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The NBA’s best broken down

There are many factors that are necessary to winning a basketball game, especially in the professional level. There’s team chemistry, skill level, coaching, and determination. Although these are the more prominent factors, there is one that almost everyone seems to overlook, and that is intelligence.

How is intelligence used on the court, you may ask. It is a dominant part of basketball, most people may not recognize it but players like Kobe Bryant, Lebron James, and Dwyane Wade are geniuses. They may not be the typical genius who excels academically and make contributions by inventing innovative software but they are geniuses none the less. Not everyone can make decisions in a split second that can impact a game positively but these players do it exceptionally well. Making a shot with .3 seconds left on the clock is extremely difficult. Think about all that the player has to do in that time period. They have to locate the rims location on the court, decide how much energy needs to be put on the ball in order to achieve an optimum result, and shoot the ball so that it cannot be touched by the defender. That takes an immense amount of brain power to do and 99.9% of the people in the world probably could not pull it off.

Even if you take a look at the typical play with 24 seconds on the shot clock, there is still a lot of decision making and judgement involved. Say, a player gets the ball at the three point line with 18 seconds left on the clock. Many things will impact what that player decides to do with the ball. If his team is ahead by 30 points, he may decide to take a relatively difficult shot or cross his defender over because even if his shot misses or move fails, the game is already won. Say his team is down by 2 points and there is a minute left in the fourth quarter. The player will most likely try to pass the ball to someone who is in the same situation as himself or has an open shot. The factor that separates the NBA’s best from the average player is that a player such as Lebron James or Kobe Bryant would try to make the play themselves. If the defense would expect them to pass, they would shoot or drive. Their unpredictable nature is what makes them so good. You may recall an NBA commercial from not to long ago when Mickael Pietrus stated that Kobe Bryant is the best player in the NBA because of how unpredictable he is.

The two key factors that make an NBA player great are unpredictable nature and intelligence. Other factors are important but not neccessary. Larry Bird was poorly built and out of shape and was also one of the best NBA players of all time, wonder why?

We Have The D-League For a Reason

The D-League was meant to develop players hence the name D-League. The thing that I don’t understand though is instead of developing young players in the D-league, NBA teams decide to play them in their rookie season for 15 minutes a game and expect them to become all star talent.

The current view on the D-league is that it is a demotion and that view is completely inaccurate. The D-league gives players such as Derrick Favors of the New Jersey Nets a chance to shine and develop into spectacular players. The NBA only has a few players who have the complete package such as Lebron James, Kobe Bryant, and Dwyane Wade as stated in my last article. There is a way to create more players with this level of talent, send all rookies that aren’t yet polished NBA players to the D-League for a couple months and then marvel at the results.

First lets take a look at what I mean by “a polished NBA player”. A polished NBA player is one who has no problem at all playing their role in the league. This is very rare for a rookie player and only happens for 3-5 players a season, examples being Derrick Rose, Blake Griffin, and Tyreke Evans. If a player isn’t in the running for Rookie of the Year, they are not yet a polished NBA player. Then you have to acknowledge those players who have shown that they are ready for NBA level competition but have not put up amazing stats such as Derrick Favors of the New Jersey Nets. Although it might be a good idea to keep these kinds of players in the NBA for a while to familiarize them with the high level of competition, they should still be sent to the D-League for a brief time period. This time period should be about 3 weeks. The reason for this would be that success is something that must be learned, it does not happen instantly. If a player has average stats in the NBA, they should have phenomenal stats in the D-League. Entrusting them with a higher level of responsiblity and a larger role on a team is extremely beneficial. In the D-League, they can learn good judgement, good decision making, and most importantly how to excel in the sport of basketball.

The D-League is a resource that is currently underused. Instead of sending old players who have reached the end of their careers to the D-League, it should be a facility meant for honing young talent.

The Inner Mechanisms of Lebron James

Lebron James, the most hated player in the NBA, is almost as complex as he is talented. Lebron has made many bad decisions in the past year and a half that I am sure you all know about. But why hate on Lebron when he just wants to win a championship? If any other player in the NBA had made the decision to go to an extremely promising Miami Heat team they would not face half the criticism that Lebron faces on a daily basis. The thing that most people don’t understand is that Lebron has had no problem sharing his role withe Miami’s two other dominant players, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh. Everyone has said that Lebron would have a terrible season because he has two other superstars on his team that would demand the ball almost every possession. This is false, Lebron is averaging 25 ppg 7 apg and 7 rpg. He is still one of the top players in the league and now has a solid shot at winning the NBA title. This makes Lebron one of the best players in history and instead of booing him, fans should appreciate the high level of basketball he plays on a daily basis. Since Michael Jordan, fans have not seen a player who excels in every aspect of the game. Lebron is about as close as it gets to Jordan it’s even debatable that James surpasses him in some catagories such as rebounds and assists. Next time you see Lebron play, take a moment to appreciate his game before you decide to criticize him.

Kris Humphries

Kris Humphries is one of the best rebounders in the NBA and not a bad scorer as well. Kris has an extraordinary amount of energy and can score points in bundles. His size and amazing athleticism allows him to rebound over players bigger than him. Humphries’ game is multi dimensional combining a decent jump shot with an above average post game that allows him to score 10-15 on a decent night. Humphries is also unusually talented with more complex aspects of basketball such as spin moves and pump fakes. Defensively, Humphries is an animal, meaning that he has the full package. Humphries can rebound, block, and steal really well making him a force to be reckoned with defensively. Overall Kris Humphries is a great player with plenty of energy, look for him to average a double double if his starter minutes continue.

Will the “Magic” Continue?

 

The Orlando Magic have created one of the best offenses in the NBA with their recent trade, acquiring Gilbert Arenas, Jason Richardson, and Hedo Turkoglu in addition to their already explosive lineup. Many questions aroused as this barrage of talent stepped on to the court. These questions and doubts were all shut down yesterday when the Orlando Magic blew out the San Antonio Spurs, who have the best record in the NBA, by 21 points. Another question which is frequently asked is, will the Magic win a championship? The answer to that is a blatant no. Orlando will find themselves overwhelmed by the league