This is a segment from the Slumpbuster Podcast. Aundre Huynh comes on the show to talk the Lakers most recent addition to their big three in Los Angeles. The Lakers acquired Russell Westbrook in a trade from the Washington Wizards. In the deal, Los Angeles agreed to send Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Montrezl Harrell and Kyle Kuzma to Washington. Westbrook is a former league MVP but has often been chastised for his teams performances in the playoffs. Last season for the Wizards Westbrook averaged 22.2 pts in 36 minutes of play per game. This also marked the fourth time in his career that Westbrook has averaged a triple-double. Is Westbrook the missing pieces for Lebron James to receive his fifth NBA Championship or will he be the reason they fail?
#RussellWestbrook #LebronJames #AnthonyDavis #LakeShow #Lakers
#LosAngelesLakers #NBA #NBANews
The Eastern Conference got a lot more competitive because of what two teams did particularly. Coming off of their surprising bubble run to the NBA Finals in 2020, the Miami Heat were quickly dispatched of by the Bucks on their way to title. Pat Riley set his sights on the most sought after veteran on the market Kyle Lowry. Lowry will one day be enshrined in all-time Toronto sports legends but what talent will the veteran bring to South Beach?
Not to be outdone, the Chicago Bulls made a flurry of moves to begin free agency. As part of convincing Zach Levine that Chicago is in his best interest long-term, the Bulls acquired Pelicans guard Lonzo Ball. Ball, Levine and Demar Derozan form a formidable team with Nikola Vucevic rounding out the four spot in their line-up. Does this make the Bulls legitimate threats in the East?
#ChicagoBulls #DemarDerozan #LonzoBall #ZachLevine #Bulls #Heat
#MiamiHeat #JimmyButler #KyleLowry
While many teams are trying to get younger and more dynamic, its clear the Los Angeles Lakers put more emphasis on experience. Following their trade for former MVP Russell Westbrook, the Lakers were very active in free agency. It started by bringing back Dwight Howard for his third tour with the team and the next big name was longtime banana boat companion Carmelo Anthony. It has long since been rumored that Anthony and Lebron have spoken about joining forces and it is finally coming together. The additions do make the Lakers the oldest collective team in NBA history but is the gamble worth it. To give his completely unbiased opinion, Lakers fan Kyle Ledbetter is here to give his take on the Lakers moves.
#Lakers #Lakeshow #CarmeloAnthony #LebronJames #AnthonyDavis
#LosAngelesLakers #RussellWestbrook #NBA #NBANews
This is a segment from the Slumpbuster Podcast. Chris Lebron from the Off the Ball Podcast & Off the Ball Network to discuss Chris Paul's future with the Phoenix Suns. The Suns had an incredible start to the NBA Finals and then an incredible downfall. With CP3 expected to opt out of his current deal, can the Suns still compete in the Western Conference? Is there a chance that Paul will return to Phoenix or do the Lakers make more sense for the aging veteran? Enjoy the segment!
#PhoenixSuns #DevinBooker #Suns #CP3 #ChrisPaul #NBA #NBANews
The NBA Draft is scheduled for Thursday and two Western Conference teams looking to improve made a trade. Memphis and New Orleans stuck a deal that would see Steven Adams and Eric Bledsoe go to Grizzlies in exchange for Jonas Valanciunas. In addition to the players, the teams will swap the 10th and 17th picks in the first round of the 2021 NBA Draft. This draft may not shift the NBA landscape but it presents an opportunity for both clubs to place the right scheme fit around their young superstars Ja Morant and Zion Williamson. Kyle is here to recap the trade and what it means, enjoy!
#Pelicans #Grizzlies #MemphisGrizzlies #NewOrleansPelicans #NBA #NBANews
This is a segment from the Slumpbuster Podcast. Chris Lebron from the Off the Ball Podcast & Off the Ball Network to discuss the recent Damian Lillard speculation. Will the Portland Trail Blazers and Lillard separate after nine seasons together? Dame has had a series of cryptic social media messages that have stirred trade rumors in the NBA community. Who can offer the Blazers fair compensation for the multiple time all-star? Potential suitors include the Los Angeles Lakers, Boston Celtics, Golden State Warriors, Philadelphia 76ers and more. Is it Dame Time or Trade Time in Portland?
#DamianLillard #TrailBlazers #PortlandTrailBlazers #RIPCity #NBA #NBANews
Team USA's struggles continued in their Olympic opener against France on Sunday. Evan Fournier led France in scoring with a 28-point performance. The American's were led by Jrue Holiday's 18-point game, despite not starting. USA shot a paltry 36% from the field and went 10-of-32 from 3-point range. Damian Lillard matched Holiday in minutes played but only managed 11-points and Kevin Durant went 4-of-12 for 10-points. What adjustments does coach Greg Popovich need to make to ensure this team still has a shot at gold? Should US citizens still be confident in this teams ability to recover from this defeat?
