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Posted on: January 29, 2009 12:55 pm
Edited on: January 29, 2009 1:18 pm
 

Chris Paul . . . . Dirty Player?

Is Chris Paul a Dirty Player??

Is that even a fair question to ask about the best PG in the NBA?

Last night I was observing the Nuggets-Hornets game. It was an amazing game until the fourth quarter when the Nuggets basically gave it away. It was fun to watch. It had all of the ingredients for a playoff match up. Great crowd, both teams playing with intensity and passion. This could end up being a second round match up in the playoffs if the Nuggets win the northwest and the Hornets win the southwest.

But on to my point for this article. Is Chris Paul dirty?? His talent is almost unmatchable at the point position, but does he get away with a lot of stuff. Yes. 

Every time I saw Paul drive to the rim and step back to take a jumper he would extend his forearm knocking the defensive player out of position giving him an open shot. On top of that, the ref only helped this by sometimes calling a foul on the defensive player with replay showing that there was no contact from the defensive side.

Then there's his post move, he'll post up and hook his arm around the backside of the defender to get around. Again almost never called against him but called against his defender instead. Is it his talent and the respect he has earned that keeps these from being called offensive fouls? Don't get me wrong, it's not always blatantly obvious that it's an offensive foul, but in that case shouldn't it just be a no call. It seems like the ref is unsure every time this happens so he gives the benefit of the doubt to Paul and calls it against the defender.

In last nights game, there was one play in particular where Paul was at the top of the circle, he got a pick set for him and Nene had to rotate over to cover him. Paul did his usual shaking and baking and extended his forearm to create space, a foul was called on Nene. The replay showed Nene with his hands straight up in the air and not once did he even lay a finger on CP3. Still the foul was given to Nene.

So I guess my real question is, do superstars get the benefit of calls because of their reputation? I see it that way and it shouldn't be that way. It makes it unfair to the role players who work hard and never get the benefit of the doubt.

This is not an attack on Chris Paul. I can agree he is the BEST PG in the NBA hands down. But does he get away with some calls here and there. Absolutely.

Posted on: January 2, 2009 3:19 pm
Edited on: January 2, 2009 6:40 pm
 

End of the Year Mid-Season NBA Awards

M.V.P - most valuable player

1. LeBron James - F Cleveland Cavaliers - He has been unstoppable this year. If you would've asked me at the beginning of the year if the Cavaliers would be fighting for the NBA's best record I would've laughed. Don't get me wrong I expected them to be in the top 3 in the East, but didn't think they'd be so close to the Celtics.

GP: 30 - MIN: 36.4 - FG% .509 - 3PT% .281 - FT%.777 - STL 2.0 - BLOCKS 1.1 - REB 6.7 - AST 6.4 - PPG 27.5

2. Dwight Howard - F Orlando Magic - I love this guy. He's been playing with such intensity and has improved every aspect of his game. I think that summer trip to Beijing might have helped the young mans confidence. After all, he is Superman.

GP:29 - MIN 36.5 - FG% .547 - 3PT % .000 - FT%.565 - STL 0.9 - BLOCKS 3.7 - REB 13.8 - AST 1.4 - PPG 19.8

3. Chauncey Billups - G Denver Nuggets - Yes there are plenty of players in the league who have better numbers then Chauncey, but how many of those guys can say and be right that without him the team would be nowhere. The Nuggets were 1-3 before Chauncey arrived, since then they've gone 20-9. In the preseason the Nuggets were picked to either be the 8th seed or miss the playoffs entirely, now they're looking for home court advantage in the first round. HUGE change.

GP: 30 - MIN 35.3 - FG% .420 - 3PT% .399 - FT% .886 - STL 1.4 - BLK 0.2 - RPG 2.4 - AST 6.9 - PPG 17.6

 

ROOKIE OF THE YEAR

1. O.J. Mayo - Grizzlies - This guys has been great and succeeded my expectations so far this year. I was never sold on Mayo going into the draft, his stats at USC were impressive but I thought there were a lot more players that were just as impressive last year. This year, new story, he easily wins this in my book. Rose is a great player and just as he is to the Bulls, Mayo is the Grizzlies.

2. Derrick Rose - Bulls - Rose is having a great year and would've been rookie of the year for me last year. But this is this year, SO FAR. The Bulls would be nowhere without him, but in my opinion the Grizzlies wouldn't have more then 2 wins without Mayo. Bulls would be a little more competitive then the Grizzlies would without Rose.

 

COACH OF THE YEAR

 1. Mike Brown - Cavaliers - As I mentioned in my case for Lebron for MVP, same goes for Brown. I didn't expect them to be as competitive as they are atop the east. Expected 55 wins, they're on pace for way more then that. Though the addition of Williams at PG is a lot of the reason for the fast start, Brown must also be givin credit for great game management and for not burning out Lebron after he played in Beijing this summer.

2. George Karl - Nuggets - This may seem wrong to most of you, but who thought the Nuggets would be in the top half of the Western Conference this year. Karl has finally gotten this team to commit to playing defense and with a bang. Nuggets are in the top 10 in both defensive and offensive efficiency ratings. Transition D is still a concern but it's getting better.

 

Well that's it kids for my '08 mid season awards. Left out most improved player and 6th man of the year as for now I think it's too close to call. See you for the real mid season after most teams hit the 41game mark. Happy New Year!

 

 
 
 
 
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