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  1. illinilaw08

    2018-2019 Official NBA thread

    You literally said that in the first response - and responding to that has been the crux of my side of our discussion here. I'm also not saying that Denver is running laps around the field. I'm saying that for Denver - what the team is now, and how they have historically done in free agency, I love their philosophy on Porter and Bol (full disclosure, I go to 10-15 Nuggets games a year). Jokic is a first team All-NBA candidate (he was first team this year) with a really unique skillset. Jamal Murray is really close to becoming that second star on a legit contender. They have a solid group of role players (though they have a decision to make on Milsap). Their question is - how do you get that third star. And their process in the draft the last two years - as a 46 win team in the lottery in the Porter draft, and as a team with no picks in the Bol draft - were smart gambles under the circumstances.
  2. illinilaw08

    2018-2019 Official NBA thread

    Right - the odds of either reaching their potential is longer than it was when they were incoming FR. But saying they don't have star potential anymore is just flat out incorrect. The risk at 14 (Porter) and 44 (Bol) on a good, young roster is smart business from the Nuggets IMO. ETA: Embiid had a stress fracture heading into the draft as well. There was a lot of risk in his profile when the Sixers drafted him. I'm not saying Bol or Porter will be stars. Just that saying they no longer have that potential ignores a pretty recent example of a guy hitting his ceiling after an injury caused a draft slide (and a guy who still manages his minutes because of injury).
  3. illinilaw08

    2018-2019 Official NBA thread

    Here's Woj on Porter from this week: Wojnarowski added, “All I’ve heard from Denver is Michael Porter Jr., every day in the gym, has been outstanding. They think he’s going to be really, really good. That team…If he helps that team next year, don’t forget about the Nuggets [as contenders]. They have depth and that’s a really good team.” https://www.nba.com/nuggets/news/espn-raves-about-mpj-20190617a I don't know how one can say neither Bol nor Porter have star potential anymore. That would be like saying Embiid didn't have star potential after his sit out year for the Sixers. Porter and Bol have longer odds of hitting than they did entering their FR year of college, but the star potential is still there for both. And the Nuggets' history of luring FAs is decidedly Bullsian. So that leaves find the guy in-house, or find the guy via trade - and having high upside assets certainly helps get a trade for a star done.
  4. illinilaw08

    2018-2019 Official NBA thread

    I love the Nuggets' process here. They gave up a future second and cash to take a flyer on a guy who was a preseason top-5 pick. Get him into your program, give him a redshirt year, and see what you have when the dust settles. If the Nuggets hit on just one of Porter or Bol, they jump from "good playoff team who is really fun to watch" to "title contender" pretty quickly.
  5. illinilaw08

    2018-2019 Official NBA thread

    This. Don't spend capital moving up in this draft. Also of note, if the Hawks moved up for Hunter, Garland is expected to go at 5 to CLE, and White at 6, then that means Culver falls to the Bulls? I can live with that.
  6. illinilaw08

    2018-2019 Official NBA thread

    I think that it's a relatively weak draft so a team can talk themselves into THT's measurables. You see a guy with his wingspan, and you see the potential for an elite, switchable defender who can develop into a solid scorer as well. The case for Ayo - as somebody who watched him a lot this year - is tougher for me. I don't think Ayo showed he's a plus passer. I don't think Ayo showed he could reliably get to the rim/foul line. I'm not sure Ayo has elite athleticism. Even in a relatively weak draft, the case for Ayo as a guy in the mid-first round this year was one I just couldn't see.
  7. illinilaw08

    ***Day 2 MLB Draft Thread Rounds 3-10***

    They get paid almost nothing to play minor league baseball - outside of the signing bonus. The kids the Sox drafted in rounds 2-4 will never have more leverage than they have now, so I have no issue with them squeezing every dollar they can get out of the team that drafts them. As has been said on this thread previously, at some point, the team says, "that's too much - we aren't going to spend any more here. Either take the deal or risk it all on college."
  8. illinilaw08

    Game of Thrones

    His character is redeemed, then he's running back to Cersei. He is redeemed, and then he's running back to Cersei. All of the times that they push Jaime back to Cersei on the show seemed to be because the plot dictate that happen rather than the natural progression of his character arc. Characters die on this show, but that doesn't mean that the characters shouldn't act consistent with their characterizations over the prior 8 seasons...
  9. illinilaw08

    Game of Thrones

    In the show, doesn't Jaqen H'ghar wear Arya's face at some point? The rules of Faceless Man magic are not very well defined on the show.
  10. illinilaw08

    Game of Thrones

    Cersei has been the Mad Queen ever since she blew up the Sept of Baelor.
  11. illinilaw08

    Game of Thrones

    My issue here is that none of this is internally consistent. Jon is literally Ned Stark right now - right down to telling Sansa his secret because "she's my sister." Ned putting honor over politics ended with him losing his head. Varys at the time was all about chaos in the capital (if I remember right). And now Varys is backing Jon? Why didn't Varys back Ned back in Season 1 then? Why was the lesson then that you have to play the game vs. now where it's honor above all else? The Ringer had a pretty solid article today about the issue with Dany right now being that we haven't heard her say anything about how she would rule since Mereen. Her "Mad Queen" heel turn is based on her belief that she's destined for the Throne, and that she's willing to kill people to do that (let's ignore - for the moment - that Jon executed all of the Night's Watch dudes that stabbed him, and Ned executed a guy for deserting the Night's Watch - when is killing your enemies bad on this show?). But Tyrion backs her with platitudes about her being a good woman or whatever. Give me a reason to believe that Dany is actually going mad. Give me a reason to think that Jon isn't just getting the hero's edit where Ned and Robb didn't. Give me some nuance in telling the story as we get to the end.
  12. illinilaw08

    Game of Thrones

    I don't think they mentioned the Valonqar in the show prophesy from Maggy the Frog.
  13. illinilaw08

    Game of Thrones

    I kind of think the show has lost its ability to make that interesting (IMO). Cersei has no legit claim to the Throne under the laws of Westeros - in either the books or the show. So she's ruling because (a) other than Dany, there's no one alive to press a claim; and (b) she has force on her side (she certainly shouldn't have hearts and minds since she ascended to the Throne by blowing up the popular Queen and wildly popular Westeros Pope). So the Jon v. Dany question just isn't that interesting to me - because who has the stronger legal claim hasn't mattered in seasons.
  14. illinilaw08

    Game of Thrones

    It's not particularly ominous that - unless there's a dragon to be retrieved - the dead react to water like my dog when he sees a puddle on a walk. "Can't possibly get around that. Walk over."
  15. illinilaw08

    Game of Thrones

    I'm pretty sure Bloodraven was just the nickname of Bryden Rivers in the books - not the title that he picked up when he became the Three Eyed Raven. IMO, the show has done a really bad job of explaining Bran's importance in all of this. Saying that he is the world's "memory" seems particularly silly in a world that has a bunch of books. "Some dude chilling north of the Wall is the key to human existence" doesn't resonate for me. Also confusing to me - are the White Walkers a threat to the world as a whole? Because the show has made a kind of big deal over the fact that wights can't swim - and maybe can't sail boats (see aftermath of Hardhome, see also Yara saying that the WWs can't reach the Iron Islands in the first episode of this season). The NK has a dragon now - true - but absent being gifted a dragon by the stupid Magnificent 7 let's capture a wight plan, how is the Night King a threat to the rest of the world?
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