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@d21 What the eff was up with Stanley Johnson, was that Charger he crashed a signing present from agency he declared with?

1 day, 10 hours ago on Down to Dunk: The candidates

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@Barry Amenema Morning Barry

4 days, 22 hours ago on Monday Bolts – 4.20.15

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Someone tell me why Kelly Oubre is supposedly good?

1 week, 3 days ago on Thunder eliminated from the 2015 playoffs

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@Dion Shot First (Team Knee to the face)  @GREENE1148 [MORE SHOTS THAN POINTS FACTION] Not worried about the money at all, it's not mine, just saying it was terrible that we finally dipped into the tax and that was the result. 

1 week, 3 days ago on Thunder eliminated from the 2015 playoffs

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@d21 @GREENE1148 [MORE SHOTS THAN POINTS FACTION] I ended up flagging my password email from realgm because I forgot the details so many times haha

1 week, 3 days ago on Thunder eliminated from the 2015 playoffs

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@Daft_Drunk I made an easy $350 on Sunday, Raiders to lead at the half and Storm to win the game... get on my level

1 week, 3 days ago on Thunder eliminated from the 2015 playoffs

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JUST SO EVERYONE KNOWS I AM THE OFFICIAL CAPTAIN OF THE KRIS DUNN BANDWAGON

http://forums.realgm.com/boards/viewtopic.php?f=334&p=42172136#p42172136

1 week, 3 days ago on Thunder eliminated from the 2015 playoffs

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KRIS DUNN THOOOOOOUGH...

1 week, 3 days ago on Thunder eliminated from the 2015 playoffs

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Struggling to come to terms to the fact that we went deep into the tax, traded 2 future firsts, dumped Perk (2 years too late)... and we're a lottery team. This is legitimately the worst possible outcome to the season, finishing with the 14th best lottery odds. 

1 week, 3 days ago on Thunder eliminated from the 2015 playoffs

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@Daft_Drunk @GREENE1148 [MORE SHOTS THAN POINTS FACTION] Trading the pick for an overrated former top 5 pick

1 week, 3 days ago on Thunder eliminated from the 2015 playoffs

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Should have just tanked all season, y'all couldn't be told tho...

1 week, 3 days ago on Thunder eliminated from the 2015 playoffs

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Westbrook was responsible for 78.2% of the points scored by the team with him on the floor (101 points) v Houston (including FT assists)... 

2 weeks, 4 days ago on Monday Bolts – 4.6.15

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@okcjim @d21 The Jeremy Lamb conundrum 

2 weeks, 5 days ago on Little things cost the Thunder against the Rockets, 115-112

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@okcjim @Kong Lambchop We'll get the 14th pick providing we don't win the lottery! :P

2 weeks, 5 days ago on Little things cost the Thunder against the Rockets, 115-112

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@Mother Teresa @GREENE1148 [MORE SHOTS THAN POINTS FACTION] @d21 And it's not just volume of 3PTA... it's FT% as well. 

2 weeks, 5 days ago on Little things cost the Thunder against the Rockets, 115-112

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@Mother Teresa @GREENE1148 [MORE SHOTS THAN POINTS FACTION] @d21 From what I gather, it's not a matter of him 'thinking' that... it's been proven by history. 

2 weeks, 5 days ago on Little things cost the Thunder against the Rockets, 115-112

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@d21 Is Hunter the next Klay Thompson?


By NBA Draft Experts

ESPN Insider




To help readers get to know top NBA draft prospects, Insider offers a 360-degree look at many of them in a concise and thorough scouting report featuring three expert perspectives: Kevin Pelton (analytics), Fran Fraschilla (scouting) and Chad Ford (NBA front offices). Here's a look at Georgia State' s R.J. Hunter.




WARP Projection: 2.6 (seventh among players in the top 100)

Comparables: Chris Johnson (94.4), Marcus Thornton (92.1), Damian Lillard (90.7), James Anderson (90.7)

Strengths: Shooting, Steal%, Block%, TO%, PF%

Weaknesses: None



The analytics perspective

The concern about Hunter will surely center on an alleged shooting specialist making just 30.5 percent of his 3-pointers during his final college season. However, there's plenty of reason to believe that mark isn't indicative of Hunter's actual shooting ability.

