The Frustrations of Having Drafted Drummond

Andre Drummond vs Wizards 2014This year I drafted Andre Drummond in the second round. Last season Drummond was a beast on the boards and put up great numbers in the paint off of easy put backs and alley-oop dunks, and I kicked myself all season for having passed on him. This year coming into the season more mature with a better coach he looked like a sure thing. I couldn’t have been more wrong. His first 12 games have been foul-plagued nightmares, the only silver lining of which has been the clear potential he’s shown in his nose for rebounding. Continue reading

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Hoops Exchange: How Good is Jimmy Butler?

Guest writer Tim Adkins joined me for an impromptu email exchange for some random observations about the first month of the 2014-15 NBA Season. Topics included best shooting guard, franchise players and the improved Eastern Conference.

Tim Adkins: Completely unrelated–but because I’m seeing your recent People’s Court post on the right of the screen–I was meaning to ask if y’all had started including Jimmy Butler in the best two-way two-guard conversations. I think it was last Thursday he put in work on the first half of a national doubleheader before Klay Thompson rec’d all the fawning in the second game. Made for an interesting juxtaposition.

Lamont Peoples: We’ve not had any discussions on best two-way shooting guard. Though Butler has certainly added himself to that very short list. Thompson got off to such a hot start that he got all that attention. I don’t think he can play at that high of a level for the whole season. Butler seems to be taking advantage of the opportunities given to him by a roster that’s loaded offensively. His defense is all-galaxy. If we do a segment on this would you care to weigh in? Continue reading

New Season, New Format

I am pleased to announce that, along with the debut of the 2014-15 NBA season, The Peoples Court has a new format! You’ll still get to enjoy the views and opinions of Adam, Lamont, myself, and our guests, but rather than waiting until the end of the week to get those to you, we’ll be sharing them in shorter clips throughout the week. That means more TPC in smaller doses. Don’t worry, we’ll still bring you longer episodes when the situation calls for it, but we wanted to give you more consistent content. Hope you enjoy!

When Your Team Doesn’t Matter Pt 2

The 2014-15 NBA season is just around the corner.  There are a lot of things to be excited about this season even if you’re team doesn’t matter.  For the record, if a team doesn’t have a realistic chance of advancing past the second round of the playoffs they don’t matter.  Last year, I gave a list of 5 ways you can still enjoy the season if your favorite team doesn’t matter.  Here are 4 more:

  1. Practice your announcing – There are a few teams around that employ bad announcers to call their games.  Clyde Drexler with the Houston Rockets, Sean Elliott with the San Antonio Spurs and Mike Smith with the Los Angeles Clippers are a few those bad announcers.  They all either engage in homerism to the extreme, laugh at an unfunny joke they just made or utter some statement that befuddles the mind.  Drexler manages to do all three.  I’ve learned to mute the TV whenever I’m watching a game these guys are calling.  Instead of playing music this season when the TV sound is off, I’m going to try calling the games myself.  You should too.  We can’t do worse than these guys.
  2. Keep stats – Stat keepers are probably the unsung heroes of the NBA.  Whether it’s the basic stats or the more advanced ones, someone has to keep track of them.  There’s plenty of stat keeping software available for download.  Pick one and test it out for a few games.  You’ll probably gain a much better appreciation for how hard the official stat keepers have.
  3. Tour the NBA – This is admittedly expensive and most of won’t be able to do it.  Wouldn’t it be great visit all 28 cities that have an NBA franchise and see a game in all 28 arenas? It’s a basketball junkie’s dream.
  4. Gamble, gamble – Having a rooting interest in games only adds to the fun.  When your favorite team doesn’t matter the games are somewhat less fun to watch.  Another way to have fun is to get involved in sports betting.  There are a variety of things you can bet on for a particular game – the winner, total score, over/under, etc.  Putting money on a game will definitely give you something to root for.