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NBA: Mid Range Jumpers


This is a new weekly blog breaking down the past week in the NBA. In today’s advanced-metric stat world, pace and space offenses have realized the value of open threes and driving the lane. We here at DYC grew up on 90’s basketball: John Tesh theme music, Ahmad Rashad on the sideline, and Michael Jordan mid-range jumpers.

At my previous internet home, I did Mid-Range jumpers as a quick way to whip around big stories. Since the weekly Hangover has replaced the need for that, I’ll be using Wednesday afternoons to wrap up some news from around the Association. I’ve had this planned for a while, so don’t think I’m just capitalizing on the unquestionably biggest story from last night.

  • I was having a nice evening last night, live tweeting some choice Tuesday night programming, when my twitter feed exploded during the last few minutes of The Real World with the news of Derrick Rose’s latest knee injury. Comparisons like Penny Hardaway and Brandon Roy have been tossed around over the last few hours, but I’ll just say this: it’s unfair that this guy’s body keeps betraying him and I hope he can bounce back again, as he was playing his best ball post-first knee surgery right before the All Star Break.
  • Speaking of injured former MVPs, Kevin Durant is back on the shelf, with an aggrevation of his foot injury. Unlike Derrick Rose, his most recent procedure appears to have been elective, and is designed to keep him fresher in the playoffs. Also unlike Derrick Rose, Durant has a teammate who can more than step up in his absence. And he has.

WestbrookIsNuts

  • Rajon Rondo and Rick Carlisle got into a screaming match on the sideline last night, resulting in the point guard getting benched for the final 20 minutes of game time. I hope you had February 24th in the pool, as this was an eventuality, not a possibility.
  • Sam Hinkie is rumored to be looking into trading Joel Embiid for a lottery pick. This guy is determined to ruin basketball, but is doing a great job securing his employment while lying to people’s faces.
  • Cleveland has won 17 of their last 19, LeBron just passed Scottie Pippen on the all time assists list at 30 years old, and Kevin Love hit 8 threes last night. Can anyone prove that LeBron isn’t behind this Love injury? Is he going to order a hit on the Hawks next? I’m worried.
  • #LOLLakers.
  • The Sloan Conference is coming up, and that means papers have started to leak. Given all of our writers fall easily into the cross section of sports fan (duh) and nerd (seriously, go count the number of DudeYouCrazy‘s posts that involve graphs and charts), this piece on NBA defense stole more of my life than I’d care to admit.
  • Y’all gonna argue with him?

    Well said.

    Well said.

  • Weekly Hawks Update: 44-12, 1-1 since the All Star Break, 1st in the East by 7.5 games, 2nd in point differential at +6.1, 2nd in points allowed per game, 3rd in points scored per game.

This has been your first installment of Mid Range Jumpers. I’ll be back here every Wednesday to drop more knowledge dimes next week.

(In basketball-speak, a dime is an assist. You’re welcome.)

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NBA: Fast Lane to the Playoffs


All Star Weekend is firmly in the rear view mirror, and its full steam ahead to the playoff hunt. Not only does the NBA do it’s showcase event better than any other American sports league, but they time it perfectly too. No one is looking more forward to the next game (NFL), or is exhausted at the thought of approximately 1 billion games left to play (MLB), but with 2/3 of the season down, it’s crunch time for everyone. What better time than to give our readers a taste of not only what’s happened so far, but arm them for conversations they will be having now that we’re forced to not watch football. Here are 7 stories so far, predictions for the rest of the way, and some 2/3 awards to be delivered.

1. The Hawks are Scary Good…

For once, this isn’t JUST my well-known Atlanta bias creeping through – this Hawks team is amazing. Eye popping ball movement, stifling defense, and great depth off the bench, even the notoriously fickle home crowds of Atlanta have gotten behind the Hawks. They own the season’s longest winning streak in the Association to date, beating top contenders from both coasts along the way, and are becoming a ‘cool’ team to get behind. And I didn’t dream any of it!

Stop trolling me ESPN. And America.

