I don’t enjoy watching James Harden play basketball. I realize that he’s a great scorer. He’s a very good passer, well-sized for his position, rebounds well, and generally great to have on the offensive end. Hell, when he tries on defense, he can be pretty good at it. But I don’t think he’s fun to […]Read more "System Exploits: On the Watchability of James Harden and Floyd Mayweather Jr."
It seems like the defining word of every NBA regular season award has a definition that’s a moving target. MVP? What is “value”? DPOY? What do we prioritize as “defensive” prowess? Most Improved Player might seem like the most straightforward one. We reward the player who did the best job of “getting better”. But […]Read more "The Real Meaning of “Improved”: Looking at MIP Winners Since 2010"
Monday morning, it was announced that the San Antonio Spurs’ Kawhi Leonard repeated as Defensive Player of the Year. It’s an entirely deserved award, and the irony is that his win this year was probably more clearly his than last year, while the voting numbers aren’t that far off. Kawhi led voting with 547 points, […]Read more "Pay Tribute to the Klaw: Kawhi Leonard, Your 2016 Defensive Player of the Year"
33,570 points (3rd all time). 18-time All-Star. 15-time All-NBA. 12-time All-Defense. 4-time All-Star MVP. 2-time Scoring Champion. 2-time Gold Medalist. 2-time Finals MVP. 1-time NBA MVP. 5-time NBA Champion. That’s quite a resume. It’s impossible not to be romantic about the retirement of one of basketball’s all-time greats. A player who some would say […]Read more "Fadeaway: A meandering, nostalgic, and generalized Kobe retrospective"
Originally written on April 1, 2016 Warning: What follows is an attempt to glean meaning from a small sample size, because these teams are too damn good this year to lose a human number of games. Proceed with that in mind. Losses aren’t all that common when we’re talking about the Spurs and […]Read more "Rare Occasion: How the Golden State Warriors and San Antonio Spurs Lose"
Originally written Mar. 31, 2016 It’s no secret that one of the most important components of a successful team is scoring from close range. Even in a league that finds itself increasingly enchanted with the long ball, strong big men, guards, and wings who know how to create shooting space inside 10 feet are absolutely […]Read more "Close-Up: How the Warriors and Spurs Get Their Short-Range Points"