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Re: NBA Thread
« Reply #975 on: December 20, 2014, 10:06:05 PM »

Go Blazers!
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« Reply #976 on: January 03, 2015, 11:27:19 PM »

Second best record in the NBA go Blazers!
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« Reply #977 on: February 23, 2015, 01:21:34 PM »

Trading Michael Carter-Williams Was The Smart Move

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There was one headline blatantly missing from the myriad of the Philadelphia 76ers’ trades that took place last Thursday: Sixers Realize Michael Carter-Williams Isn’t That Good, Believe They Can Do Better.

Because that’s basically what their biggest move at the trade deadline came down to.

The three-team deal sent Carter-Williams to the Milwaukee Bucks, as well as Miles Plumlee and Tyler Ennis from the Phoenix Suns. The Bucks shipped Brandon Knight and Kendall Marshall to Phoenix, while the Sixers received the Los Angeles Lakers’ conditional first-round draft pick from the Suns. The pick is top-five protected this year, top-three protected in 2016 and 2017, and unprotected in 2018.

So there’s a good chance the Sixers traded a player who was picked 11th for someone who will be picked higher than 11th. That sounds like a good trade to me, especially considering Carter-Williams had mostly played like an 11th overall pick. Sure, he has a nice all-around game and has the potential to be a solid defender, but in the end, he was nothing more than a below average starting point guard.

His player efficiency rating this season is 12.89, and considering a rating of 15 signifies average, he didn’t warrant any optimism that he’d be a future All-Star. If he continued to play in Philly, more teams would realize his limited potential and wouldn’t be willing to give up as much. Also, don’t forget that his rookie contract is set to expire in a couple years, and the Sixers didn’t want to put themselves in a position where they’d have to pay him more than he deserved in order to keep him, especially when he was easily replaceable.

How easy? In today’s NBA, it’s much easier to replace guards than big men because guards have become a much bigger part of the game. With point guards such as Ohio State’s D’Angelo Russell and China’s Emmanuel Mudiay expected to be available in this year’s draft, chances are the Sixers will have a shot at one of them. Also consider that Carter-Williams’s below-average PER means the team can probably find a player who has a bigger impact. To put this in perspective, consider new acquisition Isaiah Canaan, who’s expected to start at point guard for the rest of the season. Despite playing a reserve role in Houston, his PER of 11.93 is less than a point behind Carter-Williams’s.

If the Sixers believed Carter-Williams would be a part of their core nucleus, they would’ve kept him. Instead, they realized he was a below-average starting point guard, and it was necessary to get the most value for him before it started to drop. Remember, Carter-Williams wasn’t expected to be one of their best long-term players when he was drafted. He was simply taken because he was the highest-rated point guard available when the Sixers drafted him in 2013, and they needed a point guard to replace Jrue Holiday. So it’s not as though they made a mistake. If anything, they increased the value of that selection.

Is it another trade that seemingly increases the amount of time needed to complete their rebuilding plan? Sure. But last I checked, they’re only a year-and-a-half into it, and until they know they have their superstar to build around, everyone is expendable. The Sixers are teaching us that getting the most value out of their non-star players is also a key part of the plan.

http://www.thesixerscave.com/2015/02/23/trading-michael-carter-williams-smart-move/
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Re: NBA Thread
« Reply #978 on: April 19, 2015, 04:08:33 PM »

GO PISTONS
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Re: NBA General Discussion
« Reply #979 on: July 02, 2015, 11:21:43 AM »

LMAO!!!

Fuck the Lakers!

Pitched the glamour of LA to LA and were SLAPPED DOWN.

Ahhhh....
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« Reply #980 on: October 16, 2015, 06:40:49 PM »

Joel Embiid needs to wake the fuck up!  This was a guy that, at one point, was considered the #1 overall prospect in his draft class and he is fucking it up by not wearing his protective boot on his foot, acting up with his coaches, ignoring healthy food for junk, etc. 

There are plenty of players who would give up anything just to have the privilege of playing in the NBA, including Isaiah Austin whose dream was taken away because of Marfan Syndrome.  If Embiid is not gonna stop acting like a brat and grow up, Jahlil Okafor will be more than happy to take his spot in the starting lineup.

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« Reply #981 on: December 31, 2017, 03:44:46 AM »

Wow.......

After all these years............

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