Posted on: September 16, 2008 4:43 am
Edited on: September 16, 2008 4:45 am
Right, CBS are releasing their lists of top ten players in each position every second day, so I'll release mine the day before. Their list of centers that came out today was horrible, they had Greg Oden in at number 8 and Shaq in there and Jermaine O'Neal -- Those guys are good, but you can't have all three in your top ten, the NBA does have more depth in the cetner position, believe it or not.
These are my PF rankings, in two days I'll release my SF rankings, in another two days I'll do SG and then PG and then C. If I can be bothered I'll do a top 50 players list like CBS is planning to do. That'll be at the end though. Right, here we go.
1. Kevin Garnett - The current DPOY and he led the Celtics to a championship season.
2. Tim Duncan - In terms of all-time, Duncan could well be the greatest PF ever. But as of 2008-09 he is second only to Garnett.
3. Dirk Nowitzki - He didn't play that well last season but still has his own touches of brillance. An all-round player, you can't help not to be a threat when you are a PF that can shoot from anywhere.
4. Elton Brand - He should have a real impact in Philadelphia, he is a great low-post PF.
5. Chris Bosh - He just makes everything look so easy. His shot really sets him apart.
6. Amare Stoudemire - It's tough to see a player so talented at #6 on any list, but that isn't saying he is bad. He will continue to be the major scorer for Phoenix, especially with Marion gone now. He also has a great mentor in Shaq.
7. Carlos Boozer - This team USA member really gives Utah and Deron Williams an extra punch.
8. David West - Broke out last year and managed to get himself an all-star appearence. He played a major role in the Hornets playoff run last season.
9. Antawn Jamison - Caron and Antawn led the Wizards last season, he plays well in the playoffs - Of course not well enough to get past the Cavs...
10. LaMarcus Aldridge - I believe he will continue to be the main guy in the post for Portland. Oden will either spread out the defense in the post or not play well and Aldridge will continue to see the ball.
11. Rashard Lewis - That's how the Magic roll, last season they played their highest paid player out of position.
12. Pau Gasol - He's good, he's just not that good. He's a Laker though, and knowing how far CBS' NBA writers knowledge goes he will probably be top five, lol.
13. Luis Scola - Great for a rookie, he should continue to develop and the great chemistry that appeared in Houston last year should help him as well.
14. Zach Randolph - Isn't used probably and doesn't get much credit - mainly due to the fact that he is a Knick.
I would love to hear everybodies opinions and your all welcome to post your own list here as well as critique mine. If you have any players who should be on the list or shouldn't be on the list or should or shouldn't have an honourable mention just tell me.
I appreciate all comments, thanks all.
Posted on: September 13, 2008 6:27 pm
With the seemingly meaningless signing of third-string PG Mike Wilks and the retirement of Garrity, it seems as the Magic's offseason is complete.
In the lineup for the 2008-09 season we have three Centers, three Point Guards, four Shooting Guards along with 4 SF/PF...
With 14 players all up...
C: Dwight, Foyle, Gortat
PF: Rashard, Battie
SF: Hedo, Cook
SG: Pietrus, Lee, Bogans, Redick.
PG: Nelson, Johnson, Wilks
To me, I can't say that is an NBA championship caliber looking team on paper. That isn't to say we can't do it, I would be happy if we had a lineup like this.....
C: Dwight, actual backup
PF: actual PF, Battie
SF: Rashard or Hedo, Viable backup, Ariza (we shouldn't have traded him) - Cook isn't too bad.
SG: Rashard or Hedo, Pietrus
PG: better PG, Nelson.
I dont mind Nelson as a starter but I think if we knew Dooling, Arroyo would be gone we could have spent a draft pick there or traded up to get one...Can you imagine if we traded Bogans, Redick, Cook etc for a draft pick and got say Jerryd Bayless...? But I guess that's just a pipe-dream seeing as you can't really trade a hunk of junk for something. But Nelson and Bayless...I'd be happy with that.
Nelson and Johnson certainly aren't the strongest pair of PGs you have ever seen but most of the time Hedo brings the ball up anyway. Pietrus brings in defense, but I don't know if he is a starting quality player. I still am not sold on Courtney Lee at all, I have no idea why we would draft a SG but hey I ain't the GM am I? In the SF, PF we have good backups and great starters. If Lewis and Hedo playing the 4 spot worked for us last year, I see no reason why it can't this year.
