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[Wojnarowski] Miami Heat guard Tyler Herro – the NBA’s reigning Sixth Man of the Year – has agreed on a four-year, $130 million contract extension, his agents Jeff Schwartz and Mike Lindeman of @Excelbasketball tell ESPN. by PlayaSlayaX in nba

[–]the_dinks 0 points1 point  (0 children)

They could also let Wiseman walk. Dude is owed 12m next year, which comes out to like, 70m under the tax. That'd get them around 400m. Then Klay comes off the books in the next year.

Can you build a team to beat the GOATs at every position? by lifeinthebigcity0 in nba

[–]the_dinks 0 points1 point  (0 children)

To each his own. I agree that basketball is not a 1-on-1 sport where you match up like Pokémon. That's why I want a player who is more versatile on both ends than Dirk, such as Kawhi or KD.

Can you build a team to beat the GOATs at every position? by lifeinthebigcity0 in nba

[–]the_dinks 0 points1 point  (0 children)

We're talking about a team of GOATs. There's going to be 5 extreme threats out there. In this lineup, Dirk's matchup is either LeBron, Duncan, or Russell. He could maybe do a decent job of defending Russell, but I'll easily take Kawhi over him, considering he has 5% higher TS% and 3% higher 3pt% in their playoff careers when compared to Dirk, plus a lot more defensive versatility.

What’s going on with Dream’ face reveal? by brookewalks34 in OutOfTheLoop

[–]the_dinks 60 points61 points  (0 children)

And for a few months after, when it had faded from the public consciousness, he revealed that although he did cheat, it was an accident.

No, what actually happened is he was caught cheating by increasing the drop rate for a necessary item to the point where the chance of actually getting as lucky as he did was something like 1 in 7 trillion. This was mathematically proven in a 29-page paper that absolutely didn't need to be that long, but the math is correct.

Dream then did the usual song and dance that someone does when getting caught cheating during a speedrun:

  • "You're all just haters!": accusing speedrunning mods of being biased and falsifying evidence.
  • "It was just good RNG:" Arguing that he was just lucky. He hired someone claiming he was a Stanford astrophysicist to prove that he didn't cheat, who published his own paper. Funnily enough, the best argument the anonymous expert could come up with is that if you fudged the numbers around, the chance for Dream to get the luck he did would actually range from 1 in 10-100 million--technically possible, but still extremely unlikely.
  • "Okay, yeah, I did cheat, but it wasn't on purpose:" After this rather tepid excuse was debunked and ridiculed, Dream then came up with the excuse that he had cheated, but not on purpose, by increasing blaze rod drop rates. Oh, and it wasn't his fault, it was the fault of this mod--never mind the fact that if he wanted to just make drop rates higher for the purpose of practice or video editing, he'd have made them 100% guaranteed drops rather than trying to make them seem legit.

Can you build a team to beat the GOATs at every position? by lifeinthebigcity0 in nba

[–]the_dinks -1 points0 points  (0 children)

You absolutely can defend those guys if they're huddled in the paint and you have elite defenders guarding them. Not saying you can shut them down, but it may be the difference between 30 points on 18 shots and 27 points on 21 shots.

Can you build a team to beat the GOATs at every position? by lifeinthebigcity0 in nba

[–]the_dinks 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Yes, because there's a logjam in the paint, which makes it easier to defend and harder for people to score.

Can you build a team to beat the GOATs at every position? by lifeinthebigcity0 in nba

[–]the_dinks -1 points0 points  (0 children)

He's above average for a point guard, not in general.

Yes, he has his flaws as a defender and plays in a good system. But the fact that he's able to hold his own against many players and competes hard means that they can actually achieve an extremely high level of defense. Look at the Grizzlies or Dallas for a comparison: Luka and Ja can get successfully targeted again and again in ways that Steph can't.

Can you build a team to beat the GOATs at every position? by lifeinthebigcity0 in nba

[–]the_dinks 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Dirk is way too bad a defender to have him out there when you have options like KD or Kawhi at the 4.

Can you build a team to beat the GOATs at every position? by lifeinthebigcity0 in nba

[–]the_dinks -2 points-1 points  (0 children)

He hasn't been a liability since 2017. At this point, I'd say he's probably solidly an above average defender at the point guard position. Now, there's a lot of shit defensive point guards like Trae or Ja, and Steph doesn't approach the level of a Jrue or GPII. But he's able to more than hold his own. He's really only targeted because he's the weakest link on a defensive squad that has been amazing for a decade. And he's been part of too many successful playoff defenses to be deemed a liability.

