The NBA All Left Handed Team
In order to become a NBA player you must first become a college player. That is the thought process I used when comprising the college basketball version. I've decided to graduate and move up a step. I received some heat for my selections as some complained that the players weren't actually left-handed. This time around I have done my best to name the unquestionable left handers that best fit their position. So without further writitng here is my team.
Sorry but Manu's going to have to quarterback this one. The front runner for the Sixth Man of the Year, had a terrific February, posting 4 30+ games which included a 46 point performance against Cleveland and a 44 point explosion versus Minnesota. But what was more impressive was the 30 point flare against Chris Paul and the New Orleans Hornets. He has been important in keeping San Antonio's mark of 15-4 in their last 19 games. Manu Ginobili averages 20.4 PPG, 4.9 RPG, to go along with 4.7 APG.
One of the best 3pt shooters the league has today, its a wonder why he wasn't invited to New Orleans to participate in the 3pt shootout. Over the last 4 years, in the 334 games he has been in, he 's started all but 1. The 6-6 215lb Redd, is learning that 3's aren't everything and has developed a good midrange game to compliment his already deadly outside stroke. Michael also has a knack for hitting game winning shots, his latest was a trey against Lebron's Cavaliers earlier in the month. As The Bucks' best player and leading scorer, Redd is averaging 23.5 PPG and 3.6 APG on the year.
If not for Hedo Turkoglu in Orlando, he maybe the league's Most Improved Player of the Year. Smith is 2nd in the league in Blocks and will finish second in the league in the Defensive Player of the Year voting behind Marcus Camby. Although he is a savage on the defensive side, he turns the ball over a lot, too many times frankly on the offensive side, but he will learn with age. He is ranked in the Top 10 in 7 different categories in the league. Josh averages 17.1 PPG, 8.0 RPG, 3.0 BPG, and 1.6 SPG. Smith might possibly the best complete defensive player in the game today.
CP4 has been relentless this season increasing his FT% from 78.5 a year ago to 85.6 this season, lowering his TO margain, and has started in every game he's played this year. The former Yellow Jacket is ranked in the Top 10 in 5 different statistical categories across the NBA, including PPG and FT attempts per 48 minutes. Bosh is currently on the injured list because of a knee problem. Its a real shame that he plays in Toronto so he's not on display for most of the league and the NBA audience to see. Bosh averages 22.6 PPG and 8.9 RPG.
In college, he shot baby hooks with his left hand, and since he hasn't played a organized game since then, I'm going with that. If he's right-handed then he's ambidextrous, so in my books that qualifies him as part of my team. Oden will be a force for the Blazers when he comes back next year and has recently been playing in practice games with the Portland Trail Blazers.
Lamar Odom and Tayshaun Prince are also due some credit. I felt that Josh Smith and Chris Bosh are better at their position than Odom and Prince.
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