Posted on: July 18, 2010 11:25 am
Edited on: October 29, 2010 5:19 pm

NBA Pre-Season: Division Predictions

Here is a record prediction as well as some insight for every NBA team. ** Note wins and losses may not add up to what the true amount of NBA games will be, these are just predictions. Enjoy!


Northwest Division

1. Utah Jazz (55-27) The Jazz have had some tough departures this off-season. Starting Power Forward now a Chicago Bulls, as well as three point specialist Kyle Korver, and former Jazzman Ronnie Brewer also becoming a member of the Bulls. The Jazz have not sat back and cried about it though, They've went out and got Big Al Jefferson, and former Jazzman Raja Bell to come back. The Jazz will have a solid season with these players filling in.

2. Thunder (54-28) The Thunder are young and very talented, Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook have been the cream of the crop for the Thunder and they'll continue to grow into even bigger studs. Kevin and Russell have a lot in store for them, this season well into the future. The Thunder could certainly be the best team in the NBA in 4-5 years.

3. Nuggets (51-31) With the addition of Al Harrington this free agency period it will help there chances. Nene and Chris Andersen (Bird-Man) both have nagging knee injuries that have been nagging them and may hold them out of the start of the season. If this indeed happens don't be surprised to see less wins.

4. Trailblazers (49-33) The Blazers are a solid team, and now have a solid back-up SG and maybe a starting SF in Wesley Matthews. Everyone besides Blazers fans says they paid to much, and I agree. He is an undrafted rookie free agent and he's making $9.1 million dollars his second year? Huge risk in my opinion, but the Blazers should be a solid team this year.

5. T'Wolves (11-71) The T'Wolves lost there best player this offseason in Al Jefferson, and look to be in a complete rebuliding mode. The T'Wolves are hoping they can use those draft picks they got in the trade as well as have Ricky Rubio come from overseas to play well in the future. This being said, the T'Wolves will struggle this year

Pacific Division

1. Lakers (58-24) Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol will combine for another good season together, Kobe will be Kobe, and Gasol will continue to be the great PF/C he is. There isn't much more to say about the Lakers, we all know they are 2009 and 2010 NBA finals champions, and that almost says it all.

2. Suns (42-40) The Suns and Steve Nash have lost arguably there best offensive weapon and definetly the teams best bigman. When Amar'e Stoudemire signed with the Knicks for 5 years around $99.7 million dollars and the Suns signed Hakim Warrick to replace him, well that dosn't really add up. So in my opinion the Suns will slide down hill a little this year. Shouldn't be to bad of a team though.

3. Warriors (39-43) With the aquisition of David Lee (A player capable of 20-10 any night) This will help them out a bunch. I don't think it makes them instant playoff contenders or anything like that, but they will have a better year for sure. I bet they'll have 10-15 more wins then they did last season.

4. Kings (34-48) Tyreke Evans will continue to blossom and DeMarcus Cousins will come up big for them in the 2010-11 NBA season. If Jason Thompson can play good down low along with Cousins the Kings should be a team to watch out for. Also, don't forget Samuel Dalembert, He is long, and can blcok shots as well as rebound.

5. Clippers (30-52) Baron Davis is a solid player, and Chris Kaman was good for them last year, but many people expected them to make some kind of splash in free agency, and well that didn't happen. The Clippers are trying to work out a deal to get Tracy McGrady, which isn't a huge addition given Tracy's age and how injury prone he is, but it would help a bit.

Southwest Division

1. Mavericks (53-29) Dirk Nowitzki resigned with the Maverikcs and they also traded for Tyson Chandler, a long center that has the ability to rebound and block shots very well. Chandler will take Erik Dampiers spot, Dampier was included in the deal. Watch out for teh Mavericks, they will be a dangerous team in 2010-11.

2. Rockets (48-34) Luis Scola resigned with the Rockets recently and the Rockets also signed center Brad Miller to a 3 year deal worth around $15 million dollars. The Rockets will have a better season then last year and will actually have a shot at making the playoffs this year. Yao Ming should be able to start the season, and if he can stay healthy watch out for the Rockets.

3. Spurs (45-37) The Spurs are getting older, Tony Parker seemingly is getting hurt more and more every year, and this may be the last year that Tim Duncan has a shot at the playoffs. The Spurs just don't seem as intimidating as they once were, and I think they have a chance at the playoffs, but unfortunately I don't think they will make it.

