By: Bill Ingram
When the Utah Jazz lost Gordon Hayward to the Boston Celtics in free agency last summer, it was like a gut punch to the organization. They had built a team around Hayward, one they felt strongly could be a solid playoff team for years to come. When Hayward left, many believed the Jazz would be headed for the lottery again.
That does not appear to be the case.
What the Jazz did not count on was that rookie Donovan Mitchell, drafted 13th overall by the Denver Nuggets and later traded to Utah for the 24th pick and Trey Lyles, would emerge quickly as a premier talent in their backcourt. The Jazz are very much in the thick of the hunt for home court advantage in the Western Conference playoff picture thanks to a recent 11-game winning streak. Mitchell has been the driving force behind this success, leading the Jazz with 21.6 points per game in the month of February. Their winning streak saw them topple top teams like the defending champion Golden State Warriors and East-leading Toronto Raptors, as well as two wins over conference rival The San Antonio Spurs. Mitchell even spent some time at point guard while Ricky Rubio was out nursing an injury.
Sources close to the situation tell us that missing the playoffs was never an option for the Jazz, even after Hayward left. They’re not interested in another lottery pick, preferring the invaluable experience that a playoff run would mean for their young core, especially Mitchell. Additionally, making the playoffs would make it easier for the Jazz to lure a top talent this summer, when they will have significant cap space to chase a big name free agent.
With former Indiana Pacers GM David Morway working alongside GM Dennis Lindsey in the Jazz front office, there’s reason for Jazz fans to hope they might get an audience with All-Star forward Paul George. George was the 10th pick in the 2010 NBA Draft by Morway and the Pacers and told the media over the All-Star break that he’s looking for a long-term home after this season in Oklahoma City.
Mitchell could also be a cornerstone piece in helping lure a player like George to town.
Whether or not Mitchell wins Rookie of the Year, and he has a legit shot, he is certainly proving his value to the Utah Jazz. It looks like he will be a significant part of the next era of Utah Jazz playoff basketball. Utah is looking to build a long-term winner with character as central to their process as talent. Paul George would fit right in.
Bill Ingram has 17 years of experience covering the NBA and is now a contributing writer for nbaradioshow.com. You can find him on Twitter: @TheRocketGuy
by Tracy Graven
Senior NBA Analyst
Your 2018 Kia NBA Rookie of the Year?
Something that has been foreordained since losing his original rookie campaign in 2016-17 to a fractured right foot, people feel the award should be Simmons’ to lose with comparison’s to a young LeBron James.
But is that a fair comparison?
In James’ rookie season, he started and played in 79 games averaging 20.9 points, 5.9 assists, and 5.5 rebounds in 39.5 minutes per night.
Simmons’ ‘first’ rookie season was a rough one, playing only in Summer League where he went for 10.8 points, 7.7 rebounds and 5.5 assists through six games; and honestly, he only shone in three because his first three were outright disasters.
This year, through 54 games, Simmons is clocking a modest 16.4 ppg along with 7.8 rpg and 7.3 dimes.
MVP of the 76ers, maybe. But is it enough to be blessed with the Rookie of the Year Award? Just because he plays like a young LeBron? Because he has a similar physique to a young LeBron?
Lest we forget that Utah’s Donovan Mitchell is making foreordination difficult by throwing down a better ppg average at 19.6 and becoming the darling of NBA fans new and old with his domination of the Kia Slam Dunk Contest even though his shot went cold in the Rising Stars Challenge the night before.
People have such short memories when they are in love with something shiny and new. I may or may not be one of those people.
Mired in a cycle that was dubbed ‘The Process’ under former Sixers general manager Sam Hinkie, Simmons is caught in an unplanned part of that ‘process’ that seemed to have swallowed up current and former teammates in the City of Brotherly Love. Something in the water in Philly it seemed for awhile.
Former 76er Nerlens Noel tore his ACL prior to the 2013-14 season. Michael Carter-Williams backed into that year’s award. I’m still determined to find the ‘Michael Carter-Williams: Rookie of the Year’ on milk cartons strewn around Philadelphia, Milwaukee, Chicago, and Charlotte … but I don’t think anyone has seen that guy since that season.
Current Sixer center Joel Embiid was sidelined for the 2014-15 season with foot issues, essentially handing the award to Minnesota’s Andrew Wiggins. Wiggins, a guy who might get dealt by the Wolves this summer … but at least he hasn’t disappeared like MCW.
