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LeBron James, the Choosy One

Posted in NBA, Photoshop with tags , , , , , , , , , , on July 10, 2010 by dunkonu

In this post we’ll take a look at the whole LeBron role change from hero to villain via movie references…ande because it is even more fun, we’ll also take a look how Kobe is slowly also performing a role change from villain to hero.

Here is the short version for everyone using Lost (because everybody knows that show): LeBron is Jack, Kobe is Sawyer and Kate is the Championship. Easy analogy, right? Jack is the hero, saving the day, making other people feel better and being an all around good guy. Sawyer is minding his own business, doing what is best for him, having a mean streak…but after a couple episodes/season’s, we start seeing them in a bit of a different light…Jack isn’t the nice guy anymore, Sawyer’s is actually doing the right things but his way, that’s why it took us a while to get to like him – when the right chance presents itself, he is even a really nice guy…get my point? If you need a more detailed statement, click the cute little ‘More…’-button:

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Bynum’s 26 pts in the 4th too much for Bobcats

Posted in NBA, Photoshop, YouTube with tags , , , , , , , , on April 6, 2009 by dunkonu

32 points – 7 assists – 4 rebounds – 1 steal – 1 turnover – in 26 minutes.

26 points in the 4th quarter! Sounds like a nice day at the office for Dwayne Wade or LeBron James, right? Well, tonight it was Will Bynum, the Pistons back-up point guard. If you don’t know who I’m talking about, read this.

This game was big, obviously. Detroit and Charlotte were fighting for a playoff spot and I’m very happy the Pistons managed to win this game even tho we needed a big contribution by Will Bynum off the bench after Rip Hamilton got ejected after the 3rd quarter.

Now Detroit is 3 games ahead of Charlotte and there are only 5 games left. That should be good enough if you ask me.

Career-high 32 points (26 in the 4th)

Career-high 32 points (26 in the 4th)

  • Will Bynum is obviously the story of the game. 32 points in 26 minutes, 26 of those points coming in the 4th quarter – setting a Pistons record for most points in the 4th, previously held by Isiah Thomas with 24 points vs the Lakers back in 1988. He carried us through the 4th! He either scored himself or dished out the assist. Bynum scored 26 of Detroit’s 32 4th quarter points and assisted on 4 of those points.
  • Almost forgot to mention it: Bynum also set a new career-high in points in this game. Congrats!
  • The Pistons starting backcourt combined for 21 points, 13 from Rip who got tossed before the 4th quarter and 8 by Stuckey who played less than a minute in the 4th, because Bynum was killing them.
  • Tayshaun Prince was solid, playing through the injury he suffered in the game vs the 76ers the day before.
  • Rasheed Wallace made some important plays in this one, including a crazy shot clock beating turnaround 3-pointer. He finished the game with 12 points, 6 boards, 6 assists, 3 steals and 1 block. Roscoe, doing it all!
  • Arron Afflalo scored 12 points on perfect shooting (4/4) and 3/3 from those came from downtown.
  • Next stop: New York Knicks on Wednesday!

Spotlight: Antonio McDyess

Posted in NBA, Photoshop with tags , , , , on March 31, 2009 by dunkonu

Every Pistons fan knows how important Antonio McDyess is for his team. He is a vital part of the rotation and we are just lucky to have him on our roster. Maybe is sounds strange, but McDyess deserves something better than going through this season’s mess/struggle.

If heart, effort and energy could be pressed into a human shape, this shape would look exactly like Antonio McDyess. Besides being the great player he is, McDyess is also a class act off the court. What can a fan wish more for than a player who cares about the team as much as he does?

Our spotlight is on Antonio McDyess – to understand how he became who he is, we have to go way back.


Antonio Keithflen McDyess was born on the 7th of September, 1974, in Quitmain, Mississippi – population of ~ 2.750.

He played basketball for the University of Alabama where he earned All-SEC Third Team Honors in his freshman year. Antonio led the Crimson Tide in scoring and rebounds in his sophomore season, earned All-SEC Second Team Honors and led his team to the 2nd round of the NCAA tournament.

