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Jermey Lin – Is he Underrated or Overrated?

My question to the masses is Jeremy Lin underrated? To help you get to your decision I’m going to give you some background stats for this year. Now for a guy like Lin using stats alone will not be enough to grade his worth as a player.

Lin has played in 18 games this year. He started the preseason with the Houston Rockets before being release and picked up by the Knicks. He played 9 games with the Knicks off the bench were he played for no more that 10 Min’s. Even then his efficiency was really good for a player with limited time.  His breakout game came February 4th when he logged 36 min and put up an impressive 25 Points – 7 Assist – 5 Rebounds. These stats to some seem like an anomaly that you would only see this once, but Lin continues to post excellent numbers.

Averaging 27p- 5r – 11a

I enjoy watching him play because he an exceptional ball player. I still have guys who wont give him credit for what he’s doing. People don’t know how hard it is to put up numbers like this in the NBA. Guys who do it on a night to night bases are considered some of the best in the game add in the condensed schedule and its even more impressive to see a guy basically a rookie come in to the league and put a team on his back. The Knicks were all but written off for this season. Carmelo struggling to play with Amar’e and Landry Fields no where as good as he was last year. Questions circled about Mike D’Antoni departure and possibly putting Carmelo or Amar’e on the trading block. This team was going no where until they allowed Jeremy Lin to have his chance and he took it and ran.

This is your basic sports underdog movie happening in real life and I expect a movie within the next couple of years. People try to make this a racial thing but in the sport of basketball if you can play you can play. People may look at you in the beginning and try to guess your skills but that doesn’t mean they classify you once they see you play. Lin had a huge advantage when it came to him playing he doesn’t fit the stereotypical NBA player. He is very  humble and down to earth. I could see myself playing with him at the local gym. So people are caught off guard by the quickness, shooting ability, and athleticism he brings every night he’s on the floor. His game is very aggressive and he is a crafty player, he going to attack the defence for 38 mins and your either going to make adjustments or your going to lose.

NBA 2K12

Jeremy Lin’s rating was increased by 16 points based on his recent play. He is now a 75. Guys immediately jump on the bandwagon and expected him to do things like Kobe and Lebron. He is not that player he will not dunk on 3 people or go 7 for 8 from 3. To use Lin effectively you must know how to use the pick and roll. Learn how to drive and dish to a cutting big. The Knicks team has grown tremendously better since the beginning of February with the acquisition of J. R. Smith I believe they will definitely be a contender if Amar’e and Carmelo can get on the same page. The Knicks have improved there defence behind the smoke screen that is Jeremy Lin.  Lets get back on topic. Back to my original question knowing that Jeremy Lin is rated a 75 on NBA2k do you think this rating is to high or to low? Here are a few other notable players with a 75 rating on the game.

Raymond Felton

Arron Brooks

Kyle Lowry

Rip Hamilton

Michael Beasley

Brandon Roy – Retired

 

 

LaMarcus Aldridge Underrated

Hi NBA world if you haven’t noticed the Portland Trailblazers are playing very well so far this year but I still don’t feel like people are taking the number one guy on the team serious enough. I think LaMarcus is underrated because he plays for a small market team. This guy should be hands down an All-star this season after being cheated out of one last year. I’m sorry if it sounds like I’m venting but its the truth. Nobody can name me three things on the court that he can’t do cause I only can think of one and that’s shoot three’s. He can shoot post up and put the ball on the ground to create a shot. The blazers are a top team in the NBA this season and he’s a big part of the teams success. After this season I think the LaMarcus Aldridge bandwagon will start and become full so get aboard quickly!!!!

LeBron James the MVP

MVP snub LeBron James has come into the league and produced crazy numbers that no one can compete with and yet we bypass giving him MVP each year after he left Cleveland. The media chooses the MVP before the players play any game. This year Kevin Durant will get the MVP but currently he’s not producing better numbers than LeBron. Is the MVP voting system tainted do we need some other unbias way to grade players performance throughout the season to crown the most valuable player?

Let just look at the stats from his rookie year to 2012. Career average of 27.7 ppg 7.1 rpg and 7.0 apg

Year Team G MPG FG% 3P% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
4-Mar CLE 79 39.5 0.417 0.29 5.5 5.9 1.6 0.7 20.9
5-Apr CLE 80 42.4 0.472 0.351 7.4 7.2 2.2 0.6 27.2
6-May CLE 79 42.5 0.48 0.335 7 6.6 1.6 0.8 31.4
7-Jun CLE 78 40.9 0.476 0.319 6.7 6 1.6 0.7 27.3
8-Jul CLE 75 40.4 0.484 0.315 7.9 7.2 1.8 1.1 30
9-Aug CLE 81 37.7 0.489 0.344 7.6 7.2 1.7 1.2 28.4
10-Sep CLE 76 39 0.503 0.333 7.3 8.6 1.6 1 29.7
11-Oct MIA 79 38.8 0.51 0.33 7.5 7 1.6 0.6 26.7
12-Nov MIA 8 36.3 0.601 0 7.6 7.6 2 0.9 30.1
Career 635 40.1 0.48 0.329 7.1 7 1.7 0.8 27.7
All-Star 6 25.3 0.504 0.35 6.3 5.3 1.8 0.3 23.7

