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The Lottery Mafia Provides Analysis Of The NBA’s Lottery Bound Teams and The NBA Draft.

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Sep 1st, 2015 by lotterymafia at 9:18 am

Markieff Morris was not happy when his brother Marcus was traded to Detroit earlier this summer. Now he's demanding a trade, saying he will never play for the Phoenix Suns again. The Suns say they aren't trading him, but just in case they are lying, James and I offered up for possible trade scenarios involving the unhappy Morris. Mild spoiler, but they involve the Pistons, Clippers, Lakers, and Wizards.

Before getting to the Morris trade talk, we elaborate as to why we think the Milwaukee Bucks and Boston Celtics could miss the playoffs, despite the general consensus that both teams will. We also slipped in some transfer deadline day talk for all you soccer nerds out there at the end, so stick around if you want to hear James gripe about Manchester United selling their stars (except for that fake out on the De Gea deal!) and listen as I accept the fact that Arsenal won't be signing anyone.

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Aug 30th, 2015 by lotterymafia at 10:33 am

The 2014 NBA Draft was widely regarded in the months leading up to it. Today, that standard largely still exists, but numerous injuries to lottery players (and a few picks that clearly weren't correct) had James and I re-considering how the draft would go, knowing what we know now. Would Joel Embiid still go No. 3, knowing that he would miss his first two seasons? Would Jordan Clarkson find himself in the lottery instead of the second round?

Hindsight doesn't change anything, but it can be a bit of fun. In this episode, we re-drafted picks 1-14. Don't worry, Wiggins was still our consensus No. 1, but a few high picks found themselves dropping down the board, or out of the lottery all together.

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Aug 25th, 2015 by lotterymafia at 8:21 am

When we said last week that our podcast would be recorded every Tuesday or Thursday, we meant it. Still, we had to break that promise, thanks to some major delays in the installation of James' brand new internet service. Finally though, we were able to record, and to thank you for waiting patiently, we will have TWO episodes recorded this week.

Episode 58 deals with rookie extensions and our opinions on the lottery head coaches in the NBA. James and I discussed five players (MKG, Andre Drummond, Dion Waiters, Jeremy Lamb, Andrew Nicholson and Tony Wroten) who are up for rookie extensions, and whether or not we think receive one. Of course we recorded this before MKG signed his four-year, $52 million extension with Charlotte, but you'll notice that we were pretty close on the contract he received.

After our extension talk, we discuss some of the best and worst coaches of lottery teams. There is talk on Derek Fisher, Erik Spoelstra, Flip Saunders, and Billy Donovan (among others).

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Aug 12th, 2015 by lotterymafia at 9:17 am

Podcasting is fun, but planning and coordinating a podcast can be difficult. For James Plowright and myself, coordinating this podcast was never easy considering we live on the opposite sides of the Atlantic Ocean.

We last podcasted April 9th. It wasn't meant to be our last podcast, but both of our lives and schedules grew increasingly busy and unpredictable, and unexpectedly, we took a four month hiatus from the podcast.

To continue, we decided it was necessary to record on the same day every week, and at relatively the same time. We both are now in a position where that's possible. Moving forward, James and I will be recording Tuesday afternoons, with the intention of publishing the podcast Wednesday mornings. There may be instances where we record Thursday afternoon and publish on Friday, but the point is, we now have set times when we are both available, at least most of the time.

This week's podcast deals with the 2015 offseason. We look at which teams had the best and worst offseasons, and also which players were the best and worst additions. As always, we go on tangents, and rest assured, we found a way to gripe about the Hornets.

There are no time stamps unfortunately, but if you are a fan of the Lakers, Knicks, Kings, Nuggets, Pacers, and Heat, you'll want to give it a listen.

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This week's episode jumped all over the NBA lottery spectrum, as James and I discussed a number of topics including, but limited to:

  • Will the Pelicans or Thunder make the playoffs in the West?
  • Paul George's return, and his impact the rest of the season.
  • Should Brook Lopez opt out this off-season or wait until next season?
  • How much money Bismack Biyombo will garner in free agency, and how his strengths could be maximized by certain team systems.
  • What teams are still alive in the Eastern Conference Playoff race.
  • Which lottery teams will feel good and bad heading into next season.

A lot more is discussed in between, and all of it is totally relevant/intelligent NBA conversation. As always, subscribe on iTunes, and for those who dig Podbean and have an iPhone, check out the new Podbean app for the iPhone.

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You're probably thinking -- what happened to the podcast? Thanks to our already busy schedules, trying to coordinate five hours apart, and one false start, James and I found ourselves on an unexpected month long hiatus. Well, we're back, and joined by the site's own Zach Reynolds, who has been doing an awesome job covering the NBA draft for us all season.

