Surprises of the NBA preseason

Anthony Davis Jordan Brand Classic 2011

Anthony Davis Jordan Brand Classic 2011 (Photo credit: BasketballElite)

Due to start with the excellent return of Jeff Green with the Celtics after a season missed due to heart problems  now resolved. The big contract  signed in the summer, 36 million for four seasons, has been criticized by some analysts and added more pressure on the former Thunder. Green has impressed observers with his toughness and athleticism that, coupled with good size and  skill, make Green perfect to play both forward positions. Another defensive option for coach Doc Rivers, mindful of the damage that Lebron James has dealt to Boston in the playoffs  past, with only Paul Pierce to try to contain it.

Two notes “hot heads” of the NBA seem to have found the right situation to play up their potential ; Glen “Big Dog” Davis in the new version of the Orlando Magic, where he will be the first (only?)   offensive option in the frontcourt,  and the ‘Former Wizards Andray Blatche that seems reborn in Brooklyn, after a summer of work to lose many pounds that, along with his immaturity,  created the horrible last season that led Washington to let Blatche go despite having three more years guaranteed .  both 26 years old, talented and with plenty of time to change the course of their careers.

In Orlando,former Celtics E’Twaun Moore was good in almost every game , but the real news is called DeQuan Jones; rookie straight out of Miami, where he doesn’t lived up to the high expectations he had generated from high school, is a 6’8″ small forward with way above average athleticism. A source quoted by  has called it the best athlete in the entire NBA! The Magic have plenty of time for it to grow without pressure, he scored 22 points against the Pistons while in  four years at Miami had never exceeded 16 ….. Classic situation that makes it even more complicated to understand and analyze this wonderful sport.

Among the rookies, as well as monstrous Anthony Davis, who is almost out of class for playing level already achieved,great Andre Drummond of Detroit. Slipped to number 9 on  draftnight, showed unexpected strength and toughness for a boy of 19 years, accumulating good overall numbers: 9.8 points, 5.8 rebounds and 1.5 blocked shots in just 18 minutes per game. If  continues at this pace the Pistons, with him and the great Greg Monroe, in 3-4 seasons will come back as strongly when there were the two Wallace, Ben and Rasheed.

Maalik Wayns earned a spot in rotation for Doug Collins with an excellent preseason,  thus taking a revenge on the so-called experts who regarded him as the reason for the bad seasons strung from Vilanova. Wayns  as a freshman already had entered the radar of NBA scouts, who appreciated even then the chiseled physique and good finishing skills.

Jae Crawford of Dallas and Perry Jones of Oklahoma have highlighted in their teams, as well as Terrance Jones of Houston.

The Knicks have instead introduced the world to the talents of Chris Copeland , which toured many European leagues before getting almost by chance to start the season with New York. In his more than 15 points per game in 23 minutes the cherry on top of was the 34 points and 6 rebounds against Boston. Thanks to the physical problems of Amar’e Stoudemire, could have a decent space at the beginning of the season.

Finally, we point out the excellent performance of  Enes Kanter , more explosive than ever after a strict diet that allowed him to lose a lot of weight. Instead, the Congolese-Spanish Thunder, Serge Ibaka, tried and marked by three different shots during the game, confirming a good offensive potential  as pick’n’roll screener. Almost all NBA teams use pick’n’roll as main attack, while the Thunder use it less, often preferring to isolate on fourth field  Durant, and Westbrook.


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