College Football:Alabama 2018-19 Schedule

Tua or Jalen is the main question for Nick Saban as the top ranked tide come into the 2018-19 season.

*=Conference Game
(ORL)=Game in Orlando,Florida

Week Opponent Proj. record after game
1 Louisville (ORL) 1-0 (0-0) SEC
2 Arkansas State 2-0 (0-0) SEC
3 at.*Ole Miss 3-0 (1-0) SEC
4 *Texas A&M 4-0 (2-0) SEC
5 Louisiana Laffayette 5-0 (2-0) SEC
6 at.*Arkansas 6-0 (3-0) SEC
7 *Missouri 7-0 (4-0) SEC
8 at.*Tennessee 8-0 (5-0) SEC
9 Bye 8-0 (5-0) SEC
10 at.*LSU 9-0 (6-0) SEC
11 *Mississippi State 10-0 (7-0) SEC
12 The Citadel 11-0 (7-0) SEC
13 *Auburn 12-0 (8-0) SEC

Carmelo Anthony dealt to Hawks in three team trade,to be bought out

Sorry for not posting the last couple days because my wordpress was laggy.

Former superstar Forward Carmelo Anthony was dealt to the Atlanta Hawks on Thursday but will be bought out.Atlanta will also recive Shooting Guard Justin Anderson.OKC will receive Atlanta starting point guard Dennis Smith Jr. and Philadelphia 76ers Shooting Guard Timothe Luwawu-Carrbarrot,and a 2022 protected top fourteen pick.Atlanta Hawks Power Forward Mike Muscala.The Houston Rockets are the favorites with the Miami Heat and the LA Lakers are others in the hunt for Melo.

Superstar Forward Kawhi Leonard,star Guard DeMar DeRozan swap teams

Superstar Forward Kawhi Leonard has been traded to the Toronto Raptors for star Guard DeMar DeRozan.Here’s the whole trade package:

Spurs Receive
Guard DeMar DeRozan
Center Jakob Poeltl
Protected 2019 First Pick

Raptors Receive
Forward Kawhi Leonard
Guard Danny Green

Initial Thoughts
The Spurs got lucky and did not get desperate,landing a top twenty player in the NBA in DeMar DeRozan,a developing center in Jakob Poeltl,and a first round pick.Kawhi Leonard is a free agent next summer,and we should see how he reacts to this because he could go elsewhere.Danny Green is a nice shooting guard who is a nice three point shooter.

Who are the Raptors receiving?
A top five player in the league,but he could leave instead of re-signing.Danny Green is a guy who could come off the bench because OG Annunoby is too valuable of a piece.The Raptors are now the second best team in the east officially behind the Celtics.

Who are the Spurs receiving?
DeMar DeRozan has three more years on his contract.DeRozan will have to face LeBron again in the playoffs again if they make it they make it that far.Poeltl is a nice developing piece,who it will be hard for the Raptors to replace.

I think that San Antonio may win this trade long-term but even if Kawhi left for LA next summer they would be in a nice retooling mode without DeMar DeRozan’s three year eight-three million dollar deal.

College Football Predictions:Arkansas Razorbacks 2018-19 Schedule

Note:I’m only going to be doing the schedules that I want to predict because its going to be hard to get every schedule prediction out by the start of the season.Let’s start with my home state hogs!
(DAL)=Game in Dallas,TX
(LR)=Game in Little Rock,Arkansas
*=Conference Game

Week Opponent Proj. record after game
1 Eastern Illinois 1-0 (0-0) SEC
2 at.Colorado State 2-0 (0-0) SEC
3 North Texas 3-0 (0-0) SEC
4 *at.Auburn 3-1 (0-1) SEC
5 *Texas A&M (DAL) 3-2 (0-2) SEC
6 *Alabama 3-3 (0-3) SEC
7 *Ole Miss (LR) 4-3 (1-3) SEC
8 Tulsa 5-3 (1-3) SEC
9 *Vanderbilt 6-3 (2-3) SEC
10 Bye 6-3 (2-3) SEC
11 *LSU 6-4 (2-4) SEC
12 *at.Mississippi State 6-5 (2-5) SEC
13 *at.Missouri 6-6 (2-6) SEC

Inside the NBA’s closest Rookie of the Year going into the season in awhile

Luka Doncic-Guard-Dallas Mavericks-Doncic is probably the best overall prospect in the draft,and I would not be surprised if he puts up fourteen points and eight assists.Doncic is a versatile perimeter player with the ability to play the point guard,shooting guard,and small forward which is good due to the likes of guards Dennis Smith Jr. and Yogi Ferrell,and forward Harrison Barnes.Doncic could definitley win the ROTY if he scores more than fifteen points and more than nine assists and makes a good impact in the Mavs’ record.

