The Cavs are 2-3. I've gotten yelled at about Anthony Bennett a lot, Kyrie looks like he's back to being Kyrie, and my professor is talking about severed heads right now. I can't plausibly envision better circumstances to write my next mailbag!
Would the Cavs be willing to shop one of their young players like Thompson or Waiters for a vet?
I've seen a lot of articles saying the Cavaliers have many/the most assets for a big trade? Who do you think they might target with those?
It's possible? I don't think Thompson will be shopped. Even though I think his value around the league is starting to actually catch up to his skill level, I think the Cavaliers know what they have there. I'd be surprised if he's moved. Dion Waiters, Tyler Zeller, Sergey Karasev, and Bennett obviously hold value. The goal is ultimately to get a second star next to Kyrie Irving. I just have no idea what to think will come available. Do the Blazers fall out of contention and dangle LaMarcus Aldridge? Could Memphis be a wreck and shop Zach Randolph? What about more middling guys like Rudy Gay and Luol Deng?
(Meanwhile my teacher is now talking about the birthing process. This is a film financing class, by the way. I'm confused.)
I just think it might be a little early to speculate. Gotta see who's going to be in the playoff picture and who falls off. Even though a lot of teams are "tanking," there are still an inordinate amount of teams trying to compete. It's a weird dichotomy that will break itself up by midseason and we'll find out more then.
On the adorableness scale of Sam Cassell to Ricky Rubio, where would you rate Sergey the Sniper and why?
I'd probably go closer to the Ricky Rubio side of things, but if Karasev starts doing this after making threes he'd be the best thing Russia has ever produced:
(I should also mention I'm now home and listening to "Pony" by Ginuwine. I literally cannot envision a better song for Cassell to do the Big Balls Dance to.)
Which team other than the Sixers has caught your eye most this season?
The Sixers are a super fun story that is eventually going to run it's course. The answer is undoubtedly the Pacers because they are in god-mode. Paul George is taking the leap, and Roy Hibbert might be my MVP of the first five games this season. Some stats that Conrad dug up:
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-partner="tweetdeck"><p>When Roy Hibbert is on the court, opponents are shooting 34.1% from the field.</p>— Conrad Kaczmarek (@ConradKazNBA) <a href="https://twitter.com/ConradKazNBA/statuses/398324966443450368">November 7, 2013</a></blockquote>
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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-partner="tweetdeck"><p>Through five games, the Indiana Pacers have a defensive rating of 76.6 (!!!!) with Roy Hibbert on the court. Holy crap.</p>— Conrad Kaczmarek (@ConradKazNBA) <a href="https://twitter.com/ConradKazNBA/statuses/398324298966114305">November 7, 2013</a></blockquote>
That does it for another edition of Fear The Sword's Mailbag. Keep sending questions to either me on Twitter @Sam_Vecenie or our email address for this little column, mailbagFTS@gmail.com. Mostly anything goes in these things. Cavs, the general NBA, college basketball, television, movies, and of course embarrassing stories about me. Also, check out my college basketball ball work over at LandGrantHolyLand.com, where I cover Ohio State's men's basketball team and the Big Ten as a whole. Here is my preview series on the entire Big Ten, where I'm through nine of the 12 teams.