One Last Dance Part 3: The Final Act

It looks like the dance is finally over. What a great way for Dwyane Wade to walk away from the games that he loves the most. From city to city, Wade received so much love from both the opposing players and the fans that it was such an overwhelming feeling to handle.

From the jersey swaps with the opposing players to MVP Chants all over the country, Wade has no doubt left a stamp on the NBA community and will always be remembered for what he has done on and off the court. He gave the game his blood, sweat, and tears even when he physically wasn’t able to give everything he had. Despite the injuries that he faced throughout his career, when it was time to play Wade always was able to step up to the plate. There is no question that D Wade is one of the all time greats based off his leadership and the way he approached the game on a nightly basis.

There’s so many games that we can look back on and recognize how great Wade once was. One of them, of course, was in the 2006 NBA Finals where he scored 43 on Dallas after trailing by 13 in the 4th quarter. Another game could be in 2009 where he scored 55 points against the Knicks setting a new career high and also adding another game to secure a scoring title that year. And of course in 2010 where he scored 46 points against the Celtics in the first round of the NBA playoffs. There are so many games where we can look back upon and realize that Wade always brought the best of himself each time he went out on the floor and worked his butt off to win each and every game.

During this final act, Wade was nothing short of spectacular as he showed that he can still play the game at a high level despite nearing retirement. From scoring 35 points against Toronto, to having a banked-in game winner against Golden State, and to even recording a triple double in his final game, Wade left the NBA in one of the best possible ways ever and it will be a final year that everyone will look back upon and reminisce of what a great career Wade had with the Miami Heat.

Now, the dance is finally over. What a remarkable career it was for the kid from Robbins,Illinois. From day one he made his mark on the entire association and allowed everyone to know that he was there to compete and to never cheat the game. There is no doubt that the 2 years where Wade was away from Miami, the city and the franchise dearly missed him and he missed them too. And when he finally came back to play for the team it was nothing but genuine love on both sides. Dwyane Wade’s career will be looked back on as nothing but legendary to the world. And no matter what, Miami will always be known to everyone as “Wade County”.

Look Out For Auburn

The Auburn Tigers has most certainly been the Cinderella Story of the NCAA Tournament this year and it has been no surprise whatsoever. With their rugged style of play on both ends of the floor is the reason why they are on their way to the Final Four later this week. There is no question that they have earned their right to go this far in the tournament and continue to play at a high level with hopes of surprising everyone and winning it all this year in the championship game.

The team this year has been led by Senior Guard Bryce Brown who was averaging 16 points per game throughout the regular season. Both Brown and Junior Guard Jared Harper have led the way for the Tigers to finish the regular season at 30-9 and earned a spot in the NCAA Tournament this season

The team got out to a very strong start at the start of the Tournament. The Tigers started out the Tournament surviving a one point win against New Mexico State led by Jared Harper scoring a game high 17 points in the victory. The then went on to defeat the Kansas Jayhawks by 14 points with 4 players contributing to score double digits to help the team get a victory.

Once the Sweet 16 arrived, the Tigers knew that they would have their hands full playing against the number 1 seed North Carolina Tar Heels. Head Coach Bruce Pearl understood that he needed to bring unity to the team so they could play together and hopefully take down one of the top teams in the country.

And they did just that! Despite North Carolina’s Cameron Johnson going for 15 points to lead his team, the Tigers were a force on the defensive end only allowing 4 points from bench player Nassir Little and obliterating the Tar Heels by 17 points despite losing one of their key players in Chuma Okeke from a Torn ACL. Despite how much they were going to miss him on the court, the Tigers were destined to continue their quest and move on to the elite eight.

Another tough test for the Tigers were the great Kentucky Wildcats. The Wildcats were the number 2 seed who were led by sophomore forward PJ Washington. The Tigers seemed to be unmatched for the Wildcats especially losing a fallen brother in Okeke. But Auburn showed the world that they were no going to go down without a dog fight.

The first two halves were neck and neck. With both teams trading buckets by one another, the game could not be decided through 40 minutes of play as the game eventually went into overtime. When overtime approached, Jared Harper stole the show in Salt Lake City scoring 12 points in overtime. He outscored the Kentucky team as they only scored 11 points in the overtime period. The Tigers eventually went on to win the game by 6 and are now on their way to their first Final Four in school history.

