trading first round picks and winning games.
Lets say im buying danny’s i wont trade rondo statement. Can u see rondo carrying a young team (guys his age,immature like him) ,will he break and ask for a trade or will this be a perfect scenario for rondo to be the modern day jason kidd(prime-nets version)??
Having covered both guys for their NBA careers, I can say that Rondo from an approach to the game point of view couldn’t be any further away from Jason Kidd.
Guys loved to play with Jason. I can not say the same thing about Rondo.
Can he carry a team? He’ll get his chance. If he can’t do it, that is when I think Danny trades him. I think there is a reality to selling players… teams never pay top dollar for another guys’ player. So if you are Danny, do you give up your All-Star point guard and not get an All-Star in return? I think the answer there is no… now if Rondo fails, then you move on and get what you can get and hope the draft yields something.
Remember Rondo is coming off an ACL tear, no one buys that at a premium. So the absolute best asset for Boston is keeping Rondo and hoping he can return to form and give Boston options.
But to clearly answer your question… I haven’t seen anything from Rondo that says he can lead a team that will follow him. He can run a team? for sure, but can he be that guy everyone wants to play with? Have not seen that.
A lot of people, including the league itself, seem to be believe a hard cap would help with parity. Some people even point to the NFL having a hard cap as an example. While I do think that it would help a bit, I think the more important financial thing is non guaranteed contracts. Although it would be harder to get it, I think that would clearly fix more of basketball’s issues than a hard cap. A hard cap would lower spending slightly but I don’t see how keep teams from making dumb signings (i.e. that $40 million for 4 years contract the Nets gave Gerald Wallace last year) that hamstring them.
NFL teams make dumb signings too but unlike the NBA they can usually cut their guys for cheap or nothing (even some star players!).
Agree or disagree?
The Players’ Association won’t give up guaranteed contracts. The NBA tried to go there in 2011 and I am sure they’ll try to go there in 2017.
Here is the thing. NBA teams don’t have to guarantee contracts, they choose to. There are a lot of guys with partial guarantees or non-guaranteed years on their deals. The problem for the NBA is that owners WILL guarantee deals. NFL teams are starting to do this too.
This is the first year of what I’ll call the “Harsh Cap” — graduated tax penalties and the threat of repeat tax penalties have forced even deep pocket teams into not spending.
I have always been a fan of the idea of a non-guarantee provision in contract… lets call it the failure to perform clause… I think teams should have the ability to get out of bad deals if players fail to perform, but even that’s something the market place will stop, because while I might want out of your deal. The Rockets might not care.
Look at the deal Andrew Bynum got. It looks like $24 million, but really its $6 million with a whole bunch of provisions and protections. Bynum agreed to it, because it was the best deal he could get given his situation.
The marketplace sets the price and the terms of contracts and while in principal a harder non-guaranteed system might create parity, NBA teams really don’t want it bad enough to kill a season or two to ultimately get it.
Something that has been bothering me for a while:
Can you explain to me why so many people, including his former coach SVG, are so adamant D12 is the leagues best Center? I think Marc Gasol and Roy Hibbert are at LEAST in the discussion and would be taken by some GMs over Howard.
If we compare them to the 2011 season (the last time he started off healthy) and even ignore his drama over the last year or so, I don’t see how it isn’t a debate.
D12′s easily the best defender of the three but I don’t believe the gap between his defense and theirs is much wider, if at all, than the edge they have over him in offense (ability to score in post when he can’t just dunk it in, FT%, lower TO%), Gasol’s a much, much better passer (hibbert’s also better).
I know he has a higher FG% but that had alot to do with him always having WAY more dunks.
(ex: 25% of his points being dunks vs 8% for Hibbert and 4% for Marc.)
Not to mention Hibbert’s a few years younger than Howard.
Am I on an island or do you think some GMs would agree with me?
Can you explain to me why so many people, including his former coach SVG, are so adamant D12 is the leagues best Center?
— I always explain Dwight this way… I look at opposing teams game boards a lot… teams have a whiteboard where they put notes, plays, defensive assignments and so on and every team in the league emphasizes Dwight ALOT. Opposing players always talk about having to account for him at all times. He is physically stringer and more dominate than most of the players he faces. He is more fluid and skilled than most of the players he faces.
As for Gasol and Hibbert… I would agree that both are exceptionally good, neither have good games against Dwight.
So let me spin this back to you… who’s the best two guard in the league? — Kobe? James Harden? Dwyane Wade? I don’t think labeling one as the best means the others are not good.
