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Thursday, October 23, 2014

NBA Blog Previews: Northwest Division

How will Big Al fit in out in Utah?  Will the Blazers stay healthy?  Will Melo still be a Nugget on opening night?  Can the Thunder avoid a sophomore slump?  Just what is the plan in ‘Sota?  All this and more in the Northwest previews.

Jazz : SLC Dunk | Salt City Hoops | SBN Recap

Nuggets: Denver Stiffs | Roundball Mining Company | The Nugg Doctor | SBN Recap

Thunder – Welcome to Loud City | Planet BBall | SBN Recap

Timberwolves – Canis Hoopus | TwolvesBlog

Blazers – Blazersedge.com | SBN Recap

Recaps: All Previews

7 comments on “NBA Blog Previews: Northwest Division

  1. massive

    A commenter from Roundball Mining Company on Al Harrington:

    “Al Harrington was the Knicks best player last year.”

    I had a good laugh reading that.

  2. Z

    @1 Hahaha

    This from the same blog preview:

    “A great deal of the Nuggets’ future prospects hinges on what they can acquire for Carmelo. If the answer is Derrick Favors, two first round picks and expiring contracts, I like their chances to rebuild quickly. If it is Danilo Gallinari, Eddy Curry and the first round pick behind door number two the outlook is considerably murkier.”

  3. Sparks with Starks

    Sorry, this has nothing to do with Northwest Division, but if I post this question anywhere else no one will read it.

    Why do you think in the 2010-2011 Prospectus the Knicks’ projected defensive rating is so low considering ratings and comments for individual players are relatively good? It seems we’ve got a strong defensive point guard in Felton. Azubuike should be above average defensively for his position. Randolph has major potential in that area. Mozgov and Turiaf figure to play a role and even Gallo rates highly relative to his position.

    Is this all because of Amar’e or could poor rebounding be the biggest problem? Maybe our defense per play is not that bad, but our defense per possession stinks because we give up too many offensive rebounds?

    Or is it because we’re too much about potential with some guys as opposed to actual verifiable performance? Obviously Randolph, Chandler and Mozgov are all guys with seemingly a lot of potential on the defensive end, but until they show they’re elite players I guess we still have to be considered a very bad defensive team?

  4. Mike Kurylo Post author

    massive: A commenter from Roundball Mining Company on Al Harrington:“Al Harrington was the Knicks best player last year.”I had a good laugh reading that.  

    Last year, I had an email back and forth with another Knicks blogger who felt the same way. And no, I will not name the blogger.

  5. Mike Kurylo Post author

    Sparks with Starks: Sorry, this has nothing to do with Northwest Division, but if I post this question anywhere else no one will read it.Why do you think in the 2010-2011 Prospectus the Knicks’ projected defensive rating is so low considering ratings and comments for individual players are relatively good? It seems we’ve got a strong defensive point guard in Felton. Azubuike should be above average defensively for his position. Randolph has major potential in that area. Mozgov and Turiaf figure to play a role and even Gallo rates highly relative to his position.Is this all because of Amar’e or could poor rebounding be the biggest problem? Maybe our defense per play is not that bad, but our defense per possession stinks because we give up too many offensive rebounds?Or is it because we’re too much about potential with some guys as opposed to actual verifiable performance? Obviously Randolph, Chandler and Mozgov are all guys with seemingly a lot of potential on the defensive end, but until they show they’re elite players I guess we still have to be considered a very bad defensive team?  

    You know I had the same thoughts. But I was wondering if I was just being a homer when thinking they would be better.

  6. Ted Nelson

    re: 3 & 5…

    I think part of it also has to be not knowing what to expect. Even the rotation is not yet defined. Several individual players are unknowns or question marks. Also the stigma about D’Antoni not caring about defense/being a bad defensive coach. Ultimately they’re just projecting what they think is the most likely outcome… the Knicks seem like a particularly volatile team to me, though.

  7. Sparks with Starks

    Ted Nelson: re: 3 & 5…I think part of it also has to be not knowing what to expect. Even the rotation is not yet defined. Several individual players are unknowns or question marks. Also the stigma about D’Antoni not caring about defense/being a bad defensive coach. Ultimately they’re just projecting what they think is the most likely outcome… the Knicks seem like a particularly volatile team to me, though.  (Quote)

    I don’t think the reason is “stigma about D’Antoni not caring about defense.” Maybe it is, but since the guys behind that book are deep into stat analysis, they obviously know that, for example, the 06-07 Suns rated 13th defensively. Clearly the high # of points they were giving up was mostly the result of their breakneck pace.

    I don’t know. I was a little disappointed in that section because I think rating a team almost dead-last in the entire league while also praising the defense of several players that figure to play big minutes at least deserves some explanation. Probably volatility is the answer but I think they should’ve said that.

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