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Transcript of The NBA
By: Christian Deussing, Jack Feehan, and Alex Eastland
We will go in order of the regular season record. The Hawks had the best so we will start with them.
Like we did in the East, we will go in the order of regular season record. We will start with the Golden State Warriors.
The NBA is a huge league, a lot to learn about, so we're just going into detail about the teams, their histories, and their players. We will start in the Eastern Conference, then we will go to the West.
The Atlanta Hawks
The Atlanta Hawks got the #1 seat going into the playoffs. They went 60-22 with 4 of their 5 starters going to the all-star game. Now, let us get to their starting lineup.
PG: Jeff Teague
Teague was one of the four all-stars on the team. The 6'2, 181 pound point guard went to Wake Forest and got drafted by the Hawks as the 19th pick in the 2009 draft.
SG: Kyle Korver
Born in Lakewood, CA he is also one of the four all stars on the team. He is 6' 7" 212 and went to Creighton. He was drafted by the New Jersey Nets with the 51st pick in the 2003 draft and was with 3 teams before ATL.
SF: DeMarre Carroll
Sadly, Damarre Carroll is the only one out of the starting five that didn't make the All-Star game.
The 6' 8", 212 pound small forward was born in Birmingham, Alabama. After playing college basketball at Missouri he was drafted by the Memphis Grizzlies with the 27th pick in 2009.
PF: Paul Millsap
The 6'8, 253 pound All-Star was drafted to the Utah Jazz in 2006. He averages 16.7 points per game. He is thirty years old and went to the same college as Hall of Famer Karl Malone (LA Tech).
C: Al Horford
Al is 28 and is 6'10 250 pounds. He was drafted third by the Hawks in 2007.
He attended the University of Florida and has been in the NBA for 7 years.
Fun Fact: Al was born in the Dominican Republic.
The Cleveland Cavs
This team's management worked a lot over the off-season to get some very clutch players. The team went 53-29 clinching the #2 seat going into the playoffs. David Blatt coaches this team for his 1st year and has big expectations for the playoffs this year.
PG: Kyrie Irving
SG: JR Smith
SF: Lebron James
PF: Kevin Love
C: Timofey Mozgov
He was traded to the Cavs in the middle of the season from the Knicks. The 6'6, 225 pound shooting guard was drafted by the New Orleans Pelicans in 2004.
Fun Fact: He was born in Australia.
The 6' 3" 193 pound point guard is averaging 22 points a game. One of the best point guards in the league, Irving has quickly become a success. He went to Duke and he was the first overall pick drafted by the Cavs in 2011.
The Cavs seem very trilled having him on their team because he averages a solid 13 points agame and is a great 3 point shooter.
Unfortunately for the Cavs, Love was injured in the playoffs and he is out for the rest of the season. He was traded from the Timberwolves for Andrew Wiggins.
Lebron averages 25.3 points per game and is a very clutch player. King James in 6'8 250 pounds and got drafted out of High School.
Do you want to see one of his buzzer beating shots?
Born in Santa Monica, CA he is 6' 10", 243 pounds and he went to UCLA. He was drafted by the Memphis Grizzles with the 5th overall pick.
The Chicago Bulls
PG: Derek Rose
Born in Saint Petersburg, Russia Mozgov is 7' 1", and 250 pounds. He didn't go to college and he was an undrafted free agent. He was finally picked up by the Denver Nuggets.
Finally, the Bulls are the Bulls again and Derek Rose is back. After three injuries, Rose is back in the lineup and the Bulls got Pau Gasol from the Lakers. They went 50-32 getting the third seat going into the playoffs.
SF: Jimmy Butler
This is an extremely great point guard. The 6'3, 190 pound guard is (in my opinion) the best guard in the league. He was born in Chicago and attended Memphis University and got drafted #1 overall in the 2008 draft.
Born in Houston, TX Jimmy Butler is 6' 7" and 220 pounds. He went to the college of Marquette. He was drafted by the Bulls in 2011 with the 30th pick.
In his career he average 20.4 points points per game.
SG: Mike Dunleavy
PF: Pau Gasol
With a 6' 9", 230 pound body he is by far one of the tallest shooting guards in the league. Born in Fort Worth, TX he went to Duke and he was drafted third by the Golden State Warriors in the 2002 draft.
Pau Gasol was drafted by the Hawks 3rd in the 2001 draft.
The 7'0 250 pound player was born in Spain along with his brother Marc Gasol who plays on the Grizzlies. He did not attend college and averages 18.5 points per game.
C: Joakim Noah
Joakim is 6' 11", is 232 pounds of and he uses it to his advantage. He was born in New York City, but he went south to Florida for college. He was drafted 9th by the Bulls in 2007.
The Toronto Raptors
The Raptors went 49 and 33 in the regular season. They are a very good shooting team, but a very young team. They made the playoffs as the #4 seat and lost in the first round just like last year.
PG: Kyle Lowry
Born in Philly, Kyle went to Villinaova. He is 6 foot and he weighs 205 pounds. After college, he was drafted by the Memphis Grizzlies with the 24th pick in the 2006 draft.
SG: DeMar DeRozen
Born in Campton, CA DeRozan is 6' 7" and he weighs 220 pounds. He attended college at USC and he got drafted by the Raptors with the 9th pick in the 2009 draft.
SF: Terrence Ross
The 6'7 190 pound Small Forward attended Washington university. He was drafted 8th in the 2012 draft. He was born in 1991 in Portland, Oregon.
