Thursday, December 31, 2009

Decade in Review....Part 1






So, Everybody's talking about the best, and worst of the decade, and I thought I would come out with the Hibachi 2.0 Edition. This is just Part 1, part 2 will be coming soon...

THE BEST

PLAYERS: (and because we're talking about the whole decade, there's no Chris Paul, LeBron, D-Wade, B-Roy, Dwight Howard, or any of the other good young players on this list. They all didn't come in until about halfway through the decade, so It's hard to put them on the All-decade team. If I were making a team for the last 5 years, they would definitely be on it)


1. Kobe Bryant

- The best player in the game today. He led his team to the Playoffs 9 times (and to the Finals 5 times), won 4 championships, a gold medal, while winning an MVP award, scoring titles, and numerous all-star appearances. He's undoubtedly the best player of the decade.
































2. Tim Duncan

-He may not have the same flair that Kobe has, but he has become a symbol of consistency and hard work over the course of the decade. aside from his double-double average, he has also won an MVP award, and started in the All-Star game just about every year. He led the Spurs to the playoffs every single year this decade, and led them to the finals 4 times. The Spurs won 3 championships, and Timmy won Finals MVP twice.
























3. Shaquille O'Neal

-Shaq is one of the 5 most dominant players of all time. Aside from his 4 championships (3 with Lakers, 1 with Heat), he also has an MVP award, 9 All-star selections, and 2 scoring titles. He isn't nearly as dominant as he used to be due to his age, but He still deserves to be on this list.





























4. Kevin Garnett

- He has been to the playoffs 6 times this decade (technically 7, but he didn't play last year), and finally won his first championship two years ago. He has won the MVP award, a gold medal, an All-Star MVP, and a Defensive Player of the year award. He has also been named to every All-star game this decade. He personifies Intensity, heart, and pure love for the game. He is an all-around player who can score, rebound, pass, and dominate at the defensive end, and is a true leader. He isn't done winning championships either....






























5. Allen Iverson

-A.I. does not have a championship, but he has made the playoffs 7 times this decade, and made the Finals once. He has 3 scoring titles, 1 MVP, 2 All-Star MVPs. His legacy has taken a dip the past few seasons, but he is still without question one of the players who defined this decade.






























6. Steve Nash

- He won two MVP's, a few assist titles, all-star appearances, and is still the best point guard in the league today. He hasn't won a ring, or even made it to the Finals, but he is the prime
example for how to run an offense, and does way more than his impressive stats indicate.



























7. Jason Kidd

-Jason Kidd is the Ultimate point guard. Unimaginable passing ability, shooting stroke, has a great nose for the ball, and displays perfect leadership and poise. He won multiple assist
and steal titles, and went to the Finals twice. He pretty much defines the phrase "triple-double"























8. Dirk Nowitzki

- Dirk doesn't get much praise or acclaim for all he does; probably because of his unique, unorthodox playing style; but when it comes to just straight putting up numbers, and producing
in the clutch, Dirk is one of the best. He is in the top 5 in scoring just about every season, has been selected to several all-star games, won an MVP award, and has transformed the Mavs
into a Western Conference heavyweight.

























9. Paul Pierce

- He's not one of those players that dominated due to supreme quuickness or athleticism, his playing style is based on hard work, hustle, and a high basketball IQ. For most of the decade, he
was basically playing alone in Boston. He led the Celtics to the playoffs 4 times; almost singlehadedly. The Celtics then went two straight years without making the postseason, and
everyone was thinking that he would never win a championship. In 2008, he not only won a ring, but also got a Finals MVP trophy. He was in the top 10 in scoring in 7 consecutive seasons, and
has also been named to 7 All-star games.























10. Ray Allen

-He has made about 2,000 3-Pointers this decade, and has been in the top 10 in scoring just about every season. He doesn't have any MVPs, but he does have multiple All-star selections,
3-point titles, and a championship ring.





















Honorable Mentions

- Chauncey Billups: 1 championship, Finals MVP, 4 All-star appearances, and helped turn Develop Detroit as a powerhouse.

- Richard Hamilton: He's always been one of those under-the-radar players, but he definitely deserves to be on this list. 1 championship, 3 All-star selections, and hasn't averaged less than 17.3 PPG since 2000.

- Tracy Mcgrady: Mcgrady SHOULD have been in the top 10, but because of his inabilty to get past the first round of the playoffs; and his health problems in the past few years; I had to leave him out. He has 7 All-Star appearances (6 All-Star starts), a scoring title, and All-NBA selections.

