Tag: Cleveland Cavaliers

Early NBA Mock Draft 2019 (Picks #1-10)

 

1. Cleveland Cavaliers – Zion Williamson

Strengths: Unique Physical Attributes, Finishing ability, Motor/Aggressive play, Upside
Weaknesses: Shooting consistency, Discipline on Defense

NBA Comparison: Charles Barkley/ Larry Johnson

2. New York Knicks – R.J. Barrett

Strengths: Scoring Ability, Creating Offense, Defensive Potential, Slashing ability, Upside
Weaknesses: Streaky shooter, Decision Making, Shot Selection

NBA Comparison: Andrew Wiggins/Demar DeRozan

3. Phoenix Suns – Ja Morant

Strengths: Point Guard Polish, Creating Offense, Scoring Ability, Athleticism, Upside
Weaknesses: Strength/Frame, Shooting Consistency

NBA Comparison: De’Aaron Fox

4. Chicago Bulls – Cameron Reddish

Strengths: Athleticism, Scoring Versatility, Playmaking Potential
Weaknesses: Motor, Consistency, Competitive Fire

NBA Comparison: Rudy Gay/Tyreke Evans

5. Atlanta Hawks – Rui Hachimura

Strengths: Offensive Versatility, Upside, Motor
Weaknesses: shooting ability, defensive consistency

NBA Comparison: Wilson Chandler

6. Memphis Grizzlies – Romeo Langford

Strengths: Scoring Ability, Defensive Potential, Athleticism
Weaknesses: Suspect Ball Handling, Streaky shooter, Motor

NBA Comparison: Khris Middleton/Kentavious Caldwell-Pope

7. Orlando Magic – Darius Garland

Strengths: Scoring Ability, Shot Creator, Playmaking Potential
Weaknesses: Decision Making, Shot IQ, Turnovers, finishing ability

NBA Comparison: Kemba Walker

8. Detroit Pistons – Jarrett Culver

Strengths: Offensive Versatility, Rebounding, Defensive Potential, Upside
Weaknesses: Shot IQ, Creating Offense, Defensive Discipline

NBA Comparison: Courtney Lee/Nicolas Batum

9. Washington Wizards – Kevin Porter Jr.

Strengths: Scoring Ability, Finishing ability, Ball Handling Ability, Upside
Weaknesses: Playmaking ability, Shooting ability

NBA Comparison: Kelly Oubre Jr./Justise Winslow

10. New Orleans Pelicans – Nassir Little

Strengths: Athleticism, Defensive Versatility, Motor, Physical tools
Weaknesses: Shooting Consistency, Offensive Polish, Creating Offense

NBA Comparison: Gerald Wallace

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Why is Lebron James getting heat for 8th NBA Finals apperance in a row?

Alright, I am the first one to knock basketball and when it comes to watching a game live on television you can find me snoring on the couch midway through the game. To me, the game is slow, there are too many fouls, the athletes lack grit and overall it is not the game for me. But growing up and watching Lebron for my entire life it has been a pleasure to watch him do what he does.

Say what you want about Lebron but he has been the face of the NBA for the last decade and has raised the bar for current and up and coming athletes. Yeah it is definitely not fun to watch the same two teams duke it out for four years straight but that is what you get when the NBA cap is about 600 billion dollars, teams load up on superstars and it just happens to be the case for Golden State and then you have a generational talent in one end who well seems to be unstoppable in big games. I am not entirely sure what the whole criticism is around Lebron and his 8th appearance in a row but can’t some recognize that we may be watching one of the greatest players of all time. You have to give credit to where it is due but Lebron doing this for 8 years in a row and only getting better with age is pretty remarkable and if you are one to disagree you may are probably really ignorant or just don’t like Lebron.

Sure Lebron does some weird stuff, his workout videos, his in-game antics, his tweets but when you are Lebron and have the power to do that stuff, yeah some will hate on it, but you think Lebron really cares what anyone of you fans is saying. He’s one of the most influential and wealthiest athletes, I’m sure a tweet about how the refs gave him the game will not bother him too much.

