TAG: Wes Johnson

Fantasy Doctor, NBA / Oct 7, 2011 / 11:00 am

NBA Fantasy Team Analysis: The Minnesota Timberwolves

Kevin Love

Kevin Love (photo. Blake Peterson)

What can one say about the Minnesota Timberwolves that David Kahn already hasn’t? This team has one fantasy monster and a bunch of dudes who aren’t good for much else than rounding out the end of your roster. With timeshares bound to happen at multiple positions, it’ll take a lot of boldness for fantasy owners to draft most of these players. Read More »

Fantasy Doctor, NBA / Feb 22, 2011 / 11:30 am

Fantasy Trade Analysis: Carmelo Anthony To The Knicks

Carmelo Anthony

Carmelo Anthony, Dime #53

After months of speculation, we can purge ourselves and our Twitter feeds of the nauseating(ly named) “Melodrama.” Late Monday night, a big-time three-team deal took place that finally sent Carmelo Anthony to the New York Knicks, among other things. There are many cogs to this machine, the trade is awaiting league approval, and the wheeling and dealing for some of these players isn’t done yet, but here’s a quick look at what we can expect in the aftermath from a fantasy perspective. Read More »

Smack / Jan 4, 2011 / 3:10 am

LeBron, D-Wade, Bosh almost beat Bobcats by themselves

LeBron James

There were a couple of sharks in the water in Charlotte last night, and neither one of them played for the home team. Dwyane Wade and LeBron James smelled blood in the arena, and almost immediately went about splurging with some devastating results. Miami ran away from the Bobcats in the second half en route to a 14-point win led by James (38 points) and Wade (31 points). Throw in the 11 points from the third leg of the tripod, Chris Bosh, and they were just one bucket away from beating Charlotte by themselves … Read More »

NBA / Aug 12, 2010 / 11:30 am

Dime Q&A: Corey Brewer on Losing, Shopping & the Dunk of the Year

Corey Brewer

While his team, the Minnesota Timberwolves, finished with the second-worst record in the NBA this past season, Corey Brewer is coming off his best pro campaign yet. The two-time NCAA champion at Florida was in consideration for the NBA’s Most Improved Player award, averaging 13 points and 1.4 steals per game. He also had one of the season’s best dunks when he practically jumped over Derek Fisher in a game at the Staples Center. I caught up with Corey at the adidas Nations camp this weekend and we talked losing, Florida, and the Mall of America: Read More »

NBA / Jul 9, 2010 / 4:10 pm

5 Best NBA Offseason Moves Nobody is Talking About

Daequan Cook (photo. Keith Allison)

Daequan Cook (photo. Keith Allison)

Welcome to the first day of the rest of the NBA offseason. While so much attention has been focused on LeBron and now the Miami Heat, there are 29 other teams and a couple hundred other players with business to take care of before training camp.

Not everybody was waiting for LeBron, D-Wade and Bosh, either. From the eve of the NBA Draft to the early stages of free agency, those who were active have been rewarded. Here are the five best offseason moves that may have slipped under the radar: Read More »

Smack / Jun 25, 2010 / 4:25 am

The First Day of the Rest of Your NBA Career: 2010 NBA Draft

John Wall

Of all people, Lou Williams best summed up last night’s NBA Draft and the surrounding, um, activities. On his Twitter account (@TeamLou23), Williams wrote: “Early congrats to all the guys gettin drafted tonight and for all the women in NYC tryna get drafted as well. G’luck ladies.” … While the first five picks went pretty much according to form — John Wall to Washington, Evan Turner to Philly , Derrick Favors to Jersey, Wes Johnson to Minnesota, and DeMarcus Cousins to Sacramento — things started getting crazy at six. The Warriors passed on Greg Monroe (a big man who can rebound and pass better than almost all of G-State’s guards) to take Baylor’s Ekpe Udoh, which appeared to cause Detroit to drop its fascination with Ed Davis and snatch up Monroe. Read More »

Smack / Jun 24, 2010 / 12:24 am

Last-minute rumors and trades before the 2010 NBA Draft

Derrick Favors at Georgia Tech

Derrick Favors at Georgia Tech

Later on tonight, 60 ballplayers will live out a dream moment, while at least 60 more will feel the sting of getting pretty close to the dream but falling short. (Before re-focusing on making it the hard way.) That would be the NBA Draft, and as we get closer to the festivities at Madison Square Garden, the trade rumors and high-stock/low-stock speculation is running rampant … For the longest time it seemed the Nets were clearly taking either Derrick Favors or DeMarcus Cousins at No. 3, but yesterday Wes Johnson suddenly entered the picture: On one hand because he’s been killing in workouts, and because there may be a little handshake deal in place where if the Nets take Johnson, his agent will deliver them Carlos Boozer in free agency. Read More »

College, NBA, NBA Draft / Jun 23, 2010 / 5:00 pm

Ed Davis Loves Cars, Wes Johnson Loves Pancakes

When I was at the launch party for NBA Elite 11 last night, it was great to see some of the NBA Draft prospects in the house. So while John Wall and DeMarcus Cousins were busying testing out the new game, I got up with Wes Johnson and Ed Davis less than 48 hours before they officially become NBA players. Check out the exclusive Q&A below: Read More »

NBA, NBA Draft / Jun 23, 2010 / 12:28 pm

Carlos Boozer’s impact on the NBA Draft’s Top 10 Picks

Carlos Boozer

Carlos Boozer (photo. Jeff Salter)

While it seems every move that every NBA team plans to make this summer has something to do with LeBron — from the Chris Paul trade rumors to (obviously) the Cavs’ coaching search to even the Clippers’ potential ownership change — one man who could greatly impact the Top-10 of tomorrow’s NBA Draft is Carlos Boozer.

The Utah Jazz pick 9th, and since it’s a foregone conclusion Boozer has no interest in re-signing there (the feeling might be mutual), a lot of mock drafts have the Jazz taking a power forward to replace Boozer as part of the 1-2 tandem at the four with Paul Millsap. Read More »

NBA Draft / Jun 22, 2010 / 6:45 pm

Nets Will Make a Huge Mistake If They Pass on DeMarcus Cousins

DeMarcus Cousins at Kentucky

DeMarcus Cousins at Kentucky

Almost every single NBA mock draft has the Nets taking Derrick Favors, with some recently putting Wesley Johnson into the No. 3 slot in this Thursday’s draft. While Favors and Johnson are both good players and could help the Nets, they need to take the smart risk by drafting DeMarcus Cousins.

Cousins’ skill set is off the charts. He is massive, so he can overpower guys down low. His quick feet and above-average ball-handling allow him to perform a wide array of effective post moves. His jump shot extends to 20 feet. Cousins also rebounds at an incredible clip, as he was the most efficient player in college basketball averaging 15.1 points and 9.8 rebounds in just 23.5 minutes. Read More »