NBA Rankings: Don't sleep on Spurs


NBA Rankings: Don't sleep on Spurs

Four straight wins has the Spurs making a big jump in Matt Steinmetz's latest power rankings, while the Warriors and Kings remain stuck among the 10 worst NBA teams.

1 (1) Oklahoma City Kendrick Perkins' numbers down across board 2 (3) Chicago Bulls Getting it done despite injury to Rip Hamilton 3 (2) Miami Heat LeBron James' numbers this year are historical 4 (4) L.A. Clippers Kenyon Martin gives them depth; will J.R. Smith give them more? 5 (7) Philadelphia 76ers Doug Collins with early Coach of the Year consideration 6 (16) San Antonio Spurs Just when you thought Spurs were fading - four straight wins 7 (6) Denver Nuggets Nene: More shots less points per game this season 8 (9) Indiana Pacers Pacers continue to win despite Granger's subpar season 9 (14) Boston Celtics Celtics on season-high four-game winning streak 10 (5) Atlanta Hawks Vladimir Radmanovic in Hawks' rotation and helping 11 (15) Orlando Magic Magic bounce back from two brutal losses vs. Celtics 12 (13) Portland Trail Blazers Nicolas Batum: 33 points in 25 minutes vs. Denver 13 (12) L.A. Lakers Lakers are fine, other than those road games (3-8) 14 (11) Utah Jazz He's not perfect, but he ain't bad, either: Al Jefferson 15 (10) Houston Rockets Second-year forward Patrick Patterson now fixture in rotation 16 (17) Memphis Grizzlies It just doesn't seem like Marc Gasol is in great shape 17 (8) Dallas Mavericks Too many things just not working out this year for Dallas 18 (18) Minnesota Timberwolves No factor; no factor at all: Anthony Randolph 19 (19) Milwaukee Bucks No. 8 seed in East despite looking awful at times 20 (21) Cleveland Cavaliers Kyrie Irving averaging fewer than 30 minutes per game 21 (22) New York Knicks Jeremy Lin with game for the ages at Madison Square Garden 22 (20) Phoenix Suns Michael Redd now starting at shooting guard 23 (23) Golden State Warriors Owner Joe Lacob said team nowhere near panic mode 24 (26) Sacramento Kings Jimmer Fredette: Out of the rotation with a bang 25 (24) New Jersey Nets Anthony Morrow throws in 42 points in loss last week 26 (25) Toronto Raptors It just doesn't seem like there's a lot going on here 27 (29) Detroit Pistons Austin Daye: One significant step back 28 (27) Washington Wizards Reality took about a week to set in for Randy Wittman 29 (28) New Orleans Hornets Not a strong debut for David Stern as a general manager 30 (30) Charlotte Bobcats Last win: Jan. 14 vs. Golden State Warriors

Steph Curry likes tweet that calls out TV personality


Steph Curry likes tweet that calls out TV personality

It was a rough couple of days for Kevin Durant.

As the 2017 Finals MVP said himself: "All the jokes – bring ‘em. I deserve it."

One such joke came from Fox Sports 1's Nick Wright:

A couple hours later, an NBA writer chimed in:

At some point thereafter, Steph Curry "liked" this tweet.

This could be Curry simply coming to Durant's defense.

It also could be Curry simply enjoying the fact that Wright is getting called out for wrong claims/predictions.

It could be both.

In case you missed some of Wright's past declarations:

From Jan. 8 through April 8 (39 games), Iguodala averaged 9.6 points, 4.4 rebounds, 3.7 assists and 1.2 steals, while shooting over 58 percent from the field and over 41 percent from deep.

In Game 5 of the NBA Finals, he scored 20 points in what was his best performance of the playoffs.

At least he admitted it:

Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders and a Web Producer at NBC Sports Bay Area. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller

Warriors announce roster, schedule for 2017 training camp


Warriors announce roster, schedule for 2017 training camp

The NBA Champion Golden State Warriors will hold their 2017 Training Camp, fueled by Gatorade, at the Rakuten Performance Center—the team’s newly named Practice Facility in Downtown Oakland—beginning Saturday, September 23, the team announced on Thursday. 

The team also announced the signing of free agent guards Antonius Cleveland, Michael Gbinije (ben-ih-jhay) and Alex Hamilton and free agent forward Georges Niang (George KNEE-yang). 

Cleveland, 22, went undrafted in the 2017 NBA Draft after a four-year career at Southeast Missouri State, where he averaged 12.9 points, 4.7 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 1.31 steals and 28.8 minutes in 121 career games. As a senior in 2016-17, he averaged a career-high 16.6 points while hitting career bests of 54.3 percent from the field and 38.4 percent from three-point range.

Gbinije, 25, appeared in nine games with the Detroit Pistons last season, scoring four points in 32 minutes. Originally selected by the Pistons with the 49th overall pick in the second round of the 2016 NBA Draft, Gbinije averaged 12.0 points, and 4.3 rebounds in 35.0 minutes over 16 games with the Grand Rapids Drive of the NBA G League. Gbinije, who spent his freshman season at Duke before playing three seasons at Syracuse University, helped the Orange to a Final Four appearance as a senior in 2015-16 after averaging career marks of 17.5 points and 4.3 assists in 37.9 minutes over 37 games. 

Hamilton, 23, spent the 2016-17 season with Golden State’s G League affiliate, the Santa Cruz Warriors, where he averaged 11.4 points, 4.5 assists and 3.4 rebounds in 23.4 minutes over 43 games. Prior to joining Santa Cruz, Hamilton played collegiately for four seasons at Louisiana Tech, where he averaged 19.9 points, 6.2 assists, 5.7 rebounds and 1.97 steals in 33 games as a senior in 2015-16, earning Conference USA Player of the Year honors.

Niang, 24, appeared in 23 games for the Indiana Pacers in 2016-17, totaling 21 points and 17 rebounds in 93 minutes of action. Originally selected by the Pacers with the 50th overall pick of the 2016 NBA Draft, Niang averaged 19.0 points, 7.2 rebounds and 3.3 assists in 33.0 minutes over six games with the Fort Wayne Mad Ants in the NBA G League last season. Niang played collegiately for four seasons at Iowa State University, where he earned the 2016 Karl Malone Award, given to the nation’s best power forward, after averaging 20.5 points, 6.2 rebounds and 3.3 assists as a senior in 2015-16.

Following seven days of practice, the Warriors will open their preseason schedule at Oracle Arena on Saturday, September 30, against the Denver Nuggets before traveling to China for a pair of preseason games against the Minnesota Timberwolves as part of the NBA Global Games.

The roster:

Stephen Curry
Kevin Durant
Draymond Green
Klay Thompson
Andre Iguodala
Shaun Livingston
Zaza Pachulia
JaVale McGee
David West
Nick Young
Omri Casspi
Patrick McCaw
Damian Jones
Kevon Looney
Jordan Bell
Chris Boucher (two-way contract)
Georges Niang
Antonius Cleveland
Alex Hamilton
Michael Gbinije

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