- Balkman - 6'8", 208 lbs., 53 games,14.7 minutes/pg, 5.0 points/pg, 3.8 boards/pg
- Bowen - 6'9", 218 lbs., 21 games, 12.8 minutes/pg, 2.8 points/pg, 1.1 boards/pg
- Balkman - Do not underestimate the power of the hair. While it may seem like this category is pretty stacked in favor of Bowen, Balkman's hair is unquestionably intimidating for any opposing players. The main negative on this side is that Balkman could fall asleep at any moment on the court or on the bench. I'm pretty sure I've seen him doze off during post-game interviews with Julie Browman.
- Bowen - I refer to Bowen as All-Intangible because he has absolutely no discernable skill set, and yet positive things seem to happen while he's on the court. The nature of this category provides little opportunity for me to express this phenomenon in statistics, so you'll just have to trust me if you've never had the opportunity to see him play as a part of your team. In addition, Bowen provides the rare opportunity for a professional basketball team to have the equivalent of the college, walk-on senior that the crowd always cheers for when he comes into the game during a blowout.
Actual Contributions to any Given Game:
- Balkman - The Blankman is very inconsistent due in large part to George Karl's insistance that it's ok to yank his minutes around from game to game. When he gets consistent minutes, Blankman almost always contributes heavily on the defensive end, on the offensive boards and in the emphatic slam-dunk categories, the first two of which are arguably weaknesses of the Nuggets. Balkman has a realistic chance of helping the Nuggets take a game over in this series.
- Bowen - If Ryan Bowen is in the game, it could potentially mean one of three things:
- One of the Hornets front-court is injured or in foul trouble, which could spell doom for the Hornets.
- The Hornets are hitting on all cylanders and are now convinced that the Nuggets have no shot at winning the game.
- The Nuggets are hitting on all cylanders and the Hornets are now convinced that they have no shot at winning the game.
With all of this analysis in mind, the picture becomes a little more clear and helps me make my bold prediction that unfortunately falls in line with most of the "experts'" predictions:
Nuggets in 6