Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Draft Lottery: Get Lucky!



The draft lottery is an exciting night when reality sets back in for most of last season’s shitty teams.  This is a deep draft, and any lottery pick is valuable this season, but the coveted slots are in the top three, where a team will ensure itself of landing either Andrew Wiggins, Jabari Parker, or Joel Embiid.

Who deserves one of these top three spots?  You don’t deserve a great player just because you managed to have a horrible season.  Sorry, Milwaukee, but I don’t want to see if Wiggins can somehow flourish as a Buck.  Just stay excited about The Greek Freak and hope that Dante Exum is the dark horse.  With those parameters in mind, we need Jabari Parker to go to Utah.  They deserve each other, and after being denied the ecstacy of Jimmer-Mania, Utah can’t afford to let Jabari slip past them.  Wherever Utah needs to pick to land Jabari, that’s what America should support.

Second, I hope New Orleans beats the odds and gets a top three pick.  New Orleans traded Nerlens Noel and their pick this year for Jrue Holiday.  They put minimal protection on that pick, so the only way New Orleans keeps it is if it wins one of the top three spots.  I’m almost convinced that New Orleans will pick the wrong player even if they have a top pick, but the fact of the matter is that Anthony Davis deserves better.  Put Wiggins with Davis and the Pelicans are a legit team (or they remain a random assortment of players with unmeshable skillsets…time will tell).  Without a first round pick, New Orleans can only improve in the offseason by putting HGH in Eric Gordon’s knee and pretending that Tyreke Evans can shoot and play defense.  Nobody likes superstars bouncing around, but Davis will be forced to leave New Orleans in a few years unless the Pelicans catch a break.  If Davis is playing, then New Orleans simply won’t be bad enough to get a top pick, and they will be left to late lottery and mid-first rounders.  Their recent history in that regard isn’t strong (Austin Rivers, Cole Aldrich, Darren Collison, and Julian Wright).  The Thunder landed Westbrook and Harden after drafting Durant.  Let’s hope the Pelicans are able to add someone meaningful to complement Davis.  The Spurs can’t last forever, and as the heir apparent to Duncan, Davis needs some structure and talent to help the Pelicans become the New Spurs.

I’d like to see the Celtics snag a top three pick, as well.  With potential for Rondo to have a bounce back season now that he’s farther removed from his ACL tear, and Brad “Wild Man” Stevens at the helm, the Celtics figure to be ready to improve quickly with a marquee addition.  They also have all of the Nets’ draft picks through 2023, so they will be well-armed to avoid squandering a top-notch talent. 


One season of the Lakers sucking isn’t enough.  I’d rather see them languish another year or two before they return to championship form.  Plus, L.A. will bring in free agents easily, so they don’t need breaks through the draft too.  If New Orleans is unable to get a top pick, I’m a fan of Philly getting Wiggins and using the would-be Pelicans pick on Aaron Gordon, forming the greatest NBA Jam tandem of all-time. 

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Top 25



*previous rank in parentheses

1) Florida 29-2 (1)
top five wins: Kansas; Memphis(n); @ Tennessee; @Kentucky; Kentucky
losses: @Wisconsin; @Connecticut

2) Wichita State 34-0 (3)
top five wins: Brigham Young(n); @Saint Louis; Tennessee; @Indiana State; Indiana State(n)
losses: none

3) Arizona 28-3 (2)
top five wins: @San Diego State; Duke(n); @Michigan; @UCLA; Oregon
losses: @California; @Arizona State; @Oregon

4) Louisville 26-5 (11)
top five wins: Southern Methodist; @Connecticut; @Cincinnati; @Southern Methodist; Connecticut
losses: North Carolina(n); @Kentucky; Memphis; Cincinnati; @Memphis

5) Syracuse 27-4 (4)
top five wins: Villanova; North Carolina; Pittsburgh; Duke; @Pittsburgh
losses: Boston College; @Duke; @Virginia; Georgia Tech

6) Michigan 23-7 (8)
top five wins: @Wisconsin; Iowa; @Michigan State; @Ohio State; Michigan State
losses: @Iowa State; Charlotte(n); @Duke; Arizona; @Indiana; @Iowa; Wisconsin

