Sunday, January 25, 2009

2009's Should Be All-Star Reserves

As you can see, I went small with both teams and had to get creative with the East roster. Amare is stealing Shaq's all-star spot while there are a bunch of guys who could make a case for AI's guard spot in the East. Besides those two, I really don't have any beef with the starters.

Western Conference

PG – Tony Parker, San Antonio Spurs – 20.3 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 6.6 apg. Quietly, Tony is averaging career high’s in points and assists per game.
SG – Brandon Roy, Portland Trailblazers – 22.3 ppg, 4.7 rpg, 5.3 apg. Portland, by far, is the most enjoyable team to watch in the league this year. They’re young, they have depth, they play smart and hard, and Brandon Roy is likely to drop 50 on you if you’re not ready.
SF – Kevin Durant, OKC – 24.7 ppg, 6.6 rpg, 2.6 apg. Last I heard he was buried in obscurity somewhere in the mid-west. At least he might have come on TV by now if they were still the Sonics.
PF – Dirk Nowitzki, Dallas Mavericks – 26 ppg, 8.5 rpg, 2.5 apg. Dirk is still bringing it in Dallas.
C – Pau Gasol, Los Angeles Lakers – 17.5 ppg, 9.1 rpg, 3.4 apg. I had to reward the Lakers with a 2nd all-star.
PG – Chauncey Billiups, Denver Nuggets (32 games) – 18.9 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 6.9 apg. His trade to Denver has changed the fortunes of Denver and Detroit’s season and future.
PF – Paul Millsap, Utah Jazz – 15.7 ppg, 9.7 rpg, 2.1 apg. I know Al Jefferson’s numbers are better, but P-Mill gives you a double-double every game he starts and Utah deserves an all-star.

Close Calls: Al Jefferson, Minnesota Timberwolves; Shaquille O’Neal, Phoenix Suns; Deron Williams, Utah Jazz; Carmelo Anthony, Denver Nuggets; LaMarcus Aldridge, Portland Trailblazers

Eastern Conference

PG – Devin Harris, New Jersey Nets
– 21.8 ppg, 3 rpg, 6.4 apg. He’s cooled off a bit, but he’s still having a career year and is worthy of the trip to Phoenix.
SG – Joe Johnson, Atlanta Hawks - 21.7 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 6 apg. Joe is finally getting his due around the league as one of the game’s best players.
SF – Paul Pierce, Boston Celtics - 19.3 ppg, 5.8 rpg, 3.7 apg. The Truth is leading the Celtics back to the Eastern Conference Finals, if not the NBA Finals.
PF – Danny Granger, Indiana Pacers – 26.1 ppg, 5.1 rpg, 3.4 apg. Had to get the 4th best Small Forward in the league here somehow.
C – Chris Bosh, Toronto Raptors – 23.1 ppg, 9.8 rpg, 2.6 apg. His team is horrible, but so are the Eastern Conference centers behind Dwight Howard.
PG – Jameer Nelson, Orlando Magic – 17.1 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 5.3 apg. A jump shooter hitting 50% of his FGs. Needless to say, he’s been on a year-long hot streak.
PG – Mo Williams, Cleveland Cavaliers – 16.6 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 4 apg. Had to reward the Cavs with two players and sense Big Z is on the shelf he gets the nod.

Close Calls: Rashard Lewis, Orlando Magic; Hedo Turkoglu, Orlando Magic; Ray Allen, Boston Celtics; Vince Carter, New Jersey Nets; Antawn Jamison, Washington Wizards; Caron Butler, Washington Wizards

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Why LeBron should go to New York

The NBA's renaissance in the 80s and 90s was fueled by likable characters and media creations, like Bird, Magic and Jordan. This has been well documented.

This left them vulnerable when those stars faded away and the league's image plummeted, culminating with the infamous Brawl at the Palace between the Pacers and Pistons.

Luckily for David Stern, an influx of young talent has become to filter into the league. Most of the stars, like Dwight Howard, Chris Bosh and Chris Paul are equal parts talented and likable. They avoid trouble and seem to be homebodies and gym rats. Others, like Carmelo Anthony have come across some trouble, but not anything extremely damaging.

Yet, the NBA seems to be putting most of its eggs in the basket which is King James. LeBron has avoided trouble too, save for some speeding tickets, is one of the three or four best players in the league and is backed by shoe giant Nike. Plus, he's going to be this year's league MVP by default (sort of like Kobe last year).

However, LeBron's potential as an anti-hero is more intriguing to me. For starters, he's pretty much a jerk. This year alone, he's waxed poetically about his desire to play in New York, dissed Charles Barkley for crticizing him about it, cut staff from one of his philanthropic organizations and used the phrase "crab dribble" while whining about getting a traveling call against him in a play where he clearly took at least 3 steps.

This is why LeBron should go to New York.

In New York, he'll get the A-Rod treatment: major contract, major endorsements, major scruitiny and hate from everyone else in the country. In New York, he'll get the intense media pressure and harsh fans that an arrogant guy like him deserves.

Additionally, the league will be forced to stop trying to make us love him the same way we did Jordan. What's the point? People tune in just as much, if not more, to see the villain go down as they do to watch the hero triumph over evil.

Imagine LeBron's Knicks in a few years in the Eastern Conference finals against Dwight Howard's Magic, or (better yet for the NBA) the Celtics Big Three going for a final championship run.

As good as a potential 7 game series between the Cavs and Celtics this year seems, the problem the league will have will be finding the bad guy. While James is the obvious choice, do they want to go that route? Probably not.

That's too bad, because out of all the guys the media wants us to hate, he's the big name that deserves to be booed the most.

Friday, January 16, 2009

Championship Weekend Quick Hit

Sorry for the lack of a preview, but I've been tied up the past few days. Take Arizona and Pittsburgh if your gambling, and expect to see them in Super Bowl XL whatever it is.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Et Tu Jodie Meeks?

And just like that, Jodie Meeks has put himself in the middle of the Player of the Year race in college hoops. I missed last night's game, unfortunately, and the only time I saw Kentucky this year they looked like crap against North Carolina.

Little did I know, Kentucky was on a bit of a roll and has only lost four games this season, all to decent opponents, and have a better record (so far) than Tennessee. I had a chance to watch this game, but opted to catch the Lakers and Rockets instead, because I assumed Kentucky was a crappy team. I definitely should've done my research.

Fortunately for Kentucky and Meeks, they're both back on the scene. Well Meeks is on the scene for the first time this year. He's averaging 25.9 ppg, 3.6 rpg, and 1.9 apg thank you, and is definitely in the Top 5 for POY now. Here's my list to date:

1. Blake Griffin - 22.4 ppg, 13.8 rpg, 2.5 apg, 1.5 spg, 1.5 bpg, 65% FG, 60% FT.
2. Stephen Curry - 28.5 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 6.7 apg, 3.1 spg, 45% FG, 36% 3PT, 85% FT.
3. James Harden - 23.1 ppg, 5.8 rpg, 4.7 apg, 2.1 spg, 56% FG, 42% 3PT, 76% FT.
4. Luke Harangody - 24.8 ppg, 12.7 rpg, 1.7 apg, 1.4 spg, 1 bpg, 50% FG, 81% FT.
5. Jodie Meeks - 25.9 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 1.9 apg, 1.5 spg, 48% FG, 44% 3PT, 91% FT.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Quick Hits 1/13


I haven’t spent much time on baseball this off-season, as the Yankees have made a big splash with their signings, while no one else has really stirred up the pot. I feel like more teams are going to go the Rockies/Tampa Bay route or even the Phillies route in the coming years than try to emulate the Yankees/Mets/Red Sox route which has only really worked for the Red Sox.

Of course the Yanks have abandoned building from the ground up by signing C.C. Sabathia, A.J. Burnett and Mark Texiera, three of the four biggest names on the market. The other free agent of mega-value is Manny Ramirez, who seems have little options besides the Dodgers right now.

Being in the D.C. area, I don’t understand why they aren’t throwing him $100 for four years. As of now, they have no one on the team that’s going to put butts in the seats and their farm system isn’t as stocked as small market teams like the Rays/Rockies who’ve made recent runs, perennial small-market contenders the Twins and A’s or even their pseudo-rival 30 minutes to the north, Baltimore, who have the best prospect in the game besides Tampa’s David Price; phenom catcher Matt Wieters.

Honestly, if they don’t do something this off-season, the future of baseball in our nation’s capital could become shaky.


