Best PG in the NBA: John Wall?



In a recent interview with Chris Mannix on the Dan Patrick Show, John Wall was asked where he ranks at his position. "I rank myself the best", Wall responded. That's good to hear for Wizards fans but is it really realistic? To me, he's not even a top 10 PG in the league. He has the potential to be top 5 but right now, he's clearly not the best. There are some guys ahead of him like Rose,Paul, Westbrook, Rondo, and maybe young guys like Stephen Curry and Kyrie Irving. Let's compare his stats with other point guards in the league. Here are the numbers. 

PPG: 6th among PG's (18.5 PPG)

APG: 6th among PG's (7.6 APG)

RPG: 5th among PG's (4.0 RPG)

SPG: 17th among PG's (1.3 SPG)

TPG: 3rd most among PG's (3.2 TPG)

These are his numbers from last season and don't look like #1 PG numbers. It's always good to have confidence but not too much to the point where you can't live up to what you say. I'm not saying he can't be in the future. I'm simply saying that for right now, he's not. He's going into his 4th year so there is plenty of time for him to show what he's got on the court. Also, this time, he's fully healthy. 

Comment on where you think he ranks among PG's. I do not own the photo. 

NBA- Must Watch Games


The NBA schedule came out a couple of days ago for the 2013-14 season. Here are the MUST WATCH games (in no particular order): All times are Eastern, pictures are not mine. 

Chicago Bulls v Miami Heat: October 29th 8:00 PM on TNT


Its opening night in the NBA! This game has some big headlines with the Heat getting their rings and their rival Bulls in town. Also, Derrick Rose's return in his first regular season game since he injured his ACL on April 28th, 2012. 

New York Knicks v Brooklyn Nets: December 5th 7:00 PM on TNT


Its the battle of New York! Both of these teams have a huge chance of leading the Atlantic division and also beating the Heat. 

San Antonio Spurs v Miami Heat: January 26th 1:00 PM on ABC


It's a rematch of the 2013 NBA Finals that went to 7 games where the Heat were crowned as champs. This game will give us a look at how the "old" Spurs now compare to the Heat. 

Houston Rockets v Los Angeles Lakers: February 19th 10:30 PM on ESPN


Dwight Howard returns to LA! After a really disappointing season with the Lakers, Howard went to Houston but on Feb 19, he returns to play them. I'm interested to see how the fans respond. Will Kobe be back by then?

OKC Thunder v Houston Rockets: December 29th 


This game will be interesting as we'll see which team can win the West. Also, last time Westbrook played, it was against the Rockets when he tore his meniscus when Patrick Beverley lunged at him. 

Brooklyn Nets v Boston Celtics: January 26th 6:30 PM on ESPN


These teams switched a lot of their players and Pierce and Garnett will return to Boston. How will the fans react? How will both the teams play? 

Miami Heat v Indiana Pacers: December 10th


These two teams played each other in the ECF last season, but now they look a little different. The Heat added Greg Oden and the Pacers got Danny Granger back along with Luis Scola on the bench. Will the intensity continue?

Golden State Warriors v Los Angeles Clippers: October 31st


Which team is better in California? We will get to see how the Warriors look like with Igoudala and how the standings may look like in the West. 

Hope you like my blog post and comment on which game YOU are most excited for!

NBA Schedule 2013-14



The NBA schedule was released a couple of hours ago with some great games on many days such as opening night and Christmas Day. Let's highlight all the major games that YOU should watch! All times Eastern

Bulls-Heat: October 29th on TNT 8PM 

Clippers-Lakers: October 29th on TNT 10:30 PM 

Nets-Cavs: October 30th on NBA TV 7 PM

Bobcats-Rockets: October 30th on NBALP 8PM

Knicks-Bulls: October 31st on TNT 8PM

Heat-Nets: November 1st on ESPN 8PM

Christmas Day:

