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Posted on: November 3, 2008 1:54 pm
Edited on: November 3, 2008 3:51 pm
 

Allen Iverson to Detroit

Allen Iverson to the Detroit Pistons for Chauncey Billups, Antonio McDyess, and Cheikh Samb


Joe Dumars has kept his promise of shaking things up, and really meant it when he said no one was safe. He traded the 2004 NBA Finals MVP in Billups, who has been leading the helm in Detroit for 6 years now and has helped the Pistons get to the Eastern Conference Finals every year. However, the last couple years he has had a mentality that has seem to rub off on most of the Pistons team. They have seem to think they can only play when they feel like it, and they have enough talent to win when the want to.....with our without the coach's help. He is still a great PG, but nothing like he was in 2004.

Allen Iverson is one of the league's best scorers. He can score from anywhere on the court at any time. He knows how to drive, he knows how to shoot jumpers, and he knows how to shoot 3's. He may not be able to defend other shooting guards because of his height, but he can play very good defense on the point guards who are closer to his size. He also has the ability to pass the ball very well when he wants to. On his previous teams (76ers and Nuggets), he wasn't asked to do this much so he might not have been able to show it very well. However, if the Pistons need him to he can distribute the ball sometimes. He is a shoot first PG, but can pass very well.

Now you can't overlook Tayshaun Prince's ability to pass as well. Prince has become a point forward at times for the Pistons recently. He can bring the ball down, and handle it very well. If they want A.I. to focus on scoring, they can have Prince worry about distributing and handling the ball. He can do very well in this role if the Pistons need him. Tayshaun might not put up great numbers, but he is a very good player that can contribute big time to a championship team.

Losing Antonio McDyess does hurt; there's no lying about that. He has provided good defense and offense down in the low post for us. He was a constant double-double threat in the starting lineup or off the bench. There is a chance Denver will buyout his contract and he could sign back with Detroit. However, we still have players like Amir Johnson, Jason Maxiell, and Kwame Brown that can step up and make up for his loss. Maxiell and Amir are a year older (and wiser) now. Both can provide very good defense, rebounding, and energy. Kwame might not be a great player, but he can play when the Curry calls upon him.

Rodney Stuckey will no doubt get more playing time, and be looked at to come in and be the floor general and provide some leadership off the bench. He has shown in last years playoffs that he is improving quickly, and he can be great off the bench for the Pistons.

The money situation has also improved. The Pistons no longer have to worry about Chauncey's contract, and Iverson's expires this year. That is a big plus in the financial area for Detroit.

Iverson looks to bring veteran leadership and great scoring to the Pistons. At 35 years old, he is still very quick and very agile. He can play 38-40 minutes every game (has only played under 39 minutes one time in his entire career). He is not a selfish player as some might think. He has been working very well with the rest of the offense in Denver. Their defense was just horrible, and that is what made the team look worse. When in Philly, he had to no one to work with. The best player on the 2001 roster (when took the 76ers to the NBA Finals) was Dikembe Mutombo at 34 years old! Now if he was able to take that team to the NBA Finals, what do you think he can do with the Pistons?

A.I. looks to finally get the NBA championship title he deserves. Like Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen of last year, he is a Hall of Fame player who has been stuck on teams that couldn't contend, but now he goes to a team that has a great shot at the NBA championship.
Posted on: August 6, 2008 2:47 pm
 

All Time NBA Defensive Teams: 3rd 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.


3rd All Time NBA Defensive Team:


PG- Walt Frazier

7 All NBA Defensive 1st team selections

Walt "Clyde" Frazier was one of the greatest PG defenders ever. His defense was key in both the Knicks titles in '70 and '73. He was one of the first guys to ever master the art of stealing the ball. He played loose making it look like he was letting his guard down, but used his quick hands to steal the ball. He deserves the spot here as the 3rd best defending PG of all time and some might argue him higher.


