It has become a certainty that every year around all-star time, Houston Rockets center Yao Ming will receive the most votes among centers in the Western Conference. No matter how he is playing or if he is even playing at all, the plethora of votes he conjures from the fans in his native land of China always drive him over the likes of Andrew Bynum or Nene, who are great players but are overshadowed by other stars on their teams.
With Ming being out for the year with yet another foot injury, Commisioner David Stern will be in charge of finding his replacement. He won’t have to look much further than the heart of Texas for the best center in the Western Conference, though.
And no, I’m not talking about Tim Duncan, who is constantly miscast as a power forward despite playing every single one of his minutes this season at the center position. Duncan’s one of the most storied players in the NBA but there’s no way he deserves an all-star bid this season. He’s averaging career lows in points (13.6) and rebounds (9.4) while shooting a career low 48% from the field. Duncan is also posting the lowest win shares per 48 minutes of his career, yet another sign of his evaporating game.
To find out who I think should start at center for the Western Conference hit the jump…
The Bulls needed this. They needed Luol Deng to have an effective game at some point. After starting off the season with a Derrick Rose-centric offense that forced Rose to take 29 shots per game, the Bulls needed someone to step up and contribute offensively. With Carlos Boozer out, adjustments have to be made [...]
The San Antonio Spurs gave point guard Tony Parker a four-year, $50 million extension today, their second mistake with a contract extension in the past year (they gave Manu Ginobili, who is 33, a three-year extension worth $38.9 million last seas0n).
The San Antonio Spurs will pay Parker, Tim Duncan, Antonio McDyess, Ginobili, and [...]
The San Antonio Spurs, otherwise known as the Celtics of the Western Conference, were not as fortunate as their Eastern akin last season. Both teams’ championship windows, so to speak, were thought to be closed, but Boston was able to prove the world wrong with their Cinderella championship run. The Spurs looked to do [...]
Manu Ginobli is not having a great season by his standards. His scoring average is slightly down from last season, his rebounding numbers are also lower and his field goal percentage is at its lowest point since his second season in the league.
Ginobili had a very rough start to the season as he had to work through an ankle injury that held him out of the 2009 post-season. In 46 games prior to the All-Star Break, Manu averaged just 13 points a game on 40% shooting from the field and just 37% shooting from three. Good numbers for a regular reserve shooting guard but not for one of the game’s top sixth man candidates year in and year out.
However, since the beginning of February, Manu has completely changed back into the 2005 version of himself as if a switch had flipped on. Ginobili has dominated the rest of the league since then and has emerged as the Spurs’ alpha-dog in the absence of Tony Parker.
Though George Hill has been getting the point guard minutes since Parker went out with another injury earlier this month, Ginobili has been the one doing most of the things a point guard would. Gathering his teammates, setting up an offense, distributing the basketball, attacking the cup, leading the break, you name it. Ginobili has had a bit of a revival with his added playing time and he has shown that he is one of the top players in the NBA when healthy.
More on Manu and what he means to the Spurs after the break…
In one of the more marquee moves of the off-season, the San Antonio Spurs traded a few of their lesser used players (read: Bruce Bowen, Kurt Thomas and Fabricio Oberto) to the Milwaukee Bucks for small forward Richard Jefferson.
At the time, it looked like a steal of a deal. Jefferson was a dynamic [...]
After swatting and killing a bat on Halloween night, San Antonio Spurs shooting guard Manu Ginobili had to get several rabies shots to try to prevent getting the incurable disease (If only Michael Scott could have raised enough money to cure AIDs).
Here is what Manu said on his Facebook:
“Just wanted to give [...]
If Gilbert Arenas can score like he did tonight without losing the concept of team play, there is no telling what this Washington team can do. Agent Zero had 32 points (9-of-13 shooting, 3-of-4 from three) and seven assists to lead Washington to pretty nice win over the Nets in their home opener. Arenas [...]
Chicago Bulls 92 – San Antonio Spurs 85: Every game I watch I realize how lucky I am to be able to watch all of these young guys play basketball. Yesterday it was Kevin Durant, today it was Derrick Rose. What an amazing talent. Tonight he absolutely ripped Tony Parker to [...]
2008-2009 Season Record: 54-28, first place in Southwest Division of the Western Conference (3rd in West). Destroyed by the Mavericks in the first round of the playoffs.
2008-2009 Team MVP: Tony Parker
Key Additions: Richard Jefferson, DeJuan Blair, Antonio McDyess, Theo Ratliff, and Keith Bogans
Key Departures: Bruce Bowen, Kurt Thomas, Fabricio Oberto, Drew Gooden, and Ime Udoka
Projected Starting Five:
PG - Tony Parker
SG – Roger Mason
SF – Richard Jefferson
PF – Antonio McDyess
C – Tim Duncan
Key Reserves: Manu Ginobili, Michael Finley, Matt Bonner, Theo Ratliff, and DeJuan Blair Continue reading…