2020 Midseason Awards and Rants
2020 Midseason Awards and Rants
Jerry takes a moment to reflect upon the 2020 season.
Well, welcome to a special edition of the Jerry Reynold's show from the beautiful studios here at McCreery's Home Furnishings. obviously, still the site of the best furniture deals in the Sacramento area and the best quality furniture you get. And, anyway, so, just wanted to touch base with the several things here.
It's well past, um, mid season of the NBA season, and as you know. I have opinions on just about everything. And as you know, probably some of them would differ from yours and might even appear a little stupid. But then again, I'm probably right more than you are, but, anyway, just to go through, some of the awards that I would, have at mid.
Past mid season and, and, and, and having doing it always know that at the end of the season these things change. But, kind of where we are, just want to kind of touch base with these. And then I want to get into some, in my opinion, things that would make the NBA game better, the season, better, things of that nature.
And here again. See what your thoughts are along those lines as well. so let's get right to it. the most valuable player in the NBA. All right, well, my opinions very, very easy here. It's Jonathan dead, a Kupo. Of the Milwaukee bucks. And you might say, well, why? Why Yonis? Well, he's at writing MVP. He currently is the very best player on the very best team with the best record.
So I think, yeah, it's kind of self-explanatory. I think other strong candidates would be LeBron James, who is the. Best player on the best team in the West, and the best record, a team in the West and LeBron still still LeBron. So you put him there. Other guys, you know, that I think deserves some consideration.
Uh, Nicola of, the Denver nuggets obviously has them, you know, up there in a really solid position, in the West. Uh. No question. A top level player, I think Luca of the Dallas Mavericks has really put them in a position that no one thought that they could be in. So, those are some of the other candidates, but to me, it's a.
Clearly a Yana said in my mind, a runaway at this stage, a just a marvelous young player. it seems like a great team mate, and just, not only a great offensive player, but a really great defensive player as well. Just, an amazing story. I kinda would say to, you know, my most valuable player for the Kings here at this stage of season would surprise most of you, if not all of you.
And that would be, Nemanja. B, a, B, elite SAC. And I think Nemanja, you know, has just been terrific because he's been consistently good and been available, has played many positions, certainly hasn't missed games, has been available. I just think on so many levels. Uh. He's the guy that, the King can count on the most.
It's been a disappointing season, but, he has not been disappointing in any way, shape, or form. So that would be my kind of mid season MVP for the Kings. Uh. Rookie of the year. I think this is a, an easy one at this point. mainly because I, on Williamson, the great talent that of new Orleans that came by way of Duke, been injured and just as played for seven or eight games, and there's no doubt if he can stay healthy.
He's, he's a remarkable talent. But having said that, the guy that clearly is the rookie of the year is, will be, I think, short of something. I'm amazing. Happened as John Moran, the former, Murray state player drafted second in the draft with me with Memphis Grizzlies. And, John has really been the leader of that team.
They were supposed to be the worst team in the West, really, and now they're. Currently very solid in eighth playoff position. There are over 500, and he has a, had a lot to do with it seems to be a natural leader and at 20 years old, pretty, pretty remarkable. So he'd, he'd be my number one pick there, probably.
Uh, you know, number two, I think. I think would have to be probably Tyler hero, a kind of a mid first round pick for out of the university of Kentucky plays for the Miami heat. the reason I put him this highs because he's a valuable player, one of the top seven or eight players that with the heat and they're a big winner.
And, I always say a winning. Should get you a lot more consideration than just stats. And, so he's a, he's a big reason why they, they, that hate have one, a lot more than anybody thought they would. So Tyler hero and, um, I guess a most improved player. This is always tough. And this is the one likely to change a lot, by the time the season ends.
But. Couple of, leading candidates. I think the number one guy is a guy named Devante gray. I'm really played. Last year was mostly it. Kind of a two way player, played some G league, some with, the, the Charlotte Hornets, but was up and back, really didn't have anything established. Now he's a leading score for the Charlotte Hornets and established himself as a, a top player.
And I don't think you can get much more improved in that he's carved out a, a very, nice niche for himself as it were. Now that I think the, the second guy is a little . Little different, because he was really good last year. And he's a major star this year, and that's DeMatha. So, bonus, the son of the great RV Dez.
