Dwight Howard is the corniest player in the NBA. Despite his awkwardly loud attempts at humor, he's not funny at all. Stan Van Gundy stripped him of any street cred he had left last season too, and he's unapologetically stolen Shaq's style worse than Nicki Minaj did Lil Kim. But he's still the most dominant big man in the game without question. He might not have developed a post move yet, but he doesn't need one. Playing alongside Kobe, Pau and Nash, Dwight Howard will be an absolute monster. He will have the opportunity to sleep-walk his way to 20-10 double-doubles, and he makes his new squad a pick 'em situation in a potential seven-game series with OKC I think. He'll eventually agree to that extension in LA too.
Andrew Bynum then goes to Philadelphia in this three-team proposed trade. So he can't by extension also come to Cleveland anymore. Those dreams are dead, for now at least. Reportedly Bynum has not agreed to an extension with Philly after this season either, and is expected to still become a free agent at the end of the year. So if you think Bynum is interested in Cleveland, you still have that I guess. I never thought he would actually come here in the first place though. I would've been thrilled to watch him run the floor with Kyrie Irving, but it seemed way too good to be true. Which in the end it was. For the short-term in Philly, adding Bynum makes the Sixers the third best team in the Eastern Conference at worst. Depending on Rose's health, they might even be the second now. They will also start Evan Turner from day one, who'll replace Andre Igoudala, traded himself to Denver.
In response to losing Superman, the Orlando Magic should be applauded for the logical move of replacing him with Skyenga. Alex Kennedy from Hoopsworld is reporting that Christian has been sent to Orlando in this trade, and Magic fans all over the world immediately celebrated the news. He didn't really play much for the Lakers after being dealt from Cleveland last season, but he did average 16 points per 36 minutes during the playoffs. Hashtag production. This move also opens up the possibility of bringing back those old Penny Hardaway muppet commercials and working Skyenga into that franchise rocking his new Magic Blue's. More on all that later though, enjoy the Friday.
Brendan, have you ever tried to "create" a point guard?
Greg Simpson at Ohio State was a terrific, 6-1 scorer, but he never could get it right at point.
You cannot create a point; you cannot create a basketball player.
Eyenga is tall, blazingly fast, able to leap quickly and soar higher than anyone.
Christian, however, does not get the game and probably never will.
If you're going to learn it and have "court sense," then you need to do it in your teens at the latest.
The NBA just does not develop players well.
Michael Jordan developed thanks to former Cav, Jim Cleamons.
Tony Campbell & Dennis Hopson developed at OSU under Cleamons.
I don't know if the Cavs have that type of coach on the staff, but I hope they do since Tristan Thompson sorely needs to greatly improve in many areas.
Kwame Brown, Darius Miles, Sasha Pavlovic, etc. never reached potential.
If the Cavs can coach, then Casspi can become a good player, Waiters can become a very good player, and Thompson an outstanding one.
If not, we are going to get a very high draft choice next season.
Skyenga is younger and, unlike Howard, his ceiling has yet to be determined. If you have to choose between Skyenga and Howard as the bedrock of your franchise, you gotta go with Skyenga 10 times out of 10.
@MondayNiteTebow You must be smoking something. Skyenga as a bedrock of a franchise? The man has no real offensive skills other than dunking and has not shown that he can stay on an NBA roster, let alone impact any franchise.
Talk about the rich getting richer: first Nash,. now Howard. Jerry Buss and Mitch Kupchak must have done something great in their previous lives to have karma bestow so much good fortune on them. Say what you want about Bynum, but that man is a star and he will be Philly's best center since Moses Malone. And if I were OKC, I would be shitting bricks as not only Minnesota has gotten better with their additions of AK and BR, but they Denver manage to get one of the league's best perimeter defenders in Andre Igoudala.