There is no doubt that the Auburn Tigers have worked extremely hard to get to where they are now. With everyone on the team playing their role, they understand how to play Bruce Pearl’s system and exceed expectations every time they step on the court. The question is now can Auburn continue this Cinderella Story and move on to the National Championship? The quest continues this weekend and the world will be watching where they go from here.

Durant’s Decision

Kevin Durant, like many other superstars by the end of this season, has the opportunity to choose where he will play as free agency is quickly approaching. The fans and the media are anticipating whether he plans on re-signing with the Golden State Warriors or will he choose another destination and start a new journey elsewhere?

Ever since Durant’s decision to join Golden State in 2016, fans and peers in the NBA have highly criticized Durant for joining a team that had the NBA’s best record of 73-9 a season prior to Durant’s arrival alongside losing to the team in the Western Conference Finals after leading 3-1 in the series. Durant vaguely distanced all of the noise that came to him and saw how much of of a threat his new team could be with him fitting in so perfectly.

During his tenure in Golden State, Durant is averaging around 26 PPG since his first season arriving and it has been nothing but grand ever since. Durant seemed to have gotten the help that he needed all along as he dethroned The King (LeBron James) in the NBA Finals the previous two seasons.

Durant has seemed to have elevated his game since joining the Warriors. Alongside his scoring ability, he has taking a big step on the defensive end on the team and has shown that he can be unselfish with the basketball as even his assist numbers have gone up from when he was in Oklahoma City. It’s easy to say that playing under Steve Kerr’s system has helped Durant become more of an overall player and has learned to have fun playing the style he plays as well.

Durant has some big decisions to make this summer and he will not be shy of making whatever decision he makes that will be the best for his career. If he decides to leave Golden State then that means he is ready to start over and hopefully become the face of a new franchise and help rebuild a team with him leading the way. If he stays then that means that he will continue the dynasty in Oakland and help chase more rings with his current teammates and hopefully make history.

There are so many rumors that have flown around this season on where Durant will go next. Many say Durant can join LeBron James in Los Angeles and play for the Lakers. Others say that he could joking Kyrie Irving and either play in Boston or both could possibly join the New York Knicks. Although the rumors have been there this season, Durant is not pleased with being the topic about free agency and wants to play out this season stress free as he says “I just want to play basketball”.

As July rolls around, the world will be all eyes and ears when Kevin Durant makes his decision on where he will like to sign to. Although he has been hounded by the media all season, Durant will not be shy about where he will want to go and where he wants to reside at. Durant has been through this situation once and we know that he has the experience to make a good decision and choose a city where he has a good chance at winning a championship.

First Half 18-19 Season Recap: Top Candidates For MVP This Season

As the first half of the NBA Season is officially over, there have been great individual performances and rim rattling highlights to bring us out of our seats. A lot of spectacular individual performances has happened this year from Kemba Walker scoring 60 points against the Sixers, Klay Thompson setting a record for 14 three pointers in Chicago, James Harden having a numerous amount of 30 point games in a row, or even Russell Westbrook having 11 consecutive triple doubles. The NBA has nothing but great talented players who know how to put a show on every single night for the people in the stands. Although we are leaving All-Star Break and transitioning to the second half of the season, the MVP race is pretty competitive at this point. Here’s who I believe are the front runners to win the MVP award by the end of the season.

1. James Harden

The reigning MVP has elevated his offensive game to another level. Going into the All-Star break, Harden currently has one of the longest streaks of 30 points or more with 31. With the teams slow start to the season alongside Chris Paul and Clint Capela being sidelined with injuries, Harden understood that he had to take over the offense completely and he has not disappointed us at all. He’s had many spectacular games this year including dropping 61 points in Madison Square Garden against the New York Knicks. This season for Harden is kind of particular to Kobe Bryant during the 2002-03 season when Shaquille O’Neal was sidelined and Head Coach Phil Jackson asked Bryant to take over the offense while Shaq was going to be out. With that being said, Bryant went on a 9 game streak of 40 points or more and the Lakers went on to have a 7-2 record during that stretch. Now with Chris Paul back and Clint Capela hinting at returning soon, we know that Harden will not have to carry the load as much as he had to before, but we know that he will continue to remain spectacular and put up huge numbers after the All-Star break and into the playoffs as well.

