Friday, April 17, 2009

MIND OF MULLIN ON THE MOVE


Due to the likely departure of Chris Mullin from the Golden State Warriors, I thought it would be an appropriate time for blog site to make a transition onto another site. Please visit Warrior Works and update your bookmarks/links as necessary.

Thanks for your many hits and please join me at my new blog as we turn the page on yet another chapter in the Warriors dysfunctional history.

Thursday, April 16, 2009

NBA 2009 MOCK DRAFT 2.0


Based on Final Regular Season Standings
  1. Kings - Ricky Rubio
  2. Wizards (t) - Blake Griffin
  3. Clippers (t) - Jordan Hill
  4. Thunder - Hasheem Thabeet
  5. Grizzlies - James Harden
  6. Timberwolves - Brandon Jennings
  7. Warriors - Jrue Holiday
  8. Knicks - Tyreke Evans
  9. Raptors - DeMar DeRozan
  10. Bucks - Earl Clark
  11. Nets - Stephen Curry
  12. Bobcats - Craig Brackins
  13. Pacers - Jonny Flynn
  14. Suns - Terrence Williams
  15. Pistons - Ty Lawson
  16. Bulls (t) - Donatas Motiejunas
  17. 76ers (t) - Patrick Mills
  18. Timberwolves (1) - Austin Daye
  19. Hawks - B.J. Mullens
  20. Jazz - Chase Budinger
  21. Hornets - Wayne Ellington
  22. Mavericks - Patrick Patterson
  23. Kings (2) - Gerald Henderson
  24. Trail Blazers - Eric Maynor
  25. Thunder (3) - James Johnson
  26. Thunder (4) - DeJuan Blair
  27. Grizzlies (5) - Tyler Hansbrough
  28. Timberwolves (6) - Jeff Teague
  29. Lakers - Sam Young
  30. Cavaliers - Nick Calathes
(t) tie
(1) from Heat
(2) from Rockets
(3) from Spurs
(4) from Nuggets
(5) from Magic
(6) from Celtics


On the bubble: Darren Collison, Tyler Smith, A.J. Ogilvy, Marcus Thornton, Omri Casspi, Gani Lawal, Damion James, DaJuan Summers, Jon Brockman


Friday, April 10, 2009

POLL RESULTS: GRIFFIN VS. RANDOLPH


Who would you prefer as the future Power Forward?

Blake Griffin: 38 votes (49%)
Anthony Randolph: 39 votes (50%)

Total votes: 77

Anthony Randolph barely wins by a single vote which surprises me somewhat. There's no doubt that Griffin is a dominant college player, but Randolph has shown the he can more than hold his own verses the professionals. Some are even predicting that he will eventually become an all-star. Griffin is a better scorer and perhaps Randolph's equal in rebounds, but the younger Randolph has the potential to be a game-changing defensive presence and mismatch nightmare able to play 3 positions in Don Nelson's rotation. Blake Griffin is undersized for his position, less proven, less versatile, and likely with less upside than Randolph.

Feel free to post a comment on why you voted one way or the other.

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

10 REASONS WHY WARRIORS SHOULD RANK RUBIO AHEAD OF GRIFFIN


  1. Two of the toughest positions to field with star talent are PG and C. Rubio is already a star in Europe at the young age of 18. Blake Griffin has the makings of a star, but is a PF, a position easier to fill. Players with Griffin's attributes are less scarce.

  2. The Warriors biggest area of need is PG. Monta Ellis is trying hard to learn the role, but it's becoming clear that he doesn't have that special something that allows him to see the entire floor seconds before it actually happens, nor does he have the passing ability to get players the ball in tight spots.

  3. Rubio will fill the seats for the next decade-plus. He's humble, charismatic, talented, and has a flair for the spectacular. The fans will love him (especially the females) and so will Cohan's bank account. More revenue means more money to spend on free agents.

  4. A PG of Rubio's caliber is difficult to find and even harder to trade for. IF he reaches his potential, he's the kind of player that teams hold on to for their entire career. Better secure his services now while you still can rather than over-paying to try and trade for him when he is a star.

  5. The only other player worth taking #1, Blake Griffin, plays the same position that two fast rising Warriors play. Randolph and Wright aren't as potent scorers but they are far better defensively than the undersized Griffin will ever be. Warriors are loaded with scorers already and have the 22 year old Biedrins who is always among the top players in fg% is a potent weapon inside when given the opportunity. To think that Biedrins is not going to continue to add post moves to his repetoire is insane. He is years away from his prime, so the front court, along with the hustle and heart of Turiaf, is set. Drafting Griffin would help, but it would also force Randolph to SF and slow the development of Wright and Griffin. A trade would be necessary to clear the log jam and bring in a true PG.

  6. Griffin = cross between Michael Beasley, David Lee, and Carlos Boozer. Rubio = a cross between Pete Maravich (creativity), Stockton (steals), and Steve Nash (elevate team play). Rubio will make a greater overall positive impact on this team than Griffin will.

  7. Don Nelson stated in a recent radio interview that the Warriors need to acquire a player that is a good rebounder and defender, but first and foremost, is a passer. He needs to be able to get the ball to where it needs to be and make sound decisions every second on the floor. Rubio is a decent rebounder for his position, was awarded Defensive Player of the Year in the ACB League, and is THE best passer to come into the league in a few years. There's no question that he is a true PG and that he would be an ideal choice for acting as an extension of the coach on the floor. He's only 18, but he knows the game inside and out and plays the game like a coach's son.

  8. Rubio makes others around him better. Right now, the Warriors are a team filled with young, exciting talent, but they are without a captain that could take command of the ship and lead the group in the right direction. Rubio will make the game easier for others, especially for the Big 4 who are athletic, have good hands, and fast reactions. Baskets will come easy for everyone else. Wright, Randolph, Biedrins and Turiaf will get high percentage opportunities with a true PG of Rubio's caliber on the floor. He can get to any spot on the floor and once he's there, he knows what to do with it.

  9. Chris Paul and Kobe Bryant think he has the potential to be a special player. They played against him and came away very impressed and believe he has a bright future ahead of him. I'll trust their judgment of talent any day. "It's crazy what he's already done," Paul says. "He will come to the NBA and steal my job."

  10. Read the scouting reports and watch the footage - this kid is going to be special. Note: if you only have time to watch one video, watch the last one where you get a taste of how much of an impact Rubio makes in a single game. Also, keep in mind that he is fresh from returning from wrist surgery.





















And I leave you with a quote from one of my favorite sports writers, Bill Simmons:

Ricky Rubio started for Calderón and was solid, if not great. But the feat itself? Do I need to remind you he's the same age as Jamie Lynn Spears? Imagine Team USA picking Chris Paul and a high school kid as its point guards, then Paul missing the gold-medal game and the teenager holding his own? How many commercials would he be filming right now? Twenty? The nonstop Pistol Pete comparisons are beneath Rubio; his defensive instincts, playmaking and athleticism bring him closer to a hybrid of Scottie Pippen and a young Magic—if they happened to look like one of the Jonas Brothers. I love Ricky to the point that I might move to whatever NBA city gets him. You think I'm kidding.



Related Links
LA PISTOLA - ESPN the Magazine
Ricky Rubio may enter 2009 NBA Draft - Interbasket.net
Ricky Rubio - NBADraft.net
Ricky Rubio Prospect Profile - Draft Express
Ricky Rubio Draft Bio - ESPN
Ricky Rubio : Next Bio - ESPN the Magazine

Thursday, April 2, 2009

WARRIORS VS. KINGS

If a career high of 42 doesn't prove he's back, nothing will.
1rebound and 1 assist from a triple double.

Monta had 9 assist tonight, but he still showed why this team shouldn’t get there hopes up as him being the future full-time PG. Maybe he’ll eventually get it, but he’s been making the same errors all his career. He continually blew past his man tonight, was met with help defense, and tried to dish it off at the rim. Most of the time, he threw inaccurate passes that resulted in turnovers or easy missed scoring opportunities. I good PG could read the situation faster, and thread the needle in traffic or kick it out to the open man at the perimeter. Here’s to hoping that the front office drafts or trades for a young true PG that could set up teammates better. Also, it's time for the front office to put the void option to rest and make peace with Monta Ellis. He's proven that he has come back from his injury. It will do more damage to the franchise if they continue hang the threat of a void over their star's head.


Missing in action for the 2nd half.

