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Poker or Egaming?

Our poll last week was about if ESPN and eGaming were a match. Patrick seems to think, at least compared to poker, that DOTA 2 is more of a "sport."

Position Fixes

Patrick recently fixed a bug on the position adjustment for the numbers on the site.

The simple reality is that there are distinctly different positions and responsibilities in the NBA. We've talked about this a lot over the years. And, we'll apparently keep talking about it for a while. Patrick has a good breakdown, though, tune in!

The Wall of Boredom

It's the part of the show where we talk the NBA offseason using ESPN's transaction page.

The Houston Rockets' D-League affiliate just signed a coach that realizes how good the three-point line is. Will this help the Rockets get even better at "Moreyball"?

Some day a team in the NBA is going to try taking over fifty threes a game. And I want to see what happens.

-Patrick Minton

The Mavs signed JaVale McGee, which Patrick doesn't see as a bad thing. Although it does lead to a good question about the importance of goaltending on defense.

Scott Walker and Arenas

You can not claim to be fiscally responsible and be in favor of publicly funded stadiums. Full stop.

Shout Outs

Patrick shouts out Flip Saunders, who revealed he had Hodgkin's lymphoma last week. For as much trash as we talk, it's only basketball. Cancer sucks, and we hope Flip a successful fight and full recovery.

Brian shouts out the Lakers for doing a big fourteen player guard tryout. Arturo had a template called "Build me a Winner" back in the day, which the Lakers may have finally gotten around to reading.

Brian shouts of Clinton Loomis, captain of team Fear. As an Egamer, he's having an issue with injuries and hoping to get surgery. Basically, he gets our respect as a top tier athlete.

I've got a doctor's apt tomorrow that may determine if I'm eligible for surgery or not for my arm. I hope I am...

— Clinton Loomis (@FearDotA) August 14, 2015

The Phoenix Suns have hired Chris Jent to be the head coach of their D-League affiliate in Bakersfield.

      
 
 

The Phoenix Suns have hired Chris Jent to be the head coach of their D-League affiliate in Bakersfield.

      
 
 

In their annual summer forecast, the folks over at ESPN predicted a disappointing year for the Suns.

Every summer, ESPN releases a summer forecast of record projections for both conferences. Earlier this afternoon they began posting their Western Conference predictions, one team at a time.

As of now 12 teams have been released. The projected standings are as follows:

15. Minnesota (24-58)

14. Los Angeles Lakers (26-56)

13. Denver (27-55)

12. Sacramento (31-51)

11. Portland (31-51)

10. Phoenix (35-47)

9. Utah (40-42)

8. Dallas (41-41)

7. New Orleans (47-35)

6. Memphis (51-31)

5. Oklahoma City (55-27)

4. Los Angeles Clippers (56-26)

Some observations:

  • Phoenix only wins 35 games? Even if Markieff Morris is traded for a single second-round pick that seems like a stretch. I really don't understand ESPN's logic here. The Suns lost some talent but focused on adding mature, professional veterans who are great fits for the roster. Teletovic could be the stretch four they've been missing, while Chandler is the defensive anchor they've always dreamed of. And don't forget the vast potential for internal development as players such as Warren, Goodwin, Len and Knight get older.
  • ESPN only gave Sacramento two additional wins, but the Kings added Rajon Rondo, Marco Belinelli, Kosta Koufos and Willie Cauley-Stein this offseason. It's strange to think that they would win the same number of games as Portland, who will be starting Ed Davis and Mason Plumlee in the frontcourt.
  • Of all teams to give the 8th seed to, they chose Dallas? The Jazz were a truly dominant force to be reckoned with after the All-Star break in 2015, and yet they also only get two wins added to their record.
What do you think, Suns fans? Time for some predictions.
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How many games will the Suns win in 2015-16?

  1445 votes | Results

10 NBA articles you may have missed.

Phoenix Suns guard Brandon Knight is saying all the right things. Markieff Morris has made it clear he wants out of Phoenix. Knight told SiriusXM NBA Radio that if Morris doesn't leave Phoenix, the Suns would "definitely love to have him."

That seems unlikely. In case you haven't yet heard, Morris is beyond unhappy playing for the Suns.

While he avoided talking about the relationship between Morris and the Suns, Archie Goodwin did have some kind things to say about playing with Markieff.

Former Suns guard Isaiah Thomas misses playing in.......Boston.

Yes, I know it will be difficult to split up your paycheck, what with Suns Swag being posted on the same day. You'll figure it out. Suns single-game tickets go on sale Friday.

Before you dig into your pockets, here's a fun list of ten must-watch games for the 2015-16 season as chosen by Suns.com.

"Part-time player, big-time shot." Remembering one of the biggest shots former Suns guard Tim Thomas knocked down in a Phoenix uniform.

Former Suns guard Dan Majerle talked about the growth of the Grand Canyon University basketball team since becoming head coach of the Antelopes in 2013.

According to a report, the Atlanta Hawks are signing veteran guard Jason Richardson to a non-guaranteed deal.

Charles Barkley is a Kobe Bryant fan, but advises the Los Angeles Lakers legend to retire at the conclusion of the 2015-16 season.

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