Posted on: October 31, 2010 10:10 pm

Paul Millsap > Carlos Boozer

Yeah, I said and I mean it. Paul Millsap has had to sit on the bench behind for 3 years but this year he is finally the starter with Carlos Boozer going to the Bulls . I've said before that if Millsap was a starter he could be a Top 10 Power Forward and I will stick with that statement going into his first year a starter. Watch and see this guy become better better the Boozer was for the Jazz . You may not think much of him because he's only 6'8", but the guy has athleticism, strength, and hops to make up for not having the size that Boozer did. He has proved to be just as good or better of a rebounder than Boozer, so I guess his stature isn't a problem.

Millsap has already started off this averaging 21.3 ppg  12.3 rpg  3 apg  1.3 spg  63.4% FG  after having a monster night for the Jazz tonight putting up 30 points (12-19 FG  6-8 FT) 16 points 6 assists  and 2 steals in a win for Utah over the Thunder . It's not like this guy hasn't shown he had this potential before; he's given us plenty of flashes in the last two seasons of how good he could be. Do you remember back in the 08/09 season when he became the starter for a stretch when Boozer went down with an injury and went on to post 19 consecutive double-doubles and finished with 29 double-doubles on the season? How about last year when he had a few huge games when Boozer didn't play or had limited minutes? The guy has shown when he gets starter minutes, he produces like a damn good big man.

The biggest advantage Millsap gives you is his hustle, defense, and health. Those are three things you don't think of when you think of Boozer. Boozer has regularly been injured and is already missing the first month and a half (or more) of this season with an injury. In Boozer's six years with the Jazz, he's only had 3 years of playing more than 70 games a year, and only 1 year where he played 80+ games in a year. In Millsaps 3 years with the Jazz he's played 75+ games each time where two of the season he played the ful 82 games in both.

The Jazz proved they would rather have Millsap over Boozer by matching the offer sheet the Trail Blazers had made to Millsap in the off season and did a sign-and-trade with the Bulls to move Boozer. Don't be surprised that even when Boozer is healthy and playing for the Bulls, you see Millsap still out performing him this year. Don't forget this is only Millsap's 4th year in the league and he's just starting his career. He's going to have a break-out year and prove to be better for the Jazz than Boozer was.

Posted on: October 31, 2009 9:10 am

Ben Wallace - Still a Top Post Defender

Yes, you heard me right and now that he's back with the Pistons he's proving it. He wasn't be used correctly on the Bulls and Cavaliers who tried too much to play him out of position (PF) and never let him roam like he could. He's old now, so I won't argue he's better than Dwight Howard and Kevin Garnett but he's still in that upper group of post defenders. He can still go one-on-one with any post player and slow them/shut them down. He can still get up (though not as well as he use to) and block shots or get rebounds. He is also still quick enough and has quick enough hands and feet to press players after the throw in and still can step out on players and get some steals. If you need any proof, go watch the last two games for the Pistons and you will see plenty of proof.

He's not just putting up individual stats or slowing down just one player, but he's effecting the entire defense again and getting back to being that anchor on defense. The first game against the Grizzlies, the Pistons held them to 74 points on 36.1% FG shooting and Big Ben had 9 rebounds and a block. The game last night against the Thunder, the Pistons held them to 91 points on 43.4% FG shooting and Big Ben had 12 rebounds, 2 blocks, and 3 steals. Yes, they did lose last night but there was no more that Big Ben could have done to help them win (they only played him 30 min. for one, and even though they played good defense it was their offense that couldn't get it done).

I know you still have a bad taste in your mouth from what he looked like on the Cavs and Bulls, but you can't expect a player like Ben to be able to play out of position and not in his own style. The excuse sure works for Steve Nash and a few other players, so why does it get ignored for Big Ben? And for anyone who has tried to say it was the Pistons defense that made Big Ben, please explain how their defense is making him look good now? Ben Gordon, Rodney Stuckey, Charlie Villaneuva, and Richard Hamilton are making him look good on defense? Please, Tayshaun Prince is the only other one who can play great defense on the team right now.

