The White American All-NBA Team 2K Recap

You might have seen my article a couple weeks ago titled “The White American All-NBA Team” where I came up with the best 12-man roster made up entirely of current white American NBA players. In that article, I predicted the roster was a 46-win team that would most likely lose in the first round of the playoffs. With no better way to judge how the team would do, I turned to 2K to see how they’d fair. I used the Minnesota Timberwolves because some civil right leaders criticized them for having too many white players a few years ago. Now, there’d really be an uproar in Minnesota.

I must say that my prediction was close to perfect. This team slightly exceeded my expectations by winning 48 games, but they exited in the first round in 6 games at the hands of the San Antonio Spurs.

The offense was definitely a strength (5th in the league in points per game with 108.6), specifically the three-point shooting finishing atop the league with 10.9 made threes per game. I think the most interesting thing was how balanced the scoring was. Six players finished in double digits in scoring, with the leader only averaging 16.2 ppg. Another surprise was Gordon Hayward leading the team in assists. I ended up barely giving Kirk Hinrich any minutes, so I guess the CPU had Hayward bringing the ball up when McConnell wasn’t on the court. Despite the increased ball handling duties, Hayward limited his turnovers to 2.2 per game. Love finished with 15.5 ppg and 10.0 rpg, very similar to what he did in Cleveland last year. I would’ve guessed that he would score more, but he only played 28.6 minutes because Ryan Anderson was backing him up as the 6th man.

The defense finished middle of the pack, giving up 104.5 points per game. This was about where I thought they needed to be to make the playoffs. Just get enough stops and hope that they can outscore their opponents with that high-powered offense. Hayward was a standout with 1.6 steals and 1.3 blocks per game.

2K wasn’t all that impressed with the roster. They had the Timberwolves ranked 23rd overall at the start of the season. So maybe if I did a couple more simulations this team wouldn’t have done as well. Maybe this was an outlier. Nonetheless, The All-White American Team finished 48-34 and earned a playoff birth.

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Hope Solo Takes Indefinite Leave from Seattle Reign for ‘Personal Issues’

Earlier this week Hope Solo was suspended for 6 months from the U.S. Women’s National Team and all international play. While everyone knew only two friendlies will be played during that time it made such noise in the news for other issues, mainly gender inequality. Now Solo will actually be missing substantial time as she is taking time off from all soccer related activities.

Yes, Hope Solo should have been suspended, not for her comments following the quarterfinal defeat in Rio, but for a countless number of actions worthy of suspension she has been involved in throughout her career. I’m not here to bash someone’s character as a woman regarding the specifics to the events that transpired but it goes a lot deeper than her character. As mentioned across the sports media world the days following the suspension, Solo was upsetting not only the media and fans of women’s soccer but her fellow teammates and upper management as well. When factoring in Hope’s demeanor and attitude at times toward the sport of soccer the suspension could be a risky one. However, if they feel this and her leave from the Seattle Reign will straighten her out and improve her temperament on and off the pitch it may turn out to be the right move for American women’s soccer in the long run.

Women’s soccer has been at an all-time high this decade but now has finally suffered a major blow with the loss to Sweden at the Olympics and now the suspension of the face of the sport and protector of the USWNT. I hope to see improvements before the next major tournaments, especially from Hope Solo in particular.

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Best Backcourts in the NBA

Steph Curry and Klay Thompson have solidified themselves as the top backcourt in the NBA. But what about everybody else?

  1. Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson

    No surprise here. The Warriors hold a 140-24 record over the past two regular seasons and they are led by their backcourt. Curry and Thompson might be the best shooting tandem in the history of the NBA. They also fit really well together because Thompson is a solid perimeter defender that can cover the opposing team’s best guard so the Warriors can hide/rest Steph on defense. I expect this lethal backcourt to hold the top spot for the foreseeable future.

  2. Chris Paul and J.J. Redick

    Acquiring J.J. Redick was probably the only good move Doc Rivers has made as GM of the Clippers. Redick is a deadly shooter that has thrived with a point guard like CP3 who can hit him with on-time and on-target passes. J.J. lacks great size and speed, resulting in him being a below average defender. Fortunately for the Clips, Chris Paul has made five-straight appearances on the All-Defensive 1st team.

