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Friday, November 7th, 2008 at 1:34 pm  |  90 responses

The Commish 20

Twenty players to watch.

by Vincent Thomas

Amare Stoudemire: He’s going to lead the League in scoring. We haven’t seen a big man this fluid, explosive and adept at putting the ball in the hoop since Hakeem. No one can stop him (although, if I had to choose, I’d pick Tyson Chandler). And he has a mid-range jumper now, too. He’ll turn in the first 30 and 10 season in close to two decades, but it’ll be a more jarring visual experience than watching the ‘89-’90 Karl Malone.

Josh Smith, Andre Iguodala and Luol Deng: All three of these kats gave their respective teams the Heisman during contract negotiations two summers ago. They played He won't fade away.last season under heavier scrutiny and burden (plus second-guessing from peers, like Gilbert Arenas), but managed to perform their ways to big-dough contracts. The thing is, of the three, I only dig Josh. Call it early-season rust, big contract-jitters, whatever; but Dre and Luol look booty so far and I think both are headed for careers worth well below their salaries. Neither are Real Franchise Players and they don’t even seem to pass the Face of the Franchise sniff-test. Iguodala and Deng might combine for two or three All-Star appearances for the rest of their careers and I guarantee you that they play suspect, tentative, “I’m not who you thought I was” ball, this season. A long season is ahead, but 11 ppg on 35 percent shooting for Deng and Iguodala’s 11 ppg and four turnovers per game are reason for concern. Meanwhile, I’m already on record asserting that Josh is gonna be the dude that makes The Leap. So far? 14, 11, 3 and 3. Hold your head, folks.

Rose pedal (?)Kevin Love, Michael Beasley and Derrick Rose: By the end of this season, I think we’ll be able to surmise the following, in terms of each rookie’s likely career: Love will be a P.J. Brown-type; Beasley will be a Chris Webber-type; Derrick Rose will invent his own career. Translation: Love will have a long, solid career, capable of playing a vital role for good squads; Beasley will be prolific, sometimes dominant, but never be The Guy for a championship squad; Derrick Rose could challenge Chris Paul for best point guard of his generation or degenerate into a Stephon Marbury.

Danny Granger and Kevin Durant: I feel like Danny Granger might end up being the player we all expected Durant to be: long, nasty J, all types of stuff around the bucket. But Granger can also lock a dude down. I feel like we’ll seem him balling in Phoenix Feb. 15. Durant, on the other hand, might get swallowed up by a cornball franchise and an even cornier city. My No. 1 wish is for Durant to be traded to a respectable and nurturing franchise. Do you realize that the Sonics franchise hasn’t produced a star since the GP-Kemp duo? We’re going on 15 years of wasted talents. I’m paying close attention to Durant. Even if he averages 20-plus, I want to know what kind of 20-plus he averages. I watched him against the Boston and Minnesota, where he did little else besides shoot poorly. The situation seems toxic.

Lamar Odom: I can’t tell if Odom’s Good Soldier routine is an act, a charade, a façade or what. He laughs, jokes and cheerleads on the sidelines, then comes in the game and plays his 6th Man role with efficiency and subtlety. How long is it going to last, though? How long will Odom submit to yielding his spot in the starting line-up (and, actually more important, his spot in the pre-game introductions) to Vladimir Radmonovic, someone Phil Jackson once called a space cadet? Phil is an important variable, given that he’s one of maybe three or four coaches that an Odom-like player would respect enough to comply with this decision. There’s only two ways for this experiment to proceed. Either Odom continues to dim his ego and the Lakers stomp through the league with more depth and accord than any team in recent memory. Or, Lamar starts acting up and he’s traded for a Marion, Kirilenko or Stephen Jackson. Other than Phil’s stature, two things can help keep Odom placated in his role: overall minutes and crunch-time minutes. The true test of a player’s value is if he’s balling at the end of the game, especially close ones. With the Lakers’ depth, this might be a season when Odom averages less than 30 minutes per game (I’m predicting only Kobe and Gasol will routinely log 30-plus minutes) for the first time in his career. But thus far, Phil has gone with an Odom-Gasol-Kobe-Fisher-Player X lineup during crunch-time, which is a testament to Odom’s true place in the team’s hierarchy.

