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first_imgOn Christmas Day, two basketball dreams take on different paths for two Warriors—whose roads nearly converged far away from home.Paul Zamar had seen his dream get knocked down, just as he thought life could not get any better. In 2016, he was playing D-League MVP levels for Cafe France. He married longtime girlfriend Jane Arcangel. The only thing missing was a ringing phone that, on the other end, would be a PBA team needing a backup playmaker.ADVERTISEMENT The call never came.Worse, Cafe France opted to go on a different direction and Zamar eventually wound up in Thailand. Though not perceptible if measured in kilometers, the only thing farther from home was his PBA dreams.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkStill, suiting up for Mono Vampire for the Asean Basketball League gives Zamar a shot at chasing his PBA dream.“I’m thankful to the ABL because they give us players a chance,” he said. “The PBA is still crowded for us guards. As players, we want to improve, continue playing, and still be visible to the public. The chance is being given here for us and we’re just taking this opportunity.” Niño Canaleta, like Zamar a product of University of the East’s basketball program, nearly ended up a teammate of his schoolmate in Thailand.Having turned 35 and his contract with Blackwater already maxing out its shelf life, Canaleta wanted one more shot at leaving the game on his own terms.“He had a ready offer to play in Thailand,” said agent Danny Espiritu. “But he waited for a chance to still play in the PBA. He was confident he could still get one.”Meralco gave Canaleta that chance. And on Day One, he repaid that confidence.Canaleta went 5-of-8 from threes as Meralco held off Blackwater, 101-95, to win its season opener for the first time in three years. He finished with 25 points, eight rebounds and two assists in the win.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense “We had a good preparation,” Canaleta said in Filipino. “I adjusted well with this new team and I didn’t have much difficulty because they were very supportive.”But the challenge for the wiry forward is to keep producing at the same rate, to make sure he doesn’t fade out of the Bolts’ rotation and stay in contract conversations.Zamar, meanwhile, continues to play his heart out for his PBA shot. He is currently averaging 15.57 points, 3.43 rebounds, and 3.43 assists in seven games in the 2018 ABL season.But the hardest test is outside the court.“Home is where the heart is,” he said. “My family, my wife is in the Philippines. It’s hard here abroad where I’m always alone. Sometimes, you’ll wake up and you’re all by your lonesome. It’s really difficult. That’s why if there’s a chance for me to make it to the PBA, I will really grab it.”Two Christmases, two dreams. One Warrior pushing to extend his, the other pining for his to come true.If there’s a lesson somewhere in there, Zamar’s father Boycie, a former national coach and current assistant with San Miguel Beer in the PBA, knows what it is.“Life is unfair, and that’s always the case,” the older Zamar said. “You have a choice to do good things or bad things. Either way, people will say something at you, so it’s better that you just do good.”center_img PBA rookies make time for Christmas despite busy schedule Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina LATEST STORIES Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals MOST READ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson View commentslast_img read more

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first_imgCLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos on a mobile deviceSAN FRANCISCO — Giants outfielder Mike Yastrzemski missed Monday’s game against the Arizona Diamondbacks with soreness in his left hand/wrist and is considered day to day after he was hit by a pitch in the Bay Bridge Series finale against the A’s.Yastrzemski was hit by a Jake Diekman pitch in the seventh inning Sunday in what became a 5-4 Giants win. Yastrzemski stayed in the game and was later caught stealing third …last_img

