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The Maximum Available 2017 Cap Space For All 30 NBA Teams, Version 4.0

by Keith P Smith

Mar 2, 2017 1:52 PM

With the NBA Trade Deadline behind us and rosters locked in for the most part, it is time for an updated look at what all 30 teams cap space picture looks likes for the summer of 2017. Read more »

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Grading The Deal: Lakers Trade Lou Williams To Houston

by Keith P Smith

Feb 22, 2017 1:31 AM

Trading Lou Williams was more about the pick than the player for the Lakers and they did solid job to get a first round pick for a luxury asset at this point in their season. Read more »

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Western Conference Buyers & Sellers At The Trade Deadline

by Keith P Smith

Feb 19, 2017 3:23 PM

There are a number of teams on the fringes of the playoff picture such as the Kings, Nuggets, Blazers and Mavericks, which makes predicting their deadline goals difficult. Read more »

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2016 Year-End NBA Team Portfolio Rankings

by Christopher Reina

The Warriors and Cavaliers remain atop our year-end rankings but there's considerable change behind them, most notably the Raptors, Bucks and 76ers. Read more »
The Mistakes Donatas Motiejunas Made In Restricted Free Agency

by Christopher Reina

The new collective bargaining agreement will contain a few fixes to help the players, but Donatas Motiejunas is testing the limits of the current system as its final restricted free agent. Read more »
Eric Gordon As The Rockets' Diet Harden

by Michael Pina

The Rockets signed Eric Gordon for two fundamental reasons: 1) to create space for James Harden, 2) to prevent their high-powered offense from melting down whenever Harden needs rest. Read more »
The Rockets' Other Guys

by Brett Koremenos

Corey Brewer, Sam Dekker and Clint Capela have formed a symbiotic relationship with James Harden, providing him with a measure of support that is allowing the all-world guard to showcase his skills. Read more »
James Harden And Houston's Rehabilitation Project

by John Wilmes

James Harden will be in a position to easily score or assist on essentially every possession he's in the game, for a team that threatens to increase the number of possessions per game to previously unseen numbers. Read more »
Five Question Season Preview: Southwest Division

by Brett Koremenos

James Harden in the Steve Nash role for Mike D'Antoni, the Spurs in the mid-range, whether Anthony Davis can expand his game, the Grizzlies' three-point shooting and how the Mavs may shift their offense in Harrison Barnes' direction. Read more »
James Harden And The Issues Of Context, Perception

by Zachary DiLuzio

James Harden has shown he can be a passable defender in the past; last season was an anomaly for him. He'll always wander off a bit, but doing so intelligently instead of haphazardly could pay dividends. Read more »
Thirty Futures: Houston Rockets

by Colin McGowan

James Harden has the makings of a player we can enjoy but he needs recontextualization. He needs a coach who won't try to remake him so much as construct a system that urges him to play in the surprising, spectacular fashion of which he's capable. Read more »
2016 NBA Offseason Review: Southwest Division

by Keith P Smith

While the Pelicans looked for healthy bodies, the Spurs, Rockets, Grizzlies and Rockets made significant changes to their core. Read more »
Decreasing James Harden's Isolations, Increasing His Assists

by Dave DuFour

Mike D'Antoni expects James Harden to average between 11 and 12 assists per game. To achieve this level of playmaking, Harden will need to buy in to D'Antoni's philosophy. Read more »
How The Rockets Reshaped Their Weird Roster

by Matthew Tynan

This once entertaining, energetic and unpredictable Houston team did quite a bit to pull itself out of last season's hell - enough that a return to 14-15 form is perhaps more likely than not. Read more »
Houston Rockets: How To Make The Offseason 'Win' Work On The Court

by Brett Koremenos

The questions abound for the Rockets, with the most looming one being whether James Harden is capable of balancing out his game in order to make the team better as a whole. Houston should be better than they were last season, but by how much will depend on injury luck and a commitment from their star guard. Read more »
Grading The Deal: Rockets Sign Ryan Anderson, Eric Gordon

by Christopher Reina

Houston is loading up on shooters in Ryan Anderson and Eric Gordon to surround James Harden within Mike D'Antoni's system and must be assuming the defensive side of the floor will be a layup line regardless. Read more »
Grading The Deal: Dwight Howard Signs With Atlanta On Three-Year Deal

by Christopher Reina

For all of the Hawks' attempts at becoming San Antonio East, it has felt like they're making it up as they go in terms of roster construction. Signing Dwight Howard feels like another such move even if it could work out exceptionally well. Read more »
Leroux's 2016 NBA Draft Review

by Danny Leroux

Headlined by the great drafts from the 76ers and Nuggets, we go team-by-team to breakdown how every GM did based on the opportunities available to them. Read more »
2016 Offseason Preview: Houston Rockets

by Keith P Smith

The Rockets aren't far from contention, but they could fall out of relevance without making the right moves. Supplementing Clint Capela and the young PFs with proven big man talent and a new backup PG are priorities. Read more »
The Divergent Futures Of Dwight Howard And Clint Capela

by Jonny Auping

The partnership of Dwight Howard and James Harden is ending and was never really a partnership to begin with. In order to succeed alongside Harden, a big man needs to do the little things and Clint Capela could be that big man for the Rockets. Read more »