- Vince Carter: Just like His cousin Tracy Mcgrady, Vince SHOULD be in the top 10, but he has never been able to do anything in the playoffs. He has been near the top in scoring every year this decade, and seems to have no conscience when it comes to clutch situations. He has 7 All-star selections under his belt; 5 of them being starts; and despite the fact that people criticize
his shot selection, there is no doubt that Carter is one of the best players of all time.

- Tony Parker: No one ever really talks about Parker, but he does have 3 All-star selections. Tony was the starting point guard for the Spurs for 3 championships, and won the Finals MVP in
2007.

TEAMS

1. Lakers


- 4 NBA championships, 6 Conference Championships, 9 Playoff appearances, and a regular season record of 555-296 this decade.

2. Spurs


- 3 NBA championships, have made the playoffs every single year, and have won atleast 53 games in every season since 2000. Their overall regular season record this decade is 594-255.

3. Pistons


- They won the 2004 NBA championship, and for most of the decade have been the Best team in the Eastern Conference. Their record this decade is 508-334.

4. Dallas Mavericks


- They havn't won any championships, but have made it to the Finals. They've won atleast 51 games 9 consecutive seasons, and are on pace to do it again this year. Their record this decade
is 560-281.

5. Phoenix Suns


- They have no titles, or Finals apperances, but Steve Nash has turned the Suns into a Western Conference Power. Their record this decade is 517-311.



MY FAVORITE MOMENTS

There have been lots of unforgettable things this decade, and I can't remember them all, but these are the first 10 that come to mind. These are my top 10 favorite moments of the decade.

1. This isn't just my favorite moment of the decade, this is my favorite moment in NBA
history...



2. I remember watching this game live...



3. I get goosebumps just watching this. This definitely doesn't make me a Laker fan, but
I am a HUGE Derek Fisher fan...



4. Reggie Miller retires...



5. Robert Horry takes over the 4th quarter and overtime, and gets the game winner with 5.8 seconds left....



6.Tracy Mcgrady scores 13 points in the last 35 seconds. I remember watching this game live. I
still can't believe it happened. This was the most amazing thing I've ever seen....




7. "he just sucked the gravity right out of the building" - Well said, Marv Albert



8. Inspirational....




9. B-Roy....




10. Travis Outlaw hits the game winner that changed the Blazer's whole orginazation. from this game, they went on a 13 game win streak, and now, 2 years later, the blazers are contenders....






and I'm pretty sure no one else on Hibachi is going to agree with this, and your probably gonna blow me up in the comments, but I'm gonna say it anyway ---->Here's my pick for the best song of the decade (and best song of all time)....







I'm out.....see ya'll next year!

13 comments:

Moose said...

That was sick, Collin. I vote the Chicago-Boston series last year as one of the huge moments. Maybe the Pierce jump ball in '08 against the Cavs. Maybe Garnett's huge two-handed slam against the Lake Show in Game 6. But this was very, very nice. And I can't say I agree with you on the song. IT'S A PARTY IN THE U-S-AAAAA

NBAfanCollin said...

thanks Moose. and I forgot about those moments, there was a lot of great stuff that happened this decade, and it was hard to remember it all. i just put down some of the first things to come to mind.

and about the party in the USA thing, i really hope your kidding...haha

BET said...

Wade and Lebron arent top 10 of the decade?!

NBAfanCollin said...

they didn't come in until 2003 BET. I was only considering all the players who have actually been around since the start of the decade...

Moose said...

Collin: Yeah i was kidding. Hope that goes without saying haha.

But BET has a point....if you're going to only put guys that have been there for the whole decade, then clarify that, because it looks like bad coverage if it looks like an omission.

NBAfanCollin said...

yeah, good point Moose. I'll fix it....

NBAfanCollin said...

by the way, Part 2 will hopefully dropping some time later today, or early tommorow....

KWAPT said...

Excellent piece-I would have added Pierce and Lebron's duel in Game 7 of the eastern semis 2007-08 as one of best moments of decade, but all and all I agree. As far as song, I have never heard the Neyo song. Some of you prob have never heard my choice for song of the decade either though: http://bit.ly/4kb77v

Hursty said...

I like this.
Thankyou Collin.
...
Iverson's slow, deliberate step-over of Ty Lue in Game 1 was pretty classic too.
...
Wade's over the shoulder flip+foul against McDyess and the Pistons in the '06 C. Finals was pretty memorable.
...
Oh, and Gilbert and Crittenton having a gun face-off ala ABA style was pretty memorable too.

Moose said...

Jamey.....I'm ashamed of myself for falling for that, haha. YOU'VE BEEN RICKROLLED.

Moose said...

and mickey factz's new tape is definitely worth it.

marosia said...

It will be great to watch NBA All Star Game, i have bought tickets from
http://ticketfront.com/event/NBA_All_Star_Game-tickets looking forward to it.

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