Tuesday, February 24th, 2009 at 4:44 pm  |  39 responses

Links: The Dirty 30

Let’s get Dirty…

by Lang Whitaker

Not much to say here, other than…

1. Each time I post a new Dirty 30, I rank the teams anew, meaning I don’t look at the previous rankings at all until I have to enter in the PREV slots. So I thought it was kinda funny that so many teams (12 of the 30) are in the same place they were two weeks ago when I last posted a Dirty 30.

2. In short, I think L.A.’s the best team in the League because of their depth, their offense, their experience, their coach and their size. But Cleveland and Boston are not far off.

3. Finally got rid of my Sidekick and made the move to a G1 phone. (Thanks, T-Mobile!) I am not regretting it whatsoever thus far.

4. In the COMMENT section on the Dirty 30, I try to drop all the links I don’t have anywhere else to post (other than on my Twitter feed, at least until we get that hooked into The Links). So have fun with those.

Let’s get Dirty…

1 3 Los Angeles Lakers 46-10 You know the one guy on the Lakers who is getting criminally slept on? Derek Fisher. He must be one of the most dangerous players in the NBA with a career ppg average below 10, right?
2 2 Cleveland Cavaliers 43-11 Two things keep me from being convinced that the Cavs are a legit Championship team: 1) Lack of quality depth, particularly on the interior 2) Lack of offensive imagination. I’m just not sure how much having the best player in the world factors in to rendering those points moot.
3 1 Boston Celtics 46-12 I know they KO’d Phoenix and Denver without KG, but they lost to Utah before that with him. I think the Celts are a little too inconsistent this year, especially without the added depth of James Posey and PJ Brown. And Mikki Moore is no PJ Brown.
4 4 Orlando Magic 41-14 5-3 since Jameer went down, but I think ultimately Rafer will make them a more dangerous team.
5 5 San Antonio Spurs 37-17 From the Spurs team report on Yahoo!!!!!!!!!!!: “C Fabricio Oberto took his father along for the final leg of the Rodeo Trip, which ended Saturday at Washington. Raul Oberto traveled from Argentina to watch games at New York, Detroit and Washington. The elder Oberto had not seen his son play in person since 2000, when Fabricio was playing in Spain. The son said it was hard persuading his dad to take two weeks of vacation from his job at a farm equipment supply company.”
6 7 Denver Nuggets 37-20 Great Nuggets stat I learned on Twitter yesterday: Teams that get to the line most often, measured by fta/possession: 1. DEN 2. UTA 3. ORL 4. GSW 5. PHO. Lowest? NYK, SAS, and DAL.
7 10 Houston Rockets 35-21 In a roundabout way, I think the Rockets losing T-Mac for the season actually helps them, because now they don’t have to worry night-to-night about whether or not he’s going to play. At the same time, they lose their best one-on-one scorer.
8 8 New Orleans Hornets 33-22 The Hornets are the second-worst rebounding team in the NBA. Coaches always say rebounding is about desire and hustle. Desire and hustle are either innate or are fostered by coaching. Which means…
9 6 Portland Trailblazers 35-20 Does anyone still think Greg Oden isn’t injury prone? In other news, the Blazers looked great last week, but I still think they’re one year away from being true contenders. Though it helps that Brandon Roy gets calls like Michael Jordan used to.
10 11 Phoenix Suns 31-24 We’re about to find out just how good Suns trainer Aaron Nelson really is — he can keep Nash and Shaq healthy, but can he somehow make Amare/é/’e's eye heal faster?
11 12 Utah Jazz 34-23 Watched the Hawks/Jazz game last night and the one thing I can say for certain is that Jerry Sloan somehow gets those guys to consistently play really hard.
12 15 Atlanta Hawks 32-24 During last night’s Hawks game, as Mike Bibby played his best Steve Nash defense, I was told that he was suffering from the same illness that’s been going around the Hawks locker room of late. What, I wondered, the no-defense flu? Remember how the Hawks were playing great defense in November? Neither do the Hawks.
13 9 Dallas Mavericks 33-22 They’re 11 games over .500, but they’ve gotta be the best boring team in the NBA. We need Cubes to stir up some excitement and stop blogging about Bernie Madoff. The man is obsessed. At least J-Kidd’s alleged girlfriend is gonna be in Playboy.
14 14 Miami Heat 29-26 I’m glad the Heat finally got a point guard, but I didn’t expect it would be D-Wade.
15 16 Philadelphia 76ers 27-28 I just did the math, and this has to be a record of some sort: Our man Sammy Dalembert is on pace to finish the season with a 4.8-1 turnover-to-assist ratio.
16 18 Milwaukee Bucks 28-31 Latiiiiiiiiiiiika!
17 13 Detroit Pistons 27-27 Again, I had no idea this sort of collapse was coming. None at all. Shocking.
18 17 New Jersey Nets 25-32 By far the funniest part of this video is when Brook “Bull” Lopez sees his favorite comic book artist. His voice kinda sounds like Buffalo Bill from “Silence of the Lambs.” Or Bull from “Night Court.”
19 19 New York Knicks 24-32 Nate Robinson is the best 5-7 two-guard in the history of the NBA. Discuss.
20 20 Chicago Bulls 25-31 In honor of Khalid: (Del) Negro, Please.
21 21 Indiana Pacers 24-35 At least Mike Wells seems to be enjoying covering the Pacers.
22 22 Toronto Raptors 22-36 I linked to this on my Twitter page yesterday, but if the new PSP ends up looking like this, I’m in.
23 23 Charlotte BETcats 22-34 If I did this as a Separated At Birth I’d get hated on, but still…
24 25 Golden State Warriors 20-37 It’s just one man’s opinion, but here’s some reading to get you G-State (and OKC and Sacto and Minny and whoever else) fans prepped for next year.
25 24 Minnesota L-Wolves 18-37 Since we’re in Minnesota…I had a dream last night that I went to some sort of seminar about learning how to be a DJ and for some reason it was taught by Prince. He started the class off by grabbing a record and putting on “Purple Rain” — you know, the electric guitar intro part — and then suddenly he did something and became almost completely invisible like one of The Chimera in “Resistance 2.” Then I woke up. The lesson? Don’t play “Resistance 2″ for two hours just before going to bed.
26 26 Memphis Grizzlies 15-40 Congrats, Marko. You done good.
27 27 Oklahoma City Thunder 13-43 College basketball is full of cheaters. I’m glad they’re finally cracking down on them.
28 28 Washington Wizards 13-43 Hey Wiz fans, at least all your players have shown up.
29 30 Los Angeles Clippers 14-43 Since we’re in Hollywood here, anyone watching the new season of “The Amazing Race”? Sad to see Randy Johnson and his much older wife lose this week. Hilarious when dude broke down at the end. This is called great TV.
30 29 Sacramento Kings 12-46 By far the best thing about the Kings this season is Jason Thompson’s twitter feed. I love hearing about what he eats for breakfast.
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  • http://trulyhoops.blogspot.com Collin

