DeMarcus Cousins, Damian Lillard lead NBA All-Star snubs

Why 3s, not dunks, now reign at All-Star

2015年NBA全明星遗珠

为什么现在是三分大赛而不是扣篮大赛统治全明星赛

By Ethan Sherwood Strauss  From ESPN.com

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The dunk contest used to be All-Star Weekend’s signature event, even
if the league never quite got a handle on how to orchestrate it. The
dunk, after all, is basketball’sclassic, galvanizing moment of
athletic expression.

扣篮大赛历来都是全明星周末的标志性项目,即使联盟从来没有精心地去编排。扣篮毕竟是篮球运动员所表现的经典、刺激的时刻。

Basketball is changing, though, and we see it reflected in the
anticipation for All-Star Weekend. There’s buzz over a 3-point shoot
out involving Stephen Curry,Klay Thompson,Kyle Korver, James Harden,
Kyrie Irving,J.J. Redick,Wesley MatthewsandMarco Belinelli.The dunk
contest? Dinner plans aren’t being canceled to watchMason
Plumleejumpingin public.

虽然篮球运动在不断地变化,我们看到这些变化首先会在全明星周末上体现出来。有着史蒂芬·库里、克莱·汤普森、凯尔·科沃尔、詹姆斯·哈登、凯里·欧文、J.J.雷迪克、韦斯利·马修斯和马科·贝里内利(译注:2014年三分球大赛冠军)参加的三分球大赛让人们议论纷纷。扣篮大赛吗?看梅森·普拉姆利跳的话,晚餐计划都不会被取消。

You can chalk up the gulf in star power between All-Star Saturday’s
marquee events as a matter of the dunk contest’s safety concerns,
prospect of humiliation and general mismanagement over the years.
That’s part of theexplanation, to be sure. There’s another factor
here, though: raw athleticism– i.e., the ability to jump –is less of
what defines a perimeter player these days.

你可以归咎于在全明星周末星期六的项目参赛球星能力的巨大差距,由于参加扣篮大赛的安全性考虑、前景不利以及这些年来管理的疏松。这无疑是一部分原因。另一个因素是这些年来纯粹的运动天赋像是弹跳能力,在定义一个外线球员能力上越来越不重要。

The game is far different than when Michael Jordan averaged 37.1
points a game in a dominant 1987-88 MVP season while shooting .182
from behind the arc.

比赛远不同于迈克尔乔丹主导的场均37.1分同时三分命中率18.2%,获得MVP的1987-1988赛季。

It’s different these days because the rules are different.When the NBA
had illegal defense, space in the paint was legislated into the
game.Defenders weren’t allowed zone coverages according to where a
player might drive.This all changedafter 2002, when illegal defense
was nixed and coaches such asTom Thibodeauflooded the strong side to
prevent scorersfrom driving.

现在由于规则的不同而有所不同。当NBA有了防守犯规,油漆区就被加入到比赛中。防守球员是不能允许覆盖球员可能冲击的区域的。在2002年这些否发生了变化,当防守犯规被叫停,教练像是汤姆·锡伯杜筑起一道防守来防止得分球员的冲击。

Now teams have to carve out their own by spreading defenses with as
muchshooting as possible. Someone like Korver might be a bench player
in thenot-too-distant past. These days, he’s an integral part of a
great team and afringe All-Star candidate. In that aforementioned
Jordan season, the leagueaverage on 3s attempted by a team was 401.
Last season, that average was 1,766.The long ball is no longer a goofy
novelty; it’s the lifeblood of a teamoffense.

现在球队必须通过尽可能像投篮一样多地强调防守来加强自己。在并不遥远的过去,像科沃尔这样的球员可能会是一个替补球员。现在,他是一只伟大球队不可分割的一部分,也是一名可能成为全明星替补的球员。在之前提到乔丹所处的赛季,联盟每队平均的三分出手为401.上个赛季,达到了1766次。远距离投篮不再是什么新奇的事物而是一只球队进攻的命脉。

I recently asked Curry if the buzz over the contest shows how the game
haschanged. “Yeah, I would say so,” he replied. “Because, obviously,
alot of teams are successful from outside, shooting the 3 ball, being
reallysuccessful at it, turning that into wins.”

我最近问过库里如果这个让人热议的比赛显示了比赛是如何改变的。“是的,我也会这么说,”他回答道,“很显然,很多球队在外线的表现很成功,他们很擅长投三分,并将此转化成了胜利获得成功。”

That’s about the size of it. For as much as retired players warn of
“living anddying by the 3,” the 3-pointer wins games. More than that,
it wins titles.

这取决于它的重要程度。因为很多退役球员警告过“生也三分,死也三分”,但事实上三分投手会帮助球队拿下胜利,甚至帮助球队拿下总冠军。

“You don’t want to vacate the paint entirely,” Curry continued, “but
to consistently shoot from outside, use it as a threat, it’s really
tough to guard, and I think the Spurs won championships off of that
concept and it’s proven to be successful.”