And the best is all the media coverage on this guy instead of showcasing his greatness they are writing stories about why Golden State is tired of facing him, Steph Curry is tired of Lebron getting all credit, etc. The reason you dislike Lebron is right here, the media they throw these headlines at you and they agree with them. Think for yourself and base your opinion on facts and what you believe, muppet Lebron haters.

Not too many people will be able to look back on and say wow we watched Lebron James play, and not many players will ever be able to do what he has done. Eight years in a row. Some of you have to drop the hate and appreciate what this guy is doing for the game and how amazing he is.

NBA Playoff Picks for April 27th, 2018 / LeBron take

The NBA playoffs have been an absolute rollercoaster keeping fans drawn to the TV

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LeBron’s game winner against the Pacers was epic. No matter what you consider LeBron to be, #1 or #2; he’s an absolute national treasure. Is he supremely cocky? Of course, I would be too if I was rich by the time I graduated high school. Being considered an all time great just fuels the fire as well. LeBron pulling the struggling Cavs team along just proves his dominance as well. We’ll see just how far he can take it..

Washington Home against the Raptors

The Raptors are insanely good at home. They’ve had no problem whatsoever handling the Wizards at home in the series. On the road, it’s a scary sight. Losing by 19 on 4/20 as well by 8 on 4/22.

WIZARDS -1.5

I think since the Wizards are home, roles will reverse just for tonight. I think it’ll be a close game considering the Raptors skill level. They will probably just miss a ton of shots. I can see the Wizards by 4 or 5 let’s find out.

Pacers at home vs. the Cavs

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PACERS -1.5

The Cavs are coming off a nice last minute game winner from LBJ to put them ahead in the series 3-2. It’s a great thing for the Cavs, giving them some breathing room to win the series.

I think they will lose one however, tonight. The Pacers in Cleveland controlled the game in the first half, ultimately losing it in the second half. I think if the Cavs struggle to score, the Pacers will win and tie the series, setting up a pivotal Game 7.

Jazz at home vs. the Thunder

OKC +6.5

The Jazz at home in the playoffs are 7-3 the last 10. The Thunder definitely have the firepower to try and beat this in-form Jazz team, but I still think it won’t be enough to win tonight against the Jazz. I can see the Jazz sending Russ and company home, in a terrible fashion. The Thunder will hopefully keep it close, considering they are facing elimination on the road. Take the points if needed.

Good luck!

The Cavs are back

The Cleveland Cavaliers made a blockbuster series of trades that now has them in the driver seat in front of the Eastern Conference. The Cavs traded away Derrick Rose, Dwayne Wade, Isaiah Thomas, Jae Crowder, Channing Frye, and Iman Shumpert. They basically dumped a good portion of their team. They acquired in the process young and upcoming NBA stars such as Jordan Clarkson, Larry Nance Jr. Along with established players Rodney Hood and George Hill.

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LeBron James was the main reason for this rebuild, and I don’t want to hear what anyone else thinks.

The Cavs have a new GM in Koby Altman who basically submitted to LeBron’s terms and asked him about his thoughts in a 1 on 1 sit down about the current team and how they could be better through trading.

LeBron was the focal point in a last minute rebuild that has the entire league upside down. This way LeBron is provided with that depth of solid production that can boost his talents in order to take the Cavs back to the NBA Finals. It’s no secret that Dan Gilbert and LeBron have a rocky relationship, but is it that rocky to the point where LeBron won’t consider coming back?

LeBron came back to Cleveland because he had felt that he owed the city a championship. LeBron felt that Northeast Ohio and the kids that grow up their should have a personal role model; an inspiration from the city of Akron. He came back because he is providing for the city that provided for him. Akron, Ohio. That’s why I deep down believe LeBron isn’t going to leave. Especially now after the trades.

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There’s even an article, when LeBron originally came back to Cleveland; his underlining reason as to why he’s coming back:  Credit to Sports Illustrated in 2014- LeBron: I’m coming back to Cleveland

After winning a ring with Cleveland, does LeBron feel a little less inclined to help he city of Cleveland from a business perspective? He shouldn’t. The beauty of being the best player in the NBA comes with all the money that can be provided. But it sounds like it isn’t about the $ with LeBron.

