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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).

NBA predictions 2015-16

After a tremendous postseason, when the Golden State Warriors reigned victorious, there were still a lot of questions to be answered. What if they played the Spurs? What if Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love were all healthy? All these questions still remain. At the same time, the Warriors are getting a lot of heat from other teams that remain unconvinced that they’re the champs. A great offseason has led to some powerful additions to many teams which will make this year all the more competitive. So, here are my predictions for the upcoming NBA season:

East Standings:

  1. Cleveland Cavaliers
  2. Miami Heat
  3. Toronto Raptors
  4. Milwaukee Bucks
  5. Washington Wizards
  6. Chicago Bulls
  7. Atlanta Hawks
  8. Charlotte Hornets

West Standings:

  1. Houston Rockets
  2. Golden State Warriors
  3. San Antonio Spurs
  4. Oklahoma City Thunder
  5. Los Angeles Clippers
  6. Dallas Mavericks
  7. Memphis Grizzlies
  8. New Orleans Pelicans

Conference Finals Matchups:

Cavaliers vs. Heat

Rockets vs. Thunder

NBA Finals Matchup:

Cavaliers vs. Thunder

Awards:
Scoring leader: Kevin Durant, Thunder

Rebounds leader: DeAndre Jordan, Clippers

Assists leader: Rajon Rondo, Kings

3pt % leader: Stephen Curry, Warriors

Blocks leader: Anthony Davis, Pelicans

Rookie: Karl-Anthony Towns, Timberwolves

Coach: Greg Popovich, Spurs

Defensive: Anthony Davis, Pelicans

Most Improved: Michael Carter-Williams, Bucks

MVP:  Anthony Davis (Pelicans)

What are your predictions for the upcoming NBA season?

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About Me: I’m Spencer Alexander Zied, an 11th grader from New York, New York. I love to play basketball, football and tennis, and am a big fan of the Knicks, Giants, Yankees, Oregon football and North Carolina basketball teams. 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).

NBA Playoff Predictions

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In a recent blog post, I made predictions about who I thought would win each series in the NBA. I was correct when it came to the Warriors, the Hawks, the Cavaliers, the Bulls, and the Grizzlies. But I was wrong to pick against the Clippers, the Rockets, and the Wizards.

After a great first round, the action will ramp up even more. So will the pressure. With only one game seven this time instead of many game sevens last year, there were three sweeps, one of which was between a 4 seed and a 5 seed. Much has happened, and now I’m going to tell you who I think will take it all.

Semi-Finals

Warriors vs. Grizzles

This series will be a good one. Memphis likes to slow things down, while Golden State likes a fast pace. However, Mike Conley’s injury hurts the Grizzles, and will hurt them moving forward. The Warriors have too much depth for the Grizzles, and while this series will be entertaining, it will be lopsided.

Warriors in 6

Cavaliers vs. Bulls

Kevin Love is out for the remainder of the playoffs. While it will hurt the Cavaliers’ title chances, it should not dramatically affect this series. While Chicago is versatile at the power forward position, Tristan Thompson will hold his own in this series. Although everyone will likely pick Chicago because Derrick Rose is healthy, the Cavs do still have Lebron and Kyrie, and until one of them goes down, nobody in the East will beat them.

Cavaliers in 6

Rockets vs. Clippers

Although the Rockets finished the injury-ridden Mavericks quickly, and the Spurs and Clippers went to seven games, the Clippers will defeat the Rockets. They are a better all around team. And while no individual can stop MVP candidate James Harden, the Clips have the pieces in order to take down the Rockets. DeAndre Jordan will help neutralize Dwight Howard. This series will go the distance, but Chris Paul and Blake Griffin will be too much for the young Rockets.

Clippers in 7

Hawks vs. Wizards

John Wall and the Wizards resurrected themselves in a sweep vs. the favorite Raptors. The Wizards will continue to ride the wave and will be too much for the Hawks to handle.

Wizards in 5

Conference Finals

Cavaliers vs. Wizards

The Cavaliers will not lose the East, Lebron and co. will take John Wall and the speedy Wizards down.

Cavaliers in 6

Warriors vs. Clippers

The MVP candidate Steph Curry will show the Clippers all he’s got, and will propel his team to victory. He has had his way with CP3 this year, having big nights against one of the league’s toughest defenders. Klay Thompson and the sharp shooting Warriors will be too much for the hot Clippers and will shoot their way into the NBA Finals. It will be a fantastic series, and it will go down to the wire.

Warriors in 7

NBA Finals

Cavaliers vs. Warriors

While Lebron James and Kyrie Irving are great, they will truly miss Kevin Love’s absence, and it will lead to their demise. It will be a great series, but MVP candidate Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson, along with the Warriors 10-man rotation will be too much for the Love-less Cavs. Lebron will do all he can, but in the end it will not be enough. However, if Lebron does prevail, it will not surprise me at all.

Warriors in 7: Stephen Curry NBA Finals MVP

About me: I’m Spencer (Alexander) Zied, a 10th grader from New York, New York. I love to play basketball, football and tennis, and am a big fan of the Knicks, Giants, Yankees, Oregon football and North Carolina basketball teams. 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).