HoopsCritic Hot 50 – #45 Kevin Durant

HoopsCritic Hot 50 – #45 Kevin Durant

  Kevin Durant won his way into our hearts with his now infamous MVP speech, but he won his way onto this list with one of, if not the greatest scoring season from a wing ever. . . The marvel of Durant’s 13-14 season is under-appreciated due to a lack-lustre post-season from the Thunder, and an injury marred 2014-15 campaign. At the end of 2014 a lot of people believed that Durant and not one, LeBron James was the best player in the NBA. While his time on the sidelines may have stalled that train some last year the debate should rage again this upcoming season. A healthy Durant, Russell Westbrook, Serge Ibaka, and Thunder core is something we’ve never really seen in the post-season, perhaps this upcoming year will get our chance to view it. In that situation Durant would get a chance to even further elevate himself on our list. A couple of quick facts; one, Durant is the youngest player on this list by a comfortable margin, and two, he makes his appearance one day and one spot ahead of the older and more accomplished Paul Pierce. How do you feel about that?   The Resume: Second Overall Pick 2007 – Seattle SuperSonics 6x All-Star 5x All-NBA 4x Scoring Champ Rookie of the Year All-Star Game MVP The Real MVP How did the guys rank him? The Flag Bearer: James Holas (30). The Barn Burner: Will Reeve, Marc Griffin, Jacob Noble and Justin Rowan (NR). Others to rank Durant: Brian Geltzeiler (34), Adi Joseph (35), Justin Salkin (38), Justin Termine (39), Shane Young (45), Robert Littal...
HoopsCritic Hot 50 – #46 Paul Pierce

HoopsCritic Hot 50 – #46 Paul Pierce

The Truth is one of the most beloved players of this generation and a Celtics great in his own right. He never won an MVP, he wasn’t the de-facto best player on the Celtics title in 2008, but he was the heart and soul of the Celtics for 15 years. He has had his moments with Brooklyn and Washington, I’m sure he will have his moments in Los Angeles, but a Celtic he will always be. Pierce is the first active player to make the list, though I’d imagine the guy following him up at #45 will stir some conversation. Amidst scoring the 16th most points all time, obliterating the hopes and dreams of all Raptor fans, and making nearly 200 million dollars from the league, safe to say Paul Pierce has had a hell of a career.   The Resume: 10th pick overall 1998 – Boston Celtics 10x All-Star 4x All-NBA Finals MVP Champion How did the guys rank him? The Flag Bearer: Adi Joseph, (34).  The Barn Burner: Brian Geltzeiler, Lang Greene, James Holas, and Shane Young (NR). Others to rank Pierce: Justin Salkin (35), Will Reeve (38), Justin Termine (42), Josh Eberley (43), Matt Drappel (43), Robert Littal (43), Marc Griffin (43), Justin Rowan (45), and Jacob Noble (50).  #45 Monday, August 23.  Don’t like it? Think we got it wrong? Maybe, just maybe we got it right? Let us know using the #HCHot50 hash-tag. Or give the contributors hell, contact info below. Any tweets with #HCHot50 may be featured on the site going forward, tweet us your feedback!   @JoshEberley to low probably not top 50...
HoopsCritic Hot 50 – #47 Dolph Schayes

HoopsCritic Hot 50 – #47 Dolph Schayes

  No school like the old school. Before Bill Russell and Wilt Chamberlain there was a man by the name of Schayes, Dolph Schayes. 12 Straight All-Star seasons and all 15 years of his illustrious career were spent with the Nationals/76ers franchise. Schayes competed with the best of the best during his tenure in the league, playing pre and post NBA merger. Schayes led the Nationals to a Championship in 1955, leading all players in the post-season in both points and rebounds. Unfortunately for Schayes and the Nationals in 1957 Russell and the Celtics ended all future title aspirations.   The Resume: Fourth overall pick 1948 – New York Knicks 12x All-Star 12x All NBA Champion Hall of Fame How did the guys rank him? The Flag Bearer: Adi Joseph, (29). The Barn Burner: Nine tied, (NR). Others to rank Schayes: Lang Greene (32), Brian Geltzeiler (32), Will Reeve (37), and Marc Griffin (41).           #46 Coming Sunday, August 22. Don’t like it? Think we got it wrong? Maybe, just maybe we got it right? Let us know using the #HCHot50 hash-tag. Or give the contributors hell, contact info below. Any tweets with #HCHot50 may be featured on the site going forward, tweet us your feedback! Contributors: Josh Eberley – hoopscritic.com / Host of the @PullUpPodcastHC, @JoshEberley Jacob Noble – hoopscritic.com / Host of the @PullUpPodcastHC, @JacobNoble_HC James Holas – hoopscritic.com / BballBreakdown, @SnottieDrippen Adi Joseph – sportingnews.com, @AdiJoseph Matt Drappel – sportsnet.ca, @MattyD416 Justin Rowan – fearthesword.com / hoopslounge.com, @Cavsanada Robert Littal – blacksportsonline.com, @BSO Shane Young – hoopshabit.com, @YoungNBA Justin Termine – Sirius XM NBA / cinesport.com host, @TermineRadio Marc Griffin –...
HoopsCritic Hot 50 – #48 Wes Unseld

