• NCAA Basketball Player Of The Year

    Talented players from different teams are eyeing this year’s National Player of the year award. The door is open to all players, but not all are eagerly waiting for it. Teams that don’t participate in the NCAA Tournament have never produced a National player of the year, and their players, therefore, should not dream of getting the award however good they may be.
    Last year Buddy Hield and Denzel Valentine were battling for the title. Here are the top five players that could produce this year’s champions. These players have been listed according to merit and past performance. However, the list does not show the order of strength.

    1. Frank Mason, Kansas
    Mason has been very instrumental in putting his team ahead. He has a record of not less than 15 points that he managed to score in nine games in a row. Mason who is a senior guard has an average of 19.9 points, 4.3 rebounds, and 5.1 assists.

    Mason has impressive shootings; his 3-point range shooting is 51.6 percent, and his field shots are at 51.1 percent. Even though in one game his 26 field goal attempt he managed to get only seven , he still has what it takes to get the award.

    2. Nigel Williams, Gonzaga
    Williams plays for a team that prides in winning all the games of the season. The team stats show that Williams is a serious player and a suitable candidate for the award. He has a 50.5 percent field shooting, 88.9 percent throw line shooting. He also has 15.7 points team average, 4.6 assists, and 5.8 rebounds. Williams’ effort and team position are likely to work in his favor.

    3. Josh Hart, Villanova
    Hart is not an amateur and has a taste of what it feels like to a win a title and another one and again. This senior guard is the reason why Villanova is shining. He has an average of 18.8 points, 3.6 assists, and 6.5 rebounds. Hart has 52.7 team shooting, 75.0 free throw percent, and 40 percent from 3point range. Josh Hart could be a winner if he keeps the winning spirit high.

    4. Caleb Swanigan, Purdue
    Swanigan has a good reason to be optimistic and put in, even more, effort as the day nears. His team is good enough to make him a potential candidate for the award. Swanigan’s record is impressive; he can quickly overtake all the other potential candidates and clinch the award. He is 18.7 points average, 13.0 rebounds, and 18 double-doubles from 22 games. He also has 50.0 percent of 3-points range and 54.9 shooting percent.

    5. Lonzo Ball, UCLA
    The freshman point guard is UCLA’s hope in the National player of the year award. He has a record of both winning and losing games, but he has still averaged 15.4 points with 7.6 assists and 6.0 rebounds. His shootings from the field are 55.1 percent and 43.2 percent of the 3-point range. The stats from his previous games show his strength to get the award.

    The NCAA basketball player of the year award can go to any of the players. However, miracles do happen, you never know, even that player that is ranked sixth and does not appear in this article may still get the award.
    Players that are on this list have the potential to win the award; they have been picked according to their strength and their past performance. They are all from the NCAA tournament teams; they are the ones that have a record of producing the winner. Gonzaga, for instance, has a record of winning several games in a row an achievement that gives its players like Nigel Williams an upper hand in the battleground.

  • Fines In The NBA

    Different types of fouls and fines by NBA players 
    Do you ever just sit back and wonder how fines are laid out in the NBA or which NBA players get fined the most? In basketball there are a number of fouls or misconduct calls that can bring up a hefty fine. Here a number of penalties that a player or team can be called out for (if it is a repeat offense there may be fines handed out or an ejection):

    Technical foul – A technical foul is a common foul that can lead to a fine or ejection. A technical foul is called on a player accused of unsportsmanlike non-contact behavior. You may hear this referred to as just a “technical.”
    clear-path foul – This type of foul is called when a defender fouls an opponent when there was no one in front of the offensive player. A clear-path foul will usually result in two free throws given to the player that was fouled.
    Charge (foul) – A charge is called when an offensive player runs into a non-moving, defenseless defender.
    Flagrant foul – Any sort of unsportsmanlike conduct where there was no clear attempt to play the ball. It can be intentional and unintentional. It is called when a players safety is at risk. The NBA operates with two versions: flagrant-1 and flagrant-2. Depending on the severity of the foul it could result in immediate ejection.
    Flagrant-1 – A serious personal foul that will result in loss of pocession for the team and a warning for the player. The player will then be ejected upon the second offense in the same game.
    Flagrant-2 – An extreme case of misconduct that results in an immediate ejection from the game without a warning (up to officials discretion).

