To be a contender for the offensive player of the year, firstly, your team needs to have scored at a high-level with you on the floor (at least above-average), and secondly, you must have shown that your ability to create and score efficiently has
'To make this list, firstly, your team needs to have scored at a high-level with you on the floor (at least above-average), and secondly, you must have shown that your ability to create and score efficiently has played a significant role in that.Statistics used are via HoopsDB . Players are listed in no particular order.LUCAS BARKER (Dandenong) The most productive traditional point-guard on this list.Barker’s Rangers own the second-best offense in the league and he finds the perfect balance between putting pressure on the defense as a scorer, and zipping passes to teammates in favourable spots.He’s physical, quick, and can be flashy, but his decision-making on when to play slow, as well as his ability to hit late-clock pull-up threes has been superb. 15.7 PTS | 6.7 AST | 2.0 OREB% | 19.1 USG% | 65.1 TS% | 55.1 3PR | 53.4 FTR 120.8 on-court ORtg | +12.4 on-off court ORtg differential.SIMON CONN (Nunawading) Long live the mid-range!In his age-36 season, Conn is still scoring as well as ever at center – he’s making almost two-thirds of his attempts at the rim and over half of his mid-range jumpers.His play is predictable to his teammates with his consistency as good as any player in the league. 20.0 PTS | 2.3 AST | 8.8 OREB% | 25.1 USG% | 59.6 TS% | 6.3 3PR | 24.4 FTR 122.2 on-court ORtg | +18.2 on-off court ORtg differential DAMON BOZEMAN (Frankston) Bozeman has made 20-points per game seem easy.On a better team, compared with his previous state-league seasons, he’s scaled back his volume but lifted his scoring efficiency to an elite level.Bozeman can carry a big shot-creation role as your lead guard and has the ability to score in a variety of ways. 20.4 PTS | 2.5 AST | 3.4 OREB% | 26.5 USG% | 64.9 TS% | 40.1 3PR | 46.8 FTR 115.8 on-court ORtg | +5.6 on-off court ORtg differential DEONDRE MCWHORTER (Waverley) The sheer size and strength of McWhorter is his stand-out trait but he’s got more to his offensive game than just bullying players of all sizes inside the paint.He has shown some impressive footwork, an ability to take bigs off the dribble, and he has touch on his jump-shot right out to the top of the arc – he’s hit a little less than half of his mid-range or three-point attempts.McWhorter has carried a big load for the Falcons. 22.7 PTS | 1.6 AST | 8.2 OREB% | 30.0 USG% | 61.8 TS% | 11.7 3PR | 31.3 FTR 110.5 on-court ORtg | +7.8 on-off court ORtg differential TAD DUFELMEIER (Hobart) A creative guard who has been the most significant reason for Hobart staying competitive and over-achieving with a young roster.Dufelmeier can really make plays off the dribble for himself or others and, despite his smaller stature, he’s managed to make two-thirds of his rim-attempts whilst also sticking jumpers from all over the floor. 18.9 PTS | 4.7 AST | 6.0 OREB% | 26.6 USG% | 61.9 TS% | 40.8 3PR | 39.1 FTR 118.1 on-court ORtg | +15.0 on-off court ORtg differential DAVID BARLOW (Southern) Another player who turns 36-years old this season, and another player who continues to prove that number irrelevant.Barlow has missed some time, and has had to play a lot of center with the Sabres, but when he’s been on the floor the offense has been strong.Always a great three-point shooter, his ability to make plays off the bounce as well as pull-up from the edge of the key with regularity hasn’t hurt his awesome efficiency. 22.7 PTS | 3.7 AST | 4.2 OREB% | 28.2 USG% | 66.4 TS% | 40.4 3PR | 46.8 FTR 114.1 on-court ORtg | +14.6 on-off court ORtg differential TOM WRIGHT (Nunawading) Wright has been in and out of the line-up throughout the season, due to 3×3 commitments, but Nunawading’s offense goes to another level with him on the floor.Whether he’s playing as the lead-guard or if he’s playing more as a secondary creator and floor spacer, he is equally productive and efficient. 18.5 PTS | 4.1 AST | 2.7 OREB% | 23.1 USG% | 60.6 TS% | 36.0 3PR | 30.9 FTR 125.6 on-court ORtg | +16.0 on-off court ORtg differential RAY TURNER (Bendigo) Turner puts up counting stats like few others in the league and, despite not having the mind-blowing on-off court line-up numbers that most others do on this list, he finds a spot due to the massive load that he carries.He’s strong, a constant threat around the basket, an offensive rebounder, and he extends his range out to hit more than two mid-rangers a game to add some variety to his offense. 