The teams rumored to be interested in Nndami are the Texans, 49ers, Bucs, Jets, and Ravens. I think the best fit of these teams is easily the Jets. Nnadami is just as good if not better than Darelle Revis but because Revis plays in New York and has played in the playoffs the last couple of seasons he's more talked about. I think If Nnadami signs in NY he'd be right in the spotlight. Also he'd be teaming with the other best corner in the league. The Jets defense would be close to unstoppable and this would be his best chance to win a super bowl and get into the spotlight. Of course if his goal is to make the most money he can make then this wouldn't be the best fit. But if he wants to win he needs to take a pay cut and go play for the Jets.
Wednesday, July 27, 2011
Finally the Lockout is over and the NFL has re opened for business. Just a couple days in Free Agency has already started, trading, as well as resignings. QB's are already on the move as Hasselback has signed with the Titans, Mcnabb has been traded to the Vikings, and other less skilled qbs such as Tavaris Jackson, Alex Smith, and Matt Lineart have been signed as well. The Panthers have been really active resigning top free agents Deangelo Williams and Charles Johnson. Other significant free agent signings or resignings include Quintin Mikell to the rams, Holmes is back with the Jets, Posluszny is with the Jags, Ike Taylor is back with the Steelers, Eric Weedle is back with the Chargers and thats just to name a few. Were in for one of the most exciting NFL off seasons ever.
Tuesday, July 19, 2011
1. Dirk Nowitzki
After last season there is no doubt the best PF in the NBA is Dirk. Dirk is a avg rebounder at best, not a great defender, doesn't block shots, and can't anchor a defense. He's a flawed player but he's so dominant on offense that it over weighs his short comings on the boards and at the other end of the floor. Dirk is simply unstoppable and might be the best scorer in the NBA. His game is mostly a face up post game as Dirk loves to attack from triple threat position. Dirk is very comfortable putting the ball on the floor and driving to the basket and he's a good finisher around the rim. Defenders know he can go to the rim and that opens up space for his deadly mid range jump shot. Rather he's shooting it straight up from face up position, driving and fading away, or using his turnaround fade away with his back to the basket he's automatic with all 3. Dirk has come along way though he's not just a scorer anymore he's a smart offensive player. He's become more fundamentally sound and a much better passer as he's now comfortable giving the ball up in double team situation on time and putting his teammates in scoring position when he does so.
2. Pau Gasol
A very close 2nd to Dirk is Pau Gasol. Don't let Gasol postseason performance fool you into thinking he's fell off. Gasol was going through off the court issues that clearly were affecting his performance. Never the less if you go back to the regular season all Gasol did was make the all NBA team because of his 18 ppg, 10 rebounds, 1.6 blocks. Gasol also averaged over 3 assist which for a PF is really good and shot over 50% from the field and over 80% from the Line. Had Gasol had a better postseason I could argue he's better than Dirk. Pau plays PF but has the body of a C standing at 7 feet tall 250 pounds. He's so smooth and agile with everything he does. Gasol foot work might be the best in the NBA and as far as pure back to basket post moves no big man in the NBA is better than Gasol right now.
3. Amare Stoudemire
Rounding out the top 3 is Stoudemire. Amare is athletic as they come at the PF position. He's one of the fastest players at the position and one of the best leapers at it as well. Stoudemire might be the most explosive big man in the NBA. He's a face up forward that loves to drive and try and get to rim. He also loves to score using pick and roll as he might be the best pick and roll PF in basketball. He's also one of the best mid range shooters at the position as well. His roll fade away shot isn't on the level of a dirk, randolph, or bosh but he does go to at times. Amare lives at the line as he gets to the strike almost 8 times a game. His combination of power and quickness makes him impossible to guard. He can take bigger slower players away from the basket and get around them or create space for his jump shot or he can take smaller quicker forwards down and the block and over power them. Amare is a i'll say above average rebounder as he avg. over 8 a game last season. I'd like to see him be more active on the boards though he's too athletically gifted not to be around 10 boards a game. Also amare needs to be better defensively. He can block shots but he needs to be better in his rotations.
4. Zach Randolph
At number 4 is Zach Randolph. Randolph has come a long way as a player. He used to be a selfish scorer that hogged the ball and didn't give any effort on defense. Randolph still is no defender but he's not a slouch on that end of the floor anymore either. He's also one of the best rebounders in the NBA as he averaged over 12 boards a game last season. Zach Randolph offensive game has really evolved as he's become more than just a face up jump shooter. Zach Randolph is the full package he can play with his back to the basket and perform good post moves or go to face up position and shoot it with tremendous accuracy. He also has a very effective turn around fade away shot with his back to the basket. Zach is one of the strongest players in the game and will also use that on weaker defenders to take them down low on the block and finish easily close to the rim. He's comfortable putting the ball on the floor and he's now become a willing a smart passer.
