Lebron http://www.lebron11nba2014.com NBA News Thu, 14 Sep 2017 06:30:04 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.7.3 10 NBA players in need of a trade in 2017-18 http://www.lebron11nba2014.com/2017/09/14/10-nba-players-in-need-of-a-trade-in-2017-18/ http://www.lebron11nba2014.com/2017/09/14/10-nba-players-in-need-of-a-trade-in-2017-18/#respond Thu, 14 Sep 2017 06:30:04 +0000 http://www.lebron11nba2014.com/?p=28 NBA

Heading into the 2017-18 NBA season, there are several prominent players who are in need of a change of scenery. Here are 10 players that could use a trade.

The NBA has become a never-ending cycle of player movement. Player X has joined Team Y in free agency. Superstar Z is unhappy and wants a trade. As the Golden State Warriors wage their holy war on league parity and any hopes of a competitive postseason, the rest of the remaining contenders are jumping into the arms race by stockpiling star talent.

In a bizarre offseason that saw stars like Paul George, Jimmy Butler, Kyrie Irving, Isaiah Thomas, Chris Paul, Gordon Hayward, Paul Millsap and even the No. 1 draft pick all trade hands, the dust hasn’t even settled from the summer’s NBA trade season yet.

However, that’s not to say everyone’s happy in their current situation, or that no one will need to make additional moves in 2017-18. As we see every year as the February trade deadline approaches, sometimes a change of scenery is best for both parties.

As we eagerly wait for the new season of NBA basketball, there’s no better time to look at the lay of the land and examine a few players who are in need of a trade sometime during the 2017-18 campaign.

Honorable Mentions

Brandon Knight — Knight needs a change of scenery more than anyone on this list, but it’s not going to happen this season since he’ll miss the entire 2017-18 campaign recovering from an ACL tear.

Cole Aldrich — Aldrich only averaged 8.6 minutes per game last season as a backup center, and now the Minnesota Timberwolves have rookie Justin Patton to play with.

Luol Deng — A veteran who has little to contribute to a rebuild outside of the locker room, and whose ugly contract needs to be shed for the Los Angeles Lakers to reach for their lofty free agency goals next summer.

Kosta Koufos — Willie Cauley-Stein, Skal Labissiere, Georgios Papagiannis, Harry Giles…unless Koufos is some kind of otherworldly mentor, the Sacramento Kingshave enough players to feed minutes to in that frontcourt.

Kyle Singler — Singler’s minutes have steadily declined over the past three seasons with the Oklahoma City Thunder, and with Doug McDermott in town, they’re going to slip again, this time from a career-low 12.0 minutes per game.

Tyson Chandler — Chandler loves his young brothers on the team, but said he’d like to see the Phoenix Suns add some established veterans in free agency. That didn’t happen, so perhaps the guy who asked not to be traded at last year’s deadline and still has plenty left in the tank is approaching a change of heart.

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NBA: Ranking the teams in the Central Division for 2017-18 http://www.lebron11nba2014.com/2017/09/14/nba-ranking-the-teams-in-the-central-division-for-2017-18/ http://www.lebron11nba2014.com/2017/09/14/nba-ranking-the-teams-in-the-central-division-for-2017-18/#respond Thu, 14 Sep 2017 06:29:44 +0000 http://www.lebron11nba2014.com/?p=26

The NBA’s Central Division has been one of the more active this offseason. They have a good mix of top teams, middling talent and bottom-feeders.

The Central Division has had a huge shakeup of talent this summer. It’s seen three of its top players leave with very little in return.

The Chicago Bulls, Indiana Pacers and Cleveland Cavaliers have all shipped out All-Star caliber players in Jimmy Butler, Paul George and Kyrie Irving. That’s arguably three of the division’s top five players gone. Just like that.

The Pacers got screwed. The Bulls might come out okay. And the Cavaliers appeared to get the best return. As of now, at least.

You can also add the Detroit Pistons to the list of teams who lost one of their top players. They failed to re-sign Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, who bolted to the Los Angeles Lakers on a one-year “prove-it” deal.

That only leaves the Milwaukee Bucks. They are the only team who didn’t lose a significant contributor. However, Jabari Parker won’t return to action until February thanks to an ACL tear, and who knows if he will ever be the same again?

The door is now open for a few of the teams to climb the ladder and make some noise. Whether they take advantage of the chaos, however, remains to be seen.

