Category:NBA
Posted on: May 6, 2012 6:55 am
Edited on: May 13, 2012 5:00 pm
 

Playoff Challenge

You know the rules. It's gone on for 3 years.

Pick all 8 first round winners.
Tell me how long each series goes.
Pick your NBA Finals and champ.
Pick your Finals MVP.

Answer 3 1st Round Bonus Questions:

1) Which team commits the most fouls?
2) Which series produces the first-round largest one game blowout?
3) Which team shoots the highest from 3-point land in Round 1?
Check back in for the threads when the 2nd round and conference finals happen.

Miss a Round and you're out.

Points as follows:

First Round: 2 points
Second Round: 5 points
Conf. Finals: 8 points
NBA Finals: 10 points

5 Point Finals Bonus per team
10 point bonus for picking exact Finals outcome (games not necessary)
10 points for picking correct Finals MVP

2 point bonus for correct # of games for winner.
Category: NBA
Posted on: July 24, 2010 12:05 am
Edited on: August 10, 2010 3:45 pm
 

A New NBA

So the postings of a few people on this topic got me thinking. How would the NBA look if they cut it down to less teams. What woud the makeup of teams be? How would the season and playoffs be different? Here's what I was thinking. You take the average NBA attendence of all 30 teams over the past 10 years. Then using that you remove 6 teams from the league, using barometers to differentiate between some teams, i.e team performance, history, etc. For example, the Pacers fal into the list of one of the bottom ten teams, but they have at least some significant basketball history and their fans show up when the team is good due to Indiana being a big basketball state so they wouldn't be one of the 6. The Hawks are the worst over the last ten years, but Atlanta is a good spots market and with the team rising, they are starting to fill up again. Add in some semblance of history and they make the cut. Below is the average attendance figures for NBA teams over the last ten years.

http://www.nba.com/bulls/news/bulls
topnbaattendance_091028.html


So after all these things are considered, I think ultimately the 6 teams that would be contracted are: Memphis Grizzlies, Charlotte Bobcats, New Orleans Hornets (sorry GO), New Jersey Nets, Orlando Magic, and Milwaukee Bucks. However, due to the Magic being a premier team right now and with Toronto losing Chris Bosh, I think the NBA would contrct the Raptors since basketball has never taken off in Canada anyways and the team appears headed towards a long rebuilding process if it maintains existece.

That leaves 24 teams in the NBA. From that you put 12 in each conference, two divisions of 6. From there, you have 4 teams in each conference make the playoffs at the end of the season (you could do 6 and give byes to the top 2, ala football, either would work). The new divisions would look something like this, again using geography to decide most of the spots. And since under this format, the East would lose 4 of the 6 teams, the West would have to ship a team to the East to make this work out. The Timberwolves would make the most sense since geographically they are closest to some of the eastern conference teams. The two division winners make it as the top 2 seeds and then depending on whether its 4 or 6 teams, the next 2 or 4 best records make it.

Atlantic:

Boston Celtics
New York Knicks
Orlando Magic
Washington Wizards
Atlanta Hawks
Miami Heat

Central:

Philadelphia 76ers
Cleveland Cavaliers
Detroit Pistons
Chicago Bulls
Indiana Pacers
Minnesota Timberwolves

Understandably right now the Atlantic Division is so much stronger than the Central but that happens from time to time. If this were the l90's, these divisions wold be somewhat even. It goes in cycles.

Midwest:

Oklahoma City Thunder
Denver Nuggets
San Antonio Spurs
Houston Rockets
Dallas Mavericks
Utah Jazz

Pacific:

Los Angelas Lakers
Los Angelas Clippers
Phoenix Suns
Golden State Warriors
Sacramento Kings
Portland Trailblazers

Scheduling:

Every team plays every team in its division 6 times: 5 x 6 = 30 games
Every team plays the other division 4 times: 6 x 4 = 24 games
Every team plays the other conference 2 times: 12 x 3 = 36 games

Totals out to 90 games. 8 more games which Im sure most people wouldn't like given the season stretches to the end of June already. However, with less teams qualifying for the post-season it could hav a baseball like effect where come May, you have 7-8 teams battling it out for only 4 playoff spots as oppose to having teams clinch by Febuary because practically everyone nowadays makes the playoffs. And you know owners would be happy with 4 more games to make revenue.

