The Tuesday Morning Furball

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NBACats in Action

Demarcus Cousins, Chuck Hayes and the Sacramento Kings fell to the Denver Nuggets 119-116. Cousins was plagued by horrible officiating throughout the game, limited to only 23 minutes because of foul trouble. For the game, Cousins finished with a season low 4 points, and had just 5 rebounds. The only bright spot for Cousins was his passing, as he finished with a season high 5 assists. Hayes filled in for Cousins in true “ChuckWagon” fashion, adding 7 rebounds, 1 block and 1 assist in 15 minutes. A full post game recap can be found here.

NBACAats in the News

– As mentioned in last night’s Scratching Post (scroll down), Rajon Rondo recently made the big time, getting a mention in the prestigious Wall Street Journal. Here is what they had to say about our incredible Rondo:

A Triple-Double Game Hardly Assures Victory

Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo’s is the NBA’s new king of the triple-double. Rondo’s 18 points, 20 assists and 17 rebounds game against the Knicks Sunday was his fourth triple-double of the season. As of Monday, no other NBA player has accomplished the feat more than once this season. So far, Boston is 4-0 in Rondo’s triple-double games, but a big statistical game by one player hardly assures victory. Players with conventional triple-doubles have been on the losing side 26% of the time since 2000 (382 games), according to Basketball-Reference.com

All hail Rondo!!

– With the Los Angeles Lakers coming to town, NBACat Tayshaun Prince is reminiscing about his younger days. Back in 2004, many of you may remember that Prince played a huge role in helping the Detroit Pistons defeat the Los Angeles Lakers in 5 games to win the NBA Championship. But perhaps his most memorable moment of the 2004 NBA playoffs was when in the closing seconds of Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals, Prince chased down Reggie Miller and blocked a layup that would have tied the game. Some call it the greatest block in NBA Playoffs history…others say Future NBACat Anthony Davis hasn’t played in the NBA Playoffs yet, I’ll let you decide…

-Speaking of #FutureNBACat Anthony Davis, NBA scouts are still drooling over the 6’11 freak of nature. I have never seen a player like him in all my years of life and I truly believe he will be a dominant force on the NBA level. So do a lot of other people, like Matt Moore, who put together a draft preview, whichonly featured Davis

1. Anthony Davis.

Just Davis. That’s it. So there’s that.

Player Efficiency Rating doesn’t translate well to college. The weak schedule, different flow, all of it just makes it to where the metric isn’t particularly effective in evaluating performance. But if you’re into hypotheticals or interesting stat trivia, the highest PER over the past three years is 34.75 from Kennth Faried. Davis is currently on track for a PER of 35.4.

This is all to say, Anthony Davis is a freak. And I’m not talking about the eyebrows.

Thing is, all of this is nothing compared to the scouts evaluation of him. In a loaded class with Harrison Barnes, all eleven hundred of the Kentucky kids, Jared Sullinger, Perry Jones, and Thomas Robinson, Davis is still miles ahead of the rest in terms of ability and projected ceiling. It’s not just the production, that stuff can come from physical dominance at the college level. But it’s that his defensive instincts and determination are so high. He’s a smart, coachable player that doesn’t block just the first shot. He blocks the second shot. He blocks the third shot. To say he may be the best defensive prospect since Kevin Garnett is not an exaggeration.

Davis sprouted from a guard into the power forward he is today, and his frame has a long way to go in terms of catching up. His frame isn’t massive, he’ll never play center in the NBA. But his athleticism and ability to attack shots will make for an easy translation.

If you’d like to read the whole article, and listen to a 20-minute podcast where Matt and Jeff Goodman discuss the upcoming draft, it’s easy, just click here.

Evan Turner and his broken back stole Jodie Meeks and his 54 points’ rightful spot as a starting shooting guard in the National Basketball Association last night. When a guy drops 54 points against Tennesse there are just certain things that God grants him, and one of those things is a starting spot in the NBA. Luckily, the Evan Turner experiment was a big fat FAIL last night, with Turner shooting 1 for 12 from the field. I give it two more games max, before we see Meeks back in the starting lineup. If I’m wrong, hopefully none of you will remember I ever wrote this.

Go NBACats!!!

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