Karl-Anthony Towns deservedly took home the hardware in 2015-16. But, Embiid has made a monster comeback the last two years, averaging 22.3 ppg, 9.8 rebounds (11.1 this season - 2nd in the league this year) and 2.1 blocks in the two seasons he’s been able to play.
And then there’s former Los Angeles Clipper Blake Griffin, who - like Simmons - lost his true rookie season (to a broken left kneecap). Griffin came back man on a mission the next season to claim a 22.5 point, 12.1 rebound campaign in 2010-11 … and Rookie of the Year.
Simmons 2.0? Not as resounding a run as Blake 2.0 had.
Others like Julius Randle of the Lakers, Greg Oden of the Trailblazers, and Milwaukee’s Jabari Parker came out with promise and ended their young seasons on the injured list as well.
Not to sound heartless, but I’ve always wondered aloud whether people like Griffin and Simmons deserve to be considered for and/or win the ROY in what is arguably their sophomore campaigns in the NBA. I get the notion that they never stepped foot officially on the court in an NBA game that counted, unlike Randle who was deemed ineligible for the award because he played 13 games in his rookie year.
And, yes, Griffin’s injury allowed Tyreke Evans to win in 2010 and Simmons’ injury last year certainly spelled success for Malcolm Brogdon.
But it also cheats players like John Wall and Donovan Mitchell, in my opinion.
The argument could be had that Griffin was flying higher in Lob City (off a mended knee, mind you) that Wall was in DC. He won Western Conference Rookie of the Month all six months of the season, while Wall edged out Landry Fields for the Eastern Conference honor four months of six. Different players, different styles.
Okay, so maybe Griffin did deserve it. But does Simmons?
LSU, led by Simmons, failed to make the NCAA Tournament in 2016; Mitchell’s Louisville Cardinals at least went past Jacksonville State before bowing to Michigan last spring. And Simmons’ number this year are similar to his sole year of college while Mitchell’s improved his ppg average versus college and already surpassed NBA and Utah Jazz legend Karl Malone in number of 20+ point games with 19.
Also, Simmons and Mitchell are neck-and-neck with two ROM awards apiece in their respective conferences (February not yet tabulated) while L.A.’s Kyle Kuzma grabbed the honor in October/November in the West and Jayson Tatum of the Celtics owned December in the East.
There are those that will say that Simmons deserves it. Others will argue on behalf of Mitchell. Such a divided nation we are.
In the end, it circles back to those comparisons to LeBron James.
The court awareness. The passing ability for someone of his size and stature. Things Mitchell can’t compare with because his style of play, physique and athleticism are night and day to Simmons. Again, different players, different games.
So records? Team leadership skills?
The Philadelphia 76ers are playing at just above .500 after 56 games of Simmons’ “rookie” season at 31-25, currently seventh in the Eastern Conference and third in the Atlantic Division.
Cleveland went 35-47, finishing 5th in the Central Division in James’ rookie season under Paul Silas, in a much-less competitive Eastern Conference era than today’s East.
Maybe the best comparison is the anointing and foreordination.
After all, LeBron James went on to become The King and arguably the best basketball player in the modern era.
Since Simmons has a LeBron-esque physique, here’s hoping that he can shoulder the kind of load that this passing of the torch can bring.
But I’m betting Donovan Mitchell leaps right over those shoulders …
By Richard Anselmo - Contributor
Well, well – the All Star Game is behind us and we have reached the two thirds of the season mark, so let’s take a look at the players that were hot – or not – before the break.
DeAndre Jordan, Los Angeles Clippers – Jordan has had an up and down season but really picked his game up after the trade of Blake Griffin to Detroit. Jordan was in a slump before the trade but getting new teammates invigorated him and it showed in his game. Once he got used to playing with Tobias Harris (who came over in the trade) his offensive game made strides and the two of them continue the tradition of Lob City. Being more involved offensively (he had a 30-point game against the Celtics) showed in his work ethic, and he even is improving his free throw shooting. He has a true shooting percentage of 65.6
Playing with another stellar defensive player in Avery Bradley (also received in the same trade), Jordan has improved his already outstanding defense. In the minutes they have been on the court together they have a 13.9 net rating, and a defensive rating of 91.7. If they can keep this up it could mean a playoff push – and new contracts all around.
