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@Emergenzy It is like people who think hideaway pizza is the best

7 hours, 7 minutes ago on Thursday Bolts – 8.21.14

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@Emergenzy dan lebatard and lebron?

7 hours, 31 minutes ago on Thursday Bolts – 8.21.14

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@Grolgar @Tvaddic that is what he does with strippers

9 hours, 13 minutes ago on Thursday Bolts – 8.21.14

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@Tvaddic amish paradise

9 hours, 56 minutes ago on Thursday Bolts – 8.21.14

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@Bryson nothing important. 

11 hours, 19 minutes ago on Thursday Bolts – 8.21.14

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@C-Wil why?

11 hours, 59 minutes ago on Thursday Bolts – 8.21.14

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@Butterfingers find a women to give him a massage and I bet he grows two inches

12 hours, 37 minutes ago on Thursday Bolts – 8.21.14

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@Butterfingers then they have no chance of winning a title, so i hope they do. 

12 hours, 39 minutes ago on Thursday Bolts – 8.21.14

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@King of Carrot Flowers the third it wont happen, he didnt pay 2 billion to move from LA to a small market that wont make his investment worthwhile, he wants something that can turn his 2B into 3B and then sell. 

1 day, 5 hours ago on KD says he’s the best scorer in the league and talks Team USA

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@Tvaddic i am sure he will wear their underwear too

1 day, 6 hours ago on KD says he’s the best scorer in the league and talks Team USA

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@Kid Prodigy [KP] this guy is bulletin board gold 

1 day, 7 hours ago on KD says he’s the best scorer in the league and talks Team USA

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@ThunderWins @FallenOSIRIS @Tvaddic don't worry it is just his butt, didn't get lubed up well enough

1 day, 7 hours ago on KD says he’s the best scorer in the league and talks Team USA

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@Perk-Punt magic need a point guard, but probably don't have the assets. Not sure what other teams value him at. 

1 day, 8 hours ago on KD says he’s the best scorer in the league and talks Team USA

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@Crow was gentry there before? I think he joined last year as well and he was the one working the offense. 

1 day, 9 hours ago on KD says he’s the best scorer in the league and talks Team USA

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@King of Carrot Flowers the third lol korea 3.8 inches, no wonder kim jung un is so crazy, majorly compensating. 

1 day, 9 hours ago on KD says he’s the best scorer in the league and talks Team USA

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@OBoy (LaFamilia) not surprising they are going to lose him otherwise and have 3 other PGs already. trade him to the knicks for bargs

1 day, 10 hours ago on KD says he’s the best scorer in the league and talks Team USA

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if this is real it explains serge's manhood http://cheezburger.com/8290655744


1 day, 10 hours ago on KD says he’s the best scorer in the league and talks Team USA

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@propsizzle not fair to the top 5 players in the league, fair to everyone else that gets overpaid. 

1 day, 11 hours ago on KD says he’s the best scorer in the league and talks Team USA

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@Perk-Punt @f5alcon yeah i misread this as a harden quote

1 day, 11 hours ago on KD says he’s the best scorer in the league and talks Team USA

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well mr best at scoring that 37% fg% last playoffs was so great, 26 ppg on 22 shots per game,lol


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i am stupid i totally read this as harden saying he is the best not durant, because the line right before was about harden


not that durant was much better at 46% on 29ppg on 22 shots

1 day, 11 hours ago on KD says he’s the best scorer in the league and talks Team USA

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@KetelOne probably smart, in case they start slow and he is better off signing with the spurs

1 day, 13 hours ago on Wednesday Bolts – 8.20.14

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@propsizzle i would rather have him than telfair

1 day, 13 hours ago on Wednesday Bolts – 8.20.14

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@FallenOSIRIS i posted it yesterday, basically it is harden and a bunch of garbage 

1 day, 13 hours ago on Wednesday Bolts – 8.20.14

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@OSBC would be nice but probably not this year, maybe when collison retires. Next year pleiss will replace thabeet

1 day, 13 hours ago on Wednesday Bolts – 8.20.14

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@CanadianThunderFan 6. Tyreke Evans, New Orleans Pelicans

Projected 2014-15 WARP: 6.3 | Win%: 54 percent

Evans' winning percentage last season (.529) was just one point better that the season before, but he went about it in a very different manner. His assist rate jumped by more than 3 percent. As a scorer, his volume surged even as his shooting percentages tumbled. Yet -- and this is why RPM is so valuable -- we can see that this shifting profile served the Pelicans well, as his offensive RPM jumped to plus-1.3. His defense was horrific, however, and Evans' inability to translate his raw physical material into positive impactful defense remains the most disappointing aspect of his career.

Oladipo7. Victor Oladipo, Orlando Magic

Projected 2014-15 WARP: 6.3 | Win%: 53 percent

The most exciting development of another lost season for Orlando was that Oladipo was on the court for nearly 2,500 minutes. His offensive production wavered in terms of consistency, but he flashed a full range of skills. He created offense (24.6 percent usage), set up teammates (6 percent assist rate) and established himself as a potential lockdown defender. The growing pains were there in Oladipo's .514 true shooting percentage and high turnover rate, but it was a great starting point.

