Due to the season's short/condensed schedule, teams are required to play back-to-back-to-back or 4 games in 5 nights. Logging a lot of minutes for your starters especially those for contenders take a toll in their bodies, though NBA players have great conditioning, age and mileage does come to play in the season leading to the playoffs. This is where the bench comes in. I'd like to hear your comments regarding which NBA Team has the best bench and which NBA Team has the deepest bench.
In my case, the best bench would be the Chicago Bulls. They know their roles and play as a group. They have a decent back up Pg in Watson, a shooter in Korver, defensive specialist in Brewer, an underrated 6th Man in Gibson, a big guy in Asik, a crowd favorite Scalabrine, John Lucas III playing well if either Watson or Rose is out and the young guy from Marquette named Jimmy Butler.
Though they have the best bench, I have another team who have the deepest bench. That would be the San Antonio Spurs. You have 7 players who were all-stars/mvps/almost allstars in the NBA and different basketball leagues. You can always count on anyone to contribute either offensively or defensively. They have Manu Ginobili's all around game, Stephen Jackson's offense, Tiago Splitter's rebounding and inside game, Boris Diaw's playmaking ability, Matt Bonner's outside shot, Gary Neal's clutch baskets, Patty Mills' speed and come to think of it they have youth in James Anderson and Cory Joseph.
In my case, the best bench would be the Chicago Bulls.
If Jan Vesely and Donatas Motiejunas have good seasons in the NBA this year, expect more teams to take a longer look at Gobert, because he has a similar body type and resume.
The Tarheels need McAdoo to be a stud for them this season and if he can carry the load on a nightly basis, he’ll go a long way towards locking himself into the top of the 2013 class.
Trying To Get Healthy: Hornets’ guard Xavier Henry was supposed to be a can’t miss breakout-type NBA player. During the draft process in 2010 he was considered one of the best shooters in the class, however a lengthy contract battle with the Grizzlies and injuries have put Henry on the outside looking in.
Henry hopes he can stay healthy, because this could be a pivotal season for a player many thought had the ability to be a star at the next level.
Brooklyn’s Deron Williams admitted that he was leaving some $40 million on the table with the Nets had they not made the transactions they made this summer.
Damian Lillard – While Selby may have had the most explosive day, Lillard may be the favorite for league MVP. The Portland Trail Blazers have a steal in Damian, who had 23 points and seven assists against the Denver Nuggets. He’s a capable scorer and as he develops, his pick and roll game will improve . . . especially with LaMarcus Aldridge. Lillard’s athleticism should translate well to the NBA.
Marquis Teague – A very tough shooting-night for Chicago Bulls guard Marquis Teague. He missed 14 of 18 shots against the Golden State Warriors and finished with a +/- of 11 in 30 minutes in a nine-point loss. Teague just wasn’t on his game, dishing just one assist with three turnovers. The Bulls need help at the point with Derrick Rose recovering from a knee injury but Friday’s game showed he has a long way to go still.
With that 2009 second-round pick the Spurs drafted DeJuan Blair, who has been a solid pick up for them. The Suns eventually traded Dragic to Houston in a multiplayer deal that brought back Aaron Brooks, but re-signed him this summer to replace his former mentor, Steve Nash.
Nando De Colo – Pick originally owned by the Houston Rockets
The Luis Scola trade will haunt the San Antonio Spurs for the rest of their livelihoods. Restricted by ownerships’ hard stance against paying the luxury tax, the Spurs were forced to trade Scola to Houston for Vassilis Spanoulis, cash, and a future second-round pick after not being able to come to agreement on a contract with him. This came in the summer of 2007 after winning their fourth championship; they haven’t won one since.
The Timberwolves traded him to Denver for Luke Babbitt, who they proceeded to pair with Ryan Gomes for Martell Webster. Webster struggled in Minnesota and is now a Washington Wizard. Meanwhile, Lawson is the starting point guard for the Nuggets and currently negotiating a sizable long-term extension.
The Trail Blazers needed to free up time for Nicolas Batum and the Nets were desperate to find a quality running mate for soon-to-be free agent Deron Williams. That made them logical trading partners. At the time people felt including a top-three protected pick for Wallace was overpaying, so you definitely don’t want to know what they gave him this offseason.
“Being a veteran player, and having accumulated experience from playing significant roles for six different playoffs teams, I know how to bring value to an NBA team both on the court and in the locker room,” Evans said. “Although, because of my maturity and growth as a man through overcoming trials in life and throughout my career, I believe my value within the locker room, community and organization far outweigh my playing abilities. I believe a premium should be placed on leadership, especially in today’s game. It is impossible to have sustainable success without leadership on or off the court.”t34t34
“I was never formally offered a job in management with the Wizards,” Evans said. “I expressed interest in wanting to help the organization continue to grow, but I wanted to do that as a player. At that time, Ernie made a decision to go younger. I understand this is a business. I respect him as a GM and wish him and the entire organization nothing but the best.”