[22-36] Alternate Reality - All Star Saturday

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Postby Valor on Mon Apr 24, 2017 1:44 pm

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With LeBron leading the way, Cleveland looks unstoppable
Race to the MVP: King James Makes His Surge
By Kurt Walker, NBA.com
Posted Dec 31 2016 09:30PM

Surprisingly, LeBron has been flying somewhat under the radar so far this season, but following another stellar month of consistent winning from Cleveland, this is no longer the case.

Get this, the Cleveland Cavaliers have only lost 4 games in the last two months, and at the center of it all? LeBron James, who has been tearing it up on the defensive end, Averaging just under 3 steals and 2 blocks per game in the 27 game span between December and January while also flirting around with a near triple-double average at the same time.

With the second place team a staggering 10 games behind the Cavaliers in the Eastern Conference, the Cavs are all but a lock for the number one seed going into the playoffs, and we are only just about to enter February.

This is what sheer dominance looks like, folks.

And now onto this month’s rankings…

1. Russell Westbrook, Oklahoma City Thunder (29-19)
Stats: PPG -- 26.3; RPG -- 9.5; APG -- 9.7; SPG -- 3.4; BPG -- 0.5; FG% -- .463; 3P% -- .332; FT% -- .801
Last Month's Rank: 2
Comment: With each passing month, Westbrook is edging closer and close to that triple double average on the season. Just this month alone Westbrook has picked up 7 more triple double performances, topping his league-leading total to 14 for the season, nearly doubling that of the second place LeBron James (8). As a result of his production, the Thunder shot up the standings with a solid 11-5 month and now occupy the 5th spot in the West.

2. Stephen Curry, Golden State Warriors (39-10)
Stats: PPG -- 28.9; RPG -- 6.0; APG -- 6.4; SPG -- 2.2; BPG -- 0.1; FG% -- .495; 3P% -- .418; FT% -- .914
Last Month's Rank: 1
Comment: After a red hot month of December, the reigning league MVP is going through a shooting slump, with his shooting percentages falling all the way down to 46% from the field and 35% from deep in January, dropping his season percentage to a career-worst 41.8% from three. However, he has picked up the slack with effort and hustle, picking up 3.2 steals per game on the month and helping the league-leading Warriors to a 12-4 record in January.

3. LeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers (37-11)
Stats: PPG -- 23.3; RPG -- 8.6; APG -- 8.7; SPG -- 2.3; BPG -- 1.3; FG% -- .487; 3P% -- .328; FT% -- .703
Last Month's Rank: 5
Comment: Cleveland is looking nearly unstoppable right now, with multiple 30, 40 point blowouts seem commonplace. Their most impressive performance however, came early in the month during their 10 game winning streak (9 straight on the road), in which they absolutely destroyed the Hawks in Atlanta with a winning margin of 75 points (147-72), with LeBron James scoring a season high 40 points along with 14 rebounds, 12 assists, and 5 steals. With career high averages in both steals and blocks, LeBron looks to be making a run for both MVP and Defensive Player of the Year credentials this season.

4. James Harden, Houston Rockets (31-17)
Stats: PPG -- 27.5; RPG -- 6.5; APG -- 6.5; SPG -- 1.8; BPG -- 0.9; FG% -- .474; 3P% -- .451; FT% -- .864
Last Month's Rank: 4
Comment: Another good month at 10-5 for Harden and the Rockets, and the Beard has thrived as a point guard in Mike D’Antoni’s system, consistently producing the goods for the Rockets, with the only outlier being a career high 58 point outburst against the Pelicans. Something tells me Houston will take those oddities in Harden’s production any day of the week.

5. DeAndre Jordan, Los Angeles Clippers (32-17)
Stats: PPG -- 14.7; RPG -- 15.1; APG -- 0.6; SPG -- 0.1; BPG -- 3.0; FG% -- .671; 3P% -- .000; FT% -- .392
Last Month's Rank: 3
Comment: Chris Paul is having a down year, Griffin is still inconsistent coming off an injury, Paul Pierce is just old now but somehow the Clippers just keep winning, and it’s all thanks to the consistent defensive presence of DeAndre Jordan. The league leader in both blocks and rebounds, Jordan is the early favorite to win Defensive Player of the Year honors, with the only close competitor for the award being LeBron James.

