Welcome to another edition of RoundTable. This past Friday Golden State blew a 24 point lead to the Memphis Grizzlies at home. This week, Kyle Korver being traded to the Cavaliers, are the Rockets for real, that and so much more on NBA RoundTable.
Lets get started:
The Atlanta Hawks have agreed to trade sharp shooting guard Kyle Korver to the Cleveland Cavaliers. If this trade goes through, What does that mean for the Hawks Organization?
Chad: It means that the Hawks are obviously not content with where their team is moving forward after trading Jeff Teague; I hate to say it but it looks like the Atlanta Hawks may be trying to barely hang on or start a full rebuild process which is surprising after signing Dwight Howard in the offseason.
Steve: It would almost appear on the surface that the Hawks have thrown in the towel, and look to rebuild. Korver was a key component to their offense, I have a feeling that Dwight Howard may once again be looking for a new home.
Dan: To me, this doesn’t say much about the Hawks’ organization. I think that they wanted more players than just Korver. He’s mainly a three-point shooter but to trade him and receive 2 players and a first-round draft selection? Why pass it up? Atlanta isn’t going to the Finals this year. Or next year. And they’re not doing well this season either. So might as well get rid of assets that you can draft picks from. Plus, Dunleavy can be a solid contributor for the rest of the year as can Mo Williams. Then you get a first round pick which is crucial for a rebuild. This trade, to me, shows the Atlanta organization is looking to start a rebuild within a year or two.
The Houston Rockets are playing great ball as of late, currently sitting at the number 3 seed in the Western conference. Are they a legit threat to Golden State or San Antonio?
Chad: James Harden is carrying this team on his back; worthy enough that he should start in the All-Star Game but come playoff time I do not see these guys being a legitimate threat to the West powerhouses of Golden State and San Antonio in the Western Conference
Steve: You know, even during their great run to start the season. I did not think that they were a threat. However, James Harden is playing lights out basketball right now, and if he keeps this pace up. I will go on record right here and say the Rockets are absolutely threats to both the Spurs and Rockets.
Dan: Yes, the Rockets are legit contenders against Golden State and San Antonio. James Harden is definitely playing like an MVP this year and as long as they continue clicking how they are and James Harden keeps having a tremendous season in his new point guard role, the Rockets are going to be a tough team to face all season long and into the playoffs. I think they can definitely make the West Finals and have a nice shot at the NBA Finals, but I don’t see them overcoming Golden State or San Antonio in a 7-game series.
If you could watch any 2 players past or present play a game of one on one, who would it be and why?
Chad: Wilt and Bill Russell; to see how two bigs from the NBA’s early days going at each other would be an interesting sight
Steve: Easy: Michael Jordan vs LeBron James. Then we can find out who in fact is the greatest, and if LeBron can even compare to the legend of Michael Jordan. Now that is wishful thinking and will never happen. So if we are going off of something that can realistically happen. I would go with Kevin Durant and LeBron, both are physical, and can shoot. It would be epic.
Dan: I want to watch LeBron James and Michael Jordan with both players in their prime. Why? Because everyone is always comparing the two players. Well, let’s see who’s better 1-on-1. We can finally end that discussion of “MJ is better” “no LeBron is better” argument.
Who are your early picks to start for the All-Star game? (East and West)
Chad: West: Harden/Westbrook/Durant/Leonard/Cousins
Steve: Western Conference: James Harden, Russell Westbrook, Kevin Durant, Stephen Curry, and Demarcus Cousins.
Eastern Conference: Kyrie Irving, Lebron James, Giannis Antetokonmpo. Demar DeRozen, Kevin Love
Dan: Well, I really don’t care about the All-Star game, I just want Jabari and Giannis to make it, but my early picks to start the All-Star game for each conference are the top vote getters in both conferences. In the East it’s: LeBron James, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Kevin Love, Kyrie Irving, D-Wade. In the West it’s: Durant, Curry, Kawhi, James Harden and Zaza. While I don’t agree with everybody on each side (K-Love and Zaza), these are the ten players I think will be starting come February.
Agree or Disagree. Giannis Antetokounmpo should be in the MVP conversation?
Chad: Yes, he should be his performance is carrying MIlwaukee to within striking distance of home court in a 1st round playoff series and in my opinion he is the best player in the East not named Lebron; Now with the year Westbrook is having I don’t think he will win.
Steve: I had the chance to watch him on ESPN against the Knicks, and it seemed like he was the only one that could do anything. He almost single handedly beat the Knicks with his performance. He is averaging 23.9 PPG and 9.1 RPG. So consideration? Yes, but would he have my vote? Not while Westbrook and Harden are playing the way they are. He is a distant third right now if you ask me.
Dan: Agree. Agree. Agree. Agree. Yes, I repeated myself. Yes, I definitely think he needs to be in the MVP consideration. Giannis is having a fantastic year. He could be one of the only players ever to record 2 steals and 2 blocks per game in a season with the other stats that he’s putting up. Dude is a monster and is leading the Bucks to where they’re at without a huge piece in Khris Middleton. A lot of people, after Middleton’s hamstring tear, was saying that the Bucks won’t go anywhere, they’re fringe playoff contenders, etc. Well, Giannis is driving this roster and this team to a playoff birth. They’re playing extremely good basketball. They embarrassed the Bulls in back-to-back games. They’ve played Golden State, San Antonio and Cleveland close in each game. Without Giannis they lost by 6 on Sunday against the Wizards. With Giannis they probably win. He needs to be in the MVP consideration in the East and if he isn’t, then it’s a robbery.
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