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@THUNDERCATS griffin without question a threat to it if kd doesn't play enough to qualify. Griffin could score 26.5 or something. No guarantee lebron, melo top that. Love won't, wbrook curry wont. Aldridge won't and davis won't. Without kd def a solid chance.
21 hours, 22 minutes ago on Kevin Durant No. 8 in #NBArank
@KD4theWin @DanielLawler Presti isn't the one that's cheap. It's not his money
1 day, 2 hours ago on Kevin Durant No. 8 in #NBArank
@KD4theWin surely he wont play much at all. He's the worst player on the team probably. And perk is close to the worst in the nba so that says a lot
1 day, 3 hours ago on Kevin Durant No. 8 in #NBArank
@Es Wild @DanielLawler @AronZoltanLaszik yeah he just isn't really well liked, which is why I am really surprised he is even over curry.
@AronZoltanLaszik @DanielLawler id have him 2 personally out of those 6 players left. But yeah he won't be
so curry was 6th on the espn list? I wonder what they will have the top 5 as? I wouldn't have it this way but my guess is 1.lebron 2.paul 3.griffin 4.russ 5.davis
@qrex @_justin @walkerdog @Lost Ones You are making no sense with this nonsense about lebron and any max player would help. We never had lebron or love. We had harden and we'd still have him. It was a horrible trade and we could use him badly. About as simple and straightforward as it possibly gets.
Having him and kd and Russ and Ibaka more mature and experienced all together guarantees the hell out of it for me
I'd like it to be Russ Reggie perry Ibaka Adams but I'm okay with Russ Reggie Roberson Ibaka Adams
1 day, 4 hours ago on Kevin Durant No. 8 in #NBArank
He's making an insanely dumb suggestion that bc harden had a bad finals that we'd not have won it with him after that.
Two titles fo sho
Coincidence all the injuries started after the harden trade? Or are we cursed by the Nba gods for utter stupidity?
@OKC035 iverson shot 39-40 percent every year pretty much
@propsizzle @DanielLawler @Emergenzy that's not possible.
russ, jackson, and ibaka are going to need to average 75
@propsizzle @Emergenzy so you think they'll average 67-8 pts a game?
You have got to be kidding me with this Morrow injury. My god now that is brutal. Needed him so badly without kd
Well espn is going to have my top ten players too. Not in that order and possibly would move Dwight out but still pretty accurate
1 day, 5 hours ago on Kevin Durant No. 8 in #NBArank
Obviously preseason but Otto Porter looking really solid/good. No reason he shouldn't be a very nice piece for them.
2 days, 19 hours ago on Lessons from preseason
my big surprise team this year is the Jazz. I think theyll be the suns of last year and ultimately miss the playoffs barely. But they'll be significantly better than everyone thinks.
@RRRWHOAAAA He has been really poor in preseason though. Just nothing about him seems to really translate. I know hes active and a good rebounder, but I dont think he will be able to just bully his way for rebounds and putbacks. He doesn't have a jumpshot, cant play d, short arms, and depends way too much on his strength for points. I don't think he will be much better than a Thomas Robinson type guy.
3 days, 4 hours ago on Lessons from preseason
I know I said this the other day but have been arguing since midway through the college season with a friend of mine about julius randle. I think he is going to be just God awful, my friend thinks he is going to be a top few pf pretty quickly. Anyone else think that's nonsense?
@_justin @DanielLawler @Jooseppi @RRRWHOAAAA I think if a guy only plays on year, you should look a little less at college productivity, like a Drummond or something. But when a guy plays 2-3 years it becomes even more relevant in evaluating.
I get people are criticizing that we only got Morrow, but I really really like Morrow. I think he has a big role on this team and his shooting/scoring will be the difference in some games for us. Definitely more important player for us than maybe he'd be for some teams.
3 days, 5 hours ago on Lessons from preseason
@DTVirgin @Jooseppi @ThePorkChopExpress @RRRWHOAAAA Not sure if he'd shoot much better from three, just bc his numbers are so high to begin with.
has Perry Jones actually looked really good in preseason? I know he turned it over like 44 times last game but his scoring numbers at least have looked good the last couple. I haven't seen those games though.
@_justin @DanielLawler @Jooseppi @RRRWHOAAAA I think beasley mainly just had issues, but the talent was there. All you can really do is judge guys on talent and upside and if you're wrong you're wrong. I like wesley johnson coming out of college, he's been garbage. I liked harrison barnes a decent bit, he's been disappointing. I have been right on many guys and wrong on many.
@_justin @DanielLawler @Jooseppi @RRRWHOAAAA Yeah everyone is right and wrong about players all the time. Some pan out some don't. All of this is opinion, just saying I felt like watching beal he'd eventually be a good shooter in the nba.
