GameTime Logic



August 2017

Brooklyn Nets

Hey there, it is me again, GameTime Logic. Today, I am posting my predictions about the 2017-2018 Brooklyn Nets NBA season. Honestly, they are probably, if not definitely, the worst team in the league RIGHT NOW! Well, after reading this let’s see if they are going to get better for the sake of everyone that is a Nets fan.

So a few weeks ago a Youtuber called BLACK9NE posted a video about the “Best Duos From All 30 NBA Teams” which I recommend seeing. Back in the day, we remember that the Brooklyn Nets were originally the New Jersey Nets and their best duo between both organizations was Jason Kidd and the Human Highlight himself, Vince Carter. Also, I want to shout out Newark, NJ and Perth Amboy, NJ. I appreciate both places.

First off, let’s start way back. In 2013, Brooklyn traded Gerald Wallace, Kris Humphries, MarShon Brooks, Kris Joseph, Keith Bogans and three first round draft picks (2014, 2016 and 2018), as well as the right to swap first round, picks in 2017 to the Boston Celtics for Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, Jason Terry and D.J. White. Honestly, it seemed like a decent trade, but Garnett, Pierce, and Terry were all near the end of their careers. Looking at the picks that Boston acquired, they would of all benefited the Nets in multiple ways. This is what the Nets would have had if they kept all the picks: 2014 – Marcus Smart, 2016 – Jaylen Brown, 2017 – Markelle Fultz (Boston originally had the 1st pick before trading it to Philly), and 2018 we will have to wait and see. That is a lot of talent for a young team and the players I mention from those picks are all capable of being starters in the future. If they were kept in Brooklyn, Brooklyn would definitely be a playoff team but now Boston has taken the young talent and already has a great team to be a Finals contender.

Last year, the Brooklyn Nets ended as the worst team in the league with a 20-62 record. With the hype of Lonzo Ball becoming a Laker, the new President of Basketball Operations Magic Johnson made his move to free up some cap space not just for the next season but also for seasons to come. He traded D’Angelo Russell who’s contract was $5.56M a year and Timofey Mozgov who’s contract was $15.28M a year for Brook Lopez who’s contract was $22.24M a year. It seems a bit even but I honestly think that both teams won that trade. Lakers now have a true Center who is defensive and can spread the floor with his mid-range shooting, but he is not known for rebounding the ball aggressively. For the Nets, they finally have a good Point Guard since Deron Williams and have a big body down low with Timofey protecting the paint. But will it be enough to have at least a better record for next season?

With the new moves made by the Nets, I believe that D’Angelo and Timofey will bring a defensive presence which we’ve all heard that “Defense wins championships.” D’Angelo averaged 15.6 PPG, 3.5RPG, 5.8 APG, and 1.4 SPG but a downside stat is that he averages 2.8 TOs which can hurt the team offensively. Mozgov averaged 7.4 PPG, 4.9 RPG, 0.8 APG, 0.6 BPG, and 0.3 SPG but what I don’t get is how can he then average 1.3 TOs if he barely gets an assist. I think once they get more minutes to play then they will have better stats to show.

Other trades the Nets did this offseason were trading Andrew Nicholson to Portland for Allen Crabbe and trading Justin Hamilton to Toronto for DeMarre Carroll. Both Crabbe and Carroll have big contracts that are taking up Brooklyn’s cap space. Crabbe will be making $19.33M a year and Carroll will be making $14.8M a year which is a lot of money for low tier players. Pretty much the Nets just added more shooters to their arsenal so they can spread the floor or just kick it out to the open man for a big bucket. Also, they bring potential to the team and a hint of experience for the already young Nets. Both Crabbe and Carroll came off the bench for their previous teams but put up decent stats. Crabbe averaged 10.7 PPG, 2.9 RPG, 1.2 APG, and 0.7 SPG. Carroll averaged 8.9 PPG, 3.8 RPG, 1 APG, and 1.1 SPG. I think the Nets adding all the people they have gives them hope for the future.

