What's up people! My name is Jaipal and I'm back to tell you what's going on in the NBA. As I said before, I will talk about any team in the NBA. Just tell me which team you want to hear about.
Since the major thing in the NBA is currently the playoffs, I thought I might give you guys an idea of what it's going to be like. This is about the Western Conference teams.
Let's begin with the 1st seed in the West, the Oklahoma City Thunder. They took San Antonio's spot and are currently 60-21, not comparable to the Miami Heat, who are 65-16. Look at their starting lineup: Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook, Serge Ibaka, Thabo Sefolosha, and Kendrick Perkins. They even have an amazing bench to help back them up with Nick Collison and Reggie Jackson, who is beginning to aspire as an amazing backup point guard. They are extremely consistent with what they do. My favorite player on this team is Westbrook. Probably the most explosive point guard in the NBA, he shows tremendous effort when it comes to scoring and assisting. Known for his monster jams on just about every defender in the NBA, he is especially dangerous when it comes to scoring off of steals, leading to tremendous plays off of fast breaks.
With the current standings, they would have to play either the Los Angeles Lakers or the Houston Rockets, which are my least and most favorite teams. Hopefully they would play the Lakers because they would be crushed. The Rockets are in danger of losing their 7th seed spot and may have to face the Thunder, which would sadly result in their defeat, I know it. I love them, but I have to face facts. As with the case of the Lakers, they've lost their most talented player, Kobe Bryant. This doesn't seem to have affected them much but just wait when the playoffs start. They'll feel the pain. Their starting lineup: Dwight Howard, Steve Nash, Pau Gasol (a big softie who ain't too aggressive), Ron Artest (I detest the fact that he changed his name to "Metta World Peace: say it in a sarcastic way and this sentence works), and most likely Jodie Meeks or Earl Clark. They've got an extremely talented bench with Antawn Jamison and Steve Blake, who is reliable when it comes to shooting threes. Some might say that the Jazz are gonna make a comeback, but it's not going to happen. Sucks to suck.
The 2nd seed (west) in the NBA are the San Antonio Spurs who, with the current standings, would play my favorite team, the Houston Rockets. Now the Spurs have an amazing (and veteran) starting lineup: Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, Manu Ginobili, Boris Diaw, and Kawhi Leonard. With a bench consisting of Matt "The Red Mamba" Bonner, Tiago Splitter, and Stephen Jackson (baller at threes), the Spurs have a good chance of beating the Houston Rockets. The Rockets/Lakers have to be vary of Parker's little "teardrop" maneuver, a floater that almost always goes in, and preventing Duncan from getting any inside looks or any offensive boards. And Ginobili is a constant threat with his shooting capability and his ability to make some space.
The 3rd seed (west) in the NBA are the Denver Nuggets. Nugget. I love that word! Now these guys are full of beasts, literally! Their starting lineup, take a look: Ty Lawson, JaVale McGee, Kenneth Faried, Andre Iguodala, and either Evan Fournier or Corey Brewer. My favorite player on this team is Kenneth "The Manimal" Faried. The dude is a beast, and ever since the dunk contest, the dude has been jamming left and right on any poor soul who happens to be in his way. Now JaVale McGee is a special center in the NBA. The dude makes tremendous defensive plays, with plenty of Have Some! blocks and slamming down on those who didn't keep up their guard in the low-post. We all know Andre Iguodala. He used to be a Sixer and he recently hit is 10,000 career points mark. Good for him. He is one of the most athletic people in the NBA. His ability to shoot and run and jump and dunk and shoot and run and jump and dunk make him a threat to all who dare to oppose him. Ty Lawson is back and he's giving a phenomenal effort, especially when they crushed the Blazers 118-109. He got a double-double with 13 points and 14 assists, making him a legitimate asset.
The 4th seed (west) are the Los Angeles Lakers. Not the Lakers :p. I meant the Los Angeles Clippers. Now these guys are a force to be reckoned with. Their starting lineup: Blake Griffin, Chris Paul, DeAndre Jordan, Caron Butler, and Willie Green (Chauncey Billups is always injured, isn't he). They got a consistent bench with the defensive beast Eric Bledsoe, who is a rookie, and an assist mania with Matt Barnes. Everyone's probably heard of Lob City? This is it. Blake Griffin Slam! DeAndre Jordan Slam! Even they have amazing lobs from CP3 or J Crossover. If you play these guys, you will either leave the court with a broken ankle or a broken everything. CP3 and J Crossover will hurt you tremendously with their abilities at juking and ball handling. Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jorden will fee-fi-fo-slam! you into the court. Then they'll grind your bones for bread... just kidding.
The 5th seed (west) in the NBA are the Memphis Grizzlies. Their starting lineup: Marc Gasol, Zach Randolph, Mike Conley, Tony Allen, and Tayshaun Prince. After concurring the loss of Rudy Gay (now plays for Toronto Raptors) and O.J. Mayo (now plays for Dallas Mavericks), the Grizzlies had better step up their game. They may have the fifth spot, but if you didn't know from last year, they lost to the Clippers in the first round. And this year, they're going to play the Clippers again. If things will be any different, I'm not sure, but it will be a good series. Marc Gasol is probably one of the most modest players in the NBA who never tends to celebrate often after scoring. After winning it's a whole different story. He is also the best passing center. Zach Randolph is good from mid-range and in the paint. Mike Conley is exceptional when it comes to close-quarters and Tony Allen is a legitimate asset to their team, as he plays as either a guard or a forward.
The 6th seed (west) in the NBA is one of my best friends's favorite teams, the Golden State Warriors. You may have heard of them back when Chris Mullin played for them. They had an awful season last year as their leading scorer and best player, Stephen Curry, was injured for a long time. Their starting lineup: David Lee, Harrison Barnes, Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, and Andrew Bogut. The Warriors have the best shooter in the NBA. Stephen Curry can shoot from just about anywhere on the court, and he can make room if he needs to, which he doesn't. Harrison Barnes may be a rookie, but he delivers a tremendous defensive effort and even gets a few dunks in. David Lee is a shooter, but not the best. Sometimes put in as center or forward, this dude's job is either to score or rebound. Bogut is just there for s**** and giggles.
Now, the moment you've all been waiting for. My favorite team that is currently in the 7th spot who may or may not lose their spot to the Lakers and then be crushed by the Thunder, the Houston Rockets! Their starting lineup: James Harden, Jeremy Lin, Chandler Parsons, Terrence Jones, and Omar Asik. Their attributes are astounding. Lin is able to pass to people you didn't even know were there. The dude's got the eyes of a hawk (not being racist or anything). Parsons is a forward who knows what he's doing. He can shoot the ball and has a decent passing ability. Omar Asik is a terrible center and I hope that's what we'll look for in the upcoming draft. Now for the main attraction, James Harden! The dude can pass, shoot, jam, and show his fearlessness. It's all stored in that beard of his. Some say he could've been a better point guard than Westbrook back when he played for the Thunder.
I'll show my listings for who'll win it all in a few later posts, but that's all. For those of you who wonder how to pronounce my name, the Jai- part is pronounced like duh with a j (juh). And the -pal part is like Paul. Thanks for reading. I'll have more on the East tomorrow. Go Rockets!