Member for

2 years 3 months

Recent Comments

Date Title Body
06/25/2018 - 5:02pm The chances of Mo being a…

The chances of Mo being a guy who can create his own offense are remote. That's not a killer, as the vast majority of guys in the league can't consistently create their own offense. That game against Louisville, while impressive, is hardly representative of his NBA future, especially considering that Deng Adel isn't an NBA-caliber player. Wagner won't be out getting step-back looks against NBA athletes.

His ceiling is probably back-up center on a good team given his defensive limitations, but you can have a long career as a pick and pop big against other bench units.

06/06/2018 - 5:59pm A buyout has rarely stopped…

A buyout has rarely stopped major college or pro teams from going after the coaches they want. Regardless, this was probably a unique opportunity (granted, I don't think the Pistons would've actually hired him) given that it would have allowed him to not uproot his family, and I don't recall his name being legitimately attached to an NBA search before. Beilein is already 65, it's going to be far less likely he gets NBA interest as he ages than the converse.

06/06/2018 - 1:06pm At the end of the day, there…

At the end of the day, there are only so many head coaching jobs available. Casey, despite his success in Toronto as a whole, isn't somebody teams are going to be beating down the door to hire. Also, you aren't generally going to be taking over a "great" opportunity as a new coach, because there's generally a reason a team is looking for a new coach in the first place. There aren't going to be many instances in which you get to take over a young playoff team like Steve Kerr did, or even if you do, that "great" situation can turn pretty quickly. Ask Billy Donovan.

06/06/2018 - 12:41pm Your post basically boils…

Your post basically boils down to "would you rather fail in the NBA or succeed in college?" Virtually everyone would choose success. That's not a legitimate comparison.

06/01/2018 - 4:40pm I can't really see this going

I can't really see this going anywhere. Beilein is already 65, the only older NBA coaches are D'Antoni and Popovich, guys who've both been at the pro level for decades. It's hard to see the Pistons wanting to hire a 65-year-old coach with no pro experience (caveat: we are talking about the Pistons here, who seem intent on interviewing literally everyone), nor do I see Beilein wanting to make this level of change and adjustment at this point in his career. I'd imagine this will end up being a blip on the way to Beilein's contract extension and sizable pay hikes for his staff.

06/01/2018 - 9:56am Is someone's bot broken?

Is someone's bot broken?

05/31/2018 - 3:28pm At his size, the "concerns"

At his size, the "concerns" about his athleticism are likely far more relavent to his pro future than his college prospects.

05/06/2018 - 5:41pm Rondo is somehow both

Rondo is somehow both best-case and worst-case scenario for Simpson. At his peak, Rondo completely controls the game, always probing and finding open guys while playing elite defense. At his nadir, he's virtually unplayable because of his hesitancy to shoot or drive to the basket because he doesn't want to go to the free throw line, where he also struggles.

05/06/2018 - 9:43am Kobe #3? That is comical.

Kobe #3? That is comical.

05/06/2018 - 12:23am He only shot 31 free throws

He only shot 31 free throws all year as a freshman. That could've very well been an issue of sample sizes (started 12/14 before going 10/17 the rest of the way), much his three-point shooting to start this past season.

05/05/2018 - 8:55pm I'm not sure where I made any

I'm not sure where I made any reference to any particular coach or player, and I've said several times Matthews should return next year. In terms of coaching, there are few things more overrated and overstated than the quality of college basketball coaches. If we're talking about development, a player has a much better chance of improving in a situation where he has more time to actually work in his game while playing against better, stronger, more experienced players (yes, G League teams are better than NCAA teams) and learning the NBA system opposed to having practice limits and class loads. Obviously, elite prospects aren't going to the G League en masse because it's a pay cut for most of them. There are benefits to college basketball in terms of exposure (and education for guys who don't pan out) that the G League will almost certainly never replicate, but in terms of actual player development, guys would be far better served in the G League.

05/05/2018 - 6:41pm He went down there because no

He went down there because no team would sign him. That was his path back to the league. It wasn't though he had a contract and got sent down. In any case, he's but one example. By my count, 43 undrafted players in the last two drafts alone are on active rosters or two-way deals, a number that isn't too far off from the number of second-round picks on such deals.

