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  1. cheech13

    B/R's Top 50 NBA Players of All-Time

    Offensive in that he's too high or too low?
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    DD fired

    Wait, I'm admittedly a bit out of the loop on some of the modern advancements in baseball analytics, but when did we turn on Voros McCracken? Wasn't he one of the foremost minds in developing good pitching analytics?
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    Lets Talk About Drew Magary

    FWIW I think there is a difference between retiring "young" and retiring "early." Gronk was young but it was anything but early. Luck was both, as were many others on that list. It could have been a slight, or it could have been an oversight on his part. When I think of guys who retired early I...
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    The Ringer

    Well, what was Grantland worth with Simmons there and what is it worth now?
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    Cousins: torn ACL

    I don't think so. They traded him because they were worried that he'd qualify for the Super Max and they had no intention of giving it to him. He did turn down an extension offer from the New Orleans Pelicans after the injury for two years and $40 million. Bet he wishes he would have taken that...
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    Cousins: torn ACL

    Some of us speculated as far back as last season that Boogie would never be a max player, or even an MLE guy again, but it's still sad to see him go like this. An Achilles injury may not be an automatic death sentence for NBA players anymore, but it's still pretty close, especially for big men...
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    The Ringer

    Agreed. He's a really good writer and I enjoyed both of his books immensely, but his humor and "voice" don't come through as well in videos or podcasting. He oddly comes off as a bit of a "bro" in podcasts, which is weird considering his writing often feels the opposite, as if he were something...
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    NBA Announces All-Decade Teams

    Oh, you're definitely right on that. People under 30 and/or people from California generally put Kobe as high as number 2 all-time behind Jordan, which is just absurd. I don't even think he was the second best player in the post-Jordan, pre-Lebron era (say 1999 to 2012). To me Duncan and Shaq...
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    NBA Announces All-Decade Teams

    Giannis and Lamarcus over Dirk, Duncan and Dwight seems sort of egregious, even given how much the latter three tailed off over the second half of the decade. Dirk in particular was the best player on a title team in 2011 and played at a very high level several more years thereafter. When I...
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    Offseason Thread - Betty when you call me, you can call me Al

    Udonis Haslem is returning to the Heat for a 17th season. If you had told me that Haslem retired five years ago I absolutely would have believed you. Had no idea he was still kicking around down in Miami.
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    NBA over/under

    Projection systems miss all the time and sometimes quite badly. What you are saying may very well be accurate. However, we also have to take in the possibility of the converse being true: Fans and pundits are overrating this team based on the eye test and missing potential flaws that may be...
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    Al Horford: he gawn

    It's great that you've included the numbers to support your thesis, but it's not clear that what have inferred from the data is true. The advanced ratings support the notion Horford worked best at the 4, but that was in a limited sample. You concluded from this that Brad should have played that...
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    Al Horford: he gawn

    You left out Mike Scott and James Ennis, both of whom are perfectly cromulent bench players. It's not a super deep team but they have 8-9 real NBA players and there's a good chance that someone out of the Smith/Thybulle/Milton group breaks out as a contributor. Reports from Summer League were...
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    Al Horford: he gawn

    Asking Al Horford to chase younger, quicker and more athletic 4s on the perimeter for 30+ minutes a night sounds like a recipe for disaster. That would be fine in some match-ups but in today's game he's a 5. That's where he's most effective and good teams are going to exploit Philly if they put...
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    NBA over/under

    Is that really true? Rudy Gay's per 36 numbers look strikingly similar but he's completely changed his game post-injury. He eliminated the long 2s and rebuilt around shots close to the rim or at the 3-point line. That improvement in efficiency has masked the fact that he's way less explosive and...
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    NBA over/under

    Hasn't Kevin Durant already been declared out next season? It's possible that the time table might change between now and April, but there is no reason to rush him back and risk further damage. The chances of him appearing next year are so low it doesn't even seem worth stressing over.
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    Top 5 (or so) Worst NBA Contracts

    According to Woj Ben Simmons' new contract is a designated Rose Rule extension which means it'll be worth 30% instead of the cap instead of 25% if he makes an All-NBA team next season. That would push the five-year value of the deal to $203,580,000. It also includes a 15% trade kicker.
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    NBA over/under

    OKC has too many good players to sell off to truly be bad. A core of Paul, SGA, Gallo and Adams is good enough to flirt with .500. You'd need to move off more than one of those guys if you're goal is truly tank. They don't need more picks so what are the theoretical trades that turn that roster...
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    NBA over/under

    At first glance I'd go under on the Clippers and over on Denver and OKC.
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    Russell Westbrook to Houston for Chris Paul and picks

    You can't expect a front office to nail every single move, but the real mistake was trading Jeff Green for Kendrick Perkins and lavishing him with a huge extension. Had they not made that deal they would have had the money to pay Harden as well. That one mistake set off a chain reaction of moves...