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NBA Attendance: A History

NBA Attendance – A History


NBA was not always the huge crowd-puller that it is today and has been for the last three decades. In the early days of the league, games were played in high school gyms in front of crowds of hundreds or even dozens. Players travelled by buses and trains and they slept in run-down hotels, if fortunate. Do not even get us started on the way African-American players were welcomed, especially in certain parts of the country.

By the early 1970s, things started to look up and NBA was beginning to find its way to popularity that was comparable to that of NFL, NHL and MLB. Still, the crowds were nowhere near as big as those attracted by the other major sports.

In the mid-1980s, things really started happening for NBA and it was all thanks to two players – Larry Bird and Magic Johnson. The league knew how to market their rivalry, the glitzy Los Angeles Lakers led by Magic and the blue-collar Boston Celtics led by Bird. When Michael Jordan arrived in 1984, the league exploded and the games started attracting larger and larger crowds. Since then, with only a few dips during a couple of seasons, the attendance of NBA games has been steady and on the rise.

Today, we will be looking at five NBA games with the largest attendance recorded, as well as the game with the lowest recorded attendance in history.

1. 2010 NBA All-Star Game
Some people will argue that an All-Star game does not belong here since it is not a regular season or play-off game, but we say to them that it is still organized by the Association and that it still involved NBA players, the best at the time, moreover. The game was played at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas and it was the 59th All-Star game in NBA history. It was also attended by 108,713, making it the most attended NBA game in history, and by a significant margin. The East won, 141 – 139 and Dwyane Wade was named the MVP.

2. Chicago Bulls vs. Atlanta Hawks, March 27, 1998
From the early 1970s, Atlanta Hawks played their games at the Omni Coliseum. In mid-1990s, it was decided that a new arena would be built. The Hawks’ 1996-1997 season was the last one they played at Omni. The arena was demolished and works on the new arena began.
The reason we’re telling you all this is because for the next two seasons, Hawks played at Georgia Dome, the home of Atlanta Falcons. And in 1998, more precisely March 27, Hawks hosted Chicago Bulls led by his Airness, Michael Jordan. The game is still the most attended game in the history of NBA regular season and playoff games, with 62,046 people in attendance. Unfortunately for the huge home crowd, Jordan led the Bulls to a victory, 89-74. It wasn’t even close.

3. Boston Celtics vs. Detroit Pistons, Jan. 29, 1988
The next largest crowd at an NBA game was recorded in 1988, when Detroit Pistons hosted their bitter Eastern Conference rivals, Boston Celtics. It was another classic late 1980s Pistons-Celtics game with Larry Bird and Isiah Thomas going at each other. Larry Bird just barely missed a triple-double with 25 points, 11 rebounds and 8 assists. Thomas did not bring his best game, but the team effort by the Pistons ensured a comfortable 125-108 victory. Number of people attending? 61,983 filling the seats at Pontiac Silverdome.

4. Philadelphia 76ers vs. Detroit Pistons, Feb. 14, 1987
Pontiac Silverdome was the venue for the next game on our list, with the crowd of 52,745. This time the visitors were Philadelphia 76ers and the game was played on Valentine’s Day, 1987. For the 76ers, Roy Hinson had 27 points and Tim McCormick had 23. It was not enough to beat Pistons led by Adrian Dantley who scored 35 and Joe Dumars who scored 20. Pistons won, 125-107.

5. Denver Nuggets vs. Minnesota Timberwolves, April 17, 1990
Minnesota Timberwolves were one of four expansion teams to enter the NBA in the 1989-1990 season and their first year in NBA, they played their home games at the Metrodome, the home of Minnesota Vikings and Minnesota Twins. On April 17, 1990, they played the Nuggets in front of the biggest crowd in franchise history – 49,551. Unfortunately for the home crowd, Timberwolves lost, 99-89.

The Smallest Recorded NBA Crowd – San Francisco Warriors vs. Detroit Pistons, March 4, 1965
First of all, we feel we should point out that there is a very clear possibility the game played between San Francisco Warriors (who later became Golden State Warriors) and Detroit Pistons in 1965 was not the NBA game with the smallest crowd. It was, however, the game with the lowest attendance ever recorded. There were exactly 741 people in attendance that night. And it’s not like there weren’t any stars playing that night. Two of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History went against each other – Dave DeBusschere for the home Pistons and Nate Thurmond for Warriors.
It is the perfect example of how much the NBA has grown over the years.

