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With many people back to work this Monday, we thought it may be a good time to show the highlights (2nd half) of the LA Lakers vs Oklahoma City Thunder.

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The 2019 – 2020 NBA Season Rankings as they stand.

Basketball fans world-wide follow the NBA with great interest and intensity. It’s the sports premium competition. Just as the premium playing surface here in Victoria is FIBA approved ASF/Horner Timber Sports Flooring supplied and maintained by Nellakir – the experts in the construction, maintenance and scheduled cleaning of all premium Timber Sports Flooring in Victoria and Tasmania.

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The current NBA rankings are as follows (Courtesy of Jason Guilbault and reprinted from Lineup.com)

2020 NBA Power Rankings (Updated 12.13.2019)

los-angeles-lakers1. Los Angeles Lakers

2019-2020 Record 22-3 Previous Rank: 2

Winning nine of their last ten games, and with the big names clicking, the Lakers come in red hot. Anthony Davis and LeBron James are playing like an MVP duo, and that rusty start to the season is nowhere to be found.

milwaukee-bucks.png2. Milwaukee Bucks

2019-2020 Record: 22-3 Previous Rank: 3

The Bucks have rattled off 16 straight wins at the moment, and are putting up over 120 points per game. Giannis Antetokounmpo has taken his game to another level, and the secondary pieces are all playing well.

los-angeles-clippers.png3. LA Clippers

2019-2020 Record 19-7 Previous Rank: 5

You could say this Los Angeles team has had a harder time gelling with new names, but now 8-2 in their last ten games, and everyone healthy again, the Clippers have been showing why they are such a tough team to beat.

miami-heat.png4. Miami Heat

2019-2020 Record 18-6 Previous Rank: 6

Miami is just seemingly playing under the radar as they have the third best winning percentage in the league right now. Jimmy Butler has been playing excellent basketball, but once again Erik Spolstra has been doing a lot with younger or lesser names.

philadelphia-76ers5. Philadelphia 76ers

2019-2020 Record 19-7 Previous Rank: 10

Philadelphia has struggled on the road this season going 6-7, but they have dominated at home. Defensively they have been excellent, but offense has hit a wall at times. This was expected to be an early season struggle at times, and hopefully it is just that.

toronto-raptors.png6. Toronto Raptors

2019-2020 Record: 16-8 Previous Rank: 8

Toronto has hit some tougher teams in their schedule, and we have seen them showcase where they are exactly at in this league. They are a top ten team for sure, but are closer to ten than they are to one.

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Houston-Rockets.jpg7. Houston Rockets

2019-2020 Record: 16-8 Previous Rank: 9

Houston is a tough team to rank right now, as they have been a bit inconsistent to start the season. James Harden is scoring at will, but overall this team doesn’t seem to have quite the same appeal as the last year or two.

dallas-mavericks.png8. Dallas Mavericks

2019-2020 Record 17-7 Previous Rank: 12

Dallas is certainly here. They are scoring 118 points per game with Luka Doncic leading the way, and we have yet to see Kristaps Porzingis really click. The Mavericks are 8-2 in their last ten games and have put themselves as one of the better teams in basketball.

indiana-pacers.png9. Indiana Pacers

2019-2020 Record 16-9 Previous Rank: 14

Indiana is 7-3 in their last ten games, and Malcolm Brogdon has strong competition for most improved but we can see what he brings to the Pacers. Domantas Sabonis has also been playing tremendous basketball.
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boston-celtics.png10. Boston Celtics

2019-2020 Record 17-7 Previous Rank: 1

It has been a few weeks since I last updated, so you can see a steeper drop here for Boston. They have failed to beat some of the more notable teams of late, and the offense and rebounding still seem iffy.

denver-nuggets.png11. Denver Nuggets

2019-2020 Record 15-8 Previous Rank: 4

A team that was expected to be contenders in the west has not looked to be that just yet. Returning the same core, this is a bit confusing, even with a tougher conference. Defensively they have played well, but the offense comes and goes, and the same goes with Nikola Jokic.

utah-jazz.png12. Utah Jazz

2019-2020 Record 14-11 Previous Rank: 7

Utah has been a bit disappointing so far this season, but there is still a long way to go. They have slipped of late going 4-6 in their last ten games, as they have really struggled on the road.

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brooklyn-nets.png13. Brooklyn Nets

2019-2020 Record 13-11 Previous Rank: 17

Brooklyn has gone 9-4 without Kyrie Irving this season, and are a few games over .500 now on the year. This has been a weird season for Brooklyn, and Irving’s return is going to cause more talking points if they slip once he returns.

phoenix-suns.png14. Phoenix Suns

2019-2020 Record 11-13 Previous Rank: 11

We knew Phoenix wasn’t going to keep it up, but this team is already drastically improved upon last year. Deandre Ayton is going to return from suspension fairly soon, which will help.

oklahoma-city-thunder.png15. Oklahoma City Thunder

2019-2020 Record 11-13 Previous Rank: 18

Oklahoma City has relied upon their strong defense so far this season, and while they are not going anywhere this season, they have been very competitive and not an easy win for the rest of the league.

orlando-magic.png16. Orlando Magic

2019-2020 Record 11-13 Previous Rank: 20

This is looking a lot like last year’s Orlando team where they are struggling to score, but the defense has been able to keep them in games. They are allowing the fewest points per game this season, but are also scoring the fewest.

sacramento-kings.png17. Sacramento Kings

2019-2020 Record 11-13 Previous Rank: 24

It was a slow start to the season, but the Sacramento Kings have picked up their play. It was going to be tough building upon last season, but the Kings flirting with a .500 record the rest of the way wouldn’t be the worst outcome.

