2017-2018 Top 100 NBA Players

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Not a fantasy list, my projection of the top 100 players in the NBA for 2017-18.

1. L.James SF Cle
2. K.Leonard SF SA
3. K.Durant SF GSW
4. S.Curry PG GSW
5. R.Westbrook PG OKC
6. A.Davis PF NO
7. C.Paul PG Hou
8. J.Harden SG Hou
9. D.Green PF GSW
10. J.Butler SG Min

11. N.Jokic C Den
12. R.Gobert C Utah
13. K.Lowry PG Tor
14. G.Antetokounmpo SF Mil
15. P. George SF OKC
16. D.Lillard PG Port
17. J.Wall PG Wash
18. D.Cousins C NO
19. D.Jordan C LAC
20. K.A. Towns C Min

21. M.Conley PG Mem
22. P.Millsap PF Den
23. K.Love C Cle
24. G.Hayward SF Bos
25. K.Porzingis PF NY
26. B.Griffin PF LAC
27. K.Walker PG Charl
28. K.Irving PG Bos
29. K.Thompson SG GSW
30. M.Turner C Ind

31. B.Beal SG Wash
32. O.Porter SF Wash
33. E.Bledsoe PG Pho
34. CJ McCollum SG Port
35. K.Middleton SG Mil
36. R.Rubio PG Utah
37. R.Covington SF Phi
38. J.Crowder PF Cle
39. D.Gallinari SF LAC
40. G.Hill PG Sac

41. D.Green SG SA
42. S.Adams C OKC
43. M.Gasol C Mem
44. J.Embiid C Phi
45. A.Horford C Bos
46. H.Whiteside C Mia
47. J.Holiday PG NO
48. K.Caldwell-Pope SG LAL
49. V.Oladipo SG Ind
50. B.Lopez C LAL

51. A.Drummond C Det
52. N.Mirotic PF Chi
53. M. Kidd-Gilchrist Charl SF
54. A.Gordon PF Orl
55. J.Teague PG Min
56. M.Brogdon PG Mil
57. J.Nurkic C Port
58. G.Monroe C  Mil
59. L.Aldridge PF SA
60. M.Morris PF Wash

61. A.F Aminu PF Port
62. P.Beverley PG LAC
63. A.Roberson SG OKC
64. M.Smart SG Bos
65. E.Payton PG Orl
66. C.Zeller C Charl 9
67. G.Dragic PG Mia
68. T.Ariza SF Hou
69. J.Johnson PF Mia
70. C.Capela C Hou

71. M.Gortat C Wash
72. D.Favors PF Utah
73. S.Ibaka PF Tor
74. T.Harris PF Det
75. M.Harkless SF Port
76. B.Simmons PF Phi
77. D.Howard C Charl
78. P.Gasol C SA
79. N.Vucevic C Orl
80. N.Noel C Dal

81. G.Dieng C Minn
82. I.Thomas PG Cle
83. A.Iguodala SF GSW
84. P.Patterson PF OKC
85. T.Thompson C Cle
86. M.Plumlee C Den
87. P.Mills PG SA
88. M.Ginobli SG SA
89. N.Batum SG Charl
90. J.Ingles SG Utah

91. R.Anderson PF Hou
92. R.Hollis-Jefferson SF Brook
93. M.Morris PF Bos
94. T.Young PF Ind
95. C.Anthony SF OKC
96. H.Barnes SF Dall
97. G.Harris SG Den
98. L.Nogueira C Tor
99. K.Olynyk PF Mia
100. A.Johnson PF Phi

October 17 - Top 5 Moments in San Francisco Giants History

What is this all about?


Here are all the October 17 games that mattered in San Francisco Giants history. Nothing good to say today.

1989 World Series Game 3 is 10-27 (the earthquake was today)

2002 World Series starts 10-19

2010 NLCS Game 2, up 1-0, we won the opener last night, Game 2 is also in Philadelphia, it was tight through 6, down 2-1 (Cody Ross homered again for our run). Roy Oswalt put us down in the top of the 7th, we only had one hit to that point; Jonathan Sanchez had nearly matched him and was pulled when he gave up a leadoff single to Oswalt in the 7th.  Ramon Ramirez couldn't keep that run from scoring and we were down 3-1, and Santiago Casilla later gave up a bases loaded double to Jimmy Rollins that made it a 6-1 game and that's the final score.

