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24
Sep
09

Which NBA Players Get Swatted the Most?

The previous article, we took a look at the players who take the ball to the rack the strongest.  This list is the players who have the highest tendancy to get their shot attempt swatted into the 1st row of seats.  These players need to take a page out of Lebron’s playbook and learn to head to the rim a little stronger.  The list is limited exclusively to FG Attempts taken while in the paint, with a minimum of 300 shots attempted.

Randy Foye

NBA’s Most Likely To Get Blocked List

Player*********************% of Shots Blocked********Dunks*****

1) Randy Foye(MIN)                   20                                               15

2) Paul Pierce(BOS)                    17                                               10

3) Kevin Love(MIN)                    17                                                37

4) Gerald Wallace(CHA)             17                                                59

5) Ben Gordon(CHI)                   16                                                 9

6) Lou Williams(PHI)                 16                                                20

7) Ron Artest(HOU)                   16                                                11

8) O.J. Mayo(MEM)                    16                                                36

9) Michael Beasley(MIA)            16                                                32

10) Devin Harris(NJN)               16                                                   1

Devin Harris

 

Although the Wizards are getting a good player in Randy Foye, he should probably stick to shooting jumpers rather than driving the lane, since he gets the highest percentage of his shots while close to the rim, swatted into the 1st row. Another surprise is Paul Pierce, who in game situations is as good as they come, at #2. Ron Artest is a physical defender but apparently needs to come a little stronger when taking to the rack. Devin Harris of the Nets could really be a superstar if he went to the rim with authority since he averaged 20+ points, while getting blocked 16% of the time and finishing only 1 dunk.  I guess we can give Kevin Love, Michael Beasley, and OJ Mayo a pass since they were rookies, as long as they have learned that the level of competition is much higher defensively in the pros.

Thanks to 82games.com for the statistics.

 

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21
Sep
09

Who Are the NBA’s Best ‘And One’ Players?

 

Which NBA players from last season proved to be the best at stuffing the rock, while getting fouled, in an attempt to convert the ever popular, “And One” play? This is a list of players who are not only the best at drawing a foul, but those who are physically and mentally the strongest to be able to finish with the basketball, have the dunk attempt go in, and step to the charity stripe for an opportunity to put another point on the scoreboard. The requirements to make the list are that a player must have had at least 100 dunks and during the ’08-’09 season. The stats include players who had an “And One” attempt but may or may not have made the accompanying free throw.

Chumps, who’s best offensive move is the finger-roll off of a breakaway, need to step aside, only real players who take it to the rack in traffic make the list. These players either go strong or go home!

Lebron 2 

NBA’s Best “And One” Players(min 100 blocks)

******************# of And One Plays******Dunks***********************

  1. Lebron James(CLE)               97                           128
  2. Dwight Howard(ORL)            95                           202
  3. Dwayne Wade(MIA)              83                           126
  4. Shaq O’Neal(PHO)                 67                            180
  5. Hilario Nene(DEN)                 54                            142
  6. Ameka Okafor(CHA)             49                            135
  7. Ronnie Brewer(UTA)            48                             148
  8. David Lee(NYK)                    46                             103
  9. Kevin Durant(OKC)              44                             114
  10. Amare Stoudemire(PHO)     42                             109

Dwayne Wade

Although most of the usual suspects appear on this list like Lebron, Howard, and Shaq, I was surprised to see Ronnie Brewer of the Jazz make the list. He along with Kevin Durant of the Thunder, and Wade, at 6’4, are probably more thought of as perimeter oriented. Additionally, one would also think that Durant has a hard time finishing with his thin, twig like arms against the stronger defenders of the NBA. Some notable players who didn’t make the list with more than 100 dunks were Josh Smith, Andre Iguodala, and Pau Gasol.

