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Posted on: September 19, 2009 1:58 pm
 

NBA Greatest Arguments: Who wins? Who's better?

Every basketball fans have these arguments with the colleagues or friends all the time. Who's better LeBron or Kobe? Chris Paul or Deron Williams? Lakers or Celtics? Well im going to answer some of these questions.

1. Deron Williams vs. Chris Paul

Argument for Chris Paul: Paul is faster, he's been an all-star, and he puts up better numbers. He's also played with less talent around him. Deron Williams has had Carlos Boozer, Memhet Okur, and Andrei Krlenko.

Argument for Deron Williams: The majority of the times Paul and Williams match up Williams gets the better of Paul. Williams has gone farther into the postseason.

Winner: Deron Williams

Analysis: Point guards are much like quarterbacks, and are judged by the level of success they have had throughout their career. The Jazz have been better than the Hornets since Deron Williams arrived. Aside for that Deron Williams is the more complete player. Yes, Paul is a great point guard, but when teams like the Nuggets got physical with him he seemed to be uncomfortable. Deron Williams has the body to handle physical punishment from big point guards like Chauncey Billups. Deron Williams does everything a point guard is supposed to do. He is a great ball handler, a fantastic passer, a solid 3pt shooter, and has a terrific mid-range jumpshot. He also his a great defender.

2. LeBron James vs. Kobe Bryant

Argument for LeBron James: Over the last 3 years he's statistically has been the most productive player in the NBA. He's carried a team to the playoffs and even the NBA finals with no much of a supporting cast. He's the most athletically gifted player in NBA history. He's a better passer than Kobe and is bigger, stronger, and faster.

Argument for Kobe Bryant: He's won 4 championships. He scored 81 points in a game. Has averaged over 35 points per game in a single season. He's the smarter player and is the better 3pt shooter. He's also the better defender and has been in the league longer. Also LeBron James can't shoot.

Winner: LeBron James

Analysis: LeBron player does too much to not be considered the NBA's best player. He's the only player since Michael Jordan that could average 30 points 7 rebonds and 7 assists over a stretch of a few months and still have a winning team. Yes it is true that Kobe is prolific scorer and cannot be stopped when he is on his game, but the same applies to LeBron James. The myth that LeBron can't shoot is clearly false. In career totals LeBron James and Kobe Bryant's three point shooting percentage is only seperated by 1.3%. As a matter of fact Kobe Bryant just like LeBron James only shot over 35% from the three point line in the first 6 years of his career. 

3. Boston Celtics vs. Los Angeles Lakers

Argument for Celtics: The Celtics dominant when the Celtics were at full force with Kevin Garnett healthy. The Celtics have too many players to worry about: Rondo, Allen, Pierce, Garnett, Wallace, and House. The Celtics are hands down the NBA's best defensive team. The Celtics have the perfect chemistry seeing that everyone's mind is on winning. The only reason the Celtics didn't win the 2008-2009 championship is that they didn't their best player and the heart of the defense.

Argument for Lakers: It doesn't matter what you did before we are the most recent champions. We played without Andrew Bynum who could have changed the tide in our series against each other. The addition of Ron Artest is only going to make us better. Plus we have the best player in the NBA in Kobe Bryant.

Winner: Boston Celtics

Analysis: The Celtics dominated in their first season with Garnett. Even though they weren't close to perfect in the playoffs, they won every game that they had to win. If you take away Jordan away from the Bulls, Duncan away from the Spurs, Chauncey away from the Pistons, or Kobe away from the Lakers they surely would all falter. With the return of Garnett and the additions of Rasheed Wallace and Marquis Daniels the Celtics clearly are the better team.
Posted on: August 9, 2009 8:08 pm
Edited on: August 10, 2009 9:11 pm
 

Top 10 Power Forwards in the NBA

1. Kevin Garnett 6-11 Boston Celtics

Analysis: The heart and soul of the Boston Celtics. His value is showed by how inept the Celtics defense was without him during the playoffs. The Boston Celtics have the best record in the league while Kevin Garnett is healthy.

