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Quick Hits 7/14/09

So I have taken a couple days off, mostly because I was not moved to write.  But with the shocking news of Jessica Simpson and Tony Romo splitting-up, I felt compelled to voice my concerns.

Jessica and Tony

So, you’re saying there is a chance?  No, there is not.

Timberwolves Coaching Search

The rumors out there is that the TWolves are looking at Mark Jackson, Kurt Rambis and Rockets assistant Elston Turner.  I would be OK with Rambis or Turner, but not Jackson.  HE HAS NO HEAD COACHING EXPERINCE!!

Maybe Jackson will have the respect of the players, but still, I am not ready to throw the team Mark Jackson.

NBA Summer LeagueJonny Flynn

The TWolves rookies have been playing well and Jonny Flynn looks legit.  Wayne Ellington is playing well.  Check out the highlights at ESPN.com.

Ellington has scored 26 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in two games.  Ellington pulled down 8 rebounds in the first game and then scored 22 points in the second.

In two games Flynn is averaging 11.5 points, 10.5 assists and 6.5 turnovers.  But looks to be able to control a team and get to the basket and finish against bigger players.

I just wish they would trade Rick Rubio.  Say good bye to the Spanish wonder and get some draft picks or young talent.

Blake Griffin had a steller debut. 27 points and 12 rebounds.

I am putting it out there – Rookie of the Year comes down to Griffin, Flynn, Steph Curry at Golden State, James Harden at Oklahoma City and Tyreke Evans at Sacramento.  Girffin may not get as much PT with other bigs in his way. file_23_8

Soccer T-Shirt

I am eagerly awaiting this original Landon Donovan inspired soccer t-shirt I bought at www.objectivo.com.

They have some pretty original shirts.  Check them out.

FIFA Rankings

In the ranking releases on July 1st, Brazil claimed the No. 1 spot after their championship in the Confederations Cup in South America.  Moving up from No. 4

The US moves up two spots to No. 12 while the Spainish team fell to No. 2.

Ranking Team Pts
Jul 09
+/- Ranking
Jun 09
+/- Pts
Jun 09
1 Brazil 1672 4   384
2 Spain 1590 -1   -171
3 Netherlands 1379 -1   -63
4 Italy 1229 0   -63
5 Germany 1207 -2   -171
6 Russia 1161 3   -6
7 England 1135 -1   -90
8 Argentina 1091 -1   -112
9 France 1082 1   15
10 Croatia 1031 -2   -169
11 Greece 1001 6   79
12 USA 983 2   36
13 Switzerland 930 3   -1
14 Serbia 925 6   55
15 Denmark 909 9   73

www.fifa.com

Random Basketball Awesome Fact of the Day

Michael Jordan and Magic Johnson are a part of what elite group that Carmelo Anthony has the possibility of joining?

If Carmelo wins an NBA title, they will be the only three players since 1979 to win a NCAA, NBA and Olympic Championship – I think.  I am trying to find info to say other wise.

Now prior to the high school revolutiona and the one-and-dones, it was seen more often.  But I am struggling to find others in the last 30 years.

NBA Combine Measurements

I “borrowed” the chart below because it has some fun bits of knowledge to ponder before the draft.  I will be posting nba_draft09_203(and writing) my mock in sections and should start on Monday – maybe sooner.  

