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  1. Citing Serge Ibaka's years of "borderline first round value" only further supports my position. From 2011 to 2014, Ibaka's 9-Cat ranks were 11, 11, and 10; however, the "statistical diversity" you claim Ibaka provided during that time is non-existent. He averaged only 12.5 points, 8 rebounds, 0.6 assists, 0.2 threes, 0.4 steals, 1.4 turnovers and shot 74.2% from the free throw line on limited attempts. FG% was his second strongest category (54.8% on 9.9 attempts per game). Ironically, Robinson's FG% z-score from last year (in only 20 minutes per game) was nearly identical to that of Ibaka (1.52 vs. 1.53). Should Big Mitch reach 30 minutes per game, as Ibaka did, I believe his statistical upside is 65% FG, 65% FT, 0.2 threes, 14 points, 10 rebounds, 1 assist, 1.5 steals, 3.0 blocks, and 1 turnover, which would put him squarely in the first round at season’s end. In addition, Robinson doesn't carry the shutdown risk of many others. The downside? Maybe 60% FG, 60% FT, 10 points, 8 rebounds, 0.5 assists, 1 steal, 2.5 blocks, and 1 turnover, which is still a top 60 season. How Mitch gets to 30 minutes is the biggest question, but I believe your "crowded front court" narrative is an overreaction. Essentially, from last year to this year, the Knicks swapped: (1) DeAndre Jordan - 29.7 mpg (98% at center) (2) Enes Kanter – 25.6 mpg (96% at center) (2) Luke Kornet - 17 mpg (67% at center), (3) Noah Vonleh - 25.3 mpg (27% at center) for (1) Bobby Portis - 26 mpg (55% at center last season / 45% for career) (2) Julius Randle - 30.6 mpg (26% at center / 33% for career) (3) Taj Gibson - 24.1 mpg (11% at center last season / 4% for career) It appears to me the Knicks will give Big Mitch every opportunity to play 30 minutes a night, though foul trouble will often hamper his ability to get there. Having said all that, I do not plan to draft him in the second round as there are more guaranteed options available and I'm sure he will slip a bit. However, I will be disappointed if I allow him to fall and fail to land the pick at the right time.
  2. Correct me if I'm wrong, but didn't this guy just conclude his rookie season with a 25th per game average rank over the last three months, and a 14th per game average rank over the last two months, all in roughly 25 minutes per game? Anyone saying 2nd round value "seems like a stretch" or thinks he has "outside the top 75 downside" is out of their mind. You don't need to draft him early to enjoy the rewards. Just make sure nobody else takes him before you.
  3. I'm glad you guys are doing this. Here's a 10 round convenience update for you guys and the rest of us who enjoy following along: Round 1 1. Ajax - James Harden 2. Unluckyshot - Anthony Davis 3. Superjew - Stephen Curry 4. Trench Mob - Karl-Anthony Towns 5. Simsanityy179 - Giannis Antetokounmpo 6. COH - Lebron James  7. Kaboom - Joel Embiid  8. Styler - Nikola Jokic 9. RDNC - Kawhi Leonard 10. Terribleswedes - Damian Lillard 11. Stifle Tower - Paul George 12. TOAA - Kyrie Irving Round 2 1. TOAA - Jimmy Butler 2. Stifle Tower - Nikola Vucevic 3. Terribleswedes - Rudy Gobert 4. RDNC - Bradley Beal 5. Styler - Jrue Holiday 6. Kaboom - Kemba Walker 7. COH - Andre Drummond 