Who in the east should really be a candidate? … plus finishing the west.
While watching the Warriors and Pelicans on ESPN after seeing Brooklyn knock off Indiana, I was re-amazed by Kevin Durant’s effortless mid-range game. The pull up jumper has begun to fade in today’s game with all the stat people explaining the game theory pay off of getting to the rim for ticky-tack AND 1 fouls or kicking it out for 3 pointers. As a result of this, defenses often surrender open mid range shots to avoid the upside and of momentum changing three pointers and dunks. This trend actually began in my memory as a fan in the 1990s as Duke rose to prominence under Mike Krzyzewski, their undoing in the ’99 title game against one of the most automatic pull up shooters ever, Rip Hamilton who took advantage.
And after re-watching TNT’s all-time draft, it got me thinking, who would be considered the greatest mid-range or pull up shooter in American basketball history? If these GMs are really looking for scoring off their bench who probably won’t be at risk for being ice cold, that can hit shots without trying to challenge the Kareems, Wilt, Russell, Shaq, Olajuwons etc at the rim, who would that be?
The first thoughts i had were players who were primarily known as mid-range shooters, Alex English and “The Iceman”, George Gervin. In NBA history, English ranks 18th in points while Gervin when combining ABA/NBA ranks 16th. More interestingly, English ranks 9th all-time in two point field goals. And despite being a great leaper as a young player, like Gervin, I’d venture to believe all the guys in front of him had significantly more dunks in their respective careers.
A great interview by a young Michael Jordan with Gervin. And if you didn’t know, they were actually teammates briefly in Chicago.
Next time we’ll take a different paradigm at the same question.
Most 3 point goals one team one season (Warriors – 938) ; previous record 933 Houston Rockets 2014-2015
Most combined 3 pointers in one game (39); previous record 37 set on 3/11/16 by GS-POR … and Dirk didn’t even play!
Records added to:
Curry most consecutive games with a 3 point goal – 142 games
Most 3 pt goals by a player single-season – Curry 348
Most consecutive home wins (Warriors 52) … Spurs also have active streak of 45
Game Recap: NBA.com’s exclusive coverage of Mavericks vs.Warriors on 03/25/2016
Source: Mavericks vs Warriors
With Dirk out, Charlie Villanueva went nuts, but not quite his career high …
The Warriors look to take a 2-0 series lead at home in Oakland, California against the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Cleveland will be without star point guard Kyrie Irving who broke his kneecap in overtime of Game 1. Irving is most known for receiving the MVP of Team USA in Las Vegas last summer or for being “Uncle Drew” of the Pepsi Max commercials. if you have never seen it, it’s hilarious.
The Knicks went on a 23-6 run in the 4th quarter to trim their deficit to 5 but a few lucky bounces went the Warriors way resulting in a 106-92 loss.
The Warriors are arguably the league’s best team, dropping a tough one in Atlanta Friday night when they matched up with the Eastern Conference leader.
The positive for the Knicks is that Amare Stoudimire showed signs of life, the team was playing without Carmelo, and on paper this looked like they had no chance. They didn’t even look like they had a chance down almost 30 in the 4th quarter but stepped up the defense.
On the flip side, the Warriors were playing their 4th game in 5 nights in their 4th different city. They had played an emotional game on Friday night and arrived in New York at 3 am Saturday morning. The Splash brothers combined for a paltry 13-40 from the field aided by two huge 3-pointers from Thompson with a 3 and a driving layup by Curry that sealed the deal.
The Knicks quest for the #1 draft pick continues Monday at Miami.
Right now, the Warriors have the best record in the NBA, which is particularly impressive in a loaded Western Conference. Most people around the country that have started taking notice of this squad think of them as a 3-point chucking bunch (they are among the league leaders in attempts and makes) led by the Splash brothers, Steph Curry and Klay Thompson.
The Warriors are a highlight generating offensive machine who have been described on their local sports station 95.7 The Game as moving the ball “at a level any trained basketball eye can see” is one of the best of a generation, but they have been good on offense for a while now. What made this team finally take the step to the level of the best teams in the NBA has been their defense, which leads the league in lowest Field Goal Percentage allowed.
Many people, fans and analysts alike, point to the size of the Warriors wing defenders allowing them to switch pick and rolls. Others point to their highly efficient offense that doesn’t allow as many opportunities for the opponent to run and generate easy layups. On a more individual level you could look at the fact that at the 2-5 positions, the Warriors have arguably the best individual defender in the game (Bogut, Draymond Green, Iguodola, and Thompson) allowing Curry to lead the league in steals.
All of the explanations contribute, but one blogger at deadspin, Kevin Draper, points to the “goon factor” which may be the most significant. He focuses on his new favorite player Draymond Green being a goon while also examining the exploits of two of his frontcourt teammates David Lee and Andrew Bogut.