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JordansBulls
09-10-2008, 12:38 PM
Bleacherreport (http://bleacherreport.com/articles/55046-erick-blascos-top-30-small-forwards)




1. LeBron James—Cleveland Cavaliers

Spectacularly athletic, James is easily the best small forward in the NBA, and has a chance to be one of the best ever. James is exceptionally quick with an explosive first step, but it’s his linebacker strength that allows him to discard contact and finish in hostile crowds and enables him to be the premier finisher in the league.

James is also blessed with tremendous court vision which allows him to spot open teammates when defenses are converging on him. His defense has improved considerably from his first years in the league, as he is no longer a defensive liability, and he has actually become a well above-average defender.

James’ jumper tends to abandon him, and he rarely plays off the ball, two characteristics that hold him below Kobe Bryant as the best player in the game. Nonetheless, given James' talent and the fact that he’s steadily improved each year in the league, it's clear that there is every possibility that James will someday be mentioned among the basketball immortals.



2. Paul Pierce—Boston Celtics

Pierce was Mr. Everything in Boston’s most important games last season. He was the one with the ball in his hands in crunch time, when the Celtics needed somebody to deliver a key score or a key pass. He was the one who defended opposing teams’ best players, often shutting them down.

Aggressive enough to finish in contact, unselfish enough to defer to teammates with better matchups, and clutch enough to always come through when it matters, Pierce is a complete and total basketball player.



3. Shane Battier—Houston Rockets

Battier is far and away the best wing defender in the NBA. His quick hands have always been able to poach lazy dribbles, he muscles weaker opponents off their game, and he spends so much time scouting opponent’s moves and practicing his footwork, that he often knows what his opponents will do before they do.

What separates Battier’s defense from that of other specialists is not only his quickness, but also his sheer physicality off the ball. Not only will he lock players up on the outside, but he’ll blow up off-ball cuts before they can happen.

On offense, Battier is a reliable three-point shooter, a willing passer, and a strong finisher along the baseline. If asked why a more dynamic player like Carmelo Anthony is ranked below Battier, ask yourself which is better, Battier’s offense or Carmelo’s defense?




Shane Battier 3rd best SF?
:speechless:

Tom81
09-10-2008, 12:49 PM
Bleacherreport (http://bleacherreport.com/articles/55046-erick-blascos-top-30-small-forwards)





Shane Battier 3rd best SF?
:speechless:

wow

barreleffact
09-10-2008, 12:56 PM
this guy has no credibility. lets start with roy. he's a guards not a forward. battier is not above many of the people he was placed above...though the melo argument was thought provoking. bowen at 7? lol. long story short, this guy is not a basketball analyst and should research more and listen to others b4 he ever writes again

ChokeTheGoat
09-10-2008, 01:40 PM
that whole list is ridiculous

LAKERS 24/7
09-10-2008, 01:44 PM
12. Lamar Odom—Los Angeles Lakers

Odom’s length and athleticism give him the ability to take over games on both ends of the court. However, he’s physically soft and he has problems focusing on the basketball court. This means that he isn’t adept at paying attention to detail, and if he isn’t force fed action he tends to drift during the course of a game.


hahahahaha

ElishaJ1030
09-10-2008, 02:01 PM
Dude's whole list is bogus...

PhxGiant
09-10-2008, 02:19 PM
lol that whole list is laughable at best.

FlawlessKB24
09-10-2008, 02:54 PM
BRoy isnt an SF

Yogi
09-10-2008, 03:11 PM
That list sucks.

houseofcain
09-10-2008, 03:15 PM
That is stupid that guy is just trying to get some pub for an original thought. I can name 10 better Sf. Melo, Tayshawn Prince, Deng, Marion, Josh Smith, Rashard Lewis, Ron Artest, who will start over Battier in Houston and the final 3 are; Richard Jefferson, Stephen Jackson and Corey maggette

MiamiHeat
09-10-2008, 03:18 PM
Battier before Butler and Carmelo :speechless:
I wanna see their top 30 players list

sulllysized
09-10-2008, 03:36 PM
i love how Ron Artest isnt even on the list... and guys like Kapono are http://www.prosportsdaily.com/forums/images/smilies/confused.gif

18colts29
09-10-2008, 03:48 PM
It says Battier is the best defender, I thought it was Ron Artest, which he is a SF and isn't even on the list.

