NBA Betting Preview: New York Knicks vs. Miami Heat

KnB NBA Sim 2019-20 Season

Welcome old readers and welcome new readers. I'm glad to start this new sim. I know it can sometimes be a lot of reading but I hope you are all interested. This first year is the year before the Uncrowned Kings are drafted. I can't wait to hear your reactions and thoughts. I love reading your comments, so fire away.
2019-2020 Season Summary Standings Eastern Conference
  1. Toronto Raptors (64-18)
  2. Boston Celtics (61-21)
  3. Philadelphia 76ers (56-26)
  4. Miami Heat (53-29)
  5. Milwaukee Bucks (51-31)
  6. Cleveland Cavaliers (46-36)
  7. Orlando Magic (40-42)
  8. Indiana Pacers (39-43)
  9. Atlanta Hawks (38-44)
  10. New York Knicks (36-46)
  11. Chicago Bulls (31-51)
  12. Washington Wizards (31-51)
  13. Charlotte Hornets (29-53)
  14. Brooklyn Nets (27-55)
  15. Detroit Pistons (17-65)
Western Conference
  1. Houston Rockets (60-22)
  2. Los Angeles Clippers (55-27)
  3. Los Angeles Lakers (54-28)
  4. Denver Nuggets (48-34)
  5. Utah Jazz (48-34)
  6. Sacramento Kings (43-39)
  7. San Antonio Spurs (42-40)
  8. Minnesota Timberwolves (42-40)
  9. Dallas Mavericks (39-43)
  10. Portland Trailblazers (34-48)
  11. New Orleans Pelicans (34-48)
  12. Phoenix Suns (33-49)
  13. Oklahoma City Thunder (32-50)
  14. Memphis Grizzlies (25-57)
  15. Golden State Warriors (22-60)
League Leaders
Points: Trae Young (30.5) Rebounds: Rudy Gobert (14.2) Assists: Lebron James (9.5)
Goal Percentage: Mason Plumlee (60.8%) Three Point Percentage: Davis Bertans (45.1%)
Free Throw Percentage: Danilo Gallinari: (94.1%)
Blocks: Mitchell Robinson (2.7)
Steals: Marcus Smart (2.8)
Minutes: Damian Lillard (37.5)
PER: Trae Young: (26.8)
Estimated Wins Added: Trae Young: (17.6)
Win Shares/48 min: Kawhi Leonard (.260)
Offensive Win Shares: James Harden (11.9)
Defensive Win Shares: Bam Adebayo (5.4)
Win Shares: Kawhi Leonard (14.9)
Award Winners
MVP: Kawhi Leonard (LAC)
24.2 pts, 6.6 trb, 5.2 ast
DPOY: Bam Adebayo (MIA)
11.3 trb, 1.6 blk, 2.4 stl
6MOY: Enes Kanter (BOS)
12.6 pts, 8.7 trb, 0.9 ast
MIP: Fred VanVleet (TOR)
18.9 pts, 3.1 trb, 7.9 ast
ROY: Tyler Herro (MIA)
15.8 pts, 4.4 trb, 1.5 ast
All-League Teams
First Team
Kawhi Leonard (LAC)
James Harden (HOU)
Trae Young (ATL)
Russell Westbrook (HOU)
LeBron James (LAL)
Second Team
Giannis Antetokounmpo (MIL)
Luka Doncic (DAL)
Anthony Davis (LAL)
Karl-Anthony Towns (MIN)
Jimmy Butler (MIA)
Third Team
Domantas Sabonis (IND)
Damian Lillard (POR)
Pascal Siakam (TOR)
Joel Embiid (PHI)
Ben Simmons (PHI)
All-Defensive Teams
First Team
Bam Adebayo (MIA)
Jonathan Isaac (ORL)
Rudy Gobert (UTA)
Robert Covington (HOU)
Serge Ibaka (TOR)
Second Team
Anthony Davis (LAL)
Kawhi Leonard (LAC)
Joel Embiid (PHI)
Clint Capela (ATL)
Ben Simmons (PHI)
Third Team
Marcus Smart (BOS)
Jarrett Allen (BKN)
JaVale McGee (LAL)
Andre Drummond (CLE)
Giannis Antetokounmpo (MIL)
All-Rookie Team
Tyler Herro (MIA)
Ja Morant (MEM)
Jaxson Hayes (NOP)
Sekou Doumbouya (DET)
R.J. Barrett (IND)
Playoffs
First Round
HOU over MIN in 5 games
DEN over UTA in 7 games
LAL over SAC in 4 games
LAC over SAS in 5 games
TOR over IND in 5 games
MIA over MIL in 6 games
CLE over PHI in 5 games
BOS over ORL in 5 games
Conference Semi-Finals
HOU over DEN in 6 games LAL over LAC in 6 games
TOR over MIA in 4 games
BOS over CLE in 5 games
Conference Finals HOU over LAL in 7 games
BOS over TOR in 5 games
Finals HOU over BOS in 7 games
Finals MVP: Russell Westbrook (HOU)
24.1 pts, 8.0 trb, 9.0 ast
NBA Draft Lottery
Pre-Lottery Positions
  1. DET
  2. GSW
  3. MEM
  4. MIN (from BRK)
  5. CHA
  6. CHI
  7. WAS
  8. OKC
  9. PHX
  10. POR
  11. NOP
  12. NYK
  13. ATL
  14. DAL
Post-Lottery Positions
  1. MIN
  2. CHI
  3. WAS
  4. POR
  5. DET
  6. GSW
  7. MEM
  8. CHA
  9. OKC
  10. PHX
  11. NOP
  12. NYK
  13. ATL
  14. DAL
Pre-Draft Reviews
(Name/Position/Age-(Overall/Potential)
Teppei Kiyoshi/FC/18-(64/87)
There is little doubt as to why Kiyoshi is rated as the best player in the 2020 Draft. He can rebound well and has tremendous grip strength as reports have told us. He is able to score in the paint and can dominate down low but his greatest strength is his ability to pass as a big man. He can drop dimes any day of the week for any team. However, Minnesota has the first pick but they already have Karl Anthony-Towns. This could lead to some problems as Kiyoshi needs to be in the paint to be largely effective as he can’t shoot outside. A simple fix is to have KAT space the floor but either way, Minnesota has a tough decision to make.
Makoto Hanamiya/G/18-(66/82) Makoto is rated as the best player in the draft and he could easily start contributing to any team, right away. He has a great teardrop floater. He also has great instincts and plays nasty defense. That is both a compliment and a possible insult as he has received many accusations of purposely injuring players before and playing dirty. Any team that drafts him runs the risk of getting bad publicity but if they can handle that, he will contribute nicely to any team.
Kotarō Hayama/G/18-(63/83)
Hayama is easily the flashiest player in the draft this year. He isn’t a flyer who will hammer down dunks but he dazzles crowds in any arena that he plays in. He has a handle that can bruise anyone’s ankles and he is lighting quick. He can blow by anyone with just a simple crossover and once he gets to the rim, he’s gonna finish the shot. If he can improve his passing, he could be a deadly point guard in the future.
Reo Mibuchi/SG/18-(61/81)
Mibuchi is a pure sharpshooter and there is nothing else to say about it. He is lights out. He’ll likely be a top 3 shooter in the league straight out of the draft. His form is a beauty and he is a smart player when it comes to when he wants to shoot. He can expertly draw fouls and finish the four point plays with ease. The only thing teams are worried about is, is it worth it to draft a guy who only shoots threes, this high up in the draft. The answer is yes. You’ll be hard pressed to find another shooter like him.
Eikichi Nebuya/C/18-(57/81)
Nebuya is often forgotten about when it comes to the five prospects known as the “Uncrowned Kings”. However, he is a beast down low and he can bully anyone in the paint with his unrivaled strength. However, he has very little finesse and this can lead to his game being exploited. Despite this, he will still be a top 5 pick in the draft and if he develops well, there is no reason to believe that he can’t be just as good as the others.
Draft Night
  1. Minnesota Timberwolves-Teppei Kiyoshi/FC/18-(64/87)
  2. Chicago Bulls-Kotarō Hayama/G/18-(63/83)
  3. Washington Wizards-Makoto Hanamiya/G/18-(66/82)
  4. Portland Trailblazers-Eikichi Nebuya/C/18-(57/81)
  5. Detroit Pistons-Reo Mibuchi/SG/18-(61/81)
Notable Signings
The Lakers re-signed Anthony Davis for $30.45M/year through 2024.
The Raptors re-signed Serge Ibaka for $17.25M/year through 2025.
The Raptors re-signed Fred VanVleet for $17.40M/year through 2024.
The Clippers re-signed Marcus Morris for $20.00M/year through 2021.
The Clippers re-signed Montrezl Harrell for $18.55M/year through 2024.
The Hawks signed Brandon Ingram for $25.80M/year through 2022.
Season Previews
Minnesota Timberwolves: The T-Wolves have immediately lucked out and drafted a game changing center in Teppei Kiyoshi. With the newest acquisition on their team, the Timberwolves are poised to make a championship run as they are ranked 3rd in the NBA and 2nd in the West. They have a team that can go deep in the playoffs and it really depends on what kind of production that they can get out of their rookie and out of their guards.
Washington Wizards: After a few years of obscurity, the Wizards are finally back where they want to be. They have Hanamiya who is poised to have an amazing season and they are ranked 9th in the NBA, coming right back to the playoffs after having missed them last year. He is ranked as the best rookie in the league and it isn’t hard to see why. After only a few months of NBA practices, it’s easy to see that he is becoming much more comfortable with the pace of play in the NBA. Fellow Japanese youngster, Rui Hachimura says that “Makoto gives off an intense and disturbing vibe sometimes.” Other than that, it’s hard to see many issues with the Wizards.
Chicago Bulls: The Bulls are another team that have completely changed their fortune with just one draft pick. Picking Hayama was no doubt a great choice as he complements Lavine greatly. They both have an explosive first step and they will be a challenge for any backcourt to contain. There have been reports that he is still struggling getting used to the pace of the NBA game so we may see Coby White get more minutes at PG but there is no doubt that Hayama is going to be a great point guard. The Bulls are currently ranked 12th in the NBA, ready to compete for a playoff spot.
Portland Trailblazers: Despite being rated as the worst of the Uncrowned Kings, Nebuya was picked 4th and he has also inched his way into the starting lineup of the Trailblazers. This comes from a report that also says that Hassan Whiteside and Jusuf Nurkic will also be starting. This means a three center lineup and none of them can space the floor. All I can say to the Trailblazers is “What are you doing?” They are continually getting older and instead of drafting a floor-spacing shooting guard like Mibuchi, they draft an undersized (height-wise) center who can’t shoot. They better hope this experiment works or the fans will call for the GM’s head. They are currently ranked 20th in the NBA, trying to compete for a fringe spot in the playoffs.
Detroit Pistons: Even after having the worst record of the 2019-20 season, the Pistons still only got the 5th pick. Luckily, they got a star in Reo Mibuchi who will energize the Detroit crowd. Unluckily, the Pistons are still ranked dead last in the NBA. Their best bet is to trade Blake Griffin, build around Doumbouya and Mibuchi, and hope that there is a strong draft next year. There have been reports of some more phenomenal players out of Japan for next year's draft but they haven’t been scouted yet so these could just be rumors. The Pistons better hope they aren’t, however.
Ratings
Makoto Hanamiya: 69(+3)/84(+2)
Teppei Kiyoshi: 67(+3)/82(-5)
Reo Mibuchi: 64(+3)/80(-1)
Kotarō Hayama: 62(-1)/84(+1)
Eikichi Nebuya: 57/79(-2)
Huge thanks to all of you for reading. I’m excited to do another sim, I plan on finishing this one completely since it is summer and I have a lot of time. For next year's draft, it will have the GoM, Kagami, Kuroko, Himuro, and Haizaki. Thanks to all of you for reading. Hope to have the next part out soon. Let me know any thoughts or suggestions in the comments. I also have the link for the json file of the league if any of you want to import it into BBGM yourselves.

https://www.dropbox.com/s/nd4tww6ncpyilew/BBGM_Kuroko_No_Basket_Reddit_Sim_2021_preseason.json?dl=0
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"A little revision to the Stugotz Personal Record Book that maybe some day I'll come around to writing..or Mike will..." I've been writing the Stugotz Personal Record Book since it began. 82 Total Entries so far.

[Time Stamps] Recently started to use them in late 2019. They may not be exact based on what podcast app or service you use. But they'll be close. In 2020 I've started to use Google Podcasts for the time stamps, and they'll be labeled if used.
When a new entry is added because Stugotz said something, I go back and edit it into this post. If you have any I missed - message me.
I DIDN'T ASK FOR ANY OF THIS:

FOOTBALL

(1) UCF is the 2017-2018 national champion.
(2) If Kirk Cousins goes to the Jaguars and not the Jets, no championship he wins will count in the personal record book.
Note (2)(a): Still pending sort of since Kirk is with the Vikings now – possible in future he could go to Jags.
(3) Eli manning has 1 ring. He doesnt get one for throwing a ball into David Tyree's face / Tyree getting a football stuck in his helmet.
(4) Carson Wentz has a Super Bowl 52 ring.
Note (4)(a): Foles does not have a Super Bowl 52 ring.
(5) The Raiders defeated the Patriots in their divisional playoff matchup in 2002 (Tuck Rule game), and then would defeat the Rams in Super Bowl 36.
Note (5)(a): In this scenario also, Bill Belichick was also "fired and looking for a job" after the Tuck Rule game and has 0 rings.
(6) If the 2017 Patriots won Super Bowl 52, James Harrison would not have a ring (Patriots lost to Eagles).
(7) Peyton Manning has one ring (Broncos ring does not count).
(8) Peyton Manning must give such ring he lost (above) to Von Miller, who thus has 2 rings.
(9) Aaron Rodgers can have all the rings he wants for keeping all of central Wisconsin employed.
(10) Brian Billick has 0 rings (2000 Ravens Super Bowl) because that defense carried him.
(11) Tony Boselli is a Hall of Famer.
(12) Tarik Cohen is an honorary Jew.
(13) JuJu Smith-Schuster is also an honorary Jew. L'Chaim.
(14) Drew brees has three rings for winning the super bowl for the city of New Orleans.
Note (14)(a): There was discussion on this where the number started at three, went up to five, came down to two, but it ended up at three.
(15) Mike McCarthy has no Super Bowl rings.
Note(15)(a): Dan also has this in his record book, and it is the first entry into the Le Batard Personal Record Book.
Note 15(b): In fact, McCarthy has -3 (Negative three) rings.
(16) Any Super Bowl rings Antonio Brown gets with the Patriots will not count in the Stugotz personal record book (9/9 Weekend Observations National Hour 2).
(17) Ohio State's 76 to 5 victory over Miami (Ohio) on 9/21/19 does not count.

