Posts Tagged ‘Lou Williams

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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23
Jul
09

Will the Remaining Free Agents Make the Sixers a Contender?

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Most of the major NBA free agency moves have already been made. The time is now for teams to fill their bench, grab some role players, and add depth to last seasons roster in hopes of improving their squad. As I previously wrote, the Philadelphia 76ers are at an impasse with their aging point guard, Andre Miller, who is a free agent after playing admirably the past 2+ seasons in Philadelphia. The Sixers refuse to offer Miller a multi year deal because, honestly, it just doesn’t make much sense.

Philadelphia is definitely a young team on the rise in the Eastern Conference. Even though they went out and signed Elton Brand before last season, which went horribly bad, to go along with Iguodala, Young, Speights and co, they still are not among the top 4 teams in the East. I hate to say it, but they just aren’t as good as Boston, Cleveland, Orlando, or even Washington. Many casual NBA fans argue that Miller has been an integral part of taking the young Sixers to the playoffs, which is entirely true, so why not sign the steady veteran for a few years to allow Jrue Holiday time to develop? Let’s face it, the 76ers are already hamstrung with multi year deals to Iguodala, Brand, and the underacheiving Dalembert. If they sign Miller to another long term deal, the team will be essentially stuck in the same position they are now, a #6 to #8 seed in the playoffs for the length of his deal.They have been just good enough to make the playoffs and miss out on getting some really good draft picks yet obviously not talented enough to challenge for a title.

The latest that I’ve heard is that Philadelphia is interested in former Indiana malcontent, Jamal Tinsley or C.J Watson from Golden State. Both are bad moves. Tinsley, although talented, hasn’t played any meaningful minutes in over a year while in Larry Bird’s doghouse for the Pacers because of his many off the court issues. Watson is another backup point guard who became expendable once they drafted Steph Curry, acquired Acie Law, and that Monta Ellis has recovered from injuries.

Their real need is for a shooting guard who can knock down some 3 point shots. Lou Williams, entering his 5th season in the NBA, has more than earned his shot at playing the point. He was originally drafted 4 years ago as A.I’s replacement. He averaged more than 13 points and 4 assists coming off of the bench last season. The only other viable options include securing Ramon Sessions from Milwaukee(12.4 points and 5.7 assists), former 6th man of the year Bobby Jackson(7 points and 3 assists), or Washington’s Juan Dixon(5.2 points and 2.4 assists). Only Sessions would be an upgrade from Williams. Although they probably won’t consider it, Iverson still hasn’t signed, making the price to get him a little lower. A.I. would solve all of their problems and maybe make them a contender, but would bring old problems back with him to Philly. I’m not sure someone putting up 30+ shots a game is part of new coach, Eddie Jordan’s Princeton style offense.

So, why not save some money, add a role player to mentor Holiday for a season or two. Maybe after next season some unsuspecting team will take Dalembert’s expiring contract in 10′-11′ off your hands, the young nucleus has another year to develop, and you get lucky and land a “B” level free agent like Michael Redd or Rip Hamilton in the magical 2010 free agent class.




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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