Archive for June 2010

Thursday, June 10th, 2010

Is Carlos Boozer that much better than David Lee?

Carlos Boozer had these comments when making his media rounds on ESPN radio this week:

“Oh, absolutely I do. I think he’s a very good, young player though. I think he had a great season. He was an All-Star this year. I think he has a great upside to him. I do think I’m better but, I mean, that’s for you guys to debate about. I don’t worry about that kind of stuff. I just go out there and play hard for my team and try everything I can to win games and win a ring. But David Lee’s a great, young player, a good friend of mine, and of course I wish him the best of luck as well with whatever he does. If he stays in New York or if he also goes elsewhere.”

David Lee: 20.3 points, 11,7 rebounds, 3.6 assists, 1.1 steals, .5 blocks, 54% field, 81% foul line, 22.28 PER

Carlos Boozer: 19.5 points, 11.2 rebounds, 3.2 assists, 1.1 steals, .5 blocks, 56% field, 74% foul line, 21.42 PER

Last season’s stats and how …

Wednesday, June 9th, 2010

DeMarcus Cousins tops the college PER metric and NBA pro potential PER

Does DeMarcus Cousins have the best pro potential in the upcoming NBA Draft?

According to John Hollinger of ESPN he does.

This past season Cousins led all NCAA Division 1 basketball players with a 35.45 player efficiency rating. The next notable player was Evan Turner who finished 5th with 31.30.

Cousins projected NBA PER came out to 16.14 which qualified as the fifth-highest rating in the Draft Rater’s nine seasons evaluated. According to the player rater he had a higher grade than Chris Bosh, Carlos Boozer, Andrew Bogut, Kevin Love, Greg Oden and LeMarcus Aldridge. If Cousins showed up to the draft combine in better shape (16 percent body fat) he could have had more buzz as the first or second overall pick.

What made Cousins so productive in college was his skill set and size. He was a beast on the offensive glass collecting 20 percent of his teams misses. He had 13 games of 19+ points and 21 games of 10+ rebounds. He measures …

Derek Fisher the key to a Game 3 victory

“Derek Fisher was the difference,”  Doc Rivers declared.

Derek Fisher made three big shots down the stretch to help secure a 91-84 win and 2-1 series lead. He finished with 16 points (11 in the 4th quarter). With the Celtics paying more attention to Kobe, Fisher made five of his seven field goal attempts and the game clinching free throw. His three point play gave the Lakers a 7 point lead with 48 seconds left. As three Celtic players were about to huddle in on Fisher he was able to make the layup before Glen Davis fouled him in the act. It always seems Fisher thrives in pressure situations when the team needs him.

“He pretty much won the game,” said Rajon Rondo. “When we made our run, he seemed to have answers every time”

Fisher was also was a force on the defensive end hounding Ray Allen. After a record setting Game 2, Allen missed all 13 shots. He nearly set another record with most misses …

Monday, June 7th, 2010

Ray Allen sets the NBA Finals three point record. 8 reasons why the Knicks should pursue him in Free Agency.

“Unbelievable,” forward Paul Pierce said.

Ray Allen set an NBA Finals record with eight three-pointers in last nights 103-94 victory in Game 2. He finished the game 8-11-off from downtown for a game high 32 points. The previous record for threes in a game was  seven he shared (Allen made 7 in 2008) with Kenny Smith (1995) and Scottie Pippen (1997).

Allen was one of the main reasons the Celtics tied the series at 1-1.  He scored 27 points in the first half and set another record with seven three-pointers. Kenny Smith and Michael Jordan (1992) previously held the record with six. The Lakers poor defense allowed the sharp shooter to make his first seven attempts. No other  Celtic scored in double figures in the first two quarters.

Allen rebounded well from Game 1 where he scored just 12 points and did not make a three pointer.

His 36 percent from three this season marked the first time it was under 37 percent since 02-03. However, he is …

Cavs make an offer to Michigan State Head Coach Tom Izzo

According to the News-Herald of Northern Iowa the Cleveland Cavaliers have sent an offer to  Michigan St. Head Coach Tim Izzo. Former Head Coach Mike Brown was fired on May 23rd. We  know that Cavs Owner Dan Gilbert wants to make a coaching splash in hopes to convince LeBron James to re-sign. Cavs owner Dan Gilbert graduated from Michigan State and wants to have a coach in place before July 1st.

Izzo was hired by the Spartans in 1995 and has reached the NCAA tournament in 13 straight years (1998-2010). The 55 year old coach has guided the Spartans to the 2000 NCAA Title and has reached the Final Four six times (including the last two).

