Neema Hodjat - Basketball Analysis

Now Eight Years Since The Sonics Left, Seattle's NBA Return Remains Uncertain

by Neema Hodjat

Jun 3, 2016 12:55 AM

Seattle has had the frustrations of the almost Kings' move, the success of the Thunder, the NBA's lack of concern for the city and now the city council likely killing the SODO arena. Here's where things stand in bringing the NBA back to Seattle. Read more »

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NBA Return to Seattle: What Seattle Must Do Next Cannot Be More Clear

by Neema Hodjat

Feb 25, 2015 2:18 PM

Seattle must find a way to build the new arena with hockey as the first tenant, with the NBA to follow. Read more »

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A Solution To The NBA Draft Lottery

by Neema Hodjat

Oct 23, 2014 7:46 PM

The answer is to keep the current system in place, while implementing rules that prevent teams from getting top picks in successive seasons to prevent sustained tanking. Read more »

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An Economic Argument For NBA Expansion

by Neema Hodjat

When considering in the benefits of a substantial up-front payment from the expansion fees (including factoring in the time value of money) and the threat of bubble in relation to team values, it would behoove the owners to reincarnate the Sonics and a second franchise. Read more »
NBA's Return To Seattle Still Looks Good

by Neema Hodjat

Sonics' fans should still have hope, as many significant steps were laid for the return of the NBA to Seattle, which will occur sooner rather than later. Why the optimistic view? Here’s why, Read more »
Sacramento, Seattle And The Kings – What Now?

by Neema Hodjat

Without expansion on the immediate horizon per David Stern’s comments on April 3, the NBA does not have a good solution either way. But they could guarantee a franchise to both Seattle and Sacramento within the next few years pending on which city is closer to a new arena. Read more »
An Argument For Expansion Over Relocation

by Neema Hodjat

Rather than continue on a relocation carousel, the NBA needs to expand so that Seattle, Sacramento and a third city each have teams. Read more »