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Re: [Enter the Dragan] [10-2] - Alex Len does it all against Memphis

Postby Valor on Thu Apr 06, 2017 7:26 am

10-2 is a fantastic start to the season, and damn Bledsoe beasted in that sim game. (Y)
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Re: [Enter the Dragan] [10-2] - Alex Len does it all against Memphis

Postby Phil89 on Thu Apr 06, 2017 9:57 am

26/11/17

Los Angeles Lakers [8-5] vs Phoenix Suns [10-2]

Suns suffer stunning late collapse in Los Angeles

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LAL - 23 30 19 28 100
PHX - 21 25 29 12 187

Player of the Game: Jordan Clarkson
(13pts, 4reb, 11ast, 5stl)

(4-11 FG, 2-3 3PT, 3-6 FT)


Top Scorers
Julius Randle - 17
D'Angelo Russell - 17
Eric Bledsoe - 15
Marquese Chriss - 14
Jordan Clarkson - 13
Dragan Bender - 12
Festus Ezeli - 11
Tyson Chandler - 10
Jonathan Jeanne - 8
Alex Len - 8
Brandon Ingram - 8
Louis Williams - 8
Luol Deng - 8

Rebounds
Timofey Mozgov - 14
Dragan Bender - 10
Alex Len - 8
Festus Ezeli - 7

Assists
Jordan Clarkson - 11
D'Angelo Russell - 7
Brandon Jennings - 5

Steals
Jordan Clarkson - 5
Festus Ezeli - 4
Devin Booker - 3

Blocks
Alex Len - 3
Julius Randle - 2




Simmed Game

PHX - 19 30 30 26 105
LAL - 18 21 19 21 179

POTG: Devin Booker (30pts, 3reb, 3ast, 2blk)

Record: 11-3




This was a great back-and-forth contest for three and a half quarters. Then they ended on a 20-4 run :(
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Re: [Enter the Dragan] [8-2] - Bender & Len dominate in Louisville

Postby Phil89 on Thu Apr 06, 2017 10:14 am

Lamrock wrote:
Phil89 wrote:It's actually frustrating how inconsistent his shooting is. Maybe I just don't have the timing down on his release yet.

Have you thought about changing his release? It's kind of daunting because the game has so many of them, but changing his release could make him a completely different player for you.

Nice win - it's early but you look to be headed for a high seed this year.

Not really. Ideally I want to just find his natural shooting rhythm.

My schedule for 2k has been all over the place in the last few months thanks to RL stuff. So that hasn't really helped me with consistency either.

I'm probably just being too overcritical though. Booker is still averaging 17 ppg (.440/.360/.900) in three minutes less than he was playing per game last season :lol:


Valor wrote:10-2 is a fantastic start to the season, and damn Bledsoe beasted in that sim game. (Y)

I have been surprised by the start we've made, especially because I've been trying to work out the bench rotation with all the new guys.

At some point our record will probably even out though (Saying this having just gotten schooled by the Warriors again :mrgreen: )


I always feel like I neglect Bledsoe. I spend so much time trying to get Bender and Booker their points that I often forget Bledsoe. Which is weird because he is easily the best player on my team :oops:
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Re: [Enter the Dragan] [11-3] - Double-header against Lakers

Postby Phil89 on Fri Apr 07, 2017 3:45 pm

1/12/17

November 2017 Summary

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Western Conference


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Playoff Seeds & Power Rankings

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Monthly and Weekly Awards

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Players of the Month
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Rookies Ranking

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Contract Extensions


01/11/17 - Chicago Bulls re-sign Dwyane Wade (2 years / $20 million)
02/11/17 - Portland Trail Blazers re-sign Ed Davis (3 years / $27 million)
06/11/17 - Houston Rockets re-sign Trevor Ariza (2 years / $16 million)
10/11/17 - Golden State Warriors re-sign Kevin Durant (4 years / $134 million)
16/11/17 - Sacramento Kings re-sign DeMarcus Cousins (4 years / $110 million)
18/11/17 - Boston Celtics re-sign Isaiah Thomas (4 years / $114 million)
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Re: [Enter the Dragan] [11-3] - November 2017 summary

Postby Phil89 on Sat Apr 08, 2017 3:04 am

1/12/17

Golden State Warriors [8-6] vs Phoenix Suns [11-3]

Warriors continue dominance over Suns with big win in Oakland

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GSW - 33 37 36 20 126
PHX - 28 27 21 24 100

Player of the Game: Kevin Durant
(33pts, 2reb, 1ast)

(12-20 FG, 5-8 3PT, 4-4 FT)


Top Scorers
Kevin Durant - 33
Stephen Curry - 20
Dragan Bender - 17
Patrick McCaw - 16
Alex Len - 15
Devin Booker - 15
Tyson Chandler - 14
Klay Thompson - 14
Mario Chalmers - 11
Kevon Looney - 8
Marquese Chriss - 8

Rebounds
Zaza Pachulia - 12
Dragan Bender - 9
Tyson Chandler - 5

Assists
Eric Bledsoe - 9
Stephen Curry - 8
Mario Chalmers - 8
Alex Len - 7
Dragan Bender - 5
Kevon Looney - 5

Steals
Kevon Looney - 5
Anderson Varejao - 4
Dragan Bender - 3
Eric Bledsoe - 2
Mario Chalmers - 2

Blocks
Dragan Bender - 2




Simmed Game

PHX - 16 29 22 30 97
SDE - 19 15 28 29 91

POTG: Devin Booker (33pts, 1reb, 2ast)

Record: 12-4



Golden State lost most of their depth over the off-season, but I still can't get near them atm :(
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Re: [Enter the Dragan] [12-4] - November summary + More pain vs Warriors

Postby Phil89 on Sat Apr 08, 2017 12:06 pm

6/12/17

Phoenix Suns [12-4] vs Utah Jazz [9-7]

Lightning start sets up comfortable win for Suns against Jazz

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PHX - 35 21 19 30 105
UTA - 18 28 22 21 189

Player of the Game: Alex Len
(28pts, 12reb, 3ast, 1stl, 5blk)

(13-15 FG, 0-0 3PT, 2-2 FT)


Top Scorers
Alex Len - 28
Dragan Bender - 17
Derrick Favors - 15
Rodney Hood - 14
Andre Iguodala - 12
Tyson Chandler - 11
Gordon Hayward - 11
Trey Lyles - 11
Alex Burks - 10
Will Barton - 10
George Hill - 9
Rudy Gobert - 8
Marquese Chriss - 8

Rebounds
Alex Len - 12
Rudy Gobert - 12
Dragan Bender - 8
Derrick Favors - 5

Assists
Eric Bledsoe - 9
George Hill - 6
Dante Exum - 6
Gordon Hayward - 5
Will Barton - 5

Steals
Derrick Favors - 2
Rudy Gobert - 2

Blocks
Alex Len - 5
Rudy Gobert - 2
Andre Iguodala - 2




Simmed Game

PHX - 25 21 24 20 90
MEM - 22 22 26 23 93

POTG: Marc Gasol (24pts, 6reb, 2ast, 2stl, 1blk)

Record: 13-5
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Re: [Enter the Dragan] [13-4] - Alex Len is earning his money

Postby Lamrock on Sat Apr 08, 2017 12:22 pm

Alex Len is a beast. Curious to see what you guys are averaging. Would be cool if the player averages were part of the monthly recaps
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Re: [Enter the Dragan] [13-4] - Alex Len is earning his money

Postby Phil89 on Sat Apr 08, 2017 2:21 pm

I was hesitant to pay Len big money over the off-season. But he really is my most solid player. I can basically count on him to be a 10p/10r guy every night and add 2 or 3 blocks. He flirts with triple-doubles sometimes too.

Funnily enough he is basically averaging the same stats as last season. Just earning $16m more to do so :wink:


Here are the stats so far:

Dragan Bender
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Devin Booker
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Eric Bledsoe
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Alex Len
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Will Barton
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Marquese Chriss
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Andre Iguodala
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Terrence Ross
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Tyson Chandler
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Allonzo Trier
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Tyler Ulis
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Jonathan Jeanne
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Re: [Enter the Dragan] [13-4] - Alex Len is earning his money

Postby Phil89 on Sun Apr 09, 2017 11:12 am

9/12/17

Phoenix Suns [13-5] vs Sacramento Kings [7-11]

Suns hold off late push from Kings to keep their good form going

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PHX - 30 29 24 29 112
SAC - 29 28 23 24 104

Player of the Game: Alex Len
(16pts, 7reb, 4ast, 1stl, 3blk)

(6-7 FG, 0-0 3PT, 4-4 FT)


Top Scorers
Terrence Ross - 18
Devin Booker - 18
DeMarcus Cousins - 18
Alex Len - 16
Danilo Gallinari - 15
Wesley Matthews - 14
Deron Williams - 13
Dragan Bender - 13
Marquese Chriss - 12
Darren Collison - 11
Kenneth Faried - 11
Georgios Papagiannis - 10
Eric Bledsoe - 10
Allonzo Trier - 9
Norris Cole - 8

Rebounds
Kenneth Faried - 12
Georgios Papagiannis - 8
Alex Len - 7
Boris Diaw - 6
DeMarcus Cousins - 6
Dragan Bender - 6
Jonathan Jeanne - 5

Assists
Danilo Gallinari - 8
Deron Williams - 8
Eric Bledsoe - 6
Dragan Bender - 5

Steals
DeMarcus Cousins - 3
Kenneth Faried - 2

Blocks
Alex Len - 3
Will Barton - 2
Jonathan Jeanne - 2




Simmed Game

NOP - 26 26 14 17 83
PHX - 22 19 36 19 96

POTG: Devin Booker (23pts, 2reb, 5ast, 1blk)

Record: 15-5
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Re: Enter the Dragan | 15-5 | New-look Kings visit Phoenix

Postby Phil89 on Sun Apr 09, 2017 3:29 pm

13/12/17

Sacramento Kings [7-13] vs Phoenix Suns [15-5]

Late offensive surge hands Suns win in epic encounter against Kings

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SAC - 30 34 31 19 114
PHX - 29 30 31 36 126

Player of the Game: Dragan Bender
(24pts, 6reb, 4ast, 3blk)

(11-14 FG, 2-4 3PT, 0-0 FT)


Top Scorers
Dragan Bender - 24
DeMarcus Cousins - 24
Alex Len - 18
Tyson Chandler - 18
Marquese Chriss - 17
Danilo Gallinari - 17
Georgios Papagiannis - 17
Devin Booker - 16
Eric Bledsoe - 15
Kenneth Faried - 15
Deron Williams - 12
Wesley Matthews - 11

Rebounds
Kenneth Faried - 12
Alex Len - 6
Dragan Bender - 6
Georgios Papagiannis - 5
DeMarcus Cousins - 5

Assists
Darren Collison - 8
Eric Bledsoe - 8
Tyler Ulis - 6
Deron Williams - 6
Alex Len - 5
Andre Iguodala - 5

Steals
Eric Bledsoe - 4
Andre Iguodala - 2
Deron Williams - 2
DeMarcus Cousins - 2

Blocks
Alex Len - 4
Tyson Chandler - 3
Dragan Bender - 3




Simmed Game

PHX - 11 16 21 17 65
SAS - 18 20 23 18 79

POTG: Kawhi Leonard (18pts, 11reb, 3ast, 3stl, 1blk)

Record: 16-6




This is probably the best win I've had with this team. We trailed by 5-10 points all night, but ended on a 21-6 run in the final 4 minutes. Len was a clutch beast :cool:
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Re: Enter the Dragan | 16-6 | Double-header against new-look Kings

Postby Lamrock on Mon Apr 10, 2017 4:50 am

Wow, the Kings took their squad in a completely different direction here than irl. Too bad your sim team could only muster 65.
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Re: Enter the Dragan | 16-6 | Double-header against new-look Kings

Postby Phil89 on Mon Apr 10, 2017 10:34 am

They certainly had a little bit of help improving their roster over the off-season. It's a tougher match-up now, but overall they still suck :wink:

All I could do was laugh after seeing that sim result. Sometimes this game just makes zero sense.
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Re: Enter the Dragan | 16-6 | Double-header against new-look Kings

Postby Phil89 on Mon Apr 10, 2017 6:18 pm

16/12/17

Houston Rockets [19-5] vs Phoenix Suns [16-6]

Suns grab statement road win against western conference leaders

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HOU - 28 14 19 27 188
PHX - 33 27 31 31 122

Player of the Game: Jonathan Jeanne
(19pts, 6reb, 2ast, 3blk)

(7-10 FG, 0-0 3PT, 5-7 FT)


Top Scorers
Sam Dekker - 20
Jonathan Jeanne - 19
Dragan Bender - 16
Alex Len - 14
Devin Booker - 12
James Harden - 12
Ryan Anderson - 11
Andre Iguodala - 10
Tyson Chandler - 10
Nene - 9
Melo Trimble - 8
Will Barton - 8
Tyler Ulis - 8

Rebounds
Alex Len - 8
Tyson Chandler - 7
Clint Capela - 7
Nene - 6
Jonathan Jeanne - 6

Assists
Tyler Ulis - 8
Eric Bledsoe - 6
Andre Iguodala - 5

Steals
Sam Dekker - 4
Tyler Ulis - 3
Dragan Bender - 2
Will Barton - 2
Nene - 2

Blocks
Tyson Chandler - 3
Jonathan Jeanne - 3
Alex Len - 2
Eric Bledsoe - 2
Dragan Bender - 2




Simmed Game

MEM - 36 26 22 26 110
PHX - 25 18 26 28 198

POTG: Marc Gasol (21pts, 10reb, 6ast, 2stl, 1blk)

Record: 17-7



I was really worried coming into this game because Harden is in insane form (33 ppg). But Iguodala shut him down completely and my overall defense was superb.


Jonathan Jeanne kinda had a breakout game, even if it was mostly in fourth quarter garbage time.
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Re: Enter the Dragan | 17-7 | Suns make big statement in Houston

Postby Phil89 on Tue Apr 11, 2017 11:04 am

19/12/17

Phoenix Suns [17-7] vs Orlando Magic [11-11]

Bender drops new career-high as Suns continue strong early season form

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PHX - 26 24 28 22 100
ORL - 27 16 22 25 190

Player of the Game: Dragan Bender
(42pts, 2reb, 3ast, 1blk)

(14-24 FG, 5-12 3PT, 9-10 FT)


Top Scorers
Dragan Bender - 42
Nikola Vucevic - 20
Evan Fournier - 15
Eric Bledsoe - 13
Serge Ibaka - 12
Mario Hezonja - 11
Marquese Chriss - 11
Alex Len - 10
Jonathan Isaac - 10

Rebounds
Alex Len - 9
Nikola Vucevic - 8
Aaron Gordon - 6
Michael Beasley - 6
Serge Ibaka - 5
Will Barton - 5
Tyson Chandler - 5

Assists
Elfrid Payton - 14
Evan Fournier - 9
Eric Bledsoe - 9
Andre Iguodala - 6

Steals
Aaron Gordon - 5
Nikola Vucevic - 2

Blocks
Alex Len - 4
Jonathan Jeanne - 2




Simmed Game

PHX - 29 40 18 21 108
GSW - 31 26 22 34 113

POTG: Draymond Green (21pts, 14reb, 10ast, 1stl, 1blk)

Record: 18-8
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Re: Enter the Dragan | 18-8 | Bender scores a lazy 42 against Magic

Postby Phil89 on Wed Apr 12, 2017 10:07 am

24/12/17

Golden State Warriors [18-8] vs Phoenix Suns [18-8]

Powerful Warriors destroy sloppy Suns once again

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GSW - 26 30 29 36 121
PHX - 22 22 28 19 191

Player of the Game: Stephen Curry
(29pts, 1reb, 7ast, 7stl)

(11-20 FG, 4-10 3PT, 3-3 FT)


Top Scorers
Stephen Curry - 29
Dragan Bender - 21
Klay Thompson - 20
Alex Len - 19
Kevon Looney - 17
Draymond Green - 14
Kevin Durant - 13
Eric Bledsoe - 11
Marquese Chriss - 10
Zaza Pachulia - 9
Patrick McCaw - 9
Devin Booker - 8
Mario Chalmers - 8

Rebounds
Zaza Pachulia - 12
Alex Len - 10
Tyson Chandler - 8
Marquese Chriss - 5
Kevon Looney - 5

Assists
Eric Bledsoe - 9
Klay Thompson - 7
Stephen Curry - 7
Mario Chalmers - 6

Steals
Stephen Curry - 7
Zaza Pachulia - 7
Alex Len - 3
Draymond Green - 3
Kevon Looney - 3
Brandon Rush - 3
Jonathan Jeanne - 2

Blocks
Dragan Bender - 2




Simmed Game

MIN - 19 26 22 21 88
PHX - 23 29 21 24 97

POTG: Dragan Bender (14pts, 9reb, 5stl, 4blk)

Record: 19-9




Another incredibly annoying game against Golden State. I cut a 15 point lead down to just 4 with a minute left in the third quarter. But then they went on a bullshit 9-0 run to end the quarter and killed my momentum.

