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Is Thabeet making a run at Griffin?

Posted on: February 15, 2009 11:18 am
Edited on: February 15, 2009 11:26 am
 

As this season rolls along, you just watch, the conversation about who should be the National Player of the Year -- not to mention the top pick in June's NBA Draft -- is going to intensify primarily because people are starting to recognize the impact Hasheem Thabeet has on both ends of the court. That 25-point, 20-rebound, nine-block performance Saturday against Seton Hall certainly helped. But the biggest thing aiding the Connecticut junior is how opposing Big East coaches are singing his praises, one after another.

The other day, it was Jim Boeheim.

This weekend, it was Bobby Gonzalez.

"I don't know ... a more dominant guy than him in the country," Gonzalez said after his Pirates lost to UConn. "He, to me, is the No. 1 player in America. ... If I was an NBA franchise I would take him No. 1 in the draft."

In other words, watch out Blake Griffin.

Hasheem Thabeet is coming for you!

The 7-foot-3 center is now averaging 13.5 points, 10.8 rebounds and 4.4 blocks for the No. 1 team in the country while Griffin is averaging 22.8 points, 14.2 rebounds and 1.3 blocks for the No. 2 team.

My suggestion: Let them decide it in the NCAA tournament.

Preferably, in the national title game.

Against each other.

Comments

Since: Feb 27, 2007
Posted on: February 15, 2009 8:44 pm
 

Is Thabeet making a run at Griffin?

Yeah, I Think the game everyone wants to or at least should want to see is OU vs. UNC. That game would be non stop hustle at both ends of the floor for 40 minutes. Seeing how and with who UNC would guard Blake Griffin would be entertaining all game long. Ellington and Johnson trading three pointers and watching the energy of Taylor Griffin and Danny Green. It'd be one great show.

Better idea:  Let Griffin and Thabeet meet in the semi-final, then take on last year's POY Tyler Hansbrough and UNC in the Final.

 




Since: Feb 1, 2007
Posted on: February 15, 2009 7:04 pm
 

Is Thabeet making a run at Griffin?

Better idea:  Let Griffin and Thabeet meet in the semi-final, then take on last year's POY Tyler Hansbrough and UNC in the Final.




Since: Feb 27, 2007
Posted on: February 15, 2009 4:53 pm
 

Is Thabeet making a run at Griffin?

good call. They are both terrors on the defensive end of the floor. OU is probably the most exciting team to watch in the country with Austin Johnson nailing threes from practically halflcourt like it's old news, Willy WArren's athleticism, and the Griffin brothers out hustling everyone on both ends. Very entertaining team. Gotta love it...even if your a Longhorn fan...yeah, I said it.




Since: Feb 27, 2007
Posted on: February 15, 2009 4:45 pm
 

Is Thabeet making a run at Griffin?

No way at all. He's still a guy that can't really score unless he catches the ball with his face to the basket and room to move. He may a dominant defender, but his "dominance" only seems to be dominant when they are playing teams like Seton Hall. Blake is going to get his on O and D against whoever the Sooners play. May just be me being biased, but I think James Harden deserves to be mentioned before Thabeet. BUT...whos gonna get more attention among those two? yeah...When's the last time a player from the PAC-10 won P.O.Y.? 1977 and only two POYs west of Texas since 1977. Anyway, the east coast bias drum has been beaten to death, so I digress.

More interesting to me. Who will be F.O.Y.? Seth Curry, Liberty?




Since: Jan 13, 2009
Posted on: February 15, 2009 2:52 pm
 

Is Thabeet making a run at Griffin?

Blake Griffin is definitely more valuable than Thabeet for the purposes of UConn has a deeper team.  These two are game changers without a question but I think at the NBA level, Thabeet has something even harder to find.  He is going to make EVERYONE fear coming into the lane.  20/10 PFs are very very good.  Thabeet has the ability to take down DPOY awards year after year.  In an era, in which children want to play aesthetically pleasing offensive ball, there are few who come along who play defense in a way like Hasheem.  I think the Player of the Year Award will go to Blake Griffin but I see something really special in Thabeet.  Griffin is great to watch but I have seen his body and stats in college before.  Defense is something that you know will translate.  We will eventually see.  They both figure to be all-stars.




Since: Mar 21, 2008
Posted on: February 15, 2009 2:44 pm
 

Is Thabeet making a run at Griffin?

A UCONN - OU title game matchup...interesting premise...

The individual matchups would favor UCONN. Thabeet would be a load for B Griffin, Adrien would maul TGriffin, and Walker and Price would 'drive' Johnson and Warren. Maybe Crocker would be a matchup win for OU...

However, I think both teams benches might keep them from getting to the final???




Since: Dec 15, 2008
Posted on: February 15, 2009 1:12 pm
 

Is Thabeet making a run at Griffin?

The blocks are what set these guys apart.  I can't think of any other players that can change the game on both ends of the court like these two. 




Since: Dec 21, 2008
Posted on: February 15, 2009 12:01 pm
 

Is Thabeet making a run at Griffin?

Perhaps there should be 2 awards, a Player of the Year and an MVP.  For the MVP, each team would nominate a player from their team and the league MVP would be selected from that pool.  The players on a team are the best able to judge their MVP.

The Player of the Year would be the best player in the league.  This would be cumbersome for college sports due to the large number of teams, but it would be workable in pro sports.




Since: Apr 2, 2008
Posted on: February 15, 2009 11:40 am
 

Is Thabeet making a run at Griffin?

I agree that it is a close race for National Player of the Year, but this sometimes is not the Most Valuable player. The "No. 1 player in America" can be a argued statement. I think UCONN wins without Thabeet, maybe not at the national level they are playing now, but still in top 20. Oklahoma, on the other hand, would probably not be anywhere near where they are rated now, if not for Griffin.

It contiues the long debate over some of these awards. Most valuable player to your team versus best player in the country. The main example is major league baseball. Each year MLB votes on MVP, but this is usually not the most valuable player to their team.

So, in college basketball is the National Player of the year the "best player" or the "most valuable player" or "the No. 1 player in America"?

NBA drafts should be fitting their team needs. If I am drafting as say, Miami Heat (yes, I know they will probably not draft first), I am taking Thabeet for the need of a big man. If I am looking for some all around power forward game....I go with Griffin.



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