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What Eli Manning Being Benched Really Means

Yesterday evening, the New York Giants announced that they were going to bench Eli Manning and start Geno Smith. Everything about this points to the dumpster fire that this organization has found itself in.

This season, Eli Manning has had little to no help with three top receivers out, no real running game, a weak offensive scheme, and a lousy offensive line.

But let’s not pretend he was playing well. In this new age of quarterbacks, Manning’s suboptimal athletic ability has hindered his performance over the last few years. He is a statue in the pocket, and at age 36, his mundane 3-and-outs were really getting old. As a QB, you are supposed to be the leader of the team. It seems as though he has quit on this team, something I can’t blame him for doing.

 

Numbers Never Lie

This season, Manning was 16th in completion percentage, 15th in passing yards and 24th in total QBR. Not horrible, but not great either. He threw for 14 TDs and 7 Interceptions, and had seven fumbles this season. A net touchdown to turnover ratio of 0. Lame. Not all his fault, but he is at least a third of the problem. As they say, Father Time is undefeated.

At 2-9, the Giants have been eliminated from playoff contention and should be in full tank mode. Due to the pedigree and résumé of Eli Manning, he should have been given the option to “play it out” if he wants to—yet was not, as McAdoo dealt the final blow to the Giants offense, season, and hopefully, his job.

 

Webb Up?

So, now the Giants can play their 3rd round pick Davis Webb, who they stupidly picked instead of addressing the team’s needs. Nevertheless, due to the high round pick, Webb is presumably the next “face of the franchise,” so the Giants should give him a shot.

Except, instead, they’re playing Geno Smith. Sigh.

The Giants need to ask themselves, why the hell is Geno Smith even on our team, let alone an NFL team? Over his five-year career, he has played two seasons of “meaningful” games for the Jets. He threw 25 total TDs, 34 INTs, and had a 58% completion rate along with a broken jaw along the way.

Geno is a bad quarterback, an incompetent leader, and has no place playing these last five games—that duty should be left to Webb. The Giants drafted him so damn high, so what was the point?

While the Giants should be in full tank mode, aiming for a top-three pick in the 2018 NFL draft, they can’t even tank the right way. These five games should be an opportunity for Webb to show us what he’s got—to see if there was any legitimacy in taking him in the 3rd round.

 

Show the Idiots the Exit

Instead, the Giants need to focus on the legitimacy of Jerry Reese and Ben McAdoo which, unfortunately, there is not much of.

Let’s acknowledge that Ben McAdoo and Jerry Reese should have been fired long before this move was made. The fact that they were both employed by this team at the start of the season should have given everyone cause for concern. Now that it’s unfolded, the fan base feelings about their fates are pretty unanimous. For the second season in a row, Reese has failed to address the offensive line. Other than Weston Richburg and Justin Pugh, there has been no legitimate replacement for the 2011 Super Bowl squad.

So, what about those “weapons” that everyone raved about during the draft? Yes, Evan Engram is indeed an excellent player. It’s not the fact that he was taken that upset me—it’s who the Giants didn’t take that upsets me. Unfortunately, Odell Beckham Jr. and Brandon Marshall went down early in the year, and that really put the nail in the coffin. Overall, Reese has miserably failed at constructing an offense that can win games at the highest level. He is to blame, and he should lose his job at the end of the season. But, so should McAdoo.

McAdoo wasn’t dealt a great hand, yet his offensive “scheme” has utterly failed (again), and it’s even more apparent now that without Odell, the offensive is abysmal. Just like the Packers, the Giants poor game plan was veiled by Odell’s great talent, as Green Bay’s was with Aaron Rodgers. Now that those two are gone, the respective offenses are struggling mightily.

The Giants are 28th this year in total offense, and a pathetic 31st in points per game, just ahead of the dreadful Cleveland Browns. Not to mention, they have played 11 games; only four times have they scored over 20. Ben McAdoo’s game plan is a joke, and he too needed to be fired at the end of last season…but since that didn’t happen, let’s say the end of this season.

 

Eli’s Fate

Now that Manning has been benched, for his sake, he should ask for a trade. A young up and coming team with a mediocre O-line isn’t a team for him—that’s more of a Russell Wilson or Carson Wentz thing. Perhaps a team like the Jaguars, with Tom Coughlin running the show, and a great running back and great defense, would be a better fit for him. Or maybe the Broncos with their solid running backs, excellent receivers, a good defense and a wise head honcho in John Elway, would be a better fit for him than the poorly run, train wreck of a team called the Giants.

 

Where Do We Go from Here?

