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We're doing a late night stream and react.
Um, here we are on SportsCastr right now, talking about some nb a words.
I believe most guys filed their awards away this week.
Saw a lot of guys put out their picks in various articles.
You saw guys like, you know, Zach Lowe and other ESPN guys as well as I read, um, Kevin O Connor's Everth ringers.
That was a very nice piece.
So basically, what we're looking at is a bunch of discussion about a variety of different awards.
Um, you know, I I I think that well first off a good crap of players, especially for this type of an award this year.
In this most improved.
It's a little bit of a shame we didn't get a full season to kind of, I guess straight now what the voting would be for some of these, But, um, let me just first say, and I know this is repeat information for some of you that are coming in here again.
And yes, I apologize that I had to redo this because of people doing whatever in the street right now.
But, um, look, here's the thing about most improved similar to six Man of the Year, which I think is a totally arbitrary award that goes only to a specific crop of players.
Specifically, Gunners shoot first guards.
That's typically who goes to it might change.
Actually, this you were trez herro, but for the most part it goes to guys that can just score a whole bunch and can't really defend or do much else. Outside of that.
Most improved it goes to doesn't typically go to your two guys because I even think Zach Lowe put it in his piece.
You kind of want to see improvement from year one to year two.
That's what you're naturally looking for.
And I guess that for most guys voting on this, that means you're gonna disqualify somebody.
Um, no matter how great they are from your wonder, you're too.
So I that is one thing that I think plays into a lot of this.
The other thing is that because you're looking at that gap of like Okay, well, it can't be guys in year two or sometimes even your three.
Um, What that means is that you're looking at these, like your four year five guys and just guys that quite Kevin, quite and out.
So you see, like a Pascal siac.
Um, last year, who took a while to figure out what he was in the MBA Or this year? It seems that the guy who's gonna win, um, is ah, Brandon Ingram.
Who, You know, it took a minute.
It took a minute for him to figure out what he was.
Um, you know, the three point shot really opened up the rest of the floor for him, and as a result, these you know, there are nights where he looks like a really top in top 20 top 15 at his peak.
I'm not saying right now at his peak, so I think in a lot of ways, that's kind of that's kind of what this award is.
Now, let me give you what I think of this.
Um, first off, I'm happy that Spencer doing what he's talking about.
This Spencer Dinwiddie could have been a maybe fringe pick a couple years ago.
Uh, not so much this year, but I would think about putting.
So devante Graham is somebody that I think is interesting just because he kind of came out of nowhere.
But there were certain parts of his game that I didn't love.
So I'm a big fan of what banded this year.
Just being like this huge, ascendant approach.
Ah, really? Just like this ascending defender on this This heat team on a group of guys That was not all the way. Top to bottom.
Yes, I know Jimmy Butler is wonderful.
Wonderful, wonderful wing perimeter defender.
But bam was great, and he was a big reason why they were so great.
And his switch ability was something to behold.
So I think him I think Ingram should be in the mix.
And honestly, it's not even in this graphic in the top. Right.
Um, I've gotta say, man like, Yeah, I think I would put Luca in there.
Who's playing right now? We have this game.
That's probably at this 0.
100 to 120 with how much these guys they're scoring.
I mean, what a ridiculous game.
I think Lucas should be in there, right? You know, he went from, like, a guy that I think was like top 30 in that in there somewhere.
Maybe you could put him under the top 30.
I don't think I would argue with that, but still, like, had certain things that I think he needs to work on.
So he was one of the five best players in the N B A. This year.
So, like taking a leap like that is a lot harder from going from like, you know, hey, maybe you're a top 60 like Brandon Ingram was.
I hope I didn't snub him by saying that, but, you know, like a top 60 player to being a top 30 35.
I just think That's a big, ugly personally, And I would think strongly about putting Mr Luca Don church in there who, by the way, his team and this I know this doesn't matter with you know, where I guess the or what happens in these next couple of games over this restart.
But I do think it should matter a little bit that, Hey, that team is feisty because of him.
Like I think there's a lot of teams that don't really want to play him in the first couple of rounds now.
And you could measure that by looking at how they were playing toward the end once they were really getting him and and poor Zynga's playing well together.
I mean, that's just I thought he was fantastic this year.
His body control is unbelievable.
He gets the line, Um, he's got a wonderful floater game, keeps his teammates involved, and I don't know.
I mean, you know, looking at where he came from last year to this year, it was the rookie of the year.
If he somehow just 200 times better, I mean in better shape is he's bulked up a bit.
Um, I I would kind of think about giving it to Luca, and I know that kind of breaks the mold of this award.
But if we really have molds all the time, is it a good award? That would be kind of my question to that.
Like if we always have to vote a certain way, then why aren't we calling it the most improved? Only if you're in years three and four award like I don't know.
It just it doesn't seem like it's all the way fair or just so that's what I would think about.
I like the Brandon Ingram pick.
I think he's gonna be a wonderful player.
Such a well versed score would love to see and pick up the intensity a little bit on D.
But, you know, as a three level guy, it doesn't get much better than that.
I really think he has a chance of leading the league in scoring, but Luca don church man, he's he's changing the game and that that Dallas team is gonna be in the finals one of these next couple of years.
I really feel pretty strongly about that.
I like their chances of bringing another guy in and and, ah, you know, moving poor Zynga's to that third star role.
And, yeah, I mean, I I have so many good things to say about them and because I have so much good stuff to say, I want to get back in there and watch some basketball.
So with all that, said the late night version of Matt Brooks talking about random, I don't know.
I just spoke about my myself in the third person.
But yeah, me talking about random N b A topics at night that is coming to a close.
Right now, I'm gonna go try to watch a little more of this high voltage basketball game.
Go hit the hay and I hope everybody is enjoying these games.
I think they've been wonderful.
I enjoyed that book Celtics game, Nice defensive showcase.
And there's a lot to be excited for Raptor Lakers tomorrow, which should be a good one.
So yet with all that said, thank you guys for watching enjoy these basketball games.
Enjoy sports being back and I'll talk to you guys next on peace