DeAndre Ayton-Center-Phoenix Suns-Ayton did everything expected in summer league nothing less.Ayton was dominant in college at Arizona as a guy who could average seventeen points and twelve rebounds per game in the NBA.Ayton should develop a jumper and is a willing defender.Ayton along with Devin Booker,Josh Jackson,and the rest of the crew should get the Suns back to at least mediocrity.DeAndre should be a good piece in his home state and fit in with the rest of the young Suns well.

Marvin Bagley-Power Forward-Sacramento Kings-Bagley is a threat from anywhere on the floor including the three pointer as a versatile big man.Bagley and point guard De’Aaron Fox are likely to be the nice young duo in Sac-town for years to come.Bagley may have a hard time adjusting to playing decent defense in the NBA.If he’s a guy who can put up seventeen,twelve,and a block Bagley could possibly go home with some hardware next June.Bagley could explode and be a rookie star but Bagley will have to work to be the winner come next June.

Collin Sexton-Point Guard-Cleveland Cavaliers
Collin Sexton did very well in the summer league,and should be the next one up in Cleveland due to LeBron’s move to LA.Sexton needs to develop a jumper (the only glaring weakness between these four players) but is a great scorer and should defend pretty well come the regular season.Sexton may be overshadowed by Kevin Love but if he and Love lead the Cavs to sneak in the playoffs,Sexton has a good shot at winning the hardware.Sexton should be a guy who puts up fifteen to eighteen points,five assists,and a couple steals.

Where is the only uncommited player in the 2018 ESPN 100?

Darius Bazley,the number thirteen ranked player in the country by ESPN did not make a commitment but is instead is being the first player to forgo college and play in the NBA’s g-league since 2009.At first Darius’ plan was to go the normal route,but changed his mind.Bazley decommited from Ohio State a year ago and signed with Syracuse but then reconsiderd his options after the McDonald’s All-American game.Bazley will be entering the development league draft.

Stars of the Future (Basketball) 2018:Nassir Little (North Carolina signee) (Is he taking MICHAEL’S number?)

Y’all probably thought I was doing Bol Bol next because he was next in the rankings but today we take a look at the sixth ranked player in the country,small forward/shooting guard Nassir Little.

Story:Roy Williams said that it would take awhile before he would offer the five-star.Just a weekend later after a camp that Nassir starred in,Nassir was offered by North Carolina.One of the main reasons Little wants to go to UNC is because he and Roy Williams are winners.Nassir made a commitment to UNC and moved up from number ten in the rankings all the way up to number six.

Scouting Report:Little is exceptionally long with a seven-foot one wing span and is a good sized wing at six-seven.Little is a great athlete with a developing jumper,something so precious in the modern NBA.His defense is very good and should translate over to the next level nicely.He is very tough physically.He needs to work on being mentally tough along with his twenty-six percent three pointer and sixty-nine percent from the free throw line.Overall,Nassir Little is a great athlete and should be a top five pick in the NBA Draft by the summer of 2019 or 2020.

Can the Denver Nuggets turn Isaiah Thomas’ career around?

Hello guys,and welcome to another unofficial series on the blog.If I continue to do this on a daily basis this will become the NBA previews series but today I want to take a look at the Denver Nuggets headed into the 2018-19 NBA season and if they can turn Isaiah Thomas’ career around.