The Michigan born coach is under contract through 2016 and makes about $3 million dollars per year. Since 2000 he has coached six players that have been drafted in the first round (11 total). His coaching style is very demanding and preaches toughness. For him to leave the college ranks it is going to take a substantial contract. He is no …

Friday, June 4th, 2010

Knicks to work out six more

Knicks Rumors & News

Eric Boateng C – Arizona State
Jordan Crawford, G – Xavier
Sylven Landesberg, G – Virginia
Hamady N’Diaye, C – Rutgers
Deon Thompson, F – North Carolina
Latavious Williams, F – D-League

The three appealing names on this list:

Jordan Crawford: Crawford is famous for “dunking on” LeBron James, last off season during a skills camp. He originally attended Indiana University but transferred to Xavier. In his lone year at Xavier he averaged 20.5 points, 4.7 rebounds, 2.9 assists and 1.3 steals. He scored at least 27 points in his three NCAA tournament games including a season high 32 vs. Kansas State. He was named to the Sporting News All-American Third Team. Crawford is 6’4″ with a 6-7 wingspan and shot 39% from three which makes him very appealing.

Hamady N’Diaye: The Senegal native is a physical specimen with a 7-4 wingspan and a 9-3 standing reach. His 4.5 blocks per game was the third highest in the nation. The 6’11” center was named the Big East Defensive Player of the Year. He had 6+ blocks in 7 games and 10+ rebounds in …

Thursday, June 3rd, 2010

David Lee to extend range even more

Knicks Rumors & News

“Mark Bartlestein, the agent for David Lee, said that Lee is putting up 500 three-point jump shots per day so far this off-season. Lee is working on improving his long-distance game.”

This is encouraging news for Lee in terms of adding another ripple to his offensive repertoire. Lee has yet to make a three pointer in his five seasons. This past season he set a career high with 8 attempts from downtown. Lee has the ability to convert threes because of his work ethic. He set a career in making 43% of his shots from 16-23 feet. Also, instead of rolling on the pick Lee could pop out which would give him even more open looks. Lee exposed a lot of bigs who did not respect his improved range. Can Lee to have a outburst of three pointers like Channing Frye did with the Suns?

In his four years at Arizona, Frye made 6 three pointers and 20 in his first four NBA seasons. However he showed progress in 2008-2009 shooting 11-33 beyond the …

Beasley for Dooling?

According to ESPN Radio’s “NBA Today” podcast, the Heat offered Michael Beasley to the Nets for Keyon Dooling but were turned down by Nets GM Rod Thorn. ranked him the top player in the 2007 High School class. Scouts were salivating over his versatile game. He has the ability to be a finesse and powerful player. In his one season at Kansas State Beasley was a straight up beast. He averaged 26.2 points and 12.4 rebounds. He had 28 double-doubles and 3-40 point games.

Beasley was the 2nd overall pick in the 2008 NBA Draft but has not lived up to his potential yet. Last season he averaged 14.8 points and 5.4 rebounds. However he shot just 27% from 3.  In his first playoff series he struggled vs Boston. Despite scoring in double-figures in Games 2,3,4 he scored 6 points in Game 1 and 2 points in Game 5.

He is just 21 years old …

Tuesday, June 1st, 2010

More Knicks Pre-Draft

Knicks Rumors & News

May 7th – Jimmer Fredette (withdrew), Bobby Maze

May 27th – Jeff Foote, Tiny Gallon, J.P. Prince, A.J. Slaughter, Mikhail Torrance, Ben Uzoh

May 28th- Craig Brackins, Stephen Dennis, Jarvis Varnado, Greivis Vasquez, Willie Warren, Dominique Jones

June 8th – Tyren Johnson

Here are the other players I did not cover before. Tyren Johnson will be in the next re-cap.

Ben Uzoh (Tulsa)- Uzoh averaged 15.3 points, 4.7 assists, 4.7 rebounds this past year. Scouts are raving about his athleticism and 6’9″ wingspan. He is the only player in school history to rank among the top-10 for points, rebounds, assists, steals and blocked shots. He had 12 games of 20+ points and 7 games of 7+ rebounds in his senior year. He showed flashes of triple-double potential and has drawn comparisons to Thunder PG Russel Westbrook.

Mikhail Torrance (Alabama)- In his senior season he averaged 15.6 points, 5.1 assists, 3.7 rebounds. The combo guard has good size at 6’5″ and 207 pounds. Scouts are raving about his court vision, handle and shooting range. He had 10 games …

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