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first_imgAbout 3000 people were evacuated from Orly airport in Paris after a terror suspect was shot dead early Saturday.The Guardian reported that the attacker had assaulted a patrol of three air force soldiers and tried to take a gun from one.He wrestled the officer to the floor abut she held on to her weapon.French Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said the two other soldiers then opened fire to protect their colleague and other passengers at the airport.The attacker is believed to be a radicalised Muslim who was on a security watch list, officials said.Police warned people to stay away from the airport and all flights in and out of the facility were suspended.Other passengers were unable to disembark from flights which had landed and aircraft were diverted to Charles de Gaulle airport.”We were sitting in Hall Three when all of a sudden people started running and telling us to run with them,” Ellie Guttetter, 18, from the US told the BBC. “The people running were passengers and flight attendants. It was pretty chaotic and everyone was panicking – it was scary.”The bomb squad was called in but did not find explosives.last_img read more

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first_img“When you hammer the shingles onto it, it doesn’t create a wave that you’ll often see with some of the other compressible products,” Smith said. “When you stand at the end of the wall, you won’t get that wave. Plus if you have multiple people shingling the same wall, you won’t have issues with guys nailing heavier than other guys. It doesn’t matter how hard you nail it, it doesn’t compress so you can’t over-nail it. Likewise with roofs, after you put it on you can easily walk all over it without the compressibility causing any shifting or cracking of the shingles.”Ventgrid comes in 4-foot by 8-foot sheets that weigh 8 pounds each. The sheets can be cut much like gypsum wallboard: score the sheet along the intended cut and snap it. Smith says Ventgrid is light enough that a carpenter can cut a panel on the ground, take it up a ladder, and adjust the size if the cut is off without coming back down.Panels are shipped flat, like plywood, although Smith said they have enough flexibility to be rolled or folded to get around a corner when working in a tight space.To keep ventilation spaces behind siding or roofing free from insects and other pests, Ventgrid recommends the use of a companion product called Ventrim, which also can be used with rain screens made from 3/4-inch wood furring.Ventgrid costs US $32-$36 per sheet, depending on the retailer. Distribution is limited to the eastern U.S. and Canada, although Smith said he hopes the company will find ways of pushing that farther west. Taking the wave out of wallsOne advantage over existing products used to create air gaps beneath cedar shingles, Smith said, is that Ventgrid won’t compress. Builders who like to include a vented rainscreen in exterior walls can nail up wood or plastic furring strips before installing the siding, or use a plastic mesh such as Benjamin Obdyke’s Cedar Breather under wood shingles on walls or the roof.Now they have another choice, a plastic grid called Ventgrid that can be used to create a gap under siding, roofing and flooring. First introduced in eastern Canada four years ago, it’s become available in the U.S. within the last couple of months.Ventgrid is a 1/2-inch-thick panel made from high-density polyethylene that, according to the manufacturer, won’t support the growth of mold, is easy to work with, and has several advantages over competing products already on the market. Ventgrid, made from post-consumer recycled plastic, was developed in Nova Scotia after a builder there grew frustrated with products already on the market.