I know most basketball fans want to think about march madness, but this week is one of my favorite weeks in NBA basketball. This is trade deadline week and I am gonna do some evaluation of team needs.
1. The biggest need for any team, is the need of the Orlando Magic to trade Dwight Howard. Howard will obviously never stay in Orlando and they aren’t a team capable of beating Chicago or Miami in a series. If I were the Otis Smith (Magic’s general manager), I would pursue a trade that includes a solid big man and a talented swingman. The Magic must make a trade this week or they will be left with a team similar to the 2010-2011 Cleveland Cavaliers, after “The Decision.”
2. The Denver Nuggets and Indiana Pacers, two of the deepest teams in the NBA have the exact same need. They each need a so called, “superstar.” They both have different reasons for this need though, the Mile High City team needs a star to take that last shot, but the Bird’s team needs a star to get some fans in those many empty seats in Bankers Life Fieldhouse. There are a few available stars that could change both of these teams those stars are Monta Ellis and Josh Smith.
3. There is one team in the NBA that needs a totally new roster, the Charlotte Bobcats. The Cats should be open to any trade, the question is Michael Jordan smart enough to know a good trade from a bad trade. The funny thing is, you can make a playoff team with the players MJ has traded away: Gerald Wallace, Stephen Jackson, and Tyson Chandler.
All these teams have their problems going into the deadline week, it will be exciting to see who gets their problems solved.
Oh, and forgot to remind those C’s fans out there not to worry about Rondo. Yeah, there are a lot of rumors, but I don’t think Danny Ainge is stupid enough to trade him.
The first half of basketball is over and Rondo is dominating the game. Rajon has 19 points, 4 assists and 3 rebounds, already. Carmelo is shooting better than Ray Allen last year against the Lakers and Tyson Chandler looks very happy in a Knicks’ jersey. Don’t forget to watch the half time show, currently on TNT, Shaq is by far the best analyst. Can’t wait to see the Mavericks and Heat.
Well, you know how I asked about LeBron as my first pick right? Now it became a reality. I just drafted my team and am very excited to kick off my season. Here is my team as of right now with some info on each player.
PG Rajon Rondo
It was easy to pick Rondo. He is an assist machine. After you read about the next two players, you will know why I didn’t need another scorer. I have been looking at Rajon all week as a player and got him with the 23rd pick so I thought it was a pretty good deal.
SG Kobe Bryant
I am normally not a fan of Kobe, but I traded up in the second round to get a scorer to go with my next player. I still think Kobe is a major fantasy threat.
SF LeBron James
PF DeMarcus Cousins
Why I picked Cousins? Simple. Lots of rebounds, lots of points, and a bad team. Any other questions?
C Nene Hilario
I just can’t get enough Nene. He has been one of my favorite players for a long time and still is. You got to choose someone you really like.
That is my team in a nutshell. If you would like to know who is on my bench, just ask on the comments.
As some of you may already know, I have grown up in a college town. That town is West Lafayette, Indiana, or Purdue University. I have attended countless Purdue basketball games, watching players like, JaJuan Johnson, E’ Twaun Moore, and Carl Landry pass through their years here and head to the NBA, but E’ Twaun and JaJuan have been the saddest. These two players were drafted by the Boston Celtics, as I stated in the article “Purdue Duo.” Leaving Purdue with bits and pieces of a team, but I saw them hammer Northern Illinois last night and it was nothing short of amazing.
Purdue was excellent they hit a total of 17 threes and dunked the ball three times, notice that was a big deal for me as they almost never dunk. Adding to the hype was the rededication of the newly remodeled, Mackey Arena.
Check out this Purdue video:
That is not the only new thing at Purdue, the university has aquired new players like freshmen Jacob Lawson (a close comparison to Josh Smith) and Anthony Johnson (a player most identical with Talyor Battle). Purdue also caught up in the latest fashion with new jerseys, one of which I am wearing at the moment, like the style of Duke, Syracuse, and Michigan State. There is sure a lot of new at Purdue as they look at making even deeper in the Big Dance.
For what has seemed like generations the top high school players have attented Oak Hill Academy. You don’t believe me? Look at these great players who have attended: Rajon Rondo, Josh Smith, Brandon Jennings, Carmelo Anthony, and Jerry Stackhouse. Oak Hill sure is “at the top of the hill” in high school basketball.
How could there be so many good players coming out of this school? They don’t come from the school directly. Melo grew up in Baltimore, Brandon grew up in L.A., and Josh grew up in Atlanta alongside Dwight Howard. What makes the “Hill” such a great place? Its basketball history. Who wouldn’t wanna go to a school Carmelo Anthony attended? These alumni and the famous coaches make Oak Hill a basketball destination.
I am very sorry, that i didn’t have this out earlier I have been working on my new site “The Time Has Come” lately and this site because I don’t get many replies anymore. Thanks for understanding.
5. Josh Smith and Danny Granger
There are many debates that Josh should be considered a SF or a PF. I think he is so neutural though that he can be considered as both. J-Smooth has one of the greatest leaping abilities of any basketaball player ever. He doesn’t usually dunk with strength, but more with style. He is a great defensive presence and a wonderful shot-blocker. This is why Josh is here at number five.
5. Danny Granger
I just like Danny and Josh so much that I put them both here. Danny is much different than Josh though, Danny isn’t a go dunk kind of guy he is a shoot the lights out kind of guy. Granger has a great shot spot on, great base, and great hands. The one thing about the man hardly anyone has ever heard of is that he is not a franchise player. Danny showed this season that he can put up points, but if the Pacers are gonna be competing against the Chicago Bulls again that they need another star. The star that could petentionally play for Pacers would probably be in this year’s or next year’s free agency market.
