Wizards v/s Bulls 02/28/11

NBA Players Who Could Have Entered the Draft Sooner

The new rule that was introduced in the NBA has been a center of controversy. It requires that a player who has just completed high school cannot be signed into the league directly. One has to spend one more year playing in an overseas league as a professional. Some people often spend too much time in the high school league thus losing the chance of getting in the draft which promotes them to the NBA championship. Some players have stayed for a long time and ruined their chance of being in the league where the game is very competitive.
Here are some players who stayed in the high school league for to long;

Joakim Noah
Joakim Noah plays for the New York Knicks as a center back. The player is known for wanting to be the main player in any big tournaments by stealing the show. Noah returned to his former high school team where he helped them qualify and win the NCAA Championship. He looked like the best pick in the top three picks in the NBA draft. His decision to return to the lower side was influenced by the college lifestyle which was fun for him. He was drafted by the Chicago Bulls a year later in a good deal. If he had signed earlier, he would have made more.

Jared Sullinger
Jared averaged between 17.2Points and 10.5 rebounds during his time with the Ohio state in that season. The forward led his side to a crazy sweet sixteen NCAA victory. He was drafted in the top ten that summer, but he decided to return to college for another season. He was very influential as the side grabbed a championship. The season cost him majorly after suffering a back injury which put his career on rocky ground. If he had signed with the new team in the draft, he could have probably ended more successfully.

Chris Duhon
Duhon was successful when he played for the Duke Blue Devil. Despite coming off the bench for two seasons, he built a strong partnership with other players. The point guard proved vital to the team and earned a spot in the first five. He also made it as a first-round draft pick. Despite the increase in his role, the draft stock did not increase for him and ended up sticking in the college league for four seasons.

James Michael McAdoo
James was a high prospect of joining the NBA draft after a prolific role in the North Carolina. He was a vital part of the team despite playing from the bench in most matches. Many saw him as a close pick to the draft just like many of his teammates had done in the past. Unfortunately, he was snubbed in the pick which forced him to spend two more years in the college league.

Taj Gibson
Taj was drafted by The Chicago Bulls when he was aged 24 years. The first time when he was drafted he was only 21 and his draft stock was very high. He spent two years at the USC. He probably stuck on the college side for too long, and his game did not develop as many anticipated. He lost two more years in the lower side before being called back for the draft. He could have earned more if he signed up early.

Michael Redd
When he played as a guard for the sophomore at Ohio State, Michael had improved ion his shooting weakness. He looked like an obvious first pick in the 2000 draft. He ignored the draft and spent one more year in college. Things did not work out quite as the expected. His shooting went down from an average of 43.6% to 31.5%.

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Worst Franchises in the NBA

The worst franchises in the NBA come to mind almost immediately, and fans of the league know the teams that simply do not have a culture that promotes winning. The NBA is a league of harsh realities. The Lakers, Celtics, Bulls and Spurs sit on one end of the league, and everyone else sits on the other. This article tells the story of the worst teams in the league that are falling faster by the second.

#1: New York Knicks

The Knicks are a storied franchise in a famous arena, but they are a train wreck. They have not been good in a very long time, and they do not appear to be getting any better. The Knicks are controlled by the Dolan family who mismanage the team badly, and the team stays in the headlines only because they are in a New York. A franchise this bad in any other city would have been written off long ago.

#2: Sacramento Kings

The Sacramento Kings were quite close to moving from the city before a deal was brokered to sell the team to someone local. Arco Arena will be replaced, but the Kings will still be futile. They have been at the bottom of the league for ages, and they have not made an appearance in the finals. They are so futile in their attempts at success that they are often left out of conversation about California teams.

#3: Denver Nuggets

The Nuggets have had some nice moments, but they are a bad franchise with only one truly great player to their credit. Kiki Vandeweghe has not played basketball in decades, and the Nuggets continually search for ways to succeed. They are not a rich team. They are not a popular team, and they do not have superstar power that will make them relevant again.

#4: Milwaukee Bucks

The Bucks once had Kareem Abdul-Jabbar on their roster back when his name was Lew Alcindor. He changed his name, brought the team a title, won the MVP and left for Los Angeles. The Bucks have struggled ever since due to a lack of talent, local interest and ownership consistency. The team has been sold many times, and they do not look to remain stable in the future. Wisconsin is a football state with a floundering basketball team.

#5: Cleveland Cavaliers

The Cavaliers recently won a championship, but they did so on the back of one man. They will fall victim to the curse of loneliness when LeBron leaves or retires, and they will be in the same position as the Milwaukee Bucks. The team was hapless before LeBron came into the league, and they will fall back to the bottom of the league soon enough. They are a team hanging on by a wing and a prayer for as long as they can.

#6: Atlanta Hawks

Atlanta has been a mediocre franchise for most of its existence. They have made it past the second round of the playoffs once, and they won 60 games in the regular season only to be blown out of the water by the Cavaliers. Their franchise once had an ownership group so bad they sued each other, and their subsequent owner had to sell the team after racist emails were released.

The Clippers did not make this list because they are a store all unto themselves. Their franchise was owned by someone who only cared about the money, was a virulent racist and allowed his divorce to play out while the team was sold. The NBA is a hot commodity, but not with help from these seven teams.

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Thunder at Wizards 2/1/14

Best NBA Players That Are On Bad Teams

The Five Best Players in The NBA On Bad Teams 

The NBA is a league filled with talent, but players are stuck on bad teams in many instances. The finest players in the league may find their way to a team they believe they may save, but these players are not saving their franchises. This article is a story of the men who are in the worst position on their current teams. Their teams are going nowhere as one player does not make a franchise.

#1: Devin Booker

Devin Booker is on a Suns team that is controlled by one of the worst owners in the league. Robert Sarver has allowed the team to sink to a point where no one wants to play there. Steve Kerr was run off from the Suns, went to TV, was hired by the Warriors and he has already won a title. The Suns are so misguided that they will waste Devin Booker’s best years, trade him or both.

#2: John Wall

The Wizards are not as bad as everyone thinks, but they are not good enough to support a player of his caliber. Bradley Beal is a complementary piece for the team, but they do not have any other talent on the team. John Wall is a first overall pick who should have accomplished more in his short career, but the Wizards are not getting any better. John Wall seems like the player who will leave the first chance he gets because he needs to be on a team that will give him support.

#3: Joel Embiid

Joel Embiid is a better physical specimen than Hakeem Olajuwon was, but he is on the worst team in the league. The 76ers believe they may tank their way to a title by picking up lottery players, but they will suffer through many more terrible seasons assuming Embiid is the only player they need. Embiid is prone to injury, and he may not last past age 30. A player of his caliber does not come along often, and the 76ers may allow him to wound himself out of the league.

#4: DeMarcus Cousins

DeMarcus Cousins is the best player on the Kings, and he has won quite a few games for the Kings on his own. The Kings are a hapless franchise that is not capable of bringing talent around Cousins, and they have lost games due to their stubbornness in roster development. Roster development is one of the most-difficult jobs in the NBA, and their front office has not yet learned how to bring players together that will support Cousins. Cousins deserves to be on a contender, and there are California teams that will serve him quite well.

#5: Anthony Davis

Anthony Davis came to the Pelicans with dreams of a team built around his strengths. He is capable of scoring 40 points a night and pulling down 20 rebounds. He has scored over 50 points in a game, and the brow is the only worthy player on the roster. The Pelicans lucked into Davis by winning the NBA draft lottery, but they have done nothing with him. His formative years are to come, but he may be moved to a team that will use his talent more-effectively. The Lakers or Celtics would be wonderful destinations for Davis, but he has not asked for a trade at this time.

The best players on the worst teams are losing time as they spend years of their lives playing on teams with no direction. The Suns, Pelicans, Kings, 76ers and Wizards provide no substantial support for fine players. Their lack of attention to detail ruins young careers.

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Best International Players

Best International Players in NBA History

International NBA players have contributed a great deal of talent to the NBA over the decades. These NBA stars gave us some of the best action and talent to ever hit the basketball court. These players shattered the misconceptions regarding the skills of players from other countries. They played the game and took it to another level entirely. Their contributions to the sport will go down in the history books as some of the best to ever be seen.

1.Hakeem Olajuwon
Number one on my list is Hakeem Olajuwon from Nigeria. He is arguably the best center to every play center. His performance in 1994 was deemed by many as the best of his career. He combined his athletic prowess with technical knowledge that took his game above and beyond. Hakeem Olajuwon started his athletic career as a soccer player and later transitioned to basketball. He was considered the first really great international basketball player in the NBA.

2. Tim Duncan
Tim Duncan is the number two on my list of the NBA’s best international players. He is considered the best to ever consistently play power-forward in the manner in which he has over his entire eighteen-year career. He played with the same energy and prowess in the beginning as he did toward the end of his unprecedented career.Tim Duncan is from the Virgin Islands originally. He is known not only as an incredible player but an equally great team mate. He has proven over the years that he is all around on of the best to ever play basketball.

3. Dirk Nowitzki
Dirk Nowitzki is my number on the list of the best international NBA players of all time. He is considered to be one of the top power forwards to ever play in the NBA.His victory in Miami over the super team in 2011 is considered the highlight of his professional career. He completely changed the way many fans saw European players. He led his team to many victories and had a long and memorable career.

4.Patrick Ewing Jr.
Patrick Ewing Jr. is my number four on the list. He had a magnificent streak in the middle of his career made him considered by many to be the best center the game had ever seen. His decline over the last years of his career somewhat tarnished his career, but despite the lackluster performance towards the end, his peak time on the court is some of the best playing the NBA has ever seen. Patrick Ewing was from Jamaica.

5.Domonique Wilkins
Domonique Wilkins is the number five on the list of all-time best international NBA players. His career between 1985 and 1994 is considered to be one of the best to ever be seen on the court. His athletic abilities and aggressive style made him a force to be reckoned with. He was one of the most successful all-time players and could be compared to the best in the history of the NBA. He destroyed the image of European players being soft.

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