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Is there any chance of Ray Allen signing with the Thunder?If so, what would his role be? Would Brooks overplay him? (Stupid question - of course he would).
But assuming, he could come in and play 15-20 minutes a night he could be great. I would probably start him at the 2 actually.
1 month, 1 week ago on ESPN Forecast has OKC atop the West
@Butterfingers I like the New Orleans roster if they can stay healthy...
Holiday, Gordon, Asik, Davis and Evans is a quality starting 5.
They have two good shooters coming off the bench in Fredette and Anderson...
Probably lacking a bit in wing defensive, but Asik and Davis are quality bigs and can match up with anyone in the NBA down low.
Their biggest question mark will be injuries without a doubt... but they have the quality to make a push
@L0rv @FallenOSIRIS @Butterfingers My guess is probably:
1. Thunder, 2. Spurs, 3. Clips, 4. Golden State, 5. Dallas, 6. Memphis, 7. Houston, 8. Portland
I do think Phoenix and New Orleans are in with a shout.
@Butterfingers You may be right... I think it's reasonable to say they have a decent chance of being better than them though...
Is it wow crazy crazy to stipulate that the Houston Rockets may miss out on the playoffs this year?
I would say the following teams are ahead of them no matter what:
Thunder, Spurs and Clippers - so that means a high of 4.
I think the following teams are probably ahead of them:
Memphis, Dallas, Golden State - so that means a likely high of 7
The following teams will probably be fighting for a playoff spot and could be just as good or better than Houston based on numerous factor:
New Orleans, Portland, Phoenix
In conclusion... I think Houston's ceiling is 4... they're likely to finish somewhere between 4-7 but could easily fall to 9th or lower....
@Perk has a lot of value No Abrines?
1 month, 1 week ago on Friday Bolts – 8.8.14
@Perk has a lot of value @Dominator Cheers buddy!
@areayewhy @Dominator @Butterfingers Similar on the defensive end yes...he's not a bad defender by any means. He's very active....just can' t protect the rim. He runs the floor better than Collision and scores more..
@Butterfingers Don't forget their starting center... Varejao... he offers next to no rim protection... all he can do is take charges and defend the pick and roll
@L0rv @Dominator @Butterfingers I'm not sure why they're even being compared to the Clippers... Clippers were an average defense who ended up with the 3rd best record in the West and who lost in the 2nd round
1 month, 1 week ago on Kevin Durant withdraws from the 2014 World Cup
@L0rv @Dominator @DanielLawler Westbrook too...
@L0rv @Dominator @DanielLawler I'll give you top 6 maybe... I'd take Tony Parker and a healthy D-Rose over him. Howard too probably...
@L0rv @Dominator @Butterfingers They have rim protection with Jordan.... Paul is a good defender as is Matt Barnes.
Clippers were 14th in points against... last year (pretty average)
@L0rv @Dominator @DanielLawler Top 8 is not disrespected.. At all... he's just not a top 5 guy in this league
@L0rv @Dominator @DanielLawler Big games are a factor. Who are you trying to say he's better than?
@DanielLawler Love is not a top 5 player.... In no particular order the following players are ahead of him: Lebron, Durant, Westbrook, Paul, D Rose, Parker, Howard...
Love is a top 10... border line top 8 players... he's completely unproven (as is Irving) in playoffs and big games.
@L0rv @Dominator @Butterfingers Can Waiters defend? As it is they have average at best defenders in Irving, Love, Varejao with an elite defender in Lebron. For this year atleast I'd probably pick the Bulls to beat them (assuming Rose stays healthy)
@DanielLawler Impossible to say until it's know if Love resigns or not and it's known how Wiggins and Bennett develop..
@L0rv @Butterfingers That's the problem... Neither Love or Varejao provide any real rim protection
Does anyone have a link to the box score for the Spain-Canada Fiba warm up game?
@ Luke @Dominator I agree... but if West and Hibbert are there, they're be able to exploit them inside... may not be able to score enough points elsewhere for it to matter... but still...
