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2020 cbhsports NBA Awards (if the season doesn’t continue)

Here are my 2020 NBA Awards if the season doesn’t continue because of COVID-19.

MVP:Giannis Antetokounmpo,Forward,Milwaukee Bucks
Giannis edges out a stellar season from thirty-five year old LeBron James. Antetokounmpo might be the best defensive player in the league and plays on the NBA’s top team standings wise. LeBron, as I said earlier is a very close second here.

Defensive Player of the Year:Anthony Davis,Forward/Center,Los Angeles Lakers
Davis makes the most sense here. In his first season on a contending team, Davis more than helped LeBron James out on the defensive side (and offensive side) off the ball, posting excellent numbers.

Rookie of the Year:Ja Morant,Guard,Memphis Grizzlies
Zion comes close–very close–here. But with Williamson’s injuries this season and thus lack of games played, Morant gets it here as the future of the Memphis Grizzlies.

Most Improved Player:Bam Adebayo,Center/Forward,Miami Heat
For Bam to be an All-Star on a team with Jimmy Butler is incredible. But the young defensive monster, while he has done improving, still has awhile to go before being considered a top three center in the league.

Coach of the Year:Nick Nurse,Toronto Raptors
For Nurse to lose a top five player in the NBA (Kawhi Leonard) and be a top three team in the eastern conference is pretty incredible. Nurse is worthy here.

All-NBA First Team
G:Luka Doncic,Dallas Mavericks
G:James Harden,Houston Rockets
F:Giannis Antetokounmpo,Milwaukee Bucks
F:LeBron James,Los Angeles Lakers
C:Anthony Davis,Los Angeles Lakers

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What to make of Jalen Green’s decision to go to the NBA G-League

Here’s what to make about consensus top three prospect Jalen Green’s decision to forgo college basketball (whether that be at Auburn and Memphis) and go to the NBA G-League.

First, things first. The G-League has become a great option recently for top prospects. Spend a year in the developmental league and then move on to the real thing. Playing basketball and being paid in the G-League has to be a more enticing option for Green, considering the uncertainty of schools opening on time and thus the start of the college basketball season.

A big con for Green’s G-League decision is that he doesn’t get the exposure that players like Zion Williamson and Trae Young, got to turn into top five picks in the NBA Draft. Players like Williamson got to be on national television at least thirty times during their lone seasons playing college basketball. Plus everyone watches them for three weeks in March.

It’s a tough hit for Penny Hardaway’s program at Memphis. Memphis is far removed from their top ranked class in 2019. Hardaway’s plan was to pair Green with fellow uncommitted top ten prospect Greg Brown. But all signs point to Brown staying home and signing with Texas. Bruce Pearl and Auburn have had a successful 2020 recruiting cycle so its nothing more than a guy they lost to another team or school.

Jalen Green’s decision is made even bigger considering the fact that next year’s recruiting cycle (the 2021 class) is widely considered the last class with “one and done” rule in place. The NCAA will make changes that will likely take high school basketball back to a place where top prospects can enter the NBA after their senior years in high school. College basketball will be greatly effected by this but that’s for another post.

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UNC’s Anthony to enter 2020 NBA Draft (CBB News)

North Carolina Freshman standout Point Guard Cole Anthony announced he is entering his name into the 2020 NBA Draft. Anthony averaged 18.5 points, 5.7 rebounds, and 4 assists per game. That is the highest of any Tar Heel since Forward Tyler Hansbrough (20.7 PPG) in the 2008-2009 season. Anthony is a likely lottery pick.

Considered the top international prospect headed the college way, Guard Kerr Kriisa announced he is headed to Arizona. Kriisa played in Lithuania’s NKL this season and averaged 14.8 points and 6 assists per game this season.

San Diego State Point Guard Malachi Flynn has used him and his team’s breakout season in 2019-2020 to declare for the 2020 NBA Draft. Flynn averaged almost 18 points and 5.1 assists per game in 2019-2020.

George Washington transfer Forward Arnaldo Toro is playing for Mike Anderson next season. Toro signed with St. John’s on Thursday. Toro averaged 6.5 points and a team high 7 rebounds per game for George Washington last season.

Rhode Island transfer Jacob Toppin, the brother of consensus national player of the year Obi Toppin, is transferring to Kentucky. Obi, the former Dayton Forward, has declared for the draft. Toppin averaged 5.1 points and almost 4 rebounds per game this past season.

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ESPN’s top prospect Jalen Green skipping college ball, to play in NBA G-League

The top ranked prospect in the 2020 ESPN 100, Five-Star Shooting Guard Jalen Green, will not play college basketball next season. The California native has been informing teams that he will likely play next season in the NBA Developmental League, the NBA G-League per bleacher report. Green will make an official announcement (I’m writing this the morning before he makes his official announcement) at 12 PM CT which will confirm his decision. If he were to go to college, he would’ve decided between Auburn, Memphis, and home state USC.

