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When Sports Come out of Quarantine

June 5th, 2020   admin  Uncategorized   No Comments »

In light of recent events, sports updates and the decision about football season specifically starting in the fall has been on the back burner. But as of yesterday, the commissioner of the NFL, Roger Goodell, gave the “OK” for coaches to reenter the training facilities that have been open but not occupied since late May. Training camp in the summer is questionable, but if possible, a true test to see if the NFL can function safely under the circumstances presented. Different teams are facing various challenges due to the pandemic especially those whose facilities happen to be located in coronavirus epicenters.

As for the NBA, their season has been approved to resume on July 31st. The games will be held at Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando and players will be housed on-site as well. Many precautions will be taken and the league will make sure to adhere to strict protocols to ensure everyone’s safety. The format for games has been strategically done and well thought out to be fair and also logical. If the season can resume on July 31st, the 2020 NBA draft will be rescheduled to October 15th and the 2020-2021 season may begin on December 1st.

July 4th was a projected date for Major League Baseball to start their season but with the difficulty of coordinating teams in 27 different cities and even a foreign country, it isn’t official. Reports have been circulating regarding a major league baseball team in Tokyo calling off their preseason game due to two players being tested positive for coronavirus. This casts a dark cloud of uncertainty whether sports teams and organizations can resume their seasons and also keep their players healthy.

All in all, there is no way to know what the future holds for major sports teams or any gathering like it. At a certain point, companies like the NFL, NBA, and even universities who receive funding from their sports may never fully recover financially if they are unable to play on. As time goes on, we know more and more about the virus that has claimed the lives of so many, but enough to return to normalcy?

By Grace Lawton

G League- The New Path

April 30th, 2020   admin  Uncategorized   No Comments »

The G-League has offered a path to the NBA that is similar to the overseas path. The top high school recruits in the country that choose to take the G-League path would be put on a separate G-League team together that has exhibition with other country’s teams, other G-League teams, and themselves. This team is not part of the actual G-League season but as a way to train upcoming stars through professional NBA training and off the court training such as how to handle money and fame. The first high schooler to choose this path was Jalen Green. Green was the third overall ranked prospect in the class of 2020. Green chose the G-League over the University of Memphis. Green’s contract with the G-League is for $500,000 and he will also have the opportunity to finish his college education for free whenever he is ready. Since his announcement, many prospects have followed his path. Fellow 5-star prospects, Isaiah Todd de-committed from Michigan to play for the G-League and Daishen Nix de-committed from UCLA. This new path seems like it will be very popular as prospects get the chance to earn a lot of money while also training for the NBA with other professionals and former players.

 

By: Aman Jain

NFL Draft Winners and Losers

April 30th, 2020   admin  Uncategorized   No Comments »

The NFL Draft is finally over. Over the course of three days, 255 players were selected through 7 rounds and teams have started to fill out their rosters. Today I am going to go over three of the biggest winners and losers of the 2020 NFL Draft.

Winners:

  1. Denver Broncos– Boy did John Elway and the Broncos knock this draft out of the park. To start their night off, the #1 receiver on most people’s boards, Jerry Jeudy out of Alabama, fell to them all the way to pick 15. In the second round, they picked up KJ Hamler, another electric receiver out of Penn State. In doing that, they have immensely helped second-year quarterback Drew Lock. The Broncos were looking to match the explosiveness of their division rivals the Chiefs and so far they are on the right path.
  2. New York Jets– The Jets had two priorities during the draft: fill needs and draft athleticism. They did both very well. Their first 3 picks were great and they even got a few steals in the later rounds. OL Mekhi Becton and WR Denzel Mims are two athletic freaks who need some polish but are playmakers and absolute beasts. Safety Ashtyn Davis was ranked very high on boards but fell and the Jets could not be more pleased. GM Joe Douglas and the rest of gang green made some great picks to help their young stud Sam Darnold.
  3. Dallas Cowboys– HOW BOUT THEM COWBOYS!! The Cowboys have made some very, very good picks in the past 10 years and this year was no different. CeeDee Lamb, WR out of Oklahoma, was considered the best skill position player by many experts and he fell to them all the way at 17. Right after that steal, they were able to pick up CB Trevon Diggs who is a little raw but has the potential to become an all-pro player.

Losers:

  1. Green Bay Packers– The Green Bay Packers really blew this whole draft. Aaron Rodgers who is not getting any younger needs some serious help at receiver and tight end. The Packers for some odd reason decided to take a quarterback at pick 26 in Jordan Love out of Utah State. By the time the draft was over, the Packers had passed on 35 receivers. The Packers made a lot of people scratch their heads this time around.
  2. Carolina Panthers offense– The Panthers have revamped their whole organization. They got rid of Cam Newton and brought in Teddy Bridgewater to play quarterback. In doing that one would expect them to help Bridgewater with offensive talent in the draft but now they neglected that strategy and decided to use every one of their 7 picks on defense. Their strategy just made zero sense.
  3. Philadelphia Eagles– The Eagles have always been a little odd. This draft just confirmed that. Their draft was not necessarily bad but they made some terrible picks. They started off strong by grabbing WR Jalen Reagor out of TCU in the first round. But in the second round, they reached very, very hard for QB Jalen Hurts out of Oklahoma. Hurts is not close to ready for the NFL and they have Carson Wentz already. To add to the weirdness, they took Davion Taylor in the third round as a pass rusher. He was ranked as a 5th round player. Doug Pederson needs to give answers as to why he made the picks he did.

 

By Aman Jain

NBA Working with ESPN to televise 2K and H.O.R.S.E Tournament for Fans

April 7th, 2020   admin  Uncategorized   No Comments »

The NBA is quickly losing millions in revenue due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. To keep some money rolling in, the NBA has decided to hold two separate competitions for their fans. The league is planning to hold a H.O.R.S.E competition and an NBA 2k20 tournament with high profile players. Both competitions are to be held on ESPN from the homes of the respective players.

The H.O.R.S.E competition has no confirmed names yet, but some rumored names are, Zion Williamson, Dwyane Wade, Russell Westbrook, Donovan Mitchell, and Chris Paul. The NBA 2K tournament is already set and will consist of a bracket of 16 players. NBA 2K is a huge game worldwide and this competition is going to bring in a number of viewers that will help the NBA with its revenue.

This is a nice gesture the league is making to its fans as the NBA season was closed midway through and fans everywhere were deprived of what could have been one of the greatest seasons of all time.

By: Aman Jain

2020 NBA Draft Top 5 Prospects

April 3rd, 2020   admin  Uncategorized   No Comments »

 

The NBA Draft is one of the most exciting times of the year for NBA fans. Although it is in June, with the season suspended due to COVID-19, now seems like a great time to talk about some of the exciting prospects that might just find their way to your team. Here are my top 5 prospects for the 2020 NBA Draft.

 

  1. Deni Avidja, Maccabi Tel Aviv, 6’8, Forward

 

Avdija is a jack of all trades. He can shoot, dribble, pass, and defend. Although he is inconsistent and still young, Avdija has all the tools to become a quality NBA player and a top 5 pick in the upcoming draft. Having played against grown men, all he really needs is some polishing to his shooting stroke and his defensive game and we are looking at a poor man’s version of Luka Doncic

 

  1. Obi Toppin, Dayton, 6’9, Forward

 

Obi Toppin exploded onto the college basketball scene this past season. Toppin is a man amongst boys. He is a wide shouldered power forward that can play small ball center and small forward. He can shoot it (39% on threes for the year), he can score inside, he can rebound, he is athletic, and he can defend. Toppin is a smart, polished, and safe player that will contribute to his team immediately. He reminds me exactly of Amare Stoudemire with his post play, shooting, and defense.

 

  1. James Wiseman, Memphis, 7’0, Center

 

Wiseman came into the season as the number 1 recruit in his class and the future #1 overall pick in this year’s draft. After three games at Memphis, that all changed. Wiseman left Memphis after 3 games due to ineligibility. He still declared for the draft. In those three games, Wiseman was dominant. He showed that he had globs of potential. Wiseman reminds me of Anthony Davis in the way he plays down low but also has the ability to step out in the mid-range area and knock down some shots. I do not think he will ever be as good as Davis, but the offensive potential is definitely there with Wiseman. I see him averaging something like 15 points and 9 rebounds with one blocked shot in his rookie year.

 

  1. Anthony Edwards, Georgia, 6’5, Guard

 

This draft class is the weakest we have seen since 2013. With that being said, Anthony Edwards is not a top 5 prospect in most drafts, but he is the second-best prospect in this one. Edwards is very talented. His shot creation/shot making abilities are unmatched by anyone in his class. His shot selection however is the complete opposite. That is what makes Edwards so tantalizing. He looks pro ready sometimes with his footwork and very difficult shots. Then at other times, he looks like he has no clue what a good shot is. Edwards has the potential to be a great combo guard like Zach Lavine, or a bust like Anthony Bennett.

 

  1. Lamelo Ball, Illawara Hawks, 6’7, Guard

 

Lamelo Ball is famous for being part of the Ball family. The truth is though, he is an extremely talented basketball player. Lamelo and Lonzo have many similarities. They both have exceptional court vison and passing abilities while also possessing an elite handle on the ball. Both brothers rebound very well for their position and are also both phenomenal defenders. What makes Lamelo better is his scoring ability. Lonzo has always been criticized for his inability to score the ball and shoot (although this year he is on fire). Lamelo has a weird shot form like his brother, but he is a great shooter and a great driver to the rim. Lamelo can be a top guard in this league if he can put it together. Even if he can just become more efficient and less chaotic with the ball, Lamelo Ball can be a much better version of Jason Williams.

By: Aman Jain

NFL Free Agency is off to a surprising start! What’s Next?

April 3rd, 2020   admin  Uncategorized   No Comments »

This year’s free agency period in the NFL is a little different than past years because of the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic. It is hard for teams and players to meet in person and therefore, everything is having to be done over the phone. Either way, many surprising deals have already been announced along with some other astonishing news. Here are some highlights of this year’s NFL Free Agency:

For starters, the Miami Dolphins have not been shy at all. They have already signed CB Byron Jones, DE Shaq Lawson, OT Ereck Flowers, and LB Kyle Van Noy. The Tennessee Titans lost OT Jack Conklin but re-signed QB Ryan Tannehill to a massive 4-year contract as well as DE Vic Beasley from the Atlanta Falcons. Another active team has been the Cleveland Browns who have so far picked up stud TE Austin Hooper, OT Jack Conklin, and QB Case Keenum.

A few major trades have gone down as well. Star WR Deandre Hopkins was traded by the Houston Texans to the Arizona Cardinals for RB David Johnson and a slew of draft picks. DT Deforest Buckner was traded by the San Francisco 49ers to the Indianapolis Colts for the 2020 NFL Draft 13th overall pick.

In other news, Tom Brady has publicly come out and said that he will not resign with the New England Patriots and continue his career elsewhere. Also, Cam Newton has some beef with the Panthers as they came out and said that they will allow Newton to seek a trade. Newton then posted on his Instagram that he never asked, and he was forced.

It is very early in the Free agency period but so far there has been a lot of activity and movement. The first 2 days have shown that it should only pick up from here!!

By: Aman Jain

Coronavirus Finds it’s Way to the NBA

March 17th, 2020   admin  Uncategorized   No Comments »

At this point the sports world feels like a dream. Games and matches are being played without fans, college tournaments are getting cancelled, and the NBA just suspended its season. On Wednesday night, Utah Jazz star Rudy Gobert tested positive for the COVID-19 or “Corona Virus’ ‘. On Thursday morning, it was announced that fellow Jazz star Donovan Mitchell also tested positive for the Coronavirus. Between these two announcements, many things happened in the NBA. Commissioner Adam Silver announced that the NBA season will be suspended until further notice. With two NBA players already having tested positive, the entire league is at risk. It is unclear how long Gobert and Mitchell have been carrying the virus and that puts all the teams they have played recently at risk. Both the Utah Jazz and Oklahoma City Thunder had to be quarantined which led to the league quarantine the 5 teams that the Jazz most recently played being the Cleveland Cavaliers, Detroit Pistons, Toronto Raptors, New York Knicks, and Boston Celtics. This is one of, if not the craziest, days in NBA history.

 

The NBA is now weighing their options for the rest of the season. 21% of the leagues schedule is left to be played and that could possibly be moved to either the summer or dismissed and the league would go straight into the playoffs. Even talking about this feels uncomfortable. This season is one of the most competitive seasons we have seen in awhile and it’s done. There is a little bit of hope for the league as Adam Silver has come out and said that the league will reevaluate in 30 days. With mostly every league in the world being suspended or playing without fans, it is mindblowing what is going on and the only thing that anyone can do is stay safe and keep praying that things will get better.

