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  1. CTMagicUK

    2023-2024 General Game Thread

    Good news about Jalen then.
  2. CTMagicUK

    2023-2024 Season Thread

    I certainly hope so. Hopefully it's not another 10 years from now lol
  3. CTMagicUK

    2023-2024 Season Thread

    (Triple post, this is how I got to 10k posts, talking to myself lol) The Thunder have waived Aleksej Pokusevski. I had that guy unreasonably high on my 2020 draft board lol
  4. CTMagicUK

    2023-2024 Season Thread

    There's a good 10+ mins on Orlando and Paolo in the latest Dunker Spot podcast. Good stuff.
  5. CTMagicUK

    2023-2024 Season Thread

    Appreciated :)
  6. CTMagicUK

    2023-2024 General Game Thread

    I was about to push back on Paolo a little because he was so not himself that for the first half I don't think he even attempted a layup. But then I remembered the 3 point play he had chalked off for a completely normal basketball play so the point still stands. Franz always gets a bad whistle, should be averaging as many FTs as Paolo really, the way he hunts paint touches.
  7. CTMagicUK

    2023-2024 General Game Thread

    Great win going to Cleveland on the road. The bench were awesome. Mo Wagner was phenomenal. Cole was great, especially in the second half. Isaac did the usual Isaac things. AB was very good on defense and had some great passing moments. Gary Harris was low key very good too. Had some big moments on defense. Ingles hit big shots. Fun game for the non stars all around honestly. When Scott Foster called that offensive foul on Paolo I thought the fix was in but he called some just as bad ones our way so I'll take it. Paolo shouldn't have played I don't think. He didn't look well. He played like he had no idea where he was and I think having him in the game did us more harm than good honestly. Hope Jalen is ok.
  8. CTMagicUK

    2023-2024 General Game Thread

    "Role playing no names" like Penny Hardaway, Dennis Scott and Nick Anderson.
  9. CTMagicUK

    2023-2024 General Game Thread

    Paolo is listed as questionable tonight with an Illness...
  10. CTMagicUK

    2023-2024 General Game Thread

    Everyone is throwing out wild theories but... Occams razor. The real reason we're sitting him is because he has a knee issue.
  11. CTMagicUK

    2023-2024 Season Thread

    I appreciate that.
  12. CTMagicUK

    2023-2024 General Game Thread

    Anthony Black has changed his hair to braids. RIP the fear mongering.
  13. CTMagicUK

    2023-2024 General Game Thread

    This is unbelievable.
  14. CTMagicUK

    2023-2024 Season Thread

    I guess my 10,000th post is thanking you for the kind words. Literally didn't know such a milestone was coming up and honestly I'm wondering how much time I've spent on this board to have posted 10k times and feeling very old all of a sudden (the crazy thing is for the 10k posts there's probably another 1k posts I got half way through typing and then thought "nah this is getting too long no one will read this" or "I'm just not getting into this argument again" lol). On the good and bad years, I actually joined this board the summer we traded Dwight. So the good years have been slim pickings haha. I'm looking forward to them now though.
  15. CTMagicUK

    2023-2024 Season Thread

    Yes. Jett is still getting paid his full salary. The two way guys (Queen, Harris, Schofield) make half a million a season. Exhibit 10 guys (guys who were with us for preseason and then went to the G league, so like Matt McClung etc) get a bonus that can be up to 75k from the Exhibit 10 contract and then their G league salary on top. The standard, I believe flat, G league salary is 40.5k for the 5 month season. Also worth noting a lot of G league guys could go overseas and make more money (the average euro league salary is like 400+k a year but some guys make legitimately more than an NBA minimum salary) but being in the US means they can be signed to 10 day contracts which could help them get full contracts and the real money. Plus there are obviously family/culture reasons to stay in the US. Long story short, no need to feel sorry for them.
  16. CTMagicUK