Donovan Mitchell, Utah Jazz – Mitchell has taken on more of a role in the Jazz offense, which is unusual for a rookie. He has improved by the month, and in the last 10-15 games his numbers have improved. This shows in his usage rate, which is 28.7. Mitchell is doing this in only 32 minutes per game. He is improving as a passer and is increasing his ball handling duties by the week. In a recent game he played point guard due to the absence of Ricky Rubio and acquitted himself well. His shooting percentage is not off the charts but he is the main offensive threat on the Jazz roster. His true shooting percentage is 54.4 He works hard on both ends of the floor and is one of the main reasons the Jazz have won 11 games in a row.
Jrue Holiday, New Orleans Pelicans – Holiday, coming off an injury started the season off slowly and was limited in minutes played as well as being not available for all back to back games. Over the past month his improvement is off the charts. A true point guard and team leader, Holiday has really proven his worth since the injury to DeMarcus cousins. All of his shooting percentages are solid, and improving with added responsibility. His effective field goal percentage is up to 54% (which is a career high) with a solid usage rate of 22.3 – an outstanding number for someone who has improved to 19 ppg. He is playing at the best pace rate of his career, and his defensive rating is outstanding. Holiday is leading the team on both ends and will have to continue if the depleted Pelicans are to make the playoffs.
Kyle Singler, Oklahoma City Thunder – Since coming to the Thunder in a trade in 2015, Singler has seen his role diminish by the month. Continuing the least productive season of his career, he is averaging under 2.2 ppg and has shown little of the ball handling skills that were on display earlier in his career. His effective field goal percentage, pace rating and usage rate are all at career lows. His true shooting percentage is only 46.5, easily the worst in his career. If he is not helping a team offensively he won’t be on the floor much, as his athleticism is not conducive to effective defense. He showed some promise early with the Pistons, but it doesn’t look like we’ll be seeing that again any time soon.
Tim Hardaway Jr., New York Knicks – Hardaway started the year off hot and then got injured. By the time he came back his timing was way off and it has barely improved since his return. Outside of one good half his game has fallen to that of a replacement level player. Although he is averaging a career high 17.7 ppg, his usage rate has stayed even while his effectiveness has dropped. He is at near career lows in true shooting percentage and effective shooting percentage. He is hurting the team defensively and using too many possessions to be a contributor. Hardaway is long past any lingering effects of the injury but his production is consistently worse. He will need to step up his game in the absence of Kristaps Porzingis or the Knicks will go into a deeper freefall than they already are.
Nicholas Batum, Charlotte Hornets – The Hornets have underachieved all season as Batum was injured early in the season. Since he has been back the team and his individual play have regressed. In February, Batum has slipped in every category and has not been himself defensively. He has been involved in the lowest percentage of his team’s points since he arrived in Charlotte. His scoring average is down despite playing nearly identical minutes. His true shooting percentage is the lowest it’s been in years and his usage rate is down, despite playing at a faster pace than in recent seasons. His numbers are getting worse as the season goes on, and his defensive efficiency has also dropped. He is only 29 so he should be able to get back to what he was, but he is going in the wrong direction.
About the Author
Richard Anselmo is a former Houston Rockets scout, the current director of scouting for AND Sports and a regular guest on the nbAYD Show. Follow him on Twitter: @RichA_NBA
by Tracy Graven
Senior NBA Analyst
Well, it’s over.
NBA All Star 2018 has come and gone with format changes, defense and one of the most competitive All-Star games in recent memory.
While it evolved into one of the best, edge-of-your-seat games and will go down as one for the ages, it truly was a metaphor for the remaining two months of the NBA season.
It may last a tad longer than the Kentucky Derby, but it won’t seem like it with the breakneck style of play that the NBA has evolved into in the last decade.
Gone are the days of the Bad Boys. Showtime has exited stage left for a few years. The Celtics are a few shades away from their dynasty days. And the Bulls? Well they’re a couple bars above Fergie’s National Anthem performance when it comes to the front office.
It’s the year in, year out tango between Cleveland and Golden State. Stephen Curry and LeBron James. Draymond Green’s karate kicks and anyone’s crotch who gets in the way.
But as fans, that can get old and stale outside Oakland and Cleveland. And to be great, someone has to actually win it at least two years in a row - right Boston, Los Angeles and Miami?