  3. Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum

    These two surprised everybody last season. Lillard and McCollum really stepped up after their team lost four starters last offseason and were expected to finish towards the bottom of the Western Conference. They can light it up on the offensive end, averaging a combined 45.9 points per game last season, which ranked second among backcourts (Steph and Klay averaged 52.2 ppg). This duo is unique because they both can run point as well as play off the ball.

  4. Kyle Lowry and Demar Derozan

    Lowry and Derozan struggled throughout the 2016 Playoffs, but you can’t take away what they accomplished during the regular season and ultimately being one of the last four teams remaining. They averaged a combined 44.7 points per game, good for 3rd in the league among backcourts. They accomplished this by making a living at the stripe. Lowry and Derozan averaged 6.4 and 8.4 free throw attempts per game respectively.

  5. John Wall and Bradley Beal

    Just a few years ago Wall and Beal seemed destined to be the top backcourt in the league. Injuries have cost them that chance so far. However, they do hold the #1 spot in terms of highest salaries among backcourts after Beal signed that huge 5 year, $128 million contract this offseason. These two still have a lot to prove, especially after the Wizards failed to make the playoffs in the 2015-16 season.

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Classic Mixtape of the Week 8/22/2016

A Kid Named Cudi  – Kid Cudi (2008)

After attempting to listen to Cudi’s last album, “Speedin’ Bullet 2 Heaven,” I had to go back to this mixtape just to remind myself that he actually used to make good music. It’s hard to believe that someone could fall off that hard. That album wasn’t intended to be a rap album, but that doesn’t excuse how awful it was. For Cudi’s sake, let’s go back to the good ol’ days when he exploded on the scene in 2008 with his triple-platinum single “Day ‘n’ Nite,” catching the attention of Kanye West and landing him a deal with GOOD Music.

Click here to download this mixtape.

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Classic Mixtape of the Week 8/15/2016

Dreamchasers 2 – Meek Mill (2012)

Meek Mill’s second mixtape, Dreamchasers 2, received 2.5 million downloads on DatPiff alone in the first 24 hours of its release. There’s a star-studded list of features on this mixtape. Kendrick Lamar, Big Sean, Drake, Mac Miller, 2 Chainz and much of the MMG roster make appearances. Because of the mixtape’s success, Meek included “Amen” and “Burn” as the first two singles for his debut album Dreams and Nightmares. 

Click here to download this mixtape.

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The White American All-NBA Team

In the 2015-16 season, white players made up 23% of the league, but most of them are foreign-born. The number of white Americans in the NBA seems to be dwindling every year. So here I’m going to fill a 12-man roster with the best white American players I can find at this stage of their careers and predict how many games they’d win versus the rest of the NBA. With limited options, I thought this would be an interesting challenge to see how they’d stack up.

Starting Five:

PG – T.J. McConnell

McConnell averaged 8.2 assists per 36 minutes last year as a rookie for the 76ers, a team that it’s not exactly easy to rack up assists on. He protects the ball as well, finishing with a 2.65 assist-to-turnover ratio last season. McConnell’s scrappy play should translate to some tough defense, which will be important on a team that lacks solid defensive players. He’s not much of a scorer, but I believe the rest of the starting lineup will be able to fill it up and McConnell can be a facilitator.

SG – J.J. Redick

Redick has steadily improved each and every season. He shot a career-high 47.5% from the 3-point line last year, good for second in the league, while averaging 16.3 ppg. Redick makes everyone’s life on offense that much easier with his great shooting ability and off-ball movement. The defense always has to key on him running around screens and be aware of where he’s at on the court, therefore allowing others to find openings.

SF – Gordon Hayward

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On this team, Gordon Hayward would finally have some help on the offensive end. Coming off the best season (19.7 ppg, 5.0 reb, 3.7 apg) of his career, I think Hayward should be the star of this team. At 26 years old, Hayward is just now entering his prime. Much like with the Jazz, a lot will be asked of him at the end of games because he’s one of the few guys on the roster that can create his own shot.

PF – Kevin Love

Kevin Love has received a lot of criticism since joining the Cleveland Cavaliers for not being as good as most anticipated he would be. However, on a team where he would be the first or second option, I think he still has the ability to average 20 points and 10 rebounds a game. Don’t forget that just a couple seasons ago Love averaged 26/12.

C – Mason Plumlee

Plumlee had a really nice playoffs for the Portland Trail Blazers. He fits in well with this roster with his ability to finish around the basket, protect the rim and even pass. During the postseason, Plumlee averaged 11.8 rebounds as well as 4.8 assists in just 28 mpg.