6. Kyrie Irving, Cleveland Cavaliers (37-11
Stats: PPG -- 27.1; RPG -- 3.7; APG -- 7.9; SPG -- 1.7; BPG -- 0.8; FG% -- .491; 3P% -- .461; FT% -- .924
Last Month's Rank: N/A
Comment: If LeBron is the foundation of Cleveland’s success, Irving is the spark that takes them to the next level. Irving is playing through an injury (pinched nerve) right now, but somehow was able to average just under 30 points per game this past month while maintaining his efficiency from the field, and is now averaging career highs in all five major statistical categories as well as in shooting percentages on the season. In fact, if LeBron wasn’t his teammate, Irving would be a lot higher up on this list right now.

7. Kawhi Leonard, San Antonio Spurs (29-18)
Stats: PPG -- 23.3; RPG -- 7.0; APG -- 3.2; SPG -- 2.5; BPG -- 0.8; FG% -- .513; 3P% -- .472; FT% -- .914
Last Month’s Rank: 6
Comment: Leonard’s production has fallen off just a tad this past month, with his shooting percentage from the field dipping below 48% (for the month) for the first time this season. However, he is still shooting at a ridiculous clip of just under 48% from deep, including going 8/10 from deep in his career high 38 point performance against the Chicago Bulls to cap off the month.

8. Isaiah Thomas, Boston Celtics (26-22)
Stats: PPG -- 25.9; RPG -- 3.6; APG -- 6.6; SPG -- 1.3; BPG -- 0.1; FG% -- .452; 3P% -- .408; FT% -- .850
Last Month's Rank: 10
Comment: The only knock on Thomas’ case for MVP considerations was that the Celtics were not even sniffing at .500 prior to this month, and that aspect has been shattered after a fantastic month of winning from Boston, as the Cs went 11-3 for the month to propel themselves, not only to a record of over .500, but in fourth place in the Eastern Conference Standings, with the diminutive point guard leading the way at just under 28 points and 7.5 assists in that span.

9. Damian Lillard, Portland Trailblazers (29-21)
Stats: PPG -- 23.8; RPG -- 3.7; APG -- 8.5; SPG -- 1.4; BPG -- 0.3; FG% -- .454; 3P% -- .422; FT% -- .879
Last Month’s Rank: N/A
Comment: It does seem like McCollum and Lillard are taking turns filling this spot, doesn’t it? The Portland duo seems to be the perfect complement to each other, as one always picks up the slack when the other is not playing as well. This month in particular, it is McCollum who has slipped and Lillard responded beautifully, putting up 26.8 points and 7.9 assists on 46% shooting from both the field and from deep to maintain the Blazers in the midst of the Western Conference playoff picture.

10. Kevin Durant, Golden State Warriors (39-10)
Stats: PPG -- 23.3; RPG -- 8.0; APG -- 4.8; SPG -- 1.3; BPG -- 1.6; FG% -- .512; 3P% -- .448; FT% -- .871
Last Month's Rank: N/A
Comment: It seemed for a while that this was never going to work out well for Durant, who has looked awkward in the Golden State offense since joining them in the summer as he spotted his lowest scoring averages since his rookie season. However, it seems to be working a lot better now, with the former MVP having a breakout month with 26 points, 7.6 rebounds and just under 5 assists, shooting at a blistering clip of 54-50-90 in the 16 game span.

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Re: [19-32] Alternate Reality - January Recap

Postby Phil89 on Tue Apr 25, 2017 2:22 pm

Looks like another Cavs vs Warriors finals is on the cards :|

At least you're looking good for a top 3 pick. Hopefully the lottery can be kind to you.
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Re: [19-32] Alternate Reality - January Recap

Postby Lamrock on Wed Apr 26, 2017 8:55 am

Looking like you're headed for a top 5 pick... Are you using a real or fictional draft class?
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Postby Valor on Wed Apr 26, 2017 8:48 pm

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Patty Mills Out Indefinitely After Re-Injuring Ankle

Patty Mills is out indefinitely after suffering from a high ankle sprain.

The injury, which is the same one on his left ankle that kept him out of 27 of the team’s 52 games thus far, occurred in the third quarter of the Sharks’ 86-102 defeat at the hands of the Seattle SuperSonics. Mills was helped off the floor after landing awkwardly following a missed layup, and did not return. X-Rays were negative but Chicago’s medical staff are said to be concerned as this is the second serious injury on Mills’ left ankle this season.

“Patty sprained his ankle; that's all I know," David Blatt said. "I was told that it would be at least a couple of weeks before they can make another assessment on his timeline, so he’s out indefinitely right now.”