Tony Allen: He’s been balling with, um, a lot of, shall we say, balls. He takes offensive liberties like he’s the main option. It’s pretty alarming to watch. He’s so wild that whenever I see a marginal-but-confident player really going hard, I call it “doing a Tony Allen” or “going Tony Allen.” The silver-lining for the Cs is that, if he harnesses some of his aggression and cuts down on his penchant to take delusional forays to the cup, Allen could make the Cs somewhat forget about Posey’s defection and act as an inurance policy for Boston’s other Allen, the aging Allen. I could see Tony imploding or exploding. Keep your eyes on him.

James Posey: Folks are calling Posey the new Robert Horry. I’m skeptical. Horry didn’t just hit “big shots,” he hit game-winners. And he was a “bell-weather” player for the bulk of his career. Posey had a good run with the 2006 Heat and the 2008 Cs; but the new Horry? If he hits a bunch of clutch shots that propel the Hornets to a championship, then yeah. If he’s just James Posey for the New Orleans Hornets–which is what I suspect–then we need to chill on the Horry comparisons. That’s how much I Through the treesrespect Horry’s career. He’s quite possibly the best “true” role-player of the past 30 years.

Tim Duncan, Kevin Garnett and Steve Nash: This week, Duncan was on a fast break, caught a bounce about four feet from the hoop…and laid it up. I was flabbergasted. He’s 7-feet, with incredibly long arms, yet he didn’t have enough lift to dunk the ball. Let me be the first (or six thousandth) to tell you that Duncan is headed for an up-n-down season, where he plays at an All-Star level less often than he plays at a Lumbering Big Man level. He has the game to remain effective without his mobility, but his days of dominating are over. I’ve already written that Nash is due to have his 2008 Jason Kidd season, so look for him to hit the wall after All-Star break. KG? He’s always had trouble taking over games, perhaps because he was too unselfish, but maybe because he was reticent. Reticence will have nothing to do with it anymore, though. There’s 1,000 games on those scrawny legs. He has no choice but to be a complimentary player.

Rodney Stuckey:
The youngster was the real centerpiece in Detroit’s A.I.-Billups trade. There was no way Dumars was going to let Stuckey waste away for the four remaining years on Billups’ contract. So Joe cleared space and time. Was it the right move? We’ll see.

Chris Paul, Kobe Bryant, Tracy McGrady and Paul Pierce: The MVP race will come down to these four players.

Vincent Thomas is a columnist and feature writer for SLAM. He can be reached at vincethomas79@gmail.com.

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  • WhaHuh

    T-Mac???

  • namik

    I love the TMac call Commish! But Paul Pierce??? And seeing as the backup unit for the Lakers has been killing, I can see Lamar being happy with his role. But as soon as they have a couple of bad games, the Laker “faithful” will start blaming him for all the problems and that will definitely cause issues. Lamar needs to realize that he will be blamed for everything that goes wrong and should stop stressing about it.

  • Ken

    L-O?!?!

  • KulchaKris

    How about Matt Barnes?

  • Young C

    Iguodala might have to get dumped very soon. Thats alot of money and years on that contract for a role player. I dont like to see players get injured, but it actually might benefit Iguodala if he got hurt and lost some of his athleticism. At least then he would be forced to develop a perimeter and mid range game.

  • MSkittle

    T-Mac for MVP? You dun lost yo mind!

  • Rasheedionics

    No Lebron James in MVP race… thats insane.

  • http://shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com/ TADOne

    Ok, a few things:
    1) Co-sign on Amare. However, is he does have a 30/10 season, Nash and his numbers will be just fine.
    2)Josh Smith is a stat-stuffer who is fun to watch as well. Replace Iggy with Thad Young as a player to watch.
    3)Derrick Rose has a very smooth game.
    4)Granger is Indy’s present and future.
    5)So Duncan didn’t dunk and instead laid it in and you are saying he is done? Have you seen his numbers? Very, very premature.
    6)I still have Stuckey written in for 6th Man of the Year.

  • tealish

    lol @ tmac

  • http://hoops4life.com overtime

    Lol Amare will lead league in scoring but won’t be in MVP race…?

  • Anton

    Chris Paul MVP

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

    so youre not counting ray allen or rashard lewis

  • Elyse

    Since when has lamar ever had a huge ego? As a Laker fan, sometimes I have wished that he had more of one at times, the he was more demanding of the ball, driving to the basket. I really don’t foresee this as an issue unless they are losing.

  • NBK

    Thats ridiculous to say Tracy McGrady and Paul Pierce are going to be in the MVP race and not mention LeBron. Thats ludacris and stupid if either of those two win MVP over LeBron then the Term MOST VALUABLE PLAYER needs to be reshaped into “maybe the best player on their team maybe not but their team was good so heres a trophy award.”

