Tag:Steve Nash
Posted on: June 24, 2009 4:48 pm

Ricky Rubio is the next...?

     Ok, we get a guy like this in the draft every few years. A player with a ton of talent shrouded in mystery. They could get drafted 2nd or 8th. We hear all kinds of crazy claims about them and they are always compared to some NBA legend or another. For Ricky Rubio that player is Pete Maravich (aka Pistol Pete). I have read the articles and watched the Youtube clips. I even just listened to Pau Gasol talk about him in an interview on the radio. From what I have gathered the only think similar between the great Pistol Pete and Ricky Rubio is the fact that they are both skinny white guys with flashy moves. That is were it ends for me. Let us look at a few players that Rubio could end up like and let you decide. So let us take a look.

1) Pistol Pete Maravich.
Pistol Pete was a speed freak. The fastest player of his time. Ok, maybe there were a few players faster but few players ever moved with the ball like Maravich. Rubio is a very flashy player from what I have seen, but those are also highlights. I wonder what his turnover ratio will be like in the NBA if he throw a lot of passes like that. I think Rubio has the skills and talent to average over 10 assists a game, while Maravich highest NBA average was 6.7 in 1977-78. Pistol Pete was a scorer first, something that Rubio is not known for. In fact Rubio is a poor shooter. Ask Pau Gasol. Gasol answer to the question "can Rubio Shoot" was a simple "No". Gasol went on to say that Rubio is a great teammate and a great ballhandler and playmaker. Does not sound like Rubio has a lot in common with Maravich if you ask me.

2) Steve Nash. To me this is the best case senerio for Ricky Rubio's career. A player who has trouble scoring and shooting at times but a great facilitator of the ball. It has been noted that Rubio is a solid defender, but I have to wonder if he is just a risky player that sneaks into passing lanes for quick steals. Steals are great but if the teams defense is spread then they sometimes can be a gamble. I am not clear on if Rubio is really a good man on man defender or not. Maybe someone could help me with that one. I think stronger NBA point guards like Chris Paul, Deron Williams, and Derrick Rose would man handle him. To me Steve Nash seems like a fairly solid comparison for Rubio if Rubio does indeed take the NBA by storm.

3) Jose Calderon. Calderon's stats might be closest to what most predict Rubio to display. 13 points and 9 assists seem about right but Calderon takes care of the ball very well and I just wonder still how many turnovers a player like Rubio could produce. Jose is also a great shooter making the comparison very hard.  

4) Kirk Hinrich. Clearly Hinrich is not the passer that Rubio seems to be but they do have a few things in common. Kirk is a streaky shooter at best and a great teammate with a great basketball IQ and yes he too is also white and lanky. Hinrich if a starter will give you 15 points a night and just over 6 assists and play gritty defense. So if Rubio is really a good defender in the NBA he could be very similar to a Kirk Hinrich. Maybe a couple more assists and a few less points per game. To me this is a safe call on what level of player Rubio could be in the NBA. He could be much better or much worse. There are a lot worse point guards in the league then Hinrich that is for sure.

5) Chris Duhon. Do you see a theme? The players are getting worse and worse. Duhon is a average defender which Rubio could very well be in the NBA and a spotty shooter. He is however a pretty good playmaker. To me I think Rubio will be a better player then Duhon but you never know. Most predictions I see have Rubio averaging around 10 points and 10 assists. There really is no player in the league with stats like that. Rubio is not going to rebound like Jason Kidd or Rajon Rondo or score like the only two point guards to actually average over 10 assists per game in CP3 and D. Will.

6) Bust. Will Ricky Rubio just be another overseas bust? It could happen. Pau Gasol did not make him out to be the next great point guard and besides all the crap Pistol Pete comparisons I have seen very little detailed information on what Rubio will do in the NBA.

So, what player do you think Ricky Rubio will end up being like? Will he slowly get better as the years go on like Steve Nash did or will he make a splash from day one? What will his NBA career averages look like after 5 seasons?

Posted on: March 30, 2009 6:15 pm

An Interesting Statistic for the MVP Candidates.


 I understand that there has been a ton of threads created about who everyone thinks will win the MVP this year. It is a good debate and we see a new poll posted about it every three days or so and I really think it is a close race myself. I was looking at the Bulls team schedule and noticed that they list the high scorer for each game. I first counted to see how many games Ben Gordon led all scorers and the sum was 10. Then I wondered how many games the MVP candidates had led all scorers and came up with some interesting numbers. I took it a step further and counted how many of those high scoring games lead to victories for their teams and then in turn what the winning percentage was for these teams when their superstar outscored everyone else. Yes, I do need a life. Here is what I found out.

 LeBron James

     We all know that LBJ is having a great year but I was shocked to see the number of games in which he led all scores. He is 2nd in the league in scoring behind Wade at 28.4 point per game, so it is no wonder that he would lead all scorers a lot. How many games?

51 games

How many of those games were wins for the Cavaliers?

43 wins

What does this mean?

This means that the cavaliers win 85% of their games when LeBron leads all scorers. The Cavaliers winning percentage stands at about 82% for the season meaning that it looks like the Cavs are well served when LeBron James is on fire, which seems to be often.

 I understand that there is a lot more to basketball then scoring, but the thing that separates the MVPs of the NBA is their ability to score down the stretch and carry their teams to victory.

