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Posted on: February 27, 2009 9:33 pm
Edited on: February 27, 2009 11:08 pm
 

NBA Thoughts- Starbury, Big Ben, D-Wade, and more

 On a team with a rising point guard in Rajon Rondo, Stephon Marbury will struggle to thrive. Just wanted to put that out there. His cocky attitude will hurt the Celtics more than he will help them. Although Starbury is still a bit talented, his time is up. While I don't think he will destroy Boston's team chemistry, I don't see him helping at all. At this point, Rondo is much more fitting for the C's.

 Players like Dwight Howard are extremely rare. His stats are off the charts, but his dominance when you watch him is overly stunning. If I were starting a team, this is the guy I look to, over Chris Paul. A few guys can stop CP3. No one can stop Superman.

 Truth be told, and no offense to Ben Wallace, I don't think the Cleveland Cavaliers will do that much worse without Big Ben. It's the duo of LeBron James and Mo Williams that will win games, as they've done all year.

 Dwyane Wade is a monster. If he can slightly improve on defense, this guy is as good as Kobe Bryant. Really... if he were on the Lakers, would they be that much worse? Also, I'm sure D-Wade is thrilled to know he has a diehard fan in err... Lil' Wayne.

 Lamar Odom needs to get more love. When he tries, he's solid. With Andrew Bynum out, I see Odom finally getting recognized as being a key player for the Lakers.

 

 

Posted on: December 17, 2008 8:36 pm
Edited on: December 17, 2008 8:37 pm
 

Harst's Top 5 NBA Teams (12/17)

 

Boston Celtics logo1. Boston Celtics (23-2)

Boston is looking like a championship team again this year, due to great play on both sides of the ball. Still one of the deadliest shooters in the NBA, Ray Allen is having a great year with 18.6 points per game. Point guard Rajon Rondo has shown he has an offensive game as well as a defensive game. Watch out for the Celtics, they're hot.

Los Angeles Lakers logo2. Los Angeles Lakers (21-3)

Los Angeles may be sitting pretty at 21-3, but this is a team I have been disappointed with. On defense, the Lakers need to step it up. Andrew Bynum has still not developed that great defensive game that Lakers fans were anticipating. Kobe Bryant is having another great year, but he will need help eventually. Too many wins for the Lakers have been close; they should be dominating.

LeBron James takes the time to soak up the cheers after becoming the Cavs' career leader in steals.  (AP)Cleveland Cavaliers logo3. Cleveland Cavaliers (20-4)

LeBron James is getting some help this year, most of it coming from guard Mo Williams. Williams is looking like the counterpart LeBron never had and always needed. Now, with the Cavaliers playing so well, do they really need/want Shawn Marion on the team? It doesn't look like that trade will happen, and for Cleveland, I think it's good news.

Orlando Magic logo4. Orlando Magic (19-6)

Dwight Howard is having the MVP year fans expected him to have, but he is also getting lots of help from teammates. Rashard Lewis, Hedo Turkoglu, and Jameer Nelson are each averaging over 15 points per game. Orlando is having a great year, and if one more player can step up, look for them to make a run, even in a talented Eastern Conference.

Carmelo Anthony elevates his game in the third quarter, netting 33 points on 12-of-15 shooting.  (AP)Denver Nuggets logo5. Denver Nuggets (17-8)

It's scary to see how good the Nuggets are, considering they still haven't completely developed their team chemistry. Still, Chauncey Billups is making Denver into a true championship contender. In a weaker Western Conference, Denver could be one of those teams that surprises people in the playoffs. Looks like Carmelo Anthony doesn't really miss Allen Iverson, eh? The Nuggs are for real.

Posted on: October 6, 2008 7:32 pm
Edited on: October 25, 2008 11:31 am
 

Champinoship Crew

Champinoship Crew

               

Jason Kidd, PG 

There is no doubt that Jason Kidd is aging. However, at full health Kidd is one of the best point guards in the league. He is a great passer and a great defender. He is also a physical rebounder who can crash the boards when needed. On Champinoship Crew, Kidd will focus on getting the ball in the hands of the shooters, as well as lock down the point guard of the opposing team.

 

Andre Iguodala, SG

Andre Iguodala has a great variety of skill, which is why Champinoship Crew picked him up in the third round. He can be a defender and shut down the other's team scorers, he can be the scorer on offense himself, or he can even be a passer. He has the skill to play three positions and really does a great job of focusing and being a team player. On Champinoship Crew, Iguodala will be used for his perimeter defense, ability to lead a team, and to score the ball. 

Danny Granger, SF

Danny Granger is one of the up and coming forwards in the NBA. He is a deadly shooter, and physical on both sides of the ball. He can shoot threes, mid-range jumpers, he can crash boards, he can play defense on power forwards and even some centers because of his versatility. His long wingspan will help when it comes to shot-blocking. On Champinoship Crew, Granger will look to be the main scorer alongside Andre Iguodala, as well as crash the boards and play defense on big forwards.

LaMarcus Aldridge, PF

LaMarcus Aldridge is another young player who is making a name for himself in the NBA. A dominant inside scorer and a strong rebounder, Aldridge is a great young power forward to have on your franchise. On Champinoship Crew, Aldridge will be used to rebound, block shots, and tire out some of the opposing big men with his ability to drive in and score.

