The Boards – Final Week

Volume 22
Number 4
2015-2016 Season

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The Final Week is here! Some positions are settled, and there are a few intriguing tussles… See who is hot and who is not in this edition of The Boards.

In the Fight for First, GFC holds a large 21 point lead on BnG. Suffice to say, the drama level here is of the garden variety and GFC should cruise to victory as GFC will have contributions from all their mainstays – barring a total collapse of course. It’s worth to note that BnG has a bit of nitrous in the tank and could have an eruption of sorts. Hence, netting a +21 point swing week is not completely impossible; but is a very long shot. Ink these two as they stand.

The Throw-Down for Third features ATM with a 10.1 point lead over MCB. Both ATM and MCB are limping to the line – so anything could happen given the high dosage non-principles that will be featured. ATM is on fumes and has only 3 games from 2 from starters; while MCB will feature ~7 games from 3 starters. Can the ATM bench perform one more week to stay within 10 points MCB? Four times this season the ATM-MCB margin has been +10, twice plus for ATM and twice plus for MCB. So stay tuned for this one!

Fisticuffs for Fifth nets to: Can NNN continue the solid late run; and can GAS stop the two-week-slide – which started when GAS was duking out for third. GAS is gassed and the last couple weeks are a reflection – hence expecting more of the same. Meanwhile, NNN can field a complete set of starters AND the team is rolling well. Projecting based on recent performances and current player availability; NNN should catch and pass GAS for the nickel. The natural drama of such a narrow margin is enough to make this intriguing, so stay tuned. Looking a bit more broadly…, should MCB have a total collapse the door opens –ever so narrowly– for either GAS (-14.4) or NNN (-17.2) to make a run at 4th.

Stealing Seventh starts with DCB, without LeBron, 5 games from starters and a 10½ point lead on MAC. Meanwhile in the mirror flashing high beams is MAC who is coming off their season best score and the Big Kahuna in W22 @43.48. MAC has something in the tank from everyone; thus the battle for 7th is definitely on. If DCB can post a 33.3, MAC will need a new season best. This should be interesting to watch.

Nine Ball, corner CMC has not toppled a 40 since week 1 thus has very long odds making up 20 points to catch MAC and BUC is no real threat despite only trailing 10.6 points. Short of a Zeus bolt or equivalent… notch ninth for CMC.

The Bottoms, No Bouts, No Doubts BUC’s long decent from grace will stop at 10th place. BUC started the season hot, but has posted 3 of the last 4 redlines. Early season success provided the 40 point protection – so no fall to 11th; ink finish at 10th. SEA’s rookie season is locked in 11th given 37+ point chasms in both directions. NYJ is 40 points away from 11th and is thus deservingly locked in 12th having been on hiatus since January.

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The Boards – Week 2

Volume 22
Number 3
2015-2016 Season

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Week 2

Now that week two is done, we can peak at some early deltas… but a bit early from trending. Let’s recap. GFC and BNG netted the only 40+ scores in W2, with GFC getting the Big Kahuna; while CMC and MAC took the only sub 30 scores, with the Big Red going to CMC. Everyone one else was 30 something.

The Green

GFC rolled in the same unit with a fill-in or two, and got solids from everyone – only 1 tank at 10 from Teague. The SFs were soft, but Dr. Green (53), Harden (50), and the committee 5 (48) were serious business and the produced the top score of the week, +4 in the standings, and first place.

GAS had a few injury responses to content with, and inserted Faried, thus a mixed lineup for W2. The result was a fairly steady posting netting average scoring with a small dent in the composite, but solid enough hold 2nd place…. (hmmm…)

NNN used a variety mix, including Rondo the resurgent, who led the team in W2; and Paul George making his first appearance after the leg… The reminder of the scoring was fairly average, and a close repeat of W1. BUT, the b2b steady scores resulted in +3 in the standings and 3rd place.

Blues

MCB had a sprinkling (4) game scores above 40, and 32 was the result — only Deng was benched, with Kanter and Smart displacing. Summarized, the injury responses and results were less than stellar and MCB went from 1st to 4th

ATM saw the wheels lose grip after benching Westbrook and Towns. Four inserts and 4 games scores below 17 tell the story! The W2 array was not a good mix, and ATM dropped 2 in the standings as a result. The starters fared well; the subs did not.

BNG had a slow W1 start, but got Cousins and UDFA Sullinger in the mix for W2. A couple dips from Ellis and Millsap, but otherwise, solid scores from the blend for +3 in the standings and 2nd highest post of the week.

BUC closed with average results in W2 – a stark improvement from a subpar W1, and improved a standings notch. Overall scoring was good, but pair of dozens from Clarkston was enough to make a meaningfully negative impact.

