bond before taking on minutes.
Some of nick a time.
Hey, there we go.
Everybody is Monday's lead online from matters and Nathan Urine back home in L.
I'm wearing Sonics here today that for a little Kevin Durant shirt there.
Yeah, back in L. A.
And really excited.
Two days we're going to start having screamed games and yeah, obviously teams are gonna be taking it 100%.
But just the fact that that day is almost here and that really games started in exactly 10 days from that was pretty crazy.
Um, I know like it was reported today that as of July 13th there have been no positive Are no players tested positive in the bubbles? So that's just fantastic news to hear.
Yes, they've done.
I mean, I'm honestly of those of prize by how fat news of a job Adam Silver and the entire medical team has done just orchestrating the bubble and the medical safety inside of it, because I was anticipating at least a couple positive tests early on when they what, you good job isolating players before they've gotten the bubble, keeping them home and then having them get to straight negative tests for them to enter the bubble.
So, you know, Shadow Adams over shut out the entire the and all the staff have been working so hard to make sure that the bubbles safe cause it's really it cannot be easy to orchestrate, you know, over 300 whatever.
30 players test negative like that absolutely remind it's considering, You know how, how, how much of a break out it's been, especially in the state of Florida.
So yeah, and I think you know now the news cycle slow down a little bit, But players they're really seem like they're enjoying their time in the bubbles.
Fill and credit.
I know the photos of the new barbershop came out yesterday, and it just seems like players were really kind of started settling surgery of practicing, but then also just spending their time with their fellow players away from their family and so far looks so good.
So, you know, I think this isa really good milestone toe have the first absolute zero positive tests come back.
And, uh, yeah, I think that's, you know, gives us a really optimistic view, uh, in the next for the next 10 days going into the season.
I think it's only time will tell how stable the bubble of iron will actually be once Kelly you bury, starts calling instagram models and one hard and tries sneaking out to get the club.
But now, all jokes aside, I think, um, you know, maintaining it is quote at zero is close to zero as possible is going to be the NBA's main priority.
Aside from just delivering the best Bassel Chronic, they can, um, I heard no recently that Zion is going to have to remain in quarantine for at least 72 hours, once returning to get a family emergency come up.
I think other player did as well.
Um, but Montrose Harold left little. Yeah.
I haven't heard anything about how those those family emergencies air actually going.
Um, you know what? What they're in particular.
But I do know that if you are, um, outside best in seven days, you have a much shorter time in quarantine, and again, it's a specific.
But if everything goes well, I think design could still potentially be back for his team's debut on the 30th.
Yeah, that's fine.
Um, and I think it would just be very interesting just because for a team like the pelicans, they're really gonna want to hit the game, Uh, hit the ground running.
And I know you know their 1st 2 games against the Utah Jazz on opening night, doubling the very first game of the season.
And you know, Utah is certainly fighting for a playoff contention, so they'll be interested.
And then the Clippers, who obviously it will be a hard opponent, number less.
And then I think from there they go into games, gets the, you know, the Spurs, the Grizzlies and Trailblazers.
So help in summer, even though they haven't easier schedule compared to a lot of teams, they really gonna have to the ground running.
And it would be, um, you know, really difficult for them if they don't have us.
I'm really ignited their season months.
Yeah, like, display lately said despite the pelicans easy schedule, they're still gonna most likely have to go six and two or even better in orderto, you know, steal that Memphis playoff spot.
And lizards are common in full force.
You know, I've seen stab checks on instagram stories of Daniel Miller hyped up on his birthday, saying, We're not here to go home, you know we're here to get that eight c No, there's been Atlantis takes by Perkins and Barkley that the Blazers would beat the Lakers in the first round match up.
But we have to say about that.
Baby looks state, You know, demolition stays ready, and I don't think he's going, you see, especially considering the mus**** conference finals birth that he had last year.
Just, you know, the blazing book.
Would and McCollum are playoff steps, savvy players.
They've been there many times.
And, um, you know, if nurkic just really healthy exact How does this fully healthy that I think potentially still grab that eighth seed? They don't have the bench, obviously, that you know, the pelicans or even the Grizzlies do.
But, you know, Danny, game time is special.
Yeah, Andras, Yeah, I think you kind of hit it on the head.
And he said that you know, just the power, the experience that they have over the pelicans, new Grizzlies, both teams which just don't quite frankly, have any playoff experience or at least most there players now.
But also, I think with that is we saw him, You know, the playoffs last year.
How Damian Lillard took over the Thunder sees are the Thunder Series and then C J.
McCollum really took over the Game seven of their Nuggets, Siri's and just having players to be able Teoh, you know, confidently be able to get shots in the half court.
It's something that's miss, served them well.
And then you think about how Carmelo Anthony could potentially, uh, you know, that makes some shots from kind of nothing and then also like, you know, I just think like you said, like having Zach Hollande's and Merkel's back is really gonna be big, I think, especially Nurkic.
This is just fantastic, this time with them last season and then Zach Columns really gives the I'm kind.
You didn't use the before, and that's kind of the reason they signed Carmelo.
But if they can get even, you know 80% of the production that got before that's, you know, certainly a different team that we saw before.
Yeah, people often confuse my doubting of Carmelo Anthony with animosity.
I'm Syrian Austin towards guy like it's not like I have been against.
