Orlando Magic

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Something isn’t working.

Since the Orlando Magic traded away Dwight Howard in the summer of 2012, they’ve yet to return to the playoffs. Never topping 35 victories, they’ve averaged just 26.2 wins over those half-dozen years. Four different men have called the shots from the sidelines (Jacque Vaughn, James Borrego, Scott Skiles and Frank Vogel), and that number will grow even higher this offseason when they find Vogel’s replacement. nfl jerseys cheap nike The most-used starting fives have even featured 15 different players:

2012-13: Arron Afflalo, Glen Davis, Maurice Harkless, Jameer Nelson, Nikola Vucevic
2013-14: Arron Afflalo, Glen Davis, Tobias Harris, Jameer Nelson, Nikola Vucevic
2014-15: Dewayne Dedmon, Tobias Harris, Victor Oladipo, Elfrid Payton, Nikola Vucevic
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2016-17: Evan Fournier, Aaron Gordon, Elfrid Payton, Terrence Ross, Nikola Vucevic
2017-18: Bismack Biyombo, Evan Fournier, Aaron Gordon, Elfrid Payton, Jonathon Simmons

Only one constant exists, and I’m not talking about Vucevic. cheap nfl jerseys nike

The Magic keep trying to expedite their perpetual rebuild, betting on the wrong young talents while moving to acquire veterans who can allegedly make immediate impacts. They’ve been unwilling to truly bottom out and start with a tabula rasa, but they finally have a chance to do so this offseason.

Orlando has already traded away nike nfl jersey cheap Payton to the Phoenix Suns, receiving nothing more than a second-round pick for his services. Aaron Gordon is about to hit restricted free agency, and they can reasonably let the underachieving forward walk if his price tag rises too high (they might not, but they should). They only have $84.6 million on the books for 2018-19 and $54.7 million the following season,nfl jerseys nike cheap  though both numbers could shrink if they choose to trade away players such as Vucevic or Fournier.

For the first time in forever, it feels like the Magic may be starting over and counting on success with their most recent draft picks. Jonathan Isaac (No. 6 in 2017) provides plenty of hope, and whoever gets selected at No. 6 in this year’s prospect pageant should fall into a similar category. nike nfl jerseys for cheap

Build around those guys the right way. Please?

2018 NBA Draft Odds: Latest Lines for Deandre Ayton, Luka Doncic at No. 1

Arizona Wildcats center Deandre Ayton remains the betting favorite to be selected No. 1 overall by the Phoenix Suns, according to OddsShark.com, holding odds at -285 (bet $285 to win $100).

Real Madrid point guard Luka Doncic isn’t far nfl jerseys nike cheap behind at +175 odds, while the field—including players like Michigan State’s Jaren Jackson Jr. and Duke’s Marvin Bagley III—sits at +850.

The Suns certainly have a fascinating choice at No. 1. They could always shop the pick, hoping to pick up a superstar or a collection of draft picks for their ongoing rebuild. But it’s unlikely they’ll pass on the chance to take the top player on their board, who they’ll ostensibly be able to keep under team control for the next eight seasons.

In Ayton, the Suns could add a young, physically imposing center with a polished offensive game and the ability to dominate on the boards. His athleticism and his ability to potentially become a solid perimeter shooter could make him  cheap nike nfl jerseys china an ideal modern center on the offensive end.

The defensive end is where the questions begin, however. Ayton did not dominate as a rim-protector in college, and there are questions about whether he has the instincts on that end to ever be great defensively. In an NBA that has prioritized rim-protection as the most important skill for the center position, Ayton could be a liability in the long term.new nike nfl jerseys cheap

Doncic, at just 19, has already been a Euroleague champion, Euroleague MVP and Euroleague Final Four MVP in his young career. Facing far superior competition than Ayton or any other college basketball player faced this season, Doncic was the headliner for Real Madrid, showing off an assortment of skills that should translate at the NBA level.

He’s a talented facilitator who shows a craftiness beyond his years. He finishes well at the basket, creates space with a strong step-back jumper and has the size at 6’8″ and 220 pounds to play 1-3 at the NBA level. Watch Doncic’s tape and buy nike nfl jerseys cheap  you’ll see a player who looks like a savvy veteran, creating offense in a number of ways.

But like Ayton, there are questions about Doncic’s defensive upside, and unlike Ayton, there are also questions about his athleticism, which threatens to temper his long-term upside. Still, Doncic is already so good—and will have plenty of time to work on his body and chisel his frame—it would be surprising if he drops far in the draft if he isn’t the top pick overall. cheap nfl nike jerseys china

David Johnson Has Big Plans for 2018

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In 2016, Arizona Cardinals tailback David Johnson topped 2,000 yards from scrimmage and scored 20 touchdowns in a breakout performance. Last year, the only thing that broke was Johnson’s wrist—in the first game of the season.cheap customized nfl jerseys

To say that Johnson has big plans for his return is an understatement.