4. Paul Pierce
Paul is very similar to Danny, except he does wanna really take it to the basket. Paul Pierce is a huge threat because he can take you to the rack or hit you with his off-form jump-shot. Paul Pierce really turned inot the threat though when he was joined by the rest of the “Green Machine” creating one of the best teams to walk the planet, the Boston Celtics. I would highly desire Paul to any team I might create or manage. Paul also is a great leader, has great veteran isntensity, and can win the championship ring. Paul pierce would be an excellent choice for anybody, except if you are Lakers fan, then you may wanna go with Ron Artest.
3. Carmelo Anthony
Carmelo Anthony has always been one of the best small forwards ever since he started his career at Syracuse, but he greatly elevated his status when he and his Denver buddy, Chauncey Billups, got together with Amar’e Stoudamire and the New York Knicks. Ever since that happened Melo has been getting closer and closer to a ring, but fell to the Celtics in the playoffs. Now Carmelo is back again and ready to bring some surious hurt to the now aging Boston Celtics. If Carmelo can handle the Green Foursome than he will be crowned king of Northeastern basketball.
2. Kevin Durant
Oklahoma City small forward, Kevin Durant has been doubted ever since his first high school all-star apperance, but let me tell you this Kevin didn’t listen to it. Kevin knew, even back then, that he would someday be a NBA superstar and that his autograph would be higher-priced every tome he got closer to the NBA Finals. Well now that is true Kevin is one of the best players in the NBA and is great to start a franchise with wether you managing a real team or a fantsay team. Kevin has a great shot, great athletic abilities, and great attitude, but unlike our next option he doesn’t have alot of shiny dunking abilities.
1. LeBron James
When people hear LeBron’s name they thikn that guys is a loser, but LeBron has accomplished almost anything anybody else would want to accomplish. I know that LeBron James will one day have a championship and that, that will not be his only. I know this because He led a team like the Cleveland Cavalaiers, one of the worst teams in the NBA last season to the NBA Finals, that is amazing. The reason he doesn’t have a ring is because of his team not himself. When you are on a team you win and lose as a team. One player is not reason they lost to Dirk, it was the whole team’s fault. Not everyone on the team stood up to their expected position. LeBron is the best player in the NBA rings or no rings. He is athletic, can get on a hot streak, a terrific leader, and is one of the strongest players in the NBA. This is why he would be the key player to my franchise/team and why he would be my top pick at small forward.
Please, don’t cuss me out for liking LeBron.
Make sure to look for my top five picks at shooting guard.
Sorry, I didn’t have this out there earlier. Today we have my top five picks for power forward. Please, don’t expect them to be on the money. As you may know the four is a very talented position.
1. Dirk Nowitzki
Well if Dirk wouldn’t have won the Championship, he wouldn’t have been here at number one. He certainly does deserve to be here. I asked Hornets’ PF Carl Landry, last summer when he was just traded to the Kings, who the hardest palyer in the league to guard was. Guess what he said, Dirk Nowitzki!! i think Dirk is one of the best power forwards of all-time. If you don’t agree with me, that is okay because I am a Dirk fan. You may have read in my “About Me” page that I am a proud Miami Heat fan. When I tell people I like both Dirk and LeBron they think I’m out of my mind. Any way I am just glad Dirk finally got his reward. I am definitely routing for Miami next year though, Dirk doesn’t need anymore Championships. He made his statement.
2. Amar’e Stoudamire
Amar’e, no surprise people knew when he first hit the court in the desert that this man was gonna be good. He sure did deliver to their dreams, didn’t he. Stoudamire is so much fun to watch I often describe him as Kevin Garnett without the amazing jumpshot. I am a huge Amar’e fan so he just had to be here. Funny I like Amar’e and Melo, but I can not stand Spike Lee. He can not handle himself, he gets mad at players all-time. Eventually I think Spike will get over it, God bless him, now that he routes for a good team, he should turn into a better sport. Maybe thats God’s plan, for the Knicks to be good, so it would change Spike’s heart. Off that subject now, Amar’e Stoudamire deserves as much as Dirk to be in his spot.
3. Zach Randolph
I think Z-Bo is a lot like Sacremento center, DeMarcus Cousins. He has about the same body, not very athletic,strong, but has a perfect shooting touch. If you look at Zach, without knowing he is such a good shooter, you would think, DeMarcus, but Zach proves anybody can master the fade away. No matter what your size or weight is you can really master anything on the court. That is what Zach did.
4. Kevin Garnett
Probably the most intense player in basketball, KG won’t let anybody take him down without a fight. Its’ not easy to take him down either, the Knicks Celtics series proved that. With that silky jumpshot and fancy footwork, Kevin is still hard to take down at age 36. The league won’t be the same when Garnett hangs up that white nad green jersey. Thats why he is in this spot instead of Chris Bosh, that and he has a ring.
5. Chris Bosh
When I think of Chris Bosh, this is the guy I think of. I think of that tall skinny dude with the braids. People think that that is not what Chris is like anymore. I tell people that Chris is still the same fun loving guy, just with LBJ and D-Wade next to him. Chris can still score a lot of points with those to on his team, thats impressive. I liked Chris before he was part of the “Big Three”. Chris is still good enough to be on this list. Kudos to the Toronto orginazation for realizing that they were not good enough for Chris.
Sorry, I totally forgot about Blake Griffin and Kevin Love. These are some pretty good choices without them anyway.
Note:Josh Smith would have been #6.
Honorable Mentions: LaMarcus Aldridge, David Lee, David West, Pau Gasol, Lamar Odom, Serge Ibaka, Tim Duncan, and Josh Smith
Look for small forwards next.