Top 5 Power Forwards Heading into 2017-2018

Link to previous articles: Top 5 Point Guard Top 5 Shooting Guard Top 5 Small Forward ** Stats come from ESPN & Advanced Statistics come from basketball-reference.com** Carmelo Anthony is no longer wearing a Knicks jersey so now Porzingis is the complete face of the franchise. Last year, Porzingis averaged 18.1ppg, 7.2rpg, 2.0bpg, and 1.5spg in 66 games. He shot .450% from the field, .357% … Continue reading Top 5 Power Forwards Heading into 2017-2018

Final Picks for Award Winners

Who will be the Most Improved Player, Sixth Man of the Year, Rookie of the Year, Defensive Player of the Year, Coach of the Year, and Most Valuable Player? Well, I cannot answer that question with the correct answer, but instead, I will give you my choices for each award. This season has been fun and historic, but it is coming to a close. The Spurs tied for the most home wins in a season, the Warriors are going for a record 73 wins, and finally, Kobe is mortal and plays in his final NBA game tonight. Let’s see who wins some awards (hypothetically) in this historic season.

ESPN.COM, BASKETBALL-REFERENCE.COM, AND NBA.COM ARE WHERE I GOT MY STATS. OPINIONS ARE MY OWN.

Most Improved Player

#3: Giannis Antetokounmpo (Milwaukee Bucks)-

The Greak Freak! A possible point guard next season? That is scary for teams since he is an athletic 6’11”, 222lbs monster. His season was pretty good. The Bucks? Not so much. That is why he takes a hit here and sits at #3. The Bucks finished with a 33-48 record and did not make the playoffs after making the playoffs last season.

Giannis  did not dissapoint this season. He was a huge bright spot for this Bucks squad. Giannis (with one more game to go) put up 21 double-doubles and 5 triple-doubles. His minutes went from 31.4 to 35.4. He increased his scoring from 12.7 to 16.8. His rebounds increased from 6.7 to 7.6. His assists increased from 2.6 to 4.3. His steals and blocks also increased from 0.9 to 1.2 and 1.0 to 1.4 respectively. Although he still shot it poorly from the three, he grew upon his field goal percentage, three point percentage, and free throw percentage. His percentages went from .491% to .507% (field goal %), .159% to .260% (three point %), and .741% to .721% (free throw %). He was good enough to be considered for this award.

#2: Hassan Whiteside (Miami Heat)-  

Hassan has played in 72 games (with one left to go) this season. He has started 42 of those. I believe not being a starter hinds his MIP case. He has been a major factor for the Miami Heat as they make it to the playoffs this season. Currently, the Heat are sitting at #3 in the Eastern Conference with a 48-33 record. Now let’s get back to Hassan Whiteside.

The only major stat that he did not increase is field goal percentage. Hassan’s minutes per game have been upped from 23.8 to 29.1. His points per game increased from 11.8 to 14.2. His rebounds per game went up from 10.0 to 11.9, which is third in the NBA this season. His blocks per game went from 2.6 to a crazy 3.7, which is first in the NBA. DeAndre Jordan is second and he only has 2.3. Hassan has also put up three games this season where he accomplished a triple-double, as well as 41 double-doubles. Like I said earlier, his field goal percentage declined from .628% to .606%, still putting him at #3 in the NBA. Whiteside has quite a resume for him to possibly win MIP.

#1: C.J. McCollum (Portland Trail Blazers)-

What if I told you that the Blazers were not expected to make the playoffs after losing 4/5 of their starters? What if I told you that the Blazers did not care about that. The Blazers will be the 5th or the 6th seed in the playoffs with a record of either 44-38 or 43-39 with one game to go. Damian Lillard was amazing this season as the only remaining starter for the Blazers squad. Another reason why they are so good this season is their shooting guard, C.J. McCollum. Wesley Matthews went to the Dallas Mavericks, allowing C.J. McCollum to slide over to the starting shooting guard spot. Lillard and McCollum are a dangerous backcourt. Let’s not focus on Lillard right now because this is about his teammate, my pick for Most Improved Player.

