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thoughts on the nba all star game

thoughts on the nba all star game

The workload for Jesus Christ just got a little bit lighter. No longer will he have to hear the daily prayers of Mike Conley as he begs for just one All-Star birth. Instead of asking for a bid to the NBA’s yearly showcase, Kemba Walker will only pray that his alma mater finds its way out of the gutter. All of this happened because about a couple weeks ago, the NBA finally amended their All-Star voting process and allowed for players and pundits to have some input. So let’s play a game of “who’s in my mouth” and see which players can benefit from this rule change. Whoops, I meant to say “who’s in and who’s out.” You can take the kid outta college…

 

Players and media members will each get 25% of the vote. We’ve seen how the players’ opinions differ from pundits, as it was only two years ago when the players selected James Harden as the league MVP instead of Steph Curry. This should make things interesting come voting time. The rift between analytic-loving critics and actual players is evident. How will this play out? I think I have some found some players both these groups can agree to send to the big game.

 

Let’s begin with Conley and Kemba. Conley returned awfully quickly from a serious back injury and is once again leading the Grizz as they boast a good 22-15 record. Sure, he has missed ten games however, that is not enough to keep him out of the festivities. Coming off signing the biggest contract in league history, Conley has proven his worth. Averaging a career high in points, boards and three point percentage, Conley may finally get the bid he deserves.

 

Skywalker helped Charlotte fly out of the gate this season. The Hornets have cooled off however, Kemba has remained red hot. Critics once claimed Walker would perpetually be an inefficient volume shooter. Now the point guard is shooting 47% from the floor and 42% from three. The Hornets are holding down the 4th seed in a much improved East. I think he has a better shot than Conley of earning an All-Star nod.

 

The Greek Freak is a rebound per game away from averaging a double double. What’s more, he leads his squad in points, boards, assists, steals and blocks. Woah. The Bucks are a contender to be a top four team in the East. Giannis has picked up the slack as The Deer are doing this all without the underrated Kris Middleton. If the pundits vote overwhelmingly for any player, it will be Giannis.

 

“I know when that ZingGod bling, that can only mean one thing.” Kristap is straight hoopin’ for the Knicks. Hey, the Knicks are going to make the playoffs, isn’t that weird? The Latvian made a huge leap this year, avoiding the sophomore slump. He should replace Mr. Drummond as a big this year. If this year’s game doesn’t have KP, then something has gone seriously wrong.

 

When you’re the best player on an 22-14 team in the crowded West, you deserve some love. Especially when your name is Gordon Hayward and you’re putting up an efficient 23, 6, and 4 a night. The Jazz have finally put it all together. It’s a matter of time until they are challenging the Rockets for the 3rd seed out West.

 

An even better question than asking who will make the game for the first time: Who will be left out? If the Blazers don’t get above .500 then I really doubt if Dame Lillard avenges his snub from last year. Winning helps. Will fans vote for an aging D-Wade on a new team? They will, even though they shouldn’t. IT4 has boosted his numbers and helped the injury plagued Cs remain as the East’s 3rd seed. But will he get enough votes to repeat as an All-Star? Does John Wall from the disappointing Wizards get in? The West has some more question marks. Someone has to replace Kobe. I am not sure Aldridge makes it in given his underwhelming performance.

 

Here is what could happen in the West:

 

Conley takes the place of the Black Mamba.

KAT fills in for an injured Blake.

Hayward boots out Aldridge.

 

In the East:

 

KP replaces Chris Bosh.

Smell ya later Paul Millsap; enter Giannis.

Kemba kicks out John Wall and deservingly so.

 

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The world is ending and so is the NBA

The world is ending and so is the NBA

The first month of the NBA is basically in the books and everything is going just as everyone predicted. The Lakers are ahead of Portland for the 8th spot in the West. The Spurs are undefeated on the road but miserable at home. Dallas is in last place and the Bulls have not imploded yet. We all saw this coming…said no one ever.

 

The biggest dance craze is one where everyone stands still. A conservative is proposing a 2 trillion dollar bill. The UConn women basketball team looks beatable. My writing has progressively gotten worse with each piece. In the new Harry Potter spinoff flick Colin Farrell turns into Johnny Depp (spoiler) when normally Depp turns into Farrell (The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus.) We’re living in an apocalypse and why should this NBA season be any different? Let me give you some stats that surely prove the world is ending.

