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Posted on: February 21, 2011 2:16 pm

ChiTownCliff's Top 10s

Well the Allstar Game is over and we can move on to "real" basketball. The weekend, was for the most part, a waste of time to watch. Between watching the NBA field guys that cannot even shoot three pointers for the three point content and Griffin being handed the slam dunk contest, I really felt sick as a gazed at the TV. The actual Allstar Game itself was okay, but it was cool to see Kobe Bryant win the MVP even with LeBron doing all could to win it for the east. Anyways, I felt that right now was a good time to throw out my top ten lists. These ARE for play this season so far and for play I expect to see for the rest of the season. I have a Top 10 for each position and Top 20 for players overall and for Top 10 teams. Let us take a look.

Top 10 Point Guards

1. Chris Paul. Pros. No weaknesses and very efficient. Cons. Injuries.
2. Derrick Rose. Pros. Freaky fast and leading the Bulls to a +.700 mark. Cons. Defense is still just average. 
3. Russell Westbrook. Pros. All around very sound player that can do it all. Cons. Needs a better jumper.
4. Rajon Rondo. Pros. Scary good playmaker. Cons. Blackhole when it come to scoring.
5. Deron Williams. Pros. Like Westbrook with range. Cons. Ego?
6. Steve Nash. Pros. Still as silky smooth as they come with the ball. Cons. DEFENSE.
7. Tony Parker. Pros. Great penetrator or the paint and finisher. Cons. Assist numbers are low.
8. Raymond Felton. Pros. Has really elevated his overall game this season. Cons. Below average FG%.
9. Stephen Curry. Pros. Deadly shooter. Cons. Needs to focus slightly more on playmaking.
10. John Wall. Pros. Flashes of greatness spellout big upside. Cons. He's a rookie so I will give him a break.

Top 10 Shooting Guards

1. Dwyane Wade. Pros. Great scorer, defender, and is clutch. Cons. Likes contact, but gets hurt often.
2. Kobe Bryant. Pros. Savvy vet that can do it all and is clutch. Cons. Too many shots for a team with so many options.
3. Manu Ginobili. Pros. Smooth cutter and shooter. Cons. Average defender.
4. Monta Ellis. Pros. High volume scorer that can play the passing lanes well. Cons. Is a tweener size-wise.
5. Joe Johnson. Pros. Great shooter and a solid leader. Cons. Overpaid.
6. Ray Allen. Pros. Best 3 point shooter ever. Cons. Not a great defender.
7. Eric Gordon. Pros. Explosive and can score in bunches. Cons. Clipper's record.
8. Kevin Martin. Pros. A great pure shooter. Cons. Defense and injuries.
9. Stephen Jackson. Pros. Solid defender meets great shooter. Cons. Tarnished reputation.
10. Tyeke Evans. Pros. Explosive and can score well. Cons. FG% and leadership.

Top 10 Small Forwards

1. LeBron James. Pros. A force in both size and athleticism. Cons. His mouth.
2. Kevin Durant. Pros. Perhaps the best pure scorer in the game. Cons. Too soft spoken.
3. Carmelo Anthony. Pros. A threat inside and out of the paint. Cons. Lackluster defense
4. Rudy Gay. Pros. Solid all around player with a level head. Cons. Overpaid.
5. Paul Pierce. Pros. Still able to take over games from time to time. Cons. Sometimes needs a wheelchair.
6. Gerald Wallace. Pros. Great slasher and defender. Cons. Leadership.
7. Danny Granger. Pros. One of the better shooters. Cons. Forces shots sometimes.
8. Dorell Wright. Pros. Great 3 point shooter. Cons. Overall FG%.
9. Luol Deng. Pros. Good shooter, slasher, and defender. Cons. Ball-handling.
10. Andre Iguodala. Pros. Solid all-around SF that can defend well. Cons. Consistant jumpshot.

