NBA Expansion: Sonics Probably Returning

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  1. lnchan

    lnchan Member

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    Problem is that D-League takes a backseat to the American Hockey League in Austin. As long as the Austin Spurs draw half the size the crowd of the Texas Stars... no way the NBA thinks expansion would be a good idea. I could see the NHL coming here first, especially since Texas University really can't argue it's drawing fans away from its hockey program.
     
  2. Rokman

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    In terms of a business, the league is going to grow because it makes them money. In terms of competitiveness for a trophy it gets weaker and weaker and yes the best always rise to the top which is why you have practice and D-League. They prove it there. Teams have to fill 15 slots when their depth may only be 3 - 6 strong players and some back ups/ role players. That's called watered down. Even LeBron said the Cavs are bored because theirs no real competition out there. Look how pathetic the East is alone. It's a joke!
     
  3. Easy

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    I was not disagreeing with you. Just explained my argument.
     
  4. Rokman

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    Ah, then I missed your point. Sorry.
     
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  5. malakas

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    Practice and D-league? Surely you don't htink that's enough?
    First of all with tthat you immediately take out most of the international stars. Secondly D-league plays no defence and has very mixed results in developing young players. Tell me how Jimmy Butler or Kawhi Leonard who were only/mosty defensive specialists would shine and develop in just the D-league?
    Also why would a team for example with a Klay Thompson even bother much to develop a Zach Lavine who when drafted was extremely raw and didn't know how to really play bbal except dunking? If the team is so stacked and they are also contending and the roster spots are so few, they would just waive him after a rookie season.
    Almost every young player unless he's some kind of generational talent needs the right environment and chances and patience. If you don't have roster spots, real nba playing time, patience and opportunities to give you won't see much development from your rookies.
    With what you are proposing a lot of current stars would most likely have washed out of the league before breaking out.
    Jimmy Butler, Isaiah Thomas, Kawhi Leonard, Gobert, Whiteside, Kemba walker, Derozan, Lowry...All those took a while to develop or were when drafted defensive specialists. Smth they sure wouldn't be able to showcase or improve in D-league. Embiid would already have his team give up on him if they had to wait till his third season to even play in D-league.

    In the end no matter how the league contracts, the number of contenders will not rise much. You have a series of 7 games adn that's why there are no surprises on who wins the trophy except once every 20 years. The contenders will just end up being the teams with th emost superstars instead of stars. .
    But what will happen is that the number of stars will reduce because many fewer young raw players will get the chance and opportunities required to develop into elite. So it will equalise.
     
  6. BleedsRocketRed

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    What about Kansas City? Wasn't the Sprint center built to help attract a potential NBA team?
     
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    Minnesota fits more with Milwaukee, Chicago, Detroit.
     
  8. BigMaloe

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    This is what I was about to recommend. Kansas and the Midwest really don't have a pro ball team. Kansas and Kansas state seem to be good every year so it appears to be a potential popularity among fans.

    Kansas City seems the place to target. Tap into both Kansas and Missouri markets. And potentially Nebraska and Iowa.

    Seattle is the other clear choice.

    This then allows you to move Memphis and New Orleans to the east with two 16 team conferences.
     
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    The Galveston Islanders!
     
  10. Invisible Fan

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    Mexico City would be a great addition.
     
  11. HTX Ninja

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    I'd love to see Austin get a team. City's growth rate is through the roof. There can never be too many teams in Texas.
     
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    I'm sure they'll look to it, but I don't think it is much of an indicator.

    I'd much rather watch minor league hockey in person than minor league basketball. But I'm also okay watching minor league hockey over major league hockey in person. I know that sounds weird, but the ease of the experience, not too crowded, don't have to get that involved with knowing who the players are on what team, etc. It's a cheap, easy way to watch a hockey match... and hockey is more fun in person.

    I suspect there are many with the same thoughts. Minor league hockey = ok. Minor league basketball = why? Can just go watch the Longhorns if I want to.
     
  13. lnchan

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    On that note, tomorrow's game is on ESPN U. Spurs v Suns... minor league version of both.
     
  14. LosPollosHermanos

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    don't you austin folks even think about rooting for another team...

    Besides, too many teams IMO. Vegas and seattle deserve a team though
     
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    I've always wanted the Austin Bats with a big batman logo on the front and everyone dress like batman in the crowds but we've already had the ice bats as a hockey team
     
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