Daily Archives: Monday, March 13, 2017

  • 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.