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My top three for National Player of the Year

Posted on: February 10, 2009 5:54 pm
 

The request came from Michael Rothstein of the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette.

It was simple.

Rank the top three National Player of the Year candidates

Turns out, Michael is conducting a straw poll with various media members, one he plans to do every couple of weeks for the rest of the season. He'll publish the poll the day after we submit ballots, which means he should have it all put together by tomorrow, and I'll be sure to relay the results. In the meantime, I figured I'd give you the three names I submitted, then list a few other players who deserve a mention.

So here goes ...

1. Blake Griffin (Oklahoma)

2. Stephen Curry (Davidson)

3. James Harden (Arizona State)

A few other players who deserve a mention (in alphabetical order): Jeff Adrien (Connecticut), DeJuan Blair (Pittsburgh), Trevor Booker (Clemson), Jon Brockman (Washington), Derrick Brown (Xavier), Nick Calathes (Florida), DeMarre Carroll (Missouri), Sherron Collins (Kansas), Darren Collison (UCLA), Dante Cunningham (Villanova), Toney Douglas (Florida State), Devan Downey (South Carolina), Tyreke Evans (Memphis), Jonny Flynn (Syracuse), Tyler Hansbrough (North Carolina), Luke Harangody (Notre Dame), Manny Harris (Michigan), Gerald Henderson (Duke), Jordan Hill (Arizona), Matt Howard (Butler), Ty Lawson (North Carolina), Kalin Lucas (Michigan State), Eric Maynor (VCU), Jerel McNeal (Marquette), Jodie Meeks (Kentucky), Greg Monroe (Georgetown), Kyle Singler (Duke), Tyler Smith (Tennessee), Jeff Teague (Wake Forest), Hasheem Thabeet (Connecticut),  Evan Turner (Ohio State), Terrence Williams (Louisville), Sam Young (Pittsburgh).

Thoughts?

Comments

Since: Apr 4, 2008
Posted on: February 12, 2009 8:42 am
 

My top three for National Player of the Year

Seems like Ty Lawson should be a bit more noticed than he is.  Fastest PG in the nation (with or without the ball), #2 in assist/TO ration and fewest TOs of any of the top 25 dishers in the nation (that includes the 5TOs he coughed up last night while he was dismantling Duke at Cameron).  That said, if missing out on individual accolades will help get the team a NC, it's a worthwhile trade (seeing as how having the POY didn't net the Heels a title last year).

If Carolina runs to the Final Four and NC, it will be on Ty's motor...no disrespect to Tyler, Wayne, or Danny.  Since the POY seems more often than not to have morphed over recent decades into the best player on the best team, that would be Lawson.  I won't argue against guys like Griffin as the statistical best in the nation (a contributing factor in Hansbrough cleaning up the POY awards last year). But I will contend that Lawson changes a game more than anyone else in the nation (inc. Curry, Thabeet, etc).




Since: Mar 24, 2008
Posted on: February 11, 2009 11:53 pm
 

My top three for National Player of the Year

I agree that Tyreke Evans should be on this list, but Robert Dozier and Antonio Anderson should also gte some consideration. Just My thoughts!!!




Since: Feb 8, 2009
Posted on: February 11, 2009 12:36 pm
 

My top three for National Player of the Year

If you're going to put Thabeet on the list, you probably should include Jarvis Varnado.  Although Varnado is shorter, and averages a little less in points and rebounds per-game, he averages MORE blocks per game. 

My picks (not necessarily in order, and based on the limited number of games I've been able to watch):

Griffin

Terrence Williams

Blair

Tyreke Evans

Hansbrough

Henderson

Teague

[I'm sure I'm missing other obvious picks]

 

I think T. Williams is the best overall player in the bunch (although he's inconsistent and may not be the best NBA player on this list).  That said, it doesn't make him National Player of the Year automatically.




Since: Sep 22, 2006
Posted on: February 11, 2009 9:35 am
 

Hasheem Thabeet for National Player of the Year

No player in basketball can change a game like Hasheem Thabeet does so I think he deserves consideration. His play is reminiscent of Emeka Okafor which that team won the national championship. Did anyone have a chance to watch the Uconn Louisville game? He completely takes away the inside game from every team and throws them out of rythm. Without him Uconn would not be #1 in the country and therefore while his numbers may not necessarily be that of Curry or Griffin, nobody is as big a game changer as Hasheem is. Thoughts?




Since: Jan 15, 2007
Posted on: February 11, 2009 9:23 am
 

My top three for National Player of the Year

I'm surprised there's so much love for Pitt players here.  I don't know if Young belongs on the list; he's quieted a bit lately (though perhaps partly due to Blair's dominance when he can actually stay on the court).  I don't know if Blair should be the pick, either, because he does have trouble keeping himself out of foul trouble in tightly officiated games.  Big East POY?  Sure.  I just hope he stays another year and learns how not to get silly fouls...then National POY might be in the cards.




Since: Sep 13, 2008
Posted on: February 11, 2009 9:04 am
 

My top three for National Player of the Year

There's a reason somebody on this site finally did a report on Jermaine Taylor, you may want to add him to your list.




Since: Dec 10, 2008
Posted on: February 10, 2009 10:45 pm
 

My top three for National Player of the Year

admittedly a tough job

but here's my change:

Teague for Curry

then I'm in agreement and I'd put Curry at 4

 




Since: Feb 18, 2008
Posted on: February 10, 2009 9:34 pm
 

My top three for National Player of the Year

goood job puttin jeff adrien in there.  He wont get it by any strech of the imagination, but he is a great player, and in my opinion he is the best player on Uconn.  Its gonna be sad to see him leave Uconn




Since: Jan 13, 2009
Posted on: February 10, 2009 7:15 pm
 

My top three for National Player of the Year

I am pleasantly surprised you mentioned a Butler player, but why Howard over Hayward? He might not quite have the same big-man presence, but he's averaging more points and assists, and he's killer from three point land. As Howard's gotten in foul trouble in recent weeks, Hayward has been even more key.




Since: Dec 15, 2008
Posted on: February 10, 2009 7:02 pm
 

My top five for National Player of the Year

My top 5...

1. Blake Griffin

2. Stephen Curry

3. Jeff Teague

4. Jodie Meeks

5. James Harden



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