Eastern Conference Predictions Pt 1
I promised some predictions.....weeks ago. Here's what were going to do: Eastern Conference part 1 ( predictions) and part 2 ( breakout players, all east team and some other things I'm not going to spoil) so let's look into the eastern conference. Oddly enough, the East got stronger and there are some teams who have talent and might missed the playoffs (crazy considering a couple sub .500 teams made the playoffs in the past 4 seasons). Here's how the entire east should shake out. Mind you, this is my opinion and not the total writing staff's opinion
1. Miami Heat ( Projected W-L: 66-16)
Surprise?!? The Heat are my #1 eastern conference team. The only reasons why the Heat couldn't reach these high expectation are injuries and jealousy (which remains to be seen). If they start out hot (15-0 to 20-1), expect alot of Bulls 72 talk. Could LeBron be in range for what was seen as impossible for years in averaging a triple double? I don't see 70 wins but 66 is reachable.
2. Orlando Magic ( Projected W-L: 55-27)
I made a post just to say: Don't Forget Orlando! The offseason moves of Richardson and Duhon were solid. Vince Carter should play well (contract year) and might be moved. After a flame out against Boston, I could see this team looking for redemption. The overall team should be better (and a little underrated with Miami looking at the best team in the division) but my questions still remain: How safe is Stan Van Gundy and What's up with Dwight Howard's offensive post game?
3. Chicago Bulls (Projected: W-L: 53-29)
The Bulls, to some people, had the best overall free agency with the additions of Carlos Boozer, Kyle Korver, Ronnie Brewer, Omar Asik, Kieth Bogans and C.J. Watson. All of them should be in the rotation. The best part is the fact there main 3 ( Loul Deng, Derrick Rose and Joakim Noah) all main in tact and should be ready to go next season. The biggest question: Who's the 6th man? I see some potential problems. Most likely, I believe Watson, Korver and Gibson should handle the bench scoring but one should step up into that 6th man role.
4. Boston Celtics (Projected W-L: 50-32)
The Celtics have some different looks. They could rated as high as 2nd and as low as 6th depending on how the Celtics rest there big 3 in Garnett, Allen and Pierce. Rondo getting some rest this summer could be a great thing as he logged in tons of PT the past 3 seasons. The additions of both Jermaine and Shaquille O'Neal should allow Boston to have solid rotations with the PF and C spots. Adding Von Wafer and Delonte West as backups are both solid additions.
5. Milwaukee Bucks (Projected W-L: 48-34)
People don't remember, the Bucks not only made the first offseason signing (Drew Gooden) but they made the most roster moves other then the Miami Heat in the East. Add Chris Douglas Roberts, Drew Gooden, Jon Brockman and Keyon Dooling to Brandon Jennings, Andrew Bogut, John Salmons, Ersan Ilyasova and Carlos Delfino? This team should be going in the right direction.
6. Atlanta Hawks (Projected W-L: 48- 34)
The Hawks are a mystery to me. New head coach Larry Drew is expected to run a faster offense. Should I expect a little bit of a fall because Jeff Teague ( 9 times outta 10) will be running the offense? Might Jamal Crawford be traded before the season? If Teague can get the offense down and run it- The Hawks might be in contention for that 3rd seed. If not, things can get a little bumpy.
7. New York Knicks (Projected W-L: 42-40)
The Knicks should be happy with this spot. As a Knicks fan, I don't want to be too bias. This is the best spot for NY. Amar'e Stoudemire should be able to continue his play similar to his departure from Phoenix. Raymond Felton is a solid point guard, still have some question if he can run a D'Antoni offense though. Anthony Randolph is a breakout candidate and should be a solid 6th man for this team. If Gallinari and Chandler can continue to develop, New York should be looking to buy playoff tickets.
8. Indiana Pacers ( Projected W-L: 41-41)
The Pacers weren't in my playoffs a month ago. That Darren Collison move will turn out to be a smart one. They might lose alot in the frontcourt but they have solid wings. Right now, Danny Granger should be able to score with the best of them. The question is the bench, the rookies and can Roy Hibbert and Tyler Hansbrough ( the projected starter at PF) play well enough to keep Indiana to get into the playoffs.
