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The Best NBA Top Shot Resources To Explore

It’s been about a week since our last article at One37pm on NBA Top Shot and boy have some major things happened. At the time that article was posted, the record for sales in one day on NBA Top Shot peaked at around $6 million on January 24th.  

One month later, all previous records have been absolutely shattered.  Check out the new sales data on the official website.

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The new record high for sales in one day peaked at over $40 million (!!) on February 23rd, 2020.  

But what has led to the parabolic rise? Well, a lot. NBA Top Shot is everywhere on the internet these days. Barstool Sports, ESPN, Social Media Influencers, and even NBA players themselves have joined in on the hype. 

We have seen NBA players including LaMelo Ball, Josh Hart, Damion Lee, PJ Washington, Cole Anthony, and more talking about NBA Top Shot on Twitter. Watch this clip from Sacramento Kings star rookie, Tyrese Haliburton, talking Top Shot in a post-game presser.

For people reading this article and hearing about NBA Top Shot for the first time, I imagine there are a ton of missing pieces.  In case you need a refresher, I broke it down here: What is NBA Top Shot?  

The industry is flooding with thousands of new users every day, so it may be hard to find the best tools and resources to stay up to date and educated on what’s happening with NBA Top Shot. We have you covered.

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This may seem like an obvious resource, but there are some important aspects to be aware of when navigating the NBA Top Shot website. New Top Shot users should navigate to the ‘Community’ tab, where they can find two key resources. The first resource is the ‘Getting Started Guide.’ 

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Using this resource, new users are able to read about the product basics of NBA Top Shot. The ‘Getting Started Guide’ includes information on:

  • Explaining the queue
  • The Official NBA Top Shot Challenge Guide
  • A guide to challenges
  • The Xs and Os of retired moments
  • The Codex
  • Fees & Finances
  • Welcome to The Beta

All of this information that is provided to you directly by the official website, is a great way for a new user to dip deeper into the water that is NBA Top Shot.

NBA Top Shot Discord

The second key resource provided by NBA Top Shot’s “Community” tab is the official Top Shot Discord. For those of you new to Discord, it is an instant messaging platform that is specifically designed for building communities. The Top Shot Discord has a lot of channels to it, so I will highlight what I have found to be the most useful.

Stress-testers-announcements: The primary function of this channel is to communicate ‘Stress Tests’, which are pack drops. Pack Drops are great ways to start building your collection at a low cost and are critical for new collectors to be a part of.

Site-status-issues: The Top Shot website is still in beta, so maintenance is regular. This channel lets users know when the marketplace is live. During maintenance, users are not able to buy, sell, or gift moments.

General: The general channel can be used to communicate with tens of thousands of other Top Shot users in an open forum. As you may expect, things become a bit toxic from time to time. I avoid this channel for the most part but check in every once in a while for entertainment.

Buying/Selling/Marketplace-chat: This is one of my favorite channels to hang out in. A user can post moments that are for sale or even inquire about a specific moment they are looking to purchase.  Often in these channels, you may be able to strike a deal for a moment if you reach out to users via Discord DM.

Top Tools for Market/Moment Analytics:
Crypto Slam

Cryptoslam is one of the simplest tools for analyzing the Top Shot market. The information is provided in a straightforward and easy-to-digest format for users. The four charts on the top show users’ data and trends that are key when evaluating the market.

CryptoSlam

Today’s Sales Volume: The number shown in USD is the value of all marketplace sales over the past 24 hours.  

Today’s Market Buyers:  The number of users making a purchase on the marketplace over the past 24 hours.

Today’s Market Sellers:  The number of users selling a moment on the marketplace over the past 24 hours.

Today’s Mints: The number of newly minted moments over the past 24 hours.

Also included on Crypto Slam, are the latest sales, listings, and moments minted.  This is all provided to the user in real-time.  

Crypto Slam is one of my staple NBA Top Shot tools to form an analysis on the current market state.

Evaluate Market

Evaluate Market is my personal favorite tool to use for all things NBA Top Shot. On the website’s homepage, users can see a snapshot of total market sales in terms of dollars and volume. I spend the majority of my time on Evaluate Market in ‘Moments,’ ‘Account Value,’ and ‘Market Movers.’

Moments

On the moments’ page, users are able to do a deep dive into the analytics on an individual moment. Users enter the name of the player and the moment (Set/Series) they are looking to analyze.  

For example, check out the analytics on the LeBron James, Base Set (Series 2) 3 Pointer.

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Users are able to see all relevant data points related to the specific moment in a one-stop-shop. Market Cap, % of Packs/Owned, Average Sale Price Trend, and Volume Trend are just a few of this useful tool’s offerings.

Account Value

I hate to admit it, but the Account Value page is one of the resources on Evaluate Market I find myself using most often.  There’s just something about hitting the F5 button on this page and watching the value of your account move.  

The Account Value tool allows users to search any username on NBA Top Shot and see what their account is worth using current marketplace lows. 

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Also, when searching an account name, users are able to see details on each individual moment owned.  Included features are lowest ask, purchase price, moment, category, set, and serial.  Also, by clicking on the moment icon, users are taken to the moment evaluation page I highlighted above.

Market Movers

Last but not least, we have the Market Movers feature.  This tool allows users to filter by ‘Avg Floor Today’, % Change (24 hr), and Floor Volume.

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This can be used to identify moments that are trending down or up, which is very useful when making a decision whether or not to invest in a moment.

Twitter accounts to follow:

Twitter is one of the best places to stay up to date on everything happening NBA Top Shot. I listed a few of my favorite Twitter accounts (including mine) that I recommend following.

@NBA_TopShotThe Official NBA Top Shot Account

@TheFirstMintThe First Mint was one of the first NFT / Top Shot accounts I followed.  They cover everything NBA Top Shot and provide some of the best real-time info on Twitter. Be on the lookout for their new website coming soon!

@OwnTheMomentNFTOwn The Moment provides in-depth analysis and strategy on how to succeed as a collector on NBA Top Shot.

@PeterOverzetWelcome to the CLUB! The world’s first NBA Top Shot comedian who hosts a live stream called ‘Club Top Shot’ on Youtube (most recently featuring Warrior’s Damion Lee.)

@Bobby2NiceeMy Twitter account where I drop tidbits on my NBA Top Shot thoughts/experience.

Bobby’s Best Buy

Spencer Dinwiddie 

Layup – Base Set (Series 2)

Lowest Ask: $24

Brooklyn Nets guard, Spencer Dinwiddie, is currently out recovering from a partially torn ACL.  Recently an article was published where Dinwiddie expressed his desire to return to the action this season and how his recovery is ahead of schedule.  Presumably, any return to action would happen during a Brooklyn Nets playoff run.  IF Dinwiddie does return, and IF the Brooklyn Nets win the championship, this could be the only moment we see Dinwiddie in a championship-winning season. At $24, he would be a bargain.

