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  1. I've always thought of basketball as being like hockey, where young players (18-20) were able to make an immediate impact in the league. I think if you look at some rookies from the past 5-10 years or so there's more than a few examples of young players being able to put up strong statistical seasons. In addition to the obvious guys (Embiid, Towns, Davis, Irving, Lillard, Curry, etc), there's many more examples of players from recent years that only took an additional 1-2 seasons to develop (Jokic, Drummond, Antetokounmpo, Draymond, Kawhi, Turner, Klay, etc). There's also plenty of examples of draft gems getting selected late and quickly developing into solid players. A team like Golden State was able to turn it's fortunes around quickly because they drafted well from 2009-12. The Spurs did the same thing from 97-01. OKC did it from 07-09. I don't think bad teams are staying bad because of the talent coming into the league, whether it be their age or how fast they develop. I think over the past few years we've seen enough players capable of being effective rookies and developing into very strong players by year 3. I think bad teams are staying bad because of other factors. I guess it's likely a combination of poor team management/luck (SAC, Phi, NO, BKN, CHA, ORL) and probably also the inability for teams to attract superstar free agents, which often I think is simply a matter of geographical location. That said I'm slightly hopeful for the East. Milwaukee is a team to keep an eye on in my opinion (though I dunno about Jason Kidd), and I'm praying Minnesota and Philly are able to finally figure things out as well so that Towns and Embiid/Simmons don't go to waste.
  2. Also that feeling when you forget to switch Marquee Chris for Marvin Williams on a full-roster Sunday because and it costs you your semi-final matchup.
  3. Hmm. I might have to propose this prize money idea to my league. Seems like a fair way to do it. I also feel you on never being able to draft this team again. Granted it's an 8-team league but we play with extended rosters. I had Durant and Giannis as my first 2 picks, then Draymond and Jokic as my next 2, followed by Porzingis, Conley, and Gasol. It reeeeeally sucks when you pick guys that have a massive breakout year (Giannis/Jokic for me) and don't win a championship off it.
  4. Yeah Oladipo was who I chose last year and having both him and Westbrook didn't exactly go as planned. Holiday seems like a decent option but I'm slightly more wary now that Cousins is there. I still view him as injury prone as well despite being relatively healthy this season. And then there's Nurk vs Dieng. I guess I can give Nurk the edge because his TO's aren't as big of a factor when I'm basically punting with Westbrook, but I do like Dieng's consistency.
  5. Standard 9-cat league, we get to keep 3 players each year. Westbrook and Davis are locked in on my team but I can't decide who should take the final slot. It'll probably be one of these guys, but I'm having trouble deciding: Jrue Holiday Victor Oladipo Gorgui Dieng Jusuf Nurkic Willie Cauley Stein Thoughts?
  6. I would say so, yes.
  7. Just imagine he's relatively fine and this is all just mind-games to mess with Cleveland
  8. 8-10pts, 4reb, 2ast, 1.5 3pm, 0.5stl 0.5blk .400FG .750FT Basically his season averages, except I can see a slight uptick in points/3's from open looks, but fewer boards/assists
  9. If he's going to have his worst week of the season I'd rather have it now than during playoffs. He still has time to get out of his funk before it counts for us, which, given his history of overall consistency, I'm thinking is a pretty safe bet. My main concern moving forward is potential rest days. I'm hoping they'll only be sitting a couple guys at a time, which hopefully means the games Draymond sits will be countered by games where he has to carry more of the offensive load.
  10. Wouldn't it be Adams starting C, Taj starting PF, Kanter backup?
  11. Welp, there goes my hopes of buying low.
  12. I hope the Raptors can land him without giving up too much. I read somewhere else the Suns are hoping for a 1st rounder in return, which I don't think would be too bad considering it'd likely be a low pick
  13. Haha this is exactly how I would have reacted. "Oh reaally? ...Hey you media guys, you know what's super great? New Orleans! I love it here!" And I don't think that's sarcasm. Like, "New Orleans is great and I'm thrilled to be the hell away from that management team."
  14. If they want to have something for the fans to watch they should limit his minutes. I honestly think if they crank him up to 35+ mpg he's going to get blown out inside a month. From both a fantasy and real-life perspective, and as an owner in all my leagues, I want to believe he can go to SAC for 2 months at full blast and I can ride his stats through the playoffs and everything works out great. However, given his injury history, I'm not very optimistic about it working out that way. I preferred his situation in NO, where the outlook seemed to be a gradual increase in PT leading into the fantasy playoffs.
  15. I could see Butler moving to BOS as a possibility, but what kind of assets do OKC have that they can utilize to improve their situation (assuming they keep Adams and Oladipo)? I wonder if New Orleans has an upcoming game with Golden State on their schedule. I'm really curious to see how GS would go about defending them.