Tag:Joel Anthony
Posted on: October 11, 2010 12:10 pm

Will LeBron James average a triple-double?

The debate continues on whether or not LeBron James can average a triple-double for an entire season. Brandon Ribak and Ross Boulware debate on the topic below.

Boulware- If LeBron James was going to average a triple double, he would have done it in Cleveland. LeBron’s running mates will ultimately lead to his rise to a championship and his downfall of individual accomplishments. It will be a reverse effect from Cleveland where he won individual awards like MVP but no titles. Wade and Bosh will lead to lower stats for the King.

Ribak- What makes him have less of a chance to do so in Miami? Although Wade and Bosh will be alongside of him, his biggest drop in production will be his points per game average. James will be directing traffic at the pointguard position more than he did in Cleveland and should be able to grab close to ten boards with an undersized front-court in Miami.

Boulware- James is playing with the best rebounder he has ever played with. Rebounds in the double digits would be hard to come by on a nightly basis. He played with an aging and much less mobile Shaq and Ilgauskas only averaged four to five rebounds in Cleveland’s most dominant years. If he couldn’t average 10+ with average big man rebounders then it’s easy to doubt he can with an even great rebounder in Bosh.

Ribak- Varejao averaged 7.5 RPG last season and Shaq had just under 7 last year when James logged over 7 RPG. The Cavaliers also had Jamison for 25 games during last season. The Heat have Bosh and Anthony to collect the majority of rebounds with Haslem contributing as well. James will record career-highs in RPG, especially because he will be playing the point-guard role, which should enable him to pick up a few more easy buckets per contest.

Boulware- Overall, I see this Heat team getting more rebounds up-front then what LeBron is used to. In addition to that, it is not even convincing that James is the dominant player. I dont think the ball will be in his hands as much as he is used to and certainly to get triple doubles consistenly he needs the ball.

Ribak- Why won’t the ball be in his hands as much as he is used to? The Miami Heat are James’ team now and he should be able to rack up the assists and rebounds just like he did in Cleveland, except now he won’t be forced to score 30 PPG.

Boulware- An age old adage is possession is nine tenths of the law. The laws are no different in basketball. Possessions rule all and this year will be the fewest numbers of possessions LeBron has ever had in his career. He will certainly have the ball in his hands often but less than he did in Cleveland  because the laws of possession are much different when you cross the border into Miami Wade County. James is the new kid in town so at the start of the season it’s Wade’s team until LeBron shows the initiative to make it his own.

Ribak- You just proved my point. Fewer possessions will mean less points for James. When the ball is in his hands he will be distributing it to Wade more than half the time or Miller and Chalmers standing around the three-point arc.

Boulware- I believe in the assist stat just not in the rebounding. I’m not sure assists will be in double digits but it will certainly be very high. I believe James is perfectly capable of averaging a triple double based off his talent but I don’t believe this is a team that will be designed for him to do so. The acheivements are shared. Wade gets points, James gets assits and Bosh will get the rebounds. I believe he gets close to averaging a double double at best.

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Posted on: September 15, 2010 8:28 pm

Miami Heat to Bring In Free Agent Erick Dampier?

The Charlotte Bobcats released center Erick Dampier --who had a $13 million non-guaranteed expiring contract-- on Tuesday.

Dampier is set to clear waivers on Thursday and will then be available to sign with the team of his choice.

Of the possibilities that have surfaced thus far, the most intriguing is no other than joining the Miami Heat.

"They have some good, young talent down there and can do a lot of big things," Dampier told The Miami Herald"Obviously, I want to be in a situation to compete for a championship. I haven't talked to my agent yet, so we'll go from there. But I've kept myself in good shape for 14 years, and still feel like I can play the game at a high level."

While Dampier might want to bring his talents to South Beach, the Heat can only offer the veteran's minimum, something that could turn the 35-year-old center away from actually signing with the team.

Dampier has career averages of 7.8 PPG, 7.4 RPG, and 1.5 BPG, on 49.7 percent shooting from the field.

Another problem that could surface if the free-agent were to join Miami is the starting center situation.

While Joel Anthony is projected to be the starting center and Zydrunas Ilgauskas is set to be his back-up, bringing in Dampier would cut into both centers playing time dramatically.

In addition to having potentially three centers on the teams roster, the Heat may also place Chris Bosh at the five spot periodically, lowering the playing time for all three big men even more.

Do you think the Miami Heat should bring in Erick Dampier? If so, should he move into the starting five role? What would happen with Big Z's playing time?

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