Top 10 Power Forwards

1. Dirk Nowitzki. Pros. Best shooting 7 footer ever. Cons. Slightly above average defense.
2. Pau Gasol. Pros. Great finisher and passer. Cons. Perhaps toughness.
3. Amar'e Stoudemire. Pros. Best scorer within 12 foot of the rim. Cons. Still not a good defender.
4. LaMarcus Aldridge. Pros. Should have been an Allstar because he is doing it all. Cons. Should be playing for the Bulls.
5. Kevin Garnett. Pros. Still an elite defender that can score when needed. Cons. Needs a zipper installed over his mouth.
6. Blake Griffin. Pros. Oozing with pure talent. Cons. Lacks fundamentals.
7. Chris Bosh. Pros. Good shooter and rebounder. Cons. Thoughness.
8. Kevin Love. Pros. Historic statline in the making. Cons. Defense anyone.
9. Zach Randolph. Pros. Great scorer and rebounder. Cons. The ball stops moving when he gets it.
10. Carlos Boozer. Pros. Great scorer in the paint with a solid jumper. Cons. Defense and inability to dodge luggage.

Top 10 Centers

1. Dwight Howard. Pros. A Beast on defense and on the glass. Cons. Makes some bad choices with the ball sometimes.
2. Al Horford. Pros. High FG% and a good passer. Cons. Needs to work on shot blocking.
3. Andrew Bogut. Pros. Great scorer and defender in the paint. Cons. Injuries.
4. Joakim Noah. Pros. Great vocal leader,defender, passer, and can run run run. Cons. Injuries
5. Nene. Pros. Pros. Able to use his size to overpower others. Cons. Rebounds are lacking.
6. Al Jefferson. Pros. Good on the boards and blocking shots. Cons. FG%.
7. Emeka Okafor. Pros. Smart player that can defend, rebound, and block shots. Cons. Scoring.
8. Tyson Chandler. Pros. Good rebounder that shoots a high FG%. Cons. Should be blocking more shots.
9. Andrew Bynum. Pros. Great size and inside scoring. Cons. If healthy he could be top 3.
10. Andrea Bargnani. Pros. One of the better shooting centers the league has seen. Cons. does nothing but shoot.

Top Twenty Players Overall

1. LeBron James
2. Dirk Nowitzki
3. Dwight Howard
4. Dwyane Wade
5. Kobe Bryant
6. Chris Paul
7. Kevin Durant
8. Carmelo Anthony
9. Derrick Rose
10. Pau Gasol
11. Amar'e Stoudemire
12. Manu Ginobili
13. Deron Williams
14. Monta Ellis
15. LaMarcus Aldridge
16. Rajon Rondo
17. Russell Westbrook
18. Rudy Gay
19. Kevin Garnett
20. Joe Johnson

Top 10 Teams 

1. Spurs. Pros. Just like a fine aged wine. Cons. Will they still have legs come playoff time?
2. Celtics. Pros. Great starting five with perhaps the best depth in the league. Cons. Age and injuries?
3. Mavericks. Pros. With a healthy Dirk they are well balanced. Cons. Without a healthy Dirk they are not the same.
4. Heat. Pros. Best 1-2 punch in the NBA. Cons. Lack of a center and PG will hurt against other elite eastern teams.
5. Bulls. Pros. Great chemistry and defense. Cons. Lack of another scorer at the shooting guard position.
6. Lakers. Pros. Kobe and the Lakers will show up in the Playoffs. Cons. Have they lost their edge?
7. Thunder. Pros. Balanced team that can put up big numbers. Cons. Lack of real size inside.
8. Magic. Pros. Pros. Best bigman in the game never hurts. Cons. Chemistry since the trade is not there.
9. Trail Blazers. Pros. LaMarcus Aldridge has this team on his back and they are winning. Cons. Brandon Roy's Knees.
10. Hawks. Pros. Have the talent to get out of the 1st round. Cons. Very inconsistant.

Well I hope you enjoyed the read. Please leave your thoughts and your Top 10 lists. Remember, these are just my opinions based on stats and watching games this season. I had a hard time positioning players on some of these lists so a player ranked 7th might be very close to 4th in my mind, but I have to rank them. Anyways, let me know what you think.    

Posted on: January 18, 2011 4:17 pm

07-08 Hornets = 10-11 Bulls?

Okay, it has been a while since I dropped a blog so I thought now was as good a time as any. I have always felt that the Hornets and Bulls of recent had some very similar teams, but I really think I struck something while researching a bit. This seasons Bulls team has a ton in common with the 07-08 Hornets and in a way I find is a bit scary, because the Hornets did lose in the 2nd round, but I could see the same thing happening to the Bulls. So let us take a look down memory lane and find some eerie similarities together shall we?