MinnesotaTimberwolves.jpg18. Minnesota Timberwolves

2019-2020 Record 10-14 Previous Rank: 13

Currently on a six game losing streak, and 2-8 in the last ten games, Minnesota’s fast start to the season quickly came to a close. Defensively this team continues to be one of the worst in the league.

charlotte-hornets.png19. Charlotte Hornets

2019-2020 Record 11-16 Previous Rank: 23

I don’t think anybody expected Charlotte to be this competitive. It comes with Devonte Graham who has blossomed into a machine in the Hornets backcourt. While they still have below average talent around him, the Hornets are not a team to take lightly.

detroit-pistons.png20. Detroit Pistons

2019-2020 Record 10-15 Previous Rank: 21

Detroit continues to play middling basketball, and are 5-5 in the last ten games. Blake Griffin has not looked like himself since returning, and the injury might still be looming.

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portland-trail-blazers.png21. Portland Trail Blazers

2019-2020 Record 10-16 Previous Rank: 16

The Trail Blazers have been one of the more disappointing teams in the league this season, which is surprising after being one of the more consistent teams in the league. However, this might be the year they look to move pieces around Lillard.

san-antonio-spurs.png22. San Antonio Spurs

2019-2020 Record 9-15 Previous Rank: 15

San Antonio is allowing 115 points per game, which is uncharacteristic for them. DeMar DeRozan and LaMarcus Aldridge are not a duo that will contend, and the Spurs have to know that.

chicago-bulls.png23. Chicago Bulls

2019-2020 Record 9-17 Previous Rank: 27

Chicago is on their way to at least surpassing last year’s win total, but they remain one of the poorer teams in the league. Zach LaVine leads a stagnant offense, and we haven’t seen bigger steps from the young guy.

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memphis-grizzlies.png24. Memphis Grizzlies

2019-2020 Record 8-16 Previous Rank: 25

Memphis has a young core that is fun to watch, and they are pushing the pace more than any other season prior. The wins won’t come, but at least Memphis is a team we get excited to watch.

washington-wizards.png25. Washington Wizards

2019-2020 Record 7-16 Previous Rank: 29

The Wizards have a young team of names they are looking to see if they fit in the future. It won’t be a pretty record, but this Wizards team can put up points in bunches, unfortunately they are allowing over 120 per game.

Atlanta-Hawks.jpg26. Atlanta Hawks

2019-2020 Record 6-19 Previous Rank: 19

Atlanta continues to spiral out of control, which is a bummer after I believed they could be a team to push the playoff picture given the talented young squad. That prediction looks to be a year away.

new-orleans-pelicans.png27. New Orleans Pelicans

2019-2020 Record 6-19 Previous Rank: 26

There were higher expectations than what they likely should have had. New Orleans has now lost ten straight games, and continue to allow teams to run right through them offensively.

cleveland-cavaliers.png28. Cleveland Cavaliers

2019-2020 Record 6-19 Previous Rank: 22

Cleveland has listed about everyone for a possible trade as they are 6-19 and heading back down in the standings to where they were last season. This team will get worse once Kevin Love is traded.

golden-state-warriors.jpg29. Golden State Warriors

2019-2020 Record: 5-21 Previous Rank: 30

Golden State is just flat out taking a year off after being the best team in the league over the last five years. With the lineups they are rolling out due to injuries, it is no surprise.

new-york-knicks.png30. New York Knicks

2019-2020 Record 5-20 Previous Rank: 28

The Knicks are the Knicks. They continue to be ran in a horrendous fashion. Dave Fizdale has now been fired, and this is not a job I would want moving forward.

Source: lineups.com

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Ben Simmons – Melbourne Boy Under Scrutiny

Ben Simmons will play for Australia at the next Olympic Games in Tokyo in 2020. The former Junior from Knox Raiders and Whitefriars College in Melbourne’s leafy Eastern Suburbs was last year’s Rookie of the Year (2018). As is often the case, awards bring greater scrutiny . The scribes are now questioning his ability to shoot 3 pointers.

Here’s the latest 76’s Game report.

Simmons still gun shy from 3-point range as 76ers maintain unbeaten record at home

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With Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons slightly subdued it was up to Philadelphia’s other NBA gun, Tobias Harris, to fire them past Utah 103-94 with 26 points and nine rebounds.

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Power forward Al Horford also added 17 points and eight rebounds for the 76ers.

Embiid contributed 16 points and 11 rebounds while Simmons had 14 points, nine assists, eight rebounds and four steals for the Sixers, who improved to a league-best 10-0 at home.

It was their fourth straight win.

The Jazz whittled down a 26-point deficit to close within 101-94 in the final minute before Embiid sank two free throws with 41.3 seconds left.

Rudy Gobert paced the Jazz with a season-high 27 points to go with 12 rebounds while Joe Ingles had 13 points, eight assists and eight rebounds.

Giannis Antetokounmpo needed only 14 minutes to record another double-double, finishing with 29 points and 15 rebounds as Milwaukee won their 12th straight game in a 132-88 rout of the New York Knicks.