BASKETBALL

Kevin Durant
(1) If Westbrook wins a championship and beats Kevin Durant along the way in the playoffs, Westbrook will have won 2 championship rings.
(2) "STRAP IT ON BOYS, GONNA TAKE YA FOR A RIDE:"
Kevin Durant has 0 rings (Zero rings)
Kevin Durant has -1 rings (Negative 1 rings).
Kevin Durant has -4 rings (Negative 4) (As of 4/11/18)
Note (2)(a): This number is subject to change based on Stugotz altering rings to the "-4" current total. Specifically as seen recently when Stugotz adjusted the number from (i) 0 rings to (ii) -1 rings to (iii) -4 rings.
Note (2)(b): Here is a tweet transcript of the conversation where this was discovered.
Archive link
(3) If Kevin Durant wins an NBA title for the NY Knicks, he will gain 11 rings.
Note (3)(a): As seen above in "(2)," Kevin Durant has -4 rings.
Note (3)(b): [Math] If Durant were to remain at -4 rings, and subsequently win an NBA title for the Knicks, he will have 7 rings total. This was specifically stated (-4 + 11 = 7), and a question about a non-specifically stated Personal Record Book entry is posed below in "Note (3)(c)(i)."
Note (3)(c): If the Golden State Warriors had won a championship playing 3 on 5 with Kevin Durant, Kevin Durant would have 1 ring.
Note (3)(c)(i): [Confusion] I am unsure if "Note(3)(c)" means he would gain +1 ring, and therefore be "up" to -3 rings total. Possibly, Stugotz means if the Golden State Warriors had won a championship 3 on 5 with Durant, Kevin Durant would be at +1 rings total (Positive 1 rings).
(4) Kevin Durant's dagger in Game 3 did not count, because according to Stugotz, none of Durant's stats count. KD's official statline last night was 0/0/0 and the Cavs blew the Warriors out by 40.
(5) Anything Kevin Durant has done with the Warriors so far is not in Stugotz' personal record scroll.
Note (5)(a): Stugotz did not take his feathered pen and write anything in his scroll (King Roy approves).
(6) Westbrook has ALL of KD's rings.
(7) For every time KD says he doesn't give a BLEEP, Stugotz adds 2 "I do give a BLEEPS" in the personal record book.
(8) Per Dan, speaking on Stugotz' behalf, Kevin Durant has no Olympic Gold Medals (9/18/19 National Hour 1 @ 00:07:50).
Michael Jordan
(1) Jordan has 9 rings because:
(a) The Rockets have to give their 2 rings from 1994 and 1995 to Jordan (+2); and
(b) The Bulls would have won the 1999 Finals over the Spurs if Jordan didn't retire (+1; 9 total).
Note (1)(a-b)(i): Put LeBron's rings in a box and put Jordan's rings in a box. Jordan is +6 by the way over LeBron box-minus, despite box-minus sounding like a dumb stat.
(2) Michael Jordan was suspended for 2 years for gambling (Said 4/25/18 Hour 2, 14:30 in podcast).
Note 2(a): HOWEVER, MJ still has 9 rings as see above in (1)(a) and (1)(b).
(3) Any game Michael Jordan played wearing the uniform #45 does not count.
LeBron James
(1) If LeBron James goes to the Golden State Warriors, every Championship he wins will result in a deduction of 2 previously won championships.
(2) The Miami Heat LeBron teams were the GREATEST teams in the history of sports (5/7/18 Local Hour).
(3) The Miami Heat LeBron teams were also the MOST INTERESTING teams in the history of sports.
(4) If, after the 2018 NBA Playoffs:
(a) LeBron does not make it to the finals and the Celtics do; and
(b) The Houston Rockets do not make it to the finals and the Warriors do; and
(c) LeBron goes to the Houston Rockets for the next season, THEN
LeBron is allowed to win rings that count in Stu's personal record book.
Note (4)(a-c)(i): HOWEVER, Harden & Chris Paul - if they remain on the Rockets with LeBron on the team - are not allowed to have any of the rings won with LeBron count in Stu's personal record book.
Note 4(a-c)(ii): To quote the big man Stu (with Dan agreeing of course), "Do it on your own” (Dan agrees here).
(5) If LeBron wins an NBA Championship with the 2018 Lakers roster (as of 7/23/18), then that wins counts for 6 rings.
Note (5)(a): Thus LeBron would have 9 rings.
Kyrie Irving
(1) Kyrie Irving hit one of the biggest shots in NBA Finals History, but was only in that position because of LeBron James. Kyrie Irving, did hit one of the biggest shots in NBA Finals history that won everyone on that team a Ring, except for you (Kyrie). (3/9/20 Hour #3; Google Podcast @ 07:00).
Note (1)(a): Stugotz: "A little revision to the uhhh Stugotz Personal Record Book that I'll come around to writing...or Mike will." I'M WRITING IT YOU IDIOT MORON JACKAL
Misc. Basketball
(1) The Houston Rockets have 0 (Zero) NBA Championship victories.
Note (1)(a): See "Michael Jordan (1)(a)" for reasoning.
Note (1)(a)(i): [Restated Reasoning] Michael Jordan is actually in possession of those 1994 and 1995 Rockets rings because Michael Jordan would have won those championships if he stayed in Chicago.
Note(1)(b): [CONFLICTING HOT TAKE] Stugotz has also said Jordan didn't get the Rockets' rings because he was actually suspended for gambling.
Note (1)(b)(i) NEEDS CLARIFICATION PLEASE. Stugotz keeps going back and forth. In "Michael Jordan Note 1(a)," the opposite of "Miscellaneous Basketball Note (1)(b) is stated because he has gone back and forth on this issue.
(2) Steve Kerr has no rings as a coach. In fact, he has never even coached a game.
(3) Mychal Thompson (Klay's dad) has no rings. (Said on Zach Harper podcast).
(4) Clyde Drexler no rings (Said on Zach Harper podcast).
(5) Giannis Antetekoumpo is pronounced Yani Adababoombo.
(6) As long as James Harden has his beard, he cannot win any championships.
Note (6)(a): If the Rockets win a ring, then the ring goes to the beard.
(7) Lamarcus Aldridge cost the Spurs game 2 of the 2017 Western Conference Semifinals, even though they won.
(8) If the Sixers happen to win a championship, Sam Hinkie gets a ring.
(9) Chris Paul has NOT made a Western Conference Final since he had to join the Rockets to do so.
(10) Michael Jordan winning the NBA Finals in 1999 also means that Tim Duncan only has 4 rings instead of 5 rings.
(11) The Warriors only have 1 ring
Note (11)(a): Durant still has -4.
(12) Boogie Cousins cannot win a NBA Championship and have it count if he does so with the Warriors.
(13) Billy Donovan was the NBA Coach of the Year in 2017 (12/13/17 @ 28:10 Hour 1).
Note (13)(a): The Thunder blowing the 3-1 lead to the Warriors that year had nothing to do with Donovan. It was Durant's fault.
(14) The OKC Thunder actually did win the WCF against the Warriors in 2017 when up 3-1.
Note (14)(a): This does not apply to Durant though.
Note (14)(b): The Thunder also beat whoever they would have played in the Finals. Durant still no ring.

BASEBALL

Babe Ruth
(1) Babe Ruth is black.
(2) Babe Ruth never hit a baseball. Not once.
(3) Babe Ruth is the number two black baseball player of all time behind Barry Larkin.
(4) Babe Ruth is NOT a top 20 Baseball player of all time. He's a pitcher.
Note (4)(a): However This is somewhat confusing/interesting because:
(i) Stugotz has said "Babe Ruth is the number two black baseball player of all time behind Barry Larkin; and"
(ii) This MUST mean Stugotz can only have 1 black player in his top 20 Baseball players of all time Barry Larkin; because
(iii) The only way this can work logically is if in the list of greatest players #1 through #20, only Barry Larkin is on the latter top #1 through #20 list. I would like some clarification on if he wishes to change this take/record.
(5) Babe Ruth is also not a top 20 pitcher of all time.
Misc. Baseball
(1) Stugotz has declared that in his personal record book, Baseball no longer allows pitchers to hit (Stated on 05/03/2018 @ 12:38:52 P.M).
Note (1)(a): Excludes Bartolo Colon, and Shohei Ohtani.
Note (1)(b): You are either a pitcher or a hitter. Not both.
(2) If the Dodgers won the 2017 World Series Clayton Kershaw would not have had a ring.
(3) Wade Boggs DOES have a ring because he rode around on a horse with a beer afterward.
(4) Clayton Kershaw did not win an MVP award because the award for pitchers was already given, the CY Young award.
(5) Miami beat LSU in the 1996 College Baseball World Series.
(6) The 1986 NY Mets did not win the World Series against the Boston Red Sox.
Note (6)(a): This "pains" Stugotz.
(7) The Red Sox retroactively winning the 1986 World Series may result in taking a ring away from the Mets.
Note (7)(a): Stugotz has to think about it though, he's not sure yet.
(8) Bryce Harper did not win the 2018 home run derby because he cheated.
(9) Kershaw's Earned Ring Average (ERA) is 0.00.
(10) Mike Minor (Rangers Pitcher) does not have 200 strikeouts in 2019. He's at 199 (National Hour 2, 10 mins 40 seconds in).
Note (10)(a): Chris agrees too. And who really cares (15% on poll do care).
(11) The 2020-2021 Mets, during the Coronavirus outbreak, are 0-3 and Jacob deGrom is somehow 0-1 with a 0.00 ERA and 1 complete game. The deGrominator. (Google Podcast 3/30 Hour #3 @ 19:20)

HOCKEY

(1) Ray Bourque doesn't have a ring.
(2) Alex Ovechkin may or may not have won the Stanley Cup against the Vegas Golden Knights.
Note (2)(a): "I mean he beat an expansion team . . . bunch of players nobody wanted" (We get the sense that Dan agrees).

TENNIS

(1) If anyone wins a major in Female Tennis without Serena Williams playing, it does not count and they have 0 rings.
(2) If Maria Sharapova wins a grand slam in which Serena isnt competing it doesnt count.

GOLF

(1) If Jason Day wins the 2018 Masters, it counts as an American winning (as far as bets are concerned).
(2) Vijay Singh did not play in the 2018 Masters.

SOCCER

(1) Lionel Messi is stripped of all his achievements for using HGH. He never played soccer. He is still 5'1". "Fraud."
(2) Soccer is dead.

MISCELLANEOUS

(1) Aqua?
(2) Rings plus-minus is the only way to measure greatness.
(3) The HBO Andre the Giant film was good, not great, and Stugotz didn’t learn anything.
(4) Benoit Lecomte (guy they interviewed) can not and will not swim from San Francisco to Tokyo in the personal record book because he is most likely taking a dip for a few minutes then coming back on the boat and enjoying some filet mignon by the pool.
Note (4)(a): "Do it without a yacht. And how about ya do it without the little magnetic field around you that keeps sharks away. How bout that. Allows dolphins through though? Anyway.."
(5) Justify (the Horse) only has a double crown.
Note (5)(a): This is the first ever double crown.
(6) Tango and Cash is in the action movie Hall of Fame. and Cliffhanger has the greatest 5 minute intro of any movie of all time.
(7) Maximum Security (a Horse) won the 2019 Kentucky Derby.
(8) Fruit Stripes Gum is NOT a 1st Ballot Hall of Famer in Stu's "Gum Hall of Fame." (08/12/2019 | Hour 2 @ 15:25).
Note (8)(a): "It loses it's flavor so quickly"
Note (8)(b): Also, "[...] Bazooka...1st Ballot Hall of Famer." Also, "Big League Chew..1st Ballot."
(9) Chris Cote owns all intellectual property rights to the "Friends" (TV Show) Movie with a misleading preview that eventually has a climax leading to an intense murder mystery. (10/29/19 Hour #2 @ 03:15).
Note (9)(a): "If they make this without crediting Cote, they're stealing it."
(10) That guy killed the pigeon (12/10 Hour 3 @ 08:20).
(11) Billy owns the record for world's longest Plank (2/25, Hour #3; Google Podcast @ 30:55).
Note (11)(a): Possibly in just the Non-Marine edition.
(12) Zach Buchanan won a Pulitzer Prize for his story on the Madison Bumgarner / Mason Saunders rodeo fiasco (2/28/20 Hour #2; Google Podcasts @ 21:35).
(13) Findlay the Golden retriever holds the Stu Gotz Personal Record Book record for most tennis balls held in a mouth at one time by a dog at 6 (2/11/2020)
(14) Ace Davis (The kid who "proved" Tom Brady was cheating with science) and his fathefamily are heroes (4/1 Hour #3; Google Podcast @ 18:50).
(15) Dan did NOT do more push-ups than Domonique Foxworth (Dan did push-ups on a non-linear platform) (4/28/2020 Hour # 1).

SPORTS MEDIA DREAM TEAM™

Sourced from Google Podcast; 05/06/2020, Hour 2 @ 09:00
(Head Coach) Ernie Johnson - "When you look over to the bench, what you need is someone to stand tall, someone who is confident, someone who is competent, someone who has all the credibility -soaked in credibility - when you have the Head Coach of the Sports Media Dream Team."
(1; Point Guard) Mike Greenberg - "Doesn't really want to answer the big questions, but has no problem distributing those questions to other people who are happy to answer them."
(2; Shooting Guard) Stephen A. Smith - "Never met a topic he doesn't like. Short memory, doesn't care, Greeny could throw him anything and Stephen A. is gonna run with it even if he knows nothing about the topic. That is how it works. Stephen A. is the greatest of all time."
(3; Small Forward) Chris Fowler - "A do it all guy. Studio show? Great. Play by Play? Even better. Can do everything."
(4; Small Forward Replacement) Maria Taylor) - "Need Play by Play, need Sideline, need Studio Host - she can do it all"
(5; Power Forward) Dianna Russini - "You need some crazy, some don't mess with us, someone to tear someone's head off in the event that they come after one of us."
(6; Power Forward Replacement) PFT Commenter - "He just comes in and acts crazy, throws his arms and hair around, and give ya 5 to 10 really crazy minutes."
(7; In honor of the Chicago Bulls, Stugotz needed a Wennington, a Purdue) Scott Van Pelt - Dan debated whether or not SVP should be on the Sports Media Dream Team™. That's what he's doing.
(8; Bench Player w/ No Position Specified) Doris Burke
(9) Teased.../I didn't finish listening to the show yet
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[Bored During Quarantine?] Reposting the Stugotz Personal Record Book that I've been maintaining since the bit began - Media Dream Team™ included at the Bottom.

[Time Stamps] Recently started to use them in late 2019. They may not be exact based on what podcast app or service you use. But they'll be close. In 2020 I've started to use Google Podcasts for the time stamps, and they'll be labeled if used.
When a new entry is added because Stugotz said something, I go back and edit it into this post. If you have any I missed - message me.
I DIDN'T ASK FOR ANY OF THIS:

FOOTBALL

(1) UCF is the 2017-2018 national champion.
(2) If Kirk Cousins goes to the Jaguars and not the Jets, no championship he wins will count in the personal record book.
Note (2)(a): Still pending sort of since Kirk is with the Vikings now – possible in future he could go to Jags.
(3) Eli manning has 1 ring. He doesnt get one for throwing a ball into David Tyree's face / Tyree getting a football stuck in his helmet.
(4) Carson Wentz has a Super Bowl 52 ring.
Note (4)(a): Foles does not have a Super Bowl 52 ring.
(5) The Raiders defeated the Patriots in their divisional playoff matchup in 2002 (Tuck Rule game), and then would defeat the Rams in Super Bowl 36.
Note (5)(a): In this scenario also, Bill Belichick was also "fired and looking for a job" after the Tuck Rule game and has 0 rings.
(6) If the 2017 Patriots won Super Bowl 52, James Harrison would not have a ring (Patriots lost to Eagles).
(7) Peyton Manning has one ring (Broncos ring does not count).
(8) Peyton Manning must give such ring he lost (above) to Von Miller, who thus has 2 rings.
(9) Aaron Rodgers can have all the rings he wants for keeping all of central Wisconsin employed.
(10) Brian Billick has 0 rings (2000 Ravens Super Bowl) because that defense carried him.
(11) Tony Boselli is a Hall of Famer.
(12) Tarik Cohen is an honorary Jew.
(13) JuJu Smith-Schuster is also an honorary Jew. L'Chaim.
(14) Drew brees has three rings for winning the super bowl for the city of New Orleans.
Note (14)(a): There was discussion on this where the number started at three, went up to five, came down to two, but it ended up at three.
(15) Mike McCarthy has no Super Bowl rings.
Note(15)(a): Dan also has this in his record book, and it is the first entry into the Le Batard Personal Record Book.
Note 15(b): In fact, McCarthy has -3 (Negative three) rings.
(16) Any Super Bowl rings Antonio Brown gets with the Patriots will not count in the Stugotz personal record book (9/9 Weekend Observations National Hour 2).
(17) Ohio State's 76 to 5 victory over Miami (Ohio) on 9/21/19 does not count.