I know you will say "it's only the Grizzlies and Thunder," even though I heard a lot of people talking about the Thunder being a "surprise team" this year and their offense is really good but their defense is the weak part. However, Tuesday, November 3rd 2009 (mark it down) the Pistons will get to play Dwight Howard and the Magic. Once you see Big Ben take on Howard and still play great, I'll be waiting to hear what excuses you can come up with then.

Ben Wallace is still one of the best post defenders in the league.

Posted on: March 18, 2009 11:48 pm

NBA's Greatest Defenders in History

Here is my list of the Top 10 Greatest Defenders in NBA History:

 1) Bill Russell - This only needs one explanation: 11 championship rings. It was his defense that anchored every last one of those 11 titles he won with the Boston Celtics. They didn't keep track of blocks, steals, or even All NBA Defensive teams in his days, until the end of his career where he was on the very first NBA All Defensive First Team in history. He is the proof that defense is what wins championships, and he will always be remembered for that. He will go down as the greatest defender in history.

2) Hakeem Olajuwon
- "The Dream" was so good on offense that it made you forget how great his defense was. He was such a good offensive player that people tend to forget the best part of his game was his defense. He was the most athletic center in NBA history and used this too his advantage; most notably being one of only 4 players to record a quadruple-double. He is the 7th all time leader in steals, the highest of any center in history. His defense contributed to two titles for the Rockets. He won the DPOY twice, made 5 NBA All Defensive First teams, and is the only player in history to make the Top 10 in blocks, steals, rebounds, and scoring.

3) Ben Wallace - There has never been a better reason to "Fear the Fro" when Big B was anchoring the great Pistons defense. He made everyone fear coming into the lane and trying to score. He was small in height (6'7"-6'9" not counting the fro), but made up for it with his athleticism and leaping ability. He is probably the 2nd most athletic center in history behind the Dream. He made it to 6 All-NBA Defensive Teams, and won 4 DPOYs (should have been 5, he was robbed by Ron Artest), tied for the most in NBA history. His great defense allowed the Pistons to make 5 straight ECFs, 2 straight NBA Finals, and winning the NBA title in 2004. His defense presence made the Pistons D the best in the league (one of the best all time defense). He is the only player in NBA history to record 1,000 rebounds, 100 blocks, and 100 steals in 4 consecutive seasons. He is also the only player to be able to slow down the great Shaquille O'Neal on a regular basis. If you need proof: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fWo-VA1mf6Y

4) Michael Jordan - MJ was not just one of the great scorers of all time; his defense is what made him into the greatest player of all time. We all see the highlights on ESPN of his great dunks, his flashy layups, his great jump shooting, etc., but what you never see is his great defense. For awhile, his haters tried to say he was only a scorer and not a good defender. What does his Airness do in response? Goes and wins the 1988 DPOY that's what. He has made 9 NBA All-Defensive Teams over his career. If you know you're history, the Bulls great defense was their main contribution to their 6 titles and you know MJ was their leader on D as well as on offense.

5) Tim Duncan - Timmy D is truly one of the best post players we've ever seen. His inside presence in the post is not only seen on offense, but on defense as well. He has anchored 4 championship teams now with the Spurs and his post defense is every much a part of it as anything. He doesn't have to put up the flashy defensive stats that many other good defenders do, but if you ever have seen the great defense the Spurs play you will see that it all comes down to Timmy's D. Without him down low, their defense wouldn't be special at all. He has made 11 All-Defensive Teams. The Big Fundamental is a perfect nickname for him because he is better at the fundamentals of basketball than anyone.

