Player Top 10, Day 5: Centers

Welcome to the final day of my player top 10’s. I will be looking at Centers today, and I hope you like the list!

#10- Kevin Garnett- BOS

Kevin Garnett surprised me last year because I wasn’t sold that he could play center. He is a fantastic defender and passer in traffic, but I was worrying that his skinner frame would be a problem. He ended p averaging 16 points, 8 rebounds, 3 assists, and a block last season and helped the Celtics reach the Eastern Conference Finals. He has a couple years left in the tank to get one more championship.

#9- Roy Hibbert- IND

Roy Hibbert had a great season in 2011-12. He averaged 13 points, 9 rebounds, 2 assists, and 2 blocks and was a force in the playoffs. He helped the Indiana Pacers push LeBron and  the Heat to 6 games in the Eastern Conference Semis. Hopefully he can keep up his production next season.

#8- Andrew Bogut- GSW

Andrew Bogut is a great player, but unfortunately his had the injury bug last year. Warriors fans should be excited that they finally have an inside presence. When healthy, Bogut is possibly a top 5 center and he has averaged 13 points, 9 rebounds, 2 assists, and 2 blocks for his career. His a legitimate defender who instantly makes the Warriors defense much better.

#7- Al Horford- ATL

Al Horford is another guy who was injured for much of last season. He came back for the playoffs, but Atlanta just couldn’t get the job done. Horford would be a better power forward, but Atlanta has been forced to use him as a 5. He will have a big bounce back season if he can stay healthy.

#6- Marc Gasol- MEM

Marc Gasol is the primary reason Memphis is a successful team. He is their anchor on defense and he is there primary low post scorer. I can’t wait to see where his game will be in 2 or 3 years because there is nowhere to go but up for the 2nd Gasol brother.

#5- Tim Duncan- SAS

The Big Fundamental was the big surprise of last season for me because he was a beast. He averaged 15 points, 9 rebounds, 2 assists, and 2 blocks. He was also the 2nd best defensive center behind Tyson Chandler. He continues to lead San Antonio to the playoffs. I doubt this future hall of famer gets another title, but it would crazy to see him get one.

#4- Tyson Chandler- NYK

Tyson Chandler is the best defender in the league. His toughness set a tone for his entire team and he improves the overall defense of a team drastically. He was also one of the few player to average a double-double last season and he will get better this season for New York.

#3- Al Jefferson- UTA

I may get some hate for putting Big Al here, but oh well. He is way underrated last season. He led the Jazz in points (19.2) and rebounds (9.6). He was a beast in the paint last year as well as an above average defender. Hopefully, he will get more national recognition this season because he is a great player to watch.

#2- Andrew Bynum- PHI

It will be interesting to see how much Philadelphia improves now that Andrew Bynum has come to town. He is a 19 and 12 guy who is great on both ends of the floor. He and Spencer Hawes will form a very good front-court duo.

#1- Dwight Howard- LAL

Wow, DH12 is a Laker… Crap. Everyone is in store for a world of hurt now that Dwight is on the same team as Kobe, Pau, and Nash. Anything less than a title is a failure for him and the Lakers. It will be interesting to see if Dwight can get healthy as well as how he will play with all the star power that the Lakers have.

Thanks for reading, hope you enjoyed my player rankings! Comment, if you agree or not.

My basics thoughts about the state of Golden State

Since this is my first real post, I thought I would start with my basic thoughts about the state of what is going on with the team.

 

Where to start! There is the draft coming up, too many draft choices at the moment, possible trades, question marks all over the roster, no cap room, and a likely move to SF in 2017. A lot to cover in a very interesting time to be a Warriors fan.

 

Let’s start with the set up of the current roster:

 

PG- Curry, Jenkins

SG- Thompson

SF- Wright, Jefferson

PF- Lee, Tyler

C- Bogut, Biedrins

 

At the moment, all we really have is a starting lineup and ugly contracts. Biedrins and Jefferson are eye sores and their contracts are just plain stupid. We have a need for a starting SF after a let down season from Dorell Wright, a reserve energetic scoring SG that can lead our bench unit, a solid backup for an often injured Steph Curry, and a third big man to compliment Bogut and DLee. All of these needs, and they can only be taken care of through the Draft and the Mid-Level Exception.

 

This takes us to the draft. The Dubs have 4 picks to address as many of these issues as they can or trade the picks to do that. With the #7,30,35,52 Picks to Warriors have options, and they have gone on the record saying that they don’t plan on keeping all of the picks. I am a fan of consolidating the number of picks we have to 3 through trades, but the Warriors need to be smart about how they do it because as us Warriors fans have seen in the past, the Warriors rarely win a trade. This is a pattern that must change in order for us to progress into a consistent contender.

 

As an East Bay fan for most of my life, I wasn’t very happy with the recent announcement to move to SF. I definitely was not surprised, but it still bummed me out that the ownership would make this move that so clearly alienates the fan of the East Bay that have supported the team in bad times over the past 20 years. The new stadium will be big hassle to get to for most East Bay fans because the proposed parking garage will only have 1 to 2 thousand spots for a 30,000 person stadium not to mention how hard it will be to get into San Francisco during peak traffic for a 7:30 tip-off. The cons aside, this is a great business decision for the Warriors and will make them a large market team that will attract marquee free agents.

 

Overall, I think with some intelligent player personnel moves, the Warriors can be a playoff contender soon, and possibly a title contender when things get rolling in San Francisco. I’ll try my best to predict and brainstorm some of the groundbreaking trades and signings that we need to become a great NBA team!