What this new league does for the NBA:

1) Cuts down on the deadweight- 6 less teams means you can get rid of the 90 worst players remaining in the league and have stronger teams as well as a better product on the floor. Teams won't be rolling out Brian Scalabrine's, D.J. Mbega's, etc. Also this makes the difference between the best and worst teams much closer. The fact an NBA team can win only 12 games a year is embarassing. Under this new format, though the top teams would be better as well so you may think "Well it all balances out", almost every team woud have an all-star worthy player. No more teams rolling out mediocre talent. What do you do with the 90 players left over from the folded teams? You have a draft. Imagine having a draft right now with Gerald Wallace, Chris Paul, Brandon Jennings, Brook Lopez, Devin Harris, Zach Randolph, O.J. Mayo, Rudy Gay, Marc Gasol, etc, in it. All the bottom feeders would instantly add a proven all-star player and help narrow the gap between the Heats and Lakers of the world from the 76ers and Timberwolves of the world.

2) Enhance Rivalries- Smaller league means seeing the same team over and over. Bill Russell and Wilt Chamberlain played something like 150 times in their careers against one another. As it is now, you could catch the Heat once at home when one of the Big 3 is out. Granted in this new format, every other year you would only get them once at home, but your team still sees them more. Playing a division rival 6 times a year will do wonders to raise the hate level between the two teams. You see the stars of the league more as it is whether in person or on TV as your team will play every team more given thats at least 10 games you would have had against the 6 contracted teams that you don't have to worry about anymore. Its no secret why people always refernece the older eras when pointing out great rivalries. You have a hard time making them work now because with 30 teams you don't get to play the other teams nearly as much.

3) Less chance of boring playoff series- Instead of having teams slip into an 8 seed with a barely .500% record and torturing us through 4-5 boring games where the team who will advance is hardly ever in doubt, you jump right into big-time playoff series. With only 4 teams (or again perhaps 6) making the post-season in a league where the roster talent would rise, you'd likely have multiple all-stars playing against one another for 6-7 games if these were the playoff teams that survived the more talented and converged league. Think back to the 80's when after the Bad Boy Pistons might have squared off with Bird and McHale's Celtics, the winner was looking forward to a series with Moses and Dr. J, who might have just finshed a series with the talented Cavs or Bucks teams of the 80's, ultimately culminating in  Finals mathcup with the Magic and Kareem Lakers, or Twin Tower Rockets teams. This also would go to enhancing rivalries, as less teams = greater likelihood that you would see the same opponents in the post-season during stretches.


Its all hypothetical and probably won't happen anytime soon because thats 6 less teams the NBA can make revenue from, but ultimately I think it would improve the product of the NBA immensely. And hey, a fan can dream can't he.....
Posted on: June 25, 2010 9:57 am
 

Free Agency 2010- From a fan of a non-factor team

With all the headlines and spotlight on the 2010 Free Agency class, it is easy to get hyped up over the potential BOOM that will come from the end of this summer. The entire landscape of the NBA could change and in one off-season alone, its not out of the realm of possibility that a team could go from mediocre franchise to the next dynasty if the chips fall in the right place. If you are a fan of the Knicks, Bulls, Heat, Nets, Clippers, heck even someone like the Wizards who are thrilled coming off the John Wall pick, this time of the year is especially enjoyable and there is a ton to be excited about. But what about those teams not involved in the Free Agent frenzy? What about those teams who won't be experiencing the glory and heartbreak of this 2010 Free Agent Class. Mainly what about those teams who will be HURT by the 2010 Free Agency bonanza.

Yep, Im looking at you Raptors fans, maybe Mavs fans, and especially possibly you Cavs fans. As a Suns fan, I feel your pain. In all reality I look at this 2010 Free Agency with great distaste as it should mark the end of the Amar'e Stoudemire era in Phoenix and the return to non-contender of my beloved Suns. Sure we'll get money to spend when STAT leaves, but we're not bringing in any major players. We're not taking a step forward at all when he leaves. Our franchise is getting SHREDDED by the 2010 Free Agency class. While NBA teams rise to power, franchises are risen from the dead, and new potential all-time duos are being paired up, the fans I mentioned prior will only watch as our franchises fade into mediocrity.

The Phoenix Suns had a great chance to play for an NBA title this past and came up short to the Los Angleas Lakers. And other Suns fans like myself were hoping this would mark the beginning of a return to prominence and a step forward for a franchise searching for its first NBA title. But it will likely all be for naught because the Phoenix Suns owner is cheap and the Suns can't just trade picks and random players to make cap space (also because that same cheap owner already gave away enough picks for $). Sure, teams like the Suns, Mavs, etc. may have enough talent to make the playoffs still, but there's no enjoyment to this parade known as the 2010 free agent class. It's all just unfortunate news we have to listen to over and over.

