2017 World Series Preview and Prediction

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AL Champion Houston Astros vs. NL Champion Los Angeles Dodgers (-165)

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The 2017 World Series is set to kick off on Tuesday, October 24th and will feature a powerhouse matchup of two 100 win teams that both have star power in their starting pitching and in their lineups. The Houston Astros defeated the Red Sox in the ALDS and Yankees in the ALCS to reach their first World Series since 2005 and second overall. The Dodgers defeated the Diamondbacks in the NLDS and the defending champion Cubs in the NLCS to reach their first World Series since 1988.

The Astros got off to a flaming hot start in the first half of the season and it looked like they were going to run away with the American League regular season crown. However, they started slumping in August and it was a last second (literally 2 seconds) deadline acquisition of Justin Verlander on August 31st that turned their season around. Verlander was lights out in September and a crucial part of Houston’s postseason run with dominant performances in the playoffs. Meanwhile, AL MVP favorite Jose Altuve has been a monster throughout this postseason run as well, making his case for the best player in the American League this season. The Astros lineup isn’t limited to Altuve, however. Carlos Correa, Marwin Gonzalez, and Evan Gattis all have the ability to hit home runs and and come up with clutch RBIs. While the lineup is not in question, the pitching might be after aces Verlander and Keuchel. Lance McCullers has not been great as a starter but lights out in the bullpen. If Houston has to rely on Brad Peacock and Charlie Morton for multiple starts in this series, that may be trouble against the Dodgers vaunted lineup.

For Los Angeles, the biggest narrative in this series will be the performance of Clayton Kershaw. Known as the best regular season pitcher in the game today, Kershaw’s postseason career has been very shaky. He’ll finally have a chance to silence the haters with one or two dominant starts in the World Series. Yu Darvish, a deadline acquisition from Texas, will play a key part in this series as well. If he can maintain his dominance in this postseason, the Dodgers have a deadly one two punch to match up with Keuchel and Verlander. Kenley Jansen is the best closer in the game as well, so getting to the ninth with a lead is a done deal for Los Angeles. A big question mark for the offense is the availability of Corey Seager. The All Star shortstop is a big part of the lineup and missed the NLCS with an injury. It is currently uncertain if he will play in the World Series. However, the Dodgers have plenty of weapons on offense in his absence. Justin Turner, Cody Bellinger, and Yasiel Puig are all capable of monster nights at the plate.

Although I think this will be a good matchup with some close games, the Dodgers have been the best team in baseball all year. They are loaded front to back with pitching and offense, and have incredible depth which makes them so hard to beat. I think Los Angeles wins this series in 6 games.

Let me know what your predictions are in the comments down below.

Thanks,
Jeff

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2017-18 NBA Preview and Predictions

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Without a doubt the biggest story line of the season will be the blockbuster trade that sent All-Star Cavalier point guard Kyrie Irving from Cleveland to Boston in exchange for Isaiah Thomas, Jae Crowder, and the Nets 2018 first round pick. The Celtics have completely revamped themselves, returning just 4 starters from last year’s team and acquiring Gordon Hayward in free agency to play alongside Isaiah Thomas. The Celtics have looked impressive in the preseason, going 4-0 leading up to a matchup with Cleveland to open the NBA season on Tuesday. A major key to the Celtics success will be the performance of the two young, high draft pick forwards on the team: Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum. Both have shown a lot of promise and will have the chance to prove it this year. Meanwhile, things in Cleveland may get interesting if newcomers Isaiah Thomas, Dwayne Wade, and Jae Crowder don’t perform well during Lebron’s potential final season with the Cavaliers.

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Despite winning the NBA championship for the second time in 3 years, the whispers are once again there for the Golden State Warriors: Could they be even better this year? Golden State won 67, 73, and 67 games during the last three years en route to 3 straight Western Conference titles. However, with a healthy Kevin Durant that has plenty of potential to improve on his first season with the Warriors, in addition to re-signing Iguodala, adding Nick Young, and adding Omri Casspi, the Warriors are locked and loaded yet again. Draymond Green has already come out and said that nobody else has a chance this year, and that may be hard to argue if this team stays healthy and plays up to its potential. What is the ceiling for this team? We’ll have to wait and see how things unfold in order to know for sure.