CJ Watson gets 34 minutes although he had minimal impact on the game while Anthony Randolph gets 19 after going 7-9 fg, 3-3 ft, and pulling down 10 rebounds. The benching of Randolph pissed me off and many of the season ticket holders in my area. We thought for sure he would make an appearance in overtime, but it wasn't the case. Once again, Nellie is doing selective teaching (or punishment) when it comes to his prized rookie. The Warriors could have used his defense and rebounding, but Nellie is just too stubborn to realize that small ball played with a depleted roster and tired legs results in poor play. Fortunately, the Warriors survived the sorry a Kings team who is competing for the worst record in the NBA. Randolph stood arms crossed in front of the bench most of the 3rd and 4th quarter, only to be ignored as the Kings sent the game into overtime when it should have been a sure win in regulation. As a fan, I feel that Nelson sucks the joy out of games for loyal paying customers and Anthony Randolph. Ease up Don, you made your point loud and clear by benching him for all but a few minutes in the 2nd half. Subbing him in for a few critical defensive stops at the end of the game wouldn’t have diminished any of your mind-games. Randolph and the fans got your point … he made a mistake … now get over yourself and move on.


Don Nelson puts tired small ball and head
games ahead of defense and excitement for the fans.

Box Score
Game Flow
Highlights


Related Articles
Not This Time (Warriors 143, Kings 141) - Adam Lauridsen
Ellis better than ever in OT thrill-ride win - Janny Hu
Warriors outlast Kings in OT - Marcus Thompson II
Game 75, live: Kings (16-57) at Warriors (25-49) - Geoff Lepper

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

POLL RESULTS: FRESHMAN FORECAST



Which Freshman will end up being the best NBA Player?

DeMar DeRozan: 39 (29%)
Brandon Jennings: 25 (18%)
Greg Monroe: 24 (17%)
Al-Farouq Aminu: 14 (10%)
Jrue Holiday: 14 (10%)
Willie Warren: 11 (8%)
B.J. Mullens: 7 (5%)

Total Votes: 134

I should have included Tyreke Evans in this poll. After his strong finish to his Freshman season, he would surely be conisdered among the top vote getters now.


Who Will Be The Best Pro?
Hoopmixtape

TYREKE EVANS DECLARES


With the news that coach John Calipari was leaving Memphis for Kentucky, Tyreke Evans decided to make the early jump into the pros. He's not a true PG, but what makes him intriguing is his ability to defend both backcourt positions, rebound, and score. He'll make a great addition, but until Jrue Holiday flops in workouts, I'll put Holiday ahead of Evans in my PG rankings.

Tier 1:
R. Rubio - future star

Tier 2:
J. Holiday - true PG, defends, star potential
B. Jennings - true PG, can't defend, star potential
T. Evans - combo guard, score, rebound, defends, great size, star potential

Tier 3:
W. Warren - combo guard, score, explosive, returning
E. Maynor - true PG, older, good size
P. Mills - quick, undersized, true PG
S. Curry - combo guard, score, long range, defensive liability

Tier 4:
N. Calathes - true PG, good all-around, struggles vs. small quick PG's, great size
T. Lawson - true PG, undersized, defensive liability, low turnovers
J. Flynn - true PG, undersized, defensive liability, returning
J. Teague - combo guard, score, turnovers, see Acie Law, returning?

Tier 5:
D. Collison - good PG, struggles in big games, nothing special
R. Beaubois - mystery, athletic, defense, long

I would trade up for Tier 1. Draft any Tier 2 with #7. Trade down to mid-1st for Tier 3. Trade down to late first, early 2nd for Tier 4. Trade down to mid-2nd for Tier 5.


Tyreke Evans...........HIGHLIGHTS
BALLNnorthwest

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

BILL SIMMONS ON ANTHONY RANDOLPH


Here's an excerpt from a recent Bill Simmon's Q and A:

Q: YES! YES, YES, YES!!! Please write about Anthony Randolph! I've been telling people about him all year long. There's never been an NBA player with his size and skill set. Ever. He's a looong 6-foot-10, runs like a gazelle, has great hops, and can handle the ball. Love it. As an added bonus, he looks like he's constantly crying or really getting his feelings hurt. He's fascinating. I get genuinely giddy any time the Warriors are on, for him alone. Can you please let America know about Anthony Randolph?
-- Aaron, Chicago

SG: He's one of the most breathtaking rookies I've seen in person -- ever -- for all the reasons you just described. There has never been anyone quite like him. He's like a cross between Josh Smith and Lamar Odom, only if you fed him 10 Red Bulls and told him right before the game, "If you can make 10 things happen during the 10 minutes you play tonight, we will quadruple your salary and you will start for the rest of the season" ... and then he does just that, but the coach reneges on the promise so Anthony has a near-crying meltdown on the bench. That's every Anthony Randolph game. I caught him once and, in the span of two hours, he made three "MY GOD!" plays and broke down on the Warriors' bench because Nellie wouldn't put him back in, followed by an assistant consoling him through an entire timeout like Randolph was a third grader who got in trouble for something he didn't do, then had a meltdown and got kicked out of class. It was riveting. The odds of me missing another Clips-Warriors game for the next five years are 10,000-to-1.

One other thing: There hasn't been nearly enough made of how screwed up the Warriors are right now. Their front office and ownership situation is a world-class mess. Their coach has been in "I'm Keith Hernandez" Mode since the 2007 Dallas upset and looks like he's actively trying to get fired. They have two young players everyone loves -- Randolph and Monta Ellis -- only they've been antagonized to the degree that it might affect them long-term. In Randolph's case, how can a lottery team not play a talent like Randolph 35 minutes a game? What the hell is going on here??? For some reason, the only media member who seems to care is Tim Kawakami. I don't get it. If I were a Warriors fan, I would be organizing protests outside the arena complaining about Randolph's playing time. It's insane. Imagine if Chicago was 16-50 and played Derrick Rose 10 minutes a game. Would you think that was weird? You would, right? Welcome to Anthony Randolph's world. This is the single weirdest subplot of the 2008-09 season, narrowly edging Zaza Pachulia's bacne.


Some may argue that Anthony Randolph deserved to be put on ice much of the season. I thought he deserved it after his elbow happened to catch Rob Kurz in the chin during an aggressive rebound in a heated practice. But the length of the freeze out and the extreme lack of playing time despite the obvious need for his energy before that was unwarranted. Injuries opened up plenty of opportunity for Randolph to be inserted into the game, but often times, it never happened.

It seems like everyone is giddy over how Nelson 'handled' Randolph by not playing him much early in the year - as if his promising play was a direct result of the DNP-CD's and 10 minute stints. Wake up! We would have seen the same type of exciting, heady, refined play sooner if he were given the same reasonable opportunity to play as any other 'sane' coach affords a rookie that shows promise, rebounds, and shows great effort on defense. Randolph has the pride, skill, and work ethic to overcome his shortcomings in the process of natural development and although Nellie and his coaching staff deserve credit for his improvement, many are selling Randolph short.

Anthony Randolph has had the talent all along, he felt alienated, and the fans were robbed of enjoying 75% of his rookie season. Randolph would have easily made the All-Star Rookie team had he been given a reasonable amount of playing time to develop as a player. Sadly, the Golden State Warriors had no one to represent their team that weekend. Nellie should have played him every game and yanked him for making too many mistakes in a row - at least giving him a chance to learn from his mistakes on the court. Instead, the fans were treated to SG's and SF's at PF and Rob Kurz ahead of him on the depth chart. The vets were allowed to make the same mistakes that got Randolph immediately yanked (or banished to the bench for several games) but none of the vets EVER matched Randolph's hustle, much needed rebounding, and defensive intensity. That's a raw deal if you ask me.

It was pure politics and a classic case of a Nellie power-play. Don't get me wrong, I love Nellie as a coach and am excited by the brand of up-tempo basketball he employs on the Warriors, but his long history of mind-games, deception, and power trips are one aspect of his HOF coaching persona he needs to drop. Nellie is too respected for that and too good a coach to resort to those tricks that many knowledgeable fans and players can see right through.

Anthony Randolph was not used properly during his rookie season and his game could have been much more advanced had egos been checked and the kid been allowed to do his thing. If this had been the case from Day 1, Randolph's name would be among those being talked about for Rookie of the Year. Way to go Nellie.

2008-2009 Game Log


Anthony Randolph - Golden State Warriors Mix
by NBAChrisPaul

Sunday, March 29, 2009

POLL RESULTS: SG KEEPER


If you had to choose just one, who would you keep?

