OutOfSightSports NBA Draft 2023 Player Profile: Anthony Black

By: @OOSSports

1/28/23

OutOfSightSports NBA Draft 2023 Player Profile: Anthony Black

This year before the 2023 NBA draft, we are going to publish 60 articles on who we believe are the top 60 players headed into the upcoming draft before. With this being said, this list is in no order so do not be up in my DMs complaining. The rankings will come at the conclusion of the 60 player list. Anyways, lets dive into our first prospect of the OutOfSight NBA Draft 23 player profiles! We will start with the versatile Razorback freshman, Anthony Black.

Physicals

Height: 6-7

Weight: 190

School/Class/DOB

College: Arkansas

Classification: Freshman (T)

Birthdate: 1/20/2004

Draft Prediction: Lottery Pick

Pros

Given his frame and physicals, he is is a relatively good scorer off the dribble.

Black gets after it and hustles like a dawg, a trait every NBA front office looks for in a potential draft pick.

Has a fantastic ability to get to the line, especially when he plays to his strengths.

He is a better than average passer for a freshman

Black overachieves at his size on the boards, thanks to his hustle and toughness.

Legit all around defender that can defend the perimeter and create takeaways. Black also possesses the ability to defend the paint and swat away shots.

Good athlete for a college player, but a GREAT one for a true freshman.

Has the ability to play multiple positions due to his versatility.

Cons

He needs to work on his shooting.

He needs to expand his shooting range.

Can have chaotic shot selection. Sometimes appears careless on offense, leading to turnovers. This creation can lead to a selfishness that some people criticize him for.

Seems to have a tough time defending faster players.

Player Profile Summary:

Anthony Black is a quick, skilled point forward who can run the offense and make hustle plays on both ends of the court. He’ll need to work on his shooting and scoring, but he’s a tall playmaker who could and should be a lottery pick in 2023, even with Arkansas being disappointing like they to this point of the season.

Does TCU stand a chance against UGA? │CFB Title Game Preview 2023

1/4/22

By: @OOSSports

Does TCU stand a chance against UGA? │CFB Title Game Preview 2023

Ask anyone who knows me; I tell it like it is. If a player lets UGA down, I’m going to bring it up. Accountability is key to building the championship standard the Dawgs are trying to create at Georgia. 

If you truly enjoy winning, whether it’s one championship or three, they’re all equal to me. I don’t know, but I would assume it got sweeter for Mike and Kobe with each passing parade. The Dawgs are looking to bring a title back to Athens for a second straight year, while TCU has a chance to make history and shock the world. In such an unlikely yet intriguing championship game, we must consider what each team must do if they want to be remembered in CFB lore forever.

After two highly contested and chaotic College Football Playoff national semifinal games on Saturday, the matchup has been determined: the reigning champs and unbeaten Dawgs will face the Cinderella TCU Horned Frogs.

The No. 1 Bulldogs (14-0) and No. 3 Horned Frogs (13-1) will battle on January 9 at SoFi Stadium in Southern California. Here is an early look at the matchup between the undefeated Bulldogs and 13-1 Frogs.

KEY MATCHUP:

TCU’s wide receiver Quentin Johnston and QB Max Duggan vs Georgia’s secondary:

In the Fiesta Bowl, Johnston caught six passes for 163 yards and one touchdown against Michigan’s impressive defensive secondary. Johnston, a junior from Temple, Texas, has caught 65 passes for more than 1,100 yards and seven touchdowns on the year. He has had a great season so far. Duggan and his go-to receiver have shown that they can win no matter who their opponent is or how good they are. They are a Cinderella team, but they really aren’t after what I saw from everyone on Saturday. These Frogs certainly are not to be taken lightly, and UGA is highly mistaken if they think TCU got this far to lay down and die. They will come out swinging; they don’t care who you are. This isn’t free money if you plan on betting.

Unfortunately for my Dawgs, they have us right where they want us if they want ANY chance:

Georgia’s secondary is coming off two of its worst performances of the season, surrendering 502 passing yards to LSU in the SEC title game and 348 passing yards to Ohio State in the Peach Bowl. In those games, opponent quarterbacks completed 54 of 86 passes (63%), threw two interceptions, and scored seven touchdowns against Kirby Smart’s team. He is also very aware that this pattern must stop against TCU. UGA will have to mix it up, throw a multitude of different defensive packages, fire zones, and much more to get to Duggan before he makes his reads in time. Jalen Carter got locked up last week, and Ringo looked clueless last weekend. Both definitely lost some NFL stock to me…

The X-Factor:

Tight ends are rarely game changers in big games, but that will be the case in the championship game.

Darnell Washington, a 6-foot-7, 270-pound mammoth of a man for Georgia, left Saturday’s semifinal game with an injured left ankle and did not come back. He was observed entering the locker area with the assistance of two staff members. Smart told reporters later that he didn’t know what was wrong, but that some people thought it was an ankle sprain.

“We’ll have to evaluate and see,” said Smart. “The good news is he’s got more than a normal week [in between games]. I know he’ll do everything he can to get back. He’s headed out west toward where he’s from [he was born in Las Vegas]. It will be important to him to try to get back.”

Washington is a terrific blocker and receiver at the tight end position. This season, he has 25 receptions for 403 yards. Washington and No. 1 tight end Brock Bowers offer Georgia one of the best 1-2 punch combinations at the position. The primary edge Georgia has over TCU is on the lines of scrimmage. Washington is a core part of this. If he is unable to play against TCU, Georgia’s power rushing game and red-zone passing will suffer, but I think UGA will have another player step up if he does not play.

What the Bulldogs need to do to repeat:

The Bulldogs were quite harsh in their assessment of their performance vs Ohio State. Their defense was sliced and diced for the most of the game, quarterback Stetson Bennett IV admitted to playing “about 30 minutes of bad football,” and Georgia missed two field goals. Therefore, this squad will not enter the championship game with a feeling of being superior and disregard TCU. Even with a 14-0 record, the Bulldogs fully understand the importance of what it will take after practically being dead in the water against OSU Saturday.

“If we want any chance of winning a national title, we have to play a lot better,” HC Kirby Smart stated in the early hours of Sunday morning.

Georgia needs to do a much better job of covering receivers and hurrying the quarterback this week. Ohio State’s wide receivers bullied Georgia’s secondary, and quarterback C.J. Stroud had much too much time to read coverage and space to scramble. TCU’s Duggan is a faster runner than Stroud, therefore Georgia will have to keep him in line.

Georgia will likely want to improve its offensive run-pass balance from what it had against Ohio State. The Bulldogs only ran the ball 26 times, which is their fewest since their season-opening game against Oregon. Additionally, offensive coordinator Todd Monken’s approach heavily relies on play-action passing. There is less to fool defenders when there is less of a running-attack. Championship offenses must be multidimensional. 

With that being said, Georgia can pass and run, and on a crucial Peach Bowl night, the strength of its receiving unit was on exhibit. Bennett has a wide range of options for how to move the ball with Adonai Mitchell playing at full strength and Arian Smith showcasing his lightning speed. There are plenty of plays that can be made against the TCU defense, as Michigan and some other opponents have illustrated.

What the Frogs need to do to make HISTORY:

In last year’s SEC title game defeat and Saturday’s close call in the Peach Bowl, Georgia appeared vulnerable to having to face a truly exceptional wide receiver. Quentin Johnston has this power to help the Horned Frogs make plays, and they are not afraid to use it. Garrett Riley, the offensive coordinator, came up with the screen pass plays that led to the touchdown against Michigan on Saturday. Riley is a master at coming up with creative ways to get the ball ton Johnston. Johnston will likely need a game-changing effort to win the game.

But if the championship game becomes a track meet, it will be difficult to play a one-dimensional game against Georgia. Consequently, TCU will also need better output from its running game, regardless of which running back starts (Kendre Miller or Emari Demercado). This is easier said than done against a Georgia defensive front headed by defensive tackle Jalen Carter, who is due for a massive game.

The Horned Frogs’ defense was strong against Michigan’s run game, but it still allowed over 40 points while playing complementary football with two interceptions of their own. The defense may have to stand up without receiving gifts like it did from Michigan quarterback J.J. McCarthy, but it is unknown how it will hold up because it is tough to predict which version of the Georgia offense we will watch. If Georgia has Washington, TCU will need to really, really step up like they did vs. Michigan.

My Conclusion: I’m rolling with the Dawgs in what I expect to be a really intense, competitive, and hard-hitting game.

Sacramento Kings star De’Aaron Fox said this about Joel Embiid

By: OutOfSightSports

1/3/22

Sacramento Kings star De’Aaron Fox said this about Joel Embiid

Last season, the Sacramento Kings traded one of its young and promising talents, Tyrese Haliburton, to the Indiana Pacers in exchange for Domantas Sabonis, a seasoned All-Star.

While the move drew a lot of attention for the Kings since Haliburton prospered right away in Indiana, and Sabonis didn’t take the Kings above and beyond, the transaction is starting to look much better for Sacramento through the 2022-2023 NBA season.

According to EuroHoops.net, Sacramento star guard De’Aaron Fox believes Sabonis is a top-three big guy in the league as well.

So, in Fox’s opinion, who is Sabonis up there with?

Nikola Jokic of the Denver Nuggets and Joel Embiid of the Philadelphia 76ers.

“For me, it’s (Nikola) Jokic, (Joel) Embiid, and (Sabonis). Those are the top three centers in the league.“

Jokic is without a doubt one of the top centers in the league. The Nuggets’ star has been named the NBA’s Most Valuable Player for the past two seasons.

It’s difficult to argue against Embiid being in the same conversation yet, given that he lost to Jokic both times despite being named the league’s MVP runner-up. I honestly would flip a coin and take either though. Both unreal talents. Anyways, Embiid was able to establish himself last year as the NBA’s scoring champion, elevating his offensive game to a level not seen at the center position since the legendary Shaquille O’Neal.

Fox joins a lengthy line of NBA players who see Embiid as one of the game’s most dominant big men. There isn’t much to argue about as the Sixers star continues to rack up All-Star appearances while being in the running for seasonal accolades and All-NBA selection.

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Dawgs Look To Repeat After Overcoming Buckeyes in Semifinal Thriller

By: OutOfSightSports

1/1/22

Dawgs Look To Repeat After Overcoming Buckeyes in Semifinal Thriller

ATLANTA– Since at least 1941, when it was credited to Illinois coach Bob Zuppke, the phrase “game of inches” has been synonymous with college football. That proverb was more applicable than ever on the last night of 2022, more than eight decades later.

Seconds. Inches. The dividing line between success and loss. Enough of those razor-thin time and distance margins went Georgia’s way, as the reigning national champion Bulldogs defeated Ohio State, 42-41, in an all-time classic Peach Bowl College Football Playoff quarterfinal.


An absolute rollercoaster game full of all kinds of emotion, Coach Smart had this to say about the Buckeyes following the Dawgs Peach Bowl win.

“My heart goes out to those guys,” Smart said of Ohio State. “They played well enough to win. We played well enough to win, too. Just well enough.”

Staying true to his name, Kirby made one of the smartest calls in his career. Smart called a vital timeout in the fourth quarter just in time to prevent an Ohio State fake punt on fourth-and-1, which would have been successful if the ball had been snapped in time. Smart said that he saw the Buckeyes weren’t lined up in their usual punt formation, so he called a timeout without help from his coaches on the headset. What some people may not realize is the head coach’s headset has three channels he can shift between: offense, defense, and special teams. Coming off an enormous defensive stop, Smart was tuned into the defensive channel.

Coach Smart prior to his brilliant timeout

“They were saying something on the special teams line, but I wasn’t on that line,” Smart stated. Ultimately, he most definitely lived up to his last name with that type of awareness.

Tight end Brock Bowers was just athletic enough to get his body off the ground and stretch out for a huge first down. The Mackey Award winner was initially ruled short, before a replay review conceded the officials missed the call.

“Brock was pretty dumbfounded,” UGA QB Stetson Bennett IV said. 

UGA had to settle for a field goal three plays later, but it turned out to make all the difference in the outcome.

Javon Bullard’s hard hit on Marvin Harrison Jr., which was initially ruled targeting before being overturned, was just legal enough to prevent a touchdown and knocked the superstar wide receiver out for the rest of the game. This hit prevented Ohio State from gaining a three-score lead at the end of the third.

If any of those three plays go the other way, the Buckeyes would have almost certainly pulled off the upset and faced TCU for the national championship next week. Georgia, on the other hand, was ultimately better by inches, if not centimeters.

Bennett, who stamped his name into school history last year with a rally to stun Alabama to capture the school’s first national title in over four decades, was just good enough to expunge numerous earlier mistakes and lead another spectacular fourth-quarter playoff comeback. Bennett’s mistakes contributed to his team being down, but he never was. He showed once again he cannot be counted out.

Stetson had this to say as well, “I felt like there was a 30-minute period where I just played bad football,” And he’s right; he was struggling. With that being said, I believe anyone who is skeptical about Stetson’s clutch gene now has an answer. This man consistently delivers and has Georgia on the edge of becoming a dynasty; no quarterback in school history has had even the slightest level of success as him at the position. You may argue that Belue has, but he threw a mediocre 11 touchdowns and 9 interceptions in the 1980 run. Not close.

“Freaking, I threw a lateral,” Bennett said this during the postgame news conference, while Smart closed his eyes for a few seconds, bitterly remembering that horrible moment. “Dumb” he said.

But once again, the undersized former walk-on, who is one of sports greatest Cinderella stories, rose to the occasion under enormous pressure and delivered. This game, like many others, was a microcosm of his career—he found a way just when Georgia fans were ready to give up on him, just when the whole public was writing him off.

“It kind of frees you up,” Bennett said after stepping up AGAIN, “You’ve got to. Otherwise, we’re going to lose.” Talk about a winner.

Bennett led three straight scoring drives to bring the game out of inferno in the fourth quarter, in which UGA went into trailing 38-24. Bennett completed 12-of-14 throws for 207 yards and two touchdowns in what very well could have been the final three possessions of his six-year collegiate career. This is the the stuff of legends, elevating him to the mountaintop of UGA quarterbacks in my opinion. You might prefer stats, and I understand. I’ll tell you this though, none of them have delivered like the mailman has.

Bennett completed five straight throws, exploiting the center of the field to get Georgia to the Ohio State 10-yard line before hitting Adonai Mitchell on an out route for the score. Last year, it was Bennett-to-Mitchell for the game-winning touchdown against Alabama.

Bennett summarized the last drive’s mindset:

“It’s in our hands now. Defense stood up whenever we needed them to. Where else would you rather be? Having the ball with two minutes left and if you score, you win the game. I looked around and there was just a whole bunchy of determined, strong stares from all the dudes.”

Except Georgia didn’t have the game won after scoring the last-minute, go-ahead touchdown. Bennett led the Bulldogs downfield so skillfully and just a little too fast that they left 54 seconds on the clock for Ohio State and the brilliant CJ Stroud.

Stroud drove the Buckeyes to the Georgia 31-yard line and did his job, where Ryan Day made a disastrous decision on a night when he coached a brilliant game. Instead of seeking to go closer to field-goal range for kicker Noah Ruggles, he ran the ball on first down. Ruggles was left with a 50-yard attempt, as he came into the game 0-for-4 from 50 yards or beyond. He’s now 0-for-5 after hooking the kick wide left and it wasn’t EVEN CLOSE. 

Kenny McIntosh, who rushed for 126 yards and scored a touchdown, saw the decisive kick from the spot where the ball was snapped on the sidelines. When the kick was wide-left, the RB said, “I dropped to my knees, right then and there. Then I ran on the field.”

Bennett was again driven to tears by the passion of the event while standing on the sidelines. Last year, after Kelee Ringo returned an interception for a touchdown, he broke down (just like I did, but in Athens). This time Bennett cried of joy again, before the Dawgs got into victory formation and ran the clock out.

