Chris Douglas-Roberts, SF, Memphis (2005-08) – A star player a few years back for John Calipari and Memphis, Chris Douglas
Roberts is my player of the day here on day #6. Douglas-Roberts or CDR, as he was known by teammates and the media was one of the key cogs to the Memphis team that appeared in 3 straight Elite 8’s and the 2008 National Championship game. Douglas-Roberts grew up in Detroit, Michigan, establishing himself as one of the top high school players in not only the state but the entire nation as a senior. Douglas-Roberts wound up attending Memphis and as a freshman averaged a solid 8.3 points and 3.3 rebounds on the way to earning a spot on C-USA’s All-Freshman Team. Douglas-Roberts was a role player as a freshman for Memphis but was playing important minutes, as the 1st year player averaged 23 minutes per game for a 33-4 Tiger team led by Rodney Carney and Darius Washington Jr. As a sophomore, a lot of CDR’s gifts and abilities became apparent, as the 6’7” small forward became one of the top slashers in college basketball, averaging 15.4ppg and 3.4rpg. Douglas-Roberts assumed the role of go to scorer with Carney gone, as he led the team in scoring at over 15 a game and shot 54 percent from the field, an amazing mark for a perimeter player. During CDR’s sophomore season, Memphis once again made a deep NCAA run, advancing to their 2nd straight Elite 8 before succumbing to top seeded Ohio State.
TSHQ’s Player of the Day: Day 5
Paul Millsap, PF, Louisiana Tech (2003-06) – The 2nd best power forward ever to go to Louisiana Tech (Karl Malone), Paul Millsap accomplished something in college that not the “Mailman” nor any player in the history of college basketball ever has done. To this day Paul Millsap is still the only player in NCAA history to lead the nation in rebounding 3 consecutive years, as Millsap led the nation in boards from 2003-06. What’s makes this even more impressive is that Millsap only played 3 years of college basketball, leaving for the NBA Draft after his junior season, with the potential to have equaled the feat for a 4th consecutive season. Millsap grew up in Monroe, Louisiana focusing much of his early years on football, before picking up basketball late as a sophomore in high school. Millsap used that football body and football mentality on the basketball floor, as immediately he became one of the state’s top rebounders and players. Millsap parlayed his new hobby into a college scholarship, deciding on Louisiana Tech despite being coveted by bigger schools like Arizona, Georgia and LSU. It didn’t take very long for Millsap to leave his mark on Division 1 basketball, as the bullish 6’8” forward established himself from day 1 as one of the nation’s top rebounders, averaging 12.5 boards as an 18 year old freshman. Millsap also continued to develop as an all-around player, as in addition to getting a lot of close buckets off offensive rebounds, Millsap started to develop some basic post moves and wound up averaging 15.6 points on almost 60 percent shooting.
(Everything italicized should be read in actors/actresses voices when noted. Otherwise, it’s a visual. Everything else should be read in the dramatic movie voice-over guy’s voice)
For those of you who are new to TSHQ, first of all welcome. Grab a seat. Would you like a drink? I believe K.M. Venne and Cole Zwicker were just discussing the intricacies of JaVale McGee’s self-indulgent retweets of himself over a fine burbon whiskey. Toward the early days of this sites inception onto the world wide web I penned a short article about why Rajon Rondo was more important to the success of the Celtics than Kobe Bean Bryant is to the Los Angeles Lakers. As time went on it was proven to be fantastic insight and a step ahead the rest of the world. Well here I am just about two years later with the same case, the same facts, and the same argument. No, this isn’t about Bean vs. Rondo. It’s about the self-proclaimed King of the basketball world: LeBron James. You want to say he’s the most physically talented specimen the world has ever seen? Go right ahead. It’s impossible for me to argue that. But the most valuable to his team? Why don’t we just settle it down just a bit.
NEW YORK (AP) — Mark Sanchez blew the second chance Rex Ryan gave him. Now, it’s Greg McElroy’s chance to be the New York Jets’ starting quarterback.And, Tim Tebow? Well, he was leapfrogged by the third-stringer, fueling speculation that the team has little confidence in him as a quarterback…Ryan said after the loss that he wasn’t ready to decide who would start against the Chargers, but chose McElroy over Sanchez and Tebow after talking with his staff and others in the organization Tuesday.
I’m under the impression that not only is Rex Ryan anticipating the Mayan Calendar to be accurate – he is trying to become the catalyst behind Armageddon. Listen, we all accept that Tim Tebow is in fact a decendant of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, making him the closest thing to a God we have on this planet right now. Well, him and whoever is running North Korea. I’m pretty sure that’s a long line of saints or wizards or something like that. But back to the point. The Jets brought in Tebow in the offseason after Peyton Manning took his talents to Denver. A move that they presented to the public under the guise that there would be a two quarterback system. Or, at the very least, competition to push Mark Sanchez. Yet here we are.
Not even 24-hours after yet another humiliating display on national television and Greg McElroy has been named the Week 16 starting quarterback of the New York Jets. In what is probably just another move to ensure that green and white dominates the back pages. Seriously is there an organization less concerned with winning that the Jets? In all of sports I’m talking. Like the Houston Astros put forth a more concentrated effort into winning than the Jets. What kind of team trades for a quarterback and converts him to punt protector? The Jets trust Tebow to play quarterback less than I would trust Casey Anthony to babysit. This trade may have ultimately ended the careers of both Sanchez and Tebow in the long run. You can have your opinions about what kind of careers these two were destined from on your own time. That’s not my point. My point is whatever chance either of these two had at anything resembling a successful pro career is likely over. Hope you enjoyed the free publicity, Rex. You’re the NFL’s punchline.
