Tim Hardaway: He Sure Could Hoop

February 15, 2007

You may have noticed Tim Hardaway has been in the news lately. For whatever reason, it got me thinking back on Tim’s career, and how good he was for a while.

If we take his third NBA season, back when he was running and gunning with the Run TMC Warriors (back when they actually participated in the postseason!), and throw it into the RotoPoll Rater Creator, we see that his averages of 23 points, 10 assists and 4 rebounds, with 2 steals and 1.6 threes, are good enough to be the 7th-ranked player in today’s NBA. I know it’s a little tricky to compare across years, etc., but still, that’s pretty impressive.

I hadn’t remembered him being a 1st-round pick. Was he a first-round fixture in your leagues back then (assuming you go back that far)? I vaguely recalled he was more of a second-round guy, after PGs like Stockton, Mark Price, and Kevin Johnson.


Guy You Need to Know About: Andrea Bargnani

January 11, 2007
Andrea Bargnani

A stat-stuffer star on the rise.

It’s a rare player who can contribute in all the roto categories, and it’s always a very short list of guys who can get you at least a block, a steal, and a three per night. For the season, only Shawn Marion and Josh Howard (quietly having a phenomenal season) are accomplishing this feat.

But over the last two weeks, only one player in the NBA has averaged at least one block, steal, and triple: Toronto’s Andrea Bargnani.

Well ok, Chauncey Billups techincally meets this condition as well, but he only had one game two weeks ago, and has been injured since.

Bargnani is a fantasy stud in the making. His chart shows steady improvement throughout the season, and it’s exciting to think what he’ll be able to produce in the next few years.


What’s the Deal with Joe Johnson?

January 10, 2007
Manu Ginobili

Joe is struggling.

I need some help on this one, because I have no idea what’s going on. If you have Joe Johnson on any of your teams, you already know this, but his value is plummeting like an Internet stock in May 2000.

The best guess I have is that he’s suffering lingering effects from the calf injury that kept out for a few games back in December. It sounds like he may also be battling the flu and turf toe (I didn’t know basketball players could get that either) at the moment, so maybe it’s just a case of a lot of things adding up at once. But whatever it is, we’ve officially reached “slump” status and his fans (and teammates) are hoping he can break out of it soon.


The Ups and Downs of Devin Brown

January 9, 2007

First we loved him.

Then we didn’t love him.

But aside from one disappointing game, Devin is playing some decent ball right now. Therefore, we’ll go ahead and repeat our first recommendation, that “you can look for good production from him for a while, as Chris Paul, Peja, B-Jax and David West are all expected to remain sidelined for weeks.”


Mark Blount and Matt Barnes: We’re 2 for 3!

January 3, 2007

We may have been a little off on Devin Brown (so far), but tonight Mark Blount and Matt Barnes redeemed us, and then some.

Barnes: 36 points, 7 rebounds, 5 assists, 7 threes, 2 blocks, and a steal.
Blount: 28 points, a block, a steal, 12-14 FG, and 4-4 FT.

Nice! Remember, you heard it here first (maybe).


Who Would You Take, Baron Davis or Joe Smith?

January 3, 2007

That’s an easy one: B-Diddy. But take a look at their lines from last night and tell me which one you think was better:

FG FT 3pt Reb Ast Stl Blk Pts
Joe Smith 4/9 4/4 0 8 1 2 1 12
Baron Davis 10/25 8/13 1 7 7 2 1 29

If you’re sensing that this is a trick question, you’re right. Actually, their performances are close to equal in value, but believe it or not, Joe Smith‘s is better. I noticed this comparison because their lines were consecutive on last night’s top games list, which made the contrast easy to spot.

As you can probably guess, the biggest reason Baron’s game isn’t worth more is his poor percentages (and high volume of shots), despite the fact that he absolutely stuffed the rest of the line. For a good example of a stat-stuffer with good percentages, see last night’s #1 performer, Ron Artest.


Expect Big Things from Matt Barnes

January 3, 2007
Matt Barnes

This is NBA.com’s current Matt Barnes photo.

Hopefully you’re well aware of what Matt Barnes is doing by now.

A lot of people are probably suspicious that his numbers will drop soon, due to the depth of the Warriors bench, various injuries, and Don Nelson’s notoriously fickle lineups. However, yesterday Nelson said that he now considers Barnes his second-best player, after Baron Davis (audio of the interview can, I think, be found on the KNBR website).

Granted, Nelson said it like he could hardly believe the words were coming out of his mouth, is the same guy who likes cracking ding-dong jokes on the air, and gave Mike Dunleavy the most backhanded compliment of 2006 when he called him the team’s “best flopper,” but still… This is great news if you have Matt Barnes. Keep him.