With Stephen having another shaky big-stage performance and Blake Griffin seemingly running away with the national player of the year race, I’m suspending the Curry Watches until he really blows up again. In between updates, you can assume he’s going to score 25-35, get 6-8 dimes, 3 or 4 boards and a few steals per game.

As for my loyal readers, I’ve been watching more college basketball than I have in a long time, so my post-season predictions should be head on.


I still want to go in depth in my player rankings, which might need some tinkering now that Kevin Martin is back and Boozer is out for a long time. I also want to do a bench and coach ranking first, then compare where teams rank in my opinion to where they actually are.

I apologize for taking up so much of your time with an “experiment” that may only be of interest to me.

Hopefully I’ll have enough time to crank out a conference championship preview later on this week, although I’ll say now I’m leaning towards Philly and Pittsburgh.

However, Philly’s not a lock as Arizona’s defense is making big plays and putting their offense in great positions. Arizona’s resurgent running game has been greatly overstated I think (86 yards, 3.1 ypc in their win over Atlanta, 145 yards, 3.4 ypc versus Carolina) as it’s the defense that has been behind Arizona’s playoff run. That, and stupid defense on Larry Fitzgerald.

Meanwhile, the Ravens are playing bonecrushing defense, as Ed Reed and the boys are dragging their offense along another title run like they did in 2000. The difference in the two runs maybe in QB experience, as an experienced Trent Dilfer is better than a decent, potential-filled-but-definitely-overrated-at-this-stage-in-his-career, Joe Flacco.

Friday, January 9, 2009

Really Quick Thought

Sorry guys, but I've been slacking this week. I owe you all a Curry watch, and explanation of my NBA lists, a college football recap, an NFL playoff thought or two and a college hoops update.

But alas, I have no time. I did want to say that tonight's Celtics/Cavs game is the game of the year so far. In the previous NBA Game of the Year so far, the Lakers topped the Celts in LA on Christmas, and started the Celtics free fall.

Meanwhile, the Cavs are still rolling, have the best record in the East and are 18-0 at home.

This game is important because with a win, the Cavs can assert their dominance in the East and stake a claim that they are indeed ready for primetime. A Celtics loss would really accentuate the team's free fall and put more pressure on Danny Ainge to sure up the bench.

However, a Celtics win would show that they aren't ready to cede their dominant Eastern Conference role to the Cavs, and probably help them regain their momentum. A Cavs loss would place them back behind Boston, and put them down 0-2 in the season series.

If this game lives up to its potential, we could be talking about the ramifications of it up into the all-star break.

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

NBA Center Rankings

Part 5.

