Welcome to another edition of NBA RoundTable. We are now 1 day away from the trade deadline. Tomorrow should be an exciting day on NBA TV as it always is on the last day of trade deadline. This week Will Ibaka help the Magic compete with the Cavaliers, Does Big Shot Rob deserve to go in to the Hall of fame some day, that and so much more on NBA Round Table.
Lets get starts with the Questions:
The Toronto Raptors acquired Serge Ibaka last week from the Orlando Magic. Will he help them immediately compete with the Cavaliers?
Todd: I think it is a good acquisition. It gives them another shot blocker and rebounder. As far as making a difference. I think it will help tremendously. It will give them someone who can guard Love on the perimeter and down low when he return from injury. They won’t get the number one seed but they can compete with the cavaliers or any one else that gets in their way.
Steve: I think the Raptors were one of just a couple of teams in the East that can actually go toe to toe with the Cavs. They pushed them to the brink last season in the Eastern Finals. Now, with the addition of Ibaka, this absolutely helps their chances at getting by the Cavs. I’m not sold that it is enough, but with the Finals experience last season, I wouldnt be surprised if they were able to upset Cleveland in a 7 game series.
Dan: Yes, I think it’ll definitely help the Raptors improve their standing in the East but I don’t think that they will top the Cavaliers. They’re winning the East and the main push that the Raptors and Serge need to be concerned about is the second seed against the Celtics. I think he helps the Raptors a lot in their standing.
Chad: Well the competed last year without him and I think Ibaka will be the perfect piece to go with Lowry and Derozan to against the Cavs. I will give them a puncher’s chance in a 7 game series.
Robert Horry has 7 championship rings more rings than any other player but Bill Russell. Does he deserve to go in to the Hall of Fame one day?
Todd: Well, first of all Robert Horry was never a star player. He was always a role player who mostly came off the bench with a start here or there. He always seemed to be in the right place at the right time as hi nick name is “Big Shot Rob”. He always made the biggest shot of the game weather it be with the Rockets, Spurs, or Lakers. So I say yes he deserves to go in to the Hall Of Fame.
Steve: Easily. Horry was a main stay for the Rockets during their run, then the Spurs were able to capture a title with Horry, then the Lakers returned to dominance with him as well. I think Horry is a no brainer decision for the Hall of Fame.
Dan: No, I don’t believe he does. He had a very successful career since he won seven rings and played great defense, but I don’t think he did enough to win a spot in the Hall. Yes, the seven rings is great, but he wasn’t a Hall of Fame player. Rings are won as a team. There’s players who’ve won NBA Championships who barely saw the floor and left the league after a year or two. The seven rings doesn’t make him a Hall of Famer, the play on the court does and I don’t think he played at a Hall of Fame level.
Chad: He was even in his prime in Houston a very good role player but never a top option his highest PPG was 12.0 he had many great playoff moments but I just am not wowed by the stats outside of the 7 rings he won with HOF’s Hakeem Olajuwon, Clyde Drexler, Shaq, Kobe, Duncan, Robinson…etc.
If Durant, Westbrook, and Harden were still on OKC would they have a NBA title by now?
Todd: No! First of all if Harden was still with OKC he would not be the player he is today. Him and Westbrook would not be able to play together at all. If Durant didn’t leave Westbrook would never had changed his game to what it is right now. They would be worse off then they are now. Too many cowboys and not enough Indians.
Steve: They would have more than one, they would have a couple. You have three perennial MVP candidates on one team? This would be better than the big 3 in Miami, and I don’t think it is close.
Dan: Yes, they would have. Do you see what Russell Westbrook and James Harden are doing this season? Imagine if those two were on a team? Now add Kevin Durant? Yes, they definitely would’ve had a ring by now, especially last year when they took the Warriors to seven games. That’s a HUGE big three, and I think it would’ve been bigger than what the Heat and the Celtics had.
Chad: No, I just don’t see there being enough basketballs or low post presence to go around for this team to consistently complete at the highest level and get a championship
Kevin Love is expected to miss at least 6 weeks with a Knee injury. Does this hinder the Cavs quest for the top spot in the East?
Todd: I think they are in trouble. They already struggled against teams they should blow out before Love was injured and Boston is only 3 Games behind. They do have some pretty tough Western Conference teams to finish out the season also.
Steve: They are still going to be the favorites, with LeBron and Kyrie still in the mix. However, it does hurt their chances, especially with the way that Boston is surging, and Toronto making some moves to boost their chances in the East. I could see this being a huge problem for Cleveland down the stretch, and could ultimately cost them the top seed.
Dan: I don’t think so. I still think the Cavaliers are the best team in the Eastern Conference and they won’t give that spot up with or without Kevin Love. He’ll be back for the playoffs which is a team in which they’ll need him, but in the regular season? The Cavaliers will be fine without him and will keep the top seed in the East.
Chad: With the deadline coming up I think it comes down to what the Celtics do and if they make a move being only 3 games back or so, now is the time to go make a move and get the top spot in the East.
Russell Westbrook has 27 triple doubles at the All-Star break. He needs 15 more to break the record of 41 which Oscar Robertson set back in the 1961-62 season. We he break the record?
Todd: No. The Thunder only have 25 games left. That means he would have to get a triple double in 15 of them. There is no way he does that.
Steve: Im gonna say he will. I thought that he would struggle towards the All Star break as he has carried this Thunder team. I don’t see any sign of him slowing down, in his quest to show up Kevin Durant and send him a message that this was his team all along. Im gonna say he does break the record, and will average a Triple-Double. Will it be good enough for the MVP though?
Dan: I don’t think that he’ll surpass the all-time record for triple-doubles in a season since that is a lot (half the games), but I do think that he’ll come close. I wouldn’t be surprised if he did pass it, but I don’t see it. I definitely didn’t see him hitting as high of a number as he has already this season so I wouldn’t be surprised if he surpassed 40+ triple-doubles, but I don’t see it happening. If he sets his mind and plays in a way to reach it, he definitely can. He’s basically the team in Oklahoma City. To me, it’s how bad he wants it. If he wants that record, he’s getting it. If he doesn’t care, he won’t. Personally, I don’t see him getting him. But, that’s me. I hope he does, that would be fun to watch!
Chad: I don’t think he will but if he does he is clearly the MVP.
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