NBA MVP race: Can top candidates catch James Harden before season’s end?
DeRozan has once again taken his game to another level. He’s taking less shots and scoring less frequently, but he’s substituted some of his long 2-pointers for 3-pointers �� his 3-point attempt rate has increased from 8.0 percent last season to 19.4 percent this season �� and he’s become a more willing passer �� his assist percentage has increased from 20.6 percent last season to 25.0 percent this season. It’s made him a more complete player, which, in turn, has made the Raptors a much more dangerous team.
The problem for Miami is that, with $25 million on the books for next year and a player option for $27 million in 2019-20, Whiteside is by far their highest-paid player. But he’s a part-timer.
At this time of year, that will automatically get a guy like Whiteside included in the daily trade rumor mill. But league sources tell Sporting News that a move involving Whiteside would be a long shot, because for all the frustration he gives to Spoelstra, the Heat know how valuable he has been to their rise as a defensive force in the East, which has moved them into contention for one of the top three seeds in the conference.
With their second pick from the Bills, the Giants can snag Okoafor, a highly skilled left tackle prospect who, along with the re-signing of Justin Pugh, can get New York’s offensive line back to at least average.
With the 2018 NFL draft still more than 70 days away and a few weeks until free agency starts, mock drafts are sort of in a holding pattern. To spice things up a bit, this week’s mock draft goes through two rounds.
Whether it’s Darnold, Baker Mayfield of Oklahoma or Josh Rosen of UCLA, there still shouldn’t be a strong consensus on the quarterback the Browns should take with the No. 1 pick in the draft. Darnold just sort of feels like a holding pattern with the top pick until we hear more from new Browns general manager John Dorsey at the NFL Scouting Combine.