Um I just don't think he's gonna pass anymore, But, um, he, you know, he clearly lost way.
If he got on the Yokich diet, these guys were eating salads and grilled chicken and broccoli, apparently, but, um, I think, you know, it could be interesting to see Carmelo.
It has been a plaster a couple years.
He didn t really motivated note in terms of his legacy, you know, even even get into the playoffs here and, like, play a vital role in these eight games so would have find a popular playoff spot.
I think Carmelo is to be bringing it.
I really do want to see him play like a really good team.
Basketball, maybe even get some, like nice defensive stops, hit some tough shops in some fourth quarters.
But yet I want to see Carmelo's.
Well, I'm just skeptical about his game at this point in his career, so yeah, definitely.
I mean, I feel like with Carmelo, it's really kind of like I mean, he could potentially get you some shots in isolation, but if you're doing that all game, your check and that's where you know, main options.
That's definitely not gonna definitely regular season basketball, but especially playoff when a offenders were really dialed in.
Yeah, so, I mean, I would still think I would rather have come.
Oh, taking that those shots then, Like Mystere little or I don't know.
And Anthony Simon's like they don't have a bench.
I don't I don't have one player on the bench that has laugh experience, period.
Yeah, and arreaza reasons gone now.
So they're not even to have him back.
Yeah, it's gonna be is to me day McCollum and Mello for 40 minutes a night so it could happen. It could definitely happen.
I just think of fully healthy pelicans team is still much scarier.
I mean, I'm not opposed to that, but, uh, I I really think although, you know, a lot of people just see the pelicans schedule on just the momentum.
They have as like, reason that they, you know, would be more likely to end up in the nine seed and be playing the Memphis Grizzlies player playing games.
I really think that the trouble is just kind of have a good shot, literally.
Just because of Lillard and McCollum Teoh at best.
Like I You know, as fantastic as Ion is, I'm just gonna trust, you know, Damian Lillard To be able to kind of carry them through this eight game stretch even more.
No, I'm with you.
I think I think it's gonna come out really, really, really hot.
I think McCollum could place a mosque in basketball doing the addition.
Americans cannot be understated.
Turkish was awesome last year or wasn't two years ago? I don't know which is an awesome Bassett player, just perfectly underrated as you can as a playmate playmaker.
I think he's a great rebounder.
Play some good interior he finds, like, I think nervous could be huge.
Yeah, So I was wondering now that we, you know, talks about the Trailblazers, and I mean kind of the pelicans and how they might look our how it might play out without Zion.
I was just wanted to ask you what you think about what kind of the clippers.
And if they don't have mantra As for a couple of games, they obviously started visas.
And, you know, for me, Montrose is definitely ***.
Your candidate for for me and then also can come off the batch.
But I think the Clippers could be interesting.
That of each zoo botch, you know, signed.
You joking, Noah? Who could, I think, is more of an insurance policy, but then also have, like Marcus Morris, who could potentially side up the center.
And what do you think about what kind of the Clippers? And I know I'm of the opinion that this Clippers bench is one of the but best matches.
We exceeded the history, even minus mantra as it's still really, really solid badge.
And I think the addition of Marcus Morris at the demise gonna prove, you know, especially valuable mind.
Tries it out for a couple of games.
Yeah, Marcus is played insanely solid playoff minutes for the Celtics.
Couple of years in a row.
He's a big time shot maker and crunch time expansion, isolation and even, you know, switch on to like two through four even can guard centers from time to time.
But if the Romany to the three or the floor defensively, he could definitely, um, you know, take all those Montrose minutes.
And I think just the more that you know, I kind of think about the Clippers.
I think, like you said, it's really having such a deep bench.
And then I think they're just so versatile with just the all the different lineups they can go with, you know, like I said, they could, you know, obviously have Harold or Zoo Bosch option at center.
But then you could play small, have ah, Marcus Morris coming as, uh, you know, playing kind of like a small bowl center roll.
And then you have, like, you know, called George Co.
I lettered as your wigs, that Ben that's on top of just having, like Patrick Beverley, you know, nabit, Reggie Jackson, the rotation.
But they're in a Landry sham it if they want, come shooting from the wing, obviously, Luke Gilliam.
So, like, I think in contrast with the team, like the Lakers, who you know, you have 80 and LeBron and then you don't necessarily feel like really great with other three of the options.
Like I just if I were the Clippers, I'd be feeling excited about how many different ways that you can kind of plug in different lineups, and I also think like, you know, for the bucks while they haven't solidified, you know all there, uh, lineups, I think in the time just because they have such a they lied and, you know, there's They're gonna definitely secure the one seed.
It will be interesting to them.
Teoh, Placer Online.
I was particularly like Marvin Williams before.
I think could be really interesting. Look for them.
I had a dream last night.
Funny enough that Cruz became back in his first game and dropped a 30 piece.
So we'll see if that's a profit clinic dream.
Or if not, but you did my notifications there.
Sorry about that.
But yeah, I see.
Is that a dream? Last, Like, who's came out in Orlando dropped 34.
Um, you know, is the prophecy or the basket got speaking to me? I don't know, man.
I really want Who's gonna come on me? Oh, I'm in the same boat is Melo.
Where with Melo as I am charisma alongside kami Other guys wrister opening when I want to see the best fastball that products that I possibly can.
I'm not a bring, you know, one team off the side of the box obviously.