Beyonce Facts

Beyonce Facts: A Few Quick Facts About the Superstar

Beyonce Knowles is arguably the world’s most well-renowned female entertainer. She has captivated audiences with her powerful voice, unparalleled dance moves, and unforgettable lyrics for nearly twenty years, first as a member of the group Destiny’s Child and more recently as a solo artist.

It’s common knowledge that Beyonce is married to Jay-Z, has a daughter named Blue Ivy, and an alter-ego named Sasha Fierce, but did you know these Beyonce Facts?

Here are some Beyonce Facts you might not have known

– Beyonce is the daughter of Matthew and Tina Knowles. Before managing his daughter’s affairs, Matthew worked as a sales manager for the Xerox Corporation, while Tina ran a hair salon, Headliners, in Houston, Texas. Tina would later design the outfits for Destiny’s Child.

– Beyonce is named for her mother’s maiden name, Beyince. She is descended from Acadian revolutionary Joseph Broussard de Beausoleil, who fought the British and helped establish the Acadians in Louisiana. The Acadians would later morph into the Cajuns, the French-speaking South Louisiana group whose cultural influence remains strong to this day.

– Prior to forming Destiny’s Child, Beyonce was a member of a singing group called Girl’s Tyme, a band which also included Kelly Rowland, LeToya Luckett, and LaTavia Robinson, who would later comprise Destiny’s Child.

– Destiny’s Child, which Beyonce formed with her friends from Girl’s Tyme, was named for a passage from the Biblical Book of Isaiah.

– Beyonce’s music video for “Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It)” includes “J-Setting”, a style of dance that originated at Jackson State University in Mississippi and became a fixture of pride parades in the southern United States.

– Beyonce has performed her hit song Naughty Girl over 438 times live.

– Beyonce was born on September 4, 1981 in Houston TX.

– She prefers to wear simple t-shirts. If it was her she would wear t-shirts everyday. She loves James Pierce white T-Shirts and has over 100 of them.

– Her first perfume had hints of creamy rice pudding in it. But, did you know this Beyonce Fact? Beyonce has a perfume allergy and all her perfumes have to be chemically altered so she doesn’t break out in hives.

– Beyonce really loves rock music. According to Beyonce Peter Gabriel is her favorite and his “In Your Eyes” is her favorite song.

NBA Season Guide

Welcome To Your NBA Season Guide For 2015-16!

The 2015-16 NBA Season promises to be one of the best in years, with last season’s finalists Warriors and Cavaliers remaining strong (if not stronger) and with some other teams making some great moves in the off-season and on Draft Night. There are going to be battles fought every night and our season guide will be with you all the way.

You’ll be able to find all sorts of insights, stories and news in our guide, all written and updated regularly by people who watch games every night and who have all the stats you will ever need. Our guide will be your one-shop stop for everything that has to do with the 2015-16 NBA Season.

Learn who is playing who, who is on the rise and who is putting up great numbers. Read about the best performances and the best games. Check out our predictions for the playoffs and the title race. Find out who will be making the all-star teams and who will be reaping the awards come the end of the season.

All that and much, much, much more!

Basketball Terms

12 Basketball Terms You Should Definitely Know

If you are just getting into NBA, the language and the terminology can be quite intimidating, especially considering the pace of the game where you cannot blink without missing something. The following 12 terms will be heard during any NBA broadcast and they are the very basics of NBA lingo that you should know.

 

1. Field Goal

A field goal, or ‘fg’ as you will see it in the stats, denotes every attempt at getting the ball into the basket. Every shot, dunk, layup or three point shot is considered to be a field goal (if it is made, of course). Free throws are not field goals. Regardless of whether it gets in, every attempt at a field goal is called a field goal attempt, or ‘fga’ for short.

 

2. Frontcourt/Backcourt

Frontcourt and backcourt are two terms that describe the traditional positions in basketball. Point guards and shooting guards are considered to be backcourt while the small forwards, power forwards and centers are considered to be frontcourt players.

 

3. Fast Break

Fast break is a term used to describe an offensive possession that occurs as a result of the opposing team’s turnover or a quick rebound and outlet pass. For a possession to be considered a fast break, the team that is on the defense cannot have a set defense, meaning that they need to defend on the fly.