  • http://slamonline.com Khalid Salaam

    Vince, i feel you on Posey/Horry comparisons. I like Posey and he’s a solid player but Robert Horry is a HOFer. He won’t get in because he was never a marquee name or a big time scorer but when u think about his contributions to the championship teams he played for, its a no-brainer. He belongs on the hall of fame. i dont care what anyone says. also, yeah dre dala has looked bad but he’s playing a new position and the team added a lot of new players in the off-season. he’s trying to find his way and i’ll give me until Dec before i decide. That being said, Thad Young is the 2nd option on the team now. Or at least should be. Mo Cheeks hasn’t quite grasped that as of yet but its pretty obvious that Thad’s ceiling is pretty high

  • http://slamonline.com RV

    Aaron Brooks.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Vince

    To be clear: those four players will have excellent years for what will probably be the four best squads in the league. I see the Cavs underachieving all year and I don’t even know if the Suns will make the playoffs. So calm down with all the MVP-shock and try to look at these things with some foresight and nuance.

  • NBK

    ok but wouldnt yao get mvp before Tracy? and even if Boston has the best record again Paul Pierce won’t get MVP, he may get tri-mvp or co-mvp but he is not putting up the numbers to be the most valuable player in the league. And all you have to do is win 50 games to be in the MVP conversation and the suns and cavs should get to that plateau.

  • http://www.ravingblacklunatic.blogspot.com Allenp

    Igoudala still can’t shoot.
    Once again he’s playing an offense that requires him to consistently be able to hit jumpers. He’s having the same problems he had with AI.
    Igoudala is great as a volume shooter. But, when he has to be efficient and get his points, well that’s a problem. I don’t know what’s wrong with Deng.
    Derrick Rose is currently the most athletically imposing point guard in the NBA. The only problem is he passes like a small forward right now. If he ever decides to meld his amazing talent with a penchant for distributing the ball, he jumps right into the Chris Paul and Deron Williams debate. Dude is that nice physcially.

  • NBK

    And regarding Tim Duncan losing his dominance, he has finished outside of the top 10 in mvp voting a whole bunch of never in his career. And as of now through 4 games he is averaging 27 and 11. Just because he can’t jump does not mean he won’t dominate, for example -shaq in miami- 2nd in mvp voting and he was 34

  • http://www.where-basketball-b-longs.blogspot.com/ B. Long

    Joe Johnson has a better chance at winning the MVP this season than Tracy does. Real talk.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GkiM3tBJVhk SMK

    Good call on Tony Allen. He’s two players in one, Good Tony and Bad Tony, and you can usually tell within 20 seconds of his entering the game which one you’re going to get that night (fakes the crazy drive and hits the pull-up J = Good Tony; bites on the up-fake then dribbles the inbounds pass off his knee = Bad Tony). So far there’s been more Good Tony this year, but it’s early yet.

  • bballer

    I think you meant to say CP3, Kobe, T-Mac and lebron!

  • bballer

    Add Amare to the list!

  • http://www.where-basketball-b-longs.blogspot.com/ B. Long

    Tervor Ariza’s getting most improved player this year. You can go ahead and carve his name on the trophy.

  • http://heavyasheaven.blogspot.com Kid Presto

    Iggy has lost all of my endorsements as of right now.

  • jasondolemite

    you forgot rudy fernandez. he’s he best rookie

  • http://heavyasheaven.blogspot.com Kid Presto

    Laker fans…

  • http://www.where-basketball-b-longs.blogspot.com/ B. Long

    Yes Presto?

  • cj

    HOF Horry!
    and where’s the Steve Nash write-up in his section? it just talks about TD having a Kidd year and KG’s 1000 games

  • http://AllAbout-Penis-Enlargement.com Jukai

    I think the Suns will make the playoffs before Denver/San Antonio/Portland/Clippers. I think Cleveland will be top three in the east.
    Everything else is pretty much right though. I’m actually going to co-sign something very unpopular, and say that if Tracy plays an ENTIRE SEASON HEALTHY, he can average 29-6-7 with a steal or two and lead Houston to the one or two top spot in the league. How is that not MVP worthy? Now no one believes it because he’s so injury prone, but what if he got one entire 82 game season? He’s due for one soon. That’s when he’s going to shock you.