9. Philadelphia 76ers (Projected W-L: 39-43)
First off: Has anyone had a more terrible FIBA games for the US other then Andre Iguadala? That made me drop Philadelphia a little bit for me. The upside for Philadelphia is this amazing stat: Doug Collins has increase the win total of each team he coached in there 1st season by at least 10 games. By that stat, Philadelphia goes to 37 games. Elton Brand rumored to drop down to 255 lbs this offseason. Jrue Holiday is expecting to start at point guard. I like alot of young talent but they must step up to make the playoffs. Seriously: I'm watching the USA games and watching Iguadala air ball a jumper ( again and again) and making the "I'm a star, why is that call on me?" face just makes me think: Would I want him on my team as a #2? No thank you. #3? Yes please.
10. Charlotte Bobcats( Projected W-L : 38-44)
I might be the only one who feels this way but: Shaun Livingston/D.J. Augustine combo? Not selling me. Moving Tyson Chandler ( contract season version) for Erick Dampier? Lateral but I say that got the worst of that deal. No incoming draft picks? Other then Gerald Wallace, Stephen Jackson and Boris Diaw: They pretty much stayed stagnant.
11. Washington Wizards (Projected: W-L: 36-46)
Some might overrate them, some will underrate them. I: will underrate them. I see some issues on the horizon. We hear alot of " If Gil is going to act up, he will be moved" but they tried buying him out and trading him. No takers. I expect Wall to play well but it all depends on how Arenas fit into the offense. Not to mention: Not a great frontcourt. Tons of potential, we will have to wait and see.
12. Detroit Pistons (Projected W-L: 32-50)
The Pistons have some talent but questionable coaching and front office. I say: Too many finesse players. Other then Tyshaun Prince, who else could you say get dirty? I don't see one player. Terrible moves hurt them over the past 3 seasons but they have some hope in #8 overall pick Greg Monroe, Jonas Jerebko and Austin Daye. The Pistons need to find a identity, a #1 option and a way to unload Gordon and Hamilton's contracts.
13. Cleveland Cavaliers (Projected W-L: 26- 56)
The Cavs lost LeBron, we know this but Mo Williams and Antwan Jamison are guys who could play well. J.J. Hickson will be given every chance to prove he's a legit starter. Is Cleveland going to suck? Yes but I feel both Williams and Jamison will be able to keep them from the #1 overall pick in the 2011 draft.
14. New Jersey Nets (Projected W-L: 22-60)
There's upside with the Nets. Devin Harris and Brook Lopez (Year 3 Lopez: so watch out) plus Troy Murphy, Travis Outlaw and Anthony Morrow could get some wins. The downside: I like Harris, but he hasn't played 70 games in a season since 2006, the Murphy-Lopez combo must be one of the worst defensive frontcourts in the east plus: I'd say 8 teams in the East all improved so they might have issues beating other teams.
15. Toronto Raptors (Projected W-L: 16-66)
It's tough for me to believe in Toronto. Losing your best player when not making the playoffs is tough to come back from. The young talent is there in Weems, DeRozan and Bargnani plus players like Barbosa and Klezia who could play well off the bench but this is a team that has no identity and might be struggling ALOT at times this upcoming season.
Good read.. I think that Detroit will probably be the worst team in the NBA this season and I think there will be quite a few teams battling for the 7th and 8th spots for the playoffs in the east.
LOL at the last 3 teams. Seriously 16 wins for Toronto? I hope your right, but no. Pacers will be horrible. Nets will be 35 around 35 wins, Bobcats have no PG.
Also by this rating you are predicting the average Eastern Conference team wins 40.8 games which would meen the West would win 41.2 games on average per team throughout the year, which isnt going to happen.
In mine I have the East winning (595) 39.6 games per team and the West winning (636)42.4 games per team.
Boston Celtics (50-32)
New York Knicks (40-42)
Philadelphia 76'ers (37-45)
New Jersey Nets (36-46)
Oklaholma City (52-30)
LA Lakers (60-22)
LA Clippers (28-53)
San Antonio (48-34)
New Orleans (45-37)
Corey Maggette's on the Bucks! That's probably one of their bigger aquisitions! Just saying
According to your predictions the Pistons will only play 72 games (: Haha, Detroit (21-51)
I'm guessing a typo got past you
& Charlotte (29-52) is short one game..
Golden State(31-50) 81
Sacramento (30-51) 81
LA Clippers (28-53) 81
Where did I put Corey Magette?
The Pistons are 32-50...what are you talking about?
Also, Toronto is terrible. The Collison addition gives Indiana someone to help the pieces they have and Charlotte has no PG but they have the best defensive team wings wise.
