Friday, January 30, 2009

NBA Player Rankings and Tiers

Here are my Top 50 NBA players as of 1/30/2009. I have their name-team-position-age-stats(ppg&rpg for Centers and Forwards, ppg&apg for Guards) and some players have all 3 stats or another tidbit. If they have been injured for an extended period this year ihave it marked-(INJ-number of games missed). The players ranking is dropped a bit if they have been injured usually around the number of game s they missed is about how far they would drop, for instance Carmelo Anthony is ranked 25th, he has missed 15 games so if he were healthy the whole year he probably would have been ranked around number 10. That is why Carlos Boozer is not in the Top 50. Neither is Michael Redd who missed games earlier and is now out fo the year with a torn ACL or Gilbert Arenas who has not played this year.

Here's the list:

1. Lebron James-CLV-SF-24-(27.8,7.5,7apg)

2. Kobe Bryant-LAL-SG-30-(26.6, 5.6rpg, 5.2apg, one of league best defenders)

3. Dwayne Wade-MIA-SG-26-(28.5, 7.2, 5rpg)

4. Dwight Howard-ORL-C-23-(20.1, 13.9)

5. Chris Paul-NO-PG-23-(21.1, 11.1)

6. Kevin Garnett-BOS-PF-32-(16.2, 9, top defender, leader/best player on best team in NBA)

7. TimDuncan-SA-PF-32-(20.6, 10.4)

8. Amare Stoudamire-PHO-PF-26-(21.3, 8.1)

9. Joe Johnson-ATL-SG-27-(21.4, 6.2, 4.4rpg)

10. Dirk Nowitzki-DAL-PF-30-(25.7, 8.4)

11. Chris Bosh-TOR-PF-24-(23.2,9.7)

12. Chauncey Billups-DEN-PG-32-(18.8, 6.5)

13. Paul Pierce-BOS-SF-31-(18.8, 5.7)

14. Brandon Roy-POR-SG-24-(22.4, 5.1, 4.7rpg)

15. Devin Harris-NJ-PG-25-(21.6, 6.5)

16. Al Jefferson-MIN-C/F-24-(22.7, 10.5)

17. Danny Granger-IND-SF-25-(25.8, 5)

18.Yao Ming-HOU-C-28-(19.5, 9.5)

19. Pau Gasol-LAL-F/C-28-(17.3, 9)

20. Kevin Durant-OKC-SF-20-(24.8, 6.6)

21. Rashard Lewis-ORL-PF-29-(19.3, 6)

22. Andre Igoudala-PHL-SF-25-(17.7, 6.2, 5.3apg)

23. Allen Iverson-DET-SG-33-(17.7, 5.3)

24. Tony Parker-SA-PG-26-(20.5, 6.5)

25. Carmelo Anthony(INJ.-15)-DEN-SF-24-(21.1, 7.3)

26. David West-NO-PF-28-(20, 7.1)

27. Vince Carter-NJ-SG-32-(21.5, 5.1rpg, 4.7apg)

28. Deron Williams(INJ.-13)-Utah-PG-24-(16.9, 10.2)

29. Shaquille O'Neal-PHO-C-36-(18.1, 9)

30. Jameer Nelson-ORL-PG-27-(17, 5.4)

31. Mo Williams-CLV-PG-26-(17, 4.1)

32. Ray Allen-BOS-SG-33-(18, 3.4)

33. LaMarcus Aldridge-POR-PF-23-(17.6, 6.8)

34. Josh Smith-ATL-PF-23-(16.1, 7.6, top defender)

35. David Lee-NY-C-25-(15.7, 7.6, great defender)

36. Zach Randolph(INJ.-20)-LAC-PF-27-(22.0, 11.0)

37. Stephen Jackson-GS-SF-30-(19.5, 6apg, 4.8rpg, great defender)

38. Derrick Rose-CHI-PG-20-(16.5, 6.4)

39. Antawn Jamison-WAS-PF-32-(21.1, 9.1)

40. Emeka Okafor-CHR-C-26-(14, 10.7, top defender)

41. Richard Jefferson-MIL-SF-28-(17.1, 4.8, great defender)

42. Jason Terry-DAL-SG-31-(20.3ppg)

43. Rudy Gay-MEM-SF-22-(18.5, 5.6)

44. Steve Nash-PHO-PG-34-(14, 9.6)

45. Rip Hamilton-DET-G/F-30-(16.5ppg, great defender)

46. Kevin Martin(INJ.)-SAC-SG-25-(23.9ppg)

47. Caron Butler-WAS-SF-28-(20.1, 6)

48. O.J. Mayo-MEM-SG-21-(19ppg, 4rpg)

49. Ben Gordon-CHI-SG-25-(19.8ppg)

50. Rajon Rondo-BOS-PG-22-(11.1, 8.1, 4.9rpg, great defender)

All-star snubs and thoughts

The 2009 NBA all-star team was announced yesterday and as expected there were some guys who did not really deserve to be selected and there were some guys who got snubbed. In my opinion the biggest snubs were Al Jefferson-C/F-MIN (22.7ppg, 10.5rpg), Kevin Durant-SF-OKC (24.8ppg, 6.6rpg) is 6th in the league in scoring, Andre Igoudala-SF-PHL (17.7ppg, 6.2rpg, 5.3apg), and Carmelo Anthony-SF-DEN (21.1ppg, 73rpg) but has missed 15 games due to injury. To me this is saying that these guys are not one of the top 24 players in the NBA, when all 4 could possibly be amongst the top 20 players in the NBA. I realize Jefferson, Igoudala, and Durant play for .500/sub-.500 teams but they were unfairly punished for this. Melo just missed to many games like Deron Williams so I really don't have a problem with him being left off the all-star team.