Kelenna Azubuike: 29 votes (38%)
Marco Belinelli: 16 votes (21%)
Anthony Morrow: 31 votes (40%)

Total votes: 76

PROSPECT PERFOMANCES - 03/28/09 & 03/29/09


03/28/09

Sam Young: Pittsburgh 76, Villanova 76
38 min, 10-17 fg, 3-7 3pt, 5-5 ft, 1 off, 7 reb, 0 ast, 5 to, 0 stl, 1 blk, 1 pf, 28 pts

Hasheem Thabeet: Connecticut 82, Missouri 75
26 min, 2-4 fg, 0-0 3pt, 1-3 ft, 6 off, 13 reb, 2 ast, 2 to, 0 stl, 0 blk, 3 pf, 5 pts

DeJuan Blair: Pittsburgh 76, Villanova 76
34 min, 9-9 fg, 0-0 3pt, 2-6 ft, 2 off, 10 reb, 2 ast, 3 to, 2 stl, 0 blk, 3 pf, 20 pts



03/29/09

Blake Griffin: Oklahoma 60, North Carolina 72
38 min, 9-12 fg, 0-0 3pt, 5-8 ft, 6 off, 16 reb, 1 ast, 3 to, 0 stl, 0 blk, 4 pf, 23 pts

Earl Clark: Louisville 52, Michigan St. 64
40 min, 8-17 fg, 2-5 3pt, 1-4 ft, 2 off, 5 reb, 2 ast, 2 to, 0 stl, 1 blk, 3 pf, 19 pts

Terrence Williams: Louisville 52, Michigan St. 64
35 min, 1-7 fg, 0-3 3pt, 3-4 ft, 1 off, 6 reb, 4 ast, 1 to, 0 stl, 1 blk, 0 pf, 5 pts

Samardo Samuels: Louisville 52, Michigan St. 64
22 min, 0-6 fg, 0-0 3pt, 0-0 ft, 3 off, 7 reb, 0 ast, 4 to, 0 stl, 2 blk, 3 pf, 0 pts

Willie Warren: Oklahoma 60, North Carolina 72
36 min, 6-16 fg, 2-9 3pt, 4-4 ft, 0 off, 1 reb, 3 ast, 4 to, 1 stl, 0 blk, 1 pf, 18 pts

Tyler Hansbrough: Oklahoma 60, North Carolina 72
26 min, 2-4 fg, 0-0 3pt, 4-4 ft, 0 off, 6 reb, 3 ast, 2 to, 2 stl, 0 blk, 2 pf, 8 pts

Wayne Ellington: Oklahoma 60, North Carolina 72
34 min, 3-9 fg, 1-5 3pt, 2-2 ft, 0 off, 3 reb, 1 ast, 3 to, 0 stl, 0 blk, 0 pf, 9 pts

Ty Lawson: Oklahoma 60, North Carolina 72
36 min, 6-13 fg, 2-4 3pt, 5-6 ft, 0 off, 5 reb, 5 ast, 1 to, 3 stl, 1 blk, 2 pf, 19 pts

Friday, March 27, 2009

PROSPECT PERFOMANCES - 03/23/09 THRU 03/27/09


03/23/09

Stephen Curry: St. Mary's 80, Davidson 68
37 min, 11-27 fg, 4-10 3pt, 0-0 ft, 0 off, 9 reb, 5 ast, 6 to, 2 stl, 0 blk, 4 pf, 26 pts

Patrick Patterson: Kentucky 65, Creighton 63
32 min, 5-11 fg, 0-0 3pt, 2-2 ft, 1 off, 7 reb, 1 ast, 1 to, 0 stl, 2 blk, 3 pf, 13 pts

Jodie Meeks: Kentucky 65, Creighton 63
30 min, 4-9 fg, 1-2 3pt, 7-7 ft, 0 off, 3 reb, 1 ast, 1 to, 2 stl, 0 blk, 4 pf, 16 pts

Patrick Mills: St. Mary's 80, Davidson 68
39 min, 9-22 fg, 1-10 3pt, 4-4 ft, 0 off, 0 reb, 10 ast, 1 to, 1 stl, 1 blk, 1 pf, 23 pts





03/24/09

Nick Calathes: Penn St. 71, Florida 62
36 min, 4-12 fg, 0-6 3pt, 4-6 ft, 1 off, 2 reb, 7 ast, 1 to, 0 stl, 1 blk, 2 pf, 10 pts





03/25/09

Luke Harangody: Kentucky 67, Notre Dame 67
36 min, 10-22 fg, 2-4 3pt, 8-11 ft, 2 off, 11 reb, 4 ast, 1 to, 1 stl, 0 blk, 3 pf, 30 pts

Patrick Patterson: Kentucky 67, Notre Dame 67
37 min, 6-12 fg, 0-0 3pt, 6-8 ft, 1 off, 7 reb, 3 ast, 0 to, 0 stl, 3 blk, 2 pf, 18 pts

Jodie Meeks: Kentucky 67, Notre Dame 67
35 min, 6-10 fg, 5-8 3pt, 4-4 ft, 0 off, 3 reb, 2 ast, 0 to, 1 stl, 0 blk, 1 pf, 21 pts

Patrick Mills: St. Mary's 66, San Diego St. 70
40 min, 7-24 fg, 4-13 3pt, 0-1 ft, 0 off, 1 reb, 5 ast, 5 to, 1 stl, 0 blk, 5 pf, 18 pts




03/26/09

Tyreke Evans: Memphis 91, MIssouri 102
39 min, 12-25 fg, 0-3 3pt, 9-9 ft, 1 off, 5 reb, 4 ast, 5 to, 2 stl, 0 blk, 1 pf, 33 pts

Hasheem Thabeet: Connecticut 72, Texas A&M 60
36 min, 6-7 fg, 0-0 3pt, 3-6 ft, 4 off, 15 reb, 0 ast, 4 to, 1 stl, 4 blk, 1 pf, 15 pts

Kyle Singler: Duke 54, Villanova 77
36 min, 5-13 fg, 1-6 3pt, 4-7 ft, 1 off, 6 reb, 1 ast, 3 to, 2 stl, 0 blk, 3 pf, 15 pts

Gerald Henderson: Duke 54, Villanova 77
28 min, 1-14 fg, 1-5 3pt, 4-4 ft, 0 off, 9 reb, 1 ast, 2 to, 0 stl, 1 blk, 4 pf, 7 pts

DeJuan Blair: Pittsburgh 60, Xavier 55
35 min, 5-16 fg, 0-0 3pt, 0-1 ft, 8 off, 17 reb, 1 ast, 0 to, 3 stl, 2 blk, 3 pf, 10 pts

Sam Young: Pittsburgh 60, Xavier 55
40 min, 7-16 fg, 1-2 3pt, 4-4 ft, 1 off, 3 reb, 1 ast, 1 to, 1 stl, 0 blk, 1 pf, 19 pts



03/27/09

Earl Clark: Louisville 103, Arizona 64
31 min, 7-12 fg, 2-3 3pt, 3-3 ft, 4 off, 9 reb, 2 ast, 1 to, 0 stl, 0 blk, 3 pf, 19 pts

Terrence Williams: Louisville 103, Arizona 64
33 min, 5-12 fg, 4-7 3pt, 0-0 ft, 0 off, 7 reb, 6 ast, 2 to, 2 stl, 0 blk, 2 pf, 14 pts

Samardo Samuels: Louisville 103, Arizona 64
26 min, 4-5 fg, 0-0 3pt, 6-6 ft, 2 off, 5 reb, 2 ast, 1 to, 1 stl, 2 blk, 2 pf, 14 pts

Chase Budinger
: Louisville 103, Arizona 64
36 min, 9-15 fg, 2-6 3pt, 2-3 ft, 0 off, 2 reb, 3 ast, 3 to, 0 stl, 1 blk, 1 pf, 22 pts

Jordan Hill: Louisville 103, Arizona 64
32 min, 6-18 fg, 0-0 3pt, 2-2 ft, 8 off, 11 reb, 2 ast, 4 to, 1 stl, 0 blk, 3 pf, 14 pts

Cole Aldrich: Michigan St. 67, Kansas 62
34 min, 6-13 fg, 0-0 3pt, 5-6 ft, 5 off, 14 reb, 4 ast, 4 to, 2 stl, 4 blk, 1 pf, 17 pts

Blake Griffin: Oklahoma 84, Syracuse 71
33 min, 12-15 fg, 0-0 3pt, 6-10 ft, 8 off, 14 reb, 3 ast, 1 to, 1 stl, 0 blk, 2 pf, 30 pts

