Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Top Ten UConn NBA Players

1. Ray Allen. 18.1 points, 3.4 boards, 2.8 assists, and 1 steals. Ray has been shooting the ball better then ever, hitting .497 from the field. He is at times the best player on one of the best teams in the league. Since December 26th, he has scored in double figures in every game. Ray is 39th in the league in scoring and 15th in free throw percentage.

2. Ben Gordon. 20 points, 3.3 boards, 3.7 assists, .7 steals. Ben is having a great season, possibly one of his best and it comes at the right time. He’s working on a one year contract with the Bulls and with his constant spats with the coach, he looks to be out of town next year. The only knock on Gordon is that he doesn’t play solid defense. Ben is 26th in the league in scoring and 29th in turnovers a game. Gordon is above Caron because he plays on a better team.

3. Caron Butler. 20 points, 6.2 boards, 4.4 assists, and 1.6 steals. He is playing great basketball but it isn’t winning ballgames. He is on the worst team in the East and on a team that showed promise in the playoffs last season. If there is a knock to his game it is his turnovers, having 13 in his past two games. Caron is 25th in the league in scoring, 13th in steals, 5th in turnovers a game and 40th in assists per game.

4. Emeka Okafor. 14 points, 10.5 boards, 1.8 blocks, and .5 steals. Emeka is shooting a monster, hitting .583 from the floor and is the only Alumni to average a double-double. He is a workhorse and had six double-double games in January. Emeka is 9th in the league in rebounding, 13th in blocks and 20th in field goal percentage.

5. Rudy Gay. 18.7 points, 5.6 boards, 1.7 assists, and 1.7 steals. Rudy is playing well with O.J. Mayo and is having a great offensive season. He’s improved on just about every stat this season except in three point shooting which he is hitting a paltry .309 from deep. Rudy is 37th in the league in scoring and 24th in steals.

6. Rip Hamilton. 16.5 points, 3.2 boards, 3.3 assists, and .5 steals. Rip is struggling with a groin injury but he is playing through it. With the addition of Allen Iverson, Rip has had to adjust to coming off the bench and is playing less minutes, which has effected most of his numbers. He still has one of the most consistent jumpers in the league.

7. Charlie Villanueva. 15.1 points, 6.6 boards, 1.6 assists, and .8 blocks. Charlie has become the primary option for the Bucks and has scored 20 or more points 11 times in the month of January and also had 5 double-doubles in the month. He looks to be turning the corner to his game and becoming a legitimate starter in the future.

8. Josh Boone. 4.7 points, 4.4 boards, .7 blocks, and .4 steals. Boone is playing more of a reserve mode, only playing 20 or more minutes 3 times in January. He has shown the ability to hit from the floor but his free throw percentage of .344 is U.G.L.Y. Boone is 49th in field goal percentage in the league.

9. Hilton Armstrong. 4.5 points, 2.6 boards, .6 blocks, and .4 steals. Hilton has been getting more minutes as of late but has not had a breakout game. His rebounding is just not up to snuff and needs to show that he can be a 8 to 10 rebounder, but his highest total of boards in January is 5.

10. Donyell Marshall. 4.1 points, 1.6 boards, .5 assists, and .3 boards. With Kevin Ollie out with an injury, Donyell sneaks into the number 10 spot. He’s only played twice in January and for only 9 minutes, but in those minutes, he has been effective with 3 points, 2 boards, and 1 block. Donyell still holds onto 6th in the league in three point percentage.

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