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Posted on: April 12, 2009 10:18 pm
 

Big B's Top 5 DPOY Candidates

Here are my Top 5 Defensive Player of the Year candidates. I don't really think anyone else could be in consideration for the award other than these five guys, but feel free to correct me if I'm wrong:

1. Dwight Howard : 13.9 rpg (1st) 2.9 bpg (1st) Team Defense: 2nd

Howard has been a complete monster on defense this year for the Magic . He has owned the paint on defense and made it very difficult for any team to score there. He has made this team rise to the top of the NBA defensive rankings currently sitting at 2nd in total defense for the year. Considering they don't have much other good defense and Van Gundy isn't some defensive genius strategizer like Popovich, you know Howard has really been a huge impact on their defense. Anytime you have a big man that can own the paint and make the other team shoot jumpers, you have yourself a great defensive player. Howard is leading the league in rebounds with 13.9 rpg and also leading the league in blocks with 2.9 bpg. Hard to argue with his stats or the way he impacts his team; can't find any weakness to his case as the 2008-2009 DPOY.

2. Dwyane Wade : 2.2 spg (2nd)  1.35 bpg (1st for all guards) 5.0 rpg (8th amoung guards) Team Defense: 13th

Dwyane Wade has been unbelievably great this year on defense and it shouldn't go unnoticed. He has not only been effect on guarding ball handlers, but has also contributed in shot blocking and rebouding. Considering the Heat don't have any dominating big men defenders in the paint, Wade knew he had to step for this Heat on defense this year. However, no one would have expect him to be this great on defense. He knows how to stay in front his man and keep his hands up making the ball handling have a difficult time getting a shot off or passing it away. However the key for Wade's defense has been his help defense and his timing abilities. He has great awareness and is always watching the ball like a hawk ready to swoop down on it's prey. He read's the passes and can pick off the passes getting plenty of steals. He also has shown the ablility to get a good timing on when opponents will put up the shot being able to time his jump and block the ball. There's no question he has stepped up big time for the Heat on defense, but the problem is that hasn't made them a dominating defense or even one of the Top 10 defense. Wade is 2nd in the league steals with 2.2 spg, he is 1st amound all guards in blocked shots with 1.35 bpg, and is 8th amoung all guards in rebounds per game with 5.0 rpg. The Heat can't rely on Wade to anchor the defense like a big men could (like Howard) because a guard can only do so much for your defense.

3. LeBron James : 1.71 spg (7th) Team Defense: 3rd

LeBron doens't have a lot of impressive defensive statistics other than his team's overall defense. The Cavaliers have been one of the best defenses in the NBA, and it's no doubt LeBron is a big part of that. However, like Wade, he can't do it alone and can't be the anchor do a defense because he is a wingman. The only difference between Wade and LeBron is that LeBron's teammates and system make their overall team defense better. You switch Wade and LeBron and I don't the Cavaliers get worse or the Heat get better. But the biggest thing I've noticed about LeBron's defense this year is his man defense on the perimeter. He has done a very good job of staying in front of his man and keeping them out of the paint, but even if they do get in the paint the Cavs have good post defenders who make it very hard to score. LeBron has stepped up his D and done a good job on defending some of the league's best wingmen scorers (Carmelo Anthony , Paul Pierce , etc.). LeBron is one of the best defenders this year and has really stepped up, but like Wade, he isn't an anchor for his defense so you can't really make an argument for him being #1.

4. Tim Duncan : 10.5 rpg (4th) 1.71 bpg (13th) Team Defense: 4th

Timmy is still one of the best defenders in the game, and that is without question. However, his age is working against him and he is no longer the domianting post defender he once was. He is still great, but not great enough to make the Spurs defense at the top of the league anymore. But he is still anchoring his defense which is still one of the best in league, which still makes the Spurs one of the best teams in the league. He doesn't have the huge numbers of Howard, but has respectable numbers as well as making his defense and all the players on defense around him great. He is 4th in the league in rebounds with 10.5 and 13th in the league on blocked shots with 1.7 bpg. No doubt Timmy is still one of the best (one of the all time great defenders), but I don't think even he has outmatched Howard this year.

5. Chris Paul : 2.83 spg (1st)  5.5 rpg (4th amoung all guards) Team Defense: 11th

Paul, like Howard and Duncan, is the Hornets anchor on defense. The only difference is, it's much more difficult for a PG to do it than a big man. You'd have to be one of the best PG defenders in history to anchor your defense enough to make them one of the best (Gary Payton, Walt Frazier). Paul is great, and the best PG defender in the league, but he isn't at the level where he can make his defense one of the best. He still needs guys like Tyson Chandler in the paint and James Posey on the perimeter. Paul is 1st in the league in steals with 2.83 spg, and 4th amoung all guards in rebounds with 5.5 rpg. He has been great, no doubt, but you can't really argue him at #1 or even in the Top 3 for that matter.