That final play occurred at 12:01 a.m. on January 1, 2023. The man taking the knee is 25 years old and started college in 2017. His winding path to hero status included a transfer to a junior college, a return to Georgia, and numerous benchings as Smart sought a better quarterback. It turns out he’s always had a national champion on his team—and now perhaps a two-time champion.

Bennett fled the stage after being named the game’s Most Outstanding Offensive Player and was surrounded by well-wishers as he attempted to make his way off the field to the Georgia locker room. Finally, he grabbed an offensive lineman’s back and asked him to lead him to the locker room.

Bennett continued jogging after he was free, his left hand in the air saluting the Bulldogs faithful, able to revel in a moment that had nearly passed him by. Georgia had the inches and seconds on their side Saturday night, and the Dawgs needed them all.

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Free Early Rose Bowl Pick 01/02/2023 | PSU vs. Utah | 5:00 PM EST

By: OutOfSightSports

1/1/22

Free Early Rose Bowl Pick 01/02/2023 | PSU vs. Utah | 5:00 PM EST

What a bowl season and CFB playoff we have gotten so far this year, and the last day of the 2022 calendar year HAD to have been the best two semi-final matchups in CFB playoff history. As a Georgia fan, I thought my Dawgs were out for the count and still don’t know how the guys pulled it off. Also, there is absolutely nothing fraudulent in TCU. Anyways, let’s talk about who we are rolling with in this year’s Rose Bowl, everyone loves “The Granddaddy of Them All”

Analysis and key takeaways:

Elite Utah CB, Clark Phillips lll, has made the choice to miss out this year’s Rose Bowl in order to focus on training for the draft. However according to Football Outsiders, Penn State has a superior defensive line (ranked seventh as opposed to Utah at 58th), special teams (ranked twenty-three as opposed to sixty-fourth), and overall defense (ranked fifth as opposed to seventeenth). During the season, Utah had a record of 2-3 SU and 0-5 ATS when the line was 7 or less.

PSU S Ji’Ayir Brown

Penn State has a record of 8-1 SU and 6-2 ATS when playing on grass, while Utah has a record of just 3-2 SU and 3-2 ATS when playing on grass as well. Penn State has a sharper record against other bowl teams, especially on defense, and has played on a more difficult schedule this season. (ranked 10th compared to Utah at 21st). Take the underdog Nittany Lions.

THE PICK: PSU +1.5 (-110)

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Doncic Leads Mavs to Comeback W in Generational Performance

“I’m tired as hell.”

In his initial, unfiltered thoughts, Mavericks star Luka Doncic reacted to one of the most extraordinary performances in NBA history and the most spectacular game of his young career.

It’s easy to see why. 

Simply taking in the magnitude of his contributions to Tuesday’s overtime win over the Knicks is exhausting.

He scored 60 points, more than Dirk Nowitzki’s previous franchise record of 53, and he hauled in a career-high 21 rebounds to drop the first 60-20 triple- double in NBA history. He also served out 10 assists to ultimately give him a total of 52 total triple doubles in his career already.

All of this was not for nothing though, as it resulted in the Mavericks coming back from a nine-point deficit in the final 26.8 seconds of regulation (more on that below) and then winning the game in  OT by a score of 126-121.

The highlight was at the conclusion of that comeback run, when Dallas desperately needed a basket and all of Doncic’s skill, experience, and a bit of luck came into play.

With 4.2 seconds left and the Mavericks down by three, Doncic went to the line. After making his first free throw, Doncic purposefully missed his second in the vain hope that a Mavs player would somehow corral it and force overtime.

Someone, it turned out, and that someone was Doncic, who… well, just watch,

Doncic, who finished with 21 points on 31 shots, scored seven of Dallas’ eleven points in overtime to help secure the comeback and put the finishing touches on his generational performance.

Along with Harden’s 60-point, 10-rebound, 11-assist performance for the Rockets in 2018, Luka became just the second player in NBA history to record a 60-point triple-double of any kind.

A 50-point triple-double is an INCREDIBLE accomplishment alone. Only Wilt Chamberlain (twice) and Elgin Baylor grabbed 20 boards in theirs, making them two of only six players to ever do so, according to ESPN’s Stats & Info.

Raiders @ Steelers Pick and Prediction | 12/24 | 8:15 PM EST

By: OutOfSightSports

12/24/22 5:15 PM ET

Raiders @ Steelers Pick and Prediction | 12/24 | 8:15 PM EST

Derek Carr will try to reverse his terrible track record in freezing temperatures, which stands at 1-7 when the weather drops below 40 degrees and 0-4 when it’s below 32 degrees. Pittsburgh is great at stifling the run, therefore the game will be in his freezing hands.

Kenny Pickett is expected to contribute to Pittsburgh’s rushing attack in his comeback for this matchup. In three of their last four games, the Steelers’ rushing attack has topped 150 yards. Meanwhile, the Raiders’ rushing defense just got trampled by the Patriots. The Steelers are the better team due to their stronger coaching staff and home field advantage vs a team that obviously plays in a dome.

THE PICK: STEELERS -2.5 (-110)

Mavericks vs Rockets Value Pick 8:00 PM EST│ 12/23/22

By: OOSSports

12/23/22│ 8:00 PM

Mavericks vs Rockets Value Pick 8:00 PM EST│ 12/23/22

The end of a four-game road trip for Dallas, which may be a team possibly looking ahead to a Christmas Day national tv showcase vs the Lakers. It’s quite easy to underestimate the young Rockets, whousually perform well against the Mavs, already being 1-0 this year against them.

Maxi Kleber, Dorian Finney-Smith, Josh Green, and Kemba Walker are all unavailable for the Mavs tonight, providing them with a thin squad. Speaking of Walker, the vet has been surprisingly effective since being picked up by the team as well. Frank Ntilikina is questionable too. Dallas has failed to cover the spread in eight consecutive games against teams with a losing record and is only 4-11 on the road (6-9 ATS).

THE PICK: HOUSTON ROCKETS -7 (-110)

6 Eye-Catching Prospects From the 2022 NBA G-League Winter Showcase

12/22/22

By: @OOSSports

6 Eye-Catching Prospects From the 2022 NBA G-League Winter Showcase

The four-day NBA G League Winter Showcase concluded on Thursday, bringing together a vast array of team executives and front office personnel. Annually, the event acts as a proving ground for G League prospects, a testing ground for new rules (this year, the league experimented with a fourth-quarter, target-score rule), and a gathering place for teams to discuss trades as well as other business.

In the context of the 2023 draft, the major attraction at the Showcase was G League Ignite, who were without Scoot Henderson on Tuesday (he is nearing a recovery after a concussion and nose injury suffered in late November). The other notable draft-eligible player was NBA Academy Africa guard Thierry Serge Darlan, who had abundant opportunity to showcase himself to teams this week between two Academy scrimmages and games against prep school teams at the neighboring Tarkanian Classic.

Tuesday’s absence of Henderson was disappointing, but the game presented a helpful evaluation benchmark for the Ignite’s prospects. With that being said, here are my key observations from the past few days of watching the showcase.

Leonard Miller, F

Based on what we’ve seen thus far this season, Miller appears to have the strongest shot at being the next Ignite prospect drafted following Henderson. The concern is what range that actually ends up becoming, as the variety of outcomes for him remains quite wide. With some eye-catching box score lines, he’s been fairly effective while playing a lot of minutes early in the season. This is a good sign that he can produce at this level even though he doesn’t fully understand everything. Miller didn’t play well at the Showcase on Tuesday, shooting a poor 3-of-13 from the field, but he managed to pull down 14 rebounds. He’s still a ways away from developing into the decision-maker he can be and a dependable shooter, which are both vital aspects of enjoying a long and lucrative career in the league.

Mojave King, G

To this point in the season, the 20-year-old King has started to come into his own, playing starter minutes and turning in a number of strong performances as well as some erratic ones. He has the athletic profile to be a 3-and-D type wing, but doesn’t quite possess the creative ability and confidence to be more than that yet. King fights and executes the tiny things well, similar to Australian prospects we have seen in the past. He has the capability to be a perfect role player. But he’ll need to be a lot more effective to get there, and that’s still in the air at the time. In the spring, we will most likely be talking about King in the same category as second round/two-way type of prospects.

Efe Abogidi, F

Abogidi became a member of the Ignite after two solid seasons at Washington State, and he was previously a member of the NBA’s Global Academy program and NBA Academy Africa. Now that he’s back in the NBA with Ignite, he’ll be fighting for a two-way contract and perhaps a bid at being a second-round pick.

Abogidi practing with the NBA’s Global Academy program

While he’s not a physically intimidating player for his size, he’s been efficient and productive in his minutes, rebounding with a motor, protecting the basket effectively, and showing the ability to knock down occasional jumpers. He didn’t accomplish much on Tuesday and may get lost in the flow of a game at times. But there are tools here to work on here for the forward that are fixable and give him quite more potential than what appears on the surface.

London Johnson, G

Johnson, who is 18, will compete for Ignite for the next two seasons before becoming eligible for the 2024 draft. One silver lining to Henderson’s absence was getting to watch Johnson play starter’s minutes for Ignite, where the point guard impressed with his poise and defensive effort. He looked quite comfortable at the G League level for a player who was in high school less than a year ago, which serves as a strong indicator of his NBA future.

Babacar Sané, F

Sane, a 19-year old native of Senegal, joined the Ignite in late October as a student of NBA Academy Africa. His physical frame at 6′ 6″, 194, is huge for his potential and future draft stock. His broad shoulders and excellent measurements for a wing give him potential scouts just cannot overlook.

Sané is still getting accustomed to playing at this level, as the game moves a little fast for him a lot of the time, but he fought hard on Tuesday and possesses the qualities that should earn him a serious look from NBA teams. He is still not ready for the NBA yet, and hasn’t made much of an impact on a regular basis, but it’ll be fascinating to see how he has developed as a player at the finish of the season.

Thierry Serge Darlan, G

Darlan, who has been widely perceived as the best prospect to come out of Africa (though for context, the historical bar there is not particularly high) is contemplating what to do next season. The guard has the options of joining the Ignite and playing in college, but he is draft-eligible as well.

Darlan is still learning his feel for guard position and also had a few mishaps in the tournament, but there are a lot of exciting parts to his game: he is a superb athlete, a talented passer, defends his position well, and plays with a PASSIONATE enthusiasm at all times. If he is placed in a great developmental environment, his game has the potential to take off, and it is clear that he has a future in the NBA.

New Orleans Bowl: WKU vs South Alabama │ Preview and BEST BET │12/21/22

12/21/22

By @OOSSports

New Orleans Bowl: WKU vs South Alabama │ Preview and BEST BET │12/21/22

The Sun Belt has won five consecutive games over Conference USA in the New Orleans Bowl, and I anticipate that streak will resume tonight. Perhaps most importantly, the line has dropped from South Alabama -9 to South Alabama -3.5.

S. Alabama Senior DB Keith Galmon Jr

Western Kentucky’s second-ranked passing offense (339 yards per game) will face South Alabama’s 12th-ranked defense unit, which has shut down damn near everyone. The Cougars went 10-2, dropping 10-6 to Troy and 32-31 to UCLA in their two losses. This season, WKU was an underdog three times and lost all three. The Hilltoppers have lost five players, notably their top receiver, second-leading tackler, two offensive linemen, and two defensive backs as well, all who have gone through the portal or declared for the draft. South Alabama has won five games in a row and is expected to be at full power. I’m taking South Alabama to cover.

Why?

South Alabama is competing for its first bowl title only in its third-ever appearance. In 2014, the Jaguars competed for the Camellia Bowl but ended up falling to Bowling Green, 33-28. The program also played in the Arizona Bowl in 2016, but lost to Air Force 45-21. This is the first winning season the program has had since joining the FBS in 2012. Capturing the program’s first bowl trophy would be the cherry on top of what has already been a phenomenal season for the Cougars.

The Pick: South Alabama -3.5

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Billionaire Mortgage Lender Mat Ishbia Finalizes Purchase of Suns

By: OutOfSightSports

12/21/22

Billionaire Mortgage Lender Mat Ishbia Finalizes Purchase of Suns

Detroit native and billionaire mortgage lender Mat Ishbia has completed the acquisition of the Phoenix Suns for a record-setting $4 billion, resulting in the most expensive purchase ever including an NBA franchise.

Ishbia with Tom Brady

The old record was set in 2019 when Joe Tsai acquired the Nets for a sum of $2.35 billion. The purchase of Ishbia represents an official exit from the position held by Robert Sarver.

The purchase includes not just the Suns but also the Mercury of the Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA). Tuesday evening, the franchise issued a statement in which it stated that the transaction also includes, “more than 50% ownership of the team including all of Robert Sarver’s interest and a portion of the interest of minority partners.”

Ishbia was referred to be the “right leader to build on the franchise legacies of winning” by Sarver, who also stated that Ishbia will “shepherd” both teams into the next phase.

“Matt [Ishbia] has exactly the right spirit, commitment and resources to pursue championships,” the statement read. “Equally important, though, is his philanthropic outlook and commitment to using sports as a way to elevate and connect people. I know he shared unwavering support for women’s basketball and I look forward to watching him become a unifying force across the Valley of the Sun.”

According to Wojnarowski’s report, Justin Ishbia, Mat Ishbia’s brother and a founding partner of Shore Capital, is also making a significant investment in the Suns. He is going to take on the role of the franchise’s alternate governor.

After being found guilty of workplace misconduct and given a one-year suspension along with a $10 million fine, Sarver made the decision in September to sell both the Phoenix Suns and the Phoenix Mercury. This decision came after a league investigation found that Sarver had engaged in inappropriate behavior in the workplace.

Disgraced ex-Suns owner Robert Sarver

According to the findings of the investigation, Sarver had used the n-word a minimum of five times “when recounting the statements of others” while serving as the active owner of the Suns and Mercury, The investigation also discovered that Sarver behaved in an unacceptable manner with employees on a consistent basis, including, “instances of inequitable conduct toward female employees,” which included “sex-related comments,” the NBA said in a statement. The disgraced owner did not just target women though, “inappropriate physical conduct toward male employees.” was found as well.

In November 2021, ESPN released accounts from over 70 current and former Suns employees that outlined a poisonous workplace climate under Sarver that was both racist and misogynistic. The environment was described as being in existence while Sarver was in charge of the Suns. These examples included descriptions of times when Sarver used the n-word, such as when he said he hired Lindsey Hunter as head coach in 2013 rather than Dan Majerle because of his “black” background.

In spite of the results of the investigation, the league came to the conclusion that Sarver’s actions were not “motivated by racial or gender-based animus.”

Mat Ishbia, the current Chief Executive Officer of United Wholesale Mortgage, is a former college basketball player who studied at Michigan State University from 1998 to 2002. He was a part of 3 consecutive squads that reached the Final Four, and in 2000, he won the national championship with Tom Izzo and the Spartans.

Wojnarowski claims that Ishbia has maintained a tight relationship with Tom Izzo, his former coach at Michigan State, and had previously made a commitment of $32 million to the men’s basketball team at Michigan State.

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Steelers @ Panthers Week 15: Key Takeaways, Points and What We Saw

By: OutOfSightSports

Sunday 12/18/22

Steelers @ Panthers Week 15: Key Takeaways, Points and What We Saw

The Pittsburgh Steelers defeated the Carolina Panthers by setting the tone from kickoff on. With a 6-8 record and a road victory against Carolina, Pittsburgh’s AFC North title chances are dead, but a wild-card berth is still a slim possibility. Their ability to control and play the game at their own tempo was demonstrated by the Steelers’ 21-play drive to begin the second half, which occupied most of the third quarter. Pittsburgh tallied 91 yards and extended their advantage to 21-7 with a TD. The seven-pass, 14-run series was the longest in terms of plays and time of possession of any NFL team this season. Neither a block in the back nor a Diontae Johnson taunting penalty were able to derail it. It was also the Steelers’ longest possession in terms of plays and time since at least 2000. The Panthers rallied with 10 consecutive points to tie the game, and the Steelers’ several second-half penalties assisted them. But that one Steelers drive was enough to finish off the Panthers.