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Iowa’s Garza enters draft, but keeps elgibility (CBB News)

Iowa All American Center Luka Garza announced he is entering his name into the draft but keeping his elgibility by not signing with an agent. He would be a senior if he returns next season.

Ranked number one in the 2020 ESPN 100, Five-Star Shooting Guard Jalen Green will announce his decision next Friday April 17. The Fresno,California product will decide between Auburn, Florida State, Memphis, Oregon, and USC. ESPN’s number two ranked player, Five-Star big man Evan Mobley signed with USC, where he will team up with his dad (assistant coach) and Isaiah (fellow big man) in Los Angeles. ESPN’s number three ranked player, Five-Star Point Guard Cade Cunningham signed with Oklahoma State.

Duke big man Vernon Carey Jr. announced his intentions to enter the 2020 NBA Draft. Carey averaged eighteen points and nine rebounds per game in his single season in Durham.

Arizona Freshman Guard Josh Green announced he was entering the 2020 NBA Draft after averaging almost twelve points and almost three assists per game in his lone season in Tucson.

Former Kentucky wing Kahlil Whitney, who withdrawed from school in January, has signed with an agent and will enter the 2020 NBA Draft.

Creighton grad transfer Davion Mintz committed to Kentucky on Friday. The Point Guard averaged ten points, three assists, and three rebounds in 2018-19.

Former Columbia Guard Mike Smith will grad transfer to Michigan. The All-Ivy League guard averaged almost twenty-three points and four and a half assists for the Lions. Smith also considered Arizona, Gonzaga, and Seton Hall before deciding on Michigan.

While this isn’t just college basketball news, the NCAA expects to vote on a one-time transfer waiver. They will discuss waiver on April 24 and take a vote on May 20. The NCAA is also expected to make steps regarding student athletes being able to profit off of their name, image, and likeness.

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What the 2020 NBA Playoffs would look like if they were played today

Here’s what the NBA Playoffs would look like if they were played today. I predict the match ups, too.

Eastern Conference

Conference Quarterfinals (First Round)
1.Milwaukee Bucks 4
8.Orlando Magic 1

Orlando had success a year ago in a six game series loss to the eventual champion Raptors, but its hard to see them playing with the Bucks longer than five games.

4.Miami Heat 4
5.Indiana Pacers 3

Wing Jimmy Butler outduels Victor Oladipo in a classic four-five opening round series. Back and forth and back and forth and back and forth.

3.Boston Celtics 4
6.Philadelphia 76ers 3

I spy a potential “upset”. With the way the inconsistent 76ers played before the quarantine, I can see them winning two or three in this series. Philadelphia’s talent level is great but Boston clings to a series win with the play of young pieces Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown.

2.Toronto Raptors 2
7.Brooklyn Nets 4

Despite the inconsistent and most of the time injury-prone Kyrie Irving, he outduels a Raptors team that doesn’t have Kawhi Leonard anymore to fall back on.

Western Conference

Conference Quarterfinals (First Round)
1.Los Angeles Lakers 4
8.Memphis Grizzlies 2

Young players Ja Morant and Jaren Jackson show that the Grizzlies won’t go down without a fight, but are nowhere near the level of superstars LeBron James, Anthony Davis and the Lakers.

4.Utah Jazz 4
5.Oklahoma City Thunder 2

Despite the consistent play of veteran point guard Chris Paul, Utah’s talent (Guard Donavan Mitchell and Center Rudy Gobert) are too much for their division rival.

3.Denver Nuggets 3
6.Houston Rockets 4

This would be a fun, high scoring series. But the Rockets have James Harden and he pulls them to a tough seven game series win.

2.Los Angeles Clippers 4
7.Dallas Mavericks 2

What many people believe to be a six or even seven game series does not disappoint. Mavs Guard Luka Doncic shows that he’s next but the defensive tandem of Kawhi Leonard and Paul George defending the Mavs’ superstar throttles Doncic and the rest of the Mavericks. LA wins in six.

Eastern Conference

Conference Semifinals (Second Round)

1.Milwaukee Bucks 4
4.Miami Heat 2

A fun match up between superstar Forwards Giannis Antetokounmpo and Jimmy Butler. The play of Bucks Guard Khris Middelton leads the Bucks to a six game series win and the conference finals.

3.Boston Celtics 4
7.Brooklyn Nets 1

The Celtics’ defense stymies their old teammate Kyrie Irving. They dominate the Nets, and in just five games punch their ticket to the conference finals.

Western Conference

Conference Semifinals (Second Round)

1.Los Angeles Lakers 4
4.Utah Jazz 2

The play of LeBron James gets the Lakers back to the conference finals for the first time since 2010.