1 month, 1 week ago on Thursday Bolts – 8.7.14
So the Cavs starting 5:
PG Irving, SG Waiters, C Varejao, PF Love, SF James
Bench Rotation: Haywood, Miller, Thompson, James Jones (some other scrubs)
Pretty scary offensively, they do seem pretty light at back-up PG and Center rotation (particularly considering Irving and Varejao injury history).It looks like they're going to give up a lot of points though. Teams with good bigs (Noah and Gasol / David West and Hibbert / Gortat and Nene) could really exploit them
Everyone seems to be overlooking the Cavs complete lack of rim protection...
Their centers: Varejao (extremely injury prone... who can pass well, an excellent pick and roll player, takes a bunch of charges but can't guard the rim at all). Haywood (35 years old...)
Love can't defend, Irving is a pretty bad defender.... seems like there are some considerable weakness that teams should be able to exploit
"... but the buyout provision on his European deal remained too prohibitive, league sources told Yahoo Sports"
This means OKC didn't want to pay the buy-out cause I'm sure.
I'm a little disappointed. He would be a big upgrade over Hash and offer another dynamic offensively.
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Pleiss to sign with FCB, NBA move possible next year
The biggest roster question going into the season is what to do with the 15th spot...
Keep it open
Pick up option on Hash
Sign 2nd round PG Semaj Christon
In my opinion resigning Hash has little to no value (but is most likely unfortunately).
Keeping it open is smart to allow flexibility
Signing Semaj has the most upside potential
Signing a FA is good in theory if we can get the right one.. but Brooks will probably overplay if he's a veteran so it may be detrimental to Lamb etc getting minutes.
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Monday Bolts – 8.4.14
@ThunderWins @Jabb0310 @meanstreetsofokc I think there are plenty of benefits to amnestying Perk... but that date has passed so it's not an option.
I do see a (small) possibility of trading Perk to a team who are well under the salary cap or even involving him in a 3 team trade (Maybe in the Cavs/Minnesota trade - we could take K-Mart back).
@PNT Check how many people responded to the survey from Africa... only 2934 Were not from US/Canada... most of those are probably from Europe (50% or more) and the rest from Australia and Asia. I would guess about 12 people responded from Africa
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Friday Bolts – 8.1.14
@Bryson You're assuming Lamb starts?
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Thursday Bolts – 7.31.14
@Perk has a lot of value @qrex @okcjim and the answer is no... rotations will be shortened come playoffs... I expect Brooks to experiment a little with the rotation at the beginning of the year particularly with respect to who starts at SG...
The beginning of the year will also be used to give Mcgary and other young guys minutes.. most of which will probably dry up come playoff time
@Perk has a lot of value @qrex @okcjim I presume he means the rotation to start the 14/15 season... will that be the same as the one that finishes the 14/15 season
@FallenOSIRIS @Dominator and it's funny that you can click on the players and go to the ESPN profiles of them:
Mcgary is listed as PF - but shown on the depth chart as Center.... Reggie is listed by ESPN as PG but on depth as SG. Perry listed as SF but shown as PF.. Roberson as SG but shown as SF...etc etc.. so they're obviously not doing it automatically....,
1 month, 3 weeks ago on Durant applauds LeBron’s decision, talks his own
@FallenOSIRIS @Dominator Right... that's the first thing I noticed and I didn't even put it my original comment!!
what's with ESPN's depth charts?
Isn't McGary more of a PF? Huestis isn't on the roster and is listed.
Roberson and Huestis as sf and not sg? PJ3 as a PF and not SF...
Totally irrelevant I know, but it seems a bit odd to have quite so many discrepancies
@JordanEraJazz @Dominator a second round pick and future first is worth it... the chances of KD leaving are greater if the team doesn't get better around him. I'm not saying he will leave or he's even likely to leave. But the front office have to show him they're willing to do what's necessary to improve the roster to give them the best chance resign KD.
