2007 NBA Draft Recap

Monday, June 30, 2014

I do recaps of old NBA drafts when they air on NBA TV.  Here's 2007.

Portland takes Oden within seconds of the telecast’s beginning – just ripping the band aid right off those poor Portland fans.  Lot of high fives in the Blazer war room by people who should never make any decisions ever again.

2007-2014 Win Shares
Durant 100.7
Oden .6

Al Horford goes third, Mike Tirico comments that his back to back NCAA Champion Gator teammates Noah and Brewer will go soon.

2007-14 Win Shares
Horford 49.6
Noah 55.6
Brewer 13.9

Noah’s been better, but not by as much as you thought and the jury is still out.  

Mike Conley was a ball boy for the ’94 Razorback team that won the title, they’re best NBA player was Corliss Williamson, his last season in the association had just ended before this draft

Win Shares through 2014
Williamson 36.5
Conley 44.2

Conley’s now passed that entire squad – cumulatively, I feel confident. 

Jeff Green, drafted by a Celtics team that immediately traded him and would then subsequently get him back, goes next.  Yi Jianlian is next – not every Chinese player turned out to be Yao Ming. 

Career Win Shares
Yao 69.1
Yi 3.1

Corey Brewer’s next; then Brandan Wright, who Jay Bilas says was a “steal” at number 8. 

Win Shares Through 2014:

More than Brewer, I guess, so Bilas was onto something.

Noah’s next, with his hair and bowtie – his grandfather in attendance, he has Yannick’s dreadlocked hair.  Stu Scott reveals Bumble & Bumble is Noah’s shampoo of choice.  Hard hitting as always.  Spencer Hawes is next, Stu tells us he “loves political debates”, which would turn out to be owning Obama toilet paper, not exactly reaching the substantive levels of Lincoln-Douglas.

Acie Law is next
Career Win Shares:
Not quite as much of a steal as was Wright, maybe more of a petty theft.

Thaddeus Young was a 4.0 student in high school and goes next. 
Career Win Shares through 2014

I was in the National Honor Society too, my career win shares are slightly less than Oden’s, does Young have the most?  Probably not – I’d like to see an all time NBA Team made up of National Honor Society members. 

Julian Wright goes 13th. He owns his own bowling ball.  He was 4.1 win shares and out of the league.

Al Thornton ends the lottery as the second senior selected.  He’s 24 years old, bringing a level of maturity to the NBA locker room worthy of 6.1 career win shares. 

Rodney Stuckey goes to the Pistons; still there 7 seasons and 23.4 win shares later. 

Swaggy P goes 16th; his 2014 girlfriend, Iggy Azalea, would have just turned 17 as of draft day 2007; she wasn’t yet beefing with Nikki Minaj. 

My Warriors take Marco Belinelli; he’s got 17.9 win shares through 2014 and an NBA Championship.  Not earned with Golden St. 

Kobe Bryant, consummate team guy, was demanding a trade as of draft day. 

We then clip our way through multiple picks – Crittendon, Jason Smith, Cook, Dudley.

Spike Lee in the house criticizes Knick fans who booed the Renaldo Balkman pick the year before, “Zeke knows how to pick players in the draft!” Balkman had 7.3 win shares and out of the league.  Spike suggests the Knicks pick “the brother from DePaul” next.  They did – and Wilson Chandler’s got 16.3 win shares through 2014. 

Stephen A loves the pick.  Loves it!

Chandler says “Isiah’s a great coach” which, given that Oden was picked first tonight, is only the second most wrong anyone was in the 2007 draft.

2014 Top 100 NFL Players 30-21

Saturday, June 28, 2014

40-31 is here.

The players list via NFL Network is first, mine is second. 

