Portugal is set for the future and they have a 19-year-old rising star named Joao Felix who is ready to learn from Cristiano Ronaldo and be the country’s next hero. In the 2018/19 Campaign for Benfica, the Portuguese prospect tallied 20 goals and delivered 11 assists in 43 appearances. The young forward showed a lot of promise in his first season as a professional in … Continue reading Portugal’s Next Superstar
Zion Williamson Forward 6’7, 285 lb Duke #1 My one and only knock on Zion is my growing concern of his weight gain translating to the Pro’s, past that he is one of the most dominant physical players I have ever seen. Stats: 22.6 ppg, 8.9 rpg, 2,1 apg, 2.1 spg, 1.8 bpg, 68% fg, 33% 3p, ortg: 133, drtg: 84 Zion Williamson is a … Continue reading Draft Profile: Zion Williamson
Nickeil Alexander-Walker Combo Guard 6’5, 205 lb Virginia Tech #4 The second best Canadian born player out of the draft, Walker has a lot to offer to the team that drafts him as he is one of the most versatile players in this draft class. Fr. 10.7 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 1.5 apg, 44% fg, 39% 3p, ortg: 106, drtg: 102 So. 16.2 ppg, 4.1 rpg, … Continue reading Draft Profile: Nickeil Alexander-Walker
Jimmy Butler was traded from the Timberwolves to the 76ers in hope to find himself a new home and in a way he did. A tough team and city but the team that was at times 6 deep only as no one could produce quality minutes or efforts off the bench. Philadelphia 18/19 Stats: 18.7 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 4.0 apg/ 46% fg 34% 3p What … Continue reading Where Should Jimmy Get Buckets?
Deandre Hunter, Virginia 6’7, 225 lb, 7’2 Wingspan Sophomore Stats: 15.2 ppg, 5.1 rpg, 2.0 apg/ 52%%fg 43% 3p Hunter was a huge upgrade this season for this Virginia program as many questioned if Hunter had any self-confidence at all as he was described as playing nervous and scared during his Freshman Year. His sophomore season he gave us look at his potential … Continue reading Draft Profile: Deandre Hunter
Following the Warriors clean sweep against the Portland Trail Blazers after coming back from a 15+ point deficit in games 2,3 and 4; they are poised to win the championship for the third straight time. Finally when the Toronto Raptors finished a 4 game win streak and closed out the series against the Milwaukee Bucks in 6 after being down 0-2 and against all odds. … Continue reading 2019 NBA Finals Preview
Ja Morant is quite possibly the undisputed 2nd pick in this upcoming 2019 NBA draft and will most likely be heading to Memphis to join the rebuilding Grizzlies. Ja Morant, Murray State 6’3, 175 lb Sophomore Year Stats: 24.5 PPG, 5.7 RPG, 10.0 APG/ 49% FG, 36% 3P I see multiple comparisons to Russell Westbrook and while there are various similarities I believe Morant is … Continue reading Draft Profile: Ja Morant
The hype is all around Duke and Zion Williamson, It makes no sense because he is not even the best player on his team. This is R.J Barrett 6’7 Small Forward for the Duke Blue Devils The most NBA ready player in the projected 2019 NBA draft 23.3 ppg – 7.4 rpg – 4.1 apg – 46% fg – 32% 3p A Canadian native who … Continue reading The Maple Mamba
John Collins was the 19th overall pick in the 2017 draft by the Atlanta Hawks. Collins was a promising young talent drafted out of Wake Forest where he played 2 seasons 13 points a game while snagging 7 boards per game. Collins also shot a ridiculous 60% from the field in his college stint. Collins showed a lot of promise in his rookie year and … Continue reading Under the Radar: John Collins
On Christmas Eve in 2018 I wrote about: TRAE YOUNG AND HIS SHOOTING WOES/ http://nbaalertsofficial.com/2018/12/24/trae-young-and-his-shooting-woes Since this date, Trae has slowly developed his game but after the last couple of weeks, it seems the time is now. 2 months later I think he has found comfort in the Pros……… good luck NBA. Since December 124th, 2018 the past 30 games he has averaged: 20.4 … Continue reading Trae Young: A Star In the Making
We have now hit the All-Star Break and it is time to put in some Awards for the season thus far. We have had an exciting season and this has been of the best and most competitive seasons I have witnessed. Many crazy moments and plays but the best of all we have had many surprises. This was one of the hardest lists I had … Continue reading Mid Season Awards