Seventh King
09-10-2008, 03:54 PM
A nice laughable piece of fiction? Or, has the guy been smoking herb-o-life with Noah?

bogdanrom
09-10-2008, 03:58 PM
If you got the 20 stupidest people on Earth and that haven't even heared of the NBA, they would come uo with a better list that this. Shane Battier adn Bruce Bowen in the top 10 SF?!? What!

SpeeMN
09-10-2008, 04:03 PM
HORRIBLE LIST
don't even read it, it's offensive
This guy didn't watch any basketball last season

$ NyC $
09-10-2008, 04:16 PM
Pierce is a great player but he got so over-rated after the finals..he did really good though but now all of a sudden he's one of the best..b4 last season he was prob considered top 15 now people have him top 5

Vinny642
09-10-2008, 04:16 PM
YAY two Hornets!!

Lone Maverick
09-10-2008, 04:32 PM
That list is garbage

SMH @ Bleacherreport

Lone Maverick
09-10-2008, 04:33 PM
Pierce is a great player but he got so over-rated after the finals..he did really good though but now all of a sudden he's one of the best..b4 last season he was prob considered top 15 now people have him top 5

Couldn't agree more :clap:

hdxstunts1
09-10-2008, 04:40 PM
Atleas t LOul Deng is in the top 20 he should be in the top 10!

ttam68
09-10-2008, 04:41 PM
That list is terrible.

BRoy and Iguodala aren't even SFs.

Lakersfan2483
09-10-2008, 05:30 PM
Top 5 Small Forwards:

Lebron
Pierce
Melo
Butler
Marion

Lakersfan2483
09-10-2008, 05:31 PM
The list was not worth reading when they had Battier listed as no. 3. He is a good player, but come on now.

J_B
09-10-2008, 05:33 PM
lol, soooo wrong

IndyRealist
09-10-2008, 05:33 PM
I was ready to trash this guy like everyone else, then I read the article


This list does not take into account a player’s future prospects or past salad days. The criteria is simple, and framed as a question it is: Which NBA small forward is best suited to being an integral part of a championship team this year?
Due to the way some NBA lineups are presently constructed, a handful of potential small forwards will be asked to play different positions this year. For that reason, Ron Artest, Shawn Marion, and Rashard Lewis are listed as power forwards.

The article is about SF's that will make the biggest impact on a championship team. The title of the article is just misleading. If their team isn't ready to qualify as a championship contender, the player is bumped down the list. If it's a championship caliber team, but the player has minimal impact, then the player is bumped down.

BRADfromOZ
09-10-2008, 05:41 PM
It says Battier is the best defender, I thought it was Ron Artest, which he is a SF and isn't even on the list.
+1. :sigh: I'm supprised that I didn't make that list :sad2:

Cavs_Fan24
09-10-2008, 06:12 PM
wth??:confused:

that aint right..

Beno7500
09-10-2008, 06:17 PM
Ron Artest isnt even on the list

ShaunRiching9
09-10-2008, 06:19 PM
if any laker fans trys to say lamar odom is top 5 i will be upset he is fine where he is and he def not top 5

HouRealCoach
09-10-2008, 06:22 PM
I like to see BAttier that high but I would love it if it were true....I always thought that he was overrated but thats beyond overrated thats a stupid list

pwest6
09-10-2008, 06:40 PM
:laugh2: shane battier better than melo? wow i love bleacherreport.

dre1990
09-10-2008, 07:06 PM
very bad list, a since when is Brandon Roy a SF?

_Sn1P3r_
09-10-2008, 07:18 PM
I know. ^

Josh Smith is too low IMO. I'd take Smith over Posey.

Ballah0liC1
09-10-2008, 07:20 PM
hey laker fans i disagree battier is even the top 15 small forwards in the league and im a rockets fan, unlike bynum the 4th best center:clap:

Ballah0liC1
09-10-2008, 07:24 PM
wow i just read it and it said what small forwards give there teams a better chance to win a championship not who is better, every one should read it first

JIDsanity
09-10-2008, 07:29 PM
joke

JIDsanity
09-10-2008, 07:29 PM
wow i just read it and it said what small forwards give there teams a better chance to win a championship not who is better, every one should read it first

then that makes sense

PostYourEyes
09-10-2008, 07:41 PM
bruce bowen b4 shane man he's too sick of a defender.