But, you know, you can see Koosman come out and shoot.
You know, a good splits both in the rust is regular season.
And the I think that's gonna affect his defense as well.
And I could definitely see that being a little optimistic, just in the sense that it might take.
You know, player, sometimes Teoh, you know, get there kind of backing is the rhythm of the game and be ableto like, kind of knock down shots at the same time, we're seeing a lot of these star players who really haven't had that big break in a really long time.
Just, uh, you know, have a long stretch of time to just, like recover, while kind of stay in basketball shape just for the potential of the season resuming.
And, you know, I think we could see star players on these teams just come back and, uh, you know, absolutely destroyed with fresh legs.
Yeah, I'm a man.
It's gonna be interesting to see what stars are.
Start hot with start, start cold.
You start with chemistry because it really isn't new season.
And you know, a Z much don't want to say Oh, these guys are gonna take off with it to pick up where they left off.
These that struggle, it's all just pulling out on my ass.
It this way don't No, What's gonna happen? It really isn't new season and three months of no basketball, at least no real basketball is gonna prove difficult for some guys.
I just don't know who those guys.
So, like, one of the games, I really looking forward to at least one of the scrimmage games is, uh, on the first day that it starts.
I believe all these games will be available on the past, but like, for sure, the Orlando Clippers one is gonna be available because I know Orlando is streaming all their games, But if you watch, um, if we're like one of the games on the first day is like the Denver Washington game, and you know, Washington is really a corpse of a team.
At this point, I'm not too much to be interested there, but I am really interested to see Denver and kind of how they play out.
So, like yoke, it's just coming back much skinnier what that might look like.
You know, like how kill kind of just figure out how to play with that kind of lighter body weight, like it potentially be really good for them.
And then, you know, even someone like a Michael Porter Jr like, how much time is he gonna get in these year kind of playoffs When, ah, you know, I could see coaches potentially tightening up their lineups a lot during this time or even expanding the roster.
So I think there's a lot of decisions being made, and it will be interesting to see how teams will kind of fly there, uh, like strategizing.
This time I saw a video on Twitter Day of Yogesh.
I'm down the floor like a **** Casella.
Just don't get on someone's face maker.
This high school mixtape.
I was just absolutely bamboozled.
But the other club I saw, the Nuggets was full getting a lob from Yokich.
And while the lump removal I was, I was super ecstatic when I saw that we might see some whole minutes in the scrimmage in I'm I've never really watched gullible his couple games at Oregon before.
He went down, and I haven't really tune in the GED much this season.
How many minutes he play there? I couldn't tell you the first thing about COBOL, but even if we get this seem against MBIA competition, I'll be it's scrimmage competition.
I really liked his game in high school.
There was so much hype surrounding, I'm shocked.
Hold him like a prodigy.
And we've never really seen someone at his quite with, Um, you know that the shoot, the shot that he does.
I mean, I guess for Zynga's but bubbles of super UV light.
And I'm really excited if we can get Yeah, definitely.
So I guess now, like another one.
The news that we heard is just Victor Oladipo just seems like there's increasing momentum that will return again.
And I think that's just, you know, very interesting when, uh, you know, just like, really interesting wildcard for the Pacers.
And I think, um, it'll be very interesting contrast in Batteaux like and have that having that new wildcard factor with Philly, who they're tied in the standings with also having like shape Milton into their starting lineup in like, what are your thoughts on both those teams? You know, I think of fully healthy older people makes The Pacers are really dangerous game, not just defensively.
The steam could be an absolute Medicis.
You know, Brogden It was a pretty good defender a last year.
And that then again this year Oladipo, I think he's an all defensive team at least one time.
Yeah, he was I was.
Turner, you know, was running for defensive player of your last year.
Had another good defensive you this year.
I fit starting lineup defensively.
Could prove to be, you know, really, really dangerous company come playoff time and I'm excited to see, especially if Oladipo is getting happy minutes healthy what they could do? Yeah, definitely, I think.
And then on the other side, I just think it would be I know we talked about about this a little last time, but, um, just, I think, will be very interesting to have bills Ben Simmons be able Teoh still kind of play functionally in the fastbreak as that point guard, uh, you know, really, just but driving up the court and you know, he's fantastic in the open court, but then have shake Milton be able Teoh play make a little bit and then build a Ben Simmons, 16 bosoms.
But then something's kind of function more as like a four and be able to roll to the basket.
And I think they'll be very interesting to see Yeah, I'm I'm still fired up to see bats come into play off ball.
Just become homeless.
Offensive stagnation happened from time to time, with the half more like there was just a disgusting just amount of dysfunctional offensive to the Sixers for this huge stretches this year between Simmons and Empty Simmons with Dr In.
And you know NBC's got would help or Tobias Hairs would try to slash off the dribble, and Simmons guy was already standing halfway in the lane.
So we just have to stick an arm out for easy defense.
Think adding that extra four spacing, you know, delegate delegating Simmons role to being, you know, maybe sit in the corner for half a shot clock and let him take moment to bias play isil ball on a player that might be advantageous for them.
And I think you know, after what happened last year in the playoffs against the Raptors and they didn't go stopping with, um, But the Sixers this year have looked worse than last year.
And I think if you repeat the stay and Simmons running the show offensively in the half court, I think you're gonna have ended with the same result, which is an early playoff accident.
