GROUP H: “Stop It, He’s a Young Stud, No Way!”
30. Bradley Beal
29. Jimmy Butler
28. Andre Drummond
UPDATE: We need to find the right teammates for Drummond soon. I’m convinced that SVG traded D.J. Augustin and Kyle Singler for Reggie Jackson as a stealth tanking move. And if he did, congratulations. It worked.
GROUP G: “Sorry, Too Many Karmic Implications”
27. Tony Parker
26. Tim Duncan
25. Dwyane Wade
24. Dirk Nowitzki
23. Paul George
UPDATE: Parker is starting to look like Parker again. Oh God … oh no …
GROUP F: “Hold On, I Have to Finish Guffawing”
22. Andrew Wiggins
21. Giannis Antetokounmpo
UPDATE: I blew it with Wiggins. He’s a top-12 trade asset.
GROUP E: “Well-Priced Impact Stars”
20. Mike Conley
19. Serge Ibaka
18. Kawhi Leonard
17. Al Horford
16. Kyle Lowry
15. Damian Lillard
UPDATE: I’m not rattled by having Lowry too high after his January-February offensive swoon. He’s too good.
GROUP D: “The Mega Free Agents”
14. LaMarcus Aldridge
13. Marc Gasol
UPDATE: No regrets.
GROUP C: “No Offense, But I’m Hanging Up”
12. John Wall
11. Klay Thompson
UPDATE: If I had to do it over again, I’d give Wiggins and Kawhi these two spots and bump Wall and Thompson back a few spots. We’re stuck with those first two parts for eternity. Without further ado, the 10 most untradable players of 2015.
GROUP B: “The Untouchables”
10. Kyrie Irving
9. Boogie Cousins
In Part 2, I mentioned the smartest non-trades in recent NBA history —
Maybe 2015 Boogie isn’t 1992 Hakeem,
Boogie, last two seasons (123 games): 33.0 mpg, 23.1 ppg, 12.0 rpg, 48% FG, 25.5 PER
Duncan, ’01-’02 and ’02-’03 (163 games): 39.9 mpg, 24.4 ppg, 12.8 rpg, 51% FG, 27.0 PER
Maybe he isn’t Apex Duncan, especially in the defense/teammate/leadership/intangibles/getting-thrown-out-of-games-for-wonky-behavior categories,
Haha. No sarcasm, that last one is a good line. "Jackass Central." That's pretty good. Bill does induce one chuckle from me about every six months or so. HE'S STILL GOT IT!
So if you were Boogie, what would make you feel good about playing in Sacramento other than the city’s fantastic hoops fans? George Karl? Too soon to say.
Last Boogie note: Check out these names: Wilt, Kareem, Barkley, Pettit, Duncan and Elgin. That’s the complete list of players, along with Boogie, who averaged 23 and 12 with a 25-plus PER in their fourth and fifth NBA seasons combined.