Nets added noone that makes me believe a 20 game improvement is in order
7th-New York Knicks(40-42)
9th-New Jersey Nets(36-46)
"5. Milwaukee Bucks (Projected W-L: 48-34)
People don't remember, the Bucks not only made the first offseason signing (Drew Gooden) but they made the most roster moves other then the Miami Heat in the East. Add Chris Douglas Roberts, Drew Gooden, Jon Brockman and Keyon Dooling to Brandon Jennings, Andrew Bogut, John Salmons, Ersan Ilyasova and Carlos Delfino? This team should be going in the right direction."
You didn't put him, but I was just saying. I'd say the addition of him deserves to be mentioned more so then a Jon Brockman or Keyon Dooling..
Lol Rubio!Give them all losses makes my job easier.
The Pacers will win more then 20 games. They weren't that bad last year and added 2 good pieces in a trade and another in the draft.
I'm saying playoffs for them.
I was talking about OhCanada's list of how many games each team will win and loss in my frist comment about Detroit and the others..
for the most part i agree with ohcanada's rankings, but i would swap the NY PHI seeds. and i think the bobcats will finish above the cavs.
At first I had the knicks a seven or eighth but as I
look at the east I notice it's a free for all after the sixth spot.
Take wiz vs knicks for instance
Amare is better then mcgee but blachte is better then Randolph
agent zero is better then Chandler. Al thortan equals out gallo. Kirk and azibuke evens out. Yi is better then turif
Felton is better then wall only because Felton is proven but I think wall will show to be better before the year is out
I'm not a bobcats fan but they are better then the knicks and wizards and now that I think about it I have them at the 7th spot. I don't see losing Felton as a huge deal with the addition of Livingston and Henderson playing better
this summer, but most people don't see the Nets as a 20 win improvement as unrealistic. In reality most people think the Nets underachieved last season and that their talent was better than there record. So it is assumed that their wins were going to go up before they even added any players (they got a couple solid role players).
Mr. Knicks prediction for the Nets was a little too generous. 20 wins max.
Blatche is not better than Randolph... or at least not a lock to be better than Randolph. IF Randolph gets his &$#%#&@! together he is one of the top prospects in the NBA. Plus Amare + Randolph >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Blatche + McGee.
Al Thornton is also not equal Gallo... how are you going to compare Gallo to a 26 year old who averaged 10ppg last year?!?!
Yi is awful and comparing him to Turiaf who plays a different position is pointless. Ask any Net fan that was ecstatic someone took him off their hands, only reason he is in the NBA is because of the large chinese market.
Comparing Agent Zero and Chandler is even worse, they are nothing alike. Arenas only hurts them with the drama and negativity he brings, he has become the Marbury of a few years ago and Wizards would give him away for free if they could. Him and Wall will not work well together either.
is better than
Right Noe he is better. Even when you average up all of Randolphs numbers when he gets alot of time which I did awhile back and it only came out to around 13 and 6
and I compare thortan to gallo because we are talking now not potential or future. What has turif done in his caree to be considered better then yi even with yi not playing as well as people hoped. Randolph hasn't even proved he's a solid starter on a horrible team
And wall and agent zero won't work. Guess you forgot agent zero and Larry Hughes worked pretty well. Wasn't both 20ppg scores? And huges like wall wasn't a jump shooter?
Please explain what Randolph turif have proven. Don't tell me about potential tell me what they have proven. Mcgee hasn't proven much but he's still has shown to be better then turif
BKBALLER GET YOUR HEAD OUT OF THE GUTTER!
Blatche is better then Randolph right now. Thats undisputable.
(PG)-Wall and Hinrich devour Felton and Douglas.
(SG)-Arenas and Young are way better then Azubuikee Mason and Walker
(SF)-Howard and Thornton are even with Gallo and Chandler because Howard's injury concerns. When healthy Howard is healthy he is a great leader and has been a part of so many winning teams in Dallas.His experience s great.
(PF)-Stoudemire and Randolph are light years ahead of Blatche and Yi even if Yi plays to his full potential.
(C)-McGee and Armstrong are way better bigs then Turiaf, Mozgov, and Curry.
The thing that keeps Washington out of the Playoffs is the fact that they are in a Division with Miami, Orlando, Atlanta, and Charlotte. New York has a much easier division and much easier matchups in their favor.
I'm still tryna figure out when Randolph has proven to be better then blanchte. He's a bad defender. He's soft. Reports are he's the last in the gym and the first to leave. His fans make many excuses for him. And he couldn't produce alot of offense on a team that does nothing but exploit you're offensive abilities
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Even when you average up all of Randolphs numbers when he gets alot of time which I did awhile back and it only came out to around 13 and 6
Please...show the math on that. He averaged 11-6 last season.
Please explain what Randolph turif have proven. Don't tell me about potential tell me what they have proven. Mcgee hasn't proven much but he's still has shown to be better then turif
Your a Lakers fan, your telling me he's proven nothing to you? He's not a solid defensive player/rebounder?
I never said Turiaf is anything special, he is far from it. I would rather have a solid bench player than Yi though. I would honestly rather give those minutes to the local ball boy, than let Yi play on my team. This is not a compliment to Turiaf because its clear that he is nothing more than a bench player.
Speaking of not proven anything how is McGee and Hilton Armstrong anything special? McGee the 6ppg 2 year player or Amrstrong the 3 ppg 4 year vet gets them the CLEAR nod here? both teams are lacking at center.
Josh Howard has stunk it up the past few years as well and is really on a serious decline.
Hughes and Arenas worked because Hughes is a 2 guard who takes volume shots but doesn't need the ball in his hands... both wall and arenas NEED the ball in their hands to succeed.
Turiaf is a solid weak side shot blocker that if properly utilized. He cant be gaurding a true C like Howard, Bogut, Kaman etc. They need a low post defender for Turiaf to be utilized properly.
The sky is the limit for Randolph. He is a unique talent although Knicksboy, if McGee was sent to New York they would say so much great things about him,. Truth is they both play some C and some PF. McGee got a Team USA invite. Randolph didnt. Miek Dantoni is part of that staff. Coach K, Jim Boheim, Jerry Colengelo, Jay Triano. Those guys are the best in the buisness at what they do.
Turiaf has proven he can be an extremely effective defensive presence, Randolph has proved he has the potential to be a premier defender if he really pus the work in. He is extremely versatile and when he gets minutes he produces.
This debate should be fun.
Wizards have a lot of potential with Wall, McGee, Blatche but they are far from ready to be competitive this year.
Turif proved to be a energy guy who isn't a threat to score and is ok at rebounding and foul
proven. Why you think we didn't fight to keep him. Has he ever proved to be more then that
As far as randolphs numbers all you have to do is go to espn. Look at his states when he got good minutes. Add them then divide them and you will come out with his averages
When has randolh shown to be a primer defender?
Ok news flash. Every young long player doesn't have the potential to be great. This guy has been so overrated it's not even funny. How hard is it to put up numbers in golden state where there regular pf and center is hurt and the plan is to score score score
randolh hasn't shown the heart or drive to give me alot if confidence in him. You give him turif heart/motor and then you got a baller
Randolph played around 20mpg last year and averaged 6.5 rebounds....He also averaged almost 3 bpg per 36 minutes... hes far from just a scorer.
I Agee mcgee hasn't proven much to me but he's proven more then turif. And everyone knows yo hasn't lived up to expectations but he's still produced and actually had a stretch where he played very well. You can hate him
but he's proven more then Randolph has. And that's a fact
take away randoplhs name and what you think he will do in the future and go by what he's done and his numbers and it's obvious he's been less effective the yi. I'm not a yi fan but he's clearly played better then Randolph
Please don't hit me with the per this or that. Hit me with what the did. Just like when some one tried to tell me what Sergio rodrigez could do with more minutes then he got more minutes with the knicks and almost had the same numbers. The per excuse is a horrible excuse. Randolph is nit a good defender if you watch him
play. It's like people tryna say iverson was a good defender because of the steals he got but when u watch you notice that's far from the truth
The truth if the matter is right now Randolph is a averge off the bench player untill he proves other wise. The only reason people even mention him is because of potential. He's the new age johnatan bender
Right now, Blatche is better than Randolph. Blatche is much more proven when given the playing time, he can produce. Randolph has a lot of potential, but again, we are talking about NOW, not the future.