 

By Aman Jain

All Star Weekend

March 5th, 2020   admin  Uncategorized   No Comments »

The 2020 NBA All Star weekend was one for the history books. All three days were incredibly entertaining and exciting while also emotional. With the weekend being largely dedicated to the late great David Stern and Kobe Bryant, many were expecting the best players in the association to put on a show and that is exactly what happened.

 

Starting with Friday, the Rising Stars game is always fun. The Rising Stars game pits the best international players against the best players from the United States in a blacktop style game. Most of the fans in attendance were most likely there for only a couple of players. Luka Doncic, Trae Young, Ja Morant, and Zion Williamson were the main headliners. The entirety of the game consisted of lobs, deep three-point attempts, flashy ball handling moves, and shots that should NEVER be taken in a regular season game. But that’s the fun of all-star weekend. Everyone is there to have a good time and take a break from the season.

 

Saturday Night, which is always one of the most looked forward to nights in the whole NBA calendar, was legendary. The Skills Challenge, Three Point Shootout, and Dunk contest were all worth watching as all came down to the wire. The Skills Challenge came down to two big men showing how the style of today’s game has changed. Bam Adebayo of the Miami Heat went head to head with Domantas Sabonis of the Indiana Pacers and came out on top. Adebayo showed why he is up there with the best big men in the league, showcasing his passing, shooting, and ball-handling abilities. The three-point contest was very exciting. It really showcased how the league is moving in terms of all the three pointers being attempted. Buddy Hield of the Sacramento Kings showed off his smooth stroke after knocking off Devin Booker, who won the 2018 contest, on the final shot of the whole thing! The dunk contest was easily the best contest throughout the evening. Every round seemed to get more competitive and creative. After Pat Connaugton and Dwight Howard were eliminated, Derrick Jones Jr. and Aaron Gordon put on a phenomenal performance for the city of Chicago. They were tied the whole way through that in fact there were 2 extra tiebreaker rounds. The crowd was electrified the whole night and especially during the final round. Aaron Gordon’s last jam was a dunk over 7’5 Tacko Fall and Derrick Jones Jr. did a windmill dunk from the free throw line. Both were worthy of being the winning dunk, but people were shocked when Jones Jr. won and there is even said to be controversy with the judging as Jones Jr. only beat Gordon by one point.

 

Sunday night was emotional but also a lot of fun. The famous NBA All-Star game had its format changed and altered to honor Kobe Bryant, who passed away in a helicopter crash in January, by changing the jersey numbers, scoring system, and MVP award. Team Giannis wore 24 in honor of Kobe Bryant and Team Lebron wore 2 in honor of Gianna Bryant. The scoring system was changed in the sense that the final target score would be determined by taking the leading team’s total cumulative score through three quarters and adding 24 points. Team Lebron won by 1 point in what seemed like the perfect game to honor Kobe. It was competitive, fiery, and exciting throughout every quarter. It also seemed to end the perfect way. Kobe Bryant’s first NBA point was a free throw, when Kobe scored 81 points his 81st point was a free throw, and during Kobe’s final game when he scored 60 points, the last two points of his career were free throws. The 2020 NBA All Star ended with now Laker Anthony Davis hitting a free throw. Finally, the All-Star game MVP was renamed the Kobe Bryant MVP award which was also very fitting as Kobe won 4 throughout his 20-year career.

 

The 2020 NBA All Star weekend was one of the best in history. Kobe was honored in the perfect way, Chicago was a fantastic host city, the fans were electrified, and the players had a ton of fun. All Star Weekend is always a great time to take a break and enjoy the best that the NBA has to offer.

by Aman Jain

NBA Power Rankings: All Star Break Edition

February 14th, 2020   admin  Uncategorized   No Comments »

All Star weekend starts this friday and it will also mark the halfway point of the 2019-2020 NBA season, so I thought that it would be fun to share my rankings of all 30 teams in the association. While some teams have already given up on their season and are looking forward to the off-season (nudge nudge to Atlanta Hawks and New York Knicks) , other teams are competing night in and night out for a chance to represent their organization in this year’s NBA playoffs. So let’s take a look at the NBA power rankings three days before All Star weekend begins.

 

  1. Golden State Warriors.

 

Oh how the mighty have fallen. After appearing in 5 straight NBA finals, the Warriors now boast the worst record in the NBA at 12-42. With major year long injuries to the splash brothers, Klay Thompson and Stephen Curry, Golden State has had to bring in players of all different kinds and have had a number of different lineups. After trading D’angelo Russell for Andrew Wiggins during the trade deadline,the Warriors made it clear that they will forget about this season, look forward to the off-season, and prepare to be back next year with their elite backcourt healthy again.

