While we all associate the NBA dunk contest with high-flying acrobatics and gravity-defying thinking, I have always wondered about those players that are not as gifted, not as agile and the inability to jump high (like me). While browsing through a forum I frequently visit, I bumped into the bizarro world of dunking. The anti-dunking A.K.A getting stuffed by the rim. I found myself crying with laughter but also finding solace in the fact that NBA players can feel what I have felt all my life, the inability to fly.
Without further ado, I present to you the Geroge Costanza’s of the Dunk Contest, aptly named the Anti-Dunk Contest.
#10 Hedo Turkoglu shows us he will never get sponsored by Air Turkey
#9 Andray Blatche: Displaying his “finesse” style of Basketball
#8 Joel Anthony – Making Canada “Proud”
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The Show Stopper in Ultra-Mo video
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I am sorry, but the truth has to come out. Jordan was not the only rookie in the NBA All-Star Game but I do agree with the rest of your article. He is a beast and he should be showcased for the rest of the world to understand how exciting a player is. He is on the Clippers, what Vince Carter was for the Raptors when he started (If I may say so without getting crucified for mentioning the evil one’s name). He is that big star that every team looks for him and for that he should be starting.
On another note, The 4 muskets and Timmmmmeyy (south park voice) are not stars of this league anymore, they’ve been there before many times, let some players come in, who can actually dunk in the game, none of this bank-shot garbage please.
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DeMar DeRozan has been playing really well as of late. He has upped his scoring average every single month this season and he is off to a good start in the the 2 games that he has played in February.
To me, it seems like his shooting motion has improved, it is more fluid compared to his rookie season (wish I had some video evidence). This is definitely a testament to this work ethic. Consequently this means that all those commercials on NBATV Canada about him working out in the gym were not just badly edited commercial but rather an accurate portryal. I have heard that both him and Sonny are gym rats and that is very good for both themselves and the Raptors.
So in this article, I can only give an outsiders perspective as to why he is actually playing better. Evidently, DeMar knows best as to why he is actually playing better.
So, 1st – He is starting and is also playing more minutes than last year. Having more minutes probably allows him to get into the flow of the game. He is also less likely to get yanked if he makes a mistake, which is a luxury most players don’t have as rookies. Also, his general feel about the game seems to be better, this might be from just getting experience from last season. He is also being relied upon more out there. He is clearly the second option behind Bargnani and sometimes first.
Usually, players get stronger between rookie to sophomore season as they adjust but I can’t really tell at this pont.
2nd His mid-range game has improved. Above 10 feet, his shooting has improved significantly, while taking more shots
3rd Because of point 2, they are using him differently.
In watching the raptors games, it seems they have been using him more off the screen at the elbow. From there he is able to elevate into this shot or drive towards the basket. I think that’s where needs to develop his game from. Slowly he can extend it out as he gets more confidence.
Here is a simple example of how Bargnani used the pick to allow DeMar to get into the lane, where he can do a lot of damage.
As expected, his transition buckets are also pretty good but not compared to the rest of the NBA.
I was really surprised by his abilities when he is isolated. He ranks 36th in the NBA, not bad considering he is in his sophomore year and I would assume that this will improve as his experience and games add up.
Personally, I would like to see more off-screen plays called for DeMar. His elite athleticism is unmatched during most nights. The curls and stagger screens really forces the defense adjusts because he is such a threat in the lane. So he needs to get in the lane as much as possible.
Eventually, the next big step for DeMar’s game is to work on recognizing the defense and passing him game, which will hopefully develop.
Keep working hard DeMar and hopefully you won’t leave us hanging after a good few years.
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