The Razzball Hoops Pod returns, and on today’s show we talk Brandon Jennings‘ delayed return from injury, the Jazz PG battle, and big performers from international play this summer.  Slim also talks up a player he feels I have under ranked, we review my RCL league draft, and discuss what we’ve been watching the past week.  Plus the big reveal!  Through some pieces of trivia, we give out the date and time the JB vs. Slim RCL league will be added to the 2015-16 RCL Sign-Ups.

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  1. Jensen says:
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    Yo!

    First player drafted represents the hour and second player drafted represents the minute right?

    • Slim

      Slim says:
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      @Jensen: Yeah

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Jensen: Yup!

  2. SHEbop says:
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    JB vs Slim draft will be added [JB ERASED IT!!!!!!]

    Right?

    I think I know the answer who do I tell lol

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @SHEbop: Hah I’m only answering so you see it real quick then deleting – don’t give it away! You know I can control the comments right? lol

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @SHEbop: Haha apparently I can edit anyone’s comments too, I def feel a little godly… Hah, don’t give anything away!

  3. Stanley says:
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    I think I guessed it lol I emailed JB it at his [email protected] email

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Stanley: Well it’s first come first serve when it goes live, then just hop in when it’s there!

  4. CTMN says:
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    I saw all of Team Canada’s games and Wiggins looked great. Our coaches are terrible though, we lost to freaking Venezuela and they underutilized Wiggins. But AW will be sick. I’m not much of a Stauskas or Olynyk fan though…but Stauskas could be pretty good with Philly.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @CTMN: Yeah definitely paying for the upside there, if anyone from the “projected” mid rounds could vault into first round value, he’s my guys. Not huge on those 2 either, but Sauce has a good opportunity and Olynyk I think can be OK, but he’s right at undraftable line for me

  5. dan-o1 says:
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    that’s just too much for me,i think.[JB REDACTED IT!!!!!!!!!!!]

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @dan-o1: No don’t post it! Keep it to yourself!

  6. SHEbop says:
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    Sorry that singin’ has me off a lil

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @SHEbop: Haha it was awesome wasn’t it?!

    • dan-o1 says:
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      @SHEbop: i’m just gonna go ahead and agree with shebop. sorry bout that.

      • JB Gilpin

        JB Gilpin says:
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        @dan-o1: Haha no worries! If anything, it’s interesting I learned that I can change anyone’s comments… Next time a troll gets to these parts they’re in for a world of hurt!

        • dan-o1 says:
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          @JB Gilpin: you got the big stick,dog,just don’t let it go to your head lol.
          please explain the IL spots this season. adam during the draft and i didn’t digest the info….what’s to stop a guy from getting 2 injured players off the wire and sitting on them till they’re healthy?.
          thanks in advance

          • JB Gilpin

            JB Gilpin says:
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            @dan-o1: Haha I’ll try not to…

            There’s nothing to stop that, why I’m not an IL advocate, but I like sticking as close to default as possible for the RCL leagues since we want them uniform and not tinker too much.

            Downside to those IL spots, is once they’re healthy, that team can’t make roster moves with a healthy player in the IL spot. So there HAS to be injured guys there, or else you can’t make add/drops until it’s fixed.

            That answer anything for you guys?

            • dan-o1 says:
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              @JB Gilpin: i think i gotchu. so legit pro’s and con’s to working the system in other words. i don’t think i like it,but not a deal breaker at all. thank’s for the answer

              • JB Gilpin

                JB Gilpin says:
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                @dan-o1: Yup exactly, and same for me – not a deal breaker since everyone can use the system, but it’s not my favorite either. Any time!

  7. SHEbop says:
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    you guys should take turns singin’ some of your fav songs at the end of every show:)

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @SHEbop: Oh lord, I like to think I’m a little more outgoing but Slim, but damn he brought his pipes this time! I’m horrified to sing

  8. Fitz says:
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    The song was a killer, I’m pretty sure I know the answer. Haha I’ll be waiting for that link!

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Fitz: Hah nice man, seems like a lot of people have it, should be interesting to see how fast it fills!

  9. decaf says:
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    Hi JB/Slim!

    Glad to see you guys start early with your rankings. It definitely helped me with an early draft (10-team H2H 9-cat money league). I had the 4th pick:

    (4) James Harden
    (17) Paul Millsap
    (24) Draymond Green
    (37) Rudy Gobert
    (44) Reggie Jackson
    (57) Tobias Harris
    (64) Terrence Jones
    (77) Elfrid Payton
    (84) Khris Middleton
    (97) George Hill
    (104) Giannis Antetokounmpo
    (117) Jusuf Nurkic
    (123) Ed Davis

    As you can see, the early picks are about as Razzball a draft as you can get, haha. A couple of drafters went for the big names early (Carmelo, Love, etc.), and there was a really early rush for PGs, that I was able to get a great core for my team. Of course, I had to settle for guys with upside (Reggie, Payton) to make up for it, although they are still solid according to your list.

    I also made a conscious effort to have good wing depth, as there is a positional scarcity in the SG/SF spots in ESPN which was a minor issue for me last season. My only worry is that now I may have the opposite problem: not enough depth in bigs. I had planned to grab Myles Turner in the 3rd to last pick, but couldn’t pass up the Alphabet when he was still available!! Next round he was already gone, so I settled for the best Cs left available because I only had Gobert.

    What do you guys think? I know I’ll win STL most of the time, but I didn’t get specialists for the other categories, as I’m hoping that my multiple “multi-cat” guys can carry me through. Any improvements I should look out for via trades/waiver wire early in the season?

    Thanks! ^_^

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @decaf: Yessir, we def brought our A game this offseason!

      Hah Gobert at 37 is criminal. And yeah, ESPN is much more stingy with position eligibility which I don’t like, so yeah I can buy the wings you got. Especially since you got RJax and Elfrid in good spots.

      Yeah Antetok outside the top 100 is crazy! That said, I do have Turner higher… I don’t think you needed Turner/a pure big too bad though, Millsap/Green/Jones will help with boards and blocks right nice. Could go either way there.

      Multi cat is the way to go! Biggest deficiency I see is FT%. Even with Harden – Gobert/Green/Millsap/Tjones/Elfird/Antetok/if you hold Ed Davis… A lot of risks there, even if all of those guys are low volume. I might consider a full FT punt and see what you could get with LeBron for Harden, assuming LeBron went after Harden (harden at 4 means someone reached out of the big 3!)

      Hope that helps man!

      • decaf says:
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        @JB Gilpin:
        Yeah, that’s gonna be a problem, since LeBron was taken with the 3rd pick, haha.

        I get what you’re saying with the FT% though. I’ll keep a close eye on it, but just in case I won’t be willing to trade Harden away (the dude is durable AND dependable), I may have to trade 2 of my low-FT players for another high-impact FT guy. And maybe hope that I can beat the other punt FT teams (the ones who own DJ, Drummond, etc.) just enough. I can also drop Ed Davis for someone like Lou Williams or Jamal Crawford if I have enough REB and BLK already. Would you agree with this?

        Thanks for the prompt response, and hope to see more great content in the next few weeks. Can’t wait for the season to start!

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @decaf: Ahhhh, yeah I thought there was a chance LeBron went at 3 there…

          Yeah I love Harden too, I’d probably hold Ed right now over those guys, and maybe sell high if he starts the season well as a starter.

          Can’t wait either man, thanks for stopping by!

  10. Jensen says:
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    Looks like your clues were way to good/easy haha.

    • Jensen says:
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      @Jensen: Haha, 10 min to fill the league.

      • JB Gilpin

        JB Gilpin says:
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        @Jensen: @Jensen: Haha yeah it was under 10 minutes, we wanted it to be something you could still figure out! Did you make it in?

        • Jensen says:
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          @JB Gilpin: Yup, I pretty much started refreshing the page every 30 seconds starting at 3:28 EST.

          • JB Gilpin

            JB Gilpin says:
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            @Jensen: Sweet well glad you made it in man, really appreciate it! Ugh, I gotta do better than last year’s showing… F-in Durant in the first round…

            • dan-o1 says:
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              @JB Gilpin: i went to delphi on your behalf and the oracle spoke through some hot priestess. you have ta draft him again this year,it’s the only way to make things right….

            • Jensen says:
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              @JB Gilpin: But of course you are going to get draft position number 4 this year. As a test to your faith in the ranks. You just have to close your eyes and pull the trigger.

              • JB Gilpin

                JB Gilpin says:
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                @dan-o1: Oh geez I sure hope not! @Jensen: I better not get 4th again!

    • thebat0sai says:
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      just watched parker and gasol last night, so i thought 9 and 16,,that today!

      • JB Gilpin

        JB Gilpin says:
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        @thebat0sai: Yup it was!

  11. TOPSZN says:
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    Somehow, I randomly ended up checking the RCL page at the right time and got a spot! It was through the grace of the basketball gods, JB and Slim. Just finished listening to the podcast haha!

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @TOPSZN: Wow, that’s some major divine intervention right there! It filled up in 7 minutes! Thanks for listening man!

  12. CTMN says:
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    Who were the players in the end? Tony Parker and…?

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      @CTMN: ohhhh Pau the one guy I didn’t think of

      • JB Gilpin

        JB Gilpin says:
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        @CTMN: Yup it was those two!

  13. A Hill O' Beans says:
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    Canada says hello JB….

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @A Hill O’ Beans: Hahaha, Slim tryin to make me sound like a Canada hater…

      • A Hill O' Beans says:
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        @JB Gilpin: I don’t know, I think ever since JV burned you a couple years ago, haha.

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @A Hill O’ Beans: Well, that was a tragedy on the global scale… Lithuania isn’t looking too hot either…

          • CTMN says:
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            @JB Gilpin: JV dropped 25 and 13 today to upset your boy Gallinari on Italy! Lol Lithunia is in the semifinals now

            • JB Gilpin

              JB Gilpin says:
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              @CTMN: Hah yeah I saw… JB’s low ranked guy vs, his ultimate high ranked guy… Let’s hope it’s not a harbinger of how 15-16 will go!

  14. Nick says:
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    Mayyyyyybee I’m just a stickler for these things but I’m in Daddybigs RCL with 4 days before the draft and we still don’t know the draft order. Could you perhaps give him a friendly jab to get that to us? I’d like to do a mock draft (for what it’s worth…considering the other people drafting are, well, morons) before the real deal.

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      @Nick:

      I should clarify, I don’t think the other people in my league are morons haha, no need starting senseless beef with my league haha, I meant the yahoo’s (yahoo’s) in the mock drafts

      • Slim

        Slim says:
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        @Nick: I’m leaving it as an hour before the draft. It’s how Yahoo defaults it.

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @Nick: @Slim: Yeah I left mine as automated right before the draft as well. I don’t think it’s something that unfairly slants leagues, but we do like an even playing field with everyone using the default, so I’d recommend leagues keeping it default to randomized right before.

        • Nick says:
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          @Slim:
          Oh really? Wow that’s unfortunate, but oh well. Thanks for letting me know though!

          • JB Gilpin

            JB Gilpin says:
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            @Nick: Any time, thanks for understanding!

  15. Stanley says:
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    I knew the two guys but totally forgot about It until like 12:51 PST lol so didn’t get it but it’s cool …JB just don’t forget your own league that I’m in with you !!

    • Stanley says:
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      @Stanley: like I mean don’t forget about that league hah

      • Slim

        Slim says:
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        @Stanley: I can’t believe it only took 7 minutes to fill the league. I’m definitely the most worried about TOPSZN. He randomly looked at the RCL signup page in that 7 minute span. If his luck carries over then we have no chance!

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @Stanley:Hah I won’t forget! I’m bringing some RCL thunder this year @TOPSZN: @Slim: Hahahahaha

  16. Rob says:
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    ESPN new rankings and projections are up. What are your thoughts? Gonna be a lot of reaching and steals with these rankings!

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Rob: Ummmm, I don’t have an ESPN league and having trouble with logging into ESPN on my stupid browser haha, is there a link to see their pre-ranks?

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @Rob: Cool thanks! Wow, high for George. Vuc 19? Lawson top-25 is lunacy. Towns at 34 WTF?>!??!!?>!>@?>@!>!?! I don’t understand how you can have Vuc 19 then Horford 49… Why in god’s name is David Lee 65? Danny Green 114? Yikes, some weird ones in there…

          • Dante Green says:
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            @JB Gilpin: Oh lawd I just saw it. Are they sticking with these projections? I hope they do. Some of their projections are downright outrageous! A several of our sleepers were ranked at 90-100ish, and if you’re lucky enough you might land 2 on your team! And the injury prone guys they ranked inside top 50! Hah if my leaguemates didn’t do their homework and my team don’t suffer devastating injuries I could come out as champ this season! Haha

            • JB Gilpin

              JB Gilpin says:
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              @Dante Green: Hah yeah just convince them ESPN did a really good job with the pre-ranks right when the draft starts!

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