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Here is a look at my 2016 NBA Mock Draft

Blogged under Basketball,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The NBA Draft by joelapinski on Tuesday 21 June 2016 at 8:07 am

Here is a look at my 2016 NBA Mock Draft.  I do not have trades figured in here, but the Boston Celtics have 8 picks (3 in the first round) of the 2016 NBA Draft and they are in sure of a star veteran player.  If they do use all 8 picks, I see them taking some draft and stash prospects from overseas.  There are also six teams (Portland, Oklahoma City, New York, Cleveland, Miami and Washington) enter Thursday’s draft with no picks as the time I am writing this, but they could trade into it.   Here we go:

FIRST ROUND:

1. Philadelphia 76ersBen Simmons, PF, LSU

2. Los Angeles LakersBrandon Ingram, SF, Duke

3. Boston CelticsJamal Murray, SG, Kentucky

4. Phoenix SunsJaylen Brown, SF, California

5. Minnesota TimberwolvesKris Dunn, PG, Providence

6. New Orleans PelicansBuddy Hield, SG, Kentucky

7. Denver NuggetsDragan Bender, PF, Israel

8. Sacramento Kings - Denzell Valentine, SG, Michigan State

9. Toronto RaptorsDomantas Sabonis, PF/C, Gonzaga

10. Milwaukee BucksDeyonta Davis, PF/C, Michigan State

11. Orlando MagicMarquese Chriss, PF, Washington

12. Utah Jazz - Skal Labissiere, C, Kentucky

13. Phoenix SunsHenry Ellenson, PF, Marquette

14. Chicago BullsJakob Poeltl, C, Utah

15. Denver NuggetsMalachi Richardson, SF, Syracuse

16. Boston CelticsThon Maker, C, Australia

17. Memphis Grizzlies - Dejounte Murray, PG, Washington

18. Detroit Pistons - Brice Johnson, PF, North Carolina

19. Denver NuggetsMalik Beasley, SG, Florida State

20. Indiana Pacers - Tyler Ulis, PG, Kentucky

21. Atlanta HawksDeAndre Bembry, SF, St. Joseph’s

22. Charlotte HornetsTaurean Prince, SF, Baylor

23. Boston CelticsFurkan Korkmaz, SG, Turkey

24. Philadelphia 76ersWade Baldwin, PG, Vanderbilt

25. Los Angeles ClippersMichael Gbinije, SF, Syracuse

26. Philadelphia 76ersIsaiah Whitehead, SG, Seton Hall

27. Toronto RaptorsTimothe Luwawu, SG, France

28. Phoenix SunsJuan Hernangomez, C, Spain

29. San Antonio SpursAnte Zizic, C, Croatia

30. Golden State WarriorsDamian Jones, C, Vanderbilt

SECOND ROUND:

