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Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Pro Basketball Hoops Land: 2015 1st round Mock Draft

I will be honest,  I usually am wrong when it comes to these mock drafts.   This year 1 and 2 could be switched.  In spite all of that,  I enjoy doing these every single year.  I could be wrong about my choices, or I could be dead on.   Here is my list of 2015 NBA Mock Draft.

2015 NBA Mock Draft

  1.  Minnesota-  Karl Anthony Towns-  Center-  7'0"  250 LBS- Kentucky
  2. L.A. Lakers-  Jahlil Okafor-  Center-  6'11" 270 LBS-  Duke
  3. Philadelphia-  D' Angelo Russell-  Point Guard/ Shooting Guard-  6'4"  195 LBS- Ohio State
  4. New York- Emmanuel Mudiay-  Point Guard-  6'5"  200 LBS-  China
  5. Orlando-  Justise Winslow-  Shooting Guard/ Small Forward- 6'6"  222 LBS-  Duke
  6. Sacramento-  Kristaps Porzingis- Power Forward- 7'1"  230 LBS-  Latvia
  7. Denver- Mario Hezonja-  Shooting Guard/  Small Forward-  6'8"  215 LBS-  Croatia
  8. Detroit-  Stanley Johnson- Small Forward-  6'6"  242 LBS- Arizona
  9. Charlotte- Cameron Payne-  Point Guard-  6'2"  185 LBS-  Murray State
  10. Miami-  Willie Cauley- Stein-  Center-  7'0"  242 LBS-  Kentucky
  11. Indiana-  Myles Turner-  Center/ Power Forward-  6'11"  240 LBS- Texas
  12. Utah-  Trey Lyles-  Power Forward-  6'10"  240 LBS- Kentucky
  13. Phoenix-  Bobby Portis-  Power Forward-  6'11"  245 LBS-  Arkansas
  14. Oklahoma City-  Sam Dekker- Small Forward-  6'9"  220 LBS-  Wisconsin
  15. Atlanta- Frank Kaminsky-  Center-  7'1"  230 LBS-  Wisconsin
  16. Boston-  Kelly Oubre- Small Forward-  6'7"  205 LBS-  Kansas 
  17. Milwaukee-  Devon Booker- Shooting Guard- 6'6"  205 LBS- Kentucky
  18. Houston- Tyus Jones-  Point Guard-  6'1"  185 LBS- Duke
  19. Washington- Montrezi Harrell- Power Forward-  6'8"  255 LBS- Louisville
  20. Toronto- Rondae Hollis- Jefferson-  Small Forward-  6'7" 210 LBS- Arizona
  21. Dallas- Jerian Grant- Point Guard-  6'4" 200 LBS- Notre Dame
  22. Chicago-  Rashad Vaughn- Shooting Guard- 6'5" 200 LBS- UNLV
  23. Portland- Kevon Looney- Power Forward- 6'9" 222 LBS- UCLA
  24. Cleveland- Terry Rozier- Point Guard-  6'2" 190 LBS- Louisville
  25. Memphis- Deion Wright-  Point Guard/ Shooting Guard' 6'5"  180 LBS- Utah
  26. San Antonio-  Guillermo Hernangomez-  Power Forward/ Center-  6'11"  250 LBS- Spain
  27. L.A. Lakers- Justin Anderson-  Shooting Guard/ Small Forward-  6'6"  230 LBS- Virginia
  28. Boston-  Jarrell Martin-  Power Forward-  6'9"  240 LBS-  LSU
  29. Brooklyn-  RJ Hunter-  Shooting Guard-  6'6" 185 LBS-  Georgia State
  30. Golden State-  Cliff Alexander- Power Forward-  6'8"  240 LBS- Kansas

Friday, June 5, 2015

2015 NBA Finals Game 1: Warriors take game 1 in overtime

The year was 1975,  two things happened,  1) This was the year I was born,  2) Most importantly this was the last time, the Golden State Warriors won an NBA Title and was in the NBA Finals.   After 40 years of rebuilding, struggling, making the playoffs and getting bounced out, the Golden State Warriors finally achieved the goal of getting back to the Finals.   I don't know how many of you watched the game last night, but I know I turned on to ABC and watching game 1.  At first it was the Cleveland Cavaliers coming out and dominating, but in the back of my mind, I was thinking, no way is this game over even when they were ahead by 14 points.   Warriors point guard Stephen Curry, and shooting Klay Thompson are hard to stop.  If one of them has a great game the Warriors have a shot, if both of them have a great game, then it's usually over for the opposing team.

