5. Evgeni Malkin:
Evgeni Malkin's athletics and handling are eerily reminiscent to a young Alexei Kovalev while his scoring and play making seem to be better, Malkin can find the net when he wants to or find teammates whenever while still being a terror in passing lanes, Malkin has 423 points in 357 games when this post was written and if he stays healthy will remain among the NHL's elite.
4. Steven Stamkos:
Stamkos is young and bursting with potential, however hes already one of the worlds best players. Stamkos' shooting and scoring are uncanny while still passing with great accuracy and playing great defense. Stamkos passion and physicality are with the best of them too, if it were not for a Stanley Cup win Stamkos might have even beat out Toews on our list. Hopefully Stamkos has a great career, the way it's going now he may even be up there with Joe Sakic and Steve Yzerman one day, Here's to a bright future to one of the NHL's elite.
3. Jonathon Toews:
When Toews first started I thought the number 19 would not be a smart choice for him, however he has proved me wrong over the past while. Toews does everything needed on the ice, make plays, score, and definitely win faceoffs but he also adds values with his great defensive play, His Stanley Cup, leadership and do-it-all-for-my-team skillset catapulted him over players who looked better on paper.
2. Pavel Datsyuk:
Once again one of the top players in the NHL is Pavel Datsyuk.Datsyuk has amassed nine trophies over the years, four Lady Byngs, three Selkes and two Stanley Cups. Datsyuk is possibly the greatest puck-handler ever (along with Kovalev, Selanne, Sakic, Bure, Fedorov, Crosby, Bossy and Gretzky), to go along with the fact he may be one of the greatest defensive forwards and scorers. Datsyuk's 656 points in 669 games is great considering the fact he's 33 and shows no sign of slowing down.
1. Sidney Crosby:
Sidney Crosby is one of the greatest players ever, but he's only 24. "Sid the Kid" has been hyped ever since he was a kid, but he has lived up to that hype and possibly overcame it. Crosby's vision and decision making skills are among greats like Joe Sakic, Steve Yzerman, Peter Forsberg and Mario Lemieux, he is a once in a generation talent (somehow this generation got Ovechkin, Stamkos, Crosby and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins). Crosby's dropped 572 points in 412 games, along with being one of the top scorers in hockey history he's also up there in passing.
5. Milan Lucic:
A bruising big man who can defend better than around 90% of forwards in the league, he snapped the nylon thirty times last season and seems like in a couple of year no one will be able to defend him. Lucic has great speed and amazing speed for his side and his physicality is a weapon that not many players can defend or match.
4. Patrick Marleau:
Marleau is a great passer and a threat to score 30 goals any and every season, he might be the top reason the Sharks reached the WCF's twice, he had 73 points last year while helping to lead his team on and off the ice.
3. Daniel Sedin:
Sedin is a marvelous passer and great goal scorer. Daniel's downfalls however may have caused his team the Stanley Cup last year, he is not physical at all, his defense is horrid and he lack of PK time are terrible. If Daniel can become more physical and defensive he could be top two in this category especially when his offense is good enough to place him at number three.
2. Henrik Zetterberg:
Henrik is superb on both sides of the puck and seems like he may have one of the quickest releases in the game. Henrik could be "THE" guy almost anywhere other than Detroit but continues to take a backseat and help the Wings stay a contender. Henrik is a great role model and possibly one of the best leaders in hockey.
1. Alexander Ovechkin:
Ovechkin embodies what the NHL should be, an all around beast that tries no matter how his team is playing. Ovie, the slick moved, physical specimen, and top all around player in the 'L', has amazing talent but somehow has not lead his team to the Stanley Cup Finals, if however Ovie wins the cup by the time our Top 100 Hockey Players list comes out he may boost more than a couple of spots.
5. Phil Kessel:
Kessel is possibly the best young sniping winger in the league (Stamkos is definitely the best young sniper), his defensive play is getting better every year and it seems like he can hit the 40 goal plateau that he is destined for, in fact he might reach 48 goals in my opinion.