And I don't get why people say Wall and Arenas can't co-exist. IMO, they compliment each well. And nice point @stanford hoops about how Arenas and Hughes worked out pretty well. This season might be Gil's last chance so he will most likely be well behaved and do whatever the franchise tells him to do. He realizes that the team is now Wall's, and I think he's fine with that. Wall and Arenas are both extremely quick. Wall role will probably be as the main one to take the ball up the court and to find other teammates. The Wizards have other scorers, so he doesn't need to score that much. I think Gil's role will be to be the secondary ball-handler and will take the ball up the court sometimes like Kobe does, and he will be the primary scorer. He will probably be spotting up and coming off screens to get open. And Flip SDaunders said that this would be a running team, and Wall excels in transition and Gil is also fast. I think they have the potential to be a top-5 backcourt this season.
And I agree with everything OhCanada said about the Wizards. They might not make the playoffs because of their tough division and...
Wall/Hinrich > Felton/Douglas
Zero/Young > Azibukee/Mason/Walker
Howard/Thornton < Gallo/Chandler
Blatche/Yi/Booker/Seraphin < Amare/Randolph
McGee/Armstrong > Turiaf/Mozgov/Curry
McGee hasn't produced much because he only averaged 16.1 MPG last season and didn't start. What do you ecpect some to do during those little amount of minutes. 6.1 PPG, 4.1 RPG, and 1.7 BPG in only 16.1 MPG are good stats.
And Yi has lived up to the expectations that were made when drafted, but he can still produce. I actually liked the Yi signing because even though he isn't a great player, he is still serviceable and the Wizards only signed him to a 1 year deal, so what is there to lose. If he plays well this year, we keep him. If plays bad this year, we kick him to the curb. He also played great in FIBA. Since he has made progress in the summer and he is in the final year of his contract, maybe he braeks out this season, just maybe.
Its arguable who is better between Blatche and Randolph, even though you claim Blatche is soooo proven when he averaged only a few more points, same rebounds and less blocks playing 5 mpg more than Randolph in his FIFTH and by far best season, compared to Randolph's second injury filled season.... But when you said that the 7 footer who shot 40% (career avg as well) from the floor as a starter on one of the worst teams the NBA has ever seen is better than Randolph you lost all credibility to me...
Wasnt last season Arenas last chance...just sayin.
Yi played just as well in FIBA last year, I live in NY so i watch his games and heard all the Net fans gushing about how he bulked up last summer and he will break out. Every Net fan I know is relieved he is gone and are now laughing at Wizards fans posting about how great Yi was in FIBA. And after all that talk about who is PROVEN you go and tell me the reason McGee averages 6ppg is because he hasn't had a chance to prove himself. In that case I can say Mozgov is better than McGee because he was one of the best centers in FIBA and was not given a chance to prove himself yet.
He is not soooooooooo much better then Randolph he is just better. It is like West and Boozer. West is good Boozer is just better.
How is Blatche CLEARLY better???
lets look at the facts....
Blatche is a 24 year old 5 year vet who was nonexistent for the first 3-4 years of his career. 5th year he finally averages:
14.1 PPG, 6.3 Rebounds, .9 Blocks in 28 MPG
Randolph is a 21 year old 2 year vet who averaged:
11.6 PPG, 6.5 Rebounds, 1.5 Blocks in 23 MPG
I don't see how you can assume that next year Blatche will put up better numbers....Playing 5 more MPG per game and scoring 2 more points, while averaging almost half the blocks while taking 5 years to get to that level doesn't make you MORE PROVEN.... clearly Randolph has a much higher ceiling since he basically accomplished the same type of season Blatche did 3 years earlier, you can't tell me had Randolph played 28 MPG he wouldn't have AT LEAST averaged 14 ppg and 6.5 rebounds....
As a matter of fact for you numbers guy out there 21 year old Randolph had a PER of 18.7 while, the 24 year old Blatche had a PER of 17.6. What logic can possibly tell you that Blatche has had a better career when his career year he barely had a higher PER than Randolph's rookie year (16.94).
hmm i thought andre iguadola was playing well in the olympics?
It's not arguesble that blachete is better then Randolph. Just look at both players when given minutes. It's not close. Sorry. What has Randolph proven at all. Absolutely nothing besides being a off the bench role player for a bad team. At least be a starter for a bad team but ge couldn't even do that when he was healthy bits not like he was competeing against great big men. Even Nelson and his teammates said bwright was out playing him during the summer before bwright got hurt
even yi had a strech where he was putting up around 18 and eight. Randolph has dine nothing to deserves to be talked about
His full year stats weren't superb only because he was coming off the bench for more than half the season. After the All-Star break when he was finally starting, he averaged 22.1 points and 8.3 rebounds in 32 games. Those are all-star numbers, but he only did it for half the season. If he can play like the way he played after the all-star break last season, I think he is certainly better than Randolph.