So who’s going to knock the King off his throne in the East? Who will bottle up the Chef like he was on Sunday night as the season’s game clock runs down over the next two months?
I’ll look at three teams that may surprise you in that quest, and three who may have their scouts booking flights to Boise, Pittsburgh, Wichita and Nashville as the next eight weeks race by like a Mike D’Antoni fast break.
The Rockets have been my pick for 2018 NBA Champion since before the pre-season. Not only has James Harden made sobering improvements in his overall game offensively, but the myth that Chris Paul’s presence was going to cut into Harden’s shots has been laughable at best. Despite his early season injury, Paul’s veteran leadership and presence has been felt, and he may have just been the steadying voice in the Houston locker room that D’Antoni needed.
Plug in Joe Johnson and Brandan Wright, as well as the development of Clint Capela, and D’Antoni’s frenetic plan to outscore everyone on the way to a championship might be finally coming to fruition.
Fifth time’s a charm, right Mike?
Not to mention that this season’s Most Valuable Player Award was presented in everyone’s minds to No. 13 mere seconds after Russell Westbrook accepted the trophy last summer. However, with a 31.3 point, 9 assist, 5.1 rebound stat line through 50 games, he well-earned what’s coming to him this summer.
And if there’s a tie-breaker with Westbrook, there’s always that State Farm commercial where he says hell to the nah on the Backstreet Boys (shame on you, Trevor Ariza).
OKLAHOMA CITY THUNDER
Throughout much of the season, the Thunder have been about as predictable as any given day this time of year in Oklahoma. One day ready to tear through the league like an F5 twister; the next looking as frigid and stale as the Plains landscape they represent.
Credit Billy Donovan for somehow getting Carmelo Anthony and his ego to a point where he’s playing team basketball, instead of counting and expecting how many shots he can get per night. And, of course, credit ‘Melo as well. The maturation process is a shade behind LeBron James’ but it’s coming around. I haven’t seen this much open-mindedness and unselfishness from Anthony since he was coached by the great George Karl.
The integration of Paul George has been just as much a challenge because you get the sense that George has one eye on the L.A. situation and maybe even fleeting thoughts of trying to get other L.A. boys to join him (i.e. Westbrook, Klay Thompson, DeMar DeRozan and L.A. transplant, Hollywood producer, school-enrolling, home-purchasing LeBron James).
About eight years ago, I wrote that Westbrook is a barometer for the Thunder’s success. In 2018 and for the next eight weeks, that mantle goes to one Paul George of Palmdale, California.
Thunder general manager Sam Presti has always pulled the rabbit out of the hat and done the impossible. Hopefully, this one doesn’t backfire. Despite the $205 million extension signed by Westbrook last fall, he can’t do it alone. Even the Energizer bunny runs out of batteries.
I would have liked to have seen Presti deal at the deadline for Kenneth Faried and/or Tony Allen to bolster the Thunder’s defense. Alas, crickets. But if the Big Three of Anthony, George, and Westbrook (again, only done alphabetically, Russ) can meld into a force, they might have a chance of putting a dent in the Warriors come May.
Seems an unlikely choice, I know, to include the Jazz in this mix when they are on the outside looking in at the eighth seed and a potential first-round dance with the Rockets.
Maybe I should recognize what the Denver Nuggets are doing or give my hometown Trailblazers a bit more credit. But you can’t discount what Quin Snyder has done with this franchise, through personnel changes and significant injuries in his time with the Jazz.
Granted, Salt Lake City was blessed with 13th pick and grabbed your 2018 NBA Slam Dunk champion from Louisville in Donovan Mitchell.
His 19.6 points per game leads a team with veterans like Derrick Favors and Rudy Gobert. He made Joe Johnson and Derrick Rose expendable - okay, Rose made Rose expendable. But Mitchell is the real deal and the player Utah was looking for when they selected the likes of Dante Exum (the Australian Kobe Bryant).
Factor in that the Jazz posted 11 straight going into the All-Star break and you’d have to agree that Snyder and Mitchell are giving Utah fans plenty to tap their toes to in the near future and going into the next few years.
What can I say? I’m a believer.
I felt the Wizards really missed the boat when it came to rumors about where DeAndre Jordan would land running up to the trade deadline. I mean, Marcin Gortat’s game has a nice blue-collar feel to it, but I would have liked Kelly Oubre better in a Clippers jersey and Jordan a dominating force in the center-starved Eastern Conference (all respect to Hassan Whiteside).
Eventually, the people that already haven’t are going to figure out the John Wall-Bradley Beal tandem and force the ball into the hands of the Jodie Meeks’, Otto Porters and Kelly Oubres of the world and that’s not going to win Scott Brooks any more championships that the like of Russell Westbrook, James Harden and Kevin Durant did … and those are high-caliber guys.
They’ll make a nice run, but it’s time to face facts and if the Wizards want to be in the Top Four in the East for more than a few weeks, then it’s time for Ernie Grunfeld to pull out what he has left, show us if there’s anything in his bag of tricks and set Brooks up for success.
It’s a tall order.
SAN ANTONIO SPURS
This is the team whose picture and logo are at the forefront of every definition when it comes to the words “franchise,” “leadership,” and “teamwork.”
That’s what makes it such a bitter pill to swallow that this 20-plus year era that began in 1996 when Pop - then general manager - assumed the role of head coach after firing Bob Hill and has re-written coaching history may be nearing its inevitable, yet incredible run.
Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili have been along for the ride since 2001 and 1999, respectively, but are due to hang up the sneaks any day now. While Kawhi Leonard has become the new face of the franchise and seems adept enough to fill the large shoes left by the likes of David Robinson and Tim Duncan, like Westbrook he will not be able to shoulder the load alone - no matter how many games off Pop gives him.
Arizona’s DeAndre Ayton may be the next seven-footer in silver and black, and Jaren Jackson, Jr. might be in a Spurs uniform longer than the four years his dad spent in one from 1997-2001.
For now, the Spurs sit on a potential first-round home court advantage at 35-24. But with the aforementioned Nuggets playing well and the Minnesota Timberwolves nipping at their heels, Spurs may not be enough to keep teams from taking down an aging San Antonio squad.
‘The Process’ is still in play, though Sam Hinkie isn’t in house to see it.
As ballyhooed as this team was at the beginning of the season, they’ve comfortably slid into the .500 mark just before a five-game streak prior to All Star. Five hundred. Average.
It’s a marked improvement over where they’ve been in recent season, without doubt. And average may still get you a playoff spot in the East. But it’s not enough to get past the Cavaliers, Celtics or even the Raptors. Not yet.
What Philly has done has made itself a sexier destination again. It didn’t hurt that the Eagles won the Super Bowl, either. The City of Brotherly Love is on a winning track again, but they’re still a few pieces away from elite status.
It doesn’t hurt that there are guys like Jackson, Ayton, and the (unrelated) Bridges boys on the board this summer. But I think the Sixers ought to be sending Milt Newton out anywhere Oklahoma’s Trae Young is playing. He would be the perfect complement to Ben Simmons and Markelle Fultz once he comes back around.
LOS ANGELES LAKERS
I expected bigger things from Magic Johnson in his first foray into being a participative NBA executive. Okay, he hasn’t really disappointed me other than his decision to draft Lavar Ball. No, that’s not a typo - when Magic selected Lonzo Ball, he got Lavar as part of the package and anyone could have told you that spelled T-R-O-U-B-L-E.
Mr. Interference is the epitome of one living vicariously through their sons’ achievements. Truth be told, the kids could be solid ball players without the distractive PR. But his overbearing demeanor could mean his dream of his son(s) playing for the hometown team may be short-lived. Yes, he is rumored to insist that LiAngelo and LaMelo must be signed by the Lakers or Lonzo will not re-sign with L.A.
That’s a lot of Balls. But Magic has brains.
Surely he’s learned that old adage - “You marry Lonzo, you marry the family.”
So, as everyone asks aloud … is LeBron James coming to the Lakers? Well, Isaiah Thomas is there. He couldn’t co-exist with him for the brief minute he was in Cleveland. If King James can’t stand IT, how will he handle Lavar? Quite simply, he won’t. And he likely won’t have to.
To further cloud the situation, Johnson has already put forth the perception that the Lake Show is focusing instead on the 2019 Free Agent market. Really? That reeks of handshake deals, in my opinion.
You have a chance at guys like James, Durant, George, Anthony and DeMarcus Cousins and you’re going to instead wait for Chandler Parsons, Wesley Matthews, Enes Kanter and DeMarre Carroll? (Okay, maybe you want Klay Thompson - I get it).
