What's up, man? You know, some of that.
I was saying, I think I think that they're I think they're a playoff team. The Suns.
You know, Chris probably was able to do last year.
I think that really showed how viably can be and help, you know, mentoring and bring it along.
Yeah, I I definitely agree.
Um, I definitely think that Phoenix is gonna be contender, and Chris Paul's a winner.
You know, he always has been e think we've seen Chris Paul last year, you know, take Oklahoma City to the playoffs in a way that we definitely would not have expected before they started.
Um, you know, I think that, you know, will be reunited with Monty Williams, who, you know, he played for in New Orleans.
I think that's gonna be a great thing.
Then we're probably going to see the best version Devin Booker we've ever seen as well.
Because of that, I was also a little bit surprised about the draft pick.
I didn't quite agree with you that they were gonna go.
That would have gone with a guard, because Chris Paul is already in the mix. And so it's Booker.
Um, but I would say that, um, I was expecting them to go with the wing, but the end of the day, like they really, really clear about shooting, like just they just drafting the best shooter.
And I think that, you know, Jaylin Smith is one of the better shooting big prospects we've seen in a few years.
So I think that's kind of what ends up happening.
You know, you're looking for the best shooter.
And then that's how it ended up around one.
I thought they were going to go like Halliburton, because Chris Paul I mean, let's face it, he is older, it regard going forward because he could maybe what he did for Shea.
Maybe he could do for not only Booker, but the younger.
I didn't think how to burn were coming there, you know, play.
Ah, bunch of minutes.
But I thought that he would be a guy that I mean he was He was available then, too.
Chris Paul feel like Chris Paul would be a great mentor for Halliburton.
Could just teach him, you know, he could basically helping work on things that need to work on.
We know Halliburton is a terrific pastor, but he does struggle to kind of get by God.
That's a big part of his game.
I thought that that would have been to fit, but they decided to go.
Um, it's hard to go.
I have to go somewhere else.
Um, so I don't know.
I think Smith Hill, he'll be a good fit.
I just I really thought they were gonna go guard, and I want to see how he fits.
I mean, I know they lost bangs, so maybe he'll just take over Baines minutes.
Yeah, it'll be a pretty so I think you know, he could play a pretty similar roles with bands.
Bands is obviously, you know, a lot thicker.
Um, Smith is called sticks for a reason.
Yeah, my friend look like but But you know, the shooting big man, which I think when you have eight on the floor is a good thing to have s o.
You know, in the modern MBA, I think Smith can play the floor because of the shooting.
Eso when you've got something like that, um, you know, in the mix when you've got someone who can spread the floor.
Um, that sort of, um you know, e talked about Philadelphia and Smith.
He's definitely improved his feet.
He can definitely, uh, he's improving.
Smith switch out on defense.
He's not gonna be able to like locking the guard down, but he has shown improvement.
Oh, I can't switch a little bit and hold his own.
At certain times, he has improved.
And he's a good shot blocker.
Next morning in the three. And the Big Man.
Next time to get into was at the Wizard's.
People have been saying I'm crazy, but they got rust.
If he can just relax a little and not take every bad mid range jump shot and maybe shoot a little bit better.
I think they have a team to make the playoffs.
You have Bradley Bill, one of the best players, best shooting guard in the league.
You have Ah, Burton's he can.
He's a laser. You know.
He can definitely shoot the ball to shoot the hell out of it.
Actually, Thomas Brown, you have Wagoner.
Troy Brown showed improved his last year.
You have march tomorrow I think they're okay.
I don't think they're great, but I think that them on the Hawks, they're gonna be competing for that.
They see the magic they have.
Augustine left that.
They drive co Anthony.
I have my own opinions about him.
But, John, um um, I crazy.
I think the reason to make the playoffs next year.
I think the Wizards are probably probably a little better than Orlando is, right? Yeah, I think so.
I think you know, Orlando's made the playoffs last couple of years, but, um, no, I think that I think that on paper right now, I'd probably take Washington.
I don't know if I don't know if I'm Washington.
If I want to make the playoffs, I mean, I do obviously, for competitive reasons, but I do think a lottery pick and next year's draft my valuable then making the eight seed and losing.
