HoopsCritic Hot 50 – #7 LeBron James

King James, at only 30 years old, has climbed his way into the seventh highest spot on this list. Remarkable, whether you agree with the ranking or not, it’s quite the statement. James is as dominant as they come, he has made virtually every team he has ever played on a contender. How many players can say that? The biggest knock against LeBron James; is that he and the teams he carried on his back, …

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HoopsCritic Hot 50 – #10 Shaquille O’Neal

  Shaquille O’Neal comes under dominant in the dictionary. He had his flaws, most noticeably free throw shooting. That being said, he has a real case for the best Finals performer of all time. In Shaq Daddy’s first four runs to the NBA Finals (95, 00, 01, and 02) he averaged an inhumane 34.2 PPG, 14.6 RPG, 4.1 APG, 2.8 BPG, all while shooting 60%. Those numbers don’t even exist in the modern game. There …

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HoopsCritic Hot 50 – #29 Dwyane Wade

Dwyane Wade was a paint wrecking, defense altering, glass shattering machine. Prime Flash was doing his thing in Dade County way before LeBron James decided to come to South Beach, don’t believe me? Ask any Dallas Mavericks fan.  Whether he got a hand from the officials or not during the 06 Finals, Wade absolutely demolished Dallas in games three through six. It was a whooping of biblical proportions. One of the best NBA Finals performances …

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HoopsCritic Hot 50 – #41 Gary Payton

The Glove was fierce, as fierce as it gets at the point of attack. This is a man who both ran the offense and guarded the GOAT in the same NBA Finals. Gary Payton is one of if not the most dominant two way player to ever play his position, he also went to the NBA Finals with three different teams. I’ve always wondered how much the Championship with Miami late in his career effected …

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A Number’s Game: Power Ranking Round-Up

“The best laid plans of mice and men, often go awry.” Dan Gilbert, probably Back in August, I thought I had it all figured out. The new-look Cleveland Cavaliers and Derrick Rose-led Chicago Bulls would strut through the East, the eternal Spurs and high octane Thunder would rule over the loaded West, teams like Sacramento and the Bucks would stink, and all would be copacetic in the NBA world. Then the season started. I’m not sure …

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