In last nights contest it seemed as if Lamelo may have came up limping on two different occasions, and given the second time was when it seemed as if he could have turned his ankle awkwardly after getting turned around on a dunk attempt. If it had been an injury like that it likely would have been severe as there wasn’t a roll of any kind.
After Lamelo works his way over to the sideline he proceeds to grab at his calf; suggesting to us that both times he came up limping he likely suffered from Cramps given this is his first game back from injury and the youngest Ball brother plays the entire contest.
Teays Valley (#24 in Nation)
After having Just knocked off Oak Hill (27-4) 80-72 in a stunning victory, Teays is Led by 4 Senior Starters most notably
–Anderson Mirambeaux; who is a 6’8 monster and will really test Spire and Isiah Jackson down low.
This will be a great matchup for Lamelo before facing off against Anthony Edwards, getting to play a top team in the country and one of the 3-5 best players in his class to end the season for Spire will be HUGE for the outlook of his and Spire’s season, after so many big name schools dropped their games vs Spire after Lamelo joined.
In all of the big games Spire has played his season Lamelo Ball has played his best, coming into tonight (25-1); Spire is set set to play a team who is (21-2), riding an 8 game win streak and having just beaten Cole Anthony and Oak Hill. This will be a must see matchup with players who will not backdown from Lamelo Ball and Spire.
This season has went almost exactly as planned for Lamelo Ball and Spire minus one hiccup against Prolific Prep. Now with Two BIG TIME games on the horizon for Spire and Lamelo Ball; we will need to see Melo step up and lead the way for Spire like he has been doing all season. At this point it is obvious Lamelo could score more on a team by himself; but with all the Talent around Lamelo he’s shown tremendous growth under Jermaine Jackson to show an All-Around game and is becoming a better leader with every passing game.
Lamelo Season Averages
Lamelo Ball is now Averaging— UniquESports + (@UniqueSportplus) February 19, 2019
Spire (25-1) pic.twitter.com/Urs16qJK19
Last Game Coming off Injury Lamelo had
–14 Points 12 Assists 6 Rebounds 2 Steals
Will Spire stay undefeated and give us something to speculate about by beating Teays who just beat the team that not only dodged Lamelo and Spire; But has a player and Point Guard in Cole Anthony that many still believe is better than Lamelo Ball. This will be a great opportunity for Spire, but also Teays as well as they will get to play Oak Hill and Spire in the course of a week; and if they beat both that could mean many more scholarships for their players and team.
Let us know who you think will win in the comments?
Spire Academy took a 102-83 win last night in Lamelo Ball’s return to action highlighted by an insane 22 point, 10 rebound, and 4 assist performance from Myron Gardner, one of Lamelo’s many co-stars. As we know Lamelo Ball has been out for the past couple of weeks with a broken finger, an injury he was originally playing through, but finally took a rest to let it heal. In Lamelo’s return, he did not disappoint, scoring 14 points and dishing out 12 assists, in a typically impressive display.
Lamelo had one particular moment that put the internet on fire in this game, he ran down in transition and bounced an alley-oop off the ground to himself, injuring himself in the process.
That didn’t stop Lamelo from continuing though, and hopefully won’t keep him out for any future games as well, especially with his iconic match-up with Anthony Edwards looming just a little over a week away.
Other than just one loss to Prolific Prep on the entire season, it seems that Spire really can’t be stopped, with their combination of star-power, and quick play, they are essentially the Golden State Warriors of high school basketball, they are nearly unbeatable. With just a little bit of time left in the season we will soon know where Lamelo will play next as well as the future of teammates Rocket Watts and Myron Gardner.
Overall, this was just another game for Spire, but with Lamelo Ball coming back and being ready to play once more, Spire are at their best.
On the latest episode of “Ball in the Family” Lamelo Ball spoke on how he will for sure go to college, and that he has spoken to both USC and Kansas. Lamelo has proven himself to be one of the best high school basketball players in the country this season, if not the best and has clearly earned the attention of the top schools in the nation, if he is in fact eligible to play in the NCAA.
When looking at what it would be like at USC, Lamelo would be close to home once again, which would be the first time in a very long time, and he would be attending a prestigious school. The downside of going to USC is that he would not be on a top 5 school in the country, but in Lamelo’s case that could be another positive, as he could be the piece that moves USC into the top tier of schools and pushes his draft stock even higher.
