I love doing this type of post and Im sure some of you all have missed it as well.
Here we go.
1. I know its really early and things could still change, but we have to get used to the notion that James Harden could be MVP this year. Granted, he will have to continue his great play and possibly push the Rockets to the top 5 of the West, but it could happen.. Honestly, he is having a year that is just as good or better than any player but Lebron and Durant. They would be my faves for MVP right now but after that would be Kobe, Melo, and Harden.
2. The 76ers would be crazy right now if Bynum were healty.. They are playing with 2nd and 3rd string Centers and look pretty good doing it. Now, we are hearing that Bynum could need surgery to repair his knee and would miss the whoe year.. I feel bad forthe team. I was in favor of the trade and I felt that something had to be done but its a shame that they tried to make a move to put them on top for the next 5 years and it is going to blow up in their face. Imagine them with Bynum on the floor.. They would be one of the hardest matchups in the league..
3. OJ Mayo is showing off with the Mavs and I am happy for him. This helps the Mavs be one of those scary teams that nobody wants to play in the playoffs. On any given night, the Mavs could explode (once Dirk gets back) and just unguardable. Double Dirk, and Kaman and Mayo are open; double Kaman and you are just asking for trouble; frustrate Mayo and he becomes a great distributer and gets 9 assist. I will dare to say that Dirk is not going to return untill he is 110% healthy. Without him, they are good enough to make the playoffs and with him, they will be good enough to beat anyone in a 7 game series. How many teams can say that they are one of the top 8 teams in the West without their best player?? The Lakers and who?
4. The Knicks better be very careful with their rotation once Amare gets back. They look amazing without him and honestly, Rasheed Wallace comes in and provides what Amare does and brings a ton of energy. IMO, if Amare cant handle a limited role, I would look to trade him. You cant let 1 person mess up everything this team has done. That being said, they have surprised me more than any team in the league.
5. Rajon Rondo is having a great year. Here is something to think about.. Last year, he wasnt an All-Star yet he is breaking John Stocton's records... Rondo is, IMO, one of the most underrated players in the league. If he were playing with a true big (KG is a shell of what he used to be and his game is jumper oriented), he would be having an even better year.
6. It seems like a few years ago, everyone was complaining about the lack of true Centers in the league.. Somehow, even though none have been added, we dont have that problem anymore. Look at this list of Centers in the league:
While not every team has a true Center on their team, there are many more than we used to have and I didnt name any rookies. What is hard to find now, is a traditional PF.. How many of these 4s score with traditional post up moves or with their back to the basket?? Not many.
7. We have a great rookie class here.. It is pretty deep with guys that will be starters in the next few years. The ROY award is up for grabs and should be a close race. Lillard or Davis are leading but guys like MKG, Barnes, Drummond, or Waiters could challenge for it. Love this class for a group of players that will be in the league a long time.
8. Guys just seem to fit on their teams this year. In years past, people were stuck behind players or had bad contracts that couldnt be moved. I feel like there are really only 2 players that need to be traded to other teams. Tyreke Evans and Marcin Gortat. You could the jury is still out on Amare in NY.. I looks like the Amnesty Clause has been used the right way and was great for the NBA.
Hope you enjoyed!
Sorry for all of the gramatical errors.. My keyboard doesnt record all of my strokes so sometimes I have to go back and retype things and I lose my train of thought.. If it sounds jumbled and disorganized, it because I was fighting my computer to type it..
I read it after I posted and by the time I went to fix it, I wasnt alowed to edit it anymore..
Check your Fantasy League trades...I offered you Kirilenko for Hibert and Korver
I saw that. Horrible..at least from my perspective.. Hibbert blocks shots like crazy and Korver is hitting 3 and 4 threes a night.. AK47 doesn't do either at a high clip.. He doesn't help me at all..
1. I don't agree, he's not an MVP candidate to me, but he has impressed me greatly with one stat of his. He's averaging 9.8 free throw attempts per game, second to Dwight Howard. Not really related, but Lebron is averaging the lowest FTA of his career, which I find odd.
I didn't know either of those things.. Nice stats!
He's not an MVP candidate but he if can find a way to get the Rockets into a top-5 seed in a tough West while keeping up this level of play, he should be considered. Not winning it though.
Other than that, I don't see how he'll be an MVP candidate.
Rondo was an All-Star last year, just sayin
You are correct that he played in the All-Star game but he was a replacement. Not one of the original 12. I think Joe Johnson was hurt and because he couldn't play, Rondo was selected..
Ahh good catch, my bad.
looks like the Amnesty Clause has been used the right way and was great for the NBA.
Too bad the Knicks wasted theirs on Chauncey Billups. If Amare disrupts the chemistry, who would want him in a trade with his injury history and bad contract?
I really feel for Andrew Bynum. His articular cartilage (covers the tips of your bones) is in a "weakened state" and the doctor's can't really explain what's going on with him. They can't figure out why or how he has it.
IF the doctors can't figure this out and he keeps on breaking cartilage, he's headed for micro-fracture a la Greg Oden. And it'll remain to be seen how his cartilage even responds after that.
Bynum may not play again for the rest of the season. With the loose particles of cartilage breaking off in his knee, you have to wonder when he'll need arthroscopic surgery to clean it out.
The 76ers should be able to negate his contract if he never plays.. Is this a thing?
The Lakers got over big time lol by getting rid of Bynum and getting Howard.
I feel like they knew... It's just so strange that they got rid of him right when this was going to happen.
I don't know if I feel bad for Philly.
They traded for an immature Bynum without an extension knowing about his knee troubles.
It's not like they didn't know what they were getting themselves into.
You can't blame the Lakers and yes... I do feel bad for the 76ers.
The reason is, is because Bynum's current knee situation is unlike anything he ever had in LA. While in LA, he partially dislocated a kneecap, tore his MCL and tore a small piece of his meniscus. He never had any articular cartilage issues. The 76ers took a MRI of Bynum's knees before they completed the trade and this current "weakened cartilage" condition wasn't there.
I have always said Amare is overrated. His defence isn't good and his stats were only good playing for an uptempo Suns team with Nash dishing him the ball. Marion's stats fell off as soon as he left phoenix aswell....
Before his first knee injury he was on pace to be the best big man in the league, he was simply unstoppable.
Also good to see Rasheed back in the league. Love him or hate him, he brings entertainment....Glad to see him back
Nice post. I agree that Harden could be in MVP discussion. Did you see the Rockets dismantle the Knicks? And this is a team that has three new starters that never played together and everyone is young. They could improve significantly over the course of the season. Harden is 4th in the league in scoring, while shooting at a little lower than normal efficiency. He is right behind Kobe and Melo, but both of those guys are shooting a better percentage than normal and in the case of Kobe much better than he did last season. I think Kobe and Melo are going to come back a little, but I could see Harden keeping up his 25 points per game and maybe even improving it by a point or two. He has to be an MVP candidate, especially for anyone who doesn't want to just vote for Lebron every year. I think the discussion is going to be Durrant, Lebron, Melo and Harden. I think once Nash comes back and Dwight gets healthier there is too much talent on the Lakers to share the credit that Kobe can't be described as most valuable, even if he continues to play at this outstanding level.
Oh, and Amare is untradeable. The Knicks would get nearly nothing back and Dolan will never admit to a mistake at this level so they won't trade Amare for nothing.