Dansby Swanson (R), 21 percent, Atlanta Braves at Colorado Rockies (LHP Kyle Freeland): Coming off a down year, it behooves Swanson to get off to a good start, increasing job security while Johan Camargo is on the shelf. He’s doing just that, with a chance to keep the momentum with the series finale at Coors Field, enjoying the platoon edge on a southpaw looking to bounce back from surrendering a pair of homers to right-handers.
Wake remained an integral part of the Miami defense in 2017 by starting every game and providing 10.5 sacks off the edge. Wake had 11.5 sacks in 2016 and his 92 career sacks leave him second in franchise history behind Jason Taylor.
Wake is set to make a base salary of $8 million in 2018 in the final year of the two-year deal he signed in 2017.
To account for that, Basketball-Reference.com uses a more complicated formula that accounts for the team’s offensive rebound rate and the number of missed shots available: (FGA + 0.4 * FTA – 1.07 * (OR / (OR + OppDR)) * (FGA – FG) + TO). However, the difference between teams’ relative positioning using those two formulas are relatively small — too small to account for the discrepancy that Andy observed between the Rockets and Warriors.
The 24-year-old Rawls signed with the Seahawks as an undrafted rookie in 2015 and had an outstanding first season, rushing for 830 yards on 147 carries and out-performing Marshawn Lynch in the Seahawks’ offense. But Rawls was injured and ineffective for most of the next two years, and the Seahawks decided not to tender him in free agency this year.
Now Rawls joins a Jets backfield that also includes Isaiah Crowell, Bilal Powell and Elijah McGuire. He’s not a lock to make the 53-man roster, but if he could regain his rookie form he’d be a big boost to the Jets’ offense.
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So why not pick All-Offensive teams? Of the 12 players I’ve mentioned as candidates, only Williams is not realistically in consideration for an All-NBA spot. For the most part, the All-NBA teams are the All-Offensive teams. And that’s OK.