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Best NBA Match Ups In December

5 Best Individual NBA Match ups in December

5 Best Individual NBA Match ups in December

The 5 Best Individual NBA Match ups in December is tough as there is so many great NBA games including the Christmas match ups. Here is our look at the 5 Best Individual NBA Match ups in the month of December.

Quicken Loans ArenaKevin Durant versus Lebron James
Quicken Loans Arena December 17th
The number one Best Individual NBA Match ups in December. Lebron James will be the host of this one, but when these two play each other, the venue doesn’t change much. A year ago, they were considered the best two players in the NBA, with James being 1A and Durant 1B. It is hard to find a flaw in the game of either one, and every time they face each other it comes to nuances and single moments that decide the winner. Durant has also improved his defensive play to the point he now guards James on most of the possessions. On the other side, James always takes the challenge of guarding the best player on the opposing team. Back from his foot injury, Durant is posting numbers that we are used to seeing: 28ppg on 53% shooting overall and 47% from behind the lane. James has always been a more all-round player with rebounds and assists on his resume. Cavaliers vs Thunder tickets start at $65.00.

Anthony Davis versus Marc Gasol,
Smoothie King Center December 1st
The number two Best Individual NBA Match ups in December. The game will be played in New Orleans, in what will be a battle of old versus new. Marc Gasol is arguably the best all-round center in the league right now, with Davis being the younger, more athletic and explosive player that would love to have that crown. To make things more interesting, both Gasol and Davis are as great defensive players as they are offensive. Few people can guard Gasol, as he has a plethora of moves, and he can also pass and facilitate the offense. Davis is not on that level yet, but he is as explosive as they come. And he now shoots 3s, which will take Gasol out of his comfort zone in the paint and force him to guard Davis at the perimeter. Simply put, a joy to watch. Pelicans vs Grizzlies tickets start at $5.00.

NBA Match Ups DecemberKristaps Porzingis versus Dirk Nowitzki
Madison Square Garden December 7th
The number three Best Individual NBA Match ups in December. In the words of Dirk, “The kid is for real”. If there is one young player that clearly resembles Dirk and his play that is Porzingis. The young Latvian player was heavily criticized for going so high to New York, but his play in the first month in the NBA has proven doubters wrong. He is big, quick, has a nice soft touch from outside, and can rebound and defend. Or in other words, everything Dirk can do, Porzingis can do as well, in addition to his great shot blocking ability and defense. It is hard to see this turning into a shooting matchup between the two, as Carmelo might swoop in to take the spotlight, but if Kelly Olynyk could give Dirk his signature one leg stepback jumper, Porzingis can show the German he has soft touch as well. Mavericks vs Knicks tickets start at $74.00.

Carmelo Anthony versus Lebron James
Quicken Loans Arena December 23rd
The number four Best Individual NBA Match ups in December. The rivalry between these two goes back to their high school years as they managed to pack the venues and get national TV coverage for their duels even then. They went 1 and 2 in the 2003 Draft, and while many expected the two to battle for championship head to head, that hasn’t happen yet. James got 2 rings with Miami, while Carmelo is still looking for his first. And if there is one scorer that James has troubles guarding, that has to be Melo. The only thing that could make this matchup even more interesting is if the home arena was Madison Square Garden. Sadly, it isn’t, but that doesn’t mean these two won’t put on a show. Cavaliers vs Knicks tickets start at $62.00.

5 best NBA Match Ups In DecemberBlake Griffin versus Lamarcus Aldridge,
AT&T Center December 18th
The number 5 Best Individual NBA Match ups in December. We had to put someone’s name in this match up, but you can say this is as best as they come. Spurs versus Clippers is an epic NBA match up, as both teams are covered on every position with players that are as competitive as they come. Parker versus CP3, Danny Green versus Redick on the shooting, and then you have Duncan and Jordan in the paint. Speaking of Griffin versus Aldridge, these two were in the competition for best power forward in the league for quite some time, and they still are. Griffin is the more power player, while Lamarcus has that sweat touch from 18-feet that Blake is trying to add to his repertoire. Spurs vs Clippers tickets start at $60.00.

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Highest Paid NBA Players

Who Are The Highest Paid NBA Players

This week, we bring you our NBA 2015-2016 Infographic!

During the off season we have season we have heard of many rumours of trade-offs and contract negotiations of key NBA basketball players. If you missed out on this, don’t fret – check out our infographic below! There, you’ll find a great visual representation of the confirmed top 10 highest paid players and and their career earnings to date.  This season will be  a record year for the salary cap, with the 2016-17 season looking to jump even more.

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NBA Player Comparison: LeBron James Vs. Michael Jordan

One of the most heatedly debated issues among NBA fans over the last few years has been whether LeBron James is good enough to challenge Michael Jordan for the title of the best NBA player of all time. Some people believe that King James is nowhere near Air Jordan while others think that his performances and numbers warrant a closer inspection.


In any case, we have decided to take a closer look into the whole LeBron vs. Michael thing and give our opinion on whether there is even point in comparing them.


The Numbers

As always, it is best to start with the quantifiable, i.e. the numbers. The first number we have to look at are the championships up to this point, Jordan leads convincingly, with 6 championships to LeBron’s 2. Jordan was also the league MVP 5 times while LeBron earned that recognition 4 times. Michael earned 14 All-Star Game call-ups and we are sure that LeBron will match that number given time (he already has 9).

There are other numbers that are also important. Like points per game averages, where Jordan leads 30.1 to 27.5. LeBron, on the other hand, has the upper hand when it comes to assists and rebounds per game – 6.9 apg to Jordan’s 5.3 and 7.3 rpg to Jordan’s 6.2. Their field goal and 3-point percentages are almost identical, with Jordan having better free throw percentage – 83.5% to LeBron’s 74.7%.


Style of Play

Now that we have covered the numbers, we need to look at the two very different styles of play that these players display(ed). On the one hand, you had Jordan who was noticeably less strong than LeBron and who only played shooting guard and (rarely) small forward positions. On the other hand, LeBron often had to play 4 or even all 5 positions, from point guard to center. His superhuman-like physique and athleticism allowed him to do this.

There can be no doubt that Jordan was the more elegant and savvy player of the pair, exhibiting perfect balance and rhythm he employed to get to the basket. LeBron exchanged elegance for power and we have to say that it has worked for him. Both players also display exquisite court vision, although we would have to say that LeBron is more likely to get his teammates involved than Jordan was.


Something that these players share is the incredible focus and will to win. Jordan was competitive to a fault and while many people doubt the mental aspect of LeBron’s game and his drive, we believe that he has shown enough to silence the doubters.


Different Game

It needs to be pointed out, however, that Jordan and LeBron play(ed) in two very different eras of NBA basketball. During Jordan’s championship years, NBA was a much rougher place where players on defense had much more freedom in guarding their players. It is quite possible that in today’s league, where players on the offense are virtually under a glass bell, Jordan would score 50 or 60 points per game.

Of course, this is all hypothetical, like all comparisons of two players are. Especially when they are as different as LeBron and Jordan are.

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