I was hooked from the moment the game started, to the end of it.  I didn't even want to at all get up to go to the bathroom, because of what I was seeing.  Golden State Warriors and wing defender Andre Iguodala was playing good solid defense on Cleveland Cavaliers small forward, and considered the best player in the NBA Lebron James.   My eyes were glued to the set because it was too exciting, and more exciting than the 2014 NBA Finals.  This is the best Finals I've seen in a long time. 

The Golden State Warriors defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers 108-100, to win game 1 at Oracle Arena in Oakland California where there were 19,596 fans attending the game.   Stephen Curry lead the way for the Warriors with 26 points, 8 assists and 4 rebounds.   Klay Thompson scored 21 points, 6 rebounds and 2 blocks.  Andre Iguodala scored 15 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists.  Draymond Green scored 12 points and 6 rebounds.  Harrison Barnes added 11 points and 6 rebounds. Here are the full stats for the Warriors

Golden State Warriors double digit scorers

Stephen Curry- 26 points, 8 assists, 4 rebounds, 4 turnovers, 2 steals, 10/20 FG, 2/6 3PTFG, 4/4 FT
Klay Thompson- 21 points, 6 rebounds, 2 blocks,  5/14 FG, 3/9 3PTFG, 8/8 FT
Andre Iguodala- 15 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists, 6/8 FG, 2/3 3PTFG, 1/2 FT
Draymond Green- 12 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 steals, 4/13 FG, 4/4 FT, 0/3 3PTFG
Harrison Barnes- 11 points, 6 rebounds, 4/9 FG, 3/5 3PTFG,

Golden State Warriors Statistical Breakdown

Field Goal Percentage- 44%
Three Point -  37%
Free Throw-  90%
Rebounds-  48 (37- Defensive Rebounds and 11 Offensive Rebounds)
Assists- 24
Steals- 8
Blocks- 5

Cleveland Cavaliers double digit scorers

Lebron James-  44 points, 8 rebounds, 6 assists, 4 turnovers, 18/38 FG, 6/10 FT, 2/8 3PTFG
Kyrie Irving-  23 points, 7 rebounds, 6 assists, 4 steals, 2 blocks, 10/22 FG, 2/8 3PTFG, 1/1 FT
Timofey Mozgov- 16 points, 7 rebounds, 2 assists, 5/10 FG, 6/8 FT

Cleveland Cavaliers Statistical  Breakdown

Field Goal Percentage- 41%
Three Point-  29%
Free Throw -  68%
Rebounds-  45 ( 32- Defensive Rebounds and 13 Offensive Rebounds)
Assists- 19
Steals-  10
Turnovers- 11
Blocks-  5

So what are your thoughts on game 1?  Be honest who did you want to win?   I know that I enjoy the talent of Stephen Curry and Lebron James, so I can't really give my view on who I wanted to win. Congratulations to the Golden State Warriors for winning game 1.    Here is some 2015 Finals merchandise for you if you would like to purchase some.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Mavs hold on: in spite having a 22 point lead. Orlando Magic rookie Payton gets his first triple-double

How many of you tonight watch the game on ESPN between the Orlando Magic and the Dallas Mavericks? I enjoyed it. The Mavericks had a 22 point lead in the 3rd quarter up 70-48. The veteran team of Dallas almost blew a 22 point lead to the young Orlando Magic. The Dallas Mavericks hold on by beating the Orlando Magic 107-102.  

The Dallas Mavericks were lead by their amazing power forward Dirk Nowitzki who scored 25 points and 8 rebounds, on 9 of 15 shooting from the field, and 5 of 6 from downtown.  Monta Ellis scored 21 points, 4 assists, 2 steals, 2 blocks, 2 rebounds, shot 9 of 17 from the field, 1 of 5 from three point land.  Devin Harris scored 12 points, 5 rebounds and 3 rebounds off the bench. Roster surprise of the year for me Charlie Villanueva added 10 points, on 4 of 7 shooting from the field and 2 of 4 from three point land.

Dallas Mavericks kept turning the ball over, especially Rajon Rondo who had 8 of the Mavs 20 turnovers.    The Mavericks in the second half struggled scoring against the young defensive energy of the Orlando Magic, who are on the rise.  