4. Hornets (43-39) If Chris Paul can stay healthy the Hornets will have a better year for sure, as having your team superstar usually does. I still don't see the Hornets as playoff contenders, but there are rumors that the Hornets may try and trade one of there point guards (Chris Paul, Darren Collision) for a big. That is something to watch for.

5. Grizzlies (38-44) The Grizzlies were solid to start the year last year, but seemed to slide towards the end of the year. They have god young talent in Rudy Gay, Mike Conley, and O.J. Mayo, but I don't expect the Grizzlies to make the playoffs in the tough western conference.


Atlantic Division

1. Celtics (49-33) I think this will be the final go around for the "Big 3" This will be there final chance to bring home one more championship to Boston before they are done. The Celtics may be getting older, but they are still dangerous. Nate Robinson and Paul Pierce resigned this offseason, they also brought in Jermaine O'Neal.

2. Knicks (40-42) The Knicks have brought in Raymond Felton and Amar'e Stoudemire which will raise their chances of becoming a playoff team in a weaker eastern conference. It may still be tough for them to make the playoffs, but in the eastern conference anyone has a chance.

3. 76ers (32-50) Andre Iguodala and Lou Williams lead the way for the 76ers. Evan Turner will also give them a shot to be a better team, but with the loss of their main rebounder/shot blocker that leaves them pretty vulnerable on the inside. In my opinion I don't think they make the playoffs this year either.

4. Nets (25-57) Derrick Favors gives them a solid rookie bigman to put next to the young star center Brook Lopez. Devin Harris should rebound and have a better season, and Brook Lopez will still be himself. This makes it so the Nets don't have to worry about breaking the record for lowest amount of wins in a single season, as they were worried about last year. Still no playoffs.

5. Raptors (14-68) With the loss of both Hedo Turkoglu and Chris Bosh you can't expect anything from the Raptors this season. This will be a tough year for the Raptors, and their fans. Hang in there Raptors fans, hopefully your team starts rebuilding soon and gets at least a little better sooner rather than later.

Central Division

1. Bucks (50-32) The Bucks have got some nice pieces during free-agency this year, while trading for Corey Maggette and signing Drew Gooden. The Bucks also had a nice surprise when John Salmons resigned. This may be your year Bucks fans, you have a chance to make it deep into the playoffs, and might have been able to make the finals if it wasn't for the new "Big 3"

2. Bulls (49-33) The Chicago Jazz, I mean Bulls have made a lot of moves this off-season, the main moves include former Jazzmen Kyle Korver, Carlos Boozer, and Ronnie Brewer. The Bulls have a solid chance of winning the east this year and should do so. In my opinon the can get past the new "Big 3"

3. Cavs (44-38) The loss of LeBron James will hurt them big time, 44 wins might be on the generous side as there is no need to cause anymore pain to the Cavs and their fans. The Cavs don't have much after LeBron, they have some good players, but they all fed off him in my opinion. Good luck Cavs fans.

4. Pacers (36-46) Rookie Lance Stephensen has looked good for the Pacers in the summer league. Paul George should also be a nice addition this year for the Pacers, look for the Pacers to get more wins then they did last year,  even if it's only 4-8 more wins.

5. Pistons (31-51) The Pistons look to have a good team on paper, but Ben Gordon and Charlie Villenueva had poor seasons in 2009-10 after signing big free agent contracts, Pistons fans better hope they didn't blow their money, and hope that Gordon and Charlie can turn things around.

Southeast Division

1. Heat (60-22) With LeBron James and Chris Bosh coming to South Beach to join Dwyane Wade a dynaasty could be forming right before out very eyes. The main thing will be if they can get their chemistry down and play well together, I think that they are smart enough players to figure it out. Interesting fact, The Heat averages 89 possesions last year, The "Big 3" combined had 80 a game. Something to consider.

2. Magic (57-25) Dwight Howard had many disappointing games last season on offense, on defense he played well earning another Defensive Player of the year award. The Magic will be big contenders from the east this season, hopefully the live up to the expectations set by the fans.

3. Hawks (50-32) The Hawks resigned Joe Johnson to a max deal, keeping him in Atlanta. The team is almost identical to last years. So look for similiar results to last year. Hawks fans are just hoping they odn't get blown out by the Magic again by an average of over 25 points a game.