PF: Amir Johnson
The 6'9 240 pound PF not go to college and was born in 1987 in Los Angeles,CA. He was drafted in the 2nd round and the 56th pick by the Detroit Pistons. He has been in the NBA for 9 years and averages 9.3 points per game.
C: Jonas Valanciunas
He is 7'0 255 pounds and averages 8.7 rebounds a game. He was born on May 6th, 1992 in Lithuania. He got drafted to the Raptors as the 5th pick in the 2011 draft
The Washington Wizards
PG: John Wall
The 6'4 190 pound all-star is very talented. He went to Kentucky and was drafted overall #1 in the 2010 draft. He was born in North Carolina and averages 17.6 points per game. He won rookie of the month 4 times in the season of 2011.
SG: Bradley Beal
The 6'5 207 pound Shooting guard was drafted in 2012 as the as the third pick to Washington. He went to Florida and his shooting percentage is .409. He was born in 1993 and averages 15.3 points per game.
SF: Paul Peirce
The 6'7 235 pound small forward was born in Oakland, CA. He went to Kansa for college. He was drafted by the Boston Celtics with the 9th pick in the 1998 draft.
Do you want to see one of his buzzer beaters?
Fun Fact: He has played in the NBA for 16 years.
PF: Nene Hilario
Nene was born in Brazil (which explains his weird name). He traveled to the US, but he didn't go to college. He was still drafted by the New York Knicks with the 7th pick in the 2002 draft.
C: Marcin Gortat
Growing to 6' 11" and 240 pounds Marcin is somewhat what small for a center. He was born in Poland and didn't go to college. He was drafted 57th in 2005 by the Phoenix Suns.
Otto Porter Jr.
With a 46-36 record the Wizards claimed the 5th seed in the playoffs. With Paul Peirce playing his best the Wizards made a pretty good playoff run.
The Milwaukee Bucks
PG: Michael Carter-Williams
The Bucks finished with an even record at 41 and 41. After trading for MCW, the Bucks looked even better. They ended up with the 6th seed in the playoffs.
The 6'6 190 pound point guard got drafted by the 76ers from Syracuse. He got traded to the Bucks in his first year (this year). He was born in 1991 in Massachusetts and averages 15.7 points per game.
SF: Jabari Parker
SG: Giannis Antetokounmpo
The 6'8, 240 small forward got injured in the beginning of the season and that was a big dissapointment to the Bucks.
Being 6' 11" and 217 pounds is a big advantage especially for a shooting guard. He was born in Greece and he didn' t go to college. He was picked 15th by the Bucks in the 2013 season.
He went to Duke university and was born in 1995 in Chicago. He averages 12.3 points per game and was drafted by he Bucks as the second pick in last years draft.
C: Zaza Pachulia
He is 6' 11" and 270 pounds. He didn't go to college but he was drafted by the Orlando Magic with the 42nd pick in the 2003 draft
Fun Fact: He was born in the country Georgia. That is located in Asia.
PF: Khris Middleton
He is only 6' 7" and 225 pounds, but he is a force for the Bucks by scoring 13.4 points a game. Born in Charleston, South Carolina, he ended up going to Texas A&M. He was drafted in the 2012 draft by the Detroit Pistons with the 39th pick.
Johnny O'bryant III
The Boston Celtics
PG: Isaiah Thomas
The Celtics finished with a 40 and 42 record. They struggled early in the season, but they picked it up to get the 7th seed in the playoffs.
He was named after the Isaiah Thomas that you all know and went to Washington. He si a small 5' 9" and only 185 pounds. He was born in Tacoma, Washington in 1989. He was drafted by the Sacromento Kings with the 60th pick in the 2011 draft.
SG: Avery Bradley
Just like Isaiah Thomas, Avery was born in Tacoma Washimgton. He is 6' 2" and he weighs 180 pounds. He went to Texas university and was drafted by the Celtics with the 19th pick in the 2010 draft.
He is averaging 16.4 points a game.
The Hawks have been to 44 playoffs and have only won a single championship, which was way back in 1958. They started as the Tri-State Blackhawks in 1949. After changing names to the Milwaukee Hawks, the St. Louis Hawks, they now reisde in the city of Atlanta. Some famous players include Moses Malone, Dominique Wilkins, and the infamous Dikembe Mutombo, the king of the finger wag.
SF: Evan Turner
He was born in Chicago, Illinois on October 27th. He is 6' 7" and he weighs 220 pounds. He went to Ohio State and he was picked 2nd by the Philidelphia 76ers in the 2010 draft.
PF: Brandon Bass
Born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Brandon stayed close to home when he went to LSU for college. He ended up being 6' 8" and he weighs 250 pounds. He ended up going to the New Orleans Pelicans with the 33rd pick in the 2005 draft.
With less than 20 playoff apperances and no championship, the Cavs are often seen as the cellar-dweller of the NBA. LeBron James and the legendary World B. Free are two of Cleveland's greatest and most famous players. Although they are typically one of the worst NBA teams, recent history shows that with Lebron back in the driver's seat (and Kyrie in the passenger) the Cavs are due for a championship.
C: Tyler Zeller
Standing at a perfect 7 feet Tyler weighs 253 pounds. He was born in Visalia, California. He went to the University of North Carolina and he was drafted by the Dallas Mavericks with the 17th pick in the 2012 draft.
This 49 year old team has been one of the most consistent powerhouses in the NBA. With 34 playoff appearances an 6 championships (all under MJ), the Bulls are typically always fun to watch. However, the late 90s and early 2000s were tough on Chicago, due to the retirement of Jordan. Their famous players are Scottie Pippen, Tyson Chandler, and the best NBA player ever, Michael Jordan.
