The BS Report | Brad Shulkin

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The NBA season is well underway and with that comes ChicagoSportsWeekly’s winners and losers thus far. Before I begin, let me just say that the reason that I haven’t blogged in quite some time now is because of one simple thing…PLEDGESHIP. But since that is over with and I can now call myself a brother of Alpha Epsilon Pi, I will continue to write blog posts on a more frequent basis.

WINNERS

Memphis Grizzles– In my mind, the Grizzles are the most well balanced team in the NBA. They are tough, the can score the basketball, and they have a top 10 defense and offense in the league. In fact, they score the 7th most points in the league, while allowing 92.6 points per game (ppg), which ranks 7th in the NBA. I guess this is no surprise as most of the team is returning from last year, but with Zach Randolph bouncing back from the injury he sustained last year as well as he has, and Marc Gasol playing at the level that he is, I really think this team can make a statement in the Western Conference and give OKC and both LA teams a run for their money.

Charlotte Bobcats– After drafting Michael Kidd-Gilchrist with the second pick of the draft, things looked to be heading in a new direction for the Bobcats…what am I kidding; it didn’t do anything to brighten the horizon for a team that has failed under the leadership of the guy that has been dubbed the best player ever to play basketball on this planet. That was at the time of the draft, but now as I continue to watch the youth of the Bobcats develop, with the likes of  Kemba Walker, Kidd-Golchrist, and dynamic shot blocking ability of Bismack Biyombo, things actually seem to be looking up in Charlotte. And who could forget former Bulls shooting guard Ben Gordon, who after a horrible stint with the Pistons, is trying resurrect his career with the Bobcats. Although it’s early in the season I will be optimistic, but in the back of my head I will always keep in mind that they are in fact…THE BOBCATS.

LOSERS

Indiana Pacers– In the first 10 games of the season, Roy Hibbert had only two games of 10 or more rebounds and only three games in which he scored double digit points. In those 10 games, the Pacers lost seven of them. To make things better, in the next two games he averaged 15 points, over seven blocks, 11 boards, and in those two games, the Pacers won both of them. My point is, is that the Pacer’s success on the court is solely dependent on Hibbert. If he can’t execute his offensive game, defenders spend less time worrying about him and more time on sharp shooter Paul George and Forward David West, ultimately leading to a lower amount of open looks. No one will doubt Hibbert’s defensive presensce for the Pacers, heck he had a triple-double the other night with 11 blocks, but if he can’t get his offensive game tuned up soon it is going to be a long season for the Pacers.

Sacramento Kings– It is very hard for me to say this as one of my brothers of my fraternity is a huge Kings fan. To be honest, I really feel bad for him. This team has so much individual talent, but once they step onto the court and try to play as a team, nothing falls their way. They have Tyreke Evans, DeMarcus Cousins, and Marcus Thornton and still can’t find a way to even break even. Well at least at the end of the season they can say one thing…WE BEAT THE LAKERS!

Playoff Predictions 

EAST

  1. Miami Heat
  2. New York Knicks
  3. Brooklyn Nets
  4. Boston Celtics
  5. Philadelphia 76ers
  6. Indiana Pacers
  7. Chicago Bulls
  8. Atlanta Hawks

WEST

  1. Los Angeles Clippers
  2. Oklahoma City Thunder
  3. San Antonio Spurs
  4. Memphis Grizzles
  5. Los Angeles Lakers
  6. Dallas Mavericks
  7. Denver Nuggets
  8. Minnesota Timberwolves
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