Wednesday, December 14, 2005

A Case for JRich to be an All Star

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He's averaging 22.9 points per game; among West guards, only the Los Angeles Lakers' Kobe Bryant (30.8) and Seattle's Ray Allen (23.7) average more. Richardson is averaging 6.6 rebounds per game; among West guards, only Sacramento's Bonzi Wells (7.8) averages more.

``He definitely deserves recognition for that and the way he's basically carried us on his back for the first month of the season,'' said Baron Davis, Richardson's backcourt mate and another candidate to end the Warriors' eight-year All-Star drought.


At 2:05 PM, Blogger Domino said...

JRich should be an all-star. Unfortunately, so should many other players this year.

JRich has some serious competition at the guard spot. Head to head, Nash and Ray Ray were better. Kobe is a lock. Parker leads the league in points in the paint and is on the defending champs.

Something's gonna give, and until JRich shows he can take his man off the dribble, or consistently take over games at crunch time, I'm afraid it might be him.

At 10:03 PM, Blogger mikej said...

I agree with Domino that JRich has stiff competition, and that Allen outplayed him in their last meeting. However, Richardson may be the better player overall; his defense and rebounding, in particular, make up for the extra point per game Allen has on him. Parker and Nash, being point guards, should be considered separately (and they give Baron a serious run for his money in the All-Star balloting, at that).

As for Kobe: of course he's the first-string All-Star at 2. Kobe, TMac, and LeBron can do more damage on their own than anyone else. And yet, I'd rather have JRich on my team than Kobe, because of Kobe's destructive influence on team play. Kobe and Baron could NEVER coexist for long.

While I'm on the page: I sincerely hope the Warriors avoid Ron Artest, and I was sorry to see Troy Murphy suggest that things "are too quiet" in the Warriors clubhouse and that he'd welcome a maniac like Artest. Kermit Washington was a great defender, too, but he ended up in everyone's memory as the guy who smashed Rudy Tomjanovic's face in. Artest shows no signs of increased self-awareness, having succeeded in alienating even the solid Pacers with his latest I'm-so-misunderstood-and-unwanted comments. I wouldn't take him for FREE, let alone for Diogu and Pietrus--Diogu, whose interior defense and post scoring are going to allow the Warriors in coming years to stand a chance against the Detroits and San Antonios? Pietrus, who may win the sixth man award on points per minute alone, and whose lateral quickness on D excels Artest's? No, no, no.

By the way--I've missed the blog in the past few days and hope that all are okay.

At 12:34 AM, Blogger spreeforfree said...

JRich has come a long way from his rookie year and it is obvious that he worked on his game during the summer. He has hit some big shots in the clutch (3 pointer with the shot clock running out -vs- the Knicks that clinched the game) He needs to hit free throws in the clutch(Sonics on Tuesday)to be considered a All-Star. Of all the Ws, only Fisher and Baron are clutch players.


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