5 NBA players that should have retired this season

Kevin GarnettKevin Garnett is number one on the list should he hang it up?

We have witnessed a pretty exciting free agency, the wheeling and dealing of the NBA always sparks up most interest

around this time of year. More particularly because of the Dwightmare that has kept fans on the edge of their seats for almost a year now. The mental exhaustion of knowing that he is getting traded, or that your favorite team is involved in the trade and then it all falls to pieces. Can drive anyone insane!

The most interesting part of this year however is the fact that so many teams are pursing the NBA Championship. Wait… It’s the way they are chasing the championship, they are employing older faces aka seasoned veterans. When I say seasoned I mean it’s like putting salt on your food and the cap comes off to the salt shaker.

There are several men that up until a couple of weeks ago everyone thought that maybe it would be the last stand for these gentlemen.

5. Marcus Camby- Camby age 38, decided that he would like to play for another THREE years with the New York Knicks. He has size still but can he keep up? The Knicks need interior help against the Miami Heat, but to employ a 38-year-old offensively challenged center it makes no sense. They already have an old offensively challenged center in Tyson Chandler why get another one? Look for Camby not to make much of an impact except taking fouls and standing in while Chandler gets rest… for about 10 to 15 minutes a game. Stats from last year PPG 4.9 RPG 9.00 APG 1.8 TO 1.2

4. Jason Kidd- Kidd age 39, basically see above paragraph. Kidd signed a contract with the Knicks for THREE years as well. Kidd who sometimes has a good shot, has done nothing but become a liability on the court and now recently off the court. The theory was that Kidd was supposed to come in and mentor Jeremy Lin so that he would become the point guard everyone wants Lin to be. WRONG! Lin is going to Houston… and Kidd will be mentoring Raymond Felton. If he can put the bottle down and show up, Guess that didn’t work out how James Dolan (Knicks owner) initially planned. Stats from last year… PPG 6.2 APG 5.5 RPG 4.1 SPG 1.7  TO 2 Read the rest of the list here…

NBA age rule: Change for the best?

LeBron JamesThe NBA is six years removed from the rule change in which the age limit in the league was raised from eighteen to nineteen and required athletes to attend college before entering the draft. Has there been a tangible difference, increase or decrease in NBA play? The eye test says no, but can the numbers support my hypothesis that the NBA has actually been hurt by the rule change, while universities are gaining from it.

With the successes of prominent high school to pro athletes, it is only logical for there to have been many candidates to try and follow. For every Kobe Bryant and Kevin Garnett, there are three more Jonathan Bender’s (you must be asking who is he – 5.5 ppg, 2.1 rpg).

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Top 10 NBA players drafted out of high school

As many would have guessed, The NBA Championship will host two of the most exciting teams in transition, Miami Heat and Oklahoma City Thunder. Why most are focusing on Lebron James and Kevin Durant story for many reasons, one story line intrigued me the most.

You have two of the best small forwards playing the game now matched up. Lebron James, a special talent that was drafted right out of High School and took the league by storm. His talent is so rare because for all the rewards that he has one and now this will make the third finals he has appeared in. For most players straight out of high school, he has an impressive resume.

That made me search and find out who most people thought the top ten best players straight out of high school…

According to BleacherReport.com this is what they came up with.

10) Jermaine Oneal/Tracy McGrady: Both of these players were, at one time, right behind Kobe Bryant and Tim Duncan as the finest wing scorer and power forward, respectively, in the NBA. Both of these players, however, were hobbled by injuries a little too early in their careers, and will ultimately be remembered for how much more they could have done with a few extra years of prime basketball.

9) Josh Smith: He can score (airborne or otherwise), rebound, defend, run the floor and even drop a pretty dime here and there. The only knock on him is still shot selection and, occasionally, motivation, in spite of which he’s one of the more sought-after players in the league whenever trade talks arise. By the time his career is over, Josh Smith has the tools to be remembered for a long time.

8) Darryl Dawkins: While Dawkins was not the first player ever drafted out of high school, he was the first to go straight to the NBA. Although he never really set the league on fire performance-wise—don’t go thinking he wasn’t a feared player—Darryl Dawkins is one of the more notable, recognizable players ever to skip college for the pros. Read the rest here…

Where do the Boston Celtics go from here?

Now that the Boston Celtics, a franchise donning seventeen World Championship banners from the rafters of  T.D. Garden, has been officially eliminated from any further play this season, it is time to review and prognosticate on where they were in December and who will be with them going into next season.

The NBA lockout prior to the beginning of the 21011-2012 season hurt many teams. However it had worse of an impact on the Boston Celtic players more than most of the other teams in the NBA save for the Spurs and maybe the Lakers, due mainly to some of the aging stars on this storied franchise; Ray Allen turns 37 next month, Kevin Garnett 36,  Paul Pierce 34.

Celtics coach Doc Rivers said that KG and Pierce both did not begin the season in ‘basketball’ shape and it took a while for the two of them to shake of their collective rust. After their loss on opening day against the N.Y. Knicks, the Celtics went 4-8 over their next 12. The rust on their so called ‘big three’ was beginning to show.

