Tag:Mo Cheeks
Posted on: November 25, 2009 11:33 pm

Allen Iverson: The Answer is Retirement

Sad to see The Answer hang up his sneakers. I don't want to insult anyone's intelligence or call anyone an stupid, but if you don't think Allen Iverson deserves to be in the HoF you need a serious mental evaluation and should consider checking yourself into a psychiatric hospital.

The guy gave us the greatest crossover of all time and broke countless ankles. He is one of the greatest scorers in NBA history: he is tied for 4th all time in points per game with 27.0 ppg (tied for 5th if you count LeBron James, but I don't) and 17th all time in total points. He's ahead of guys in scoring like Charles Barkley, Elgin Baylor, Adrian Dantley, Clyde Drexler, and even Larry Bird. Explain to me how those guys deserve to be in over him (except for Bird, Baylor, and Drexler; but how does Barkley and Dantley deserve to be in?). And I don't see how you can say he's only a scorer? The guy has a career average of 6.2 assists per game and has proven to be a very good passer. Yes, he takes a lot of shots but when you're one of the greatest scorers of all time then I think you should take a lot of shots. And if you know you're history well, I'd like to see you show me someone on those 76ers teams in AI's prime that should have got more shots because they could score good and be worth taking points from AI. He can penetrate the lane just as well as LeBron can now and he's about 8-9 in. shorter and almost 100 pounds lighter. He was able to draw a lot of contact and get a lot of FT opportunities which he knocked down at a good percentage.

And what about his ability on defense? Yes, I just said defense. No, a 6 foot guard is not going to be able to defend 6'6" and 6'8" guards but he could defend other PGs his size very well. And he was an excellenct ball hawk which got his teams a lot of easy points in transition. He is 7th all time steals per game average with 2.2 spg and 12th all time in total steals. He has a better steals per game average than John Stockton and Maurice Cheeks, both whom are seen as two all time great defensive PGs. Then you throw in the fact that he was a warrior and could play just about the entire game every game all year long. He has a career average of 41.4 minutes per game (4th all time), and has played through countless different injuries and has been banged up on many occasions while still playing big minutes in games.

Plain and simple facts are AI is one of the greatest scorers the NBA has ever seen in it's entire history. Pound for pound, he is the most athletic player of all time. Pound for pound, he is one of the greatest players we've ever seen play the game. He could play 5 on 1 and still win and make it all the the NBA Finals in 2001. You can't blame him for being a ball hog when he became one out of necessity when playing for those horrible 76ers teams. And then later in his career with the Nuggets and Pistons, it's hard to ask him to change at 30+ years of age; I'm sure the old saying "you can't teach an old dog new tricks" really applies here. Regardless of whether he needed the ball in his hands alot or not, so did all the great scorers. Did MJ, Wilt, Kareem, West, etc. not have the ball in their hands for most of the game when they were in their prime and scoring a ton? It's just an excuse to hate on AI because you don't like him because he could beat your team all by himself.

Allen Iverson is my 2nd favorite player of all time behind Ben Wallace, and unless the HoF voters are a bunch of haters then there should be no question this guy gets into the HoF and is a Top 50 NBA player of all time.
Posted on: September 18, 2008 3:33 pm

2008/2009 NBA Awards Predictions

MVP - Dwyane Wade

This is his year to shine, and he will relish the opportunity. He has Shawn Marion and Michael Beasley to be his wing men that will help him get the Heat back into the playoffs in the East. If you didn't get this feeling like me from seeing him play in the Olympics, than you didn't watch the Olympics. He is back at full health and will stay there all season long. Watch him pull off once spectacular year and earning himself his 1st MVP.

Rookie of the Year - Greg Oden

Yes, I said Greg Oden. Now be honest, who forget Oden is still a rookie because he didn't play all of last year? It's okay to admit if you did. He is a monster on the boards, and shot blocking machine. He has some solid moves in the paint as well, but his scoring is one thing that he will need to improve on at the NBA level. I'm saying he pulls down double digit rebounds over the whole year, and gets around 2 blocks a game as well. Some where around 10-15 point per game too.

