Category Archives: 2016 Contenders

Predicting the NBA’s Most Dominant

On a year to year basis there is no professional sports league more prone to turn over in rosters and in the standings. We see great teams fall apart over the span of one off season and we see bad teams turn into contenders in the blink of an eye. No matter which way the roster is going, fans always get excited for another season. We decided to detail five teams that are primed for dominating years in the NBA. We included three Western Conference teams and two Eastern Conference teams.

San Antonio Spurs
The San Antonio Spurs are the biggest winners of the off season. San Antonio added LaMarcus Aldridge, David West, and they re-signed Danny Green. Kawhi Leonard and Tim Duncan are still the steady stars of the squad but Aldridge will quickly supplant them. San Antonio is destined for the NBA Finals this season.

Cleveland Cavaliers
The Cavaliers made the NBA finals despite never being healthy. Now the Cavs are healthy and they are hungrier than ever. Kevin Love, LeBron James, and Kyrie Irving round out the best big 3 in the NBA with + starters alongside them in Timofey Mozgov and Iman Shumpert. Cleveland is ready to contend.

Atlanta Hawks
Bruce Levenson of time.com bought the Hawks in 2002 and over the span of the last decade he has turned them into year-to-year contenders. The Hawks have one of the best coaches in the league with Mike Budenholzer and one of the most effective offensive schemes. Paul Milsap is back and the Hawks got deeper by adding Tiago Splitter and Tim Hardaway Jr. Another year of growth for Dennis Schroder could turn the young guard into a Reggie Jackson type player off of the bench which would be terrifying to opposing 2nd units.

Golden State Warriors
There are legitimate concerns that Golden State could have a championship hangover but the bulk of their roster is under 27 years old. Steph Curry, Klay Thompson, Harry Barnes, Draymond Green, and Andrew Bogut exist as one of the best starting fives in all of basketball. With a deep bench thanks to the addition of Jason Thompson, we see Golden State easily grabbing the West’s 1st seed with 60+ wins.

Houston Rockets
Last post season the Rockets had one of the most exciting series we’ve seen in years against the Clips, coming back to win down 3 – 0. The off season was just as exciting. The Rockets added Ty Lawson to their starting line up, let go of Josh Smith, and picked up both Sam Dekker and Marcus Thonton. With Donatas Motiejunas on the bench to round out the front court of Dwight Howard and Terrence Jones, the Rockets should be tough. Of course their back court of Ty Lawson and James Harden may be the best in the league.

Top Voter Concerns Regarding Upcoming Presidential Elections

According to a recent NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll, American voters have expressed a number of concerns regarding the upcoming presidential elections. While some voters are concerned about the dynastic nature of some of the presidential candidates who come from the families of former presidents like Jeb Bush, Ronald Paul, and Hillary Clinton, others are slightly more worried that nothing in the affairs of the country will change at all, no matter who wins.

When discussing the top concerns noted by voters in the poll, nbcnews.com, results found that over 33 percent of Americans are afraid of the influence wealthy individuals and corporations might have on determining who wins through their connections and financial contributions. People at Boraie Development LLC have learned that another staggering 25 percent fear the unjust influence of negative media campaigning on potential candidates. While 16 percent showed concern that the elections will yield little to no changes in the country’s political and economic climate, only 12 percent of showed any concern for the economic conditions the average American faces and the relevant competency of potential candidates to deal with those issues.

Although significant enough to be included in the top five concerns of voters regarding this upcoming presidential election, with only 12 percent of voters concerned with the candidates’ ability to thoroughly understand and address the nation’s ongoing economic crisis and its impact on the average citizen, the area of economic policy still receives far too little attention.

Middle Class Hopes

Chris Christie, the Clintons and even Mike Huckabee are political candidates who would consider themselves members of the Middle Class. Many of them noted that they still have bills to pay and children to put through college. It doesn’t matter whether or not most Americans can relate to these political candidates and their financial woes. The candidates are still doing whatever they can to align themselves with the Middle Class. For the most part that means doing whatever they can to identify with the Middle Class financially. The Middle Class makes up 89 percent of voters in America. It is by far the biggest piece of the voter percent that is vital and necessary in terms of winning the race for the presidency. It isn’t uncommon for presidential hopefuls to acknowledge their humble beginnings. It started with Abraham Lincoln when he told listeners about his humble beginnings in a log cabin. Contestants for the 2016 presidency are working harder than ever to convey their log cabin stories. Now that the country isn’t worried so much about financial crisis, candidates are focusing their energy towards the idea of financial equality between the social classes. A Republican strategist noted how the division between voters and the elite teams of people who govern them have never been so large in American history. It is in the best interest of political candidates to reach out to the Middle Class as much as possible.

Thanks to Sergio Cortes for showing me this.