Today I'm going to be counting down the top 5 greatest players in NBA history, which is always a hotly debated topic. Most people agree on who's number one, but the rest of the list is almost always the issue.
Defense is a lost art in today's game. Too many fans focus too much on the offensive side of the ball. If NikStauskas has an off night, he is chastised for his poor shooting, rather than the guy who defended him being praised. It's sad. Great defenders lacking offensive dominance go underappreciated in their collegiate careers, and are taken later in the draft or not at all. All the while, prolific scorers who can't play a lick of defense are taken in the Top 5 every year.
Every year, right around March, like clockwork, we all tune into Selection Sunday and fill out those NCAA Tournament brackets. And every year, there are always those 13-15 ranked teams we've never heard of that takes out our champion or one of our final four picks in the first (or as the NCAA attempts to make us call it, "second") round.
First of all there are the two obvious teams. Florida will be in the tournament and will probably be a three or four seed. You might be looking at a higher seed if the conference was tougher. With no big wins in conference, unless they defeat Kentucky, they will be no higher than a 2, but 3 is more likely. If Kentucky were to defeat Florida along with the rest of their conference schedule, they be able to pull off a 3 seed, but I'm thinking more of a 4 or a 5 seed. Who's left, you may ask?
Florida, not Kentucky, is looking like they are the class of SEC basketball this year. They come into tonight's game against Alabama being ranked #6 in the country with a 15-2 overall record and an 4-0 SEC conference record. Their only two losses were against top 25 teams in UCONN and Wisconsin.
It's no secret that the Miami Heat had lots of concerns regarding Dwyane Wade's health condition and his performance entering the 2013-2014 season. After the second championship in a row, there were many questions if D-Wade would continue to struggle for extended stretches of the season. His body is not getting younger and his legs are being loading with more miles. Nonetheless, the 30-year old megastar silenced all the doubters with the most sizzling way, with his performance.
Regis Jesuit girls' basketball team has been a top rated team due to the players and their basketball enthusiasm. They were remaining undefeated and they proved it when they played a game with Rival Mullen. They get ranked on 5A basketball teams and proved that can be never being defeated. Dec-13 was the great day of their victory against Mullen rivals that were defeated badly by the great players of Regis Jesuit.
Remember the 1968-69 Celtics and 1974-75 Warriors, both of whom won the NBA Finals despite middling 48-34 records? The Washington Bullets of 1977-78 had an even more so-so regular season record at 44-38, and they ended up winning the 1978 Finals, defeating the 47-35 Seattle SuperSonics. It was indeed a case of giant-killing at work, as the Sonics would go through the lower-seeded L.A. Lakers, then the odds-on favorite Portland Trail Blazers, then another strong team, the Denver Nuggets, before reaching the Finals.
With the ABA having dissolved and four teams from that league getting absorbed by the NBA, the league grew to 22 members in 1976-77, as two teams that were doormats of their respective conferences just a few years back fought for the NBA championship that season. We're referring to the Portland Trail Blazers, who finally got one healthy year out of 1974 top pick Bill Walton, and the Philadelphia 76ers, who landed the biggest catch among ex-ABA stars – Julius "Dr. J" Erving.
One of them was the hottest backcourt prospect since Oscar Robertson and Jerry West in 1960. The other was actually drafted the year before, but decided to stay in college for his senior year – he was a small-town product who turned a smaller Division I school into NCAA championship material. And unlike the typical NBA superstar of the day, they were unselfish players with great fundamentals and extremely high basketball IQs to make up for their lack of elite athleticism.
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