NBA DRAFT COMBINE MEASUREMENTS

Player Height
w/out shoes
Height
w/shoes
Weight Wingspan Standing
reach
Jeff Adrien, UConn 6′ 5¼” 6′ 6½” 235.2 7′ 2″ 8′ 11½”
Rodrigue Beaubois, France 6′ 1¼” 6′ 2¼” 182.4 6′ 9¾” 8′ 4″
DeJuan Blair,
Pittsburgh
6′ 5¼” 6′ 6½” 276.6 7′ 2″ 8′ 10½”
Derrick Brown, Xavier 6′ 7½” 6′ 8½” 224.6 7′ 2½” 8′ 11½”
Chase Budinger, Arizona 6′ 6¼” 6′ 7″ 206.4 6′ 7″ 8′ 5″
DeMarre Carroll, Missouri 6′ 6¼” 6′ 7¾” 207.2 6′ 10″ 8′ 9″
Omri Casspi, Israel 6′ 7¾” 6′ 9¼” 211.2 6′ 9¼” 8′ 10½”
Dionte Christmas, Temple 6′ 4¼” 6′ 5½” 210.6 6′ 9″ 8′ 6½”
Earl Clark, Louisville 6′ 8½” 6′ 10¼” 226.4 7′ 2 1/5″ 9 1½”
Darren Collison, UCLA 6′ 0¼” 6′ 1½” 166.2 6′ 3″ 8′ 0½”
Dante Cunningham, Villanova 6′ 7″ 6′ 8¼” 227.4 6′ 11″ 8′ 10½”
Stephen Curry, Davidson 6′ 2″ 6′ 3¼” 181.0 6′ 3½” 8′ 1″
Austin Daye, Gonzaga 6′ 9¾” 6′ 10¾” 191.8 7′ 2¼” 9′ 2″
DeMar DeRozan, USC 6′ 5¼” 6′ 6¼” 211.2 6′ 9″ 8′ 6¼”
Toney Douglas,
Florida State
6′ 1″ 6′ 2″ 183.4 6′ 6″ 8′ 1½”
Wayne Ellington,
North Carolina
6′ 4¼” 6′ 5¼” 202.4 6′ 6½” 8′ 4″
Tyreke Evans, Memphis 6′ 4″ 6′ 5¼” 220.6 6′ 11¼” 8′ 8″
Jonny Flynn, Syracuse 5 11¼” 6′ 0¾” 195.6 6′ 4″ 7′ 11½”
Taj Gibson, USC 6′ 8½” 6′ 9¾” 214.4 7′ 4″ 9′ 1″
Danny Green,
North Carolina
6′ 5¼” 6′ 6½” 208 6′ 10″ 8′ 7″
Blake Griffin, Oklahoma 6′ 8½” 6′ 10″ 248.4 6′ 11¼” 8′ 9″
Tyler Hansbrough,
North Carolina
6′ 8¼” 6′ 9½” 234.2 6′ 11½” 8′ 10″
Luke Harangody,
Notre Dame
6′ 6¼” 6′ 8″ 240.4 6′ 9¾” 8′ 10″
James Harden,
Arizona State
6′ 4″ 6′ 5¼” 222.0 6′ 10¾” 8′ 7½”
Gerald Henderson, Duke 6′ 4″ 6′ 5″ 214.6 6′ 10¼” 8′ 6½”
Josh Heytvelt, Gonzaga 6′ 10″ 6′ 11″ 246.2 7′ 1¼” 9′ 0″
Jordan Hill, Arizona 6′ 9¼” 6′ 10¼” 232.4 7′ 1½” 9′ 0″
Jrue Holiday, UCLA 6′ 3¼” 6′ 4¼” 199.0 6′ 7″ 8′ 4½”
Joe Ingles, Australia 6′ 7¾” 6′ 8¼” 209.2 6′ 10¼” 8′ 9″
Damion James, Texas 6′ 6¼” 6′ 7½” 224.0 7′ ¾” 8′ 10″
James Johnson,
Wake Forest
6′ 7″ 6′ 7 ¾” 257.2 7′ 0¾” 8′ 9½”
Gani Lawal,
Georgia Tech
6′ 7 ¾” 6′ 9″ 229.0 7′ 0″ 8′ 10″
Ty Lawson,
North Carolina
5′ 11¼” 6′ 0½” 198.6 6′ 0¾” 7′ 10½”
Eric Maynor, VCU 6′ 2¼” 6′ 3¼” 163.6 6′ 2½” 8′ 1″
Jack McClinton, Miami (Fla.) 5′ 11¾” 6′ 0¾” 185.2 6′ 2½” 8′ 0″
Jerel McNeal, Marquette 6′ 1½” 6′ 3″ 190.4 6′ 7¼” 8′ 3½”
Jodie Meeks, Kentucky 6′ 3″ 6′ 4″ 211.4 6′ 4½” 8′ 2″
Patrick Mills,
Saint Mary’s
5′ 11¼” 6′ 0½” 175.4 6′ 2″ 7′ 11″
B.J. Mullens, Ohio State 6′ 11¾” 7′ 1¼” 258.2 7′ 1½” 9′ 3″
Jeff Pendergraph, Arizona State 6′ 8¾” 6′ 10″ 239.6 7′ 1″ 8′ 11″
A.J. Price, UConn 6′ 0½” 6′ 2″ 192.8 6′ 3¾” 8′ 1″
Tyler Smith, Tennessee 6′ 5¼” 6′ 6″ 212.0 6′ 9¾” 8′ 8½”
DaJuan Summers, Georgetown 6′ 7¼” 6′ 8½” 243 7′ 0¾” 8′ 10½”
Jermaine Taylor,
Central Florida
6′ 3½” 6′ 4¾” 207.4 6′ 8¾” 8′ 6″
Jeff Teague,
Wake Forest
6′ 0¼” 6′ 1½” 175.2 6′ 7½” 8′ 2½”
Hasheem Thabeet, UConn 7′ 1¼” 7′ 2½” 267.2 7′ 6¼” 9′ 5″
Marcus Thornton, LSU 6′ 2¾” 6′ 3¾” 194.4 6′ 5″ 8′ 3″
Greivis Vasquez, Maryland 6′ 4¾” 6′ 6″ 197.4 6′ 7¼” 8′ 5″
Terrence Williams, Louisville 6′ 5″ 6′ 6¼” 213.2 6′ 9″ 8′ 7¾”
Sam Young,
Pittsburgh
6′ 5¼” 6′ 6¾” 222.8 6′ 10¾” 8′ 9½”