And I didn't say that McGee is better than Randolph right now. I was just replying to stanford hoops when he said that McGee didn't produce even though he did given the little minutes he was given. The stats he averaged in the little minutes he got were good numbers. Last year when playing, Randolph played better than McGee. I do think that McGee will break out though. He showed in the SL that he isn't as raw as people think, and he has gotten stronger and grew and inch and a 1/4 during the offseason, which now puts him at 7'1" 1/4. I also was diagnosed with asthma, and has had it since college. He used to be so stressed out about conditioning because he got tired too quickly, but now knows that it was because of his asthma and can now focus on other things. I don't no how the Wizards meducal staff didn't know there was something wrong. How can a lanky, athletic 7 footer be getting tired too quickly and you don't know that something is wrong. Flip Saunders was the one to find out that something was wrong and not the Wizards medical staff. Good catch Flip, and SMH at medical staff. ANYWAYYY, to get back on topic, now Mcgee finally has a true PG(Mr. Wall), something he's never had, and had already shown great chemistry in the SL. Because of the progress he has made in the summer and because of his new running mate John Wall, I think that McGee will have a breakout season. Randolph also has the chance to breakout this season also.
It's not arguesble that blachete is better then Randolph. Just look at both players when given minutes. It's not close
Randolph was never given minutes....so what are you talking about?
You are clearly just saying nonsense now....
how is Blatche more PROVEN???? or Yi for that matter?
All 3 played for bad teams, GS actually the best out of the 3 because they played in a much tougher conference.
How is 11.6 ppg, 6.5rpg and 1.6 bpg in 23 minutes for a second year player LESS PROVEN
then two older players having CAREER YEARS
one averaging 14 ppg and 6.3 rpg in 29 minutes
and the other
averaging 12 and 7, shooting 40% on the worst team the NBA has seen in over a decade?!?!
you make ZERO sense....
Please stop with the per. The game isn't played with how you might do if given more time it's played by what u do with the time you are given
it's played by what u do with the time you are given
Randolph was never given legit PT....so how is he worst then Andrey Blatche and Micheal Beasley ( which you said in the past regardless that he had similar numbers with LESS PT)
Please show me a consistent stretch....longer than 4-5 games where Yi averaged 18 and 8.
And I can make homer reasoning for why my players will break out too.... Don Nelson is an old school guy who hates young players and has a VERY LONG history of having problems with players, benching them and making them leave (Jackson, Harrington, Crawford, about any rookie or young player not named Stephen Curry). As for summer league, if you want to use that, Randolph was one of the best players probably ever in summer league last summer, he averaged something like 30ppg, 9 rebounds and 3 blocks shooting over 60%....
And Blatche had his "breakout" month when the Wizards lost like 17 in a row.... thats one PROVEN player you got there.
Blatche was not non-existant for his first 4 seasons in the league. He was a great sparkplug off the bench that would block shots and hit mid-range jumpers. While on the bench, I always saw the potential and knew that he was going to become a starter one day if given the opprotunity.
And don't get me wrong, I would take Randolph over Yi, and I never said that Yi was better. All I said was that Yi wasn't a bad acquisition for the Wizards like most people say. Like I said, he definitely hasn't lived up to the hype that was given to him when he was drafted, but he is still serviceable and will produce off the bench for the Wizards. He is also very versatile. He can play C, PF, and SF if the Wizards ever decide to go big.
And like stanford hoops said, please don't use PER. That is not a good way to measure how good a player is.
You clearly have not watched Yi play...
You clearly have not watched Yi play... I have a lot of friends who are Nets fans you are in for s surprise with him. The guy has rocks for hands, chokes like crazy, shoots 40% as a 7 FOOTER, one of the 5 worst defenders in the NBA hands down and possibly one of the most frustrating players to watch as well. he is not a "decent" acquisition and you will hate him by December.
And I promise you 9 out of 10 non biased people who know anything about basketball will take Randolph over Blatche if they are building a team. Standford hoops doesn't count because that $%$%^ will say anything negative he can about the Knicks.
And as for PER its only a bad stat to use when players have played a significantly different amount of minutes.... which is not the case with Randolph and Blatche because I keep repeating how they have similar stats and Randolph ONLY player 5 MPG less....