“你完全不会想将内线腾出来,”库里继续说道,“但持续地从外线投篮,用它作为威胁,这真的很难防守,我认为马刺上赛季拿下总冠军已经证明了三分球会带来成功。”

Dunks are still loved and can still change a game in a big way. High
flyers such as Blake Griffin,Russell Westbrook and LeBron James still
have a lot of currency in this league.It’s just that the game is less
defined by the dunk and more defined by a softer kind of triumph.

扣篮依旧被热爱,依旧是改变比赛的一个重要方式。像是布雷克·格里芬、拉塞尔·威斯布鲁克和勒布朗·詹姆斯这样的扣将仍旧在联盟中占据重要的地位。只是比赛更少地用扣篮来定义而是更多的用一种柔和的胜利来定义。

It’s personified by Curry, someone who looks about as physically
imposing as your average golf pro (for the record, Curry is an
excellent golfer), lofting 3s over a defense’s futile efforts at
intimidation.His skill set has more to do with winning than it would
have in the past. Fansare drawn to what’s ultimately successful.

看起来像一名一般的职业高尔夫球手一样强壮的身体,无视防守投出三分,这正是库里的化身。他的技能组合比起以前更能赢得比赛。球迷们也被最后的胜利所吸引。

As Curry says, this year’s contest should be “one of the funner parts
of the night.”

就像库里说的,今年的三分大赛会是当晚有趣的部分之一。

He then catches himself: “Funner’s not a word. [That’s] pretty bad.”

他突然补充到:“有趣不是一个词,而是指这太糟糕了。”

Maybe not, but with the way 3-point shooters are redefining the game,
it mightindeed be more fun.

也许不是,但三分射手以他们的方式重新定义比赛,这确实可能是更有趣的。

翻译如有不当之处,望各路大侠不吝赐教。

德马库斯•考辛斯,达米恩•利拉德领衔

The 2015 NBA All-Star Game starters were named a week ago and the
All-Star reserves have been named by the coaches around the league.
Now that we know who has made the All-Star rosters in both
conferences, it’s time to talk about which players were omitted. One
of the toughest parts of getting All-Stars everybody can agree on in
each conference is having enough spots for deserving players.

2015年NBA全明星赛首发名单在一个星期前已经公布,而替补名单也已经由联盟中的教练们予以确认。现在我们已经知道了全明星两个阵容当中的成员,是时候来讨论那些球员被遗漏了。对于全明星阵容,最难让每个人都能达成一致意见的一部分是有足够的位置给应得的球员。

That’s practically impossible in the loaded Western Conference and
even a bit of a problem with the Eastern Conference this season. Guys
like DeMarcus Cousins and Damian Lillard were surprise omissions in
the West. Kyle Korver and Brandon Knight didn’t make it but could
still find their way in with Dwyane Wade’s injury. In fact, we’ll have
at least two injury replacements with Wade and Kobe Bryant, and maybe
even another one if LaMarcus Aldridge decides to rest that injured
thumb.

这个赛季对于西部全明星阵容而言这是几乎是不可能的,甚至在东部都不那么容易。像是德马库斯·考辛斯和达米安·利拉德这样的家伙都令人惊讶的没有出现在西部名单之中。凯尔·科沃尔和布兰顿·奈特也没能入选,但由于德怀恩·韦德的伤病,他们仍然有机会挤入名单之中。事实上,由于韦德和科比的伤病将会至少有两个替补名额,也可能还会增加一个名额如果阿尔德里奇选择休息他受伤的拇指。

So who were the toughest omissions/snubs in both conferences and
whocould have a great chance at being an injury replacement? Let’s
take a look atthe candidates:

所以在东西部全明星名单中,谁是最不应该被遗漏的呢?谁又有最大的可能成为伤病替换球员呢?让我们来看一看候选人名单:

EASTERNCONFERENCE  东部联盟

Kyle Korver, Atlanta Hawks: Kyle Korver probably isn’t your
traditional type of All-Star but in an era of basketball in which
we’re getting smarter about the way we judge and dissect players, we
can see just how deserving he is. He’s been arguably the most
impactful player on the Eastern Conference’s best team. Yes, he
doesn’t average that many points, but his shooting threat makes all
defenses terrified to leave him. When they do, he buries them with
historically great shooting. And don’t think of him as just as hooter;
he’s a fantastic team defender on one of the best defenses. He’s the
early favorite to replace Wade.

