2012-2013 NBA Preview – 10 Questions

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It’s almost that time of year again. Wait, is it? But football hasn’t even started its regular season yet? In less than three months, the NBA will be tipping-off the 2012-2013 season when the Boston Celtics travel to Miami to take on LeBron James and the Heat. With all that said, let’s take a look at 10 questions surrounding next season.

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Paying a Price for Trading a Superstar

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There is no denying that Dwight Howard is a superstar and superstars only come around every so often. Teams are rarely willing to trade their superstar unless it’s for another superstar or a group of solid players and draft picks. That being said, I have no words for what took place last night.  [Read more…]

What the Denver Nuggets can do this off-season to get to next level

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The Denver Nuggets nearly pulled off a fairly significant upset in the first round of the NBA Western Conference Playoffs before falling to the Los Angeles Lakers in seven games.  Their depth has served them well the past two seasons but can that style of play get them to the next level?  That is one of the questions management must explore this off-season.

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My “beef” with NBA contracts: Part I – Bad Contracts

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I love to get paid just as much as the next guy. But when it comes to figuring out a budget and where to spend your money, I think some GM’s are lost. The absurdity of big-dollar contracts in the NBA has made me think a lot since last offseason. With another off-season just around the corner, I would like to dive into last year’s contracts that were handed out, what players did and didn’t deserve them, and then I would like to focus on this year’s contracts and who should and shouldn’t get a big deal. This might turn into a three or four-part series. Here is Part I today.  [Read more…]

NBA Playoff Predictions: Who wins it all?

Kevin Durant and LeBron James

The regular season is over and it’s time to make that money. Can LeBron James finally capture his first NBA championship? Do the Lakers have enough to compete in the West? What about the Griz? Spurs? How about the Bulls in East? Is D-Rose healthy? Check it out! In 1,000 words or less, I give my playoff predictions and pick the NBA champion. Let’s go!

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NBA Playoffs: Five BIG Questions in the Western Conference

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With the Utah Jazz beating the Phoenix Suns and claiming the last playoff spot last night, the playoff picture is set in the Western Conference. Let’s see if we can answer five big questions in the Western Conference.

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Kevin Love suffers mild concussion

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Minnesota sports suffer, yet another, serious injury to a superstar. According to sources, Minnesota Timberwolves forward Kevin Love needed help leaving the floor Wednesday night against the Denver Nuggets after suffering a blow to the head by JaVale McGee and a mild concussion. I wouldn’t be surprised if Love is out for the rest of the season. [Read more…]

Nene Question Tops Denver Nuggets Off-Season Agenda

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Like we are currently seeing in the NFL, the 2011 NBA off-season is up in the air with a lockout looming.  Free agency could be delayed and completely restructured depending on the new agreement reached by the owners and players.  Still, The Sports Bank continues to break down all thirty NBA teams to see what areas they need to address in the off-season.

The Denver Nuggets more than held their own after the blockbuster trade that sent Carmelo Anthony and Chauncey Billups to the New York Knicks. Still, the team has some critical decisions to make this off-season about some of their younger talent.

By: David Kay

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No ‘Melo, No Problem: Denver Nuggets hit 50 Win Mark

When the Denver Nuggets season started, most talk centered on trade rumors and speculation about how far the Nuggets might fall once they traded Carmelo Anthony.

Then the trade finally happened and an unexpected energy came surging into Denver.

A combination of relief over the end of the Melodrama and an appreciation for the fast-paced style brought by the new Nuggets created a sense of excitement throughout the Rocky Mountains.

What has to be one of the most dramatic seasons in Nuggets history hit a remarkable milestone Monday night with a 134-111 win over the Golden State Warriors.
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Denver Nuggets Still Looking Dangerous Post Carmelo Anthony

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Just in case there were any doubters out there who didn’t think the post-trade Denver Nuggets could make some noise in the playoffs, they should be convinced now. The streaking Nuggets won their sixth consecutive game Sunday afternoon. And it was the most impressive win of the season.

Heading into Los Angeles to face a Lakers team that had won nine consecutive games and were looking to track down the San Antonio Spurs for the top-seed in the Western Conference, this figured to be a good litmus test for Denver.

And the Nuggets passed that test with flying colors, beating the Lakers 95-90 and stunning the L.A. crowd.
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Free Agency hypes start of NBA season

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After one of the most publicized off-seasons in NBA history, the league’s landscape seems to have gone through a bigger face lift than Joan Rivers.

