Enter the Dragan - 2019-20 Season Preview

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Re: Enter the Dragan - [27-13] Gasol set for Grizzlies exit?

Postby Phil89 on Sun Jun 03, 2018 5:54 pm

26/1/19

Boston Celtics [24-18] vs Phoenix Suns [27-13]

Booker overcomes early struggles to lift Suns past Celtics

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BOS - 27 23 16 21 87
PHX - 24 22 25 23 94

Player of the Game: Devin Booker
(19pts, 3reb, 2ast, 3stl, 1blk)

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


Top Scorers
Paul George - 28
Devin Booker - 19
Alex Len - 13
Dragan Bender - 12
Kevin Knox - 12
Al Horford - 12
Tyler Zeller - 10
Kyrie Irving - 10
Malcolm Brogdon - 9
Robin Lopez - 8
Marquese Chriss - 8

Rebounds
Dragan Bender - 9
Thaddeus Young - 8
Alex Len - 7
Al Horford - 7
Tyler Zeller - 6
Jason Smith - 5

Assists
Marcus Smart - 6
Malcolm Brogdon - 5
Kyrie Irving - 5
Shaun Livingston - 5

Steals
Tyler Zeller - 3
Malcolm Brogdon - 3
Marcus Smart - 3
Devin Booker - 3
Thaddeus Young - 2
Josh Huestis - 2
Alex Len - 2

Blocks
Alex Len - 2




Simmed Game

PHX - 20 24 27 23 194
LAL - 27 23 30 31 111

POTG: Brandon Ingram (20pts, 9reb, 4ast)

Record: 28-14
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Re: Enter the Dragan - [28-14] Suns grab tough win in Boston

Postby Andrew on Sun Jun 03, 2018 8:05 pm

Money from the free throw line. Shame the simulation still wants to even out wins with losses, though.
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Re: Enter the Dragan - [28-14] Suns grab tough win in Boston

Postby Phil89 on Wed Jun 06, 2018 2:27 pm

29/1/19

San Francisco Warriors [33-11] vs Phoenix Suns [28-14]

Warriors continue domination of Suns, despite Len's big scoring night

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SFW - 35 33 31 27 126
PHX - 28 23 20 23 194

Player of the Game: Kevin Durant
(28pts, 4reb, 5ast, 1stl, 2blk)

(11-14 FG, 3-5 3PT, 3-3 FT)


Top Scorers
Alex Len - 35
Kevin Durant - 28
Patrick McCaw - 23
Stephen Curry - 17
Draymond Green - 14
Klay Thompson - 12
Dragan Bender - 12
Jonathan Jeanne - 9
Andre Iguodala - 9
Austin Rivers - 8
Marquese Chriss - 8

Rebounds
Draymond Green - 7
Kevon Looney - 7
Dragan Bender - 7
Dante Cunningham - 6

Assists
Marcus Smart - 8
Andre Iguodala - 7
Stephen Curry - 6
Austin Rivers - 5
Kevin Durant - 5
Klay Thompson - 5

Steals
Klay Thompson - 3
Michael Carter-Williams - 2
Devin Booker - 2
Patrick McCaw - 2
Stephen Curry - 2
Dante Cunningham - 2
Draymond Green - 2

Blocks
Dragan Bender - 2
Marquese Chriss - 2
Kevin Durant - 2




Simmed Game

PHX - 34 37 19 33 17 140
UTA - 27 30 27 39 16 139

POTG: Devin Booker (39pts, 1reb, 7ast)

Record: 29-15
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Re: Enter the Dragan - [28-14] Suns grab tough win in Boston

Postby Phil89 on Wed Jun 06, 2018 2:35 pm

Andrew wrote:Money from the free throw line. Shame the simulation still wants to even out wins with losses, though.

One great thing about Booker is that he is Steve Nash-like at the free throw line. So if his shots aren't dropping, I can just attack the rim and draw some fouls.

I finally got a sim win. If only I didn't suck against the Warriors.. :lol:
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Re: Enter the Dragan - [29-15] Familiar result against Warriors

Postby Phil89 on Sun Jun 10, 2018 2:17 pm

1/2/19

January 2019 Summary

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Division Standings

Eastern Conference

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Western Conference

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Playoff Seeds & Power Rankings

Eastern Conference

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Western Conference

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Power Rankings

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League Leaders

Points
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Rebounds
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Assists
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Steals
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Blocks
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Monthly and Weekly Awards

Players of the Week
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Players of the Month
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Rookies of the Month
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Rookies Ranking

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Award Race Leaders

Most Valuable Player
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Defensive Player of the Year
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Sixth Man of the Year
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Most Improved Player
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Rookie of the Year
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All-Star Votes

East Frontcourt
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East Backcourt
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West Frontcourt
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West Backcourt
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Transactions

02/01/19 - San Antonio re-signed LaMarcus Aldridge (2 years / $55 million)
02/01/19 - LA Clippers re-signed DeAndre Jordan (4 years / $110 million)
03/01/19 - LA Clippers re-signed Carmelo Anthony (2 years / $60 million)
05/01/19 - Milwaukee re-signed Eric Bledsoe (4 years / $70 million)
07/01/19 - Charlotte re-signed Kemba Walker (4 years / $78 million)
08/01/19 - Detroit re-signed Stanley Johnson (4 years / $62 million)
12/01/19 - Orlando re-signed Mario Hezonja (4 years / $66 million)
14/01/19 - Brooklyn re-signed Rondae Hollis-Jefferson (4 years / $58 million)
15/01/19 - Chicago re-signed Bobby Portis (4 years / $66 million)
18/01/19 - Cleveland re-signed Terry Rozier (4 years / $50 million)
22/01/19 - Boston re-signed Thaddeus Young (3 years / $48 million)
26/01/19 - Philadelphia re-signed JJ Redick (2 years / $10 million)
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Re: Enter the Dragan - [29-15] January summary

Postby Phil89 on Tue Jun 12, 2018 5:21 pm

1/2/19

Massive off-season ahead as teams prepare for star-studded free agency period

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The 2019 off-season is shaping up to be the most exciting since LeBron, Wade and Bosh formed the "Big Three" in Miami back in 2010. That model of building a "superteam" ushered in a new era in the NBA and has been the blueprint for success ever since.

LeBron James: Will he add another chapter to his legacy or see out his NBA days in Cleveland?

Once again LeBron James will be the centerpiece of free agency this time around. The future Hall of Famer could be set for "The Decision 2.0" in July if the Cavs don't improve significantly.

Since winning the 2016 finals, they have been beaten 4-1 in the 2017 finals by the Warriors, have crashed out in the conference semi finals against the Wizards and are currently only holding the fifth seed this season, six games behind emerging powerhouse Philadelphia.

The era of dominance over the eastern conference seems to be over for LeBron. No longer is the team that he leads guaranteed to be finals bound. Philadelphia, Boston, Chicago, Milwaukee, Toronto and Washington are seriously challenging for the eastern at the moment.