Episode 54 covers the bottom of the Eastern Conference playoff race, and then moves on to predicting where three players -- Khris Middleton, Tobias Harris, and Greg Monroe -- might end up next season. From there, we discuss the final four and the potential draft prospects that are participating.

Remember to follow us on iTunes, and feel free to send us feedback on Twitter. As always, we thank you for listening.

Estimated Time Stamps:

  • Eastern Conference playoff race - Start
  • Who's going where? - 26:00
    • Tobis Harris - 26:00
    • Khris Middleton - 40:00
    • Greg Monroe - 48:00
  • Final Four discussion - 55:00
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You're probably thinking -- what happened to the podcast? Thanks to our already busy schedules, trying to coordinate five hours apart, and one false start, James and I found ourselves on an unexpected month long hiatus. Well, we're back, and joined by the site's own Zach Reynolds, who has been doing an awesome job covering the NBA draft for us all season.

Episode 54 covers the bottom of the Eastern Conference playoff race, and then moves on to predicting where three players -- Khris Middleton, Tobias Harris, and Greg Monroe -- might end up next season. From there, we discuss the final four and the potential draft prospects that are participating.

Remember to follow us on iTunes, and feel free to send us feedback on Twitter. As always, we thank you for listening.

Estimated Time Stamps:

  • Eastern Conference playoff race - Start
  • Who's going where? - 26:00
    • Tobis Harris - 26:00
    • Khris Middleton - 40:00
    • Greg Monroe - 48:00
  • Final Four discussion - 55:00

We are almost a week removed from the trade deadline, but James and I are still sorting through the mess. While Daniel Coughlin provided a detailed analysis of all the trades, the two of us picked our winners from last week. With the recent trades in mind, we then predicted which teams from each conference would finish 9th and 10th--in other words, top of the lottery, but out of the playoffs. While the West was fairly straight forward to predict, it'll be a miracle of either us of get our predictions right in the East.

In addition, there's talk about who will end up as the bottom three teams in the NBA, and then in light of Kevin Garnett's return to Minnesota, we discussed which NBA "homecomings" we would love to see happen.

As always, subscribe on iTunes, and as always, we appreciate your continued support of the podcast.

Estimated Time Stamps:

  • Winners of the trade deadline - 8:30
  • Predicting the bottom three teams of the NBA - 28:00
  • Last two lottery teams in each conference - 39:00
  • NBA "homecomings" - 55:00
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Feb 17th, 2015 by lotterymafia at 9:00 am

The NBA trade deadline is Thursday, so to get ready, James Plowright and I devoted the latest podcast to discussing which teams could be active, and which players could get moved.

We focused on the Denver Nuggets, a team that could potentially be the most active in looking to move players, before moving on to five players that could impact lottery teams if they were to be moved.

We also briefly discussed Larry Sanders' potential buyout from Milwaukee.

Check the estimated time stamps below for the topic(s) that interest you, and be sure to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes.

Estimated Time Stamps:

  • Larry Sanders' buyout - 3:00
  • Denver Nuggets trade activity - 5:00
  • Start of our discussion over the five players that could be moved - 19:30
    • Terrence Jones - 20:15
    • Tim Hardaway Jr. - 30:30
    • Reggie Jackson - 36:30
    • Enes Kanter - 43:00
    • Ricky Ledo - 50:00
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After a terrible start, the Charlotte Hornets are now in eighth place in the Eastern Conference, after going 10-4 in the month of January. What's more impressive is that they've found a way to win despite injuries to Al Jefferson and Lance Stephenson, and more recently, Kemba Walker and Bismack Biyombo. To discuss the Hornets, James and I were joined by Frank Berndt of At The Hive, the SB Nation blog of the Charlotte Hornets (yes, the same one I also write for).

Frank was kind enough to join us last minute, and the three of us talked about many of the current topics surrounding the team, including Kemba's injury, the development of Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, and Noah Vonleh's rookie season. We also make a quick prediction of who the Hornets could pursue in free agency this summer.

Below are the estimated time stamps. Enjoy your week everyone!

Estimated Time Stamps:

  • Effects of Kemba Walker's injury, & Gary Neal/Lance Stephenson as the backup PGs - 4:00
  • Lance Stephenson's best role; point guard? - 12:00
  • The development of MKG - 15:30
  • Which wing players should get minutes in the rotation? - 23:00
  • Noah Vonleh's rookie season, and what to expect of him long-term - 35:00
  • James gives Frank and I an advanced stats quiz (spoiler, we fail) - 40:00
  • An early look at the 2015 off season - 51:00
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