Tag:Los Angeles Lakers
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 10, 2009 12:42 pm

Top 10 Centers in the NBA

1. Dwight Howard 6-11 Orlando Magic

Analysis: Yao would be number 1, but no one really knows if or when he will play again. Dwight Howard is the best rebounder in the league and one of the best shot-blockers. Averaged 20.6 pts, 13.9 rebs, and 2.9 blks.

2. Al Jefferson 6-10 Minnesota Timberwolves

Analysis: Averaged 23.1, pts 11.0 rebs, and 1.7 blks. Has improved year since entering the NBA.

3. Shaquille O'Neal 7-1 Cleveland Cavaliers

Analysis: May not the best anymore but the Diesel has had spurts of dominance. His return to a half court team should improve is effectiveness. Solid numbers at 17.8 pts, 8.4 rebs, and 1.4, blks. Led the league in FG% at 60.9.

4. Nene Hilario 6-11 Denver Nuggets

Analysis: The most improved big man the NBA. Shot over 60% from the field. Very athletic and still has room to grow.

5. Marcus Camby 7-0 Los Angeles Clippers

Analysis: The best shot-blocker in the NBA when healthy. Above average offensive center. Averaged 10.3 pts, 11.1 rebs, and 2.1 blks.

6. Andrew Bynum 7-0 Los Angeles Lakers

Analysis: Very effective during the regular season. Highlighted by a 42 point game against the Clippers. Just needs to stay healthy to become Top 3 in the game.

7. Andreis Biedrins 6-11 Golden State Warriors

Analysis: Averaged 11.9 pts, 11.2 rebs, and 1.5 blks. Very effective on very limited touches.

8. Emeka Okafor 6-10 New Orleans Hornets

Analysis: Had 39 double-doubles. Played a full season. Averaged 13.2 pts, 10.1 rebs, and 1.7 blks.

9. Al Horford 6-10 Atlanta Hawks

Analysis: Averaged 11.5 pts, 9.3 rebs, and 1.4 blks. Would have better numbers if he wasn't surronded by players who take up shot attempts like Joe Johnson, Josh Smith, and Mike Bibby.

10. Memhet Okur 6-11 Utah Jazz

Analysis: Averaged 17.7 pts last leason. Very effective outside shooter. A big key to Utah's success.
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 4, 2009 9:19 pm
Edited on: October 1, 2009 12:15 pm

Top 10 Shooting Guards in the NBA

1. Kobe Bryant 6-6 Los Angeles Lakers

Analyis: Kobe has 4 rings, multiple scoring titles, 10+ all star game appearences, and an MVP trophy. Not to mention he won his first finals MVP award. He is on top and will be for a few more years.

2. Dwayne Wade 6-4 Miami Heat

Analysis: Averages 30.7 points. Led the Heat back to the playoffs. Besides LeBron James and Bryant he is the biggest showstopper in the NBA.

3. Brandon Roy 6-6 Portland Trail Blazers

Analysis: Lead a very young Blazers team to the playoffs. Averaged over 22 pts and almost 5 assists. Was very clutch throughout the regular season.

4. Ray Allen 6-5 Boston Celtics

Analysis: The best shooter in the game. Shot over 40% from the 3pt line despite shooting a great volume of 3s. He was clutch throughout the playoffs and shown he carry a team in big games despite his age.

5. Vince Carter 6-6 Orlando Magic

Analysis: Is considered to be old and falling off. But Carter still puts up over 20 a game despite being the main focus of the defense. Look to see the strongest season from Carter now that he will be playing the superb talent around him.

6. Manu Ginobili 6-6 San Antonio Spurs

Analysis: Injured most of last year. But when healthy is extremely valuable to what the Spurs have done. He is one the most productive players per 48 minutes in the league.

7. Joe Johnson 6-7 Atlanta Hawks

Analysis: Brought playoff basketball back to Atlanta. Averaged 21 points and still in his prime.

8. Andre Igoudala 6-6 Philadelphia 76ers

Analysis: The leader of a team that is looking to become perrenial playoff contenders. He is a great defender and is an underrated passer averaging over 5 assists per game.

9. Tracy McGrady 6-8 Houston Rockets

Analysis: Yes, T-Mac hasn't been healthy but look for him to come back and in border all-star fashion this year.

10. Richard Hamilton 6-6  Detriot Pistons

Analysis: One the best mid range shooters in the NBA. Solid defender and is always in the playoffs.

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