HoopsCritic Hot 50 – #48 Wes Unseld

How many players have won Rookie of the Year? How many have won MVP? How many have won both in the same season? (The answer is two, Wilt Chamberlain and Wes Unseld.) That’s right Wes Unseld won a MVP award his rookie season. . . Unseld standing only 6′ 7″ was a vicious rebounder, a bull on the court, pre-dating both the Worm and the Round Mound of Rebound. He was awarded Finals MVP in 1978 when his Bullets won their first ever Championship. The only Championship belonging to the Wizards/Bullets in 54 seasons of existence. The Resume: Second overall pick 1968 – Baltimore Bullets 5x All-Star All NBA Rookie of the Year MVP Finals MVP Champion Hall of Fame How did the guys rank him? The Flag Bearer: Robert Littal, (36). The Barn Burner: Brian Geltzeiler, Will Reeve, Matt Drappel, Marc Griffin, Adi Joseph, and Justin Salkin, (NR). Others to rank Unseld: James Holas (39), Justin Rowan (40), Lang Greene (41), Josh Eberley (42), Jacob Noble (42), Shane Young (47), and Justin Termine (47). #47 Coming Saturday, August 22.   Don’t like it? Think we got it wrong? Maybe, just maybe we got it right? Let us know using the #HCHot50 hash-tag. Or give the contributors hell, contact info below. Any tweets with #HCHot50 may be featured on the site going forward, tweet us your feedback! Contributors: Josh Eberley – hoopscritic.com / Host of the @PullUpPodcastHC, @JoshEberley Jacob Noble – hoopscritic.com / Host of the @PullUpPodcastHC, @JacobNoble_HC James Holas – hoopscritic.com / BballBreakdown, @SnottieDrippen Adi Joseph – sportingnews.com, @AdiJoseph Matt Drappel – sportsnet.ca, @MattyD416 Justin Rowan – fearthesword.com / hoopslounge.com, @Cavsanada Robert Littal – blacksportsonline.com, @BSO Shane...
HoopsCritic Hot 50 – #49 Dave Cowens

HoopsCritic Hot 50 – #49 Dave Cowens

Dave Cowens or Big Red carried the Celtics torch along with John Havlicek in-between the Bill Russell and Larry Bird eras. The often forgotten Celtics great did a damn good job running with the franchise player role, leading the Celtics to not one, but two Championships in a three year span. If we’re being honest with ourselves, Cowens had a hell of a case for Finals MVP in 1976, posting far superior numbers to teammate Jo Jo White. But the past is the past and the important thing to Celtics Nation was the jewellery won by all at the end of the season. The Resume:  Drafted fourth overall in 1970 – Boston Celtics 8x All-Star 3x All-NBA 3x All-NBA Defense Rookie of the Year All-Star MVP MVP 2x Champion Hall of Fame How did the guys rank him? The Flag Bearer: Justin Termine, (35). The Barn Burner: Eight tied, (NR).  Others to rank Big Red: James Holas (36), Jacob Noble (37), Josh Eberley (41), Lang Greene (45), Shane Young (46).    #48 Coming Friday, August 21.   Don’t like it? Think we got it wrong? Maybe, just maybe we got it right? Let us know using the #HCHot50 hash-tag. Or give the contributors hell, contact info below. Any tweets with #HCHot50 may be featured on the site going forward, tweet us your feedback!   Contributors: Josh Eberley – hoopscritic.com / Host of the @PullUpPodcastHC, @JoshEberley Jacob Noble – hoopscritic.com / Host of the @PullUpPodcastHC, @JacobNoble_HC James Holas – hoopscritic.com / BballBreakdown, @SnottieDrippen Adi Joseph – sportingnews.com, @AdiJoseph Matt Drappel – sportsnet.ca, @MattyD416 Justin Rowan – fearthesword.com / hoopslounge.com, @Cavsanada Robert Littal – blacksportsonline.com, @BSO Shane Young...
What About The Celtics Rebuild?

