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Re: Wizards [23-50] - March games

Postby Phil89 on Sun Jan 20, 2013 8:20 pm

1/4/13

March 2013 Summary

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Conference Standings

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Player Awards

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Major Injuries

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Re: Wizards [23-50] - March games

Postby Phil89 on Sun Jan 20, 2013 8:26 pm

I guess the addition of Favors and Gay to my team and Orlando's hardcore tanking means that despite a horrible 0-23 start, I'm not bottom of the conference anymore. Not sure how to feel about this. I don't want to finish last, but I also don't want to win games and end up with a 5-10 pick. :P :x :lol:
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Re: Wizards [23-50] - March summary

Postby Phil89 on Mon Jan 21, 2013 11:03 am

Five game summary - Apr 2-9

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2/4/13

Washington Wizards [23-50] vs Chicago Bulls [45-27]

WAS - 24 24 20 25 93
CHI - 24 19 25 30 98

Top Scorers
Rudy Gay - 22
Derrick Rose - 21
Carlos Boozer - 19
Randy Foye - 19
Luol Deng - 15
Nate Robinson - 14
Patrick Patterson - 14
Daequan Cook - 10

Assists
Derrick Rose - 7
Richard Hamilton - 6
Luol Deng - 5

Rebounds
Taj Gibson - 9
Carlos Boozer - 8
Luol Deng - 8
Rudy Gay - 7
Derrick Rose - 6
Jason Maxiell - 6
Patrick Patterson - 6
Derrick Favors - 5
Dominic McGuire - 5



3/4/13

Toronto Raptors [29-45] vs Washington Wizards [23-51]

TOR - 25 18 19 23 13 98
WAS - 20 14 23 28 12 97

Top Scorers
Andrea Bargnani - 29
DeMar DeRozan - 19
Daequan Cook - 18
Jason Maxiell - 17
Randy Foye - 14
John Wall - 13
Dominic McGuire - 11
Derrick Favors - 10
Patrick Patterson - 10
Linas Kleiza - 10

Assists
Kyle Lowry - 10
Randy Foye - 7

Rebounds
Amir Johnson - 12
Jason Maxiell - 12
Dominic McGuire - 9
Randy Foye - 8
Jonas Valanciunas - 7
Andrea Bargnani - 7
Patrick Patterson - 6
Daequan Cook - 5



6/4/13

Washington Wizards [23-52] vs Indiana Pacers [48-28]

WAS - 35 40 30 19 124
IND - 27 34 21 33 115

Top Scorers
Danny Granger - 25
Randy Foye - 23
DJ Augustin - 20
Rudy Gay - 17
Derrick Favors - 16
Jason Maxiell - 16
Paul George - 16
John Wall - 15
Daequan Cook - 14
George Hill - 13
Patrick Patterson - 11

Assists
Randy Foye - 8
DJ Augustin - 7
Dominic McGuire - 5

Rebounds
Jason Maxiell - 14
Patrick Patterson - 9
Roy Hibbert - 8
Tyler Hansbrough - 6
Danny Granger - 5
Rudy Gay - 5
Hamed Haddadi - 5
Dominic McGuire - 5



7/4/13

Boston Celtics [37-39] vs Washington Wizards [24-52]

BOS - 26 34 26 30 116
WAS - 20 20 27 23 90

Top Scorers
Leandro Barbosa - 34
Daequan Cook - 21
Paul Pierce - 18
Randy Foye - 17
Jason Terry - 16
Brandon Bass - 14
Kevin Garnett - 12
Derrick Favors - 11
Rudy Gay - 11

Assists
Paul Pierce - 6

Rebounds
Brandon Bass - 13
Jason Maxiell - 13
Kevin Garnett - 9
Paul Pierce - 6
Derrick Favors - 6
Rudy Gay - 5
Daequan Cook - 5



9/4/13

New York Knicks [37-39] vs Washington Wizards [24-53]

NYK - 33 23 27 24 107
WAS - 22 28 28 25 103

Top Scorers
Randy Foye - 37
Carmelo Anthony - 34
Amare Stoudemire - 24
Iman Shumpert - 17
Daequan Cook - 14
Raymond Felton - 13
Derrick Favors - 12

Assists
Dominic McGuire - 7
Jason Kidd - 6
John Wall - 5
Iman Shumpert - 5

Rebounds
Tyson Chandler - 12
Jason Maxiell - 9
Amare Stoudemire - 8
Carmelo Anthony - 8
Hamed Haddadi - 7
Dominic McGuire - 6
Derrick Favors - 5
Jason Kidd - 5
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Re: Wizards [24-54] - Five games

Postby Phil89 on Mon Jan 21, 2013 4:43 pm

Four game summary - Apr 10-17

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10/4/13

Washington Wizards [24-54] vs Miami Heat [56-21]

WAS - 24 29 26 31 110
MIA - 21 20 30 29 100

Top Scorers
Randy Foye - 33
Dwyane Wade - 22
Daequan Cook - 18
Mario Chalmers - 17
LeBron James - 16
Jason Maxiell - 15
Roger Mason - 14
Ray Allen - 12
John Wall - 10

Assists
Mario Chalmers - 7
LeBron James - 6
Dwyane Wade - 5
Dominic McGuire - 5

Rebounds
Patrick Patterson - 9
Jason Maxiell - 9
Chris Bosh - 9
Dominic McGuire - 7
Shane Battier - 6
Derrick Favors - 6
Rudy Gay - 6
Hamed Haddadi - 5
Roger Mason - 5



12/4/13

Washington Wizards [25-54] vs Philadelphia 76ers [50-28]

WAS - 25 21 37 25 108
PHI - 23 26 17 31 97

Top Scorers
Randy Foye - 32
Evan Turner - 25
Spencer Hawes - 24
Jason Maxiell - 18
Jrue Holiday - 12
Thaddeus Young - 11
Daequan Cook - 11

Assists
Dominic McGuire - 8
Jrue Holiday - 7
Randy Foye - 6
Evan Turner - 5
John Wall - 5

Rebounds
Spencer Hawes - 10
Arnett Moultrie - 8
Evan Turner - 8
Jason Maxiell - 8
Derrick Favors - 7
Daequan Cook - 7
Rudy Gay - 5



15/4/13

Brooklyn Nets [47-33] vs Washington Wizards [26-54]

BKN - 25 29 24 31 109
WAS - 27 20 31 26 104

Top Scorers
Deron Williams - 32
Rudy Gay - 29
John Wall - 20
Joe Johnson - 16
Gerald Wallace - 14
Brook Lopez - 13
Derrick Favors - 12
Daequan Cook - 12
Patrick Patterson - 11
MarShon Brooks - 10
Kris Humphries - 10

Assists
John Wall - 9
Deron Williams - 6
Randy Foye - 5

Rebounds
Andray Blatche - 10
Kris Humphries - 10
Brook Lopez - 9
Gerald Wallace - 7
Jason Maxiell - 7
Derrick Favors - 7
Patrick Patterson - 7
Dominic McGuire - 5
Rudy Gay - 5
Daequan Cook - 5



17/4/13

Chicago Bulls [50-31] vs Washington Wizards [26-55]

CHI - 23 29 12 27 91
WAS - 23 22 21 28 94

Top Scorers
Patrick Patterson - 24
Rudy Gay - 21
Carlos Boozer - 16
John Wall - 15
Richard Hamilton - 14
Luol Deng - 13
Derrick Rose - 12
Derrick Favors - 12
Joakim Noah - 10
Jason Maxiell - 10

Assists
John Wall - 9
Rudy Gay - 5

Rebounds
Derrick Favors - 12
Jason Maxiell - 8
Rudy Gay - 8
Carlos Boozer - 8
Luol Deng - 8
Taj Gibson - 6
John Wall - 5
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Re: Wizards [24-54] - Five games

Postby Phil89 on Mon Jan 21, 2013 4:44 pm

18/4/13

Regular Season Review

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2012-13 League Leaders

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Awards

Most Valuable Player
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LeBron James - MIA
24.2 PPG - 7.9 RPG - 5.6 APG - 0.8 BPG - 1.5 SPG


Rookie of the Year
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Damian Lillard - POR
16.5 PPG - 4.4 RPG - 7.3 APG - 0.0 BPG - 1.6 SPG


Sixth man of the Year
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Jordan Crawford - HOU
15.3 PPG - 2.2 RPG - 2.6 APG - 0.0 BPG - 0.7 SPG


Defensive Player of the Year
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Josh Smith - ATL
23.3 PPG - 9.2 RPG - 3.4 APG - 1.9 BPG - 1.3 SPG


Most Improved Player
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Kemba Walker - CHA
21.2 PPG - 4.4 RPG - 7.7 APG - 0.0 BPG - 2.2 SPG


Coach of the Year
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Erik Spoelstra - MIA
Win Percentage - 71.9% - Record - 59-23


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All-NBA Teams
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All-Defensive Teams
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Re: Wizards [27-55] - 2013 Season Review

Postby SuperHueyNewton on Mon Jan 21, 2013 6:08 pm

Beat the Heat, Sixers, and Bulls? I'd say the future is looking up. I am also a bit tired of LeBron ALWAYS taking the MVP. I know he is good. But they make it so that no one has a chance to compete in a fair race for the MVP. It makes going after the award a hassle more than anything
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Re: Wizards [27-55] - 2013 Season Review

Postby Phil89 on Mon Jan 21, 2013 8:50 pm

Westbrook really should have won it. His numbers were better than LeBron's, but I think Miami had the better record. I think even Durant had better numbers but he missed half the season.
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Re: Wizards [27-55] - 2013 Season Review

Postby Phil89 on Mon Jan 21, 2013 8:52 pm

30/5/13

2013 Playoffs

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2013 Playoffs Results
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Western Conference___________________________________________________________________________
The only major upset of the first round in the western conference was the Timberwolves eliminating the Lakers in seven games.
After that the favourites won through to the conference finals, where the Thunder outlasted the Clippers to advance after game seven.



