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Steve "Sparky" Fifer


Posts from May 2012


Sparky's Mock Draft 2.0
1.       New Orleans Hornets- Anthony Davis-Kentucky- PF
Tom Benson couldn’t be happier with his first selection as owner. They need to bring back Chris Kaman and all of a sudden the improvement could be significant from last year.
2.       Charlotte Bobcats- Andre Drummond- UConn- C
Michael Jordan had his heartbroken on draft lottery night, then forgets his mistake with Kwame Brown and drafts another project.
3.       Washington Wizards- Thomas Robinson-Kansas- PF
A nice compliment to Nene inside and this team can move on from the Blatche-Mcgee era.
4.       Cleveland Cavaliers- Harrison Barnes-UNC- SF
All of a sudden this team’s future with Kyrie Irving, Tristan Thompson, and Harrison Barnes doesn’t look too shabby.
5.       Sacramento Kings- Michael Kidd-Gilchrist-Kentucky- SF
Defense is a need for this team and Kidd-Gilchrist will provide that along with leadership.
6.       Portland Trail Blazers- Bradley Beal-Florida- SG
Beal is a tougher version of Ray Allen and will provide a replacement for Brandon Roy. I like Matthews but he's not in the same league as Beal.
7.       Golden St.-Terrence Jones-Kentucky- SF
A young athletic small forward to go with a dynamic backcourt and two solid "bigs" make this team dangerous.
8.      Toronto-Damian Lillard-Weber St.- PG
Jose Calderon is a nice player but you need a more dynamic player to put with Derozan and Bargnani. Lillard is a player who can create for others plus get his own shot.
9.       Detroit Pistons- Perry Jones-Baylor- PF
A young athletic power forward who can run with Greg Monroe and provide an intimidating twin towers look inside. What a waste of money and time with Charlie V.
10.   New Orleans Hornets- Austin Rivers- Duke- PG/SG
After adding Davis earlier and now a young point guard will provide this team with an exciting future. I’m not convinced Rivers can play point, but he’s too talented to pass up here.
11.   Portland Trail Blazers- Kendall Marshall- UNC- PG
After getting an athletic shooting guard, Portland adds a young point guard to play next to him.
12.   Milwaukee Bucks- Jeremy Lamb- UConn- SG
Just like Golden St., the Bucks need a bigger shooting guard to put with either Jennings or Ellis in the future. Lamb had a down year, but I attribute that to immaturity of being on a team that wasn’t that good. I hope that doesn’t happen when he gets to Milwaukee.
13.   Phoenix Suns- John Henson- UNC- PF
This team is in rebuilding mode and young athletic four to put next to Gortat could make this a dangerous tandem in a couple of years.
14.   Houston Rockets- Terrence Ross- Washington- SG
Kevin Martin isn’t getting any younger and seems to be hurt more then he’s healthy. Ross is longer and might just end up being a better shooter.
15.   Philadelphia 76ers- Jared Sullinger- Ohio St. – PF
This team is young and talented and could use another young “big” to build around. Sullinger can replace Brand in the future without anybody noticing.
16.   Houston Rockets- Royce White- Iowa St.- SF/PF
This might be considered a reach at this point, but I love his game and his overall basketball IQ.
17.   Dallas Mavericks- Tyler Zeller- UNC- C
This is the guy that ends up being the center of the future for the Mavericks after Haywood moves on elsewhere. Nice player, but not special.
18.   Minnesota Timberwolves- Quincy Miller- Baylor- SF
I love this pick for Minnesota whose been attempting to move Beasley for a while now. He provides another person for Rubio to run with. Not to mention his defensive presence at the SF.
19.   Orlando Magic- Meyers Leonard- Illinois- C
Dwight Howard isn’t destined to stay in Orlando, even with the firing of the GM and head coach, so it’s time to find a center who will eventually be there for the next decade.
20.   Denver Nuggets- Tony Wroten- Washington- PG/SG
This dynamic player will be a perfect 6th man for an already talented roster.
21.   Boston Celtics- Arnett Moultrie- Mississippi St.- PF/C
KG is an aging player who probably has a couple years left before calling it quits and Moultrie will benefit greatly by having him as a mentor. An extremely talented young “big” who could really blossom to a good player for years to come.
22.   Boston Celtics- Dion Waiters- Syracuse- SG
Like KG, Ray Allen is about to be on his way out of Boston because of age and this scorer will be a perfect replacement. While Waiters isn’t the shooter, he is instant offense.
23.   Atlanta Hawks- Fab Melo- Syracuse- C
This is another pick that might be considered a reach, but it’s worth it for the Hawks who have been searching for a true center to play next to Al Horford. He is a raw player but can be a defensive presence that might take Atlanta to another level.
24.   Cleveland Cavaliers- Evan Fournier- Pointers- SG
Haven’t seen this kid play but the scouting reports that I read lead me to believe that he is the real deal with decent size that can play the off guard position. He also is a good passer so he next to Irving should be a bunch of fun to watch.
25.   Memphis- Orlando Johnson- UC Santa Barbara- SG
This Grizzlies team is loaded but the off guard position features a defensive minded player in Tony Allen and a sixth man in OJ Mayo. I really believe that Orlando Johnson will be the guy who can replace Mayo as the player off the bench.
26.   Indiana Pacers- Marquis Teague- Kentucky- PG
Larry Bird has done a great job of taking the best player available and in this situation the Teague free fall will end in Indiana. Collison is a nice point guard as is Teague so between the two of them there shouldn’t be any drop off at the position.
27.   Miami Heat- Tyshawn Taylor- Kansas- PG
A steal of pick here..I love Taylor as a ball player but I like many are scared off by his off court activities. If he stays out of trouble, this could be the pick of the draft for a Heat team who is in desperate need of a PG.
28.   Oklahoma City Thunder- Draymond Green- Michigan St.- PF
Toughness. This Thunder team has an old guy in center Kendrick Perkins who provides some but a younger body in Green would definitely help.
29.   Chicago Bulls- Doron Lamb- Kentucky- SG
If this scenario plays out, then there should be a party in Chicago as a talented young shooting guard falls right in their lap. Rip Hamilton is in his last days as an NBA player and Lamb would fit perfectly next to Rose.
30.   Golden St. Warriors- Andrew Nicholson- St. Bonaventure- PF
Nicholson provides a nice young body off the bench to replace the departed Udoh.
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Sparky's NBA Mock Draft 1.0
I'll have another mock draft up after the lottery happens on May 30th...Leave a comment below and let me know what you think.