 

  1. Charlotte Hornets

 

Life never seems to get better in Charlotte. They have not made the playoffs since the 2015-16 season and it does not seem like they will anytime soon. With a weak draft class and Charlotte not being a free agent destination, the Hornets have nothing to really be super excited for. They are a bottom 5 team in the league and yes the breakout of Devonte Graham is nice but its with every efficient scoring. Outside of Graham and an inconsistent Terry Rozier, the Hornets are not going to be good for a while unless they’re young players breakout

 

  1. Cleveland Cavaliers

 

After fleecing the Detroit Pistons for Andre Drummond, the Cavaliers have shown progress and their young talent is slowly starting to come along.They are far from contending for a championship and sometimes their front office makes some very questionable moves but they did a good job of drafting this past year and they showed that they are willing to go out and make moves by heating of the best big men in the NBA in Andre Drummond.

 

  1. Detroit Pistons

 

Speaking of the foolish Pistons, it is now pretty obvious that they are going into full rebuild mode. They traded Drummond and after shutting down Blake Griffin for the season, it seems like he will be gone too. It is about time as Detroit has been stuck between competing and rebuilding for several years now. In my opinion they should have gotten rid of Griffin and Derrick Rose too but now it is left to be seen if they will in the off-season. The Pistons are now falling to the bottom of the east and it does not seem like that will change any time soon.

 

  1. Minnesota Timberwolves

 

This could be the last time you see the Timberwolves on here for a while. After acquiring 6 new players at the trade deadline, Minnesota looks very different. Minnesota swapped Andrew Wiggins and draft compensation for D’angelo Russell and it was the best move they have made since drafting Karl Anthony-Towns. Russell and Towns have been very close for a while and have made it publicly known that they would love to play together. Well it has finally happened and together the duo should be a force to reckon with for years to come. Along with the addition with sharpshooter Malik Beasly, the Timberwolves are looking young and exciting but still have loads of work to do.

 

  1. Chicago Bulls

 

The Bulls are oozing with potential with so many young and skilled players but for some reason they just can not put it together. Sharpshooting third year 7-footer Lauri Markkanen has not had the breakout everyone was hoping and expecting for. Aside from Zach Lavine’s stellar season, the Bulls are being hurt by injuries and inconsistent play. Along with that, Head coach Jim Boylen does not have the respect of his players like and NBA head coach is supposed to.

 

  1. Atlanta Hawks

 

The Atlanta Hawks are only out of the bottom 5 for two reasons. Trae Young is from another planet and they were able to get Clint Capela for barely anything. Trae Young is currently averaging 29.7 points, 4.5 rebounds, and 9 assists and was just named an All Star starter. John Collins is averaging 21 points and 10 rebounds and Clint Capela is on his way to join Collins in the front court. Besides those three players, the Hawks are god-awful but Young, Collins, and Capela pull them just out of the bottom 5.

 

  1. New York Knicks

 

Ahh the trainwreck that is the New York Knicks. Never have I ever seen the most mismanaged team in my life with this bad of ownership and yet I rank them as the 23rd best team in the league. Why is that? It’s because they finally fired their management!!! Knicks fans should be throwing a parade after former president Steve Mills was fired. And just like that the Knicks have been performing much better since the firing and finally showing development from their young guys. Maybe the Knicks aren’t doomed after all. Maybe firing Steve Mills will finally bring this team out of purgatory.

 

  1. Orlando Magic

 

Last year, the Orlando Magic surprised all when they made the playoffs and performed the way they did. Vucevic looked like a top 5 offensive center in the league, Aaron Gordon had shown star like defensive and athletic abilities and they even stole a game at home from the to be champions at the time, the Toronto Raptors. This year is a different story, everyone seems to have regressed a lot and collectively, Steve Clifford and his squad do not seem on the same page.

 

  1. Washington Wizards

 

Bradley Beal’s name has been thrown into trade discussions more than anyone else’s and how does that affect him? He is currently averaging 29 points, 4 rebounds, and 6 assists. He along with the attitude of coach Scott Brooks are the lone reasons why the Wizards are only 3 games out of the playoffs while having one of the league’s worst rosters.

