Team Analysis

D-Rose and The Bulls

Derrick Rose is one of the elite point guards in the NBA today. His ability to get to the basket and dish out assists is extraordinary. What separates him though from other top-notch point guards? The answer is simple; his explosiveness is like no other player in the league.

Rose is so quick off the dribble and can accelerate to the basket at will. To complement Rose’s explosiveness, is his extreme dexterity. Rose is capable of duking out big men like Amar’e Stoudemire in midair while still finishing gracefully at the basket. To make matters worse for the opposing team, Rose has added a lethal jump shot to his offensive arsenal. Rose currently averages 1.6 3s per game which is literally 8 times the amount as what he did last year from 3 pt land. Aside from Rose’s ability to shoot and score, he has also shown he is capable of being an efficient passer averaging 8.1 assists per game. Throughout the season thus far Derrick Rose has been able to create open shots for his teammates.

In addition, Rose has also been helped tremendously by the Bulls off season move to acquire Carlos Boozer. Boozer has become a valuable asset to Rose’s passing game and together they lead their team with a record of 25-12. Rose has a very good all around game as well as being able to average nearly 5 rebounds per game. Rose has carried his team this season, and are now one of the top teams in the East. Although the Bulls are one of the better teams in the league they are not quite championship material for they lack a shooting guard and young Derrick Rose still needs to develop his game for the Bulls to have a shot at winning the championship.

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

New York Knicks Team Analysis

The Knicks are one of the most questionable teams in the NBA, when referring to them many questions arise. Will the Knicks make the playoffs? Will the Knicks get a huge free agent? Will the Knicks ever win a title?

Lets take a look at the first question

The Knicks will not make the playoffs for one reason only, they refuse to play defense. They are an above average offensive team with many scorers such as Chandler, Amare, and Felton. They may be above average but they are certainly not the best in the league. The Knicks rely on three point shooting more than they should with almost every player on the team attempting 3s, even Amare. They should focus more on driving and let 3 point specialists such as Gallinari attempt shots from long range. If they do this, they will almost certainly make the playoffs.

The Knicks probably will get a huge free agent eventually. New York is one of the most saught after places to play in the NBA and many free agents would like to go there. If the Knicks don’t get Carmello, there is always Chris Paul or some other big name who’d love to play in NY.

The Knicks will never win a championship regardless of who they pick up, unless they get a new coach or hire a defensive specialist. There’s a reason that D’Antoni never won a championship with the Suns (a better offensive team than the Knicks). He completely disregards defense. Well if the Knicks ever get shut down offensively, a huge blowout will come there way. Unless major changes are made in their style of play, they will never win a championship.

Team Analysis : New Jersey Nets

The Nets are better than last season where they finished a horrendous 12-70 which I guess is a heads up for the future, but how much better are they, this and many more questions will be answered the next few minutes.

Offense

The Nets offense is very good but often poorly executed. They have about every weapon a team can have, an interior presence with Lopez and Favors, sharpshooters such as Morrow and Outlaw, and an all around player in Devin Harris. Execution is the issue at hand though. Players on the Nets can play well and can win games but somehow fall short. In the first two games of the season the Nets played very well beating Sacremento and Detroit in last minute comebacks. Avery Johnson’s whole offensive approach is centered around strong starts and strong finishes to games which makes the Nets, when playing well, an extremely tough team to beat. So far this season they have won winnable games and lost games which they are supposed to lose, with the exception of Charlotte.

What makes the Nets a good team, not a great one is that they lack experience. By that I mean that the whole team is relatively young and doesn’t have experienced players who can handle clutch situations with the exception of Devin Harris. Brook Lopez is a key player on the team who the Nets love to go to when they’re down but he’s too immature to know what’s best for the team in clutch situations. When Lopez gets the ball in the paint and the Nets are down by 2 with a minute left, he would rather shoot than pass. If Morrow is open for a corner three, Lopez would rather go for a difficult layup or low percentage jump shot. This isn’t a horrible thing because Lopez is showing signs that he wants to lead the Nets, but a good leader does what’s best for the team, not the individual.

The Nets experience is primarily in the hands of two players, Jordan Farmar and Devin Harris. Farmar has playoff experience and knows what it’s like to be down in a tight game. Harris has “greatness thrust upon him” as he was forced to be the leader of the Nets when they traded Jefferson and just had Harris and an aging Carter. These two players have proved themselves and should be trusted with the basketball in a tight game. Then there is Travis Outlaw, Travis was nicknamed “Mr. Clutch” in Portland and was famous for hitting crucial shots late in games. Outlaw is not as developed as a player as Harris and Farmar and has not yet reached his potential. Plus his blunder in the game against Charlotte proved that he is off his game slightly and needs to take some time before he goes back to hitting shots down the stretch.

Defensively

The Nets defense, unlike their offense is below average. The Nets have an interior presence with Lopez and Favors but, besides their size, there is not much of a presence. Favors is in his rookie season and focuses more on flashy dunks than basic offensive and defensive fundamentals. Farmar is a good defender but his minutes are limited and his size is a severe disadvantage. Troy Murphy can play good defense but is currently recovering from injury and is not playing too well.

Overall

The Nets, when on their game are a very solid team, but when they are playing poorly are very easy to beat.