Hoopscritic Staff: All NBA Team Selections

Hoopscritic Staff: All NBA Team Selections

The NBA season has come to a close but the playoffs are just starting. As you have been seeing the awards come out from the league office every day or so, we have decided to sneak in our All NBA Team selections. You can catch are season awards post here and here. For the All NBA teams, we had to develop a point system based on our selections to determine who would make the first annual Hoopscritic All NBA teams. We gave 3 points for an All NBA First team selection, 2 points for an All NBA Second team selection and 1 point for an All NBA First team selection. We tallied the points and the top five point totals made up of team one. Luckily, we didn’t have any positional issues to sort out except for the All NBA third team. This team had 3 other guys tie in point totals but the tie breaker went to the most 1st or 2nd place votes. Without any more blabbering for me, here are the Hoopscritic All NBA Teams: All NBA First Team Stephen Curry (G) – Golden State Warriors James Harden (G) – Houston Rockets Lebron James (F) – Cleveland Cavaliers Anthony Davis (F) – New Orleans Pelicans Marc Gasol (C) – Memphis Grizzlies All NBA Second Team Russell Westbrook (G) – Oklahoma City Thunder Chris Paul (G) – Los Angeles Clippers Blake Griffin (F) – Los Angeles Clippers LaMarcus Aldridge (F) – Portland Trail Blazers DeMarcus Cousins (C) – Sacramento Kings All NBA Third Team John Wall (G) – Washington Wizards Kyrie Irving (G) – Cleveland Cavaliers Paul Millsap (F) – Atlanta...
Q & A Of The Day: Mavs Moneyball’s Kirk Henderson

Q & A Of The Day: Mavs Moneyball’s Kirk Henderson

The time is now. With all 82 games wrapped up, the matchups are set for the 16 teams left standing to begin their march towards the 2015 Larry O’Brien trophy. Teams like the 67-15 Warriors and the surging Cavs are widely thought of as solid contenders, while squads like the young Celtics and scrappy Pelicans are likely warm-ups for 1 seeds in both conferences. Then there’s the Dallas Mavericks.  From champs in 2011 to missing the playoffs in 2013 to 50 wins this season, it’s been a wild ride for Dirk Nowitzki & crew. This season itself has had twist and turns like a bucking bronco. With a Texas sized 1st round matchup with the hated Houston Rockets, what to make of the enigmatic Mavs? I turned to MavsOutsider.com and MavsMoneyball.com editor Kirk Henderson. Kirk cut his blogging teeth at TheTwoManGame.com over 3 years ago under the great Rob Mahoney. “I’m pretty sure he picked me to help just because I was the only person who was leaving comments with regularity”, Kirk admits. Henderson moved to Dallas in the late 90’s and wrapped himself in Maverick fan glory in 2001 when, in his words,  “Calvin Booth hit a batshit turnaround jumper to seal a win over the Jazz as the Mavs stormed back from an 0-2 round one deficit”. Kirk is seriously one of my favorite Twitter personalities, so it’s only write I give him the stage to answer all things Mavs.   Me: Thanks for taking the time out of gearing up for the playoffs to answer a few questions, Kirk. Let’s get right into it. So, let’s do a little...
Playoff Roundtable: Picking The First Round

Playoff Roundtable: Picking The First Round

The 2015 Playoffs are finally here. Brian released his playoff predictions yesterday (yes the entire playoffs). The rest of the staff isn’t that bold so we will be taking these games, one round at a time. Here is the roundtable for the first round of the playoffs. EASTERN CONFERENCE (1) Atlanta Hawks vs (8) Brooklyn Nets Justin Salkin It is nice to start the playoffs with a comfortable matchup, and that is what Atlanta gets here. Atlanta tortures opposing defenses off the dribble drive, and Brooklyn, a bottom 7 defense, is one of the league’s slowest teams and struggle with containing penetration. Who chases Kyle Korver around screens on this roster? Brooklyn is at its best when Deron Williams goes off (a rare event), or Joe Johnson or Brook Lopez have a very favorable matchup – DeMarre Carroll and Al Horford do not present that. Brooklyn gets some credit for rallying from 21-31 and 3.5 games out to salvage a playoff berth, but little else. Prediction: Atlanta in 4. Snottie Drippen Finally, we get to see Atlanta begin their trek to prove a contender or a pretender. I’ll crow a bit and proudly say that last September I called ATL as a top 3 team in the East. Coach Budenholzer’s squad is a bit dinged up; losing Thabo Sefalosha to that broken leg will haunt them if they meet Cleveland, and keep an eye on Paul Millsap’s shoulder issues moving on. In THIS series? Brooklyn finished strong (13-6 to end the season), but there’s a reason that they’re 38-44. Deron “Who’s better, D-Will or CP3?” WIlliams is a parody...