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Posted on: May 26, 2011 9:35 pm
 

What I want from Orlando's off-season.

Well, last season sucked. Rashard Lewis for Gilbert Arenas still doesn't matter because Lewis got hurt anyway and it's not like he was playing that great anyway. The other trade was so idiotic it wasn't even funny. Carter for Richardson is a wash although Carter fit us better than JRICH did. Turkoglu and Clark for Pietrus and Gortat and a first rounder was beyond stupid. Turkoglu wasn't even worth Chris Duhon.


So here are some moves that I would like to see this off-season assuming there is one. Some of these moves are based on the old CBA, some are rumored to be in the possible new one.
  • Use the amnesty clause on Hedo Turkoglu - Hedo is absolutely done. He's not going to get better. He's a waste of cap space.
  • Try and sign either Greg Oden or David West to the MLE. Both of these guys are coming off of season ending injuries, and Oden is an injury magnet. I think both of these guys would really help us inside. Oden can be a new Gortat, but better when he's healthy, and we can show a look sometimes of him and HOward together and basically make the basket impossible to get to. West can be the post compliment that Dwight needs. We can run dual pick and rolls with Dwight and West, along with pop with West. I really think both of these guys can help us.
  • Try and trade Ryan AndersonDaniel Orton, and J.J. Redick along with all the draft picks we can to Philadelphia to try and get Andre Iguodala and Jodie Meeks. Meeks is worse version of J.J. Redick. That's why I threw him in there just to make the trade not so lop-sided. Iguodala adds a great wing defender along with a top wing facilitator that will help our offense flow better and open up looks for Dwight Howard. Meeks can come off the bench and hit some shots.
  • Try to re-sign Jason Richardson. Do this only if he's cheap and only if he's willing to work his a$$ off to get his legs back.
  • FRANCHISE TAG DWIGHT HOWARD. This probably isn't going to happen because I don't see a franchise tag being put in, but if there is, then this has to happen.
So if all of this could happen, this is what Orlando's roster would look like next year.


PG - Jameer Nelson / Gilbert Arenas / Chris Duhon

SG - Jason Richardson / Jodie Meeks

SF - Andre Iguodala / Quentin Richardson

PF - Brandon Bass / Earl Clark / Draft pick

C - Dwight Howard / Greg Oden 


I know that roster doesn't look all that different from this year, but to me it fixes a lot of issues. Iggy adds defense. You can put him and QRICH on the floor together because Iggy can bring offense. This would be especially helpful against a team like Miami. Oden fills the void off the bench of interior D. Losing Redick will allow Arenas to get more minutes. 
Posted on: June 22, 2010 6:46 pm
 

The Top 10 NBA Off-season Story-lines 5-1

Number 5: Who overpays for Carlos Boozer and David Lee? Listen, not everyone playing the Free Agency game this off-season is going to get the Lebron's, Bosh's, and DWADE's this off-season. It's nearly a guarantee that the losers of those sweepstakes will panic and throw ridiculous money at Lee and Boozer. Very similar players actually, Boozer and Lee are both around 6'8-6'9 and have had to play a decent amount of center the last few years, putting them at a huge disadvantage against the trees of the league. However both are very good rebounders who are maximum effort guys that will try and mask their flaws with hustle and hard play. However, both play in systems which have padded their stats some. Lee plays in Mike D'Antoni's run n gun, no defense, try and score 200 points a game system in New York. Nearly all the way across the country, Boozer plays in Jerry Sloan's system in Utah which has always been about getting his PG and PF involved and their numbers. Boozer's back-up, Paul Milsap is arguably the better of the two anyway and he puts up decent numbers off the bench as well. In my opinion, Boozer is best served going back to Utah while Lee won't really have any choice other than to leave New York. In the end, I'm going to bet that..... nah, I'll wait until the end to put this puzzle together.

