Tag:James Worthy
Posted on: August 2, 2008 4:01 pm

Countdown: Top 10 NBA Players of All-Time (No.4)

4th greatest NBA player of all-time:

Magic Johnson, PG

How would it be to be a point guard... but one night play the center position instead?

You could ask Magic Johnson, who in my eyes is the greatest point guard to ever play the game. Why? He had the passing ability of a point guard but the dominance of a center. He had the shooting of a shooting guard and the defense of a small forward. He was a beast on the court no matter where he played. If you needed him to shoot threes, he could. If you needed him to crash the boards, he would.

There was not much Magic couldn't do. He was the point guard in the fabled Showtime, which also consisted of James Worthy and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. Together, those three destroyed opponents with their Showtime offense.

Magic worked hard, and you could see it on the court. He was most well known for the time when he played center in the 1980 NBA Finals against the Dr.J led 76ers. Kareem had injured his ankle in Game 5, so Magic, playing center in Game 6, led the Lakers to the win and the championship title.

Here are the awards that highlighted Magic's career:

Magic Johnson will always be remembered for something else as well... A rivalry with Larry Bird that has not faded over all these years. The rivalry of Magic and Bird was one that entertained the fans while providing a great game when the Lakers took on the Celtics.

4. Magic Johnson
5. Bill Russell
6. Larry Bird
7. Oscar Robertson
8. Elgin Baylor
9. Tim Duncan
10. Hakeem Olajwon

Coming tomorrow: #3 and #2 players of all-time

Posted on: June 2, 2008 10:15 am

NBA Finals Preview and Predictions

(1) Los Angeles Lakers vs. (1) Boston Celtics

Los Angeles Lakers:

PG- Derek Fisher
SG- Kobe Bryant
SF- Vladimir Radmanovic
PF- Lamar Odom
C- Pau Gasol

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Boston Celtics:

PG- Rajon Rondo
SG- Ray Allen
SF- Paul Pierce
PF- Kevin Garnett
C- Kendrick Perkins

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Two of the best dynasties in NBA history, either the Los Angeles Lakers or the Boston Celtics will add another championship ring to their already large collection.

In Los Angeles, the stars went from Wilt Chamberlain, Jerry West, and Elgin Baylor, to Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, James Worthy, and Magic Johnson, to the Shaq days, and now to what you could call the Kobe Bryant era.

In Boston, the stars went from Bill Russell, Bob Cousy, and John Havlicek to Larry Bird, Kevin McHale, and Robert Parish, and slowly to the Big Three era of Kevin Garnett, Ray Allen, and Paul Pierce.

Now, one of these teams will win again, something that both of these teams sure know how to do.

On one side, you have the surprise team, the Celtics, who made huge changes in the offseason, acquired Garnett from Minnesota, Allen from Seattle, and rolled to the best record in the NBA. Also, a young prospect named Rajon Rondo showed he's not all hype.

On the other side, you have the Lakers, who are down but never out. Led by young prospect Andrew Bynum for the early part of the season, the Lakers looked stronger than ever. However, when tragedy struck and Bynum got injured for the season, the Lakers traded Javaris Crittenton in a package deal to Memphis for big man Pau Gasol. Gasol's impact on the team was amazing, as the Lakers rolled to the best record in the West.

The battle of the number one seeds should be a great one, but a quick one. The Cetlics' road woes throughout the postseason is a major cause of concern, and something the Lakers will look to take advantage of. The Lakers also have a problem, however, with being able to stop all of the Big Three, which will require some great defense throughout the series. Also, will the Celtics be able to stop the phenomenal NBA MVP Kobe Bryant? They did stop LeBron James, but remember that took 7 games to do. And the Lakers, unlike the Cavaliers, have other stars. Pau Gasol and Lamar Odom are both excellent options.

If you compare the matchups:

D.Fisher vs. R.Rondo (Advantage Fisher)
K.Bryant vs. R.Allen (Advantage Bryant)
V.Radmanovic vs. P.Pierce (Advantage Pierce)
LOdom vs. K.Garnett (Advantage Garnett)
P.Gasol vs. K.Perkins (Advantage Gasol)

Although the Lakers win the matchup battle three to two, the Rondo-Fisher matchup could really go either way, so the head-to-head matchups don't provide much help after all.

However, if you combine the Kobe Bryant factor, the Celtics' road woes, the Pau Gasol-Lamar Odom factor, the fact that Phil Jackson is still a great coach after all these years, and Doc Rivers is just okay at best, and lastly the fact that the Lakers are simply the better team, then you get the winner...

Prediction: Lakers in 5
NBA Finals MVP: Kobe Bryant

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: March 26, 2008 10:20 pm

Ranking the All-Time Great Small Forwards

Last one, and I'm brain-dead...

  • Larry Bird
  • Elgin Baylor
  • Julius Erving
  • LeBron James
  • John Havlicek (or is he a SG?)
  • Rick Barry
  • Scottie Pippen
  • James Worthy
  • n/a

Soon I'll post my top 20 players of all-time...

Posted on: March 17, 2008 10:09 pm
Edited on: March 18, 2008 2:49 pm

Harst's Top 5 NBA Teams of All-Time

Here we go (off the top of my head). I'm probably missing some better teams, but here's what I got:

  • 1995-1996 Chicago Bulls (72-10) led by Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen, Dennis Rodman
  • 1971-1972 Los Angeles Lakers (69-13) led by Wilt Chamberlain, Jerry West
  • 1985-1986 Boston Celtics (67-15) led by Larry Bird, Kevin McHale, Robert Parish
  • 1986-1987 Los Angeles Lakers (65-17) led by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Magic Johnson, James Worthy
  • 1964-1965 Boston Celtics (62-18) led by Bill Russell, John Havlicek

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