This year we actually have a decent post PF coming off the bench. A lot of people go, "Battie isn't a gamechanger, it won't make a difference," yes while Battie won't be a gamechanger, he certainly changes our dynamic off the bench. This season we actually have a viable post player coming off the bench. We can afford to rest Dwight a bit more instead of chomping our nails whne Adonal Foyle is center and a three point shooter at PF. Battie can cover center and Cook can also play a bit of PF. And that is a bit difference in this years Magic.
With Dwight's defense ever improving and Rashard with one season under his belt guarding the 4, and he did an excellent job on Bosh in the first round of the playoffs so long ago. Also Pietrus is coming in as a defensive specialist to guard guys like Wade etc. He may not be the best all-round player but if he can guard Wade and such, why not?
With improved defense and with more options in the post off the bench, other teams can't afford to take the throttle off once. Because this season, even when Dwight is off, we still have options in the post.
Though I might not think our roster is the greatest thing since sliced Lakers but we have a viable shot at ECF and if you have a shot at ECF you always have a shot at the NBA finals. I am hoping for a very realistic 2nd seed in the East this year.
Posted on: August 24, 2008 5:33 am
I am going to discuss the differences in FIBA and NBA, the contrast of Team USA and the rest of the world and, of course, the title, why Kevin Garnett could quite possibly be the all-time greatest player in Olympic Basketball -- That is, if he played of course.
Posted on: August 18, 2008 4:22 am
I know the NBA Draft is come and gone but something really got me -- For whatever reason more and more rookies are feeling entitled to their position in the draft. I don't know exactly how long this has been going on but with players the caliber of DeAndre Jordan and Chris Douglas-Roberts falling into the second round, you have to ask -- Why are players this good falling into the second round when they should be first round selections and why are players like Omar Asik and Luc Richard Mbah a Moute going ahead of them?
Because they refused to work out for teams with picks in the mid to low 20s, where a lot of drafts had them projected. They had a sense of entitlement that they were dead certs for getting picked within the top 20. Why? You can only go to so many teams for workouts, yes, but why not go to a team in the 20s. No, because that is above them. "A team in the 20s -- pfft -- not me."
There are some players that obviously don't need to go to those teams to workout, like Mayo, Beasley, Rose etc but if your a DeAndre Jordan or CDR - you should go. Once you get past a certain top 10 pick you should really workout with most teams.
Who are their agents? They should really be telling them to go because there is a good chance they good be picked there. Even if they are projected 15th, have it there as a security blanket. But Agents don't do that anymore do they? They won't a top pick because they get more salary, then they get more money. Money - that is how the world works after all.
Kids have a choice, they might not want to play a team - Similiar to Fran Vazquez with the Magic a few years back. But these guys were just declining invites simply because they had the superiority to say, 'no, I'm a definite top 20 pick.'
Hopefully collegians preparing to declare for the 2009 Draft will have heard these stories and think twice before declining workouts from teams in the 20s. When you compare pick no 23 to pick no 39...It's a long way down.
To the majority (possibly not the top 2-10 projected picks) of collegians that will enter the 2009 draft - You are not entitled.
Posted on: July 30, 2008 1:57 am
This will be a great pickup for the Rockets if they can get Artest. Now they have three stars along with great depth.
Yao / Mutombo
Scola / Landry
Artest / Battier
McGrady / Head
I mean it doesn't get better. The vital, most important question now is: can Yao and T-Mac stay healthy for one season.
If they can't Houston management really have to take a look at the direction they are going in. They could still get a star or a good young player for T-Mac in a trade. They could still have a good lineup. With Artest and Yao along with whoever they trade for they can still be a contender in the west.
Obviously they still want to give the T-Mac and Yao led team a shot, but they can't wait to long. If they do they will be stuck with a team led by two oft-injured players or be forced to trade one away for a group of young scrubs and picks. Which could potentially automactically put them in the rebuilding stage.
Posted on: July 26, 2008 7:21 pm
Daivd Stern has no authority to force kids to spend a year in college before they head to the NBA, obviously Brandon Jennings agrees.
Last year OJ Mayo, Bill Walker and other high schools stars almost went to Europe. Though in the end it was still just a far-fetched idea that an American would bypass college to go to play overseas.