30. Robert Swift, OKC – 3.4 ppg, 4.6 rpg, 0.5 apg, 1 bpg, 51% FG, 60% FT. Thank God for Krstic.
29. Aaron Gray, Chicago Bulls – 4.1 ppg, 5.2 rpg, 1.1 apg, 49% FG, 60% FT. At least Pitt is #1 in the nation in college ball.
28. Roy Hibbert, Indiana Pacers – 5.7 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 0.7 apg, 51% FG, 60% FT. He does play hard.
27. Jared Jeffries, New York Knicks – 5.6 ppg, 4.6 rpg, 1.3 apg, 43% FG, 56% FT. The only other team he plays center for in the NBA is Golden State.
26. Joel Anthony, Miami Heat – 3 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 0.4 apg, 1.6 bpg, 47% FG, 62% FT. Never heard of him until this year.
25. Matt Bonner, San Antonio Spurs – 7.9 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 1.1 apg, 52% FG, 47% 3PT, 86% FT. Gotta love the big man that can hit the three.
24. Erick Dampier, Dallas Mavericks – 5.4 ppg, 8.1 rpg, 1 apg, 1.3 bpg, 66% FG, 56% FT. Love the field goal percentage and the fraternity.
23. Andray Blatche, Washington Wizards – 9.5 ppg, 5.1 rpg, 1.7 apg, 47% FG, 78% FT. He’ll hit an occasional three when he’s on, but if he gave a consistent effort he’d be a lot higher on this list.
22. Samuel Dalembert, Philadelphia 76ers – 5.7 ppg, 8.3 rpg, 0.2 apg, 1.5 bpg, 46% FG, 71% FT. His contract might’ve ultimately led to Billy King’s demise.
21. Greg Oden, Portland Trailblazers – 8 ppg, 7.2 rpg, 0.7 apg, 1.2 bpg, 53% FG, 64% FT. He may not be great, but he’s a great guy to have in your rotation.
20. Tyson Chandler, New Orleans Hornets – 8.8 ppg, 8 rpg, 0.5 apg, 1.5 bpg, 55% FG, 53% FT. For some reason, most of his numbers are way down this year.
19. Jermaine O’Neal, Toronto Raptors – 14 ppg, 7.2 rpg, 1.6 apg, 1.9 bpg, 48% FG, 80%FT. Still kind of effective, not even 31 yet.
18. Brad Miller, Sacramento Kings – 12.1 ppg, 7.9 rpg, 3.4 apg, 47% FG, 39% 3PT, 78% FT. Wouldn’t be surprised to see him playing valuable minutes on a contender in the next few years.
17. Brook Lopez, New Jersey Nets – 10.3 ppg, 8 rpg, 0.8 apg, 1.9 bpg, 47% FG, 79% FT. Already playing better than their former starting center, who was also a twin from Stanford.
16. Kendrick Perkins, Boston Celtics – 8.9 ppg, 8.4 rpg, 1.2 apg, 1.8 bpg, 60% FG, 58% FT. Fits in perfectly with the rest of Boston’s starting 5.
15. Marc Gasol, Memphis Grizzlies – 11.3 ppg, 7 rpg, 1.4 apg, 1.1 bpg, 52% FG, 71% FT. That Lakers trade for his brother doesn’t look like the steal we thought it was now that he’s in the NBA too.
14. Andrew Bogut, Milwaukee Bucks – 11.5 ppg, 10.6 rpg, 2 apg, 1 bpg, 56% FG, 58% FT. On pace to have his first double-double season.
13. Andrew Bynum, Los Angeles Lakers – 11.9 ppg, 8.2 rpg, 1.7 apg, 1.8 bpg, 53% FG, 66% FT. I’m interested to see what his ceiling is. The numbers aren’t going to be there now, because of whom he plays with, but what would he do on a team like Minnesota?
12. Nene, Denver Nuggets – 14.7 ppg, 7.9 rpg, 1.4 apg, 1.3 spg, 1.5 bpg, 62% FG, 73% FT. He’s having a career year for a Nuggets team that looks like it might be able to make a run this year (finally).
11. Emeka Okafor, Charlotte Bobcats – 13.8 ppg, 11 rpg, 0.6 apg, 1.8 bpg, 58% FG, 58%FT. A consistent double-double guy for Larry Brown’s team.
10. Mehmet Okur, Utah Jazz – 16.9 ppg, 8.4 rpg, 1.8 apg, 48% FG, 37% 3PT, 80% FT. He is another reason why Utah has been able to keep moving along despite Boozer and D-Will’s injury woes.
9. Andris Biedrins, Golden State Warriors – 14.2 ppg, 11.9 rpg, 2 apg, 1.4 spg, 1.5 bpg, 55% FG, 56% FT. Without him, there’s no way Nellie’s style would even be remotely effective with the roster he has in Oaktown.
8. Rasheed Wallace, Detroit Pistons – 12.3 ppg, 7.4 rpg, 1.4 apg, 1 spg, 1.6 bpg, 42% FG, 38% 3PT, 76% FT. He could be a 20 and 10 guy if he wanted to.
7. Al Horford, Atlanta Hawks – 11 ppg, 8.7 rpg, 2.7 apg, 1.6 bpg, 52% FG, 72% FT. He doesn’t get a lot of shots, and maybe this is too high for him, but he’s been outstanding for the Hawks this year.
6. Zydrunas Ilgauskus, Cleveland Cavaliers – 13.8 ppg, 7.1 rpg, 1.5 apg, 1.3 bpg, 52% FG, 84% FT. One of the hardest things about this list is the numbers. His numbers aren’t as good as some of the guys he’s a head of (#7 and 8 are in this boat too), but he does the more with his opportunities.
5. Shaquille O’Neal, Phoenix Suns – 17.2 ppg, 8.9 rpg, 1.8 apg, 1.5 bpg, 59% FG, 60% FT. Shhhh. Shaq is having his best season since he helped D-Wade bring the championship to Miami.
4. Marcus Camby, Los Angeles Clippers – 12 ppg, 13.5 rpg, 2.3 apg, 2.8 bpg, 52% FG, 75% FT. It’s pretty hard to beat a double-double with three blocks a game.
3. Al Jefferson, Minnesota Timberwolves – 22.8 ppg, 10.4 rpg, 1.7 apg, 1.8 bpg, 50% FG, 77% FT. The best player in the league none of us really get to see.
2. Yao Ming, Houston Rockets – 19.8 ppg, 9.8 rpg, 1.6 apg, 1.7 bpg, 52% FG, 88% FT. You already know what you’re going to get from Yao every year; 20, 10 and at least 20 games on the shelf.
1. Dwight Howard, Orlando Magic – 20.1 ppg, 13.6 rpg, 1.4 apg, 3.5 bpg, 56% FG, 57% FT. His numbers are every similar to the numbers Shaq put up in his rookie year, which shows how dominant Shaq really was. However, D-Ho is at about 50% of his potential right now, and is far and away the best center in the league, which is scary.