23.1 PTS | 2.0 AST | 14.0 OREB% | 35.6 USG% | 58.3 TS% | 4.8 3PR | 29.5 FTR 110.2 on-court ORtg | -3.4 on-off court ORtg differential KEN-JAH BOSLEY (Albury-Wodonga) Bosley looked like a lock to lead the league in scoring in the early part of the season as he snaked off the dribble to get inside the paint or regularly hit pull-up threes.Injury struck (and his shooting cooled off somewhat) but, together with Deba George, he has ensured that the Bandits offense hasn’t lacked a creator. 22.2 PTS | 2.9 AST | 2.3 OREB% | 27.0 USG% | 57.8 TS% | 52.8 3PR | 38.8 FTR 113.5 on-court ORtg | +9.6 on-off court ORtg differential JERRY EVANS (Ballarat) The league’s top offense deserves some love on this list.The Miners are a deep team, with six double-digit scorers, but it’s Evans who has the biggest and most diverse role.He fills a number of gaps with his ability to do a little of everything at 6’9” – he can handle the ball, attack off the dribble, spot-up from three, as well as post-up and offensive rebound. 19.6 PTS | 1.8 AST | 7.7 OREB% | 29.8 USG% | 55.9 TS% | 43.3 3PR | 45.5 FTR 118.8 on-court ORtg | -5.3 on-off court ORtg differential . 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Gold Coast NRL player Dale Copley speaks about the mood at the Titans following the sacking of coach Garth Brennan last weekend. 'Sometimes we could've certainly done things a bit more intense and less sort of breaks in our training sessions.what we
On a recent episode of the Bill Simmons Podcast, the topic of Tim Duncan came up. Specifically, the hosts discussed him as the archetypal team player. Duncan was a transcendent superstar – a two-time league MVP, widely regarded as the greatest power
'On a recent episode of the Bill Simmons Podcast , the topic of Tim Duncan came up. Specifically, the hosts discussed him as the archetypal team player. Duncan was a transcendent superstar – a two-time league MVP, widely regarded as the greatest power forward in NBA history – but also a player happy to share the spotlight and cede touches on offence to star team-mates Manu Ginobili and Tony Parker. Duncan sublimated his phenomenal talents into a quieter, more versatile and effective role at a time when he could have easily demanded the Spurs organisation revolve around him. Luke Hodge sprung to mind as the exemplar of this rare sporting template in the AFL. Most athletes are egotistical, and the very best players have a natural thirst for both the spotlight and accolades that isn’t always conducive to sharing. If you’re wondering what a 210-centimetre power forward from the US Virgin Islands and a 185-centimetre halfback-turned-midfielder from Colac have in common – beyond an uncommonly daggy dress sense – allow me to explain. They were both coached by ornery oddballs in Gregg Popovich and Alastair Clarkson: two men who have prickly relationships with the media and a penchant for outsmarting the league. The synergy they shared with these coaches resulted in duumvirates that came to define San Antonio and Hawthorn during their respective eras. Both were, and in Hodge’s case still are, exquisitely skilled but as much renowned for their defensive ability as their attacking prowess. Both were highly touted and unassuming first overall draft picks. They both won their first championship/premiership with teams nominally led by someone else – David Robinson for the Spurs and Sam Mitchell for the Hawks – but were always the spiritual leader at their respective clubs. Hodge’s uncompromising, unsociable play set the tone for Hawthorn’s dynasty and Tim Duncan’s dour, self-effacing consistency provided the same for San Antonio’s 20-plus year reign. (Photo by Justine Walker/AFL Media) This luxury is only available to great teams – organisations who have accumulated so much talent that they are able to experiment with roles until they stumble upon the right formula. Looking at the versatility these two men offered to their teams, I can’t help but cast my eye to this year’s premiership contenders. Richmond, Brisbane, Collingwood, West Coast and Geelong are in it up to their eyeballs. I’ve discounted GWS because injuries look set to cruel their chances – not for the first time in their short history. The clear option for Geelong and Richmond is to throw Patrick Dangerfield