2. …The Warriors are Just Scary

Golden State started the season in a bit of tumult, as they fired their most successful coach in my lifetime after he improved their record for two straight years. They flirted with trading away Klay Thompson, Steph Curry was mad they got rid of his coach, and they landed former Phoenix GM and TNT analyst Steve Kerr only after he got lowballed by the Knicks (more on that dumpster fire later). But all the upheaval has worked out for them, as they own the best record in the NBA and are appointment television at this point. If you have League Pass, please DM me your login info and schedule your life around Golden State games.

3. The Lakers are Hilariously Bad

They’ve been good for the past 70 ish years. Get your jokes in now. I am.

4. Hot and Cold Cavs

LeBron made history this summer by being the first person to willingly move from Miami to Cleveland, and he’s made history this season as the first player/coach/GM. Really, an impressive move by him. Things started unevenly and the Kevin Love experiment hasn’t gone well thus far, but ever since LeBron took 2 weeks off to rest finish building his team, this squad has more closely resembled a team to take seriously. It’ll be interesting to see how the experiment plays out, what with Love unsigned for next year.

5. Western Conference

Once again, the West is the place where you do NOT want to be to make the playoffs. Even as Phoenix seems positioned to slip out with the current Dragic noise, either the Thunder or the Pelicans look to be left out of this year’s field which is INSANE since those two teams employ three of the best ten players in the NBA (if you haven’t been watching this year, Anthony Davis has fully arrived as a force of nature). Hell, Memphis is the 2 seed in the West right now which would mean a 7 game series with the Spurs. Seems like a crappy prize for taking 2nd in the West.

6. Playoffs. PLAYOFFS?!?

A loaded West means we get to rehash a familiar argument that occurs every three or four years: that the NBA should move to open seeding between the two conferences. In the 90s, this was an argument because the East was so strong. Look, there are a lot of things wrong with the NBA schedule (three games in four nights in three cities, too many games), but nothing gets solved by eliminating conferences and divisions from the equation, which is what would have to happen with open seeding. It’s too big of a fix for a cyclical problem that seems to resolve itself every few years.

7. LOLKnicks

They are sitting at 10-43. After successfully outbidding no one for Amare Stoudemire (Center, crappy poet) in 2010 with a 5 year $100 MILLION deal, they bought him out this week, and he’s a Dallas Maverick now. The buyout occurred because his knees are uninsurable and have been for years, which is why no one else was bidding for him in 2010. Carmelo Anthony is their best player, and he is shutting it down for the season with an injury AFTER clocking 30 minutes (second on the team!) wasting space playing in the All Star Game. And people are writing things like this about Phil Jackson. (Also, if you have Lakers fan friends who are also Phil Jackson disciples, this is a good time to revisit number 3 on this list. You’re welcome.)

DYC Officially Official NBA Finals Pick: Hawks vs. Grizzlies. Admittedly, this is a dream for me because I like conflicting styles and barbecue, but wouldn’t this be the most southern thing ever? AND IMAGINE THE MUSIC. Sir Foster is giddy just thinking about it.

DYC 2/3 MVP: Stephen Curry (Runners-up: James Harden, LeBron James, Anthony Davis)

Until we retroactively take away Steve Nash’s MVP for just his offense, this case stands. Hell, it’s even stronger. Curry has evolved into a MUCH better defender under Kerr, and he’s a top 10 performer in scoring, 3-pointers, assists and steals.

DYC 2/3 Most Improved: Jimmy Butler (Runners-up: Klay Thompson, John Wall)

THAT is how you play in a contract year. He added an ability to create his own shot, and it didn’t take away from the defending and rebounding that was already well-known. With Derrick Rose still finding his way, Butler has kept the ship afloat in Chicago, even as he priced himself out of town this coming offseason.

DYC 2/3 Rookie of the Year: Andrew Wiggins (Runners-up: LOL, JK)

And it’s not even close. This is the award that’s going to keep LeBron from capturing the coveted DYC Executive of the Year award. Damn shame.

