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Posted on: December 10, 2010 2:50 pm
 

The NBA Quarterly All-Star Teams

Posted by Royce Young



It's never too early to start thinking about the All-Star Game. Well, I take that back. It probably is too early. But I wrote the body of this post before the intro so I'm pressing on anyway.

We're a quarter of the way done with the 2010-11 NBA season. Everybody has at least 20 games under their belt. We've learned a lot. The Heat can be good, the Spurs are great, the Lakers oddly struggle at times, Blake Griffin is exciting and Boston won't let you score... ever.

But on top of that, a few players have started that whole breakout thing. And a lot of the old good ones have stayed really good. The NBA truly has a ridiculous amount of talent right now. Seriously, this is a great time for the league. Except for that lockout stuff but I'm not going to mention that.

So because I think a lot about non-important things like the All-Star Game and Chick-Fil-A sauce, I began to notice how tough it's going to be to narrow down a 12-man roster for both conference. If there were an At The Quarter All-Star Team, it would already be quite a task to select that.

So naturally, here's my At The Quarter All-Star Teams:

WESTERN CONFERENCE

Starters:
PG: Deron Williams (21.8 ppg, 10.1 apg)
I'd say the starting Western point guard spot is the toughest to pick in the whole league. Look at the candidates: Chris Paul, Russell Westbrook, Steve Nash, Tony Parker, Stephen Curry. But Williams is the starters right now because he's commandeering an elite Western team, along with having terrific numbers.

SG: Kobe Bryant (26.6 ppg, 4.5 apg)
Kobe is the type of player that will probably be an All-Star Game starter for life since the fans vote make that happen, but it's well-deserved at this point. He's second in the league in scoring and is having a classic Kobe season. Big shots, big plays and big numbers on the biggest stage.

SF: Kevin Durant (27.6 ppg, 7.0 rpg)
By his standards, he's struggled a bit. His percentages are a bit down, he's missed a few games because of an ankle sprain and then a sore knee and he's seen his teammate Russell Westbrook steal some of his Thunder. But KD still leads the league in scoring and is still the leader on a very good Thunder team.

PF: Dirk Nowitzki (24.9 ppg, 7.4 rpg)
If I were voting, Dirk would be getting my MVP vote. Which would be weird because the season's only 25 percent done and I also don't have a vote. But Dirk is having one of his finest seasons and leading the hottest and second best team in the league (tied with Boston at 17-4). The Mavericks have found a new identity behind defense and ball pressure, but Dirk is the same old awesome Dirk.

C: Blake Griffin (20.0 ppg, 11.7 rpg)
Remember when the West used to be so stacked with big men that figuring out the starting front court was a nightmare? It's not that way anyone. There's been a shift to point guard in the West for those issues. But really, who do you start here? The best "center" is probably Tyson Chandler and maybe Al Jefferson right now. Both have been good, but I'm going to fudge and give it to Griffin. His numbers are worthy at 20-12, but he's everything that an All-Star should be. He has the league buzzing, every night is a potential highlight-fest and he's the most can't-miss guy going. To me, if we're selecting an All-Star team right now, he's got to be on it.

Bench:
Russell Westbrook, PG: Westbrook leads Western point guards in scoring, plus he's got better "LeBron" numbers than LeBron at 23.7 ppg, 8.6 apg and 5.5 rpg.

Chris Paul, PG: Weird to have CP3 on the bench considering he's in the top two or three for MVP, but again, the West is stacked. His team's little slide lately isn't helping either.

Manu Ginobili, SG: The best team in the league doesn't have an MVP candidate? Who says so? Because Manu is certainly playing like one, at least in my mind.

Monta Ellis, SG: Ellis barely gets the nod over Eric Gordon who is also having a really good year. They score virtually the same amount but Ellis has simply been a bit more efficient.

Luis Scola, PF: The Rockets may be struggling and disappointing, but Scola hasn't. Coming off a big World Championships where he raised expectations for himself, Scola has lived up to it in every way.

Kevin Love, PF: He's leading the league in rebounding, and it's not close (15.5 per game, Joakim Noah is next at 12.3). This season there have been 11 20-20 games. Love has six of them.

Tyson Chandler, C: The last spot is where things get a bit hairy. Chandler has been having a re-birth of a season with the Mavericks, protecting the rim and playing solid offense. And just barely does he get the nod of Al Jefferson for the lone center on the roster simply because playing both ends counts for something.

Tough cuts: Stephen Curry, Steve Nash, Carmelo Anthony, Rudy Gay.