4. Bobcats (41-41) With the trade of Tyson Chandler the Bobcats don't have much of an inside presence, leaving most of the work to be done by Stephen Jackson and Gerald Wallace. Look for a decent season, just don't get your hope up to high. Remember, they lost Raymond Felton too.

5. Wizards (33-49) If Gilbert Arenas can come play next to John Wall you may be looking at a dangerous team, with the emergence of Andray Blatche, the pick of John Wall, and if Gilbert Arenas can get his act together watch out for the Wizards. Although don't expect them to do too much damage.

Those are my 2010-11 NBA preseason predictions, I hope you enjoyed them and leave your feeback of what you think is right and/or wrong. Thanks for reading!

Posted on: July 9, 2010 10:04 am
Edited on: July 9, 2010 10:06 am

Just A Very Crazy Idea

It came to me, yes it's a crazy idea, but I want to see what posters think of the idea. What if the NBA did an annual draft? No not the NBA draft where you get rookies. A draft where everyone becomes available. Where each team gets in the draft order depending on how good they were the previous year, and then everyone picks to where there spot was earned. If that were to happen this year the Nets would have LeBron James, The Timberwolves would have Dwyane Wade, and so on.

This could help prevent heart ache, because you don't have to plan on having your players every year, you don't have to anticipate is he going or staying? You know they may be gone unless your team draft them again. The main thing is though that their could always be that sense of hope and excitement, Who will we get this year? It would cause more hype than free-agency ever could.

This helps cities that no one wants to join via free-agency too. For example my team (Utah Jazz) has a very tough time getting big names to join the team. The cities that no one wants to join can also get the excitement of getting a big player like LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh, Kevin Durant, etc.

The main problem I see with it is, you can never fully, and truely bond with your team. You would be to busy trying to keep up with your new team yearly. Although this may prevent heart ache, I can see in a way how it could be the same, or even provoke it even more. Trying to sign contracts and figuring out how much each player is paid could be a pain and would need to be well thought out, and even things as simple as buying new jerseys each year could become pricy for the fans.

The question is, does anyone think that an NBA "Draft" yearly is a good idea? Hey i'm not saying it's a great idea and should for sure happen. I just thought I should see what the sports world thinks of the "Crazy" idea...
Posted on: May 30, 2010 11:06 am
Edited on: June 1, 2010 10:38 pm

2010 NBA Boards Mock Draft, Join in!

On this thread I will be starting a 2010 NBA Mock Draft for posters on the NBA boards, You can pick you favorite team or any team you want a draft for them in which manner you think would fit the team best. So everyone join in and pick a team, the draft will be when I let you know, as soon as all spots are full. You may take 2 teams if you wish.

Even if you can't make the draft you can still pick a team and PM me the picks in which order you would like to select if available and I can post it up for you. I may also want a partner to help run this so if anyone is interested in helping run this you can PM me, and we'll see how things go from there.

Ok, here are the available teams, (Note: Some teams will not be in the draft because of trades.)

Hawks -

Wizards - jaysta125

Warriors - Hoopsking1107

76ers -

Nets - Iowa Hawkeyes

Timberwolves - Iowa Hawkeyes

Kings -

Magic -

Thunder - Scapegoats

Grizzlies -

Celtics -

Spurs -

Trailblazers -

Heat -

Bulls -

Jazz - jaysta125

Bucks -

Rockets -

Raptors -

Hornets -

Pacers -

Clippers -

Pistons -

Let's get this started! Start picking your teams and if you have any questions you can PM me, or post it on this thread. Good luck on your teams draft, and let's have some with this!

Posted on: May 23, 2010 11:20 am

Jaysta125's NBA Mock Draft 2010

Ok so here is my mock draft for the 2010 NBA draft with analysis through the top 10, if you disagree (which many of you will since we have our own looks on it.) Feel free to comment and say what you think would happen, feel free to comment anything you want, ok here is my mock draft.

1. Washington Wizards select, John Wall PG - This is the obvious move for the Wizards, Get's them a young Point Guard that will be in the NBA's elite in 3-5 years. If the Wizards don't pick wall they may be in trouble, by not having a replacement for the troubled Gilbert Arenas.

2. Philidelpia 76ers select, Evan Turner SG - Evan Turner was a top player in the nation last year, some argue that he was the best player in the nation, either way I think the 76ers take this solid, young rookie with the number 2 pick, although don't be surprised if they go with a big man either.

3. New Jersey Nets select, Derrick Favors, PF - The Nets will be looking for a young PF/C to go along with Brook Lopez, Favors or Cosuins may go to the Nets, I would say they most likely the Nets would take Favors.

4. Minnesota T'wolves select, DeMarcus Cousins, PF/C - Minnesota will get a big, strong, and athletic PF/C in DeMarcus Cousins, He willl have a very solid Rookie season on whoever he plays for, the only set back on Cousins is his off-court problems that may occur.

5. Sacremento Kings select, Wesley Johnson, SF - The Kings are shorthanded of a solid SF, Andres Nocioni who they acquired, and who started for most of the 2009-2010 season was not producing for the young Kings, Johnson would be a great fit for the young Kings.

6. Golden State Warriors select, Al-Farouq Aminu, SF - The Warriors are one of the smaller teams in the league, so maybe they could benefit more from getting a young bigman, but for the Warriors, it looks like Aminu will be the choice.

7. Detroit Pistons select, Cole Aldrich, C - Cole Aldrich is not very athletic, but he can play defense and is young which is something the Pistons really need, Cole Aldrich just seems like a perfect fit in Detroit.

8. Los Angeles Clippers select, Greg Monroe, C - The Clippers could use a young C, Monroe and Blake Griffin together would be a good young duo, Monroe looks like a good pick for the Clippers, but they could also take Ed Davis or Ekpe Udoh.

9. Utah Jazz select, Ed Davis, PF - The Jazz would happily take Greg Monroe if he falls to them to replace Carlos Boozer if he decides to leave, but if Monroe is no longer available Ed Davis should be a good pick for the Jazz, We'll see who is left for the Jazz at number 9.

10. Indiana Pacers select, Xavier Henry, SG - Indiana could definetly use a solid SG, Mike Dunleavy didn't play like himself in 2009-2010 and the Pacers don't have much to show for after that, Henry would fit in nicely with Indiana.

11. New Orleans Hornets select, Ekpe Udoh, PF

12. Memphis Grizzlies select, Patrick Patterson, PF

13. Toronto Raptors select, Donatas Montiejunas, PF

14. Houston Rockets select, Gordon Hayward, SF

15. Milwaukee Bucks select, Hassan Whiteside, C

16. Minnesota T'wolves select, Damion James, SF

17. Chicago Bulls select, Stanley Robinson, SF

18. Miami Heat select, Eric Bledsoe, PG

19. Boston Celtics select, Avery Bradley, SG

20. San Antonio Spurs select, Larry Sanders, SF

21. Oklahoma City Thunder select, Daniel Orton, PF

22. Portland Blazers select, Willie Warren, PG

23. Minnesota T'wolves select, James Anderson, SG

24. Atlanta Hwaks select, Dwayne Collins, PF

25. Memphis Grizzlies select, Solomo Alabi, C

26. Oklahoma City Thunder seect, Kevin Seraphin

27. New Jersey Nets select, Quincy Pondexter, SF

28. Memphis Grizzlies select, Lance Stephenson, SG

29. Orlando Magic select, Nemanja Bjelica, SF

30. Washington Wizards select, Jordan Crawford, SG

There is my 2010 NBA mock draft, I hope you enjoyed, please somment and tell me which things you think won't happen and what you think i'm right on. Feel free to comment on the whole thing, Thanks for reading and participating.

Posted on: March 13, 2010 4:57 pm


Here are my NBA POWER RANKINGS as of 3/13/2010. LEAVE YOURS!

1. Cavs (51-15)

2. Lakers (48-18)

3. Mavericks (45-21)

4. Nuggets (44-21)

5. Magic (46-20)

6. Jazz (42-23)

7. Thunder (40-24)

8. Celtics (41-23)

9. Suns (40-26)

10. Hawks (41-23)

11.  Trail Blazers (40-28)

12. Spurs (38-25)

13. Grizzlies (35-31)

14. Bucks (35-29)

15. Raptors (32-31)

16. Rockets (32-31)

17. Bobcats (33-31)

18. Hornets (32-34)

19. Heat (34-32)

20. Bulls (31-34)

21. Clippers (25-41)

22. Knicks (22-43)

23. 76ers (23-42)

24. Kings (22-44)

25. Pistons (22-42)

26. Pacers (21-44)

27. Wizards (21-42)

28. Warriors (17-47)

29. Timberwolves (14-52)
30. Nets (7-58)


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