Saturday, April 20, 2013

UConn Alumni in the NBA Playoffs

Ray Allen:  He is on the best team with the best record, so it is no surprise that he has the best chance of any other UConn alumni to win it all this year.  He’s blended well with the Heat’s talented core and is still playing at a high level.  The Heat will still need him to knock down shots and be effective because they have a plethora of perimeter shooters to throw out on the court.

Hasheem Thabeet:  He has resurrected his career with solid play off the bench.  He’s found a nice niche on the young but extremely talented Thunder squad that has a chip on their shoulders.  With Perkin’s style of play, Thabeet might find himself in meaningful minutes with chances of making a pivotal impact in the playoffs.  He’ll need to focus on rebounding and clogging up the lane.  Any points from him will be a bonus for the Thunder.

Caron Butler: The Clippers are a hard team to read.  They have the core talent to match-up with anyone in the playoffs but to do that they will need
Butler to step up and contribute more than he has in his previous playoffs.  His last couple of playoff runs have been sub-par for him and he’ll want to make amends for that.

Rip Hamilton: The Bulls are reeling into the playoffs with a team lacking that superstar to carry them.  They’ll need Hamilton to step up and be a 15 to 20 point scorer for them to make some noise in the playoffs.  This might be it for Hamilton and he’ll want to leave it all on the court.

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