You guys sent them in and I’m here to give you my best answer for each one. This round of questions was strictly NBA based questions.
Question 1: What are your finals predictions?
Well this is a fairly tricky question. With the Western Conference being so wide open, a few teams, mostly Cleveland, surging in the East, my answer could be completely wrong. In the Eastern Conference, it’s hard to pick against the Atlanta Hawks. Atlanta has beaten all the top teams in the East. Cleveland, Chicago, Washington all twice, Toronto and Milwaukee once each. They have the best record in the NBA against teams above .500 (19-7) and are also a 14-4 against the daunting Western conference including wins over Golden State, Memphis, Portland, Dallas, Los Angeles, and Houston. At 42-10, 3 all-stars and maybe a 4th coming, Atlanta is for real and the rest of the league is finally giving them the credit they deserve.
Out west, I have a hard time picking against the teams that are 1 and 2 in the standings currently. Golden State and Memphis are so dangerous, it’s almost a coin toss at this point. Gun to my head? I’m not sure Golden State could grind out a series against the Grizzlies, though. They’re 12-2 since the acquisition of Jeff Green from Boston and he adds a whole new scoring dimension to an already improved offense. Z-Bo has looked like he’s 25 again, while Marc Gasol and Mike Conley are scoring at career-high marks. They allow the least amount of points in the league (95.9) and are healthy as ever. Oh yeah, they just happen to beat Atlanta tonight.
Question 2: Best team in the NBA? Griz, Hawks or the Warriors.
A total coincidence that all three teams were aforementioned in the last question, but that title belongs to the Atlanta Hawks, even after there loss to Memphis. They now split their season series at 1, so it’s been an even match-up. Everything Atlanta has accomplished so far this year puts them at number one. The success against teams above .500, success against the west, they’re 6th overall in points per game and allow the 4th least points on the flip side of the ball. Coach Bud has been a godsend for this team.
Question 3: Opinion on George Karl coaching the Kings?
George Karl was fired a season after winning 57 games in Denver and hasn’t coached since the ’12-’13 season and he REALLY wants to coach again and that’s very clear. Two openings both occurred at the same time in Sacramento and Orlando. Realistically, Orlando seems to be the more intriguing option for incoming coaches. Sure the Kings have Boogie Cousins, and that right there is a damn intriguing option, but Orlando has built a really nice young core in recent years. With a few reports coming out about Cousins and his camp might be against Karl’s signing, he might want to talk to Orlando about their vacant position before he completely makes up his mind and heads to Boogie town.
Question 4: Top 5 passers in the game?
This is a very tough question. Mostly because how deep the point guard position has truly become, but also because of how truly amazing some big men can pass in today’s league. Chris Paul is number one for me. 5 out of 6 past seasons CP3 has lead in AST/TO ratio and was second the one year he didn’t lead. He’s had at least 9 assists per game since the 06-07 season. Second is Rajon Rondo. Even though he’s struggled in Dallas, he’s still an elite passer. That has been his cup of tea his whole career and it’s something Rondo will never lose. Third and rising is Steph Curry. Steph needs to be a little less turnover prone, but man nobody can snap off a lefty pass across his body cross the wing quite like the young Wardell. The first non point guard on this list comes in at number four and that would be LeBron James. Today’s modern day scoring Magic Johnson seems to make a dazzling pass every game now-a-days. Fifth, is Ricky Rubio. As much as a burden he can be scoring or the lack of, he can really run an offense and pass the ball exceptionally well.
Thanks to those who participated!