The Sixers made the finals in 2018, eventually falling to the Russell Westbrook-led Thunder in six games. They have continued that form this year and find themselves leading the eastern conference with the third-best record in the entire league.

An impressive core of Ben Simmons, John Wall and Joel Embiid, with a supporting cast made up of Robert Covington, Dario Saric, Dwyane Wade and JJ Redick makes them heavy favourites to return to the finals this season.

Boston have their own "Big Three" with Kyrie Irving, Paul George and Al Horford. Milwaukee have pushed forward since acquiring Eric Bledsoe to compliment Giannis Antetokounmpo, Jabari Parker and Khris Middleton. Chicago are surprising everyone behind the stellar play of Kris Dunn, Zach LaVine and promising big man trio Bobby Portis, Mohamed Bamba and Lauri Markkanen.

The likes of Toronto and Washington are both currently underperforming, but could be dangerous to their rivals if they make the playoffs. The Raptors could be an especially dangerous team with veterans DeMar DeRozan, Kyle Lowry, Serge Ibaka and Jonas Valanciunas capable of challenging anyone when they're at their best.

Orlando seem to be figuring things out behind the play of Aaron Gordon, Evan Fournier and Nikola Vucevic. Around them are Elfrid Payton, Bismack Biyombo, Mario Hezonja, Jonathan Isaac, Brandon McCoy, Justin Jackson and Isaiah Hartenstein.

Then there are a couple of teams looking to be powerful in a couple of years. Louisville are building around young trio Luka Doncic, Lonzo Ball and Noah Vonleh.

Indiana has an incredibly talented, but young roster with Victor Oladipo, Jeff Teague, Jaylen Brown, Markelle Fultz, Michael Porter Jr, Myles Turner, Wendell Carter, Grayson Allen and a likely top five pick in the 2019 draft to come.


At this stage, only a handful of teams have the potential cap space to actually sign LeBron outright:
- Chicago (IF they decide not to re-sign Cameron Payne)
- Boston (IF they decide not to re-sign Malcolm Brogdon and hoping Al Horford declines his $30 million player option)
- Miami (IF Kevin Love, Hassan Whiteside and Tyler Johnson decline their player options and/or they decide not to re-sign Justise Winslow)
- Dallas (IF Harrison Barnes declines his $25 million player option)
- Phoenix (IF they decide not to re-sign Andre Iguodala)
- Minnesota (IF Jimmy Butler and Goran Dragic both decline their $19 million player options)

But clearly if a player of LeBron's calibre is available and signals that he wants to join your team, you will find ways to open up the necessary room to sign him.

It's likely that whatever LeBron decides to do, it will have a domino effect on the rest of the free agency period. Players and teams will be waiting to see what happens before committing to deals themselves.




Russell Westbrook: Are the bright lights of Los Angeles enough to tear him away from his perfect situation in OKC?

The two-time reigning MVP and 2018 finals MVP has surprised a lot of people by failing to re-commit to the Thunder yet. Sam Presti and company don't seem to be panicking though.

In the past two seasons Westbrook has flirted with replicating Oscar Robertson's legendary feat of averaging a triple-double over an entire season. In 2016-17 he averaged 28 points, 9.2 rebounds and 11 assists per game, then he managed 25 points, 12 rebounds and 9.6 assists per game in 2017-18.

But this year he looks set to do it in style. He currently averages 28 points, 12 rebounds and 12 assists per game. He leads the league in assists, is third in scoring and rebounding, and is second in steals. It's hard to see him not retaining he MVP title for a third successive season.

Westbrook has made no secret of his love for the city he now calls home and the fans who cheer the team, even when they are arriving back at the airport at 3am after a loss. So it seems unlikely that he is planning on leaving, but rather is just keeping his options open.

You never know how strong the call home to Los Angeles will be strong will be. Will it be strong enough to make him leave a championship-winning team that is built around him?




James Harden: Is the Houston experiment a failure? Will he head elsewhere in search of help?

The future of superstar James Harden in Houston is one of the most intriguing aspects of the upcoming off-season.

With the Rockets currently sitting several games out of the playoff race, Harden is allegedly growing tired of his situation in Texas. Reports have claimed that he is frustrated with the quality of the team that has been built around him since he arrived from Oklahoma City in 2012.

Houston general manager Daryl Morey has failed to secure a second all-star talent to play alongside Harden. And with overpaid role players like Ryan Anderson and Eric Gordon clogging up their salary cap, it's highly unlikely that the Rockets will be able to sign anyone in July.

Perhaps the biggest failure of the team has been them getting swept by Portland and Phoenix in the first round of the playoffs in the past two seasons. And if things keep going as they are right now, they may not even make it to that stage this time around.

The beard has given no indication of his future plans yet, apart from the obvious lack of signing an extension. The Rockets reportedly have an offer on the table with his agent, but he wishes to wait until the end of the season to assess all of his options.

These days that is rarely a good sign for a team wanting their star player to stay with them. Especially if they do end up missing out on the playoffs.




Klay Thompson: Can the Warriors afford to keep him? And does he even want to stay in the shadow of Curry and Durant?

It's hard to imagine a player contemplating leaving a team that has been viewed by many as the greatest of all time. But that is the situation Klay Thompson may find himself in soon.

Since the "Splash Brothers" era began in earnest in 2012, Thompson has slowly found himself falling down the pecking order in the Warriors' championship crusade. The arrival of Kevin Durant effectively demoted the sharpshooting wing to third option on offense.

Meanwhile the emergence of versatile forward Draymond Green into an all-star calibre player and defensive anchor of the team has seen Thompson be relegated to the fourth most important piece in the Warriors' setup by many observers.

All of this leads to the inevitable question: Is Klay happy being a glorified role player whilst the others on his team earn accolades like MVP, Finals MVP and all-star selection? Or will he be content with the two rings that he has already won and leave to forge his own legacy with a team built around him?

The other elephant in the room is the question of whether the Warriors can even afford to keep him with three other all-stars already taking up about $76 million of their cap. Sure, they are owned by billionaire Joe Lacob and have made truckloads of extra revenue from bandwagoners in recent years, but spending most of their cap on only four players isn't healthy.

Klay has been quoted in the past as saying that he would ideally like to remain with the Warriors, but it remains to be seen where his head is at come July.




Nikola Jokic: Denver have the talent, but have they shown enough improvement to convince the big man to stay?

If you had asked any basketball fan a year ago about the odds of Nikola Jokic leaving the Denver Nuggets, they probably would have said 0%. But a lack of tangible progression by the young team has suddenly raised the very real possibility of him leaving as an unrestricted free agent this summer.

Everything seems to be in place for Denver to become a successful team in the near future, with young prospects like Emmanuel Mudiay, Jamal Murray, Josh Jackson, Gary Harris, Trevon Duval, Skal Labissiere and Mikal Bridges in place around Jokic.

But if James Harden or LeBron James called him and said "Hey, come join me in X city", would he be able to say no? How badly does he want to win a championship?

Not many big men in the league possess his combination of shooting, passing and rebounding ability. It makes him a very highly valued commodity. A lot of teams want to build around an Embiid, Porzingis or Towns type of player in the current NBA climate.