___________________________________________________________________________Eastern Conference
The east however was full of surprises. The 76ers were sent packing in the first round despite being so good during the regular season.
Milwaukee continued their giant killing streak all the way to the finals. They eliminated the top three seeds on their way to the main event.




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1. Oklahoma City [12-8] vs. 6. Milwaukee Bucks [12-7]

It's a classic case of David vs Goliath in this season's NBA Finals. Heavily fancied Oklahoma City are expected to make short work of the Bucks.
But anyone who watches sport knows that it's never that simple. If your team isn't involved you always find yourself rooting for the underdogs.
At least the Bucks know that they will be cheered on by all the NBA fans in Seattle. Fans still angry that their team was moved to another city.
This is the second finals appearance for the franchise formerly known as the SuperSonics since the controversial move to Oklahoma City in 2008.

Oklahoma City are making their second trip to the NBA Finals in as many years. Last season they were outplayed by LeBron James and the Heat.
The pain of that series loss has been etched on Kevin Durant's and Russell Westbrook's faces all season. They've used it to improve themselves.
James Harden being traded during the off-season couldn't even slow down their quest to return to the mountaintop and claim the ultimate prize.
Durant and Westbrook both averaged over 27 points per game during the regular season. Easily making them the best scoring duo in the league.
This was mainly due to the fact that Durant missed about half the season through injury and Westbrook had to become the leader of the group.
He filled the role perfectly. His excellent form earned him a starting role in the All-Star game. He scored a superb 37 points and was voted MVP.
Some people firmly believe that he was even robbed of the regular season MVP award because LeBron's Miami team finished with a better record.
Another positive for the Thunder was Kevin Martin. He came over from the Rockets in the Harden trade and quickly took over the sixth man role.
He enjoyed the change of scenery so much that he re-signed for four years just before Christmas. The Thunder have been a very settled team.
They've been in the top two seeds in the western conference all season and never looked like slipping up. This will give them more confidence.

Milwaukee on the other hand were never supposed to make it this far. Their main goal for this season was to merely make it to the post-season.
If you had asked any of their fans at the beginning of the season whether they could have made it this far, they probably would have laughed at you.
But they're here now and aren't planning on just making up the numbers. With Monta Ellis and Brandon Jennings in great form they are a real threat.
The tricky pair are both capable of dropping 40 on any given night and will be a real headache for the likes of Westbrook and Sefolosha to worry about.
Milwaukee may not even have them beyond this season though. Ellis has a player option for another year and Jennings may test the free agent market.
This strong playoff run should be enough to convince them to remain in Milwaukee, but winning a championship would make the decision much easier.
Some people wondered what they were up to when they traded away cap flexibility and a first round pick to get Okafor and Ariza from the Wizards.
But given where they are now, it seems that the trade was a real success. Okafor has been a defensive anchor for the team and has led by example.
They made a shaky start before acquiring those guys. But they soon improved and comfortably held down the sixth seed for the rest of the season.


NBA Finals Records

Oklahoma City
(As the SuperSonics)
1978 - Lost 3-4 vs Washington Bullets
1979 - Won 4-1 vs Washington Bullets
1996 - Lost 2-4 vs Chicago Bulls
(As the Thunder)
2012 - Lost 1-4 vs Miami Heat

Milwaukee
1971 - Won 4-0 vs Baltimore Bullets
1974 - Lost 3-4 vs Boston Celtics


Line-ups

Oklahoma City
Starters:
Kendrick Perkins - Serge Ibaka - Kevin Durant - Kevin Martin - Russell Westbrook
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Bench:
Eric Maynor - Perry Jones III - Thabo Sefolosha - Jeremy Lamb - Nick Collison - Reggie Jackson - Hasheem Thabeet
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Milwaukee
Starters:
Emeka Okafor - Ersan Ilyasova - Trevor Ariza - Monta Ellis - Brandon Jennings
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Bench:
Drew Gooden - Ekpe Udoh - Luc Mbah a Moute - Tobias Harris - Chris Singleton - Larry Sanders - Doron Lamb
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Re: Wizards [27-55] - 2013 Playoffs & NBA Finals Preview

Postby SuperHueyNewton on Tue Jan 22, 2013 7:53 am

Bucks knocking out the Heat? BEAST TEAM OF ALL TIME!!!
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Re: Wizards [27-55] - 2013 Playoffs & NBA Finals Preview

Postby Martti. on Tue Jan 22, 2013 9:37 am

Jennings Finals MVP!!
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Re: Wizards [27-55] - 2013 Playoffs & NBA Finals Preview

Postby Mark. on Tue Jan 22, 2013 9:54 am

Whoa very interesting Finals match-up! Lets go Bucks!

Anyway, on the topic of your team. Missed the last few updates, so my opinion on the Gay trade: Good/great for your team. As you said it is better to spend on him than several players in FA. Additionally, his contract isn't as bad as people think IMO. Yes it is large, but not THAT long anymore. Plus he really has a chance to shine.

I think you may want to tweak the tendencies of your players a bit to try get him more shots consistently. Or has he just been shooting poorly?

Lastly.... Randy Foye?!?!?!?! What was that all about. How many 30 point games did he end up on for the year?
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Re: Wizards [27-55] - 2013 Playoffs & NBA Finals Preview

Postby mrmoves20 on Tue Jan 22, 2013 12:08 pm

You were doing great the last games of the year. Must be a sign of a strong start next season. I like OKC but I want Jennings to win the Finals.
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Re: Wizards [27-55] - 2013 Playoffs & NBA Finals Preview

Postby Phil89 on Tue Jan 22, 2013 3:00 pm

SuperHueyNewton wrote:Bucks knocking out the Heat? BEAST TEAM OF ALL TIME!!!

It certainly gave me a shock when it happened. Had to look twice just to make sure it was right. :lol:

Martti. wrote:Jennings Finals MVP!!

The way he's playing it's certainly possible. Westbrook is on another level this season though, so he'll have his hands full.

Mark. wrote:Whoa very interesting Finals match-up! Lets go Bucks!

Anyway, on the topic of your team. Missed the last few updates, so my opinion on the Gay trade: Good/great for your team. As you said it is better to spend on him than several players in FA. Additionally, his contract isn't as bad as people think IMO. Yes it is large, but not THAT long anymore. Plus he really has a chance to shine.

I think you may want to tweak the tendencies of your players a bit to try get him more shots consistently. Or has he just been shooting poorly?

Lastly.... Randy Foye?!?!?!?! What was that all about. How many 30 point games did he end up on for the year?

I like what the commentators say in the game, that Gay is a poor man's Kevin Durant (despite earning more than him :p). The only players better than Gay that could be available in the free agency market are Dwight Howard and Chris Paul. I don't need Paul and I won't need Howard if I can draft Nerlens Noel or Cody Zeller.

I like to think of my Wizards as a bit like how the Thunder were built: Gay = Durant, Wall = Westbrook, Beal = Harden, Noel? = Ibaka.
Not saying they are on the same levels, but they are similar in style.

mrmoves20 wrote:You were doing great the last games of the year. Must be a sign of a strong start next season. I like OKC but I want Jennings to win the Finals.

I was actually annoyed that I won those games because Orlando ended up with the best chance at the number one pick. :wink:
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Re: Wizards [27-55] - 2013 Playoffs & NBA Finals Preview

Postby Phil89 on Tue Jan 22, 2013 3:01 pm

NBA Finals summary

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Road to the Finals

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First Round - Houston - 4-3
Conf. Semis - Denver - 4-2
Conf. Finals - LA Clippers - 4-3

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First Round - Chicago - 4-2
Conf. Semis - Boston - 4-2
Conf. Finals - Miami - 4-3


Game 1 - Thunder dominate Bucks in series opener

31/5/13

Oklahoma City Thunder [12-8] vs Milwaukee Bucks [12-7]

OKC - 31 32 29 27 119
MIL - 29 20 26 22 97

Top Scorers
Russell Westbrook - 42
Monta Ellis - 37
Brandon Jennings - 33
Kevin Durant - 26
Kevin Martin - 15
Serge Ibaka - 12

Assists
Brandon Jennings - 11
Kevin Martin - 6

Rebounds
Kevin Durant - 12
Kendrick Perkins - 7
Ersan Ilyasova - 7
Brandon Jennings - 7
Nick Collison - 5
Serge Ibaka - 5
Chris Singleton - 5



Game 2 - Bucks hit back to tie series at 1-1

2/6/13

Oklahoma City Thunder [13-8] vs Milwaukee Bucks [12-8]

