Wednesday, March 18, 2015

NBA Breakdown: 'King of Dimes'

After last year's playoffs nightmarish ending for the L.A. Clippers and Chris Paul
Paul is a lockdown man-to-man defender.
 you knew he would come back with a vengeance to start this season.  Paul pushed the limits of point guard efficiency in the first 20 games of the season, dishing out 187 assists with only 29 turnovers.  And in the past month, without Blake Griffin (elbow) in the lineup, Paul has put up several MVP-like performances while going up against some of the top point guards in the Western Conference.

Points (3pm)(fga-fgm)(fta-ftm), rebs, ast, stls, tov

vs. HOU, Patrick Beverly (Mar. 15)
CP3: 23(¹)(7-21)(8-8), 3, 5, 2, 3
PB: 11(¹)(3-7)(4-4), 2, 3, 1, 2

vs. OKC, Russell Westbrook (Mar. 12)
CP3: 33(5)(11-19)(6-7), 4, 9, 2, 5
RWB: 24(³)(5-14)(11-13), 9, 7, 2, 5

vs. GSW, Steph Curry (Mar. 8)
CP3: 14(7-17), 5, 11, 2, 5
SC: 12(²)(3-9)(4-4), 1, 4, 3, 4

Paul is averaging 10.0 APG vs. 2.4 
vs. POR, Dame Lillard (Mar. 5)
CP3: 36(²)(14-29)(6-6), 6, 12, 2, 5
DL: 5(1-13)(3-4), 18, 4, 0, 5

vs. MPHS, Mike Conley (Feb. 27)
CP3: 19(¹)(7-14)(4-4), 4, 13, 2, 1
MC: 4(2-11), 3, 2, 0, 2

vs. SAS, Tony Parker (Feb. 19)
CP3: 22(²)(9-16)(2-3), 5, 16, 1, 4
TP: 21(¹)(8-17)(4-4), 3, 13, 2, 0

Friday, March 13, 2015

ADEDS All-Stars: 'OG Russell Westbrook'

Steve Francis was ahead of his time in this
Francis had all the tools of today's top PGs.
'attack mode' PG era. The former Maryland Terrapins guard was not highly recruited and played at two junior colleges before exploding onto the scene in College Park, MD in 1998. Francis was selected No. 2 overall in that draft by the Vancouver Grizzlies and traded to Houston, where he would spend his first five seasons. He turned the ball over way too much, and perhaps the physical nature of his style of play didn't allow him to have longterm NBA success, but was a prolific scoring guard nonetheless.  Francis, the 2000 NBA Rookie of the Year, made the Western Conference All-Star team three times (2002-2004) in his career and, in comparison, his numbers for first five years for the Rockets are right there with current beast-mold guards Derrick Rose and Russell Westbrook.

FIRST FIVE SEASONS:

Derrick Rose, CHI 08-14: 20.8ppg, 3.8rpg, 6.8apg, 0.9stls, 2.9tov

Russell Westbrook, OKC 08-13: 19.9ppg, 4.8rpg, 6.9apg, 1.6stls, 3.5tov

Steve Francis, HOU 99-04: 19.3ppg, 6.1rpg, 6.4apg, 1.6stls, 3.7tov

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Top 5 Reasons the SEAHAWKS or PATRIOTS will win #SB49

Wilson is dangerously good when scrambling.
Top 5 Reasons the SEAHAWKS will win #SB49:
5 - NFC had the best top tier teams in the NFL (see COWBOYS, PACKERS, LIONS, CARDINALS w/ Carson Palmer)

4 - There's no pressure to win to disprove a cheating 'scandal'...PETE CARROLL normally has his guys loose anyway.

3 - Tackling MARSHAWN LYNCH for 4 quarters is a process that wears down your defense and opens the door to PLAYACTION and long BEAST MODE runs.

