1. Welcome! Please take a few seconds to create your free account to post threads, make some friends, remove a few ads while surfing and much more. ClutchFans has been bringing fans together to talk Houston Sports since 1996. Join us!

[NBA/Hoop] The Half-Awards By Darryl Howerton

Discussion in 'Houston Rockets: Game Action & Roster Moves' started by kastuul, Feb 17, 2013.

  1. kastuul

    kastuul Member

    Joined:
    Aug 1, 2012
    Messages:
    1,277
    Likes Received:
    50
    http://www.nba.com/hoop/the_201213_nba_halftime_award_2013_02_13.html

    THE ALL-NBA TEAM

    LeBron and KD need no explanation. Tim Duncan makes it, even though he has missed 10 of 54 games, because his +6.4 RAPM ranks third in the NBA, his 25.03 PER rates fourth in RAPM and his Spurs are in first with the best record again (42-12), while they maintain a 26 percent chance to get TD his fifth title. The Spurs' success is also the reason why Parker rates first-team status, keeping the Spurs in the No. 1 slot while both Duncan and Manu Ginobili were out (13 games for Manu). Parker also has a career-best 24.44 PER, which is MVP-candidate level, where he finds himself again, one year after he finished fifth in the 2011-12 MVP balloting. Chris Paul makes the Halftime first-team squad because, like TD, CP3 has an elite RAPM (+7.8 ranks first) and PER (26.61 rates third), even though he has missed a dozen of the Clippers' 54 games so far (L.A. is 31-11 with him, 6-6 without).

    First Team: Tim Duncan, Spurs; LeBron James, Heat; Kevin Durant, Thunder; Tony Parker, Spurs; Chris Paul, Clippers
    Second Team: Tyson Chandler, Knicks; Blake Griffin, Clippers; Carmelo Anthony, Knicks; James Harden, Rockets; Russell Westbrook, Thunder
    Third Team: Kevin Garnett, Celtics, Paul Millsap, Jazz; Andre Iguodala, Nuggets; Kobe Bryant, Lakers; Dwyane Wade, Heat.

    DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR

    It's rare that a wing deserves to win the DPOY. After all, a great defensive big man not only slows down his counterpart, he adversely affects the other four men on the floor too, keeping them away from the paint, sending team field goal percentages plummeting. Andre Iguodala is the rare exception. His +4.2 defensive RAPM, 12.4 defensive PER and high volume of playing time (1781 minutes) give him better overall numbers than any big man out there. Part of his value comes from the predominance of so many great scoring wings and points nowadays (James, Durant, Anthony, Bryant, Harden, Westbrook) and 'Dala's capability of guarding them all well. If you want to hear some great narration from Iguodala himself on how he defends these guys, check out the great story from CBS Sports' Matt Moore.

    1. Andre Iguodala, Nuggets; 2. Kevin Garnett, Celtics; 3. Omer Asik, Rockets.

    MOST IMPROVED PLAYER PLAYER

    Last year, James Harden was an unsung star who got overlooked for the All-Star and All-NBA teams, but was recognized for being the best Sixth Man in the league. This year, Harden is an underrated superstar who will get overlooked for MVP votes, but will become an All-NBA player and has already been named to the 2013 All-Star squad. Those leaps and bounds are more than enough improvement to warrant this award from where he came from. Harden's before picture looks like this: +4.4 RAPM, 21.13 PER, 17 points, 4 rebounds, 4 assists, 1 steals in 31 minutes per game. His after picture: +4.5 RAPM, 23.34 PER, 25 points, 5 rebounds, 6 assists, 2 steals in 38 minutes per game.

    1. James Harden, Rockets; 2. Kosta Koufos, Nuggets; 3. Robin Lopez, Hornets.

    EXECUTIVE OF THE YEAR

    I guess I gotta ask Mitch Kupchak to return this trophy after all of us gave it to him when the Laker GM acquired Dwight Howard and Steve Nash last summer. And instead, we present the 2012-13 ExOY to Houston Rockets GM Daryl Morey, who not only was the Moneyball winner when he landed Asik and Jeremy Lin in free agency at bargain rates, but also when he cashed in his chips to acquire James Harden from the Thunder at a max contract. Now Morey has himself a young, cap-friendly playoff-contending squad that will have room this summer to lure another max player if Morey so chooses. Billy Beane could not have done it better himself.

