Knicks continue their winning ways in record fashion


This game was a lot of fun, unless you are a Sixers fan of course. It had a little bit of everything. You got some Sheed, some good JR and some hilarious Nick Young being an idiot. Overall it was another blowout win for the Knickerbockers, their third in as many games this season. Melo Tony led the team in scoring with an efficient 21 points on 7/16 shooting. Earl Smith had another strong game with 17 points on 7/15 shooting and almost got in a fight. Sheed entered the game in the third quarter and proceeded to drain a buzzer beating three to end the quarter. This game was loads of fun and the Knicks are 3-0 for the first time since 1875.

Here are my notes from the game: New York Knicks vs. Philadelphia 76ers

  • Lets start with Sheed. Despite looking like a homeless man, Mr. Rasheed Abdul Wallace was actually productive in his 14 minutes played tonight. He did a little bit of everything. Wallace hit a couple threes, blocked a couple shots and grabbed some rebounds. He also inexplicably threw a full court inbounds pass to Steve Novak with 11 seconds left in the game that caused me to fall out of my chair laughing. In all seriousness though, he actually looked like he could contribute down the line a little bit. I thought Kurt Thomas looked pretty bad tonight in his 6 minutes played, so potentially Sheed may take some of his minutes moving forward. It’ll definitely be something to keep an eye on. However, there is no doubt that the bench combo of Thomas and Wallace is easily the funniest in the league. Between Thomas punching dudes in the nuts, slapping guys in the face and consistently getting away with shoving people under the basket and Rasheed doing Rasheed things and looking like a displaced hobo, they’re great theater. I’m loving having them on the squad. Read more…

Top 5 Fantasy Basketball centers

Dwight Howard Lakers

Dwight Howard LakersBeing 5’8 I vicariously live through every big man in the NBA. As an outstanding Center on the YMCA Green team I consistently had 2 points, 2 rebounds, and 5 fouls every game. My numbers were never fantasy worthy and probably the reason that I spend most of my time analyzing players now instead of making the effort to play. I am hoping that my son has an inkling of a chance, but unfortunately with 5’8, 5’4, 5’6, and 5’7 in the lineage, his hopes are looking very slim. The guys below tower over my ancestors and me, because of this they have the best chance of producing every night for my fantasy hopes and dreams. Below are my 2012 Fantasy Basketball: Top 5 Centers.

Top 5 Centers

1. Dwight Howard: Superman is just that, Superman. Howard is definitely my top ranked Center this year. Playing with the Lakers, he is surrounded by a cast of talented players. This potentially could hurt some of the potential scoring, but on Fantazzle’s leagues he makes up for it through blocks and rebounds. Howard averages 38 minutes per game and scores 20 points a night. This pretty much guarantees us a 20 point head start. The true scoring comes from the average of 14 rebounds a game and 2 blocks a night. I see Dwight as a consistent 30 point guy and will definitely be taking him in all limited lineup games. He may be too pricey in salary leagues, but can be worth the money if you can level out the scoring between cheaper utility players.

2. Al Jefferson:  Jefferson is the Jazz and the Jazz revolve around Jefferson. He hasn’t been as consistent in the preseason this year, but when the ball is thrown into the air for the first tip-off, Jefferson will be getting the rock. Jefferson is a 20 point 10 rebound guy every night. He doesn’t have the ability to get the blocks that Howard had, but he will be consistent. I feel like his salary point will be lower than a couple of the other guys, so he is definitely a good pickup.

3. Andrew Bynum:  In my mind, Bynum is the closest thing to Howard on the list. If he is healthy and stays healthy then he will be my pick in weekly leagues and definitely limited lineup leagues. He had an All-Star season last year and should continue his success. I predict him to have 20 points, 11 rebounds, and at least 1 block a night. Remember this, if he gets healthy and remains that way he is a great pickup. Read more…

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Fantasy Basketball: 7 NBA sleepers to consider

Spencer Hawes-C-76ers- With the stunning addition of ex-Laker Andrew Bynum in the off-season, Hawes will move over to Power Foward full-time. His nice mid-range shooting makes him a perfect fit in this front court. Playing just around 25 minutes a game last season, the 7 footer garnered 7.3 rebounds and 1.3 blocks a game; numbers which are sure to improve into the 12.5/8.5/1.75 range as the starting PF.

Nicholas Batum-F/G-Trail Blazers- This talented 23 year old has improved every year since coming into the league after playing in France in the ’07-’08 season. Expected to take on a larger role this year, Batum, who can fill the majority of a stat sheet in almost every category, is destined to have a breakout ’12-’13 season. We project him to finish with around 17 points, 5 boards, 2 threes, 1 steal and 1 block per game. He should be picked up in the 2nd -3rd round.

Ersan Ilyasova- F-Bucks- Now entering his fourth year with the Bucks, the 6′ 9″ forward takes over the starting role and should see his numbers, which skyrocketed after the All-Star break last season, ascend nicely from last year. Somewhat of a poor man’s David Lee with 15/9-15/10 a night. Plus he will put up an occasional three and his very good FG and  FT percentages make him a solid mid-round pick.