If you're looking to predict how well a player will shoot 3s in the NBA, it turns out college 3-point percentage isn't the best predictor. In fact, it barely even helps the prediction at all, which instead relies on free throw percentage and the percentage of a player's attempts that come from 3-point range. Hunter scores high on both of those measures; he has made 88 percent of his free throws the past two seasons and took more than half his shots from beyond the arc. Based on those facts, we'd guess he'll develop into a 39 percent career 3-point shooter in the NBA -- second to Florida's Michael Frazier II among players in Chad Ford's top 100. 


Even with the poor shooting, Hunter rated as one of the most valuable players in college basketball because of his well-rounded contributions. There is reason to be skeptical of his high steal and block rates, since Hunter played primarily in a zone defense against much smaller wings. Still, his combination of size and shooting ability is rare and valuable.

-- Kevin Pelton




The scouting perspective

Coming off a good run in the NCAA tournament by Georgia State, Hunter is probably picking a good time to leave for the NBA. The junior has had three productive seasons for the Panthers and his heroic last three minutes versus Baylor remain fresh in the minds of many people.

In reality, NBA teams have already scouted Hunter thoroughly and know his strengths and weaknesses well. For me, Hunter's strengths start with his positional size for a shooting guard and his deep, albeit inconsistent shooting range. In addition, he moves well off screens to create shooting opportunities and has good footwork, both with and without the ball.

Hunter's footwork allows him to get in position to catch and shoot quickly. With the ball, he has an excellent rock-step move to free himself from defenders.

One negative that stands out is his 31 percent 3-point shooting this season and pedestrian 35 percent shooting on 2-point jump shots in non-transition situations. It's clear that Hunter has the "green light" in the Panthers' offense and that led to him taking a lot of low-percentage shots all season. In contrast, Hunter made 38 percent of his 453 attempts in his first two college seasons.

The question of competition in the Sun Belt Conference might be an issue, but Hunter has played against a number of high-level teams during his career. In five games versus teams that participated in the NCAA or NIT this season, he averaged 15.7 points on 38 percent shooting -- 30 percent behind the arc -- while attempting 16 shots a game.

Hunter, by NBA standards, has average athletic ability, speed and quickness. It will affect him on the defensive end of the floor initially. And, while his shot selection this season can be questioned, he will be surrounded by better players at the NBA level where he can focus on his one perceived strength: his ability to shoot the basketball.

-- Fran Fraschilla




The front office perspective


Is Hunter an elite shooter or just a high-volume shooter? That's the question every GM and scout that I've spoken to is asking. For two seasons, Hunter drew interest from NBA teams as a Klay Thompson-like shooting guard who can handle the ball, play the passing lanes and shoot with unlimited range. He exhibited a high basketball IQ and this summer at the LeBron Camp, many scouts felt he was one of the two or three best NBA prospects there

The problem for Hunter is that he had a horrible 3-point shooting slump as a junior. Hunter took a whopping 262 3s this season, but made just 80 of them -- a 31 percent clip. That's not the mark of the next Klay Thompson.

The question is: Did he suddenly forget how to shoot? (He shot nearly 40 percent from 3-point territory as a sophomore with the same volume of shots.) Or is there something else going on? As you analyze the tape, it's clear that Hunter had to settle for tougher and tougher shots as a junior as defenses keyed in to stop him every night. He won't draw nearly the same defensive attention at the NBA level, which means scouts are hoping that he's closer to 40 percent than 30 percent at the next level. If he is, he's worthy of a late lottery pick. If he isn't, then the late first round seems more appropriate. Right now the scouts and GMs I have spoken with have him going between No. 13 and No. 20, but much of his stock will likely depend on how he shoots the ball in workouts. If he regains his stock there, his going 13-15 sounds about right. If he struggles, he could fall into the late 20s or out of the first round.


-- Chad Ford

2 weeks, 5 days ago on Little things cost the Thunder against the Rockets, 115-112

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@Schweebs Hasn't had Howard and Jones for most of the season.

