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The Blazers' Unusual Rebuild

by Keith P Smith

Jan 18, 2016 11:30 PM

Portland correctly read the market quicker than most and focused on what would eventually be considered good deals. Read more »

Tags: Ed Davis, Al-Farouq Aminu, Portland Trail Blazers, NBA

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How Is Will Barton Happening?

by Michael Pina

Jan 7, 2016 6:17 PM

In December, Will Barton averaged 20.8 points, 6.8 rebounds and 3.1 assists per game. Zero starts. How did a 25-year-old blade of grass become one of the NBA's most terrifying threats off the bench? Read more »

Tags: Will Barton, Denver Nuggets, Portland Trail Blazers, 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 Blazers' Star Is The System

by Brett Koremenos

The Blazers' best star isn't a specific player. Instead, it may be a vision for an entire roster meshed with a system perfectly designed for today's NBA. Read more »
NBA Season Preview: Portland Trail Blazers

by Brett Koremenos

How Damian Lillard responds to his increased burden is the key story for the Blazers. If he keeps up his gunning ways, we will likely see his scoring numbers go way up while his efficiency takes a major hit. But if Lillard learns the art of controlling games without taking oodles of shots to do it, you will see an All-Star-level talent evolve into an even more complete player. 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 »
A Playoff Preview In Team Infographics

by Christopher Reina

Looking at the percentile rankings for every team in the first round of the 2015 NBA Playoffs in the critical categories of offensive efficiency, defensive efficiency, rebound percentage, assist percentage, three-point percentage and foul rate. Read more »
Coach's Corner: Betting On Long-Term Trends

by Brett Koremenos

The problem for NBA coaches is they let short-term outcomes skew what is a smart, long-term approach. This is especially true since the threat of a dominant scorer on the low block is actually more valuable than his individual production out of the action. Read more »
Damian Lillard A True All-Star Regardless Of How He Arrives

by Jarrod Rudolph

Thereís a maturity that goes with a top-tier game for Damian Lillard. He understands that his success is attached to the team and anything spectacular that he does needs to be in the framework of the teamís plans. Read more »
How Nicolas Batum Continues Evolution Of His Game, Mindset

by Shams Charania

All around the Blazers, theyíre pushing Nicolas Batum to be more assertive, to find the next echelon, and he promises one thing on his health and his game. ďItís coming.Ē Read more »
2014-15 NBA Season Tiers Preview

by Danny 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 Danny 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 »
Buying Low On Meyers Leonard

by Jonathan Tjarks

The NBA is full of 7'0 who didn't start to blossom until their mid 20's with Tyson Chandler as their patron saint, which is why it is too early to give up on Meyers Leonard. 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 Danny 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 »
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 isnít an Anthony Davis in the bunch, this yearís 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 Danny 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 »
The Third Contract

by Danny 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 »
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