Regardless, the reigning Central champs should have little trouble repeating. The real battle will come in the middle of the pack. Which team is ready to take that next step and move closer to a divisional title? Continue reading to find out.

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NBA: 15 players looking to shed injury-prone label in 2017-18 http://www.lebron11nba2014.com/2017/09/14/nba-15-players-looking-to-shed-injury-prone-label-in-2017-18/ http://www.lebron11nba2014.com/2017/09/14/nba-15-players-looking-to-shed-injury-prone-label-in-2017-18/#respond Thu, 14 Sep 2017 06:29:19 +0000 http://www.lebron11nba2014.com/?p=24 NBA

Heading into the 2017-18 NBA season, here’s a look at 15 injury-prone players who have a lot riding on staying healthy this time around.

The worst part about the NBA — or any sport, for that matter — is injury. There’s a reason they say it takes a little luck to win a title: Sometimes a star player getting hurt can be the biggest difference between championship glory and the kind of disappointment that’s impossible to forget.

That especially holds true in basketball, a team sport where one superstar can take over a game since there are only five players on the court for each team. As such, losing such a star player could very easily end a team’s aspirations for a season before the playoffs even arrive.

Injuries are inevitable, at least until modern science evolves to the point where we’re all invincible. Every year we bemoan rotten injury luck to our favorite players, especially if they’re stars who are intrinsic to their team’s success.

Heading into 2017-18, there are several players — both prominent and not so recognizable — who have been labeled as “injury-prone” after failing to put together healthy seasons for the last couple of years. Whether they’re overpaid, approaching free agency, or simply notoriously brittle, there are quite a few key players hoping to change their track record with a healthy campaign.

As we approach a new NBA season, it’s time to take a look at 15 players who have a lot riding on a healthy 2017-18 campaign as they try to shed that injury-prone label.

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10 young NBA players in need of a breakout season in 2017-18 http://www.lebron11nba2014.com/2017/09/14/10-young-nba-players-in-need-of-a-breakout-season-in-2017-18/ http://www.lebron11nba2014.com/2017/09/14/10-young-nba-players-in-need-of-a-breakout-season-in-2017-18/#respond Thu, 14 Sep 2017 06:28:51 +0000 http://www.lebron11nba2014.com/?p=22 NBA

Heading into the 2017-18 NBA season, here’s a look at 10 players under the age of 25 who could really do with a breakout year.

The NBA is a league dominated by its superstars, but for the fanbases whose teams don’t have any realistic hope competing for a championship, looking for the next great thing is a big part of the appeal.

Sure, Kevin Durant, LeBron James, Kawhi Leonard and Stephen Curry run the league now, but who has next? Which young players or teams will dominate the association five years from now? It’s such a fun thought exercise, we recently ran through 10 young cores that could be the next great NBA dynasty after the Golden State Warriors are finally mortal again.

However, lost in all the potential of these young players is the more depressing scenario where they never pan out. It’s easy to buy into the future and hope each new draft pick flourishes into the perfect role within a team, but the sad truth is, it doesn’t always work out that way.

The jump from promising young player to superstar — or even useful NBA role player — doesn’t happen overnight. Oftentimes, youngsters put up disappointing numbers as they struggle to adjust to the pros, leaving public perception in limbo from season to season.

Will Player X improve their 3-point shooting to become a legitimate 3-and-D player? Will Player Y become a more efficient shooter and better defender to reach his ceiling as the next big thing? Does Player Z have any hope of carving out a role for himself in a crowded rotation?

These are the questions we ask about certain players every year, and entering the 2017-18 season, several players under the age of 25 stand out in that same category. Once touted as future franchise pillars, a few prominent young players in this league suddenly find themselves in need of a long-awaited breakout campaign.

These are the players we still believe could carve out a productive NBA career, but still have major work ahead of them. These are the players we haven’t quite given up on yet, but might feel more inclined to do so if they disappoint again in 2017-18 since the trajectory of their careers could be riding on it.

Whether it’s because of their upcoming contract situation, losing minutes in a crowded rotation, pre-draft expectations or failing to live up to their potential, it’s time to take a look at 10 players who could really use a breakout year in 2017-18.