 The Paul/Rose Factor. In 07-08 it was CP3 third season, just as it is Rose's third season, but that is just the cherry on the top of the cake. Paul had his breakout season that year with 21ppg, 11.6rpg, 4rpg, and 2.7 spg, just as Rose is having his with 24.5ppg, 8.1apg, 4.7rpg, and .376 3P%. At the time Paul was on the short list of players to become the MVP. I remember thinking he should have won the Award, but in the end Kobe became the MVP and CP3 finished 2nd in voting. Not to shabby for a 3rd year player. Paul became a household name. All of these things seem to be in the works for Rose as well. He is at the top or near the top of every MVP rankings I have seen, and while he may not be quite as good as CP3 was and is, Rose is certainly now a household name and a superstar. Rose will also be landing some votes for the MVP award if he continues to carry the Bulls. I just find this very interesting, that both of these players broke out bigtime in the third season, but this is only the begining of how the Bulls and Hornets mirror eachother.

The Rest of the Roster. Now comparing Derrick Rose and Chris Paul and what they mean/meant to their teams in the 3rd seasons is a bit creepy, but let's look at the other major players on these two teams. David West was in his prime this season and put up 21-9 for the season and was the post player that meshed so well with Paul. The Bulls have Boozer, who has been hurt, but in the 25 games that he has played he has averaged 20-10. West and Boozer are very much alike in many regards and both supply their teams with post scoring and 15 foot jumpers. Now let's look at the centers. Tyson Chandler had his best NBA season this year after being traded to the Hornets form the Bulls for P.J. Brown. Chandler was a double double machine and averaged 12ppg and 12rpg. He played above the rim and fit very well with Chris Paul. Now Noah is not really the above the rim type of player that Chandler was but both put up about the same numbers with Noah averaging 14ppg and 12rpg. Chandler was considered by many to be a top 10 center if not better at the time and Noah is also considered a top 10, if not top 5 center by many as well. Both are energy guys that play hard-nosed defense in the paint and both are very very vocal. It does not end there my friends. Let us look at the 3rd scoring options on both of these teams. The Hornets had the highly overpaid Peja Stojakovic and guess what? The Bulls have the highly overpaid Luol Deng. Both play the small forward position and both are known as streaky shooters that can light it up from time to time. Both have long histories of being injured and both put up very similar numbers. Peja with 16ppg and 4rpg and Deng with 18ppg and 6rpg.

The Records. This brings up another factor. What about the teams records? Well the 07-08 Hornets finished with a 56-26 record and the Bulls are now at the half way mark and sit on a 28-13 record. Do the math people. Yes, if the Bulls go 28-13 for the rest of the season they too will end up with a 56-26 record. Creepy. Now remember this is all in fun and I do understand that the Bulls play a defensive halfcourt game and the 07-08 Hornets got out and ran a lot more then the Bulls do, but the numbers are scary. The fact that the top 4 players on both teams were so much alike in so many ways is at the very least a bit weird. Now I certainly hope the Bulls end up doing better in the Playoffs this season but I could see the same outcome happening.

What this all means. Well if the 10-11 Bulls follow this pattern to the final outcome, then I for one will be freaked out. I could see it happening. I really could. The Hornets won there first round battle against the Mavericks. I see the Bulls, as do most, getting out of the first round. The Hornets then took the Spurs to an epic 7 games and a great series were the Hornets led the series early by winning the first two games before the wheels started to fall off. Well, what team in the east reminds me of that 07-08 Spurs team? Hmmmm. Maybe the Boston Celtics? Yes. If the Heat get the 1st seed and the Celtics and Bulls end up in the 2nd and 3rd seed(which they are both in now) then this would set up a 2nd round battle between the Bulls and Celtics. The Bulls and Celtics matchup very well on the floor and neither has played the other with a healthy roster this season. The Bulls took the Celtics to 7 games 2 years ago in perhaps the best 7 game series I have ever seen with a record 7 OTs. I could see the Bulls and Celtics putting on another show in the 2nd round this time and I could see it going 7 games. Sadly, I could see the Bulls losing that final game. Then the Bulls would be just like the 07-08 Hornets.

