The Gems Hidden In The West

The Gems Hidden In The West

When talking about the NFL, the topic is either who’s the best team or who will win the Super Bowl. However, when talking about each team in particular divisions, everyone knows that the NFC West is the most challenging division in the NFL.

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It’s crazy that all the NFC West teams have made it to the Super Bowl at least once in the past decade. For example, the Seattle Seahawks and the Los Angeles Rams made it to three Super Bowls; the San Francisco 49ers made it to two, and the Arizona Cardinals made it to one. In addition, just two years ago, the 49ers were the last team in the west to make the championship game.
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With these numbers, the NFC West alone has the most Super Bowl appearances in the NFC conference.

  • NFC East: 5
    Giants: 3

    Cowboys: 0

    Football team: 0

    Eagles: 2
     

  • NFC South: 4
    Falcons: 1

    Saints: 1

    Panthers: 2

    Buccaneers: 2
     

  • NFC North: 2
    Packers: 1

    Vikings: 0

    Bears: 1

    Lions: 0
     

  • NFC West: 9
    Seahawks: 3

    Rams: 3

    49ers: 2

    Cardinals: 1
     

Speeding up to the upcoming 2021-2022 NFL season, once again, the NFC west poses as the most challenging division. Why, you may ask? Well, because along with the addition of Matthew Stafford, the Rams still have a top 3 defense, the49ers are healthy again, the Cardinals have their pieces together, and the Seahawks have Russell Wilson as their quarterback.

Who Will Be The Next Big Thing

Who Will Be The Next Big Thing

Bulls guard Zach LaVine (8) celebrates with his teammates after hitting a big 3-pointer late in the second half against the Celtics on May 7, 2021, at the United Center. (Chris Sweda / Chicago Tribune)
With the NBA offseason in full effect and the rookies displaying their talents in the summer league, It’s hard deciding who’s going to have a breakout season. Here are my picks for who I think will break out this NBA season.

1. At number one is the Chicago Bulls, kind of a weird spot, but with this new roster, they will have better performances and a better record this season. With the addition of Lonzo Ball, Demar Derozan, and Alex Caruso, I see them winning more than 30 games this coming up season. Not to mention Zach Lavine (27.4 ppg), Coby White (15.1 ppg), and Nikola Vucevic (21.5 ppg) coming off a good season. They should be able to get over the slump and make it into the play-in tournament this year or even achieve the eighth seed.

2. At number 2, the Huston Rockets recorded their worst record since 1998; the Rockets last season went 17-55. They obtained the 2nd pick with that record, which resulted in Jalen Green, who spent a year in the G League averaging an outstanding 30 points per game, five rebounds, seven assists, and three steals. In his Summer League debut, Green completely outshined the number one pick, Cade Cunningham, scoring 23 points to Cunningham’s 12. Huston is in good hands with John Wall, Christian Wood, and Josh Christopher on the court.

Houston Rockets’ Jalen Green (0) drives to the basket under pressure from Detroit Pistons’ Cade Cunningham (2) during the second half of an NBA summer league basketball game Tuesday, Aug. 10, 2021, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Chase Stevens)AP
3. Next up is Cade Cunningham; with all eyes on him, the young piston’s star is making a name for himself in this year’s summer league. The #1 pick in his last played game scored 24 points with an outstanding 7-10 shooting from the three. With given time, Cunningham will emerge to be a top point guard in the league.
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The Trade

The Trade

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On the week of July 16th, the trade rumors of the Portland Trailblazers point guard, Damian Lillard caused chaos all over social media. Although he denied it, reporters and writers still speculate that the all-star wants out of Portland.

With the recent performance of the team, Lillard himself even came out and said that this current Trailblazers team isn’t a championship-caliber team. In a quote tweeted out by an NBA reporter from Bleacher Report, Sean Highkin, Lillard said, “I don’t disagree that maybe Chauncey can change our team and make us a better team. But I think if you look at our team as it is, I don’t see how you say ‘this is a championship team, we just need a new coach.”

As a 42-30 win team (sixth seed in the west), the Blazers should consider rebuilding since they’ve been a mediocre team in the playoffs. If we’re being honest as well, without Dame the Trailblazers would easily be a bottom eight seed in the west. Dame is their whole team but at this point, the Blazers are wasting his prime.