“One of the local builders wasn’t satisfied with what he had available to him for creating an air space behind shingles,” said Anthony Smith, one of several partners that own the company. “He conceived what would become Ventgrid, and years later we teamed up with him to actually bring it into development.”Panels are manufactured with a 2-inch square grid pattern and 1/4-inch stand-off dimples that hold the panel away from the wall, roof or slab. Ventgrid will compete in what’s becoming a crowded market.It’s not affected by UV, meaning it can be left to the weather for extended periods of time without degrading, and is unaffected by low temperatures, Smith said. As to strength, Smith said the non-compressible grid can handle compressive loads of 20,000 pounds per square foot before failing. When used under siding, each sheet has a rated vertical load capacity of 8,000 pounds, according to the manufacturer. All About RainscreensWhat’s the Best Approach for a Rainscreen?All About Wall RotA Reference Guide of Typical Rainscreen Wall and Window Details RELATED ARTICLES last_img read more

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first_imgPosted on August 31, 2010June 21, 2017By: Lorraine Thompson, Winner, Ashoka’s Maternal Health Blogging ContestClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)On August 30 at 8:00am, the air was already hot and sticky as Ashoka’s Young Champions and Changemakers boarded an air-conditioned bus. After careening across Delhi’s bumpy streets, the young social entrepreneurs stepped into the bright light of downtown Delhi for their first day at the Global Maternal Health Conference (GMHC).In the morning they attended the Conference’s inaugural ceremonies. After lunch they absorbed new facts, figures and findings at special conference sessions. Later that evening, I caught up with two Young Champions and a Changemaker to ask a question:What was your most important takeaway from today’s GMHC sessions? How will it impact your work?Onikepe Owolabi“At the first presentation today, I was struck by the obstetric epidemiologist from Aberdeen (Wendy J. Graham from Immpact at the Univeristy of Aberdeen). She kept mentioning context of research. And it struck me that when we look at studies to influence what we do, we should always try to find out about the culture of the people there. And the other things was her idea of ‘failing forward’: learning to maximize our failures—to make them into successes and leverage them for future successes.”“In the afternoon, I attended a session on the social and economic impacts on maternal health. There was a young man who spoke about a qualitative study done in Nepal. Because of what I heard in the morning, I was a lot more open to qualitative research. Sometimes people think it’s not as scientific as quantitative data collection. He spoke about the cultural things that stopped women from accessing healthcare. He kind of sparked a thought in my heart—that culture is an integral part of people’s lives.”“I think the aim of our Young Champion projects should be to eliminate the harmful practices of culture. But maybe we will get women to access healthcare better if we can incorporate some good parts of culture. From my cultural context, many people use traditional birth attendants because they want the love, the prayers and the social support. So maybe if we could somehow incorporate those spiritual rituals into hospital birthing and institutional deliveries, women would be more open to using them—as against just insisting that they come to the hospital.”Seth Cochran“The partner I work with in Uganda uses these birth kits. She goes around to different women in the villages and shows them a little backpack filled with things that will make a pregnancy safer. Really basic stuff. Like soap to wash your hands. A razor to cut the cord—a sterile razor. A clean blanket.”“Originally I thought, it was a great idea. But it turns out it’s a pretty controversial idea. A lot of people worry that if you give a woman this kit of clean stuff, it’s going to tell her it’s okay to give birth at home. And that’s not what the institutional players want. They want the women having their babies in hospitals. Which I think is ideal—but in a lot of cases not realistic.”“Since the Women Deliver Conference, I’ve been thinking I need to better understand this discussion. So today I went to a session on birth kits. It was structured almost like a debate. Like, Here are some of the facts: What do you think?”