The Nuggets currently hold the equal-second-worst record in the league with Dallas, only behind the Atlanta Hawks. It's been a bitterly disappointing season for the franchise as this was the season that they were supposed to push for a playoff spot. They traded for all-star veteran Paul Millsap over the off-season and drafted Duval and Bridges in the lottery.

Their decision to trade down from the first overall pick seems to have been a massive blunder. Luca Doncic (Pick 1), DeAndre Ayton (Pick 2) and Michael Porter Jr (Pick 3) are all impressing, whilst Trevon Duval has been solid but not spectacular. And the 2019 first rounder that they received from Louisville in that deal is top three protected and currently only worth the sixth pick.

Perhaps they will package up some assets to land a veteran player to join Jokic and Millsap in the hopes of making a late season playoff push. That is, if they haven't already left it too late.

It could be a particularly hard off-season for Denver if Jokic does leave. Their own first round pick is currently in the top three, but is controlled by Portland and has no protections on it.




The Veterans: Potential ring chasers?

There will be a solid class of veterans in their thirties who will be available as unrestricted free agents. A group of players who will see their window of opportunity to win an NBA championship closing quickly and could sacrifice some status and money in order to get a shot at securing the ultimate prize.

The standout will clearly be Memphis big man Marc Gasol. Many people expected him to quietly finish up his career with the Grizzlies, but a recent announcement that they plan on trading him before the deadline has thrown his future up in the air.

Pau Gasol, Dirk Nowitzki, Zach Randolph and Chris Bosh are also set to be free agents as well if they decide to play on next season. There has been talk that each of them could retire, the first three because of age and the latter because of medical issues.

Andre Iguodala, Dwight Howard, Marcin Gortat, Shaun Livingston, Taj Gibson, Jeff Green, George Hill, Wesley Matthews and Patrick Beverley are the pick of the other veterans available. No doubt title chasing teams will be in contact with them in July.





Restricted Free Agents: Will any shake loose?

Every year the list of restricted free agents seems to generate the most excitement amongst fans, with highly rated prospects coming to the end of their rookie contracts. But very few ever actually end up leaving the team that drafted them into the league.

The latest bunch includes Karl-Anthony Towns, Kristaps Porzingis, D'Angelo Russell, Devin Booker, Emmanuel Mudiay, Justise Winslow, Malcolm Brogdon and Kelly Oubre Jr. All of them have so far failed to reach an agreement with their teams for an extension.

Of that list, Oubre is probably the most likely to end up on another team because the Wizards have a logjam at the small forward position. They have Otto Porter Jr and Bojan Bogdanovic both locked into long-term contracts already.

Towns, Porzingis and Booker in particular are seen as cornerstone players by their teams. They won't be going anywhere.
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Re: Enter the Dragan - [29-15] January summary + Free Agency preview

Postby Andrew on Tue Jun 12, 2018 8:01 pm

That's shaping up to be a huge offseason. Are you in a position to be a player in all of it?
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Re: Enter the Dragan - [29-15] January summary + Free Agency preview

Postby Phil89 on Tue Jun 12, 2018 11:09 pm

Andrew wrote:That's shaping up to be a huge offseason. Are you in a position to be a player in all of it?

I think so. Guaranteed contracts (plus the team options that I intend to pick up) should see me left with around $50 million in cap space.

Minus an extension for Devin Booker. So hopefully still enough to sign one quality player.


I haven't decided which approach to take yet though. It's a bit like the situation Philadelphia are in at the moment in real life.

There is the temptation to try and sign LeBron, then package up some assets in a trade for another veteran star and go all-in for a title push.

But I would like to stick with this young group and see them develop further.
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Re: Enter the Dragan - [29-15] January summary + Free Agency preview

Postby Andrew on Tue Jun 12, 2018 11:40 pm

Hopefully you can land at least one big name. As cool as it is to have an overachieving young core, I find it's always rewarding to land a big free agent in franchise modes. I've often lucked out with the big names getting re-signed before I have a chance to make a pitch at them.
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Re: Enter the Dragan - [29-15] January summary + Free Agency preview

Postby Phil89 on Wed Jun 13, 2018 9:48 pm

Andrew wrote:Hopefully you can land at least one big name. As cool as it is to have an overachieving young core, I find it's always rewarding to land a big free agent in franchise modes. I've often lucked out with the big names getting re-signed before I have a chance to make a pitch at them.

I did start this game with a plan of building slowly through the draft. But it probably is time to try and speed things up a bit with a big name signing.

I would love to have Westbrook on my team again after all these years. Even though it would make no sense for the in-game story :lol:
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Re: Enter the Dragan - [29-15] January summary + Free Agency preview

Postby Phil89 on Thu Jun 14, 2018 2:13 pm

1/2/19

Phoenix Suns [29-15] vs Houston Rockets [22-24]

Suns grab comfortable wire-to-wire win over Rockets

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PHX - 30 32 26 25 113
HOU - 20 23 27 32 102

Player of the Game: Alex Len
(22pts, 13reb, 3ast, 1stl)

(8-8 FG, 6-6 FT)


Top Scorers
James Harden - 31
Alex Len - 22
Marcus Smart - 21
Devin Booker - 18
Clint Capela - 13
Dragan Bender - 12
Lou Williams - 10
Kevin Knox - 10
Marquese Chriss - 10
Patrick Beverley - 9
Jarrett Allen - 8
Jonathan Jeanne - 8

Rebounds
Alex Len - 13
Clint Capela - 11
Marquese Chriss - 5
Kevin Knox - 5
Jarrett Allen - 5

Assists
Sam Dekker - 5

Steals
Ryan Anderson - 3
Clint Capela - 3




Simmed Game

PHX - 28 26 27 21 102
CHI - 33 25 30 41 129

POTG: Kris Dunn (23pts, 5reb, 10ast)

Record: 30-16



Lopez got his nose broken late in the first quarter. He'll be playing hurt for the next month.

Smart was a man possessed in the first half. He scored 18 points and limited Harden to just 7 at the other end (Y)
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Re: Enter the Dragan - [30-16] Free Agency preview + Beating the Rockets

Postby Andrew on Sun Jun 17, 2018 12:10 pm

Tough break for Lopez, no pun intended. Not sure the real Bulls will be doing that well so soon, though!
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Re: Enter the Dragan - [30-16] Free Agency preview + Beating the Rockets

Postby Phil89 on Sun Jun 17, 2018 2:54 pm

5/2/19

Miami Heat [27-25] vs Phoenix Suns [30-16]

Booker leads Suns to ugly win in Miami

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MIA - 19 24 17 18 78
PHX - 14 23 27 21 85

Player of the Game: Alex Len
(14pts, 11reb, 3ast, 1stl)

(4-6 FG, 6-6 FT)


Top Scorers
Devin Booker - 19
Kevin Love - 15
Hassan Whiteside - 14
Alex Len - 14
Jonathan Jeanne - 14
Marquese Chriss - 12
Justise Winslow - 11
Frank Ntilikina - 10
Michael Carter-Williams - 9
Gorgui Dieng - 8

