First off, a happy birthday to my wonderful mother who is (BLEEP) today. Oh, and also, happy signing day.
Can Kevin Durant be the league’s Most Improved Player?: When we think of the MIP in the NBA in 2008-09, Kevin Durant has to be towards the top of the list. When we look at his per 36 minute stats (courtesy of Basketball-Reference) we see that Durant’s shooting efficiency has improved tremendously. And he is rebounding more as well. Although he is not yet the player we envisioned the night he was drafted, he’s now an above average NBA player. And as Table One reveals, his improvement with respect to Wins Produced ranks toward the top of the league this season.
No comment: “The jilted hoops fans at Saveoursonics.org are organizing a road trip to Portland for the Oklahoma City-Blazers game on Feb. 11. I’m not sure if they’re going to boo or cheer for the Sonics but it’s being billed as, “Come watch Seattle favorites Brandon Roy, Nate McMillan and the Portland Trail Blazers take on the new Oklahoma City Thunder.” You can get a discount on tickets here. (Discount code: SOS). The Blazers ticket reps have even organized a “Blunder Bus” that will transport Seattle residents to Portland for a cool $49. I love their passion, but I’m thinking those Sonics fans are just prolonging their misery, yeah?”
Chad Ford looks at Orlando’s options now that Jameer Nelson is out for the season: “Thunder trade Earl Watson for Cook and Bogans. Watson may not be an ideal starting point guard, but he’s a veteran who plays tough defense and keeps turnovers to a minimum. The real downside is that Watson has another year at $6.6 million left on his contract. For the Thunder, the bright side is that they would move Watson’s salary off the books and get an expiring contract (Bogans) in return.” Keep Reading…