Posts Tagged ‘Dwight Howard

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
18
Aug
09

NBA Offseason Power Rankings

Every two weeks during the offseason, we at the Haven, will rank the Top 10 teams based on free agent moves, player development, and trades.

Celtics big 3

1) Boston – Adding Rasheed Wallace to a talented team that took Orlando to 7 games last season without Garnett means trouble for the NBA.  Resigning “Big Baby” Davis helps offset the loss of Leon Powe.  The only thing that can stop the C’s is the I word………………injuries.

2) San Antonio – Another already talented team that adds Richard Jefferson and Dejuan Blair through the draft to play off the bench.  Injuries to Parker and Ginobili are a concern.  If healthy, they are better than the Lakers out West……..at least on paper.

3) LA Lakers – You can at least book a return trip to the Western Finals.  Ron Artest will help especially on defense.  Getting Odom back was crucial.  Factor in the Zenmaster and Kobe’s quest to “Be Like Mike”and LA may be playing for another title.

4)Orlando – You know Dwight Howard is the best big man in the game when other teams bring in players to stop YOU(See Cleveland).  At age 32, Vinsanity finally doesn’t have to carry a team since this is the best team he has ever been on.  A healthy Jamir Nelson, former NCAA POY and All-Star is a difference maker.

5) Cleveland – Adding the 4 time champion,”Big Shaqtus” from Phoenix to get past Orlando is a good move……..but not enough.  An older and slower O’Neal might clog the lane and  get in an even better, Lebron’s path to the basket.  Winning 66 games again may be tougher in an improved Eastern Conference.

6) Portland – The addition of Miller at the point should do wonders for a young Blazers squad in need of a veteran leader.  The move should take the some pressure off of the underrated Roy who can concentrate on scoring and defense.  Portland could have the best young developing frontcourt in the league in Aldridge and Oden,…………… if healthy

7) Denver – The Nuggets return essentially the same team from last season’s Western Conference Finals squad.  The drafting of Ty Lawson from UNC gives a good change of pace for Billups who’s not getting any younger………………………..Nuggets stay the same+Lakers, Spurs, and Blazers improve=Not good!

8) Washington – It’s not a typo………..With a little luck on the injury front, the Wizards could be the 4th best team in the East.  Don’t underestimate the additions of Foye and Miller to an already great nucleus of Arenas, Jamison, and Butler.  An improving JaVale McGee will help defensively against opposing big men.

9) Toronto – The EuroRaptors and Chris Bosh will be good but not great.  Adding the playoff proven Turkoglu helps but doesn’t come close to other teams improvements like the top teams in the East.

10) Atlanta – The young Hawks have something good brewing in Atlanta.  An aging Bibby is a good architect to a nest of budding stars in Smith, Horford, and a resigned Williams.  The Hawks did right by waiting for their players to develop since their wasn’t a free agent move out there to put them in the title hunt.  The best is yet to come………….  

Next 5Dallas, Utah, Miami, New Orleans, and Philadelphia




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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