Does the NBA need a change

The current game in the NBA has changed so much today. There are virtually no down low scoring options,  opposed to back 30 years ago, when there were guys like Moses Malone, Hakeem Olajuwon, and Patrick Ewing, who were all steadily putting up 20 or more a game. Shots for bigmen has also declined, as they are not looked to as inside/out game – opposed to the older big fells looked to as the inside option as 1 – getting their shots in the 80s and 90s.
Is it due to better players – or is the whole system is broken?
29 year old SG, Steph Curry has ruined today’s generation with the 3 point shot. The deep ball was an added weapon – something that no one relied on, it has now become the true essence of a teams offense to run through. I understand that basketball has evolved, as any sport always does. That doesn’t mean it hasn’t changed for the better though. And don’t get me wrong, I like Curry as a player. I think he is talented and an amazing shooter, but over the last 5 years in particular, there has been a huge difference in how kids learn the game these days. No one knows how to move without the ball anymore, they stand around the perimeter and wait for the ball to swing to them to get their chance at a 3.
The younger generation growing up all want to be Curry. College basketball is becoming that as well. Golden State started a great downfall in the NBA. With players pulling up for a 3 on a 2 on 1 break, changes everything we learned in fundamental hoops. When it works, it is great. When it doesn’t, bricks are flying – and it’s like watching a sloppy gym class game. 30 years ago, players like Larry Bird, and Darrell Griffith were lethal as their teams deep ball masters, they would end up the season with 90-100 treys – and they were likely in the top 3 in the NBA at the end of the season. Fast forward to 2017 – there were 104 players with 100 or more 3FG made on the season. Think about that for a brief moment. Does this men they were better players back then – or just the amount of opportunity? We know the answer.
The lack of ball movement down low and set play fundamentals has been diminished. The players of today are bigger and more athletic than the players from 20-30 years ago – yes, but a skilled overall game is vastly lacking. The basics and fundamentals are focused on far less by today’s generation of players. The game has evolved to just about shooting 3’s everywhere on the court. It has become unbalanced with the core emphasis on firing off 3’s.
With almost half the leagues teams putting up an average of 30 or more/threes a game, it is making the game repetitive and blah to watch at times. Something should be done to change it. Bring back a bigman who can dominate the game from down low. Watching a player stick a 28 footer is awesome – don’t get me wrong, as a lifelong fan of Larry Bird – I have loved the deep game. But when players take 60% of their shots out behind the arc, it lessons the impact to me. Somehow, someway. Players are just driving to the hoop, and dishing out to someone spotting up, we all see it every game, it is so predictable.
Maybe push the 3pt shot back even 4-5 feet – modify it. It doesn’t mean players like James Harden, and Steph Curry wont still drill their shots. But, when they start shooting 2-10 from there and not 5-10 every game, the game plan will be more than just dribble off the pick and chuck it from the arc. If they’re not going allow guys to play hands on defense in this soft basketball era – they need to move the 3pt line back. The game has far too much isolation ball and it has gotten to the point of being boring, at times. The NBA has gotten very soft, where pretty much everything seems to be a foul –  I think the evolution of the 3ball is also a symptom of that.
Where’s the inside game, the up and under? Where’s the 12ft jumper?  Bring it back to when, power forwards and centers were actually part of the offense, and not just surviving on offensive rebounds. It was a nice novelty when a team had a “shooting big man” like Dirk Nowitzki, who could drift out and create a matchup problem for a team – but now it is every team, every game. I think that is why players struggle to make a mid range jumper anymore.
The 3 is used far too much, of course we expect some 3 pointers put up, but because of the constant 28 footers – the tough physicality of the game is being abandoned. I love physical basketball, players who can shoot, but not guys who are terrified of getting into the paint, and do mans work. No teams play hard nosed basketball anymore. No tough in your face ball down low.
I hope the game will adjust, it went from dump down post plays to more of the pick and roll, to the now drive and kick with 3 point shot. Teams will make the adjustments on their defenses planned all around stopping the 3 pointer, and I hope down the road all the players who are living from the three point line, start to deal with a better defending of the arc and a massive defensive void in the lane will begin. A player comes up and destroys the league with a ridiculous mid range/post up game. Which will turn the league back into a battle in the paint.


We are getting the NBA FINALS that we all wanted. We are also getting the finals that we all knew in our hearts was going to happen. The playoffs, for the most part, have been borderline dreadful with continual blowouts and lopsided games. There simply have been no other teams that have been able to even come close to either Cleveland or Golden State this post season.

After last years incredible and very emotional ride that Cleveland went on, coming back 3 games to 1 was historically phenomenal. The series last year we saw Kyrie grow up ( 27.1 ppg ) and LeBron showed even more of a champions heart than many have given him credit for, in his illustrious and legendary career.

I fully expect these finals to be some of the best games that we’ll see in quite some time. Golden State made some huge moves during the off season picking up Kevin Durant ( career 27.2 ppg ) who has been nothin but exceptional for the Dubs with his 25.1 ppg and career best 53.7% shooting. They just continue to stacks the odds in their favor in the west.

Cleveland Cavaliers (51-31 regular season )
12-1 / playoffs
116.7 ppg/playoffs (+6.4 ppg compared to the regular season)
103.1 oppg/ playoffs (-4.1 oppg compared to the regular season )
.504 FG %/playoffs (+3% compared to the regular season )
.435 3FG% / playoffs ( +5% compared to the regular season )

Front court post season numbers
LeBron James: 32.5 ppg 8.0 rpg 7.0 apg .566 FG% .421 3FG%
Tristan Thompson: 9.2 ppg 9.3 rpg 1.0 apg .600 FG% – 3FG%
Kevin Love: 17.2 ppg 10.4 rpg 1.9 apg .457 FG% .475 3FG%

Backcourt post season numbers
Kyrie Irving: 24.5 ppg 2.4 rpg 5.6 apg .466 FG% .356 3FG%
JR Smith: 6.6 ppg 2.6 rpg 0.8 apg .484 FG% .449 3FG%

Key bench players post season numbers
Kyle Korver, SG: 6.4 ppg 1.8 rpg 0.8 apg .443 FG% .415 3FG%
Iman Shumpert, SG: 4.7 ppg 3.1 rpg 1.0 apg .488 FG% .471 3FG%
Channing Frye, PF: 7.8 ppg 1.7 rpg 1.1 apg .545 FG% .526 3FG%

Golden State Warriors (67-15 regular season )
12-0 / playoffs
118.3 ppg/playoffs ( +2.4 compared to the regular season )
102.0 oppg/ playoffs ( -2.3 compared to the regular season )
.502 FG %/playoffs ( + < 1% compared to the regular season )
.389 3FG% / playoffs ( + <1% compared to the regular season )

Front court post season numbers
Kevin Durant: 25.2 ppg 7.8 rpg 3.7 apg .556 FG% .417 3FG%
Zaza Pachulia: 6.1 ppg 4.3 rpg 1.0 apg .532 FG% – 3FG%
Draymond Green: 13.9 ppg 8.7 rpg 7.2 apg .500 FG% .472 3FG%

Backcourt post season numbers
Klay Thompson: 14.4 ppg 3.5 rpg 2.0 apg .383 FG% .364 3FG%
Stephen Curry: 28.6 ppg 5.5 rpg 5.6 apg .502 FG% .431 3FG%

Key bench players post season numbers
Andre Iguodala, SF: 6.5 ppg 4.4 rpg 3.1 apg .418 FG% .111 3FG%
Shaun Livingston, PG: 4.4 ppg 2.7 rpg 1.6 apg .613 FG% – 3FG%
David West, PF: 4.6 ppg 3.0 rpg 2.8 apg .571 FG% – 3FG%

Cleveland and Golden State both have offenses that have been virtually unstoppable – lighting up and beating teams by painful numbers during these playoffs. Both of these teams have huge household names who are both capable of dropping 50 any given night without problems. But they also have the calming luxury of surrounding their players with other great players. We really haven’t seen this kind of 2 team dominance in many many years – sit back and enjoy what we knew was coming all year long.

Written by TonyK for VegasTopDogs.

NBA Playoffs Info


The Warriors have shown time & time again why they deserve to billed as favorites to win the NBA. I feel that Golden State’s knack @ consistently hitting from beyond the arc trumps anything Portland has to offer. Terry Stotts may have his Trailblazers stealing the early Adrenalin pushing them to a lead (if they can knock down enough 3’s) in the 1st half. Expect HC Steve Kerr & Co. to make halftime adjustments & outlast Portland in the end. Draymond Green & Andre Iguodala will rule the boards & guards Stephen Curry & Klay Thompson should post better numbers from the perimeter than they did in Game 2. Let’s get ready to change venues to the Moda Center as we eagerly grab the GOLDEN STATE WARRIORS as my 9 Star Headliner Moneyliner!
Records as Thursday morning, April 27th:
NHL 2016-17 Overall Seasonal Record: 25-19 for—-57%—-
NBA 2016-17 Overall Seasonal Record: 10-1 for —-91%—-
MLB 2017 Overall Seasonal Record: 2-1—-67%—-
Final 2016-17 CBB Overall Seasonal Record: 49-27-2—-64%—-
Final 2016-17 CFB Overall Seasonal Record: 43-28—-60%—-
Final 2016-17 NFL Overall Seasonal Record: 60-55 —-52%—-

Mike Handzelek of VegasTopDogs.