2. Giannis Antetokounmpo

The Greek Freak has finally risen. Throughout the years I have highly criticized Giannis a lot due to the fact that he previously failed to lead his team to success during the playoffs. Well, with the way things are looking for the Milwaukee Bucks thus far, it looks like they are going to make a huge run for a championship. With big wins against the Warriors in Oracle Arena and defeating their Eastern Conference rivals in the Toronto Raptors three out of four times this year, the Bucks have shown that they are a true threat to anyone and Giannis is leading the way for the team. Giannis this season is averaging around 27 points per game alongside 13 rebounds per game as well. Although Giannis has been a dominant force for Milwaukee, the team wouldn’t have the best record in the NBA without the support of Khris Middleton, Eric Bledsoe, Brook Lopez, Malcolm Brogdon, and the rest of the supporting cast that do their job on the court to help the team secure a win. Many people have Giannis as the front runner in the MVP race and there’s no doubt that he has been a superstar throughout this entire season.

3. Paul George

When Paul George decided to stay in OKC after last season, the decision left people wondering what was he thinking not taking a chance to play in Los Angeles? He had a chance to join forces with LeBron and he instantly turned that offer down. Even though both LeBron and George could have been a dynamic force in Los Angeles, George wanted to continue his bond with All-Star Russell Westbrook and continue to fight battles and chase for a championship with him. Paul George might possibly be having the best season of his career. Prior to the All-Star break he is averaging around 29 points per game and has been a pest on the defensive end like he has his entire career with 2.3 steals per game. George has been a great backup superstar for Russell Westbrook and is one of the big reasons why the Thunder currently have the third seed in the Western Conference. George has had so many big games this year like hitting the game winning three pointer to defeat the Brooklyn Nets or even dropping 45 points the other week against Houston to seal a come from behind victory on the road. George’s numbers this year have been efficient and there is no doubt that he is an MVP candidate for this season. The goal is now for George to continue his spectacular play so the Thunder can continue their quest at a championship this year.

4. Stephen Curry

Stephen Curry, in my opinion, is having his most underrated year of his career and deserves to be an MVP candidate. Although he is playing alongside All-Star Kevin Durant, Curry has been a lethal player for the Warriors and will always be the reason of the team’s success. This season, Stephen Curry is averaging 28.6 points per game and shooting 48% from the field this season, which is above his career percentage at 47%. Many will not have Curry in their top MVP race due to the fact that he is on a super team and due to the fact that he has won two MVP Awards already in his career. But why not put him in the race if he’s playing spectacular and his team has the top seed of the Western Conference. A lot of people view Curry to be the greatest shooter to ever play, but to me it is his longevity that stands out to be one of the most important things of his career. Curry has been marvelous this entire year and hopefully he can keep up the good play.

5. Nikola Jokic

There is no question that Nikola Jokic is one of the top big men in the game today. The way that this guy can get his own shot and also find teammates with his incredible basketball IQ is amazing. Kind of like the Greek Freek, Jokic has a great supporting cast around him in Jamal Murray, Paul Millsap, Gary Harris, Will Barton, and even Isaiah Thomas who have just returned from injury. There’s plenty of big names I didn’t mention that have been spectacular for the Nuggets, but there is no doubt that they are playing well right behind their leader; and that is Jokic. Jokic this season is averaging a career high 20 points per game alongside 10 rebounds. The future is bright for this young big man as he can only get better with time. Throughout this season, Jokic has shown great leadership on the court as he has put his team on his back throughout several occasions to lead his team to a victory each night. Some of his stand out performances this season have been taking over the game in a come from behind win in Memphis and hitting the game winning shot to defeat the Sacramento Kings at home. Jokic and the Nuggets have shown the entire association that they are a force to be wrecking with and will give any team a run for their money anytime they step into the Pepsi Center. Jokic has all of the potential to be known as one of the greatest big men to ever play. The question is will he keep up this spectacular style of play? That is something we will figure out as his career continues on.

