Losing one of the premier power forwards in the NBA would tank a lot of teams’ seasons. Fortunately for everyone, this year’s Miami Heat are not a lot of teams. After Chris Bosh went down indefinitely with more scares surrounding his blood clot issues, more than one fan was probably ready to write Miami off […]Read more "No Bosh, Mo’ Josh: How the Miami Heat Filled an All-Star Void"
Derrick Rose is not a great basketball player anymore. When he won his MVP, whether you believe he deserved the award itself, he was a great player. He’s very different now, after a few very rough years with recurring major injuries. He’s a good point guard. The problem is that things like his history and […]Read more "The Curious Case of Derrick Rose"
ICYMI: Here’s Part 1, on Eastern Teams There’s no real rhyme or reason to how or why I first thought of comparing NBA playoff teams to breakfast foods. Maybe it was because I live near an IHOP. Maybe it’s just because I was hungry in the morning. Either way, the counterparts for the San Antonio […]Read more "National Breakfast Association: Imagining NBA Playoff Teams as Breakfast Foods-Western Conference."
Here’s part 2, covering the Western Conference playoff teams! There’s no real rhyme or reason to how or why I first thought of comparing NBA playoff teams to breakfast foods. Maybe it was because I live near an IHOP. Maybe it’s just because I was hungry in the morning. Either way, the counterparts for the […]Read more "National Breakfast Association: Imagining NBA Playoff Teams as Breakfast Foods-Eastern Conference"
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"