Posted on: November 29, 2010 1:49 pm

ChiTownCliff's Top 10 - Power Rankings #2

Well we are about 15 games into the season and it is fair to say that we have a decent sample now to produce a better and more accurate rankings. Again I am only looking at the Top 10 teams. These are the teams that look like they are contenders or close to it at this point. We will alos look at my picks for the Sexy Seven, players that have been plating great since my last rankings. So let us begin.

Spurs (10). As long as Ginobili, Parker, and Duncan can stay healthy, I see no real end in sight to their great play. We all new they would be a top 5 team in the west, but nobody thought they would come out of the gate the way they have. Not only are they racking up wins but they are wins against above .500 teams. There is no illusion here, the Spurs are for real. Can they keep this up? Can they stay healthy? Those ar the only two questions I have for this team, but if they are playing like this in the playoffs, then the Lakers are in trouble.

2. Mavericks (7). This team is hot right now and have recently beat Miami, San Antonio, OKC, and Atlanta. They are firing on all cylinders and Dirk is looking like a true MVP again. He ranks 2nd in NBA Efficiency is the league with 26 points, 8 rebounds, while shooting 54% from the field. How do you stop that? Props also have to be thrown at Tyson Chandler, who looks like a perfect fit in Dallas averaging nearly 10 points and 9 rebounds, with 1.6 blocks to boot. Let's hope he can stay healthy.

3. Lakers (1). The Lakers could be number two, but they have just dropped two in a row. I can see losing a game to Utah, but they should have adjusted and beat Indiana. All in all this is still the most complete looking team in the league and could very well reclaim the top spot in my rankings. Kobe is looking better and better with each game and Gasol himself is in the running for MVP. Two MVP level talents together and it is working. Take notes Miami.

4. Celtics. (2). Their record does not show the whole truth as they have been beatin up on the weaker teams in the league lately, but they have adjusted well to losing Rondo to injury, so I have to give then some credit. They still are the deepest and most well rounded team in the east and the favorite to make it to and out of the ECF. As a team they are shooting over 50% fromthe field. It is no wonder that Rondo is averaging near 15 assists per game.

5. Jazz. (-). This is a team on the rise. Out of the deepest corners of the west this team has crept to near the top. Recent wins against both L.A. teams, Portland, and New Orleans has brought this team into the spotlight. We all knew what Deron Williams was, and most of us thought that Al Jefferson would patch the injury left when Boozer left, but few thought that Paul Millsap would become a top ten power forward this quickly. With 19 points and 8.5 rebounds, while shooting 56% from the floor, Milsap has become the next in a long line of great power forwards to play in Utah.

6. Hornets. (4). This team is still hanging in there as one of the top teams in the west. They have a nice inside out game and Okafor finally looks like a good addition. Chris Paul is the real story though. Many wondered, including myself, if he would still be the same player as he was before he got hurt. The answer is yes. He has recaptured the rank of the best point guard in the league is most people's eyes. If not the best, he is certainly top 2 or 3. With a healthy CP3 the Hornets should have a nice season ahead of themselves.

7. Magic. (5). There record is very much like the Celtics in that a lot of the wins have been against weaker teams. Their revenge victory against the Heat however was very nice to see and puts them ahead of the other Florida team for now. Dwight Howard's slight shift from a Defensive to Offensive mindset is almost needed and is a clear sign that this team has a hole. They lack a go to shooter that would clearly make them perhpas the best in the east. Carter and Nelson can light it up from time to time but they need a consistant thread on the wing and they will be complete.

8. Thunder. (8). So who is the best player on this team? In the begining of the season everyone would have killed me for even asking such a question, but not anymore. While Kevin Durant was bathed in talk of the next MVP, Russell Westbrook was transforming into a top 5 point guard. Some could even debate him as the best right now in the NBA. Him and Durant are both top 10 candidates for the MVP. They have started out a bit slower than most thought but they are still winning games and could be a contender out of the west.

9. Bulls. (-). The Bulls have been playing pretty good thus far and better then teir record shows. Close loses to the Spurs and Lakers and a last second loss to the Nuggets without Rose have scarred their record. They have been playing great lately and their 4-3 record on the annual circus trip is a team best since 1998 with MJ and Scottie. Once Boozer returns this week the Bulls will become near complete. They still have needs for a better shooting guard, but with scoring from Rose, Noah, Boozer, and Deng, perhaps a defensive minded Bogans or Brewer might be best.

