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Kibner
Oct 21, 2008

#1 Pelican Fan


https://theathletic.com/2409146/2021/02/24/zion-williamson-all-star-growth/?source=emp_shared_article

quote:

After registering 115 drives to the basket as a rookie, according to NBA.com, Williamson already has 310 drives this season. In February, the only true forwards who have more drives than him are Jimmy Butler (261), Ingram (181) and Jayson Tatum (169).

Putting the ball in his hands has opened the floor for his teammates and turned the Pelicans into a top-5 offense. Per NBA.com, he has scored at least one point on 74.8 percent of his drives this year. The only player with at least 250 drives this year who has produced more when attacking the basket is Washington’s Bradley Beal, who has generated points on 79.4 percent of his drives.

lmao

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morestuff
Aug 2, 2008

You can't stop what's coming


The Athletic is doing prospect rankings which are neat. Here's the top 10 if anyone is interested:

10. Fox
9. Morant
8. Ball
7. Young
6. Shai
5. Mitchell
4. Bam
3. Zion
2. Tatum
1. Luka

Paul Zuvella
Dec 7, 2011



Bam is almost 24 and already signed his 2nd contract, does that really still count as being a "prospect'?

morestuff
Aug 2, 2008

You can't stop what's coming


Paul Zuvella posted:

Bam is almost 24 and already signed his 2nd contract, does that really still count as being a "prospect'?

He's agreed to an extension but it doesn't kick in until next year. The article ranks all guys currently on their rookie deal

Jack's Flow
Jun 6, 2003

Life, friends, is boring


1. Luka
2. Zion
3. Tatum
4. Shai
5. Fox

The league is in a really good place. Lots of great young players.

MourningView
Sep 2, 2006


Is this Heaven?


Lockback posted:

I think he's mostly right that you probably get a better deal in the off-season and I don't think there is anyone they can use that on that would mean them getting to the ECF, much less further. It's still funny Ainge keeps trying these same tricks.

Not sure I agree that the offers are going to get way better when teams know they absolutely have to use to exception or lose it.

MourningView
Sep 2, 2006


Is this Heaven?


Jack's Flow posted:

1. Luka
2. Zion
3. Tatum
4. Shai
5. Fox

The league is in a really good place. Lots of great young players.

what is the argument for Fox being better than Mitchell or Trae?

I know why Sam has Tatum over Zion and it's defensible, especially when I'm sure he wrote most of it before Zion got unleashed as a pick and roll ball handler and started setting the league on fire but not sure it's gonna age well, as awesome as Tatum is.

MourningView fucked around with this message at 16:35 on Feb 25, 2021

Dexo
Aug 15, 2009

I been ballin' so damn hard I swear I think that I'm Coby


https://twitter.com/Elijah_Millsap/status/1364741923702005766

Stevie Lee
Oct 8, 2007


MourningView posted:

what is the argument for Fox being better than Mitchell or Trae?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bAwXFYu2Gug

Spacebump
Dec 23, 2003

Dallas Mavericks: Generations


Stats per 36 min:

Player A
25.9 PTS/4.9 REB/5.7 AST/1.0 STL/3.2 TO/.555 TS

Player B
25.2 PTS/5.4 REB/2.9 AST/1.4 STL/2.4 TO/.590 TS



Who is Player A and who is Player B?

MourningView
Sep 2, 2006


Is this Heaven?



it is a shame that Dunk Contest Winner Donovan Mitchell has never dunked before

Dexo
Aug 15, 2009

I been ballin' so damn hard I swear I think that I'm Coby


Spacebump posted:

Stats per 36 min:

Player A
25.9 PTS/4.9 REB/5.7 AST/1.0 STL/3.2 TO/.555 TS

Player B
25.2 PTS/5.4 REB/2.9 AST/1.4 STL/2.4 TO/.590 TS



Who is Player A and who is Player B?

A is Fox

I don't know who B is.

those loving assists numbers throw me off.

Stevie Lee
Oct 8, 2007


MourningView posted:

it is a shame that Dunk Contest Winner Donovan Mitchell has never dunked before

quite a shame indeed

IcePhoenix
Sep 18, 2005

Take me to your Shida





Spacebump posted:

Stats per 36 min:

Player A
25.9 PTS/4.9 REB/5.7 AST/1.0 STL/3.2 TO/.555 TS

Player B
25.2 PTS/5.4 REB/2.9 AST/1.4 STL/2.4 TO/.590 TS



Who is Player A and who is Player B?

I cheated but lmao

triple sulk
Sep 17, 2014





I dunno how I feel about this whole Lowry to Philly story or if I really even buy into it being an actual thing

MourningView
Sep 2, 2006


Is this Heaven?


Dexo posted:

A is Fox

I don't know who B is.

those loving assists numbers throw me off.

A is Mitchell and B is Clarkson but Clarkson is loving awesome this year so I'm not sure if it's supposed to be insulting to Mitchell somehow or what. Doesn't really change anything about him relative to Fox either.

