Rookie Watch: Midseason Rankings
This year's rookie class has a ton of talent in it as well as a number of surprises. This is a ranking of the best rookies this season in an order that I feel is best fit for them. Talent is the main deciding factor, but there are other factors including injuries, and there will also be some factor of where it looks like they can go from here. This is fairly simple, so here we go!
2011 Power Poll 2.0
Ok, let’s get this straight. I’m not happy about going a full month between columns, either. And I’m not happy about having both columns be Power Polls. I’m well aware that they’re easy to write and creatively cheap because they have a predetermined format that I can follow even if I were in a coma. But I’m going to do it anyway because I haven’t had much time to think of creative ideas lately. So I’m going to write my 2nd Power Poll of the season without any columns in between the first Power Poll and this one. Sue me (but not really. I’m broke). I’m also going to skip through a lot of the less “exciting” teams so that I can spend more time on the top teams. Again, sue me (but in a metaphorical sense).
The Isiah Thomas Division30. Cleveland Cavaliers
After losing Friday night, they fall to 8-31 on the season, losers of their last 12, and they’re 1-20 since losing to Miami on November 2nd. The worst part is that it’s unclear whether or not anyone on the team cares.
29. Sacramento Kings
Tyreke Evans now, compared to last season, is scoring less, scoring less efficiently, shooting worse, rebounding less, getting to the line less, and turning the ball over more. The list of under-22 Rookie of The Year winners that regressed in Season 2 isn’t long (in fact, I can’t think of one other than Michael Jordan, and that’s because he broke his foot. This is either the worst thing possible for Tyreke Evans’ career or the best.
What's Wrong With the Timberwolves?
Kevin Love has been an absolute beast this year, arguably the best power forward in the league for the first quarter or so of the season (are we at the "or so" part yet?). He's averaging better than 20 points and 15 rebounds this season, and that's after he wasn't given nearly enough minutes at the start of the season. Once his numbers even out he could be averaging closer to 23 and 16. Michael Beasley has had a resurgence in his career since joining the Timberwolves. This season he's averaging over 21 points this season, a career best by about 50% of his previous career best while shooting 47% from the field and 40% from deep. Darko Milicic is having the best year of his career, averaging over 9 points and 6 rebounds per game along with almost 3 blocks per game in just under 27 minutes per game. They have a solid starting point guard in Luke Ridnour and their backup isn't terrible either in Sebastian Telfair. There are a ton of things for fans of the Timberwolves to be excited about. However, at 6-17 (probably will be 6-18 by the time this is complete), the Timberwolves can't seem to buy a win. For a while it looked confusing to me, but now it's very understandable.
2011 Power Poll 1.0
The Isiah Thomas Division
30. Sacramento Kings
Quarter Season Awards
It's still too early to draw too many conclusions on the season, but we're at a point where trends are becoming very obvious. The Kings, despite having some very good players, are horrible. The Cavs and Raptors could have been worse than they've been, but are both still very poor. The Warriors started off very strong and have fallen like a rock. There are team trends and there are also player trends, the players who have made the biggest difference on their respective teams. Of course there are the awards which are handed out at the end of every season, and here are the frontrunners for each of those.
Re-visiting Pre-Season Picks
Three weeks into the season and my pre-season picks are already in shambles. Should I start to re-evaluate things? No, really, I want to know. There are still teams that haven’t even played 10 games and I can already tell you that I was 100%, unequivocally wrong about the following predictions: