Welcome to Part 2 of a accidental guy’s not-so-random thoughts about the National Basketball Association. (As an aside, I adulation how the league’s analysts accredit to the NBA as “the NBA” or “the league.” Abundant bigger and added tolerable than the NFL’s talking heads, who endlessly accredit to the NFL as ‘THE NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE,” about agreeable the words. Aloft players are abnormally apt to this habit; I accept too abundant aftertaste to accomplish the antic best of you are apparently cerebration of appropriate now.)
Part 1 is here, and apparently additionally still on the OSN homepage, if you feel absorbed to accord it a look-see.
What in the Actual #&$^….
Minnesota Timberwolves: The Jimmy Butler adventure has been bashed all over the sports media outlets for a while now, but it accomplished a new akin aftermost week. Butler has capital out of Minny for months now and aboveboard declared his admiration for a barter during the offseason. Tom Thibodeau, the ascendant drillmaster who additionally happens to run the Wolves’ basketball operations, is asleep set on befitting Butler—demanding a king’s bribe for a non-top-10 amateur who’s on an expiring contract.
Thibs’ demands are so acute that the admiral of the Miami Heat, the allegorical Pat Riley, bankrupt off talks admitting his team’s atrocious charge for a star; he alleged Thibodeau the kinds of names I can’t alike accomplish references to, a assurance that no one in the NBA is absent to accomplish a accord for Butler appropriate now.
That league-wide abhorrence to barter for Butler was amplified by the amateur himself aftermost week, as he stormed into the Wolves’ convenance facility, accursed out Thibodeau and his front-office underling, Scott Layden, alleged the adolescent stars of the aggregation (Karl-Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins ) soft, and took a agglomeration of scrubs on his team—with which he afresh proceeded to reportedly bash the starters, including Towns and Wiggins.
Now, I adore Butler’s angry competitiveness; in this era of affable dynamics (and affected affable actuality apprenticed by aggregation politics), his Michael Jordan-like affinity is abnormally refreshing. Unfortunately, he’s now toxified two NBA teams to the point of no return; no one will appetite a guy like that on his aggregation for the Wolves’ allurement price, no amount how acceptable he is. Until Thibs relents and drives his allurement amount bottomward (or is fired), it seems like Jimmy is ashore actuality a Timberwolf for the time being.
As for their affairs this season, on cardboard they absolutely accept the aptitude to argue for a playoff spot. The aggregation allure is now assuredly poisoned, though. Alike if Butler plays the majority of his division in Minneapolis, I anticipate they won’t accomplish it.
The Ninth Akin of Salary-Cap Hell
Detroit Pistons: Trading for Blake Griffin, a actual accomplished advanced with an abrasion history best than the Amazon, acquainted like the ultimate troll-job by the Pistons’ now aloft coach-president, Stan Van Gundy. Alike afterwards he was accursed for declining to accomplish the move work, Van Gundy now gets to arctic on his couch as his breed attempt to accord with the capped-out after-effects of his astigmatic meddling.
There is aptitude to accomplish the playoffs on this team, with Griffin and centermost Andre Drummond basic a solid frontcourt tandem. This division for Detroit will be absitively on the wings and at the point, though. They abominably charge either Stanley Johnson (who’s basically Detroit’s Meyers Leonard) or Luke Kennard (drafted one atom advanced of Donovan Mitchell aftermost year…ouch) to accomplish an appulse on the wing, and it’d be nice if Reggie Jackson could get his knee and beam aback in shape—and stop bad-tempered continued abundant to be alike a league-average point guard.
Miami Heat: As mentioned above, Riley’s aggregation abominably needs an appulse talent. The Heat’s agenda is abounding of solid circling players, but Dwayne Wade is 36 and planning to retire this summer, and their $98 actor center, Hassan Whiteside, is abuse a unplayable at times. He’s additionally actual childish, a affection I alone wouldn’t appetite in a guy who’s assimilation up a division of a team’s cap space.
The postseason was abnormally aggravating for the Heat in 2018; as Whiteside whined and moaned about not actuality “utilized according to his talents,” Miami floundered as the Philadelphia 76ers acclimated acceleration and breadth to asphyxiate their offense. It’s a amphitheatre that will abide to comedy out for Miami as they activity to be first-round fodder afresh this year.
Watching Joel Embiid exhausted Whiteside with his avant-garde d had to be abnormally aching for Riley, a man who accomplished Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Patrick Ewing. The septuagenarian controlling is predictably accepting agitation auction Whiteside in a trade, and due to the aggrandized affairs he gave out a brace years ago, his aggregation can’t assurance any top chargeless agents. As abounding of the NBA’s top players access chargeless bureau aing summer, the Heat accept to watch from the sidelines, clumsy to use the accompanying lures of South Beach and Ringzzzzz to acreage the big bend they charge to acknowledgment to relevance.
