Let the Men Shoot

Let the Men Shoot

Let the Men Shoot   NBA coaches are foxy, sometimes too foxy for their own good. If you have a guy shooting the lights out, scoring at will, on high efficiency no-less, why is said player shooting less and playing less than his comparable teammates? The players listed here are my nominations for more shots and minutes. I’m doing this on behalf of the people! The angry fans, the confused and scorned lovers of NBA shooting barrages, even the begrudging DFS players. I’m nominating them to you (the public)! In the hopes that we can tweet angrily into cyberspace as a unit.   Jeremy Lamb All these phenomenal shot-charts are from peterbeshai.com   What are we doing here Mr. Clifford? There’s no rule stating Charlotte has to start at least one inept offensive wing at all times, is there? Al Jefferson is fading, Kemba Walker is consistently inconsistent, looks like there’s room for more offense in that starting unit. Jeremy Lamb has done all you could ask for and more. The Hornets have a squad that can compete right now. Clearly Lamb deserves some more time and opportunities. Of players taking less than 10 shots per game Lamb is averaging the 9th most points per contest. He has been incredibly efficient, boasting a very impressive .623 TS%. He leads all Hornets in PER, TS%, and WS/48. That Oklahoma City Management. . . Waiters 27.7 MPG, 10.3 PPG, .517 TS%, 10.6 PER Lamb 23.4 MPG, 12.5 PPG, .623 TS%, 21.6 PER — Josh Eberley (@JoshEberley) November 19, 2015     Jonas Valanciunas The Raptors are better when Jonas Valanciunas (JV) is involved.  That’s apparent to...
Slow Start or the Beginning of an Epic Struggle

Slow Start or the Beginning of an Epic Struggle

The NBA is a superstar league, we all know it. NBA teams need their cream of the crop to rise to the top. It’s early, sure, of course it is. However, a lot of the NBA’s top dogs just aren’t producing at the moment. Whether it’s the home grown, grass fed, 100% organic draft product, let’s say Klay Thompson. Or the highly coveted incredibly expensive free agent acquisition, yes I’m looking at you LaMarcus Aldridge. There are a startling number of slow starters this season. So who is a late bloomer and who is worse for the wear? Bravely or stupidly I’ll take a look at a few slow start candidates and attempt to predict whether this is a slump or long-term trend.   LaMarcus Aldridge Aldridge PPG RPG APG BPG TS% PER 14-15 23.4 10.2 1.7 1 .528 22.8 15-16 14.8 10 2.2 0.6 .470 16.1 All stats courtesy of basketball-reference.com as of November 7, 2015.   There were two trains of thought with Aldridge heading to San Antonio. The first, “Aldridge will get better looks in the Spurs system, shoot higher percentages, and be a MVP candidate.” The second, “Aldridge’s personal numbers will suffer mightily as he struggles to play this new brand of team basketball.” So far the second concept seems to hold true. Aldridge has struggled mightily to find his place in the Spurs offense, in fact he’s struggling period. I thought that Pop would force Aldridge to take better shots but to this point he hasn’t. Aldridge still takes the majority of his shots in the 16 feet to just inside the 3-point line...
Clock Strikes Dame

Clock Strikes Dame

    As a collective NBA fan base we’ve been gifted a unique opportunity here, with the 14-15 Blazers all but a distant memory, one man remains. You know him as Dame. Damian Lamonte Ollie Lillard is in a rare position to rip the league apart, without remorse, and free of criticism from the masses. Lillard is a scorer, a shooter, a high usage player, and most importantly he has the Rod Tidwellesque chip on his shoulder. Coming out of a mid-major program in College, Lillard admitted he had a lot to prove, and that’s what he set out to do. That hungry, angry, resilience never died. Lillard became the first player ever to participate in all five All-Star events, what’s more he did it in his sophomore season. He followed up a stellar sophomore season with his second straight All-Star appearance in 2015. Although comically, it did take a personal letter to get him in there. Lillard has come a very long way, over-looked college prospect to NBA All-Star is quite the jump. All that being said, one could argue this is the first year that the Portland Trail Blazers will be Lillard’s team. In a jaw-dropping move LaMarcus Aldridge took his talents to Alamo City, leaving the young and ever defiant Lillard to carry the red and black solo. Aldridge was the big splash, but the Blazers were mucking around in the mud all off-season. In-fact, the entire Blazers starting line-up is gone. Aldridge, Wes Matthews, Nicolas Batum, and Robin Lopez are all pursuing the Larry O’Brien in different digs this year. A team only two years...
HoopsCritic Over / Under Panel 2015-16

