Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Preseason Observations (as of 12/21)

Preseason makes me realize how much I enjoy watching small market teams ball.  Talented young guys really get a chance to flash some of their skill with extended minutes and carve out a role.  A few small market squads have amassed a good amount of young talent from these "Super-team" transactions (Jazz, Nuggets) and others are in a nice rebuilding position with talented young guys (Wolves, Cavs, Bobcats, Pistons, Kings, Rockets).  But some teams are building towards NBA mediocrity (Wizards, Warriors, Pacers, Sixers).

Just running through some disorganized thoughts I had while watching some of the preseason games tonight:

  • Richard Hamilton on the Bulls seems to be a very sexy fit. Starting 5 as a whole looks much better, should be a realistic contender this year.
    • Now or never for Bulls; paying 4 players (Rose, Deng, Noah, Boozer) $55.6m (via  ) with an amnesty chillin
  • Kyrie Irving will overtake Ramon Sessions in less than 3 games.  Bold prediction, I know.
  • Steph Curry still has jelly ankles, which saddens me greatly
  • I still love Marcus Thornton
  • JJ Hickson is first ballot Preseason HOF
  • Brandon Wright possibly filling the gap of Chandler intrigues me
  • David West misses Chris Paul
  • The Hawks need to sign James Posey
  • NBATV commercials are worse than ever #bringbackshakeweight
  • Kemba Walker's jumper is sopping
  • Best part about this year's Clippers for me: Chauncey Billups playing alongside Chris Paul or Caron Butler reunited with Randy Foye?
  • World Peace could not be found in last night's box score
  • Shelvin Mack and Gordon Hayward are ballers
  • Magic are awful.  I want Dwight Howard to get traded already so the Wiz can beat up on someone (hopefully)
  • Marreese Speights is a clown'
  • Will I be cool for knowing who Omri Casspi is when I travel to Israel?  He also looks good
  • Luke LOLangody 
  • Lakers will be a higher playoff seed than the Clippers
  • Tyler Hansbrough = Tim Tebow
Wizards Related:
  • Wizards 0-2 preseason is definitely a good thing
  • Nick Young is so chillin
  • Andray Blatche is chillin too
  • Trevor Booker makes me happy
  • Nick Young got an assist
  • It's going to be a long short season

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