BASKETBALL

Kevin Durant
(1) If Westbrook wins a championship and beats Kevin Durant along the way in the playoffs, Westbrook will have won 2 championship rings.
(2) "STRAP IT ON BOYS, GONNA TAKE YA FOR A RIDE:"
Kevin Durant has 0 rings (Zero rings)
Kevin Durant has -1 rings (Negative 1 rings).
Kevin Durant has -4 rings (Negative 4) (As of 4/11/18)
Note (2)(a): This number is subject to change based on Stugotz altering rings to the "-4" current total. Specifically as seen recently when Stugotz adjusted the number from (i) 0 rings to (ii) -1 rings to (iii) -4 rings.
Note (2)(b): Here is a tweet transcript of the conversation where this was discovered.
Archive link
(3) If Kevin Durant wins an NBA title for the NY Knicks, he will gain 11 rings.
Note (3)(a): As seen above in "(2)," Kevin Durant has -4 rings.
Note (3)(b): [Math] If Durant were to remain at -4 rings, and subsequently win an NBA title for the Knicks, he will have 7 rings total. This was specifically stated (-4 + 11 = 7), and a question about a non-specifically stated Personal Record Book entry is posed below in "Note (3)(c)(i)."
Note (3)(c): If the Golden State Warriors had won a championship playing 3 on 5 with Kevin Durant, Kevin Durant would have 1 ring.
Note (3)(c)(i): [Confusion] I am unsure if "Note(3)(c)" means he would gain +1 ring, and therefore be "up" to -3 rings total. Possibly, Stugotz means if the Golden State Warriors had won a championship 3 on 5 with Durant, Kevin Durant would be at +1 rings total (Positive 1 rings).
(4) Kevin Durant's dagger in Game 3 did not count, because according to Stugotz, none of Durant's stats count. KD's official statline last night was 0/0/0 and the Cavs blew the Warriors out by 40.
(5) Anything Kevin Durant has done with the Warriors so far is not in Stugotz' personal record scroll.
Note (5)(a): Stugotz did not take his feathered pen and write anything in his scroll (King Roy approves).
(6) Westbrook has ALL of KD's rings.
(7) For every time KD says he doesn't give a BLEEP, Stugotz adds 2 "I do give a BLEEPS" in the personal record book.
(8) Per Dan, speaking on Stugotz' behalf, Kevin Durant has no Olympic Gold Medals (9/18/19 National Hour 1 @ 00:07:50).
Michael Jordan
(1) Jordan has 9 rings because:
(a) The Rockets have to give their 2 rings from 1994 and 1995 to Jordan (+2); and
(b) The Bulls would have won the 1999 Finals over the Spurs if Jordan didn't retire (+1; 9 total).
Note (1)(a-b)(i): Put LeBron's rings in a box and put Jordan's rings in a box. Jordan is +6 by the way over LeBron box-minus, despite box-minus sounding like a dumb stat.
(2) Michael Jordan was suspended for 2 years for gambling (Said 4/25/18 Hour 2, 14:30 in podcast).
Note 2(a): HOWEVER, MJ still has 9 rings as see above in (1)(a) and (1)(b).
(3) Any game Michael Jordan played wearing the uniform #45 does not count.
LeBron James
(1) If LeBron James goes to the Golden State Warriors, every Championship he wins will result in a deduction of 2 previously won championships.
(2) The Miami Heat LeBron teams were the GREATEST teams in the history of sports (5/7/18 Local Hour).
(3) The Miami Heat LeBron teams were also the MOST INTERESTING teams in the history of sports.
(4) If, after the 2018 NBA Playoffs:
(a) LeBron does not make it to the finals and the Celtics do; and
(b) The Houston Rockets do not make it to the finals and the Warriors do; and
(c) LeBron goes to the Houston Rockets for the next season, THEN
LeBron is allowed to win rings that count in Stu's personal record book.
Note (4)(a-c)(i): HOWEVER, Harden & Chris Paul - if they remain on the Rockets with LeBron on the team - are not allowed to have any of the rings won with LeBron count in Stu's personal record book.
Note 4(a-c)(ii): To quote the big man Stu (with Dan agreeing of course), "Do it on your own” (Dan agrees here).
(5) If LeBron wins an NBA Championship with the 2018 Lakers roster (as of 7/23/18), then that wins counts for 6 rings.
Note (5)(a): Thus LeBron would have 9 rings.
Kyrie Irving
(1) Kyrie Irving hit one of the biggest shots in NBA Finals History, but was only in that position because of LeBron James. Kyrie Irving, did hit one of the biggest shots in NBA Finals history that won everyone on that team a Ring, except for you (Kyrie). (3/9/20 Hour #3; Google Podcast @ 07:00).
Note (1)(a): Stugotz: "A little revision to the uhhh Stugotz Personal Record Book that I'll come around to writing...or Mike will." I'M WRITING IT YOU IDIOT MORON JACKAL
Misc. Basketball
(1) The Houston Rockets have 0 (Zero) NBA Championship victories.
Note (1)(a): See "Michael Jordan (1)(a)" for reasoning.
Note (1)(a)(i): [Restated Reasoning] Michael Jordan is actually in possession of those 1994 and 1995 Rockets rings because Michael Jordan would have won those championships if he stayed in Chicago.
Note(1)(b): [CONFLICTING HOT TAKE] Stugotz has also said Jordan didn't get the Rockets' rings because he was actually suspended for gambling.
Note (1)(b)(i) NEEDS CLARIFICATION PLEASE. Stugotz keeps going back and forth. In "Michael Jordan Note 1(a)," the opposite of "Miscellaneous Basketball Note (1)(b) is stated because he has gone back and forth on this issue.
(2) Steve Kerr has no rings as a coach. In fact, he has never even coached a game.
(3) Mychal Thompson (Klay's dad) has no rings. (Said on Zach Harper podcast).
(4) Clyde Drexler no rings (Said on Zach Harper podcast).
(5) Giannis Antetekoumpo is pronounced Yani Adababoombo.
(6) As long as James Harden has his beard, he cannot win any championships.
Note (6)(a): If the Rockets win a ring, then the ring goes to the beard.
(7) Lamarcus Aldridge cost the Spurs game 2 of the 2017 Western Conference Semifinals, even though they won.
(8) If the Sixers happen to win a championship, Sam Hinkie gets a ring.
(9) Chris Paul has NOT made a Western Conference Final since he had to join the Rockets to do so.
(10) Michael Jordan winning the NBA Finals in 1999 also means that Tim Duncan only has 4 rings instead of 5 rings.
(11) The Warriors only have 1 ring
Note (11)(a): Durant still has -4.
(12) Boogie Cousins cannot win a NBA Championship and have it count if he does so with the Warriors.
(13) Billy Donovan was the NBA Coach of the Year in 2017 (12/13/17 @ 28:10 Hour 1).
Note (13)(a): The Thunder blowing the 3-1 lead to the Warriors that year had nothing to do with Donovan. It was Durant's fault.
(14) The OKC Thunder actually did win the WCF against the Warriors in 2017 when up 3-1.
Note (14)(a): This does not apply to Durant though.
Note (14)(b): The Thunder also beat whoever they would have played in the Finals. Durant still no ring.
(15) Whoever wins the 2019-2020 NBA Season Championship (Coronavirus year), did not win a Championship (5/14/2020; Google Podcast, Hour #1 @ 03:15)

BASEBALL

Babe Ruth
(1) Babe Ruth is black.
(2) Babe Ruth never hit a baseball. Not once.
(3) Babe Ruth is the number two black baseball player of all time behind Barry Larkin.
(4) Babe Ruth is NOT a top 20 Baseball player of all time. He's a pitcher.
Note (4)(a): However This is somewhat confusing/interesting because:
(i) Stugotz has said "Babe Ruth is the number two black baseball player of all time behind Barry Larkin; and"
(ii) This MUST mean Stugotz can only have 1 black player in his top 20 Baseball players of all time Barry Larkin; because
(iii) The only way this can work logically is if in the list of greatest players #1 through #20, only Barry Larkin is on the latter top #1 through #20 list. I would like some clarification on if he wishes to change this take/record.
(5) Babe Ruth is also not a top 20 pitcher of all time.
Misc. Baseball
(1) Stugotz has declared that in his personal record book, Baseball no longer allows pitchers to hit (Stated on 05/03/2018 @ 12:38:52 P.M).
Note (1)(a): Excludes Bartolo Colon, and Shohei Ohtani.
Note (1)(b): You are either a pitcher or a hitter. Not both.
(2) If the Dodgers won the 2017 World Series Clayton Kershaw would not have had a ring.
(3) Wade Boggs DOES have a ring because he rode around on a horse with a beer afterward.
(4) Clayton Kershaw did not win an MVP award because the award for pitchers was already given, the CY Young award.
(5) Miami beat LSU in the 1996 College Baseball World Series.
(6) The 1986 NY Mets did not win the World Series against the Boston Red Sox.
Note (6)(a): This "pains" Stugotz.
(7) The Red Sox retroactively winning the 1986 World Series may result in taking a ring away from the Mets.
Note (7)(a): Stugotz has to think about it though, he's not sure yet.
(8) Bryce Harper did not win the 2018 home run derby because he cheated.
(9) Kershaw's Earned Ring Average (ERA) is 0.00.
(10) Mike Minor (Rangers Pitcher) does not have 200 strikeouts in 2019. He's at 199 (National Hour 2, 10 mins 40 seconds in).
Note (10)(a): Chris agrees too. And who really cares (15% on poll do care).
(11) The 2020-2021 Mets, during the Coronavirus outbreak, are 0-3 and Jacob deGrom is somehow 0-1 with a 0.00 ERA and 1 complete game. The deGrominator. (Google Podcast 3/30 Hour #3 @ 19:20)

HOCKEY

(1) Ray Bourque doesn't have a ring.
(2) Alex Ovechkin may or may not have won the Stanley Cup against the Vegas Golden Knights.
Note (2)(a): "I mean he beat an expansion team . . . bunch of players nobody wanted" (We get the sense that Dan agrees).

TENNIS

(1) If anyone wins a major in Female Tennis without Serena Williams playing, it does not count and they have 0 rings.
(2) If Maria Sharapova wins a grand slam in which Serena isnt competing it doesnt count.

GOLF

(1) If Jason Day wins the 2018 Masters, it counts as an American winning (as far as bets are concerned).
(2) Vijay Singh did not play in the 2018 Masters.

SOCCER

(1) Lionel Messi is stripped of all his achievements for using HGH. He never played soccer. He is still 5'1". "Fraud."
(2) Soccer is dead.

MISCELLANEOUS

(1) Aqua?
(2) Rings plus-minus is the only way to measure greatness.
(3) The HBO Andre the Giant film was good, not great, and Stugotz didn’t learn anything.
(4) Benoit Lecomte (guy they interviewed) can not and will not swim from San Francisco to Tokyo in the personal record book because he is most likely taking a dip for a few minutes then coming back on the boat and enjoying some filet mignon by the pool.
Note (4)(a): "Do it without a yacht. And how about ya do it without the little magnetic field around you that keeps sharks away. How bout that. Allows dolphins through though? Anyway.."
(5) Justify (the Horse) only has a double crown.
Note (5)(a): This is the first ever double crown.
(6) Tango and Cash is in the action movie Hall of Fame. and Cliffhanger has the greatest 5 minute intro of any movie of all time.
(7) Maximum Security (a Horse) won the 2019 Kentucky Derby.
(8) Fruit Stripes Gum is NOT a 1st Ballot Hall of Famer in Stu's "Gum Hall of Fame." (08/12/2019 | Hour 2 @ 15:25).
Note (8)(a): "It loses it's flavor so quickly"
Note (8)(b): Also, "[...] Bazooka...1st Ballot Hall of Famer." Also, "Big League Chew..1st Ballot."
(9) Chris Cote owns all intellectual property rights to the "Friends" (TV Show) Movie with a misleading preview that eventually has a climax leading to an intense murder mystery. (10/29/19 Hour #2 @ 03:15).
Note (9)(a): "If they make this without crediting Cote, they're stealing it."
(10) That guy killed the pigeon (12/10 Hour 3 @ 08:20).
(11) Billy owns the record for world's longest Plank (2/25, Hour #3; Google Podcast @ 30:55).
Note (11)(a): Possibly in just the Non-Marine edition.
(12) Zach Buchanan won a Pulitzer Prize for his story on the Madison Bumgarner / Mason Saunders rodeo fiasco (2/28/20 Hour #2; Google Podcasts @ 21:35).
(13) Findlay the Golden retriever holds the Stu Gotz Personal Record Book record for most tennis balls held in a mouth at one time by a dog at 6 (2/11/2020)
(14) Ace Davis (The kid who "proved" Tom Brady was cheating with science) and his fathefamily are heroes (4/1 Hour #3; Google Podcast @ 18:50).
(15) Dan did NOT do more push-ups than Domonique Foxworth (Dan did push-ups on a non-linear platform) (4/28/2020 Hour # 1).

SPORTS MEDIA DREAM TEAM™

Sourced from Google Podcast; 05/06/2020, Hour 2 @ 09:00
(Head Coach) Ernie Johnson - "When you look over to the bench, what you need is someone to stand tall, someone who is confident, someone who is competent, someone who has all the credibility -soaked in credibility - when you have the Head Coach of the Sports Media Dream Team."
(1; Point Guard) Mike Greenberg - "Doesn't really want to answer the big questions, but has no problem distributing those questions to other people who are happy to answer them."
(2; Shooting Guard) Stephen A. Smith - "Never met a topic he doesn't like. Short memory, doesn't care, Greeny could throw him anything and Stephen A. is gonna run with it even if he knows nothing about the topic. That is how it works. Stephen A. is the greatest of all time."
(3; Small Forward) Chris Fowler - "A do it all guy. Studio show? Great. Play by Play? Even better. Can do everything."
(4; Small Forward Replacement) Maria Taylor) - "Need Play by Play, need Sideline, need Studio Host - she can do it all"
(5; Power Forward) Dianna Russini - "You need some crazy, some don't mess with us, someone to tear someone's head off in the event that they come after one of us."
(6; Power Forward Replacement) PFT Commenter - "He just comes in and acts crazy, throws his arms and hair around, and give ya 5 to 10 really crazy minutes."
(7; In honor of the Chicago Bulls, Stugotz needed a Wennington, a Purdue) Scott Van Pelt - Dan debated whether or not SVP should be on the Sports Media Dream Team™. That's what he's doing.
(8; Bench Player w/ No Position Specified) Doris Burke
(9) Teased.../I didn't finish listening to the show yet
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[February 2020 Edition] Stugotz Personal Record Book.

Time Stamps may not be exact based on what podcast app or service you use. But they'll be close.

Football

(1) UCF is the 2017-2018 national champion.
(2) If Kirk Cousins goes to the Jaguars and not the Jets, no championship he wins will count in the personal record book (Still pending sort of since Kirk is with the Vikings now – possible in future he could go to Jags).
(3) Eli manning has 1 ring. He doesnt get one for throwing a ball into David Tyree's face / Tyree getting a football stuck in his helmet.
(4) Carson Wentz has a SB 52 ring. Foles doesnt.
(5) The Raiders defeated the Patriots in their divisional playoff matchup in 2002 (Tuck Rule game), then would defeat the Rams in Super Bowl 36. In this scenario also, Bill Belichick was also "fired and looking for a job" after the Tuck Rule game and has 0 rings.
(6) If the 2017 Patriots won Super Bowl 52, James Harrison would not have a ring (Patriots lost to Eagles).
(7) Peyton Manning has one ring (Broncos ring does not count).
(8) Peyton Manning must give such ring he lost (above) to Von Miller, who thus has 2 rings.
(9) Aaron Rodgers can have all the rings he wants for keeping all of central Wisconsin employed.
(10) Brian Billick has 0 rings (2000 Ravens SB) because that defense carried him.
(11) Tony Boselli is a Hall of Famer.
(12) Tarik Cohen is an honorary Jew.
(13) JuJu Smith-Schuster is also an honorary Jew. L'Chaim.
(14) Drew brees has three rings for winning the super bowl for the city if new orleans (there was discussion on this where the number started at three, went up to five, came down to two, but iirc it ended up at three)
(15) Mike McCarthy has no Super Bowl rings. Dan also has this in his record book. In fact, McCarthy has -3 (negative three) rings.
(16) Any Super Bowl rings Antonio Brown gets with the Patriots will not count in the Stugotz personal record book. 9/9 Weekend Observations National Hour 2.
(17) Ohio States 76 to 5 victory over Miami (OH) on 9/21/19 does not count.

