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Cutting Up The Revisionist History Of The James Harden Trade

by Jonathan Tjarks

Jan 13, 2015 5:21 PM

Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook and James Harden was always going to be a 1+1+1 = 2.5 situation. As a starter, Harden would have been thrust in the Kevin Love/Chris Bosh role, except he couldn’t bring nearly as much to the table in terms of rebounding, scoring from the post and spacing the floor from the front-court. Read more »

Tags: James Harden, Reggie Jackson, Oklahoma City Thunder, Houston Rockets, NBA

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Coach's Corner: Suns Time To Shine?

by Brett Koremenos

Jan 12, 2015 2:49 PM

The Celtics participated in the Western Conference arms race by dealing away Brandan Wright and Jeff Green. Here's how those trades will impact the Suns and Grizzlies. Read more »

Tags: Memphis Grizzlies, Phoenix Suns, Oklahoma City Thunder, NBA

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The Human Vine Loop

by Christopher Reina

Dec 30, 2014 11:46 AM

Russell Westbrook belongs to the cadre of lead guard superstars that play under the ethos of “live fast, die young and have a good-looking corpse.” Their runs are short-lived and aren’t judged in rings as much as how they play as an artifact of the zeitgeist. Read more »

Tags: Russell Westbrook, Oklahoma City Thunder, NBA

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Russell Westbrook Unleashed

by Jonathan Tjarks

The Thunder ran out of steam in the fourth quarter, but the first game of the Russell Westbrook experience was everything people hoped it would be. Westbrook is going to mount a full-fledged assault on the rest of the league and there’s no player more fun to watch in that scenario. Read more »
2014-15 NBA Season Tiers Preview

by Daniel Leroux

The Spurs, Clippers and Cavaliers enter the season as Tier One teams, while the Bulls, Raptors, Thunder, Warriors, Rockets and several other Western Conference teams are in that second tier. Read more »
Leroux's 2014 NBA Offseason Review

by Daniel Leroux

The Cavs, 76ers, Spurs, Nuggets, Hornets and Suns were amongst teams to have a great offseason, while the Thunder, Magic, Kings, Lakers, Pacers and Knicks had bad ones. Read more »
Thunder Facing Another Extension Dilemma In Reggie Jackson

by Jonathan Tjarks

As players from the 2011 NBA Draft negotiate extensions on their rookie deals, none will have a more interesting decision to make than Reggie Jackson. Jackson’s current situation is fairly comparable to Eric Bledsoe, who spent most of his first three seasons playing behind Chris Paul. Read more »
Team-By-Team Analysis Of The 2014 NBA Draft

by Jonathan Tjarks

With the new CBA magnifying the importance of the draft and one of the most talented groups of prospects in recent years, what happened on Thursday night will have significant ramifications on the balance of power in the NBA for the next decade. Read more »
Leroux's 2014 NBA Draft Review

by Daniel Leroux

Breaking down which teams had Great, Good, Enh and Bad drafts with Andrew Wiggins, Jabari Parker and Joel Embiid going in the top-3. Read more »
The OKC Window Has Barely Begun To Open

by Jonathan Tjarks

The Thunder Big 3 are still two years away from being the same age as LeBron, Wade and Bosh were when they united and they didn't have 2-3 lottery picks entering their prime to serve as a supporting cast. Read more »
Scott Brooks' Anti-Meritocracy

by Jonathan Tjarks

Instead of going with the players who earned the right to be on the floor, Scott Brooks went with veterans who had more playoff experience. Playing Derek Fisher over Jeremy Lamb is the canary in the coal mine for Brooks. Read more »
Only The Elite Survive To Late May

by Christopher Reina

While the apparently parity of the first round was a refreshing and encouraging development for the NBA, we saw the teams ranked first, third, fourth and sixth in net efficiency during the regular season advance to the Conference Finals. Read more »
The NBA's First Round As Prestige Television

by Christopher Reina

With 72 percent of games decided by nine or fewer points, the first round has had a level of competitive balance that is an encouraging and overlooked consequence of the NBA’s new collective bargaining agreement. Read more »
10-Year NBA Win Rank Snapshot

by Christopher Reina

A 10-year season-by-season Win Rank snapshot for an NBA franchise creates an insightful visual narrative. Read more »
Breaking Down The Rookie Seasons Of The 2013 Lottery Class

by Jonathan Tjarks

In a society where patience has gone out the window and only instant gratification matters, the poor play of the 2013 rookie class has many ready to write them off entirely. But while there isn’t an Anthony Davis in the bunch, this year’s draft had plenty of good young players who, for a variety of reasons, were simply not ready for the NBA. Read more »
2014 First Round Picks (Which Teams Own The Picks?)

by Daniel Leroux

While RealGM has an excellent database of the draft picks that have been traded between teams, we wanted to put together a summary more focused on the upcoming draft. Read more »
'Big' Decisions For Scott Brooks

by Benjamin Cantor

If Scott Brooks continues to be indisposed to the idea of “small ball” and playing Kevin Durant at the 4, he would be wise to give more minutes to Nick Collison while Kendrick Perkins is injured. Read more »
The Third Contract

by Daniel Leroux

Most players have very little control over their destination for their first two NBA contracts, but the third contract creates a complete shift in power dynamics. Read more »
The Perry Jones III Effect

by Jonathan Tjarks

Perry Jones III is a force multiplier, with an impact that goes beyond the box score. When he’s on the floor, every line-up he is in is bigger, faster and longer than it otherwise would be. He’s the ultimate role player; he doesn’t demand the ball or interfere with the flow of the offense. Read more »
Derek Fisher Sees Championship Sacrifices In Durant, Westbrook As He Chases One Last Title

by Shams Charania

Derek Fisher has witnessed leaders forget about individual benchmarks and forfeit time away from the court for his five NBA championships. He’s pursuing a sixth now and in Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook, Fisher knows there’s a commitment to fill any vacancy on the floor. Read more »