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NBA: Ranking the teams in the Atlantic Division for 2017-18 http://www.lebron11nba2014.com/2017/09/14/nba-ranking-the-teams-in-the-atlantic-division-for-2017-18/ http://www.lebron11nba2014.com/2017/09/14/nba-ranking-the-teams-in-the-atlantic-division-for-2017-18/#respond Thu, 14 Sep 2017 06:28:23 +0000 http://www.lebron11nba2014.com/?p=20

The NBA’s Atlantic Division is one of the most diverse in the league. They have two of the top teams in the conference combined with two bottom-feeders and a complete wildcard.

The Atlantic Division promises to be one of the NBA’s most fascinating throughout the 2016-17 season. Each team has its own unique storyline and reasons for fan engagement.

Some squads are fighting for supremacy in the Eastern Conference, while others are attempting to work their way out of the basement. Another is simply trying to keep its head above water. I’ll let you decide which team fits in which category.

All in all, the Atlantic had one of the biggest talent implants of any division in the league.

The Brooklyn Nets acquired upgrades at their point guard position and along their bench. The Philadelphia 76ers will hopefully have a full year of health from Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons. And the Boston Celtics acquired All-Stars in Kyrie Irvingand Gordon Hayward.

You can hardly consider the New York Knicks‘ reacquisition of Tim Hardaway Jr a major talent upgrade. Nonetheless, they remain an intriguing team.

The Toronto Raptors barely made a ripple in the offseason news wire. However, they have to like their chances of once again landing home-court advantage in the first round of the playoffs.

With the book yet to be written on the 2016-17 NBA season and plenty of storylines remaining to unfold, here’s how the five teams rank to begin the year.

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Ranking the 50 greatest NBA players of all time http://www.lebron11nba2014.com/2017/09/14/ranking-the-50-greatest-nba-players-of-all-time/ http://www.lebron11nba2014.com/2017/09/14/ranking-the-50-greatest-nba-players-of-all-time/#respond Thu, 14 Sep 2017 06:27:59 +0000 http://www.lebron11nba2014.com/?p=18 NBA

Updated September 8, 2017 to reflect the results of the 2016-17 season.

The NBA is a superstar-driven league. The game has continued to evolve since its inaugural season in 1946-47, but that fact has remained a constant. As sports fans, we’re obsessed with figuring out where those superstars stand in history. In other words, who deserves recognition as an all-time great?

Even as we watch out favorite players now, we catch ourselves projecting their place among the NBA legends that came before. We always want the next great to be better than the one that came before him. That’s just the nature of watching sports. But for the sake of making sure the all-time greats who helped the NBA develop into the league it is today, it’s time to put things in perspective.

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With that in mind, welcome to HoopsHabit’s 50 Greatest NBA Players of All Time! Over the course of the next 50 slides, I’ll be guiding you through the last 70 years of NBA history in an effort to remember the game’s legends, analyze what made them stand out and break down their place in NBA history.

A couple of notes before we get started. First, although championships are a major way to measure a player’s success during their time in the NBA, it’s not the only measure. The “RINGGZZZ” argument is unbelievably stupid, and it’s the reason a lot of people can’t just sit back and enjoy the careers of guys like Carmelo Anthony. However, individual statistics also mean little without team success. There has to be a balance between individual numbers, accolades, team success, the time period a given player played in, injury history and a myriad of other variables to work your way to the top of this list.

Second, bear in mind that there are a couple of current players in the top 50 who may work their way further up the rankings before their time is done. This list is by no means final, and will be updated each year leading up to the start of the new season. The latest update features the results of the 2016-17 campaign.

Finally, have fun reading these rankings and brushing up on your NBA history! It’s easy to get hung up on where your personal favorites rank, but these rankings were not done willy nilly and each player’s accomplishments, significance, memorability and dozens of other important factors were taken into account. One of the best things about ranking the 50 greatest players is getting to dive in to each one’s career and relive it.

So whether you want to read, skim or fully indulge in the next 19,000 words, enjoy it NBA fans! We start with the honorable mentions.

Honorable Mentions:

Elvin Hayes (previously No. 47 on the list)
Nate Thurmond (previously No. 48 on this list)
Hal Greer (previously No. 49 on this list)
Billy Cunningham (previously No. 50 on this list)
Reggie Miller
Ray Allen
Bob McAdoo
Tiny Archibald
James Harden
Dave DeBusschere
Paul Pierce
Dolph Schayes
Bill Sharman
Paul Arizin
Bernard King
Robert Parish
Tom Heinsohn
Dennis Johnson
Chris Bosh
Kawhi Leonard
Draymond Green

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Ranking the teams in the Southeast Division for 2017-18 http://www.lebron11nba2014.com/2017/09/14/ranking-the-teams-in-the-southeast-division-for-2017-18/ http://www.lebron11nba2014.com/2017/09/14/ranking-the-teams-in-the-southeast-division-for-2017-18/#respond Thu, 14 Sep 2017 06:27:26 +0000 http://www.lebron11nba2014.com/?p=15 Washington Wizards

The NBA’s Southeast Division is unquestionably the weakest in the Eastern Conference. Several teams have taken a step back from last year, however, there will be plenty of competition for the division title.