  • tony

    I disagree with pretty much everyone re: Iguodala. The whole team is lost on offense, not sure what to do, and everyone is pressing(with the notable exception of Young, Thaddeus – who I’ve been riding with since his game one of last year). Andre will be fine in this role; his D reverted to pre-last-season levels and he was distributing the ball real well with Miller on the bench – this is all before the last two games where the team looked totally out of sync on both ends and guys started overcompensating. Give this squad a couple months, I expect pretty much .500 ball through the first half, but then look out, they rebound like eel and interior defense will be superb, once they figure out what they are doing on offense and consistently cut down on TO’s they’ll be fine. Rather scary in fact.

  • http://www.where-basketball-b-longs.blogspot.com/ B. Long

    If Tracy plays 70 games this year I’ll be shocked.

  • http://AllAbout-Penis-Enlargement.com Jukai

    B Long: Me too, but if he does play 80 games, hes MVP quality. Also, he’s on my fantasy team, so you know, I’m hoping.

  • http://heavyasheaven.blogspot.com Kid Presto

    Oh nothing, B. Just pointing out how good of a player Ariza is. really improved three point ball.

  • Orlando Woolridge

    I see Iggy gettin slammed a lot on this message board and elsewhere, and while he may never be Kobe, I feel its a bit unfair. Dude obviously needs to improve his J, but it just seems as if players like this get thrown under the bus once a new prospect arrives. I’ve noticed this pattern for many years. I’m guessing everybody will be saying something similar about Thad Young in a few years as well, because when Iggy first started, everybody was all on his jock as well. Iggy had 16,11 and 8 last night, albeit with a poor shooting percentage. That aint too bad in my book.

  • NBK

    If Tracy McGrady does play 82 games is still doesn’t matter Yao is their MVP

  • http://AllAbout-Penis-Enlargement.com Jukai

    NBK: right, the last few games SUREEEEEEE proved that.

  • http://AllAbout-Penis-Enlargement.com Jukai

    Being the MVP means having that drive and having the will to take over games and show your dominance. I feel Yao doesn’t have that yet, maybe never will. When injury free, T-Mac can invoke it anytime. His will has just been dead recently. With Ron Ron and a healthy team, we’ll be seeing way more of that will power of his.

  • NBK

    He is still their MVP even if he had a tough couple of games. Their success rests on Yao’s shoulders. Maybe not as much in the season so i can conceivably see him being an MVP canidate but really though the Rockets will go as far as Yao takes them.

  • NBK

    You know what your probably right my bad T-Mac is more important to Houston because of the will to take over, but Yao is a center so it is a little harder for a guy like that to just take over, but i still believe yao means more to their success.

  • http://AllAbout-Penis-Enlargement.com Jukai

    I can see your point. It’s a question of what’s more useful, the body or the brain? (Ron Ron is either the heart or the nuts)

  • http://www.where-basketball-b-longs.blogspot.com/ B. Long

    If your 7′ 5″ tall and you miss wide open dunks it automaticly disqualifies you from being MVP. Ask Shawn Bradley.

  • http://AllAbout-Penis-Enlargement.com Jukai

    Shawn Bradley was the MVP every year, in my heart.

  • Kamari

    You, sir, are an idiot for saying that LeBron won’t be in top 4 for the MVP race. Kick ROCKS!!!

  • NBK

    I never said Yao was MVP of the NBA just of the ROckets. I am second guessing myself now because it comes down to would they be more successful without yao or without T-mac. If they were in the east it would easily b Yao but since they are in the west Yao means just a little bit more i think. hard to say though

  • http://shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com/ TADOne

    Trevor Ariza=MIP?! Thanks, I needed a damn laugh. Again B. Long, I plead with you to put down the purple and gold crack.

  • http://www.freewebs.com/betcats BETCATS

    o bobcats? Vincent just broke my heart

  • http://www.where-basketball-b-longs.blogspot.com/ B. Long

    True Story:I got two badass tickets from my boss when I was living in Dallas to watch the Mavs play the Cavs and it was LeBrons first game in Dallas so I decided to go. They were second row from courtside and Roy Williams(Cowboys Saftey) and Kelly Rowland (Other girl in Destiny’s Child) were sitting right in front of me and my brother. Shawn Bradley was warming up in front of us and he literally missed 4 dunks in a row in the layup line. My brother and I were screaming so many obsenities at the dude that he actually tried to mean mug us. Remember this was a warmups at a HOME game. Roy Williams was laughing his ass off and turned around and said something like “yall better shut up before he reaches from half court and tries to slap the sh!t out of you. Too which my brother replied, “He’d probably miss and hit Kelly and then you’d have to horsecollar his ass.” We felt cool because Roy Williams talked to us. Kelly Rowland looks good up close too!

