Tag:Derrick Rose
Posted on: July 11, 2008 12:35 pm
Edited on: July 11, 2008 12:36 pm

2009 Miami Heat just got better with James Jones

The signing of James Jones was a great one for the Miami Heat. Gives us great depth, and an instant three point threat off the bench.

On a team with no real three point shooter, James Jones should be a great addition to the team. I'm already excited about what we can do with him off the bench.

Current Miami Heat Roster:

Point Guards

Mario Chalmers
Chris Quinn
Marcus Banks

Shooting Guards

Dwyane Wade
Daequan Cook

Small Forwards

Shawn Marion
James Jones
Dorell Wright

Power Forwards

Michael Beasley
Mark Blount


Udonis Haslem
Earl Barron
Alonzo Mourning

If we decide to play Haslem at C, here's our probable starting lineup:

PG- Mario Chalmers
SG- Dwyane Wade
SF- Shawn Marion
PF- Michael Beasley
C- Udonis Haslem

I like this lineup because we don't have any major holes here. Sure, Haslem is a true PF, but I would rather have him than Barron or Zo. There are some young players but I think we will be fine as the season goes along and these players mature. Also, head coach Erik Spoelstra is young, so it will be interesting to see him develop that bond with his team. And as of now, we have a solid bench with guys like Jones, Cook, Quinn, Banks and Wright.

After watching Beasley's summer game against the Bulls and Derrick Rose, you have to be excited about this kid as well.

Once again, watch out for the Miami Heat next season. It should be a fun one.
Posted on: July 2, 2008 12:33 am
Edited on: July 2, 2008 12:01 pm

Harst's NBA Preseason Rookie Rankings

Throughout the course of the NBA season, I've decided to do Rookie Rankings, where I rank the top ten rookies in the NBA. I really have no comments on the rankings, seeing as they have not played yet. However, I will add comments as the season progresses.

So here is the preseason edition:

  1.  NBA Draft Derrick Rose, PG, Chicago Bulls

I will be surprised if Rose does not maintain a top three spot throughout the season. He is a great scorer, solid defender, tenacious competitior, and so much more. The Bulls made the right choice with this pick.

  1.  NBA Draft O.J. Mayo, SG, Memphis Grizzlies

Mayo is solid on both sides of the ball. Not much else to say. The Timberwovles were stupid to trade him. The Grizzlies were lucky to get him. I think the Grizzlies made a very, very good trade, and I highly doubt they will regret it.

  1. NBA Draft Michael Beasley, SF, Miami Heat

With a little improvement on defense, I think Beasley can be one of the elite forwards in the NBA in a couple of years. His ability to score and rebound as well as he does is phenomenal.

  1. NBA Draft Brook Lopez, C, New Jersey Nets

Another guy who needs to work on defense, but if he does, he should be a threat to watch out for. You have to love his offensive game. If the Nets had kept Richard Jefferson, they would've been serious contenders.

  1. player photo Greg Oden, C, Portland Trailblazers

Seeing as he missed all of last season, Oden is still considered a rookie. All teams should beware of a fit, healthy Oden. I think he has a big chance to catch some other teams off guard with his dominant play.  He won't disappoint.

  1. NBA Draft Jerryd Bayless, PG, Portland Trailblazers

Whether he plays the point or the two-guard, he'll find ways to score. Playing alongisde youngsters such as Greg Oden and Brandon Roy can't hurt... I think Portland made a good trade by getting Bayless, although Rush is no fake.

  1. NBA Draft Russell Westbrook, SG, Seattle SuperSonics

A solid defender, good scorer, he is a well-balanced player. Although the Sonics could have traded down to get him, I don't think the pick was bad at all. Only time will tell...

  1. NBA Draft Eric Gordon, SG, Los Angeles Clippers

Another high scoring guard. He was a huge threat for Indiana in college, and I see him having a successful career in the NBA as well. However, I think he would play better at a different team than the Clippers.

  1. NBA Draft Brandon Rush, SG, Indiana Pacers

After watching him at Kansas, I can tell you that Rush is going to be a great role player in the NBA. He won't put up many points, but his presence will benefit the Pacers tremendously. He is very balanced, and can play the two or three.

  1. NBA Draft Anthony Randolph, SF, Golden State Warriors

I didn't watch much of Randolph in college, but when I did watch him, I was impressed. On a team already loaded with talent, I can only imagine that Randolph's game will continue to improve.

(I realize that there is a number one next to every player, and I'm not sure why that is... I'll try to fix it.)