And I'm glad that Red Brown is really trying to, like, shake things up on the pun not intended, But, um, but I think it would, Yeah, I think it would be very interesting to see ah, how, like, really plays off with Billy.
And I think also on just on the other hand, um, it's interesting to see a team like the Pacers who were just, like, very solid this year, really kind of maximized a lot of their player.
Uh, you know, their talents kind of be able to throw in a new player versus Philly is gonna, like kind of schematically change, like they're still working the same pieces, but really kind of changing their offensive philosophy.
And, uh, yeah, I mean, that's just all the kind of story lines that are going to fantastic toe wash play out.
Yeah, and bring up Brad Brown is coaching for his job this playoffs.
Like if they have first class except he's gone and their technical e a mass with and beating Simmons as well.
Im I'm talking like full scale implosion, potentially if they have a first round playoff accident.
So everything is kind of riding on the shake built in exterior men, and I'm feeling good about it.
I think I think it definitely work out for them.
Yeah, that's really so I guess the last piece of news that we gotta cover is that it was Shams wrote the report this week that the annual awards will be only up to March 11th a date.
But on the MBA was suspended.
So, um, given that information now, if you kind of make some of our award picks and I know I would give you a little bit of time, think about some of your kicks and I still kind of need around out some my thoughts.
But do you want to talk about, like, some of your like awards life? So far, I guess with how this is really standing.
John the common section Bailey.
I have jobs by Roy.
Don't you were that this desire talk is not so play 19 games.
You know you with outstanding.
I love loves ion, but John played a full season or no.
Up until the hiatus of really good basketball, the Grizzlies were projected like a 13 seed by most experts and ended up, you know, likely still being in the playoffs, barring a you know, pelicans or places brought.
But John Ran is pretty easily the rookie of the year in my mind, and I don't see really an argument to be made for anyone else.
You know, if that I am maybe played 15 20 more games I can then see someone's okay, you know, this is realistic, but not jobs.
My Roy, Um, let's move on the most improved.
Let me let me say my thoughts.
Oh, except first, I'd completely agree with you.
I think Josh should be, ah, rookie of the Year.
And this isn't like a situation where, you know, indeed, his rookie season was fantastic, but, you know, didn't play that much time, so it kind of went to mountain. Brought up in.
This is a guy who want cer*****y to put scored 17.
5 points, seven assists, 3.
5 rebounds and was just fantastic and really, like, push the Grizzlies, You know, not only be playoff team, but just, like, kind of the confidence that they have.
But I was gonna say, on top of having John Moran as my rookie of the year, I might even go as far to say I might have Brendan Clarke in my ballot before I have Zion, just because a few minutes and Cyan played, so yeah, totally agree.
You know, asylum was terrific in this time that we saw him.
And, you know, he will definitely be.
If I had a ballot, he would have been on my all rookie team just for the sake of, you know, showing that he should be a first team guy.
But, um, in terms of the actual rookie of the year, I think it's no discussion that it has to be Jongrak, I'm with you.
Understand? I love the Brandy Clark take to have a love Brandy Clark.
Yeah, um, he's for sure going to be on my first team all rookie ballot.
Um, once type hero maybe throws out and then we'll see.
Yeah, So move most improves.
This is a really tough one for me.
We just not before we hopped on live.
But there's so many possibilities.
You know, Lucas had a really, really nice year, and it's normal not given the second year players bam has had actually upstanding year after you know, not being discovered last year.
And, um, I I think I faked my picks.
Going to Goto Bam Johnson, us.
He's been that much better if Devante Graham want of slump so hard.
Post also, Greg, I actually have got with a body, Graham.
But just because the shooting splits have dropped off so significantly in the Hornets just didn't really become a phone watch after the All Star, I'm gonna go with bam.
What he's done defensively all year, uh, has just been amazing.
You know, he's surrounded by some not so good to funders.
And Duncan Robinson and Geroge IQ and Kendrick Non and the focal point of what I think is the top 10 defense in the league sport in this, um, granted is tremendous foot.
Bam has just been so dynamic both and that's Yeah, I guess that's most like what you said is, you know, a lot of his defensive contributions which have been amazing but also just offensively.
He's been just so phenomenal and just acted.
Kind of as you know, another playmaker in the Heat offense.
And just to see, you know, a big Beckham paso.
Well, really Playmakers.
Really awesome to see personally for me.
My pick, my pick for most improved his brand.
Ingram, just because of, you know, just the dramatic increase of, like, how good of a shooter he was like, You really struggled at times the Lakers last year on and you always saw that he had the physical tools if he always had the length.
And, you know, I think ball handling skills to really get to wherever you want it on the floor and, um, you know, really showed a lot of promise, but just his shots weren't fall.
I have to clip up and needed to, and, you know, he's completely exceeded expectations, almost shooting 40% this year from three on just, you know, I think he averages, like, 26 points a game.
And although didn't necessarily translate toe the pelicans being terrific until Zayan got there, you know, I think he was a very, uh you know, I I thought that he was deservedly an All Star, and I kind of see that increase was terrific.
And I think when you look at him versus a player like Jason Tatum, Tatum was fantastic this season, especially the kind of end of season.
But I would argue that he was already kind of a book borderline all star.
So the jump that Brandon Ingram made from me it was kind of the biggest one.
