Add ESPN's analytics model to those predicting the Bulls will be the NBA's worst team in 2017-18. On the heels of several Las Vegas sports books predicting the Bulls with the lowest win total, ESPN'S Basketball Power Index predicts a 23-59 season and ranks the rebuilding franchise as minus-7.2 points below the average team. For comparison, the Warriors rank plus-9.4 points above the average team and the 29th-ranked team — the Atlanta Hawks — checks in at minus-5.8. The site calls BPI "a forward-looking model that predicts the strength of each team on offense, defense and altogether" and takes into account "game-by-game efficiency, strength of schedule, pace, days of rest, game location and preseason
On the court, the Cleveland Cavaliers were successful last season in making a third straight NBA Finals. Financially, however, the Cavs reportedly didn’t fair quite as well. According to a story from ESPN’s Zach Lowe and Brian Windhorst, the Cavs were one of nine NBA teams to lose money last season. Per the report, Cleveland’s financial shortfall stems from the NBA’s system that penalizes teams with higher payroll. From the story: The Cavs made $21.7 million in net income before revenue sharing last season but moved into the red after paying $24.8 million in luxury taxes and $15.2 million in a revenue-sharing check they wrote. Per Forbes, the Cavs lost $40 million during their 2015-16 title run.
Good morning! We are less than one week away from Media Day and the unofficial start of the 2017-2018 NBA season for the Atlanta Hawks. In that spirit, PTH’s own Jeff Siegel joins the Locked on Hawks podcast for Episode 253 and topics for the show include the following: DeAndre Bembry’s injury could cost him time. If it does, who steps in? SB Nation is breaking out the top 101 players from 2021 and we weigh in a bit Nicolas Brussino is a sneaky interesting prospect given his skill set Taurean Prince is a key piece of the future and we evaluate his game, both now and down the line Much, much more If you enjoy what you hear on today’s show, please do us a solid and subscribe to the podcast on iTunes