Madison Bumgarner, San Francisco Giants

The Deal: 5 Years, $35 Million (with 2018, 2019 Club Options)

AAV: $7 Million

Average WAR Value: $31.54 Million
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Madison Bumgarner was only 22 years old when the San Francisco Giants extended him early in 2012. Since he’d shown ace potential in 2011 with a 3.21 ERA over 204.2 innings, it was worth a shot.cheap nike nfl jersey
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Bumgarner had little trouble carrying his 2011 success over to 2012. And when his extension actually started in 2013, that’s when he evolved from budding ace to mega-ace.

He logged over 200 innings and posted an ERA under 3.00 each year between 2013 and 2014. He was the only pitcher to do that, so there’s an argument that he deserved better than to rank eighth among pitchers in rWAR for those four seasons.nike nfl jerseys cheap china

WAR also can’t encapsulate what Bumgarner did in the 2014 postseason. He turned in a 1.03 ERA over 52.2 innings. It’s arguably the greatest October run ever by a pitcher, and the Giants wouldn’t have won their third World Series in five years without it.china nike nfl jerseys cheap

Although the lefty has run into injury trouble over the last two seasons, he’s continued to pitch like an ace when he has been healthy. If he can keep that up, he should have no trouble collecting appropriate riches after he’s finally free of his contract after 2019.

Answering Biggest 2018 NBA Draft Questions for Every Projected Lottery Team

There are questions about how each projected lottery team should strategize for the NBA draft. And teams who miss the playoffs can’t afford to screw up their pick.

General managers must decide whether to fill needs or take their best player available, even if he plays a position the team is already set on.cheap nike nfl jerseys wholesale93ce1c24c4696aebe486f83d5114a05a_crop_exact

The draft is also an opportunity for franchises to reset. Some teams could explore trading up, down or out.

We pointed out the biggest question each projected lottery team will face and offered a solution.

The projected draft order is based on NBA standings heading into April 8.

Biggest 2018 NBA draft question for the Phoenix Suns: Should the Suns draft Luka Doncic to play point guard or one of the bigs to play center? cheap nfl nike jersey

The Suns will have the best chance of winning the lottery. And they’ll most likely be choosing between Slovenian star Luka Doncic, a guard and excellent passer, or one of the top college bigs.

Deandre Ayton has generated the most No. 1 buzz from the NCAA field. He comes off as a mix between DeMarcus Cousins and Karl-Anthony Towns—skilled bigs with post games and the ability to stretch the floor with their jump shots.

But Ayton had trouble defensively at Arizona, as did Marvin Bagley III at Duke. And the Suns are already the NBA’s worst team in defensive efficiency cheap nfl jerseys china nike , per ESPN.com. Do the Suns value Ayton’s and Bagley’s offensive upside and choose not to overthink on their defensive concerns?china nike nfl jerseys cheap

Doncic isn’t known for his defense, either, but based on his position, he’s less likely to hurt the team’s defensive identity than a poor rim protector would.

2018 NBA Draft Big Board: Ranking the Top Prospects in the NCAA Tournament

Scouts will be put to work this year during the NCAA tournament, which will host dozens of must-track NBA prospects.

Thirteen of our 14 projected lottery picks will be participating, including the draft’s likely No. 1 overall pick—which we haven’t seen the past two years with Markelle Fultz and Ben Simmons.

The following big board excludes overseas players or those playing in the NIT or CBI. They are ranked on NBA potential and not college basketball impact.

No. 30. Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk (Kansas, SG/SF, Senior)

A 6’8″ wing making 3.1 threes per game at a 45.3 percent clip, Mykhailiuk will lean on his jumper for an NBA contract. He’s having a career year behind the arc, but a tough one inside it, converting just 42.7 percent of his two-point attempts.china nike nfl jerseys cheap

No. 29. Jalen Hudson (Florida, SG, Junior)

Hudson will earn looks for his shooting off the catch (43.6 percent) and dribble (40.7 percent). He doesn’t pass (1.0 assists per game), rebound (3.9) or defend at nike nfl jerseys cheap china a noteworthy level, but his shot-making gives him a chance to stick as a specialist.559047fd9c3b8e987428ab3daeb0716a_crop_exact

No. 28. Gary Trent Jr. (Duke, SG, Freshman)

Trent’s size (6’6″, 209 lbs) and shot-making (85 threes) will give him a chance. He needs to improve his off-the-dribble game and defense. A below-average athlete for an NBA wing, cheap nfl jerseys china nike Trent shoots 41.6 percent inside the arc, and he averages just 1.7 assists and 5.0 rebounds per 40 minutes.

No. 27. Jalen Brunson (Villanova, PG, Junior)

Brunson lacks NBA speed and athleticism, which raises questions about how much of his college success will translate. Some team should be willing to find out with a second-round pick, though if he carries Villanova to the Final Four,cheap nfl nike jersey  that could lead to interest from teams in the 20s.