“And it became very clear to me what I want to do. With these birth kits, there are all these possibilities, right? It doesn’t have to be a facility birth. If you manage it properly, not only can it make a woman want to go to the hospital, it can help the hospital more effectively treat her. It’s a packaged set of commodities—and the facility may be short of commodities.”At the hospital, they know, if they’ve been trained, how to receive this woman: The woman comes with a little package, they can immediately take every thing out, do the job quicker, more effectively, make sure everything’s there.”“Today the debate made it very clear in my mind that I’m going to do this as a fundamental part of my program. The specifics of how—I’m not quite sure about yet. But my mind was boiling with possibilities: You could sell these things. You could sell vouchers for additional care. You could give them vouchers for local transport—negotiate with taxis. It’s a physical good, a package that’s not only sellable to the woman in Africa—or donate-able—but it’s also saleable to the donating public. Because it’s tangible. And it’s low cost—probably less than $10 or $15.”Dr. Minal Singh“I liked meeting people from the same field, with a similar cause. The best part was I’m coming away with the feeling that I’m not alone—I’m not facing different values in the field of maternal health. The values are shared by people all over the world. So it gives me lots of inspiration to work with new energy when I get back.”“There are so many synergies. Though we had little time to connect with all the partners, I’m sure we have their contact details and their organization names. Thanks to the World Wide Web, we’ll be able to connect again. I can see much potential—people from whom I can learn and partner.”“In the afternoon I attended a session on the social and economic and cultural implications of maternal health. It was a very nice talk. And this is actually the problem we are facing—the gap in India between the rural and the urban and also the economic gap. So I hope this will help me implement better.”Lorraine Thompson is the winner of the Ashoka’s Maternal Health Blogging Contest and is live blogging for the Change Summit and the Global Maternal health Conference. Stay up to date with the conference happenings! Follow the Maternal Health Task Force and EngenderHealth on Twitter: @MHTF and @EngenderHealth. The conference hashtag is #GMHC2010.For more posts about the Global Maternal Health Conference, click here.For the live stream schedule, click here.Check back soon for the archived videos of the conference presentations. Share this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:last_img read more

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first_imgThe Touch Football Australia Australian Football League Tipping competition is back in full swing for season 2007.Existing members do not have to rejoin.New members can register and submit their tips by clicking onto the “TFA Tipping competition” logo on the left side of the home page and following the prompts.Good luck and happy tipping!last_img

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first_imgMan Utd boss Solskjaer pleased with 2-goal Pogbaby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says he was pleased with two-goal Paul Pogba for victory over Huddersfield.Pogba milked the Old Trafford support for his performance.Solskjaer said, “It was great to see him score two goals and he has created the goals last week at Cardiff, and now he scores them himself, so he will be even better for getting two lots of 90 minutes now and he will be fitter and fitter and improving with the team. “We looked tired towards the end and now it is important over the next two or three days that we recover and get ready for Bournemouth.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img

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first_imgEarly "Badgers Badgers Badgers" viral video.badgers badgers badgers mushroom mushroomFriday morning, Wisconsin and Under Armour officially announced a 10-year contract worth $96 million. One of the apparel manufacturer’s biggest clients came up with a very cool way to welcome the Badgers to the family.Upon hearing the news, Notre Dame tweeted out a video of the famous viral “Badgers” clip with audio of House of Pain’s “Jump Around” – an ode to one of the best Wisconsin football traditions. Check it out:Welcome to #TeamUA, @UWBadgers. You know what to do… @UnderArmour pic.twitter.com/2SOcRLHzLG— The Fighting Irish (@FightingIrish) October 9, 2015Well played, Fighting Irish social media manager.last_img

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first_imgChelsea Handler, Barry Diller, Heidi Klum, Jon Hamm, Cheyenne Jackson, Dita Von Teese, Jane Lynch, Lea Michele, Victoria Justice, amfAR Global Fundraising Chairman Milutin Gatsby, and amfAR Chairman of the Board Kenneth Cole were among those who gathered at the seventh annual amfAR Inspiration Gala Los Angeles last week.Heidi Klum at amfAR Inspiration Gala Los AngelesCredit/Copyright: Kevin TachmanThe event paid tribute to Jeffrey Katzenberg, Chairman of DreamWorks New Media, and Academy Award-winning actress and United Nations Messenger of Peace Charlize Theron in recognition of their exceptional contributions to the fight against AIDS. The event, presented by Harry Winston and M•A•C Viva Glam, raised over $2 million for amfAR’s life-saving AIDS research programs.Jason Derulo Performs At amfAR Inspiration Gala LACredit/Copyright: amfARSophia Amoruso, Fredrik Eklund, Jay Ellis, Estelle, Peter Fonda, David Foster, David Furnish, Brad Goreski, Kelsey Grammer, Courtney Love, Angela Lindvall, Maureen McCormick, Jesse Metcalfe, Shemar Moore, Mia Moretti, Samantha Ronson, Cara Santana, Milissa Sears, Teddy Sears, Nina Senicar, and others were also in attendance.The evening began with a Disney-themed musical tribute to honoree Jeffrey Katzenberg. A 10-piece orchestra performed Aladdin’s “Friend Like Me,” and American Horror Story star Cheyenne Jackson and Glee’s Jane Lynch then took the stage to perform Aladdin’s “A Whole New World.” Longtime amfAR supporter Heidi Klum then welcomed guests and introduced amfAR Chairman of the Board Kenneth Cole. Mr. Cole spoke passionately about amfAR’s Countdown to a Cure for AIDS initiative, which is aimed at developing the scientific basis of a cure by 2020.Barry Diller presented the amfAR Award of Inspiration to his friend Jeffrey Katzenberg, stating “for those who need to be inspired by example, here he is.” Katzenberg was recognized for his support of a wide range of AIDS-related and other charitable causes, including amfAR and AIDS Project Los Angeles, of which he serves as a Trustee. In his acceptance remarks Katzenberg cited the progress that has been made against HIV/AIDS thanks to organizations like amfAR and stressed that “AIDS has never been just a health issue, it is also a human rights issue.”Chelsea Handler presented the amfAR Award of Inspiration to the “uncompromising” Charlize Theron, “because in the fight against AIDS, we need uncompromising.” Theron founded the Charlize Theron Africa Outreach Project in 2007 to support African youth in the fight against HIV/AIDS by providing them with important tools and skills to live healthy and productive lives, and also serves as a United Nations Messenger of Peace. Accepting the award, she discussed her personal connection to HIV/AIDS growing up in South Africa, and stated that “to end this epidemic, we need big bold investments in science and medicine [and] big, bold investments in outreach.”The event also featured a colorful and competitive live auction, conducted by Alexander Gilkes, who encouraged guests to give generously to amfAR’s efforts to find a cure for HIV.