We gave up 33 turnovers to 7. It was so ridiculous to watch given how amazing we've played in the last few games.
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Re: Enter the Dragan | 19-9 | Warriors continue to show no mercy on Suns

Postby Phil89 on Wed Apr 12, 2017 7:30 pm

27/12/17

Phoenix Suns [19-9] vs Miami Heat [15-13]

Strong performance from Bender propels Suns past visiting Heat

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PHX - 36 24 30 26 116
MIA - 24 25 31 17 197

Player of the Game: Dragan Bender
(26pts, 6reb, 2ast, 2stl, 1blk)

(10-18 FG, 3-7 3PT, 3-3 FT)


Top Scorers
Dragan Bender - 26
Ricky Rubio - 15
Justise Winslow - 15
Eric Bledsoe - 15
Gorgui Dieng - 14
Hassan Whiteside - 13
Marquese Chriss - 12
Will Barton - 12
Alex Len - 12
Devin Booker - 11
Josh Richardson - 11
Kevin Love - 11
Andre Iguodala - 9

Rebounds
Terrence Jones - 7
Hassan Whiteside - 6
Dragan Bender - 6
Alex Len - 6
Kevin Love - 5

Assists
Eric Bledsoe - 9
Ricky Rubio - 6

Steals
Gorgui Dieng - 4
Hassan Whiteside - 3
Andre Iguodala - 3
Tyson Chandler - 2
Marquese Chriss - 2
Devin Booker - 2
Dragan Bender - 2




Simmed Game

POR - 18 35 23 25 101
PHX - 25 20 23 32 100

POTG: CJ McCollum (29pts, 3reb, 5ast, 1stl)

Record: 20-10
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Re: Enter the Dragan | 19-9 | Warriors continue to show no mercy on Suns

Postby Phil89 on Wed Apr 12, 2017 7:48 pm

1/1/18

December 2017 Summary

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Western Conference

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Playoff Seeds & Power Rankings

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Contract Extensions


05/12/17 - Miami Heat re-sign Josh Richardson (4 years / $48 million)
16/12/17 - Houston Rockets re-sign Clint Capela (4 years / $70 million)
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Re: Enter the Dragan | 20-10 | December summary

Postby Phil89 on Thu Apr 13, 2017 12:23 pm

1/1/18

Busy trade period around the NBA

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As the new year approached, several teams around the league took the opportunity to shake things up a bit. In the past fortnight there have been four trades, involving eight teams.

Perhaps the most surprising move of the bunch was made by high-flying Philadelphia, who traded defensive specialist Nerlens Noel to Dallas in exchange for Justin Anderson and Dwight Powell.





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Houston moved to solidify their playoff ambitions by acquiring bench-scoring extraordinaire Lou Williams from the LA Lakers. They gave up the expiring contract of Corey Brewer and a top 3 protected 2018 first round pick.


The Rockets currently sit in third place in the western conference with a 22-11 record. They are mainly in this position thanks to the MVP level form of superstar James Harden. The bearded guard has been on a scoring tear to start the season, averaging an impressive 35 points per game so far.

Adding Williams will give them a flexible four-man guard rotation now alongside Harden, Eric Gordon and Patrick Beverley.


It's an interesting move by the Lakers to trade away their best bench player when they are finally back into playoff contention after a few poor seasons. They currently hold the eighth seed after winning eighteen of their first thirty-three games.

Clearly though they had no intention of signing Williams to an extension beyond this season and felt another draft pick would suit their current window better.






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The next deal to take place saw Washington acquire Bojan Bogdanovic and Chris McCollough from the Brooklyn Nets in exchange for Andrew Nicholson, Johnathan Mosley and a lottery protected 2018 first round pick.


It's a bit of a left-field trade for a team that is in the middle of a rebuild and is currently battling to get close to the playoff race, but the Wizards do need more shooters. They are sitting fourth-from-bottom in their conference after winning only fourteen of their opening thirty-five games.

"Bojan is a very good shooter and a talented overall scorer whose versatility gives us an added dimension as we gear up for the stretch run,'' Wizards general manager Ernie Grunfeld said in a statement. "He is a proven starter that will provide us an added boost off the bench and allow us to be creative with our lineups."


Brooklyn have failed to improve their fortunes this season despite spending big on Rudy Gay and J.R. Smith over the off-season. Only newcomers Louisville have had a poorer start to the new campaign than the Nets.

With their disastrous trade with Boston from a few seasons ago still affecting their draft fortunes, the Nets must have felt that giving up a bench player like Bogdanovic in order to get back into the first round was a worthwhile venture.






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Perhaps the most interesting move involved Philadelphia sending big men Nerlens Noel and Richaun Holmes to the Dallas Mavericks in exchange for Dwight Powell, Justin Anderson and two future second round picks.


The Sixers have started the new season brilliantly after their roster building over the past twelve months is bearing fruit. Number one pick Ben Simmons won the rookie of the year award and they also acquired all-star John Wall midway through last season.

