Best player in NBA position by position: Dwight, Love, Lebron, Kobe, Deron

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One of the greatest things about basketball is how simple the positions are: 1-5. Instead of saying “power forward” or “point guard” you can just say “the four” or “at the one.” And this is what’s lacking in both the All-NBA team and the USA Olympic Dream Team. The All-NBA selections are the top five players in the league, regardless of position. The ’09-’10 team lacked a four or a one; last year’s team also lacked a four.

However, this team I’ve assembled is just the best at each position, not the top five players and not the top five who might play best together. I gave no regard to team chemistry issues.

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Deron Williams Subject of Hilarious Sketch Comedy Video

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Former Illini legend and current Utah Jazz superstar Deron Williams, the best point guard in the NBA these days was the subject of a HILARIOUS sketch on The Onion Sports Dome.

Williams missed key (but fictional) free throws in a hypothetical game that is analyzed on the OSD’s panel of girlfriends. The SportsCenter parody program on Comedy Central may become appointment television for me. This is a must watch clip, and not just because the blonde in the middle is blatantly sporting some cleavage.

The dialogue is painfully true to life and reminds me of a sport psychology class I took at UI. I recall a few lectures discussing the programming hooks sports telecasts employ to hook female viewers…you’ll see that in action here.

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NBA’s Best Point Guard Goes Cliff Diving (Deron Williams Video)

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Well, this seems a bit bold. But Deron Williams, former University of Illinois standout and the NBA’s best point guard is a bold man. Is bold the right word?

He looks very athletic and agile in this video, but it still seems like a very dumb thing to do. Especially when you’re worth multi-millions and the face of a franchise worth hundreds of millions. Wouldn’t you want to play it a little more conservative in your spare time, given that scenario?

Video after the jump.

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Deron Williams IS THE BEST PG in the NBA

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By Paul M. Banks

Is anyone in the NBA playing better at “the one” right now than Deron Williams of the Utah Jazz? No!

This season, the University of Illinois product has surpassed the point guard he’s most often compared to: New Orleans’ Chris Paul. CP3 has battled injuries this season and the Hornets didn’t make the postseason. Tony Parker is past his prime. Steve Nash is still transcendent (on offense anyway, not so much on defense). Chauncey Billups simply doesn’t measure up to D. Will. And Derrick Rose and Rajon Rondo aren’t there yet.

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Jazz-Suns will be the BEST Playoff Series Ever!

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By Paul M. Banks

PHOENIX, AZ- Utah’s 116-108 victory over the Phoenix Suns Thursday night felt like a playoff precursor of exciting things to come. The high-scoring affair saw Utah race back from ten points down in the fourth quarter and it put the Jazz 1.5 games ahead of Phoenix in the Western Conference playoff race. If current standings hold, the Jazz would have home court advantage in a first round playoff match-up against these same Suns that would undoubtedly be the most exciting pairing of all.

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