2014 NBA Mock Draft: Thanksgiving Week Edition

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It’s 2014 NBA Mock draft time! One of the best drafts in years! As many teams traded to get into this first round, there are a number of strikes that still are to be decided. This site is a good resource recapping plenty of the trades. My guess on the order beneath isn’t based on where issues are now – but relatively how I assume it would end up. Issues taken into consideration: Salaries, potential free agents, needs, and evaluation from several NBA scouts. That is not a ranking of greatest gamers within the draft.

1. Utah Jazz - Andrew Wiggins, F, Kansas. You would possibly hear some Jabari Parker chatter (he’s Mormon!) however right now, it’s Wiggins. Upside, upside, upside. The place does he match in the event you preserve Hayward? You can play each.

2. Milwaukee BucksJulius Randle, F, Kentucky. Will instantly be their best participant. Randle and Sanders will be a pleasant tandem inside. They’ll re-shape the backcourt in the 2015 lottery – Antetokounmpo continues to be a couple of years away from being a factor.

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three. Boston CelticsJabari Parker, F, Duke. Rumors Parker may stay. Fun storyline, I’m not buying it. If you’re a kind of conspiracy types, how about the Celtics successful the lottery? Brad Stevens, Lakers and Celtics both down … yeah, yeah, I know, it’s not rigged.

4. Philadelphia 76ersJoel Embiid, C, Kansas. Uncooked 7-footer who picked up a basketball for the first time three years ago. An Embiid/Noel frontline blocks a whole lot of shots, provides little offense. They’d must let Spencer Hawes walk in free agency. Why not Marcus Sensible? Because MCW seems to be like a keeper. Good’s an improved shooter, however a greater match at PG.

5. Sacramento Kings – Marcus Good, PG, Oklahoma State. Smart’s a scorer and distributor within the mildew of Russell Westbrook, with practically pretty much as good athleticism. Sensible, Cousins and McLemore? You’ve obtained something good. I’m positive the Isaiah Thomas groupies won’t like this move.

6. Charlotte BobcatsDante Exum, PG, Australia – A lithe 6-foot-6 and only 18. Shouldn’t take lengthy to turn out to be an impression player. I like Kemba Walker (sixteen.5 ppg however solely 38% FGs), and he could be a precious reserve on this staff. The Bobcats, once more, are one of many worst scoring teams in the league, and dead final in FG shooting (forty one.1%).

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7. LA LakersAaron Gordon, F, Arizona. Typically in comparison with a young Blake Griffin. Insane athlete. Kobe will whip him into shape quickly.

eight. Phoenix Suns – Gary Harris, SG, Michigan State. Prolific scorer, above-average defender. Sixth man for a 12 months, then takes over after they unload Dragic’s expiring? Or is it price stashing Croatian Dario Saric right here, and getting function players later? Primary wants now look like SF/SG, assuming Bledsoe is their future at PG.

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9. Philadelphia 76ers (via New Orleans) – Rodney Hood, SF, Duke. What turns into of Evan Turner? There are commerce rumors (Cleveland?) which would leave Philly with a scoring void at SF. While Duke’s Parker has the hype, Hood is quietly averaging 21 ppg, sixty six FG% and 68% 3FG, although it’s clearly early.

10. Orlando Magic – Noah Vonleh, F, Indiana – Magic have been better than anticipated. Rank in the middle of the pack in lots of NBA classes after being the worst team in the league last yr. Needs: Future PG, inside scorer, SF. Vonleh’s off to a nice begin (12 ppg, 10 ppg) and would match nicely next to Vucevic.

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eleven. Dallas Mavericks – Mitch McGary, PF, Michigan. Terrific all-around expertise. Might be 22 in June. Learns how you can be a pro from Dirk, probably turns into a 18-10 man for perhaps a decade? A less athletic Chris Webber?

12. Denver Nuggets – James Young, SG, Kentucky. Brian Shaw remains to be tinkering, so it’s difficult to inform what they want. Will they unload JaVale McGee? What occurs when Danilo Gallinari returns? Don’t love Younger but, and the all of a sudden-defensive Nuggets won’t contact him until the defense improves. But he can rating.

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thirteen. Toronto Raptors – Montrezl Harrell, PF, Louisville. Solely guy they’ve gone long on to this point is DeMar DeRozan. The dangerous news: DeRozan and Rudy Gay hog all of the pictures, but shoot 41% and 38% respectively. I think they’ll groom Harrell subsequent 12 months, then let Amir Johnson walk.

14. Phoenix Suns (through Washington) Dario Saric, F, Croatia – Yup, I’ve bought the Wizards missing the playoffs. With three first round picks, certain, the Suns can afford to stash somebody for a couple years. They aren’t a playoff crew in the loaded West next yr, anyway.

15. Cleveland Cavaliers – Willie Cauley-Stein, C, Kentucky. Varejao has another year left, then the Cavs could or may not pick up his possibility (plus, he’s 32 in September and can’t keep wholesome); Bynum exhibits up briefly once a week. WCS will present a good last line of protection.

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sixteen. Atlanta Hawks – Glenn Robinson III, F, Michigan. Rebounding has been their early weakness, however their bench lacks pop, not less than with Lou Williams not absolutely healthy. Robinson has struggled this 12 months at Michigan, however only as a result of the Wolverines don’t have a PG. May begin as a rookie.

17. Orlando Magic (by way of NY by way of Denver) – Jahii Carson, PG, Arizona State. I’m an unlimited fan, and think he’s acquired Nate Robinson’s athletic capacity with Brandon Jennings abilities. Heir obvious to Jameer Nelson?

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18. Charlotte Bobcats (through Detroit) – Nik Stauskas, SG, Michigan. Too high, proper? As famous earlier, the Bobcats can’t shoot, and Stauskas is likely one of the best shooters in the draft. Final 12 months he looked like a Kyle Korver; this yr, he feels nearer to a more explosive JJ Redick. Apologies for the white-guy comparisons.

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19. Memphis Grizzlies – Doug McDermott, F, Creighton. Most likely concentrating on a SG, or a backup at SF. How a couple of shooter for the postseason when groups double Gasol or Randolph? McDermott doesn’t have the scale (6-foot-8) to play the stretch four, but man is he a lethal shooter past the arc.

20. Charlotte Bobcats (via Portland) - Adreian Payne, F, Michigan State. A third pick in the Prime 20 may imply a Euro, or maybe frontcourt assist. Their 2013 decide, Cody Zeller, is shooting a woeful 34% so far. Payne, an elite athlete for six-foot-10, 250, can be going a lot greater if he weren’t 23 at the time of the draft.

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21. Phoenix Suns (via Minnesota) - Sam Dekker, F, Wisconsin. Such a very good all-round player. I’m trying ahead to when he’s free from the Bo Ryan system. Will we see Gordon Hayward-sort development?

22. Houston RocketsAndrew Harrison, PG, Kentucky. Hasn’t appeared great early – fouls have been a problem, so has working the offense – but it surely’s an extended season, and he may simply leap into the lottery. Shooting forty seven% on FGs and 46% on 3FG. Jeremy Lin has improved his shot, but he gained’t come low-cost, which is why I feel he strikes on.

23. LA Clippers – Wayne Selden, G, Kansas. Very sluggish start for the Jayhawks, but a highly-touted shooter coming out of highschool. At this price, he probably stays in Lawrence for a yr, turns into the man if Wiggins, Embiid, Ellis transfer on.

24. Boston Celtics (by way of Brooklyn) – Spencer Dinwiddie, G, Colorado. Yeah, this is bullish on the Nets, but they’ll’t remain this dangerous in the lowly East. Dinwiddie was a late-bloomer who’s taking pictures 44% on 3FGs this season. The bigger focus than this choose will be the Celtics on the buying and selling deadline.

25. Oklahoma MetropolisCorey Jefferson, F, Baylor. Robust participant. Offensively restricted, however a terrific athlete. Perkins is sort of carried out, Collison may be out of their value range, and Jefferson could possibly be a strong function participant in two seasons.

26. Chicago Bulls – Aaron Craft, PG, Ohio State. Hardest workforce to peg. Still have them making a run at the least by one spherical of the playoffs (barring further accidents). The East is that bad. However the draft? Heck, this team could possibly be blown up by the draft. Craft is a 1st round choose, that’s for sure.

27. San Antonio Spurs – Jordan Bachynski, C, Arizona State. Very agile, underrated 7-foot-2 senior who has made large strides in 4 seasons. His 14-11-7 blocks in opposition to Marquette this week might have been the very best sport of his career.

28. Phoenix Suns (by way of Indiana) - Dakari Johnson, C, Kentucky. 4 picks? Yup. Johnson is a undertaking with upside, probably along the traces of Daniel Orton, who came out too early, was drafted, and is now on his third workforce in three years.

29. Utah Jazz (through Golden State) – Chris Walker, F, Florida. He’s ineligible until subsequent month, however by all accounts, the 6-foot-eleven McDonald’s All-American could be very talented.

30. Miami Warmth – Shabazz Napier, PG, Connecticut. Chalmers is a free agent, and if they’re pondering of sliding Cole right into a beginning role, Napier could be an excellent backup.

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NBA Predictions Week 3 Wednesday Night Games Preview /Picks

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NBA Predictions and free picks for week 3

 

NBA Wednesday night is packed with 13 games on the schedule. Below is a quick preview with the latest lines spread and my prediction for each game. As the odds constantly change, remember to check back here at Wonder Punter for the latest spread up until tip-off.

 

Good Luck!

 

Wednesday Nov. 20

 

Toronto Raptors (4-7) @ Philadelphia 76ers (5-7) 11/20- 7:00PM EST

 

Line: TOR -3.5

Over/Under: 200.5

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Both teams are in a two-game skid…. Raptors in a win on the road.

 

PICK: Toronto

 

Miami Heat (7-3) @ Orlando Magic (4-6) 11/20- 7:00PM EST

 

Line: MIA -8.0

Over/Under: 199.5

 

Heat playing in a second in two nights, but should still be able to come away with the ‘W.’
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PICK: Miami

 

Indiana Pacers (9-1) @ New York Knicks (3-6) 11/20- 7:00PM EST

 

Line: IND -4.5

Over/Under: 191.5

 

Knicks are a mess right now and Carmelo is frustrated. The second of two in two nights for NY against the NBA’s best.

 

PICK: Indiana

 

Brooklyn Nets (3-7) @ Charlotte Bobcats (5-6) 11/20- 7:00PM EST

 

Line: BRK -3.5

Over/Under: 184.5

 

Nets hit by injuries, but I like them in this one.

 

PICK: Brooklyn

 

Washington Wizards (2-7) @ Cleveland Cavaliers (4-7) 11/20- 7:00PM EST

 

Line: CLE 1.5

Over/Under: 195.5

 

Disappointing start for the Wizards so far… and on the road for this one.

 

PICK: Cleveland

 

Detroit Pistons (3-6) @ Atlanta Hawks (6-4) 11/20- 7:30PM EST

 

Line: ATL -5.0

Over/Under: 204.5

 

Back-to-back games for both teams but Hawks at home for this one.

 

PICK: Atlanta

 

Utah Jazz (1-11) @ New Orleans Pelicans (4-6) 11/20- 8:00PM EST

 

Line: NOR -8.0

Over/Under: 202

 

Pelicans will be well rested for the Jazz who begin a road trip.

 

PICK: New Orleans

 

Portland Trailblazers (9-2) @ Milwaukee Bucks (2-7) 11/20- 8:00PM EST

 

Line: POR -4.0

Over/Under: 202

 

Bucks without two of their best players and Blazers playing well.

 

PICK: Portland

 

Los Angeles Clippers (7-4) @ Minnesota Timberwolves (7-4) 11/20- 8:00PM EST

 

Line: LAC -1.5

Over/Under: 212.5

 

T’Wolves in a second of a back-to-back. At home but edge to Clips.

 

PICK: LAC

 

Boston Celtics (4-7) @ San Antonio Spurs (9-1) 11/20- 8:30PM EST

 

Line: SAS -15.0

Over/Under: 191

 

Spurs will be well rested for the Celtics who play in Houston the night before.

 

PICK: San Antonio

 

Sacramento Kings (2-7) @ Phoenix Suns (5-4) 11/20- 9:00PM EST

 

Line: PHO -5.0

Over/Under: 191.5

 

A home and home for these two teams in two nights.

 

PICK: Phoenix

 

Houston Rockets (7-4) @ Dallas Mavericks (7-4) 11/20- 9:30PM EST

 

Line: DAL -4.0

Over/Under: 215.5

 

Houston in a second in a back-to-back, but short trip to Dallas. I like them in this one.

 

PICK: Houston

 

Memphis Grizzles (6-5) @ Golden State (8-3) 11/20- 10:30PM EST

 

Line: GSW

Under/Over: 195.5

 

Grizzles in the middle of a road trip against a tough Warriors team.

 

PICK: Golden State

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Wonder Punter NBA Power Rankings- Week 3

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With just about 3 full weeks of NBA action in the books after the conclusion of Tuesday night’s games… let’s take a look the latest Power Rankings as some teams continue to surprise and others continue to fall. Indiana, the last of the unbeatens suffered their first loss at the hands of the Chicago Bulls.

 

San Antonio and Indiana are playing like the two best teams in the league while early top 10 Philadelphia is falling fast.

 

Teams 1-30 with records and last weeks rankings in parentheses are as followed:

 

1 Indiana Pacers (9-1 LW 1)- They lost to Bulls on the second of a back-to-back. Danny Granger expected back soon.

 

2 San Antonio Spurs (9-1 LW 2)- The Spurs have won 7 straight while Tim Duncan is averaging career-lows of 12 points and 39.4 percent shooting.

 

3 Miami Heat (7-3 LW 5)- LeBron James is averaging 34 points per game during the Heat’s three game win streak.

 

4 Los Angeles Clippers (7-3 LW 7)- The Clippers have won four straight while Blake Griffin is averaging a double-double with 22.9 points and 10.9 boards.

 

5 Golden State Warriors (7-3 LW 8)- Warriors have won three straight while suffering through injuries.

 

6 Minnesota Timberwolves (7-4 LW 4)- Kevin Love and Kevin Martin have formed the league’s highest scoring-duo in the season’s opening month.

 

7 Portland Trailblazers (8-2 LW 13)- One of the league’s early surprises…. the Blazers have won six straight.

 

8 Oklahoma City Thunder (6-3 LW 3)- Thunder will be looking for revenge against the Clippers on Thursday night.

 

9 Houston Rockets (7-4 LW 10)- Back up center Omer Asik wants out of Houston and has been benched the last two games since his request.

 

10 Chicago Bulls (5-3 LW 12)- Derrick Rose hits six 3’s in their big win against Indiana on Saturday night.

 

11 Dallas Mavericks (6-4 LW 11)- Mavs look to get back on track when Dwight Howard and the Rockets visit Wednesday night.

 

12 Phoenix Suns (5-4 LW 6)- Suns have dropped three straight by an average 2 points.

 

13 Atlanta Hawks (6-4 LW 17) Another early surprise team is getting it done with Al Horford, Ronnie Millsap and the return of Lou Williams.

 

14 Memphis Grizzles (5-5 LW 9)- They continue to struggle and have the Clippers and Warriors on the road coming up.

 

15 Charlotte Bobcats (5-5 LW 16)- Continue to surprise with Al Jefferson still nursing a bad ankle. Have five of their next six games at home.

 

16 Philadelphia 76ers (5-6 LW 14)- Back to losing but still in first place in a bad Atlantic Division.

 

17 Denver Nuggets (4-5 LW 28)- Have won of four but have OKC, Chicago and back-to-back against Dallas coming up.

 

18 New Orleans Pelicans (4-6 LW 15)- Ryan Anderson lit it up with six 3’s against the Sixers… can he continue?

 

19 Los Angeles Lakers (5-7 LW 19)- Steve Nash is still out… but good news is Kobe Bryant has begun practicing.

 

20 Cleveland Cavaliers (4-7 LW 20) As Kyrie Irving goes, so do the Cavs. Averaging 27.5 in wins and 17.7 in losses.

 

21 Orlando Magic (4-7, LW 25)- Will Aaron Afflalo be traded? He’s averaging 21.7 points per game and playing well.

 

22 Toronto Raptors (4-7 LW 24)- Have lost three of four and still only getting scoring from Rudy Gay and DeMar DeRozan.

 

23 Brooklyn Nets (3-6)- Too much talent to be struggling but dealing with various injuries.

 

24 New York Knicks (3-6 LW 23)- Disappointing start and Carmelo Anthony is unhappy.

 

25 Boston Celtics (4-7 LW 26)- Started 0-4, won four in a row now has lost three straight.

 

26 Washington Wizards (2-7 LW 22)- Turning into a major disappointment early on… not was expected.

 

27 Detroit Pistons (3-6 LW 18)- Josh Smith makes his return to Atlanta on Wednesday night.

 

28 Milwaukee Bucks (2-7 LW 27)- No Brandon Knight, no Caron Butler… now have lost five straight.

 

29 Sacramento Kings (2-7 LW 29)- Only one win in November and three of next four is on the road.

 

30 Utah Jazz (1-10 LW 30)- Avoided tying their worst start in franchise history by beating the Pelicans.

 

 

 

 

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Melo on latest defeat: Like we’re not trying

Hawks Hand Knicks Fifth Straight Residence Loss

Hawks Hand Knicks Fifth Straight Residence Loss

 

NEW YORK – Following the New York Knicks’ fifth straight loss at Madison Sq. Backyard, a disgusted Carmelo Anthony said it looked as if the crew wasn’t even making an attempt in a 110-90 loss to the Atlanta Hawks.

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Carmelo Anthony was perplexed to describe the Knicks’ latest loss Saturday night time.

“We ain’t taking part in worth a s- right now,” Anthony stated. “We acquired to play harder.

“I am upset too in all of our effort. We are simply not getting it carried out. It ain’t nothing that Coach [Mike] Woodson is doing [or not doing]. It ain’t got nothing to do with X’s and O’s out there on the basketball courtroom. We are not getting it completed from an effort standpoint. It’s like we are not even attempting proper now.”

