Lou Williams : Los Angeles LakersWilliams went from winning Sixth Man of the Year on a competitive Raptors team in 2014-2015 to being a starter on a bad Lakers team this season. He is averaging 15 points per game, but has shown he is much better situated as a role player on a good team, like he was in Toronto and Atlanta, than he is in his role with the Lakers.Williams has a way of getting to the free throw line, where he averages 5 free throws made per game, fifth-most among shooting guards, and shoots 84 percent from the line. Every so often, Williams can go off, like he did on January 8th, scoring a career-high 44 points, but he is inconsistent. Let’s move to the top ten! Pages: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Related TopicsC.J. McCollumDwayne WadeJames HardenJimmy ButlerKlay Thompson Welcome to part four of “The Write Down Euclid 2015-2016 NBA Mid-Season Rankings and Awards.” We have already gone through our top ten centers, power forwards, and small forwards. Today, we move on to the shooting guards. To see what players we included in consideration for who qualifies as shooting guards, please consult this list. Our rankings are based solely on the production of the 2015-2016 season. Just a disclaimer, Bradley Beal will not be in our list because he has only played in 24 games.Let’s get it started!Just Missed the CutKentavious Caldwell-Pope : Detroit PistonsKCP is averaging 14.6 points per game and is a big part of the Motor City basketball rebirth. He has scored 20 or more points 11 times this season and was especially hot in the month of January with six games of 20 or more points.He is only in his third season in the NBA, just 22 years old, and should be a rising shooting guard to watch for years to come. Victor Oladipo : Orlando MagicComing into the 2015-2016 season, there was no question Oladipo would have been ranked in the top ten at the position, but he has had a bit of a down year after an impressive sophomore season, in which he averaged just under 18 points per game. This season, Oladipo is scoring 13.6 points per game, grabbing 4.7 rebounds, and dishing out 4 assists per game.It’s not a bad season, but to be trending downwards in just his third season in the league is something worth considering. For instance, Oladipo scored 25 or more points in eight games in the 2014-2015 season. This season, he has only done so twice.J.R. Smith : Cleveland CavaliersSwish is as streaky a player as you will find in the NBA, but when he is hot, he is a lethal weapon in the Cavs’ arsenal. He is only averaging 12.8 points per game, but keep in mind that’s playing alongside LeBron, Kyrie, and Love. J.R. has knocked down three or more three-pointers in a game 16 times this season. What’s important to note about that is that seven of those 16 games were in the month of January, which is no coincidence right after Irving came back from his injury. When Irving is on the court, Smith is at his best. Despite a slow start to the season, he has knocked down 101 three-pointers, sixth-most among shooting guards. Monta Ellis : Indiana PacersEllis has not fit in great in his first season in Indy, averaging 14 points per game, which is a career-low for the 30-year-old in his tenth season.One category Ellis still excels in is steals, as he averages 1.8 per game, leading all shooting guards. Ellis is third among shooting guards in assists, dishing out 5 per game. The Pacers are in the hunt for a playoff-seed and Ellis is an important part of that. Matt Medley is co-editor at NEO Sports Insiders, covers the Cleveland Cavaliers, Cleveland Indians and high school sports in Northeast Ohio.Follow @MedleyHoops on Twitter for live updates from games. Matt Medley
…Article 106 (6)The “Joint Communiqué” from the meeting between the President and the Opposition Leader was finally released late Thursday. Your Eyewitness wasn’t surprised that the faint hope he had for the President harking to the norms of parliamentary practice was dashed. His worst fears were confirmed: the President refused to budge an inch from the rearguard action mounted by his party while he was in Cuba getting his chemotherapy treatment. The inmates are now running the asylum!!Take the timeline for new elections: Article 106 (6) is unambiguous as can be – they SHALL be held in THREE months after a no-confidence vote!! Article 106 (7) specifies that this period can ONLY be extended with a two-thirds vote of the National Assembly – meaning the Opposition HAS to agree. But while the Communiqué had the President agreeing with the Opposition Leader on the Article 106 (7) METHOD of extending the three-month time frame, he refused to accept the mandatory nature of Article 106 (6) if the Opposition refuses to authorise any extension.He insists that the “readiness” of GECOM and the processing of his cases in the courts can stave off the elections in THREE months!! This is absolutely ridiculous!! GECOM’s always supposed to be in a state of readiness for elections. More so after they just came off an LGE! Furthermore, the day following the no-confidence resolution – December 22 – the CEO of GECOM said he was getting together his staff to prepare their strategy for conducting the elections in the time frame. That’s over two weeks ago and they haven’t uttered a squeak that they face any constraint!! Three billion dollars has already been voted for GECOM in the 2019 Budget for General and Regional Elections!So now we hear Amna Ally saying they can’t see GECOM because the chair isn’t there, you can figure where this is heading!! The Chairman, we know, is seriously ill, and has had his sick leave extended to January 22! How do we know he’ll be better by then?? Can the doctor tell an 85-year-old patient to go to work, when he insists he’s still sick??But the GECOM Chair has no responsibility for the OPERATIONAL readiness of GECOM – that’s the responsibility of the CEO Lowenfield and his Deputy Myers. WE know the last time he was needed, Lowenfield couldn’t be found – but did Ally seek him out??Democracy’s being asphyxiated by the PNC. Once again!…Article 106 (7)The Communiqué declared: “the Leader of the Opposition contended that while the Government remains in office in accordance with Article 106 (7) of the Constitution, its functions must be confined to the provision of essential services of the State and to matters in relation to preparation for General and Regional Elections.On the other hand: “The President emphasised that the Government is legal and that it must govern without any limitations on its authority. His Excellency further stated that there is no provision in the Constitution which imposes limitation on the Government to perform its lawful functions.”How can this circle – the functioning of the National Assembly in the no-confidence interregnum – be squared? We can look at how others did it. We’ve repeatedly cited the 1979 no-confidence vote majority secured by Thatcher’s Tories against Labour. Twenty years later, in India, the BJP coalition also lost by one vote against the Opposition.But unlike the PNC, the losers both resigned, and went into elections.While taking no major initiatives in Parliament!!…the letter and the spirit of the ConstitutionNo Constitution can cover all historical contingencies. But that’s where responsible governments will work out accommodations in the democratic spirit of their Constitutions.How can the PNC occupy Government with 33 seats, yet claim it’s NOT a majority?