14
Sep
09

Which NBA Players Try To Dunk the Most

As most would have predicted, Dwight Howard led the NBA in total number of dunks with 202, during the ’08-’09 season. But which players had the highest percentage of their shot attempts come as dunks? Anthony Morrow of Golden State led the NBA in 3 point shooting with a .467%. Which players had the most of their shot attempt come from behind the arc and can truly be considered 3 pt specialists? Some on these two lists are as expected while others will surprise you.

 

Joakim Noah

Players Who Had the Highest Percentage of Shot Attempts as Dunks

 (min 300 shot attempts)

 

Player

 

Team

 

% of Dunks

 

 

# of Dunks

 

 

 

Joakim Noah 

CHI

 

94

 

86

 

Joel Pryzbilla 

POR

 

92

 

61

 

Tyson Chandler 

NOH

 

91

 

89

 

Greg Oden 

POR

 

90

 

99

 

Eric Dampier 

DAL

 

88

 

69

 

Andrew Bogut 

MIL

 

86

 

38

 

A. Biedrins 

GSW

 

84

 

66

 

Dwight Howard 

ORL

 

83

 

202

 

Leon Powe 

BOS

 

78

 

47

 

Kendrick Perkins 

BOS

 

71

 

52

 

 

No real shocks here, but Noah as #1 in the league over players like Oden and Howard got my attention. Notable players with more than 100 dunks who did not make the list are Shaquille O’Neal, Nene, Ameka Okafor, and David Lee. I guess all of these players could stand to add a 10 foot jumper to their arsenal.

 

 Shane Battier

 

  Players Who Had the Highest Percentage of Their Shots as 3 Pointers

(min 50 shots)

 

 

 

Player

 

 

 

Team

 

% of 3 PT Shots

 

3 PT %

 

Shane Battier 

HOU

 

66

 

.384

 

Rudy Fernandez 

POR

 

63

 

.399

 

Dequan Cook 

MIA

 

61

 

.387

 

Eddie House 

BOS

 

60

 

.444

 

Bobby Simmons 

NJN

 

59

 

.447

 

James Posey 

NOH

 

59

 

.369

 

JJ Redick 

ORL

 

59

 

.374

 

Vujacic 

LAL

 

55

 

.363

 

Boobie Gibson 

CLE

 

53

 

.382

 

Rodney Carney 

MIN

 

53

 

.350

 

 

 We all knew that Eddie House, J.J Redick, and Boobie Gibson like to jack up 3’s immediately once they are on the court, but I personally thought that Shane Battier was a more well rounded player since he also plays great defense. His stats show he is strictly a 3 point shooter when in the game, as evidence by his 2 dunks for the entire season. The two players who are the best slashers on the list prove to be Rudy Fernandez and Rodney Carney since they had 26 and 39 dunks to go with shooting more than 53% of the time behind the arc.
 
Thanks to 82games.com
12
Sep
09

Must Have T-shirt for ’83 Sixers Fans

The Sixers aren’t going anywhere in ’09-’10, so all we can do is reminisce about 1983.

A must have for any Sixers Fan:

Sixers Dynasty Shirt

 

Available at UNDRCRWN T-SHIRTS

10
Sep
09

Top 10 NCAA Basketball Under the Radar Teams

While most of the Pre Season NCAA basketball polls have again predicted great seasons for Kansas, UNC, Texas, or Michigan State, there are always a few teams who fly below the radar and make a deep run into March Madness. Last season it was Cleveland State, Arizona, and Missouri. Not many experts had these cinderella teams making it as far as they did. Who will be this season’s surprise success story in college basketball. Here is my list of 10 NCAA teams that not many are talking about, but may make a surprise appearance in College Basketball’s postseason in ’09-’10.