Although Anthony says Woodson is not to blame, Knicks fans nonetheless briefly chanted “Hearth Woodson” within the third quarter.

The house followers have not had a lot to cheer for thus far this season. The Knicks (3-6) haven’t received at the Garden since their ninety-83 season-opening victory over the Milwaukee Bucks on Oct. 30. They’ve lost to the Minnesota Timberwolves, Charlotte Bobcats, San Antonio Spurs, Houston Rockets and Atlanta at residence.

In the course of the loss to Minnesota, the Knicks surrendered 40 points within the first quarter. In a a hundred and twenty-89 loss to the Spurs last Sunday, they trailed 21-four in the first quarter and fell behind by as many as 37.

Towards the Hawks (6-four), the Knicks were inside five (84-seventy nine) with eight:39 remaining before permitting a 14-2 run during which Atlanta scored on three layups and a dunk.

“You’re not going to beat anyone taking part in gentle and not hard like we did,” Woodson said. “They played extraordinarily extremely onerous tonight and we just did not compete with them.”

Woodson mentioned he may tinker together with his lineup once more. The Hawks shot 56.4 % from the field in opposition to a Knicks protection minus the injured Tyson Chandler, who’s out for no less than a month with a fractured leg.

The players spoke afterward within the locker room.

J.R. Smith – after a three-for-18 night from the ground that saw him miss eight-of-9 3-point tries – took among the blame.

“Excuse my language however I was playing like s-,” he said. “I performed horrible. I’ve been taking part in horrible since I obtained again and I wasn’t blissful about it.”

Anthony, who led the Knicks with 23 points and 12 rebounds, left the Garden baffled and indignant.

“You just got to do more I suppose,” Anthony said. “Simply try to go out there and get it performed as a team. I am not going to do it on my own. I do not want to do it by myself. We received to do it as a group. We preserve digging ourselves deeper and deeper.

“It is frustrating. Messed up feeling. Nasty feeling. I actually am kind of puzzled right now.”

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NBA Predictions Week 3 Friday Game Free Picks

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Free Picks and Predictions for Friday week 3 NBA Games

 

It’s another Friday night in the NBA and with 11 big games schedule, pick your favorite games(s) and be it lines spread, over/under or straight-pick… place your bets here through Wonder Punter and Good Luck!

 

Milwaukee Bucks (2-5) @ Indiana Pacers (8-0) 11/15- 7:00PM EST

 

Line: IND -9.0

Over/Under: 186

 

Don’t see the Bucks challenging the Pacers on the road. Pacers are the team to beat right now.

 

PICK: Indiana Pacers

 

Chicago Bulls (3-3) @ Toronto Raptors (4-5) 11/15- 7:00PM EST

 

Line: CHI -1.0

Over/Under: 190

 

Important road game for the Bulls to get back to winning.

 

PICK: Chicago Bulls

 

Dallas Mavericks (5-3) @ Miami Heat (5-3) 11/15- 7:30PM EST

 

Line: MIA -8.5

Over/Under: 207.5

 

Good match-up, but expect the Heat to play a full game and win.

 

PICK: Miami

 

Charlotte Bobcats (4-4) @ Cleveland Cavaliers (3-6) 11/15- 7:30PM EST

 

Line: CLE -6.5

Over/Under: 189.5

 

Bobcats playing good ball early, but like the Cavs in this one.

 

PICK: Cleveland Cavaliers

 

Philadelphia 76ers (5-4) @ Atlanta Hawks (4-4) 11/15- 7:30PM EST

 

Line: ATL -8.0

Over/Under: 206.0

 

Another surprise team playing well early, but like the Hawks in this one.

 

PICK: Atlanta

 

Portland Trailblazers (6-2) @ Boston Celtics (4-5) 11/15- 7:30PM EST

 

Line: POR -2.0

Over/Under: 194

 

Look for the Trailblazers to continue winning with a road victory at Boston.

 

PICK: Portland

 

Minnesota Timberwolves (6-3) @ Denver Nuggets (3-4) 11/15- 8:00PM EST
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Line: MIN -1.5

Over/Under: 210.5

 

T’Wolves looking good early and will win in a close one at Denver.

 

PICK: Minnesota

 

Brooklyn Nets (2-5) @ Phoenix Suns (5-3) 11/15- 9:00PM EST

 

Line: BRK -1.0

Over/Under: 195

 

Nets are underachieving and the Suns have been playing great at home… Suns win.

 

PICK: Phoenix

 

San Antonio Spurs (8-1) @ Utah Jazz (1-8) 11/15- 9:00PM EST

 

Line: SAS -8.0

Over/Under: 193

 

Spurs are solid, Jazz are bad…. Spurs win easy.

 

PICK: San Antonio

 

Memphis Grizzles (3-5) @ Los Angeles Lakers (4-6) 11/15- 10:30PM EST

 

Line: MEM -3.5

Over/Under: 197.5

 

Not sure what Lakers team will show up… but Lakers in an upset.

 

PICK: LAL

 

Detroit Pistons (2-5) @ Sacramento Kings (2-5) 11/15- 10:30PM EST

 

Line: SAC -2.0

Over/Under: 197.5

 

Toss-up for me on the this one… but slight edge to the Kings.

 

PICK: Sacramento

 

Once again, Good luck on your favorite picks.

 

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NBA Predictions Week 3 Wednesday Games Previews/Picks

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NBA Week 3 predictions and Picks

 

Wednesday night is another full night of NBA games as we have 12 full games for you to place your bets on here at Wonder Punter. Be sure to place your bets early to secure the best odds. So you want to know what are the best picks and predictions for this weeks games? all free? Keep reading

 

Milwaukee Bucks (2-3) @ Orlando Magic (3-4) 11/13- 7:00PM EST

 

Line: ORL –4.0

Over/Under: 193.5

 

Orlando will be looking to snap a two-game losing streak.

 

PICK: Orlando Magic

 

Houston Rockets (4-3) @ Philadelphia 76ers (4-3) 11/13- 7:00PM EST

 

Line: HOU -9.0

Over/Under: 215.5

 

Rockets have lost two in a row, but should be able to handle to Sixers on the road.

 

PICK: Houston Rockets

 

Charlotte Bobcats (3-3) @ Boston Celtics (3-4) 11/13- 7:30PM EST

 

Line: BOS -4.5

Over/Under: 184.5

 

Celtics looking to win their third straight.

 

PICK: Boston Celtics

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New York Knicks (2-4) @ Atlanta Hawks (3-3) 11/13- 8:00PM EST

 

Line: ATL -3.5

Over/Under: 198.5

 

With J.R. Smith back, I like the Knicks on the road in an upset.

 

PICK: New York Knicks

 

Toronto Raptors (3-4) @ Memphis Grizzles (3-3) 11/13- 8:00PM EST

 

Line: MEM -7.5

Over/Under: 185.5

 

Memphis in an easy win at home. Too much talent still.

 

PICK: Memphis Grizzles

 

Cleveland Cavaliers (3-4) @ Minnesota Timberwolves (5-2) 11/13- 8:00PM EST

 

Line: MIN -8.5

Over/Under: 198.5

 

T’Wolves looking strong with a healthy with Kevin Love back strong.

 

PICK: Minnesota Timberwolves

 

Washington Wizards (2-4) @ San Antonio Spurs (6-1) 11/13- 8:30PM EST

 

Line: SAS -11.0

Over/Under: 200

 

Expect an easy San Antonio win at home. Playing good ball early.

 

PICK: San Antonio Spurs

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Los Angeles Lakers (3-5) @ Denver Nuggets (1-4) 11/13- 9:00PM EST

 

Line: DEN -9.0

Over/Under: 209.5

 

Nuggets will be up for the Lakers…. and expect a home win as the Lakers will their second game in two nights.

 

PICK: Denver Nuggets

 

New Orleans Pelicans (3-4) @ Utah Jazz (0-7) 11/13- 9:00PM EST

 

Line: NOR -1.5

Over/Under: 190.5

 

Like the Jazz in a surprise home win as the Pelicans will be in the second of a back-to-back.

 

PICK: Utah Jazz

 

Phoenix Suns (5-2) @ Portland Trailblazers (4-2) 11/13- 9:00PM EST

 

Line: POR -8.0

Over/Under: 202.5

 

Portland always tough at the Rose Garden.

 

PICK: Portland Trailblazers

 

Brooklyn Nets (2-4) @ Sacramento Kings (1-5) 11/13- 10:00PM EST

 

Line: BRK -1.0

Over/Under: 195.5

 

Winnable road game for the Nets against a struggling Kings team.

 

PICK: Brooklyn Nets

 

Oklahoma City Thunder (5-1) @ Los Angeles Clippers (4-3) 11/13- 10:30PM EST

 

Line: LAC -3.0

Over/Under: 206.5

 

Game of the night… OKC with a big road win.

 

PICK: Oklahoma City Thunder

 

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NBA Power Rankings 2013

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Week 3 Power Rankings for the NBA

 

With Week 3 of the NBA starting on Tuesday night, let’s take a look at this week’s Power Rankings for all 30 teams.