Brandon Jennings has showed that idea is not so far-fetched after all, he will be by-passing college to go play in Europe.
He might just be the top player coming out of school, but that debate is for elsewhere, and he may become trend-setter if this works. If he becomes a better player playing with the pros in Europe than ripping up kids his age in America, why wouldn't other players do it? Money and Better Basketball, what more could a young athlete want?
Posted on: July 8, 2008 12:55 am
Edited on: July 9, 2008 12:56 am
North Harbour's Preseason Rookie Rankings as at 8 July 2008
(Disclaimer: According to you, and most people, after the top 10 they might be a little off, you've just got to live with it I'm afraid)
1. Michael Beasley - Miami Heat - He is likely to get a starting place with Wade and one of Marion and Haslem along with him. He should score and rebound a lot making him numer one on my list. He has a lot of doubters, but at this early stage he is my number one.
2. OJ Mayo - Memphis Grizzlies - He is the number two option behind Rudy Gay. With excellent young point guards in Conley, Crittenton and Lowry dishing him the ball he should score lots. I can't see him getting a lot of assists or rebounds. It'll be like Kevin Durant last year, he'll do stuff, but the bulk of it will be putting the ball through the hoop. Except he has Rudy Gay, KD didn't.
3. Derrick Rose - Chicago Bulls - He has Luol Deng and a bunch of other (and I use this term lightly) randoms to pass the ball too. I can't see him scoring a lot but he'll get his fair share of assists.
4. Greg Oden - Portland Trailblazers - His impact might not be shown by statistics as he has Aldridge, Roy, Webster, Outlaw, Blake and Bayless on his team. But he will make a good difference and along with their new rookies Portland should be a lower seed in the playoffs next year.
5. Eric Gordon - Los Angleles Clippers - Imagine Baron, Kaman, Thornton and Brand along with Gordon on the same team. If there team name wasn't the Clippers I'd say they could make the NBA finals. Gordon probably won't be scoring a lot but he will play well and have a great career -- he just has that aura around him.
6. Russell Westbrook - Oklahoma City Outlaws - I know they are just scrimmages but did you see how he dominated in the summer league. The pick is looking better and better by the minute. He should score and rack up the assists on the Outlaws, statiscally speaking he may be in the top two of rookies, but I don't feel that he wil have the x-factor or impact etc to contend with the players I have in the top 4 to be ROY.
7. Brandon Rush - Indiana Pacers - Wants to be the next Reggie Miller. He might just be, you never know.
8. Kevin Love - Minnesota Timberwolves - If he is starter Al Jefferson should dominate, he will get his though.
9. Jerryd Bayless - Portland Trailblazers - I can see him being the starter come seasons end. He fits in perfectly as Roy will have the ball more. He may be higher than 9th best rookie but that's where I have him.
10. Rudy Fernandez - Portland Trailblazers - Dominated his European league, similar to Luis Scola and Juan Carlos Navarro, will be backup to Brandon Roy.
11. Brook Lopez - New Jersey Nets - Likely backup center to whoever, should see minutes. Won't be amazing.
12. Darrell Arthur - Memphis Grizzlies - Just cos I like him.
13. Danilo Gallinari - New York Knicks - Horrible pick, followed up with a fairly weak signing in Duhon. Meh.
14. DeAndre Jordan - Los Angeles Clippers - Many people won't have him so high but I feel he will get the lion's share of the backup minutes at PF and C when Kaman or Brand are out. If he proves himself early he may just find his NBA feet and become a star.
15. Anthony Randolph - Golden State Warriors - Likely backup to Stephen Jackson. Good chance of being a bust due to not being given the minutes to develop.
16. Ryan Anderson - New Jersey Nets - Likely backup to PF. Should see a lot of minutes in the rrebuilding team.
17. Robin Lopez - Phoenix Suns - Third big man after Amare and Shaq, the next backup will be one of Brian Skinner or Sean Marks...Should see a lot of minutes, a good chance to develop and two great mentors in Shaq and Amare. Could make a bigger impact than most think.
18. Roy Hibbert - Indiana Pacers - Due to lack of depth (Jeff Foster and Co) he should see some minutes. May develop, may not. Should be a solid bench center for years to come in my mind.
