His defense tonight was easily the best out of anyone in the front court. He blows Evans and Bargnani out of the water in this respect.
Hey Buddha, I'm really curious and you are like the Amir Johnson expert, so do you think Amir's free-throw shooting will continue to be so good or is it just a fluke? Cause he has hit a lot, and it looks pretty fluid... If he can shoot from the line consistently, rebound, play defense and get into the post and attack the rim he could do a lot of good for us. Especially if he hits his free-throws...
I blame EVERYTHING on the Euros. Stock the team with American GANGSTAS, by God!:D
Can you believe people actually want Reggie to start ahead of him? It's crazy.
Being mentally challenged does not necessarily mean dumb.
Maybe I should have defined what I meant by mentally challenged is his case.
In my opinion having observed him play for a long time it seems to me that he is a slow learner. Being a slow learner does not mean dumb. Dumb is when you can't learn at all. Being a slow learner means that it takes more repetitions of an idea, concept etc to grasp it.
I was an accountant and had a nice career before I retired. Learning accounting stuff came relatively easy to me and I was able to grasp most accounting ideas and concepts fairly quickly.
On the other hand when it comes to stuff like languages I am definitely mentally challenged. It took me three times before I passed German 1. I did eventually learn it, but I was definitely mentally challenged in that area and still am.
Now when it comes to things like Physics, I am just plain dumb:(:(
Funny thing is that I could see Bargnani being a very good player under a coach that can extract some serious effort and concentration out of him, so far nobody has been able to do that. If he's in the right environment (no cajoling, just tough love and discipline), he could turn it around. Unfortunately, he's been treated as a baby in Toronto and it's hurt him. From what I've heard from people, they're scared to say stuff to him because it might hurt his confidence. Shit like that, treat him like a man and he'll play like one.
You have to be able to shoot to score. You can rebound from now until the cows come home but if you can't shoot you won't score.
FG% and taking care of the ball are more important to winning than rebounding. If you don't turn the ball over and shoot better than your opponents you will win a lot more often then you lose, then if you are out shot by your opponents and turn the ball over regardless of the rebounds. For example as I recall in the last game the Raptors gave up 21 points off of turnovers. That is a lot more than they gave up due to second chance points.
When the Pacers scored 144 points the other night and blew out Denver they didn't do it because of rebounding they did it because they shot the heck out of the ball.
The object of the game is to put the ball in the basket not grab the missed shots.:):)
Having said that, a team does have to rebound to be really good. But if a team shoots better than their opponents, takes care of the ball and forces turnovers they will win the majority of their games even if they are out rebounded the majority of the time.
The key is to be plus in FG% and plus in points off of turnovers. Being plus in second chance points is also good but that is impacted by FG% and turnovers. For example If you grab a rebound but then turn it over what good does it do? If you grab a rebound but then miss the shot afterwards you don't get any points. Whereas if you made the original shot you wouldn't have to worry about grabbing the offensive rebound.
For example the top five teams in FG% differential before tonight were
The top five in rebounding differential before tonight were
The Won Loss record of the first group was 31 - 9 or .775
The Won Loss record of the second group was 17 - 21 or .425
Now lets compare the records of the bottom six in FG% and rebounding differential. I chose six here because the Raptors are the sixth worst shooting team in terms of FG% differential
Six worst FG% differential
Six worst rebounding differential
The Won Loss record of the first group was 14 - 32 or .304
The Won Loss record of the second group was 19 - 27 or .413
So we see from above that the top teams in FG% differential have a better combined record than the top teams in rebounding differential
The bottom teams in FG% differential have a worst combined record than the bottom teams in rebounding differential