Wooden Award Mid-Season Top 25

Here is the list:

Keith Appling – 6’1 PG Michigan State (Senior)
Cameron Bairstow – 6’9 PF New Mexico (Senior)
Aaron Craft – 6’2 PG Ohio State (Senior)
Cleanthony Early – 6’8 F Wichita State (Senior)
C.J. Fair – 6’8 F Syracuse (Senior)
DeAndre Kane – 6’4 PG Iowa State (Senior)
Doug McDermott – 6’8 SF Creighton (Senior)
Shabazz Napier – 6’1 PG UConn (Senior)
Adreian Payne – 6’10 F/C Michigan State (Senior)
Casey Prather – 6’6 SF Florida (Senior)
Russ Smith – 6’0 PG Louisville (Senior)
Chaz Williams – 5’9 PG UMass (Senior)
Jordan Clarkson – 6’5 SG Missouri (Junior)
Nick Johnson – 6’3 G Arizona (Junior)
Joseph Young – 6’2 G Oregon (Junior)
Kyle Anderson – 6’9 SF UCLA (Sophomore)
Sam Dekker – 6’7 SF Wisconsin (Sophomore)
Rodney Hood – 6’7 G/F Duke (Sophomore)
Marcus Smart – 6’4 PG Oklahoma State (Sophomore)
T.J. Warren – 6’8 F NC State (Sophomore)
Tyler Ennis – 6’2 PG Syracuse (Freshman)
Aaron Gordon – 6’9 PF Arizona (Freshman)
Jabari Parker – 6’7 SF Duke (Freshman)
Julius Randle – 6’8 PF Kentucky (Freshman)
Andrew Wiggins – 6’7 G/F Kansas (Freshman)

Kevin Durant, on fire?

As of today, Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant has scored 30 or more points in 11 straight games. He is the first player since Tracy McGrady in 2003 to have such a streak. While Durant may be able to make a run at the ‘modern era’ record of 16 games, held by the Lakers’ Kobe Bryant, the humble superstar has a long way to go to reach the NBA record held by Wilt Chamberlain of 65 consecutive 30-point games. Let’s gain some perspective…

While I am certainly not a Chamberlain worshiper, his numbers during a stretch of time in the early 1960′s speak for themselves. Chamberlain’s record streak was set during his historic 1961-62 season. Keep in mind two important things about WHEN these numbers were accomplished: 1.) Chamberlain didn’t often play against players his own size (7’1, 275). Even the great Bill Russell was only 6’10; and 2.) This was before all of the modern rules changes that Durant and today’s big-time scorers benefit from. You know, the ones that eliminated hand-checking, virtually ending any chance of seeing real defense being played in the regular season? — Durant cannot help the rules any more than Chamberlain could help that most team’s centers were 6’8.

In the process of setting this monumental record Wilt Chamberlain played in 80 of his teams’ 82 games and he AVERAGED 50.4 points per game. He AVERAGED shooting 10 for 17 from the foul line EVERY night. This means that teams were doing anything they could to try and stop him; and he still shot over 50% from the field AND averaged 25.6 rebounds per game. These numbers speak volumes against the argument about his competition, in fact they prove that he brought his best every night. This was likely the most dominant scoring performance that we will ever see. And as far as that 65-game streak? Chamberlain also holds the next two longest streaks with 31 in 1962 and 25 in 1960.

We love watching Kevin Durant too, but let’s not get carried away with any historical comparisons. For a stretch of nearly two years, Chamberlain achieved a level of dominance that is not likely to ever be equaled.

Ties Broken for 2013 NBA Draft

Leading up to the NBA Draft Lottery on May 21, the league held tiebreakers for the teams that finished with identical records in order to determine the order selection for the lottery. The random drawings were conducted by NBA executives Jason Cahilly and Dan Rube. Denise Pelli, a partner in accounting firm Ernst & Young, oversaw the tiebreaking process.

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Trade Breakdown: New Orleans & Washington (6/20/12)

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Hmmm… From a basketball sense, I can see how this trade makes the Wizards better but that is about where the nice things to be said end. Running an NBA team in today’s world requires not only evaluating talent but evaluating VALUE of that talent. Managing the salary cap involves not overpaying for players who only fill a role. While I love the pairing of Continue reading

Playing Russian Roulette

Gerald Wallace had until Wednesday night at midnight to decide whether or not to exercise an option in his contract that would extend it for one more year, and $9.5M, but he decided to let his contract expire rather than play on a one year deal. This decision may not seem to be too Earth shattering considering Wallace is a second tier star but it does start the countdown to a potential doomsday for the once-New Jersey Nets who have not even finished unpacking all the boxes in the new Barclays center in their new home in Brooklyn.

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