Chris and Matt discuss their top 5 lists for top iubb players since Bob Knight was fired.
…. Joshua Wooden was John’s father and the father to John’s 5 siblings. The same father who lost his farm during the Great Depression. In 1936, when John’s first child was born, Joshua gave his the following poem to live by… the same poem that my departing friend gave to me as his parting gift. And on my first Father’s Day, this poem means just as much to me as it did to Joshua Wooden, his son John, and each of Coach Wooden’s players.
Lets breakdown the important part of the trade. Oladipo just finished his 4th year in the NBA so I decided to compare the first 4 years of ‘Dipo and Paul George. They are certainly not the same player, but it is important to remember that Paul George was raw with talent in his first 4 years in the same way that Oladipo was. Upon comparison, ‘Dipo’s stats are eerily similar to Paul George’s. In fact they both had the exact same FG% (.434) and steals per game (1.5) over their first 4 years in the NBA.
In addition, Oladpio has improved his field goal % and 3 point % every single year since entering the NBA. While his points per game did take a small drop last season, one should expect that from anybody joining alongside ball-heavy Westbrook. Expect Oladipo to increase his scoring average considerably next season.
#1. An Improved Record In February and March
Over the last 6 seasons Indiana had a combined record of 40-36 during February and March. Notice that this record does not include Tom Crean’s first 3 seasons in which IU went an abysmal 3-29 during February and March. Even the #1 ranked 2012-13 team took 5 of their 7 losses in February and March. But Indiana fans can expect an improved record down the toughest stretch of the season when teams wrap up conference play and enter conference tournaments and post season play.