I pity the fool who wears a naked chin
@L0rv There are two sides to that coin though. For example, if I found a Nissan GT-R on craigslist for $20k, inspected it, and found out that what the owner thought was wrong with it was fine and it works well, then I'm a genius because I got a perfectly working supercar for $20k. However, if I saw another GT-R for $20k and said "man that's a great price for a supercar", then bought it without doing my research and it was the chassis only, then I'm cheap, not a genius. Winning a championship is impressive. Winning a championship under the tax line is more impressive. However, being competitive under the tax line, while somewhat impressive, is more commonplace, and therefore fighting to stay under that line is more cheap than it is impressive.
On the other front, while the Spurs had some patching up of the roster to do, they didn't have any glaring holes like we did last year, so it's not a big deal for them not to make moves. On the other hand, we had several large holes that got even bigger with Thabo being gone. Not addressing those is a problem.
All that said, I think the moves we made this summer were pretty decent. I think not making any real moves for the Spurs was also a decent strategy. But I also think those "double standards" are also very fair in this scenario.
23 hours, 37 minutes ago on Friday Bolts – 10.24.14
@King of Carrot Flowers the third I think it's very moveable. How valuable it is though will vary greatly from team to team
1 day ago on Friday Bolts – 10.24.14
@McLasch more like any free agent who doesn't want to play with a substantially less effective but still equally pain in the butt Kobe is probably signing elsewhere so they can either get more touches and win, or get the same or less touches and still win more than the Lakers will with their current construction.
1 day, 21 hours ago on Thursday Bolts – 10.23.14
@DVoegeli @McLasch @Tvaddic yeah.... how bout no
Finally got to play MyGM mode on NBA 2k. Pretty much the best invention in video game history imo
1 day, 22 hours ago on Thursday Bolts – 10.23.14
@d21 I find it a bit surprising MIA voted no considering their heavy use of free agency. Almost every other team on that list acquired their best player through the draft. I guess techically Miami did too if you consider Wade their best player and discount Lebron/ Bosh's paths.
What's not surprising though is of all the yes votes, almost every team is one that is considered to perennially suck at drafting.
A little surprised though that Cleveland, Golden State, Indy, and Portland didn't vote no though considering their success in the draft and relatively small market sizes. I'm guessing Cleveland is just shortsighted selfishness since now they're going to probably be very good for awhile, and maybe the other three as well, but I have a feeling that a few years down the road, none will be very happy about the draft reform.
2 days, 23 hours ago on Wednesday Bolts – 10.22.14
Livefyre, nice to see you in playoff form
3 days, 22 hours ago on Kevin Durant says he’s not going to rush back to the court
@Tvaddic Kyrie Irving for president
3 days, 22 hours ago on Tuesday Bolts – 10.21.14
@BangBangThunder A perfect time to play Huestis would be during Stanford's non-conference schedule in their DI vs DII crossover game
3 days, 23 hours ago on Tuesday Bolts – 10.21.14
@d21 sweet. I've liked some of Neff's stuff over the years. Bought a really sick shirt from them but it ended up being too big and were out of stock of all the other sizes. Boo.
@Durantacula That's a really really good deal actually. Sanders-Ibaka would be dang near impenetrable, replacing Jackson-Lamb with Knight doesn't create a "huge void", since you're really only replacing Jackson in terms of people who were on the bench and currently productive, and Knight was almost identical to Jackson last year in TS% while averaging 3 points per 36 more, and they're 1 percentage point apart in 3 pt shooting. Not to mention that Marshall may not be a stud, but he's been more productive than Lamb.
So... where do we lose in this deal? Perk for 9 mil or Sanders for 11? Easy. I love Adams, but not making a trade that would make the team substantially stronger to protect the growth of a guy who, if he maxes out his potential, would be the 4th best player on your team, is crazy.
@DVoegeli Rose. Wouldn't be a conversation at all if KD had been gone maybe early last season/ sometime the year before, but Ibaka's improvement over the course of last year at least makes it debatable.
4 days ago on Tuesday Bolts – 10.21.14
@Perk has a lot of value @Durantacula Butler would put up 42% shooting though on 5-5 one night and 0-4 the next. I like the thought of 2-5/3-6 much better
@Tvaddic so... should Presti be fired?
4 days, 4 hours ago on Monday Bolts – 10.20.14
@Sustainable Parameters @Crow wtf lamb went to norcross? Why did I not know this? Sucks that the school I was working at didn't play them that year.
@Di_charden @Thunder_Blue @gokudabest not always. I've seen many many players who were practice superstars but poo'd the bed every time they saw real floor time. There's also players all over the league that don't see playtime despite being practice beasts, mainly because their skillset doesn't fit the role that they would play in alongside the team's superstar(s).
@gokudabest i somewhat agree, but i think it also greatly depends on the team situation and what you want out of a player. If we drafted say, Andrew Wiggins, and tried to turn him into a 3 and D specialist. Would it probably be a fairly successful venture as far as how much it helps us? Probably. But would Andrew Wiggins be as good as he can be? Definitely not.
Is it about the team or the player? If it's about the team, then turning a mid-level or lower ceiling guy into a 3 and D role who can start for you alongside your offensive studs is great. Of course, if he doesn't pan out, then a 3 and D guy is fairly worthless off the bench. But on the flipside, if it's about the player, turning that same mid-level ceiling guy into a 3 and D starter is actually probably better for him career-wise than letting him reach his potential but floating around the league from bench to bench because of a lack of role.