and Dustin Martin forward more permanently. Both players have been a shade below their Brownlow best this season and it could be a chance to spark them into top gear. With the return of Jack Riewoldt and Tom Lynch stationed inside 50, Martin will have the luxury of bullying a mid-sized opponent that is unlikely to be able to match him for strength or power. With Kane Lambert back in the side and the need to give Sydney Stack more midfield time, this move could change Richmond’s forward and midfield mix for the better. Geelong have the same sort of set-up: Esava Ratugolea and Tom Hawkins are more than enough of a threat to draw the tall defenders. Their midfield is as deep as any, and they have the option of giving young gun Gryan Miers more minutes in the centre when Danger pushes forward. Gary Ablett’s presence on the half forward line is as much a product of age and injury troubles as anything and isn’t in the category of positional switch I’m referring to – he’s simply best suited to playing forward in the twilight stage of his career. Brisbane and West Coast’s options appear to be more limited. Dayne Zorko already plays a half-and-half forward-mid role. Charlie Cameron could be thrown into the midfield for short bursts, but this could be a case of robbing Peter to pay Paul as Cameron is Brisbane’s best and most consistent forward threat. Given Brisbane are an emerging young side, I’d persist with what they’re doing, hoping to ride the wave all the way like the Bulldogs in 2016. Chris Fagan likely wants to totally embed their game style and teach his players to handle expectations and pressure before he starts worrying about positional flips, which are football’s icing on the cake. West Coast do not have an obvious candidate to move to a lesser role. Elliot Yeo started his career at half back but West Coast has the best halfback line in the league in Brad Sheppard, Jeremy McGovern and Shannon Hurn. More to the point, Yeo’s grunt and size are required in the guts to match the beasts running around in the competition’s elite midfields. \t \t\tMore AFL\t \t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\tAFL Swiss army knives: The underutilised tool that might decide the flag\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\tEssendon are red hot, but is their form real?\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\tConiglio avoids ACL injury, but season likely over\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\tRumours swirling of season-ending Naitanui injury\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\tRodney Eade offers solution to Gold Coast's horror plight\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t \t\t \t \t\t\t\t\t\t \t \t\tAFL\t And that brings me to Collingwood – the side with the most compelling option to employ the Duncan/Hodge strategy. Scott Pendlebury is the obvious candidate. Nathan Buckley used Pendlebury on a half back flank at times earlier in the season but injuries to Taylor Adams and Dayne Beams forced Pendlebury back into the centre. That the skipper returned to somewhere near peak form made it even more difficult to continue with the half back experiment. Pendlebury’s injury and Adams’ return is an obvious swap, but when Pendlebury comes back he should move to the half back line. He’s capable of being a different version of Hodge: less kamikaze, but equally adept at reading the play and better at moving through traffic. The move has the added benefit of allowing Jordan De Goey more midfield time. De Goey looms as the trump card that can separate Collingwood from the rest of the pack. He burts through stoppages like he’s been shot from a cannon, bullying his way towards goal. There isn’t a player in the league who can match his combination of brute strength and flair when he’s on. It seems Collingwood have been holding him back from the midfield due to fitness concerns but his extended stretches there against West Coast swung the game in Collingwood’s favour. With Pendlebury on the sidelines, possibly until finals, it’s time to unleash De Goey. Buckley has broken in the young colt and it’s time to let him leave the paddock. It just might make the premiership a cakewalk.'
Bulldogs legend Steven Folkes has been revealed as the first NRL player diagnosed with CTE. The chronic brain injury is caused by sustained head knocks and was confirmed by Folkes' autopsy 18 months ago. Image: Gregg Porteous / News Corp Australia