Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Monday, August 25, 2014

Mychal Thompson - Jerry West and Steve Kerr Vetoed the Love Trade

Now this is a screwed up team when you have the owner and GM agreeing to do something and then THEY get vetoed?????  Um, OK.

Look, Klay Thompson is an ELITE shooter.  When left open, there is scarcely a player in the league who I would rather have shooting for my club.  That is one reason I think he will be so great on Team USA.  But Klay Thompson has a limited upside.  He isn't going to be a young Ray Allen, ever.  He has low assist, rebound, free throw and steals+blocks totals.   He is a really, really good shooter, and he is tall.  But that is about it.

If I woke up tomorrow as GM of the Warriors and you offered me Andrew Wiggins for Klay Thompson, I may not take it, since the Warriors are a 50 win team.  But if you asked me whether Wiggins or Thompson will be better in the 2016-17 season, I don't know that answer.  Thomspon is a more durable Danilo Galinari.  Would I trade Danilo for Love?  Absolutely.  In a heartbeat.

Klay Thompson's PER has never reached league average (15) for a whole season, and he has played MUCH worse in the playoffs than in the regular season.  Ray Allen's PER for his first three years - 14, 16, 19.  Then he kept steady around 20-22. 

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Most Productive Per Minute NBA Players Who Will Be 25 and Younger in 2014-15

Using last year's production, and limiting the search to guys who were 24 or younger and who had a WS/48 figure over .15. (Minutes played at least 1,000).

1 James Harden age 24 -- 12.8 Win Shares
2 Blake Griffin 24 -- 12.2

big drop

3 Paul George 23 -- 10.8
4 Anthony Davis 20 -- 10.4
5 Andre Drummond 20 -- 9.9
6 Serge Ibaka 24 -- 9.6
7. Damian Lillard 23 -- 9.6

big drop

8 DeMarcus Cousins 23 --7.9
9 Kawhi Leonard 22 -- 7.7
10 Terrence Jones 22 -- 7.3

big drop

11 Mason Plumlee 23 -- 4.7

Noticeably absent from the list (due to a failure to make .150 WS/48) - John Wall, DeMar DeRozen, Kyrie Irving, Jonas Valanciunas, Kenneth Faried, Lance Stephenson, Klay Thompson, Derrick Favors, Ricky Rubio, Greg Monroe, Kemba Walker.

Nicki Minaj "Anaconda" Video

Basically Sir Mixalot with a lot of crappy rapping and solid stripping thrown in.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Monday, August 18, 2014

Shawn Marion v. Scottie Pippen v. Adrian Dantley

Win Shares, ranked best to worst. Marion - slightly better than Pippen, slightly worse than Dantley.
Shawn Marion14.613.012.512.
Scottie Pippen 13.112.712.311.811.
Adrian Dantley 14.613.612.812.612.210.510.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Elise on "Bachelor in Paradise" -- Insane, But Not Totally Unlike Women I Have Dated

Elise was told by Dylan last night, "If you offer me a rose, I will not take it.  Do not offer me a rose."  Her reply, "Why are you sending me mixed signals?"

This followed a long stretch where he told her, basically, to F off and stop smothering him.  To which her psychological response, naturally, was, "Well, he loves me so much, he just feels smothered by all of his love for me."


Anyway, a couple similar stories from old HM:

-- 1982, dating a girl from 4 towns away, but I decide to also date the lead in the school play.  Lead in play feels I should ask her to the prom.  No way - I am asking my real gf.  So I just ignore the not-so-subtle hints that are being given.  Finally, one play practice I say, "Look, I have a gf who lives 4 towns away and I am taking her, NOT you."  Tears are falling....

I show up for school the next day - lead in the play comes up and plants one on me at my locker.  Uh..............!?!?!?  "I understand that you felt obliged to ask that other girl.  Too bad you made that commitment months ago, but good for you to honor it."  Um, I have NO IDEA where those pieces of information came from.  I had asked the other girl a day or two before telling the lead in the play.  It wasn't a months-long commitment.  I never said anything of the sort to the lead in the play. But she had convinced herself that this was the best explanation, so she/we went with it.

-- 1988 -- living in Minneapolis, but had a gf from law school.  Dated a good looking blonde girl from MN for the summer.  I went to the airport and bought a ticket for my gf to fly up to Minneapolis.  MN girl found out.  (Story is actually way worse, but moving it along).  Tears are falling.....

GF stays with me Friday, Saturday, Sunday.  Tuesday I get done with work and I am bored, so I figure, why not call MN girl?  Will at least be entertaining to hear how mad she is at me.  Call -- "How is your little slutty gf?"  Um, well, she left.  "So why are you calling me?"  Just wanted to say hello.  How is it going?  "Well, better now.  You called me."  Would you like to go to the movies this weekend?  "How about tonight?"  Uh....OK.

Driving to the movies, here is the line from her, "Well, I figured you had forgotten all about me once you brought your little tramp up here, but when you called I recognized how much you cared about us."

Um, OK.  The mind can be very powerful at rationalizing things I guess.