Friday, February 27, 2009
Good deal? Is Bart worth that?
Friday, February 20, 2009
Thursday, February 19, 2009
1. Derrick Rose, CHI---17.0 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 6.3 apg, 47.3 FG% in 36.8 minutes per game
2. Marreese Speights, PHI---8.2 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 0.4 apg, 53.6 FG% in 15.5 minutes per game
3. Brook Lopez, NJN---12.3 ppg, 8.1 rpg, 0.8 apg, 50.8 FG% in 29.9 minutes per game
4. Greg Oden, POR---9.0 ppg, 7.2 rpg, 0.7 apg, 56.8 FG% in 22.9 minutes per game
5. Michael Beasley, MIA---13.3 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 0.9 apg, 45.5 FG% in 24.3 minutes per game
Who's right? I'm not scared to go up against NYSTOM. Is there someone that we left off?
1 - Derrick Rose, Chicago Bulls
I thought Michael Beasley would have walked away with ROY honors this year, but I was sadly mistaken. Derrick Rose has proven that he is by and far the best rookie. Rose has shown his willingness to try and make this Bulls team better. Definitely a hard job considering that they don't have a post presence. He's averaged about 17pts and 7 assists a game, while showing off a decent jump shot. All I can say is, God, please get this kid some help.
2 - Mario Chalmers, Miami Heat
Chalmers isn't going to wow anyone with pure stats, but he's the starting point guard on a playoff team. He just got a post presence in Jermaine O'Neal and he has D Wade running in the back court with him. Chalmers is averaging 10 points, 5 assists, and almost 2 steals a game. I thought Miami got the steal of the draft when they got him and he's proving me right.
3 - OJ Mayo, Memphis Grizzlies
One thing Mayo can do is score (19 points a game), and with that he's adding a few boards (4 per game). He averages the same amount of turnovers as assists, so I'll leave that alone. He and Rudy Gay can probably put up close to 50 a night together. Mayo's scoring hasn't necessarily made the Grizzlies better, but his numbers can't be ignored.
4 - Brook Lopez, New Jersey Nets
Wow!!! That's all I can say. I didn't have this guy pegged as someone that could really play. Just a small upgrade over like a Jason Collins. Lopez has proven that he is truly gifted and he's putting up 12 points, 8 rebounds, and 2 blocks per game. His last 4 games have showed an improvement in his ppg (18) and rebounds (10). He has a chance to move up this list quickly.
5 - Michael Beasley, Miami Heat
Not fair to have two guys from the same team on the list, right? Beasley has played well at times and then others you wonder about his shot selection. He's averaging 13 points and 5 boards, but it's for a winning team. I have to think that given the green light on any occasion and Beasley would put up better numbers. So, for now, he's number 5 on my list, but I think he'll definitely move up.
That's my take on things. Am I as crazy as NYSTOM? I'll have to post his top 5 Rookies and then you make your own decision.
Chicago Bulls - Sacramento Kings
The Bulls and the Kings have made a deal that will send Andres Nocioni, Drew Gooden, Michael Ruffin, and Cedric Simmons for Brad Miller and John Salmons. Is it me or did the Bulls have Miller years ago? Anyway, the Bulls gave up a lot to get Miller and Salmons. Miller will be able to provide a presence in the post for the Bulls (not sure how much he has left in the tank) and Salmons can replace Nocioni from a scoring standpoint. The Kings get a host of players to rent, I mean meld into their team. Nocioni provides some toughness and scoring that will be helpful and Gooden can rebound and shoot spot up jumpers. As I start to think about this, it's not as bad for either team as I originally thought. It's really a swap of personnel that play the same positions. Maybe Paxson will stay around for a while.
Los Angeles Lakers - Memphis Grizzlies
In a salary dump move, the Lakers move Chris Mihm to Memphis for a conditional second round pick in 2013. Nothing like planning ahead. Note to self: Size is something you can't teach.
Portland Trailblazers - Sacramento Kings
The Trailblazers in a salary cap move dump Ike Diogu for Michael Ruffin. (Why is Michael Ruffin still in the league?). Because Darius Miles' contract will hit the Blazers and put them in luxury tax hell, the Blazers are probably a team that will look for more ways to cut salary. They did create a $3M trade exemption that they have up to a year to use.
We'll keep you posted on what happens today prior to the deadline. Who else do you think will be moved? Vince Carter? Chris Bosh? Tyson Chandler again? Nate Robinson?