CMC sent Drummond to the bench, and it was all downhill from there. Monroe was the only bright spot whose lowest game score of 37 was 3.5 points better than the OTHER 12 game scores, which included 8 sub 30 scores. CMC was affected by injury… (hmm…) and the lineup was a blend of bad juju earning the Red Badge and dropping CMC 4 in the standings.

DCB swapped out 4 yielding average scoring. Numbers were relatively par plus a high-low-offset from Joe-J. Given the blend, this is a decent result to gain 2 places. Lawson was the lowlight at 22; while the rest represented to expectations. DCB gained 2 and exit The Bottoms.

The Bottoms

NYJ subbed Rose and was greeted with a 19 … for the week… by Parker and an 11pt game-score from Derrick W. in place of Kawhi… Spurs are having a way directly or by absence with this bunch. Leonard did have 2 nice games, Love was steady/good, but Wiggins and Al Jeff logged more subpar games than better. The result, NYJ dropped 3 and tops The Bottoms for W2.

SEA only had one direction to go from W1. Using the same crew (forwarded), SEA managed +10 better results. The overall output was average at 36 – but the improvement should be welcomed. SEA will continue to need the better versions of Conley, Randolph, and others to pitch-in and help Melo. We will have to stay tuned… (Goggles channel? tbd) when Beal returns or others are used to measure blended results.

MAC started off slow at 30 in W1 (unsurprising); but W2 was supposed to be better! Not the case, as a 28+ was logged sending MAC to The Bottom of The Bottoms. Injuries played a part and CP3 is yet to debut; but after two weeks the draft day trade and early selection of Butler have not panned out… yet. This should not be the picture long-term, but today… TBOTB go to The Magic, err, MAC.

The Boards – Week 1

Volume 22
Number 1
2015-2016 Season

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Week 1

The season is off to bang with a league composite of 35.4 and four 40+ scores. To put this is to frame, last season six times there were three teams with 40+ scores, and zero weeks with 4 teams; and there were 38 total 40+ scores all season. So, 4% into the season netted 10% of last season’s forty marks. On the other end, only the rookie — SEA — landed below the 30 mark. Last season had a full threesome in week 1. Bottom line — the gun is fired and the pace out the gate is fast!!!

Big Kahuna goes to MCB with mostly steady scoring and a pair of implodes/explodes. GAS ended up in the familiar position of second place. ATM rounded out the green with CMC less than a quarter-point behind as the 4th forty logger of the week. Too early to get into the blues and The Bottoms, but suffice — all not mentions are somewhere in there.

Player of the Week: Andre Drummond; Mentions: A. Davis, L. James, R. Westbrook, and B. Griffin.

Offensive PoW: Westbrook; mentions: Harden, James, Griffen, Lilliard

Defense: Drummond; mentions Davis, Whiteside, Millsap, Gobert

Busta: Mozgov; Mentions: Conley, Randolf, Aldridge, DeRozan

The Boards – Draft 2015-16 In Review

Volume 22
Number 1

2015


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Season Opener

Draft in Review
2015-2016 Season

The 2015-16 returns with 11 of last season’s 12 franchises and one new addition … thus another full-slate of 12. Now that the season is off and running, and it’s time for the season opening edition of The Boards… The Draft in Review.

During The Lottery, BUC stated he did not want the first selection… then it happened… BUC nabbed the pole. The draft ran right around 3 hours to complete 144 selections. NnN and NYJ braved the Houston tides to make it to TJC. GFC was forced to brave the journey as the tides took out Pearland Juice. MBC rolled in from down the street; while everyone else executed over cyberspace from yonder.

Starting from the top…

Bucks (BUC)

Slot : 1st

Michael

2014 Finish: 10th

BUC went against the grain of most pre-draft boards and passed on The Brow, and locked up last year’s MVP and world champion… Splash 1… Mr. Curry. Genius or sophomore screw-up… TBD, but it was an understandable selection – even though Curry was ranked closer to the 7th overall last year and 3rd amongst the dedicated PGs. But that was last year. For the rest, LaMarus and Gasol represented high value picks based on previous production. Aldridge’s new scene in SA may impact this year’s value, but at 24 and 25… this should be win-win picks. Gordan as the starter SF was a solid pick based previous production AND his trended projection is up. Clarkson, however, was a bit of a 4R reach per last year, and given the story lines in L.A… maybe 5R. JR Smith was the only other SG drafted as a par 10th rounder. Most of selections filled out the card filled out close to par. Jonas, Jabari (slight reach), and Lee (reach for now, value by EOY—TBD) should settle spells for the bigs. Dragic at the point is a good value selection as backup at 97th. Ariza and Nene both were high value picks per production.

All-in-all, the 2nd the squad has pop in the starters with the asterisk on LA in SA. The deuce is the primary area of concern however. The bench has a few candidates that could have starter-like contribution and rotations are manageable. The team should be in the mix, but may struggle to say in the hunt unless a bench-star emerges.