EASTERN CONFERENCE

Starters:
PG: Derrick Rose (25.1 ppg, 8.1 apg)
Rose wondered why he couldn't be an MVP candidate before the season. And there's no doubt he should be, if only he could get his team to win a few more games. But he leads all point guards in scoring (fourth in the league) and is dishing out a career-high assist average. Rose is the total package right now at point and really, one of the top two or three players in the entire conference.

SG: Dwyane Wade (22.0 ppg, 6.5 rpg)
His numbers are down a bit, but there's an obvious reason why. I'll be honest, if there was another really impressive shooting guard in the East, Wade wouldn't be such a lock. But because the East is pretty thin there (Stephen Jackson? Ray Allen? Vince Carter?) Wade is the starter by default.

SF: LeBron James (24.1 ppg, 7.3 apg)
Despite what his numbers say, he's still the most talented and gifted player in the game. And it's not like the stats aren't excellent anyway. He's just set a bar so high for himself there that all of a sudden 24-7-5 doesn't look so great.

PF: Amar'e Stoudemire (25.7 ppg, 9.1 rpg)
Not only are the Knicks winning, but Amar'e has been fairly awesome this season. He's third in the league in scoring and has just broken a franchise record held by Bernand King for most consecutive games with 30 points (six). That's like, pretty good.

C: Dwight Howard (20.9 ppg, 12.1 rpg)
Forget the fact there's not a ton of competition here. Howard has maybe been the most productive NBA player this season. He's scoring at a career-high rate, plus putting up his typical big rebounding and blocked shots numbers. His developing post game is no joke and he's becoming the total package at center.

Bench:
Rajon Rondo, PG: His 14.1 assists per game are obviously eye-catching, but he's also turning it over 4.0 times a game, second in the league.

Raymond Felton, PG: Yep, seriously. He's playing on a winning club and his numbers are great! No really, they are! Look at them, I promise I'm not lying!

Ray Allen, SG: Nothing spectacular from the league's best shooter, but his stats are solid, his team is good and he's already hit a number of big shots just a quarter of the way in.

Danny Granger, SF: Come real selection time, he might get squeezed for a bigger name, but he's made the team once. He's a great scorer and now that he's on a decent team, he's deserving.

Kevin Garnett, PF: As long as he's still moving his way up and down the court, he's an All-Star. Plus, don't look, but he's actually having a pretty darn good season.

Roy Hibbert, C: A chic pick for Most Improved, the 7'3 Pacer big man has a well-developed game. Post moves, power moves and even a distance jumpshot.

Andrea Bargnani, C: Probably a stretch especially since Al Horford likely deserves it more, but Barge Nanny is sixth in the East in scoring and in his last few games has really looked fantastic, punctuated by a 41-point explosion against the Knicks Wednesday.

Tough cuts: Al Horford, Joakim Noah, Paul Pierce, John Wall, Shaquille O'Neal
Posted on: December 9, 2010 10:22 am
Edited on: August 14, 2011 9:23 pm
 

Stephen Curry in protective boot for ankle injury

Golden State Warriors point guard Stephen Curry suffered another ankle injury and reportedly left the arena wearing a protective boot. Posted by Ben Golliverstephen-curry

Golden State Warriors point guard Stephen Curry has enjoyed a pretty remarkable first quarter of the NBA season -- averaging 20.1 points, 3.3 rebounds, 5.6 assists and 2.2 steals -- and it's made even more remarkable by the fact he has been bothered by numerous ankle injuries.
On Wednesday, the Warriors lost to the Spurs in San Antonio, their 10th loss in 11 games. To make matters worse, the San Francisco Chronicle reports that Curry had to be carried off the floor by teammates after suffering yet another ankle injury, and he left the arena wearing a protective boot.
Stephen Curry appeared to be harmlessly dribbling on the right side of the three-point arc, when he pulled up and called timeout with 5:20 remaining in the second quarter. After being checked by head athletic trainer Tommy Abdenour on the court, Curry was basically carried to the locker room by Vladimir Radmanovic and Jeff Adrien.
"You hold your breath every time there's a limp," coach Keith Smart said. "Once you sprain it, it can always happen again at any given moment. He's been pretty resilient this season, so we've got to hope he can keep doing it."
Prior to Wednesday's game, GoldenStateofMind.com was wondering aloud whether Curry should take the court. Now, the Chronicle reports that Curry "could miss extended time" because of the repeated sprains, although X-rays taken on Wednesday did not show a fracture. The team is thin at the point guard position behind Curry: untested rookie Jeremy Lin and journeyman Charlie Bell were the only available options to play alongside scoring guard Monta Ellis. To add some depth at the position, the Warriors plan to sign free agent point guard Acie Law on Thursday. Law was waived by the Memphis Grizzlies earlier this week, after he couldn't find playing time behind Mike Conley and Greivis Vasquez. A long-term loss of Curry would be tough news for the Warriors, who have slipped to 8-14 on the season, after starting the year 7-4. 
Posted on: November 19, 2010 7:04 pm
Edited on: August 14, 2011 8:58 pm
 

