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Power Ranking: The One-Dimensional All-Stars

February 16, 2012 Leave a comment

 

At the behest of those who enjoy watching beautiful people doing beautiful things, Ben Wallace has announced he will retire at the end of this season. One of the hungriest underdogs to ever play basketball, Wallace hammered himself into a niche with unprecedented brute force, becoming known for much, much more than a scraggly afro.

He was respected, beloved, and, to some degree, feared. Wallace was a rare breed: SO good as a rebounding defensive presence and SO bad as an offensive threat. In his honor, I’ve decided to rank all the modern day one-dimensional players, with Ben Wallace in mind as the Godfather of them all. The league has very few players who’re equally effective on offense as they are on defense, but one doesn’t have to overshadow the other (for example, the 2008 Kevin Garnett tilted the entire league with his defensive intensity—it became apart of his identity as he forced the Celtics to keep up on their way to a championship—but it wasn’t like he struggled on offense); this list highlights 14 guys who excel on one end of the floor while leaving much to be desired on the other. Read more…

Essay: Projecting Future Value, Centers

November 8, 2011 2 comments

 

Rising: Greg Monroe

In college, he was the unselfish friendly big man, always hanging out at the high post making sure everyone’s comfortable, like a big brother who protects his little siblings by standing taller than everyone else in the neighborhood. His technical skills were vast, and the way he made the Princeton offense sing made every first time viewer aware of the team’s best player before a basket was even scored.

Either due to the depressing team he played for or the slow-but-steady-wins-the-race style he exudes, last year Greg Monroe went through one of the most delightful rookie seasons a center has had in years, and very few noticed. (Monroe was “awarded” sixth place in the running for Rookie of the Year.) Former coach John Kuester dialed up just a handful of plays for arguably his team’s best player—one of the many reasons he no longer works there (“I probably could count them on my hand, the plays that were called for me throughout the year,” Monroe said last May.) Read more…

Essay: Monetizing DeAndre Jordan

September 19, 2011 Leave a comment

He’s the big guy, running up and down the court with undeserved grace (given his 6’11″-7’1″ frame), jumping so high to block shots he’s catching them between his wrist and elbow, defying natural odds by influencing the game in only one dimension. This is DeAndre Jordan. A coveted free agent whose wings were clipped by a transaction suffocating lockout. A southpaw who spent last season making Blake Griffin look good on defense while getting overshadowed on the glory side of the ball despite his own brand of trapeze-esque highlight reel worthy dunks. He’s a 23-year-old, three-year veteran who before last season was floating his way through the league with no noticeable attribute apart from being gigantic.  Read more…

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