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Say the Trailblazer’s front office consider rebuilding their first move should be trading Dame and then eventually moving CJ McCollum.
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Possible trade packages and contenders for this trade is the Golden State Warriors. Although the cap space might be tight, Dame to the warriors might be the best possible outcome for both sides.

For the Warriors package, it can possibly be Andrew Wiggins, Kelly Oubre, and the 7th and 14th pick. Or even Wiggins, Wiseman, and the 7th pick. However the second option isn’t the best but it benefits the Trailblazers giving them an sg/sf and solid 5 that can get advice and guidance from the current Trailblazers center, Jusef Nurkic. Not to mention they can move CJ to point guard or even start Anfernee Simons. But the first option is best for the Warriors because then the starting lineup can be Stephen Curry, Damian Lillard, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green, and James Wiseman.

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Who is the best running back in the NFL?

Who is the best running back in the NFL?

By Buck Reising -October 20, 2020
In a recent ESPN Instagram post, reporter Jeremy Fowler states his top 5 best running backs in the NFL in 2021.

The list goes Derrick Henry, Alvin Kamara, Dalvin Cook, Nick Chubb, and Christian McCaffrey. All running backs had great years yet, and this list is interchangeable.

For one, each running back hasn’t had the best past when it comes to post-season success. For example, Henry losing to the ravens in the first round, both cook and McCaffery missing the playoffs, and Nick Chubb losing against the Chiefs this past season, not to mention Alvin Kamara’s subpar performance as well in the postseason.
This list is very interchangeable not only because of performance but also in stats. For example, although his season was riddled by injury, McCaffery’s stats were 225 yards and five touchdowns. However, his performance in those three games he went off. I could bring up his career stats, except this is only based on this past season.

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Next is Nick Chubb, whose stats were better than Kamara’s but by a little. Chubb had 1067 yards with 12 touchdowns. In comparison to Kamara, who had 937 yards with 16 touchdowns.
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Lastly, Dalvin Cook should be second behind Henry. Cook’s stats was 1557 yards with 16 touchdowns.
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Statistically, this list is inaccurate because it should be Derrick Henry, Dalvin Cook, Nick Chubb, Alvin Kamara, then Mccaffery.
Suns to the promised lands?

Suns to the promised lands?

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After beating the Los Angeles Clippers in game six with the final score of 130-103, the suns make it to their third finals appearance in franchise history.

In game six, the sun’s MVP was Chris Paul; he scored 41 points with eight assists, no turnovers, and four rebounds. Throughout this year’s postseason, this was Paul’s best game. He shot 66% from the field and 87.5% from three. This game also records his highest three-point attempts and makes this postseason.

Not only did Chris Paul dominate this game, but the team as a whole did. As a team, the suns shot 56% from the field and 54% from three. In addition to that, 47 total rebounds, five steals, and nine blocks. They lead in almost every collum, even the foul collum committing 21 team fouls. Despite the five steals, they still had nine turnovers, also leading the game in that as well.

Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker (1) is fouled driving to the basket as Los Angeles Clippers guard Patrick Beverley (21), forward Paul George (13), and guard Luke Kennard (5) defend during the first half of game 5 of the NBA basketball Western Conference Finals, Monday, June 28, 2021, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)
The suns are playing better than other teams, and that’s not because they’re in the finals. After coming off a 34-39 record in 2019, the Suns completely bounced back and went 51-21 this season. Not only that, the suns only were down once, and that was against the lakers after game 3. After that series, the Suns went on to sweep Nikola Jokic and the nuggets. Then, lastly, they beat the Clippers in 6 games.
Head coach Monty Williams has guided the Phoenix Suns to the second-best record in the NBA during the first half of the season. After starting 8-8, the team has won 16-19 games. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
Though some might say that the Suns have had an easy way to the finals by playing teams with injured superstars, that still doesn’t excuse the fact that this is the second-best team in the west with one of the best records in the league. Not only that, no one expected this team to break out the way they did, almost making them the underdogs despite their record.

Although this team is young and barely has any finals experience, they might end up taking it all.