6) Dennis Rodman - The dude may have been crazy, possibly even needing to be institutionalized, off the court, but on the court he was one of the greatest defenders this league has ever seen. He started out on the great defensive Detroit Pistons "Bad Boys." He won both is DPOYs with them and helped them achieve two NBA titles with his great defense. He also won 3 titles with Chicago Bulls (along side MJ) playing a huge part in their strong defense. He became known over the entire league as a great defense player, and some even said he "could shut down any opposing player, from point guard to center." He wasn't very tall, but made up for that with athleticism, strength, and leaping ability. For his size, he is one of the best rebounders in history. He was able to average over 18 rpg in back to back season (91-92 to 92-93) as well as averaging over 17 rpg the following year. He finished with 13.1 rpg over his entire career which puts him in the Top 10 all time rebounders per average. He may have been a psycho, but he was a great NBA defensive psycho.

7) Kevin Garnett - KG is the perfect player you'd want to anchor your defense. This wasn't as evident when he was on the Timberwolves (although he was great with them as well), but became even more noticeable when he joined the Boston Celtics last year. Their defense went from an average (middle of the league) defense to the NBA's best defense in 2007-2008. He is such an athletic player that he can be everywhere in the paint playing help defense as well as stopping the toughest post threat for his opponents. His leadership is the key to his game because he is able to motivate and lead his teammates to play much better defense than they would without him. He has so much passion and love for this game, and uses that to motivate himself and his team on defense (as well as offense). He has made 5 All-NBA-Defensive Teams as well as winning his first and only DPOY last season.

8) Kareem Abul-Jabbar - Like Jordan, he is known for being one of the greatest scorers in history, but also like Mike his defense was just as important in helping his team succeed. His made his presence felt in the post on defense making it very hard for teams to get points at the rim. He knew how to use his size to his advantage by using his height and long arms to keep a hand in players’ faces and swat their shot if they dared going up against him. His defense was more noticeable when he was younger (with the Milwaukee Bucks), but he still maintained his great D for his entire career helping to be the anchor of 6 NBA titles. He made 11 NBA All-Defensive First Teams over his career.

9) David Robinson - The Admiral was truly a force to be reckoned with on defense. He was a dominating presence in the post making it very difficult for opposing teams to scoring in the paint. He was great at all aspects of defense: rebounding, blocking, stealing, post defense, etc. You name it, Robinson could do it all. His great defensive efforts won him 8 All-NBA-Defensive Teams, a DPOY, and 2 NBA championships. He wasn't flashy or super athletic, but he commanded respect in the post, and lead his team on defense.

10) Nate Thurmond - The famous "Wilt Stopper" was known throughout history as a great defender. Anyone that could stop the dominating force known as Wilt Chamberlain had to be great. He was tall and used his height advantage over many smaller players to become a great rebounder and defender. Again, most of his career he played in the times before blocks and steals so who knows how many of those he had, but later in his career they counted the stats and he averaged 2.1 bpg in his final 6 seasons. He never won championships or tons of awards (always being left as the odd guy out behind Russell and Wilt), but he was still a great defender that was able to do toe-to-toe with two of the greatest big men the NBA has ever seen.

Honorable Mention: Dikembe Mutombo, Alonzo Mourning, and Sidney Moncreif

Feel free to comment and even make your own list if you wish.


Posted on: August 16, 2008 10:20 pm

Ben Gordon: Would Europe Improve his game?

It's almost 100% certain now that Ben Gordon won't be on the Bulls next season, but it's not 100% certain that he will stay in the NBA either. He has spoke about doing a sign and trade with other teams as well as the possibility of going to Europe. With his Chad Johnson type ego, I doubt he goes to Europe because he wouldn't be in the spotlight enough there. Still, I think it would be a big benefit to him and his game if he did go to Europe. You might think I'm crazy because the competition is much worse there than it is here, but hear me out for you call me stupid. Once I'm done, than feel free to call me whatever you feel like.