Dwight Howard, C

Dwight Howard may be the best center in the NBA today, and there are lots of reasons as to why. He is a monstrous rebounder, as well a fierce shot-blocker. He can also put up twenty points per game and hurt your big men inside. His dominating efforts will be huge for Champinoship Crew. On Champinoship Crew, Howard will be used for his rebounding and defense.

Rajon Rondo, PG

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Anthony Parker, SG

Al Thornton, SF

 

Udonis Haslem, PF

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Nick Collison, C

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: May 3, 2008 6:47 pm
Edited on: May 4, 2008 4:07 pm
 

NBA Semifinals Preview and Predictions

SEMIFINALS ARE HERE!!!

(1) Los Angeles Lakers vs. (4) Utah Jazz

The Lakers have shown that they can score, but can they stop scoring? The Jazz are one of the most well-balanced teams remaining, and I expect them to put up a fight against the Lakers. However, the Kobe/Pau combination is at an all-time high, and I think that duo will just overpower the Jazz in the end...

Prediction: LAL 4-2

(1) Boston Celtics vs. (4) Cleveland Cavaliers

The Celtics' suffocating defense is amazing, but stopping LeBron James will be their toughest challenge yet. After watching the first round, my perspective on both of these teams have changed tremendously, but not the result. LeBron is unfortunate that he has to play the Celtics by himself... Kevin Garnett was on a roll against the Hawks, and it won't end here...

Prediction: BOS 4-2

(2) New Orleans Hornets vs. (3) San Antonio Spurs

I doubted the Hornets earlier, and look what they did. David West is showing how to win and be an under-the-radar guy at the same time. Chris Paul got snubbed in the MVP voting and will show the Spurs and Gregg Poppovich why he should have won it. Tim Duncan vs. West/Tyson Chandler will be very exciting to watch, and it could determine who wins the series. Tony Parker will have a hellish matchup with CP3. Manu off the bench could hurt the Hornets... so many variables, so little time...

Prediction: NO 4-3

(2) Detroit Pistons vs. (3) Orlando Magic

Detroit took too long to dispose of Philly, which could bite them in the back in this series. With this series, once again, you have one variable: Dwight Howard. It's this simple. If the Pistons can shut down Howard, they win. If they can't, the Magic win. I say the Pistons rebound after a not-so-good opening round, shut down Howard somewhat using a combination of Sheed/Maxiell/Amir Johnson, and use some balanced teamwork to pull through...

Prediction: DET 4-2

Posted on: April 19, 2008 10:38 am
 

NBA Quarterfinals Preview and Predictions

(1) Los Angeles Lakers vs. (8) Denver Nuggets

The Nuggets are a great offensive team. If basketball was all offense, Denver would probably win it all or come close at least. However, it's not all offense, therefore, Denver won't have much of a chance in the playoffs. In a high scoring series, the defense-less Nuggets won't be able to stop the Lakers...

Prediction: LAL 4-0

(1) Boston Celtics vs. (8) Atlanta Hawks


The Celtics are one of the best defensive teams in the NBA, and the Hawks won't be able to score much against them. Joe Johnson may be able to score at will, but the others will struggle...

Prediction: BOS 4-0

(2) New Orleans Hornets vs. (7) Dallas Mavericks

The Mavericks are known for choking in the playoffs, but this this year they won't have a chance because they are underdogs against the Hornets. I think Jason Kidd may be able to slow down Chris Paul somewhat, but not entirely. I think this one will be close because of the Hornets' lack of experience, which is a big factor...

Prediction: DAL 4-3  

(2) Detroit Pistons vs. (7) Philadelphia 76ers 
 
The Pistons are a good defensive team as well, and I believe if they can stop Andre Igoudala, they can win the series. Andre Miller is a darkhorse, filled with talent. However, it will be hard to use his talent against a well-balanced team like the Pistons. I think the 76ers are a strong team, it's unfortunate that they're playing probably the best team in the East. Also the deep bench of the Pistons will be too much...

Prediction: DET 4-2

(3) San Antonio Spurs vs. (6) Phoneix Suns

Offense vs. Defense... defense always wins. This series is no exception. San Antonio is so dangerous come playoff time that it's scary. With Shawn Marion, the Suns would have a shot. Without him, San Antonio should cruise through this series, making it easier than expected...

Prediction: SAS 4-1

(3) Orlando Magic vs. (6) Toronto Raptors

The injury-prone Raptors could give the Magic a hard time, but I see Dwight Howard and Hedo Turkoglu as too hard to stop in this series. The only hope for the Raptors is that Chris Bosh goes off, and Dwight Howard goes cold...

Prediction: ORL 4-2

(4) Utah Jazz vs. (5) Houston Rockets

Utah is too well-balanced to lose to Houston. Shane Battier is a darkhorse, but he can't win this series. Yao would give the Rockets a shot to win, but seeing as though he's not here...

Prediction: UTA 4-2

(4) Cleveland Caveliers vs. (5) Washington Wizards

LeBron James won't have another miracle run this year. Losing Drew Gooden will hurt and it will show. Caron Butler needs to step it up on both sides, and I think he can. It will be another close one, but...

Prediction: WAS 4-3

Posted on: February 10, 2008 8:34 pm
Edited on: April 15, 2008 8:58 pm
 

Player Rankings

Here are my top five players at each position this year:

Point Guards

Shooting Guards

Small Forwards

Power Forwards

Centers

 
 
 
 
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