Could LeBron make the leap to the young and upcoming Lakers? He might, considering California is big for wine. LeBron does love his wine. He’s always on instagram promoting his affection for it. But Isaiah Thomas may drive LeBron off because of his horrible defense. That’s another discussion that I don’t want to get into.

LeBron ultimately controls the Cavs at the end of the day. If the Cavs couldn’t trade LeBron, then they traded in order to keep LeBron. With this new roster, and the prospects of the draft; LeBron will stay, asking for money that even Dan Gilbert would have to give LeBron himself, along with the Cavs bankroll.

Where do the Cavs matchup against the NBA’s Top 5?

This trade was greatly executed by GM Koby Altman off of LeBron’s suggestions. I think this puts the Cavs at the #3 spot. I don’t think they can beat the Warriors. They can make  push against the Rockets, but Houston has too many weapons that can rattle off. The Cavs definitely overtake the Celtics unfortunately. Without Gordon Hayward, the Celts are missing that one big that can grab boards and score buckets. That’s why they got blown out by the new look Cavs, because of that missing piece.

The Celtics could even push off the Cavs if the Cavs go into a slump again. The Celts are an extremely close 2 to the Cavs being #1.

Of course, it won’t matter if the Rockets are better than the Cavs because the Cavs are in the East. The only competition the Cavs need to worry about for that NBA finals bid, is the Celtics.

The Toronto Raptors, however, as of February 14th, 2018 control the 1st place spot in the Eastern Conference. You bet I have them at #4, not being better than the Celts. The problem with the Raptors is that they are average on the road, and amazing at home. That will guarantee a first-round exit in the playoffs. They’re 16-12 on the road. Which is fine, if you want to lose. The Celts are 21-10 at home. They are just as good on the road, going 19-8. I don’t talk about the Raptors cause it’s not worth talking about honestly. Yes, the Raptors will win a home playoff game, but 2? Not sure.

The 5th best team per my opinion is the Timberwolves. The Timberwolves and the Spurs matchup very similar. But if the T-wolves played the Spurs, I think the T-wolves would be too much for an aging Spurs team that lacks that spark plug on offense.

I am very excited to see what will happen with this new Cavs team. The playoffs will definitely be worth watching this year considering all the talent in the NBA today. I personally think the Warriors will win it again, the talent within is just too ridiculous to lose. I’ll be hoping to see the Celts in the finals. LeBron James should never be counted out, (maybe with the old Cavs team). But with a new Cavs team, the matchup will be extremely cool to watch. (Yes, Cavs/Celtics Eastern Conference Finals).

 

 

 

 

 

Free NBA Picks for January 30th, 2018

Last night we saw the Pacers win by 9 easily covering the spread. We also saw the Celts top the Nuggets by 1, not needing the spread which went up to +2 on some sites for the Celts.

The Suns started off good, but fell hard in the 2nd after giving up 42 points in a quarter.

I have 4 Pick suggestions for tonight’s card

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Thunder -3.0 vs the Washington Wizards

The Thunder are continuing to dominate the NBA in the month of January.

They are 5-0 past 5 games, 8-2 past 10. John Wall was declared out for the next couple weeks as well. The Wizards have been noted to play worse against teams that are worse than them, but without Wall; the Wizards may be screwed for those 2 weeks.

Westbrook, Pg13, and Melo are going to eat tonight.

Timberwolves +6.0 vs the Toronto Raptors

Minnesota Timberwolves v Golden State Warriors

Both teams enter tonight’s matchup looking to get back on track. The Raptors are 5-5 the past 10 along with the T-Wolves. The Raptors at home however are 18-4 at home this season.

The T-Wolves beat the Raptors at home by 6 on January 20th, which isn’t long ago.

I have a feeling that the T-wolves could be losing the elite game, but should be able to push hard enough to cover the spread, possibly losing. Wouldn’t surprise me if the T-Wolves upset tonight as well.

Cavs -5.5 vs the Detroit Pistons

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The Cavs are having their worst season under LeBron James as the entire team just looks off. It shouldn’t be a surprise to readers; the dissension going on in Cleveland is real.