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Knicks’ Stoudemire taking notes from Kevin Garnett?

Amare_stoudemireAmare Stoudemire was in Miami for tuesday nights game against the Boston Celtics. He happened to get lucky that night, he watched the team that put him out the playoffs get handed a bitter loss. Perhaps it was Stoudemire enjoying a game of basketball or it could have been a bittersweet moment for him. Either way he was out and it looks like he was having fun.  Read More…

NBA Eastern Conference Finals: Heat v Celtics

Rajon RondoIt’ll be the last time I say this. I am a Celtics fan. Despite any possible biased feelings, Boston has no shot in this series. I’ll dissect the ins and outs of this matchup, but there’s only one reason I need to count the Celtics out. Avery Bradley’s out of this series and will be out for a part of next season due to his dislocated left shoulder.

(2) Miami Heat vs (4) Boston Celtics

Bradley means the world to the Celtics. He’s known for his defense, and rightfully so. He’s one of the top perimeter defenders in the NBA, and he’s only 21 years old. For Doc Rivers, Bradley was the one person he could count on to shut down the best player, or at least slow down a superstar on an opposing team. Bradley wasn’t the only reason Boston ranked first in many defensive categories this season, but he was a major part of it. To let Rondo not be forced to defend the best perimeter player on the opposing team, it allowed him to somewhat freelance defensively, which led to high steal and rebound totals.

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An ode to Kevin Garnett

Kevin GarnettI’ve been meaning to write this post for a while now, to pay tribute to Kevin Garnett, in-arguably one of the best players of his generation.Let’s say you had to describe Kevin Garnett to someone who had never before watched a basketball game, yet laid eyes on him for the first time.  What words would you use?  Would frightening be one of them?  Intense?  Driven?  One-of-a-kind?  All of those would be appropriate since after all, Garnett helped redefine the modern game in a number of ways.  He was one of the first of this generation to come straight out of high school, make an impact, in a small market and warrant big money, Garnett money. Was he a center?  Certainly not.  At 6’11”, he was tall enough but he couldn’t have weighed more than a buck-eighty five.  Was he a power forward?  Again, too frail.  Was he a small forward?  Nah, too tall.  So what was he, other than a freak of nature? Read more here…

Boston Celtics streaking at the right time

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Boston Celtics 3At the end of the first-half of the NBA season the Boston Celtics where 15-17 sitting at 8th place in the Eastern Conference. Everyone was saying the Celtics are to old, worn out from this tough season schedule, and that GM Danny Ainge should trade away part of the big three. The Celtics did not just look tired, they looked hopeless, but Boston has silenced doubters now.

Man, how things have changed in the last 21 games. Boston has gone a stunning 15-6 against a strong schedule and minimal rest. Who do we give credit for this remarkable turn around? Doc Rivers has pulled off some nice feats as a coach, but these last 21 games have been something else. Kevin Garnett is starting to look like the animal that joined the team in 2007, and also Rajon Rondo has been completely uncontrollable.

Hats off to Doc Rivers for taking this Celtics team and getting them to play playoff basketball at just the right moment. The of the Celtics getting into the playoffs was even at risk. Now Doc has them sitting at top of the Atlantic Division currently sitting on fourth overall in the East. Doc has had to go through so much this season. Injuries have hit the C’s so hard this year. With everyone in the starting lineup missing games this year. The lockout shortened season cramped 66 games in the span of 4 months, causing teams like Boston to struggle. Doc has picked up and resurrected this lifeless team to what some people think to be as a legitimate playoff contender.

The Big Ticket has been huge these last games. Since Kevin Garnett has played center the Celtics and him have been surging. Kevin Garnett is playing as the intense monster he has been for the Celtics in recent years. He will be turning 36 in just over a month and is getting sustainably better during the most physically demanding season the league has had. He is putting up stats almost as good as the year he finished third in MVP voting which was 2008. Kevin is using the media calling him old and having no gas left as motivation, as if the most intense player in the league needs more things to get motivated about. I have no clue how Garnett is pulling of these numbers, but he is doing this at just the right time and hopefully can continue this in the playoffs.

Rajon Rondo was in numerous trade talks before the trade deadline even though Danny Ainge send he was not on the table. Since then Rondo has showed why he is the best PG in the league. Rondo has been getting over 10 assists in the last 14 games and 14 assists during the Miami Heat’s worst loss of the season. Rajon has been finding open teammates constantly and driving in at will. Despite all of the rumors that Danny Ainge was going to trade him, Rondo has shown why he should never be traded under any circumstance. Rondo has been a triple double threat every single time he has walked on to a basketball court and come playoff time that should be no different.

From Doc Rivers, KG, or Rajon Rondo, the Celtics have been on a tear overall, not to mention to emergence of Avery Bradley, Boston has been looking as strong as they have the last 21 games then we have seen in awhile. Come late April though how will Boston’s undersized and small lineup far against the Eastern Conference’s elite for a 7 game series? Time will tell, but I would not be surprised if we do not see the Celtics in the Conference Finals.

Morgan Grimmett is a NBA writer for The Sports Blitz and can be contacted at MGrimmett@SportsBlitz.com or on Twitter @Morgan_Grimmett