Joxygen

Breath it in

Posts Tagged ‘MVP’

Blake Griffin’s MVP case

Posted by mvetack on January 20, 2011

No I am not confusing the MVP award for the Rookie of the Year award, Blake has already wrapped that one up.  I am indeed talking about the league’s Most Valuable Player going to the Rookie for the Clippers.  I know every part of that sentence does not have to try at all to be wrong but let me prove to you that you should at least think about it for a minute.

First off Stats

The first thing you look at in a box score, after who won the game, is probably the leading scorer or the compelling player’s stat lines.  Did Kobe go for 50?  Did Rondo reach 20 assists?  Did Kevin Love get another 30 30?  Stats are one of the biggest indicators of how valuable a player is.  It is not the only thing but it is a big and accepted way of evaluating players.

At exactly the half way point for the Clippers, Blake Griffin has played in and started 41 of his team’s 41 games.

PTS – 22.7 – Good for 12th in the league

REB – 12.7 – Good for 4th in the league

AST – 3.4 – Good for tied for 55th with the likes of Paul Pierce and Lou Williams

BLK – .63 – Good for tied for 91st with Derrick Favors

Double Doubles – 33 – Good for 2nd in the league

To highlight his MVP worthy numbers…

22.7 – 12.7 – 3.4

News and Notes

Blake Griffin has surpassed 40 points twice on the season including a league high 47 points in a game vs the Pacers this week.

Griffin had a 14 game 20 and 10 streak end to the Lakers in a 18 point 15 rebound victory over the Lakers.

Blake just had his 27 game double double streak end to the Timberwolves with a 29 point 8 rebound 6 assist win.

Blake is Trending

One of the biggest stats Blake Griffin has going for him is just how quick he is improving during his rookie year.  Check out his per game stats by month and how every one of them is trending upward.

Points – 16.7 – 20.9 – 23.0 – 27.8

Boards – 11.0 – 11.7 – 13.5 – 13.6

Assists – 2.3 – 2.7 – 3.9 – 4.3

Blake is showing that his ceiling is limitless.  In just his first season of NBA action, Blake is making improvements in just a couple of months that most times take big men that first enter the league a couple seasons.  And it is not just the numbers that are improving,  its how hes getting to those numbers.  It is not just dunk after dunk, oop after oop, fast break after fast break that is getting his points.  He is starting to use more than just his athleticism to get to the basket and to rebounds.  His spin move rivals Dwight Freeney’s of the NFL,  he can handle the ball up and down the court like no other big man, and he has court vision and touch on the ball that just should not be allowed at his size.  His mid range game is not great but it has definitely improved.  In his 47 point night vs the Pacers, Blake scored just two points on dunks while knocking down 82 percent of his free throws.

Human Highlight

Apart from the stats and always improving game, Blake Griffin has the Clipper more than just a watchable team.  They are now a must watch team for NBA fans and at times leading SportsCenter on a weekly basis.  Every single night he has a highlight or two that you have to send a link to all your friends.  The Clippers have always been second fiddle to their arena mates in the LA Lakers.  In fact, they have often been 4th fiddle in LA when the circus comes to town and USC is playing football.  Blake is trying to change that.  I’m not saying the Clippers are on the same level or close to the same level as Kobe and his Lakers (Despite Blake leading his Clips to a victory in their latest meeting), but for stretches they  are my choice in team to watch in LA.

Winning Games

Besides the highlights and fall off your couch moments Blake brings on a nightly basis, he has the Clippers winning games.  Two seasons ago the Clippers won a total of 19 games followed by just 29 last season.  With Chris Kaman on the shelf for most of the season, Blake has his Clippers at 16 wins at the half way point and on pace for the teams most victories since the 2006 season.  Measuring the value of a new player on a team can be as easy as the win loss difference since the player joins the squad.  Blake is certainly impacting the win column for the “other” team in LA.