The Bucks (18-3) led by as many as 47 and cruised behind Antetokounmpo, who pulled down his 10th rebound in the second quarter for his NBA-leading 20th double-double.

The reigning MVP shot 10 of 14 from the field, including 3 of 4 from 3-point range, in 22 minutes. He exited with five minutes left in the third quarter and the Bucks ahead 93-54.

Milwaukee’s winning streak is the longest this NBA this season and the franchise’s longest since 1981-82.

Trae Young scored 24 points, rookie De’Andre Hunter added 18 and Atlanta snapped a 10-game losing streak with a 104-79 win over Golden State in a match-up of teams with the worst records in the NBA.

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The Warriors (4-18) finished with a season low in points.

Golden State dressed just nine players, even with centre Kevon Looney returning to action after missing 19 games with a nerve condition.

Rookie Eric Paschall led the Warriors with 24 points but his teammates combined to shoot 24 of 72 and the they were slowed by 25 turnovers, which the Hawks converted into 25 points.

Kelly Oubre Jr scored 23 points, including two clutch 3-pointers in the final minute that lifted Phoenix over Charlotte 109-104.

Devin Booker added 23 points and Dario Saric had 16 points and 10 rebounds for the Suns, who snapped a three-game skid.

Seven Indiana players scored in double figures and Domantas Sabonis flirted with a triple-double as the visiting Pacers beat Memphis 117-104.

Sacramento managed to take three quarters off Chicago but lose 113-106 after letting the second period slide 33-21.

Source: https://wwos.nine.com.au/basketball/nba-wins-for-76ers-bucks-hawks-pacers/77b44f6b-0edd-4c5f-bd00-2e8c292dea37

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The NBA hots up – Cavs vs 76’s

This week we saw one of the season’s closest games – the exciting match up between the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Philadelphia 76’s Aussie Ben Simmons starred in the 76’s 1 point win 98-97. Here’s the video and a full report.

Two for one: Cavs come up just short in 98-97 loss to 76ers

This wasn’t bad at all.

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The Cavs lost to the 76ers Tuesday night by a final score of 98-97 in a game where the team led by as many as five in the final three minutes. At the end, Kevin Love had an open three on Cleveland’s last shot, but it was too strong and that was that. Sometimes it really is a make or miss league. Also not helping: the Cavs’ offense not scoring for the final three minutes-plus.

That said, this was not all bad. This was, frankly, a largely encouraging performance from the Cavs against a legit NBA Finals contender. Let’s get into it.

POSITIVE: Tristan Thompson crushed it again

Philadelphia is a tough matchup for Thompson. Joel Embiid has a size advantage and there’s only so much he can really do to slow Embiid down. And with Embiid guarding him, there’s reason to think he’ll struggle a bit on offense, particularly when crashing the offensive glass.

But Thompson was again excellent on Tuesday. Embiid got his 27 points, but Thompson made him earn it for the most part. On offense, Thompson co-led the team with 20 points, grabbed 12 rebounds (four offensive) and shot 7-13 from the field. He also made two three-pointers and again showed why he’s still a good, dependable player for the Cavs. Through 10 games, he’s been this team’s MVP.

NEGATIVE: The last three minutes

The Cavs’ last play of the game was actually a good design. After an inbounds pass, Jordan Clarkson (who was also good and had 20 points) ran a little pick-and-pop with Kevin Love. Love then pump faked, got his three and missed. It was a good set and coach John Beilein has to be at least happy with the process.

Before that, though, things got really rough for the Cavs’ offense. The team didn’t score for the final three minutes at a time when a few key baskets might have put the 76ers away. Miscues included Love missing from four-feet out, a shot clock violation, a Collin Sexton turnover and an unnecessary Thompson three-pointer.

The whole time the game was on the line, the Cavs played frenzied. Considering the youth on the team, that makes sense. Time will tell how many more lessons they need in navigating some choppy waters.

POSITIVE: Darius Garland makes some plays even when he struggles

This was not a banner game for Garland. Stylistically, the 76ers’ size was hard for him to deal with and he finished with 6 points on 3-10 shooting in 28 minutes. He did also have 2 assists — against zero turnovers — and three steals.

Everything about Garland was super impressive when he was up against Matisse Thybulle, perhaps the best defensive rookie in the NBA. And when he knows Embiid is coming to contest his shot, he goes soft with the finish off the glass. That’s a player who has a clear feel for the game, even on a night where he struggles. That’s a good sign for Garland and the Cavs.

Source: fearthesword.com

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NBA Season is up and running

After the long wait, the season is away. Here are the highlights from Week 2.

Into the third week, here are the ‘Power Rankings’ from Basketball Hashtags.

NBA Power Rankings for the 2019-20 season. Updated every Monday.

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#1 up 1 Philadelphia 76ers

Individual rankings: Jeremy #2, Joseph #1, Kevin #1, Nick #1, Tyler #2

No Embiid, no spacing, no losses. Matisse Thybulle’s defense jumps out once again as a huge asset to giving this roster some depth, and Furkan Korkmaz hitting clutch three-pointers gives them an entirely new direction. This also looks to be a real leap year for Ben Simmons, who’s added a lot to his game – even if he still detests shooting. His post moves look more refined, and he’s been more aggressive attacking the basket overall.