While appearing on NFL Network’s Good Morning Football recently, Johnson said he set his sights on a select club in 2018.

“My goal is still 1,000 [yards] rushing and 1,000 receiving,” he said.

The 26-year-old is attempting to join Roger Craig of the San Francisco 49ers (1985) and Marshall Faulk of the St. Louis Rams (1999) as the only tailbacks in NFL history to have at least 1,000 yards rushing and 1,000 yards receiving in the same season. He came up just short in 2016, rushing for 1,239 yards and adding 879 more on 80 catches.cheap nfl custom jerseys

New Cardinals head coach Steve Wilks has been impressed by what he’s seen from Johnson so far.

“He looked outstanding today,” Wilks told reporters Tuesday after the first OTA. “It’s good to have him back out there. Just flying around and the things that he’s doing right now is pretty exciting.”nfl jerseys cheap nike

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But it’s not like Johnson tore an ACL or popped his Achilles. He didn’t suffer an injury that will negatively impact his speed or agility. And by breaking his wrist on the first weekend of last season, he inadvertently gave himself the maximum amount of time to recover before taking the field in a game that counts.nfl nike jerseys cheap

Detroit Lions: Who Will Be the Starting RB?

The Detroit Lions’ ground game has been a disappointment for years.

Detroit hasn’t had a player rush for 100 yards in a game since 2013, and it ranked last in rushing in 2017 (76.3 yards per game). The Lions took steps to change that in 2018.

In the draft, the Lions spent a first-round pick on center Frank Ragnow. They also signed veteran back LeGarrette Blount and drafted Kerryon Johnson in the second round. Ragnow will help spring a backfield that now includes Blount, Johnson, 2015 second-round pick Ameer Abdullah and receiving back Theo Riddick.nike nfl jerseys cheap

New head coach Matt Patricia and offensive coordinator Jim Bob Cooter now need to figure out who will be the team’s primary ball-carrier.

It probably won’t be Riddick, who is one of the league’s top receiving backs but isn’t a punishing runner. Detroit should hope it isn’t Abdullah, who has averaged just 3.8 yards per carry over the course of his three-year career. If Johnson is ready to step in right away, he could be the top back. Blount, who is an early-down battering ram, could also take the role.

Getting the backfield situated during the offseason will go a long way toward improving Detroit’s rushing attack. In turn, that should bring balance to the offense and take some pressure off quarterback Matthew Stafford.

We saw how unbalanced the Green Bay Packers were last season when Aaron Rodgers went down with a broken collarbone. Green Bay struggled to win without him, and not just because Rodgers has carried the offense for years.nfl jerseys cheap nike

The defense, which allowed 24.0 points per game (26th in the NFL), failed to make game-changing plays or to shut down opposing offenses. Without Rodgers there to rack up points on offense, Green Bay crumbled.nfl nike jerseys cheap

The Packers took steps to improve their defense this offseason. They brought back cornerback Tramon Williams and added defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson. They drafted cornerbacks Jaire Alexander and Josh Jackson in the first and second round, respectively, and they added Oren Burks in Round 3.nike nfl jersey cheap

The Packers also replaced defensive coordinator Dom Capers with Mike Pettine.

Will these changes catapult Green Bay’s defense into the top five? Perhaps not, but the Packers should expect some significant improvement on that side of the ball in 2018.

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RB Kareem Hunt, Kansas City Chiefs

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It’s tough for a running back to repeat a rare rookie season.

Like Ezekiel Elliott the year before, Hunt took the NFL by storm in his first season, rushing for 1,327 yards, winning the rushing title, scoring 11 total touchdowns and gaining 1,782 yards from scrimmage for the Chiefs.

Elliott went through a tumultuous nike replica nfl jerseys offseason and ended up missing six games due to a suspension in 2017, so Hunt shouldn’t have the same kind of off-the-field distractions going into his sophomore season. But he still appears poised for a slight regression, especially after the Chiefs swapped out starting quarterbacks and lost offensive coordinator Matt Nagy to the Chicago Bears.

Defenses will likely key on Hunt and focus on containing him with a first-year starter under center. The Chiefs also return Spencer Ware from last year’s season-ending injury, which could cut into Hunt’s workload.

