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The All Ball Posterized Poll (Vol. 3)

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — If you’re into the NBA’s most devastating dunks, we’ve got you covered over at the new-and-improved Dunk HQ. But because we’re the All Ball blog and we like to look at the NBA from non-traditional angles, we will focus on the flip side of the NBA’s best dunks: What we want to know is, who got got?

So welcome to Volume Three of The All Ball Posterized Poll. We will check in from time to time and examine the worst of the best, and use a highly scientific polling method to determine which NBA player got dunked on (a.k.a. posterized) the most egregiously. And at the end of the season all of our winners will battle it out to determine who it is that most belongs on a poster.

The winner of Volume One was New Orleans’ Jeff Withey, who was placed on a poster by Lakers’ wingman Xavier Henry, his college teammate. The winner of Volume Two was Atlanta’s Al Horford, who was posterized by Victor Oladipo.

But can anyone top Withey? We have five brand new nominees. We checked in with NBA.com’s own slam dunk specialist, LeMont Calloway, for his informed perspective on the matter. “What I’ll say most about these defenders is that at least they’re trying to show help-side D,” LeMont notes. “There’s a defender or two around the league who wouldn’t even dare, let alone probably couldn’t even make the proper rotation. (Calling you out Boozer!) But, it’s like Bill Walton used to say: What are big men doing trying to take charges anyway?”

Now, to the latest nominees …

1. Terrence Ross on Kenneth Faried
LeMont’s Take: “Not only does this one have all the qualities needed to make it a great posterizer (elevating over a jumping, contesting defender, finishing tough), but the still shot of the play makes for an amazing visual. From Faried’s honest attempt at defending to Ross’ acrobatic cock-back wind-up, you have to appreciate both players’ intensity.”
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VIDEO: Ross on Faried
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2. Kevin Martin on Tayshaun Prince
LeMont’s Take: “No shots fired, but has Kevin Martin ever had a play like this in the NBA? Wanna know what sticks out to me the most about this banger? It’s the fact that Martin’s swagged-out slow walk after the dunk suggests that Kevin Martin posterizers, like a LeBron jam, for instance, are household plays. It’s like Martin is saying, ‘This is what I do.’ Love it!”
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VIDEO: Martin on Prince
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3. Taj Gibson on Bismack Biyombo
LeMont’s Take: “Bulls announcer Stacey King knows a poster when he sees it. And if there’s one Bull who has a pretty good resume of big facials, it’s Taj Gibson (ask Nikola Vucevic or a 2011 D-Wade about their Gibson experiences). Game film is key in this game, and if Bismack Biyombo was paying any attention, he’d know that Gibson usually means serious two-handed business at the rim.”
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VIDEO: Gibson on Biyombo
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4. Anthony Davis on Big Baby
LeMont’s Take: “I feel pretty confident calling it right now: Anthony Davis may turn out to be one of the best big man to utilize the pick and roll. A lot of his dunks and alley-oops this season have come in this manner, and he’s only going to keep learning and getting better at it. It just so happens that his play-cousin Glen Davis is part of the education.”
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VIDEO: Davis on Davis
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5. Lance Stephenson on referee Ed Malloy
LeMont’s Take: “No man is safe from getting dunked on. Not kids on Nerf hoops, not unsuspecting rookies, not even referees. How many people can say they dunked on an official and got away with it? Lance Stephenson can, and he’s probably the envy of many a player in the NBA. (I’m sure there are plenty of guys who’d love to dunk one on Joey Crawford.) The Pacers’ spark plug may be ticked off that he didn’t make the All-Star team, but hopefully he was able to unleash some of that anger here, even if it was at the expense of a ref.”
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VIDEO: Stephenson on Ref
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Now we need your vote! Who got dunked on the worst?

Harden, Bosh Headline All-Lefty Squad


VIDEO: Lefties dominate throughout as Grizzlies cruise past Pistons

At tipoff of the vaunted meeting between Grizzlies and Pistons today, there were six left-handed players at center court.

Michael Conley, Brandon Jennings, Greg Monroe, Tayshaun Prince, Zach Randolph, and Josh Smith played a part in history. Never before has there ever been this many non-right-handed players to start an NBA game.

OK, maybe that’s not true. But if it has happened, I’ve never seen or heard of it. As a fellow left-handed practitioner, I won’t complain. It’s about time.