In 2014 with the 46th pick overall in the second round the Los Angeles Lakers selected Jordan Clarkson out of Mizzou. This 2nd round pickup ended up being a 1st team all rookie and has excelled in the NBA since his arrival. With the Lakers he was always known as an athletic player who could attack the rim. His jumper was good but the Lakers … Continue reading Under The Radar: Jordan Clarkson
24.6 ppg – 6.7 apg “Devin Booker is the best scorer under the age of 23”- JL2 I predicted the Suns would be the 8th seed because I knew how good Devin Booker was. The problem lies within the franchise itself but that has not stopped Booker from developing. He has bumped his assists to 2 more a game and his game looks better than … Continue reading Under The Radar: Devin Booker
Today I will be taking 3 crazy trade scenarios that probably will not happen but are technically possible and can actually happen. These trades I believe will put Anthony Davis in a winning position and set him up to resign in free agency and add more firepower. I understand the NBA community is drooling over him to the Lakers but these 2 trades are definitely … Continue reading Crazy Landing Spots For Anthony Davis
Lonzo Ball is 1 of 3 Basketball stars from the Big Baller Brand company founded by their father Lavar Ball. Lonzo attended UCLA for 1 year where he was pehnomenal and averaged: 14.6 ppg – 6.0 rpg – 7.6 apg 55% fg – 41% 3p – 67% ft Lonzo was best known for his father making crazy claims about his son being better than Stephen … Continue reading Is Lonzo Ball A Bust?
Nikola Vucevic has been playing at an extremely high level this season but no one seems to care due to the poor performance of the Orlando Magic. For those that do not know he has been playing at a high level for many seasons but again…. he plays for the Orlando Magic. In his 7 seasons with Orlando he has averaged a double double 5 … Continue reading UNDER THE RADAR NIKOLA VUCEVIC
There is three things in America that are for certain Death, Taxes and no one is a bigger fan of Jrue Holiday than me. Jrue is having a great season He is averaging career highs of 20.7 ppg – 8.3 apg – 1.7 spg Jrue is an all hustle player. He can get you buckets when needed and he can run your offense. An underrated … Continue reading UNDER THE RADAR: JRUE HOLIDAY
In the pre-season I predicted the Pacers would land in the 5th seed in the East. With a great coach like Nate McMillan and a strong all-around team they have been able to surprise a-lot of people. The lay are currently sitting at the 3rd seed (26-13) in the East and may be the 4th best team behind Milwaukee, Toronto and Boston. Last season the … Continue reading DO NOT SLEEP ON INDIANA
Before we look at his last 11 games and I explain how great his numbers are lets look at the tear he already is on this season. LeBron James came into this season as the MVP favorite and they are all half-right but it is a different James that is leading the MVP race. His name is James Harden aka The Beard and he has … Continue reading JAMES HARDEN IS ON FIRE
Steven Adams aka The guy you do not want to fight is having a great season and I think he should be worthy of some all star votes. I was very critical of the Contract the Thunder gave Steven Adams but I could of never predicted he would live up to it. Ever since Kevin Durant signed with Golden State we have seen consistent improvement … Continue reading UNDER THE RADAR: STEVEN ADAMS
Trae Young was the most hyped player coming into the 2018 draft and was attracting global attention as he was putting on a tear in Oklahoma and people were comparing him to Stephen Curry. Young was the first player in college basketball ever to lead the country in scoring and assists. 27 ppg – 3 rpg – 8 apg – 42% fg – 36% 3p … Continue reading TRAE YOUNG AND HIS SHOOTING WOES
Coming into the 2017 draft there was a-lot of hype around Markelle Fultz, Lonzo Ball and Jayson Tatum. I on the other hand was keeping a very close eye on 6’3 De’Aaron Fox out of Kentucky because he just had a great feel for the game, high IQ, Great potential and was super quick. At Kentucky he averaged: 16.7 ppg – 4.0 rpg – 4.6 … Continue reading WHAT DOES THE FOX SAY?
