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The NBA Draft: A Pessimist’s Take

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The NBA Draft is a lot like a garage sale. Like garage sales, only a handful of items (if any) hold any value. If you’re lucky, you can end up with a sparsely used flat screen TV or some designer shirts that were too big for their owner. But those items move quickly. If you arrive too late, you’re left with few options. You might think, “Ahh what the hell, I guess I might use an automatic playing card shuffler one day. It’s only $0.75, screw it. Why not.” That’s the mindset of NBA teams picking in the late first through second round of the NBA draft. The only difference is that unlike a garage sale where you can walk away if you don’t find anything worth buying, NBA teams are forced to draft players. If given a choice, I’m sure some teams would rather forfeit their pick than have to go through the formality of drafting a guy who they know won’t play a minute for their team. In the NBA draft, once that one-of-a-kind antique bookshelf is gone in the early first round, teams have no choice but to drop $0.25 on that pair of Mickey Mouse oven-mitts.

This isn’t a product of a lack of young talent. It’s simply the nature of the sport. NBA teams are only allowed to have 15 players under contract, meaning there can only be 450 active NBA players total. Only 12 of those 15 players can suit up for a game. Even further, only seven or eight of those players will get any meaningful playing time. For those reasons, if you have two or three superstar players, you’re pretty much set. NBA teams don’t need a constant stream of young talent to be successful like NFL teams. If you’re able to get a few great players and lock them up for the future, the NBA draft doesn’t really matter to your team. This is the case with the Miami Heat. The Heat didn’t have any draft picks in last week’s draft and they’re still the best team in the NBA.

Most of the players drafted last week won’t really matter in the grand scheme of things. A third of them probably won’t play more than 50 games in the NBA. A few of them will toil away in the D-League or on some international team and won’t ever get a chance to don an NBA uniform. The majority will become just another replaceable role player. That’s really all the NBA draft does: it just adds a new crop of average players who will play minor roles on four or five different teams over their career, only to retire into anonymity. You may think your team drafted the next Tim Duncan or LeBron James but its more likely that they just drafted the next Nazr Mohammed or Mike Miller. It remains to be seen if this year’s NBA draft will produce any superstars. But if it doesn’t, then this draft didn’t really matter.

Below, I have included a list of this year’s lottery picks, along with their closest “average NBA player” comparison. These aren’t necessarily my predictions of how these picks will pan out. Rather, this is more of a “most average-case-scenario” for each player. I may overlook certain guys who will turn out to be superstars. But overall, I’ll be right more times than I’m wrong.

  1. Anthony Bennett, UNLV- Jason Maxiell
  2. Victor Oladipo, Indiana- Ronnie Brewer
  3. Otto Porter, Georgetown- Travis Outlaw
  4. Cody Zeller, Indiana- Joel Przybilla
  5. Alex Len, Maryland- Zydrunas Ilgauskas
  6. Nerlens Noel, Kentucky- Nazr Mohammed
  7. Ben McLemore, Kansas- Mario Chalmers
  8. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Georgia- Danny Green
  9. Trey Burke, Michigan- Ben Gordan
  10. C.J. McCollum, Lehigh- Delonte West
  11. Michael Carter-Williams, Syracuse- Josh Childress
  12. Steven Adams, Pittsburg- Byron Mullens
  13. Kelly Olynyk, Gonzaga- Anderson Varejao
  14. Shabazz Muhammad, UCLA- Rashard Lewis

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SBM Exclusive Feature: The BLAST-CAST – Volume 11: Why Do Good NBA Coaches Get Fired?

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The key to success with most jobs is not to be incompetent and always be improving. However, if you are an NBA coach, this only means you get fired.  In this installment of the Blast-Cast, J-Dub and Meehan explore the host of NBA coaches who were shown the door this off-season.  There’s a lot of nuances to this story the NBA probably doesn’t want you to know, which is exactly why J-Dub and Meehan are saying them.

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Thoughts of the Day 6/29/2013

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Time for another Thoughts of the Day! Today’s major topics are the blockbuster deal where Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett were traded to the Nets, Bill Simmons and Doc Rivers engaging in a war of words, and the ridiculous notion that Miguel Cabrera’s dominance hitting the baseball is “boring.” Let’s do it!

  • Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett are no longer members of the Boston Celtics. With all due respect to Anthony Bennett and the rest of the draftees Thursday night, this was the biggest story. Pierce and KG, along with Jason Terry, are now Brooklyn Nets. The Celtics get Kris Humphries’s expiring contract, Gerald Wallace, Kris Joseph, MarShon Brooks and Keith Bogans along with three first round picks. The three picks will come in the 2014, 2016 and 2018 drafts. Boston will receive the worse of Brooklyn or the Hawks’ first-round pick in the 2014 draft, and the Hawks have the right to switch first-round…

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The Worst Teams Of All Time Part 31 The 1986-87 Los Angeles Clippers

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This series of articles will celebrate (or laugh at) some of the worst professional sports teams of all time. I will focus on teams within my lifetime so expect the worst from the 1970s to present day.

Los Angeles Clippers

Choosing the worst Los Angeles Clipper team of all time is an arduous task. After all, there are so many awful Clipper teams to choose from, it is difficult to decipher which one is truly the worst team. That’s how bad it has been for the Clippers in their franchise history. After much research though, it is determined by yours truly that the 1986-87 version of the LA Clippers is indeed the worst of the bunch.

Let’s start with the basics. The Clippers finished the 86-87 season with a ghastly 12-70 record. This is the only Clipper team that reached the dubious 70 loss nadir. For that, they should be either congratulated or…

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5 QUESTIONS WITH THE IRON SHEIK

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For the past 6 years Jian Magen and Page Magen have been following and documenting the life of their childhood hero, wrestling’s number one villain, Hossein Kosrow Vaziri, better known as The Iron Sheik. Their close friendship with The Iron Sheik has given them unlimited access to film the man and the legend. Their documentary will chronicle The Iron Sheik’s electrifying career – from his years as a top WWF wrestler and Olympic Wrestling Champion, to his rebirth as an outlandish pop culture and social media phenomenon known for public outbursts on the Howard Stern Show, YouTube videos and a massively popular Twitter account.  Just as importantly, the film will explore his personal life, including his position as the Shah of Iran’s bodyguard, his flight from Iran to pursue the American dream, the 2003 murder of his eldest daughter, his descent into and recovery from drugs, the mentoring…

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A Dubsism Breakdown of the Ideal Assessment of the Aaron Hernandez Situation

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As a blogger, I am an avid fan of reading blogs, if for no other reason than you can see so much great content and honest opinions that the mainstream media just won’t provide. The situation currently embroiling former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez is a perfect example. One of my favorites blogs is I-285 Sports Blog, which purports to be “The Sports World Through Atlanta Tinted Glasses.”  In a recent piece, I-285 Sports Blog offered what I believe may be the ideal assessment of this situation. This piece hits on so many intricacies that nobody really wants to touch that it requires one of my patented Dubsism breakdowns.

To be sure, the story of Aaron Hernandez’ alleged murder of a family acquaintance will be one that sticks around for quite a while. There will be cameras at every legal proceeding, and ‘experts’ will speculate about…

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Stars Hire Lindy Ruff to be new Head Coach

Ruff-StarsThe Dallas Stars announced recently the hiring of their new Head Coach, Lindy Ruff. Most stars fans will be familiar with him from his time with the Buffalo Sabres. But most Stars fans may not realize he was a hockey player from 1979-1993, at which time he became an assistant on the Florida Panthers. He was an assistant for the Panthers until 1997, which he was then named the 15th head coach of Buffalo.

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