 

4. Turnover

Turnover is any action that results in the other team gaining possession of the ball. It can be a result of travelling violation, a steal made by the defending team, going out of bounds or failing to shoot at the basket within the 24 seconds teams are given for each possession.

 

5. Double/Double Double/Triple Double/Quadruple Double

Double is a term that is used when a player gets a double count of any of the statistical categories – points, steals, rebounds, blocks, assists. For a player to record a double double, they need to have more than 10 in any of the aforementioned categories. Triple double is achieved when a player gets 10 in three categories while quadruple double requires double figures in four categories. Quadruple double was recorded only 4 times in the history of the NBA.

 

6. Post-up

Post up (verb – posting up) is an offensive setup where a player, usually a forward or center, receives the ball with his or her back to the basket. The player then uses their offensive post-up skills to create a position for a high-percentage shot or to make a useful pass. Post-up game has become much less frequently used in the last decade or so.

 

7. Pick and Roll

Pick and roll is among the most commonly used offensive plays and it denotes a situation in which one player creates a screen for another player (usually a point guard). The player with the ball can then lose his defender thanks to the screen. P’n’R usually results in the screen-setter’s defender also defending the ball-handler, which often frees up the screen-setter, allowing him or her to “roll” to the basket without worrying about his defender. There are a number of variations where either of the two players gets a relatively undefended shot. If you want to see perfect pick and rolls in action, check out some videos of Stockton and Malone who perfected the play.

 

8. 3-and-D Player

A 3-and-D player is a player who combines high percentage three point shooting and great defensive skills. Such players are usually shooting guards or small forwards and they are becoming more and more useful as the game progresses. They often provide very little besides these two skills, but in today’s basketball, these two skills are enough to make a player very useful.

 

9. Paint

Paint denotes a part of the basketball court that is located near the basket and that is usually painted a different color from the rest of the court. You will also hear that people use the term “key” for this area, while its official name is the free throw lane. Offensive players cannot spend more than three seconds in the opposing team’s paint or else this will result in a turnover.

 

10. Buzzer Beater

In order for a shot to be considered a buzzer beater, the player needs to release the ball before the sound of the buzzer that announces the end of the quarter or the game and the ball needs to fall into the basket after the sound of the buzzer. In essence, the buzzer needs to occur in the time it takes the ball to go from the player’s hand into the basket.

 

11. Sixth Man

The sixth man is an NBA player who is not in the starting lineup but who is considered to be crucial to the success of the team. Many teams purposefully make one of their more useful players a bench player, the sixth man who is supposed to lead the second unit (players who come in to replace the starters at one point in the game).

 

12. Hack a Shaq

Hack a Shaq is a defensive strategy in which the defending team deliberately fouls a player from the opposing team who is notorious for bad free throw shooting. If their percentage is too low, it makes mathematical and statistical sense to foul him and send him to the line instead of defending. The term was coined when teams used this strategy on Shaquille O’Neal who was very bad at shooting free throws. Since then, it has been used on a number of players.

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Where will the 5 top NBA free agents 2015 will play?

Predicting where 5 top NBA free agents 2015 will play next year

We are taking Lebron James off the list for a reason. James is likely to resign with the Cleveland Cavaliers, and the only reason he opted out of his contract is to get more money. But out of the top 5 free agents, three might play for a different team next year. With free agency looming, let’s take a look where they might end up playing.

Marc Gasol

Gasol is an unrestricted free agent and arguably the best free agent on the market. The center just finished his best year, playing at an MVP level and finishing in the top 10 of MVP voting. Gasol is 30 years old and is entering his best years. And while Memphis would love to keep him, there will be plenty of other suitors for the Spaniard. One team that is constantly mentioned as a destination is the San Antonio Spurs. The Spurs would love to have Gasol, who should replace Tim Duncan and make the transition smoother Timmy’s retirement. Other teams interested are the Knicks, the Blazers, the Mavericks and almost half the league. However, the reality is that Gasol will actually pick between two teams, the Spurs and the Grizzlies. We believe Gasol will sign with the Spurs, since it looks like the Grizzlies have reached their ceiling, and it is not an NBA championship.

Lamarcus Aldridge

Where Gasol signs will have a huge effect on the free agency of Lamarcus Aldridge. Every team that will strike out on Gasol will go for Aldridge, the Spurs included. And unlike Gasol, Aldridge could set up for a number of teams, including the Dallas Mavericks. Going back home to Texas would be a great way for Aldridge to finish his career, since it looks like the Blazers are declining after having two great seasons. If Gasol resigns with the Memphis Grizzlies, the Spurs could also be players for the power forward. But the money is that Aldridge will resign with the Blazers or accept the Dallas Mavericks offer.

