All Facets Of The Game NBA Questionnaire

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.

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Question 1: What are your finals predictions?

From: @Zach_Mason33

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.

From: @ItsTariqAhmad

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?

From: @FrankELLIS2

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?

From: @_RyRo_

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!

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All Facets of the Game NBA All-Star Ballot

We’re less than two months away from the all-star game and the ballot just opened up to all fans. So it’s time we show you who we believe should be on both conferences all-star teams.

Eastern Conference

Starters

1JWALLGuardJohn Wall He’s moved himself into the elite point guard discussion this season. He can score at the rim with the best of them, he’s only 0.3 assists per game from leading the league and he’s third in steals per game. He’s been the best point guard in the east and should be compensated with a starting position in this years all-star game.

NBA: Preseason-Chicago Bulls at Milwaukee Bucks

Guard: Jimmy Butler Between he and Dwyane Wade, you can flip a coin. That being said Jimmy, gets me nod for this spot. He’s been one of the better two-way players in the entire league and he’s having a career year. He’s taken the third most free-throws in the league and is playing his way towards a max contract after declining the Bulls first offer.

1LBJ

Forward: LeBron James The leagues best player is a shoe in, year in year out. The 25 points a night leads the eastern conference and his 7,8 assists per is up a full assist from his career average. Right there in the MVP discussion per usual, LBJ would be here with or without the numbers due to the fans.

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Forward: Carmelo Anthony As bad as the five win Knicks have been, Melo isn’t the reason by any means. One of the leagues best scorer, as per usual, Melo has been scoring and rebounding at a solid clip. Carmelo deserves better than this, but maybe he should have listened to his instinct and left for Chicago.

1VUC

Forward: Nikola Vucevic The surprise of the bunch to many, but Nikola has been nothing short of amazing this season. Averaging 18 and 12 is no joke, and doing it on 51.5 percent shooting is impressive. Impressive enough to get him a starting bid.

Bench

Kyle LowryJeff TeagueDwyane WadeTobias Harris – Jeff GreenPau GasolChris BoshAl Jefferson

Western Conference

Starters

Golden State Warriors v Utah Jazz

Guard: Stephen Curry The league’s MVP thus far has been nothing short of spectacular. Averaging 24/7/5 on almost 50/40/90 shooting, Wardell is third in PER and is who everyone wants to watch when the team from Oakland takes the floor.

1BEARD

Guard: James Harden – He’s scoring the most points per game in the entire NBA, the beard is a strong MVP candidate. Not only has he done it just scoring, but he’s assisting and rebounding at a high level as well; 7 and 6 per, respectively.

1BLAKE

Forward: Blake Griffin – Mr. I only dunk seems to be shooting pretty good outside of just dunking the ball. Shooting 49 percent from the floor and an outstanding 53 percent from three. His rebounding numbers are down, but Blake is a star, and he shines during the all-star game.

1AD

Forward: Anthony Davis – Has a star blossomed before our eyes. AD may be the best player in basketball this season. Best two-way player in the game deserves this nod more than maybe anybody. Will he be the first MVP in the last 20 years that isn’t one of the two best teams in his respective conference?

1MARCGASOL

Forward: Marc Gasol – The best center in the NBA this season, Gasol has featured a little bit of everything this year; scoring, passing, defense and rebounding. He should be a starter as he’s at the top of the list, as the two starting west guards are, for the MVP.

Bench

Damian LillardChris PaulKlay ThompsonMonta EllisKobe BryantLaMarcus AldridgeDeMarcus Cousins