For those that know about the international teams, you know that they focus more on the fundamentals and teamwork aspects of basketball. They want their players to know the basics and be able to play good team ball before they can do high light dunks and pull of sick dime passes. Now for everyone that knows Ben Gordon, they would know he is a great shooter.........when he is on fire. When he is cold however, he is frozen. He is the definition of a streaky shooter and not a very good team player in my opinion. These are the two biggest reason why the Bulls won't give him his money. He thinks he is the best player on the Bulls and thinks he should be paid more than anyone, but he doesn't have the consistency like Luol Deng does. Sure, if he was consistent he could be the Bulls best player, but he's just not that guy right now.

I think if he went to Europe that he would be out of the spotlight and might able to have less of an ego. When that happens, he will start listening to his coaches (if he can understand their language). Then he will start learning the fundamentals and start learning how to be a team player. He would work on his shot and become more consistent of a player. Who knows, maybe someone could teach him so defense over there too. He would be a much player if he could learn all of that stuff. Then he could come back to the US and join an NBA team again. He would now be a much better player and could even be an elite player if he really worked on it over there. Then he would finally get his money and become a high payed player.

So Ben, if you're reading this: GO TO EUROPE! Trust me, you'll come back a much better player and will get your money. I doubt you listen to me though because your ego is bigger than any contract you'll get so good luck joining a new NBA team and continuing to be one of the most inconsistent and overrated players in the NBA. Good for you, you can score 30+ one night and 3 the next. Way to go!
Posted on: August 4, 2008 2:07 pm
Edited on: August 4, 2008 2:08 pm

All Time NBA Defensive Teams: 2nd Team

I decided that it would interested to gather up the greatest defenders in history and make teams of them like they do each year for the best players in the NBA. So I will find the greatest defenders at put them at their respective positions. Forgive me though, if I don't put them at their primary position, but there is too many great defenders that played center, and I couldn't fit them all onto 3 teams (I'm only going to a 1st team, 2nd team, and 3rd team). So you will some a PF instead of center. Also, players that played multiple positions will be put at whatever position I feel like. If you don't like it, than too bad.

2nd All Time NBA Defensive Team:

PG- Maurice Cheeks

4 All NBA Defensive 1st team selections and 1 All NBA 2nd team selection

Mo was one of the greatest PG defenders and is only rivaled by Gary Payton IMO. He wasn't big and strong, but he was very speedy and quick. He had quick hands and knew how to stay in front of his man and keep him from doing damage. He was a big part of the 76ers success in his career, most notably the 1983 NBA Championship he won with teammates Moses Malone and Julius Erving. He isn't given as much credit because he was overshadowed by the two stars Malone and Dr. J, but he has contributed just as much as they did. He never put up amazing numbers outside of steals, but he was one amazing and underrated player.

SG- Sidney Moncrief

2 Defensive Player of the Years 4 All NBA Defensive 1st team selections and 1 All NBA 2nd team selection

He won the very first (and second) Defensive Player of the Year award. Moncrief was a defensive specialist that was underrated on the offensive end. He was overshadowed by the dominating Lakers and Celtics during the 80s, but his Bucks had the 3rd best winning percentage behind those 2 teams over the decade and he definitely was a huge part of that. He was possibly the best on ball defender in history. Michael was quoted saying about him: "When you play against Moncrief, you're in for a night of all-around basketball. He'll hound you everywhere you go, both ends of the court. You just expect it." If a player like MJ respects your defensive skills that much, you know you were one of the best.

SF- Scottie Pippen

8 All NBA Defensive 1st team selections and 2 All NBA Defensive 2nd team selections

Pippen, along with his Bulls teammates MJ and Rodman, was a defensive beast. Everyone knows how great the Bulls offense was, but it was their great defense that won them their championships. Pippen was known as one of the best defenders in his era, and he played in one of the best (if not the best) eras in basketball. He was selected to 10 total All NBA Defensive Teams which is 1 shy of the record. He could play great man defense, rebound, and had some quick hands as well.