My mind, conventional wisdom, and common sense tells me that Johnson is catfishing us. The old rope-a-dope. The same guy that paid a $50,000 fine for ‘tampering’ with comments about Milwaukee’s Giannis Antetokuonmpo is now going to wait another year?
Uh uh. Nope.
Johnson’s a planner. He will execute those plans that are in his head. He’s a winner. And he will win, as an executive, by putting together his own Dream Team. And it won’t be through the lottery. It will be the allure of L.A. - where certain players are from. Where certain players already have homes.
What’s the alternative? That team in the other L.A. locker room that is dumping salary faster than people getting off of Harvey Weinstein’s speed dial.
Johnson won’t get trumped by the likes of Gillian Zucker, Michael Winger and Doc Rivers.
He just can’t say it right now - because even to Magic Johnson, $50000 is a lot of coin.
And by saving that $50000, he can hire better singers to sing the National Anthem in Staples.
by: Bill Ingram
If you’re looking for consistency in the NBA’s Western Conference, you need look no further than the Houston Rockets. Sure, the defending champion Golden State Warriors are the heavy favorites to repeat as champs, but when the dust settled on the pre-All-Star schedule it was the boys from Clutch City sitting atop the standings and in the midst of a 10-game winning streak. Only the Utah Jazz were hotter going into the break, having won 12 straight, but they are not yet in the playoff picture.
Those who thought the backcourt combination of James Harden and Chris Paul wouldn’t work have been silenced, as that duo has proven to be all but unbeatable. Harden is averaging 31.3 points per game in what is almost certain to be a Most Valuable Player season, while Paul is second in scoring with 19.2 points per game while also dishing 8.3 assists per contest. Eric Gordon, leading Sixth Man of the Year candidate, is adding a huge lift off the bench with 18.5 points per game and key additions Gerald Green and Joe Johnson have rounded out a lineup that looks as formidable as any in the NBA.
Speculation about the possibility of LeBron James landing in Houston went into overdrive as the Cleveland Cavaliers blew up the team around him, but the Rockets don’t look like a team that needs another star to compete for a championship this season. Houston has already player all of their regular season games against the aforementioned Warriors, winning the series 2-1, and it looks like their roster additions give them everything they need to expect to give the defending champs all they can handle come playoff time.
San Antonio Spurs
The burning question in San Antonio is, more than ever, who exactly are the San Antonio Spurs?
All-Star and MVP candidate Kawhi Leonard has made little more than a cameo appearance this season due to multiple injuries, Tony Parker and Rudy Gay have missed substantial time with injuries, and head coach Gregg Popovich continues to use his healthy starters sparingly in the interest of long-term health. Even with all of that going on, the Spurs still sit in the West’s third seed.
It’s easy to write off the Spurs because they can’t seem to get healthy, but what happens if they do get everyone back and up to speed before the playoffs start? They looked like a team to reckon with before Leonard when down in their series with Golden State last postseason, and they have given their role players considerably more experience since then. Gay has also been an inspired addition when he’s been healthy.
No one questions that Popovich is the best coach in the NBA, and if you give him a full complement of healthy players come playoff time, the Spurs might still be title-worthy. It’s just hard to anticipate such a turn of events given their constant onslaught of injuries to key players.
The Mark Cuban era Dallas Mavericks have never been rebuilding the traditional way. They prefer to chase big-name free agents and then add as many veterans as possible when the big names land elsewhere. That method has kept them squarely in the Western Conference’s twilight zone since their impressive Finals run in 2011. They’ve been a playoff team, but first round losers, until last season.
Missing the playoffs netted the Mavericks Dennis Smith, Jr., who is clearly going to be a part of the next perennial playoff team in Dallas, as is Harrison Barnes. What the Mavericks really need now is a lottery pick that lands the next franchise player as Dirk Nowitzki plays out the twilight of his career. They’re in the running for the league’s worst record, which could mean they have a shot at one of the premier front court players currently expected to dominate the 2018 NBA Draft.
For now, the Mavericks are in a holding pattern, just giving their young guns as many touches as possible to prepare them for life after Dirk.
Bill Ingram has 17 years of experience covering the NBA and is now a contributing writer for nbaradioshow.com. You can find him on Twitter: @TheRocketGuy.
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