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Number 2 Pick A Game Changer For Struggling Lakers, But Who To Take?

It’s been a long time since the Los Angeles Lakers had a pick as high as this in the NBA draft. One would have to cast their memory back to the summer of 1982, when the Lakers drafted a young forward out of North Carolina with the first pick to help rebuild the team into a competitor. James Worthy helped re-transform the Lakers franchise from struggling underdog to title winning powerhouse within the space of two years, claiming accolade after accolade along the way.

These modern day Lakers, who last week won the number two overall pick in this summer’s NBA draft, will be hoping the player they select on June 25th will yield similar results, and deliver them from the last four years of seemingly endless hardship.


The “T” Word

Tanking. It’s like the new planking. Everyone is talking about it so I thought I’d join the party in an upright seated position. Is it happening in the NBA? Is it worth it? Does it work? Or is this just a story that has been blown out of proportion and turned into something bigger than it actually is? After having a discussion with a few fans, this is one of the issues they wanted researched and researched it shall be. If you have any stories that you want written up feel free to let me know and I’ll do my best to make it work. (more…)


NBA Nation Australia Nominated For Pedestrian. TV’s Blog Of The Year


In very welcome news yesterday, NBA Nation Australia was nominated by Australian social commentary site Pedestrian.TV for their annual ‘Blogster of The Year’ Award! We couldn’t be more thrilled at the prospect of taking out this huge award, and it would not only be a step forward for us as a website, but indeed for basketball and the NBA within Australia. We’re up against some pretty tough competition across a wide variety of categories, but we’re confident with our dedicated group of followers, and the growing number of hoops fans in Australia , we have a genuine shot at winning this thing. So we’re asking for your help! You’ll find the link below, so please head over and hit the “LIKE” button to vote for NBA Nation Australia as your Blog of The Year!!


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NBA Nation Australia’s Season Previews: Part 3



Detroit has had such a horrible run, it’s hard to see them being any worse than they were last season, and with the moves they made over the summer, they definitely won’t be. The big news, of course, is the signing of star forward Josh Smith to a 4-year deal which will hopefully see the Pistons climb their way back into contention in the East. They signed former Bucks guard Brandon Jennings to run the offense, as well as bringing back veteran Chauncey Billups to support him in the back court. These signings alone help them immensely, but a cause for concern would be the erratic nature of guys like Smith and Jennings who, while solid players, have a tenancy to go rogue and take some questionable shots while not utilizing the guys they have around them. Jennings, while averaging 17 points a game, only managed to shoot a lowly 39% throughout last season, ranking him amongst the lowest of any point guard in the league. He’ll need to improve on that should Motor City be looking for a high seed in the East. Josh Smith is improving shooting-wise, notching 46% on last season and should hopefully see that increase further in 2013/14 should his shot selection improve. J-Smoove averaging somewhere around 8 rebounds a game is helpful, but Detroit have two skilled big men anchoring the paint (Munroe/Drummond) who can take some of the pressure off Smith. These moves do benefit Detroit enough to warrant them being involved in the playoffs race, and believe it or not they’ll be there at the end of the season vying for their place.



Melo’s Career At The Crossroads – Ryan O’Connell


After plenty of promise and lots of bravado, the New York Knicks off-season came a touch earlier than expected this year. The Knicks and their fans talked a mean game all season, but in the end, they were unceremoniously eliminated from the playoffs.

The Indiana Pacers, who, with their stingy defense, ball movement and level-headed play, were the antithesis of the Knicks, defeated them in the Eastern Conference Semifinals, sending New York’s finest home at least one round earlier than anticipated.

The Knicks weren’t really expected to be an elite-level squad in 2012/13, but their play early in the season, and then again late in the regular season, fooled many people – including the Knicks themselves – into believing that they were a great team.

They weren’t.


