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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: 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: 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: 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: 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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