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Jan 25, 2010

Grizzly if I wanna be

Grizzlies today stand ½ a game ahead of New Orleans and the bottom of the Southwest standings. After the first 10 games of the season they have gone 0.656 win percentage. This is 0.003 behind the division leader, Dallas Mavericks overall win percentage. They'd be a solid 4th best record without that nasty start. Will the record keep climbing towards that number by April? Or will the Grizzlies "return to earth" and sink back below 0.500 again? We'll have to see. For now they look to be a legit team in the league having knocked off many serious opponents.

what's the big deal?

  • big win against Phoenix at home on MLK in front of national TV audience on TNT
  • big win against OKC last Saturday. for some reason everyone thinks Thunder is as good as the Lakers. they are good but Grizz is definitely the better team if they want to be
  • big win against former world champion San Antonio Spurs a week ago
  • FRANCHISE record for most home wins… and counting tonight against Orlando



Steve Nash, Phoenix Suns

Two-time MVP having perhaps his best season as he approaches 36. Numbers across board at or near career-best levels.
Mike Conley has career high assist and 3pt% numbers. Steve Nash earns almost $10M more salary than Conley.

Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles Lakers
Not the reigning MVP, but possibly the best player in the game. Stellar
numbers (28.3 ppg, 5.2 rpg, 4.5 apg) don't tell whole story.

OJ isn't the reigning MVP either but he could be. Amazingly his numbers are nearly the same as his rookie year, but he's become a far more complete player, and will only get better. Look for him to be MVP of the Rookie Sophomore All-Star game.

 Carmelo Anthony, Denver Nuggets

Leads the league in scoring (30 ppg) and Nuggets lead the NW Division. Focused and nearly unstoppable on the block.
Rudy Gay is also from Baltimore area. Rudy isn't quite the prolific scorer as Melo. Funny thing is that Rudy is 2 years younger, but he has a ways to go to join this starting lineup. They are listed as both from Baltimore, same height and same weight. Rudy is the more athletic.

 Tim Duncan, San Antonio Spurs
Continues to deliver like clockwork, 20 and 10 every night. Spurs' anchor at both ends of the court and an MVP in the locker room.

ZBO has averaged more points, rebounds, and steals than Tim Duncan this year. Duncan does have more blocks and assists. ZBO will likely be the first guy off the bench when Duncan gets a blow in the All-star game.

 Amar'e Stoudemire, Phoenix Suns
Doesn't actually play center for Suns, by why quibble? Can't argue with stats -- 20.8 ppg, 8.8 rpg and 56.1 FG%.

Amar'e Stoudamire makes $13M more a year than Gasol. He averages more points than Marc but the rest of his stats are not better. Gasol will be starting in the Rookie Sophomore game for last time this year. He has potential to start in the big Allstar game in future years as there have been few other great young Centers in the West without injury. However, Chris Kaman is the leading center in the Western Conference this year.

1 comment:

J-Bo said...

Whoa!!! Playoff is already here...