Kind of a random topic but watching basketball tonight has made me think of Nik Stauskas, and for whatever reason I've been in an Olympics mood, so this thought came up. Obviously the US has the best national team, but I was thinking about it, and Canada could be really good in the coming years. Looking at the best players of their roster:
F/C Dwight Powell - Plays for Dallas
F Tristan Thompson - Cleveland
F Andrew Nicholson - Orlando
F/C Kelly Olynkyk - Boston
F Andrew Wiggins - Minnesota
G Nik Stauskas - Sacramento
G Tyler Ennis - Phoenix
G Cory Joseph - San Antonio
F Trey Lyles - Kentucky (Still in college)
And a few others.
The biggest thing I notice is that most of the players tend to be on the younger side with minimal NBA experience, but many of them have the potential to be top players. I could very well see this team qualifying for the 2016 Olympics and becoming a serious contender to the US in the coming years, much as the way Spain has been recently. The team also might lack some depth, but certainly the starters and some of the bench will be plenty talented.
A bit random of a topic, I admit, but I just thought I might share it with you all. Thoughts about this?
Sparty is in Iowa City on this frigid Midwest night. Let's cheer on the Hawkeyes. Together. Harbaugh. (Mgoblog users Bagheera, Blau, sierragold, joubertly breathing, Mabel Pines are bitter sourpusses. To hell with you h8rz).
Channel: ESPN. Bilas and Shulman.
story from a "fixer" of grades and transcripts to get players into college, or otherwise make them eligible
For "conduct detrimental."
Seems like there might be a major trade going down in the NBA. The details can be found at the links below, but the general gist seems to be
Cleveland Cavaliers Get: JR Smith (SG), Iman Shumpert (SG/SF), 1st round pick
OKC Thunder Get: Dion Waiters (SG)
New York Knicks Get: Lance Thomas (SG), Alex Kirk (C), Lou Amundsen (C/PF), 2019 2nd round pick
For the Michigan connection, this probably opens up more playing time for Hardaway Jr. who was already playing and scoring a lot more with Carmelo out with an injury.
OKC gets more offense, Knicks get some Cap flexibility this off-season. I don't know what Cleveland gets as they lose one SG who wants more shots for another SG who wants all of the shots.
The Pistons destroyed the Kings 114-95 today at the Palace to run their win streak to 5. Looks like the Josh Smith release worked out nicely.
[Ed-Alex: changed the title / post to reflect that the Pistons' winning streak is at five, not six]