In 25 games played this season, Mills has averaged 10.6 points and 4.8 assists in 25 minutes per game.
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Re: [19-32] Alternate Reality - January Recap

Postby Valor on Wed Apr 26, 2017 8:51 pm

Phil89 wrote:Looks like another Cavs vs Warriors finals is on the cards :|

At least you're looking good for a top 3 pick. Hopefully the lottery can be kind to you.

Cavs and Warriors are unreal, and the East looks really crap. (N)

Lamrock wrote:Looking like you're headed for a top 5 pick... Are you using a real or fictional draft class?

Yep...losing my starting PG again is gonna hurt. We were utter garbage before Patty came back last time. I'm using real draft classes so at least I can scout them a bit IRL as well :cool:
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Re: [19-33] Alternate Reality - Patty's Out...Again

Postby Phil89 on Sun Apr 30, 2017 6:28 pm

Hopefully there can be some upsets in the playoffs (Y)

Sucks to see Patty miss more games.
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Re: [19-33] Alternate Reality - Patty's Out...Again

Postby Valor on Fri May 05, 2017 2:39 am

Phil89 wrote:Hopefully there can be some upsets in the playoffs (Y)

Sucks to see Patty miss more games.

He just can't stay healthy at all it seems...Is this the Chicago PG curse? :(
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Re: [19-33] Alternate Reality - Patty's Out...Again

Postby Andrew on Fri May 05, 2017 10:53 am

You're using a real Draft Class? Hey, then you can get Lonzo Ball! Enjoy dealing with virtual LaVar. :P
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Re: [19-33] Alternate Reality - Patty's Out...Again

Postby Valor on Mon May 15, 2017 3:59 pm

Andrew wrote:You're using a real Draft Class? Hey, then you can get Lonzo Ball! Enjoy dealing with virtual LaVar. :P

Here's hoping someone picks him first before I'll even get the chance to make that decision :facepalm2: :facepalm2: :facepalm2:
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Cavaliers’ LeBron James, Thunder’s Russell Westbrook Headline 2017 All Star Starters

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Posted Feb 6, 2017 7:49 PM ET

NEW YORK -- LeBron James (2,908,746) of the Cleveland Cavaliers and Russell Westbrook (2,803,903) of the Oklahoma City Thunder headline the list of 10 All Star starters selected by fans for the 2017 NBA All Star Game. James and Westbrook finished as the top vote getters in their conference.

In addition to James, the Eastern Conference All Star Starters also feature fellow Cleveland Cavalier guard Kyrie Irving (1,997,545), Washington Wizards guard John Wall (1,877,415), Indiana Pacers forward Paul George (1,971,671), and New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony (1,690,987).

In the Western Conference, Westbrook is joined in the backcourt by Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (2,673,787), while the frontcourt features Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant (2,393,053), San Antonio Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard (2,147,812), and Los Angeles Clipper forward Blake Griffin (1,829,566).


Eastern Conference Starters
Carmelo Anthony, Knicks: A 10 time All Star, Anthony is averaging 20.8 points, 6.9 rebounds, and 4.8 assists per game for the Knicks. This would be Anthony’s 9th selection as a starter.

Paul George, Pacers: George is averaging 23.8 points and 7.0 rebounds per game so far this season, and is rewarded with his fourth All Star appearance and his third as a starter.

Kyrie Irving, Cavaliers: If not for his teammate LeBron James, Irving would be squarely in the MVP conversation right now, as his 27.3 points and 7.9 assists averages have been a massive factor in the Cavs running away with the Eastern Conference. This marks the fourth time in six seasons Irving has been selected to the All Star game.

LeBron James, Cavaliers: The top overall vote getter and the leading scorer in All Star Game history (291 points), James has earned his 13th All-Star nod (all consecutive and all starts) in 14 seasons. The four-time Kia NBA MVP is set to become the fifth player in league history to start at least 13 All-Star Games, joining Kobe Bryant (15), Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (13), Bob Cousy (13) and Michael Jordan (13).

John Wall, Wizards: An All-Star for the fourth straight year, the former number one overall pick is averaging 18.8 points, 9.0 assists, and an impressive career high 3.1 steals per game this season.


Western Conference Starters
Stephen Curry, Warriors: Leading the league at 28.6 points per game this season, the two-time reigning Kia NBA MVP has made the All-Star team for the fourth consecutive time and the fourth time overall, all as a starter.

Kevin Durant, Warriors: Moving to a new team doesn’t seem to have affected his popularity amongst fans, as Durant is now an eight-time All-Star (every season since 2009-10).

Blake Griffin, Clippers: This with make the sixth NBA All-Star selection for the high flying Clipper, who is averaging 21.3 points and 11.4 points per game this season.