  • http://www.where-basketball-b-longs.blogspot.com/ B. Long

    Who’s your pick so far Tad? Amir Johnson?

  • http://shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com/ TADOne

    No B, I actually have objectiveness. Also, I tend not to pick these things until more than 5 games have been played.

  • NBK

    MIP= Spencer Hawes especially if brad miller gets traded

  • http://shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com/ TADOne

    On the other hand, you had been shoving Bynum down our throat for MIP months before the seasons started and when you switch to a different player, you choose a Laker. How convenient.

  • http://shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com/ TADOne

    Anyway, i’m off to do real life ish since i’m off work. Have fun with your rebuttal, B.

  • http://www.where-basketball-b-longs.blogspot.com/ B. Long

    Stuckey?

  • http://AllAbout-Penis-Enlargement.com Jukai

    For MIP, I say Diaw or Matt Barnes, or Grant Hill, or maybe Raja Bell!!!

  • http://www.where-basketball-b-longs.blogspot.com/ B. Long

    Shaq

  • http://AllAbout-Penis-Enlargement.com Jukai

    Maybe!!! Just you know, anyone from the Suns, because it couldn’t be from any other team in the league, y’know?

  • jrp14

    No lebron in the MVP race? You are half retarded…Lebron will win the MVP this year, mark my words

  • http://joebasketball.blogspot.com Joe

    Love the Lack of Lebron :)

  • http://sjsu.edu davidR

    khalid, it also doesn’t help if andre miller takes more than 15 shots a game, even with brand iggy and young in the lineup

  • Jess

    where’s Chris Bosh…..

  • http://www.where-basketball-b-longs.blogspot.com/ B. Long

    In Toronto?

  • http://www.mybleedingfingertips.blogspot.com/ Myles Brown

    It would be nice if Amare had one reliable post move before we started comparing him to Olajuwon.

  • Harlem_World

    No Lebron? Tmac? Vince, that’s a major stretch. Tmac won’t play a full season and the Rockets only go as far as Yao can take them. Granted, the Cavs are terrible this year, but that will only further illuminate just how valuable bron is. He’ll still get them to the playoffs in the East – literally single handedly. No way he finishes behind PP and Tmac. The race is between CP3 and Kobe again. But Amare is going off all year. Book that.

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com Moose

    Hmmmmm, no Bron in the predicted MVP race. I don’t get it . . .

  • http://www.where-basketball-b-longs.blogspot.com/ B. Long

    Amare Looks like Bo Outlaw on steroids.

  • http://www.where-basketball-b-longs.blogspot.com/ B. Long

    and Rogaine.

  • Corey L

    As a Suns fan, I’ll be interested to see if Amare can hold a 30 points per game average. Personally, I doubt it… With Danny Granger, the dude’s a beast. I’ve been saying it for awhile now, but no one gives much credit (except for you, of course)… You’re right about Tony Allen needing to calm down on offense. It’s nice to see him being aggressive but he’s bound to pick up offensive fouls and a few injuries playing like that… Let me say that I think it was a brilliant move on Dumars’s part with that trade. He brought in someone extremely hungry to win (A.I.), cleared cap, and made room for an up-and-comer (Stuckey). He has a ton of potential, and everyone will finally see it… T-Mac and Pierce? And no LeBron? In two months, you’ll realize how wrong you are. haha… No worries though, this was a great article and a good read. Thanks.

  • http://slamonline.com/ Vincent Thomas

    Miles: don’t try to play me, kid. If you read what I wrote, you’d know I’m talking about Amare’s fluidity, agility and explosiveness for a 6-10 dude. He’s just like Hakeem in that way, in fact even more gifted. Pay attention.

  • http://www.mybleedingfingertips.blogspot.com/ Myles Brown

    Wow. Nobody’s trying to play you. Calm down. Amare is an exceptional athlete, but he hasn’t complemented that athleticism with the requisite post moves to be the terror that Olajuwon was. He’s way too deep into his career to have not developed his timing and footwork in that regard and because of that I just can’t see him leading the league in scoring or averaging 30 per. But I guess time will tell.

