Jabari Parker

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Team: Milwaukee Bucks

Age: 23

Type of Free Agency: Restricted

2017-18 Per-Game Stats: 12.6 points, 4.9 rebounds, 1.9 assists, 0.8 steals, 0.3 blocks

2017-18 Advanced Metrics: 17.1 PER,custom nfl jerseys  minus-2.88 RPM, minus-26.83 TPA

Maybe it’s the lack of remaining money scattered throughout the NBA’s 30 organizations—a carryover effect from the 2016 spending bonanza. Perhaps teams are that scared of Jabari Parker’s injury history, which includes multiple ACL tears, and struggles for the Milwaukee Bucks after he returned to the floor following his latest malady.

But this Duke product’s short- and long-term scoring upside should still have someone buying in.

Parker didn’t excel in a smaller role during the 2017-18 season and left a bitter taste after his shooting woes in the first-round exit at the hands of the Boston Celtics. He’s still only 23 years old and just one year removed from his 2016-17 efforts: 20.1 points, 6.2 rebounds and 2.8 assists while slashing 49.0/36.5/74.3. He was actually even better from beyond the rainbow this past go-round, connecting on 38.3 percent of those three-point hoists. customized nfl jerseys

And yet, no deals are emerging. Social-media hijinks also fail to foretell a reunion with the Bucks, and it’s hard to see a player this young and talented being forced to play for the qualifying offer before hitting unrestricted free agency next summer. Then again, general manager Jon Horst is singing a different story. nfl custom jerseys cheap

“We qualified him because we value him and we want to have the ability to keep him and work through that with him and his agent,” he said on a July 8 NBA TV broadcast, as transcribed by Brandon Molleur. “We’ve had great conversations. We’re in contact with him every day. I think the market will cheap custom nfl jerseys  dictate some of it, but we’ll continue to work on it and see how it turns out.”

Parker’s hometown Chicago Bulls could swoop in and offer him around $12 million annually to join their roster. The Brooklyn Nets could make a similar play. The Atlanta Hawks still have money. But is anyone willing to gamble heavily enough that the Bucks won’t match?

For now, the best bet remains the qualifying offer—Parker essentially betting on himself and counting on better luck with the injury imp from this point forward. cheap customized nfl jerseys

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There’s what the Major League Baseball All-Star teams will probably look like, and then there’s what they should look like.

We’ve already covered the former. Now it’s time for the latter.authentic nfl jerseys cheap

Our goal is to determine which players the American League and National League would bring to Nationals Park on July 17 if the statistics were in charge. And by “the statistics,” we mean the average of players’ wins above replacement at Baseball Reference and FanGraphs plus other metrics to help break ties.

Here are the ground rules for players:

Position players must have made at least 150 plate appearances (see AL and NL qualifiers)
Starting pitchers must have made at least 10 starts (AL and NL) nfl jerseys for cheap
Relief pitchers must have made at least 20 appearances (AL and NL)
Players must be healthy or expected to be healthy by the All-Star break
There need not be a representative for every MLB team

And here’s how the rosters are comprised:

32 players per side
20 position players: a starting nine (including a handpicked DH for the NL) with a backup for each position (except designated hitter) and three wild cards
12 pitchers: eight starters and four relievers

Let’s take it away.

If the stats had their druthers, the AL starting lineup would look like this:

C: Yan Gomes, CLE (1.3 WAR)
1B: Matt Olson, OAK (2.0 WAR)
2B: Jose Altuve, HOU (3.8 WAR)
3B: Jose Ramirez, CLE (5.2 WAR)
SS: Francisco Lindor, CLE (4.5 WAR)
LF: Aaron Judge, NYY (3.7 WAR)
CF: Mike Trout, LAA (6.4 WAR)
RF: Mookie Betts, BOS (4.4 WAR)
DH: J.D. Martinez, BOS (3.1 WAR)

This starting nine mostly resembles the one that the fans want to see, save for a few exceptions.cheap nfl jerseys

One is at shortstop, where Manny Machado is notably absent. He has star power and big offensive numbers (.929 OPS and 19 home runs), but he’s been slumping, and his value is hurt by his well-below-average defense.

Another notable absence is Jose Abreu at first base. Like Machado, he’s also been slumping and doesn’t have much to offer in the field.

The only other disparity is at catcher, where fans have been pulling for Wilson Ramos. To their credit, Ramos’ .780 OPS is the best among qualified AL catchers. The catch is that Ramos is being held back by FanGraphs’ low valuations of his baserunning and defense.nfl jersey cheap

In place of Machado, it’s hard to argue against Francisco Lindor, who’s having yet another spectacular season both at the plate and in the field. For their parts, Matt Olson is rocking a solid .842 OPS since May 1, and Yan Gomes’ offense (.777 OPS) is all the way out of the pit it fell into in 2016.

Otherwise, nobody should need convincing that Jose Altuve, Jose Ramirez, Aaron Judge, Mike Trout, Mookie Betts and J.D. Martinez deserve their spots.

Serbia

15. Serbia (+1)

There’s no guarantee it all clicks for Serbia, but if it does watch out. They’re a massive side who will dominate set pieces and have key difference-makers Sergej Milinkovic-Savic and Aleksandar Mitrovic in great form.

They’re the second of our three dark-horse contenders.

14. Mexico (-1)

The 2018 World Cup will act as a sort of strange pathway from one generation to the next for Mexico. Thirty-nine-year-old Rafa Marquez will anchor the defence in his last tournament, while Hirving Lozano will spearhead the attack in his first.

They look good value to get out of their group, with the number of goals they’re capable of netting giving them the edge over Sweden, and from there who knows?

13. Denmark (+1)

Denmark hop above Mexico in our rankings after beating them 2-0 on Saturday, but there’s little to choose between the two. That Yussuf Poulsen found his goalscoring groove in the game is potentially important; it’s crucial the attacking onus does not solely fall on Christian Eriksen’s shoulders.authentic nfl jerseys

12. Poland (-1)

The news that Kamil Glik will miss the finals after sustaining an injury during training is a massive blow. Of all the pre-tournament ailments suffered across the 32 competing nations—and there’ve been too many, sadly—this is arguably the most impactful.

The White and Reds may still ride Robert Lewandowski’s coattails to success, but they’ll be far less resolute without their central-defensive man mountain.wholesale nfl jerseys

11. Colombia (-1)

Colombia opted to play just one tune-up game ahead of the World Cup finals, taking on Egypt on June 1 and drawing 0-0.nfl jerseys wholesale

That hardly seems like the ideal preparation—particularly given some teams have jammed in three friendlies during this period, for comparison—nfl jerseys china and things were made worse on Saturday by the ACL injury sustained by starting left-back Frank Fabra.

Los Cafeteros have depth in plenty of positions, but not that one. It’s a serious knock to their chances of upsetting the odds this summer.nfl wholesale jerseys

Nathan Ake’s Late Equaliser Gives Netherlands Draw vs. Italy in Friendly

Simone Zaza came off the bench to give Italy the lead, but a late Nathan Ake equaliser ensured the Netherlands walked out of Turin with a 1-1 draw on Monday.

The hosts dominated the first half of the international friendly, and Zaza’s toe-poke after the break gave them a deserved lead. Domenico Criscito was sent off for the Azzurri, and with the man advantage, the Dutch equalised in the final minutes.

Here are Monday’s key takeaways.

Does Koeman Have a Plan?

Italy were the superior side before the break by a huge margin, and the Netherlands were the better side in the second half. This friendly between two sides that won’t be going to the World Cup and are in the midst of a difficult period was never about the result or on-pitch dominance.nfl authentic jerseys

Rather, it gave both managers the chance to experiment and see what they have in the squad. For Roberto Mancini, it meant rotating the side compared to the loss against France, with the likes of Mattia Perin and Andrea Belotti coming in. Youngsters Daniele Rugani and Alessio Romagnoli led the way in defence, and the nfl authentic jerseys cheap duo of Jorginho and Bryan Cristante got the chance to play together in midfield.

Ronald Koeman’s approach was a little different. While he did start Matthijs de Ligt, he mostly avoided youth and players with upside in favour of the likes of Ryan Babel and Daley Blind―players who don’t seem to be a part of the team’s long-term future.