Cinncinnati

Cinncinnati Bearcats

Conference – Big East           Last Season’s Record – 18-14

Although the Bearcats slipped late last season by losing in the first round of the Big East Tourney to DePaul, they gained valuable experience and took a step in the right direction. Last season’s leading scorer Jr. Deonta Vaughn(15.2 ppg) can return to his natural SG position with the expected return of ’08 highly touted recruit, PG Cashmere Wright, who missed his freshman season due to a torn ACL. Last year’s Big East All-Freshman Team Selection, PF Yancy Gates(10.6 points and 6.1 rebs), is a beast and could be the the confernce’s next great dominant big man. Ibrahima Thomas, a talented 6’11 transfer from Oklahoma State is eligible to play in December. The two gems of the program are incoming freshmen, Lance Stephenson, who is NYC’s all time leading scorer and top 10 recruit, along with Jaquon Parker, a 6’4 guard, who was a Virginia HS phenom.

Baylor

 

Baylor Bears

Conference – Big 12           Last Season’s Record – 24-15      NIT Tournament

Last season the Bears finished strong by making it to the Finals in both the Big 12 Tournement and the NIT. Even with some heavy losses and an improving conference, they should improve on their 5-11 Big 12 record from last season and possibly push for a March Madness bid. With the loss of their leading scorer, Curtis Jerrells(16.3 ppg) to graduation, the Bears will look to 2 former MCDonalds All Americans in LaceDarius Dunn(15.7 points, 4.9 rebs ) and Tweety Carter(10.6 ppg and 40+% from 3pt ), US HS basketball’s All time leading scorer, and a six man, top 25 recruiting class led by 6’5 slasher, Nolan Dennis, who chose Baylor over Memphis when Calipari bolted for Kentucky. Michigan transfer, Ekpe Udoh will be a dominant defensive player in the paint, since he was an All Big 10 Defensive Team Selection by blocking over 90 shots in 24 games.

GT

 

Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets

Conference – ACC           Last Season’s Record – 12-19

The Jackets could rebound nicely after winning only 2 conference games last season primarily because of a star studded #4 ranked recruiting class and the return of one of the ACC’s best players, Gani Lawal(15.1 pts and 9.5 rebs), who pulled out of the NBA draft. They could have another star in the making in G Iman Shumpert(10.6 ppg and 5 assists). Maurice Miller also provides help in the backcourt with his 4.3 assists. Prized recruit Derrick Favors(#4 in ’09 Class) is an elite PF prospect who may have his sites set on the NBA after only one season and may become an All american by seasons end. They also boast 4 other top 150 recruits led by PG Mfon Udofia and SG Glen Rice. One of their incoming recruits who could help immediately, F Kammeon Holsey, will miss the entire season with a torn ACL sustained in August. They could make the biggest jump in the ACC this season.

Dayton

Dayton Flyers

Conference – Atlantic 10           Last Season’s Record – 27-7      NCAA Tournament 2nd Round

While most college hoops officianados already know of Dayton’s fast paced attack, they still are sometimes an afterthought behind A-10 powers Xavier, Temple, and even St. Joseph’s. The Flyers return 4 starters and 10 of 11 top scorers to a team who made it to the 2nd round of March Madness, losing to Kansas. Led by one of the more underrated 2nd year players in the country in Chris Wright(13.3 pts, 6.6 rebs, and 6 double doubles), Dayton plays an insane uptempo offense and intense defense by implimenting a style that most teams aren’t accustomed to by spreading regular minutes( no one avgs over 28 mins/gm) among a 10-12 man rotation, keeping everyone fresh. Luke Fabrizious keeps defenses honest by shooting almost 40% from 3pt land. Look for Dayton to be in the Top 25 all season and because of their style of play, and possibly make a deep run in March.