PF- Alonzo Mourning

2 Defensive Player of the Years and 2 All NBA Defensive 1st team selections

Zo was a beast of a defender, but didn't put up great numbers over his entire career due to the fact that he had some bad injuries. Still, when he was healthy in his prime he was a monster on the boards and in the post on defense and played against some of the game's greatest centers like Shaq, Hakeem, The Admiral, Ewing, etc. He was very athletic and versatile for a big guy as well, and he used it to his advantage when defending his opponent. Zo would make it very difficult for anyone to score in the paint and get rebounds.

C- Dikembe Mutombo

4 Defensive Player of the Years 3 All NBA Defensive 1st team selections and 3 All NBA Defensive 2nd team selections

Mutombo was one of the greatest defenders in his prime. He won 4 DPOYs which tied with Ben Wallace for the record. He could go toe to toe with the best centers as well and was an amazing shot blocker and rebounder. He is 2nd on all-time in blocks with 3,256 over his career. His famous finger wag made him popular with fans but not with the officials. He was a monster and 7'2" 260 lbs that would lock down the paint and make it nearly impossible to score at times.

Just to keep track of all the teams:

1st team:

PG- Gary Payton
SG- Michael Jordan
SF- Dennis Rodman
PF- Bill Russell
C- Hakeem Olajuwon

2nd Team:

PG- Mo Cheeks
SG- Sidney Moncrief
SF- Scottie Pippen
PF- Alonzo Mourning
C- Dikembe Mutombo

Coming up in a few days: 3rd All NBA Defensive Team
Posted on: August 2, 2008 2:11 pm
Edited on: August 4, 2008 2:09 pm

All Time NBA Defensive Teams: 1st Team

I decided that it would interested to gather up the greatest defenders in history and make teams of them like they do each year for the best players in the NBA. So I will find the greatest defenders at put them at their respective positions. Forgive me though, if I don't put them at their primary position, but there is too many great defenders that played center, and I couldn't fit them all onto 3 teams (I'm only going to a 1st team, 2nd team, and 3rd team). So you will some a PF instead of center. Also, players that played multiple positions will be put at whatever position I feel like. If you don't like it, than too bad.

1st All Time NBA Defensive Team:

PG- Gary Payton

1 Defensive Player of the Year and 9 time All NBA Defensive 1st team selections

"The Glove" was the greatest defensive PG of all time. He could lock down the best PGs when he played them. He had to guard some of the best including Isiah Thomas, Jason Kidd, Kevin Johnson, and even Michael Jordan in his time. He was always knows for being a tenacious, in your face defender and used his trash talking arrogant personality to get into the heads of his opponents. He is one of only 4 guards to ever win the DPOY in its entire history.

SG- Michael Jordan

1 Defensive Player of the Year and 9 time All NBA Defensive 1st team selections

Most know that MJ is one of the greatest scorers, if not the greatest, in history. He ranks up there in almost all offensive categories on the all time lists, but what truly made him the greatest player ever was that he could also play defense. He was just as good of a defender as he was on offensive player. Not many knew this because he didn't put up the numbers to prove it, but in the 1987-1988 season he put up great defensive numbers and won the Defensive Player of the Year award. He is 3rd all time in steals per game average with 2.35 spg and 2nd all time in total steals with 2,514. He is not just one of the best guard defenders ever, but one of the greatest defenders in NBA history.

SF- Dennis Rodman

2 Defensive Player of the Years and 7 time All NBA Defensive 1st team selections and 1 All NBA Defensive 2nd team selection

Dennis Rodman was a monster defensive player. He started at the Pistons, but continued his defensive greatness on the Bulls as well adn was huge part in both the Pistons titles in 89 and 90, as well as the 3 Bulls titles he was part of in 96, 97, and 98. He was only 6'8" 210 lbs, but he was a monster on the boards. He is 11th all time in rebounds per game with 13.1 rpg, and at the small forward spot when he was on the Pistons. He will probably be more known for how crazy he was in his personal life, but when he was on the court he was a defensive beast and a great rebounder.

