Monday, April 28, 2014

Donald Sterling and the Commodification of Human Beings

Donald Sterling is horrifying. Donald Sterling is predictable.
From Deadspin:
Stiviano: Do you know that you have a whole team that's black, that plays for you?
Sterling: You just, do I know? I support them and give them food, and clothes, and cars, and houses. Who gives it to them? Does someone else give it to them? … Who makes the game? Do I make the game, or do they make the game? Is there 30 owners that created the league?
The validity of the recording notwithstanding, we already knew this much about Donald Sterling: he is an unrepentant racist obsessed with the commodification and fetishization of black men. If, as many suspect, a combination of public and private forces impress on him to sell the Clippers, he will be roughly one billion dollars richer for his latest public act of inhumanity. Sterling is a slumlord and a misogynist and, as NBA-humping Chris Broussard of all people put it, he “has the mentality of an antebellum slave master.” The NBA, which has for three decades ignored fairly public signs of this mindset (see: Deadspin’s cavalcade of Sterling’s horrors), was finally compelled to act, launching an investigation and asking Sterling to steer clear of NBA games.

Friday, April 25, 2014

Ranking of the #2 Overall Picks Since 1984

Why not write something, right? This is a blog after all!

About a year ago, I wrote a post ranking the #1 picks in the NBA draft since 1984. Did it win a Pullitzer?

Below is a list of the #2 picks, using the same methodology as the other list, except for one small and obvious change. If the #2 pick ended up being much better than the #1 pick in that draft, that will be very beneficial for that #2 pick on this list. Just like the #1 picks list, this is a list of players as players, but also players as picks. The value of their #2 pick status will be important. This year, we'll be stopping at the 2010 draft, and we'll be excluding the tragic case of 1986 #2 pick Len Bias. Let's get it on.

26. Hasheem Thabeet, 2009: Highest pick ever to be sent down to the D-League. Let go by Memphis. Surrounded by Blake Griffin and James Harden in the draft. Geez. Poor Hasheem.

25. Darko Milicic, 2003: LeBron. Carmelo. Wade. Bosh. Enough said.

The Definitive Ranking of All 50 States

50. Mississippi
49. Alabama
48. Oklahoma
47. Wyoming
46. Idaho
45. North Dakota
44. South Dakota
43. Arizona
42. Arkansas
41. Kentucky
40. Nevada
39. Nebraska
38. Montana
37. Iowa
36. Alaska
35. South Carolina
34. West Virginia
33. Kansas
32. Utah
31. Tennessee
30. Louisiana
29. Indiana
28. New Mexico
27. Missouri
26 Michigan
25. Rhode Island
24. Texas
23. Georgia
22. North Carolina
21. Maine
20. Delaware
19. Vermont
18. Ohio
17. New Hampshire
16. New Jersey
15.  Maryland
14. Illinois
13. Wisconsin
12. Minnesota
11. Oregon
10. Washington
9. Connecticut
8. Florida
7. Hawaii
6. Pennsylvania
5. Virginia
4. Colorado
3. California
2. Massachusetts
1. New York