Floor Burn Tournament: Semifinals

While the amounts of votes cast dipped a little in the second round, the battle to advance didn’t diminish. Four of the eight match-ups were decided by less than 20% while Shane Battier and Jason Maxiell continue to rip through all challengers.

The big shock in the second round was that Joel Pryzbilla fell to Julian Wright. Will another upset happen in the third round? Make sure you case your vote so that your favourite players advance to the next round.

The third round kicks off today and you’ll have until 12 am on Saturday to cast your vote.

ROUND 3

Boston – Leon Powe: “He pretty much defines the term ‘undersized power forward’ but he’s never backed down from any match up. The Celtics drafted the more recognizable Glen Davis, but Powe hasn’t given up his spot in the rotation. Much like Kevin Garnett, he never takes a play off and he plays tough team defense. Powe even scored more points per game (7.9) than James Posey and Tony Allen.”

Jeff from Celtics Blog

Detroit – Jason Maxiell: “If you want a nice guy to go about his business like a mild mannered man you can look past Jason Maxiell. If he’s in the game for a minute or a quarter he’s making an impact. Gobbling up rebounds, throwing down massive dunks and blocking shots that send players to their knees, all with his 6’5″ frame. How can you not vote for the man who Eats Babies on a regular basis and makes no apologies for it?”
Natalie from Need 4 Sheed

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New York – David Lee: “His name is known around the league, but only those who have been paying attention understand the amount of blood, sweat, and… well… more sweat that Lee leaves on the court every night. The man makes every second count.”
Seth from Posting and Toasting

Philadelphia – Reggie Evans: “Reggie Evans gained mainstream attention when he grabbed Chris Kaman’s family jewels while playing for the Denver Nuggets in the 2006-07 season. Now that’s doing the dirty work. Evans is a guy who makes a living on hustle. He has very little actual basketball talent, but is always among the leaders in rebounds per minute. At times, he was the best player on the floor in the Sixers-Pistons playoff series this year. Shocking, but true. When he’s on his game, he’s a menace.”
Jon from Passion & Pride

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Golden State – Ronny Turiaf: “Few players would be able to parlay a season in which they scored just 6.6 points per game and pulled down 3.9 rebounds a night into a new four-year, $17 million contract. Then again, few players alive play with the energy, heart, and determination Turiaf does. The free-spirited reserve rebounds, defends and blocks shots, but it is his relentless passion for the game that sees him outclass all other hustle players”
Trevor Smith from Hoops Addict

Editor’s Note: Hoops Addict talked soccer, heart surgery and uncovered a desire to learn guitar with Ronny Turiaf this past March.

Minnesota – Mark Madsen: “There is no one else on the Minnesota Timberwolves (or possibly the league), with the heart, hustle, effort and determination of the Mad Dog. Granted, he may not play many minutes, but he’s the fan favorite that is always giving 110%, whether the Wolves are winning or getting blown out. And for what he lacks in skill, he compensates by being the best towel waving, fist pounding, butt slapping, exuberant 12th man I’ve ever seen.”
Dave Kelsey from TWolves Blog

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New Orleans – Julian Wright: “The man is a physical freak; with a wingspan longer than you’d expect, explosive speed, and the intelligence to read opposing players and anticipate their moves, Ju-Ju has quickly become one of the Hornets’ best defenders, while simultaneously snagging steals left and right when he’s not hopping around for boards. He may not have dominated the stat sheet like other rookies last year, but he did a little of everything and was a total hustle player.”
MW from Hornets Hype

Wild Card - Shane Battier: “Not only is he a shoo-in nominee, the dude should win your tournament outright. He’s not a very good offensive player. He’s valuable because he’s a lock-down defensive player who does everything based on hustle, desire and effort. And he’s certainly not afraid of a few floor burns… or cuts/bruises to the head… or Dikembe’s elbow!”
David from The Dream Shake

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Ryan McNeill Ryan McNeill has appeared on NBA XL, ESPN Radio, The Fan 590, The Score, TSN Radio and The Home Stretch. He has covered the NBA with media credentials since the 2007-08 season.

Comments (30)

  1. Madsen?!?!?!

    Madsen is TERRIBLE!!!!!!!!!!!!!! How the hell is anyone going to vote for that guy?!?!

  2. reaper

    Pistons all the way, vote for the dog that’s hungry on D.. Max Attaxk Jason Maxiell

  3. DetroitGirl4life

    DEEEEEEEe-TROIT BASKETBALL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    okay VOTE FO THE BABY EATER. Now you nkow that boy is a beast, so vote for out possible six-man of the year.
    oh yeah we might have been eliminated last year, but we are back determined and and go get back what we left

    We Fans and Players of the Deee-troit Pistons have been through various battles………….but WE ARE COMING BACK TO GET WHAT WE LEFT..AND STUMP OVER THAT HUMP!!!!!!

