The Prophets 2022 NBA Mock Draft

The NBA Draft is Thursday in the Barclays Center where teams will pass on future Hall of Famers like Stephen Curry, who went 7th and just won his 4th ring and Giannis Antetokounmpo, who went 15th to the Bucks. With a class with no pre-set heroes like Lebron James and Magic Johnson who both went 1st overall, who will standout in this years draft and for years to come.

Rashad and Keven have their top 10 picks (with no trades involved) selected, see how they have this year’s draft shaping out.

1. Orlando Magic

The Pick

Rashad: F Jabari Smith, Auburn

Keven: F Jabari Smith, Auburn

2. OKC Thunder

The Pick

R: C Chet Holmgren, Gonzaga

K: C Chet Holmgren, Gonzaga

3. Houston Rockets

The Pick

R: F Paolo Banchero, Duke

K: F Paolo Banchero, Duke

4. Sacramento Kings

The Pick

R: F/G Bennedict Mathurin, Arizona

K: F/G Bennedict Mathurin, Arizona

5. Detroit Pistons

The Pick

R: F Keegan Murray, Iowa

K: G Jaden Ivey, Purdue

6. Indiana Pacers

The Pick

R: G Jaden Ivey, Purdue

K: F Keegan Murray, Iowa

7. Portland Trail Blazers

The Pick

R: G Shaedon Sharpe, Kentucky

K: F AJ Griffin, Duke

8. New Orleans Pelicans

The Pick

R: F/G Dyson Daniels, G-League

K: G Shaedon Sharpe, Kentucky

9. San Antonio Spurs

The Pick

R: C Jalen Duren, Memphis

K: C Mark Williams, Duke

10. Washington Wizards

The Pick

R: G Johnny Davis, Wisconsin

K: G Ochai Agbaji, Kansas

Rahman’s Pound-4-Pound Rankings

  1. Errol Spence Jr. (28-0-0)

2. Canelo Alvarez (57-2-2)

3. Terrence Crawford (38-0-0)

4. Naoya Inoue (22-0-0)

5. Shakur Stevenson (17-0-0)

6. Oleksandr Usyk (19-0-0)

7. Gervonta ‘Tank” Davis (26-0-0)

8. Jermell Charlo (35-1-1)

9. Vasiliy Lomachenko (16-2-0)

10. David Benavidez (26-0-0)

Notable names that are lingering around the PFP List (not in order)

  • Juan Estrada
  • Jermall Charlo
  • GGG
  • Boots Ennis
  • Josh Taylor
  • George Kambosos Jr.
  • Artur Beterbiev
  • Devin Haney
  • Teofimo Lopez
  • Stephen Fulton Jr.

* Tyson Fury was not listed because of his recent retirement.

Did 20-21 MVP Voters Miss Dame Time?

The all Association Most Valuable Player Award is an annual NBA award given since the 1955-56 to the best performing player of the regular season. It cannot be denied that the determining factors of who is the MVP and why this person should be MVP often changes. Unfortunately, MVP is usually given to the most outstanding player or the most exciting superstar of the year. While that should be included in the determination, it should not be the stand only reason. MVP determining factors should also include; the player most valuable to his team, impact, consistency, availability, circumstances, along with availability. If you took away that individual’s contributions and production, would the squad be in the same position? For many of these reasons and more is why Damian Lillard should have won his first MVP in the 2020-21 season or at least have came neck-to-neck with the winner.

Damian Lillard led the Portland Trailblazers to a 42-30 season and sixth in the west. This was pretty impressive considering his co-stars CJ McCollum and Jusef Nurkic jointly missed a huge portion of the season, CJ McCollum playing 47 games and Jusef Nurkic playing 37 games. Portland made a move before the deadline of 10 game less shortened season which brought in Norman Powell for the final 27 games of the regular season. Which left Lillard and Blazers 27 crucial games to make Norman Powell feel acclimated and help find his role with the team and making sure CJ McCollum and Nurkic find their rhythms after returning from injuries. Lillard finished the season averaging 28.8 points, 4.2 rebounds and 7.5 assists per game, leading Portland to finish second in offensive efficiency rating with an elite 117.1. When Lillard was not on the floor the Blazers scored 18.4 fewer points per 100 possessions which is historic-like stats. In February, due to injuries the Blazers were missing CJ, Nurkic and Zach Collins which would ideally seem like a recipe for a disaster month for the Blazers but Damian Lillard make sure that was not the case. During this 14+ game stretch Lillard played out of his mind, averaging a 31.6 points, 8.8 assists, and 4.4 rebounds on a 45.7/39.3/91.2 shooting split. Lillard had consecutive games of 30+ points/10+ assists games, making 38.4% of his 12 3PA and 92.8% from the free throw line while obtaining his highest usage rate and assist rate of his career. Imagine when the game was within five points in the last five minutes a player had a true shooting percentage of 82.7%. Damian Lillard did that. Lillard became the 18th player in NBA History to record at least 40+ points and 15+ assists in a game and tied his career-high in assists with 16 in a must-win game against a Pelicans team. 

It can be said that Nikola Jokic was the more consistent player throughout the season but before we say that, can we talk about the circumstances? Damian Lillard’s availability has always been great and that did not change with Lillard missing only 5 games for the season. However, this came during time of Jokic having his best month and Lillard dealing with a list of nagging injuries hindering his play before missing his handful of games. When you look back at the season of LeBron, Steph, Giannis, Jokic and Embiid you have to take into account the availability of and the seasons their co-stars were having. Even consider the complete roster of these teams. Understanding that a player like Lillard who plays PG in a season with highest usage rate of the season is going to have a harder time to score because of opponents ability to trap, double or triple team Damian Lillard. Which is opposed to bigs like Embiid, Jokic and even Giannis who frequently catch the ball in positions for them to score quickly and avoid double teams.

All in all, Damian Lillard’s may just not fit the leagues narrative for MVP winner. They have already had their undersized mid-major MVP winner with Steph Curry, the quiet assassin with Derrick Rose, and the undersized loyal hooper leading his team to an overachieving season with Allen Iverson. Despite of who you think the MVP winner was, we have to question whether or not these voters are taking the time to watch the games and do their homework instead of the player the media is pushing for MVP. Lillard finished seventh in MVP tallying this season, garnering 38 total voting points. 4 point behind Luka and only 18 points ahead of Julius Randle. Regardless of what metric the MVP voters go by, Damian Lillard should have undoubtedly been a top 3 finisher in the MVP race and arguably is the MVP of the 2020-21 season.

TURBULENCE OVER, JETS TIME FOR TAKEOFF?

Insane that the NY Jets 4-13 season could be looked at as a successful season, right? Well, that is not the craziest thing in the world to say when you look past the record. Coach Robert Saleh, was one of six first year coaches in the league won over his higher-ups and locker-room in a timely-manner. After being selected to coach the National team during the Senior Bowl, the NY Jets coaching staff not only picked up a win but was also praised for excellent management of Senior Bowl practices. Saleh spoke on how the advantages of coaching the senior bowl, especially for a team with 9 picks in this years draft and 4 in the first 38 picks. Coach Saleh is well-respected throughout the league and more importantly the locker rooms. Jets Linebacker and defensive leader, CJ Mosley was one of many to praise Coach Saleh by describing coach as “a person you want to be around”. Mosley went on to elaborate on the feelings towards Coach Saleh, saying that “He has that energy that brings people closer, that makes you want to go the extra mile for him, for your teammates and for your families.” Managing to keep a high player morale, get positive player feedback about the future of the team while showing improvements throughout a season that is not going how you planned is a testament to the job Saleh has done thus far. 