Summary written by Jeremy Stevens

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#2 down 1 Los Angeles Clippers

Individual rankings: Jeremy #1, Joseph #2, Kevin #2, Nick #2, Tyler #1

The Clippers have started the season 5-2, with one of their losses coming from a Kawhi Leonard “load management” game against Utah, but what has been most impressive is that they’ve continued to look like the best team in Los Angeles, and one of the best teams in the league without their second-best player (Paul George). Landry Shamet hasn’t taken the next step that many were hoping for, but that’s not really an issue when you have a 33-year-old Lou Wiliams coming off the bench, averaging over 20 points per-game.

Summary written by Kevin Nye

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#3 up 4 Los Angeles Lakers

Individual rankings: Jeremy #5, Joseph #3, Kevin #3, Nick #3, Tyler #4

The Lakers are currently riding a 5-game win streak (tied for best in the league), and now have an (almost) fully healthy Kuzma at their disposal. AD and LeBron look like they’ve been playing together for longer than 6 games, their role-players are clicking, and Jason Kidd hasn’t started his campaign to take over as head coach. All is good in Los Angeles for the Lakers.

Summary written by Joseph Mamone

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#4 Milwaukee Bucks

Individual rankings: Jeremy #7, Joseph #4, Kevin #7, Nick #5, Tyler #3

Milwaukee isn’t stumbling so much as they may just not be as good as they were a season ago. As Malcolm Brogdon plays like Diet Luka Doncic, the Bucks are lacking a lot of things that Brogdon would provide. It doesn’t help that Eric Bledsoe is off to a dreadful start, but watching Milwaukee force-feed Giannis against the Celtics and just get completely shut down was pretty illuminating. The Bucks just looked helpless against a good defense with long-armed athletes. That’s a bad sign. They’re certainly still a top-3 team in the East, but they no longer look like the favorite.

Summary written by Kevin Nye

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#5 up 1 Utah Jazz

Individual rankings: Jeremy #3, Joseph #12, Kevin #4, Nick #4, Tyler #5

How can a 4-3 team be ranked in the top-5 while the 1-loss Timberwolves are down lower? The answer is probably reputation. The Jazz were expected to be good, so when they’ve lost close games to good teams (Kings notwithstanding), they don’t take much heat. Utah has clearly not hit their stride yet – Mike Conley’s FG% is so low that it would probably be a legal BAC to drive with – but they’re hanging in there. The good news/bad news is that the Jazz have a brutal early schedule: Lakers, Clippers twice, Suns (seriously), 76ers, and Bucks in their first nine games. For a team that routinely starts slow, to get through this stretch with their heads above water would be a great sign.

Summary written by Kevin Nye

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#6 up 2 Boston Celtics

Individual rankings: Jeremy #6, Joseph #6, Kevin #6, Nick #7, Tyler #8

How am I supposed to interpret two wins against the Knicks? They’re awful, but those wins don’t come easy. Jayson Tatum has taken real strides towards being a reliable top scoring option alongside Kemba Walker, which is vital with Jaylen Brown missing a couple of games. Grant Williams is already a brilliant defender, adding some desperately needed frontcourt depth. Boston’s depth and defense might be better than expected, which could make them a strong contender for the second seed in the East.

Summary written by Jeremy Stevens

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#7 up 7 Miami Heat

Individual rankings: Jeremy #8, Joseph #5, Kevin #10, Nick #6, Tyler #7

The Miami Heat have been one of the most impressive teams this season. They have a really well-rounded roster and are finding ways to get strong contributions out of guys like Duncan Robinson and Chris Silva. On top of that, the undrafted point guard Kendrick Nunn is leading them in scoring with 50/40/90 shooting splits. The integration of Jimmy Butler after the birth of his child has seemed seamless as well. He provides a go-to scorer when needed and a strong defensive presence. The Heat currently has the 5th best net rating and because of their execution on both ends of the floor, I wouldn’t expect any drastic changes.

Summary written by Tyler Metcalf

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#8 up 5 Minnesota Timberwolves

Individual rankings: Jeremy #10, Joseph #8, Kevin #5, Nick #11, Tyler #9

We learned a few things from the Timberwolves matchup with the 76ers. First, the Timberwolves are really going to struggle against opponents that can go big. Second, Karl-Anthony Towns is done taking crap from people. Third, big men are very awkward fighters. Even though the Timberwolves have lost Towns for two games, they responded by demolishing the Wizards. They have completely revamped their offensive identity and their versatility on defense has bumped them up to the 8th best defensive rating. Towns is obviously the star of this team, but they did prove that if needed, they can manage for a game or two without him.

Summary written by Tyler Metcalf

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#9 down 6 Denver Nuggets

Individual rankings: Jeremy #4, Joseph #7, Kevin #11, Nick #12, Tyler #10

The Denver Nuggets started the season off relatively strong, with three early wins despite some offensive concerns. The defense has slipped and the offensive concerns have continued to build. Both trends can be tied pretty directly to Nikola Jokic; he’s been sluggish and uninterested to start the year. Gary Harris has also struggled to regain his form from two years ago before his injury issues. Denver ended the week with a win in a brutal game in Orlando, but even that win felt hollow in the midst of a difficult week.

