Alec Burks vs. Klay Thompson
The top two sg's selected in the 2011 NBA Draft have had very different starts to their careers. I wanted to share my opinions on Alec Burks and Klay Thompson and see how other people feel about these two players.
Burks is a scoring combo guard who received sporadic minutes for the Jazz last season. He would play garbage minutes in the fourth quarter one game, score 14 points, then see less than 10 minutes in the next contest. I watched almost every one of Alec Burks' games at Colorado and I can tell you he is an immensely talented player. Although he hasn't really showed it in the NBA, he can do a little bit of everything on the court. A good athlete with a smooth game, Burks has a tight handle, improving jumpshot, and he is a good rebounder for a guard (top rebounding guard in Big 12 senior year). Even though his frame is somewhat frail, he has the uncanny ability to get to the free throw line consistently and convert. Physically, Burks has a long way to go in terms of strength. While he has a long and lean frame, adding 10-15 pounds would benefit every aspect of his game IMO.
I believe Burks has a fairly high ceiling and I could see him as a potential 18 ppg 5 rpg 5apg in the future, while being a good defender. With added strength and consistent minutes, I think Burks will prove to be a very productive player in the league and possibly even a borderline all-star.
Thompson was put in a very different situation than Burks during his rookie year. He received consistent minutes from Mark Jackson and got the opporunity to start almost the entire second half of the season. While I didn't watch Klay Thompson as often as Burks in college, I was aware that he was the more NBA ready player as he already possesed and excelled at an NBA skill; shooting. During his rookie year Thompson surprised me with his passing ability and also proved he could be a decent rebounder and defender. He is not just a standstill jumpshooter, he is a basketball player who I expect to become an even more complete player as his career progresses.
I think Klay Thompson has a higher floor than Alec Burks and I think his ceiling is fairly similar, if not as high as Burks'. I see both players potentially being borderline all-stars in the future as long as they continue to work and improve on the defensive end. They are two very different players that play the same position, but I believe both have the potential to excel in the league for a while.
Thoughts? Opinions? How do you think these two stack up against the current crop of rookie sg's?
The Dallas Mavericks count themselves lucky to have added Mayo for this 2012-13 NBA season, and Mayo is confident that the new-look Mavericks can go far, even further, perhaps, than the super-hyped Los Angeles Lakers.
Meanwhile, the Thunder didn’t do much beyond drafting intriguing big man Perry Jones in the first round of the draft and signing free agent center Hasheem Thabeet in free agency.212114
Houston’s then-coach Rick Adelman saw nothing in Thabeet that made him want to play him, so he appeared in just two games for the rest of the season and didn’t score a basket. Rockets management hoped that incoming head coach Kevin McHale could reach Thabeet the following season, but even he could only coax 1.2 points and 1.4 rebounds out of the Tanzania product.
"Will all Celtics fans please exit the building," Wade, who didn't play Wednesday in order to rest his surgically repaired left knee, said as teammate LeBron James cracked up.
"We got enough Ray Allen Heat jerseys," James said. "They don't need to wear a Celtics Ray Allen jersey. But if it's a Ray Allen jersey, I don't mind."j354334
Allen shot 5-of-11, including 3-of-7 from three point range, for 13 points. He didn't look like a 37-year-old guy out there.vaf323252532
Allen didn't look like a guy who had offseason ankle surgery. He said he's feeling as good as he has since he lit up the Heat for 28 points for Boston last December at Miami.a22323
Among the other top marksman, Shane Battier shot 4-of-7 and Mike Miller 3-of-8. Even center Chris Bosh was 2-of-3 en route to a scrimmage-high 19 points.h2432323
After Allen, Lewis was the Heat's second big free-agent acquisition during the offseason. Overall, he shot 1-of-9, although he did have a scrimmage-high nine rebounds.h3w434
"It's almost like how Orlando was with Dwight (Howard), you just surround him with so many shooters, you don't know what to do," said James, who 15 points in the scrimmage while looking mostly to get others involved. "It's going to be a good problem with us."jrty4334223aa
"Me either," James cracked when it was suggested that few thought James, once mostly a perimeter player, ever would have that role. "But we can do it."he4rt4334
The Chicago Bulls want to extend fourth-year power forward Taj Gibson. By letting Omer Asik sign with the Houston Rockets this past summer, they all but indicated that when given the choice between one or the other, Gibson was the one they’d rather hold onto.j454545445
To do that, though, he’ll have to continue to get better, and recently-extended Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau spent plenty of time this offseason making sure that happened.fffffffffa
“As soon as the season was over, [Thibodeau] just had me in here with him, and we just worked out almost every day, just trying to get ready for the USA,” Gibson said of his preparation for the 2012 USA Men’s Select Team. “I wanted to make a good impression for the USA camp, and he came down and watched every practice. I did a good job, got good feedback, and I feel positive about it.,lu7878
“After that, I just kept playing basketball and didn’t really stop playing,” Gibson continued. “I just kept playing in local tournaments. Like Thib told me, ‘Just keep playing. Don’t worry about it; just find a way to keep playing.’ And it’s been great.”trrrrrrrrrtr
It would be even greater to get his extension taken care of, but that’s something he’s going to have to wait at least a little bit longer for. Gibson is unquestionably an important part of this team’s future, and the Bulls are hoping they can hold onto him for a reasonable amount of money.
