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Tyreke Evans, Late Dunk Of The Year Candidate

7 Apr

What do you get when you mix running full speed, no contact on the way to the basket, a healed ankle and a smaller defender making one of the worst decisions in his career? You get Tyreke Evans postering Gary Neal making him look like, well, a poster. Ya like a poster works.

This dunk was nasty. Once again Gary Neal has exercised poor judgement on which plays to take a charge and which ones to pretend he lost his man in transition.

Usually you don’t see dunk of the year candidates this late in the season, but Tyreke made a strong case last night against Blake Griffins Mozgov poster and JR Smiths ride em’ cowboy dunk on guess who, Gary Neal. Gary is a good shooter and excellent role player, but he has to remember this isn’t Europe and everything is on tape. And you don’t want more tape of stuff like that or like this on Youtube.

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Overlooked Trade: Marcus Thornton/Carl Landry

14 Mar

The trade deadline a few weeks ago had some blockbusters, the Melo deal and the Williams one. Some trades were over looked and have turned out to be really good trades for teams. This particular trade between New Orleans and Anaheim, I mean Sacramento, was seen as a pretty fair deal. However a few weeks in it looks like Sacramento has found a legitimate shooting guard that can ball on par with Tyreke Evans for many years to come.

In 9 games with Sacramento Thornton is averaging 20 ppg, on 47% shooting and 42.5% shooting from 3pt range. Pretty good eh, and Tyreke has yet to play with him. Now this is a young back court to keep an eye on. Sure, New Orleans was sitting back like whatever, they got Carl Landry and he’s played well for them and he’ll be a nice replacement for David West if he leaves after this year, but couldn’t they of used Thornton more?

Last offseason there were reports Chris Paul wanted a trade from the Hornets or wanted the team to bring in some players  that were more useful than mannequins. What was New Orleans solution? Let’s bring in Trevor Ariza! You didn’t have to be Professor Xavier to see that Ariza was not going to make anyone wanna stay anywhere. And he’s currently on a 2 year streak of stinking it up after signing a big deal with Houston. On the other hand they had Thornton waiting in the wings who averaged 14.5 ppg as a rookie. Not to mention they had Darren Collison too. It was one hell of a draft by the New Orleans GM who produced with bad picks in the draft. Now neither of them is with New Orleans. Collison is the starting point in Indiana, maybe making it to the playoffs and Marcus Thornton is as mentioned before killing it for the Kings. He was there scorer to partner up with Chris Paul, but he was given up on after just 1.5 seasons.

Sacramento now has the reigning rookie of the year a new 24 yr old 20pt scorer and Demarcus Cousins. The rebuilding is 95% done for the Kings now it’s just a matter of time to watch these guys grow together. Marcus Thornton 20 points a gmae for a guy coming off their bench, nice! It’s really too bad that theirs a high likelihood of the Kings moving, this reminds me so much of what happened with Seattle moving, they had all the young pieces all they had to do was wait, but the team moved and the rest is history. Anyway, awesome trade for the Kings, New Orleans GM WTF and I look forward to watching some Kings ball next year no matter where it’s being played