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Posted on: September 24, 2008 3:30 am
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NBA Positional Rankings - PG

CBS are releasing their lists of top ten players in each position every second day, so I'll release mine the day before.

These are my PG rankings, in two days I will put out the big one, The Top 100 NBA Players as of Right Now According to North Harbour. I could easily post the top 200, but that wouldn't be as limited.

Stay Tuned.

PG Rankings

1. Chris Paul
- ROY and almost MVP. Didn't deserve MVP last year so he didn't get it. If one thing is to be sure, he will get at least one, if not two MVPs before his career is over.
2. Deron Williams - He and CP3 should have a fantastic rivalry, I'm looking forward to a Hornets-Jazz rivalry.
3. Steve Nash - Seeing reduced minutes, still good though.
4. Tony Parker - Offensive powerhouse, his defense is also better than it seems at first glance.
5. Baron Davis - I feel if he was put in the right system he could be the #1 PG. Will the Clippers be that system? Ahhhhh.......Nah. Hopefully B-Diddy won't decline, like everything else that has gone to the Clippers.
6. Chauncey Billups - Great PG, may get spelled more by the younger Stuckey in future, and who knows what will happen under a new coach. But he is still all-star quality. According to this list he is the #1 Eastern Conference PG.
7. Gilbert Arenas - The NBA Board doesn't seem to like him, minaly because of his arrogance and how the Wizarrds did just as good without him. His arrogance doesn't worry me, I think Larry Bird was fairly "self-confident". But his injuries are holding him back. He's sorta like old Kobe, he puts up the numbers but it doesn't really help the team. Hopefully he will follow a similiar path to Kobe's. He certainly has MVP talent in my book.
8. Jose Calderon - I'm not a huge fan of the guy, but I can't doubt his talent.
9. Kirk Hinrich - Didn't has the best season last year and a rookie was drafted in his position, but he is still a great PG. He may fall way down in all lists after this season though.
10. Jason Kidd - He may be getting older, but he is still a player that you can rely on....most of the time.

Honourable Mentions

11. Andre Miller - For me there is a definite gap between the top 10 and the others, but Miller was a key part of the Sixers, especially when Iguodala failed to report in the playoffs.
12. Rafer Alston -Inspirational to the Rockets.

I would list more, but I feel they are so far off the top 10 if wouldn't be right.



I would love to hear everybodies opinions and your all welcome to post your own list here as well as critique mine. If you have any players who should be on the list or shouldn't be on the list or should or shouldn't have an honourable mention just tell me. 

I hope that you follow this series of blogs and leave your comments.

I appreciate all comments, thanks all.
Posted on: September 21, 2008 4:38 pm
Edited on: September 21, 2008 10:10 pm
 

NBA Positional Rankings - SG

CBS are releasing their lists of top ten players in each position every second day, so I'll release mine the day before. Their list of centers that came out was horrible, they had Greg Oden in at number 8 and Shaq in there and Jermaine O'Neal -- Those guys are good, but you can't have all three in your top ten, the NBA does have more depth in the cetner position, believe it or not.

Their PF rankings were better, but they had Amare over Garnett and they included Al Jefferson and Josh Smith (who play other positions for their respective clubs) only to not put them in the top ten. They couldn't find room for Luis Scola in their top 20, yet Ben Wallace got in there, among others - including Michael Beasley, who hasn't played a minute of NBA Basketball yet.

Their SF rankings were the best yet. Still they had Maggette and Jefferson in the top 5 or so. They mentioned Yi but no Al Thornton, and if they are not going to include Rudy Gay, they better do that in the SG rankings. I included Gay in my SF rankings, so you won't see him here.

These are my SG rankings, in two days I will put out my PG rankings and two days after that is the big one, The Top 100 NBA Players as of Right Now According to North Harbour. Stay Tuned.