1 month, 3 weeks ago on Steven Adams, New Zealand ambassador to America
@JordanEraJazz @Dominator Interesting.... I've just been reading up on some trade rules:
@JordanEraJazz @Dominator I didn't say he was leaving... but there is a two year window where KD/Russ/Ibaka are all under contract and the front office needs to do everything possible to make the roster as strong as possible
@JordanEraJazz @Dominator Also - I don't think anyone's doubting that Lin is a better player. The question in how does a second and first round pick + Lin's 14 mil salary = draft rights to some unknown player?
@JordanEraJazz @Dominator A second round pick and a future (likely protected) first round pick... isn't much to give up. We have 2 years to win a title. With Perks on the team and Brooks as the coach... we have a big disadvantage. One has to go.
How to improve the title chances and improve the roster this season:
1. Roster changes:
"The Los Angeles Lakers have made a trade with the Houston Rockets, acquiring guard Jeremy Lin as well as a future first round draft pick and a second round draft pick in 2015 (acquired by Houston in an earlier deal with the L.A. Clippers) in exchange for the rights to Sergei Lishchuk, it was announced today by General Manager Mitch Kupchak." ......... How do the salaries match up here??
2. Keep 14 players on the roster.... allow flexibility going into the season to add a piece as necessary
3. Make the playoffs the priority. Lower KD's and Westbrooks minutes to the 34-36 min range and make sure everyone gets 2-3 games off at the end of the season
4. Experiment a little with line-ups and rotations before Christmas. But by the All-Star break play start a "Play-off" style line-up (we know that a SG that can't shoot is not going to work in the playoffs for example).
5. Crunch Time line-up (assuming above player movements):
Russ, Reggie, Adams, Ibaka, KD
Main Rotation players (in no particular order): Plies, Collison, Marion, Morrow, Lamb (PJ3, Roberson and Mcgary would be in the rotation in the regular season but I can see them being phased out come playoff time).
@Lost Ones Only when looking at the trade retrospectively. Harden's numbers and consideration as an all-world level SG is greatly elevated AFTER the trade. In addition, the young players we acquired as a result of the trade are only just beginning to show what they're capable of....
Plus the two seasons after the trade we've been hit by injury so the question of "can the thunder get to the finals without harden?" is yet to be answered.... the year with K-Mart was statistically the best ever for the Thunder - just got derailed by Russ's injury.
1 month, 3 weeks ago on Tuesday Bolts – 7.29.14
Pliess is close to
signing in the NBA - according to Hoopshype
So, lets assume Thibor Pleiss
signs in the NBA. Do the Thunder make him an offer or would they risk losing
him to another team?
Would the team benefit from not resigning Thabeet and making Pliess the 14th
guy on the roster? What would be an ideal big man rotation with:
My biggest reservation would probably be a loss in minutes for Mcgary and
Adams. In an ideal world Perk's minutes would go down to 0-5 and Pliess would
get the 15-20 minutes from there
1 month, 3 weeks ago on Monday Bolts – 7.28.14
@The Real Bill Simmons @Bryson Can he shoot well from 3?
@dollarbillrussell @Dominator @JordanEraJazz right.... the only downside would be pushing Mcgary out of the rotation... in an ideal world it would be mean Perk playing 0-5 mins a game... but that's not likely to happen
@Turf is always Greener @KindaScottish Really? If so - that's pretty funny
@JordanEraJazz I see a lot of logic behind not picking up Thabeet's option and signing Tibor as the 14 player on the roster...
Thabeet doesn't bring much to the table... Tibor atleast brings a little offensive game
@King of Carrot Flowers the third me too - nobody has joined!
1 month, 3 weeks ago on Friday Bolts – 7.25.14
@JustPlainNASTY @Dominator up to 16...
Here's the FF league.
Join - only if you're willing to pay the $20 entry fee...
@Air Bud @propsizzle @King of Carrot Flowers the third I'll make a free league... we can worry about money later... I'd be happy to collect money and distribute via paypal at the season completion
@Air Bud @propsizzle @King of Carrot Flowers the third Yahoo says:
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