Posted on: July 23, 2009 5:15 pm

Jamaal Magloire & Joel Anthony re-sign with Heat

player photoplayer photoI actually don't mind Joel Anthony too much. He's a liability on offense, but he's a good shot blocker and decent post defender. He's a bit small but works pretty hard, or so it seems. Not to mention he still has room for improvement.

Jamaal Magloire, on the other hand, is a liablity on offense and a below average defender. Magloire has no more room for improvement, whatsoever. He is washed up and very well out of his prime.

The Heat haven't made a big move yet, but these little moves could be the difference between getting home court advantage in the first round of playoffs and not.

Posted on: July 6, 2009 4:08 pm

ATMD: Post Pool Play 1 Power Rankings

These rankings reflect the team's performance in Pool Play 1, as well as changes in Trading Period 1.


1. The Legends (3-0, A)

Key departures: Charles Barkley, Gary Payton
Key acquisitions: Elgin Baylor, Jason Kidd

Old man Nugs has not had a vote against him so far. His squad, led by frontcourt players Kevin Garnett and Hakeem Olajuwon, welcomed another star player, forward Elgin Baylor. The trio of Baylor, Garnett, and Hakeem has to be considered one of the best in the competition. Jason Kidd is not much of a downgrade, if at all, from Gary "The Glove" Payton.

2. Chrisper and Friends (3-0, A)

Key departures: Mark Jackson
Key acquisitions: Jerry Sloan

Chrispy's team survived the toughest division in the ATMD, winning all three games impressively. This is a very balanced and athletic team, with guys such as Kobe Bryant , Moses Malone, and Penny Hardaway leading the way. Grant Hill and Alonzo Mourning also compliment Chrispy's squad very well. Only one change was made, and that was the pick up of point guard Sloan, which was a good move in my opinion.

3. Revenge of the Smith (2-1, B)

Key departures: Dikembe Mutombo , Glenn Robinson
Key acquisitions: Bob Lanier, Peja Stojakovic

GM Michigan Sports made a nice, simple move by acquiring Bob Lanier. Unlike the departing Mutombo, Lanier brings offense to the table as well as defense. This is a team that you cannot ignore, with a great coach in The Big B and star players such as Larry Bird, Tim Duncan , and Reggie Miller. I think the few changes they made were great ones that make them a real threat in Group B.

4. Bad News Joe (3-0, A)

Key departures: Bob Cousy, Dirk Nowitzki
Key acquisitions: Walt Frazier, Dan Roundfield

Bad News Joe made a risky move by shipping away two talented players for one. I think in terms of chemistry, it may be a good deal, because it gets them the defense they lacked before. With Wilt Chamberlain and George Gervin, this team has the ability to rain points on you. I also love how well Jamaal Wilkes fits this team. Wilkes is a guy who can defend and score, but doesn't get a ton of love. If he gets his due credit, this is a dangerous squad.

5. Dishing and Swishing (2-1, B)

Key departures: Isiah Thomas, James Worthy
Key acquisitions: John Havlicek, Gary Payton

For a team that
went 2-1, kmvenne sure made a lot of changes. With that being said, I think most of his moves were solid. I like the backcourt of Payton and Hondo a lot, and I'm sure the voters will. Cooper is a downgrade from Worthy, but not too drastic. The frontcourt of Bill Walton and David Robinson will definitely be tough to score on.

6. You Still Really Don't Want it With Us (2-1, B)

Key departures: None
Key acquisitions: None

The frontcourt of WCF's squad is one of the best, with Kevin McHale and Shaquille O'Neal . Tiny Archibald and Ray Allen are good sources of offense, can't really say the same about their defense. Bobby Jones, on the other hand, is a good defensive stopper that fits well with this team. This is a solid squad who could've moved up had they made a move for a SG upgrade. With a smart coach and lots of depth, you can't rule them out of any game.

7. Ten Acid Deez (3-0, A)

Key departures: Calvin Murphy
Key acquisitions: Terry Porter

Axe, led by Michael Jordan, survived two scares en route to a 3-0 record and a spot in Group A. The supporting cast can rain points in a hurry, with Allen Iverson , David Thompson, Bob McAdoo, and Arvydas Sabonis. Ben Wallace and Mark Eaton are good anchors on defense. As long as Jordan is there, this team is in the hunt to win every game.

8. Sulphurous Nonentities (2-1, B)

Key departures: Scottie Pippen, Pete Maravich 
Key acquisitions: Julius Erving, Walt Bellamy

I like the moves that the Nonentities made, led by GM/Coach b100d. Julius Erving brings great scoring to the table, while Bellamy is a big upgrade from George Mikan. I also think Chauncey Billups and Alvin Robertson are great guys to bring off the bench. The only thing that I'm not sure about is Marques Johnson as the starting two guard. Elvin Hayes and Dr.J will give this team a great 1-2 scoring punch.