SG Rankings

1. Kobe Bryant
- MVP, best player out there right now. Unless you dislike the Lakers of course...
2. Dwyane Wade - He was injured a lot for the past year, but I think it is consensus that when he is healthy he is the 2nd best SG in the league and can challenge Kobe for #1. He's been injured too much to be #1 right now though.
3. Manu Ginobili - I find it hard to put him this high, but I think his play has warranted it. He has been really effective off the bench last season.
4. Ray Allen - His numbers slipped, but all the Big 3's numbers did. He played outstanding in the finals and is still a great player.
5. Brandon Roy - I think this season we should see Roy come into #3 or #4. He has shown the potential to be a superstar for years to come. He leads Portland well and hopefully they get into the playoffs so we can see how he performs there.
6. Allen Iverson - He isn't the gamebreaker he used to be, night in, night out. But still has explosive offensive power and can change the game every now and then. That's enough for my #6 spot.
7. Tracy McGrady - Great player, just can't seal the deal come playoff time. I feel he should be higher, but if you can't win in the playoffs, that is big for me - It's not like he has never had the squad to do it.
8. Joe Johnson - Great leader for the Hawks, great player as well.
9. Michael Redd - Redd is a great spot shooter. He lacks the overall game for me to put him above any of the above players.
10. Kevin Durant - He showed the potential to be the face of the league and MVP one day. But according to his play right now and not his huge potential, I will put him here. If he continues to develop you could see him leap up the list next year.

Honourable Mentions
11. Kevin Martin - Great player, I really like him, he has shown a lot of potential to be a top 5 SG one day. Right now though, I can't put him above any of those players.
12. Monta Ellis - " ".
13. Rip Hamiton - Great player but that nose helmet thing....awful. Hey if he likes though.
14. Jason Richardson
15. Mike Dunleavy - Underrated, does a good job on the Pacers.
16. Vince Carter - I know everybody hates him on the NBA Boards, but as leader of the Nets he should get some good games in, even if he is a bad teammate etc etc etc.
176. Jamal Crawford - Better than the Knicks let on..


I would love to hear everybodies opinions and your all welcome to post your own list here as well as critique mine. If you have any players who should be on the list or shouldn't be on the list or should or shouldn't have an honourable mention just tell me. 

I hope that you follow this series of blogs and leave your comments.

I appreciate all comments, thanks all.
Posted on: September 18, 2008 2:37 am
 

NBA Positional Rankings - SF

CBS are releasing their lists of top ten players in each position every second day, so I'll release mine the day before. Their list of centers that came out today was horrible, they had Greg Oden in at number 8 and Shaq in there and Jermaine O'Neal -- Those guys are good, but you can't have all three in your top ten, the NBA does have more depth in the cetner position, believe it or not.

Their PF rankings were better, but they had Amare over Garnett and they included Al Jefferson and Josh Smith (who play other positions for their respective clubs) only to not put them in the top ten. They couldn't find room for Luis Scola in their top 20, yet Ben Wallace got in there, among others - including Michael Beasley, who hasn't played a minute of NBA Basketball yet.

These are my SF rankings, in two days I will put out my SG rankings, in another two days I'll do my PG rankings.

Two days after that is the big one, The Top 100 NBA Players as of Right Now According to North Harbour.

SF Rankings

1. LeBron James
- I think this is just the obvious choice.
2. Paul Pierce - The Finals MVP and I think he is also an obvious number two.
3. Ron Artest - Now we got that out of the way, Carmelo may be more talented but Artest produces on both sides of the ball and if you take out that one brawl, he is a great teammate.
4. Carmelo Anthony - He is too talented to put him any further down the list. If he plays his cards right he should go down as a top SF of all-time.
5. Caron Butler - I think Butler and the following three could be rearranged in any order. How Butler led the Wizards in Arenas extended absence puts him above them.
6. Andre Iguodala - He is so young and should be a great player. He has a good chance to do very well this year with experienced Elton Brand coming on board.
7. Josh Howard - Not turning into the greatest off-court person. With the whole anthem and pot thing, but still a great player.
8. Josh Smith - Again 5-8 could be rearranged, I think he needs a bit more experience and maturity before I put him above any of the others, but I guess the same could go for Iguodala. But at this stage, I think Iguodala is better.
9. Hedo Turkoglu - The MIP looks to build on his fantastic season last year. Thank you Magic for showing us what he can do when used well.
10. Shawn Marion - This position is actually very very deep. A true testament to that is if you can have a player like Marion at 10.
11. Lamar Odom - Out on the perimeter he isn't as good as in the post for me. But a unique talent nonetheless.

Honourable Mention
12. Tayshaun Prince - Great defender.....He is very skinny...What else is there to say.
13. Rudy Gay - Very underrated, could see a dropoff in stats with OJ Mayo joining them though.
14. Richard Jefferson
15. Gerald Wallace
16. Luol Deng - Didn't step up like he should've last season.
17. Al Thornton
18. Stephen Jackson
19. Andrei Kirilenko
20. Danny Granger
21. Corey Maggette

I would love to hear everybodies opinions and your all welcome to post your own list here as well as critique mine. If you have any players who should be on the list or shouldn't be on the list or should or shouldn't have an honourable mention just tell me. I hope that you follow this series of blogs and leave your comments.

