Wednesday, February 27, 2013

The Next Cream Of The Crop

The NBA has evolved over the last decade. It went from a league that Emphasized post play to a more small ball guard oriented league. Point guards in todays NBA are specimens and are doing things you never thought you would see a Point guard do. Russel Westbrook and Derrick Rose when they step on the floor are usually the most athletic guys on the floor, teammates look for them on alley-oops more then they look for their teammates on alley-oops the game has changed and the Point Guard position has become hands down the most important position in the league. The league today posses so many talented guards that it's hard to keep track of sometimes. Chris Paul, Derrick Rose, Rajon Rando, Tony Parker, Russel Westbrook and Deron Williams are the “cream of the Crop” as far as point guards go but there is a new wave of talent that I would like to delve into today the “2nd wave” of guards if you will, the guys that in the coming years will make the Point guard position even more competitive then it already is at this point.

When Talking about the future or guys that will take over the #1 spot for players in the league in the coming years not just point guards, you got to start with Kyrie Irving in only his 2nd year in the league taking over the league seems to be this man's mission. Last season he joined Oscar Robertson, Magic Johnson, Allen Iverson and Lebron James as the only No. 1 overall draft picks to average at least 18.0 points and 5.0 assists. He won the MVP of the Rising stars Challenge game at All-star weekend between Rookies and sophomores shooting 8-8 form 3 for 34 points.

This man has been a winner ever since he was playing at #6 Patrick High School in New Jersey with Michael Kidd-Gilchrist. He has taken his game to seemingly a whole new level this season and has become the unquestionable leader for a Cleveland Cavaliers franchise still trying to get back on it's feet since “the Decision” Lebron James made several seasons ago. The man fears nobody and you know that when he confidently puts up money to play the likes of Kobe Bryant 1 on 1 like he did in the off season .He his very poised for someone his age and he just has that “thing” or it factor that All-Stars in this league posses and if he can stay healthy then there is no stopping Uncle Drew from leading the Cavs some place special one day.

John Wall Is a perfect example of what the point Guard position has became in the NBA he is long, explosive and athletic but Wall like Kyrie Irving is a 1st round pick who went at the top of his draft class who has big shoes to fill in Washington. In his 3rd season in the League John Wall has had a hard time staying on the floor. Since the day he put on a jersey Wall has been expected to be a savior for a franchise that has been struggling for some years now. He came in after one season at Kentucky and hasn't quite lived up to what I thought were unrealistic expectations, there is a maturation process that goes on when you come into the league that young especially when the team you play with surrounds you with Lazy Knucklehead ball players (Javale Mcgee, Andre Blatche).

It's year 3 and we are starting to see Wall's game Mature he plays with a much better pace and the Wiz are starting to surround him with pieces Like Bradley Beal And Nene. Once John Wall puts a full season together then we will see something special from the rookie of the year runner up.

They say Winning is a process well that is an understatement for Kemba Walker and the Charlotte Bobcats. When Walker got drafted he found himself at the wrong place at the wrong time. The Bobcats were just a few seasons removed from a playoff appearance when he was drafted they had just traded Gerald Wallace and Stephen Jackson and Kemba found himself on a very young talent depleted roster. The team was beyond bad in fact they were so bad that they set the record for lowest winning percentage in NBA History going 7-59 and Walker struggled. It's crazy to think that Kemba Walker who was a Mcdonalds All-american in high school and led Uconn to a National Championship was now part of the worst team in Pro basketball history. Kemba didn't let his team's struggle get to him, when summer came he spent an ample amount of time in the gym working on his Jumpshot so he could improve his game offensively. The result is a much more improved game offensivley with a 6 percent increase from the 3 point line and 7 percent increase in his overall field goal percentage.

Kemba Walker is 20-103 in his basketball career to this point but with Michael Kidd-Gilchrist as another Building block, another high pick in this years upcoming draft and 20 million dollars of cap space to play with Kemba may finally get some help and show the basketball world what he can really do when he has weapons around him. Kemba is a winner brings it every night and is a top flight talent in this league surrounded by a bunch of end of the road players.

When the Blazers made their 2013 1st round draft selection this season and chose Damian Lillard from little known Weber State many experts called it a reach, well now with abut 20+ games left it looks like Lillard is already going to be the unanimous Rookie of the year and for good reason. He exploded on to the scene opening night vs. Lakers wasn't star struck by Kobe Bryant or Steve Nash and proceeded to collect 23 points and 11 assists in his rookie debut joining Isaiah Thomas and Oscar Robertson as the only players to get 20 points and 10 assists in their rookie deubt. He leads all rookie's in assists and points and has displayed a poise much beyond his years, Lillard is doing Weber State proud.

So there you have it the next wave of Point guards in the league all talented and all ready to lead their teams to the top.

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