Willie Warren: Oklahoma 84, Syracuse 71
36 min, 2-7 fg, 2-5 3pt, 0-0 ft, 0 off, 4 reb, 5 ast, 5 to, 1 stl, 0 blk, 1 pf, 6 pts

Jonny Flynn: Oklahoma 84, Syracuse 71
39 min, 9-16 fg, 1-4 3pt, 3-3 ft, 1 off, 2 reb, 6 ast, 5 to, 0 stl, 0 blk, 1 pf, 22 pts

Tyler Hansbrough: North Carolina 98, Gonzaga 77
34 min, 8-10 fg, 0-0 3pt, 8-9 ft, 3 off, 10 reb, 0 ast, 2 to, 2 stl, 0 blk, 2 pf, 24 pts

Wayne Ellington: North Carolina 98, Gonzaga 77
30 min, 7-13 fg, 2-6 3pt, 3-4 ft, 0 off, 7 reb, 4 ast, 3 to, 0 stl, 0 blk, 2 pf, 19 pts

Austin Daye: North Carolina 98, Gonzaga 77
32 min, 3-8 fg, 2-3 3pt, 2-2 ft, 0 off, 11 reb, 2 ast, 3 to, 0 stl, 4 blk, 4 pf, 10 pts

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

NBA 2009 MOCK DRAFT 1.0


Based on standings as of March 24, 2009
  1. Kings - Blake Griffin
  2. Wizards - Ricky Rubio
  3. Clippers - Greg Monroe
  4. Grizzlies - Jordan Hill
  5. Timberwolves - Brandon Jennings
  6. Thunder - Hasheem Thabeet
  7. Warriors - James Harden
  8. Raptors - DeMar DeRozan
  9. Knicks - Cole Aldrich
  10. Pacers - Tyreke Evans
  11. Nets - Al-Farouq Aminu
  12. Bucks - Earl Clark
  13. Bobcats - Willie Warren
  14. Suns - Gerald Henderson
  15. Bulls - Patrick Patterson
  16. Pistons - Ty Lawson
  17. 76ers - Jrue Holiday
  18. Timberwolves - Stephen Curry
  19. Hawks - Eric Maynor
  20. Mavericks - Patrick Mills
  21. Trail Blazers - Terrence Williams
  22. Jazz - Kyle Singler
  23. Bulls - B.J. Mullens
  24. Hornets - Jerome Jordan
  25. Thunder - DeJuan Blair
  26. Kings - Nick Calathes
  27. Magic - Craig Brackins
  28. Celtics - Tyler Hansbrough
  29. Lakers - Chase Budinger
  30. Cavaliers - Wayne Ellington
On the bubble: Darren Collison, Tyler Smith, A.J. Ogilvy, James Johnson, Marcus Thornton, Omri Casspi, Donatas Motiejunas, Gani Lawal, Damion James, DaJuan Summers, Sam Young

Assumed out of draft: Austin Daye, Jeff Teague, Jonny Flynn, Ed Davis, Evan Turner

Monday, March 23, 2009

HARDEN'S STOCK TAKES A HIT


James Harden's woefully disappointing performance in the Big Dance almost certainly drops him out of the top 3. He looked nothing like I was accustomed to seeing in the regular season. He was passive, too unselfish, and did not rise to the occasion when his team needed him the most. Harden usually plays it cool in the first half then takes over the game when it's crunch time. His stock should fall a few spots, and perhaps the Warriors will get a chance to draft him at #8 or #9. That all depends on how much weight scouts and GM's put into tournament play.

The PAC-10 Player of the Year is now in danger of being knocked off as the top shooting guard in the draft. DeMar DeRozan, who has come on strong as of late, may be the guy that does it. Harden is hands-down, the best passer among the SG's but his disappearing act the last few games shakes my confidence in his pro future a little. If one judges him by his entire body of work while at USC rather than just the last 3 games, few would have a problem taking him at #8 or #9. Unfortunately for Harden (and possibly to the benefit of the Warriors), those last three games are what many scouts remember the most.

If Harden wants to regain his status as the top SG in the draft, he'll go straight to Tim Grover and go to work on improving his strength, athleticism, stamina, and game.


Tim Grover's A.T.T.A.C.K. Athletics Training Center
jgivony



From Draft Express:

On the other hand, James Harden had yet another underwhelming NCAA tournament performance, concluding a weekend that will raise eyebrows even amongst his biggest supporters, and clearly opening up the discussion for who the third best prospect in the draft is after Blake Griffin and Ricky Rubio (if he declares). The concerns around Harden have always revolved around whether or not he has enough of a go-to mentality to warrant being picked in the top-5, as most teams would obviously like to get a franchise caliber talent that high in the draft. This weekend put those questions right back onto the table.

Harden had yet another passive, lethargic start, similar to the way he performed in the first half against Temple. He actually finished the first half without a single point, and wasn’t able to pick up a field goal until the 9:30 mark in the second half. There is no question that Syracuse’s defensive game-plan had a lot to do with the way Harden played, as they adjusted their 2-3 zone significantly to try and deny him the ball, at the risk of leaving other players—such as Rihard Kuksiks (6/13 3P) and Ty Abbot (6/10 3P) wide open.

It was a little bit concerning to see the lack of aggressiveness Harden showed trying to overcome that, though, as he gave up the ball quite easily on numerous possessions without even looking at the rim, and just didn’t display much urgency trying to make things happen. Late in the game (just like against Temple) Harden got a lot more aggressive and immediately started making things happen on the floor, putting the ball on the floor and getting to the free throw line a few times, picking up a nice steal, grabbing a crucial offensive rebound and making some great passes. It was too little, too late, though, and you have to wonder why it took him so long to get going. He also had problems finishing around the basket, which is not surprising considering that he’s not terribly explosive.

Harden’s resume speaks for itself, and there is no question that he is the top shooting guard prospect in this draft. Considering that he’s only 19 years old, he’s only going to improve as he continues to gain experience and understands how to better utilize his incredible all-around talent. His performance here in the NCAA tournament didn’t help his draft stock, though, and definitely opens up the door for him to be leapfrogged by other players. At the end of the day, that might not be the end of the world, as he’s clearly the type of player who needs to find the right fit.


Related Links
Blogging Through the NCAA Tournament (Day Four) - Draft Express
Harden: No decision yet on NBA draft - Associated Press
Scouting the NCAAs: James Harden goes out so quietly you could hear his draft stock drop - Tim Kawakami
Big Dance, bigger mistakes - Ric Bucher
Orange Shut Down Harden, and Sun Devils Follow - New York Times
The transition game, from college to pro - Los Angeles Times
ASU’s James Harden named Pac-10 Player of the Year - Arizona Sports Examiner

Sunday, March 22, 2009

PROSPECT PERFOMANCES - 03/22/09



Sam Young: Pittsburgh 84, Oklahoma St. 76
40 min, 12-20 fg, 4-10 3pt, 4-5 ft, 5 off, 8 reb, 2 ast, 4 to, 0 stl, 3 blk, 0 pf, 32 pts

DeJuan Blair: Pittsburgh 84, Oklahoma St. 76
31 min, 3-7 fg, 0-0 3pt, 4-7 ft, 6 off, 12 reb, 1 ast, 2 to, 1 stl, 1 blk, 3 pf, 10 pts

Cole Aldrich: Kansas 60, Dayton 43
31 min, 6-12 fg, 0-0 3pt, 1-3 ft, 6 off, 20 reb, 1 ast, 5 to, 0 stl, 10 blk, 2 pf, 13 pts

Chase Budinger: Arizona 71, Cleveland St. 57
39 min, 6-12 fg, 1-4 3pt, 2-4 ft, 0 off, 5 reb, 0 ast, 3 to, 1 stl, 0 blk, 3 pf, 15 pts

Jordan Hill: Arizona 71, Cleveland St. 57
32 min, 5-11 fg, 0-0 3pt, 6-7 ft, 3 off, 9 reb, 2 ast, 2 to, 1 stl, 1 blk, 4 pf, 16 pts

DeMar DeRozan: MIchigan St. 74, USC 69
37 min, 6-13 fg, 0-3 3pt, 6-7 ft, 0 off, 5 reb, 2 ast, 2 to, 0 stl, 0 blk, 2 pf, 18 pts

Earl Clark: Louisville 79, Siena 72
39 min, 6-14 fg, 0-0 3pt, 0-0 ft, 6 off, 12 reb, 4 ast, 5 to, 0 stl, 2 blk, 3 pf, 12 pts

