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@  majik19 : (13 October 2015 - 09:09 PM) Apparently we claimed Arsalan Kazemi off waivers from the Hawks today... yet another undersized (6'7") power forward for Morey's cupboard.
@  Mario Peña : (10 October 2015 - 01:12 PM) If your part if the Red94 Fantasy Basketball League check the thread to vote for the date and time for the draft event. Thanks y'all!
@  jorgeaam : (07 October 2015 - 08:47 PM) Guys we need 1 more owner for the Red94 fantasy league, if interested please comment on the post in the fantasy basketball thread
@  slick shoes : (07 October 2015 - 06:50 PM) Kobe ranked one spot higher than Ariza? Is this based on legacy or...??
@  slick shoes : (07 October 2015 - 04:13 PM) It was hard to keep up with both the Astros and Rockets at the same time. Should be interesting on Thursday with the Texans and Astros on simultaneously.
@  Mario Peña : (07 October 2015 - 04:09 PM) It was fun to have the Rockets on last night! Right now I'm watching the Celtics versus Milan and Alessandro Gentile is impressive.
@  jorgeaam : (06 October 2015 - 07:47 PM) Well, thinking twice about it, I'd rather have him score less and have the team as a whole do better. Lawson should take a lot of his load off
@  jorgeaam : (06 October 2015 - 07:47 PM) Loving that, hope he hits 30 PPG this year
@  thejohnnygold : (06 October 2015 - 06:15 PM) Someone is feeling confident :) : LINK
@  jorgeaam : (06 October 2015 - 05:54 PM) 10 Teams done, will need 2 more
@  Mario Peña : (06 October 2015 - 02:35 PM) Alright guys, if anyone is interested in joining the Red94 fantasy basketball league we could use one more player to get us to 10 teams (or three to get us to 12 teams). Just check the thread in the Fantasy Basketball forum. Thanks!
@  thejohnnygold : (05 October 2015 - 06:23 PM) I use leaguepass here in Austin with no problems...
@  skip 2 my lou : (05 October 2015 - 03:14 PM) Hey fellas, I'm a rocket fan but I live in the heart of Dallas. Does anybody know if I buy NBA Leaguepass if it's too close to be subject to blackouts?
@  Losthief : (02 October 2015 - 02:24 AM) tks jg
@  thejohnnygold : (29 September 2015 - 05:16 AM) FYI, it was media day today. Interviews are up at NBA.com
@  slick shoes : (23 September 2015 - 06:37 PM) kind of late in the day but NBATV is broadcasting classis Rockets games all day today.
@  SadLakerFan : (16 September 2015 - 04:37 AM) Man, as a Laker fan, I'm learning how little you care about the off season when your team sucks. Anyway, a quick moment to remember Moses. Still remember watching the 81 team as a kid - losing record, NBA Finals. I would have cried w/joy if they could have beaten the Celtics.
@  jorgeaam : (15 September 2015 - 08:30 PM) http://bleacherrepor...ist-after-crash
@  jorgeaam : (15 September 2015 - 08:30 PM) So to celebrate his new contract, Montrezl Harrell saved someone's life on monday
@  thejohnnygold : (14 September 2015 - 04:36 PM) A good article from Blinebury talking about when Hakeem and Moses used to play in the park. LINK


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Posted 06 December 2014 - 03:18 PM




I thought we could use a permanent space to heap praise (and scorn) on our young guys.


This team has a lot of youth and the Rockets are winning with big contributions from them, or in spite of their injuries.


Terrence Jones, Patrick Beverley, and Isaiah Canaan lead the MASH unit while D-Mo, Tarik Black, and Kostas Papanikoloau are all playing excellent given their collective NBA experience.  Honorable mentions go out to Nick Johnson (who is quickly edging his way into the previous group), Troy Daniels, and Clint Capela.


That's 9 players.  Let that sink in.  We are attempting to tackle the juggernauts of the Western Conference: The Spurs, Clips, Thunder, Grizz, Blazers, Dubs, Mavs, Suns, and the rest with a bunch of unproven guys.  Second rounders, undrafted, passed off like bad Christmas gifts.  Morey is playing the role of John Tunstall.  He brings in these lost souls, gives them a place, a purpose, and the support they need.  Lo and behold, each has unique individual talents that, when combined with the rest, are greater than the sum of their parts.


NBA.com keeps tabs on what it sees as the top 10 rookies.  Houston has two on the list and, if NJ keeps it up, will jump to three.  This is from their most recent edition: (LINK)




6. Tarik Black, Houston Rockets (7)


He isn't much of a threat on offense and isn't a threat, period, as a shot blocker (0.1 bpg). He takes a hit for that as a center, but Black continues to rebound at a high rate. He has been especially effective on the offensive boards, getting Houston the second chances it can use to help compensate for the absence ofDwight Howard. Black has needed just 17 minutes to climb to third in rebounding at 5.2 rpg, compared to Noel at 6.5 in 30.5 minutes and Parker at 6.2 in 30.


That last sentence.  Watching Black in Summer League I knew he was going to make this roster because a guy who rebounds like him is special.  Turns out, he's really special when you consider the guys he is being compared to (aside from the minutes advantage) are on teams that are creating more rebound opportunities--on both ends of the floor.




9. Kostas Papanikolaou, Houston Rockets (9)


Mirotic-Papanikolaou, continued: The Houston rookie has made an immediate impact with his defense, as Ladder director of analytics John Schuhmann noted last week in detailing the Rockets' overall gains on that side of the ball. If Papanikolaou can start closing in on 40 percent from the field, he undoubtedly climbs the rankings.


Apparently, these guys are also concerned about Papa's shot.  Still, they also recognize the rest of his game and state that when the shot starts falling he is moving up this list.  Nice.


Meanwhile, Nick Johnson is doing stuff like this:




Note that sweet Trevor Ariza box out that makes this play happen.  Of course, he also tried to go full Vince Carter and jump over an opposing big about 10 feet away from the rim for a dunk (and for just a moment I thought he was going to make it).  The fact that doing something like that is even an option is kind of awesome.  He'll learn how to use that athleticism.  Very excited about him.




I could go on and on about these guys.  They aren't perfect, but I like where they are and where they are headed.  Let's keep this thread going throughout the season as a place to discuss their successes, failures, and whatever falls in between.

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