Monta's maturity gives Warriors owners goosebumps

New Golden State Warriors owners Joe Lacob and Peter Guber are thrilled with guard Monta Ellis's newfound maturity. Posted by Ben Gollivermonta-ellis

New Golden State Warriors Joe Lacob and Peter Guber are understandably elated that their ownership takeover has finally been completed and in an extensive interview with Fanhouse.com they gush over just about everything related to their new team. As they should be, given Golden State's hot 7-4 start that has them in second place in the Pacific Division, trailing only the defending NBA champion Los Angeles Lakers. Perhaps the most interesting section of the interview comes in the discussion of guard Monta Ellis, who, as we noted last week, is off to a pretty electric, not to mention efficient, start to the 2010-2011 NBA season. Sam Amick, writer for Fanhouse, says he has seen a change in Ellis's personality this season, with Ellis becoming much more mature, and Lacob responds... 
When you just said this, and I'm serious about this too, I was just getting goose bumps. What you just said really impacts me. I've gotten to know Monta over a short period of time, better than almost any player except for David (Lee), and he's not what I expected either. He has always been one of my favorite players. He is obviously an immense talent. He's one of the fastest players in the NBA. He's so fun to watch when he's on. But you know, he was immature.
You can make an argument that he's a black hole type of player -- there's been that element in the past and there are other players who are like that. (But) he has been an incredible surprise. Whatever the reason being, maybe it's his own maturity, maybe it's getting married, maybe having a child, maybe it's David in the locker room, maybe it's he and (second-year point guard) Steph (Curry) finally connecting in the offseason, maybe it's getting rid of some bad eggs in there (the locker room), maybe it's new ownership. Whatever it is -- and maybe it's a combination of all those things -- this guy is unbelievable.  He has matured so quickly and changed. He is a team player out there. He is a great scorer, but he doesn't force it all the time. He's looking for the other guys, trying to get a lot of assists some nights when he doesn't have his shot. He has bought into a team atmosphere, team play. This is the most important story. I don't think anyone is writing this story to the level they should at this point. It's something very magical happening here. When a guy like that, with that kind of talent, buys into the team thing, it's huge.
It's always nice to see the light turn on for score-only NBA players, as the game has so much more to offer to talented offensive threats than just their own numbers. Second-year point guard Stephen Curry has been a revelation this year too, and Ellis is wise to realize how much easier a multi-talented guard like Curry can make his life. Golden State, so long a fringe NBA oddity, is emerging as the mainstream feel good story of the season. And Ellis, so long a question mark, is turning himself into an exclamation point.
Posted on: November 9, 2010 9:49 am
Edited on: November 9, 2010 1:15 pm
 

Monta's back injury is 'not serious'

Posted by Royce Young

Monday night, Monta Ellis took a weird, awkward fall against Toronto. He appeared to jam his back if that's possible by bending backwards in a strange way. He stayed on the floor for an extended period of time, appearing to be in legitimate pain.

He was taken off and didn't return to the game. He stayed in Toronto Monday night following the game and had some X-rays to see if any damage was done. But Ken Berger of CBSSports.com passes along that according to a source, Monta's injury is "not serious" and is being classified as a back strain.

A sigh of relief for the Warriors for sure, who have started the season 5-2 behind excellent backcourt play from the league's leading scorer Ellis and Stephen Curry. As to if Ellis will play Wednesday against the Knicks is up in the air still.

UPDATE: Via a press release, X-rays and CT scan show no structural damage on Warriors guard Monta Ellis' injured back. He is now in New York and is listed as day-to-day.
Posted on: November 8, 2010 9:56 pm
Edited on: August 14, 2011 8:36 pm
 