For the Orlando Magic this is the first game that has been on ESPN this season.  I live in Orlando and have been to many of the games,   Victor Oladipo is a two guard who is on the rise,.  Dipo scored 19 points, 6 assists, 4 rebounds on 7 of 20 shooting.  Maurice Harkless started in place of Tobias Harris and scored 18 points, 6 rebounds, 4 steals, on 8 of 15 shooting.  Rookie point guard Elfrid Payton  achieved his first career triple double.  Payton scored 15 points, 12 assists and 10 rebounds, while shooting 6 of 10 from the field.   7 foot center Nikola Vucevic added 12 points and 9 rebounds.    

Congratulations to the Dallas Mavericks on the win. I enjoyed this game.  Dallas at first I thought was going to blow out Orlando starting out 12-0, but Orlando showed me and others that they have high energy and fight. What are your thoughts on this game?  Send me your comments. Thank you for reading Pro Basketball Hoops Land. I am sorry I haven't written a blog post for a while, for I've been busy with my job, and trying to fix some computer troubles.  What would you like to see on the blog?

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Rose scores 30 to lead Bulls to win over Cavs

How many of you just finished watching the Cavaliers VS Bulls game on TNT?   I enjoyed it.  Derrick Rose while to me he isn't as athletic as he use to be before going down with injuries, he can get to the rim and score.   Derrick Rose is my favorite player to watch in the NBA.   I feel this is the deepest Chicago Bulls team I've seen in years, and I could possibly see them going to the NBA Finals this year.  The Chicago Bulls defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers 113-98.  Derrick Rose lead the way for Chicago with 30 points and 7 assists.  Tony Snell who started in place of All-Star Jimmy Butler who is out with a right shoulder strain, scored 22 points and 3 steals.  Pau Gasol achieved a double-double with 18 points and 10 rebounds.  Taj Gibson scored 13 points and 6 rebounds off the bench.  Taj to me could be a solid starter on many NBA teams would could use a power forward.   Joakim Noah added 10 points, 15 rebounds and 7 assists.   Pau Gasol was stepping out and hitting mid range shots.  Here are the stats for each team

Chicago Bulls Double- Digit Scorers

Derrick Rose- 30 points, 7 assists, 4 rebounds, 12/24 FG, 6/6 FT, 0/2 3PTFG
Tony Snell- 22 points, 3 steals, 2 rebounds, 9/11 FG, 4/6 3PTFG
Pau Gasol- 18 points, 10 rebounds, 6 assists, 6/16 FG, 5/5 FT, 1/1 3PTFG
Taj Gibson- 13 points, 6 rebounds, 5/8 FG, 3/5 FT
Joakim Noah- 10 points, 15 rebounds, 7 assists, 2/6 FG, 6/10 FT

Cleveland Cavaliers Double-Digit Scorers

Lebron James- 31 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists, 12/26 FG, 2/9 3PTFG, 5/6 FT
Kyrie Irving- 17 points, 7 assists, 6 rebounds, 6/18 FG, 4/6 FT, 1/3 3PTFG
Timofey Mozgov- 13 points, 11 rebounds, 5/6 FG, 3/6 FT
Tristan Thompson- 10 points, 8 rebounds, 5/5 FG

Chicago Bulls Statistical Breakdown

Team Field Goal Percentage- 45%
Team Three Point Percentage- 39%
Team Free Throw Percentage- 76%
Team Rebounds- 47  (34- Defensive Boards and 13 Offensive Boards)
Team Assists- 29
Team Steals- 10
Team Turnovers- 8
Team Blocks- 3

Cleveland Cavaliers Statistical Breakdown

Team Field Goal Percentage- 43%
Team Three Point Percentage- 25%
Team Free Throw Percentage- 72%
Team Rebounds- 43 ( 33- Defensive Boards and 10 Offensive Boards)
Team Assists- 20
Team Steals- 5
Team Turnovers- 16
Team Blocks- 3

Mayo scores 21 off the bench: Brandon Knight adds 20 to lead Bucks to win over Kings: First half of the season thoughts

I haven't had much of a chance to watch the Milwaukee Bucks on TV or anywhere this season, except when they played the Orlando Magic at the Amway Center.  I'm disappointed that with having a winning record at 30-23 they don't have one all-star on the team in the All-Star game, even though Brandon Knight deserved to be there, they are not on ESPN or TNT.  At 30-23 coach Jason Kidd has done an amazing job and deserves to be in the conversation for Coach of the Year.   I thought he did good in Brooklyn last year, and is doing great this year. The Bucks are 15-10 at home and 8-2 in their last 10 games.  Milwaukee is sitting in 6th place in the Eastern Conference.   I'm impressed with the way they are playing this season even without 2014 NBA Draft number two pick Jabari Parker.   I had Jabari Parker or Nerlens Noel of the Sixers as my top two to win rookie of the year.  

