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PG(Gasol) vs. EG(Griffin)

Discussion in 'Houston Rockets: Game Action & Roster Moves' started by carlit0, Feb 5, 2002.

  1. carlit0

    carlit0 Member

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    PG vs. EG

    by Ben Vickers - Senior Editor, Fanball.com
    Tuesday, February 5, 2002

    As Pau Gasol basks in his second Western Conference Rookie of the Month award, it may seem blasphemous to suggest that there is another rookie who could have a better second half of the season. After all, Gasol averaged an amazing 20.7 points, 9.5 rebounds, and 2.9 blocks in January.

    Nevertheless, we've noticed another rookie who might challenge Gasol's numbers over the next couple of months.

    His name is Eddie Griffin.

    The 19-year-old phenom from Philly finally started getting major minutes in January, and he proved that he could play with the big boys. Griffin averaged 13.5 points, 7.5 rebounds, and 2.9 blocks during the first month of the year. Going deeper inside the numbers, it's plain to see that Griffin is capable of posting much more. In five of his 15 games in January, EG blocked at least five shots, including a career-high seven blocks against Dallas.

    In order for Griffin to match or better Gasol's production for the remainder of the season, two things must happen: first, Gasol's production must slip, and second, Griffin must play even better.

    It will be difficult for Griffin to match Gasol's current level of scoring, as long as Steve Francis and Cuttino Mobley are in the Rockets' lineup. He simply won't get the amount of shots Gasol receives in Memphis. Case in point: last month, Gasol attempted 218 shots while Griffin took just 169.

    At this point in his career, Griffin does not have the offensive skills of Gasol. He is capable, however, of shooting better 40 percent from the floor. If that happens, his average should rise towards 15 or 16 points per game.

    Although Gasol's production has not suffered any major decline yet, he's starting to show a few signs that he is nearing the rookie wall. Over his past three games, Gasol has connected on just 13 of his last 34 shots. Pau has also played a ton of basketball. He currently ranks 22nd in total minutes, averaging 37.0 minutes per game. That's a lot of playing time for a rookie and is bound to take a toll on Gasol's svelte frame.

    Conversely, Griffin remains relatively fresh, logging almost 500 less minutes than the Spaniard. Plus, unlike Gasol, Griffin will be allowed to rest during All-Star weekend and won't participate in the rookie showcase game. That should allow Griffin to start the second-half of the season with fresher legs.

    Griffin is already Gasol's equal in blocks, but he must do a better job of pulling down boards. Last week, Griffin posted his first back-to-back double-digit rebounding efforts, so we won't be surprised at all if he builds on the experience he gained in January and becomes a more effective rebounder from here on out.

    If you have either Gasol or Griffin on your fantasy squad, consider yourself lucky. Even if their numbers equal out for the remainder of the season, both players will help you fantasy squad win. Gasol will probably run away with the NBA's rookie of the year award, but over the next couple of month's, Griffin could challenge him for fantasy superiority.


    nice read.....

    It's going to be tuff, but you never know what can happen.
     
    #1 carlit0, Feb 5, 2002
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  2. Moe

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    Huh??? Shareef plays for the Hawks, not the Grizz where Gasol plays.


    Gasol is the real deal. He is very polished offensively and very tall. Unless he gets hurt, I don't see his numbers going down much.
     
  3. carlit0

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    Changed it.

    I keep on thinging that Shreef was still a Grizz(Van).

    Thanks.. Moe
     
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    Hopefully the team can get him more looks seeing as we're not going anywhere this season.
     
  5. leebigez

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    Gasol is light yrs ahead of Griffin offensively plus his coach plays him. Although he's only 227lbs like Griffin, that doesn't stop him from posting up against some smaller players in the pick and roll. I watch the Grizz sometime to see Gasol and Battier. Once they get Wright back who was playing very well before the injury and Dickerson, they are going to be real explosive. Someone has to go though it it would probably be Swift.

    Griffin has the chance to be just as good as Gasol defensively and rebounding wise if we wer to just let him play about 35minutes per night. I was reading how over the last 30 games of his rookie yr Garnett avg 16pts and 9 rebs. If Griffin ever gets the consistent minutes starting and playing, he could almost duplicate that.

    Watching Gasol,Peja,Dirk and Parker and asking why these guys are so much more polished than our college players is valid. I guess since they have no time constraints on how much to play and play against professional players helps them out a lot. It seems if you want a polished skillful small forward for your team, head to Europe instead of the SEC,ACC, or Big East. Eddie ceiling is high just like Gasol's.
     
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    Gasol was averaging 4pts and 2rebs for some team in Spain when he was Griffin's age.
     
  7. Lil Francis

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    Gasol won January?????? Damn I thought Eddie would get it:mad:
     
  8. Rocketability

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    You REALLY thought EG would get it??? :eek:
     

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