DYC 2/3 Defensive Player of the Year: Draymond Green (Runners-up: Anthony Davis, Tim Duncan)

If the Spurs didn’t have more injuries, Old Man River probably wins this, but the biggest difference maker for the Warriors this year over last has been Green. People know about Steph, Klay, and the Warriors offense. People forget that they also trot out the best defense in the Association as well. And Draymond is a big reason why.

DYC 2/3 Sixth Man of the Year: Jamal Crawford (Runners-up: Isaiah Thomas, Manu Ginobili)

Can we rename this award the Jamal Crawford?

DYC 2/3 Coach of the Year: Mike Budenholzer (Runners-up: Steve Kerr, Jason Kidd)

Longest winning streak in the league. Zero max contract guys. Eighth in the East last year. Cue the music.

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***EXCLUSIVE*** Interview with Elite 4-Star ATH Marquez Callaway: Where do the Dawgs stand?


Marquez Callaway - Photo courtesy of robinsfootball.com

Marquez Callaway – Photo courtesy of robinsfootball.com

Marquez Callaway – ☆☆☆☆
#55 Overall; #3 ATH; #7 in GA
Warner Robins (Warner Robins, GA) ATH
6-2/170

Check out his highlights HERE.

Marquez Callaway is an elite athlete in the class of 2016. I said back in the fall that Callaway would without a doubt be ranked in the top-100 once 2015 rolled around, and sure enough, that’s where he sits on Rivals, 247 Sports, and ESPN. He has the skills to play wide receiver or defensive back for pretty much any school, but I really see him playing receiver at the next level. Marquez can go up and get the ball as well as any receiver I’ve seen in this 2016 class. He also possesses tremendous speed (sub 4.5), and great vision when he has the ball in his hands. He is certainly a player to keep an eye on throughout the next year, and one I fully expect the Dawgs to make a main priority.

Monday night, I had a chance to catch up with Marquez and get the inside scoop on where things stand with his recruitment. First off, let me say that I left my conversation with Marquez very impressed. He has a good head on his shoulder, and you can tell immediately that he is a very polite, very humble young man. Whichever school lands him will not only be getting a great talent, but also a tremendous individual.

 

Johnny Sanders: I know you don’t have a firm leader yet, but could you tell me what teams you have at the top of your list?
Marquez Callaway: Georgia, Tennessee, Florida State, Notre Dame, South Carolina, and Auburn

JS: Where is Georgia telling you that they’d like you to play?
Callaway: They want me to play safety for them, but they told me that if I wanted to play receiver, I can play receiver.

JS: Do you have a feeling of what position you would like to play?
Callaway: Yeah, I want to play receiver.

JS: You mentioned Auburn as one of your top schools. What would you say stands out about the Tigers?
Callaway: I have a good friend, Jeff Whitaker, that went to Auburn and played, and he told me lots of things about the school, and now that I’ve looked at the school, I see that everything he told me was right. So, I know if he says it’s a great school, it’s a great school.

JS: What would you say stands out about Georgia?
Callaway: The location. It’s not too far from home, and all the coaches seem like they have great personalities. I really like the people there.

JS: What are going to be the biggest factors for you when you make your decision?
Callaway: I think that it’s going to come down to if we’re all on the same page. Like, if they respect what I want, and I’m going to respect wherever I go. So, it’s going to come down to whether or not they’re going to respect me for me.

JS: What coaches are recruiting you right now for Georgia?
Callaway: Coach Lilly and Coach Richt both talk to me.

JS: I guess you’ve seen the news now about Coach McClendon becoming the receivers coach and Coach Brown coming in to coach the running backs. Have you gotten a chance to meet Coach McClendon or talk to him?
Callaway: No, I haven’t met him yet. But I plan on it.

JS: What about Georgia do you like outside of football?
Callaway: This past year, I had a couple of good friends that graduated from my high school, and they’re attending UGA now. They tell me how fun it is outside of football and how they all have a good time.

JS: Do you have any friends on the football team at Georgia or anyone that’s coming in?
Callaway: I don’t know anyone on the team, but I have a good friend, Rashad [Roundtree] who’s going there next year.

JS: What school do your parents like best so far?
Callaway: To be honest, I think my mom likes Auburn and Georgia, but I don’t know about my dad. He just goes along with her.

