Tag:Andre Iguodala
Posted on: September 26, 2010 4:30 pm
Edited on: September 26, 2010 4:30 pm
 

Preseason Primer: 76ers

Posted by Royce Young

This 76ers club is a young one that doesn't have any major inclination to win now. They know it's a work in progress and based upon the development of a young core, this group has future potential. But it could be a long year this season. Doug Collins is an excellent coach for young players and almost always gets a win improvement out of a new team in his first year. But he has a challenge ahead of him in Philly this season.

Training camp site: Philadelphia, PA

Training camp starts: Sept. 28

Key additions: Evan Turner (draft), Spencer Hawes (trade), Andres Nocioni (trade)

Key subtractions: Samuel Dalembert (trade), Willie Green (trade), Rodney Carney (free agent)

Likely starting lineup:   Jrue Holiday, PG; Evan Turner, SG; Andre Iguodala, SF; Elton Brand, PF; Marreese Speights, C

Player to watch: Andre Iguodala. After a strong performance in Turkey where Iguodala was called upon to simply play a role, many are riding high on Iggy heading into this season. But it's about mindset. Playing as a third or even fourth option and primarily as a hard-nosed defender, Iguodala looked like one of the premier perimeter defenders in the league. But when he returns to Philly as the leading man on a mediocre to bad club, how does he respond? Will he stay committed to fitting in or will he try and assume the job of dominating the ball for the Sixers?

Chemistry quiz: The Sixers took Evan Turner second overall and now are tasked with figuring out how he fits in. In college, Turner handled the ball, created, distributed and scored. But how does he play with the Sixers? Is he going to stay off the ball and straight play the 2? Will he have some ball-handling duties? With the improvement of Jrue Holiday as a point guard, figuring out how Turner fits will be a question.

Plus, Philly is bringing in a brand new coach in Doug Collins. Typically, Collins improves teams, especially young ones. But it'll be an uphill battle figuring out the roles and spots of some of these guys.

Camp battles: Any question as to who is starting at shooting guard was solved with last week's trade of Willie Green. The 76ers are going young and will start Turner there. Lou Williams could potentially push for Holiday's starting point guard spot, though again, it appears the Sixers are going all-in with the youth movement. At center, Marreese Speights will likely start over offseason acquisition Spencer Hawes, but it'll be a competition throughout camp.

Biggest strength: Athleticism. The Sixers can move with the best of them. Holiday is a physically gifted point man, Turner is a long, lengthy shooting guard, Iguodala is ridiculous and a bench player like Thaddeus Young is long and athletic. The 76ers have a bunch of raw talent with a bundle of ability. In one regard, it's their biggest strength, but in another, it's a weakness.

Glaring weakness: Inexperience and youth. These Sixers don't know how to win. They brought in Elton Brand last summer to try and be a mainstay on the inside and it hasn't worked out well thus far. So right now, the team is left with players trying to fulfill duties likely above them. For example, Iguodala. As showed in Turkey, Iggy is at his best when he's not relied upon to put up 20 points a night. But on this team, he has to be the man. So until someone else steps up whether that's Turner, Young, Holiday or someone else, this team will have issues.
Posted on: September 16, 2010 5:00 pm
Edited on: September 17, 2010 10:26 am
 

Andre Iguodala looks like Bowser from Mario Bros.

(Just play the Mario Bros. music in your head as you read this post.)
Posted by Matt Moore


You know, Iggy's living nicely. Andre Iguodala was a huge part of Team USA's success in the FIBA World Championships this year. His defense, rebounding, and all-around support play were major contributions to the effort that netted Team USA the gold. He's in a new commercial series that idolizes the greatest for an NBA video game. And hey, speaking of video games, now he gets to look like one! Iguodala dropped this picture on his Twitter account today to show off his new haircut:



Not bad. Very... sharp. You know, like spikes. Kind of like... Bowser!


I very much look forward to Igoudala spitting fireballs at a jumping Derrick Rose (an obvious Mario choice; Andrea Bargnani is Luigi, naturally) this season. Just don't go Go Kart racing, Iggy. You're slow. Really, really slow.