NFL Network
30. Andrew Luck QB Indy (#63 on my list)
29. Mario Williams OLB Buffalo (unranked on my list - the most overrated player in NFL?)
28. Gerald McCoy DT Tampa (he's below)
27. Patrick Willis ILB San Francisco (in my top 20)
26. Terrell Suggs OLB Balt (unranked, so it's not Williams, but Suggs who may be the most overrated player)
25. Dez Bryant WR Dallas (#42 on my list)
24. Cam Newton QB Carolina (#95 on my list)
23. Antonio Brown WR Pittsburgh (#56 on my list)
22. Patrick Peterson CB Arizona (he's below)
21. Andre Johnson WR Houston (in my top 20)

30. Dontari Poe DT Kansas City
29. Patrick Peterson CB Arizona
28. Calais Campbell DE Arizona
27. Luke Kuechly ILB Carolina
26. Greg Hardy DE Carolina
25. Eric Weddle S San Diego
24. Jason Peters T Philadelphia
23. Lavonte David OLB Tampa Bay
22. Cameron Wake DE Miami
21. Gerald McCoy DT Tampa Bay

MLB 2014 - At the Halfway Point

Here are my updated predictions:

AL East

1.Toronto - 84
2. NYY - 84 WC2

AL Central

1. Detroit -90
2. KC - 81

AL West

1. Oak-94
2. LAA-88 WC1

NL East
1. Wash-87
2. Atl-84

NL Central
1. Mil-90
2. StL-88 WC1

NL West
1. LAD-89
2. SFG-88 WC2

Here's my current selection for All Star Game Rosters.  

Each league has 34 players.  There have to be at least 5 starters/3 relievers for each league.  Each league had 13 active pitchers last year, so I'll make that my target; I still wouldn't ever have an all star roster with more than 3 relievers.  We'd need 40 players a side before I'd do that. Both leagues use a DH.  Every team needs to be represented.  Here's my final build.  

American League Starters
C Salvador Perez KC
1B Miguel Cabrera Det
2B Ian Kinsler Det
SS Erick Aybar LAA
3B Josh Donaldson Oak 
LF Alex Gordon KC
CF Mike Trout LAA         MVP
RF Jose Bautista Tor
DH Victor Martinez Det
SP Masahiro Tanaka NYY   Cy

National League Starters
C Jonathan Lucroy Mil
1B Paul Goldschmidt Ari
2B Dee Gordon LAD
SS Troy Tulowitzki Col    
3B Todd Frazier Cin
LF Seth Smith SD
CF Andrew McCutchen Pit
RF Giancarlo Stanton Mia  MVP
DH Anthony Rizzo Chi
SP Adam Wainwright      Cy

AL Reserves
C Derek Norris Oak
C Kurt Suzuki Min
1B Edwin Encarnacion Tor
1B Jose Abreu CWS
2B Jose Altuve Hou
2B Brian Dozier Min
SS Alexei Ramirez CWS 
3B Kyle Seager Sea 
OF Michael Brantley Cle 
OF Nelson Cruz Balt 
OF Yoennis Cespedes Oak 
OF Brett Gardner NYY

NL Reserves
C Devin Mesoraco Cin
C Yadier Molina StL 
1B Freddie Freeman Atl 
2B Chase Utley Phi
2B Daniel Murphy NYM
SS Jhonny Peralta StL
SS Brandon Crawford SFG
3B Anthony Rendon Wash
OF Carlos Gomez Mil
OF Jason Heyward Atl
OF Yasiel Puig LAD
OF Hunter Pence SFG

AL Staff
SP Chris Sale CWS 
SP Corey Kluber Cle 
SP Garrett Richards LAA
SP Rick Porcello Det 
SP Anibal Sanchez Det
SP Dallas Keuchel Hou 
SP Felix Hernandez Sea
SP Yu Darvish Tex
SP Mark Buehrle Tor

RP Koji Uehara Bos
RP Greg Holland KC
RP Jake McGee TB

NL Staff
SP Julio Teheran Atl
SP Jason Hammel Chi
SP Johnny Cueto Cin
SP Clayton Kershaw LAD
SP Josh Beckett LAD
SP Zach Greinke LAD
SP Henderson Alvarez Mia
SP Tanner Roark Wash
SP Madison Bumgarner SFG

RP Francisco Rodriguez Mil
RP Jonathan Papelbon Phi
RP Huston Street SD

June, 2014 Athlete of the Month

May was here.

Lionel Messi.  Runners-up: Rafael Nadal,  Kawhi Leonard, Clayton Kershaw

January - Kevin Durant
February - Malcolm Smith
March - Breanna Stewart
April-Meb Keflezigh 
May - Troy Tulowitzki
June - Lionel Messi
6 down, 6 left in the race for 2014 Athlete of the Year. 

