Darko expert licensing exam

Discussion in 'Pistons and NBA' started by TaS, Oct 20, 2006.

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Darko will exceed which of the following benchmarks by the All-Star game

Poll closed Oct 31, 2006.
  1. 16 points/ 40 min

    36.1%
  2. 12 rebounds/ 40 min

    19.4%
  3. 1.75 assists/ 40 min

    55.6%
  4. 2.25 blocks/ 40 min

    63.9%
  5. 0.75 steals/ 40 min

    25.0%
  6. None of the above

    16.7%
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  1. BillLaimbeer

    BillLaimbeer All-Star 4x Fantasy Champion Forum Donor

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    With 8 points, 6 rebounds, and 1 steal, Darko finished with 16 DP tonight.

    That gave him 42 DP for the 2-game set, just a tad short of my prediction of 46 DP.
     
  2. jammertime

    jammertime Starter 1x Fantasy Champion Forum Donor

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    I AM THE DARKO MASTER!

    So when can I expect my lock of Darko hair? :lol:
     
  3. Jackattaq

    Jackattaq First Round Draft Pick

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    So in the words of Ricky Bobby, 2nd place is just the first loser.

    Good job to all the participants.
     
  4. roscoe36

    roscoe36 All-Star Administrator

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    TaShawn, I'm moving this thread to the NBA forum now.
     
  5. TaS

    TaS All-Star Forum Donor

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    Right on Roscoe. You can lock it up at this point if you want. It has out-lived its useful life.

    Congrats Jammertime. That was some prudent forecasting.

    PM me an address to send the prize.



    I am now officially done with the Darko watching.

    Maybe I'll run the Blalock expert licensing exam next year if we get rid of him.

    Peace out.

    :peace:
     
  6. Slippy

    Slippy All-Star Administrator Forum Donor

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    Thanks Tashawn
    That was entertaining and you managed that real well.

    even though he wasn't that effective, I think he looks promising. Great mobility for his size.
     
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    MotownPride Starter 2x Fantasy Champion

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    Darko is ON FIRE TONIGHT!
     
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    Sanddunes First Round Draft Pick

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    Darko tonight: 16 R's and 14 points
     
  9. BillLaimbeer

    BillLaimbeer All-Star 4x Fantasy Champion Forum Donor

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    44 DP for the Serbian Slugger. The Knicks beat the Heat. The battle for the EC playoff spot #8 could be a wild one.
     
  10. linwood

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    Didn't see the game, but from the stat line, Darko completely outplayed Ben Wallace. 14 points, 16 rebounds, and 5 blocks, and he shot a great percentage. Nice game, Darko!
     
  11. buddahfan

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    plus 5 blocks.

    I think he got fired up playing against Big Ben. LOL

    :hoops:
     
  12. TaS

    TaS All-Star Forum Donor

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    I just got back from the Bulls game.

    Both teams played hard. :nod:
     
  13. Lee356

    Lee356 All-Star

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    Not exactly true. Stat lines don't beat watching the game. The whole story of this game was Ben Wallace and the whole Chicago team focusing on Howard, both in keeping him off the boards, and keeping him from scoring. Although Howard put up big numbers, Ben helped guard him into 11 turnovers. You throw in the turns, and Howard really did not have a good scoring night if you count percentage of times scoring per posession. (vs. per shot which does not take into account the 11 turns. The typical posession where Howard tried to score on Wallace resulted in a turnover.)

    So really, Ben had a very good game, as did Darko, as did Howard despite all the turns. But the return of Trevor Ariza was also important. Not his very first game back, but hey, a guy needs a game or so to get back on his feet. Ariza was the energy player, the guy to all the loose balls. With Ariza back, we can expect that draft pick to get worse by the game.
     
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    Thanks for the recap, Lee. Ben and the Bulls have looked pretty good on the paint defense. I also noticed the 11 (eleven!) turnovers from Howard.

    It's nice to know that it's possible to appreciate the game of both players, and not have to pick sides.
     
  15. TaS

    TaS All-Star Forum Donor

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    Another factor was the absence of Nocioni. The Bulls were getting killed on the offensive glass, and I don't think Noc would have allowed that. Ben needed some help in there.

    There were a couple of things that I couldn't believe at the end of the game. The Bulls decided to go small with Hinrich/Duhon/Gordon/Deng/ and Ben at the start of the 4th, so amazingly, Brian Hill matched them with a small line-up of his own. What is he thinking? He's getting a career game from his C/PF who is not in foul trouble, and puts in 3 of the most turnover prone guards to try to stop the hot shooting combo of Deng and Gordon.

    Then, Hill finally goes big again with 4 minutes to go in a tie game.

    At this stage, the mismatch both ways is Deng vs. Milicic. Yet, both teams misplayed it. Instead of driving on Milicic or trying to get fouled, Deng decides to try to shoot right over him from 15 feet twice in a row, badly missing on the first and air-balling the second. On the other end, the Magic completely ignore the size differential and choose to attack Ben Wallace to no avail. Once by forcing it to Howard and another time by driving at Ben with an undersized guard.

    The Magic eventually pulled away with a series of stupid fouls by the Bulls, one nice alley-oop to Howard, and a jumper by Jameer.

    The ending was a little anti-climactic with all of the free throws. The crowd was hating it.
     
  16. mercury

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    I thought Ben had a tough time with Howard all game. He couldn't push him out of inside position... as Lee said they were double & triple teaming Howard... Darko often had an easy stroll for the rebound... not to dismiss his solid game.
     
  17. TaS

    TaS All-Star Forum Donor

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    I would say that this was the first game that the twin tower plan was successful.

    Combined, they had:
    35 points
    32 rebounds
    3 assists
    7 blocks

    While the Bulls as a team had 31 rebounds. And that is a team with one of the best rebounders of the last decade.

    It is hard to believe, but Dwight Howard had 11 turnovers, yet he led the Magic in the +/- category. I'm not sure who else in the NBA could cough it up that many times and still be the most positive force on the floor.
     
  18. TaS

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    Now that Darko has received actual playing time, the days of 40 minute projections are over.

    Using his gross numbers for the season, here is how he would rank on the Pistons' team this year:

    Min- 5th
    pts- 5th
    Reb- 2nd
    Ast- 6th
    Stl- 5th
    Blk- 1st
    FTA- 3rd
    TO- 3rd
    PF- 4th

    Without Webber, those numbers would clearly be good enough to be the starting center for the beast of the East.

    I'm willing to forgive Flip Saunders for all of this if he finds a way to work Dale Davis, Nazr, and JMax into the rotation as the Playoffs approach. I just think that we need a little bit more rebounding and intimidation in the middle against the good teams.

    Webber is great, but he won't be enough against the Spurs or Mavs.

    I really like that he considers Davis, Nazr, and JMax "situational" players, because that means that at least he recognizes their strengths. The next step is actually rotating them consistently and effectively.

    We can be the Lernaean Hydra.

    [​IMG]
     
  19. dba

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    I'm guessing that those numbers would put him ahead of Dice probably across the board. If you think about it that way... ouch.
     
  20. TaS

    TaS All-Star Forum Donor

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    Dyess has 1 more offensive rebound, 2 more steals, and 10 more personal fouls than Darko this year if that makes you feel any better. Those are probably not going to last though.
     

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