Basketball

Kevin Durant
(1) If Westbrook wins a championship and beats Kevin Durant along the way in the playoffs, Westbrook will have won 2 championship rings.
(2) Kevin Durant has -1 rings (negative 1 rings). As of 4/11/18 Durant has -4 Rings. Here is a tweet transcript of the conversation where this was discovered. https://twitter.com/AndFinallyDLB/status/984180896927543297
(3) If Kevin Durant wins an NBA title for the NY Knicks, he will gain 11 rings. However, as seen above, Durant has -4 rings and if he were to remain at -4, then win for the Knicks, he will have 7 rings total. This number is subject to change based on Stugotz altering the "-4" current total as seen recently when Stugotz adjusted the number from 0 rings to -1 rings to -4 rings. Another interesting note is that Stugotz has also said, If the Warriors won a championship playing 3 on 5 Kevin Durant would have 1 ring. I am unsure if this means he would gain +1 ring, and therefore be down to -3 rings total, or whether it means if they win a championship 3 on 5, he would be at (positive)+1 rings total.
(4) Kevin Durant's dagger in Game 3 did not count, because according to Stugotz none of Durant's stats count. KD's official statline last night was 0/0/0 and the Cavs blew the Warriors out by 40.
(5) Anything Kevin Durant has done with the Warriors is not n Stugotz' personal record scroll. (Stugotz did not take his feathered pen and write anything in his scroll (King Roy approves)).
(6) Westbrook had ALL of KD's rings.
(7) For every time KD says he doesn't give a BLEEP, Stugotz adds 2 "I do give a BLEEPS" in the personal record book.
(8) Per Dan, speaking on Stugotz' behalf, KD has no Olympic Gold Medals (9/18/19 National Hour 1 @ 00:07:50).
Michael Jordan
(1) Jordan has 9 rings since (a) the Rockets have to give their 2 rings from 1994 and 1995 to Jordan, and (b) the Bulls would have won the 1999 Finals over the Spurs if Jordan didn't retire.
(2) Michael Jordan was suspended for 2 years for gambling (Said 4/25/18 Hour 2, 14:30 in podcast). But MJ still has 9 rings as see above.
(3) Any game Michael Jordan played wearing the uniform #45 does not count.
LeBron James
(1) If LeBron James goes to the GSW, every championship he wins will result in a deduction of 2 previously won championships.
(2) The Miami Heat LeBron teams were the GREATEST teams in the history of sports (5/7/18 Local Hour).
(3) The Miami Heat LeBron teams were also the MOST INTERESTING teams in the history of sports.
(4) If, after the 2018 NBA Playoffs, (1) LeBron does not make it to the finals and the Celtics do, & (2) The Houston Rockets do not make it to the finals and the Warriors do, & (3) then LeBron goes to the Houston Rockets for the next season, LeBron is allowed to win rings that count in Stu's personal record book. HOWEVER Harden & Chris Paul, if they remain on the Rockets with LeBron on the team, are not allowed to have any of the rings won with LeBron count in Stu's personal record book. To quote the big man Stu (with Dan agreeing of course), "Do it on your own” (Dan agrees here).
(5) If LeBron wins an NBA Championship with the 2018 Lakers roster (as of 7/23/18) then that wins counts for 6 rings. Thus LeBron has 9 rings.
Kyrie Irving
(1) Kyrie Irving hit one of the biggest shots in NBA Finals History, but was only in that position because of LeBron James. Kyrie Irving, did hit one of the biggest shots in NBA Finals history that won everyone on that team a Ring, except for you (Kyrie). (3/9/20 Hour #3; Google Podcast @ 07:00). Note: "A little revision to the uhhh Stugotz Personal Record Book that I'll come around to writing...or Mike will." I'M WRITING IT YOU IDIOT MORON JACKAL!!!
Misc. Basketball
(1) The Houston Rockets have 0 (none) NBA Championship victories. See a previous bullet, because Michael Jordan actually is in possession of those rings since Jordan would have won those championships if he stayed (1994 and 1995 did not count for Houston). BUT WAIT - CONFLICTING HOT TAKES AHEAD Stugotz has also said Jordan didn't get the Rockets' rings because he was actually suspended for gambling. NEEDS CLARIFICATION PLEASE.
(2) Steve Kerr has no rings as a coach. In fact, he has never even coached a game.
(3) Mychal Thompson (Klay's dad) has no rings. (Said on Zach Harper podcast).
(4) Clyde Drexler no rings (Said on Zach Harper podcast).
(5) Giannis Antetekoumpo is pronounced Yani Adababoombo.
(6) As long as James Harden has his beard, he cannot win any championships. If the Rockets win a ring, then the ring goes to the beard.
(7) Lamarcus Aldridge cost the Spurs game 2 of the 2017 Western Conference Semifinals, even though they won.
(8) If the Sixers happen to win a championship, Sam Hinkie gets a ring.
(9) Chris Paul has NOT made Western Conference Final since he had to join the Rockets to do so.
(10) Michael Jordan winning the NBA Finals in 1999 also means that Tim Duncan only has four rings instead of 5 rings.
(11) The Warriors only have 1 ring (Durant still has none/negative)
(12) Boogie Cousins cannot win a NBA Championship and have it count if he does so with the Warriors.
(13) Billy Donovan was the NBA Coach of the Year in 2017 (12/13/17 @ 28:10 Hour 1). The Thunder Blowing the 3-1 lead to the Warriors that year had nothing to do with Donovan. It was Durant's fault.
(14) The OKC Thunder actually did win the WCF against the Warriors in 2017 when up 3-1. This does not apply to Durant though. The Thunder also beat whoever they would have played in the Finals. Durant still no ring.

Baseball

Babe Ruth
(1) Babe Ruth is black.
(2) Babe Ruth never hit a baseball. Not once.
(3) Babe Ruth is the number two black baseball player of all time behind Barry Larkin.
(4) Babe Ruth is NOT a top 20 Baseball player of all time. He's a pitcher. However This is somewhat confusing/interesting Because: Stugotz has said "Babe Ruth is the number two black baseball player of all time behind Barry Larkin." This MUST mean Stugotz can only have 1 black player in his top 20 Baseball players of all time Barry Larkin. The only way it can work logically is if in the list of greatest players #1 through #20, only Barry Larkin is on the latter 1 through 20 list. I would like some clarification on if he wishes to change this take/record.
(5) Babe Ruth is also not a top 20 pitcher of all time.
Misc. Baseball
(1) (Stated on 05/03/2018 @ 12:38:52 P.M) Stugotz has declared that in his personal record book, Baseball no longer allows pitchers to hit (Excluding Bartolo Colon, and Shohei Ohtani). You are either a pitcher or a hitter. Not both.
(2) If the Dodgers won the 2017 World Series Clayton Kershaw would not have had a ring.
(3) Wade Boggs DOES have a ring because he rode around on a horse with beer afterward.
(4) Clayton Kershaw did not win an MVP award because the award for pitchers was already given, the CY Young award.
(5) Miami beat LSU in the 1996 College Baseball World Series .
(6) The 1986 NY Mets did not win the World Series against the Boston Redsocks (this pains Stugotz).
(7) The Red Sox may have won the 1986 World Series, taking a ring away from the Mets. Stugotz has to think about it though, he's not sure yet.
(8) Bryce Harper did not win the 2018 home run derby because he cheated.
(9) Kershaw's Earned Ring Average (ERA) is 0.00
(10) Mike Minor (Rangers Pitcher) does not have 200 strikeouts in 2019. He's at 199 (National Hour 2, 10 mins 40 seconds in). Chris agrees too. And who really cares (15% on poll do care).

Hockey

(1) Ray Bourque doesn't have a ring.
(2) Alex Ovechkin may or may not have won the Stanley Cup against the Vegas Golden Knights. "I mean he beat an expansion team . . . bunch of players nobody wanted" (We get the sense that Dan agrees).

Tennis

(1) If anyone wins a major in Female Tennis without Serena Williams playing, it does not count and they have 0 rings.
(2) If Maria Sharapova wins a grand slam in which Serena isnt competing it doesnt count.

Golf

(1) If Jason Day wins the 2018 Masters, it counts as an American winning (as far as bets are concerned).
(2) Vijay Singh did not play in the 2018 Masters.

Soccer

(1)Lionel Messi is stripped of all his achievements for using HGH. He never played soccer. He is still 5'1". "Fraud."

Miscellaneous

(1) Aqua?
(2) Rings plus-minus is the only way to measure greatness.
(3) The HBO Andre the Giant film was good, not great and Stugotz didn’t learn anything.
(4) Benoit Lecomte (guy they interviewed) can not and will not swim from San Francisco to Tokyo in the personal record book because he is most likely taking a dip for a few minutes then coming back on the boat and enjoying some filet mignon by the pool. "Do it without a yacht. And how about ya do it without the little magnetic field around you that keeps sharks away. How bout that. Allows dolphins through though? Anyway.."
(5) Justify (the horse) only has a double crown. This is the first ever double crown.
(6) Tango and Cash is in the action movie hall of fame and Cliffhanger is the greatest 5 minute intro of any movie of all time.
(7) Maximum Security (a horse) won the 2019 Kentucky Derby.
(8) Fruit Stripes Gum is NOT a 1st Ballot Hall of Famer in Stu's 'Gum Hall of Fame' because "it loses it's flavor so quickly" (08/12/2019 | Hour 2 @ 15:25). Also, "[...] Bazooka...1st Ballot Hall of Famer." Also, "Big League Chew..1st Ballot."
(9) Chris Cote owns all intellectual property rights to the "Friends" (TV Show) Movie with a misleading preview that eventually has a climax leading to an intense murder mystery. (10/29/19 Hour #2 @ 03:15). If they make this without crediting Cote, they're stealing it.
(10) That guy killed the pigeon (12/10 Hour 3 @ 08:20).
(11) Billy owns the record for world's longest Plank (2/25, Hour #3; Google Podcast @ 30:55) (Possibly in just the Non-Marine edition).
(12) Zach Buchanan won a Pulitzer Prize for his story on the Madison Bumgarner / Mason Saunders rodeo story (2/28/20 Hour #2; Google Podcasts @ 21:35).
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[September 2019 Update] Stugotz' Personal Record Book (77 Entries).

Football

(1) UCF is the 2017-2018 national champion.
(2) If Kirk Cousins goes to the Jaguars and not the Jets, no championship he wins will count in the personal record book (Still pending sort of since Kirk is with the Vikings now – possible in future he could go to Jags).
(3) Eli manning has 1 ring. He doesnt get one for throwing a ball into David Tyree's face / Tyree getting a football stuck in his helmet.
(4) Carson Wentz has a SB 52 ring. Foles doesnt.
(5) The Raiders defeated the Patriots in their divisional playoff matchup in 2002 (Tuck Rule game), then would defeat the Rams in Super Bowl 36. In this scenario also, Bill Belichick was also "fired and looking for a job" after the Tuck Rule game and has 0 rings.
(6) If the 2017 Patriots won Super Bowl 52, James Harrison would not have a ring (Patriots lost to Eagles).
(7) Peyton Manning has one ring (Broncos ring does not count).
(8) Peyton Manning must give such ring he lost (above) to Von Miller, who thus has 2 rings.
(9) Aaron Rodgers can have all the rings he wants for keeping all of central Wisconsin employed.
(10) Brian Billick has 0 rings (2000 Ravens SB) because that defense carried him.
(11) Tony Boselli is a Hall of Famer.
(12) Tarik Cohen is an honorary Jew.
(13) JuJu Smith-Schuster is also an honorary Jew. L'Chaim.
(14) Drew brees has three rings for winning the super bowl for the city if new orleans (there was discussion on this where the number started at three, went up to five, came down to two, but iirc it ended up at three)
(15) Mike McCarthy has no Super Bowl rings. Dan also has this in his record book. In fact, McCarthy has -3 (negative three) rings.
(16) Any Super Bowl rings Antonio Brown gets with the Patriots will not count in the Stugotz personal record book. 9/9 Weekend Observations National Hour 2.
(17) Ohio States 76 to 5 victory over Miami (OH) on 9/21/19 does not count.

Basketball

Kevin Durant
(1) If Westbrook wins a championship and beats Kevin Durant along the way in the playoffs, Westbrook will have won 2 championship rings.
(2) Kevin Durant has -1 rings (negative 1 rings). As of 4/11/18 Durant has -4 Rings. Here is a tweet transcript of the conversation where this was discovered. https://twitter.com/AndFinallyDLB/status/984180896927543297
(3) If Kevin Durant wins an NBA title for the NY Knicks, he will gain 11 rings. However, as seen above, Durant has -4 rings and if he were to remain at -4, then win for the Knicks, he will have 7 rings total. This number is subject to change based on Stugotz altering the "-4" current total as seen recently when Stugotz adjusted the number from 0 rings to -1 rings to -4 rings. Another interesting note is that Stugotz has also said, If the Warriors won a championship playing 3 on 5 Kevin Durant would have 1 ring. I am unsure if this means he would gain +1 ring, and therefore be down to -3 rings total, or whether it means if they win a championship 3 on 5, he would be at (positive)+1 rings total.
(4) Kevin Durant's dagger in Game 3 did not count, because according to Stugotz none of Durant's stats count. KD's official statline last night was 0/0/0 and the Cavs blew the Warriors out by 40.
(5) Anything Kevin Durant has done with the Warriors is not n Stugotz' personal record scroll. (Stugotz did not take his feathered pen and write anything in his scroll (King Roy approves)).
(6) Westbrook had ALL of KD's rings.
(7) For every time KD says he doesn't give a BLEEP, Stugotz adds 2 "I do give a BLEEPS" in the personal record book.
(8) Per Dan, speaking on Stugotz' behalf, KD has no Olympic Gold Medals (9/18/19 National Hour 1 @ 00:07:50).
Michael Jordan
(1) Jordan has 9 rings since (a) the Rockets have to give their 2 rings from 1994 and 1995 to Jordan, and (b) the Bulls would have won the 1999 Finals over the Spurs if Jordan didn't retire.
(2) Michael Jordan was suspended for 2 years for gambling (Said 4/25/18 Hour 2, 14:30 in podcast). But MJ still has 9 rings as see above.
(3) Any game Michael Jordan played wearing the uniform #45 does not count.
LeBron James
(1) If LeBron James goes to the GSW, every championship he wins will result in a deduction of 2 previously won championships.
(2) The Miami Heat LeBron teams were the GREATEST teams in the history of sports (5/7/18 Local Hour).
(3) The Miami Heat LeBron teams were also the MOST INTERESTING teams in the history of sports.
(4) If, after the 2018 NBA Playoffs, (1) LeBron does not make it to the finals and the Celtics do, & (2) The Houston Rockets do not make it to the finals and the Warriors do, & (3) then LeBron goes to the Houston Rockets for the next season, LeBron is allowed to win rings that count in Stu's personal record book. HOWEVER Harden & Chris Paul, if they remain on the Rockets with LeBron on the team, are not allowed to have any of the rings won with LeBron count in Stu's personal record book. To quote the big man Stu (with Dan agreeing of course), "Do it on your own” (Dan agrees here).
(5) If LeBron wins an NBA Championship with the 2018 Lakers roster (as of 7/23/18) then that wins counts for 6 rings. Thus LeBron has 9 rings.
Misc. Basketball
(1) The Houston Rockets have 0 (none) NBA Championship victories. See a previous bullet, because Michael Jordan actually is in possession of those rings since Jordan would have won those championships if he stayed (1994 and 1995 did not count for Houston). BUT WAIT - CONFLICTING HOT TAKES AHEAD Stugotz has also said Jordan didn't get the Rockets' rings because he was actually suspended for gambling. NEEDS CLARIFICATION PLEASE.
(2) Steve Kerr has no rings as a coach. In fact, he has never even coached a game.
(3) Mychal Thompson (Klay's dad) has no rings. (Said on Zach Harper podcast).
(4) Clyde Drexler no rings (Said on Zach Harper podcast).
(5) Giannis Antetekoumpo is pronounced Yani Adababoombo.
(6) As long as James Harden has his beard, he cannot win any championships. If the Rockets win a ring, then the ring goes to the beard.
(7) Lamarcus Aldridge cost the Spurs game 2 of the 2017 Western Conference Semifinals, even though they won.
(8) If the Sixers happen to win a championship, Sam Hinkie gets a ring.
(9) Chris Paul has NOT made Western Conference Final since he had to join the Rockets to do so.
(10) Michael Jordan winning the NBA Finals in 1999 also means that Tim Duncan only has four rings instead of 5 rings.
(11) The Warriors only have 1 ring (Durant still has none/negative)
(12) Boogie Cousins cannot win a NBA Championship and have it count if he does so with the Warriors.
(13) Billy Donovan was the NBA Coach of the Year in 2017 (12/13/17 @ 28:10 Hour 1). The Thunder Blowing the 3-1 lead to the Warriors that year had nothing to do with Donovan. It was Durant's fault.
(14) The OKC Thunder actually did win the WCF against the Warriors in 2017 when up 3-1. This does not apply to Durant though. The Thunder also beat whoever they would have played in the Finals. Durant still no ring.

Baseball

Babe Ruth
(1) Babe Ruth is black.
(2) Babe Ruth never hit a baseball. Not once.
(3) Babe Ruth is the number two black baseball player of all time behind Barry Larkin.
(4) Babe Ruth is NOT a top 20 Baseball player of all time. He's a pitcher. However This is somewhat confusing/interesting Because: Stugotz has said "Babe Ruth is the number two black baseball player of all time behind Barry Larkin." This MUST mean Stugotz can only have 1 black player in his top 20 Baseball players of all time Barry Larkin. The only way it can work logically is if in the list of greatest players #1 through #20, only Barry Larkin is on the latter 1 through 20 list. I would like some clarification on if he wishes to change this take/record.
(5) Babe Ruth is also not a top 20 pitcher of all time.
Misc. Baseball
(1) (Stated on 05/03/2018 @ 12:38:52 P.M) Stugotz has declared that in his personal record book, Baseball no longer allows pitchers to hit (Excluding Bartolo Colon, and Shohei Ohtani). You are either a pitcher or a hitter. Not both.
(2) If the Dodgers won the 2017 World Series Clayton Kershaw would not have had a ring.
(3) Wade Boggs DOES have a ring because he rode around on a horse with beer afterward.
(4) Clayton Kershaw did not win an MVP award because the award for pitchers was already given, the CY Young award.
(5) Miami beat LSU in the 1996 College Baseball World Series .
(6) The 1986 NY Mets did not win the World Series against the Boston Redsocks (this pains Stugotz).
(7) The Red Sox may have won the 1986 World Series, taking a ring away from the Mets. Stugotz has to think about it though, he's not sure yet.
(8) Bryce Harper did not win the 2018 home run derby because he cheated.
(9) Kershaw's Earned Ring Average (ERA) is 0.00
(10) Mike Minor (Rangers Pitcher) does not have 200 strikeouts in 2019. He's at 199 (National Hour 2, 10 mins 40 seconds in). Chris agrees too. And who really cares (15% on poll do care).

Hockey

(1) Ray Bourque doesn't have a ring.
(2) Alex Ovechkin may or may not have won the Stanley Cup against the Vegas Golden Knights. "I mean he beat an expansion team . . . bunch of players nobody wanted" (We get the sense that Dan agrees).

Tennis

(1) If anyone wins a major in Female Tennis without Serena Williams playing, it does not count and they have 0 rings.
(2) If Maria Sharapova wins a grand slam in which Serena isnt competing it doesnt count.

Golf

(1) If Jason Day wins the 2018 Masters, it counts as an American winning (as far as bets are concerned).
(2) Vijay Singh did not play in the 2018 Masters.

Soccer

(1)Lionel Messi is stripped of all his achievements for using HGH. He never played soccer. He is still 5'1". "Fraud."

Miscellaneous

(1) Aqua?
(2) Rings plus-minus is the only way to measure greatness.
(3) The HBO Andre the Giant film was good, not great and Stugotz didn’t learn anything.
(4) Benoit Lecomte (guy they interviewed) can not and will not swim from San Francisco to Tokyo in the personal record book because he is most likely taking a dip for a few minutes then coming back on the boat and enjoying some filet mignon by the pool. "Do it without a yacht. And how about ya do it without the little magnetic field around you that keeps sharks away. How bout that. Allows dolphins through though? Anyway.."
(5) Justify (the horse) only has a double crown. This is the first ever double crown.
(6) Tango and Cash is in the action movie hall of fame and Cliffhanger is the greatest 5 minute intro of any movie of all time.
(7) Maximum Security (a horse) won the 2019 Kentucky Derby.
(8) Fruit Stripes Gum is NOT a 1st Ballot Hall of Famer in Stu's 'Gum Hall of Fame' because "it loses it's flavor so quickly" (08/12/2019 | Hour 2 @ 15:25). Also, "[...] Bazooka...1st Ballot Hall of Famer." Also, "Big League Chew..1st Ballot."
(9) Chris Cote owns all intellectual property rights to the "Friends" (TV Show) Movie with a misleading preview that eventually has a climax leading to an intense murder mystery. (10/29/19 Hour #2 @ 03:15). If they make this without crediting Cote, they're stealing it.
(10) That guy killed the pigeon (12/10 Hour 3 @ 08:20).
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bathrobeDFS - Daily Analysis for March 17th and Review of March 16th

Hello, everyone! bathrobeDFS here with your daily basketball article. First, I will breakdown my lineup for yesterday’s main slate. Then I will go over tonight’s slate as someone that plays on Draftkings. If you have any additional questions or want to see guaranteed updates in regards to breaking news- I provide additional updates, information, and stats on my twitter @bathrobeDFS. Feel free to throw me a follow cause it’s much easier and more timely to provide updates over that medium. I also have a Venmo and Patreon for those that wanna help Operation: Get Me A Laptop.
I also strongly suggest joining us on Flick. It’s a live chat app that allows me, and a wonderful group of people, to deal with news as it happens, talk about the slate, share lineups, and break things down in a way I simply can’t on any other medium. It is also invite only, so there are no trolls and only good, helpful people talking all different sports, all day, every day.. If you want to join us there, Download the Flick App and send me a message so I can get you an invite. That’s it! Free and easy!
It also should go without saying, this is just a preliminary analysis of the slate: everything can change throughout the day, so make sure you are staying on top of any and all injury news and change your lineups accordingly! Let’s get started with the Review!
Yesterday In Review:
My Lineup- -
Name Price DKP
Elf 6900 61.75
Brunson 5900 29.5
PG13 9700 52.75
Bender 3000 24.25
Bryant 4100 25.75
Klay 7400 48
Julius 8100 43.25
Jarrett Allen 4900 23.75
Total 50000 309
Best Possible Lineup- - Using the free lineup rewind tool on fantasycruncher, I find the highest possible lineup that could have been played.
Name Price DKP
Elf 6900 61.75
Booker 8000 67.25
Parsons 3000 34
Josh Jackson 3800 37.25
Nurkic 7200 55
Beal 9300 64.75
Kleber 4400 39.5
Klay 7400 48
Total 50000 407.5
Analysis-
Even though I was all over every person in the best possible lineup, with the exception of Chandler Parsons, I still managed to fall just outside the cash line with my lineup. At 656, when they announced Doncic was out, I redid my lineups to get heavy exposure to Brunson and it wound up hurting me a tremendous amount. One of those days that just makes my soul sad. But we move on to tonight!
The Daily Slates:
Lakers vs Knicks Showdown Notes
Afternoon 3 Game Slate
I am going to a condensed analysis for the 3 game slate.
Hornets vs Heat - Tip Off: 100pm
Stats
  • O/U - 220, LAL -4.5
  • Pace Rankings (last 15 days): CHA 22nd, MIA 26th
  • Injury News: Zeller DOUBTFUL, Justise QUESTIONABLE, Wade QUESTIONABLE
  • Defensive Stats (last month): CHA - 235.1 DKPPG (6th most, -16 from pace), Weakest against C. Also bad against SG/PG
  • Defensive Stats (last month): MIA - 218.5 DKPPG (25th most, -1 from pace), Weakest against SG. BEST IN NBA against C.
  • Players in the top 50 in usage (last 15 games): Kemba (9th), Wade (25th)
  • Players in the top 10 in DRPM: Richardson (6th - SG), Lamb (8th - SG), Justise (10th - SF), Whitside (3rd - C)
  • Players in the bottom 5 in DRPM: Wade (3rd Worst SG)
Quick Analysis
Before we talk about anything else, the bad thing here is that the tipoff time is two and a half hours before the next game tips off. Half of a team could be ruled out in that time. This game will have the lowest total on the slate. While I don’t know if it’s sane to completely fade it on a 3 game slate, if you are going to be around to late swap based on any late breaking news (and there should be some), I would give serious thought to going light on this game and saving your spots for the 330/4pm games.
With how bad the Hornets are at defending C without Zeller, I want to get some Bam (5000) who apparently is the only one we can count on for minutes. Take Whiteside (5700) if you like having agita.
With how bad MIA is at defending SG lately, I will take Jeremy Lamb (6000), who isn’t really affected by the loss of Zeller.
Olynyk (5300) should see 35 minutes here and, if he gets hot, could get you 7x value without too much of a trouble. Should also get a bunch of extra rebounds due to the Hornets being so bad.
The rest comes down to injury news. If Winslow misses, Dragic (4300) would be forced into extra minutes, and I would have to take a chance there. Also, this would make me really interested in Kemba (8300), who would have no one on the Heat who can adequately guard him, with or without Zeller
If Wade misses, you have to give extra consideration to McGruder (3300) and Waiters (4300).
Sixers vs Bucks - Tip Off: 330pm
Stats
  • O/U - 231, MIL -6.5
  • Pace Rankings (last 15 days): PHI 10th, MIL 8th
  • Injury News: PatCon PROBABLE, Brown OUT, Donte QUESTIONABLE, Brogdon OUT
  • Defensive Stats (last month): PHI - 221.6 DKPPG (22nd most, +12 from pace), Above Average Against Every Position.
  • Defensive Stats (last month): MIL - 232.7 DKPPG (12th most, +4 from pace), Weakest against C, SF, SG)
  • Players in the top 50 in usage (last 15 games): Embiid (10th), Giannis (11th), Khris (45th)
  • Players in the top 10 in DRPM: Bledsoe (7th - PG), Butler (2nd - PG), Giannis (5th - PF), BroLo (7th - C), Embiid (10th - C)
  • Players in the bottom 5 in DRPM: NONE
Quick Analysis
The Bucks have a 3 game lead over the Raptors for top seed in the East, even though they lost Brogdon for the rest of the season with a plantar fascia tear. Tony Snell will be replacing him in the lineup which is not good for the offense of the Bucks, but should push extra usage to all of the other normal starters, meaning all 4 of them should receive slight bumps from here on out, in every game, until they take their foot off the gas.
As much as I would love to talk about defensive matchups, this is a couple teams filled with freaks. Even if he’s guarded all game by Jimmy Butler, Giannis (10800) is going to take this game like a playoff preview, and will be playing for the win. If the Sixers let Harris guard him, with Butler on Khris, all the better for people who play Giannis.
Embiid (10000) has a tough matchup against BroLo and a good MIL C defense, but, again, he’s a freak. He’s gotten 34 and 36 minutes and 57 and 56 DKP his last couple of games. This is a tougher matchup, for sure, but it’s not like BroLo is going to stop Embiid. He is just underpriced for any matchup, as tough as this one is.
Simmons (8100)... he’s either going to have to attack the basket a lot, or get 20 assists to someone putting up a 3. Cause that’s where the Bucks are weakest, and he barely shoots past the key. The same goes for Butler, who should see the D of Giannis most of the game.
My 2 favorite Sixers are Redick (5100), who will try to exploit his matchup against Snell, and is a 3 point shooter if I ever saw one. He could put up 15 3s today if the Sixers really want to win. While not as prolific a 3 point shooter as Redick, Harris (7200) will get 5+ 3s up, as well as attack the Bucks at their weakest position, from the season long perspective.
Khris (6600) is someone I want today, though I feel like it’s one of those places I’m being too cute. I just feel like Giannis and Butler will be on each other all game, giving Khris a bonus matchup against Tobias Harris. He should be able to eat. Plus, no Brogdon. So that’s more 3s for him.
Snell (3100) should get the start, and might get you value in 20 minutes. Maybe? He could get you anywhere from 5-20 DKP here. It’s a huge risk but, in a 3 game slate, in a GPP, where we are hunting for value, you better believe I am going to take a chance here. As well as PatCon (3500), if he can play. If he is out, I will play Donte (3000). If both are out, with Brown missing, Snell might get 35 minutes, or I might take the chance they play both George Hill and Duval at the same time. But yuck.
Raptors vs Pistons - Tip Off: 430pm
Stats
  • O/U - N/A
  • Pace Rankings (last 15 days): TOR 13th, DET 29th
  • Injury News: Lowry QUESTIONABLE, Green PROBABLE, FVV QUESTIONABLE, Ibaka OUT, R Jax PROBABLE
  • Defensive Stats (last month): TOR - 227.3 DKPPG (19th most, +6 from pace), Weakest against SF and PG
  • Defensive Stats (last month): DET - 211.1 DKPPG (30th most, +1 from pace), Above Average Against Every Position. SECOND BEST IN THE NBA Against PG AND PF.
  • Players in the top 50 in usage (last 15 games): Kawhi (13th), Blake (27th), R Jax (39th)
  • Players in the top 10 in DRPM: Lowry (5th - PG), Green (1st - SG), Brown (3rd - SG), Siakam (7th - PF)
  • Players in the bottom 5 in DRPM: Ibaka (4th Worst C)
Quick Analysis
So, this game, and, essentially, this entire slate is going to come down to the health and status of Kyle Lowry. Since this is an early game, we may not know anything until 230-3pm, which means the early game will have been locked for 2 hours already. So you can either plan and try to guess right, late swap, or avoid it all entirely.
We have to also understand this is a Pistons team that has been playing 29th in pace and giving up the fewest DKPPG. Even if Lowry plays, this is just a terrible matchup for the whole Toronto team. On top of that, if you look at the last game, the entirety of the Raptors team had 21 assists on 111 points. Siakam had 6, Kawhi and Gasol had 4. Green, Powell, and McCaw had 2 and Lin, the POINT GUARD had 1. So, yeah.
Kawhi (8600) is priced fairly at 8600 if Lowry is playing, and he’s underpriced if Lowry is out, but nothing substantial enough I would call him a lock. He should get you another 40-45 DKP, but I don’t think he will get you anywhere near the 60 DKP you would want at that price.
Siakam (6700) is your best bet here. He will see his normal run and get some backup C run with Ibaka being out. Granted the Pistons have been wonderful against PF lately, but if he gets you 40 minutes again, at that price, you take it.
Gasol (6400) should get 26-30 minutes again, especially against this DET frontcourt. I think people will be skittish to play him after last game, but I think they will need his height more in this matchup than a Lakers team that plays small. He would be one of my favorite plays, assuming I am right about ownership.
If Lowry plays, he’s a little too expensive (unless they rule Kawhi out last minute). If FVV (4000) plays, I will be all over him. He hurt his thumb, so he should have been able to stay in shape, and people don’t consider that when they avoid people coming back from injury.
On the Pistons side, if Lowry is out, I will lock in R Jax (4700) against the D of Lin. Unless FVV starts, at which point I will start Ish (4100). Either way, I want whoever is going against Lin.
Drummond (8700) will have a tough draw against Gasol, but I still think he could get value for this price. Especially if Blake (7500) keeps playing like a Zombie on sleeping pills.
Main Four Game Slate
Hawks vs Magic - Tip Off: 600pm
Stats
  • O/U - 226.5, ORL -7.5
  • Pace Rankings (last 15 days): ATL 9th, ORL 25th
  • Injury News: Plumlee QUESTIONABLE
  • Defensive Stats (last month): ATL - 234.9 DKPPG (7th most, -2 from pace), Weakest against SG, PG and PF
  • Defensive Stats (last month): ORL - 212.2 DKPPG (29th most, +4 from pace), Above Average Against Every Position. BEST IN THE NBA against SF.
  • Players in the top 50 in usage (last 15 games): Trae (17th), Vuc (33rd), Ross (42nd)
  • Players in the top 10 in DRPM: Baze (5th - SG), Isaac (9th - PF), Vuc (6th - C)
  • Players in the bottom 5 in DRPM: Trae (WORST in NBA), Prince (3rd Worst SF), Collins (2nd Worst PF)
Quick Analysis
When you see one of the slowest teams taking on one of the fastest, you should immediately look to where you can exploit those weaknesses. The Hawks have many weaknesses.
First, PG. Trae is the worst defender in the NBA. Not just for PGs. For every player. So, even though Augustin (5100) has priced up, he just put up almost 40 DKP in a similar matchup against 2nd worst defender in the NBA, Collin Sexton. Jerian Grant (3200) will also get 18-22 minutes here, so you have to consider him as a punt.
Second, Forwards. Collins and Prince will start and get a lot of minutes. This means Isaac (5200) should be able to destroy Prince. That’s not even fair. And Gordon (7200), who is always a risk of disappearing, should be able to have one of those 50 DKP games against Collins. I would also add that Ross (5600) would also greatly benefit from these same issues.
Third, SG. While he will see some Baze, making him less desirable, you still can’t go wrong at that price for Fournier (5500), especially considering how weak ATL has been against outside shooting lately.
The only decent defender the Hawks have, and he has been showing it against good players all season, is Dedmon, meaning I will actually be lower on Vuc than any of the other starters except Fournier. I know that the Hawks is a great matchup and 9200 is underpriced. But I think the path to scoring is going to be easier through other people. Which does make the chance Vuc has a 3x2 greater. But it’s still pointless to push that issue, so why would they? I should also point out that bathrobe favorite Khem Birch (3400) just got 33DKP and a 13p/11r 2x2 in 18 minutes. Go Khem!
Trae Young (7400) is one of my favorite plays of this slate at that price. Not joking. I know ORL is slow. I know that they give up almost no DKPPG. I know they stunt production everywhere. But I also know that Trae is only 7400 and he’s going to be the lion’s share of this offense, and he has the easiest matchup, against either Augustin or Fournier, who he will obliterate today. He should be back over 8k and I will be ALL OVER him today. I imagine his ownership is going to be super low, and I may have to mass enter again just to get me enough Young over the field.
While I think Collins (7500) is almost a sure bet for a 2x2, and should get the best of Aaron Gordon almost all game, I think my 2nd favorite play on the Hawks is Huerter (4300) who is priced like a punt, but could easily get you 30-40 DKP here. He gets a great matchup against Fournier. He will get you 30 minutes. There’s just no reason that he should be that low. So, while I do like Collins a lot, considering price, gimme Trae first, then Huerter, then Collins.
Bulls vs Kings - Tip Off: 600pm
Stats
  • O/U - 232, SAC -6.5
  • Pace Rankings (last 15 days): CHI 19th, SAC 2nd
  • Injury News: NONE
  • Defensive Stats (last month): CHI - 234.2 DKPPG (8th most, +11 from pace), 2nd worst in the NBA against PG. Also bad against C.
  • Defensive Stats (last month): SAC - 230.3 DKPPG (3rd most, -1 from pace), Worst in the NBA against PG. Also below average against SG, PF, and C.
  • Players in the top 50 in usage (last 15 games): LaVine (18th), Hield (29th), Lauri (49th)
  • Players in the top 10 in DRPM: Fox (10th - PG)
  • Players in the bottom 5 in DRPM: Bagley (4th Worst PF)
Quick Analysis
This is a massive, massive pace up matchup for the Bulls against a SAC team that plays horrid D. So the first person you have to go to is the person that controls the most usage - LaVine (8000). He is going to take as many shots as he wants, and, even though his price has FINALLY come up to the 8k mark I’ve been talking about since he came back from the injury, he is still someone who could get past 50 DKP in this matchup, especially if this shoots out.
My 2nd favorite play would be Otto (6500), who gets the best matchup of the lot, against Barnes, who is awful. Considering price, I might like him more than LaVine. But it’s really close.
Next best is Lauri (7300). If they start Bagley instead of Bjelica, Lauri becomes my favorite play. But, assuming Lauri starts opposite Bjelica, he would be 3rd.
On the Kings, the only 2 players I want, and I want a lot of them, are Fox (7100) and Hield (7000). In this matchup, given the weaknesses of the Bulls defense as a whole, and the defense of LaVine specifically, I will be all over these 2 players today. I think both can go off here, and it would be really sneaky to stack this game while the field is looking elsewhere. Especially considering how consolidated usage gets for both.
Wolves vs Rockets - Tip Off: 900pm
Stats
  • O/U - N/A
  • Pace Rankings (last 15 days): MIN 16th, HOU 24th
  • Injury News: Teague OUT, RoCo OUT, Rose QUESTIONABLE, Deng OUT, Harden QUESTIONABLE
  • Defensive Stats (last month): MIN - 242.9 DKPPG (2nd most, +14 from pace!!), 2nd worst in the NBA against PF, also terrible against SF. Also subpar against PG and SG.
  • Defensive Stats (last month): HOU - 217 DKPPG (27th most, -3 from pace), Weakest against PG. 2nd Best in the NBA Against Centers.
  • Players in the top 50 in usage (last 15 games): Harden (1st), KAT (4th), Rose (16th)
  • Players in the top 10 in DRPM: CP3 (4th - PG), RoCo (1st - SF), Tucker (9th - SF)
  • Players in the bottom 5 in DRPM: Rose (4th Worst PG), Saric (WORST PF)
Quick Analysis
Well, this sucks, huh? The whole slate will come down to whether or not Harden plays. And there is no guarantee we know before lock. Two games at 6, both filled with plays. Then a 3 hour gap. Then 2 games at 9pm. One of which has James Harden as questionable. All we can do is hope that the Rockets have some kind of Sunday morning availability where they can update his status. But you and I both know, odds are that this is going to be a GTD we won’t know about until 730pm when the team is starting to warm up. For what it’s worth, it’s the same “cervical strain” that kept him out a couple games a few weeks back. So. Good luck to us all. I hope we find out early. I wouldn’t hold my breath.
If Harden (11500) plays, I am pretty sure the Rockets are going to eat the Wolves for breakfast. If that happens, I would maybe take a chance on Wiggins. But I would find it hard to pay up for anyone, given how good the other games are. So I hope Harden misses, so we can take some fun picks from this game.
First, CP3 (6700) would draw a tough matchup against Tyus, but he’s only 6700 and would be without Harden. Meaning you have to lock him in first and foremost, though he would also be the absolute chalkiest of chalk .If you want to get off him, cause of the Tyus matchup, I completely understand.
Second, if Harden misses, you have to lock in Gordon (5300), who gets an insane usage bump, and would get Andrew Wiggins all game, who is the 6th worst SF defensively in the NBA.
I wouldn’t be a big fan of either, but with as much usage as Harden has needing to go elsewhere, it would be hard not to consider Capela (7600) and House (3700) as well (or whoever gets the start).
It should also be noted that, a couple months ago, the Wolves were one of the best teams in the NBA against PF. Then they started giving Saric the starts. And now they are 2nd worst in the NBA against the position. As much as it makes my blood curl, Tucker (4100) is going to get a bunch of minutes against him. The best thing we can hope for is Harden to be out, and the Rockets to move Tucker to SF and move Faried (4000) into the starting lineup, at which point he would be one of my favorite plays of the day. It would also change everything I am about to write about the Wolves.
On the Wolves side, if Harden is out, I will be all in on Wiggins (5500), who would be lined up against Gordon, who is even worse than Wiggins at D. With Teague out, Rose coming off the bench at best (and Questionable in his own right), and KAT going against a Rockets team that has been shutting Centers down lately, Wiggins is going to be in one of those spots where, when you look back at it and he has taken 30 shots and gotten 50 DKP, you are like “oh shit, why didn’t I even consider Wiggins.” You know, those games Wiggins has a couple of a year? It’s one of those.
As good as the Rockets have been against C, i would also take a shot on KAT (10000), who is 4th in usage and just can’t be stopped by Capela, or anyone else on this Rockets team. He is the head honcho on this team, in every sense, and with Teague out it increases his usage, and his assist upside.
Even though he draws a tough matchup against CP3, he will get 30 minutes with Teague out, so you have to take a chance on Tyus (4700) at that price. I don’t love the spot, but I love the price, the usage, and the opportunity. And those win out here, and in DFS.
The last thing I will point out here is, not to beat a dead horse, but Saric is so fucking terrible at Defense I just got past him with my walker. If the Wolves want to keep this game close, they are going to need to give Taj (4400) a LOT of extra run. Be sure to give him a lot of consideration, because I really think they are going to need to use a lot of him in this matchup, at the expense of Saric.
Nets vs Clippers - Tip Off: 900pm
Stats
  • O/U - 231, LAC -6
  • Pace Rankings (last 15 days): BK 14th, LAC 4th
  • Injury News: Crabbe OUT, Napier QUESTIONABLE
  • Defensive Stats (last month): BK - 225.1 DKPPG (21st most, -7 from pace), Weakest against C/PF. 2nd best in the NBA Against SG.
  • Defensive Stats (last month): LAC - 233.4 DKPPG (10th most, -6 from pace), 2nd worst in the NBA against C. Also weak against PG and SG.
  • Players in the top 50 in usage (last 15 games): D Lo (2nd), LouWill (5th), Dinwiddie (14th), Gallo (43rd), Montrezl (44th)
  • Players in the top 10 in DRPM: PatBev (3rd - PG), Treveon (7th - SG), Zubac (8th - C)
  • Players in the bottom 5 in DRPM: Dinwiddie (5th Worst PG), LouWill (2nd Worst SG), Joe Harris (4th Worst SF)
Quick Analysis
The most expensive play in this game is 7100. And it has a total of 231. With 2 fast teams (BK was just 1st in pace) with huge holes in their defense. Oh man, this is going to be fun to get a lot of cheap value from
First, and foremost, Centers/PFs against the Nets and Centers against the Clippers. Give me all of them. First, obviously, is Montrezl (6600) who should get 40-50 DKP tonight just for showing up, like he got his name right on the SATs. Next is Ed Davis (3500), who will only get 20 or so minutes, but will get to eat while doing it. Third, Zubac (4700) will also only get you 20-24 minutes here, but he is 1200 more expensive than Davis. Last is Jarrett Allen (5300), who I just don’t trust to get the minutes or production. But you can’t deny his upside and the spot he’s in.
Second, high usage guards. The only decent defender on this team at the guard position is PatBev, who will have his hands full with LeVert (and vice versa). That leaves D Lo (7100) and his falling price tag, against SGA and his terrible D. He isn’t getting as many minutes lately, but he is still 2nd in the NBA in usage over the last 15 games, even with Dinwiddie back. He could get you 50 DKP here and people will avoid him. I also LOVE Dinwiddie (6100) and LouWill (6900) who will get most of their run lined up against each other, and they are both horrible defenders. As you can see, LouWill and Dinwiddie are both top 15 in the NBA in usage, so we can count on them to take a lot of shots, and can laugh at how ridiculous these prices are.
The last play I want to mention is Gallo (6800) who is the unquestioned usage leader of the starting 5 for the Clippers. He will be matched up with Kurucs who is a dumpster fire. While he will cede all of his late game usage to LouWill and Montrezl, making him a riskier and less reliable play, he could get you 40 DKP when they are off the court, and we can just hope for some crumbs when they are.
Wow!! This should be an exciting day of basketball!! I wish you all the best of luck! I am going to leave my house for once and go look at laptops with my wife! Yay! I’m super excited. I don’t think I have enough to get one, but at least then I’ll know what I am aiming for! Hooray!
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BSPN: 2011 RBL Playoff Preview

Hello everyone this is going to be a in-depth analysis of the 1st round match-ups followed by a less intensive analysis of the predicted match-ups, written by me on behalf of BSPN.
 

Match-up 1: New York Knicks vs. Chicago Bulls

 
The 1 vs. 8 in the East should be fairly straight forward. The New York Knicks are an absolutely loaded roster featuring Most Improved Player candidate Danilo Gallinari, key free agent addition Chris Bosh, and fan favorite David Lee. That Big 3 along with strong role players led by Wilson Chandler seem poised to destroy the Chicago Bulls.
 
The Chicago Bulls are led by the young duo Derrick Rose and Tyreke Evans. Evans was the MVP of the Rising Stars Challenge, and Derrick Rose is one of the brightest young stars in the league. This young athletic back-court will undoubtedly be a force to contend with in the upcoming years, and they may steal a game, but this has been a bit of a step back overall for the roster which made it to the 2nd round last year.
New York Knicks in 5
 

Match-up 2: Washington Wizards vs. Cleveland Cavaliers

 
The 4 seed Wizards have been a bit of a surprise this season yet again. They traded their All-Star PF Antawn Jamison for a true C in Nene. This has allowed Michael Beasley to really step into his role and improve on his solid season from last year. Luol Deng and Mike Miller have also been very capable wings this season and have provided strong additional scoring when Beasley needed the help. They have one weakness and it is at PG but reigning 6th Man of the Year Brendan Haywood helps make up for that.
 
This team is clearly led by one man and that is LeBron James. The reigning MVP and current MVP candidate will have his hands full with a sneakily good Washington team, but they have a strong enough supporting cast in Deron Williams, Al Harrington and a bunch of role players that I would consider them the favorites for this game, even with Mo Williams being out for all of this series and some of the next.
Cleveland Cavaliers in 6
 

Match-up 3: Miami Heat vs. Detroit Pistons

 
I am going to be as unbiased as possible here and say that the Miami Heat have one of the most talented starting lineups in the league. They have the league leader in assists in Steve Nash running the show, with 3 super talented scorers around him in Carmelo Anthony, Dwyane Wade and Ersan Ilyasova, and a young athletic center in Jason Thompson. Thompson however will miss both of the opening games at home.
 
The Pistons are far from a finished product, they lack a true star, they don't have much depth, however the future is very bright in Detroit. Young forward-center Greg Monroe has been something of a force this season and he leads a fairly young trio that also includes PG Rodney Stuckey and Jonas Jerebko. They just don't have enough talent for this season.
Miami Heat in 5
 

Match-up 4: Toronto Raptors vs. New Jersey Nets

 
Toronto has outplayed their talent in my opinion, but with a trade deadline deal for All-Star PG, Gilbert Arenas, they have given themselves an alpha dog to lead their strong unit of players. His backcourt running mates Brandon Rush and Demar DeRozen are both great players in their own ways (Rush with his shooting and DeRozen with his athleticism). The real x-factor however has been the play of their great young bench. On their day this team can beat anyone, but do they have the experience or legitimate superstar to take them to the finals?
 