Summary written by Nick Agar-Johnson

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#10 Toronto Raptors

Individual rankings: Jeremy #10, Joseph #13, Kevin #8, Nick #9, Tyler #6

As expected, the Raptors are 4-2, placing them right in the middle of the Eastern Conference. A loss to the Bucks is no big deal, but could be a forecast of things to come. While the Raptors are steady, Miami is surging towards the top of the standings shaking up the East a bit, making the 2nd-5th seeds up for grabs in any order. Toronto is covered at most positions, but their depth has yet to impress. If somebody has to be nudged out of the East’s top four, it might be them.

Summary written by Jeremy Stevens

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#11 San Antonio Spurs

Individual rankings: Jeremy #9, Joseph #10, Kevin #9, Nick #8, Tyler #12

San Antonio looks like they’re going to win another 50 games this season and nobody is going to bat an eye. They lost to the Lakers at home on Sunday, which is the only reason they aren’t even higher on this list, but that was an expected L. They will continue to beat all of the teams that they should beat and play tough against all of the teams who should beat them. The one thing they may struggle with is season-fatigue; six of their 11 man rotation are 30+ years old.

Summary written by Kevin Nye

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#12 Dallas Mavericks

Individual rankings: Jeremy #11, Joseph #9, Kevin #12, Nick #13, Tyler #14

Luka’s ascension to stardom is obviously the biggest story here, but Dallas’ depth is leaps and bounds better than I expected. Seven players scored in double figures against Cleveland (with two more just one field goal away) and nine scored in double digits in a win against Denver. I’m not sure if Kristaps Porzingis will fully return to All-Star form this season, but having endless scoring threats should make the Mavericks a strong regular-season team. Don’t sleep on Jalen Bruson, who can share point guard duties and lessen Luka’s workload.

Summary written by Jeremy Stevens

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#13 up 5 Phoenix Suns

Individual rankings: Jeremy #12, Joseph #11, Kevin #15, Nick #15, Tyler #11

I don’t know if there’s a way to figure this out, and we’re only six games in, but if Phoenix carries on the way they’ve started this season, they may be the biggest overachievers in NBA history. Phoenix is 4-2 and their two losses came by a combined two points. They are literally two shots away from being undefeated. How is this possible?! Ricky Rubio has changed the complexion of their team on both ends, and it sure seems like having Monty Williams has an effect. The Suns may actually be a decent team.

Summary written by Kevin Nye

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#14 down 9 Houston Rockets

Individual rankings: Jeremy #14, Joseph #15, Kevin #13, Nick #10, Tyler #15

The Rockets have been scoring a ton of points. Their 115 offensive rating is the best in the league by three points. The problem is that their defense has been appalling as they have the second-worst defensive rating of 115.9. Some obvious struggles have come from Harden’s shooting. He is still putting up impressive counting stats, but is having one of the worst shooting seasons of his career with just 36.5 percent from the floor and 20 percent from three. On top of that, their defense falls off a cliff when Clint Capela comes off the floor. Their starting lineup has an impressive defensive rating of 99.3, but once they go small and sub Eric Gordon for Capela, their defensive rating jumps to 125.8. Mike D’Antoni has never been too concerned with defense, but if they don’t figure something out soon, they’ll be in for a very long season.

Summary written by Tyler Metcalf

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#15 down 6 Portland Trail Blazers

Individual rankings: Jeremy #13, Joseph #14, Kevin #14, Nick #14, Tyler #13

The Trail Blazers fell to the tenth seed after a close loss to the Dallas Mavericks; while it’s obviously too early to lock them out of the playoffs, they do not want to be in a position where they need to make up ground in the Western Conference. They’ll probably go on a 16-3 run in January/February to render this moot, but in the meantime, their frontcourt rotation is already a patchwork job with Zach Collins and Hassan Whiteside both out with injuries. CJ McCollum has struggled to score outside of their game against Dallas, especially inside the 3-point line–he’ll need to pick things up to keep Portland in the playoff picture.

Summary written by Nick Agar-Johnson

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#16 down 1 Atlanta Hawks

Individual rankings: Jeremy #16, Joseph #18, Kevin #16, Nick #19, Tyler #18

The Trae Young injury came at an unfortunate time as the Hawks seemed to be getting on a roll. The concerns going forward stem directly because of Young. He seems to be the only one on the team that can create consistent offense. When he’s on the floor the offense flows and easy opportunities are created. Once he’s off, the offense struggles to find it’s rhythm. Once Young returns, I expect this offense to continue to grow. A pleasant surprise has been the Hawks defense. Coming into the season their defense was expected to struggle, but they have been slightly better than average. Their defensive rating of 103.4 is the 12th best in the league and has exceeded expectations to this point.

Summary written by Tyler Metcalf

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#17 up 5 Indiana Pacers

Individual rankings: Jeremy #19, Joseph #16, Kevin #21, Nick #16, Tyler #16

Are you surprised at how good Malcolm Brogdon is? Because I’m not. Indiana will need a healthy Oladipo before even thinking about challenging the East’s top 5, but I don’t see why they can’t play as spoilers until then. Brogdon is second in the league in assists while piloting an offense that is allegedly struggling. The Pacers are back to 3-3, but they had to claw past a dreadfully underachieving Bulls team to get there.