SG- John Havlicek


5 All NBA Defensive 1st team selections and 3 All NBA Defensive 2nd team selections

Hondo was one the biggest parts of the Celtics championships, and like his teammate Bill Russell, it was his defense that made them so good. He is possibly one of the most underrated players in history because everyone remembers only Russell during those championships with the Celtics. He came off the bench as the 6th man because even though he was one of their better players, he would rather play a role that would help their team win better because of how great a team player he was. Hondo was a defensive genius and deserves this spot.


SF- Bobby Jones

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

Jones is probably the most underrated defender of all time. Not many people know a whole lot about him (I'll be honest, I didn't know much either until I researched him), but that doesn't mean he wasn't a great defender. This was mainly due to how quite and calm his personality was. He was a very respectable player and never believed in using any dirty tactics such throwing elbows, hip checks, etc. He was just a hard working team player that always hustled and did his best. Jones is probably the least known all time great defender, but he was one of the best.


PF- Ben Wallace


4 Defensive Player of the Years 5 All NBA Defensive 1st team selections and 1 All NBA Defensive 2nd team selection

Big Ben was giving the title "Beast of the East" for a reason. He was an absolute monster on defense. He was only standing at 6'7"-6'9", but he could defend the best guys in the league. Not only was he a monster in the paint, but he had the versatility to defend the guards. He was known after going on the fast break to stay there and press the ball handler. He got lots of steals doing this and was able to take it in for the slam. He was the anchor the Pistons' defense especially in the 2004 NBA Championship. He is tied with Dikembe Mutombo for winning the most DPOYs in history with 4. If anyone doubts that Big Ben couldn't hang with the best them see this:

www.youtube.com/watch


C- David Robinson

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

The Admiral was one of the great all time defensive centers. He might get overlooked some because there was so many great defensive centers. Along with Tim Duncan, they formed the "Twin Towers" that helped the Spurs win 2 titles in 1999 and 2003. With him and Timmy down low, most teams wouldn't be able to score very much in the paint or out rebound them. This spot could go to both Tim Duncan or Robinson, but in the end I picked Robinson due to the fact that he was important to their defense and Timmy was more important to the offense.


Keep track of 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

3rd Team:


PG- Walt Frazier
SG- John Havlicek
SF- Bobby Jones
PF- Ben Wallace
C- David Robinson


There you have it people now you see all 3 of my teams; now let's see what you think.
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: January 26, 2008 7:12 pm
 

Wilt Chamberlain or Shaquille O'Neal?

Who was a better player? Everyone sees these two guys as the 2 most dominate big men in history. While most of you might be quick to say Wilt, I think you should take a closer look and see why a case can be made for The Big Diesel as well.

If you look at the numbers, it's overwhelmingly in Wilt's favor:

Wilt Chamberlain: 30.1 ppg  22.9 rpg  54% FG 1,045 GP

Shaquille O'Neal: 25.6 ppg  11.5 rpg  58% FG 1,013 GP

But as most NBA fans should know (or at least any that know their history) in Wilt's time there was no where near the competition that Shaq has had to face. Wilt's toughest competition was Bill Russell, one of the greatest if not the greatest defender of all time, but other than Russell the rest of the competition was either a foot shorter or not even half as good.

Shaq has gone up against some of the best big men and defenders the NBA has ever seen: Hakeem Olajuwon, Dikembe Mutombo, Patrick Ewing, Ben Wallace () etc. He has a lot more tougher competition than Wilt ever did. Plus, the game has changed a lot as well. Shaq dominated in a lot tougher time then Wilt. Therefore, I think Shaq was a better player. He was still able to destroy his competition even though they were a lot tougher than Wilt.

No, Shaq wasn't able to get 100 points or 50 rebounds in a game, but he was still able to get 40+ points in 47 regular season games in his career. Of course no where near Wilt's 271, but I want to keep emphasizing how little competition he had in his time.

If Shaq and Wilt had been in the same time period as each other, Shaq would have put up better numbers. Shaq has had to face a lot more tough defenders and great defenders than Wilt, so he would be able to have a lot more success IMO.

 
 
 
 
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