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Last year, the story was all about Russell Westbrook’s triple double chase as a one man wrecking crew that single handedly led OKC to the playoffs and picked up his first career MVP award. Now, with the additions of Paul George and Carmelo Anthony, Westbrook will be looking for more than just personal accolades this year: he believes this team can compete in the West. The Thunder made the playoffs as a 6 seed last year, so adding two great playmakers certainly gives them a chance to be in the Top 4 despite an extremely competitive West. Paul Pierce’s bold prediction this season was that the Thunder would go all the way to a championship. It will certainly be a good test for coach Billy Donovan to manage the 3 All-Star players and maximize their abilities to make a deep playoff run.

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Another very interesting storyline to follow this year will be James Harden and Chris Paul’s co-existence in Houston. If everything works out well, Houston will be able to keep one of the two on the floor at all times and maximize scoring potential from two of the best guards in the league. However, if things backfire then an aging Chris Paul will miss time with injury and the two guards will run a one dimensional team and have far more turnovers than is acceptable. Much like the Oklahoma City Thunder, the Rockets have a chance to be really good if they figure out the chemistry between the current and new stars on the team.

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After one of the most hyped up draft classes in recent memory, the performance of the top rookies will certainly be something to watch this year. Philadelphia technically has two rookies who were both #1 overall picks in Ben Simmons and Markelle Fultz. The expectations are so high for these guys that many people are saying the Sixers have a shot at the playoffs. Then there is Lonzo Ball on the Lakers. Known almost as much for his father’s off the court antics, Lonzo is a phenomenal on the court talent as well. His passing is already approaching elite levels, but the concern has always been his jump shot mechanics. Finally, Jayson Tatum of the Celtics is the only Top 3 pick to actually be drafted by a winning team. He won’t have to do as much as Fultz and Ball, but his role could be extremely important on a team with championship aspirations.

PREDICTIONS

EAST
#1 Boston Celtics
#2 Cleveland Cavaliers
#3 Washington Wizards
#4 Toronto Raptors
#5 Miami Heat
#6 Milwaukee Bucks
#7 Charlotte Hornets
#8 Detroit Pistons

WEST
#1 Golden State Warriors
#2 Oklahoma City Thunder
#3 Houston Rockets
#4 San Antonio Spurs
#5 Minnesota Timberwolves
#6 New Orleans Pelicans
#7 Denver Nuggets
#8 Los Angeles Clippers

Coach of the Year: Tom Thibodeau (MIN)
Rookie of the Year: Ben Simmons (PHI)
Defensive Player of the Year: Kawhi Leonard (SAS)
MVP: Kyrie Irving (BOS)

CHAMPIONSHIP
WARRIORS DEFEAT CELTICS IN 6 GAMES

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2017 MLB Conference Series Preview and Predictions

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WC New York Yankees @ #2 Houston Astros (-180)

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After coming back from down 0-2 against Cleveland in the ALDS, the surprising New York Yankees have advanced to take on the Houston Astros. Houston was firing on all cylinders in their ALDS win against the Red Sox. Justin Verlander and Dallas Keuchel led the way with some impressive starts while Jose Altuve hit 0.553 including a 3 home run game to pace the offense. In addition to Altuve, the Houston offense is loaded with weapons like Carlos Correa, Marwin Gonzalez, Carlos Beltran, and Josh Reddick.

On the Yankees side, Didi Gregorius was the hero in Game 5 of the ALDS with a two home run game. However, Aaron Judge, who struck out 15 times in the ALDS, will have to return to his MVP type form to help Gary Sanchez and the rest of the Yankees lineup put up some runs against a great Houston pitching staff. Severino will look to improve on his last postseason start after getting blown up in the wild card game. The Yankees bullpen has been a major strength so don’t be surprised if starters get pulled early.

Overall, I think this is going to be a really close series. I think Houston is just a little bit better, and with the homefield advantage I’m going to go Astros in 7.

 

#3 Chicago Cubs at #1 Los Angeles Dodgers (-180)

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After disposing of the Diamondbacks fairly easily, the Dodgers roll into the NLCS looking to finally break through and win the NL pennant. The key to their success in this series will be the team’s best player on each side of the ball. Clayton Kershaw, who gave up 4 earned runs in 6.1 innings in the NLDS, has been very mediocre in his postseason career and will once again have the chance to prove himself in this series. However, if Kershaw does struggle again, Dodgers fans will feel comfortable knowing that Yu Darvish could also pitch twice in this series if necessary. Darvish tossed 5 innings giving up only 2 hits with 7 strikeouts in the clinching Game 3 victory of the NLDS. After a struggling start in his first two games, rookie sensation Cody Bellinger broke through in Game 3 and will look to keep rolling as he enters his second postseason series.