The New Jersey Nets are not a team that was expected to be here at this point. They traded their star in Danny Granger for some young pieces and a pick that has ended up giving them joint best odds for the 1st overall pick. The biggest of these young assets is quite literally the biggest player on the team, Brook Lopez has been one of the best deadline pickups in the RBL. Lopez along with FA pickups Amar'e Stoudemire and J.J. Redick lead a well balanced roster that is looking to upset a similarly well rounded Raptors team.
Toronto Raptors in 7
 

Match-up 5: Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Utah Jazz

 
The Thunder are the most talented team in the league without a reasonable doubt. They have two top 5 players who are both super long incredible scorers in Dirk Nowitzki and Kevin Durant. The talent doesn't stop there however as their starting lineup is rounded out by 3 super athletes: Dwight Howard, Jeff Green and Russell Westbrook. Westbrook is missing the first 4 games of this series, but with Trevor Ariza stepping into the lineup it just makes them even longer. I question whether their ball movement will be hindered by the lack of a PG in the starting lineup initially but I doubt it will prevent them from dominating.
 
The Jazz are another over performing team who actually saw a significant improvement after they traded away their All-Star PG, Gilbert Arenas for a former All-Star in Andrea Bargnani. They are unfortunately very outnumbered and outgunned in this first series. It would take a miracle for them to beat the Thunder and I don't really see them taking any of the games even with Westbrook's injury.
Oklahoma City Thunder in 4
 

Match-up 6: New Orleans Hornets vs. Portland TrailBlazers

 
The New Orleans Hornets are a true dynamic duo with Chris Paul (who very nearly missed out on Assists leader to Steve Nash) and David West leading the way. Unfortunately their supporting cast isn't incredible. They also didn't make any particularly interesting moves this season.
 
The Portland TrailBlazers are one LaMarcus Aldridge away from being legitimate contenders and possibly title favorites. They have one of the best guards in the world in Brandon Roy, and another young star in French wing Nicolas Batum. However, the trade that I think will win them this series is the trade they made for Carlos Boozer. They filled the whole that Aldridge left as best they could and have gotten themselves a true Big 3.
Portland TrailBlazers in 6
 

Match-up 7: Los Angeles Lakers vs. Los Angeles Clippers

 
The Lakers are the sure favorite in this match-up as they go up against their little brother the Clippers. Kobe is still an All-RBL level guard, Pau Gasol is a defensive nightmare, and a hyper-efficient offensive beast. Outside of that this Lakers team is much worse than you would expect from a team that put up 60 wins. Andrew Bynum is a great young Center but his is the only true help Kobe and Pau have. This series it shouldn't matter but in the future, only time will tell.
 
The Clippers just aren't ready yet in my opinion. Sure they have the experience from Chauncey Billups, and they have a ton of athletic youth, but they are still a year away from true contention to me. One more year of development from 2009 1st overall pick Blake Griffin, 2010 2nd overall pick Derrick Favors and 2008 7th overall pick Eric Gordon and this team will be ready to compete with the best in the West.
Los Angeles Lakers in 5
 

Match-up 8: San Antonio Spurs vs. Memphis Grizzlies

 
The Spurs are a fantastic well rounded team. They feature one of the best pass first guards in former Celtic, Rajon Rondo. They have a wonderful SG in fan favorite Manu Ginobili. They have a lock-down defender and rebounder at SF in Gerald Wallace. Their star at PF is LaMarcus Aldridge, and of course at C, legendary player Tim Duncan. This is not to mention their great bench which has wonderful depth led by 6th Man of the Year candidate Luis Scola. Once backup PG, George Hill, comes back after the two home games they will truly be a force to be reckoned with.
 
The Memphis Grizzlies are a great team that has under performed and put themselves in a tough situation. It also doesn't help that they are missing the heart and soul of their team Zach Randolph due to a fractured foot. Randolph will miss all of this series and if the Grizzlies can make it, he is doubtful to return in the 2nd round. They still have a very good team though, led by the young backcourt of Mike Conley and O.J. Mayo. They will look to give the aging Spurs backcourt a run for their money.
San Antonio Spurs in 6
 
That concludes the in-depth first round previews I will now do short write-ups for the Conference Semi-Finals, Conference Finals, and the RBL Finals.
 

Eastern Conference Semi-Finals

 
New York Knicks vs. Cleveland Cavaliers
LeBron vs. New York is certainly the story-line that would take place. Assuming all parties are fully healthy the Knicks overall team should overwhelm the Cavs.
New York Knicks in 5
 
Toronto Raptors vs. Miami Heat
The Raptors coming off a projected long series will falter against the star power of the team from South Beach. Carmelo leads the way having the best playoff series of his career and taking down the 2 seed.
Miami Heat in 6
 

Western Conference Semi-Finals

Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Portland TrailBlazers
The Thunder's overall talent will chip away at the TrailBlazers, and while I think Brandon Roy can win one game by himself, and the other two members of the Blazer Big 3 can help chip in with another, the Thunder are simply too much.
Oklahoma City Thunder in 6
 
San Antonio Spurs vs. Los Angeles Lakers
This is the first series where I am truly stumped. The Lakers have the best player in the series and possibly the 2nd best in Kobe and Pau, however the Spurs probably have the next 5-7 best players in the series. It is always tough to pick against the defending champion and it is always bad to bet against Kobe.
Los Angeles Lakers in 7
 

Eastern Conference Finals

 
New York Knicks vs. Miami Heat
This one will be a hard fought series, but there is only one team that should be winning this. As much as it hurts me to say this the New York Knicks should win this series, and the Heat will see what could have been as Bosh leads his team to the finals.
New York Knicks in 6
 

Western Conference Finals

 
Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Los Angeles Lakers
This is going to be a series for the ages. The defending champions against the title favorites. Dirk vs. Pau, KD vs. Kobe. Somehow, someway, whether it be from the grace of God, or simply the will of the force, the Black Mamba will lead his team back to the finals to set the stage for the ultimate East Coast vs. West Coast narrative.
Los Angeles Lakers in 7
 

RBL Finals

New York Knicks vs. Los Angeles Lakers
In what may go down as the greatest finals in the history of the RBL the two biggest cities in the United States clash in an ultimate battle of basketball ability. The greatest dynamic duo the game has seen since MJ and Pippen will face off against what may be the greatest collection of talent the world has ever seen at the RBL level. Kobe and Pau vs. the New York Knicks. Unfortunately it all ends up being a bit anti-climactic as the wear and tear of back-to-back 7 games series starts to show for the Lakers.
New York Knicks in 5
 
Thank you to all you RBL fans out there and I look forward to many great playoff match-ups!
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/r/NBA 2017 Southeast Division Breakdown: Atlanta Hawks

Team Name: Atlanta Hawks
Subreddit: /AtlantaHawks
Subreddit Motto: We aren't tanking.
Arena: Phillips Arena
Average Attendance (Rank): 15,958 (26)
Division: Southeast
Record: 43-39
Playoff Record: 2-4 (Lost in 1st round to the Washington Wizards)

Owner, Front Office and Coaching

A section about the Owner, FO and the Coaching. Include anybody/anything you deem important
The Hawks shook up their front office over the off-season. Mike Budenholzer and Wes Wilcox "resigned" from their respective roles as President of Basketball Operations and General Manager (Budenholzer remains the team's head coach). Travis Schlenk, former Assistant GM of the Warriors, was hired as the Head of Basketball Operations and General Manager.

2016-2017

2016-17 Lineup PPG TS% Position State with the Team
Paul Millsap 18.1 .542 PF Left in FA (Nuggets - 3/$60M)
Dennis Schröder 17.9 .533 PG Signed until 2021 for $15.5M/yr
Tim Hardaway Jr 14.5 .568 SG Left in FA (Knicks - 4/$71M)
Dwight Howard 13.5 .627 C Traded to Hornets
Ersan Ilyasova 13.1 .530 PF Re-signed for 1/$6M
Kent Bazemore 11 .504 SG Signed until 2020 for ~$18M/yr
Thabo Sefolosha 7.2 .519 SF Left in FA (Jazz - 2/$10.5M)
Mike Muscala 6.2 .596 C Re-signed for 2/$10M (2nd yr PO)
Taurean Prince 5.7 .513 SF Signed until 2020 (rookie scale)
Malcolm Delaney 5.4 .456 PG Signed until 2018 for $2.5M/yr
Mike Dunleavy 5.2 .597 SF Free Agent
Kris Humphries 4.6 .514 PF Free Agent
Jose Calderon 3.7 .504 PG Left in FA (Cavaliers - 1yr min)
DeAndre' Bembry 2.7 .481 SF Signed until 2020 (rookie scale)
Ryan Kelly 1.6 .408 PF Left in FA (Spain)
Note: Bold are playoff starters
General Team Stats Rank Stat
PTS/Game 22 103.2
Pts Allowed 10 104.0
Differential 19 -0.8
3PA/Game 16 26.1
3P% 23 34.1
Rebound/Game 9 44.3
Assists/Game 10 23.6
Advanced Rank Stat
Ortg 27 104.9
Drtg 4 105.7
Pace 11 97.4

2016-2017 Regular Season Recap

The 2016-17 Hawks season was full of ups-and-downs, including a few game winners and big wins over the league's top teams but also a couple of long losing streaks. The Hawks finished with a 43-39 record but it was more interesting than the typical 43 win season (at least for Hawks fans).
  • The Hawks started the season going 9-2 in the first 3 weeks of the season. Dwight Howard seemed to fit in quickly, putting up some big performances in that stretch including 20/15 in his first game against the Rockets, 31/11 against the Lakers and 7/17 against the Cavs while completely neutralizing Tristan Thompson as the Hawks beat the Cavs for the first time in 11 games. Dennis Schroder got off to a solid start in his first season as starting PG giving an early indication that the team had made the right decision in trading Jeff Teague to give him that role.
  • After winning 9 of their first 11 games, the Hawks proceeded to lose 10 of their next 11 games. Schroder had his worst game of the season, scoring only 1 point in 22 minutes against the Knicks. Paul Millsap was injured for the last 4 games of this stretch which didn't help matters. After a 36 point loss to the Pistons followed by a 44 point loss to the Raptors, the Hawks fell out of the top 8 seeds and it looked like the season was falling off the rails.
  • Millsap's return to the lineup in the first week of December helped to stabilize the Hawks' season a bit. They ended their rut with back-to-back wins against the Heat and Bucks (a game which the Hawks trailed by 20 at halftime). For the next couple of weeks, the team alternated wins and losses. After their loss to the Wolves on December 26, the Hawks had a 15-16 record and the 7th seed in the East.
  • At this point it seemed like the Hawks would finally tank after 9 straight years of making the playoffs. Reports came out that they were shopping Paul Millsap, Kyle Korver, Thabo Sefolosha and any other veterans on expiring contracts. However, the Hawks chose this moment to go on an 8 game winning streak, their longest of the season. Kyle Korver was traded to the Cavs in the middle of this stretch before a game against the Pelicans. Despite having been traded, Korver stayed on the Hawks' bench during the game and cheered the team. A couple of days later, when the winning streak hit 7, reports came out that the Hawks had taken Millsap off the trade block. The Hawks winning streak finally came to an end in a game against the Celtics where Isaiah Thomas hit a last second game-winner.
  • After their winning streak ended, the Hawks reverted to playing around .500 for the next month until the all-star break. They beat the Knicks 142-139 in a 4OT thriller in which Paul Millsap played 60(!) minutes. This stretch also included a game where the Hawks came back from 10 points down with 3 minutes left to win against the Bulls. The Hawks also traded for Ersan Ilyasova who would be a part of some of the Hawks' best lineups down the stretch of the season.
  • The Hawks had a 32-24 record and were the 5th seed at the all-star break. However, they went 7-14 over the next 5 weeks including a 7 game losing streak, most of it with Millsap injured. The Hawks were 39-38 and the 7th seed with 5 games left in the season.
  • With the Hawks next 3 games being BOS, @CLE, CLE, there was a good chance that the Hawks might miss out on the playoffs. Instead the Hawks went on arguably the most incredible 3-game run of any team last season. First they beat the then 2nd seed Celtics 124-117 in a game dominated by Dwight Howard before he was ejected in the 3rd quarter. The very next night, they went to Cleveland to play the Cavs who were coming off a comprehensive victory over the Celtics. The Hawks decided to bench all 5 starters and yet still beat the full strength Cavs 114-100 despite having some players on the floor whom Cavs announcer Austin Carr could not even name. A couple nights later, the now full strength Hawks beat the Cavs again, coming back from a 26 point 4th quarter deficit to pull out the win in OT.
  • Those 3 unlikely wins helped the Hawks finish with a 43-39 record and the 5th seed in the East.

Playoffs

Round 1 - Lost to Washington Wizards, 2-4
The Hawks lost the first two games, won the next two, before losing the next two games to go down in 6 games against the Wizards. While the Wizards were the better team, the Hawks did have double digit leads in every single game in the series and the series could've gone the other way had the Hawks performed better in crunch time.
John Wall was the best player in the series, putting up 29/10 on great efficiency and showing why he's one of the best transition players in the league. Dennis Schroder exceeded expectations on both offense and defense and he actually outplayed Paul Millsap and was the Hawks' best player in the series.
Despite Wall's brilliance, where the Hawks really lost the series was the Hardaway/Howard vs Beal/Gortat match-up. Both Hardaway and Howard were comprehensively outplayed by their counterparts and every time the Wizards ran a Beal/Gortat pick-and-roll, it was a complete disaster on defense. Hardaway's inability to fight through any screens coupled with Howard's immobility and reluctance to leave the paint allowed Beal to put up 26 PPG and costed the Hawks the series.
2017 Draft Position Round Pick College or Country
John Collins PF 1 19 Wake Forest University
Tyler Dorsey SG 2 41 University of Oregon
Alpha Kaba PF 2 60 France
2017-18 Additions Position Previously Played Team, Aquistion Details Remaining Contract
Dewayne Dedmon C San Antonio Spurs, Free Agent Signing 2y$12.3M (2nd yr PO)
Miles Plumlee C Charlotte Hornets, Trade 3y$37.5M
Marco Belinelli SG Charlotte Hornets, Trade 1y$6M
Luke Babbit SF Miami Heat, Free Agent Signing 1ymin
Nicholas Brussino SF Dallas Mavericks, Claimed off waivers 1ymin
Quinn Cook PG New Orleans Pelicans, Free Agent Signing 1ymin
Tyler Cavanaugh PF Undrafted Free Agent Signing 1ymin

2017 Offseason

Letting Paul Millsap Walk
For the second consecutive offseason, the Hawks lost an all-star big man in unrestricted free agency. After shopping Millsap on the trade market in the 2016 offseason and the 2017 trade deadline and initially indicating that their main offseason priority was to re-sign him, the Hawks let him walk to the Nuggets for a rather reasonable 3y$60M contract (3rd year team option). Millsap later said that the Hawks did not even make him a contract offer.
Dwight Howard trade
This was Travis Schlenk's first move as the team's GM and the first indication that the team had embraced rebuilding. In one of the more puzzling trades of the offseason, the Hawks traded Howard and the 31st pick in the 2017 draft for Marco Belinelli, Miles Plumlee and the 41st pick in the 2017 draft. It was one of the rare trades where you could make a case that the team got worse players, took on worse salary and also got a worse draft pick out of the exchange. Apparently the front office really wanted Howard out of Atlanta but one could put together a decent argument that the team would've been better off cutting/buying-out Howard rather than making this trade and taking on the albatross that is Miles Plumlee for another 3 seasons
Letting Tim Hardaway Jr go to the Knicks in restricted free agency
The Hawks were reportedly hoping to sign THJ to a contract in the neighbourhood of 4y$45M. However, the Knicks offered him a 4y$71M contract and also threw in a 15% trade kicker and final year player option. Apparently, the Knicks really wanted Hardaway and decided to overpay to make sure the Hawks did not match. The Hawks wisely decided not to match and THJ will now return to the team that traded him away two seasons ago.
Minor Transactions
Dewayne Dedmon was signed to replace Dwight. Coach Bud prefers to have a spaced floor with bigs who can shoot and this was reflected in the re-signing of Mike Muscala and Ersan Ilyasova as well as the signing of Luke Babbit from the Heat. Quinn Cook and Nicholas Brussino were signed on 1ymin deals as end of the roster depth.