On the other hand, if Lamelo were to choose Kansas he would be on one of the best basketball programs in the country with a legendary coach in Bill Self. At Kansas Lamelo would have a top class supporting cast and would probably still have the reins to control the offense, but he would certainly have to share the control and spotlight a little more than if he went to USC.
If Lamelo were to choose between just these two schools, USC is probably where he would go. I say that because Lamelo would finally be close to home again, and he, as well as Lavar could more easily gain control of the team and the program in his stint there. Lamelo would also get the opportunity to be the piece that makes USC a national title competitor, whereas at Kansas, they would be with or without him.
Whether Lamelo decides to go to USC, Kansas, another school, or even the GLeague, there is no doubt that he will soon be stepping onto an NBA court. Lamelo is likely to be a lottery pick no matter what he decides, and could even go number 1. But this is still huge news because Lamelo himself expects to be playing college basketball next year, and that means a lot.
If you are Lamelo, where do you go?— BBB Media (@UniqueBallMedia) February 18, 2019
In what figures to be a deep draft, there is not much suspense at the top. Zion Williamson looks to be at the top of everyone’s draft board with three more Duke Blue Devils also landing in the first round. Heading into March this is how I can see things shaking up.
1. Phoenix Zion Williamson PF Duke
The Suns top need is a point guard, but Williamson seems to be the consensus top pick as of now. His athleticism is off the charts and has proven to be a very efficient player. He is going to be too hard for any franchise to pass on. If he can get his perimeter game to add to his explosion on the court, he is going to be even harder to guard. In Phoenix, Williamson would bring toughness and an element missing from their team.
2. New York R.J. Barrett SG/SF Duke
The Knicks are all in on Zion. However with they cannot secure the number 1 pick, RJ Barrett will be a nice consolation prize. Barrett is going to be a good addition right away. He has improved in multiple areas in his lone season at Duke and his versatility would be a great fit in New York.
3. Cleveland Cam Reddish SF Duke
The Cavaliers are desperate to make a splash in this draft to match with rookie Collin Sexton. Reddish would excel playing next to Sexton, shooting and scoring from the wing. He has struggled at times during his Freshman season, but also has shown flashes of why he is going to get drafted high.
4. Chicago Ja Morant PG Murray State
The Bulls would be thrilled in Morant landed in their laps. Morant is more than the high flyer in the highlights. He has been a state filler for Murray State this season and would be a perfect fit in Chicago. The Bulls believe they are a point guard away from from getting to the playoffs.
5. Atlanta DeAndre Hunter SF Virginia
Hunter is a gifted defender who keeps improving his offense. The Hawks don’t seem interested in keeping small forward Taurean Prince and could upgrade at that position with Hunter. Adding some toughness to the front court alongside John Collins with the sharp shooting back court could get the Hawks heading in the right direction.
6. Memphis Jarrett Culver SG Texas Tech
The Grizzlies are in a full rebuild and Culver would be a good start. Culver is a do everything wing who could give them some stability at the shooting guard spot.
7. Washington Darius Garland PG Vanderbilt
With John Wall set to miss all of next season, taking Garland would be a possibility. Garland had a knee injury that shortened his Freshman season but in his short time he proved he is a top notch point guard. The Wizards may roll the dice here.
8. New Orleans Romeo Langford SG Indiana
The Pelicans could have a different roster by the draft and could look to add some young talent. Langford has the tools to become a solid NBA player.
9. Atlanta(from Dallas) Bol Bol C Oregon
After grabbing Hunter with their first pick, they can get an anchor on their defense here. Bol is a terrific shot blocker and be a nice fit for them here. On offense Bol can stretch the floor with his perimeter shooting.
10. Orlando Keldon Johnson SG Kentucky
The Orlando Magic finally look to be heading in the right direction. Johnson has a great body and his game keeps improving. They would love for him to fall here.
11. Miami Nassir Little SF North Carolina
Little has not had the Freshman season he was hoping but he is crazy talented. He has how flashes and just seems like a good fit in Miami.
12. Minnesota Rui Hachimura SF Gonzaga
Hachimura has become a solid player for Gonzaga. He is not a great three point shooter but his mid range game is so good. He could be a versatile player off the Wolves bench.
13. L.A. Lakers Nickeill Alexander-Walker SG Virginia Tech
He is a defensive minded guard who is a good playmaker off the ball. The Lakers could use some shooting coming off the bench, but I think Alexander-Walker will be too hard to pass on.