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Draft Grade: B-

Mo City Ballers (MBC)

Slot : 2nd

Ron

Previous Finish: 8th

The Brow at 2 […silence…] was a bit of a surprise, so value nab for last year’s #1. Wall at 23 and Gasol at 26 were both high-value picks given previous performance – call them steals even. There are some questions with Pau in New-Chi, but none in WAS. Splash 2 (Klay) was on par… however, Evans was another value pick… IF… he can return from injury and produce as last season… a bit of a risk, but it could pan out. MCB took some reaches with Crowder, Mirotic, and Smart. Each with upward trajectories – so if that pans out, MCB has the making of a contending squad if not… well… you know. Kanter, Deng, Lin may all have meaningful impact as value selections also.

All-in-all, MBC should be in the hunt deeper into the season if the projected trajectories hold or the value selections are values (versus declines); otherwise, the rotations may be hurtful.

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Draft Grade: A-

A-Team (ATM)

Slot : 3rd

Aaron

Previous Finish: 1st

ATM passed on the King!!! *what* … 3 of the last 4 seasons LBJ has been on the ATM, this time Westbrook got nod. The next two picks were reaches by last season’s production… DeRozan and Bledsoe filled out the backcourt, at the expense of high value players. TBD if that was a good move. Bosh was between par and value; but the big reach was on rookie Towns…. and the first ever ATM starter-rookie. The main bench selections were Markieff Morris (par) and G. Hill (value). This group should make-up ATMs starting group and rotation given the drafted flexibility…

ATM continued to reach, drafting rookie/1st year players Porzingis, Randle, and Hood – any of which can pan into something, or become fodder for the wire. Selections of Matthews and Thompson were value picks – but TBD if those general values will translate into usable FanHoops value.

All-in-all, a decent top 7-8 with flexibility. Not an overly scary unit unless one of the young-guns turns into a steal. Thus expect ATM to plot along in the middle with few highs. ATM will need to avoid too many lows and hope for slow-and-steady will be good enough.

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Draft Grade: C+

Gavin (GFC)

Slot : 4th

Gavin

Previous Finish: 10th

Overall GFCs selections were close to par per draft slot. The stormy weather blew in Harden for GFC as the first pick (note: always prioritize candidates!). Draymond Green and Whiteside where slight stretches, but both players have improving trajectories… and could be high values by EOY. Teague was a par 4th round value, but the 14th ranked PG. Rudy G rounded out the starter selection as value pick. The best valued pick looked to be B Lopez as he could have been taken as many as 2 rounds earlier. The remainder selections had few reaches: I. Thomas a bit early given the team’s temp scenario; Afflalo given last year’s production (but could trend up this year); and rookie D. Russell (only because he is a rookie and hadn’t shown many signs yet). On the flip side, Covington may prove to be a high value selection…or not – in either case, if Middleton (a decent value pick) doesn’t hold the rotations, Cov may be more required than a typical 12th rounder.

All in all, the starting group is decent, but a few things to watch. Hassan is not proven season-long starter… yet…is this the year… we know he can post big in spurts. If not, insert Lopez (good rotation there). Gay… can he stay healthy? If not, trouble, because depth is shaky at both forwards. Lastly, someone in the army of guards… including Reddick to the aforementioned, will need to help Harden and Teague on the switches… that may be a chore to get right on a regular basis.

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Draft Grade: C+

Cali M Club (CMC)

Slot : 5th

Mark

Previous Finish: 3rd

CMC welcomed Mr. Drummond to 1st round prominence… a minor stretch per last year, but his trend value is high, so the ends may justify the selection… TBD. The big reach/projection picks were on Oladipo (20th) and McCollum (53rd). Both will likely justify their selections, but CMC definitely pulled the trigger early to get the players desired…TBD. Rubio (44th) was a value pick but production, but durability has been an issue. Monroe (29th) was a solid par pick that may turn out to be a steal by EOY given local changes. The remainder picks were all stretches by value, but solid producers by history. Gallinari when healthy can soar; Morris on a new time may ascend as a starter; Williams has had moments; Mahinmi is a new starter; Ish Smith… TBD…; Mudiay has a ways to go, but the rook could blossom; and D. Grant seems to be Melo favorite in NYC, so anything is possible.

All in all, CMC has starting unit with explosiveness. Add solid depth for the required rotations; it’s a contending group. McCollum is an x-factor of the starting group… and of course health, which is the case for all – but a bit more so here. In the end, expect CMC to be in the green if the boys stay out of the M.A.S.H unit.