The Pistons are coming off a blockbuster trade in which they acquired Blake Griffin from the Clippers, in order to make a push for the East. Griffin won’t be in the lineup tonight and same with Avery Bradley and Tobias Harris as they also have been traded in part of the deal.

The Pistons are 1-9 the past 10 games.

Take the Cavs and the points to beat the Pistons. The Pistons will need a great game from everyone if they aim to take down the second best in the East.

 

Trail Blazers -2.5 vs the Los Angeles Clippers

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The final pick is of course my favorite matchup of the night, the late night game.

The Clippers traded Blake Griffin yesterday in order to soften the landing spot for LBJ in the offseason. It’s also rumored that Lou Williams and DeAndre Jordan may be on their way as well, as the Clips look to move on from Griffin and Chris Paul.

The Clips are 7-3 the past 10, compared to Portland who is 6-4.

With Griffin on another team, I think the Clips will have to learn how to play without that constant production forever, as opposed to a short duration of time. The shooters on the Trail Blazers are amazing consisting of Damian Lillard and C.J McCollum.

Jursuf Nurkic has a big matchup tonight as he’ll be matched up with DeAndre Jordan who averages almost 15 RPG.

The Clips could perform better without Blake Griffin. But that feeling in the locker room that no one is safe should play a major part in the mental game for tonight which is why I love the Trail Blazers at -2.5.

 

Good luck!

 

 

 

MVP Cases: Early Season Edition

They say it’s too early to start talking about the end of season awards. I say it’s never too early to at least start looking at who is in the mix. Many players thus far in the season have made their case of why they should be taking home the MVP award. Let’s take a look at a few players that separate themselves from the rest, with their stats, improvement from last season, and their win-loss record.

 

Kristaps Porzingis (NYK)Image result for kristaps porzingis

Wow. remember when this guy- excuse me- this unicorn got booed on draft day? Has he proved his worth to the Knicks, and in a big way. Now with Carmelo gone, it is safe to say this is his team and he has taken the task as the main guy for the team. Through 10 games he has averaged 30 points, 7.5 rebounds, and 2.3 blocks, while also shooting 51% from the field. His versatility definitely helps him and his defense has improved from last year. He can shoot from deep, post you up, get rebounds and run the floor. He is a great player and he is only going to get better as the season keeps going.

 

Giannis Antetokounmpo (MIL)Image result for giannis antetokounmpo

The Greek Freak has gotten better in each season so far in his career and this season will be no different. Right now he is having a monstrous season so far posting up some big numbers early this season. 31.9 points, 9.8 rebounds, 4.8 assist, 1.5 steals, and 1.6 blocks. To top all of that off he is shooting 60% from the field, that is pretty impressive for someone that is getting the most touches on the team. With the addition of Eric Bledsoe to the team, his touches may take a slight hit but that only will mean his efficiency will start to rise, making his case even stronger.

 

Kyrie Irving (BOS)Image result for kyrie irving celtics

He left so that he could be the focal point of the team. People said he would not be able to do that with Gordon Hayward on the team. Unfortunately, he is out for the season with a gruesome ankle injury. Kyrie was forced to step up and he has in a big way. He has led the Celtics to an NBA best 11-2 record while averaging 20.3 points, 3.1 rebounds, and 5.2 assists. So far he has proved that he is ready to lead a team and his decision to leave the Lebron led Cavs (currently – ) is not looking too bad, as of right now.

 

Kevin Durant (GSW)Image result for kevin durant last night

In his 10th year in the league, Kevin Durant has never been better on defense than he is right now. His long reach is allowing him to get a career-high 2.5 blocks per game, which is the second highest in the league, right behind Rudy Gobert. He is also still scoring at a high rate, with 28.2 points per game, along with 5 assist and 8.2 rebounds per game. He is already a candidate with his impact scoring the ball, now that he is making an impact on defense and its showing on the stat sheet it only improves his case for MVP.