8. Simsanityy179 - Russell Westbrook 9. Trench Mob - Devin Booker 10. Superjew - Lamarcus Aldridge 11. Unluckyshot - Mike Conley 12. Ajax - Victor Oladipo Round 3 1. Ajax - Clint Capela 2. unluckyshot - Deandre Ayton 3. Superjew - Kristaps Porzingis 4. Trench Mob - Draymond Green 5. Simsanityy179 - Myles Turner 6. COH - Blake Griffin 7. Kaboom - Chris Paul 8. Styler - Pascal Siakam 9. RDNC - Al Horford 10. Terribleswedes - Trae Young 11. Stifle Tower - Otto Porter 12. TOAA - Ben Simmons Round 4 1. TOAA - John Collins 2. Stifle Tower - Tobias Harris 3. Terribleswedes - Demarcus Cousins 4. RDNC - Hassan Whiteside 5. Styler - Zion Williamson 6. Kaboom - Donovan Mitchell 7. COH - Luka Doncic 8. Simsanityy179 - Kyle Lowry 9. Trench Mob - Jonas Valanciunas 10. Superjew - DeMar DeFrozen 11. Unluckyshot - Eric Bledsoe 12. Ajax - Buddy Hield Round 5 1. Ajax - Marc Gasol 2. unluckyshot - Lauri Markkanen 3. Superjew - Brook Lopez 4. Trench Mob - Khris Middleton 5. Simsanityy179 - Kevin Love 6. COH - Robert Covington 7. Kaboom - Mitchell Robinson 8. Styler - D'Angelo Russell 9. RDNC - D'Aaron Fox 10. Terribleswedes - Danillo Gallinari 11. Stifle Tower - Jayson Tatum 12. TOAA - CJ Mccollum Round 6 1. TOAA - Julius Randle 2. Stifle Tower - Malcolm Brogdon 3. Terribleswedes - Bam Adebayo 4. RDNC - Zach Lavine 5. Styler - Jaren Jackson Jr 6. Kaboom - Brandon Ingram 7. COH - Stevan Adams 8. Simsanityy179 - Jamal Murray 9. Trench Mob - Ricky Rubio 10. Superjew - Jeff Teague 11. Unluckyshot - Caris LeVert 12. Ajax - Serge Ibaka Round 7 1. Ajax - Josh Richardson 2. unluckyshot - TJ Warren 3. Superjew - Montrezl Harrell 4. Trench Mob - Thomas Bryant 5. Simsanityy179 - Gary Harris 6. COH - Terry Rozier 7. Kaboom - Lonzo Ball 8. Styler - Kelly Oubre Jr. 9. RDNC - Derrick Favors 10. Terribleswedes - Lou Williams 11. Stifle Tower - Dewayne Dedmon 12. TOAA - Aaron Gordon  Round 8 1. TOAA - Domantas Sabonis 2. Stifle Tower - Jarrett Allen 3. Terribleswedes - Ja Morant 4. RDNC - Danny Green 5. Styler - Shai Gilgeous-Alexander 6. Kaboom - Jonathan Isaac 7. COH - Willie Cauley-Stein 8. Simsanityy179 - Jeremy Lamb 9. Trench Mob - Wendell Carter Jr. 10. Superjew - Joe Ingles 11. Unluckyshot - Delon Wright 12. Ajax - Bojan Bogdanovic Round 9 1. Ajax - Spencer Dinwiddie 2. Unluckyshot - Miles Bridges 3. Super Jew - Terrence Ross 4. Trench Mob - Nicolas Batum 5. Simsanityy179 - Enes Kanter 6. COH - Kyle Kuzma 7. Kaboom - Dario Saric 8. Styler- Marvin Bagley III 9. RDNC- Elfrid Payton 10. Terribleswedes - Kent Bazemore 11. Stifle Tower - Marcus Smart 12. TOAA - Dejounte Murray Round 10 1. TOAA - Rudy Gay 2. Stifle Tower - Larry Nance Jr. 3. Terribleswedes - Gordon Hayward 4. RDNC - Eric Gordon 5. Styler - Dwight Powell 6. Kaboom - Taurean Prince 7. COH - Evan Fournier 8. Simsanityy179 - Will Barton 9. Trench Mob - Jordan Clarkson 10. Superjew - Thaddeus Young 11. unluckyshot- Paul Millsap 12. Ajax - JaVale McGee
  4. You're right. Missed Ben. I play in a keeper league and he's one of the keepers that I forgot to add back into the list. Same goes for Siakam and Fox. Having said that, Simmons will likely be drafted well before I'm interested. I suppose I'd take him in the mid 30s, though I wouldn't be thrilled about it. Love him as a real life player though.