OKC - 17 36 23 17 93
MIL - 34 23 30 18 105

Top Scorers
Monta Ellis - 25
Russell Westbrook - 25
Brandon Jennings - 24
Drew Gooden - 20
Kevin Durant - 15
Kevin Martin - 12
Ersan Ilyasova - 12
Jeremy Lamb - 10
Serge Ibaka - 10

Assists
Brandon Jennings - 16
Russell Westbrook - 6
Monta Ellis - 5

Rebounds
Kevin Durant - 10
Kendrick Perkins - 9
Emeka Okafor - 9
Drew Gooden - 8
Serge Ibaka - 6
Luc Mbah a Moute - 6
Ersan Ilyasova - 6



Game 3 - Bucks go 2-1 up after home win

4/6/13

Milwaukee Bucks [13-8] vs Oklahoma City Thunder [13-9]

MIL - 25 31 23 22 101
OKC - 23 29 18 25 95

Top Scorers
Monta Ellis - 30
Kevin Durant - 27
Russell Westbrook - 24
Brandon Jennings - 19
Kevin Martin - 11
Drew Gooden - 10
Serge Ibaka - 10

Assists
Brandon Jennings - 11
Monta Ellis - 9
Kevin Durant - 6

Rebounds
Emeka Okafor - 12
Ersan Ilyasova - 11
Kevin Durant - 11
Kendrick Perkins - 7
Serge Ibaka - 6
Ekpe Udoh - 6
Drew Gooden - 6
Monta Ellis - 5
Russell Westbrook - 5



Game 4 - Gutsy Thunder win in Milwaukee ties series

6/6/13

Milwaukee Bucks [14-8] vs Oklahoma City Thunder [13-10]

MIL - 36 29 22 34 121
OKC - 30 31 30 36 127

Top Scorers
Kevin Durant - 31
Kevin Martin - 30
Russell Westbrook - 26
Monta Ellis - 26
Brandon Jennings - 25
Ersan Ilyasova - 18
Drew Gooden - 17
Serge Ibaka - 10

Assists
Russell Westbrook - 14
Brandon Jennings - 13
Monta Ellis - 7

Rebounds
Kendrick Perkins - 12
Drew Gooden - 9
Kevin Durant - 6
Ekpe Udoh - 5
Ersan Ilyasova - 5
Brandon Jennings - 5
Serge Ibaka - 5



Game 5 - Thunder on the brink of title after game 5 win

8/6/13

Milwaukee Bucks [14-9] vs Oklahoma City Thunder [14-10]

MIL - 22 16 24 33 95
OKC - 27 20 31 28 106

Top Scorers
Russell Westbrook - 36
Brandon Jennings - 26
Ersan Ilyasova - 19
Kevin Martin - 18
Monta Ellis - 17
Kevin Durant - 15
Drew Gooden - 12

Assists
Monta Ellis - 9
Brandon Jennings - 9
Kevin Martin - 7
Kevin Durant - 6
Russell Westbrook - 5

Rebounds
Serge Ibaka - 11
Emeka Okafor - 10
Kendrick Perkins - 9
Luc Mbah a Moute - 8
Drew Gooden - 7
Ersan Ilyasova - 7
Kevin Durant - 6
Kevin Martin - 5



Game 6 - Thunder demolish Bucks at home to seal championship

10/6/13

Oklahoma City Thunder [15-10] vs Milwaukee Bucks [14-10]

OKC - 24 34 25 29 112
MIL - 19 19 26 22 86

Top Scorers
Monta Ellis - 30
Russell Westbrook - 27
Kevin Durant - 23
Kevin Martin - 17
Serge Ibaka - 16
Brandon Jennings - 13
Ersan Ilyasova - 11

Assists
Brandon Jennings - 12
Kevin Durant - 9
Monta Ellis - 8
Kevin Martin - 6
Russell Westbrook - 6

Rebounds
Kevin Durant - 15
Serge Ibaka - 12
Emeka Okafor - 11
Ersan Ilyasova - 9
Russell Westbrook - 7
Luc Mbah a Moute - 6
Brandon Jennings - 5


Finals MVP

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Russell Westbrook - Oklahoma City
26.8 PPG - 5.3 RPG - 6.9 APG - 0.1 BPG - 1.9 SPG
FG% - 50% | FT%- 83% | 3PT%- 29%


13/6/13

Champions visit White House

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The recently crowned NBA champion Oklahoma City Thunder attended the White House today and spent an hour with President Obama.
Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook, Serge Ibaka, Kendrick Perkins, Kevin Martin and coach Scott Brooks in particular spent time talking to him.
Reggie Jackson, Nick Collison, Thabo Sefolosha, Jeremy Lamb, Maurice Evans, Perry Jones, DeAndre Liggins and Daniel Orton were also present.
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Re: Wizards [27-55] - 2013 NBA Finals

Postby Durant35 on Tue Jan 22, 2013 3:14 pm

Woah. Woah. WOAAAH! Don't worry 'bout the number one pick. Just do your best next season!
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Re: Wizards [27-55] - 2013 NBA Finals

Postby Mark. on Tue Jan 22, 2013 5:02 pm

Nice, was hoping for an upset, but seems like it was still a good series!

Looking forward to your offseason coverage!
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Re: Wizards [27-55] - 2013 NBA Finals

Postby Phil89 on Tue Jan 22, 2013 6:22 pm

I figured using spoilers would add a little bit of suspense to the post instead of just having all the games visible at the same time. :cool:
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Re: Wizards [27-55] - 2013 NBA Finals

Postby mrmoves20 on Wed Jan 23, 2013 9:48 am

At least the Bucks fought hard. Don't worry much about the pick, what's important is your team is at Top 5. At least for me.
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Re: Wizards [27-55] - 2013 NBA Finals

Postby Phil89 on Wed Jan 23, 2013 2:09 pm

15/6/13

Duncan headlines 2013 Retirees

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It was an emotional day for the city of San Antonio today as legendary big man Tim Duncan formally announced his retirement from basketball.
His decision follows those of Jason Terry, Marcus Camby, Rasheed Wallace, Kurt Thomas, Derek Fisher and veteran coach George Karl recently.
The Big Fundamental, as he is known, played a pivotal role in the Spurs franchise winning four championships in nine seasons between 1999-2007.
In his 16 seasons he won three finals MVP awards, two regular seasons MVP and made thirteen all-star appearances and one all-star game MVP.
NBA Commissioner David Stern has confirmed that Duncan will definitely be inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame when he is eligible in 2018.
Now the Spurs have to find a replacement and with Duncan's contract now off their books they could well make a run at signing Dwight Howard.
It could be the start of a new era in San Antonio. Parker and Ginobili are both aging now and newcomer Kawhi Leonard could have a bigger role.



Hall of Fame Inductees

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Tim Duncan - San Antonio

Career Averages
1,167 games played
20.1 ppg - 11.2 rpg - 3.1 apg - 0.7 spg - 2.2 bpg



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Re: Wizards [27-55] - 2013 NBA Finals

Postby Phil89 on Wed Jan 23, 2013 2:13 pm

mrmoves20 wrote:At least the Bucks fought hard. Don't worry much about the pick, what's important is your team is at Top 5. At least for me.

I'm not really worried about getting top pick. I'm most likely going to get a top 3 pick anyway and there are only 2-3 players that I'm really targeting.
Can't really lose, unless the lottery screws me into pick 6 or something. :lol:
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Re: Wizards [27-55] - 2013 Retirements

Postby Durant35 on Wed Jan 23, 2013 4:00 pm

Sucks that Timmy had to retire. But it's his time anyways. Great idea of putting spoilers! Didn't see that one!

Anyways, any clue on who you will be drafting?
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Re: Wizards [27-55] - 2013 Retirements

Postby Phil89 on Wed Jan 23, 2013 8:19 pm

21/6/13

2013 Draft Lottery

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Lottery Chances

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2013 NBA Draft Order

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Orlando Magic fans have a reason to celebrate again, one season after the prolonged saga that saw Dwight Howard force a trade to the LA Lakers.
Their franchise has tonight won the draft lottery for the fourth time in it's history. They were hopeful, going into the draw having the best odds.
It's the first time since 2004 that a team has won the lottery after having had the worst record in the league. Ironically that was Orlando as well.
We all know who they used that pick on. They are still in the process of cleaning up their roster after Dwight left, but this pick will help them a lot.
They have a core of Jameer Nelson, Arron Afflalo and Glen Davis that they are trying to build around. There are still some bad contracts though.
Magic GM Rob Hennigan is taking the same draft-oriented approach that he was apart of with the Thunder during his four years in Oklahoma City.
Don't be surprised to see them in a similar position next season, as they wait for guys like Hedo Turkoglu and Al Harrington to come out of contract.

The lottery draw went mostly as expected, except that the Hornets slipped down one spot to the fourth pick. The Kings moved up to the third pick.
A pair of nineteen year-olds are leading the talk for who will go at number one this season. Kentucky's Nerlens Noel and UCLA's Shabazz Muhammad.
It seems that Washington find themselves in a similar position to Seattle in 2007, with two players who are clearly a level above the rest of the class.
Whether the Magic decide to take Muhammad or Noel, the Wizards can't really lose with whoever is still available when it comes their turn to pick.