In any case, my point wasn't to intimate that it's a guaranteed path to the league. Getting to and sticking in the NBA are hard by any path, as Burke's struggles despite being a national player of the year indicate. That's why so few college players make it. My point was that it's an additional path that hadn't existed in this form in years past. Considering we're talking about guys with low chances to begin with, it makes sense that the success rate won't be high.

05/05/2018 - 5:30pm I can remember Josh

I can remember Josh Richardson off the top of my head. He went in the second round a couple years ago despite not getting a combine invite. Still, it is extremely rare, as underclassmen will generally exit the draft at this point.

Given the steps the league is taking to bulk up the G League, going undrafted isn't the waste it was in years past. Plenty of guys have taken that route into becoming contributors. Trey Burke turned his career around following a G League stint.

05/05/2018 - 12:15am He's not an any mock drafts

He's not in any mock drafts I've seen. As I alluded to in my other post, I think there are questions about whether he'd have a position in the league. He's listed at 6'1" (which might be generous) but hasn't really shown point guard/playmaking skills despite being a good ballhandler. He isn't an elite athlete, and his best attribute, being able to physically overpower opponents, vanishes in the league. You combine those questions with this being considered an especially deep draft, and I could see why he could go undrafted.

05/04/2018 - 9:10pm That isn't terribly

That isn't terribly surprising about Matthews. I'm a little shocked that Edwards isn't more highly regarded, but at the same time, I could easily see him getting pegged as a guy with no position.

05/03/2018 - 1:53pm I'm not sure how great of a

I'm not sure how great of a fit LeBron would be in Philly. In many ways, he and Simmons would be redundant, and Simmons isn't going to be much of an off-ball threat because of his lack of shooting. On the other hand, I think Kawhi Leonard (assuming he fully recovers) makes a ton of sense for the Sixers, but I'm not sure they have the pieces to make a run at him.

05/03/2018 - 12:19pm It's hard to see a

It's hard to see a justification for such a trade from OKC's perspective. There's no way Blake Griffin is worth multiple first round picks at this stage of his career, and that trade, even straight up, puts them no closer to contending in the West. This is before you get to the fact that Griffin hasn't played as many as 70 games in a season in four years.

05/02/2018 - 4:49pm I'm not sure I'd put him that

I'm not sure I'd put him that low, but I agree wholeheartedly that he's not in the top 10. In fact, despite how celebrated he is, there's a fairly strong argument that Kobe was never the best player in the league.

04/25/2018 - 12:01pm There are few things more

There are few things more overrated about college baskeball than the quality of coaching. In any case, a player is more likely to get better when he can devote his full time to, you know, actually getting better at basketball while playing an NBA-style game against better, more experienced players, opposed to having a full course load and NCAA limits on practice time.

04/19/2018 - 9:21pm I think his/her post was

I think his/her post was pointing out that the law abbreviation is actually HIPAA opposed to the frequently used HIPPA.

04/19/2018 - 9:19pm Truthfully, the happy ending

Truthfully, the happy ending has already happened. Grant not only retained his leg, but he's also captured a lot of his former mobility. This is an amazing outcome given the severity of the injury. That whole "almost lost his leg thing" wasn't hyperbole. I don't begrudge the coaching and medical staff for giving him a shot, because you owe him that much given the catastrophic nature of the injury and his work in rehab. Still, I can't imagine they had any realistic hope he'd play again.

04/18/2018 - 2:35pm Hell, Beilein doesn't trust

Hell, Beilein doesn't trust Beilein to choose a 2 star over a 4 or 5 star. As was more than evident in the title game, talent matters. There's a reason Beilein said if we got a player who was good enough to leave after one year that the staff would drive him to the airport after the season.

04/17/2018 - 12:45pm This seems like an

This seems like an exaggerated worry. Besides, the current rule has already cost teams games by given their opponents extra time they wouldn't have otherwise had.

04/15/2018 - 3:35pm He did have a 346-yard game

He did have a 346-yard game against *checks notes* SEC West champ Auburn.

04/14/2018 - 11:03am How is this bad for college

How is this bad for college sports?

04/12/2018 - 9:43am Those are fairly standard

Those are fairly standard starter minute distrubutions for Beilein, although I'd personally reverse the minutes for Livers and Teske. If you look at this past season, MAAR and Matthews both were above 30 minutes a game, and Simpson was regularly playing in the mid-30s once he regained the starting position. Wagner was at 28, and Robinson was at 25 as the non-starting fifth starter. There will be some minutes for the incoming guys, but Beilein is unlikely to turn into Leonard Hamilton and start playing 12 guys a night.

