As the season is coming down to an end The Jay’s beef staff is assembling our first ever “All Beef” team. Think of it as an all american team, or first team selections, except a lot lamer. Today we select the point guards, we got five spots!
Derrick Rose - First team ALL BEEF selection at point guard
The point guard position is one of the most talent saturated positions in all of NBA. How stacked? The Cavs have Baron Davis and before that they had Mo Williams who put up respectable numbers (14 ppg 6apg). Every year since Nash’s back to back MP3’s, experts have been battling it out over who owned the top PG spot in the league. Nash owned it during his MP3 run, Paul owned in 2 stellar years after that (CP3 should have gotten the MP3 instead of Kobe in 2008) and Deron Williams held the spot during Utahs playoff push the past 3 years. A lot of things paved the way for Derrick this year (lets not get on the MP3 chants just yet). Let’s take a look.
1. Team USA/ Summer workouts/Coach Thibs
It seems everyone who played for USA this summer improved their games exponentially all while becoming better teammates. Just run down the list and you’ll see improvements from everyone who was on the team. Even some of the veterans learned new tricks (Lamar Odom, Tyson Chandler).
On top of training with the top players in the Nation Derrick also worked in a summer camp with Russell Westbrook and Kevin Love. Those guys didn’t do too bad this year either.
As far as Coach Thibs goes. We’ve seen Derricks game this year and we know the knock on his defense may have been valid early in this season but not anymore. He shuts down top tier point guards regularly (check the game logs of Nash Rondo and Dwil). Anytime you get your best player to buy into a system then the whole team has to follow through. Its like when a quarterback tries to block on a reversal. Or when T.O takes double teams without complaining…well you get the point. Heres DRose stat for the year.
44% fg 4.1 rpg 37 mpg
33% 3pt 0.6 bpg 25 ppg
86% ft 1.1 spg 7.9 apg
2. CP3/ Deron Williams injury
Despite Derrick Rose’s monumental leaps in his game, there is no doubt that as far as a complete point guard goes, a healthy CP3 is untouchable. They keyword is healthy here, and we may never see a healthy CP3 again. More on that when we get to “All-BEEF” Honorables. Deron Williams seemed to have never gotten into a grove all year long and sure enough, he’s getting wrist surgery. Better luck 2012 yo.
3. Bulls injuries
Yes, believe it or not the bulls injuries aided in Derrick Rose’s inflated stats. He took way more shots this year, he dominated the ball a lot this year and with injuries to mostly offensive players, he had to score.
SIDENOTE: A lot of the criticism against Rose was that he shot the ball way too much this year, portraying an image of a young Iverson aka a selfish player. What people failed to realize is that nobody else was willing to take these shots, and any coach will tell you they would want they shot that gives a team the best chance to win (put the ball in your best players hands right?) Remember Derrick Rose’s stats in High School and College were not as impressive compared to other NBA stars because in blowouts he would defer all his shots to teammates. Team ball, it works.
The point here is, we learned Derrick can dominate a game now. When the bulls need buckets he can get em.
Just watch this video.
Dude is the best teammate in the world! Team USA coaches loved him. Coach Thibs loves him. East All-Star players voted him Team Captain. Can’t hate on Swag. Remember when Nash won his first MVP He said that he believed he won because everyone in the league recognized him as the best teammate in the league. Intangibles are everything.
Derrick Rose is the best PG in 2011. He’s got a high ceiling and we haven’t seen the best of Derrick yet. The league offers plenty of competition with Westbrook, Wall, and Rondo all coming up. Combine that with our already established points who seem to have plenty in the tank (Nash, Kidd) and the years of PG dominance can easily stretch a decade. Lets hope he continues to work hard and stays healthy for the rest of his career. For now, top spots on All Beef PG goes to Derrick.
A goddess came to me tonight and if it wasn’t for the shitty sport of baseball, I probably would have never found her.
The Bulls had just defeated the suns off a boneheaded last second 2 point attempt by Marcin Gortat (despite the fact the team was down by 3). While Chicago’s nailbiting victory brought me joy and happiness (slightly aided by adderall and flu medicine) I couldn’t help but fear for everything beautiful for the Devil we know as Baseball returns yet again.
(Don’t believe that Baseball is evil? Then tell my why Jessica Alba has herpes)
Avoiding the devil at all cost I was forced to watch the women’s NCAA championship game. Choosing between the Devil and Women’s basketball would seem like a no brainer but I still had to scratch my head on this one. As it turns out combining the two things I love the most, women and basketball, actually gives me a product far less than the sum of the parts. The men’s NCAA finals were god awful (Butler decided to sell all its buckets at halftime and invest in a toxic asset known as bricks) and naturally I made the assumption that the women’s NCAA championship would be a lamer, slower, no dunk, feminine version of “god awful”. After about two minutes it seemed that my assumption was true until the Goddess known as Skylar Diggins checked into the game. Skylar Diggins, may beauty be thine name!
SIDENOTE: Ever since Jessica Alba had been infected by the Devil, there has always been a vacancy at my number 2 spot for “Top 9 Cho Baby of all time forever and ever list”
(The list consists of 9 because number 1 is immovable, permanent, the truth….Jordan)
Is it possible that for the first time ever, a female basketball player would crack my list? Is this is all made possible because baseball sucks? As the game played on I realized I began to focus more on the actual game, rather than Skylar Diggins. The game turned out to be a a lot closer then I could have imagined (Its women playing sports, is this really happening?), with lead changes through out the last minutes. As every play came to a stoppage, for every timeout called, I felt a sense of comfort, a safety, knowing the game was extended and that less Baseball was in my life. I watched the two teams battle it out only to witness the incredibly glowing angel, who struggled so hard to compete with Texas A&M fall short of victory. Fall short of a championship? Yes, but not short of heaven. Skylar, You may not have won the game, but you have won my heart; though you will have to be second place on that list as well.
written by Delusional Dave/Deion Slander