On this week’s edition of The Baseline:
- The Eastern Conference just got a little more interesting as the Brooklyn Nets have woke up and decided to give chase in the race for eight (or seven). Brook Lopez and Deron Williams have had a tumultuous season under Lionel Hollins but now they are clicking as they try to say ‘Hello Playoffs.’
- Would you rather be the New York Knicks or the Minnesota Timberwolves as both teams look to rebuild in contrasting styles. Is the combination of Carmelo Anthony and Phil Jackson more powerful than the youth movement involving Andrew Wiggins, Ricky Rubio and Zach LaVine as both teams prepare for the future?
- The sun has likely set in Phoenix with a disappointing finish to a season where they could’ve made the playoffs. Was the multitude of moves involving Isaiah Thomas, Goran Dragic, Brandon Knight and others too much? Can Markieff Morris continue his progression and pair with Eric Bledsoe for an elite one-two punch or do the Suns need a star to join the ranks?
- We bring back “Who Ya Got” debating two young studs at the center position, Rudy Gobert and Hassan Whiteside. Both defensive juggernauts are propelling their respective teams, but if you were starting your franchise with a center of the future who would you draft between the two? The answer is isn’t black and white.
- It’s a welcome back edition of coast to coast as Paul George, Ryan Anderson and Jared Sullinger all made unexpected returns last week. We touch on all of the other news roaming through the association including Chris Mullin moving on to coach in the NCAA.
All in this week’s episode of The Baseline