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Draft Grade: A-

Glass (GAS)

Slot : 6th

Gary

Previous Finish: 2nd

KD goes to GAS… not much to be said here, great player/selection. R Jackson (2nd pick, 19th overall) was a 3R reach by value, but there were a few of those for deuce eligible across many teams. Lillard (3rd) was a nice value selection. GAS reached a tiny bit with an affinity selection of Gorbert at 44 — who is expected to trend up. Faried rounded out the starters as slight reach. The bench started with Batum as a par-pick that should yield high-dividends. Noah at 7th – TBD on how this develops in New-Chi, but before the season ends, this may produce 3R steal-value. Ma-Plumlee was a little stretch… so TBD. The remainder selections were all high-value picks with decent production – so if any pan out, GAS will be in contention throughout… but each have their flags too. D-Will has a lot of guard help on his new team and is prone to injury – using him may be hair pulling; Young has been finding his way since making it to BKN – and also prone to injury; Jennings plays in a crowd and is prone to injury and already injured; Danny Green is in SA, and he is not one of the other future HoF’rs…

All in all, it’s a staring unit with pop… BUT… RJ is a first time true starter. Faried has tricked several into drafting him as a starter but Denver has not been a pillar of consistency with their bigs. Gorbert will get his first go as a fantasy starter; but unlike Denver, Utah is more settled. GAS could see some bumps; but the bench has a lot of very solid players – which should keep GAS in running.

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Draft Grade: B+

DC Ballers (DCB)

Slot : 7th

LeRonne

Previous Finish: 12th

King James falls to DCB at 7th! D. Jordan falls to 18th (steal)! Wade gets reached for at 34 for his positional value… an understandable selection. Duncan falls to 39th – which made sense with LA in SA. And to round out the starters, Lawson falls to 55th (a 2R steal by value). Onto the bench, Ibaka falls to 66th, Dirk falls to 79th, Joe J. falls to 90th. A couple of “par” picks in Jack (a steal if he trends up as the starter); and par 10th round selection of G. Vasquez, and another “value” pick of Barnes… Close it out with 9R steal of Holiday! The overarching theme is DCB drafted most players as value selections.

Summarized, DCB is depending on a quite a view seasoned players; which could go either way given NBA trends and why the majority of selections were values. If the values hold, DCB is in position to make some noise or quietly stay in the mix. On the other end, the age could turn into frustrations. Law of averages says somewhere in the middle which will land DCB in the same.


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Draft Grade: B-

B-n-G (BNG)

Slot : 8th

Barry

Previous Finish: 7th

BNG started the draft pretty hot, getting Cousins at 8th (a steal of the #3 player). Millsap and Favors came in at par, shoring up the starting bigs. Lowry at 41 and Irving at 56 were both 2R steals – but the jury is out on Irving materializing to the same value as a season ago; but it will provide a strong rotation after New Year. Ellis will try his skills with another team, thus TBD – but at a 65th selection – it’s a par pick at the 2; where most others have reached. Carrol and Hibbert were par selections at 80th and 89th. BNG followed up with a couple more steals in Wroten (2R) and B. Knight (4R). And as normal, BNG took a couple fliers on Stein and Stauskas.

Summary, loaded. BnG is looking like a return to contention is in the making this season.

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Draft Grade: A

Knicks Junky (NYJ)

Slot : 9th

Eddie

Previous Finish: 6th

NYJ welcomed Mr. Leonard to first round prominence at 9th (15th last year) followed by Love – both 1R stretched by value, but highly sensible given this year’s projections. Jefferson at 33 was a minor steal; while Wiggins was a 3R stretch with high progression expected; followed by Rose at 57th — a 2R stretch. The big starters look pretty good, but the question is can the backcourt can hold their own… TBD. The bench started off with a 4R stretch-selection of Schroder and a 1R leap with R. Lopez (obligatory Knick). O’Quinn was a 3R stretch while Korver and Parker were slight value picks—both aging. Flyer selections on D. Williams (2nd Knick) and Z. Lavine are long-shots — but at 129th and 136th – they are par values.

Summarized, the starting bigs need to carry the load. If Rose can stay on the court and produce, it will be a nice addition; but Wiggins will need to mature in a hurry to help out given the asterisks – starters and bench. NYJ should have some nice moments – but may also be riddled with as many frustrations going to the bench.

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Draft Grade: C

Ball So Hard (MAC)

Slot : 10th

Ken

Previous Finish: 5th

NYJ welcomed Mr. Butler to first round prominence at 10th and not to upset CP3, MAC still stole the 4th overall player at 15th!!! MAC traded up to get Nerlens – and still ended up with a 2R steal value at 42 to get Vucevic. Digging ORL, MAC chased up with T. Harris and E. Payton as par selections to round out the starters +1. The O. Potter selection was a 3R reach, but grabbing his WAS teammate Gortat was a 2R steal. The rest were value selections that could contribute. Allen was a par/value selection; Mo Williams was a bit of a steal for the now. Iguodala is a decent value pick and Fournier — another Magic—is a good value that provide some insurance or may start in the various ORL combinations.

All in all, MAC has a potent starter collection and decent rotations and insurance players. MAC should be in the running all season.