Summary written by Jeremy Stevens

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#18 up 1 Oklahoma City Thunder

Individual rankings: Jeremy #21, Joseph #22, Kevin #18, Nick #17, Tyler #17

OKC may have only won 2 of their 6 games this season, but fans have to be encouraged by what they’ve seen so far. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander is continuing to exceed most of our expectations (21.8 PTS, 7.2 REB, 3.3 AST), and we’re starting to see positive contributions from Diallo (11 PTS, 7 REB, 1 STL over the past 7 days), and Noel (12.7 PTS, 6.7 REB, 1.3 STL, 2.3 BLK over the past 7 days). Continuing to put minutes into young players is the best way to tackle the season for a team with no chance of making the playoffs (take note, New York). There’s a lot to like about what OKC are building.

Summary written by Joseph Mamone

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#19 down 3 Brooklyn Nets

Individual rankings: Jeremy #22, Joseph #17, Kevin #17, Nick #22, Tyler #19

The Brooklyn Nets are already searching for answers after starting the season 2-4. Kyrie Irving has been spectacular individually, but the ball movement that made the team successful last season has all but disappeared. Spencer Dinwiddie has had a terrible start to the season, and DeAndre Jordan continues to decline rapidly. Taurean Prince has been knocking down shots from deep, but the team is disastrously thin at the forward spots behind him. The Nets will probably fight their way into playoff position eventually, but the season is off to a rough start.

Summary written by Nick Agar-Johnson

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#20 up 1 Detroit Pistons

Individual rankings: Jeremy #18, Joseph #19, Kevin #20, Nick #20, Tyler #20

You know you have roster problems when a 31-year-old Derrick Rose has been your second-best player to date. Please don’t come at me, Rose stans. On the plus side, Kennard has been getting plenty of minutes (31 per game so far this season), and performing well, averaging 16.4 PTS, 3.7 AST, and 2.9 3PM, and Drummond is continuing to put up video game numbers, averaging 22.1 PTS, 18.7 REB, 1.7 STL, and 2.6 BLK.

Summary written by Joseph Mamone

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#21 down 4 Orlando Magic

Individual rankings: Jeremy #20, Joseph #20, Kevin #19, Nick #18, Tyler #21

Regression; a return to a former or less developed state. Eg. The Orlando Magic and their 2-4 start to the season after being a playoff team only a few months ago. For those playing at home, those 2 wins have been against New York and Cleveland. To say things haven’t gone to plan is stating the obvious, but there’s a shining light, and that light is Markelle Fultz breaking into the starting lineup. He was drafted number 1 in 2017 for a reason, and hopefully, we’ll get to see that reason on the court soon.

Summary written by Joseph Mamone

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#22 up 7 Charlotte Hornets

Individual rankings: Jeremy #17, Joseph #21, Kevin #21, Nick #21, Tyler #25

The Hornets aren’t the worst team in the league. They still aren’t good, but they have not been the worst. PJ Washington has been an absolute delight and Devonte’ Graham’s shooting off the bench has been a big boost. Unfortunately, that’s where the optimism ends for this team. Terry Rozier has been inefficient on offense and sieve on defense. They have zero interior defense and they don’t have much versatility or youth on the wing. The biggest takeaway from these first couple of games should be that James Borrego is a good coach that can get the most out of a bad roster.

Summary written by Tyler Metcalf

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#23 up 3 Sacramento Kings

Individual rankings: Jeremy #25, Joseph #23, Kevin #24, Nick #24, Tyler #23

The Sacramento Kings finally put their first win of the season up on the board with a one-point win over the Utah Jazz on Friday, and followed it up with a beatdown of the Knicks on Sunday. The Kings have led at the half or been tied in all but one of their games. However, the team has looked much slower coming out of every halftime and the defensive effort has disappeared in the third quarter of every contest except in their game against New York. A weekend of holding onto those halftime leads is an encouraging sign. Bogdan Bogdanovic has looked decent after an awful first week, and Richaun Holmes is already a fan favorite. His high-energy play is almost enough to offset the Cory Joseph deal (which has looked terrible through seven games) and the Trevor Ariza deal (which looked terrible the moment the Kings signed it and has only looked worse since).

Summary written by Nick Agar-Johnson

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#24 Chicago Bulls

Individual rankings: Jeremy #27, Joseph #24, Kevin #23, Nick #27, Tyler #24

There was so much promise heading into the season, with a lot of people crowning Chicago as a must-watch league pass team, but we forgot one small detail. Jim Boylen still coaches them. The Bulls have started the season 2-5, Coby White has cooled off after his hot start, Otto Porter has forgotten what a made shot looks like, and Thad Young is taking fourth-quarter minutes away from Lauri Markkanen, which is understandable, given he’s shooting 39% from the field so far this season, but it’s not ideal for the long-term future of the team. Something needs to change in Chicago.

Summary written by Joseph Mamone

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#25 down 2 New Orleans Pelicans

Individual rankings: Jeremy #26, Joseph #25, Kevin #28, Nick #25, Tyler #22

After winning the Zion lottery, this has not been an ideal start for the Pelicans. Their offense has been a delight to watch so far. They take full advantage of their youth and athleticism to get out in transition. On top of that, Brandon Ingram is looking like the player many thought he would be as he is averaging 23.5 points, 7.5 rebounds, and 4.2 assists per game while shooting 51.5/50/70. As a team, the Pelicans have been much better with their outside shooting than I anticipated with their 37.5 percent rate. Surprisingly, the struggles have come on defense. Their 113.8 defensive rating is the third-worst in the league. They are struggling with rotations and their interior injuries are causing major issues.