I appreciate all comments, thanks all.
Posted on: September 16, 2008 4:43 am
Edited on: September 16, 2008 4:45 am
 

NBA Positional Rankings - PF

Right, CBS are releasing their lists of top ten players in each position every second day, so I'll release mine the day before. Their list of centers that came out today was horrible, they had Greg Oden in at number 8 and Shaq in there and Jermaine O'Neal -- Those guys are good, but you can't have all three in your top ten, the NBA does have more depth in the cetner position, believe it or not.

These are my PF rankings, in two days I'll release my SF rankings, in another two days I'll do SG and then PG and then C. If I can be bothered I'll do a top 50 players list like CBS is planning to do. That'll be at the end though. Right, here we go.

PF Rankings

1. Kevin Garnett
- The current DPOY and he led the Celtics to a championship season.
2. Tim Duncan - In terms of all-time, Duncan could well be the greatest PF ever. But as of 2008-09 he is second only to Garnett.
3. Dirk Nowitzki - He didn't play that well last season but still has his own touches of brillance. An all-round player, you can't help not to be a threat when you are a PF that can shoot from anywhere.
4. Elton Brand - He should have a real impact in Philadelphia, he is a great low-post PF.
5. Chris Bosh - He just makes everything look so easy. His shot really sets him apart.
6. Amare Stoudemire - It's tough to see a player so talented at #6 on any list, but that isn't saying he is bad. He will continue to be the major scorer for Phoenix, especially with Marion gone now. He also has a great mentor in Shaq.
7. Carlos Boozer - This team USA member really gives Utah and Deron Williams an extra punch.
8. David West - Broke out last year and managed to get himself an all-star appearence. He played a major role in the Hornets playoff run last season.
9. Antawn Jamison - Caron and Antawn led the Wizards last season, he plays well in the playoffs - Of course not well enough to get past the Cavs...
10. LaMarcus Aldridge - I believe he will continue to be the main guy in the post for Portland. Oden will either spread out the defense in the post or not play well and Aldridge will continue to see the ball.

Honourable Mentions
11. Rashard Lewis - That's how the Magic roll, last season they played their highest paid player out of position.
12. Pau Gasol - He's good, he's just not that good. He's a Laker though, and knowing how far CBS' NBA writers knowledge goes he will probably be top five, lol.
13. Luis Scola - Great for a rookie, he should continue to develop and the great chemistry that appeared in Houston last year should help him as well.
14. Zach Randolph - Isn't used probably and doesn't get much credit - mainly due to the fact that he is a Knick.

I would love to hear everybodies opinions and your all welcome to post your own list here as well as critique mine. If you have any players who should be on the list or shouldn't be on the list or should or shouldn't have an honourable mention just tell me.

I appreciate all comments, thanks all.
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Posted on: July 8, 2008 12:55 am
Edited on: July 9, 2008 12:56 am
 

North Harbour's Preseason Rookie Top 30

North Harbour's Preseason Rookie Rankings as at 8 July 2008

(Disclaimer: According to you, and most people, after the top 10 they might be a little off, you've just got to live with it I'm afraid)

1. Michael Beasley - Miami Heat - He is likely to get a starting place with Wade and one of Marion and Haslem along with him. He should score and rebound a lot making him numer one on my list. He has a lot of doubters, but at this early stage he is my number one.

2. OJ Mayo - Memphis Grizzlies - He is the number two option behind Rudy Gay. With excellent young point guards in Conley, Crittenton and Lowry dishing him the ball he should score lots. I can't see him getting a lot of assists or rebounds. It'll be like Kevin Durant last year, he'll do stuff, but the bulk of it will be putting the ball through the hoop. Except he has Rudy Gay, KD didn't.

3. Derrick Rose - Chicago Bulls - He has Luol Deng and a bunch of other (and I use this term lightly) randoms to pass the ball too. I can't see him scoring a lot but he'll get his fair share of assists.

4. Greg Oden - Portland Trailblazers - His impact might not be shown by statistics as he has Aldridge, Roy, Webster, Outlaw, Blake and Bayless on his team. But he will make a good difference and along with their new rookies Portland should be a lower seed in the playoffs next year.