2012 NLCS Game 3, we split the first two at home and now play the next 3 in St Louis. We pushed across the first run in the 3rd, they followed with a 2 run Matt Carpenter homer off of Matt Cain in their half.  And then we sat there.  We put men on the corners in the 4th, but Kyle Lohse got Angel Pagan to fly out. We had two on and two out in the 6th, the Cards went to the pen and Trevor Rosenthal got Pagan to ground out. We threatened in the 7th, 2 on and 1 out, Mitchell Boggs came on and struck out both Pence and Belt to end the inning. Cain couldn't get away unscathed from a bases loaded, 1 out situation in the bottom half, the Cards added an insurance run to go up 3-1 and that's the final score.

2014 World Series starts 10-21

See you tomorrow, only 2012 on the docket.  Go Giants!

October 16 - Top 5 Moments in San Francisco Giants History

Monday, October 16, 2017

What is this all about?


Here are all the October 16 games that mattered in San Francisco Giants history.

1962 World Series.  38 years ago the New York team lost a Game 7 in extra innings to the Senators, it was the only winner take all World Series game the New York Giants ever played.  And now here we are, it's a Tuesday afternoon at the Stick, Jack Sanford against Ralph Terry. We're still hitless in the fifth when the Yankees load the bases with nobody out.  Sanford gets Kubek 6-4-3, scoring the game's first run, but that's all the damage. Our first baserunner is Sanford, he singles with 2 out in the 6th, but it's the bottom of the 7th where we have our first real chance to score - with 2 out McCovey triples, but Terry strikes out Cepeda and we still trail 1-0.  In the 8th, Sanford loads the bases with nobody out again, O'Dell comes on in relief and gets out of it to keep us in the game, Maris grounds into the force play at home and then Elston Howard hits into the inning ending double play.  We're down in order in our half, the Yanks down in order in the 9th.  Bottom of the 9th, down 1-0, Matty Alou leads off with a pinch infield single.  But then Felipe strikes out and so does Hiller. Down to our last out.  It's Mays.  But Mays doubles to right - and now the tying and winning runs are both on base with McCovey coming to the plate.  But he lines to Richardson.  And our season ends.

1989 World Series Game 3 isn't until 10-27.

2002 World Series starts 10-19

2010 NLCS Game 1 at Philadelphia, it took nearly half a century, but we played another game on October 16.  I guess that's enough time. Tim Lincecum against Roy Halladay in the opener of the NLCS on a Saturday night in Philadelphia. We trade homers in the third - Cody Ross for us, Carlos Ruiz for them. 1-1 in the 5th - Ross strikes again - another homer off Halladay to give us a 2-1 advantage. We stretch that in the 6th, scoring two runs, the big hit from longtime Phillie Pat Burrell who doubled home Buster Posey.  The 4-1 lead was immediately cut to 4-3 when Jayson Werth homered in the 6th.  We left the bases loaded in the 9th and Brian Wilson put the tying man on with one out in the bottom, but he struck out Ross Gload and Shane Victorino to end the game and give us a 1-0 series lead.

2012 NLCS Game 3 is tomorrow 

2014 NLCS Game 5 home vs. Cards, I don't know of any "this guy was in the park for Game 7 in '62 and then Game 5 of the NLCS in 2014 exactly 62 years later" stories, but it's close to the extremes of the October baseball experience.  We're up 3 games to 1, a game from the pennant.  Three homers in the 3rd/4th left us down 3-2 (Panik for us, Matt Adams and Tony Cruz for them). Bumgarner and Adam Wainwright settled down, neither allowing a baserunner in the 5th, 6th, 7th, or, in Bumgarner's case, the 8th. The Cards brought on Pat Neshek in our half of the 8th - we're still down 3-2 - but Michael Morse led off with a pinch homer to tie the score.  Santiago Casilla comes on in the 9th and gets in trouble, loading the bases with 2 out, Jeremy Affeldt came on to face Oscar Tavares - who bounces back to the mound to end the inning.  Michael Wacha is the Cards pitcher in the bottom of the 9th, 2 on, 1 out, Travis Ishikawa hits a 3 run walk off homer to right to give the Giants the pennant.  Charles Schultz is long gone, but someone needed to do a Charlie Brown strip the next day about this October 16.

See you tomorrow.  Go Giants!

October 15 - Top 5 Moments in San Francisco Giants History

Sunday, October 15, 2017

What is this all about?


Here are all the October 15 games that mattered in San Francisco Giants history.

1962 World Series Game 6 home vs. Yankees, 5 days after New York took a 3-2 lead the Series resumes, we need a win to force game 7 and we get it. Billy Pierce throws a complete game 3 hitter, we get all our runs in the 4th and 5th off Whitey Ford, Orlando Cepeda drives in runs in both innings, we went up 5-1 and held on for the 5-3 win. It all comes down to Game 7 tomorrow.