The Jets finished last in the AFC East with the worst overall defense in the NFL. The average age for the Jets week 1 defense was 25 years old. Seven of the 11 week 1 starters were 25-or-under. None of the remaining 4 being older than 30. In true Jets fashion the team was plagued with injuries throughout the season making an already historically young defense more vulnerable. The Jets lost Carl Lawson to a ruptured achilles tendon who was having an outstanding training camp with the team. Lawson have being arguably the best pure pass rusher to hit free agency this past offseason was predicted for a breakout season in his new-look Jets uniform. It was a huge hit to lose him right before the season while a fews weeks later going on to lose Safety Marcus Maye for the season as well. At one point the Jets top six linebackers were inactive on IR or doubtful causing them to sign B.J. Goodson who played one game with the Jets before deciding to retire. In the midst of injury central, the NY Jets were able to develop and discover pieces that will be vital to the Jets future success. However, it will be exhilarating for the Jets to have Carl Lawson lining up on the opposing side of John-Franklin-Myers. Franklin-Myers is an elite pass-rusher on the interior and elite run defender on the edge. Franklin-Myers tied for 18th among edge defenders with 53 pressures, the most ever recorded by a Jets edge defender in a single season since 2006. Although, this was a step down to the impact Franklin-Myers had in 2020 lining up in the interior where he ranked eighth among IDL with 51 pressures and did it on a astounding pressure rate of 14.4%, which ranked third-best among qualified IDL trailing only Stephon Tuitt and Aaron Donald which is pretty talented company. It will be interesting to see where Saleh & the Jets decide to place Franklin-Myer but do not be surprised to see him lining up both as an edge-rusher and IDL next season considering Jets still have consistently developing Quinnen Williams. Williams tied with outside DL John Franklin-Myers for the team lead with 6.0 sacks and was second with 12 QB hits to JFM’s 14.  Starting off the season with a foot injury followed by a shoulder injury and COVID Williams was stopped from having the season he hoped to have, ending the season with only 6 sacks. In his end-of-year conference Williams showed self-awareness that should make staff and fans feel good. Williams stated that, “I have games where I make big plays and I have games where I just do my job and I’m an above-average defensive tackle in the league” . Quinnen believes he has the ability to “dominate and take over games like Aaron Donald and Fletcher Cox and those guys on the elite level” if he can work on his consistency. It may sound crazy for Quinnen Williams to compare himself to the likes of those players but it’s not and here’s why. In a healthy 2020 season Williams recorded 13 sacks and 26 QBHs, which may not be Aaron Donald numbers but still is game-changing numbers. Quinnen was not the only Williams to be in a Jets uniform this season and honestly he was not the best Williams in a Jets uniform this year. Quincy Williams, older brother of Quinnen Williams was acquired off waiver wire and took full advantage to the point the NY Jets front office have began to see Pro-Bowl potential in Quincy. He responded to his opportunity by recording 107 tackles, making big plays and having highlight worthy hits. Quincy had the second most tackles on the team while playing the 3rd most snaps on the team during his time playing beside his LB running mate CJ Mosley. CJ & Quincy were the first Jets to surpass 100 tackles each in the same season since LB Avery Williamson (120) and S Jamal Adams (115) in 2018. Jets are nothing less than thrilled of this breakout, but also because they finally got to see what they paid for with CJ Mosley.

Pro-bowl Linebacker CJ Mosley being active for a majority of the season after missing two seasons meant enormous amount to not only the Jets fans but the organization as a whole. To the standards of CJ Mosley, some fans were disappointed in his season saying he looked ‘washed’ and some fans were pleased with his performance. Between not being able to build chemistry with the defense because of the injuries and returning from a two-year hiatus CJ Mosley showed disappointing lows such as 17 missed tackles and unusual bad pass coverage. However, the Jets defensive captain CJ Mosley was no slouch and showed he still has plenty left to give the Jets defense tallying 168 tackles for the season, which placed 3rd in the league. Between filling the gaps, making open field tackles or just making clutch stops for the Jets, Mosley was his vintage pro-bowl self. It will be interesting to see a healthy CJ Mosley, Carl Lawson, Franklin-Myers, Quincy Williams and Quinnen Williams lead this Jets defense next year. Potential breakout talent does not stop there for the Jets while have high hopes for 23 year old edge rusher Bryce Huff who missed half the season with injuries. Huff, a 2020 UDFA went on to play 14 games registering two sacks, 16 tackles, four tackles for loss, and four QB hits in his rookie season while playing around 26 percent of defensive snaps and becoming a regular in the front-seven rotation. Huff was named potential breakout player for the 2021-22 season seeing that Saleh’s 4-3 scheme was more fitting for Huff opposed to the 3-4 scheme the Jets ran prior to Saleh. Other than Quincy Williams the Jets breakout player turned out to be the emergence of second-year cornerback Bryce Hall. Jets made a big get with Hall making him CB1 and it paid off. Hall finished with 79 tackles (66 solo), 16 passes defensed which tied Jalen Ramsey and Xavien Howard at 6th for passes defended. Although needing to work on his ball-hawking skills, Bryce Hall has exceeded expectations and is well on his way to becoming a top flight cornerback in this league. Hall was not the only bright spot in the cornerback room, rookie corner Brandon Echols had an outstanding year. Echols who started all 14 games for the Jets certainly had his lows with the occasional tendency to give up big plays. Otherwise Echols more than held his own, even recording a pick six against Tom Brady in one of the best games from any Jets corner which resulted to winning rookie of the week. Echols showed that he deserved a spot in NYJ cornerback room next year.

Unfortunately someone who will more than likely not be in the DB room is Marcus Maye. Marcus Maye’s season and possibly time as a Jet came to an halt after he suffered a season-ending Achilles injury in an October game versus the Colts. He is set to hit the free agent market this summer unless Saleh and the Jets organization decide to bring him back, which will not be an easy task. Negotiations did not go well between Maye and the Jets last summer and Maye’s injury could make things more difficult or end up a blessing in disguise for the Jets. Jets may be able to get Maye back on a discounted price seeing that he is coming off of his achilles injury depending on whether or not Maye is in the Jets future plans. Jets have four picks within the first 38 picks, that is huge. It is difficult to put together many scenarios that don’t end in the Jets going defense for the one of the first two picks if not both picks.