5. Eric Gordon - Los Angleles Clippers - Imagine Baron, Kaman, Thornton and Brand along with Gordon on the same team. If there team name wasn't the Clippers I'd say they could make the NBA finals. Gordon probably won't be scoring a lot but he will play well and have a great career -- he just has that aura around him.

6. Russell Westbrook - Oklahoma City Outlaws - I know they are just scrimmages but did you see how he dominated in the summer league. The pick is looking better and better by the minute. He should score and rack up the assists on the Outlaws, statiscally speaking he may be in the top two of rookies, but I don't feel that he wil have the x-factor or impact etc to contend with the players I have in the top 4 to be ROY.

7. Brandon Rush - Indiana Pacers - Wants to be the next Reggie Miller. He might just be, you never know.

8. Kevin Love - Minnesota Timberwolves - If he is starter Al Jefferson should dominate, he will get his though.

9. Jerryd Bayless - Portland Trailblazers - I can see him being the starter come seasons end. He fits in perfectly as Roy will have the ball more. He may be higher than 9th best rookie but that's where I have him.

10. Rudy  Fernandez - Portland Trailblazers - Dominated his European league, similar to Luis Scola and Juan Carlos Navarro, will be backup to Brandon Roy.

11. Brook Lopez - New Jersey Nets - Likely backup center to whoever, should see minutes. Won't be amazing.

12. Darrell Arthur - Memphis Grizzlies - Just cos I like him.

13. Danilo Gallinari - New York Knicks - Horrible pick, followed up with a fairly weak signing in Duhon. Meh.

14. DeAndre Jordan - Los Angeles Clippers - Many people won't have him so high but I feel he will get the lion's share of the backup minutes at PF and C when Kaman or Brand are out. If he proves himself early he may just find his NBA feet and become a star.

15. Anthony Randolph - Golden State Warriors - Likely backup to Stephen Jackson. Good chance of being a bust due to not being given the minutes to develop.

16. Ryan Anderson - New Jersey Nets - Likely backup to PF. Should see a lot of minutes in the rrebuilding team.

17. Robin Lopez - Phoenix Suns - Third big man after Amare and Shaq, the next backup will be one of Brian Skinner or Sean Marks...Should see a lot of minutes, a good chance to develop and two great mentors in Shaq and Amare. Could make a bigger impact than most think.

18. Roy Hibbert - Indiana Pacers - Due to lack of depth (Jeff Foster and Co) he should see some minutes. May develop, may not. Should be a solid bench center for years to come in my mind.

19. DJ Augustin - Charlotte Bobcats - Would be higher, but Larry Brown hates rookies. Just imagine how good Darko would've been if Larry Brown actually let him develop rather than keeping him on the bench JJ Redick style.

20. George Hill - San Antonio Spurs - Would be lower but according to a report he will be the backup PG to Tony Parker and that is a great mentor, along with Gregg Poppovich and the general atmosphere of the Spurs he should be a nice bench player for years to come.

21. Joe Alexander - Milwaukee Bucks - Backup to Richard Jefferson. Won't be a bust, won't be a superstar, may not be a future starter either. Right pick for them but not at 8, could've traded down -- but that's too much work.

22. Jason Thompson - Sacramento Kings - Picked way too high and will be PF backup. Will get some minutes. Shouldn't be a bust.

23. Chris Douglas-Roberts - New Jersey Nets - The Nets still want Vince Carter to be their centerpiece this year, meaning he should get 35-40 mpg. CDR should see the remainder of minutes at SG. Better than a 2nd round pick, if only he had allowed himself to be worked-out by the teams with picks in the lower 20s.

24. Mario Chalmers - Miami Heat - The Heat have Quinn and Chalmers and Banks. I don't know why they are going after another PG but he would be higher but it looks like he won't see as many minutes as he should behind Quinn and whoever they pickup. He will be good if he develops probably.

25. Kosta Koufos - Utah Jazz - Backup center. Should get some minutes. I think he will be good.

26. Marresse Speights - Philadelphia 76ers - Should be a decent backup PF.

27. JaVale McGee - Washington Wizards - Too many big men in the capital to develop probably. Likely to be a massive bust in my mind...He is this high because if he gets his chance he will take it and run with it.

28. JJ Hickson - Cleveland Cavaliers - Smith, Wallace, Varejao and Illgauskas are the C and PF in Cleveland. Not sure how many minutes he will get. Should be given the chance because he is young -- Those four are not.