04/11/2018 - 8:26am The mentions off Doyle and

The mentions off Doyle and Donnal in that post are quite apt, being that they were two other guys with obvious athletic limitations who failed to make a major impact here.

04/06/2018 - 2:47pm But that's a completely

But that's a completely different argument from the individual talent of the players. Having a player such as Tyus Battle completely changes the makeup of the title game.

04/06/2018 - 1:19pm Recruiting has already been

Recruiting has already been trending up with the addition of Washington as an ace recruiter. You can see it in the last two classes and the guys we're in on for 2019.

04/05/2018 - 1:23pm I'm not sure McGary is even

I'm not sure McGary is even playing professionally anywhere right now. He still owes the league a 15-game suspension.

04/05/2018 - 11:22am Livers and Poole also went a

Livers and Poole also went a combined 5-30 from three over the BTT and NCAA Tournament as role players (granted, they were far from alone in shooting struggles). You can always forecast improvement (and I agree they should be better), but forecasting how they'll perform in bigger roles isn't the same as being proven. Also, even with talented freshmen, they're still freshmen. You have to be in wait and see mode with them. Matthews has the potential to be a better shooter, whether he gets there remains to be seen. Simpson, on the other hand, probably is who he is as a shooter, and Teske is unlikely to be someone who can stretch the floor. Even assuming you get better shooting from Poole, Livers, and Matthews, you still have Teske and Simpson as guys who won't command space/attention from the defense. This is all before you get to the loss of MAAR as a secondary ballhandler. It could very well be that shooting does become more consistent next year, but we can't pretend like it's settled at this point.

04/04/2018 - 3:34pm This current team also had

This current team also had pieces to somewhat mask his deficiencies. You had three proven shooters who played heavy minutes, and MAAR served as a secondary playmaker. Assuming Wagner is gone, no proven shooters return (I'm not ready to throw Poole in the proven basket yet when the difference between his percentage and Matthews' was literally 6 makes), and while Matthews has a bit of playmaking capability, he hasn't proven it yet. This isn't solely a Simpson issue, but it's not hard to envision there being a major spacing issue next year.

04/04/2018 - 3:18pm He was also a sub-50% free

He was also a sub-50% free throw shooter during the early season, and free throw shooting and 3-point shooting are strongly correlated. Considering we're talking about someone who only shot 84 threes all season, it's more likely that the early hot start was an unsustainable fluke, much like a coin landing on tails 6 times in a row.

04/04/2018 - 8:54am The concept of "systems" is

The concept of "systems" is generally overblown. Case in point, for all the talk about Beilein's "system," the 2018 offensive structure was pretty different from that of say 2013 or 2014. Even this current Villanova team plays differently than the title team of two seasons ago. What coaches like Beilein and Wright share are concepts and philosophies such as finding and exploiting mismatches. Neither coach is married to a particular "system" in that way, and their offenses evolve based on personnel and how defenses play them.

04/03/2018 - 2:12pm As I said in another post,

As I said in another post, the shooting was always up and down. Case in point, let's go back another six games: 35%, 36%, 45%, 23%, 25%, 28%. Given the link between free throw shooting and three-point shooting, it's not all that surprising this team never became consistent from deep. In fact, given how terrible the free throw shooting was, you could easily argue that the regular season/BTT average was a bit of a mirage.

04/03/2018 - 1:35pm The truth is this was never

The truth is this was never an exceptionally great shooting team. It continually cycled through stretches of good and mediocre shooting. It just happened to face a team last night where that inconsistency couldn't be overcome.

04/03/2018 - 12:33am Yes, but at the same time,

Yes, but at the same time, you look in that bracket, what team could it have been that someone could confidently say would have beaten us? A Virginia team that couldn't break 60? A Cincinnati team that blew a 22-point lead? An undisciplined, poorly coached Kentucky team that isn't nearly as loaded as past teams?

04/03/2018 - 12:22am Sometimes you're just second

Sometimes you're just second best. Much like the Loyola game Saturday, it was pretty apparent that one team was just more talented and athletic than the other. It's still shocking this collection of spare parts scrapped its way to the title game. You take the expected growth of returning guys with the influx of talent coming in the fall, we could really be set up for a special run.