Portland Trail Blazers: The summer of 2016 was bad for abounding teams, but alfresco of Miami, Portland got aching the best by it. The deals Neil Olshey gave Evan Turner and Meyers Leonard don’t complete so bad in a vacuum—Portland is not a free-agent destination, actuality cold, rainy, and abounding of white people—but giving a accumulated $114 actor to Turner, who possesses one of the affliction plus-minus ratings in all of basketball, and Leonard, a action washout, still has costs alfresco of authentic dollars.
Those affairs amount the Blazers the adventitious to absorb Ed Davis, a solid circling player, this aftermost offseason. They will acceptable amount Portland the adventitious to absorb Al-Farouq Aminu, accession solid circling amateur who additionally starts for them, this accessible summer already his arrangement expires. As Damian Lillard plays through his prime years—and as his annoyance with Olshey mounts—the capped-out Blazers can ill allow to alter affection players like Davis and Aminu with scrap-heap applesauce like Seth Curry and Sauce Castillo.
If the Blazers abort to accomplish the postseason, the aggregation will acceptable fracture. They bigger accomplish it.
This Tastes Like a Strange Brew
Washington Wizards: Adding Dwight Howard and Austin Rivers to a locker allowance that already seems to abhorrence anniversary added sounds like a compound for disaster, but the Wiz are accepting desperate. John Wall’s prime is active out with every jump, askance ankle, and banged knee, while Bradley Beal is aloof starting his. Risks charge to be taken for teams in Washington’s position, alike if they assume like bad ones.
There is acumen to both agnosticism and absolve the accession of both players. Howard seemed like he was on the fast clue to the Hall of Fame afterwards his Orlando Magic peak, allegorical the aggregation to the 2009 NBA Finals. Afterwards falling out with Van Gundy (who was the Magic’s drillmaster aback then), he was traded to the Houston Rockets. Afterwards a altercation with James Harden and a adamant abnegation to comedy the affectionate of rim-running role that he was custom-built for, Howard was dumped via trade, again.
Now on his fourth aggregation in as abounding seasons, Howard will try to be an advancement over Marcin Gortat. He did boilerplate a double-double for Charlotte aftermost year, but this is still a huge anticlimax from his aiguille 10 years ago.
Rivers, meanwhile, will try to prove that his alteration from actuality a action accident in New Orleans to a advantageous NBA amateur in Los Angeles wasn’t aloof due to his father, Doc—who happens to be the drillmaster of the Clippers. Accusations of bribery and actuality a about detestable actuality accept becoming him near-universal abhorrence amid the NBA’s players—quite the accomplishment aback the alliance is blowzy with so abounding nice guys and affable giants.
Austin Rivers may be the best advancement bouncer Wall and Beal accept anytime played with in the NBA, however. (Though I admit, that’s a LOW bar to clear.) If he can accord the Wiz about 25 able account a game, that would go a continued way adjoin attention Wall for the postseason.
Howard and Rivers are high-risk players with the average accolade of confined as abyss for the Wizards. In a appointment area Washington is still a bank beneath the Atlantic three-headed monster in Boston-Toronto-Philly, and with the Wiz actuality a bank aggregation in contempo years, these are the kinds of things you charge to do if you appetite to accord yourself a adventitious to attempt with the big boys.
It will apparently still draft up in their faces. Nothing ventured….
Playoff Contenders: Suburban Edition
Denver Nuggets: Best of the teams actuality are hardly bigger candidates for playoff spots than the brand of Memphis, Detroit, or Portland; indeed, if some of these teams fell out of the chase altogether, I wouldn’t be surprised. That said, I do like Denver’s affairs this year.
The accumulation of Nikola Jokic, Paul Millsap, Jamal Murray, Gary Harris, Will Barton, Trey Lyles and the charcoal of Isaiah Thomas is a solid mix of vets and adolescent guys with potential. The aegis will acceptable abide to barf up credibility admitting Millsap’s best efforts, but the breach should be a affair of beauty. If Denver can get aloof abundant stops, the casual diaism of their brilliant big man Jokic, accompanied by the scoring of Murray, Harris and Barton, may assuredly get them over the hump.
Keep in apperception that the Nuggets and Blazers were afar by alone three amateur at the accomplishment of aftermost season; Portland was No. 3, while Denver was No. 9. If a few assurance had bounced the Nuggets’ way and the Blazers had bent beneath breach (or if Millsap were advantageous for best of the season), their positions could calmly accept been reversed. The allowance for absurdity in the West is razor-thin.
Los Angeles Lakers: A LeBron James aggregation is not missing the postseason, sorry. Not alike in the West, and not alike with this antic academy Magic Johnson congenital about him for this season, and this division only.
Even admitting the aggregation will be displace in time for the accessible summer (making this division a push, basically), the Best in the Apple is not watching the brand of Steph Curry, Paul George, and James Harden comedy playoff basketball from his couch. The Lakers attending to accomplishment in the fifth/sixth berry ambit this season; it’s 2019-20 aback things get austere from a basketball standpoint.
Milwaukee Bucks: This feels like a huge year for the Bucks—maybe the bigger division they’ve had aback a adolescent Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and an old Oscar Robertson were antibacterial teams in the acreage of beer, brats, and cheese.
Their new amphitheatre is set to accessible (and it looks freakin’ GORGEOUS), they got a well-respected drillmaster in Mike Budenholzer to run the show, they ditched some asleep weight in Jabari Parker (have fun advantageous him $20 actor a year, Chicago!) and their superstar unicorn Plastic Man, Giannis Antetokounmpo, is starting to adeptness the acme of his near-infinite potential. James aloof larboard for the West, while Toronto and Philly both accept some flaws to assignment out.
There is a apple area Milwaukee makes the Eastern Appointment Finals, Giannis pours in 30-7-7 with seven 5×5 games, the Bucks are in the top ten in three-point shooting, and they appearance the apple who absolutely is on top in the East. There’s additionally a apple area the Bucks abatement on their faces again, Budenholzer fails to get added out of this aggregation than Joe Prunty, and Giannis asks for a trade.
Where this aggregation will end up this year is about in the average of both worlds, but that average arena shrinks with anniversary year that ticks off the Greek Freak’s contract. It’s appealing abundant time to put up or shut up for the Bucks.
Indiana Pacers: While they abridgement the abeyant of the Bucks or the aptitude of the three contenders in the East, Indy has a agenda abounding of guys who apperceive their roles, and appetite to consistently acquisition a way to get better. Myles Turner absent some weight. Tyreke Evans was brought in afterwards salvaging his career in Memphis. Domantas Sabonis (yes, son of the Sabas we apperceive and love) is committed to arena the 4 or the 5, and with Turner.
Victor Oladipo, the brilliant of this grindy group, is conceivably the hungriest amateur I’ve anytime seen; alike afterwards authoritative the All-Star team, acceptable Best Improved Player, and anon animating a Pacers authorization that traded Paul George afterwards he askance their arms, he still wants it. Oladipo is still afflicted that the Magic gave up on him so calmly a brace years ago, and wants to accomplish abiding that they still affliction it—and that the blow of us accumulate bedlam at Orlando for accomplishing so.
Indy is your archetypal low-ceiling/high-floor playoff team. The best they can do is win the Central Division a brace times afore Antetokounmpo and pals accomplish it their amphitheater and accord some Eastern assertive a boxy seven-game alternation in the additional round. Afterwards the George situation, and afterwards Larry Bird retired from their advanced office, the Pacers will booty it.
Utah Jazz: The Jazz are basically a mirror of the Pacers in the West, with a few differences.
One, they didn’t get annihilation aback afterwards Gordon Hayward larboard in chargeless agency. Two, their actual savior came through the Draft in Donovan Mitchell. And three, area the Pacers use a counterbalanced access to the game, Utah stifles its opponents with alive ambit aegis and the massive Rudy Gobert attention the rim.
It additionally feels like the Jazz accept a college beam than Indiana, mostly because of Mitchell. The kid is electric; I’ve apparent him comedy live, and there is a bit of Russell Westbrook in his game. He is an aeriform aerialist at the rim, with the off-the-dribble chops and cutting achievement appropriate to be a top advantage on a playoff team.
The Jazz adeptness be my admired aggregation added than the Blazers in the NBA appropriate now: Mitchell, Ricky Rubio’s glossy passes, Gobert authoritative developed men piss themselves whenever they appointment him a the basket, Jingles accomplishing Jingles stuff, Quin Snyder’s motion offense, Snyder’s hair, the admirable alternating uniforms. There’s so abundant to like about this team.
They should be arduous for home-court advantage this season. I anticipate the Thunder bend them out for the Northwest appellation and the third seed, but the Jazz attending to be the best of the blow in the West.
(That was poetic.)
New Orleans Pelicans: On the added hand, if Anthony Davis carries over his ascendancy of the Blazers in the 2018 Playoffs into this accessible season, the Pelicans adeptness breach into the home-court conversation. This aggregation wants to comedy fast, shoot abundance of threes, blanket opposing point guards in a walking straitjacket called Jrue Holiday (we’re still aggravating to untangle Damian Lillard), and await on a top-five superstar in his prime to aing out games.
Davis has no concrete according appropriate now in the league; he can either go around, shoot over, or exhausted any distinct apostle that’s on him. He’s like some aberrant amalgam of Dirk Nowitzki and Kyrie Irving, with the arresting adeptness of Kevin Garnett.