Monta Ellis takes hard fall, leaves court injured

Golden State Warriors guard Monta Ellis fell to the floor in bizarre fashion and left the court due to injury. Posted by Ben Golliver Just yesterday, we were singing the praises of Golden State Warriors guard Monta Ellis, who has upped his efficiency this season and has been leading the NBA in scoring through its opening week and a half.  Tonight, in the closing minutes of Golden State's game against the Raptors in Toronto, Ellis drove to the basket and took a nasty, weird spill after having his lay-up attempt contested by Raptors wing DeMar DeRozan and big man Amir Johnson. Here's video of the fall. Ellis contorts backwards on the landing, with his left leg and back appearing to absorb the impact in abnormal fashion. He lay nearly motionless on the hardwood for more than a minute, as Warriors training staff members tended to him. He was then helped off the court very gingerly and taken to the locker room.  Ellis did not re-enter the game, which Golden State won 109-102. This post will update with any injury news as soon as it becomes available.  Updates: 
  • Holly MacKenzie of The Score reports from Toronto on Twitter that Ellis is "currently getting X-rays on lower back."
  • Marc Spears of Yahoo! Sports reports on Twitter that the results of the MRI "will be available in morning. He's staying in Toronto tonight." The rest of the Warriors went on to New York City for Wednesday's game against the Knicks.
Posted on: November 7, 2010 3:58 pm
Edited on: August 14, 2011 8:34 pm
 

Warriors wouldn't trade Monta Ellis for Carmelo?

Golden State guard Monta Ellis is off to a hot start, and the Warriors reportedly wouldn't trade him for Denver Nuggets forward Carmelo Anthony. Posted by Ben Gollivermonta-ellis   The Golden State Warriors, who haven't made the NBA playoffs since 2006-2007, are off to a stellar 4-1 start. Point guard Stephen Curry looks to have made a sophomore leap in his overall game, but off guard Monta Ellis has been the team's engine, averaging a career-high 28.6 points to go along with 3.2 rebounds and 5.2 assists through five games.  When Ellis put up 25.5 points per game last season, it came with an asterick because of his offensive inefficiency.  Ellis attempted a ton of threes, didn't get to the foul line as much as he should and shot 44.9 percent overall, a good number, but one with room for improvement. Through five games, Ellis has been an efficiency machine. He's shooting 51.9% percent from the field, outstanding for a guard. He's averaging more than eight free throw attempts a game, an excellent figure that speaks to his aggressiveness. And, most impressively, he's hitting an astonishing 70.6% of his shots from less than 10 feet according to HoopData.com.  The question, of course, is whether those numbers are sustainable. The answer: probably not, but even if he cools off considerably we are likely to see a career year from Ellis this season.  As such, the Ellis hype from the Bay Area has reached a new pinnacle. MercuryNews.com reports that Ellis, who has been mentioned in trade rumors off and on for the last few years, is now carrying a much steeper price.
Just before the season started, when reports surfaced about forward Carmelo Anthony wanting out of Denver, Bay Area News Group reported that the Warriors were offering anyone but Curry to get Anthony. As early as October, rumors circulated about the Warriors dangling Ellis to try to get someone such as Philadelphia's Andre Iguodala or Atlanta's Josh Smith.
At this point, neither Iguodala nor Smith would be enough in return for Ellis. One source said the Warriors probably wouldn't part with Ellis even if it meant landing Anthony, who some consider a top-five player in the NBA.
That "Carmelo isn't enough for Monta" statement is surprising at first glance, given that Ellis has never made an all star game while Anthony is a three-time all star and Olympic gold medalist. That said, you can see where the Warriors are coming from. In Anthony, you have a player who is near his peak and intent on winning big in the short term. In Ellis, you have a player who still has room to improve to reach his ceiling and who isn't married to an MTV veejay intent on big-market domination. For a smaller-market team on the rise like the Warriors, Ellis just fits better. Also, there's the matter of basketball fit with Warriors point guard Stephen Curry. Given the improvement he's shown from a play-making and offensive leadership perspective, Curry has the potential to be a perennial all-star, if he can limit his turnovers. His game is high-paced, instinctive and best for a motion offense. Ellis, who can score in a variety of ways and moves very well off the ball, is probably a better long-term pair for Curry than Anthony, who often finds himself in isolation or working out of the post. While Anthony is still a better overall player and has proven it during multiple deep playoff runs, a hot start from Ellis sure makes it seem like the gap between the two players isn't nearly as big as it seemed three or four months ago.
Posted on: October 22, 2010 11:52 pm
Edited on: October 22, 2010 11:53 pm
 

Pacific Division preview: Who's second best?

Posted by Royce Young



Read Ken Berger's full Pacific Division preview

One Burning Question: Who's the second best player in the Pacific?

I read something interesting by a columnist in Los Angeles earlier in the week. To summarize, basically he said Blake Griffin was the second best player in LA. Not "going to be" or "at some point will be." Nope. Right now, Griffin is one slot behind Kobe Bryant. So if Griffin is the second best player in LA, could he be the second best in the entire division?

(To refresh in case you don't have the depth charts in front of you, Pau Gasol, Ron Artest, Steve Nash, Baron Davis, Stephen Curry, David Lee, Monta Ellis and Tyreke Evans all play in the Pacific.)

