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    Byerie Irving? Do you want Kyrie back?

    The Nets pick didn’t end up being a valuable pick. It was extremely cunning of Danny to use it for Kyrie, as you would trade the 8th pick in any draft for a player of his caliber. The only player drafted in that area who you could second guess would be SGA, and that’s way more risky than trading...
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    Byerie Irving? Do you want Kyrie back?

    That’s exactly my point, though. They didn’t see Derozan’s reliance on long 2s as a negative, so they clearly didn’t think they were taking on bad salary as Nighthob has suggested. They may feel differently this offseason, but they wouldn’t have done the trade if they didn’t value Derozan and Poetl.
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    Byerie Irving? Do you want Kyrie back?

    Right, they’re looking to dump him this year after having him on their team for a season. And that has nothing to do with their estimation of him last offseason.
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    Byerie Irving? Do you want Kyrie back?

    But that’s what you think and it’s at odds with what the Spurs and Pop think. They value the midrange game unlike any other current team. It’s probably a bad idea, but it’s still the way they think nonetheless. And Hayward coming off a traumatic ankle injury has significantly less value than...
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    The 2nd Season - 2019 Playoff Thread

    @samraynot my post was mostly in jest. I was just simply pointing out that a player can be absolutely wonderful and still not have an impact on winning if the team around him is flawed and limited, which is an obvious point but one that it feels like you’ll forget when you compare players...
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    The 2nd Season - 2019 Playoff Thread

    I couldn’t help but watch last night and appreciate how incredible Steph played. But I also thought, “Oh, now he knows how practically every other NBA superstar feels.” I hope SRN puts this stat in his pocket the next time he quotes LeBron’s +/- stats. For all their injuries, that GSW team last...
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    2019 Draft

    I’m curious about the Bol Bol love in this thread. He doesn’t seem like he’ll hold up physically in the NBA. By that I mean he’ll likely always be an injury risk and he’s going to have a much harder time defending stronger players (everyone from Eric Gordon to Embiid) and quicker players (an...
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    Bill Simmons: Valuing Trades More Than Friendships

    I think that those writing jokes are more about Russillo moving to LA and trying write/sell TV shows. He'll also make sarcastic, "Well, as a writer..." jokes about GoT plot points. I normally can't sit through a whole Simmons podcast, but him and RR are a weekly must listen for me. RR doesn't...
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    The 2nd Season - 2019 Playoff Thread

    Because I'm terrible at message boarding
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    The 2nd Season - 2019 Playoff Thread

    @HomeRunBaker why are you fisking my post one sentence at a time when I answer all of the questions you're asking in my original post? Like, what do I consider the Spurs? A team that actually won the Championship in 2014 (while the Rockets lost to the Blazers in the first round that year)? If...
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    The 2nd Season - 2019 Playoff Thread

    Morey does seem a little overrated. Most of the media can't say his name without calling him brilliant in the same sentence, but when you look at the results of his "brilliance", they're just really not there. I find it incredibly weird that we excuse the Rockets (and Morey's) continual playoff...
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    2/12 - @ 76ers

    Just keep fouling Ben Simmons. He’s a shaq level liability on the line without the same dominance everywhere else on the court.
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    2018 NBA Game Thread

    He’s really the poster boy for HRB’s thesis on physical projection. His age didn’t matter as much as his body/athleticism. He had a lot of foundation to build on when he entered the league, and that wouldn’t have been the case if he wasn’t so big and athletic.
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    Is the NBA star system broken? If so, can it be fixed?

    Golden State almost lost to Houston last year. It’s not like their path to the finals was uncompetitive. But more importantly, Golden State is temporary. The team as it stands is unsustainable. Paying Durant, Curry, Klay and Draymond will force their payroll above $400 million a season. I know...
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    Is the NBA star system broken? If so, can it be fixed?

    I feel like people are forgetting how much of non-entity Golden State was as a franchise before Steph and Klay. They were a laughing stock, a franchise that couldn’t figure it out, they were a joke. After some great drafting, they were all of a sudden not that. Minnesota doesn’t suck because...
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    Celtics in 18-19

    The Warriors, prohibitive favorites to win the title, are two games better than the Celtics and have a lower net rating. There’s too much talent in this league right for a single team to run away with a conference the way you’re expecting the Celtics to. The Bucks have been really lucky with...
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    2018 NBA Game Thread

    It’s an important point because a lot of NBA stars aren’t traditionally “athletic” - Curry, Harden, Klay, Jokic, Chris Paul, even KD. There are so many ways to change the game that don’t require being a nuclear athlete like Russ Westbrook.
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    2018 NBA Game Thread

    Question is how transformative a player can be if he’s not a ball handler. Ayton’s skills make him dependent on other players (like the non-existent point guards in PHX). Even if he develops a shot, the nature of his position caps his control over the game. It seems like the NBA’s new-ish...
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    Sixers thread: now with expectations

    The idea of him “developing a shot” from three point range seems incredibly unlikely at this point. He’s not starting from even a Marcus Smart level of shooting. Marcus was/is a bad shooter. Simmons doesn’t even bother to, so we have to assume he’s worse than that. The baseline being 20% is a...
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    Sixers thread: now with expectations

    With bridges on the floor, they’re a dramatically better team. His % will go up as he gets used to the nba game. At the very least, he takes threes and forces defenses to cover him on the arc while not being a complete turnstile on d, like shamet. Not saying it’s an easy choice, but I don’t...