Antbanks21
09-10-2008, 08:04 PM
Shane Battier is good at Defence but that doesn't make him 3rd best SF

JMan17
09-10-2008, 08:07 PM
does this guy even know basketball?

Giaps
09-10-2008, 10:00 PM
Battier #3?

/credibility

fhatmanz
09-10-2008, 11:03 PM
I Would take Prince, Kirilenko, Deng, Josh Smith, D. Granger, Josh Howard, Peja, Rudy Gay, Thornton, and Wallace (of course not including artest) over Lamar Odom... Odom is in the top 30 but not a top 15....

and I am a lakers fan btw....

Rudy Gay( he is a stud)

S.J.Basketball
09-10-2008, 11:10 PM
Hilarious....

Dirk4theW1n
09-11-2008, 12:09 AM
I was ready to trash this guy like everyone else, then I read the article



The article is about SF's that will make the biggest impact on a championship team. The title of the article is just misleading. If their team isn't ready to qualify as a championship contender, the player is bumped down the list. If it's a championship caliber team, but the player has minimal impact, then the player is bumped down.
well considering that his team actually won a championship then why is Prince soo low on the list he plays better D and is a better scorer....

Lord Leoshes
09-11-2008, 12:50 AM
i love how Ron Artest isnt even on the list... and guys like Kapono are http://www.prosportsdaily.com/forums/images/smilies/confused.gif



Or Marion. The guy is an idiot. He must of bin half asleep when he wrought this.

Lord Leoshes
09-11-2008, 12:57 AM
Top 5 Small Forwards:

Lebron
Pierce
Melo
Butler
Marion


That looks about right. But since Melo is the only one there that does not play defense, i would drop him down, 1, or 2. To me defense is just as important as offense.
Sorry to Nuggets fans.

SAVAGE CLAW
09-11-2008, 01:14 AM
Battier is indeed a great Sf i dont know if the third but much a better player than people credit him for.

Roy... may end up playing a LOT of Sf this year if McCrispy decides to play Rudy as the starting Sg.

LA_Raiders
09-11-2008, 01:55 AM
PP 2nd?...LOL...what a joke....

LakerzDQ
09-11-2008, 08:03 AM
Rashard Lewis, Shawn Marion, Ron Artest, and Kevin Durant aren't even on the list!!!

J-Relo
09-11-2008, 08:24 AM
PP 2nd?...LOL...what a joke....

you are a joke....

he was voted 2nd on this forum too, jus let me ask what would you pick?

J-Relo
09-11-2008, 08:30 AM
Rashard Lewis, Shawn Marion, Ron Artest, and Kevin Durant aren't even on the list!!!

well at least as i know 2 of them played PF last year (Marion, Lewis)...

Sixerlover
09-11-2008, 09:22 AM
PP 2nd?...LOL...what a joke....

As much as I hate the celtics, I can't deny that PP is the #2 SF in the NBA.

But this list is pretty comical.

Iodine
09-11-2008, 10:54 AM
This made my day :laugh:

Ballah0liC1
09-11-2008, 11:35 AM
does anyone know how to read:confused::confused:

DaNtHeMaN628
09-11-2008, 11:39 AM
This is the worst list I've ever seen.

Mallpha
09-11-2008, 12:06 PM
I belive that Eric BLasco wanted to be some sort of shocking with his list but one thing is being schockign other is lack of knowledge and common sense as far as he made some nice points about players generaly it seams to me like he didnt put much effort listing players in proper order.

DenButsu
09-11-2008, 01:15 PM
"according to bleacher report" means "according to some random douchebag"

Bleacher report is a piece of ****. At least the Nuggets writeups on it are.

Some dude actually said Denver was going to trade J.R. Smith because they picked up Dahntay Jones.

Yeah, and we were gonna trade Melo since we picked up Renaldo Balkman, too, fool.


Worse than hoopsworld, and that's hard to accomplish.

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Edit-----

Regarding my first comment - I mean that literally.

Any random moron can make an account at bleacher report and start writing (ahem) "articles".

Iodine
09-11-2008, 01:49 PM
I agree with you den it really does suck more than a cheap hooker