Number 4: Who does Chris Bosh follow? I really am on the bandwagon that Chris Bosh wants to win very badly. I think he's desperate to win after some horrible years in Toronto where nothing was accomplished. A fan-favorite theory is that he ends up in LA with Pau and Kobe. To me, that's a nightmare for the rest of the West. Gasol moves back to C where he is actually more effective in my opinion and where he played in Memphis. You have two guys who can post up, take their man off the dribble, pass the ball well, shoot from the perimeter. Really, they have two very similar players although Bosh does it more with his quickness and shot while Gasol uses his fundamentals a little bit more. Another popular theory is the one where he joins Lebron in New York. Lebron, Gallo, Chandler, Bosh, whomever would be a deadly line-up, no matter who is playing C (for those slow ones, Lebron will be the point guard). Maybe Bosh goes to Chicago to team up with Derek Rose and Joakim Noah giving Chicago that third star and an absolutely incredible future. Noah's defense, Bosh's offense, Rose's playmaking with role players like Deng and Hinrich, Chicago would be a contender for years. Now onto the Florida theories. You ask someone from North Florida and they tell you that Bosh will be in Orlando as a result of some miraculous sign and trade most likely involving Brandon Bass and Marcin Gortat, maybe J.J. Redick's rights as well in a sign-and-trade scenario. You go down to South Florida and all the talk is Bosh teaming up with DWADE in South Beach. Chalmers, Wade, Beasley, Bosh, and whomever else they can get gives the Heat a very bright future as well with two proven stars and two guys they're just waiting to emerge. Again, I'll wait until the end to put this together.

Number 3: Who joins Wade in South Beach? Anyone who thinks DWADE is leaving Miami doesn't know what's going on at all. DWADE will be on the Heat for life baring some Jordan/Wizards scenario. Beautiful weather, smart organization, no state income tax. There's literally no reason to leave. Above all though is the cap room that the Heat have to bring in a side-kick that Wade has desperately needed since he and Shaq split. Who will it be though? Will Lebron come up from the hell that is down Cleveland? Will Bosh join him there? Will STAT be in a Heat jersey? Or will they have to settle for Boozer or Lee? In either scenario, the Heat get better because when Jermaine O'Neal is your second best player, you have issues. DWADE needs a side-kick desperately and I could even see him waiting until the Heat make their move before he officially re-signs. If the Heat botch this one, DWADE might just leave or demand a sign and trade to a team that wouldn't have the cap room to sign him otherwise. Again, either way, DWADE will be on a better team next year than the Heat were this past season, whether that's still with the Heat or somewhere else is yet to be seen although I'd lean towards him staying.

Number 2: Cinderella's Castle. I mean, LeBron James will be moving but to where? Will he stay in Cleveland? No. Let's get that out of the air now. Lebron is way too cocky to stay in small little Cleveland his whole career. He's going to a bigger market or going to somewhere where he'll win a quick title which will just fluff his ego more. One thing people have to realize about Lebron is that it's all about Lebron, all day. 24/7. I mean, the dude went on Jimmy Kimmel's show and lost a pop-a-shot competition and was trying to distract the guy he was losing to. I'm pretty sure the princess was wearing sunglasses as well. He's inside a building, keep that in mind. The only thing larger than his talent is his potential. The only thing bigger than that is his ego. I wouldn't doubt that if he ends up in NYC, there's a Lebron television channel just showing clips of Lebron and Lebron commercials all day long. And stupid people will watch it because for some reason the world is fascinated by him. Lebron's leaving Cleveland and I'd almost bet my life on it. One thing though I don't see is Lebron teaming up with another mega-star Bosh or Wade, especially not Wade. There are very few players in the league who people will even attempt to make a case for over Lebronbron. Kobe Bryant, Dwight Howard, Chris Paul, Kevin Durant, and Dwyane Wade. Wade and Bryant have the strongest cases. Me personally, think that Wade is the best player in the game with Lebron a close second. There's no way Bron-bron's ego would be able to take winning anything without being the clear cut man. Bosh and Wade are on the short-list for guys who could out-play him in a series, and that's the last thing Lebron wants. Who will he team up with? Where will he go? I think he's going to Chicago where he'll try and foolishly surpass Jordan's legacy. That leaves Cleveland in a horrible situation. I think Bosh will join DWADE in Miami. I see the Knicks and Jazz working out a sign and trade deal sending Lee to Utah and Boozer back to NYC who will then go and blow money on Rudy Gay in a panic move. As for Stoudmire, keep an eye on Oklahoma City or New Jersey. OKC needs a big to get over the hump, and Lopez and STAT make a formidable duo for the future.

