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!
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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."
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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
Portland Trail Blazer, Anfernee Simons is your 2021 NBA Slam Dunk Champion. Simons beat the Knicks Obi Toppin and Cassius Stanley of the Indiana Pacers. Was Simons a worthy Slam Dunk Champion? Why has the Dunk Contest continued to decline in recent years? What is a fix for the event and is there a way to get big names stars like Zion to compete?
#AnferneeSimons #TrailBlazers #RIPCity #PortlandTrailBlazers #NBA #NBANews
The Detroit Pistons released former All-Star Blake Griffin and the Nets were quick to scoop him up. Griffin signed a 1-year deal with the Nets on Sunday. Is Blake the difference between Finals Favorite or not in Brooklyn? What will his role be on a loaded team that already includes Kyrie, KD and James Harden? Here is JuJu with his thoughts!
#BlakeGriffin #DetroitPistons #Pistons #BrooklynNets #Nets #BrooklynTogether #NBA
Houston Rocket's owner Tilman Fertitta made a bold statement this week. "James Harden will always be a Rocket. Of course, we will retire his jersey." but... should they? Harden posted historic offensive numbers, went to multiple Western Conference Finals and secured an MVP in 2014 but was it enough? Many look at James time with the Rockets as hollow stat padding and resent him for his final few months with the franchise. What is James Harden's H- Town Legacy and is it enough for him to have his jersey hung from the rafters and not in a strip club?
#JamesHarden #Rockets #HoustonRockets #BrooklynNets #Nets #BrooklynTogether
Swiss soccer star Zlatan Ibrahimovic made waves when he names dropped Lebron James in his recent interview. Zlatan made it a point to say he did not approve of Lebron's choice to be a political activist, in addition to a NBA star. Is it hypocritical for Ibrahimovic, who is one of his sports most outspoken stars, to criticize Lebron James? Is he right and Lebron should "Shut-up and Dribble?" Drew is here to give his reaction of Ibrahimovic's comments.
#Lakeshow #Lakers #LosAngelesLakers #LALakers #LebronJames #Lebron
#ZlatanIbrahimovic #Zlatan #KingJames #NBA
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