In the 2017 NBA Draft, the Brooklyn Nets took Jarrett Allen from the University of Texas at #22. In college, he was a RIM PROTECTOR averaging 1.5 BPG and he was long enough to grab boards averaging 8.4 RPG. He gives the Nets height and versatility, standing at 6’11 he can play both the 4 and 5. He is the Nets second tallest player after Timofey Mozgov who stands at 7’1. Last year the Nets were very short on height if you know what I mean and even though Brook Lopez was 7 feet tall he only averaged 5.4 RPG. Trevor Booker who is 6’8 grabbed the majority of the rebounds averaging 8 per game. Allen can be a defensive presence the Nets have not had since Kenyon Martin and can supply the team with a double digit game with 12 PPG and 10 RPG, my prediction of course. Allen is young talent on a young team that has no true veterans or who don’t have the experience to lead a team to victory. Honestly, Allen has to teach himself on what it takes to be a successful Big Man in the league because Mozgov is definitely not the person you want your talent to be like.

My prediction for the Nets starting 5 is:
PG: D’Angelo Russell
SG: Allen Crabbe
SF: DeMarre Carroll
PF: Rondae Hollis-Jefferson
C: Timofey Mozgov

Their bench is pretty weak. They have no one they can really depend on to be a factor except maybe Jeremy Lin and Jarrett Allen. It probably might be a long season for the team and the fans. If the Nets do not make smarter moves in the future, there is no hope for Brooklyn to be a force to be reckoned with. The new front office, with Sean Marks as General Manager and Kenny Atkinson as Head Coach, have a lot of work to do to make this young team a contender for the future.

Question #1: Where did D’Angelo go to high school and where did he go to college?

Question #2: Where is Mozgov from?

Question #3: When was the last time the Nets made the Playoffs?

Well, that’s all, for now. Next time, I will have a new team to discuss and I would love to hear your opinions. Also, questions are recommended if you want to know something about Basketball from all levels and there are no stupid questions. Have a good week guys and talk to you later. Peace!!!

I give all credit to ESPN!!!


Boston Celtics

Hey there, it is me again, GameTime Logic. I’m back with another posting of this series about my own personal predictions for the 2017-2018 Boston Celtics NBA season. Yes, that is right the Boston Celtics and they have made big moves this offseason.

The Celtics have really shown themselves to be a contender for not just the Eastern Conference Finals but also the Championship Finals. But do they have what it takes to beat King James and the Cavaliers? Last year, they had a few ups and downs in the Post Season with going to Game 7 in both the 1st Round and the Semifinals. Also, with IT4’s (Isaiah Thomas) sister passing in a car accident really messed with him mentally but he persevered and did well in the playoffs. With that said, I want you guys to think about this question while you read: Are the Celtics able to beat the Cavaliers in a best out of 7 series after their offseason acquisitions?

To start off, the Celtics pushed for several people to acquire during the offseason, such as, Blake Griffin who re-signed with the Clippers since Chris Paul was recently traded to the Rockets to play with James Harden. They pushed for other people but, at the end of free agency, they were able to get Gordan Hayward to come to Boston. Hayward played for the Utah Jazz and had a career high season with them but I believe he did not see them as a contender for the Western Conference Finals so that is why he left. Also since we all know there are better teams like Golden State Warriors, San Antonio Spurs, maybe the Houston Rockets, and maybe Oklahoma City, probably made it much of an easier decision to leave. Now, much younger teams have been gaining amazing talent where they can be a threat in either conference. Hayward was a beast in Utah, averaging 21.9 PPG, 5.4 RPG, 3.5 APG, and 1 SPG. He has shown that he can be the go to guy for scoring big points.

Now that Gordan Hayward is on the team, the Celtics had to make some sacrifices to clear some cap space for him to fit right in. They got rid of one of their core players, Avery Bradley, who was there longer than everyone on the team but maybe the front office executives. He played with The Truth (Paul Pierce), Jesus Shuttlesworth (Ray Allen), The Big Ticket (Kevin Garnett) and Mr. Flashy Passer himself (Rajon Rondo). That team right there was one of the only teams to be able to stop LeBron James in his tracks to the NBA Finals but since he is King James he always came out victorious. Bradley was traded to the Detriot Pistons for Marcus Morris which both teams won in a way. Boston freed up money for Hayward and the Pistons now have a lock down defender in their starting lineup. I honestly wish Bradley the best because he was a great player for the Celtics Organization but I guess we see that players are not the only disloyal ones. The Celtics Organization has shown that the NBA is truly a business and that there is no loyalty to anyone on the roster. Bradley did some damage this year as a Celtic. He averaged 16.3 PPG, 6.1 RPG, 2.2 APG, and 1.2 SPG. If you look at the stats, it seems that Hayward takes care of the scoring portion. But what about the defensive portion like rebounding and having active hands like Bradley? I think that might hurt the Celtics in a way. Who is going to guard shifty and explosive point guards in the Eastern Conference like Kyrie Irving, John Wall, Derrick Rose, Kemba Walker, D’Angelo Russell, and Markelle Fultz? Also, are the Celtics really going to make Gordan Hayward who is 6’8 225 pounds guard LeBron James who is 6’8 250 pounds? Something to think about.

Some other moves that they made were drafting Jayson Tatum and Semi Ojeleye just to name a couple. Jayson Tatum from St. Louis, MO was the #3 recruit in the 2016 class ranks. He went to Durham, NC to play for Coach K at Duke University who not only has a great athletic environment but also a great academic environment. He did his thing at Duke and what I got from watching him was that he can create his own shot with shooting off the dribble and has some range to his game. He can drive to the basket well because of his length and he can guard the 1 – 3, also because of his length. What I think he needs to work on is building muscle of course and more dribble moves to break down his defender. I would love for him to also work on his isolation technique meaning more of his post and fade away game to be a more versatile scorer. He was drafted #3 overall in the 2017 NBA Draft by the Boston Celtics and if you watched the Summer League you would have seen the previous #3 overall pick, Jaylen Brown, who was also drafted by the Boston Celtics. They bounce off of each other’s strengths and made a great combination, which probably gave Celtics fans hope for the future.

A fun fact about Semi Ojeleye, who is from Overland Park, KS is that during his freshman and sophomore years of college, he played limited minutes for Coach K at Duke. Last year, he was a senior at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX. That is where he transferred after his sophomore year at Duke. If you watched him at SMU, he was a really aggressive player and hustler. He would grab boards like no other. He averaged 19 PPG and 7 RPG at SMU and became the American Athletic Conference Player of the Year. He honestly reminded me of a Charles Barkley or Dennis Rodman, not with playing dirty but with grabbing everything that was available and putting his body up for the game. I think he will be a valuable piece to the Celtics in the near future because rebounding is not the Celtic’s specialty. If he can really be consistent with having a mid range jump shot then he will start for sure. As we all know, this game is not about having your back to the basket anymore like years ago with players like Shaq, Mourning, Russell, Mutombo, Kareem, Robinson, Duncan, Ewing, and much more. The game nowadays is “how can we spread the floor as a team to be able to be a more effective scoring team.”

My projected starting 5 for the Boston Celtics is:
PG: Isaiah Thomas
SG: Gordan Hayward
SF: Jae Crowder
PF: Marcus Morris
C: Al Horford

What I love about their bench is that they have depth with Marcus Smart, Terry Rozier, Jaylen Brown, Jayson Tatum, and Semi Ojeleye who I think will soon have a starting job on the Celtics because Jae Crowder and Marcus Morris will not be starting for long. They are only starting because they have “veteran experience” over the young guys on the bench. I can see the Celtics going to the playoffs again but still not going over the hump of King James and even if they do they still do not have the fire power to beat a Western Conference power house.

Now with the questions, I ask you.

Question #1: What do Gordon Hayward and the coach of Celtics Brad Stevens have in common?

Question #2: What year did Boston win the NBA Championship?

Well, that’s all, for now. Next time I will have a new team to discuss with you and I would love to hear your opinions. Also, questions are recommended if you want to know something about Basketball from all levels and there are no stupid questions. Have a good week guys and talk to you later. Peace!!!

I give all credit to ESPN!!!

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