04/02/2018 - 11:55pm Coming into the year, the

Coming into the year, the hope was just to stay off the bubble, maybe win a game or two and build for 2019. Somehow this team full of flaws and warts decided it would go hang two banners and play in the final game of the season. Running into a buzzsaw won't change how special this team and season were.

04/02/2018 - 12:33pm This isn't terribly

This isn't terribly surprising. Nova is the best team in the country, and people generally overreact to blowouts. I was far more puzzled by the number of sports pundits who picked Loyola to beat us. It gave the impression that it was a pick em type game when one team was clearer better.

04/02/2018 - 9:59am Right, and it's not a

Right, and it's not a situation where he can overwhelm them with his size on the offensive end. It'll be obvious pretty early whether he can be a factor because Nova is going to test him (and to a lesser extent Duncan) off the dribble.

04/02/2018 - 9:41am Michigan 72 Villanova

Michigan 72 Villanova 65.

We're unlikely to win a shootout, so we'll have to control tempo and keep the score in the 60s to low 70s. Beyond the obvious factors, to me there are two big keys to the game. The first is how we handle things when Mo goes to the bench. Given the way Villanova plays, this could easily be a game where Teske just can't play. We'll likely need to survive some minutes with Livers at the 5, and I wouldn't be shocked to see a Simpson-MAAR-Matthews-Robinson-Poole lineup for a stretch. Second, we'll have to win the minutes when Brunson sits. He makes everything go for them, we'll need some spurts when he's on the bench.

04/02/2018 - 8:25am i'm starting to think people

i'm starting to think people are giving Villanova a bit too much credit now. They're a good team without question and best team in the country, but this isn't exactly 1991 UNLV either. It's already lost 4 times to teams not as good as Michigan, and we've been a top 5 team by the metrics since January. This isn't a game we need to hope to hang around in and steal. This is a game we can flat out win if we defend the way we've been defending all year and execute on offense. Villanova is rightfully favored, but it's not a situation where we need to play the game of our lives to have a chance, although that would certainly help.

04/01/2018 - 9:21pm Press and various events are

Press and various events are part of the job description. The game can't be replayed, but let's be honest, no one would accept reasoning like that from Izzo.

04/01/2018 - 6:26pm Beilein also said on Rome

Beilein also said on Rome that "we got every inch out of that team that we could." In any case, bullshit would not cease being bullshit just because John Beilein believes it.

04/01/2018 - 5:53pm Ehhh, seriously doubt that

Ehhh, seriously doubt that was an issue in  2013, and I doubt it will be an issue for Villanova tomorrow. You had two evenly matched teams and the game flipped on a couple iffy calls. If we had come out and gotten boatraced maybe you can say there were distractions.

04/01/2018 - 12:06pm Texas Tech is right behind us

Texas Tech is right behind us in defensive efficiency, and it was a 5 point game at the under 4 timeout. TTU did a great job of not giving up open looks. The flipside of that was that it also shot poorly, although part of that was taking bad shots. Michigan's defense is good enough to make this a game, the question is whether the offense will be good enough to win it.

04/01/2018 - 10:57am Nova is the best team in the

Nova is the best team in the country, and it just kicked a traditional power to sleep. There's always going to be extra hype that comes with that. It deserves to be a relatively heavy favorite over most any team at this juncture. That being said, Nova does become mortal when you can limit their threes, and Michigan is more than capable of doing so.

04/01/2018 - 9:59am Close is always a relative

Close is always a relative term. Texas Tech is the best defense Villanova has played in the tournament, and that was a 5-point game with four minutes left. Villanova also went 4-24 from three and shot 33 percent overall. It was able to get a win because it got to the line 35 times, and although that number is a bit inflated by late extend-the-game fouling, Nova kept itself afloat in that game by living at the line. Michigan's defense is good enough to slow Nova down from 3, and even though Nova is also top 15 in defense, it gives you open looks. That rating is somewhat influenced by teams getting overwhelmed by its offense and getting desperate. If Michigan controls tempo and limits threes like it's done most of the season, it'll be in the game.

03/31/2018 - 11:07pm Gary is almost certainly a

Gary is almost certainly a top 10 pick and more than likely top 5. Expecting him back as a senior is wishful thinking, nor should he come back.