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Nominees for first ever NBPA “Players Awards” are out


Michele Roberts is giving the players what they want as the new executive director of the National Basketball Players Association  (the NBA players’ union). She knows she needs their loyalty during the looming 2017 lockout, so she’s trying to build up good will now. She’s doing the little things that resonate with players. Like questioning why there are media in the locker rooms before games. Or pushing back against the owners on the age limit.

Or giving the players their own chance to vote on the big NBA awards (most postseason awards, such as MVP or Rookie of the Year, are voted on by the media).

The first ever “Players’ Awards” will take place July 19 at the Rio hotel in Las Vegas (and be broadcast on BET July 21). Every NBA player was given the opportunity to vote in a variety of categories, and Thursday the list of nominees was released.

Here they are:

Best Rookie
Jordan Clarkson
Zach LaVine
Elfrid Payton
Andrew Wiggins

Best Defender
Tony Allen
Jimmy Butler
Anthony Davis
DeAndre Jordan

Global Impact Player
Pau Gasol
Kyrie Irving
Dirk Nowitzki
Tony Parker

Clutch Performer:
Stephen Curry
James Harden
LeBron James
Russell Westbrook

Coach You Most Want to Play For
Mike Budenholzer
Rick Carlisle
Steve Kerr
Greg Popovich

Hardest to Guard
Stephen Curry
James Harden
LeBron James
Russell Westbrook

Best Home Court Advantage
AT&T Center (San Antonio)
Chesapeake Energy Arena (Oklahoma City)
Moda Center (Portland)
Oracle Arena (Golden State)

Player You Secretly Wish was On Your Team:
Stephen Curry
Anthony Davis
Tim Duncan
LeBron James

Most Valuable Player:
Stephen Curry
James Harden
LeBron James
Russell Westbrook

That list looks pretty similar to the media awards, upon first glance. Save for no Kawhi Leonard or Draymond Green as best defenders. Also, no LeBron James or Kobe Bryant in the category naming the players with the greatest global impact?

Whether you think these awards are more fair or accurate than the traditional media ones largely will depend on whether your guy wins in his category. For example, don’t be shocked if James Harden wins the Players Award MVP, so if you were a Harden guy you will think the players got it right after the media screwed it up.

I’ll just say this: Don’t think they are less biased than the media. Players have a lot of agendas — they will vote for guys with the same agent, AAU buddies, their friends, and on down the line. There is plenty of bias to go around.

Now that players can finally, officially sign deals here’s a list of who did at midnight

Anthony Davis

The moratorium is over.

The NBA’s practice of allowing more than a week of negotiations between players and teams before anyone can actually put pen to paper to sign a deal has never gotten more scrutiny, thanks to DeAndre Jordan and his house guests. There could be changes in the future.

But the system wasn’t changing this year, and that moratorium ended when the calendar flipped from July 8 to 9 (Eastern time). Here is a list of who we know signed with teams immediately after midnight. There may be more, and the majority of players will sign later in the day (and have press conferences where they will talk to the media), but here is the list as we have it now (in no particular order):

• Anthony Davis (New Orleans Pelicans)
• Omer Asik (New Orleans Pelicans)
• Alexis Ajinca (New Orleans Pelicans)
• Dante Cunningham (New Orleans Pelicans)
• Brandon Bass (Los Angeles Lakers)
• Al-Farouq Aminu (Portland Trail Blazers)
• Ed Davis (Portland Trail Blazers)
• DeAndre Jordan (Los Angeles Clippers)
• Luis Scola (Toronto Raptors)
• Brandan Wright (Memphis Grizzlies)

NBA max contract values for 2015-16


The NBA salary cap and luxury-tax lines came in higher than expected, which means max contracts will be worth more than expected.