Saying Hunt may take a step back isn’t a knock on him; it’s a realization of how difficult it would be for him to repeat his impressive rookie production. Hunt could endure a slight sophomore slump and still have a terrific season in 2018. nfl jersey replica

Watson came out firing as a rookie in 2017, throwing 19 touchdown passes and rushing for two more during his first seven games for the Texans. Most expect him to pick up where he left off and state his case as one of the NFL’s top young quarterbacks in 2018. nfl jerseys replica

However, it wouldn’t be surprising if Watson suffered through some growing pains as a sophomore.

The Clemson product is coming off a season-ending ACL injury, which could limit his effectiveness as a runner early on. He’s also only seven games into his NFL career, and inexperience can be a high hurdle to clear for a young quarterback.

The Texans open with three out of their first four games on the road,replica nike nfl jerseys  including a difficult trip to New England for the regular-season opener. Those games will test Watson early.

Watson’s performance during his first seven games suggests he has superstar upside, but he’ll have to avoid some tricky roadblocks—and the fabled sophomore slump—during his second season.

Cleveland Browns: Offensive Tackle

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Until we see the likes of Tyrod Taylor and No. 1 overall pick Baker Mayfield have nike nfl jerseys for cheap  on-field success, it’s tempting to call quarterback the Browns’ biggest need. It has been for a very long time—so long that we’ve hit “believe it when you see it” territory.

However, the blind side of that new quarterback’s offensive line is an even bigger problem—one that won’t make it any easier for Taylor or Mayfield to have success.

It’s no surprise that Joe Thomas’ retirement would leave a massive hole on the left end of Cleveland’s offensive line. You don’t just replace a first-ballot Hall of Famer.

And to Cleveland’s credit, it tried to fill the hole. It brought in Chris Hubbard and Donald Stephenson in free agency, and the selection of Nevada’s Austin Corbett in Round 2 indicates Cleveland’s at least considering trying Corbett or Joel Bitonio (both of whom played tackle for the Wolf Pack) on the outside.

Can the Browns get adequate tackle play out of that group (and holdover Shon Coleman)? Possibly.

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For some NFL clubs, it doesn’t take long to spot the biggest need.

Take for instance the Dallas Cowboys, who have a Texas-sized hole at wide receiver.

Dallas already had an issue at the position. In recent years the Cowboys receiving corps was a one-man band. There was Dez Bryant and—not much else.

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Yes, the Cowboys drafted a pair of wideouts in Colorado State third-rounder Michael Gallup and Boise State sixth-rounder Cedrick Wilson. Gallup’s got significant upside after a standout career with the Rams.

But expecting a Day 2 rookie to carry the pass-catchers isn’t reasonable.

Neither is expecting Tavon Austin to do it.

The Cowboys didn’t have to give up much to acquire Austin from the Los Angeles Rams—just a sixth-round pick. But there’s a good reason for that. The eighth overall selection in 2013 hasn’t had even 525 receiving yards in any of his five pro seasons.cheap nfl jerseys nike

Ezekiel Elliott will see eight-man fronts approximately 117 percent of the time in 2018.

Colts Owner Jim Irsay Pays $2.4M at Auction for Alcoholics Anonymous Document

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Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay paid $2.4 million for the founding document of Alcoholics Anonymous at an auction house, he revealed to the Associated Press.

“I’ve held it. I’ve looked through it. It is absolutely mind-blowing,” he said. “It was just a miracle to see this thing live.”nike nfl jerseys sale

Irsay, 58, has been part of the Alcoholics Anonymous program for 25 years. He said he wanted to reveal himself as the buyer to help those dealing with alcohol addiction.

“The only way we stay sober is to give it away. I think it’ll help a lot of people,” Irsay said. “That’s the reason I’m doing it.”

The document, which is known as the “Big Book” to AA members, also features notes from the group’s founding members.nfl authentic jerseys china

Irsay said he plans to display the document at the Alcoholics Anonymous headquarters in New York. He’s planning to build a special display so members can look and take inspiration from the words.

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Washington Redskins

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2018 Offensive Coordinator: Matt Cavanaugh

The Washington Redskins didn’t make much of an effort to keep Cousins after playing the franchise-tag game for years.

That’s fine, as Alex Smith arrives at a cheaper cost and is coming off a career year in which he surpassed the 4,000-yard mark for the first time and threw a career-high 26 touchdowns against five interceptions.

But that was in Kansas City.

This is Washington, where the Redskins will lean on one of the biggest draft steals, Derrius Guice (pick No. 59), to lead the backfield. Samaje Perine saw the most carries (175) a season ago and averaged 3.4 yards. nfl nike jerseys cheap

Maybe the biggest problem is at wideout. Smith won’t have a Tyreek Hill, not to mention a Travis Kelce at tight end, as he did with the Chiefs. Matt Cavanaugh’s offense will have to hope for progression from receivers Jamison Crowder and Josh Doctson. New arrival Paul Richardson checks in as the $40 million man after totaling 703 yards and six scores in Seattle a year ago.