Peyton Manning. Tom Brady. Aaron Rodgers. All of these quarterbacks have claimed MVP awards since the last running back – LaDainian Tomlinson – took home the honor in 2006. In what is largely considered a passing league, is 2012 the year this streak ends? Through 15 weeks of the season I am inclined to say yes. Because truly no player has been as valuable as Minnesota Vikings’ running back All Day Adrian Peterson. Not only is Peterson on track to break Eric Dickerson’s record for rushing yards in a season, but he has single handedly carried the Vikings to the postseason less than a year after suffering the gruesome injury in the video above.
The Washington Redskins continue to climb the NFL Power Rankings this week on a young stud QB and no it’s not RG III. Ex-Michigan State Spartan Kirk Cousins assumed the role left vacant this week due to a leg injury to Robert Griffin and did an admirable job dismantling the Cleveland Browns who were coming off three straight wins. The Seattle Seahawks are in a major groove right now as well as they’ve posted 50 points in two consecutive games which is the first time this has been accomplished in the modern era. Perennial powerhouses such as the Steelers, the Ravens, the Eagles and Chicago are in free-fall mode right now and must win in order to retain a pinch of dignity The list you see below has been compiled by 13 NFL.com experts. My job is to extrapolate the data and put it into groupings by division to come up with the NFL’s Strongest and Weakest Divisions.
New England – 4
New York Jets – 22
Buffalo – 24
Miami – 18
TOTAL = 68 Last Week = 67 Gain/Loss = -1
Hakim Warrick, PF, Syracuse- Alright so since I have gone with guards on days 1-3 of this segment, it is time to give the big boys some love. And with Jim Boeheim winning his 900th collegiate game on Monday night, why not go with a Syracuse player that played a role in that record and helped Jim Boeheim win his 1st and only national title. That player is Hakim Warrick, an extremely accomplished 4 year player who will always be remembered for his role in the biggest play in Syracuse basketball history or as it is known simply around Central New York, “The Block”. So let’s not waste any time here, the date is April 7th, 2003 and Syracuse leads Kansas 81-78 in the National Championship game in New Orleans with just under 10 seconds to go. That’s when Warrick’s “one shining moment” happened, as the lanky 6’8” forward from Philly was about to etch his name into Syracuse lore and make one of the most dramatic plays in the history of the NCAA Tournament. Kirk Hinrich found an open Michael Lee on the left wing and as Lee went to shoot, the insanely athletic and long Warrick leaped out toward the 3-point line and blocked the shot as time expired. When you watch the clip, just take note of how much distance and open space Warrick covers in that short window of time, as time almost seems to stand still as Warrick lunges at the Kansas guard. Three little known facts that people forget about this game: (1) Warrick only had 6 points in the game; (2) Warrick missed a pair of free throws seconds before making amends with the historic block; (3) No one cares about #’s 1 and 2. While “The Block” clinched Syracuse’s 1st ever title and validated the legacy of head coach Jim Boeheim, Hakim Warrick went on to have more than just that one moment as a college basketball player.
- 2012 Final Record: 81-81 (3rd in NL West)
- Biggest Acquisition: Brandon McCarthy
- Biggest Loss: Chris Young/Trevor Bauer
- Progress Report Grade: D+
The Diamondbacks held on to Justin Upton and somehow got worse in my eyes. Trevor Bauer, the former third overall pick out of UCLA, was dealt away in order for Arizona to fill a void at shortstop. In the eyes of the Diamonbacks’ front office, apparently Didi Gregorius has a higher ceiling than Bauer. The Chris Young-Oakland trade I fully understand because of the late-season emergence of Adam Eaton. Clearly, starting Eaton in center from day one in 2013 is the right move. But in a division with the reigning World Series champions and the new financial bullies on the block, an oft injured Brandon McCarthy and a defensive specialist at short just isn’t cutting it.
- 2012 Final Record: 94-68 (2nd in NL East)
- Biggest Acquisition: B.J. Upton
- Biggest Loss: Chipper Jones (retirement)/Michael Bourn
- Progress Report Grade: B-
With Eric O’Flaherty, Jonny Venters, and Craig Kimbrel already in Atlanta’ bullpen, trading Tommy Hanson for Jordan Walden seemed a bit odd at the time. After taking another glance at the Braves starting pitching, however, it’s a move that makes more sense. Atlanta is incredibly high on Julio Teheran as they believe he has top the rotation potential. Brandon Beachy was pitching like an ace in ’12 until he was sidelined with an injury. Kris Medlen was arguably the most dominant starting pitcher in all of baseball in the second half of the regular season. While Mike Minor allowed the most home runs in the NL, there is no reason to believe the soon-to-be 26-year-old cannot right his ship and figure it out. With Tim Hudson and Paul Maholm still under contract, there wasn’t much room for Hanson. Why not free up some money and strengthen the bullpen in one swift trade?
Sing it with me now people: “All we are saaayiiiiiing, is give Lee a chaaaance.”
Boston Celtics shooting guard Courtney Lee is a 27-year-old sharpshooter who can also finish at the rim, yet somehow, he’s lost minutes to Jason Terry and Leandro Barbosa.
Like teammate Jeff Green, Lee is a natural-born starter who’s played on the bench for the past few seasons and are worse for the wear because of it.