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Keepers, Sleepers, and Bleepers.

Posted on: July 21, 2009 6:58 pm
 

     Well, we now sit in the offseason. Many big moves have been made and one has to think that the major trades are over with. Carlos Boozer is about the only big name still out there. For the most part every fan knows what players are going to be on their teams come November. So I thought it would be interesting to hear from everyone what they think of their own teams, but I have a different idea then just giving your basic predictions for the season. I thought it could be interesting for people to place a badge of sorts on three players from their teams. There are three badges that you can stick on a player and they are:

     Keeper.
This player is the heart and soul of your team. He may or may not be a superstar but he is the leader in your eyes of your team. Of all the players on your team you feel that he has the most value and therefore deserves the badge of the keeper. Some teams have a clear-cut backbone kind of player and some teams do not, so this could be an interesting question.

    Sleeper
. This player is about to breakout. Maybe he is a rookie or has been around for a couple of seasons, but he is about to blossom and you know it. You can feel it. Maybe he is a veteran that has struggled with injuries and has a chip on his shoulders or a forgotten lottery pick that is begining to shine. Who is your teams sleeper?

    Bleeper. This is the player you wish would just go away. He is a cancer to your team or just does not fit in. He is oil and your team is water and it is time for a separation. He could be a good player or he might be an overpaid bust that is freezing up your team's money. He is the bleeper because this is a family site and if you wrote how you really feel about this player you would get banned from CBSSports.com for sure. What player is your teams bleep'n bleeper? BLEEP!

     So, that is it. Give me your three players and why. Who is your teams keeper, sleeper, and bleeper. I will start things off with my beloved Bulls.

Keeper. Derrick Rose. For the first time in a decade the Bulls have a superstar in the making. He is not yet a great leader but that will come. He is however bursting with talent and is very exciting to watch. I think it is safe to say that he holds more value then any other Bull by far. He is my keeper.

Sleeper. Tyrus Thomas. The reason I went with Tyrus is clear. Of all the Bulls he might have the most upside. Sure he lacks a great basketball IQ like Joakim Noah has. Sure he forces up bad shots, but I think he made a nice step forward last season and think he could become a very good starting forward for my Bulls if he is not traded. Last summer he worked on his jumper and it showed last season, so maybe this summer he can work on his inside game and footwork. He seems to want to get better and I think he will.

Bleeper. This is a hard question for me. We already traded Ben Gordon and i really did not even hate him. Infact I think the Bulls will struggle without him. We also got rid of Tim Thomas again and I would have picked him first. I guess I will have to pick Luol Deng. Sure I could pick a nobody player like Linton Johnson, but I do not want to take the easy road. To me, and most others I would imagine, Deng is way overpaid. The Bulls signed the wrong guy to that contract. Ben Gordon did more for the Bulls over the last few years then Deng has. Deng could have a comeback season and be a 18 and 8 player again, but I still think he has a monster price tag for what he is.

    Well, that is it. i look forward to reading your replies. I think this is a good way for posters to get a feel for eachother teams. Have fun.

Comments

Since: Jan 20, 2008
Posted on: July 21, 2009 9:31 pm
 

Keepers, Sleepers, and Bleepers.

BNW2,

Sleeper- I would have said Sebastian Telfair but hes gone so now id probably move to Kevin Love. The kid is a rebounding freak and his offense got better and better as the season went on. By the end of the year he had a nice jumper like in collage going.
I like Love's game. Hard-nosed players like him are few and far between. Joakim Noah is our Kevin Love. Every good team needs a guy who is willing to put it all on the line.

Bobby Brown
I thought he was with New Edition. Sorry, I could not help it. Tongue out



Since: Jan 20, 2008
Posted on: July 21, 2009 9:27 pm
 

Keepers, Sleepers, and Bleepers.

B,

Bleeper- Well I really wish we didn't sign Ben Gordon. Don't get me wrong, he has a lot of talent and could be great if he learns how to play unselfish basketball in the Pistons style. However, if he remains the same player I watched last year on the Bulls, he will do no good for the Pistons. Why would he work when Allen Iverson didnt? Gordon is essentially just a taller, younger version of AI (possible even more of a ball hog). That's not the style the Pistons play, and it won't work.
While many may disagree, I think Ben Gordon is a great player. Yes, he holds on to the ball too much sometimes and forces crazy shots, but in the end he shoots .470 from the floor and is one of the best three point shooters in the league. He also can create his own shot unlike many other shooting guards in the NBA. IS he worth 11 million per season. Maybe not in todays economy, but heck we gave Luol Deng an even better contract then you guys gave Gordon and I think Ben is the better of the two. In the end BG is not a number one option, but he is a great second option and they do not come much more clutch then him. His lack of size and average defense will make you pound your head into the wall though. I guess what i am trying to say is that while Ben Gordon has issues, he is still very good. Also, it is not fair to me to compare him to Iverson. While you may find a few similarities between the two, Gordon handles himself like a professional and is not a cancer in the lockerroom. Infact Ben Gordon is a role model with his work ethic.

Keeper - Well I think that has to be Rodney Stuckey. He has so much talent, but is so afraid to be aggressive. If they trade Richard Hamilton, and Ben Gordon isn't a complete ball hog, maybe Stuckey will open up and start playing like he should. If he plays up to his potential, watch out.
Stuckey and Gordon could be a lot like Rose and Gordon and could be very fun to watch.