10 Best Television Shows of 2014 (April-June)

Sunday, June 22, 2014

January-March is here.

Each year I put out a year end list of the best however many television shows it seems necessary to be representative (19 seems about right).

I'm doing something else in 2014, every three months, a list of the best shows over that time period.  Here's the second quarter's list.  It's strong.

1. Mad Men (AMC)
2. The Americans (FX)
3. Fargo (FX)
4. Louie (FX)
5. Veep (HBO)
6. Review (Com Cen)
7. Billy on the Street (Fuse)
8. Orange is the New Black (Netflix)
9. Survivor (CBS)
10. Cosmos (Fox)

Back at the end of summer.  

(This is not a) 2014 NBA Mock Draft

Saturday, June 21, 2014

This isn't a forecast, I don't know who the Sixers will pick 10th. This is my acting as GM for all 30 picks in round one.  I'd cost Andrew Wiggins some money.

1. Cleveland Jabari Parker F Duke
2. Milwaukee Marcus Smart PG Milwaukee
3. Philadelphia Joel Embiid C Kansas
4. Orlando Dante Exum PG Australia
5. Utah Jusuf Nurkic C Bosnia
6. Boston Clint Capela PF Switzerland
7. LA Lakers Andrew Wiggins SF Kansas
8. Sacramento Noah Vonleh PF Indiana
9. Charlotte Jordan Adams SG UCLA
10. Philadelphia Doug McDermott F Creighton
11. Denver Jarnell Stokes PF Tennessee
12. Orlando Nikola Jokic C Serbia
13. Minnesota PJ Hairston SG UNC
14. Phoenix KJ McDaniels SF Clemson
15. Atlanta Kyle Anderson SF UCLA
16. Chicago Tyler Ennis PG Syracuse
17. Boston Gary Harris SG Michigan St.
18. Phoenix Javon McCrea PF Buffalo
19. Chicago Julius Randle PF Kentucky
20. Toronto Aaron Gordon PF Arizona
21. OKC Nik Stauskas SG Michigan
22. Memphis TJ Warren SF NC St
23. Utah Dario Saric F Croatia
24. Charlotte Mitch McGary PF Michigan
25. Houston Damien Inglis SF France
26. Miami Zach LaVine G UCLA
27. Phoenix Shabazz Napier PG UConn
28. LA Clippers Spencer Dinwiddie PG Colorado
29. OKC James Young SF WKU
30. San Antonio Khem Birch PF UNLV

2014 Top 100 NFL Players 40-31

Thursday, June 19, 2014

50-41 is here. 

The players list via NFL Network is first, mine is second. 

NFL Network
40. Ndamukong Suh DT Detroit (in my top 20)
39. Joe Haden CB Cleveland (see below)
38. Larry Fitzgerald WR Atlanta (on the nose)
37. Darrelle Revis CB New England (see below)
36. Brandon Marshall WR Chicago (in my top 20)
35. Lavonte David OLB TB (in my top 25)
34. Phillip Rivers QB SD (#84 on my list)
33. Aldon Smith OLB San Francisco (#104 on my list)
32. Kyle Williams DT Buffalo (#47 on my list)
31. Ben Roethlisberger QB Pitt (my #81)

40. Joe Haden CB Cleveland
39. Julio Jones WR Atlanta
38. Larry Fitzgerald WR Arizona
37. Evan Mathis G Philadelphia
36. Earl Thomas S Seattle
35. Derrick Johnson ILB Kansas City
34. AJ Green WR Cincinnati
33. Andre Whitworth T Cincinnati
32. Rob Gronkowski TE New England
31. Darrelle Revis CB New England

2014 Top 100 NFL Players 50-41

Thursday, June 12, 2014

60-51 is here.

The players list via NFL Network is first, mine is second. 

