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Matt Ravida Video of the Day: Welcome to the Adam Morrison Show

It has been a while since the Matt Ravida Video of the Day posts have been made, so why not bring it back with one of the top individual performances from this past summer’s NBA Vegas Summer League, from none other than the self proclaimed “Great Moustachio” himself, Adam Morrison.

“Adam Morrison vs. the Celtics in Summer League”, is the title of the video on youtube and its most likely the appropriate title as Morrison puts on a show. Scoring from angles all over the court, draining threes from beyond deep and even showing off a bit of his rebounding 4-6 from three point range.

Nonetheless, here is the amazing video, and be prepared for your jaw to drop a lot during this video….do not say I didn’t warn you.

Told you all that it was pretty impressive. The man with diabetes can still really ball.

Did you guys hear the MVP chants at 1:22?

Written By: Matt Ravida

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NBA Power Rankings: The 5 Best Sixth Man Award Winners

Nonetheless, these players are known as the 6th man. The best player coming off the their teams respected benches.

All these players are talented players, and at one point in their career they were starters. But at the point they won this award, they were their teams 6th man.

So here is a list compiling the five best players to ever win this award.

5. Jason Terry, Guard, Dallas Mavericks (2009)

Stats of the Year the Player Won the Award

Points Per Game: 19.6

Rebounds Per Game: 2.4

Assists Per Game: 3.4

Blocks Per Game: 0.3

Steals Per Game: 1.1

Terry is another example of a great scorer in this league. Like Crawford, if Terry was on most other teams he could be a starter.

But some odd reason coming off the bench, Terry has been at his best. Averaging 12-19 points every season since becoming a role player off the bench.

4. Jamal Crawford, Guard, Atlanta Hawks (2010)

Stats of the Year the Player Won the Award

Points Per Game: 18.0

Rebounds Per Game: 2.5

Assists Per Game: 3.0

Blocks Per Game: 0.2

Steals Per Game: 0.8

Crawford as turned into an elite scorer in this league. He is simply a pure scorer. One of the bes the NBA has to offer.

He could easily be starting any 20+ others teams in the league.

But when you play the same position as a player by the name of Joe Johnson, it is tough to crack the starting line-up.

Nonetheless this is why Crawford is the reigning 6th Man of the Year winner. And is arguably the front runner to repeat the award come next season.

3. Detlef Schrempf, Forward, Indiana Pacers (1991,1992)

Stats of the Year the Player Won the Award

Points Per Game: 16.1, 17.3

Rebounds Per Game: 8.0, 9.6

Assists Per Game: 3.7, 3.9

Blocks Per Game: 0.3, 0.5

Steals Per Game: 0.7, 0.8

Detlef Schremf is a very underrated player in the league. He was a crafty big man that played multiple positions because if his size and athleticism as a bigger player.

Schremf was also a very good three point shooter, shooting roughly 38% for three for his career. And in the 1994-95 season he hit 51% of his threes, helping his team to the NBA Championship, where they lost to the Bulls.

He was also a three time all-star, and Schremf along with Dirk Nowitzki are the only two Germans to ever reach the NBA Finals.

2. Manu Ginobili, Guard, San Antonio Spurs (2008)

Stats of the Year the Player Won the Award

Points Per Game: 19.5

Rebounds Per Game: 4.8

Assists Per Game: 4.5

Blocks Per Game: 0.4

Steals Per Game: 1.5

Ginboli is one of the better role players this game has ever seen. He could easily start for the Spurs. But he was given the bench role, and took it better then most players would ever.

Ginobili won the the award back in 2008. But has helped the Spurs to three NBA Championships in his eight year career.

Manu is a slick player that can score with the best of them. He is a great driver to the basket with the wicked left hand of his.

The year he won the 6th man award he averaged career highs in points, rebounds and three point shooting percentage. Shooting 40% from beyond the three point line.

1. Kevin McHale, Forward/Center, Boston Celtics (1984,1985)

Stats of the Year the Player Won the Award

Points Per Game: 18.4, 19.8

Rebounds Per Game: 7.4, 9.0

Assists Per Game: 1.3, 1.8

Blocks Per Game: 1.5, 1.5

Steals Per Game: 0.3, 0.4

Go figure! Kevin McHale, one of the greatest power forwards, and Boston Celtic to ever play the game started less than half the games he played in? McHale played in 971 career games and only started 400 of those games!

McHale was a beast down low. With his 7’7 wingspan. He used every inch of that to his advantage. He was not the quickest or fastest player on the court. But he combined his length, with his high basketball IQ, to play great defense, and use those soft hands to score around the basket.

McHale coming off the bench played a key role along with all-time great, Larry Bird in the teams championship run in the 1984 season.

As you can see in the headline, McHale won this award twice in back-to-back seasons.

Though, in the 1984-85 season McHale did start 30 games near the end of the season after a knee injury to Cedric Maxwell.

McHale is the the top player to ever win this award for many reason. He made all-stars, lead the Celtics to championships. And did most of this coming off of the bench.

Written By: Matt Ravida

Matt Ravida Video of the Day: Javale McGee and $10 Million Reasons Why He Does or Does Not Deserves a New Contract

With the recent negotiations the Denver Nuggets are having with Javale McGee, the Nuggets and McGee are discussing a deal that could potentially pay McGee $10 million annually for the unpredictable center.