7) Duke 24-7 (5)
top five wins: Michigan; UCLA(n); Virginia; Syracuse; North Carolina
losses: Kansas(n); Arizona(n); @Notre Dame; @Clemson; @Syracuse; @North Carolina; @Wake Forest

8) Wisconsin 25-6 (6)
top five wins: Florida; Saint Louis(n); @Virginia; Michigan State; @Michigan
losses: @Indiana; Michigan; @Minnesota; Northwestern; Ohio State; @Nebraska

9) Villanova 28-3 (13)
top five wins: Kansas(n); Iowa(n); @St. John's; @Providence; @Xavier
losses: @Syracuse; Creighton; @Creighton

10) Virginia 25-6 (9)
top five wins: Southern Methodist(n); North Carolina; @Pittsburgh; @Clemson; Syracuse
losses: Virginia Commonwealth; Wisconsin; @Green Bay; @Tennessee; @Duke; @Maryland

11) San Diego State 27-3 (12)
top five wins: Creighton(n); Marquette(n); @Kansas; @UNLV; New Mexico
losses: Arizona; @Wyoming; @New Mexico

12) Kansas 23-8 (7)
top five wins: Duke(n); New Mexico(n); @Iowa State; Iowa State; Oklahoma
losses: Villanova(n); @Colorado; @Florida; San Diego State; @Texas; @Kansas State; @Oklahoma State; @West Virginia

13) Cincinnati 26-5 (14)
top five wins: Southern Methodist; @Memphis; @Louisville; Connecticut; Memphis
losses: @New Mexico; Xavier(n); @Southern Methodist; Louisville; @Connecticut

14) North Carolina 23-8 (10)
top five wins: Louisville(n); @Michigan State; Kentucky; Pittsburgh; Duke
losses: Belmont; @UAB; Texas; @Wake Forest; Miami; @Syracuse; @Virginia; @Duke

15) Iowa State 23-7 (15)
top five wins: Michigan; Iowa; Oklahoma; @Oklahoma State; Texas
losses: @Oklahoma; Kansas; @Texas; @Kansas; @West Virginia; @Kansas State; @Baylor

16) Michigan State 23-8 (16)
top five wins: Kentucky(n); Oklahoma(n); @Texas; Ohio State; @Iowa
losses: North Carolina; Michigan; Georgetown(n); @Wisconsin; Nebraska; @Michigan; Illinois; @Ohio State

17) Saint Louis 26-5 (18)
top five wins: Indiana State; @ St. Joseph's; Virginia Commonwealth; George Washington; @Massachusetts
losses: Wisconsin(n); Wichita State; Duquesne; @Virginia Commonwealth; Dayton

18) New Mexico 24-6 (20)
top five wins: Cincinnati; Marquette(n); Boise State; @UNLV; San Diego State
losses: Massachusetts(n); Kansas(n); New Mexico State; UNLV; @Boise State; @San Diego State

19) Oklahoma 23-8 (22)
top five wins: @Texas; Iowa State; @Oklahoma State; Kansas State; Texas
losses: Michigan State(n); Louisiana Tech; Kansas; @Kansas State; @Iowa State; @West Virginia; Texas Tech; @Kansas

20) Memphis 23-8 (23)
top five wins: Oklahoma State(n); @Louisville; Gonzaga; Louisville; Southern Methodist
losses: @Oklahoma State; Florida(n); Cincinnati; Connecticut; @Southern Methodist; @Connecticut; @Houston; @Cincinnati

21) Ohio State 23-8 (NR)
top five wins: Nebraska; @Wisconsin; @Iowa; Minnesota; Michigan State
losses: @Michigan State; Iowa; @Minnesota; @Nebraska; Penn State; Michigan; @Penn State; @Indiana

22) Creighton 24-6 (21)
top five wins: @St. Joseph's; Arizona State(n); California; @Villanova; Villanova
losses: San Diego State(n); George Washington(n); @Providence; @St. John's; @Xavier; @Georgetown