PF- Bill Russell

1 All NBA Defensive 1st team selection

Don't let the fact that he only was selected to 1 All NBA Defensive team and no DPOYs fool you. They didn't start recording all defensive teams until the 1968-1969 season and he was on of the 1st to be selected. The Defensive Player of the Year award didn't start being handed out until the 1982-1983 season. Trust me, if they would have been keeping track of that stuff in his day, he would have more DPOYs and All defensive teams than anyone. His defense is what anchored the Celtics to their 11 championships in his days. They didn't record blocks back then either, but some have studied old tapes of his games and say he would have averaged around 7 blocks. Also, they said at least 5 out of the 7 times he would block the ball his teams would get the ball instead of it going right back to the opponent. He is seen by most as the greatest defensive player of all time and rightly so with how well he played.

C- Hakeem Olajuwon

2 Defensive Player of the Years and 5 All NBA Defensive 1st Teams and 4 All NBA Defensive 2nd teams

Hakeem "The Dream" Olajuwon was an unbelievably versatile defender. Not only could he lock down the paint, but he could guard players on the perimeter and use his quick hands to grab lots of steals. His defense was a huge factor in winning the Rockets 2 back-to-back NBA championships in the 1993-1994 and 1994-1995 season. Hakeem is the all time leader in total blocks with 3,830, 7th all time total steals with 2,162, and 11th all time total rebounds with 13,748. He also one of only 4 players in NBA to ever record a quadruple double, which is just more proof of how versatile a player he was. Other than Michael Jordan, he is probably the best defender in history that was great on offense as well. He is one of the greatest defenders of all time, and possible the most versatile defender of all time.

Coming up in a few days: 2nd All Time Defensive Team.
Posted on: February 21, 2008 10:22 pm
Edited on: February 22, 2008 9:51 am

2008 Playoff Outlook

Well, now that the trade deadline is over, and there can be no more suprises (or can there be?), I will give my layout for this year's playoffs:


(1) Boston Celtics
(8) Chicago Bulls       

(4) Cleveland Cavaliers
(5) Toronto Raptors

(3) Orlando Magic
(6) Washington Wizards

(2) Detroit Pistons
(7) Atlanta Hawks

Boston advances (in 5 games)
Cleveland advances (in 6 games)
Washington advances (in 7 games)
Detroit advances (in 4 games)

Boston Celtics vs. Cleveland Cavaliers (Conference semifinals)
Detroit Pistons vs. Washington Wizards (Conference semifinals)

Boston advances (in 6 games)
Detroit advances (in 5 games)

Boston Celtics vs. Detroit Pistons (ECFs)

Detroit advances (in 7 games)


(1) Dallas Mavericks
(8) Denver Nuggets

(4) Phoenix Suns
(5) San Antonio Spurs

(3) Utah Jazz
(6) New Orleans Hornets

(2) Los Angeles Lakers
(7) Golden State Warriors

Dallas advances (in 5 games)
San Antonio advances (in 6 games)
Utah advances (in 6 games)
Los Angeles advances (in 5 games)

Dallas Mavericks vs. San Antonio Spurs (Conference semifinals)
Los Angeles Lakers vs. Utah Jazz  (Conference semifinals)

Dallas advances (in 7 games)
Los Angeles advances (in 6 games)

Dallas Mavericks vs. Los Angeles Lakers (ECFs)

Los Angeles advances (in 6 games)

2008 NBA Finals:

Detroit Pistons vs. Los Angeles Lakers

Detroit wins in 6

So there you have it. A rematch of the '04 Finals, and the Pistons triumph again. Should be another year of exciting playoffs because I'm sure I won't get half of these right.


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