    1. Daryl Morey, Rockets; 2. Sam Presti, Thunder; 3. Glen Grunwald, Knicks.

    THE MOST SURPRISING TEAM OF THE YEAR

    ESPN now projects the Rockets to win 47 games this year, but I defy anyone to show me anybody in October that predicted this Houston team would: A. make the playoffs; or, B. win 40-something games. Even with the big-money additions of Harden, Asik and Lin, nobody thought Houston would become a playoff contender with this core team. Sure, we all thought the Rockets had a good future with great salary-cap maneuverability in the year to come. But a shot at 45 wins now? Nobody thought that. Chalk it up to a smart-working team that studies harder than the rest.

    1. Houston Rockets; 2. Golden State Warriors; 3. Portland Trail Blazers.

    MOST DISAPPOINTING TEAM OF THE YEAR

    To fully capture the hype that was taking place during the NBA preseason, an ESPN survey of 35 experts found that 25 thought the Lakers would win the West with eight predicting they'd win it all. Yet five games into the 2012-13 season, the Lakers themselves had doubts, fired their coach, Mike Brown, after a 1-4 start, talked to Phil Jackson, dissed Phil, hired Mike D'Antoni, who had to operate without a training camp or a healthy Steve Nash, a less-than-100-percent Dwight Howard, an on-again-off-again injured Pau Gasol and an urgent Kobe Bryant--who all battled as a newfound team all season long, just to try to reach the .500 mark and the playoffs. Disappointing indeed.

    1. Los Angeles Lakers; 2. Minnesota Timberwolves; 3. New Orleans Hornets.




    http://www.nba.com/hoop/the_devil_is__the_dtails_2013_02_05.html

    Defensive Regularized Adjusted Plus Minus is the best stat we have in evaluating NBA players on defense, and nobody has better numbers than Jeremias Engelmann at Stats For The NBA.

    By multiplying these numbers by possessions-per-game and determining a value for replacement players, I have ranked the NBA's best by determining Plus Minus Above Replacement (PMAR).

    According to these advanced stats, here are 20 candidates for 2012-13 NBA Defensive Player of the Year and the All-Defense teams.

    ANDRE IGUODALA, NUGGETS SHOOTING GUARD, +341.43: Matt Moore wrote an insightful piece into the mind of a defensive genius and couldn't have picked a better subject than Iguodala. The new Nugget leader is not only the best defending wing in the game--holding shooting guards and small forwards to 12.5 and 11.9 Player Efficiency Ratings--but he also may be the 2012-13 Defensive Player of the Year, posting a +4.2 defensive RAPM in 35 minutes per game every game.

    OMER ASIK, ROCKETS CENTER, +310.64: Asik, who has the NBA's second-best defensive RAPM (+4.9), is showing the world that he is worth every penny of that 3-year, $25 million contract he signed with the Rockets last summer. Asik may be able to win both the DPOY and Most Improved awards after seeing his minutes double to 30 minutes per game this year.

    TIM DUNCAN, SPURS CENTER, +294.03: Duncan, who had an NBA-best +5.6 defensive RAPM last season, is in his 16th straight season of defensive domination with a +4.8 defensive RAPM, which ranks third in 2012-13. He blocks shots (2.7 per game), defends pick-and-rolls and anchors the Spurs' D, which now ranks fourth in the NBA.

    DWIGHT HOWARD, LAKERS CENTER, +293.31: Even though his back and his shoulder and his new team have messed with his defensive numbers, Howard's +4.4 defensive RAPM and 1494 minutes played have been enough to make the three-time Defensive Player of the Year a DPOY candidate again.

    MARC GASOL, GRIZZLIES CENTER, +286.72: Little brother Gasol has been a 7-1, 265-pound space invader on the defensive end and has used his body-up ways to anchor Memphis' second-rated D. He holds opposing centers to a 13.4 PER and defends the pick-and-roll to keep floor balance--everything you want in a 21st Century center.