14. Boston(from Sacramento) Sekou Doumbouya SF/PF France
With the first of three first rounders, the Celtics gamble on the French project. Doumbouya can be brought along slowly and could develop into a surprise contributor in a few years.
15. Detroit Tre Jones PG Duke
The Pistons have struggled with consistency from the point guard position. Jones is the unsung hero on this Duke team and is seeing his stock rise.
16. Charlotte Luka Simanec PF Croatia
Hornets hope the Croatian big man can become a rotation player. He has played internationally for a while and the Hornets can gamble here.
17. Brooklyn Jaxon Hayes C Texas
The Nets will look to add depth here. Hayes looks like a project, but well worth the gamble.
18. Boston(from L.A. Clippers) Kevin Porter Jr. SG USC
The Celtics will just look to get best available player right here. Porter has seen his stock rise even not starting and injuries slowing him down. I could see Boston jumping on him here.
19. San Antonio Coby White PG/SG North Carolina
Right here San Antonio could take the versatile White. White has stood out for the Tar Heels this season and has been big surprise. The Spurs have struggled with the point guard position all season.
20. Utah Daniel Gafford C Arkansas
With Derrick Favors likely leaving, the Jazz could use some depth behind Rudy Gobert. Gafford can come in right away and give quality minutes.
21. Cleveland(from Houston) Charles Bassey C Western Kentucky
The Cavs don’t have much size. Bassey is young, but has tons of upside, too much to pass on here.
22. Portland KZ Okpala SF/PF Stanford
The Blazers have had trouble with consistency at either forward spot. Okpala has established himself as a good scorer from the outside as well as in the paint.
23. Philadelphia Louis King SF Oregon
This is higher than most, but since returning from injury he has been great. He is a solid wing who will score at the next level. Philadelphia would be happy to grab him here.
24. Boston Jontay Porter C Missouri
Porter has been out with a torn ACL all season. Before the injury Porter looked the part of a top player. With three first round picks and a roster of talent, the Celtics can take chances.
25. Oklahoma City Grant Williams PF Tennessee
Williams has become a force this season. But it’s his versatility that has his stock on the rise. I can see Williams having a long professional career.
26. Indiana Bruno Fernando PF/C Maryland
The Pacers can go for some size here. Fernando can score and should help Indiana on the bench.
27. Brooklyn(from Denver) Ashton Hagans PG Kentucky
Hagans is seeing his stock continue to rise. He is a stud defender who just gets better running the offense. He would be a big time stall here.
28. Golden State Brandon Clarke SF Gonzaga
Clarke is very under rated and the kind the Warriors draft. Golden State has been drafting gems late in the draft for years.
29. San Antonio(from Toronto) Jalen Smith PF Maryland
Smith is getting attention and may not be here. If he is though, he can play behind LaMarcus Aldridge until he is ready.
30. Milwaukee Markus Howard PG Marquette
The Bucks take a flyer on a player who plays college ball in the same stadium. Howard is a prolific scorer who could turn into a Jason Terry type at the next level.
Lebron James Career Stats Post All-Star Break
W/L (301-138) (68.5%)
PTS 10,939 (24.9)
REB 3,044 (6.9)
AST 2,865 (6.5)
STL 651 (1.5)
BLK 305 (0.7)
FGM 4,004 (9.1)
FGA 7,986 (18.2)
Last 10 Years Post All-Star Break
W/L (195-72) (73.0%)
PTS 6,872 (25.7)
REB 2,077 (7.8)
AST 1,919 (7.2)
STL 371 (1.4)
BLK 191 (0.7)
FGM 2,350 (8.8)
FGA 4,821 (18.1)
Lebron James First Years in Miami/Cleveland
W/L (35-14) (71.4%)
PTS 1,279 (26.1)
REB 356 (7.3)
AST 343 (7.0)
STL 88 (1.8)
BLK 34 (0.7)
Best 5 Seasons Post All-Star Break (2008,10,13,17,18)
W/L (86-39) (68.8%)
PTS 3,592 (28.7)
REB 1,077 (8.6)
AST 1,056 (8.5)
STL 196 (1.6)
BLK 109 (0.9)
FGM 1,287 (10.3)
