You can make a good case for Anthony Davis to be the MVP — he’s scoring 24.7 points a game on 54 percent shooting, he’s pulling down 10.4 rebounds a game and blocking 2.9 shots a night. His PER of 31.1 this season would be not only the best in the NBA this season but in the top 10 all time (with Wilt Chamberlain and Michael Jordan).
But he’s not going to win it, not on a Pelicans team that will miss the playoffs. He should be on voter’s five-deep ballots, but he’s not going to win it.
Who should? If you ask Davis, he says James Harden.
“It’s tough. A lot of guys are playing out of their mind. James Harden, Russ (Westbrook), Steph (Curry), LeBron (James)…
“(Harden is) out of his mind. He’s definitely playing out of his mind. We talk about this on my team every day. It’s like every day. I think with him not having Dwight [Howard] for as much as he did, and he still competed and is still winning games for them, it’s unreal.”
Harden and Stephen Curry seem to be the frontrunners right now. Russell Westbrook and LeBron James seem just half a step back as momentum builds for the vote. Davis is on the outside looking in, Chris Paul has people making his case — and he’s been making it on the court lately — but he seems to be coming from too far behind in most voters’ eyes.
None of that is fair; any one of those guys could claim legitimate claim to the crown. But the smart money is on Curry.
Depends on what day you ask me.
Shaq takes shots at Lakers, Clippers during Justin Bieber roast
The point of the Comedy Central event was to mock Justin Bieber. Which is about as difficult as making a Nissin Cup of Noodles. There seemed to be a lot of celebrities, not professional comedians, in on this one, probably because the comedians prefer a challenge.
Shaq was among the celebrity roasters, but he veered off the main topic to poke fun at the Los Angeles basketball teams.
Making fun of the Lakers brings us back to the Cup of Noodles, but Shaq fired shots at Chris Paul, who was in the audience.
For Shaq’s sake let’s hope this was recorded a month ago or so (it likely was) because the Clippers have won seven in a row and have looked pretty good lately.
The shot at the Lakers was slow pitch right down the middle of the plate.
BOSTON – J.J. Redick is excited Duke reached the Final Four.
But if Duke had been upset earlier, he wouldn’t have even watched the rest of the NCAA Tournament.
“I’m an NBA fan, man,” Redick said. “I’d rather watch the Kings and the Hornets on a Tuesday night in Sacramento than Syracuse-Georgetown.”
It’s just another way Redick is distancing himself from the college game.
After dominating at Duke and – winning national player of the year awards and setting the program’s all-time scoring record – and earning national name recognition, Redick has reinvented himself in the NBA.
He’s no longer a brash, trash-talking, head-bobbing, easily hateable, high-volume chucker. He’s a 3-and-D role player who quietly gets the job done for the Clippers.
To many observes who saw his big numbers and oversized presence at Duke, Redick entered the NBA with sky-high expectations despite being just the No. 11 pick in the 2006 draft by the Magic. When Redick barely played his first two years, many of those same people declared him a bust.
Redick was obviously frustrated, describing “a sense that regardless of how I played, there wasn’t going to be an opportunity.” He even requested a trade.
Really, Redick wanted a chance to prove he could adapt to a smaller role.
“I never expected to be LeBron James,” Redick said.
The Magic kept him, and he blossomed under Stan Van Gundy. After a half season with the Bucks, Redick landed with the Clippers. He suffered through an injury-plagued first season in Los Angeles last year. This year, he’s finally showing what he can do.
Redick is averaging 16.1 points while shooting 47.7 percent from the field and 43.5 percent from 3-point range – all career highs. In fact, his scoring average has increased each season since his second year:
Derek Harper is the only other player in NBA history to increase his scoring average seven straight seasons.
Now, Redick is arguably better than ever.
He’s a great fit with the Clippers, getting open looks as defenses sag to defend DeAndre Jordan inside and account for Blake Griffin in the high post. Symbiotically, Redick pulls defenders to the perimeter, helping Jordan and Griffin. Chris Paul delivers the right pass to whomever has a bigger advantage.
Lately, that’s been Redick.
In his last seven games, he’s averaging 22.7 points on 58.7 percent field-goal shooting and 52.2 percent 3-point shooting. The Clippers are 7-0 in that span.
All season, Redick has been a clear positive influence. The Clippers score 112.9 points per 100 possessions (equivalent of first in the NBA) when Redick plays and 104.4 (11th) when he sits. He’s also a plus defender.
Doc Rivers has even compared Redick to Ray Allen.
“This has been a great situation for me,” said Redick, whose Clippers host the first-place Warriors tonight.
Rivers downplayed his work with Redick. Given the guard’s track record of improvement before coming to Los Angeles, Redick definitely deserves credit for his own growth.
Entering the league knowing his size and athleticism would limit him, Redick knew he’d have to get smarter. Now, he recognizes how much more cerebral he has become.
“Thirty-year-old me would destroy my 21-year-old me,” Redick said.
But not everything has changed since Duke.
Redick’s trash-talk reduction might be due more to ability than willingness.
After making his fifth 3-pointer of the game, Redick looked to the Celtics bench for former Duke teammate Shavlik Randolph, who’d been joking with Redick earlier in the game:
But Randolph had switched seats, throwing off Redick’s expectation for quick trash talk.
“I had to give it a second look,” Redick said.
LeBron says he’s ‘got three very good friends in this league,’ none play for the Cavaliers
When Kevin Love admitted that he and LeBron James “aren’t best friends” and that they don’t hang out regularly, some outside the team wanted to read into it more than they should.
Love has struggled to fit in consistently on the court with this Cavaliers team, and the fact that he wasn’t tight personally with its best player caused further speculation that he might bolt in free agency once the season is finished.
But all of that is pure nonsense.
The fact is that players on a given team don’t have to be all that close to be successful, and James himself essentially confirmed as much when stating that he only has three good friends in the league — none of whom play for the Cavaliers.
“People get so infatuated with the best of friends, things of that nature,” James said. “First of all, I’ve got three very good friends in this league, and that’s Carmelo (Anthony), and that’s C.P. (Chris Paul), and that’s D-Wade. And after that I have a bunch of teammates. I have guys I ride for every day.
“But Kyrie is a guy I understand how important he is to this team, how important he is. And the same with Kev as well.”
Love may never get to where James and Irving are now as friends. Both James and Love agreed that whether or not that ever happens isn’t important – it’s if the Cavs win that matters.
And that’s it exactly.
Love is likely to re-up with the Cavaliers on a new deal this summer, but if something causes him to choose to do otherwise, the lack of a friendship with James will be the least of those reasons.
The main thing that could push Love away would be the Cavaliers suffering an earlier-than-expected playoff loss, while his role was marginalized at the very same time. Only then would he be truly motivated to consider playing anywhere else.
DeAndre Jordan with a ridiculous alley-oop finish, even for him (VIDEO)
We have become desensitized to alley-oops from Chris Paul to DeAndre Jordan or Blake Griffin. We’ve seen so many amazing ones they seem routine.
But even for Jordan, this one is pretty spectacular. That pass was up in the rafters and behind him, just didn’t matter.
The Clippers put the beat down on the Celtics, leading by 35 at one point. Then Doc Rivers tried to play his bench. Then that lead shrunk to 13 points, and the Clippers had to bring their starters back in. Then came hack-a-DJ. The Clippers still won, but it was a lot harder than it should have been.