On one side of the ball it is a joy to watch him play and on the other it is a terrible watch. Jabari Parker is one of the most offensively skilled forwards in the league. Parker can run the floor and can be a point forward. Very underrated play maker and apart from his post game everything else in his arsenal is deadly. Parker … Continue reading WHERE WILL JABARI PARKER BE TRADED?
Tobias Harris has given us already a fantastic show this season leading his LA Clippers to a 17-11 record and currently the 4th seed in the Western Conference where spots 1-14 are all fighting for a playoff spot. Yet his consistent good play has allowed us to watch him lead a team I personally had out of the playoff hunt and did not think they … Continue reading TOBIAS HARRIS BEEN A BALLER
The Oklahoma City started off the season 0-4 and I made sure to let everyone know this team was destined to dominate. PG and Westbrook have found a way to both dominate games and the bench have given them heavy support. Since the start of the Billy Donovan era I have believed they needed a whole new coaching staff. It seems Billy Donovan has really … Continue reading THUNDER STRIKE
Brandon Ingram is a good talent with what many believe to be “superstar potential”, I do not agree with this. Before the season started I said Kyle Kuzma was going to be Lebron’s Scottie Pippen. Ingram has the intangibles and is a Kevin Durant build who has a similar skillset. He has an all around game: Shoot, Drive, Pass and defend. I just do not … Continue reading BRANDON INGRAM SHOULD BE TRADED WHILE HE CAN
Derrick Rose had an extremely promising career ahead of him and even became the youngest MVP in the history of the NBA. After winning MVP he tore his ACL in the playoffs and upon returning rose missed back to back seasons with a tore meniscus. He tried to revive his career in New York and Cleveland which ultimately failed. He was traded to Utah who … Continue reading AND THEN HE ROSE
On November 29th the Golden State Warriors were set to face off the Toronto Raptors who picked up right where they left off the previous season. Stephen Curry announced he was returning from a groin injury on Saturday versus Detroit and Draymond Green was out with a toe Injury. The Raptors won what has been called the “Game Of The Year” 131-128 in an OT … Continue reading WAS LAST NIGHTS GAME IN CANADA OUR FINALS PREVIEW?
Markelle Fultz was a dominant scorer and one hell of a basketball player. His averages at Washington were: 23.2 ppg- 5.7 rpg- 5.9 apg 47% fg and 41% from 3 In the videos down below you can see glimpses of his dominance at Washington in his one and done season Markelle Fultz was supposed to be a phenom and the top 3 teams Philly, Boston … Continue reading WHAT THE FULTZ?!
The Milwuakee Bucks were the 7th seed with a 44-38 record in the Eastern Conference and were knocked out in the First Round in a 7 game series vs Boston. They overachieved last year and this year they have done the same thing and the number 1 difference is Coaching. Mike Budenholzer was brought in this year to revitalize this team and help it improve … Continue reading THE NEW AND IMPROVED MILWUAKEE BUCKS
Kawhi Leonard 24.7 ppg- 8.5 rpg- 3.0 apg W-L (12-5) Kawhi is bringing the pressure on both ends of the floor this season and it has helped his team start right where they left off last regular season. Claiming sole possession of the #1 seed in the eastern conference. Nick Nurse has done a great job and everyone seems to be benefiting from his version … Continue reading 5 MVP CANDIDATES OFF TO A HOT START AT THE QUARTER MARK
I have personally been an advocate for women joining the NBA and picking up front office and coaching positions. Sue Bird is my GOAT of the WNBA and she is extremely gifted in basketball. The Nuggets have hired Bird as a Basketball Operations Associate. She played 16 seasons in the WNBA with the Seattle Storm and was an 11x All-Star. As well as a 3x … Continue reading NUGGETS HIRE SUE BIRD
Kawhi Leonard has arrived in Toronto and they picked up right where they left off. Except this time they have Kawhi and this team is playing 10x better than last season. He is currently averaging (24.2 ppg- 7.8 rpg- 1.7 spg) and has helped Toronto rise to the best team in the eastern conference thus far. With their undefeated start you can easily point … Continue reading THE RISE OF THE KLAW IN TORONTO
Many greats have stepped on the hardwood and have led legendary careers but I don’t think any players mindset compares to Kobe Bryant’s. The Black Mamba and his mamba mentality have given much inspiration to others and made Kobe the killer he was. In the book we get a chance to pick his brain and before I go any further all I have to … Continue reading A REVIEW OF THE MAMBA MENTALITY