Posted on: June 26, 2008 12:57 pm

Miami Heat Draft Thoughts

If Derrick Rose goes first, I say we go for O.J. Mayo with the 2nd overall pick. Call me crazy or whatever, but I don't want to let go of either Shawn Marion or even Udonis Haslem at this point. Haslem does not recieve any credit at all, but he is actually a stud player when healthy. I don't think breaking up the Dwyane Wade/Marion duo would be good either. If we take Mayo, and put him at the point, that's still not bad.

Of course, I would take Rose over Mayo in a heartbeat, but if Rose goes first, I don't want to take Michael Beasley, and then end up trading Haslem/Marion. At this point, I won't complain with either Mayo or Beasley, but if we take Beasley, I don't see us improving as much as if we had taken Mayo.

PG- O.J. Mayo
SG- Dwyane Wade
SF- Shawn Marion
PF- Udonis Haslem
C- Earl Barron

I wouldn't complain about this lineup. I definitely like the young backcourt of Mayo and D-Wade, and I also really like the frontcourt of Marion/Haslem. Of course, Barron isn't the greatest center in the world, but you won't hear me complaining. If we keep Haslem, Barron can get the job done. If we let go of Haslem, then we will need an upgrade at center to show Beasley the ropes.

Anyway, here are the guys I think the Heat should take in order of preference:

1. Derrick Rose, MEMPHIS
2. O.J. Mayo, USC
3. Michael Beasley, KSU

After the draft, I will break down the team more and make some early predictions as to how this team will fare in the upcoming season.

Posted on: May 19, 2008 6:44 pm
Edited on: May 19, 2008 6:45 pm

2008 NBA Draft Prospects... Boom, Bust, or Blah

This is something I like doing every year because it's fun to look back and see how you did after the year is over...

First, the three classifications:

  • Boom- a rookie who comes in the NBA and makes a great, positive effect on his team (success)
  • Bust- a rookie who comes in the NBA and 'sucks it up' (failure)
  • Blah- a rookie who comes in the NBA and does okay, yet nothing special that will be remembered (average)

Now the prospects:

1. Michael Beasley, F, Kansas State

The future looks bright for this freshman. He plays well on both sides of the ball, but offensively, he shines brighter than any other of the prospects entering this draft. His scoring and rebounding are both unreal, and in the NBA I see him developing his skills and becoming... a star.

Classification- BOOM!!!

2. Derrick Rose, G, Memphis

I see this kid as being unstoppable. Another freshman, he knows how to score. He can shoot from anywhere, he's got great speed, he can just about do it all. An era of great point guards is coming, and Rose is next in line. (Let's hope he goes to the Miami Heat...)

Classification- BOOM!!!

3. Mario Chalmers, G, Kansas

The best possible way to end his college career, Chalmers is one of the best defensive guards on the draft board. His size is a concern, however, which could hurt his value and probably will. This guy is very clutch though, I have to give him that. There's a lot of questions with him at the end of the day, but I'll think he'll be...

Classification- Blah...

4. Brandon Rush, G/F, Kansas

This guy is very well balanced. He is not an above average shooter, defender, rebounder, passer, or leader. But the fact that he is average in all of these categories makes him as a player way above average. His stats will never be impressive. James Worthy-like stats are what I'm expecting. Don't let the stat sheet fool you. This guy is good, and has the tools to be great.

Classification- BOOM!!!

5. D.J. Augustin, G, Texas

Offensively, this guy is amazing. He can score like mad when he's on a roll. Defensively, he's okay in my opinion. However, I don't see him being successful in the NBA. To me, he seems like a J.J. Redick sort of guy. Amazing in college, but not so in the NBA. He doesn't seem like he will adapt well to the NBA 'environment'. I may be wrong, but we'll see.

Classification- BUST

More to come... soon.

Posted on: May 12, 2008 5:49 pm
Edited on: June 3, 2008 8:43 pm

Harst's NBA Mock Draft

1. Miami Heat- Derrick Rose, PG, Memphis

The Heat need a PG even though Chris Quinn has shown flashes of being able to lead them. Derrick Rose can do it all, and the Heat will benefit tremendously by taking a productive point guard. A lineup consisting of Rose, Wade, Marion, Haslem and Blount could be dangerous next season.

2. Seattle SuperSonics- Michael Beasley, SF, Kansas State

A fierce double-double machine that will give you 20 and 10 on an off night. His presence on the Sonics alongside Kevin Durant will make the Sonics a surprise darkhorse team to watch out for next season.