  5. Forgot JJJ. I'd take him over Ja and maybe a few others if summer reports are promising.
  6. I'll need to do more research over the summer, but my board is beginning to look like: 1. James Harden 2. Giannis Antetokounmpo 3. Anthony Davis 4. Karl-Anthony Towns 5. Steph Curry 6. Kevin Durant 7. Nikola Jokic 8. Paul George 9. Damian Lillard 10. Joel Embiid 11. Bradley Beal 12. Andre Drummond 13. Rudy Gobert 14. Kyrie Irving 15. Kawhi Leonard 16. LeBron James 17. Nikola Vucevic 18. Trae Young 19. Kemba Walker 20. Jrue Holiday 21. Jimmy Butler 22. Devin Booker 23. Russell Westbrook 24. Mitchell Robinson 25. Luka Doncic 26. DeMarcus Cousins 27. Zion Williamson 28. DeAndre Ayton 29. Clint Capela 30. Myles Turner 30. Klay Thompson 31. Zach LaVine 32. D'Angelo Russell 33. John Collins 34. Chris Paul 35. Kevin Love 36. Robert Covington 37. Kristaps Porzingis 38. Lauri Markkanen 39. Blake Griffin 40. Ja Morant
  7. He's hit 178 of 205 free throws (86.8%) since the start of his Sophomore year and has a quicker release on three point attempts than Klay Thompson (0.73 seconds vs. 0.79 seconds). If he can maintain the high steal rate and find a way to see the court for about 28 minutes per game, we may have ourselves a top 50 player.
  8. I think he's implying the 3 point shooter would have the chance to set and shoot with no defenders. For comparison's sake, Steph hit 47/50 in practice one time in 2017. 2018 Randle taking a practice 3 vs 2018 Shaq in his TNT getup may be a coin flip. Still a strange analogy.
  9. Bell can choose to hold out until the Tuesday following Week 10 (Nov. 13) and still accrue the year toward free agency. The Steelers play the Panthers on Thursday Night Football in Week 10 (Nov. 8). Given the circumstances, the logical date to sign may be the day before (Nov. 7). The Steelers would likely hold him out of the following day's game and hope to have him ready for Week 11 in Jacksonville. This would likely cut his touches from approximately 400 (16 games) to approximately 175 (7 games). It's also possible James Conner proves good enough to also eat into that workload as well. Though, Bell would need to be willing to leave $7.695 million on the table to do this. If he does, Bell secures $6.840 million guaranteed for this season (not substantially far off from the $10 million guaranteed in the contract offer he was given this summer) and enters 2019 free agency with less than half the mileage he would have likely accumulated otherwise. In the absence of the possibility of injury during the final 7 weeks, the decision to hold out until November 7 appears to be a no brainer. Given the nature of the league and the fact that injury IS a possibility, this is certainly a gamble. I hope he holds out, kills it in the final 7 weeks, remains healthy, and lands a megadeal in the offseason.
  10. For what it's worth, foul trouble doesn't appear to be an issue for this guy. He averaged only 2 in 32 minutes per game during his time in the G League.
  11. Chicago Tribune: "It has been widely reported, including by the Tribune, that Mirotic would have to agree to a trade by virtue of the two-year deal with a team option he signed as a restricted free agent. That’s technically true — but only if the Bulls don’t pick up the second-year option before trading him. If the Bulls exercise the team option first, Mirotic no longer has veto power and can be traded anywhere that a deal is found. Thus, the Bulls are in the strong position of negotiating with teams with both options. They can dangle Mirotic as an expiring contract if that team doesn’t want the option exercised, although Mirotic would have to agree to be traded to that team in that case. Or they can shop him as a productive player on a manageable two-year, $27 million deal, with the Bulls picking up the option before the trade. In that case, that team also would get Bird rights on Mirotic when he becomes an unrestricted free agent in 2019." https://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/basketball/bulls/ct-spt-bulls-nikola-mirotic-trade-20171229-story,amp.html As a Bulls fan, I hope they keep him.
  12. Niko's value continues to climb every game and he has a no-trade clause in his contract. In what world would he approve a trade? This isn't a situation where an aging vet is looking to play for a Champion. This is a young guy (and former ACB League MVP) trying to prove a city wrong for doubting him while rebuilding his market value for his next contract negotiation, whether it's this summer or next. He's not going anywhere. Enjoy the ride.
  13. In his last 5 games, Isaac was averaging only 1.6 fouls per 36 minutes. I like dat.