Honorable mentions in the MVP Race include LeBron James, Kawhi Leonard, Russell Westbrook, Kevin Durant, and Joel Embiid. The NBA has shown nothing but spectacular talent and competitive play throughout this entire season. The second half of this season is going to be very exciting as we see many teams push the pace to finish the season in a good spot for the postseason. The MVP Race is very tight at the moment and at this point it is up for grabs for everybody. At the end of the day, when the season ends the one player who has kept their consistent play will be very deserving to win the MVP of the 2018-2019 season.

Kyrie Should Stay Put

Everyone is anticipating this years free agency as all the marquee names in the NBA will make a decision that will change their career and their lives. One of those marquee free agents this summer will be Celtics guard Kyrie Irving. This is currently Irving’s second season in a Celtics uniform as he and his team are looking to make a huge run at a championship this coming postseason. Although the Celtics are many favorites to make it out of the East this season, the team has had some chemistry issues so far this year that has put them in a few slumps throughout this year. These struggles began to turmoil for the team as we saw teammates arguing with each other on the bench during timeouts alongside Irving, the team leader, criticizing his other teammates to the media for not performing on a nightly basis.

The Boston Celtics organization want to make sure that Irving is in a great situation due to the fact that they would like for him to remain the franchise player beyond this season and continue to help the team win. Before the season began, Irving seemed very passionate about being a Boston Celtic as during preseason warm-ups he explained to the fans how happy he was in Boston saying “If you guys will have me back, I plan on re-signing here.” That quote seemed to put Irving, the Celtics front office, and the Celtics fans in a good position to be a contending team for years to come with Irving leading the way. Not so fast though! As the Celtics have been having a very much up and down season, Irving’s plans on re-signing seem to be in doubt as after a reporter asked Irving about staying committed to Boston Irving said “Ask me July 1” which is the NBA’s first day of the Free Agency process. The Celtics issues on and off the court seemed to have made Irving feel doubt about staying long term with this organization and wants to see his options come summer time.

Although he has a chance to leave and join forces with another marquee player or team, I believe that Irving should stay where he his and continue to flourish in a Boston uniform. I say this because almost two summers ago Irving decided he wanted to leave Cleveland and become his own leader of a great team. So why not show everyone that you can lead this team no matter how many years it takes. The team already proven that they are a great team without him with one win away from the NBA Finals the previous year. Irving has great talent around him in Jayson Tatum, Marcus Smart, Jaylen Brown, Al Horford, Gordon Hayward, Marcus Morris Sr., and the list goes on of great players on the Celtics who play hard and can contribute to help win a championship. Irving is the key piece to this team’s success and I believe if this team can stay together and remain humble then this team can eventually win a championship within the next couple years. I’m hoping that Kyrie will decide to remain in Bean Town after this season. But if he decides to go elsewhere, we all know that he won’t be shy about choosing his next destination.

Does This Make Brady The GOAT?

The New England Patriots left SuperBowl LIII with a 13-3 win over the Los Angeles Rams this past Sunday. Winning this Super Bowl has given legendary Quarterback Tom Brady 6 championship rings as he now holds the record for most Super Bowl championships surpassing Charles Halsey with 5. For most fans and reporters, there was no doubt that Brady was going to come out with the win against a very young and inexperienced Rams team led by a very young Quarterback in Jared Goff. Throughout his 19 year career, Brady has shown everyone the longevity that he has had and his resume shows for itself all of the accomplishments he has done during his tenure.

People always ask how does he continue to play at such a high level even at 41 years of age? A lot of it has to do that he keeps his body in tip top shape over the course of the season. Another reason is because he is coached by one of the greatest coaches in the NFL and he knows how to play his players and put them in the best position. It also has a lot to do with his teammates as well. The fact that all of them play their role so well offensively puts Brady in a good position to be the leader he is and guide his team to a win every week. It’s always difficult to compare all of the great quarterbacks in the past to Brady such as Peyton Manning, Brett Favre, Drew Brees, Joe Montana, etc. but when it comes to winning time and making the clutch plays to win a game Brady is by far in his own lane compared to the names that were just mentioned.

Now that he has captured his 6th championship, does Tom Brady now officially take the crown as the greatest NFL player of all time? Well, with the longevity and being able to perform at a high level at the age of 41, most would say that this would most definitely make Tom Brady the greatest NFL player to have ever suited up. Tom Brady will have a career that will be remembered for decades to come and there is no question he will have an open spot in the NFL Hall Of Fame.

Zion or RJ? Choose One…

If you were assembling a team together and you could choose one of these guys to be your franchise player who would you choose? Would you go with the big beast in Zion Williamson who can attack the rim at will? Or would you want to choose a lethal scorer in RJ Barrett who can torch the defense and can create his own offense? Although both of these players share the same passion to win, they both approach the game very differently and both play a huge role to help their team remain at the top of the College Poll. Let’s start with Zion Williamson.

1. Zion Williamson

I’ve watched Zion since he was a junior in High School and talk about a highly talented player he is. This kid is 6’7 weighing in at 285 and can run the floor better than anyone. He has shown that he can make great plays on the fast break whether it’s getting the ball to an open man or attacking the rim with a ferocious windmill jam. I believe that Zion’s IQ for the game is highly underrated as well. We understand that he is an attacker and is not afraid to be physical in any type of way, but the way this guy can make the right decisions at the right time is unbelievable. Another thing about Zion is that he is easily a fan favorite. I believe that the Cameron Indoor Stadium has sold out every home game this season mostly due to wanting to see Zion perform on a nightly basis. It’s very similar to when LeBron James was in High School and his team began to play in bigger stadiums due to fans wanting to come watch him play. The media and everyone else has grown a love for Zion’s personality on and off the court and everyone predicts that he will become the Number 1 overall pick in this years draft.

2. RJ Barrett

The 6’7 guard who can score at will. The kid has a very nice mid range game and knows how to attack the defense to get to the rim. Although he is not as athletic and as physically built like Zion, RJ is still a very hard player who knows how to make the best decisions at the right time. Whenever it comes down to bringing the team together and helping players be in the right position to win the game, Coach K goes to RJ to lead the way for the team and to make all of the winning plays. We’ve seen throughout his freshmen year that RJ is not afraid of the big moment and will step up to the plate when needed so. To me, this kid has such a smooth offensive game he reminds me of another James Harden. He can shoot it well from the perimeter and can penetrate to the rim to either draw a foul or finish strong. The lights are bright for this young kid and he can only get better once he decide to go into the NBA one day. Is he a top 5 pick in the draft? I believe so. The kid has major talent and has the type of personality that many teams need to have on their team. Even though he is not as popular and explosive as Zion is, RJ still is a fan favorite to watch and will continue to have more eyes coming his way the more he develops into a better player.

Now that we’ve looked at what the two bring to the table, who would you still pick to have on your team? If you get Zion, you have a nice box office market with him putting on a show and selling out tickets on a nightly basis. With RJ, your team is likely better to have a chance at being a contender with his leadership and his maturity leading the way for your squad. Both of these guys are nothing short of spectacular and can only get better from here on out. These guys show great sportsmanship and always make the right decision on the basketball court. That’s one of the reasons why the Blue Devils are one of the best teams in the country and have over a 75% prediction to win the National Championship this year. We see NBA teams purposely tanking so that they can have a chance to draft a top tier college player and make them the face of the franchise. The question is if they’re looking in Dukes way, would they rather choose Zion Williamson or RJ Barrett? Whichever one a team decides to pick, they will have a great marquee player who will contribute every night and help that team eventually be a force to be wrecking with.

One Last Dance Part 2

Dwyane Wade is by far the third greatest shooting guard to have ever lived. I believe that all of his accolades put together easily puts him right behind Jordan and Kobe at all time at his position. With him retiring after 16 years in makes me look and think that he really has much more left in the tank. Wade is still a great role player and continues to contribute for the Miami Heat this season off the bench. It is no doubt that Wade’s loyalty to Miami is the reason why he is hanging it up after this season. The fact that he will always want to be remembered as a Miami Heat put him in a position where he wants to end it all in the city where he started from. I personally believe that

The Front Office of Miami did not show the same respect towards D Wade late in his career that Wade showed to them. We understand that throughout the years injury and age really slowed down D Wade and he was not the same elite player that he once was when he was winning championships. But the fact of the matter is that Wade is a sacrificial person and he understands what he needs to do in order to win every year. We saw it when LeBron arrived in Miami. Yes, it is Wade County. Yes, Wade was there 7 years before LeBron even thought about taking his talents to South Beach. Wade decided to humble himself after the 2011 loss to Dallas and allowed LBJ to run the show in his city. That takes a lot from a person who has been the franchise face and who has also delivered a championship prior to LeBron’s arrival as well. I believe D Wade will go down as one of the most underrated leaders of all time. What people don’t realize is when it is time to step up in the big moment, you could always count on Wade to deliver. One of my favorite games by him was in the 2012 Eastern Conference Semifinals against the Indiana Pacers. With the team down 2-1 in the series, the teams back was against the wall and needed a spectacular game 4 by their superstar. Wade stepped up to the plate by scoring 30 points, 9 rebounds, and 6 assist. This performance uplifted the team as the Heat beat the Pacers in 6 games with Wade scoring 41 points in the closout game to end the Pacers season.

One thing I will say is that I’m going to miss D Wade when he hangs it up after this year. The way he was able to control and take over games in his prime was unbelievable. Everyone has their own opinions about how they feel about Wade, but his legacy will always be remembered for more generations to come.

If Y’all Don’t Shut The F*ck Up About Klay’s Shooting Struggles!

First off, we have to set things straight. KLAY THOMPSON IS ONE OF THE MOST OVERLOOKED SCORERS IN THE NBA TODAY. Why do I believe that statement? Well it’s normal to be overlooked when you’re not even the first or second scoring option on your own team. I believe that with Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant both being the Alpha’s of the Golden State Warriors, we possibly haven’t seen the elite scorer that Klay Thompson can be throughout a regular season. Many like to call Klay “inconsistent” or that “he’s not always aggressive on the offensive end” when all of those statements are flat out wrong. When you are playing on a championship team, everyone has a role that they play to contribute to the team and help get a win every night. Klay Thompson plays his role perfectly and is appreciated dearly by his teammates. It seems as if at the beginning of every year, Klay always has a slow start shooting the ball and eventually gets his shot going once the season continues on. Maybe it could be from fatigue as he is trying to get his body back on track after a long offseason. Or it could be his mind messing with him as he possibly could be overthinking his game. Every great shooter has tended to have a difficult stretch in the season where they can’t buy a basket or they’re not shooting as efficient as they were before. So how is Klay any different from any of the other great shooters in today’s game or from the past? No one criticized Ray Allen when he shot 0/13 from the field in an NBA Finals game after breaking the then Finals record of three pointers made with 8. Also no one criticized Larry Bird when he shot 4/15 in the 1985 ECF against the Sixers then shot 6/18 a game later. It’s shameful to see everyone count Klay out whenever he has a bad shooting stretch but praise him as one of the best shooters whenever he goes on to break the NBA record with 14 threes or scores 37 in a quarter. Regardless of how bad your shot is, shooters shoot and that will never change when you’re a great scorer like Klay is. The three time champ has proven to everyone that he is one of the most elite players in the game and will one day get his jersey retired by the Warriors organization. So for those critics on ESPN, Fox Sports, and other outsiders that like to count Klay out whenever he isn’t playing his best, just stop because you’re making yourself look crazy by disregarding this man for his greatness. Klay Thompson will go down as one of the greatest shooters to ever play and his legacy will be remembered once it’s all said and done.

Why Kawhi will leave Raptors after this year?