“Pure Shooter”: Don’t Read The Labels – The Ingredients Are Deadly

On any list describing almost everything connected to this season of mens college basketball, you are sure to find Stephen Curry’s name.  This 6’2″ junior who that led Davidson within a basket of reaching the 2008 Final Four, is a son of one of the best shooters in NBA history, Dell Curry.  And his son is widely recognized as the best shooter in the nation.  There is no question he deserves that label, but Curry is mostly known as “only” a pure shooter.  But Curry is much more talented than that label indicants.

Stephen Curry
Stephen Curry

Many sports types have used the label as ” pure shooter” as an extremely broad description for skinny players who or don’t – or can’t  – dunk on a regular basis.  Yet, their influence on the game is undeniable.

In recent years, those with the skills to be classified as “pure shooters” have been in high demand.  As teams looking for every advantage, the three point line has become more and more important, and teams are designing offenses around those skill players.

Duke alumni, and current Orlando Magic bench warmer, J.J. Redick wore the badge proudly like few others in recent history.  He wore it straight to the top of the All-Time ACC Scoring List and multiple Player of the Year Awards his senior season.  Yet, he did have an ability – be it a rather limited ability – to put the ball on the floor and then pull up from mid-range.  But his best weapon was the “catch and shoot” off of screens and drawing fouls and getting to the foul line.

J.J. Redick
J.J. Redick

Their ability to shoot the ball from nearly anywhere on the court is where the comparisons end for Redick and Curry.

After losing senior point guard Jason Richards, Curry was asked to handle the ball and initiate the offense.  In his first five games running the offense Curry is averaging 7.8 assists and 35 points per game.

Granted, this is only the beginning of the season, but it shows he is capable.  Remember, we have seen it before in very important games played in March against the best teams in the country.