31. Boston CelticsChieck Diallo, C, Kansas

32. Los Angeles LakersDemetrius Jackson, PG, Notre Dame

33. Los Angeles ClippersDiamond Stone, C, Maryland

34. Phoenix SunsA.J. Hammons, C, Purdue

35. Boston CelticsZhou Qi, C, China

36. Milwaukee BucksCaris LeVert, SG, Michigan

37. Houston RocketsStephen Zimmerman, PF/C, UNLV

38. Milwaukee BucksPascal Siakam, PF, New Mexico State

39. New Orleans PelicansPat McCaw, SG, UNLV

40. New Orleans PelicansMarcus Paige, PG, North Carolina

41. Orlando MagicWayne Selden, SG, Kansas

42. Utah JazzMalcolm Brogdon, SG, Virginia

43. Houston RocketsChinanu Onuaku, C, Louisville

44. Atlanta HawksPerry Ellis, SF, Kansas

45. Boston CelticsBen Bentil, PG, Providence

46. Dallas MavericksIvica Zubac, C, Croatia

47. Orlando MagicGeorges Niang, PF/SF, Iowa State

48. Chicago Bulls - Yogi Ferrell, PG, Indiana

49. Detroit Pistons - Gary Payton II, PG, Oregon State

50. Indiana PacersDaniel Hamilton, SG, Connecticut

51. Boston CelticsPeter Cornelie, SF, France

52. Utah JazzIsaia Cordinier, SG, France

53. Denver NuggetsKay Felder, PG, Oakland

54. Atlanta HawksTyrone Wallace, SG/PG, California

55. Brooklyn NetsIsaiah Cousins, PG/SG, Oklahoma

56. Denver Nuggets - Sheldon McClellan, SG, Miami (FL)

57. Memphis GrizzliesDorian Finney-Smith, SF/PF, Florida

58. Boston CelticsGiorgios Papagiannis, C, Greece

59. Sacramento Kings - Anthony Barber, PG, North Carolina State

60. Utah JazzJulian Jacobs, PG, USC

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Cleveland is on top of the sports world right now!

Blogged under Basketball,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by joelapinski on Monday 20 June 2016 at 3:15 pm

The Cleveland Cavaliers brought the city it’s first professional championship in a major sport since the Cleveland Browns won the NFL Title in 1964 behind Hall of Fame running back Jim BrownLeBron James and Kyrie Irving led the Cavaliers back in the NBA Finals after trailing the Golden State Warriors 3-1!  Teams that were down 3-1 in the NBA Finals were 0-32 in the series until last night!  The Cavaliers didn’t just win an NBA Title, but they beat a team in the Golden State Warriors that finished the 2015-16 NBA season with the best record in NBA history (73-9)!  They beat the reigning 2-time league MVP in Stephen Curry!

Cleveland sports fans deserved what the Cavs gave them last night!  It seemed like a weight was lifted off of me.  I had doubts all the way up until Kyrie Irving hit a three pointer with less than a minute to go to give the Cavs a 3-point lead!  Irving’s shot means no more jokes about Cleveland teams!  No more crap about “The Shot”, “The Fumble” or “The Drive”  No more Mistake by the Lake!  No more seeing Jose Mesa and Charles Nagy blow Game #7 of the 1997 World Series!

With that, I have decided to pardon Sam Rutigliano, Marty Schottenheimer, Brian Sipe, Earnest Byner, Craig Ehlo, Charles Nagy and Jose Mesa for the disappointment they have given me over the years……as all is good now in the city where the reigning NBA Champions live…..in Cleveland, Ohio!  Now it’s the Indians’ turn!

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Ichiro Suzuki hits a milestone

Blogged under Baseball,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Milestones by joelapinski on Thursday 16 June 2016 at 5:17 pm

42-year old lefty swinging outfielder Ichiro Suzuki is having an excellent season for the Miami Marlins.  He has played in 55 games for the Marlins so far this year and he is 44 of 126 (.349 avg, .807 OPS) with 21 runs scored, 0 homers, 9 RBIs and 6 stolen bases.  He now has 4,257 hits combined between MLB and Japan.  The problem is that Japan ball baseball is akin to AAA-baseball in the big scope of things.  That does not dampen the fact that Ichiro has so many hits, as it is the most every for a professional baseball player……or is it.  Pete Rose is the all-time leader in hits in Major League history with 4,256 of them.  But, if you count Ichiro’s Japan hits, then you have to count Rose’s minor league hits too.  Rose had 427 hits in his three years in the minors to give him 4,683 hits as a professional baseball player.  Pete Rose has no need to be so cranky, as in my mind, Ichiro has 2,979 hits in his Major League career.  Minor league stats (or Japanese stats) mean nothing in the scope of things (unless you live in Japan).  Many crappy players from the United States have dominated in Japan.  No crappy player from Japan has ever come to the Major Leagues and succeeded.