So while you fans in Chicago, New York, Miami, New Jersey, etc. celebrate or cry when your 2010 Free Agency bonanza ends and you either look forward to future success and a change for the better or a future of "what-if's" when you look back at this off-season, just remember, some teams never had a chance.

And as a fan of one of those teams, all I can say is.....

SUCK IT!!!!!

- This blog brought to you by resident genius Wildcatfan1
Posted on: June 18, 2010 8:56 pm
Edited on: June 18, 2010 8:57 pm
 

NBA Board Playoff Contest Final Standings

Below is the final standings from the 2009-2010 NBA Board Playoff Contest. With identical scores and tie-breaker answers, I would like to applaud RockDaCrotch and Jefe for tying for the title of Contest Champion with Identical Scores of 108 points out of a possible 212 points. And a thanks to everyone who took part in the contest this year. Hope you all had fun with it.
 
1. Rockdacrotch 108
    Jefe 108

2. Lakers + USC  105

3. Harsty 97

4. Big Brad 95

5. Threegamer 93

6. Logic 89
    Vitamike 89

7. Mcgradykid 87

8. Reedsferry 85
    Michigan Sports 85
   
9. LBJwitness 80
    GoHornets 80

10. Zagstuh 79

11. BucFan 78

12. Blue Mongoose 77

13. Chi Cliff 76

14. WCF 69

15. Chrispy Creme 67

16. tfitz 65

17. Mighty Mouse 64

18. Kmvenne 61

19.BMU 56

20. Bksballer 53

21.Diaper 37

Category: NBA
Posted on: June 18, 2010 7:41 pm
 

Celtics Run Up?....Why?

The 2009-2010 Finals has now concluded with the Los Angelas Lakers prevailing in a ugly but highly entertaining Game 7 between the two premier franchises in NBA history. All the talk leading up to the Finals was it was the Big 3's last run at a title and the "old guys" would fade off into the sunset after this post-season, hoping to capture one more ring for the Green and White. In hindsight, I am actually a little befuddled by everyone's assumptions that the Celtics are now finished and primed to fade back into the pack. When you consider a few things, I see no reason to believe they won't be competing for a Finals spot again next year:

1) The emergence of Rajon Rondo

With Rajon Rondo now taking over as the leader of the team this year and directing the ship that is the Boston Celtics, there's no reason to think the Big 3 or any returning starters for that matter will have to take on an expanded workload. Led by one of the 2-3 best PG's in the game, another off-season of work and he should come back even better next year. He showed signs of improvement on his jumpshot this year even if it still isn't a reliable aspect of his game. He's already one of the best distributing and rebounding PG's in the league. As long as Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett, Kendrick Perkins, and maybe Ray Allen are playing with him at a high enough level, I see no reason to think the Celtics will fall flat on their faces next year.

2) The Competition in the East

When you look at the current state of the Eastern Conference, there is really only one other team who as of today is set in stone to contend with the Boston Celtics next year and that is the Orlando Magic, a team who the Celtics beat rather easily in the Eastern Conference Finals this year. With the uncertainty of LeBron James, there's no guarantee any other team will rise up to challenge the Celtics. Long odds are he leaves to go West. If he teams up with Wade in Miami (who's no guarantee to stay there), or goes to Chicago, then maybe you see a new contender emerge. Otherwise even if he returns to Cleveland, what makes anyone so sure they would fare any better against the Celtics or Magic this year? And then Joe Johnson is almost a certainty to leave Atlanta which makes it hard to consider them a contender anymore. Other free agents could also impact this upcoming season (Amar'e or Boozer potentially to Miami, Joe Johnson teaming up with an All-Star). But as of right now, outside Orlando, is there any team in as good shape as the Celtics going into next year?

3) The Regular Season means NOTHING to Them

As we've come to learn this year, the Celtics, like the Spurs of recent years, don't need homecourt to win the East. They don't need to win 60 games to establish themselves as title contenders. With the East being the weaker of the two conferences and a .500% record seeming about good enough to get you into the playoffs, the Celtics should be able to once again coast to a 45-46 win season, get as low as a 5-6 seed and still feel relatively good about their chances of making noise in the East. Now granted, if LeBron ended up somewhere like NY and didn't get a superstar to play with him, maybe the C's are good enough to get the 3-4 seed coasting through. They don't need to expand energy to make the playoffs in the East so another season of wear and tear on the body for guys like The Truth, Kevin Garnett, Ray Allen, etc, isn't as big a deal when you can rest guys sporadically throughout the season with the thought that, "we're still good enough to make the playoffs."