When everyone of your players is older than your association, nobody expects much. And that bar is pretty much exactly where Toronto usually is. They have made the playoffs a meager 9 times and hvaen't won a championship. They are typically a team that just misses the playoffs or just slides in. Since they are only 20 years old, their only famous player would be Vince Carter from 1997-2002
PG: Deron Williams
SG: Joe Johnson
The 6'7, 240 shooter was born in Little Rock, Arkansas. He got drafted as the tenth pick in the 2001 draft. He has been in the NBA for 13 years and averages 17.3 points per game.
SF: Thaddeus Young
PF: Mason Plunblee
C: Brook Lopez
The 7'0 275 center went to Stanford and was drafted tenth to the Nets in 2008.
He was born in 1988 in North Hollywood and averages 7.3 rebounds a game.
The 6'11 235 pound PF went to Duke University and got drafted to the Nets 22nd in the 2013 draft. He was born in Fort Wayne, Indiana and averaged 8.7 points in his first year.
The 6'8 221 pound small forward went to Georgia Tech. He was drafted 12th by the Sixers in 2007. Then he was traded to the timbervolves and then traded to the Nets. He was born in 1988 in New Orleans and averages 14.1 points per game.
Since starting in 1961, the Wizards have gone through many, many name changes. In order from first to latest:
Chicago Packers, Chicago Zephyrs, Chicago Bullets, Baltimore Bullets, Capital Bullets, Washington Bullets, Washington Wizards. They won a championship in 1977 and have been to the playoffs 27 times. A few of their famous players are Moses Malone, Chris Webber, and Christian Laettner (Laettner is only included because of his wildly successful college career, making him "famous").
Since starting in 1968, the Bucks have been a middle-of-the-road team almost every season. They have made the playoffs 28 times and won the NBA just once. However, Milwaukee has been home to many, many star players: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Ray Allen, and the one and only, Magic Johnson.
He was born in Parkersburg, West Virginia. He went to the University of Illinois.
He is 6' 3" and he weighs 200 pounds. He was drafted by the Utah Jazz with the 3rd pick in the 2005 draft. He is averaging 17 points a game.
The Brooklyn Nets barely got into the playoffs with a 38 and 44 record. They had the same record as the Pacers but they beat them more times.
PG: George Hill
SG: Paul George
SF: Solomon Hill
PF: David West
The Indiana Pacers just missed the playoffs with a 38 and 44 record. They would've made the playoffs, but the Nets won more games against them. They did get their star Paul George back from injury though.
C: Roy Hibbert
Historically, the Celtics are one of, if not, the best NBA of all time. They were one of the original 1946 NBA teams and have appeared in the playoffs 55 times. They have won it all a record 17 times. They also have had a history of producing big name players. Bill Russell, Ray Allen, Kevin Garnett, Larry Bird. The list goes on and on. Also, don't forget their legendary coach list: Bill Russell, Red Auerbach, Doc Rivers, Rick Pitino, and Tom Heinsohn
He was born on May 4th in Indianapolis. He went to college at IUPUI (Indiana University- Purdue Univeristy of Indianapolis). He was drafted by the San Antonio Spurs with the 26th pick in the 2008 draft. He is averaging 16.1 points a game.
He suffered a serious leg injury which caused him to miss most of the season. He was born in Palmdale, CA. He went to Fresno State for college. He was selected by the Pacers with the 10th pick in the 2010 draft. He has been a great success averaging 15.2 points in his career.
Born in Los Angeles, CA, Hill is 6' 7" and he weighs 225 pounds. He went to the university of Arizona for college. He was selected by the Pacers with the 23rd pick in the 2013 draft.
The Nets were actually an ABA (American Basketball Association) team from 1968 to 1976. In that span, they won 2 titles and made the playoffs 7 times. However, when the joined the NBA in 1976, the Nets did (and have continued to) flop. They have made the playoffs just 19 times and have never won a championship. But they have had some good players in Julius Erving, Jason Kidd, and Vince Carter.
Born in Teaneck, NJ David wen to Xavier for college. He is 6' 9" and he weighs 250 pounds. He was drafted by the New Orleans Pelicans with the 18th pick in the 2013 draft and averages 11.7 PPG.
At an outstanding 7' 2" and 290 pounds Roy Hibbert is a force on defense. He was born in Queens, NY and he went to Georgetown. He was drafted by the Raptors with the 17th pick in the 2008 draft. He is averaging 10.6 points and 7.1 rebounds a game.
The Heat missed the playoffs with a 37 and 45 record. They might have made the playoffs if starting PF Chris Bosh didn't get injured.
Like the Nets, the Pacers came to the NBA after the ABA-NBA merger of 1976. The Pacers were the team to beat in the ABA, but haven't been outstanding in the NBA. With a mediocre 22 playoff appearances and no titles, Pacers fans are waiting for something big to happen. Even if they have struggled, they have produced some very good players like Reggie Miller and Clark Kellogg. And nobody could forget the Pacers-Knicks rivalry.
PG: Goran Dragic
SG: Dwayne Wade
PF: Chris Bosh
C: Hassan Whiteside
Miami traded for Dragic in Feb. 2015, and it has been shown to be worth. This 6' 3'' Yugoslavian PG has averaged 16.3 PPG, and 4.5 APG. He never went to college and was drafted in the 2nd round of the 2008 draft by San Anotnio.