Since: Dec 1, 2008
Posted on: July 21, 2009 8:15 pm
 

Keepers, Sleepers, and Bleepers.

Keeper- well id have to be Al Jefferson but even him i wouldn't be opposed to trading. Hes an amazing talent but he has had a lot of injury problems but considering that he is the best low post scorer in basketball id have to say hes a keeper.

Sleeper- I would have said Sebastian Telfair but hes gone so now id probably move to Kevin Love. The kid is a rebounding freak and his offense got better and better as the season went on. By the end of the year he had a nice jumper like in collage going.

Bleeper- well we got rid of my biggest bleeper yesterday in Craig Smith so now id probably say Bobby Brown. if you don't know who that is you shouldn't, if Ricky Rubio doesn't come over this year Brown might be our backup point guard and thats a scary thought. He is terrible, might be the worst player ive seen in the NBA and being a wolves fan ive seen a lot of bad players but he might be the worst.



Since: Sep 29, 2007
Posted on: July 21, 2009 7:48 pm
 

Keepers, Sleepers, and Bleepers.

Keeper - Well I think that has to be Rodney Stuckey. He has so much talent, but is so afraid to be aggressive. If they trade Richard Hamilton, and Ben Gordon isn't a complete ball hog, maybe Stuckey will open up and start playing like he should. If he plays up to his potential, watch out.

Sleeper - It could be the same as our keeper (Stuckey), but I'll talk about someone different anyways. I'm going to go with Will Bynum, but again it relies on Richard Hamilton being traded (or else he won't be seeing much time at all). If Rip is gone, that leaves Bynum is the best back up at guard. He's small, but he plays big. He has a lot of energy and athleticism for a small guy and plays with a lot of heart. He is a very pesky defender that can hound the ball handler and force some turnovers with his quick hands. He doesn't have much of a jumper, but he can penetrate the lane very well and kick out to the open player. Great guy to have off the bench

Bleeper- Well I really wish we didn't sign Ben Gordon. Don't get me wrong, he has a lot of talent and could be great if he learns how to play unselfish basketball in the Pistons style. However, if he remains the same player I watched last year on the Bulls, he will do no good for the Pistons. Why would he work when Allen Iverson didnt? Gordon is essentially just a taller, younger version of AI (possible even more of a ball hog). That's not the style the Pistons play, and it won't work.



Since: Jan 20, 2008
Posted on: July 21, 2009 7:45 pm
 

Keepers, Sleepers, and Bleepers.

Harst,

You are lucky in that you do have one of those no-brainers for a keeper in Dwyane Wade. Kobe and LeBron are the other two real no-brainers.

I agree on Beasley. He is like a Tyrus Thomas in some ways but not as good and may never be.



Since: Jan 20, 2008
Posted on: July 21, 2009 7:42 pm
 

Keepers, Sleepers, and Bleepers.

BucFan,

Thanks for the reply. I like your picks. Carter is a nice choice and I can see him having a huge season next year. With Dwight drawing double teams Carter should have open looks. I wonder if Carter will try hard to get into shape this offseason knowing that this could be his last shot at a title?

Also, that is a risky pick with Nelson and I like it. The point guard is often the leader because they run the offense much like a quarter back and Nelson is great. I think that Rose and him are very much alike. Two years ago I would have picked Kirk Hinrich. Go figure.



Since: Sep 10, 2006
Posted on: July 21, 2009 7:30 pm
 

Keepers, Sleepers, and Bleepers.

Keeper- No doubt it is Dwyane Wade. Won't even explain.

Sleeper- Mario Chalmers. He's a very underrated playmaker, a very good defender, and a clutch shooter who can hit the outside shot. Just needs to get a bit stronger.

Bleeper- Michael Beasley. Extremely overrated. Soft, bad post defender, afraid to attack the rim. I hate this wuss, sorry.




Since: Jun 4, 2008
Posted on: July 21, 2009 7:07 pm
 

Keepers, Sleepers, and Bleepers.

Keeper. This player is the heart and soul of your team. He may or may not be a superstar but he is the leader in your eyes of your team. Of all the players on your team you feel that he has the most value and therefore deserves the badge of the keeper. Some teams have a clear-cut backbone kind of player and some teams do not, so this could be an interesting question.Jameer Nelson without a doubt. Dwight gets the credit, but anyone can see, it's Jameer's team. When Dwight went down for like 3 games last year, it was Jameer that stepped up. He runs the offense and ask any of the players, he's the leader.Sleeper. This player is about to breakout. Maybe he is a rookie or has been around for a couple of seasons, but he is about to blossom and you know it. You can feel it. Maybe he is a veteran that has struggled with injuries and has a chip on his shoulders or a forgotten lottery pick that is begining to shine. Who is your teams sleeper?how could I answer anyone but Vince Carter? Everyone has thought he's dead even though his numbers last year was better than Carmelo Anthony. Now, in a contender's market, I feel like he'll be able to show what he can do.  Bleeper. This is the player you wish would just go away. He is a cancer to your team or just does not fit in. He is oil and your team is water and it is time for a separation. He could be a good player or he might be an overpaid bust that is freezing up your team's money. He is the bleeper because this is a family site and if you wrote how you really feel about this player you would get banned from CBSSports.com for sure. What player is your teams bleep'n bleeper? BLEEP!Turkoglu and Rafer Alston are gone so we dont have any right now. Only answer would be Rashard Lewis bc his money, but the dudes an all star and made some clutch shots in the post season so he doesnt really fit.


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