10. Nuggets. (-). I myself am waiting for this team to implode. Denver knows Carmelo is leaving and his teammates know as well. You would have to think that this will start effecting his temas play. However, having a veteran coach like George Karl might be the difference keeping this storm of emotions in check. As it stands the Nuggets are playing quite well, but Nuggets fans must be more nervous then a Clevelnad fan during the "Decision".

Off the Top 10 this week are the: Heat, Hawks, and Trail Blazers.

Sexy Seven. These are the seven players that have been playing out of their minds over the past few weeks in no order.

Kevin Love. I do not care if he is playing for the Timberwolves or not, the guy is averaging 20.5 ppg and 17.2 apg over the last 10 games. If you are in the NBA and are putting up those kind of numbers then you are the real deal.

Kobe Bryant. Slowly over the past few weeks Kobe is coming to life. Scoring 41 points is only the begining, as he is averaging nearly 30 points per over the last 10 games.

Blake Griffin. Dropping 22.6 and 12.5 over the past 10 games have him a clear favorite for ROY until John Wall can prove otherwise.

Russell Westbrook. He can score, make a play, and defend. He is almost complete and has been playing like a MVP with 24.6 ppg, 8.8 apg, 4.3 rpg, and nearly 2 spg over the past ten games.

Amar'e Stoudemire. STAT is finally making a splash in New York and making him look almost worth the 100 million they spent on him. With 25 ppg, 9.1 rpg, and 2.3 bpg, he has simply been a beast as the Knicks piled up some wins over the last 10. 

Derrick Rose. He now ranks 2nd in the league in scoring with 26.6 points per and 8th is assists with 8.2 per. Rose is clearly a superstar now scoring 30 or more in 5 of his last 6 games in which the Bulls went 4-2 with losses only to the Lakers and Spurs.

Dwight Howard. Over the last ten games he is scoring 22.3 points per, with 12.3 rebounds and 2.3 blocks. He has the Magic on his back and is getting it done on both ends.

Hope you enjoyed the read and please reply with your Top Ten and your Sexy Seven or simply give your thoughts. Thanks.
Posted on: June 14, 2010 4:44 pm

The Garnett Effect.

        I would first like to say that this years Finals is turning out to be much better then I thought. My hunch was that it would be a 5 game series one way or the other. In many ways these playoffs have let us down with all the short series and blowouts, but this series looks to have the makings of a classic. Now back to the topic I want to explore, Kevin Garnett and his growing effect on this series.
       I am not a true fan of either team, so my thoughts should be viewed as unbias. I think the biggest reason the Celtics are up 3-2 in this series is due to the play of Kevin Garnett. This is coming from the guy that thought the Celtics should have traded Garnett last summer while he still had value. I would insert my foot into my mouth if there wasn't a crow in there.
       As this series moves on Garnett is becoming more and more of a force on both ends and Gasol seems to be heading the other direction. Pau clearly looks overwhelmed out there. Garnett and the Celtics defense is taking it's toll on him and the Lakers cannot afford to not have Gasol be a factor. As we all saw last night, Kobe Bryant cannot do it all by himself. Even scoring nearly 40 points was not enough for a win because he had no help. It was like watching the Celtics play the Cavaliers all over again. Gasol needs to score 20 for this series to move to a 7th game. Odom and Artest have been disasters and the Lakers can count only so much on Fish.
         So the answer for the Lakers is clearly better production from Gasol, but the problem is is that Garnett is playing like his 2008 self and his defense on Gasol has been stellar. The Celtics simply are too stubborn to budge from their man to man defense on Kobe and this is effecting the Lakers offense on a grand scale. By not using a help defender on Kobe the Celtics are able to play aggressive man to man defense and are not allowing the other Lakers clean looks or easy shots. The Lakers need to make some bigtime adjustments on offense. Odom has to become a factor again and Artest needs to be benched or something. His defense has been solid but his offense is killing the Lakers.
         If you compare the stats of Gasol and Garnett you clearly see that Gasol is still the better of the two, but if you ask me Garnett is having the better series. I say this simply because Garnett is making Gasol not play to his normal level. Pau's FG% in this series is his lowest of the playoffs and that can be credited to Garnetts defense. The other thing that gives Garnett the edge in my book is that he is having an effect on the offensive end as well. He is averaging 15.6 points and 3.2 assists per game. When Garnett is hitting jumpers and scoring in the paint the Celtics become a new animal. One that is hard to kill. If Garnett continues to play the way he has been on Gasol and Gasol does not make adjustment then this series will be over in 6. I do expect the Lakers to come out strong in game 6 however and I see this series going to 7 in an epic battle between these two legendary teams. We can all only hoe for a OT game 7.
        So do you agree with me that Garnett's play has been the major key to the Celtics series lead or are you thinking it is something else? One could point to the Celtics overall defense or the play of their bench, but I still contest that a healthy Garnett seems to be the achilles heel of the Lakers.
Posted on: January 29, 2010 12:24 pm