4. Patrick Kane:
Possibly the fastest skater in the league and also one of its premier goal scorer, he's an offensive threat and will only get better with all the talent surrounding him. His 311 points in 325 games is outstanding.
3. Jarome Iginla:
Iginla is one of the most consistent players in the league and doesn't seem to be slowing at age 34. He is possibly the best power forward in the NHL and is definitely one of the best forwards of the past decade. When Jarome Iginla is coming at you on the offensive end or defensive its like looking down the barrel of a nine millimeter, it sucks.
2. Martin St.Louis:
St.Louis is one of the fastest skaters but his best trait is the fact that he leaves everything he has on the ice every time he leaves. MSL is a gifted scorer and terrific passer, but in someways he's a bizarro KG in the fact that you can't tell how great of a leader or player he would be if there was less talent around him.
1. Corey Perry:
Although Corey Perry was not my pick for NHL MVP he is a 50 goal talent, great leader and pretty good defender, when Corey Perry is staring goalies down whether it be a breakaway, power play, even strength or shorthanded they're scared and you know it. With a package like that it's no wonder Corey Perry is the top right winger!
5. Drew Doughty:
2011 may have been a down year but Doughty is already an amazing shutdown defender and big hitter, if I need a young defender to build my team around Drew Doughty would be one of, if not my top pick. Doughty also has better than average offensive abilities when on the ice.
4. Duncan Keith:
Duncan Keith is up there with Shea Weber as best man to man shut down defender in the 'L', He is a passionate leader that has not only won a Norris trophy but also a Stanley Cup in his short career. Keith is no slouch offensively either, his blue line shot is excellent and accurate too. Duncan Keith will stop you period.
3. Zdeno Chara:
Chara has size, he knows how to use it... That's a nightmare for opposing offenses. Chara not only knows how to poke check, hit and intimidate his opponents, he also has the NHL's hardest slapshot.
2. Nicklas Lidstrom:
The 42 year old somehow finds a way to be a top D-man in the NHL every year. Lidstrom is second all time in Norris trophies won and has some of the best defensive hands ever. Lidstrom is no slouch when it comes to hitting, and his combo of vision, stick checking and skating make him go down as one of the greats.
1. Shea Weber:
The shutdown defense-men is the best all around D-man in the league, a captain and leader that embodies what his team stands for, and not to mention he should win more than a couple Norris trophies in his career. Shea Weber is also one of the most devastating hitters in the 'L'. Weber also owns the title as best man to man shutdown defender with Duncan Keith looming.
5. Ilya Bryzgalov
Bryzgalov had a .921 save percentage last year and seems like he will improve that and all his other numbers with Philly this year, not to mention Bryzgalov can stone an player that comes at him.
4. Ryan Miller:
Ryan is one of the best goaltenders and Americans in the NHL, he has been elite for a while and seems like he will bounce back this year, he can be a top guy no matter what his defense.
3. Henrik Lundqvist:
One of the most consistent goalies ever, you always know what your going to get with Lundqvist, he is great all around and led the league in shutouts last year, he's still got some gas in the tank and will continue to be great in the crease.
2. Pekka Rinne:
The quickest goalie and also one of the biggest, Rinne's glove comes second to none in the current NHL. His unorthodox style is reminiscent of a modern day Dominic Hasek (Obviously not as good though), he may one day be the NHL's best.
1. Tim Thomas:
May not be the youngest goalie but moves very quickly when in need. The current Stanley Cup defender and one of the greatest goalies ever, not to mention underrated. He needs to be mentioned for having great moves in every aspect, but his biggest asset seems to be his legs, he block anything and almost everything with those babies.
Let us know what you think?