Some defensive names that have been tied to the Jets draft board include; DT Demarvin Leal, CB Andrew Booth Jr, CB Derek Stingley Jr., Safety Kyle Hamilton, LB Nakobe Dean or pass rushers Aidan Hutchinson and Kayvon Thibodeaux. The Jets landing any of those names will be great additions to the returning Jets defenders along with the names they can attract throughout the offseason and it will be intriguing to see how the Jets capatlize on this opportunity of a franchise shifting offseason. The real question that people want the answer is about Zach Wilson. Is he the one to turn this Jets offense into a consistent threat? Unfortunately the jury is still out on that because of Wilson’s rollercoaster season. Wilson finished the year completing 55.6% of his passes for 2,334 yards, 13 total TDS and 11 INTS w/ a 69.7 quarterback rating. Clearly these numbers will not change a teams season for the better. Wilson, needing to improve on his decision making, consistency and accuracy managed to do that on the backend of the Jets season. Wilson’s connection started strongest with WR Corey Davis. Former Titans WR, Corey Davis had a rough season with uncharacteristic drops and ultimately spending the final month on IR with a core muscle injury. Davis will be back in a Jets uniform again next year and looking to re-establish himself as a pro-bowl WR. Alongside him will be the 2nd year WR Elijah Moore, who in his rookie season let everyone know the player he has the potential to become after a slow start the season. In 11 games Moore had 43 catches for team-leading totals of 538 receiving yards and five receiving TDs and 1 rushing TD. Twenty-five of his catches went for first downs, also the best on the team. It will be very exciting for the Jets to see if a Moore can be a emerge as a superstar WR. With the disappointing output from Jamison Crowder, Denzel Mims and Keelan Cole the Jets decided to the increase the usage of Braxton Berrios. He became the Jets lead returner, while holding on to punt return duties and becoming an high usage WR because of injuries. Braxton Barrios took full advantage of his opportunity, Berrios was announced as 1st Team All-Pro as a Kick Returner and Pro bowl reserve. Berrios became the first Jets player to make the first-team AP All-Pro since S Jamal Adams in 2019. Unfortunately for the Jets, Berrios days with the Jets are likely coming to an end after reported that he is expecting a multi-year contract averaging $9M per season. While Berrios had a fantastic season, the Jets would be insane to give Berrios $9Mil when the chances are high of finding another player who offers the same production for much cheaper. It would be surprising to see any of Keelan Cole, Denzel Mims or Jamison Crowder back in a Jets uniform next year. It can be argued that the Jets are more likely to trade for or pursue an established WR rather than bringing players back. It is important that Davis and Moore stay healthy considering those will be the players Zach Wilson has the most chemistry with. It is much expected for the Jets to spend a draft capital creating depth with another playmaker at that WR or TE position. The Tight end position was a place that the Jets struggled in a major way. Which will make the Jets followers feel good that the Jets have been tied to some of the top TE names such as Trey McBridge, Jeremy Ruckert and Jake Ferigson.

The Jets are still celebrating the amazing 2021 draft they were able to have, especially the potential steal of the night. The Jets drafted Michael Carter, the former UNC running back late in the fourth round. In 14 games Michael Carter finished by leading the Jets with 639 rushing yards on 137 carries (at 4.3 yards/carry) and 964 scrimmage yards . He also topped the team in both rushing (29) and total first downs (46). Michael Carter can well be on his way to consistent 1,000+ yard seasons. Which speaks volume to the terrific job by the Jets OL . The Ny Jets’ offensive line ranked just outside the top-10, which is amazing considering Mehki Becton played only week 1 before sitting out rest of the year. During the absence of Mehki, George Fant not only replaced Becton but managed to have a breakout year while doing it. Fant gave up just one sack in 889 snaps at left tackle. You can very much expect to see George Fant and Becton starting at the tackle positions. Jets left guard, Alijah Vera-Tucker was named to the PFWA’s All-Rookie team. AVT led the Jets offense in total snaps in 2021 with 1,026. Missing only game during his rookie season to COVID-19. Vera-Tucker was charged with only two sacks on the season which includes a 14-game streak with no sacks allowed, being that his only two came in Weeks 1 and 18.  All in all, the New York Jets are trending in the right direction with so many bright spots from this previous season. How many teams can say they received solid production from eight out of 10 draft picks in 2021 draft? The Jets can and has the ability repeat that with the position Jets have been put in to have a great offseason. If the Bengals have taught us anything, it is that a strong off-season under strong leadership followed by a healthy roster can completely change your season. New York Jets are so close yet so far.

J-E-T-S

Tokyo’s Final Road To Gold

The Quarterfinals matchups start Monday night into Tuesday morning. I am so excited yet also sad that it is coming to an end. Iran, Nigeria, Czech Republic and the host country Japan are out of the tournament. A disappointing run from Nigeria, losing all 3 games after defeating USA & Argentina in exhibition play, plus a tough draw from Czech Republic having France and USA in their group play & Japan simply not having enough to defeat Argentina.

The stage is set. Here are the games for the Quarterfinals. Starting Monday Night (9 PM EST), Slovenia, led by Luka Doncic takes on Mo Wagner and the Deutschland squad. Spain’s last ride gets a bad draw with the United States. Italy vs France, then Boomers playing Argentina to end Tokyo’s night. As a prophet, this is how I think it will play out.

Slovenia(3-0) (-14) vs Germany (1-2) o/u 182.5

Luka Doncic (who is averaging 28.3 ppg, 10.7 rpg and 7 apg) is now 16-0 in the Slovenia jersey in his career. At this rate why wouldn’t they win Gold? Slovenia scored the most points in the 3 games so far totaling 329 points (109.7 ppg). With other talent like Mike Tobey and Vlatko Cancar look for Slovenia to take advantage of this opporutnity. Germany lone win came against Nigeria but they still made the quaterfinals. Mo Wager & Maodo Lo has been the bright spots for Germany, who are missing key pieces such as Dennis Schroder and Max Kleber. Averaging 86 points per game & allowing 91 points per game, all points to the over in this game. Slovenia is the best rebounding team and has the best player in the Olympics.

Pick: Slovenia by 14, Over 182.5

USA (2-1) (-12) vs Spain (2-1) o/u 179.5

The #2 Team in the world, according to FIBA arrives to the quarterfinals with their last chance to medal. Spain’s core is old and most likely we will see a different starting lineup in 2024 Olympics in Paris. I have Ricky Rubio as a Top 5 player in the Olympics and he hasn’t disappointed. The newly acquired Cavalier is averaging 21 ppg, 3 rpg, 7 apg and leads his team in efficiency. Rubio, The Gasol Brothers and company will give it one last shot but got the bad end of the stick after losing to Slovenia in their final group play. Consolation prize? The United States. After losing to France, the United States handed out 2 big blowouts: Iran by 54 and Czech Republic by 34. Averaging 119.5 points the last two games look for USA to build on the embarrassing lost to France. Kevin Durant has now surpassed Carmelo Anthony for most USA Olympic points of All-time, look for him to add to his legacy. We should see 3 more games of USA basketball, hopefully. Spains will show pride & USA will show dominance.