    KEVIN GARNETT, CELTICS CENTER, +286.50: Nobody has a better defensive RAPM (+5.5) than the man who personifies all-around team defense. He defends the pick-and-roll and patrols the paint as well as anyone, even at age 36.

    JOAKIM NOAH, BULLS CENTER, +280.31: Noah's continuous all-around improvement on all aspects of defense has been big for Chicago, especially with the team losing key reserve Omer Asik to Houston. The fleet-afoot center blocks 2.1 shots per game (up from 1.4) and posts a great +3.8 defensive RAPM (up from +2.5).

    JOSH SMITH, BULLS POWER FORWARD, +266.40: His attitude sometimes get him in trouble, but nobody would ever question his defensive dominance (+4.0 defensive RAPM). What other power forward is versatile enough to play the small forward position and still get 2.2 blocks per game?

    PAUL GEORGE, PACERS SHOOTING GUARD, +246.33: Technically, George has logged more minutes at small forward than shooting guard, but with Danny Granger returning to the lineup soon, George will finish the season as the second-best defensive shooting guard in the game, next to Iguodala.

    PAUL MILLSAP, JAZZ POWER FORWARD, +221.00: He is an underrated rebounder, offensive performer and most definitely an unsung defensive star, posting a +3.0 defensive RAPM, like he seemingly does every season. His nimbleness could be used to even greater effect as a small forward in Utah's potential go-big lineups.

    SERGE IBAKA, THUNDER POWER FORWARD, +215.75: Ibaka's play on defense served notice in 2011-12 because of his mind-blowing 3.7 blocks per game last year. But the 2011-12 first-team All-Defensive big is so crucial to Oklahoma City's versatility because he allows the team to go big, playing alongside Kendrick Perkins, or go small, playing center while Kevin Durant slides to power forward. Ibaka holds centers to an 11.0 PER.

    TYSON CHANDLER, KNICKS CENTER, +298.02: Chandler doesn't block a lot of shots (1.0 per game), but his quarterback skills on D (defensive RAPM is +2.7) is the one thing that keeps New York's D honest,

    LUOL DENG, BULLS SMALL FORWARD, +208.24: Deng's D has dropped a bit--he's been a consistent Top 5 DPOY candidate in the past. Still, no one would argue there is a better defensive small forward in the game than the tireless Bull.

    LARRY SANDERS, BUCKS CENTER, +198.90: Sanders has become a defensive force in the 2012-13 season--posting a +4.2 defensive RAPM--and is establishing himself as one of the toughest centers to face at the age of 24.

    THABO SEFOLOSA, THUNDER SHOOTING GUARD, +179.24: David West, Roy Hibbert, Metta World Peace, LaMarcus Aldridge and a dozen other bigs have PMAR scores better than Sefolosha and the guards below, but I wanted to put some Gs on this list since they're legit All-Defense candidates. And the stats here show Thabo is the third best defensive wing in the game (+2.5 defensive RAPM).

    TONY ALLEN, GRIZZLIES SHOOTING GUARD, +171.93: The 31-year-old Grizzly has shaped Memphis' second-rated defense into his grind-and-grit image, a style of play that becomes more pronounced with the acquisition of new small forward Tayshaun Prince.

    STEPHEN CURRY, WARRIORS POINT GUARD, +168.17: Golden State head coach Mark Jackson called Curry an “elite defender†earlier this season for the way he has defended shooters over the pick-and-roll and the numbers wholeheartedly agree.

    JRUE HOLIDAY, 76ERS POINT GUARD, +150.47: The 6-4, 205-pound Sixer has the body to harass smaller PGs and the 22-year-old energy to do so consistently and continually (+1.1 defensive RAPM, second only to Curry, among the major-minutes players).

    JEREMY LIN, ROCKETS POINT GUARD, +137.05: With James Harden taking the bigger offensive load, Lin's D has been key in giving Houston a PG who provides high-pressure defense at all times, ranking second in steals. His court IQ and quickness are some of the most underrated aspects of Lin's overall game.