Number 1: The Super Dream Shake. I'm going to take a ton of heat for this and I know it. However, as a Magic fan, I'm biased. Two and a half years ago at the All-Star game, Dwight Howard got to take time out of his day and spend it with Bill Russell. Russell taught Dwight the importance of defense and protecting the basket along with making up for what you lack offensively with rebounding and defensive play. After that talk, and I'm guessing a few others with the legend, Dwight went on to finish 2nd in DMVP voting that year. Since then? Dwight's won back to back defensive player of the year awards and became the first ever player in NBA history to lead the NBA in blocks and rebounds in the same year, for consecutive years. Orlando's defense also ranked top 10 in nearly every statistical category including first in opponents FG%, no doubt a product of Howard. As far as the other end goes, Dwight's been working with former NBA star, Patrick Ewing. Dwight has made progress but not nearly enough as he should to this point. During the Eastern Conference finals, down 3-0, Dwight received a phone call from none other than Hakeem "The Dream" Olajuwon. Olajuwon gave Howard advice on how to approach the game which seemed to work as Howard's game raised to new heights in game's 4, 5, and 6. The pivotal moment came in the third quarter, with Orlando down by 20 or so, his teammates had hung their heads and given up. Dwight posted up, took the ball, made a move, and was fouled. When heading to the line, Dwight, for what seemed like the first time in his career, yelled at his teammates. He screamed at them to get their heads, up, that it wasn't over. They could still win. The Magic lost, but from a leadership position, that moment confirmed what 2 and a half games leading up had proven, he had changed. This off-season, Howard will be working with Olajuwon on his offensive game. Actually, he has been for the last week or so, no word on how much longer he plans on meeting with Hakeem. Last off-season, Kobe Bryant met with Olajuwon to work on some moves in the post and many people noticed this off-season how good Kobe looked in the post this year. Orlando fans are hoping Howard can make similar strides. If Hakeem can even teach him 2 or 3 moves, not even tapping into the depth of the "dream-shake", Dwight will make steps in his offensive game that will make him borderline unguardable changing the NBA landscape even more so than where Lebron-bron decides to go or who Dwyane Wade pairs up with.
Posted on: August 13, 2009 10:59 am
 

Buc's NBA Power Rankings (1-5)