Timberwolves, Pekovic Agree To 5-Year, $60 Million Deal

Wizards v/s Timberwolves 03/05/11

The Minnesota Timberwolves and restricted free agent big man Nikola Pekovic have agreed to a multi year deal said to be in the realm of $60 million, reported ESPN this morning.

The 27-year old Montenegrin center had been courted by other NBA teams, but wasn’t extended an offer due to said franchises being wary of the Wolves desire to hold on to Pekovic. Wolves president Flip Saunders had expressed his intention to re-sign him as the team’s number one priority throughout the off season, and seemed ecstatic that the two parties had reached an agreement which will see Pekovic in Minnesota for a further 5 seasons.

“We’re very excited that he’s chosen to continue his career in Minnesota,” Saunders said. “Thanks to a lot of hard work and determination, Pek has developed into one of the NBA’s premier centers and is entering the prime of his career. We envision Pek and Kevin Love being the ‘Bruise Brothers’ and forming one of the best frontcourts in the NBA for a long time to come.”

Having already acquired Kevin Martin and Corey Brewer this summer, the Timberwolves are now in a good position to make a big statement in a stacked Western conference, and the Pekovic deal further solidifies the team’s chances of remaining a healthy, competitive force. Pekovic played 62 games last season, averaging 16 points and 8 rebounds a game, showcasing a value in the pick and role as well as well as a huge figure defensively. Should they remain healthy, the Wolves are indeed another threat in the West.

Pekovic will return to the United States from his home in Montenegro before NBA teams resume training camp.




NBA Nation Australia’s Season Previews: Part One

Welcome to Part One of NBA Nation Australia’s 2013/14 Season Previews. Over the coming weeks we’ll take a look at how every team in the league has performed in the off season, as well as preview how we believe they’ll perform over the course of the 2013/14 season. Today we’re kicking things off with Hawks, Celtics, Nets and Cats! Enjoy.



Atlanta stayed busy throughout the off season, shedding some weight as well as making some good signings which the team will be hoping helps them contend with Eastern powerhouses like Miami and Chicago in the coming years. Unfortunately for the Hawks Josh Smith’s decision to sign with Detroit leaves them vulnerable at the small forward position with Kyle Korver providing the only big body at the three spot. (Let’s be honest, how much can Dahntay Jones and DeMarre Carroll really help this team?) Korver, who is a capable defender and one of the league’s most trustworthy shooters from long range (45% from downtown in 2013/13) is essentially where the buck stops for Atlanta at the three. They have a strong mix of power forwards including former Utah Jazz big man Paul Millsap and Elton Brand as well as star center Al Horford anchoring the paint, but the Hawks will struggle on the weaker side without Josh Smith. If they’re to overcome the might of Miami and LeBron James, and contend with a stacked Indiana Pacers, they need to find a way to strengthen their roster down low. To be fair, Atlanta’s plans revolved somewhat around the acquisition of all star center Dwight Howard, but the direction they’ve gone in points more towards a rebuild than a contending team. Atlanta will still cause some trouble for the upper teams in the East but ultimately won’t make much of an impact in an ever-toughening conference. A good season from newcomer Millsap will provide them with a big defensive body who can also score the basketball with relative ease alongside Horford, and the guard combination of Jeff Teague and Louis Williams should provide some entertainment for fans, but ultimately it isn’t enough.


Chinese Dude Cries After Seeing Kobe Bryant [Video]


Kobe Bryant’s recent tour of China, if nothing else, made this man incredibly happy. Enjoy.




Finally, we get out first look at what the new season will look like with some BIG Christmas Day games and a few homecomings that will be sure to ruffle some feathers. Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett return to Boston January 26th with the Brooklyn Nets, while Dwight Howard and his Rockets will visit Kobe and the Lakers February 19th. Please note all dates and times are local to the United States.


Pelicans Unveil 2013/14 Uniforms

The New Orleans Pelicans have today unveiled their new uniforms for the 2013/14 NBA Season.



(Image courtesy of Bleacher Report)