I love Blake Griffin. Love everything about him. I'm an Oklahoman, went to the University of Oklahoma when Blake was there and even played little league baseball with his brother Taylor. I'm a total Blake Griffin homer. But second best in LA or the entire Pacific Divison? No. I mean, no. No way.

But the thing is, this is an open question. Griffin isn't in that slot, though I certainly think he'll be able to lay claim to that and probably in the near future, will be able to say he's the top dog in the town. But behind Kobe, figuring out who would be No. 2 isn't easy. Gasol has a great case. So does Steve Nash who has two MVP trophies. Then there's Tyreke Evans who is absolutely ridiculous. In terms of pure, young basketball talent, you're going to find plenty in the Pacific.

Since I'm asking the question, I'll give you my answer: Pau Gasol. But that's an incredibly close call with Evans. In fact, give me 10 minutes and I might change my mind. Nash is great, but not what he once was. Stephen Curry could be that guy, but he's not there yet. Baron Davis certainly looks like it some nights, but on others you wonder if he's even the second best player on his own team.

At the end of the season, this question might have a clearer answer. Heck, it could easily be Blake Griffin. In fact, I feel like the odds are pretty good there because Griffin is an absolutely insane basketball talent. But now? You've got to go with what you know and right now, we now that Pau Gasol is pretty stinking fantastic.
Posted on: October 15, 2010 9:55 am
 

Shootaround 10.15.10: Good and bad places

Dwight Howard thinks the new rule has its place, Monta Ellis' wife is keeping him in the right place, Andre Blatche needs a new place, and Al Jefferson is getting into a good place, all in today's Shootaround.
Posted by Matt Moore

So while the Union's suing and the Celtics are freaking out, Dwight Howard has come out and said that in regards to the new tech rules, "They want us to cut down on talking to the refs, as hard as that may be. We've adjusted to everything else that's put out there. So we'll adjust." That's right. The guy that watches cartoons, does funny voices, and is pretty much known as a big kid, he's the one who's being grown up about this. The world's gone mad. Dwight Howard is in a place where he can have perspective and Kevin Garnett is not. What is happening?

Marvel Comics is teaming up with ESPN and the NBA for a series of promotional spots . Does it bother anyone else how much the league is marketing towards the storyline of LeBron leaving Cleveland? Don't get me wrong, I've been softer on James than others because if you asked me if I wanted to go work somewhere nicer with two of my friends with a greater chance of success, I'd probably do it too. But rubbing Cleveland's nose in it constantly for marketing purposes and playing into their spurned response seems exploitive.

Monta Ellis is in a much better place emotionally and mentally. Why? Dude got married and his wife, a lady cop, has him in line. I can understand where Ellis is coming from, as I'm sure a lot of men can. You have your wilder 20's, jacking up shots and riding mopeds, and then you get married and that stuff gets thrown out. This would be better if she were a segway cop or something. Still, it's good to see Ellis in a better place.

Mike Wells of the Indy Star reports that both Dahntay Jones and Solomon Jones are on the block as the Pacers try and move for a big man.

TruthAboutIt.Net's Kyle Weidie is more concerned with Andre Blatche at the moment than Gilbert Arenas. Blatche boosted his stock immensely last year with some solid play on the blown-up Wizards. But he thinks of himself as a primary scoring threat, not as a complimentary piece, and has big chemistry issues. If they can get him on the market and get a good player to put next to Wall for him, they should move, and quickly.

Alvin Gentry is telling his team that if they want to be succesful this year, they're going to have to be a "GREAT" defensive team . This for a team that had a worse defensive rating than any of Mike D'Antoni's years. Even if you think Amar'e was the problem (and he wasn't), good luck with that, coach.

Sasha Vujacic suffered a concussion in practice and is out indefinitely. Perhaps he was confused on what being "unconscious" from the arc meant.

In case you missed it last night , you need to see John Wall destroying the Bucks in 40 secons. For real.

Mike D'Antoni called Anthony Randolph a "stat magnet. " If only that magnet wasn't similarly charged to that of a "high basketball IQ magnet" because Randolph seems to repel that idea. Many, Knicks fans especailly, hope this is the season that changes. He can be an absolute game-changer when his head's in the right place.

And finally, just a small basketball note. If you caught last night's Jazz game you saw this, but if you didn't, Al Jefferson looked really good. Even with an out-of-shape Deron Williams working with him, Jefferson was hitting from all over the floor and attacking the glass on both sides of the ball. Defensively he's still figuring the system out, but things are looking tremendously good for Utah's new acquisition.


 
 
 
 
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