2 - RUSSELL WILSON has a knack for converting 3rd downs with either his legs or arm...especially in big games. (see NFC championship vs. PACKERS, last year's SB)

1 - The SEAHAWKS are able to get pressure with their front four, which allows the LEGION OF BOOM to protect in zone coverage.  Success in that area has historically been a bad omen for the PATRIOTS.  (see both SB losses to the GIANTS)

These two will have a solid plan to get ring No. 6
Top 5 Reasons the PATRIOTS will win #SB49: 5 - TOM BRADY, 37, is running out of time/chances from tying his boyhood idol JOE MONTANA in SB victories.

4 - 3rd times a charm in AZ (PATS 0-2 in SB in AZ)

3 - O-Line has been fantastic holding up top pass rushers this year. (other than the KC game)

2 - DARRELLE REVIS and BRANDON BROWNER bring a toughness to the secondary that's been missing for almost a decade.

1 - ROB GRONKOWSKI is healthy, and one of the main weaknesses for SEATTLE'S defense is covering TEs (11 TDs allowed this season). Expect BILL BELICHICK to exploit that with rare formations.

My pick: 30-24, SEAHAWKS...close game until BEAST MODE breaks out late to create seperation...and after what happened against the PACKERS in the NFC championship (down 16-0 most of that game) I think this is a team of destiny that will just find a way.s

Friday, August 22, 2014

Throwbackz: 'College Dropout' NCAA Football Legends/ NFL Busts: Peter Warrick, WR, Florida State Seminoles, 1996-99

Matt Leinart, Heath Shuler, and Brian Bosworth aren't the only guys that could've been cast in that DISH Network 'going back to college' commercial, where these former college greats with lackluster NFL careers link in a coffee shop and pine the days of their college glory. 

Many college stars and can't miss talents over the years have proven the concept that professional football is an entirely different entity in itself. 

For every late-round gem like Tom Brady and Terrell Davis, you have a Ryan Leaf or Ki-Jana Carter. 

It's just how the game works.  Potential in football is so unpredictable. 

As the 2014 college football season approaches (the first that will feature a four-team playoff rather than the Bowl Championship Series polling format), I recall some of the most electrifying and hard-hitting players to ever play in college, but didn't quite make a name for themselves in the pros....



Thursday, May 1, 2014

2014 NBA Playoffs: 'Bulls eliminated in worst scoring night since....MJ was there???'

  
In 1997, Jordan's Bulls were seeking a 5th ring in 7 years.
The Chicago Bulls failed to score at least 18 points in three out of four quarters in a series-ending 75-69 Game 5 loss to the Washington Wizards on Tuesday.


According to a stat on TNT research, it was the first time that happened to the Bulls in a playoff game since June 8, 1997.


No big deal, right?


Wrong.


Basketball in June means it's probably the NBA Finals. And since it was the year 1997, then that means Michael Jordan was there.


Had to look up the boxscore on this game to see exactly how this type of scoring ineptitude could occur with Mr. 6-for-6-in-the-Finals himself on the roster.


Turns out, that date represents Game 4 of the 1997 NBA Finals. The Bulls were facing the Utah Jazz at the Delta Center in Salt Lake City.


Jordan carried the Bulls with 38 points in Game 5.
Jordan, who finished the game with 22 points on 11 of 27 shooting, had a chance to tie the game with a 3-pointer with Chicago down 73-76 with less than 10 seconds to go in the 4th quarter.

He missed it, and the Utah Jazz held on 78-73 to tie the series at 2 wins apiece.  (Click here to watch the highlights, start watching @7:40 for the good stuff)

The Jazz won Game 3 at home too, and would be looking for the home sweep in the 2-3-2 Finals format.



They must've been feeling really good about themselves at this point.

And probably even more so when reports began to surface just before Game 5 that Jordan was ailing from what would later be classified as the 'flu'.

Monday, March 24, 2014

Throwbackz: Worst NBA Draft Picks of All-Time: 'The Best Is Yet To Come?'

It's pretty well documented how awful rookie forward Anthony Bennett has played this season after being taken 1st overall in the 2013 NBA Draft by the Cleveland Cavaliers.  But where does his terrible rookie campaign stack up against the most notable big men draft busts of ALL-TIME???  Below I have compiled statistics to illustrate performance (or rather futility) through the first 50 career games of 1st and 2nd overall NBA draft picks that never quite panned out.
All research and statistics compiled on basketball-reference.com


The ball just hasn't bounced Bennett's way this year.



F - Anthony Bennett, UNLV, 1st overall, Cleveland Cavaliers, 2013 (2nd, Victor Oladipo, Orlando Magic)

games started: 0
games with less than 10 minutes played: 20
games with 30+ minutes played: 1 (33rd career game, 31:16 vs. New Orleans, L(-11) )
high point total: 19 (40th career game vs. Sacramento, W(+10) )
games played to reach 10+ points scoring:  32
high rebounds total: 11 (42nd career game @ Philadelphia, W(+29) )
double-doubles: 2 (40th and 42nd career game)


C - Greg Oden, Ohio State, 1st overall, Portland Trail Blazers, 2007 (2nd, Kevin Durant, Seattle SuperSonics)


GS: 39
games w/ less than 10 MP: 2
games w/ 30+ MP: 9
high PTS:  24 (35th career game vs. Milwaukee, W(+17), previous high scored 22 points @ Golden State, L(-5), 5th career game)
GP to reach 10+ PTS: 3
high REBS: 15 (twice, 19th and 35th career game)
double-doubles: 16

Even MJ couldn't steer Brown right.
F/C - Kwame Brown, Glynn Academy (GA), 1st overall, Washington Wizards, 2001 (2nd, Tyson Chandler, Los Angeles Clippers)
GS: 3
games w/ less than 10 MP: 21
games w/ 30+ MP: 4
high PTS: 14 (49th career game vs. LA Lakers, L(-21) )
GP to reach 10+ PTS: 2
high REBS: 12 (13th career game vs. San Antonio, L(-15) )
double-doubles: 1 (13th career game)


C - Michael Olowokandi, Pacific, 1st overall, Los Angeles Clippers, 1998 (2nd, Mike Bibby, Vancouver Grizzlies)
*played 45 games, 36 starts
games w/ less than 10 MP: 1
games w/ 30+ MP: 16
high PTS: 17 (twice, 3rd and 17th career game @Vancouver, L(-6) and @Boston, L(-34), respectively)
GP to reach 10+ PTS: 1
high REBS: 17 (37th career game @Vancouver, L(-3) )
double-doubles:  7


F/C - Pervis Ellison, Louisville, 1st overall, Sacramento Kings, 1989 (2nd, Danny Ferry, Los Angeles Clippers)
*played 34 games, 22 starts
games w/ less than 10 MP: 0
games w/ 30+ MP: 13
high PTS: 25 (33rd career game vs. Seattle, L(-12) )
GP to reach 10+ PTS: 9
high REBS: 12 (23rd career game @Indiana, L(-10) )
double-doubles: 4


C - Sam Bowie, Kentucky, 2nd overall, Portland Trail Blazers, 1984 (3rd, Michael Jordan, Chicago Bulls)
*not all game logs available
high PTS: 24
GP to reach 10+ PTS: 4
high REBS: 20


C - Hasheem Thabeet, Connecticut, 2nd overall, Memphis Grizzlies, 2009 (3rd, James Harden, Oklahoma City Thunder)
GS: 0
games w/ less than 10 MP: 25
games w/ 30+ MP: 0
high PTS: 10 (28th career game @Phoenix, W(+25) )
GP to reach 10+ PTS: 28
high REBS: 9 (twice)
double-doubles: 0


Melo, Wade, and Bosh were drafted AFTER him...
F/C - Darko Milicic, Serbia, 2nd overall, Detroit Pistons, 2003 (3rd, Carmelo Anthony, Denver
Nuggets)
*played 34 games, 0 starts
games w/ less than 10 MP: 31
games w/ 30+ MP: 0
high PTS: 6
high REBS: