Happy New Year! Let's get this started ... But first, I want to here your NBA resolutions. Mine? Adding 15 lbs of muscle while also losing 15 pounds at the same time: the NBA Player Training Camp Paradox. Ball's in...
Assuming the Grizz want to trade Randolph, what teams do you think would be interested?
Brooklyn could be a good fit, considering they need win-now talent and they have no choice but to add long-term $$$. Need a third team involved in order to satisfy the Grizzlies' needs though. Paul Pierce, Mirza Teletovic and Bogan Bogdanovich probably won't cut it.
Should the Grizzlies trade and blow up the team or sack the coach?
I'll go with C) Keep Mike Conley, Marc Gasol and Dave Joerger. Everyone else is expendable.
Who do you think will be the Very First NBA Head Coach to be Fired this Season?
Lawrence Frank doesn't count?
what are you go-to metrics for defensive ability?
I have a menu of metrics that I look at. On-court/Off-court DRtg at NBA.com. I also look at 82games' counterpart PER on the player pages as well as Synergy's defensive per possession metrics. The SportVU numbers are promising as well. I try to consult all of them after watching film to get the broad picture. Never use one as a catch-all, just like you wouldn't just look at PPG for offense.
Does John Hollinger usually pick your brain by sending in so many pseudonymous chat questions about the Grizzlies?
So many questions, too! Must be his coffee addiction...
NBA players (Rondo) rehabbing in D-league, good idea?
No. GREAT idea.
What should the Lakers do with Gasol in regards to the Bynum trade rumors?
Good timing! I wrote on that this morning: http://insider.espn.go.com/nba/story/_/id/10220823/nba-why-los-angeles-lakers-think-tanking
Who are your top 5 players in nba? Teams?
OK, I'll bite. Top five players right now in current state of health: LeBron James, Kevin Durant, Chris Paul, Kevin Love, Dwight Howard. Top five teams: Miami, Indiana, San Antonio, LA Clippers, Warriors. As usual, take with a grain of salt. Those will change in a couple hours, err minutes, probably.
Spelling is Bogdanovic....
how is paul george not in your top 5 players?
He's probably No. 6.
New New Years Resolution: figure out the spelling of the Nets' Croatian baller that's currently overseas. I will not rest until I do this.
What are the possibilities of the Heat signing Bynum..
They'll be in the mix for sure. But there will be company.
Would you pay me max money?
To drive up the bill for Phoenix in restricted free agency? Sure!
are blazers for real?
Not sold on their defense yet. Ranks 23rd as of this morning in efficiency. Almost impossible to win a title doing that. If "for real" = title contender, I'm not buying just yet.
Your opinion of Giannis Ante. ?
The sky's the limit. And I'm not using that as a figure of speech.
Is Paul George the best 2 way player since '94 Olajuwon?
Tim Duncan would like a (very polite and cordial) word.
Chances on Toronto trading Valancuinas?
Slim to none. And sorry about your brother, Chris.
In your opinion, are there currently any available free agents that could help push a contender to the next level?
Nope. They're on the scrap heap for a reason. Chris Andersen's the exception, not the rule.
Do players like Melo and Gay realize their volume shooting and poor shot selection actually hurt their teams?
To be fair, they're too busy counting their money to care. For some, $$$ is more of an incentive than winning.
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The Thunder are not in your top 5? I presume this was a typo?
Russ, when you're back and healthy, I'll think about saving a spot for you guys at No. 1 on the list. Until then...
With Horford now out, should the Hawks sell high on Millsap to get assets for the future?
That would be my plan. I'm still not over the Al Horford injury, by the way. Probably my favorite team to watch play basketball. Don't count out the Asik-Millsap swap just yet.
Which rookie has impressed you the most this season?
That's easy, but the spelling isn't: Giannis Antetokounmpo.
Maybe you've actually checked this out, but if you haven't, you'll probably never guess which team besides Miami, OKC, San Antonio and the Clippers is in top-10 in both ORtg and Drtg?
My current guard situation in the East for the All-Star game: Wade, Wall, Afflalo and Lowry. What is yours?
In the Ky division, I'll take Kyrie over Kyle.
Trey Burke's play is taking Utah out of one of the top spots in the lottery. Any chance he decides to cool things off? Doesn't he want to play with Jabari Parker?
Great question. The Jazz are 9-11 when Trey Burke starts so I'm finally not looking like a moron for picking them as my sleeper team out West ahead of the season. In my opinion, their improvement has more to do with Jamaal Tinsley and John Lucas III NOT playing more than it does Burke playing. Those two were D-League material. If Burke goes down for any reason, that's a surefire way to get back into the tank mode. I'm guessing you'll see some weird "injuries" from them soon.
Tom, what's the deal with James Harden? Is he just hurt or is his body language suggesting its more than that? Stats are not too far off from last year (including a slight drop off in efficiency) but he just doesn't look like he's into it...
He's hurt. Ankle sprains are brutal for guys who depend on timing and shifting direction like Harden. Better get him healthy for the playoff run.
Gasol to Cleveland, Bynum to Toronto, Lowry to Lakers in a 3 team deal?
Not sure why Toronto is in the mix when Cleveland and LA can get what they want together. Also, the money doesn't work there.
Do you think Bosh will get a max offer? Do you think he is a max player? He might be more important (not better than) to the Heat than Wade...thoughts?
Yes. Yes. And Yes.
Is it possible that Phoenix won the Luis Scola-to-Pacers trade?
That feels like a classic win-win deal to me. Both teams got what they wanted. If Scola can cut down on his turnovers, he'll be a great reserve this postseason.
So what team would like to trade for Derozan?
Scores lots of points? Loses focus defensively? Expensive multi-year contract? Brooklyn says "Sign me up!"
Where would list Steph in your rankings? #7-10? #2 PG in league right now?
Yeah, he's in that range for me. He could move into the top-5 if he shoots 10 3s a game. He's that good. Alas...
How do the Blazers improve their defense without breaking up team chemistry?
It's simple: winning breeds chemistry. Not the other way around.
"This team is terrible, but they have such good chemistry!" - No one, ever.
If Durant keeps OKC in the running for the #1 seed, could this be the year he gets his MVP trophy?
Yes. See here: http://insider.espn.go.com/nba/story/_/id/9892747/nba-predicting-kevin-durant-win-mvp-lebron-james-other-awards
The Heat rarely go for 2-for-1s to end a quarter. Do you know why that is?
Shane Battier is working on it...
Wait so the Nets dont have good chemistry?
The defense is so simple now!
I don't get what Asik for Millsap does for Atlanta long term. Perhaps a very minor upgrade due to fit (though I doubt even that, since Millsap is very, very good), but it seems like they would do better to get long-term assets. Asik's contract expires after next year, same as Millsap.
Good luck scoring against a Horford-Asik front line. Asik is a top-five defensive talent in the league and moving Horford to the 4, where he doesn't get beat up by 5s everyday, is a big benefit as well.
I want to say happy new year every body specially those who love sports specially who loves basketball.
Amen, Amin. And with that, I'm outta here. Thanks for the questions, as always. Have a safe and happy New Year! Keep cool, my babies.