1.       Charlotte Bobcats- Anthony Davis-Kentucky- PF
Michael Jordan has his wish come true and has a player to build around in Davis.
2.       Washington Wizards- Thomas Robinson-Kentucky- PF
Andray Blatche is an immature player whose time has passed in D.C.. Robinson brings a toughness and necessary leadership for a team looking for an identity.
3.       Cleveland Cavaliers- Andre Drummond-UConn- C
Anderson Varejao isn’t a center and you can’t pass on size to put with Kyrie Irving.
4.       New Orleans Hornets- Harrison Barnes-UNC- SF
This team has Eric Gordon and little else. Barnes has star potential.
5.       Sacramento Kings- Michael Kidd-Gilchrist-Kentucky- SF
Defense is a need for this team and Kidd-Gilchrist will provide that along with leadership.
6.       Portland Trailblazers- Bradley Beal-Florida- SG
Beal is a tougher version of Ray Allen and will provide a replacement for Brandon Roy.
7.       Utah Jazz-Kendall Marshall-UNC-PG
Devin Harris isn’t the answer for this team and a young talented point guard adds to a great young nucleus. Don’t be shocked if Al Jefferson gets moved in the off season.
8.       Toronto Raptors-Damian Lillard-Weber St.- PG
Jose Calderon is a nice player but you need a more dynamic player to put with Derozan and Bargnani. Lillard is a player who can create for others plus get his own shot.
9.       Detroit Pistons- Perry Jones-Baylor- PF
A young athletic power forward who can run with Greg Monroe and provide an intimidating twin towers look inside. What a waste of money and time with Charlie V.
10.   New Orleans Hornets- John Henson- UNC- PF
Adding Barnes earlier and now adding a young “big” to run with provide this team with an exciting future. It will take Henson some time to develop from a physical standpoint but he will pan out to be a nice player.
11.   Portland Trailblazers- Terrance Jones- Kentucky- SF
After getting an athletic shooting guard, Portland adds a defensive minded player like the player he is replacing in Gerald Wallace.
12.   Milwaukee Bucks- Jeremy Lamb- UConn- SG
Just like Golden St., the Bucks need a bigger shooting guard to put with either Jennings or Ellis in the future. Lamb had a down year, but I attribute that to immaturity of being on a team that wasn’t that good. I hope that doesn’t happen when he gets to Milwaukee.
13.   Phoenix Suns- Austin Rivers- Duke- SG
With the likely departure of Steve Nash, the Suns need a dynamic player in the backcourt and Rivers provides the answer to that problem.
14.   Houston Rockets- Terrance Ross- Washington- SG
Kevin Martin isn’t getting any younger and seems to be hurt more then he’s healthy. Ross is longer and might just end up being a better shooter.
15.   Philadelphia 76ers- Jared Sullinger- Ohio St. – PF
This team is young and talented and could use another young “big” to build around. Sullinger can replace Brand in the future without anybody noticing.
16.   Houston Rockets- Royce White- Iowa St.- SF/PF
This might be considered a reach at this point, but I love his game and his overall basketball IQ.
17.   Dallas Mavericks- Tyler Zeller- UNC- C
This is the guy that ends up being the center of the future for the Mavericks after Haywood moves on elsewhere. Nice player, but not special.
18.   Minnesota Timberwolves- Quincy Miller- Baylor- SF
I love this pick for Minnesota whose been attempting to move Beasley for a while now. He provides another person for Rubio to run with. Not to mention his defensive presence at the SF.
19.   Orlando Magic- Meyers Leonard- Illinois- C
Dwight Howard isn’t destined to stay in Orlando, even with the firing of the GM and head coach, so it’s time to find a center who will eventually be there for the next decade.
20.   Denver Nuggets- Tony Wroten- Washington- PG/SG
This dynamic player will be a perfect 6th man for an already talented roster.
21.   Boston Celtics- Arnett Moultrie- Mississippi St.- PF/C
KG is an aging player who probably has a couple years left before calling it quits and Moultrie will benefit greatly by having him as a mentor. An extremely talented young “big” who could really blossom to a good player for years to come.
22.   Boston Celtics- Dion Waiters- Syracuse- SG
Like KG, Ray Allen is about to be on his way out of Boston because of age and this scorer will be a perfect replacement. While Waiters isn’t the shooter, he is instant offense.
23.   Atlanta Hawks- Fab Melo- Syracuse- C
This is another pick that might be considered a reach, but it’s worth it for the Hawks who have been searching for a true center to play next to Al Horford. He is a raw player but can be a defensive presence that might take Atlanta to another level.
24.   Cleveland Cavaliers- Evan Fournier- Pointers- SG
Haven’t seen this kid play but the scouting reports that I read lead me to believe that he is the real deal with decent size that can play the off guard position. He also is a good passer so he next to Irving should be a bunch of fun to watch.
25.   Memphis- Orlando Johnson- UC Santa Barbara- SG
This Grizzlies team is loaded but the off guard position features a defensive minded player in Tony Allen and a sixth man in OJ Mayo. I really believe that Orlando Johnson will be the guy who can replace Mayo as the player off the bench.
26.   Indiana Pacers- Marquis Teague- Kentucky- PG
Larry Bird has done a great job of taking the best player available and in this situation the Teague free fall will end in Indiana. Collison is a nice point guard as is Teague so between the two of them there shouldn’t be any drop off at the position.
27.   Miami Heat- Tyshawn Taylor- Kansas- PG
A steal of pick here..I love Taylor as a ball player but I like many are scared off by his off court activities. If he stays out of trouble, this could be the pick of the draft for a Heat team who is in desperate need of a PG.
28.   Oklahoma City Thunder- Draymond Green- Michigan St.- PF
Toughness. This Thunder team has an old guy in center Kendrick Perkins who provides some but a younger body in Green would definitely help.
29.   Chicago Bulls- Doron Lamb- Kentucky- SG
If this scenario plays out, then there should be a party in Chicago as a talented young shooting guard falls right in their lap. Rip Hamilton is in his last days as an NBA player and Lamb would fit perfectly next to Rose.
30.   Golden St. Warriors- Andrew Nicholson- St. Bonaventure- PF
Nicholson provides a nice young body off the bench to replace the departed Udoh.
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Sparky's Blog: Inside Sparky's Brain
I’ve decided to just write random thoughts swirling around in my big old melon….