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Conclusion

NBA Top Shot has solidified itself in the NFT and NBA world as a product that is here to stay.  These resources will help you stay up to date and educated on all things NBA Top Shot and allow you to become sharper as a collector and/or investor.  Stay tuned for more content coming soon around NBA Top Shot!

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How To Invest In LEGO

2020 saw the rise of numerous nontraditional markets: From sports card trading to the recent explosion of NBA Top Shot and other NFTs, folks are finding ways to make money in more ways than ever before. Personally, I love investing in LEGO because the process combines my love for bricks with business. With that in mind, I wanted to bring you some of my favorite tips and tricks for getting involved in the LEGO investment game.

1.) Set a budget and a timeline, as well as some guide rules:

It’s important to ask yourself some questions before you get started. How much can you afford to spend, and how long are you willing to sit on your investment? The last thing you want to do is invest money you can’t afford to lose! LEGO sets are never guaranteed to go up in value, but most do over time. We all have to make our best-educated guesses at which sets are worth holding onto because investing in LEGO is rarely an overnight money-maker.

Another more product-specific question is what condition of LEGO sets would you like to collect? Will you only buy sealed sets? What about sets with damaged boxes? Will you only buy Minifigures? Would you buy sets and sell them individually piece-by-piece? Set some ground rules for how you’ll invest to ensure you aren’t buying junk and/or everything you can get your hands on (believe me, I’ve done it!) Of course, you can change your mind as you get deeper into the game, but it’s a good idea to set some ground rules so that you’re not investing your money on everything you come across in your LEGO hunts.

2.) Research LEGO themes and current events to see what suits you as an investor

As is the case with all markets, what’s hot ebbs and flows. That said, LEGO Star Wars, Castle, LEGO Ideas, and LEGO Creator Modular buildings are always safe bets to go up in value, as they’re some of the most timeless series in the LEGO lineup. Some of the early modular buildings are worth double or triple their original price tags, not to mention certain LEGO Star Wars sets’ value increases.

Another good tip is to watch current events. When Kobe died, the sets he came in skyrocketed. When Gina Carano was fired from The Mandalorian, her Minifigure tripled in value from $7 to over $24 inside of one week! Just like the stock market, you’ve got to watch trends and ride hype waves as they come and go.

3.) Dedicate a space to store your sets/figures

LEGO can take up a lot of space. The better condition your LEGO sets/Minifigures are in, the more valuable they will be, so you don’t want to cram your sets in a corner or in your garage. Find a place to store your sets that is away from pets, smoke, sunlight, or anything else that can damage your investment pieces. LEGO sets are toys, but if you’re investing in them, need to treat them like cash. You wouldn’t leave your nest egg crumpled up in a corner of your room, would you?

4.) Find some deals!

This is one of my more open-ended tips, but it boils down to exploring all of the marketplaces available. In the 21st century, there are so many avenues through which you can buy your LEGO sets. Consider yard sales, garage sales, thrift stores, antique stores, used toy stores, Facebook marketplace, Craigslist, OfferUp, and anywhere else you can think of for conducting your purchases. Beware of scammers though; if you’re meeting someone from online in-person, do your best to verify the authenticity of sets, and always meet in a public location (I recommend the parking lot of your local police station for large cash transactions!) If you’re buying online, only buy through verified or well-reviewed sellers.

5.) Make an exit strategy

This final tip comes full circle and compliments my first tip: Plan, plan, plan. Just like investing in the stock market, you’ve got to set a plan for when you’ll cash in. Are you looking for a short-term investment? Are you looking to hold onto products for years? 5 years? 10 years? When it’s gone up 50% in value, or maybe doubled? These are all good factors to keep in mind as you’re making your purchases and building out your investment strategy.

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Producer Kato Shows Off the ‘Fit He Rocks in the Studio

Since the genre’s inception, hip-hop and fashion have been inextricably linked. Rappers and producers are trendsetters. Where would Adidas be without their iconic collaboration with RUN-DMC? Streetwear isn’t only dynamic, but increasingly global. You can’t possibly keep your finger on the pulse of contemporary streetwear by simply shopping at American retailers.

Luckily, JD Sports is finally available in the U.S., and—through their Global Access program—is offering exclusive gear you can’t find anywhere else. We partnered with legendary producer Kato to showcase how he rocks some of the freshest JD Sports clothing and shoes in the studio to demonstrate the full style possibilities available to the modern sneakerhead.

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From fly Nike T-shirts to Global Access exclusives like the Air Max 97, you can’t possibly make beats without getting a fresh ‘fit off. Air Maxes are also immensely comfortable for long studio sessions, making them a great pair of sneakers for artists and fans alike.

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Between the cozy Nike sweats and Air Max 97s, Kato shows off a timeless ‘fit that you can wear at home, in the studio or on the town. With JD Sports, the possibilities are endless.

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I Just Learned About NFTs A Week Ago: A Newbie’s First Impressions

About a week ago, I was working on a project that, honestly, I just wasn’t all that jazzed about. 

I’ve been writing for a while in the tech space, mostly covering topics like cloud services, cybersecurity, and JavaScript optimization—things that may not be super exciting to most people but that I’ve got enough exposure to via my training as a developer to discuss with some level of understanding. 

On this particular day, though, my work had more to do with legal and regulatory requirements in an area barely adjacent to my primary areas of interest. Yay.

So, in a highly predictable moment of distraction, I found myself on Twitter, where I came across this tweet by one of my favorite content creators, Gary Vaynerchuk:

Passionate seems a little strong for something I know nothing about, I thought. And yet…

I was intrigued. So, being the voracious Googler that I am, I dug a little deeper. 

After I finished what I was originally working on, of course.

Anyway, over the next few days, I went and found everything I could about NFTs. What follows is one tech enthusiast’s take on an incredible new(ish) technology that might have some pretty wild implications for the future.

What even is an NFT?

I’m not going to take up too much time here defining NFTs, because there are plenty of resources about that (and here’s one!,) but it’s good practice to let you know that NFT stands for “non-fungible token.” 

Still, as one introductory guide to NFTs put it, “trying to understand an NFT through the expansion of its abbreviation is like answering the question ‘what is an mp3?’ with ‘it’s a MPEG Audio Layer-3.’” 

The key word here, then, is “fungible.” 

A fungible asset is something that is mutually interchangeable with something else of its kind. 

There are plenty of these on the blockchain; Dogecoin is a fun example. So, if I sent you one Dogecoin from my wallet, and you sent me one of yours at the same time, nothing really happened aside from the two of us paying some unnecessary fees. What makes NFTs special, though, is that each one is unique. No two people can own the same token, and they can’t be divided into smaller units. 

This doesn’t mean you can’t exchange them, of course. But if you do trade one NFT for another, you do so knowing that even if they both command the same price on a certain day, the value for each is determined only by the demand for it.

But rather than getting into the technical and financial details, let’s have a look at a couple of interesting contemporary use cases.

Digital Art
Everydays: The First 5000 days – Beeple (Mike Winkelmann) | via Makersplace

One of the most popular applications of NFTs at this particular juncture in spacetime is digital art. 