298. Donte Green - Houston Rockets - Adelman will probably give him a shot, similiar to the shot Landry got. He will be good if he is patient.

30. DJ White - Oklahoma City Outlaws - He should get minutes on this young team. Won't stun anyone with his skills but won't be a bust.



I challenge you to make a slightly better one!!!
Category: NBA
Posted on: May 24, 2008 1:00 am
 

Star players get calls, so, what's your point...?

(NB: In New Zealand, What America calls Universities or Colleges we call universities and what America calls High School we call High School or College.)

Yesterday, (Friday 23rd) I was refereeing a regional under 17 high school game between Birkenhead College and Westlake Boys High School. Westlake were by far the better team, they didn't have any real stars, they were more a team of above average players that were coached very well. Birkenhead had a team that were obviously poorly coached, their team had 2 players that were above average, 1 superstar and the rest couldn't post up on a chair.

Birkenhead's superstar could dribble past everyone, pass through any gap at will, a true superstar. When he drove to the hoop if he wasn't fouled there was a 95% chance he would get it in. If any other player on that Birkenhead team drove there was a 40-55% chance if would go in. When those players were touch-fouled by Westlake, the other officials and I wouldn't call a foul. Because chances were, while it affected the shot a little, that it wouldn't have gone in anyway and if it did go in with that touch foul, well good for them. When Birkenhead's superstar was touch fouled we would call it, because if it missed there was a pretty good chance his shot would've gone in. IF that shot went in and we called a foul, he did well to adjust and that is testament to just how good of a player he is.

When other Birkenhead players dribbled and carried the ball a little, we would call a travel. Because they didn't have as much control over the ball. When Birkenhead's superstar carried it a little, he would be in full and complete control of the ball and calling a travel would be irrelevant because he had full control and wasn't taking steps to an over-excessive advantage.

Rules aren't contrete, the Referee's job is to interpret the rules not enforce them. To all the people crying conspiracy and bias referees (those calls may have been helped by the whole Tim Donaghy thing) you are just being stupid.


That is my opinion and examples. I want to know your opinion, even if it is agreeing or disagreeing with me...comment on something I brought up...anything...cya.

Category: NBA
Posted on: May 10, 2008 9:42 pm
 

How many, truly great, coaches do we have left?

I got to thinking, how many great coaches does the NBA actually have? I wrote a couple of lines on each coach to see...Don't have to read every one. Comment on any or all...give me your opinion. And how important is coaching if there aren't that many great coaches coaching?


Atlanta Hawks - Mike Woodson - Josh Smith is apparently less than happy about remaining a Hawk if coach Mike Woodson remains with the team. The organization also was on the brink of firing Woodson a year or two ago, Woodson pulled back though. However Captain Joe Johnson has made it clear he wants Woodson and his staff back next year. "I’d love for him and the coaching staff to come back." He has coached his team since the 8<sup>th</sup> of July 2004 and has led them to a 106-222 record overall.

Boston Celtics - Doc Rivers - Doc has been with the team since the 29<sup>th</sup> of April 2004 and has taken them to 168-160 overall record. He has well-documented chemistry problems with Paul Pierce and went for one of the worst win percentages in the league last year with an all-star (Pierce) and a bunch of decent developing players.

Charlotte Bobcats - Sam Vincent - He was coach of the Fort Wroth Flyers in the 2005-2006 season. Shortly after coaching the Nigeria to the second round of the 2006 Basketball World Champs where they upset traditional power Serbia. He was then hired as an assistant coach by the Mavs. In May 2007 he was introduced as the new head coach of the Bobcats. Fired after one season. He will probably settle into a lead assistant role somewhere if he is to stay in the NBA.


Chicago Bulls - Scott Skiles - Always famous in my mind for answering the question: "What could Eddy Curry do to improve his rebounding?". He answered "Jump." In every season that he has coached 82 games he has got through to the playoffs. Fired by the Chicago Bulls, so heartless, on Christmas Eve. Quickly signed for four years by the Bucks a couple of weeks ago.

Cleveland Cavaliers - Mike Brown - He would never be allowed to work for the Cavaliers if it wasn't for LeBron, but that is just a testament to how valuable LeBron is. Mike Brown needs more imagination in his offence, but that again comes down to LeBron. Overall he it is hard to tell how good of a coach he really is because of LeBron. 145-101 is the record he has maintained since joining the team on the 2<sup>nd</sup> of June 2005. He has never improved on his 50-32 and 2<sup>nd</sup> place finish in the division in his coaching tenure with the Cavaliers.