 Dwyane Wade

Second on the list is the Miami Heat's own D. Wade. At the moment he is laeding the league in scoring with 29.8 points per game. He looks to have locked up the scoring title unless LeBron James can find a way of scoring 50+ points a night until the end of the season. So how many games did Wade lead all scorers?

48 games 

How many of those games were wins for the Heat?

30 wins

What does this mean?

This means that the Heat win 63% of their games when Wade leads all scorers. Since the Heat have a total winning percentage of about 53% for the season you can really see how important it is for Miami to have Wade score often. The Heat really do not have much depth and I think this stat shows that. It also show me that Wade has to pick his team up and put them on his shoulders more then any other player in the league. Does this mean he is more valuable to his team then LBJ or Kobe are to their teams? Maybe.

 Kobe Bryant

     To me Kobe is on the outside looking in as far as the MVP goes. The Lakers are playing great team ball and the scoring bruden on Kobe has lessened. However, when you look at the top three players this season, he is clearly one of those guys. Infact, I was shocked to see just how many games that Bryant has led all scorers in spite of how balanced one whould think the Lakers are. So, how many games did Kobe lead all scorers?

45 games

How many of those games were wins for the Lakers?

37 wins

What does this mean?

It means that when Kobe leads all scorers the Lakers win 83% of thier games. The Lakers now sit with a winning percentage as a team of about 80%. To me this looks as if Kobe is a small notch below LeBron James this season statwise and much of that is due to the fact that Kobe has a real team around him. Because of the Lakers as a team being so sound, I think Kobe's chances of winning a MVP are quite slim. Fact is he would most likely win the MVP if the Lakers sucked.

A few more interesting stats I came across.

When looking at assists per game it should come to you as no surprise as to who leads the way. Here are the top three players to have the most game highs in assists.

  1. Chris Paul with a whopping 58
  2. Steve Nash with 51
  3. Deron Williams with 46

So, who had the most game highs in rebounds? Yes, Dwight Howard with 55. Crazy.

Well I hope you enjoyed the read and if you come up with different numbers then I did I apologize in advance.

Posted on: October 15, 2008 11:03 pm
Edited on: October 16, 2008 7:00 pm

Breakdown: Top 5 Point Guards in the NBA.

1. Chris Paul

player photo   At the begining of last season there was a debate over who was better Deron Williams or Chris Paul. That debate is over for now. Paul is clearly the best PG in the NBA right now. That is not to say that Williams is not right on his heels, but Chris just has a slight edge across the board. Scoring 24.1 ppg in the playoffs and dishing out 11.3 assists is stellar. Now you have to through in 4.9 rpg and you have an alltime great stat line. Paul will only make strides forward. He is a winner and it shows. He plays without mercy and shows his willingness to step on an opposing teams thoat when they're down. He reminds me of Isiah Thomas but even better, if that is possible and I think it is fair to say that we could be looking at the best Point Guard since Magic Johnson.

2. Deron Williams

player photo   Deron is as much the second best PG as Chris Paul is the Best PG. What I am saying is it is a two man show right now on the top at this point. Williams also had some impressive numbers in the postseason last year with 21.6 ppg, 10 apg, and 3.6 rpg. His assist/turnover ratio is also lower then Paul, so it becomes very difficult to say he is the better player. With the comparisons aside he is still a great PG and the only PG I see with a chance of becoming better then Paul. What is really nice is that both Williams and Paul have good teams around them, and they both have a shot at a Championship this year. It is also true that they both make there teammates better and they have made the PG a hot commodity in trades and the Draft.

3. Baron Davis

 player photo   Baron Davis is a savvy and deadly Point Guard. He is a scorer first in some cases but is very able to run a team and dish out passes. Davis looks to be at about his peek right now. That is debatable. I think he may be on the fade personally, but his numbers do not lie. Last season he averaged 21.8 points, 4.7 rebounds, and 7.6 assists. He also managed 2.3 steals which goes to show that he is a good defender despite the fact that many say he is lacking in that area. He makes teams be a little more careful with the ball when he is on the floor. He is very dangerous because he can hurt you in so many ways and he has a killer instinct. The Clippers got a great player and I think he will make the rest of the team better and could push them into the playoffs.

4. Tony Parker

player photo   Tony Parker has been a top Point Guard on a top team for years now and he has been very steady. Parkers ability to drive and kick could be his strongest asset and in my mind it is. He really is able to open up the floor for his teammates with his skill to score in the paint. He is not the greatest defender and he can turn the ball over sometimes too much, but those are really his only weaknesses. My fear is that the Spurs are on the downturn and Tony might get trapped on a team that will not contend in a couple of years with all their key players getting older.

5. Chauncey Billups

player photo   Chauncey is a all around great PG. His game is fading as his age increases, but he is still i my top 5. He was up for a MVP but a couple of years ago and his skills have not slowed that greatly. He averaged 17 points, 2.7 rebounds, and 6.8 assists last season which are still very nice numbers, but they are low compared to a few years ago. Billups is still a floor general and demands respect. He can make the tough pass and drain the 3 pointer at will. He is a good defender and can lock down on most opponents. I think the Pistons like the Spurs are slipping a bit, but I think Chauncey could still lead the Pistons back into the Finals.

In The Mix:

Jason Kidd, Steve Nash, and Jose Calderon.

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