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|2 days 8 hours ago||I'll say what I've been saying for weeks||
I expect both to enter the draft and go through workouts with teams. I think both will ultimately wind up returning next year, but there's a higher chance that someone falls in love with DJ and convinces him to remain in the draft. His wingspan, athleticism, shooting, and positional versatility are exactly what NBA teams are looking for at the power forward.
|2 days 17 hours ago||Bamba is not NBA-ready out of high school||
He might think he is, but he needs a good deal of Camp Sanderson to get there, not to mention working on skills. He's 7 feet tall, but not even 210 pounds. He'd be practically unplayable in the NBA at that weight.
|6 days 12 hours ago||Porter is winding up with whomever hires his father||
Mizzou is the stated leader.
|6 days 13 hours ago||I thought the same thing||
And my daughter is only 8 months old!
|6 days 14 hours ago||74-65||
|6 days 17 hours ago||Depends on my pre-season expectation for the team||
I really enjoyed the 2006 NIT run because my expectations were low. I wasn't as happy with the 1997 win because we underachieved. Given the team's recent history, I would much prefer getting to the tournament.
|6 days 22 hours ago||They were supposed to take that next step this year||
But they didn't. The likelihood of Embiid staying healthy for an entire season is near zero. And they have to decide pretty soon if they want to invest in him for the next half a decade.
I love Nik, but his defense has still been a liability in the (admittedly few) Sixers games I've watched this year.
|1 week 14 hours ago||Univision, eh?||
That's an interesting addition to their business. Thanks for saving me the Google search.
|1 week 14 hours ago||I thought DeadSpin was bankrupt?||
Did someone buy them from Gawker?
|1 week 18 hours ago||Interesting the Cardinals as the team mentioned||
They have Deone Bucannon, who probably is the closest proxy to how NFL teams might best use Peppers on defense. On the one hand, it makes sense, because they know what they'd do with Jabrill. On the other hand, they already have that guy. Of course, Bucannon is a free agent next year, so they might be getting out in front of the hole in the roster.
|1 week 1 day ago||Irrelevant before Boeheim?||
That comment itself seems irrelevant. He's been there for over 40 years. "It wasn't a great gig five decades ago" seems like a pretty weird criterion when considering jobs.
|1 week 1 day ago||That's at the high levels||
Some of the second-tier teams regularly stiff their players' paychecks. Maybe Walton can be the next Bo McCalebb and have a great Euro career, of course, but the D-league has advantages too, especially with the two-way contracts mentioned below. Those can earn someone $200k+ a year. Even a 10-day contract is worth nearly $50k for a rookie, and a training camp invite normally will earn a guy about $25k for 3ish weeks of practice. D-league salaries are crap, but a lot of guys pull in $75-100k in a year while teams take brief looks at them before or during the season. Requires a bit of betting on oneself, but the D-league isn't a terrible option.
|1 week 1 day ago||The NBA now has Two-Way contracts for some D-Leaguers||
This allows players to participate at the NBA level for up to 45 days (they don't have to be continuous) while primararily playing for a D-league team and not counting against a team's 15-man roster limit. I can see Walton signing one of these contracts, which will give him more developmental opportunity (and more money) than a traditional D-leaguer. I could even see a team taking him near the end of the second round to get him onto such a contract.
It's a tough year to be a senior PG entering the draft, as potentially half of the top ten picks will be freshmen PG in June. But I do think he'll get a two-way contract from someone looking for this year's Yogi Ferrell.
|1 week 5 days ago||It is very common||
Almost typical. It used to be that they had sub-regionals, so all the teams in the Midwest bracket would play in cities in the Midwest for the first weekend as well as the second weekend. 10-15 year ago they changed that up, and now there are pods, with the top seeds generally playing close to home, regardless of what region they've been bracketed to. This keeps #2-4 seeds from having to travel too far for their early round games, which sometimes could hurt their seeding advantage.
|1 week 5 days ago||We should also laugh at AP||
ESPN was just reposting the AP story.
|1 week 5 days ago||Great win||
That was really high-quality basketball from both teams. Haven't seen every game, but I'd find it difficult to believe there's been a better one in the tourney so far, start-to-finish.
|1 week 5 days ago||Thread title||
Isn't this the Round of 64?
|1 week 6 days ago||With 15 minutes left||
They're proving why they were the favorite. This game screamed 5/12 "upset" so loudly I wondered if Minny didn't get so overseeded on purpose by the Committee, just to keep that narrative alive.
|1 week 6 days ago||Not remotely happening||
Stevens signed a 6-year contract extension over the summer. The Celtics have improved every year he's been there. Right now they're a borderline title contender, and are much more likely to continue to get better than worse, given how well the franchise is set up. Unlike other organizations (ahem 49ers), the Celtics are all pretty much on the same page at the management level. Oh, and Boston >>> Bloomington. I don't think he even picks up the phone to politely listen when they call.
|2 weeks 13 hours ago||Disappointing||
Don't know what else should be said.
|2 weeks 16 hours ago||At least your pessimism blocked out your memory||
The previous tournament was the loss to Ohio, not Duke.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||I think both declare for the draft initially||
Then they can go through workouts with teams, get a feel for the draft process and what they need to work on, and withdraw and return next year.
That said, I do think there's a small chance that a team falls in love with Wilson in workouts and convinces him to stay in the draft, especially if his wingspan is as large as it looks on TV. PFs who can hit the 3, rebound, and alter shots are a hot commodity in the NBA. A lot of teams, and especially a lot of top teams, are running offenses similar to Michigan, with 4-5 guys out on the perimeter swinging the ball around until someone gets an open shot, finds a lane to drive, or a window to hit a cutter. The Celtics are the most extreme version of this (they run this offense always unless injuries force them to play Tyler Zeller), but many other teams have some version of this lineup.
Speaking of the Celtics, 5 of their 6 bigs don't have guaranteed deals for next season. I could see them being interested in Wilson (or Wagner, but I think Wilson is the better pro prospect) with one of their three second-round picks if he stays in the draft.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Mission Accomplished!||
Congrats to Derrick Walton Jr!
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Nonsense||
Michigan and Wisconsin have very similar resumes. They're two spots away from each other in the RPI and split the season series. The winner today will finish a seed higher than the loser. They can just make one bracket with a spot for the winner and a spot for the loser. It's easy to take into account today's game.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||We're absolutely a 7 at a minimum at this point||
Don't forget the fact that the committee weighs recent play more heavily. We're 8-2 in our last 10, with two wins over Purdue and one over Wisconsin. The only two losses were in overtime and at the buzzer, and both on the road to tourney teams. I will be upset if we're any worse than a 7, given that for years we've heard that how you're playing in the last month matters more, and we've been killing it over that time.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||They're so entitled||
|2 weeks 6 days ago||I think we're a 7 seed today, personally.||
Certainly if we beat Purdue we are.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||Are you sure about that?||
You seem to have a pretty strong opinion for a post entitled "Meh".
|2 weeks 6 days ago||Hopefully the committee lets the kids play in Indy next week||
I think they've earned themselves a nice, calm bus ride. (I understand that buses are statistically less safe, but it's not about safety, but instead getting a week off from reliving trauma, since the likelihood of an accident with either is quite low.)
|2 weeks 6 days ago||Sparty could change their flight plans more easily||
It's their Spring Break, so moving a flight up a few hours wouldn't cause a kid to unexpectedly miss a morning class (or even exam).
The big deal is that they tried to take off at all, which obviously wasn't safe. I don't know who made that decision. Luckily no one was hurt. Beyond that, I'm really not sure what "process" should be evaluated.