Dallas Mavericks - Avery Johnson - He was groomed to succeed Don Nelson Sr., now Donnie Jr. fired him. When taking over he won coach of the month in April. He became the fastest coach to 50 wins after he went 50-12 in his first 62 games with the Mavericks. Coach the Western All-Stars in the All-Star game in 2006. Went to the NBA Finals against the Heat and lost 4-2. He got the COY award that year as well. Johnson became the fastest to 100 wins as well in December 2006. He got the Mavericks to the best record in the west the next year and was out-coached in the first round by his mentor, Don Nelson Sr. Then Mark Cuban sets off an awful trade and the Mavs still get to the playoffs but are out in the first round. He is fired. A good coach and I'm sure any team will be jumping for joy just to have him.

Denver Nuggets - George Karl - Coming to this team on the 25<sup>th</sup> of January 2005 he has taken the Nuggets to an overall record of 171-115. His major failures have been not getting his all-stars (Carmelo and AI) to work together functionally, a lack of discipline and a lack of defence. He was the coach of the 2002 Team USA team that lost in quarter-finals…New Zealand finished higher than USA…(I had to add that)

Detroit Pistons - Flip Saunders - If I had a dollar for every time I heard a Piston fan saying they want him fired, I'd be very rich. Since taking over on the 21<sup>st</sup> of July 2005 he has led the Pistons to 176-70 overall. Saunders has often come under scrutiny for poor playoff form (2006) and poor defensive performances in the east finals that year. Saunders was also blamed for Ben Wallace leaving. But on the other hand he has been to the ECF every year with the Pistons, pretty damn impressive.

Golden State Warriors - Don Nelson - His eighth-seeded Warriors defeated the top-seeded Mavericks last year. He out-coached his counter-part. He has been coach of the Warriors since 2006 and is one of two coaches to surpass the 1200 win mark in history. Nelson has a signature style of wheeling and dealing players and his unorthodox styles, ie using three guards and two forwards with the 6'8" Rod Higgins at center in his first stint at Golden State. I could write so much, but I believe he is a great coach.

Houston Rockets - Rick Adelman - A dark horse in this years COY race, he led the Rockets to the second-longest winning streak in history -- 22 games. Since taking over the top job in May 2007 he has taken the Rockets to a remarkable 55-27 overall record. He is thought of as a "players coach" and his teams seem to have over-achieved without the presence of a superstar. Adelman achieved 800 career wins this year.

Indiana Pacers - Jim O'Brien - In his first season with the Pacers he did pretty poorly. However this is his first full season where he has not achieved at least .500. He hasn't done much wrong as a coach, but hasn't done anything great either.

Los Angeles Clippers - Mike Dunleavy Sr. - How has he been able to coach this team since 2003 and not get fired? I don’t know. He has a negative all-time coaching record and a negative overall record with the Clippers. .427 with the Clippers overall has come with one good season, 47-35 in 05-06 and came within an inch of the Western Conference Finals. Apart from that, Dunleavy Sr. hasn’t done anything good since 00-01. He isn't destined to succeed with the Clippers….(Im not sure if anyone is)

Los Angeles Lakers - Phil Jackson - One of the all-time great coaches. His worst season was last season (06-07) where the Lakers won 42 games. He has never been below .500. His all-time record is .700. He has nine championship rings as a coach. If he gets one more this year he will have a ring for every finger. Entered into the Hall of Fame last year and has only won NBA coach of the year once. One of the true greats.

Memphis Grizzlies - Marc Iavaroni - Rumors are that he is a magician, after he survived a 22-win season that seems pretty accurate. He was taken as head coach after serving as an assistant to Mike D'Antoni for years. He is lucky to be coaching on the same team again next season. We'll have to see what the sophomore coach does with his chances.

Miami Heat - Pat Riley - Inducted into the HOF this year after leading Miami to a franchise-worst record and this seasons NBA worst record. Great coach and mentor though. Probably should have stopped while he was ahead after winning his last ring in 2006 but nonetheless a great coach.

Milwaukee Bucks - Larry Kryskowiak - Did well in college, and in the CBA while coaching the (now D-League) Idaho Stampede. I don't think he is ready to be an NBA Coach yet. Shame now he has two horrible seasons (not full) on his record.

