The Clippers — with Chris Paul’s impeccably-timed passes to Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan — has been Lob City ever since Griffin said that when he found out CP3 was coming to Los Angeles.
But no combo has connected on more alley-oop dunks this season than Raymond Felton and Tyson Chandler of the Knicks.
That was on full display Wednesday night against what passes as defense from the Nets. You could see it coming after a while, the help to stop the penetrating guard and nobody rotating to help on Chandler as he rolls to the rim. The fans at Madison Square Garden saw it coming. Everyone saw it coming but the Nets defenders.
What helps make this work is the way Carmelo Anthony is playing at the four — he spaces the floor, demands attention and makes it a long run for anyone to help off him. Not that you want to help off him. It is this ‘Melo playing within the offense, even as a decoy at times, and not demanding them stopping the ball, that is a key part of how he and the Knicks have grown.
Not one 2016 top-10 draft pick started his team’s first game. How does that compare historically?
The top 10 of 2016 NBA draft class isn’t off to a fast start.
In fact, no top-10 pick started his team’s first game after being drafted for just the second time on record. The only other time it happened since 1983, as far back as Basketball-Reference.com records go, was 2013.
No. 11 pick Michael Carter-Williams was the only 2013 draft pick to start his team’s first game in 2013. So, at least the class of 2016 has a leg up on that class, which was led by No. 1 pick Anthony Bennett.
Here’s each first-round pick since 1983 to start his team’s first game since being drafted. Top-10 picks are in blue, and all other first-rounders are in orange.
To some degree, this year’s state of affairs is understandable. Simmons was a lock to start before he got injured. Two playoffs teams – Celtics (who took Jaylen Brown No. 3) and Raptors (who took Jacob Poeltl No. 9) – drafted in the top 10 due to trades.
But the effect is clear. This draft class seems underwhelming.
LeBron James hasn’t been happy that Tristan Thompson is dating drama magnet Khloe Kardashian, and we hear that the teammates had a locker room showdown before the Cavs’ home opener game.
“Tristan isn’t taking any crap from his teammates anymore. As far as he’s concerned, Khloe’s coming to every damn game she chooses,” the insider reveals. “Tristan told LeBron straight up before last night’s game that Khloe was coming and that was that.”
There’s nothing wrong with LeBron, as a friend, advising Thompson about his personal life. They share an agent, Rich Paul, and that obviously means a lot to LeBron.
But at a certain point, LeBron should back off. Neither coworkers nor friends have a right to determine who someone dates.