2009 NBA Draft Thoughts Revisited

Back in ’09 I gave that thing called twitter a try. Here’s a review of some of my live draft tweets.

Griffin is the right pick at #1 but he will never be a superstar.He’ll be good but not the type of player you can build a franchise around.

A year ago I felt like a genius. Now I feel like a moron. Blake Griffin is already one of the most popular players in the game. If he develops a jumper he will be a superstar for years to come.

I think its time for Vitale to retire.

Still waiting for that retirement announcement.

Almost feel sorry for Griffin the Clips are probably the most poorly managed team in all of sports.

Still true thanks to Mr. Sterling.

Thabeet has great upside. The only question is will the big man’s body hold up.

I meant to say the only question is will  the big man every reach that potential?

I loved Harden in college but I’m not sure how he’ll translate to the NBA.

Mr. Harden is doing just fine in OKC.

Evans is an intriguing prospect. 5yrs down the road I think he’ll be one of the 5 best players from this draft.

Top 5? More like top 3.

Not sure about Rubio but it doesn’t hurt the Wolves to take him there. Gonna take him a few seasons to be an impact player.

Still waiting on Mr. Rubio. He’s also still take a few seasons away from being an impact player.

Rubio was probably a steal at 5. I didn’t think he’d last that long.

It’s still a littler early to judge. However I bet Minnesota would’ve tried trading this pick if they had to do it over again. Or draft Curry.

Flynn will start over Rubio. Not a bad selection but I’m surprised they didn’t go with Curry.

Flynn did start. And I’m still Surprised they didn’t take Curry with one of those picks.

I knew Don Nelson wouldn’t be able to pass on Curry. He’s a shooter with high IQ but he’s not much of a PG yet.

Ok. I’ll admit it. I didn’t foresee Curry putting up big numbers early on.

Jordan Hill is a skilled big man. Should be a solid contributor but probably won’t ever amount to anything more than a role player.

Spot on.

New York fans are too much. All the LeBron talk is an embarrassment. I don’t know how they can call themselves fans.

How’d that work out for you New York? You’re probably better off with a core of Amare and Melo anyways.

DeMar DeRozan has a ton of potential but don’t expect much out of him for at least 2 seasons.

Off by a year.

Brandon Jennings: Great Pick! Definite ROY candidate.

Spectacular Rookie Season. Solid but disappointing as a Soph. I still really like his upside.

Expect the number of Preps choosing Europe over College to increase drastically after Jennings has a big year.

Not so much. It’s too easy to go to school and not focus on academics for a year.

Terrance Williams is a solid player. Should have decent NBA career as a role player.

Up and down career so far.

Gerald Henderson isn’t your typical Dukie. I like this pick for the Bobcats. Should help them out immediately next season.

He had a decent 2nd year.

Hansbrough would fit in better on a good team but I think he’ll surprise the skeptics.

He opened a lot of eyes after his injury plagued rookie campaign.

Earl Clark is another solid player. Won’t be a star but could spend a lot of time in the league.

Depends on your definition of “long time”.

Not crazy about Daye. Obviously has a lot of potential don’t know if he’ll ever reach it.But I thought the same thing about Tayshaun Prince

Showed some improvement in during his 2nd season. Still a young developing player.

Vitale is a horrible analyst. Shoulda retired a long time ago.

Vitale rant #2.

James Johnson is an improvement over Noah

Decent player…but no not an improvement over Noah.

Jrue Holliday has a lot of upside but I think Lawson would have been the better pick

Holiday has looked pretty good so far. Lawson is older but I still think he is the better player. 5 years from now I may think differently.

Ty Lawson is a great pick but WTF? 3 PGs. T-Wolves are definitely workin on a trade.

Yes they were.

Lawson getting dealt to the Nuggets. Good pick up for the Nuggets if it happens.

Great pick up for Denver.

Don’t know about Teague. Very talented but he’s a 2 trapped in a PG’s body.

Big time performances in the playoffs. Still a man without a true position.

Well I’m out for the night. Will post a draft review tomorrow. Maynor is an excellent pick by Utah by the way.

And that was it. Apparently I was also too lazy(or possibly hungover) to post a review the next day.


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2010 Orlando Summer Pro League Awards

MVP

James Harden, Oklahoma City: 17.5ppg, 4rpg, 1.8apg, 1.5stl, 1.0bpg

All Orlando SPL Teams

Heres the official All League Teams. I disagree with many of the selections but this what they announced. And why the hell did the name 3 teams when there was only 8 teams altogether?