Kawhi Leonard, Spurs: The two-time reigning Kia NBA Defensive Player of the Year is a starter for the second year in a row after making his All-Star debut last season.

Russell Westbrook, Thunder: The two time NBA All-Star Game MVP and six time All Star has posted a league leading 17 triple-doubles so far this season, and is looking to become the first since Oscar Robertson (1961-62) to average a triple-double for the season.



Four First Time All Stars Headline Reserves For 2017 All Star Game

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Posted Feb 8, 2017 7:49 PM ET

NEW YORK -- First time All-Stars C.J McCollum of the Portland Trailblazers, Gordon Hayward of the Utah Jazz, Giannis Antetokounmpo of the Milwaukee Bucks, and Reggie Jackson of the Detroit Pistons lead the list of 14 players selected by the NBA’s head coaches as reserves for the 2017 NBA All-Star Game in New Orleans.

Joining McCollum and Hayward on the Western Conference reserves are McCollum’s Blazers teammate Damian Lillard, James Harden of the Houston Rockets, Draymond Green of the Golden State Warriors, DeMarcus Cousins of the Sacramento Kings, and Chris Paul of the Los Angeles Clippers.

In addition to Antetokounmpo and Jackson, the East reserves are Kyle Lowry of the Toronto Raptors, Dwyane Wade of the Chicago Bulls, Chris Bosh of the Miami Heat, and Boston Celtics duo Al Horford and Isaiah Thomas.

As always, arguments will crop up around the players left out. In the Eastern Conference Pistons center Andre Drummond did not get picked despite impressive averages of 19.1 points and 14.2 rebounds per game; while the Cavaliers, who are running away with the Eastern Conference, did not get a third All-Star as Kevin Love (16.9 points, 11.5 rebounds) was omitted, as did Jimmy Butler (19.3 points, 2.6 steals) of the Chicago Bulls, who currently rank second in the conference.

In the Western Conference, the most notable omissions include Anthony Davis of the New Orleans Pelicans (23 points, 10.9 rebounds), Karl-Anthony Towns of the Minnesota Timerwolves (20.4 points, 11.0 rebounds), and the league leader in both rebounds (15.0) and blocks (3.0) in DeAndre Jordan of the Los Angeles Clippers.


Eastern Conference All-Star Reserves
Giannis Antetokounmpo, Bucks: A first-time All-Star, the 22-year-old is the first Milwaukee player selected to the All-Star Game since Michael Redd during the 2003-04 season.

Chris Bosh, Heat: Making his twelfth All-Star appearance, the Miami Heat big man has fought off health concerns from the past two seasons to average 20.7 points and 10.7 rebounds per game this season.

Al Horford, Celtics: This makes the third straight All-Star appearance (2015-17) for the new Boston Celtic, and fifth nod overall.

Reggie Jackson, Pistons: The first-time All-Star is third in the league in assists (9.3) while also averaging 18.3 points per game.

Kyle Lowry, Raptors: An All-Star for the third year in a row, Lowry is averaging career highs in both points (21.7) and steals (2.3) so far this season.

Isaiah Thomas, Celtics: The 60th and final pick of the 2011 NBA Draft ranks fifth in the NBA in scoring with a career-high 25.6 points, helping him secure his second All-Star berth in a row.

Dwyane Wade, Bulls: The 13-time All-Star is enjoying a good first season in his hometown of Chicago, where his 18.9 points average is currently propelling the Bulls to the second seed in the Eastern Conference.


Western Conference All-Star Reserves

DeMarcus Cousins, Kings: Despite swirling trade rumors all season long, the Kings center has produced a solid 20.7 points and 10.3 rebounds en-route to his third consecutive All-Star nod.

Draymond Green, Warriors: An All-Star for the second straight season, the multi-talented Green has been showing off his versatility with averages of 13.6 points, 9.7 rebounds, 4.2 assists, 1.1 steals and 1.4 blocks per game this season for the league-best Warriors.

James Harden, Rockets: Harden’s five All-Star selections have all come in his five seasons with Houston.

Gordon Hayward, Jazz: Averaging career highs of 20.7 points, 5.7 rebounds, and 1.6 steals, Hayward is Utah’s first All-Star selection since Deron Williams in the 2010-11 season.

Damian Lillard, Trailblazers: The third time All-Star is averaging a career best 8.5 assists per game to go along with his 24.0 points average.

C.J. McCollum, Trailblazers: The NBA’s Most Improved Player of 2016, McCollum has again elevated his game to the next level by earning his first All-Star selection.