3. Memphis Grizzlies- Brook Lopez, F/C, Stanford

With the loss of Pau Gasol, the Grizzlies need a big man to take over the role. Lopez has great offensive potential, and with a slight upgrade to his defense, will be a force to be reckoned with very soon. This is a young team that could be really good in the East.

4. Minnesota Timberwolves- Eric Gordon, SG, Indiana

Gordon will give the Wolves a high scoring threat who they will welcome happily. They skip on Bayless here only because Randy Foye is getting the job done, and Bayless would just be seeing the bench.

5. New York Knicks- Jerryd Bayless, PG, Arizona

Point guard is the main position the Knicks need to be worried about in the draft. With Rose gone by now, Bayless is the obvious best point guard still on the board. Also, a backcourt combination of Bayless and Jamal Crawford could be deadly.

6. Los Angeles Clippers- O.J. Mayo, SG, USC

Mayo has tremendous upside...but also tremendous downside and could fall lower, although this is not a bad spot for him to go. The shooting guards that the Clippers have now aren't getting the job done, and Mayo could be the answer. (Minus the issues he has going on right now.)

7. Milwaukee Bucks- Anthony Randolph, SF, LSU

I don't think this is too early for Randolph to go. The Bucks could use Randolph in the future if not now. I think he will be able to start, but if not, he should have a decent season off the bench. I don't see Bobby Simmons or Desmond Mason doing enough right now for the Bucks.

8. Charlotte Bobcats- Kevin Love, F/C, UCLA

A big man next to Emeka Okafor will give the Bobcats a young, strong frountcourt that will keep the Bobcats in possible playoff contention a couple of years down the road. Many critics say that Love can't adapt to the NBA-style of play, but I think he can do well. Not great, but enough to silence the critics.

9. Chicago Bulls- DeAndre Jordan, C, Texas A&M

The center position should be the Bulls main concern in this draft. Jordan gives them a great big inside presence that they could desperately use. The scary thing is, he's only a freshman.

10. New Jersey Nets- Roy Hibbert, C, Georgetown

Hibbert's offensive abilities aren't superb, maybe, but his defensive presence inside will give the Nets a great big body that can help shut down some of the big men in the East. There is a lot of risk that goes with this pick, but I think it's the right one because I believe Hibbert is a major sleeper pick who can help out a lot of teams with his 7'2 frame.

Rest to come at a later date...

Posted on: April 28, 2008 6:06 pm
Edited on: April 28, 2008 9:43 pm

Miami Heat: Looking to next season

This year has been bad... real bad. However, this terrible season may be a mixed blessing for the Miami Heat, and here's why: During the course of the season, we learned what our big weaknesses were, and this following year we will be able to improve on those points and possibly once again become playoff contenders.

One of the few good things that came out of this season was our increased chance of landing the number one overall pick, which could be used in many different ways. Let's say we do land the number one pick, we have a lot of options:

  • Derrick Rose
  • Michael Beasley
  • Kevin Love
  • Jerryd Bayless
  • Eric Gordon
  • O.J. Mayo
  • Brook Lopez

And more...

In my opinion, I say the best pick would be Derrick Rose. He's got nice skills, he can score, he can defend, he's quick, basically, he's a well-balanced guy who will really help us to score and do some things we can't do right now. If we take Rose, we have a lineup of:

PG Derrick Rose/Chris Quinn
SG Dwyane Wade
SF Shawn Marion
PF Udonis Haslem
C Earl Barron/Alonzo Mourning

Which is not that bad. Other than center, we have some nice skills at each position. On paper, this team doesn't look so bad. How they play on the court as a team is a whole different story.

Or, if we upgrade at center and take Kevin Love (which wouldn't be too bad):

PG Chris Quinn
SG Dwyane Wade
SF Shawn Marion
PF Udonis Haslem
C Kevin Love

This lineup is also good. Chris Quinn has shown flashes of talent... whether he can lead this team for 82 games is questionable, though. Kevin Love is talented enough to play in the NBA as well...

With either of these lineups, I think we have a good chance of skipping the rebuilding process and once again become playoff contenders.

So all in all, with combined success in the draft and in free agency, I think we have a chance to once again dominate our opponents and bring another title to Miami... (okay, maybe not)

Posted on: April 7, 2008 5:57 pm

Kansas/Memphis Predictions

Just for the record...

  • Kansas wins
  • Douglas-Roberts scores 20+
  • Rush scores 15+
  • Rose scores less than 20
  • Dorsey gets 3+ blocks
  • The winner wins by at least 7
  • Kaun scores 10+

Kansas 81, Memphis 72 is my projected score...

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