Posted on: September 19, 2009 1:58 pm
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: September 11, 2009 3:54 pm
I was on yahoo.com and saw a top 10 dunkers list. It is o.k but was of base with a few picks. So I decided to make my own list.
Posted on: September 2, 2009 1:48 am
Edited on: September 2, 2009 12:07 pm
PG Deron Williams 6-3 UTAH Jazz
Analysis: Been in the league 4 years and has been the core of playoff team for 3. He still has not made an all-star team. He may the best point guard in the league, but he doesn't get the recognition he deserves.
SG Joe Johnson 6-7 ATLANTA Hawks
Analysis: Made an all-star appearance, but I don't most people know just how good he is. People look at his game and see he his good scorer and shooter. But very few look at his defensive game. At 6-7 230 lbs, Joe Johnson is can be physical and bother ball handlers.
SF Kevin Durant 6-10 OKLAHOMA Thunder
Analysis: Very versatile scorer. He is arguably the third best SF in the NBA. He would get more attention if the Thunder hadn't had some abysmal records over the last 2 yrs.
PF Pau Gasol 7-0 LOS ANGELES Lakers
Analysis: He has th best up moves hands down. He has great footwork and can go left or right. He has a solid 17 foot jump shot and is the most effecient Power Forward in the game.
C Nene Hilario 6-11 DENVER Nuggets
Analysis: In the 2008-2009 season Nene made great strides by staying healthy. When Nene is healthy he is a top 5 center. He is a strong and atheletic. Shoots a very high percentage and is a solid defender.
Posted on: August 18, 2009 7:00 pm
Edited on: September 9, 2009 2:09 pm
In the NBA there are many players who are on the cusp of stardom. Here a list of players who I think have the potential to have big seasons.
Analysis: Showed he was the best guard in his draft. He played great in the playoffs averaging 19.7 points and 6.3 assists. With Ben Gordon gone Rose will have full control of this team.
Analysis: Randolph is a great young player with a desire to become better. At 6-10 he is very quick and has good ball handling ability. He is an intense competitor and will become a great player as long as Don Nelson gives him the minutes he deserves.
Analysis: With Yao Ming out for the year look for the Rockets to play a up-tempo style of basketball. This should increase his potential as Aaron Brooks will be allowed to use his speed to push the ball and create shots for his teammates and his self.
Analysis: McGee is a very athletic big man. He is the type of big men that Wizards have needed for the last few years. With Arenas back, the Wizards will play a higher tempo style of basketball. If McGee can overtake Haywood as the starter look for him to have a big season.
Analysis: In the last 5 games of the regular season Michael Beasley averaged 24.2 points and 11.2 rebounds. It is clear that when Beasley starts he is a more valuable and focused player. If Erik Spolestra starts beasley this upcoming season he may be the NBA's most improved player.
Analysis: With Carter gone Lopez will be the #2 scoring option for the Nets. He has a good post up game and has solid 17 foot jumpshot. He could average somewhere between 15 and 18 points with a lot of rebounds.
8. Paul Milsap 6-7 PF Utah Jazz
Analysis: Has double-double written all over him. He was great when Boozer went down and will great if Boozer gets traded. Expect big things from the young Jazz forward next year.
Posted on: August 13, 2009 6:14 pm
The 08-09 NBA season was great. There were many stories like Kobe winning a title without Shaq, LeBron winning his first MVP, the 7 game thriller of a series between the Bulls and the Celtics, and Denver emerging as a power in the west with Chauncey Billups going to the Nuggets. But the 09-10 season looks to be beyond great. I mean this year is looking so good I'm definitely thinking about getting NBA league pass.
The first thing I would like to see is the Cavaliers vs Celtics opening night. LeBron and Shaq is probably as crazy as it gets, but from a basketball standpoint I desperately want to see the C's come out firing even though I'm a Knicks fan. The Celtics went out and made the team better by adding Rasheed Wallace to the team and adding Marquis Daniels. The may be the deepest team in the league. Whether the C's start Perkins or Wallace, I think there definitely will be time for see Garnett and Wallace screaming and running up down the floor. Right now it looks like the C's are the favorites to win the NBA title, but there definitely some contenders like the Lakers, the Magic, the Spurs, and the Cavaliers.