Growing up Steve Nash was one of my favorite players. I loved to watch his games because he always made amazing plays, whether he was driving in or making a no look pass. Being an amazing ball player Steve Nash is also one of the nicest person you could meet, along with his charities he also does basketball camps. A place where young kids can learn the about basketball and have fun. Steve's rise to stardom began in 1996 after the Suns drafted him, there was a lot of hatred received from the fans because they did not approve of the Suns using the fifteenth pick for him. In his first two seasons he was behind Kevin Johnson, Sam Cassell and Jason Kidd, so it was no surprise that in his rookie season he only played 10.5 minutes. After the 97-98 Nash was traded to the Dallas Mavericks. His first season as a Maverick was shortened due to the lockout but still showed some improvement as he averaged 7.9 points, 2.9 rebounds and 5.5 assists per game, after three seasons Nash proved that he was a high caliber player, so when free agency came around after the 03-04 season you could bet that a lot of teams wanted him. Then Nash decided to go full circle back to where it all started... Phoenix. Steve Nash joined Shawn Marion, Joe Johnson and Amare Stoudemire, with the help of Nash the team had an amazing turn around with a record of 62-20. Nash won the 04-05 season MVP and had some success in the playoffs, but he couldn't beat the Spurs in the Western Conference Finals. Steve Nash went on to win another MVP in the 05-06 season. Steve Nash has accomplished many things in his NBA career, he is a 7 time All-Star, 7 time All NBA team selection and a back to back MVP (even though there were better MVP options both years, and in 2007 when he should have won he was shortchanged). Although Nash had achieved a lot he still has not won a ring. Maybe due to the fact that his defense is horrid (no top twenty point guard is worse defensively),and as the old saying goes "Defense wins Championships". Steve Nash is still one of my favorite players and I believe that he will win a ring one day.
DOB: Dec 22 1995
Favorite Sport: Basketball
Hockey: Trevor Linden, Markus Naslund, Jason Spezza
Soccer: Ronaldo, Didier Drogba, Neymar
Basketball: Vince Carter, Steve Nash, Amare Stoudemire
Football: Brett Favre, LaMichael James, Randy Moss
Hockey: Vancouver Canucks
Basketball: Toronto Raptors
Football: Minesota Vikings
DOB: August 12 1995
Favorite Sport: Hockey
Hockey: Ilya Kovalchuk, Joe Sakic
Soccer: Leo Messi, Frank Lampard
Basketball: Derrick Rose, Ray Allen
Football: Geroy Simon
Hockey: Vancouver Canucks
Basketball: Chicago Bulls
Football: Philadelphia Eagles
DOB: Dec 22 1995
Favorite Sport: Basketball & Hockey
Hockey: Joe Sakic, Teemu Selanne, Pavel Bure
Soccer: Robinho, Neymar, Florent Malouda
Basketball: Gary Payton, Reggie Miller, Jerry Stackhouse
Football: Dwight Freeney, JacQuizz Rodgers, Jerry Rice
Hockey: Colorado Avalanche
Basketball: Seattle SuperSonics
Football: Indianapolis Colts
Two of the leagues best defenders will be squaring off sometime this week, they were drafted in the same year, have similar playing styles and both have a specialty in their game. Can you guess who it is? Let us know in the comments below
In the meantime check out this video I couldn't stop laughing at.
Today I decided to wear my Joe Sakic jersey and Quebec Nordiques Snapback and in honor of Sakic's greatness I decided to post this article I read and bookmarked a couple of years ago. Joe Sakic's Day Off
"9:50AM: Does dishes. Wrist shots raspberry jelly dish through mail slot when it refuses to become clean enough.
10:15AM: Takes shower. Makes shampoo mohawk.
10:30AM: Makes prank phone call to coach Joel Quenneville . Quenneville asks Joe to stay on the line so he can get his children’s names and then proceeds to try to sell him a Ford truck.
10:35AM: Hotwires Jose Theodore’s Prius, starts drive to LA.
11:15AM: Picks up hitchhiker.
11:30AM: Hitchhiker reveals that he has a strong dislike for Chinese food.
11:31AM: Joe Sakic kills hitchhiker over differences in cuisine preferences."
John Wall, the rookie phenom, the unbelievable player, the future all-star is taking on the the facilitating, hardnosed, pesky Mike Conley Jr.Wall and Conley are great leaders and great passers, the question though is who's better? Wall or Conley, and that is exactly what we intend to find out.
