I regularly attend Indiana Pacers games, and have learned one thing. Miami, New York, and even Atlanta are very good. I really think whoever wins the East wins the ship. The Eastern teams are stacked. I mean the Knicks three years ago would have been crazy good. They have Marcus Camby, Carmelo Anthony, Amar’e Stoudamire, Raymond Felton, Jason Kidd, Tyson Chandler, Iman Shumpert, J.R. Smith, Rasheed Wallace, Kenyon Martin, Kurt Thomas, and Steve Novak. That is a good lineup, but as I witnessed the other night in Indy they can suck really bad. They were terrible, I couldn’t believe Amar’e, a player I had loved since I was 10 years old was terrible. He looked like a scrub, the Knicks made the Pacers look like an all-star team.
So really who is the best in the East? I believe Miami is for now, but Miami could get beat by my Bulls or my Pacers. Two players who have elevated their status in the NBA are Lance Stephenson (of the Indiana Pacers) and Jimmy Butler (of the Chicago Bulls). I love watching both play, they are probably the most talented on their teams, but act like they have to prove they are good every night.
Players like Jimmy and Lance make the difference in big games. The Heat don’t have guys like this they have three superstars and that’s it. The Heat may be the best right now, but come playoff time they could lose.
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First, I gotta say welcome back to our friends coming back from China. Yes, that means you, J.R. Smith and Kenyon Martin.
We all know already that K-Mart is already suited in a Clippers jersey, but will J.R. team up once again with Kenyon, Billups, and CP3. J.R. is probably one of the best dunkers and shooters of the last five years. Five teams are reported, by Yahoo.com, to be after Smith, those teams are: Los Angeles Clippers, Los Angeles Lakers, New York Knicks, Minnesota Timberwolves, and the Indiana Pacers. The only question about this evaluation is if he wants a ring, money, or more playing time. The Pacers would be the team to offer money, they have 14 million laying around waiting to be spent by Larry Bird. The Clippers offer the strong possibility of a championship ring for the veteran. Last, but not least, the T-Wolves offer playing time. Now, if I know J.R. Smith, (and I do pretty well) I would think he would be after the money that Larry Legend is sure to offer. That’s just me though, tell me what you think J.R. will want.
So just how good is Jeremy Lin?
Its really hard to tell if a point guard is talented these days with all the other point guards, don’t agree with me? Okay, well check out this list I have created of point guards I would be happy to have run my team: Derrick Rose, Ricky Rubio, Norris Cole, Jameer Nelson, Jarret Jack, Ty Lawson, Darren Collison, Rajon Rondo, Deron Williams, Chris Paul, Jeremy Lin, Mo Williams, Brandon Jennings, Steve Nash, Tony Parker, Russell Westbrook, Stephen Curry, Jrue Holiday, and Jason Kidd. You see, there are so many talented point guards that you can’t really pick a star out them. I think that Lin will continue to flourish with the Knicks, but this organization seems to trade young talent away or let them go like: David Lee, Zach Randolph, Nate Robinson, Trevor Ariza, and Jamaal Crawford. For this situation I think the Knicks will keep Lin, although we will have to see. I think most of it is how D’Antoni sets up the offense.
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.
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.