Pick: USA -12, over 179.5

Italy (2-1) vs France (3-0) (-8.5) o/u 168.5

Italy is well balance team that has numerous ways to put the ball in the hoop. Their strength is turnovers, meaning they are the best Olympic team in terms of NOT handing over the rock. That will be the key if they have success going forward. With 5 guys who can fill the ‘Pts” category, including Nico Mannion from the Warriors, look for them to bring a “Team” effort across the board. France, has been impressive the entire time. The game is all about matchups, they give me the most worry of advancing to the Final Four. Evan Fournier and Rudy Gobert are my 7th and 8th player coming into the Olympics, they will need both stars to bring their A-game if they want any shot at winning gold. France is a great rebounding team and one of the most efficient, look for them to pull out a close victory vs Italy. Note: 2 games of France has hit the under (USA & Iran)

Pick: France ML, Under 168.5

Australia (3-0) (-8.5) vs Argentina (1-2) o/u 170.5

Argentina made the quarterfinals after knocking out the host country Japan with a 20 point win. Luis Scola and Facundo Campazzo of the Nuggets, lead the squad to perhaps their last run together as a duo. Argentina ranks 3rd in points but doesn’t stand out anywhere else. This team isn’t the team that won gold in 2004, actually nowhere near. They’re clearly the worse team left in the field. Australia is the perhaps the deepest team outside of the US. With NBA talent such as Joe Ingles, Matisse Thybulle and Aron Baynes they provide key roles alongside their superstar Patty Mills. Perhaps the most important piece is Nick Kay (14ppg & 6 rpg) who filled in for the injured Aron Baynes. Here are the Boomers ranks so far: 4th in scoring, 2nd in steals, 1st in Free Throw %, 3rd in rebounding, and 2nd in team defense. The Boomers were my pre-Olympic gold medal pick. Every game has hit the under for Australia, even Germany couldn’t push over the 170.5 mark. Will Argentina?

Pick: Australia -8.5, under 170.5

FINAL FOUR TEAMS

This will be my Final Four here: Slovenia vs France & USA vs Australia. Hard to see any of them lose, even having Boomers to win gold, I know it will be very difficult to beat USA again. The odds for winning gold has USA 1st at -210, Slovenia 2nd at +550, France & Australia tied for 3rd place at +900.

Bronze Medal Game

Australia vs France

This matchup saddens me deeply because I believe both teams have what it takes to win Gold. The loser coming in 4th place just doesn’t sit right with me. However, if USA stays on this hot scoring pace & Slovenia finds ways to put up points, the “defense win championship” theory comes into question. The winner will find themselves on the podium but for Bronze.

Winner: Australia

Gold Medal Game

Slovenia vs USA

The most anticipating matchup in Olympic sport history, the dominance of Team USA, winner of the last 3 Olympics vs Slovenia led by the arguably the best player in the world, Luka The Don. For all reasons above in this article, the world do not want to miss this no matter the time. USA has the talent but will it outweigh the chemistry of Slovenia? This game will clearly be high scoring and one, I believe will come down to the wire.

Winner: USA

Top 10 Players in the Tokyo 2021 Olympics

This was fun to do especially with so many opt outs and top countries not making the final cut. Teams like Serbia, that have the 2021 NBA MVP Nikola Jokic alongside Hawks starting SG Bogdan Bogdanovic & the mighty Greece team, where their leader is celebrating his first championship & Finals MVP in Giannis Antetokounmpo are all missing out of 2021 in Tokyo. Other great players like Dennis Schroder couldn’t get insurance to play for Germany & other teams like Lithuania with Sabonis just didn’t qualify.

Teams in the Olympics

  • Japan (Host Country)
  • Argentina
  • Australia
  • Czech Republic
  • France
  • Germany
  • Iran
  • Italy
  • Nigeria
  • Slovenia
  • Spain
  • USA

So here we go, ranking the top 10 Players in Tokyo 2021

10. Danilo Gallinari, Italy

He arrived late to the party due to the Atlanta Hawks making it to the Eastern Conference Finals but Gallo has been one of the most consistent international players the NBA’s ever had. In FIBA 2019, Gallo averaged 17.2 ppg, 5.6 rpg & 2.8 apg while shooting 50% from 3. Italy has more scorers now who can light up the scoreboard including the Warriors Nico Mannion, but look for the Italian veteran to prove he’s still the go to guy & the reason Italy could medal.

9. Tomas Satoransky, Czech Republic

The underdog role fits Tomas Satoransky perfectly. His 16 ppg during the qualifying round in Victoria, helped lead to upsets over Canada & Greece, including a game winner over Lu Dort. Along with Jan Vesely, look for Tomas to try and make a statement in a tough group with USA and France. Will the underdog become a hero and rise to the occasion? FIBA 2019 stats: 15.5 ppg, 8.5 apg & 5.6 rebs while shooting 48% from 3.

8. Rudy Gobert, France

The big man upfront, The Stifle Tower from the Utah Jazz, help leads a loaded France team looking to capture gold in the Olympics. Rudy Gobert is arguably the best defender in the WORLD, he’ll look to use his length to dominate the Olympics this go around. We last saw him help defeat Team USA in FIBA 2019, where he posted 21 points, 16 rebounds & 3 blocks. He’s the best big in the Olympics and he’ll prove that once again.

7. Evan Fournier, France

Just like his teammate, Evan Fournier is ready to bring France the gold. He poured in 22 pts vs USA in FIBA making France a dominating duo alongside other NBA players like Nicolas Batum & Frank Ntilikina. Fournier average 19.8 ppg, 4 rpg & 3 apg in 2019 and is poised for another great run. France takes on Team USA in their first game, Fournier will be counted on as the lead guy, to upset USA again.

6. Jayson Tatum, USA

Jayson Tatum is a top 15 player in the NBA so he has to make a top 10 list in the Olympics. This is the summer where Tatum take his defensive prowess to the next level. I mention on the Preach Kev Preach w/ Rashad Podcast Episode – Everything That Glitters Ain’t Gold – that Team USA needs to learn their roles. Tatum worked out with the late great Kobe Bryant and his role was defense. Taking the challenge to lock down France’s Evan Fournier & Czech Republic’s Tomas Satoransky in Group play is a task Tatum is made for.

5. Ricky Rubio, Spain

Man let me tell you about the one they call Ricky Rubio. As the Gasol brothers age out, Rubio remains the catalyst & most important player on the Spain team. This is Spain’s final opportunity to capture goal. If they do, it’ll all be up to Ricky. 16 ppg, 6 apg, 5 rpg from the FIBA World Cup shows all the confidence he’ll to return to the form or even better. Rubio’s game is exactly the way you want to model yourself in international play demonstrating great IQ & playmaking ability. Rubio led all scorers vs USA in the final friendly heading to Tokyo with 23 points.

4. Patty Mills, Australia

Superstar Patty Mills!!! That’s all I can say. He’s been a beast for the Boomers and if you watch international play, you’d know that by now. Australia has been disappointing the last few times out including when they had the opportunity to win Gold in 2019 but look for the team to look toward their best player to lead them to the promise land. Patty Mills has average 20+ points on the last 3 Boomer Teams (2019 FIBA, 2016 Olympics & 2012 Olympics), this is why we call him Superstar Patty Mills.

3. Kevin Durant, USA

I know what you’re thinking…THIRD? Well we know KD is arguably the baddest man on the planet, however his role is carved out for Team USA differently. He’s one of the best scorers in Team USA history and he’ll continue to do so, especially in the Carmelo Anthony role . KD is the Guard-Center of this team, which is a made up position, but he’s the tallest player on Team USA, aside from Mcgee and I think they’ll use him in numerous ways including controlling the glass which could take away from his superstardom we see in the NBA.