On the other end of this series will be a familiar foe – the Chicago Cubs advanced to the NLCS after defeating the Washington Nationals in 5 games to set up a rematch of the 2016 NLCS which the Cubs won in 6 games and went on to win the World Series. The Cubs bring back largely the same team as last year’s squad, which means there is plenty of postseason experience on the roster. Young guns Anthony Rizzo and Kris Bryant lead the offense while veterans Jake Arrieta, Kyle Hendricks, and Jon Lester anchor the pitching staff. Manager Joe Maddon will be going for his 3rd pennant after winning the 2008 AL pennant and also last year’s NL pennant with the Cubs.

Many people are wondering if this is the year the Dodgers finally break through after falling short in the NLCS multiple times in recent years. Although they had the best record in the majors this year, they showed vulnerabilities late in the season and I think the Cubs are playing great baseball at the right time. Chicago wins in 6 games.

Let me know your predictions in the comments down below.

-Jeff

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2017 MLB Division Series Preview and Predictions

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The Wild Card games are in the books so it’s officially time to look at the upcoming matchups for the 2017 ALDS and NLDS. Here are my previews and predictions for the upcoming MLB Division playoff series.

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WC New York Yankees vs. #1 Cleveland Indians (-220)

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After defeating the Minnesota Twins in the AL Wild Card game, the New York Yankees will travel to Cleveland to take on the AL Central champion Indians. The Yankees are fueled by a group of young studs who are experiencing the postseason for the first time. AL Rookie of the Year and MVP candidate Aaron Judge has been on fire since August, and catcher Gary Sanchez is a power bat in the middle of the lineup. Luis Severino put together a Cy Young caliber season, although lack of postseason experience may have hurt him in the Wild Card game since he only lasted 1/3 of an inning. The Yankees do, however, have a pitcher with a ton of postseason experience in CC Sabathia, who put together a solid year once again. The bullpen is a major strength for New York, but they will need to get production out of starters such as Sonny Gray and Jamie Garcia, who were acquired at the deadline, in order to have a chance in this series.

Meanwhile, the Cleveland Indians are firing on all cylinders. They have a formidable lineup that features Francisco Lindor, Jose Ramirez, and Edwin Encarnacion. They have a lights out pitching staff led by Corey Kluber and Carlos Carrasco. Manager Terry Francona has plenty of postseason experience and success under his belt. On top of that, the Indians have extra motivation to get back to the World Series after falling just short in Game 7 last year. I think they will have no problem with the Yankees and Cleveland will sweep to advance to the ALCS.

#3 Boston Red Sox vs. #2 Houston Astros (-165)

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There will be many familiar faces in this one as the Red Sox and Astros will square off in the ALDS just four days after a four game series to wrap up the regular season. Houston got off to an extremely impressive start at the beginning of the year and looked to be running away with the best record in the AL. However, a slump and injuries in the middle of the season slowed them down while the red hot Indians surged in the final two months to grab the #1 seed. Despite playing .500 ball for a good stretch in the middle of the season, the Astros still managed to reach 100 wins and bolstered their pitching staff with the addition of Justin Verlander at the end of August. Their lineup is full of firepower with George Springer leading off and the likes of MVP candidate Jose Altuve, Carlos Correa, Marwin Gonzalez, and Yuli Gurriel to follow. The biggest question mark for them will be what to expect out of Lance McCullers, who started the season as the #2 behind Dallas Keuchel but has looked mediocre since coming off the DL a month or so ago.

On the other end, the Boston Red Sox have been fairly consistent all season long en route to the first back to back AL East titles in franchise history. Last year Boston relied on the pitching of Cy Young winner Rick Porcello, the offensive production of David Ortiz, and the performance of MVP runner up Mookie Betts. This year has been a different story. Ortiz has retired and Porcello lead the Majors in losses. However, newcomer Chris Sale stepped right in and dominated all year long while becoming the first AL pitcher since Pedro Martinez to top 300 strikeouts. The emergence of Drew Pomeranz has also been a significant boost for a Sox pitching staff that was among the best in the Majors this year.