 

  1. San Antonio Spurs

 

The San Antonio Spurs have built their name off of always competing, playing hard, and having superb coaching in the best coach of all time Gregg Popovich. This year it seems like that strategy has reached its use limit. In a league now fueled by 3 point shooting, the Spurs top two offensive weapons are the most frequent mid range jump shot takers in the league. Both Aldridge and Derozan are awful beyond the perimeter and it has resulted in the Spurs being bottom 5 in both three point percentage and three pointers made per game, and they are well out of the playoffs because of it.

 

  1. Phoenix Suns

 

The Phoenix Suns have been relatively surprising after a somewhat confusing season. They brought in Ricky Rubio, Dario Saric, and Aaron Baynes to help the young trio of Devin Booker, Deandre Ayton, and Kelly Oubre. While that trio is very talented, the surrounding pieces are not good enough to make an impact and so while they have improved they still lack talent. The Suns even made a weird draft selection in Cameron Johnson who is already 23 and only provides shooting. The Suns did not draft for versatility and scoring like they should have.

 

  1. Sacramento Kings

 

The Sacramento Kings will put it all together and be formidable, I am confident of that. What I am not confident of is the bodies of the King’s players. Second overall pick from last year Marvin Bagley III has only played 13 games and star guard De’Aaron Fox has only played in 35. Both guys need to be on the floor for this team to maximize its potential. A lineup consisting of Fox, Bagley, Bogdan Bogdanovich, and Buddy Hield can be deadly in a few years and right now the Kings are in the middle of the league but it doesn’t matter too much because their young guys are developing very nicely and creating chemistry.

 

  1. Brooklyn Nets

 

The Brooklyn Nets are using this season as a chemistry building season for next year when Kevin Durant returns from injury. Arguably the best offensive player in the league and the most skilled offensive weapon of all time, KD brings any team to another level. Yes, right now the Nets are surviving as a 7th seed with Kyrie Irving playing but they are still under .500!! Kyrie has not been fully healthy and adding a fully healthy KD and Kyrie Irving would automatically put this team into contender status and it should not hurt that all the surrounding role players have already been playing together for a whole season.

 

  1. Portland Trailblazers

 

As much as I love Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum, I can’t put a team that is not currently in the playoffs in my top 15. Trust me, what Damian Lillard has been doing over his past 10 games is godly. He is averaging 42 points, 6 rebounds, and 9 assists on 51.5% shooting from both the field and behind the arc. Along with McCollum’s 21 points per game and Hassan Whiteside’s glass cleaning and shot blocking ability, the Blazers can make a serious push for the playoffs after the all star break but as of now they do not deserve a spot in my top 15.

 

  1. Indiana Pacers

 

The Indiana Pacers are doing what they do every year. They are competing and playing hard with good not great players all over their roster. They will make the playoffs and be a very tough first round match for anyone but in the end, they do not have enough talent and more importantly, three point shooting, to get them over the hump no matter how good of a coach Nate McMillan is or how well rounded their roster is.

 

  1. New Orleans Pelicans

 

Up until 8 games ago when Zion Williamson returned, the Pelicans were seen as a non-playoff team that was host to the breakout of one Brandon Ingram. Now with Zion’s return, they have become a borderline playoff team that is host to the breakout of Brandon Ingram AND Zion Williamson. With Ingram averaging 25 this season and Williamson averaging 20 points through 8 games, this team should not be taking lightly because they are very dangerous and if Ingram resigns and Williamson turns out to be the player we think he will be, this team will have a baby Lebron and baby Kevin Durant teaming up.

 

  1. Memphis Grizzlies

 

Mike Conley who? Just kidding, Conley will always be a legend in Grind City but Ja Morant is something different. Not only does he play hard but he is flashy, athletic, and a team player and he will take this Grizzlies organization to a level Conley could only dream of. Memphis has a very strong young core. Dillon Brooks is a sharpshooter that seems to get better by game, Ja Morant looks like a bonafide stud, and Jaren Jackson could turn into the next dominant two way big man. This Grizzlies team is fun and exciting and I see only good things in their future.

 

  1. Philadelphia 76ers

 

The Sixers have been scrutinized by everyone in the media. Joel Embiid has been called soft by NBA legends and Ben Simmons has been made fun of constantly for his inability to stretch the floor. As a roster, the Sixers might be the most talented in the league but the fit is not there. Simmons and Embiid can not share the floor together, there is not enough shooting and they will never win a chip that way. Embiid needs to be traded and until those changes are made, Philadelphia will always be a contender but never taken seriously.

 

  1. Dallas Mavericks

 

Luka Doncic is the future. He is so unbelievably talented and dedicated to the sport and it really shows. In his second year, having just turned 20, he is averaging 29 points, 9.5 rebounds, and 9 assists. That feels like a character out of a video game. What’s more impressive is that he is doing it with his running mate, Kristaps Porzingis is playing at a below average level. The Mavericks have a fantastic bench and if Porzingis brings his play back to his level, a duo of Doncic and Porzingis with this bench can make it far in the playoffs.

 

  1. Utah Jazz

 

The Utah Jazz are very interesting and hard to assess. For starters, they have one of the best starting lineups in the NBA in Mike Conley, Donovan Mitchell, Bojan Bogdanovich, Joe Ingles, and Rudy Gobert. In that lineup alone, they have 3 guys who can go off for 30 any given night, one guy who is the definition of the ideal team player, and the best rim protector in the league. Then we look at their bench. The Jazz are struggling because of their bench. Aside from Jordan Clarkson, they have no one of great value and that will be the downfall in the playoffs. It is certainly the reason that they have been so inconsistent this year.

 

9.Oklahoma City Thunder

 

You would think that by replacing Russell Westbrook and Paul George with a 36 year old Chris Paul, a 21 year old Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, and an unathletic Danilo Gallianri, that a team would regress. Well actually, it leads to a team getting better. Okay so they’re not better record wise (very close though) but they are better chemistry wise. While boasting a similar record as last year, this year’s Thunder team is playing much more together and with fun and it is showing because they have been impressive starting with head coach Billy Donovan all the way down to their last man on the bench and that earns them a top 10 spot.

 

  1. Miami Heat

 

Ahh South Beach. The Miami Heat, who happen to be my favorite team, have been the surprise of the year in the NBA. The Heat have taken a roster full of underappreciated talent, G-league players, and undrafted free agents and turned them into a real NBA championship contender. Everyone knew how perfect of a fit Jimmy Butler and the Miami Heat were for each other but no one knew how much that relationship would blossom. Duncan Robinson, a former G-Leaguer and undrafted free agent is now one of the best shooters in the league, Kenrick Nunn, also a former undrafted free agent is now top 2 in Rookie of the Year conversation and Bam Adebayo has gone from very good role player to future perennial all star. All the credit goes to Pat Riley, who built this team and established a no nonsense culture, and Erik Spoelstra who has coached this team to play with discipline and heart. This Miami Heat team is not a joke and will be a very tough opponent in the playoffs.

 

  1. Houston Rockets

 

The Houston Rockets seem to be playing a game with the NBA and its fans. James Harden and Russell Westbrook are taking turns to see who will play well. While Harden was having a rough January and shot less than 40%, Westbrook was averaging 32 points, 8 rebounds and 8 assists on 52% shooting and carried the Rockets to a winning month. This switch off seems to happen each month and in the playoffs will end the Rockets. The Rockets already have no big men and will struggle even more if one of their stars is on a cold streak. Yet, the potential returns on a Harden-Westbrook backcourt are too amazing to pass up.

 

  1. Los Angeles Clippers

 

The Clippers are playing how we expected them too. Both Kawhi Leonard and Paul George are great when they are on the court but that’s the problem. They are hardly on the court. Leonard does not play in back to backs and George is always dealing with minor injuries. I hope for their sake it’s more for preserving them in the playoffs. The Clippers with only one of either George or Leonard are still a very dangerous team but with both they reach the level of the top 3 teams in the league. Add in their elite bench and if the Clippers can stay healthy, we could very well see coach Doc Rivers hoist up Larry O’Brien this June.

 

  1. Boston Celtics

 

The Boston Celtics are finally reaching their potential and it’s very exciting to see. Jayson Tatum looks like the smoothest player in the NBA, Jaylen Brown has reached a new level of his development on both sides of the ball and Kemba Walker is playing like the killer he is. Together, with the defensive intensity of Marcus Smart and the brain of coach Brad Stevens, the Celtics are looking like a well oiled machine poised to make a deep run in the playoffs.