Terrance Williams: Louisville 79, Siena 72
38 min, 9-14 fg, 4-6 3pt, 2-3 ft, 2 off, 15 reb, 4 ast, 3 to, 2 stl, 0 blk, 1 pf, 24 pts

Samardo Samuels: Louisville 79, Siena 72
33 min, 6-12 fg, 0-0 3pt, 1-5 ft, 5 off, 8 reb, 1 ast, 3 to, 0 stl, 5 blk, 3 pf, 13 pts

James Harden: Syracuse 78, Arizona St. 67
40 min, 2-10 fg, 0-5 3pt, 6-8 ft, 1 off, 6 reb, 5 ast, 2 to, 1 stl, 0 blk, 2 pf, 10 pts

Jonny Flynn: Syracuse 78, Arizona St. 67
40 min, 3-6 fg, 1-2 3pt, 4-4 ft, 0 off, 1 reb, 7 ast, 2 to, 0 stl, 0 blk, 3 pf, 11 pts

Saturday, March 21, 2009

PROSPECT PERFORMANCES - 03/21/09


Blake Griffin: Oklahoma 73, Michigan 63
39 min, 14-20 fg, 0-0 3pt, 5-10 ft, 8 off, 17 reb, 3 ast, 3 to, 1 stl, 1 blk, 3 pf, 33 pts

Jrue Holiday: UCLA 69, Villanova 89
27 min, 1-6 fg, 1-4 3pt, 1-3 ft, 0 off, 4 reb, 7 ast, 4 to, 2 stl, 0 blk, 3 pf, 4 pts

Darren Collison: UCLA 69, Villanova 89
33 min, 4-10 fg, 2-5 3pt, 5-8 ft, 0 off, 2 reb, 1 ast, 5 to, 2 stl, 0 blk, 0 pf, 15 pts

Kyle Singler: Duke 74, Texas 69
33 min, 6-12 fg, 3-5 3pt, 2-2 ft, 4 off, 7 reb, 1 ast, 3 to, 2 stl, 1 blk, 5 pf, 17 pts

Gerald Henderson: Duke 74, Texas 69
36 min, 7-21 fg, 0-3 3pt, 10-13 ft, 1 off, 6 reb, 1 ast, 1 to, 0 stl, 0 blk, 2 pf, 24 pts

Damion James: Duke 74, Texas 69
34 min, 6-13 fg, 1-4 3pt, 2-3 ft, 4 off, 10 reb, 2 ast, 6 to, 0 stl, 2 blk, 3 pf, 15 pts

Marcus Thornton: North Carolina 84, LSU 70
35 min, 10-22 fg, 5-11 3pt, 0-0 ft, 4 off, 6 reb, 1 ast, 3 to, 1 stl, 0 blk, 4 pf, 25 pts

Tyler Hansbrough: North Carolina 84, LSU 70
34 min, 6-11 fg, 0-0 3pt, 3-6 ft, 3 off, 8 reb, 1 ast, 3 to, 2 stl, 0 blk, 3 pf, 15 pts

Wayne Ellington: North Carolina 84, LSU 70
37 min, 9-16 fg, 3-6 3pt, 2-2 ft, 1 off, 3 reb, 4 ast, 2 to, 2 stl, 1 blk, 0 pf, 23 pts

Ty Lawson: North Carolina 84, LSU 70
31 min, 7-13 fg, 2-3 3pt, 7-7 ft, 1 off, 2 reb, 6 ast, 0 to, 2 stl, 0 blk, 0 pf, 23 pts

Willie Warren: Oklahoma 73, Michigan 63
36 min, 5-10 fg, 3-7 3pt, 3-5 ft, 0 off, 1 reb, 4 ast, 1 to, 0 stl, 0 blk, 2 pf, 16 pts

Austin Daye: Gonzaga 83, Western Kentucky 81
19 min, 4-9 fg, 1-2 3pt, 1-2 ft, 0 off, 3 reb, 1 ast, 4 to, 0 stl, 0 blk, 4 pf, 10 pts

Tyreke Evans: Memphis 89, Maryland 70
32 min, 7-13 fg, 1-5 3pt, 4-5 ft, 0 off, 4 reb, 5 ast, 5 to, 2 stl, 2 blk, 2 pf, 19 pts

Hasheem Thabeet: Connecticut 92, Texas A&M 66
20 min, 1-2 fg, 0-0 3pt, 4-4 ft, 0 off, 4 reb, 0 ast, 2 to, 2 stl, 2 blk, 4 pf, 6 pts

Friday, March 20, 2009

KILL THE VOID


Copyright 2009 NBAE (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)


Robert Rowell and the Golden State Warriors should kill the option/threat to void Monta Ellis' 6 year / $66 million contract. After a disappointing return, he took a break, and came back almost as good as pre-injury Monta. It was reported by the Warriors organization that the reason Monta had to take several games off was because of stiffness in his ankle. He disputes that claim and sites family issues as the primary reason for his absence. He is fighting for his contract, is winning back the confidence of many, and should be rewarded with piece of mind by killing the option to void his contract. In the last 5 games, he seems to have regained his quickness and timing. His shot is going down and he is able to finish at the rim at a high percentage. Monta doesn't look as explosive, but hopefully that will come back next season, if not sooner.

2008-2009 Game Log

Comeback #1 Stats:
13 games
431 min (33.2)
70-176 fg (.398)
5-10 3pt (.500)
29-37 ft (.783)
20 stl (1.54)
5 blk (.385)
32 to (2.46)
50 reb (3.85)
36 ast (2.77)
174 pts (13.4)

Comeback #2 Stats:
5 games
192 min (38.4)
56-98 fg (.571)
0-4 3pt (.000)
18-21 ft (.857)
8 stl (1.60)
2 blk (.40)
15 to (3.00)
22 reb (4.40)
23 ast (2.60)
130 pts (26.0)

2007-2008 Season Averages:
81 games
37.9 min
.531 fg
.231 3pt
.767 ft
1.5 stl
.3 blk
2.1 to
4.9 reb
3.9 ast
20.2 pts

So far, Monta has shown that he can still be an elite scorer and help on the boards. What he hasn't shown is that he can successfully make the transition to PG, something coach Nelson insist is what he must do in order to be considered among the best in the league. He seems to have extended his range (although he has struggled recently on 3 point attempts). He has an assist/turnover ratio of 1.53 - unacceptable for a lead PG in the NBA. He will have to show vast improvement before the end of the season or the Warriors will seriously think about scraping the whole Monta Ellis at PG idea, throwing the future starting lineup and rotation into question. Moves will have to be made to bring in a competent true PG. Ideally, you want a big PG like Baron Davis, but here are some of the qualities this new edition must posses:
  1. court vision
  2. pass first mentality
  3. basketball IQ
  4. high assist / turnover ratio
  5. ability to guard opposing SG's
  6. size
  7. athleticism
  8. perimeter defense
  9. perimeter shooting
Monta Ellis' recent good play gives many fans and the organization reason for hope. Ellis can become a star in the league if he has a backcourt mate that will compliment his skill set and elevate his game by finding him easy baskets, drawing double teams, covering up his defensive deficiencies, and simply allow him to focus on being an elite scorer. If Don Nelson ever has enough faith in his players to abandon small ball when match-ups are favorable, a backcourt with Ellis at SG could be lethal when a defensive trio of Randolph, Wright, and Biedrins are there to provide help defense as Ellis' man blows past him.

Brighter days are ahead for the Warriors and Monta Ellis.