JS: With the major need that UGA has for wide receivers and defensive backs, will that affect you at all knowing that there’s a good chance you can come in and play early?
Callaway: That’s going to be my main question I’m going to ask them, so I can find out if they’re really going to play me.

JS: You mentioned that you want to play receiver, and obviously the big talent that is going to attract guys to Georgia for the next couple of years is quarterback, Jacob Eason. Is he factoring into your decision at all, and do you ever talk to him?
Callaway: I met him one time at a camp we were at together, the Under Armour All-American camp, and I didn’t really talk to him. I just saw him, and he saw me, but he probably didn’t really notice anything about me, and I didn’t notice anything about him, so we just kept the distance.

JS: Have you been in contact with him at all?
Callaway: Oh, no. I don’t think he knows me.

JS: What did you think after watching his film?
Callaway: I wish he could throw to me.

JS: Some quick hits: Who has the nicest facilities?
Callaway: Tennessee.

JS: The best game environment?
Callaway: Probably Florida when they played LSU.

JS: The best college town?
Callaway: Probably Auburn.

JS: When are you planning on getting down to Athens next?
Callaway: I’m not quite sure. I’m going to try to make it to some junior days, but we’re still in basketball season. We made it to the state playoffs. So we have some basketball games on some of the junior days. I do plan on being at Georgia in the summer for Dawg Night.

JS: Do you have a date set that you want to commit? Or do you know when you at least want to narrow down your list?
Callaway: I’m probably going to drag it out to signing day. I haven’t visited all the colleges I want to, but after I visit all the ones I want to, I’ll probably narrow my list down.

JS: Where would you say Georgia’s chances are compared to other schools?
Callaway: Georgia is on my mind. The Dawgs are on my mind

 

***Rankings from 247 Sports Composite

 

Check back for more recruiting updates!

Jonathan

National Signing Day Important Announcement


As you all know, National Signing Day is upon us. My distaste for recruiting news notwithstanding, I thought it was prudent to pass along very important advice for all our readers on National Signing Day: leave these recruits alone. Our friends over at SB Nation have provided access to a flow chart to help you do just that.

There you have it DYC faithful. Don’t let us down.

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FOOTBALL: Cardale Jones + NFL Championship Weekend Picks


Yesterday, Cardale Jones (he of the three starts and the national title and the amazing tweet) announced in a high school gym that he’d be returning to THE Ohio State University for another season of MeyerBall. Unlike what these festering wounds on the face of sports journalism would have you believe, he is not the first player to announce that he’s staying with an event. Hell, he’s not even the first Urban Meyer quarterback to do it. Remember Tim Tebow, walking journalist wet dream and weirdo evolution denier? He did this in The Swamp, and you’ve got a problem with a kid doing it in a high school gym?

Having dismissed problems with the delivery of this announcement, I’m of two minds of the actual announcement itself. On the one hand, it’s always a good thing when kid makes his education paramount, and that should be applauded. I personally made my college choice based on post-graduate opportunity (and now I’m writing for you people. Ball dropped, past Daniel), so maybe I should support this return to school. Hell, this kid said he wasn’t here to play school, and now he sees the value of education. On the other hand…

He wasn’t just handed a lottery ticket, he was handed an actual CHECK. People got mad about the ‘not here to play school’ tweet, but his scholarship says FOOTBALL, and this was the best situation he could have hoped for. Three games equals small sample size, but you want to tell me NO TEAM would take a flier on this kid? The only thing scouts love more than proven commodities is a prospect with a limitless upside that they can sell to their bosses. “Strike while the iron is hot” is the well-worn saying, not “Let hot irons cool, and hope they heat up again via a similar unforeseeable, unprecedented series of events”.

Why come back? J.T. is going to be the starter, since he’s Urban’s recruit and Cardale isn’t. Which means he’s going to spend ANOTHER year on the bench learning Meyer’s offense for free, as opposed to learning an NFL offense and getting paid to do so. He’s going to be a 23-year-old back up on a VERY good football team who will be hoping all this goodwill he’s gained through his play has a 1 year shelf life. Good luck with that.

