The NBA has been pretty quiet for news as of late. There were only frivolous articles in recent NBA news from Saturday. Specifically, LeBron James is changing his number from No. 6 to No. 23 for the next season. Also, Steph Curry hit a hole-in-one in celebrity golf. You can see that Saturday wasn’t exactly a day filled with blockbuster trades.
Less recently, there were reports that serious NBA fans will be looking at. The Chicago Bulls had made an application for a disabled player exception because of the Lonzo Ball injury. Some think that Ball’s career is over. The Bulls’ application got the green light, meaning they can target a player on a one-year contract to help fill their roster. Accordingly, there should be some news on the point guard front for Chicago in the weeks ahead.
Canadian National Team: Actually Looks Dangerous
In FIBA news, the Canadian national team has rarely looked better. They look to gear up for the highly anticipated 2023 FIBA World Cup, scheduled to take place in late August and early September.
Canada’s squad boasts some impressive talent, including Shai Gilgeous-Alexander from the Oklahoma City Thunder. This young guard showcased his scoring prowess last season, making a name for himself in the NBA. Notably, he even earned a spot in the prestigious All-Star Game, solidifying his breakout season. Joining him is the skilled Jamal Murray, who played a crucial role in the Denver Nuggets’ recent NBA championship triumph.
While both players bring immense value to the team, it’s clear that Gilgeous-Alexander stands out as Canada’s premier player. This is a point of contention for some. Perhaps many think Murray is better because of his team’s success. When it comes to MVP futures, it’s clear that SGA is a superior talent. In fact, he is currently ranked 9th in the MVP race for the upcoming NBA season, with Unibet offering odds of 20 to 1. Meanwhile, Murray seems to be flying low in the market, with odds of 60 to 1.
Canada’s supporting cast
The supporting cast doesn’t look that bad…to a point. The players behind Murray and Gilgeous-Alexander are NBA players RJ Barrett, Dillon Brooks, Kelly Olynyk, and Dwight Powell. They have also recruited promising college player Zach Edey from the Purdue Boilermakers.
According to bet365, Canada is currently ranked third in terms of favorites to win the 2023 FIBA World Cup, with odds set at 7 to 1. However, it seems these odds may be a bit generous, as the team’s bench primarily consists of non-NBA players. With head coach Jordi Fernandez, who is part of the Sacramento Kings associate coaching staff, leading the team, expectations may need to be tempered. However, the Canadians are a threat for a top-three finish with Serbia and, especially, the USA the main threats. If the Americans take the tournament seriously, they simply won’t be beaten.
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