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Thursday, March 19, 2009

PROSPECT PERFORMANCES - 03/19/09


Marcus Thornton: LSU 75, Butler 71
36 min, 10-15 fg, 3-4 3pt, 7-8 ft, 3 off, 6 reb, 4 ast, 1 to, 3 stl, 0 blk, 3 pf, 30 pts

Damion James: Texas 76, Minnesota 62
30 min, 6-15 fg, 2-4 3pt, 4-6 ft, 3 off, 9 reb, 2ast, 1 to, 0 stl, 0 blk, 3 pf, 18 pts

Kyle Singler: Duke 86, Binghamton 62
28 min, 4-11 fg, 2-3 3pt, 0-0 ft, 3 off, 9 reb, 1 ast, 5 to, 0 stl, 1 blk, 3 pf, 10 pts

Gerald Henderson: Duke 86, Binghamton 62
33 min, 3-9 fg, 0-3 3pt, 7-7 ft, 1 off, 6 reb, 3 ast, 3 to, 1 stl, 1 blk, 0 pf, 13 pts

Eric Maynor: UCLA 65, VCU 64
39 min, 5-15 fg, 1-3 3pt, 10-13 ft, 1 off, 6 reb, 7 ast, 2 to, 1 stl, 0 blk, 2 pf, 21 pts

Darren Collison: UCLA 65, VCU 64
32 min, 3-10 fg, 2-5 3pt, 2-2 ft, 0 off, 0 reb, 2 ast, 3 to, 1 stl, 0 blk, 4 pf, 10 pts

Jrue Holiday: UCLA 65, VCU 64
38 min, 5-12 fg, 0-0 3pt, 3-4 ft, 0 off, 1 reb, 6 ast, 2 to, 1 stl, 0 blk, 4 pf, 13 pts

Tyler Hansbrough: North Carolina 101, Radford 58
20 min, 5-16 fg, 0-1 3pt, 12-12 ft, 3 off, 5 reb, 1 ast, 3 to, 4 stl, 0 blk, 1 pf, 22 pts

Wayne Ellington: North Carolina 101, Radford 58
30 min, 11-16 fg, 3-5 3pt, 0-1 ft, 3 off, 8 reb, 3 ast, 3 to, 0 stl, 1 blk, 1 pf, 25 pts

Austin Daye: Gonzaga 77, Akron 64
29 min, 3-5 fg, 0-0 3pt, 4-7 ft, 2 off, 6 reb, 2 ast, 2 to, 1 stl, 4 blk, 2 pf, 10 pts

Blake Griffin: Oklahoma 82, Morgan St. 54
31 min, 11-12 fg, 0-0 3pt, 6-10 ft, 2 off, 13 reb, 2 ast, 3 to, 0 stl, 1 blk, 2 pf, 28 pts

Willie Warren: Oklahoma 82, Morgan St. 54
33 min, 5-9 fg, 2-5 3pt, 4-5 ft, 0 off, 4 reb, 4 ast, 2 to, 0 stl, 0 blk, 1 pf, 16 pts

Tyreke Evans: Memphis 81, CSU Northridge 70
26 min, 6-11 fg, 1-4 3pt, 2-4 ft, 0 off, 3 reb, 5 ast, 4 to, 3 stl, 0 blk, 3 pf, 15 pts

Hasheem Thabeet
: Connecticut 103, Chattanooga 47
20 min, 6-8 fg, 0-0 3pt, 8-12 ft, 5 off, 13 reb, 0 ast, 1 to, 0 stl, 2 blk, 1 pf, 20 pts

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

POLL RESULTS: MONTA AND THE VOID

Should the Warriors void Monta Ellis' 6 yr/$66M contract?

Yes: 20 (45%)
NO: 24 (54%)

Friday, March 13, 2009

PROSPECT PERFORMANCES - 03/12/09



Earl Clark: Louisville 73, Providence 55
38 min, 10-15 fg, 1-2 3pt, 3-6 ft, 3 off, 10 reb, 7 ast, 4 to, 2 stl, 2 blk, 0 pf, 24 pts

A.J. Ogilvy: Vanderbilt 75, Alabama 82
31 min, 2-7 fg, 0-2 3pt, 4-7 ft, 2 off, 8 reb, 6 ast, 3 to, 0 stl, 2 blk, 3 pf, 8 pts

JaMychal Green: Vanderbilt 75, Alabama 82
26 min, 6-10 fg, 0-0 3pt, 1-2 ft, 2 off, 10 reb, 0 ast, 1 to, 1 stl, 2 blk, 1 pf, 13 pts

James Harden: Arizona St. 68, Arizona 56
37 min, 9-17 fg, 1-7 3pt, 8-8 ft, 2 off, 8 reb, 4 ast, 2 to, 2 stl, 0 blk, 3 pf, 27 pts

Chase Budinger: Arizona St. 68, Arizona 56
39 min, 3-15 fg, 1-9 3pt, 1-1 ft, 1 off, 3 reb, 4 ast, 3 to, 0 stl, 0 blk, 2 pf, 8 pts

Jordan Hill: Arizona St. 68, Arizona 56
39 min, 9-21 fg, 0-0 3pt, 2-3 ft, 8 off, 13 reb, 1 ast, 1 to, 2 stl, 0 blk, 3 pf, 20 pts

DeMar DeRozan: USC 79, California 75
35 min, 6-12 fg, 1-2 3pt, 4-4 ft, 1 off, 11 reb, 1 ast, 1 to, 0 stl, 3 blk, 4 pf, 17 pts

Gani Lawal: Georgia Tech 86, Clemson 81
32 min, 9-14 fg, 0-0 3pt, 2-4 ft, 7 off, 14 reb, 0 ast, 4 to, 0 stl, 0 blk, 1 pf, 20 pts

Jonny Flynn
: Syracuse 127, Connecticut 117
67 min, 9-24 fg, 0-1 3pt, 16-16 ft, 1 off, 3 reb, 11 ast, 7 to, 6 stl, 1 blk, 2 pf, 34 pts

Hasheem Thabeet: Syracuse 127, Connecticut 117
53 min, 7-10 fg, 0-0 3pt, 5-10 ft, 7 off, 14 reb, 0 ast, 5 to, 1 stl, 6 blk, 5 pf, 19 pts

Nick Calathes: Florida 73, Arkansas 58
36 min, 5-10 fg, 1-4 3pt, 0-0 ft, 2 off, 6 reb, 7 ast, 5 to, 1 stl, 0 blk, 1 pf, 16 pts

Cole Aldrich: Baylor 71, Kansas 64
29 min, 3-5 fg, 0-0 3pt, 2-2 ft, 6 off, 14 reb, 0 ast, 2 to, 0 stl, 1 blk, 2 pf, 8 pts

Patrick Patterson: Kentucky 71, Mississippi 58
36 min, 7-15 fg, 0-0 3pt, 1-2 ft, 3 off, 14 reb, 2 ast, 2 to, 2 stl, 3 blk, 0 pf, 15 pts

Jodie Meeks: Kentucky 71, Mississippi 58
32 min, 9-15 fg, 1-4 3pt, 6-7 ft, 0 off, 1 reb, 3 ast, 0 to, 1 stl, 0 blk, 2 pf, 25 pts

Samardo Samuels: Louisville 73, Providence 55
34 min, 10-13 fg, 0-0 3pt, 2-2 ft, 5 off, 7 reb, 5 ast, 3 to, 2 stl, 2 blk, 3 pf, 22 pts

Tyreke Evans: Memphis 51, Tulane 41
35 min, 5-14 fg, 0-2 3pt, 6-6 ft, 3 off, 5 reb, 4 ast, 6 to, 2 stl, 1 blk, 1 pf, 16 pts

Blake Griffin: Oklahoma 71, Oklahoma St. 70
38 min, 6-9 fg, 0-1 3pt, 5-8 ft, 4 off, 19 reb, 0 ast, 5 to, 0 stl, 0 blk, 3 pf, 17 pts

Willie Warren: Oklahoma 71, Oklahoma St. 70
30 min, 5-11 fg, 2-6 3pt, 1-1 ft, 1 off, 2 reb, 3 ast, 1 to, 0 stl, 0 blk, 4 pf, 13 pts

Da'Sean Butler: West Virginia 74, Pittsburgh 60
33 min, 4-13 fg, 2-6 3pt, 6-8 ft, 1 off, 3 reb, 4 ast, 3 to, 2 stl, 0 blk, 4 pf, 16 pts

Devin Ebanks: West Virginia 74, Pittsburgh 60
40 min, 5-9 fg, 0-1 3pt, 10-11 ft, 3 off, 7 reb, 3 ast, 1 to, 1 stl, 0 blk, 2 pf, 20 pts

Sam Young: West Virginia 74, Pittsburgh 60
38 min, 6-17 fg, 0-3 3pt, 3-4 ft, 2 off, 5 reb, 0 ast, 1 to, 0 stl, 1 blk, 0 pf, 15 pts

DeJuan Blair: West Virginia 74, Pittsburgh 60
18 min, 4-5 fg, 0-0 3pt, 6-8 ft, 4 off, 5 reb, 0 ast, 1 to, 1 stl, 0 blk, 5 pf, 14 pts

Jrue Holiday: UCLA 64, Washington St. 53
31 min, 3-5 fg, 2-2 3pt, 2-2 ft, 1 off, 4 reb, 3 ast, 2 to, 2 stl, 0 blk, 1 pf, 10 pts

Darren Collison: UCLA 64, Washington St. 53
33 min, 3-9 fg, 1-3 3pt, 8-10 ft, 1 off, 4 reb, 5 ast, 1 to, 1 stl, 0 blk, 3 pf, 15 pts

Monday, March 9, 2009

WANTED: TRUE POINT GUARD


Here's an excerpt from Marcus Thompson's excellent blog, Inside the Warriors, which highlights why the search for a true point guard should be the number 1 priority for this organization.

