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Coach's Corner: Betting On Long-Term Trends

by Brett Koremenos

Mar 5, 2015 4:05 PM

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 »

Tags: Philadelphia Sixers, Portland Trail Blazers, NBA

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Damian Lillard A True All-Star Regardless Of How He Arrives

by Jarrod Rudolph

Feb 14, 2015 9:10 PM

There’s 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 team’s plans. Read more »

Tags: Damian Lillard, Portland Trail Blazers, NBA

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How Nicolas Batum Continues Evolution Of His Game, Mindset

by Shams Charania

Dec 17, 2014 2:40 PM

All around the Blazers, they’re pushing Nicolas Batum to be more assertive, to find the next echelon, and he promises one thing on his health and his game. “It’s coming.” Read more »

Tags: Nicolas Batum, Portland Trail Blazers, NBA, National, National World Championships

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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 »
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 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 »
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 »
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 »
Five Second-Year Breakout Candidates

by Jonathan Tjarks

Perry Jones, Jeffery Taylor, Terrence Jones, Will Barton and Quincy Miller are five players from the 2012 NBA Draft taken outside the lottery poised to have a breakout second season. Read more »
Top-60 Players In NBA Today (Considering Everything)

by Daniel Leroux

The goal here is look at overall long-term value of players by considering age, contract, positional scarcity and of course overall quality, without factors like a player’s connection with a franchise or fit within a specific system. Read more »
2013-14 NBA Season Preview

by Daniel Leroux

While the Western Conference has six teams (Clippers, Thunder, Rockets, Grizzlies, Warriors) in its first tier, the Eastern Conference is a tier of one (Heat) with the Bulls, Pacers and Nets vying for the second tier. Read more »
Important Years For Dirk, Aldridge, Love

by Jonathan Tjarks

Dirk Nowitzki, LaMarcus Aldridge and Kevin Love are too good to be annually missing the playoffs. Of course, even if they make the playoffs, there is no guarantee that the Wolves, Blazers and Mavs keep their franchise player. If any of them move to the right team, the balance of power could shift. Read more »
The Bargain Bin's Best

by Jonathan Tjarks

The days of the $6 million per year role player may be all but over. Mo Williams, Mike Miller, Beno Udrih and Wayne Ellington are at the forefront of the new market inefficiency in the NBA -- veteran role players from the free agency bargain bin. Read more »
The Misses Of The 2010 NBA Draft

by Jonathan Tjarks

There are seven first-round picks from 2010 not currently on an NBA roster (Aldrich, Henry, Babbitt, Brackins, Elliott Williams, Damion James, Dominique Jones, Lazar Hayward). At this point in free agency, all would be happy to play for the minimum. Read more »
The NBA's Mediocrity Treadmill Since 84-85

by Matthew Gordon

The treadmill is somehow both more and less common than some might think. While teams tend to fall within the 30-49 win range, as would be expected in such a competitive league, the dreaded never-ending stream of late lottery picks is uncommon. Read more »
2013 NBA Mock Draft (Final Edition)

by Christopher Reina

Draft day has finally arrived and while everyone pines for the 2014 class already, this one has the chance to be sneaky good in the 'many quality starters' variety. Read more »