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Draft Grade: A

N-n-N (NNN)

Slot : 11th

Nelson

Previous Finish: 11th

NNN kicked off with Griffen and stayed in the zone. Paul George, back in the fold, just missed 1st round status at 14th… so the book is wide open on the value. Big Al-Ho, even in some decline – is a value at 35th. And the reach on The Greek Freak – is likely to provide dividends given progression projection. K. Walker at 59 is a steal to round off a strong starting group with flexibility. MCW at 62 is a good value pick, maybe even a steal — if he can stay on the court and have any positive progression; the same applies for Chandler at a 2R steal — with the same ifs. The rest of the selections can go either way; but given the flex in the roster, all NNN needs is 1 or 2 to get hot. Pope was a stretch pick, but worth it if he can trend up any. Rondo can be the major steal if he returns to 1st or 2nd round format… taken 107th. M. Turner at 110… A. Gordon at 131… and Aminu at 134 – are 10th through 12th picks that will struggle to get-in unless they blow-up (in a positive way) and climb the depth chart.

Summarized, NNN has assembled a contending machine and positioned the squad to capitalize on the bench.

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Draft Grade: A

Shark Bait (SEA)

Slot : 12th

Robert

Previous Finish: NA

SEA – aka Robert – aka Shark Bait – aka “The new guy” took Melo and Kobe at 12/13; then Howard and rookie J. Okafor at 36/37; then Bradley B. at 60 to complete the starters. Based on value, all the selections were in the range of par – except for the Rookie – value TBD. Zebo at 61 was the first value pick. Conley at 84 was the first PG selected, and fortunately, it was also high value coupled with a small reach on R. Anderson. The remainders of the selections were solid value picks. Mozgov at 108, Parsons at 109; Asik at 132 and Gordon 133 all represented 2-3R values – each with asterisks. The many decent individual picks; but overall roster lacked balance and existing the draft — no back-up point guard.

Summarized, SEA has to overcome some logistics and will struggle at times as a result. The 7th round selection of the starting PG was likely the best pick of their draft. However, the lack of the backup could hurt depending on their eventual remediation. And while SEA may get away their starting PF the 6th (ok… 5th +1); oft-injured 6th man R. Anderson was the only other PF eligible drafted. The logjam drafted at the 5 will likely prove some picks were wasted without a trade. In end, SEA will likely be in the bottoms – as most rookies – as they learn their way. SEA does have some decent players and will be able to have some good moments along the way; but the issues needing to be managed will also come at a price against a strong field.

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Draft Grade: D

The Boards – Week 23 – Final Countdown

Volume 21
Number 10
2014-2015 Season

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Control: Houston, do we have a go for countdown?
Houston: Confirmed, we are a Go for countdown. Control: All personal! Man your stations and prepare for The Countdown… initiating … now.

T-Minus 7 (Monday, April 6th, 2015)

Preview: Normally a NBA off day, but with the expanded All Star Break, but same season start and end dates, the weekly schedules are crowded. Instead of a day off for everyone, Portland finds their selves in Brooklyn taking on the Nets while Blue Devils and Badgers battle.

Summary: It was a good day for both BnG and NYJ and par for MCB. L.A. was M.I.A. for NnN and was scheduled.

Submission Scores

Tm

Pos

PlayerName

GameDesc

Slam

MCB

2

Johnson, Joe

Apr 6 POR@BKN

30.00

BnG

5

Lopez, Brook

Apr 6 POR@BKN

56.00

NYJ

1

Lillard, Damian

Apr 6 POR@BKN

44.50

Could-a Should-a’s, and So Glad I Didn’ts

Tm

Player

Slam

Game

ATM

Williams, Deron

57.00

vs. POR

MCB

Lopez, Robin

27.75

vs. BKN

BUC

Plumlee, Mason

19.75

vs. POR

DCB

Afflalo, Arron

18.00

vs. BKN

NnN

Jack, Jarrett

5.75

vs. POR

Dooh!! Maybe Next Year

Player

Slam

Game

Meyers Leonard (C)

49.25

vs BKN

CJ McCollum (PG/SG)

27.00

vs BKN

T-Minus 6 (Tuesday, April 7th, 2015)

Preview: The real kickoff for the final week begins! Barring DNPs now or later, the curtain fails tonight for Marcus Morris (CD), D-Wade (CD), and C-Paul (last game). Except for Markieff Morris (NYJ), all of the games are significant since BNG is virtually locked in 7th and is off tonight. Pregame NBA reports DCM out, while Gay should return. Millsap is reported out.

Summary: Gas applying pressure with big number from Green, while ATM starters underwhelm – Favors replaces Millsap. Paul closes well for CMC, but Davis outshines, and Rudy returns with a statement. GBCs crew made splashes also, but Al was not Big AL.