凯尔•科沃尔,亚特兰大老鹰队:他可能不是一个传统类型的全明星,但是在一个我们以更好的方式评价和分析球员的时代,他值得全明星的称号!他可以说是东部最好队伍中最有效率的球员。是的,他场均得分并不是很高,但是他的投篮使得防守球员只能寸步不离地跟着他。一旦有丝毫的松懈,他将用他伟大的投篮淹没他们。但是别以为他仅仅只是一名射手;他还是一名卓越的团队防守者。他将最有机会取代韦德加入东部全明星阵容。

Brandon Knight, Milwaukee Bucks: The Milwaukee Bucks have been one of
the nicer surprises in the Eastern Conference and Brandon Knight has
been the best player on the team all season long. Jason Kidd relies on
Knight to set the tone on offense and he’s been a willing and capable
defender too. With 17.9 points, 5.1 assists, 4.2 rebounds, 1.6 steals,
and 43.9 percent from the field and 40.8 percent from 3-point range,
he’s having a career year across the board. He’s in heavy competition
with Korver for the replacement.

布兰顿·奈特,密尔沃基雄鹿队:开赛以来,雄鹿队在东部是令人吃惊的队伍之一,布兰顿·奈特则是队中最好的球员。贾森·基德以赖特为进攻的基础,同时他也是一个愿意且有能力的防守球员。场均17.9分,5.1次助攻,4.2个篮板,1.6次抢断,43.9%的投篮命中率和40.8%的三分命中率,这是他职业生涯中全面爆发的一年。他是科沃尔强有力的竞争者。

Marcin Gortat, Washington Wizards: The Washington Wizards are one of
the top defensive teams in the NBA and Marcin Gortat is a huge reason
for that.John Wall’s top pick-and-roll partner has been anchoring the
Wizards’ defense all year, helping them be a top 7 defense. Gortat’s
averages of 12.0 points and 8.2 rebounds are lesser numbers for him,
but his impact has been felt throughout the season.

马辛·戈塔特,华盛顿奇才队:奇才是联盟中最佳防守球队之一,马辛·戈塔特是其中功不可没。作为沃尔的最佳挡拆搭档一直在球队的防守上有着很大的贡献,使球队成为防守最好的七只球队之一。对于戈塔特而言,场均12分和8.2个篮板有些下滑,但整个赛季他的作用是值得肯定的。

Andre Drummond, Detroit Pistons: Andre Drummond had a disastrous first
month of the season, but once December hit and especially after Josh
Smith was waived, Drummond came on board to be the monster center we
expected under Stan Van Gundy. He’s one of only a couple players
putting up averages of at least 12 points and 12 boards, and his field
goal percentage is about to eclipse the 50.0 percent mark, despite the
uptick in post possessions. Without that bad November, he might be a
lock to have made the team.

安德烈·德拉蒙德,底特律活塞队:赛季的第一个月是灾难性的,但是12月的出色发挥,尤其是约什·史密斯的离开,在斯坦·范甘迪的调教下,他成为了一个我们所期望的怪兽级的中锋。他是唯二的能够场均获得至少12分和12个篮板的球员,他的投篮命中率接近50%稍显暗淡,尽管在之后有所提升。如果没有糟糕的11月,他可能锁定全明星阵容。

Nikola Vucevic, Orlando Magic: Speaking of giant, double-double
centers, the 19.5 points and 11.2 rebounds from Nikola Vucevic every
night have been stellar for the Magic. He’s still not a great defender
but he’s slowly improving his team defense. Having Aaron Gordon back
in the lineup and the starting duo of Victor Oladipo and Elfrid Payton
should help that a bit. And he’s their anchor on offense, forcing the
defenses to swarm the post and battle him on the boards. He might be
tough to keep off the team next season.

尼古拉·武切维奇,奥兰多魔术队:说到伟大,双十中锋武切维奇每晚得到19.5分和11.2个篮板使他在魔术队成为当家球员。他还不是一个很好的防守者但是他正在逐渐地提高他的防守能力。阵容当中有了阿隆·戈登,以及维克多·奥拉迪波和埃尔弗里德·佩顿开始有所帮助有所作为。他是球队的进攻利剑,能够迫使对手夹击他。下个赛季的他很难不入选全明星队伍当中。

WESTERN CONFERENCE西部联盟

DeMarcus Cousins, Sacramento Kings: The uproar of DeMarcus Cousinsnot
being on the roster was very loud right after the West reserves were
announced. Cousins could end up being the first player in league
history that isn’t named to the All-Star team with averages of about
24 points and 12 rebounds. Cousins’ team isn’t bad because he can’t
lead them. They’re bad because he got sick, the coach was fired during
that window of opportunity, and Tyrone Corbin hasn’t been able to
bring things together. Cousins is one of a handful of deserving guys
in the West, squeezed out because of limited spots. He’ll be in heavy
consideration for replacement spots.