So how did the lefties fare? As the 112-84 score indicates, the odd ones in Memphis reigned. The Grizzlies’ southpaw quad — Conley, Ed Davis, Prince, Randolph — combined for 63 of their 112 points. The Pistons’ trio — Jennings, Monroe, Smith — put up 36 of their 84 points. Jennings struggled, scoring four points, but led both teams with 11 assists.

To cap off the seminal clash, Davis gave a lefty send-off to the diminished Detroit crowd:


VIDEO: Ed Davis finishes “lucky” dunk with left hand

Who starts on your 2013-14 All-Lefty team? My starting five: Conley (slight edge over Goran Dragic), James Harden, Manu Ginobili (maybe a stretch to play at the 3, but I’ll chance it), Randolph and Chris Bosh. There are a few to choose from in addition to the names above, including David Lee, DeAndre JordanIsaiah Thomas and Thaddeus Young.

Who starts for you?  

NBA Rooks: Diaries … Khris Middleton




By Khris Middleton, Detoit Pistons

All Settled In Motor City

Oct. 29, 2012 – There has been a crazy vibe around Detroit. With the Tigers having been in the World Series, the Lions in the middle of the NFL season and our Pistons team getting ready to start the regular season, everybody is talking about sports!

Detroit is a fun place to be. I’m living in a nice, quiet spot, about 10 minutes away from the arena (with traffic). I’ve gotten to know the Auburn Hills area where I live, but once I’m about 10 miles from home, I start using my navigation system.

Moving to Detroit has been a smooth transition, especially once I found my place. My family came out here for about a week to help me move. Then they came back about two weeks later to help me finish setting up my place and get wherever else I needed, like furniture and kitchen things. I told them to get whatever they wanted, but make it nice for me!

Preseason Recap

I feel like I played okay during the preseason. I got better each time I stepped on the court, which is what I wanted to do. And I think I proved that I do belong in this league. I just want to get better every day.

I know I can contribute to my team. My scoring ability and having a feel for the game at my size and position … that separates me. I’m working hard on a little bit of everything; and I’m focusing on strength and consistency, two keys to helping me get better.

Coach Frank is a great teacher of the game. He breaks down a lot of details, which, as a rookie, is great for me. He’s very friendly, but at the same time, he’s honest with everybody. If you make a mistake during a game or practice, he’ll call you out.

Vets & Rooks

We are a young team with only a couple guys over 30, and our veterans have been great. Guys like Corey Maggette and Tayshaun Prince – they are always in my ear, giving me tips, telling me what I did wrong. They are always there helping me out. We are very team-oriented, and the veterans are always inviting the rookies to eat with them on the road. It’s a nice family atmosphere around here.

I am one of five rookies. It’s been very competitive, but helpful at the same time. We all push each other and are fighting for position and minutes. We are all going through the same things, so we talk a lot about it.

One thing we talk about is how much respect we have for what our older teammates do every year. After seeing how hard they work, how they are always in the gym and performing at the highest level, you have to have respect for that.

The athleticism in this league is on a whole different level than it was in college. These really are the best players in the world. Guys know what they do best, and they play their game.

Pranksters

The veterans are really trying to pull pranks on us rookies. One day I parked in my teammate Jason Maxiell’s spot. The vets were looking for my keys, but luckily I had them with me. Jason decided to park his truck in front of mine and Andre Drummond’s car (which was next to mine), so we couldn’t leave until he was ready! I just took my time since I knew it was coming.

We haven’t pulled any pranks on the veterans yet, but we’ll think of something!

Cousin Assist

My cousin Josh Powell, who has played a bunch of years in the NBA, has been helping me out, too. He’s been telling me to stay patient, keep believing and never stop working. He’s also told me many times not to be afraid to say ‘no’ to people, and that I have to be smart about what I do off the court because it can affect me on the court. I’m trying to live what he has preached.

It’s Game Time!

Our first home game is Wednesday. I’m excited. I’ve been dreaming about this my entire life, and now it’s here! It’s going to be a great experience, and the home crowd makes it that much more fun! I will probably be nervous, but when I get in the game for the first time, and run up and down the court a few times, I’ll be fine. I’m excited and ready for it!

I hope I’ll have a chance to blog again soon, but in the meantime, follow me on Twitter @Khris22m.