ChiTownCliff's Midseason Top Ten Lists.

    Ok, I thought it would be a good way to mark the midseason by noting my Top Ten lists for various categories. These Top Ten list reflect this seasons play only so dont get your panties in a bunch right away if you dont like something. I am certain to leave something or somebody out. So who has been the best Rookies, Scorers, Defenders, Coahes, Teams, and more. Let us take a look.

Top Ten Sharp Shooters.
These are the guys knocking it down from downtown.

1. Channing Frye
2. Danilo Gallinari
3. Mo Williams
4. Aaron Brooks
5. Rashard Lewis
6. Brandon Jennings
7. Steve Nash
8. Chauncey Billups
9. Paul Pierce
10. Jared Dudley

Top Ten Ball Whackers. Not what you think you pervs. This one is for the shot blockers.

1. Dwight Howard
2. Josh Smith
3. Samual Dalembert
4. Andrew Bogut
5. Kendrick Perkins
6. Marcus Camby
7. Greg Oden
8. Brendon Haywood
9. Tyrus Thomas
10. Brook Lopez

Top Ten Playmakers. Not just assists but the ability to drive and create.

1. Chris Paul
2. Steve Nash
3. Deron Williams
4. LeBron James
5. Rajon Rondo
6. Russell Westbrook
7. Dwayne Wade
8. Jason Kidd
9. Kobe Bryant
10. Tony Parker

Top Ten Window Cleaners. This is for the rebounders and I stress the offensive glass.

1. Dwight Howard
2. Zach Randolph
3. Kevin Love- injured but still was amazing on the glass for 27 games.
4. Joakim Noah
5. Marcus Camby
6. Pau Gasol
7. David Lee
8. Chris Bosh
9. Gerald Wallace
10. Ben Wallace

Top Ten Scorers. Points per game and FG% in perfect harmony.

1. LeBron James
2. Chris Bosh
3. Kevin Durant
4. Carmelo Anthony
5. Kobe Bryant
6. Dwyane Wade
7. Dirk Nowitzki
8. Brandon Roy
9. Monta Ellis
10. Zach Randolph

Top Ten Defenders. These guys stick like glue and can shut you down.

1. Josh Smith
2. Dwight Howard
3. Shane Battier
4. Ron Artest
5. Rajon Rondo
6. Kobe Bryant
7. Marcus Camby
8. LeBron James
9. Dwyane Wade
10. Jason Kidd

Ok, here are the five big ones.

Top Ten Guards. These are those little guys in the backcourt making plays, driving hard, and shooting the jumpers.

1. Dwyane Wade
2. Kobe Bryant
3. Chris Paul
4. Brandon Roy
5. Deron Williams
6. Joe Johnson
7. Steve Nash
8. Monta Ellis
9. Derrick Rose
10. Rajon Rondo

Top Ten Forwards. The slashers and high flyers. The low post threats and defenders of the paint.

1. LeBron James
2. Chris Bosh
3. Carmelo Anthony
4. Kevin Durant
5. Tim Duncan
6. Dirk Nowitzki
7. Pau Gasol
8. Zach Randolph
9. Gerald Wallace
10. Josh Smith

Top Ten Centers. The man in the paint and the anchor of the team, in somecases.

1. Dwight Howard
2. Chris Kaman
3. Marc Gasol
4. David Lee
5. Brook Lopez
6. Al Horford
7. Andrew Bogut
8. Joakim Noah
9. Nene
10. Andrew Bynum

Top Ten Players overall. This is the big one.