2.Los Angeles Clippers 4
7.Houston Rockets 3

Just like in their first round series, Clippers stars Kawhi Leonard and Paul George show that they are elite defenders and deny Rockets Guard James Harden a buzzer beater in game seven.

Eastern Conference

Conference Finals (Third Round)

1.Milwaukee Bucks 4
3.Boston Celtics 3

Giannis Antentokounmpo dominates the Celtics in game seven and leads them to the NBA finals.

Western Conference

Conference Finals (Third Round)

1.Los Angeles Lakers 4
2.Los Angeles Clippers 3

LeBron sinks a buzzer-beater to send the Lakers to a match up with the Bucks everyone saw coming.

Eastern/Western Conference

NBA Finals (Fourth Round)
1.Milwaukee Bucks 4
1.Los Angeles Lakers 3

The difference in the series is Milwaukee’s supporting cast outplays that of the Lakers. Giannis outduels LeBron in game seven and brings a championship to Milwaukee.

Projected Winner:Milwaukee Bucks

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NBA bound LaMelo Ball to buy former team

Future NBA Guard LaMelo Ball is buying his old team from the NBL, the Illawara Hawks. While his manager Jermaine Jackson told ESPN in an article that it was a “done deal”, his old team said the sale is not complete. The potential top pick in the 2020 NBA Draft averaged seventeen points, almost eight rebounds, and seven assists in his lone season with the team he is buying. LaMelo’s manager also said in the article that “Melo (LaMelo) loves the Illawara fans” as to why he loves the community and why he is going to likely buy the team.

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Washington big man Isaiah Stewart enters draft (CBB and HSBB news)

The five finalists for the men’s basketball John R. Wooden Player of the Year Award were announced for the 2019-2020 award. The finalists were Kansas big man Udoka Azubuike, Iowa big man Luka Garza, Marquette Guard Markus Howard, Seton Hall Guard Myles Powell, and Dayton Forward Obi Toppin.

Washington Freshman big man Isaiah Stewart told the media today that he was entering the 2020 NBA Draft. The big man is signing with Roc Nation to be his agency. Stewart averaged seventeen points, nine rebounds, and two blocks in his only season in Seattle.

Former Boston College Forward Jairus Hamilton committed to transfer to Maryland on Wednesday. Hamilton averaged almost ten points during his sophomore season in Chestnut Hill.

USC signee Evan Mobley has been named the Morgan Wootten National Player of the Year. The award given annually by the McDonald’s All American Game to the best high school basketball player in the country. Mobley will head to Los Angeles this fall and team up with brother Isaiah Mobley and dad Eric Mobley, who is an assistant coach. Mobley averaged nineteen points and eleven rebounds this past season.

The Division I council coordination committee and the Division II administrative committee came together and announced Wednesday that the recruiting dead period will be extended through May 31 due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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Reacting to Kobe’s death

I am so sad right now because of the death of one of the greatest to ever lace em up has died suddenly in a helicopter crash. Kobe Bryant died Sunday in a helicopter crash along with eight others (including his daughter Gigi). Kobe brought so much and I am sad that he is gone. It seems like his twenty year career ended yesterday. It seems like his final game (where he scored 60 POINTS) was yesterday. Rest In Peace Kobe. You will forever be a legend.

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What the NBA Playoffs would look like if they began today

This post was made on Sunday January 19, 2020 so that’s what the records are from.

Eastern Conference

1.Milwaukee Bucks (38-6)
8.Brooklyn Nets (18-23)

With Kyrie Irving sitting a lot for the Nets, this series wouldn’t be too much for Giannis and the gang.

4.Boston Celtics (27-14)
5.Indiana Pacers (27-15)

Both of these teams have improved, but once Indiana gets star Victor Oladipo back, these two would have a great clash.

3.Toronto Raptors (28-14)
6.Philadelphia 76ers (28-16)

Last year’s ECSF, would be an excellent first round match up even though a lot of basketball still has to be played. But, in this series I’m picking the 76ers any day if they’re at full strength.

2.Miami Heat (29-12)
7.Orlando Magic (20-23)

An all sunshine state battle is in the first round of the playoffs. Kendrick Nunn, Jimmy Butler, and the Heat would have no problems with the Magic, though.

Western Conference

1.Los Angeles Lakers (34-8)
8.Memphis Grizzlies (20-22)

What a fun first round series this would be. Ja Morant and the young Grizzlies facing off versus LeBron and the Lakers.

4.Utah Jazz (29-13)
5.Dallas Mavericks (27-15)

I don’t think Utah wants to see Dallas in the first round, with the excellent play of Guard Luka Doncic, but this will be a competitive series.

3.LA Clippers (30-13)
6.Houston Rockets (26-15)

Another fun series with Kawhi Leonard and Paul George battling Russell Westbrook and James Harden for the right to get to the WCSF.

2.Denver Nuggets (29-12)
7.Oklahoma City Thunder (24-19)

Denver should dominate this series.