Defensive Player of the Year - Josh Smith

This will be the year he explodes. Josh has been a top defender for the last couple of years, but he hasn't been able to put himself at the top yet. I believe this is the year he puts himself at the top. He is going to average a double double this year with points and rebounds, and he will average over 2 blocks and 2 steals. Not only that, he will help the Hawks make back to back playoff appearances.

6th man award - Manu Ginobili

Now Ginobili should be starting so this isn't really fair. Even with a bum ankle he can win this 6th man award because he will be playing starters minutes and put up lots of good numbers.

"Real" 6th man - Jason Maxiell

By "real" I mean an actually 6th man. Unlike Ginobili, Maxiell most likely won't start and get starter minutes. He will be part of the "Zoo Crew" for the Pistons and continue to improve on his game as he has year after year. Him and Rodney Stuckey will be huge off the bench for the Pistons. He will come in to give them lots of energy and a post presence on offense and defense. He should be starting by next year if not sometime this year.

Most Improve Player - Randy Foye or Devin Harris

I couldn't decide here. I believe both of these guys will have huge years, and improve a lot from last year. Harris was better last year, but I believe he will still be better than Foye this year as well. However, I believe Foye will finally start playing like the PG the Timberwolves have been expecting out of him since they drafted him. Harris will be starting for the Nets, should put himself into the Top 10 PGs after this year, and Foye will put himself right outside that Top 10.

Coach of the Year - Mo Cheeks

The 76ers made the playoffs last year as the 6th seed. Mo Cheeks was a huge part of that and would have won this award last year if it wasn't for Byron Scott and the Hornets. Now this year he will have Elton Brand and a young team that just added some more experience under their belts. Look for Cheeks to lead the 76ers into the playoffs yet again, but this time they will be a higher seed (Top 4).
Posted on: June 13, 2008 11:08 am

Big B's Bad Boys

Since everyone else is posting there teams, I guess I will to.

PG- Jason Kidd

Top 5 All Time PG that has everything you want in a point guard. He is a great passer, good defender, and great floor general/leader. He can penetrate the D and kick it out to the open man, or he can run up the court and dish to the streaking man or alley oop it to the big man. He can play good D on any type of PG and has some good speed (this when he was in his prime, not now). He's not a great scorer, but he's not as useless any Ben Wallace either. He can shoot the 3 ball very well, and can make some good drives throw the lane sometimes.

SG- George Gervin

The Iceman. At first he was called "Iceberg Slim" because he looked like a pimp with that name, but it eventually became "Iceman" because he had ice in veins when he shooting. He won 4 scoring titles in his career, and only MJ and Wilt got more. Jerry West said that Gervin was the only player he would pay money to watch. Some of his former teammates and coaches said he could score so well, sometimes it looked too easy for him. They said sometimes it looked like he got bored out there because it was too easy. One coach even said he thought Gervin could score any time he wanted to. He is one of the Top 5 SG of all time, and one of the greatest scorers in history.

SF- Grant Hill

In Grant's first 6 years with the Pistons, he did things only a few have done in their careers. He became only the 3rd player behind Wilt and Elgin Baylor to lead his team in points, rebounds, and assists more than one year. Wilt and Hill are the only 2 players in history to lead their team in points, rebounds, and assists 3 times. After his first 6 season he got 9,393 points, 3,417 rebounds and 2,720 assists. Only Oscar Robertson and Larry Bird have done better in their first 6 years. In his 95-96 season he amassed 21.4 ppg 9.0 rpg 7.3 apg and 1.8 spg. He became only the 2nd player besides Larry Bird to ever have over 20 ppg 9 rpg and 7 apg in a season. Hill was much like Scottie Pippen, as he assumed the role of "point forward" where he ran the offense. After those season he became injury prone after hurting his ankle in the 99-00 season, but this tourney is when guys were in their prime. When he was in his prime, he was a great all around forward.

