Griffin and Gordon Try to Change the Clipper Culture

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The Clippers have had one winning season in the past 17 years.  No wonder they are the laughing stock of the NBA.  But with building blocks like Blake Griffin and Eric Gordon, the franchise is inching its way in the right direction and hoping to shake their losing culture.

By: David Kay
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Can the Clipper Curse be Reversed this Off-Season?

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Their hopeful missing piece didn’t play a single minute.  They fired their head coach and general manager.  Once again, the Clippers were a non-factor in the Western Conference.  This off-season L.A.’s other team has a chance to make a splash with a ton of cap space and another lottery pick.  But can this haunted franchise finally reverse the Clipper Curse?
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2010 NBA Rookie of the Year Race

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By: David Kay

Welcome to a new weekly feature here at the The Sports Bank where we break down the top rookies in the NBA and who has the edge to win the Rookie of the Year Award.  Check back every Thursday for an update.

Just a week into the season and there seems to be one rookie establishing himself as the early leader in the clubhouse for the ROY award.  Of course everyone’s predicted runaway winner, Blake Griffin, is expected to be sidelined until mid-December due to a broken left knee cap, meaning the race suddenly became very interesting until the number one overall pick steps back onto the court.  Here are the updated rankings after the first week of the season:

1. Brandon Jennings, Bucks (Last Week Ranking: #3)
’09-’10: 22.0 ppg, 5.3 apg, 4.0 rpg, 1.7 spg
My ’09-’10 Prediction: 12 ppg, 7 apg, 2 spg

Jennings has stepped in from the opening tip and taken control of this Bucks team.  He nearly posted a triple-double in his first NBA game, falling one assist and one rebound short.  His composure and leadership looks like that of a veteran and his critiqued poor outside shooting has yet to be seen as he is 7 of 14 from deep.  The predictable injury to Michael Redd should give Jennings even more opportunities to shine early in the season.

2. Stephen Curry, Warriors (LWR: #4)
’09-’10: 11.0 ppg, 6.7 apg, 3.0 rpg, 2.3 spg
My ’09-’10 Prediction: 12 ppg, 4 apg, 3 rpg

Golden State has only played three games, but Curry has looked solid in starting each game.  He has spent most of his time running the point and showing his unselfishness with his pass-first mentality.  I mean, he has only attempted six three-pointers in 103 minutes.  Unheard of for the trigger happy Curry we saw at Davidson!

3. Jonny Flynn, Timberwolves (LWR: #2)

’09-’10: 13.8 ppg, 3.6 apg, 3.2 rpg, 1.2 spg
My ’09-’10 Prediction: 15 ppg, 7 apg, 1.75 spg

Flynn has come out in Minnesota and started his first games in the NBA.  He has found himself sharing time at the point with free agent signing Ramon Sessions who has even stolen some minutes from Flynn down the stretch.  The former Syracuse point guard has shown flashes, but is also playing like a rookie so far, having more turnovers than assists in three of his five games.

Check out the complete top ten Rookie of the Year Race.

Also check out our 2010 NBA Mock Draft.

NBA Rookie of the Year Race

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By: David Kay

Welcome to a new weekly feature here at the The Sports Bank where we break down the top rookies in the NBA and who has the edge to win the Rookie of the Year Award.  The draft class of 2009 was considered one of the weakest in recent years, but it looks like several newcomers will have a chance to contribute right away.  Check back every Thursday for an update.

With number one overall pick Blake Griffin expected to be sidelined until mid-December, the Rookie of the Year race is officially wide open.  The former Oklahoma Sooner was expected by most “experts” to run away with the award.  Here are the first rankings, predicting how each newbie will perform in his first year in the assocation:

1. Tyreke Evans, Kings (4th overall)

’09-’10 Prediction: 17.5 ppg, 5 rpg, 6 apg, 2 spg
This is about the 1,263, 914th time I’ve said this; Evans is going to be an absolute stud.  He is playing for one of the worst teams in the league and will have every chance to chuck up at least 20 shots a night especially with the injury to Francisco Garcia.  His size allows him to crash boards.  His handles and slashing abilities will give him plenty of assist opportunities.  His length and quickness will get him a good amount of steals.  If Evans can develop a consistent jumper, he will eventually hover around the 30 point per game mark in the NBA.  Yup, I just said that.

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2. Jonny Flynn, Timberwolves (6th overall)
’09-’10 Prediction: 15 ppg, 7 apg, 1.75 spg
Ricky Rubio’s decision to not come to the NBA helped his cause, but the signing of Ramon Sessions does not.  Even with Sessions in Minnesota, Flynn is expected to run the show for the T-Wolves.  His ability to score, assist, AND defend should earn him more minutes than Sessions and be a top candidate for the ROY award.

Check out the rest of the Rookie of the Year race.

Need more NBA info?  Check out our team previews or Andy Weise’s Western Conference Preview.