Even outside of the digital world, the art space has always struck me as a funny one. There’s no way exactly to quantify what a piece is worth — though you would expect it to be at least the cost of the materials with some consideration for the time taken in its creation. But what about the time taken before that, in learning how to create it? And then, what if it has some particular cultural relevance or encapsulates a moment in history? 

All this comes into play when art collectors determine how much they’re willing to fork over for a piece, and they’re going to want some kind of proof that they’re dealing with the original work. This part is tricky because people have become quite adept at producing fakes. 

With NFT art, however, the ability to verify authenticity is baked into the blockchain. The technology is designed for meticulous recordkeeping, making the owners and creator of a particular work decidedly unquestionable. 

So yeah, I can copy and paste Beeple’s Everydays: The First 5000 Days until my computer crashes — which it might, because at a whopping 319 MB, it’s pretty beefy for a JPG. But unless I hit up Christie’s auction house with a digital boatload of Ether come auction time, my newly-conceived dreams of legitimately owning this historic piece will, for now, remain just that: Dreams. 

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Steph Curry 3 Pointer | Via NBA Top Shot

Sports memorabilia has come a long way since the early days of trading cards back in the late 1800s. Collectors still covet both antique and contemporary cards, but NFTs have allowed a newcomer to step onto the scene — officially-licensed “Moments” from NBA games via Top Shot.

A “Moment” is a high-definition highlight from a particular game —often from several different angles—along with details about that highlight, such as player stats, box score, the game scores, the number of tokens of its kind, and more. If you look at the Moment shown in that gif of Steph Curry, you’ll get a better picture of what this is all about.

The thing that makes this incredibly dope to me is that it seems to be what sports cards always wanted to be. Bringing together HD footage with 3D animation and a nice soundtrack seems like the perfect way to immortalize the best highlights of NBA history going forward, and more broadly, moments from other sports and live performances as well. 

What comes next?

I could go on (and on and on) about awesome things happening with NFTs right now. Still, as someone deeply interested in the technology itself, I can’t help but think about some of the more practical applications for something like an NFT. 

For example, what if the title deed for a house lived on the blockchain in the form of an NFT, supported by a smart contract? This guy who had to take a 400km round trip twice to have a deed reprinted could’ve saved himself and his family a lot of time on the road.

Or what about ticketing systems? Digital technology is already eliminating fraud in the NFL, but NFT tech could take what’s already been done a step further by allowing purchasers to see a clear chain of ownership. 

I can even see governments adopting the tech years from now in the form of state-issued identification. How cool would it be if NFTs were used as secure, verifiable driver’s licenses, vehicle registrations, or social security cards? You’d never have to worry about leaving them behind or losing them again!

It only seems natural that as the world moves more and more away from physical paperwork, the only thing stopping us from digitizing important documents like these is the problem of authenticity and security. After spending the last week learning about NFTs, I believe we’ve found a solution.

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NFTs Are Changing the Music Industry Right Before Our Eyes

Special thanks to Cooper Turley of Audius and Jeremy Stern of Catalog for feedback. 

An NFT by electronic musician Jacques Greene recently sold on Foundation for 13ETH — over $23,000 US. 

The audio-visual clip teases out a few seconds of an unreleased song of his called ‘Promise’.

https://foundation.app/jacquesgreene/promise-640
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But this purchase is for more than just the artwork itself. As Jacques writes, “this NFT represents not only a 1of1 AV but the publishing rights to the song upon its release, in perpetuity.”

Now this, to me, is an incredibly exciting thing to see. And not only because Jacques and I are both musicians and both from Montreal.

But because this is one more early example that nudges us ever closer to the following hypothesis: That we are at the beginning of a massive overhaul of this thing we’ve collectively decided to call the “music industry”. And that every facet of said industry will feel the aftershocks of this tectonic shift.

Welcome to the Stone Age

I recently wrote a beginner’s guide to NFTs and spoke of how they are about to change pretty much everything. This article both zooms out of NFTs and into the wider edges of what we can call the web3 revolution, and it zooms in on where these changes meet music. 

To create a succinct story around what this future of music will look like would be a fool’s errand. We are just beginning to touch these new tools for the first time. It’s like we’re in the Early Stone Age, and we just accidentally made the first hammers ever. We’ve just picked them up, and we’re feeling their weight; we’re hitting them against things and seeing if something goes boom. 

So instead of speculating on exactly where this all goes, this article walks through five examples of people, projects, and platforms that are giving these brand new hammers a good smacking. 

This is in no way an exhaustive list. There are hundreds, maybe thousands of experiments underway. 

My hope is that these examples begin to outline for you the possibilities of what’s to come. I encourage you to use the infinite landscape of your imagination to color in the rest. 

Alright, back to Jacques Greene

In his tweet thread announcing the ‘Promise’ NFT drop, Jacques Greene said that he recently “got out of a long, pretty bad publishing deal.” Now that he’s an independent songwriter, he’s elected to sell the publishing rights to this song to whoever wins the auction. 

That could theoretically be anyone. It could be a fan, a friend, another publisher who feels they could do better with his music. Maybe a music supervisor who already has some placement ideas for ‘Promise’ and wants more skin in the game. 

By creating an NFT around these rights, they become not only verifiably ownable but also tradeable. Once the song is released, the demand for these rights may go up as the song grows in popularity. Maybe the NFT changes owners. Maybe it changes owners a hundred times. 

The NFT could also theoretically be fractionalized, meaning it could be cut up into smaller pieces and sold to multiple owners. Maybe a fungible token is created that represents fractional ownership of the NFT, enabling hundreds, thousands, millions of people to participate in the publishing rights of this one song.

Of course, these different scenarios might be discussed and decided upon in a separate agreement between Jacques Greene and the primary buyer. While the proof of ownership of this NFT will be stored on the Ethereum blockchain, the actual flow of rights and royalties is not baked into the smart contract.

But you can begin to see a future where they are baked in. What happens when agreements that were once paper contracts turn to code? Suddenly the flow of rights and royalties becomes way more agile, flexible, malleable. Suddenly the options a creator has with the ownership and therefore incentives tied to the success of their work approach near infinity.

A custom built NFT Shop by 3LAU

We just saw how your superfan could, in theory, become your publisher. Clearly, the roles and relationships between artist, core team, and fan are beginning to blur. 

Another artist is committed to the continual blurring of these lines in 3LAU. 

The electronic artist has been immersed in the crypto scene for many years and has been essentially carving the path for musicians into the realm of NFTs. 

After a number of successful NFT drops, 3LAU — along with the team at Original Protocol — has now built his own custom NFT auction and marketplace. On Thursday, February 25th, the bidding will open for 33 rare Vinyl NFTs that represent his best-selling album Ultraviolet

The winner of these NFTs will also receive access to unreleased music, limited edition physical vinyl, and the top bidder will win the opportunity to create a custom song with 3LAU himself. Talk about an intimate connection with the artist.