Bulls-Nets: ESPN 12PM

Thunder-Knicks: ABC 2:30 PM

Heat-Lakers: ABC 5:00 PM

Rockets-Spurs: ESPN 8:00 PM

Clippers-Warriors: ESPN 10:30 PM

MLK DAY

Nets-Knicks: ESPN 2:30 PM

Lakers-Bulls: TNT 8:00 PM 

Pacers-Warriors: TNT 10:30 PM

Other Notable Games

Rockets-Lakers: Feb.19

Nets-Celtics: Jan.26

Clippers-Celtics: Dec.11

Spurs-Heat: Jan.26

Heat-Pacers: Dec.10

Hope you liked my post and comment on which game you are most excited for!

East Predictions


The Eastern Conference got a lot stronger in the offseason. I already did an East Preview but now its time for playoff predictions and standings. Here we go:


1. Heat- The defending champions just picked up Greg Oden and look poised for another championship run. Not much has changed here. 


2. Pacers- Picked up Luis Scola and will have Danny Granger back. Forced the Heat to 7 games in the ECF last season. Look ready for another run. 


3. Bulls- Star PG Derrick Rose will return. The big question is whether he will return to form or not. If he gets close to full form, I have them as my #3 seed. If he's clearly not the same player anymore, I would move the Bulls down a couple spots. 


4. Nets- The superteam Nets have added Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett, and Jason Terry to their roster. A team with a line-up of Williams, Johnson, Pierce, Garnett, and Lopez must be at least #4 right? The thing is, no one knows if this team is going to gel well. The Lakers thought they were going to the finals after picking up Dwight Howard last year but that didn't work out so well. 


5. Knicks- They added MWP and Bargnani. The big reason I don't have them higher is the chemistry between Stoudemire and Anthony when they are on the court at the same time. When they are together, the team's efficiency somewhat drops. What will coach Woodson do? Seeds 2-5 can really be rearranged and it still wouldn't look crazy. 


6. Cavaliers- They added Bynum and #1 pick Anthony Bennett to an already young and talented roster. If Bynum is healthy, they may be the #6 seed. If he's not, they will still be good enough to make the playoffs, but maybe not the 6 seed. 


7. Pistons- They changed their roster, adding Josh Smith, Brandon Jennings, and veteran Chauncey Billups. They have enough talent to make the playoffs. 


8. Wizards- This spot was the toughest as it was between the Wizards, Raptors, and Hawks. I picked the Wizards because I think John Wall will have a great season. He has already proclaimed himself the best PG in the league. While I definitely don't agree with him, the Wizards were a  .500 team when he did play. 

On the bubble: Hawks, Raptors

Hope you liked my blog post and comment on what your standings are!

Greg Oden to the Miami Heat



After taking some time to decide, Greg Oden has chosen to sign with the defending champions, the Miami Heat. It is reportedly a two-year deal. This could be a great move for the Heat because they need a big man down low to challenge players like Roy Hibbert or even Tyson Chandler. If Oden is not healthy for most of the year, it may still be ok because they didn't lose much money. They payed him close to the minimum amount for an NBA player. This move could also let Chris Bosh move back to his position as Power Forward, which may make him more comfortable and more efficient. Let's remember, Greg Oden is only 25. In the end, the move to get Greg Oden is a big risk, but the reward can be bigger. 

What are your thoughts about this move? Picture from Bleacher Report 

Three-peat for the Heat?



The Miami Heat have won back-to-back championships but with the Eastern Conference getting tougher, will they do it again? Let's look at their competition. 


The Indiana Pacers- The Pacers lost Tyler Hansbrough but recently added Luis Scola to their bench. They forced the Heat to a game 7 last year in the Eastern Conference Finals. Their big men dominated the Heat's big men but now Miami has added Greg Oden to their roster. If Greg Oden can stay healthy and give a solid 20 minutes off the bench, the Heat's big men could matchup well with the Pacer's big men and try to slow down Hibbert and West. Then again, Danny Granger didn't play last season but he will be back soon. Can the Heat handle the Pacers again?


