We’re over the half-way point of the season, and with the team suffering mixed fortunes so far we thought we’d ask three of the most knowledgable basketball experts to give us their thoughts on each player’s contribution so far…
Unfortunately, everyone we asked said “no” or didn’t get back to us. But we quite liked the idea, so Andy, Stuart and Duane had a go instead – and following on from point guards we’re looking at the shooting guard/small forward positions.
ST: An enigma in the team. Some of his blogs are really interesting, he isn’t really your typical sportsman, but I get the feeling Tommy would be an interesting guy to have a pint with. On the court he is equally as enigmatic. When he is on his game he drops 3 pointers all over the place, what a useful player he can be, especially with the style The Rocks play. Unfortunately, by his own admission, it seems that Tommy hasn’t been at the top of his game at points this season which is a real pity. He seems to have adapted his game a little and now “comes inside” a little more (is that a real term?). Tommy is also valuable in defence, I have often wondered how sore it must be taking the charges he does a few times each game.
Grade: C – when he is hot, he is very hot, when not firing, not so much.
Grade: D-, well below average, dropped from the starting lineup and offering no consistency.
Fast forward half a season, and the Tommy Gun (did I just make that up!?) is misfiring. Badly. I really admire his commitment and he still plays hard, but there’s a crisis of confidence not seen since… well, probably Gareth last season. Time and time again he passes up open looks that he should be knocking down.
He’s still a weapon though (I’m persevering with the “gun” thing) – and there’s still time to turn things around. When he was dropping shots from all over the place against the Riders we saw what he is capable of – he just needs to be able to do it more regularly. We believe Tommy.
Grade: D – there’s no doubting the guy’s commitment, he just needs more confidence.
AA: Ali Fraser’s injury allowed Danny Huffor to start the season and he hasn’t looked back. For a man who wasn’t guaranteed a starter’s slot, his impact cannot be overstated. With several double-doubles and top scorer performances under his belt through first half of the season, he has more than proved his worth to the team. He’s been a valuable source of rebounds and steals, and a very handy defensive player. Brought in as the 6th man, it’ll be difficult for anyone to oust him from the starting lineup at this stage.
Grade: B, not an all star, but exceeding expectations.
ST: Started the season on the bench but after a bit of a slow start he has come into his own in the last few months and could lay real claim to being our MVP of the season so far. Danny obviously spends a lot of time in the gym, I know of a lot of people who marvel at his arms – not me though – and is obviously a dedicated professional. Danny works his socks off every game and again, is very valuable at both ends of the court. Danny seems good at most things, earning a few steals, rebounds, 3 pointers and whatever you call them when you drive in and make a layup. My only complain is when he got chased down by Charles Smith on a fast break in the Cup Final, but when you perform so consistently throughout the season you can be forgiven that one wee slip.
Grade: A- – Consistently hard worker, exciting and reliable, a role model for the rest of the team
DR: Everyone likes Danny, and for good reason. He works hard, does a bit of everything and he plays for Scotland! Add in the fact that he had a serious injury a few years ago, and it’s a great comeback story that everyone can get behind.