Although some say D-Wade had a tough year, his offensive stats say otherwise. The 6' 4'', 220 lbs, averaged 21.5 PPG and nearly 5 assists. He showed the same offensive flare that he did playing at Marquette.
The Charlotte Hornets went 33-49 this season. It was really tough for them having a injured Kemba Walker all season, but they hung in there. They were about to make the playoffs but they lost to the two teams below them and they dropped.
PG: Kemba Walker
Despite missing half of the season, Kemba Walker averages 17.3 points per game and averages 5.4 assists per game. He was born in Bronx, NY and went to Uconn. He was drafted 9th in the 2011 draft by Charlotte.
Chris Bosh was injured with a blood clot for the season. He was born in Dallas, TX. He is 6' 11" and he weighs 235 pounds. He went to Georgia Tech for college and he was drafted by the Raptors with the 4th pick in the 2003 draft. He averages 21 points and 8.6 rebounds.
SG: Gerald Henderson
Deng is a 6' 9'', 220 lbs, solid SF. He went to Duke and was drafted 7th pick overall by PHX in 2004. He averages 14 PPG and 5.2 RPG.
Fun Fact: He was born in Sudan
The 6'5 215 pound all-star shooter went to Duke university and got drafted by the Hornets 12th in the 2009 draft. He was born in Cladwell, NJ and averages 121 points per game.
SF: Michael Kidd-Gilchrist
PF: Cody Zeller
Whiteside is one of the most underrated centers in the NBA. He averages 11 PPG and averages 10 RPG. Yes, 10 RPG! He also has a better PER a game than Lebron! He went to Marshall and was drafted in the 2nd round of the 2010 draft. #underrated
C: Al Jefferson
The 6'7 232 pound SF was drafted second out of the university of Kentucky. In 1993, he was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and he averages 10.9 points per game.
The 7'0 245 pound PF went to Indiana university and as the 4th pick in the 2013 draft. He was born in Indiana in 1992 and averages 7.6 points per game.
The 6'10 289 pound center has been in the league for ten years. He averages 17 points per game and 9.1 rebounds a game. He led the Hornets as one of their top scores and clutch players. He did not go to college and was drafted 10th by the Boston Celtics. He was born in 1985 in Missisippi.
Kemba Walker Breaking Ankles
PG: Brandon Jennings
The 6'1 165 pound PG did not go to college. He was drafted 10th in the 2009 draft to the Bucks. He was born in 1989 in Compton, CA and averages 6.6 assists per game.
SG: Kentavious Caldwell-Pope
The 6'5 205 pound SG went to the University of Georgia. He was drafted 8th in the 2013 draft. He was born in Thomaston, GA and averages 12.7 points per game.
SF: Caron Butler
The 6'7 228 pound SF went to the University of Connecticut. He was drafted 10th to the Miami Heat in 2002. He was born in Wisconsin and averages 14.3 points per game.
PF: Greg Monroe
The 6'11 250 pound PF went to Georgetown University. He was born in Louisiana and averages 15.9 points per game. He was drafted as the 7th pick in the 2010 draft.
C: Andre Drummond
The 6'11 279 pound C went to the University of Connecticut. He was drafted 9th by the Pistons in the 2012 draft. He was born in Mount Vernon, NY and averages 13.8 points per game.
Another one of the younger NBA teams (inaugural season was 1985), the Heat have caught up with the league pretty fast. They have won three championships and have appeared in the playoffs 18 times. In the early 2010's, the Heat established "The Big Three", consisting of Dwayne Wade, Lebron James, and Chris Bosh. Other than those three, Shaq and Tim Hardaway also played for the Heat at one point in time.
The Hornets are even younger than the Heat (they started in 1988, and have been one of the worst NBA teams, overall. They have only been in the playoffs 9 times and have no rings. They started as the Hornets until 2002, when they changed names to the Bobcats. Then, last year, they changed back. Their famous players are Muggsy Bogues and Larry Johnson.
Starting in the 40s, the Pistons had their glory days in the 80s and 90s, when the Pistons were the "Bad Boys" of the NBA. They played dirty and hard, but they still got into the playoffs every year (9 years) and won two championships. The Pistons have, in all, been to 40 playoffs and have won it all three times. They have had countless star NBA layers: Grant Hill, Bill Laimbeer, Isiah Thomas, Chauncey Billups, Dennis Rodman, Joe Dumars, Vinnie Johnson, John Salley, the list goes on and on. For more info on the Bad Boys, watch the ESPN 30 for 30 documentary, Bad Boys.
John Lucus III
The Pistons had a tough year this season. Not like they did not in previous seasons but still they ended up with a 32-50 record. Getting rid of Josh Smith was a bad move because he was one of their top scores. They are playing in a tough division and can't seem to get as many points a game than the other teams. That is a huge problem.
PG: Elfrid Payton
SG: Victor Oladipo
PF: Dewayne Dedmon
C: Nikola Vucevic
SF: Tobias Harris
The 6'4 165 pound PG was drafted this past year. He went to Louisiana-Lafayette and was drafted 10th by the 76ers. He averages 8.9 points per game and was born in Louisiana.
The 6'4 211 pound SG was born in Silver Spring, Maryland. He went to Indiana University and was drafted s the 2nd pick in the 2013 draft. This season he averaged 17.9 points per game and 4.1 assists per game. He is known as Mr. 540 because in this year dunk contest, he completed a 540 degree dunk.
The 6'9 235 pound Sf went to the University of Tennessee. He was drafted 19th overall in the 2011 draft by the Charlotte Hornets. He was born in New York and averages 17.1 points per game.
