Kristen Ledlow’s Personality And Knowledge Grows With Turner Sports

Kristen Ledlow’s Personality And Knowledge Grows With Turner Sports

“But now, because of this digital age, everyone has a voice. I think a lot of people have misused that voice because they don’t think that they’re being heard or seen. I want to let people know that they’re being heard, they’re being seen, and one of the reasons why I interact with as many people as I do is because I know that my voice is one that is being heard. I want to be able to speak up for those who can’t.”

The All “Shouldn’t Be At Summer League” Team

The All “Shouldn’t Be At Summer League” Team

It’s actually quite remarkable that we’ve reached a point in the NBA Summer League where teams and more importantly players, are deciding to really compete in the Summer League. It’s actually becoming an event that players are looking forward to and you can see why. Of course, the point of Summer League is for players to develop and grow while being showcased to all 30 NBA teams. And while this is still true, there is another ulterior motive that’s formed, the player that’s “too good” for Summer League competition. That’s why I decided to create the “Too Good For Summer League” or “I Shouldn’t Be At Summer League” team. Either way you go, it means the same thing. Here’s are starting-five for the Summer League “All-Star team”. D’Angelo Russell – Point Guard The Los Angeles Lakers guard played well in summer league last season and he’s back at it again. The flashy and crafty guard has given team’s fits so far in Vegas averaging 21 points, 7 rebounds, and 5.5 assists per game. He also claims to have “ice in his veins” after hitting a spectacular buzzer-beater against Philadelphia. Bottom line, he shouldn’t be at Summer League to play, but only to help push his teammates and practice. Devin Booker – Shooting Guard  This kid is the real deal. His ability to space the floor, hit shots from all over the court, and create scoring opportunities for his teammates is reminiscent of a perennial all-star guard. With 26 points, 5 rebounds, and 6.5 assists per game, he’s proving that he doesn’t need to be in Vegas for this. Last season I...
Temper Expectations For Golden State

Temper Expectations For Golden State

  On the 4th of July, Kevin Durant announced he’d leave Oklahoma City to sign with the Golden State Warriors, creating what everyone thought would be the best super-team we’ve ever seen. With a combination of Klay Thompson, Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant, and Draymond Green, it looks great on paper, but paper is not always the truth as we’ve seen all too much. And while I’m still of the belief that Durant’s signing means only better for the Golden State Warriors, there is some room for doubt. Lack Of Depth The Warriors and their significant depth helped them accomplish 73-wins, the historic championship run, and more, without it? We may see a different team, with a very different approach. A team that isn’t as versatile or built to beat every player on the floor. Sure, it’s more top heavy, but the fact that the Warriors could beat anyone’s rotation on any given day is certainly something to be looked at. Golden State have already gotten rid of Andrew Bogut and Harrison Barnes, but they’ll likely have to offload a couple more pieces if they want to fill the rest of their roster spots. Unless they can get five or six league minimum contracts signed up, they’ll have to be unique and shifty in their approach to “round out” this roster. Andrew Bogut was an unsung hero on this team, becoming a great rim-protector and sound offensive pick-and-roll pairing. Without him, Golden State will need to shore up their ability to protect the rim and provide mobile, versatile offensive possessions to include other big-men. That’s a big “if”, because moving...
Hoopscritic Free Agency Round table

Hoopscritic Free Agency Round table

  Where will Kevin Durant take his talents this offseason? Where should Kevin Durant take his talents this offseason? Brian Geltzeiler Durant will stay right where he is in OKC.  The financial benefits are too great and OKC represents his best chance to win a title next season.  He’ll sign a 2 year deal with a one year opt out so he can be a free agent with 10 years of service time and get a max contract in the summer of 17 at 35% of a much higher cap…. Oliver Maroney I think he just wants to go through the process. Players like to be wanted and I don’t think Durant is much different from other players in that regard. I think he knows where he wants to be, but wants to be “sure” of it. Similar to car shopping, you go in knowing what you’d like but want to test drive the options, just to know that you’re not “‘missing out”. 1B. I think it would be wise of Durant to stay for a one year deal, with another year as a player option. Not only will this allow him the freedom, but will ensure he doesn’t get stuck if Westbrook were to leave. Kevin Durant will become this generations’ Kobe Bryant if he were to stay with one team his entire career. Will he? I don’t know. But he’s got a top-five player to play alongside, a coach that was in his first NBA season, and a city that he completely immersed himself in. Based on the options and what’s available, I don’t see much of...
The Backcourt Nobody Is Talking About

The Backcourt Nobody Is Talking About

With media attention focused on the record setting Warriors in their chase of 72 wins, other NBA stories have continued to fight for publicity. Furthermore, when the Warriors segment ends, the Spurs, Cavaliers and Clippers have spurred plenty of headlines to fill a show. Consequently, in the Eastern Conference, the vast majority of teams are flying heavily under the radar, even the team located furthest North. Toronto has quietly ripped off 11 straight wins to finds themselves comfortably in the two seed just 2 games behind first place Cleveland. Fueled by the similarly underrated, but dynamic, backcourt of All-Stars, Kyle Lowry and Demar DeRozan, Toronto should be in both the conversation to contend for the Eastern conference and title of “best back court in the NBA”. I’m not ready to declare Toronto’s back court better than Golden State’s by any means, but DeRozan and Lowry average 23.2 and 21 points per game respectively, both boasting PER rankings over 21. Along with the Splash Bro’s of Curry and Thompson, they are one of two backcourts in the NBA to be represented in the All-Star game together. Surprisingly, if you compare the two duos, while it may seem obvious that Steph would win the point guard battle, DeRozan actually has a leg up on Klay in the stat sheet. He is over a full assist and rebound better than Klay while averaging two more points per game accumulating to a PER that is three points better. Still, Steph’s statistics are so amazing that he can carry Klay’s averages to comfortably surpass Lowry and DeRozan. Last year the new “back court of the future”...
Hoopscritic’s Staff Mid Season Awards

Hoopscritic’s Staff Mid Season Awards

by Oliver Maroney & Jacob Noble It’s just past the mid-way point in the NBA season and it feels like it just started! Here at HoopsCritic we had all of our contributors and writers vote on their mid-season awards favorites. From the MVP, to the Rookie of the Year, we all voted for respective players and while some were a landslide (MVP?), others were certainly closer. MVP – Stephen Curry Every one of us put Stephen Curry as our MVP. He’s been superb thus far in the season, producing a balance of offense and defense that’s hard for anyone to stop. Even with defenses focusing on how to stop him, he’s virtually continued to pick-apart defenses and make things that seem impossible, possible. Aside from what he does individually, he’s especially great at making all of his team better. His passing, ability to draw two or three defenders, and find the opening, is also key to his and the Warriors success. Rookie Of The Year – Karl-Anthony Towns This was close as Kristaps Porzingis came in second by a hair. I can see the reason for Kristaps, as he was slighted before the season and plays in the big apple, but Towns has been incredible with Minnesota. I think most people knew he’d be good on defense, but his offensive game has been more superior than most thought. His back to the basket moves, mobility, and aggressiveness have been extremely impressive. Almost averaging a double-double, Towns has a 21.13 player efficiency rating, while getting almost 2 blocks per game. While Porzingis isn’t far behind, I think he’d need to...