First Team
James Harden, Oklahoma City
Gerald Henderson, Charlotte
Jrue Holiday, Philadelphia
Damion James, New Jersey
Derrick Brown, Charlotte

Second Team
Terrence Williams, New Jersey
Luke Harangody, Boston
Byron Mullens, Oklahoma City
Eric Maynor, Oklahoma City
Jodie Meeks, Philadelphia

Third Team
Patrick Ewing Jr., Orlando
Magnum Rolle, Indiana
Kosta Koufos, Utah
Paul George, Indiana
Kyle Weaver, Oklahoma City

Orlando Summer Pro 2010: Final Standings & Leaders

Standings

Thunder      4-1
Bobcats      3-2
Jazz             3-2
Nets             3-2
Pacers         3-2
Sixers          3-2
Celtics         1-4
Magic          1-4

Individual Leaders(min 3 games played)

Points Per Game

1. 19.3    Jrue Holiday, G, Sixers
2. 18.8   Terrence Williams, G-F, Nets
2. 18.8   Damion James, F, Nets
4. 17.8   Joe Crawford, G, Magic
5. 17.5   James Harden, G, Thunder

Rebounds Per Game

1.   9.0   Marreese Speights, F, Sixers
2.   7.8   Paul George, F, Pacers
3.   7.3   Kosta Koufos, C, Jazz
3.   7.3   Jeff Adrien, F, Magic
5.   7.0   Derrick Brown, F, Bobcats
5.   7.0   Magnum Rolle, C, Pacers

Assists Per Game

1.  6.0    Jrue Holiday, G, Sixers
2.  5.8   Oliver Lafayette, G, Celtics
3.  5.3   Jeremy Pargo, G, Bobcats
4.  5.0   Eric Maynor, G, Thunder
4.  5.0   Oliver Lafayette, G, Celtics
4.  5.0   Terrence Williams, G-F, Nets

Blocks Per Game

1.   2.0  Magnum Rolle, C, Pacers
2.   1.4  Daniel Orton, C, Magic
3.   1.4  Conor Atchley, F, Nets
4.   1.3  Kosta Koufos, C, Jazz
5.   1.0  Several tied

Steals Per Game

1.   2.4   Paul George, F, Pacers
2.   1.7   James Harden, G, Thunder Jrue Holiday, G, Sixers
3.   1.6   Evan Turner, G, Sixers
3.   1.6   Mike Green, G, Sixers
5.   1.5   James Harden, G, Thunder
5.   1.5   Donnell Taylor, G, Magic
5.   1.5   Russell Robinson, G, Pacers

Turnovers Per Game

1.   4.8  Paul George, F, Pacers
2.   4.2  Terrence Williams, G-F, Nets
3.   4.0  James Harden, G, Thunder
3.   4.0  Jrue Holiday, G, Sixers
3.   4.0  Oliver Lafayette, G, Celtics

Dan Gilbert’s Open Letter to Cavs Fans

The Cavs majority owner pissed and right fully so. But I think he went a little to far in his title prediction.

http://www.nba.com/cavaliers/news/gilbert_letter_100708.html

Dear Cleveland, All Of Northeast Ohio and Cleveland Cavaliers Supporters Wherever You May Be Tonight;

As you now know, our former hero, who grew up in the very region that he deserted this evening, is no longer a Cleveland Cavalier.

This was announced with a several day, narcissistic, self-promotional build-up culminating with a national TV special of his “decision” unlike anything ever “witnessed” in the history of sports and probably the history of entertainment.

Clearly, this is bitterly disappointing to all of us.

The good news is that the ownership team and the rest of the hard-working, loyal, and driven staff over here at your hometown Cavaliers have not betrayed you nor NEVER will betray you.

There is so much more to tell you about the events of the recent past and our more than exciting future. Over the next several days and weeks, we will be communicating much of that to you.

You simply don’t deserve this kind of cowardly betrayal.

You have given so much and deserve so much more.

In the meantime, I want to make one statement to you tonight:

“I PERSONALLY GUARANTEE THAT THE CLEVELAND CAVALIERS WILL WIN AN NBA CHAMPIONSHIP BEFORE THE SELF-TITLED FORMER ‘KING’ WINS ONE”

You can take it to the bank.

If you thought we were motivated before tonight to bring the hardware to Cleveland, I can tell you that this shameful display of selfishness and betrayal by one of our very own has shifted our “motivation” to previously unknown and previously never experienced levels.

Some people think they should go to heaven but NOT have to die to get there.

Sorry, but that’s simply not how it works.

This shocking act of disloyalty from our home grown “chosen one” sends the exact opposite lesson of what we would want our children to learn. And “who” we would want them to grow-up to become.

But the good news is that this heartless and callous action can only serve as the antidote to the so-called “curse” on Cleveland, Ohio.

The self-declared former “King” will be taking the “curse” with him down south. And until he does “right” by Cleveland and Ohio, James (and the town where he plays) will unfortunately own this dreaded spell and bad karma.

Just watch.

Sleep well, Cleveland.

Tomorrow is a new and much brighter day….

I PROMISE you that our energy, focus, capital, knowledge and experience will be directed at one thing and one thing only:

DELIVERING YOU the championship you have long deserved and is long overdue….

Dan Gilbert
Majority Owner
Cleveland Cavaliers

LeBron’s Time in Cleveland Comes to Firey End

The images of LBJ jerseys being set ablaze pretty much says it all for Cleveland. I feel horrible for the city and those fans. 7years of an organization being completely built around the hometown savior now seem like such a waste of time. The heart and soul of the franchise & city is heading to the beach. Attendance is going to plummet and rightfully so. The outlook doesn’t look very bright at all for the Cavs.

I suppose the bright side is that the LeBron drama is over for at least a while. On second thought, let me take that back…The talk about LeBron to Miami will continue for at least another month.

James, Wade & Bosh. Barring injury Miami will be the 2011champs. I don’t care who the supporting cast is. Hell, Pat Riley can even sign me up to be the 12th man on that squad. It doesn’t matter. They will find perfectly capable role players to surround their core of superstars. Sure there is only one ball but these guys can handle sharing the spotlight. If they couldn’t then they wouldn’t have taken less money to form the South Beach Super team. I’m not a big fan of LeBron’s decision but it does put him in a situation to get not just one ring but several.

Orlando Summer Pro League Leaders (Day 4)

Here are the leaders after Day 4. The final stats and league recap will be posted Saturday.

Standings

Bobcats      3-1
Pacers         3-1
Sixers          3-1
Thunder      3-1
Jazz             2-2
Nets             2-2
Celtics         1-3
Magic          0-4

Points Per Game

1. 23.0   Terrence Williams, G-F, Nets
2. 19.7   James Harden, G, Thunder
3. 19.3   Jrue Holiday, G, Sixers
4. 18.8   Damion James, F, Nets
5. 18.7   Joe Crawford, G, Magic

Rebounds Per Game

1.   9.0   Marreese Speights, F, Sixers
2.   7.3   Kosta Koufos, C, Jazz
3.   6.8   Magnum Rolle, C, Pacers
3.   6.8   Paul George, F, Pacers
5.   6.7   Jeff Adrien, F, Magic

Assists Per Game

1.  6.3   Terrence Williams, G-F, Nets
2.  6.0   Jrue Holiday, G, Sixers
3.  5.3   Jeremy Pargo, G, Bobcats
4.  5.0   Eric Maynor, G, Thunder
5.  4.8   Oliver Lafayette, G, Celtics

Blocks Per Game

1.   2.0  Magnum Rolle, C, Pacers
2.   1.3  Kosta Koufos, C, Jazz
3.   1.3  Daniel Orton, F, Magic
3.   1.3  Alexis Ajinca, C, Bobcats
3.   1.3  More Tied

Steals Per Game

1.   3.0   Paul George, F, Pacers
2.   2.0   James Harden, G, Thunder
3.   1.8   Evan Turner, G, Sixers
4.   1.7   Jrue Holiday, G, Sixers
5.   1.5   Oliver Lafayette, G, Celtics

Turnovers Per Game

1.   5.3  Terrence Williams, G-F, Nets
2.   4.5  Oliver Lafayette, G, Celtics
3.   4.5  Paul George, F, Pacers
4.   4.3  James Harden, G, Thunder
5.   4.0  Jrue Holiday, G, Sixers

Orlando Summer Pro League Leaders

Here’s the league standings and leaders after Day3.

Standings

Sixers          3 -0  
Bobcats      2-1
Nets            2-1
Pacers        2-1
Thunder     2-1
Celtics        1-2
Jazz            1-2
Magic         0-3

Points Per Game

1. 23.0   Terrence Williams, G-F, Nets
2. 20.7   Damion James, F, Nets
3. 19.7   James Harden, G, Thunder
4. 19.5   Joe Crawford, G, Magic
5. 19.3   Jrue Holiday, G, Sixers

Rebounds Per Game

1.   9.0   Marreese Speights, F, Sixers
2.   8.3   Kosta Koufos, C, Jazz
3.   7.0   Jeff Adrien, F, Orlando Magic
3.   7.0   Paul George, F, Pacers
5.   6.3   3 tied

Assists Per Game

1.  6.7   Terrence Williams, G-F, Nets
2.  6.0   Jrue Holiday, G, Sixers
3.  5.3   Jeremy Pargo, G, Bobcats
4.  5.0   Eric Maynor, G, Thunder
5.  4.5   Curtis Stinson, G, Magic

Steals Per Game

1.   3.0   Paul George, F, Pacers
2.   2.0   James Harden, G, Thunder
2.   2.0   Evan Turner, G, Sixers
4.   1.7   Jrue Holiday, G, Sixers
4.   1.7   Mike Green, G, Sixers

Blocks Per Game

1.   2.7  Magnum Rolle, C, Pacers
2.   1.7  Kosta Koufos, C, Jazz
3.   1.3  Daniel Orton, F, Magic
3.   1.3  Paul Davis, C, Magic
5.   1.0  Several Tied