Thursday, February 01, 2007

NBA, college, and Lithgow roundup.

I always forget to mention this, but has anyone seen those commercials that have been running for over a year now about Cambell's Select soup, where John Lithgow pops out of a drawer and offers some family some Southwestern Corn Soup that just looks awful. Is John Lithgow that broke. I've always hated the guy: from Cliffhanger to Third Rock from the Sun, I thought he was goddamn terrible. But, still, you're doing soup commercials they show during the daytime? And what's Cambell's thinking? No one likes Lithgow. This makes about as much sense as Lyle Lovett and Julia Roberts.

NBA roundup: I can promise you for a full midseason report in about two days, but a few thoughts from the Jazz-Spurs game . . . If anyone thinks that the Suns are heads and shoulders above the Spurs they are crazy. Yes, the Spurs lost, but they are only playing Duncan 35 minutes a game; Parker only 30, and Ginobili only about 27. The Suns and Mavs have more depth so they can keep up their effort over the course of an 82 game season. The Spurs, though are not going to stray from their rotation during the season. But when Duncan, Parker, Ginobili all get the 42 minutes a game that they are going to get in the playoffs, they will be tough to handle. And the reason they are worse this year, is Bowen has really dropped off. He can't shoot and his defense is really starting to drop. The Spurs need to figure out if he can be an asset in the playoffs, because Duncan and Ginobili are elite defenders at their position, but they really do need a third. I wouldn't be surprised if Finley gobbles up a lot of those minutes in the postseason. But not being able to defend a 3 or 4 could really hurt them.

Texas' Kevin Durant put up a 37 point 23 board performance at Texas Tech last night. 37 and damn 23. So, this got me thinking two things 1) Could any have the other ten best college players in the last 15 - 20 years have put up this statline (my answer is no) and who are the ten best college players over the last 15 years. So, my list off the cuff (no order):

1) Glenn Robinson
2) Joe Smith
3) Christian Laettner
4) Dwyane Wade
5) Jerry Stackhouse
6) Chris Webber
7) Adam Morrison
8) Tim Duncan
9) Ray Allen
10) Carmelo/Iverson?

Any thoughts on this? Should Camby make it? I think Camby should be there actually, so take off Ray Allen or Adam Morrison. But whatever. I don't think anyone in this group could have gone for 37 and 23. Camby or Duncan maybe. This is not to say Durant is the best we've seen. The most assists he's had in any game this year is 4; and everything I've read says he really doesn't even think about playing defense. But that's still an unbelievable line - he's averaging over 30 a game?? Game's still 40 minutes, right? Unbelievable.

And, my all star picks:
PG: Gilbert Arenas
SG: Dwyane Wade
SF: Lebron James
PF: Chris Bosh
C: Dwight Howard

PG: Steve Nash
SG: Kobe Bryant
SF: Kevin Garnett
PF: Dirk Nowitzki
C: Tim Duncan

Honestly, how much money would you pay to see these two teams play each other - 2 20 minute haves. All players play all 20 minutes. You get to see Gilbert go against Nash; Wade and Bryant continue their rivalry. Lebron and KG, Bosh and Dirk are PERFECT matchups for each other; and Howard gets to run in transition for his points against Duncan. The concern is that the west side is just a lot nastier. It doesn't get more competitive than Kobe and KG . .and Dirk and Duncan are just a little behind. On the east side, only Gilbert and Dwyane have that total beast anger in them; so I think the west takes the game.

Gotta go to work. More to come.


At 11:52 AM, Blogger David L. Bickel said...

two omissions from your list...

1) lavell blanchard...


2) josh moore.

but seriously... what about emeka okafor or grant hill.... should grant hill be on that list... he does drink sprite. also okafor was nasty in college.

side note... no way morrison deserves to be there... honestly, he was good last year, but not someone who should be considered one of the best in the last 10-15 years.

but durant is AWESOME. completely awesome. honestly... i think these are the type of numbers KG would have put up if he went to college (at michigan... as numerous times he has said that's where he woulda gone).

At 2:01 PM, Blogger Anthony said...

Here's a problem, though. Maybe the numbers are similar. But I keep hearing Durant compared to KG. That's kind of absurd. We all know KG is a good ball handling big man, and has good range on his jumper. But Durant is a TRUE G/F like T-Mac. His game is like T-Mac right to the shot setup. So I don't know why everyone wants to call him "KG with a jumper." KG is a beast inside who has more springy athleticism than Durant does for their size. And KG has always been able to block a shot and defend the post. Durant is the next T-Mac. Mark it.

At 2:19 PM, Blogger David L. Bickel said...

the reason i think people compare durant to kg are because of his rebounding numbers.... tmac doesn't board like durant does... plus durant averages 2 blocked shots a game... so he is a little nasty inside on d.

i've also been hearing the tmac comparison lately, but from what i've seen, i don't think that durant handles the rock as well as tmac... i dont know. maybe we just need to let durant be durant... and instead of being the next ___, he'll be the next durant...

just throwin that out there... too many people try to compare players to players of the present and past... (i'm obviously guilty of this as well).

At 1:30 PM, Blogger Chubbs said...

I think maybe it's just best to describe him as a hybrid of the two. Because his rebounding skills are A LOT better than T-Mac's, but his perimeter game is also A LOT better than KG's, so I'm not really sure if there's any comparison. I'm VERY excited to see him in the NBA. I really think I would take him over Oden. At least in the new NBA. I don't really see Oden being as good offensively as Shaq in his prime (for obvious reasons) or Duncan either. Also, I agree, Morrison shouldn't be up there, his scoring was buoyed by his opponents and he never put up great stats outside of his scoring. Also, Glen Rice might have technically fallen out of the purview of your 15 year guideline, but he would definitely have to be up there. He was ridiculous. Also, Penny Hardaway? I know it was on Memphis State, but still. Also, Larry Johnson?

At 2:18 PM, Blogger Mr. Intensity said...

AND>..what about Jay (Jason) Williams at Duke? Or, good GOD- JJ Redick? Say what you want, but especially Williams, was an outstanding player. And I would also posit, and I think, from his comments at the time and since, that Rasheed Wallace was actually a better college player than Stackhouse and was the best player on that team at that time. Dean Smith has said as much. Also, why are we forgetting Jerod Ward? Come on people. He was the best 6'9 overrated guard/forward of all time.

At 8:30 PM, Blogger Mr. Intensity said...

I mean, this blog is a joke. Anthony. Come on. You have lots of free time. And I know you have lots to say. Chubbs is kind of busy being a first year law student. And a retard. But someone, anyone, post some shit, or give me access so I can post stuff. It has been over THREE FREAKING WEEKS! I can't deal with this.

At 12:45 PM, Blogger David L. Bickel said...

mr. intensity speaks the truth.


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