First off, bench Smith. Play Webb. Next, fire McAdoo and Reese at the end of the season. After, try to shop Manning—if there are suitors, move him. If not, do not cut him. The Giants can then use him to mentor their potential new QB that they might draft. The draft priorities are the same as they were last year because they were not addressed. Quarterback, offensive line, running back and linebacker. It really shouldn’t be hard to find a hole in a wall—let alone a GIANT one like this.

 

What are your thoughts on the benching of Eli Manning? Please share your comments below.

 

About Me: I’m Spencer Alexander Zied, a freshman at the University of Miami from New York, New York. I love to play basketball and tennis and am a big fan of the Knicks, Giants, Yankees and all U. Miami sports. I’m also a big fan of First Take and Sportscenter on ESPN. You can email me at spencer.zied@gmail.com or connect with me on Twitter, on Facebook, or on Instagram (szied713).

What are your thoughts on the benching?

About Me: I’m Spencer Alexander Zied, a freshman at the University of Miami from New York, New York. I love to play basketball and tennis, and am a big fan of the Knicks, Giants, Yankees and all U-Miami sports. I’m also a big fan of First Take and Sportscenter on ESPN. You can email me at spencer.zied@gmail.com or connect with me on Twitter, on Facebook, or on Instagram (szied713).

 

The Upcoming NBA Season: What to expect, offseason moves and their impact, standings, awards and more…​

What a wild offseason it has been! Starting off with the NBA Draft, we saw Markelle Fultz leave the board first, teaming up with Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid in Philly, followed by the most prominent name of the summer, Lonzo Ball, be selected by the Lakers at number 2. The Celtics traded down to 3 and snagged Jayson Tatum, potentially the most talented player in the entire draft. Josh Jackson went 4th to Phoenix, and De’Aaron Fox went to the Kings, rounding out the top 5 picks. With Jimmy Butler traded to the T-Wolves, the offseason was off to a wild start. We saw Chris Paul traded to the Rockets to join James Harden, and Paul George and Carmelo Anthony traded to the Thunder to team up with Westbrook. Paul Millsap joined Denver to speed up their rebuilding process. Gordon Hayward left the Jazz to join the Celtics, and shortly after, Kyrie Irving was traded in a blockbuster deal for Isaiah Thomas, a first-round pick and more. D-Wade signed a one year, $2.3 million deal with the Cavaliers, rejoining former teammate and good friend, LeBron James.

Big contract extensions were also a big theme this offseason. Kyle Lowry, Blake Griffin, John Wall, Steph Curry and Russell Westbrook all signed max deals with their respective teams.

So, what should we expect this season? Will Boston dethrone Cleveland in the East? Can anybody beat Golden State? Who will win MVP? Will the Lakers or Sixers make the playoffs?

Here’s what I’m thinking:

Five Hot Takes:

  1. Jayson Tatum will prove to be the best player in the draft (he will not win ROY).
  2. Joel Embiid will play at least 65 games and average at least 25 points a game.
  3. Giannis Antetokounmpo will win MVP (accomplishing Kobe Bryant’s challenge).
  4. Brandon Ingram will win Most Improved Player.
  5. Damian Lillard will be an All-Star starter (accomplishing Kobe Bryant’s challenge).

 

Top Storylines:

  1. The steep decline of Dwight Howard and why he should not be a Hall of Famer.
  2. Why Westbrook’s extension means that LeBron to LA is no longer a given.
  3. Will DeMarcus Cousins team up with John Wall in Washington?
  4. Kyle Kuzma’s emergence as a draft steal—what does this mean for the future?
  5. When will Trusting the Process lead to contending for titles?

 

Players with the most to prove this season:

  1. Carmelo Anthony (needs to show an ability to defend, create offense in transition)
  2. Dwight Howard (needs to prove that he won’t create dissension in the locker room)
  3. LaMarcus Aldridge (needs to prove that he is tough enough to play for Pop)
  4. Lonzo Ball (needs to show the NBA why Lavar is so high on him as an overall talent)
  5. Kyrie Irving (needs to prove that he can be the primary option on a title contender)

 

Standings

Eastern Conference:

  1. Cleveland Cavaliers
  2. Boston Celtics
  3. Washington Wizards
  4. Milwaukee Bucks
  5. Toronto Raptors
  6. Philadelphia Sixers
  7. Detroit Pistons
  8. Miami Heat

 

Western Conference:

  1. Golden State Warriors
  2. Oklahoma City Thunder
  3. San Antonio Spurs
  4. Houston Rockets
  5. Minnesota Timberwolves
  6. Memphis Grizzlies
  7. Los Angeles Clippers
  8. Los Angeles Lakers

 

Awards:

MVP: Giannis Antetokounmpo

Most Improved Player: Brandon Ingram

Defensive Player of the Year: Hassan Whiteside

Rookie of the Year: Dennis Smith, Jr.