And I think my last hand it was like you mentioned earlier Luca Dotage.
But from me, I'm just kind of like one of those traditional guys who doesn't really like to say that, you know, a second year player should have most improved just cause I think that's kind of part of the, you know, production of how, uh, it was like that.
And especially also like, newco was like borderline all sorry opinion last year, so yeah, for me, it goes to Brandon.
Yeah, I like that.
Take, um I think, you know, 100 fast set off.
You know that the Brandon Ingram, I guess, like what his narrative would be for most improved is that he kept the pelicans competitive when they had injuries.
Bonds of always playing some not so good basketball to start the year two up.
They went down there favors, was injured and not get a night out.
Renting a broader.
He was giving him almost 30 and night on good shooting splits.
What he was doing, you know, in isolation was what we've never seen, at least in any kind of efficient manner on the stairs.
And to take this stuff forward with new phone coffins.
You're just awesome to see.
For a guy who was compared to hit in his college day is that had its all this weight on his shoulders to turn out and, you know, he you starting to look like you all start that, you know, everyone thought it would be Yeah, and he increased his free throw percentage by 18% like almost 86% which is just ridiculous.
And I think just kind of encapsulates just how much better that he got in the last Ah, last year and, you know, really credit.
So the pelicans coaching staff for being glued, develop a shot and a lot of balls as well? Absolutely.
Um, so from next one, I want to talk about six Man of the year.
Okay, Yeah, Yeah.
When you first my biggest trust.
I, um I thought mantra as the last two years.
You know, if if Luke it's hard, it's hard because if Lou Williams was on a different team or much deeper team, they both be averaging, you know, like possibly 22 23 off the bunch and stand, you know, the after sharing the ball with each other.
But when transit has been absolutely tremendous in terms of his interior offense this year, he can go up against any stunner that's got 45 inches on.
I mean, just but with them on the boards, you get offensive rebounds.
He just uses his body so well in traffic.
His position in the bloc is amazing.
And, you know, I think what one tries has done this year for the Clippers to keep them competitive.
When choir peach here out and you'll come with unit and just abuse other teams badges? Absolutely.
Yeah, I completely agree with you.
I think for me it also goes to mantra as like they're averaging the same amount of points this season.
Both, like 18 half for me.
Maybe it's a little bit of voter fatigue, but, um, I just thought Lou Williams was same old Lou Williams. Terrific.
But mantra has also just kind of make that job.
And, you know, when it's kind of a toss up between the two.
I love that kind of award, that new guy.
And I think I thought just months has just brought it.
It's just such a different level this year, offensively, just being able to be just being such a consistent from the Sharon, you know, I think even developed a little bit.
Uh, not only, uh, just like getting better at being was scored by himself vs um, the bread and butter new with him and Lou Williams and pick and roll and I definitely I'm going with mantra as to my pick, too.
But one person I would like to shout out is, I thought Jenna Schroeder really kind of reinvented himself on the thunder and was, you know, really key part of why they were so good.
And, um, you know, the Thunder, Just with their closing lineup of three guards with Chris Paul shot Gilchrist Alexander and then Dennis Shrewder alongside Gallinari and Steven Adams was just so terrific and just like one of the most fun teams.
The wash and the Thunder really exceeded expectations.
And you could definitely argue is more so like Chris Paul being able to find out where to straight, having those two regards together and really making, and we'll make it work.
But Dennis Shooter was just fantastic, and I think the fact that he was consistently closing games is something I look for in six men in the year.
Yeah, I'm with you 100%.
I think what shooter does without really any three points, But is that really amazing? Because it's very rare that we see benched.
Ours become this dominant with really no outside perimeter game.
And it's not like history moves are great as tomans air.
Don't get me wrong, but ho shooters offenses just dribbling, asking, but because he's so **** quit.
But he's so unbelievably quick and savvy around the rim to that his interior offensive game against Bunch units was absolutely, absolutely unstoppable.
One where I want to talk about that is not qualified for six man because he got moved midway through the season.
But he'll, um, could up in the hot max dearest if they continue to bring him off the badge.
But once was moved, I think 30 games and to that bench role.
And ever since he started being that six, mad for them was almost unstoppable.
One. The Kings were had a disappointing year.
That interest every just got a signature again.
Today really sucks.
But Buddy Hield was tremendous and I don't know if, like, long term, the bench role is like, what? What he should be in.
But he's if thrived in it this year.
Um so this is might be a little bit of a contentious award, I think maybe between us, like the most contentious but defensive player of the year.
What you got? Ben Simmons? I okay, Everyone's like everyone's hopping on Johannes and I love the honest with you.
I think like it was not connect between in my eyes between yachts and Ben Simmons.
Um, Anthony Davis to There was a lot of good defensive players, like I think the Rudy go go bare talk with nonsense.
I'm gonna be honest, Really go.
There is a great defensive player, one of the best, but that were like long stretches this year where the Jazz defense was partner with Rudy, Kobe or off the court? Yeah.
I mean, he also just took a, you know, definitely took a small step back.
Which, um I mean, he's still so amazing on defense.
Just the fact like that.
He's multiple time winner.
You gotta have your a game that kind of win it.
Yeah, I mean, photo fatigue plays a role in that suit, but And what teams have started do in terms of gay pointing offense of believes, you know, with a small ball lineup, go bare still struggles getting out to the perimeter as an interior to finder.
It's not closed, I think, the best in the league, especially on the glass and grabbing, grabbing boards and getting contesting shots.
But, um, I still think Ben Simmons, in terms of a dynamic first saw the thunder was the best we've seen.
And I can't name another player that I have seen that regard one through five at such an elite level, even to can you know he got one, but you cannot.
He could get burned when he switched on the point guards a lot of time, Simmons is just 1/2 step quicker on defense.
His his footwork is just unmatched on their love.
And when he's on the Sanders and he rotates over, he's you know, I think in the 90th percentile in terms of a rim protector.
So he does it all for them defensively.
His part also, I watched him alive, and I think part of this is bias from watching alive Milwaukee.
But his defensive communication in comparison to Embiid is, you know he's had entities head and shoulders above and be out there with his defensive communication.
Everyone's looking toe have jobs for questions like what is offensive and say, Tobias, there what is offensive insane? He's running the show out there.
He's the quarterback of the defense.
Yeah, you know, I I think media, um, media narratives have kind of spun in a way that makes it seem like MPD is, you know, the fulcrum of that defense and has taken away from what sentence is down this year.
But eyes Bentsen's was the best, and most in fact, will Defensive player.
Yeah, so I completely agree with all your points.
Uh, but that being said, my pick is your honest and I mean, I think for me it simply just comes down to the fact that the box was just a historically, like maybe the best defense of all time just through this regular season.
So for me, the life you know, just being the best offensive player on the best offensive team when you're this good, just Haas be like I just have to pick that.
But I think in your Benson's argument, like one thing you mentioned is how ability to guard one through five and just no one really be able do it on the same level that Ben Simmons do.
And to your point, I would say for the people, they're kind of looking in comparison.
When you look at Ben Simmons, the honest and Anthony Davis, all three of those teams are backed by just, you know, great great centers who can really protect the rim.
I think Brook Lopez should really be getting consideration.
I wouldn't I wouldn't definitely wouldn't say he should be defensive player of the year, but I think he should be in consideration for one of the all defensive team spots because his wrenching protection this season has just been fantastic and, you know, really key part of the Bucks defense.
And you know, certainly you'll have those minutes where Yana slides five and it's horrific blocking the rim, too.
But, you know, he was just so terrific.
And you can say the same about MP, who I think when he's at his peak and really locked in is definitely one of the best defensive players in the league and, you know, just so intimidating for defenders.
And lastly, I think saying goes with Anthony Davis in a very similar way, as dishonest he can.
I kind of switched between four and five.
But, you know, having just the death of having you know JAVALE or Dwight behind, like a lot for a lot of minutes on the floor really kind of shows you how special defender Ben Simmons is.
But, you know, in the end, I really just got to go with you, honest, because, you know, I'm not.
Yeah, I mean, I wish I really, really, really wish I could say to myself, and the data is and I definitely don't think, you know, especially the narrative media.
If he wins like I don't think that base you try my just think, um, you know, Johannes was done in just the box in general Were just such a great defensive team.
And you can definitely mark that up, Teoh, you know the fantastic coaching scheme and, um you know, and I really think Brook Lopez is just so keys because so much of their, um, defense is centered around just like his room protection.
But I just got to go with the honest I can't hate it.
Um, moving on the EVP.
Your defensive player of the Year pick is my M v p pick, I hope.
I think Johannes is, you know, But Ron was good this year.
LeBron was great this year.
LeBron's 35 years old.
He's looking more like Uncle Drew than LeBron James right now.
But LeBron at the end of the day was not as impactful defensively as the honest was and not even close to it.
And I think for that reason, alongside the fact that the bucks, you know, up until the last week before the hiatus, were on pace to be the 3rd 70 win team an MBA history just well for Johannes is bid and I it's unfortunate for LeBron that Yonas has been this good because most years, you know, Look, Bronze, you know both statistics and the narrative will be enough.
Be enough to push him over the edge.
But if the fact that you're honest was this good after winning an MVP last year and just lead the box on understands crazy, scorching sees, I just I don't see how you can vote against them.
OK, so first of all, I got it mixed up in pine mind at first for second.
I totally forgot my pick.
And I thought you were saying Anthony Davis's NBB and I was like, Wow, and kind of came out of nowhere.
Um, but, uh, yeah, for me, I have to go.
You honest? I mean, this is and I really wish I could give it to a Laker.
I think even Anthony Davis has the case for being like third and MPT voting this year just does it his impact on both sides of the floor.
But, I mean, the bucks.
I mean, the Lakers were a fantastic team this year, but the bucks were, you know, on pace to be the third best team all time before have their injuries with the honest to the very end of season, which kind of skewed there kind of winning percentage.
But I mean, this was just a historically great A great team, especially on the defensive end, and I just I would just be a complete robbery not to give it to Johannes, and I definitely you could definitely make the argument that if Don IHS was putting up the same numbers and kind of have the same impact as he did last year, that, you know, LeBron just really kind of transforming it was more so.
Anthony Davis coming in.
But, uh, you know, the Lakers went from a non playoff team last year, the second best team league and number one of the less.
But Johannes just cranked it up to a new level on it.
It was just really crazy because you really thought last year, um, you know, that would be a amazing peak for any player, and just the fact that he kind of hit that level is just ridiculous.
