|Jerome Simpson with an all-time great leap.|
Sunday, February 26, 2012
|Why in Allah's name was M.A.R. in a dunk contest?|
- Chris Jackson had hops, but he was known as a shooter. I think even he was surprised he got invited. And he couldn't have been too encouraged of his chances seeing he had to follow two-time champion Harold Miner.
7 - Darrell Armstrong - 1996
- I liked Armstrong's toughness as a player, and he dunked hard when he got some momentum going, but if your repertoire consists of three, maybe four dunks, you do not belong in the NBA dunk contest.
6 - Tony Dumas - 1995
-You know things didn't go well when you have to pretend you hurt your knee . . .
5 - Antonio Harvey - 1995
- Classic case of biting off more than you can chew . . . starts off good @ 1:24 . . . but ends miserably @ 1:46 . . . Shaq's face says it all.
4 - Joshua Treadway - 1985
- Here's all you need to know about Treadway's chances of winning the contest in '85; a list of the other participants: Dominique Wilkins, Michael Jordan, Julius Erving, Larry Nance, Darrell Griffith, and Clyde Drexler.
|If you squint, Barry looks a little like Blake Griffin.|
- Reverse affirmative action winner here. Barry completed the most bland free-throw line dunk in basketball history and won the award because all the other contestants were either lame dunkers (see, Darrell Armstrong, Doug Christie) or did hard dunks but with no creativity (Michael Finley).
2 - Nate Robinson - 2006
- I know he's the only player to win the dunk contest three times, and he's a fine little man baller and off-the-bench point guard, but as far as I'm concerned, 2006 was the beginning of the end of the contest for me. Philadelphia 76ers guard Andre Iguoudala should have won the contest, as he hammered through a variety of impressive dunks with deft ease and fluidity. Meanwhile, it took Robinson 14 tries to complete his final dunk, which took about nine minutes of realtime. It was probably the most painful nine minutes of my basketball watching life.
1 - Jeremy Evans - 2012
- In the year of surprises, so far this has been the least exciting one. He wasn't even supposed to be in the contest; he replaced New York Knicks guard Iman Shumpert, who has been nursing an injury. And let's face it, replacing Evans for Shumpert in a dunk contest is like trading in a '99 Ford Taurus for a 2001 Hyundai Elantra . . . Granted, he did have one dunk that was impressive, his first dunk, where he decided to wear a camera on his headband so people can 'see what he sees' when he's dunking was a FAIL of epic proportions. On the actual dunk, I'm not sure if he got more than a foot off the ground. And then he hung on the rim and spun around so as to add to the camera effect. Lame. They should not have allowed him to continue to participate after that.
Friday, February 24, 2012
|No easy layups on Davis' (23) watch.|
|Robinson is dominating in his first year as starter.|
Kendall Marshall, Guard, North Carolina Tarheels. He's not the quickest or most athletic point guard out, but his basketball instincts are advanced to the point where he might be the second coming of Jason Kidd. If you wanted to show a young player how to play the point guard, definitely show him some clips of Marshall. The sophomore has a knack for seeing the play before at happens, and it is largely due to him always having his head up on the dribble and he is never in a hurry when he breaks out in that UNC transition offense that coach Roy Williams likes to run. Marshall's offense is improving - he had a career-high 22 points and went 4-for-5 from 3-point in his most recent outing Feb. 21 at North Carolina State. Still, passing is his thing as he had 13 assists and zero turnovers in that same game. His 9.8 assists per game average is second best in the nation.
Kris Joseph, Forward, Syracuse Orange. It's always good when your most versatile player is your best player. Joseph is the definition of a swingman with his ability to play in the post on both ends of the floor, play the perimeter on both ends of the floor, as well as being the go to guy down the stretch. The senior from Montreal had a career-high 29 points Feb. 8 in an overtime win against Georgetown on a day when no one on the Orange could get anything going offensively.
Marcus Denmon, Guard, Missouri Tigers. The Tigers are a guard oriented team and Denmon is the top dog. The 6-3 senior has no problem driving the lane against the big men on offense or crashing the defensive boards, as his 5.1 rebounds per game average indicates. What makes Denmon special for No. 3 Missouri (25-3, 12-3 Big 12) is his fearlessness as a shooter. He has shot himself out of a early season slump and is averaging 17.8 points per game while shooting 40-percent from 3-point.
|Green (23) is the unquestioned leader for Izzo's Spartans.|
Austin Rivers, Guard, Duke. It's a different type of squad for Mike Krzyzewski this year at Duke with no real go to guy on the roster at season's start. Enter Austin Rivers, who was the top ranked high school baller by many scouting publications last year, and a fierce shooter who never met a shot he didn't like. Rivers has the complete package on offense. He can take you off the dribble and adjust his shot mid-air to get the best angle, or hesitate off the dribble and pull-up for jumpers.
|Jones leads the Big East in poins (20.3) and rebounds (11.2).|
F - Jared Sullinger, Ohio State
G - Pierre Jackson, Baylor
F - Otto Porter, Georgetown
F - Mike Scott, Virginia
F - Harrison Barnes, North Carolina
G - Dee Bost, Mississippi State
G - Rodney McGruder, Kansas State
F - Jeronne Maymon, Tennessee
F - John Henson, North Carolina
G - Shabazz Napier, Connecticut
F - Perry Jones III, Baylor
F - Kevin Jones, West Virginia
F - Fab Melo, Syracuse
G - Dominic Cheek, Villanova
F - C.J. Leslie, North Carolina State
F - Cody Zeller, Indiana
G - Tyshawn Taylor, Kansas
G - Darius Johnson-Odom, Marquette
Tuesday, February 21, 2012
The day after Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant dropped a NBA season high 51 points, Portland Trail Blazers center Greg Oden had his third season ending knee surgery and fifth career surgery overall. Oden was drafted first overall in the 2007 NBA Draft with Durant going No. 2 . . . So coming in second is not the same as being "first loser" as some people say. Just ask Portland fans.
|Durant is a NBA superstar; while Oden can't shake the injury bug.|