|Posted by Sports With 3 on November 7, 2012 at 9:15 PM|
This article includes the NBA teams that are in trouble due to injuries. These teams have potenital but can't afford to be injury prone. Please Comment and Share!
Indiana Pacers- The Pacers need to find someone to take Danny Granger's responsibility, if not they are doomed. Numerous people told me that it's time for SG/SF Paul George to get it done, but is he ready? Paul George is young; he is 22 years old and has a lot of pressure on him. He is averaging 14 PPG (Points-Per-Game) and 10.5 RPG (Rebounds-Per-Game). Another player who people want to step up is PF David West. West is more of a mature player; being 9 years in too. West has been the scorer of the team lately, and he leads the team in PPG. The hole in the Pacers now is the PPG, even though I listed some players that have scored well. They are ranked 25th in PPG (Points-Per Game) and 28th in APG (Assists-Per-Game). The Pacers don't have an incredibly talented point guard, but George Hill racks up 4.8 APG. I think Hill needs to step up too, and he is young also. The Pacers are a young team, and they need to mature. Coach Vogel needs to crack down on the players, and tell them to move the ball around. They can find big players like C Roy Hibbert and PF David West in the paint.
Chicago Bulls- Bull's superstar PG Derrick Rose is set to return in January, but the Bulls need to hold up the slack. I said before, "The Bulls can not succeed without Derrick Rose, because he is what holds together the team." The Bulls have a tough schedule, and with PG Kirk Hinrich holding together D-Rose's spot has to be hard! Hinrich is 31, but still manages to put up 5+ points. PF Carlos Boozer and C Joakim Noah are being leaders, and Noah leads with PPG (Points-Per-Game and RPG (Rebounds-Per-Game). Boozer is racking up 7.5 RPG and 13.5 PPG, and surprisingly the bench has been decent. Nate Robinson has got minutes behind SG Richard Hamilton. Hamilton has been hot early this year, but I believe he will slow down. SF Luol Deng is putting up massive points, and looks to be covering up D-Rose's absence. He has played a precise offensive and defensive game. The Bull's need to stop allowing points, and play a harder defensive game, they rank 2nd in Points Allowed.
Minnesota Timberwolves- Timberwolves key player PF Kevin Love is out until late November, so the Timberwolves have been scrambling to win. They are succeeding, but I think they will die off. The Timberwolves are missing PG Ricky Rubio, who is coming back in December. The Timberwolves replaced both of those two players with PF Derrick Williams and PG Luke Rideour. Rideour has been averaging 11.3 PPG (Points-Per-Game) and 2.8 APG (Assists-Per-Game). Williams has averaged 9.8 PPG and 5.8 RPG (Rebounds-Per-Game), and can pick up some surprising amounts of rebounds. I was surprised when I saw C Nikola Pekovic leading in points; 14.0 He had a 22 point game with 7 rebounds and 2 blocks! I may be wrong when it comes to them dying down, but they need Love and Rubio to keep winning.
New Orleans Hornets- This may be bold, but they need SG Eric Gordon. Gordon is out for mid-December, and he is the "bread & butter" to the Hornets. He averaged 20.6 PPG (Points-Per-Game) and 3.4 APG (Assists-Per-Game). Although, the Hornets have rookies SG Austin Rivers and PF Anthony Davis. Davis is a very hyped up player, and his game reflects his talent. He suffered a concussion and Rivers also had a finger injury. The key players need to be healthy or they are in danger.