I think the problem with Dwight is that for really the last 20 months we’ve seen the worst of Dwight… he’s been injured. He been battered in the media. He’s been under siege for 2 years.
I don’t know that the gap between Dwight and his peers is as great as it was two years ago… but I also don;t think we’ve seen the best of Dwight in a while.
He may never get back to the level he was at in 2009-2010, but I can tell you every team in the league is petrified of Howard on the low block and every player I have ever talked to that has had to guard him understands how much better he is than almost anyone who plays his position on both ends of the floor.
hi,Steve.what about jeremy lin’s future?can howard really help rockets?where is tmac future? thank you.
Tracy McGrady announced his retirement from basketball this morning on ESPN… so take that for what it is.
As for JLin… I a lot of it is on Jeremy. I covered this in the AM this morning: http://www.hoopsworld.com/nba-am-a-few-more-nba-trade-situations
Should Kawhi Leonard get the same hype as Paul George’s (superstar potential)? I think their skills set are fairly comparable, except Paul makes a better offensive player (scorer).
Plus, who do you think has the higher ceiling between the two?
Your thoughts, please?!
Maybe… Kawhi is not an All-Star yet, that could happen this year. I think we’ve just started to scratch the surface of what Kawhi could be as a player, but he’s in a situation where he is the third or fourth option sometimes.
Higher ceiling… Paul George because he accounts for a much larger share of the opportunities in Indiana.
Big baby is really looking like the odd man out in Orlando, what do you see in your crystal ball for him next season?
I would agree. He has to get healthy first. Hearing he may not be ready until December, so that makes him the odd guy out for a while.
I have been told a dozen times the Magic would love to trade Glen, but you have to have a buyer and he’s got an ugly contract.
If you are a coach who wants to develop young talents, where would be the best situation for you: Utah, Orlando, Phoenix, Philly or maybe somewhere else?
Not sure I understand the question… all of those situations have coaches in place.
I think Orlando has the best system for developing players in place right now… but I think both Phoenix and Philly are ramping up towards a development model too.
I think I’d give the nod to Orlando simply because they have more pieces in place. More systems and processes that are further down the line.
Big picture… I think all four situations have quality people calling the shots.
Hey Steve K. why do I have the feeling, the Mavs don’t get any love from the media. Is there a reason the Mavs are underrepresented? I mean even the roster gets judged more critical then most of the other franchises.
Sometimes it just feels as if people forget about Dirk at all. The roster gets evaluated allways on worstcase on players supposed weaknesses instead of considering its possible strength.
Would love to read something fair and square about the Mavs.
Hoopsworld is doing an awesome job, feel free to shorten my question.
Underrepresented? — not sure I would say it that way. I can speak from our perspective.
Regardless of what we write about Dallas… exclusive with Dirk Nowitzki, exclusive with Mark Cuban – it just doesn’t move the needle.
The Mavs are not a darling team. As a franchise they are really good at controlling the message. They are not a big rumor-type of team. The people who cover the Mavs get great access, so there just isn’t anything buzzy about them and frankly I think that is how Mark Cuban likes it.
I will point out that Texas is football country. The Rockets don’t get a lot of love outside the Houston fans. The Spurs clearly don’t get a lot of love either.
So I think this is more regional indifference.
I also think some of it is the Mavs have build up this expectation of landing marquee guys and when they haven’t gone down, they don’t get credit for the deals they got done being good deals.
Hard to sell that missing on Dwight Howard with “how great is Jose Calderon?”
I had a smart guy say this to me yesterday… its always easy to say its going to rain. I live in Florida, where it rains basically every day in the summer. It takes smart guys to predict when it won’t.
Its always easy for someone to point to a guys flaws, that’s typically because they may not be smart enough to identify strengths.
I appreciate you doing these chats, especially during the offseason. Anyhow, I’m wondering if the Pelicans have anyone on the block? Do they consider themselves locked into this core or are they shopping Gordon, Anderson maybe even Rivers for a starting small forward or a more traditional center?
Thanks for the time man.
From my conversations with them… they like what they have. I think they want a spirited training camp and want to see who wants to play. From there I think we’ll see who they’ll trade.
I have talked with Eric Gordon… he is THRILLED with whats going on in NOLA. Rivers genuinely believes he can be Sixth Man of the Year, so when you have guys completely selling out to your vision. I think you want to see it play out in camp and go from there.
Guys… I am out of time. Thanks for all the questions. Make sure you are following me on Twitter (@stevekylerNBA). See you all next week.
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