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In a recent Clubhouse room announcing the project, 3LAU shared his vision of creating a long-term, close-knit relationship with his collectors. He plans for these NFTs to have ongoing utility, providing access to future exclusive content and closer access to him and his work. 

Because he’s built a custom marketplace, 3LAU truly gets to create whatever he wants. The art of the project extends past the actual music and into open questions like “how can I provide more value and access for fans, and how do I want to monetize that value?”

In a lot of ways, this release format gives the best of both worlds to creators and collectors. 

3LAU gets to own his platform and marketplace. But the actual NFTs live on the Ethereum blockchain, and therefore transcend the digital “walls” of his website. They can be moved about the wider Ethereum network — showed off in a VR gallery-like GeniusCorp’s Cryptovoxels vinyl shop, or bought and sold on Opensea or other marketplaces. 

It’s like owning a game skin, but the game’s environment is the entire (new) Internet. The use cases are truly endless.

Catalog: The Bandcamp for NFTs

Not everyone is going to build their own NFT shop. Catalog gets this. So they are building out the Bandcamp for audio NFTs. 

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Set to launch within the next few weeks, Catalog allows artists to press 1-of-1 digital records as NFTs. These NFTs do not represent the rights or royalties associated with the song (like we saw with Jaques Greene’s) but act more like a canonical representation of an artist’s work on the blockchain. As the team puts it, 

“Catalog records represent the true original version of your work online. These are unique, one-of-one records that exist on the internet forever, beyond the limits of our platform, and can be traded in open markets.”

This means that fans can now own the original pressing.

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The future of collecting may be less in owning the thing that nobody else has, and more in owning the thing that everybody else has.

https://www.e-flux.com/journal/85/156418/my-collectible-ass/

As we spoke about in the guide to NFTs, this is a bit of a mental jump for us. We’ve learned to think of digital content in a certain way, but the perception of stuff on the Internet as tactile, distinct goods will increase as we venture deeper into the web3 renaissance. And with that, the verifiably original pressing of “Hotline Bling” for instance will hold tons of value. 

The same way we learned last week that the Nyan Cat meme is worth 300ETH to someone.

Another inherent aspect of Catalog NFTs (as with all the NFTs we’ve discussed) is the artist or creator fee. This is a percentage that the artist sets at the time of minting, which is paid to the artist every time that NFT sells on the secondary market, in perpetuity. 

This is another huge shift for artists, allowing them to capture the increasing value of their work overtime. An artist on Catalog will be able to capture the cultural value of their art as it grows, over and above the traditional royalties earned. 

Catalog intends to become a community-owned project, which means its artists and collectors will eventually control the majority of the network and its decisions. They are also building on top of the Zora Protocol, which has created a type of NFT structure (called a zNFT) that bakes the actual market into the NFT itself. This means that Catalog doesn’t take any transaction fee, and as a zNFT moves about the Ethereum ecosystem, so too does its market. 

This is truly “platformless media”.

Audius: The web3 Steaming Model

Alright, so we’ve covered a bunch of NFT projects and technologies that are just bursting with potential. 

But what’s about streaming music? Does that fit into all of this? Or are we stuck with the same old “Spotify model” forever?

Streaming platform Audius intends to give that last question a resounding “no!”

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Audius is building a decentralized streaming platform. What this means is that the actual content uploaded to the site doesn’t exist on servers that are owned and operated by Audius itself. Instead, distributed “operators” are incentivized to run nodes that store the content and metadata on the platform. This allows for a whole lot of fun stuff, which we’ll get into shortly. 

The beauty of Audius is that, while all this is running under the hood, the average user has no idea. Using Audius feels like using any other streaming platform you’re accustomed to. You just…play music. Make playlists. Do the things. 

Because of its ability to abstract away all of the friction that usually comes along with a lot of early crypto tech, Audius has seen a huge wave of early adoption — with over 2.6 million monthly active users. Every user on Audius has a crypto wallet, and most don’t know it yet.

But the power of this decentralized library of content and code is immense. First, the content transcends the platforms. Much like the “platformless media” of NFTs, this means that the music and its streaming data are not beholden to the continued existence of Audius itself. If the website disappears tomorrow, the content is still there so long as the nodes stay online. This content is also completely open and permissionless, meaning anyone can build anything that “hooks in” to it.

You and I can build another frontend website that takes all the same content as Audius, but ours is better because we really like the color pink, and our whole website is pink. (If you wanna do this, please DM me.)

Or, in a more impactful example, we can build out ways of monetizing this content in up-until-now completely unexplored ways. 

And this is exactly what Audius itself is attempting to build. With the rollout of their native token $AUDIO, artists, curators and fans alike will be able to play in the experimental sandbox of earning and trading coins on the platform. Audius’ vision is to have its platform and the eventual uses of $AUDIO be community-led. 

But make no mistake, if we, the artists, don’t like how things are going down on Audius, we can build our own new frontend. That’s the beauty of it! No siloed control means more freedom for artists and audiences alike. 

Right now, Audius is completely free, and artists are encouraged to upload content, build playlists, and establish their following. The longer-term vision is to roll out monetizing products that allow artists to get really creative with their rollouts. And because the idea is to be a community-led initiative, it is the artists themselves who get to ideate and vote on what gets built. 

How about an album that charges listeners a set amount once they’ve listened through the album twice? Or a song that changes endings when you tip the artist? How about a song where the first 100 listeners get a percentage of future earnings? Or, a favorite example of mine from a podcast with the Audius founders, what about a gated album that can only be streamed at a certain altitude? Mile high club just got a whole new meaning. 

Up until now, we’ve been given very few options in how to distribute and monetize music. Highly centralized and opaque systems like Spotify and Apple Music get to essentially dictate what a song is worth. But this is a rather flat and boring way of doing things. The world of music is diverse. An artist’s catalog itself is filled with all sorts of different flavors and sounds. Why can’t the distribution and monetization of that music be just as eclectic?

Tokenized Communities and $RAC

We’ve looked at a lot of the ways that content online is changing, and we’ve begun to outline how the distribution of this content can create stronger ties between artist and fan. 

Now let’s dig a bit deeper into how online communities are about to take on a whole new level of meaning in our lives. 

The grammy-award winning artist and remixer RAC has been dipping into the world of crypto for quite a while, leading highly successful initiatives with his audiovisual NFTs and redeemable token drop $TAPE.

In October of last year, he announced the creation of his own artist token $RAC. He included an initial distribution plan of $RAC to his most loyal audience — Patreon supporters, Twitch supporters, etc. 

https://blog.ourzora.com/home/introducing-rac
Zora

A social token like $RAC allows the artist to create strong ties with his community that transcend any one platform. Up until now, we’ve been building our Instagram followers and our YouTube subscribers and the like. But these relationships are truly owned by the platform itself and not the creators. 

A community token allows you to attribute value to your online family and allow that value to flow through that family in any number of ways. These are the building blocks for creators and communities to build their own online worlds. 

One growingly common use-case for a social token is to act as admission to a gated Discord community. To access certain locked Discord channels, you’d need a certain amount of $RAC. Another popular community doing this is Friends With Benefits, which currently requires you to hold 55 $FWB in your crypto wallet to gain access. 