23) Connecticut 24-7 (17)
top five wins: Florida; Harvard; @Memphis; Memphis; Cincinnati
losses: Stanford; @Houston; @Southern Methodist; Louisville; @Cincinnati; Southern Methodist; @Louisville

24) Massachusetts 23-7 (NR)
top five wins: Nebraska(n); New Mexico(n); Brigham Young(n); @George Washington; Virginia Commonwealth
losses: Florida State(n); @Richmond; @St. Bonaventure; @St. Joseph's; George Mason; @Dayton; Saint Louis

25) Virginia Commonwealth 24-7 (NR)
top five wins: @Virginia; @Dayton; George Washington; Saint Louis; @Richmond
losses: Florida State(n); Georgetown(n); @Northern Iowa; @George Washington; @St. Joseph's; @Saint Louis; @Massachusetts

IN: Ohio State; Massachusetts; Virginia Commonwealth
OUT: UCLA; Iowa; Kentucky

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Top 25


*previous rank in parentheses

1) Florida 27-2 (1)
top five wins: Kansas; Memphis(n); Missouri; @ Tennessee; @Kentucky
losses: @Wisconsin; @Connecticut

2) Arizona 27-2 (2)
top five wins: @San Diego State; Duke(n); @Michigan; @UCLA; Arizona State
losses: @California; @Arizona State

3) Wichita State 31-0 (4)
top five wins: Brigham Young(n); @Saint Louis; Tennessee; Indiana State; @Indiana State
losses: none

4) Syracuse 26-3 (3)
top five wins: Villanova; North Carolina; Pittsburgh; Duke; @Pittsburgh
losses: Boston College; @Duke; @Virginia

5) Duke 23-6 (5)
top five wins: Michigan; UCLA(n); Virginia; @Pittsburgh; Syracuse
losses: Kansas(n); Arizona(n); @Notre Dame; @Clemson; @Syracuse; @North Carolina

6) Wisconsin 24-5 (8)
top five wins: Florida; Saint Louis(n); @Virginia; Michigan State; @Michigan
losses: @Indiana; Michigan; @Minnesota; Northwestern; Ohio State

7) Kansas 22-7 (6)
top five wins: Duke(n); New Mexico(n); @Iowa State; Iowa State; Oklahoma
losses: Villanova(n); @Colorado; @Florida; San Diego State; @Texas; @Kansas State; @Oklahoma State

8) Michigan 21-7 (9)
top five wins: @Wisconsin; Iowa; @Michigan State; @Ohio State; Michigan State
losses: @Iowa State; Charlotte(n); @Duke; Arizona; @Indiana; @Iowa; Wisconsin

9) Virginia 25-5 (15)
top five wins: Southern Methodist(n); North Carolina; @Pittsburgh; @Clemson; Syracuse
losses: Virginia Commonwealth; Wisconsin; @Green Bay; @Tennessee; @Duke

10) North Carolina 22-7 (16)
top five wins: Louisville(n); @Michigan State; Kentucky; Pittsburgh; Duke
losses: Belmont; @UAB; Texas; @Wake Forest; Miami; @Syracuse; @Virginia

11) Louisville 24-5 (7)
top five wins: Southern Miss; Western Kentucky; Southern Methodist; @Connecticut; @Cincinnati
losses: North Carolina(n); @Kentucky; Memphis; Cincinnati; @Memphis

12) San Diego State 23-3 (13)
top five wins: Creighton(n); Marquette(n); @Kansas; UNLV; @Boise State
losses: Arizona; @Wyoming; @New Mexico

13) Villanova 26-3 (19)
top five wins: Kansas(n); Iowa(n); @St. Joseph's; @St. John's; @Providence
losses: @Syracuse; Creighton; @Creighton

14) Cincinnati 24-5 (11)
top five wins: Pittsburgh(n); Southern Methodist; @Memphis; @Louisville; Connecticut
losses: @New Mexico; Xavier(n); @Southern Methodist; Louisville; @Connecticut

15) Iowa State 22-6 (14)
top five wins: Michigan; Iowa; Oklahoma; @Oklahoma State; Texas
losses: @Oklahoma; Kansas; @Texas; @Kansas; @West Virginia; @Kansas State

