And-Ones: Loyd, MVP Race, Bucks, Sterling

Guard Jordan Loyd views his upcoming season in the EuroLeague as an opportunity to showcase his talents before returning to the NBA, Blake Murphy of The Athletic reports. Loyd played on a two-way contract with the Raptors last season and feared he’d get stuck on a similar deal if he stayed in Toronto. The Raptors waived him after he agreed to a one-year contract with Valencia Basket.

“This year, I have a one-year deal, and then try to get back to the league, man. I think it’s gonna help me, honestly,” he said. “I look at it as a year to better myself and to get back to the league. I feel like I am an NBA player, but I’m not naive enough to sit there and let great opportunities pass me by overseas.”

We have more from the basketball world:

  • The Most Valuable Player race for the upcoming NBA season looks wide open, according to a panel of ESPN experts. While reigning MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo is favored to win it again, former MVPs Stephen Curry and LeBron James as well as Joel EmbiidAnthony DavisNikola Jokic and Kawhi Leonard are all logical candidates for the top individual award.
  • The Bucks’ biggest challenge will be handling the pressure of high expectations, Malika Andrews of ESPN writes. Not only will they have a target on their backs but it will be a pivotal season in terms of whether they can retain Antetokounmpo long-term. A group of ESPN writers examines the strengths and biggest question marks looming over seven contenders.
  • ESPN took a deep dive into the saga of former Clippers owner Donald Sterling, who was forced to sell the team after making racially insensitive statements. Perhaps the most eye-opening revelation by ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne was that the league nearly shut down during the 2014 playoffs until commissioner Adam Silver took swift and bold action. “I was all-in. Like shut down the whole season,” then-Warriors forward Andre Iguodala said. “Maybe that was too far, but as far as that game that day, you can reschedule it, you gotta sort this thing out, because there’s some deep-rooted stuff with him that had to be addressed.”
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8 thoughts on “And-Ones: Loyd, MVP Race, Bucks, Sterling

  1. harden-westbrook-mvps

    It’s funny how the refuse to mention James Harden in the MVP race even though he was the winner or runner-up for the award in 4 of the last 5 years.

    • harden-westbrook-mvps

      Having him rank just ninth in the MVP race is patently absurd. The only logical reason would be that Westbrook will be so good when he joins the team that he takes away a lot of votes from Harden.

  2. snotrocket

    Steph is going to have to average about 40 a night to keep the Dubs in the hunt.

    • Steph will probably have a lot of those 40 point game nights with KD and Klay out (at least klay for the first half of the season)

  3. IslandFlava

    I think Giannis, Embiid, AD & Jokic are very strong contenders.
    LBJ is out with AD in the team.
    Curry & Harden will be around there.
    Kawhi no chance unless plays at his play-off level in RS (which he has never done) hence he is out of it.

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