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The Atlantic Files #199: Let the 2021-22 NBA season begin!
The 2021-22 NBA season is finally upon us! Before we get to all the fun and predictions though, we have to talk about yet more drama. More reports and news came out about Ben Simmons, so of course, we have to address it.
Ben Simmons apparently was believed to almost fake a Covid-19 exposure so that he could miss game seven against the Atlanta Hawks last year. On top of that, he didn't believe that he was allowed to fail as much as past number one picks. We're not sure exactly why all of this is coming out nor how accurate it may be. If it is true, however, that's some scary stuff to hear if any Sixers fans were hoping for some improvement.
After wrapping up the latest Ben Simmons drama, it's time to get to the fun stuff! First, we predicted all of the NBA regular season awards and even the All-NBA First Team. There are a lot of good candidates for MVP this year such as Nikola Jokic, Luka Doncic, Joel Embiid, and Stephen Curry. Plus, plenty of super interesting candidates for Most Improved Player of the year!
On top of that, we also had to deliver our Finals and 2022 NBA Champion predictions. We may have had one team that was all the same, but our Western Conference winners were different!
Then, we get to our one bold prediction of the year. Plus a little bonus compared to past years. For all of the fantasy basketball players out there, we added something for you all! We talked about who we thought would be the top NBA fantasy scorers and our favorite sleeper picks too!
0:00 - Intro
2:10 - Ben Simmons faking covid exposures and not able to fail
21:00 - 2021-22 NBA award and All-NBA predictions
50:32 - 2021-22 NBA Finals and Champion predictions
52:10 - One bold prediction for the 2021-22 NBA Season
55:55 - Top NBA fantasy scorers this season and our favorite sleeper pick
The Atlantic Files #198: 2021-22 Atlantic Division Preview
This week, on the Atlantic Files, we wrap up the yearly divisional preview series! On top of that, we had to talk about the further developments in the Kyrie Irving drama. Yes, we know, there's been enough of the drama already.
First of all, the Brooklyn Nets General Manager has now said that Kyrie Irving can't practice nor play any games with the team until he gets vaccinated. This doesn't really seem like a political move, it more so seems like a move to unite the team. All of the other players received their vaccines and are available for every game. Why does Kyrie get special treatment and is allowed to only play half of the season? This squashes that question altogether and it should be interesting to see his next move.
Then, we get into the previews. The Toronto Raptors are the first team up as they came in last in the division last season. Boasting an exciting new rookie in Scottie Barnes, the team looks to turn around their fortunes. They did fall apart after a lot of covid issues last season, but this team doesn't look primed to do too much winning in their near future.
Next, is the confusing roster of the Boston Celtics. Could they be very mediocre and have to depend and pray on Jayson Tatum staying healthy? Probably. Could they also outperform a lot of expectations and be a very good team? Probably. Who really knows what this team is going to turn out to be.
Tom Thibodeau and the New York Knicks are honestly looking quite good for this upcoming year. They smashed any sort of expectations last year and can now build on that with almost the same roster plus a couple of big additions. Kemba Walker playing near his hometown again is also just some great tv!
Then you have the heavyweights of the division in the Brooklyn Nets and Philadelphia 76ers. One of them looks like a surefire Finals lock, in Brooklyn. The other, however, is in such a state of flux that no one truly knows how it's going to turn out. If they get a good haul for Ben Simmons, all of a sudden they could be a title contender. If they don't, then they could barely make the playoffs!
Hear all of our thoughts on that and more on the latest episode!
2:43 - Kyrie Irving not allowed to play until vaccinated
19:10 - Toronto Raptors preview
35:46 - Boston Celtics preview
47:01 - New York Knicks preview
59:04 - Brooklyn Nets preview
1:14:50 - Philadelphia 76ers preview
The Atlantic Files #197: 2021-22 Southeast Division Preview
This week, on the Atlantic Files, the divisional preview series nears a close as the NBA Preseason begins! We previewed the Southeast division this week on top of talking about some preseason observations, Ben Simmons, and Kyrie Irving.
The preseason is always one of the most fun times to overreact to every little thing we see. Some undrafted player who had one good preseason game might be a hall of famer. One top player from last season may have underperformed and all of a sudden he's over the hill. Either way, it's all in good fun, but we all know the preseason doesn't mean too much.
If you haven't heard by now, Ben Simmons is still holding out from joining the Philadelphia 76ers. He's waiting on his trade so that he never has to play in front of the Philly crowd ever again. He's been getting fined now and his camp is just now going to the NBPA to talk about it because they're finally feeling the heat from losing all this money. Who will finally bend first so we can get this all over with?!
Then, there's the other drama-filled saga. Kyrie Irving is still not vaccinated and it doesn't seem like he's going to change his mind at all. That would be fine if they weren't playing in New York City who will not allow him to practice nor play in any home games. Kevin Durant expressed some confidence that they'd have him come back this season, but at this point no one truly knows.
Finally, we get to the divisional preview portion of the episode. The Southeast division is home to some very bad teams and some exciting upstart teams. The Orlando Magic is a team that probably will endure the same misfortunes they've been experiencing for a long time. The Charlotte Hornets, on the other hand, look to be on the up-and-up and they have one of the most exciting young players in the league.
Then there are the teams who actually can compete for playoff spots and some play-in games. The Washington Wizards probably will take a step back, but have a fighter's chance if Bradley Beal ends up staying in DC. Trae Young and the Atlanta Hawks are easily in the driver's seat of the division and have the Miami Heat in the passenger seat behind them. The Hawks surprised a lot of people in the playoffs last season and they essentially return the same team. Miami, however, made themselves a nice big three of Jimmy Butler, Bam Adebayo, and Kyle Lowry.
Listen to the episode to hear our thoughts on all of this and more!
0:00 - Intro
3:00 - NBA Preseason observations
24:09 - Kyrie Irving and Ben Simmons drama
47:27 - Orlando Magic preview
53:02 - Charlotte Hornets preview
1:00:38 - Washington Wizards preview
1:05:29 - Miami Heat preview
1:09:57 - Atlanta Hawks preview
The Atlantic Files #196: 2021-22 Central Division Preview
NBA training camps and media days are finally back! That being said, the Atlantic Files Divisional Preview series continues. This week, we previewed the Central Division which happens to be home to the reigning NBA Champs.
Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Milwaukee Bucks are fresh off of their NBA Finals win and they're ready to defend their title. After returning most of their roster, it does seem like it's a true "run it back" type of scenario. It all depends if they can get the same luck in terms of health especially looking at the Brooklyn Nets.
The other exciting and upstart team in this division is the Chicago Bulls. They pulled off quite the off-season and now they're looking at sneaking into the top four of the Eastern Conference! A big four of Lonzo Ball, DeMar DeRozan, Zach LaVine, and Nikola Vucevic is super intriguing and it's probably going to give many Eastern teams fits over the course of the season.
Then, we have the always borderline Indiana Pacers. While they didn't bring in much help player-wise, they did bring in a coach with championship experience! Rick Carlisle is tasked with trying to make sure Sabonis and Myles Turner play well together at the same time. They have high hopes, but the team doesn't look primed for all that much.
Finally, there are the two rebuilding and growing teams. While the Cleveland Cavaliers are a little more on the upswing, they're going to find plenty of trouble trying to compete in an even deeper Eastern Conference than what has been normal over the last decade. At the same time, the Detroit Pistons are in the thick of their rebuild and at least boast the number one pick from this past draft. Both teams probably have a lot of changes on the horizon but it should be fun to see their talent grown and get better.
0:00 - Intro
0:45 - Kyrie Irving missing due to no vaccine
5:25 - Detroit Pistons preview
15:15 - Cleveland Cavaliers preview
27:20 - Chicago Bulls preview
36:00 - Indiana Pacers preview
48:20 - Milwaukee Bucks preview
The Atlantic Files #195: 2021-22 Pacific Division Preview
We're back for another week and another installment of the 2021-22 divisional preview series! This week we have the forever-talked-about Los Angeles Lakers and the Pacific Division.
First things first, there was the Phoenix Suns who made it all the way to the NBA Finals last season. After returning a lot of the same players, they are primed to defend their Western Conference title. Some of the other teams in the West got better though and now it's going to be even more of a fight as long as everyone stays healthy.
Then, there's the ever-popular Lakers. They hauled in a ton of talent during the off-season and if it was 2016, this team would probably be a historically good team that would rival the Michael Jordan Chicago Bulls. The only issue is that it's not 2016 and over half the team is north of 30-years-old and we have no idea if health will be on their side or not.
Speaking of health, there's the other LA team in the Los Angeles Clippers who won't have Kawhi Leonard and a lot of their team seems to spend more time in street clothes than they do a team uniform. Can they even make the playoffs with Paul George as the number one and only star?
On the other side, there's the Golden State Warriors who are getting healthier by the minute. Klay Thompson should be back, James Wiseman should be back, and they have Stephen Curry fresh off of an MVP-calibur season. If there's any team that should make a big jump in the standings it's the Warriors!
Finally, we have the bottom of the barrel Sacramento Kings. They continue to try to climb out of purgatory and finally make a name for themselves with a trio of young and exciting guards. Not sure if the confidence is there for them though.
0:00 - Intro
2:45 - Phoenix Suns preview
11:25 - Los Angeles Lakers preview
23:55 - Los Angeles Clippers preview
32:35 - Golden State Warriors preview
43:10 - Sacramento Kings preview
The Atlantic Files #194: 2021-22 Southwest Division Preview
In case you haven't seen the last episode, we here at the Atlantic Files have started our annual divisional preview series. Each week we preview a different division in the NBA up until the season starts! This week, we take a look at the Southwest Division!
The Houston Rockets have been the team from this division that has been in the news lately. John Wall and the team mutually agreed to part ways and now it's time to find a suitor for Wall's services. Maybe Ben Simmons is on the horizon for the Rockets, or maybe just a ton of picks and young guys are instead. Either way, their next season doesn't look too great.
Then, there's the opposite side of the spectrum with the Dallas Mavericks. The reigning division champs look poised to win the division again as they have one of the best players in the league, a new coach, and a bunch of role players. They don't exactly seem too ready to win a ring, but they'll do plenty of damage.
Another young gun leading a team full of middling talent is right behind the Mavericks. Ja Morant and the Memphis Grizzlies keep getting better each year and they look quite exciting going into this year. Morant will obviously lead the fireworks, but there could be some key growth areas in Dillon Brooks and Brandon Clarke.
Finally, we get to both the San Antonio Spurs and the New Orleans Pelicans. Two teams who were somewhat close in terms of record last year, but going in very opposite directions. The Spurs need to just hit the rebuild button already and send off Coach Pop with a nice little farewell tour. On the other hand, the Pelicans need to hit the ground running so that they can finally keep a generational player happy, unlike Anthony Davis.
Hear all of our that's on each one of these teams in the latest episode!
0:00 - Intro
1:50 - Houston Rockets preview and John Wall looking for trade
23:00 - Dallas Mavericks preview
36:10 - Memphis Grizzlies preview
46:50 - San Antonio Spurs preview
57:35 - New Orleans Pelicans preview
The Atlantic Files always has an entertaining spin on the season. Even during a pandemic!
TJ > Joe Harris, Alex is right a lot more than Mike is but the show overall is great
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This is an great and entertaining podcast on the NBA, love to hear someone talk about my Raptors and from an American perspective! We The North