Here are the first two, in ascending order:
Aaron Gordon made the dunk contest. He got eliminated in the first round. Yay.
No one in the 3PT Contest.
End of regular season:
We finished 39-43, good for 9th in the west. After the trade deadline, we went 11-22. Wonderful.
We still had more shooting woes, even worse than the last stoppage. Aaron Gordon’s splits came down to 49/26/64. We only had two guys over 40% from three, and Desmond Bane wasn’t even a part of that list. There were six guys in double figures in scoring (Bane, JJJ, Gordon, Timelord, Maxey, Lamb). We basically got worse as a team. Even our defense went down, but not by much. Offense is going to be a huge priority.
Time for the play-in. We’re up against the 10 seed Grizzlies (who I scammed them for JJJ and Bane). The spread is Kings -3.
End of the first quarter: Memphis is up 22-20. Basically all our scoring is from Aaron Gordon (7) and Jeremy Lamb (8). JJJ is struggling so far, 0-5 FGs and 0-3 from 3PT. He’s also turned the ball over twice.
End of second quarter: Memphis is up 49-43. They went on a huge run but we limited the damage at the end of the quarter. Aaron Gordon has four fouls. My bench is really struggling, as all of the starters have positive +/-s.
End of third quarter: Memphis is up 69-60. Again, they started to pull away but we came back. Davion Mitchell is our leading scorer with 14.
4 minutes left: we’re tied 74-74.
1 minute left: Tyrese Maxey hits a clutch 3 to give us a 81-78 lead.
44 seconds: Steven Adams gets fouled and promptly misses both free throws. Domantas Sabonis gets the offensive board though.
37 seconds: De’Anthony Melton misses a mid-range jumper, and Sabonis gets another offensive board.
33 seconds: Sabonis gets fouled by JJJ. JJJ fouled out. Sabonis hits both FTs.
23 seconds: Maxey misses a layup, and Sabonis gets another board. He’s up to 25 for the game. 12 seconds: De’Anthony Melton misses a three. We finally get a rebound. The Timelord snatches it up. But he promptly gets the ball stolen by Dillon Brooks.
5 seconds: Ja gets an layup and a foul. He makes the FT. Memphis is up 83-81.
2 seconds: Desmond Bane gets fouled. He makes both FTs. It’s a tie game.
We’re into overtime.
A minute in, no score.
3 minutes left, 85-85.
2 minutes left, 88-85.
1 minute left, Memphis is on a run. Up 93-85. And it looks like our season is likely to be over.
End of game: we lost 95-88 :(
It was a promising season, but we go into the offseason disappointed. And our non-playoff streak extends.
We have some interesting results, as the 8 seeded Hornets not just beat the 1 seeded Bucks, but they swept them. And it doesn’t look like there were any major injuries.
It’s Brooklyn against Denver in the Finals. And the Nets get the sweep. KD averaged 37 in the finals.
Awards: we didn’t get any. But JJJ made the all-defensive third team (there isn’t even one in the NBA lol)
On to the offseason we go
I have 87 million in cap space and 11 open roster spots.
First, JJJ. He’s back on a 5 year 90 million contract.
Second, the Timelord. He’s back on a 5 year 30 million contract (massive steal)
Third, Aaron Gordon. Another bargain contract, as he wants 4 years, 3.5 million per year. I’ll gladly take it.
Fourth, Jeremy Lamb. He wants a near-minimum, but I’ll let him go for now. I want to give more minutes to my young guys.
Fifth, Thomas Bryant. At 25 years old and 56/60, I’ll take a 5 year 21 million contract.
Sixth, Lonnie Walker. Resigned for 4 years, 4.5 million per year.
The rest are veterans that I’ll let go, but I can resign if need be.
Besides Josh Jackson. I’ll resign the GOAT for a minimum.
I have quite a bit of money to spend, about 50 million. Thats the most in the league by far. And I have 5 open roster spots.
The best free agent available is Miles Bridges. He wants 27.5 million per year over 5 years.
Next up is Jonas Valanciunas, Zach Lavine, SGA, Norman Powell, and a bunch of other vets.
The main question is whether I want Bridges or not. I can sign him easily and still have cap space, but I’m not sure I want such a long money commitment.
I can also sign SGA. He only wants 20 million a year.
I’m going to wait a few days, and see what happens.
First day: Bridges got signed. Oh well.
A few days have passed. I’m going to sign SGA (60/65). 5 years, 94 million. I’m also going to sign Svi Mykhailiuk for shooting.
A week later: signing Kevon Looney (50/54) for center depth. 3 years, 6 million
Onto the preseason we go.
Player development: not great. Lots of minuses. The only pluses are: JJJ (up to 69/72), Thomas Bryant (up to 59/61), and… Charles Bassey.
PG: Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Davion Mitchell,
SG: Desmond Bane, Tyrese Maxey, Lonnie Walker IV, Svi Mykhailiuk
SF: Aaron Gordon, Justin Holiday, Josh Jackson
PF: JJJ, Jonathan Kuminga, Charles Bassey
C: Robert Williams III, Thomas Bryant, Kevon Looney
Let's see how well this team does.
Per usual, if y'all want any other stats or anything, let me know and I'll try my best to provide them.