Basketball Articles

Durant, Westbrook And The Right, Liberated Role Players

by Christopher Reina

May 31, 2016 2:37 PM

No superstar has ever left a team as talented as the Thunder and Kevin Durant will be betting on being so close to figuring out how they can get that final one percent of their role players right. Read more »

Tags: Oklahoma City Thunder, NBA

Discuss Buy Tickets
Klay Thompson Bonafide Superstar No Matter The Context

by Michael Pina

May 30, 2016 12:56 PM

Klay Thompson's talent is irreplaceable. Nobody on Earth is a better shooter, short of his own teammate. But he can also guard multiple positions and rebound. And, best of all, he's still improving. Read more »

Tags: Klay Thompson, Golden State Warriors, NBA

Discuss Buy Tickets
2016 Offseason Preview: Boston Celtics

by Keith P Smith

May 31, 2016 2:23 PM

Having a lot of assets is great on paper, but what really matters is how you use them. This offseason the Celtics have more to work with than just about anyone and it is up to Danny Ainge to take them from a nice team on the way up to title contention. Read more »

Tags: Boston Celtics, NBA

Discuss Buy Tickets
Warriors, Thunder Taking Turns Beating Each Other In The Opposite Style

by Matthew Tynan

The Warriors' Death Lineup has been on a suicide mission so Steve Kerr shifted to playing Oklahoma City's way with Andrew Bogut controlling the paint just as Billy Donovan has used his Megadeath small lineup to destroy Golden State in Games 3 and 4. 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 Spectacular Nonsense Of Cavs, Raptors

by Colin McGowan

Many of the Cavs' shots that are now 24-footers were dunks and lay-ins during the pair of blowouts for that opened the series, while Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan ascended to being unguardable back in Toronto. Read more »
2016 Offseason Preview: Dallas Mavericks

by Keith P Smith

Dallas is likely looking at a roster that is veteran heavy and filled with short-term contracts as they continue to forgo a full rebuild for as long as Dirk Nowitzki keeps playing. Read more »
Will The Warriors Let Festus Ezeli Be Their Steven Adams?

by Jonny Auping

The reality is Steven Adams is a better player than Festus Ezeli, but another reality is that Ezeli is almost certainly going to be paid this summer to be the type of player that Adams is right now. The Warriors are in a position to gauge whether or not he's worth it. Read more »
The Future Stephen Curry

by Christopher Reina

Because of his shooting and basketball IQ, Stephen Curry should have three or four more seasons of MVP-level production before a slow decline into his late 30s and possibly even 40s depending on the subtle adjustments he makes in the mid-range and how the system he plays in evolves to account for his physical limitations. Read more »
76ers' Finally Have Optimal Optionality In Draft

by Jake Hyman

Taking three straight centers, including one who has yet to play, and neglecting to upgrade other positions played a part in the 76ers winning the lottery. This time they can pick anyone they want and the best players available fortunately aren't again centers. Read more »
2016 Offseason Preview: Detroit Pistons

by Keith P Smith

The Pistons will use their available space to add backups at PG, SG and a forward. None of the moves this offseason will likely be all that glamorous, but Detroit already made the headline moves the last two trade deadlines by acquiring Reggie Jackson and Tobias Harris. Read more »
Oklahoma City's Long, Arduous Shooting Guard Search

by Colin McGowan

The Beardless years have been difficult for the Thunder, but they may finally have figured out how to get 48 productive minutes from their Dion Waiters-Andre Robertson tandem. Read more »
Significant Traded Pick Scenarios Of The Lottery

by Danny Leroux

The draft lottery holds major importance both in the immediate and long-term in terms of traded picks. Read more »
Eastern Conference Finals Preview: Cavaliers Vs. Raptors

by Michael Pina

The Raptors enter the Eastern Conference Finals as the inferior team. They have less talent and fewer lineup combinations that can shield off the hammers Cleveland will throw. Read more »
The Year Of Traded Picks

by Jake Hyman

With seven picks traded previous to the draft, protected and unprotected, the 2016 NBA Draft Lottery has more possibilities than in a usual year. Teams that had bad seasons will further delay their ability to improve while several playoff teams will have the opportunity to further add to their roster. Read more »
2016 Offseason Preview: Memphis Grizzlies

by Keith P Smith

The Grizzlies' future depends on Mike Conley's decision in free agency. They either work to rebuild around their core or look towards a dramatic rebuild. Read more »
Allen Crabbe's Well-Timed Emergence

by Haven Kaplan-Miner

Allen Crabbe emerged this season a highly regarded 3-and-D role player who has become a solid finisher in traffic as well as a terrific midrange shooter. Read more »
Three Question Western Conference Finals Preview: Warriors Vs. Thunder

by Matthew Tynan

A point guard matchup for the ages, the lethal scoring of Kevin Durant, and the size of the Thunder versus the Warriors' smallball lineup of death. Read more »
Lakers Should View Draft As Brandon Ingram Or Bust

by Jake Hyman

The worst possible outcome for the Lakers would be to draft someone other than Brandon Ingram this year and also lose their 2017 pick. Read more »
How Oklahoma City Has Pushed The Spurs To The Brink

by Matthew Tynan

If a team like the Thunder, with all that size, length and explosiveness, has gotten a read on the Spurs' best laid plans, it could be the only extra advantage they need. As if Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant weren't enough. Read more »