    LET’S GO PISTONS AND LET’S GET THAT SHIP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  4. wtfisgoingon?

    c’mon!!!!!
    LEON POWE PUTTING UP A FIGHT TO MAXIEL?
    just cuz the dude was on the championship team doesn’t mean he’s got the most hustle. look at how many offensive rebounds maxiel gets– that’s a great sign of hustle (for a big man at least). furthermore, maxiel is called names like “the baby eater” and “the brahma bull.” does powe have such cool names? doubt it.
    i’m sick of players on big name teams getting more props. for example, mark madsen is one crazy son of a gun. i voted for him, my mom, who watches basketball 4 times a year, voted for him. even my dog knew that mark madsen out hustles ronny turiaf out of the building.
    lets get it together people

  5. wtfisgoingon? – How does a player that returned from heart surgery not qualify? Turiaf was the hustle guy for the Lakers and a huge part of their success. I think he’s the perfect fit for this tournament.

  6. Blood Sweat Tears

    Actually, on a per-minute basis Leon has better rebounding numbers, both offensively and overall. He also gets to the line more and shoots a better percentage – numbers that reflect the monstrous aggression with which Leon Powe devours the game of basketball.

  7. BCharters

    There is only one person that fits the description of this contest and that is Jason Maxiell. He had the block of the year when he shut down a flying Tyson Chandler trying throw down an alley opp pass from CP3 and also he pulled a Tyshaun Prince when he came out of no where to block Kevin Garnett on a break away jam. He throws down sick dunks when ever he gets the chance and he electrifies the crowd. Everyone else in this contest is a joke and Jason Maxiell should win hands down.

  8. Dominic

    Free throw shooting represents how aggressive a player is? Man I’ve been missing out. So I guess Peja Stojakovic is the most aggressive player in the league huh?

  9. BCharters…

    all that may be true about Maxiell. But how does *any* of that have anything to do with “floor burns”? Sounds to me (based on your description) that Max gambles on defense and only goes for highlight plays? Sounds anti-Floor Burn to me!

    Battier, ftw.

  10. Dominic

    Battier is a flopper. That should automatically disqualify him. Floor burners don’t flop they take the hit if it’s there not pretend it’s there. Maxiell all the way. Baby eaters baby

  11. Richie

    “Sounds to me (based on your description) that Max gambles on defense and only goes for highlight plays? Sounds anti-Floor Burn to me!” -GrungeDave

    A blocking an incredible alley-oop from the best alley tandum in the NBA and runnign the entire length of the floor to stuff a KG dunk are the signs of “anti Floor burn”? So shot blockers and dunkers “only go for high light plays” Maxiell has improved his mid range jumper significantly and gets onto the highlight real because of his hustle and agression.

    I too would like an explaination for free throw shooting having a direct relationship to agressive play.

  12. Richie

    “Sounds to me (based on your description) that Max gambles on defense and only goes for highlight plays? Sounds anti-Floor Burn to me!” -GrungeDave

    A blocking an incredible alley-oop from the best alley tandum in the NBA and runnign the entire length of the floor to stuff a KG dunk are the signs of “anti Floor burn”? So shot blockers and dunkers “only go for high light plays”? Maybe you get more floor burns from flopping around on the hardwood than you do from jumping to contest a sjoe. If that’s what the ‘floor burn tournament’ is about than remove my Maxielle vote- I NOMMInate Anderson Varajoke.
    Maxiell has improved his mid range jumper significantly and gets onto the highlight real because of his hustle and agression.

    I too would like an explaination for free throw shooting having a direct relationship to agressive play.

  13. Eric

    Jason Maxiell is one of the most agressive young guys ive seen on the floor in a longgg time. He is 6’7″ and can block players that are over 7 feet tall. This past season the pistons trusted him enough to give him the ball to take a mid range jumper with only a second left in a game to win it (and he made it). With all his crazy thunder dunks and mean rejections i dont see why he shouldnt win this.

    oh and to the guy that said “Actually, on a per-minute basis Leon has better rebounding numbers, both offensively and overall”

    That only means Maxiell has the agressiveness and hustle to get MORE MINUTES on the floor than Leon does… who doesnt want that? If i was in the NBA and played 1

  14. Eric

    … game and took 1 shot and made it then it wouldnt make me the best shooter in the game because im 100%… it just means i suck so much they wouldnt give me minutes on the floor in the first place.

  15. Rob G

    J-Max has almost more votes for him than total votes for any other pair of competitors combined. He’s gonna crush this competition like he crushed KG, Tyson Chandler, Dwight Howard, etc, etc…

  16. BCharters

    The reason why Maxiell is able to have have so many highlights is because of all of his hustle. True Shane Battie might be a lock up defender but i mean is it really hard to stick a hand in a guy face while there shooting. I mean if you call that lock up defense than go ahead but that fact of the matter is anyone in the league can do that. If you want true lock up defense than maybe you should watch the 2nd round of the playoffs when a 6’5 Jason Maxiell had to guard and defend a 6’11 Dwight Howard and Maxiell shut him down on defense. the reason why he did this is because he wasn’t afraid to take a charge from Howard and he would hustle on defense to make sure howard didn’t get a chance for a jam. Once again everyone is this contests is a joke and Maxiell wins.

  17. Sable

    Right on Greg, as opposed to the Celtics having done better than the pistons for the past six years… Oh wait, I forgot. Aside for last year, the Celtics were at the very bottom of the league. They even did as poorly as you could do in the lottery.

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