The 7'0 245 pound Pf was born in Lancaster, California. He went to USC and was signed as undrafted free agent. He averages 5rebounds and 3.7 points per game.
He was born in 1990 in Switzerland. The 7'0 260 pound C went to USC and was drafted by the 76ers as the 16th pick in the 2011 draft. He averages 19.3 points and 10.9 rebounds a game.
The Orlando Magic did not have a good year. They were 25-57 to end the season. Their previous years' draft picks have not done them any good. This year they get #5 pick so hopefully for them they can get someone who is worth the #5 pick.
PG: Ish Smith
SG: Robert Covington
SF: Jerami Grant
PF: Nerlens Noel
C: Joel Embiid
Glen Robinson III
Luc Richard Mbah a Moute
The Philadelphia 76ers did not have a very good season. They are the youngest team in the NBA and did not have full strength throughout the season. Next season Joel Embiid will be back. They are hoping to get a good pick such as D'angelo Russel in this year's draft. With a better team they might be able to improve their 18-64 record. They are in a building stage so they are going to try to get some good draft picks for the future.
The 6'0 175 pound PG went to Wake Forest and was born in Charlotte, North Carolina. He has been in the NBA for 4 years and averages 6.1 points per game.
The 6'9 215 pound SG did not get drafted. He went to Tennessee State and was born in Bellwood, IL. He averages 13.5 points per game.
The 6'8 210 pound SF is the brother of Jerian Grant, who plays on Notre Dame. He was born in Portland, Oregon in 1994. He went to Syracuse and was drafted 39th in the second round. He turned out to be a starter after really improving this year.
The 6'11 228 pound PF went to the University of Kentucky. He was drafted 6th to the New Orleans Pelicans in 2013 and was out the first year with a injury. He was born in Massachusetts and averages 9.9 points per game and 8.1 rebounds per game, with mad defensive skills
The 7'0 250 pound C has not yet made his day view in the NBA. He was drafted 3rd overall in last year's draft and could not play this year because of an injury. He will start next season, but he is still considered in the starting lineup. He went to Kansas University.
Fun Fact: He was born in Cameroon!
New York Knicks
Who cares if the Magic have never won it all? Orlando is notoriously one of the best NBA team ever. Ever since starting in 1989, a huge Orlando fan base quickly grew. Along with the Bulls, they were one of the an-favorite teams of the 90s, bringing in stars like Shaq and Penny Hardaway. And that's just the 90s. The Magic also had a very successful run with S. Van Gundy in the late 2000s (mostly because of Dwight Howard).
With 47 playoff appearances and 3 titles, the 76ers are one of those classic teams. Although they have steadily become one of the worst NBA teams ever, they have found light in their star rosters. Allen Iverson, Dikembe Mutombo, Wilt Chamberlain, Julius Erving, and Charles Barkley, just to name a few.
Let's just say
the Knicks deserved the
#1 pick. They were pretty
terrible this season winning
just 17 games. They were ranked
as one of the worst NBA teams of all time. Carmelo getting injured and Amare getting traded sure didn't help. Falling to 4th in the draft, the Knicks will have a tough time getting back to being the Knicks that New Yorkers love and everybody else hates.
PG: Jose Calderon
Jose was born in Spain. He is 6' 3" and he weighs 200 pounds. He didn't go to college and he was an undrafted free agent.
SF: Carmelo Anthony
SG: Alexey Shved
Alexey was born in Russia. He is 6' 6" and he weighs an astonishing 187 pounds. He didn't go to college and he was picked up by the Knicks while he was a Rocket. He is notoriously terrible. Don't believe me?
PF: Lou Amundson
Averaging 5 PPG and 1.3 APG, Amundson ceratainly doesn't put up great numbers. The 6'9'', 225 pounder out of UNLV has struggled in his first eight years. He is most likely going to be released and shipped to Europe to play in the Euro-leagues.
C: Andrea Bargnani.
This college-less Italian is known as the center who can make the 3-ball. And he can. In his career since being drafted 1st overall in 2006, the 7'0, 240 pound center averages 1.2
Tim Hardaway Jr.
Like the Lakers, the 76ers, and the Cetics, the Knickerbockers are one of the classic NBA teams. Making the playoffs 42 times and winning them twice since their start in 1946. The Knicks have had many famous players play at MSG like: Patrick Ewing, Tyson Chandler, Bob McAdoo, Larry Johnson, Amar'e, Mark Jackson, Carmelo, John Starks, Bernard King, Bill Bradley, and Wlat Frazier.
Golden State Warriors
The Warriors were the best NBA team last year by far. In fact, statistically, they were the 4th best NBA team EVER!!! Led by Steph Curry, GS lost just 15 games.
PG: Steph Curry
SG: Klay Thompson
SF: Harrison Barnes
PF: Draymond Green
C: Andrew Bogut
James Micheal McAdoo
Bogut, a 7'0'', 260 pound Australian was picked 1st
overall in 2005. He averages
6.3 PPG, 8.1 RPG and 1.7 BPG
He is a solid starter for GS
and lit up in the playoffs vs
the Rockets scoring 26 points
in 2 games. He went to Utah for college.
Green is ranked by ESPN, the 2nd best PF in the league (#1 is Anthony Davis). Green has become a solid starter in the PF position and averaged nearly 15 PPG in the playoffs. He is 6'7'', 230 pounds, and was a 2nd round pick out of MSU.
