From Devin Kharpertian of Netsarescorching:
T-Will at his best is a great passer, slasher, and facilitator. At his worst, he forces offense, commits far too many turnovers because of poor decision-making, relies on fading jumpers or 3′s he can’t make, and tries to make the best looking play instead of the best play. Extremely athletic, grabs a surprising number of rebounds for a guy with his size. Can defend three positions, is built for a sparkplug sixth man role as long as he has shooters/scorers around him.
Also he can dunk the hell out of the ball.
Sebastian Pruiti on Terrence Williams:
He is fantastic when he is determined to get to the rim and when he is looking to get his teammates involved. When he is settling for jumpers or in shoot first mode he can be very bad. Tends to turn it over trying to make the spectacular play. Not really involved on the defensive end. A good 6th man in my opinion.
Houston Rockets (9-14) vs. Sacramento Kings (5-16)
Tuesday, 7:30pm CST @ Toyota Center
All pre-game and in-game discussion goes here.
Though the general NBA populace may think otherwise, Yao Ming is anything but soft. From years of handling the savagery known as defense typically put upon the bodies of star centers (and doubly so as his atypically large, even for a center, limbs appear to be everywhere) to his Willis-Reed-like (has there ever been an analogy more used, or misused, than that one in sports lore?) return to the court in Game 1 of the 2009 Western Conference Semifinals, Yao has consistently shown resilience if not endurance. As he ostensibly nears return from an ankle injury that looked insignificant but has sidelined him for upwards of a month, the large one let Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle know exactly how he felt about returning to the court:
“I’m waiting for the green light,” Yao said. “When? I don’t know. I feel better. It still has some weakness. I’m just not ready to sit out for almost 20 games, particularly when I feel I’m OK. I know when I was in the walking boot, on the crutches, OK, I understand.
“I won’t push the trainer or the doctor. They all try to treat me the best that they can. I know they try to find the best way for me to get back on the court.”
Yao would not say if he would be playing if the decision were his to make, but when asked if he has made it known how he feels, he laughed and said, “I tell them every day.” Read More
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When a player is on the trading block, coaches are sometimes asked to work them into the rotation to advertise their value. There are a few instances of this happening each year, where players see increases in minutes and usage leading up to their trade. It happened to Drew Gooden, Alando Tucker, and Tracy McGrady last year, and it may be happening to Jermaine Taylor right now.
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David Aldridge reports:
Wednesday marks the official start of the trade season, with players who signed free agent deals last summers eligible as of Dec. 15 to be traded. Some GMs around the league believe that Milwaukee, which made substantial commitments this offseason to the likes of Drew Gooden (five years, $32 million) and John Salmons (five years, $39 million), may look to shed some salaries, but GM John Hammond insisted last week that the Bucks just needed to get healthy.
Right now, teams are making their due diligence calls, but no signficant offers. But one mame that is eminently available is Memphis’ Hasheem Thabeet, who isn’t one of the ’10 free agent signees but is getting shopped hard by the Grizzlies, who have their center of the future in Marc Gasol. So the Grizz are looking to cut bait with the second pick in the ’09 Draft, who’s already had an NBA D-League stint, as soon as possible.
The lone instance I recall watching Thabeet comes to mind, from the March 18th meeting with the Grizzlies:
The box score shows Hasheem Thabeet as having only 4 blocks, but it seemed as if he had 10. The big man was everywhere, establishing his presence from the very start. I’m not ready to don him the next Dikembe Mutombo quite yet, but I definitely feel he will be an impact player in this league, at least at some point in the future. The sooner we erase this stigma associated with the D-league, the sooner more organizations can glean benefit from its existence.
An ESPN Insider report today speculated on a hypothetical swap of Thabeet for Sebastian Telfair. The Grizzlies center will likely amount to nothing, but if the hypothetical is any indication of what it may take to land the former #2 overall pick, the Rockets should put in a call. With their championship hopes in doubt, Houston needs to be looking to the future, and stockpiling low-risk/high-reward young players is the way to do it.
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