Chris Paul, Clippers: This marks the 10th All-Star selection for Paul, making him one of the 6 active players to have 10 or more selections in their careers.

The East and West All-Star coaches are determined by the best record in the conference. Golden State head coach Steve Kerr and his staff has earned the honor in the West, while the East coach has yet to be determined.

Cleveland’s Tyronn Lue is not eligible to coach the East All-Stars because he did so last year.

The East and West rosters for the 66th NBA All-Star Game are below.

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Minnesota’s Towns and four Sixers headline roster for 2017 BBVA Compass Rising Stars Challenge

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Posted Feb 7, 2017 6:28 PM ET

NEW YORK -- The Minnesota Timberwolves’ Karl-Anthony Towns, last season’s unanimous Kia NBA Rookie of the Year, and a record tying number of four participants from the Philadelphia 76ers, including number one overall pick Ben Simmons, highlight the list of 20 players selected by the league’s assistant coaches to play in the BBVA Compass Rising Stars Challenge on Friday, Feb. 17 during NBA All-Star 2017 in New Orleans.

Philadelphia’s four participants match the Cleveland Cavaliers’ record in both 2013 and 1998.

Towns, who helped the U.S. Team defeat the World Team 157-154 in last year’s BBVA Compass Rising Stars Challenge, is one of five NBA players averaging at least 20 points and 10 rebounds this season. The Stars Team also features Knicks Phenom Kristaps Porzingis, who is averaging just under 17 points and 10 rebounds this season, and the Sacramento Kings’ Malachi Richardson, who was a late inclusion after making heads turn in his recent NBA debut (and lone) game, finishing with 24 points, 4 rebounds, and 5 assists in the Kings’ 132-86 rout of the Washington Wizards.

Joining Towns, Porzingis, and Richardson on the Stars Team are Jaylen Brown of the Boston Celtics, Devin Booker of the Phoenix Suns, D’Angelo Russell and Brandon Ingram of the Los Angeles Lakers, Kris Dunn of the Minnesota Timberwolves, Dario Saric of the Philadelphia 76ers, and Justise Winslow of the Miami Heat.

The Elites Team is anchored by number one overall pick Ben Simmons, who is the early favourite for the Rookie of the Year award, averaging 12.2 points, 8.7 rebounds (ties for most among rookies), and 4.7 assists per game. Simmons is joined on the team by his Philadelphia teammates in Joel Embiid (10.7 ppg, 8.7 rpg) and Jahlil Okafor (18.8 ppg).

Rounding out the Elites are Bobby Portis of the Chicago Bulls, Boban Marjanovic of the Chicago Sharks, Norman Powell of the Seattle Supersonics, Emmanuel Mudiay of the Denver Nuggets, Brice Johnson of the Los Angeles Clippers, Wade Baldwin of the Memphis Grizzlies, and Buddy Hield of the hosts New Orleans Pelicans.

Below are the rosters for the BBVA Compass Rising Stars Challenge


Stars Roster
Devin Booker (Suns)
Jaylen Brown (Celtics)
Kris Dunn (Timberwolves)
Brandon Ingram (Lakers)
Kristaps Porzingis (Knicks)
Malachi Richardson (Kings)
D’Angelo Russell (Lakers)
Dario Saric (76ers)
Karl-Anthony Towns (Timberwolves)
Justise Winslow (Heat)


Elites Roster
Wade Baldwin (Grizzlies)
Joel Embiid (76ers)
Buddy Hield (Pelicans)
Brice Johnson (Clippers)
Boban Marjanovic (Sharks)
Emmanuel Mudiay (Nuggets)
Jahlil Okafor (76ers)
Bobby Portis (Bulls)
Norman Powell (Sonics)
Ben Simmons (76ers)


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New Three Point Champion to be Crowned as Thompson will not defend title

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Posted Feb 7, 2017 7:18 PM ET

NEW YORK -- With Defending Champion Klay Thompson of the Golden State Warriors announcing he will not defend his title, the JBL Three-Point Contest will have a new winner on All Star Saturday at Smoothie King Center in New Orleans.

The six player field features Thompson’s All Star teammates in Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant, as well as the Houston Rockets’ James Harden, Kawhi Leonard of the San Antonio Spurs, Damian Lillard of the Portland Trailblazers, and the Indiana Pacers’ Paul George.

Each participant ranks in the NBA’s top 15 in three-pointers made this season, including the league leader in Stephen Curry (206) and second place James Harden (198), Damian Lillard rounds out the top five on the list with the fourth most three-pointers made (178).