2. Tim Duncan 7-0 San Antonio Spurs

Analysis: Is exactly what you want in big man. He scores in the post, can run the pick and roll, block shots, rebounds, and has the will to win. Won 4 Championships and essentially is equal to Kevin Garnett in productivity.

3. Pau Gasol 7-0 Los Angeles Lakers

Analysis: Best post moves in the league. Scores in the post with the left hand or right hand. Solid 17 footer. Underrated defender that may not be physical, but his long arms which are used to block and contest shots. Shot an insane 56.7% from the field.

4. Amare Stoudemire 6-10 Phoenix Suns

Analysis: Even after injures, Stoudemire is the still the most athletic big man in the league. Averaged 21.4 pts and 8.0 rebs shooting almost 54% from the field.

5. Dirk Nowitzki 7-0 Dallas Mavericks

Analysis: Led all Power Forwards in scoring and was extremely productive during the playoffs.

6. Chris Bosh 6-10 Toronto Raptors

Analysis: Averaged 22.7 points and 10 rebounds. Would higher but hasn't had any postseason in his career.

7. David West 6-8 New Orleans Hornets

Analysis: Runs the pick and roll well with Chris Paul and is and averaged 21 pts per game last season.

8. Carlos Boozer 6-8 Utah Jazz

Analysis: Very good low post scorer and runs the pick and roll perfectly with Deron Williams. Would be higher on the list but is a very poor shot blocker and cannot stay healthy.

9. Josh Smith 6-9 Atlanta Hawks

Analysis: Super athlete is one of the most versatile players on the game. He can drive to the hole, shoot 20 footers, and is one of the best shot-blockers in the game. If he gets his head straight stops pulling up for 3's when everybody who is guarding is slower than him then he could be an all-star.

10. Antwan Jamison 6-9 Washington Wizards

Analysis: Great inside scorer and rebounder. Always puts around 20 and 10. Poor shot blocker, but plays decent position defense.

Posted on: August 3, 2009 6:43 pm
Edited on: August 4, 2009 7:52 pm
 

Top 10 Point Guards in the NBA

1. Deron Williams 6-3 Utah

Analysis: Although Chris Paul has better numbers, the Jazz usually are the better team. Also, when Paul and Williams match up Williams usually comes out on top. But this a very arguable topic.

2. Chris Paul 6-0 New Orleans

Analysis: Puts up 20 points and 10 assists every game. Would be number 1 if he were to have more success in the playoffs.

3. Chauncey Billups 6-4 Denver

Analysis: Really difficult to remember to remember the last Chauncey wasn't in the Eastern Conference finals. He is the true definition of a point guard. He sets the offense up, controls the tempo of the game, and his a great defender.

4. Tony Parker 6-2 San Antonio

Analysis: Averaged 22 pts and almost 7 assists. Stepped up as Manu Ginobili was out.

5. Jason Kidd 6-4 Dallas

Analysis: Still averages near 10 assists and shot over 40% from the 3pt line. His improved play towards the end of the season shows he not quite at the end of his career.

6. Rajon Rondo 6-1 Boston

Analysis: Had 7 10+ assists games during the playoffs. He clearly was the best Celtic during the playoffs averaging nearly triple double.

7. Steve Nash 6-2 Phoenix

Analysis: Averaged almost 16 points and nearly 10 assists. But his defensive shortcomings which were exaggerated before, have become fact. Not making the playoffs moves the 2 time MVP down the list a few years after the was untouchable.

8. Devin Harris 6-3 New Jersey

Analysis: Averaged 21 points and 7 assists. Lack of success keeeps him low on this list.

9. Derrick Rose 6-4 Chicago

Analysis: Showed potential during the regular season and the post season. Look for him to be a top 5 point guard in years to come.

10. Andre Miller 6-3 Philadelphia

Analysis: Brought the Sixers back to the playoffs. He is veteran leader and probably the most underrated point guard.
 
 
 
 
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