 

Myles Turner is shooting a better percentage from 3 than Jeff Teague

 

Let’s be clear. Turner is shooting 28% from deep while Teague is only shooting 25%. Still, this is not a good sign from a team that desperately needs spacing. For the sake of a colleague named Michael who shall remain nameless, I will not spend too much time busting on the Pacers. But come one Larry Legend, find a way to get some better shooting. Bring George Hill back.

 

Giannis Antewhatever is leading his team is every important statistical category

 

Okay, not every single category. The guy is literally 0.1 assists away from leading in that category too. But, we are truly looking at something special here. The Greek Freak is still a baby in terms of his development and already a force. Try stopping him around the rim and see how that goes for you. As soon as the Bucks get rid of Greg Monroe and decide to play John Henson more, they will one of the scarier teams in the East for years to come.

 

Marco Belinelli is shooting 45% from behind the arc

 

What a difference a team makes. The Italian Stallion shot 30% last year with the Kings. Many blasted MJ for sending a first rounder to Sacramento for Belinelli but let’s give props to some of MJ’s moves. MKG looks solid, Kemba is the most improved player in the league and the Hornets will be a buyer at the deadline. I’m rooting for this team and for Mr. Belinelli to keep up this career high pace.

 

Stanley Johnson is half the man he was last year

 

Remember that time during last year’s playoffs when Johnson put up a good fight against Lebron and co.? Well, Stan Van Gundy doesn’t. The former lottery pick has seen his moneys cut in half as well as his overall stats and I have no idea why. His position competition (KCP and Harris) aren’t exactly superstars. When Reggie Bullock is stealing minutes from you, something is up. I recent string of DNPs without injury says something may be up between Johnson and SVG.

 

 

Avery Bradley is leading the Cs in rebounding

 

Let that sink in for a second. Sure, the Celtics do not have prolific rebounders. Still, a 6’2 guard should not be grabbing 8 boards a game. Especially with Horford back in the lineup. What is more astonishing is that shooting guards normally don’t see this jump in rebounding ever, let alone in their 7th year in the league. AB has vaulted himself into a top ten shooting guard in the league.

 

George Hill is killin’ it

 

53% from the field. 47% from 3. A great A/T ratio of 3.2. Yes, Hill missed a few games already this year but, he is back and his pace has not slowed down. Hill’s numbers are indicative of a player who has maximized his role on his team and therefore the league. The Jazz have a ton of guys who need the ball in their hands. Hill can move off the ball, hit shots and make the right pass when asked to. If this pace continues, Hill will finally get the shine he deserves.

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i’m about to post a TICTRIASH blog but wow we are so team drake over here holy shit

i’m about to post a TICTRIASH blog but wow we are so team drake over here holy shit

 

Isn’t a god damn thing to say about this. We love Doris Burke over here. You love Doris Burke over there. People who have never heard of Doris Burke love Doris Burke. I’m cool with drake but now I think I’m in love with Drake. Can we get a backstory here? Did they smang? Are they just cool? Is she the one chick save half of Rihanna’s conscience who can send this dude back to the corner tail between legs? I have so many fucking questions. Can I get this shirt? Anywhere? For under $120? I want it all.

 

For what it’s worth Drake night is the stupidest fucking idea ever, Toronto is supposed to be a whale of a time but does some really goddam weird stuff with the Raptors, “we the north” – seriously? Long live Doris Burke.

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6 Biggest Surprises of the NBA Season So Far

6 Biggest Surprises of the NBA Season So Far

The NBA season is officially two weeks old, which is just enough of a sample size for people to make sweeping generalizations about teams impending doom or championship caliber. You hear things like “if the season ended today, THEN” and “are the (insert two game losing streak team) in TROUBLE” after a measly 5 game sample size. None of it holds any merit, and all of it is pretty much to drive clicks.

There are some trends that begin to develop after a few games, however, and those need to be addressed. Not “The Lakers are Title Contenders” or things of that nature, but more subtle things picked up from actually watching the early season slate of games.

We compiled a list of the top 6 biggest surprises through the first two weeks, 3 positive and 3 negative, and give them to you right here. Take a look and remember, please stay calm. There is a lot of basketball left to be played.