Really just depends how you twist it. But our strategy of continually drafting 3 and D guys who either can't shoot the 3 (Roberson) or have no D (Lamb) is fairly useless imo.
@Tvaddic i lost it at the bottom right pic
@The McAdams Bros Tells you much more about a player's offensive ability. For example, MKG had an awesome Points per possession rate in college, but something like 70+% of his possessions came on fast breaks. So, when comparing two players, if what we want to find is effectiveness as an offensive weapon, points per half-court possession is a lot more useful than points per possession.
@Perk has a lot of value how awesome would it be if Nick formed an actual band... as the lead singer
4 days, 20 hours ago on Monday Bolts – 10.20.14
@SeinfeldOKC that's an awful assessment. His social media game is unbelievably wack
Its true, call it all game. I have the same issue with the NBA refs as well. Just sitting in waffle house now and hearing people gripe about getting robbed
5 days, 23 hours ago on Saturday Morning Cartoons: Eyebrows
I know I'm slightly biased, but for all those complaining about the last call of fsu-notre dame... When Lou holtz says it was an obvious offensive pass interference on Notre dame, it kind of baffles me how anybody could argue that it was even questionable.
Meh. Doubt it. Worst case is skip bayless takes that narrative and runs with it for the next two years
1 week, 5 days ago on Kevin Durant likely out 6-8 weeks with ‘Jones fracture’
O heck no. But I'd rather start Reggie and see what happens/ pray for the best with telfair on the bench than start lamb
If you want me to be honest and ruin my humor, I think telfair ends up being surprisingly serviceable, but to stick with my train of thoughtlets just tank because we're gonna be terrible,
Thabeet was both misunderstood and awful at basketball. Are you implying the same about telfair?
This logic worked fairly well with Lazar. Maybe should give it a shot
99 moves... Leading to a shot clock violation
Yes. He's great at creating high levels of disappointment for fans of teams he plays for
No doubt I would start Reggie. Scotty though, never know
Hmmm... Where's @thunderchick when we need her
No. Savvy, but no
May as well do both then and get a shot at mudiay and co
I am tanking fantasy league so hard right now. Onlya little over half my team has played and two players have negative points. #gmoftheyear
Thunders record 1-19 during the stretch, with the one win coming on a 95% shooting night from Russ with 18 self assists against the spurs in the middle of a 10 game win streak with everyone healthy and us coming off 4 games in 5 nights against playoff teams.
Shooting percentage is 23%. 18% from 3 on 20 attempts per game, all either contested, pull ups, or both.
So a) this sucks and b) Russ is going to average 40-20-10 on 115% usg
@True Champ Jones III 5' 9" 140 is just skinny bro, not necessarily toned.. hate to break it to you
1 week, 6 days ago on Saturday Morning Cartoons: Kevin Fight
So Reggie and Mitch BOTH hurt?! I gotta stop leaving for days at a time. Seems like something bad always happens.
@True Champ Jones III We have the same technology over here, and actually several NBA teams are using it. One of the companies pushing it in the southeast, I believe is named CryoGenix or something like that. Their machines cost about $40-60k. I question the benefits of them in certain applications, but for an 11 man soccer team or a 5-8 man NBA playing roster's halftime recovery, there's nothing out there touching it right now.
2 weeks, 3 days ago on Tuesday Bolts – 10.7.14
DT interview process for writing position:
1) Here, drink this purple drink. If it tastes good, move on to question 2.
2) Do you agree with the Harden trade? A) Wholeheartedly. Management never makes mistakes, not even with Mullens or Aldrich. B) Yeah, but I could see how people question it. C) kind of D) No. If you answered A, move to question 3.
3) Better player, (insert current Thunder player here), or anybody else, unless we lose to them in the playoffs and need a good excuse. If you answered current Thunder player, move to step 4.
4) Can you write really long articles without falling asleep at your computer? If yes, you're hired!
2 weeks, 4 days ago on A Brave New World: What the NBA’s massive new TV deal means for OKC’s future
@okcjim so we gonna get Harden back?
@Joo_ivey i stopped reading shortly thereafter
@King of Carrot Flowers the third I'm probably jumping the gun, but I see him as a better PG prospect than anybody in the last several drafts. Just off the top of my head only Wall and Irving pop out to me as prospects at that position with a similar amount of promise. Physically he's monstrous and ultra explosive, but he also already plays the game with pace and patience. Really intriguing prospect.
@f5alcon @d21 But otherwise, two PG's in top of the incoming freshman class. Very shallow after that. As far as returning college PG's, Marcus Paige will probably blossom quite a bit (17.5 ppg last year for UNC), about 5-10 other guys who could come on strong, but as far as top tier talent, outside the two diaper dandies and Paige, probably not a ton unless we get some surprises
@f5alcon @d21 Emmanuel Mudiay is the real real deal
Ok back to my comment earlier that I didn't expound upon.
There's two ways to look at my idea of an open market with financial fair play provisions in place.
1) The Thunder were one of the most profitable franchises in the league, which would mean we would be near the top end of allowed spending.
2) Doesn't matter because cheep
Now. Commence arguing.
Obviously never happening, but an open, capless market in the NBA with a financial fair play rule similar to international soccer would be so much fun
2 weeks, 4 days ago on Monday Bolts – 10.6.14