    TONY PARKER, SPURS POINT GUARD, +132.39: Unlike Lin, Parker doesn't gamble, posting a +0.9 defensive RAPM while holding foes to a 13.7 PER. Parker not only provides the offensive blueprint to younger point guards on how to run pick-and-rolls, he also displays the defensive blueprint as well.
     
    1 person likes this.
  2. ahhh

    ahhh Member

    Joined:
    Nov 3, 2012
    Messages:
    226
    Likes Received:
    3
    ROCKETS ROCKETS ROCKETS ROCKETS WOOOOOOOOOOOO

    EVERY (POSITIVE) CATEGORY

    LIFE IS SWEET


    Except our fans suck and Houston became the butt of all jokes this weekend.
     
  3. jvu

    jvu Member

    Joined:
    Jun 2, 2009
    Messages:
    5,026
    Likes Received:
    178
    Jeremy Lin for DPOTY!! MADNESS!!!
     
  4. LosPollosHermanos

    LosPollosHermanos Houston only fan
    Supporting Member

    Joined:
    Aug 25, 2009
    Messages:
    28,627
    Likes Received:
    12,560
    Great thread dude!


    To all the people who claim the rockets are under-performing or Mchale this blah blah.

    THE TEAM OF THE YEAR


    Well, we know this question cannot answer itself until June during the 2013 NBA Finals. But we definitely are seeing a separation of tiers. And the teams on the top tier are undoubtedly the Spurs, Thunder and Heat. San Antonio is especially impressive because it has posted the NBA's best record (42-12, projected to win 63 games, in spite of injuries to Duncan (10 games), Ginobili (13) and Kawhi Leonard (21). Oklahoma City has surprised all by losing Harden and getting better, thanks to the continued development of Durant and Westbrook, along with the continual chemistry growth amongst the Thunder's core players. Miami has risen above the East by coasting to a 35-14 mark, with virtually nobody doubting they will not appear in the Heat's third straight Finals, as long as the Big 3 can stay healthy through June

    Tier One: San Antonio Spurs, Oklahoma City Thunder, Miami Heat
    Tier Two: Los Angeles Clippers, New York Knicks, Indiana Pacers, Golden State Warriors, Houston Rockets, Denver Nuggets, Memphis Grizzlies, Chicago Bulls, Boston Celtics
    Tier Three: Atlanta Hawks, Los Angeles Lakers, Milwaukee Bucks, Brooklyn Nets, Utah Jazz, Dallas Mavericks, New Orleans Hornets, Portland Trail Blazers, Philadelphia 76ers, Toronto Raptors, Minnesota Timberwolves
    Tier Four: Detroit Pistons, Washington Wizards, Cleveland Cavaliers, Phoenix Suns, Sacramento Kings, Orlando Magic, Charlotte Bobcats.


    THE MOST SURPRISING TEAM OF THE YEAR


    ESPN now projects the Rockets to win 47 games this year, but I defy anyone to show me anybody in October that predicted this Houston team would: A. make the playoffs; or, B. win 40-something games. Even with the big-money additions of Harden, Asik and Lin, nobody thought Houston would become a playoff contender with this core team. Sure, we all thought the Rockets had a good future with great salary-cap maneuverability in the year to come. But a shot at 45 wins now? Nobody thought that. Chalk it up to a smart-working team that studies harder than the rest.

    1. Houston Rockets; 2. Golden State Warriors; 3. Portland Trail Blazers.
     
  5. iconoclastic

    iconoclastic Member

    Joined:
    Oct 10, 2007
    Messages:
    6,100
    Likes Received:
    422
    Nice try, LOF nba.com.
     
  6. kreia

    kreia Member

    Joined:
    Jan 13, 2013
    Messages:
    63
    Likes Received:
    1
    We have two guys in the top 20 running for dpoy and yet our team defense is ****?
    Please hire a defensive specialist coach..
     
  7. kastuul

    kastuul Member

    Joined:
    Aug 1, 2012
    Messages:
    1,277
    Likes Received:
    50
    The stat. don't tell the whole story.
    When your teammates is not a good defender, it may make your D look better on the paper.

    Miami Heats are a good defensive team but they have no players in top20.
     
  8. mugrakers

    mugrakers Member

    Joined:
    Oct 10, 2007
    Messages:
    1,074
    Likes Received:
    218
    The reason why teams score so much on us is because we give them so many more possessions per game. Just because a team is scoring a 100 on us does not necessarily mean we are a bad defensive team. What it means is that we don't hold the ball for very long on offense. So the other team gets more attempts at scoring overall.
     
    1 person likes this.
  9. lookabove

    lookabove Contributing Member

    Joined:
    Jul 25, 2012
    Messages:
    621
    Likes Received:
    17
    LOL Stern trying appease Lin fans. Gotta give a dog bone once in while. Skills comp and now this!
     
  10. rockbox

    rockbox Around before clutchcity.com

    Joined:
    Jul 28, 2000
    Messages:
    21,638
    Likes Received:
    10,545
    If you think our defense sucks, then you don't know much about basketball. We are slightly above average on defense. We give lots of points because we play at a faster pace.
     
  11. cytrynowa

    cytrynowa Member

    Joined:
    Nov 17, 2012
    Messages:
    974
    Likes Received:
    20
    Interesting wording... most people think Lin is overpaid.
     
  12. daywalker02

    daywalker02 Member

    Joined:
    Jul 17, 2006
    Messages:
    89,506
    Likes Received:
    43,108
    Still we would have a better record if our defense were to be Top 20 instead of Top 28.
     
  13. seahawk

    seahawk Member

    Joined:
    Oct 12, 2012
    Messages:
    485
    Likes Received:
    17
  14. VBG

    VBG Member

    Joined:
    Jun 23, 2009
    Messages:
    7,990
    Likes Received:
    307
    Our defense is 22nd. With Asik on the court it is top 5 IIRC. With Asik off the court it is the worst in the league.
     
  15. evo8lover

    evo8lover Member

    Joined:
    Feb 27, 2011
    Messages:
    393
    Likes Received:
    499
    glad to see that D. Morey getting love for executive of the year. Also in my opinion not being biased, however;I believe Asik is more deserving than Iguodola for defensive player of year. Also i like how Kobe went from automatically being 1st team all NBA to 3rd team all NBA and how James Harden is second.
     
  16. Arthurprescott2

    Joined:
    Jul 21, 2012
    Messages:
    2,647
    Likes Received:
    77
    Josh Smith Bulls Power Forward? Is that a mistake or a leak by the NBA?
     
  17. Akim523

    Akim523 Member

    Joined:
    May 17, 2008
    Messages:
    3,733
    Likes Received:
    162
    Playing style. Faster pace means more possessions, more shots especially transition buckets.
     
  18. roxxy

    roxxy Member

    Joined:
    Jul 4, 2012
    Messages:
    5,120
    Likes Received:
    162
    No Roy Hibbert or Joakim Noah for DPOY?

    And doesn't anybody really see Lin as having a chance to make All NBA defensive team? I don't.
     
  19. ch0c0b0fr34k

    ch0c0b0fr34k Member

    Joined:
    Mar 5, 2008
    Messages:
    3,045
    Likes Received:
    80
    If you're 20th in defensive ratings obviously you're not going to have a realistic chance at competing for the 6 open slots available to guards.
     
  20. rockets2012

    rockets2012 Member

    Joined:
    Nov 14, 2012
    Messages:
    310
    Likes Received:
    33
    The good thing about young team is they are going to be better after a while - Unlike some teams are going to be more or less the same after a few years.

    I expect us to be better in the next stretch of easy schedule, and be even better in the playoff. There's possibility of Ppat/Morris growing to be very capable forces so that we maybe able to have deep playoff run this year.
     

Share This Page

  • About ClutchFans

    Since 1996, ClutchFans has been loud and proud covering the Houston Rockets, helping set an industry standard for team fan sites. The forums have been a home for Houston sports fans as well as basketball fanatics around the globe.

  • Support ClutchFans!

    If you find that ClutchFans is a valuable resource for you, please consider becoming a Supporting Member. Supporting Members can upload photos and attachments directly to their posts, customize their user title and more. Gold Supporters see zero ads!


    Upgrade Now