This thread isn't going to talk about the LeBrons, the Wades, the Kobes, the Dwights, the Pauls or the Garnetts... We all know they are the superstars of the league and they will be in years... I've heard and read a lot of forums and a lot of them talks about these guys. I'm not against it because I enjoy talking about them. But what about the player that comes off the bench? The player that cheers on during the 4th quarter? or the player that plays the garbage minutes when their team is up by 30 or more? I will take this opportunity to give them a shoutout because they have earned my attention. They aren't superstars but they are what NBA is all about and for a moment, I' d like to mention them...
1. Walter Hermann- probably my favorite Argentinian player not because of his hair but because of how he represents what an UNSELFISH player should be. He had experienced the tragedies in life by losing all his loved ones and still finds solemnity in the game. As a player for the Pistons, he makes contributions and excites the crowd everytime he plays. What's more is that he doesn't complain if he never touched the ball nor given quality minutes. He just play it out when given the chance to. Gotta love that attitude.
2. Ronnie Price- a small PG with a big heart. He doesn't always have that consistent PT but when he does play, he gives an excitement not normally found on 12th men. He reminds me of a little Tyrus Thomas who dunks the ball hard and has the hops to block shots when opportunity is at hand. Plus, when he was with Sacramento, that tomahawk dunk on Carlos Boozer was spectacular. Plus, when he was with the Jazz, that block against Luke Walton on the fastbreak was one of the most awesome plays ever. Price proved that going in a small college like Utah Valley doesn't stop you from going to the NBA.
3. Mike Taylor- a lot like Ronnie but with a better offensive skills. He has the game that just wows the crowd on a nightly basis though he doesn't have an NBA team right now, he will be remembered for that 35-point outburst and that sick windmill dunk against the Grizzlies. Not bad for 6'2 guard who was the first player drafted out of the D-League...
4. Ronny Turiaf- what's not to love about Turiaf? He's a guy that any team/organization would love to own. It's a shame he went to the Warriors when he could have been a Laker and be part of that 2009 Championship team... But the Warriors are willing to give him something that the Lakers can't, an opportunity for extended minutes. Nevertheless, he is such an energy guy and a great motivator off the bench that I felt he deserved to be on a championship-caliber team...
Love Ronnie Price. He will get between 10-15 minutes a game this year most likely. Jerry Sloan has publicly said he made a mistake by not playing him more last season and that he will get minutes at both the 1 and the 2 positions.
Also Jerry Sloan said that he has NEVER seen anybody play as hard a Ronnie Price. Big praise.
I think Ronnie Price is one of the 5 quickest players in basketball. I LOVE the way he plays. Remember when he blocked Luke Walton's lay-up on that break away? Made me think of him in a different light...
i have lots of respect for Jose Calderon, a guy from Spain who had no hype and was not even drafted. He signed with the Raptors and in his first year or two he did not get much playing time at all, but instead of running back home to be a good player in the Euro League, he stayed in the NBA and took on the bumps and stuck with it. People always said his shot was shaky, so instead of proving them right and just passing and doing lay ups, he worked on his shot and is now one of the best shooters in the league. He was then the backup for TJ Ford, the Raptors new point guard, until Ford got hurt, and then Jose got to start. He did a more than fantastic job at running the offense and making the team win. This also created controversy of who would become the starting point guard when TJ came back from his injury. When Ford came back he wanted to start, because thats what he was when he left, and everybody thought Jose deserved to start due to his excellent play. The Raptor organization didnt no what to do, they labelled TJ the starting pg in the start of the season but they didnt wanna demote Jose when he did nothing wrong. Instead of making a squabble, Jose backed down and said TJ is the starter and im his back up, which would have been a hard thing to do.Then the Raptors traded TJ, thrusting Jose into the starting role, and he is now one of the most reliable point guards in the league. I respect him because he took all the bumps and bruises and didnt give up or complain one bit. He just worked hard and played hard when he had the chance. He is a prized example of how nice guys finish first.
Man, I STILL can't believe we released Taylor.
my guy is Mo Williams he can score and he helped that team a lot by helping to lead them to a huge season hes earned my respect.
I love Ronnie Price's effort. Sloan said after the playoffs last year that he messed up by not playing roni more. Some other guys that I like are:
Kirk Hinrich, Luis Scola, Shane Battier, Raja bell, zaza pachulia. All those guys are tough minded and don't back down from anything. They also don't pout or try to act crazy in the media. They just go to work and bang. I'm sure there are plenty more like this that I'm not thinking of right now.
I'd love to mention Hinrich but as you all know I am a Bulls fan and I don't need to but one thing that made Kirk Hinrich good aside from his uncanny shooting is his defensive tenacity. Just ask Rip Hamilton, Dwyane Wade or even Paul Pierce (who was being pesked last playoffs by Kirk)... He is just pesky... Hubie Brown has stated passively that Hinrich is an EXCELLENT defender. Not good... Not great... But EXCELLENT...
Don't forget Matt Harpring!
yeah fizer, I watched Hinrich gaurd Pierce in the first round last year and he wasn't giving up anything cheap. He has heart and gets after it. Sometimes, guys look like they are too cool to bust thier ass and they think they will get it back at the other end.
yeah Matt's on the list, but unfortunately I think he might be done playing.
Has earned my respect. I am not a Jazz fan at all, but I love Millsap. He plays so hard and he is more talented than a lot of people give him credit for. He is just one of those players that would succeed on any team no matter how many minutes he gets.
What about a dude that hasn't played yet put has the most amazing work ethic in Tyler Hansbrough. He works so hard and just ignores all the haters and went out to win every single night.
yeah can't hate on hansbrough. I would include Dahntay Jones on this list but I can't give him respect since he got real dirty on KObe in the playoffs last year.
Jones was getting physical with Chris Paul and Byron Scott got heated.
He's like Bruce Bowen with dunks
Hinrich is the most underrated PG in the nba he will start on a lot of nba teams and do great for them. I love Mike Taylors game he will be good in a couple of years and effective. Jose love his vision he is good.
I have loads of respect for JJ Barea, a collapsed lung and small height didn't stop him from beccomming a basketball player...