#TeamUSA #KevinDurant #France #Olympics2020 #Olympics #USA
Making his Slumpbuster debut, Kyle Ledbetter is here to breakdown the climactic game 6 of the 2021 NBA Finals between the Milwaukee Bucks and Phoenix Suns. Giannis Antetokounmpo cemented his legacy amongst the great with a historic 50 point performance against the Suns. This combined with his other efforts secured him his first NBA Finals MVP. Does this diminish the performance of veteran Chris Paul in what may be his last deep playoff run? Would the Suns have won if Devin Booker been an iota better in the series? Congrats to your NBA Champion, Milwaukee Bucks!
#Bucks #MilwaukeeBucks #GiannisAntetokounmpo #FeartheDeer #Suns #PhoenixSuns
This is a segment from the Slumpbuster Podcast. Calvin Domingo from the Steezy A. Smith Youtube Channel drops by the pod to discuss one of his most recent videos. Calvin makes the case why the Philadelphia 76ers 'Should Not' trade Ben Simmons. What is the fix for the 76ers to become true title contenders? If they keep Simmons can they still compete in the Eastern conference? Enjoy the segment and checkout the full episode!
#76ers #Philadelphia76ers #BenSimmons #JoelEmbiid #NBA #NBANews
NBA Tier 1 Rankings
1. Brooklyn Nets (Previous Ranking: #3)
2. Utah Jazz (Previous Ranking: #1)
3. Phoenix Suns (Previous Ranking: #4)
4. Los Angeles Lakers (Previous Ranking: #2)
5. Philadelphia 76ers (Previous Ranking: #7)
6. Milwaukee Bucks (Previous Ranking: #8)
7. Los Angeles Clippers (Previous Ranking: #6)
8. Denver Nuggets (Previous Ranking: #5)
9. Dallas Mavericks (Previous Ranking: #13)
10. Portland Trail Blazers (Previous Ranking: #11)
Tier One Spotlight: Brooklyn Nets
"This team has lasted longer than I thought, and greatly outperformed my expectations. Their offensive fire power is unparalleled in the league, and this is them without KD. However, it is important to note this team does have flaws. They are currently ranked 25th defensively."
#BrooklynTogether #TakeNote #WeAreTheValley #LakeShow #HereTheyCome
#FeartheDeer #ClipperNation #MileHighBasketball #MFFL #RipCity
NBA Tier 2 Rankings
11. Boston Celtics (Previous Ranking: #16)
12. Miami Heat (Previous Ranking: #12)
13. Golden State Warriors (Previous Ranking: #9)
14. San Antonio Spurs (Previous Ranking: #10)
15. New York Knicks (Previous Ranking: #15)
16. Charlotte Hornets (Previous Ranking: #17)
17. Memphis Grizzlies (Previous Ranking: #18)
18. Indiana Pacers (Previous Ranking: #19)
19. Atlanta Hawks (Previous Ranking: #24)
20. New Orleans Pelicans (Previous Ranking: #21)
Tier Two Spotlight: San Antonio Spurs
"It’s great to still see San Antonio relevant after all these years. It’s crazy actually. Coach Pops ability to find success with completely different rosters over the last couple decades I believe puts him in the conversation for greatest coach of all time."
#BleedGreen #MiamiHeat #DubNation #GoSpursGo #NewYorkForever
#AllFly #GrindCity #AlwaysGame #TruetoAtlanta #WontBowDown
NBA Tier 3 Rankings
21. Chicago Bulls (Previous Ranking: #20)
22. Toronto Raptors (Previous Ranking: #14)
23. Oklahoma City Thunder (Previous Ranking: #23)
24. Sacramento Kings (Previous Ranking: #27)
25. Washington Wizards (Previous Ranking: #22)
26. Orlando Magic (Previous Ranking: #26)
27. Cleveland Cavaliers (Previous Ranking: #25)
28. Detroit Pistons (Previous Ranking: #29)
29. Minnesota Timberwolves (Previous Ranking: #30)
30. Houston Rockets (Previous Ranking: #28)
Tier Three Spotlight: Chicago Bulls
"This is a team that is playing hard, but just can’t beat any good teams. With Zach LaVine earning his first all-star appearance, Chicago has a bright future. Hopefully they don’t decide to trade him before the deadline."
#BullsNation #WeAreTheNorth #ThunderUp #SacramentoProud #DCAboveAll
#MagicTogether #BeTheFight #DetroitUP #RaisedByWolves #Rockets