德马库斯·考辛斯,萨克拉门托国王队:在刚刚宣布西部阵容时,他的落选引起了一片哗然。考辛斯可以说是联盟历史上第一位获得场均24分12板却没能提名进入全明星队的球员。球队的战绩糟糕不是因为他不能带领球队,而是因为在机会来临的时候,他生病了,教练被炒鱿鱼了,以及蒂龙·科尔宾没能将球队凝聚起来。在西部,由于名额有限而被排除在为的考辛斯是一小部分值得成为全明星的球员之一。他将是代替者的一大重点考虑对象。

Damian Lillard, Portland Trail Blazers: Damian Lillard will also be in
heavy consideration as Kobe’s replacement when Adam Silver makes that
decision.Lillard has helped the Blazers get to one of the best records
in the NBA, and his exclusion from the first run of reserves before
replacements were announced was surprising. He has the highest scoring
average (21.8), rebounding average(4.6), steals average (1.3), and
field goal percentage (43.2 percent) of his career. He’s also one of
the best clutch scorers in the NBA.

达米恩·利拉德,波特兰开拓者队:在亚当·萧华做决定时,利拉德也是顶替科比的球员的重点考虑对象。他帮助开拓者取得了联盟中最好的成绩之一,在顶替名额宣布之前,被排除在替补名单之中也是令人惊讶的。他获得了职业生涯最高的平均得分(21.8分)、平均篮板(4.6个)、平均抢断(1.3次)和投篮命中率(43.2%)。他还是联盟中最好的关键先生之一。

Mike Conley, Memphis Grizzlies: Mike Conley has been one of the best
point guards in the NBA on one of the best teams in the first half of
the season, but the Western Conference is so loaded that I’m not even
sure how you argue he should be in over any of the reserves selected.
That’s not a knock on him either. It’s just that loaded. For Conley,
he’s one of the league’s best defensive point guards and he puts up
17.4 points, 5.6 assists, and shoots over 40.0 percent from 3-point
range.He really doesn’t have aweakness on the floor and plays
perfectly off of Marc Gasol at the end of games.

迈克·康利,孟菲斯灰熊队:就赛季半程而言,迈克·康利在最好的球队之一打球,是联盟中最好的控球后卫之一。但是西部全明星队是如此的豪华以至于我也不确定他可以取代哪一位球员成为西部全明星队中的一员。这并不是一个否定,只是西部太过于丰足。对于康利,他是联盟中最好的防守型控球后卫之一,他平均每场能得到17.4分、5.6次助攻以及40%的三分命中率。他在场上没有弱点,在比赛的最后时刻缺少马克·加索尔时也表现完美。

Monta Ellis, Dallas Mavericks: Monta Ellis have it all, but he didn’t
have it All-Star this season.He’s been a revelation since joining the
Dallas Mavericks last season. This season, he’s putting up 20.5 points
and 4.4 assists, while posing as the top playmaking option at the end
of games for the Mavericks. Prior tothe Rajon Rondo trade, Ellis
helped the Mavericks put up the league’s bestoffense.He’s hard to call
a snub,but it’s hard to say he hasn’t had an All-Star caliber season.

蒙塔·埃利斯,达拉斯小牛队:蒙塔·埃利斯拥有一切,但他没有本赛季全明星。自从上个赛季加入达拉斯小牛队他焕发了新生。本赛季,他获得20.5的场均得分和场均4.4次的助攻,并且是球队比赛最后时刻得分的第一选择。在拉简隆多的交易之前,埃利斯帮助小牛成为联盟中最好的进攻球队。他很难说是被冷落,但是也很难说他没有一个全明星水准的赛季。

Draymond Green, Golden State Warriors: The Atlanta Hawks got three
All-Stars, so why don’t the Golden State Warriors have three
All-Stars? Well, they play in the crazily packed West, so that cuts
down on chances to make the All-Star team. Draymond Green has been
their third best player and one of the league’stop defenders. His
averages of 11.6 points, 8.0 rebounds, 3.6 assists, 1.6steals, and 1.4
blocks show his versatility. His 3-point shooting has dipped below
league average but he’s still a very real threat you have to close out
on. He wasn’t robbed but he was pretty deserving.

德雷蒙德·格林,金州勇士队:亚特兰大老鹰队有了三个全明星球员,那为什么金州勇士队不能也拥有呢?但是他们在疯狂的西部打球,所以进入全明星的机会就大大下降。他的场均得分为11.8分,场均篮板数为8.0,场均助攻数为3.6,场均抢断有1.6以及场均1.4次盖帽无一不显示着他的才华横溢。他的三分球命中率低于联盟平均水平,但依旧是一个你不容忽视的威胁。他不是被剥夺但他应该成为全明星中的一员。

注:萧华近日已经指定考辛斯取代科比,进入全明星阵容。

                                                                       
                               2015.1.30-2.1  译

初来简书,选择NBA这个我最爱的联盟,选择篮球这个我最爱的运动来加入。

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