Tuesday, May 17, 2011
Ohio State great George selected for College Hall - 2011 NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race Starting Grid - NBA Lottery
NBA Draft Lottery
Your team isn’t in the NBA draft lottery unless it needs help (or you used to do trades with Isiah Thomas).
Everybody in it needs to win it. Especially this year, where the drop off from All-Star to “maybe he can be a rotation guy in a couple years” to “we’re hoping he can develop” is very quick and steep. The prize at the top is Kyrie Irving of Duke, and although you can debate if he is a future All-Star or superstar, the consensus is you’re getting a very good point guard. And if you’re in the lottery, you take him.
Who needs to win this most? Here are our five picks:
Minnesota Timberwolves (25 percent chance of getting top pick). Why they need to win the lottery: The Wolves won 17 games last season, so they need all the help they can get. They have one building block inside in Kevin Love and a couple decent wing players (Wesley Johnson, Martell Webster), but they need a Mr. Outside. In theory that would be Ricky Rubio, the guard they drafted from Spain two years ago, but despite what Timberwolves management says, there is no reason for him to come over. They win and draft Irving, and they can shop Rubio to fill another need. They won 17 games, so there are a lot of needs.
Cleveland Cavaliers (22.7 percent chance of getting top pick, via their own pick and the Clippers pick). Why they need to win the lottery: Their last top lottery pick left them, and they need another. The Cavaliers won 19 games with a sad roster that suffered a lot of injuries (frankly explaining cold fusion would be easier than explaining how Minnesota won fewer games than Cleveland). There is no position on the floor where they are set. They need stars and role players, as such they are wisely stockpiling draft picks. Irving would give them a guy to start building around. And, for all of Dan Gilbert’s actions, they are owed a break by the basketball gods.
Toronto Raptors (15.6 percent chance of getting top pick). Why they need to win the lottery: Their best player left them and they need a star to replace him. This team won the lottery in 2006 and has Andrea Bargnani to show for it (Hey, it could have been worse, they could have drafted Adam Morrison.) Really, this team has a few pieces — DeMar DeRozan is a good athletic wing, Ed Davis was solid as a rookie, Jarryd Bayless is a quality guard, and even Bargnani can shoot. A top-flight point guard such as Irving ties this team together, and they get a lot better fast. Well, on offense. Until they start defending it’s all moot, but that’s another issue.
Detroit Pistons (4.3 percent chance of getting top pick). Why they need to win the lottery: Maybe this will convince them it’s time to blow it up and rebuild. The Pistons have lived in a limbo with roster that was begging to be broken up and rebuilt, but that couldn’t happen with an unsettled ownership situation. Throw in veteran players in virtual open mutiny against the coach and things got ugly. Right now Rodney Stuckey is the point guard of the future, but he is no Irving at the point. They have a good young center in Greg Monroe and Austin Daye can be a part of the future, but Irving and a new owner might lead to the rebuilding of this team that has been needed for more than a season.
Golden State Warriors (0.8 percent chance of getting top pick). Why they need to win the lottery: This is a long-suffering fan base that had an owner that really didn’t care, they deserve a break. This is a team with some pieces that is about to undergo a makeover and winning the lottery helps that along dramatically. New owner Joe Lacob — who will represent the team at the lottery — is looking to change this franchise into one that plays defense and not Don Nelson’s scatter ball. Sure, they already have two guards in Monta Ellis and Stephen Curry, but they win the lottery and one of those (*cough* Curry *cough*) will be moved.
Ohio State great George selected for College Hall
NEW YORK (AP) -- Heisman Trophy winner Eddie George has been selected for induction into College Football Hall of Fame.
George's selection was announced Monday on ESPN's "College Football Live."
The rest of the class of 14 former players and two former coaches will be announced Tuesday at a news conferences at the NASDAQ MarketSite. Three other members of the newest Hall of Fame class will ring the opening bell at the NASDAQ.
George won the Heisman in 1995 as a senior and finished his career at Ohio State with 3,768 yards, 44 rushing touchdowns and a school-record five 200-yard games.
2011 NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race Starting Grid
- Trevor Bayne 21 Ford Exemption
- Greg Biffle 16 Ford Exemption
- Clint Bowyer 33 Chevrolet Exemption
- Kurt Busch 22 Dodge Exemption
- Kyle Busch 18 Toyota Exemption
- Carl Edwards 99 Ford Exemption
- Jeff Gordon 24 Chevrolet Exemption
- Denny Hamlin 11 Toyota Exemption
- Kevin Harvick 29 Chevrolet Exemption
- Jimmie Johnson 5 Chevrolet Exemption
- Kasey Kahne 4 Toyota Exemption
- Matt Kenseth 17 Ford Exemption
- Mark Martin 25 Chevrolet Exemption
- Jamie McMurray 1 Chevrolet Exemption
- Juan Pablo Montoya 42 Chevrolet Exemption
- Ryan Newman 39 Chevrolet Exemption
- David Reutimann 00 Toyota Exemption
- Regan Smith 78 Chevrolet Exemption
- Tony Stewart 14 Chevrolet Exemption
NOTICE THERE IS NO DALE EARNHARDT JR. IN THAT GRID!
Posted by just BS at 5:21 AM