    Now that we have discussed the types of fouls, what are some of the most recent fouls by NBA players and their costs.

    Most recent fines by player

    Patrick Beverley, PG, was fined $3000 for a technical foul on March 10, 2017
    Dwayne Wade, SG, was fined $2000 for a technical foul on March 10,2017
    John Wall, PG, was fined $4000 for a technical foul on March 10th, 2017
    LeBron James, SF, was fined $2000 for a technical foul on March 10th, 2017
    Markieff Morris, SF, was $6000 after being ejected on March 8th, 2017
    Jared Dudley, PF, was fined $2000 after an ejection on March 7th, 2017
    Brandon Jennings, PG was fined $6000 after an ejection on March 7th, 2017

    Highest fines per player 2016-2017 season:

    1) DeMarcus Cousins, $470,326
    2) Darren Collinson, $382,324
    3) Mitch McGary, $208,095
    4) John Wall, $75,000
    5) Tim Hardaway Jr., $62,226
    6) Alex Len, $53,851
    7) Paul George, $53,000
    8) Russell Westbrook, $43,000

    Where does the fines go after they are collected from players?

    Professional NBA players are fined a combined millions of dollars every season, where does all that money go? According to Spotrac, NBA players have paid a combined 1.6 million dollars halfway into the 2016-2017 season. That money is supposed to go the charities chosen by the National Basketball Association and National Basketball Players Association. Half of the money awarded to the National Basketball Players Association goes towards their foundation and the half of the money that the NBA gets a hold of goes to NBA Cares community partners. Partners include Boys & Girls Clubs of America, the Thurgood Marshall College Fund, UNICEF and Share Our Strength.

  • Who Deserves The Bob Cousy Award

    Bob Cousy is a legend. His times on the court in the 1950s and early 1960s broke his heart and made him happy at the same time. He was a point of attraction in his last days in the NBA arenas. Cousy retired in 1963 and became Boston College’s coach for six years, 1963 to 1969. This legend wanted to leave a legacy and award the best point guards. The Bob Cousy Award was started in 2004 and has been diligently awarding the best college players.

    Previous Winners

    Here are the proud winners of Bob Cousy Award since 2004. Kentucky’s Tryler Ulis in 2016, Utah’s Delon Wright in 2015, Connecticut’s Shabazz Napier in 2014 and Michigan’s Trey Burke in 2013. Also, North Carolina’s Kendall Marshall 2012, Connecticut’s Kemba Walker in 2011, Maryland’s Greivis Vasquez in 2010, North Carolina’s Ty Lawson in 2009, Texas’s DJ Augustin in 2008, Texas A&M’s Acid Law in 2007, Illinois’s Dee Brown in 2006, North Carolina’s Raymond Felt on in 2005 and St. Joseph’s Jameer Nelson in 2004.

    The Bob Cousy Award 2017 courtesy of Holy Cross College is just around the corner and players are warming up for it. It is by now very clear of who is in and who is out. There were 20 names of players who were hopeful of the award then the number reduced to 10 then to 5. The names of the five finalists will be forwarded to Hall of Fame selection committee and Cousy.

    Below are the five lucky 2017 candidates.

    Frank Mason

    Frank is close to clinching the award. He has an exemplary performance track record for the time that he has been playing. The Bob Cousy Award is for point guards, and Frank is an excellent senior guard. He is an average of 20.3 points, 4.0 rebounds, and 4.9 assists, this are his records at Kansas, a team that is ranked the top in the nation. Frank Mason is shooting 50.0 behind 3-point mark.