Dexo
Aug 15, 2009

I been ballin' so damn hard I swear I think that I'm Coby


MourningView posted:

A is Mitchell and B is Clarkson but Clarkson is loving awesome this year so I'm not sure if it's supposed to be insulting to Mitchell somehow or what. Doesn't really change anything about him relative to Fox either.

boy I'm dumb. Yeah, Clarkson has been great, and should win the 6th man of the year award.


https://twitter.com/ChrisVernonShow/status/1364597194641317888

lmao Tony Allen.

MourningView
Sep 2, 2006


Is this Heaven?


You're not dumb Mitchell and Fox have pretty similar per 36s this year. Mitchell's career numbers are just better and his shooting is a lot more consistent year to year. Fox shot like 29% from 3 last year and was barely over 30% as a rookie. If he proves this year is real then I'd be more willing to consider the argument but I don't really see it now

Bashez
Jul 19, 2004



I still don't know how good the Spurs are.

They've squeaked out a record that's better than deserved but they also haven't had the team together basically at all.

WhyteRyce
Dec 30, 2001



MourningView posted:

You're not dumb Mitchell and Fox have pretty similar per 36s this year. Mitchell's career numbers are just better and his shooting is a lot more consistent year to year. Fox shot like 29% from 3 last year and was barely over 30% as a rookie. If he proves this year is real then I'd be more willing to consider the argument but I don't really see it now

I was actually surprised Fox's 36 were as close to Mitchells this year.

His 3pt% is up again to 35% this year. It was 37% his sophomore year which maybe tracks I guess because he's a very 4-7 or 2-8 boom or bust guy. I'd like to see it continue to improve, but in the short and medium term he's already forcing guys to go over screens now or play him up a little more. I'm more worried about his continually declining FT%

Doltos
Dec 28, 2005


Clarkson is the best contract in the NBA (next to Lebron

Declan MacManus
Sep 1, 2011

damn i'm really in this bitch




jesus christ

Spite
Jul 27, 2001

Small chance of that...



I always expect Ainge to end with the Andy-samberg-as-marky-mark "and say hello to your mother for me" when he starts getting snippy at reporters.

Dexo
Aug 15, 2009

I been ballin' so damn hard I swear I think that I'm Coby


https://twitter.com/_MarcusD3_/status/1364997373101973504

IcePhoenix
Sep 18, 2005

Take me to your Shida






Was that an airball or did it make it to the front of the rim

God the Wolves are so bad, I couldn't believe they sent it to OT last night

RCarr
Dec 24, 2007



IcePhoenix posted:

Was that an airball or did it make it to the front of the rim

It was a block

Bashez
Jul 19, 2004



Honestly the best defense in that situation is to be weird enough to distract them. A Mrs. Doubtfire impression is less energy than running out to the line.

kingcobweb
Apr 16, 2005

Tits and cooters, Mr Bond.


Bashez posted:

Honestly the best defense in that situation is to be weird enough to distract them. A Mrs. Doubtfire impression is less energy than running out to the line.

This is why Embiid's "ehh screw it" hand wave at the guy shooting was so effective. I can't find it, someone post it

creamcorn
Oct 26, 2007

automatic gun for fast, continuous firing



possessed by the spirit of boylen on that one. is luke kornet the slowest active nba player?

WhyteRyce
Dec 30, 2001



MJ living the dream
https://streamable.com/yeyts0

quote:

Kevin Garnett on MJ: “Whenever I see Jordan he palms my head and says, ‘Remember the game I gave you 40 in three quarters?’ And then he has this sidekick around him and he’s like, ‘Pull that [video] up.’ And then a guy goes and pulls it up! I’m like, ‘Who walks around with content? Like, tee it up.”

Can't wait to see MJ guest star on RLM or something and poo poo talk Space Jam 2

WhyteRyce fucked around with this message at 19:00 on Feb 25, 2021

jackofarcades
Sep 2, 2011

Okay, I'll admit it took me a bit to get into it... But I think I kinda love this!! I'm Spider-Man!! I'm actually Spider-Man!! HA!


KP is out again with back tightness, something he's never really had in his Mavs stay. One of three things is happening

1) he actually just has back tightness
2) he's gonna get traded
3) they decided that he needs some more rehab time and they're just covering it with back tightness

I'm suspicious because "back tightness" is what dennis smith jr had before he got traded

Spacebump
Dec 23, 2003

Dallas Mavericks: Generations


jackofarcades posted:

KP is out again with back tightness, something he's never really had in his Mavs stay. One of three things is happening

1) he actually just has back tightness
2) he's gonna get traded
3) they decided that he needs some more rehab time and they're just covering it with back tightness

I'm suspicious because "back tightness" is what dennis smith jr had before he got traded

Rondo had a “back injury” when he quit on Dallas in the playoffs.

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SunshineDanceParty
Feb 7, 2006

One Road. Two Friends. One Ass.


WhyteRyce posted:

MJ living the dream
https://streamable.com/yeyts0


Can't wait to see MJ guest star on RLM or something and poo poo talk Space Jam 2

That's basically that John Mulaney joke about celebrities living in entire different world like Mick Jagger just yelling Coke! and a coke would appear.

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