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Kyrie Irving is crossing over into superstar status for the Cleveland Cavaliers

Blogged under Basketball,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Stepping Up,The Playoffs by joelapinski on Wednesday 15 June 2016 at 12:07 pm

24-year old point guard Kyrie Irving is stepping into superstar status for the Cleveland Cavaliers.  He has played in 5 games (all starts) so far in the NBA Finals in which he is averaging 38.1 minutes, 28.2 points, 3.4 rebounds, 4.6 assists and 2.4 steals per game.  He is shooting a rock solid 48.7% from the floor, 40.7% from three point range and 90.9% from the free throw line so far in the NBA Finals!  Irving has now played in 19 games (all starts) during the playoffs for the Cavs this year and he is averaging 36.4 minutes, 25.3 points, 2.7 rebounds, 4.9 assists and 1.7 steals per game.  He is shooting 48.2% from the floor, 44.3% from three point range and 85.7% from the free throw line so far in the playoffs.  Irving played in 53 games (all starts) during the regular season in 2015-16 for the Cavs in which he averaged 31.5 minutes, 19.6 points, 3.0 rebounds, 4.7 assists and 1.1 steals per game.

Kyrie Irving was the #1 overall pick of the 2011 NBA Draft by the Cleveland Cavaliers.  In his first three years, Irving was the best player on a pretty awful team.  But, when LeBron James returned to Cleveland, the spotlight started to shine on the Cavaliers…..and Kyrie Irving.  He has taken his game to a completely new level in the playoffs this year!  He has played in 309 games (all starts) in his first five years with the Cavs and he is averaging 34.0 minutes, 20.8 points, 3.4 rebounds, 5.5 assists and 1.4 steals per game.  He has now played in 32 games (all starts) in the playoffs in the last two years and he is averaging 36.1 minutes, 22.8 points, 3.1 rebounds, 4.5 assists and 1.6 steals per game.  Irving has been an NBA All-Star in three of his first five years in the NBA.  He is also starting to enter the Cavaliers’ franchise record books.  He is #5 in three pointers made (546), #10 in assists (1,696) and #10 in points scored (6,416) in Cavaliers’ history.

The sky is the limit for Kyrie Irving, as he will soon be the best player on the Cleveland Cavaliers!

 

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Jason Isringhausen is still the only player to come back to MLB after having three Tommy John surgeries

Blogged under Baseball,Blast from the Past,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Hall of Good,Milestones by joelapinski on Monday 13 June 2016 at 12:14 pm

Righty reliever/starter Jason Isringhausen is still the only pitcher to ever come back from three Tommy John surgeries and pitch in the show.  He came up as a starting pitcher before moving to the bullpen in an effort to try to keep him healthy.  Isringhausen started 52 games in his Major League career and he was 18-20 with a 4.66 ERA and a 1.52 WHIP.  But, in his 672 games out of the pen, Isringhausen was 33-35 with 300 saves, a 3.18 ERA and a 1.24 WHIP.  Overall, he pitched in 724 games (52 starts) in his 16 years in the show and he was 51-55 with 300 saves, a 3.64 ERA and a 1.33 WHIP.  Those 300 saves have him tied for 26th in Major League history with Hall of Famer Bruce Sutter!

Isringhausen was an All-Star in both 2000 (Oakland A’s) and in 2005 (St. Louis Cardinals).  In 2004, Isringhausen pitched in 74 games (0 starts) for the Cardinals in which he was 4-2 with a N.L. leading 47 saves, a 2.87 ERA and a 1.04 WHIP.  He gave up only 55 hits and 23 walks while whiffing 71 batters in his 75 1/3 innings for the Cardinals back in 2004.

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John Wetteland was one of the more underrated relievers in baseball

Blogged under Baseball,Blast from the Past,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Hall of Good,Milestones by joelapinski on Sunday 12 June 2016 at 9:16 pm

Righty reliever John Wetteland was one of the more underrated pitchers of his time.  He pitched in 618 games (17 starts) in his 12 years in the majors and he was 48-45 with 330 saves, a 2.93 ERA and a 1.14 WHIP.  He only gave up 616 hits and 252 walks while whiffing 804 batters in his 765 innings in the show, which are impressive numbers.  He also pitched in 17 games (0 starts) in the post-season in his career and he was 0-1 with 7 saves, a 4.82 ERA and a 1.34 WHIP.  But, in 1996, Wetteland was named the MVP of the World Series for the New York Yankees.  He pitched in 5 games (0 starts) in the 1996 World Series and he was 0-0 with 4 saves, a 2.08 ERA and a 1.15 WHIP.  He also led the American League in saves in 1996 with the Yankees with 43 of them.  His set-up man was Mariano Rivera!  His best year however, was not one of the years he pitched for the Yankees.  The best year of his career came way back in 1993 with the Montreal Expos.  Wetteland pitched in 70 games (0 starts) for the Expos in 1993 and he was 9-3 with 43 saves, a 1.37 ERA and a 1.01 WHIP.