Thank the basketball gods, Ty Lue is finally gone from the Cavalier franchise. After roughly two and a half years serving at the helm of Ohio’s sole professional basketball team Mr. Lue has been removed from his post and the Cavs nation now has something to celebrate. Currently at 0-6, Cleveland officially has the worst start of any team that was just in the NBA … Continue reading Tyronn Lue Firing
Daryl Morey is not trying to wait to compete for a championship and he notices the struggles and weaknesses they have at the moment. After losing Ariza and Mbah A Moute the Rockets picked up Carmelo Anthony and the defense is just not good enough to compete. Daryl Morey put on his big boy pants and decided to go all out for Jimmy Buckets rather … Continue reading LOOKING AT THE JIMMY BUTLER TRADE OFFER FROM THE ROCKETS
Anthony Davis is an absolute monster and continues to dominate the game on both ends of the floor. The only thing you can not ask AD to do is to break some ankles and even then he might just do it. He can lock down any big man in the league an then go on offense and absolutely dominate him. His game has no … Continue reading ANTHONY DAVIS CAN JOIN A VERY EXCLUSIVE CLUB
Before we rank the debuts of LeBron’s career lets go ahead and look at his total averages over his 4 debuts that include twice in Cleveland, Once in Miami and once in Los Angeles. All of his Debuts were losses 24.8 ppg- 5.5 apg- 6.8 rpg 49% fg and 18% 3p List: Best to last Rookie Debut in Cleveland 25 pts- 9 ast- 8 reb- … Continue reading WHICH DEBUT HAS BEEN THE BEST OF KING JAMES CAREER?
On Thursday June 28th, 2003 the emotions were packed in New York as the NBA draft was about to begin. The 5th pick is about to be announced and my family and i are eager to see who Miami picks. They select Dwyane Wade from Marquette university, a Chicago native. From that moment on I had no idea the impact one person could make … Continue reading THE LEGACY OF THE FLASH: A LETTER TO DWYANE WADE
Oh no the Oklahoma City Thunder are 0-3 what is going on? Let’s stop overreacting because it is just the first three games and they are still going to lock the 3rd seed and the way there bench keeps improving do not be surprised if they lock the 1st or 2nd seed. Russell Westbrook can still put up a triple-double or near one every night. … Continue reading IT IS TOO EARLY TO WORRY ABOUT OKC
As a solution for the “one and done” and the elimination of the JBA the G league will now offer a professional path. Top high school prospects who do not wish to go to college will have the alternative to join the G League making $125k a year. If I was a top high school prospect there is on way I would consider this … Continue reading A QUICK REVIEW OF THE “PROFESIONAL PATH”
The first game of the season involved the Boston Celtics versus the Philadelphia 76ers which the Celtics won 105-87 with much ease. The game did start a little shaky with multiple turnovers and a brickhouse. It was a great first game to watch and open the 72nd NBA season with. We got to see a bunch of highlights and great defensive plays. The shots for … Continue reading THE NBA IS FINALLY BACK!
Pat Riley is in my hot seat coming into this season, Miami Heat fans have given him this “godfather” persona. Is he really on that level right now? Many of his signings and decision since the end of the Big 3 era are short from questionable. To begin with this horrendous run for the past few years its down to the contracts we have given … Continue reading WHEN ARE WE GOING TO HOLD PAT RILEY ACCOUNTABLE?
In 2011 the Dallas Mavericks had a peak in franchise history during the NBA season putting a collection of talent together like Jason Kidd, Jason Terry, Shawn Marion, Tyson Chandler and Dirk Nowitzki They went 57-25 and won the NBA finals against the Miami Heat (4-2) and beat the superteam trio of LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh. Lets take a look at the … Continue reading DALLAS MAVERICKS FANS SHOULD BE EXCITED FOR THE FUTURE
1. Eric Gordon- Houston Rockets 17-18 Stats 18 ppg- 2.5 rpg- 2.2 apg 42.8% fg and 35.9% from 3 Eric Gordon is now the favorite to win the sixth man of the year back to back seasons. With Houston losing key players like Luc Mbah A Moute and Trevor Ariza they will need less of the scoring and more grit and grind defense from the … Continue reading NBA SIXTH MAN OF THE YEAR RACE IS A GOOD ONE