The Knicks haven’t had much to celebrate about this season, but check out J.R. trying to get his mojo back.
The Knicks haven’t had much to celebrate about this season, but check out J.R. trying to get his mojo back.
Now that the Centers, Power Forwards and Small Forwards have been ranked it is time to see where the shooting guards line up. I feel like the shooting guard ranking was all over the place before tallying up the votes there were a few that just missed the cut, let us know how you feel about the list.
Our contributors again are (Me, Ron, Martel, Nate, Tyler and Rohit). Tyler is a contributor over at FWO365 and Rohit is the EIC over at MettaChronicals. Check out their sites and show them some love we appreciate them helping us rank the players this year.
Note: We are putting the player name, team, points and what their rank was last year. (Maximum about of points that can be earned is 60)
10. DeMar Derozan, Toronto Raptors, 9 pts (NR)- Derozan is probably the best athlete at the position and probably has the most highlight plays. He has steadily improved his outside game and other parts of his game every year in the league but needs to put it all together if he wants to rise up the list. Martel
9. J.R. Smith, New York Knicks, 11 pts (NR)- J.R. Swish had his best season as a pro this past season winning the Sixth Man of the Year Award. Smith who had a John Starks like playoffs fell off the wagon when the Knicks needed him most. Smith, who is fresh off of a new contract will have to meet the expectations of the previous year. As long as J.R. Smith is focused he can ball and score with the best of them. Memo to J.R: Stay away from Rhianna, and everything will be okay. Ron
8. Eric Gordon, New Orleans Pelicans, 17 pts (5th)- If “Air Gordon” can stay healthy he could move up this list. The Pelicans will be a dangerous team if Gordon can play the majority of the season. He is very good on defense and can get his shot off anywhere on the court. JT
6T. Klay Thompson, Golden State Warriors, 18 pts (NR)- In the regular season last year, Klay Thompson averaged 16.6 points, 3.7 rebounds and 1.0 steals while nailing 2.6 treys on better than 40 percent shooting from beyond the arc. In the playoffs, he put up 15.2 ppg, 4.6 rpg, and shot better than 43 percent from distance. Simply put, the kid can shoot the lights out. He’s 6’7″, 205, and has enough size to hold his ground through pesky defense and rigid screens. Best of all, at least for a team that cringes at the phrase ‘if healthy’, Thompson is durable. He played all 82 games last year, averaging more than 35 minutes per game. In the playoffs, he averaged over 41 minutes. Some of the heavy minutes had to do with the Warriors choosing to play lineups with Thompson at the 3 (Jack at the 1, Curry at the 2). This year, however, the Warriors have more depth at the wings with the addition of Iguodala. We’ll often see lineups of Curry, Thompson, Iggy, Barnes, and either Lee or Bogut. There’s no doubt the Warriors will go small, and even less doubt that fans will complain. The team’s depth at the wings will make a slight dent in Thompson’s minutes per game, but not necessarily the impact he has on the team. Iguodala gives Golden State different options on offense, but there is absolutely no one who wants him shooting the ball over Thompson. Thompson’s shooting ability, both off the dribble and on a catch-and-shoot, is much-needed. With Klay getting the chance to practice with Team USA, maybe we’ll even see a whole new dimension to his game. Rohit
6T. O.J. Mayo, Milwaukee Bucks, 18 pts (NR)- OJ Mayo’s time in Dallas was good but not what it should’ve been. With the Bucks he’ll be one of the vets counted on to help run a consistent offense and assist in the development of Brandon Knight. Nate
5. Monta Ellis, Dallas Mavericks, 27 pts (6th)- Monta helped lead the lowly Bucks to the playoffs now it is turn to help Dirk carry heavyweight in Dallas. Maybe this will be the first time he can make the All-Star team? JT
4. Joe Johnson, Brooklyn Nets, 28 pts (4th)- Johnson has always been one of the smoothest guards in the league. He shoots the ball from the outside very well and he uses his size to dominate in the post at times. Johnson is getting older but he still remains one of the top two guards in the league. Martel
3. Dwyane Wade, Miami Heat, 40 pts (2nd)- D-Wade’s knees and jump shot may have not been the same since getting with Gabrielle Union, but all jokes aside Wade is still a problem when healthy. Wade has to pick and choose his spots due to his health and playing with LeBron James. He cannot dominate the ball or game as he has done in years past. As we’ve seen this past season Wade is still one of the most efficient players in the NBA despite being injured. Ron
1. James Harden, Houston Rockets, 55 pts (6th)- Given Kobe’s age and injury, James Harden is clearly the best SG in the league right now. He handles the ball well, has good court vision, and can score in a variety of ways. How he played, the Rockets played – the team finished the season attempting the second-most threes and fourth-most free-throws. Dwight Howard will take a good portion of the defense’s attention away from Harden, almost guaranteeing an even better season from Harden in 2013-2014. Rohit
You may hear talk radio personalities (points at Colin Cowherd) bash Melo on a daily basis. When you are a superstar criticism is warranted because who else is the media going to talk about? Now that LeBron has one his ring who else can they pick on? Points to Melo, but even when pointing you know that Melo is a top 10 player in the league. Being in the Big Apple puts a magnifying glass over your every move, this is something that Melo signed up for when leaving Denver via trade.