Comeback Player of the Year: Danilo Gallinari

Points Leader: Kevin Durant

Rebounds Leader: DeAndre Jordan

Assists Leader: Russell Westbrook

Blocks Leader: Hassan Whiteside

Steals Leader: Chris Paul

Most impact on a new team: Jimmy Butler

Least impact on a new team: Tim Hardaway Jr.

 

NBA Playoff Predictions

Eastern Conference Finals:

Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Boston Celtics: Cleveland in 7

Western Conference Finals:

Golden State Warriors vs. Oklahoma City Thunder: Golden State in 7

NBA Finals:

Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Golden State Warriors: Golden State in 6

Finals MVP: Kevin Durant

 

What are your thoughts and feelings about this upcoming season?

 

Image via: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ByVvmw2bbSw

About Me: I’m Spencer Alexander Zied, a freshman at the University of Miami from New York, New York. I love to play basketball and tennis, and am a big fan of the Knicks, Giants, Yankees and all U-Miami sports. I’m also a big fan of First Take and Sportscenter on ESPN. You can email me at spencer.zied@gmail.com or connect with me on Twitter, on Facebook, or on Instagram (szied713).

The Giants’ Disappointing Season

Hello Giants fans! SO glad to see you again.

I know it’s been hard. But now, you’re likely feeling the way I felt before week one even started: hopeless, confused, upset and angry.

But c’mon guys, did you really think we could win with no O-line?

Now at 0-5 with Odell Beckham, Jr. and Brandon Marshall out for the season, I guess we can’t lean back on the “weapons galore” narrative anymore. Eli Manning has been inconsistent, throwing for 1338 yards, 8 TDs, and 5 interceptions. The Giants’ main struggles have been on offense. While they’re ranked 14th in total offense, they’re ranked 30th in rushing yards per game, and 28th in points. Due to their offensive struggles, their defense has been on the field more, leading to their more recent struggles as well. They’re much worse defensively this season, ranked 28th in total yards allowed and 24th in points allowed. The loss of Johnathan Hankins has also hurt their run defense, as rookie Dalvin Tomlinson hasn’t yet caught up to speed.

While the Giants are currently 0-5, they have lost their last three games by less than one possession, which points to the coaching. Ben McAdoo has been absolutely horrendous. From play-calling to personnel decisions, McAdoo has shown sheer incompetence and should be relieved of his duties at the end of the season, despite the Giants’ playoff appearance last season.

As for Jerry Reese, he should have been fired two years ago. His lack of care for offensive linemen, linebackers, and running backs has bled the Giants’ offense dry and has forced Eli Manning to make up the difference—something he is too old and too slow to do.

Reese and McAdoo’s stance on Ereck Flowers is also appalling. The guy is apparently a bust and should be released altogether if not benched. Both Reese and McAdoo have overstayed their welcome, and it’s time for them to go.

So, where do we go from here?

Tank the season. Play Evan Engram at wide receiver and make him and Sterling Shepard primary targets, allow their stocks to rise, and get the most out of them. As for Davis Webb, give him a shot. And while I know Eli Manning will continue to be played, there’s really no point in him doing so.

The next two opponents the Giants will face are the Denver Broncos and the Seattle Seahawks. For those of you who think we can go 11-5 and squeeze into the playoffs, I’m sorry to say, but it’s not going to happen.

What is more likely for the Giants from this point on is that they’ll probably go .500. In my opinion, that will be worse for them than going 0-16. Because if they go 0-16, they can hope for a top pick and grab one of the top QBs in the class, as well as rebuild their horrible offensive line. Justin Pugh and Weston Richburg have been effective, but Bobby Hart, John Jerry, and Ereck Flowers need to go.

With that being said, ownership must clean house. It’s time for some new voices, and it’s time for Ben McAdoo and Jerry Reese to take a hike. It’s time to hire a coach who can bring discipline to the Giants locker room, and it’s time for them to hire a GM that understands the need for a solid offensive line, as well as good linebackers who is willing to build through the draft and free agency.

Whether you agree or disagree with me, I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below.

About Me: I’m Spencer Alexander Zied, a freshman at the University of Miami from New York, New York. I love to play basketball and tennis, and am a big fan of the Knicks, Giants, Yankees and all U-Miami sports. I’m also a big fan of First Take and Sportscenter on ESPN. You can email me at spencer.zied@gmail.com or connect with me on Twitter, on Facebook, or on Instagram (szied713).