So bonus, playing for the Indiana Pacers. one of those guys that was, had really good stats was an excellent player last year on a very good Indiana team. And of course, the Indiana team is even better, and he's playing at an all star level. In fact, he is an all star, so his game is translated to where he's winning.
From being a good player on the Pacers to the very best player. On the Pacers and an all star. So, and it's a bonus on his way to be in a major star in his league. And, you know, they just, which was a tremendous, trade that the Pacers made to get some bonus and Victor Ola depo from Oklahoma city.
As you think back to years for Paul George and boy, he said, just keep us in mind. Thank Paul. George has made two teams better believing the Pacers and the Oklahoma city thunder. Pretty remarkable, coach of the year. I think this is probably one of the easiest ones for me at this point. Nick nurse of Toronto, they won the world championship last year.
They lost two starters, quite Leonard. They're their most valuable player in the playoffs on their world championship. Danny green, another key starter. They lost those two guys. And what have they done? They have a better record today at the same state of the season than they had last year with those guys.
So I just think it's a, you can't, you can't. Do a better job than he's doing. my back and my second place, and, and there's four or five coaches that would deserve consideration, but my second would be Tyler Jenkins of the Memphis Grizzlies, again, based on the John Moran thing, is that, Hey, he took a team that was supposed to be probably dead last in the West, and here again, there are over 500.
So a bunch of young guys. It's a totally young team. And, they've jelled, the chemistry's great. I don't know if they can keep it up all year, but right now you gotta give coach Jenkins a lot of credit. So see what you think about that. And now six, man, I think, there's so many guys that. You know, you could put in there, obviously way buddy Heald is playing for the Kings.
If he had been there all year and doing exactly this, this, you know, you could give him consideration, but he's only been a six man for a few games, so I really can't put him in this category. Certainly not at this level, but my number one guy, it's a mantra. Has Harold. From the Clippers. This guy, he's a killer.
I mean, 19 points a game comes off the bench. He'd really probably the second or third best player on the team. He just doesn't start. But a one of those guys that makes the team better every night. And, in the past blue Williams on the Clippers has been a six man of the year. Several times, but, he's not playing at the same level of Harrell this year.
So I give it to Montrez Harrell is a six man. And, and I think my second would be maybe a little bit thought people wouldn't agree with it, but Marcus smart of the Boston Celtics, just a great defender physical. You know, he's one of those guys that every coach in the league would like to have because he's going to go in there and, and, knock you around a little bit and make you like it.
Uh, just a tough Buckaroo and a really has a lot to do with the success of the Celtics. And I think, you know, one of those guys that helps you win games. And that's, that's not a lot of six men can do that, but he does. So those are my. You know, my mid season awards, hope you agree with some of them and at least I wanted to give you, you know, my reason and thinking on it.
And so, maybe it makes a little sense. Now let's get into some. Real opinions here. This, I won't say they're Gerry rants, but, they probably are a little bit, just things that, I think need to be changed or would make the, the, the league NBA a better league, a better game, more enjoyable, maybe more fair.
All the above. And, not that, the league is waiting for my opinions, although they should be. You hear me out there? They should be. Anyway, so see what you think of these. Number one fewer timeouts. Too many timeouts. I know you've got to sell commercials, but you can, you know, run a Mo, run them along the bottom as a game's going along like they do in soccer or, or like they do.
And golf have the game in one corner and all it's going on. I mean, there's a lot of ways of doing it, but the reason I say if are timeouts, speed the game up. You know, and you say, well, coaches want more time out. Of course they do. They'd like to have a hundred. They'd like calling every three seconds just to hear themselves talk.
I know I've been there, but, it isn't necessary and fewer, it makes it fair for everybody. You know, it's the same for one team as the other. And I can say anything speed the game up, keep the action going. Is, is a good thing. See what you think on that. The second thing, I think is really necessary. All the different challenges.
I, I think it's good to have the challenges, certainly to try to get the, you know, in case there's miss calls, all that is very important. But I've kinda agree with grant Naper on this. You know, if it takes more than a minute, it should never take more than a minute. If within a minute make the decision.