2. Damian Lillard, USA

Dame will take up the slack for Team USA. When in doubt, give the ball to Damian Lillard, he can make something out of nothing and he’ll be the key reason Team USA wins gold. Obviously, Team USA is loaded with talent, but he’ll still find away to lead the team in scoring and probably 3 pointers made. The Olympics is very guard centric right now and he’ll provide that as an elite option & probably the best Tokyo will see.

1. Luka Doncic, Slovenia

Are Kevin Durant and Damian Lillard better than Luka? It’s definitely a debate, but when it comes to International play, I’m taking Luka everyday and twice on Sunday. Luka won MVP at 18 and he’s carrying yet another team on his back. Slovenia has a shot and it’s all up to Luka. In the qualifying round Luka average 21 ppg, 11 apg & 8 rpg in 4 games, not to mention his historic triple double vs the mighty Lithuanian team in the Finals. Luka is the most exciting basketball player to watch in the world and honestly I don’t think that’s up for debate. Can’t wait to see how far Luka can take Slovenia.

NFL AFTER WEEK 3 RANKINGS

Week 3 is in the books, a lot of movement and finding out which teams are real and which team is not. The rankings has been consistent with teams at the top, as well as team at the bottom. Don’t let another moment go until you see the Prophet Rankings after week 3.

32. New York Jets (0-3)

Last Week Ranking: 32

(AP Photo/Gail Burton)

This could be the worse team in the NFL and I don’t think it’s close. Adam Gase is one more blowout away from being fired, but what would that really mean? The race for 0-16 is on.

Highest Ranking: 32

Lowest Ranking: 32

31. New York Giants (0-3)

Last Week Ranking: 31

Another team from New York and another way to open the season up with disaster. Rookie HC Joe Judge has a lot of improvements for this young team. However it is hard to judge them when they faced defenses like Steelers, Bears and the 49ers.

Highest Ranking: 31

Lowest Ranking: 31

30. Washington Football Team (1-2)

Last Week: 24

Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

Washington biggest problem is the QB position. Dwayne Haskins hasn’t showed any real signs through 3 games that points to him being a franchise QB. The DL is dangerous and Terry is Scary but that’s all they have going for them

Highest Ranking: 28

Lowest Ranking: 30

29. Jacksonville Jaguars (1-2)

Last Week Ranking: 21

Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

They are who we thought they were! After impressive win over the Colts and impressive lost vs the Titans, the Jags showed the world on National TV where they really stand. Can they bounce back?

Highest Ranking: 23

Lowest Ranking: 30

28. Cincinnati Bengals (0-2-1)

Last Week Ranking: 28

Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

A Tie? Joe Burrow was a couple of plays away from making the 2019 NFC East Champs 0-3. They are showing signs of what could be an incredible offense in the near future. Stay Tuned

Highest Ranking: 24

Lowest Ranking: 30

27. Denver Broncos (0-3)

Last Week Ranking: 20

(AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)

The injuries has piled up for the Broncos which make their ranking low. A team with promise seems to be stressing. Will they get their first win in Week 4?

Highest Ranking: 23

Lowest Ranking: 29

26. Carolina Panthers (1-2)

Last Week Ranking: 30

Got their first win without their star player in Christian McCaffrey. This team will be a pain in the butt all year but there is a lot to look toward for Matt Rhule and company.

Highest Ranking: 21

Lowest Ranking: 29

25. Philadelphia Eagles (0-2-1)

Last Week Ranking: 26

Someone tell me where the real Carson Wentz is. He hasn’t showed any signs of a good QB – I question can he even read the defense. Nonetheless, the Eagles are still hurt (as always) and it doesn’t appear to be getting any better.

Highest Ranking: 21

Lowest Ranking: 27

24. Atlanta Falcons (0-3)

Last Week Ranking: 22

The Comeback Kids got their name when they played the Falcons. Another late fashion lost, this team could be one of the best but they stand in their own way. The clock is ticking for Dan Quinn

Highest Ranking: 24

Lowest Ranking: 26

23. Miami Dolphins (1-2)

Last Week Ranking: 29

Dolphins went wild vs the Jags on TNF. Brian Flores has the team playing pretty well sticking with the Pats and Bills to start the season. How will they fair with another Mobile QB in Week 4, let’s find out.

Highest Ranking: 22

Lowest Ranking: 28

22. Los Angeles Chargers (1-2)

Last Week Ranking: 17

This team will be up and down all season. A team that has changed QBs plus with multiple injuries it is hard to get a real grasp if the lighting bolts are real.

Highest Ranking: 19

Lowest Ranking: 29

21. Minnesota Vikings (0-3)

Last Week Ranking: 25

Vikings made NFL History with a rusher over 175 yards and another player with over 175 yards receiving and still lost to the Titans on Sunday. They have looked better since Week 1 but still haven’t received their 1st win. Could be in store in Week 4.

Highest Ranking: 27

Lowest Ranking: 19

20. Houston Texans (0-3)

Last Week Ranking: 23

Watson is doing all he can but that isn’t enough right now. The schedule was not kind to the Texans, a very brutal start to the season.

Highest Ranking: 17

Lowest Ranking: 25

19. Las Vegas Raiders (2-1)

Last Week: 15

Raiders have to prove they can play from behind. Aside from the beautiful stadium there is still some ugly to their game.

Highest Ranking: 18

Lowest Ranking: 22

18. Detroit Lions (1-2)

Last Week Ranking: 27

Impressive win over the Arizona Cards, this team was one catch away from being 2-1 and being in control of the destiny. Stafford is Top 10 in passing without Kenny Golladay, put some respect on his name.

Highest Ranking: 18

Lowest Rankin: 20

17. Cleveland Browns (1-2)

Last Week Ranking: 18

Run the ball! That’s the success for this team — They’ll move up in they continue the 2 headed monster in Chubb & Hunt.

Highest Ranking: 17

Lowest Ranking: 18

16. San Francisco 49ers (2-1)

Last Week Ranking: 13

The injuries are mounting up yet they still win. Kyle Shanahan is doing all he can, hopefully the injury bug moves away.

Highest Ranking: 11

Lowest Ranking: 16

15. Arizona Cardinals (2-1)

Last Week Ranking: 12

Kyler Murray…. how could you lose to Detroit? It’s okay, things happen, we still believe in you.

Highest Ranking: 11

Lowest Ranking: 16

14. Chicago Bears (3-0)

Last Week Ranking: 14

The change at Quarterback helped them stay undefeated. Bears are who we thought they were.

Highest Ranking: 11

Lowest Ranking: 16

13. New Orleans Saints (1-2)

Last Week Ranking: 9

Don’t know where to peg the Saints. Brees Average Depth of Throw is extremely low. He’s missing Mike Thomas but the defense isn’t that great so far. They’ll clean it up.

Highest Ranking: 11

Lowest Ranking: 14

12. Indy Colts (2-1)

Last Week Ranking: 16

(AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

Still can’t believe Colts lost to the Jags but they dominated the Jets. Real challenge in Week 4, will they live up to the hype.

Highest Ranking: 9

Lowest Ranking: 15

11. Dallas Cowboys (1-2)

Last Week Ranking: 13

The offense is the calling card for the team and right now they’re 1 for 3. Dak lead the league in passing, that’s it for now.

