Hayward and Irving Are In The Celtics Projected Roster – NBA.com

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How does Donovan Mitchell compare to past high scoring NBA rookies? – SLC Dunk

Donovan Mitchell had a rookie year for the ages. While sophomore Ben Simmons eventually came away with the hardware, Donovan Mitchell’s rookie year was impressive for a multitude of reasons as laid out by our own Andy Bailey last week. Unlike Ben Simmons, Donovan Mitchell is about to embark on his true second year in the NBA. He is taking advantage of a true NBA offseason complete with rest, healthy eating, and fully implemented development courtesy of Utah’s Cheat Code, Johnnie Bryant.

While it’s impossible to look into a crystal ball to know what Donovan Mitchell will become in the years to come, it is possible to look at what past high scoring rookies have done in their sophomore seasons as an encore. Nylon Calculus used their analytic knowhow to try to find the most similar players using the nearest neighbors algorithm. That algorithm pulled both big men and ball handlers. While that’s not the most apples to apples comparison, they came to this conclusion:

For the most part, we can expect more of the same from Mitchell next season. Projected points per 36 minutes are over 23 and the model expects an increase of VORP to 3.02 and BPM of 2.1. We can expect Mitchell to shoot even more 3s with an increase in 3PAr and also a higher AST% at nearly 22 percent. Some drawbacks could be a lower 3PT%, lower FTr and slightly higher TOV per 36.

For my projections, I decided to use something a bit more rudimentary. Having been a Jazz fan for most of my life, I think I’m an expert in extreme paranoia in my own team. I want see how often a high scoring season was a fluke. Are the haters right that Donovan Mitchell just was a high scorer

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NBA grants 'one-time exception' for Clarkson to play for PH at Asian Games – Yahoo Sports

In a surprising reversal of their earlier decision, the National Basketball Association (NBA) officially announced today that they are allowing Cleveland Cavalier guard Jordan Clarkson to play for the Philippine team at this week’s Asian Games in Jakarta.

A statement released by the NBA said that it was granting a “special exception” for Clarkson as well as the Houston Rockets’ center Zhou Qi and Dallas Mavericks’ forward Ding Yanyuhang to participate in the Asian Games, which is happening this week.

Here we go : NBA clears Clarkson and 2 Chinese for Asian Games 2018 in Jakarta pic.twitter.com/8GJpZnunZY

— DYAN CASTILLEJO (@DYANCASTILLEJO) August 15, 2018

It said that in their agreement with the FIBA (basketball’s governing body or Fédération internationale de basket-ball), NBA players are allowed to participate only at the Olympics, FIBA Basketball World Cup, Continental Cup competitions, and associated qualifying tournaments.

“However, due to a lack of clear communication of that agreement between the NBA and the Chinese and the Philippines [b]asketball [f]ederations, and after further discussions with both [f]ederations, the NBA has agreed to provide this one-time exception,” said the statement.   

Today, Clarkson confirmed the reports himself with a Facebook post, which says: “PUSO! My heart is full of gratitude for everyone who helped make this happen. See you all very soon!”

Puso (heart) is the national basketball team’s war cry.

Yesterday, Richard Gomez, the chef de mission to the Asian Games, confirmed that the NBA has allowed Clarkson to play. He told ABS-CBN News that the Asian Games’ organizer, the Indonesia Asian Games Organizing Committee, has approved the Philippines’ request to re-include Clarkson in the Philippine team.

Sports journalist Quinito Henson also shared on Twitter that Clarkson will be the country’s flagbearer during the opening rites of the Games. However, Henson also said that Clarkson will

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Every NBA team's entire offseason, explained with a single emoji – SB Nation

NBA Summer Grades are here, and this year, we did things a little differently. Thirty teams ventured into the offseason with their sights set on improving immediately or incrementally through the draft, free agency, or trade. Not every team accomplished that goal.

So we broke these teams up into three groups according to how they saw themselves entering the offseason: as contenders, as teams that needed a bump, or as teams building toward the future. Then we judged each of their summers — with emojis.

So the emoji for, say, the Oklahoma City Thunder might be similar to the emoji for, say, the Phoenix Suns, even though they’re in two opposite NBA stratospheres.

Either way, consider this your comprehensive guide to this NBA off-season. Have fun with it and let us know what emoji you’d give for your favorite team’s offseason.

Atlanta Hawks IN: Trae Young (No. 5) Kevin Huerter (No. 19) Omari Spellman (No. 30) Jeremy Lin (trade, Nets) Alex Len (2 yrs/$8.5M) Justin Anderson (trade, 76ers) Carmelo Anthony for like a day 2019 1st-round pick via Dallas (top-5 protected). Head coach Lloyd Pierce. KEPT A long rebuilding process. OUT Head coach Mike Budenholzer (Bucks) Dennis Schroder (trade) Mike Muscala (trade) Carmelo Anthony’s Contract Luka Doncic Mania

Hawks fans are gonna have to be patient, because this team isn’t going to be competing for anything worthwhile until Bitcoin’s worth $100,000. Atlanta wants to be the next Golden State, and it’s banking on Trae Young as its Steph Curry. Ultimately, the Hawks’ summer rests on Young’s development. The Hawks traded Luka Doncic for him. They need to mold him into a star.

IN Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (No. 11) Jerome Robinson (No. 13) Marcin Gortat (trade, Wizards) Luc Mbah a Moute (1 yr/$4.2M) Mike Scott (1 yr/$4.2M) Healthy

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Summer Forecast: East standings, West standings for 2018-19 – ESPN

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On Monday, we examined the likeliest title contenders in 2018-19. Here’s a look at how our Summer Forecast projects every team to finish in the standings this coming season. (Also check out Kevin Pelton’s win-loss projections.)

ESPN Forecast projections for 2018-19:

East champs, West champs, NBA champs
Best/worst newcomers | First-time All-Stars
Team Turnaround, Team Turmoil
Rookie of the Year | Most Valuable Player

Which teams are headed for the playoffs? Which teams are lottery bound?

We asked the ESPN Forecast panel to predict the win totals for all 30 teams.

Here are the results:

Eastern Conference standings

1. Boston Celtics
Projected record: 58-24
Last season: 55-27

Gordon Hayward and Kyrie Irving combined to miss 103 regular-season games last season, and the Celtics still won 55 games. Even if Boston needs to ease Hayward and Irving back a bit, the younger players who sparked Boston’s playoff run — Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown and Terry Rozier — will be hungry to showcase their own development. It all adds up to Boston earning the second-highest win projection in the league, behind only Golden State.

2. Toronto Raptors
Projected record: 55-27
Last season: 59-23

The Raptors added an MVP-caliber talent this summer and their win projection is … lower? Toronto won 59 games last season, but the uncertainty surrounding Kawhi Leonard‘s health likely left our panel leery of pushing Toronto’s win total too high. A new head coach adds a layer of unpredictability to the season.

3. Philadelphia 76ers
Projected record: 53-29
Last season: 52-30

Our panel predicted the 76ers to win a mere 37 games last summer. But voters clearly trust the process now, with Philadelphia emerging with the fifth-highest win projection in the entire league this time around. Joel Embiid probably thinks it’s still too low.

T-4. Indiana

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