If you can't make it, then, then the play calls stands. Okay, got that, got that officials got that back and see caucus, New Jersey. If you can't make the decision on it, it's that close to call whatever the official called stands, move on. NFL. You ought to get with that too, by the way. You guys taken way too long.
Uh, and, and you're still wrong sometimes. I think, coaches should get an automatic two, two challenges. At least two challenges and no loss of timeouts, whether you win or lose. So that way if you feel you're late in the game and you've lost your, challenges, you don't have a time out. But there's a huge play, that could change a game.
Uh, makes no sense to me. You should always have. Always be, be able to challenge that. And of course the lead candidate anytime as well. So think on Nat, just a play that came up recently, and I talked about it on the PR, on our post game or pregame broadcast other day, the goaltending challenge, or are unchallenged as you were in a Portland game where there's a clear goaltender officials missed it didn't call goaltending and it really caused probably Portland, the game.
Well. The reason at that time, it can't be, if the official doesn't call a goal 10 you can't challenge it. Well, my opinion is you should be able to challenge it. Regardless where they call or not as a, as a coach or, or they can look at it, they, the other officials can say, we'll look at this and challenge ourselves on, on the next dead ball.
Much like they do three point shots. Because, as we know on a three point shot. they might call three, but they'll, they'll decide they want to look at it. They'll give a signal to the crew at the mid, mid court and they'll look at it and may find out that it was a two that tow was on the line or something like that, or, or vice versa.
So, so certainly you, there's no reason you couldn't wait until the next dead ball. And if his goaltender and you didn't call it, take the points off, get it right. Okay. To me. That makes sense. another little pet peeve of mine being old school, as you all know, of course I am old, so why wouldn't I be old school?
But I, I've never liked the NBA rural to where at the end of, within the last two minutes of the game where if you call the immediate timeout after made basket or something, you can advance the ball past two to half court. I don't see any reason you should ever gain. You know, be able to advance the ball without using it by pass or dribble like actual basketball like you see in college or, or you grew up playing.
It's just an NBA rule that kind of a, I think a bogus kind of rule to, in their mind to give a team that's behind a better chance to, to win. And I don't think that's even fair. Uh. You know, here, again, take that rule out. Same for everybody. If you've got five seconds left, get the ball in bounds. You still can get down the court quick enough to get a shot.
So I just think in the long run, it'd be a fairer game. I won't say, you know, a lot of teams certainly have a chance with eight tenths of a second to win a game by, by moving it to half court. But why should they just my thought, I think the. Oh my, my big one, my big one. And I know a lot of year.
You know, a lot of you fans love the three point shots. You'd like to see 80 zillion of them a game. Well, I actually think there's a still a place for the big man in basketball and the out of allow to have some post play and the three point shot is overdone, especially, especially, especially the corner three.
That's a cheap shot is to about three foot closer. Why should it be worth three points then the, then the shots behind the arc, if it's not behind the arc. It's not a three point or take that take the corner three out. It's just a nice little jump shot. You say, well, well now what will that do? That'll take away a lot of three point shots.
Sure, sure it will. They'll still be a lot of made and taken, but they won't be that. The shorter ones they won't get credit for and what you'll get. What you'll get is more fast break opportunities where guys are running the full speed layups, dunks a more exciting basketball instead of guys running to the corners that'd be running to the basket.
And you'll also maybe get a little more post play, which I think is, is missing in the game today. You know, to where it's, you know, three point shots and. Layups and really not enough post play where that's still a skill and it should be rewarded. So think on that one. And the maybe the last one, and, and I know.
I felt this way for years is on, on the lineup, on free throws when a team is shooting free throws, where the players are lined up. I liked the college rule. If you watch a college game, they have moving, moved the enzyme guys back, a full space behind that little box. Now you, you say, now why would you do that?
Well, for two reasons. Number one, it will cut down on the all the wrestling and stuff that you see. Uh. Number one, it's like, well, why are, why are guys like allowed to do that? Well. There's there when everybody's wrassling, nothing's called. I mean, it's just too much contact. And I think that would eliminate a lot of that.