NFL QB Rankings

FullSizeRender.jpg 2.jpeg5 tiers of NFL Quarterbacks

Tier 1- Superstar

Qualifications can include:

  • Can singlehandedly win games despite inconsistent performance from offensive line, receivers or running backs
  • Can play well in any situation and does not need elite playmakers- can win with “no names”
  • Consistently shows up in the big moments, few weaknesses
  • Rarely to blame for a loss

Players who fit the criteria: Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers, Drew Brees

 

Tier 2- Star

Qualifications can include:

  • Can lead a team to victory with a just a single elite playmaker
  • Can win with subpar offensive linemen, receivers and running backs
  • Usually shows up when needed, seldom cracks under pressure
  • Once in a while to blame for a loss

Players who fit the criteria: Derek Carr, Andrew Luck, Ben Roethlisberger

 

Tier 3- Franchise

Qualifications can include:

  • Very talented player with star potential who can help a team win games
  • Not the single reason for a win, needs a few playmakers on offense
  • Not experienced/developed enough to be considered a star yet
  • Occasional inconsistency, sometimes the reason for a loss
  • Reliable in most cases and many teams would be happy to have this QB
  • Can be considered “elite,” or has potential to be

Players who fit the criteria: Matt Ryan, Phillip Rivers, Kirk Cousins, Cam Newton, Russell Wilson, Jameis Winston, Marcus Mariota, Dak Prescott, Carson Wentz, Matthew Stafford, Sam Bradford, Alex Smith

 

Tier 4- Middle of the Road

Qualifications can include

  • Being a game manager
  • Can make plays but not the overwhelming reason for team success or failure
  • Frequently streaky, plays like a franchise QB and a fringe QB throughout the season
  • Helps a team win with great playmakers
  • Risk averse
  • Probably not on your fantasy team, age and attrition could play a factor too

Players who fit the criteria: Tyrod Taylor, Joe Flacco, Carson Palmer, Teddy Bridgewater, Eli Manning, Trevor Siemian

 

Tier 5- Fringe Starter

Qualifications can include:

  • Getting old
  • Not consistent at all, extremely streaky
  • Has potential but has not reached it
  • In and out of lineup
  • Can only win with great playmakers
  • Could be cut, not a solidified starter at all

Players who fit the criteria: Ryan Tannehill, Colin Kaepernick, Andy Dalton, Blake Bottles, Case Keenum, Jared Goff, Brian Hoyer, Jay Cutler, Geno Smith, Bryce Petty, Christian Hackenberg, Tom Savage, Josh McCown, Mike Glennon, Jacoby Brissett

 

Full rankings (at this moment):

  1. Tom Brady
  2. Aaron Rodgers
  3. Drew Brees
  4. Ben Roethlisberger
  5. Andrew Luck
  6. Derek Carr
  7. Matt Ryan
  8. Philip Rivers
  9. Kirk Cousins
  10. Russell Wilson
  11. Cam Newton
  12. Jameis Winston
  13. Marcus Mariota
  14. Dak Prescott
  15. Carson Wentz
  16. Matthew Stafford
  17. Alex Smith
  18. Sam Bradford
  19. Tyrod Taylor
  20. Joe Flacco
  21. Teddy Bridgewater
  22. Trevor Siemian
  23. Eli Manning
  24. Carson Palmer
  25. Colin Kaepernick
  26. Andy Dalton
  27. Blake Bortles
  28. Brian Hoyer
  29. Josh McCown
  30. Bryce Petty
  31. Jay Cutler
  32. Jared Goff

*Deshaun Watson, DeShone Kaizer and Pat Mahomes have not taken enough snaps to be counted yet

**Injuries do not play a role in these rankings

About Me: I’m Spencer Alexander Zied, a freshman at the University of Miami from New York, New York. I love to play basketball and tennis, and am a big fan of the Knicks, Giants, Yankees and all U-Miami sports. I’m also a big fan of First Take and Sportscenter on ESPN. You can email me at spencer.zied@gmail.com or connect with me on Twitter, on Facebook, or on Instagram (szied713).

Blockbuster Deal: Kyrie Irving to Boston

After a wild offseason, a blockbuster trade took place last night when Kyrie Irving was traded to the Boston Celtics for Isaiah Thomas, Jae Crowder, Ante Zizic and the Nets 2018 first round pick.

Who would’ve thought the 1st pick in the 2011 NBA Draft would be traded for the last pick in that same draft?

So, who won in the deal?

Well, the Cavs won the trade- for this season. They were able to fulfill Irving’s request for a trade and got a guy who averaged 30 points a game last season in Thomas, as well as a solid starting caliber player in Crowder.

To combine those two with LeBron James, Kevin Love, Tristan Thompson, J.R. Smith and Derrick Rose, they should see themselves in another NBA Finals.

However, they don’t yet have the pieces to beat Golden State due to IT4’s poor defense and Tristan Thompson’s lack of offensive skills. So, what happens at the end of this season when James and IT4 are free agents?