2017-2018 Season Preview

Barring a Giannis-esque breakout from Schroder, the Hawks will almost certainly miss the playoffs for the first time since the 2006-07 season.
On offense, the team will be heavily reliant on Schroder to score and create for others. He led the team with a 27.6 USG% last year and now that Millsap (24.2 USG%) and Hardaway (22.1 USG%) are gone, Schroder's USG% will probably have to climb above 30% and there's a chance he's top 10 in the league in that category.
How well the offense does will depend more on what Mike Budenholzer is able to do with the limited talent available to him. In the past, he's been able to put together respectable offenses where the whole is more than the sum of the parts. However, in the past, Coach Bud's system has been predicated on ball movement and a spaced floor and the two versatile bigs, Horford and Millsap, who could shoot and pass were a big part of that. Now that neither of them are on the team anymore, Bud will have to modify his system to accomodate the new players at those positions. Dedmon is a good roll man so we might see a bunch of Schroder-Dedmon P&Rs this season. The Hawks are certain to be a bottom tier offensive team this season and if they manage to somehow avoid being in bottom 5 teams in offense, it'll be quite the accomplishment.
If the Hawks are to exceed expectations this season, it's more likely they do so on the defensive end. They had the 4th best defense last year but Millsap was a huge part of that and now he's gone. The defense at the guard spots will likely be well below average, especially given Schroder's increased role on offense which will further lessen his defensive effort. At the center spot, they've replaced Howard with Dedmon and while Dedmon may not have the defensive reputation of Howard, he's much more mobile and better suited to the modern game on that end.
However, the team hasn't made any moves to replace Millsap's defense from the PF spot as most of his minutes will be filled by Ersan Ilyasova, Luke Babbit and John Collins, all of whom are below average, at best, defenders. There is some defensive upside at the 3 though; the two second-year players Taurean Prince and DeAndre' Bembry both showed promise on the defensive end last season and the Hawks will hope that they take steps forward in that area. On paper, this looks like a league average defense, but if Budenholzer gets the players to buy in and compete hard on defense, I could see them sneaking into the top 10.
Crowdsourced predictions from /AtlantaHawks
The Vegas oveunder line is at 25.5 wins which is the second lowest of any team (only the Bulls are lower). However, I think Coach Bud will get the team to beat that mark. The team has defended at a high level ever since he became the coach and he deserves a good chunk of the credit for that. I predict they finish 12th in defense and 98th in offense with a 30-52 record.
-widesheep
38-44. 8th Seed
One reason, Coach Bud. Coach Bud has proven that the whole is more important than the sum of its parts. He took a group of misfits and turned them into a 60 win team after being the 8 seed the previous year before. He and his staff might be the best in the NBA at developing players. So many free agents have gotten their first real taste of playtime here and have gone on to not produce when leaving. He turned DeMarre into capable starter and got THJ a 4y$71mil contract. Needless to say, coach Bud has always been able to find a way to unlock player potential by putting them in the right situation on the court.
John Collins will make the All-Rookie team.
Dennis will get his first All-Star selection.
-Wong-A-Donger
Vegas has us at 25.5 wins, which I think is a fair and accurate ballpark of where we finish (I would estimate 27-28 wins).
Plain and simple we have a roster bereft of talent. Dennis Schroeder is the only established legitimate NBA starter; behind that we have a slew of NBA rotation guys (Bazemore, Ilyasova, Dedmon, Muscala, Belinelli) or young and unproven mid-level talent (Prince, Collins, Bembry). There is a woeful lack of shot creation ability or premier shooting. We were a bottom 5 offensive team last season, and we unquestionably got worse on that end with the departures of Millsap, Dwight, and THJ.
This team may be good, even great in 3-4 seasons after our existing players have had to develop and we add on draft picks and free agents. But this season? Anyone expecting over 30 wins is deluding themselves.
-azuresou1
32-50
-luhg89
we were hot ass on offense without millsap. I think the adjustment to losing him + THJ is going to really hamper us offensively. Like we could reasonably be the worst offensive team in the league. I really do just hope we trade away all the cheap, short contracts we have (minus Muscala) for some assets and commit to playing our young guys. This is looking like the best shot we've had at a top 3 draft pick in quite some time, we should actually commit to getting it.
-custom-concern

Roster breakdown:

(Some of these run a bit long but I tried to focus more on players who are part of the Hawks' long term future)
Starters
Dennis Schroder - PG
Schroder is by far the best offensive player on this team and with the departures of Millsap and Hardaway Jr, Schroder is the only player left on the team who can create his own offense. Schroder was excellent in the playoffs, and while he wasn't quite at the level of John Wall, he put up 25/8 on 58% TS% and was the Hawks' best player in the series. His playoff defense was also somewhat of a revelation as he was often criticized for a lack of defensive effort during the regular season. While he didn't completely stop Wall, he was able to at least slow him down a bit in half-court settings (Wall did wreck the Hawks in transition though I'd put more of the blame for that on the bigs' inability to get back in transition).
In the regular season, Schroder managed to improve his efficiency across the board while also playing around 10MPG more than the previous season. His speed and acceleration allow him to consistently get by the first line of defense and he also became more willing to take a pull-up 3 when teams went under the pick-and-roll.
However, despite his physical tools and improvements in the past couple of seasons, he still has some flaws in his game that he will have to address if he wants to enter the upper tiers of point guards in the league. His finishing around the rim and ability to draw fouls at the rim are well below average, especially for a player whose main offensive skill is his ability to get to the rim. His shooting has improved a lot but he still needs quicken his release and become a more consistent shooter if he wants to make teams pay when they go under on the P&R. And while he can be a good defender when he's engaged on that end, the offensive load he had to take on last season affected his defensive effort and that load is going to be even larger this season.
Despite his flaws, he remains a promising player (he just turned 24) and how quickly the Hawks are able to turn around this rebuild will greatly depend on whether or not Schroder can take his game to another level.
Kent Bazemore - SG
Like Schroder, Bazemore was also re-signed to a 4y$70M last offseason with reports coming out that he actually took a discount to stay with the Hawks. Unlike the Schroder contract, however, the Hawks definitely wish they hadn't given Bazemore his contract. Bazemore took a significant step back last year, both offensively and defensively. His TS% dropped from a league average 55.1% in 2015-16 to a terrible 50.1% last year.
With the departure of Teague, the Hawks needed more shot creation on the team and the hope was that Bazemore would be able to be a reliable secondary ball-handler. However, he was miserable with the ball in his hands, often turning the ball over or taking terrible shots at the rim. Tim Hardaway Jr became the player that the Hawks hoped Bazemore would be, at least on offense, and he replaced Bazemore in the starting lineup in the second half of the season as well as the playoffs. Now that Hardaway is no longer on the team, Bazemore will presumably be reinserted into the starting lineup and the Hawks will once again look to him to be a secondary shot creator.
Taurean Prince - SF
Prince was drafted with the 12th pick (acquired in the Jeff Teague trade) in last year's draft. Like most rookies, he didn't get much playing time at the start of the season and was disappointing in the few minutes he got. He was sent to the D-League for a week in December. The Kyle Korver trade and an injury to Thabo Sefolosha opened up a spot for him in the rotation and after impressing in February and March in a bench role, he was moved into the starting lineup for the last 10 days of the season as well as the playoffs. That proved to be a great decision as he put up 11PPG in the playoffs on good efficiency while also playing solid defense on Otto Porter.
His game is a perfect fit for the modern NBA - he's already a capable defender at the SF position and he shot 35% from deep after he became a permanent part of the rotation. The Hawks didn't play him much at the 4 last season but I'd like to see the Hawks explore some small-ball lineups with Prince at the 4 this season. He doesn't have the size to guard traditional 4s, but with the way the NBA is going, there are few of those left in the game. He also needs to speed up his 3 point release and increase his volume of 3 pointers.
Since he played all 4 years in college, he is old for a second-year player but given his improvements throughout last season, I think it's fair to hope for him to take another step forward this year. The Hawks have experimented with him as a P&R ball handler in both the 2016 and 2017 summer league but he didn't do well in that role since he doesn't have great vision. Still, there's a clear path for Prince to become a 37-39% 3 point shooter while also being a very good wing defender as early as this season and there's only 15 or so players like that in the NBA.
Ersan Ilyasova - PF
Ilyasova was acquired from the 76ers in the middle of last season and was re-signed to a 1y$6M contract. He'll likely begin the year as the team's starting PF. He's a career 36.6% 3-point shooter and his ability to space the floor will help Schroder penetrate defenses. Ilyasova is a good rebounder and also, undoubtedly the best charge-taker in the game. He will have the ability to veto trades but he's no stranger to trades (he's been traded 5 times in the last 2 years) and if he plays well, it's very likely he's traded to a contender at the trade deadline.
Dewayne Dedmon - C
The Hawks signed Dedmon to a 2y$12M contract (second year player option). The Hawks will look to Dedmon to fill the Dwight Howard's role on defense/rebounding while having a much smaller role on offense. Dedmon is also much better pick-and-roll defender than Howard at this stage in their careers. Dedmon was good in the regular season for the Spurs last year, but surprisingly couldn't get much playing time in the playoffs, even in the conference finals where the Warriors were exploiting Pau Gasol's immobility.
Bench Players
John "The Baptist" Collins - PF
Collins, taken 19th in the 2017 draft, already looks like a decent bet to outperform his draft position.
He's incredibly athletic and that helps him be a great finisher around the basket. He's a versatile dunker, can explode off either one foot and two feet which is not always the case with players coming out of college. He's not afraid to dunk over a contest, as evidenced by this dunk over two Pelicans players in summer league.
He's also a wonderful rebounder; he's very active on the glass and fights for rebounding position after every shot. He grabbed 14% of offensive rebounds and 27% of defensive rebounds in summer league, both of which are elite rates. While summer league stats don't mean a ton, research by Kevin Pelton has shown that rebounding is one of the few stats that translates well from summer league to the actual NBA regular season.
Outside of dunking and rebounding, the other areas of his game are pretty raw. He didn't show much of a post-up game in summer league, though pre-draft scouting reports indicate that he was good at posting up in transition, where he would establish deep post position and then turn around for a quick jump hook after catching a pass.
His jump shot also needs a lot of work; he attempted only one 3-pointer in his two years of college. He does have a decent mid-range shot though; he shot 44% on (mostly open) two-point jump shots in college and his shooting form also looks fine. Given the Hawks' past successes with turning players like Al Horford into solid 3-point shooters, I'm confident Collins will also develop a 3-point shot though we might not see it in his first season.
He's a bad defender right now although he has the physical tools to be a good defender at the 4. He doesn't have great instincts though and often finds himself in bad defensive positions although he's sometimes able to recover and use his bounce to block a shot. He has good lateral quickness and in theory, he should be able to develop into a good P&R defender.
All in all, he's a promising player who needs to improve his shooting and defense and he was drafted into an organization that's known for improving players' shooting and defense. In the past, first round draft picks on the Hawks have played around 10-12 MPG but I could see him playing 20+ MPG giving that the team is rebuilding and developing Collins will be one of the Hawks' primary focuses this season.
He'll start off as a bench player but I'd like to see him play a lot of his minutes alongside Schroder as I think he has the potential to be an elite roll-man. While Schroder isn't the greatest P&R player, he's sure as hell better than Malcolm Delaney in that regard. Coach Bud expects his players to execute on defense and I could see Collins getting benched for defensive lapses at times during the season. He'll back up Ersan Ilyasova to start the season but the hope is he plays well enough to earn the starting PF spot by the season's end.
Malcolm Delaney - PG
The Hawks signed Delaney to a 2-year contract last offseason after he'd been playing in Germany. He's a jump-shooting point guard who's bad at everything except shooting mid-rangers which puts him in the bottom tier of backup point guards. The Hawks had to bench him for Jose Calderon during the playoffs. He did shoot 40% from the shorter European line during his time there so even though he shot only 23% from deep last year, there's some hope that he becomes a capable 3-point shooter. If his 3-pointers don't go in this season, I'd be surprised if he makes an NBA roster next year.
Marco Belinelli - SG
Belinelli was acquired by the Hawks in the Dwight Howard trade. Throughout his career, he's been a very good 3-point shooter and a decent playmaker and the Hawks will need those skills to make up for Delaney's deficiencies in those areas.
DeAndre' Bembry - SF
Another 4-year college player that the Hawks took in last year's first round, Bembry is a non-shooter at this point in his career. He did show promise in other areas though, he seems like he could be a quality defender at the 1-3 positions. Unlike Prince, he actually showed some playmaking ability in summer league and during parts of the season. However, he shot 1/18 from deep last year. Yes it's a small sample size but the lack of attempts is more telling than the low percentage and he also shot 26% from 3 and 65% from the line in his final year of college so it's safe to say his shooting struggles are real. If he ever develops a 3-point shot, he'll be a quality player in the league. Until then, however, he's a fringe rotation player at best. The Hawks have had success in the past turning bad shooters into solid ones (DeMarre Carrol, for example), so I still have hope for him.
Mike Muscala - C
Muscala was re-signed to a 2y$10M contract (2nd year PO) this offseason which is a pretty reasonable contract when you compare it to the extension Cristiano Felicio got. He's a good 3-point shooter and decent rim protector (too slow to be a good P&R defender though). The spacing he provides will be important to the bench unit that includes Delaney, Bembry and Collins, all of whom are bad 3-point shooters right now. Along with Schroder, he's the longest tenured Hawk and last year, it seemed like Muscala and Paul Millsap were the only players who always executed Coach Bud's system. Unsurprisingly, some of the Hawks' best lineups were Millsap+bench units that included Muscala.
Luke Babbit - PF
Mike Budenholzer likes bigs who can shoot and Babbit is a career 40% 3-point shooter. At the start of the season, I expect him to split backup PF duties with John Collins, but if Collins impresses, I could see Babbit getting marginalized.
Tyler Dorsey - SG
Taken with the 41st pick in this year's draft. He's a knockdown shooter who shot 41% from 3 in his 2 years of college. He often took shots from well behind the college line so his shooting should translate to the NBA line fairly quickly. He has a quick release and is good at catching the ball on the move, setting his feet and getting of a shot quickly. I doubt he'll be used as much more than a spot-up shooter, at least early in his NBA career.
Nicholas Brussino - SG
The Hawks claimed Brussino off waivers from the Mavericks after summer league. He's a good shooter (40% from 3 in the D-League last season) and not much else. He started the Mavericks final game of the season vs the Grizzlies as the Mavericks fully embraced the tank towards the end of the year. Brussino led the team to victory with a career-high 15 points, costing the Mavericks in the lottery odds and reportedly making Mark Cuban mad.
Quinn Cook - PG
The Hawks signed Cook, former G-League rookie of the year and two time G-League All Star, to a two year partially guaranteed deal. He shot 42% from 3 in the G-League last year. He'll compete in training camp for a spot on the team.
Josh Magette - PG
Magette led the G-League in APG (9.3) last year before becoming the first player the Hawks signed to a 2-way contract.
Tyler Cavanaugh - PF
Yet another end of the roster player on this team who's a good shooter (41% from 3 in college), Cavanaugh went undrafted in the 2017 draft before signing a partially guaranteed deal with the Hawks. He seems to be the top candidate for the Hawks other 2-way contract.
Miles Plumlee - C
Plumlee will be 29 years old this season which means he's right in the middle of his prime. He signed for 3 more years at a very reasonable $12.5M/yr. The fact that he's such a skilled player on a value contract makes his one of the more desirable assets in the NBA, as evidenced by the fact that two teams have traded for him in the past year. Unfortunately, his skills are wasted on the rebuilding Hawks. He's currently on the trade market and teams around the league should be scrambling to put together a package to acquire him.

Misc

Team AMAs
Mike Muscala
Sir Foster (organist)
Bob Rathbun (play-by-play announcer)
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