We all know what an awesome rookie campaign Mr. Blake Griffin is having. As the all-star game approaches, discussions have heat up among commentators and fans on whether Blake Griffin should be on the all-star team.
Below is a list of Western Conference forward candidates I deem worthy of consideration.
1. Kevin Durant
2. Carmelo Anthony
3. Tim Duncan
4. Pau Gasol
5. Zach Randolph
6. Blake Griffin
7. Kevin Love
8. Michael Beasley
9. Lamarcus Aldridge
10. Dirk Nowitzki
11. Luis Scola
12. Lamar Odom
13. Rudy Gay
First and foremost, Duncan, Odom, and Beasley are not having as good of a season as the other players on the list. Timmy will make it simply because he is Tim freaking Duncan and Odom is only receiving votes because he is wearing a Lakers uniform. I strongly believe Duncan will be the starting center for the West. Durant and Carmelo are locks thanks to the fans voting them in as starters. Pau Gasol won't garner enough votes to be a starter but will make the team as a center or forward. That leaves at most 3 spots of the remaining 7 players.
Dirk is the lone standout among this bunch as the clear cut #1 scorer on his team. Nowitzki's proven ability to help his team win games gives him the nod over the 6 young forwards. Scola and Aldridge are worthy of being mentioned but will not be considered any further due to inferior numbers.
Based purely on player statistics and merits, Griffin should be in. Now, if you count the extra media buzz he will generate as one of the most explosive and entertaining player in the league who delivers crowd-invigorating dunks. In addition, Griffin will represent LA's other team for the hosts. Blake Griffin as a 2011 all-star is a no-brainer!
Despite the negative point differentials for Griffin, his ewins statistics show he contributes the most to his team's victories compare to the other studs in the table.
Coaches of the NBA, please do the right thing and put Blake Griffin the the all-star game. Putting TD at center is no slight to his legend and the forward spot should be reserved for a better current performer and future star. This is what the fans want. WE WANT BLAKE! WE WANT BLAKE!
ALL WANT BLAKE!!
*Per-36-minute rates are relative to 100 points and 44 rebounds per game (by opponents). e484 is eWins per 484 minutes, in which 1.00 represents average productivity.
1. Warriors -2 vs Indiana 1.1u
2. Bulls/Bucks UNDER195 1.1u
3. Grizzlies +9 @ Utah 1.02u
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2009-10 NBA - YTD: 25-22-1, +2.52u ATS: 17-18-1 Totals: 8-4 Parlay Plays: -0.4u
1) Rockets/Lakers OVER201 1.07u
Mavs/Pistons OVER184 looks tasty thou.
1) hornets +12.5 @ atlanta 1u L
2) nets +13 @ miami 1.08u W
3) jazz +13 @ cleveland 1.03u W
4) wizards -3.5 vs detroit 1.02u L goddamn wizards
I added Knicks 3Q -2 for 2 units
no plays yesterday
1) Twolves +11 vs Dallas 1.08u
2) Nets +15.5 @ Orlando 1.03u
3) Kings +5 vs Houston 1.06u
4) Kings/Rockets OVER207.5 1.02u
Clippers/Raptors line is funny. Raptors went fomr -3 to -1 despite 75% public on them. No injuries either. Basketball instinct tells me Clippers cant hang with Raptors tonight. Betting instincts say go with the clippers to beat a bad road team. probably no play on this. check back for update
Chris Bosh throwing down monstrous
dunks; oh me on my.
Raptors are starting its long west coast road trip tonight at Los Angeles.From what I have seen, the Raptors are the best 2nd tier team behind the East's big 3. Their record does not reflect this, just 4-4, with some tough losses. Without Eric Gordon, the Clippers are really in disarray at the wing positions. Butler/Thornton combo is simply too weak against other NBA starting combos. The Clippers catch a break today with the Raptors starting Demar DeRozan who is not of NBA starter quality yet.
- Clipper bigs will be lost.
Bargnani is taking five 3s a game while making close to half of them. Bosh will also be shooting an array of midrange/outside jumpers. Kaman and Camby simply won't be able to defend them on the perimeter. Hopefully Kaman will be able to muscle up Bargnani inside.
- Jose Calderon
He is not having the kind of statistically driven season that we are used to seeing the past two years. He has uncharacteristically missed a few free throws and is shooting far below career norm from the field. His assists numbers are also down due to Hedo Turkoglu's influence. Having Hedo means taking the ball out of Calderon's hand. This has brought his average from nine assists per game to six. He is reduced to spot up duty on many possessions. Jarrett Jack signing the full mid-level exception with the Raptors also mean Calderon's playing time is reduced.
- Baron Davis
For the Clippers to have any chance of winning, we need a big game from Bdiddy that we really haven't seen since his addition to the team. Davis has played fine so far and looked to be enjoying his job. Let's hope he can step up to night and be the star he once was.
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1) Raptors -5.5 vs Chicago 1.05u
2) Pacers -5.5 vs Golden State 1.04u
3) Jazz +11.5 @ Boston 1.03u
4) Grizzlies +9 @ Houston 1.02u
5) Clippers/OKC UNDER186 1.05u
GL lets win money
Hornets buzz by us
Here comes Durant with Thunder
I sense hopelessness
Oklahoma City is a top defensive so far this season. They even held the Kings to 101 at Sacramento last night. Without Eric Gordon, Clippers really don't have much firepower against the Thunder. Kaman should have a bounce back game against inferior defenders but Butler and Thornton won't get many opportunities against OKC's athletic perimeter players. The Clippers are unlikely to regain their hot shooting start and with Butler at SG, Coach Dunleavy will look to lower the attack pace.
So look for a low scoring game tonight in the 80s.
He hadn't shot well so far this season, but he went for 37 points, 18-18 at the strip last night. He averaged 28points against us last year in four games.
He is still averaging a ton of turnovers after leading the league in this category last year. Currently at 55assist:32turnovers. His field goal percentage is up but he is still not much of a long range gunner, at 31%.