The best scenario for Cleveland is for Thomas and James to re-sign, as well as signing a marquee free agent such as Paul George, DeMarcus Cousins, Carmelo Anthony or someone of that caliber to pair with them.

Of course, James and IT4 would need to take pay cuts in order for the team to have the cap space. Knowing that they’re on the clock, they would most likely trade the Nets pick for a star as well, maybe packaged with Kevin Love.

On the flip side, James could very well leave next season and join Lonzo Ball, Jordan Clarkson, Brandon Ingram, Larry Nance Jr., and Julius Randle in Los Angeles, and maybe even Paul George or Russell Westbrook.

I’d be surprised to see James in a Cavaliers uniform at the start of next season. If James left Cleveland, IT4 would most likely leave as well.

So what did the Celtics gain?

Well, they acquired a superstar in Kyrie Irving. They made the rotation tighter by getting rid of Crowder, allowing Jayson Tatum to get more touches, as well as allowing Jaylen Brown to develop as a firm rotation player behind Tatum and Gordon Hayward.

With Al Horford, Marcus Morris, Terry Rozier, Marcus Smart and Gerald Green rounding out the rotation, the Celtics see themselves a piece away from being able to capture a title in the next 2 to 4 years.

Yes, the Celtics lost the Nets 2018 pick, however IT4 was most likely going to leave Boston, and Crowder made the rotation too crowded (no pun intended) for Brown and Tatum to be able to thrive.

I believe the Celtics won the deal long term, because James and Thomas will likely leave Cleveland after losing to Golden State in the NBA Finals, which will leave them with a top pick and Love as their franchise cornerstones.

I get the sense that Irving will enjoy playing for the Celtics because he is the best player on the team, and has a great number 2 option in Gordon Hayward, as well as guys like Horford and Morris who do not need to dominate the ball to be effective.

While they are still a piece away, they can address it next summer due to the plethora of star free agents on the market such as Paul George, DeMarcus Cousins and others.

Not to mention, Kyrie Irving is only 25 years old, and it gives Boston a sense of direction for the future.

Who do you think won the trade?

About Me: I’m Spencer Alexander Zied, a freshman at the University of Miami from New York, New York. I love to play basketball and tennis, and am a big fan of the Knicks, Giants, Yankees and Miami Hurricanes football and basketball. I’m also a big fan of First Take and Sportscenter on ESPN. You can email me at spencer.zied@gmail.com or connect with me on Twitter, on Facebook, or on Instagram (szied713).

Why the NY Giants Season Will Be a Disappointment

Last season, the New York Giants were solid, going 10-6 and making the playoffs for the first time since 2011. With a great defense led by the newly signed Janoris Jenkins, Oliver Vernon, and Damon Harrison as well as returning players in Landon Collins, Jason Pierre Paul and Johnathan Hankins, they were able to dominate that side of the ball for most of the season.

The Giants were 10th in fewest total yards allowed, 3rd in fewest rushing yards per game allowed, and 2nd in fewest points allowed.

On the offensive end, things were different. Eli Manning and Odell Beckham Jr. were back, yet the very ineffective offensive line and poor running game made it extremely difficult for them to match the defense’s productivity. They were eliminated in the Wildcard round by Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers, as Odell Beckham Jr. and Sterling Shepard had their worst games of the season- at the worst time.

Fast forward to this season. The Giants decided to sign WR Brandon Marshall, something many (including me) believe is a boom or bust move. But when draft time came around, they decided not to take a running back or an offensive lineman, and instead took a “tight end” in Evan Engram.

Then, in round 3, they decided to add a 4th QB to the depth chart in Davis Webb, instead of a desperately needed running back. Yes, the offense has a plethora of weapons in Odell Beckham Jr., Sterling Shepard, Brandon Marshall and Evan Engram, but how effective will they actually be?

With really no improvement in the offensive line, you can expect similar results from last season on the offensive side of the ball. Offensively, the Giants were ranked 17th in passing yards per game, 29th in rushing yards per game, 25th in total yards, and 26th in points scored. Pretty bottom of the barrel.

So, what can we expect this season?

Due to the difficult schedule, I see the Giants going 8-8 this season and missing the playoffs. When you look at the Cowboys and Redskins, they do not possess the same talent defensively, but they have few problems on the offensive line.

Paul Perkins is a solid running back, but he is not a difference maker who can propel the Giants to the post season. I know, Odell Beckham Jr., Brandon Marshall, Sterling Shepard and probably Evan Engram are super talented wideouts. The only problem is, Eli Manning will have to rush a lot of throws due to the little protection he has on that line, which will lead to more interceptions and eventually more sacks too.