Seeing Vince Carter and Dwight Howard on the same team will a great sight to see. Howard and Carter are two of the most athletic players at their respective positions in NBA history. Look forward to seeing Jameer Nelson hooking up with Dwight and Vince on many highlight reel alley-oops.
The return of Gilbert Arenas also should be a great sight to see. If watch basketball you know Gil is an attention grabber. According to Flip Saunders Gil's quickness is back. Andre Iguodala and Quentin Richardson also proclaimed that Gil is back. If he is really back get ready to see the Hibachi throw up some borderline half-court jumpshots on a regular basis while twittering with his left. This also should mean the return of the Wizards in the Eastern Conference rankings.
It would've been great to see Ricky Rubio come to the NBA, but right now it doesn't look like that might happen this year. But the 2009 produced many athletes who will a sight to see. Blake Griffin could be a once in a lifetime pick for the Clippers, Hasheem Thabeet may be the next Dikembe Mutombo. Outside of those two there many players in this draft whose names who might hear a lot. Stephen Curry may be the best shooter to come in the NBA in a long time besides J.J Redick and Jason Kapono. DeMar DeRozan has been dubbed as the next Vince Carter by many Raptor fans. Brandon Jennings is an electrifying talent with off the charts potential and a very confident(border-line cocky) attitude.
It will also be interesting seeing so many players in new uniforms. Shaq in Cleveland, Hedo in Toronto, VC in Orlando, Ben Gordon in Detriot, Richard Jefferson in San Antonio, Emeka Okafor in New Orleans, Tyson in Charlotte, and A.I somewhere. With teams looking to make a run for a championship and other teams looking to dump salary, the NBA might become a very top heavy league. Right now there are so many great teams at the top, teams like Milwaukee, Oklahoma City, New Jersey, New York, and Memphis may be struggling for wins unless there is some great internal development by each team.
There are a couple teams that might be looking to return to the playoffs after missing it last year and others at missing the playoffs perenially.
Phoenix - The Suns could look to make a splash with young talent like Earl Clark and Robin Lopez. Also a healthy Steve Nash and Amare Stoudemire should bring back the league's best pick and roll combination
Oklahoma City - If Green, Westbrook, and Durant continue to develop the way they have Oklahoma might become very good in short span of time. I'm not a big fan of James Harden but if he becomes a solid player along with big B.J Mullens out of Ohio State. The Thunder should have great nucleus for a long time.
Washington - The return of the Hibachi, the addition of Miller, Foye ,and Oberto alongside the development of Nick Young, Andray Blatche, and my favorite young center JaVale McGee has the Wizards ready to return to prominence in the Eastern Conference.
Memphis - Rudy Gay packed on some pounds of muscle and is up to 240 pounds. If O.J Mayo and Darrell Arthur improve from last year who knows what could happen. The Grizzles also added Zach Randolph which could give them a much needed scorer from the low post. But they are still a longshot.
Indiana - If Danny Granger and company can stay healthy the Pacers should be competitive this year. Drafting Hansbrough ans signing Danthay Jones should bring great intensity to a team that has playoff potential.
I mentioned earlier that the NBA is very top heavy. With all these great teams it should be very entertaining to watch the Finals. Here are some potential finals matchups with great headlines.
Celtics vs Spurs - Two of the best Power Forwards ever stacked with talent around them clashing in a heavyweight fight would be a sight to see.
Celtics vs Lakers - Bryant and the Lakers look to exact revenge on the Celtics from 2007 and the C's look to return back to the top by beating the Lakers again in the NBA Finals.
Cavaliers vs Lakers - The NBA's two best players battling out. Shaq vs Kobe would be the subplot for the first time ever.
All this and more should make this the most entertaining season the NBA has had in a while.
Posted on: August 10, 2009 12:42 pm
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
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
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.