But Discord entry is just the beginning. This provides a community with the power of its own economy. As the community grows, so too does the value of its economy and, therefore its token. This value can then be used to incentivize those within the community and those who want in — in any manner of direction. The ways a social token can be used are thus limited only by the creativity of that artist and community. 

The $RAC token is built on Zora’s protocol. Platforms like Mintgate and Seed Club are a few others playing in this social token space. 

We just covered a whoooole lot.

And yet, we’ve barely begun. We didn’t even touch on how this stuff leaks into live events and ticketing, PROs, data flow, and tons more. 

One could go through all of this and say, jeez, we are really on our way to turning the arts into this hyper-financialized space that’s all about money. 

That’s one perspective. But this is how I see where we are currently at… 

The arts are now entering the blockchain ecosystem, a space that has in a lot of ways been shaped by those who got here first. The DeFi (decentralized finance) space exploded in 2020 and laid the cultural groundwork within this new world. 

But now artists are coming. And the culture is shifting — the words we use are changing, the ways we design and build things are changing.

In a recent YouTube Live, Jon-Kyle of Mirror said, “it’s not ‘let’s make the world feel like we live in a bank’… it’s ‘let’s make the rest of the world feel broken’”.

As you dive deeper into these new technologies, the current online world does start to feel entirely broken. And boy, oh boy, does the music industry feel broken… 

In December 2020, I — like all artists on Spotify — received my 2020 Artist Wrapped analytics. The number that struck me most was that 170 listeners streamed my catalog more than any other artist on Spotify. I was blown away. Like, there are a lot of artists on Spotify. And you listened that much to Lil’ ol’ me? 

https://open.spotify.com/artist/70JkpECHBzs79FOYemfHwk?si=gswjhntvRVKqemEB8lk0Bw
Spotify

Don’t get me wrong, I’m thankful for the discovery tools that Spotify has built for artists like me to find fans. But don’t you find it strange that I have no idea who those 170 people are? That I have no way of finding them, reaching them, telling them “thank you, I love you, let’s be best friends”? 

Doesn’t that feel broken?

We are still in the Early Stone Ages of the Internet. 

And we just made the first hammers ever. What will we build?

Bonus Round: EulerBeats

Getting into all this? Good. Here’s a little homework for ya if you want to go deeper…

Step 1 — Read this tweet:

Step 2 — Now read this tweet:

“DAO” stands for a Decentralized Autonomous Organization. We’ll get more into what those are in a future article. 

Step 3 — Visit eulerbeats.com, and good luck getting any other work done today.

https://eulerbeats.com/
EulerBeats

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A Guide to Sorare: The Proper Football NFT Platform

If you haven’t heard about NFT’s over the past few weeks, then where have you been?

A lot of the focus has been on NBA Top Shot, but we are here to tell you about Sorare, the next NFT sports platform exploding right now.

If Proper Football, sports cards, fantasy sports, or FIFA Ultimate Team are your jam, this is the NFT for you.

So what is Sorare?

Sorare is a Football (Soccer) NFT platform blending licensed Digital Collectibles with the gamification and reward potential of Fantasy Sports, all built on Ethereum blockchain.

Where NBA Top Shot purely focuses on collectibility in typical sports card fashion, Sorare changes the game, allowing users to not only build their sports card collection but become ‘managers’ and use their cards to compete each week for rewards and prizes.

For example, this Kylian Mbappé unique sold for $65.6k (on November 29th, 2020), but should actually reward the buyer for 10 + years based on Mbappé becoming one of the world’s best players and therefore helping return healthy in-game rewards, as well as accumulating stored value based on scarcity as per the world of NFT’s.

Sorare

Each Sorare card holds the same attributes as other NFT assets; the token cannot be copied or taken away from your possession.

Sorare already has official licenses with 126 clubs including the likes of Liverpool FC, Real Madrid, Bayern Munich, and Juventus, and are adding more all the time, meaning you can buy some of the world’s best and most recognizable players straight away on the platform!

The Hype

You thought NBA Top Shot was big? This is the leading NFT platform for the most popular sport globally—catering to the 3.5 billion fans of football worldwide.

Sales momentum is growing. In the past week, it hit over $1.8m in volume, but compared to NBA Top Shot which hit a sales volume of $17m in the last 24 hours alone (according to cryptoslam.io), the hype for Sorare is only just beginning, and the potential is huge.

There have been some pretty impressive sales on Sorare recently, including a Cristiano Ronaldo Unique card selling for $102k

There is a little more to get your head around than with NBA Top Shot, so here is everything you need to know.

How can I get started? Building your team

Head to Sorare, create your account and login.

When you start you are awarded with 10 common cards to build your team.

You can then purchase players in a number of ways:

‘New Market’ auctions – these are cards minted by Sorare and you will be bidding against other Sorare players

Transfer Market – here, you can directly purchase players other Sorare Managers have put up for sale, whether through the buy it now listed price or through direct offers to owners

*Pro Tip: This may not work for much longer, but I have found a few auction bargains in the early hours (GMT time) whilst others have been sleeping. Stateside you may be able to use this to your advantage!

There are 4 card levels: Common (these cannot be sold on the marketplace), Rare (100 cards exist), Super Rare (10 copies exist), and Unique (you guessed it, just the one!)

This means that there are only 111 player cards of value minted per season, and released gradually during the season!

If a player leaves their real world team, and joins another team in a league that Sorare analyzes from a data perspective, your card will continue to earn points.

Bruno Fernandes is a great example here. His cards were minted in the 19-20 season when he was playing for Sporting, a team under license by Sorare.

Only 11 Fernandes cards have been minted as he left Sporting to join Manchester United in January 2020, and as such no new Fernandes cards have been minted since as Manchester United are not yet under license by Sorare. 

Players who own his 19-20 Sporting card still earn points each game week, but no new cards are being introduced into the market, so these cards are absolute gold.

You can buy players using your credit card or with Eth by connecting a Metamask or Coinbase Wallet via WalletLink.

It goes without saying the rarer the card, the higher the price, and whilst the superstars we all love and know can be deemed as expensive, there are plenty of hidden gems for you to unearth just beneath the surface.

If you think a young player is going to break through and become a football superstar, put your money where your mouth is and pick him up early for cheap – Timothy Weah for me – I’m still hoping he can emulate his Dad!

If you are right, the rewards could be massive.

Entering Leagues

As a new manager, you will be able to enter the Rookie League which will reward you with Common and Rare player cards based on results.

At this stage, you will need to compose a 5-a-side team with your cards with your choice of formation – 1 Goalkeeper, 2 defenders, 2 midfielders, or attackers

Points are attributed to your card based on real-world performances, scored up to a maximum of 100 per card and your position in the league will be ranked against other managers.

Each week your cards earn XP points that can add multipliers to the cards in-game, and allow you to compete in higher divisions and win rewards.