Thompson8. Klay Thompson, Golden State Warriors

Projected 2014-15 WARP: 6.2 | Win%: 52 percent

There is a giant disconnect between Thompson's perceived value and his measurable value as judged by advanced metrics. Last season was his best, yet his 3.5 WARP ranked just 108th in the NBA. However, hidden behind those numbers was a leap forward in offensive RPM, from minus-0.2 to plus-3.0. That suggests that last season more than ever, Thompson improved his ability to leverage his threat as a shooter in a way to offset his lack of measurable production. Of course, last season, his measurables were better than ever, too, as he posted career highs in true shooting percentage and usage rate, all while posting solid on-ball defensive metrics. It'll be interesting to see what Steve Kerr can do with him.

Ginobili9. Manu Ginobili, San Antonio Spurs

Projected 2014-15 WARP: 6.0 | Win%: 60 percent

Even at 36, the only thing holding back Ginobili is Gregg Popovich's masterwork at keeping his stars' playing time down during the regular season. Note that Ginobili's forecasted winning percentage is the third-best mark on the list. His performance has never faltered.

Stephenson10. Lance Stephenson, Charlotte Hornets

Projected 2014-15 WARP: 5.6 | Win%: 51 percent

Leaving aside Stephenson's goofy on-court antics, 2013-14 was a breakout season for a player who didn't merit so much as a mention in the rankings of his position a year ago. Stephenson's usage rate jumped by more than 4 percent, yet his efficiency soared: His true shooting percentage increased from .529 to .564. His increased assist rate and elite rebound percentages made him a consistent triple-double threat. However, there are rough edges in his game even beyond the enigmatic behavior, but if Steve Clifford can harness what Stephenson does best, Charlotte's summer investment in him should pay off.

Next five: Kobe BryantBradley BealDanny GreenWesley MatthewsJ.R. Smith

Beal's winning percentage fell from his rookie season, and he's been negative in RPM on both ends of the floor in both of his NBA seasons. Yet his late-season performance, including the playoffs, suggest he'll move well up this leaderboard by next summer. As for Bryant, his playing-time forecast is predictably suppressed, but even if it weren't, his projected winning percentage would just barely get him into the top 10.

Also notable: DeMar DeRozanJoe Johnson

DeRozan is probably underrated at this point, but it's no mystery as to why: He had a fine 2013-14 season with 5.4 WARP, but he had been well under replacement level in each of his four campaigns. One more solid season, and DeRozan will be a top-10 fixture.

2 days, 6 hours ago on How it’s all going to play out, 2014-15 edition

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1. James HardenHouston Rockets

Projected 2014-15 WARP: 16.2 | Win%: 67 percent

Last season, Harden was just nudged out of the top spot by Dwyane Wade, but this time around, he laps a weak field of 2-guards. One issue that holds back traditional shooting guards is they don't have the ball in their hands that often, which tends to suppress their value in new metrics such as WARP. That's not a problem for Harden. According to SportVu data from NBA.com, Harden averaged 5.3 minutes per game in time of possession, ranking 15th in the league. Among the top 18, only LeBron James joined Harden as non-point guards.

Harden justifies all that possession time with a true shooting percentage annually above the .600 mark, buoyed by his league-average 3-point shooting and astronomical foul-drawing rate. Harden's on-ball defensive metrics aren't as bad as his reputation suggests, but his team defensive markers are so bad that, statistically, the perception about Harden's indifference on that end seems well-deserved. Still, as long as he keeps churning out 14 to 15 WARP per season, he'll remain a top-10 player.

Wade2. Dwyane Wade, Miami Heat

Projected 2014-15 WARP: 9.1 | Win%: 62 percent

Speaking of time of possession, Wade will be getting a lot more of it this season with James back in Cleveland. One of the more intriguing subplots of "The Return" is that now we'll see just how much game Wade and Chris Boshhave left. Last season, at age 32, Wade put up his lowest WARP and winning percentage since his rookie season. Also near career-lows were Wade's usage rate and assist rate. Now, as he returns to the role of Miami's offensive creator, can Wade stay somewhat efficient if he soars back to a usage rate above 30 percent and an assist rate more than 9 percent? If he can, can his body hold up to the challenge?

Ellis3. Monta Ellis, Dallas Mavericks

Projected 2014-15 WARP: 8.4 | Win%: 56 percent

Here's the genius of Rick Carlisle. Last season, Carlisle installed Ellis as a primary component in a veteran-laden, high-powered offensive attack. He allowed Ellis to use just as many possessions as he did in Milwaukee, but Dallas' scheme kept Ellis on the attack. His shoddy 3-point shooting was minimized, and his foul-drawing escalated. It wasn't Ellis at his most efficient, but it was close. More important, Ellis did all of this in service of the team. His previous career-best in offensive RPM was plus-1.2. Last season, he was at plus-3.2. It was a different story on the defensive end, but Carlisle focuses on the strengths of his players, so we'll do the same.

