Archive for October, 2012

These guys are old! Age in the NBA

Posted in NBA on October 28th, 2012 by andrew – Be the first to comment

Expectations are too high for some aging teams. Source: drivebaseline.com

This article appears in sports-kings.com/passthepill

The 2012-2013 narratives:

-The Lakers became immediate threats to dethrone the Heat as NBA champs when they acquired Dwight Howard.

-San Antonio may have lost four straight to OKC to end its season, but they’re gonna be back.

-Boston will be Miami’s biggest threat out of the East.

But the common thread among these perennial NBA contenders? These guys are old. Each team has the potential to finish well below the mass’s expectations. read more »

The Myth of Melo

Posted in NBA on October 18th, 2012 by andrew – Be the first to comment

Melo makes the Knicks worse. Source: nba.com

This article appears on sports-kings.com/passthepill and yardbarker.com

 

Some call him great. Others – good. Me – I’d say he’s just bad

They had to do it.

The Knicks had to trade for Carmelo Anthony. So what if it cost Danilo Galinari, Wilson Chandler, Timofey Mozgov and two draft picks? So what if he held the Nuggets hostage for an entire season? NYC couldn’t pass up the opportunity for the NBA’s “best pure scorer”. But that uncanny ability has never lead to wins, except for one deep playoff run with Denver in 2009. read more »

Top 5 Unheralded Acquisitions of the NBA Offseason

Posted in NBA on October 8th, 2012 by andrew – Be the first to comment

The Nuggets got the steal of the summer with Iguodala. Source: bleacherreport.com

The masses have dissected the new destinations of Dwight Howard, Andrew Bynum, Steve Nash and Ray Allen, among others. But what crafty, less hyped pickup will provide that key jolt? The top five unheralded pickups are below:

 

5) Lamar Odom – Clippers

Odom acted more unprofessionally than Howard last year. He demanded a trade from the Lakers, but unlike D12, promptly quit on the Mavs. It got so bad Cuban had to ask him to leave.

As despicable as his behavior was, remember – Odom’s always been a head-case. If he’s not in his desired environment, whether it’s the city or too high on the depth chart, he doesn’t perform. But he’s back in LA, possesses the same freakish athleticism and length, and is happy. With the right mindset and the spotlight being on Griffin and CP3, Odom should go back to his silky finishes, post-ups and ability to spread the floor.

4) Andrei Kirilenko – Timberwolves

AK47 looked listless his last couple seasons in Utah. He wasn’t flying across the paint for swats and lacked that zip in transition. But his stint in Europe last season may have cured him. At CSKA Moscow he averaged 14 points on nearly 59% shooting, 8 RPG and 2 BPG (albeit in 17 games).

But Kirilenko really shone in the Olympics. He put up multiple 30 point games, and led Russia to upsets over Lithuania and Argentina to garner a bronze medal. The talent coupled with the poise makes his 2 year $20M deal look like a potential bargain for the T-Wolves.

3) Kyle Lowry – Raptors

The Raptors gave up virtually nothing (Gary Forbes and a protected future first rounder) to get a bona fide starting PG. Even better for them was his contract – two years, $6M.

Lowry’s quick, thick, and tenacious. His numbers are decent too – 37% 3FG, 86% FT. The 40% FG will need improvement but this is a risk free, bargain basement deal. Lowry will do great to bring along rookie power forward Jonas Valanciunas, and will spur Andrea Barganani to continue the success he’s had in the pick and roll. And defensively he is a massive upgrade over Jose Calderon.

2) Jason Terry – Celtics

The acquisition has been discussed a lot, but without enthusiasm. I’m gaga over Jason Terry.

He hasn’t lost a step since he came to Dallas and embraces the pressure of “the moment”. It was rather insane to tattoo the Larry O’Brien trophy on his arm (Andy – can you link to a pic of this?) before the season the Mavs won the title, but it demonstrated how badly he wants to win.

Losing Ray Allen after he shot a career high in 3PT% is tough, but they have replaced him with Terry. Let’s compare last year’ s numbers:

Terry: PPG: 15.1. 88% FT. 43% FG. 38% 3FG. Age: 35

Allen: PPG: 14.2. 92% FT. 46% FG. 45% 3FG. Age: 37

Allen’s probably more valuable, but not by much.  Terry’s defense is also more than adequate, so Boston should hardly feel the loss of Allen this year.

1) Andre Iguodala – Nuggets

The trade involved the Lakers (Howard), 76ers (Bynum), Magic (Afflalo, Al Harrington’s awful $7M per year deal til 2015), and the Nuggets. The centers were obviously the centerpieces, but the Nuggets were the winners of this four-team deal.

Denver gave up Afflalo, but picked up a better version of him. Iggy can defend multiple positions with ferocity, as he showed for the US Olympic team. He can keep up with Ty Lawson’s blazing speed on the break, and doesn’t need to be the center of attention, despite his inflated contract.  He shot 45% from the field, 40% from 3, and averaged 15 PPG, 6 RPG and 5 APG. Pretty sick.

With Iguodala rounding out that roster, Denver is a title contender. Outside of the Lakers no other team made a pickup that boosted their team to that level.

 

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