  Last night the Milwaukee Bucks went up against a struggling Sacramento Kings.  The Bucks defeated the Kings 111-103.  Mayo scored 21 points to lead the way. Brandon Knight added 20 points. Khris Middleton added a double-double by scoring 15 points and 10 rebounds.  The Bucks have a bunch of solid players who play great together.   Here are the stats for each team.

Milwaukee Bucks Double-Digit Scorers

OJ Mayo- 21 points, 4 assists, 3 rebounds, 6/14 FG, 7/7 FT, 2/4 3PTFG
Brandon Knight- 20 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists, 8/14 FG, 3/6 3PTFG, 1/2 FT
Khris Middleton- 15 points, 10 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 steals, 4/11 FG, 6/6 FT, 1/2 3PTFG
Giannia Antetokounmpo- 13 points, 7 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals, 4/9 FG, 5/7 FT, 0/1 3PTFG
John Henson- 12 points, 5 blocks, 4 rebounds, 5/8 FG, 2/2 FT

Sacramento Kings Double-Digit Scorers

DeMarcus Cousins- 28 points, 19 rebounds, 5 assists, 4 blocks, 9/20 FG, 10/12 FT
Rudy Gay- 17 points, 8 rebounds, 3 assists, 7/12 FG, 1/4 3PTFG, 2/3 FT
Ben McLemore- 16 points, 3 steals, 2 rebounds, 5/12 FG, 4/8 3PTFG, 2/2 FT
Derrick Williams- 11 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists, 3/7 FG, 4/6 FT, 1/4 3PTFG
Ray McCallum- 10 points, 4 assists, 4/8 FG, 2/3 3PTFG

Turner hits game winning shot for the Celtics over top Eastern Conference Team the Atlanta Hawks

I only wished I had NBA TV or the League Pass, so I could have watched this game.  Growing up and started watching basketball in the 80's I was a die hard Celtics fan watching Larry Bird, Kevin McHale and Robert Parrish.  Last night's game has to be the oddest and interesting game in Boston Celtics History.  I've always heard it doesn't matter how you start a game, but how you finish a game that matters.  The Boston Celtics never once in this game lead until Evan Turner hits a game winning jumper to give the Boston Celtics an 89-88 over top seeded Eastern Conference NBA Team Atlanta Hawks.  I have to admit I'm stunned and baffled by this win.  To me a win is a win though as long as you played within the rules.  Jared Sullinger lead the way for the Boston Celtics with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 15 rebounds.   Marcus Thornton scored 14 points and 3 rebounds off the bench. Evan Turner scored 12 points, 9 assists, and 7 rebounds.   The Boston Celtics trail the 8th seeded Miami Heat by 1 and a half game for the 8th seed.   In the loss for the Atlanta Hawks, Al Horford lead the way with 22 points and 12 rebounds. DeMarre Carroll added 14 points, 7 rebounds, 3 assists and 3 steals.    Here are the stats for each team.

Boston Celtics Double-Digit Scorers

Jared Sullinger- 17 points, 15 rebounds, 2 assists, 6/15 FG, 4/4 FT, 1/2 3PTFG
Marcus Thornton- 14 points, 3 rebounds, 4/10 FG, 4/6 3PTFG, 2/2 FT
Evan Turner- 12 points, 9 assists, 7 rebounds, 4/11 FG, 4/4 FT, 0/3 3PTFG
Avery Bradley- 11 points, 7 rebounds, 4/13 FG, 1/5 3PTFG, 2/2/ FT
Marcus Smart- 11 points, 3 assists, 2 rebounds, 3/12 FG, 2/7 3PTFG, 3/4 FT