With acceptable bloom and a fast pace, New Orleans stands a acceptable adventitious of not alone authoritative the playoffs, but authoritative some added babble already they get there. Davis and Holiday are actual injury-prone, though; if one or both get hurt, the Pels will tumble in a hurry.
Playoff Contenders: High Rent District Edition
Oklahoma Burghal Thunder: The aboriginal knee troubles of Russell Westbrook, and the setback for the beneficiary to Tony Allen, Andre Roberson, from ACL anaplasty accretion hurts for Oklahoma City. If this is a assurance of things to come, the Thunder will blooper bottomward a tier.
Paul George and Steven Adams are a acceptable combo, though, and Westbrook won’t break on the shelf for long. Already anybody gets aback healthy, the Thunder will get aback to arena airless aegis while relying on their two top-10 talents to abstract their scoring.
Some things never change, do they?
Philadelphia 76ers: The Sixers accept a abysmal aggregation abounding with potential, but there are three questions Philly charge acknowledgment afore they are accessible to arise to the NBA’s aristocratic tier: Can Ben Simmons shoot above 15 feet? Can Joel Embiid comedy 65 amateur and advance his conditioning? And can Markelle Fultz accord them the ambit architect and ballista to comedy off of Simmons and advice augment Embiid?
The Sixers charge acquisition absolute answers to those questions—or accomplish advance adjoin those answers—before they can absolutely action amidst the heavyweights. Boston apparent them abominably in the playoffs aftermost season; they charge to apprentice from that, and grow.
Boston Celtics: The best aggregation in the Eastern Appointment appropriate now, for my money. This aggregation is accurately 11-deep in players who could alpha for some teams, accept three stars in Kyrie Irving, Al Horford, and Gordon Hayward, two added stars in the authoritative in Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown, and one of the best coaches in the apple in Brad Stevens.
Add in the canniest GM in the alliance in Danny Ainge, and you accept a authorization assertive to booty over from the Golden State Warriors as the top dog in the Association should Kevin Durant canal them. This aggregation adeptness ache from accepting TOO abundant talent, but as continued as Stevens can antithesis the egos appropriately and anybody accepts their roles, this is the aggregation to exhausted out East.
Toronto Raptors: While Boston and Philadelphia are contenders now and attending to break that way for the a future, the Raptors and their bang-up Masai Ujiri are blame all their chips to the average appropriate now. With the barter for Kawhi Leonard and his expiring contract, Toronto is all-in on this season.
Leonard reportedly wants to comedy in his built-in Southern California; while a admirable and catholic city, Toronto is about as far from SoCal in agreement of altitude as you can be while blockage in accouter genitalia of the globe.
Even if the Raptors’ dreams appear accurate and they accomplish the NBA Finals, Leonard could still canal them. Afterwards all, he already has a arena and a Finals MVP. Unlike best players, alike those of his agnate superstar stature, he’d be altogether accomplished activity to a non-contender if it fits the way he wants to alive his life.
Let’s be clear—the Raptors won’t be devastated if Leonard dips. They accept abounding arresting adolescent players, and Ujiri is one of the finest basketball minds out there. However, their championship window stays accessible alone as continued as a advantageous Leonard is on their team. This is the alone adventitious for that ambiguous Finals anchorage they’ll accept for a continued time—or at least, they accept to comedy like it.
Houston Rockets: Replacing Trevor Ariza and Luc Mbah a Moute with Carmelo Anthony and Brandon Knight (and others) seems like a crabbed move at best, and a move that will catchbasin their aegis at worst. This season, I wouldn’t anguish so much; this was consistently a aggregation that would try to outscore opponents, and Clint Capela is a able rim protector. As continued as they accord up beneath threes than they make, the Rockets should still be a adequate cardinal two in the West, and apparently the NBA as a whole.
Last season, they were this aing to animadversion off the Warriors. Looking aback now, it feels like James Harden, Chris Paul and Co. accursed their best attempt and bootless to bang the affection of the werewolf with their argent bullet. Anthony and Knight, or any of their new guys, won’t be abundant advice adjoin a Warriors aggregation that retained every above allotment and will accept Demarcus Cousins aback able-bodied afore the playoffs.
We’ll see how things go as the division progresses—Daryl Morey is the affectionate of GM that will choke every advantage he can from any angle, and he’s bedeviled with assault Golden State. The Rockets may adapt their aggregation added on the barter market.
As complete appropriate now, if they played the Warriors in accession series, I’d say Golden State in six.
And STILL Your Reigning, Defending, Undisputed NBA Champions of the World…
Golden State Warriors: Kevin Durant may or may not leave aing summer. If he leaves, the Warriors become beatable; formidable, but beatable. If he stays, they adeptness access 1960s Celtics levels of appellation hoggery.
Next year is aing year, however. This season, the Warriors are the alpha and the omega of the NBA world.
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