 

1. Indiana Pacers (7-0)- Paul George is leading the Pacers to their best start in franchise history. The team to beat right now.

 

2. San Antonio Spurs (6-1)- With Philadelphia, Washington, Utah and Boston coming up, they can distance themselves from the pack.

 

3. Oklahoma City Thunder (5-1)- With Russell Westbrook back in the fold, things are looking up.

 

4. Minnesota Timberwolves (5-2)- Having a healthy Kevin Love does wonders for a team.

 

5. Miami Heat (4-3)- A sore back is slowing down LeBron as they work out their chemistry issues.

 

6. Phoenix Suns (5-2)- Eric Bledsoe is leading this week’s NBA’s surprise team as they have won all four of their home games.

 

7. Los Angeles Clippers (4-3)- Big road win at Houston as they are still trying to find their way under coach Doc Rivers.

 

8. Golden State Warriors (4-3)- Warriors have four different players averaging at least 15 points per game.

 

9. Memphis Grizzles (3-3)- Coming off a big home win against the Warriors may jump-start them.

 

10. Houston Rockets (4-3)- They hit the road after dropping their last three-games.

 

11. Dallas Mavericks (4-3)- Monte Ellis leads the team in scoring averaging 23 points a game.

 

12. Chicago Bulls (2-4)- Derrick Rose and the Bulls have a showdown with the Pacers this week as they look to get back to winning and avenge an earlier loss.

 

13. Portland Trailblazers (4-2)- Two of their four wins came against Sacramento with more winnable games coming up against the East.

 

14. Philadelphia 76ers (4-3)- Went 1-3 last week after starting 3-0… is the clock getting ready to strike midnight?

 

15. New Orleans Pelicans (3-4) Big win at home against the Lakers on Friday night, can they repeat that performance on Tuesday night in L.A.?

 

16. Charlotte Bobcats (3-3)- Another early surprise team in the NBA so far.

 

17. Atlanta Hawks (3-3)- Ronnie Millsap is off to a big year for the Hawks so far with 20.2 points, 8.2 rebounds and 3.7 assists.

 

18. Detroit Pistons (2-3)- Josh Smith is fitting in nicely with his new team leading them 18.8 points per game.

 

19. Los Angeles Lakers (3-5)- As Kobe Bryant is still working his way back, Steve Nash is suffering from back pain once again limiting his play.

 

20. Cleveland Cavaliers (3-4)- Kyrie Irving is heating up having scored 25 or more in two of his last three games.

 

21. Brooklyn Nets (2-4)- Nets need more production from K.G who is only averaging six points per game and 6.7 rebounds a game.

 

22. Washington Wizards (2-4)- Still a better team them their record indicates but must finish games.

 

23. New York Knicks (2-4)- Can the return of J.R. Smith give them the shot in the arm they need?

 

24. Toronto Raptors (3-4)- Expect Rudy Gay and DeMar DeRozan to get their shooting touch back after struggling in the early season.

 

25. Orlando Magic (3-4)- Center Nikola Vucevic is averaging a double-double to begin the season with 15.7 points and 12.1 rebounds.

 

26. Boston Celtics (3-4)- The Celtics have won three straight including a win over the Miami Heat.

 

27. Milwaukee Bucks (2-3)- Their three losses have been by eight points or less.

 

28. Denver Nuggets (1-4)- Rough start under new head coach Brian Shaw as they are off to their worst start since 2004.

 

29. Sacramento Kings (1-5)- DeMarcus Cousins is a one-man show, but it will take more then that as they have dropped five in a row.

 

30. Utah Jazz (0-7)- Jazz are off to their worst start since going 0-11 in their first season in the league.

 

 

 

By Mario Martinez- Wonder Punter

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NBA Predictions Week 2 Games Preview/Picks

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Predictions for week 2 NBA Games

With almost 2 weeks of NBA action in the books, we have a full action of games on Monday to place your bets on. I will give you my straight-up picks with the betting lines. Get you favorite bets in early to secure the best odds here at Wonder Punter.

 

Atlanta Hawks (3-3) @ Charlotte Bobcats (3-3) 11/11- 7:00PM EST

 

Line: ATL -1.5

Over/Under: 196

 

Even match-up but will give the slight edge to the Bobcats being at home.

 

PICK: Charlotte Bobcats

 

San Antonio Spurs (6-1) @ Philadelphia (4-3)- 11/11- 7:00PM EST

 

Line: SAS -7.0

Over /Under: 206.5

 

The 76ers are surprising everyone with play to start the season, but expect the Spurs to win.

 

PICK: San Antonio Spurs

 

Memphis Grizzles (3-3) @ Indiana Pacers (7-0) 11/11- 7:00PM EST

 

Line: IND -7.0

Over/Under: 183.5

 

Good game but, with the way the Pacers are playing, look for them to win.

 

PICK: Indianapolis Pacers

 

Orlando Magic (3-4) @ Boston Celtics (3-4) 11/11- 7:30PM EST

 

Line: BOS -2.0

Over/Under: 188.5

 

Look for the Celtics to ride their big win in Miami for a back-to-back win against the Magic.

 

PICK: Boston Celtics

 

Cleveland Cavaliers (3-4) @ Chicago Bulls (2-3) 11/11- 8:00PM EST

 

Line: CHI -9.5

Over/Under: 185.5

 

Derrick Rose and the Bulls struggling to start the season but look for them to win on Monday.

 

PICK: Chicago Bulls

 

Toronto Raptors (3-4) @ Houston Rockets (4-3) 11/11- 8:00PM EST

 

Line: HOU -9.5

Over/Under: 200.5

 

After back-to-back defeats to both L.A. teams, look for the Rockets to win big against the Raptors.

 

PICK: Houston Rockets

 

Denver Nuggets (1-4) @ Utah Jazz (0-7) 11/11- 9:00PM EST

 

Line: DEN -1.0

Over/Under: 198.5

 

Two bad teams, but the Jazz have been blown out in all their losses. I’ll take my chances with the Nuggets.

 

PICK: Denver Nuggets

 

Detroit Pistons (2-3) @ Portland Trailblazers (4-2) 11/11- 9:00PM EST

 

Line: POR -4.5

Over/Under: 202

 

Portland has won two in a row, while the Pistons have lost two straight.

 

PICK: Portland Trailblazers

 

Minnesota Timberwolves (4-2) @ Los Angeles Clippers (4-3) 11/11- 10:30PM EST

 

Line: LAC -7.5

Over/Under: 205.5

 

Minnesota will be playing in the second of a back-to-back. Clips coming off a big win at Houston.

 

PICK: Los Angeles Clippers

 

Good luck with your favorite teams and picks and be sure to bet early to secure the best odds right here at Wonder Punter.

 

 

By Mario Martinez- Wonder Punter

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NBA Friday Night Games- Previews/Picks

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NBA Free Picks and Predictions for games of 8th November 2013

Friday night in the NBA usually means one thing… a full schedule of games at your disposal to lay your money on. With odds constantly changing, I will give you my straight-up picks on all Friday night games, but be sure to get in on the betting line early to secure the best odds. Whether you like to play the points, over/under or straight-up… you can find it right here at Wonder Punter.

 

Brooklyn Nets (2-2) @ Washington Wizards (1-3) 11/08- 7:00PM EST

 

The Wizards look to win back-to-back games as they take on the Nets.

 

PICK: Brooklyn Nets

 

Cleveland Cavaliers (2-3) @ Philadelphia 76ers (3-2) 11/08- 7:00PM EST

 

The Sixers have now lost two in a row after being a Cinderella team for the first three games. Cavs coming off a big win vs. Minnesota

 

PICK: Cleveland

 

Boston Celtics (1-4) @ Orlando Magic (3-2) 11/08- 7:00PM EST

 

The Celtics got their first win against winless Utah, but the Magic just beat a good Clipper team on Wednesday night.

 

PICK: Orlando

 

New York Knicks (1-3) @ Charlotte Bobcats (3-2) 11/08- 7:00PM EST

 

Trouble in the Big Apple with their beloved Knicks… Charlotte is an early surprise. I like the odds of the Bobcats winning.

 

PICK: Charlotte

 

Toronto Raptors (2-3) @ Indiana Pacers (5-0) 11/08- 7:00PM EST

 

Clearly, the Pacers are the team to beat right now. Impressive win against the Bulls on Wednesday night.

 

PICK: Indiana

 

Oklahoma Thunder (3-1) @ Detroit Pistons (2-2) 11/08- 7:30PM EST

 

With PG Russell Westbrook back, expect the Thunder to start making a run. My bet is on OKC.

 

PICK: Oklahoma City

 

Los Angeles Lakers (2-3) @ New Orleans Pelicans (2-3) 11/08- 8:00PM EST

 

The Los Angeles Lakers will be playing the second of a back-to-back. Have to like the odds New Orleans winning plus they blew out Memphis on the road Wednesday night.

 

PICK: New Orleans

 

Utah Jazz (0-5) @ Chicago Bulls (1-3) 11/08- 8:00PM EST

 

Just what the underachieving Bulls needed, a winless Jazz team to come into town. Easy pick on this one.