In 1995, he was drafted by the Los Angeles Clippers with the 2nd overall pick and got traded to the Denver Nuggets before the seaosn began for Rodney Rogers and a 1st round pick (-> Brent Barry). After his first year, he was named to the NBA All-Rookie First Team. Antonio averaged 15.8 points and 7.4 rebounds over his first two seasons before he got traded to the Phoenix Suns. In his third NBA year (and 1st for Phoenix) he delivered about the same stats.

As a free agent, he decided to return to Denver – actually, he had a verbal agreement in place, but he wasn’t sure and wanted to talk to Phoenix again. McDyess invited some of his Phoenix teammates to Denver to talk everything over, but Dan Issel didn’t let them enter the building. Not very nice, but it is what it is. That way Antonio became a Nugget again.

Over the next three years, Antonio averaged 20.4 points and 10.4 rebounds per game for Denver which led to him being voted into the All-Star game in 2001. He also was part of the gold medal winning US team in 2000 (Sydney).

What can stop an up-and-coming all-star in his tracks?

An injury – a knee injury to be more precise – a patellar tendon rupture to be exact. To sum it up quick: This injury hinders the leg’s ability to bend. Those affected can’t stand, because their knee gives way when they attempt to. Antonio was out with this injury for two seasons and was traded to the Knicks in 2002. (To understand how valued McDyess was, here is what Denver got for him: Marcus Camby, Mark Jackson and Nene Hilario.)

In 2002-2003 he was supposed to start his comeback in a New York Knicks jersey, but he re-injured his knee in an exhibition game. Another surgery later, Antonio was traded to the Phoenix Suns for Stephon Marbury. He only played 24 games for Phoenix in 2003-04, where he averaged 5.8 points and 5.8 boards in 21 minutes of action/game. His explosiveness was gone.

Antonio McDyess had to change his style, the way he plays the game – that is one of the hardest things to do. Just imagine someones takes your biggest skill away and you have to change everything. Tough…


But McDyess silenced his critics. The Pistons signed him for their full MLE and Antonio averaged  8.6 points and 6.5 boards per game from 2004 to 2008.

He was a part of the trade that sent Chauncey to Denver, but McDyess decided to leave some mony on the table and return to Detroit. Denver let him go 30 days later he was a part of the Pistons again.

In the current season (2008-09), Antonio is averaging 9.8 points and 9.9 rebounds a game in ~ 30 minutes/game. He is getting better and better every day. His mid-range jumpshot is among the best you will ever see by a big man and the way he goes up for rebounds is just crazy.

He went for 20 or more rebounds twice in the last 3 weeks. The 22 boards he grabbed in New York are also his career high. After everything he went through, Antonio is still improving at the age of 34. There is only one explanation: heart. He wants it more than the other guys.

Through March he is averaging 13.8 points and 12.5 rebounds per game and he is on the court when the games are close. Antonio is a vital part of the Detroit Pistons – actually, he is their heart. If somebody deserves to win a title on this squad, it is this guy. They signed him after they won the Championship back in 2003 and they went to the Finals once and to the Confernce Finals three times since then.

Pistons vs 76ers Recap, 03/29/2009

Posted in NBA, Photoshop, YouTube with tags , , , , , , on March 30, 2009 by dunkonu

This win was a total team effort – you can’t credit just one guy, they took turns at carrying the team. Prince put the team on his back in the 1st half (especially at the end of the 2nd quarter), Stuckey carried us through the 3rd quarter, Bynum opened the 4th with a big effort and Rip Hamilton came in and played the role of the closer.

