Nets Preview: Eagle on Game Changers

10/19/2012 10:42 AM ET
By Lou DiPietro

Though grounded right now, Dwight Howard is the true "Superman" of rebounding, says Ian Eagle.(AP)
When is the three-time defending NBA scoring champion not the best points-producer in the league?

That question might seem rhetorical or even downright impossible to answer, but in compiling our 2012-13 Nets season preview series, we found one. That came courtesy of Nets play-by-play man Eagle, who, when giving us his list of the best pure scorers in the NBA as part of our “game changers” question, gave the field (or one player in it, at least) the nod over the man who has had a stranglehold on the scoring crown of late.

No. 1: Carmelo Anthony, New York
“If you’re asking me who can flat out just go score the ball, Anthony is number one. He has a wide array of moves and inside-outside abilities, and he also has no conscience, which is important.”

No. 2: Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City
“Durant has an incredible offensive repertoire, and has added to his game since he’s been in the league. His confidence is sky-high, and what he can do at his size makes him a tough matchup for a lot of players.”

No. 3: Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles Lakers
“Kobe will go down as one of the best all-time scorers in NBA history, but he still has the killer instinct and is ultra-competitive.”

As you may remember from Jim Spanarkel’s list (and will see later in this season preview series when Mike Fratello’s is released), the entries above are consensus among the Nets broadcast team, even if the order isn’t. That synergy can be seen when it comes to the top rebounders in the league as well, as Eagle almost exactly echoed the thoughts of his broadcast partners.

No. 1: Dwight Howard, Los Angeles Lakers
“He’s the best rebounder in the NBA. He has an incredible physique, he’s ferocious, and he understands angles better than anyone.”

No. 2: Kevin Love, Minnesota
“Love looks at rebounding not as a chore, but as a skill, and it’s one he has in spades.”

No. 3: Andrew Bynum, Philadelphia
“Bynum’s still very young, but he realized very early that the glass was the place where he could make his mark. He’s become an excellent scorer as well, but rebounding is where he put his original focus, and he’s developed a nose for the ball.”

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