Highest Ranking: 8

Lowest Ranking: 16

10. Tennessee Titans (3-0)

Last Week Ranking: 10

They probably won Week 3 because they had the Coronavirus, either way they pulled out 3 wins by kicking game winning FGs. Can they dominate for 60 mins.

Highest Ranking: 8

Lowest Ranking: 15

9. New England Patriots (2-1)

Last Week Ranking: 11

Big follow up to Week 2 performance putting up a lot of points. The big task is if they can do that in Week 4.

Highest Ranking: 7

Lowest Ranking: 10

8. Los Angeles Rams (2-1)

Last Week Ranking: 7

Rams was a DPI call from being 3-0 and higher on this list but here they are looking so much better than initially thought. Goff and the offense has gotten back on track and that’s all you can ask.

Highest Ranking: 8

Lowest Ranking: 10

7. Tampa Bay Bucs (2-1)

Last Week Ranking: 8

(AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)

They may have the best defense in the NFC but they played the Panthers and the Broncos. The offense is getting better, can we trust Brady down the line??

Highest Ranking: 7

Lowest Ranking: 9

6. Pittsburgh Steelers (3-0)

Last Week Ranking: 6

The defense played amazing in the 2nd half and the offense is getting better each week. All faith in Steelers this year to continually be in the top 7 all year.

Highest Ranking: 2

Lowest Ranking: 6

5. Green Bay Packers (3-0)

Last Week Ranking: 4

A-Aron and A-Aron are doing everything in their power making them one of the best offenses in the league. Week 4 make way for some more fireworks.

Highest Ranking: 3

Lowest Ranking: 5

4. Buffalo Bills (3-0)

Last Week Ranking: 5

Josh Allen continues to prove the doubters wrong. After giving up a 28-3 lead he proved how clutch he can be. The success is on his shoulders and he can handle it.

Highest Ranking: 2

Lowest Ranking: 6

3. Seattle Seahawks (3-0)

Last Week Ranking: 3

Russ Cooked and it was good. Another Shootout performance by Seattle and it seems that Tyler Lockett may be the most underrated WR in the game.

Highest Ranking: 2

Lowest Ranking: 4

2. Baltimore Ravens (2-1)

Last Week Ranking: 2

Lackluster performance but the only time the Ravens trail is when they play the Chiefs. They’ll be fine and will bounce back huge in Week 4.

Highest Ranking: 2

Lowest Ranking: 4

1. Kansas City Chiefs (3-0)

Last Week Ranking: 1

Is it Chiefs vs Everybody? Indeed it is. Mahomes and company looked great in Week 3 on both sides of the ball. They’ll look to keep that up vs another mobile QB in Cam Newton.

Highest Ranking: 1

Lowest Ranking: 1

NFL Pre Week 2 Rankings

Week 1 was full of exciting moments and surprising upsets. Which teams took a dive after one week of play and which team jumped. Only 1 game played so far, so no need to panic, but does your team has cause for concerns ? See the new Week 2 Power Ranking.

32. New York Jets (0-1)

Last Week Ranking: 31

(AP Photo/Gail Burton)

The New York Jets offense did not impress as predicted. Adam Gase gets another crack to show what this team can do. However, he’ll be without starting running back Le’Veon Bell and the ageless Frank Gore will start.

Highest Ranking: 32

Lowest Ranking: 32

31. New York Giants (0-1)

Last Week Ranking: 28

ESPN.com

Not a horrible start, but can this offensive line provide any room for Saquon Barkley to operate. This defense also has a lot of growing up to do.

Highest Ranking: 26

Lowest Ranking: 31

30. Cincinnati Bengals (0-2)

Last Week Ranking: 30

Bleacher Report

Bayou Bengal’s first game and it was almost a win, if not for AJ Green’s OPI call. Still needs improvement but it is good signs in the right direction for Joe Burrow and company.

Highest Ranking: 28

Lowest Ranking: 30

29. Carolina Panthers (0-1)

Last Week Ranking: 29

Charlotte Observer

Gave up a lot of points, but that was expected with a new young defense. The offense put on a show – will they be able to do it again?

Highest Ranking: 26

Lowest Ranking: 31

28. Jacksonville Jaguars (1-0)

Last Week Ranking: 32

Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

Beating the Colts was definitely a shocker. Minshew played great, trying to hold off all of the Trevor Lawrence talk. Jaguars up this week.

Highest Ranking: 25

Lowest Ranking: 31

27. Miami Dolphins (0-1)

Last Week Ranking: 25

Bleacher Report

#TankForTua to #PlayTuaNow will be the new hashtag for Week 2 after a bad game from Fitzpatrick. Small decline after high hopes for this squad.

Highest Ranking: 22

Lowest Ranking: 27

26. Las Vegas Raiders (1-0)

Last Week Ranking: 26

Sports Illustrated

Las Vegas Raiders, led by Josh Jacobs, looked great on offense. A win over Carolina didn’t mean much but can they repeat said performance in week 2 over the Saints?

Highest Ranking: 21

Lowest Ranking: 28

25. Detroit Lions (0-1)

Last Week Ranking: 24

Athlon Sports

Another “Lions will be Lions” type of game as they blew another late lead vs. the Bears. Swift, in his rookie debut scored his first Touchdown and also dropped the Game Winning Touchdown, talk about your up and down, but that’s the Lion way.

Highest Ranking: 20

Lowest Ranking: 30

24. Atlanta Falcons (0-1)

Last Week Ranking: 21

ESPN.com

The offense did what the offense do but once again Dan Quinn doesn’t have the defense to stop anyone.

Highest Ranking: 17

Lowest Ranking: 29

23. Cleveland Browns (1-1)

Last Week Ranking: 14

Cleveland.com

Browns were blown this past Sunday vs a Super Bowl caliber team. Now they face one of the bottom teams. Are we sure they’re not a bottom team too?

Highest Ranking: 21

Lowest Ranking: 27

22. Los Angeles Chargers (1-0)

Last Week Ranking: 15

Draftkings Nation

Down in the ranking after a win. They were a good kick away from facing overtime vs the Bengals. The offense did not look good — How long until the fans rant “We Want Herbert”.

Highest Ranking: 17

Lowest Ranking: 29

21. Washington Football Team (1-0)

Last Week Ranking: 27

. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

That front 4 can be, will be and should be the best in the league. This defense can carry this team as far as it can go. Still some questions and reserve on starting QB Dwayne Haskins.

Highest Ranking: 17

Lowest Ranking: 25

20. Indianapolis Colts (0-1)

Last Week Ranking: 12

(AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

Going down in the rankings should not be a surprise after losing to the Jags. What do you have left Rivers? The rankers are all over the place on this one.

Highest Ranking: 10

Lowest Ranking: 26

19. Houston Texans (0-1)

Last Week Ranking: 18

Click2Houston

Defense is swiss cheese, however Will Fuller looked good in DHop absences. The offense should take another step in Week 2.

Highest Ranking: 13

Lowest Ranking: 24

18. Chicago Bears (1-0)

Last Week Ranking: 20

Bleacher Report

Mitch with a comeback behind win vs the Lions. Keeping his job for another week.

