TAG: Ersan Ilyasova

NBA / Sep 20, 2012 / 11:15 am

The Top 10 Candidates For The NBA’s Most Improved Player Award

Lou Williams

Ryan Anderson. Kevin Love. Tracy McGrady. Gilbert Arenas. Dana Barros. Kevin Johnson. What do these guys all have in common? They all won the NBA’s Most Improved Player award.

What are we taught as young players? The summer is the time to improve, right? If you’re not improving, you’re losing, right? Well, as great as the NBA’s MIP award is – and IT IS definitely great when you consider how many things need to go right for someone to have a shot at it – it doesn’t necessarily mean future greatness. Read More »

2012 Free Agency, NBA / Jul 12, 2012 / 11:00 am

The Top 5 Most Important Players To Re-Sign In Free Agency

Brandon Bass "Billion Dollar Dream" Music Video

There’s a time and place for shaking things up in the NBA, and there’s another for finding a rhythm with familiar parts and pieces. When free agency opened for official signings on Wednesday, most the attention went to the shiny new additions around the league, from Steve Nash in Los Angeles to Omer Asik in Houston. Creating — or holding together — a contender isn’t just about the add-ons, though; it’s about keeping the best players from before who already have experience. Read More »

2012 Free Agency, Latest News, NBA / Jul 4, 2012 / 5:00 pm

Report: Spencer Hawes Will Return To The Philadelphia 76ers

Spencer Hawes

Spencer Hawes is returning to Philadelphia, according to Yahoo! Sports. The deal is worth a reported $13.1 million over two years. Read More »

Fantasy Doctor, NBA / Apr 27, 2012 / 11:00 am

Daily Fantasy Basketball Diagnosis: 4.27

Patty Mills

Beast of the Night: Patty Mills finishes the wild 2011-12 NBA regular season with this honor, thanks to his 34 points, five boards, 12 dimes, one steal, one block and four three-pointers. He shot 56 percent (14-25) from the floor and 100 percent (2-2) from the free-throw line, and turned the ball over four times. It’d be a huge surprise to see him here ever again, but good for him and however many of his owners last night. Read More »

Fantasy Doctor, NBA / Apr 2, 2012 / 10:45 am

Daily Fantasy Basketball Diagnosis: 4.2 (Weekend Recap)

Gerald Wallace

Weekend Wonder: Gerald Wallace averaged 21.0 points, 12.0 rebounds, 4.0 assists, 4.0 steals, 1.0 block and 2.0 threes in two games over the weekend. In this stretch, he shot 54 percent from the floor and 89 percent from the free-throw line, while averaging 2.5 turnovers per game. It’s only been nine games, but Wallace has averaged better all-around numbers (top 20 value) for the Nets than those he was putting up in Portland earlier this season. Read More »

Smack / Mar 15, 2012 / 1:06 am

Chicago Doesn’t Even Need The MVP; The Lakers Find Unlikely Heroes

Mo Williams

With four minutes left and the Chicago crowd ready to explode, John Lucas III cleared out against LeBron, did a lil’ herky jerky dance on the King, and canned a fadeaway in James’ mug. It was a capper on one of those nights when everything goes right. Lucas III has this weird complex about him where he truly believes he’s big time, and for a little while last night, we kept yelling at him to stop shooting. But eventually, you just gotta enjoy the ride. Dude went off for 24 big points, hit contested pull-ups all over the court. Read More »

Smack / Mar 13, 2012 / 2:22 am

Brandon Jennings Literally Roasts The Nets; Derrick Rose Eats The Big Apple

Brandon Jennings

Brandon Jennings was content to wait. While the Nets came out hot Monday in New Jersey, Milwaukee’s oft off-target star found his stroke wherever he wanted as the game went on. Jennings stepped back for six threes on 11 attempts and had a game-high 34 in the Bucks’ win. He’s in the best shooting season of his career at 40 percent from the field (Progress, people. Progress.). While it’s progress that he’s better year-over-year, it’s still not good. It was nice though, to see his third night of 50 percent shooting or better this month, after not hitting that mark once in February … Read More »

Fantasy Doctor, NBA / Mar 12, 2012 / 11:00 am

Daily Fantasy Basketball Diagnosis: 3.12 (Weekend Recap)

Ersan Ilyasova

Weekend Wonder: Ersan Ilyasova makes his debut here after averaging 28.5 points, 7.5 rebounds, 0.5 assists, 1.5 steals and 2.5 threes in two games over the weekend. In that stretch, he shot 69 percent from the field, 92 percent from the free-throw line and averaged turned the ball over just once. In his last 13 games, Ilyasova has averaged top five numbers, making him a serious contender for pickup of the year. Read More »

Smack / Mar 11, 2012 / 11:31 pm

Andrew Bynum Grows Up; Dwight Howard Blows Up

Andrew Bynum

You can always tell when one of your boys got some the night before. He comes strolling into the apartment kitchen doing his best to conceal a smile, pours himself a big ol’ glass of water, leans back in a chair with everyone else staring and just starts chuckling. But damn, the way Andrew Bynum was cheesing last night after his hook shot in the lane helped knockout the Celtics, you would’ve thought he smashed Lauren London. He was hyped. And he should’ve been. Kobe Bryant, who scored 26 and hit a go-ahead pull-up in the final minute to help quiet the growing mass attached to the “Kobe ain’t clutch” bandwagon, overturned another play to tell everyone they should go inside to the Big Knee Injury. Read More »

Smack / Mar 10, 2012 / 7:48 am

The Lakers Finally Get What They Need; Kyrie Irving Is Clutch

Pau Gasol

In the midst of all their trade rumors, Pau Gasol and the Lakers delivered a W. Even if the Wolves didn’t have Kevin Love, it still took L.A. nearly 48 minutes to secure a 105-102 win on the road. Kobe Bryant had 34 points and down the stretch, he made key free throws to keep the Lakers from folding. In the place of Love, Derrick Williams rumbled to 22 points and 10 rebounds, FINALLY doing what everyone expected him to all year … Read More »