Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Tall Guys Who Shoot Threes Round-Up

So I know that my blossoming admiration of Channing Frye has caused my focus and priorities to shift a little bit. But here are the simple facts: 1) Channing Frye is just a cool dude who enjoys blogging and this blog in particular. 2) The tall man who shoots the three is the noblest of bench players and they shall be covered ceaselessly on this blog.

It has been brought to my attention, however, that my coverage has ignored a large number of super tall, doofy white dudes who shoot threes and are not Ryan Anderson. I apologize and will now attempt to make up for that.

Matt Bonner, "The Red Rocket", was recently undone by the superior play and blogging of Channing Frye. Frye's reliable play helped the Suns while Bonner's mercurial shooting and terrible defense helped to sink the Spurs. On the other hand, Matt Bonner's blog, Sandwich Hunter: The Quest for the Hoagie Grail, seems to pretty clearly be the second best NBA player blog by virtue of the name alone. As the name suggests, this is a blog about Matt Bonner going to a lot of sandwich shops. And although the name doesn't suggest it at all, this is also where Matt Bonner posts YouTube videos of Grizzly Bear and the Mountain Goats and posts about going to SXSW and meeting up with his "old friends Chris and David from the famed Gorilla vs. Bear music blog." So basically, Matt Bonner was that tall red-headed dude you met at freshman orientation for English majors.

Brian Scalabrine of the Boston Celtics is a lot like Matt Bonner in that he has red hair, is very tall, and loves coming off the bench to shoot threes. Here are some ways that they are different: While Matt Bonner loves indie rock and sandwiches, Brian Scalabrine loves real estate. While Matt Bonner seems to be beloved by his team-mates, Brian Scalabrine is not.

Troy Murphy presumably continues to haunt Thomas's dreams.

Brad Miller is busy working on various television projects. He is presumably hard at work on another season of the famed Brad Miller Show and preparing for his turn on hit Canadian-reality-man-on-a-horse-hunting-you show, "Mantracker". He hasn't let fame go to his head, though. Here is a video of Brad Miller just being Brad Miller: world-class athlete, television star, and a regular dude like you and me.

This has been the Love in the Time of Lebron Tall Guys Who Shoot Threes Round-Up.

Monday, May 10, 2010

In Praise Of Tall Guys Who Shoot Threes

Let's compare some numbers, in this case, per-36 minutes adjusted stats for a few big dudes who shoot the three with some regularity.

Who? - Pts - Rebs - Blks - Stls - FG% - 3P%
A - 15.4 - 4.8 - 0.4 - 1.2 - 43.5% - 39.7%
B - 14.9 - 7.0 - 1.2 - 1.1 - 45.1% - 43.9%
C - 19.3 - 8.0 - 0.6 - 1.0 - 43.6% - 37.0%

Player B, as you have probably already guessed, is three-point marksman and super-nice-guy, Channing Frye, who it should be noted, is pretty much the best ever.

But, who then is Player A? He seems to be a little better at scoring, though with less efficient shooting and a big drop off in rebounding and blocks. All in all, about the same or worse than Channing, right? Well I would agree. He also happens to play for a play-off team. His name is Rashard Lewis.

Is that not interesting enough for you? How about this: Rashard Lewis is the ninth highest paid player in the NBA. He made about 19 million dollars this year, and is under contract to get a pay raise of about 1.5 million a year up through 2013. Channing Frye made 2 million dollars this year. He is scheduled to get a pay raise of $80,000 next year. Now go look back at the stats again.

The point is this: Channing Frye does the same things as Rashard Lewis at one tenth the price. That's value.

But, who is this mysterious Player C? This scoring and rebounding dynamo may be a slightly worse shot than Rashard and Channing, but he certainly brings a lot to the table, and for 1.3 million dollars this year, he's a bargain! Who is it? Why, it's none other than Rashard Lewis's back-up, Ryan Anderson! Look at the stats again. Now look at the contracts. If you are an Orlando fan, now is the appropriate time to wallow in some Rashard-Lewis based contract sadness.

Now cheer up! While you might not have invested wisely in Rashard Lewis and Channing Frye is happily busy with the Suns, you can rejoice in your Ryan Anderson-y future and all the fringe benefits he brings to the table. What fringe benefits you ask?

Well, who in the NBA can you count on for some solid pottery-painting time? No one but Ryan Anderson. No, seriously.

I love that.

Serious propers to Trey Kerby at Ball Don't Lie for bringing Ryan Anderson's weirdness to my attention. Let me send you off with some videos of Ryan Anderson nerding out with Brook Lopez while trick-or-treating and going to comic book conventions and saluting both of them for joining the all-geeky team with Marvin Williams, Danny Granger, and, of course, Channing Frye. Good job, nerds.