PF – Ryan Anderson


Anderson struck gold this offseason for $80 million with the Houston Rockets. He’s the prototypical stretch 4 that has always been able to score, averaging 18.1 points per 36 minutes for his career. I got him playing the 6th man role that he was put in the last few years with the Pelicans. The biggest struggle throughout his career has been staying healthy.

SF – Chandler Parsons

Parsons never reached expectations in his two years with the Mavs, but this didn’t stop him from signing a max deal with the Grizzlies for $94 million over 4 years. Unfortunately for him, that max contract isn’t landing him a starting spot on this team.

SG/SF – Kyle Korver

Korver struggled a bit with his shot last year (maybe showing his age), but he’s still one of the premier deep threats in the NBA. With him or Redick on the court at all times, this team should be able to spread the floor nicely.

C – Cody Zeller

Zeller was close to grabbing a starting spot ahead of Plumlee, but ultimately I like him coming off the bench. Last season, Zeller averaged 8.7 points to go along with 6.2 rebounds in 24 minutes per game.

PG – Kirk Hinrich

I’m hoping Hinrich has enough in the tank to give 12-15 minutes per game as the backup point guard entering his 14th NBA season. He’s a tough player that can run the offense and play good defense, but I don’t expect much more out of him.

PF/C – Frank Kaminsky

Kaminsky is another big guy that can shoot from deep. I liked what I saw from him off the bench last season for the Hornets.

PF – David Lee

Every team needs a washed up veteran at the end of the bench, right?


Gregg Popovich and Brad Stevens


Popovich, the five-time NBA champion and three-time Coach of the Year, with the best young coach at his side would be far and away the best coaching staff in the league. But how far would they be able to take this team?


I strongly believe this team would make the playoffs. Point guard play and team defense is clearly an issue, but they’d be a very tough team to guard. There are so many shooters that they would be able to create a lot of space for Hayward to drive and Love/Plumlee to roll to the basket. Their limitations would most likely keep them from advancing past the first round, but my prediction is 46 wins.

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Olympic Tennis Recap


If I were to ask anyone last Friday who the USA team member to be alive in both singles and doubles on Tuesday night I have a feeling your answer would not be Steve Johnson. His partner in doubles, Jack Sock along with Brian Baker and Denis Kudla were all eliminated in the first round of play in Brazil.

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Steve Johnson moves on to the third round in Men’s Singles and along with Jack Sock, make up one of the four pairs alive in doubles. Steve Johnson, the World #22, just got his first career title in Nottingham but the current draw does not look too promising. After a third round match up with Russian Evgeny Donskoy he will most likely be up against odds-on-favorite Andy Murray in the Quarterfinals.

Can the American take down an elite player on the biggest stage?


While Sam Querrey from Cali took down Djokovic at Wimbledon, I can’t imagine Steve Johnson stands much of a chance to stop Murray from collecting Back To Back gold medals.

Muller, Nadal, Monfils, and Murray to make the Semifinals

Murray over Nadal in the Finals

Men’s Third Round POD: Nadal/Simon Over 20.5


The upsets keep on coming as Serena Williams goes out in the third round losing to Svitolina, #20 from Ukraine, in a top draw now extremely up for grabs. Venus Williams was eliminated in the first round to Flipkens and the two were then promptly defeated in doubles the very next day. Its safe to say this has been the worst Olympic performance from the sisters of all time. It’s a sad thought but we may never see a Williams’s sister win a gold medal ever again.

The third member of Team USA Sloane Stephens goes down to the player I would call the “Hottest Girl In Sports” Genie Bouchard. Despite the hopes of Canadians and men everywhere, Bouchard could not defeat Kerber, maybe we will see another North American take a crack at it. First Madison Keys has to face youngster and my personal favorite female tennis player, Daria Kasatkina. This girl’s game is strong and recently consistent. Madison should be ready for another great match.


I have to side with my country on this one, especially when every other hopeful is on their way back to the states. Give me Keys and I see the over hitting in this match as well.

Kvitova, Puig, Keys, and Kerber to make the Semifinals

Keys over Kvitova in the Finals

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Women’s Quarterfinals POD: Keys/Kasatkina Over 20.5

Dog of the Day: Gilles Muller +160 over RBA

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