The Golden St Warriors are the team to beat in the NBA this year


While the Golden State Warriors are looking like the best team in the NBA and are almost unbeatable at home, they will be going on the road soon and I think there will be multiple times to fade them. Steph Curry is on fire and shooting lights out and expected to break the single season 3-pt FG’s made record by over 200 at the pace he is on. The Warriors have been winning and Klay Thompson has yet to play well. How scary is that?

Curry has 30 points in five of his first six games, the first Warriors player to do so since Hall of Famer Rick Barry in 1974-75. Hall of Famer Chris Mullin was the last player with 25 in each of the season’s first six games (1990-91).

Curry made a 3-pointer in his 79th straight game, matching Michael Adams for the third-longest streak in NBA history.

Curry knocked down eight 3s and is shooting more of them for Golden State, which had opened defense of its title with five straight games against Western Conference playoff teams from last season.

In closing, while Golden State has been a great bet this season, I do think they will cool off and the linesmakers will have to adjust the lines so much, that we can now start to get value with the opposing team. I expect the Warriors to slip when they hit a long road trip.

Written by TonyK of

Is Stephen Curry the best player in the NBA?


Stephen Curry and his dominance of the NBA courts this season have been nothing short of awesome. He is a player that should and will remain with this team for a long time. Curry has always been able to shoot the rock with amazing and deadly accuracy. But he has added more to his game. Now he’s getting to the rim more and making plays in the paint as well as breaking ankles with some of his dribbling moves. Drilling 5 and 6 threes in a game, at this point, is astonishingly nothing new for the 26 year old star.
When Curry came out of Davidson, I enjoyed watching him in the NCAA tournament, which was where I think the majority of people were likely opened to his skills. Obviously we aren’t and shouldn’t be at all surprised to see him shoot the way he does.
Curry can score from anywhere on the court. He can make plays for everyone else. He can create his own shot, and what I love most, is he is a team guy, and doesn’t force things in the game, he doesn’t try to play the hero, he let’s the game just flow. Steph has everything you want from your floor leader, including his great footwork. He can facilitate the game like a legendary PG, with 8 dimes/game.
And his defense has gotten better as well. This season he has 17 games with 2 or more steals, I’m mildly surprised at just how good Curry’s defense has been. And with his much improved his defense he can now make the important stops or help out off switches at a higher level. Keeping a belief that his D is just as important, has been excellent, instead of making him solely the offensive specialist, which he has obviously mastered.
He does more for his team than any other PG in the league. CP3 and Russel Westbrook as PGs may get a lot of attention, but comparing them to Curry right now, doesn’t come close. Westbrook cannot shoot the ball like Curry. And CP3 simply cannot take a game over like Curry. The argument is invalid, they are both very good PGs and can be talked about that way, but not best. He is doing everything on the court at the elite level.
Curry is shooting 39% on 3s, 58% on 2s, 92% on FTs. Averaging 23 ppg, 8 apg, 5 rpg. And has a true shooting of 58% not to mention his PER rating of 26.30 which is higher than LeBron James, Kobe Bryant, and Blake Griffin, all guys that the media gives an awful lot of attention to over Steph.
He has proven with steady leadership, as the Warriors are now 25-5 with only 1 home loss. They have really emerged as one of the league’s true top end teams, and are one to watch for. Curry and Klay Thompson have emerged as the NBA’s best backcourt, with their deadly combination of of speed, athleticism and court smarts that keeps the NBA on their toes, waiting for the explosion from them, when they are on the court.
Curry’s ascendance has given Warrior’s fans a much-needed lift on which to have strong belief their future. And play like that has to start from the leaders of the team. And Curry has set the standard. Golden State and their success is because they play as a team. There are no big egos, they don’t play selfish ball, proven by their 4th in NBA ranking in the NBA in ball distribution.
There is no question, that Curry is the best PG in basketball right now. With the talent on this Golden State team, Curry knows inconceivably, that when he brings his A-game, there is no one else out there who can beat this team. And yes, that includes the Spurs, who have been very average this season so far. It’s all resting on Curry now, this seems to be his title to lose. I think that the rest of the league is hoping he’s not on that game.
Right now, after many years of frustration it’s a good time to be a Warrior fan as they are having a huge winning season.
We all have our own concept as to what a best player is. And there really is no right or wrong answer, which is what makes it the greatest conversation in any sport. Stephen Curry has more than proven what he means to his team, with his leadership, maturity on and off the court, his scoring, passing, and all round play have been nothing short of awesome. As for right now, LeBron and Durant may get the media love as the best player, for their own skill sets and what they bring to their teams. but let’s keep a watchful eye on one guy named Stephen Curry Let’s watch him for the next 8-10 years and enjoy, I know I will be.