 

PICK: Chicago

 

Dallas Mavericks (3-2) @ Minnesota Timberwolves (3-2) 11/08- 8:00PM EST

 

The Mavs will look to avoid two straight road losses after dropping one to Oklahoma City Wednesday night. Should be another tough battle for both teams, but see the T’Wolves as the favorite.

 

PICK: Minnesota

 

Golden State Warriors (4-1) @ San Antonio Spurs (4-1) 11/08- 8:30PM EST

 

All the oddsmakers have to be going crazy with this marquee matchup of two teams who are expected to light it up. Watch for the latest betting line here on Wonder Punter, but for a straight-up pick I like the Warriors on the road.

 

PICK: Golden State

 

Denver Nuggets (0-3) @ Phoenix Suns ( 3-2) 11/08- 9:00PM EST

 

With Phoenix coming off a tough road loss to the San Antonio Spurs on Wednesday night, I like the odds of keeping the visiting Denver Nuggets winless on the young season.

 

PICK: Phoenix

 

Sacramento Kings (1-3) @ Portland Trailblazers (2-2) 11/08- 10:00PM EST

 

Portland is always tough at home… safe pick with Trailblazers.

 

PICK: Portland

 

12 full games to chose from on a Friday night. Check the latest up to the minute betting lines here at Wonder Punter and good luck with your picks!

 By Mario Martinez – WonderPunter

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Chandler collides with Walker, injures knee

Chandler Injured, Knicks Fall To 1-three

 

BIG APPLE – New York Knicks center Tyson Chandler left Tuesday’s sport in opposition to the Charlotte Bobcats in the first quarter after he injured his proper knee throughout a collision with Bobcats level guard Kemba Walker.

A league supply with information of the injury says the Knicks assume Chandler could have suffered a sprain. However he will be evaluated extra totally Wednesday.

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Tyson Chandler struggles to stand up after colliding with Kemba Walker.

It is unclear if Chandler twisted his knee through the collision or banged it with Walker’s. The 7-footer was in considerable pain after the play, which occurred with 5:24 to go within the first quarter. He spent a couple of minutes on the bench with an ice pack on his knee, then limped off the court and headed to the locker room for additional analysis. Reserve Cole Aldrich helped him walk from the bench to the locker room. Walker wasn’t injured on the play.

“We do not know the severity yet,” Knicks head coach Mike Woodson stated after the Knicks’ loss to Charlotte. “We’ll know more [Wednesday] morning. He is a giant piece of what we do.”

Chandler is arguably the second-most vital Knick behind Carmelo Anthony, so New York can’t afford to lose him for a major amount of time.

The 2011-12 Defensive Player of the Year anchors New York’s defense. Within the Knicks’ first three games, Chandler averaged nine points and eleven rebounds in 33 minutes.

“I simply pray and hope that he is fantastic, he’s alright,” Anthony mentioned after the Knicks fell to 1-3.

The Knicks have been extremely compromised at heart on Tuesday with out Chandler. Aldrich was inactive. Amar’e Stoudemire was limited to taking part in just 10 minutes by the group’s medical staff because of the tenuous state of his knees. Coach Mike Woodson also stated earlier than the sport that Kenyon Martin would sit out against Charlotte as part of the Martin-Stoudemire platoon at energy ahead.

If Chandler is out for a substantial period of time, Woodson could also be forced to rely extra heavily on Martin, Aldrich and Stoudemire. Aldrich is inexperienced and Martin has been limited by lingering soreness in his left ankle, which he initially injured last April.

Stoudemire is taking part in on a minutes limit of 10 per game because the Knicks try to keep his oft-injured knees wholesome. The 30-year-outdated has undergone three knee procedures in the final 12 months.

Woodson was requested on Tuesday if he needed to regulate his plans for Stoudemire and Martin in the wake of Chandler’s injury.

“I received so much to think about right now,” the coach stated.

Ian Begley is a daily contributor to ESPNNewYork.com.

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NBA Power Rankings- Week 1

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NBA Power Rankings for Week 1 of the games

 

With the conclusion of Tuesday nights NBA games, let’s take a look at the Power Rankings going into the Week 2 with the Philadelphia 76ers 3-1 start shocking everyone who were expected to contend for the worst record in NBA history.

 

1. Indiana Pacers (4-0)- Guard Paul George is healthy and ready to lead the charge.

 

2. Houston Rockets (4-1)- So far the Dwight Howard and James Harden duo is working.

 

3. Minnesota Timberwolves (3-1)- A healthy Kevin Love (29.6 points 14.6 rebounds) can do wonders for a team.

 

4. Miami Heat (3-2)- LeBron James admits to maybe minor chemistry problems on the team… we shall see the effects.

 

5. Los Angeles Clippers (3-1)- Gave a beat down to the Rockets on Monday night.

 

6. San Antonio Spurs (3-1)- Welcome back Tim Duncan and a resurgent Manu Ginoboli.

 

7. Golden State Warriors (3-1)- It’s the Stephen Curry 3-point show on pace for 437 triples!

 

8. Dallas Mavericks (3-1)- Dirk Nowitski and Monte Ellis getting it done so far.

 

9. Oklahoma Thunder (2-1)- With PG Russell Westbrook back sooner then expected, expect them to start climbing up the rankings.

 

10. Philadelphia 76ers (3-1)- They were ranked last to start the season, but thanks to some quality wins, they deserve a Top 10 ranking for now.

 

11. Brooklyn Nets (2-2)- They need a Miami like performance every night if they want to contend for top billing in the East.

 

12. Chicago Bulls (1-2)- Derrick Rose will continue to improve but the Bulls need more scoring.

 

13. Memphis Grizzles (2-2)- Both road losses were on the road to San Antonio and Dallas.

 

14. Phoenix Suns (3-1)- Eric Bledsoe is shinning bright in the desert sun.

 

15. Portland Trailblazers (2-2)- Big home win against the Spurs with Tim Duncan back in the lineup, but spanked at home by the Rockets.

 

16. Detroit Pistons (2-2)- Brandon Jennings is back from his injury early and ready to lead.

 

17. Orlando Magic (2-2)- Young and ready to play with rookie Victor Oladipo.

 

18. Cleveland Cavaliers (2-2)- Did we mention Andrew Bynum is playing this year?

 

19. Los Angeles Lakers (2-3)- Still young, still athletic, still Kobe-less. When Kobe, when? Xavier Henry looking great early.

 

20. Toronto Raptors (2-2)- It’s Rudy Gay’s team now.

 

21. Charlotte Bobcats (2-2)- Can Al Jefferson shake off his ankle problems?

 

22. Atlanta Hawks (2-2)- Safe to say the Hawks miss Josh Smith. PG Jeff Teague has been a bright spot.

 

23. New York Knicks (1-3)- The Knicks are hearing the boos already at home after Bobcats beat them.

 

24. Milwaukee Bucks (1-2)- Center Zaza Pachulia is averaging 13 points and 7.7 boards a game so far.

 

25. New Orleans Pelicans (1-3)- Second-year center Anthony Davis the lone bright spot with averages of 23.7 points, 12 rebounds and four blocks his first week.

 

26. Washington Wizards (0-3)- And to think everybody was talking a playoff team before the season. It’s early but win one first.

 

27. Sacramento Kings (1-3)- DeMarcus Cousins needs help and G Isaiah Thomas may be the answer averaging 19 points and 4.7 assists.

 

28.Denver Nuggets (0-3)- Not what we expected from a team that made the playoffs last year.

 

29. Utah Jazz (0-4)- Desperately need a point guard.

 

30. Boston Celtics (0-4)- Due to play the winless Jazz Wednesday night. 

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Free Picks for NBA basketball game, Predictions for Tuesday November 5th

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NBA Prediction and free Picks For Tuesday 5th November 2013

 

With 9 NBA games on the docket for Tuesday night… here are my picks free for you guy´s for this weeks Basketball games, also for NBA betting lines don´t forget to visit our sponsors Basketball Betting

 

Miami Heat (2-2) @ Toronto Raptors (2-1) 11/05- 7:00PM

 

PICK: Miami Heat

 

Charlotte Bobcats (1-2) @ New York Knicks (1-2) 11/05- 7:30PM EST

 

PICK: New York Knicks

 

Utah Jazz (0-3) @ Brooklyn Nets (1-2) 11/05- 7:30PM EST

 

PICK: Brooklyn Nets

 

Indiana Pacers (3-0) @ Detroit Pistons (2-1) 11/05- 7:30PM EST

 

PICK: Indiana Pacers

 

Phoenix Suns (2-1) @ New Orleans Pelicans (1-2) 11/05- 8:PM EST

 

PICK: New Orleans Pelicans

 

Los Angeles Lakers (1-2) @ Dallas Mavericks (2-1) 11/05- 8:30PM EST

 

PICK: Dallas Mavericks

 

San Antonio Spurs (2-1) @ Denver Nuggets (0-2) 11/05- 9:00PM EST

 

PICK: San Antonio Spurs

 

Houston Rockets (3-0) @ Portland Trailblazers (2-1) 11/05- 10:00PM EST

 

PICK: Portland Trailblazers

 

Atlanta Hawks (1-1) @ Sacramento Kings (1-2) 11/05- 10:00PM EST

 

PICK: Sacramento Kings

 

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Jordan says tanking games no way to build

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – As pissed off as Michael Jordan has been over the Charlotte Bobcats’ lack of success, it is simply not in his competitive DNA to tank video games.

