The Braves came back to beat the Houston Astros in Game 4 on Saturday, and they will look to clinch the title Sunday night at Truist Park.
The best thing about the NFL is its devotion to parity. Since the league expanded to eight divisions in 2002, there have only been two seasons (2014 and ’19) in which a team did not go from worst to first. It’s those very dynamics that make the sport so attractive to fans who believe that all they need is a few good breaks for their favorite teams to rise to the top. Just ask the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who signed Tom Brady last offseason and won a Super Bowl after 12 years without a postseason appearance.
MVP: Logan: One of the highest PERs of all time. 400+ three pointers. Winningest season in NBA history. Improved on every aspect of his game, including on the defensive end. It difficult to truly fathom how Curry exponentially expanded his game. We all witnessed one of the, if not the sole, best offensive seasons in NBA history. Critics will say he doesn’t reach a level on the defensive end like Leonard, and that the Warriors system fits his game perfectly, but Curry is the reason the system works. Give him the awards, give him all the awards. Stephen Curry
Beyond the top four picks, the 2012 NBA Draft ended up being an extremely shallow class and the bottom of the lottery was filled with role players at best. Essentially the Anthony Davis sweepstakes, the rest of the teams having to pick and choose amongst the rest of his talented Kentucky class. However, there were more than a few late first round, and second round, picks that have turned out to be extremely talented and fell for various reasons on draft night. The clearest and most glaring of omission from the lottery being Draymond Green. Other players, like Andre Drummond, Khris Middleton, and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist have been massive projects that are just recently paying dividends. Let’s take a look at where teams went wrong and re-draft the 2012 lottery:
As Adam Silver and the NBA have continued to clash with the NBPA over the minimum age limit, it seems like a common ground cannot be reached. The current influx of 19 year olds year after year who obviously still need more college experience to develop their skills, bodies, and minds to adapt to the difficulty of the pro game does not help either the NBA or NCAA product. Not only does this dilute the pro game, as 1st round picks with guaranteed contracts take the jobs of veterans who always seem to round out NBA rosters, it hurts the college game because very few great players stay and build legacies for themselves and the schools program.
The second year team out of Grand Rapids, MI released their 2015-16 Intro video.
The Brooklyn Nets are set to announce their new DLeague team, the Long Island Nets, tomorrow. The team will play one season in Barclays Center before moving to the renovated Nassau Coliseum for the 2017/18 season.
According to a report from Adrian Wojnarowski, long time NBADL Vice President of Basketball Operations and Player Personnel Chris Alpert has resigned from the NBA D-League. In that role, Alpert oversaw everything that concerned D-League player personnel, coaching and officiating. Alongside that, he was responsible with recruiting and signing players to the D-League player pool.
Sacramento's front office reshuffling continued on Tuesday afternoon, as they named former All-Star forward Peja Stojakovic as the team's new Director of Player Personnel and the new GM of the Reno Bighorns. The fit seems to be perfect as the former sharp-shooter helped form a high-energy offensive nucleus that pushed the Kings to seven straight playoff appearances during his time as a player.
Here's an interesting update surrounding Overton's latest whereabouts. The long-time NBA journeyman was an assistant with the Nets and head coach of the D-League affiliated Springfield Armor in 2013-14. It's nice to see him doing something new, beginning to train and uncover some of the top young talents in the Philadelphia area.