Last week, James, Gabriel, and I predicted the eastern conference lottery teams. This week, we are predicting the West, once again predicting their win total based on ESPN's NBA forecast. Based on their projected win total, the three of us decided whether that prediction was too high, low, or on point. We looked at eight teams that will or could find themselves in the lottery this season: the Timberwolves, Lakers, Nuggets, Kings, Trailblazers, Suns, Jazz, and Mavericks.
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With the NBA season edging closer, it felt time to decide which teams will end up in the lottery, and predict a few that could slip into the playoffs. James and I were joined by TLM writer Gabe Allen, who helped us predict how many wins nine potential lottery teams could end up with.
For the sake of knowing, we predicted the wins of Philadelphia, New York, Orlando, Brooklyn, Indiana, Charlotte, Detroit, Boston, and Milwaukee. Some of these teams are definite locks for the lottery, others, not so much. Looking over ESPN's summer forecast for projected wins, we discussed whether each team would finish over or under what ESPN predicted.
Last podcast, we looked gave a positive and negative outlook for the Eastern Conference lottery teams. This week we are out west, giving good and bad outlooks on the lottery teams in the Western Conference. James and I switched it up, with myself giving the glass half full outlook, and James the glass half empty.
The outlook of any franchise is often depends on the perspective one takes. One person may view drafting a senior out of college as a smart pick for a team looking for an instant impact rookie, while someone else will view the pick as sacrificing long-term potential for short-term gain.
This week, James and took a positive and negative spin on the Eastern Conference lottery teams. We originally intended to do all 14 lottery teams, but found out quickly that would take too long (look for the West edition next week). James took the glass half full approach (trying to positively spin the 76ers was asking a lot) while I took the glass half empty approach. Whether we truly believed our own words or not, it was fun nonetheless to view the teams in one light or another.
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.
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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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).
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.
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.
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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