Wetteland was an All-Star three times in his Major League career.  He is still #14 in Major League history with his 330 saves.  He is also the Texas Rangers’ all-time leader in saves with 150 of them.  Wetteland is also # in Expos/Nationals’ history (105) and #8 in Yankees’ history (74) in saves!

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Terrell Davis was one bad dude for the Denver Broncos

Blogged under Bloglockers,Football,Front Page,General,Milestones,Stepping Up by joelapinski on Saturday 11 June 2016 at 1:02 pm

John Elway should make sure that he picks up the check any time he and Terrell Davis go anywhere to eat together.  Because on the two Super Bowl winning teams Elway played on, Davis was the best offensive player on the team.  Davis was a 6th round pick (#195 0verall) in the 1995 NFL Draft.  He played his college ball at Long Beach State and Georgia.  Davis played in 78 games (77 starts) in his seven years with the Denver Broncos and he carried the ball 1,655 times for 7,607 yards (4.6 ypc) with 60 TD runs.  He also caught 169 times for 1,280 yards (7.6 avg) with 5 TD grabs for the Broncos.  Davis is still the Broncos’ all-time leader in both rushing yards and TD runs.  Davis also played in 8 games (all starts) in the post-season for the Broncos and he carried the ball 204 times for 1,140 yards (5.6 ypc) with 12 TD runs.  He also caught 19 passes for 131 yards (6.9 avg) in the playoffs.

In 1997, when the Denver Broncos won the Super Bowl, Davis played in 15 games (all starts) during the regular season and he carried the ball 369 times for 1,750 yards (4.7 ypc) with an NFL leading 15 TD runs!  He also caught 42 passes for 287 yards (6.8 avg) during the regular season for the Broncos.  The regular season was just practice for Davis.  Davis played in 4 games (all starts) in the post-season for the Broncos and he carried the ball 112 times for 581 yards (5.2 ypc) with 8 TD runs.  He also caught 8 passes for 38 yards (4.8 avg) in the post-season in 1997.

In 1998, Davis had the best season of his NFL career….also a Super Bowl win for the Broncos.  He played in 16 games (all starts) for the Broncos in 1998 and he carried the ball 392 times for an NFL best 2,008 rushing yards (5.1 ypc) with an NFL best 21 TD runs!  Davis also caught 25 passes for 217 yards (8.7 avg) with 2 TD grabs.  In the post-season, Davis played in 3 games (all starts) and he carried the ball 78 times for 468 yards (6.0 ypc) with 3 TD runs.  He also caught 4 passes for 69 yards (17.3 avg) in the 1998 post-season.

It’s too bad that injury cut Davis’ career short, or he would be a sure fire Hall of Fame back.  I would still vote for him, because nobody was in his class as a running back in his first four years in the NFL.

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Could this be the end of the line for Jimmy Rollins?

Blogged under Baseball,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Hall of Good,Milestones by joelapinski on Friday 10 June 2016 at 12:44 pm

The Chicago White Sox designated 37-year old switch-hitting SS Jimmy Rollins for assignment earlier today.  He played in 41 games for the White Sox this year and he was 33 of 149 (.221 avg, .624 OPS) with 25 runs scored, 2 homers, 8 RBIs and 5 stolen bases.  Rollins has no plans to retire, but it’s hard to see another team giving him a shot to play everyday.  Maybe he could excel in a utility role, if he is willing to accept one.  Rollins has now played in 2,275 games in his first 17 years in the show and he is 2,455 of 9,294 (.264 avg, .743 OPS) with 1,421 runs scored, 231 homers, 936 RBIs and 470 stolen bases.  Rollins was an All-Star three times, he won 4 Gold Gloves and he won 1 Silver Slugger Award in his career.  His best season came back in 2007 with the Philadelphia Phillies, when he played in 162 games in which he was 212 of 716 (.296 avg, .875 OPS) with a N.L. leading 120 runs scored, 30 homers, 94 RBIs and 41 stolen bases.  He also had 38 doubles and a National League leading 20 triples in 2007.  He was the MVP of the National League in 2007!  In his first 16 years in the Majors, Rollins scored 100 or more runs seven times!  He also had 10 or more triples five times, 11 or more homers twelve times and 30 or more steals 10 times in his career!  He led the National League in triples four times and he led the National League in stolen bases (46) in 2001!