9. Fighting Patriots (0-3, D)

Key departures: Karl Malone, Patrick Ewing
Key acquisitions: Scottie Pippen, LeBron James

After their name change and roster shift, hard to believe this is the Roanoke Dimpstaffs of Pool Play 1. This team will definitely be able to attack the basket, with two of the slashers all-time in Clyde Drexler and LeBron James. No true point guard will either really help this team or really hurt them. With Scottie Pippen running the point forward, hopefully Harst can avoid the latter.

10. Ripnu Ginobilitons (1-2, C)

Key departures: John Havlicek, Julius Erving
Key acquisitions: John Stockton, Karl Malone

The duo of John Stockton and Karl Malone is nice. Overall, in their starters, they upgraded at three positions and downgraded at two. I think Patrick Ewing and Sam Jones compliment the team well. Rick Barry is a great scorer to have there as well. I like Buck Williams and Tracy McGrady off the bench. This is a team that has the offense, if their defense gets credit, they could be dangerous.

11. The Bus Drivers (0-3, D)

Key departures: Nate Thurmond, Michael Cooper
Key acquisitions: James Worthy

Two forfeits and one blowout loss don't reflect the talent on this team very well. Now that Big Game James Worthy has joined a team that already consisted of Magic Johnson and Jerry West, this is a team that, if lucky, may be able to threaten a Group A team in the first round of the tourney.

12. Death by Dunk (1-2, C)

Key departures: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar 
Key acquisitions: Bob Pettit, Joe Dumars

GM Lakers2408 knew that Kareem had to go, and he made sure he got as much value as possibble for him. In return for Kareem, Death by Dunk acquired Robert Parish, Bob Pettit, Paul Pierce , and Joe Dumars. Three great players and one good backup for one superstar. This move makes Death by Dunk a good balanced team, along with prolific scorer Adrian Dantley.

13. Champinoship Crew (1-2, C)

Key departures: Oscar Robertson, Bob Pettit
Key acquisitions: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Charles Barkley

GM GoCavs flirted with an Oscar Robertson-Kareem Abdul-Jabbar duo, before shipping the Big O for Isiah Thomas. GoCavs added to the star power by getting big man Charles Barkley. With Zeke, Kareem, Sir Charles, and a good bench, I think this team has the pieces to go far, with a solid gameplan each time out.

14. Smoking and Stroking (0-3, D)

Key departures: Bob Lanier, Walt Frazier 
Key acquisitions: Bob Cousy, Dirk Nowitzki

GM threegamer13 took a new team and made sure it would change. I liked the move of getting Cousy and Dirk for Dan Roundfield and Walt Frazier. S&S went on to get big man Dikembe Mutombo to pair alongside Bill Russell. That frontcourt will be tough to score on, but can they score themselves? I like the Cousy-Dwyane Wade duo, they can certainly do some damage. Overall, I like the moves the GM made and it should result in at least one, maybe two wins in Pool Play 2.

15. Florkansas Gatorbacks (1-2, C)

Key departures: LeBron James, Walt Bellamy
Key acquisitions: Pete Maravich, George Mikan

The Gatorbacks will probably score 120 points a game, while giving up 130. Seriously, this is a team that will live and die by their offense. With Pistol Pete Maravich, Alex English, and Dominique Wilkins leading the charge, this will be a tough team to shut down. George Mikan brings even more offense in the low post. This is a team that will be a huge success or a huge bust.

16. Wildcat's Dad (0-3, D)

Key departures: John Stockton, Elgin Baylor
Key acquisitions: Oscar Robertson, Earl Monroe

Wildcat's Dad has a great star player in Oscar Robertson, but other than that, this is a hard team to read. The supporting cast consists of Earl Monroe, Chris Mullin, Artis Gilmore, and Wes Unseld. Coach mcgradykid may have a specific plan for this team which would make sense, but I don't quite understand how this team will be run. Interesting team, no doubt.

Thanks for reading!

Category: NBA
Posted on: June 27, 2009 1:10 am

Top 3 NBA Rookies this season will be...

1. Blake Griffin, LAC- If he can toughen up defensively down low, you're looking at an all-star power forward with an outside shot at first team (dare I say MVP?) down the road. His rebounding ability is not going to go away now that he's in the NBA. While he won't dominate every player the way he did in college, Griffin will push his defender to the limit. Expect a good 20-24 ppg in his prime, with about 10-16 ppg this season. A high ceiling for him if he can improve defensively. With his work ethic, I expect him to.