Kansas St

Kansas State Wildcats

Conference – Big 12           Last Season’s Record – 22-12       NIT Tournament

Blessed by having one of the best backcourts in the Big 12, with Dennis Clemente and Jacob Pullen, and some super talented incoming recruits, the Wildcats may sneak into the NCAA Tournament since they play tremendous defense and will be flying under the radar with everyone focused on Kansas, Texas, and Oklahoma. The backcourt is stacked with leading scorers, SG Clemente(15 ppg, high of 44 pts vs Texas) and PG Pullen(13.9 ppg, high of 32 pts). A 6’10 transfer from UCONN, Curtis Kelly, who was a former NY HS phenom, and , PF Wally Judge(#15 recruit in ’09 Class) who is a Michael Beasley clone, will help solidify the frontcourt. A Top 20, five man recruiting class will help K State not only in ’09, but also build for years to come.

Illinois

Illinois Fighting Illini

Conference – Big 10           Last Season’s Record – 24-10      NCAA Tournament First Round

Bruce Weber’s Illini made it back to the NCAA Tournament last season after missing the Big Dance in ’07-’08. Not to make excuses but they just weren’t themselves without Sr G Chester Frazier in their first round loss the the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers, in a 12 vs 5 upset. Even with losing two Sr guards(Frazier and Meachum) and 6th man(Brock), the Illini are in good hands with 3 talented sophomores and a #14 ranked recruiting class for ’09-’10. Forward Mike Davis(11.3 pts, 8.1 rebs), who is recovering from a broken foot at USA Basketball tryouts, 7’1 C Mike Tisdale(10.2 pts, 4 rebs), and PG Demetri McCamey(11.5 pts, 4.6 assists) should keep Illinois in the top half of the Big 10 all season. Three top tier guards led by DJ Richardson and PF Tyler Griffey highlight Weber’s prized recruiting class.

Tulsa

Tulsa Golden Hurricane

Conference – Conference USA           Last Season’s Record – 25-11

Could this be the year that the Golden Cane surpass the rebuilding Memphis Tigers in Conference USA? With Memphis in it’s most vulnerable state, with the departure of Calipari and his prized recruits, Tulsa is primed to challenge for the Conference USA Title and a NCAA birth. Led by possible NBA bound, 7 foot, 250 lb C Jerome Jordan(13.8 pts, 8.6 rebs, 2.5 blks) and returning leading scorer, guard Ben Uzoh(14 pts, 5 rebs, 3.6 assists), Tulsa seems to have everything aligned in their favor with the Conference Tournament moved to their home gym. The Cane are so confident they will be improved that they even scheduled a game against the Duke Blue Devils in February.

Vandy

Vanderbilt Commodores

Conference – SEC           Last Season’s Record – 19-12

Fresh off of a team bonding trip to Australia, Vandy seems poised for a NCAA birth. Led by proven big man AJ Ogilvy(15.4 pts, 7.1 rebs) and Jermaine Beal(12.5 pts, 40% 3pt), a trio of sophomore contributors, as well as a highly touted freshman, John Jenkins, who is a big time scorer, the Commodores could finish 3rd behind Tennessee and Kentucky in the SEC and be in the discussion for one of the final NCAA bids.

Niagara

Niagara Purple Eagles

Conference – MAAC           Last Season’s Record – 26-9

While playing in the shadows of MAAC Conference annual frontrunner Siena, the Purple Eagles bring back 4 starters from a team that won 26 games a year ago. Niagara is led by former Villanova transfer, Bilal Benn(13.8 pts, 9.3 rebs), who is an undersized PF who causes fits for bigger defenders, and leading scorer, G Tyrone Lewis(16.2 ppg). The Blue Eagles will also have help from new recruits like PF Andre Gillette from Philly, for whom they outbid other mid majors like Temple, Xavier, and St. Joe’s, and 6’11 Luuk Kortekaas, who played on the 18 and under Dutch National Team.