I got to give it to Don Issa's well, yeah, and the interesting thing about Dionysus EVP campaign this year is everyone after last were saying, Oh, just needs to add that three point shot And this year, you know, he had games where he was hitting threes.
But aside from that Lakers game and a couple other games, you know big time games.
He was knocking down some threes.
He really all that good from behind the arc.
But what did improve for em was his mid range game is playmate in his decision making.
And just, I think again, the new defensive scheme just funneling interval because brothers also boded well for ya, Mrs Campaign.
It cannot be overstated.
How you honest improved his mid range game and his eliminating a lot of his turnovers.
And Yonas, even up until last year, was making some MPs mistakes in terms of half court offense.
And this year, he really he matured a lot as a decision maker, ostensibly and just.
I think that's like you.
And, you know, he was suction, efficient score.
He was such an efficient defender and I don't see him take yeah, and I think like another aspect for me is just, um I think when a lot of people are picking their wards.
I I think it's very clear to two horse race at this point, and it it should go to you, honest.
But I think a lot of people kind of look at the raw numbers and just kind of look at what they're averaging.
I mean, you honest, I think, you know, I mean, he's averaging more points and rebounds from LeBron, but on top of that, just come out like the Bucks were just so good that he didn't even have toe play that many minutes.
And, you know, if you just imagine, if you extrapolate what he would have had if you play the bronze minutes, it is just really ridiculous.
Where you honest with the singer? I always, you know, go to basket reference that I see that 30.
1 minutes per game without him.
Like, what is it? And the Jason Kidd era goddesses playing like 30 mine nine minutes, and I he was he was work.
You don't have to carry him off the floor and a really relieving to see him beat this dominant.
And this because I wasn't worried about an injuries here.
I wasn't worried about come playoff time he was gonna school down.
And of course, now it doesn't matter because they everyone had three months off.
Oh, yeah, it's unfortunate.
I think a lot of the things that the box had going for them by, you know, playing so well in the regular season, which was, you know, one home court advantage, but to just having a really rested Yonas come playoff time.
Compared, you know, like LeBron 80.
Really, how to play so many minutes for the Lakers.
And it's unfortunate that, uh, that advantage is kind of gone for them.
Or let least minimized.
Yeah, but so moving on to you want to move on the coach of the year? Yeah, sure.
My Yeah, For me, it's a pretty easy cake.
Like Nick Nurse was just so fantastic.
Just his schemes assist of the season, especially, Ah, you know, just like throwing in some of those zones like one of the most memorable games of the season for me is when they have, like, a almost, maybe even 30 point comeback against the Dallas Mavericks when they just started a press.
And when you just think about, um, you know, championship team who just lost their best player, which is just really unheard of on, just like the way that they're able to pick up scoring.
It was really fantastic.
And, you know, I also think with Coach of the Year also comes kind of player development side.
And, you know, I know Nick Nurse was only head coach loss season, but I for me, like Coach the year always is kind of like it seems like kind of ah, like your awarding the coaching staff a swell and like this, the production Raptors God, especially from like moment.
Powell really stepping in and taking AM Light.
Just the group collection of them replacing Kawai scoring and then also just like having players like O G and no be Terrence Davis.
Really step up on the defensive end.
Um, and just also just then just having injuries throughout the whole season and, you know, still maintaining the third best record.
Lee for me, **** Nurses.
Yeah, I'm on board the nick nurse pick.
Not actually gonna mention Norman Powell in the six minute of your conversation, which I totally forgot.
But what? How has been able to dio for for the rations years.
I think he's scoring nearly 16 almost 17 a game doing really good from the high.
They are blanks and solid defense.
I think I tweeted out last month or two months ago like you would never know.
The Norman Powell is a better basketball player than Kyle Kuzma based based on.
You know what you're seeing in the media.
But you know, we see not normal power all year.
Is some really, really solid? Um, scoring, shooting, perimeter play.
And And it only took a step for this year.
Certainly Siachen took a pretty big step forward, and I'm terrified.
Siaca, man, I think what nurse has been able to do with him, ostensibly this year, coming in the lead role.
Uh, she's still getting back, like 23 24.
Still, it's it's unbelievable.
Yeah, but yeah, I'm going.
Nick Nurse, my secondary pick.
Which, um, you know, if the Raptors hadn't bounced back, So what other lost? Why? I would like to see when one is Billy Donovan who historically, um what you know, it's it's never easy coaching West for God's.
So I think you really don't have been underrated head coach.
Yeah, Ron and Chris Paul.
Everyone's telling Chris Paul Wash everyone saying This is this is Marlins.
Is they work? You know, gallows aging.
You can't play defense while has seen this best days behind them And he really he he took in a unique, TM unique cast of characters that have never played together and put together really, really fun basketball product and a really, really departed of team that, I think, although today went up by outside days.
Yeah, and I think I like like just I really for me, like Coach of the year's are like the teams that are the coaches that really pushed their teams, especially schematically Teoh really kind of make the jump and ah, really exceed expectations.
So the Raptors and the Thunder really, uh, formed outperformed expectations.
I don't like one other person.
I just I'm definitely not voting for Coach of the year, but I just wanted a terrific job.
Was tailored jackets and Mathis just problems, User.
I mean, a big part about how to do with John Moran and Jeremy Jackson, and I just how well they played.
But to really get a group of ah young guys to buy in and really think of themselves.
