Wednesday, April 09, 2008

Was Taken?

TrueHoop pointed it out, but I'm sure my "LaMarcus h8er" news feed would have eventually sent me to the official hype site of the Pacific Northwest's second most exciting jump-shooting power forward. First place is a tie between Donyell Marshall, and Raef LaFrentz.

Funny thing about many of the improvements cited on the website; they aren't really improvements. Aldridge has taken his 12.6 MPG bump, increased his FGA/36 by 3.4 shots, and his usage percentage is way up. The extra scoring Aldridge has generated this season is just fine, but his accuracy isn't what it used to be. Despite all the possessions he uses, LMA is only making an extra 1.5 FG/36 this season.

Rebounds are down (13.9 to 12.8 TRB%), turnovers are up (7.5 to 9.0 TOV%), and there's even an extra .1 PF/36 to nitpick. Maybe fouling is a sign of extra effort on defense, but I can't be sure. My eyes are glued to the television whenever 'Yell or Raef are in the late game.


Anonymous Matt said...

I'd take an overhyped promotional website over the Bulls version: "", edited by KC Johnson.

9:41 AM  
Blogger Hot Shit College Student said...

I'm with the Bulls all the way. Young players should have as many odds, obstacles, and outside negative vibes as possible. There wouldn't be anything to overcome, except on the court, without the sideshow.

10:09 AM  
Anonymous Ted Lehman said...

Man, you probably should end this crusade. Aldridge has blown away Thomas so far.

Everyone likes to point out that Thomas can get better, but it's also likely that Aldridge is going to keep getting better. Thomas has a long, long way to go to catch him.

For the record, I'm a Bulls fan...not a Portland fan coming to gloat about the deal.

3:03 PM  
Anonymous Matt, your friendly Bulls Blogger said...

"Thomas has a long, long way to go to catch him."

In minutes.

4:40 PM  
Anonymous Matt said...

damn, wrong auto-completed username....

4:40 PM  

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