Other players that some may feel got snubbed were Vince Carter, Ray Allen, Mo Williams, and Deron Williams (who missed 13 games due to injury). Some young players that have broken out this year that got slight consideration were David Lee, Rajon Rondo, Paul Millsap, and Nene. I don't think any of those four were really snubbed.

Some guys who got in but may not have truly deserved it were Jameer Nelson, Shaq, Tony Parker, and David West who made it as reserves while Allen Iverson was voted in by the fans. I feel that guys like Chauncey Billups, Pau, Rashard Lewis, Danny Granger, and Brandon Roy really did deserve to be selected.

I would have replaced:
Al Jefferson for Shaq, I'm sorry Diesel but Jefferson is better. His stats are better and his team which does not have a lot of talent is 16-28, while your talent rich Suns are only 25-19.
Andre Igoudala for Jameer Nelson, Orlando has 3 all-stars while Boston and the Lakers have 2, Cleveland has one and Philly has none. Philly is 22-22 because of Igoudala's play especially with the injuries of Elton Brand. Nelson is having a career year but he is not more deserving than MO Williams.
Kevin Durant for either Tony Parker or David West, I know West and Parker are the second best players on contenders but its hard to justify keeping the NBA's 6th leading scorer out of the All-Star game. Oh well, he will destroy the Freshman-Sophomore game and something tells me he will make his fair share of NBA All-star games.

Despite how I may feel, I do like this years' overall group of guys and look forward to watching the game in a couple of weeks. Here are the rosters:
C-Dwight Howard
F-LaBron James
F-Kevin Garnett
G-Dwayne Wade
G- Allen Iverson
F- Chris Bosh
F- Paul Pierce
F- Danny Granger
F- Rashard Lewis
G- Joe Johnson
G- Devin Harris
G- Jameer Nelson

C- Yao Ming
F- Tim Duncan
F- Amare Stoudamire
G- Kobe Bryant
G- Chris Paul
C- Shaquille O'Neal
F- Dirk Nowitzki
F- Pau Gasol
F- David West
G- Chauncey Billups
G- Brandon Roy
G- Tony Parker

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

My college basketball team tiers

(5) The Carolina 3/Big East Big 2- Duke, UNC, UConn, Pittsburgh, WFU

(4) The Big Conference Leaders/Big East Undefeats- Oklahoma, Lousville, Marquette, Mich. St.

(4) Major Mid-Majors- Xavier, Butler, Memphis, St. Mary's/Gonzaga (winner 1/29)

(6) Underachiever/Overachiever- Texas (under), Clemson (both, non-conference-over, in conference-under),
UCLA (very under), Syracuse (both, non-conference-over, in conference-under), Ariz. St. (under),
Washington (over)

(5) Battle for Big 10 #2/SEC #1- Purdue, Illinois, Minnesota, Florida, Kentucky

(4) Man the Big East is tough- Villanova, Georgetown, ND, WVU

Those 28 teams are pretty safe as of right now to make tournament.
The next level teams:

(3) The ACC bubble- VT, Miami, FSU

(4) The Big 12 bubble- Kansas, Mizzou, Baylor, OK St.

(4) High RPI not so high record- Tennessee (20-RPI, 12-6), Wisconsin (23-RPI, 11-7),
California (34-RPI, 16-4), Ohio St. (30-RPI, 13-5)

(10) Mid-major free fall teams, A.K.A. teams that better win their conference tournament to feel safe-
St. Mary's/Gonzaga (loser 1/29), Davidson, Dayton, Sienna, UNLV, Utah St., UAB, Utah, BYU, VCU,
ESPNU, youtube, You's a ho, you get the picture

(4) Good seven loss teams, A.K.A. teams that will be 12-14 loss NIT teams- Northwestern, Temple,
Miami (OH), Cincinnati

(5) My favorite, in your best Will Ferrell Stepbrothers voice, " What the fuck happened?"-
Michigan (beat Duke and UCLA early in season, now is 13-6, 4-4. The living definition of a bubble team).
USC (Top recruit- Demar DeRozan + good location-L.A. + good coach + Lil Romeo= high hopes and
hype, the results 13-6 and 54-RPI).
Texas A&M (13-1 before conference play 1-4 in confernence.
Boston College (win @ UNC, then lose 4 straight including loss to Harvard and 56-RPI).
Arkansas (beat Oklahoma and Texas, then go 0-4 in SEC play)
The SEC West and bottom half of SEC east, just o