First, I'd like to start out by saying, this list is going to assume that each team stays healthy. Capice? Ok, let's get down to business.
  1. Los Angeles Lakers - LA is the number 1 spot for a couple reasons. ONE being they're the defending champs and until they either A)start losing or B)another team takes off, they are still the best in the land. Reason two being Ron Artest. Now, Artest is not Artest of a few years back. Why? He wasn't even the best defender on his own team last year. Now, then again, it could have to do with being on the same team as the best defender in the NBA, but we'll get to that later. What Artest adds that Ariza didn't is an intensity factor. Ariza has been somewhat known as a brat. Artest also has shown that he can create his own shot, although, once again against LA in the playoffs, he seemed to forget. Either way, he's still better than Ariza......oh yea, you ever hear of Kobe Bryant? Word is he's pretty good.
  2. Boston Celtics - Oh my FREAKING GAWD. Bucfan didn't put Orlando at two? No, no I did not. Boston took Orlando to 7 games last year not healthy. Then again, Orlando was missing their all star point guard which in my opinion is more important than a power forward (bring the hate). Anway, Rajon Rondo showed he can be more than a guy teams can leave open. He's also become a ferocious rebounder and also a cheap shot artist. On to why they're ranked second. KG is not KG of old, but he's still a good player, and a motivated Rasheed Wallace is still deadly. Especially defensively against Dwight Howard. Rasheed may be the best at defending him. However, another year more polished, can Dwight overcome Rasheed? Who knows. Kendrick Perkins is also improving as well. Ray Allen can still shoot and Paul Pierce can still flop. IN all seriousness, Boston is going to be good if they stay healthy.
  3. Orlando Magic - Believe it or not HATERS, the Magic got better. AS a Magic fan, and official board realist, Orlando is the 3rd best team in the league if everyone stays healthy. When the injuries that you know are going to pile up do, Orlando may be the best because of depth. If Matt Barnes or Mickael Pietrus or even J.J. Redick have to start a few games, Orlando will still be in good shape. Why is that? It's because they don't offensively rely on one player. Vince Carter will most likely be option number 1 for the Magic. Rashard Lewis will probably be the second. Dwight 3rd, although me may lead the team in scoring because of garbage buckets. Then Jameer Nelson probably the 4th. And either Matt Barnes or Brandon Bass, depending on if Lewis is at the SF or PF position will of course be option 5. With Orlando's offense, they have 4 all-star caliber players that can hit you. Especially, if Dwight has improved as much as we Magic fans hope he has this off-season. The bench is solid to. Anthony Johnson, although a terrible starter is good off the bench. Already mentioned Mickael Pietrus. Ryan Anderson and the Polish Hammer Marcin Gortat round out the bench.
  4. San Antonio Spurs - First, I'd like to say that I love how the logos tell me how to spell the names of the cities/teams. Very helpful. Ok, on to the cow-boy boot heels. Tim Duncan may be the second best center in the league. He's not a power forward anymore. Please people, get that out of your head. He's still going to give you around 20 and 10 a game. Ole Mr. Reliable right there. Tony Parker is arguably the third best point guard in the league and by the end of the year, may have caught Chris Paul and Deron Williams. Some say he's too much of a score first point guard, but I love the guy!.....and his wife! He's one of the few PGs that can take out a team on his own and put up 40 points. Dangerous, dangerous scorer. Lightning quick. Manu Ginobili is back. That should be a big lift. Although he plays starter minutes, technically, he bolsters the bench. Either way, he's a big-time weapon for the Spurs. Richard Jefferson is a good addition. Any team (other than Orlando of courseWink) that wouldn't take him as their 4th weapon is kidding themselves. He stays healthy and this team is just as good as anyone especially with coach Duncan Popavich. Spurs fans are hoping George Hill plays like early year George Hill and a lot of people are looking at Dejaun Blair as the steal of the draft.
  5. Cleveland Cavaliers - Ok, they have the third best player in the league and returning MVP, LeBron James. James is one of the most physically imposing players in the league. He's very gifted, and will only get better one would think. However, unless his jump shot is twice as improved as it was last year, the Cavs will digress. Why? Well, on paper Shaquille O'Neal for a paper napkin looks like a good deal, but for the Cavaliers, it really doesn't help all that much. Why? Because for one, Zydrunas Ilgauskas spread the floor for Lebron to attack and get to the free throw line. Shaq? Well, he can't shoot....at all! He won't be clearing much space. That takes away a big part of Lebron's game and it'll be interesting to see how they progress. Shaq should help Cleveland in Dwight Howard's post up game, but he still struggles in pick and roll defense and another year older, he'll just be worse. Against Boston? They still don't have anyone to guard Kevin Garnett, and Rajon Rondo will have a field day with Mo Williams. On to Williams. The new poster-child for SHUT THE HELL UP. All that needs to be said there. Then on to Delonte West. West is a fiery player that plays more like he's 6'8 instead of the 6'3 he really is. West guards bigger players and usually holds his own. Hell, he's running in for alley-oops as well. How many little guys you see doing that? Not much. He's also a very solid shooter. Really a good player on both ends. Does everything well, nothing great. I'd like to see him get more of the point guard duties for the Cavs.
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