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King’s Speech: 2011 MVP Candidates

I know it may seem a little early for this, but with the season winding down and the trade deadline behind us, I couldn’t think of a better time to do this. That’s right, it’s time to breakdown the MVP candidates for the 2010-2011 NBA regular season!

At this point of the season, the cream rises to the top, and the list of candidates becomes surprisingly thin. So who are these players? I’ve narrowed my list down to three. I cannot realistically see anyone besides these three players winning the MVP. It may shock you to learn, that all three candidates come from the same conference, and that all three play different positions. While I am leaning towards one guy on this list more than the others, websites such as ESPN seem to disagree. So, without further ado, here are the three MVP candidates.

One more thing, you might need to keep THIS page handy, if you aren’t too clear on advanced stats, such as PER, Wins Shares and other advanced stats. Just scroll through that page if you are ever confused on what a stat means. Continue Reading

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NBA Trade Deadline Wrap-Up

So with the bevy of deals made in the past few days, some surprising, some not, I think it would be appropriate to discuss all the major deals with our loyal readers. These deals are sure to change the landscape of the NBA. There are two deals in particular that really delivered. This trade deadline has certainly lived up to the hype. So without further ado, let’s breakdown all the major trade talk.

TRADE ONE:

The first major trade was obviously Carmelo Anthony going to the Knicks.

TO NEW YORK: Anthony, Chauncey Billups, Renaldo Balkman, Shelden Williams, Corey Brewer

TO DENVER: Wilson Chandler, Danilo Gallinari, Raymond Felton, Timofey Mozgov, a 2014 first round pick, and 2012 and 2013 second round picks

TO MINNESOTAA: Eddy Curry, and Anthony Randolph

This trade obviously is huge. Carmelo gets his extension, and gets to play with his good friend Amar’e Stoudemire. He also gets to play under the shining lights in New York. Carmelo had a solid first game in blue and orange with 27 points and 10 boards. Chauncey Billups may be the key to this trade, as he has plenty of playoff experience and a Finals MVP under his belt. He may be the leader that this team needs. Look forward to big things from New York next year, especially if they can land Chris Paul or Dwight Howard in 2012. Continue Reading

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Deron Williams Traded to New Jersey

The Nets didn’t get Carmelo Anthony. However, they have immediately replaced him with another All-Star, as news has just broke that the Nets have traded for Deron Williams. If you saw this coming, then you should probably fit in some time to play the lottery today.

Devin Harris and Derrick Favors will be heading to Utah in exchange for Williams, which officially gives the Jazz a new start as they’ve now lost Jerry Sloan as their coach and Williams as their franchise player.

Going back to the Nets…..wow. Just wow. Mikhail Prokhorov decides that if he isn’t gonna get Carmelo, he’s going to the next best (or better?) thing. People were doubting this guy’s approach after the Melo to the Knicks deal was finalized, but now? He looks like a genius. Continue Reading

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Reaction: Carmelo to the Knicks

The trade we’ve been talking about for a millennium finally went down last night, as Carmelo Anthony got his wish and is now a member of the New York Knicks. Some are saying that the Knicks gave up too much to get him, while others believe that there way no way they could pass on a talent like Carmelo.

What do we think? Well, here’s what the STS crew had to say following last night’s deal:

James Holas – This trade makes me think of the classic Kenny Roger’s joint that’s now the anthem for every wanna be poker player: “You gotta knooow, when to hold ‘em, know when to fold ‘em/Know when to walk away. Know when to run!” Continue Reading

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Trades, Playoffs and MVPs: What to look for after the All-Star Break

After the NBA All-Star Weekend, we usually see the NBA rise in popularity. This is the glorious time between the Super Bowl and MLB Opening Day, where basketball is the only sport worth watching (sorry hockey fans). Of course people still enjoy watching NCAA basketball, but with March Madness a few weeks away, we can all focus our attention to the NBA. With so many intriguing stories this year in particular, it’s easy to see why so many people love the NBA. Today, I’ll discuss trades, playoffs, and the potential MVPs, and anything that is destined to steal our attention as the regular season winds down.

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  • Trades

Trades are what will ignite the most discussion in the next week. The trade deadline (at the time of writing) is 3 days 2 hours and 45 minutes away (thank you NBA.com!) and some big names are likely to be moved. Rumor has it, Carmelo Anthony isn’t exactly happy to be a Denver Nugget. Whether he joins the New York Knicks is yet to be seen, as the New Jersey Nets are still clinging to life in talks, but he will likely be playing for an Eastern Conference team next Friday.  The Knicks have reportedly offered a package of Danilo Gallinari, Raymond Felton, and Wilson Chandler. Timofey Mozgov and Eddy Curry would also be included for salary concerns. The Knicks would receive Carmelo Anthony, Chauncey Billups, Shelden Williams and either Anthony Carter or Renaldo Balkman. Continue Reading

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Prying Open the LA Panic Room

Lakers fans feel emasculated. Losing to the Charlotte Bobcats was one thing. Looking listless against the Cleveland Cavaliers, a team that practically redefined losing this year? Pathetic. It reminds me of a classic scene from my childhood.

You’ve been called out, Lakers fans – and by the most ragtag group of rascals (and Antawn Jamison) in the NBA. By a team that lost the only pair of PF Flyers they’d ever seen this summer. By a team you vanquished earlier in the season by a double-nickel, MJ’s favorite number in New York.*

*His favorite number in Vegas? Red. Or the hard eight, if he’s feeling loose.

But to quote your own beloved scribe, Los Angeles, “Easy there, Romeo.” Slow your roll on that panic disco. Is it disconcerting that the Lakers were defeated by a team they should dominate? Undoubtedly. Does their lack of effort against the dregs of professional basketball represent the collapse of morality and competition into a black hole of vacuous indifference and switch-flipping? If that’s the gravy you want to pour on your regular season meatloaf, I won’t argue.* It clearly diminishes the significance of our 82-game buffet – something a much wiser man than I called his “favorite thing in sports.”

*Personally, I see using your energy and resources sparingly if necessary as a wise strategy, and strategy is a part of competition. But I have a poker player’s perspective, so everything I say should be viewed as underhanded and weasel-y.

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NBA Prospect Watch: 2/14 – 2/20

While we still have a ways to go on the 2010-2011 NBA season, but as for the NCAA, we’re only a few weeks away from March Madness. And you know what that means. Certain players will start to set themselves apart from the crowd in hopes of leading their team to a national championship…..and garnering some attention from scouts throughout the NBA.

So let’s take a look at the games you need to be watching in college basketball this week:

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 14

West Virginia at #20 Syracuse, 7:00 PM ET, ESPN
Who to Watch: Kris Joseph and Rick Jackson (Syracuse)

#1 Kansas at Kansas State, 9:00 PM ET – ESPN
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