1.       I don’t understand why the Brewers continue to play Ryan Braun when he continues to suffer from a sore Achilles. I’m going to assume that the training staff for the Brewers know what they are doing however I’m still extremely nervous about it.

2.       The Milwaukee Bucks need to consider JaVale McGee from the Denver Nuggets, if they are going to try and be playoff contenders. McGee would fit nicely as that human eraser behind the offensive minded first guards on the team.

3.       As we get closer to the NBA Draft Lottery coming up on May 30th, I am starting to ramp up for the draft. At the end of the season, I said I really liked two players in this year’s draft where the Bucks should be drafting. I haven’t changed my mind, I’m still hoping they select a shooting guard and Terrence Ross from Washington or Jeremy Lamb from Connecticut would be the prospects I’d want at pick number twelve.

4.       I really like a couple of running backs coming back from injuries last year in the NFL to be productive fantasy players this year. Ryan Williams of the Arizona Cardinals is reportedly already running and cutting and could be a steal in the middle of a fantasy draft. Mikel Leshoure is another running back that might slip under the radar going into drafts this year as he rebounds from injury with the Detroit Lions. Both of these backs would have been rookies last year, so plenty of upside with both of them, especially if you are drafting in a “keeper” league.

5.       I’m not sure if cowboy hats look good on everybody or not.

6.       I’m also conflicted about going full “cowboy” and buying boots too. I just don’t think short guys with no type of physique should be wearing them. I would fall into that category.

7.       While I realize I’m the “half empty” type of guy, people on twitter are “glass is empty” type of people. I see about a ten to one ratio of negative tweets compared to positive tweets. It seems like it’s become a forum for people to complain and make fun of people more than anything else.

8.       I miss doing the Spare Time Bowling Show already! Can’t wait for October to get started back up again. Really can’t wait to head to the PBA World Series of Bowling in Las Vegas in November.

9.       Tony Stewart is a race team owner and race car driver. His post race antics after the Talladega race had me laughing out loud, however, that doesn’t mean that NASCAR is very happy about it. I think Tony making fun of fans and what they want might have crossed the line with the average “Joe”. Will owner Tony have to pay for what driver Tony said after the race?

10.    Kid Rock is one of the best music artists of my generation. 
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So Vince, What's Next?
You have to hand it to the WWE for knowing how to handle talent in 2012. The writers of the WWE can’t figure out how to write good storyline’s to promote their young talent, so they go back to the “old” guys for Wrestlemania. It worked, lots of people bought the pay per view to watch the Rock wrestle Cena. I’d have to say for the most part it turned out to be a good match.

However, they realized that once the Rock went away AGAIN, that they would be left holding the bag again. So in true WWE fashion they went back into the past and pulled out Brock Lesner. Which continues to point toward the writers not being any good or Vince realizing that his talent isn’t as good as he thought it was. Lesner brings fans to the WWE from UFC, which isn’t a bad thing, except Lesner apparently doesn’t know the difference himself.

The last pay per view for the WWE was on Sunday night and Lesner’s match with Cena was better than advertised. Once the match was over, Cena appeared to have realized that Lesner more than likely broke his arm when he addressed the crowd. His face was covered in blood and he looked like he was just in a UFC match more than he was a “scripted” WWE match. I don’t have a problem with how “real” the match appeared, but I do have a problem with Lesner hurting Cena by being over aggressive. Now Cena claims there isn’t anything broken and after the attack on RAW, I hope for his sake that nothing is still broken.

Speaking of Monday Night RAW, Lesner apparently decided to continue to try and take out people one by one as he assaulted Triple H. I’m pretty sure Triple H broke his arm when Lesner put him in that submission maneuver and then yanked on it. If they allow Lesner back after that fiasco, then somebody should have their head examined at WWE. He is wreck-less and totally out of control and has no respect for anybody around him.

So assuming that the WWE does the right thing and terminates him, what will be the next move made by Vince?
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