    2024 NBA Draft Thread

    Just watched UConn/Creighton. Stephon Castle is a phenomenal defensive player on the perimeter and he has some ball handling and passing. Plus he's just long and strong, he just bounces off guys going to the rim. Feels like a guy that someone in the lottery will convince themselves they can teach him to shoot but boy were Creighton not guarding him on the perimeter. I think I've said it before but Baylor Scheierman should get drafted. So often "being good at basketball" is like an overlooked part of the draft process. Sure he'll be 24 when he plays an NBA game and he's not a stand out athlete by any means (and if we're being honest he's a white guy with a funny name and some scouts still have those subconscious biases), but he's just good. 6'6, strong, good shooter, solid ball handler, really good passer. Gets after it on the boards. Feels like a guy the Heat pick up as an undrafted player and everyone is like "where do they get these guys from" when it's blatantly obvious he's good at basketball. I'm not sure I'd pick Donovan Clingan in the lottery. I get it, he's massive and he protects the rim and he's not immobile for someone his size. But I think his stock owes quite a lot to Walker Kessler's success and he's just not as good statistically as Kessler was. Don't get me wrong I think he could be a solid starting C for a team wanting to play drop but I'm not rushing to use a lottery pick on him. Plus I think it remains to be seen if he can play 30+ minutes a night. Averages 20mpg, some of that is probably due to fouling early in games as that's something he's struggled with but I wouldn't be surprised if there's some conditioning issues given how huge he is. Trey Alexander might go back for his senior year but he should also get drafted if he comes out. Enough to like I think. Ryan Kalkbrenner is a guy who it doesn't look like will get drafted but I'd be interested in him as an undrafted guy on a 2 way, 7'1 senior but quite thin. Pretty good drop big with rim protection without fouling, has flashed a 3 point jumper on occasion too. Alex Karaban didn't have an impressive game at all.
  17. CTMagicUK

    2024 NBA Draft Thread

    Disclaimer: this is not a reflection of where we are as a team or me giving up on the season or anything like that I just like talking about draft prospects. NCAA season has started so thought we could start to use this. Because I expected us to be better this year I haven't gotten a jump on draft prospects as early as I usually would. Learning as I go but trying not to focus in on the top guys. Last few years we've been looking at top draft guys. Top 5, top 10 etc. Have a feeling we'll be more in that 14-20 range this coming year (or maybe we even trade the pick? Who knows?) Looking in that range I'm really looking at guys who fit. For me guys that fit this team (i.e. fit with Paolo and Franz) are: big guard or wing shooters, stretch bigs or mobile rim protecting bigs. Jakobe Walter, freshman from Baylor, caught my eye yesterday: https://youtu.be/3VNZPAdy3ZU?si=nTaOpYONElbvyqP9 Clearly not a shot creator but he looks to have incredible touch and can shoot the 3 off of movement. Givony has him at #16 at ESPN early on. Another guy I like (don't have any highlights from this year yet) is Trevon Brazile, stood out to me at times watching AB film last season at Arkansas but only played a handful of games due to injury. 6'10, super athlete, mobile on defense and his 3 point jumper looks good. (He's currently at #25 on ESPN) But there are loads of other guys I'm interested in seeing, some guys we shouldn't be in a position to draft and some we might be, playing in College, overseas and for G League Ignite.
  18. CTMagicUK

    2024 NBA Draft Thread

    To be clear I'm saying guys I'd rather have TDS than, not the other way around.
  19. CTMagicUK

    2024 NBA Draft Thread

    I'm still a big fan. His jumper has come back down to earth from the scorching shooting in non conference play but that doesn't really matter to me. 6'10 guys who can pass, dribble and shoot are always valuable. Still have him first round and there's at least 5 or 6 guys in ESPNs first round I'd rather pick TDS over.
  20. CTMagicUK

    2024 NBA Draft Thread

    New ESPN mock has been released. Every time a mock gets released there's massive movement. I can't really get a read on this draft at all. That being said the mock has us at pick 18 getting Dalton Knecht which is a huge W. And picks 16 to 21 are all interesting prospects to me (Kevin McCullar Jr, Devin Carter, Dalton Knecht, Tyler Smith, Jared McCain, Ryan Dunn)
  21. CTMagicUK

    2024 All-Star Weekend

    Struggling to see the downside of a trade for a 25 year old All star PG in his prime, with 3 years left on his contract, who averages 27 points and 11 assists and hits 3 3s a game. (Provided we don't give up any of Paolo/Franz/Suggs which I'd be against).
  22. CTMagicUK

    2023-2024 Season Thread

    The Nets have fired Jacque Vaughn.
  23. CTMagicUK

    2024 All-Star Weekend

    Why does anyone care about the all star game? Players make a big deal about not being included and then nobody tries anyway.
  24. CTMagicUK

    2024 All-Star Weekend

    Yea it's definitely closer to nothing than something. But also I'm pretty into the idea of trading for Trae so why not feel hopeful?
  25. CTMagicUK

    2024 All-Star Weekend

    I haven't seen the exact video but I'm pretty sure he said he'd be taking his family to Disney World. But. Paolo and Trae have been pictured chatting. Sooo... Maybe get hyped? Lol
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