Forget that the NBA would seemingly hand down a hefty nice and fans would most likely boycott if a workforce admitted to doing that. Jordan said Friday that purposely dropping video games in hopes of getting a high pick within the subsequent draft is no approach to fix a rebuilding franchise.

The Bobcats proprietor scoffed on the concept, telling The Associated Press, “I do not know if some groups have thought of that. That is not one thing that we might do. I don’t believe in that.”

He laughed heartily and said, “If that was my intention, I never would have paid [free agent] Al Jefferson $13 million a yr.”

Jordan, 50, hasn’t been in a position to translate his on-court success to profitable as an NBA proprietor and govt. He won six NBA titles as a player, however Charlotte is 62-168 in his three full seasons as majority proprietor. The Bobcats had been 21-61 final season.

JordanIt isn’t guaranteed [the player] you are going to get goes to be that star anyway. I did learn that certain groups are enthusiastic about doing it, however I am not one in every of them. So let’s alleviate that conversation.

- Bobcats proprietor Michael Jordan

Nonetheless, he doesn’t imagine there are shortcuts to profitable.

While the 2014 draft offers hopes to fledgling groups with proficient gamers like Andrew Wiggins at Kansas and Duke’s Jabari Parker, Jordan made it clear he isn’t enthusiastic about dropping.

“It is not guaranteed [the participant] you’re going to get is going to be that star anyway,” Jordan mentioned. “I did read that sure groups are enthusiastic about doing it, however I am not certainly one of them. So let’s alleviate that conversation.”

Jordan, who was in a relaxed mood on the Bobcats’ headquarters hours earlier than his staff’s home opener, has been broadly criticized for his failures with the Bobcats and for his struggles in the entrance workplace with the Washington Wizards.

He mentioned some of that comes with the territory.

“It is considerably unfair, however you come to expect it,” stated Jordan, who grew to become the majority proprietor of the Bobcats in 2010. “You set sure standards as a player that transcend no matter you do. It goes where you go. You’ll be carrying that around your neck in order that when people see the identify they expect the results.

“It is somewhat unfair, but it’s what it is. I don’t let it outline me.”

Jordan mentioned he stays dedicated to the Bobcats and stated he is tried to be transparent with the fans about the route of the crew.

This previous offseason, he used the amnesty clause on ahead Tyrus Thomas, a transfer that took his hefty contract off the books.

The Bobcats still should pay Thomas $18 million, however the move freed up that cash beneath the salary cap as part of a one-time coverage beneath the brand new collective bargaining agreement. Charlotte used that money to sign Jefferson to a 3-year, $forty one million contact and to re-sign guard Gerald Henderson for $18 million over three seasons.

“I imply, that was a press release,” Jordan stated of his commitment to the Bobcats. “I still have to pay greater than $17 million, but it was a transfer that we wanted to make to build and go get a guy like Huge Al.”

Jordan believes that the staff’s younger core of players – together with Jefferson’s expertise – will help the Bobcats turn out to be extra competitive.

He also looks like he finally has the right man in charge in new coach Steve Clifford, a longtime NBA assistant who took over for Mike Dunlap, who was fired after one season.

“We’re centered on what we’re making an attempt to do,” Jordan mentioned. “I think the route we’re moving is positive… It’s baby steps. Every now and again, you have a hiccup. But I must admit that we’re headed in the best direction, and I am very pleased with that.”

The Bobcats, however, together with other small-market groups, are at disadvantage in free company. The celebs need to go “the place the lights are,” Jordan stated.

He said final 12 months he did not think the new CBA did enough to help degree the playing discipline for small-market groups when it comes to helping them land – or hold – high-profile difference-makers in free company.

A year later, after seeing the system at work, he has eased up on that stance.

“It’s better,” Jordan mentioned. “We’re still going by and seeing the full effects of it. From a business standpoint, when you operate your staff in the correct way, it offers you a chance to break even or be profitable. And it makes it harder in your talent to get up and go someplace else.

“You can provide extra benefits than different groups to maintain your player. It is a fair evaluation that when you get your star, you may get parity within the league. I believe parity is starting to happen within the league.”

Jordan doesn’t really feel gamers orchestrating offers that land a trio of stars in massive markets to kind an enormous three is essentially good for the game.

“I’m not a giant advocate for it,” Jordan said. “I came from an era where it didn’t occur. If that happened to evolve from the draft, then you seemed fairly good.”

 

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MJ says Bobcats won’t tank, doesn’t believe in it

Michael Jordan is not a fan of tanking and wouldn't ask to do it.(USATSI)
Michael Jordan is not a fan of tanking and would not ask to do it. (USATSI)

Michael Jordan hasn’t exactly been a profitable staff builder when it comes to getting the workforce into the playoffs. His capacity to identify expertise when he was working the Washington Wizards wasn’t legendary for the appropriate causes (see: choose, Kwame Brown). Since purchasing majority ownership within the Charlotte Bobcats, his workforce has gone from a playoff staff to a rebuilding workforce that had the worst season in NBA history.

Whereas the Bobcats try to execute their rebuilding plan to get again into the playoffs, tanking in an effort to acquire the best odds of successful the NBA Draft Lottery is just not part of the plan. Michael Jordan informed the Related Press that he would not imagine in tanking and it is not something the Bobcats would do.

Neglect that the NBA would seemingly hand down a hefty superb and fans would most likely boycott if a crew admitted to doing that, Jordan mentioned purposely losing video games in hopes of getting a high pick in the draft isn’t any option to repair a rebuilding franchise.

The Bobcats proprietor scoffed at the idea Friday, telling The Associated Press, “I don’t know if some groups have considered that. That’s not one thing that we might do. I don’t believe in that.”

He then laughed heartily and stated, “If that was my intention I never would have paid (free agent) Al Jefferson $13 million a year.”

This is an organization that happened to lose the ultimate 23 video games of the 2011-12 regular season, which happened to be the same year that “can’t miss” prospect Anthony Davis was heading into the draft. The Bobcats ended up not getting the top pick in the lottery, settling for Michael Kidd-Gilchrist as the second pick. I do not think you may say/show that the Bobcats had been tanking. They were actually awful all of that season so it’s onerous to say they began tanking or they just did not have luck putting a younger roster collectively.

Whatever the purpose they were so bad, lots of people assumed it was tanking because of the extent of ineptitude the crew showed on the court docket. It’s similar to how folks anticipate to view the 76ers this 12 months. The Bobcats actually aren’t going the tanking route this season, as Jordan said after signing Al Jefferson to a giant three-year deal. It’s just attention-grabbing to attempt to discover the road between being poorly run and being intentionally run into the ground so you can rebuild.

It is not a shock that one of the crucial aggressive people in sports activities history would be against purposefully setting your self up to lose.

(H/T – ProBasketballTalk)
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Free NBA Picks, Preview and Predictions week 1

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Free NBA Picks Week 1

With a full slate of NBA games on the docket for Friday night… here are my Free NBA picks for each game:

 

Philadelphia 76ers (1-0) @ Washington Wizards (0-1) 11/01- 7:00PM EST

 

PICK: Washington

 

Cleveland Cavaliers (1-0) @ Charlotte Bobcats (0-1) 11/01- 7:00PM EST

 

PICK: Cleveland

 

New Orleans Pelicans (0-1) @ Orlando Magic (0-2) 11/01- 7:00PM EST

 

PICK: Orlando

 

Toronto Raptors (1-0) @ Atlanta Hawks (0-1) 11/01- 7:30PM EST

 

PICK: Toronto

 

Milwaukee Bucks (0-1) @ Boston Celtics (0-1) 11/01- 7:30PM EST

 

PICK: Milwaukee

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Miami Heat (1-1) @ Brooklyn Nets (0-1) 11/01- 8:00PM EST

 

PICK: Brooklyn

 

Oklahoma City Thunder (1-0) @ Minnesota Timberwolves (1-0) 11/01- 8:00 PM EST

 

PICK: Minnesota

 

Dallas Mavericks (1-0) @ Houston Rockets (1-0) 11/01- 8:00PM EST

 

PICK: Houston

 

Detroit Pistons (1-0) @ Memphis Grizzles (0-1) 11/01- 8:00PM EST

 

PICK: Memphis

 

Portland Trail Blazers (0-1) @ Denver Nuggets (0-1) 11/01- 9:00PM EST

 

PICK: Denver

 

Utah Jazz (0-1) @ Phoenix Suns (1-0) 11/01- 10:00PM EST

 

PICK: Phoenix

 

Los Angels Clippers (0-1) @ Sacramento Kings (1-0) 11/01- 10:00PM EST

 

PICK: Sacramento

 

San Antonio Spurs (1-0) @ Los Angeles Lakers (1-1) 11/01- 10:30PM EST

 

PICK: San Antonio

 

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Wonder Punter NBA Power Rankings 2013-14

Wonder Punter NBA Power Rankings 2013-14

 

With the 2013/14 NBA season upon us starting Tuesday night…. Let’s take a look at the Power Rankings of all 30 teams to begin the season.

