Las Vegas Journal 7/8

My first day of Sports Business Classroom starts today, but I have been here for a day. I got in yesterday and watched a few Summer League games. It’s my first time in Vegas and it’s exactly what I expected. I have heard Orlando be described as Kid Vegas. I have been to Orlando before, and Vegas is definitely Adult Orlando.

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More Post Touches: 7/5 Free Agency Recap

We thought of a name! More post touches, the big man version of Contested Long Twos. Gotta feed the big man.

You know the drill. Scott and Ethan talk about free agency for an hour and it’s pretty good. Enjoy!

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Assessing Value of Modern Centers

I had Wendell Carter Jr. below Marvin Bagley III on my draft board, and am pretty sure I was wrong.

My main concern with Carter was that there was no feasible way for him to cement himself as an top-10 center. I ascribe to the Dunc’d on philosophy, outlined in their most recent center rankings. They said that it only worth paying the best centers, and that the gulf in talent between the 15th and the 30th best center is not worth its price difference.

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The Podcast Formerly Known As Contested Long Twos: 2018 First Round Mock

Scott and Ethan are back with another first round mock (WITH TRADES).

 

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The Podcast Formerly Known As Contested Long Twos: 2018 Draft Lottery Preview

Scott, Ethan, and Brian did their annual gathering to talk about the top guys in the draft. They did this last year and then Scott’s hard drive crashed. So it’s not actually annual as far as everyone else is concerned, but it’s annual.

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Are “3 and D” Wings Still The Ideal?

Mikal Bridges is a great shooter and fantastic team defender with solid length. Many have ignored his lack of creation because he fits such an obvious role on a team. We’ve been told for years how important it is to find players with legitimate small forward size who can space the floor.

The rise of switching defense and attacking mismatches gives me pause that Mikal Bridges is the ideal modern small forward role player in 2018.

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Trae Young!

I watched two Trae Young games: vs. Kansas 1/23 and vs. Oklahoma State in the Big 12 Tournament.

He is #3 on my board, and will probably stay there.

I think I’ll write something for Sir Charles about how I do not see him as a boom or bust prospect. His vision is elite, and I have never seen a freshman guard better at looking to score and pass at the same time.

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Some More Jaren Jackson Jr. Thoughts

My article on Jaren Jackson Jr. dropped on Sir Charles yesterday. I’ve read it over and thought more about it. I also listened to two podcasts that made me think about aspects I did not address in the article.

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Thoughts

By: Brian Kane

I really thought they were going to make it. I really, truly, honestly thought they were going to do it this year. I was confident enough about it to start saying it out loud after 2-2. I thought Tatum would keep rising. I thought Smart and Morris would wear him down. I thought Rozier would break his slump, just for one game, just for long enough. I thought Al wouldn’t in a million years let it happen at home. I was right about some of it, and still. Life comes at your fast. Or rather, LeBron comes at you fast.

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Marvin Bagley III and Playoff Trends

Hi all. I am going to try to do this every day, or at least almost every day. I have been writing for sircharlesincharge.com since January 2018. This is why the most recent Contested Long Twos post before this one is from December 2017.

Writing for an actual website where I care about how people interpret the quality of my writing has limited my opportunities for expressing ideas. That’s fine. It’s why I’m doing this.

Giles and I have started our annual watching of the college games. As soon as lottery order is determined, we find a butt-ton of full NCAA game replays on YouTube, and parse through the prospects.

I watched Marvin Bagley III play Florida State at Duke on Dec. 30. I was blown away by his decisiveness with the ball, footwork, vision, touch around the rim, knack for offensive rebounding, and functional strength.

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