About 70 of you voted on the poll in the links post yesterday prior to the Hornets game. The poll question was: 'What scares you the most about the 11-8 Hornets?'
The top two vote-getters were 'Hornets two most key healthy players, Walker and Batum (der!)' and 'Michael Jordan suiting up'.
It just so happened that Walker and Batum were both kept in check and MJ didn't step foot on the court.
What you should have been most scared of instead was the Hornets' vaunted front line of Marvin Williams and Cody Zeller.
They did many, many good things in the Hornets victory. And I didn't see that coming.
Charlotte Hornets demolish Detroit Pistons behind play of Cody Zeller and Marvin Williams -- At The Hive
Steve Clifford's gameplan worked out for the Hornets in more ways than one: Pistons center and team-wide focal point Andre Drummond picked up his fifth foul with seven minutes left in the third quarter, and he would play only 24 minutes, finishing with nine points and nine rebounds. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope tried to pick up the slack for Detroit, but Ersan Ilyasova had a very inefficient shooting night, and Reggie Jackson, to put it nicely, played like butt on offense.
Cheers for nicely.
NBA Trade Rumors: Reggie Jackson To Lakers As Detroit Pistons Fans Not Sold On Former OKC Guard; Clarkson A Target -- YIBADA
Firstly, YIBADA is a 'Global Chinese online media company for Chinese communities around the world'. It's headquartered in New York City.
OK, that's out of the way.
Secondly, the author of the YIBADA article has been sneaking around our fan posts successfully unearthing gems such as this.
And then they start writing about said gems.
The Detroit Pistons went off on a hot start but they have tempered down as of late, and that's enough to start trade rumors for the guard.
It was surprising that Jackson would even be considered to be dealt as he is one of the keys for the Pistons to be in playoff contention. Yet, in Detroit Bad Boys, some fans have already made proposals.
In one of the fan posts, user RyanCaldwell criticized Jackson, saying "he has been great at times but too often is found forcing the issue offensively, he has never been a good defender, he turns the ball over way too much, and he gets into fits where he just doesn't create for his teammates."
For those of you involved in the trade Jackson thread, you are all now YIBADA famous. How does it feel?
It was recently noted that the Detroit Pistons could need a shooter, and Nick Young was tagged as an option. If the Lakers were to trade him to the Pistons, they should also send their best trade asset, point guard Jordan Clarkson, who was part of the proposal.
At the mention of Nick Young, I then threw my half eaten apple at my computer screen. Stupid action. It bounced right back and on to my clothes. Even worse, it was my work computer I threw the apple at AND I have on nice clothes today.
Kyle Singler is the worst player in the NBA and more people need to know -- Reddit
Was just sent this Reddit link by a friend randomly (you readers, too, may send me any NBA/hoops related links here: rotavarp(at)gmail.com)
Kyle Singler is the worst player in the NBA getting regular minutes. I've felt like his nightly turds have been going under the radar, so I just wanted to make more people aware. Awareness is the first step toward real change.
A quick recap of his season:
-- 193 minutes played, zero assists. Zero. In the Zero-Assist Club, JaVale McGee is in second in terms of most minutes played without an assist. He has played 45 minutes.
Wait, there's more.
-- He has a -1.16 PER. He is currently the only player in the league with a negative PER. Sasha Vujacic has a positive PER. /u/WeRallGOATS pointed out that this is the lowest PER in NBA history among players who have played at least 150 minutes. Full List
Do check out the Full List for curiosity's sake. And giggle practice.
-- He's averaging 8.3 fouls per 48 minutes.
-- This summer, GM Sam Presti signed Kyle to a 5-year, $25 million deal. That deal runs through the summer of 2020, which sounds insane because it is insane.
When the deal came out I thought it was so strange, almost like a misprint at the time. The money aspect aside, why would you sign a player like Kyle to a 5-year deal anyway? Granted, Kyle won't continue to be this bad, but what did he really do to warrant much besides a couple of million per year.
Things are Turning Around for the Grizzlies -- Basketball Insiders
The Memphis Grizzlies are playing better these days and if Detroit doesn't come to play Wednesday the Grizzlies will slowly pound them, just like they've done with so many opponents in the past.
And, Mario Chalmers has life once again.
Chalmers seems to have found an important role for the Grizzlies. He's given life to the second unit and has energized the offense. In 12 games for Memphis, Chalmers is averaging 11.4 points, 2.8 assists and 2.5 rebounds per game. In just his third game, he scored 29 points in 23 minutes off of the bench.
It seems the addition of Chalmers has had an impact on other players as well. During the team's 3-6 start, several players, including Marc Gasol and Mike Conley, were struggling. Gasol was averaging 14.7 points during the first nine games on 41 percent shooting from the field. Since Chalmers arrived, Gasol is averaging 17.6 points on 51 percent shooting. Conley was averaging 12.7 points on 35.2 percent shoot prior to the Chalmers trade, and has since improved to 17.4 points on 45.9 percent shooting.
Ladies and gentlemen, may peace be with you.