THE GOOD

HOUSTON, TX - MAY 17: James Harden #13 of the Houston Rockets celebrates in the fourth quarter against the Los Angeles Clippers during Game Seven of the Western Conference Semifinals at the Toyota Center for the 2015 NBA Playoffs on May 17, 2015 in Houston, Texas. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)

James Harden is Playing at an All-Time Pace

James Harden is currently setting the NBA on fire, and is the very early leader in some major statistical categories. We knew coming into the season that Harden would be ‘fed’ quite a bit more under Mike D’Antoni and the new system that seems to be based around the idea of simply outscoring opponents and ignoring the defensive end of the floor.

What we did not know was the extent of Harden’s uptick in some major areas of his game. He currently has a usage rate of 33.5, which is the highest of his career and good for 35th all time , and his bulk usage has so far paid off in large dividends for the Rockets. The team is only 3-3, but Harden is leading the league in assists with 12.3 per night, he is one of only five players in the league averaging over 30 points per night at 31.5 ppg, and has an effective field goal percentage of 60%. Why is that last bit important? The NBA all-time record for effective field goal percentage in a season is Deandre Jordan at 67%, and Harden’s mark has him in second place in the entire history of the league. The only guard to crack the top 10? Stephen Curry last year at 57%.

Harden is having an MVP caliber season, and don’t expect his numbers to slow down any time soon. He will score 40 or more points tonight against the Wizards and continue to put up gaudy numbers.

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Joel Embiid Was Worth the Wait

Joel Embiid has been a revelation in Philadelphia, and thank goodness he has been. The only positive to take from the 76ers opening two weeks of games that sees them winless in the Eastern Conference cellar yet again has been the incredible play of the Kansas big man drafted number one overall a few seasons ago.

In only 22 minutes per game (a restriction that will be lifted at some point) Embiid is averaging 18.5 points per game, to go along with 6.3 rebounds and 3 blocks. Not only that, he currently leads the league in three point shooting percentage with 67%, including a 4-4 night from downtown against the defending champion Cavaliers.

His fluidity has been the biggest surprise, and just watching him play evokes memories of big men past with the mobility and feel he has for the game. Not making sweeping generalizations as promised, but Embiid has proven very early on in his (technically) rookie season that he has what it takes to succeed and excel in this league.

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Kemba Walker is Growing Up and Figuring It Out

The biggest knock on Kemba Walker over the course of his NBA career has been his inefficiency and lack of consistent play. Well, only a mere five games into this NBA season Kemba is putting all of those nay-sayers in a corner and repeatedly showing them glimpses of an All-NBA point guard in Charlotte.

His play is a massive reason why the Hornets have started the season 4-1, and currently sit in second place in the Eastern Conference.

His usage rate climbed from a 26.5 last season to 30.4 this year, and his effective shooting percentage is at a career best 55%. Those two statistics together tell the story of a smarter shooting, but ultimately more utilized Walker. He is shooting career highs in 3 point, 2 point, and overall field goal percentage, which sees his ‘win shares per 48 minutes’ at a career high .211.

If he can continue to slow the game down, and make the right decisions shooting the ball, he could elevate his game to the level that makes Charlotte a legitimate threat in the East. Well, at least to potentially make the ECF.


THE BAD

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Klay Thompson Missing Shots

This is less about the missing of completely wide open 3 point attempts, and more about the mental psyche of a player seldom referenced in Golden State any more. Klay will not shoot 19% from deep this season as his numbers show so far through 6 games. That’s just insanity if that drop-off occurred and it simply won’t. What is more concerning are his career lows in free throw attempts, his abysmal usage rate, and his sky-high turnover rate per 100 possessions.

The numbers all suggest the same thing, Klay is a player who is playing uncomfortable. You saw the same thing with Kevin Love in Cleveland, struggling to find a unique role in the offense and bringing down the team’s statistics as a result. When a player like Klay, a pure shooter reliant on the mentality of a killer, starts to feel a small twinge of self-doubt, the shots start to come a little more consciously. He has been thinking about the shot, where it’s coming from, who didn’t touch the ball, or whatever.

He will figure it out, but what the emphasis should be on in Golden State is clearing the mind of Klay and allowing him to pull the trigger freely again. This is concerning through the first 6 games and an obvious storyline to watch every single night on national television.

May 15, 2015; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Wizards guard John Wall (2) passes as Atlanta Hawks forward Paul Millsap (4) and center Al Horford (15) defend during the second half in game six of the second round of the NBA Playoffs at Verizon Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

John Wall Turnover Problems

The Wizards might need to start worrying about the slow start to their season. Currently at 1-4, they have not been able to find any consistency in their rotations under new coach Scott Brooks and are struggling to even hold on to the rock.

John Wall currently leads the NBA with 5.3 turnovers per game, which is currently on pace to break James Harden’s single season record. It has gotten so bad, that his coaches are charging him $100 for every game he has at least two turnovers.

This needs to end quickly if the Wizards have any chance of getting back into relevancy in the East. As a team reliant on their guard play, one of the two simply cannot be turning the ball over this much if they have any hopes of taking the next step as a team. Turnovers lead to transition buckets, and 5 turnovers per game for a point guard is unthinkable… on a good team.

The Wizards right now, are not. That is one reason why.

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The Rest of the New Orleans Pelicans

All the talk so far this season has been about Anthony Davis and his spectacular numbers so far, but this is dedicated to the front office currently in the middle of the most disgraceful wasted season in recent memory.

One look at the Pelicans roster triggers an onslaught of “WHO!?” reactions at the anonymity of their roster. Any given night they could trot out a lineup and even the most dedicated of NBA fans would have trouble recognizing 2 of them.

Current leaders scorers are Davis with 30 points per game, followed by Tim Frazier (13), E’Twuan Moore (11.7), and Lance Stephenson (9.7 and just got cut from the team an hour ago). This is disgusting. The scene in New Orleans is disgusting. Buddy Hield has so far been disgusting.

The Pelicans are a fake franchise, luckily bailed out by a player who might end up being one of the greatest in his generation. Other than him, they are nothing more than a D-League franchise at the moment. This takes the cake as the worst surprise of the season thus far.



Full Two Week NBA recap podcast coming Wednesday morning. For more of this you can follow @mikeyfowler18 

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Complete Ranking of All 30 #NBAHashtags

Complete Ranking of All 30 #NBAHashtags

The NBA released it’s team-specific hashtags the same way the NFL did a few months prior, designing a type of ‘forum’ through twitter for fans to search and find specific content related to their team. It is generally a good way to not only own the forum itself (so fans don’t get scattered creating their own hashtags) but also to allow teams to create a brand that they can control. Good partnership between twitter and the league, which results in a more engaging experience for the fans. Here is a list of the hashtags which they decided upon:

From first glance you can see that there is quite a bit more creativity in the NBA hashtags as opposed to the NFL, where multiple teams simply put their own team name as the text. This is presumably due to the NBA being a more fan-engaging league than the NFL in general, not limiting vines of games and realizing the obvious importance of social media in the current landscape of sport.

The same way we ranked the NFL emojis from 32-1, we will be doing so with the NBA. Buckle up, here we go:


NBA HASHTAG RANKINGS

30. #Celtics, 29 #Knicks, 28. #Pelicans – As usual, you will get some stragglers who just sort of don’t understand what the point of this entire process is yet. The Celtics and Knicks, reliant on a dedicated and historical fanbase, probably don’t want to get ‘too cute’ with hashtags and antagonize a fanbase accustomed to tradition. That makes sense. What doesn’t make any sense is the New Orleans Pelicans. Since their introduction into the NBA they really have struggled to be ANYTHING other than Anthony Davis. Heck, make #TheBrow a thing and just go all in on your superstar. This was a lost opportunity for a team lacking a brand to get ahead of the game like some of their competitors below…

27. #BullsNation – I like this more than going #Bulls, but only by the same margin at which you would like a shit sandwich a little more with a slice of pepperjack cheese on it. They introduced Rondo, Wade, and Robin Lopez to the roster this offseason, have entirely switched gears, and are not going to elaborate on a hashtag. Don’t hate it, don’t love it.

26. #GoPacers – Same thing here. What even is a Pacer? A google search and what really should have been common sense assures me that it is someone out in front setting a pace. Oh no shit? Then why is your hashtag so fucking boring.

25. #DCFamily – This would be higher on the list ahead of some other boring hashtags had it made any sense. Their team is notable one of the most dysfunctional in all of basketball with a rift between your two biggest stars in John Wall and Bradley Beal. This hashtag seems more like someone saying ‘Please let us all get along this year’ and less like a representation of the current squad.

24. #DetroitBasketball – The word basketball is a little too long for me in a hashtag world where characters count. Also I feel like the bad-boy era the Pistons had coupled with the current smashmouth roster allowed for some creativity here. They are one of the most talked about ‘darkhorses’ in the league heading into this season. I dock them points based on missed opportunity.