I think that, uh, they obviously still have a whole you know, it's different.
Atlanta, On the other hand, they are so full like their masters.
You don't You don't I don't know if they want any more drop picks.
I don't even know if they wanted, um, one this year.
Obviously, they there was nothing there.
Glad to have a great defensive presence for them for for a long time.
But I think they were just like way.
You know, we've got all the wings we need at this point with Camp Radish and beyond hunger.
Kevin Herder got all that? We've got all the forwards.
Possibly Collins you? Yeah, they're loaded. They're loaded everywhere.
The wizards air not loaded, but I think they're I think they're good.
I think the wizards e have holes like they have obvious holes.
Um, I think that, you know, they're definitely building there.
William front court depth with Weary and Denny, um, both raw talent who really, and Denny are are both kind of raw, in my opinion, and still a couple years away from being effective.
Um, Denny shooting is nowhere near war.
Needs to be the print, actually be in the rotation.
I think it might be better for them toe, you know, essentially not bottom out.
I mean, if they could be a lottery pick, a lottery team being a conversation to get, you know, I mean, they really Are the rumors before the draft where they wanted, Um I'm yet their video.
You know, if they could get the big man that they want next year instead with having Mobley other USC big.
I mean, that would be phenomenal for that.
I think I think that would go a long way towards their overall, um, progress, Just in my opinion, you know, I don't know how good it is to be dhc playoffs.
I think for Atlanta would be amazing because trade needs to experience winning trade wants experience.
I think that a lot of those guys, those young guys over there, I don't think, you know Rondo will help push that calorie push.
But we'll push that.
I mean, it's insane how money players that have on our own.
So I think that they could be a really good team next year.
But the Wizards, we're in a weird spot right where it's like, who are you developing right now? Okay, you got your developing and you got your developing.
But possibly players in Atlanta is, um, you know, your best players air.
You know, little older with what's weird, especially feel some kind of a like fine.
But, you know, I think I think feeling Westbrook alone is a backcourt.
Should we have to make you a playoff team? But you know, I challenged challenged people to ask that you really want, like, do you really want to be? It's really well lose to the Bucks in the first round like that.
Sounds great when you could get you know, more talent around you.
Thio have, you know, potentially a generational point guard, either Cunningham trailing thugs, you know, bottomed out, or a great big band like Mobley or his bank, Aruba, saying, There's e there.
There might be a few more options out there, a little bit more enticing.
Luce's kind of depends on what your values are.
That right, right? My thing is, with Bill and Russ, I feel like they're almost those two alone or two.
They're almost too good.
God forbid any serious injury for them to even get a highlighter.
But I feel like those two there that too good because even last year, with yeah, because even with wall playing not last year, they still at a at a moment when the bubble they could have made the play.
It was very unlikely, but they had the opportunity to do so and they were released, invited to the bubble.
You know this because we're not right.
So I feel like they're almost those two.
They're almost too good to even for you, even to get a lot of repeat almost.
Yeah, I mean, that's probably true.
That's probably sure.
I'm pretty sure he ESPN's Kevin Pelton, who does the projections based on that's a real plus minus model, doesn't have the making the glass right now.
Um, that's how it is moment.
Although I don't know if that's factored in with John.
Wall also wants portrayal of to refresh that, make sure, But, I mean, you're probably right.
I think I think Westbrook and um be all alone are probably enough to get in the playoffs.
But I don't know, I don't know.
Last I wanna talk about is the Warriors so even know Clay.
Unfortunately, Clay, he goes down.
That's a only a catastrophic injury for him in the Warrior.
But just for the league players I got actually got to meet Clay Thompson a couple years ago.
One of the coolest guys I've ever met.
Just super super cool guy.
I really hope he for coverage, and we were able to see him playing in the year, but they bring over kill you.
But he still got stuff.
Got Wiggins the draft Wiseman.
So God Draymond got past.
Yeah, who played well last year.
They're obviously not as good as they would have been with Clay, but I don't think there Ah, bad team.
I still think they're solid.
And maybe you could even it could be a playoff team to make your stay healthy.
So if I hadn't seen what happened at the beginning of last season without play, I would have said the same thing.