Atlanta Hawks Double-Digit Scorers

Al Horford- 22 points, 12 rebounds, 3 assists, 11/15 FG, 0/2 3PTFG
DeMarre Carroll- 14 points, 7 rebounds, 3 assists, 3 steals, 4/15 FG, 2/7 3PTFG, 4/5 FT
Paul Millsap- 11 points, 7 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 steals, 3/11 FG, 5/8 FT, 0/3 3PTFG
Jeff Teague- 10 points, 8 assists, 2 blocks, 4/12 FG, 0/4 3PTFG, 2/2 FT

Nikola Vucevic double-double leads to Magic winning over Knicks: The First half of the season so far: Thoughts on Next Season

Robbed of being in the 2015 All-Star Game,  and a nice guy. I know this because last Friday's nights game against the Lakers when it was over, I got to meet Orlando Magic reliable double-double machine seven foot center Nikola Vucevic.   I'm proud of the way he's played this season.  The Orlando Magic last night at the Amway Center defeated the New York Knicks 89-83.  Nikola Vucevic scored 28 points and 18 rebounds.  Six foot four two guard Victor Oladipo scored 19 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists.   At 17-39 I don't want to ride the season off just yet, but I'm one of those that believes you either go all in to make the playoffs, or you and I will quote Bill Simmons here sandbag it.   The fact that we are in the Eastern Conference gives me hope, but at the same time do we really want to be sitting around the 10th-14th pick.  I'm not encouraging for the Orlando Magic to lose on purpose but I think to get in, we are going to have to win at least 35 games which means we will have to go 18-8 in the second half of the season.  Unless Orlando Magic GM Rob Henningan has something up his sleeve I don't see that happening.  I'm all for one more top 5 lottery pick, then next year we go all in. What are your thoughts on this?   Here are the stats for each team.

Orlando Magic Double-Digit Scorers

Nikola Vucevic- 28 points, 18 rebounds, 12/20 FG, 4/6 FT
Victor Oladipo- 19 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists, 4/11 FG, 11/11 FT, 0/2 3PTFG
Willie Green- 13 points, 2 assists, 4/8 FG, 3/4 FT, 2/3 3PTFG
Elfrid Payton- 12 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 steals, 4/8 FG, 4/5 FT, 0/1 3PTFG

New York Double-Digit Scorers

Jason Smith- 25 points, 7 rebounds, 10/16 FG, 4/6 FT, 1/1 3PTFG
Andrea Bargnani- 11 points, 5 rebounds, 3/9 FG, 5/6 FT
Tim Hardaway Jr. 10 points, 2 rebounds, 2 assists, 2/9 FG, 5/7 FT, 1/6 3PTFG

Orlando Magic Statistical Breakdown

Team Field Goal Percentage- 46%
Team Three Point Percentage- 36%
Team Free Throw Percentage- 82%
Team Rebounds- 44 ( 37- Defensive Boards and 7- Offensive Boards
Team Assists- 13
Team Steals- 6
Team Turnovers- 16
Team Blocks- 9  ( 6 of them by Dewyane Dedmon)

New York Knicks Statistical Breakdown

Team Field Goal Percentage- 34%
Team Three Point Percentage- 33%
Team Free Throw Percentage- 77%
Team Rebounds- 39 ( 31- Defensive Boards and 8- Offensive Boards)
Team Assists- 19
Team Steals- 7
Team Turnovers- 12
Team Blocks- 4

I know the season isn't over yet, but I'm fired up for next season already, because I'm purchasing season tickets, and going to be starting an Orlando Magic Blog.   I am enjoying this season win or lose.  I don't remember what news channel it was last Friday but I was interviewed about the firing of Jacque Vaughn, and I made the suggestion of Mark Jackson, George Karl or Avery Johnson.   I'm impressed with our selections of Aaron Gordon and Elfrid Payton from the lottery.  If Tobias doesn't get an extension, I'd have no problem with us starting Gordon at the 3.

