Predicting the results for an upcoming NBA season, and then blogging about them, can be both pointless and embarrassing. Despite it also being super fun, I’m switching up the normal “Shaky Ankles NBA Preview” style by leaning less on fortune telling and more towards things I’m expecting to excite/intrigue/depress me throughout the next eight months of watching basketball.
Over the past couple weeks I’ve subliminally let my thoughts on MVP and Rookie of the Year known, and since the other major awards that matter are boring and predictable (Defensive Player of the Year: Dwight Howard/Sixth Man of the Year: James Harden/Most Improved Player: Darko Milicic) I’ve decided to go a different route. Read more…
“Shit, you’re good.”
A statement like this is the utmost form of flattery; an honest admittance of true respect. Three simple words that mean everything.
During Sacramento’s loss to San Antonio on Wednesday night—their 33rd of the season, and a game that felt like a big brother toying with his younger sibling—these were the carefully chosen words DeMarcus Cousins had for Tim Duncan.
It was a young prodigy with a limitless future giving proper due to one of the best ever, and it got me thinking. What if Cousins somehow ended up in San Antonio next season, playing the role to Duncan that Duncan once played to David Robinson. How awesome/strange/watchable would that be? Read more…
Introducing Shaky Ankles’ very first Power Ranking feature—a weekly breakdown of interesting, list worthy NBA related news. This section will undoubtedly be toyed with as the season progresses, but for the most part it should read as a typical Power Ranking, which is something that’s always so much fun to scroll through!
In our inaugural post, we end this week with our Top 8 cases of pessimism vs. top 8 cases of optimism. Pretty self-explanatory: These are issues that inspire hope or reek of failure. Enjoy! Read more…
Keeping up on an ongoing miniseries, here’s in depth, incredibly important analysis on my fantasy basketball draft, which took place on December 17, 2011. A glorious evening it was. For more info on what’s going down here, go check out the initial entry. Due to this taking me a lot longer than expected, analysis must now include up to date production—it’s unfair, but so goes the world of fantasy basketball.
Team A: Tyson Chandler
Team B: Chris Bosh
Team C: Danilo Gallinari
Team D: Luol Deng
Team E: Jrue Holiday
Team F: DeMarcus Cousins
Team G: Andre Iguodala
Team H: James Harden
Team I: Andrea Bargnani
Team J: Kyle Lowry
Team K: Carlos Boozer
Team L: David West
Best Value: Lot of great value picks here, but judging by the dramatic improvement we’re continuing to see from Kyle Lowry, that’s where the selection goes. He’s hovering at the top of the league in assists, knocking down threes, and apart from his two point performance over the weekend (in which we witnessed 18 assists), the scoring has been better than expected. Lowry is headed for his first All-Star team.
Worst Value: Whenever the word “worst” is placed in front of the word “value” in any English born sentence, Carlos Boozer is usually the reason why.
Overall Reaction: As we go deeper and deeper into the draft, two things are valued above all else: consistency and expertise. Tyson Chandler and DeMarcus Cousins are two great examples of players who will take care of rebounding (Tyson should also give a leg up on blocked shots) and field goal percentage while letting other guys on the team fill in for their many weaknesses. We’re also seeing tons of upside with some owners intelligently betting on breakout seasons from the likes of James Harden, Jrue Holiday, and Danilo Gallinari.
If your enjoyment of basketball as a game runs deep into the whys and hows which explain the tendencies of every player, then you probably love advanced statistics. They exist to explain what’s unexplainable (at first) to the naked eye. They’re both fun to pour over when you’re bored and crucial instruments in deciding the limits of million dollar contract extensions.
The statistic being put under the microscope right now is one rarely—if ever—mentioned on television broadcasts or highlight reels. It’s awkward from the tongue and slightly confusing as to what it specifically constitutes, being that it’s so based on the subjective, but “percent of field goals assisted” (%ast) is underrated in its importance. Read more…
Ahhh yes, the big man crossover; is there nothing sweeter? I’ve been meaning to write a piece on the league’s mercurial son for a minute now, and this sleek deception on Marcus Camby forced me into (at least) bringing his name to the forefront. For one second, forget the immaturity that understandably can go hand in hand with a 20-year-old who’s given the keys to a mansion, DeMarcus Cousins is a superb talent and the least tradeable player on Sacramento’s roster (Sorry Tyreke). His usage percentage is at 28% right now, higher than the career averages of Paul Pierce and Tim Duncan, and at times it must feel like an unbearable amount of pressure for any rookie to deal with. Time will tell whether Cousins can show a more developed—both on and off the court—side to himself, but with what he’s put on display in a tough luck rookie season, the future looks bright. Hopefully it’s in Sacramento.
1) Well Knicks fans, it was fun while it lasted.
2) The league’s hidden gem, whose name most have a difficult time pronouncing, will make his much anticipated return tonight!
3) If you appreciate true greatness in his finest hour, don’t be ashamed to admit this made your bottom lip quiver.
4) Things just got real. If you’re from Portland.
5) Valentine’s Day…only 8,712 hours away.