* In the fourth quarter, the Warriors were down 114-111 after a Richard Jefferson lay-up. The inbounder, I think Turiaf, passed the ball in to Jackson. Jax started dribbling the ball up court. Crawford started screaming for the ball from Jackson, who at the time had 42 minutes and seven turnovers under his belt. At about half court, Jackson heard Crawford and gave up the ball.
Finally.
One glaring intangible lost with Baron Davis was the confidence the team had in the fourth quarter. You can live with bad shots, though you don't prefer them. But nothing is as debilitating down the stretch as turnovers. You knew Davis wasn't going to turn the ball over. Most times, he would get the shot he wanted (though it wasn't always high percentage). The Warriors need that bad.
If Crawford is going to be the point guard (since I don't think he's opting out and walking away from $20 million), he needs to control the game down the stretch. He needs to facilitate who gets the ball and when. Put all those handles to use. Jax DOES NOT need to be bringing the ball up down the stretch of a tight game. Neither does Maggette. The Warriors need a point guard to run the show, make the decisions down the stretch.
They won't all be good decisions. But that's what you work on in March of a lost season. So next year, that role is defined and not on a game-by-game basis.
Crawford, of course, gets the ball from Jax and seconds later throws up a heat-check of a 3-pointer. A terrible shot and a costly miss, as the Bucks followed with five straight points to take a 119-111 lead. He also had two untimely turnovers in the fourth quarter.
But he's got to learn. If he's going to be here, if he's going to be the point guard, he's got to learn. To his defense, he's never played point guard before. He's always been a two guard who can run the point, but never a point guard. This is the time he needs to work on that. None of that meek, submissive stuff. Demand the ball. Make sure everybody is in the right position. Make sure the right guy has the ball in the best position for him to succeed. Make sure mismatches are exploited. Manage the clock properly. That's what the Warriors need.
The reality is, Crawford is the closest thing the Warriors have got to that. He has the dribbling ability, he has the shot-making ability, he has the experience and unselfishness that his teammates can respect. The last part of the season should be to see if he can be that guy.
Crawford: "I'mma be more vocal. A lot of people who say they miss certain guys (read: Baron), they were emotional leaders. At first, I didn't want to step on any toes. But I've been here for four months.”

Expecting Crawford to evolve into a PG this late in his career is wishful thinking. He'll be here for a few more years anyway, so now is the time to bring in a young player to take control and elevate everyone's game. Monta's health is still in question making it increasingly unrealistic to hope he can ever be the answer at PG. Belinelli is better suited at the swing positions, but I do love his playmaking potential and the prospects of him playing alongside a true PG or an unselfish star SG.

The most economical way to deal with this issue is through the draft so that the Warriors wouldn't have to give up any assets to fill the glaring need at PG. It seems as though the Warriors are making an effort to at least hover around the 7th pick. If they continue with the trend of resting veterans here and there, they might have an outside shot at bumping themselves up to the 6th pick (Timberwolves remaining schedule). The 6th worst team has a history of striking it rich in the lottery. Hopefully, the Warriors can get lucky and move into the Top 3.

If they do get a top 3 pick, the order of choice should be 1) Ricky Rubio 2) Blake Griffin 3) James Harden. With the style we play, we are set at PF. Randolph and Wright are the future there. Yes, Griffin (weaker defensive player) would be an upgrade over Wright, but Rubio will be a STAR point guard with the ability to make his teammates better. You don't pass an opportunity to get a player of his caliber at such an important position and critical area of need for the Warriors.

More likely, the Warriors will end up with a pick in the #7 to #9 range. If that's the case, I would trade the pick plus any of Azubuike, Crawford, Maggette, Morrow, or Belinelli to move up into the Top 3. If push comes to shove, I would include Wright or perhaps Monta (if his health is still in question) in a deal if it would bring Rubio to Oakland.

If no deals can be made, hope that Brandon Jennings falls to our spot. Unfortunately, it's likely that he may be gone by then. If that's the case, settle for Jrue Holiday if he checks out ok in private workouts and psychological evaluations. If Holiday doesn't seem to be worth the pick, select best available player - Al-Farouq Aminu, Greg Monroe, or DeMar DeRozan (whoever scores highest in draft evaluations). Address the PG situation in free agency.

Point Guards to trade down for:
Ty Lawson (true PG; small; undersized, questionable character)
Nick Calathes (true PG, perimeter range, moxie, size, basketball IQ, steals; lacks explosiveness and athleticism, struggles on man defense vs. quicker PG's)
Patrick Mills (one of the better PG's in the Olympics, quick, can score, steals; hasn't produced great PG numbers this season)
Eric Maynor (quick, scorer, court vision, range; light frame)

Tyreke Evans isn't a true PG, but he could be an awesome pick simply for what he brings in other areas. He's a tough defender, rebounds well for his position, possess great size and wingspan, and is a good scorer. I see him fitting well next to Monta if Monta is able to improve on his point guard skills. Evans is growing in this area as well, and ever since Memphis put him in charge of the team, they've been on a tear, winning 22 straight games and counting.

Point Guards to target in Free Agency:
Raymond Felton (R)
Jason Kidd
Chris Quinn (PO, R)
Ramon Sessions (R)


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Related Links
When evaluating point guards, the key is whether they make their teammates better - Eric Musselman's Basketball Notebook
Warriors' backcourt in need of a major overhaul - Matt Steinmetz

PROSPECT PERFORMANCES - 03/09/09


Al-Farouq Aminu: Wake Forest 96, Clemson 88
30 min, 7-10 fg, 0-0 3pt, 7-9 ft, 3 off, 10 reb, 1 ast, 3 to, 0 stl, 2 blk, 3 pf, 21 pts

Stephen Curry: Davidson 52, Charleston 59
38 min, 5-18 fg, 2-11 3pt, 8-8 ft, 1 off, 6 reb, 3 ast, 3 to, 1 stl, 1 blk, 2 pf, 20 pts

Austin Daye: Gonzaga 94, Santa Clara 59
29 min, 10-13 fg, 3-4 3pt, 5-8 ft, 1 off, 6 reb, 0 ast, 1 to, 1 stl, 1 blk, 1 pf, 28 pts

Kyle Singler: North Carolina 79, Duke 71
38 min, 7-18 fg, 4-10 3pt, 5-6 ft, 3 off, 6 reb, 1 ast, 4 to, 1 stl, 2 blk, 4 pf, 23 pts

Gerald Henderson: North Carolina 79, Duke 71
35 min, 4-11 fg, 0-1 3pt, 6-11 ft, 1 off, 4 reb, 3 ast, 5 to, 1 stl, 0 blk, 3 pf, 14 pts

Tyler Hansbrough: North Carolina 79, Duke 71
33 min, 5-11 fg, 2-3 3pt, 5-7 ft, 1 off, 8 reb, 1 ast, 1 to, 0 stl, 2 blk, 5 pf, 17 pts

Ty Lawson: North Carolina 79, Duke 71
36 min, 2-7 fg, 0-1 3pt, 9-10 ft, 2 off, 8 reb, 9 ast, 4 to, 0 stl, 0 blk, 1 pf, 13 pts

Wayne Ellington: North Carolina 79, Duke 71
32 min, 7-10 fg, 1-2 3pt, 1-5 ft, 1 off, 2 reb, 2 ast, 2 to, 0 stl, 0 blk, 1 pf, 16 pts

Evan Turner: Ohio St. 52, Northwestern 47
40 min, 7-11 fg, 0-2 3pt, 3-3 ft, 0 off, 2 reb, 5 ast, 4 to, 2 stl, 2 blk, 0 pf, 17 pts

B.J. Mullens: Ohio St. 52, Northwestern 47
26 min, 5-8 fg, 0-0 3pt, 0-0 ft, 3 off, 6 reb, 0 ast, 1 to, 0 stl, 1 blk, 2 pf, 10 pts

Patrick Mills
: St. Mary's 71, Portland 61
35 min, 3-12 fg, 2-9 3pt, 4-7 ft, 2 off, 4 reb, 4 ast, 3 to, 0 stl, 0 blk, 3 pf, 12 pts

