NBA Talk: Looking Back At The First Picks Of The NBA Draft In The Last Decade

Ah, the NBA Draft. With NBA stars losing their luster as they decide to retire, fresh new players come in to pursue a dream and become a star. It all starts in the NBA Draft. And all the hype goes around the player that is the first one taken in the Draft. As the first pick, it’s truly an honor. But there is an absolutely horrible downside as well. Some who cannot live up to the potential many experts believed, you have made one of the lists nobody has ever wanted to be a part of. The list is called NBA Busts and many first-round have been there in the last decade. But some do live up to potential and have that dream career everyone expected. Here’s my observation as of the first picks of the NBA Draft since 1998. As Blake Griffin has been captured by the Clippers in 2009, let’s take a look at the others from 1998-2008. 1998: Michael Olowokandi, Los Angeles Clippers Let’s start with a player who Uncle Popov literally cracked me up as he made an hilarious diss at the end of this article. But we are not here to talk about a blog about someone’s Drunken Sports Rant. Olowokandi never lived up to the success many people have believed. He averaged about eight points and about seven rebounds per game in his nine-year career, living up to one of the busts of many NBA lists. Averaging eight points and seven rebounds is just absolutely horrible for a first overall pick. His best season in his NBA career was averaging about twelve points...

NBA Talk: Could Iverson Be The Answer For Cleveland?

I have been hearing many rumors about Allen Iverson. One is that he may go to the Memphis Grizzlies to form an attack team with Rudy Gay and O.J. Mayo. I believe this can happen. The Grizzlies need a guy like A.I. Then there were talks about him going to the San Antonio Spurs. You serious? It would be crazy but I really wouldn’t expect that happening. It just won’t look right and it seems to me that San Antonio is more interested in Rasheed Wallace than that six-foot point guard. Then here comes everyone blabbing about Allen Iverson to the Charlotte Bobcats. I heard one of the best NBA writers I have ever seen, D. Michael Lee, saying it can happen. But c’mon, with Larry Brown? Are you nuts? I believe you are. I would love to see him with the Indiana Pacers, it’s not going to happen, not at all. If they didn’t draft A.J. Price, a little chance they might get A.I., but it’s for sure Indy isn’t looking at him. And if they did, they won’t be looking at him for long. So then here comes the last rumor. When I posted one of my Allen Iverson articles (a Big NBA News one), one of the guys said that he should go the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Miami Heat. There were talks heating up rapidly of this rumor coming to life. I definitely can see A.I. coming to Miami to play for the Heat or traveling to Cleveland to play for the Cavaliers. But which one should A.I. choose? Both teams definitely look like championship...

NBA Talk: Plans Change In Detroit With Villanueva and Gordon Added

We all remember the heartbreaking move for Detroit when they sent Chauncey Billups to the Denver Nuggets while Detroit brought in Allen Iverson. It wasn’t good for the Pistons as they got destroyed in the playoffs. Then here they are with Iverson gone and Rasheed Wallace aging a bit. And Richard “Rip” Hamilton can’t do everything by himself. How can Detroit survive? I’ll tell you why. With two standout adds of Ben Gordon and Charlie Villanueva, the Pistons look like a viperous team coming into the 2009-10 season as they look to strangle their opponents. And another good thing is that they haven’t reached 30 yet, as they are both in there mid-20s, which is acceptable for this offense. Bringing in Gordon really helps out Rip and Rodney Stuckey being the “sixth man” of the group. Gordon makes a monumental difference towards the squad. It’ll look like the “good ol’ days” when it was Isaiah Thomas, Vinnie Johnson, and Joe Dumars. Now we know how Gordon can help, how the heck will Villanueva end up? I’ll tell you how. Villanueva helps replace Rasheed Wallace, who reportedly has received some pretty big attraction from the Boston Celtics, and according to ESPN.com, some appeal from the San Antonio Spurs. Although Villanueva is probably better shooter, there is absolutely no way he can reinstate the defensive intelligence of Sheed. But besides that, the Pistons were built to be a younger and stronger team. Wallace, I know, is the heart and soul of the Detroit Pistons, but he has to go and it looks he will…to the C’s. Many people were also lingering...

Big NBA News: Featuring Josh Childress (Iverson Heading to Memphis?)

Hello, and welcome to another edition of Big NBA News. We got some good stuff in for us today so let’s go. These are some pretty big rumors and I really do think these are the ones you definitely don’t want to miss! Mike Bibby Atlanta Hawks point guard was given some rumors that he may go to Philadelphia to play for the Sixers. But Sixers fans, you might want to stop cheering and put your hands down. The Sixers aren’t interested in Bibby, according to the Inquirer. But heck, it would be real nice for Philly to get him. But as for right now, he’s chilling in Atlanta. He is also looking to bring the Hawks to the playoffs again and hopefully passing the second round and not getting killed by the Cleveland Cavaliers. My bad, Atlanta. Sorry for bringing back bad memories. Ricky Rubio Jeez Ricky! I really don’t understand what’s the point of him coming to the NBA after reading this about him going back to Spain to play professionally for two more years! But it won’t matter because if he wants to return to the NBA, the Timberwolves still hold the rights to him. So Ricky, it really doesn’t matter if you don’t want to play for Minny, just try to make the best of it, okay? Nah, he won’t. Hedo Turkoglu Hedo Turkoglu, he recently opted out of his contract with the Orlando Magic, shouldn’t be really happy right now. The Toronto Raptors were about to give him a $60M contract but they decided not to, according to The Star. We’ll see what happens,...