There is no question that Kawhi Leonard is playing at an MVP caliber level this season. Ever since his brutal ending in San Antonio, the 8 year veteran has renewed his career and shown everyone why he is such a big threat to any team. Kawhi is of course part of the reason for the Raptors success so far; but he is not all of the reason. Since this season began, Kawhi and the Raptors coaching staff decided to sit him down during back to back games as so far he has only played in 22 of the 30 games thus far. Now the question is how have the Raptors been doing when Leonard is absent? Well, 7-1 is not bad when you don’t have your star player on the floor with you alongside a dominating win over the two time defending champs as well. We all know that Kawhi is a great two way player who has shown that he can be a contributor to a championship team. But it is not about how the team has great talented players who play their role, it is about Kawhi’s happiness with the team revolving around him. The San Antonio drama this previous season gives evidence that Kawhi’s career is 50% about his personal interests and where he believes he will be happy. Even though both San Antonio and Kawhi could have both handled the situation much better, it still does not take away the fact that Kawhi had a great team around him last year with the likes of LaMarcus Aldridge, Tony Parker, Manu Ginobili, Dejounte Murray, and the list goes on and on of great players that Kawhi had with him last season. Now with the Raptors being the favorites to make it out of the East this year, will Kawhi be the entire reason behind the teams success or will he remain only part of the reason. Also, with free agency approaching, there are many other markets and organizations that could be in Kawhi’s interest. For example, he could return home to Los Angeles and play with Doc Rivers and the Clippers, or he could play at the Mecca of basketball in New York and attract the likes of Kyrie Irving or Kevin Durant. With everything being said, I believe that Kawhi Leonard is no doubt a top 10 player in the NBA today and is trying to climb the mountains to become the best to ever play. But the only way to achieve that goal as the top best, he wants to be the full force behind the team’s success and receive all of the recognition that he can get. When this offseason arrives and it is time for Kawhi to make his decision, I could be totally wrong about my take on Kawhi and he really could be happy with where he is right now. But until that time, I will continue to believe what I see and that is Kawhi Leonard not being a member of the Toronto Raptors once this season is over.

What The Future Holds For Fultz

As we all know, the number 1 overall pick in the 2017 Draft seems to not be living up to the expectations that everyone believed him to achieve. Markelle Fultz has had one of the most uncanny first two seasons that any other player has had since becoming drafted. Let’s look back to his freshmen year at Washington. Fultz went on to average 23 points per game on 47% shooting. Now although his free throw numbers were not that great with only shooting 64% from the line, you could see that he had confidence in his game and the jump shot was there for him prior to entering the league. Now what is next? Will Fultz be able to fix his jump shot back to the way it was prior to being drafted? Or will his shot be broken forever and we’ll never be able to see how great of a player he was suppose to become. With all that said, the Philadelphia 76ers should continue to work with Fultz and help him develop into the player that he can be. It’s all there in the history of the Sixers in drafting players and giving them time to develop and turn into a great player. If Markelle Fultz is destined to put the time in and work on his individual game, he can become a great NBA player and continue to help the Sixers remain a huge threat in the Eastern Conference. As Fultz is rehabbing and working on bettering himself as a player, only the future knows where his NBA career can go from here.

Tatum Will Be Great

With the 2018-2019 NBA Season approaching, every single player is looking forward to taking their game to another level. One of those players includes Celtics Forward Jayson Tatum. The 6 foot 8 phenom had a miraculous rookie season for Boston averaging around 14 points per game alongside 5 rebounds as well. Although his regular season numbers were good, the rookie seemed to catch most of his attention during the postseason as Tatum and the short handed Celtics were one win away from a trip to the NBA Finals prior to being eliminated by LeBron James and the Cavs in 7 games. The 20 year old protege with a 6”11 wingspan is very lengthy and quick as he is able to be a dominant force on the defensive end and has a huge advantage against smaller players on offense. Having the opportunity to play with other great players, Tatum is able to feed off of his teammates and help his game improve even more as he is on the path to becoming one of the best to ever play. Tatum shows sacrifice and leadership at a young age as he is a team first player that is all about winning. The question now for Tatum is what is next as he goes into his second season? Will he continue his quest and improve or will he possibly take a step back? Throughout the offseason, Tatum has tended to continue to improve on his craft by working out with other NBA superstars including NBA legend Kobe Bryant. Since he’s been drafted, the kid shows everyone that he is humble and he wants to take on more challenges to show us what kind of player he can be. Though he is only 20 years of age, the expectations of this kid are very high as his career continues and he continues to blossom into the player he potentially can be. With his size and his demeanor every time he steps out on the court, there is no doubt that Tatum has the potential to be a great NBA player in the future.