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  1. Off-Topic: The Washington Wizards Thread

    Oh yeah... what they win?
  2. Class Act- Guice

    Pre-draft, I was concerned this kid was a head case. Post-draft, my take is he's more so a maturing kid that has a big heart and is eccentric.
  3. Off-Topic: The Washington Wizards Thread

    Dumb trade. You can't take that kind of risk with Kawhai wanting to go to LA.
  4. Off-Topic: The Washington Nationals Thread

    Curious, what percentage of the Nats issues are attributable to Martinez? Consider injuries, reeling group of starting pitchers, Harper struggles, etc.
  5. Off-Topic: The Washington Wizards Thread

    You're not supposed to read the full article.
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    https://www.getmoresports.com/sheridan-will-lebron-james-land-lakers-career/ https://bleacherreport.com/articles/2784325-lakers-trade-rumors-damian-lillard-kevin-love-john-wall-more-deals-targeted A number of trade options are being considered by Lakers executives Magic Johnson and Rob Pelinka, and names that are being bandied about include Damian Lillard, Kevin Love, DeMar DeRozan, Bradley Beal, and John Wall … among others.
  7. Off-Topic: The Washington Wizards Thread

    Turtle Pron
  8. Off-Topic: The Washington Wizards Thread

    Because supermax players rarely live up to their contracts. https://www.theringer.com/nba/2018/2/5/16972634/trouble-nba-max-contracts Wall’s new deal doesn’t even kick in until the 2019-20 season. But adding capable role players or another star will be problematic when his contract continues to rise by at least 7 percent each season as the cap continues to level off. The lucrative new TV deals the NBA signed created a huge influx in cash, which meant more for player salaries. But the players voted against “smoothing” (i.e., a steady climb in teams’ available cap space) in favor of one large spike. As a result, the cap took a historic jump, from $70 million in 2015-16 to $94.1 million in 2016-17. It has since leveled off. The cap this season is $99 million. Next season, it’s projected to rise to just $101 million. Good article here - https://bballbreakdown.com/2017/07/31/nbas-new-supermax-contracts-backfiring-owners/ That begs the question: Which players may wind up returning positive value on a supermax? Using a metric called “consensus plus-minus,” which draws upon real plus-minus, box plus/minus, win shares and player efficiency rating, Nate Silver of FiveThirtyEight evaluated the caliber of top players on average championship-winning teams and divided them into “alphas” (the best player), “betas” (the second-best player) and “gammas” (the third-best player). Based on that metric, only six players project as alphas during the 2017-18 campaign: Curry, Westbrook, Harden, LeBron James, Kawhi Leonard and Kevin Durant. While a career-altering injury could affect the trajectory of their long-term outlook, all six would be relatively safe bets for a supermax (if eligible). Butler and Cousins slotted in as betas, according to Silver, while George fell between DeMar DeRozan and Mike Conley in the gammas category. Wall likewise projects as a gamma, as do Beal and Porter. Drastic internal improvement could cause those projections to fall short—as is, Butler wasn’t far off from alpha territory already—but second- and third-tier players such as these will have a far more difficult time returning positive value on a supermax, especially if they aren’t already surrounded by the requisite All-Star talent.
  9. Off-Topic: The Washington Wizards Thread

    I appreciate the analysis. But you said they pass up on the open shots. And why did so many players FG%s go up with John out?
  10. Off-Topic: The Washington Wizards Thread

    How long does it take you to concoct these inferential leaps about what I'm thinking? And where do you come up with stuff like this? That's the first time I've ever read an assertion like this... from anyone... probably because it's blatantly homerish.
  11. Off-Topic: The Washington Wizards Thread

    Where do I "continue" to argue that? Yup, where's that emoji?
  12. I think that's very fair.
  13. I think I'm stuck on your use of the word disingenuous... "not candid or sincere, typically by pretending that one knows less about something than one really does." I was being the opposite of disingenuous toward Gruden. Moving on from that, I think I'm looking at his body of work... the back of his football card... while you're pointing out specific examples. To be fair, I did that too by pointing out the drop balls. Both are fair points. But, overall, and including last year, I think he's done an admirable job. He's taken a sinking ship and has it afloat. It takes an above average (not great) coach to do that.
  14. Off-Topic: The Washington Wizards Thread

    It does matter. That contract will crippled the Wiz IMO. That concerns me. Agree on Golden State... unless Bron Bron can put together another super-team in LA.