Jimmy Butler

Butler is an interesting player. He declined Chicago’s extension last year, and now looks like a genius doing so. He is due for a max contract, but the question is, who will give him? The Bulls can again offer him contract, and even match the one he receives from another team. The Chicago Bulls MUST keep Butler, since he is their best player after Rose. And given Rose’s injury history, the Bulls will need to build around Butler and his growing potential and game. There will be teams like the Knicks, Celtics, Lakers and others that will throw a max contract at Butler, but the safe bet is that the Bulls will match any offer he receives.

Kawhi Leonard

Leonard will be an interesting case, since he is a restricted free agent. The Spurs would prefer if Leonard could wait for a few weeks to sign an offer sheet or resign with the Spurs. This way, the Spurs will have money to pursue free agents like Marc Gasol and Lamarcus Aldridge. In some way, Leonard will impact free agency like no other player. Even Lebron James doesn’t carry such weight this year. If a team offers Leonard max contract, and the Spurs match it, they will be left without cap space to pursue Gasol or Aldridge. This will open the door for other teams to go for the top 2 free agents. The Spurs MUST retain Leonard, since he is their best young player and the future of the franchise. Timing will be everything, but one way or another, Leonard will end up in a Spurs uniform.

Kevin Love

Love wants to be a top 10 player again. That much is certain. After seeing how it looks to be the third or fourth option on a team, the money is that Love will look for a better situation than the one he has in Cleveland. And given the emergence of Tristan Thompson, Love will get fewer minutes next season. That might persuade Love to sign elsewhere, or more precisely, for the Lakers. The Lakers have struck out on big name free agents two summers in a row, and it is time they get a little relief. They are the Los Angeles Lakers after all.

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Trail Blazers Offseason is there a plan B?

For the Portland Trail Blazers offseason, Plan A is to resign Lamarcus Aldridge and then go from there to improve the other positions. However, what happens if Lamarcus Aldridge leaves Portland? Do the Blazers have Plan B? Can they afford to sign other big name players?

Let’s take a look at the Trail Blazers Offseason Situation.

The Cap Space

If Lamarcus Aldridge walks in the Trail Blazers offseason, the Blazers will have around $40 million tied up in cap space. That is assuming they haven’t resigned Wesley Matthews or Robyn Lopez. The $40 million are calculated with the contracts and salary of new players that they acquired: Gerald Henderson and Mason Plumlee. The good news is that Plumlee is still playing on a rookie contract, and the Blazers have a team option for the next two seasons. That makes him extremely cheap and valuable player. Assuming that the cap will be set at somewhere around $67 million or $70 million, the Trail Blazers could have around $30 million in cap space.

A Big Man alternative

If Lamarcus Aldridge walks, and Blazers do not resign their free agents, they will need a replacement for center/power forward since Plumlee can play either position, and small forward. For the Blazers, signing a big man is the priority. The Trail Blazers can go two ways here. The first option is to go for a big name free agent like DeAndre Jordan, someone who has been linked with the Blazers for some time, or sign a cheaper alternative, and pursue a big name small forward. A smart GM, like Neil Olshey is, can probably see that there are number of big men on the market, including Atlanta Hawks Paul Millsap, Brooklyn Nets Brook Lopez, Greg Monroe, Tyson Chandler, Josh Smith, David West, Brandan Wright, Amare, Carlos Boozer, Omer Asik and much more. However, the pool for small forwards and perimeter players is smaller. Therefore, expect the Blazers to pursue a second tier big man if Aldridge leaves during the Trail Blazers offseason, someone like the Pelcians Omer Asik, Indiana Pacers David West or the Dallas Mavericks Tyson Chandler.

The Wing Position

The biggest problem for the Blazers the past season was Batum was not playing at an All Star level. The Blazers need a wing that can complement Damian Lillard, or someone who can shoot the 3 and defend. There are two free agents that fit that description perfectly. The first one is DeMarre Carroll, who is an unrestricted free agent, and Tobias Harris, a restricted free agent. They probably won’t get in the Jimmy Butler/Kawhi Leonard sweepstakes during the Trail Blazers offseason, but they can take a look at Carroll and Harris.