Strangely, in the last three seasons, three teams have lost their superstar player to a big market team and then won the lottery the next season.
Cleveland traded star LeBron James to Miami in 2010 and the next season they won the lottery and selected guard Kyrie Irving with the top pick.
Then in 2011 the Hornets traded their star Chris Paul to the Clippers and the next season they won the lottery and selected forward Anthony Davis.
Now Orlando have won the lottery, a season after trading Dwight Howard to the Lakers. Tin-foil hats may not be needed, but it certainly is peculiar.


ORL - 1st =
WAS - 2nd =
SAC - 3rd ↑1
NOH - 4th ↓1
CHA - 5th =
GSW - 6th =
CLE - 7th =
TOR - 8th =
ATL - 9th =
DAL - 10th =
DET - 11th =
POR - 12th =
PHX - 13th =
SAS - 14th =
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Re: Wizards [27-55] - 2013 Retirements

Postby Phil89 on Wed Jan 23, 2013 8:36 pm

Durant35 wrote:Sucks that Timmy had to retire. But it's his time anyways. Great idea of putting spoilers! Didn't see that one!

Anyways, any clue on who you will be drafting?

Top two I'm looking at are Shabazz Muhammad and Nerlens Noel. Pretty much I'll take whoever Orlando don't pick out of those two. Not sure what I'll do if they don't pick either of them though. Flip a coin maybe.

I won't give anything away until draft night. :fruity:
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Re: Wizards - 2013 Draft Lottery

Postby Mark. on Thu Jan 24, 2013 6:45 am

Man TImmy D retiring, this day has always been on the horizon

Random OT, I was talking to some mates a while back and they asked "Which Superstar currently active, but hypothetically if they were still in their prime, would you chose to build a franchise around?" I thought it was a no brainier on LeBron, but then I actually thought about it, and it is quite clearly Timmy D.

Ben Mcelmore mate, pick him! pick him!
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Re: Wizards - 2013 Draft Lottery

Postby Martti. on Thu Jan 24, 2013 8:27 am

Nerlens Noel all day!
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Re: Wizards - 2013 Draft Lottery

Postby Phil89 on Thu Jan 24, 2013 1:22 pm

27/6/13

2013 NBA Draft

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First Round
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Big futures: The top five picks of this season's draft.



Second Round
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Steals of the Draft

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For one reason or another there are always highly touted players who fall further in the draft than anyone expected. Here are this year's:

Pick 11 - Cody Zeller - Detroit
Pick 22 - Ben McLemore - Denver
Pick 27 - James McAdoo - Philadelphia
Pick 29 - Alex Poythress - Miami
Pick 30 - Tony Mitchell - Oklahoma City
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Re: Wizards - 2013 Draft Lottery

Postby Phil89 on Thu Jan 24, 2013 1:43 pm

28/6/13

Noel hoping to propel Wizards to playoff heights

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New number two pick Nerlens Noel is dreaming of helping his new Wizards team transform from cellar-dwellers into playoff regulars.
"The nature of being in the top five is that you are usually thrust onto a team that isn't very good. It's just part of the game", he said today.
"I'm looking forward to meeting my team-mates and helping them improve. I'm just so excited to have the opportunity to play in the NBA."
He officially became a Washington Wizard today after he signed his rookie contract. He'll earn $7.84m for the first two seasons of the deal.

Noel is a 6'11 center with amazing shot blocking ability. His incredible length (7'4 wingspan) and timing allow him to block or alter most shots.
He is a real game changer at the defensive end of the floor. He needs to work on his offense and spend some time in the weight room though.
If he can become stronger and also add more to his offensive repertoire he could become as dominant as Dwight Howard or Andrew Bynum.
The 19 year old is known for his trademark hi-top fade hairstyle. Perhaps he figured having a recognisable trait would help him stand out more.
It sure worked for that way Anthony Davis and his unibrow. Some Wizards fans are already going with the 'hi-top stopper' as a nickname for him.
Being picked at number two should take some pressure off of him. He's hoping to be like Durant or Aldridge, rather than like Milicic or Thabeet.

Selecting Noel in the draft gives the Wizards a fairly formidable frontcourt now, adding to Derrick Favors, Patrick Patterson and Jason Maxiell.
The old adage is that defense wins you championships. Now the Wizards have their defensive anchor in Noel, it's time to improve as a team.
Some people have compared him to Dwight Howard and Anthony Davis in the way that he can really control the paint for his team defensively.
They now don't have to chase superstar free agent Dwight Howard. Which is probably lucky as realistically he was just out of their price range.
With the two top-tier free agents Dwight Howard and Chris Paul no longer on their radar, they will probably target someone like Andre Iguodala.
If they added him to their line-up of Noel, Favors, Gay and Wall, they could have quality depth with Beal and Patterson coming off the bench.

Wizards GM Steve Kerr said, "Honestly, he was always our top target. We wouldn't have been disappointed with [Shabazz] Muhammad though."
"If Orlando had taken Nerlens first instead, we would have selected Shabazz. They are both great talents and either one will improve your team."
Had the latter scenario occurred it would probably have meant that Muhammad would have taken Bradley Beal's spot and sent him to the bench.
Having a top-two pick in a draft which had two players who stood out amongst the draft class was a no-lose situation for the Wizards to end up in.

Noel has decided to take the number 34 with the Wizards because it's the same number that all-time NBA blocks leader Hakeem Olajuwon wore.
"He is an inspiration for me. I mean, I was a little bit too young to see him play live, but I've studied his game through watching DVD's and online."
"I feel that my shot blocking and stealing ability are hugely influenced by what he used to do. I've modelled me game after his to a certain degree."
If he manages to have half as good a career that Hasheem the Dream had, he will be a very good player in the NBA. The potential is certainly there.

Noel joins two former Kentucky Wildcats in John Wall and Patrick Patterson on the Wizards roster. Wall himself was number one pick three years ago.
Kentucky have produced several first round picks per draft in the last few years. They really have a strong conveyor belt of talent at the moment.

2010 - John Wall (1st), DeMarcus Cousins (5th), Patrick Patterson (14th), Eric Bledsoe (18th)
2011 - Enes Kanter (3rd), Brandon Knight (8th)
2012 - Anthony Davis (1st), Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (2nd)
2013 - Nerlens Noel (2nd), Ryan Harrow (3rd), Archie Goodwin (12th)
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Re: Wizards - 2013 Draft - Who goes No.1?

Postby Phil89 on Thu Jan 24, 2013 9:07 pm

2013 Off-Season Twitter Rumours

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Wizards hoping to land a big fish
Adrian Wojnarowski @WojYahooNBA
Wizards begin next stage of rebuild. Foye, McGuire, Mason, Redd & Haddadi all told today 'don't turn up on Monday'
Adrian Wojnarowski @WojYahooNBA
They're supposedly in talks with Howard, Iguodala, Millsap and Jennings. Leonsis really committed to landing a marquee type player


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Washington having no luck in sixth man search
Adrian Wojnarowski @WojYahooNBA
Y! Sources: Jennings, Teague & Beaubois all agreed offer sheets from Wizards. All were matched by teams within days
Adrian Wojnarowski @WojYahooNBA
Quality sixth man guard said to be high on Kerr's wish-list. Jarrett Jack & DJ Augustin seem to be main targets. More later


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Wizards out of Howard race?
Adrian Wojnarowski @WojYahooNBA
Y! Sources: Kerr on Dwight : "Unfortunately it looks like he has his heart set on another team". Wizards to look at other options now
Adrian Wojnarowski @WojYahooNBA
Y! Sources: Kerr on Dwight : "It was probably a bit too ambitious on our part. There are teams that can offer him more money."
Adrian Wojnarowski @WojYahooNBA
Y! Sources: Wizards talking with Hickson. Kerr looking to build formidable frontcourt rotation: Hickson, Favors, Patterson, Noel, Maxiell


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Could D12 take over from TD?
Marc J. Spears @SpearsNBAYahoo
Y! Sources: Spurs are planning something big in coming days, could involve either Dwight or CP3, or both
Marc J. Spears @SpearsNBAYahoo
With Duncan retired, Spurs are looking to completely re-tool roster. Parker & Ginobili allegedly on the block, say Y! Sources


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Familiar face headed back to Detroit?
Adrian Wojnarowski @WojYahooNBA
Y! Sources: Billups in talks with Pistons. Veteran could return to team he guided to NBA title in '04


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Spurs big three officially over
Adrian Wojnarowski @WojYahooNBA
Y! Sources: Chris Paul has told Clippers management that he wants a trade to the Spurs, would team up with Dwight Howard in SA
Adrian Wojnarowski @WojYahooNBA
Breaking News: 1 day after CP3 told Clippers he wanted out, they've agreed deal with Spurs. Parker & Ginobili headed to LA. Amazing
Adrian Wojnarowski @WojYahooNBA
Have to hand it to Buford. Losing a HOFer, then signing a future HOFer and trading for the league's best PG. A crazy week

Marc J. Spears @SpearsNBAYahoo
Seems coach Pop will put off any thoughts of retirement now to focus on getting ring #5
Marc J. Spears @SpearsNBAYahoo
Clippers still look the better LA team: Jordan, Griffin, Butler, Ginobili, Parker > Gasol, Jamison, World Peace, Kobe, Nash


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Iggy joins Monroe and Billups in Detroit
Marc J. Spears @SpearsNBAYahoo
Iguodala signs 4yr/$49m deal with Pistons, say Y! Sources. Wizards apparently took to long to decide on offer so he picked Detroit
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Re: Wizards - 2013 Draft & Free Agency Rumours

Postby Mark. on Fri Jan 25, 2013 8:04 am

Man big noise made there by the Spurs! I love it. To be honest though, seems odd, Divas like Cp3 and Coward aren't they high character type of guys that the Spurs usually go for. Well Cp3 is probably ok. But Howard might struggle under Pop.
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Re: Wizards - 2013 Draft & Free Agency Rumours

Postby Martti. on Fri Jan 25, 2013 9:12 am

Good pick in Noel, also glad seeing Miami get Poythress that late.

And CP3 and Dwight in SA? Guess it's better then usual 2K sim, when one of them goes to Detroit and the other to Cleveland.
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Re: Wizards - 2013 Draft & Free Agency Rumours

Postby mrmoves20 on Fri Jan 25, 2013 11:20 am

I love your fictional Twitter feed. CP3 and Dwight in SA would be sick, should've-been Lakers without Kobe, haha.
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Re: Wizards - 2013 Draft & Free Agency Rumours

Postby Phil89 on Fri Jan 25, 2013 12:27 pm

Mark. wrote:Man big noise made there by the Spurs! I love it. To be honest though, seems odd, Divas like Cp3 and Coward aren't they high character type of guys that the Spurs usually go for. Well Cp3 is probably ok. But Howard might struggle under Pop.

Well that's probably true. But I looked at it from the point of view that the Spurs are a well run franchise and they are capable of a rebuild like this after losing a legend. I think if they're winning games Howard won't be a problem.

Martti. wrote:Good pick in Noel, also glad seeing Miami get Poythress that late.

And CP3 and Dwight in SA? Guess it's better then usual 2K sim, when one of them goes to Detroit and the other to Cleveland.

I'm really happy to get Anthony Davis 2.0. :) Poythress sliding that far was a surprise given that he was touted as a top five pick on the draft class I used.

Sometimes I like to mix things up in free agency to add a more interesting story. Truth be told Dwight did actually sign with the Spurs. But CP3 signed with the Cavs and that just didn't make sense as they have Kyrie. I didn't want them to lose Kyrie so I rearranged a few things to move Paul to SA.

mrmoves20 wrote:I love your fictional Twitter feed. CP3 and Dwight in SA would be sick, should've-been Lakers without Kobe, haha.

I don't think there is a Lakers without Kobe until he retires. :wink:
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Re: Wizards - 2013 Draft & Free Agency Rumours

Postby Phil89 on Fri Jan 25, 2013 1:03 pm

30/9/13

2013 Free Agency Summary

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Atlanta
Re-Signed
Jeff Teague - 25 - PG - $17.56m- 3 years
Chris Douglas Roberts - 26 - SG - $2.94m - 1 year (TO)

Free Agents Signed
Nikola Pekovic - 27 - C - $25.97m - 4 years
Stephen Jackson - 35 - SF - $1.62m - 1 year

Released
Anthony Morrow (Free Agent)
Kyle Korver (Free Agent)
Zaza Pachulia (Free Agent)
Mike Scott (Free Agent)
Anthony Tolliver (Free Agent)
DeShawn Stevenson (Free Agent)
Johan Petro (Free Agent)

Projected line-up: Nikola Pekovic - Al Horford - Josh Smith - Louis Williams - Jeff Teague


Boston
Re-Signed
Avery Bradley - 22 - SG - $2.51m - 1 year (TO)

Free Agents Signed
-

Released
Leandro Barbosa (Free Agent)
Chris Wilcox (Free Agent)
Jason Collins (Free Agent)
Jason Terry (Retired)

Projected line-up: Kevin Garnett - Brandon Bass - Paul Pierce - Avery Bradley - Rajon Rondo


Brooklyn
Re-Signed
CJ Watson - 29 - PG - $1.04m - 1 year (PO)

Free Agents Signed
-

Released
Andray Blatche (Charlotte)
Josh Childress (Free Agent)
Keith Bogans (Free Agent)

Projected line-up: Brook Lopez - Kris Humphries - Gerald Wallace - Joe Johnson - Deron Williams


Charlotte
Re-Signed
Kemba Walker - 23 - PG - $2.71m - 1 year (TO)
Ben Gordon - 30 - SG - $13.20m - 1 year (PO)
Byron Mullens - 24 - PF - $8.44m - 3 years
Bismack Biyombo - 21 - C - $3.22m - 1 year (TO)

Free Agents Signed
Andray Blatche - 27 - C - $22.47m - 4 years

Released
Brendan Haywood (Free Agent)
Reggie Williams (Free Agent)
Jeff Adrien (Free Agent)
Desagana Diop (Free Agent)

Projected line-up: Andray Blatche - Tyrus Thomas - Michael Kidd-Gilchrist - Ben Gordon - Kemba Walker


Chicago
Re-Signed
Richard Hamilton - 35 - SG - $1.42m - 1 year (TO)

Free Agents Signed
Jermaine O'Neal - 35 - C - $3.13m - 2 years
Delonte West - 30 - PG - $1.54m - 3 years

Released
Nate Robinson (Utah)
Marco Belinelli (Free Agent)
Nazr Mohammed (Free Agent)
Vladimir Radmanovic (Free Agent)

Projected line-up: Joakim Noah - Carlos Boozer - Luol Deng - Richard Hamilton - Derrick Rose


Cleveland
Re-Signed
Daniel Gibson - 27 - PG - $3.34m - 2 years

Free Agents Signed
JR Smith - 28 - SG - $22.12m - 3 years
Austin Daye - 25 - SF - $4.14m - 1 year

Released
Omri Casspi (LA Clippers)
Luke Walton (Free Agent)
Jon Leuer (Free Agent)
Donald Sloan (Free Agent)
Samardo Samuels (Free Agent)
Jeremy Pargo (Free Agent)

Projected line-up: Anderson Varejao - Tristan Thompson - Alonzo Gee - JR Smith - Kyrie Irving


Dallas
Re-Signed
OJ Mayo - 25 - SG - $4.20m - 1 year (TO)
Chris Kaman - 31 - C - $4.85m - 2 years
Rodrigue Beaubois - 25 - PG - $16.93m - 3 years
Brandan Wright - 26 - C - $8.01m - 4 years
Jae Crowder - 23 - SF - $1.93m - 3 years
Dominique Jones - 25 - PG - $2.30m - 1 year (TO)

Free Agents Signed
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Released
Vince Carter (Indiana)
Elton Brand (Utah)
Dahntay Jones (San Antonio)
Bernard James (Free Agent)
Derek Fisher (Retired)

Projected line-up: Chris Kaman - Dirk Nowitzki - Shawn Marion - OJ Mayo - Darren Collison


Denver
Re-Signed
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Free Agents Signed
Daniel Orton - 23 - C - $13.97m - 3 years

Released
Andre Iguodala (Detroit)
Corey Brewer (Free Agent)
Timofey Mozgov (Free Agent)
Quincy Miller (Free Agent)
Kosta Koufos (Free Agent)

Projected line-up: JaVale McGee - Kenneth Faried - Wilson Chandler - Andre Miller - Ty Lawson


Detroit
Re-Signed
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Free Agents Signed
Andre Iguodala - 29 - SG - $48.89m - 4 years
Chauncey Billups - 37 - PG - $3.97m - 1 year

Released
Austin Daye (Cleveland)
Will Bynum (Free Agent)
Martell Webster (Free Agent)
Charlie Villanueva (Free Agent)

Projected line-up: Greg Monroe - Tayshaun Prince - Andre Iguodala - Rodney Stuckey - Chauncey Billups


Golden State
Re-Signed
Richard Jefferson - 33 - SF - $11.05m - 1 year (PO)
Brandon Rush - 28 - SG - $4.00m - 1 year (PO)
Andris Biedrins - 27 - C - $9.00m - 1 year (PO)

Free Agents Signed
-

Released
Jarrett Jack (Washington)
Carl Landry (New York)
Charles Jenkins (Free Agent)
Jeremy Tyler (Free Agent)

Projected line-up: Andrew Bogut - David Lee - Harrison Barnes - Klay Thompson - Stephen Curry


Houston
Re-Signed
Chandler Parsons - 25 - SF - $927k - 1 year (TO)
Toney Douglas - 27 - PG - $3.10m - 1 year
Cole Aldrich - 24 - C - $3.35m - 1 year
Greg Smith - 22 - C - $884k - 1 year (TO)

Free Agents Signed
-

Released
Carlos Delfino (Free Agent)

Projected line-up: Omer Asik - Nene - Chandler Parsons - James Harden - Jeremy Lin


Indiana
Re-Signed
-

Free Agents Signed
Kenyon Martin - 35 - PF - $1.27m - 1 year

Released
David West (Utah)
DJ Augustin (New Orleans)
Sam Young (Free Agent)
Jeff Pendergraph (Free Agent)
Lance Stephenson (Free Agent)

Projected line-up: Roy Hibbert - Kenyon Martin - Danny Granger - Paul George - George Hill


LA Clippers
Re-Signed
Eric Bledsoe - 23 - PG - $2.63m - 1 year (TO)
Lamar Odom - 33 - PF - $1.08m - 2 years
Trey Thompkins - 23 - PF - $884k - 1 year (TO)

Free Agents Signed
Omri Casspi - 25 - SF - $2.88m - 2 years

Released
*Chris Paul (San Antonio)
Chauncey Billups (Detroit)
Matt Barnes (Free Agent)
Ronny Turiaf (Free Agent)
Willie Green (Free Agent)
Ryan Hollins (Free Agent)

*LA Clippers signed and traded Chris Paul to San Antonio for Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili.

Projected line-up: DeAndre Jordan - Blake Griffin - Caron Butler - Manu Ginobili - Tony Parker


LA Lakers
Re-Signed
Metta World Peace - 33 - SF - $7.73m - 1 year (PO)
Antawn Jamison - 37 - PF - $1.54m - 1 year
Jodie Meeks - 26 - SG - $2.00m - 1 year (TO)

Free Agents Signed
Samuel Dalembert - 32 - C - $4.25m - 3 years

Released
Dwight Howard (San Antonio)
Earl Clark (Washington)
Darius Johnson-Odom (Free Agent)
Robert Sacre (Free Agent)
Devin Ebanks (Free Agent)

Projected line-up: Pau Gasol - Antawn Jamison - Metta World Peace - Kobe Bryant - Steve Nash


Memphis
Re-Signed
Wayne Ellington - 25- SG - $3.10m - 1 year
Josh Selby - 22 - SG - $884k - 1 year (TO)

Free Agents Signed
-

Released
Tony Allen (Washington)
Corey Maggette (San Antonio)
Kenyon Martin (Indiana)
Donte Greene (Free Agent)
Chris Andersen (Free Agent)

Projected line-up: Marc Gasol - Zach Randolph - Quincy Pondexter - Jerryd Bayless - Mike Conley


Miami
Re-Signed
Ray Allen - 38 - SG - $3.23m - 1 year (PO)
Mario Chalmers - 27 - PG - $4.00m - 1 year (TO)
James Jones - 33 - SF - $1.50m - 1 year (PO)

Free Agents Signed
-

Released
Rashard Lewis (Free Agent)
Dexter Pittman (Free Agent)
Josh Harrellson (Free Agent)

Projected line-up: Chris Bosh - LeBron James - Ray Allen - Dwyane Wade - Mario Chalmers


Milwaukee
Re-Signed
Monta Ellis - 28 - SG - $11.00m - 1 year (TO)
Brandon Jennings - 24 - PG - $41.70m - 3 years
Trevor Ariza - 28 - SF - $7.73m - 1 year (PO)

Free Agents Signed
-

Released
Marquis Daniels (New York)
Joel Przybilla (Free Agent)

Projected line-up: Emeka Okafor - Ersan Ilyasova - Trevor Ariza - Monta Ellis - Brandon Jennings


Minnesota
Re-Signed
Chase Budinger - 25 - SF - $13.20m - 4 years
Dante Cunningham - 26 - PF - $2.11m - 2 years

Free Agents Signed
-

Released
Nikola Pekovic (Atlanta)
Josh Howard (Free Agent)
Louis Amundson (Free Agent)

Projected line-up: Kevin Love - Derrick Williams - Andrei Kirilenko - Brandon Roy - Ricky Rubio


New Orleans
Re-Signed
Xavier Henry - 22 - SG - $3.20m - 1 year (TO)
Al-Farouq Aminu - 23 - SF - $3.76m - 1 year (TO)
Darius Miller - 23 - SF - $8.18m - 4 years

Free Agents Signed
DJ Augustin - 25 - PG - $23.14m - 3 years

Released
Robin Lopez (Washington)
Samuel Dalembert (LA Lakers)
Raja Bell (New York)
Jason Smith (Free Agent)
Lance Thomas (Free Agent)
Brian Roberts (Free Agent)

Projected line-up: Kevin Seraphin - Anthony Davis - Al-Farouq Aminu - - Austin Rivers - DJ Augustin


New York
Re-Signed
Iman Shumpert - 23 - SG - $1.80m - 1 year (TO)

Free Agents Signed
Carl Landry - 30 - PF - $8.73m - 3 years
Raja Bell - 37 - SG - $490k - 1 year
Marquis Daniels - 32 - SG - $490k - 1 year

Released
JR Smith (Cleveland)
Ronnie Brewer (Free Agent)
James White (Free Agent)
Pablo Prigioni (Free Agent)
Chris Copeland (Free Agent)
Marcus Camby (Retired)
Rasheed Wallace (Retired)
Kurt Thomas (Retired)

Projected line-up: Tyson Chandler - Amare Stoudemire - Carmelo Anthony - Iman Shumpert - Jason Kidd


Oklahoma City
Re-Signed
-

Free Agents Signed
-

Released
Daniel Orton (Denver)
Maurice Evans (Free Agent)
DeAndre Liggins (Free Agent)

Projected line-up: Kendrick Perkins - Serge Ibaka - Kevin Durant - Kevin Martin - Russell Westbrook


Orlando
Re-Signed
JJ Redick - 29 - SG - $11.19m - 3 years
Hedo Turkoglu - 34 - SF - $12.20m - 1 year (PO)
Ishmael Smith - 25 - PG - $985k - 1 year (PO)

Free Agents Signed
-

Released
Gustavo Ayon (Free Agent)
Josh McRoberts (Free Agent)
DeQuan Jones (Free Agent)
Kyle O'Quinn (Free Agent)

Projected line-up: Glen Davis - Al Harrington - Shabazz Muhammad - Arron Afflalo - Jameer Nelson


Philadelphia
Re-Signed
Dorell Wright - 27 - SF - $10.15m - 3 years

Free Agents Signed
-

Released
Nick Young (San Antonio)
Damien Wilkins (Free Agent)
Kwame Brown (Free Agent)
Royal Ivey (Free Agent)

Projected line-up: Andrew Bynum - Thaddeus Young - Dorell Wright - Evan Turner - Jrue Holiday


Phoenix
Re-Signed
Wesley Johnson - 26 - SF - $5.42m - 1 year (TO)
PJ Tucker - 28 - SF - $4.22m - 4 years

Free Agents Signed
-

Released
Jermaine O'Neal (Chicago)
Sebastian Telfair (Free Agent)
Luke Zeller (Free Agent)

Projected line-up: Marcin Gortat - Luis Scola - Michael Beasley - Shannon Brown - Goran Dragic


Portland
Re-Signed
Nolan Smith - 25 - PG - $1.50m - 1 year (TO)
Elliot Williams - 24 - SG - $2.37m - 1 year (TO)
Luke Babbitt - 24 - SF - $2.66m - 1 year

Free Agents Signed
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Released
JJ Hickson (Washington)
Sasha Pavlovic (Free Agent)
Ronnie Price (Free Agent)

Projected line-up: LaMarcus Aldridge - Luke Babbitt - Nicolas Batum - Wesley Matthews - Damian Lillard


Sacramento
Re-Signed
DeMarcus Cousins - 23 - C - $4.92m - 1 year (TO)
Aaron Brooks - 28 - PG - $1.65m - 1 year (PO)
Jimmer Fredette - 24 - PG - $2.57m - 1 year (TO)
James Johnson - 26 - SF - $3.95m - 1 year
Isaiah Thomas - 24 - PG - $884k - 1 year (TO)

Free Agents Signed
-

Released
Francisco Garcia (Free Agent)
Tyler Honeycutt (Free Agent)

Projected line-up: DeMarcus Cousins - Thomas Robinson - Tyreke Evans - Marcus Thornton - Aaron Brooks


San Antonio
Re-Signed
Kawhi Leonard - 22 - SF - $1.99m - 1 year (TO)
DeJuan Blair - 24 - PF - $19.94m - 4 years
Cory Joseph - 22 - PG - $1.18m - 1 year (TO)

Free Agents Signed
Dwight Howard - 27 - C - $52.69m - 3 years
*Chris Paul - 28 - PG - $52.17m - 3 years
Nick Young - 28 - SG - $8.67m - 2 years
Corey Maggette - 33 - SF - $1.50m - 1 year
Dahntay Jones - 32 - SF - $4.41m- 3 years

*LA Clippers signed and traded Chris Paul to San Antonio for Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili.

