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Reflecting on the NBA season (Christmas Edition)

Posted on: December 25, 2008 6:16 am
Despite being over a month away from the All-Star break, we are still far enough in to the NBA season to look back on what has happened.  So, here are just a few of my thoughts from the first third of the season:

BEST TEAM:  Boston Celtics- this one's easy.  They are playing determined ball and could break Chicago's 72-win record.

  LeBron James- is there any doubt now?  LBJ is the most dominant player in the game and is the best finisher.  His shot is slowly getting better, and he is adding a post game.  Plus, he is shooting 80% from the line, an area he had struggled in for years.

BEST SURPRISE (team):  Portland Trailblazers- everyone expected next year to be the year they break through.  Turns out, they were wrong.  Portland can win the division this year, and is set up to win it for the next decade.

BEST SURPRISE (player):  Devin Harris- from 14 and 5 in Dallas to 24 and 7 in New Jersey, Harris is looking like a surefire All-Star now that he is in an offense that suits him best. 

BEST GAME:  Portland 124, Phoenix 119 (Dec. 18)- there have some very good games, and even better buzzer beaters, but this game deserves the top spot.  Brandon Roy had 52 points and answered every single basket the Suns made late in the game. 

:  Brandon Roy over Houston (Nov. 6)- obvious choice here.  Yao makes a turnaround to give Houston the lead, and then Roy comes back with a miracle 30-footer to win it.

BEST TEAM UNDER THE RADAR:  Orlando Magic- they're 22-6 with wins at Dallas, at Portland, at Utah (without Howard), and against LA, and San Antonio at home.  They've beaten good teams, yet no one seems to be mentioning them as a team that can win a title.  Maybe it's time they do.

BEST PLAYER UNDER THE RADAR:  Danny Granger- they guy is putting up great numbers, but he is not being mentioned as a top wing player. 

BEST FREE AGENT SIGNING:  Roger Mason- he didn't make the big money like Elton Brand, but he turned out to be a very good pick up for the Spurs.  If San Antonio fails to make a run, it won't be because of a lack of depth.  Mason gets them younger, and it allows them to keep Ginobili on the bench in his 6th man role.

Of course, not everything about the NBA season was great.  There were some bad moments:

:  Oklahoma City Thunder- not much to write here.  Three wins in the first third of the season is not exactly something to write home about.

WORST PLAYER:  Kwame Brown- this might be the toughest to figure out.  There's really no way to guage how bad a player has been, but here is why I picked Kwame.  He started out as a role player, getting minutes off the bench.  He worked his way in to the starting lineup, and he performed admirably for a few games.  Then he was taken out of the starting lineup and stopped playing altogether.  I think that might qualify him as the worst player thus far.

WORST SURPRISE (team):  Philadelphia 76ers- expected to move up in to the serious contenders after signing Brand, this team has been nothing short of a disaster.  12-16, Brand is out a month, and they already fired the coach. 

WORST SURPRISE (player)Carlos Boozer- he was having a great season up until he got hurt.  What was thought to only keep him our for a week, kept him out for two, then three, and now he has missed over a month.  There's still time for him to come back and have a great year, but this extended absence could undo all that.

  Cleveland 117, Thunder 82 (Nov. 26)- Cleveland built a 35-point halftime lead and was never challenged.  They built that lead up to 41, and LeBron only had to play 17 minutes.

  Corey Maggette- made no sense when it happened, and makes even less sense now.  The Warriors are regretting the move so much they are actually shopping him around.

Since: Jan 31, 2008
Posted on: December 26, 2008 4:10 pm

Reflecting on the NBA season (Christmas Edition)

Can all you Lebron haters get over yourselves. The King is clearly the best player. No one is talking about past accomplishments. Right now Lebron James gets it done. No person at his position can guard him. He constantly demands double and tripple teams and beats them all. Give the man his credit.

Portland Phoenix was good for offense but if you like defense it was the worst game of the year. Pick your poison

Since: Dec 26, 2008
Posted on: December 26, 2008 1:46 pm

Reflecting on the NBA season (Christmas Edition)

Yeah I don't know about Lebron being the best player but he is the best fantasy player. I would have to say if I had my choice as the best player it would probably be DWade and I'm a Chicago fan so that's hard for me to say.

Since: Mar 29, 2007
Posted on: December 26, 2008 12:10 pm

Reflecting on the NBA season (Christmas Edition)

I agree Lebron is easily the best player this year, according to Hollinger's ratings on uh....that other site...he has the best PER ever....that includes better than any year of Jordan's, so that is saying something. His stats appear lower because Lebron was barely in the top 50 in minutes per game, an impressive stat that says alot about the Cavs this year.

One change I would make is game of the year...although that Portland-PHX game was good, the best game of the year was arguably the first one on Oct. 29 between the Spurs and the Suns, a 103-98 winner for Phoenix that was execution at it's finest and was the best start to a season I could ever remember. You expect a little rust to start it off but this was playoff quality from day one.

Since: Nov 27, 2006
Posted on: December 26, 2008 10:31 am

Reflecting on the NBA season (Christmas Edition)

So, they let you have a blog because your Mom cleans the bathrooms at the CBS office facilities?

Since: Sep 7, 2006
Posted on: December 26, 2008 1:47 am

Reflecting on the NBA season (Christmas Edition)

Seriously?  Go home, kid. 

Since: Dec 25, 2008
Posted on: December 25, 2008 8:27 pm

Reflecting on the NBA season (Christmas Edition)

Lebron is the best player and there is no doubt? That is some kinda joke right? He still has yet to prove anything when it comes to winning or that he even wants to be the guy taking the shot to win the game. Crunch time gold medal game and everybody on that team was clearly defering to kobe. Until that changes Kobe is still the best player on the planet.

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