On to this weekend’s games. As always, home team in bold:

Green Bay at Seattle

When We Last Saw Green Bay: Aaron Rodgers carried his team past America’s Team the Cowboys on a leg and half. Much has been made of the Dez Bryant catch/non-catch, but what no one is talking about is that even if Dallas had scored, they had yet to demonstrate an actual ability to stop and/or slow down the Green Bay hydra offense. Let’s say Dallas scores there; anyone want to bet against Rodgers in crunch time on a big stage? That’s what I thought.

Week 1 saw the defending champs take the Packers out behind the woodshed, and that was with a healthy Aaron Rodgers. I think he’ll be better in regards to attacking the secondary, but this is a Seattle team in full Spurs playoff ass-kicking mode. Eddie Lacy has taken more of the load down the Packers’ stretch run which should help tire out the Seattle defense, but Rodgers’ health and willingness to challenge the secondary will make the difference in this game.

When We Last Saw Seattle: Kam Chancellor and company were reminding the Panthers front office that they really need to build their skill positions more thoroughly to make their team more competitive. The Seattle octopus defense was in full display, slowly chocking the life out of Carolina over the course of a few hours. Offensively, Russell Wilson did Russell Wilson things, and the coaches were able to hold Marshawn to 17 touches, presumably so he can do things like this against Green Bay:

Lost in the domination that was the Seattle win last week, Carolina did put up a fight and more than few numbers. Cam Newton completed 23 of 36 passes and two touchdowns, and Green Bay is better offensively in every way to Carolina. A lot of the effect of the octopus plays out via intimidation, and it appears Rodgers has passed the point of being able to be shook.

THE PICK: Let’s not bury the lede: the Seattle defense is like Devestator, and is appropriately terrifying for opposing offenses. Especially on the biggest stages. Especially IN Seattle. But this Green Bay offense is the perfect storm; there’s no way to cue on a single receiver, they have a punishing running back who is an effective receiver in the passing game, and the offensive line does a great job against a 4-man rush. Seattle wins, but the smart play is that Green Bay is going to cover. This is going to be the best game of the weekend, and I can’t wait.

Packers (+7.5) over Seahawks

Indianapolis at New England

When We Last Saw Indianapolis: The Colts were presiding over the funeral pyre for Peyton Manning, and getting John Fox fired in Denver. I watched this game, I’m staring at the stats as I type this, and it still makes no sense to me. Luck turned in a very Luck-ian performance (not great, but with high points), ending up completing 63% of his passes for 2 touchdowns and 2 interceptions. Adding in a running game that could be generously called anemic, and…nope. Still makes no sense.

Logical or not, this Colts team spent the year beating up on the AFC South (congrats on winning your division by having a quarterback!), and now they’re in the AFC Title game. There’s much to be said about Andrew Luck vanquishing the quarterback standard bearers of the AFC on his way to a Super Bowl. Sounds like a great story. But, that’s a real tall order.

When We Last Saw New England: Baltimore and New England met again, and again produced another instant classic, where the Pats erased two 14-point deficits to take the win. This time, it took New England pulling out all the stops; getting a touchdown pass from Julian Edelman, and exploiting a loophole to confuse the Baltimore defense as to who was a legal receiver. If you ain’t Belicheatin’, you ain’t tryin’!

The biggest variable for the Patriots this year has been the health of Rob Gronkowski, as their entire offense seems to hinge on that giant meathead’s ability. He clocked in last week at 7 catches for 108 yards and a touchdown, so it’s safe to assume he’s feeling fine. If this were some other team, their lack of a running attack would worry me and any other logical observer of football. Since it’s the Patriots, I’ll assume this is the logical evolution of football, and I’m just behind.

THE PICK: Last week, these two teams ran the ball for a combined 41 times, with neither team breaking a hundred yards. I don’t know what game these two are playing, but I bet it’s built on a passing attack and being super watchable and entertaining. Points are going to come in bunches, and I’ve learned about betting against Tom Brady.

Patriots (-7) over Colts

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