This leaves me to wonder are the Nuggets going to make one of the smartest decisions and lock up an up-and-coming center who has show flashes of brilliance, but at the same time has shown that he is arguably the dumbest player in the NBA. Time will only tell with McGee to see what kind of player we see from him. Since coming to the Nuggets half through the season last year from the Wizards was a great turning point for his career getting him out of the terrible situation the Wizards and McGee himself were in.

But for everyone out there who thinks of McGee as the dumbest player in the NBA, and should not be deserving of $10 million a season this video is for you.

Written By: Matt Ravida

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Is Kevin Love Unhappy with the Timberwolves?

Is Kevin Love’s time with the Timberwolves ticking away?

In a recent interview with Yahoo! Sports, Kevin Love went on the record to talk about the direction the Timberwolves were going and said many things in the direction of the Timberwolves organization such as:

“At this point, I’m not afraid to go on the record, being around these (USA) guys, they know the situation I’m in and how competitive I am. I want to win. All the players on the Timberwolves feel the same way as well. The coaching staff is awesome. They want to win and win now. Hopefully, we can make some stuff happen.”

“My patience is not high, would yours be, especially when I’m a big proponent of greatness surrounding itself with greatness? All these (Team USA) guys seem to have great players around them.”

“It’s tough seeing all these guys that are young and older who have all played in the playoffs. When they start talking about that, I have nothing to talk about. If I don’t make the playoffs next year, I don’t know what will happen,”

“If we don’t make the playoffs, I don’t know it’s going to be me or something, but our management needs to step up and make some moves,”

This is extremely shocking to hear since the TImberwolves have signed key players such as Brandon Roy and Chase Budinger. Also submitting an offer sheet to Nicholas Batum who has said he wants to have a chance to play for the team.

In Love’s defense he is playing the best basketball he’s ever played and is considered to be the best Power Forward in the game right now. To be that skilled and put up numbers like 26 points per game and 13.3 rebounds per game and still not make the playoffs is obviously not something to be happy about. Love wants to win and felt as if his opinion needed to be heard.

The way Love approached it though could have been more thought out. Calling out your organization rarely turns out positively. More recent example would be between the Orlando Magic and their superstar Dwight Howard

It will be interesting to see what TImberwolves General Manager, David Khan, does about this situation. The weeks up to the training camp will be huge for the Timberwolves organization whether they meet Love’s demands or trade him for a jackpot to another team.

Written By: Mohamed Mohamed

Matt Ravida Video of the Day: Adam Morrison Shows Why He Deserves Another Chance

No better way than to start off the first ever “Matt Ravida Video of the Day” with the former 3rd overall pick in the 2006 NBA Draft, Adam Morrison as he scores 6 straight points for his Brooklyn Nets in recent Summer League action against the Orlando Magic.

The luscious locks are back ladies and gentlemen.

So without any further adieu the Matt Ravida Video of the Day.

Written By: Matt Ravida

NBA Trade Rumors: Howard Heading to the Lakers Not the Nets?

It has recently been reported that the Los Angeles Lakers  have once again emerged as the favorites to land the prize possession, Dwight Howard.

The Lakers have been in talks with the Houston Rockets and Orlando Magic on a possible deal that will would send Dwight Howard to the Lakers and have Andrew Bynum sent to the Houston Rockets with the Rockets willing to give up numerous draft picks and cap-friendly contracts to Orlando.

Houston would more than likely be absorbing the contract of Jason Richardon’s three year $18.6 million he has left on his contract. Though the Lakers have mentioned they would be willing to absorb Richardson’s contract if they are acquiring Howard.

If the Lakers were to acquire Dwight Howard, it could put them as heavy favorites to not only come out of the Western Conference but also contend for a championships. A sixth championship for Kobe tying him with Michael Jordan.

The Lakers starting lineup would stand at this:

  1. Steve Nash
  2. Kobe Bryant
  3. Metta World-Peace
  4. Pau Gasol
  5. Dwight Howard

Talk about MVP galore, throw in a few defensive player of the year awards, some all-star appearances and you have yourself a starting five that can compete day in and day out with any team in the league. No matter how many of the same type players the Heat keep signing.

Overall if the Lakers are to somehow pull of this miracle trade and get Dwight Howard in a Laker uniform, it would not only shock the entire NBA world, it would solidify the Lakers as true title contenders.

Written By: Matthew Ravida

Rashard Lewis Signs Two-Year Deal with the Miami Heat

Rashard Lewis, right, defends a shot against his new teammate Chris Bosh, left.

The Miami Heat just keep stacking up on the veterans as on Tuesday morning, the Miami Heat signed Rashard Lewis to a two year deal at about $3.3 million.

Lewis had a meeting with the Heat, Hawks and Knicks earlier this week and announced his decision this morning.

Lewis like his new teammate, Ray Allen,Lewis 10th all-time in threes made in his career with 1,690. He is also has a career average for 16.1 points per game.

With bench players such as Ray Allen and Rashard Lewis, who were teammates and all-stars in Seatlle, Miami will get great production from both players as they bring added three point shooting abilities to an already stacked three point specialist team that will now contain Mario Chalmers, Mike Miller, Shane Battier, Ray Allen, maybe James Jones whether or not be retires, and now Rashard Lewis.

Combined these players have scored a combined 7,770 threes: Allen with 2,718; Lewis with 1,690; Miller with 1,351; Battier with 1,041; Jones with 597; and Chalmers with 373.

Lewis did not play the last 33 games of last season due to a knee injury which is now presumed to be completely healed and ready for the coming year.

Written By: Mohamed A. Mohamed