Top to bottom, the Southeast Division can’t compete with the Central or Atlantic in the Eastern Conference. They lack overall talent and athleticism to match up coherently and truly challenge the other teams.

However, that doesn’t mean there will be a shortage of competition within the division, especially near the top. The Charlotte Hornets and Miami Heat will be looking to challenge the champion Washington Wizards.

It’s clear the Wizards have the best player in the Southeast and potentially even the second-best. They will look to lean on this talent surplus to carry them to another division title.

The Hornets have a point guard who plays with a chip on his shoulder every single time he steps on the floor in Kemba Walker  He truly believes he’s a top-five point and wants to prove it to everyone every night.

The Heat may be devoid of the individual talent the other two teams have. However, they showed their amazing team chemistry by making a historic run during the second half of last season. And there’s no forgetting the late-blooming Dion Waiters.

It’s clear which direction the Atlanta Hawks are headed. They lost Paul Millsap and Al Horford in consecutive years and haven’t made any real efforts to fill their shoes.

The Orlando Magic have a plethora of young players trying to show what they can do at this level. New general manager John Hammond loves length and figures to have plenty of it this season. They could be a surprise contender to make the playoffs.

The Wizards’ hold on the division may be tight, but they are far from a flawless team. The rest of the teams will certainly have their opportunities to make a run at the title. Here’s how they stack up before the season tips off.

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10 players sure to regress in 2017-18 http://www.lebron11nba2014.com/2017/09/14/10-players-sure-to-regress-in-2017-18/ http://www.lebron11nba2014.com/2017/09/14/10-players-sure-to-regress-in-2017-18/#respond Thu, 14 Sep 2017 06:27:04 +0000 http://www.lebron11nba2014.com/?p=14 NBA

Heading into the 2017-18 NBA season, here’s a look at 10 notable players who will likely see some regression in their numbers and role from last year.

One thing that makes the NBA such a fascinating sports league is how noticeable the rising and falling of certain players can be from season to season.

Whether it’s due to competition for playing time in a crowded rotation, how much a player is getting paid, just an off year, poor team fit, injuries or even something as simple as getting another year older, there are a number of factors that go into determining a player’s worth, especially as it pertains to whether their stock is rising or falling.

Heading into the 2017-18 NBA season, there are young players in need of breakout seasons, players trying to shed the injury-prone label, established superstars, rookies hoping to make an impact and everything in between. However, there are also the unfortunate cases where certain players are due for regression.

From falling short of unsustainable success to playing in a more crowded rotation to injury woes, here’s a look at 10 players whose numbers and/or role won’t be quite the same in 2017-18.

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NBA players approaching their last chance in 2017-18 http://www.lebron11nba2014.com/2017/09/14/nba-players-approaching-their-last-chance-in-2017-18/ http://www.lebron11nba2014.com/2017/09/14/nba-players-approaching-their-last-chance-in-2017-18/#respond Thu, 14 Sep 2017 06:26:16 +0000 http://www.lebron11nba2014.com/?p=11 NBA

As we approach the 2017-18 NBA season, here’s a look at 10 notable players who could be approaching their last chance to remain relevant in the league.

More than perhaps any other sports league, the NBA is cyclical. Championship contenders normally don’t last beyond a 3-5 year window, bottom-feeders can rise to prominence with smart drafting and savvy moves in free agency, and middle-of-the-pack teams can either join the elite with a smart navigating or quickly fall off the map with a single bad investment.

It’s an endless pattern. The tanking teams of today stand a good chance of being the title contenders of tomorrow, and vice versa.

A big part of that is the natural embrace of Father Time as he turns rising superstars into living and eventually, into respected but washed up names whose talents are all but diminished before calling it a career.

Unfortunately, not all NBA players get to follow that preferred path from rising star to retiring legend. Many careers flame out long before then, while others never come close to those same heights before they abruptly find themselves out of the league.

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