Career Average: John Wall gives a 16-5-8 every night while shooting 41%, 30% from the arc and 77% from the charity stripe, then he brings in two steals, four turnovers and half a block. Mike on the other hand gives 12-3-5 on 44% FG, 38% from deep and 76% from the line, then you throw in his efficient one steals and two turnovers. For career average John Wall leads by four points, two rebounds, one steal and three assists, and Conley increases percentages by 3 and 8, he even cuts the turnovers in half.
Best Year: John Walls best year is identical to his career average since he has only played one year, Conley on the other hand just had his best year throwing up a 14-3-7 on 44% FG, 37% 3FG and 73% FT he also had two steals and two turnovers. John Wall again beat Conley in everything except percentages and turnovers, which I think he might if he had another nightly offensive threat to work with.
Both John Wall and Mike Conley rank among the leagues top man to man defenders, but Conley is a pesky thief and great on ball defender, while John Wall is just as good on ball defender, a better defender of the jump shot, and a better post defender who can use his strength and weight to keep opposing players out of the paint.
The NBA lockout is driving me and every other true NBA fan crazy, so to ease your pain I would like to give you TheSportsBoys predictions for the 2011-12 NBA season (which I predict will come in around Christmas time).
Coach of the Year: Tom Thibodeau
I think Tom will repeat as the Bulls cruise to 64 wins with the help of their newly acquired swingman (Who they will grab during this years free agency period).
Most Improved Player: Terrence Williams Terrence Williams only played in twenty-one games, he should play more minutes and start using his upside this year, I figure he goes from 14MPG, 5PPG, 0SPG, 2APG, 2RPG, 67%FT, 37% FG, and 27% 3FG to 36 minutes, 45% field goal, 32% money ball, 73% from the charity stripe, one steal, seven rebounds, five assists, and sixteen points per game, not to mention getting to the line over and over again and locking up every SF not named LeBron or Carmelo. Terrence needs to be played and when he is he'll turn into a Grant Hill like player.
Rookie of the Year: Kemba Walker
Walker should lead all rookies in scoring, shoot about 43% and pass around 5 assist a game, plus he will show NBA fans his amazing ways to get to the rim.
Sixth Man of the Year: Jamal Crawford
Jamal has been 6th man of the year before and seems to be more determined then ever, not to mention age doesn't seem to bother Mr. Crawford.
NBA All-Rookie First Team:
G - Kemba Walker
G - Kyrie Irving
F - Derrick Williams
F - Bismack Biyombo
C - Enes Kanter
NBA All-Rookie Second Team:
G - Brandon Knight
G - Klay Thompson
F - Jan Vesely
F - Tristan Thompson
C - JaJuan Johnson
Defensive Player of the Year: Dwight Howard
Dwight's fourth but definitely not last time winning this award, 'nuff said?
Most Valuable Player: Chris Paul
I think CP3 will hit double digit assists numbers again, when he throws up a 22-10 he will prove his MVP status, whether he does it for the Knicks or the Hornets is the question...
and the newest addition:
TheSportsBoys Player of the Year Award: Carmelo Anthony
Whether the Knicks grab Deron or CP3 they will help Melo unleash his wrath on opposing defences and win the scoring title, then possibly make the NBA Finals.
TheSportsBoys POY is not to be confused with the MVP, it is presented to the most impressive player not most valuable (e.x. in 1993 Charles Barkley may have been the player of the year but was definitely not the most valuable, which was of course Michael Jordan).
John Way, an up and coming rapper/actor/athlete will be the first of our Next Big Thing (Music Edition) here are his info and FB page so you can learn about him.
Favorite Artist: Soulja Boy.
Why he wants to do music: He wants to be just like his big brother.
Was music his dream as a kid: It's almost every kids dream now days so yes lol.
Daniel Gomis the freshmen at OSU this year will be blocking every shot that comes his way, Daniel Gomis was an elite defender and rebounder who surprised everyone when he committed to Oregon State, considering some were comparing him to a Kevin Garnett type player. Daniel Gomis has also been said to not be a Kevin Garnett type player, In my mind he is determined enough to be a star at any level. Daniel is very quick for someone 6'10'' and 220 lbs, he is the type of player that can run, jump, rebound, block, face up, post up, and do anything else you want him too... Plus he has a defensive intensity and commitment like a Gary Payton or Kevin Garnett, but let's let him speak for himself for a bit and then we'll explain why he's The Next Big Thing again.
1.Your going into your freshmen season at OSU, are there any big changes you’re waiting for? ya i'm a freshmen here
2.Going into your freshmen season is there anything we can expect from you? help my team to have a good year
3.Would you describe your game for us? i love to play defense block shots dunks
4.What is your favourite part of basketball? blocking shots
5.I’ve heard you being compared to Kevin Garnett is there anyone you compare yourself too? i love KG's game and Dirk Nowitzki
Will you tell us about living in Senegal? growing up in senegal was the best thing of my life, it taught me about life though
Was it hard basketball wise being from Senegal? it was hard in playing in senegal because everyone wants to play overseas or get a free education the game was so competitive
When did your basketball career start? 12 years ago
What made you want to pick up a ball and hit the court? my sister was playing ball my friends also encouraged me
Who influenced your game the most? tracy mcgrady
Back to your favorite part, how did it become part of your game? i get hyped when i start blocking shots
What are your best skills? i can dribble and pass im still working on my shots
Who are you looking forward to playing with and against the most? i wanna play the highest competition as possible
Thanks for taking the time out for the interview Daniel and good luck in the future!
Daniel is very long, his handles are amazing for his size, has good footwork, a great release on his jumper all the way out to twenty feet, amazing basketball IQ (especially for his age), excellent defence (Kevin Garnett like even), not to mention he plays way above the rim! I feel Oregon State got a steal when he has the grit and hustle of a Dennis Rodman while the skill set of a Kevin Garnett, plus he seems to have a love for defense. He grew up in Senegal and plays defense, but the season will show us what this young man can do!
J's got talent, he's a 16 year old rapper from south Philly who's got skills with the mic. J's music hits hard, but not too hard, his songs seem like instant classic's in a Look At Me Know style, even when you don't listen to the words his beats provide a sick foundation.
How long have you been rapping for?
- 5 years now
Was becoming a rapper always your dream?
- No, i actually wanted to be a graphic designer or an animator, if this rap shit dont work out that's what
im hitting for!
Where did the name Infamous J come from?
- Infamous means evil reputation, this name was just picked out, sounded cool so i stuck with it.
When did you realize that you can make a career out of rapping?
- In '09 when i was in the 8th grade, I've started taking it more seriously because so many people
told me i have talent and shouldn't stop rapping so i gave it a shot.
Growing up who was your favourite rapper? And why?
- My favortite rapper growing up was Eminem, because how he would use his words, his metaphors,
and his flow was just incredible. He inspired me the most !
Who was your mentor? How did He/she help?
- I was my own mentor, i mean i got alittle few tips here and there from certain people, but of where i am
at now i've got myself here !
Being raised in Philadelphia you must have been a big sports fan?
- yea, but not really.
What was the first song you ever wrote and what was it about?
- In 06, it was a beat that already had a hook called "you know i got it" female doing the vocals. I was 12,
an amatuer but i was talking about guns and killing people, yea it just sounded right at the moment.
Living in “The City of Brotherly love” are you getting the love, is everyone supporting you?
- I can say i do, but i can also say i dont. Some people are scared to show love because they would think it's
"dickeating" therefore it's having them fall back from saying things they wanna say to us(all artist).
Out of all the songs you have rapped which is your favourite?
- So far, my bullshit remix. Youtube it: Infamous J - Bullshittin
Becoming a rapper is difficult, what challenges have you faced up to this point?
- Umm, the competition, criticism is something i take in as adviced to advance myself more as an artist. But
what i mean by competition is that EVERYBODY raps these days, so really you would have to work hard
to get yourself heard.
How would you describe your style?
- THE INFAMOUS J STYLE
What’s you next song?
- Otis ft. Kid Deniro, Video Coming Soon.
You have rapped quite a few songs and are we going see an album anytime soon?
-No, a mixtape, Yes.
What’s your thought on the current state of Rap and Hip-Hop
- the whole game is fucked up right now, but i wont speak much on it.
Do you feel that the Hip-Hop world has changed in the last decade?
- yes, in alot of ways but therefore kind of better. But most people dont agree.
Who in your mind are the top three rapper’s of all-time?
- Eminem, Drake, Lil Wayne.
Coolin Performance was an instant hit with The Sports Boys where you in the zone when you wrote it?
- Nah, just something i wrote in 10 minutes to have a quick song to perform.
What are your Top 5 songs of 2010-2011?
- Meek Mill - Ima Boss , Lil Wayne - 6 foot 7 foot , Drake - Headlines , Big Sean - I Do It , Wiz Khalifa - Taylor Gang .
Here at The Sports Boys we are huge fans of yours is there any last things that you want to say?
- Keep supporting me, i appreciate this interview and spread the word of my music! THANK YOU !!
Clyde The Glide was a poor man's Dominique in many ways but in other ways did things Nique would never have been able to do, 95 Rockets... Could you ever see Nique backing down and becoming no more than a high scoring role player? Clyde had cons and pros, He made the finals twice as the Blazers only star or player of finals qualities, his dunks sent the crowd into a frenzy, he played great defense, he could float through the air ever so effortlessly, then he was too unselfish for his own good, was usually smart but in the playoffs seemed to make bonehead decisions at worse times and never learned to assert himself. Clyde was a good number one on a playoff contender, but to be a championship contender Clyde should have been the number two guy, which led to when he joined Hakeem to win a ring late in his career.
Clyde was good enough to become the 1992 MVP runner-up, he threw together a 25-7-7 which led people to believe he was as good as Michael Jordan, which led to MJ destroying Clyde and basically killing all of his remaining confidence. Drexler finally won his championship on the Houston Rockets when Jordan left on his "no more love for the game" break, Clyde Drexler was a poor man's Dominique, but he was also one of the greatest scorers ever.
Weight: 159 lbs
University of Georgia
Deontae Carter a hard nosed point guard from Chicago, Illinois is a raw point guard with enough talent to play Div. 1 basketball. Deontae has talent but his size is a problem, it won't be in college but 159 lbs is not enough to handle an NBA schedule, if Deontae gains weight he will be an excellent talent, his quickness is devastating and when he leaps for a dunk he floats, but his best weapons are his crossover and ball security.
Jordan Smith showed out this summer when he averaged a 24-8-13 and four steals in Villanova's summer youth tournament, he's also been puttin' in work this summer, improving his range by about three feet. Jordan Smith is taking a Derrick Rose pre-MVP transition, he's had range for awhile now but this summer he's been becoming consistent from deep, Jordan Smith would fit in a number of college's but here are the top three and why:
3. UCLA: Jordan Smiths offensive game is reminiscent of Malcolm Lee's, but better. Jordan can shoot from outside and can pass much better, while he's lacking the size his quickness helps him deteriorate defensive schemes and manoeuvre in and out of lanes like JacQuizz Rodgers on OSUs turf. Jordan's hard nosed defense would help UCLA immensely in back-court defence.
2. Washington: Jordan Smith is a Washington style point guard, he is athletic, can score, and has quickness that they seem to require in their guards. He can penetrate well and can be a great stopper defensively. There is nothing to say about Jordan and UW other than it would be a perfect match.
1. Villanova: Jordan Smith impressed Villanova faculty when he averaged an almost triple-double during Villanova Camp but more than that Jordan Smith is a Villanova boy, he grew up watching them and would do anything to play and stay there. Jordan Smith playing for Villanova would definitely help him reach his potential, not just unlock it but reach it.
All three colleges have chances with Jordan Smith, but Villanova seems to have the edge!