Wizards- Wall and Beal
Cavaliers- Irving and Waiters
Hornets - Rivers and Gordon
I would take Wall and Beal. I think they are both better defenders then the other duos and I believe this will be a breakout season for John Wall. Beal complements Wall with his game very well. I'm not thrilled with the Cavs backcourt because both players demand the ball to be effective. If Waiters can turn in to a better shooter it would help them. Rivers and Gordon are both a liability on defense , but are great at atacking the rim and both have great range. I would still take the Wizards duo due to potential, and the fact they complement each other.
Wall and Beal, and it's not even close. Beal is much better than Waiters IMO, and Wall still has higher upside than Irving, despite being a little less successful at this stage.
I agree with you about this being a breakout season for Wall and the Wizards, they've put together a pretty damn solid roster with Nene, Okafor, Ariza and Beal added to the mix. Wall is the clear alpha dog but the rest are very good role players who complement each other perfectly.
I can see Wall having a Rondo-type season with lots of assists, but relatively low scoring and good rebounds. I can also see this as the season he locks in as a defender. Now that Wall has shooters around him and a full off-season/training camp with his coaching staff and teammates, the Wizards could take a huge leap forward and make the playoffs.
HOOPSWORLD recently overhauled the trade history page, which dates back to 2006. As it was being updated, some trades that included future draft picks at the time turned out to be surprisingly significant based on who was drafted. With that in mind we decided to breakdown some of the more interesting players who were selected with picks that originally belonged to other teams.
Nando De Colo – Pick originally owned by the Houston Rockets
The Luis Scola trade will haunt the San Antonio Spurs for the rest of their livelihoods. Restricted by ownerships’ hard stance against paying the luxury tax, the Spurs were forced to trade Scola to Houston for Vassilis Spanoulis, cash, and a future second-round pick after not being able to come to agreement on a contract with him. This came in the summer of 2007 after winning their fourth championship; they haven’t won one since.
In a deal during the 2010 offseason, the Bucks paired up Darnell Jackson with a second-round pick for Jon Brockman. Brockman averaged just over one point and two rebounds a game during his time with Milwaukee, while Thomas went on to prove just about the entire league wrong during his stellar rookie campaign.
Irving and Waiters are much more dynamic and are better shooters then Wall and Beal. Well have to wait and see but Waiters may prove to b the better overall player then Beal because he.just.got more moves and confidence.
For the upcoming year when talking about young backcourts don't.forget Holiday and Turner both should shine with Bynum on board.
“They are going to find it out, if they don’t know it already,” said Carlisle. “My feeling is that people know what we are about as an organization and what our city is about and you show up and you are playing for a title. Regardless what people may or may not think about your roster or how many new guys you have or this, that or the other, we don’t care about that. We won the championship as kind of … in football or baseball we would be viewed as a wild card team. We were on the radar, but we weren’t prominently on the radar.
Sources say that Ray Allen is most likely to take James’ spot in the starting lineup at small forward, leaving the team going into more of a small-ball strategy to start out the contest. James has so far played in four preseason games and has done very solid.
“Losing like that makes you realize even if you are doing enough, you aren’t doing enough,” Granger said. “You have to push that much harder and pay attention that much more to game film. You really have to be more of a student of the game to beat teams in the playoffs.”
A couple of years ago at the McDonald’s All-American game, media went nuts over the four top-25 recruits that the University of Kentucky had compiled for the 2011-12 season. That group, which featured Anthony Davis, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and Marquis Teague, obviously went on to win the championship and helped make it fashionable for other top recruits like Nerlens Noel to find their way to Lexington for this basketball season. It turns out, that was only the start of what looks like a pretty impressive recruiting run for UK.
“Just the way he plays the game, he plays at his own pace. He doesn’t rush, he doesn’t get rattled. He just plays his own game and as a rookie, as a 19-year-old, that is very impressive. You would think he would come in and play 100 miles per hour the entire time, but he doesn’t. He has a change of pace, a change of direction and it’s very refreshing for a 19-year-old.”
Nowitzki becomes the second All-Star power forward in the West to go down with an injury during the preseason. Kevin Love of the Minnesota Timberwolves is expected to miss six weeks with a broken hand, an injury he suffered while doing “knuckle pushups.”
Head coach Erik Spoelstra didn’t say where James is exactly feeling sore from, but he says the injury isn’t anywhere near serious. The Heat have been planning to rest James from a couple of the preseason games this month, anyways.
After averaging a career-high 19.2 points per game in 72 starts for the Timberwolves in 2011, Beasley regressed this past season in Minnesota. The 2008 second overall pick primarily came off the bench for the T-Wolves last year, starting just seven games in what was his worst pro season. In 2012, Beasley averaged career-lows across the board in points (11.5), shooting percentage (44.5 percent) and rebounds (4.4).
After not scoring more than 13 points in his first three preseason games, Oklahoma City's Kevin Durant led the Thunder with 22 points on Friday as Oklahoma City knocked off Phoenix 107-97. Other results on Friday included the Magic knocking off the Pacers 112-96, the 76ers beating Brooklyn 106-96 and the Chicago Bulls picking up a 92-81 win against the Minnesota Timberwolves.
The wing who has caught everyone’s eye in Toronto this preseason is Anderson. Anderson has been solid at both ends of the court and on a team with playoff aspirations, there is no room to sacrifice victories in order to provide playing time to rookies.