Archives For Andrew Bynum

FINAL

       CLE(6-13) 89 – 108 (11-10) ATL

Key Performers:
A. Horford (ATL): 22 pts, 9 reb, 4 ast, 2 stl, 2 blk
D. Waiters (CLE): 30 pts, 2 reb, 1 ast
[FULL BOX SCORE]

On a night where much of the attention was focused on Kyle Korver’s streak, the Hawks offense came out in full force. Supported by a 37-point outburst in the 1st quarter, the Hawks ran the Cavs outta town with ease. Kyrie Irving was held scoreless and the Cavs were atrocious. Oh, and THE STREAK THE STREAK THE STREAK! (More on that later)

Reaction Grades: [assessed 0-10]

Al Horford: Lil’ Tito was in a groove all night long, shooting 10-for-19 from the floor (see Key Performers above). He shot 13 mid-range jumpers. Thirteen! He only made six of them, which surprises me considering how wide open he was on many of those. The biggest low point of the night for Horf was when he fumbled a gorgeous pass on a fastbreak and lost it out of bounds. Come on Al! You won the Heisman as a WR in my NCAA 14 Road to Glory! 8.5/10

Jeff Teague: He’s still averaging 16 points and eight assists, but, for the past few games, I haven’t liked what I’ve seen from Teague. He added 13 points and six assists last night all while shooting 43% from the field. That makes two straight “eh” games. His three-ball continues to fail him (1-for-4 last night) and it seemed as if the Cavs were daring him to shoot from out there. Last time we had an opponent dare a player to shoot a three? I think you know who it is. Next up is a tough test against Russell Westbrook. Should be interesting to see what kind of game Jeff brings. 5/10

Paul Millsap: With all the rumors surrounding Omer Asik being dealt, the Hawks scenario generally involves swapping him with Paul Millsap. I highly disapprove. Trillsap showed us again last night why he is worth more than just $9.5 million a year. A beastly statline of 16 points, 14 rebounds, and 5 assists sums up the Cleveland power forwards well. They were thoroughly dominated last night. 8.5/10

DeMarre Carroll: He didn’t make any of his three attempts from the beyond the arc, but snagged eight boards. Eight boards! I don’t know whether to be happy that he’s crashing the glass so effectively or angry because he’s taking away stats from Al and Paul! But hey, 10 points and 8 boards for DeMarre is a solid night, even if he didn’t make a three. 6/10

Kyle Korver: THE STREAK THE STREAK THE STREAK THE STREAK THE STREAK THE STREAK.He played well on his record-breaking night and said at halftime that he’s “glad its over so he can play some basketball.” The Hawks gave him a nice tribute video showing all 90 of his made threes. Job well done. 90/10 Continue Reading…

2012-13 Record: 24-58 (13th in East)z-cavs

Playoff Result: Missed playoffs

Key Additions: Andrew Bynum (free agent), Jarrett Jack (free agent), Earl Clark (free agent), Anthony Bennett (draft), Sergey Karasev (draft), Mike Brown (coach)

Key Losses: Wayne Ellington (free agent), Omri Casspi (free agent), Marreese Speights (free agent)

Predicted 2013-14 Record: 41-41 (8th in East)*

What to Expect: Cleveland had one of the better summers, winning the draft lottery (again) and inking free agent center Andrew Bynum.

They’re a largely unproven team, though. Bynum and Anderson Varejao’s health will be what Cleveland’s season relies on. The Cavs took a chance on Bynum, bringing in the former All-Star big who missed all of last season on a two-year, $24 million deal, with only $6 million guaranteed. Bynum’s bulky knees have caused him to sit out lengthy stretches of the season in the past.

Then, there’s Varejao, who has played a combined 81 games in the past three years. Last season it was blood clots and leg injuries that kept Cleveland’s energy guy sidelined.

Cleveland is also incredibly young, with seven players age 23 or younger. Kyrie Irving is a budding star. Anthony Bennett could fill the gapping hole at small forward as the No. 1 overall selection. Tristan Thompson and Dion Waiters add to a very strong core of young talent who will be expected to step their game up as Cleveland fights for it’s first playoff birth post-LeBron. Continue Reading…

Just hear me out.

First of all, there were hardly any bigs with Bynum’s level of talent left on the market before Atlanta signed Paul Millsap. Dwight Howard is off to Houston, and was a stretch for the Hawks to sign since free agency began. Josh Smith was about as close as it gets as far as talent goes, but all signs pointed to his time with Atlanta being over. Nikola Pekovic was on the market as well, but as a restricted free agent the Timberwolves would have likely matched any offer sheet the Hawks sign him to.

Now, there was the Omer Asik option, being he and Lin coming to Atlanta in exchange for Josh Smith in a sign-and-trade. I love Asik’s defensive prowess, but there are some key faults in his game and in this potential deal to consider. He’s 27 years old and rarely at that age does a player still add on to his game. Asik is in dire need to do so, still being on the raw side on the offensive end, shooting 56% from the free throw line, 28% from anywhere outside of 3 feet from the basket and scoring 0.63 PPP in the post.

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