The 6' 8'', 225 pound, 7th
overall draft pick out of
UNC. Last year, he made
the all-rookie team. And in
his sophomore season, he
has been relatively consis-
tent, averaging 10.1 PPG
and 5.5 RPG. Barnes helps top
off Golden State with his pure
The Washington State graduate has become Steph
Curry's sidekick, but don't
underestimate Klay. He
averages 21.7 PPG, 3.1 APG, and 3.2 RPG. He is 6'7'' and 215 lbs. He was picked 11th
overall in 2011 and is a great partner for Stephen Curry.
The Warriors have won 3 championships and have made they playoffs 31 times. Although they haven't really been a great team since the 70s, the Warriors have had a huge fan base grow. Also, many people think they are a new team. However, they started in 1946! Famous players are Steph Curry, Wilt Chamberlain, Ricky Barry, Chris Webber, and Tim Hardaway.
The Houston Rockets
This year's MVP was magical this season.He set the record for most three pointers made in the playoffs. From the left corner his percent of making it is 66.6%. He led his team to the number 1 seed in the Western conference.
The Houston Rockets had a
great season with Dwight Howard
and James Harden running the court. Houston is looking to improve upon their 56-win season next year.
PG: Jason Terry
SG: James Harden
Steph Curry ctd.
SF: Trevor Ariza
Even though he is now the best player in the league, he was so small and underweight in HS. He ended up going to the only college that would accept him, Davidson. He lead Davidson on an Elite Eight run. That year he was drafted by the Warriors with the 7th pick in the 2009 draft. Even though the 6' 3" and 190 pound MVP is a star now, he was always a kid with a great potential.
PF: Terrence Jones
C: Dwight Howard
Carmelo Anthony is a true all-star. He has made the all-star game for last last couple years. The 6'8, 240 pound SF can shoot the ball. He broke the record of most points in Madison Square Garden with 62. Ne was born in New York, NY and was drafted 3rd by the Nuggets. He went to Syracuse and averages 25.2 points per game. He did not play the last half of the season because the Knicks did not want him to get injured. They knew they were not going to make the playoffs, so why take the risk.
This 6' 2'', 185 lbs, PG is
37 years old. He was drafted 10th overall in 1999 and went to Arizona.
His stats are decent (7 PPG, 2 APG,1.6 RPG), but this is a
position that the Rockets need to improve on if they want to win
it all next year.
Trevor Ariza may be one of the
most underrated players in the
West.Sure, he's not putting up BIG numbers, but the 6'8'', 215 pound, SF out of UCLA averages 12.8 PPG and 2.5 APG. He was drafted in 2004 by the Knicks in the 2nd round. Not too shabby for a 2nd rounder, I'd say.
The 10th overall pick in the 2012 draft is
doing a pretty good job
for year #2. Coming
out of Kentucky, Jones
averages 11.7 PPG, 6.7
APG, and 2 BPG. He
makes a very good fit
for the Rockets and, while
still a minor player, may be
the player that makes the whole team click.
Face it, D-Howard is back! After his unsuccessful stint with L.A, Howard is going back to playing like he did with Orlando. He averages 15.8 PPG, 10.5 RPG, and 1.3 BPG. The 2004 1st overall pick is 6'11'' and 275 pounds. Like Kobe and LeBron, Dwight never went to college.
Starting in the 60s, the Rockets have been to the playoffs 29 times and have won it all twice (they won back-to-back seasons in 1993-1994 and 1994-1995). Originally based in San Diego, the Rockets are a consistent team through out history and have had a lot of star power play for them. In no particular order: Yao Ming, Hakeem Olajuwon, Charles Barkley, Moses Malone, Tracy McGrady, Shane Battier, Ralph Sampson, and Rudy Tomjanovich (who eventually became a legendary coach for Houston).
Los Angeles Clippers
The Clippers had a solid season with Deandre Jordan, CP3, and Blake Griffen all starting. They won
a total of 56 games, but
fell in round #2 of the
playoffs to Houston.
PG: Chris Paul
The tiny, 6'0'', 175 pound PG out of Wake Forest had a great year this year. The 2005 4th overall pick scored 19.1 PPG, 10.2 APG, and 4.6 RPG. He is considered the 2nd best PG in the NBA, only behind the MVP, Steph Curry.
Redick, the 2006 11th overall draft pick out of Duke University, had a great year. He averaged 16.1 PPG and was a solid starter for L.A. He became a consistent sidekick for CP3 and a solid starter for L.A, making management very happy.
SF: Matt Barnes
Banres' only media attention this year was when he trash-talked to James Harden's mom, but the 2nd round pick out of UCLA had a decent year. With 10.1 PPG and 4 RPG, the 6'7'', 226 pound forward had an important roll on this Clippers team and will look to get better next year.
PF: Blake Griffin
Griffin had a very strong season, averaging 21.9 PPG and 7.6 RPG. The former 1st overall pick out of Oklahoma made all-NBA 3rd team and also made some sweet dunks.
C: DeAndre Jordan
The Texas A&M grad played some great basketball this season with 15 RPG and 2.2 BPG. The 6'11'', 265 pound center was drafted in the 2nd round by the Clippers in 2009 and has certainly made an impact on L.A.
In the 45-year history of the Clippers,they've made they playoffs just 11 times (and have never won a championship). 11 TIMES!! Originally called the Buffalo Braves, they changed to the San Diego Clippers, and finally, the L.A Clippers. Some famous pkayers are: World B. Free, Elton Brand Corey Maggette, Mark Jackson, and Bob McAdoo.