(HT: Liberty Ballers , Bowser image courtesy of SmashBros.com )
Posted on: September 13, 2010 9:59 am
 

Shootaround 9.13.10: 'Toine's got an invite

Bobcats aggressively looking to move Damp, the Magic's new arena is smarter than you, and Oden's progress going slow. Posted by Matt Moore

The Bobcats have what their GM is calling "probably one of the most valuable contracts in the league " in Erick Dampier. Dampier's contract is a non-guaranteed, voidable deal for $13 million, meaning a team can dump one or several players for Dampier, then waive him and clear off money immediately. If the Bobcats can find a taker, they might be able to solve some of their considerable problems. Like the fact that they have no viable point guard in place. You know.... that.

Speaking of valuable partially guaranteed expiring contracts, Magic Basketball takes a look at whether Vince Carter can be moved this season by himself for a wing upgrade. The prospects are not great.

Most new arenas are nice. But the Magic's new arena is smart . They're able to target advertising in real-time, flexible responses, and the ticket systems can load cash for concessions if ticket gift-givers want to provide a meal along with the basketball.

There's an unwritten rule, one that should be written for a lot of first-time credentialed press members from team blogs, that you don't root in the press box. Unless, apparently, you're abroad for an international competition .

Samuel Dalembert is not so much a fan of the Canadian national team's coach . Okay, that's kind of an understatement. To say that he pins all their problems on Leo Rautins would be more accurate. Dalembert has had a year with what happened in his home country of Haiti. This is just one other failure he's venting about.

Greg Oden will not be in attendance during team scrimmages this week. I know, you're shocked. Try and lay down for a bit to deal with this news.

Antoine Walker has actually been invited by a real life NBA team to participate in some practices and scrimmages. The Bobcats have made no assurances he'll make it even to camp, though.

Andre Iguodala reflects on the entire FIBA World Championship experience and winning the gold.

Guess who's available? Pops Mensah-Bonsu! Contract rescinded, back on the street , ready to come in and play five or six minutes at a time with rebounds and missed dunks at your disposal. Kidding aside, Bonsu's a solid bench player that deserves a run.

The NBA just inked a deal with a Spanish bank for $100 million for sponsorship across the NBA, WNBA, and the D-League. That's a pretty big chunk of change. The league keeps talking about losses, and keeps ratcheting up big deals.
Posted on: September 2, 2010 9:12 am
Edited on: September 2, 2010 9:47 am
 

Shootaround 9.2.10: Kevin Love and racial cliches

Posted by Royce Young
  • Kevin Ding of the O.C. Register writes that Byron Scott will one day coach the Lakers: "When you consider just how deeply and openly Scott is tied to the Lakers, not waiting and seeing makes little sense – until you understand that's exactly why he isn't waiting: Scott knows the Lakers so well that he trusts this isn't his only opportunity. And he's right. Scott will still be the Lakers' head coach someday, just not next year."
  • Matt Moore asked if the Knicks could make the playoffs yesterday and Toney Douglas says he'll be the man to lead them there: "Definitely," Douglas told The NY Post yesterday at Hayground School in Bridgehampton. "I feel like have a lot of talent. We just all have to be on one page and make sure everybody is totally on it. I feel we are a playoff team."
  • The Grizzlies are trying to let their fans knows they're serious: "The Grizzlies want fans to know that this season -- their 10th in Memphis -- is the one to really believe in. And the franchise is sending the message with a full-court billboard campaign. More than 80 billboards featuring Griz players were unveiled Wednesday in the Mid-South as the team attempts to generate more enthusiasm for the upcoming season."
  • Andre Iguodala, writing for the Philadelphia Daily News, says he's a little homesick: "(Yesterday) was really the first time I've thought about being away from home as long as I have. The reason is because they have been treating us so well ever since we left. We have a chef from Detroit who makes us some great stuff, we have a Nike suite that we all hang out in after games. All the guys on the team have gotten along really well so it doesn't seem so much like we're so far away from home, it's more like a long road trip in the NBA. There really can be no complaints. In Greece, the food was just OK, but in Spain we found restaurants that we liked and all is cool here."
  • Ben Polk of A Wolf Among Wolves hits the nail on the head: "Love tends to draw the kind of praise that we’ve come to understand as racially coded cliches. In the Worlds, Fran Fraschilla (who I should say right out front is a terrific analyst who understands the hell out of international basketball) busted out the full complement: Love is “your perfect teammate,” he is “smart” and “hardworking” and “unselfish”. These make him sound just like an unathletic, Big Ten white dude and I confess that they are part of the reason that I was a little disappointed when the Wolves picked him up. I mean, weren’t you just sick to death of hearing about how great an outlet passer this guy was?"
Posted on: August 31, 2010 2:41 pm
Edited on: August 31, 2010 2:42 pm
 

Can Kevin Durant be the NBA's all-time scorer?