FGA 2,462 (19.7)
Last 5 Years Post All-Star Break
W/L (81-43) (65.3%)
PTS 3,402 (27.4)
REB 1,031 (8.4)
AST 967 (7.9)
STL 180 (1.5)
BLK 69 (0.6)
FGM 1,238 (9.9)
FGA 2,350 (18.8)
Last 2 Years Post All-Star Break
W/L (28-20) (58.3%)
PTS 1416 (29.5)
REB 483 (10.1)
AST 445 (9.3)
STL 49 (1.0)
BLK 29 (0.6)
FGM 523 (10.9)
FGA 954 (19.9)
LeBron James pre All-Star last season: 26.5 ppg, 8.9 apg, 8.1 rpg,
LeBron post All-Star: 29.4 ppg, 9.5 apg, 9.8 rpg,
2004 (29 Games) 15-14
PTS 21.8 (632)
REB 5.1 (148)
2005 (31 Games) 12-19
PTS 30.0 (931)
REB 7.7 (239)
2006 (27 Games) 16-11
PTS 31.7 (856)
REB 7.5 (203)
2007 (27 Games) 18-9
PTS 28.1 (759)
REB 6.5 (176)
2008 (29 Games) 16-13
PTS 29.6 (859)
REB 7.6 (221)
2009 (30 Games) 26-4
PTS 23.6 (708)
REB 7.7 (231)
2010 (22 Games) 17-5
PTS 30.4 (669)
REB 7.7 (170)
2011 (25 Games) 16-9
PTS 28.1 (703)
REB 7.6 (190)
2012 (29 Games) 19-10
PTS 26.6 PTS (772)
REB 8.0 (232)
2013 (26 Games) 25-1
PTS 24.9 (648)
REB 7.8 (203)
2014 (27 Games) 16-11
PTS 28.3 (765)
REB 6.7 (182)
2015 (24 Games) 19-5
PTS 24.0 PTS (576)
REB 6.9 (166)
2016 (25 Games) 18-7
PTS 25.8 (645)
REB 8.0 (200)
2017 (22 Games) 12-10
PTS 27.7 (610)
REB 10.8 (238)
2018 (26 Games) 16-10
PTS 31.0 (806)
REB 9.4 (245)
After seeing these numbers it comes as no surprise, Lebron has improved his overall offensive numbers while declining on the defenseive end. What is glaring in all of this is Lebron has a 68.5% Win% Post All-Star Break for his career. Lebron has had a positive record Post All-Star Break in all but one season in the NBA. When Lebron has needed to step up the most he has done whatever it takes for his team to be successful.
The Last 10 Years, Lebron has an insane 73% WIN% Post All-Star Break, that Win% is nearly as high as the GSW Win% the Last 5 Years. Meaning Lebron has turned on the burners in the second half of the season in prep for the playoffs and his team is winning at a much higher rate than they do Pre All-Star Break.
According to JBA commentator Brandon Williams, former JBA Star Harrison Rieger will be joining El Salvador’s top professional league in the coming weeks. With Reiger being one of the first players from the JBA to be joining a pro league, his success could springboard more players to join the JBA. In the JBA last year Reiger averaged 16.3 PPG, 8.2 RPG, and 1.7 APG and showed tremendous skills as an all around basketball player. Rieger was chosen as a JBA all-star and after the season was selected as a member of the JBA USA team.
As I recently reported, former Chicago Ballers G/F, Harrison Rieger was selected to play in El Salvador for their top league this year. It is now official and he will join a club in the coming weeks. Stay tuned for more details. @harrisonrieger_— Brandon Williams (@TalkinWithFresh) February 16, 2019
Gotta give a big shout out to my brother @harrisonrieger_ who’s going to play in El Salvador’s top league! You played a big role in how far we went this season! Happy 4 u bro u deserve it sky is the limit🙏🏾 pic.twitter.com/FTZmw8HwLf— Curtis Hollis (@Rankycurt0) February 16, 2019
For JBA USA Rieger did not get a ton of time on the court, but when he was able to get into games he gave more effort into the game than anyone else. Rieger is known for his hardworking attitude and that showed on the court as a part of JBA USA. He constantly provided excellent defense and played his role perfectly as a bench player.
Looking forward for Rieger, he will become a rookie in the top league of El Salvador, and will certainly face a new lifestyle and living change, but he is primed for success after his run in the JBA and for JBA USA.
Looking at the JBA’s possible future, Rieger’s success could be vital in getting top class players to join, whether Rieger can use this opportunity as a springboard to a future in bigger professional basketball leagues or not is unknown, but overall this move is positive for everyone involved.