You can also assign a Captain, who will earn bonus points so pick carefully.

Gameweeks run Tuesday to Friday, Friday to Tuesday and you can compete in the Rookie League for eight game weeks, after which you have to put on your big boy pants and enter the regional and global divisions.

Leveling Up

There are three global leagues for you to participate in:

  1. Rookie League: Only eligible for your first eight-game weeks
  2. All-Star League: Made up of four divisions
  3. Under 23 league: Made up of four divisions, and players have to be under 23 

Card level criteria differ for each league, meaning you have to think strategically about how to level up and if you want to compete in higher leagues—bear in mind, higher leagues will mean less but potentially more fierce and experienced competition!

You can also submit players to the Training League to level up XP!

Sorare

There are also regional leagues that open up based on enough licensed teams from that region playing in a given game week:

  • European Champions League: Player cards have to represent teams in the top five European football leagues
  • American Champions League: Players have to represent licensed teams covering MLS, Superliga Argentina, Liga MX, Colombian Primera A & Brasileiro Serie A
  • Asian Champions League: Players representing teams in the J-League, K-League & Chinese Super League
  • European Challenger League – Players from outside the top five European leagues

As you build your card collection, you can actually enter multiple leagues in the same game week.

 *Pro Tip: As football is the global game and Sorare’s are mopping up licenses around the world, it means seasonality is less of an issue. 

Consider building your team to take advantage of leagues such as the J-League & K-League, where other managers may miss opportunities. Who doesn’t want a vested interest in Kawasaki vs. Yokohama?!

The Tactics

You can take a few approaches to play Sorare:

  1. Play to earn based on scaling up your team via the fantasy rewards structure 
  2. Invest and speculate: You could buy players and flip for short term profits or hold youth prospects for long term value 
  3. Hybrid: The purest form of the game and what I enjoy – I’m building my team to earn my rewards now and create a long term store of value

*Pro Tip: Sorare has an awesome community, so follow the Discord or Telegram where people will be happy to help get you started as well as regular AMA’s!

Sorare’s Potential

With sports cards still booming and the world of NFT’s taking hold, Sorare takes the NFT structure and makes it engaging, exciting, and brings you back each day for more. This tied in with my belief that platforms based on official IP will be the dominant forces in this space; I think Sorare is just getting started 🚀.

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NFTs Give Digital Artists and Musicians Superpowers

What a week! The NFT scene is seemingly garnering more mainstream attention with each passing day. As an OG in the NFT and overall crypto space, it’s been quite amazing to watch the adoption of the technology happen in real-time. I’ve never seen this much NFT conversation happening on Twitter, let alone national television.

Currently, much of the conversation has been around NFT trading cards like NBA Top Shot, original collectibles like CryptoPunks, generative art projects like Art Blocks, and digital art drops from established artists like Beeple. While big NFT sale numbers from these projects capture the headlines, the underground NFT Art and Music scene continues to innovate. Many of us have been on the NFT grind for years with the knowledge that this technology has the power to liberate creators both big and small, and it’s happening!

NFTs Matter to Creatives

In this brave new world of tokenization, NFTs should matter to every creative. Why? Because tokenizing (the process of making an NFT) your work effectively gives you superpowers!

It’s true. Blockchains like Ethereum and Flow enable us to have true digital ownership over our creations in the form of scarce, cryptographic tokens—NFTs. But not only does tokenizing provide a permanent record of provenance and ownership, but the NFT itself is also an asset that is easily tradable around the world 24/7/365.

Basically, the tokenization of media is forever changing the way we distribute content, monetize content, and connect with a global audience.

Connie Digital

As a creator of both art and music, I personally think the music/audiovisual category of NFTs is really exciting and has tremendous promise. Not only does the technology give artists another potential revenue stream by selling NFTs, but it can also give us a perpetual revenue stream in the form of royalties each time one of our NFTs trades hands. Like I said, superpowers!

Art and Music NFTs

It’s a digital renaissance. The programmability and collectibility of NFT Art and Music provide us the ability to make a living on our own terms, without middlemen. Blockchain technology empowers us to experiment and try things with art and music that were never possible before.

In my personal exploration of NFT Art and Music, I’ve tokenized 3D and animated artworks, MP4 song visualizers, a lyric video, and more. Because I decided to turn my work into NFTs, I was able to digitally monetize beyond advertisements and streaming services. Additionally, my tokenized work has the benefit of compatibility within the Metaverse.

What the hell does compatibility within the Metaverse mean?

Good question. All it means is that my NFTs can be used inside blockchain-based virtual worlds like Cryptovoxels, Decentraland, or Somnium Space. The term “Metaverse” simply refers to this collection of open, persistent, and shared virtual space and economy.

Connie Digital

Today, a fun way to appreciate an NFT collection is to interact with it inside a virtual gallery, night club or storefront within the Metaverse. This virtual world component serves as a unique, more engaging type of listening and viewing experience. People around the world can visit such a virtual destination on their web browser in one-click. Once in-world, visitors can stream music, browse an NFT Art exhibition, and potentially purchase a new NFT for their collection.

Like I said, superpowers!

Bullish on NFTs

It’s truly amazing how early we are. The NFT economy has seen a boom from Q4 2020 into Q1 2021. The eyes and ears coming into the scene now will undoubtedly bring lots more innovation. That said, expect more excitement. Expect tons more experimentation; expect more legacy institutions to take notice; expect artists to lead the way.

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Where Elite Sneakerheads Can Now Go to Stock Up on the Latest Gear

Try as you might, it’s difficult to maintain a grasp on international style if you only rely on American retailers. Luckily for us, UK-based retail giant JD Sports is finally opening stores in the US. The 40-year old British brand has got some of the best sneaker options on the market, from big names like Nike all the way to burgeoning brands like Danner, in addition to other gear you might need for the cold winter months—like Timberlands and Champion sweats. You could truly browse through the catalogue for hours and hours, so we did it for you. Feel free to browse anyway. Here are ONE37pm’s favorite items available now from JD Sports.

Sneakers
1. Nike Air Max 97
https://www.jdsports.com/store/product/mens-nike-air-max-97-casual-shoes/prod2770629?styleId=DH4092&colorId=001
JD Sports

The Air Max 97 is in the midst of a renaissance. It’s really one of the most versatile shoes ever released by Nike. Couple that with their immense comfort and the hype around chunky shoes, and you’ve got yourself a no-brainer. There are numerous colorways to choose from at JD Sports, so browse around and find the best pick for you. These are also a Global Access exclusive, so you can only get them at JD Sports.

Buy Now at JD Sports, $170
https://www.jdsports.com/store/product/mens-nike-air-max-97-casual-shoes/prod2770629?styleId=DH4092&colorId=001
2. Nike Air Force 1 Low
https://www.jdsports.com/store/product/mens-nike-air-force-1-low-casual-shoes/prod795980?styleId=315122&colorId=111
JD Sports

No collection is complete without a pair of icy Air Force Ones. You can’t always wear colorful sneaks, so sometimes minimalism is the best option. Consider these for outfits featuring vivid pants or shirts. Let the outfit do the talking and use the kicks as the cherry on top.