Carolina has seemed to drift away from their recent competitive play. The Panthers entered the game having won three of their past four games, and with legitimate aspirations of looking to win the NFC South crown, while the Buccaneers are continuing to struggle to put away their opponents. The Panthers’ recent success has been largely due to the run game and their situational defense, neither of which were visible on Sunday. They ran the ball 16 times for a season-low 21 yards. Interestingly, the Panthers abandoned their heavy-package run plays as indicated by the attempts, employing it on only a few of snaps in the first half, which was surprising given its success in previous games. The preceding three games, Carolina’s defense on third downs has been improved significantly, allowing only 35.8% of third-down conversions. Sunday? The Steelers were effective on 12 of their first 15 third-down attempts. This is how you lose a home game with significant stakes to Mitchell Trubisky.

#4 Alabama vs #15 Gonzaga: What to watch for, where to stream, and key points going into this Top 25 matchup

By: OutOfSightSports

Date: 12/16/22

#4 Alabama vs #15 Gonzaga: What to watch for, where to stream, and key points going into this Top 25 matchup

The Alabama Crimson Tide will take on the Gonzaga Bulldogs at Courtney Cox Arena in Birmingham, Alabama tomorrow at 1 pm ET on CBS.

Alabama is playing their third straight opponent ranked among the top 15 teams in the country in #15 Gonzaga. Alabama is one of only two teams in the country, along with Arizona, to have three victories over teams ranked in the top 25 as well.

Brandon Miller of Alabama is currently dropping the most points per game for a freshman this year in the country, averaging 18.5 points while also pulling down 8.4 rebounds a game. A year ago, when these two squads played against each other in Seattle, the Crimson Tide emerged victorious. The Zags have a record of 6-1 versus teams ranked in the top 5 during the REGULAR season since 2018-19. Their lone defeat came at the hands of Duke on a court that was regarded as neutral Las Vegas. Even if I don’t want to acknowledge it, Bama is, at the very least in my opinion, doing all in their power to convince me that they belong among the top five teams in the country at this time. T his is an extremely important game for Gonzaga as well, because a loss would bring their overall record to a lackluster 8-4, despite their best wins coming against Michigan State, Xavier, and Kentucky. Additionally, according to the statistics, the Zags’ victory over Kent State was really a more impressive victory than their victory over the Washington Huskies. If they were to lose to Alabama tomorrow, their record would still not be disastrous, but it would not be good enough to merit a spot in the top 25. If the Zags want to have ANY hope of getting a 1-seed at this point, which is highly improbable, they are going to have to absolutely run the table from this point onward. They have played and lost to Texas, Purdue, and Baylor, all of whom are considered to be really formidable teams who I just do not see them taking down in a rematch at this current point in time. With that being said, it seems like the WCC has taken a step forward, meaning Gonzaga will play a slightly stronger conference schedule for their standards. If they are unable to win this game, I believe that even getting a two seed will be an exceedingly difficult assignment for them.

We’ve become accustomed to Gonzaga at the top for the past five years, with a 1 seed last year, a 1 seed the year before that, what would have been a 1 seed in 2020 if the tournament wasn’t called off due to Covid, 1 seed in 2019, 1 seed in 2017, and a 2 seed in 2015. Given how their season has started and how the duration of it unfolds, the Bulldogs may find themselves in some new ground when it comes to seeding. Timme will be crucial. As previously said, all three of their losses were against good teams, and all of them easily qualify as quad 1 losses. There’s nothing particularly shameful about it; it’s just that they’re held to a different standard than most programs, so when they struggle, everyone geeks out and proclaims they’re awful. They do not “suck.” Even after three losses, you can’t argue they aren’t a top 20 or better team in the country, even if they haven’t performed like it. Drew Timme is establishing career highs in almost every category: Averaging 20.5 points, 7.9 rebounds, 1.1 blocks, and 33 minutes per game- all career highs while shooting only 11 percent from deep on less than one attempt per game, which is whatever, given that small of volume. This is odd though, because at the NBA combine, he looked impressive. He had one game where he was 4-5 from three, and that was from a longer NBA 3-point line. Most expected him to return and expand his game at the college level, but he has not done so yet. Maybe it’s due to the plays they run, or perhaps they believe that because he’s so effective inside, there’s no reason to have him shooting 3s.  I expected him to be more effective from the perimeter, or at least show that he can score and make plays from there, which is almost vital for big men in today’s NBA. That just hasn’t happened, possibly because he needs to be inside the arch, where he is terrific, which will make the Zags great.

Alabama’s lone defeat came at the hands of UConn in 4 overtimes. No shame there though; the Huskies have beaten every team they’ve faced this season and have beat everyone they have played by double digits. Given the nature of college basketball, this should be an exciting, yet unpredictable game. I’m betting for Brandon Miller to have a terrific day and lead the Crimson Tide to a narrow victory. Bama tends to be the hotter team, as they are far higher in the standings, but I would say these two teams are quite closer that the average fan would believe. If you put these teams on a court with no fans or people, I would say Alabama wins 5 or 6 times out of 10, but that is not the case with this game being basically a home game for the Tide. With that being said, role with the Crimson tide to win this game.

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Mike Leach: A once in a lifetime coach and person

12/14/22

By: @OOSSports

Mike Leach; A once in a lifetime coach and person

The phrase “American original” is overused and overpriced, but it perfectly describes the late Mike Leach, who died Tuesday as a result of complications from a heart problem. There has never been a college football coach like him, and there will never be another after him.

Leach was eccentric, intelligent, brave, humorous, at times harsh, and always out of the ordinary. In an era when coaches are becoming increasingly (and boringly) uniform, he emerged from an unusual mold that was quickly broken upon his arrival. Only Leach could have paved a path from playing rugby (rather than football) at BYU to receiving a law degree at Pepperdine and eventually becoming possibly the most prominent offensive coach of the twenty-first century.

He was an unrepentant maverick who spoke differently, coached differently, and marched to a different rhythm. During his stay in Washington State, he walked almost seven miles round-trip to work every day, frequently spending the time on the way home to make rambling late-night phone calls to reporters. His mind was an endless conversation generator.

Coach talk was something that Leach didn’t just do. During the week, he was known as the go-to expert in his field when it came to pirates, gave out free wedding advise, and talked at length about hypothetical animal battles. Then on Saturdays, he called more passes than any coach in the history of college football.

What precipitated college football’s shift from “Thou Shalt Establish the Run” to “Spread It and Chuck It?” When Mike Leach began to win games in this fashion.

The Air Raid offense was developed between 1989 and 1996 by then-offensive coordinator Leach and his boss Hal Mumme at the relatively unknown tiny colleges of Iowa Wesleyan and Valdosta State. Within a few decades, it would completely alter the landscape of sports.

Some of Leach and Mumme’s offensive ideas came from BYU’s playbook when LaVell Edwards was the head coach, but their underlying philosophy was more radical and subversive. The old guard scoffed at The Air Raid because it was just a gimmick, but it was effective, and its inventors took great pleasure in annoying the skeptics.

In 1997, Kentucky athletic director C.M. Newton was so anxious for a style that would put butts in seats and provide star quarterback recruit Tim Couch a vehicle to flourish that he took a chance on the two radicals. Coaches took notice of that strategy after it helped Kentucky to its first winning season since the 1980s and made Couch the first overall pick in the 1998 NFL draft.

Oklahoma signed Leach to be offensive coordinator under new head coach Bob Stoops, and he transformed Josh Heupel into a 3,000-yard passer. After one season at the University of Oklahoma, Leach accepted his first head coaching position at Texas Tech. From that point on, he significantly altered how offenses were built and plays were called.

While Heupel was helping Oklahoma win the national championship in 2000, Leach was in Lubbock instructing sophomore Kliff Kingsbury to throw the most passes in the nation. This would be a reoccurring motif. Today, the four quarterbacks who attempted the most passes in a single season were all coached by Mike Leach: Kliff Kingsbury (712 attempts in 2002), Graham Harrell (713 attempts at Tech in 2007), Connor Halliday (714 attempts at Washington State in 2014), and B.J. Symons (719 attempts at Tech in 2003).

This is the eleventh consecutive year that a Leach team has led the country in pass attempts. His teams hold FBS records for the most passes thrown in a game (Washington State threw 89 against Oregon State in 2013), the most passes attempted and completed per game for a season (64.3 and 42.5, respectively, at Wazzu in ’14), and the most passing first downs per game (23.5 at Texas Tech in 2003) A man who did not model himself after anyone else ended up inspiring a whole generation of copycats as he rewrote the record book. Take a look at the coaching ranks at the moment and tally up the number of Leach disciples who either played for him or coached under him: Kingsbury, who is in his fourth season coaching the NFL’s Arizona Cardinals; Heupel, who led Tennessee to 10 wins this season. Harrell, who is the offensive coordinator at West Virginia after a stint in the same job at USC; and Sonny Cumbie, the coach at Louisiana. USC coach Lincoln Riley, who has mentored three of the last six Heisman Trophy winners and TCU’s Sonny Dikes. Yeah, he mentored some pretty huge names in the world of college football.

There are a great number of other people who have just taken parts of the Leach playbook and implemented them without working for him. His ideas and strategies are now widely utilized across all levels of competition in the sport. It is not a coincidence that the FBS average for team pass attempts per game reached 30 for the first time in 1999, which was Leach’s season at Oklahoma. That number peaked at 33.6 in 2007, as the Air Raid effect continued to spread throughout the college football landscape.

The only snag was that Leach was never able to put everything together to the point where they could win a championship. He had two opportunities, ten years apart, at two different schools, and he came very near both times. His Texas Tech team from 2008 went 11–2 and won a share of the Big 12 South Division title along with Oklahoma and Texas, but they had to watch Oklahoma advance to the league championship game and then the BCS championship game instead. In 2018, Washington State finished with an 11–2 record and matched for the title of Pac-12 North champion, although they were defeated by Washington in the tiebreaker.

The trait of persistence that made Leach so successful also worked against him. Because he was indifferent to defense, disdained the running game, and was fixated on recruiting individuals to match his obscure system, he rarely fielded teams with all of their necessary personnel.

And to tell you the truth, Leach’s personality just didn’t mesh well with blue blood programs. He was a fantastic coach for difficult jobs, but he was just eccentric enough that he never got the simple ones.

Leach, the winningest coach in school history, was fired in 2009 amid controversy about how he handled a player with a concussion. This undoubtedly had a chilling effect on Leach’s ability to obtain another position during the subsequent hiring cycle. In 2012, he took over a Washington State program that had endured eight consecutive losing seasons. By the time he left, Leach had the highest winning percentage of any Wazzu coach who had been there for more than two seasons since before World War II.

At Mississippi State, the steady progress looked familiar, improving from 4–7 to 7–6 to 8–4. But there were health issues during this 2022 season, eliciting quiet concerns that the 61-year-old might have to retire. He seemed to bounce back in recent weeks—then came the stunning news Tuesday.

Mike Leach was a man who made the game of college football better for everyone. He changed the way the game was played and influenced so many people in his lifetime. My condolences go out to Leach’s loved ones and friends, and really the entire college football world. We lost a hell of a coach yesterday.

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5-star RB decommits from Louisville; Interested in UGA, OSU, and Texas A&M

5-star RB decommits from Louisville; Interested in UGA, OSU, and Texas A&M

Louisville lost the commitment of five-star running back Rueben Owens today.

Statement from Owens via Twitter

This is what you should know about the situation:

When he made his commitment to the Cards back in June, Owens was the No. 23 ranked recruit in the entire class of 2023.
Even after Louisville HC Scott Satterfield accepted the Cincinnati job earlier this week, the El Campo, Texas, native said he will be waiting to hear whether running backs coach De’Rail Sims would return to he program, later finding out and stating, “Coach Sims called me today and said he won’t be at Louisville anymore.”

When he committed to the University of Louisville, 247Sports ranked Owens as the second-highest prospect the Cardinals had landed in the modern era.

Owens initially committed to Texas in February 2021, but reopened his process four months later in order to sign with Louisville.

Owens told the Athletic,

“I was just like … a new staff, I don’t know them,” Owens told The Athletic. “So I was like, ‘I’m gonna decommit.”’

Owens indicated via social media that he would choose his new location tonight at 8 p.m., hours after his decommitment. (Central Time)

“I know I would be interested in (Texas) A&M, Georgia and Ohio State,” he said.

Dallas Cowboys Concerned following OBJ Physical

According to ESPN’s Ed Werder, the Cowboys are concerned that Odell Beckham Jr. will be unable to play before mid-January after conducting a physical on him during his visit. Dallas is concerned that signing the wide receiver will be futile until the 2023 season.

Beckam Jr Running Routes in preparation last year’s Superbowl

The news comes after Cowboy’s owner Jerry Jones stated that he’s “not confident at all” about acquiring a WR after such a devastating type of injury with hopes of getting anything in return. Beckham, who suffered a torn ACL in the Rams’ Super Bowl victory in February, is still out. Along with the Cowboys, his agent has also recently visited with his former team, the Giants, and the Buffalo Bills.

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OutOfSight NFL Week 13┃ Top 10 Power Rankings

11/30/22

By: OutOfSightSports

11/30/22

OutOfSight NFL Week ┃13 Top 10 Power Rankings

  1. Philadelphia Eagles (10-1)

Superhuman performances during prime-time games can serve as ultra-fuel in the MVP race. Jalen Hurts showed a huge audience what a difference-maker he can be on Sunday Night Football, breaking Michael Vick’s franchise record for quarterbacks with 157 rushing yards in a 40-33 win over the Packers. Hurts also became the first NFL quarterback since 1950 to record 150 rushing yards, 150 passing yards, and at least two passing touchdowns in the same game. The Eagles nearly made team history as well: Philadelphia rushed for 363 yards, falling just 13 yards short of the 1948 franchise record. Said RB Miles Sanders: “It’s chasing greatness every week.”

2. Kansas City Chiefs (9-2)

On Sunday, the Chiefs were not at their best, but their margin of error was significant against the fading Rams and backup quarterback Bryce Perkins at Arrowhead. The 26-10 victory was decisive despite special teams errors, red-zone miscues, and Patrick Mahomes’ lack of enthusiasm after the game. On Sunday, the Chiefs were not at their best, but their margin of error was significant against the fading Rams and backup quarterback Bryce Perkins at Arrowhead. The 26-10 victory was decisive despite special teams errors, red-zone miscues, and Patrick Mahomes’ lack of enthusiasm after the game. You like the win, but we have a lot to get better at,” Mahomes said, “especially me.” In the fourth quarter, Mahomes threw an interception in the end zone, but he also connected with Travis Kelce for another touchdown. Kelce has established a new career-high with 12 receiving touchdowns on the season, with a whopping six games left to play.

3. San Fransisco 49ers (7-4)

The 49ers are an NFL powerhouse because they can defeat opponents in a variety of ways. Two Mondays ago in Mexico City, we witnessed what the offense is capable of when in rhythm. In a 13-0 victory against the Saints on Sunday, it was the defense’s turn to flex its muscles. During their four-game winning streak, the 49ers have not allowed a single second-half point, with opponents averaging just 10 points per game during that span. In terms of both yards and points allowed, DeMeco Ryans’ squad will enter December as the NFL’s top defense. In their extensive history, the 49ers have never finished a season atop both categories simultaneously. Santa Clara has something special cooking.

4. Buffalo Bills (8-3)

Two games at Ford Field in five days and two victories for the Bills, who appear to be regaining their footing after a turbulent midseason. Thanksgiving’s 28-25 victory was decided by Tyler Bass’ 45-yard field goal in the final seconds, but the winning drive will be remembered for the 36-yard pass from Josh Allen to Stefon Diggs that put Buffalo in scoring position asap. Very few quarterbacks are able to execute such a throw from such a distance, but Allen was able to do so despite a weak elbow that continues to cause him problems. Von Miller exited the game with a knee injury that will sideline him for an indeterminate amount of time. The Buffalo defense will suffer without its closer.

5. Dallas Cowboys (8-3)

There has been a constant barrage of speculation linking Odell Beckham Jr. to the Cowboys, but perhaps “The Boys” would be better off without the renowned wide receiver (even excluding factors related to his recent air-travel mishap). Last Thursday’s 28-20 victory over the Giants was the clearest indication yet that Michael Gallup is regaining his form after offseason knee surgery. CeeDee Lamb continues to play the role of a legitimate No. 1 (with two 100-yard performances in the past three weeks), while a healthy Gallup projects as a highly capable #2 wideout. Why mess with a winning formula?

6. Miami Dolphins (8-3)

Sunday, the Dolphins dispatched the league’s worst Texans by jumping out to a 30-point halftime lead and coasting to their fifth consecutive victory. Here is where things become extremely intriguing for Mike McDaniel and the leaders of the AFC East. Next, the Dolphins will face the red-hot 49ers on the road in Week 13, followed by AFC playoff contenders in the Chargers, Bills, Patriots, and Jets. By the end of December, we’ll have a much better idea of how seriously we should take this team as a Super Bowl contender despite the fact that Miami has annihilated the competition during its easy portion of the schedule.

7. Minnesota Vikings (9-2)

The victory over the Patriots on Thanksgiving night was crucial for the Vikings, who desperately needed to change the narrative following their humiliating blowout loss to the Cowboys four days prior. Justin Jefferson was outstanding.  The Pro Bowl wide receiver finished the game with nine receptions for 139 yards and a touchdown on 11 targets, pushing almost everything beneficial for the Minnesota offense. The greatness of Jefferson makes life so much easier for Kirk Cousins, who was able to silence rumors about his failures in prime-time games until, well, the next time the Vikings play in prime-time. On Sunday, Minnesota can win the NFC North with a victory over the upstart Jets and a loss by the Lions against the Jaguars this Sunday.

8. Cincinnati Bengals (7-4)

The Bengals defeated the Titans in Nashville without the help of Joe Mixon (concussion) or Ja’Marr Chase (hip). As the most difficult portion of their schedule approaches, it is the clearest indication that the defending AFC champions have found their way up to this point of the NFL season. “This is the kind of game that great teams win,” who threw for 270 yards and the to-be game winning touchdown to Tee Higgins in the early in the fourth quarter. Burrow, who was sacked nine times in Cincinnati’s Divisional Round playoff victory over Tennessee January, was sacked only once on this November Sunday. The best news now for Burrow: Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports that Chase is on track to return for Week 13’s matchup against the Chiefs.

9. Tennessee Titans (7-4)

The Titans defeat their opponents by imposing their will on them. On Sunday, the Bengals traveled to Nissan Stadium and were the more physical team on both offense and defense in a 20-16 win over the Titans that served as a rematch of a memorable playoff game from January which I spoke of earlier. A penalty for unnecessary roughness by offensive lineman Kevin Strong ended the game in an anticlimactic manner, but the Titans should focus entirely on how to get ELITE running back Derrick Henry going against a potential playoff opponent from the AFC they very well could see again down the road. Henry rushed for a lackluster total of 38 yards on 17 carries on Sunday and has averaged just 2.75 yards per carry in his last two contests against vs the Bengals. King Henry was locked down by their defense a few days ago, and Henry must be effective for the Titans to achieve their ultimate goal.

10. Baltimore Ravens (7-4)

John Harbaugh’s Ravens appear to have a fatal flaw, the inability to finish off opponents. The Baltimore Ravens have lost four games this season despite holding a lead of at least nine points in the second half of each of those four contests. The most recent defeat may have been the worst, as the defense was torn apart by Trevor Lawrence on a last-second touchdown drive before allowing a two-point conversion to seal a 28-27 loss. Harbaugh described it as “out of character,” and the Ravens did not exactly shine in Week 12. Look for the Ravens to bounce back this Sunday vs my Broncos unfortunately and get back to their winning ways.

Honorable mentions: Chargers & Jets

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OSU HC Believes Buckeyes should still be in CFB Playoff Consideration

Ohio State lost to the Wolverines by a score of 45-23 on Saturday, losing “The Game” for the second consecutive season. The loss may have also ended the team’s chances of making the College Football Playoff as well.

OSU HC Ryan Day

Ohio State, which entered the week as the No. 2 team in the College Football Playoff rankings, must hope for a final stretch of chaos. The Ohio State Buckeyes will conclude the regular season with an 11-1 record, no shot at a conference title, and no chance to enhance their resume.

After the loss, coach Ryan Day was asked if he believes his team should still be considered for the College Football Playoff and he said this,

“Well, I mean, I thought we were in it. We
were fighting there at the end, and
obviously it got out of control down the
stretch. But it wasn’t like we were
outmatched in terms of just overall play, I
don’t think. So yeah, as we get to those
decisions, you have to look at the body of
work and what we’ve done. We’ve got a lot
of good pieces on this team. We came up
short today, but I think if we were able to
get a shot in the top four, we’d be a
dangerous team.”

Earlier in the season, Ohio State defeated 11th-ranked Penn State and 15th-ranked Notre Dame. They won all of their 11 games by at least two touchdowns as well.

With that being said, Georgia, Michigan, and TCU appear to be in the driver’s seat for College Football Playoff berths if they finish the season undefeated. Ohio State, LSU, USC, and Alabama are also contenders but their chances are slim.

Quite frankly, I believe that they have absolutely no case whatsoever. The Buckeyes were 9 point favorites, Michigan’s best player got hurt and they also had the “revenge factor” on their side. One of the worst OSU losses I can remember in my lifetime.

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MNF FREE PICK ┊10/31/22 ┊ Week 8

By: DawgHasPicks

10/30/21

MNF FREE PICK ┊10/31/22 ┊ Week 8

The Bengals finally used their full arsenal of pass-catchers last week, allowing Joe Burrow to throw for an astounding 459 yards. The next day, their best receiver goes down. Injuries have sidelined Ja’Marr Chase, who has scored six touchdowns this year and been the recipient of 27 percent of Burrow’s passes. Consequently, we can expect to see a decrease in passing plays and an increase in handoffs, with the bulk going to Joe Mixon. The Browns have also suffered a loss, though not nearly as devastating: TE David Njoku, the teams second leading pass catcher, is also out with an injury. With all of this being said, let’s get to the pick.

A lot of playmakers are going to be out for a Bengals offense that finally was able to break out last week. Losing Ja’Marr Chase is irreplaceable, as he is one of the best playmakers in the world and brings a whole new dynamic to that offense. Ultimately, I would expect a 17-10, 14-10 type of game. Not to mention, the line has already dropped from 47 total points too

THE PICK: U45 Points

NBA Player Suspended for Last Night’s Actions

10/26/22

By: @OOSSports

NBA Player Suspended for Last Night’s Actions

Joe Dumars, the Executive Vice President and Head of Basketball Operations for the Boston Celtics, made the decision today that Grant Williams, a forward for the Celtics, is being suspended for one game without pay for recklessly making contact with a game official. He also had some choice words for the ref as well.

The incident, which occurred with 8 minutes and 58 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter of Boston’s loss to the Chicago Bulls by a score of 120-102 on October 24 at United Center, resulted in Williams receiving a technical foul and being ejected from the game.

Williams will serve the serve his one game suspension during the Celtics’ home game against the Cleveland Cavaliers this Friday.

Although it was short, this rookie made his NBA debut COUNT!

10/25/22

By: OOSSports

Although it was short, this rookie made his NBA debut COUNT!

After registering 2 DNPs in a row to start his NBA career, Atlanta Hawks head coach Nate McMillian brought in his newest first round pick in a blowout loss to the Hornets. Although he

The Hawks rookie scored five consecutive points in the fourth quarter of Sunday’s 126-109 loss to the Hornets at State Farm Arena.

Griffin entered the game at the beginning of the fourth quarter. He began his career with a steal and a three-pointer. He got his second steal by intercepting a PJ Washington pass to Kelly Oubre Jr. and then receiving a pass from John Collins to set up a fast-break layup.

Despite the final score, he impressed superstar PG Trae Young,

“It’s exciting, it’s good,” Ice Trae stated, “He’s gonna have a long NBA career. He’s a sponge to learning new things. He wants to do great every time he’s on the court. It’s a start and he can play too at the same time. I was excited for him.”

Griffin, a first-round pick out of Duke (No. 16 overall), did not play in the Hawks’ first two games of the regular season. A blowout got him into his first game.
Griffin was subbed out at 7:13 left in the fourth quarter and returned with 1:40 remaining.

New Hawk Dejounte Murray also had this to say of AJ Griffin, “Him being ready to go. I don’t think you see that from young guys, not being used to playing right away then being thrown in the fire. So got to give respect to him for being ready to come in and compete at a high level.”

He made another 3-pointer once he returned to finish the game. He ended with eight points and 3 of 4 from the field.
Griffin was brought in by Hawks coach Nate McMillan in pursuit of a spark:

He made another 3-pointer once he returned to finish the game. He ended with eight points and 3 of 4 from the field.
Griffin was brought in by Hawks coach Nate McMillan in search of a spark:

“I was looking for some activity,” said McMillan. “We needed shooting, we couldn’t make any shots and I wanted to give him a try. We put him out there and he was able to knock down a shot. Got him out on the floor to bring some type of energy to that lineup.”

It might have been a short debut, but Griffin capitalized in it. It will be interesting to see the trajectory of his career and what he can ultimately turn into as a player.

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After dropping 31 tonight, How close is The King from passing Kareem?

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After dropping 31 tonight, How close is The King from passing Kareem?

LeBron James set his sights on Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, the NBA’s current all-time leading scorer, after passing Karl Malone for second place on the career regular-season points list.

Abdul-Jabbar has held the career points record since April 5, 1984, eight months before James was born, when he broke Wilt Chamberlain’s record. Now, after opening the season with 31 points against the Golden State Warriors, James only needs 1,295 points to break Abdul-career Jabbar’s total of 38,387.

At his career scoring average of 27.1 points per game, James would need 48 games to reach that total, putting him on pace to break the record on Jan. 25 against the San Antonio Spurs if he continues to play.

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5 NFL Rookies MAKING NAMES for themselves

9/29/22

By: @OOSSports

5 NFL Rookies who seem BUILT for the NFL already

As we all know, we are going into the fourth week of this NFL season with the HEART of the 2022-2023 season coming up soon. With that being said, we are starting to notice rookies that seem to stand out from the others and catch the eye. With a larger sample size of regular season football, we are starting to see who those rookies are. There have been at least a dozen, but in this article, I am going to discuss 5 particular rookies in the NFL who are making names for themselves. (no particular order)

Devin Lloyd: Jacksonville Jaguars

Throughout the first three weeks of the season, Jaguars rookie Devin Lloyd has allowed a passer rating of 50.0.

That is good for the fourth best among all NFL linebackers who have played at least 50 coverage snaps this season.

Tarik Woolen- Seattle Seahawks CB

Through his first three games, Tariq Woolen has surrendered a passer rating of 40.6.

The fifth best among all cornerbacks who have appeared in 3 games this season.

Kyle Hamilton- Baltimore Ravens S

PFF awarded Kyle Hamilton the highest grade for a rookie safety through the first three weeks of the season.

In his 80 total coverage snaps, Hamilton has only allowed 55 total yards.

Aiden Hutchinson- Detroit Lions DE

Aidan Hutchinson has been credited with 11 pressures over his first three outings.

That is good for first among all rookie defenders.

Kenyon Green- Houston Texans G

Kenyon Green’s first three games for the Texans:

• 99 pass blocking snaps
•Zero sacks allowed

The Texans rookie guard is making it impossible for opponents to get by him.

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Week 1: Free MNF PICK!

9/11/22

By: @DawgGotPicks

9:35 PM EDT

Week 1: Free MNF PICK!

As we all know, Seattle coach Pete Carroll knows a little something about the opposing QB. 

After all, Russell Wilson played for him for a decade. 

The Seahawks, who were 12th in points allowed a year ago, will hope to find a plan to keep the Broncos, who were 23rd in scoring, at bay. 

When it comes to the offense contributing to the under hitting, QB Geno Smith takes over. That is clearly a significant drop-off from a QB of the caliber of Russell Wilson. 

Carroll, a lifelong supporter of the ground game, will adhere to his origins and keep the clock ticking.

The Pick: Under 44.



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Two GREAT NFL Week 1 Picks you should trail

Two GREAT NFL Week 1 Picks you should trail

By: @OOSSports

9/11/22

Two GREAT NFL Week 1 Picks you should trail

Ravens @ Jets | 09/11 | 1:00 PM EDT

Preview & Pick:

Caesars just dropped the spread below 7 Friday, so I’ll take advantage of the new number while it’s still around. Since Lamar Jackson and the team weren’t able to reach an agreement concerning an extension of his contract, I sense Jackson will play with a chip on his shoulder. The Jets have a number of important injury problems on the offensive line, and it has been ruled that Duane Brown will not play today. Of course, the Jets will start the aging and slow Joe Flacco. At the beginning of August, Mekhi Becton went down with a knee injury that ended his season.  The Jets’ record against the spread in their previous 12 September games is a horrific 1-11.  Since John Harbaugh gets his team ready for the season by genuinely caring about winning in the preseason, I am optimistic every year that the Ravens will always get off to a fast start annually. 

The Pick: Take the Ravens -6.5 (-110)

Saints @ Falcons | 09/11 | 1:00 PM EDT

Preview & Pick:

Since 2014, NFL Divisional opponents that have clashed in Week 1 have seen the underdog cover in 76% of those games. That trend has continued since that day. We have six of those games this weekend to kick off the season as a matter of fact, including this one. With that being said, if you want to cheer for an underdog, look elsewhere.  The Saints have beat the Dirty Birds four straight times, good for the franchise record. In fact, they haven’t lost in the “A” since 2017.

The Falcons had a record of 0-7 against the spread at home last season. As a matter of fact, the only “home game” they  covered last season was against the New York Je s last season, and that was in London. The one thing the Falcons did well last year was preventing sacks, but a large part of that was thanks to Matt Ryan evading pass-rushers himself, who is obviously no longer with the team. Unfortunately for him, the Saints defensive front specializes in just that, and he’ll have to take those sacks. It seems improbable Mariota will be able to match up with the production that Jameis Winston will put up against this defense. 

THE PICK: Take the Saints -5.5 (-110)

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CFB Week 2: Four Free VALUE Picks

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9/7/22

CFB Week 2: Four Free VALUE Picks

The second week of the College Football season is among us, and although this weekend of games does not stretch from Thursday to Monday like last week did, we definitely have some intriguing matchups on our hands this weekend. In this article, we are going to be looking at four different FREE picks that we believe have extreme upside, value, and will cover. With that being said, lets get to out first matchup this Friday….

LOUISVILLE @ UCF | 09/09 | 7:30 PM EDT

I’ll be candid, I have no explanation of why the spread isn’t two touchdowns in favor of UCF. John Rhys Plumlee, who led the SEC in rushing in 2019, is the ideal quarterback for Gus Malzahn’s run-first, up-tempo system.

Last week, the Cardinals were trounced by Syracuse by a result of 31-7 after amassing just 334 total yards. To stay in the game, Louisville will have to turn this Friday night matchup into a shootout, but there is very little indication that the Cards can do so.

THE PICK: UCF -5.5 (-110)

DUKE @ NORTHWESTERN |09/10 | 12:00 PM EDT

The O/U for this game is 58.5?! 

Northwestern’s redemption tour from their 2021’s failures has so far produced one satisfying W, a comeback victory over Nebraska in Ireland. The Wildcats now play a Duke team that routed them a season ago.

The Cats are a different team now though, managed by first-year HC Mike Elko, a former Texas A&M and Notre Dame defensive coordinator.

Following a shutout against Temple, Elko’s Wildcats are expected to perform well on defense primarily, as that is his expertise.

Although this Northwestern team displayed some hope against Nebraska, I think the value seems to be intrusting both defenses to execute effectively.

THE PICK: U58.5 (-110)

ALABAMA @ TEXAS | 09/10 | 12:00 PM EDT

The Longhorns’ 52-10 victory over a bad Louisiana-Monroe squad last weekend must be taken into account. The Warhawks lacked the talent to expose Texas’ vulnerabilities. No. 1 Alabama, on the contrary, absolutely does. Will Anderson and co. should prey on the young offensive line of the Longhorns, which features two true freshmen, slow running back Bijan Robinson, meaning Bama will force rookie QB Quinn Ewers to beat them through the air if they want a shot at winning.

Bryce Young, the reigning Heisman Trophy winner, will face a defense that had only 20 sacks last season and gave up too many big plays on the back end. Texas is currently on its journey back, but it won’t be close on Saturday.

THE PICK: ALABAMA -20 (-110)

TENNESSEE @ PITT | 09/10 | 3:30 PM EDT

This Tennessee offense has the ability to be effective, quick, and dangerous. With that being said, I believe in the Panthers D-Line that is eight or nine players deep.

This will be pivotal in a game where the depth up front for Tennessee will be certainly challenged.

On the other side, the Panthers will do everything they can to wear down a suspect Tennessee defense, and at the very least, keep Tennessee’s offense on the sidelines. Take the under.

THE PICK: U66.5 (-110)

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Five SOLID Late-Round RBs to target with value: Fantasy Football 2022

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9/4/22

Five SOLID Late-Round RBs to target with Value: Fantasy Football 2022

In fantasy football, the majority of us can agree that the most vital position to fill while constructing a championship-winning roster is the running back position. With injuries and the diminishing shelf-lives of premier running backs shortening, it is always a smart idea to have competent back-ups who can put points on the board if your main bell-cow RB is out. In this article, we’ll look at five running backs that are often available in fantasy football drafts in Round 10 or after. This season, each back on this list is going to see significant playing time, and will more than likely get opportunities to emerge into RB1s.

Disclaimer: This list is in no order

Darrell Henderson, Los Angeles Rams (ADP 11.4)

With Cam Akers on the IR, Henderson stepped in as the Rams’ starting RB in 2021. He had a stellar first eight games of the season, posting double-digit carries in all of them, and finding the end-zone 7-times during this stretch. The RB appeared to be one of the league’s best fantasy running backs early in 2020 and 2021, before being hampered by injuries both seasons.

The 24-year-old took only 23 offensive snaps in the final six regular-season games and didn’t play in the first three rounds of the playoffs. He returned in time for the Super Bowl though, where he was utilized as a third-down back, while fellow RB Cam Akers took a majority of his snaps during earlier downs.

The Rams appear to be comfortable with their two-back committee heading into the 2022 season. Sony Michel left in free agency for Miami, and the Rams only staked a fifth-round pick to replace him. Henderson could play on passing downs while also receiving some carries, just like the Super Bowl. When this is his job, he should only be in fantasy lineups as an emergency.

Nonetheless, Henderson should be drafted for the weeks when he does not have that role. Henderson could reclaim his starting spot for the Rams if he outperforms Akers or if Akers is injured. When healthy, Henderson is one of the most powerful handcuffs, making him a must-start if Akers spends any time as the starter.

Jamaal Williams, Detroit Lions (ADP: 13.2)

As we know, Williams spent the first four seasons of his career in Green Bay with Aaron Jones. Despite missing two games, he finished as RB35 in 2019, whereas Jones finished as RB2. Jones missed two games in 2020 and Williams capitalized, finishing in the top 10 amongst fantasy RBs both weeks.

As we all know, he signed with the Lions last offseason joining D’Andre Swift as the two main backs in D-Town. During games in which both players played and were not sidelined, their carry splits were EXACTLY 50/50. Although  Swift had more explosive runs, which led the rookie to have slightly more rushing yards, Williams was more consistent on a run-by-run basis, that led to a higher rushing grade, according to PFF.

A healthy offensive line should certainly help both backs boost their productivity. Last season, the Lions never had all five of their offensive lineman healthy and available at the same time. Only a season later, the Lions find themselves in a completely different situation up front on offense, featuring a stout line that could be one of the best in the NFL,  which will help open up holes for both players.

Williams does have some stand-alone value and potential as well, notably against weak run defenses. The better the Lions operate as a unit, the more they will be able to run the ball, which will favor Williams above Swift. If Swift ever gets injured, Williams should be the team’s clear every-down back and will be a must-start in fantasy.

Jerrick McKinnon, Kansas City Chiefs (ADP: 18.6)

McKinnon signed with Kansas City in 2021 and managed to earn one of the squad’s three RB spots. During the first month of the season, he was limited to single-digit snaps each game before Clyde Edwards-Helaire sprained his MCL. He finally started playing, but he wasn’t receiving many opportunities to touch the ball.

Once Edwards-Helaire recovered, McKinnon missed several games due to a hamstring problem that landed him on IR. After McKinnon returned, CEH sustained another injury (shoulder) and was sidelined once again.  McKinnon was then promoted to the starting lineup when backup Darrel Williams experienced a toe injury. Over three playoff games, he ran for 150 yards on 34 attempts and hauled in 14 receptions for 165 yards respectively.

McKinnon stiff-arming Jordan Poyer

Kansas City was content with Williams leaving for Arizona in free agency after McKinnon’s postseason success. The Chiefs played their starters frequently during the preseason, suggesting that McKinnon will indeed be their third-down back this season.

Kansas City is uncertain who will back up Edwards-Helaire on early downs. Isiah Pacheco, a seventh-round rookie, made headlines during the preseason playing with the first team, while new signing Ronald Jones played snaps in the final preseason game. McKinnon has so far displayed what he can do for the Chiefs in early-down situations.

If he can play on some early downs as well as third downs, he might start having performances similar to the ones he had in last year’s playoffs. Selecting running backs in high-scoring offenses featuring fluid backfields is always a wise choice. McKinnon is extremely affordable ADP wise as a result of Pacheco’s rise, but adding him to your roster later on in your draft will most likely reap some benefits.

Kenneth Gainwell, Philadelphia Eagles (ADP: 11.1)

The 23-year-old running back spent the 2021 season in Philly as part of a four-man committee, largely as a receiving back. He had at least five targets in five games, including their final two games of the season, and had one of the highest threat rates in recent memory for a rookie running back.
He had at least five targets in five games, including their final two games of the season, and had one of the highest threat rates in recent memory for a rookie running back.
Despite being a pass-catching back, he logged double-digit carries three times a season ago, two times during blowout wins when the Eagles were missing their other backs, and the other in Week 18, when the team rested its starters. This season, he could take on a prominent role in the run game.

Outside of an undrafted rookie, the Eagles have not re-signed Jordan Howard or acquired any new players to put in their backfield. Gainwell is the Eagles’ sole back under contract through 2022, so they’ll need to see what they’ve got in him prior to next season. Philadelphia also plans to pass more this season, meaning there will be more plays in which Gainwell is the likely the running back in the formation. Miles Sanders is the team’s top rusher, but he’s been one of the league’s least efficient, with the fourth-lowest PFF run grade among the 30 backs with 400 or more carries over the last three seasons — two of the three running backs with a lower grade are already out the league.

Philadelphia must undergo a change.

Gainwell is unlikely to become a full-time three-down back, but several running backs have had top-10 fantasy seasons with high target shares and averages of just less than 10 touches per game, which is certainly within Gainwell’s range of outcomes in 2022.

Khalil Herbert, Chicago Bears (ADP: 13.0)

The 2021 sixth-round draft pick was the Bears’ third back on the depth chart starting last season, but he only played nine offensive snaps mostly in garbage time over the first month, before David Montgomery landed on IR for five weeks. Herbert and Damien Williams split time in Week 5, and Williams missed Week 6 due to COVID-19, allowing Herbert a chance to impress. Herbert generated 38.2 PPR points in the two weeks following for any fantasy manager bold enough to start him. By mid-season, Montgomery had returned as the stater, but Herbert remained ahead of Williams on the depth chart and took more reps.

On a small sample size, the 5-foot-9 back looked excellent.  There is potential danger that he will regress with more playing time, but the goal of the mid-to-late rounds in fantasy drafts is to take a gamble on a player who has played well in a limited amount of time.

Herbert’s fantasy value has improved this summer, as the Bears let Williams go to the Atlanta Falcons in free agency and only allocated a sixth-round pick in addition to a waiver wire pickup that will fight for the third spot on the depth chart. The Bears hired defensive-minded head coach Matt Eberflus this offseason as well, while former Green Bay Packers quarterback coach Luke Getsy was appointed as the Bears new passing game coordinator. The Packers utilized a split backfield in Getsy’s prior time with the team, and it might not be a bad idea to implement it in Chicago. Montgomery’s 1,401 offensive snaps over the last two seasons are the second-most for a running back.

If Chicago takes this approach, Herbert may be given more rushing opportunities while Montgomery manages the passing downs, offering Herbert some fantasy value every week. If Montgomery had been injured, Herbert would be a fantasy starter yet again, with very little competition from backups.

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Free MLB PICK 8/22/22 | Marlins @ Athletics | 9:40 PM EDT

8/22/22

By: OOSSports

Free MLB PICK 8/22/22 | Marlins @ Athletics | 9:40 PM EDT

It’s a new week, that means it’s time for a new and valuable pick to start off the week. Tonight, we are rolling with a baseball pick between maybe the two worst offenses in the entire league, and you will see why.

MLB | MIA @ OAK | 9:40 PM EDT

Some bookmakers have this contest at 7 runs, while others have it listed it at 7.5, but I prefer it at 7.5 (under is the -120 favorite) and I am predicting a 2-3, 3-4 type of game max between these two offensively incompetent squads. The Fish score four runs so rarely that whenever they do, they start celebrating as like they just won it all.

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Edward Cabrera (1.78 ERA) has not yielded a run in his last three previous starts on the bump. His scoreless streak of 14.2 innings is the longest by a Marlins rook since Henderson Alvarez recorded 3 consecutive scoreless starts. Oakland has scored fewer runs than only Detroit. I imagine there is going to be a lot of empty seats at tonight’s matchup.

THE PICK: UNDER 7.5 RUNS

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Pats rookie turning heads in training camp

8/5/22

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Pats rookie turning heads in training camp

Prior to training camp, Tyquan Thornton voiced his intention to grow into more than just a speedster. The rookie wide receiver for the New England Patriots desired to develop into a complete player at his position.

Just seven practices in, it is apparent that although he isn’t there just yet, he is heading in the right direction. Thornton has showed outstanding elusiveness, mental focus, and hands during 1-on-1s and team drills.

As a byproduct, some of the Patriots best passing plays from ended with the pigskin in his hands. Unsurprisingly, his fellow wide receivers have also been impressed by the rookies abilities on the field and his devotion to becoming a better player and an intrinsic component to the Patriots’ offense

Fellow teammate Nelson Agholor had this to say about the second-rounder,

“I see a guy that’s just working hard every day. He’s having fun, and I think I like where he is mentally. He has a growth mindset, and he practices really hard, takes great notes. I think every day, he’s just going to keep on getting better, and that’s important for him and his journey.”

The Patriots traded up in the second round of this year’s draft to select Thornton, and his exceptional speed was a major factor in that decision. The Baylor product ran a 4.28-second 40-yard dash at the Scouting Combine, which was one of the best times since testing began 35 years ago and the fastest among wide receivers present.

This speed has been on display thus far in camp. New England also utilizes Thornton on special teams, where he has numerous opportunities as a gunner with the punt coverage unit.

Fellow wide receiver Jakobi Meyers is optimistic about his future, even if he doesn’t contribute off the bat,

“He’s going to be a good football player,” Meyers said on Wednesday. “I really do enjoy watching him play. I know what it’s like now that I’ve played a couple of years to kind of just see what guys can do in the league. I feel like he’ll have great future, honestly, because he’s really talented. Just to be fast and quick and catch the ball really well, I’m excited about it.”

Agholor agreed with Meyers, noting that Thornton’s professionalism is another quality that will help him succeed in the professional ranks.

“A level of professionalism is what you need to play in this league, and I think they have a great level of professionalism, all of our young guys,” the second-year Patriot said. “For him, I think there’s a balance of just being calm and just working every day that I like about him.”

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ESPN releases their Top 50 Greatest CFB Defenses Ever, leaving many surprised

7/29/22

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ESPN releases their Top 50 Greatest CFB Defenses Ever, leaving many suprised

ESPN released a list of their 50 greatest college football defenses ever, and it might surprise you. The rankings, lists and comparisons that come out of ESPN, whether it is hockey, baseball, NBA hoops or even softball are always a little questioning.

Here is an example. This is an old article of them suggesting that Victor Oladipo could potentially be THE NEXT AIR JORDAN. Although Oladipo is a good player who has been robbed due to injury, the idea is preposterous alone:

Yes, that is real story. They got THAT caught up in the hype that they were insane enough try to push such a ludicrous agenda like that on their viewers. Anyways, back to the so-called list. I’m not even going to try to start on why this list is wrong, I will have to have a podcast for that. ESPN MAYBE got the first one right. A huge MAYBE.

Here is the top 10, and I will put the story to the whole article with all 50 rankings at the bottom.

ESPN’s Top 10 #CFB defenses of all time

1. 2016 BAMA

2. 2017 BAMA

3. 1956 OLE MISS

4. 1959 LSU

5. 1965 MSU

6. 1939 TENN

7. 2011 BAMA

8. 2011 LSU

9. 1972 MICH

10. 1986 OU

Who got snubbed? Who is overrated? Leave a comment below and let me know what they got wrong or what they got right!

Click HERE to see the full list from ESPN.

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Two Elite WRs Not Participating in Training Camp

Two Elite WRs Not Participating in Training Camp

7/27/22

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Two Elite WRs Not Participating in Training Camp

Star NFL receivers Deebo Samuel and DK Metcalf will reportedly not participate in training camp drills due to contract disagreements, according to a tweet by ESPN’s Adam Schefter. It was earlier this week that both players showed up to training camp.

Both receivers are entering the final year of their contracts. Metcalf missed mandatory minicamp, but only received a $90K fine. Samuel reported to minicamp, but didn’t do on-field practice, opening the door to a hold-out. The two players would be fined $40K for every day if they held out. The CBA’s recent holdout crackdown includes a clause that would deduct a year of service time after just a week of absences. Samuel and Metcalf will avoid fines by attending camp but not playing.

Cam Inman of the San Jose Mercury tweeted that Samuel still conditioned on the sidelines, while the rest of the team participated in drills today. Fortunately, Samuel’s agent has met with the organization and it is quite possible a deal will be reached.

Kyle Shanahan told the media after meeting with his star receiver:
“Hopefully we can figure something out soon, but we’re in a good place today,” Via (Inman).

Samuel is destined to join the class of receivers signing $20M+ deals. Bridging the gap between Samuel’s initial asking price and the team’s best offer has helped repair relations after he requested a trade in April. Still, there is an obvious divide when it comes to how valuable both sides think Samuel is.

After holding out last offseason, Jamal Adams decision definitely helped inspire Metcalf’s hold-out this year. Adams ultimately succeeded holding out last summer, as he returned to the Seahawks after signing a record-setting contract. Metcalf won’t shatter the market, but he should land a lucrative multiyear contract. Metcalf’s decision to skip minicamp surprised some within the organization as well, but he and Seahawks HC Pete Carroll are optimistic they will find a deal that satisfies both parties. This process will not be completed early in camp. As a matter of fact, a report just last month said a Metcalf deal “hardly seemed like a slam dunk”

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Free MLB Pick 7/16/22

By: @OOSSportsbook

7/16/22

Free MLB Pick 7/16/22 Mariners vs Rangers

Even though I realize the Mariners are playing outstanding baseball and that’s why they’ve won 12 straight games, you’re getting a great deal on the Rangers for that very reason.

