Upset Watch 2015: My NBA playoffs first-round preview
We have entered the zone of straight-up best-of-seven knockout series. And beyond the single game edge that every ‘home’ team will have in each series, nothing from the past will matter anymore. Like every year, I present a preview in terms of percentage probabilities; as in, the probability of an underdog (away team) to upset the favourite in every series (home team) in the First Round. It’s an inexact science, occasionally wrong, but I promise you, thoroughly entertaining. Here – in ascending order of least probably upset to most – is my preview of all the series in the First Round.
Clearing the Deadline cobwebs: The best players traded on the NBA’s record trade-deadline day
In the biggest trade deadline day in NBA history, 37 players moved in 11 trades across the league. 16 of the NBA’s 30 teams will enter the last half of the season with a roster change, including some dramatic moves that could boost various title aspirants. With the number of multiple team trades, draft picks offered, protection on future draft picks, and the reshaping of rosters, it was difficult for even the staunchest NBA follower to clear the cobwebs and find where their favourite players landed or how their favourite teams have reloaded. Here is my countdown of the top ten players who have moved to new teams:
It was argued that the Pacers would miss the playoffs this year having lost Stephenson to Charlotte Hornets and Paul George to injury for the season before the season began. Starters George Hill and West started the season injured and Pacers played some games even without Hibbert due to injury. An unproductive bench was unlikely to step up and win some games for the Pacers so many argued that it would be best for them to tank to get a higher draft pick in 2015 draft. However, Larry Bird and coach Vogel had other ideas.
Detour: Will Andrew Wiggins make Cleveland Cavaliers regret?
Andrew Wiggins was picked number one by the Cavaliers, but with LeBron James 'coming home', Cleveland traded him to Minnesota for Kevin Love. There could have hardly been a crazier way for Wiggins to begin his NBA journey – now, he has a chance to turn the shape of this fantastic journey ahead on his own terms.
The Next Reign: Who snatches the NBA’s next MVP trophy after the LeBron-Durant era
Who is the most likely candidate to snag the MVP trophy away from the LeBron-Durant two-headed monster? I’m here to take a peer forward into the near future to identify the future stars of the league, and who among them will have the best chance of starting a new reign at the top of the league’s player standings.