Buy Now at JD Sports, $90
https://www.jdsports.com/store/product/mens-nike-air-force-1-low-casual-shoes/prod795980?styleId=315122&colorId=111
3. Puma Future Rider Eat Ur Veggies
https://www.jdsports.com/store/product/mens-puma-future-rider-eat-ur-veggies-casual-shoes/prod2821608?styleId=37542301&colorId=060
JD Sports

The resurgence of retro styles over the past few years has opened up a world of possibilities for comfort and flash. This entry from Puma checks all the boxes. The thick suede and veggie colors scream nostalgia, and the overall shape of the shoe signifies a commitment to comfort. These are great for lounging around the house or putting together a vibrant outfit, depending on your mood. The Pumas are another Global Access exclusive; you won’t find them anywhere else.

Buy Now at JD Sports, $80
https://www.jdsports.com/store/product/mens-puma-future-rider-eat-ur-veggies-casual-shoes/prod2821608?styleId=37542301&colorId=060
4. Air Max 2015 Running Shoes
https://www.jdsports.com/store/product/mens-nike-air-max-2015-running-shoes/prod2787953?styleId=DC2022&colorId=600
JD Sports

The Air Max line has put out hits even in more recent years. This model is intended for running, but the red iteration makes a great statement for some of your more muted outfits.

Buy Now at JD Sports, $180
https://www.jdsports.com/store/product/mens-nike-air-max-2015-running-shoes/prod2787953?styleId=DC2022&colorId=600
5. Adidas NMD R1
https://www.jdsports.com/store/product/mens-adidas-originals-nmd-r1-casual-shoes/prod2763986?styleId=FV9153&colorId=001
JD Sports

The NMD was a massively popular silhouette upon its initial release. With that popularity came numerous releases of various colorways. JD Sports carries a wide array of NMDs, so if you’re a fan of the silhouette, take a look at all of their color options and find the right option. The blush green and cream white are especially fresh.

Buy Now at JD Sports, $140
https://www.jdsports.com/store/product/mens-adidas-originals-nmd-r1-casual-shoes/prod2763986?styleId=FV9153&colorId=001
6. Nike Air VaporMax Plus Running Shoes
https://www.jdsports.com/store/product/mens-nike-air-vapormax-plus-running-shoes/prod2770771?styleId=924453&colorId=004
JD Sports

It’s been a huge year for VaporMax, with good reason. They’re unbelievably comfortable and the tech will keep you bouncy and ready to roll. It’s one of the more hyped sneakers in the game right now, so $200 is a great price for a sneaker that will probably go up in value. Cop the black if you’re trying to stay low-key or the red if you want to stand out.

Buy Now at JD Sports, $200
https://www.jdsports.com/store/product/mens-nike-air-vapormax-plus-running-shoes/prod2770771?styleId=924453&colorId=004
Boots
7. Timberland 6 Inch Premium Waterproof Boots
https://www.jdsports.com/store/product/mens-timberland-6-inch-premium-waterproof-boots/prod1260119?styleId=10061&colorId=WHE
JD Sports

We know this list is for sneakerheads, but it’s wintertime. There’s really no boot more associated with sneaker culture than the Timberland. For when it’s too snowy out there to flash your freshest kicks, cop a pair of Tims so you can flex from the warmth of a comfy boot.

Buy Now at JD Sports, $198
https://www.jdsports.com/store/product/mens-timberland-6-inch-premium-waterproof-boots/prod1260119?styleId=10061&colorId=WHE
Sweats
8. Nike Sportswear Club Fleece Embroidered Hoodie
https://www.jdsports.com/store/product/nike-sportswear-club-fleece-embroidered-hoodie/prod2767732?styleId=BV2654&colorId=063
JD Sports

It’s hoodie season. This entry from Nike is stylish, understated and—perhaps most importantly—warm. The embroidered logo gives it a more refined style than your traditional printed hoodie and the slim cut gives it a more chic fit than your everyday baggy sweatshirt. We’re partial to the heather gray.

Buy Now at JD Sports, $50
https://www.jdsports.com/store/product/nike-sportswear-club-fleece-embroidered-hoodie/prod2767732?styleId=BV2654&colorId=063
9. Champion Reverse Weave Embroidered Hoodie
https://www.jdsports.com/store/product/mens-champion-reverse-weave-embroidered-logo-hoodie/prod2788983?styleId=GF685900&colorId=600
JD Sports

Not a Nike fanatic? Then maybe Champion’s got the right hoodie for you. The reverse weave construction is warm and comfortable, and JD Sports carries a color that pairs with almost any pair of sneakers. This is a great piece for layering or wearing on its own; the possibilities for outfits containing a Champion hoodie are truly endless.

Buy Now at JD Sports, $65
https://www.jdsports.com/store/product/mens-champion-reverse-weave-embroidered-logo-hoodie/prod2788983?styleId=GF685900&colorId=600
10. Sonneti London Jogger Pants
https://www.jdsports.com/store/product/mens-sonneti-london-jogger-pants/prod2824112?styleId=SNM12523&colorId=050
JD Sports

We had to include a pair of sweatpants on the list, as they pair nicely with a wide range of sneakers and keep you warm in the cold winter months. These slim joggers can be understated or eye-catching, depending on what sneakers you pair them with. They’re a great option for lounging around the house, or can be taken to the streets with the right outfit construction.

Buy Now at JD Sports, $30
https://www.jdsports.com/store/product/mens-sonneti-london-jogger-pants/prod2824112?styleId=SNM12523&colorId=050
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I’m Matt Sponhour, Here Are 4 NBA Trades I’d Like to See

This has been an already turbulent NBA season for trades, so I wanted to take a stab at a few potential options that we might see some time this year. I followed a few criteria for making this list. First, I wanted to make sure these were trades that were beneficial to both teams and actually made sense. Bradley Beal to the Nuggets for Bol Bol is a fun idea but certainly wouldn’t happen. Second, I used ESPN’s trade machine to calculate the financial aspect of the trades, confirming that they’re actually possible from a logistical perspective. 

I’m not saying that these trades will happen, but these are some well-calculated possibilities that could make the league even more competitive. The season is just starting to really heat up, and a boon to, say, the 76ers or Nuggets roster could absolutely change the playoffs landscape. So, without further ado, here are four potential trades for this NBA season.

1. Kyle Lowry to the 76ers
Mike Ehrmann / Getty Images

For Tyrese Maxey, Danny Green, Matisse Thybulle, and one 1st round pick

The Raptor’s 2019 Finals victory cemented Lowry as a player who could play a key role for a championship team. There are rumors floating around that there’s a decent possibility that the Raps might be looking to move on from him. Personally, I want Lowry to stay on the Raptors and end his career there. On top of that, the Raptors have already started to turn their season around, which might mean that they chose not to blow their roster up. That being said, if they do move him, this is what I’d want to see. 