23. #ItTakesEverything – For those of you who might not even know what team this is from, that is the reason (Clippers by the way) why I am putting them down here. Seems like over-complication. It will, indeed, take everything to win the West. Just seems more like chalkboard material before a huge game. This will be a cool hashtag come playoff time, but games 10-75 of the season might feel a little less important than this hashtag.

22. #GoSpursGo –  Meh. Go ___ go always reminds me of Barstool and if there is one thing in the world the opposite of Barstool it’s the European humor and Popovich-led Spurs. I know I retired the gif but I am doing it again.

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21. #LetsGoMagic – Man, another boring one. When your hashtag is also the thing you have to put up on the jumbotron to generate ANY noise is the city of Orlando outside of DisneyWorld  I don’t really condone it. LETS GO MAGIC DUH, DUH, DUH-DUH-DUH.

20. #ThunderUp – Enough to crack the top twenty, but I think Thunderstruck would have been more apprpriate.

19 #Rockets50 – All for anniversaries, and I really don’t hate this hashtag. It’s simple, effective, and keeps character limits low. This team will be incredible to watch this year due to their ability to score 150 on any given night, and the ONLY reason this isn’t higher on the list is that it’s a loaded field in the upper half. Overall this is the guy on your roster who doesn’t positively or negatively influence your result, which is the opposite of what this team is poised to be this year.

18. #TrueToAtlanta – The idea of creating pride in one’s city is always a nice way to generate fan interest in your franchise, and staying true to their city is quite literally what this hashtag generated. The only downside is the possibility of an implosion with Dwight Howard in town, which would render the last half of the season embarrassing. This could turn into a tweet like ‘Oh we lost by 25 again and Dwight had 6 rebounds, way to be #TrueToAtlanta’ or something like that.

17. #SacramentoProud – Are you though? Your superstar will not see the all-star break for you this season, as he will be traded. You named a street sign in Sacramento after David Stern. No one is realllllly proud to be from Sacramento, but the idea is similar to what Atlanta did above. Only difference here is that the team doesn’t play like it’s very proud.

16. #HEATIsOn – This team interests me, and the hashtag does the same. Capitalizing the team name entirely (HEAT) is something not every other team did and that creates an emphasis on the team and not the phrase. Miami is a city who is used to superstars and good basketball, and neither is guaranteed this year with Hassan Whiteside as the on-paper best player. The heat is literally on down in Miami, as they invested on risky assets. Fitting hashtag and a job well done.

15. #MADEinPHILA – Of course everyone wanted to see #TrustTheProcess but they seem to be moving on with step 2 of the process which is never mentioning the process and firing Sam Hinkie. I believe the MADE in the hashtag is referring to the drafting of almost all the cogs in the rotation by the 76ers, and the PHILA is obviously an emphatic use of the city name with character restraints. Also, they are going to be garbage aside from Embiid.

14. #WeArePHX – Saying a lot with minimal characters is nice. I like the PHX play, and I really enjoy the face that they fit in three proud words in 8 characters. The X coupled with the old school ‘ball’ logo looks sharp.

13. #BrooklynGrit – Brooklyn is generally a gritty place, and they will absolutely be awful this season with the currently constructed roster. Like I alluded to before, these hashtags should drive narrative and create a brand to fit your team, and I think taking a team who will undoubtedly be awful and labelling them gritty allows for fans to maaaaaybe find a sliver of hope in a dismal situation. If you can’t win, at least make it look like you’re trying super hard.

12. #MFFL – Any team who rewards fans for sticking it out through the dark ages of the franchise’s history is good in my books, and that is the point here with the Mavericks. MFFL means Mavs Fan For Life, and it is in ode to the 90’s when the team was pathetic and fans continued to support and pour in. They won a title within the last 7 years, and this year they are trending back downwards, but MFFL is a nice homage to life-long fans.

11. #DefendTheLand – Right outside the top ten, we have Cleveland defending the city from possible invaders. Last season’s obvious NBA champion, they will be in defense of a title as massive underdogs which is crazy. A little long of a hashtag, but works.

10. #MileHighBasketball – Top ten solely for creativity, because this is wayyyy too long of a hashtag. Mile High obviously alluding to Denver and it’s altitude, and basketball alluding to James Naismith’s invention (which happened at Springfield by the way, fuck off Kansas) makes for a fun little hashtag. I think they could have played more on the gold rush, as you look above and their logo is crossing hammers. This is fine, and good for branding purposes. The phrase ‘mile high’ only really associates with good things.

