These Denver Nuggets that Brian Shaw are coaching are 12-8. With Ty Lawson out with an injury, prepare to have Andre Miller and Evan Fournier shoot the lights out of the gym. Watch out for forward Anthony Randolph’s minutes to expand, because Brian Shaw is playing guys for effectiveness on the basketball court. Shaw is managing a Nuggets team that is deep in depth and size. Denver coach Brian Shaw isn’t taking guff from players who aren’t giving their all. If Kenneth Faried isn’t up to playing up to par about his best basketball performances, expect Shaw to bench him. Shaw is running a deep Nuggets squad, quite like former Nuggets coach George Karl, who knows how to get these players up and down the court like Elmer Fudd hunting down Bugs Bunny, firing his shotgun. I expect to see a tight ship being run harder by head coach Brian Shaw, because he is allowing players to see their best basketball days ahead of them. Shaw will run these Nuggets players like Miller and Fournier and Randolph and Javale McGee at a high pace until they score 110 points and the game is over. That is Denver’s style of basketball and they run opponents dry to the ground with their fast frantic play.
It seems the U.S. basketball program is intent on making its players going to represent basketball players from this country based on talent and athleticism. If that is the case, the Americans will have trouble defending bigger players whose basketball talents lie in the areas of length and size. They will keep running against the world’s best basketball players and if that is the case, the world will take their bigs and take it down low against the Americans where they lack the size against the world. I think the U.S.A. basketball program should rethink organizing and retooling a reinvented basketball team based on length and size. If I were to organize a team against a Spanish team that has the likes of Pau Gasol, Marc Gasol, and Jose Calderon, I would like to have a defensive-minded and solid distributing point guard in Rajon Rondo. I would like to have Rondo match up against Jose Calderon. What about Pau Gasol and Marc Gasol, you say? Greg Monroe and Lamar Odom. The Gasol brothers gave the Americans a bunch of headaches and the Americans didn’t like the Gasol brothers patrolling the lane. What about Brazil? Leandro Barbosa against Ty Lawson. The quicker Barbosa is a lot to handle for Lawson. Nene? I’d put the lighter Kevin Durant who is my favorite bench warmer on Nene. Durant on the perimeter will open up the paint for Odom and Monroe, whoever is the 4 or 5. Whatever the thinking the U.S. basketball program has about athleticism, it’s working against the world’s best basketball players, however it has trouble defending and keeping the world’s big post players from scoring the basketball on the inside. They might want to rethink about going with length and size, if that’s what they want to see in their own best basketball players.
Non-USA Basketball Team U.S.A. Basketball team
PG Tony Parker PG Rajon Rondo
SG Leandro Barbosa SG Joe Johnson
SF Andrea Bargnani SF Tayshaun Prince
PF Dirk Nowitzki PF Paul Millsap
C Zydrunas Ilgauskas C Greg Monroe
PG Jose Calderon PG Ben Wallace
SG Manu Ginobli F/C Kevin Durant
SF Carlos Delfino SG/SF Anthony Morrow
PF Tiago Splitter F/C Kevin Love
C Andris Biedrins SG/SF Rudy Gay
PG Patty Mills PG Ty Lawson
SG Marco Bellinelli G/F Josh Smith
I was recently approached by a supervisor/friend of mine at JobPath and I asked him what I thought of the Americans being outplayed by the world’s best basketball players not playing for the United States of America. He told me, “we have to pass better, we have to shoot better, we have to make our layups better,” which was a point of view. He didn’t concede that the world outside of the United States has better basketball players. If I were to construct a Dream Team from the NBA to represent U.S.A., who would it be? I suggest picking players that would considerably be good for a skill-set for a position. Rajon Rondo has said in Hoops Hype he has no interest in playing for the U.S. basketball team at the Olympics. He would make a good starting point guard. Rondo’s play making and his shooting has overlooked his entire basketball repertoire and he is a fantastic point guard and knows how to run a team. Joe Johnson has a silky smooth jump shot and he is athletic enough to take on the best shooting guards at his position. I like having Tayshaun Prince at my small forward position. He is long and lanky and has the offensive and defensive skill set to create his own shot and baffle the opposing small forward with his length. I like Paul Millsap at the power forward position. His toughness, his ability to hit the boards, and find his own offense is unique to Millsap at this position. Greg Monroe is my center for this U.S. basketball team. His shot-blocking ability and prowess on the rebounds are valuable for my team. As far as the basketball bench goes, Ben Wallace would make a great sixth man. His energy and defense are assets for helping boost an American offense with having Rondo, Millsap, Prince, and Johnson a go at it. In this situation also, Kevin Durant should fill out a reserve role in helping Team U.S.A. with his perimeter shooting, length, and defense on the seventh spot down the bench. Also, Team U.S.A. should have a three-point shooting specialist and it should be Anthony Morrow, a sharpshooting guard and forward for the New Jersey Nets. Kevin Love is next down the list and he should help Team U.S.A. with offense and rebounding. In the tenth spot, Rudy Gay will be Team U.S.A’s top perimeter defender. As 11 and 12 goes, Ty Lawson would make a great backup point guard here. I think Josh Smith should make my U.S. basketball squad. He has the skill-set to be a shooting guard because he is a reliable shooter and he can rebound and play defense with small forwards and power forwards and is agile enough to overpower slower power forwards and athletic enough to outwit bigger small forwards. I’m looking forward to comments, because I know definitely well that the world’s best basketball players come from outside the United States now.