The players have one minute to shoot as many as the 25 balls as they can. The three competitors with the highest scores in the first round advance to the championship round.


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Timberwolves’ Zach LaVine Looks to Three-Peat in 2017 Verizon Slam Dunk

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Posted Feb 7, 2017 7:18 PM ET

NEW YORK -- Two time defending Slam Dunk Champion Zach LaVine of the Minnesota Timberwolves will look to complete the first three-peat in NBA Slam Dunk Contest history on All-Star Saturday at the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans.

LaVine will be joined by the Orlando Magic’s Aaron Gordon, last year’s runner-up who was narrowly edged to the title following a dazzling performance that included three consecutive perfect scores of 50. Rounding out the field of four contestants are rookie Marquese Chriss of the Phoenix Suns, and LaVine’s Timberwolves teammate Andrew Wiggins.

Verizon Slam Dunk is a two-round event in which the four participants can perform any dunk they choose without time limits. The players have a maximum of three attempts to complete each dunk in both the first round and the final round. Five judges score every dunk on a scale of 6 to 10, resulting in a high score of 50 and a low score of 30.

All four competitors get two dunks in the first round. The two players with the highest combined score for their two dunks advance to the head-to-head final round. The player with the highest combined score for his two dunks in the final round is crowned the champion.
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Re: [21-35] Alternate Reality - All Star Weekend Participants

Postby Lamrock on Fri Jun 23, 2017 6:56 am

I won 70 games and padded his stats, yet I'm the only one who failed to get McCollum into the ASG! :cry:
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Grading the Deals: NBA Trade Deadline 2017

There weren’t a lot of fireworks at this year’s trade deadline, to say the least. The most noteworthy deal - Tony Allen to the Indiana Pacers - happened two days prior, while none of the big names who were rumoured to be on the block ended up being moved, as everybody seems to have accepted that this year at least, is inevitably going to belong to Cleveland and Golden State - two teams who are running away with their conferences so far - and are preparing for what is undoubtedly going to be an incredibly hectic offseason.

The trades that did go down aren’t likely to affect the balance of power league-wide, but there were some interesting ramifications for the teams that made them. Below you can find all the deals made before the trade deadline in chronological order and some analysis as to why they were completed.


Kings Trade Garrett Temple and Matt Barnes to the Jazz for Jeff Withey and the Pistons’ 2017 second round pick

It looks like the Jazz are still trying to make the playoffs, trading Jeff Withey - who is having his worst season as a pro, averaging just 3.3 ppg in 16 mpg while shooting under .400 for the first time in his career - for Garrett Temple, who will provided some much needed depth at shooting guard and allow Exum and Mack to fill out the minutes at point guard vacated by the injury to George Hill. Matt Barnes should provide some veteran presence in the locker room.

The Kings, who are a mess, gets a second round pick to contribute to their rebuilding efforts and now possess 6 Centers on the roster. Strangely though, they were not able to turn an increasingly publically disgruntled DeMarcus Cousins into some tangible assets.

Big Loser in this trade? Jeff Withey, who goes from fighting for minutes with Rudy Gobert and Derrick Favors to fighting for minutes with DeMarcus Cousins and four other centers.

Grade for Jazz: B-
Grade for Kings: C
Grade for Withey: F


Spurs Trade Davis Bertans to the Knicks for Willy Hernangomez and right to swap for Clippers’ 2018 second round pick

San Antonio has done it again, winning minor deals and turning assets into something more has been the Spurs way the past twenty odd years, and they just keep on doing it. Bertans wasn’t going to get a lot of opportunities with Aldridge and David Lee in front of him, and Pau Gasol needed more backup than just Dewayne Dedmon. Hernangomez has promise and with Popovich there to guide him, he might just reach it.

The Knicks do get back a similarly promising prospect in the sweet shooting Latvian Bertans, but they potentially also gave up a draft pick. Granted, it was a future second rounder, but Hernangomez alone should’ve netted Bertans. Rebuilding teams need every pick they can get, and giving away one cheaply isn’t going to help.

Grade for Spurs: B+
Grade for Knicks: C-


Nets trade Justin Hamilton to the Pistons for Reggie Bullock

With starting Center Andre Drummond hobbled with a shin injury, the playoff
contending Pistons look to add to their frontcourt depth with the addition of Justin Hamilton from the Nets. While nothing flashy or outstanding, the 7 foot journeyman should be able to provide just that.

On the flip side of things, the rebuilding Nets free up a little bit of cap space by acquiring an expiring contract in Reggie Bullock at the cost of somebody who they weren’t really using anyways. A win-win deal for both sides.

Grade for Pistons: B+
Grade for Nets: B+


Trailblazers Trade Ed Davis and Pat Connaughton to the Knicks for Kyle O’Quinn and Lance Thomas

This is a deal that makes no sense whatsoever for both sides. Neither team gets cap relief, reinforcements, or draft picks. It looks like a deal was made purely to make a deal. Let’s move on.

Grade for Blazers: C+
Grade for Knicks: C+


Grizzlies Trade Troy Daniels and Andrew Harrison to the Hornets for Marco Belinelli, the right to swap for Cavaliers’ 2018 second round pick with Brooklyn

What are the Hornets thinking? After already trading for Matthew Delladova earlier in the season, they have now gone and traded for another point guard - and one that has yet to make his NBA debut at that - all the while giving up the best player in the deal plus a potential draft pick.

Meanwhile, the Grizzlies are sorely missing a solid rotation SG since Tony Allen was taken off their squad in the NBA expansion draft of 2016, and Belinelli is as solid as they go, and at the cost of two players they weren’t playing at all anyways, it is almost a freebie.

Grade for Hornets: D-
Grade for Grizzlies: A-


76ers Trade Jerami Grant to the Timberwolves for Nikola Pekovic

Purely a salary dump by the Timberwolves, who have just shed Pekovic’s 10 million per season contract off their books. It makes absolutely no sense from the Sixers point of view, as they now have 4 starting calibre Centers to work with, and no draft picks coming back.

But hey, trust the process…right?


Grade for 76ers: D
Grade for Timberwolves: B[/size]


Sharks Trade Tony Allen to the Pacers for Joseph Young and Pacers’ 2017 second round pick.

The expansion Sharks aren’t going anywhere this season, and they have done the defensive specialist a service by sending him to a playoff team for a chance to go for the title. At the age of 35, Allen will value these runs more and more as he edges closer to his eventual retirement. It’s not all charity for Chicago though, with the injury to Patty Mills, Chicago has been short on depth at point guard and they now get a prospect to look at in Joseph Young. An addition draft pick also wouldn’t hurt.

For the Pacers, Allen gives them a stable contributing veteran player that’ll fit right into their rotation. His defensive prowess will be big as they look to strengthen their squad for a playoff push and subsequent playoff run.

Grade for Sharks: B
Grade for Pacers: B+
Grade for Allen: B
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Re: [21-35] Alternate Reality - All Star Weekend Participants

Postby Valor on Fri Jun 23, 2017 7:11 pm

Lamrock wrote:I won 70 games and padded his stats, yet I'm the only one who failed to get McCollum into the ASG! :cry:

Looks that way, your McCollum must be cursed or something :lol:
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Not a busy all-star weekend for your players, but hopefully Boban can win the rising stars game MVP (Y)
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Mudiay rose to the occasion in Friday night’s showcase

NEW ORLEANS -- On a night filled with flashy passes, dunks, and highlight-reel plays, the Elites defeated the Stars, 142-133, to take home the 2017 BBVA Rising Stars Challenge crown at Smoothie King Centre in New Orleans.

Nuggets sophomore guard Emmanuel Mudiay took home MVP honors by totaling a game high 32 points to go along with 4 rebounds, 8 assists, and 4 steals.

Rookie sensation Ben Simmons of the Philadelphia 76ers chipped in 17 points, 5 rebounds, and 10 assists, while his fellow Sixers big man duo of Joel Embiid and Jahlil Okafor each notched a double-double in the winning effort. Sharks sophomore Boban Marjanovic would add to the Elites’ interior dominance with his own double-double performance, along with a game high 4 blocks.

In the losing effort, last year’s unanimous Rookie of the Year Karl-Anthony Towns of the Minnesota Timberwolves caused havoc with a 21 point, 15 rebound performance, while rookie teammate Kris Dunn added 20 points and 7 assists of his own. Suns sophomore Devin Booker showed off his multidimensional game with 16 point, 5 rebound, 7 asisst, and 3 steals, and Knicks star Kristaps Porzingis did a bit of everything and ended the night with 15 points, 7 rebounds, 3 assists, 4 steals, and 3 blocks.

The night though, belonged to Mudiay, who ended the night only having missed 5 shots, finishing 11 of 16 from the field.

“Dunks, tough layups, pull up jumpers, he was hitting everything. It was unreal” said Elites coach Doc Rivers, “Every time he shot the ball it seemed like it was going to go in no matter what”

Friday's event was the perfect appetizer to satisfy NBA fans who are preparing for a thrilling All-Star Weekend. The Rising Stars Challenge helps usher in the next generation of players, and Murray, Porzingis, Towns, Simmons, and Embiid were all well-regarded prospects when they were drafted.

They made sure to show off that potential at the Smoothie King Center this night.

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Phil89 wrote:Not a busy all-star weekend for your players, but hopefully Boban can win the rising stars game MVP (Y)

Yeah we don't have a lot (if any) of star power on the squad. Was hoping Gerald Green might get the invite to the dunk contest. Oh well.

Not enough minutes at center for Boban on the Elites roster unfortunately! Bloody Sixers :lol:
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Leonard Takes JBL Three-Point Contest
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Posted Feb 18, 2017 10:45 PM ET

NEW ORLEANS -- Just like the rest of his game, Kawhi Leonard’s performance in the JBL Three-Point Contest can be summed up with one word.

Consistent.

Competing against a field of great shooters in James Harden, Damian Lillard, Isaiah Thomas, Paul George, and of course, former Three-Point Contest champion Stephen Curry, Leonard entered the night with somewhat of an underdog label.

He left the night crowned King of the Three-Point shootout.

After entering the Final round with the second highest score from round 1 (20), Leonard hit the last two money balls on his final rack to edge Curry’s score of 16 by just 1 point, then watched as Paul George faltered down the stretch, ending with just 14 points and ensuing Leonard’s victory.

Three of the first four contestants began the contest by putting up big scores. After Harden began the proceedings with a respectable score of 15, former champion Steph Curry turned the heat on with a 19 point performance. Leonard then topped that with 20 points while Lillard finished with 16.

The star of the first round, however, would be Paul George, who overcame a rough start by drilling all five of his shots in his money ball rack and finishing as the leader of the pack with a score of 21. Isaiah Thomas ended the first round with 18 points, a healthy score but not enough to advance to the championship round.



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Wiggins Wins Dunk Contest Amid Controversy
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NEW ORLEANS -- Questionable scoring from judges in a weird new format overshadows what would have been a great Slam Dunk contest.

What should have been Gordon-LaVine 3 turned out to be a slam dunk of a controversy as Andrew Wiggins was crowned Slam Dunk champ on All-Star Saturday, leaving a bitter taste in not only LaVine and Gordon’s mouths, but the audience and dunk fans all around the world, too, thanks to judges who appear to have no idea what they were doing.

Even though it was blatantly obvious to the audience that the back-to-back champion’s double honey dip dunk - where he caught the ball with his left hand after a honey dip, and did a second honey dip with his left hand - was by far the best dunk of the evening, LaVine was only awarded a score of 46, much to the disgust of the crowd in New Orleans. LaVine was then awarded with just a score of 37 (which is what he got also for his first dunk), despite pulling off an impressive self-tossed alley-oop and put it between his legs.

The runner-up for the last two contests, Gordon didn’t fare too well with the judges either, having been only awarded a score of 43 for his tap the backboard self alley-oop slam, and was blatantly robbed with only a score of 37 for his final dunk - a 360 windmill off a self alley-oop.

To be fair, Wiggins did put on a show of his own, pulling off a reverse windmill off a toss with one hand with his first dunk, and reached far back off a lob to slam it with style in the second round. However, his final dunk - a toss off the glass and slam with his left - is not even close to the score of 49 that the judges had given him to take the title.

Taking Gordon and LaVine out of the equation, even rookie Marquese Chriss had much better dunks than Wiggins and deserved the title. Chriss, who ended the contest in second place, having been edged by Wiggins by a score of two points, paid homage to his competitor in Aaron Gordon by mimicking Gordon’s under the legs slam from last year’s contest, only in Chriss’ case, he pulled it off with a 360 spin as well.

“That was amazing, I don’t know if I can pull that off” said Gordon.

Chriss, however, would only receive a 47 for that dunk.

This year’s dunk contest marks a change in the format, with it being three rounds with no elimination occurring, which means all competitors would get the chance to perform three dunks, where scores are accumulated and the highest total after three rounds win. In this instance, it was Wiggins, who finished with a total score of 131, edging out Chriss (129), Gordon (126), and LaVine (120) for the 2017 Slam Dunk title.

“I don’t like it, it takes away the intensity and build up for the final round.” said former Slam Dunk champion Blake Griffin.

Either way, there you have it. The 2017 Slam Dunk King is Andrew Wiggins.
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