16) Michigan State 22-7 (10)
top five wins: Kentucky(n); Oklahoma(n); @Texas; Ohio State; @Iowa
losses: North Carolina; Michigan; Georgetown(n); @Wisconsin; Nebraska; @Michigan; Illinois

17) Connecticut 23-6 (23)
top five wins: Florida; Harvard; @Memphis; Memphis; Cincinnati
losses: Stanford; @Houston; @Southern Methodist; Louisville; @Cincinnati; Southern Methodist

18) Saint Louis 25-4 (12)
top five wins: Indiana State; Richmond; @ St. Joseph's; Virginia Commonwealth; George Washington
losses: Wisconsin(n); Wichita State; Duquesne; @Virginia Commonwealth

19) UCLA 22-7 (22)
top five wins: Arizona State; @Colorado; Stanford; California; @California
losses: @Missouri; Duke(n); Arizona; @Utah; @Oregon State; @Stanford; Oregon

20) New Mexico 23-5 (24)
top five wins: Cincinnati; Marquette(n); Boise State; @UNLV; San Diego State
losses: Massachusetts(n); Kansas(n); New Mexico State; UNLV; @Boise State

21) Creighton 23-5 (18)
top five wins: @St. Joseph's; Arizona State(n); California; @Villanova; Villanova
losses: San Diego State(n); George Washington(n); @Providence; @St. John's; @Xavier

22) Oklahoma 21-8 (25)
top five wins: @Texas; Iowa State; @Oklahoma State; Kansas State; Texas
losses: Michigan State(n); Louisiana Tech; Kansas; @Kansas State; @Iowa State; @West Virginia; Texas Tech; @Kansas

23) Memphis 22-7 (NR)
top five wins: LSU(n); Oklahoma State(n); @Louisville; Gonzaga; Louisville
losses: @Oklahoma State; Florida(n); Cincinnati; Connecticut; @Southern Methodist; @Connecticut; @Houston

24) Iowa 20-9 (20)
top five wins: Xavier(n); Nebraska; @Ohio State; Minnesota; Michigan
losses: Villanova(n); @Iowa State; @Wisconsin; @Michigan; Michigan State; Ohio State; Wisconsin; @Minnesota; @Indiana

25) Kentucky 21-8 (17)
top five wins: Providence(n); Louisville; Tennessee; @Missouri; LSU
losses: Michigan State(n); Baylor(n); @North Carolina; @Arkansas; @LSU; Florida; Arkansas; @South Carolina

IN: Memphis
OUT: Ohio State

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Top 25


1) Florida 25-2
top five wins: Kansas; Memphis(n); Missouri; @ Tennessee; @Kentucky
losses: @Wisconsin; @Connecticut

2) Arizona 25-2
top five wins: @San Diego State; Duke(n); @Michigan; @UCLA; Arizona State
losses: @California; @Arizona State

3) Syracuse 25-2
top five wins: Villanova; North Carolina; Pittsburgh; Duke; @Pittsburgh
losses: Boston College; @Duke

4) Wichita State 29-0
top five wins: Brigham Young(n); @Saint Louis; Tennessee; Indiana State; @Indiana State
losses: none

5) Duke 22-6
top five wins: Michigan; UCLA(n); Virginia; @Pittsburgh; Syracuse
losses: Kansas(n); Arizona(n); @Notre Dame; @Clemson; @Syracuse; @North Carolina

6) Kansas 21-6
top five wins: Duke(n); New Mexico(n); @Iowa State; Iowa State; Texas
losses: Villanova(n); @Colorado; @Florida; San Diego State; @Texas; @Kansas State

7) Louisville 23-4
top five wins: Southern Miss; Western Kentucky; Southern Methodist; @Connecticut; @Cincinnati
losses: North Carolina(n); @Kentucky; Memphis; Cincinnati

8) Wisconsin 22-5
top five wins: Florida; Saint Louis(n); @Virginia; Michigan State; @Michigan
losses: @Indiana; Michigan; @Minnesota; Northwestern; Ohio State

9) Michigan 19-7
top five wins: @Wisconsin; Iowa; @Michigan State; @Ohio State; Michigan State
losses: @Iowa State; Charlotte(n); @Duke; Arizona; @Indiana; @Iowa; Wisconsin

10) Michigan State 22-6
top five wins: Kentucky(n); Oklahoma(n); @Texas; Ohio State; @Iowa
losses: North Carolina; Michigan; Georgetown(n); @Wisconsin; Nebraska; @Michigan

11) Cincinnati 24-4
top five wins: Pittsburgh(n); Southern Methodist; @Memphis; @Louisville; Connecticut
losses: @New Mexico; Xavier(n); @Southern Methodist; Louisville

12) Saint Louis 25-2
top five wins: Indiana State; Richmond; @ St. Joseph's; Virginia Commonwealth; George Washington
losses: Wisconsin(n); Wichita State

13) San Diego State 23-3
top five wins: Creighton(n); Marquette(n); @Kansas; UNLV; @Boise State
losses: Arizona; @Wyoming; @New Mexico

14) Iowa State 21-5
top five wins: Michigan; Iowa; Oklahoma; @Oklahoma State; Texas
losses: @Oklahoma; Kansas; @Texas; @Kansas; @West Virginia

15) Virginia 23-5
top five wins: Southern Methodist(n); @North Carolina State; North Carolina; @Pittsburgh; @Clemson
losses: Virginia Commonwealth; Wisconsin; @Green Bay; @Tennessee; @Duke

16) North Carolina 20-7
top five wins: Louisville(n); @Michigan State; Kentucky; Pittsburgh; Duke
losses: Belmont; @UAB; Texas; @Wake Forest; Miami; @Syracuse; @Virginia

17) Kentucky 21-6
top five wins: Providence(n); Louisville; Tennessee; @Missouri; LSU
losses: Michigan State(n); Baylor(n); @North Carolina; @Arkansas; @LSU; Florida

18) Creighton 23-4
top five wins: @St. Joseph's; Arizona State(n); California; @Villanova; Villanova
losses: San Diego State(n); George Washington(n); @Providence; @St. John's

19) Villanova 24-3
top five wins: Kansas(n); Iowa(n); @St. Joseph's; @St. John's; @Providence
losses: @Syracuse; Creighton; @Creighton

20) Iowa 19-7
top five wins: Xavier(n); Nebraska; @Ohio State; Minnesota; Michigan
losses: Villanova(n); @Iowa State; @Wisconsin; @Michigan; Michigan State; Ohio State; Wisconsin

21) Ohio State 22-6
top five wins: @Marquette; Nebraska; @Wisconsin; @Iowa; Minnesota
losses: @Michigan State; Iowa; @Minnesota; @Nebraska; Penn State; Michigan

22) UCLA 21-6
top five wins: Arizona State; @Colorado; Stanford; California; @California
losses: @Missouri; Duke(n); Arizona; @Utah; @Oregon State; @Stanford

23) Connecticut 21-6
top five wins: Maryland(n); Florida; Harvard; @Memphis; Memphis
losses: Stanford; @Houston; @Southern Methodist; Louisville; @Cincinnati; Southern Methodist

24) New Mexico 21-5
top five wins: Cincinnati; Marquette(n); Boise State; @UNLV; San Diego State
losses: Massachusetts(n); Kansas(n); New Mexico State; UNLV; @Boise State

25) Oklahoma 20-7
top five wins: @Texas; Iowa State; @Baylor; @Oklahoma State; Kansas State
losses: Michigan State(n); Louisiana Tech; Kansas; @Kansas State; @Iowa State; @West Virginia; Texas Tech

Monday, November 11, 2013

2013-14 Preseason Conference Projections



AAC
1. Louisville
2. Connecticut
3. Memphis
4. Cincinnati
5. Temple
6. Houston
7. SMU
8. South Florida
9. Rutgers
10. Central Florida

All-AAC
Shabazz Napier, Connecticut [sr]
Russ Smith, Louisville [sr]
Sean Kilpatrick, Cincinnati [sr]
DeAndre Daniels, Connecticut [jr]
Montrezl Harrell, Louisville [soph]

