There are many great stories in this year’s early NBA Season, there are many players have great seasons that aren’t being recognized. This post is for those players, the ones deserving of headlines that aren’t getting nearly as much attention as their play warrants.
Kyle Lowry– I had a chance to watch Lowry a couple of times during the lockout in the BBNS(Basketball Never Stops) Games, he played for Team Philly. Lowry reminded me that he is the same kid who oozed potential at Villanova. The difference, he’s just flat out BETTER and hardly anyone has taken notice. Lowry has led the Rockets to an 8-7 record while posting 15 points, 7 rebounds, and 11 assists this season. He’s does most of his damage out of Pick & Roll situations and Dribble Handoffs. When operating out of the P&R Lowry’s FG% is 49.1 inside the arch, outside the arch(3pt) his percentage is 47.1%. Lowry is ranked 7th in the league in converting P&R situations. He makes the most of his trips to the line as well, knocking down his free throws at a 91% clip. So when you get a chance, take the time to watch one of the leagues best point guards. Lowry plays point the RIGHT way, he does whatever his team needs him to do depending on the night. The Rockets should be lucky to have him!
Kevin Love– He doesn’t jump over cars, isn’t blessed with elite athleticism, but what he does give you are NUMBERS. Love dropped some weight and has done even better this season after averaging a ridiculous 20 points and 15 rebounds last year. THIS season Love is averaging 25 and 15, what’s so impressive is that his FG% has gone UP! Love is shooting 47.6% from 2 and a staggering 44% from 3, last night he came off a screen to hit a game winning 3 vs the Clippers. Love does most of his damage on the glass, but he is evolving into a better player in post up situations. Love’s greatest gift might be his ability to convert spot up opportunities. Love is shooting 37.9% behind the arch in spot up situations, as big that is phenomenal. Love does a great job of converting his opportunities at the line, he shoots 78% from the line. The addition of Rubio has only helped Love, Minnesota would be foolish to break that paring up. Love NEEDS to be considered as one of the best Power Forwards in the League right now!
Chris Bosh– Bosh takes a lot of bashing for his role in Miami, he’s often forgotten and not taken seriously as far as star-power goes. In many eyes it’s LeBron & Wade, Chris is often thrown in with the others. Well Bosh deserves credit for what he did last year and for what he’s done this year. Bosh is the 3rd best player on that team, he’s also one of the most consistent averaging 18 points and 8 rebounds. Wade and James have a huge impact on his rebound numbers, both are very good rebounders for their positions. Bosh averaged 18 & 8 last year as well while shooting 49% from the field and 20% from 3. Bosh has improved his efficiency, this year he’s shooting 54.3% from the field. Bosh had been amazingly efficient in isolation situations, Bosh isn’t your typical big so he gets more isolation attempts than typical post up opportunities. He’s ranked 5th in the league in converting isolation situations, shooting a blistering 57.1%. As a big, Bosh gets many opportunities in the Heat offense as the Roll man in the P&R. Bosh is also 5th in the league converting those opportunities, shooting 62.5% in those situations. As for the free throw line, Bosh only shoots 68%. Bosh doesn’t nearly get the credit he deserves, but he is one of the better power forwards in the league. In his last season in Toronto before joining the Heat, Bosh averaged 24 & 10 while shooting 51.8% from the floor. In the 2009-2010 season Bosh was ranked 187th in the league as the Roll man. Hows that for improvement, from 187th to 5th?
Ryan Anderson– Anderson is the forgotten man in Orlando, not saying that the numbers Dwight’s putting up aren’t impressive. Anderson averaged 10 points and 5 rebounds in 23 minutes of play last year, he shot 42% from the field and 33% from 3. This year, Anderson’s minutes have increase and so have his stats. Ryan is averaging 19 points and 6 rebounds in 31 min a game, he’s shooting 48.8% from the field and a ridiculous 44% from deep. Anderson has done a good job scoring in the post and behind the arch to complement Dwight this season.
Marc Gasol– As Pau’s little brother, Marc doesn’t get much attention outside of Memphis. Marc has been doing a great job this year considering his partner in crime Zach Randolph has been out for a while now. Marc is averaging 14 points, 10 rebounds, and 2 blocks a game for the Memphis Grizzlies. Gasol picked up his level of play when you look back at his numbers from last year; which were 12 points, 7 rebounds, and 1 block. He’s even more efficient this year by shooting 62% from the floor compared to last year’s 52%. Gasol is a horse on the boards, converting 85% of his offensive rebound opportunities! Considering he’s a center, Gasol does a heck of a job from the free throw line shooting 81%. Gasol has been the anchor for the Grizzlies this year, they’re dealing with the loss of Randolph and Rudy Gay is still trying to get back to his old self. There’s not many TRUE centers in the league, Marc is one of them and deserves to be recognized as such!!
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