Portland Trail Blazers
Portland, led by Damian Lillard and LaMarcus Aldridge, had a pretty good season. They fell in the 1st round of the playoffs to Memphis, but look to come back next year.
PG: Damian Lillard
The 2012 6th overall draft pick out of Weber State had a strong sophomore
campaign. The 6' 3'', 195 pound guard gave everyone
Portland fan something to
cheer about. Putting up 21 PPG, 6.2 APG, and 4.6 RPG, made the Portland management very happy this year. He is, without a doubt, one of the best PGs in the league
SG: Wesley Matthews
Wesley Matthews got injured in early March, but still had an a-okay season. He was a solid scorer for the Trail Blazers as he put up a good 15 points each game. He has come a long way since being an UDFA out of Marquette. The 6' 5'', 220 pound, SG turned some heads in November when he averaged 17 PPG. But Matthews future with the Blazers is still undecided.
SF: Nicolas Batum
The 6' 8'', 200 pound, 2008 25th overall pick from France is a middle-of-the-road player for Portland. Although he puts up solid numbers (9.4 PPG,4.8 APG,5.9 RPG), it had been rumoured that Batum is going to be traded. Any team that gets him will have a starter who can snatch rebounds.
PF: LaMarcus Aldridge
The 6'11'', 240 pound, all-star has had his best season since he was picked 2nd overall in 2006. He averaged 24 PPG, 10.2 RPG, and one BPG. He came out of Texas and has positioned himself as one of the best PFs in the league. This off-season, he will be opened up to free agency. Well, that is i the Blazers don't re-sign him. Overall, the future looks bright for Aldridge as he fights to become MVP someday.
C: Robin Lopez
Robin Lopez may be most well-known for looking like Sideshow Bob in "The Simpsons", but don't let his cartoon-like hair distract you from Lopez's skill. Sure, his numbers aren't incredible, but without Lopez, Portland may not have made the playoffs. He gets roughly 10 points , about 7 rebounds, and maybe a block or two every time he step on the court. He is the glue that keeps Portland together, with his ability to pump the team up and score when they need a basket.
Portland as never really been a bad team. They are a pretty consistent team, overall.In fact, in their 45 year history, they've made the playoffs about 70% of the time. They've made it to the finals three times and have won it all once, in 1977. The Trail Blazers have also seen some great players come and go: Clyde Drexler, Bill Walton, Terry Porter, Rasheed Wallace, and Calvin "Pit Bull" Natt.
The 6'5 225 pound SG was traded from the Thunder a couple years ago. He was born in Bellflower, Ca and was drafted 3rd overall by OKC in 2009. He came in second behind Steph Curry for the NBA all-star averaging 27.4 points per game. He went to Arizona State and his shot average is .440.
PG: Mike Conley
The 6'1'', 175 lbs PG out of Ohio State has become a starting player for the Grizzlies. Although not well known in the league, Conley averages solid numbers every game. All the 2006 6th overall pick needs is better coaching and a sidekick and he could be an elite PG.
Led by Marc Gasol, the Grizzlies had a good year, winning 55 games. They were beaten by Golden State in the 2nd round of the playoffs while Mike Conley was partially out.
SG: Vince Carter
The formerly elite guard out of UNC has skills, but has aged A LOT since he was drafted 5th overall in 1998. Although he used to put up about 25 PPG, the 6'6', 220 pound, 38-year old is now putting up about 6 PPG. To be honest, Carter will likely retire, but he will always be known as a basketball superstar.
SF: Tony Allen
The 6'4'', 195 pound, 2004 25th pick out of Oklahoma State had his best year this year. He scored a solid 9 PPG, 1.4 APG, and 4.4 RPG. He is a good starter for Memphis, but for the Griz to have a shot at a title, they need to either find someone new or up Allen's game.
PF: Zach Randolph
Randolph (nicknamed Z-Bo) has worked his way up to being an elite PF. He is 6'9'' and 280 pounds. He was drafted way back in 2001 by the Trail Blazers, who had the 19th pick in the draft. He went to MSU for one year and then headed to the NBA.
C: Marc Gasol
Marc Gasol is 7'1'', 265 pound college-less center from Spain. He was on the All-NBA 1st team and had an incredible year. He averaged 17.4 PPG, 78RPG, and 1.6 BPG. He is, according to ESPN, the best center in the league and will be put up for grabs in free agency this summer.
Along with the Toronto Raptors, the Grizzlies started in 1995 as the Vancouver Grizzlies (the NBA decided to expand to Canada). In that 20 year span, the Grizzlies have made the playoffs just 8 times and have never won a title. In fact, it took nearly a decade before the Grizzlies made the playoffs. But another stat, Memphis hasn't had a sub-40 win season in six years. Famous players are: Vince Carer, Sharim Abdur-Raim, Greg Anthony, Pau Gasol (Marc's Brother), and Mike Miller.
San Antonio Spurs
The previous champions did not play as good this year. They finished with a 55-27 record, but still made the playoffs.
PG: Tony Parker
Tony Parker, the elite 6'2'', 185 pound PG played an iffy-season. He looked kind of off of his typically elite game, scoring just 15 PPG and snatching less than 2 boards a game. Like so many other people, Parker needs to hit the gas pedal for the Spurs to get another championship.
Fun Fact: Parker is from Belgium
SG: Danny Green
Danny Green had another good season. In his fifth year since getting picked 2nd round in the 2009 draft, the former UNC Tar Heel player made an under-appreciated difference. He averaged 11.7 PPG and 4.2 RPG. The 6'6'', 215 pound New Yorker looks to continue on his road to becoming an elite player.