Cavanaugh had a nice run as a coordinator through the late 2000s. He’s emerging from the quarterbacks coach role he’s held with three teams since 2009 to try to breathe life into an offense with a savvy quarterback who doesn’t turn the ball over. However, plenty of unknowns surround him. There’s huge potential, but a lot could go wrong, too.

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The Dallas Cowboys have Ezekiel Elliott and a smattering of unknowns.

Scott Linehan’s job, which he failed at last year, was to make Dak Prescott’s life as easy as possible. The quarterback regressed from a 23-4 touchdown-to-interception ratio as a rookie to 22-13 as a sophomore. That means he’s entering a season where the scales will tip in one direction or the other. nike nfl jerseys for cheap

In addition, the Cowboys parted ways with receiver Dez Bryant and lost tight end Jason Witten to retirement. They’ll hope Terrance Williams, who caught zero touchdowns on 78 targets last year, can pace the wideout corps while rookie Dalton Schultz tries to pitch in at tight end.

Tavon Austin’s addition doesn’t move the meter much, especially since they’re planning to use him as a running back. Receiver Allen Hurns is the bigger acquisition, but he’s played in 11 and 10 games over his past two seasons, so he can’t be relied on. nfl jerseys nike cheap

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Richard Hamilton

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Is anyone more closely associated with masks than Richard Hamilton? Maybe Jason Voorhees and Jim Carrey, but certainly no one in the hoops universe.

Rip originally rocked one after breaking his nose twice in the 2003-04 season. He was advised to wear it the remainder of his playing days to guard against the need of significant nasal reconstructive surgery, cheap nfl nike jersey

Hamilton went a step further and embraced it as his trademark trait, as he told Martin Rickman of Dime Magazine:

“There’s a lot of great players in the NBA. It’s hard to separate one from the other from a talent perspective. Guys come and guys go, so I always said when I wore the mask … everybody who came into the arena was always saying: ‘Who is cheap nfl jerseys china nike the guy wearing the mask? Why is he wearing the mask?’ I always felt that was my blueprint. Even years when I’m old and grey, people will not just remember me from a basketball standpoint, but they’ll always know me for the mask.”

Hamilton isn’t wrong. It’s hard to picture his on-court exploits without also conjuring an image of that plastic facial shield.

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Don’t count on Embiid to follow in Hamilton’s footsteps as a lifetime member of the masked hooper society.

He wore it three times in the Philadelphia 76ers’ opening-round defeat of the Miami Heat but said he’s still not comfortable playing in it.

“It’s just weird,” Embiid said, per Jack McCaffery of the Delaware County Daily Times. ” … Hopefully, it gets better. But I don’t think I am getting used to it.”

Embiid’s numbers reach the same conclusion. His three-game playoff averages include 18.7 points on 41.7 percent shooting. This season—his first as an NBA All-Star—he put up 22.9 points per night with a 48.3 percent accuracy rate.nfl nike jerseys for cheap

That said, Philly will rightfully err on the side of caution. A source told Keith Pompey of the Philadelphia Inquirer that “a forceful blow to the orbital bone could even permanently damage the sight in his left eye.”

Permanent eye damage would be concerning for any person. With Embiid, the worry is amplified a thousand times over. He’s not only the leading scorer, rebounder and shot-blocker of a possible championship contender, but he hasn’t even started collecting his nike nfl jerseys wholesale cheap new five-year contract which kicks in next season and could pay him as much as $178 million.

Marcus Smart to Return from Thumb Injury in Game 5 vs. Bucks

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The Boston Celtics will get a boost for Game 5 of their Eastern Conference playoff series against the Milwaukee Bucks with the return of Marcus Smart.

Per ESPN’s Jeff Goodman, Celtics head coach Brad Stevens said Smart is expected to return from his thumb injury on Tuesday. china nike nfl jerseys cheap

Smart had surgery to repair a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right thumb on March 16 with an estimated recovery time of six to eight weeks.

The injury occurred during a March 11 game against the Indiana Pacers when he dove to the ground for a loose ball.

Stevens told reporters on a conference call Saturday that Smart was getting closer to being cleared for live game action. cheap nfl nike jerseys from china

“I think it’s just a matter of you have to have that post-surgery healed to be able to take a hit even with the brace on it,” he said. “That’s the hold-up. Other than that, I think he feels pretty good. He’s shooting the ball, he’s doing everything in a workout that you can do. It’s just a matter of being cleared for live play.”

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The Bucks and Celtics are tied at two games apiece heading into Tuesday’s matchup at the TD Garden.