Shaq (92-93) 23.4 ppg, 13.9 rpg, 1.9 apg, 3.5 bpg, 56% FG, 57% FT.

Monday, January 5, 2009

NBA Power Forward Rankings

Part 4

30. Craig Smith, Minnesota Timberwolves - 8.8 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 1.5 apg, 51% FG, 68% FT. Keeping the seat warm for K-Love.
29. Yi Jianlian, New Jersey Nets – 9.7 ppg, 6 rpg, 1 apg, 39% FG, 39% 3PT, 79% FT. Maybe he’ll become a decent role player some day.
28. Ben Wallace, Cleveland Cavaliers – 3.2 ppg, 7 rpg, 0.7 apg, 1 spg, 1.8 bpg, 45% FG, 44% FT. At this point in his career, it’s probably better if he’s coming off the bench, but he has found a good niche with the Cavs.
27. Luc Richard Mbah a Moute, Milwaukee Bucks – 8 ppg, 6.2 rpg, 1 apg, 1.1 spg, 45% FG, 76% FT. Charlie Villanueva is the more talented player at this position for the Bucks, but Scott Skiles likes this guy.
26. Tyrus Thomas, Chicago Bulls – 7.9 ppg, 5.5 rpg, 0.8 apg, 1.1 spg, 1.7 bpg, 41% FG, 80% FT. Wouldn’t it be nice if they had LaMarcus Aldridge?
25. Brandan Wright, Golden State Warriors – 8 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 1 bpg, 56% FG, 75% FT. With Nellie’s weird rotations it’s hard to figure out what he is.
24. Hakim Warrick, Memphis Grizzlies – 11.6 ppg, 4.9 rpg, 0.8 apg, 50% FG, 72% FT. Stromile Swift 2.0.
23. Kenyon Martin, Denver Nuggets – 12.4 ppg, 6.6 rpg, 2.2 apg, 1.6 spg, 1.3 bpg, 51%FG, 59% FT. His athleticism is still decent, but at this point of his career (and his salary) people’s perceptions about Kenyon are more about what he isn’t (an elite player) than what he is (a good rotation guy).
22. Jeff Green, OKC – 16.2 ppg, 6.1 rpg, 2.2 apg, 1.2 spg, 46% FG, 40% 3PT, 75% FT. A bit undersized to play the four, he has steadily improved as this season has progressed.
21. Spencer Hawes, Sacramento Kings – 11.1 ppg, 7.2 rpg, 1.5 apg, 1.7 bpg, 44% FG, 35% 3PT, 75% FT. A future double-double guy with outside touch, his development is definitely intriguing.
20. Udonis Haslem, Miami Heat – 11.1 ppg, 9 rpg, 1.2 apg, 50% FG, 71% FT. Solid player, and worth a lot more bang for buck than they’re getting from The Matrix.
19. Luis Scola, Houston Rockets – 11.3 ppg, 7.9 rpg, 1.4 apg, 1 spg, 50% FG, 74% FT. One of the best players most people have never heard of.
18. Troy Murphy, Indiana Pacers – 11.5 ppg, 11.8 rpg, 2.5 apg, 43% FG, 38% 3PT, 70% FT. I have an affinity for double-double guys that can hit the three.
17. Boris Diaw, Charlotte Bobcats – (11 games) 15.6 ppg, 7.5 rpg, 5.2 apg, 50% FG, 56% FT. Give him a starting spot and voila, he’s back to putting up numbers similar to his breakout year in Phoenix (05-06), when he filled him for Amare and put up 13, 7 and 6.
16. David Lee, New York Knicks – 14.8 ppg, 11 rpg, 1.9 apg, 1.1 spg, 57% FG, 74% FT. Everybody loves him except for D’Antoni, who believe it or not, wants him to play more D.