1. LeBron James
2. Dwyane Wade
3. Kobe Bryant
4. Dwight Howard
5. Chris Paul
6. Chris Bosh
7. Carmelo Anthony
8. Kevin Durant
9. Brandon Roy
10. Tim Duncan

Top Ten Teams so far. Things could change but for now these are my top ten and the only teams that have a shot at the title.

1. Cavaliers
2. Lakers
3. Celtics
4. Hawks
5. Nuggets
6. Magic
7. Mavericks
8. Jazz
9. Trail Blazers
10. Spurs

Hope you all enjoyed the lists. Please leave your thoughts and your lists as well. Thanks.
Posted on: January 1, 2010 4:21 pm

Remember that season when he averaged....

     Welcome everyone to the new year and I thought I would write my 1st Blog on the 1st of the year. For a topic I thought we should tackle amazing single season stat lines for currently playing players. There have been some crazy numbers put up by the superstars of the past decade and I am sure we will continue to see some insane season stat lines from our younger players like Kevin Durant, Brandon Roy, and Dwight Howard as we kick off this new decade. Now none of these stats compare to the likes of what was seen back in the early years of the league, but time are different and nobody will ever average 50 points a game or 20 rebounds. Those days are clearly in the past. So let us take a look at some standout seasons by some standout players. In no order.

Shaquille O'Neal 99-00
. Shaq has had many great seasons and if you ask me he should have at least 5 MVPs on his self at home. Nobody could stop Shaq in his prime, not even a triple team. He was a force and this was the season that stands out to me. Flat out crazy stuff.
29.7ppg, 13.6 rpg, 3.8 apg, and 3 bpg while shooting .574 from the floor.

Allen Iverson 04-05.
The very next season AI would go on to average 33 points a game but it was in this season that I believe he played his best basketball and he averaged his career high in assists.
30.7ppg, 7.9apg, 4rpg, and 2.4 spg.

LeBron James 07-08.
One thing that can be said about LBJ is that he is very consistant and every season has been very good for him, but this season jumps out with his career high in rebounds.
30ppg, 7.9rpg, 7.2apg, and 1.8spg while shooting .484 from the floor.

Kobe Bryant 02-03.
Sure there was 04-05 when he averaged 35.4ppg but t was in 02-03 that Kobe shined as an all-around great player as he averaged career highs in rebounds and 3p% and almost in assists as well.
30ppg, 6.9rpg, 5.9apg, 2.2spg, while shooting .383 from the arc and .451 overall.

Tracy McGrady 02-03. In the same season that Kobe was at his best he was not alone and at the time many even thought McGrady was the better of the two and the best in the league. Sad to see him fade.
32.1ppg, 6.5rpg, 5.5apg, 1.6spg, while shooting .386 from the arc and .457 overall.

There are many more great season out there that i have left for you to reply with. So what other great single seasons can you offer up and am I wrong with the selections I made for the players above?
Posted on: November 7, 2009 11:58 am

Unexpected Observations Thus Far.

     I thought I would quickly point out a few interesting things that have happened so far this NBA season. We are only a couple of weeks in but a few things have jumped out at me. I am not saying these things will continue and set a trend but they are a bit shocking. Let us take a look.

1. Rockets are at the top of the Southwest division with a record of 4 and 2. The real shocker here is that the Spurs are in third with a 2 and 3 record. Not exactly what we thought we would see after the Jefferson trade to the Spurs.

2. Gerald Wallace is averaging 14.8 points a game and 14.8 rebounds a game though 5 games. I bit scary and reminds me of a young Marion with a better looking shot.

3. Bulls have the lead in the Central. I am sure the Cavaliers will take it back within the next week or so, but the Cavaliers have not looked that strong after snagging Shaq this summer. Could the Cavs be worse then last season for having made the trade? Infact if the playoffs started today the Cavaliers would not be in it. Strange. I am still sure they will end up in the top 3.

4. Kobe does not look any older. He is averaging an amazing 34.5 points per game. Looks like there is plenty of gas in the tank after scoring 41 in each of his last two games. Scary.

