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

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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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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.

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

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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

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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.

NBA Free Value Pick 12/17/22

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12/17/22

NBA Free Value Pick 12/17/22

NBA | DALLAS @ CLEVELAND | 12/17 | 8:00 PM EST

These two teams competed against each other on Wednesday in Dallas, and the Cavaliers emerged victorious with a 15-point win.

The size of the Cavs creates significant matchup issues up top for the Mavericks, and things are really not expected to get any easier for them as Maxi Kleber (hamstring) and Dwight Powell (thigh) are both likely to miss the game due to injuries. When you combine this information with the fact that the Cavaliers have a record of 11-3-1 against the spread at home, you can see why they have a favorable chance of delivering another decisive victory.

The Pick: Cleveland -8.5 (-110)

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

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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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NBA Free Value Pick│ 12/14/22

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NBA Free Value Pick│ 12/14/22

Minnesota Timberwolves vs. Los Angeles Clippers │Wednesday, December 14, 2022 │ 10:10pm EST

The Clippers have the fourth-worst offense rating in the NBA, but if both Kawhi Leonard and Paul George are healthy and ready to play, they will be too much for Minnesota. LA’s defense is one of the best in the league, so the Timberwolves will only be able to keep it close if they have a great shooting night and hit a lot of threes against the Clippers.

Even though a 7-point spread is tough, I have to pick the Clippers to win and cover. They just beat the league’s best Boston Celtics by 20 as well. The Clippers are 5-1 against the spread in their last six home games against the T-Wolves. The T-Wolves have gone 4-8 against the spread in their last 12 games overall and 11-4 against the spread in their last five road games.

Pick the Los Angeles Clippers -7.0 (-110)

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Beloved NBA Star says he contemplated suicide

During the past three years, when he was suffering with a torn Achilles and the loss of family members during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, John Wall reportedly contemplated suicide.

The 31-year-old guard recently joined the  Clippers and is aiming to get back to his previous form this upcoming season. Because of injuries, COVID-19, and the lack of playing time thanks to issues with his former team, the Houston Rockets. Before joining the Clippers, the PG had only played 40 games in the last three years.

In Raleigh, North Carolina, where he was raised, Wall spoke about his recent past during a garden dedication in honor of his mom at the Salvation Army earlier this month. His mother also used to volunteer there as well. The former Kentucky Wildcat stated:

Darkest place I’ve ever been in,” Wall said. “At one point in time, I thought about committing suicide. I mean, just tearing my Achilles, my mom being sick, my mom passing, my grandma passed a year later, all this in the midst of COVID and at the same time, me going to chemotherapy, me sitting by my mom taking her last breaths wearing the same clothes for three days straight laying on the couch beside her.”

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Frances Pulley, Wall’s mother, passed away in 2019 at the age of 58 after a fight with breast cancer. His grandmother died shortly thereafter. During this same period, Wall was obviously still rehabilitating the serious Achilles injury he suffered in midway through the 2018-2019 season.

“We’re all going through times, nobody’s got it easy, but I don’t think a lot of people could get through what I went through,” Wall said. “And to me to get back on top where I want to be and seeing the fans still want me to play, having the support from my hometown, this important period means a lot. I went to find a therapist. A lot of people think, ‘I don’t need help, I can get through it at anytime,’ but you’ve got to be true to yourself and find out what’s best for you.”

Wall stated he has a solid support system that comprises of his new teammates and his two children’s mother. His sons also encourage him to push on as well.

“I’m looking at all that and I’m like, ‘If I can get through this, I can get through anything in life,'” he said.

The production company of Lakers superstar LeBron James tweeted this showing support: “@John Wall we got your back. Always.” James then tweeted, “And I mean ALWAYS!!!!!! Don’t ever question it bro!! Proud of you @JohnWall.”

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Wall highlighted his joy to have another shot to hoop in the NBA again:

“You can tell I’m kind of smiling a lot more, all those types of things,” he said. “I get an opportunity to play with two great players and the sky’s the limit.”

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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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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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