The anticipation for the start of the season has been building since Lebron and CBTV reporter Blane Harrington lit up expectations in the sunshine state, seemingly anointing the Heat the most hated team in the NBA. With Bosh and Lebron departed, the season looks bleak for former contenders Cleveland and Toronto. Dan Gilbert has made statements claiming his new life goal is to ruin Lebron James, and the mere mention of the former king of Cleveland within the city has caused riots at Indians games.

Miami’s big three will open up the season against Boston’s big three on Tuesday in a game that will feature two of the most elite teams in the Eastern Conference.

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NBA Draft Mailbag

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Paul M. Banks and David Kay answer your college and professional hoops queries

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I love it.

Although a bone to pick is with this Ty Lawson selection.  If he’s not gone by 10 I’ll be shocked.  He’s a fluid shooter now and will be a defensive pest.  But if the Pistons end up with him in their laps, holy cow what a pick up.

Good stuff.

Ryan

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I hate North Carolina (especially Tyler Hansbrough) with a passion, but I respect Lawson’s game to the utmost. As soon as I found out he would be ready to go for the big dance, I picked UNC to win it all and that earned me the last in-the-money spot in the final standings of the pool I entered. He was the key to that offense and has 1000x more pro potential than Psycho T.

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Does Jodie Meeks have the talent to go top 5 if he returns for his senior year at UK? 23.7 ppg. last season, 41% from 3PT range, 37 inch vert…if he improves his handle, defense, and shows the ability to penetrate/score in Cal’s dribble drive motion, what is not to like?

Also, what would the Timberwolves need to trade to move up from #6 or #2 or #3 to get Ricky Rubio?

Matt McGuire
NFL Draftologist
WalterFootball.com
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Saying Meeks is a top five prospect for next year would be a pretty aggressive statement.  Meeks is pretty one-dimensional right now and needs to work on his ability to get to the basket if he is going to be a starter at the next level.  He is not the quickest player in the game, but showing he can thrive in the dribble-drive should help his stock.  Problem is that Kentucky has so much talent coming in for next season (John Wall, DeMarcus Cousins) and plenty of players returning, so Meeks won’t get the amount of shots or touches he did last season.  I have him at #27 right now in my 2010 mock draft and think he could potentially move into the mid-first round or late-lottery, but he would have to show some major improvement in the areas you mentioned (defense, handles) to even be a top 10 pick let alone top 5.

In regards to your T’Wolves questions, I defer to my Wolves expert, Andy Weise- he answers your queries in this link

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Nellie said that SJax would work as mostly a SG this season so the projected depth chart should look more like this, not using UFA’s, like you did (I’m too lazy to go find proof so if you want you can take my word or do the research yourself or whatever):

PG: Monta Ellis/Anthony Morrow
SG: Steven Jackson/Jamal Crawford/Marco Belinelli
SF: Corey Magette/Kelenna Azubuike
PF: Anthony Randolph/Brandon Wright
C: Andris Biedrins/Ronny Turiaf

Spencer Duncan

Sometimes I’m even too lazy to go look up the contracts….ok, not really. but thanks for the heads up. That was the first one we did and hasn’t been updated since Cinco de Mayo, so we’ll get on it.

Can the Denver Nuggets repeat this year’s success next year? Any chance they can get Amare Stoudemire?

Saul

I don’t think the Nuggets have the pieces to deal for Amare, mostly because it doesn’t appear they have the requisite expiring contracts. We listed them out here:price121

They can certainly duplicate this year’s success if Chauncey Billups stays healthy and this team continues to stay in the mold that George Karl re-shaped them into this year. They made a giant leap forward because Karl got them to D up and stop trying to just outscore people. And of course, Billups  is the ultimate game changer. I spoke with UConn guard A.J. Price at the NBA Draft combine, and he tells it like it is here:

“It’s the most important position on the court. It’s like the quarterback in football, you’re making the calls, it’s up to you to execute. You’ve got to be headstrong to play the one, no room for error, to be shaken up or rattled because the team’s going to follow you. Teams understand the need to have a steady guy at the one, who is always under control, a la Chauncey Billups or someone like that. Those teams tend to do better,”

Other questions surround Nene, J.R. Smith and the Birdman, because all of them had breakthrough years and I’m not sure they’re completely for real….yet. They just might be because the Nuggets’ stock in the West is going up right now, while San Antonio, Phoenix and Dallas are in decline. Utah and New Orleans also regressed a bit this season- opening things up for Denver to reach the conference finals again next year.

Regards,
–Paul M. Banks

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