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Durantula

I’m not a huge fan of the nickname, but now that it looks like he’ll win the NBA scoring title (and is currently third in ESPN’s MVP watch), it seems like a good time to revisit this:

Knowing that just about any NBA general manager would trade his own children for a prospect of Durant’s caliber, I asked Winston if he’d advise his team to accept if the Mavericks were (in some alternate universe) offered Durant for free. “I’d say probably not,” he replied. “I would not sign the guy. It’s simply not inevitable that he’ll make mid-career strides. Some guys do. But many don’t, and he’d have to improve a lot to help a team.”

I’m not very high on the Mavericks playoff chances right now.  Even though they’re in position to have a pretty high seed, they actually have the lowest average point differential of any playoff team in the west.  Quotes like this make me worry about the future as well.  Anyway, here’s how the article ends:

And when I relayed Winston’s comment to one of the NBA’s most respected talent evaluators, his response was simply: “He’s crazy.”

Over the next few years, one of them will be proved wrong.

Longhorn recruiting

Big  news for Texas recruiting today.  We landed 5-star prospects DE Jackson Jeffcoat and LB Jordan Hicks.  We had already landed 4-star recruits at every defensive position- 2 at DE, 2 at LB, 2 at DT, and 3 DB’s.  We also have this guy waiting in the wings from last year.  Will our defense ever be scored on again?  That remains to be seen.  On the offensive side of the ball we turned in some nice recruits as well.  A slew of 4-star wide receivers committed, and a couple of them are expected to compete for playing time next year.  We also received some 4-star recruits on the offensive line, but the biggest thing here should be getting last year’s 5-star recruit Mason Walters back from injury.  The biggest wild card of this class seems to be the running back position.  We only had one recruit here, Traylon Shead, and it’s hard to know how good he’ll be as he played  at the single A level in high school.  He absolutely dominated at that level, but it’s hard to know how that projects.  He is the first single A player Mack Brown has ever recruited.  We’ll also have Chris Whaley coming off his red shirt season, but some people think that he will be moved to tight end.

Kevin Durant

I think this article on Kevin Durant should have been titled “NBA superstars’ scoring statistics diminish in the fourth quarter because the game is often decided by that point so they are either resting  while the scrubs play or jacking up threes to try and mount a comeback.  Durant’s numbers take a bigger dive than most because he is on a worse team that does not have as many wins.  Stupid articles like this probably do more to ensure that Durant is gone when his contract is up, hopefully he goes to the Mavericks”

It’s a bit cumbersome and it probably wouldn’t draw as many readers, but it would have been more honest.

-Meusebach