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Y'all voting for baby Gasol should acknowledge that he only scores 13 a game at below .500 shooting.
I'll acknowledge that he only scores 14 a game, though his True Shooting is a few percentage points above average (56%) and he leads all Centers in assists, A/TO, and minutes, while also being the most indispensable player on the league's best defense.
Man, he had a 60% effective fg% on 30% usage. I'm not good at using the play index; but numbers like that have to be pretty rare I would imagine
while also being the most indispensable player on the league's best defense.
Will you and others giving LeBron DPOY votes acknowledge that he's surrounded by good defenders on a defense that has been far from elite?
EASTpred: MIA BOS PHI IND BKN CHI ATL NYK | MIL TOR CLE DET WAS ORL CHAEASTreal: MIA NYK IND BKN CHI ATL BOS MIL | PHI TOR DET WAS CLE ORL CHA
WESTpred: LAL OKC SAS DEN LAC MIN MEM UTA | DAL POR GSW NWO HOU SAC PHO WESTreal: OKC SAS DEN LAC MEM GSW HOU LAL | UTA DAL POR MIN SAC NWO PHO
So - I picked this but also had Houston 13th. Stupid.
So - I picked this but also had Houston 13th. Stupid.
Most negative WARP:
-4.6 Austin Rivers
-4.4 Kevin Seraphin
-3.4 Norris Cole
-3.0 Kendrick Perkins
-3.0 Dahntay Jones
-2.5 Michael Beasley
I will leave my mother's basement if IND, as presently constructed, was able to beat NYK in a series. If you can guard Hibbert one on one, IND just isn't that good and Chandler can. Of course, I'm also a huge Paul George fan and hoping he breaks out, which if it happens, alters my previous statement.
Longest Average Run
And the HabersTrophy goes to ... Joakim Noah
Let's say you want to know who might be the most exhausted player in the game. The minutes-per-game leaderboard would be the first place you'd go, right? But what if I told you that a guy who doesn't even rank in the top 10 in minutes per game probably runs more than anybody else? It's true: Noah, who ranks 14th in minutes per game, ran a staggering 2.74 miles per game under the SportVU lens. No one has covered more distance than the high-energy center on a game-to-game basis -- and that includes Luol Deng, who leads the NBA in minutes per game with a 38.9 figure. Deng actually came in second with 2.68 miles run per game. Something tells me that Tom Thibodeau won't be satisfied until the top five consists of all Bulls players.
Listed them in 574. Battier, Bosh, Wade, Haslem, and Chalmers have typically been good defenders by the metrics I referenced, with or without LeBron. Same with Joel Anthony and Chris Andersen, though they don't play as many minutes. LeBron is probably the best individual defender of that group, but it's not like the situations facing guys like Asik, Sanders, Howard, and Iguodala, where they're covering up for notably poor defenders. The bad defenders in Miami are Cole and Allen, who get the bulk of the minutes when LeBron is off the court.
Though it might be fair to point out that the Knicks haven't won a playoff series since I was in high school, so I may be getting a little ahead of myself here
I think congratulating your preseason prediction that a team that just lost arguably their best player for the playoffs could struggle in the playoffs deserves negative points.
Let's go Jazz.
We all got the Lakers wrong. Didn't see GSW playing as well as they did, as Curry stayed healthy and Jackson was competent. Minnesota ##### me over every year. Houston is the flipside of the Lakers isn't that my first stab had them 9th in the league. I didn't believe it and downgraded, downgraded, downgraded. Asik held up w/ full time use, Harden improved, Parsons did too, the spare parts worked out.
The Jazz are at risk of scoring less than 70 points in a must win game.. ouch.
The real action this season (and really, every season for a while now) will be in the West. The WC playoffs are going to be brutal.
I'm surprised the Hawks conceded the 5 seed by resting everyone against the Knicks' backups. The Bulls are barely scraping by the Wizards while riding everyone.
Of course, Kanter was injured down the stretch run, so the entire playoffs was going to require a "footnote" anyway. ;-)
Also, I'm going to go out on a limb and say the Grizzlies don't miss Rudy Gay.
I would appreciate it if you would name the two Centers that you'd rank above Gasol this year.
Simmons said they still have Conley, etc; Rose said he wasn't proven in the playoffs. Hello, Rudy Gay is? He was injured when they beat the Spurs. The narrative trumping facts is so ridiculous sometimes.
it most more that Kobe + Nash must be on the list of the worse defensive back court ever thing.
By the way, I have to mention how much I admire the Jazz fans for wanting so badly to be in a position that I'm so completely blasé about. That's good fandom right there.
The Laker bigs have slammed the door, and Houston's missing shots. I don't know how, but the Lakers are shooting under 40% and still in this game.
Wondering the same thing, Wave. McHale doesn't use Lin particularly well, it seems to me. (But I'm biased WRT Lin.)
@johnhollinger Til now, 125 of 126 teams to win at least 56 games since league went to current format had home court advantage in 1st round. #onepercenters
So, I feel like the Spurs are probably the best case scenario for the Lakers. They'd lose in 4 against OKC.
All three Lakers/Spurs games were decided by 5 points or less, FWIW (not much). This also sets up Beard and Co. vs. the Thunder, which should be very entertaining.
The MEM/LAC series has everything--good teams, matchups, subplots, a superstar, and bad blood.
I feel like they have a better chance to beat the Spurs than anyone else in the west save GSW (who are not very good).
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