Awards
Player of the Year: Russ Smith, Louisville
Top Defender: Russ Smith, Louisville
Best Freshman: Keith Frazier, SMU



ACC
1. Duke
2. Syracuse
3. Notre Dame
4. North Carolina
5. Virginia
6. Pittsburgh
7. Maryland
8. Georgia Tech
9. Boston College
10. Florida State
11. North Carolina State
12. Wake Forest
13. Miami
14. Clemson
15. Virginia Tech

All-ACC
Olivier Hanlan, Boston College [soph]
Joe Harris, Virginia [sr]
PJ Hairston, North Carolina [jr]
CJ Fair, Syracuse [sr]
James Michael McAdoo, North Carolina [jr]

Awards
Player of the Year: CJ Fair, Syracuse
Top Defender: Okaro White, Florida State
Best Freshman: Jabari Parker, Duke


Big East
1. Georgetown
2. Creighton
3. Marquette
4. St. John's
5. Villanova
6. Providence
7. Xavier
8. Seton Hall
9. DePaul
10. Butler

All-Big East
Bryce Cotton, Providence [sr]
D'Angelo Harrison, St. John's [jr]
JaKarr Sampson, St. John's [soph]
Doug McDermott, Creighton [sr]
Davante Gardner, Marquette [sr]

Awards
Player of the Year: Doug McDermott, Creighton
Top Defender: Chris Obekpa, St. John's
Best Freshman: JaJuan Johnson, Marquette


Big Ten
1. Michigan State
2. Ohio State
3. Michigan
4. Wisconsin
5. Iowa
6. Indiana
7. Minnesota
8. Purdue
9. Illinois
10. Penn State
11. Northwestern
12. Nebraska

All-Big Ten
Aaron Craft, Ohio State [sr]
Gary Harris, Michigan State [soph]
Glenn Robinson, Michigan [soph]
Mitch McGary, Michigan [soph]
AJ Hammons, Purdue [soph]

Awards
Player of the Year: Glenn Robinson, Michigan
Top Defender: Aaron Craft, Ohio State
Best Freshman: Noah Vonleh, Indiana


Big 12
1. Kansas
2. Oklahoma State
3. Baylor
4. Iowa State
5. Kansas State
6. Oklahoma
7. West Virginia
8. Texas
9. Texas Tech
10. TCU

All-Big 12
Marcus Smart, Oklahoma State [soph]
Markel Brown, Oklahoma State [sr]
Le'Bryan Nash, Oklahoma State [jr]
Cory Jefferson, Baylor [sr]
Isaiah Austin, Baylor [soph]

Awards
Player of the Year: Marcus Smart, Oklahoma State
Top Defender: Michael Cobbins, Oklahoma State
Best Freshman: Andrew Wiggins, Kansas


Pac-12
1. Arizona
2. UCLA
3. Colorado
4. Stanford
5. Oregon
6. California
7. Washington
8. Arizona State
9. USC
10. Oregon State
11. Utah
12. Washington State

All-Pac-12
Jahii Carson, Arizona State [soph]
Justin Cobbs, California [sr]
Spencer Dinwiddie, Colorado [jr]
CJ Wilcox, Washington [sr]
Dwight Powell, Stanford [sr]

Awards
Player of the Year: Jahii Carson, Arizona State
Top Defender: Josh Huestis, Stanford
Best Freshman: Aaron Gordon, Arizona


SEC
1. Kentucky
2. Florida
3. Tennessee
4. Alabama
5. LSU
6. Arkansas
7. Missouri
8. Vanderbilt
9. Mississippi
10. Georgia
11. Texas A&M
12. South Carolina
13. Auburn
14. Mississippi State

All-SEC
Trevor Releford, Alabama [sr]
Marshall Henderson, Mississippi [sr]
Jordan McRae, Tennessee [sr]
Jabari Brown, Missouri [jr]
Willie Cauley-Stein, Kentucky [soph]

Awards
Player of the Year: Willie Cauley-Stein, Kentucky
Top Defender: Willie Cauley-Stein, Kentucky
Best Freshman: Julius Randle, Kentucky