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Detroit Pistons Draft Pick: Brandon Knight

Posted in NBA with tags , , , , , , on June 24, 2011 by dunkonu

Brandon Knight, a University of Kentucky product, playing the Point Guard position is a part of the Detroit Pistons since a few hours. Let me walk you through my thought process:

  1. Brandon Knight -another guard? Oh, c’mon…
  2. …Stuckey, Rip, BG, Bynum…we don’t have enough minutes for the guys we have…
  3. I want Biyombo! Okay, forget about that…thanks to Darko we had our fair share of “talented international big man that just need a little bit of developing their skills” already…
  4. Brandon Knight – University of Kentucky…a Wildcat? I hope he has a higher ceiling than John Wall – yup, I’m not a fan.

    Brandon Knight

    Brandon Knight

Well, after doing some very professional research (aka googling the guy), it’s not looking too bad. Actually, I’m becoming a bigger fan by the minute! What got me first, was the following quote from the NBA homepage:

“Knight broke the Kentucky freshman scoring record for points in a season (657) that had been only a year old. John Wall scored 616 points a year ago. Knight also knocked down a Kentucky freshman record 87 three-pointers.”

That sounds pretty good to me. Knight also went through the Calipari PG drills like Derrick Rose, John Wall and Tyreke Evans before him – not exactly the worst company to be with, right? If you want to read some further reviews on this guys from University coaches, check this link out and scroll down: NBA Prospect Brandon Knight. Little excerpt:

“I told him that his curve is probably sharper than even Derrick’s or Tyreke’s or John’s.” – Kentucky coach John Calipari

“He’s got the ability to not only score, but he makes players better around him. … He is a heck of a player. He is a challenge to guard.” – Ohio State coach Thad Matta

“I think he’s a better player in the half court than John Wall was. He shoots the ball better. He goes by you on the dribble. He’s got a super mind for the game. He makes passes that makes players better.” – Georgia coach Mark Fox

A point guard who knows how to score and who makes players around him better? I’m sold! Yeah, I’m easy like that. Give me a cool stat and a few nice quotes and I’m thinking next Derrick Rose here – okay, that’s a bit far-fetched, but you get my point, I guess.

One thing I need to get rid of about the Draft while we are at it:

If Kemba Walker, who was picked by the Bobcats right after Knight, has a better season than Knight, people will start questioning Joe Dumars again. Walker is a flashy, high-scoring guard in a league where the current MVP is just that – attacking the rim, scoring at will and so on…very good pick.

In Joe we trust…but don’t mess this up. Please.

It’s been a long time…

Posted in NBA with tags , , , , , , on June 24, 2010 by dunkonu

See, when you forget you have a blog and you take a few days off…suddenly it’s a week…a month…6 months…and than it hits you again: damn, I used to write something about my favorite sport from time to time that, at it’s best, was mildly interesting or at least not totally boring. God, I really miss PhotoShop…

Now you can’t find this blog under www.dunkonu.com or www.dunkonyou.com anymore, because I didn’t feel like paying for the URL when I wasn’t writing anymore.

So, here is a quick recap of what happened since the last post (which I wrote last freakin’ year(!!!)):

  • The Pistons didn’t exactly blow their competion out the water…injuries, bad chemistry, not-playing-together for a long time…excuses over excuses…
  • The Celtics showed the world that the regular season doesn’t mean anything as long as you can turn “it” on in the Playoffs
  • The Lakers showed the Celtics that you can dominate the regular season and the playoffs 😀

Now it’s draft time where the so-called experts write stuff they regret a few months later…but they’ll do it next year again anyway. So, just hope for a few good trades, some funky suits worn by the new guys and enjoy the show. Other than the Las Vegas Summer League there won’t be much going on ’til the season starts…except for the LeBron sweepstakes.

Stuckey buries 76ers

Posted in NBA with tags , , , , , , , , on December 10, 2009 by dunkonu

How do you like him now? After all the criticism he had to face, the young point guard showed the world and especially the 76ers why the Pistons chose him over players like Chauncey Billups and Allen Iverson.

Was this his breakout game? No, sir, you didn’t pay attention. He had his breakout game last season – now he is doing this stuff on a regular basis. The Pistons are missing several key players (Richard Hamilton, Tayshaun Prince, Ben Gordon) while some others lost their rhythm (Will Bynum) and some hardly found it (Charlie Villanueva). It was hard watching this game on several possessions when Rodney got the ball in his hands, the double team attacked him and there was no real offensive option to pass to…and still the Pistons managed to win this game on the road. Jonas Jerebko was the 2nd best player wearing a Detroit jersey in this one. Talk about maturation…

...winning the game...

Stuckey dropped 20+ points 9 times this season (5 times in the last 7 games). Ball distribution? Are 7+ assists in 4 of the last 6 games enough for you? He couldn’t have a better timing to step his game up. Right now his team needs him the most because of all the injuries and Rodney Stuckey delivers. Here are the highlights of the game. If you want to know what Rodney had to say after the game, click here.

2009/11/27 – NBA games to watch

Posted in NBA with tags , , , , , , , , , on November 27, 2009 by dunkonu

12 games tonight – if you don’t have the league pass your options are limited to a few games, but if you are lucky enough to call the league pass your own, you have to choose which games to watch (tough situation, isn’t it? Nearly as tough as ‘Sophie’s Choice’…but not quiet there yet). We’ll try to help you a bit with that.

Southeast Showdown

Washington Wizards @ Miami Heat

The Wizards aren’t as good as people thought they would be before the season. Their chemistry on the court and in the locker room isn’t quiet what it used to be a few years ago when they made their little run in the playoffs (LeBron put a quick end to that). With the return of Antawn Jamison, still one of the most underrated players in the game, you have to watch out for them.