Rebounds
Alex Len - 11
Gorgui Dieng - 9
Hassan Whiteside - 6
Kevin Love - 5

Assists
Ricky Rubio - 6

Steals
Kevin Love - 4
Gorgui Dieng - 4
Josh Richardson - 3
Frank Ntilikina - 3
Michael Carter-Williams - 2
Dragan Bender - 2
Tyler Johnson - 2

Blocks
Marquese Chriss - 4
Kevin Knox - 3
Hassan Whiteside - 2




Simmed Game

PHX - 29 34 21 14 198
OKC - 32 25 27 31 115

POTG: Russell Westbrook (21pts, 8reb, 18ast, 3stl)

Record: 31-17



Whiteside fouled out early in the fourth quarter. That really broke the deadlock.
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Re: Enter the Dragan - [30-16] Free Agency preview + Beating the Rockets

Postby Phil89 on Sun Jun 17, 2018 3:07 pm

Andrew wrote:Tough break for Lopez, no pun intended. Not sure the real Bulls will be doing that well so soon, though!

They should add those protective masks into the game for when injuries like this happen :P

Chicago have really confused me this season. They were supposed to be a lottery team, but Kris Dunn and Mohamed Bamba are carrying them to the playoffs.

They have a bunch of expiring contracts as well. I wouldn't be surprised if they attracted one of the big names.
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Re: Enter the Dragan - [31-17] Tough game in Miami

Postby Andrew on Sun Jun 17, 2018 3:08 pm

I thought protective gear was added automatically these days, or is that just for knee injuries and the like?
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Re: Enter the Dragan - [31-17] Tough game in Miami

Postby Phil89 on Sun Jun 17, 2018 3:52 pm

I'm not sure. I haven't noticed anything different about Lopez.
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Re: Enter the Dragan - [31-17] Tough game in Miami

Postby Phil89 on Mon Jun 18, 2018 1:47 pm

8/2/19

Memphis Grizzlies [17-31] vs Phoenix Suns [31-17]

Strong team effort sees Suns beat Grizzlies

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MEM - 23 16 24 23 186
PHX - 34 29 23 19 105

Player of the Game: Alex Len
(22pts, 8reb, 3ast, 3blk)

(10-11 FG, 2-2 FT)


Top Scorers
Alex Len - 22
Marcus Smart - 16
Marc Gasol - 16
Zach Randolph - 16
Dragan Bender - 15
Jonathan Jeanne - 14
Bruce Brown - 11
Devin Booker - 10
Kevin Knox - 10
Marquese Chriss - 10
Chandler Parsons - 8
Wade Baldwin - 8

Rebounds
Dragan Bender - 9
Alex Len - 8
Deyonta Davis - 8
Zach Randolph - 5
Marc Gasol - 5
Chandler Parsons - 5
Jonathan Jeanne - 5

Assists
Marcus Smart - 6
Jordan Adams - 5
Andrew Harrison - 5

Steals
Jordan Adams - 3
Jonathan Jeanne - 3
Deyonta Davis - 2
Andrew Harrison - 2

Blocks
Alex Len - 3
Dragan Bender - 2
Jonathan Jeanne - 2
Marquese Chriss - 2
Marc Gasol - 2




Simmed Game

PHX - 27 25 23 27 102
SDE - 28 25 27 23 103

POTG: Greg Monroe (19pts, 5reb, 3ast, 2stl, 1blk)

Record: 32-18
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Re: Enter the Dragan - [32-18] Trip to Memphis

Postby Andrew on Mon Jun 18, 2018 5:17 pm

The sim engine remains relentless in trying to even out your record with a loss to every win. At least that balanced attack is working for you in gameplay.
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Re: Enter the Dragan - [32-18] Trip to Memphis

Postby Phil89 on Tue Jun 19, 2018 1:56 pm

19/2/19

Several big names miss out as 2019 all-star selections are announced

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The participants for the 2019 all-star weekend have been revealed today. As always, who got in and who got left out has caused great debate amongst fans and experts.

The most obvious omission seems to be Warriors star Stephen Curry. But a closer look at the numbers shows that Russell Westbrook, Damian Lillard and Chris Paul are all having far better seasons than the two-time MVP.

Statistically all three of Westbrook (28p/12r/12a), Lillard (29p/9a) and Paul (23p/11a) are having superior seasons to Curry (23p/5r/6a).

Other surprising exclusions include Kyrie Irving, Klay Thompson, DeMarcus Cousins, Rudy Gobert, CJ McCollum, Andre Drummond, Kristaps Porzingis, Bradley Beal, Blake Griffin and Kemba Walker.

Karl-Anthony Towns, Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons will all be competing in their first all-star game, as will surprise selections Reggie Jackson and Kris Dunn.

Familiar faces like LeBron James, Chris Paul, Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook will all be there again as well. LeBron will be appearing in his 15th all-star game, which puts him equal third all-time alongside Kevin Garnett, Tim Duncan and Shaquille O'Neal.

As small consolation, both Curry and Thompson will be competing in the three point contest against James Harden, Kevin Durant, Evan Fournier and Damian Lillard.

Marquese Chriss will be participating in the dunk contest for the third straight year. He will be hoping to do better than his two last place finishes this time.



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15th - LeBron James
12th - Chris Paul
10th - Kevin Durant
18th - Russell Westbrook
17th - James Harden
16th - Anthony Davis, John Wall
15th - Paul George, Jimmy Butler, Damian Lillard, DeMar DeRozan, Kyle Lowry
14th - Kawhi Leonard, Kevin Love
13rd - Giannis Antetokounmpo, Gordon Hayward
12nd - Draymond Green, Isaiah Thomas, Nikola Jokic
11st - Karl-Anthony Towns, Ben Simmons, Joel Embiid, Reggie Jackson, Kris Dunn




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2018 Rising Stars Game

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Re: Enter the Dragan - [32-18] Trip to Memphis

Postby Phil89 on Tue Jun 19, 2018 2:11 pm

Andrew wrote:The sim engine remains relentless in trying to even out your record with a loss to every win. At least that balanced attack is working for you in gameplay.

It's helping me win games, but it kind of hurts the chances of my players making the all-star game. Booker is averaging 19 ppg this season and was my best hope.

I feel like Alex Len could average 20p/10r/3b if I played every game. The sim doesn't like him as a scorer though :(
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Re: Enter the Dragan - [32-18] All-Star teams announced

Postby Andrew on Tue Jun 19, 2018 2:20 pm

Still, when Stephen Curry misses out on the nod, I guess you can't feel too bad for Booker!
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Re: Enter the Dragan - [32-18] All-Star teams announced

Postby Phil89 on Tue Jun 19, 2018 4:31 pm

That's true. There were actually about a dozen players more deserving than Booker who also missed out.