After giving up four earned runs in his last two starts, Mariners starter Logan Gilbert hasn’t gone past six innings since May.

Based on the advanced statistics and numbers, I would take the Rangers to cover.

THE PICK: RANGERS ML (+118)

Bridges likely to never play again, and rightfully so

7/15/22

By: OutOfSightSports

Bridges likely to never play again, and rightfully so

Jeff Taylor pictured above

Jeffrey Taylor received a 24-game suspension for domestic violence in 2014, which is the longest in NBA history to this day.

He earned it by doing the following:

“According to the NBA press release, Taylor and the woman got into an argument after a night of heavy drinking, which prompted other hotel guests to summon security.

Then it escalated, so Taylor pushed her into the corridor. She then fell to the ground and hit her head on a different door, causing her to become unconscious.

Taylor also slapped her arm and punched a hole in the wall near his hotel room, according to the press statement he sent.

As reported by the police, the woman received scratches and a bump on her head, but did not seek medical attention.

Miles is in a similar boat, but much worst. This isn’t tied to binge drinking. Also this was his wife, not his girlfriend,

Among other things, he is accused of breaking her nose, wrist, and choking her. (which is a felony itself).

Not to mention, it’s 2022. His case involves his wife posting the photos on social media for the entire world to see.

A disturbing video of his son’s facetime discussion is at the heart of this case as well, and it’s a tough watch to say the least.

The situation for Miles Bridges is far more serious.

Cancel culture wasn’t nearly as prevalent in 2014 as well.

Certainly Miles Bridges will miss the entire 2022-2023 NBA season, and he probably will be in prison instead of the NBA for a pretty long time.

Potential Disaster on the Horizon Days before MLB All-Star Game

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7/11/22

Potential Disaster on the Horizon Days before MLB All-Star Game

Just days before the MLB All-Star game, concession workers at Dodger Stadium have threatened to go on strike. In a news release Monday, it was announced that 99% of the employees were in favor of going on strike at any moment. Yikes.

A strike could pose a huge problem for Dodger Stadium as it is days away from its first All-Star Game in 42 years. Dodger Stadium employs nearly 1,500 food servers, bartenders, suite attendants, cooks and dishwashers. Unite Here Local 11, a union representing the concession workers, has not provided specifics on the workers’ demands but hopes to negotiate a fair new union contract.

A fan at an iconic “Dodger Dog” concession stand.

Unite Here Local 11’s co-president, Susan Minato, wrote in a statement, “Stadium workers are proud of the role they play to bring fans the best game experience possible. They are the backbone of our tourism and sports industry, yet many struggle to stay housed and to make ends meet. They often live with economic uncertainty because the quality of jobs vary stadium to stadium. No worker should have to continue living like this.”

Freddie Freeman

Minato makes a valid point. Without concession workers, the upcoming All-Star game weekend is going to be a disaster. Hopefully, Levy Restaurants, the Chicago-based company that employs the concession workers, will do what is right so the game can go on.

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Phillies vs Cardinals Free MLB Pick 7/11/22

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7/11/22

Phillies vs Cardinals Free MLB Pick 7/11/22

The Cardinals are looking for a split in this four-game series and I like their chances. In terms of defensive runs saved (-21), Philly is ranked 28th, while the Cards are tied for seventh place in the league (+30).

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With a low-scoring game expected, take the better defensive team as a home underdog. After the game, the Phillies will depart to Canada as well. Also, the injury of MVP hopeful Bryce Harper certainly matters too.

THE PICK: STL ML (+105)

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Braves vs Mets MLB Free Pick 7/11/22

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7/11/22

Braves vs Mets MLB Free Pick 7/11/22

Max Scherzer was dominant in his return from an oblique strain last time out, going six scoreless with no walks and 11 strikeouts against the Reds. Max Fried has been equally dominant, allowing two runs or less in eight of his last 10 starts and one run or less in six of his last eight. Both Maxs are amongst the top ten pitchers in the MLB this season.

THE PICK: UNDER 7.5

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Trade talk over NBA star only lasted 20 minutes

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7/10/22

Trade talk over NBA star only lasted 20 minutes

Trade negotiations between the Atlanta Hawks and Utah Jazz for Rudy Gobert lasted around twenty minutes. Originally, there were rumors the Atlanta Hawks would be acquiring Gobert in a package built around Clint Capela. When push came to shove, the Hawks were not about to throw all Minnesota did to Utah in exchange. The Hawks, still hopeful to acquire disgruntled superstar, Kevin Durant, never really entertained the idea of a trade for Gobert. Capela remains a Hawk despite Minnesota’s rumored interest in him.

The Utah Jazz traded three-time defensive player and all-star, Rudy Gobert, to the Minnesota Timberwolves in twenty minutes proving to be one of the fastest NBA trade negotiations of all time. Three unprotected first-round picks, a pick swap, 2022 22nd-overall pick Walker Kessler along with four other players is what it took to cement the trade to Minnesota for Gobert.

KAT & his new teammate. Via: ClutchPoints

Talks between Atlanta and Minnesota proved to be a rumor that didn’t make sense to onlookers. During his podcast titled “Please Don’t Aggregate This,” Andy Larson of the Salt Lake Tribune said, “From what I hear, the Atlanta conversations about Rudy Gobert took about 20 minutes is all.” Bleacher Report’s host, Jake Fischer, agreed with Larson saying he “never thought those were going very far.”

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Free MLB Pick 7/7/22: Cardinals @ Braves

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7/7/22

Free MLB Pick 7/7/22: Cardinals @ Braves

The St. Louis Cardinals & Atlanta Braves will square off once again at Truist Park on Thursday evening.

The Braves have won the first three games of this series too, and hoist a 49-34 overall record and are closing down on the New York Mets in the National League East, a theme we have seen quite often throughout the years.

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Meanwhile, St Louis has a 44-40 overall record and a good roster, but they have dropped their last four consecutive games.

The Cardinals have scored just four runs in their last four games, and two of those games were shutouts.

The Cardinals’ batting average is 4.66, which ranks them 8th in the MLB, while the Braves currently have the 4th best run average in baseball this year, averaging a very respectable 4.77 runs per game.

To date, Atlanta’s pitching staff has been the most impressive aspect of this series thus far and is one of the main reasons this team looked lifeless, and now they look like the champs again.

When it comes to scoring runs, the Braves are 11th in the league at 4.06 runs per contest.

Matthew Liberatore, the Cardinals’ starting pitcher tonight, has a 2-1 record and a 5.56 ERA.

He lasted just 2.2 innings in his last start against the Phillies, allowing seven hits and five runs. For the most part, Liberatore has been subpar this season for the Cards rotation to this point.

Strider, the Braves’ starting pitcher, with a 4-2 record and a 2.87 ERA. He lasted six innings against the Reds, allowing only one hit and one run.

The Cardinals have lost all six of their previous Thursday games (0-6).

When facing the teams from Central Division, the Atlanta Braves have also gone an almost perfect 5-1 against them.

Also, ATL has gone 4-0 in their previous four games against the spread.

Yesterday’s highlights from the Braves shutout W

In this series, the Cardinals have struggled to score, and that will be a problem in this game as well.

Despite having a 2.87 ERA, Strider’s latest outing saw him allow just one hit and one run. 

The Pick: BRAVES -1.5

Strider is going to make it difficult for the Cards to plate runs. Ultimately, I strongly believe that the Braves will be too much for the Cardinals once again today.

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Top Five NFL Quarterbacks Entering 2022

7/6/22

By: Brock Wells (@BrockWells22)

Top Five NFL Quarterbacks Entering 2022

5. Lamar Jackson

Lamar Jackson is the greatest running quarterback in the history of the NFL and one of the most creative quarterbacks in the history of the NFL. Putting up 1,000-yard rushing seasons like a halfback, Jackson has helped to expand the definition of the quarterback. Coming into 2022, he looks to rebound after a disappointing 2021 season in which he missed five games and the Baltimore Ravens missed the playoffs.

Just 25-years-old, there’s no reason to think Jackson will be unable to return to form. Look for him to lead the Ravens into the playoff picture in 2022. In an AFC North now featuring a rebuilding Steelers team and a Browns team in complete disarray, the opportunity exists for them to compete with the Cincinnati Bengals for the division crown.

4. Aaron Rodgers

Aaron Rodgers will likely be in the MVP conversation again in the 2022 season. In this era where the award seems to only go to quarterbacks, Rodgers seems to be the perpetual favorite to win it each year. In terms of his sheer skill and ability, there are very few quarterbacks in the history of the NFL who can touch him. But his lack of willingness to become part of the team that surrounds him is ultimately his downfall.

Rodgers will surely be great again in 2022. Even with the departure of Davante Adams. But how good will the Green Bay Packers be? Will they make the playoffs again just to lose to another team they should surely be able to handle? Seems likely, as this has become the predictable pattern of late for them.

3. Tom Brady

Tom Brady, the greatest quarterback in NFL history, again takes his place among the best quarterbacks on the current scene in 2022. Brady will be 45 for the Buccaneers’ Week One game against the Dallas Cowboys, and clearly has nothing left to prove, as he’s accomplished more than any other NFL player ever has or likely ever will. But don’t tell him that. With Mike Evans and Leonard Fournette returning, he looks to lead one of the league’s most explosive offenses.

Brady’s return to the Buccaneers after a “retirement” lasting, what, a couple of weeks(?), puts them right back in the mix for the NFC in 2022. Or will this be the season he finally starts to play like a 45-year-old? As long as the team around him is built well enough to sustain him, don’t count on that happening.

2. Patrick Mahomes

Patrick Mahomes is entering a career defining 2022 season. With the offseason departure of Tyreek Hill, Mahomes has to prove once and for all that he’s the one who made Hill great and not the other way around. He still has Travis Kelce at his disposal, and the arrival of JuJu Smith-Schuster should help the Chiefs’ offense overall. But ultimately, the 2022 season rises or falls with their quarterback.

Mahomes is leading a team in a division that improved substantially this offseason. It’s feasible to assume that any of the four teams in the AFC West could make a play for the postseason. How will the Chiefs respond to this? Until they’ve proven unable to overcome the loss of Hill, safe to say their quarterback will still take them a distance.

1. Josh Allen

Josh Allen is the best quarterback in the NFL at this moment. With the addition of Jamison Crowder this offseason and the rapidly rising Gabriel Davis, Allen has all the weapons he needs to fulfill that title. The Buffalo Bills are exactly where they want to be heading into the 2022 season. One of the clear favorites in the AFC, their quarterback is the number one reason why this is the case.

Allen has the best shot of any quarterback to make his name in NFL history in the 2022 season. Arguably the most physically gifted quarterback to ever play the position, the cards are finally in place for the Bills to run over their AFC East competition and get back to the Super Bowl for the first time since 1993.

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Retired WR had CTE Before Death; When will the NFL Properly Address this Issue?

On Tuesday, the family of legendary Broncos WR Demaryius Thomas released findings from a study conducted by the Boston University CTE Center.

Legendary Broncos Receiver Demaryius Thomas

The study concluded that researchers had diagnosed the four-time Pro Bowl wide receiver with Stage 2 chronic traumatic encephalopathy.

Katina Smith, Thomas’ mother, began to familiarize herself with CTE and the symptoms patients deal with. She recognized her son’s changed behavior and how he isolated himself and wondered if he had CTE.

Smith’s statement to the press said,

“He was just so young, and it was horrible to see him struggle. His father and I hope all families learn the risks of playing football. We don’t want other parents to have to lose their children like we did.”

Stage 2 CTE is associated with progressive behavior and cognitive and mood abnormalities. Thomas’ family says he was struggling with depression, anxiety, panic attacks, and trouble with his memory in the years before his death.

Broncos WR, Courtland Sutton, pays tribute to his friend.

Dr. Ann McKee, chief of neuropathology for the VA Boston Healthcare System, director of the BU CTE Center and VA-BU-CLF/UNITE Brain Bank said,

“Like so many that have gone before, we found stage 2 CTE in the brain of Demaryius Thomas. The question I keep asking myself is ‘When will enough be enough?’ When will athletes, parents and the public at large stop ignoring the risks of American football and insist that the game be changed to reduce subconcussive hits?”

She has a point. I love football as much as the next guy but, when will enough be enough? We are losing guys that have given everything to play the game of football. We all love watching players like Thomas, but none of us want to lose players because of CTE. We have to keep the discussion on the forefront because CTE is not going away, and the repercussions players are dealing with including losing their lives has to end. Thomas shouldn’t be gone. Let’s take the opportunity to continue studies and learn what we can to improve player safety at all levels of football in the future.

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Tweet from Jeanie Buss Garners Much Attention about What’s Next

7/5/22

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Tweet from Jeanie Buss Garners Much Attention about What’s Next

Like so many of us, Jeanie Buss misses Kobe Bryant. Buss doesn’t tweet often, but this past Sunday she wrote, “I miss KB. He would understand and explain everything that I’m not allowed to. Honestly he was the greatest Laker ever. He understood team over self. Meaning your rewards would come if you valued team goals over your own then everything would fall into place. All can reply.”

Her tweet has Laker nation wondering if something was behind her cryptic tweet. Laker nation is in need of change coming off one of the most disappointing seasons in Laker history. Acquiring Russell Westbrook didn’t help the Lakers like they had hoped, but trading him didn’t seem like a viable option with the league’s lack of interest.

The Lakers may have been given a lifeline. There are talks that the Lakers and Nets are in talks about trades centered around Westbrook. The trade would bring Kyrie Irving to Laker nation.

Whether Buss’ tweet was telling of what’s to come for the Lakers is to be seen. Buss would have most definitely sought KB’s opinion on what the Lakers should do. We feel you Jeanie Buss. We all miss KB. Here’s hoping he sends some help from heaven. The Lakers sure need it.

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The Donovan Mitchell Situation: What we know as of now

By: OutOfSightSports

7/1/22

7:45 PM

The Donovan Mitchell Situation: What we know as of now

Mitchell, 25, has been a star since being drafted 13th overall in 2017. Mitchell has averaged 23.9 points, 4.5 assists, 4.2 rebounds, and 1.3 steals throughout his five seasons with the Jazz.

These numbers explain why Mitchell is a prized asset. Past speculation about his future has also generated more interest into the topic. Here is a timeline of what has transpired, who is claiming what, and everything we know up to this point about the situation:

A huge Woj bomb, this helped fuel the speculation even more after the Gobert trade. Will the Jazz rebuild?
Almost all league executives seem to think Spida is on this way out.

Hoop Central is a very solid source, who is virtually never wrong. A must follow on twitter for basketball junkies.
I’m sure letting go of two of his closer friends wasn’t the best of ideas if they want to bring him back.
NBA Beat writer Andy Blarsen believes he may or may not be traded.
Valid point from a valid source.
Nobody really knows for sure.

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The Wizards are showing more interest in this player than anyone else, why?

6/30/22

By: @OOSSports

10:15 PM ET

The Wizards are showing more interest in this player than anyone else. Why?

So far, free agency has been going on for a little more than 4 hours. (feels like 40 already) and a plethora of moves are being made, so here is a move that not many people are talking about but it is actually a good one. According to Carmichael Dave, the Wizards are more interested in John Collins than any other team. Dave’s tweet read:

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“NBA Trade Bombshell: KD Tells Nets Owner he wants out”

6/30/2022

By: OOSSports

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“NBA Trade Bombshell: KD Tells Nets Owner he wants out”

Kyrie Irving is now in, while Kevin Durant wants to leave. What an insane, disappointing year it has been for the Nets and their fans.