BYU

BYU Cougars

Conference – Mountain West         Last Season’s Record – 25-8  NCAA Tournament First Round

Thankfully Coach Dave Rose is cancer free. BYU is always at or near the top of the Mountain West Conference and are regular participants in the Big Dance, but have had touble getting past the 1st round. The Cougars should once again be near or atop the MWC again along with UNLV and SD State. Losing leading scorer, Lee Cummard hurts but BYU has more than capable reinforcements in Jonathan Tavernari(15.7 pts, 7.2 rebs), who pulled out of the NBA Draft early, and one of the better all around players in the conference in Jimmer Fredette(16.2ppg), who showed he is much improved by dropping 41 points while competing in the King of Kings Tourney in New York. The Cougars also get help in the form of new recruits G Tyler Haws, who was Utah’s Mr. Basketball, and F Brandon Davies, who won back to back state titles in HS.

06
Sep
09

Who Are Candidates for NBA Comeback Player of the Year?

Which former superstar will overcome injuries and make a comeback? This upcoming season’s list of possible Comeback Player of the Year Award nominees could read like an All-Star roster. Even though the NBA doesn’t officially give out the award, I thought it would be interesting to take a look at which players have the opportunity to be considered the best comeback players. The criteria would be that each player must have been at an All-Star caliber level at some point in their career and who’s numbers have dropped recently because of injuries, played on a bad team, or just had an off season.

 

T-Mac

Tracy McGrady – The player known as T-Mac has not made a major contribution to his Houston Rockets team for the past 2 seasons. Playing in only 97 games since ’07, McGrady has averaged 21.6 and 15.6 points the past two years. While this may be considered good for some players, it is not what we are used to from the 2 time scoring champion(’03 and ’04) and 7 time All-Star. As great players usually do, he upped his scoring average to 28.5 points even though he has never won a 1st round series. Back and knee injuries have ravaged the one time top 5 player, but recent reports have him rehabbing well and on the road to full recovery. At age 30, T-Mac could still be a great player if healthy. Putting up monster numbers for a rebuilding Rockets team seems tough since he doesn’t have much help. At $23+ million this season, Houston hopes he comes back hard!

Gilbert Arenas

Gilbert Arenas The Hibachi has been seen all over the internet recently testing out his surgically repaired knee. Footage was accidentally purposely leaked of Gil playing at Barry Farms in Washington DC this Summer as well as playing in the Chicago Pro Am while training for his comeback. The man with many nicknames like Agent 0, and most recently, Black President, was once one of the league’s hardest players to guard during the ’05-’07 seasons where he averaged between 25 and 30 ppg. The 3 time All-Star has three 50+ scoring games, even scoring 60 during the ’06 season. Since ’07 ,the Wizards franchise player has appeared in only 15 regular season games averaging 17.6 points because of two surgically repaired knees. As the video footage showed, Gil looks good and claims to be at 90% of his former self. There are once again high hopes in Washington with a good supporting cast and only at age 27, Arenas could still have many good years ahead of him.

Elton Brand

Elton Brand – It bothers Elton Brand that he never has truly been able to show the Philly faithful what he has to offer. He had high hopes coming to Philadelphia and joining a contending team which  has made the postseason the past two seasons with a young and talented nucleus of players after playing his heart out for perrenial NBA doormat LA Clippers for the previous 6 seasons. He averaged only 15.9 points and 9.8 rebounds before dislocating his shoulder in December. When he returned he would come back slowly from the bench and finished averaging only 13 points and 8 rebounds, which is a far cry from the 2 time All-Star’s career numbers of 20 points and 10 rebounds. He is still one of 6 current players to average 20 and 10. While in very good company, he will have had 6 months of time off which should be plenty of time to be 100% going into ’09-’10. A new coach, offensive system, and point guard should do Brand some good. I look for a strong return next season from EB24.

Garnett

Kevin Garnett – Everyone in the Celtic organization missed The Big Ticket for the final 25 regular season games and the playoffs. The 12 time All-Star averaged only 15.8 points and 8.5 rebounds before sustaining a right knee sprain which occured during a game with the Utah Jazz in February. Garnett could only play cheerleader during his team’s loss to the Orlando Magic in the Eastern Semi-Finals. One has to wonder that even though he is not ancient, at age 33, how the toll of playing more than 1100 NBA games straight from high school has taken a toll on the one time MVP’s knee joints. Garnett who has career averages of 20.2 points and 11.1 rebounds, dipped to 18.8 and 8.8 during the Celtics ’08 Championship season. While he may be voted an All-Star when he returns, I doubt he will ever return to superstar status.

