The NBA season is in full swing and the action continues to heat up. The Warriors remain the toast of the league, but intrigue is all around with Jimmy Butler heading to Philadelphia, and of course, King James playing his debut season with the Los Angeles Lakers. For fans looking for more basketball action, an NBA sportsbook may be a good option. In order to keep your NBA knowledge up and improve your betting, here are some news and notes from around the league this week.
Anthony Davis and Kevin Durant to the Lakers?
LeBron James turned in his best performance since joining the Lakers in Wednesday’s win over the Blazers.
James dropped 44 points and hauled in 10 rebounds — draining 13 of 19 shots he attempted.
But really, his inaugural season with the team can be viewed as more of a stepping stone, as the team builds for the future with its young core. All eyes will be on what the Lakers do in free agency over the summer, as a number of superstars may be available.
Former NBA player Jarrett Jack believes the Lakers will be able to sign two max players — Kevin Durant and Anthony Davis. That would instantly give them the best frontcourt in the league, allowing them to compete with the Warriors. Not only that, this would officially make them a superteam.
Man if y’all thought the league was in trouble before they bout to mess around and have AD KD and Bron all on the same team 🤦🏽♂️
— JARRETT JACK (@Jarrettjack03) November 15, 2018
In 8 months quote me
— JARRETT JACK (@Jarrettjack03) November 15, 2018
This may sound crazy at first glance, but let’s think about it for a second. There’s clearly drama in the Bay Area, and judging by the reports and whispers, it does appear that Durant is leaving the Warriors next season. Draymond Green basically said as much, and Durant even appeared to mouth “That’s why I’m out” during Monday’s heated altercation. There were also rumors that James contacted Durant last summer in hopes of following him to LA. It does appear that Durant wants to play under the bright lights of Los Angeles (Clippers, Lakers) or New York, so it’s possible.
As for Davis, there does appear to be a solid chance he’ll leave the Pelicans for the Lakers. It’s been rumored for awhile now, and Davis has done nothing to shoot it down. We do see that as a strong possibility of happening.
But to land two max players? The Lakers will have to clear some more cap space to do so, but it’s not impossible.
DeRozan Wows With a 360 Layup
Spurs guard DeMar DeRozan successfully converted on a layup that required one of the highest degrees of difficulty you’ll ever see.
Layups tend to be fairly easy for players, even if they need to change hands or use a bit of hesitation at some point. But DeRozan attempted a highlight-reel layup that you’ll want to see if you haven’t already.
DeRozan drove the lane on the play, and was met by Danilo Gallinari, who challenged his shot at the rim. That didn’t deter DeRozan, though, as he did a 360 spin around Gallinari in the air, then laid the ball up and in.
Basketball is beautiful pic.twitter.com/ibTwJDQINA
— Dime (@DimeUPROXX) November 16, 2018
That seemed like a lot of work for a layup, but it was certainly fun to watch.
Markelle Fultz Free Throw Form Continues to Worsen
It’s hard to believe Sixers point guard Markelle Fultz was the first overall pick in last year’s draft, given that he really doesn’t even know how to shoot the ball properly.
Fultz fired famed shooting coach Drew Hanlen earlier in the week, and yet his free-throw shooting form seems to have devolved. He was seen at the line during Friday’s game against the Jazz, and he utilized quite an unorthodox style.
He kind of flipped the ball back and forth between his hands a few times, before finally hoisting it above his head and flinging it toward the basket.
The latest from Markelle Fultz at the FT line: pic.twitter.com/OJZPKEfvf1
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) November 17, 2018
How did the Sixers draft this guy with the No. 1 overall pick? Didn’t they bring him in for a private workout? Or did they just pick his name out of a hat? He literally cannot shoot.
Draymond Green Comments on his Altercation with Kevin Durant
Kevin Durant and Draymond Green have been put under the microscope this week, with the two of them having gotten into a heated altercation late in Monday’s loss to the Clippers.
Green called Durant a “b—h” multiple times, with KD having some words of his own for his teammate. Not only that, Durant’s brother, Tony, blasted Green on his Instagram story Wednesday.
Durant did speak about the incident on Wednesday, but didn’t say much, and he indicated that he was moving on from it all, and focusing on the team’s play on the court going forward.
Green addressed the issue on Thursday, and he did provide a bit more information, although he didn’t speak on the team’s decision to suspend him.
“Kevin [Durant] and I spoke,” Green began. “We are moving forward. I think it’s no secret that I’m an emotional player. I wear my emotions on my sleeve and play with that same emotion, sometimes they get the best of me and it doesn’t work in my favor.”
“Whatever Kevin decides to do, whatever Klay [Thompson] decides to do, whatever who decides to do, we had great years together,” Green said, “I’ll support everybody wholeheartedly, 100 percent. As a human being, as a man, you have a right to do what you want with your life. I would never question that.”
Draymond Green’s very long statement on the KD situation pic.twitter.com/itXd3a7SMP
— Anthony Slater (@anthonyVslater) November 15, 2018
Both KD and Green are saying all the right things, but that level of beef doesn’t just immediately simmer, so we’ll just see what happens in the coming weeks.