Now of course there are other factors that must be considered:

For one, the absence of Tom Thibodeau. How much will that hurt the Celtics in regards to their defensive play? Do they get worse, or do guys like KG and Perk keep the Celtics motivated on a night to night basis.

What does Doc Rivers decide to do? All indications are he will step down as coach in order to spend more time with his family. Where do the Celtics go from there? And will the new coach be able to stabalize an emotional team like the one they had this year and help them persevere through challenging moments that arise.

What will happen with Ray Allen, and other FA? Will Danny Ainge roll out the same team or does he want to start preparing for life after the Big 3? Will Ray Allen take enough of a pay decrease to stay in Boston where he says "he belongs."


So yes, the 2009-2010 Boston Celtics didn't deliver banner 18 and the hated Lakers are one banner closer to matching the Celtics all-time NBA record. Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett, Ray Allen, Rajon Rondo, etc. aren't in the exclsuive "multiple championship" ring of guys like Larry Bird, Kevin McHale, Robert Parish, Dennis Johnson, John Havlicek, Dave Cowens, Bob Cousy, Sam Jones, Tom Heinshon, and of course the GOAT, Mr. William Russell, just yet.

But 2010 wasn't a burial year for the Big 3 and Green and White. As I see it, its just a blip on what should be an otherwise competitive and championship contending 2010-2011 season.
Posted on: June 4, 2010 7:49 pm
 

NBA Boards Playoff Contest Finals Picks

Threegamer: Celtics (6)
Bonuses:
+/-: Rondo
Total FT: 57-62
100 point games: 4
Tie-breaker
 1188

Mighty Mouse: Celtics (6) 
Bonuses:
+/-: Kobe
Total FT: 64-69
100 point games: 5
Tie-breaker
1153


Jefe: Lakers (6) 
Bonuses:
+/-: Artest
Total FT: 50-55
100 Point games: 5
Tie-breaker
1150
 

 
bksballer: Celtics (6_
Bonuses:
+/-: Rondo
Total FT: 65-70
100 point Games: 3
Tie-breaker 
1128

WCF: Celtics (5)
Bonuses:
+/-: Garnett
Total FT: 52-56
100 point Games: 6
Tie-breaker 
1132

GoHornets: Celtics (6) 
Bonuses:
+/-: Pierce
Total FT: 33-38
100 point games: 4
Tie-breaker 
1150

lakers + usc: Lakers (6)
Bonuses:
+/-: Gasol
Total FT: 49-54
100 point games: 6 
Tie-breaker
1164


mcgradykid: Celtics (6) 
Bonuses:
+/-: Rondo
Total FT: 45-50
100 Point games: 3
Tie-breaker
1000

vitamike: Lakers (6)
Bonuses:
+/-: Gasol
Total FT: 53-58
100 Point Games: 8
Tie-breaker 
1194


BucFan: Lakers (5)
Bonuses:
+/-: Kobe
Most FT: 60-65
100 Point games: 4 
Tie-breaker
1001

Blue Mongoose: Lakers (5)
Bonuses:
+/-: Rondo
Most FT: 59-64
100 Point games: 2 
Tie-breaker
1003

Big Brad: Lakers (7) 
Bonuses:
+/-: Kobe
Most FT: 43-48
100 Point games: 3 
Tie-breaker
1157

RockdaCrotch:
Celtics (6) 
Bonuses:
+/-: Garnett
Most FT: 58-63
100 Point games: 5
Tie-breaker 
1150

Logic: Celtics (6)
Bonuses:
+/-:  Rondo
Most FT: 60-65
100 Point games: 3
Tie-breaker 
1055

Michigan Sports: Lakers (7) 
Bonuses:
+/-: Gasol
Most FT: 62-67
100 Point games: 5
Tie-breaker
 1320

Harsty: Lakers (6)
Bonuses:
+/-: Kobe
Most FT: 54-59
100 Point games: 3 
Tie-breaker
1101

Category: NBA
Tags: Damn Lakers
 
Posted on: May 16, 2010 7:21 pm
 

NBA Boards Playoff Contest Conference Finals Pixs

Threegamer: Suns (6), Celtics (6)
Bonuses:
Road Wins: 5
Rebounds: D. Howard
30 Points: 11

Mighty Mouse: Suns (7), Magic (6)
Bonuses:
Road Wins: 4
Rebounds: D. Howard
30 Points: 8