A player playoff caliber team is, you know, key shots and yeah, absolutely.
I think what Jenkins was they would do with Jaren Jackson this year offside simply was true madness.
I don't think like C and O Coach, who has a lot of their big, you know, play with that much flexibility at Valium in their career, it was almost unprecedented.
You know, the amount of shots that Jax was taken on three point line sometimes this year.
Oh, alongside Cat, obviously.
But Jared was, you know, much better defensively.
Uh, and you know, he He played Brandon Clarke.
Heavy minutes, and Clark was outstanding.
The Anthony Mountain, the second year player, was a really young team, like, yeah, they were outstanding, especially for such a young coach to like just the impact that he had a really admirable and I'm really excited.
I think you know, there's a good chance for the Grizzlies that they, you know, they're growth kind of slows down next year just because they exceeded s so many expectations this year.
But really excited to see what the future of the Grizzlies I think they got really, really solid young core, All right onto executive of the year. Mm.
My pick is Michael Ware, the just out of the Clippers.
And I actually don't look this up.
I don't even over the Clippers gem waas, But I'm like, Oh, Clippers, you have been outstanding job that make me think that maybe a bad basketball and I don't know, I don't really care.
Lawrence Frank is there, but he also I always get confused.
Well, there goes toe.
I guess he might be president.
Baseball operations is Yeah.
Yeah, I love a homer to I don't think you make 70 basketballs.
There's something more the hype man in the billionaire owner.
What? What we're was able to do, especially at the trade.
Done mind getting Marcus Morris on on a, um, you know, team friendly deal with the next.
I don't know who they ultimately gave up.
Was it Mo Harkless mo Harkless? Yeah, but you know, regardless, Markieff Morris is a huge playoff asset.
And then also the acquisition of Reggie Jackson from the Pistons.
He gotten Reggie Jackson up basketball.
How a k Detroit and into a system where I think you could thrive.
Only saw him for a couple of games.
I didn't think he looked too good, but I think again Reggie Jackson could get some, maybe some playoff minutes to play some snow that's full for them.
Um, and then obviously, what he did over the summer getting PG and Kaleil together, even last getting sued botch I don't know what the Lakers were doing there, but yeah, what wingers over the over the past 12 to 14 months assembling.
Just do this monster team with a really solid starting lineup.
The deepest times that we've I think we're seeing is really underrated.
Yeah, so for me, like when I think of executive the year, I think of like either, you know, like something like last year when John Horse just really assembled such a great team and really brought that from a huge place.
Huge step up from the year of the one the year before.
So, like I think last year, John Horse, bring me in, you know, like a brook Lope has and just, like, kind of assembling a team and then also just hiring building.
Hoser was just I thought it was a no brainer last year for him here.
The tube names that I think about the most our coach other that RG ems that really kind of made the best out of their out of their situation.
And just like having Teoh Yeah, just kind of have to flip around their team.
So for me that I was Sam Presti.
Obviously as Paul George wanted it leave after a second year on the team that really threw a wrench into their plans.
But just like getting back to pieces like he did Chris Paul shy Focus.
Alexander Who? I think it's gonna be a part of the thunder core for a really long time and then also getting my dentist ruder and Gallinari, who's just, like, really fantastic.
And you just think about like, uh, you know, pretty underrated player.
Like I thought he did a fantastic job and just the way that you know, once again, like Billy Donovan was able to kind of coach his team and like it just all mashed together.
Everyone thought that they were gonna trade Chris Paul.
What if I was all star break? But we got to quite the officer we got a team that was really competitive.
So for me, send Presley's probably my pick.
But then my second take who, um I think would have looked better if Zion didn't go down with David Griffin, who, uh, unfortunate from Lakers just got offense, have to call.
And, uh, we saw not only how good that like Brandon Ingram got.
But, you know, obviously, Zion was a no brainer pick.
But then, you know, seeing how long football is gonna Masha's eye on and then just, you know, the all the traffic acids.
And I think if you know, the pelicans were complete team playing the way they were at the end of the season, if they were like 16 or whatever going from a team that have their, ah franchise star number one pick like top five best players in the team from going from that to a playoff contender, that would be, Ah, you know, that would be my day.
I never really both aspects.
I don't think there's a clear executive the year there was so many, you know, on office, and roster overhauls have taken place less the 16 months and, um, they press used in an absolutely outstanding job as as David Griffin.
Uh, it's amazing to see you know what the pelicans have done from Anthony Davis sitting out basically the last games this season last year to having the arguably the best young core in the league.
Uh, it's really exciting what they're doing in New Orleans.
Yeah, um, and really quickly before he and I just wanna give ah, quick shoutout to Bailey.
Who? I'm just reading your comments now, but ah, yeah, I really like the pics.
If the comment about bam was for a defensive player of the year or most improved, I totally forgot to mention him.
But, uh, yeah, I thought, uh, both of us, I thought bam just had a fantastic season.
Really? Uh, was deserving both those and would be probably my guessing.
He'd be depending on how I lay everything out but probably be my second team all defensive center, So yeah.
Shut up, Bailey for tuna.
Everyone else situated to Thanks, Jack the beast for that tip.
Um, here every monday and possibly Thursday.
We don't know yet.
Once play resumes will buy a slow five more with schedule, but yeah, catches here next time.
Thanks for joining us.