    Lonzo Ball

    Lonzo is a successful player; he is currently at the top of the list of players with the highest number of assists per game. He a freshman point guard and is averaging 14.8 points, 6.2 rebounds, and 7.6 assists (this is the highest). Lonzo is shooting 41.4 percent behind the 3- point line. He is a potential winner and has all that it takes to receive the award. Lonzo Ball currently plays for the UCLA.

    Nigel Williams-Goss

    Nigel is a talented player one who is relied upon by Gonzaga. He is a point guard and shooting 50.9 percent and 90.9 behind the throw line. Nigel has 16.3 points on average and 5.6 rebounds. He is among the best players in Zags.

    Nigel Williams, Lonzo Ball, and Frank Mason are players that have been nominated for other awards like the NCAA basketball player of the year award. Winning the Bob Cousy award will be of a significant advantage to whoever among the three becomes lucky.

    The other two players with the equally good record are Joel Berry II who plays for North Carolina, and Jalen Brunson who plays for Villanova.

    Left out

    The top five players were among the 20 who were in the first list. They were selected on merit and court performance. Here are among the players who were optimistic but did get to the finalist’s list. Monte Morris, Markelle Fultz, Dennis Smith among others.

    The Bob Cousy Award has been awarding the best point guards for the last 12 years and is expected to be even bigger this year. The names of 2017 finalists were announced on 6th of March and now wait to be considered by Cousy and the committee. One of the following nominees will be the lucky one Frank Mason, Lonzo Ball, Jalen Brunson, Joel Berry II, and Nigel Williams.

  • Best Players in Denver Nuggets History

    The NBA season is underway and the Denver Nuggets are a great team,. They are about to get back into the season and give their fans a good show. The Denver Nuggets have seen a lot of talent over the years. These players are some of the best to play for their franchise and help bring their team to victory.

    Danny Schayes

    Danny played with the Nuggets from 1983 to 1990. In his first season with the team he was the leader in the NBA and averaged 14 points per game. He played hard to help his team become successful.

    Marcus Camby

    Marcus was with the Nuggets from 2002 to 2008. With this team he had several accomplishments. For three years he was named the leader in all of the NBA for blocks as well as the leader for blocks per game. He was named the Defensive Player of the Year. Marcus was also on the NBA All Defensive team four times. He was the eighth all time leader in blocks in the NBA. Many people considered him to be one of the most underrated players in basketball.

    Kiki Vandeweghe

    Kiki was with Denver from 1980 to 1984. He was a two time All Star in the NBA during this time. He used to play hard for the team and would give other players a chance to shine as well.

    Fat Lever

    Fat played with this team from 1984 to 1990. He had several accomplishments with the Nuggets. He was the all time leader in Denver for steals. In all of the NBA he had the fifth all time steals per game. He was also the leader in the NBA for two years. He had several other accomplishments as well. He was a two time NBA All Star and a one time All NBA Selection player. He was also a one time NBA All Defensive Team member. Despite his name ,Fat was anything but fat. He was quick and was a great point guard. He also had the habit of being in the right spot at the right time to get the ball.

    Byron Beck

    He had great accomplishments in his career in the NBA. He played with the team from 1967 to 1977. Byron was so good that when he retired Denver retired the number 40 which was his jersey number. In 1974 he was the ABA leader in the games played that season. He was a two time ABA All Star. He was the eighth all time leader in rebounds.

    Dikembe Mutombo

    Dikembe was with the Nuggets from 1991 to 1996. He is still the all time blocked shot leader for the Denver team. He has the record for the second all time blocked shots in the NBA. He is the ninth player for rebounds in the NBA. He was also the NBA leader for the 1993/94 season. He made the NBA All Star team three times and had several accomplishments in the NBA. He was the Defensive Player of the Year, Rookie of the Year, and the All Defensive Team. He averaged 3.8 blocks per game and was one of the greatest defensive players in the NBA.
    These are some of the best players to play for the Denver Nugget. These players have made this team stand out in the NBA and had seen some great talent over the years.