1989 World Series game 2, we're down 1-0 and about to go down 2-0. Mike Moore and 2 relievers hold us to 4 hits, we're tied at 1 headed to the 4th when Rick Reuschel gives up 4, the big shot a Terry Steinbach 3 run homer.  And that's your final score, we don't get a baserunner after the 5th inning. The earthquake is next, so game 3 won't take place until October 27.

2002 World Series starts 10-19

2010 NLCS starts tomorrow.

2012 NLCS Game 2 home vs. Cardinals we dropped game 1, need this one to get that split at home, Ryan Vogelsong goes 7, gives up just 4 hits and 1 earned, and we win easily.  Angel Pagan led off with a first inning home run, we put it away in the 4th on a 3 run Marco Scutaro base hit off of Chris Carpenter.  It's a 7-1 Giants victory and we head to St Louis.

2014 NLCS Game 4 home vs. Cardinals, two years later we're in a better spot, up 2-1, again with Vogelsong on the mound - this start doesn't go as well, 3 innings pitched, 4 earned.  Homers by Pierzynski and Wong had the Cards up 4-1 as we headed to the bottom of the third.  We got 2 back in our half off Shelby Miller with run scoring singles by Posey and Pence. Yusmeiro Petit came on and got 3 scoreless innings, taking us to our half of the 6th where we just kept moving over runners until 3 crossed the plate, Posey again came through with a run scoring hit and it's 6-4 good guys. 5 more Giants relievers finish off the last 3 innings and we hold a commanding 3-1 lead, a game away from another pennant.

See you tomorrow.  Go Giants!

October 14 - Top 5 Moments in San Francisco Giants History

Saturday, October 14, 2017

What is this all about?


Here are all the October 14 games that mattered in San Francisco Giants history.  It's a big day.

1962 World Series, last day of rain, Game 6 is tomorrow.

1987 NLCS Game 7, we're in St Louis, its 3-3, a win and we have our first pennant since that '62 team that's still waiting for the rain to stop - but we don't get it. It was over early, Jose Oquendo hit a 3 run homer off Atlee Hammaker in the second to put St Louis up 4-0 and they win the game 6-0.  Our season is over.

1989 World Series Game 1, it's our first World Series game since '62, and it's just over the bridge, we're in Oakland to face the powerhouse A's and they whip us in game 1. We get shut out 5-0. Oakland gets 3 off Scott Garrelts in the 2nd, Dave Parker homers in the 3rd, Walt Weiss in the 4th. Dave Stewart throws a complete game 5 hitter.  Game 2 is tomorrow.

2002 NLCS Game 5 home vs. Cardinals, we're up 3-1, a game away from the pennant, but 15 years ago we went to St Louis up 3-2 and you know how that turned out, so there is at least some level of historical need to get this done on this Monday night at the new ballpark.  The Cardinals leave two on in the first, a runner on third in the second, men on the corners in the third, and two on the 6th - but Kirk Rueter escaped all of it, turning the game over to the pen in the 7th and the Cards immediately broke the scoreless tie with a double by Mike Matheny and a Fernando Vina sac fly off of Felix Rodriguez.  That holds until the bottom of the 8th, Matt Morris has gone the whole way, but with 1 out he loads the bases, meaning there's no place to put the next batter - Barry Bonds - who just misses, but his sac fly ties the score.  Bottom of the 9th now, Morris still on the mound, he gets the first two Giants - then David Bell hits a first pitch single followed by a Shawon Dunston single.  2 on, 2 out, the Cards go to the pen, Steve Kline to face Kenny Lofton - who hits a walk off single to right - Bell scores the winning run.  And for the third time in San Francisco history, the Giants win the pennant.

2010 NLCS starts in two days.

2012 NLCS Game 1 it's the NLCS, so of course we're playing St Louis, unlike '87, and '02, October 14 doesn't mean the end of the series, this is Game 1 and we lose the opener at home 6-4. Madison Bumgarner gets lit up, gives up 6 earned and doesn't get out of the 4th inning. We got 4 back in our half of the 4th, the big blow a 2 run Gregor Blanco triple off of Lance Lynn.  But that's it, we lose 6-4. Game 2 is tomorrow.

2014 NLCS Game 3 home vs. Cardinals, it's the NLCS, so of course we're playing St Louis.  What the hell is going on between us and the Cardinals?  There are other teams.  We split the first two in St Louis and jump all over John Lackey in this one, 4 runs in the second inning, the big blow a 3 run Travis Ishikawa double. Kolten Wong cuts our lead in half in the 4th with a 2 run double off Tim Hudson, they add a run apiece in the 6th and 7th to tie the score.  We don't get a baserunner after the 4th inning until putting the first two on in the 10th and scoring the winning run when Randy Choate threw away a sacrifice bunt.  We're up 2-1, game 4 is tomorrow.

See you tomorrow.  Go Giants!

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