Current Tiers of the NBA

26 07 2013

Championship contenders: Heat, Pacers, Nets, Bulls, Thunder, Spurs, Clippers, Grizzlies, Warriors (Fringe: Knicks, Rockets)

Playoff contenders: Hawks, Bucks, Pistons, Wizards, Cavaliers, Nuggets, Lakers, Mavericks, Blazers, Timberwolves (Fringe: Celtics, Bobcats, Raptors, Pelicans)

Lottery contenders: Sixers, Magic, Jazz, Suns, Kings

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Fun Fact Friday

28 06 2013



Now that Paul Pierce has been traded to the Brooklyn Nets and is no longer with the Boston Celtics, Kobe Bryant, Tim Duncan and Dirk Nowitzki are the only active players left that have been on the same team since before 2000.



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Garnett-Pierce Will Be Brooklyn Nets

27 06 2013

On a night that was supposed to be about the NBA Draft and David Stern’s last draft before he retires, Garnett decided to change the importance of the night. And the Nets’ future.

The Boston Celtics have agreed to trade Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce after Garnett agreed to waive his no-trade clause to the Brooklyn Nets, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports.

The Celtics will be receiving Gerald Wallace, Reggie Evans, the expiring contract of Kris Humphries and three first round picks (2014, ’16, ’18). Nets will also do a sign-and-trade to send Keith Bogans to Boston.

Along with KG and Pierce, the Nets will receive Jason Terry in the blockbuster package.

Some of these details may change by the time the trade is allowed to go through on July 10, but the main part of this trade isn’t changing: KG and Pierce are about to be Brooklyn Nets. This quickly-changing franchise gets two veteran players as new Head Coach Jason Kidd will look to take his team deep into the playoffs. (Also—Kidd will now be coaching former teammate Terry. Sounds weird, right?)

The Celtics now have some cap space cleared along with a great chance to rebuild as the years move along. Those three future first round picks could be huge for Boston. Even though it is sad to see the face of the franchise from the past 14 years disappear so quickly, this was much needed by the Celtics. Doc Rivers left and the championship core from 2008 was no more. Now they can focus on their young pieces and building a future.

Good to see you, NBA offseason.

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Clippers-Celtics Blockbuster Trade (Step 1)

23 06 2013

Before the NBA Finals even had a chance to make its way onto NBATV, the first blockbuster trade of the 2013 NBA summer is upon us. Lob City just became Destination City.

It seemed to be an impossible dream of swapping pieces. Then it suddenly became something actually happening that was only a few pieces from successfully occurring. Then it all died away due to a mutual interest for a certain backup point guard. Then we seemed to be on the doorsteps. Then the Clippers backed off because they felt like they were giving up too much. Then Los Angeles’ star point guard stepped in, said to continue the trades talks and scared his organization half to death. Then the league had questions about the proposed deals and the connections between the two since there can’t be trades with contingencies or side deals. But now, we have a deal. Partially.

The Boston Celtics have begun the destruction of their “Big 3+Coach” core and traded head coach Doc Rivers to the Los Angeles Clippers for a 2015 unprotected first-round pick, according ESPNBoston’s Jackie MacMullan.

Coach Rivers isn’t technically a part of a trade since teams can’t trade coaches involving players. These two organizations came to an agreement that will give L.A. the coaching rights to Doc after Boston has released their coach and then give Boston draft pick compensation. MacMullan says the length of the deal is still being worked out.

The original deal was for the Celtics to trade Rivers and power forward Kevin Garnett to the Clippers for center DeAnde Jordan and two first-round draft picks. The league intervened, though, because certain contingencies and side deals (which is what Rivers, a coach, would have been) can’t be accounted for under the league’s cap rules, making the trade illegitimate. For the deals to take place, the NBA would have to be convinced that the Rivers deal is completely separate from any player discussions. Well, they were sold.

So that’s where we stand. We’re halfway there…or so we’re not supposed to think. But since the Rivers deal has been completed, we must play dumb and play the waiting game for Garnett to be traded to L.A. If a third team has to join in on the trade, it will happen. The Clippers will do what they must to snatch KG. Trust me—it’s inevitable.

Doc-Garnett L.A.

(With Doc leaving Boston, other than Gregg Popovich, the NBA now has no coach that has been with his team for more than five years. Erik Spoelstra and Rick Carlisle were each hired in 2008. The NFL has nine coaches and the MLB has ten managers that have been with their team more than five years. In terms of security of a job, I would not want to be a coach in the NBA at the moment.)

The Clippers first didn’t want to give up rising guard Eric Bledsoe, and then once he was taken out of the picture, they didn’t want to give up two first-round draft picks. So talks were supposedly “dead.” But once unrestricted free agent (emphasis on unrestricted) Chris Paul twisted his team’s arm to make this idea a reality, the organization started talking to the Celtics again and made the trade discussions start to move forward. And they’ll probably still get to keep Bledsoe.