According to various sources around the league, KD requested to be traded by the Nets early Thursday. Durant apparently went straight to Nets owner Joe Tsai to break the news, ahead of the start of free agency. ESPN has also reported Nets GM Sean Marks is working with Durant and his agent Rich Kleiman to potentially find a trade destination for the former MVP. According to Yahoo Sports, Durant, who is now 33 would love to be moved to Phoenix, and Miami is also in the talks.

Durant signed a four-year, $194 million contract agreement with the Nets during the offseason prior to the 2022-23 season.

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2022 NBA Draft First Round Scouting Reports: Strengths, Weaknesses, Sleepers and What To Expect From This Class

By: OutOfSightSports

6/23/22

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2022 NBA Draft First Round Scouting Reports: Strengths, Weaknesses, Sleepers and What To Expect From This Class

It’s the morning of the NBA draft, and the trajectory of many teams, players, coaches, front offices and prospects’ fates could be determined by just one pick. Who will get the steal of the draft? Who will be a bust? This time of the year marks a time where trade talks are coming from every direction, and all 30 fan-bases have hope that their teams will be able to improve and take advantage of this NBA draft. Other than the Warriors, who have a perfectly constructed team, all other 29 organizations can completely change the narrative around their team if they play their cards right. This list is in no exact order, and it is not a mock draft. It is a thoroughly written scouting report with everything you need to know about this year’s draft class. With that being said, let’s look at the class!

Chet Holmgren

7-0, 195 PF/C

Gonzaga Freshman 

DOB: 05/01/02 (20.1 yrs)

Hometown: Minneapolis, MN

Strengths: An extremely skilled frontcourt player who can score everywhere from the floor. Has shown flashes of going coast-to-coast, the ability to attack his defender off the dribble, and can finish at the basket before opposing defenses can get set. Holmgreen has great size at 7’1″ and long arms (7’6″ wingspan) that allow him to alter and/or block many shots. Elite inside collegiate defender who makes up for his lack of strength with his length and IQ in the post, but he’ll definitely need to bulk up to not get pushed around. Has a smooth shot motion with a rapid trigger that can make him lethal in the pick-and-pop. The Gonzaga Product shot a very solid 39% from 3-point range. His 3 point percentage actually was as high as 45% from early December until around the NCAA Tournament. Takes advantage of and attacks less mobile centers and creates solid half-court space for any offense with his outside jumper. Holmgreen has an excellent basketball IQ as well for his age, as he can exploit opponents and make aggressive defenders sweat. Holmgreen’s rapid trigger and ability to put the ball on the court also make him hard to defend off screens. The former Gonzaga Bulldog standout uses his frame and long strides to get to the rim QUICK. Every time he suited up for the Zags he had some notable highlights. His lateral footwork allows him to defend any position and alter just about any shot. Excels at passing with his back to the basket in the post and reading off-ball action. A great defensive rebounder who can move. Has the ball handling and speed to lead the break after grabbing rebounds… His size and skills at his age give him sky-high potential and a seemingly limitless ceiling. We are looking at a prospect who could very well turn into a dominant two-way stud if he works hard enough and expands his range. Ultimately, he’s a very talented bigman with a quality feel for the game. If he keeps growing in size, length (just turned 20) and can stay healthy, he will be a FORCE at the next level.

Weaknesses: His greatest obstacles stem from his 195-pound physique. The ability to add weight while maintaining solid agility and mobility is not very easy. His combination of length and athleticism is unique yet concerning, because the chances him being able to play on the perimeter as a facilitator as he ages is more slim than not. Durability suffers Without higher body strength, that gives way for durability issues in the future. Stronger and more physical  players might bully him under the rim, take away his length, and attack him if the opposition can stop his dribble and put him in tough spots. Doesn’t commit to screens and is known to avoid contact which limits the separation he creates. Gets into foul trouble, averaging around  4 fouls per 40 minutes in first and only campaign at Gonzaga. He didn’t perform too well against elite competition, and honestly vanished for some stretches of time in the tournament. At the beginning of the year, I did not know if Gonzaga was beatable with the team they had. We found out they were.

Paolo Banchero

6’10”, 250 PF/C 

Duke Freshman

DOB: 11/12/02 (19.6 yrs)

Hometown: Seattle, WA

Banchero averaged 17.2 ppg and 7.7 rpg in his lone season at Duke under Coach K, helping them reach the Final Four. The top-three draft prospect is 6’10 with a 7’0.5 wingspan, superb size and length for a team that needs a legit front-court prospect. Banchero was the 2022 ACC Rookie of the Year, first-team All-ACC, ACC All-Rookie team, was named as a second-team All-American. With the success Banchero was able to have in his only season at Duke, he showed that he is legit, and can be so at the next level. 

Strengths: Banchero is the top forward in this year’s class. He is a young, smart and purely talented prospect who uses his power and skill to get to the rack. Not to mention, his quickness gives him a considerable edge when it comes to scoring at the rim. While shooting from deep isn’t his strong suit, he’s confident and an excellent dribbler. In a league developing to smaller, faster-paced lineups, his playmaking and clever passing ability stands out.

Weaknesses: Banchero’s lateral speed improved through his freshman season, but he still needs to work on it to be as effective as possible in the NBA. His shot selection needs to be better in the NBA as his 3-point percentage was lowered by taking out-of range shots at times. His weaknesses are coachable though, and will strengthen with further NBA training and experience.

Jabari Smith

6’10”, 220 PF

Auburn Freshman 

DOB: 05/13/03 (19.1 yrs)

Hometown: Fayetteville, GA

Strengths: Smith is a wiry 6’10 combo/stretch four with long arms which allow him to shoot over defenders… Last year with the Tigers, he was easily one of the best and most confident jump shooters in the nation, especially from long range. He shot an elite 44% from downtown, averaging around 5+ attempts per game in his 17 outings. Like I said earlier, he seems to have the height and size to shoot jumpers in solid defenders grills. A quick, active and determined defender with strong lateral quickness… Possesses solid instincts and has high-IQ anticipation which can help him block shots and swipe ball handers without gambling too hard. The Auburn product is a Multi-functional defender who can guard any position on the perimeter and even in the post. defender too.Averaged 1.5 steals and a block last year. Always plays with energy and is a sound decision maker. Smith displayed quite some poise and maturity for only being a freshman. He pays attention to all the little details too. The Sandy Springs standout is a quality free-throw shooter (80% FT) and a 3-level-scorer. His long strides and quick first step help him slither by similar-sized defenders and to the rim swiftly. An excellent cutter who finishes lobs and layups efficiently… His dazzling, explosive dunks in transition ignites crowds and his offenses. Despite a strong usage percentage of 27%, He only committed 1.8 turnovers per game. His gritty, timely, smart and aggressive defense keeps him out of foul trouble. A two-way forward who has size, length, and “OutOfSight” potential… He can operate as a versatile and mobile player, being a small forward in big lineups, but seems ideally suited to play the 4 considering his power to create mismatches and rebound the basketball. His ability to defend the perimeter is unlike any other top bigs in this draft. With that being said, Jabari Smith has the safest ceiling out of any player in this draft class.

Weaknesses: Given his size and intensity, his rebounding numbers could very well improve at the next level (6.2 per game at AU), but he plays away from the rim a good bit given his ability to stretch out defenses. Not to mention, he had to share front court duties with a solid big man in Walker Kessler which surely altered his rebound totals.. With more strength, he can play more aggressively around the rim. Smith is a decent ball-hander who isn’t the best at creating his own shots. If he can grow as shot creator and ISO threat, he without a doubt will become an even better score. He’s an okay passer who can definitely get better as he grows under NBA development. At times, Smith settles settles for perimeter jumpers and low-percentage mid-range shots due to his hesitancy at times to get to the basket and create for others in half-court action. With only 17 games under his belt in his one and only season with the Auburn Tigers, scouts were given a small offensive sample size, but he has the physical traits to excel with his jump shot. He doesn’t create much space when catching passes at the elbow. Frequently settles for mid-range jumpers on these entries. When he drives, he most oftenly goes to the right, when he goes left he tends to take difficult faders. With that being said, Smith is a stud and probably the lowest risk in the draft thanks to his build, skillset and ceiling. I just don’t see an NBA where Jabari Smith isn’t AT LEAST a key piece of a team’s rotation.

Keegan Murray

6-8, 225 SF/PF

Iowa Sophomore 

DOB: 08/19/00 (21.8 yrs)

Hometown: Cedar Rapids, IA

Strengths: 6’8″ forward Keegan Murray is projected to be somewhere between the 5th and 9th pick in the 2022 NBA Draft. Murray is a weapon at forward who will help any team the moment he laces them up. Murray won the Big Ten Tournament MVP as well, leading the Hawkeyes to a conference title. Murray shot 55/39/74 shooting splits and averaged 23.5 PPG and 8.7 RPG last season. Iowa’s forward had the best box Plus-Minus since Zion Williamson too. Murray’s age, 21, could cause him to fall in the draft though. The Iowa Product is a lethal coast-to-coast transition scorer. He attacks the basket with his length and body control. Murray’s post-up game was effective, as he sealed opponents well during his collegiate career. His spin move is extremely effective too. The former Hawkeye forward can punish smaller players who switch onto him because of his aggressiveness and natural ability. He shot a pretty solid 39.8% from three-point range. His catch-and-shoot isn’t anything insane, but he can definitely be a threat. His high-motor is another advantage he has while on the court and his off-ball mobility makes him a vicious cutter.

Against guards, he can defend 3-4. Murray’s on-ball defense demonstrates quality balance and footwork. His length gives him the ability to recover after getting beat on defense. Sincehe understands how to position himself, he was able to average an impressive 1.9 BPG and 1.3 SPG per game last season, respectively.

Weaknesses: The former Hawkeye is not the fastest player, which causes him to have a pretty mediocre first step off the dribble. This allowe opposing guards to be able to shake him off quickly. Murray’s handle is too sloppy, and his playmaking isn’t NBA-caliber yet. Defenders intercepted dozens of his inaccurate passes last year as well as he must become more tidy will the basketball in his hands. He also lacks the ability to consistently run pick-and-rolls as well as he could.

Lastly, Murray’s inconsistent midrange game needs much. much improvement, allowing defenses to play/anticipate his drive rather than his his pull-up jumper. Improved balance would force defenders to respect both channels.

Jaden Ivey

6’4”, 195 PG/SG

Purdue Sophomore 

DOB: 02/13/02 (20.4 yrs)

Hometown: South Bend, IN

Strengths: Jaden Ivey led Purdue to the Sweet 16 last season.  At 6-foot-4 and 195 pounds, he has the athleticism to thrive at the next level. 

Ivey has the raw passing ability to act as a combo guard and secondary playmaker. His size gives him versatility every NBA team needs nowadays.Ivey is an electric player with his explosiveness making him a nightmare for opposing defenses. He accelerates like he has a real-life turbo button which he uses to blow by defenders to get to the rack. In the open floor, he can reach a gear that other guys in his class just can’t quite reach in this class. Ivey is deadly in transition and is a very effective, shifty, and downhill guard.

Weaknesses: Ivey’s tough energy and play style can be a gift and a curse, as he may be overly aggressive and out of control on both ends at times. Tends to gamble and reaches often for steals, picking up unnecessary fouls and taking himself out of games… High IQ player, but his level of intensity and eagerness to make plays on defense can get the best of him, forcing him into turnovers by getting caught in no man’s land sometimes. When his speed doesn’t break down the defense’s help side, he demonstrates poor patience and shot selection. Can improve by varying his tempo. Should improve his mid-range game and add 1 and 2 dribble pull up shots while off the 3-point line. Improved passer but not a natural playmaker for others (3.3 apg/2.2 tog); loses his feet to complete passes, which telegraphs and gives defenders time to recover and close passing angles… Ivey possesses some misdirection, but is essentially an average ball-handler who uses his speed and lateral agility… He has a low lift on his jumper and shoots a set shot, which is less of a concern from 3-point range given his improvement this season, but it will make developing his floaters and runners more essential in the NBA. Some consider him a forthcoming point guard, but he’s more of a wing right now.

Bennedict Mathurin

6-6, 205 Shooting Guard/Small Forward

Arizona Sophomore 

DOB:06/19/02 (20 yrs)

Hometown: Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Strengths: Mathurin’s stature, length, strength, and quickness allow him to compete with most perimeter players and has an extremely high ceiling. Mathurin is an intriguing wing prospect with All-Star capability. After a strong Freshman season, he broke out his sophomore year and is now almost guaranteed to be a lottery pick. 

Mathurin is 6’6″ and pretty darn athletic for a wing. He has a strong upper body , excellent base, and is disciplined. He’s not the fastest dude, but he has good burst, a phenomenal quick first step, and plenty of hops. His shot is compact, steady, and soft. He is also a good isolation scorer that  utilizes his exceptional ability to make jumpers which also results in many layups and dunks. The 19- year old was a pretty 37% from deep his sophomore year, and was a solid 77% free-throw shooter that can draw a lot of fouls.

Mathurin needs to become a better dribbler and needs to use his stature more to score at the rim. 

Weaknesses: Mathurin’s inability to create offense off the dribble is his biggest challenge. His Inconsistent defensive intensity lacks at times… He is still developing and learning how to play like a wing… Not the greatest rebounder and gives up offensive rebounds. May struggle against high-energy offensive players because he’s primarily an offensive player. Gets lost on defense sometimes due to ball-watching, and can be overpowered during boxouts. He definitely needs more transition defense energy too. His free-throw percentage dropped from 84% to 76%, but his volume and mechanics are good. Smaller guards can blow past him, as his lateral agility and anticipation lacks on defense a little too often. It will take time for him to become a solid shoot creator, but he has the tools and potential to develop it in a few years. Not the largest wingspan, but nice size with a wingspan approximately 2-3 inches larger than his height…

Dyson Daniels

6-7, 195 SG/SF

G-League International 

DOB: 03/17/03 (19.3 yrs)

Hometown: Bendigo, Australia

Strengths: Dyson Daniels has mid-lottery potential after a great season with the G League Ignite. The large Australian guard/wing has physical and mental tools and intriguing upside. He’s 6’7″ 1/2 (in shoes) and athletic for a guard. He has quick feet, hands, and bounce. He’s not a high-volume shooter, but he’s got great form and could become one. Has point-forward skills and an excellent awareness setting up his teammates. 

Dyson is the top perimeter defender in this draft class (or at least one of the best). He has outstanding footwork, quick hands, and is great at positioning himself. Looking ahead a few years he could become one of the standout two-way players in the league.

Weaknesses: Although he’s talented, his in-game IQ needs to improve. Good athlete, but that doesn’t always convert at the next level… Isn’t particularly explosive and struggles to complete… Lacks a good separating step… Has problems rising over bigger defenders, which could be age and maturity. Alters his shot instead of taking contact, making it harder to convert. Length and size help him against lesser opponents, while bigger rim protectors cause him trouble. Most decent guards can stay in front of him and force the ball out of his hands since he is a basic dribbler with no moves and a slow first step. 1.5 FTA/game An average ball handler with room to evolve into the starting primary ball handler at the next level. Carries the ball high while bringing it up the floor or operating in the halfcourt.

David Roddy

6-6, 260 SF/PF

Colorado St. Junior

DOB: 03/27/01 (21.2 yrs)

Hometown:Minneapolis, MN

Strengths: Roddy was good at scoring inside the arc at CSU, averaging 62% from two last season. High school football prospect at 6’6, 255 lbs., his size helped him play through contact to get to the rim. He can defend multiple positions with his 6’11 wingspan.

Weaknesses: Roddy is undersized for a forward at 6’6 and won’t post up defenders like he did in college. As a junior, he averaged 3.4 three-point attempts per game.

Trevor Keels

6-4, 225 PG/SG

Duke Freshman

DOB: 08/26/03 (18.8 yrs)

Hometown: Clinton, MD

Strengths: A big, strong combo guard who gets to the basket with his size. Defends well and harasses guards on and off the ball. Physical enough to play on the perimeter and switch to forwards… Solid rebounder who won’t back down or box out… Can score at all three levels, but midrange and perimeter efficiency are issues. He has point-guard experience, but he’s more useful off the ball. Can be a primary ballhandler… Spot-up shooter with potential… Averages 1.3 in both categories in 30 minutes per game. Physicality and willingness to draw contact get him to the line nearly three times per game.