 

Well there you guys have it. That's how I see this year's best defenders of the year. I believe Howard should get this award easily because he has had a combination of the best numbers and easily the most impact on his team's overall defense. Wade and LeBron are interchangeable at runner-up, and Timmy and Paul arenot just not quite good enough be this year's winner. Feel free to comment, critize, or make your own judgments if you wish.

 

Posted on: April 6, 2008 11:44 am
 

Sorry Lakers fans, but I have changed my mind

I'm sorry Lakers fans, but I have some bad news. No, I didn't change my mind about you making it the Finals against my Pistons; I still have faith for you guys there. Most of this year I have been agreeing with you that Kobe Bryant deserved the MVP. I was on your bandwagon and no matter what anyone else said, it didn't sway my opinion. I still believe he is going to be one of the top players in contention and probably is in 2nd place, but from what has happened now that the season is coming to a close, I have to start agree with Hornets fans (and others) than Chris Paul is this year's MVP.

First off, we can look at if from a statistical view. He is leading the league in assists with 11.5 apg. He is also leading the league in steals with 2.66 spg. He is also averaging 21.6 ppg 3.9 rpg and has 49.2% FG. Not to mention is he 2nd in assist to turnover ratio with 4.62. Just from a statistical standpoint, he is a MVP candidate. But now for the more important stats.

He has lead the New Orleans to the #1 spot in the West (for the moment), and has them in the playoffs for the first time since 03-04. Not to mention they went 39-43 last season and now have gotten 50+ wins this season. The Hornets as a team this year have allowed the 5th fewest points per game in the league with 95.6. They are also 5th in the league in points differential with +5.29. The Hornets have made huge strides this year, and is mainly due to how well Chris Paul has played.

He has stepped up game so much this year, and his team's record is showing it. It is still a young player, but has already showed great signs of good leadership. He doesn't fold under pressure, and is ready to pass the ball for the game winning shot rather than take it himself. He doesn't have any other big stars on his team, but all the players have had good years this year mainly due to him. David West has become an all star player, and I think Paul has a lot to do with that. Tyson Chandler has always been a good player, but he has been looking great this year and most of his offensive numbers have been higher than usual this year.

I still wouldn't be surprised if Kobe won the MVP because it's been awhile since the voters have gotten the true MVP right, but I believe Chris Paul deserve it the most. We will see what happens, and I'm excited to see what he can do in the playoffs. But Hornets fans, you can count me in on the Chris Paul bandwagon.
Posted on: March 5, 2008 9:32 am
 

Who wins more Trophies?

There are 5 young superstars that will be the possibly the 5 best players in the league sometime in future. They are Chris Paul, Dwyane Wade, LeBron James, Chris Bosh, and Dwight Howard. Once Kobe Bryant, Kevin Garnett, Tim Duncan, etc. leave and retire it will be these 5 who will be the face of the NBA. They will battle each other for MVPs and championship trophies, but who will win the most?

Dwyane Wade has already won one with the Heat in 2005, but that was when Shaq was still a dominant force and the Heat were actually a good team. Now, all he has is Shawn Marion (who might not even stay there after his contract runs up) and Udonis Haslem. The Heat will probably have a top 5 pick in the draft next year, so they could do some major improving and be back in contention in the East again soon.

LeBron James has been to the Finals once already (after beating my Pistons!), but got swept by the Spurs for last year's championship. He is already seen as one of best players in the league at only 23 years old. He will continue to get better and possibly be one of the greatest we have ever seen. The Cavaliers don't have much without him, but after adding Ben Wallace, Delonte West, Wally Szczerbiak, and Joe Smith they could have a chance somewhere in the future.

Chris Paul is already becoming one of the best PGs in the NBA. He had his Hornets to first place in the West at one time this year. They are still in the top 3, and could make the playoffs for the first time since the '03-'04 season. He has shown is capable of leading his team, and has some good players around him (David West and Tyson Chandler) that can help him. They are just missing one more good player, and they could be a championship contender very soon.

Dwight Howard is possibly already the best center in the league. He has been in the league leaders in rebounds for the last couple years now. He is becoming a dominant force in the paint on offense and defense. The Magic looked to get him some help this year by signing Rashard Lewis. Lewis hasn't been all he was cracked up to be, but regardless, Howard has gotten his team to one of the top spots in the East. With a young improving PG in Jameer Nelson, and good player in Hedo Turkoglu, the Magic may not be too far from title contention themselves sometime down the road.

Chris Bosh is definatley one of the best players in the league. He doesn't get recognized like Wade, LeBron, Paul, and Howard because he plays for the Toronto Raptors who are in Canada. We don't get to see him often on national TV, so he kinds of goes un-noticed by some people. He is still a beast in the paint, and can put up 20 and 10 very consistently. He has a great young supporting cast with Jose Calderon, T.J. Ford, Jamario Moon, Andrea Bargnani, and Jason Kapono. They are all young guys like Bosh will continue to improve. They could, sometime in the future, be in contention in the East as well.

These 5 players could all take their team to the Finals and someday possibly win a championship, and they could all win an MVP eventually. The question is; who will win the most MVPs? Who will win the most championships?

 
 
 
 
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