19. DJ Augustin - Charlotte Bobcats - Would be higher, but Larry Brown hates rookies. Just imagine how good Darko would've been if Larry Brown actually let him develop rather than keeping him on the bench JJ Redick style.
20. George Hill - San Antonio Spurs - Would be lower but according to a report he will be the backup PG to Tony Parker and that is a great mentor, along with Gregg Poppovich and the general atmosphere of the Spurs he should be a nice bench player for years to come.
21. Joe Alexander - Milwaukee Bucks - Backup to Richard Jefferson. Won't be a bust, won't be a superstar, may not be a future starter either. Right pick for them but not at 8, could've traded down -- but that's too much work.
22. Jason Thompson - Sacramento Kings - Picked way too high and will be PF backup. Will get some minutes. Shouldn't be a bust.
23. Chris Douglas-Roberts - New Jersey Nets - The Nets still want Vince Carter to be their centerpiece this year, meaning he should get 35-40 mpg. CDR should see the remainder of minutes at SG. Better than a 2nd round pick, if only he had allowed himself to be worked-out by the teams with picks in the lower 20s.
24. Mario Chalmers - Miami Heat - The Heat have Quinn and Chalmers and Banks. I don't know why they are going after another PG but he would be higher but it looks like he won't see as many minutes as he should behind Quinn and whoever they pickup. He will be good if he develops probably.
25. Kosta Koufos - Utah Jazz - Backup center. Should get some minutes. I think he will be good.
26. Marresse Speights - Philadelphia 76ers - Should be a decent backup PF.
27. JaVale McGee - Washington Wizards - Too many big men in the capital to develop probably. Likely to be a massive bust in my mind...He is this high because if he gets his chance he will take it and run with it.
28. JJ Hickson - Cleveland Cavaliers - Smith, Wallace, Varejao and Illgauskas are the C and PF in Cleveland. Not sure how many minutes he will get. Should be given the chance because he is young -- Those four are not.
298. Donte Green - Houston Rockets - Adelman will probably give him a shot, similiar to the shot Landry got. He will be good if he is patient.
30. DJ White - Oklahoma City Outlaws - He should get minutes on this young team. Won't stun anyone with his skills but won't be a bust.
I challenge you to make a slightly better one!!!
Posted on: July 5, 2008 8:48 pm
"Should I stay or should I go?" (Now Ive gone and got that song in my head!)...but that is the problem facing LeBron. Lets not get all of this wrong, he wants to stay. But he will cut his losses and leave (probably for the Nets) if he doesn't feel they can win a championship.
And there isn't any reason they can't get the lineup not to...
If LeBron feels the team can win a championship in the future, well then there isn't any real reason to leave.
LeBron has said he will definitely stay if they can win a championship.
LeBron is good enough to keep Cleveland well out of lottery pick range (they had pick 19 in the draft this year) but he isn't good enough to win a championship with the current roster.
That means the only way for this team to get better is through free agency and trades.
C: Zydrunas Illgauskas / Anderson Varejao
PF: Ben Wallace / Joe Smith/ JJ Hickson
SF: LeBron James / Sasha Pavlovic
SG: Wally Szczerbiak / Devin Brown
PG: Delonte West / Daniel Gibson / Damon Jones
Smith is capable of starting if needed so I believe they could package Illgauskas and Wallace for a great big man (a Chris Kaman type)...Ferry needs to make these high risk / high reward trade similar to the Toronto trade for Jermaine ONeal...
and a Szczerbiak, West or Gibson, Pavlovic for a good SG, maybe someone like RIp Hamilton (not saying he will be traded, just someone of that caliber).
That will leave them with (Ill just put Kaman and Hamilton in for the sake of the thread):
C: Kaman / Varejao
PF: Smith / Hickson
SG: Hamilton / Brown
PG: Gibson or West / Jones
I think LeBron would stay with that lineup...
Draft a better PF if they get a good guy there otherwise draft a good backup SF and they are set to win a title.
If they can surrond LeBron with at least one good-great player this season or next season they might just be able to keep LeBron...
LeBron will stay if he thinks they can win a championship, GM Ferry needs to realise this isn't going to happen through the draft and just pull the trigger on a high risk trade...
Cleveland has nothing to lose, they need to try and keep their golden boy LeBron James.