Released
Stephen Jackson (Atlanta)
Boris Diaw (Free Agent)
Tiago Splitter (Free Agent)
Gary Neal (Free Agent)
Matt Bonner (Free Agent)
Patrick Mills (Free Agent)
James Anderson (Free Agent)
Tim Duncan (Retired)

Projected line-up: Dwight Howard - DeJuan Blair - Kawhi Leonard - Danny Green - Chris Paul


Toronto
Re-Signed
Ed Davis - 24 - PF - 3.15m - 1 year (TO)
Linas Kleiza - 28 - SF - $4.60m - 1 year (PO)
Aaron Gray - 28 - C - $2.61m - 1 year (PO)

Free Agents Signed
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Released
Mickael Pietrus (Free Agent)
Alan Anderson (Free Agent)
Quincy Acy (Free Agent)

Projected line-up: Andrea Bargnani - Amir Johnson - Landry Fields - DeMar DeRozan - Kyle Lowry


Utah
Re-Signed
Paul Millsap - 28 - PF - $9.20m - 1 year (TO)
Marvin Williams - 27 - SF - $7.50m - 1 year (PO)

Free Agents Signed
David West - 33 - PF - $18.29m - 3 years
Nate Robinson - 29 - PG - $16.88m - 3 years
Elton Brand - 34 - PF - $4.02m - 2 years

Released
Earl Watson (Free Agent)
Jamaal Tinsley (Free Agent)
DeMarre Carroll (Free Agent)

Projected line-up: Al Jefferson - Paul Millsap - Gordon Hayward - Eric Gordon - Mo Williams


Washington
Re-Signed
Daequan Cook - 26 - SG - $3.37m - 2 years

Free Agents Signed
JJ Hickson - 25 - C - $21.32m - 3 years
Jarrett Jack - 30 - PG - $6.40m - 1 year
Earl Clark - 25 - SF - $3.37m - 2 years
Tony Allen - 31 - SG - $1.30m - 1 year
Robin Lopez - 25 - C - $5.32m - 2 years

Released
Michael Redd (Free Agent)
Randy Foye (Free Agent)
Dominic McGuire (Free Agent)
Roger Mason (Free Agent)
Hamed Haddadi (Free Agent)

Projected line-up: Nerlens Noel - Derrick Favors - Rudy Gay - Bradley Beal - John Wall



20/9/13

CP3 joins Dwight on new-look Spurs

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It's a move that has been rumoured and speculated about for years. But finally Dwight Howard and Chris Paul are team-mates.
Ever since LeBron's 'decision', the whole idea of superstars joining forces to create so-called super-teams has been all the rage.
Allegedly the pair have been trying to make this a reality since they were still playing for the Magic and Hornets respectively.
They appeared to both be headed to the Lakers to join Kobe a couple of seasons ago, but Paul's trade was vetoed at the death.
He instead found himself traded to the Clippers and their plan ruined. Dwight then got his move to the Lakers a season later.
The Mavericks were touted as a potential home for the pair this season, but their Texas neighbours beat them to the punch.

They may not have Kobe or Dirk on their team, but there are a few great guys that will be able to help them push for a championship.
Kawhi Leonard is an emerging star who is an excellent defender. Coach Pop will be delighted with his new group's defensive talents.
Nick Young will take up some of the offensive slack that Ginobili's absence leaves. He was a big part of the 76ers success last year.
Then you have some solid role players coming off the bench like Danny Green and veterans like Corey Maggette and Dahntay Jones.

The Clippers are still shocked at losing the guy they gave up talented youngster Eric Gordon for. But they shouldn't get too down.
You could even argue that their team is better now than before this trade. They've added a wealth of championship experience.
Who better to replace the guy who fed Griffin so many assists than the guy who played alongside Tim Duncan for over a decade.
Their roster now boasts 9 rings combined. Lamar Odom, Jamal Crawford and Grant Hill on the bench only add to the experience.

It will be interesting to see how both of these teams do this season. Both will no doubt have Oklahoma City firmly in their sights.
The Thunder had a perfect season last year. They topped the western conference before winning the NBA Finals against the Bucks.


LA Clippers receive
Manu Ginobili - 36 - SG - $13.78m - 2 years (86)
Tony Parker - 31 - PG - $25.00m - 2 years (84)

Projected line-up:
DeAndre Jordan - Blake Griffin - Caron Butler - Manu Ginobili - Tony Parker
Bench:
Eric Bledsoe, Jamal Crawford, Lamar Odom, Malcolm Lee, Trey Thompkins, Grant Hill, Omri Casspi

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Chris Paul - 28 - PG - $52.17m - 3 years (96)

Projected line-up:
Dwight Howard - DeJuan Blair - Kawhi Leonard - Nick Young - Chris Paul
Bench:
Danny Green, Corey Maggette, Dahntay Jones, Rudy Gobert, Nando De Colo, Cory Joseph, Kenny Kadji
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Re: Wizards - Full Free Agency Summary

Postby mrmoves20 on Fri Jan 25, 2013 1:27 pm

Lots of teams looking solid. Should be a competitive 13-14 season.
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Re: Wizards - Full Free Agency Summary

Postby Durant35 on Fri Jan 25, 2013 7:56 pm

Spurs ain't old anymore. Sad that Thunder released Liggins. Hustle boi.
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Re: Wizards - Full Free Agency Summary

Postby Khanwarrior on Sat Jan 26, 2013 2:24 am

shocked to see James McAdoo drafted so late, but will probably be a great player for Philly in years to come. He is usually a top 5-10 pick in my draft but o well. Dwight and CP3 to the Spurs definitely a shocker, but nice to see how well the Spurs are rebuilding after the retirement of of Timmy. :shock:
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Re: Wizards - Full Free Agency Summary

Postby Phil89 on Sat Jan 26, 2013 1:45 pm

1/10/13

Washington gearing up for season of improvement

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Less than one month out from the new NBA season, the Washington Wizards are in camp preparing themselves for a turnaround in fortunes.
It's been five seasons since they've had a winning record and by consequence five seasons since they have participated in the post-season.
Additionally it's been eight long seasons since they have won a playoff series. In other words they've been pretty rubbish for a fair while now.
There is fresh optimism amongst the fans, players and management this year though, with an exciting young roster that has a lot of potential.
Last season they made big trades for Rudy Gay, Derrick Favors and Patrick Patterson. The trio formed a solid frontcourt in the last few months.
Add to that three top lottery picks in the last four drafts selecting John Wall (1st - 2010), Bradley Beal (3rd - 2012) and Nerlens Noel (2nd - 2013).
This off-season they've added some quality depth through free agency including Jarrett Jack, JJ Hickson, Tony Allen, Earl Clark and Robin Lopez.

Jack gives them a veteran backup point guard who can take over when John Wall is resting on the bench. It's something they lacked last season.
Hickson adds another powerful big man to their already impressive frontcourt and Lopez is far from the worst option to have as a sixth big man.
Then there are two specialist players in Daequan Cook and Tony Allen. Cook is a big perimeter threat whilst Allen is a great lock-down defender.
And Earl Clark provides a decent back-up for Rudy Gay, who can only improve by competing with the former Memphis forward for playing time.
The Wizards eventually finished with a 27-55 record last season after the worst start in NBA history. They started out losing 23 straight games.
They open the season in Milwaukee against the team that went to game 6 of the finals last season. A perfect test for their newly formed team.


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    _____• John Wall - Washington - 79 games
    19.8 PPG - 3.8 RPG - 8.0 APG - 1.3 SPG - 0.3 BPG
    _____FG% .504 - 3PT% - .258 - FT% - .725


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    ________________________________________• Rudy Gay - Memphis/Washington - 82 games
    ________________________________________20.1 PPG - 6.8 RPG - 2.1 APG - 1.1 SPG - 0.8 BPG
    _____________________________________________FG% .485 - 3PT% - .298 - FT% - .805


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    ________________________________________________________________________________• Bradley Beal - Washington - 72 games
    ________________________________________________________________________________14.0 PPG - 4.3 RPG - 2.5 APG - 1.1 SPG - 0.3 BPG
    _____________________________________________________________________________________FG% .450 - 3PT% - .357 - FT% - .654


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    ________________________________________• Derrick Favors - Utah/Washington - 87 games
    ________________________________________11.4 PPG - 6.5 RPG - 1.3 APG - 0.5 SPG - 1.1 BPG
    _____________________________________________FG% .567 - 3PT% - .000 - FT% - .600


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    • Patrick Patterson - Washington - 81 games
    8.5 PPG - 5.0 RPG - 0.9 APG - 0.5 SPG - 0.8 BPG
    _____FG% .509 - 3PT% - .500 - FT% - .667


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    ________________________________________• JJ Hickson - Portland - 82 games
    ________________________________________10.6 PPG - 9.8 RPG - 0.4 APG - 0.5 SPG - 0.9 BPG
    _____________________________________________FG% .492 - 3PT% - .125 - FT% - .639


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    ________________________________________________________________________________• Jarrett Jack - Golden State - 81 games
    ________________________________________________________________________________15.9 PPG - 3.9 RPG - 7.1 APG - 0.7 SPG - 0.3 BPG
    _____________________________________________________________________________________FG% .446 - 3PT% - .344 - FT% - .879


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    ________________________________________• Tony Allen - Memphis - 71 games
    ________________________________________9.6 PPG - 3.6 RPG - 2.5 APG - 1.9 SPG - 0.6 BPG
    _____________________________________________FG% .469 - 3PT% - .226 - FT% - .800


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    • Jason Maxiell - Detroit/Washington - 87 games
    5.0 PPG - 6.4 RPG - 0.5 APG - 0.3 SPG - 0.3 BPG
    _____FG% .472 - 3PT% - .000 - FT% - .523


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    ________________________________________• Robin Lopez - New Orleans - 77 games
    ________________________________________3.9 PPG - 1.9 RPG - 0.1 APG - 0.1 SPG - 0.5 BPG
    _____________________________________________FG% .524 - 3PT% - .000 - FT% - .702


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    ________________________________________________________________________________• Daequan Cook - Washington - 78 games
    ________________________________________________________________________________6.6 PPG - 1.7 RPG - 0.5 APG - 0.1 SPG - 0.1 BPG
    _____________________________________________________________________________________FG% .384 - 3PT% - .363 - FT% - .789


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    ________________________________________• Earl Clark - LA Lakers - 38 games
    ________________________________________2.1 PPG - 0.2 RPG - 0.1 APG - 0.2 SPG - 0.2 BPG
    _____________________________________________FG% .427 - 3PT% - .000 - FT% - .739


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    _____• Nerlens Noel - Kentucky - 39 games
    10.7 PPG - 9.4 RPG - 1.7 APG - 2.5 SPG - 4.2 BPG
    _____FG% .571 - 3PT% - .000 - FT% - .571
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Re: Wizards - Full Free Agency Summary

Postby Phil89 on Sat Jan 26, 2013 1:50 pm

I'm changing the difficulty down to Pro for this season. Hopefully I can grab a win or two by myself. :wink:
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Postby Durant35 on Sat Jan 26, 2013 8:43 pm

Beastly acquisitions, you'll definitely grab some Ws right now.
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Re: Wizards - Washington season preview

Postby mp3 on Sun Jan 27, 2013 1:28 am

Damm SA got scary !