PF: Tim Duncan
SF: Kawhi Leonard
After last year's Finals MVP season, Kawhi is still at it. This year he won the defensive player of the year. He averages 16.5 points and 2.3 steals a game. No wonder he's the Defensive player of the year. Born in LA he is 6' 7" and he weighs 230 pounds. He went to San Diego State for college and he was drafted by the Indiana Pacers with the 15th pick in the 2011 draft.
C: Tiago Splitter
Tim Duncan is one of the greatest big men to ever play the game of basketball. Just to list his awards: 2 RS MVPs, 3 Finals MVPs, Rookie of the Year, 10 All-NBA First Teams, 3 All-NBA Second Teams, Two All-NBA Third Teams, One All-Rookie First Team, Eight All-NBA Defensive First Teams, Seven All-NBA Defensive Second Teams, and an All-Star MVP. In his 17-year career, he has gone just 3 years without winning an award. This season, he was good, snatching 9.1 RPG, 2 BPG, and 14 PPG and made the All-NBA Second Defensive Team and the All-NBA Third Team. He is also approaching age 40 and will likely retire within the next half-decade.
The 6'11,245 pound center has worked his way up to starting position. Scoring 8.2 PPG and 0.7 BPG, the college-less center might be released this off-season.
Fun Fact: Tiago is from Brazil
Making the playoffs 35 times and winning it all thrice, the Spurs have been great since Greg Popovich. In fact, since Popovich took over in 1997, the Spurs have not missed the playoffs. Famous players are Tim Duncan, David Robinson,and George Gervin.
Dallas had a so-so season and got kicked out of the playoffs in the first round. They went 50-32.
PG: J.J Barea
The UDFA out of Northeastern isn't an NBA star. After spending eight years in the league, Barea has still failed to break out as a star. However, the 6'0, 185 pound Puerto Rican actually had the 3rd best assist to turnover ratio.
SG: Monta Ellis
This 6'3, 185 pound SG has done a lot since being drafted in the 2nd round of the 2005 draft. He was the star player of the Mavs this year, averaging nearly 20 PPG. He never went to college. Dallas is the third team that he has played for and it looks like Ellis has found a good fit.
SF: Chandler Parsons
The lesser known of the three big men on Dallas, Parsons had a pretty good season. He averaged 15.7 PPG, but his season went down in Game 2 of the playoffs when he got a knee injury. The former second round pick out of Florida seems to have just one weakness...inconsistency.
PF: Dirk Nowitzki
With nicknames such as: reDIRKulous, the Dunking Dutchman, Dirk Diggler, The Germanator, and the Bavarian Bomber, Nowitzki has become an NBA star! He is a 13-time all-star and a great player both offensively and defensively. However, although Dirk's stats were good, he failed to make as big a difference as the Mavs hoped. In fact, the Mavs might move the German PF down to a bench player if he doesn't speed things up.
C: Tyson Chandler
"The Beast Of The Boards" had a very good season this year. Correction. He had a great season this year. He snatched 11.5 RPG and score 10.3 PP. He also got 1.2 BPG. Chandler is 7'1'' and 240 pounds. He was drafted 2nd overall in 2001. He never went to college.
Dallas is always either really good or really bad. In 35 years, they've made the playoffs 20 times. Pretty good, right. Well, all the times they didn't make the playoffs, they weren't very good. In fact, the mavericks once won just 11 games in a season. They won a title once. Famous Mavericks are: Jerry Stackhouse, Dirk, and Vince Carter.
New Orleans Pelicans
The Pelicans squeezed
into the playoffs due
to great playing by
PG: Tyreke Evans
SG: Eric Gordon
C: Antony Davis
Eric Gordon has averaged 13.4 points and 3.8 assists. Not bad for a 6' 4", 215 pound guy. He was born in Indianapolis and he went to Indiana for college. He was picked 7th in the 2008 by the Los Angeles Clippers.
"Reke Havoc" had a good year this year. He had a solid 16.6 PPG and 6.6 RPG. He also got a decent 5.3 RPG. Tyreke Evans was a solid starter this year and looks to get even better next year. The 2009 4th overall pick will likely stay in New Orleans.
SF: Quincy Pondexter
The Pondexteroid had a so-so season. He averaged 7.2 PPG. Originally drafted by OKC 26th overall in 2011, "Coupon" went to college at Washington and is 6'7'', 220 pound.
PF: Omer Asik
"Fear the brow" the crowd would say. Davis is a 6'10 220 pound beast. He was born in Chicago and went to Kentucky. He has the highest per in the league. That is in front of king James, CP3, and Steph Curry. He was drafted first in the 2012 draft. His first year was rough but he led his team to the playoffs this year. This center can also shoot. He even has .803 at the line for a center. He also averages 3 blocks per game. He averages 24.5 points per game and made the allstar game. He could not play in that due to an injury.
He is a beast on the glass averaging 9.8 rebounds a game, but only 7.3 points. He was born in Turkey on July 4th. He is 7' 0" and he weighs 255 pounds. He didn't go to college. but he was drafted by the Portland Trail Blazers.
The youngest NBA team in the league (started in 2002), the Pelicans have had a rough history. With only six playoff appearances, the Pelicans have actually gone through 2 name changes in 13 years. After Hurricane Katrina, they were hosted by OKC for two years. Then they came back and decided to change their name to the Pelicans. Famous players are: Chris Paul and Anthony Davis
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