Submission Scores

Tm

Pos

Player

Game

Slam

CMC

4

Davis, Anthony

Apr 7 GSW@NOP

69.00

GFC

2

Martin, Kevin

Apr 7 MIN@SAC

63.75

GAS

3

Green, Draymond

Apr 7 GSW@NOP

60.50

MAC

1

Paul, Chris

Apr 7 LAL@LAC

56.25

GBC

1

Curry, Stephen

Apr 7 GSW@NOP

52.75

CMC

3

Gay, Rudy

Apr 7 MIN@SAC

50.50

DCB

4

Griffin, Blake

Apr 7 LAL@LAC

46.75

GBC

2

Evans, Tyreke

Apr 7 GSW@NOP

45.75

BUC

3

Leonard, Kawhi

Apr 7 SAS@OKC

37.00

DCB

3

Williams, Marvin

Apr 7 CHA@MIA

36.75

NYJ

4

Morris, Markieff

Apr 7 PHO@ATL

35.75

ATM

1

Westbrook, Russell

Apr 7 SAS@OKC

31.00

BUC

2

Wiggins, Andrew

Apr 7 MIN@SAC

31.00

BUC

5

Whiteside, Hassan

Apr 7 CHA@MIA

29.00

GBC

5

Horford, Al

Apr 7 PHO@ATL

26.50

DCB

2

Gordon, Eric

Apr 7 GSW@NOP

20.75

ATM

3

Morris, Marcus

Apr 7 PHO@ATL

20.25

GAS

2

Wade, Dwyane

Apr 7 CHA@MIA

17.50

MAC

2

Green, Daniel

Apr 7 SAS@OKC

15.50

GAS

4

Millsap, Paul

Apr 7 PHO@ATL

DNP

GAS

5

Cousins, DeMarcus

Apr 7 MIN@SAC

DNP

Could-a Should-a’s, and So Glad I Didn’ts

Tm

Player

Slam

Game

DCB

Bogut, Andrew

49.7500

vs. NOP

GFC

Dragic, Goran

46.2500

vs. CHA

GFC

Jordan, DeAndre

40.7500

vs. LAL

CMC

Redick, JJ

40.5000

vs. LAL

GAS

McCallum, Ray

37.7500

vs. MIN

MCB

Duncan, Tim

37.5000

vs. OKC

ATM

Henderson, Gerald

36.5000

vs. MIA

GAS

Clarkson, Jordan

34.5000

vs. LAC

BnG

Deng, Luol

33.7500

vs. CHA

BUC

Walker, Kemba

33.0000

vs. MIA

Dooh!! Maybe Next Year

Player

Slam

Game

Bismack Biyombo (PF)

52.5000

vs MIA

Zach LaVine (PG/SG)

51.5000

vs SAC

Omri Casspi (SF/PF)

45.0000

vs MIN

Mike Muscala (C)

43.2500

vs PHO

Derrick Williams (SF/PF)

34.2500

vs MIN

Tarik Black (PF/C)

34.0000

vs LAC

Ryan Anderson (SF/PF)

32.2500

vs GSW

Justin Hamilton (C)

32.0000

vs SAC

Cory Joseph (PG)

31.2500

vs OKC

Wednesday, April 8th, 2015

Preview: Wednesdays and Fridays are the BIG game days in the NBA; and tonight has the most games week with 51 games scheduled including the addition of DCM (DNP Tuesday) and Favors (Injury sub for Millsap). Pope (CD), Gortat, and Monroe will expire barring DNP scenarios.

 

Summary: ATM scored 3 of the bottom 7 scores and averaged 28.9 for the night, while GAS’s 4 games netted 35.4, and top honors for the night. Farid, Br. Lopez and James were the top scorers. There were also 16 free-agents scoring over 30.

Thursday, April 9th, 2015

Summary: 10 games tonight on the NBA games. The features were Green’s 48.25 and P. Gasol’s 47.5 in the battle for first. Mirotic’s 22.5 was not exactly what GBC was looking for, but Curry rolled out the top line, followed by LA.

Friday, April 10th, 2015

Summary: 46 Games, with Danillo breaking off a 73.25 for top honors. It was a good night for GBC, BnG, CMC and GAS all averaging 40 or more, while ATM’s 4 yield 34, MAC scraped the bottom with 23.9 over 5. There were 21 Free Agents the put in 30+ and 2 over forty. The race is getting thick, as GAS is making space at the top.

Saturday, April 11th, 2015

Summary: 23 Games with Curry at the top of the heap again. GAS netted 45.7 over 3, while ATM 37.9 over 2. The Free Agent crowd blew-up with some many NBA-sits. Seven (7) FAs went off for 40+, 2 over 50, and a 63 to top it off. Meanwhile, MAC, GBC, and GBC put in averages of 37.25, 35.25, and 32.37. Going into Sunday, it’s looking unsettled, but things are looking like GAS-ATM-GBC.

Sunday, April 12th, 2015

Summary: 29 close the show and Westbrook headlined the night with an 84.75 that sealed the deal for ATM! GAS could not get enough HP from the two late roster additions to stave off late ATM surge. CMC was gifted 3rd as GBC inexplicably took a zero leaving a different of 13 raw points between 3rd and 4th… 77 free agents played today, 66 averaged 13 points or better. BUC escaped The Bottoms as the only other place change.

 

Team

Slam

A-Team

12965.75

Glass

12928.50

Cali M Club

12538.75

GBockers

12525.25

BallSoHard

12348.25

Knicks Junky

11890.00

B-n-G

11628.50

Mo City Ballers

11201.50

Bucks

11199.50

GF Crew

11157.25

N-n-N

11037.25

DC Ballers

10922.25

The Boards – Week 23 – Final Week Preview

Volume 21
Number x
2014-2015 Season

The Boards

 

The Irregular Publication of Hoopstaz Online

 

 

 

It’s finally here, for some – a relief… no more lineups… and for others the tension mounts… As we close the regular season, half the spots are unsettled… so here we go!

First / Second The battle for first remains a tussle between ATM and GAS going into week W23. For both, W22 had highs but more lows, and both will try to forget it. The gap is 5½ points in favor of ATM, and The Crowning is all to be settled here in W32! ATM will turn to main group with a couple inserts of Pope and Morris for 1 game each. Westbrook, Harris, and Gasol are scheduled for three each, while LeBron and Bledsoe have two apiece. Meanwhile GAS limps into W23 rested up but with bruises reverting to alternates for a Hail Mary. In the GAS backcourt, Clarkson debuts as a starter on place of Lawson; and Ish-Smith will debut for 2 in place of Wade, while Wade plays himself for one. Millsap is submit at the 4, but is reportedly ruled out at least the next 2 games, so expect dose of Favors-Fav or a UFA – Atl does have 4 games this week. Lastly, Green is in for 3 (of 3) and Cousins for 3 (of 4). The extra game for DMC could be large if is misses any more time, while any missed time from Green will send GAS could have an impact (AI or UFA) . Summed up, it should be a nail-biter to the end on Sunday with Westbrook, Cousins, and Clarkston (plus any late subs) to close it out!

Disclaimer: GBC @ 19 and 24 points behind 2nd and 1st respectively is still in “miracle range” of ATM and/or GAS should either implode and GBC explode.

Third / Fourth / Fifth Sometimes slow and steady wins the race… and sometime it yields 3rd place. GBC has been steady the last three weeks and fending off third place, even with CMC getting the Kahuna (not Big) in W22. GBC will roll more of the same crew in W23, so it is reasonable to believe GBC will likely cruise to 3rd given their 8 point cushion and the groups’ bests’ and worsts’ over the same period. Fourth and fifth are fractions apart, hence this will come down to the wire and decided by the replacements… he that yield the bests fruits. But going into it, flip a coin.

Sixth As stated prior… “The #3 slot for the Bonus Season can be hand out now.”

Seventh BNG, after tanking in W20, posted solid W21 and W22 lines and has cement their position at 7th given +17 lead on MCB.

Eighth / Ninth MCB has not been very successful at stabilizing their lineup and have slipped further. Now MCB has to battle GFC to determine who lands the 8th and falls to 9th or beyond. MCB will need Superman to save the day to hold 8, avoid 9th and keep The Bottoms from ups and grabbing MCB … as in 10th.

The Bottoms (Tenth / Eleventh / Twelfth) BUC remains relativity consistent of late and is only 5 points behind 9th with a real chance to exit The Bottoms for a finale. Since W13 BUC has outscored MCB by more than 5 only once since W13 –BUC’s likely target remains somewhere in The Bottoms, but it will be interesting to follow. NNN had solid W20 and W21 lines, but feel off in W22 and sits 5 behind BUC. Rest is not an issue for BUC or NNN; so the question is can NNN close with +5 points of separation from BUC to ascend. Recent history suggests that +5 on BUC will be difficult for NNN. Lastly, there is DCB – a group that has not managed a score over 33 since W12. Simply put, not enough fire power from to close +6 on NNN while without help or an NNN implosion. It’s definitely within range, but DCBs top-end was long ago in W10 & W11 at ~38.