The Chicago Bulls- The Bulls will get their superstar point guard Derrick Rose back from his ACL injury that kept him out for all of last season. If D-Rose can come back to form by the time the playoffs begin, they could cause problems for the Heat. Last season, the Heat beat the Bulls in 5 games in the East Semifinals. Can the Bulls beat the Heat? It really depends on Derrick Rose's return. 


The Brooklyn Nets- The Brooklyn Nets had a major offseason adding Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett, and Jason Terry. They now will have an all-star lineup but will they be able to gel well together? If Deron Williams can bounce back from a relatively disappointing season and the rest of the team can play well together, they have a huge chance of beating the defending champions. 


The New York Knicks- The Knicks are still a threat to the Heat if all their players can play to their full potential. That means J.R. Smith has to be more consistent, Tyson Chandler has to play like the DPOY as he was a couple of years ago, and Felton has to be a better distributor. The big question surrounding this team is, can Stoudemire and Melo play together? So far the answer has clearly been a big NO. But IF coach Woodson can find some way for both of them to play efficiently at the same time, this team will be a huge force and could potentially beat the Heat. 

Let's not forget the teams in the West:


The Golden State Warriors- This team has enough talent to make the Finals. They added Andre Igoudala, and have lots of developing players like Klay Thompson and Harrison Barnes. Stephen Curry is the best shooter in the league and the combination of Bogut and Lee is a force. Can the Warriors beat the Heat? The answer to this question depends on Greg Oden and the Heat's big men. If Miami's big men can stop Lee and Bogut, it shouldn't be a problem. But what if they can't? Is D-Wade going to slow down, leaving Lebron as their only major force?


The San Antonio Spurs- The Spurs ALMOST beat the Heat last season but the heroics of players like Ray Allen and Lebron James led Miami to a victory in Game 7. The Spurs may have one more run in them before Ginobili and Duncan retire. 


The OKC Thunder- The Thunder pretty much don't have a bench anymore after losing Kevin Martin. They have two talented superstars in Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook. It would be REALLY hard for these two alone to get all the way to the Finals and beat the Heat. 


The Houston Rockets- Assuming Dwight Howard can play just like he did with the Magic, and James Harden plays at a superstar level, they could make it to the Finals. They would need some major production from role players like Lin, Parsons, and Asik. 


Los Angeles Clippers- With one of the best PG's in the league, a great coach, and a great bench, this team could beat the Heat. Then again, their big men don't really have an offensive game other than dunking. If Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan can make free throws and come up with an offensive game...

Comment on if you the Heat can three-peat! If not, who will beat them?

Fantasy Football Top 10: QB's, RB's, WR's


Football is about to begin with preseason starting in a few days. With NFL football comes fantasy football where a person can pick the players they want to represent their team. Here are some tips on the top 10 of some skill positions. You can register at yahoo.com, espn.com, or even nfl.com. 

QB: Top 10


1. Aaron Rodgers


2. Drew Brees


3. Peyton Manning

4. Cam Newton

5. Tom Brady

6. Matt Ryan

7. Robert Griffin III

8. Matthew Stafford

9. Colin Kaepernick

10. Andrew Luck

RB: Top 10


1. Adrian Peterson


2. Arian Foster


3. Doug Martin

4. Jamaal Charles

5. Marshawn Lynch

6. C.J. Spiller

7. Ray Rice

8. LeSean McCoy

9. Trent Richardson

10. Alfred Morris

WR: Top 10


1. Calvin Johnson


2. A.J. Green


3. Dez Bryant

4. Brandon Marshall

5. Julio Jones

6. Demaryius Thomas

7. Larry Fitzgerald

8. Roddy White

9. Andre Johnson

10. Vincent Jackson

Hope this helps and good luck with your fantasy teams!

Top 5 Centers in the NBA


Lots of good big men in the league but who makes the top 5? Again, this is MY opinion. Her we go: 

#1: Dwight Howard: 17.1 PPG, 12.4 RPG, 2.4 BPG, 57.8 FG%, 19.48 PER (14th among centers)


Having Dwight in LA last season was a nightmare. He didn't like the coach's style, wasn't a big fan of Kobe Bryant, and basically just didn't fit with the Lakers. But let's also acknowledge that he was injured for most of the season with back and shoulder issues. Remember how Howard played when he was on the Magic? He actually took the Magic to the NBA Finals in 2009. But everything has changes since and Dwight is now in Houston alongside great players like James Harden and Chandler Parsons. If Dwight is healthy and fits in well with the the Rockets style of play, this team could go far.

#2: Marc Gasol: 14.1 PPG, 7.8 RPG, 1.7 BPG, 19.57 PER (12th among centers)


The Defensive Player of the Year is the second best player in the league. He is an excellent passer for his size, a solid scorer, and has a high basketball IQ. He has a great teammate in Zach Randolph which is why his rebounding numbers may be a little lower than expected. Gasol looks ready for another great season. 

#3: Andrew Bynum: DNP last season


Bynum didn't play one minute for the 76ers last season and basically got tons of money for doing nothing. He's a big question mark going into this season as he has found a new home in Cleveland. When he was on the Lakers, he was a dominant force and became a top 2 center in the league. He was a monster in the post averaging 19 PPG and 12 RPG. Assuming he comes back to form, the Cavs will make the playoffs next year. He's a big risk to take, but the reward could be huge. 

#4: Brook Lopez: 19.4 PPG, 6.9 RPG, 2.1 BPG, 24.81 PER (1st among centers)


Lopez has the highest PER among centers and was the greatest offensive center in the league. He is a decent passer, great blocker, and has a great jumper. You may notice he doesn't have great rebounding numbers but that was mostly because Reggie Evans came off the bench and grabbed every rebound he saw. Also, he only played about 30 minutes a game. Lopez is ready for another great season with a bunch of new teammates. 

#5: Joakim Noah: 11.9 PPG, 11.1 RPG, 2.1 BPG, 18.16 PER (20th among centers)


This was the toughest one of all but I'm going with Noah. The Bulls were without their superstar Derrick Rose for the whole season and many people doubted their abilities to even make the playoffs. They indeed did make the playoffs and even made a meeting with the Heat in the 2nd round very interesting. A lot of the credit has to be given to Noah. He played through various injuries and remained consistent. Look for him to have another good season with Rose back in the line-up. 

On the bubble: Roy Hibbert, Al Horford, Tyson Chandler, Al Jefferson

Hope you liked reading my blog post and give your opinion on who the top 5 centers are!

Top 5 Power Forwards in the NBA


Lots of great PF's in the league today. Let's look at the top 5. Again, this is my opinion. Here we go: 

#1: Tim Duncan: 17.8 PPG, 9.9 RPG, 2.7 APG, 2.7 BPG, 24.45 PER (1st among PF's)


Tim Duncan is 37 years old and still playing at an elite level in the NBA. He helped his team get to the NBA Finals and led all power forwards in PER. He has an amazing passing ability fora  big man and has a great jumper. He may be one of the best power forwards to play the game and the "Big Fundamental" looks ready for another great season. 

#2: Kevin Love: 18.3 PPG, 14.0 RPG, 2.3 APG, 0.5 BPG, 17.97 PER (13th among PF's)


Last season was Kevin Love's worst season since his rookie year, and yet he still averaged a double-double. He only played 18 games because he was hurt and he will have a better season next year when he's healthy. When healthy, Love is the best PF in the league because of his deadly long-range shooting and rebounding. Who knows? Maybe the Wolves will make the playoffs next year with Love leading the way. 

#3: LaMarcus Aldridge: 21.1 PPG, 9.1 RPG, 2.6 APG, 1.2 BPG, 20.45 PER ( 5th among PF's)


Aldridge proclaimed himself to be the best power forward in the league in 2012 and you could argue he is. He is a great post player and can play the pick-and-roll well. He also has formed some immediate chemistry on the court with young PG Damian Lillard and they could be a dynamic duo in the West for the next 5 years. 