I said, Yeah. Person making the playoffs.
Um, you know, Dream Month, declining point of his career.
Um, Steph, you know, the warriors were really getting blown out.
Um, in their last season, Really blown out will step on the floor.
Um, and then, you know, Seth got hurt and have been the worst offensive.
The n b A, uh, you know, wise been.
There's another guy we haven't really seen playing a very long time.
Um, because of the eligibility issues.
So, you know, he's not really in the flow of his game.
Um, I I like I like to tell you, brand move.
I think that's gonna be you know, one of their saving grace is, um, on the Liggins, you know, Could be.
Could be okay for them is, well, a za role player.
Um, but he's kind of it sort of doesn't He's not Clay Thompson.
You know, uh I mean, I I've kind of long score off the backs and just both against taking you guys just dominates.
Um, because he's a high usage guy.
Um, so I don't know, I There's a lot of things you could tell me about the Warriors That wouldn't surprise me next year like, yeah, stuff comes out one's M v p.
It wouldn't necessarily shocked me, but the same time, if you told me they were the worst teams in the n, b A and exoticism, I don't know if that would shock me either, because kind of a lot of a lot of moving pieces with warriors that you should probably leave fans kind of concerned.
I mean, the clay injury is really, really, really bad, really, really bad.
A long, short term and long term e think that I I don't know what to make of them, but as of right now, I think without Clay that's a sort of a rough sort of rough roster on Steph and Steph is very good.
But, you know, I think the limited sample size we saw last year of Stuff Without Clay was very concerning.
Eso draft is a couple of months.
A couple of weeks ago, about a month ago or so, Who do you think we haven't seen anyone play, but do you think the best rookie fit is so far? On paper at least, eso This isn't necessarily a player.
I expect to have the best, uh, in fact, with the most high impact.
You might even really be in the rotation this year.
Um, but Kyra Lewis Jr at Alabama, to the pelicans part, is perfect.
I mean, David Griffin had a basketball for the pelicans have made it very, very clear.
They want a team that runs fast on plays fast up, tempo in transition around Zion Williamson Last year, Carlos Junior, um you know, ran the fast tempo offense in college basketball for Alabama.
I think that, you know, we saw that he was incredibly successful, Um, at that as well.
I think the Alabama was actually one of the more exciting teams in college basketball last year, before the season shut down.
So to me, that just felt like a 1 to 1 marriage where you look at guys in terms of okay, like, what is the team looking for? What is our draft philosophy? And I think New Orleans draft philosophy is we want transition.
We want them one speed.
Cairo is the best player for that.
I think that that was just a home run pick for me, just in terms of what that could look like.
How that could actually, um, you know, makes sense when when the n b A is starting.
I love the fit of Tyrol Terry with the Dallas Mavericks.
E think that's a really, really good one.
I interviewed Tyrell.
You really, really loud.
I mean, the two things that people love about him or his basketball i Q.
And when you look at someone like Luca, don check.
You know, guys like guys that have a seller.
Basketball. Que on good shooting.
Um, are gonna really complement doctors is amazing.
So I really like that fit for a second rounder.
I think they knocked it out of the park.
That's not values.
Get a second round.
Um, love it, Xavier telling with Memphis another another similar thing, E I think he's gonna fit in that culture very well.
Um, you know, I really, really have long been impressed.
Um, you know, with what? Xavier Tillman, um, provides the basketball team.
And I really think it's gonna be, um, excellent.
Excellent addition for their team.
I would month and I, like was Brazil.
So the Spurs almost forgot that they drafted him.
You know, he kinda because I thought that you didn't do I literally googled that last night. That's so funny.
You say that I was like, Where's the cell at? He played for the Spurs.
And, you know, the Spurs.
They just do this thing where they get these, you know, unique times of guys.
There'll be a multi time.
I'll start probably in the year three.
But I like to pick up for sale.
We'll see how long pop is there, but the road is gonna be there, maybe another year or so.
I think he'll be a good development piece here to learn from the Rosen.
But I think that the sale does fit in nicely with what they like to do.
I think he'll be a good picture that that's a good spot for him Cool.