Blake Griffin – The Key to the Clippers Success

Blake Griffin – The Key to the Clippers Success

After finishing 4th in the Western Conference with a 53-29 record in the Western Conference this year, and losing in the first round to the Portland Trail Blazers, the Clippers are running out of of options. Practically bringing back the same exact first team as they had last year, the Clippers haven’t revamped all that much. They added some bench pieces like Brandon Bass, Marreese Speights, and Raymond Felton, but overall their outlook as a team hasn’t changed. Chris Paul is 31 years old, and isn’t getting any younger. He’s consistently put up close to 20 points per game and 10 assists his entire career. His game isn’t changing. J.J. Redick is one of the league’s most underrated two guards – his ability to hit the three is huge next to a point guard like CP3. Last year alone he had an other worldly and NBA leading 47.5% three point percentage. His defensive and ability to put the ball on the floor isn’t going to improve. Luc Richard Mbah A Moute and Paul Pierce are both middling options at small forward in this NBA, with a combined age of 69. DeAndre Jordan, one of the league’s most ferocious center, isn’t suddenly become a threat from mid-range. Or better yet, hitting free throws at a 70% + rate. The Clippers have excellent depth – their second team of Austin Rivers, Jamal Crawford, Paul Pierce, Brandon Bass, and Marreese Speights may be the best in the league. What’s holding them back from getting a second or third team in the Western Conference? What’s holding them back from getting deep into the...
Brian Geltzeiler’s 2016-17 NBA Season Preview and Predictions

Brian Geltzeiler’s 2016-17 NBA Season Preview and Predictions

  The season is here.  Here are my award and playoff predictions. ….in blurbs. League MVP-  Lebron James Conventional wisdom would say that the MVP award has passed The King by.  However, with the last three years  MVPs on one team and the odds on favorite in Russell Westbrook being on a team that will not be a top 3 playoff seed,  MVP sets up quite nicely for James.  And besides, we just saw what Lebron is capable enough when he decides he has something to prove…. Rookie of the Year- Buddy Hield Ben Simmons is out for the year.  Brandon Ingram isn’t going to play enough to win the award.  The same goes for Dragan Bender.  Kris Dunn is going to start the season backing up Ricky Rubio.  That leaves Hield.  He’s going to get the minutes, the touches, and playing with Anthony Davis is going to give him the requisite space to operate.  The kid is ready to make an immediate impact. Coach of the Year- Brad Stevens The addition of Al Horford is going to give Stevens a highly skilled guy on both ends that will take some heat off his undersized perimeter guys, who he’s done very well with.  He’s as respected as you’ll ever see and he’s only 40.  I’ll take it as far as to say that the award is his to lose. Defensive Player of the Year- DeAndre Jordan It’s the last chance for this Clippers group to prove they can advance past the 2nd round of the playoffs.  That urgency and what Jordan learned being an integral part of the U.S...
2016-17 NBA MVP Predictions

2016-17 NBA MVP Predictions

Every year, the NBA crowns one player with its most individual prestigious award. The Most Valuable Player. An award for the player who means most to a team that finishes in the top of their respective conference. The past two years, Stephen Curry has captured the award in style, last year unanimously. However, this year it will be a challenge for him to reach the top of the mountain for that MVP three peat. This year especially, there are a host of talents that could win this award. Here are my Top 5 picks for that award. 5. Stephen Curry  The past two years alone, Stephen Curry of the Warriors has etched his spot into NBA history. Considered by many to be the greatest shooter of all time, his ability to handle the ball with ease and suddenly pulling up and making almost half of his 3 pointers, makes him one of the most polarizing players of this generation. It wasn’t until the 2014-15 season where Stephen Curry and the Warriors hit a turning point. Steph put up a stat line of 23.8 points per game and 7.7 assists. More impressively, he had those numbers at an efficiency unmatched. A 3 point percentage of .443, a true shooting percentage of .638, and a player efficiency rating of 28.0, all which were league highs. In this season, Curry averaged 32.6 minutes per game with a usage percentage of 28.9, the highest marks of his career. Golden State went to the Finals and then won in 6 to an injury depleted Cavalier’s roster. Going into the 2015-16 season, Curry averaged 34.2...