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The Rookie Takeover in Portland and Houston

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The Rookie Takeover in Portland and Houston

Two of the teams I'm most looking forward to seeing next season are Portland and Houston. Portland, after cashing in on their euro-stash players, have five rookies this season- Lillard, Barton, Claver, Freeland and Leonard. Houston, after swinging and missing with Dwight Howard trades, have got Motiejunas, Jones, White, Lamb, plus I think Machado has a decent shot at a roster spot backing up Jeremy Lin.

What sort of PT do you think these rookies will get? and what sort of impact do you think they'll make- individually and collectively?

For Portland, I think that Lillard will start (and if Summer League is anything to go by, he could make a huge impact- I'm calling 15 and 5), Barton will replace Crawford as the impact scorer off the bench, and Claver will struggle behind Batum. Inside, Freeland is the more polished player right now, so will log quite a few minutes (even a few starts) but fade as Myers Leonard develops.

Houston, I think that Machado could become a full-time backup for Lin, Lamb will pro
gress so quickly that they will eventually trade Kevin Martin midseason, Motie will evenrually get the srart and becone an allstar, and Royce White will eventually dade low in the rotation, with Jones backing up Parsons at the 3 spot. Anything could change deeper into the season though, as they have some great players...

What you all think?


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...and apologies for all

...and apologies for all typos-typing on this site on a samsung is hella hard! replace 'dade' with 'fade', 'srart' with 'start' and we might get somewhere...

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yeah i agree

yeah i agree for the most part, i think you're dead on about portland, as well as with lamb taking over because it already seemed like they might dangle kevin martin, and i also think Motie will get the starting nod at C because of their lack of quality at that spot. I think Jones will come off the bench and back up both Patterson and Parsons, and if he can hit shots he might start at the 3 by the end of the season. I heard they were pleased with his ball handling and passing skills from what they saw in summer league. Either way I think he'll get a lot of minutes playing at both positions. I don't really see room for White in the rotation but early in the year he and Jones will have to share minutes until one of them earns a bigger role, which i think Jones will. Maybe Royce White and Kevin Martin will be packaged for someone?

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I think that a lot of these young guys are going to play some big minutes. They are going to learn some hard lessons from other teams in the league but it will help them get better. I can see big things for both teams a couple of years down the line.

I'm very happy that you think Machado will make the team. I think that he will be a good back up. Now Martin is going to have to go becasue Lamb is going to take that starting job. It is clear as day that he will be a good pro, and with Lin's ability to attack the rim I see a lot of open jumpers for him. Martin is still a good player and can help a contending team. You package him in a deal with White or Jones and you can get something to help the team. That can be another young player, a vet, or some more picks.

Portland is in good shape with their young players. Leonard is going to take some time to develope. But Lillard and Barton are going to be able to contribute right away. Lillard has a chance to be the rookie of the year. He is not going to be the reason that they lose games. We are going to see this dude in a couple of all star games in the future. Unlike Crawford Barton will not only score but he will pass the ball as well. I just think that teams like Crawford for his scoring but Barton is going to be able to do more for the team.

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I think that a lot of these

I think that a lot of these young guys are going to play some big minutes. They are going to learn some hard lessons from other teams in the league but it will help them get better. I can see big things for both teams a couple of years down the line.

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Maybe Royce White and Kevin

Maybe Royce White and Kevin Martin will be packaged for someone?

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I think that a lot of these

I think that a lot of these young guys are going to play some big minutes. They are going to learn some hard lessons from other teams in the league but it will help them get better. I can see big things for both teams a couple of years down the line.

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The Lakers have five players

The Lakers have five players on partial/non-guaranteed contracts including returning guard Andrew Goudelock and rookies Robert Sacre (60th pick in the draft), Reeves Nelson, Greg Somogyi and Johnson-Odom.

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“(DeRozan) is still our

“(DeRozan) is still our starting two,” Casey said. “Nobody has emerged. Terrence (Ross) is doing a good job of working him, but DeMar is an experienced player and he is using it.”

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“(McGuire) is a defender

“(McGuire) is a defender first of all,” Casey said. “A tough, gritty, grimy defender who has experience. He is an excellent passer who can get the rebound and bust out to start the break. He is a legit 6’9 who can guard multiple positions, so that is going to be his specialty for us. A four/three (position) would probably be the best way to look at it, but that defensive type of guy that we need if we are having trouble stopping someone.”

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Colangelo’s prized draft pick

Colangelo’s prized draft pick from last season arrived in Toronto fresh off an appearance at the 2012 Olympic Games for the Lithuanian National team. Despite earlier attempts to downplay his impact, expectations for the 20-year-old center are high in Toronto.

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Basically, the Cavs (2-1 in

Basically, the Cavs (2-1 in the preseason) looked like the inexperienced, exciting and up-and-down team theyre likely to resemble most of the real season. On the bright side, they won anyway.

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The Suns, who put up 83

The Suns, who put up 83 points through three quarters Friday, finished the night with 30 assists and shot 51 percent from the field. Their 28-15 first-quarter blitz included 71 percent shooting (5 of 7 from 3-point range), due to a couple of things they didn't accomplish during Wednesday's preseason-opening loss to the Kings in Sacramento.bvsgr34

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"Alvin has had that in his

"Alvin has had that in his playbook for years," Suns assistant Igor Kokoskov said.

So even though Gentry and the Suns' coaching staff is wisely mixing in tactics familiar to four players who used to play for Adelman (Scola and Dragic in Houston; Michael Beasley and Wesley Johnson last season in Minnesota), a lot of the offensive flow is supposed to look familiar.
The Suns will continue to seek a quick tempo, using ball screens off of Corner sets and other designed quick-hitters.mjhgjkfuy

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"It's taking us a little time

"It's taking us a little time in making the right reads," Suns assistant coach Elston Turner, who assisted Adelman for several season in Sacramento and Houston, said when asked about the Corner offense before the game. "But we'll get it. It fits our guys pretty well."

Beasley, who made half of his 8 shots and scored 10 points Friday, is working at small forward and – thanks to the Corner keeping both sides of the defense occupied – could have several post-up opportunities without weak-side defensive corruption.hry45634523

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"It was just a good win,"

"It was just a good win," Gentry said. "I think for us … we're trying to create a winning environment, so first and foremost, I think you have to do it at home."

Following practice Friday at the Lakers' training facility in El Segundo, reporters wasted no time informing him that Smush Parker was offended about comments Bryant made regarding why his former teammate doesn't belong in the NBA.43r23

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Perkins Says Harden Deal

Perkins Says Harden Deal Close: Kendrick Perkins’ official title with the Oklahoma City Thunder is starting center and his job description is primarily doing the dirty work inside the paint while single covering the best big men in the game. In a recent interview with Darnell Mayberry of The Oklahoman, though, Perkins dropped some details on a potential extension for James Harden, the reigning Sixth Man of the Year, that made it seem like he’s also been assisting the Thunder’s front office.

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