The Brooklyn Nets made a trade on Thursday, but it wasn't the trade itself that made waves across the league. It was the ripple effect it has on the Kyrie Irving sweepstakes.
By trading Allen Crabbe, the No. 17 pick in the 2019 NBA Draft, and a protected first in 2020 to the Hawks for Taurean Prince and a 2021 second-round pick, the Nets can make room for two max slots.
Evidently, this amplifies the Kyrie-to-Brooklyn rumors that have existed over the last month. ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reports Irving is "serious" about signing with the Nets in free agency, and the Nets are "serious" about beating out the Knicks to sign the premier free agents.
We'll have to wait until the end of the month to find out just how serious the two sides are about uniting, but the Nets' trade makes it clear they won't be messing around once free agency begins on June 30.
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It looks like eSports' time to shine is finally here.
With all the major sports leagues on hiatus due to the coronavirus pandemic, the NBA has come up with a creative solution to create some new basketball-based programming.
According to Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports, the league will be hosting a players-only NBA 2K tournament on Friday and it will air on a major network. Additionally, Haynes is reporting that each team is planning to have a player gamer involved with the tournament.
This is a good way for the league to create some new basketball-related excitement with the season currently suspended. It will certainly be fun to see how players who are so good on the basketball court can fare in the realm of basketball video games.
Of course, if every team does have a player representative set to play on Friday night, that means a member of the Boston Celtics will be in action. The ideal fit for the team would be Gordon Hayward, as he's an avid gamer and would almost certainly be able to lead the 2K Celtics to some victories.
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If Hayward isn't the choice, Grant Williams would be another logical option. He disclosed to NBC Sports Boston's A. Sherrod Blakely that he loves playing video games on an episode of the Celtics Talk Podcast shortly after he was drafted.
No matter who is running the Celtics team, it will be entertaining to watch NBA players square off against each other again, even if it is just in some 2K action.
And speaking of 2K action, be sure to check out our latest Celtics simulation. The 2K-C's took on the Minnesota Timberwolves on Sunday night as they looked to keep their winning streak alive.
We know that Jayson Tatum is on the path to NBA stardom. But is he on a similar pace to one of the greatest players ever to play the game, Michael Jordan?
You be the judge.
Boston Sports Info (@BostonSportsInf) checked out the statistical comparison between Jayson Tatum and Michael Jordan during their 21-year-old seasons. And when looking at the numbers on a per 36-minute basis, they were relatively close in most major categories.
In addition to the numbers pictured, Tatum averaged 3.1 assists, 1.5 steals, and 0.9 blocks per 36 as a 21-year-old. Meanwhile, Jordan got 5.5 assists, 2.2 steals, and 0.8 blocks per 36.
So, Jordan edged Tatum in most categories, save for Tatum's rebounding advantage and his ever-so-slight blocks advantage. Of course, it's worth noting that Jordan entered the league as a 21-year-old rookie, so he had no NBA experience while he put up these excellent numbers. Tatum had 143 games of regular-season experience and 19 games of playoff experience before his 21st birthday.
Regardless, the point is that Tatum is still developing very well and the fact that his numbers can even be comparable to one of the NBA's all-time greats is an excellent sign. He should continue to progress and should soon be one of the top players in the NBA if he continues on his current trajectory.
Tatum may not reach Jordan level. Few ever do. But the stats indicate that he's on the right track very early on in his career.
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