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Eastern Conference: Buyers & Sellers

by Keith P Smith

Feb 8, 2016 11:51 AM

With the trade deadline quickly approaching, we look at which teams in the Eastern Conference will be buying or selling, or could even do either. Read more »

Tags: Atlanta Hawks, Boston Celtics, Charlotte Hornets, Chicago Bulls, Cleveland Cavaliers, Detroit Pistons, Indiana Pacers, Miami Heat, Milwaukee Bucks, New York Knicks, Orlando Magic, Philadelphia Sixers, Toronto Raptors, Washington Wizards, Brooklyn Nets, NBA

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2015 Year-End NBA Team Portfolio Rankings

by Christopher Reina

Dec 29, 2015 8:16 PM

The only considerations are talent, age, cap flexibility and future draft picks with the goal being to eventually compete for and win the NBA Finals. Read more »

Tags: Atlanta Hawks, Boston Celtics, Charlotte Hornets, Chicago Bulls, Cleveland Cavaliers, Dallas Mavericks, Denver Nuggets, Detroit Pistons, Golden State Warriors, Houston Rockets, Indiana Pacers, Los Angeles Clippers, Los Angeles Lakers, Memphis Grizzlies, Miami Heat, Milwaukee Bucks, Minnesota Timberwolves, New Orleans Pelicans, New York Knicks, Orlando Magic, Philadelphia Sixers, Phoenix Suns, Portland Trail Blazers, Sacramento Kings, San Antonio Spurs, Toronto Raptors, Utah Jazz, Washington Wizards, Oklahoma City Thunder, Brooklyn Nets, NBA

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The NBA's Dinosaurs

by Jonathan Tjarks

Dec 29, 2015 2:03 PM

Wide-bodied and slow-footed big men who can score at a high level with their back to the basket but can't shoot 3's and can't move their feet on defense have suddenly become far less effective than they would have been in a previous era. Read more »

Tags: Greg Monroe, David Lee, Nikola Pekovic, Jahlil Okafor, Detroit Pistons, Milwaukee Bucks, NBA

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Drummond, Cousins And Why Coherent Visions Matter

by Jonathan Tjarks

As Andre Drummond rampages his way through the NBA in Stan Van Gundy's system, it's hard not to think of what DeMarcus Cousins could do in a similar situation. Read more »
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope And Detroit's Manageable Request

by Michael Pina

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope probably won't ever have a traditional "breakout" campaign, but he's a useful role player who does a ton of little things to make his team better on both sides of the ball. Read more »
The Stan Van Gundy Blueprint On Night 1

by Jonathan Tjarks

Andre Drummond is a Mack Truck with the engine of a Ferrari that is getting off the lot for the first time. For the first time in his career, he's playing without any other traditional big men clogging up the lane next to him. Read more »
NBA Season Preview: Detroit Pistons

by Brett Koremenos

After an incredibly strange season, the Pistons look to Year 2 of the Stan Van Gundy era with success now and going forward hinging on the chemistry and development of Andre Drummond and Reggie Jackson. Read more »
Using The System (And Drummond) To Understand Reggie Jackson's Contract

by Jonathan Tjarks

A spread offense works the same for a PG as it does for a QB. Andre Drummond is the big-time WR who commands a double team and creates openings for everyone else, making Reggie Jackson capable of playing over his head. Read more »
Stanley Johnson Showing Summer League Success

by Cameron Schott

Stanley Johnson has showed no fear competing inside, using his strong frame to crash the offensive glass and finish with contact. The Arizona product knocked down a three, mixed in a pair of floaters, and held his own on the defensive end of the floor. Read more »
Top-12 NBA Draft Review

by Jonathan Tjarks

Here's some (admittedly long-winded) thoughts about what the Wolves, Lakers, 76ers, Knicks, Magic, Kings, Nuggets, Pistons, Hornets, Heat, Pacers and Jazz did in the top-12. Read more »
Leroux's 2015 NBA Draft Review

by Danny Leroux

Great drafts for the Nuggets, Wolves, Heat, 76ers and Raptors; good drafts for the Bulls, Magic, Pacers, Thunder, Warriors, Rockets and Celtics, along with teams having enh and bad drafts. Read more »
Strengths, Weaknesses Of All 30 NBA Teams Entering Draft, Free Agency

by Christopher Reina

These infographics show the percentile rankings for all 30 teams in the critical categories of offensive efficiency, defensive efficiency, rebound percentage, assist percentage, three-point percentage and foul rate during the 14-15 regular season. Read more »
Grading The Deal: Pistons Acquire Ersan Ilyasova From Bucks In Salary Dump

by Danny Leroux

Taking a flyer on Ersan Ilyasova without giving up any assets was a better outcome than most of their realistic free agent options in July, even with Greg Monroe almost certaining heading elsewhere. Read more »
Reviewing The Lottery Teams In Infographics

by Christopher Reina

The Thunder, Suns, Jazz, Pacers, Heat, Hornets, Pistons, Nuggets, Kings, Magic, Lakers, 76ers, Knicks and Wolves missed the playoffs. Here's where they struggled and where there's hope. Read more »
Coach's Corner: Stan Van Gundy's Weird First Season With Detroit

by Brett Koremenos

If there was an NBA trophy for the year's strangest season, the Pistons would be a heavy favorite to win it. Detroit has experienced roughly five seasons worth of madness in one year. Read more »
Coach's Corner: Four Questions Coming Out Of The Deadline

by Brett Koremenos

Did the Rockets or Thunder get more meaningfully better? Why was Denver so anxious to get rid of JaVale McGee? Is the MCW deal a referendum on him? Did the Pistons actually improve? Read more »
Coach's Corner: D.J. Augustin Next In Line

by Brett Koremenos

Everything about what Stan Van Gundy wants offensively -- the spacing, the high volume of pick-and-rolls and the presence of a capable low post scorer to share some of the offensive burden-- lends to it being an ideal spot for most NBA guards with an attacking mindset and an accurate jumpshot. Read more »
The Magic Of Four-Out Basketball

by Jonathan Tjarks

What is happening with the Pistons is a lot bigger than Josh Smith. This is the triumph of four-out basketball in action, a team being radically transformed from one of the worst teams in the NBA to one of the best merely by doing a better job of spacing the floor. Read more »
Coach's Corner: Threats To The Best Of The East

by Brett Koremenos

The Bucks, Pacers, Pistons and Celtics have the potential to be dangerous first round opponents for several of the best teams in the East depending on the matchup. Read more »
Greg Monroe's Inevitable Pistons' Future

by Shams Charania

Greg Monroe never wanted to return to the Pistons, but Stan Van Gundy wanted a chance to make it work with their trio of big men while risking losing Monroe for nothing in 2015. Read more »
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