The world has been taking by storm via Lin-sanity. But we here in the Jewish world, well, we are still waiting for something to spark. Last year, Mark Cuban assembled a NBA championship and won it over Micky Arison. This year we do not have anything near that great of a story….yet. Let’s take a look at how the Jewish NBA looks mid-way through the year.
Omri Casspi has found a home in Cleveland. The Cavs are 13-18…much better than last year. Casspi has started all 31 games he has played in. He is averaging 7.6ppg, 3.4rpg, and 1.4 assists. The Cavs are getting better and Casspi energy and consistency is a big reason why.
Jordan Farmar has shown some of the spark he gave Maccabi Tel Aviv. Farmar has given the Nets, who are getting better, a lift. Although recently sidelined by a groin injury he has averaged 10.5ppg, 3.3apg, and 1.6 rpg. His scoring has helped Deron Williams on the court and allowed him to take a breather mid-game.
The Detroit Pistons are bad. At 11-24, they are last in their division. Without any superstars it will be tough for Lawrence Frank to save the Pistons. Drafting Brandon Knight and Greg Monroe certainly are a start, but even if Rodney Stuckey continues his hot streak the Pistons are in for a long season.
Mark Cuban’s Mavs are 21-13, second in the Southwest behind the Spurs who have been on a roll. Could the Mavs come out of the West, sure. But they will need another ridiculous run and maybe one more piece to the puzzle.
Micky Arison’s Heat are tied for the best record in the NBA. Even without Dwayne Wade’s best season, his other investment in Lebron James has provided tremendous on the court performance. The Heat should coast to the Eastern Conference Finals.
Last but not least in David Kahn, GM of the Minnesota TimberWolves. A few years back people were ripping his draft choices. But with Kevin Love and Ricky Rubio shining it is hard to doubt his picks. Derrick Williams is a little bit of a project but if he pans out, those 3 could really be the future of basketball. Johnny Flynn might have been a bust but the T-Wolves are at .500 and 1 game out of a playoff spot.
And Let Us Say…Amen.
- Jeremy Fine
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