With Paul Millsap being the best defender on this team but aging,Gary Harris at the shooting guard and Nikola Jokic at center are the second and third best defenders on the team but are still below average in that area.Jamal Murray,Will Barton,Isaiah Thomas,and the rest of the Mile High crew are way below average defenders.This team may be the best offensive team in the whole NBA but the worst defensive team.Isaiah Thomas probably won’t start but at least Denver has a good backup point guard.They are likely to start Jamal Murray at the point guard,Gary Harris at shooting guard,Will Barton at the small forward,Paul Millsap at power forward,and Nikola Jokic at center.Ovbiously,at this point Jokic is best player on this team and his advanced stats are just absolutley crazy.Jokic is a triple double threat every game but that is not all-star caliber play in the loaded western conference.Paul Millsap is still a good scorer and a good defender as I mentioned previously but is getting up there in age.It should be obvious that Isaiah Thomas should get at least twenty-five minutes per game and then play more if he’s playing well.Isaiah is a guy who should average around fifteen points and seven assists and get at least ten million dollars a year in the summer of 2019.Jamal Murray,Gary Harris,and Will Barton are guys who should be constistent on the outside for Denver.If Denver can lift Isaiah’s career back up to where it was in 2016-17,there’s no reason why the King of the 4th Quarter will be back.

From homeless to NBA Star:The Jimmy Butler Story

Early Life
“I don’t like the look of you.” “You better go.”, was the last thing Jimmy Butler rememebered his mom saying to him.Jimmy Butler at the age of thirteen was kicked out of the house with no family to take him in,no money,and no food,He had nothing.Jimmy did everything he could to stay alive,and would stay at friends house for weeks,and then he’d move on.It was devastating,very devastating,until Jimmy found basketball to save his life.

Basketball Gives Jimmy a New Opportunity
When Jimmy’s Senior season arrived,Jimmy’s recruitment started to pick up.No big time schools,but none of the top schools were after him.As it turned out,he met a Freshman,named Jordan Leslie,from the same city he was from,Tomball,Texas.After a Summer League game Jimmy challenged him to a three point contest.After that,the two became great friends as Jimmy became a regular at the Leslie household.Michelle Lambert,Leslie’s mom, who was unsure of the situation because she already had four kids,and money was tight.Jimmy was considered trouble,but that was only because he didn’t have money,or food,or any place to stay.The family agreed to let him stay,but it was only for one and two nights at time,and each kid got excited when it was Jimmy’s night to stay with them.The family,eventually, agreed to keep him full time.

A New Family
The family began to accept Jimmy as one of their own.He was expierencing what I real high school teenager should go through.Jimmy’s new mom,though,expected Jimmy to be a role model saying:I told him my kids look up to him.He had to stay out of trouble. Work hard in school. Set an example.And you know what?Jimmy did it.Anything I asked him to do he did it without asking questions.” Jimmy went on to have an amazing Senior season averaging 19.9 points per game,and 8.7 rebounds per game.Here’s what Jimmy had to say about his new family,and his mom in particular:“They accepted me into their family, and it wasn’t because of basketball. She was just very loving. She just did stuff like that. I couldn’t believe it.”

Jimmy’s feel good story was falling short
Despite his amazing Senior season,he didn’t gain any interest from Division One schools other than Mississippi State.He wasn’t on any scouts radar’s mainly because he didn’t play AAU ball.This didn’t get to him,as he enrolled at Tyler Junior College just down the road.He scored 34 points in his first conference game,and scored thirty and forty points some games during the season.

His fantastic season earned him honorable mention JUCO All-American and coaches all around the country began to take notice. The fantastic play gained offers from Kentucky, Clemson, Mississippi State, and Iowa State.

Jimmy now had a mom to go to for guidance and help him with this tough decision. Michelle played a key role in his decision to attend Marquette.

Here’s what Jimmy’s mom had to say about Marquette:“He had a lot of offer, but I was impressed by Marquette for academic reasons. That’s a great academic school. I told him he should go there because basketball may not work out long-term.He needed a good education and a degree to fall back on.”

With his mother’s guidance and help, Butler decided to opt for Marquette, but things got off to a rough start. Butler was accustomed to being the main guy, and a leader, but this was not the case at Marquette.

During his sophomore season, he was relegated to a role in which he found himself coming off the bench. This didn’t sit well with him. Often times, Jimmy wanted to leave and go home. Buzz Williams had this to say on Jimmy.

“I’ve never been harder on a player than I’ve been on Jimmy. I was ruthless on him because he didn’t know how good he could be. He’d been told his whole life he wasn’t good enough. What I was seeing was a guy who could impact our team in so many ways.

Jimmy averaged just 5.6 points in only 19.6 minutes of play that season for Marquette. He did not let that break him down as he continued to thrive and never give up, because that’s what he was accustomed to doing.

By the time Jimmy’s senior season came he was a solid contributor to the Golden Eagles averaging 15.7 points. He could rebound, handle the rock, pass, and play defense. His game resembled his personality off the court.