HoopsCritic Over / Under Panel 2015-16

One more day, just one more day until the 2015-16 NBA season is upon us. With the dawn of the new season we lay to rest the off-season ‘what-if’s’, the arbitrary rankings, and the 10,000 interviews claiming they’ve never seen, “insert a player of your choosing here” in better shape stories. It would appear this our last chance to speculate without criticism, to forecast without fact, and to share without cynicism. What we have here is the perfect opportunity to lay out a few pre-season predictions. Vegas has released their win lines for the following season; the title odds, and more importantly their over/under win totals are available here. With that said, I’ve scoured the Twittisphere to assemble a hoop-head panel willing to give you their takes on the 15-16 franchise win totals. I’ve broken the voters choices into two columns, the Western Conference and the Eastern Conference. So, without further adieu:   The Eastern Conference:   The Atlanta Hawks: Losing DeMarre Carroll hurts, in-fact it hurts more than the Atlanta faithful want to admit. Fluke is an ugly word, but nevertheless, fluke does come to mind when I look back at the Hawks 60 win season. Aside from losing their best perimeter defender, I do wonder about Atlanta’s, specifically Al Horford’s health this season. The big man missed the majority of the 2013-14 season playing in only 29 games, two years previously in 2011-12 he only got out on the court for a depressing 11 contests. The Hawks won’t sniff 50 wins if the two year plague once again holds Horford out of the line-up for an extended period of...
HoopsCritic Hot 50 – #1 Michael Jordan

HoopsCritic Hot 50 – #1 Michael Jordan

Michael Jordan, the fan labelled GOAT. Six Championships in eight years, in order Jordan and the Bulls sent home; Magic and the Lakers, Clyde and the Blazers, Barkley and the Suns, Payton and the SuperSonics, Malone and the Jazz x2, and last but not least the Monstars. There are infinite ‘what if’s’ with Jordan, the big one being what happens if Jordan doesn’t leave to try his hand at baseball over the 94 and 95 seasons. However he’s here at number one on our list regardless. Jordan won five MVP awards, he also finished in the top three of voting on five other occasions. Jordan sits 42nd all time in assists, 3rd all time in steals, and 4th all time in points. There are numerous cool little records, stats, and numbers that further depict the brilliance that was Jordan on a basketball court. To name a few: One of three players in history to win MVP, All-Star MVP, and Finals MVP in the same season. (Shaquille O’Neal and Willis Reed are the other two.) Highest regular season and post-season scoring averages. 6-0 in the Finals. Never lost a playoff series with home court advantage. Scores 63 points in a single playoff game, which is still the playoff record. However, the bulls still left with a loss that night, Bird and the Celtics were ultimately too much. The Resume: Third Overall Pick 1984 – Chicago Bulls 14x All-Star 11x All-NBA 9x All-NBA Defense Rookie of the Year 3x All-Star MVP 5x MVP 6x Finals MVP 6x Champion Hall of Fame How did the guys rank him? The Flag Bearer: 12 tied,...
HoopsCritic Hot 50 – #2 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

HoopsCritic Hot 50 – #2 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

We know who is coming tomorrow, we knew he was coming when we started revealing this list way back on August 18th, I knew he was coming before I tallied the ballots. That being said, if you had to argue one players greatness over his airness, it’d be Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. His resume might be greater, it’s a very feasible argument. He won the same amount of rings, and he was recognized as the league MVP on more occasions. No one had more MVP’s than Kareem, nobody. Greatest Laker ever? Even if we take away the three MVP’s he won with the Bucks, his three in the Lakers purple and gold are still one more than Shaquille O’Neal and Kobe Bryant have combined. He walked into the league as its best player in 1969 and rode that wave for nearly two decades. On nine occasions he finished in the top five of MVP voting. That means for 15 years, there were people who believed he was the leagues best player. Kareem unsurprisingly sits first all time in scoring, third all time in blocks, and fourth all time in rebounds. His 38,387 career points are nearly 6,000 more than the closest active chaser (Bryant). The Resume: First Overall Pick 1969 – Milwaukee Bucks 19x All-Star 15x All-NBA 11x All-Defense Rookie of the Year 2x Finals MVP 6x MVP 6x Champion Hall of Fame How did the guys rank him? The Flag Bearer: Justin Termine (1). The Barn Burner: Marc Griffin (8). How did the other guys rank Abdul-Jabbar: Josh Eberley (2), Adi Joseph (2), James Holas (2), Lang Greene (2), Brian Geltzeiler (2),...