The Boston Celtics Should Dominate The East Next Season

With the imminent departure of LeBron James from the Cavaliers this NBA offseason, it’s time for the Boston Celtics to truly rise in power in the Eastern Conference. After all, their two injured stars Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward should be back and ready to play when the 2019 season commences.

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The Celtics already outdid themselves this year, managing to take LeBron and the Cavs to a Game 7 battle in the second round of the playoffs before bowing out. The team did it with a ragtag bunch of defense-oriented young players sans a solid superstar. Sure, Al Horford, Jayson Tatum, and Terry Rozier provided some degree of offense, but it’s mostly the teamwork, the brilliant coaching, and the gritty defense that got them that far.

But next season’s sun should shine bright on Boston. Whether James eventually decides to stay in Cleveland or move to another team in the East like Philadelphia, he will have a hard time coming back to the biggest stage of professional basketball without a solid supporting cast. Boston’s cast is already complete, and what was lacking in offensive firepower should be quickly remedied by the return of Irving and Hayward. The Celtics are fast looking to be the team with the deepest bench next season.

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Of course, the supporting cast’s experience in the recent playoffs will greatly figure as well in the Celtics’ 2019 campaign. The team will have a solid group of young playoffs veterans plus one with a championship ring in Kyrie Irving. Indeed, the decline in dominance of the Cavs, coupled with a complete Boston roster, should make the Celtics a dominant NBA franchise in the coming years.

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When the Milwaukee Bucks first entered the NBA as an expansion team back in 1968, they only won 26 of their 82 regular season games and were last place overall. This was a blessing since they won a coin toss against the Phoenix Suns and acquired Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (then Lew Alcindor) in the draft.

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The acquisition of the for UCLA Bruins star instantly transformed the franchise, making them a powerhouse team. That following season, the Bucks lost just 26 games and reached the second round of the playoffs. They would fall to the New York Knicks, the team that went on to win the title that year.

The Bucks’ next acquisition was the Big O, Oscar Robertson, who simply put, did everything on the basketball court and did everything well. He was the prototype of players like Magic Johnson and Lebron James. The acquisition proved to be another great decision for the franchise as the duo led the team to the Bucks’ only championship.

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The year after, Alcindor changed his name to Kareem Abdul-Jabbar after his conversion to Islam. Robertson, on the other hand, felt the aging process creeping up on him. Father time coupled with the injury bug kept the Bucks from winning another title.

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It’s all Greek to me: Antetokounmpo might just be this season’s NBA MVP

Just two games into the 2017-18 season, the affectionately dubbed “Greek Freak” Giannis Antetokounmpo has given the NBA a bunch of highlights, on his way to 37 and 34 points in Milwaukee games versus Boston and Cleveland.

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In his third game of the season, Antetokounmpo scored a career-high 44, beating Portland with a steal and a dunk in the final minute, complemented by a last-second block. The internet was expectedly sent buzzing. Is the Greek Freak making a solid run for MVP? Through the Bucks’ first five games, Giannis has already posted a franchise-best total of 175 points, and is already an early candidate for the post-season award.

Giannis drastically improved his numbers in all major stat categories last year, earning him the NBA’s Most Improved Player award. He was also named a starter in the All-Star Game, Milwaukee’s first representative since Michael Redd from over a decade before.

At just 22 years old, Antetokounmpo is already posting record-breaking numbers. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, he is now the first player in NBA history to average 35 points, 10 rebounds, and five assists through the first five games of a season.

It’s clearly too early to tell for sure, as there are many solid candidates for MVP this year: from Harden and James to Durant, Leonard, and possibly Westbrook anew. But if Giannis continues his dominance on both the offensive and defensive end, then that MVP award is, so to speak, truly all Greek to me.

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The Nba’s Biggest Draft Busts Of All-Time

The NBA off-season is about to end and we’ve seen a lot of interesting things happen since the opening week of the draft. Every GM, coach, and fan’s biggest fear is for a high draft pick that the management will lay an egg for and doom their franchise for years to come.

Of course, every team is dreaming of drafting their own Michael Jordan, but a lot of them end up being a bust. Here 3 of the greatest NBA busts of all-time.

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Greg Oden: Portland Trail Blazers (No. 1, 2007)

In 2007, Portland had the first draft pick. They picked Greg Oden. Nobody blamed Portland for that decision during that time. Scouts had been raving about him since his early days in high school. But one injury after another resulted in Oden being out of the league.

Why was Oden a bust then? Because Kevin Durant was in the same draft.

Darko Milicic: Detroit Pistons (No. 2, 2003)

For this one, I blame the scouts and general managers. Every 7-foot European prospect is expected to be the next Dirk Nowitzki, and one has yet to come close to Dirk’s status. Milicic should’ve never been selected this high. Even at the time it was blasphemous. He ended his 10-year career with 6PPG.

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Sam Bowie: Portland Trail Blazers (No. 2, 1984)

I guess you can say that the Portland Trail Blazers has a knack for drafting busts and missing out on some of the GOATs. The problem with them is they just choose centers over people with raw talent. Bowie managed to play 139 games in five years for the Blazers. Oh, yeah and some guy named Michael Jordan was drafted by the Chicago Bulls right after him.

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Why Super Teams are Ruining the NBA

Just recently, the New York Knicks’ Derrick Rose signed with the Cleveland Cavaliers, joining Lebron James and an army of top-rated players to form yet another super team.

This is just one example of a trend that has been quite popular over the last few years. It happened when Kevin Durant joined Klay Thompson and Steph Curry in Golden State. However, this may be more forgivable because the Splash Brothers were already there with the team, to begin with.

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There are other teams in the NBA that have taken the route of assembling the best five out of the biggest superstars all over the league. It’s ridiculous, and it’s killing the league.

That’s because the message is strong. It simply states that the only sure way to win a championship is to hoard all the talent in one place.

Whatever happened to winning through sheer passion and dedication? That’s something that the NBA needs to have a really good look at today. Soon enough, what we have so loved as a sport will turn into nothing more than a business, which truly makes the essence of sportsmanship a lot less significant.

Michael Jordan, the greatest player that the NBA ever saw, put it best when he said he would have never called Larry Bird or Magic Johnson to even so much as float the idea of building a super team. That’s because he wanted to beat them, not join them.

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This is the kind of player that makes winning an attitude, the kind that we are seeing a lot less of nowadays.

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