Minnesota Timberwolves - Randy Wittman - After one and a half season with the Timberwolves he has 34 total wins. Over his head coaching career he has won one third of his total games. He did, though, have a big part to play, as a Minnesota assistant, in the development of Kevin Garnett.

New Jersey Nets - Lawrence Frank - The calls for him to be fired have increased but he has stayed put, he has taken the Nets to a 191-177 overall record since taking over in January 2004. He has actually done better than most pundits give him credit for, mainly because he took over a talented squad coached by current COY Byron Scott but Frank has never taken them to their potential.

New Orleans Hornets - Byron Scott - Current COY, the best coach for the 2007-08 season. That doesn’t translate to future success obviously but Byron has had a pretty good coaching career even though he has an overall winning percentage below .500 and a .500 overall record with the Hornets. He took over a struggling Nets team, finished poorly in his first season then he build a good core of players and took them to NBA Finals. In New Orleans he has done poorly for his first three seasons, but he has now build a good core of players and is doing well again.

New York Knicks - Isiah Thomas - The less said here, the better.

Orlando Magic -Stan Van Gundy - In his first season with the Magic he has taken them from being a poor team with little respect to a good team with little respect. Every season he has coached he has taken his team to the playoffs (he resigned in 05-06, at 11-10) and a .500+ record. Personally, I have great respect for him and he has done nothing to prove that he isn't a great coach.

Philadelphia 76ers - Maurice Cheeks - He has taken the Sixers to the playoffs for the first time this year for the first time. Before Philly, he was a huge part of the 2001 Philadelphia team that reached the NBA Finals. In 2001, he was hired as Portland Trailblazers head coach. He led the team to two playoff berths in four years as coach, but could not get past the first round. He was fired after a poor start to the 2004-05 campaign. Another dark horse for this years COY after an excellent finish to the season.

Phoenix Suns - Mike D'Antoni - He's not a bad coach. He just a system and he needs the right players to fit it. He had that in Phoenix, not sure if he will have that in New York. Because of that he will never be a great coach, just not a really really bad one.

Portland Trailblazers - Nate McMillan - Great turnaround this year, but in his coaching career hasn't done much until Seattle got moved into the Northwest. He has had 4 seasons below .500 out of his 8 seasons as a head coach. Now in Portland with Roy, Aldridge and Oden the future looks stronger than ever before for the Blazers and McMillan.

Sacramento Kings - Reggie Theus - After being hired based on his coaching for the New Mexico State team in NCAA he has had one 38-44 season with the Kings. He has two years left on his contract.

San Antonio Spurs - Gregg Popovich - "The best quality since 1996." He has got his side into the playoffs every season except his first as coach. Tim Duncan and Gregg Popovich should be going down in history as one of the great coach-player dynasties…Don't even know if there is such thing, if there isn't they should make it just for Popovich and Duncan.

Seattle SuperSonics - PJ Carlesimo - He will return to coach the team next season despite reportedly being very unpopular with players and leading the team to an unimpressive 20-62 record, he may not survive the team's move to Oklahoma City. There is also loud noise out of Seattle that owner Clay Bennett is interested in having assistant coach Scott Brooks take over as head coach.

Toronto Raptors - Sam Mitchell - the Cleveland News-Herald states that the Raptors probably will not make a move toward acquiring Phoenix Suns coach Mike D'Antoni, who is currently in limbo with a lot of money left on his contract in Phoenix. Also factoring into the decision is the cost to get rid of Sam Mitchell, which is reportedly about $9 million.

Utah Jazz - Jerry Sloan - He has been coaching this team since before I was born. Doesn't that just say it all? On eof the true legends in coaching circles, he is just five wins away from his 1000<sup>th</sup> win for the Utah franchise and his 11 wins away from his 1100<sup>th</sup> career win. Sloan has led the Jazz to six division championships and ten seasons with over fifty wins. He has only missed the playoffs four times out of twenty-three attempts.

Washington Wizards - Eddie Jordan - He has coached the Wizards since 2003. He had poor seasons with the Kings, then went to New Jersey to be lead assistant coach for four seasons and has coached the Wizards into the playoffs in every year except his first. However LeBron has now killed them in the first round of the playoffs three years in a row.



How many great coaches does the NBA actually have? Comment on any or all...give me your opinion. And how important is coaching if there aren't that many great coaches coaching?



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