Tuesday, February 10, 2009


DSS Readers,

I’m running out of excuses for the infrequency of my rankings. Laziness, the club and lack of pay from DSS all contribute equally.

This week, we’ll be recognizing some of the unsung heroes.

Either way, here are the rankings that will take us into the stretch run…


1. Los Angeles Lakers (41-9) – Trevor Ariza – Long and athletic. Really helped bolster the best second unit in the league.

2. San Antonio Spurs (34-15) – Roger Mason – R&B Roger continues to take and make clutch shots. He’s 4-4 this year taking shots with the game on the line.

3. Boston Celtics (42-11) – Rajon Rondo – Big Three gets all the pub, but without Rondo, they aren’t even dreaming of the finals this year.

4. Cleveland Cavaliers (39-10) – Wally Szczerbiak – Stepped up when the injury bug hit the Cavs. Hitting threes, grabbing boards, you name it. Now if he can magically turn into Vince Carter, he’ll really get some MVP votes…

5. Orlando Magic (38-12) – Jameer Nelson – Huge Loss. Sorry dude.

6. Denver Nuggets (34-17) – Chris Andersen – Just watch Bird fly around the court and you’ll notice his impact. Oh yeah, he plays 19 minutes a game and is fourth in the league in blocks.

7. Portland Trailblazers (31-19) – Joel Pryzbilla – Helped stabilize the pivot when Oden was still getting acclimated.

8. New Orleans Hornets (30-19) – James Posey – The New Rob Horry gives them some depth and big balls.

9. Houston Rockets (31-21) – Aaron Brooks & Von Wafer – On a deep team filled with great role players, these guys have really stepped their game up.

10. Phoenix Suns (28-22) – Shaquille O’Neal – I know the Diesel isn’t your everyday “Unsung Hero,” but did anyone expect him to turn back the clock?

11. Atlanta Hawks (29-21) – Marvin Williams – Former #1 pick has filled the void left by Josh Childress.

12. Dallas Mavericks (30-20) – Brandon Bass – One of the better 6th men around.

13. Utah Jazz (29-23) – C.J. Miles - With all the injuries, he’s filled in admirably as a starter.

14. Miami Heat (27-23) – Mario Chalmers – Who knew one-half of Cheech & Chong would be such a stud?

15. Philadelphia 76ers (26-24) – Marreese Speights – Putting up some nice numbers and giving them some depth.

16. Detroit Pistons (27-22) – Amir Johnson – Jokes…

17. Milwaukee Bucks (25-29) – Ramon Sessions – Who needs Mo Williams? Jokes again, but really, he’s good.

18. New Jersey Nets (24-28) – Brook Lopez – Rook has been a stud.

19. Indiana Pacers (20-32) – Troy Murphy – Double-Double machine.

20. Chicago Bulls (22-29) – Tyrus Thomas – Sorry.

21. New York Knicks (21-29) – Wilson Chandler – Dude’s a baller. Also, how do they have 7 double figure guys? That’s impressive, even for Dantoni.

22. Minnesota Timberwolves (17-33) – Randy Foye – Too bad he’ll be missing his big man the rest of the way.

23. Golden State Warriors (17-35) – Kelenna Azubuike – Do it all type of guard. Shout out to Anthony Morrow, owner of the sweetest stroke in the league.

24. Toronto Raptors (19-34) – Joey Graham – One of the few bright spots on a disappointing team.

25. Charlotte Bobcats (20-31) – D.J. Augustin – Played a lot better than some people thought he would.

26. Oklahoma City Thunder (13-38) – Russell Westbrook – Another impressive rookie PG.

27. Memphis Grizzlies (15-36) – Hakim Warrick – Giving solid numbers off the bench.

28. Sacramento Kings (11-41) – Jason Thompson – Rookie can play.

29. Washington Wizards (11-40) – Andray Blatche – Playing well for a garbage team.

30. Los Angeles Clippers (12-40) – Al Thornton – Everyone knew he’d be a baller, and he is.

Mid Season Awards:

MVP – LeBron James
ROY – O.J. Mayo
6th Man – Manu Ginobili
MIP – Kevin Durant
COY – Greg Popovich

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