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2012 NBA All-Star Game

67 Reasons I’m Excited For Next Season


1. Tom Thibodeau managing his bigs

2. DeMarcus Cousins continuing where he left off

3. Brad Stevens with NBA experience

4. Andrew Wiggins vs. Jabari Parker

5. Victor Oladipo playing shooting guard

6. Return of injured players

7. Warriors’ starting lineup

8. Russell Westbrook being Russell Westbrook

9. Goran Dragic at it again

10. Phil Jackson’s influence

11. Giannis Antetokounmpo at point guard

12. Michael Carter-Williams’ development

13. David Blatt’s offense

14. The mysterious and unexpected Bruno Caboclo

15. Kawhi Leonard playing to get paid (even if he’s not)

16. Tyson Chandler back with the Mavericks

17. Jose Calderon setting up Carmelo Anthony offensively

18. Marc Gasol and Zach Randolph (one last time?)

19. Pacers testing positions’ defensive importance

20. Paul Millsap and Al Horford, the Eastern Conference’s Zach Randolph and Marc Gasol

21. Kyrie Irving’s bonkers All-Star voting

22. Disappointing second-year players looking for redemption

23. Dwight Howard and James Harden doing it alone

24. Chris Paul, NBA’s most underrated point guard

25. Synergy of the Pelicans’ lineup

26. More Kyle Lowry-Greivis Vasquez lineups

27. Chandler Parsons in the spotlight

28. Erik Spoelstra proving his chops

29. Nerlens Noel’s long-awaited debut

30. Tim Duncan doing it again

31. Wizards’ small forwards

32. Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh leading a team without LeBron

33. Emotional swings of Roy Hibbert

34. JaVale McGee doing JaVale McGee things

35. K.J. McDaniels testing the second-round system

36. Isaiah Thomas vs. Sacramento Kings

37. Lance Stephenson on the loose

38. Warriors starters with Draymond Green

39. Byron Scott defying convention

40. Cavaliers’ dramatic turnaround

41. Rajon Rondo playing with (slightly) better teammates

42. Steve Clifford handling more, um, personality

43. Stan Van Gundy developing Andre Drummond

44. Whatever Jason Kidd does

45. Josh Huestis in the D-League

46. Jonas Valanciunas on verge of a breakthrough

47. Damian Lillard getting better and overshadowed again

48. 76ers pissing off everyone. Again.

49. LeBron James back in Cleveland

50. Kobe Bryant out for revenge

51. Klay Thompson proving his worth during NBA games

52. Ricky Rubio playing for a max contract

53. James Young representing Flint

54. Whatever Kevin Durant can do

55. New coaches

56. Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving in the playoffs

57. Suns’ many point guards

58. Dirk Nowitzki surrounded by weapons

59. Nets finding new identity with Lionel Hollins

60. Derrick Favors vs. Enes Kanter, Trey Burke vs. Dante Exum

61. Timberwolves as Canada’s other team

62. Greg Monroe playing out his daring decision

63. Thunder’s young guns

64. Lakers’ train wreck

65. Charlotte playing as the Hornets again

66. Rookies

67. Anthony Davis becoming a superstar

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67RIEFNS No. 66: Rookies

2014 NBA Draft
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The NBA is full of talent, personality and suspense. During the offseason, It’s easy to forget how wonderful the league can be. So, I’ve assembled 67 Reasons I’m Excited For Next Season (67RIEFNS). They’ll be presented in no particular order.

To quote Barney Stinson, “Newer is always better.”

Every season, I look forward to rookies. They’re so exotic, so mysterious, so unknown. Of course, returning players can always surprise, but rookies are guaranteed to.

I sure didn’t see Michael Carter-Williams, Rookie of the Year, coming. I didn’t even consider him a contender.

This year, a few of the key rookie questions I have my eye one:

  • Is Andrew Wiggins as raw as everyone said? Is Jabari Parker as polished? I’m guessing they meet in the middle.
  • Will Aaron Gordon and Elfrid Payton make the Magic better or just more exciting? My money is on the latter.
  • How quickly can Julius Randle become the Lakers’ second-best player? It’s not a high bar.
  • Will Zach LaVine become the NBA’s best dunker? He’s got a chance.
  • How large of roles will Doug McDermott and Nikola Mirotic fill with the Bulls? Tom Thibodeau has already expressed how difficult it is to win a championship with two rookies in the rotation.
  • Is Jusuf Nurkic the steal of the draft? Maybe, but I bet someone else passes him.