Going to the 76ers would make sense for a few reasons. One, this would give Philly another shot creator on the perimeter, something they definitely could use. This would give them the option to put out an unreal starting five with Simmons, Embiid, Harris, Curry, and Lowry all on the floor. However, it might be in their best interest to have Lowry run the bench unit instead, which I think could also work well. The flaw of this trade would be that it would leave the 76ers very shallow on the bench, but I think they can swing deals to help their 2nd unit out and make this work. Simply put, this is a win-now move for a team that should be serious contenders

As far as the Raptors go, if they make this move, they’re going to be in a period of rebuilding. The reason why I think this trade works is because I seriously believe in Maxey as a player. Frankly, I’m higher on him than I should be, but he has the potential to turn himself into a serious offensive threat. That means that if the Raptors are trying to reset, I’d love for them to pick Tyrese up. Danny Green is a veteran who can space the floor. He’s pretty much just in this trade to make the money match, but I could see a scenario where the Raps involve a 3rd team to flip him for another pick (probably a 2nd). Even if they can’t, he’s on an expiring deal, so it’s not going to affect them long term. This trade would give the Raptors a very solid young core and an extra pick which is about the best they could do in a Lowry trade.

Overall, I think this trade would benefit the Sixers hugely for this season and the Raps down the line. It works for both teams if the Raptors decide to go this route. 

2. Bradley Beal to the Nuggets
Patrick Smith / Getty Images

For Michael porter Jr, Gary Harris, R.J. Hampton and two 1st round picks

Truth be told, Beal probably won’t get traded.  The Wizards have been bad this year, but they’re on a nice winning streak right now, so they might be turning the corner. Nonetheless, this would be a good possibility for him if that ever seems to no longer be the case. The Wizards totally botched this offseason. Westbrook isn’t necessarily better than Wall, and they’re the ones who gave up the pick to make the swap. They’ve had major defensive problems up to this point, and their salary cap isn’t due to clear up any time soon. It’s hard to imagine this team could put the pieces around Beal to make the Wizards contenders.

I think if they do decide to blow it up and start over, this trade will give the Wizards a good start, netting them a young star in the making with MPJ. on top of that, you’ve got some solid prospects and FRPs to make a reasonable package. I thought about giving Washington an AD/Harden level return for Beal, but I don’t know if he’s quite at that level, even with the season he’s having.

The Nuggets’ side is simple; they add a 3rd star. I understand if they want to wait for MPJ to develop; in fact, I might if I were them. He’s got the potential to be a top 10 player in this league if everything goes right. That being said, there’s a real chance they get impatient and pull the trigger.

3. Khem Birch to the Nets
Jim McIsaac / Getty Images

For Landry Shamet and Timothé Luwawu-Cabarrot

If you’ve watched a Nets game since the Harden news, you know two things are clear. One, these cats aren’t playing defense, and two, they really need another center. Deandre Jordan, at this point in his career, can only do so much. Losing Allen clearly altered their roster more than they anticipated. Birch has been great rotationally for the Magic; he’s good with pick-and-rolls and doesn’t need to take a ton of shots to make an impact. The last thing the Nets need is another shot-taker. While I don’t think he would be a game-changer for them, he’s a center who can play a role and give some solid minutes, which is exactly what they need. I’m sure Drummond is their first choice but that’s gonna be hard to pull off without a buyout.

Losing a rotational big wouldn’t hurt the Magic too much, as they have Mo Bamba on their roster who has been getting very few minutes. Moving Birch not only lands them a few young players with potential but also opens up playing time for Bamba, a player who I still believe in. Shamet is the main asset they’d get back in this move. He’s been slumping recently, but a change of scenery might get him back to shooting like we know he can. The Nets could also throw in a 2nd to sweeten the deal if need be.

4. PJ Tucker to the 76ers
Kevin C. Cox / Getty Images

For two 2nd round draft picks

The NBA’s resident sneakerhead would be a great fit for the already booming 76ers for a few reasons. First, undoubtedly PJ has looked rough to start this year, but I still think that he could provide value as a 3 and D player. I’m a big believer in getting energy bench guys, and he’d be exactly that. The 76ers’ biggest need might be scoring off the bench, but because this trade is so cheap, I think they could still look into it. Tucker just seems like the type of guy who will play his best with limited minutes on a contender. 

For the Rockets, I don’t know if PJ Tucker really fits the direction of the team anymore. Two second-round draft picks might not seem like much, but Tucker isn’t clicking with the team, so offloading him for some potential benefits in the future is actually a pretty strong move. There have been rumors he could get bought out, so getting 2 picks instead would be a win for them.

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The Top 10 Most Expensive NFTs Sales So Far

These are the top 10 NFT single sales in 2020-2021. These stats were taken from CryptoArtPulse.com & Cryptoslam.io and are judged based on the ETH prices.

Note: the NFT market is moving incredibly quickly; by the time you read this article, it is possible some of the items on this list will have moved around.

#1 — CryptoPunk #6965
CryptoPunks

This CryptoPunk #6965 sold on the 19th of February 2021 for 800 ETH currently worth about $1,608,032 valued at $2,010 per ETH.

#2 — CryptoPunk #4156
CryptoPunks

This CryptoPunk #4156 sold on the 18th of February 2021 for 650 ETH currently worth about $1,306,526 valued at $2,010 per ETH.

#3 — CryptoPunk #2890
CryptoPunks

This CryptoPunk #2890 sold on the 24th of January 2021 for 605 ETH currently worth about $1,216,074 valued at $2,010 per ETH.

#4 — CryptoPunk #6487
CryptoPunks

This CryptoPunk #6487 sold on the 21st of February 2021 for 550 ETH currently worth about $1,105,500 valued at $2,010 per ETH.

#5 — Hashmask 9939
OpenSea

This Hashmask #9939, with the name ‘sex,’ sold on the 3rd of February 2021 for 420 ETH, currently worth about $844,216 valued at $2,010 per ETH.

#6 — CryptoPunk #2140
CryptoPunks

This CryptoPunk #2140 sold on the 22nd of February 2021 for 400 ETH, currently worth about $804,000, valued at $2,010 per ETH.

#7 — Genesis by TrevorJonesArt & Jose Delbo
TrevorJonesArt / Jose Delbo

Genesis by TrevorJonesArt & Jose Delbo was sold on the 17th of October 2020 for 302.5 ETH, currently worth about $608,037, valued at $2,010 per ETH.

#8 — Nyan Cat by @nyancat
Nyan Cat

This artwork, ‘Nyan Cat,’ sold on the 19th of February 2021 for 300 ETH, currently worth about $603,000, valued at $2,010 per ETH.

#9 — Hashmask #6718
OpenSea

Hashmask #6718 was sold on the 4th of February 2021 for 300 ETH, currently worth about $603,012, valued at $2,010 per ETH.

#10 — CryptoPunk #2681
CryptoPunks

This CryptoPunk #2681 was sold on the 19th of February 2021 for 277 ETH, currently worth about $556,781 valued at $2,010 per ETH.