9. #DubNation – Consistently one of the best teams in the NBA with social media presence and branding, the Warriors have done it again with a nice and neat hashtag. They use this phrase a lot, and the logo is AWESOME for a team who will be attempting close to 60 three pointers a night.

8. #GrindCity – Memphis nailed this one. You want your hashtag to embody all your team and city represent, and the style of basketball in Memphis will be the definition of ‘Grind.’ Not going to score a lot of points, not going to give up any easy buckets, and slow the pace down. If hashtags are to be scaled based on your teams overall appeal, this would go way down. However it is not, and the idea is to generate a common thread and tone.

7. #WeTheNorth – The Raptors have continued this campaign and by all accounts it has worked. Creating a WE vs. EVERYONE idea in the northern hemisphere, which Toronto solely owns, allows for some actual identity to come alive for the Raptors. Drake has rebranded the team overnight seemingly, and it turned from a weird red and purple mess into an actually intimidating place to win. Eastern Conference Finals last year, the same roster returning, keep the message the same.

6. #LakeShow – This is a huge season for the Los Angeles Lakers. The first season in two decades to begin without Kobe, and the first in nearly the franchises history without a clear-cut superstar. They will probably miss the playoffs, the roster has a lot of great pieces, and they will more than likely be fun to watch. The idea of a ‘show’ is very Los Angeles-themed which is nice, and the Lake aspect rolls off the tongue. This hashtag, more than any other, is audibly sound and will probably result in that phrase being used to describe the team this season. It has been used in the past, but last year was abysmal for fans (aside from game 82, which resembled a show more than a game) and this season is oddly cloaked in optimism. They have to live up, but if they are a fun and lovable losing team this could be a fantastic start to the branding process this season post-Kobe.

5. #PowerOfThePack – Awesome, Awesome, Awesome. The Timberwolves have a LOT of young pieces, an absolute superstar in Karl Anthony Towns, and a coach who knows what it takes to win in Tom Thibodeau. They will be deep, fast, and rotate a lot of hungry guys at you defensively. The Power of the Pack in ode to Wolves is genius, and their true strength lies in their depth. Creative, strong, and clear hashtag. Once docked a few points due to it’s length, but this Top-5 can all be interchanged in my opinion.

4. #BuzzCity – The Hornets have been trying this ‘Buzz’ theme due to it’s obvious uniqueness with Z’s, and the play on Hornets is nice. Also, people are pretty scared of Hornets in general I would say, and the color scheme coupled with the logo in the hashtag makes it really cool. They won 48 games last season shockingly, and the rebrand they have undergone in the last 5 years is nothing short of magical. Other than Golden State, this team seems to have the most distinct brand believe it or not. Short, concise, creative, and clear. This is a win for Charlotte.

3. #RipCity – I give Portland major props for their social footprint. They were voted the best social media account in the NBA, they have a rabid fanbase who believes in their backcourt, and they didn’t get too complicated. RIP CITY is in reference to an announcers famous description in a broadcast during the 1980’s, and it just stuck. Retro and cool, this is a prime example of letting your existing brand run the social scene. If they switched it up, they would be ranked last on here.

2. #OwnTheFuture – The Milwaukee Bucks are doing something no one else in the NBA has ever done this season. Not only are they starting a point guard with a 7 and a half foot wingspan in Giannis, they drafted for length at nearly every position. They will be the LONGEST team in NBA history this year, they are run by Jason Kidd, and they are one of the more progressive system-teams in the league. They may struggle, but this hashtag changes the mindset of the team loyalists by assuring them that they alone have a stranglehold on the future of the league. It’s interesting, and it drives the narrative.

1. #TakeNote – Here is my personal favorite hashtag of the bunch. The Utah Jazz are one of the most exciting teams in the league heading into the season, with some great additions fitting into the rotation seamlessly. They are DEMANDING attention right now with this hashtag, they are the JAZZ which ‘Note’ refers to, and they want you to realize they are here to compete for the second seed in the Western Conference. Do I think it will work in Utah? Probably not. But this hashtag demands I pay attention to a team who easily flies under the radar. Also puns, I like puns.

Well, that’s the entire ranking. Get at me on twitter @mikeyfowler18 and let me know where I screwed up.

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