The off-season addition of sharpshooter JJ Redick and the continued emergence of versatile big man Dario Saric have also added strength to their team. As has the prolonged health of cult figure Joel Embiid.

After a third of the season they are looking like legitimate contenders to the eastern conference throne. They sit in second spot behind the Toronto Raptors after winning eighteen games so far. Trading Noel could be a move aimed at giving Saric more playing time and also landing an athletic wing in Justin Anderson.


Dallas for their part get another defensive anchor to compete with Willie Cauley-Stein for the starting center spot. It's a move more aimed at the future beyond legend Dirk Nowitzki because they are struggling again this season, sitting down in thirteenth place in the western conference.

Things are looking pretty decent for the Mavericks now. They have a youngish core of Harrison Barnes, De'Aaron Fox, Nerlens Noel, Willie Cauley-Stein, Ben McLemore and Seth Curry to build around once Dirk retires.





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Two more teams making a change were Chicago and Oklahoma City. The Bulls acquired Cameron Payne and Joffrey Lauvergne in exchange for Doug McDermott and Jerian Grant.


The Bulls have been looking for a new starting point guard after trading former MVP Derrick Rose in June 2016 and having veteran Rajon Rondo taken in the expansion draft by Louisville over the off-season. Cameron Payne has shown glimpses of promise during his short NBA career, but will he be the answer for Chicago?

They have started the season decently enough and currently hold the sixth seed with a .500 record after thirty-two games.


Oklahoma City do this move simply to add more shooting to their team. Doug McDermott hasn't quite replicated the amazing scoring prowess that he showed in college, but he should still add a perimeter threat that the Thunder sorely lack.

The Thunder are battling away in seventh place in the western conference at the moment and are doing their best to support reigning MVP Russell Westbrook as he tries to guide them deep into the playoffs.

This trade also brings together the Grant brothers, Jerami and Jerian. They are the sons of former player Harvey Grant and nephews of Horace.
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Re: Enter the Dragan | 20-10 | December summary + Trades

Postby Phil89 on Fri Apr 14, 2017 9:58 am

1/1/18

Toronto Raptors [18-13] vs Phoenix Suns [20-10]

Suns left puzzled by questionable refereeing in loss to Raptors

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TOR - 27 17 37 36 118
PHX - 22 22 28 22 194

Player of the Game: Jonas Valanciunas
(15pts, 13reb, 1ast, 3stl, 1blk)

(5-9 FG, 0-0 3PT, 5-9 FT)


Top Scorers
DeMar DeRozan - 23
Alex Len - 18
Dragan Bender - 17
DeMarre Carroll - 16
Jonas Valanciunas - 15
Kyle Lowry - 14
Will Barton - 14
Norman Powell - 13
Jakob Poeltl - 13
Patrick Patterson - 10
Eric Bledsoe - 9
Tyson Chandler - 8
Cory Joseph - 8

Rebounds
Jonas Valanciunas - 13
Patrick Patterson - 8
Alex Len - 7
Dragan Bender - 7
Jakob Poeltl - 7
Jonathan Jeanne - 5

Assists
Kyle Lowry - 10
Eric Bledsoe - 9

Steals
Jonas Valanciunas - 3
DeMarre Carroll - 3
Patrick Patterson - 2
Kyle Lowry - 2

Blocks
Alex Len - 3
Tyson Chandler - 3
Dragan Bender - 3




Simmed Game

PHX - 24 19 36 27 12 118
DEN - 15 28 27 36 16 112

POTG: Alex Len (17pts, 15reb)

Record: 21-11




What a stupid game. It felt like every possession ended up in free throws for them, whilst my guys kept on missing open layups.

I just wanted to rage quit the entire second half :(
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Re: Enter the Dragan | 21-11 | Facing eastern leaders in Toronto

Postby Phil89 on Fri Apr 14, 2017 2:44 pm

5/1/18

Miami Heat [16-16] vs Phoenix Suns [21-11]

Suns fall just short in nail-biting encounter in Miami

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MIA - 27 25 29 26 107
PHX - 29 29 22 25 105

Player of the Game: Hassan Whiteside
(17pts, 11reb, 2ast, 3stl)

(7-13 FG, 0-0 3PT, 3-4 FT)


Top Scorers
Alex Len - 22
Josh Richardson - 20
Hassan Whiteside - 17
Ricky Rubio - 16
Will Barton - 16
Dragan Bender - 13
Frank Ntilikina - 13
Eric Bledsoe - 11
Devin Booker - 10
Tyson Chandler - 9
Gorgui Dieng - 9
Kevin Love - 9
Justise Winslow - 8
Tyler Johnson - 8