No, the offensive line is not glamorous or exciting. But if you want to win games in the NFL, you are going to need one. And unfortunately, the Giants have failed to fill their holes on the line from last season, and will likely fall short this season.

Will the Giants make the playoffs this season? 

About Me: I’m Spencer Alexander Zied, a freshman at the University of Miami from New York, New York. I love to play basketball and tennis, and am a big fan of the Knicks, Giants, Yankees and Miami Hurricanes football and basketball. I’m also a big fan of First Take and Sportscenter on ESPN. You can email me at spencer.zied@gmail.com or connect with me on Twitter, on Facebook, or on Instagram (szied713).

Top NBA Free Agents

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Kevin Durant, Small Forward ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

He’s only the 2nd best player in the world. This Warriors team looks like it has the makings of a dynasty and I don’t see why he would go anywhere else. I hope he leaves, but he won’t. They’re too dominant.

Value: Max

What the Warriors should do: Make sure he has no plans to leave, and max him up.

What he should do: Sign a max with the Warriors.

 

Gordon Hayward, Small Forward ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Hayward has evolved into a top 30 player, and really played well this season. He’s certainly a star player, and can make any team better instantly. Averaging 22 points, 5 boards and 4 dimes a game, he is still improving and can become a superstar with time.

Value: Max

What the Jazz should do: Offer him a max contract.

What he should do: Sign with the Celtics, Thunder or Pacers (he went to college in Indiana).

 

Kyle Lowry, Point Guard ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Good for 22 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists a game, Lowry has certainly cemented himself as a top 10 point guard. A smart 31-year-old veteran, he would be great for any team trying to find a “missing piece” in the backcourt. His size can be a concern, but his IQ and talent make up for it. His demeanor is up and down, but nothing that can’t be fixed with a better supporting cast.

Value: Max

What the Raptors should do: Try and resign him, he’s worth the max.

What he should do: Go to the Spurs or stay in the East.

 

Chris Paul, Point Guard ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

A seasoned veteran and pure point guard, CP3 can make any team a contender. His great basketball IQ as well as his winner’s mentality should land him a max deal, but for his own sake it shouldn’t be in Los Angeles. He has yet to make it to a Conference Finals, and really needs to make a run at a title, because he is too good not to at least have an NBA Finals appearance.

Value: Max

What the Clippers should do: Re-sign him for less than the max in hopes of signing another marquee free agent.

What he should do: Sign with the Spurs for a bit less than the max.

 

Steph Curry, Point Guard ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

A top 2 shooter in basketball and good for 25 points, 5 boards and 5 assists a game, Curry is as valuable as anyone and is a top 5 player in the NBA.

Value: Max

What the Warriors should do: Give him a max contract.

What he should do: Sign a max contract with the Warriors.

 

Blake Griffin, Power Forward ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

His talent is top notch, but his health is a big question mark. Nonetheless, he needs a new scene and needs to leave LA. He’s good for 22-25 a game and is a physical specimen who’s strength combined with his athleticism is unmatched. If he can stay healthy, he is certainly a top 25 player.

Value: Max

What the Clippers should do: They need to move on and let him walk.

What he should do: Go to OKC and team up with Russell Westbrook.

 

Danilo Gallinari, Small Forward ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

While he has been injured the last couple seasons, his size and shooting ability should not be overlooked. He can add value to any team, assuming his health is intact. He averaged 18 points and 5 rebounds a game last season with the Nuggets.

Value: $18-20 million/year

What the Nuggets should do: Let him go, spend the money on younger talent in the rebuilding process.

What he should do: Go to the Thunder; they need another talent as well as shooting, two things he brings to the table

 

Otto Porter, Small Forward ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

He has improved immensely over the last two seasons, averaging 13 and 6 on the Wizards as the third scoring option, as well as recording the best three-point shooting percentage. He is definitely someone you want on your team, but beware of his disappearing acts, they come unexpectedly.

Value: $18-20 million/year

What the Wizards should do: Let him walk, make Kelly Oubre the starter and clear up cap for another superstar in the future.

What he should do: Try to sign a max deal with the Wizards.

 

Paul Milsap, Power Forward ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Averaging 18 points, 7 boards and 4 assists a game, Milsap has evolved into a star veteran at the forward position. His size is a concern, yet his skills negate those concerns and he is extremely valuable. He has a winner’s mentality and can fit on any team.

Value: $22-24 million/year

What the Hawks should do: Re-sign him.

What he should do: Leave and go to a “contender”- possibly the Spurs, Thunder, Wizards or Bulls.

 

JJ Redick, Shooting Guard ⭐️⭐️⭐️

He’s a marksman from deep, and he’s an automatic 15 points a game for a team in need of shooting. He can fit anywhere, just don’t let him go to Golden State on a minimum salary.

Value: $14 million/year

What the Clippers should do: Let him go, don’t spend money on a 32 year-old shooter right now.

What he should do: Go to a team in need of a starting shooting guard, preferably in the East.

 

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Shooting Guard ⭐️⭐️⭐️

A solid player on both ends, but definitely overrated. Detroit said they would do everything in their power to keep him, but he is replaceable. He averaged 14 points a game on 40% shooting. Nothing to sneeze at.

Value: $12 million/year

What the Pistons should do: Not give him a max contract.

What he should do: Try to get max dollars from the Pistons. He fits well there and won’t be utilized well on a winning team.

 

Rudy Gay, Small Forward ⭐️⭐️⭐️

The saying “talented bum” applies to Rudy Gay–when he left the Grizzles they made the Western Conference Finals and when he left the Toronto Raptors they went far in the playoffs. When he walks into the contract room, he should have an L on his forehead, because that’s all this guy does. 19 points a game and a loss is what you will get, unless he’s your 4th or 5th option.

Value: $12-14 million/year

What the Kings should do: Anything but re-sign him.

What he should do: Take a pay cut and learn how to win on a contender.

 

Serge Ibaka, Power Forward ⭐️⭐️⭐️

Just 27-years-old, Ibaka seems past his prime. Nonetheless, he averaged 15 and 7 last year with the Raptors. He can still play, but his defense has diminished and he has no post game to speak of. If you aren’t sure why he’s standing outside of the paint, he’s not waiting for the bus–he wants to shoot a three. He shot slightly under 40% from beyond the arc as well.

Value: $12 million/year

What the Raptors should do: Only re-sign him if Lowry stays.

What he should do: Stay in Toronto. It’s a good fit.

 

Jeff Teague, Point Guard ⭐️⭐️⭐️

Teague has proven to be effective on both ends, as his speed and agility are important parts of his game. His days in Indiana are likely over, as they are more focused on locking up Paul George and if not, signing young talent.

Value: $14-16 million/year

What the Pacers should do: Let him walk, he’s better off somewhere else.

What he should do: Go where the money is, not good enough to propel a team to the finals.

 

Greg Monroe, Power Forward/Center ⭐️⭐️⭐️

Monroe has moved around a couple times, yet hasn’t really found a home yet. His size and strength make him effective in the post, yet his lack of speed hurts him against versatile bigs.

Value: $14 million/year

What the Bucks should do: With the development of Thon Maker and John Henson, the Bucks should let Monroe walk.

What he should do: Go to a team looking for a big, but not a contender- the Suns, Hornets and Kings are all possible fits.

 

Andre Iguodala, Small Forward ⭐️⭐️⭐️

Iggy has a choice to make this offseason- does he want to collect a large check, or does he want to win? It’s his choice to make, but he can’t have both. He’ll need to take a huge pay cut to stay with Golden State considering Steph Curry and Kevin Durant have to get paid first.

Value: $16 million/year

What the Warriors should do: Offer him whatever cap space they have, but don’t stress if he walks.

What he should do: Whatever he wants. He’s a champion and a former all star. He’s done enough, if he wants to sign a max contract with a losing team he should be entitled to. If he wants to win, he can do that as well. His choice.

 

Jrue Holiday, Point Guard ⭐️⭐️⭐️

Holiday did his part this season, averaging 15 points and 7 assists a game on the Pelicans. With the addition of DeMarcus Cousins, it could create a lot of opportunities for Holiday in the pick and roll game with him and Anthony Davis.

Value: $15 million/year

What the Pelicans should do: Re-sign him, he can get the job done at point.

What Holiday should do: If he wants to win, leave. If he wants to get his assists totals up, stay.

 

Pau Gasol, Power Forward/Center ⭐️⭐️⭐️

Although Pau is up there in age, he still brings a lot of value to the table. He is a good fit in San Antonio, but only if they lose Aldrigde. He’s a winner, and he’s a champion. As long as he is paired with a true center, he will fit well.

Value: $10-12 million/year

What the Spurs should do: Re-sign him if they trade Aldridge, let him walk if they don’t.

What he should do: If he wants to win a ring, stay in San Antonio for less money. If he wants to get paid, take the highest bidder.

 

Dwyane Wade, Shooting Guard ⭐️⭐️⭐️

Wade averaged 18 points a game this season, as he still has something left in the tank. Wade, like many veterans on this list, can do whatever he wants. He didn’t seem to love his Chi-town reunion as much as we thought.

Value: $16 million/year

What the Bulls should do: Let him walk, they need to rebuild.

What he should do: Accept his player option if he wants the money or go to Cleveland or San Antonio if he wants to compete for a championship, for the minimum.