NFL Network
50. Eric Berry S Kansas City (#71 on my list)
49. Demaryius Thomas WR  Denver (#55 on my list)
48. Geno Atkins DT Cincinnati (in my top 20)
47. Navorro Bowman ILB San Francisco (#124 on my list)
46. Frank Gore RB San Francisco (not on my list; is one of my own guys gonna be the players highest rank who doesn't make my list?)
45. Haloti Ngata DT Baltimore (nope.  Not on my list)
44. Vincent Jackson WR Tampa (#54 on my list)
43. Tamba Hali OLB KC (#60 on my list)
42. Muhammad Wilkerson DE NYJ (#59 on my list)
41. Rob Gronkowski TE NY (in my top 40)

50. Josh Sitton G Green Bay
49. Devin McCourty S New England
48. Jairus Byrd S New Orleans
47. Kyle Williams DT Buffalo
46. Marcell Dareus DT Buffalo
45. Demarcus Ware DE Denver
44. Tom Brady QB New England
43. Thomas Davis OLB Carolina
42. Dez Bryant WR Dallas
41. Justin Houston OLB Kansas City

2014 Top 100 NFL Players 60-51

Sunday, June 8, 2014

70-61 is here.

The players list via NFL Network is first, mine is second. 

NFL Network
60. Trent Williams T Wash (my #80)
59. DeAndre Levy OLB Det (not on my list)
58. Joe Flacco QB Balt (not on my list)
57. Justin Houston OLB KC (in my top 50)
56. DeMarcus Ware OLB Den (in my top 50)
55. Marshal Yanda G Balt (my #82)
54. Alshon Jeffery WR Chi (my #76)
53. Greg Hardy DE Carol (in my top 40)
52. Vontaze Burfict ILB Cin (my #89)
51. Vernon Davis TE Niners (dead on the money)

60. Tamba Hali ILB Kansas City
59. Muhammad Wilkerson DE NY Jets
58. Tyron Smith T Dallas
57. Russell Wilson QB Seattle
56. Antonio Brown WR Pittsburgh
55. Demaryius Thomas WR Denver
54. Vincent Jackson WR Tampa Bay
53. Matt Ryan QB Atlanta
52. Joe Staley T San Francisco
51. Vernon Davis TE San Francisco 

2014 Top 100 NFL Players 70-61

80-71 is here.

The players list via NFL Network is first, mine is second. 

NFL Network
70. Nick Foles QB Phil (my #111)
69. Justin Smith DE Niners (not on my list)
68. Jared Allen DE Chi (not on my list)
67. Jason Peters T Phil (in my top 25)
66. Cameron Wake DE Mia (in my top 25)
65. Kam Chancellor S Sea (my #88)
64. Derrick Johnson ILB KC (in my top 50)
63. DeSean Jackson WR Wash (my #77)
62. Marcell Dareus DT Buff (in my top 50)
61. Troy Polamalu S Pitt (my #72)

70. Elvis Dumervill OLB Baltimore
69. Brian Orakpo OLB Washington
68. Michael Crabtree WR San Francisco
67. Percy Harvin WR Seattle
66. DeMarco Murray RB Dallas
65. Eddie Lacy RB Green Bay
64. Jordy Nelson WR Green Bay
63. Andrew Luck QB Indianapolis
62. Branden Albert T Miami
61. Ryan Clady T Denver

2014 Top 100 NFL Players 80-71

Saturday, June 7, 2014

90-81 is here.

The players list via NFL Network is first, mine is second. 

NFL Network
80. Pierre Garcon WR Wash (would be between 125-150 for me)
79. Aquib Talib CB Den (my #123)
78. Tyron Smith T Dall (in my top 60)
77. Clay Matthews OLB GB (in my top 20)
76. Von Miller OLB Den (in my top 20)
75. Joe Staley T Niners (in my top 60)
74. Tim Jennings CB Chi (not on my list)
73. Wes Welker WR Den (not on my list)
72. Antrel Rolle S NYG (not on my list)
71. Tony Romo QB Dall (my #87)

80. Trent Williams T Washington
79. Alex Mack C Cleveland
78. Mike Iupati G San Francisco
77. DeSean Jackson WR Washington
76. Alshon Jeffery WR Chicago
75. Randy Starks DT Miami
74. Stephen Tulloch ILB Detroit
73. Colin Kaepernick QB San Francisco
72. Troy Polamalu S Pittsburgh
71. Eric Berry S Kansas City

2014 Top 100 NFL Players 90-81

100-91 is here.