Highest Ranking: 15

Lowest Ranking: 20

17. Denver Broncos (0-1)

Last Week Ranking: 16

(AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)

Almost a win without Von Miller, Denver will still be a surprise team this season.

Highest Ranking: 16

Lowest Ranking: 21

16. Philadelphia Eagles (0-1)

Last Week Ranking: 13

Eagles Wire

Very thankful that Wentz is still upright after a brutal beating from the team in Washington. Hopefully they will get players back to help the North Dakota State alum.

Highest Ranking: 14

Lowest Ranking: 18

15. Minnesota Vikings (0-1)

Last Week Ranking: 9

Daily Norseman

Coming in to the season, the defense had all eyes on them, and so did Aaron Rodgers. Will Zimmer get his defense back on track in Week 2.

Highest Ranking: 13

Lowest Ranking: 19

14. Los Angeles Rams (1-0)

Last Week Ranking: 23

LA Times

Aaron Donald is the best non-QB player in football. That is all you need to know.

Highest Ranking: 8

Lowest Ranking: 17

13. Arizona Cardinals (1-0)

Last Week Ranking: 19

PFF.com

Great upset to beat the NFC champion from last season. Kyler looked great to get a comeback win in the 4th.

Highest Ranking: 10

Lowest Ranking: 18

12. New England Patriots (1-0)

Last Week Ranking: 22

(AP Photo/Steven Senne, Pool)

Cam Newton broke one record for the Pats already, how many can he get the rest of the year?

Highest Ranking: 11

Lowest Ranking: 15

11. Tennessee Titans (1-0)

Last Week Ranking: 17

AL.com

Thank God the kicker made 1 FG and it was to win the game. Derrick Henry pounded the rock per usual.

Highest Ranking: 10

Lowest Ranking: 16

10. Tampa Bay Bucs (0-1)

Last Week Ranking: 8

Newsday

First Game with Brady under center, there’s room for improvement for Arians with this offense.

Highest Ranking: 14

Lowest Ranking: 10

9. Dallas Cowboys (0-1)

Last Week Ranking: 6

BloggingTheBoys

Mike McCarthy is to blame for the week 1 loss. Deciding to go for it instead of tying the game is mind blowing. We all thought coaching wouldn’t cost the Cowboys anymore.

Highest Ranking: 6

Lowest Ranking: 12

8 San Fransisco 49ers (0-1)

Last Week Ranking: 3

NBC Sports

Super Bowl Hangover? The team banged up? Oh BOY!

Highest Ranking: 5

Lowest Ranking: 9

7. Green Bay Packers (1-0)

Last Week Ranking: 10

Forbes

Rodgers is still a badddddddddd man. If he continues this play, look out NFL.

Highest Ranking: 5

Lowest Ranking: 8

6.Buffalo Bills (1-0)

Last Week Ranking: 7

Democrat and Chronicle

Josh Allen impressed this past Sunday, he was a long shot for MVP, PLACE YOUR BETS!

Highest Ranking: 3

Lowest Ranking: 11

5. Seattle Seahawks (1-0)

Last Week Ranking: 11

Northwest.com

Did Seattle just let Russ Cook? You love to see it

Highest Ranking: 4

Lowest Ranking: 12

4 Pittsburgh Steelers (1-0)

Last Week Ranking: 5

Bleacher Report

Big Ben is back and that defense is straight up filthy. How do you score on them?

Highest Ranking: 4

Lowest Ranking: 6

3 New Orleans Saints (1-0)

Last Week Ranking: 4

Daily Advertiser

Didn’t even play a great game but the Saints fall into the Super Bowl or bust category. Even without Michael Thomas having 10+ catches the offense clicked, the defense clicked.

Highest Ranking: 2

Lowest Ranking: 5

2. Baltimore Ravens (1-0)

Last Week Ranking: 2

New York Times

The Ravens aren’t going anywhere and will probably destroy anyone in their way. Lamar providing his back to back MVP case already.

Highest Ranking: 2

Lowest Ranking: 3

1. Kansas City Chiefs (1-0)

Last Week Ranking: 1

Bleacher Report

As expected, you must score at least 30 to even have a shot. Team is too talented and Clyde Edwards-Helaire was amazing to watch.

Highest Ranking: 1

Lowest Ranking: 1

The Prophet NFL Rankers: Keven Myrick, Rashad Harris, Austin Hunt, Kevin Callair

UFC 251 Fight Predictions

***WE ARE 1 DAY AWAY FROM THE BIGGEST UFC EVENT EVER!!***

You can’t truly understand how excited I am for UFC 251. Dana White has done a great job at keeping this sport alive with all this COVID-19 mess going on. These fighters are literally going to Yas Island and Abu Dhabi because Dana White turned UFC into “Fight Island”, I mean how sick is that!? And there is 3, that’s right, 3 belts on the line. I am going to give my predictions on the Main Card alone.

Amanda Ribas (9-1) v. Paige VanZant (8-4)

              Paige VanZant knew coming to this fight that she was a huge underdog and still took the fight. The thing with her is she is coming off a very long layover of not stepping in that octagon. She has only fought once a year since 2016, didn’t fight in 2017, lost in 2018, and got a win by Submission in 2019. We know just by looking at her that she is incredibly fit, but to go against Ribas, is a different story. Ribas went to decision against Mackenzie Dern (a monster) and has shown a consistent fighting pattern in her career. I have seen crazy things happen in the UFC; I just question how successful Paige will be when it comes time to step into the octagon with a very tough opponent.

Prediction: Ribas wins; It’ll go distance or by submission

Jessica Andrade (20-7) v. Rose Namajunas (9-4) Part II

              This is one fight you DO NOT want to miss!! These women are great at Submissions and have very heavy hands. One of the ‘Fight of the Year’ Award this year in question is Joanna Jedrzejczky v. Weili Zhang and Rose beat her twice already. The first fight was crazy because Rose was already boxing Andrade, but she ended up being slammed on her head. I believe this fight will stay standing up, Rose is just faster at throwing those punches and I believe it won’t go to a decision.

Prediction: Rose Wins in TKO/KO

Petr Yan (14-1) v. Jose Aldo (28-6)

              This division has some SERIOUSLY scary Bantamweight fighters. Lately, all we have been seeing is Knockout-after-Knockouts from these guys, it is crazy! Petr Yan has got this in the bag. Now, I am not knocking Jose Aldo by any means necessary. The guy is a beast and I believe he won his last fight. The guy looked good for moving down in weight and would have a success at the weight class. I am going with Yan because he has been destroying guys, the power he possesses is something extraordinary. He has defeated Urijah Faber, Jimmie Rivera, and held the belt of an MMA establishment before UFC. Yan’s wrestling will not be a factor in this fight because Aldo’s Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is just on a complete other level. Both are ready for the fight to go the distance but whoever comes out on top will be our new Bantamweight Champion. These boys are going to bring their A-game!