2. DeMar DeRozan, TOR- DeRozan just needs to polish up his outside shooting to be a prolific weapon on offense. He's going to be a big scoring threat and a consistently aware defender. I think DeRozan has tremendous upside... his game is very good right now as it is, but if he improves on a few things, he'll be a great two-guard in this league.

3. James Harden, OKC- Paired alongside scorer Kevin Durant, Harden will learn how to put points on the board in the NBA level. He may be old school but he is extremely talented on both sides of the floor. Defensively, he's good, with the upside to be great. I truly believe he'll be one of the most well rounded shooting guards in a few years, with great offense and defense.

Posted on: June 25, 2009 3:32 pm

Blake Griffin will be an NBA superstar

Blake Griffin

NBA DraftThere is no question that Blake Griffin is going to be selected number one overall in this year's NBA draft. He'll be going to the Los Angeles Clippers, a team that desparately needs help. Who better to draft than a guy that has the upside to be one of the top power forwards to ever play the game?

Blake Griffin is 6'10" and 252. He can rebound with the toughest centers, he can run with the quickest guards, and he makes it look easy. He's easily the most NBA ready player (one of the few) in the entire draft. His rebounding skills are amazing, due to his massive Dwight Howard-like hands. He has all of the essential attributes that a young power forward should have.

Once he is officially drafted by the Clippers, in my book he automatically becomes a top 10 power forward in the NBA, with the potential to be a top 5 power forward by the end of the season.

NBA scouts are comparing him to the likes of all-time great power forward Tim Duncan and Karl Malone. Duncan and Malone are both Hall of Fame players, so it's not a huge stretch to say that Griffin could end up in the Hall himself.

Overall, Griffin possesses incredible strength and power that a lot of NBA big men don't have. He can run, playing center in a small lineup and playing small forward in a big lineup. He's a great leader, intimidating, and he has a great all-around game. Not to mention he's got a great work ethic and is an unselfish player.

Blake Griffin- lock for rookie of the year, and possible MVP and Hall of Famer in the future. And no, it's not too early.

Should be a fun season.
Category: NBA
Posted on: June 24, 2009 5:43 pm

Biggest bust of this year's NBA draft will be...

Hasheem Thabeet

NBA DraftIt's funny to me that people get so caught up in his size to see that he doesn't really play better than any other average centers. His shot blocking is pretty nice, but that's about it. He's not a good rebounder for his size, he's not very strong, and in the post he's not a very good defender. He's a good shot blocker, but not a very good defender. There aren't many guys he'll be able to hold his ground against in the NBA, in my opinion.

It's hard to imagine what guys like Dwight Howard and Shaquille O'Neal are going to do to him in the NBA. Thabeet is a below average defender who got torched by Pittsburgh center DeJuan Blair. How will he contain Dwight and Shaq? I'll even go out on a limb and say Blair has a much more successful NBA career than Thabeet.

I haven't even gotten to his offense. He. has little to no offensive moves/skills. Sure he'll get a couple of easy dunks, but outside of the paint he will be very limited.

I hate to bag on Thabeet, because I have great respect for him as a person and a player. I just think he's extremely overrated an no where close to being worth a number two draft pick. 

If I'm the G.M. who drafts Thabeet, I sell high before I realize I wasted a draft pick on a guy who is nothing more than size, some shot blocking, and a big name.

Again, I have tons of respect for Hasheem Thabeet, but his NBA career at best will be as a poor man's Marcus Camby. Hopefully.
Category: NBA
Posted on: June 23, 2009 1:51 am

5 NBA players who may be among the best next year

PG- Rajon Rondo - if he can develop a good shooting touch, Rondo has all the other essential point guard tools to be one of the best in the NBA. lots of haters, but he is a very good all around player, you cannot deny that. His speed and defense are crazy good.

SG- Brandon Roy - if he can polish up his defense a little bit, not much is holding him back from being discussed as the best Shooting guard in the game, along with D-Wade and Kobe.

SF- Andre Iguodala - he has all the tools, if he can get some help from his supporting cast I think he'll have a great year. very athletic player who can do lots on both ends of the floor.

PF- LaMarcus Aldridge - another Blazer who, if he can polish up his D, will be among the best forwards in the game. His offensive game is very impressive, and he'll work hard to pick up on defense.

C- Emeka Okafor - next year is the year he solidifies himself as one of the dominant centers, with help from his team.
Posted on: June 4, 2009 7:49 pm
Category: NBA
Posted on: April 25, 2009 2:35 pm
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S3 Ultimate All-Time NBA Mock Draft Rosters

I'll try to keep up.