Khris Middelton is a 6-foot-7 forward from Texas A&M. He was selected by the Pistons with the ninth pick of the second round in the 2012 NBA Draft.

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A Wild Block Party

by Zettler Clay

The Association has a tendency to use a lull as bait; just when you think the cadence of the season is figured out, something happens to heighten — or floor — the senses. On a 10-game Saturday night, copious highlights are a given. But what made last night unusual was the swat party invites.

Twenty-one players recorded two or more blocks. Twelve players rejected three or more shots, to wit:

Three Blocks
Tayshaun Prince
Timofey Mozgov
Tyson Chandler
Jared Jeffries
Elton Brand
LeBron James
Joel Anthony
Kris Humphries
Tyrus Thomas

Five Blocks
Serge Ibaka

Six Blocks
Marc Gasol
Samuel Dalembert

Without further ado, here are Saturday night’s top five stuffs:

5) Mozgov and ‘Melo




Apparently — maybe — Mozgov reads All-Ball, because a day after being framed as an early candidate for posterdom by yours truly, he posts a season high in points (16), along with a couple of highlights. One is here. Way to go, Tim. Nothing like a quick retort to silence the critics.

4) Serge “Iblocka” and Deron



OK, so Deron Williams‘ hops aren’t Derrick Rose’s. But clean blocks off dunk attempts aren’t as easy as it appears. You get the feeling that Ibaka gets out of bed for these moments.

3) Derrick Favors waits on Nikola Pekovic


Pekovic didn’t have much momentum and Favors had the angle. Plus he was preying on that play as soon as the screen was set. Just mean. And impressive.

2) Yi meets DaJuan Summers at the rim

Talk about full steam. Summers had a good four steps before he took off, but couldn’t avoid the tentacles of the mighty Yi Jianlian. Note the quick sidestep to the left by Yi before launching. Decent degree of difficulty.

1) Dante Cunningham crashes DeMarcus Cousins’ party

My favorite for a couple of reasons. One, it was excellent help-side defense (not to mention footwork) by Cunningham to get to the spot in time. Two, it was a total collaborative effort by the Grizzlies. Gasol shows on the screen, hustles back to Cousins, helps off to cover Francisco Garcia, which leaves Cousins momentarily open. Seventy-five percent (armchair estimate and all) of the time … that’s either a bucket, foul or both. Cunningham, all of 6-foot-8, puts the coup de grace to the Kings’ possession.

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Bragging Rights Bracket: No. 2 Arizona vs. No. 3 Kentucky



by Micah Hart

For the complete Bragging Rights rules and to vote for other matchups, click here. In this matchup we’ve got some Wildcat-on-Wildcat action as Arizona takes on Kentucky.

VS

Arizona Wildcats

Starters (all stats per 48 minutes):

Andre Iguodala, Sixers: 18.6 points, 7.8 rebounds, 8.4 assists, 0.7 blocks, 2.1 steals
Richard Jefferson, Spurs: 17.5 points, 6.0 rebounds, 2.1 assists, 0.7 blocks, 0.8 steals
Channing Frye, Suns: 18.4 points, 9.8 rebounds, 1.7 assists, 1.5 blocks, 0.9 steals
Chase Budinger, Rockets: 21.4 points, 8.1 rebounds, 3.4 assists, 0.5 blocks, 1.2 steals
Jason Terry, Mavericks: 24.5 points, 2.9 rebounds, 6.4 assists, 0.2 blocks, 1.7 steals

Missed the cut: Gilbert Arenas, Magic; Jerryd Bayless, Raptors; Mike Bibby, Heat; Jordan Hill, Rockets; Mustafa Shakur, Wizards; Luke Walton, Lakers

Team synopsis: Leave Agent Zero on the bench? Am I crazy? Maybe. But this competition wants the players currently playing the best, not who has the best resume. Arenas just isn’t playing at the same level anymore, and both Budinger and Frye are having better seasons. This is a dangerous Arizona team, with a lot of players who can fill up the stat sheet in a number of ways.

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Blake Griffin All-Star poster

by Micah Hart

All Ball reader Shane D. sent us this poster he created all the way from Australia, and we just had to share it. Well done Shane:

I guess it’ll have to be updated now that Mozgov and Gallinari have swapped teams, but seems like a pretty good list. Anyone disagree with the lineup? Let us know in the comments.

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