Jeff Teague-G-Hawks- Even with the addition of Devin Harris, the loss of Joe Johnson to Brooklyn will turn Teague into a more traditional PG and his numbers should surge. He is another candidate for a breakout year; something like 17 points, 5.5 assists, 1.5 steals and 1 three per game would not be that out of line for the 24 year old in his fourth year with Atlanta. Danny Ferry, Hawks GM is really high on this kid and  with Smith and Horford as the only other true scorers on the team, we look to Teague for boosts in points & assists. He’ll make for a solid 3rd round pick.

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Top 5 NBA steal leaders of all time

In the NBA there’s certain skills that some just have a knack for, stealing is one of them. Most kids grow up being taught that stealing is wrong. Not in this aspect these players were just good at taking things away from others. Let’s dive in and take a look at some of these skilled players…

5. Maurice Cheeks PG, He put up some amazing numbers. Especially in the steal category averaging 2.1 steals a game for his entire career! He ended up totaling 2,310 steals over his entire career which is right now good for fifth best of all time.  He also averaged 11.1 points and 6.7 assists for his career to go with those steals. Cheeks is currently the assistant coach for the Oklahoma City Thunder, where i’m sure he is passing on his knowledge to All Star Russell Westbrook. Cheeks is definitely not a bad mentor to have.

4. Gary Payton PG, Nicknamed the “Glove” and rightfully so, for his career he averaged 1.83 steals for his career. Thing about Payton that sticks in peoples minds is that he didn’t  get his championship ring until he paired with Dwyane Wade and Shaquille Oneal in 2006. Part of that trend to basically find somewhere to go to get a ring before you retire trend that all major sports are into. Payton is the only point guard to win NBA defensive player of the year and he holds records in Seattle for points, assists, and steals. Payton had a total of 2,4445 steals, averaged 16.3 points and 6.7 assists for his career. Read more here…

Random thoughts on the NBA Playoffs so far, looking ahead

After watching the Clippers outscore the Spurs by 22 points in the first quarter of Game Three of their playoff series, it appeared, if ever so briefly, that San Antonio was not as invincible as everyone thought.  Then we saw them retaliate with a 50-17 run of their own and realized, perhaps they are.

At only 23 years old each, Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook are disturbingly good.  The Los Angeles Lakers had to play their very best just to be able to stay on the same floor as them.  The future of the league is in good hands.

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Sixers Lack a True Superstar

Lou WilliamsEarlier this week Deron Williams of the New Jersey Nets dominated the fourth quarter and overtime against the Philadelphia 76ers.

Williams is a superstar in the NBA, and proved it on Wednesday by single-handedly taking over the game and winning it for his team. As the former Illinois star drained clutch bucket after bucket I couldn’t help but look over at the Sixers bench and wonder where the response was.

“Deron Williams, to say the least, was absolutely sensational tonight,” said Sixers coach Doug Collins. “That was the best performance we’ve seen from a guard this year. He was not going to let them lose that game, big shot after big shot.”

And then it hit me, the Sixers don’t have a guy like that. They simply don’t have a superstar, a bona-fide scoring option every time down the court.

Jrue Holiday, Andre Iguodala, Jodie Meeks and Evan Turner don’t strike fear in opponents. They’re nice players and play well collectively, but they’re all second options. Elton Brand once was, but he is a veteran past his prime and on the decline now.

When crunch time rolls around, the Sixers’ threat is Lou Williams. Say that to yourself again. It doesn’t sound right because it shouldn’t. Sure he is clutch in some respect, he did drill a few three-pointers to try and put the Nets away, only to be answered by Williams time and time again.

I guess what the point of this is, is well, Deron Williams is really, really good. On top of that it begs the question, does a team need a superstar like a Deron Williams to be an elite team? Not that the Nets are elite, because they clearly are not, but look at other teams like the Clippers who have been transformed in just a superstar trade from a laughing stock to a title contender.

Look across the NBA landscape, the teams that win have that guy, you know the one who drops 30+ on any given night. Chicago has Derrick Rose, and is first in the East. Miami has, well, you know those guys and are second in the East. Out West, Oklahoma City has Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook.

Those are the types of players who take a team to the next level. The Sixers haven’t had one of those guys since Allen Iverson left the first time. And think about when they had him, a finals appearance and butts in the seats every single game. The Sixers are second to last in home attendance this season by the way.

Philadelphia needs a superstar both on and off the court. Imagine just for a second if you added a say, a Dwyane Wade to the Sixers’ current lineup? Do Jrue Holiday, Wade, Turner/Iguodala, Band and Hawes scare you now?

Sure it costs pieces to get superstars, but do you think the Clippers have buyers remorse so far with their place in front of the Lakers out West? I don’t think so. The Hornets, who gave up the superstar, are 3-15 and will probably last another year before being relocated by the league. Still think a star matters?

It sounds stupid, but in the modern NBA, you need more than just a team. You need a team that has that guy, the guy that teams look over after a game and say “He did what?”

Just like I said as I watched Deron Williams sink the Sixers on Wednesday night.

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