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Hall of Famer Emerges

 

From the moment Brandon Roy suited up in the Trailblazers’s #7 Jersey his expectations reached cloud 9 and above. While his scouting report praised his ability to penetrate off the dribble, defend, finish with contact and find open teammates(insidehoops.com). It neglected to mention how clutch Roy was. When the game heats up Roy doesn’t wait until 3 minutes in left in regulation to takeover, he applies constant pressure from the beginning of the fourth. There is not a team in the league who hasn’t felt his wrath from the 52 points he dropped in Phoenix to his buzzer beaters in Houston and New York. A standout quality of Roy is he doesn’t backdown no matter who is guarding him, his dominance knows no discrimination. I have seen Roy victimize Dwayne Wade in the post, terrorize Kobe Bryant on the perimeter and dramatize centers with rim rattling dunks. He is an absolute nightmare for defenders and opposing coaches. Soon as he enters the arena he is within shooting range but if you play him too close the result will be a pack of ice for your ankle and spot on the bench. Double teams are ineffective because if Roy decides he doesn’t feel like splitting it in three dribbles, he often finds a wide open Rudy Fernandez or Steve blake. He finishes with both hands so that rules out the possibility of forcing him one way hoping he misses and tops it off shooting 80 percent form the free throw line.

Surprisingly Roy’s first two years went under the radar. His 16 point, 4.4rebounds and 4 assist season average earned rookie of the year honors in the 2006-2007 year. Sophomore year progressed to an 19 point, 4.7 rebound and 5.8 assist average but still didn’t get the respect or recognition deserve nationally. Check Kobe stats his first two years and it won’t match up. Stephen A. Smith reported on ESPN, the 2008-2009 was Roy’s breakout season ( and it was as far as getting publicity) but in actuality he did nothing differently from previous years. Roy improved his scoring average once again by three points placing him at 22 points per game while assist and rebound average remained the same. What allows Roy to dominate but at the same time draw little attention is his style of play. Roy plays under control at a smooth tempo. He doesn’t take ill-advised shots that miraculously fall. Instead Roy patiently maneuvers through the defense until reaching the destination desired for his shot. He hides his 41 inch vertical leap unless necessary unlike Lebron James who tries to dunk on everybody. Roy is stylish but not flashy, he leaves all the posing and camera gestures for the super-models which is rare with today’s superstars. NBA writer Vince Thomas said " Roy and the Blazers might cop a couple rings within the next six seasons. Portland has that much potential and, perhaps more importantly Roy is that good. I second that notion in saying he is past that good and becoming greater. Not too many players average over 26 points their playoff debut, not too many player average 26 points at all.(nba.com)

Roy’s accumulation of style and skills has not only stole the heats of Portland fans increasing attendance rates by over 5,000, but also earned the respect of fellow superstars. Kobe Bryant refereed to Roy as a "Bad Man". Ron Artest believes Roy is the best player he has ever played against (remind you Ron Artest has defended the biggest names in the NBA for the past six years). If Roy’s production remains the same or grows and he is not considered an MVP candidate, it is not only an insult but an conspiracy.

JF

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