 

1. Miami Heat- The defending champion Heat will be looking to three-peat with Lebron James in the final year of his contract.

 

2. San Antonio Spurs- With all the pieces still intact, the Western Conference champs are still the team to beat out west.

 

3. Chicago Bulls- After sitting out all of last season… Derrick Rose is back and ready to lead his team to challenge the Heat.

 

4. Indiana Pacers- Last years team was good, now with Danny Granger back and the addition of Luis Scola… they will be even better.

 

5. Los Angeles Clippers- Can new coach Doc Rivers instill the mental and physical toughness that has been lacking with the Clippers in seasons past?

 

6. Houston Rockets- Can the tag team of Dwight Howard/James Harden co-exist and get them to the promise land?

 

7. Golden State Warriors- Will one more year of experience under their belt make up for the lack of depth at the point guard and center positions? Key addition with Andre Iguodala.

 

8. Oklahoma City Thunder- Still no Russell Westbrook until December… until then, can they keep it together?

 

9. Memphis Grizzles- The addition of Mike Miller should help with a team depleted with shooters.

 

10. Brooklyn Nets- Can an aging Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce be the difference that Deron Williams and new coach Jason Kidd need to contend?

 

11. New York Knicks- J.R Smith is still on the shelve and Amar’e and Kenyon Martin are not quite ready for back-to-backs yet.

 

12. Minnesota Timberwolves- A full year of a healthy Kevin Love and Ricky Rubio can finally make the Wolves a playoff contender after a drought of nine seasons.

 

13. Denver Nuggets- Andre Iguodala is now with Golden State and no Danilo Gallinari until at least December.

 

14. Washington Wizards- Key addition with Marcin Gortat to fill in a true center position and move Nene to his natural forward position.

 

15. New Orleans Pelicans- New team nickname and two nice additions will help the Pelicans improve… Jrue Holiday and Tyreke Evans.

 

16. Dallas Mavericks- Monte Ellis was added to help give Dirk Nowitski an offensive boost… but it’s the defense I’m worried about.

 

17. Portland Trailblazers- LaMarcus Aldridge vows this years Blazers team will make the playoffs.

 

18. Detroit Pistons- Two big additions with the face of the franchise now Josh Smith and Brandon Jennings.

 

19. Los Angeles Lakers- Much more athletic team then last year’s team, however their season still rides on the shoulders of Kobe Bryant’s return.

 

20. Cleveland Cavaliers- When will Andrew Bynum play? Oh yeah #1 pick Anthony Bennett has a sleeping disorder.

 

21. Atlanta Hawks- No Josh Smith… it’s Al Horford’s team now.

 

22. Toronto Raptors- Andrea Bargnani is now a Knick.

 

23. Charlotte Bobcats- Should improve in the win column with new center Al Jefferson.

 

24. Sacramento Kings- Will DeMarcus Cousins live up to hype of a max-contract deal.

 

25. Utah Jazz- Young talent is nice, but no quality point guard to dish the rock.

 

26. Milwaukee Bucks- Can new coach Larry Drew keep the rebuilding Bucks together?

 

27. Boston Celtics- New coach, new faces and no Rajon Rondo.

 

28. Orlando Magic- Another rebuilding year.. looking towards the 2014 NBA Draft.

 

29. Phoenix Suns- Traded away their best player Marcin Gortat.

 

30. Philadelphia 76ers- Many are predicting the Sixers to challenge for the all-time worst record of 9-73 (1972-73 Sixers).

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Report: PF Favors, Jazz agree to $49M extension

Favors will soon be answering questions about his new contract extension. (USATSI)
Derrick Favors will quickly be answering questions about his new contract extension. (USATSI)

When the Utah Jazz began moving towards a future without Deron Williams, the major a part of the commerce bundle they acquired for their All-Star point guard was promising big man Derrick Favors. Favors was a rookie on the time and had accomplished just fifty six video games after starring at Georgia Tech. The No. three choose in the 2010 NBA Draft was going to be a part of a rebuilding/retooling effort of the Jazz as soon as Paul Millsap and Al Jefferson moved on.

The Jazz are apparently comfortable to proceed to commit part of their future to Favors. Adrian Wojanrowski of Yahoo Sports activities is reporting that the Jazz and Favors have agreed to a contract extension for 4 years and $49 million that can preserve him in Utah via the 2017-18 season. Wojnarowski can also be reporting that there are bonus incenctives that might push the deal over $50 million.

Derrick Favors has reached agreement on a four-12 months, $49 million-plus contract extension with the Utah Jazz, league sources told Yahoo Sports activities.

The deal consists of bonus incentives that would push the bundle well over $50 million, sources mentioned.

Favors, 22, is a centerpiece of the Jazz’s future and can take over a beginning frontcourt position due to the off-season departures of Al Jefferson and Paul Millsap. A contract can be signed within the close to future, sources inform Yahoo.

Favors had the best yr of his career in the 2012-13 season when he averaged 9.four factors and seven.1 rebounds in 23.2 minutes. He was one of the best defensive massive man for the Jazz and sometimes found time next to either Jefferson or Millsap to provide them assist inside. When Jefferson signed with the Charlotte Bobcats this summer season and Millsap left for the Atlanta Hawks, Favors and fellow large man Enes Kanter took the reins of the future of the Jazz inside.

There are now 5 members of the 2010 NBA Draft that have signed extensions earlier than the October 31 deadline. Larry Sanders, John Wall, Paul George, and DeMarcus Cousins have all signed extensions with their respective teams. Any player from the 2010 first spherical rookie class that doesn’t signal an extension with their crew before the October 31 deadline will play out their fourth season within the league earlier than probably changing into a restricted free agent in the summertime of 2014.

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Beasley: Bruise not from self-inflicted punch

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The medical remedy Miami Heat ahead Michael Beasley required after a preseason sport in opposition to the Detroit Pistons wasn’t for a self-inflicted punch, the staff mentioned Friday.

Beasley needed remedy to reduce swelling above his eye following Thursday’s recreation against Detroit, and studies initially mentioned the reason was that he struck himself in the face out of frustration for errors on the court.

Michael BeasleyMichael Beasley says the swelling over his eye that required medical attention wasn’t attributable to a self-inflicted punch.

Beasley said Friday he did hit himself as he ran again down the courtroom during the third quarter of the win.

But Beasley, Heat coach Erik Spoelstra and staff officers said the wound above Beasley’s right eye was the results of an inadvertent blow he took from Pistons ahead Jonas Jerebko as he attempted to dam a shot in the third quarter, not from a self-inflicted punch.

“I watched the video, and it does look like I knocked the mess out of myself,” Beasley mentioned earlier than Friday’s preseason game in opposition to the Charlotte Bobcats on the Dash Center. “I had everyone in the world calling me and asking, ‘Why you so crazy?'”

Beasley finished with 9 points Thursday in his first preseason appearance since he rejoined the Warmth on a nonguaranteed contract this summer time.

Beasley was again in the lineup for Friday night time’s game, scoring 13 points in 19 minutes. Miami was without guard Dwyane Wade, who decided to sit down out and relaxation his knees as a substitute of enjoying for the second time in as many nights.

The Heat originally drafted Beasley second general in 2008 out of Kansas State, but he was traded after two seasons as the Heat shed wage to lure LeBron James and Chris Bosh to Miami to hitch Wade.

Beasley then had three disappointing seasons in Minnesota and Phoenix earlier than he was launched by the Suns in August after struggles on and off the court.

Beasley mentioned Friday he does not need to cause any distractions or draw any unfavorable consideration to himself in his second opportunity in Miami.

“I am coming into a delicate scenario,” Beasley said. “It isn’t pressure, however it is a bit more to consider. I don’t wish to be the explanation the ship falls. I’m definitely taking it extra severe than my first two years.”
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The NBA, A-through-Z: ‘X,’ or, ‘players entering their tenth season.’

Dwight Howard, 10-12 months NBA veteran (Getty Photographs)

The free brokers have nearly all been signed up. The NBA is right down to a collection of Instagram photographs from moving yachts and crossed fingers from worried groups hoping their gamers stay protected in the summertime off. There’s nothing happening, save for that clock on the wall that’s ticking down to the 2013-14 season.

And it’s transferring SO SLOWLY.

This is why we’ve determined to choose 26 things we’re wanting forward to in 2013-14. Or, on the very least, 26 things that intrigue us as we wait out an offseason that feels prefer it has 1000’s of miles left to cross earlier than we will get to Halloween and opening week. As a result of there are 26 letters within the alphabet – you guessed, NBA A-by-Z.

We proceed with ‘X,’ or, ‘players entering their tenth season.’