I think this will be a hard fought series. The Red Sox have a slight advantage with the pitching staff mainly due to the strength of their bullpen which will feature David Price and Craig Kimbrel. However, Houston’s offense is significantly better than Boston’s which will be the difference as the Astros win in 4 games.

 

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WC Arizona Diamondbacks vs. #1 Los Angeles Dodgers (-270)

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After defeating divisional opponent Colorado in the NL Wild Card game, the Diamondbacks will stay in the NL West and advance to face the #1 overall seed in the MLB Los Angeles Dodgers. First year manager Torey Lovullo has done an outstanding job turning the Diamondbacks around this year. Arizona is an extremely talented team, led by MVP candidate Paul Goldschmidt and Jake Lamb in the lineup. Zack Greinke and Robbie Ray have also had outstanding seasons on the Arizona Diamondbacks pitching staff. However, the team is making its first postseason trip since 2011 which means much of the current roster does not have prior postseason experience.

The Dodgers have been the best team in baseball pretty much all season long. Clayton Kershaw once again had another outstanding season, Rich Hill, Yu Darvish, and Alex Wood round out a dynamic rotation, and Kenley Jansen has been lights out as a closer. The lineup received an unexpected boost this year as rookie Cody Bellinger took the league by storm after breaking the NL rookie record for home runs. Justin Turner was outstanding offensively as he chased a batting title and Corey Seager picked up right where he left off after winning NL rookie of the year in 2016. That being said, teams don’t win in the playoffs on talent alone. The Dodgers have had their postseason struggles, played poorly in the second half of the year, and were particularly dominated by the Diamondbacks at times this season. I think Arizona pulls the upset and wins in 4 games.

#3 Chicago Cubs vs. #2 Washington Nationals (-135)

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This may be the most entertaining series of the first round as the defending national champions head to the nation’s capital to take on the NL East division champs. Washington cruised to another NL East title behind a high powered offensive lineup and an even better pitching staff. Bryce Harper had another outstanding year and will be looking to finally make his mark in the postseason, while Ryan Zimmerman had a career year that was unexpected by many. Max Scherzer had another Cy Young worthy season and is not alone on the pitching staff as both Stephen Strasburg and Gio Gonzalez have been lights out for the Nationals. One area of weakness has been the bullpen and the closer role, which has been a revolving door, but the Nationals are locked and loaded and looking to finally break through and win a playoff series.

The defending champion Chicago Cubs had a rocky first half to the beginning of the season, trailing to Milwaukee in the division for most of the first half. However, the team was able to turn things around after the All-Star break to clinch their second straight NL Central title. With postseason and championship experience under their belt, the Cubs know what it takes to make another run in October. 2016 NL MVP Kris Bryant and Anthony Rizzo anchor a solid Cubs lineup while a veteran pitching staff consisting of Jon Lester, Kyle Hendricks, and Jake Arrieta lead the way on the pitching staff. The addition of Wade Davis as the closer this year to replace Aroldis Chapman has been significant as well.

While I think the Nationals are a better team on paper, I think their recent playoff failures and the Cubs recent playoff success will have an impact on this series. Chicago wins in 5 games.

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Movie Review: War for the Planet of the Apes (2017)

War for the Planet of the Apes in the final installment of the new Planet of the Apes trilogy. Caesar and his fellow apes are at war with the humans to ultimately determine which species will survive to rule the planet. While the apes simply want to live in peace among the woods, the humans will not let them be. This is because of the simian virus which is plaguing the human race and reducing them back to their primate form. Because of this, only one species will survive while the other is wiped out, and Caesar is forced into war to defend the apes and save their species.

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Based on the trailers and the name of the movie, I came into a little concerned that there was going to be too much fighting and battle and action all throughout the movie. That seems like the easy way out for action movies these days. However, that was not the case at all in this movie. It very much focused on the internal struggles that one deals with when having to make difficult choices. The first sign of this was Caesar staying behind to fight the soldiers while the rest of the apes traveled toward shelter. Then again we see it with Maurice wanting to bring the little girl along with them because she was alone. Caesar constantly has flashbacks to Koba, who was very much revenge driven in the previous movie. Caesar struggles with these flashbacks because he does not want to be like Koba and kill for revenge, but his own family was also murdered by the human soldiers and hate consumes him.

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This movie did a great job of balancing both the physical and emotional warfare that was happening throughout the film. You could really get the sense that the leaders of both sides did not want to be fighting against the other, but also felt like they had no choice. I also enjoyed that the plot had several twists and turns in addition to a great ending that wasn’t obvious throughout the entire movie. You really weren’t sure what was going to happen until the very end, but yet I think the ending of this trilogy was still very satisfying. I enjoyed this movie very much as well as the trilogy as a whole. Caesar became one of my more favorite movie characters in recent years.

IMDB: 8/10
Rotten Tomatoes: 93% critic 86% audience
My Final Rating: 9/10

Let me know what your thoughts are in the comments down below.

-Jeff

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2017 NBA Offseason/Free Agency Update

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There was not a lot of drama in the NBA this season, since the Golden State Warriors disposed of the Cleveland Cavaliers to the win the NBA title and fulfilling exactly what everyone thought was going to happen. However, the offseason has been a different story. With the league scrambling to figure out how to stop the Golden State juggernaut, several interesting trades were made and notable free agents signed. Below is my recap of the top NBA free agency signings.

 

Jimmy Butler traded to Minnesota Timberwolves for Kris Dunn, Zach Lavine, and Lauri Markannen

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This is a great trade for a young Timberwolves team that is quickly on the rise. Butler will provide some veteran leadership and contribute on both the offensive and defensive sides of the ball while reuniting with coach Tom Thibodeau.

 

Chris Paul traded to Houston Rockets for 7 players, 2018 1st round pick, cash

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This was a monster trade and caught a lot of people off guard. After telling the Clippers he would opt out of his deal and become a free agent, many people still thought he would resign with LA for the supermax. The Rockets were the 3rd best team in the NBA last year and are adding one of the premier point guards in the league. However, questions will come regarding how Harden and Paul, who both need the ball in their hands all the time, will co-exist together on the court. The Clippers are certainly pleased with the deal.

 

Ricky Rubio traded to Utah Jazz for a 2018 first round pick, Jeff Teague signs 3 year deal with Minnesota

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Rubio has been in trade rumors for awhile, so it’s no surprise that he finally got dealt. Being traded to the Jazz indicates that Utah does not expect to resign free agent point guard George Hill, who had a great season last year. Meanwhile, Minnesota quickly filled its point guard hole by signing Jeff Teague to a three year $57 million deal. Expect the Timberwolves to be a competitive force in the West next year.

 

Andre Iguodala resigns with Golden State Warriors for 3 years $48 million

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It’s easy to overlook bench players on the Warriors superteam, but Golden State is way too smart to do that. That is why they made a determined effort to bring the 2015 NBA Finals MVP back to the bay area. Iguodala will rejoin a Warriors bench unit that has also brought back Shaun Livingston and David West.

 

Paul Millsap signs with the Denver Nuggets for 3 years $90 million

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With Millsap claiming that the Hawks never even made him an offer, it is clear that Atlanta has finally pulled the plug and gone into rebuild mode. While Millsap will end the deal at 35 years old, he has still proven that he can be a consistent contributor over the last few years. Pairing him up with Denver’s current star big man Nikola Jokic could make Denver a fun team to watch in upcoming years.

 

Kyle Lowry resigns with the Toronto Raptors for 3 years $100 million

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Despite rumors that Lowry was interested in jumping to the Western Conference, it made the most sense for both sides to keep him in Toronto. One of the best backcourts in the league will be kept in tact, and with resigning of Serge Ibaka the Raptors will be right in the thick of things in the Eastern Conference once again.

 

Blake Griffin resigns with the Los Angeles Clippers for 5 years $173 million

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Despite losing Chris Paul and JJ Redick, the Clippers were clearly not looking to blow up the team just yet. LA went all out to sign Griffin to a max deal, after rumors of the Celtics, Nuggets, Suns, and Thunder were all in play after he opted out of the final year of his current contract. For such an injury prone player, this was a huge risk and a ton of money. However, the 28 year old will be a multiple time All-Star if he can just stay healthy.

 

Stephen Curry resigns with Golden State for 5 years $201 million

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After being the biggest bargain in the NBA (by far) for the last several years, Stephen Curry finally gets what he deserves. He signed the first “supermax” contract and richest deal in NBA history, which will earn him an average of $40 million per year after being paid just $12 million last season. It appears that Kevin Durant, who is also an unrestricted free agent, will resign with the Warriors for less money and enable the superteam to be competitive for at least a few more years.

 

Paul George traded to the Thunder for Domontas Sabonis and Victor Oladipo

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Perhaps the most stunning move of the offseason so far has been the Paul George trade. Cleveland, Boston, and the LA Lakers were all rumored destinations for George before he surprisingly ended up on the Thunder. Rumors surfaced after that the Pacers GM was determined to trade PG13 to the Western Conference even if it wasn’t the best offer. George and Westbrook will be an electric duo in OKC. However, they will have to convince him to stay beyond next season since that is when his current contract expires.

 

Gordon Hayward signs 4 year $128 million deal with the Boston Celtics

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After some drama late Tuesday evening, the last big free agent finally made his decision. Gordon Hayward will reunite with his college coach Brad Stevens and team up with Isaiah Thomas on the Boston Celtics. This is a great fit for a Celtics team that needs more scoring from their forwards. However, Boston must make some decisions with their roster in order to clear enough space for Hayward. Amir Johnson is already gone to Philly, and Kelly Olynyk, Marcus Smart, and Jae Crowder could all be gone before the season starts. In the end, this move does make the Celtics a better team even if they lose a few key pieces, and should at least make things interesting in the Eastern Conference.

 

Let me know your thoughts on free agency in the comments down below.

-Jeff

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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2017 NBA Draft Recap

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The 2017 NBA Draft has come and gone as the next set of young talent is ready to enter the NBA for the upcoming season. There were some obvious picks, some surprises, some trades, and lots of speculation about what the draft results mean for free agency on July 1st. A NBA record 14 freshmen were selected in the first round, and the Spurs pick of Derrick White was the latest a senior has ever been drafted. Here is my recap of the things I found the most important.

The consensus #1 pick in the draft was made official as the Philadelphia 76ers selected Washington PG Markelle Fultz to join a squad of young studs that Philly has been piling up over the years. Many people think the time has finally arrived for the 76ers to be competitive again, as Fultz will join last year’s #1 pick Ben Simmons, star big man Joel Embiid, Dario Saric, and Robert Covington in what could be an exciting young core if all remain healthy. No one questions Fultz’s athletic talent and abilities on the court, but the one criticism has been that he played for a terrible Washington team that lost 23 games last year. Fultz will have the opportunity to change the loser perception if he can lead Philly back to the promised land.

The second pick in the draft was no surprise either, as the Los Angeles Lakers selected UCLA PG Lonzo Ball. The selection comes just days after the Lakers traded away former lottery pick point guard D’Angelo Russell, indicating that they will put their trust in Ball for the foreseeable future. Lonzo Ball led the nation in assists per game last year, but has drawn criticism for his shooting mechanics. Nevertheless, he should be an exciting player to watch on a young Lakers team next year that has it’s sights on winning again.

After giving away the #1 overall pick to Philadelphia in a controversial trade, the Boston Celtics selected Duke forward Jayson Tatum with the third overall pick. Danny Ainge said after the draft that they would have taken Tatum #1, thus the reasoning for trading the pick. While Tatum is dynamic scorer that can play and defend multiple positions on the court, it remains to be seen if the Celtics will ultimately keep him or package him in a trade for one of the many superstars that Boston is trying to acquire. Not everyone thought Tatum should’ve been the #3 pick either. Many people had Kansas star Josh Jackson, who was taken by Phoenix at #4, as the third best player in the draft. Time will tell whether Tatum or Jackson should have been selected first.

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The biggest trade of the night was Chicago Bulls trading Jimmy Butler and their first round pick to move up to #7 and take Lauri Markannen out of Arizona. Butler will reunite with his former head coach Tom Thibodeau and join a talented young team that includes star big man Karl Anthony-Towns and former #1 pick Andrew Wiggins. This was a great move for Minnesota, and a questionable move for the Bulls who definitely could have gotten more for Jimmy Butler as they look to rebuild their team.

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Despite being known as a dysfunctional franchise, I thought the Sacramento Kings quietly had the best draft last night. After taking De’Aaron Fox at #5, they traded down and picked up both Duke star Harry Giles and North Carolina veteran Justin Jackson. Fox should contribute right away, and if Giles stays healthy and reaches his potential he could be the next Kevin Garnett. The Kings also added sharpshooter Frank Mason III out of Kansas in the second round to wrap up a pretty impressive draft overall.

Let me know your thoughts on this year’s draft in the comments down below.

-Jeff

 

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