• Model Angela Lindvall helped introduce exquisite Harry Winston earrings, featuring 124 round brilliant diamonds. Titled “Belle,” in tribute to the 1920s jewelry estate of Arabella Huntington, these earrings weigh a total of approximately 1.09 carats and sold for $40,000. • Haggadah, a work by renowned German artist Gerhard Richter, sold for $75,000. • A seven-night stay for six adults at one of the most luxurious and exclusive residences in the Maldives, the beachfront Sunrise Retreat on Soneva Fushi, sold for $70,000. • Two tickets to the Givenchy runway show in Paris during the 2016-2017 season, as well as a ready-to-wear Givenchy outfit with private shopping experience, a Givenchy bag, and round-trip airfare for two on Delta One sold for $50,000 • Donuts (Chocolate), a work by the world’s most famous and mysterious street artist, Banksy, sold for $50,000 to Event Chair Aileen Getty, who also pledged $100,000 to amfAR later in the auction. • A playful and mesmerizing hand-painted mural by the Haas Brothers, titled Animal Party and introduced by one of the artists, sold for $95,000. • An opportunity to explore the legendary Rainbow Mountain hidden deep within the Andes of Peru with Johan Ernst Nilson, one of the world’s leading explorers, sold twice for a total of $120,000.The evening ended with an explosive performance by pop and R&B sensation Jason Derulo, who performed a set of his biggest hits including “Whatcha Say,” “Wiggle,” “Talk Dirty,” and “Want To Want Me.”Aileen Getty and amfAR Chairman of the Board Kenneth Cole served as Event Chairs. Will Arnett, Antonio Banderas, Matt Bomer and Simon Halls, Steve Buscemi, Nicolas Cage, John Demsey, America Ferrera, amfAR Global Fundraising Chairman Milutin Gatsby, Jim Gianopulos, Charles Gibb, Jon Hamm, Nayla Hayek, Kevine Huvane, Stephen Huvane, Cheyenne Jackson, Milla Jovovich, Anna Kendrick, Heidi Klum, Donna Langley, Andrew Lipman, Willie Maldonado, Ron Meyer, Dame Helen Mirren, Eddie Murphy, Gary Newman, Denis O’Hare, Sean Patterson, Alan Poul and Ari Karpel, Tricia Quick, Peter Rice, Vincent Roberti, Rich Ross and Adam Sanderson, Zoe Saldana, Jeff Shell, Martin Short, Stacey Snider, Jeffrey Tambor, Dana Walden, Stephen Warren, and Catherine Zeta-Jones served as Event Co-Chairs.The event was presented by Harry Winston and M•A•C Viva Glam. Cadillac and Moët Hennessy were the event’s Signature Sponsors. MILK was the Associate Sponsor. Delta Air Lines is the Official Airline of amfAR.The Inspiration series was launched in 2010 by amfAR and Josh Wood Productions to celebrate men’s style and fashion while raising funds for the Foundation’s life-saving AIDS research programs. Inspiration galas have taken place in New York, Paris, Los Angeles, Toronto, Miami, São Paulo, and Rio de Janeiro, raising more than $26 million to date.last_img read more

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14K. PorzingisNY22PF+0.0D. NowitzkiY. Jianlian39.7 7Anthony DavisNO24PF+1.8K. GarnettD. Favors45.6 PLAYERTEAMAGEPOS2017 +/- VS. PROJ.BEST CASEWORST CASEUPSIDE WAR A few years ago, Kevin Love would have ranked much higher on this list. But a couple of good-but-not-great seasons since joining the Cavs have dropped his standing within the league significantly. Ditto Blake Griffin — though Griffin’s problems have largely been the result of injuries, not underperformance. Griffin’s strong start to 2016-17 suggests he might be moving up the rankings soon. Also, check out Minnesota, with two point guards in this group. Ricky Rubio has always been a tantalizing player for statheads, but often a disappointing one; even this year, he’s been injured and played poorly in the two games he did suit up for. Kris Dunn is younger, but still a rookie, and he’s also been uneven in 2016-17 thus far. How he, Rubio and Wiggins perform will go a long way toward determining whether the T-Wolves live up to the playoff-bound expectations CARMELO set for them in preseason. We’re starting to enter the territory of elite players. Then again, the NBA is a notoriously top-heavy league, so all of the names in this group are still probably too young (Hi, Aaron Gordon), too old (Kyle Lowry) or too otherwise flawed to be the No. 1 player by value over the next six seasons. But this portion of the list features some fascinating possibilities for future league leaders, including John Wall and his breakneck speed, Damian Lillard and his endless range, and Kristaps Porzingis and Ben Simmons, who both have freakish star potential. (Though we won’t really see what Simmons can do this year until he returns from a foot injury.) And although Chris Paul slipped down to No. 12 from eighth place last year, he’s played like a man possessed in the early going this season. (Maybe the Clippers can win a ’chip with a star point guard after all!) Based on “upside WAR” — wins above replacement with negative seasons zeroed out — over next 6 seasons. 