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54 wins for the hornets...malupit!
Scott will be named Coach of the Year
Posted by John Reid, The Times-Picayune April 28, 2008 3:51PM
Four years ago, Hornets Coach Byron Scott made a promise to Hornets owner George Shinn that he would turn the franchise around but it would take three to four years.
Byron Scott is expected to be named the league's Coach of the Year on Tuesday.
Scott told him he would need more young and athletic players to have the type of success he enjoyed in New Jersey, where he led the Nets to two consecutive trips to the NBA Finals.
After three consecutive losing seasons, Scott experienced success this season. He guided the Hornets to their first playoff berth since the 2003-04 after finishing with a franchise-record 56 victories during the regular season.
Before tonight's Game 5 at the New Orleans Arena, where the Hornets can eliminate the Mavericks with a victory, Scott will be presented with the NBA's Coach of the Year award.
Scott has tutored Chris Paul into becoming one of the top point guards in the league after just his third season. Paul and forward David West were first-time All-Star participants, and Scott was an All-Star head coach in for the first time since the 2001-02 season after guiding the Hornets to the best record in the Western Conference at the All-Star break.
It's the first time, Scott has earned the league's Coach of the Year award that is selected by print, radio and television media that covers the NBA. Scott beat out Boston's Doc Rivers, Philadelphia's Maurice Cheeks and Houston's Rick Adelman for the award. Toronto's Sam Mitchell won the award last season
Calculating Chris Paul’s Bid for MVP ( Great Article)
Statistical Item #1 - Chris Paul leads the league in assists at 11.6 per game. For whatever reason, this stat isn’t sinking in for people, and I think it is because of Steve Nash. Consider the following:
• Only one player (Nash, last year) has averaged at least 11.5 assists for a season in the last 13 years.
• Nash is over 11 assists per game this year (11.1), which means that two players are averaging more than 11 dimes per night for the first time since the 1990-91 season.
• Not only that, but this is the first time since 1996-97 that two players have even averaged over 10 assists per game.
• For the entire decade, only four players have averaged over 10 assists per game for a season: Nash (four times), Paul, Andre Miller (2001-02), and Jason Kidd (1999-2000).
• Since 1996-97, only Nash and Paul have averaged over 11 assists in a season
As you can see, going for 11 dimes per night is no easy task. And when you consider that Nash’s Phoenix teams are consistently near the top of the league in pace, while Paul’s Hornets play at one of the league’s slowest paces, you start to get an idea of how impressive that 11.6 number really is.
Statistical Item #2 - Chris Paul leads the league in steals at 2.7 per game. This is an important statistic because it cuts against some weird propaganda that has been floating around the Interwebs, whereby people are using some complicated stats in a rudimentary way. Using a concept known as “Adjusted Plus/Minus,” analysts are suggesting that the Hornets are better defensively when Paul is not on the court. Watching Hornets games suggests something else, which is that New Orleans simply plays a more deliberate style when their point guard rests, which results in fewer points scored against the backups. Either way, it is somewhat amusing to hear people criticize Paul’s defense when he’s out there dominating the passing lanes every night. His 2.7 steals per game is easily the best mark in the league and a number that almost doesn’t seem possible in an era with such tight hand-checking rules. Consider that Baron Davis has increased his league-leading mark from a year ago about .3 steals per game … and is still .3 behind Paul.
Statistical Item #3 - He is on pace to be the fourth player to ever lead the league in both categories in the same season. Think about that for a minute. While it is worth noting that the NBA didn’t start tracking steals as a category until the 1973-74 season, it is still amazing that in almost 35 seasons, Paul is just the fourth guy to ever lead the league in both assists and steals in the same season.
Statistical Item #4 - Paul is on pace to become the seventh player – and the first since Magic in 1986-87 – to ever score over 20 points per game while also leading the league in assists. Again, this is a testament to his ability to dominate the game either as a scorer or as a playmaker. Paul is making this look easy, but nobody has led the league in dimes while scoring 20+ in over 20 years. That’s amazing.
Statistical Item #5 - Paul is about to become the first player in NBA history to lead the league in assists and steals while scoring 20 or more points per game. You thought the 20+ and the league-leading assist total was impressive? Throw in the league lead in thefts and you are looking at a season that is the first of its kind. Again, this has never happened until now. Just wanted to make sure everyone was clear on that.
Statistical Item #6 - If Paul finishes with his current averages for points, assists, and steals (21.1/11.6/2.7), he will become the first player in NBA history to ever reach that combination. Again, “ever” is the key word.
Statistical Item #7 - He is on pace to record over 11 assists and under 2.6 turnovers per contest … no one has ever done that either.
Statistical Item #8 - Paul is second in the NBA in Player Efficiency Rating (behind only LeBron) at 28.34.
Statistical Item #9 - Based on traditional stats, Paul bests his chief MVP rival, Kobe Bryant: Paul has the superior FG%, FT%, 3PT%, assist per game, steals per game, and turnovers per game, while Bryant wins in points per game, rebounds per game, and blocks per game. Paul tallies a 6-3 decision.
