Check out our NBA player ratings. After the basketball world collectively picked its jaw up off the floor in the wake of the Kawhi Leonard and Paul George news, the spotlight shifted to Russell Westbrook, the Oklahoma City star who may be on the move now that his team appears to be pivoting toward a full-on rebuild.The notion of the Thunder trading Westbrook, who’s been the face of the franchise since Kevin Durant left, is nearly as fascinating as Westbrook himself. The 30-year-old still possesses undeniable talent and value. The former MVP has been incredibly durable the past four years, while averaging a triple-double in each of the last three campaigns. And in a league that seems more wide-open than it has been in years, who wouldn’t want to add a player of Westbrook’s caliber?The problem is that things are almost never quite that open-and-shut. This is especially true when it comes to Westbrook, whose game is permanently stamped with question marks like a mystery box in a Super Mario Bros. game.Chief among those questions: Can the headstrong point guard, after everything we’ve witnessed in recent years, be the best or second-best player on a championship-caliber team? And if it turns out that the answer is no, are there teams that still should roll the dice and deal for him anyway?Most executives around the league probably feel like they have seen enough to answer the former. After all, Westbrook has been teammates with both Durant and George, yet has never quite gotten over the hump to win a ring. The efforts the past few years haven’t even gotten him close, as the Thunder have gotten knocked out in the first round three straight times. Most troubling for Westbrook over that span: He’s shot worse than 40 percent in each postseason, which, with how frequently he shoots,1Sometimes more than a superstar teammate who enjoys far better efficiency, which isn’t ideal. would be enough on its own to torpedo almost any team’s chances of winning a series.The guard’s determination and lack of feel at times become problematic when he plays into the defense’s hands by taking wide-open jumpers, which he had less success with than any other NBA player last season.2Among those who took at least 200 attempts of 10 feet or more, with no defender standing within 6 feet of him. In the first round of the playoffs, Portland defenders were often told to simply back off and let him shoot, a plan that all but neuters his most explosive trait: speed.Sometimes Westbrook’s Sonic-like blurs to the basket get him into trouble and lead to turnovers. But overall, he finds value in barreling his way to the cup more than just about anyone. He shot a career-best 65 percent from inside 3 feet in 2018-19, and he whipped an NBA-high 802 passes that led directly to a 3-point attempt this past season, according to data from Second Spectrum.Those numbers alone show why he’s intriguing. Players who can create for themselves and others will always be important in the NBA, and Westbrook has shown a consistent ability to do that. And it’s fair to argue that he’d perform even better in an offense where — unlike Oklahoma City’s — the players around him can actually shoot, giving him more spacing and driving lanes to work with.3In Westbrook’s 2016-17 MVP season, his Thunder teammates shot an abysmal 30.9 percent on wide-open 3-pointers, an impressively bad mark, given that the league average on threes, open and contested, was 35.8 percent.The Houston Rockets, who launch more triples than any club, are one such team that could benefit from Westbrook’s ability to create looks. As such, it shouldn’t be a shock that Houston is one of the teams interested in him. But there’s also a catch — one that explains why trading Westbrook will be challenging. He makes a whole lot of money4He’s at the front end of a five-year, $206 million deal that will see him earn $47 million in 2022-23. and is on the books for a long time, which gets into questions about how he’ll age, as a high-flying athlete without a reliable jumper (not to mention his defensive effort, which often leaves a lot to be desired). His contract surely gives potential suitors pause and creates logistical challenges, in terms of finding matching salaries to make a deal work.The other two clubs reportedly interested in Westbrook, the Heat and Pistons, have one star player apiece (Jimmy Butler and Blake Griffin, respectively) already and figure to find themselves stuck right in the league’s middle without more roster changes. While Westbrook might not make them bona fide title contenders, he would almost certainly provide a higher ceiling while also giving them a glimmer of hope to win a weakened East. As of now, just two of the NBA’s top 10 teams are in the East, according to FiveThirtyEight’s projection model.It’s easy to see how teams mired in mediocrity would consider making a play for him. But the reality of trading for Westbrook — much like Westbrook himself — is heavily complicated. From ABC News:
Feb 9 • 2019 Ram 2500 HD gets accessorized with Mopar goodies Chicago Auto Show 2019 Mazda 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better Orange you glad it’s time for a 30th Anniversary Edition Mazda MX-5 Miata? Feb 8 • Ram’s Multifunction Tailgate can open like French doors Post a comment Feb 8 • 2019 Chicago Auto Show recap: Big debuts from Mazda, Toyota, Subaru and more Feb 8 • Ram’s Multifunction Tailgate adds a 60-40 split 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous • 42 Photos Mazda 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value Tags Convertibles Sports Cars Share your voice See All Enlarge ImageEvery 30th Anniversary Miata wears Racing Orange paint. Mazda Mazda unveiled its 30th Anniversary Edition MX-5 Miata on Thursday morning here at the Chicago Auto Show, and just four hours after the order books opened, the entire US allocation was spoken for. Only 3,000 examples of the 30th Anniversary Edition Miata will be built for global consumption, and just 500 were earmarked for the US.All of the cars were reserved via Mazda’s pre-order site, and since no money has actually changed hands, there’s still a chance some buyers will drop out. To that end, Mazda is allowing people to add their name to a wait list.The 30th Anniversary Edition package builds off the fully loaded MX-5 Miata Grand Touring trim, and comes painted in a unique Racing Orange color. Inside, Recaro seats have orange stitching, and the new color makes its way to upgraded brakes at all four corners.Other 30th Anniversary goodies include dark-finish, 17-inch Rays wheels and Bilstein dampers (the latter only on manual transmission models). Both the standard Miata and the retractable hardtop RF can be ordered in 30th Anniversary guise, priced at $34,995 and $37,595, respectively.Like all 2019 model year Miatas, the 30th Anniversary Edition is powered by a 2.0-liter I4 engine, with 181 horsepower and 151 pound-feet of torque. A six-speed manual transmission is standard, though the limited-run Miata can be optioned with a six-speed automatic, for a couple hundred bucks more.It’s unclear just how many of the US-allocated Miatas are roadsters and how many are RFs, or how many — if any — are left for the rest of the world. Stay tuned for more details as we get them. 0 reading • The US-spec Mazda Miata 30th Anniversary Edition sold out in 4 hours Chicago Auto Show 2019 More From Roadshow
The Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) on Wednesday turned down the verdict in the 21 August grenade attack cases, saying it has been given at the ‘behest of the government’ with a political motive, reports UNB.“BNP thinks that the verdict is a politically motivated one. It’s a naked manifestation of satisfying government’s political vengeance,” said BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir.Speaking at a press conference at BNP’s Naya Paltan central office, he said, “We reject the verdict.”Fakhrul also said the government has set another bad example of taking political revenge using the court.As their party acting chairman Tarique Rahman was given life imprisonment in the cases, he said it has proved that country’s no citizen has now a scope of getting justice.Earlier in the morning, after a long wait for over 14 years, a speedy trial tribunal sentenced 19 people to death and 19 others, including Tarique Rahman to life imprisonment, in two cases filed over the 21 August grenade attack on an Awami League rally in the capital in 2004.
A motorcyclist was killed while his pillion passenger injured in a head on collision between a truck and their vehicle on Nalitabari-Nakugaon Road in Sherpur’s Andharpara of Nalitabari upazila on Monday night, reports UNB.The deceased was Golam Mostafa, 52, son of Fazlul Haque of Shidhuli village where the injured was Shafizul Islam, 50.Abul Khayer, officer-in-charge of Nalitabari police station, said the accident took place when the speeding motorcycle hit the truck while taking turn on the road around 9:30pm, leaving the motorcyclist Golam Mostafa dead on the spot and Shafizul injured.The injured was admitted to Mymensingh Medical College Hospital.
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