 

James Harden (HOU)Image result for james harden last night

When the Rockets signed CP3, the workload of James Harden was expected to go down. That changed as soon as Chris Paul is injured and until he comes back James Harden is going back to his form from last season. Right now he is averaging 29.9 points, 10 assists, 4.9 rebounds and 1.8 steals. If he keeps putting up big numbers like he did against Utah (56 points and 13 assists) then his name will continue to show up in MVP debates.

 

Honorable Mentions (per game stats)

Stephen Curry (GSW) – 25.4 pts 6.5 ast 4.8 reb 1.8 stl

Lebron James (CLE) – 29.3 pts 8.9 ast 7 reb 1.2 stl 1.4 blk

DeMarcus Cousins (NOP) – 28.3 pts 5.8 ast 13.8 reb 1.7stl 1.8 blk

Karl-Anthony Towns (MIN) – 21.3 pts 1.1 ast 11 reb 1.8 blk

Damian Lillard (POR) – 25.7 pts 6.5 ast 5.4 reb 1.2 stl

​Is It Time For The Cavaliers To Panic?

Last year they started the season winning 9 of their first 10 games. Last year they ended the season going 4-7 into the playoffs. Last year they were the second seed in the east. Last year they only lost one game on the road to the NBA Finals.

And now that same team, the Cleveland Cavaliers is starting the season off 4-6

They lost to rebuilding teams such as the Nets, Knicks, Magic, Pacers and most recently the Hawks. Two of those loses were by double digits (19 against the Knicks and against the Pacers 17)

With that in mind is it time for the Cavaliers to panic and make a major change?

Now, this isn’t exactly the same team as last year, a few major additions such as Jae Image result for cleveland cavaliersCrowder, Dwyane Wade, Derrick Rose, and Isiah Thomas, who has yet to play a game this year due to injury. But they also still have main pieces, King James and Kevin Love, to carry the load for the team.

Even with those additions they still have major issues that they need to fix if they intend on continuing its reign over the Eastern Conference

One of the glaring issue on the team is rebounding.

Tristan Thompson, arguably the team’s best rebounder, is coming off the bench and now is injured and expected to be out for about a month. In the 21 minutes he played a game, he only got 6.4 rebounds. That leaves other players to pick up the slack such as Kevin Love who is averaging 10.3 rebounds a game. The second team leading rebounder is Lebron James with 7.2 rebounds a game. Everyone else on the team is averaging less than 4 rebounds a game.

The other issue is defense.

The Cavs have allowed 113.4 points a game which is ranked 28th in the league, ahead of only the Phoenix Suns and the Brooklyn Nets. For a team that is expected to continue to dominate the east, that is unacceptable. They can still win games, but they will not lookImage result for cleveland cavaliers roster like a team that belongs in title contention and if they get to the finals they will get there only to get beaten by the warriors or another strong team in the west.

What can the Cavs do to fix all of these issues?

When they first acquired Jae Crowder in the Irving/Thomas deal, many thought Crowder would help the Cavs, defensive woes. One man can only do so much for a team. I personally thought the Cavs would try to sign lockdown defender Tony Allen while he was available. He would be a cheap option that could definitely improve the team’s perimeter defense with his presence.

Right now it seems like the next option for the Cavs is to jump in on the Eric Bledsoe sweepstakes. He is going to be traded eventually and the Cavs could use his defensive ability. They can only but hope that they can have enough to trade for him between maybe Iman Shumpert, channing frye and maybe some of the younger talents they have acquired. Don’t count on them giving up the Nets first round pick for this upcoming draft, and the next first round pick they can offer is for the 2021 Draft. Even with that they probably will not have enough to beat out what teams like the Bucks, who actually are in the midst of finalizing a deal with the suns.

The next option is for the cavs to…well play harder on defense. At times it looks like they do not want to be out there or the other team wants it more than them. It really comes down to that with the losses they have taken, the other team just wanted the win more than the Cavs.

Overall, the Cavs have enough and can do enough to secure a top seed in the east. The gameplan for them has been and will be run the offense through Lebron, and that’s how they will be successful. For all, we know they are hitting the rough patch early and in a few games, they will be back to looking like a top team in the East.

Cavs fans, don’t worry in time the Cavs will hit their stride, especially when the team chemistry finally comes together, and look like one of the best teams in the East again.