Miami on the other hand is the exact opposite. Nobody believed in them, they started the season on a pretty nice winning streak, but now they are falling apart midway through. They still won 6 of their last 10, so don’t let the hype get to you.

Going against a division rival usually results in a way more intense game, so keep an eye on this one (it’s on ESPN – shouldn’t be too hard). Not the best game tonight, but it has a lot of what we like to call ‘buzzerbeater-potential’.

Atlantic Showdown

Toronto Raptors @ Boston Celtics

#1 and #2 from the Atlantic divison will meet tonight at 07:30 pm. How awesome is this game going to be? Playing a division rival and both teams feel to need to prove themselves to the audience…

Toronto isn’t looking as good as you would expect by taking a look at their roster. Chris Bosh is playing out of his mind, but his supporting cast isn’t quiet there yet. Turkoglu (pretty overrated in my humble opinion, but a good player nonetheless) needs to step his game up and I’m pretty sure he wants to repeat his awesome performance from the last playoffs. Do you think the Celtics still remember this one?

I’m sure they do. A little extra motivation can’t hurt. The Celtics, who won 11 games so far by the way, are getting it from the media lately – Sheed can’t shoot, the don’t defend like they used to, Garnett isn’t as good as he was before his injury…bla bla bla…this guys will go for the kill tonight, no taking prisoners approach.

If you can only watch one game tonight and you aren’t a fan of a particular team, I’d go with this one.

Honorable mentions

San Antonio Spurs @ Houston Rockets

Okay, yeah, putting a game like this in as a honorable mention is a shame, I know. This is one of the better match-ups tonight, but not as good as watching KG go against Bosh. It is better as Miami vs. Wizards, tho. I’m too lazy to edit it…anyway, watch this game if you are into team basketball and want to know how the game is supposed to be played instead of how most teams play it. The Rockets are always a joy to watch and the Spurs…well, if it wasn’t for injuries, they would have a better record, but they will come through when it matters – like every year.

Atlanta Hawks @ Philly 76ers

The team that is and the team that could be – for me, they were pretty much the same team for a long time: athletic, got a decent go-to guy, lacked a few shooters to put them over the top…one team got Bibby, Crawford and improved a lot while the other…well, still has Andre Igoudala and Williams was coming into his own before he got injured for the next 8 weeks.

Expect a fast, fun-to-watch game, but it won’t be close, I guess.

Los Angeles Clippers @ Detroit Pistons

Yeah, I know, nobody but a fan would watch this game, but well…this is a Pistons blog and I’ll take this game over all the other games any day. Crazy, I know, but I guess I’ll have to live with it.

Cavaliers @ Pistons – Recap 2009/11/25

Posted in NBA with tags , , , , , , , , on November 26, 2009 by dunkonu

A bit late on this one, but I guess you’ll appreciate it anyway if you missed the game. Cleveland won 98 – 88 as you probably already know, but here is what you maybe missed:

  • Rodney Stuckey was the only Pistons nearly playing 40 minutes – one part because Ben Gordon went down in the 2nd quarter and one part because Stuck was the only guy able to make baskets late in the 4th
  • Will Bynum had his worst night this season so far – 1/13 shooting (= 7% FG%), 3 turnovers and he got stuffed at the rim twice – on the bright side: he dished out a team-high 5 assists
  • The Cavaliers actually killed us with their three point shooting: 9/17 is quiet awesome, better than 50% from behind the arc
  • Detroit out-rebounded Cleveland and had less turnovers, but when you don’t hit as many open jumpshots, you are in for a loooooooong night
  • Charlie Villanueva fumbled some balls late in the game which always took our momentum – sometimes a sloppy play can kill everything you worked for the last couple of plays
  • Jason Maxiell had his best game so far – I still don’t like the idea of him taking so many jumpshots, but when he is hitting them, I’m keeping my mouth shut. 10 points and 4 offensive boards plus some major hustle plays to keep plays alive – way to go!
  • Austin Daye was the most pleasent surprise in this game. The kid made things happen: 9 points, 3 boards and a block. He looked really comfortable out there for the first time this season.

Austin Daye

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Cleveland MVP

  • Surprise, surprise…LeBron James, of course. 34 points, 8 boards, 7 assists – is there more you need to know? This guy made things happen and he did it in style. YouTube Proof.

  • He wasn’t alone, tho, it was a team effort. 5 Cleveland players scored in double digits.

Detroit MVP

  • Not really a close one, Rodney Stuckey carried us through major parts of our runs to keep the game close. A team-high 25 points on 50% shooting from the field and a perfect 8/8 from the free throw line. Add 6 boards and 2 steals to it and you got yourself a pretty decent statline. Some more assists would have been nice, but who should he have passed the ball to? Bynum who was 1/13? Ben Wallace? Jerebko? You get my point, I guess.

Allen Iverson retires?

Posted in NBA with tags , , , , on November 25, 2009 by dunkonu

According to Marc J. Spears Twitter Feed and a post on Yahoo! Sports Allen Iverson’s personal manager Gary Moore said that Allen Iverson is retiring from basketball.

Well, let’s hope we will get more news on this to confirm that it is what A.I. is really going to do or if it is just something overblown or taken out of context. Stay tuned.

Shaq will miss game against Pistons tonight

Posted in NBA with tags , , , , , , on November 25, 2009 by dunkonu

According to espn.com Shaquille O’Neal will miss his 6th straight game tonight. I don’t know if you can call this catching a break, because the Pistons will be in for a tough game with Shaq on the court or with Shaq off the court.

The Cavaliers aren’t playing their best basketball right now, but they are still in the top 3 in the East and with LeBron on your team there hardly ever is something like a bad night. Let’s hope that the Pistons can take care of business at home. This is exactly the opponent you need to beat to prove that you can still cause some trouble in your Conference.