15. LaMarcus Aldridge, Portland Trailblazers – 17.1 ppg, 6.9 rpg, 1.7 apg, 1.1 spg, 1.1 bpg, 47% FG, 75% FT. His improvement is one of the reasons why the Blazers seem poised to return to the playoffs.
14. Elton Brand, Philadelphia 76ers – 15.9 ppg, 9.8 rpg, 1.5 apg, 1.4 bpg, 45% FG, 68% FT. He doesn’t look the same, and in the few games I’ve seen him play he’s been called for the most traveling calls I’ve ever seen.
13. Josh Smith, Atlanta Hawks – 15 ppg, 6.9 rpg, 3.1 apg, 1.5 spg, 1.8 apg, 47% FG, 23% 3PT, 67% FT. Effective with Atlanta, I’m resigned to the fact that he’s never going to become the dominant two-way player he can become.
12. Rashard Lewis, Orlando Magic – 19.6 ppg, 6.2 rpg, 2.6 apg, 1.3 spg, 44% FG, 41% 3PT, 85% FT. Although he’s not a great defender, Lewis is a good fit for this team.
11. Tayshaun Prince, Detroit Pistons – 14.6 ppg, 7.3 rpg, 3.1 apg, 45% FG, 37% 3PT, 80% FT. His numbers aren’t as good as some of the other guys in his area, but he was on the “Redeem Team” for a reason; he’s the total package. He can score inside and out, defend littles and bigs, rebound and pass.
10. Zack Randolph, Los Angeles Clippers – (14 games) 23.1 ppg, 9.9 rpg, 2.5 apg, 49% FG, 37% 3PT, 75% FT. He’s better than you want to think he is.
9. David West, New Orleans Hornets – 19.7 ppg, 7.1 rpg, 1.8 apg, 1.1 bpg, 49% FG, 89% FT. Head and chemistry issues aside, him and Z-Bo are a virtual tie for the 10th best player in the best position in basketball, at least from a Top 11 perspective.
8. Carlos Boozer, Utah Jazz – 20.5 ppg, 11.7 rpg, 2.7 apg, 1 spg, 56% FG, 73% FT. Before he got hurt, he was doing his thing. I was really torn between putting him or Millsap on this list (who would’ve been 16, btw).
7. Antawn Jamison, Washington Wizards – 20.8 ppg, 9.5 rpg, 2 apg, 1.2 spg, 46% FG, 30% 3PT, 77% FT. He and Caron are one of the best one-two punches surrounded by the worst group of guys.
6. Pau Gasol, Los Angeles Lakers – 17.6 ppg, 8.9 rpg, 3.7 apg, 1 bpg, 56% FG, 80% FT. His numbers would be better on a worse team, like Memphis.
5. Amare Stoudemire, Phoenix Suns – 21.8 ppg, 8.6 rpg, 2.2 apg, 1.1 spg, 1.1 bpg, 56% FG, 83% FT. As good as he is, you have to wonder if this is his peak, or if there’s another level he can get to.
4. Chris Bosh, Toronto Raptors – 23.5 ppg, 9.8 rpg, 2.4 apg, 49% FG, 81% FT. Like Amare, this might not be his ceiling.
3. Dirk Nowitzki, Dallas Mavericks – 26 ppg, 8.7 rpg, 2.6 apg, 47% FG, 37% 3PT, 90% FT. Is Dirk underrated?
2. Kevin Garnett, Boston Celtics – 16.2 ppg, 8.8 rpg, 2.6 apg, 1.2 spg, 1.4 bpg, 53% FG, 84% FT. He might be at the beginning of the “downside” of his career, but there’s only one guy in the league you’d take over him at the four.
1. Tim Duncan, San Antonio Spurs – 20.9 ppg, 10.3 rpg, 3.3 apg, 1.7 bpg, 52% FG, 69% FT. Still the best.