Posted on: March 13, 2009 11:33 pm

Allen Iverson Haters: Pay closer attention

Now this isn't just directed at Allen Iverson haters, but anyone that makes the assumption that the Pistons are better off without AI. You only hear people saying that because they either: a) have always hated him since his days on the 76ers and Nuggets, or b) don't pay close enough attention to the Pistons, or c) strong haters of the AI for Chauncey Billups trade, or d) all of the above. Everyone wants to keep saying "I told ya so" about the trade for AI, and the Pistons recent winning streak without him is their latest so called proof of this. Now I'm here to show you all that this is not only completely absurd, but complete ignorance to the fact that the Pistons went on a strong winning streak early in the season without another one of their important players. But how could that be? The media never told us about this?

Earlier in the season, not too long after Christmas Day, Richard Hamilton went down with an injury. The Pistons had to play an 8 game stretch without him, but to many people's surprise, they went 6-2 during those games. Now where does that look familiar? Why that's the exact same record the Pistons have right now without AI in this current 8 game stretch since he went down with his injury. Now I dare you to make the argument that the Pistons played tougher competition this time and played easier teams when Rip was out. Go ahead, you'll just make yourself look foolish. In fact, it's almost the exact same in each of the stretches. The Pistons have beat both the Magic and the Nuggets in both the stretch without Rip and the recent one without AI. Now you might say, "But they beat the Celtics this time!" Let me remind you they don't have their most important player and their cornerstone on defense in Kevin Garnett. If the Pistons played the Celtics when Rip was out, and KG was out then too, then the Pistons would have beat them then. Also, let's look at who the losses were against each time. Without Rip, the Pistons lost to the Trail Blazers and the Jazz (at Utah). Now those two teams are doing pretty well for themselves if I remember correctly. Now without AI, there two losses are from the Hawks and the Knicks. The Knicks are no where near the Blazers or Jazz, and the Hawks were on their bad streak when they beat the Pistons.

So continue to make the foolish assumption that the Pistons are better off without AI, but you're only saying that because you already have that instilled in your mind because of your hate/bias for Allen Iverson, or because the media has been feeding you this garbage and you can't think for yourself. The fact is, the Pistons are a team that knows how to play with great teammwork and defense, and they know how to continue to play at that high level and get wins even without some of their key players. So whether be AI, Rip, Tayshaun Prince, Rasheed Wallace, Antonio McDyess, Rodney Stuckey, or any other Pistons player, the Pistons can easily go on a good winning streak with any of them being injured. The Pistons have been very streaky this year, and that is not something you can blame on AI alone.

Morale of the story is: Things are not always as they appear.

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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:


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: January 15, 2008 4:02 pm

Why Steve Nash is Overrated

Well, all of you who know knew this was coming. It was inevitable, and I could not resist the urge. So, here we go again!

Steve Nash is overrated. Not only did he not deserve either MVP award, he also is not even in the top 10 PGs in the league. You may say, "Are you crazy? He leads the league in assists, he shoots over 50%, and he turned around the Suns and made them into a winning team now! How could you call him overrated?" Well here is your answer.

His stats are decieving because they are inflated by his team. I hate it that everyone says he makes the Suns better, when in fact it is the other way around. When Nash was on the Mavericks, he was never seen as a top PG in the league. He wasn't in the All Star game every year. He was only seen as good, but not great PG. When he was at Dallas he never averaged 9 assists per game ever. His FG % was in the 47%-48% range most of the years. His points were always around 15 ppg - 17ppg. Now that he is on the Suns, his assist sky rocketed to around 10-11 apg a year, his FG% is above 50%, and his points are above 18 ppg! Now, I don't think there would have been a single person who said the Suns had a better team than the Mavericks, so how did his stats get better after going to a worse team? The answer is simple if you have ever watched the Suns play a game. It is because the Suns run an fast break offense, where they are going to get lots of points and lots of assists, but they could care less about their defense. Which is why the Suns as a team are overrated as well. The players are going to score and get assists, especially the PG. Nash gets tons of wide open shots which inflates his FG% and points. His assists went up because he is on a higher scoring team that could care less about defense as long as they score lots of points. That's the statistically reason for why he is overrated.

I already know your next response, "Well he turned around the team, and the PG before him (Stephon Marbury) couldn't get it done!" Well, there is an explaination for that as well. The PG before him, "Starbury" could not get it done because he is a terrible PG. If you don't believe me look at the Knicks. The team turned around because they found a PG that could run their offense. He fits the system, but Im sure there are more PGs that could do just as good or better a job them him. There have been other players who joined a new team and turned them around, but never won an MVP for it. Here is an example: Jason Kidd joined the New Jersey Nets in the '01-'02 season. The previous season, '00-'01, the Nets went 26-56. The year Kidd joined the team they went 52-30! What is even better was, he took the Nets all the way to the NBA Finals! Nash has yet to get the Suns into the NBA Finals. But Jason Kidd didn't win the MVP. Why is that?

Nash does not deserve the MVP just for making his team better. He may be very valuable to his team, but there are other players who are more valuable to their team, but didn't win the award. LeBron James and Kobe Bryant are just as much or even more valuable to their team then Nash. The MVP should be given to the player who had the best year. Which is a combination of stats and your team's success. So, because he got 2 undeserving MVPs and is seen as one of the best PGs (but he is not even in the top 10), then that means he is overrated. You can call me crazy or say I don't know what I'm talking about, but if you look at all the evidence I am right.

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