25Marcus SmartBOS23PG-7.7D. HarperJ. Givens32.3 6-YEAR PROJECTION 46Nicolas BatumCHA28SF-1.1A. EnglishR. Davis21.4 6-YEAR PROJECTION 51A. WigginsMIN22SF-1.9S. A.-RahimM. Beasley19.9 49Gorgui DiengMIN27C+2.1J. NoahS. Pollard20.2 PLAYERTEAMAGEPOS2017 +/- VS. PROJ.BEST CASEWORST CASEUPSIDE WAR 16Damian LillardPOR27PG+1.5R. AllenB. Roy39.2 36Blake GriffinLAC28PF+5.5P. GasolB. McAdoo24.2 Two weeks into the NBA season, it’s still too soon to come to many sweeping conclusions about the state of the league. Maybe the talent-stuffed Warriors will continue to underperform like so many superteams have before them; maybe they’ll click and start dominating. Maybe the Clippers really are the best team in basketball; maybe they’ll still have to reckon with the trend of point guard-led teams underperforming in the playoffs. Bottom line is, there’s a lot of basketball left to be played.In some ways, then, it feels more relevant at this stage of the season to check in on the state of the game at the player level. So we thought we’d use our CARMELO projections to update an analysis we did last year: finding the league’s top 50 (or thereabouts) franchise building blocks. These rankings are based on preseason projections, ordered according to how much value each player is expected to produce1Specifically, how much positive value; we quantify a player’s upside by adding up his wins above replacement and zeroing out negative seasons. over the following six seasons (including 2016-17). But for each player, I’ve also listed how much a player is exceeding (or underperforming) his preseason projected box plus/minus so far this season. We’re only a few games into the NBA’s infamously long regular season, but some players could play themselves up or down the list based on how they’ve performed thus far.In keeping with last year’s 53-player ranking, here are the 53 best franchise players in the NBA for 2016-17, according to CARMELO: 6-YEAR PROJECTION Top NBA franchise players: Nos. 53-41 26Kyrie IrvingCLE25PG-4.1S. CurryB. Gordon32.0 11Dr. GreenGS27PF+1.3L. NanceR. Reid43.1 13Ben SimmonsPHI20PF—C. BoshA. Bennett42.0 39Ricky RubioMIN26PG-7.0J. KiddA. Hill23.8 20Aaron GordonORL21PF-1.4L. DengM. K.-Gilchrist34.0 PLAYERTEAMAGEPOS2017 +/- VS. PROJ.BEST CASEWORST CASEUPSIDE WAR 34Kris DunnMIN23PG-1.5D. LillardL. Jackson26.0 Top NBA franchise players: Nos. 30-21 22Jimmy ButlerCHI27SG+2.4D. MajerleJ. Howard33.7 37Joel EmbiidPHI23C-0.1J. NoahM. Bradley23.9 44K. C.-PopeDET24SG+1.9H. HawkinsH. Barnes21.5 2R. WestbrookOKC28PG+6.2M. JordanG. Hill63.1 40J. WinslowMIA21SF-3.3K. GarnettM. K.-Gilchrist23.7 Based on “upside WAR” — wins above replacement with negative seasons zeroed out — over next 6 seasons. PLAYERTEAMAGEPOS2017 +/- VS. PROJ.BEST CASEWORST CASEUPSIDE WAR 41D. ValentineCHI23SF-6.1K. HinrichR. Gaines23.2 35Kevin LoveCLE28PF-3.4J. SikmaS. A.-Rahim25.3 6LeBron JamesCLE32SF+0.5K. MaloneD. Wade50.0 Top NBA franchise players: Nos. 20-11 47B. IngramLAL19SF-0.2C. BoshA. Wiggins21.3 Based on “upside WAR” — wins above replacement with negative seasons zeroed out — over next 6 seasons. 43A. DrummondDET23C+0.7S. KempA. Biedrins22.2 Top NBA franchise players: Nos. 40-31 21D. CousinsSAC26C+1.6K. MaloneB. Griffin33.7 27G. HaywardUTA27SF+0.1C. MullinB. Roy30.1 24Kemba WalkerCHA27PG+3.8J. TerryE. Johnson32.6 33Otto Porter Jr.WAS24SF+4.3R. McCrayH. Barnes26.4 1Stephen CurryGS29PG-4.5L. BirdT. Porter73.0 23Paul GeorgeIND27SF-2.1D. WilkinsL. Hughes32.9 12Chris PaulLAC32PG+11.9J. KiddK. Johnson42.0 42Elfrid PaytonORL23PG-4.3B. DavisL. Wright22.9 8Kevin DurantGS28SF+0.4K. MaloneB. Daugherty45.1 28Nerlens NoelPHI23C—J. SikmaS. Swift28.6 6-YEAR PROJECTION Based on “upside WAR” — wins above replacement with negative seasons zeroed out — over next 6 seasons. 