    I think Portland should be 1 or 2 spots up.

  • Jackie Moon

    The Thunder should be moving up as the rest of the season progresses.

  • Jackie Moon

    RE: 19 – Shake n Bake.

  • jrp14

    How is it you have my blazers two teams below they have a better record then??

  • http://slamonline.com Ben Osborne

    JasonKIDD!!!!!!! But the Mavs still suck.

  • http://slamonline.com Russ Bengtson

    The list format doesn’t read right on Firefox. It all runs into “Today’s Latest” and “Tags”. FYI. Also, [shameless plug] feel free to check out my twitter feed at SPRFLS [/shameless plug].

  • http://slamonline.com Russ Bengtson

    And Lang, Sam Dalembert isn’t anywhere near close to any sort of a record. My main man Yinka Dare had just four assists in his ENTIRE NBA CAREER. That’s 1,002 NBA minutes with four assists. In ’95-96, he had 72 turnovers and ZERO assists in 58 games for a turnover/assist ratio of ∞. For his career, his turnover/assist ratio was 24. So leave Sammy alone and stop player Haitian.

  • http://slamonline.com Russ Bengtson

    24-1. Whatever.

  • Jackie Moon


  • riggs

    freida pinto is one of the most naturally beautiful woman ive seen tbh. oh and nice links, even though boston > cleveland

  • http://slamonline.com Russ Bengtson

    Regardless, Yinka wasn’t much for passing.

  • http://www.kicksonfire.com Anton

    haha Jason Kidd’s gf will be on the cover of playboy along with…Seth Rogen?