Shot Fake

Since Bobby Knight has joined ESPN and does commentary on a regular basis, he has made a couple statements that I actually agree with – really.  In Mondays game with Syracuse and Florida, Knight made a comment about how the “pump-fake is the greatest offense weapon”.  Why would he say that and why does it matter in this article?

If you are a defender and your assignment is Curry, your suicide mission is to limit his looks from deep.  So every time Curry even looks in the general vicinity of the basket, you are off your feet and swatting like you are engulfed by killer bees.

Now Curry can do two things:  If he hasn’t used his dribble, he can dribble to an open shot or if he has picked-up his dribble he can: try to get the shot off or stay on the floor a split second, rise-up into the your flailing body and then go the foul line where he is shooting 91 percent.  Easy points.

Of Curry’s 175 points he has scored this season, 40 of them are free-throws.  His scoring average drops to a mortal-like 27 ppg if you take those 40 points away.  In Redick’s career at Duke he made a total of 652 free throws, only missing 64 combined.  If you take away those free throw, Redick’s career scoring averages goes from 19.9 to 15.1 per game.

Ultimately, each player is unique and both Redick and Curry are deadly from distance.  But they did find other ways to score and Curry is even more lethal because he has the ball in his hands and defenders become his personal puppet.

Other “Pure shooters”

Tyrese Rice, senior point guard from Boston College, is not afraid to pull the trigger from deep.  Yet last season, of the 462 shots he took only 32 percent were threes and he averaged 21 ppg , 5 apg and shot 85 percent from the foul line.  Even more impressive than his shot is Rice’s ability to get past defenders, get into the lane and make tough shots in traffic.

Kyle McAlarney, senior shooting guard from Notre Dame, get’s his feet set and his shot off quicker than anyone else outside of Curry.  Through the first five games of his senior season, McAlarney averages 17 points, 4 assists, 3 rebounds per game and is shooting 50 percent from three point range and 100 percent from the foul line.  He has handles the ball more than most off-guards and has a 2.33:1 assist to turnover ratio.

Wayne Ellington, a junior shooting guard from UNC, is smooth.  Everything aspect of his game flows nicely to the next.  Ellington is a good athlete who is able to stop on a dime, pull up and drain his shot.  This season he is shooting 44 percent from distance and his scoring has dipped from 16.6 to 13.5.  The scoring average will go back up when he plays more minutes in meaningful games.

Curtis Jerrells, senior point guard from Baylor, took 387 shots last season and only 43 percent were from three point distance.  He is a solid ball handler, aggressive and with a quick first step.  He is currently averaging 17 points, 7 assists, 3 rebound and shooting 44 percent from distance.

Jon Scheyer, junior shooting guard from Duke, came to Durham right after Redick and was quickly compared to him, even became known as the “poor mans JJ”.  He averages 37 percent from distance and shoots 89 percent from the foul line.  In Scheyer’s freshmen year, three pointers made-up 59 percent of his total shot attempt.  This season they make up only 32 percent and his scoring average is up from 12.2 to 12.5.

Pure Shooters until Proven Otherwise

A.J. Abrams, senior guard from Texas, is a streaky shooter with a quick release.  Every season, his scoring average has increased while maintaining career averages of 88 percent from the foul line and 41 percent from distance.  Against Notre Dame Abrams shot 9 for 27 from the field and 5 for 17 from deep.  But managed to hit clutch shots to make the game close.

Robert Vadan, senior guard/forward from UAB, is another volume scorer who shot 355 three-pointers out of a total of 539 shot attempts.  He is stronger and bigger than most “pure shooters”, at 6’5″ and 205 pounds, and is not the most athletic player.  Vadon still pulls down 7 rebounds per game along with 19 ppg.

Blake Hoffarber, sophomore guard from Minnesota, is best known for hitting heroic shots in big games.  75 percent of his shot attempts as a freshmen were from three point distance.  He did manage to shot 44 percent from the field and 43 percent from the behind the arc.  He is a consistent shooter and who is also averaging 5 rebounds per game.