The Boards – Week 21 – The Countdown

Volume 21
Number 8
2014-2015 Season

The Boards

 

The Irregular Publication of Hoopstaz Online

 

 

 

Three-Two-One, the countdown has begun! As the league prepares for week 21 and the final 45 games, here is the preview of what is in store…

First / Second

The battle for first remains a tussle between ATM and GAS. In week W20, ATM turned to the main group for all 5 positions – a site not seen since week 5. While W20 was good for ATM, it did not work out as planned as Harris blew a tire (again) and ATM reverted to a mid-week move of Adams that paid off as ATM netted the Big Kahuna and widened the lead. On the flip side, if Harris is shelved long-term, ATM will need to revert to Mr. X to fill in, which creates some jeopardy as ATM still must come-up with 8 meaningful inserts, plus 9 from the mystery-man of the week. Meanwhile for GAS, only Lawson (3) and Favors (1) need downtime; and Cousins’ durability concerns can be somewhat offset with Gobert’s production. Thus for GAS to close in the final 45, the production the principles and 4 inserts will be the tale of the tape. Additionally, GAS cannot have any more W20s, as GAS was only team to have a meaningful negative hit to their composite (-0.20).

Third / Fourth / Fifth

2nd and 3rd are separated by ~20 points, thus it is definitely in range — if GAS pulls a Goggles Pizano (Google it if you are too young to get it) over the last 45. However, if GAS can maintain their composite, it will require trailers to average in excess of 44 over the next 45. Hence, we’ll error on the side of the next battle being for 3 thru 5… AKA the last Money Spot, the Bonus Season Pole and # 2 pick. MAC kicked up the composite +0.31 in W20, but can they maintain the surge over the next 45? They have some concerns, Ruuu-beee-ooooh (Rubio… hurt?) and CP3 is all about clipped (2) – while everyone else is good to go. Ilyasova may have resolved the bleeding at the 3, so production, 2 switches, and Rubio (or other) will tell their story. CMC went the other direction in W20 after coming of a Big Kahuna in W19. The Whammy was waiting in the tunnels shooting at Davis, Jones, and Lowry in W20. The composite change for CMC in W20 was flat, which is not bad news per ce, but disappointing after a stellar W19. Thus for CMC the final 45 will be all about getting production from anyone that is not injured, as only M. Gasol needs a squat (1). GBC’s string of relatively flat scores continued in W20. In contrast to CMC this is good news since GBC holds 3rd place; however, MAC is pressing and is only a couple points behind! The objects in the mirror may be closer than they appear! Looking forward, Drummond (3) and Evans (1) are the required squats, so GBC primarily has to calculate The Who for 4 games and the rest will be about production. The Law of Averages, if it holds, should favor GBC for the final money spot… but… it only takes one big week to blow that up. Collectively, the battle within this trio will be interesting. GBC has redlined and posted as high as 47. CMC has 1 redline and 3 Big Kahunas including W19. MAC has no redlines and no Big Kahunas albeit several Kahuna runner-ups. Thus all three slots are really up for grabs… And 1 and 2 are not completely out of reach either.

Sixth stands alone in the middle of The Chasm… still (NYJ). The #3 slot for the Bonus Season can be hand out now. W20 posted at composite and their best since week 14.

Seventh / Eighth / Ninth

The race for bragging rights, self-esteem and of course Bonus Season positions continues here. MCB has been on a downward trajectory for a while; and Duncan is down to 5 of 9 games remaining. After showing some signs of recovery in W19, W20 must be a letdown for MCB. BNG’s Love has 6 of 9 games left, which is the good news; the bad news is BNG got the redline in W20. If it’s any consolation, it was the highest redline this season. GFC started the first 3 weeks of the season with redlines. Now going into W20, GFCs first three picks are kaput… Jordan and Ibaka are emptied and Durant is shutdown. Dragic has 1 sit remaining; thus for GFC the key challenge will be to avoid finishing as they started — with no Durant and other friends. Summarized, for this collection production will be the key over rotations. GFC is the most exposed and the most likely to fall into The Bottoms if BUC continues their charge… this is a 50/50 ball.

The Bottoms (Tenth / Eleventh / Twelfth)

Nine points separate The Bottoms from The Blues, and there is opportunity to escape for one. BUC has been the top performer of the bottom 6 teams over the last month or so, despite a down W20. BUC has only Wall (2) to sit with a decent backup, so if it’s down to production, BUC could land anywhere between 7th and 10th if they can maintain the pace of the last few weeks. DCB, like the other bottom 6 – has been floating regular low thirties. To compound matters, DCB has some rest to deal with as well. Young has 4 squats while Monroe has 3; but Al and Blake are around… so no rotation issues for Greg, but no production improvements expected either. DCB is likely going to maintain near their current run-rate and land in 11th or 12th… our gamble is 11th. NnN was the low in W19 (5th time) but in W20 NNN posted their third best line of the season. NnNs previous high-scores were both followed by 20-somethings, so the pattern could be a problem. There is no reason to expect major deviation NNN results given the same core and 2 squats for Ellis; and L.A. may miss some time also. Summarized, BUC is prosed to press and to get out of The Bottoms and shoot for as high as 7th… this would be at the expense of someone (GFC?); while NNN will struggle to escape… and DCB will try to avoid…The Bottom of The Bottoms.