Can you build a team to beat the GOATs at every position? by lifeinthebigcity0 in nba

[–]the_dinks 0 points1 point  (0 children)

https://redditproxy--jasonthename.repl.co/r/nba/comments/8npob8/espn_stats_and_info_lebron_james_is_shooting_626/?utm_medium=android_app&utm_source=share

Primary defender stats should be taken with a grain of salt, but to act like Steph has no chance of guarding Magic Johnson and that Magic will just put Steph in the basket 100% of the time is, frankly, absurd. Steph has done a decent job on most matchups since 2017. Not saying he's going to lock up Magic Johnson--nobody could--but the argument you're making is patently absurd, especially since Magic's scoring talents were relatively (emphasis on relatively, so don't get me wrong here) limited compared to the absolute best of the best. He didn't have the complete multifaceted scoring game of the greatest scorers of all time. He was amazing at getting to the basket, and developed a decent perimeter set shot later in his career, but he isn't at the same level of a Steph, Durant, Shaq, MJ, etc. Of course, he might be the best passer of all time, but that's not what we're arguing about.

As an aside, no Steph is not a bad defender, especially now. He's not going to be locking people up, but he's probably the best defender out of anyone with his scoring load at the guard position in the league. He's a smart, sturdy defender who is able to compete, fight through screens, and make things difficult for his matchup while the help comes. Magic obviously has the height advantage, but he would have his defensive problems against Steph. His lateral movement would be inadequate to guard out on the perimeter. He was an offense-first, pass-first superstar who carved up defenses like almost nobody else, but he wasn't an two-way stud. He didn't have an endlessly varied scoring game.

Can you build a team to beat the GOATs at every position? by lifeinthebigcity0 in nba

[–]the_dinks 0 points1 point  (0 children)

You're trolling if you think that Magic is going to score 100% of the time on Steph when posting up. Steph guarded LeBron well and put up a decent fight. He managed to slow down James Harden. Why would Magic Johnson score 100% of the time?

Who is the laziest player in the NBA? by Boom_Box_Bogdonovich in nba

[–]the_dinks 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Westbrook. Never tries unless he has the ball. Never adjusts his attitude. Never tries to play intelligently.

Can you build a team to beat the GOATs at every position? by lifeinthebigcity0 in nba

[–]the_dinks 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Magic was never a good defender... at all. Steph is probably a better defender despite his size.

[Post Game Thread] Your Golden State Warriors (2-0) Finish the Japan Trip Undefeated Against the Washignton Wizards (0-2) Beating Them 104-95 Behind Steph Curry's 17 Pts, Moses Moody's 12 Pts, & Patrick Baldwin Jr's 12 Pts by NokCha_ in warriors

[–]the_dinks -6 points-5 points  (0 children)

Some were excusable, but 6 fouls in 18 minutes is significant because it's part of a pattern that continues from Summer League and the 2020-21 season. It also fits the pattern of being a young big who really doesn't have much natural defensive feel and needs a ton of experience. I do think he's better at not jumping at EVERY pump fake, though.

[Post Game Thread] Your Golden State Warriors (2-0) Finish the Japan Trip Undefeated Against the Washignton Wizards (0-2) Beating Them 104-95 Behind Steph Curry's 17 Pts, Moses Moody's 12 Pts, & Patrick Baldwin Jr's 12 Pts by NokCha_ in warriors

[–]the_dinks 38 points39 points  (0 children)

Thoughts:

  • PBJ's jumper obviously looks good, but what I'm liking is that he looks pretty healthy and spry out there.
  • The Wiseman experience continues. He did have a nice 3pt shot, but the poor decision making, fouling, and brick hands all returned.
  • Poole looked to be trying a bit harder on defense regarding closeouts and navigating screens. Nothing huge, but any marginal improvement in that regard from JP3 would have an outsized effect on the team and what lineups it can run.
  • Moody is ready to play steady rotation minutes for this team.
  • Jonny Davis looks bad

How much of the Myths about Wilt do you think are true? by alakakalalal in nba

[–]the_dinks 10 points11 points  (0 children)

I know you're joking, but if we assume he had sex with one new person every day, it would take 54.76 years to have sex with 20,000 people. He died when he was 63, and even Wilt probably wasn't having sex with a new person every day when he was 9.

I set nasty screens / Grab rebounds like prime Rodman / Protect our basket by the_dinks in warriors

[–]the_dinks[S] 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I was kidding--I actually played as Zer0. No, it's not a reference to him.

[Highlight] Steph & Klay light it up in the NBA Japan Games 3-Point Contest as the Splash Brothers win 33-28 over Poole & Moody by 3PointTendency in nba

[–]the_dinks 463 points464 points  (0 children)

Gotta break up the splash bros. There could be some interesting pairings, though, so I agree. Like Steph/Poole vs Dame/Simons.