Former MVPs

The Last two traditional Big men to win the MVP were Kevin Garnett of the Timberwolves in the 2003-2004 season and Tim Duncan in the 2002-2003 season.  Here is a comparison of Garnett, Duncan, and Griffin’s stats

Garnett – 24.2 pts – 13.9 reb – 5.0 ast

Duncan – 23.3 pts – 12.9 reb – 3.9 ast

Griffin – 22.7 pts 12.7 reb – 3.4 ast

As you can see his stats are just about where Duncan and Garnett’s were during their MVP seasons.  With Blake’s game and stats trending upward,  it’s not crazy to expect his season averages to close in on these two MVP seasons b two future hall of famers.  I know the Clippers are not going to sniff the Finals and probably won’t even have a view of the playoffs, but the Clippers are improving and Blake is a huge reason why.

Griffin is putting up MVP stats, has a buzz around him and his team on a nightly basis, and most importantly is bringing wins to LA.

Now, will you at least think about Blake next time you and your friends argue about who is the NBA’s MVP?

 

Stats and info found at basketball-reference.com

Advertisements

Posted in Basketball | Tagged: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a Comment »

Another NBA week bites the dust

Posted by mvetack on December 21, 2010

The Magic overhauled their team adding Arenas, Richardson, and bringing back Turkoglu while letting go Gortat, Vince, and Pietrus

The win streaks of the Bulls, Celtics, Heat, Knicks, and Mavs are the talk of the league

Paul Pierce goes trip dub in Rondos absence

Joakim Noah goes down for most of the season

Shaq conducts the Boston Pops

Ron Artest visits the Ron Artest art exhibit… and approves

The Hornets are falling back in the Western pack

JR Smith adds his name in to the hat for Dunk of the Year

Yao’s career may be over

Darko hurts himsef on a jump ball

and Manu the “poo god” quietly is making a run for mvp.

 

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a Comment »

Divisional Series over

Posted by mvetack on October 13, 2010

Pitching, Pitching, and more Pitching.  What an opening round for baseball.  This season is the so called “Year of the Pitcher” and for the most part that claim held strong for the first round of games this post season.  Roy Halladay’s first playoff start of his career obviously sticks out right away and will be rememberd the most when looking back to this season 50 years from now.  The Doc threw just the second ever post season no hitter in his first playoff action. INCREDIBLE!  If that was not impressive enough Tim Lincecum followed that performance up with a 14 K complete game shut out vs the Bravos to remind everyone that he is truly a freak and one of the best pitchers in baseball.

While these two aces were doing work in the NL, Cliff Lee was dominating with this 4th team in less than two years.  Bill Simmons always says that he has a hard time calling a guy a true great if he gets traded so much, but this has got to be the exception.  Cliff Lee had two amazing performances against the AL East champion Rays and was the teams most valuable player in the 5 games series.  Lee is now up there with Sandy Koufax for best playoff pitchers of all time. (Kinda off topic, I love how Adam Sandler’s name in the great movie “Big Daddy” is Sonny Koufax, gotta be someones favorite baseball player that worked on that movie.)  By the end of these playoffs Lee could put himself in position to be considered the best SP of all time in post season play.

Not to be out done by his teammate Cliff Lee, CJ Wilson followed Lee’s game one start with as impressive of a game two start.  CJ went 6.1 innings allowing just 2 hits no runs and 7 Ks.  More pitching was being done over on the NL side of things as the number two in Philly, Cole Hamels, did his thing with 9 shut out innings for the win to go along with 9 Ks and just 5 hits allowed.  San Frans third man in the rotation, Jonathan Sanchez, went just over 7 innings with 11 Ks and 1 earned vs Atlanta.

Should be MVP Josh Hamilton probably felt a little left out when the Rangers celebrated clinching the division in the regular season when he was standing out side of the club house as his teammates enjoyed a champagne shower.  Hamilton has had a well documented struggle with drugs and alcohol to the point that he wanted no where near the stuff.  When it came to winning the first round of the playoffs, Texas was prepared to accommodate their All star slugger.  Hamilton was drenched with Ginger Ale this time around.

The Giants vs Braves and the Rays vs Rangers series were the two most enjoyable series to watch as the other two were sweeps.   The Reds looked like a team that hadn’t been in the playoffs in a looooong time against the Phillies, while the Twins looked like a team thats from cold Minnesota and not money filled New York.