What About The Celtics Rebuild?

No two people walk the same path through life, just as no two NBA teams rebuild their roster the same. The league today stands in three tiers of teams; Contenders (teams that have a shot at winning), Pretenders (bottom seed playoffs, playoff hopefuls), and the Rebuilders (teams not trying to make the playoffs for the sake of lottery dreams). Rebuilding methods have long been discussed on twitter, reddit and anywhere else a forum exists for such dialogue. However which way you feel about the proper way to build a team or acquire that superstar, the Celtics are doing it their way; upgrading assets through players with healthy contracts or draft picks. Last year’s team performed like the Indians in the movie Major League, a team expecting to lose but banded together out of determination to make the playoffs. This caused a lot of moans and groans from the camp “build through the draft lottery”. Danny Ainge knows (see 2007) that having great odds in the lottery won’t guarantee you a super star (Celtics had the 2nd best odds and landed the 5th pick). People who didn’t like the Celtics making the playoffs believed it would hamper their chances at lottery (which it did) and they blame Ainge’s trade for Isaiah Thomas, who has a very attractive contract and produces with the top level players in the fourth quarter. Isaiah’s arrival in Boston started the turn and made this team a playoff team. The same people who blame Ainge for this also forget he moved Rondo and Green, two quality players who would have helped them fight for an 8th...
HoopsCritic Hot 50 – #50 Pete Maravich

HoopsCritic Hot 50 – #50 Pete Maravich

Yesterday we revealed the 40 guys receiving votes but failing to land a position on our prestigious rankings. That list included a heap of talented players, including multiple MVP’s, Finals MVP’s, Hall of Fame members, former Champions, and fan favourites through out the decades. Cutting the list at 50 was a daunting task and unfortunately it meant we had to leave out a lot of great players. That left some readers, and even some contributors less than impressed: @JoshEberley WAIT JAMES WORTHY AND BOB MCADOO DIDN'T MAKE IT?!?!?! AND YES I'M YELLING! @hoopscritic — Will Reeve (@WillReeveJr) August 18, 2015 Dwight not in you guys top 50 ? #HCHot50 — SuperHero (@ChadDashSoul) August 18, 2015 So upset the worm didn't make it. Had him at 44 https://t.co/oQOSnuzRqZ — Justin Rowan (@Cavsanada) August 18, 2015   But that was yesterday and this is today, so without any further adieu #50. . . Shooting in to #50 is the Pistol himself; Pete Maravich.  The Pistol sneaks in two points ahead of Reggie Miller for the bottom spot in the collective rankings. Don’t tell me we are generation biased!   The Resume:  Drafted third overall 1970 – Atlanta Hawks. 5x All-Star 4x All-NBA Scoring Leader 76-77. Proud owner of a 68 point explosion against the Knicks back in 1977. Hall of Fame.   An absolute phenom in college, nobody scored like the Pistol. In three seasons he averaged, 43.8, 44.2, and 44.5  points per game respectively. Maravich was a gifted scorer who bedazzled fans and lighted up the basket. but the Pistol ended his career free of hardware, banners, and Championship narratives....
Celtics Franchise Leaderboard: All-Time and Current Record-Holders

Celtics Franchise Leaderboard: All-Time and Current Record-Holders

The Franchise Leaderboard series looks at active and franchise leaders in five major statistical categories-points, rebounds, assists, blocks, steals- for all thirty NBA franchises. Running through two teams per week, we look at the marks set by all-time leaders for each franchise, analyze the respective trajectories of current leaders, compare how they stack up, and do a bit of projecting. As in the initial installment, each edition of the Franchise Leaderboard series comes with an accompanying disclaimer: While a great honor, long-lived and unforgotten in history books, franchise leaderdom goes a step beyond the intrinsic value found in efficiency and per-game performance. The name of the game, here, is volume—not only in terms of accruing a particular statistic as much as possible per outing, but also in terms of the number of outings you manage to appear (and accrue your statistic) in. Because, at the end of the day, whether you manage to score 32 points per game but only play in 50 games, or whether you only manage 20 points per game, but do so while appearing in 80 whole games, you are nonetheless left with 1600 points—no farther or lesser along the path to franchise leaderdom, through one season, than your counterpart. On top of all that, of course, is one more variable: the number of seasons, and hence, further outings, you manage. Use as many or as few as you want, but the franchise leaderboard does not discriminate. The system is simple: play as much, as long, or as well as you can or want. But the only thing that puts you above all others, here,...