At least we're still represented in the rising stars game and dunk contest.
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Re: Enter the Dragan - [32-18] All-Star teams announced

Postby Phil89 on Wed Jun 20, 2018 10:00 pm

11/2/19

Phoenix Suns [32-18] vs Louisville Lions [19-32]

Booker stars as Suns prove too strong for Lions

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PHX - 25 30 32 27 114
LOU - 19 25 32 24 100

Player of the Game: Devin Booker
(27pts, 1reb, 3ast, 4stl)

(11-20 FG, 2-4 3PT, 3-3 FT)


Top Scorers
Devin Booker - 27
Luka Doncic - 23
Alex Len - 19
Evan Turner - 16
Jonathan Jeanne - 14
Kevin Knox - 13
Marcin Gortat - 12
Monta Ellis - 12
Marcus Smart - 11
Dragan Bender - 9
Aaron Harrison - 8
Jared Dudley - 8
Damian Jones - 8
Marquese Chriss - 8

Rebounds
Alex Len - 8
Marcin Gortat - 7
Marquese Chriss - 6
Jonathan Jeanne - 6

Assists
Marcus Smart - 10
Michael Carter-Williams - 8
Evan Turner - 6

Steals
Devin Booker - 4
Aron Baynes - 3
Rodions Kurucs - 3
Marcin Gortat - 3
Jared Dudley - 2
Aaron Harrison - 2
Luka Doncic - 2
Delon Wright - 2

Blocks
Dragan Bender - 3
Alex Len - 2
Kevin Knox - 2




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NYK - 29 19 17 26 91
PHX - 16 26 28 19 83

POTG: Kristaps Porzingis (26pts, 11reb, 1stl, 4blk)

Record: 33-19
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Re: Enter the Dragan - [33-19] Booker and Doncic duel in Phoenix

Postby Andrew on Wed Jun 20, 2018 10:17 pm

What's Booker averaging on the season? How often does he go nuts from three-point range?
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Re: Enter the Dragan - [33-19] Booker and Doncic duel in Phoenix

Postby Phil89 on Thu Jun 21, 2018 2:49 pm

15/2/19

Los Angeles Lakers [24-29] vs Phoenix Suns [33-19]

Jeanne steps up in LA as Len struggles with foul trouble

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LAL - 24 23 24 27 198
PHX - 25 27 22 29 103

Player of the Game: Jonathan Jeanne
(26pts, 6reb, 2ast, 1stl, 3blk)

(9-14 FG, 8-8 FT)


Top Scorers
Jonathan Jeanne - 26
Devin Booker - 20
Jordan Clarkson - 20
Brandon Ingram - 15
D'Angelo Russell - 14
Dragan Bender - 13
Festus Ezeli - 12
Brandon Jennings - 12
Marcus Smart - 11

Rebounds
Festus Ezeli - 10
Julius Randle - 10
Dragan Bender - 7
Kevin Knox - 6
Jonathan Jeanne - 6
Marquese Chriss - 6

Assists
Brandon Ingram - 8
Marcus Smart - 7
Andre Iguodala - 5
D'Angelo Russell - 5

Steals
Larry Nance Jr - 3
Julius Randle - 3
Marquese Chriss - 2
Festus Ezeli - 2
D'Angelo Russell - 2
Timofey Mozgov - 2

Blocks
Jonathan Jeanne - 3
Kevin Knox - 2
D'Angelo Russell - 2




Simmed Game

PHX - 24 21 23 15 183
MIL - 23 21 34 23 101

POTG: Giannis Antetokounmpo (20pts, 16reb, 8ast, 1blk)

Record: 34-20




Len picked up his fifth foul early in the third quarter. Jeanne stepped up nicely in his absence.
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Re: Enter the Dragan - [33-19] Booker and Doncic duel in Phoenix

Postby Phil89 on Thu Jun 21, 2018 3:04 pm

Andrew wrote:What's Booker averaging on the season? How often does he go nuts from three-point range?

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His shooting from downtown can be pretty inconsistent to be honest. He does seem to miss as many open three pointers as he makes, but that is probably down to me not fully mastering his release yet.

I can't remember him having a Curry-like game where he has nailed a half-dozen three pointers. But again that may be because I tend to naturally favour inside scoring in this game.
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Re: Enter the Dragan - [34-20] Jeanne steps up against Lakers

Postby Andrew on Thu Jun 21, 2018 7:56 pm

I'm still a bit old school like that myself. It can be a bit of a killer in Live Ultimate Team at times, though.
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Re: Enter the Dragan - [34-20] Jeanne steps up against Lakers

Postby Phil89 on Fri Jun 22, 2018 7:19 pm

20/2/19

Sacramento Kings [28-29] vs Phoenix Suns [34-20]

Suns win tight battle in Sacramento

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SAC - 30 21 20 22 193
PHX - 25 28 21 26 100

Player of the Game: Jonathan Jeanne
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(7-11 FG, 4-5 FT)


Top Scorers
DeMarcus Cousins - 19
Darren Collison - 18
Jonathan Jeanne - 18
Devin Booker - 18
Wesley Matthews - 13
Georgios Papagiannis - 13
Marcus Smart - 10
Kevin Knox - 9
Jerryd Bayless - 8
Dragan Bender - 8
Omri Casspi - 8

Rebounds
DeMarcus Cousins - 13
Kenneth Faried - 9
Alex Len - 9
Jonathan Jeanne - 6
Michael Carter-Williams - 6
Dragan Bender - 5

Assists
Malachi Richardson - 7
Marcus Smart - 7
Darren Collison - 6

Steals
Kenneth Faried - 4
Wilson Chandler - 3
DeMarcus Cousins - 3
Malachi Richardson - 3
Jerryd Bayless - 3
Alex Len - 2
Devin Booker - 2
Marcus Smart - 2
Jonathan Jeanne - 2
Georgios Papagiannis - 2

Blocks
Jonathan Jeanne - 4
Marquese Chriss - 3
Alex Len - 2




Simmed Game

BKN - 36 19 22 20 197
PHX - 33 29 23 28 113

POTG: Kevin Knox (19pts, 3reb, 2ast, 3stl)

Record: 36-20




Smart was playing really well before picking up his 5th foul only a couple of minutes into the second half.