We all know Melo is a scoring machine but he will have to work on a few parts in his game to become better in the off season. He has the tools to make the improvements needed. My question is after losing to the Pacers 4-2 will his teammates make the necessary improvements? Or will the front office get some players who can fit with Melo?
During the series we saw Roy Hibbert look like an all world center playing against Tyson Chandler. If Chandler isn’t being an anchor on defense what else is he going to provide the team? I know it’s not a low post threat. Chandler lives by the dunk or die motto. To make matters worse he’s on the books for major coin.
Can somebody please put out an ABP out for J.R. Smith? The reigning 6th man hasn’t been right since he dropped the people’s elbow on Jason Terry in the first round. It was all good just an elbow ago. Word on the street is Rihanna put that voodoo on him, I’m not mad at him for doing his thing but he damn sure picked the wrong time to mess with the athlete killer. Not only did the Knicks lose the series but AR JR loss a lot of coin with his amber alert performance.
Jason Kidd didn’t make a shot all series. I know, I know, the great Jason Kidd isn’t a scorer but not a shot at all? He’s been giving the Knicks timely shooting all year. Seems like Kidd will be turning NBA AARP card soon just like Sheed did earlier this year, Marcus Camby may not be that far behind them.
Amar’e hasn’t been healthy during key points during playoff runs if he can even be a sixth man type to help carry some offensive scoring it would do wonders for the Knicks chances. The Knicks are still stuck with Amar’e for two more years so I know they hope he can be healthy because a trade featuring their max player seems highly unlikely.
Now back to Melo with so much uncertainty one thing he can do himself is control how he works on his game during the offseason. He’s a scorer, he doesn’t have to be LeBron but he does have to do a better job at setting his teammates up it will help him in the long run. Defensive effort would be another thing Melo should hang his hat on during the offseason. No matter how you look at Melo in the overall spectrum, he left it all on the line against the Pacers during the series. Sometimes it’s easy to point at the superstar as the problem because he makes the most money, has the most endorsements , exc. , exc. but Knicks fans be happy you have a superstar like Melo at least you have hope now.
J.R. Smith is now in his eight season in the NBA, and for most of those season’s you never knew what you were going to get out of Smith. There was the J.R. Smith that could erupt for 30 plus points off the bench, and there was the J.R. Smith that did the total opposite of what his head coach wanted. J.R. still shows a bit of those “Yolo” traits on the court, but it appears that Smith has come into his own with the Knicks playing under Head Coach Mike Woodson.
Smith who is the leading candidate for the Sixth Man Award is averaging 18.1 PPG and 5.3 RPG. With Smith averaging a career high in points and rebounds he has also been vital cog in one the NBA’s best defenses. Smith who should have been an All-Star this season in my opinion is one the main reasons why the Knicks sealed the No.2 seed in the Eastern Conference.
Smith’s uncanny ability to score the ball and his swagger on the court is something that the Knicks needed with Amar’e Stoudemire out for majority of the season due to injury. With offenses keying on Carmelo Anthony the Knicks were in need of a sidekick that could ease some of the scoring burden on Anthony.
Is J.R. Smith the best bargain in the NBA? I would say yes, because he makes 2.8 million dollars this season, which is chump change in the NBA. It is crazy to see players such as Joel Anthony, Hasheem Thabeet, and Luke Walton salaries nearly double of what Smith makes. The playoffs will be here this weekend, and Smith will look to continue his hot play in order for the Knicks to advance past the first round.
The Knicks have not won a playoff series since the 1999-2000 seasons and the Empire State desperately needs to break that woeful streak. We know if the Knicks advance it will have a lot to do with evolution of J.R. Swish.
We all know J.R. had a roller-coaster ride while playing in China. From complaining the lack of internet usage to complaining about the food, Smith does not have to worry about that anymore. The newly acquired New York Knick made an instant impact in a Sunday matinée with the Dallas Mavericks. We all know Smith can provide a huge impact off of the bench. At times Smith can be an enigma, but you have no choice but to recognize the talent. When Smith gets hot there is nothing you can do to guard him, but at the same time he is also capable of playing like a chicken with his head cut off. The Knicks seem to be on the right path with the heady point guard play of Linsanity, but we all know how that “Run and Gun” teams doesn’t fair well when it comes to the postseason.
I am happy to see J.R. out of China, and at a place where he can succeed. I know that the people in China are probably just as happy that he is out of their hair. Despite all of the drama with so-called fake injuries, family members fighting, and all of the other madness, Smith put up insane numbers. I am looking forward to see how the rest of season shapes up with the offensive fire power that the Knicks possess. Welcome Back J.R. I hope you provide us basketball fans with some highlights for the rest of the season.
J.R. Smith a.ka. Young Rich has been in the headlines for all of the wrong reasons since he has been in China. Smith signed a contract to play overseas while the lockout was going on. J.R. only has a few month’s left in China until he can retun to the NBA. Smith has been putting up ridiculous numbers as expected. We all know he is a baller, but at times he can be a headcase. J.R is not known as an “ankle breaker”, but he can add this video to his highlight reel.
I guess Kobe will have to advertise his Ankle Insurance the next time he is in China. Enjoy!