Posted by Royce Young

Andre Iguodala has gotten the chance to see Kevin Durant up close and personal over the past few weeks. He's seen his work ethic, his attitude, his humble personality, his competitive drive and his incredible passion for the game.

And as a result of that, Iggy was prepared to make a pretty bold statement. Check that, a REALLY bold statement.

"Kevin Durant will be the NBA’s all-time leading scorer when it’s all said and done," Iguodala said emphatically to CSN Philly . "He loves the game and has a knack for putting the ball in the basket."

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is the all-time leading scorer with 38,387 points in 21 NBA seasons and played until he was 41. The most games he missed in a season was 20 and he only played less than 75 four times. Karl Malone is second all-time with 36,928 and Michael Jordan third with 32,292. Through three seasons, Durant has 5,967 points and will turn 22 in the next few weeks.

It's really hard to predict what Durant will do over the next 10 years or so which will be the prime of his career. He averaged 30.1 last season, so I'm going to assume he'll averaged at least 28 points per game for the next 10 seasons. He'll likely have a few seasons of 32-34, but maybe one or two of 26-27 during this time. So I'm totally guessing here and going with 28 just to try and figure out how possible this is. If he plays in all 82 each season, 28 ppg over 10 seasons would be 22,960 points. Plus his current 5,967, that's 28,927 with him being 32 years old.

Most players play until about 37 or 38, and at 32 KD would only have a few high scoring seasons left. Let's say he drops down to about 23 ppg for the next four years. That's 7,544 points. For his last two years, let's go with 15 ppg. That's 2,460 and puts him at 38,931. I'm going to subtract 1,500 off because KD isn't going to play in all 82 each season. So the number sits at 37,431. And that's with going with some seriously conservative estimates. I gave KD 28 ppg over the next 10 years and it's very likely he'll average at least 30. If that's the case, he'd be at 39,071.

So is it possible? Heck yes, it is. Of course you've got to throw in the obligatory "if he stays healthy" disclaimer but if Durant is one or two thousand points away from the all-time scoring lead, you can bank that he'd crank out an extra season or two to get there. I've only got Durant going until 38 which mean he's played 20 NBA seasons. He could go a few more and possibly touch 40,000. All of this is total estimation of course, but most will see Iguodala's statement as crazy. But when you start really looking at it, it doesn't see so far-fetched. I feel like I was pretty conservative with all the numbers and Durant is right there.

KD is truly a unique talent and these next 10 years will be an incredible amount of fun seeing what he could be. Could he average 35 a game? Could he average 37? I don't think he would because he's not selfish enough to put up multiple 60-point games, but I definitely don't think it's impossible. When you get to the free throw line, shoot near 50 percent from the floor and hit 40 percent on 3s, you can score 30 a night fairly efficiently. And when you're the youngest scoring champion in the league's history, these type of all-time marks become part of the conversation.

What will Durant's career look like in 20 years? That's a long dang time off so I have no idea, but as cool as this type of achievement would be, you can be sure that KD will only start to care about that sort of thing after he's put multiple NBA championships trophies on his mantle.
Posted on: August 31, 2010 9:07 am
 

Shootaround 8.31.10: Melo fit to be a King?

Posted by Royce Young
  • Bill Bradley of the Sac Bee wonders if Carmelo fits with the Kings: "While the Nets make sense, the Kings and Wolves don't fit because Anthony has been talking about leaving Denver for a high-profile East Coast team (i.e., the New York Knicks ). He could come here because the Maloofs, who own the Kings, like high-profile players who can win games and draw fans. However, any deal for Anthony would take a contract extension (he's a free agent after this season) and require a few choice players and draft picks. Is it worth trading for Anthony if it upsets the rebuilding project?
  • Andre Iguodala is journaling his experience from Turkey for the Philadelphia Daily News: "I know my role on this team. The main thing is we got the win. All the other stuff doesn't matter. It only matters what the score is at the end of the game. I had a job, which was to make it tough on [Leandro] Barbosa to score and he had to pull out his best moves to score in the second half. I've known [my role] ever since being a part of the USA Basketball system, knowing that we're going to have some great scorers. You got the Dwyane Wades and Kobe Bryants and on this team you got the Kevin Durants of the league. I feel like I can fit into any system no matter who I'm playing with. With this group, I feel like I go out there and try to shut down whoever their top scorer is."
  • Jenni Carlson of The Oklahoman on Kevin Durant's rising star: "Durant was being talked about not only by folks from across the United States but also by people from around the world. There were 140-character comments in Spanish, Turkish, Italian and Portuguese. Playing in the world championships is only broadening Durant's popularity. It is growing his brand. It is widening his stardom."
  • Tom Ziller of Sactown Royalty wonders if Hassan Whiteside can contribute: "At some point, whether through trade or injury, Whiteside will get an extended look. It might be November, it might be January, it might be April. But he will get a look. It's almost up to chance as to whether that will come sooner or later. When it does, though, we can expect Whiteside will be looking block shots, hit the glass, and finish at the rim. I think he'll have varying levels of success in those categories. He can certainly block shots, but the size and competition level are so different from what he's used to. He wasn't a world-beater on the glass even at Marshall, and his touch at the rim is a huge question mark."
Posted on: August 24, 2010 1:58 pm
 

Rajon Rondo withdraws from Team USA

Celtics guard asks to be cut for personal reasons, final roster set.
Posted by Matt Moore

A shocking development came down the pipeline of Team USA today, as Rajon Rondo has been cut from the team, after asking to withdraw for personal reasons . Head of USA basketball Jerry Colangelo thanked Rondo for his effort and commitment and issued a statement of support for the Celtics guard. Rondo had been the starter for Team USA, but had also looked lackadaiscal and dispassionate for long stretches.

The final cut was widely talked about being between Stephen Curry, whose game fits well on the international stage but who has been battling injury, and Russell Westbrook, the lowest name guard on roster. With Rondo out, they both make the team. Losing Rondo hurts in several key areas however. While a lot of talk has been about the lack of shooting on Team USA, an area Rondo was not equipped to help in, his pressure perimeter defense and distribution skills were unmatched among the plethora of guards Coach K and Colangelo decided to take overseas. Losing him means Derrick Rose will need to step up considerably on both sides of the ball to be the distributor, with Chauncey Billups primarily playing shooting guard for the club.

The final Team USA roster, finalized today with Rondo's withdrawal:

Chauncey Billups (Denver Nuggets)
Tyson Chandler (Dallas Mavericks)
Stephen Curry (Golden State Warriors)
Kevin Durant (Oklahoma City Thunder)
Rudy Gay (Memphis Grizzlies)
Eric Gordon (Los Angeles Clippers)
Danny Granger (Indiana Pacers)
Andre Iguodala (Philadelphia 76ers)
Kevin Love (Minnesota Timberwolves)
Lamar Odom
(Los Angeles Lakers)
Derrick Rose (Chicago Bulls)
Russell Westbrook (Oklahoma City Thunder)

The 2010 FIBA World Championships begin Saturday.
Posted on: July 28, 2010 3:47 pm
Edited on: July 28, 2010 3:48 pm
 

Team USA: The Final 15

Posted by Royce Young

The first cuts for Team USA have been made and the 15 players that will be moving on to training camp (August 10-16) in New York are:
A few notes of the roster :
  • We all knew it was going to be guard heavy. But now seeing the 15 that moved on, it's really guard heavy. JaVale McGee picked up a little momentum especially because of the injuries and issues within the roster, but eventually didn't move on. Instead the roster is going with versatility and players that will be able to shuffle through positions. 
  • For instance, Jeff Green made the cut and Coach K as to why: "It's one of the reasons he's still one of the 15 is because of his versatility."
  • Right now, there are four point guards. So common sense says one likely won't be making the final roster. How you narrow down between those four, I don't know.
  • Coach K indicated Billups would be a player that would slide over to the 2-guard slot when other point guards come in. 
  • Team USA's center situation: Brook Lopez and Tyson Chandler. That's it. Coach K said, "We are concerned about the size."
  • Colangelo said Lopez was given the benefit of the doubt because of his case of mono. He said Lopez was selected for New York based on the idea that he would regain some form and get healthy. He mentioned that they didn't know Lopez came in ill, but admitted that his size probably helped him make this cut.
  • Coach K said players like Durant and Gay will play a lot of power forward.
  • Colangelo said as of right now, they have a sold eight or nine that will make the roster for Turkey. So that means there are three or four slots open to be battled for in New York.
These next fews weeks will the roster will likely get narrowed down to 12, though Colangelo noted that they might consider taking more than that to Turkey and then cutting from there. Only 12 can actually be eligible to play in Turkey, but Colangelo and Coach K indicated they may use all the time needed.

 
 
 
 
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