5. The Suns look great without Shaq slowing them down and have come out of the gates on fire. Nash is his old self and man do they look like they have depth. Playoffs for sure. I really thought they were going to be one of the westcoast teams fighting to make the playoffs.

6. Remove Chris Paul from the Hornets and they become the worse team in the league. The Hornets do not look very good at all but it is still early. Peja is ready to hang it up and this team really needs a shooter bad.

Well I could go on I am sure but I would like to hear from you. Are you shocked by the same things as I, or is there something else that has you doing a double take? 

Posted on: August 1, 2009 10:34 pm

The Best Single Game Performance in NBA History.

     Well I thought I would take a small break from writing about the Bulls at look at the NBA in general. I was reading an article on the greatest playoff performances in the history of the NBA and I started to wonder what the best single game ever played by a player was. This would include playoffs, regular season, and finals games. I came up with seven games that stood out to me and I am sure I have missed some other really good ones as well. So, please reply and let me know what you think and also what other great single game performances you think stand the test of time. So let us take a look.

Kobe Bryant scores 81.
I started with the most recent game in history and one that sould be fresh in all our minds. The were playing the Raptors back in 2006 when Kobe decided he would go off big time. He single handedly crushed the Raptors in this regular season game. Kobe even sat out part of the fourth quarter. Had he stayed in he could have closed in on the record. What makes this performance stand out to me is the fact that Kobe scored so many points against a solid club in the modern era and that he is a shooting guard. Most of the single game scoring records are held by bigmen making what Kobe did even more special.

Isiah Thomas vs the Lakers 1988. It was game 6 of the 1988 NBA finals and the Pistons were up against the Magic Johnson led Lakers when Isiah proved why many believed him to be one of the greatest point guards in NBA history. Despite a late game injury Thomas would drive his team from a third quarter deficit to victory and force a game seven. Thomas would score a NBA record 25 points in the third quarter and finished the game with 43 points, 8 assists, and 6 steals.

Wilt makes history with 100 points. Just typing that gives me the chills. It was back in 1962 when Chamberlain would face the New York Knicks and put on the greatest offensive assaults ever. An even 100 points. Perhaps the greatest record in the NBA today. Not 99 or 101 points but a blood cooling 100 points. Another interesting thing to me was the final score of 169 to 147. That is crazy. 316 points scored in one game. I am not sure we will see a game like that again in the modern era.

Elgin Baylor vs the Celtics. This is just an insane performance by Baylor. In an all important game 5 were the series was tied Elgin took over on both ends and pushed the Lakers past the Celtics and to a 3-2 series lead. Baylor scored an amazing 61 points while controlling the paint with 22 rebounds. That is 22 points for a 6'5" shooting guard in a finals game against the Celtics who had perhaps the greatest rebounder in NBA history in Bill Russell is the most outstanding part of this performance to me.

Michael Jordan vs the Celtics. This is the game in which MJ became MJ and the very moment that the whole world took notice of his Airness. Sure Jordan was a household name by this point but this game made him an icon and had Larry Bird calling him "God dressed as Michael Jordan". Sure the Bulls lost the game, but it was against arguably the greatest team in NBA history. Jordan would try to carry the Bulls by dropping 63 points against a defensive juggernaut of a team in the Boston Celtics.

Reggie Miller kills the Knicks. This might be the greatest last 10 seconds for any player in a NBA playoff game ever. The score was 105 to 99 with about 16 seconds on the clock. With 8.9 seconds Miller would hit a 3 then steal the inbound pass an quickly hit another 3. Game tied in seconds. Starks then get fouled and misses both shots and then it is again Reggie to the rescue with a 2 point jumper to rip the hearts out of the Knicks. The crowd is silent.

Bill Russell in game 7. Earlier we looked at Elgin Baylor and his great effort in game 5 of the 1962 finals. Well in game 7 Bill Russell showed the world that he was a monster. Russell would go on to dominate on both ends of the floor by scoring 30 points and pulling down an unbelievable 40 rebounds. This is the stuff of legends if you ask me. A giant lurking in the paint and forcing his will. The Celtics would win the game and therefore the finals.

     Well, those are my 7 games. There are a few I thought about putting on the list like MJ's flu game, Shaq vs the 76ers in the finals, and Magic's performance in game 6 of the 1980 finals, but I ended up picking these seven. So what performances did I miss?

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