Rebounds
Hassan Whiteside - 11
Alex Len - 9
Andre Iguodala - 6
Tyson Chandler - 6
Dragan Bender - 5

Assists
Eric Bledsoe - 8
Andre Iguodala - 7
Ricky Rubio - 6
Justise Winslow - 5
Frank Ntilikina - 5

Steals
Hassan Whiteside - 3
Josh Richardson - 3
Alex Len - 2
Terrence Jones - 2

Blocks
Alex Len - 3
Dragan Bender - 2
Terrence Jones - 2




Simmed Game

PHX - 25 23 37 20 105
DAL - 22 25 29 27 103

POTG: Devin Booker (19pts, 1reb, 3ast, 1stl)

Record: 22-12
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Re: Enter the Dragan | 22-12 | Tough eastern conference trip

Postby Lamrock on Sat Apr 15, 2017 5:40 am

Some interesting jerseys the Heat are wearing
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Re: Enter the Dragan | 21-11 | Facing eastern leaders in Toronto

Postby Phil89 on Sat Apr 15, 2017 2:19 pm

8/1/18

Phil Jackson: We''ll explore trade options for Melo

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New York Knicks president Phil Jackson has been no stranger to creating headlines since he took over the role in 2014. He did so again today by suggesting that he is very much open to the possibility of trading star forward Carmelo Anthony before the trade deadline passes on February 22nd.

Jackson confirmed in his press conference today that the New York Knicks will begin rebuilding again over the off-season. They have struggled to make the combination of Carmelo Anthony, Derrick Rose, Kristaps Porzingis and Joakim Noah a competitive one. The playoffs already look out of reach for another season and star man Anthony has become increasingly unsettled.


"It's just frustrating man", said a dejected Anthony after his side suffered a 22 point blowout loss against the Lakers last night. "I came here to win titles and it just hasn't happened, for whatever reason."

Jackson seemingly responded to those comments today, appearing to lay the blame for the lack of success squarely on Anthony's shoulders. "We've not been able to win with him on the court," said Jackson. "I think the direction with our team is that he would be better off somewhere else."


ESPN are reporting that Jackson met with Anthony this morning and had a constructive conversation about what the future may hold. Jackson reportedly asked Anthony for a list of teams that he would be willing to join. The Knicks will need his approval to execute any trade, due to him having a full no-trade clause.

Early reports suggest that there are five teams that Anthony would accept a trade to: Cleveland, Chicago, Philadelphia and the two Los Angeles teams. It remains to be seen whether any of those teams are actually interested in acquiring the ten-time all-star and can satisfy the Knicks' trade demands.
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Re: Enter the Dragan | 22-12 | Tough eastern conference trip

Postby Phil89 on Sat Apr 15, 2017 2:29 pm

Lamrock wrote:Some interesting jerseys the Heat are wearing

They were some military tribute or something. I think I prefer their other white home alternate uniforms better.
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Re: Enter the Dragan | 22-12 | Tough eastern conference trip

Postby Phil89 on Sat Apr 15, 2017 2:39 pm

So with the possibility that Melo may leave the Knicks in real life now a thing, I decided to try something a bit different.

I've come up with three trades that I think work and I figured I'd ask for your opinions (if anyone actually cares :P )


*These trades were done with the thinking that Melo isn't as valuable an asset as he used to be and that the Knicks would be happy to get any value for him*

I also realise that trading Melo to the Lakers or Clippers would make the game a bit harder for myself as they are division rivals.



Trade 1 - Melo to the Sixers


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Sixers go all-in for a championship by adding a lethal scorer to an exciting core of John Wall, Ben Simmons, Joel Embiid, Dario Saric and JJ Redick. They are a little bit behind the Celtics, Cavs and Raptors in the fight for top seed at the moment. But this trade could put them right in contention and create an epic four-way battle for eastern supremacy.

The Knicks would get a solid replacement in Covington, a first round pick and three of their own future second round picks back that Hinkie stole. They could then either try and create massive cap room by dumping the salaries of Derrick Rose, Joakim Noah and Courtney Lee over the off-season, or just keep those guys and still have enough to sign a max-level player.

Obviously any rebuild would be based around Porzingis and Hernangomez.


