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LX 12-06-2013 07:54 PM

Simmons looks at the E league team by team
 
His take on the Raptors

Bill Simmons on the NBA's Eastern Conference - Grantland

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11. TORONTO RAPTORS, 6-11

The Good News: GM Masai Ujiri wants to bottom out while creating cap space and stockpiling cost-effective assets. That explains why he's trying to trade everyone not named "Jonas" right now, and that explains why Dwane Casey will coach all 82 games. It's all for the greater good. And if that's not enough, Andrew Wiggins is Canadian. So there's that.

The Bad News: Quick impression of Masai trying to trade Rudy Gay right now

Masai: "Hey, I wanted to see if you had any interest in Rudy."

Other GM: "What are you thinking?"

Masai: "Well, he's on the books for only $17.9 million this season, then he's a free agent."

Other GM: "Wait, I thought Rudy had a player option for $19.3 million next year."

Masai: "You're right, he does! I totally forgot! (Holds his hand over the phone and whispers 'They know' to his assistant.) Actually, lemme call you back."

Most Interesting Subplot: Is there a better stealth tanking asset than Dwane Casey? He's coached nearly 300 games (career record: 116-171) and still can't grasp the whole "When we're down by a possession in the final 25 seconds, and we don't have the ball, we need to foul the other team" thing. (I wish Dwane Casey coached an NFL team I'd love to see him trying to figure out timeouts and challenges.) And look, there's an art to tanking you can't make it seem like you're throwing games. The subtle stuff goes the furthest. Like shelving one of your best players with "tendinitis" with five weeks to play. Like playing two or three subpar players about 10 minutes per game more than you should. Like trying dopey experiments that can't work along the lines of, "Hey, we think Rudy can play a little point guard for us!" Like keeping Casey around for an entire year. As we inch closer and closer toward the Tankapalooza 2014 homestretch, it's going to be the little things that count.

Random Thought: Was Gay's uncorrected eyesight really the problem last summer? Let's see

Last season: 41.6 percent FG, 32.3 percent 3FG, 81.4 percent FT
This season: 38.8 percent FG, 37.5 percent 3FG, 76.2 percent FT

(Back to the drawing board )

SportVU Revelation: One of the many reasons why Roy Hibbert is running away with Defensive Player of the Year: He challenges 10.1 field goals per game at the rim, but opponents score on only 38.2 percent of those shots. By contrast, opponents shoot 58 percent at the rim if it's DeAndre Jordan protecting and 56.9 percent if it's Boogie Cousins. If it's Jonas Valanciunas? We're looking at 52.6 percent. You probably already knew this.

Worst-Case Scenario: Raptors fans cheer on Masai as he keeps trading off starters and sabotaging this year's season right until the moment when he dumps Demar DeRozan on Dallas for Brandan Wright and an expiring contract belonging to (wait for it) (wait for it) Mr. Vince Carter.

(And then? Rioting. Lots and lots of rioting.)

Prognosis: Somehow, someway, Toronto lands in the bottom four for the East. If it sticks Cleveland or Milwaukee with Gay's contract, even better.

Carlos Danger 12-06-2013 08:25 PM

Bill Simmons, I like how you think

EggsToTheBBQ 12-06-2013 08:36 PM

Trade Lowry, start Augustine.

Keep DD, because with Augustine starting the team's not winning no matter how much DeMar scores.

omar36 12-06-2013 09:28 PM

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Originally Posted by EggsToTheBBQ (Post 838304)
Trade Lowry, start Augustine.

Keep DD, because with Augustine starting the team's not winning no matter how much DeMar scores.

trade gay and start austin daye... top 5 pick guaranteed

rapsmannn 12-07-2013 04:24 AM

simmons coverage of the nba this year is more intense, with the jalen and simmons preview show of every team starting from 30 to 1, now he is doing a 33 day two part series called birdmeister where he checks in on the season so far

I'm really enjoying it its great stuff and entertaining, bill simmons is probably has the most interesting takes when it comes to basketball, sometimes obvious but funny, but the logic always seems to win and its amazing how many teams fail when it come to logic

Kirby 12-07-2013 06:33 AM

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Originally Posted by rapsmannn (Post 838738)
simmons coverage of the nba this year is more intense, with the jalen and simmons preview show of every team starting from 30 to 1, now he is doing a 33 day two part series called birdmeister where he checks in on the season so far

I'm really enjoying it its great stuff and entertaining, bill simmons is probably has the most interesting takes when it comes to basketball, sometimes obvious but funny, but the logic always seems to win and its amazing how many teams fail when it come to logic

Love the Grantland production.

DonMughal 12-07-2013 07:52 AM

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Originally Posted by omar36 (Post 838319)
trade gay and start austin daye... top 5 pick guaranteed

Nah keep Gay, top 5 pick guaranteed. :cookie::cookie:

andris213 12-07-2013 08:12 AM

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Originally Posted by rapsmannn (Post 838738)
simmons coverage of the nba this year is more intense, with the jalen and simmons preview show of every team starting from 30 to 1, now he is doing a 33 day two part series called birdmeister where he checks in on the season so far

I'm really enjoying it its great stuff and entertaining, bill simmons is probably has the most interesting takes when it comes to basketball, sometimes obvious but funny, but the logic always seems to win and its amazing how many teams fail when it come to logic

Its actually a four part series just saw the third part

The Diamond Scorpion 12-07-2013 11:18 AM

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Originally Posted by rapsmannn (Post 838738)
simmons coverage of the nba this year is more intense, with the jalen and simmons preview show of every team starting from 30 to 1, now he is doing a 33 day two part series called birdmeister where he checks in on the season so far

I'm really enjoying it its great stuff and entertaining, bill simmons is probably has the most interesting takes when it comes to basketball, sometimes obvious but funny, but the logic always seems to win and its amazing how many teams fail when it come to logic

I agree, the stuff is entertaining. Some ideas are good, others he comes up with I question but either way it's better than most of the stuff that's out there.

Rompeprop 12-07-2013 11:30 AM

Thanx for the link, it was an amazing read, very entertaining :)
"One of the All-Star Weekend events should be a rebounding "competition" called "Brick House" with Nene, Brook Lopez, Andrea Bargnani and Chris Bosh — two at a time, head-to-head, as they have two minutes to grab as many missed 22-footers from Rudy Gay and DeMar DeRozan as possible."
:D :D


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