Howard Beck of Bleacher Report:

Max contracts are determined by experience level with players split into three tiers (0-6 years, 7-9 years, 10+ years). Here’s how much players signing max deals this offseason will earn based on experience and length of the contract:

0-6 years experience (players such as Greg Monroe, Jimmy Butler, Kawhi Leonard)

Re-sign Sign elsewhere
One-year $16,407,000 $16,407,000
Two-year $34,044,525 $33,552,315
Three-year $52,912,575 $51,435,945
Four-year $73,011,150 $70,057,890
Five-year $94,340,250

7-9 years experience (LaMarcus Aldridge, Kevin Love, Marc Gasol, DeAndre Jordan, Paul Millsap)

Re-sign Sign elsewhere
One-year $19,689,000 $19,689,000
Two-year $40,854,675 $40,264,005
Three-year $63,497,025 $61,725,015
Four-year $87,616,050 $84,072,030
Five-year $113,211,750

10+ years experience (LeBron James)

Re-sign Sign elsewhere
One-year $22,970,000 $22,970,000
Two-year $47,662,750 $46,973,650
Three-year $74,078,250 $72,010,950
Four-year $102,216,500 $98,081,900
Five-year $132,077,500

Anthony Davis agreed to a max contract extension, and Damian Lillard will likely follow suit. Those begin with with the 2016-17 season, so their values won’t be known for another year. But with the salary cap rising under the new national TV contracts, Davis and Lillard stand to make a lot more than free agents this summer.

Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry wants Anthony Davis to shoot more threes next season

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Anthony Davis is already viewed by many as being one of the top few players in the league today, a dominant big man that has the ability to impact the game on both ends of the floor at an absolutely frightening rate.

And the new head coach of the Pelicans, Alvin Gentry, wants to make him even more difficult to deal with by extending his range to the three-point arc.

From John Reid of NOLA.com:

In a conference call to season-ticket holders on Tuesday night, Gentry says he has already told Davis that every day he works out in the gym this upcoming season he wants him to make 150 corner 3-point shots from each side of the court.

”That’s got to become a consistent shot for him,” Gentry said. ”I don’t think he’s going to have any problem doing it. If you go back and look at his high school days, he was a very good 3-point shooter. But all of sudden he decided to grow six or eight inches. He still has that range, but I don’t think it has been incorporated in the offense in college or the pros that he’s been in.

”We want him to shoot that shot. So I think you probably see him make more 3s than he’s made his entire career.”

Gentry has had success doing this in the past. As head coach of the Suns in 2010, he got Channing Frye to launch 392 three-pointers, after he had made just 20 in total during his first four NBA seasons. Frye shot 43.9 percent from three-point distance that season.

Davis made only one three-pointer last season on 12 attempts, but it turned out to be the difference in sending New Orleans to the playoffs because it ultimately gave them the tie-breaker over the Thunder in the standings.

Davis is already unstoppable on the offensive end of the floor, so adding yet another weapon to his arsenal seems almost unfair to the rest of the league. With Gentry looking to create even more of a monster here, a famous quote from the  Bhagavad Gita delivered by one of the men who invented the atomic bomb comes to mind: “Now I am become Death, the destroyer of worlds.”

PBT Extra: Five best free agent signings in the first days of free agency

NEW ORLEANS, LA - DECEMBER 02:  Anthony Davis #23 of the New Orleans Pelicans walks to the free throw line during the fourth quarter of a game against the Oklahoma City Thunder at the Smoothie King Center on December 2, 2014 in New Orleans, Louisiana. New Orleans won the game 112-104. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowlesges and agrees that by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)

The best signing is locking up the best player for the longest time. That’s why the New Orleans Hornets locking up Anthony Davis for at least four years is a brilliant signing. Plus, he signed for the max under the salary cap structure that kicks in next year, so when the cap spikes in 2017 the Pelicans will have room to add help, to put people around Davis. With player-friendly coach Alvin Gentry, New Orleans will become a free agent destination.

I look at my top five signings to start the free agent season, and some of that is just teams just doing the right thing. The Cavaliers locking up Kevin Love. The Spurs securing Kawhi Leonard.

But you also have to love what Toronto did with DeMarre Carroll.

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