Who will be the first overall pick in the 2014 NBA Draft?

The biggest question going into the 2014 NBA Draft is, which player has the most promise to be an elite star. There are three players that will most likely go first in the draft, they are: Joel Embiid, Andrew Wiggins, and Jabari Parker. These are the three players that have a lot of potential to be elite stars in the NBA. Another question that has been asked is, will the Cleveland Cavaliers trade the first overall pick.

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Many mock drafts have shown that Joel Embiid will be the first overall pick by the Cavaliers because he is a dominant 7-footer, that would be a perfect fit for the Cavs; he’d also be a force in the paint. The Cavaliers already have a player on the rise in Kyrie Irving. Many people say that the Cavs should draft Embiid, put him at center, keep Kyrie Irving at point guard, and sign LeBron James at small forward. Sadly, the Cavs can not assume LeBron will sign with Cleveland. Another big issue Embiid has faced after only one year of college basketball is injuries. He missed the entire 2014 NCAA Men’s tournament with a back injury. And now, going into the draft, having had surgery on his foot, questions will remain whether he will be healthy or constantly get hurt.

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A second option the Cavaliers have, is Duke star Jabari Parker. Parker can be compared to a Carmelo Anthony. Parker has been known more for his ability to score the basketball, while not being a dominant defender. Just like Carmelo Anthony, purely a point scorer. Parker is not a number one overall pick. If he plays absolutely no defense, he will serve no purpose on the Cavs. The Cavs have young scorers in Kyrie Irving and Dion Waiters, they need a great defensive player. Parker is still a very talented player, but is mainly going to go to a team to score the basketball. Which is a good thing, but not what the Cavaliers really need.

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Lastly, there is always the option of the talented Andrew Wiggins. I see Wiggins going number one overall in the draft for a few reasons. He is a play-maker, he’s quick, he has an insane vertical leap, and is also very athletic. He had quite a few games where he struggled, but he also had some games that opened the eyes of many NBA scouts. I think that if Wiggins works to get a lot stronger, and mature more in the NBA, he could be like a LeBron James. He has a decent shot, but he is explosive and quick when driving to the hoop. Going into the draft on Thursday night, the Cavs have to assume they are not getting LeBron, and draft a player with a lot of potential in Andrew Wiggins. This guy has some NBA ready talent. If he lives up to his potential, he could be an NBA superstar, and form a great duo with Kyrie Irving, and bring an NBA title(s) to Cleveland.

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Here is where I see the 3 talent filled players going in the draft:

1. Cleveland Cavaliers- Andrew Wiggins

2. Milwaukee Bucks- Joel Embiid

3. Philadelphia 76ers- Jabari Parker

-MN

Why the Islanders will be better than the Rangers in the 2014-2015 season

The 2014 season was a disappointing season for the New York Islanders. They finished last in the Metropolitan division with a record of 34-37-11. As for the Rangers, they played but lost in the greatest stage in hockey; the Stanley Cup. In the Stanley Cup, Henrik Lunqvist had to keep them in the last couple of games, but the Rangers offense could not score enough goals to beat the Kings. So, why will the Islanders have a better record then the Rangers in the 2014-15 season?

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The Rangers have already had an exceptional season, but they are way too reliant on their all-star goalie, Henrik Lunqvist. They have Marty St. Louis to score goals, Rick Nash and Mats Zuccarello can score as well. However, offense is more so their issue.The Islanders, on the other hand, have a top five player overall in John Tavares. Kyle Okposo is also an excellent goal scorer. Michael Grabner, even though he may not score a ton of goals, is a quick and explosive player, and a young player with a lot of promise in Ryan Strome.  Lastly, I believe Andres Lee is going to have a big season. He has 10 goals in 24 career games, so the talent is there.

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Teams in the NHL need goal scorers in order to win, and I do not think the Islanders will have a problem putting the puck in the net. The Islanders problem for the past decade at least has been their goal tending. They’ve tried guys like Rick DiPietro, Evgeni Nabokov, and Kevin Poulin. None have had real consistent success, so this offseason they signed Jaroslav Halak, who has a solid save percentage and record, but has been bothered by injuries or backing up top notch goalies like C.J. Price or Ryan Miller, so he has never had a real chance. Islander fans should be excited with this acquisition, because this is what the team needs. Halak (29) has great potential.

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This should be an interesting season for the Islanders. I really think they could have a top 5 or 10 offense in league. It appears that they may have the perfect goaltender for the team. The Rangers on the other hand are a little older, and they are currently in the Stanley Cup. If they are going to win it all, it will have to be this year. The Islanders are on the rise, and should be good heading into Brooklyn for the 2015-2016 season.

-MN

Why Richard Sherman Won the Madden Game Cover

Much like on the gridiron, Richard Sherman would surely let you know that Cam Newton is no chance against his size, speed, and ball skills. Today he had his first taste of success against the former first overall draft pick and current Carolina Panthers’ quarterback as he seized the prestigious Madden game cover.

 

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Richard Sherman really made a name for himself by intercepting the ball thrown by Colin Kaepernick in the NFC Championship against the San Francisco 49ers. In that interview, Sherman called out 49ers wide receiver, Michael Crabtree, and explained that he is the best corner back in the NFL. Some feel that Sherman was just excited in the heat of the moment considering that his team was headed to the Super Bowl. After the interview with Fox Sports’ Erin Andrews, Sherman became the biggest story leading up to the Super Bowl.

Sure enough, the Seahawks defeated the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XLVIII, and now Richard Sherman has what every NFL player dreams of; a ring. Today, he has been awarded the Madden Cover which is an honor. Is it possible for Sherman live up to his expectations and play as the top defensive back in the league? Only time will tell.

-MN