5. Chris Bosh
Rounding off my top 5 is Chris Bosh. Bosh received alot of criticism all year but if you look back at the Heat postseason run I could argue Bosh was the Heat's most consistent player. Bosh came up huge in the playoffs at some point in all their series. He made big shots, came up with clutch offensive rebounds, even played good defense. Bosh is finesse as it gets at PF. His game is all face up for the most part. Very rarely will you see Bosh posting up on the low block using post moves with his back to the basket to score. Bosh gets his point shooting from off ball screens, face up jump shots, and turn around fade aways. Bosh is actually a underrated rebounder. He actually averaged more rebounds per game than Stoudemire did. Defensively Bosh gives great effort and is effective in contesting shots because of his long frame. He's not a great shot blocker but still finds ways to be effective on D. He's one of the best power forwards when it comes to defending the passing lanes as his long arms and athleticism makes it easy for him to deflect passes.
6. Blake Griffin
At number 6 is the ultra athletic Blake Griffin. Blake is still very raw and needs to improve on his over post game both with his back to the basket and facing up. Even with that said he still found a way to avg over 22 a game. Despite being unpolished and having no real go to moves in the post yet Griffin can score by just being more athletic than his defender. He might be the fastest PF in the NBA which allows him to get easy buckets cutting to the basket in halfcourt sets or just running the floor on fast breaks. Also with his leaping ability it allows for easy Alley Oop opportunities. He's also a decent enough mid range shooter to where when slower defenders play off him to protect against the drive he can pull up and shoot it. Blake is also a beast on the boards averaging over 12 a game. I'd love to see him become a more active shot blocker though he's to athletic and jumps to high to not even average 1 block a game.
7. Kevin Love
At number 7 is Kevin Love. Love is without question the best rebounder in the NBA. He averaged an incredible 15 rebounds a game this past season. He also led his team in scoring with over 20 a game to earn his 1st all star appearance. Love is a banger. He's a big strong white boy that can bang in the middle. He doesn't run very fast, jump very high, or have a bunch of fancy he moves he just seems to outwork every body on the floor in the paint. He also can shoot the ball very well for a big having shot over 40% from 3 last season on over 200 attempts. I'd like to see Love continue to develop as low post player with his back to the basket as I feel that's where he can be most effective.
8. Kevin Garnett
KG is definitely on the downside of his career but I'm here to tell you Garnett can definitely still play. He's still a guy that brings great energy on both ends of the floor. On defense he's a shot blocker and plays the passing lanes to get steals. He also has very quick hands and will rip big men that put the ball on the floor and are sloppy or careless with their dribble. He's still one of the smartest players in the game and his rotations and help side defense are truly remarkable. On the offensive end he's no longer the guy that carried a teams offensive load and led it in scoring but he can still get it done on the block. KG's face up game is still one of the best in the league as he'll probably go down as one of the best face up Power Forwards ever. And his turn around fade away is still one of his best weapons to get it done on offense. If healthy you can expect Garnett to be a big contributor for one more Celtic championship run.
9. Lamarcus Aldridge
At number 9 is LaMarcus Aldridge. Aldridge had an all star caliber season last year as he really stepped up in the absence of Brandon Roy. With Roy not being right due to his injury the Blazers needed a new number 1 scoring option last season and Aldridge answered the call averaging almost 22 ppg and playing almost 40 minutes a game as he led the Blazers to the 6 seed in the West. Aldridge game is sort of similar to Chris Bosh in that he scores mainly from mid range as a jump shooter and facing up.
10. Carlos Boozer
Finishing up the top 10 is Carlos Boozer. Boozer was injured most of the whole season. Even when he returned from his 1st major injury he had other minor nick nack injuries that plagued him and his play all season. I also feel that a big reason for the drop off in his normal production was the lack of a play making pass first PG like he had in Utah with Deron Williams. In Utah Boozer scored a lot of his points on pick and rolls with D will. However in Chicago they don't run pick and rolls nearly as much as Jerry Sloan did in Utah and alot of the time Rose is just isolated trying to score on his on. Boozer still is a very good player but he's a player that you have to put in a position to score he's not a Zach Randolph or Dirk he you can't just give him the ball and ask him to carry the offense. Boozer does have a good back to the basket post game unlike most of the other forwards on this list who prefer to face up Boozer is comfortable posting up or facing up. Boozer is also a pretty good rebounder. As far as defense goes Boozer doesn't do a whole lot. He's not hard to score on because of his lack of length and he doesn't block shots or get steals. He's still a good player and the Bulls coaching staff is going to have to do a much better job next year of putting him better position to maximize his talents.