#4: Dirk Nowitzki: 17.3 PPG, 6.8 RPG, 2.5 APG, 0.7 BPG, 19.88 PER ( 7th among PF's)


Nowitzki was the 2011 NBA Finals MVP. In 2013, his team wasn't even in the playoffs. Nowitski was hurt last season, playing a total of 53 games. He has a great shooting ability and can rebound well. His shooting numbers actually were similar to when they won the finals but he played less minutes because of injuries. Dirk will come back healthy and ready to play next season. 

#5: Zach Randolph: 15.4 PPG, 11.2 RPG, 1.4 APG, 0.4 BPG, 17.92 PER ( 14th among PF's)


This one was the toughest one to choose, but #5 is Zach Randolph. He is a good scorer and an excellent rebounder. He is the perfect fit for the Grizzlies because he fits in their style of play. He dominated Blake Griffin in the first round of last year's playoffs before getting dominated by Tim Duncan and the Spurs in the WCF. He looks ready for another solid season with the Grizzlies. 

On the bubble: Blake Griffin, Serge Ibaka, David West, David Lee

Comment on if you agree and give your opinion on who the top PF's are!

Top 5 Small Forwards in the NBA


There are some elite SF's in the NBA in both conferences. This is my opinion, and if you disagree, I can respect that. Here we go:

#1: LeBron James: 26.8 PPG, 7.3 APG, 8.0 RPG, 57 FG%, 41 3PT%, 31.67 PER (1st in NBA)


This is obvious. Whether you like him or not, LeBron is the best player in the league and has 4 MVP's to prove it. He led the Heat to 2 championships and is looking for a three-peat. He is the most complete player in the NBA because he's a great shooter, rebounder, passer, attacker, and is a defensive demon. At some times in the season, it seemed like LeBron carried his team to some W's. You can expect another outstanding season from him. 

#2: Kevin Durant: 28.1 PPG, 4.6 APG, 7.9 RPG, 51 FG%, 28.35 PER (2nd in NBA)


KD is one of the best shooters in the NBA and almost led the league in scoring... again. He probably would've won it if Russell Westbrook gave him the rock more. Anyways, Durant is a scorer and even focused on becoming a more well-rounded player last season. With Westbrook back in the line-up, the Thunder seem ready for another trip to the WCF. 

#3: Carmelo Anthony: 28.7 PPG, 2.6 APG, 6.9 RPG, 45 FG%, 24.83 PER (3rd among SF's)


Melo lead the league in scoring and could possibly do it again. He is a pure scorer, an underrated rebounder, and can play defense when he wants to. His only issue was in the playoffs, Kevin Durant also went through this, he was very inconsistent leading him and his team to be eliminated in the Conference Semifinals. The East got tougher, so it will be interesting to see how far Carmelo and his Knicks can go. 

#4: Luol Deng: 16.5 PPG, 3.0 APG, 6.3 RPG, 42.6 FG%, 15.12 PER (20th among SF's)


(I would have put Paul George in this slot but when Granger comes back, I believe George will go back to the 2) Luol Deng had an average season last year but I believe he will be better once Rose comes back. Let's not forget Deng was an all-star the last time him and Rose played a full season. Deng had his own health issues as he missed the East Semifinals against the Heat. He should be able to play well next season if he can return to 2011 form. 

#5: Paul Pierce: 18.6 PPG, 4.8 APG, 6.3 RPG, 43.6 FG%, 19.14 PER (4th among SF's)


This one was a toss-up. Pierce is declining but with more rest on the superteam, Brooklyn Nets, he should be able to somewhat get back to form. He is still a clutch player and someone who opposing teams need to keep an eye on. He was awful last season on defense but with more rest, he should be fine. It will be fun to see how the Nets perform this season. 

Comment on if you agree and give your opinion on who the top 5 SF's are!