Recently, I participated in a small round table discussion hosted by Karlo from Feet in the Paint. We talked about a couple of stuff regarding the basketball scene today. Props to Feet in the Paint for hosting the event and to the following bloggers who contributed in the small event. Kudos!
A short excerpt from the discussion:
There are those labeled as saviors to the league (LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Kevin Durant, etc.) but none landed in a “big market” city. Is this a hindrance to the NBA’s marketability?
No I don’t think so. It actually helps the marketability of the league. Because if a potential big star lands on a city that has a small market, he can shake up the city and bring it’s crowd to their feet. Take the Hawks for example. The market in Atlanta is relatively small compared to other teams, but since they made it to the playoffs this year, the fans started going to their games. I believe that there’s no such thing as “small market” city. It’s just that the people are not hooked up with their teams because they are not winning. The Hornets had a hard time filling up their stadiums early in the season but when they started winning, people from New Orleans started going to the games. Players labeled as “saviors” are really saviors in a sense that they have the potential capacity to shake things up and bring its home-crowd to their feet..
Stylistic changes in the professional game have begun a new debate: would you draft a great point guard or a great center? What are your reasons?
I think the usual answer would be “depends on what my team needs”, but ideally I would prefer to draft a great center. I just think that big men (centers and power forwards) take longer time to develop their game. They may be great in college, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that they’ll be great in pro-league. Particularly in the NBA, the guard position is kinda saturated. Teams can choose from a wide pool of guard players in the league compared to the pool of big men. I think guards are easier to train and they adapt to the game quicker than centers, and for that reason, I would pick a great center over a great point guard.
Click the link to read the whole piece. Cheers!