Amare Stoudemire

Amare Stoudemire – Stoudemire is seemingly on this list every year, but it is only because he has so much potential. He missed the final 29 games of the regular season because he sustained a detatched retina to the same eye which he injured in preseason in February. Before the injury he averaged 21.4 points and 8.1 rebounds in his 7th season. Stoudemire seemed to be finally fully recovering from microfracture surgery in ’05, which was his best season averaging 26 ppg. With Coach Alvin Gentry bringing back the uptempo offense we are used to, and Steve Nash resigned for two more years, Stoudemire will have might have the best chance on this list to put up big numbers. At age 26, Amare definately has the most upside of anyone on this list.

Jameer Nelson 1

Jameer Nelson – Jameer Nelson has two meaningful tatoos across his back, All Eyes on Me and Accomplish Everything Without Fear. Both sum up his offseason coming back from a dislocated shoulder. Even though the Magic made news by letting Hedo Turkoglu go to Toronto and bringing Vince Carter to Orlando, All eyes are on Nelson, who is probably the most important player on the team. He is the floor general that brings it all together for a team that has aspirations of returning to the Finals. If healthy,he could be the piece of the puzzle that pushes them over the top. Before the injury, Nelson averaged 16.7 points, 5.4 assists, and selected for his first All-Star Game. Nelson, who was a former Naismith Player of the Year at St. Joe’s University, is supposedly back to All-Star form. If so, watch out Eastern Conference, because we have not seen the best of Jameer Nelson.

01
Sep
09

NBA Players Bring the “Basketball Show” to Brazil

Anderson Varejao 2

As every basketball fan now knows, The National Basketball Association is a multi-cultural showcase of hoop skills with players coming from all over the globe to compete on the highest competitive level. Foreign born players have risen to great heights to become All-Stars and even MVP’s like Dirk Nowitzki.

Every once in a while players go back to their native countries for the sake of charity. We all know of Dikembe Mutombo’s giving millions of dollars and other humanitarian work in his homeland of the Congo in Africa.

During these down times for NBA players, two native Brazilians organized a basketball exhibition against two teams made up of NBA players and the best players from the Brazilian professional leagues. Anderson Varejao of the Cavaliers and Leandro Barbosa of the Suns put together the “Basketball Show” in hopes of raising money for helping the many homeless and impoverished children of Rio de Janeiro.

NBA players participating besides Varejao and Barbosa included “The Matrix” Shawn Marion, Drew Gooden (Dallas), Devin Brown (New Orleans), Keith Bogans (Milwaukee), Danny Granger (Indiana), Amir Johnson, Ryan Hollins, and Coby Karl (Lakers). NBA players were divided equally with the two Brazilian stars as captains.

The Dallas Maverick’s Shawn Marion came out the leading scorer with 31 points, followed by Anderson Varejao, the crowd favorite, scoring 30 points as the team “Friends of Leandro” beat the “Friends of Varejao” 116-110.

It’s good to hear about some NBA players giving back to the community instead of news of another player tarnishing the NBA’s image by entering rehab or in the police blotter.

Leandro Barbosa




About the Author:

Allen Moll is an avid NBA and College Basketball fan who watches and studies games religiously and coaches youth basketball in his native Lehigh Valley region of Pennsylvania. Allen also writes for thehoopdoctors.com, Bleacherreport.com, and UpperDeckblog.com.

Favorite teams include everything Philly, like Sixers, Eagles, Phillies, Villanova , St. Joe's , Hoops, LaSalle, and Lehigh University Hoops.

Contact info: mollallen@yahoo.com

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