Statistical Item #10 - Even the basic numbers don’t tell the whole story, as Paul also holds a lead over Bryant in true shooting percentage and effective field goal percentage, covering all conceivable marksmanship categories. He also averages 44.3 “points created”(1) which is second in the league (behind LeBron’s 44.4) and well ahead of Kobe’s 39.22 (2), which covers the points/assists discussion. As for rebounds, you could argue that Paul mitigates that as well, given that he is a +0.2 in “ball control” (steals-turnovers) to Kobe’s -1.3. It’s not quite enough to offset a +2.4 rebounding advantage for Bryant, but it trims that number down to 0.9. To summarize, Paul shoots better, creates 12% more points per game, and only generates 0.9 fewer possessions per game than Bryant.
Much has been said about Chris Paul. Statistics have certainly played a role in telling that story. But does anyone truly understand what this guy is doing? He’s not only having the best statistical season in the NBA this season (apologies to LeBron James), he’s probably having the best statistical season of this decade.
David " The Operator, The Dentist, the Big Fundamental" West
The most underrated player in the NBA this season, and definitely a top 10 PF in the League.
Game 1 vs. Spurs
30 points, 9 rebounds, 2 steals, 2 assists, 2 blks
Playoff Stats vs. Dallas Mavericks
22.6 ppg, 7.40 rpg, 3.40 apg, 0.6 spg, 1.6 bpg
Regular Season Stats
20.6 ppg, 8.9 rpg, 2.3 apg, 0.8 spg, 1.3 bpg
West leads Hornets over Spurs
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By BRETT MARTEL, AP Sports Writer 13 minutes ago
NEW ORLEANS (AP)—David West scored a career playoff-high 30 points to lead the New Orleans Hornets to a 101-82 victory over the San Antonio Spurs in Game 1 of their second-round playoff series Saturday night.
Chris Paul added 17 points, 13 assists and four steals for New Orleans, which trailed by as much as 11 in the first half but stormed into the lead for good in the third quarter.
Tim Duncan had a rare terrible night, going 1-of-9 from the field for a career playoff-low five points and only three rebounds.
The Hornets swarmed Duncan with double teams throughout the game, forcing San Antonio to look for points from outside.
The Spurs hit 12 3-pointers in the game, but also missed 19.
The Hornets dominated the inside, outrebounding San Antonio 50-34 and outscoring the Spurs 46-26 in the paint. The Hornets also shot 50 percent, while the Spurs finished at 40.8 percent.
Tyson Chandler had 10 points, 15 rebounds and three blocked shots for New Orleans. Peja Stojakovic added 22 points for the Hornets on 9-of-15 shooting, while reserve Bonzi Wells added 10 points, all but two in the fourth quarter.
Tony Parker led the Spurs with 23 points and Manu Ginobili had 19. Bruce Bowen added 17 points and Michael Finley 13, but San Antonio needed more help inside from Duncan and Kurt Thomas, who had only two points and two rebounds.
1st player to lead the league in assists and steals since John Stockton.
buti na lang at hindi gaano ang damage ni gustav sa new orleans...alanganin ang location nila...daanan ng bagyo...
anyway...malaki na ang expectations ng NOLA this coming season!
Nasa kanila na si James Posey saka yung mga young players nila baka mag step up na next season. Maganda kasi yung coaching system ni Bryon Scott, and si Chris Paul pa rin ang best PG sa NBA at baka silang 2 ni LeBron ang maglaban sa MVP Race next season.
Maganda sana kung Cleveland Cavaliers or New Orleans Hornets ang maglaban sa 2009 NBA Finals para maiba naman.
count me in the NOH bandwagon. i stopped following the NBA when reggie miller retired but after seeing CP3 play last year i got hooked again
maganda ang jersey nila ha...=)
new orleans is doing good! =)
The new uniform kinda reminds me of their old uniform when the franchise was still in Charlotte.
James Posey is indeed the next Robert Horry especially if he continues to hit those dagger threes.
USTE LO MEJOR!
VIVA SANTO TOMAS!
Looking forward to another season of CP3 vs Dwill head-to-heads
Mark Your Calendars
mukhang suwerte si james posey sa bawat team na napupuntahan niya...epektib kaya siya this time sa new orleans?
Nabasa ko sa SI, si Jack McCallum lang yung nag-predict sa isang special article ng SI nung isang beses. This week lang yata yun e. Siya lang yung nag-predict na Hornets ang magchachampion. Hornets over Celts daw.
Great game by CP3. 24pts, 3 rebs, 15 ast. and only 1 TO. And to think he did that without his favorite recipient of a lob pass and his shooter. Paul is the best PG in the NBA, as Dwill fan, I'm not ashamed to admit it. He's my pick for MVP.
Umpisa plang ng season clutch plays na ang gngwa netong si posey against the suns and cavs...