Monday, February 9, 2015

Cousins buzzer beater leads to Kings win over Suns

The season started out good for the Kings at 9-5.  Coach Mike Malone was fired later on.  Tyrone Corbin has taken over and this team just hasn't been the same.  I am glad that Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins will be in the 2015 NBA All-Star Game replacing Kobe Bryant.  He deserves it and congratulations to Cousins for a great season.  I admit I'm fearful that if the Kings don't start having some winning seasons, that Cousins will leave when he becomes a free agent.  In spite all of that,  last night with the game tied at 83,  with time about to expire DeMarcus Cousins hits a game winning jumper that bounces around the rim, to lead the Kings to an 85-83 win over the Phoenix Suns.   DeMarcus Cousins lead the way for the Kings with 28 points and 12 rebounds.  Second year player and shooting guard Ben McLemore scored 13 points, Ramon Sessions added 10 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists.   I'm hoping that either the Kings make a strong comeback for the second half of the season, or just try and get a great lottery pick, maybe Texas big man Myles Turner who I think would fit great next to Cousins.

For the Phoenix Suns they are 29-24 and sitting in the 8th spot in the Western Conference.  Isaiah Thomas lead the way for the Suns with 26 points, 5 assists and 3 rebounds. Goran Dragic added 13 points, 5 assists and 3 steals.    Here are the double digit scorers breakdown for each team.

Sacramento Kings Double-Digit Scorers

DeMarcus Cousins- 28 points, 12 rebounds, 2 blocks, 2 assists, 13/25 FG, 2/4 FT
Ben McLemore- 13 points, 2 assists, 2 blocks, 4/12 FG, 3/8 3PTFG, 2/2 FT
Ramon Sessions- 10 points, 7 rebounds, 6 assists, 4/5 FG, 2/5 FT

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Kevin Martin scores 30 to lead Timberwolves to win over Heat

The Minnesota Timberwolves entered into this game with the worst record in the NBA at 8-40.  Miami Heat haven't been that good this season with a 21-27 record entering this game.   I'm suspecting that Minnesota will have a top 4 pick in the 2015 NBA Draft.  Time to start looking at center Jakill Okafor out of Duke,  point guard Emmanuel Mudiay,  small forward Stanley Johnson out of Arizona or power forward Myles Turner out of Texas.  I think the T-Wolves need Okafor or Turner in the worst way.  The season isn't over yet, but I wouldn't get my hopes up for the rest of this season.  The Minnesota Timberwolves defeated the Miami Heat 102-101.  Shooting guard Kevin Martin lead the way with 30 points, 3 assists, 3 rebounds.  Thaddeus Young added 16 points and 5 steals. Here are the top statistics and statistical breakdowns for each team.

Monday, January 26, 2015

My Eastern and Western All Star Reserves

As of Thursday the starters for the Eastern and Western Conference 2015 All Star Game was announced. Now that the All-Stars for both conferences have been announced, here are who I feel the reserves should be for each conference. Eastern Conference Front Court Reserves
Nikola Vucevic- In spite of the Orlando Magic's 15-32 record, seven foot Orlando Magic center Nikola Vucevic is tied with DeMarcus Cousins in the NBA with 26 double-doubles. Vucevic is averaging 19.6 points per game, 11.2 rebounds per game, 2.1 assists per game on 53 percent shooting from the field.
I think he deserves to be in the all-star game.

 Paul Millsap- A 6 foot 8 power forward who is one of the reasons the Atlanta Hawks are successful this season. Millsap is averaging 17 points per game, 7.9 rebounds per game, shooting 48% from the field and 35% from the three point line. A great pick and pop player for the Hawks.  Millsap will be a sought out free agent during the 2015 off season.  I think the Hawks if possible should resign him.

Al Horford-  The Hawks big man is putting up 15.2 points per game, 6.7 rebounds per game, 3.2 assists per game, 1.4 blocks per game and shooting 54 percent from the field.  I underestimated this team during the off-season because I wasn't sure of the health of Horford would be.  I feel he is the best player on the Hawks, and is my favorite player on the Hawks.

Eastern Conference Backcourt

Jeff Teague-  The Atlanta Hawks have the best record in the Eastern Conference at 37-8.  Jeff Teague's play has been one of the biggest factors to why the Hawks are playing great.  Teague is averaging 17.1 points per game, 7.5 assists per game, 2.7 rebounds per game, 1.8 steals per game,  shooting 47 percent from the field,  33 percent from three, and 86 percent from the free throw line.  If Teague or one other Hawks players doesn't make the all-star team year, it will be a huge robbery.

Kyrie Irving-  I almost wanted to add a third shooting guard here instead, but the factor is,  I wanted to see three point guards in the All-Star game.  Kyrie Irving scoring alone leads me to put him on my Eastern Conference All-Star Reserves.  Kyrie is averaging 20.9 points per game, 5.2 assists per game, 3.1 rebounds per game, 1.6 steals per game, 46% FG, 38% three point land,  and 83% from free throw line.

