How Far The Portland Trail Blazers Can Go?

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The Portland Trail Blazers are one of the strongest teams in the Western Conference this season. Surprisingly, Damian Lillard, LaMarcus Aldridge and his company have been playing as well as only a few people around the league expected. That’s why, lots of analysts believe they are one of the favorites to win the title in the Western Conference. But are they really?

One thing that plays a big role during the playoffs is defense. It’s not a coincidence that most of the NBA champion teams of the last decade player exceptional, lock down defense. So, although the Blazers rank first in the NBA in scoring, with 108 points per contest, they also rank 27th in the league in defense. That will clearly not be a plus on their way to the NBA Finals. [Read more…]

2012 NBA Draft re-do with 2013 hindsight

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It is an annual tradition here during the NBA All-Star break to re-do the NBA Draft lottery from the previous year.  The Sports Bank’s NBA Draft Nerd, David Kay and Peter Christian will alternate re-drafting the first round of the 2012 NBA Draft taking into account what they know about the rookies based off their performances so far this season.  They will factor in how each team’s roster looked at the time of the draft and give their reasons as to why the selection would be made.

Check out The Sports Bank’s 2013 NBA Mock Draft.

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Trail Blazers have interesting draft with Lillard and Leonard

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The Portland Trail Blazers made an interesting splash in the 2012 NBA Draft taking a point guard from a mid-major school that few people had heard off, and a project pick at center. They took Damian Lillard at #6 from Weber St. and a guy who played for someone named Weber in Meyers Leonard from the Illini at #11.

This marks the first time since 1990 that Illinois has had a player selected in the first round of both the NFL and NBA Drafts in the same year. Jeff George went to the Indianapolis Colts #1 overall, and current Bulls analyst Kendall Gill went fifth to the Charlotte Hornets. This year Whitney Merciless went #24 to the Houston Texans and A.J. Jenkins went #30 to the San Francisco 49ers.

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Will Damian Lillard be the first point guard taken on draft night?

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Because he played at obscure Weber State, you may not have heard of point guard Damian Lillard. But you will hear plenty about him come NBA Draft night, he just might be the first point guard taken, and looks to be a lock for the lottery. Mid-major guys are often overlooked and Lillard is no exception. Even though he has, and pretty much has always had, all the tools.

“I think a lot of people talk about me playing at a smaller school at Weber St. and I think camps like this are a perfect opportunity to show that I can play to the level of everyone else in the draft,” Lillard said at the NBA Draft combine.

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2012 NBA Lottery Mock Draft 5/16

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This is my first mock draft, post-NCAA tournament. Keep in mind that none of this official and the lottery draft order has not been determined yet. All of these opinions are my own, but feel free to leave a comment if you agree or disagree. Let me know what you think. Thanks!

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Championship Week: Mid-Major Mania

Where did a whole year go? I swear it was just last night that Kemba Walker led the youthful UConn Husky Puppies to a National Championship.

March always sneaks up on us, but this year seems different. Maybe it’s because I live in Wisconsin and we are just now starting to see snow.

I don’t know what it is, but I like it.

March marks the start of tournament time for college basketball, which means a decline in workplace productivity, an increased demand for paper, and attention-deprived significant others who “hate this time of year,” yet end up winning your pool after picking the correct national champion based on their favorite animal. Simply put, March is unparalleled by all 11 other months put together.

This guy would agree.

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2012 NBA Draft Stock Report (12/18/11)

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The NBA Draft Stock Report checks in on which players have made a name for themselves in the past week; either helping or hurting their future draft position.  Kentucky‘s Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and Will Barton of Memphis have really caught my eye as of late.  Check out whose stock I am buying and selling.

Click here for The Sports Bank’s 2012 NBA Mock Draft.

Take a crazy early look at The Sports Bank’s 2013 NBA Mock Draft.

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#77 Weber State Wildcats: College Basketball 111 in 111

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Welcome to The Sports Bank’s second annual college basketball season preview series.  Last year we looked at 99 teams in 99 days.  This year, we are being slightly more aggressive and expanding to 111 teams in 111 days.  We will rank the 74 power conference teams and top 37 mid-majors in reverse power ranking order.  We’ll break down rosters, non-conference schedules, and pick a player to watch for each team.

Damian Lillard was supposed to help the Weber State Wildcats win the Big Sky Conference last season.  However, a foot injury forced the dynamic point guard to miss the majority of the year causing the Wildcats to finish slightly below expectations.  With Lillard healthy, Weber State should once again be the Big Sky favorite.

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