What if Aldridge resigns?

The question is a valid one, since if Aldridge resigns with the Blazers, the team will have to improve. If Aldridge resigns for the max, his contract for next season will start somewhere between $18 and $20 million. That will leave around $10 million in cap space for the Blazers, a money they must use to sign a replacement for Batum at least and play Plumlee at center. In that case, the Blazers will have to look at players like Danny Green, Gerald Green, Boston Celtics Jae Crowder, Loul Deng and Houston Rockets Corey Brewer. All these players can command somewhere between $6 and $10 million per year.

The Portland Trail Blazers finished last season with a record of 51-31, 1st in NBA Western Conference Northwest Division. LaMarus Aldridge went into the Trail Blazers offseason ranked 7th in NBA players having played 71 games during the season, averaging 35.4 minutes a game with 23.4 points per game average.

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LA Kings Draft Picks 2015

The 2015 Los Angeles Kings Draft has been a productive one for LA. Before the actual LA Kings Draft even began they worked on get a deal done with the Boston Bruins that would send goaltender Martin Jones, defensive prospect Colin Miller and their first round, #13 pick in the draft for forward Milan Lucic. Lucic was originally drafted by the 50th by the Boston Bruins in the 2006 NHL Draft. The “Heavy” power forward totaled 165 goals and 238 assists for the Bruins which was good for 403 total points.

With giving up a their first round #13 pick there were still six selections allotted in the LA Kings Draft.

Here is a look at the LA Kings Draft Picks 2015

ERIK CERNAK
The defenseman was picked in the 2nd round, 43rd in the overall NHL draft and brings to the LA Kings excellent reach and strength. Cernak is known for being brilliant defensively especially in front of his own net. While he will need to work and improve on his skating ability he is a physical player who doesn’t take a lot of penalties.

ALEXANDER DERGACHYOV
The 6’4 200 pound Dergachyov brings an extremely high level of both skill and intelligence to the LA Kings. Dergachyov has great puckhandling skills as well as soft hands and a very keen awareness of teammates positions on the ice at all times. The gritty grinder will bring his role as a scorer with all the technical skills to be successful with the LA Kings Lines.

AUSTIN WAGNER
Picked in the LA Kings Draft 2015 4th round, 99th overall Wagner is a speedy strong transitional forward who is extremely fluid in his skating patterns. Wagner will need to work on his timing of shots as well as passing but overall he is a good decision maker.

MATT SCHMALZ
Picked in the LA Kings Draft 2015 5th round, 134th overall Schmalz is a gigantic power forward who has finally grown into his body this last season. He is a very well rounded skater who knows how to use his massive frame extremely well.

CHAZ REDDEKOPP
Picked in the LA Kings Draft 2015 7th round, 187th overall Reddekopp will be a tough defender in the LA Kings zone and will be a strong asset on penalty kills for LA. He will need to work on his skating footwork which is sometimes known to be tight and a bit clumsy but Chaz has very good athleticism and will be able to work on the skating skills.

MATT ROY
Picked in the LA Kings Draft 2015 7th round, 194th overall Roy is a right handed defensive player at 6’0 200 pounds.

The LA Kings finished the 2014-15 season 40-27-15 (95 points), 4th in NHL Western Conference Pacific Division missing the NHL Playoffs. With the Anaheim Ducks, San Jose Sharks, Calgary Flames, Edmonton Oilers and the Vancouver Canucks all vying to win the Pacific Division the LA Kings will have a tough schedule ahead of them and will be looking to get back into the thick of the NHL playoff hunt asap!

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Adele New Album

Adele New Album Delayed But Worth the Wait?

Everyone is talking about Adele’s new album. Since Adele’s previous album sold a jaw dropping amount of copies, (over 30 million copies and counting) we are all waiting with bated breath to see if the album she is still working on, 25, will live up to her previous release.

Unfortunately the wait for the Adele new album may be even longer than we have all anticipated, because reports have come out that the earliest it could possible release is September.

The delay between the two albums is now closing in on 5 years which means the pressure is high and that’s why Adele isn’t willing to rush it, and scrap her plans to release the album in the summer. She really wants it to be perfect, and hopefully her fans are willing to wait it out.
Like her previous albums Adele will be writing her own songs, but she won’t necessarily be performing solo according to the Gigwise article “Everything We Know About the Adele New Album So Far” by Sean Kerwick,

“The LP is going to feature Paul Epworth. Although nothing has been officially confirmed, there are definitive signs from both sides pointing to the collaborators working together again. Back in 2013 when asked about the progress of the new album by Billboard, she said, “I’m definitely going to visit Paul Epworth and stuff like that again.”

One of the best things about Adele’s album coming out is that she will finally be heading out on a world tour again after almost two years of very limited performances. The last time Adele went on tour was in 2011 where she played 67 concerts on her tour.

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Lakers Draft 2015

Lakers Draft 2015 What does it mean for the future of the franchise?

Lakers Draft 2015

And there goes all the mock drafts and pre-analysis of the lakers draft 2015. While everyone expected the Lakers to select Jahlil Okafor as the Lakers draft 2015 No.2 pick in this year’s draft, Los Angeles went a different route and selected point guard D’Angelo Russel. Considering they already have point guard Jordan Clarkson who looked superb in the final month of the year, what does the pick means for the future of the franchise? Let’s take a look at some of the questions that are popping out from the Lakers draft 2015.

Is Russell that good?

Considering the Lakers used the highest pick they have had since 1982 on him, he must be darn special. The last time the Lakers drafted a point guard this high (1979), he went on to win 5 titles for the franchise. Russell won the Jerry West Award, and averaged more points than any other freshman in the NCAA. Some of Russell’s strengths are: excellent passer, makes free throws, has the size advantage for point guard, great rebounder, decent 3-pt shooter and is a ball-hawking defender. To put it simply, Russell is an excellent choice for a modern type point guard. He can pass, make free throws and shoot the 3. He can also play shooting guard next to another point guard, which would allow teams to place two ball handlers on the floor. His game is very similar to the one of Brandon Roy. Last season he averaged 19.3 points, 5 assists and 5.7 rebounds, shooting 45% from the floor and 41% from behind the arc. The Lakers, according to coach Byron Scott were mostly impressed by his leadership ability and his ability to make others around him better.

What does this mean for Jordan Clarkson?

It is hard to envision the Lakers playing Russell and Clarkson together, even though Russell can handle playing shooting guard. However, the SG spot is reserved for Kobe Bryant. Kobe and D’Angelo can be a great back court combo, as both can handle ball handling duties and shoot the ball. The more likely scenario is that Clarkson might get traded so the Lakers can plug other holes in their rotation.

Lakers confident they can get a big man via trade/free agency

Drafting a point guard when a big man like Jahlil Okafor is available shows that the Lakers are pretty confident they can get a big man via other channels. The Lakers were already players in the DeMarcus Cousins sweepstakes, and after the draft, the rumors will heat up. The Kings selected Willie Cauley-Stein with their 6th pick, a center from Kentucky. Their pick might suggest they are ready to part ways with Cousins. The Lakers will also try to pry Marc Gasol from Memphis although reports say he has no desire to play in Los Anglese. There will be other options for center, as the Lakers might decide and sign some of the second tier centers such as Tyson Chandler.

The other Lakers draft 2015 pick

With the 34th pick, the Lakers selected Anthony Brown, a small forward from Stanford. Brown will bring more shooting to the Lakers, as he shot 44% from 3-pt range in college. He can also get to the rim, is a willing passer and a great re-bounder for his position. He is 23 years old, and he might be one of the more NBA ready players in the draft. He is a 5 year senior, and will immediately fill in a void for the Lakers. The only downside is that he needs to add some bulk to be able to play small forward or power forward in small lineups. And he should work on his consistency. There is not much upside here, as he is already 23 years old, but he can be a solid role player for years to come.

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NHL Opening Day 2015-2016

NHL Opening Day 2015-2016

The NHL Opening Day 2015-2016 schedule has been announced. There are some great match ups on the NHL Opening Day 2015-2016 schedule including the Blackhawks opening up against the New York Rangers at the United Center. The Los Angeles Kings and San Jose Sharks opening faceoff at the Staples Center in Los Angeles will be a good rivalry game. The San Jose Sharks opening game against the Anaheim Ducks.

NHL Opening Day 2015-2016

Anaheim Ducks: Monday, Oct. 12 vs. Vancouver Honda Center
Ducks tickets averaged $51.00 last season.

Arizona Coyotes: Saturday, Oct. 10 vs. Pittsburgh Penguins
Coyotes tickets averaged $51.00 last season.

Boston Bruins: Thursday, Oct. 8 vs. Winnipeg Jets at the TD Garden
Bruins tickets averaged $121.00 last season.

Buffalo Sabres: Thursday, Oct. 8 vs. Ottawa Senators at the First Niagara Center
Sabres tickets averaged $58.00 last season.

Calgary Flames: Wednesday, Oct. 7 vs. Vancouver Canucks at the Scotiabank Saddledome
Flames tickets averaged $80.00 last season.

Carolina Hurricanes: Saturday, Oct. 10 vs. Detroit Red Wings at the PNC Arena
Hurricanes tickets averaged $38.00 last season.

Chicago Blackhawks: Wednesday, Oct. 7 vs. NY Rangers at the United Center
Blackhawks tickets averaged $165.00 last season.

Colorado Avalanche: Thursday, Oct. 8 vs. Minnesota Wild at the Pepsi Center
Avalanche tickets averaged $57.00 last season.

Columbus Blue Jackets: Friday, Oct. 9 vs. NY Rangers at the Nationwide Arena
Blue Jackets tickets averaged $54.00 last season.

Dallas Stars: Thursday, Oct. 8 vs. Pittsburgh Penguins at the American Airlines Arena
Stars tickets averaged $75.00 last season.

Detroit Red Wings: Friday, Oct. 9 vs. Toronto Maple at the Leafs Joe Louis Arena
Red Wings tickets averaged $60.00 last season.

Edmonton Oilers: Thursday, Oct. 15 vs. St. Louis Blues at the Rexall Place
Oilers tickets averaged $90.00 last season.

Florida Panthers: Saturday, Oct. 10 vs. Philadelphia Flyers at the BB&T Center
Panthers tickets averaged $39.00 last season.

Los Angeles Kings: Wednesday, Oct. 7 vs. San Jose Sharks Staples Center
Kings tickets averaged $70.00 last season.

Minnesota Wild: Saturday, Oct. 10 vs. St. Louis Blues at the Xcel Energy Center
Wild tickets averaged $81.00 last season.

Montreal Canadiens: Thursday, Oct. 15 vs. NY Rangers at the Bell Centre
Candiens tickets averaged $150.00 last season.

Nashville Predators: Thursday, Oct. 8 vs. Carolina Hurricanes at the Bridgestone Arena
Predators tickets averaged $81.00 last season.

New Jersey Devils: Friday, Oct. 9 vs. Winnipeg Jets at the Prudential Center
Devils tickets averaged $70.00 last season.

New York Islanders: Friday, Oct. 9 vs. Chicago Blackhawks at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum
Islanders tickets averaged $42.00 last season.

New York Rangers: Saturday, Oct. 10 vs. Columbus Blue Jackets at Madison Square Garden
Rangers tickets averaged $130.00 last season.

Ottawa Senators: Sunday, Oct. 11 vs. Montreal Canadiens at the Canadian Tire Center
Senators tickets averaged $68.00 last season.

Philadelphia Flyers: Monday, Oct. 12 vs. Florida Panthers at the Wells Fargo Center
Flyers tickets averaged $71.00 last season.

Pittsburgh Penguins: Tuesday, Oct. 13 vs. Montreal Canadiens at the CONSOL Energy Center
Penguins tickets averaged $110.00 last season.

San Jose Sharks: Saturday, Oct. 10 vs. Anaheim Ducks at the SAP Center
Sharks tickets averaged $68.00 last season.

St. Louis Blues: Thursday, Oct. 8 vs. Edmonton at the Scotttrade Center
Blues tickets averaged $66.00 last season.

Tampa Bay Lightning: Thursday, Oct. 8 vs. Philadelphia Flyers at the Amalie Arena
Lightning tickets averaged $62.00 last season.

Toronto Maple Leafs: Wednesday, Oct. 7 vs. Montreal Candiens at the Air Canada Centre
Maple Leafs tickets averaged $200.00 last season.

Vancouver Canucks: Saturday, Oct. 10 vs. Calgary Flames at the Rogers Arena.
Canucks tickets averaged $122.00 last season.

Washington Capitals: Saturday, Oct. 10 vs. New Jersey at the Verizon Center
Senators tickets averaged $70.00 last season.

Winnipeg Jets: Friday, Oct. 16 vs. Calgary Flames at the MTS Centre
Jets tickets averaged $168.00 last season.

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