McCollum has increased his stats across the board. With Matthews departure, his minutes per game increased from 15.7 to 34.8, and he did not disappoint. His points per game increased from 6.8 to 20.9. His rebounds per game went from 1.5 to 3.2. His assists went from 1.0 to 4.3. His steals went from 0.7 to 1.2. He increased all of his percentages as well. His field goal % went from .436% to .448%. His three point % went from .396% to .421%. Lastly, his free throw % went from .699% to .827%. Those number increases, the fact he went from a bench player to a starter due to a starter moving on, and the fact that he has answered the call and helped Lillard lead this team to a playoff seed when they were counted out in the beginning of the season, means he should win this award.

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Every Teams Most Likely All-Star

For most NBA teams, they have barely played double digits in games. It is only November and the All-Star’s are not until February, but it is never to early to talk about the All-Star’s. Not every guy that I list in this article has an actual chance to even make it to the All-Star Game. I just think it is going to be fun to … Continue reading Every Teams Most Likely All-Star

Every Teams Most Likely All-Star

For most NBA teams, they have barely played double digits in games. It is only November and the All-Star’s are not until February, but it is never to early to talk about the All-Star’s. Not every guy that I list in this article has an actual chance to even make it to the All-Star Game. I just think it is going to be fun to … Continue reading Every Teams Most Likely All-Star

My Brooklyn Nets NBA Ranking + trending upwards/downwards/neutral for next season

The Brooklyn Nets squeaked their way into the post season last season at 38-44. That was good enough for the 8th seed in the Eastern Conference. They drew the Atlanta Hawks in the 1st round of the NBA Playoffs. They won 2 games against the Atlanta Hawks but were ultimately defeated 4-2. They traded away their athletic backup center, Mason Plumlee, for the Trail Blazers … Continue reading My Brooklyn Nets NBA Ranking + trending upwards/downwards/neutral for next season

76ers sign Kendall Marshall

(September 9, 2015) In 2013-2014 for the Los Angeles Lakers he averaged 9apg. In 2014-2015 for the Milwaukee Bucks, he tore his ACL. He has been rehabbing ever since then. Now he is signed with the Philadelphia 76ers on a 4 year contract worth more than the minimum. The first season is guaranteed. The 76ers were in 24th last season in assists so Kendall Marshall … Continue reading 76ers sign Kendall Marshall

Allen Iverson eligible for 2016 Hall of Fame class

11x All-Star and 1x MVP Allen Iverson is eligible. Iverson averaged 31.1ppg in 2001 when he won MVP. He then put up 32.9ppg in the playoffs. Those same playoffs is where he hit his iconic shot over Tyronn Lue and then stepped over him in overtime. He put up 48 points that game. Unfortunately, Iverson went his entire career without ever winning a ring. His … Continue reading Allen Iverson eligible for 2016 Hall of Fame class

Debate: Tobias Harris or Victor Oladipo in the clutch

Brett David Roberts wrote an article called Clutch Options: Is Orlando Magic’s go-to player Victor Oladipo or Tobias Harris? That got me thinking. That is a very good question as both Oladipo and Harris have both shown that they can hit critical shots in the clutch. That made me want to ask you guys, Tobias Harris or Victor Oladipo? Which player would you give the ball in … Continue reading Debate: Tobias Harris or Victor Oladipo in the clutch

Jason Richardson signing

(August 18, 2015) Atlanta Hawks have signed veteran guard/forward Jason Richardson. Richardson will be entering his 14th year in the NBA with a career scoring average of 17.1ppg. Richardson averaged 9.1ppg in under 22 minutes per game with the 76ers last season. Hawks currently have Kyle Korver, Kent Bazemore, Tim Hardaway Jr., and Justin Holiday at shooting guard so expect Richardson to share minutes at … Continue reading Jason Richardson signing

Rumor: Rudy Gay To The Bulls?

I read an article about the Bulls inability to trade over the past 12 years. They either get their players from the draft (ex. Jimmy Butler, Taj Gibson etc.) or Free Agency (Pau Gasol). Possibly the Bulls could finally do some trading to potentially get Rudy Gay from the Sacramento Kings. To match up the contract of Rudy Gay, the Bulls could trade Taj Gibson … Continue reading Rumor: Rudy Gay To The Bulls?