The Ten Acid Deez- axestarr

G: Allen Iverson
G: Michael Jordan
G: David Thompson
F: Bob McAdoo
C: Arvydas Sabonis

BE: Mark Eaton
BE: Drazen Petrovic
BE: Ben Wallace
BE: Connie Hawkins

Bad News Joe- BNW and windy city joe

G: Bob Cousy
G: George Gervin
F: Jamaal Wilkes
F: Rasheed Wallace
C: Wilt Chamberlain

BE: Mo Cheeks
BE: Charles Oakley
BE: Paul Pierce
BE: Larry Johnson

Ripnu Ginobiltons- MRSB and BMU

G: Jason Kidd
G: John Havlicek
F: Julius Erving
F: Dave Cowens
C: Willis Reed

BE: Buck Williams
BE: Tracy McGrady
BE: Rick Barry
BE: Marcus Camby
BE: Reggie Theus

Death by Dunk- lakers2408 and nate75

G: Fat Lever
G: Gail Goodrich
F: Adrian Dantley
F: Horace Grant
C: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

BE: Steve Nash
BE: Eddie Jones
BE: Detlef Schrempf
BE: Pau Gasol
BE: Vlade Divac

You Still Really Don't Want it with Us- WCF

G: Tiny Archibald
G: Ray Allen
F: Jerry Lucas
F: Kevin McHale
C: Shaquille O'Neal
BE: Bernard King
BE: Mookie Blaylock
BE: Tom Chambers
BE: Kevin Durant
BE: Jo Jo White

PatBurke8JoMama- HurricaneDij and miamiheat3

G: Walt Frazier
G: Dwyane Wade
F: Mike Mitchell
F: Bill Russell
C: Bob Lanier

BE: Hal Greer
BE: Sam Lacey
BE: Joe Johnson
BE: Dan Roundfield
BE: Jim Brewer

Revenge of the Smith- The Big B and Michigan Sports

G: Pete Maravich
G: Sidney Moncrief
F: Larry Bird
F: Elvin Hayes
C: Dikembe Mutombo

BE: Spencer Haywood
BE: Dennis Johnson
BE: Robert Horry
BE: Glenn Robinson
BE: Gus Johnson

The Legends- Nuggets_SOS

G: Gary Payton
G: Sam Jones
F: Charles Barkley
F: Kevin Garnett
C: Hakeem Olajuwon

BE: Ron Artest
BE: Dan Issel
BE: Mark Price

Josh Heytvelt's Shroom and Swish- Zagfan and BucFan

G: LeBron James
G: Reggie Miller
F: Bruce Bowen
F: Dwight Howard
C: Yao Ming

BE: Ron Harper
BE: Richard Hamilton
BE: Manu Ginobili
BE: Jermaine O'Neal
BE: Bill Laimbeer

Champinoship Crew- tfitz and Gocavs33

G: Oscar Robertson
G: Joe Dumars
F: Bobby Jones
F: Bob Pettit
C: Robert Parish

BE: Chris Paul
BE: Vince Carter
BE: Ralph Sampson
BE: Dirk Nowtizki
BE: Paul Arizin North Harbour

G: Magic Johnson
G: Jerry West
F: Michael Cooper
F: Dennis Rodman
C: Artis Gilmore

BE: Nate Thurmond
BE: Mitch Richmond
BE: Shawn Marion
BE: Deron Williams

Dishing and Swishing- kmvenne

G: Isiah Thomas
G: Earl Monroe
F: James Worthy
F: Dave DeBusschere
C: David Robinson

BE: Dolph Schayes
BE: Bill Sharman
BE: Glen Rice
BE: Norm Van Lier
BE: Manute Bol

Roanoke Dimpstaffs- Harst

G: Chauncey Billups
G: Clyde Drexler
F: Alex English
F: Karl Malone
C: Patrick Ewing

BE: Billy Cunningham
BE: Lenny Wilkens
BE: Chris Bosh
BE: Peja Stojakovic
BE: Tree Rollins

The Sulphurous Nonentities- blood_baller

G: Kevin Johnson
G: Dominique Wilkins
F: Scottie Pippen
F: Walt Bellamy
C: Tim Duncan

BE: Alvin Robertson
BE: Dale Ellis
BE: Michael Ray Richardson
BE: Kevin Willis

Chrisper and Friends- ChrisperJ10

G: Penny Hardaway
G: Kobe Bryant
F: Grant Hill
F: Moses Malone
C: Alonzo Mourning

BE: Dave Bing
BE: Larry Nance
BE: Amare Stoudemire
BE: Mark Jackson
BE: Dan Majerle

Wildcats Dad- g8trfan_1 and mcgradykid

G: John Stockton
G: Chris Mullin
F: Elgin Baylor
F: Wes Unseld
C: George Mikan

BE: Chris Webber
BE: Shawn Kemp
BE: Tim Hardaway
BE: Bill Walton

Category: NBA
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