He then fouled out a minute into the fourth.
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Re: Enter the Dragan - [36-20] Jeanne steps up against Lakers & Kings

Postby Andrew on Fri Jun 22, 2018 7:21 pm

Two in a row! The sim engine is starting to respect greatness. ;)

Interesting that Knox went to Brooklyn in your game, and has just gone to the Knicks in reality.
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Re: Enter the Dragan - [36-20] Jeanne steps up against Lakers & Kings

Postby Phil89 on Sat Jun 23, 2018 5:53 pm

22/2/19

Dennis Smith Jr leads Stars to easy win in lopsided rising stars game

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STA - 22 29 24 28 103
ELI - 19 22 24 20 185

Player of the Game: Dennis Smith Jr
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Top Scorers
Dennis Smith Jr - 22
Luka Doncic - 20
Markelle Fultz - 16
Kennedy Meeks - 15
Trevon Duval - 15
Terrance Ferguson - 13
Bruce Brown - 11
Robert Williams - 10
DeAndre Ayton - 10
Mohamed Bamba - 9
Lonzo Ball - 9
Ivan Rabb - 8

Rebounds
DeAndre Bamba - 11
Robert Williams - 8
Ivan Rabb - 8
Harry Giles - 8
Mohamed Bamba - 8
Michael Porter Jr - 7
Jonathan Isaac - 5

Assists
Dennis Smith Jr - 6

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Dennis Smith Jr - 2
Collin Sexton - 2

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Terrance Ferguson - 2
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Re: Enter the Dragan - [36-20] Jeanne steps up against Lakers & Kings

Postby Phil89 on Sat Jun 23, 2018 5:55 pm

23/2/19

All-Star Three Point & Dunk contests

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2019 Foot Locker Three Point Contest


Round One
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Round Two
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Re: Enter the Dragan - [36-20] Jeanne steps up against Lakers & Kings

Postby Phil89 on Sat Jun 23, 2018 5:59 pm

24/2/19

Anthony Davis dominates as West All-Stars hold on to thrilling win

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WEST - 29 29 37 36 131

Player of the Game: Anthony Davis
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Paul George - 31
Anthony Davis - 26
LeBron James - 23
Karl-Anthony Towns - 17
Nikola Jokic - 16
Kevin Durant - 16
John Wall - 15
Isaiah Thomas - 14
James Harden - 12
Russell Westbrook - 12
Kawhi Leonard - 12
Giannis Antetokounmpo - 10
Ben Simmons - 9
Damien Lillard - 8

Rebounds
Karl-Anthony Towns - 14
Anthony Davis - 14
Kevin Love - 9
Giannis Antetokounmpo - 8
Kawhi Leonard - 5
John Wall - 5

Assists
Giannis Antetokounmpo - 11
Kawhi Leonard - 6
Gordon Hayward - 6
Isaiah Thomas - 6
John Wall - 5
Russell Westbrook - 5

Steals
LeBron James - 3
Anthony Davis - 2
Paul George - 2
Joel Embiid - 2
Giannis Antetokounmpo - 2

Blocks
Anthony Davis - 4
Jimmy Butler - 2
Kevin Durant - 2
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Re: Enter the Dragan - [36-20] Jeanne steps up against Lakers & Kings

Postby Phil89 on Sat Jun 23, 2018 6:24 pm

Andrew wrote:Two in a row! The sim engine is starting to respect greatness. ;)

Interesting that Knox went to Brooklyn in your game, and has just gone to the Knicks in reality.

It took long enough :lol: Hopefully we can continue our good form and avoid the Warriors in the playoffs this season, after being knocked out by them two seasons in a row.

Knox is actually on my team. But I did draft him with a pick I acquired from the Knicks (Y)

It's funny how real life and video games can replicate each other. For example, in this game a team did trade up to draft Luka Doncic and Lonnie Walker was a first round pick by the Spurs as well.
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Re: Enter the Dragan - [36-20] 2019 All-Star weekend

Postby Andrew on Sat Jun 23, 2018 6:40 pm

My mistake, not sure how I overlooked that. It's cool that there's still that connection to the Knicks and what went down in real life, though.
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Re: Enter the Dragan - [36-20] 2019 All-Star weekend

Postby Valor on Sat Jun 23, 2018 9:43 pm

Love the Woj Bombs :lol: and FA Preview :applaud:

Looks like I've missed a lot while I was gone, what a finish to the All-Star game! Can't recall last time it was that close! Was it a late game winner or just held on for the win?

Shame you couldn't win Dunk Contest, awfully close.
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Re: Enter the Dragan - [36-20] 2019 All-Star weekend

Postby Phil89 on Sun Jun 24, 2018 4:11 pm

It was actually a couple of Anthony Davis blocks in the final minute that won the game for the West.

Marquese Chriss is now 0-3 in the dunk contest in this game. Poor guy :lol:
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Re: Enter the Dragan - [36-20] 2019 All-Star weekend

Postby Andrew on Sun Jun 24, 2018 5:38 pm

He's the Shawn Kemp, or maybe the Clyde Drexler, of the 21st Century!
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Re: Enter the Dragan - [36-20] 2019 All-Star weekend

Postby Valor on Sun Jun 24, 2018 9:50 pm

Phil89 wrote:It was actually a couple of Anthony Davis blocks in the final minute that won the game for the West.

MVP well deserved then :applaud:
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Re: Enter the Dragan - [36-20] 2019 All-Star weekend

Postby Phil89 on Wed Jun 27, 2018 2:12 pm

28/2/19

Seattle SuperSonics [29-29] vs Phoenix Suns [36-20]

Stunning third quarter blitz propels Suns to win in Seattle

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SEA - 21 24 15 19 179
PHX - 26 25 38 21 107

Player of the Game: Devin Booker
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(10-19 FG, 0-1 3PT, 5-5 FT)


Top Scorers
Devin Booker - 25
Enes Kanter - 18
Alex Len - 16
Marcus Smart - 15
Buddy Hield - 13
Dragan Bender - 11
Jonathan Jeanne - 10
Anthony Davis - 10
Ramon Sessions - 9
Marquese Chriss - 8

Rebounds
Anthony Davis - 13
Jonathan Jeanne - 10
Alex Len - 8
Dragan Bender - 8
Enes Kanter - 6
Solomon Hill - 5
Devin Booker - 5
Kevin Knox - 5

Assists
Marcus Smart - 11
Tyreke Evans - 5
Ramon Sessions - 5

Steals
Anthony Davis - 4
Devin Booker - 2
Nikola Mirotic - 2
Thomas Robinson - 2
Tyreke Evans - 2

Blocks
Alex Len - 5
Dragan Bender - 5
Jonathan Jeanne - 4
Kevin Knox - 2




Simmed Game

PHX - 26 19 23 25 193
SEA - 20 30 26 33 109

POTG: Enes Kanter (19pts, 15reb, 3blk)

Record: 37-21
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Re: Enter the Dragan - [37-21] Double-header against Sonics

Postby Andrew on Wed Jun 27, 2018 2:28 pm

Killed them in that third quarter, so once again, the sim engine had to take its revenge.
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Re: Enter the Dragan - [37-21] Double-header against Sonics

Postby Phil89 on Wed Jun 27, 2018 5:01 pm

Andrew wrote:Killed them in that third quarter, so once again, the sim engine had to take its revenge.

It's particularly annoying when I comfortably beat them in their arena, only to have the sim allow them to return the favour in my arena immediately :doh:
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Re: Enter the Dragan - [37-21] Double-header against Sonics

Postby Phil89 on Thu Jun 28, 2018 8:38 pm

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Deadline wrap: Lakers make drastic moves as they eye 2019 free agency

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With the excitement of the all-star weekend over for another year, the focus of NBA fans turned to the looking trade deadline. There was the usual speculation about which players were going to be traded and who could be working on a mega deal to land a franchise-changing piece.

But in the end, the few days before the deadline passed went by relatively quietly. Apart from the frantic dealing of Magic Johnson and the Los Angeles Lakers.