Potential Roster Depth

C - Joel Embiid, Roy Hibbert, Tibor Pleiss
PF - Carmelo Anthony, Dario Saric, Dwight Powell
SF - Ben Simmons, Justin Anderson, Anthony Morrow
SG - JJ Redick, Nik Stauskas, Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot
PG - John Wall, TJ McConnell, Shelvin Mack


Sixers are currently 4th in eastern conference, 30-25 record (4.0 games behind Boston in 1st)



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Trade 2 - Melo to the Lakers


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The Lakers haven't made the playoffs since 2013 and are just outside the race for the eighth seed right now. Adding Anthony would give them a boost in their hopes of catching the Spurs and give them a veteran presence amongst a young core.

Los Angeles is probably one of the places where Anthony would actually re-sign.

New York get a good backcourt partner for Derrick Rose in Jordan Clarkson, who is locked in for three years on a decent contract. They also dump the contracts of Courtney Lee and Lance Thomas, which cuts about $17 million in salaries for next season.

Rose/Noah/Deng Bulls reunion also :wink:


Potential Roster Depth

C - Festus Ezeli, Timofey Mozgov, Tarik Black
PF - Carmelo Anthony, Julius Randle, Larry Nance Jr
SF - Brandon Ingram, Lance Thomas, VJ Beachem
SG - Courtney Lee, Nick Young, Justin Holiday
PG - D'Angelo Russell, Brandon Jennings, Marcelo Huertas


Lakers are currently 12th in western conference, 27-29 record (4.5 games behind San Antonio in 8th)



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Trade 3 - Melo to the Clippers


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I also figured the Clippers would be a good destination for Melo. They could add him to their core of Chris Paul, Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan to give themselves more offensive firepower. Even though they are actually one spot below the Lakers right now and an outside chance to miss the playoffs, this trade could actually put them close to the Warriors in terms of talent.

Curry/Durant/Klay/Draymond vs CP3/Melo/Blake/Jordan is a pretty good match-up. Anthony is supposedly good friends with Chris Paul, so he would be likely to re-sign with the Clippers.

There probably isn't as much direct value for the Knicks in this trade. But they would replace Anthony's $27.8m player option with Rivers ($12.6m player option) and Crawford ($14.5m team option), so they could free up enough cap space for two max-level players.

They also get a first round pick that could fall to the lottery if the Clippers fail to improve.


Potential Roster Depth

C - DeAndre Jordan, Marreese Speights, Diamond Stone, Amida Brimah
PF - Blake Griffin, Luc Mbah a Moute, Brandon Bass
SF - Carmelo Anthony, James Johnson, JaKarr Sampson
SG - Lance Stephenson, Alan Anderson, Justin Holiday
PG - Chris Paul, Raymond Felton


Clippers are currently 13th in western conference, 27-30 record (5 games behind San Antonio in 8th)
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Re: Enter the Dragan | 22-12 | Melo trade options - Opinions welcome

Postby Phil89 on Sat Apr 15, 2017 4:14 pm

10/1/18

Los Angeles Clippers [18-19] vs Phoenix Suns [22-12]

Suns survive vintage scoring night from Crawford to grab win in LA

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LAC - 20 14 30 32 196
PHX - 27 22 26 29 104

Player of the Game: Alex Len
(23pts, 10reb, 3ast, 1blk)

(9-10 FG, 0-0 3PT, 5-6 FT)


Top Scorers
Jamal Crawford - 37
Alex Len - 23
Devin Booker - 20
Blake Griffin - 17
Chris Paul - 15
DeAndre Jordan - 14
Andre Iguodala - 13
Marquese Chriss - 12
Eric Bledsoe - 10
Dragan Bender - 8

Rebounds
DeAndre Jordan - 16
Alex Len - 10
Tyson Chandler - 7
Dragan Bender - 7
Blake Griffin - 7
Brandon Bass - 5

Assists
Chris Paul - 11
Eric Bledsoe - 8
Devin Booker - 7

Steals
Blake Griffin - 3
Dragan Bender - 2
Brandon Bass - 2
DeAndre Jordan - 2
Marreese Speights - 2

Blocks
Dragan Bender - 3
Andre Iguodala - 2
Marquese Chriss - 2
Will Barton - 2
Jonathan Jeanne - 2




Simmed Game

SDE - 29 26 37 26 118
PHX - 22 19 30 34 105

POTG: Dennis Smith Jr (23pts, 9reb, 5ast, 2stl, 2blk)

Record: 23-13



Old man Crawford really caught fire in the second half. But we held on thanks to some clutch plays from Len and Iguodala.

Bender had a quiet night, but at least Booker finally had a good game.
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