  • http://www.kicksonfire.com Anton

    hope JKidd doesn’t get jealous and throw some no-look passes at her when she comes home

  • D-R

    Haha, on the Brook Lopez link, I was at Comic Con myself. Hilariously, 90% of the people there had NO clue who he was, except that he towered over everyone else there. I had to double take to make sure that was him.

  • http://ittakesanationofmillionstoholdthissac.blogspot.com ciolkstar

    Freida Pinto is too skinny for my tastes

  • Myung

    I’ve been Sidekickin’ since 2004… I heard the Sidekick Blade (or Sidekick 2009) is coming out soon (3G). It’s probably not going to be as good as your G1, but I just can’t leave the Danger operating system.

  • Atrain

    Do you ever write anything on the Bucks? Ever?

  • http://hot_sauce_is@hotmail.com RUTAX

    Miami Heat could be number 4!!

    thats amazing that they only won 15 last year

    BIG UPS TO DWADE!!for getting this team together…i think ppl dont even remember he was injured last year..i hope they reach 4th…either way they still play 5th seed…..just gotta make sure the TEAM gets experience for the playoffs

  • http://hot_sauce_is@hotmail.com RUTAX

    HEAT still need a point guard LIKE BIBBY OR BILLUPS…….SOMEONE WHO CAN CONTROL THE GAME..because DWADE likes to let the game come to him….be really good if they could get someone like that….have DCOOK come off the bench…with CHALMERS…

    but if you let DWADE be the point let someone else be shooting guard

  • http://iwantoutofokc.com/ James the balla

    Lebron best player in the world? Hmmmmm. GOOD one.

  • http://www.manutd.com Z

    I literally havent seen a sidekick in canada, ever. BB or iPhone.

  • http://www.twitter.com/mansonovic Andy

    James, your hate of LeBron’s game is stretching reality more and more with every post.

  • Danny

    nate rob is the best sub six foot player in the L right now

  • http://www.sprint.com/sero dma

    bow wow looks like rondo

  • http://lastknickstanding.blogspot.com Bryan

    Dammit Lang I can’t upgrade to the g1 cause I’m not eligible for like 16 months and I can’t spend 399 dollars on a phone.

  • http://slamonline.com Russ Bengtson

    Rondo looks like the Iron Giant, only a lot smaller.

  • http://www.myspace.com/hemantsbeats what

    Freida Pinto needs a body. Nice face though.

  • http://www.myspace.com/hemantsbeats what

    Also, why the hell are the Hawks so high after repeatedly embarrassing themselves on this current road trip?

  • http://www.anarchy69socom.com/ Jake

    From the G-State link, Michael Bramos, 6-5 senior swingman, Miami (Ohio):….He’s a good athlete for a 6-5 white kid…. hahaha

  • Oli

    @Atrain: lang was probably the only one who said (and wrote) before the season that your bucks will make the playoffs this year

  • http://double-technical.blogspot.com Zee!

    Lakers are back to #1 on the Dirty 30… Order has been restored.

  • http://www.alllooksame.com Tarzan Cooper

    um, the lakers arent very deep anymore. turiaf out, vlad out, mihm out. the only addition has been powell.

  • Caleb

    Re: Hornets and rebounding. It helps to remember that a) the Hornets play at one of the slowest paces in the league… so the raw rebounding numbers are going to be a little skewed, and b) their two best rebounders, Chandler and West, have both missed signifigant time… particularly Tyson Chandler.

  • Caleb

    Oh and you are right about Derek Fisher. He hits some dagger threes… the bastard.

  • Khalid Salaam

    I can’t believe Lang gave up his Sidekick.

  • bike

    Agree about little Nate R. I will never, never, never understand how he gets a shot off in an NBA game. It seems like it would be impossible for a guy that size.

  • http://hot_sauce_is@hotmail.com RUTAX

    NATE R most underrated player in the NBA…

    also the hornets and their rebounds….its not about getting rebounds..its about not giving up offensive rebounds…and trying to get offensive rebounds…doesnt matter how much you get…but how much you limit you opponents to offensive rebounds

  • EL

    What have you guys been smokin? T-Mac is NOT the Rocket’s “best one-on-one player”. Is there any team in the league that don’t double Yao in the post?? Is there any question that Yao would swallow anyone up in the post one-on-one???

  • Drama

    you have the Jazz and Mavs behind the suns? wow i will never respect your dirty 30 ever! and the Jazz out of the top 10? this is sorry