Posted on: February 17, 2020 Posted by: Old Man Comments: 0

UPDATE

I just wanted to give an update since it’s been a bit since I posted an article.  I’m shifting my focus towards the NBA draft and scouting rather than NBA topics although I’ll still talk about free agency, the playoffs and events I deem worthy of a post.  For quick hit thoughts on the NBA check out my twitter.  I don’t post on there that much either but I’ll try…

Posted on: August 30, 2019 Posted by: Old Man Comments: 0

Stop Looking At My Bias

I’m biased.  You’re biased.  We’re all damn biased.  Being biased in sports isn’t an inherently bad thing as long as you are self-aware and can subside your impulses.  Everyone in sports has their preferences but as long as you take inventory of your viewpoints and self-diagnosis objectively than managing dogmatic convictions might seem plausible.  If you leave your biased beliefs unchecked, well, that could lead to a cycle of groundhog…

Posted on: August 18, 2019 Posted by: Old Man Comments: 0

My Favorite “Breakout/Sleeper” Candidates (Returning to College)

Last season’s returning college class was great.  There were four upperclassmen taken in the top ten and six taken in the lottery.   Players like Ja Morant, De’Andre Hunter, Jarrett Culver exceeded expectations but were still projected to be potential lottery picks even before the college season started.  Even players like Nickeil Alexander-Walker, Rui Hachimura, Brandon Clarke and PJ Washington had lottery buzz before the season started.  This years crop…

Posted on: July 1, 2019 Posted by: Old Man Comments: 0

2019 NBA Free Agency Bonanza *UPDATED*

*UPDATED 7/12* These are my very brief, initial reactions to free agency.  I’ll keep updating this post as soon as more news breaks.  Take a deep breath:   The Oklahoma City Thunder have agreed to trade Russell Westbrook to the Houston Rockets for Chris Paul, 2024 and 2026 first round picks (protected 1-4), and two pick swaps (2021 and 2025).  (Link) ~ I like this move more for the Thunder…

Posted on: June 21, 2019 Posted by: Old Man Comments: 0

2019 NBA Draft Reactions

I’m going to go through certain drafts that standout to me for good or bad reasons:   Atlanta Hawks: De’Andre Hunter (4), Cam Reddish (10), Bruno Fernando (34) ~ Would’ve it been better to keep the 8th, 10th, 17th and 35th picks in the draft compared with the 4th and 10th?  Yes, in terms of value the Hawks definitely could’ve done better.  I still like what the Hawks did though…

Posted on: June 18, 2019 Posted by: Old Man Comments: 0

Scouting Report: RJ Barrett (Rank 8, Tier 3)

Scouting Report: RJ Barrett (Rank 8, Tier 3) 6’7/6’10 wingspan/202 pounds/19 years/FR I guess I have some explaining to do.  Typically every year there’s at least one overhyped prospect and my choice this draft is RJ Barrett.  I understand that he might not have been in the best situation at Duke since they didn’t have much shooting so let’s just focus on the facts.  Barrett shot 30.8% from three, 66.5%…

Posted on: June 14, 2019 Posted by: Old Man Comments: 0

Scouting Report: Darius Bazley (Rank 5, Tier 2)

Scouting Report: Darius Bazley (Rank 5, Tier 2) 6’9/7’ wingspan/209 pounds/19 years ~ Sometimes you have to put your name on a couple prospects.  Especially in a draft as uncertain as this one there seems to be a few potential gems hidden outside the lottery.  That’s where Darius Bazley steps in for me.  He was the 13th ranked player coming out of high school by ESPN and decided to skip…

Posted on: June 13, 2019 Posted by: Old Man Comments: 0

Scouting Report: Darius Garland (Rank 9, Tier 3)

Scouting Report: Darius Garland (Rank 9, Tier 3) 6’3/6’5 Wingspan/175 pounds/19.4 years/FR   Darius Garland tore his left meniscus five games into his freshman season.  That was unfortunate since he was on a roll offensively through four games.  It’s frustrating to grade him with the lack of game tape.  At times I think he’s a top five talent due to his shooting skills but other times I question his defense…

Posted on: June 13, 2019 Posted by: Old Man Comments: 0

Scouting Report: Coby White (Rank 4, Tier 2)

Scouting Report: Coby White (Rank 4, Tier 2) 6’5/6’5 wingspan/191 pounds/19.3 years/FR   Coby White is one of my biggest movers on this ranking.  A lot of that has to do with his scoring prowess.  For this draft class Coby has top level scoring instincts, can shoot threes in a variety of ways and is an improving play maker.  Being long, athletic with a good frame is great for potential…

Posted on: June 12, 2019 Posted by: Old Man Comments: 0

Scouting Report: Ja Morant (Rank 3, Tier 2)

Scouting Report: Ja Morant (Rank 3, Tier 2) 6’3/6’6 wingspan/175 pounds/19.8 years/SO   I’m not as sold on Ja Morant as everyone else seems to be.  Memphis has already announced they are selecting Morant well in advance of the actual draft and he ranks number two on most big boards I’ve seen.  The hype for Morant is for real.  Now you may be asking the question, “Hey OldMan?  If you’re…