The players list via NFL Network is first, mine is second. 

NFL Network:
90. Eddie Lacy RB GBay (in my top 70)
89. Charles Clay TE Miami (not on my list)
88. Evan Mathis G Philadelphia (in my top 40)
87. DeMarco Murray RB Dallas (in my top 70)
86. Duane Brown T Houston (not on my list)
85. Reggie Bush RB Detroit (not on my list)
84. Kiko Alonso ILB Buffalo (not on my list)
83. Jordy Nelson WR GB (in my top 70)
82. TJ Ward S Den (my #114)
81. Colin Kaepernick QB SF (in my top 75)

90. Tyrann Mathieu CB Arizona
89. Vontaze Burfict OLB Cincinnati
88. Kam Chancellor S Seatle
87. Tony Romo QB Dallas
86. Jurrell Casey DT Houston
85. Sheldon Richardson DE NY Jets
84. Phillip Rivers QB San Diego
83. Jason Kelce C Philadelphia
82. Marshal Yanda G Baltimore
81. Ben Roethlisberger QB Pittsburgh

2014 MLB: 60 Games In

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Here are my updated predictions:

AL East

1.Toronto - 86
2. Baltimore - 83 WC2

AL Central

1. Detroit -89
2. CWS - 80

AL West

1. Oak-92
2. LAA-85 WC1

NL East
1. Wash-86
2. Atl-84

NL Central
1. StL-86
2. Mil-85 WC2

NL West
1. SFG-91
2. LAD-86 WC1

Here's my current selection for All Star Game Rosters.  I'll do it again at the 80 game mark.

Each league has 34 players.  There have to be at least 5 starters/3 relievers for each league.  Each league had 13 active pitchers last year, so I'll make that my target; I still wouldn't ever have an all star roster with more than 3 relievers.  We'd need 40 players a side before I'd do that. Both leagues use a DH.  Every team needs to be represented. 

AL Starters

C D. Norris Oak 
1B M.Cabrera Det
2B H. Kendrick LAA
SS A. Ramirez CWS
3B J. Donaldson Oak MVP
LF N. Cruz Balt
CF M. Trout LAA
RF J.Bautista Tor
DH V. Martinez Det

AL Reserves
C S. Perez KC 
   C. Iannetta LAA 
1B E. Encarnacion Tor 
     B. Moss Oak 
2B B. Dozier Min 
      J.Altuve Hou
SS A. Cabrera Cle 
SS/3B X. Bogaerts Bos
3B K.Seager Sea 
OF A. Gordon KC 
OF Y. Cespedes Oak 
OF L.Martin Tex 

P M. Buehrle Tor - CY
P M. Tanaka NYY 
P Y. Darvish Tex
P D. Keuchel Hou
P C. Sale CWS
P M. Scherzer Det
P C. Kluber  Cle
P S. Kazmir Oak
P J. Lackey Bos
P F. Hernandez Sea

RP K. Uehara Bos
RP G. Holland KC
RP J.McGee Tor

NL Starters

C J. Lucroy Mil 
1B P. Goldschmidt Ariz
2B C. Utley Phi
SS T. Tulowitzki Col - MVP
3B T. Frazier Cin
LF S. Smith SD
CF C. Gomez Mil
RF G. Stanton Mia

NL Reserves

C Y. Molina StL 
    D. Mesoraco Cin
1B A. Rizzo Chi
     F. Freeman Atl
2B/SS D. Gordon LAD
SS B. Crawford SFG
3B/2B M.Carpenter StL
SS/3B J. Peralta StL
OF J. Upton Atl
OF AJ Pollock Ari
OF A. McCutchen Pit
OF J. Lagares NYM


SP A. Wainwright StL - CY
SP J. Cueto Cin 
SP J. Teheran Atl 
SP T. Hudson SFG 
SP Z. Greinke LAD 
SP J. Hammel Chi 
SP J. Samardzija Chi
SP K. Lohse Mil 
SP T. Koehler Mia 
SP M. Wacha StL

RP H. Street SD

RP J. Papelbon Phi
RP R. Soriano Wash

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