My initial reaction to all of this is “how long before Garnett is traded and Paul Pierce is bought out by the Celtics and joins his buddies?” (Answer: very soon.) My second is realizing the impact this will have on two All-Star point guards.

Lucky Paul. Poor Rajon Rondo.

This most assuredly guarantees that CP3 will re-sign with the Clippers as he now got his way and his superstar coach of choice. Once the next step of this trade goes through (Garnett), Paul will have a supporting cast ready to seriously compete for a championship right away. (Just look at how quickly the C’s core meshed in 2008 in order to win a championship during their first season together.) Sorry Dallas and Atlanta, looks like CP3 is staying home.

It will also be interesting to see the impact Garnett can have on Blake Griffin once the nine-time NBA All-Defensive First Team player heads on over. Will the highlight of all highlight reel dunkers find a way to finally become a defensive force due to the guidance of one of the best team defenders in the league? Or will he shut out Garnett’s serious influence due to his desire to have fun and make KIA commercials?

And on the other end of this trade, you have to feel somewhat bad for Rondo. Not only has he been given the raw end of this deal since he will soon be the sole leader of a team in full rebuilding mode (LaMarcus Aldridge feels his pain), he will likely have one of his worst NBA seasons since his play—and assists per game—is bettered with a strong cast around him. No. 9 isn’t the type of player that can take over a game, team and season without quality help from his teammates.

It is mind-blowing what one free agent signing—CP3—has done for this Clippers’ franchise. Once a place that every budding star wanted out of has transformed into the landing spot for players/coaches who want one last shot at a title. (Well, the city hasn’t changed. The franchise has.)

Doc, Garnett and Pierce will soon get that shot in L.A.

And the Lakers will just have to watch.

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Fun Fact Friday (Delay Due to Weekend Road-trip)

18 03 2013


On March 18, 2008, the Boston Celtics ended the Houston Rocket‘s 22-game winning streak. Tonight, on March 18, 2013 (Five years later to the day), the C’s will face the Miami Heat, who are currently on a 22-game winning streak. Let’s see if history repeats itself…



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Fun Fact Friday

18 01 2013


Tom Thibodeau has instilled a certain type of attitude for his ballclub since arriving in Chicago. This year, they apparently feel more comfortable showing this confidence to fans they don’t know. Even though they hold the 10th best overall record in the league (23-15), their struggles in front of their own crowd (11-10 at home) has been confusing to most. However, their play on the road has been another story, as they continue to excel. After Friday’s 100-99 overtime win over the Celtics, the Bulls are now 12-0 when leading on the road after three quarters.

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One Basketball Player Scores 138 Points In a Game

21 11 2012

Yeah, you read that title right. 138 points.

The Thanksgiving Day feasting started early for Grinnell College, as the university watched their basketball team obliterate Faith Baptist Bible 179-104 and watched their superstar Jack Taylor score an NCAA-record 138 points, shooting 52-of-108 from the field and 27-71 from the 3-point range.

Rio Grande’s Bevo Francis set the previous record of 113 points in 1954. But that was no 138.

Now, I’m not going to get into the fact that there are some underlying issues present when a coach and a team allows one of their players to shoot this many times in one game. (71 3-point attempts… really?) This was an unnecessary offensive onslaught in a 75-point blowout.

What I would like to do is put this performance in perspective compared to NBA records (in which games last 48 minutes) and make clear just how dominate this kid was for 40 minutes of basketball.

  • Kobe Bryant and Donyell Marshall hold the record for most 3-pointers made in a game with 12. They would have needed 12 overtimes to make as many 3’s as Taylor did.
  • Damon Stoudemire hold the record for most 3-point field goal attempts in a game with 21. To hoist up as many shots as Taylor, Stoudemire would have needed 33 overtimes.
  • The Boston Celtics and Phoenix Suns both hold the record for points scored in a regulation game with 173. Taylor would have accounted for 80 percent of these points.
  • Wilt Chamberlain holds the NBA record for most points scored in a game with exactly 100. Four overtimes would have been necessary for Chamberlain to match Taylor’s scoring outburst.
    • Chamberlain holds the NBA record for most field goals made in a game with 36. Chamberlain would have needed five overtimes to match Taylor’s numbers.
    • Chamberlain holds the NBA record for most field goal attempts in a game with 63. Seven overtimes would have been required for Chamberlain to put up as many shots as Taylor did.
  • Ray Allen made 269 3-pointers in the 2005-2006 season, which is the most in a single season. This one game gives Taylor 10 percent of Allen’s season total.
  • George McCloud shot 678 3-pointers in the 1995-1996 season, which is the most 3-point field goal attempts in a single season. This one game gives Taylor 10 percent of McCloud’s season total.

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