Prediction: Petr Yan Knockout over Aldo

Alexander Volkanovski (21-1) v. Max Holloway (21-5) II

              Another fight, another rematch and last time we saw Max, he lost his belt to Alexander, now he has a chance of redemption. This one hurts me because everyone loves Max. He does not talk trash to anyone, he has been an internet sensation during quarantine playing Call of Duty: Warzone, he is everyone’s favorite Hawaiian. I did not expect Volkanovski to take that Featherweight Belt from him. The biggest thing from that fight were the kicks he was hitting Max with, just destroying his legs, and Max didn’t checking those kicks to block them. He cuts Volkanovski’s kicks away from them he can use his reach to do what he does best- wail on his opponent’s face. It went to decision when at the very end and that was the top factor for Volkanovski’s win. Max has fought some absolute dogs in his career- Frankie Edgar, Dustin Poirier, Brian Ortega, and Jose Aldo twice and One thing for certain, this guys chin is incredible. He has banged with some of the toughest guys out there including Conor McGregor. He has the cardio to go to decision majority of the time if he does not get the KO. I feel we will hear “AND NEWWWW” from Bruce Buffer and see that hand get raised.  

Prediction: Max Holloway Decision

Kamaru Usman (16-1) v. Jorge Masvidal (35-13)

              If you guys are a fan of the sport like me, you know that these two do NOT like each other. They almost got into a fight at a press conference and have voiced multiple times through social media exactly what they thought of each other. When looking at this fight we need to take in a few factors. One, Jorge took this fight on 6 days’ notice. That is insane. He has wanted to get in the octagon and settle his beef so bad that he hasn’t even went through a fight camp. Which brings me to my second point, Jorge does not need a camp. Yes, it would be ideal, but even Dustin Poirier brought up that he was training with him in the gym during his last fight. We must remember that Jorge started by his videos on YouTube with Kimbo Slice beating people up in a backyard. The dude is an animal! My third and final point, this guy has been on an outstanding streak. Started when he KO’d Darren Till, then gets the fastest KO in UFC history (0:05) against Ben Askren, and then wins a made-up Bad Mother F***er Belt against Nate Diaz. Now this guy has a chance to fight for the Welterweight Belt to add to his success. Most guys look at Usman’s stature and immediately think he takes peoples heads off. I mean look at his record, only one loss. That is not quite the case, he has gone the distance in his last 6 fights (Colby Covington doesn’t count because it almost made it). His last actual KO/TKO was in 2017. I am picking Jorge because he has the ability to go all 5 rounds, has fought longer than he has even been in MMA, and has KO power. Usman has been training for a completely different fighter (Gilbert Burns) but because Burns tested positive for COVID-19, can-not make it. Only way I see Usman winning is takedown, but if Jorge stops it, he goes home with that brand-new Welterweight Belt.

Prediction: Masvidal decision or KO

I know one thing is for sure, you guys will not want to miss this Main Card. These fights are insane and it is going to be a great show!!

Corbin Snellings follow me on twitter @cbizzle93

UFC Writer for The Prophets

10 Best QB’s Over the age of 30

Age in sports can be a tricky thing. Sometimes it can be construed as having experience, being a true veteran, or defying Father Time. There are other times when age can be interpreted as old, past your prime, or a shell of himself.

The real answer is probably somewhere in between. Two things can be true at the same time. Someone can defy Father Time but also be past their prime. You can lose a step and tail off physically but by having a sharp mind, being highly prepared, and a skilled veteran you can outwit the more athletic opposition.

With advancements in training, modern medicine and recovery methods age in sports isn’t as easy to decipher as it once was. Athletes are now playing well into their thirties and even forties in some cases at a high level. As we gear up for the upcoming 2020 season all of those clichés and factors have been taken into account as I rank the 10 best quarterbacks over the age of 30.

1. Russell Wilson: If not for Lamar Jackson’s historic season I believe Russ would be the reigning MVP. He carried a team beat up on the offensive line and at running back late in the season all the way to a playoff win on the road. You could never count the Seahawks out of any game. Seattle was 10-2 in the regular season in games decided by eight points or fewer, and they won their 11th one-score game against the Eagles in the Wild Card round. At only 31 years old I’m sure we have many more years of Russ and his heroics. He truly lives up to his nickname of DangeRuss.

2. Aaron Rodgers: Word on the street is Aaron is on the decline. He’s 36, so it is possible but I think another year in Matt LaFleur’s system will silence talks of the 2 time MVP showing his age. The last three seasons haven’t gone as planned for Rodgers and the Packers, but he’s still a threat to win MVP and complete a spectacular pass at any given moment.

3. Matt Ryan: Matt’s career has been up and down since the immaculate 28-3 comeback by the Patriots. He was named MVP in 2016 but then saw his touchdowns nearly cut in half from 38 to 20 in 2017. The 12-year pro replicated his MVP season statistically in 2018 but the team went 7-9. Then in 2019 his interceptions doubled to 14 and again the Falcons missed the playoffs. Even with all that being said, there aren’t to many guys you would take over Matty Ice to have under center.

4. Tom Brady: At age 42 Tom doesn’t possess the arm of his younger years, but what he brings mentally, leadership wise and experience wise is invaluable. He didn’t have much to work with in his last season with the Patriots but in Tampa having Godwin, Evans, and his buddy Gronk, he could be in line for an impressive season.

5. Drew Brees: Like Tom Brady Brees’ arm might not be what it once was, but tell that to the NFL record book. With seemingly every throw another record goes down. It’s fair to mention however over the last 2 seasons down the stretch Drew hasn’t looked the same and in some respect cost the Saints 2 playoff games. Enjoy Drew this year, because it could be his last.

6. Kirk Cousins: Kirk is easily the most disrespected QB in the NFL by pundits. The “win a big game” narrative hangs over his head tirelessly but any unbiased critic would tell you that Cousins played at an elite level this past season. As a Viking he’s completed nearly 70% of his passes, thrown for 7,900 yards to the tune of 56 TD’s and 16 INT’s. Yes, Kirk has his flaws as all QB’s do but that is high level production, and he belongs right there in that 2nd tier of quarterbacks.

7. Matthew Stafford: Stafford in my opinion is the sole reason the Lions remain relevant and relatively competitive in games. Stafford played like a top-five quarterback early on before the back injury became too much, and he had to be shut down for the season. Once he was out the Lions didn’t win a single game. At 32, I would hope he can somehow find his way out of Detroit to a better situation because a guy this talented deserves better.

8. Philip Rivers: Rivers has had more than a few inconsistent and turnover filled years recently. But one thing about Philip, when he has a running game and a clean pocket, he still has a cannon and can still make all the throws. He won’t have the receiver weaponry with the Colts that he had with the Bolts but with a pretty solid offensive line, running backs and defense he could be in line for a redeem season.

9. Ryan Tannehill: The 2019 Comeback Player of the Year took the Tennessee Titans on a joyride they won’t soon forget. In 10 regular season starts he paved the way for the Titans’ playoff push going 7-3 amassing a 69% completion percentage, 2600 passing yards, 22 passing TD, 4 rushing TD and only 5 interceptions. Was last season fools gold or is this magic carpet ride just beginning?

10. Ben Roethlisberger: A 38-year-old passer coming off major elbow surgery doesn’t sound very appealing to me. Big Ben played 1 full game last year and won’t have much time to prepare and get ready for this season. He’s never been known as a workout warrior but could the year off be just what the doctor ordered? Will he be motivated and rejuvenated enough to perform at a high level and get his team back to playoffs? I wouldn’t bet on it but I can’t wait to see Big Ben take on the challenge.