Last Thursday, the NBA announced the starters for this year’s NBA All-Star game, as per the popular vote of the fans. While the majority of this year’s selections seem fair, two of the most polarizing of choices, Carmelo Anthony and Kobe Bryant, are members of big-market yet borderline-abysmal teams.
Social media and members of the NBA family alike, have voiced disapproval at the selection process, pointing primarily to the appointment of Kobe Bryant’s role as a starter, despite his civilian-level shooting percentage of 37%. While Kobe Bryant has since torn his rotator cuff and is likely out for the remainder of the season, the point still stands; the current process is a popularity vote that has little to do with each player’s current production in the NBA.
Perhaps most outspoken of the voting processes’ opponents is Mavericks’ owner Mark Cuban. Cuban sees the overall lack in interest from fans to voting as perhaps the biggest reason for its flaws. Continue reading NBA All-Star Game Starters Announced, Illustrate Flawed Selection Process »
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The NBA season is underway. Cleveland made the biggest splash in the offseason, landing LeBron James and Kevin Love. Paul George is out for the Pacers after breaking his leg during a Team USA scrimmage. Paul Pierce is in Washington. Many draft and free agent moves, not to mention potential trades, are sure to turn the standings around from a year ago, and that’s what we’re here to predict. Scoring for our annual Pick ‘Em is as usual:
- Picking a team to make the playoffs is worth one point, or two points for correctly guessing a division winner instead.
- Correctly guessing the #1 seed in each conference exactly is worth eight points, then seven points for the #2 seed, and so on.
- Correctly guessing which #1 seed will finish with the NBA’s best record is worth two point.
- In the even of a tie, we’ll also be guessing which team will wind up with the NBA’s worst record, then second-worst, then third-worst.
Our picks are below, so be sure to look them over. And be sure to come back when the season is complete for the results. Continue reading 2014-2015 NBA Expert Picks »
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While there was really never any doubt that Team USA would ultimately win the tournament, there were in fact doubters (or devil’s advocates) who swore the Spanish squad could potentially defeat them, due to what they perceived as better big men on a more disciplined squad. There was also the rhetoric coming out of these naysayers who claimed that Team USA would be misaligned by FIBA’s rules, due to its style of play that favors competition in the international game.
Team Spain, made up of the truly formidable trio of Marc Gasol, Pau Gasol and Serge Ibaka, lost to France, headlined by Boris Diaw and Nicolas Batum, who, in turn, lost to Serbia, a team with no household names. While its one-game elimination style of play can certainly create underdogs, illustrated by Serbia’s exciting run to the finals, lightning could not strike a third time for them against the US. Continue reading Team USA Wins FIBA World Championship, Kyrie Irving Tournament MVP »
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The Round of 16 is over. Spain and the United States each moved on, while Greece couldn’t stay undefeated. Three other games were decided by no more than five points. It was a tough round for the countries involved, but since all our experts picked the same winners, it didn’t matter for us.
Still, there’s plenty of time left for someone to make a move in the standings. Updated results are below, and be sure to check back on Tuesday for the quarterfinal picks. Continue reading 2014 FIBA World Cup Expert Picks: Round of 16 Results »
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The knockout stage is here. Things kick off with Mexico looking to down the United States, a most unenviable task. Fellow unbeatens Spain and Greece face Senegal and Serbia respectively, with some great action in between.
For the knockout stage, picking a winner successfully is worth two points. Not that it matters at all now, because all eight games featured unanimous winners. But with eight competitors remaining after the Round of 16, there’s still plenty of time left.
Check below for who we all picked to win each game, and come back when the first knockout round is over for updated point totals. Continue reading 2014 FIBA World Cup Expert Picks: Round of 16 »
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The group stage of the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup came to a close on Thursday in Spain, with three teams going a perfect 5-0: Greece, Spain and the United States. Team USA was as dominant as expected given the weakness if its Group C rivals, winning all five games by an average of 33.2 points. But the home team certainly appears serious about not letting the Cup get away, with an average winning margin of 25.2 points over some very tough opponents, while Greece staked its claim as more than just a dark horse.
The three favorites
The inexperienced American team looked very good in its five wins, beginning with a 114-55 throttling of Finland. Their stiffest challenge came from Turkey in the second game, but the U.S.A. put the clamps down in the second half on the way to a 21-point victory. Probably the best news was the balanced contribution of all the rotation players to the offensive game, with no Americans among the tournament’s top 10 scorers. Continue reading Spain, U.S.A. Appear Headed for Final Clash at FIBA World Cup »
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The group stage is over in the World Cup, and to nobody’s surprise, the United States cruised. Spain also moved through handily, but what nobody saw combing was how well Greece did, winning all five games and helping push group favorite Argentina all the way down to third place. At least one team in each group made it through with a losing record as well, so it was a tough race for many teams.
With similar picks, our Pick ‘Em is neck-and-neck, so far relying on bonus points from picking the correct place finishers to open up leads. The results so far are below, and be sure to come back Saturday for the Round of 16 selections. Continue reading 2014 FIBA World Cup Pick ‘Em: Group Stage Results »
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