It is unknown what team Rieger will be joining at this time but soon we will hear all the details, so stay tuned, because Harrison Rieger is playing pro basketball once again.
NBA Commissioner Adam Silver unveiled a new futuristic jersey concept at an NBA all star event that would allow you to change the name and number on the back of the jersey using a digital remote.
Adam Silver unveils the NBA jersey of the future. pic.twitter.com/h5GePOwOjx— NBA (@NBA) February 15, 2019
For NBA fans, this could be a way to potential save a lot of money, as they could change the name and number on their jersey any time they want to rep a different player. For example, a Celtics fan could wear a Kyrie Irving jersey one day, and then the very next day they could be wearing a Jayson Tatum jersey, without buying two separate jerseys. For the NBA, this could make them lose an awful lot of money, unless they charge customers every time they change the name on their shirt, which might stop people from buying it.
This concept would spring board the NBA past every other major sports league in terms of the way people purchase merchandise, and could potentially backfire in a big way as well. but really when it comes down to it, this is a very cool way to be able to represent every player on you’re favorite team. So let us know what you think about these new NBA jerseys, are they a good idea, or a bad one?
Do you like the new NBA jersey concept?— Colin Keefe (@colinkeefe12) February 15, 2019
McGee- “Lonzo will be back. That will be good to have a big guard on defense guarding the point guard position.”
Mcgee’s comments come as no surprise as a ton of the Lakers coverages, specifically their “drop coverage”, they need a player like Lonzo Ball on the Court to help McGee on the defensive end. Lonzo provides a unique mismatch on defense, as he’s bigger (6’6) than most point guards he lines up across from.
Lebron On Lonzo “He’s a very gifted basketball player, Very CEREBRAL basketball player. I think when he’s playing aggressive basketball and thinking shot-first, everything else opens up for him. He has some of the quickest hands that this league, and has had a lot of people always try to discredit what he can do offensively, but they never give him enough credit what he does defensively. Every time he’s in the lineup, he’s getting two, three, four steals, deflections.”
Lebron brings up what many others have in the past, when Lonzo is being aggressive and playing confident and shooting the ball he very good on both ends, but no matter what he does on offense he’s always pivotal in what the Lakers do on Defense, as he’s constanlt playing help defense and getting into the passing lanes; all while holding PG’s too a horrible FG% o the season.
Lebron “We Just need to hold down the fort until Lonzo Returns”
This remark came as a small surprise because it was pre Trade deadline and there was still major Trade rumors surrounding the Lakers. Maybe this was something he said Incase Lonzo was Traded, or Lebron actually believed they needed Lonzo. Either way he was right to make this comment as the Lakers have went from a Top Defensive Team with Lonzo Ball, to one of the WORST defenses in the NBA without him. The Lakers haven’t been holding down any sort of fort.
Lebron- “We are missing a Huge Piece in Lonzo Ball”
This couldn’t be more obvious. Lakers are 3-8 since Lonzo’s Injury Vs. Houston, and are giving up 126 Points a night since Lonzo’s Injury. That is absurd, the Lakers couldn’t have the All-Star Break come at a better time.
Lebron On Lonzo Ball’s Playmaking and passing ability- “We’re one and the same when it comes to our playmaking ability,”
This was interesting too me because i believe Lonzo is dead even with Lebron when it comes to passing and playmaking ability, Lebron just warrants the ball being in his hands more due to his scoring ability. However, the way Lonzo shares the ball i’ve Long been advocating for Lebron to play more off Ball, and become a better more skilled Karl Malone, while Lonzo runs the show. But I’m not sure if Lebron is ready to do that at this point in his career.
Luke- “He allows us to switch a lot. If they want to run any pick and roll minus the center, the 1-5 pick and roll, we can just switch it. And we feel confident Lonzo can guard most of the other players there.”
Lonzo can Guard 4 different positions in the NBA, 5 depending on the lineup. The Lakers are confident in their ability to switch and have Lonzo matched up on posts and wings due to his height and added muscle mass this offseason. And we’ve several examples of Lonzo holding his own in the Post, against Blake Griffin, Lamarcus Aldridge, and other PF’s Lonzo has switched onto during the season.
Luke Walton on Lonzo “He’s great at instincts, getting deflections. A lot of the schemes don’t change but our aggression and a few of the switching schemes change without him out there.”
