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Photo of the Night - Kobe Bryant turns back the clock and slams it with authority over Aaron Gray. 
Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images

Photo of the Night - Kobe Bryant turns back the clock and slams it with authority over Aaron Gray. 

Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images

NBA Logo Playoffs - Round 1

The first round of the NBA Logo Playoffs is almost wrapped up. Tomorrow will be the final day of matchups, and then we will either start the second round or wait until next week.

Today we have two alternate logos, the Hornets and the Grizzlies, squaring off. In the other ring, two great 90s logos are facing off as the Rockets take on the Pistons.

Get voting!

NBA Logo Playoffs - Round 1

The first round of the NBA Logo Playoffs is drawing to a close, as the last matchups of the first round are scheduled for tomorrow.

Today we’ve got two alternate logos (Hornets and Grizzlies) squaring off, while two great logos from the 90s (Rockets and Pistons) face off.

Get voting!

Emeka Okafor’s crazy double-block against Splitter of the Spurs. Throw that man his beads. 

NBA STATS TO WATCH FOR: SOUTHWEST DIVISION

This has been a fascinating year thus far. It’s not just the off-season transactions, the Lakers going for another three-peat, or the hype in South Beach. From rookies to veterans, we are in the middle of one of the most exciting statistical seasons, ever. Most of that can be attributed to some of the all-time great players reaching the end of their careers or young guys trying to make a name for themselves. We are a quarter of the way through the year and here are the statistical standouts thus far:

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San Antonio Spurs (1st, 20-3)

Old Dog, New Tricks: The Spurs built a dynasty on their hard-nosed defense but this year it’s their offense that has propelled them to their best start in franchise history (20-3). Their offense is ranked #2 overall (113.0 ORtag) and it’s mainly due to their league leading 3-point shooting as a team (41.4%). The Red Rocket leads the way, connecting on 33 of his 65 3-pt attempts this season. It’s raining sandwiches!

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Dallas Mavericks (2nd, 19-4)

Dirkus Circus: This is straight from Scott Carefoot at The Basketball Jones:

According to 82games.com, they outscore their opponents by 15.1 points per 100 possessions when he’s on the floor and they get outscored by 17.0 points per 100 possessions when he’s on the bench. If Nowitzki keeps up his scoring average over the next month, he’ll be 24th in all-time scoring by the time I do next month’s power forward rankings — passing Larry Bird and Gary Payton along the way.

If Dirk and Dallas keep this up, how can you deny the “Tall Baller from the G” his second MVP?

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New Orleans Hornets (3rd, 14-9)

Point Man: If you still don’t realize who the best Point Guard in the NBA is let me make it easy for you. Chris Paul is averaging 16 points and 10 (#3 in the NBA) assists per game. Not bad but lets dive a little deeper. He is taking a career low 11 shots per game and shooting 49.6% from the field. He is also shooting a retarded 49.1% from 3 (#7 in the NBA) and 91.4% from the free throw line (#2 in the NBA). His 3.2 steals per game are #1 in the NBA and his 3.85 assists/turnover ratio is just bonkers.

And if all that doesn’t set your panties on fire, CP3 is averaging more steals (3.2/per game) than turnovers (2.6/per game). Best point guard in the NBA? Try best point guard in the galaxy!

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Memphis Grizzlies (4th, 10-14)

45 Million What?: According to PER, Mike Conley is the 17th best PG in the NBA. According to his paycheck next year, he is in the Top 5. Memphis also has the 13th highest payroll in the NBA and next year will jump into the top 10 if they decide to sign Zach Randolph and Marc Gasol (their two best players). All of this and the Grizzlies haven’t sniffed the playoffs in 5 years.

Ladies and Gentlemen, Chris Wallace. 

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Houston Rockets (5th, 9-14)

He’s On Fire: Kevin martin is lighting it up. This season he has a TS% of 63.1%. He is hitting 41.9% of his 3’s and 91.85 of his free throws. According to The Dream Shake – In the Rockets win over the Cavs, Martin shot an unbelievable 92.4% TS% for the game on his way to 40 points. Scorching.

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Keep your pencils sharp and your calculators handy, NBA geeks! We’ll be back soon with the next installment of ‘NBA Stats To Watch For’.

@Suga_Shane

Jerryd Goes to New Orleans.

Jerryd Goes to New Orleans.

The Hornets have swapped out Darren Collison, James Posey, and Julian Wright for Trevor Ariza and Marco Belinelli. Wright for Belinelli is basically a wash, salary-wise. New Orleans saves half a million, but both players are restricted free agents next year. It’s not clear whether New Orleans wanted more outside shooting or if they just hate Julian Wright so much they want him out of the country.
Ariza and Posey also make the same money, with two important differences: Ariza can still play basketball, and his contract runs two years longer. Essentially, New Orleans sacrificed three cheap years of Collison for the Ariza upgrade. With Paul signed for two more years and Okafor locked up for four at big money, the Hornets have no use for expiring contracts. That means that the handsome man above becomes the most important trade chip in the NBA for the next few months.
Peja makes over $15 million, but he can’t run anymore and his contract expires at the end of the year. New Orleans has to try to flip his contract for a player - or players - with big deals extending past 2011 - and they’ve got to do it while competing with Michael Redd’s Expiring Contract, Samuel Dalembert’s Expiring Contract, and even Andrei Kirilenko’s Expiring Contract. Granted, Peja’s Expiring Contract looks better with its shirt off.
The pickings aren’t great. Andre Iguodala. Richard Hamilton. Monta Ellis. Andris Biedrins. Or the outright disaster contracts like Elton Brand or Gilbert Arenas. If Indiana wanted to get all the way to $40 million in cap room, they might be persuaded to deal Danny Granger, given other sweeteners. Are any of those guys enough to make Chris Paul want to stay?  All I know is, I wouldn’t have gotten rid of Darren Collison in order to find out.
(Sean Keane)

The Hornets have swapped out Darren Collison, James Posey, and Julian Wright for Trevor Ariza and Marco Belinelli. Wright for Belinelli is basically a wash, salary-wise. New Orleans saves half a million, but both players are restricted free agents next year. It’s not clear whether New Orleans wanted more outside shooting or if they just hate Julian Wright so much they want him out of the country.

Ariza and Posey also make the same money, with two important differences: Ariza can still play basketball, and his contract runs two years longer. Essentially, New Orleans sacrificed three cheap years of Collison for the Ariza upgrade. With Paul signed for two more years and Okafor locked up for four at big money, the Hornets have no use for expiring contracts. That means that the handsome man above becomes the most important trade chip in the NBA for the next few months.

Peja makes over $15 million, but he can’t run anymore and his contract expires at the end of the year. New Orleans has to try to flip his contract for a player - or players - with big deals extending past 2011 - and they’ve got to do it while competing with Michael Redd’s Expiring Contract, Samuel Dalembert’s Expiring Contract, and even Andrei Kirilenko’s Expiring Contract. Granted, Peja’s Expiring Contract looks better with its shirt off.

The pickings aren’t great. Andre Iguodala. Richard Hamilton. Monta Ellis. Andris Biedrins. Or the outright disaster contracts like Elton Brand or Gilbert Arenas. If Indiana wanted to get all the way to $40 million in cap room, they might be persuaded to deal Danny Granger, given other sweeteners. Are any of those guys enough to make Chris Paul want to stay?  All I know is, I wouldn’t have gotten rid of Darren Collison in order to find out.

(Sean Keane)

I truly love this city, everything about it. I never had any plans to leave.
Rival executives will continue to try to convince the Hornets to make Chris Paul available in trades, pointing to the fact that Williams can simply slide the promising Darren Collison and his modest $1.4 million salary into that spot. When those teams get shot down, look for the Hornets — based on the hints we’ve received from more than one exec — to make Collison available as long as the interested party is willing to take back the cap-clogging contract of Emeka Okafor, James Posey or Peja Stojakovic with Paul’s backup.
— Will Darren Collison wind up playing somewhere else next year?  (H/T SLAM Online)
Jordan Farmar started ahead of Darren Collison at UCLA, and from the looks of last night, Collison is still angry about it. He torched Farmar and the Lakers for 17 points on just nine shots, as the Hornets pulled the upset. No word on whether Collison has sent Ben Howland a DVD of the game yet.
(Photo by Layne Murdoch/NBAE via Getty Images)

Jordan Farmar started ahead of Darren Collison at UCLA, and from the looks of last night, Collison is still angry about it. He torched Farmar and the Lakers for 17 points on just nine shots, as the Hornets pulled the upset. No word on whether Collison has sent Ben Howland a DVD of the game yet.

(Photo by Layne Murdoch/NBAE via Getty Images)

Mike Dunleavy shoots against Aaron Gray in what is, to date, the whitest moment of the NBA season.
(Photo by Layne Murdoch/NBAE via Getty Images)

Mike Dunleavy shoots against Aaron Gray in what is, to date, the whitest moment of the NBA season.

(Photo by Layne Murdoch/NBAE via Getty Images)

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