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The NBA Championship Likely Will Go with Antonio McDyess This Season

AUBURN HILLS, MI - JUNE 16:  Richard Hamilton #32 of the Detroit Pistons celebrates with teammate Antonio McDyess #24 after McDyess was fouled on a play in the second quarter against the San Antonio Spurs in Game four of the 2005 NBA Finals at The Palace of Auburn Hills on June 16, 2005 in Auburn Hills, Michigan. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Brian Bahr/Getty Images)
David McClureCorrespondent IJuly 2, 2009

Anotonio McDyess: An aged veteran in the latter years of his ability with injury concerns.

-or-

Antonio McDyess: A tough, physical, smart player that is a showcase for effort and desire night in and night out.

Which one do you see?

I see the latter. I see loyalty and heart, desire and skill. He’s not the best remaining free agent—no, not even that close.  What he is though is a veteran that will truly do whatever it takes to win a championship. An unassuming guy that is an excellent teammate and generally a joy to be around.

McDyess is being looked at by many teams. Most of them are contenders this year that are looking for that extra piece. Boston, San Antonio, Cleveland, Houston, Orlando, and Detroit are all interested. (There’s probably more than that even.) Boston should end up with Wallace, which leaves Cleveland and San Antonio as the main contenders for McDyess. I believe whichever team he chooses will become instantly better.

San Antonio could look at one more big run at the championship, while Cleveland already has its eggs in one basket this year. McDyess would easily make them the favorite in my mind. His ability to defend, score, stretch the floor, and play strong in stressful situations is exactly what they need at the power forward position. McDyess is still instant offense off the bench with his jump shooting, pick-and-roll ability, and offensive rebounding.

Whomever gets McDyess will get a guy who WILL leave it all on the floor. The beauty of that is that he still has a lot to leave out there.

Watch where he goes. You will probably be looking at an NBA Finals team.

 

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