Rondo can’t switch the same as Lonzo, nor does he provide the same sort of mismatch or fear on the defensive end. With Lonzo out there opponents have been second guessing themselves to a degree, as it seems many guards are less willing to shoot with Lonzo lined up on them.
Luke Walton in reply to Lonzo Ball’s shooting woes affecting the rest of his game, “He’s too good of a player, and he’s too important to us, to let that happen,”
Tyson Chandler- “Tonight was huge. Again, I’m going to keep talking about Lonzo, not just because of his scoring tonight but he was just huge all night. He was talking, he talked to me on a couple of plays, Lonzo Ball Can Be GREAT.”
Tyson Chandler has made several comments about Lonzo Ball’s potential and I think Chandler has now gotten an opportunity to see Lonzo grow as a player and mature as a leader. He knows Lonzo has real potential in the NBA, that it’s just a matter of time before he breaks through the threshold.
Tyson Chandler- “I’m a fan of Lonzo. Watching his story, watching him throughout college… He has a chance to be a great point guard in our league. I think he has a chance to be like a guy, and I hate to put that legend out there like that, but like a guy that I played with, Jason Kidd.”
Tyson Chandler played with Jason Kidd, and knows the former champion very well on and off the court. I’m sure he doesn’t throw that comparison as lightly as many others have, but the comparison is very spot on. Lonzo can be great, and can even be near legend status in his own right if he continues to develop.
Kuzma- “I think getting Lonzo back into the mix is definitely one thing. He’s had a hell of a season defensively and we kind of feed off of him. He’s picking up 94 feet, getting stops all over the floor and has great defensive instincts.”
Kuzma knows their recent struggles on Defense are in large part to Lonzo Ball, even when he isn’t getting a steal or the Lakers don’t get a stop; just the threat of Lonzo picking the opposing team up 94 feet changes the flow of the game and how quickly they can get into their offensive sets. The Lakers have forced multiple 24 second violations due to Lonzo picking up a player full court. Lonzo has really had an All-Defense type of season for the Lakers.
Rondo- “He can switch one through four. He’s bulked up this summer. His length is a big factor as well. Sky is the limit defensively as well.”
This statement can’t come as much of a shock because Rondo knows what he’s able to defensively and what he used to be able to do during his Boston days. Lonzo Ball is leaps ahead of that defensively and Rondo knows that Lonzo can be very special on that end, and in transition. The size factor is also huge, as he has put on muscle to go with his superior height at the position, while he’s alresdy one of the better athletes in the NBA.
Lonzo on Lebron’s Praise “He’s one of the best players ever to play the game, so I don’t think he’d lie just because I’m his teammate,” Ball said. “I think he really see’s something in me.”
Lonzo Ball KNOWS, he’s got what it takes to play at a high level in the NBA. Hearing Lebron talk about his game in a positive light has to be huge for the eldest Ball brother as he grew up idolizing Lebron. Lonzo is also right, Lebron doesn’t just talk about everyone’s basketball abilities in the manor he did Lonzo’s. You can tell he also believes Lonzo is a rare and special talent, now we just have to wait and see if Lonzo can become a point guard made for a KING.
Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you have to have heard of the incredible things James Harden has been doing with a basketball.
Harden’s Historic Streak Stats:
31 GP (38.5 mpg) – 41.5 ppg, 7.6 rpg, 7.4 apg, 2.3 spg, 0.9 bpg, 44.0% FG
As of the all-star break, Harden has not had his 31-game streak snapped of putting up 30 or more points in a single game, after surpassing legends such as Kobe Bryant and Elgin Baylor; he’s putting up offensive numbers we haven’t seen since Wilt Chamberlain.
In that 31 game span, Harden has averaged an unbelievable 41.5 ppg, 7.6 rpg, 7.4 apg and 2.3 spg on 44% from the field. He’s willed the Rockets to a 21-10 record during that span, which is crazy to think about as the injury-riddled Rockets have been without two of their best players in Chris Paul and Clint Capela for most of this stretch.
Harden now leads the NBA in points per game, sitting at 36.6 ppg. This would mark the highest ppg average in a single-season since Michael Jordan’s historic 1986-87 season where he averaged 37.1 ppg. Harden’s scoring has been incredible throughout the majority of this run, but some critics have found a big problem with this streak.