The 2011 NBA Draft came and Jimmy Butler was made the 30th pick overall by the Chicago Bulls. His hard work had finally paid off. He’s now considered a fantastic player in the NBA and there are no signs of him slowing down.

Butler went from homeless to NBA star in a matter of years. When asked about his childhood during the NBA Draft process he had this to say:

“Please, I know you’re going to write something. I’m just Asking you, don’t write it in a way that makes people feel sorry for me. I hate that. There’s nothing to feel sorry about it. I love what happened to me. It made me who I am. I’m grateful for the challenges I’ve faced. Please, don’t make them feel sorry for me.”

“It’s taught me that anything is possible, my whole life, people have doubted me. My Mom did. people told me in high school I’m too short and not fast enough to play basketball.They didn’t know my story. Because if they did, they’d know that anything is possible. Who would’ve thought that a small-town kid would become a halfway decent player in college and now has a chance to be drafted in the NBA? That’s my chip. That’s what motivates me. I know I Can overcome anything if I just take everything one day at a time.”

Jimmy Butler’s story is amazing.He’s now a 6’7 superstar in the NBA.He was traded from the Bulls,the team that drafted him,to the Minnesota Timberwolves.Jimmy starts a new chapter in his life.If he takes it a day at a time I know he can do it.Check out the article where I got my information at http://sportsmockery.com/2014/11/fromhomelesstonbastar/

What if there was an eight team Playoff in the 2017-18 season? (These were my opinions on December 24,2017)

What if there was an eight team Playoff in the 2017-18 season?

Rules
Who gets in?
Power Five Conference Champions
Best Group of Five Conference Champion
Two At-Larges
Schedule
Christmas Day,Night
New Year’s Eve
Monday after New Year’s Day

Match Ups
1.Clemson (ACC Champion)
8.Alabama (SEC At-Large)

4.Ohio State (Big 10 Champion)
5.USC (Pac-12 Champion)

3.Georgia (SEC Champion)
6.UCF (American Athletic Champion)

2.Oklahoma (Big 12 Champion)
7.Auburn (SEC At-Large)

First Round (Christmas Day)

8.Alabama 11-1 vs. 1.Clemson 12-1
In Alabama,Clemson number three,we see Clemson dominate Alabama’s offensive line.Its not Alabama’s year this year,is what we find out on Christmas Day.Score:Clemson,42,Alabama,28

4.Ohio State 11-2 vs. 5.USC 11-2
This game is the original Cotton Bowl that will happen on New Year’s day but is now a Playoff Game.With Sam Darnold and JT Barrett go back and forth, but in the end its Ohio State’s defense who wins them the game.Score:Ohio State,28,USC,24

3.Georgia 12-1 vs. 6.UCF 12-0
The best Group of Five team in the country,Central Florida,hasn’t seen one of the best defenses in the country.Georgia makes a late stand to hold off UCF.Score:Georgia,17,UCF,10

2.Oklahoma 12-1 vs. 7.Auburn 10-3
With star Running Back Kerryon Johnson back to full health for Auburn,they run all over Oklahoma.But the Heisman winner,Oklahoma QB Baker Mayfield throws for over three hundred yards and five touchdowns,leading Oklahoma to a win.Score:Oklahoma,49,Auburn,38

Second Round (New Years Eve)

1.Clemson 13-1 vs. 4.Ohio State 12-2
In a battle of two of the top QBs and defenses in the country,Ohio State uses a last second field goal to stun Clemson.Score:Ohio State,31,Clemson,28

2.Oklahoma 13-1 vs. 3.Georgia 13-1
The original semifinal match up goes down to the wire.Freshman Georgia QB Jake Fromm and Oklahoma Heisman QB Baker Mayfield battle it out.With his team down, Heisman winner Baker Mayfield wins it for Oklahoma with two fourth quarter touchdowns in the last four minutes.Score:Oklahoma,49,Georgia,42

National Championship (January 8,2018)

2.Oklahoma 14-1 vs. 4.Ohio State 13-2
In a battle between two of the top Quarterbacks in the nation (Baker Mayfield,JT Barrett),yet again Heisman winner Baker Mayfield and his receivers lead Oklahoma to a victory.This is Oklahoma’s first ever College Football Playoff National Championship.Score:Oklahoma,45,Ohio State,28