So while Gibson looks to improve and play a bigger role as Chicago’s unquestioned sixth man this year, he’ll do so either as an imminent restricted free agent or as a re-upped veteran who will have the benefit of knowing his future with the organization.oiuui
As someone who has dealt with anxiety and panic attacks for most of my adult life, I speak from experience. In fact, I have close friends who will learn of my anxiety for the first time only if they happen to stumble across this paragraph.hdfhfds
I certainly won’t attempt to speak for everyone battling the disease, but I will freely admit that one reason I rarely share my experiences with others is due to a certain level of shame/embarrassment that accompanies openly admitting that I occasionally become exceedingly anxious at the mere thought of seemingly mundane tasks that wouldn’t phase my wife or my five-year-old niece.fsadfe
Unsurprisingly, many doctors who have studied anxiety estimate that the number of undiagnosed anxiety sufferers are significant, especially among males. Studies show that some of these undiagnosed individuals often turn to alcohol or other drugs in order to self-medicate and dull the symptoms. Sadly, today’s society often promotes a form of masculinity where “being afraid” is tantamount to being “weak,” or worse, in the opinion of some.hfdsf
For those not familiar with his background, White suffers from severe anxiety disorder. White, to his credit, has been extremely forthcoming about his illness (he even allowed a fascinating inside look into the gift and the curse that was the day he got drafted in to the NBA), which has obviously impacted all facets of his life, including traveling to and from games by plane while at Iowa State. gfgfsgsfs
Rockets General Manager Daryl Morey, the man who made the final decision to draft White, was fully aware of the unique issues and potential problems the Rockets would face when they selected White with the 16th overall pick in June. Houston was getting one of the most talented and versatile young players on the planet (Royce, as a freshman, led his college team in points, assists, rebounds, blocks and steals), but they were also getting a young man that would have to deal with a unique set of challenges throughout is career.cccccccccafd
Rockets General Manager Daryl Morey, the man who made the final decision to draft White, was fully aware of the unique issues and potential problems the Rockets would face when they selected White with the 16th overall pick in June. Houston was getting one of the most talented and versatile young players on the planet (Royce, as a freshman, led his college team in points, assists, rebounds, blocks and steals), but they were also getting a young man that would have to deal with a unique set of challenges throughout is career.csdafs
Boston Celtics guard Courtney Lee had a nice rebound game this past Sunday against Armani Milano, scoring 11 points. He played much better than his first game in Turkey and it was nice to see him feel more comfortable with his teammates. Lee struggled in the team’s exhibition opener, often looking uncomfortable on the perimeter.
"I thought our guards did a very good job of finding him. I thought it was a good first performance for him."
Now in his fourth year with Brandon Jennings in the backcourt, the two have come to understand each other much better than they did in year one. And that kind of chemistry can work wonders for an offense. On Saturday, the pair showed their experience together as Jennings drove to the hoop in the third quarter, pulling Ilyasova's defender into the post. Then, without much of a glance at all, Jennings fired a pass to a wide-open Ilyasova for an easy 3-pointer. It was as smooth as the Bucks' offense — or any offense for that matter — could possibly execute a play of that nature.