These stats are ridiculous!! His stats aren’t better than Michael Jordan’s but in this current generation he is by far the best producer. With stats like these it is amazing that he only has 2 MVP’s. I know what most of you will say but he has no rings. Ok fair statement but understand that the MVP award is a regular season award and what LeBron does in the playoffs is not factored in. I’m not a LeBron hater but I respect his game,
he is a freak of nature when it comes to a 6’8″ SF that averages 27.7 a game and is a lock down defender. Derrick Rose was the MVP last year and averaged 25PPG 7APG and 4RPG. Now I like Derrick Rose and I think his play was great last year but compared to LeBron’s stats he was not the MVP in fact Russell Westbrook put up Derrick Rose numbers last year so you could say he deserved it also. The bottom line is that when LeBron is on the court he makes the team better and I mean way better. Isn’t this the Definition of MVP?

 

 

Who’s the best power forward of 11-12

Me and my buddies always have this debate about who’s the best power forward in the league this year.

Now I’m going to start my list with the 10 guys that are considered the best of the best.

1: Kevin Love
2: Zach Randolph
3: Kevin Garnett
4: Pau Gasol
5: Carlos Boozer
6: Chris Bosh
7: Dirk Nowitzki
8: LaMarcus Aldridge
9: Tim Duncan- best of all time
10: Amare Stoudemire

This group of player can all be considered at some point in there careers the the best in the league. But for the sake of this article we are only going to talk about guys producing this year.

My buddie LJ thinks that LaMarcus Aldridge should be considered the best in the league now and is mad that he was snubbed from the All-Star game last year. This is my take on LA he has improved his game every year he’s been in the league and is putting up All-Star number early this year but there is one stat I would like to see improved from him. Rebounding: As of today he is averaging 7.7 rebounds a game and he plays the power forward position a position responsible for rebounding. He should at least average 10. His offensive number have been good 21.9ppg. I like his mid range jumper and his activity around the basket but that one stat is keeping him out of the top PF conversation. He has carried his team to a 5-2 record to start the season but can he continue this output to get his team to the conference finals?

My top PF in the game as of today is Kevin Love. Yes the guy who plays for Minnesota Timebrwolves. This guy had a breakout year last year and has become even more consistent this year. Posting ridiculous numbers thus far 26.1ppg and 14.9rpg. This guy is 6’10” and can hoop his teams record is only 2-5 but they have loss a couple of nail bitters to top tier teams like Miami and have beaten teams like the spurs and the mavs. If he can keep up this kind of output I am considering him my fav pick for MVP. I expect the timberwolves to make the playoff’s.

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NBA Season off to a fast start

The NBA has started and is off to a fast start. The Miami heat are looking to get the championship this year and there play has showed they are ready. With a re-imaged Lebron James and strong performances from there rookie PG Norris Cole. I expect them to get to the finals again this year but can they close the deal?

7 Games into the season and These are the teams I expect to have a strong showing.  Starting with the Western Conference.

Portland Trail Blazers: The Portland was questioned coming into this season concerning a retiring Brandon Roy because of bad knees and an always injured Greg Oden who resigned with the club for 1 year 8 million. They have since added Gerald Wallace, Raymond Felton and Jamal Crawford. They have a very solid back court and the teams only weakness is the front court. LaMarcus Aldridge is starting his second breakout year posting Allstar numbers but who do you have backing him up. They need a little more power in that department before I consider them contenders.

Oklahoma City: This Team is well balanced from top to bottom. Kevin Durant will continue to have a phenomenal year with a cast of Westbrook, Ibaka, Perkins and  James Harden. The only thing I can think off keeping this team from being a contender is Russell Westbrook, He has the skill to be a superstar but his head is keeping the team from excelling. He has to learn to coexist with Durant and they will make each other unstoppable.

L. A. Lakers: With a new head coach and several new cast members Kobe and Gasol will go for number 3 together. At the beginning of the season I did not expect much from the Lakers who are dying at the PG position but with hustle players like McRoberts and Devin Ebanks. They still have a strong chance to compete for a title. Mike Brown defensive schemes have allow the Lakers to compensate for loses of Lamar Odom and Shannon Brown. I’m loving the ball movement of this new Lakers team.

L. A. Clippers: The clippers have added enough pieces to compete. but I still see them needing some backup pieces to come out the west. Chris Paul and Blake Griffin are some off the best talent around so we will see if they can pull it off.