It’s a missed opportunity for a team that had little to gain from this friendly in the first place, and a mistake on Koeman’s part.nfl jersey wholesale

Belotti Has Run Out of Credit

Belotti desperately needed a good outing on Monday after watching Mario Balotelliimpress against Saudi Arabia and France. Il Gallo and Super Mario appear to be locked in a battle for the main backup spot at the striker position, behind Lazio Roma’s Ciro Immobile, who had a fantastic season.best nfl jerseys

The Torino man did not have a good season, and at 24 years old, he can’t be considered a prospect any longer. His great scoring exploits last year bought him some credit, but the 2016-17 campaign appears nothing but a distant memory at this point.

Against the Netherlands, nfl jersey for cheap Belotti spent just over an hour running offside and wasting excellent chances:

Shooting Guard: Joe Harris

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Type of Free Agency: Unrestricted

Age: 26

2017-18 Per-Game Stats: 10.8 points, 3.3 rebounds, 1.6 assists, 0.4 steals, 0.3 blocks

Player Score: 1.05

Trailing These Free Agents at His Position: Tyreke Evans (4.34), Will Barton (3.77), Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (2.93), JJ Redick (2.78), Wayne Ellington (1.18)

Next 5 Free Agents at His Position: Danny Green (0.92), Marcus Smart (minus-0.04), Marco Belinelli (minus-0.1), Austin Rivers (minus-0.27), Devin Harris (minus-0.32)nfl wholesale jerseys

The futility of the lowly Brooklyn Nets prevented Joe Harris from getting much love throughout the 2017-18 campaign, but the 26-year-old quietly emerged as one of the league’s most dangerous shooters. And that’s true whether you look at the totality of his percentages or isolate his work from beyond the arc.

Let’s begin by diving into the former.

Knocking down 49.1 percent of his field-goal attempts, 41.9 percent of his triples and 82.7 percent of his free-throw attempts, Harris finished 2017-18 with a lofty 63.4 true shooting percentage. Only a dozen players who qualified for the scoring crown wound up posting a higher mark, and Kyle Korver and Kevin Durant were the only two to do so while spending the majority of their minutes at a position other than power forward or center. nfl jerseys from china

Looking at this another way, Harris joined Durant, Karl-Anthony Towns, Montrezl Harrell, DeAndre Jordan and Clint Capela as one of only six qualified players to average 10 or more points with a true shooting percentage north of 63. Last year, Korver, Capela, Durant, Jordan, Rudy Gobert and Nikola Jokic were the lone members of that same club. official nfl jerseys cheap

Harris’ three-point shooting might be even more impressive, since his 41.9 percent conversion rate came while he took 4.6 attempts per game and created 5.3 percent of his makes off the bounce. Only Stephen Curry, Durant, Buddy Hield, Joe Ingles and JJ Redick could match or exceed each of those three figures in 2017-18. nfl authentic jerseys

Oh, and this is all stemming from the season-long tallies. After the All-Star break, Harris slashed a mind-numbing 54.3/47.8/88.2.

Teams could covet Harris’ under-control drives to the hoop. They could want him to continue playing improved defense. But in reality, they’ll primarily seek out his under-the-radar ability to serve as one of the Association’s most accurate marksmen.

Cleveland Browns

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2018 Offensive Coordinator: Todd Haley

It’s an annual thing—this is the year the Cleveland Browns turn quality talent into an effective offense.

Anybody want to bet money on it?

Right. The Browns scooped up quarterback Tyrod Taylor, who should start in 2018. He was 201 passing yards shy of 3,000 and threw 14 touchdowns in 15 games last year, and in Cleveland he’ll have to deal with constant chants for No. 1 overall pick Baker Mayfield.

The rest of the depth chart looks talented. Carlos Hyde should provide some pop to the running game, and this might be the year the team figures out how to use the talented Duke Johnson in all facets. nfl authentic jerseys cheap

The wideout depth chart boasts Josh Gordon, Landry and Corey Coleman. The team also took a huge risk on fourth-round rookie Antonio Callaway. In addition, the offensive line could struggle after Joe Thomas retired in March.

Todd Haley is the man in charge, but he couldn’t keep everyone happy on a Steelers offense that boasted Antonio Brown and Le’Veon Bell. His having to manage the personalities and expectations in Cleveland could go awry.
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2018 Offensive Coordinator: Bill Musgrave

The Denver Broncos will give it another shot with coordinator Bill Musgrave, who took over last season for Mike McCoy after a miserable offensive stretch. But we’re still talking about a team that was afraid to give 2016 first-round pick Paxton Lynch serious run—to the point it splurged on a free-agent quarterback.

That’d be Case Keenum, the one-hit wonder who heads over from Minnesota after sheer brilliance from the offensive staff there. That’s not to say Keenum can’t perform well again—but his 22 touchdowns still don’t jump off the stat sheet.

Despite receiving weapons such as Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders, not to mention 2018 rookie steals Courtland Sutton and Daesean Hamilton, the Broncos are once again banking on an elite defensive performance official nfl jerseys cheap

It could work, though an offense that leans on a new quarterback, rookie running back (Royce Freeman) and a relatively new coordinator who’s trying to implement his ideas has the potential to stutter as defenses adapt.  nfl wholesale jerseys

Denver is just one of those teams—it’s looking at a potentially good record but an iffy offense. Or as some might put it: quarterback purgatory.

AFC East

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Buffalo Bills

The football gods finally smiled upon the Bills, allowing them to make the playoffs for the first time since the 1999 season. A repeat appearance likely isn’t in the cards this year, though. AJ McCarron is not an upgrade over Tyrod Taylor at quarterback, and the offensive line remains in flux. LeSean McCoy turns 30 in July, while the team’s leading tackler, Preston Brown, signed with the Bengals in free agency. The schedule-makers didn’t do the Bills any favors, either, by placing the Chargers, Vikings, Packers and Titans—all of whom are playoff contenders—in Weeks 2-5.

Prediction: 7-9

Miami Dolphins

Plenty of uncertainty surrounds the Dolphins after head coach Adam Gase decided his team needed a new direction. Landry, Ndamukong Suh and Mike Pouncey—arguably the team’s best three players—are all gone. In their place, Miami targeted veteran free agents with winning experience. However, Frank Gore, Danny Amendola and Josh Sitton nfl jersey for cheap can only do so much, as they’re all on the downside of their careers. Each of the Dolphins’ last five games is against a team that made the playoffs last season.

Prediction: 4-12

New England Patriots

Cracks are starting to show in the Patriots’ once-pristine exterior. Tom Brady veered from his normal preparation this offseason. Rob Gronkowski is still contemplating retirement. The team traded its top receiver, Brandin Cooks, to the Los Angeles Rams. The Patriots no longer seem to be on the same page as an organization. nfl jerseys cheap authentic Even so, they’re still the AFC East’s best squad and a legitimate Super Bowl contender. Once again, a December (Week 15) meeting with the Steelers could determine the AFC’s top seed. The end of the dynasty does appear to be in sight.

Prediction: 11-5

New York Jets

The Jets didn’t tank last season, but their 5-11 record wasn’t good, either. The organization hopes to build on last year’s surprising campaign with the additions of Tremaine Johnson, Avery Williamson, Isaiah Crowell and custom nfl jerseys cheap Teddy Bridgewater. The roster still has a long way to go, but New York is already through the difficult teardown portion of the rebuilding process, and it has some talented young players on its roster. Another should be forthcoming after the Jets traded up to the third overall pick in an attempt to land a customized nfl jerseys cheap quarterback of their choice. Said signal-caller could be in the lineup against the No. 1 overall pick when the Jets face the Browns in Week 3 on Thursday Night Football.

James Harden Struggles, but Rockets Take 2-0 Series Lead vs. Timberwolves

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After escaping Game 1 against the Minnesota Timberwolves with a narrow three-point win, the Houston Rockets rolled in Wednesday’s Game 2 at Toyota Center and seized control of their first-round playoff series with a 102-82 victory.

James Harden was brilliant in Game 1 with 44 points, but Houston relied nfl jerseys china on Chris Paul and a balanced attack in its second win.

Four Houston players scored in double figures, including Paul, who spearheaded the blowout effort with 27 points, eight assists and three steals. Harden was another one of those players, totaling 12 points, but he was an abysmal 2-of-18 from the field and 1-of-10 from deep. He was far from the reason his team was victorious, even with seven assists.

Houston is so dangerous because it has two future Hall of Fame-caliber players in the backcourt, meaning it can afford a lackluster performance from one and still rely on the other to get it through a contest.nfl wholesale jerseys

That is exactly what has happened in this series against the eighth-seeded Timberwolves, as Harden made up for Paul’s 5-of-14 shooting and six turnovers in Game 1 and Paul compensated for Harden’s showing in Game 2.

It helps that the Rockets are playing a Minnesota team that was a mere 22nd in the league in defensive rating this season, per NBA.com, and doesn’t have much of an answer on that side of the ball outside of three-time All-Defensive selection Jimmy Butler.

With Butler shadowing Harden for stretches, Paul darted into the lane and either finished for himself or forced defenders to collapse before he found perimeter shooters. The nine-time All-Star dazzled the crowd with a nfl jerseys from china  number of head-turning floaters and layups at the rim, many of which came when Minnesota’s big men were left helplessly flailing at his ball-handling and lightning-quick first step.

With the Timberwolves left chasing Paul, Gerald Green was left open a number of times and delivered with 21 points on 5-of-12 shooting from downtown. Trevor Ariza benefited as well with 15 points and three triples, official nfl jerseys cheap and Clint Capela dominated down low with eight points and 16 boards.

The fact Houston handled Minnesota with relative ease even with the potential league MVP struggling sends a message to the rest of the NBA in these playoffs. This team can win in the postseason without Harden dominating, and the ceiling is the Larry O’Brien Trophy when he does play well.

Karl-Anthony Towns Was Aggressive…At First

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Karl-Anthony Towns wasn’t a big enough part of the Minnesota Timberwolves’ attack all year, particularly in the late stages of games. So it can’t count as a surprise that he pulled a disappearing act in Game 1 against Houston, taking just nine shots nfl jerseys wholesale .

The reason for his no-show was harder to discern. Was he failing to demand the ball in the post? Was he unwilling to run the floor and create his own transition opportunities?

Or was his repeated decision to space out toward the corner when guarded by a smaller defender mandated by the coaching staff?

At any rate, Towns got after it against the Rockets during the first quarter of Game 2, nfl jerseys china hitting a three, scoring down low on an assist from Andrew Wiggins and taking five shots in all. Minnesota led by five after the opening 12 minutes.

From there, the Rockets ran over the T-Wolves, rendering Towns’ early aggression (and everything else that might have sparked hope) meaningless. He finished with just five points on 2-of-9 shooting, as he failed to score in the second half.nfl wholesale jerseys

You can delve into the import of Towns’ play in this series as deeply as you like. It might indicate individual frailty, a shrinking from the moment. It might reflect a lack of faith from the coaching staff. It might be a strategic failing nfl jerseys from china by head coach Tom Thibodeau.

And it might mean the Rockets are just that much better than the Timberwolves.

Whatever the case, Towns needs to be better. It won’t matter in this series,nfl jerseys wholesale  but it’s a big deal for the future of the T-Wolves.

Why the Analytics Love Baker Mayfield

Say it was your job to select a rookie quarterback for your NFL team, but you were forbidden from watching any of the prospects ever throw a single football.authentic nfl jerseys

Given such a ridiculous restriction, you would probably cross your fingers and scan the stat sheets for a quarterback who:

• Started a lot of college games…

• For a major program…

• Which faced a lot of great defenses…

• And who put up impressive totals and rate stats…5d4e13a5e76dd838a87596a2528373f8_crop_exact

• But wasn’t obviously a product of a system full of great supporting talent.

Now, imagine taking all of those common-sense criteria, defining and quantifying wholesale nfl jerseys them precisely, and creating a metric to guide your scouting department when selecting a quarterback.

That method would look a lot like the Football Outsiders’ QBASE system. And like QBASE, that method would love Baker Mayfield.

You probably know Mayfield started for three seasons for Oklahoma (and a fourth for Texas Tech) and threw for precisely 54 zillion yards and infinite touchdowns (14,607 and 131, actually). Mayfield’s rate stats, including his 68.5 nfl jerseys wholesale percent completion rate and 9.8 yards per pass attempt, are exceptional, even by wide-open Big 12 standards.

Mayfield has has been helped along the way by some great playmakers and offensive linemen, but as Aaron Schatz wrote in this year’s QBASE report, his schedule wasn’t as Big 12 playground-tastic as you might think. Mayfield had a big game against Ohio State and held his own in the CFP semifinals against Georgia, after all. Shake the numbers out to nfl jerseys china remove some distortions, and Mayfield still laps this year’s field.

Moneyball is all about providing context and meaning for statistics. Sometimes, that just means confirming what’s obvious. Mayfield is the most productive, experienced quarterback in this draft class. It shows in the numbers. And it shows on the game film, too.