While I think Rollins will fall short of the Baseball Hall of Fame…..he will certainly be in the Philadelphia Phillies’ Hall of Fame.  He is the Phillies’ all-time leader in both hits (2,306) and doubles (479)!  He is also #2 games played (2,090), #3 in runs scored (1,325), #3 in triples (111), #9 in homers (216), #8 in RBIs (887) and #6 in walks (753) in Phillies’ history!

If this is the end of Rollins’ Major League career (and he isn’t planning on retiring), then he had a rock solid one.  He is currently #46 in Major League history with his 470 stolen bases!  He is also tied for #86 in runs scored (1,421) with Joe Kelley, #112 in hits (2,455), tied for #53 in doubles (511) with Mark Grace, tied for #104 in triples (115) with three others, #258 in homers (231) and he is tied for #339 in RBIs (936) with Nomar Garciaparra in baseball history.

 

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Watching the NBA Finals and wondering where the “Splash Brothers” are

Blogged under Basketball,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Need to Step Up,The Playoffs by joelapinski on Friday 10 June 2016 at 11:43 am

28-year old point guard Stephen Curry is the two time defending MVP of the NBA and he’s looking like a very ordinary player in the NBA Finals.  His cohort and fellow “Splash Brother”, 26-year old shooting guard Klay Thompson has also been awful so far in the NBA Finals.  Curry has played in 3 games (all starts) so far in the NBA Finals and he is averaging 30.5 minutes, 16.0 points, 5.0 rebounds, 4.3 assists and and amazingly awful 5.0 turnovers per game.  He is only shooting 43.6% from the floor, 40% from the three point line and 100% from the free throw line so far in this series.  Thompson was running his mouth after Game #2 of the NBA Finals and said that the current Warriors would whip the Showtime Lakers that had Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Magic Johnson, James Worthy and Byron Scott.  He is high!  Back to the NBA Finals, Thompson has played in 3 games (all starts) so far in the NBA Finals and he is averaging 28.8 minutes, 12.0 points, 3.0 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 1.0 steal per game.  He is only shooting 36.8% from the floor, 30% from three point range and 40% from the free throw line so far in the NBA Finals.  I know that the Warriors are still up 2-1 in the NBA Finals, but it Curry and Thompson don’t step up…..the Cavaliers are going to be NBA Champions in 2015-16!

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Jeanmar Gomez has been a pleasant surprise for the Philadelphia Phillies in 2016

Blogged under Baseball,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Stepping Up by joelapinski on Thursday 9 June 2016 at 8:30 pm

28-year old righty reliever Jeanmar Gomez has been a pleasant surprise for the Philadelphia Phillies so far in 2016.  Coming into this season, Gomez had pitched in 185 games (46 starts) in his Major League career and he was 21-21 with 1 save, a 4.16 ERA and a 1.41 WHIP.  Gomez doesn’t have great stuff, but the Phillies are using him to close games this year and he has been great at it so far.  Gomez has pitched in 28 games (0 starts) for the Phillies so far this year and he is 2-1 with a Major League leading 19 saves, a 2.61 ERA and a 1.07 WHIP.  Gomez has given up 26 hits and 7 walks while whiffing 23 batters so far this year in his first 31 innings pitched.  The Phillies are a surprising 29-31 so far this year and they don’t score a lot of runs.  So if Gomez can keep pitching like he is right now….he could lead the Majors in saves this year.  I wonder what the odds before the 2016 season on that happening were!

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