Summary written by Tyler Metcalf

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#26 up 1 Cleveland Cavaliers

Individual rankings: Jeremy #23, Joseph #28, Kevin #27, Nick #23, Tyler #26

The Cavs have been up and down thus far, but mostly down. The defense was expected to be other-worldly bad and was ranked 15th through the first four games. However, a beatdown (131 points allowed) at the hands of Dallas on Sunday looked a bit more like what everyone expected from the Cavaliers. On the bright side, their youngsters are getting experience and don’t look terrible. Kevin Love and Tristan Thompson are also looking like peak versions of themselves, which is a pleasant surprise for anyone watching. It’ll be a long season in Cleveland, but it could be much worse.

Summary written by Kevin Nye

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#27 down 2 Memphis Grizzlies

Individual rankings: Jeremy #24, Joseph #27, Kevin #26, Nick #26, Tyler #27

The Memphis Grizzlies are no longer in the Western Conference cellar, and they probably won’t fall back into last place. Ja Morant has continued to look impressive; he’s seeing the floor well and scoring efficiently, despite some careless turnovers. Jaren Jackson Jr. continues to foul way too much, and Dillon Brooks is somehow out-fouling him. There are going to be plenty of growing pains for this team, but Taylor Jenkins pushing the pace early is a positive sign.

Summary written by Nick Agar-Johnson

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#28 Washington Wizards

Individual rankings: Jeremy #29, Joseph #29, Kevin #25, Nick #29, Tyler #28

Washington is about where we expected them to be at this stage of the season (with a 1-4 record and Bradley Beal having to play far too many minutes), but there’s merit to having a bad season if it’s done right, and Washington is getting positive contributions from their developing young players such as Thomas Bryant (12.2 PTS, 10.2 REB, 2 BLK), Rui Hachimura (15.2 PTS, 6 REB), and the return of Troy Brown, whose minutes will start to ramp up as he returns from injury.

Summary written by Joseph Mamone

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#29 down 9 Golden State Warriors

Individual rankings: Jeremy #28, Joseph #26, Kevin #29, Nick #28, Tyler #30

Starting lineups for the Golden State Warriors: Mon, Jun 10, 2019: Steph Curry · Kevin Durant · Draymond Green · Andre Iguodala · Klay Thompson. Sat, Nov 2, 2019: Ky Bowman · Willie Cauley-Stein · Eric Paschall · Jordan Poole · Glenn Robinson III. It’s hard to imagine a more rapid fall from grace–especially since three of those June 10th starters remain on the roster. The Warriors are hard-capped after the D’Angelo Russell trade, and their active roster on Nov. 2nd will earn around $14 million this season. Total. The Warriors looked like they might be the worst defense in the league before Steph and Draymond got hurt, and that’s looking even more likely now. Steph will miss at least three months, and Draymond and D’Angelo will definitely nurse their injuries REALLY slowly. At least all of the Oakland faithful who have been unable to afford tickets for the past half-decade will get to watch this year’s Wounded Warriors at a decent price.

Summary written by Nick Agar-Johnson

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#30 New York Knicks

Individual rankings: Jeremy #30, Joseph #30, Kevin #30, Nick #30, Tyler #29

You know, I was really confident the Hornets would be worse than the Knicks. This is the last straw – I’m never giving the Knicks any preseason hype again, no matter how many veterans they sign. Hey, if the Suns can sign a bunch of experienced role players and win, why can’t the Knicks share the same fate? I mean, Julius Randle has *definitely* played basketball before. And I watched plenty of Marcus Morris Sr. with my own two eyes, so I know he’s played in some big games. We’re six games in, so it’s early, but I’m revolted by the Knicks. At least have enough self-respect to play your young prospects as many minutes as your middling role players.

Summary written by Jeremy Stevens

Source: hashtagbasketball.com

It’s going to be a very exciting season all the way through until April 2020.

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Ben Simmons in Melbourne

Did you miss it? Ben Simmons conducted his third annual Basketball Camp Melbourne – 2019 on July 28th out at Mullum Mullum Stadium in Donvale. Here’s a boy returning to his roots – he went to Secondary College at nearby Whitefriars College.

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With 4.3 million Instagram followers, it’s obvious this guy is numero uno with the fans right now. For their entertainment he toured the Melbourne Zoo, the Street Art Alleyways (Hey! Let’s call it what it is – Graffiti – but oh so high quality. Real art. Remember Banksy has done Melbourne). Photo ops with kiddies and koalas, Ben and a dingo – it’s all very human and very cool.

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Then the press has jumped on him for opting out of the FIBA World Cup scheduled for China in a months time. But perhaps it’s timely to consider what Boomers Coach Andrej Lemanis has to say on the matter.

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Boomers coach Andrej Lemanis says the noise around the withdrawal of Ben Simmons for the World Cup warm-up games is “doing a disservice” to the same squad that captivated the country at the 2016 Olympics.

The Boomers, powered by Patty Mills and Andrew Bogut, were denied bronze in Brazil in an agonising one-point loss to Spain that is still raw with the players.

The addition of NBA All-Star Ben Simmons was touted as the missing piece as Australia hunt a maiden international medal at the World Cup in China from September 1.