Your Starting Backcourt

Your Starting Backcourt

  • Allen Iverson finally returned from his injury and I think that a lot of fans owe him an apology. All the talk about his faked back injury and that he would never return to come off the bench for us…he is back and you could see that he was still in pain. He still scored 8 points and dished out a couple assists. Welcome back, A.I.!
  • Tayshaun Prince was big in the 1st half – he scored 19 points in the first two quarters on his way to a team-high 21 points on only 11 shots. Tay also finished with a game-high +18 +/-.
  • I was joking a bit about the two offensive juggernauts Kwame Brown and Samuel Dalembert going at each other in this one, but I have to apologize to Kwame for that one. 13 points in 22 minutes. Well done!
Bynum scored 9 points in the 4th quarter

Bynum scored 9 points in the 4th quarter

  • Bynum had the hot hand at the beginning of the 4th scoring 9 points, most of them coming on mid-range jumpers. He was simply feeling it.
  • Rodney Stuckey carried the Pistons through the 3rd quarter – scoring 12 of his 16 points. Philly was ahead by 4 with 7:57 in the 3rd to go when Stuckey decided it was time to go on a 8-0 run of his own and get the Pistons up by 4.
  • The 76ers were surprisingly good yesterday. I knew they are a good team, but I didn’t know how good they really are. Igoudala looked like LeBron light out there, getting to the rim at will and hitting shots from downtown. 27 points, 7 boards and 5 assists. Is there more to say?
'The Closer'

'The Closer'

  • Richard Hamilton replaced Allen Iverson on the court with 3:17 to go in the 4th. He scored the next (and also last) 4 points for Detroit!

Pistons @ Wizards Recap, 03/28/2009

Posted in NBA, Photoshop, YouTube with tags , , , , , , on March 29, 2009 by dunkonu

The Pistons snapped their three-game losing streak with a win against the Arenas’ lead Washington Wizards. The Chicago win over Indiana put some pressure on Detroit tonight.

  • Detroit shot 66.7% from three tonight. Just been lucky? No, sir! The Wizards did a very bad job on the defensive end, forgetting to rotate on defense and leaving the Pistons wide open for corner 3s – Rip drained four threes from exactly the same spot in the 3rd quarter.
  • Only looking at your opponent isn’t good defense, Washington. Rotating is better.
  • Gilbert Arenas played his first game in a long time and he looked pretty comfortable out there. He was doing his thing, finding open teammates, getting to the line…and he drained a three from far, far away. A bit rusty, but looking way better than I expected. His highlights:
  • Agent Zero finished with 15 points and 10 assists in 30 minutes.
  • Antawn Jamison is still one of the most underrated players out there. We had no answer for his shooting, but the Wizards stopped going to him for some unknown reason.
  • The only Wizards playing some defense were McGuire and Crittenton – their hustle brought the Wizards back into the game in the 4th quarter.
31 points - 5/9 from 3pt

31 points - 5/9 from 3pt

  • Rip led our team with a game-high 31 points on 11/29 shooting. The rest of our starters was a combined 17/31 so Rip nearly took as many shots as the rest of our starters.
  • Our three-point shooting was key in this game. Rip hit 5/9 while Prince hit all 3 of his attempts from deep and Herrmann was also flawless on his 2 shots from downtown.
  • Kwame Brown and Antonio McDyess both grabbed double digit rebounds.
  • Will Bynum and Jason Maxiell really brought some energy from the bench. Will scored 9 points and dished out 4 assists, but also fumbled a few balls in the 4th quarter that were very costly.
  • Maxiell brought his A-game for this one. 10 points, 7 boards (5 on the offensive boards) and 2 blocks.
13 pts - 6 assists - 5 rebounds

13 pts - 6 assists - 5 rebounds

  • Rodney Stuckey was all over the place when he was on the floor. Scoring, dishing out assists, crashing the boards.
  • The game was close at the end of the 4th and as you can see in the video, the non-call was a big one for us. I’m not saying it should have been a foul (because it wasn’t), but Wade would have got some free-throws – if you know what I’m saying. Good that the players were allowed to decide the outcome this time.

NBA Career Leaders – Rebounds – this season

Posted in NBA, Photoshop with tags , , , , , , on March 24, 2009 by dunkonu

Finally we have arrived where the big boys play. Rebounds. Boards. There are many sayings starting with ‘Who controls the boards…‘ and ending with something like ‘…controls the pace of the game‘ or something similar.