  • http://www.mybleedingfingertips.blogspot.com/ Myles Brown

    His fluidity, agility and explosiveness are all at work when he attacks the basket off the dribble against a big stiff or catches the ball on the move from one of Nash’s dimes. Rarely, if ever, are those aspects of his athleticism used with his back to the basket.

  • Boing Dynasty

    Vincent, you played yourself when you compared Olajuwon to Amare in the first place, thier games are nothing alike, and i wouldnt say Amare is more gifted, simply because we wasnt gifted with any post moves. You could call Amare more athletic, not more gifted. Also putting Paul Peirce and T Mac ahead of Lebron for MVP chances basically makes anything else you said previous irrelevant. Both Mac and PP play on teams containing what the media likes to call a “Big 3″. Which pretty much makes both of there chances of winning an MVP this year lesser than that of a Kevin Martin or Richard Jefferson.

  • http://www.hibachi20.blogspot.com Hursty

    Aaron Brooks for MIP. Or Al Thornton.

  • http://slamonline.com mutoni

    amare will not average 30, nor will he become anything close to hakeem offensively nor defensively. also, for as long as he`s in the lig, lebron will always be in the mvp convo. but other than that, great points.

  • Charles

    Seattle has 15 years of “wasted talent” because they haven’t had many Lottery picks in the 15 years after Kemp and GP. Give us a 1-3 pick every year and we would have a star, a la Durant. It’s the curse of being extremely talented and then becoming mired in mediocrity later. This just shows, Mr. Thomas, how little thought you put into this particular statement.. (Now it’s your turn to bring up Sene, Swift, etc… dammit…)

    And to Khalid Salaam:

    I agree, Horry IS a HOFer. Just like Jeter will be in Baseball, in that he comes up in big spots in a way that will be remembered in their respective sports’ lore. Not necessarily stat-mashers, but they do get it done. And For the record, I HATE both of those guys.

  • 76Guy

    Absolutely idiotic to have a MVP race that does not include LeBron James… oh and Amare is going to average 30 and 10 but not be in the top 4 in the MVP Race? Well, I just wasted about two minutes of my life.

  • Jones

    get off roses n*ts. Man, it is clear from watching games that Beasley is a unique talent, unmatched by any before him and can invent his own game. The kid is only 19 and can shoot better than 90% of the NBA. He needs to develop and grow into his own man, but to say he’s not a franchise type player is drinking the kool-aid on Rose.

    By the way is Rose a PG or a SG?

  • Chukaz

    Yo, Timmy has never been the Dunk-type. I’m pretty sure he would have laid the ball up when he was winning MVPs.

  • Chukaz

    BTW, Amare had a midrange J last year. Pierce won’t be in the MVP race, and neither will T-Mac. Kobe, Bron, Paul. There’s your MVP race. Also, James Poser is no Robert Horry. Horry hit game winners, series clinchers, & game/series changing shots. Poser had nothing to do with the Heat’s ‘ship and he didn’t hit important shots for the Celtics. Pushing the lead from 5 to 8 with 30 second left ain’t as big as they make it out to be.

  • jaywhy

    how the fug are T-Mac and PP MVP contenders?

  • Jaylen Rose

    MVP race- Kobe, Bron, CP3, Superman, Truth, T-Mac, Joe Johnson, Flash, STAT, Fernandez

  • MeloMan13

    LOL fernandez ey?

  • http://twentythreenine.blogspot.com Russ Bengtson

    Timmy did lay the ball up when he was winning MVPs. Wait, am I agreeing with Chukaz?

  • Bruno

    THANKS Vince…
    great piece…
    i’m not even bother reading the comments cause i don’t want to see that biased people pass on Tmac’s HUGE talent and these same people pushing for a lebron MVP…
    guy is showing CLEARLY that he did’t put ANY effort on his “jump shot”… another summer.
    thanks vince… again, it ws really great.

  • Raps4Life

    CB4 for MVP
    nuf said

  • teddy-the-Bear

    Where is Jamal Crawford on this “20 players to watch” list? Also, where is Yao and Amare on the MVP race?? Anyways besides that, it was a good read.
    @ Chukaz: You are frickin’ ridiculous. No Kobe, T-Mac, or Lebron for the MVP race??? WTH?!

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    @ jaywhy: Being the leaders on two of the best teams in the NBA, you tell me.

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    PS: The Knicks beat the Jazz. Duhon, Crawford, and Randolph played excellently. Robinson, Chandler, and Lee were absolutely awesome from the bench as well. Man am I happy.

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