Butler4. Jimmy Butler, Chicago Bulls

Projected 2014-15 WARP: 8.3 | Win%: 56 percent

Butler will probably never be a dynamic offensive player, but he does so many things well that he's become one of the best two-way performers at his position in the league. Last season, Butler extended his game out to the 3-point line more often, although his accuracy there didn't justify the volume of attempts. Still, it was a smart adjustment, one that could especially pay dividends this season if Derrick Rose can stay healthy and contract the defense. Butler stayed aggressive putting the ball on the floor, and is Chicago's best foul-drawing threat. He's also the best perimeter defender on one of the league's top defenses, with the versatility to check any of the perimeter positions. Entering his fourth season, our system sees a breakout campaign coming for Butler.

Waiters5. Dion WaitersCleveland Cavaliers

Projected 2014-15 WARP: 6.9 | Win%: 55 percent

Waiters is a combined minus-0.4 WARP during his two NBA seasons, so the system might be a little optimistic with this forecast. What the metrics might be missing is the intrinsic value of Waiters' ability to create offense. Despite a well-below-average true shooting percentage, Waiters' offensive RPM has been positive in both his seasons and reached plus-1.8 last year. If the optimism of his forecast proves to be warranted, it's a scary proposition for the rest of the NBA. Cleveland point guard Kyrie Irving clocked in at No. 5 in our rankings yesterday. It's probably not spoiling anything to tell you that James and Kevin Love will rate very high at their respective positions as well. If Waiters really develops into a top-five shooting guard, that will be something to see.

Evans

2 days, 6 hours ago on How it’s all going to play out, 2014-15 edition

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@Tvaddic please have barkley making fun of shaq

2 days, 7 hours ago on How it’s all going to play out, 2014-15 edition

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@Teh Ghost of Lamb well he is right, he has a lot to learn, like that there is half the game where the other team has the ball and the goal is to stop them. 

2 days, 7 hours ago on How it’s all going to play out, 2014-15 edition

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@CanadianThunderFan usually 5-10X face value

2 days, 7 hours ago on How it’s all going to play out, 2014-15 edition

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@Tvaddic if rhianna does the halftime show it will be janet jackson 2.0

2 days, 7 hours ago on How it’s all going to play out, 2014-15 edition

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@Greeed @Butterfingers harden's team won't win 60

2 days, 7 hours ago on How it’s all going to play out, 2014-15 edition

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@Butterfingers post something interesting? 

2 days, 8 hours ago on How it’s all going to play out, 2014-15 edition

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@Crow i will read it but don't make me think,lol


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I agree the wear and tear is better with more players playing, but most teams are not deep enough.

2 days, 8 hours ago on How it’s all going to play out, 2014-15 edition

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@CanadianThunderFan If they win half their games I will use wolves dancers for my playoff avatars. 

2 days, 8 hours ago on How it’s all going to play out, 2014-15 edition

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60-22 would be good, but I think we can do better

2 days, 11 hours ago on How it’s all going to play out, 2014-15 edition

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@Crow  With his kneee surgery he probably hasn't improved all summer either 

2 days, 12 hours ago on Tuesday Bolts – 8.19.14

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@b1walker @f5alcon @Tvaddic all good players, but they were not even all stars the years they won the titles

2 days, 12 hours ago on Tuesday Bolts – 8.19.14

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@Tvaddic pau gasol wasn't great? if that is the measure the original isiah thomas should be the goat. 

2 days, 12 hours ago on Tuesday Bolts – 8.19.14

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@Butterfingers warriors, cavs, blazers

2 days, 12 hours ago on Tuesday Bolts – 8.19.14

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@Tvaddic the article talks down to the reader

2 days, 12 hours ago on Tuesday Bolts – 8.19.14

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@Perk-Punt @f5alcon @Crow it is the same as ewing in charlotte, not sure what the difference is. 

2 days, 12 hours ago on Tuesday Bolts – 8.19.14

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@Crow seattle owns the rights to the sonics name, that was part of what happened when they moved here and became the thunder.

2 days, 12 hours ago on Tuesday Bolts – 8.19.14

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@Perk-Punt @f5alcon @Crow he is associate head coach on the warriors so probably a slight upgrade of pay

2 days, 12 hours ago on Tuesday Bolts – 8.19.14

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@FallenOSIRIS he was like that at microsoft as well

2 days, 12 hours ago on Tuesday Bolts – 8.19.14

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@Crow redick was the best of those aquistions, dudley and trading bledsoe were really bad, hawes was an upgrade if he plays like he did last year.


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They lost alvin gentry to the warriors as well, and he was a big part of making that offense great. I bet they take a step back on ortg this year

2 days, 13 hours ago on Tuesday Bolts – 8.19.14

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