 

George Hill, Point Guard ⭐️⭐️⭐️

Hill said he would leave if Gordon Hayward did, so based off that, he’ll probably reside somewhere other than Utah next season. He would be a great backup point guard on a team like Washington, desperate for one.

Value: $10 million/year

What Jazz should do: Let him walk, give Exum more minutes.

What he should do: Sign with the Wizards.

 

Derrick Rose, Point Guard ⭐️⭐️

Averaging about 18 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists a game on the Knicks this season, Rose was nothing short of average and has demonstrated he cannot stay healthy throughout the entire season. His defensive woes were very obvious as well, as well as his inability to consistently shoot. His athleticism is diminished and he does not have
the bounce he once did.

Value: $8-10 million/year

What Knicks should do: Let him walk. A franchise with no direction does not need to lock up more cap space on an over the hill 29-year-old who can’t shoot or play defense.

What he should do: Try to convince Phil Jackson to give him a max contract- he would be stupid enough to do it.

 

Dion Waiters, Shooting Guard ⭐️⭐️

An average role player with some talent, Waiters averaged 16 points per game off the bench for the Heat. Despite his talent, he has had problems in multiple locker rooms. His shot selection is concerning, but he has confidence in himself, which is a plus. Solid player, don’t break the bank for him.

Value: $10-12 million/year

What the Heat should do: Let him go because Tyler Johnson and Josh Richardson show more promise and play the same position.

What he should do: Try to stay with Miami- he seems to like it there and he fits well with the other young players.

 

Nerlens Noel, Center ⭐️⭐️

Still a young and vibrant 23-year-old, Noel has shown he can be a valuable defender and rim protector. He should hit the weight room, but I think he can be a useful player on a winning team.

Value: $10 million/year

What the Mavericks should do: Re-sign him, but only for the right price. Do not overpay.

What he should do: Sign a 2 year, $6 million deal with the Warriors. Replace Zaza, he’s terrible.

 

Kelly Olynyk, Center ⭐️⭐️

The aggressive and offensive minded kid from Gonzaga has game. He is somewhat of a liability defensively, but he can space the floor and knock down the three. He’ll help a team in need of a backup center who’s good for 25 minutes a game.

Value: $10 million/year

What the Celtics should do: Re-sign him only for $10 million or less.

What he should do: Stay in Boston.

 

Tyreke Evans, Small Forward ⭐️⭐️

From rookie of the year to a forgotten player, Tyreke has displayed a lack of care when it comes to winning–then again, he’s in Sacramento. He should go back to playing point guard like he did at Memphis. He has the skills, just not the mentality.

Value: $8-10 million/year

What the Kings should do: The opposite of what they think is right.

What he should do: Leave and sign with an Eastern Conference team looking for a spark off the bench.

 

Rajon Rondo, Point Guard ⭐️⭐️

Making the playoffs with the Bulls didn’t come easy, as his rifts with Jimmy Butler early on in the season were a sign of things to come. This isn’t a good fit for Rondo, but it seems nowhere is. He’s a headache in the locker room, cannot shoot and has not evolved his game at all. He’s past his prime, and I wouldn’t want him on my team. I know that the Bulls went up 2-0 on the Celtics, but it was just after Thomas lost his sister, I think that contributed to the deficit more than Rondo’s numbers.

Value: $6-8 million

What the Bulls should do: Get him out, don’t pickup his option.

What he should do: Go anywhere that offers him a contract. He’s public enemy #1 right now.

 

Tim Hardaway Jr., Shooting Guard ⭐️⭐️

Hardaway Jr. showed out this season, averaging 14.5 points per game in Atlanta. While he is still a flawed player, he has improved since he was on the Knicks, and should get a solid check this offseason.

Value: $10 million/year

What the Hawks should do: Re-sign him, but not for too much.

What he should do: Try and stay, it’s a good fit for him.

 

Andre Roberson, Shooting Guard ⭐️

Yes, he’s the guy who shot 3/22 from the free throw line in the first round. While he has good size, his offensive skills are so abysmal that whatever he does defensively won’t matter. With the jump shot of DeAndre Jordan and the handles of Tyson Chandler, its too bad Roberson is  only 6’6”, because he plays like a center.

Value: $5 million/year, even though he might get a max. Scary.

What the Thunder should do: Show him the nearest exit.

What he should do: Be happy he’s in the NBA.

 

About Me: I’m Spencer Alexander Zied, a freshman at the University of Miami from New York, New York. I love to play basketball and tennis, and am a big fan of the Knicks, Giants, Yankees and Miami Hurricanes football and basketball. I’m also a big fan of First Take and Sportscenter on ESPN. You can email me at spencer.zied@gmail.com or connect with me on Twitter, on Facebook, or on Instagram (szied713).