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The first of three deals completed by the Lakers saw them dump the salaries of Jordan Clarkson and Festus Ezeli to the Utah Jazz in exchange for the expiring contracts of George Hill, Alex Burks and Jeff Withey. Young shooting guard LiAngelo Ball was also sent to the Jazz as part of the deal. Much to the probable dismay of his outspoken father.

Shedding the salaries of Clarkson and Ezeli saves the Lakers $26 million next year and $40 million overall. Their goal was to free up as much cap space for next season as possible so that they can target top tier free agents such as LeBron James, Russell Westbrook, James Harden and Klay Thompson.

By doing this trade Utah commit pretty heavily to a championship push. They upgrade their bench with Clarkson and Ezeli, who are both solid role players. This move may have come too late to save their playoff hopes for this season though as they sit thirteenth in the western conference, eight games behind eighth seeded San Antonio.

They will be expecting to do better next season with stars Gordon Hayward and Rudy Gobert leading the way. A supporting cast of Rodney Hood, Dante Exum, Joe Ingles, Jordan Clarkson and Festus Ezeli should have them at least fighting for a playoff spot.

Another year of NBA basketball will do wonders for the development of youngsters Domantas Sabonis and Miles Bridges as well.



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A day after the Utah trade, the Lakers agreed another deal with the Detroit Pistons which saw them acquire more expiring contracts. They had to send fan favourite Larry Nance Jr to the Pistons in order to dump the huge contract of Luol Deng.

This deal saved the Lakers a further $29 million in cap space for next season.

Detroit take on Deng's contract in order to secure a solid frontcourt partner for Andre Drummond. Larry Nance Jr is known for his high-flying dunking and should be a welcome addition of excitement for fans of the struggling team.

The decision to trade Tobias Harris comes after they handed Stanley Johnson a $62 million extension last month. Clearly they felt that Johnson was the better piece to build around. Although aging, Deng should provide solid backup at small forward.



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To round out their cap clearout, the Lakers completed a deal with Louisville that saw them offload Timofey Mozgov.

This final trade removes a further $17 million from their cap. They now only have Julius Randle and rookie John Petty contracted beyond this season. In total the three trades opened up a massive $74 million in cap room. Clearly Magic Johnson is confident of being able to lure at least one superstar free agent.

LeBron James has been linked with a move to Los Angeles for the past decade, whilst Westbrook, Harden and Klay all have the hometown factor after growing up around the Los Angeles area. It is interesting to note however that the Lakers haven't signed a big name free agent since Shaquille O'Neal in 1996.

Louisville basically do a like-for-like swap of Marcin Gortat for Timofey Mozgov, whilst only adding a further year of salary. The real prize for them is the addition of 2018 ninth overall pick Dzanan Musa. The sharpshooting Bosnian joins fellow young guns Lonzo Ball and Luka Doncic in Louisville. Along with Noah Vonleh, the Lions look to have an exciting future.

This trade was a clever way for the Lions to add another young piece to their roster, as their 2019 first round pick is owned by Denver. It was traded to the Nuggets in the deal to land the 2018 first overall pick and select Luka Doncic. It currently projects to be the eighth overall pick.



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After all the wheeling and dealing by the Lakers, this move by the Cavaliers almost went under the radar. They acquired all-star center Marc Gasol from the Memphis Grizzlies.

Cleveland had to give up Tristan Thompson and send the Grizzlies' 2019 first round pick back to them to get the deal done. With the Cavs appearing to have lost their dominance of the eastern conference and the recent freeing up of cap room by the Lakers, the possibility of LeBron jumping ship to Los Angeles at the end of the season seemed increasingly realistic.

The Cavs felt that they needed to make a significant move in order to both improve their championship chances and also convince LeBron to remain with the team beyond this season. Despite his age, Gasol is a definite upgrade on Thompson at both ends of the floor. He will be especially vital in the playoffs against Joel Embiid and Al Horford.

After acquiring Gasol, Cleveland waived both Kay Felder and Wenyen Gabriel. They then signed veterans Corey Brewer and James Johnson for the remainder of the season to give their bench more experience and depth.

Memphis announced a few weeks ago that they were looking to trade away their franchise centerpiece. After lots of deliberation, their front office finally settled on this deal with Cleveland. Their main priority in this trade was to regain control of their first round pick again. It did have a top five protection on it, but it was projecting between third and seventh.

The Grizzlies are set for a big rebuild through the draft now as the monster contracts they gave to Mike Conley and Chandler Parsons prevent them from doing anything significant in the free agency market.



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Memphis further committed to their rebuild by trading the other long-standing face of their franchise, Zach Randolph. He headed to Brooklyn in exchange for David West and a lottery protected first round pick.

As soon as the Grizzlies traded Gasol they no longer needed 37 year old Randolph. So they got a decent return for him and handed over the starting power forward role to Deyonta Davis. The new-look pairing of Davis and Tristan Thompson is a combined 22 years younger than the Gasol-Randolph partnership.

Memphis now has two first round picks heading into the 2019 draft. Their own looks likely to be a top five selection, whilst the Nets pick is currently projected to be sixteenth overall. It could end up falling in the 18-22 range if Brooklyn improve as expected.

Brooklyn are right on the edge of the race for the playoff seeds with a 27-27 record. Adding Randolph to partner Mason Plumlee could give them the boost that they need to catch Washington and Miami, who are both just a half a game in front of them in the finals two playoff spots currently.

This wasn't a massive gamble for the Nets because the lottery protection on the pick means that if they fail to improve, they will likely end up getting the pick back anyway.



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The final deal of a hectic few days was completed by San Diego, as they acquired center Nikola Vucevic from the Orlando Magic.

Orlando had been looking to offload Vucevic after failing to agree an extension with him. His departure will see Bismack Biyombo promoted to the starting role and Serbian giant Boban Marjanovic fill in the backup role. The Magic also received Jonathan Simmons and a top ten protected first round pick in 2020.

It's an interesting move for a team that has unexpectedly emerged as a real contender in the eastern conference this season. The stellar play of Evan Fournier, Mario Hezonja and Aaron Gordon has seen them rise rapidly to third in the standings in the past month or two. They could be the wildcard in the playoffs.

San Diego look to solve their problem at center by landing the talented Vucevic. Duties had been shared between Marjanovic, veteran Andrew Bogut and youngster Omer Yurtseven for most of the season. It was clearly a weak point of their team and they will be hoping that Vucevic can form a solid partnership with Greg Monroe.

They currently sit in seventh place in the ultra-competitive western conference in only their second season in existence. A veteran core of Greg Monroe, TJ Warren and Norman Powell have been supporting young star Dennis Smith Jr, who is averaging an impressive 22 points, 4 rebounds, 8 assists and 2 steals per game in his sophomore campaign.

