Thanks for the 500 TPs and the title of "Trade Deadline Guru.” Will go great with the trade ideas thread 🤣
Sorry bud — think I have you beat. By quite a bit…. I have 15 points. And not sure what you mean by “8 Possible Points.” Why would it be capped there?
Justin Jackson traded = 2 points
James Wiseman traded = 1
Jakob Poeltl traded = 1
Jae Crowder traded = 1
Russell Westbrook to the Jazz = 2
Malik Beasley to the Lakers = 2
D’Angelo Russell to the Lakers = 2
Mike Conley to the Wolves = 2
Nikael Alexander-Walker to the Wolves = 2
I also called the precise trade Stevens offered to the Spurs before the Thunder deal was ever done…. Pop just didn’t take it, so we settled for Muscala.
Title Defense = Complete
Roy refers to a player, the player, not players—singular, not plural, references. The scoring is weighted more heavily towards us, not other players on other teams, since we’re obviously most interested in us. The singular references and weighting clearly imply a perfect score is 8 if you can somehow throw out six trade ideas and get all the points for each line item:
Two points for predicting the Celtic who is traded.
Two points for predicting the team he is traded to.
Two points for correctly predicting any specific asset we acquire (i.e., Jae Crowder; OKC #1; etc. Cash does not count.)
One point for predicting a non-Celtic who is traded to another team.
One point for predicting the team he is traded to.
Lines 4-5 only get you two of two possible points for the line items no matter how many non-Celtics to non-Celtics teams you get right (again, read the singular references). A literal interpretation is that 75% of the game is getting lines 1-3 right (since they are 6 of 8 possible points). Each line is a singular reference. The whole point is to figure out what the future holds for the Celtics, and then some non-Celtic tiebreakers are used to sort things out if needed.
For your scoring to work in your message above, the rules would have been written with plural references, not singular references, so something like this:
“One point for predicting each non-Celtic who is traded to another team.
One point for predicting each team each non-Celtic is traded to.”
That game is obviously a lot easier to play than the 2023 game Roy outlined for us because some teams are not as tight-lipped as the Celtics, there’s obvious rumors all throughout the league, etc.
Although your forecasts of non-Celtics were impressive, a literal reading of the 2023 rules gives you 4 of 8 possible points since you correctly guessed Jackson would be shipped, but did not correctly guess to whom and for who/what. That part is clearly much harder to guess, so a reasonable interpretation is that those are the four points that were hardest to get in the game.
Frankly, I’m surprised nobody got all the points available on each line item. We’ve got some amazing folks in here, including you, Todd. I see exactly where you are coming from, but that’s not the rules. If your interpretation was correct, the rules would read something like this:
“Two points each time you predict a Celtic who is traded.
Two points each time you predict a team a Celtic is traded to.
Two points each time you correctly predict any specific asset we acquire (i.e., Jae Crowder; OKC #1; etc. Cash does not count.)
One point each time you predict a non-Celtic who is traded to another team than Boston.
One point each time you predict the non-Celtic team a non-Celtic player is traded to.”