Dwight Howard – The Superstar

Because of the quickness of his explicit resolution and, some would say, bravery of his alternative in deciding on the Houston Rockets as a free agent suitor, Howard’s repute took in a much-needed shot in the arm in early July. Even whereas debilitated by again and shoulder pain final season, and dealing with an ever-altering array in ball-dominating cohorts in Los Angeles (underneath a coach that didn’t also have a training camp), Howard nonetheless obtained 17 votes for All-NBA First Group, even if he didn’t deal with himself all that effectively professionally. With one more solely new system to adapt to in Houston, Howard would be the most ardently-adopted new face within the NBA in 2013-14. We hope he’s prepared for one more wholesome serving of exterior stress.

Emeka Okafor – The Respected Veteran

Passed over, in a shock to many that’s too-often forgotten practically a decade later, for Howard as the highest general choose within the 2004 draft, Okafor is on his third NBA staff, and looking to make up for his disastrous lone playoff showing from 2011. Emeka was one of the main lights for a Washington Wizards crew that break up its last 50 video games after a 4-28 begin to the 2012-13 season, serving to anchoring one of the league’s best defenses. Okafor has remained consistent, if unspectacular over the last four seasons, however he’s additionally nearing 31, and the Wizards aren’t exactly a lock for the East’s playoff bracket in 2013-14.

Shaun Livingston – The Survivor

It was Livingston – not Howard, and definitely not Okafor – that grew to become a darling of the NBA League Pass set throughout his temporary stretches of play during his first two seasons. His dimension, combined with a loping handle and sound inside court vision, made him a should-watch straight out of high school. Livingston wasn’t precisely slated for stardom halfway by means of his third season, but was anticipated to be a key cog in an up and coming Los Angeles Clippers crew before his crippling knee injury in 2007. The Brooklyn Nets backup is now on his seventh group (not counting second stints in Charlotte and Washington), and at age 27 Livingston managed to post the best Player Efficiency Ranking of his profession in 2012-thirteen. Coming into his prime, that is as good as comebacks get.

Josh Smith – The Enigma

For years, the wonder behind Josh Smith’s up and down play for the Atlanta Hawks at all times came all the way down to the setting. Was his inconsistency and at-occasions iffy shot selection a product of only realizing one system (mainly, unfold out over two head coaches), one workforce, and one city? Or was he to stay a project-type deep into his 30s? On a unique staff for the first time in his career, one that’s stuffed with players which have their very own mitigating criticisms, Smith now has a chance to show that those 20-footers were always someone else’s fault. Enjoy the ride, Detroit.

All coronary heart, grit, and grind. (Getty Pictures) Tony Allen – The Goofball

Some 4 and a half years ago, Allen ranked as public enemy number one by Boston Celtics followers. Tony played a skittish model of ball in the crew’s first round win over the Chicago Bulls, reportedly fearful over retribution for a Chicago-area taking pictures that occurred in 2005 for which Allen was round for, but not implicated in. Sent to Memphis to resurrect his career, he’s responded by turning into one of the league’s top defenders and … nicely, he’s nonetheless type of a large number on offense. Still, Allen’s effusive persona and hilarious Twitter web page have endeared him to local fans, and earned him a new free agent deal in 2013.

Kevin Martin – The Employed Gun

Martin’s ascension came at a time when a whole new era of NBA followers began to pay attention to issues like per-minute statistics, and general effectivity, which helped us recognize that the man who averaged simply 10.eight factors per recreation in his second 12 months might in some unspecified time in the future be able to a lot more. Like, “nearly two and a half times”-more, as evidenced by his 24.6 factors per contest for the Sacramento Kings in 2007-08. Dealt to Houston and then Oklahoma Metropolis to help shore up their offenses in the years since, Martin has now latched on in Minnesota, re-uniting with Rick Adelman – the coach that guided him during these adolescence.

Andris Biedrins – The Reclamation Project

After he practically averaged a double-double in only 27 minutes per sport at age 21 in 2007-08, main the NBA in shooting proportion alongside the way in which, Biedrins regarded like an actual comer for his Golden State Warriors. He performed just as well the following season, but completely misplaced religion in his always-awkward free throw stroke in the years since. Teams responded by fouling deliberately, and Biedrins started to play a timid fashion of ball, all while working on a boo-inducing six-year, $54 million contract. Traded to Utah over the summer season as a draft pick-gaining asset, and fewer of a enjoying asset, Biedrins will attempt to re-find the boldness that led him to change into one of many NBA’s greatest younger centers. With just 19 free throws made in seventy eight total tries since 2009, he has a long way to go.

Al Jefferson – The Go-To Guy

The low post demon has served as a force down low for a rebuilding Boston Celtics crew, a rebuilding Minnesota Timberwolves workforce, and a mediocre Utah Jazz staff over the previous couple of years, all the time getting as many touches as he may handle with teams that were desperate for his scoring. Just 28, he’ll be requested to work in his prime for a suitably-desperate Charlotte Bobcats squad, one which finished 28th in offense final 12 months before throwing three years and over $forty million at Massive Al. One problem with that? Someway, the Bobcats fared even worse defensively last year, ranking last in the league, and Jefferson is more than conscious that he owns a reasonably poor status as a defender.

Andre Iguodala – The Respected One

Even although Iguodala doesn’t have the offensive juice needed to guide a team deep into the playoffs (Philadelphia’s 2012 trip, over a Derrick Rose and Joakim Noah-less Bulls squad and in opposition to an ancient Boston Celtics team, doesn’t rely), that doesn’t imply he isn’t one of the NBA’s most coveted throughout skills. Denver badly needed Dre before buying and selling for him last yr, and Golden State normal manager Bob Myers drove himself batty trying to clear cap area to put Iguodala on the Warriors this summer. Golden State has its offense in place, now they’re anticipating the defensive-minded Iguodala to put them excessive.

Kris Humphries – The Punchline

Known mostly for his sham of a marriage to a actuality tv present participant, his low (or, “least”) likability, and numerous d-baggy exploits, Kris Humphries will try and extricate himself from his persona and re-set up himself as a basketball player-first with the Boston Celtics this yr. At age 28, Humphries in all probability sees Boston as one final attempt to LOL I can’t even write this with a straight face. Sorry Boston followers, you deserve higher.

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The 10-man rotation, starring Nate Robinson spending another summer waiting by the phone

A very Nate Robinson shot is about to go up. (Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE/Getty Images)

A look around the league and the Web that covers it. It’s also important to note that the rotation order and starting nods aren’t always listed in order of importance. That’s for you, dear reader, to figure out.

C: SB Nation. A good read from Ricky O’Donnell on Nate Robinson, a folk hero two months ago who now (and almost always) seems to find himself scrounging for free-agency table scraps: “It’s enough to make you wonder if combo guards are the next market inefficiency in the NBA.”

PF: NBA.com. David Aldridge’s always jam-packed Morning Tip staggers again this Monday, led off by a good, long, detailed piece on new Philadelphia 76ers general manager Sam Hinkie, the push-and-pull of the much-discussed advanced stats vs. eyeball scouting debate (spoiler alert: it’s not about one or the other, but about both, and always has been and always will be), committing to a bottoming-out plan in a city whose love ain’t so brotherly when the chips are down, and much, much more.

SF: Sham Sports. The great Mark Deeks explains how exactly Keith Bogans — a 33-year-old “3-and-D” guy who shot 34 percent from long range and with whom on the floor the Brooklyn Nets allowed more points per possession last season — is going to make a fully guaranteed $5,058,198 this coming season: “The lesson, as always — no transaction is too trivial.”

SG: Baller Mind Frame. A lengthy, impassioned and, given the general tenor of contemporary NBA analysis, somewhat contrarian argument that for teams like the Milwaukee Bucks, Atlanta Hawks and Charlotte Bobcats, continuing to push for even a low-tier playoff berth is a better option than tanking. Not sure I agree, but hey, it’s an ethos.

PG: For the Win. Hey, Amar’e Stoudemire: What’s hot right now? “This summer’s more about loafers.”

6th: Grantland. Steve McPherson on “the illusions of existence and illusions of meaning” up for grabs and on display at Las Vegas Summer League.

7th: TrueHoop. Amid the myriad reminders not to pay too much attention to what you see at Summer League, Danny Chau wonders if, when it comes to the Charlotte Bobcats — who are playing four players who’ll see major minutes for them this season and are coached not by an assistant, but by new bench boss Steve Clifford — “what we see […] in Vegas might actually be what we get.”

8th: The Two Man Game. A good, if kind of depressing, read from Connor Huchton on where the Dallas Mavericks find themselves after another high-profile strikeout and a seemingly underwhelming overpay: “Everything this offseason and the last were supposed to be, everything the organization and its proud owner promised a zealous following these years would represent, every expectation — all of that seems well and dead now.” (The Point Forward’s Rob Mahoney struck a similar tone over the weekend.)

9th: Salt City Hoops. Dan Clayton marks Al Jefferson’s relocation to North Carolina as the end of an era in Utah Jazz basketball — specifically, what many Jazz fans likely hope is an end to the slow-down, milk-the-clock, pace-averse offense that frequently marked the last several Jazz teams.

10th: Minnesota Star-Tribune. Before tearing the same ACL twice in eight months at Purdue, Robbie Hummel looked like he had a real shot in the NBA; after a year playing in Spain (and another knee surgery), he’s giving it another shot with the Minnesota Timberwolves’ Summer League team.