The most notable criticism Harden has gotten are his free throw numbers. During that streak, he’s been averaging 13.0 FTA per game, while making 11.6 per game. This would mean that he actually attempts slightly more free throws than actual shots he makes. In comparison, Jordan made nearly 3 more shots per game than free throws per game, during the 1986-87 season.
Now, there’s nothing wrong with taking free throws, it’s a part of the game after all. The biggest concern is how Harden gets these free throws. Harden is known as one of the biggest stars in the league, which surely help with the foul calls. Additionally, his flopping is by no means a secret, and he’s pretty good at it too. Harden’s defenders have received some questionable foul calls due to Harden’s exceptional acting skills. This is probably why he has so many haters.
During a season that has both Giannis Antetokounmpo and Paul George having MVP-caliber seasons, Harden remains on top. He’s extremely difficult to guard as he can score from anywhere, he’s an excellent playmaker and his defense hasn’t been too bad this year either. It’s safe to say Harden has taken control of first place for the MVP award race for now, and it’s not looking like he’s about to slow down anytime soon.
Rocket Watts has been on a tear this year partnering Lamelo Ball in Spire Institute’s back court, and recently exploded for an impressive 64 point performance against Saint Edward in a 122-86 win for Spire. Rocket Watts has been the Robin to Lamelo Ball’s Batman all season long so now it is time to pose the question, will Rocket Watts play in the NBA on day?
Rocket Watts is averaging a very impressive 24.2 PTS, 2.6 REB, and 6.0 AST on the year for Spire and is already a Michigan State commit. Rocket is rated as a 4 star recruit, so he is not considered the best of the best, but he is. He may not have had the attention he deserved before Lamelo came to play with him, but he has shown that his combination of speed, shooting, and defense have proven him to be good enough to get NBA looks. He still has another crucial year ahead of him, but at this point it is looking good for Rocket Watts.
Michigan State commit Rocket Watts scored 64 points tonight with 15 3-pointers.— Northeast Ohio HS Sports (@NEOhsAthletics) January 27, 2019
SPIRE defeats St. Edward 122-86. pic.twitter.com/2aUMBIqtfU
Looking forward to next year, Rocket Watts will have to head to college and show that he is able to dominate at the next level to prove he is worth an NBA look. If I were to speculate, it would be impressive if he could average around 15 PTS, 2 REB, and 4 AST on the season for Michigan State and would at least put him on NBA teams radar.
What do you all think of Rocket Watts, is he just a teammate of the amazing Lamelo Ball, or is he a superstar in his own right? Do you expect to see Rocket Watts in the NBA, or will his career end after college? Let us know in the comments!
Do you expect to see @RocketWatts in the NBA one day?— Colin Keefe (@colinkeefe12) February 13, 2019
Lonzo Ball is progressing in his injury faster than originally anticipated. As Lonzo has been rehabbing his ankle for over 3 weeks now; and with the All-Star Break right around the corner it looks like Lonzo will almost certainly be back against Houston on 2/21 in Los Angeles. It is only fitting that he got injured vs. the Rockets and finds his way back into the lineup against them.
Lonzo has been out of his walking boot now; nearing almost a week and he has began to run (on an underwater treadmill) and put pressure on the ankle.
He’s expected to begin basketabll related actvities post All-Star Break. If the Lakers decide to give him a few practices prior to throwing him into the lineup than it is possible we don’t see him comeback until 2/23 Vs. the Pelicans. But according to our sources “Lonzo has progressed ahead of schedule, and is trying desperately to get back on the court for the Lakers.”
This will mean by not later than 2/25 Vs. the Grizzlies; will we see Lonzo Ball Return from injury. The Lakers on the other hand have missed him badly since his injury (3-7), while going from the 7th best Defense in NBA, to the 29th Ranked Defense since Lonzo’s Injury. The Lakers need Lonzo back in the lineup, and Lonzo is desperate to get back out on the court.
Prior to his injury, Lonzo Ball was playing some of the best ball of his short career. Giving fans a glimpse of what could be in store, on both sides of the ball. But since his injury a lot of people have started to switch the narrative to he can’t stay healthy and can’t shoot free throws. Both of which will continue to improve.
Lakers will be going at least one more game without Lonzo Ball, and at the very max he’d miss 3 more games. But Lonzo being eager to get back on the court and his injury progressing ahead of schedule its very possible we will see him Post All-Star Break. As the Lakers need him to get back healthy so their last 25 games of the season they can play with Lonzo and get some sort of rythym heading into playoffs.