And I know I’m missing far better rookie storylines, one that will emerge during the season. I just don’t know where to look – and that’s the beauty of rookies. They’re all such surprises.

67RIEFNS No. 62: Greg Monroe playing out his daring decision

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The NBA is full of talent, personality and suspense. During the offseason, It’s easy to forget how wonderful the league can be. So, I’ve assembled 67 Reasons I’m Excited For Next Season (67RIEFNS). They’ll be presented in no particular order.

Greg Monroe has played hard for four seasons, becoming a bright spot on a Pistons team that had little reason for optimism before he arrived. He scores inside and rebounds, and his on-ball defense has turned out OK.

Finally, after being stuck on his rookie-scale contract, Monroe had a chance to get paid this summer.

And he passed.

Monroe accepted the $$5,479,934 qualifying offer, making him the best restricted free agent to ever go that route.

Here are the top 50 first-round picks since the NBA instituted the rookie scale for first-round picks, sorted by win shares through their first four seasons, with the total value of their next contract.

  • Dark blue: Signed extension before fourth season
  • Medium blue: Resigned with current team as restricted free agent
  • Light blue: Had offer sheet matched
  • Red: Signed an unmatched offer sheet
  • Green: Signed in Europe
  • Black: Signed qualifying offer


Nobody in the top 50 got as little money as Monroe, who ranked No. 38 in win shares during his first four seasons. Only David Lee – who re-signed with the Knicks on a one-year $7 million contract in 2009 so they could keep open money to chase LeBron James the following year – came close.

In fact, stretching the list further, No. 51 Ben Gordon is the only other player in the top 100 to take the qualifying offer.

Players just don’t turn their first big payday, even if they’d prefer to change teams. Monroe is really going out on a limb to take this deal, acceptingn less money this season and less long-term financial security in order to become an unrestricted free agent next summer.

Like K.J. McDaniels with the 76ers, Monroe could be a trendsetter if this works for him. It’s a big risk, but whether Monroe alters the climate of player-team negotiations for restricted free agents will depend a lot on how well his season goes.

Sixers accidentally put Bo Outlaw, not Travis, on their roster page

Travis Outlaw

On Monday, the New York Knicks traded journeyman forward Travis Outlaw to the Philadelphia 76ers for little-used third-year big man Arnett Moultrie. Following the trade, the Sixers updated the roster page on their website to show a picture of their newest player.

One problem: They posted the wrong guy. Rather than Travis Outlaw, they updated their roster to include a picture of Bo Outlaw, whom you may remember from the turn-of-the-century Orlando Magic. Bo Outlaw is 43 years old and retired from the NBA in 2008.

Here’s a screenshot, via SB Nation:



There are two equally sad pieces to this story:

1. Bo, at age 43 and seven years into retirement, could very well be a better player than Travis.

2. Even still, Travis would still probably be one of the five best players on a historically awful Sixers team.

It doesn’t matter regardless, because the Sixers waived Outlaw immediately following the trade. Probably because he was too good. Which is sad, because Travis Outlaw hasn’t been a relevant NBA player since 2009.


Report: Knicks to trade Travis Outlaw to Sixers for Arnett Moultrie

Toronto Raptors v New York Knicks

Travis Outlaw couldn’t stick in Sacramento last season (they were nearly four points worse per 100 possessions when he played) and after getting a look at him in training camp the Knicks decided they might just cut him loose and keep undrafted rookie Travis Wear.

Except the Knicks found a taker in a trade — the Philadelphia 76ers. A team that has no use for Outlaw either and will soon cut him free.

Marc Stein of ESPN broke the news.

UPDATE: New York acquired then instantly waived Arnett Moultrie. He could be destined for their D-League team.

The Knicks have Quincy Acy up front, he will get the minutes that it seemed Outlaw might get before camp opened.

Moultrie is unquestionably athletic but after a nice rookie season took a huge step back last season following ankle injuries. He had conditioning issues (and missed five games for a drug suspension last season) but looked a little better in the preseason, putting up solid lines. That was not enough.

What does Philadelphia get out of this? Picks. Sam Hinkie is still hoarding picks. And they get worse on the court. They have no real use for Outlaw, they are going to give frontline minutes to Nerlens Noel, Henry Sims, Malcolm Thomas (who they like) and Brandon Davies.

It’s not likely Outlaw — a stretch four who is a negative on both ends of the court at this point (although he can hit some threes) — will land another deal.