Nice job with the off season.
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Re: Wizards - Washington season preview

Postby Phil89 on Sun Jan 27, 2013 12:18 pm

Durant35 wrote:Beastly acquisitions, you'll definitely grab some Ws right now.

That's the plan. Hopefully I don't collapse in games when my starters are resting now. :P

mp3 wrote:Damm SA got scary !

Nice job with the off season.

They may not be finished either. I've heard rumours that Dwight wants them to trade for another star player. :wink:
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Postby Phil89 on Sun Jan 27, 2013 12:20 pm

30/10/13

Milwaukee Bucks [0-0] vs Washington Wizards [0-0]

Wizards have no answers for Ellis in season opener

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MIL - 31 18 19 28 96
WAS - 26 21 17 27 91

Player of the Game: Monta Ellis
(40pts, 5reb, 5ast, 2stl)


Top Scorers
Monta Ellis - 40
Rudy Gay - 29
John Wall - 17
Nerlens Noel - 16
Brandon Jennings - 14
Trevor Ariza - 13
Bradley Beal - 11
Emeka Okafor - 10

Assists
John Wall - 16
Bradley Beal - 5
Monta Ellis - 5
Brandon Jennings - 5

Rebounds
Emeka Okafor - 9
Nerlens Noel - 6
Derrick Favors - 6
Rudy Gay - 6
Ekpe Udoh - 6
Ersan Ilyasova - 6
Trevor Ariza - 5
Monta Ellis - 5
Patrick Patterson - 5


This is actually a re-played game. The first time I lost in double overtime but the game froze. Even though I lost it, I was still pissed off because Wall had 40/14 and Noel had 19/9/6 on debut.
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Re: Wizards - 13/14 [0-1] - Ellis explodes in season opener

Postby Durant35 on Sun Jan 27, 2013 3:51 pm

Close game. You're Wizards are definitely better.
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Re: Wizards - 13/14 [0-1] - Ellis explodes in season opener

Postby Phil89 on Sun Jan 27, 2013 4:30 pm

Jennings got into foul trouble early, so Ellis had the ball for most of the game. He drove past my defenders so easily and often. :cry:

I'm happy with my team though after one game. I think Gay can be my KD, scoring 30+ and closing out games.
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Postby Phil89 on Sun Jan 27, 2013 9:02 pm

2/11/13

Smith joins Spurs' revolution as they go all-in for a title push

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It's probably been the most speculated move in recent years by experts and fans, now Josh Smith is finally on Dwight Howard's team.
This is a move that has been mentioned ever since Dwight was playing in Orlando since the pair are supposedly really close friends.
No one questions Howard's basketball ability, but keeping him happy off the court has always been the major issue for every team.
The Magic and Lakers failed to do it. Now San Antonio has decided to pull out all of the stops to make sure that he remains happy.
It's rumoured that when he was negotiating to join the Spurs he asked them to try and acquire Smith as part of getting him to sign.

Atlanta finally decided to cash in on Smith and ship him out after several years of rumours surrounding his future with the franchise.
They have never made it past the conference semi finals during their time in Atlanta. Keeping Smith really wasn't going to change that.
Last season they finished with a disappointing 36-46 record and missed the playoffs altogether. This season they really hope to improve.
So they've shaken things up and gotten some good pieces that will hopefully help them re-shape their roster around big man Al Horford.
Impressive youngster Kawhi Leonard is another gem that the Spurs plucked from obscurity. He is a great defender and is a potential star.
Danny Green and DeJuan Blair give them a couple of solid rotation guys for their bench who are both on very reasonably priced deals.
Blair had been considered a fair risk coming into the league because he lacks anterior cruciate ligaments in his knees following surgeries.
He has been a pretty good player for the Spurs though with career averages of 10 points and 7 rebounds per game in his four seasons.
Another positive for the Hawks in this trade is that they no longer have Smith's huge contract draining their resources for years to come.



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Re-united: Howard and Smith played together on the Atlanta Celtics in 2003


San Antonio have now committed fully to the Dwight Howard project after this trade. They find themselves with an exciting new 'big three'.
The core of Howard, Paul and Smith is just about a match for those in Miami and Oklahoma City. This could be a power-shift in the league.
Age wise they are younger than the Heat, but a few years older than the young Thunder stars. Their championship window is wide open.
The Spurs' star trio are all in the 27-28 year age range and just entering the prime of their careers. Exciting times are ahead for Spurs fans.
Smith will be playing in San Antonio for the long term, having signed a very lucrative five-year $67m extension on December 21st last year.
He finally earned an all-star call-up last season after nine seasons in the league. He was also named as the defensive player of the season.
It was a good season for him as he was named on the all-NBA and all-defensive first teams. He averaged 23 points, 9 rebounds and 2 blocks.
One potential problem that they may face after this deal is a lack of bench depth. They will probably find some foreigners to help though.




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Atlanta receive
Kawhi Leonard - 22 - SF - $1.99m - 1 year (82)
DeJuan Blair - 24 - PF - $19.94m - 4 years (75)
Danny Green - 26 - SG - $7.79m - 2 years (73)
Spurs 2014 first round pick
Spurs 2015 first round pick


Projected line-up:
Nikola Pekovic - Al Horford - Kawhi Leonard - Louis Williams - Devin Harris
Bench:
Ivan Johnson, Chris Douglas-Roberts, Danny Green, Jeff Teague, Trey Burke, DeJuan Blair, Stephen Jackson

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Josh Smith - 27 - PF - $66.86m - 5 years (87)
John Jenkins - 22 - SG - $1.26m - 1 year (64)
Robert Covington - 22 - SF - $669k - 1 year (61)

Projected line-up:
Dwight Howard - Josh Smith - Corey Maggette - Nick Young - Chris Paul
Bench:
Dahntay Jones, Rudy Gobert, Nando De Colo, Cory Joseph, Kenny Kadji, Robert Covington, John Jenkins


Everyone has been talking about this trade for years, so I figured I'd actually do it. :wink:

Atlanta get cap relief, more depth and future picks. San Antonio get a new 'big three' and Dwight's BFF.
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Re: 13/14 Wizards [0-1] - Spurs go 'all-in' for title

Postby mp3 on Sun Jan 27, 2013 9:10 pm

Scary Spurs team but can they play together #Lakers
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Postby Phil89 on Sun Jan 27, 2013 9:27 pm

3/11/13

Wizards hand Liggins another shot at the NBA

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Washington have today announced that they've signed guard DeAnde Liggins on a two-year contract as cover for the injured Daequan Cook.
Cook may be out for up to a month after suffering a strained abdomen during a training drill yesterday. Liggins will wear the number 23 jersey.
The Wizards are the third team in three years for the 25 year old Chicago native. He has previously played for both Orlando and Oklahoma City.
He is something of a lock-down defender in the mould of Thabo Sefolosha or Bruce Bowen. His length and quickness are truly his best assets.
Oklahoma City released him at the end of last season because he was behind Kevin Martin, Thabo Sefolosha and Jeremy Lamb in their team.



Washington depth chart

C - Noel, Hickson, Lopez
PF - Favors, Patterson
SF - Gay, Clark
SG - Beal, Allen, Liggins
PG - Wall, Jack

Inj./Res. - Maxiell, Cook
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Re: 13/14 Wizards [0-1] - Spurs go 'all-in' for title

Postby Phil89 on Sun Jan 27, 2013 9:29 pm

mp3 wrote:Scary Spurs team but can they play together #Lakers

Yep. Although I'd imagine that having an established championship-winning coach there will help keep Dwight in line and also help them on the court.
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Re: 13/14 Wizards [0-1] - Spurs go 'all-in' for title

Postby Durant35 on Sun Jan 27, 2013 10:48 pm

Damn. Spurs are definitely contenders. Nice signing of Liggins! Did you see how he plays with the Thunder?
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Re: 13/14 Wizards [0-1] - Spurs go 'all-in' for title

Postby mrmoves20 on Mon Jan 28, 2013 1:00 am

The Spurs look great! I'm liking this story more and more!
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