But more importantly for me is, in my opinion, if you miss free-throws, you should have less of a chance of getting the rebound, not not a better chance. And by moving everybody back, that means the, the opposition. that's not shooting. The free throws has a better chance of getting the misses. And I think they should, you know, if you can't make free throws, why should you get it back?
Okay. That's the idea there. Free throws free points. So hope you, give out some thoughts. So, you know, those are my, kind of thoughts on the rules. Now I want to go to one other thing. So now that I've got you completely bored, you know, or mad at me, whatever, I'm going to give you a few opinions on, on the trades that happened to just a couple that struck me as, as interesting and see what you see.
If you agree on that. I really liked the warriors. Trade, by the way, I know a lot of the media and some fans, you know, not big fans of Andrew Wiggins. I can't say that I am a big fan of Andrew Wiggins either. But you know, he, the fact, you know, cause it's always comes up. Well, he was the first pick in the draft and he's making this kind of money.
He's not that good. Well that's probably true, except that he's, he is good and the warriors don't need him to be their main guy. They all have though. Who's the guy's name? Steph Curry and clay Thompson. So he'll, I think he'll fit in brilliantly with that. And, and Steve Kerr is a as good as anybody at utilizing talent.
So I really think that that, and it's probably a good trade for Minnesota as well, because D'Angelo Russell was not going to fit longterm with the warriors, but he will fit very well, I think, with the Minnesota. So it's one of those trades. Like most trade should be is benefit both teams. But I really do like it for the warriors.
I don't like it for the Kings because in my mind just means that the warriors, they'll be back. I won't say that'd be back on top, but they're going to be back really a contending again. So that's sadly, that's one of the teams that's behind the team Kings currently. And so, so that part I don't like, but it's from a basketball standpoint.
Good move by the. By the dubs. I think the, maybe the most valuable trade will turn out to be, the one that, the Clippers made getting a Marcus Mars from the New York Knicks, Mars, six 10 player that can play the power forward or center, give him toughness, give him another shooter.
And, I just think that may be put the Clippers over the top to where they'll be the best team in the West. They don't have the best record right now. And they may not have the best record, but I think there'll be the best team. And I think they're, they are better with this addition than the Lakers, so, so there's, so you have to like that.
I, I'm not as. You know, the, the heat made a, a big trade to get down. Dre Iguodola and Jae Crowder from the Memphis Grizzlies. eh, they gave up a Justise Winslow. Good young player, Deon waiters, a James Johnson, which was moved on to Minnesota, all that. the, the primary primary thing was that the hate wanted the Andre Iguodala and like Jae Crowder was kind of a throw in there.
And I'll tell you, I think actually Jae Crowder is a better player right now. I mean, I, I think that the heat thinks they're getting Andre Iguodala of two or three years ago. I'm not sure they are. We'll see. But I think Jae Crowder will really help. That team, and I do like it actually from Memphis, his point of view because they, it wasn't playing for them.
And, they got Justise Winslow who, if he can get and stay healthy, gives them another young player that will fit in with the young core. They have a terrific defender, so you know, it, it, it's a consistent move. I think that. That falls in line with what they're trying to do. And so again, it should work out for both teams.
I say I'm just not as convinced it's gonna work out for the heat in the way they think. But, I've always been a fan of Jay Crowder's. I think he's gonna add a lot to that. Uh. That franchise that and, and certainly, with Andre, you know, maybe by seasons in and play offs, he can be sharp enough to give him the 15 minutes that they need, to guard certain people.
Cause he and his prime was absolutely great. Don't know if they, I think that prime may be gone, but we'll see. And we'll touch base with this later. So, anyway, that's, you know, that's kinda it for me. I, I'm just, you know, that's about all the thoughts I've had in the last couple of weeks. So I'll probably be drained now for another few days, you know, and, just have to be able to.
Kind of hanging around the Mrs. Reynolds and see what she wants me to do the next few days. Cause that, that, that does it for me. So, let us know what you think. I hope some of these make sense to you. Hope you enjoyed. Yeah. The little bonus situation we've had here. And I'll certainly, if you like it, we'll, we'll do more of it.
And if you don't, just tell me to shut up. Okay. They, Jerry go away. But unless you do, you might get more of it. Thanks.
2020 Midseason Awards and Rants
Jerry takes a moment to reflect upon the 2020 season.