2 weeks, 5 days ago on Little things cost the Thunder against the Rockets, 115-112

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That lineup Royce is talking about starting... Kanter and 4 'guards'... has a defensive rating of 137.4 in 40 minutes played lol, (Orating of 108.8)

2 weeks, 5 days ago on Little things cost the Thunder against the Rockets, 115-112

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@d21 Washington is tanking so we lose our pick going into the KD decision season

3 weeks, 3 days ago on KD on OKC: ‘I would love to get my jersey retired here’

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@d21 0/11 at the line though... wtf? 

3 weeks, 3 days ago on KD on OKC: ‘I would love to get my jersey retired here’

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Tom Haberstroh might be stalking me...

http://imgur.com/p2Y7hHS

3 weeks, 3 days ago on KD on OKC: ‘I would love to get my jersey retired here’

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@BiLL'FKN'Murray! Pierce wasn't ever close to a generational player. 

3 weeks, 4 days ago on Monday Bolts – 3.30.15

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@Jooseppi @GREENE1148 [MORE SHOTS THAN POINTS FACTION] Ben Simmons god father got given a job at LSU 2 years ago, quite the coincidence...

3 weeks, 6 days ago on Thunder Kant win in Utah as the Jazz close out, 94-89

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@Jooseppi Is there a rumour atm or is this purely hypothetical?? Big man sigs almost never work, so I can't see shoe companies falling over themselves to sign either of them

3 weeks, 6 days ago on Thunder Kant win in Utah as the Jazz close out, 94-89

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@Pillendreher (Lamb sacrificed for Waiters faction) Hmmm, I wonder if we could pinpoint a major roster change around that same time... I can't think of anything, can you?

3 weeks, 6 days ago on Thunder Kant win in Utah as the Jazz close out, 94-89

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@Dion Shot First (Team Knee to the face)  @d21 'Paying Alec Burks 4/44 will be a bargain once the cap goes up!'


3 weeks, 6 days ago on Thunder Kant win in Utah as the Jazz close out, 94-89

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@RazvanThunder (#DionWaitersFaction) lol... We actually came back a little in the 4th without him, he was a team worst -11... (we were +6 without him)

3 weeks, 6 days ago on Thunder Kant win in Utah as the Jazz close out, 94-89

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It's kind of remarkable that we've had 4 of the 13 worst players in the league (by BPM based VORP) on our roster at some stage this season, Perry, Lance, Perk and Dion... and are still fighting for a playoff spot... 

4 weeks ago on Thunder Kant win in Utah as the Jazz close out, 94-89

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We'd be in a coin toss for (keeping) the 18th pick if the season finished today! Yay

4 weeks ago on Thunder vs Jazz: Pregame Primer

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@UnfortunatelyOptimistic @ThunderFanInMD Booker has a better record when he plays this season than Kanter lol

4 weeks ago on Thunder vs Jazz: Pregame Primer

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@The Dream Is Free @GREENE1148 [MORE SHOTS THAN POINTS FACTION] Kanter and McGary's matador rim protection also helped alot. 

4 weeks ago on Thunder vs Jazz: Pregame Primer

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Adams finished with 4 fouls, that's why you play him in the third despite the foul trouble...

4 weeks ago on Thunder vs Jazz: Pregame Primer

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@cybrook (formerly boli34) And Goatbert is a sick passer compared to DJ

4 weeks ago on Thunder vs Jazz: Pregame Primer

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@KetelOne @RazvanThunder (#DionWaitersFaction) 'Bad Dion' implies there is a good Dion lmaoooo

4 weeks ago on Thunder vs Jazz: Pregame Primer

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@ThunderfromORL 'Get better on D'

Sounds simple enough.

4 weeks ago on Thunder vs Jazz: Pregame Primer

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@AronZoltanLaszik @Mark50c 4, might as well let him foul out now, this shit is going to be over before the 4th 

4 weeks ago on Thunder vs Jazz: Pregame Primer

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OKC scored 37 points in the first 13 minutes.

They've scored 22 points in the next 21 minutes.

4 weeks ago on Thunder vs Jazz: Pregame Primer

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Russ sign an endorsement with Butterfinger? 

4 weeks ago on Thunder vs Jazz: Pregame Primer

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