@Jooseppi @_justin @DanielLawler @RRRWHOAAAA yeah pj hairston was a horrible shooter his first year at ncar, but they talked about how he was one of the better pure shooters in high school, and that roy williams said he was one of the best shooters he'd seen. Sometimes percentages don't always tell how good a shooter will be especially first year. Sometimes you have to look past it.
@_justin @DanielLawler @Jooseppi @RRRWHOAAAA well definitely some guys dont pan out. Beal always looked like a great shooter, was one in high school, and just from watching him as the year went on appeared to be a guy who would soon be a great shooter in the nba. Just thoughts on it, never was a fact he'd be a great nba shooter. But most assumed he would and I assumed he would. He has more talent than lamb, more athleticism. The hype around lamb was never what it was with beal
@_justin @DanielLawler @Jooseppi @RRRWHOAAAA had a great shot, had multiple big time shooting games, and shot extremely well in the tourney and towards the end of the year. He was a freshmen, took him some time to settle in, but was clear from watching him he was a great shooter.
@RRRWHOAAAA percentage wise at .339 for beal he wasn't, but he was young and started coming on more. The scouts knew he could shoot and would be a great shooter, but numbers wise his 3 pt shooting wasn't great.
@Jooseppi @RRRWHOAAAA Beal was a guy you could tell was a great shooter though or would be.
@anonymous12345 @DanielLawler @durantulous I don't give a damn about Houston, I do care about this team, and it definitely hurt us as far as ultimate goals. We can still win it, just not nearly as many times as we would have, or not nearly as simply.
@anonymous12345 @DanielLawler @durantulous They'd be significantly better, especially in the postseason when teams had to attempt to cover all three players. Just would be so hard to deal with.
@anonymous12345 @Jooseppi @durantulous @DanielLawler I don't think there can be an overreaction to not paying Harden. Pretty much any reaction is justified considering how massive and game-changing it was
@_justin @King of Carrot Flowers the third that's always seemed obvious to me but seems like no one else thinks so
@DTVirgin @_justin @King of Carrot Flowers the third I think from what harden said he made it pretty clear he wanted to be here, and was shocked and hurt when they gave him very little time and shipped him out. Him and kd were close and he'd be here no doubt if they'd given him the max. But they didn't
@Jooseppi @anonymous12345 @durantulous @DanielLawler yeah and he picked them to win it last year on air. He has no bias towards us, its just common sense when a team trades away an elite player at 23 or however old he was, that you would be blown away by the owners and that's all you'd want to talk about.
@durantulous @DanielLawler You wouldn't call thinking the owners should have paid harden fair? It completely computes with reality. If the owners paid him he'd be here. The roster is still good no one said it wasn't, but it'd be significantly better with harden, which is the whole point. The team will be good as long as they have kd and russ, but I think all fans would have rather kept this team together and built something historically special
@durantulous @Sustainable Parameters He thinks the owners are cheap and can back it up, and paying the tax in our case to keep harden would have without a doubt equaled success. Simmons says dumb things, and probably has gone on to much about it all but definitely fair criticisms
@durantulous @DanielLawler the first one isn't bs, its extremely fair. And the other is his opinion, and a fair one. If someone disagrees that's fair too on the 2nd point, but nothing outrageous
@durantulous which ones? The ones about harden? Or the ones about them not doing enough this offseason?
@King of Carrot Flowers the third Adams>Asik
@FunakiEjectsAnother [#StartLambFaction] @DanielLawler @rednuht @Jooseppi @DTVirgin I think he was saying they didn't get a piece with that pick but instead drafted a bum and stuck him in the dleague. I am not saying I agree but not what he's saying. Basically saying it was a chance to have someone who could contribute now and that's what kd wants and everyone wants
@rednuht @Jooseppi @DTVirgin no it's not. Simmons has said many times that he thinks what okc has done with harden and in general isn't fair to wbrook and kd. Which is why he personally wants him to leave. Harden was great and one of kds best friends. If he does leave it will ultimately come back to that, and you really couldn't blame him
@DTVirgin @Jooseppi well what they could have done better was keep one of their top 5 picks, and a top few nba player and not traded him for one year of kmart, a dleaguer in lamb, and adams.
@FunakiEjectsAnother [#StartLambFaction] @DanielLawler @_justin he was bad, and had a bad drpm, but wasn't the worst. Calderon considerably worse. Harden is worse even though a sg.
@FunakiEjectsAnother [#StartLambFaction] @_justin I'd take as pgs russ, curry, paul, wall, parker, probably irving, lowry, dragic, lawson over him in no order. He's really close with a few of them. Conley in there somewhere as well.