Vennie: Lakers (5), Magic (5)
Bonuses:
Road Wins: 2
Rebounds: D. Howard
30 points: 3

Jefe: Lakers (5), Celtics (6)
Bonuses:
Road Wins: 2
Rebounds: Howard
30 Points: 9

Diaper: Lakers (5), Magic (7)
Bonuses:
Road Wins: 3
Rebounds: Howard
30 points: 4

LBJwitness: Lakers (5), Magic (7)
Bonuses:
Road Wins: 3
Rebounds: Howard
30 points: 4

bksballer: Suns (6), Magic (7)
Bonuses:
Road Wins: 3
Rebounds: Howard
30 points: 6

WCF: Suns (6), Celtics (7)
Bonuses:
Road Wins: 4
Rebounds: Howard
30 points: 5

GoHornets: Magic (7), Lakers (6)
Bonuses:
Road Wins: 5
Rebounds: Howard
30 points: 3

lakers + usc:
Lakers (6), Magic (7)
Bonuses:
Road Wins: 5
Rebounds: Howard
30 points: 8

mcgradykid: Lakers (5), Celtics (6)
Bonuses:
Road Wins: 2
Rebounds: Howard
30 Points: 5

vitamike: Lakers (6), Magic (7)
Bonuses:
Road Wins: 3
Rebounds: Gasol 
30 Points:
5

tfitz: Suns (6), Magic (7)
Bonuses:
Road Wins: 3
Rebounds: Howard
30 Points: 6

BucFan: Suns (7), Magic (6)
Bonuses:
Road Wins: 3
Rebounds: STAT
30 Points: 7

ChiTownCliff: Suns (7), Magic (6)
Bonuses:
Road Wins: 6
Rebounds: Gasol
30 Points: 7

Zagstuh: Lakers (5), Magic (6)
Bonuses:
Road Wins: 3
Rebounds: Howard
30 Points: 6

Beamer: Suns (6), Magic (5)
Bonuses:
Road Wins: 3
Rebounds: Howard
30 Points: 6

Chrispy Creme: Suns (6), Celtics (6)
Bonuses:
Road Wins: 3
Rebounds: Bynum
30 Points: 8

Blue Mongoose: Suns (7), Magic (5)
Bonuses:
Road Wins: 3
Rebounds: Gasol
30 Points: 2

Big Brad: Lakers (5), Magic (6)
Bonuses:
Road Wins: 3
Rebounds: Howard
30 Points: 4

ReedsFerry: Lakers (6), Magic (7)
Bonuses:
Road Wins: 3
Rebounds: Howard
30 Points: 7

RockdaCrotch: Lakers (6), Celtics (6)
Bonuses:
Road Wins: 4
Rebounds: Howard
30 Points: 10

Logic: Celtics (6), Lakers (6)
Bonuses:
Road Wins: 4
Rebounds: Howard
30 Points: 4

Michigan Sports: Magic (7), Lakers (5)
Bonuses:
Road Wins: 2
Rebounds: Howard
30 Points: 5

Harsty: Lakers (6), Magic (6)
Bonuses:
Road Wins: 4
Rebounds: Howard
30 Points: 3

Hurricane shamefully quit the contest. When your failing as miserably as he is, its hard not to. Thank you for showing us all again Hurricane how much hot air you blow out of your mouth and how little you really know about this league.
Category: NBA
Posted on: May 2, 2010 6:49 pm
Edited on: May 14, 2010 11:47 pm
 

NBA Boards Playoff Contest Standings Post Round 2

Below is the up to date standings after round 2 of the playoffs. I only have people who gave me 2nd round picks still listed. Also, the conference finals thread for picks is up. So go find it on the boards or through my profile.   
 
1. Threegamer 76

2. Rockdacrotch 69

3. Reedsferry 68

4. Lakers + USC 66

5. LBJwitness 65
    tfitz 65

6. Zagstuh 64

7. GoHornets 63
    Harsty 63

8. ChiCliff 61
    BucFan 61

9. Blue Mongoose 60

10.Chrisisbuck#2 58

11. BMU 56
     Big Brad 56
 
 12. Logic 55
      McGradykid 55
 
13. WCF 54
      Jefe 54

14.bolognahead 52

15. Michigan Sports 51
     Kmvenne 51

16.Cappaholic 50
     vitaMike 50
     Chrispy Creme 50

17. Mighty Mouse 49

18. Bksballer 48

19.Beavis 47

20.Hurricane 43 

21.Diaper 27
Category: NBA
 
 
 
 
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