Four years ago, no one chose Kent Bazemore. In 2016, Atlanta did, for $70 million.Read more "4/70 Baze It: How Kent Bazemore Found His Place"
It’s time for the Warriors to stop treating Andre Roberson like they did Tony Allen last year. Switching Andrew Bogut onto Allen was a watershed moment in the Playoffs last year, and it paid off for Golden State. They watched Allen brick shots at a steady rate en route to a handy defeat of the […]Read more "It’s Time for the Warriors to Stop Treating Andre Roberson Like Tony Allen"
Between Game of Thrones and the NBA Playoffs, there are two different sets “others” lurking in the North that almost nobody is paying enough attention to. Only one, however, just weathered two seemingly decisive wins to even a series against the (prematurely?) anointed Cavaliers. Suddenly, Cleveland has dropped consecutive games to a Raptors squad that […]Read more "Winter is Coming: Did Everyone Underestimate the Raptors?"
In Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals, the Cleveland Cavaliers eviscerated “Other” to the tune of a 115-84 thrashing that tricked us into thinking Toronto might have a chance for about five minutes. The Cavaliers then unleashed their dominant offensive engine that has led to a lossless postseason thus far. The problem is that […]Read more "Fires in the East: How the Cavaliers Are Shooting Their Way to the Finals"
Draymond Green was always going to have a solid NBA career. Despite being picked 35th overall (underrated), he’s always been one of those guys who knew his spots and played them at an average or better level. He’s always been a decent passer, a very good rebounder, and a passable-at-least scorer. He’s an energy guy […]Read more "Swiss Army Wrecking Ball: Draymond Green’s Stellar Playoffs"
In 2009, he “didn’t have the upside of Ricky Rubio or Johnny Flynn”. For the next couple of years, he was “just a shooter”. In 2012, he was “injury prone”. In 2013, he was just “very good”. In 2014, he was an All-Star. In 2015, he became a Champion and […]Read more "Improbable: The First Unanimous NBA MVP, Stephen Curry"
The Minnesota Timberwolves are one of the most exciting young teams in the NBA, especially since they signed over coaching and team control to ex-Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau. A skilled tactician and defensive mastermind who works well with his locker rooms, he should be able to work wonders with a malleable roster stacked with potential. […]Read more "Karl-Anthony Towns’ Rookie Campaign in Context"
If you ask any Golden State Warriors fan what the most reliable shot is that they see game to game, number one is probably a Steph Curry three. Somewhere near the top, though, you’ll also see a Shaun Livingston post-up. Whether it’s a spin to the hoop or a fadeaway, the backup point guard’s post […]Read more "Always Back Down: The Effectiveness of Shaun Livingston Post-Ups"
LeBron James, as usual, will probably waltz into the Finals again this year without much trouble. The Pistons made games interesting, but ultimately couldn’t hang.The Hawks might make it interesting, but I’m not sure yet that I buy them as a true challenger. James is still the best basketball player in the league, even if […]Read more "NBA Playoffs: LeBron and the Broken Jumper"
This past Tuesday, April 26th, Marc Stein announced (read: tweeted) that Steve Kerr of the Golden State Warriors would be named the 2015-16 Coach of the Year, despite having coached only half the season due to health issues. Kerr won out with 381 total points, beating the closest second, Terry Stotts of the Portland Trailblazers, who had […]Read more "End of the Bench: Comparing the 2015-16 Coach of the Year Frontrunners"