Russell Westbrook is back and possibly better than ever, and now the long climb officially begins for the Oklahoma City Thunder as they attempt to re-insert themselves as a contender in the loaded Western Conference. In Friday night’s 105-78 home rout over the Knicks, Westbrook put up 32 points, eight assists and seven rebounds in 24 minutes — making him the first player in the shot-clock era to score at least 32 points and eight assists in a timeframe that short.
Isaiah Canaan is no longer a rookie. He’s beginning his second year now with the Houston Rockets, who selected him 34th overall in the 2013 NBA Draft. The second-year guard from Murray State has already surpassed his start totals from last year through the first eight games this season, starting five this year compared to last. He spent a good part of his rookie season playing with the Rockets D-League team, the Rio Grande Valley Vipers. When Canaan did join his
Tuesday night the NBA held its Draft Lottery to determine the top three picks in the forthcoming draft. Somehow, someway — conspiracy theorists have at it — the Cleveland Cavaliers won the top overall pick with only a 1.7-percent chance at it. This makes the second consecutive year that Dan Gilbert’s team has won the lottery, third time in the past four years. The results are in! The #Cavs hold the No. 1 pick in the upcoming @NBA Draft on June 26th.
Media pundits argue all of the time about which athletes contain the “clutch gene.” Michael Jordan, Larry Bird, Ray Allen, Tom Brady, John Elway rank among the greats in the respective sports. Even players like Tim Tebow have garnered acclaim for playing big in the clutch moments. Kentucky Wildcats guard Aaron Harrison has proven himself to be a major “clutch” player with ice in his veins. For three games in-a-row heading into the NCAA National Championship game, he has hit the go-ahead three-point
The National Football League, America’s new favorite past-time, is back. Thursday night brought forth a rematch of last season’s AFC Divisional Round Playoff game between the Denver Broncos and the defending Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens. The Broncos enter the game sporting a new uptempo offense with which they intend to attack the Ravens’ rebuilt defense. The NFL has many fans, even among NBA players.
When fans saw the all-world performance of the Spurs’ Danny Green in the first five games of the NBA finals, many wondered to themselves: “How did this guy slip in the draft!” And while countless hours of scouting, physical and mental evaluations, interviews and numbers crunching can go into the draft process, it is an inexact science in so many ways.
Over the last few years, the point guard crop in the NBA Draft has been weak. While budding superstars like Kyrie Irving and Damien Lillard have been lottery picks, most teams have opted to pursue other needs and prospects rather than select their floor general. While general managers league-wide prefer bigs over point guards when it comes to drafting philosophy, it’s undeniable that the NBA is a point guard driven league now.