The NBA's powerhouses re-upped in anticipation of some nasty dog fights in the coming season. One or more of these new combination's will implode. Here's my take on which Player has the Best chance at a Trophy. Ego's, ego's, ego's, somebodies ego is definitely going to prove costly for one contender next season. Who it will be is not known but ere is the potential for greatness, and the potential for disaster.
So, the Celtics think they have an answer to their championship aspirations with Mr. Career-Technical Foul leader Rasheed Wallace. Wallace has always had the inability to play nice in the NBA.
Almost everywhere he has been the coaches can tell you; Rasheed's a great ball player, but he does not like to play by gameplan. If he does that in Boston, this marraige will turn sour very quickly.
On the other hand; Wallace has a fairly high basketball I.Q. and can set the tempo of any game. Wallace has had multiple 100 block, and 100 three-pointer seasons. He is a very talented ball player, and if he can keep his dissinterest in playing nice, and keep his attitude in check he can do great things for the C's.
Shaq, Shaq, Shaq... Well this is going to be on of the most interesting teamings this season. It seems that everywhere he goes he ends up having problem's with the other "real" star on the team. Shaq likes to turn town's into his town, but this one is not for sale and it clearly belongs to LeBron.
Shaq tends to show dissinterest at times, especially when the ball is not being fed through him. In Cleveland this will happen a lot. There are going to be times when he is going to sit for long period's of time so that M. Brown can get Big Z. in there for some 15-20 footers, and if the chance for a mismatch exist. There is also going to be times when Brown wants to go small ( which he likes to do a lot by the way). Can Shaq bite the bullet and sacrifice his ego, and help LeBron win a ring? I don't know.
But the man did have a resurgence last season, and averaged 17 ppg. He even looked as if he was in his 20's again. Shaq is a force to be reckoned with and will put up great numbers for the rest of his career.
As for my opinion, I dont think this is going to work out for either side, Shaq is all about him always was, and always will. This will not change over night and he can't help the Cav's. This will prove to be the worse Aquisition of all by the end of next season.
Ron Artest, wow! This guy is one of the most hard headed ball players in the NBA today. It seems that the Lakers forgot about the tension between Kobe and Artest in the Semi-Finals last season. A tenision so thick it was pretty much indestructable.
For now, it seems that the two have buried the hatchet, and are proud to be teamates. But For how long? Like Rasheed Wallace Artest has the inate inability to go along with a gameplan. He also tends to take playing defense a little too personally, instead of playing for the good of his team.
Now for his skill, I have to say that his defensive prowess is excellent. He may even be the best defender in the league. As long as he plays along with the Zen Master's game plan, Artest has probably found himself in the midst of a Championship run.
Richard Jefferson is probably one of the more underrated ballers in the NBA, but that doesn't me he is the exciting kind either. Boring or not, I really dont see that being any kind of a problem for him or San Antonio.
This guy can ball, and adding him to the Spurs just makes their front- court that much better. Age should'nt be a problem either seeing that he is only 29 years old. I can't say that for the rest of the Spurs though.
Last season he averaged 19.6 ppg, 4.6 rpg, and 2.4 apg. Now those arent really flashy numbers but they are solid and will help this old team remain a force in the west for this next season.
Vince or Hedo?, Vince or Hedo? I'll take Vince. Yes he is 32 years old, and he tends to be injury prone from time to time. A lot of pundits seem to think that come play-off time Carter tends to underperform.
I think Vince Carter is the Best offseason pick in the slew of contenders.
Like it or not Vince can ball, and he fool any defense. Being in his home state, and having a chance to play for a championship is going to burn a fire under this mans butt and in turn, make him one of the most outstanding players next season.
Vince has career avg's. of 23.5 ppg, 5.5 rpg, and 4.3 apg. Those are some pretty solid numbers, and he is quite an upgrade from Turkgolu even if he is 32. This is the first time in this mans career that he has ever been on a championship contender, and they don't call him Vinsanity for nothing, he will be resilient, resourceful, a team player, and exciting. Bring it on critics. Vince Carter and Orlando have some stuntin' to do.