Weaknesses: Passing and speed don’t make him a good lead guard, and he’s too small and lacks outside shooting to play off guard. Due to his practice shooting, he was expected to be an elite shooter at Duke, but he shot only 31% from 3-point range and 42% overall. Drives with his head down and gets stuck in traffic… Lacks court vision, which hinders his playmaking. Sometimes selfish, leading to few turnovers per game. Can disappear for long stretches, but his teammates will only get better at the next level. He only made 67 percent of his free throws as a freshman.

Walker Kessler

7-1, 255 C

Auburn Sophomore

DOB: 07/26/01 (20.9 yrs)

Hometown: Newnan, GA

Strengths: Kessler comes in at at 7’1″, 245 pounds. He routinely blocks 4 or more shots in a game (averaging 4.7 per game). He is a footer with nimble feet and moves well. He isn’t a statue in the paint and can defend pick-and-rolls while recovering to his man. 

Despite being aggressive, he doesn’t pick up many fouls and uses verticality instead of swiping at the ball. His presence in the paint deters inside shots. Kessler makes contact with his man before chasing the rebound. His use of two-handed rebounds enables him to finish with dunks and put himself in scoring position.

Weaknesses: Kessler has a tendency to get his center of gravity too high on perimeter players, allowing them to pass him. This season, he’s made 21.4% of his threes on 1.5 attempts per game. He doesn’t secure the ball well when posting up offensively which leads to turnovers. He sometimes tries too hard offensively instead of playing to his strengths. This makes him a liability whenever he dribbles. The ball has been knocked out of his hands more than a player his size should have happen. Kessler must improve passing out of the post and finding open teammates. He Isn’t a great free throw shooter and with work could improve his 61.4 percent career mark.

Jaden Hardy

6-4, 200 Shooting Guard

G-League Freshman

DOB 07/05/02 (20 yrs)

Hometown: Henderson, NV   

Strengths: Hardy is a highly touted recruit who chose G League Ignite over college. Hardy is a technically sound shooter who can score at all levels. He is an elite finisher at the rim and a perimeter space creator. His agility allows him to drive to either side and finish with either hand. His offensive strength is slashing while his impressive lateral movement and recovery are his strengths as a defender. Hardy steals a lot being a disruptive defender. When in rhythm, he can shoot from anywhere on the floor. Hardy is a great athlete who attacks the rim with aggressive ease.

Weaknesses: Hardy’s disappointing G-League season has dropped him from a mid-lottery pick to a mid-late first round pick. Offensively, he lacks the wiggle and moves to get by opponents in ISO situations. Hardy tends to overcommit when trying to steal, leaving his man open. His decision-making and game feel need work. He sometimes takes wild shots and dribbles too early on the drive. His overconfidence leads to drives without a plan, making him turnover-prone. His G-League shooting efficiency was poor, but he improved as the season went on.

Jalen Williams

6-6, 210 SG/SF

Santa Clara Junior

DOB: 04/14/01 (21.2 yrs)

Hometown: Gilbert, AZ

Strengths: Jalen Williams has a 7’2” wingspan and ball-handling skills to work as a secondary ball-handler and initiator. In his junior year, his perimeter shooting percentage jumped from 27% to 40%. He has the mechanics and production to take this jumper to the next level. He creates separation to get his own shot and plays catch-and-shoot on the perimeter. He averages four free throw attempts per game, making 81%. At Santa Clara, he scored 81/40/51 from all three levels. Offensively, he is a versatile big point-guard, secondary ball-handler and scorer, or off-ball shooting wing with size and strength to do all three. He drives carefully and excels at stopping and creating space with pivots and spins. Williams is an active, versatile defender who knows when to cut and help defensively.

Weaknesses: Williams does not have elite athleticism to match pro opponents. There are concerns about his lateral speed. Smaller guards often beat him off the dribble; he should use his long arms to strip them. Williams is slow on closeouts and has less potential than others in his draft range but could fill a rotational hole.

Bryce McGowens

6-6, 180 SG

Nebraska Freshman

DOB: 11/08/02 (19.6 yrs)

Hometown: Pendleton, SC

Strengths: McGowens’ strength is ball-handling. He’s not shifty or fast with the ball, but he has a clean handle and can use his length and athleticism to drive to the paint or create separation in the mid-range. His ball-handling and scoring instincts mesh well. He can finish with either hand at the rim when driving to the basket. His leaping ability lets him finish above the rim. If he’s more consistent, he has three-level scoring potential. 

6-foot-7, 181 pounds with a 6-foot-9 wingspan, he can become a versatile defender. Locking in on defense could boost his overall upside and game moving forward.

Weaknesses: McGowens’ ball-handling is a major concern. He’s not shifty or fast with the ball, but he has a clean handle and can use his length and athleticism to drive to the paint or create separation in the mid-range.

Wendell Moore Jr

6-5, 215 SG/SF

Duke Junior

DOB: 09/18/01 (20.8 yrs)

Hometown: Charlotte, NC

Strengths: He’s a versatile ball-handler who can play guard or small forward. In his junior year at Duke, he proved he could run point, feed the post, and run the pick-and-roll. His 7-foot wingspan makes him versatile on the floor. He’s a solid rebounder who can dominate defensively out of nowhere.

Weaknesses: His Duke numbers don’t reflect his potential as a shooter off the dribble. Sometimes he passes when he should shoot, causing careless turnovers. Between his freshman and junior years, he reduced his turnover average from 2.4 to 1.9. He may have trouble adjusting to the NBA like he did in college, but he’ll look to maintain his 50% floor shooting from last season at Duke.

EJ Liddell

6-7, 245 PF

Ohio St. Junior

DOB: 18/00 (21.5 yrs)

Hometown: Belleville, IL

Strengths: Liddell’s strength is growth. He returned to Ohio State to become more well-rounded, and it paid off. His improved 3-point shooting and perimeter defense have boosted his draft stock. He’s built to handle bigger post defenders. Great shot-blocking instincts, but he’ll struggle against NBA big men. 

Weaknesses: Liddell’s lack of speed hinders his offense. He’ll need to improve his passing to be effective in the NBA. He was a scorer at Ohio State, so he’ll have to adapt in the NBA. Mid range shooting needs work too.

Game 5 NBA Finals Warriors vs Celtics Preview

6/12/22

By: OutOfSightSports

Game 5 NBA Finals Warriors vs Celtics Preview

After a 2-2 deadlock in the series, the NBA Finals return to Chase Center on Monday for Game 5. Both the Warriors and the Celtics have not lost back-to-back games this postseason. Even though the series has been decided by double digits in each game — the Warriors’ 10-point victory in Game 4 was the closest so far . With that being said, the series has been much closer than that, as demonstrated by the 2-2 tie right now. As a matter of fact, the Warriors have outscored the Celtics by only one point (422-421) through the first four games of this year’s NBA“` Finals.

Thanks to their Game Four victory Friday, the Warriors have reclaimed home-court advantage in the NBA Finals. The Warriors can and most definitely will take advantage of whatever they can get with three games left in the series and each club two wins away from an NBA Championship, as the Dubs have gone 10-1 at home these playoffs. The series will be determined in the second half if Monday’s Game 5 follows the pattern of the first four. The team that has won the second half of the first four games has won each game of the series. Each of the Warriors’ first four games ended with a third-quarter win, and they have a plus minus of 49 in those quarters, while the Celtics won Games 1 and 3 with overpowering fourth-quarter performances.

This is shaping up to be the biggest game in the history of the Chase Center so far.

Despite a close game, the Warriors were able to pull away late with a 17-3 run to win Game 4 by 10 in TD Garden. Wiggins had a career-high 16 rebounds to go along with 17 points.
Stephen Curry has been unstoppable so far in this series. Since the start of the Finals, he has averaged 34.3 points per game while shooting more than 50% from the field and more than 50% from three-point range. If he continues to play at this level, this will be Curry’s best NBA Finals performance and the third best playoff series of his entire career. With a sore left foot, Curry was able to log a team postseason-high of 41 minutes in Game 4 and had one of the biggest games of his career, which should ease any fears about his ankle.
However, Andrew Wiggins and Kevon Looney have been steady contributors in this series as well, albeit quieter. Jayson Tatum’s All-NBA offense is a dauntingtask for Wiggins. Just as he did in the Western Conference Finals against Luka Doncic, Wiggins is making Tatum earn every bucket he has made this round. Tatum is averaging 22.3 points per game these finals and is shooting a mediocre 34.1 percent from the field, 17 percent less than what he averaged in his first three series of these NBA playoffs. Offensively, Wiggins has carried the Warriors a couple times, particularly early in games. He has been eating the glass this postseason, easily rebounding the basketball better than he ever has in his career, and he had eight straight Warriors points in the first quarter of Friday’s victory.

Wiggins and Looney are each averaging 8.5 rebounds per game in this series, which is tied for the most on the team. Looney has been a constant presence for the Dubs, whether he’s starting or coming off the bench. When it comes to the NBA Finals, no one has a better plus-minus rating than Looney’s (+9.0 per game) because of his consistent postseason play, which has included everything from finishing at the rim to setting screens to rim protection.

When things go wrong for Boston, they always find a way to get back up and play better the next time around. As of this postseason, Boston has gone 7-0 while coming off a loss, and 8-3 away from home. Jaylen Brown and Jaylen Tatum lead the way for the Celtics, each averaging 22.3 points in this series. Additionally, Boston forwards Marcus Smart, Derrick White, and Al Horford have all had their moments during these year’s Finals. Robert Williams III has made an impact on the defensive side of the ball, sending shots away pretty often. When it comes to blocking shots, he’s second to only Kevon Looney among players who play at least 15 minutes each game in this series, with an average plus-minus of (+5.0). The C’s will need to continue to be top road team in postseason to have a chance of winning the championship and that’s exactly what they have done so far.

Beal on his future: ‘I know what my decision will be based off of, and that’s gonna be where I feel like I can win’

6/10/22

By: OutOfSightSports

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Beal on his future: ‘I know what my decision will be based off of, and that’s gonna be where I feel like I can win’

In the upcoming offseason, Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal is obviously expected to become one of the most sought-after free agents in the entire league. Of course, everything hinges on whether or not he declines the team’s player option.

Beal has been a member of the Wizards for the entirety of his professional career. In an interview with Taylor Rooks, he revealed that he hopes to spend the rest of his life in a place where he can succeed.
According to Beal, 
“I know what my decision will be based on, and that’s where I feel like I can win.” This is a decision I have to make. Regardless of the outcome, I’m going to do what I think is best for me in Washington, and I want people to respect that. I don’t care if you believe me or not, but I’m going to do everything I can to make this team better. “It doesn’t matter if it’s somewhere else; it’s the same commitment.”

Beal hasn’t ruled out the Wizards, but they’ve had a rough few seasons recently. Because of Beal’s injury-related absences, the Wizards failed to qualify for the playoffs in the 2021-22 season. In February, he had season-ending wrist surgery.

In the 2021-22 season, the three-time All-Star appeared in just 40 games for Washington. 23.2 points per game on 45.1 percent shooting from the field, and 30.0 percent from three-point range.

However, while Beal’s points per game dropped in the 2021-22 season, his assists per game increased to a career-high level.

Kristaps Porzingis was acquired by the Wizards at the trade deadline of the 2021-22 season, but it’s not clear if he will be Beal’s long-term running mate.

During the previous four years, the Wizards have only once reached the postseason. With a focus on winning, it’s possible that Bradley Beal won’t be with the Wizards in 2022-23 if he keeps his word.

Top NBA Headlines from last night’s action!

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Top NBA Headlines from last night’s action!


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The Nets take down the Jazz at home, 114-106.

KD passes Jerry West for 22nd All-time in scoring

LaMelo seals the win for the Hornets vs the Pels with the CLUTCH floater, States how much he likes having Isaiah Thomas around.

Mavericks take down T’Wolves 110-108 despite 15 minute rain delay

Tatum scores 36, Celtics roll past Oklahoma City 132-123

DeRozan and LaVine lead Bulls to 113-99 win over Toronto

Christian Wood knocks down a career high 8 triples in Rockets win over the Wizards

Shorthanded 76ers, Maxey take down the Miami Heat without stars Embiid and The Beard

Lebron POSTERIZES OLD TEAMMATE IN CLEVELAND LAST NIGHT.

Lakers take down Cavs

Westbrook speaks on Timberwolves players trash talking him: “Nobody over there has done anything in this league.”

Westbrook speaks on Timberwolves players trash talking him: “Nobody over there has done anything in this league.”

By: @OOSSports

3/17/22

The Lakers season has been nothing but a disappointment so far this year, as the team stands in 9th place in the west holding a record 9 games under .500 at29-39. Matters didn’t seem to get much better last night either, as the Kings easily blew out the Lakers, 124-104. That isn’t the only headline from the night though…

Los Angeles Lakers guard Russell Westbrook is having the worst year of his career, receiving death threats, and taking a TON of heat right now. With that being said being trash talked by a team that has barely won 39% of their games the last three calendar years and a team that has not been that relevant since the early 2000s really didn’t help matters.

Westbrook had this to say about the Kings postgame,

“I honestly pay no mind to it. They weren’t talking to me… Nobody over there has done anything in this league… They won a game, happy for them, (I’ll) move on to the next one.”

Woah. Shots fired. But is he wrong? The Wolves have been a relatively quiet team in a small market historically, only winning one playoff game in the last 15 seasons. With a young emerging superstar in Anthony Edwards, a very good PG in D’Lo, and arguably the best shooting 7-footer in NBA history in Karl Anthony Towns obviously, these Timberwolves might just “do something” in this league.

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Early Giants vs Eagles Free Value Pick for 1/8/23

By: OutOfSightSports

1/4/23

Early Giants vs Eagles Free Value Pick for 1/8/23

The Giants have nothing to play for, as they have already secured the sixth seed in the NFC. The likes of Leonard Williams, Daniel Jones, and Saquon Barkley are likely to stay out. However, the Eagles have continued to be good without superstar right tackle Lane Johnson. Without him, they are 9-22 straight-up all-time. Jalen Hurts will likely keep playing even through his shoulder injury, although he may run less than usual.

New York should be competitive, as the Giants’ backup QB Tyrod Taylor is slated to start.

THE PICK: NYG +14 (-110)

CBB Games Tonight (1/3/23) │Where to Watch and What Time

Take a look at tonight full list of CBB action, as we have

NCAA Basketball On TV Tuesday, 1/3/23

NCAA BASKETBALL GAMESTIME ETTV
Marquette at St. John’s6:30pmFS1
Mississippi State at Tennessee7:00pmESPN2
South Carolina at Vanderbilt7:00pmSECN
Nebraska at Michigan State7:00pmBTN
Syracuse at Louisville7:00pmESPNU
Notre Dame at Boston College7:00pmACCN
Ball State at Toledo7:00pmESPN+
Bowling Green at Eastern Michigan7:00pmCBSSN
Miami (OH) at Central Michigan7:00pmESPN+
Northern Illinois at Akron7:00pmESPN+
Ohio at Buffalo7:00pmESPN+
Western Michigan at Kent State7:00pmESPN
Toccoa Falls at North Carolina Central7:00pm
LSU at Kentucky8:00pmESPN
Seton Hall at Creighton8:30pmFS1
Kansas at Texas Tech9:00pmESPN2
Ole Miss at Alabama9:00pmSECN
Minnesota at Wisconsin9:00pmBTN
Virginia at Pitt9:00pmACCN
Utah State at Air Force9:00pmCBSSN
Kansas State at Texas9:00pmLHN
San Jose State at Boise State9:00pmMWN
New Mexico at Fresno State11:00pmCBSSN