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The Philadelphia 76ers talent was forced to twice retreat from his initial Boomers commitment though, first pulling out of the World Cup and last week excusing himself from Australia’s four lead-up games against the USA and Canada in Melbourne and Perth.

That, along with multiple high-profile US withdrawals, earned the ire of some fans, who Lemanis said would soon be reminded of the Australian squad’s depth.

“It’s doing a disservice to the talent available to us,” Lemanis said of the grumbles.

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“We’ve got four NBA champions (Aron Baynes, Matthew Dellavedova, Bogut and Mills) plus Joe Ingles who starts on a great NBA team (Utah Jazz) and a core of the group that did well in Rio and captured the imagination of the Australian public,” he said.

“We’ve got a talented team that is perhaps being undersold by the tension put on Ben not playing.

“Hopefully we can digest and think ‘we’ve still got a good team and they share the ball, it’ll be fun to watch’ and that is what people enjoyed about Rio.”

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A 17-man squad will gather in Melbourne on Friday, with the final 12-man World Cup roster due to be announced next week.

Australia will face Canada, Senegal and Lithuania in their World Cup pool games, with the final in Beijing on September 15.

“To have players on hand with the talent required (to win the World Cup) is just awesome,” Lemanis said.

“You don’t need the stars and planets to align to have a chance of winning and that’s a good feeling.

“It’s not even a feeling of pressure or extra pressure; it’s your own self-motivation.”

Source: wwos.nine.com.au

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Ben Simmons – A Vision of the Future.

It’s Friday night and the kids are loaded in the car and we are off to their junior Basketball competition at the local stadium. It’s a premium competition surface – timber sports flooring. Each week the boys and their sister seem to be getting better, more proficient.

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And then you remember what your youngest said to your mum (their grandma).

“Are you going to study and become a doctor? Maybe a Lawyer? Or perhaps an Architect?” she asked.

“No Grandma – I’m going to keep growing and I’m going to practice until I make the NBA draft when I leave school!” he answered enthusiastically.

“But Tyrone, you’ll need a good education to make a living” said my mum.

“Nah – I’ll be like Ben Simmons. He used to play footy but then he played Basketball for the Knox Raiders – just out there near Knox City Grandma. Yeah I want to do what he’s doing!”

“What’s that darling?” asked my mum.

“Playing the hoops and getting $46 million (A) a year! He’s going to make $242 million in five years Grandma!”

“Oh my goodness” says my mum.

But the kid has a point. So whatever it takes hey?

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Now Australian kids right across the country have an inspirational path to follow. With new schools (and older ones) all being included in the State Government scheme to provide superior facilities for all schools and communities, most kids these days get to play on a premium competition court – with sprung timber sports flooring of the highest standard. So the dream of many young men and women is no longer improbable.

Read about Ben Simmons contract here. Unfortunately we will miss his services during the World Cup in August/September but he has reiterated he will play for the Boomers at the upcoming Olympic Games in Tokyo in 2020.

Ben Simmons has agreed to a five-year, $US170 million ($A242 million) contract extension with the Philadelphia 76ers in the richest deal ever by an Australian athlete.

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The Athletic, citing Simmons’ agent Rich Paul, was the first to report on Monday (Tuesday AEST) that he had accepted the offer.

Ben Simmons has signed a $A242 million five-year contract extension with his NBA team, the Philadelphia 76ers.

The team and Paul have been working out details since July 2. The maximum extension was originally believed to be $US168.2 million, yet it’s actually higher than $US170 million due to the new salary cap projections.

The extension, which begins during the 2020-21 season, could pass $US200 million if Simmons makes the All-NBA team this season.

Simmons is a triple-double machine and one of the NBA’s young superstars, so extending his contract was an easy decision for the ownership group and front office, despite criticism from some over elements of his game, predominantly the lack of a reliable jumpshot.

The 22-year-old averaged 16.9 points, 8.8 rebounds and 7.7 assists last season as the Sixers lost in the second round of the playoffs to eventual champions Toronto. He had 10 triple-doubles this past season and now has 22 for his career.

Ben Simmons has formally agreed to a record-breaking contract extension, according to his agent.

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He joins Hall of Famer Oscar Robertson as the only NBA players with at least 10 triple-double in each of their first two seasons.

Doubt still hangs over whether the Melbourne-born NBA All-Star will play for Australia later this year at the World Cup in China and in Melbourne and Perth exhibition games.

It was Paul who shocked Australian sports fans on the weekend when he told ESPN that Simmons was “doubtful” to play for Australia at the World Cup in August-September.

His absence would be a major blow to the Boomers’ hopes of claiming a medal in China in September and to huge crowds of Australian fans planning to watch him play exhibition games with the Boomers.

The Boomers will play a powerful US squad twice in front of more than a combined 100,000 fans at Marvel Stadium in Melbourne in August.

Simmons was also set to play for the Boomers twice in Perth against a strong Canadian squad before jetting out to China.

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The Boomers are yet to win a medal at a World Cup or Olympics, but with Simmons spearheading a team laden with Australian NBA players including Patty Mills, Andrew Bogut, Joe Ingles, Matthew Dellavedova, Aron Baynes and Jonah Bolden, the drought appeared set to be broken.

On June 23, 2016, Simmons became the first No. 1 pick taken by the Sixers since 1996, when they took Allen Iverson out of Georgetown.

Source: www.smh.com.au

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