Podcast: Myles Turner’s injury, Jerami Grant trade talks and Joe Cronin’s future

https://open.spotify.com/embed/episode/2YDrI5FP050CmCTcO3hPow HoopsHype’s Michael Scotto and Yossi Gozlan explain how Myles Turner’s injury affects the trade market. Plus, updates on the trade talks for Pistons forward Jerami Grant, what executives …

HoopsHype’s Michael Scotto and Yossi Gozlan explain how Myles Turner’s injury affects the trade market. Plus, updates on the trade talks for Pistons forward Jerami Grant, what executives think of Cam Reddish joining the Knicks, Joe Cronin’s future as Portland’s general manager, and Bryn Forbes going to Denver on the latest edition of the HoopsHype podcast.

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NBA execs poll: Luka Doncic top player to build around; Evan Mobley voted ahead of Zion Williamson

In September of 2020, HoopsHype polled 15 NBA talent evaluators and asked them to rank their top five Under 25 players to build around. We have repeated the exercise with 17 NBA executives this time. There was no change at No. 1, but quite a few …

In September of 2020, HoopsHype polled 15 NBA talent evaluators and asked them to rank their top five Under 25 players to build around. We have repeated the exercise with 17 NBA executives this time. There was no change at No. 1, but quite a few after that.

Dallas Mavericks star Luka Doncic remains the first choice, though he’s no longer the consensus pick after a somewhat disappointing first half of the season in which he’s still playing himself into shape.

Boston’s Jayson Tatum barely retains No. 2 with half the share of the vote of last season while Ja Morant moves up to No. 3.

LaMelo Ball and Trae Young went from no votes to cracking the top five.

In our scoring system, the top player received 10 points, the second received seven points, the third received five points, the fourth received three points, and the fifth player received one point for each ballot.

The results of the poll are listed below.

The top trade candidate on each NBA team this season

Ben Simmons and Marvin Bagley are the early trade rumors leaders, and there will be plenty more to come this season. The 2022 free agency market could be dry, as colleague Yossi Gozlan previously wrote on HoopsHype, meaning teams could look to …

Ben Simmons and Marvin Bagley are the early trade rumors leaders, and there will be plenty more to come this season.

The 2022 free agency market could be dry, as colleague Yossi Gozlan previously wrote on HoopsHype, meaning teams could look to improve via the trade market.

So with the regular season already underway,  HoopsHype spoke with four NBA executives to gauge potential trade candidates and listed the player(s) most likely to be traded on each team.

Podcast: Ben Simmons, Kyrie Irving, Andrew Wiggins, Zion Williamson and Ja Morant

The futures of Ben Simmons and Zion Williamson, the vaccination statuses of Kyrie Irving and Andrew Wiggins and Ja Morant’s All-Star chances

On the latest edition of the HoopsHype podcast, hosts Michael Scotto and Yossi Gozlan discuss the futures of Ben Simmons and Zion Williamson. The duo also broke down the vaccination statuses of Kyrie Irving and Andrew Wiggins and whether Ja Morant will be an All-Star this season.

For more interviews with players, coaches, and media members, be sure to like and subscribe to the HoopsHype podcast on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, and anywhere else you listen to podcasts. Listen to the podcast above or check out some snippets of the conversation in a transcribed version below.

NBA media poll: Nikola Jokic is the near-consensus MVP

HoopsHype conducted an anonymous poll of NBA MVP media voters for their current picks to win the award.

Nikola Jokic has taken a commanding lead in the MVP race, according to our HoopsHype media MVP poll for April.

As for the best of the rest, Stephen Curry has made the biggest jump while LeBron James has seen his MVP chances take the biggest hit compared to our March MVP media poll.

To determine the top contenders for the MVP award, HoopsHype anonymously polled 17 media members who voted on last year’s awards for their current top five MVP rankings.

As with the official vote, the top player received 10 points, the second received seven points, the third received five points, the fourth received three points, and the fifth player received one point for each ballot. Below are the results of the poll.

NBA trade deadline recap and buyout market preview with Michael Scotto and Yossi Gozlan

NBA trade deadline recap and a buyout market preview with HoopsHype’s Michael Scotto and Yossi Gozlan.

On the Locker Room app, HoopsHype’s Michael Scotto and Yossi Gozlan recap the biggest NBA trade deadline moves including the Bulls acquiring All-Star Nikola VucevicAaron Gordon and JaVale McGee heading to the Nuggets, Victor Oladipo joining the Miami Heat, Norman Powell going to the Trail Blazers, and the Celtics trading for Evan Fournier. Plus, a preview of the buyout market for Andre DrummondLaMarcus Aldridge, and more. Click this link to download the Locker Room app for future HoopsHype conversations with fans. Listen to the podcast above or check out some snippets of the conversation in a transcribed version below. 

NBA trade deadline: Projected rotation for Nuggets with Aaron Gordon

After earning a spot in the 2020 Western Conference Finals, the Denver Nuggets made a huge splash during the 2021 NBA trade deadline.

After earning a spot in the 2020 Western Conference Finals, the Denver Nuggets made a huge splash during the 2021 NBA trade deadline.

Hungry to build on the success they had last season, Denver’s front office made a push to land Aaron Gordon from the Orlando Magic as well as two-time NBA champion JaVale McGee from the Cleveland Cavaliers. They also acquired Gary Clark, a sneaky good role player, to the mix.

While the organization surrendered longtime starter Gary Harris as well as promising prospect RJ Hampton in the deal, they maintained much of the depth necessary to make another run in the postseason later this year.

Denver came into the season with some excellent star power behind MVP candidate Nikola Jokic and a stellar guard in Jamal Murray. They maintain excellent upside with the firepower of Michael Porter Jr. as well.

With all three on the floor, the Nuggets have outscored opponents by 13.1 points per 100 possessions this year. That ranks as the second-best among three-man groups in the Western Conference that have played at least 600 minutes together thus far in 2020-21.

But they also have Will Barton, Paul Millsap and Monte Morris – all of whom are reliable veterans who play well within their roles. So when you add Gordon and McGee to that already strong core, you suddenly have one of the deepest rosters in the NBA.

As such, below, we have broken down the new group for the Nuggets as they prepare to make a playoff push.

The league is moving more and more towards positionless basketball. Note that we define “guards” as the playmakers and primary initiators, “wings” as the versatile athletes who can typically play somewhere between two through four and “bigs” as the main frontcourt threat.

NBA trade intel: The latest on Aaron Gordon Evan Fournier

NBA trade updates on Aaron Gordon and Evan Fournier of the Orlando Magic from HoopsHype’s Michael Scotto.

Several impactful players are in serious discussions to be traded with the NBA trade deadline hours away.

Here’s the latest intel HoopsHype has gathered on some of the top players mentioned on the trade market.

One sneaky reason JaVale McGee was an excellent pickup for Nuggets

For the first move on the day of the 2021 NBA trade deadline, the Denver Nuggets landed big man JaVale McGee from the Cleveland Cavaliers.

For the first move on the day of the 2021 NBA trade deadline, the Denver Nuggets landed big man JaVale McGee from the Cleveland Cavaliers.

McGee, known for his size and athleticism, has always performed well as a rebounder and rim protector. The veteran is a good interior defender who is able to step out to the perimeter and make an impact, forcing turnovers and making his defensive skill set known against opponents.

Throughout the course of his professional career, we have seen less from McGee on the offensive side of the ball. He has never been much of a scorer, even near the rim, and has provided little other value otherwise.

However, there has been a distinct change in his playmaking since joining the Cavaliers during the offseason. Before the 2020-21 season, McGee’s assist percentage was just 3.6 percent. For comparison, this season, that number is 11.2 percent.

That puts his assist percentage in the 75th percentile among all big men, via Cleaning the Glass, which is notable considering he had never graded above average in this figure before.

Watch the play above from earlier this week and you will see that this is far more finesse than we are used to seeing from a powerful force like McGee.

But simply put, McGee has become a far more willing passer than he had been in previous seasons. For example, last season, the big man averaged 35.4 passes per 75 possessions for the Lakers. Compare that to this season, where he has recorded 50.4 passes per 75.

During earlier seasons from McGee, if the ball went to him in the post, that is likely where the possession would end. The big man would either score, miss or turn the ball over. Now, however, it is more likely than ever that he is able to keep the play alive until his team finds the best possible look.

McGee is effective enough finishing on ball screens that when he rolls to the basket, the defense has to pay attention. That means that if he does a slower roll to the rim, he may then be able to pass it out to a wide-open shooter who is waiting on the perimeter.

There is no team in the league that has maximalized the playmaking of a big man than the Nuggets have with Nikola Jokic under coach Mike Malone. If he can offer even some of the same principles to McGee for the second unit, it will give them a more intimidating bench for their upcoming playoff run.

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NBA media poll: Joel Embiid is the current MVP favorite ahead of LeBron James

NBA media voters share their top five MVP rankings through the first two months of the season anonymously with HoopsHype.

Two months into the NBA season, we’ve seen a ton of parity throughout the league – not just in the standings but in the Most Valuable Player race as well.

In our January media MVP poll, Kevin Durant took the top spot. Now, he doesn’t rank in the Top 5 according to the same media members.

So who’s standing out through February? HoopsHype anonymously polled 15 media members who voted on last year’s awards to find out.

As with the official vote, the top player received 10 points, the second received seven points, the third received five points, the fourth received three points, and the fifth player received one point for each ballot.