Saturday, June 28, 2008

TEAM USA: Meet the Scoring Guards

Will his MVP numbers come out?
Kobe or not Kobe
That is the question?

Kobe Bryant (Los Angeles Lakers)

ALL-NBA, All- Planet, ALL- UNIVERSE! Probably the Best Player in the Universe today. He averaged 28.3 points, 6.3 rebounds, 5.4 assists and 1.8 steals per game during the regular season. In the playoffs, it became 30.1 ppg. 5.7 rpg., 5.6 apg., and 1.7 spg. During his FIBA tour last year he averaged 15.3 ppg, third to Anthony and James. With him in the line up, scoring won’t be any a problem.

In his second season in the NBA Kobe was voted a starter for the 1998 All-Star Game, becoming at 19 the youngest All-Star in NBA history. He was chosen to the 1996-1997 NBA All-Rookie Second Team and also became the youngest player to ever start an NBA game on January 28 at Dallas, when he was 18 years, five months and five days. He also became the first Laker ever to win the Nestle Crunch Slam Dunk, posting a score of 49 out of a possible 50 in the final round . He teamed up with Shaquille O’Neal to bring three championships to LA from 2000-2002. He was voted to the ALL-NBA first team for the sixth consecutive season. This season he is the League MVP.

Will his jumper be his "Redd and Butter" Play?

Michael Redd (Milwaukee Bucks)

He averaged 14.4 points per game in last year’s FIBA tournament on 53% FG shooting and 45.3% from beyond the arc where he sank 29 threes in 10 games. He averaged 22.7 points this season and has a career average of 20.5 ppg. He is the second Buck in history to score 2000 points in one season, has a career high of 57 points in one game and once sank 9 three pointers against Houston. He once had a streak of 50 straight free throws without a miss. His scoring average improved during his first seven seasons in the NBA. A lot of NBA players say that his middle name is Shooter.

His scoring will always be there
Here's hoping that his D won't wane!

Dwyane Wade (Miami Heat)

Wade scored 32 points in the Bronze medal game against Argentina in 2006. He was injured last year so he wasn’t part of the team that won against Argentina. He was also the finals MVP of the 2006 NBA finals. Wade is a three-time All-Star and owns the HEAT single-season records for points scored, scoring average, field goals made and free throws made and attempted. He finished the 2007 postseason with 1,366 career points in postseason play, ranking as the third highest total by an NBA player in his first four postseason appearances. He was a member of the bronze-medal winning USA Basketball Senior National Team and appeared in all eight games during the Olympics and averaged 7.3 points (38.2 FG%, 69.6 FT%), 2.4 assists, a team-high 2.13 steals, 1.9 rebounds and 17.5 minutes.

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