He also won the 2018 Rookie of the Year award.
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Re: Enter the Dragan - [37-21] Double-header against Sonics

Postby Phil89 on Thu Jun 28, 2018 8:43 pm

1/3/19

February 2019 Summary

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Division Standings

Eastern Conference

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Western Conference

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Playoff Seeds & Power Rankings

Eastern Conference

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Western Conference

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Power Rankings

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League Leaders

Points
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Rebounds
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Assists
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Steals
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Blocks
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Monthly and Weekly Awards

Players of the Week
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Players of the Month
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Rookies of the Month
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Rookies Ranking

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Award Race Leaders

Most Valuable Player
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Defensive Player of the Year
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Sixth Man of the Year
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Most Improved Player
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Rookie of the Year
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Transactions

25/02/19 - LA Lakers traded Jordan Clarkson, Festus Ezeli and LiAngelo Ball to Jazz
25/02/19 - Utah traded Alec Burks, George Hill and Jeff Withey to Lakers

26/02/19 - LA Lakers traded Larry Nance Jr, Luol Deng, Norris Cole and 2020 Lakers second round pick to Pistons
26/02/19 - Detroit traded Tobias Harris, Marcus Morris and Ish Smith to Lakers

27/02/19 - LA Lakers traded Timofey Mozgov and Dzanan Musa to Lions
27/02/19 - Louisville traded Marcin Gortat, Jared Dudley and 2019 second round pick to Lakers

27/02/19 - Cleveland traded Tristan Thompson, Jordan McRae, Brandan Wright, Malcolm Hill and 2019 first round pick (top 5 protected) to Grizzlies
27/02/19 - Memphis traded Marc Gasol, Tacko Fall, Wenyen Gabriel and Andrew Harrison to Cavaliers

28/02/19 - Brooklyn traded David West and 2019 first round pick (lottery protected) to Grizzlies
28/02/19 - Memphis traded Zach Randolph to Nets

28/02/19 - Orlando traded Nikola Vucevic and Devin Robinson to Eagles
28/02/19 - San Diego traded Boban Marjanovic, Jonathan Simmons and 2020 first round pick (top 10 protected) to Magic

28/02/19 - Cleveland waived Kay Felder
28/02/19 - Cleveland waived Wenyen Gabriel
28/02/19 - Cleveland signed Corey Brewer (1 year / $1 million)
28/02/19 - Cleveland signed James Johnson (1 year / $1 million)
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Re: Enter the Dragan - [37-21] Trade deadline recap + February summary

Postby Andrew on Thu Jun 28, 2018 8:55 pm

A few noteworthy names changing places there. Lakers sure are doing all they can to contend for the top free agents.
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Re: Enter the Dragan - [37-21] Trade deadline recap + February summary

Postby Phil89 on Fri Jun 29, 2018 3:24 pm

They may well end up being the biggest players in the free agency market. Chicago and Phoenix will also be in the mix for the top tier guys.

And about a handful of other teams could have around $20 million to spend. It will be interesting to see how it all plays out.
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Re: Enter the Dragan - [37-21] Trade deadline recap + February summary

Postby Phil89 on Sat Jun 30, 2018 9:55 am

4/3/19

San Diego Eagles [29-30] vs Phoenix Suns [37-21]

Suns come out on top in battle of the big men in San Diego

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SDE - 25 19 15 33 92
PHX - 23 17 26 32 98

Player of the Game: Jonathan Jeanne
(18pts, 10reb, 2ast, 1stl, 2blk)

(9-10 FG)


Top Scorers
Nikola Vucevic - 21
Jonathan Jeanne - 18
Greg Monroe - 16
Alex Len - 15
Marquese Chriss - 14
CJ Miles - 13
Dragan Bender - 12
Marcus Smart - 12
Devin Booker - 10
TJ Warren - 8
Dennis Smith Jr - 8
Jerryd Bayless - 8

Rebounds
Greg Monroe - 16
Jonathan Jeanne - 10
Alex Len - 10
Nikola Vucevic - 10
Dragan Bender - 5

Assists
Michael Carter-Williams - 7
Dennis Smith Jr - 6

Steals
Marquese Chriss - 2
Dragan Bender - 2
Tomas Satoransky - 2
Greg Monroe - 2
Dennis Smith Jr - 2
Nikola Vucevic - 2

Blocks
Alex Len - 4
Jonathan Jeanne - 2
Michael Carter-Williams - 2
Kevin Knox - 2




Simmed Game

PHX - 36 21 14 26 97
BKN - 13 22 34 24 93

POTG: Devin Booker (27pts, 5reb, 4ast, 1stl)

Record: 39-21
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Re: Enter the Dragan - [39-21] Trade deadline recap + February summary

Postby Andrew on Sat Jun 30, 2018 10:46 am

Quiet night for Booker there, but then as noted before, you do have a pretty balanced attack.
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Re: Enter the Dragan - [39-21] Trade deadline recap + February summary

Postby Phil89 on Sun Jul 01, 2018 10:28 pm

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Chicago Bulls [39-23] vs Phoenix Suns [39-21]

Poor finishing costs Suns late on against relentless Bulls

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CHI - 30 25 25 31 111
PHX - 28 28 29 23 108

Player of the Game: Zach LaVine
(29pts, 1reb, 7ast, 2stl)

(9-17 FG, 1-4 3PT, 10-10 FT)


Top Scorers
Zach LaVine - 29
Marquese Chriss - 23
Devin Booker - 21
Kris Dunn - 19
Jonathan Jeanne - 14
Terrence Ross - 13
Mohamed Bamba - 12
Thomas Bryant - 12
Alex Len - 12
Kevin Knox - 9
Denzel Valentine - 9
Lauri Markkanen - 8
Marcus Smart - 8
Dragan Bender - 8

Rebounds
Lauri Markkanen - 11
Mohamed Bamba - 10
Jonathan Jeanne - 10
Bobby Portis - 9
Alex Len - 8
Kevin Knox - 6
Marcus Smart - 5
Dragan Bender - 5

Assists
Kris Dunn - 9
Marcus Smart - 8
Cameron Payne - 7
Zach LaVine - 7
Jonathan Jeanne - 5

Steals
Mohamed Bamba - 4
Lauri Markkanen - 4
Alex Len - 3
Thomas Bryant - 3
Zach LaVine - 2

Blocks
Mohamed Bamba - 4
Jonathan Jeanne - 4
Lauri Markkanen - 2
Bobby Portis - 2




Simmed Game

SAS - 23 19 15 25 82
PHX - 25 26 21 13 85

POTG: Devin Booker (18pts, 5reb, 4ast, 4stl, 1blk)

Record: 40-22



Carter-Williams fouled out with 4 minutes left in the third quarter.

I should have won this game by 10+ points. The amount of open layups and three pointers that I missed was frustrating. Especially as Chicago often went straight up the other end and scored.
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Re: Enter the Dragan - [40-22] Frustrating loss in Chicago

Postby Andrew on Sun Jul 01, 2018 10:41 pm

Bit of a reversal of fortune there, winning the sim game and losing in gameplay. Looks like Zach LaVine came up huge.
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Re: Enter the Dragan - [40-22] Frustrating loss in Chicago

Postby Valor on Mon Jul 02, 2018 12:15 pm

If only the Bulls could play like this irl..... :lol:

Nice (sim) win over the Spurs, Booker doing it on both ends (Y)
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