9G. AntetokounmpoMIL22PG+6.2K. GarnettR. Gay43.6 Based on “upside WAR” — wins above replacement with negative seasons zeroed out — over next 6 seasons. 15Rudy GobertUTA25C+0.2J. NoahD. Causwell39.5 In this neighborhood of the rankings, you’ll find a number of really solid players either entering or already in their primes, though not all of them have met expectations in the early going. Boston’s Marcus Smart, for instance, was a CARMELO favorite in 2016, but he didn’t have the star turn the algorithm expected and he’s been downright bad so far this season. (Unsurprisingly, Boston has also failed to meet preseason projections as a team this year.) But Charlotte’s Kemba Walker has been a pleasant surprise: His individual numbers have beaten CARMELO’s forecast,2He has a +6.6 BPM, compared to his projection of +3.0. and his Hornets are off to a 6-1 start. It could be another career season for a player who’s improved his BPM every year of his career. 17John WallWAS26PG+1.2J. KiddT. Evans38.0 19Kyle LowryTOR31PG-2.2G. PaytonG. Williams36.3 18D. JordanLAC29C-2.2B. WallaceE. Okafor36.6 53Jae CrowderBOS27SF+0.7D. MajerleH. Pressley19.4 5Kawhi LeonardSA26SF+5.1C. DrexlerW. Davis51.0 32D. RussellLAL21PG-0.1R. WestbrookZ. LaVine27.0 52Ed DavisPOR28PF-5.4D. DavisT. Battie19.4 30Victor OladipoOKC25SG-3.2R. AllenO. Mayo28.2 50Al HorfordBOS31C-1.3P. GasolT. Gugliotta20.0 PLAYERTEAMAGEPOS2017 +/- VS. PROJ.BEST CASEWORST CASEUPSIDE WAR Top NBA franchise players: The top 10 3James HardenHOU27SG+5.9L. JamesG. Hill62.7 4K.-A. TownsMIN21C+1.2K. GarnettJ. Smith59.4 31Paul MillsapATL32PF-1.5K. MaloneD. Roundfield28.2 45Eric BledsoePHX27PG+0.4K. LowryL. Drew21.4 38Steven AdamsOKC24C+1.7V. DivacJ. Valanciunas23.8 6-YEAR PROJECTION 29Derrick FavorsUTA26PF-5.2P. GasolS. Swift28.4 10Nikola JokicDEN22C-1.3S. KempZ. Pachulia43.2 48M. PlumleePOR27C-0.8J. NoahC. Johnson20.6 Al Horford at No. 50! That’s probably not what the Celtics were hoping for when they inked him to a $113 million contract, but he’ll also turn 31 in June and his reputation has always (slightly) exceeded his numbers. Meanwhile, Andrew Wiggins is an old hobbyhorse here at FiveThirtyEight, and — although his breakout season hasn’t quite materialized yet — CARMELO thinks he’ll start to show his true skills during the 2016-17 season. He’s not alone among the talented-but-kinda-raw perimeter types in this group, which also include Elfrid Payton, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, and rookies Brandon Ingram and Denzel Valentine. CARMELO has been particularly high on Payton for a few years now, though he (like Wiggins) hasn’t shown many signs of turning that potential into production thus far. Finally, the top 10. And first, the surprises: Nikola Jokic at No. 10? (Twenty-year-old big men don’t put up the kind of season he had last year very often.) Giannis Antetokounmpo at No. 9? (His youth and versatility are great indicators for the future, and he’s playing even better so far this season.) Kevin Durant down at No. 8? (CARMELO is still cautious after KD’s injury-plagued 2015 season.) Anthony Davis, last year’s No. 1, dropping to seventh place? (You can read our analysis of AD’s down 2016 season here and here.) Defending NBA champ LeBron James below up-and-comers Kawhi Leonard and Karl-Anthony Towns? (This one depends how gracefully LBJ ages.)But at No. 1, we’re rolling with longtime FiveThirtyEight favorite Steph Curry. Although Curry is off to a weaker start than projected this season, his revolutionary 2015-16 season was one of the greatest performances in league history. Russell Westbrook is the greatest triple-double machine known to man (and has only added to his legend so far this season), so we’ll have to keep an eye on the Steph-Russ derby all season. But for now, Curry projects to contribute the most value of any NBA player over the next six seasons, to go with all the other Warriors high up on this list.Check out our latest NBA predictions. read more

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