Jimmy Butler-  After last year averaging 13.1 points per game, Jimmy Butler has to be a candidate for most improved player of the year award.  Butler has upped his scoring by 7 points per game.  Butler is currently averaging 20.1 points per game, 6 rebounds per game, 3.3 assists per game, 1.8 steals per game, 45 % FG, 34% 3PT, and 83% FT.   Having Butler improve in scoring and the addition of Pau Gasol gives athletic superstar point guard Derrick Rose some help.

Kyle Korver- I almost put Bradley Beal on here because of already having three Atlanta Hawks players on my list, but with the kind of year Korver is having from the field, from three and from the free throw line can't go unnoticed.  Korver if averaging 12.9 points per game, 4.2 rebounds per game, 2.9 assists per game,  shooting 51 percent from the field, shooting 53 percent from three, and 92 percent from the line.  If Korver can keep up this rate, he will be the first player in NBA history to shooting 50 percent from the field, 50 percent from three and 90 percent from the free throw line. Korver while doesn't have a great scoring average, he has to get credit for his great percentages.

My Western Conference All-Star Reserves

Front Court

DeMarcus Cousins-  In spite they have a 16-27 record, Cousins is tied with Orlando Magic center Nikola Vucevic with 26 double-doubles.   I think Cousins is one of the best players on a team with a losing record.  Cousins is currently averaging 24.2 points per game, 12.6 rebounds per game, 1.6 blocks per game, 1.4 steals per game,  48 percent from the field, 50 percent from three and 80 percent from the line.  Cousins is an amazing big man who can get it done on both the offensive and defensive end.  DeMarcus Cousins is to me a top 5 NBA center today.

LaMarcus Aldridge-   The Portland Blazers all-star power forward will be a targeted free agent during the off-season until the Blazers sign him long term. LaMarcus has improved his game with a great jump shot and now knocking down three's. The Blazers are 32-13 and 3rd in the Western Conference. LaMarcus Aldridge is one of the biggest reasons why.  Aldridge is averaging 23.3 points per game, 10.2 rebounds per game, 1.9 assists per game, 1.2 blocks per game, shooting 46 percent from the field, 50 percent from three point land, and 86 percent from the free throw line.

Tim Duncan-  The San Antonio Spurs 38 year old power forward is still playing at a high level.  Duncan has great character and such a classy guy.  Duncan is averaging 14.8 points per game, 10 rebounds per game, 3.1 assists per game and 2 blocks per game.  Duncan is shooting 48 percent from the field and 72 percent from the free throw line.  

My Western Conference Back Court All Star Reserves

Klay Thompson-  After last week scoring 37 points in a quarter in a game,  Klay Thompson is the second reason behind Stephen Curry why the Warriors have the best record in the NBA. Klay is averaging 22.8 points per game, 3.5 rebounds per game, 3 assists per game, 1.3 steals per game, shooting 48 from the field, 45 from three point land, and shooting 86 percent from the line.  I admit watching Klay and Steph is incredible and they are box office.

James Harden-  Harden along with Stephen Curry has to be in discussion for MVP this season.  Harden is the leader of the Houston Rockets, and has helped the Houston Rockets to a 31-14 record which is 4th in the Western Conference Harden is currently averaging 27.6 points per game, 6.8 assists per game, 5.6 rebounds per game, 2 steals per game, 45 percent from the field, 38 from three and 88 from the line.    So go on everyone and Fear The Beard.

Monta Ellis-   Ellis is the best player on the Dallas Mavericks this season.  Having Monta and Dirk opens up more offensive for the Dallas Mavericks.  Ellis is currently averaging 20.3 points per game, 4.4 assists per game, 2.5 rebounds per game, 1.8 steals per game, 45 percent from the line, 33 percent from three, and 77 percent from the free throw line.

Damian Lillard-  I would have put Russell Westbrook here, but he has been injured too much for me to put him here.  Lillard is having a good year for the Blazers.  Damian Lillard the Portland Trailblazers point guard is averaging 22 points per game, 6.2 assists per game, 4.7 rebounds per game, 1.4 steals per game.  Lillard is shooting 43 percent from the field, 36 percent from three, and 86 percent from the line.