PF- Jerry Lucas

Jerry was not an athletic freak or flashy player, but was a hard worker and had great determination that helped him do what few have done. He was able to win a championship at every level of basketball; high school, college, and the pros (60's Olympics, not NBA title). Lucas was a great rebounder, and one of the great history in fact. His 15.6 rpg over his career ranks 4th all time behind Russell, Wilt, and Pettit. He even averaged over 20 rpg a few times as well in his career. Him and Pettit are the only forwards to ever do that. He is also the only forward in history to ever pull down 40 rebounds in a game. He was also a good scorer as well. To go along with his post moves, he can shoot very well from deep. In fact, the majority of his points were from long range. What's even more impressive is his 49.9% FG over his entire career while shooting mainly from outside the paint. Jerry could have won an NBA title, but was on a divided team when he was on the Cincinnati Royals with Oscar Robertson. This was when racism and prejudice were still a big deal. Even though most knew Robertson was the better player, Lucas was marketed as the team's star and leader. This upset Oscar because he felt it was due to him being black and Jerry being white.

C- Hakeem Olajuwon

Hakeem "The Dream" was one of the greatest players in history and one of the greatest defenders as well. He was one of the most athletic and versatile centers in history (if not the most). He is one of only 4 players to get a quadruple double in game; thus proving his versatility. He could score so well in the post with his great footwork and soft touch around the rim. Combine that with his great fakes and great offensive rebounding, he was feared force in the post on offense. But everyone knows it was his defense that really stood out. 2 time DPOY, Hakeem was a Top 3 all time defender. Not only could he block and rebound, but he could put pressure on his man and got quite a bit of steals as well. He could shut down the paint and could guard the perimeter as well. His great all around game earned him 2 titles and a MVP as well. In his 93-94 season, he became the only player in history to win the MVP, DPOY, and Finals MVP in the same year.

BE- G Alvin Robertson

Robertson was known for his great defense. He was one of the best defensive guards in history. He also has some versatility being 1 of only 4 players to have a quadruple double in a game. He led the league in steals 3 times in his career, and has the all time best steals per game average with 2.71 over his career. In 1986 he became the inaugural of the Most Improved Player award.

BE- G Mo Cheeks

Mo was one of the greatest defending PG's in history. He was much like Jason Kidd in not being know for his scoring, but more for his defense and great floor general/leader abilities. He took the 76ers to 3 NBA Finals winning 1 in 1983. His career numbers speak for themselves. He amassed 7,392 assists over his career putting him 9th all time in that. He also got 2,310 steals over his career putting him 4th all time in that; also with a 2.10 spg average putting him 10th all time.

BE- F Michael Cooper

Another great defender (it's kind of trend going on my team) that won the DPOY in 1987. His defense helped in the Lakers 5 championships. He could play both guard positions and the SF position on offense, and always covered the other team's best scorer at the 2 or 3 spot on defense. Larry Bird has always said the Cooper played better defense on him than anyone he ever faced. He was not a great scorer, but was used a lot in the Laker's offense. They even designed a play such for him, where he streaked to the basket and got a alley oop. It was dubbed the "Coop-a-loop." He was a good 3pt shooter as well shooting 34% from the 3pt line in his entire career.

BE- F Elton Brand

Brand is good in the post on both offense and defense. He doesn't have monster height only standing at 6'8", but uses his size (254 lbs) and surprising athleticism to out play his opponents. He has great post moves, is good rebound, and a good shot blocker as well. He averages 20.3 ppg 10.2 rpg and 2.1 bpg over his career.

BE- F/C Pau Gasol

The Spaniard is not a great defense by any means due to the fact that he is "soft." There's no getting around that, so I'm not going to even try use any excuses. Instead I will focus on what he is good at....his offense. He is a good post scorer as well as having a good mid range shot as well. He is near ambidextrous making him even more difficult to defend in the post. He is an underrated shot block though averagign 1.8 over his career. So he can play some defense once in awhile.

I'm loving my team right now, and it may not look like the best team but I believe it is the best evenly balanced team. I just hope the voters will see the same way even though I have some older guys from the 60's and 70's (Gervin and Lucas) that many might not be too familiar with.
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