There was not any huge offensive performances by any player on any team.  The Rangers showed every kid with a glove under their mattress right now how it is important to be a good and heads up base runner.  With out quality base running by Texas, the Rays might win that game 1-0.

Replay stock his very high right now while the naked eye is plunging.  Just off the top of my head with just a couple seconds of thought I can name a couple bad calls or at least questionable calls that would have been perfect for instant replay use.  Utley getting “hit” by an Aroldis Chapman 102 mph fastball.  I don’t care how tough you are, if you get hit in the hand by a pitch over 100 mph you atleast shake it once and or take off your batting glove for examination.  Another instance was Utley’s break up slide into second and being called safe.  Michael Young’s check swing called a no swing with 2 strikes on him.  Jason Bartlett stuck in a pickle between third and home and Michael Young’s phantom tag on him before he scored.  David Price covering first on a grounder to first base.

Jason Heyward disappointed in his playoff debut with just 2 hits in 16 at bats and 8 strikeouts.  Probably Rookie of the Year winner Buster Posey shined in his debut with 6 hits in 16 at bats and solid work behind the plate.  The Yankees were business as usual vs the Twins.  New Stadiums, same story as the Yanks swept the Twinkies away in three games.  No flash, not glitz, no glamor.  They just got the job done. You know, the Yankee way.

Posted in Baseball | Tagged: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a Comment »

Best and Worst of the Weekend

Posted by mvetack on September 20, 2010

Worst of the Weekend

Iowa’s offensive line on the final drive vs Arizona.  Iowa charged back while everyone was sleeping thinking they got smoked, and tied the game late in the 4th quarter.  Arizona took the lead with about 2 minutes left to play.  Iowa had to make one drive to keep their BCS championship hopes alive.  Instead, they got NFL Blitzed for 4 straight sacks to start the drive.  The first came on 3 straight heavy blitzes and the final sack on 4th down came on a 4 man rush.

The Patriots second half vs the Jets resulted in 3 turnovers, no points, and very little yards.  After one half of football the Patriots lead the Jets 14 – 10 and appeared to have no problem moving the ball on offense.  Moss made an amazing touchdown grab, Welker was catching passes, and the running game was looking respectable.  Once both teams came out of the tunnel for the second half things changed.  Brady threw a carer high 6 straight completions including two interceptions and fumbled away a last gasp effort to make a comeback in the red zone.

The Colorado Rockies blew an early 6-1 lead to the Dodgers and lost in extras 7-6.  The Rockies are in the middle of a playoff race for both the division and the wild card.  They can not afford to let games get away from them at this point in the season.  Every game and every inning counts.  The off season could be a long and dreadful one for the Rockies if this game causes them to miss the playoffs.

Best of the Weekend

Troy Tulowitzki is having the best month baseball has ever seen.  In his last 16 games Tulo has whacked 14 home runs and is making a late charge at the MVP.  Tulo hit three of those 14 HRs over the weekend to keep the Rockies in the playoff hunt.  It is sad that so many people are in NFL and College football mode right now because the Giants, Padres, and Rockies are in quite the late season battle and Tulo is doing something you may never see again.

Jahvid Best had a week one and NFL debut to forget last week vs the Bears but more than made up for it on Sunday.  Jahvid had 78 rush yards and 2 TDs to go along with 154 recieving yards and a 75 yard receiving TD.  If Best can perform any where near this on a weekly basis, the Lions look to have quite the future with Stafford, Johnson, and Best on the offensive side of the ball.  Jahvid did all he could do in a tough loss to the Eagles.

Michael Vick got his first start in the NFL since 2006. Boy did he take advantage of it.  Not only did Vick make highlight play after highlight play teaming up with DeSean Jackson, he also put together a 21 for 34 for 284 yard day in the air for 2 TDs and 37 yards on the ground.  Vick did all he could to take over the Eagles in a victory on Sunday.  If only Andy Reid would do what every non PETA football fan wants and hand him the rains to the team.

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment »