Two Teams No One is Talking About

Caron Butler, Gilbert Arenas & Antawn Jamison

The consensus around here (Boston) and most of the country is that no one wants to play Cleveland come playoff time. After what Lebron did last year to the Pistons, I can sort of see that point. Even with Lebron playing out of his mind, I don’t see Cleveland as that scary of a team for either Boston or Detroit. The Cavs are 10-9 since Jan. 25 including losses to Seattle, Milwaukee and Chicago. it doesn’t seem like the trades have made the Cavs any better. They are a slightly above average team before and they are a slightly above average team now. Sure, they have the most unstoppable player in the game, but not much else.

Meanwhile, the Orlando Magic are 13-5 since the end of January and 4.5 games ahead of the Cavs. They have been the better team than Cleveland this season and are playing much better basketball right now. Lebron might be the best player in the NBA, but Dwight Howard ain’t that bad either. And he has a lot more help. In a matchup of the Cavs and Magic, Orlando would have 3 of the top 4 players.

And the team that absolutely no one is talking about is the Washington Wizards. Its amazing that the Wizards have maintained a near .500 record this season with the injuries that they have had – especially after their 0-5 start. If both Arenas and Butler come back at 100% (or close to 100%), the Wizards could be a very tough matchup for anyone come playoff time. And, yes, I realize that this is a very big “if”. But the Wizards were rolling along last year until injuries to the same two guys virtually ended their chances. The good news for Wizards fans is that the players surrounding the big 3 of Arenas, Jamison and Butler have drastically improved this season.

So while the Cavs get all the hype, its the Magic and (possibly) the Wizards that I see as the biggest upset threats to the two top teams in the East.

So be careful what you wish for Celtics and Pistons fans…

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NBA Player Nicknames – Part III (Southeast Division)

Here is part 3 of the 6-post series of NBA player nicknames.

Click here for an updated list of all NBA Nicknames.

Shaq

Wilt Chamberneezy?

Atlanta Hawks

Josh Childress – J-Chill
Al Horford – the Dominican Stallion, Horf
Joe Johnson – Joe Cool, JJ
Acie Law – Captain Clutch
Josh Smith – J-Smoove

Charlotte Bobcats

Matt Carroll – the Hammer
Jared Dudley – Studley, Junkyard Dog
Raymond Felton – Felts
Othella Harrington – the Big O
Sean May – Manboobs
Jeff McInnis – McNasty, J-Mac, the Maestro
Nazr Mohammed – the Prophet
Adam Morrison – Stache, Pornstache, Mo, Ammo
Emeka Okafor – EO50, Blackula
Jason Richardson – J-Rich
Gerald Wallace – G-Force, Crash

Miami Heat

Mark Blount – Big Basic
Daequan Cook – the Chef
Ricky Davis – Get Buckets, Grits N Gravy, Slick Rick
Udonis Haslem – U-D, Udominator
Luke Jackson – Cool Hand Luke
Alonzo Mourning – Zo
Shaquille O’Neal – Shaq, the Diesel, Shaq-Fu, Big Aristotle, Wilt Chamberneezy, Officer Shaq, Big Daddy
Dwyane Wade – D-Wade, Flash
Jason Williams – J-Dub, J-Will, White Chocolate

Orlando Magic

Carlos Arroyo – Carlitos
Tony Battie – Batman
Keyon Dooling – KD
Adonal Foyle – the Cobra
Dwight Howard – D12, Thunder, Man Child, Thundercat, D-Bo
Rashard Lewis – Young Fella, Sweet Lew
Jameer Nelson – Lightning
JJ Reddick – the Poet
Hedo Turkoglu – Glu

Glbert Arenas aka Agent Zero

Agent Zero, Hibachi, Nacho, the Black President or just Gil?

Washington Wizards

Gilbert Arenas – Agent Zero, Hibachi, Gil, Nacho, Agent Arenas, the Black President
Andray Blatche – Bulletproof, Cabbage Blatche
Caron Butler – Tough Juice, Caronimo
Brendan Haywood – Baby Huey
Eton Thomas – Uncle Eton
Nick Young – Bean Burrito

**Part IV Coming Soon…

Part I (Atlantic Division)
Part II (Central Division)
Part III (Southeast Division)
Part IV (Pacific Division)
Part V (Southwest Division)
Part VI (Northwest Division)

NBA Web Roundup – Arenas Out for 3 Months

Gilbert Arenas Injury
Gilbert Arenas Underwent Knee Surgery and Will be Out for 3 Months

Links from around the NBA…

Have a Happy Thanksgiving! This year I want to give thanks to Vince Carter… for this:

Gilbert Arenas Wins Best Celebrity Blogger

Gilbert Arenas

Arenas Finally Gets a Win

Gilbert Arenas can’t win a game this season, but he did win the 2007 Best Celebrity Blogger Award, getting the best of Rosie O’Donnell, Kanye West, Curt Schilling, John Mayer, Donald Trump and others.

On his Agent Zero Blog, Arenas writes:

“The other people didn’t have a chance. No one was close. Kanye … 500 votes? Yeah, I got 10,000. You can’t tell me nothing.”

Hell yeah, Gilbert.