JaMychal Green: Alabama 70, Tennessee 67
29 min, 4-8 fg, 0-0 3pt, 1-1 ft, 4 off, 10 reb, 2 ast, 4 to, 0 stl, 3 blk, 1 pf, 9 pts

Tyler Smith: Alabama 70, Tennessee 67
35 min, 3-15 fg, 0-2 3pt, 5-8 ft, 6 off, 11 reb, 4 ast, 1 to, 1 stl, 0 blk, 2 pf, 11 pts

A.J. Ogilvy: Vanderbilt 75, Arkansas 58
23 min, 5-12 fg, 0-0 3pt, 2-3 ft, 4 off, 10 reb, 2 ast, 3 to, 2 stl, 1 blk, 4 pf, 12 pts

Eric Maynor: VCU 61, Old Dominion 53
38 min, 7-13 fg, 2-3 3pt, 7-9 ft, 0 off, 4 reb, 4 ast, 1 to, 1 stl, 0 blk, 1 pf, 23 pts

Jeff Teague
: Wake Forest 96, Clemson 88
27 min, 5-7 fg, 3-5 3pt, 2-2 ft, 1 off, 1 reb, 3 ast, 5 to, 2 stl, 0 blk, 4 pf, 15 pts

James Johnson: Wake Forest 96, Clemson 88
35 min, 10-14 fg, 1-2 3pt, 0-0 ft, 3 off, 9 reb, 3 ast, 4 to, 1 stl, 0 blk, 2 pf, 21 pts

Sunday, March 8, 2009

PROSPECT PERFORMANCES - 03/07/09


Stephen Curry: Davidson 84, Appalachian St. 68
27 min, 11-18 fg, 5-10 3pt, 16-18 ft, 1 off, 4 reb, 4 ast, 3 to, 3 stl, 0 blk, 3 pf, 43 pts

Hasheem Thabeet: Pittsburgh 70, Connecticut 60
38 min, 6-11 fg, 0-0 3pt, 2-3 ft, 4 off, 13 reb, 0 ast, 3 to, 0 stl, 5 blk, 3 pf, 14 pts

Sam Young: Pittsburgh 70, Connecticut 60
37 min, 13-23 fg, 3-5 3pt, 2-2 ft, 4 off, 10 reb, 1 ast, 6 to, 0 stl, 1 blk, 1 pf, 31 pts

DeJuan Blair: Pittsburgh 70, Connecticut 60
28 min, 4-9 fg, 0-0 3pt, 0-1 ft, 3 off, 8 reb, 0 ast, 0 to, 1 stl, 3 blk, 3 pf, 8 pts

Eric Maynor: VCU 61, Georgia St. 52
34 min, 7-11 fg, 3-4 3pt, 1-2 ft, 0 off, 2 reb, 4 ast, 3 to, 0 stl, 0 blk, 3 pf, 18 pts

Gani Lawal: Boston Coll. 67, Georgia Tech 66
29 min, 8-12 fg, 0-0 3pt, 0-0 ft, 4 off, 7 reb, 0 ast, 1 to, 1 stl, 3 blk, 4 pf, 16 pts

Tyreke Evans: Memphis 74, Tulane 47
33 min, 7-17 fg, 1-4 3pt, 2-6 ft, 4 off, 10 reb, 6 ast, 2 to, 4 stl, 1 blk, 2 pf, 17 pts

Nick Calathes: Florida 60, Kentucky 53
34 min, 2-9 fg, 1-4 3pt, 0-0 ft, 1 off, 3 reb, 7 ast, 7 to, 3 stl, 0 blk, 3 pf, 5 pts

Patrick Patterson: Florida 60, Kentucky 53
39 min, 7-17 fg, 0-0 3pt, 2-4 ft, 8 off, 13 reb, 2 ast, 2 to, 0 stl, 2 blk, 1 pf, 16 pts

James Harden: Arizona St. 83, California 66
37 min, 7-13 fg, 1-3 3pt, 5-7 ft, 0 off, 2 reb, 2 ast, 2 to, 2 stl, 0 blk, 2 pf, 20 pts

Jonny Flynn: Syracuse 86, Marquette 79
44 min, 10-23 fg, 1-6 3pt, 3-3 ft, 0 off, 2 reb, 6 ast, 2 to, 1 stl, 0 blk, 1 pf, 24 pts

Jrue Holiday: UCLA 94, Oregon 68
26 min, 2-5 fg, 0-1 3pt, 0-0 ft, 2 off, 7 reb, 5 ast, 3 to, 3 stl, 2 blk, 1 pf, 4 pts

Darren Collison: UCLA 94, Oregon 68
26 min, 6-9 fg, 0-0 3pt, 7-7 ft, 1 off, 4 reb, 3 ast, 4 to, 3 stl, 0 blk, 0 pf, 19 pts

Blake Griffin: Oklahoma 82, Oklahoma St. 78
37 min, 12-15 fg, 0-0 3pt, 9-13 ft, 4 off, 14 reb, 2 ast, 4 to, 2 stl, 1 blk, 3 pf, 33 pts

Willie Warren: Oklahoma 82, Oklahoma St. 78
32 min, 3-7 fg, 2-4 3pt, 3-6 ft, 0 off, 1 reb, 5 ast, 1 to, 0 stl, 0 blk, 3 pf, 11 pts

Cole Aldrich: Kansas 83, Texas 73
33 min, 4-9 fg, 0-0 3pt, 4-4 ft, 4 off, 10 reb, 1 ast, 1 to, 0 stl, 3 blk, 3 pf, 12 pts

Damion James: Kansas 83, Texas 73
28 min, 8-14 fg, 2-4 3pt, 8-8 ft, 2 off, 6 reb, 0 ast, 2 to, 0 stl, 0 blk, 4 pf, 28 pts

Marcus Thornton: LSU 53, Auburn 69
34 min, 8-18 fg, 2-8 3pt, 5-6 ft, 4 off, 5 reb, 1 ast, 5 to, 0 stl, 0 blk, 2 pf, 23 pts

Greg Monroe: Georgetown 48, DePaul 40
33 min, 2-2 fg, 0-0 3pt, 2-2 ft, 2 off, 8 reb, 3 ast, 2 to, 0 stl, 1 blk, 1 pf, 6 pts

DaJuan Summers: Georgetown 48, DePaul 40
33 min, 6-14 fg, 1-7 3pt, 2-4 ft, 1 off, 3 reb, 1 ast, 5 to, 0 stl, 2 blk, 1 pf, 15 pts

Chase Budinger: Arizona 101, Stanford 87
39 min, 10-15 fg, 4-6 3pt, 4-5 ft, 0 off, 5 reb, 5 ast, 1 to, 2 stl, 1 blk, 0 pf, 28 pts

Jordan Hill: Arizona 101, Stanford 87
37 min, 8-14 fg, 0-0 3pt, 4-5 ft, 1 off, 8 reb, 0 ast, 4 to, 1 stl, 2 blk, 3 pf, 20 pts

DeMar DeRozan: USC 68, Oregon St. 52
33 min, 6-9 fg, 0-0 3pt, 4-6 ft, 3 off, 5 reb, 3 ast, 2 to, 1 stl, 0 blk, 1 pf, 16 pts

Earl Clark: Louisville 62, West Virginia 59
28 min, 5-8 fg, 2-2 3pt, 1-2 ft, 1 off, 2 reb, 0 ast, 5 to, 0 stl, 2 blk, 1 pf, 13 pts

Samardo Samuels: Louisville 62, West Virginia 59
12 min, 1-1 fg, 0-0 3pt, 2-2 ft, 0 off, 3 reb, 0 ast, 1 to, 0 stl, 0 blk, 4 pf, 4 pts

Terrence Williams: Louisville 62, West Virginia 59
39 min, 7-15 fg, 5-6 3pt, 1-6 ft, 0 off, 6 reb, 7 ast, 2 to, 6 stl, 1 blk, 0 pf, 20 pts

Da'Sean Butler: Louisville 62, West Virginia 59
38 min, 4-17 fg, 0-4 3pt, 2-4 ft, 3 off, 10 reb, 2 ast, 0 to, 0 stl, 0 blk, 3 pf, 10 pts

Devin Ebanks: Louisville 62, West Virginia 59
38 min, 5-11 fg, 0-0 3pt, 6-7 ft, 5 off, 10 reb, 6 ast, 1 to, 1 stl, 0 blk, 2 pf, 16 pts