Tag:Jerry West
Posted on: June 12, 2008 10:41 pm
 

Harst and Co.

PG- Dave Bing

One of the best shooters of his time, very underrated passer and defender, his specialty was driving to the basket and then kicking it out to the perimeter where someone drained the three. A high-scoring guard who quietly triumphed over injury and went about his business for 12 seasons in the NBA, Bing was a force to be reckoned with.

SG- Jerry West

The most clutch player in NBA history, one of the best scorers and defenders in NBA history, there wasn't much he couldn't do. Also, the NBA logo, which is the highest rank of all. Combine a deadly jump shot, tenacious defense, obsessive perfectionism, unabashed confidence, and an uncompromising will to win, and you've got Jerry West, one of the greatest guards in NBA history.

SF- Bob McAdoo


A solid shooter, rebounder, defender, and a dominating big man who could play the three, four or five. He was known as one of the best shooting big men in NBA history. He could also shoot from the perimeter, and was very quick for his size. Always a dominating presence.

PF- Nate Thurmond

Many said that his defense was better than Wilt's and his offense was better than Russell's. He was one of the most intimidating defenders in the history of the NBA. Also averaged a whopping 15 boards per game. His defense was his greatest attribute, shutting down some of the greats. Great shot blocker as well. Both Abdul-Jabbar and Chamberlain have gone on record saying they felt Thurmond was their toughest adversary. "He plays me better than anybody ever has," Abdul-Jabbar told Basketball Digest when he was in his prime. "He's tall, has real long arms, and most of all he's agile and strong." Abdul-Jabbar also said, "When I score on Nate, I know I've done something."

C- Artis Gilmore

Regarded as one of the strongest men ever to play professional basketball, Gilmore was one of the league's most intimidating centers during the 1970s and 1980s. Most players knew better than to bring the ball to the hoop when the 7-2 Gilmore was in the middle. Also was a very underrated scorer. When someone fed the A-Train the ball inside the paint, opponents always did the same thing: backed away.

PF- Walt Bellamy

Good scorer, great rebounder.

SG- Drazen Petrovic

Deadly three point shooting off the bench can't hurt.

SF- Jamaal Wilkes

Solid defender, great role player.

SF- Manu Ginobili

The ultimate sixth man. Very underrated.

PG- World B. Free 

Deadly scoring point guard off the bench.
Posted on: June 11, 2008 11:30 pm
 

20 Greatest NBA Players of All-Time

1. Wilt Chamberlain, C
2. Magic Johnson, PG
3. Michael Jordan, SG
4. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, C
5. Bill Russell, C
6. Larry Bird, SF
7. Oscar Robertson, PG
8. Hakeem Olajuwon, C
9. Tim Duncan, PF
10. Shaquille O'Neal, C
11. Jerry West, SG
12. Elgin Baylor, SF
13. Kobe Bryant, SG
14. Julius Erving, SF
15. Karl Malone, PF
16. David Robinson, C 
17. Moses Malone, C
18. Elvin Hayes, PF
19. Pete Maravich, SG
20. John Stockton, PG

Thoughts?

Posted on: June 10, 2008 1:11 pm
 

All-Time NBA Teams

First Team

PG- Magic Johnson (could do it all, played all five positions at one point in his career, great leader)
SG- Michael Jordan (hands down one of the greatest athletes ever, he was great)
SF- Larry Bird (drained threes like free throws, greatest shooter ever)
PF- Tim Duncan (had a calm personality off the court, dominated opponents on the court)
C- Wilt Chamberlain (one of the most dominating centers)

Second Team

PG- Oscar Robertson (great overall game for a point guard)
SG- Jerry West (combined high scoring offense with lockdown defense)
SF- Elgin Baylor (averaged thirteen boards a game... word.)
PF- Karl Malone (made up one of the most feared duos in basketball history, great inside presence)
C- Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (so many MVP awards I've lost count, sick sky hook)

Third Team

PG- John Stockton (master passer, threw assists to the Mailman in his sleep)
SG- Kobe Bryant (can make any shot from any location)
SF- Julius Erving (the best doctor and showman in the history of the NBA)
PF- Elvin Hayes (very underrated, great rebounding and defense)
C- Bill Russell (more rings than fingers... sweet)

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: March 22, 2008 3:52 pm
 

Ranking the All-Time Great Shooting Guards...

Top five is pretty easy...

Hmmm....

  • Pete Maravich (Pistol Pete)
  • George Gervin (Iceman)
  • David Thompson (Skywalker)
  • Paul Arizin (Pitchin' Paul)
  • Joe Dumars (Joe D)

Honorable Mention:

  • Earl Monroe (Earl the Pearl)
  • Reggie Miller

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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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