As you will see it is awfully hard to crack the top 10 in this category, because the game has changed so much. Nobody will ever get close to Wilt’s 23.924 boards.

  1. Wilt Chamberlain – 23.924
  2. Bill Russell – 21.620
  3. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar – 17.440
  4. Elvin Hayes – 16.279
  5. Moses Malone – 16.212

You can see a few things when you take a look at this stats. Scoring and rebounding are close. Wilt, Kareem, Moses Malone…all-time great scorers. Anyway, because the pace of the games is different and the possessions are a bit more than just get the ball down low and crash the boards it got harder to get as many rebounds as it was 50 years ago.

Out first two active players in this category come in as 16th and 18th and are a combined 79 years old. Yup, Shaquille O’Neal (#16) and Dikembe Mutombo (#18). Shaq grabbed 12.465 boards in his career while Dikembe went for 12.340. Shaquille will probably finish this season as #15 when he overtakes Charles Barkley. You never know with Mutombo, because of his limited minutes, but he should get the necessary 18 boards to overtake Paul Silas for #17.

One more active player is in the top 25: Kevin Garnett. (Soon back in action.) The first active guy who will probably play several more years sits at #22 with 11.672 rebounds. He will definitely crack the top 20 next season (btw: Dennis Rodman sits at #20 right now).

Tim Duncan (#30) and Ben Wallace (#41) are the only other players in the top 50. Timmy has a pretty good shot at #28 til the end of this season – 80 rebounds in 12 games…not impossible for Tim Duncan who is averaging a bit more than 10 rebounds/game.

Kiss the rim

Kiss the rim

Let’s take a quick look at Dwight Howard who has a good shot to crack the top 10 if he stays healthy enough trough-out his whole career. Right now, he sits at #208 with 4.946 rebounds. He will probably crack 5k rebounds for his career til the end of the season.

Looking at his career average of 12.5 rebounds/game we need to modify it a bit. He went for 14.2 boards/game last season and is averaging 13.9 rebounds/game this season. For future results I’ll go with 13.5 rebounds/game which should be realistic (or not much worse than what he will really put up). That would give him 1.107 rebounds per season. He would need to keep that up for 8 years to crack the top 10.

NBA Career Leaders – Assists – this season

Posted in NBA, Photoshop with tags , , , , , , on March 23, 2009 by dunkonu

Like every NBA stat geek and probably a lot of long-time NBA fans know, this category has John Stockton written all over it. Actually, it is his category – they should rename assists into stocktons…even sounds better.

  1. John Stockton – 15.806
  2. Mark Jackson – 10.334
  3. Magic Johnson – 10.141
  4. Jason Kidd – 10.079
  5. Oscar Robertson – 9.887


Our spotlight in this category is on Jason Kidd who is only 62 assists shy of Magic Johnson. Impressive, isn’t it? Will Kidd overtake him this season? Hard to tell, but looking at his season assists average of 8.3 – it is possible. The Mavericks have 12 games left and if Kidd plays in all of them, he would get another 99.6 assists at this rate. Dallas is still fighting for a playoff spot so we can expect him to compete every night.

Magic Johnson…wow…

Looking at Stockton’s 15k assists…he is to assists what Kareem is to scoring…maybe even more. 5.5k assists more than the #2 on our list. Ridiculous…

Another active player is also in the top 10: Steve Nash. At 7.374 assists, he is only 18 assists shy of #9 Maurice Cheeks. He is a sure thing to overtake Cheeks in the next few games.

Now it gets really messed up. There is only one other active player in the top 25 in assists. Can you guess who it is? Yeah, right…Stephon Marbury. No, I’m not kidding you. His 6.431 assists make him #22 on this list, only 45 assists shy of #19, Hall of Famer Nate ‘Tiny’ Archibald.

Andre Miller (#30) and Allen Iverson (#36) are the only other active players in the top 50. Baron Davis is sitting at #51 right now and Mike Bibby is #53. Baron will probably crack the top 50 til season’s end while Bibby probably will have to wait for next season.