 

  1. Denver Nuggets

 

Coming into the season, the Nuggets were seen as a top 5 team in the league but they were also doubted due to the amount of team ups of superstars that occured in the off-season. But Mike Malone and his team of rough-riders have shut everyone up. The additions of Jerami Grant and Michael Porter Jr. have really helped this team in the exact areas they needed it. Perimeter defense and scoring. The Nuggets have a rotation that is 11 deep and it’s part of the reason they are so good. Their bench is one of the best in the league and when the starters come out there is not a big downgrade in talent on the court which is crucial in the playoffs.

 

  1. Toronto Raptors

 

Kawhi brought Toronto a championship last season and left. But that wasn’t going to stop Pascal Siakam and Kyle Lowry from making a statement. Halfway through the season, the Raptors are better than the Clippers. Pascal is playing at a near MVP level and Kyle Lowry is running the offense better than anyone else in the league. The Raptors have playmakers, defenders, shooters, and most importantly heart and this is an underappreciated team that is going to make a lot of noise in the playoffs but in their own way. For example, they are on their second 10+ game win streak of the season and barely anyone is talking about it.

 

  1. Los Angeles Lakers

 

Lebron is 35 years old and is averaging a near triple-double. Anthony Davis is averaging 27 points, 9 rebounds and 2.5 blocks and the Lakers have a slew of role players who are doing exactly what is asked of them. When you have Lebron and AD on your team all you’re really going to be asked to do is defend and make open shots. Lebron is still the King in his 17th season and Anhtony Davis is making his case for beating big men in the league. No one should be doubting this team and they are my current title favorites.

 

  1. Milwaulkee Bucks

 

I am very convinced that Giannis Antetokounmpo is the Hulk in a human suit. No one should be averaging 30 points, 14 rebounds, and 6 assists while also being a defensive machine and leading his team to the best record in the NBA. No one has put up even close to those numbers since the most dominant player in NBA history, Shaquille O’Neal. Giannis really is the new face of the NBA and he deserves to be. His talent, heart, and dedication are off the charts and unmatched by anyone in the NBA. The reigning MVP deserves his second in a row by really staking his claim as the most dominant player in today’s NBA.

by Aman Jain

How About Those Chiefs!!

February 4th, 2020   admin  Uncategorized   No Comments »

Super Bowl 54 took place in beautiful Hard Rock Stadium in Miami. It was watched by 102 million people which made it the 10th most watched Super Bowl in NFL history. Those 102 million people were not disappointed. The Chiefs won 31-20 against the San Francisco 49ers and pulled off their 3rd comeback in this year’s playoffs alone. They came back down 10 going into the fourth quarter and ended up scoring 3 touchdowns in the quarter. The Chiefs had to come back down by 10 against the Tennessee Titans and more than 20 against the Houston Texans. The story of this postseason and more importantly this Super Bowl, is the resilient duo of head coach Andy Reid and quarterback Patrick Mahomes.

Head coach Andy Reid deserves a lot of credit. Before the win on Sunday, Reid had the most wins in history without a Super Bowl victory. Finally, after 21 years of being a head coach in the NFL, Reid finally won the big one and he deserved it. Patrcik Mahomes on the other hand is only 24 and has already become the second youngest player to win a Super Bowl, the youngest player to win Super Bowl MVP, 2018 NFL MVP, 2018 First team all-pro, 2018 Offensive player of the year, and 2x pro bowler. In only his third season Mahomes already has an incredible resume and is one of the most talented quarterbacks we have ever seen. Together, Reid and Mahomes are going to make a deadly duo for years to come. The Chiefs offense overall answered very strongly to a 49ers defense that had been suffocating them all evening. The 49ers held the Chiefs to only 156 yards in the first half and only 104 of them were passing yards. Going into the fourth quarter, the Niners defense had forced Mahomes into no passing touchdowns and 2 interceptions. It was looking like San Francisco’s defense was just too much to handle for Mahomes but that is when Mahomes turned it on. A lot of people including me, thought the 49ers defense would bring them this victory but a lot of people, including me, underestimated how good 24-year-old Patrick Mahomes really is. And oh my, was I wrong. Patrick Mahomes is in another world in terms of talent and he is extremely clutch. The Chiefs have a rare talent at the most important position in sports, yes, but more importantly they have an ultimate winner at that position and that is very unparalleled.

Overall, this year’s Super Bowl did not disappoint (especially the halftime show, thank God) and the best team truly won. With no controversy and no bad sportsmanship, this was just a game of great football and the better team won and in my opinion that is the best kind of Super Bowl.

by Aman Jain