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The Best College Basketball Games During The NBA All-Star Break

by Jonathan Tjarks

Feb 11, 2016 6:04 PM

Even for those who have no interest in following the NCAA Tournament, this week represents a good time to start catching up on some of the top prospects in this year's draft and some of the guys their favorite teams will be linked too in the draft over the next few months. Read more »

Tags: NCAA

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Too Much Talent At The End Of The 2015 Lottery

by Jonathan Tjarks

Feb 10, 2016 1:00 PM

In terms of the strength of the 2015 NBA Draft, maybe the most impressive part comes from the end of the lottery, where Myles Turner, Devin Booker and Trey Lyles look like future stars. Read more »

Tags: Myles Turner, Devin Booker, Trey Lyles, Indiana Pacers, Phoenix Suns, Utah Jazz, NBA, NBA NBA Draft, NBA Draft General

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Thunder Caught In NBA's Transition From Big To Small

by Jonathan Tjarks

Feb 8, 2016 12:01 PM

The Thunder have kept building around Durant and Westbrook for yesterday's wars when you needed bigs, but now they're a liability when you need to go small to beat the Warriors. Read more »

Tags: Golden State Warriors, Oklahoma City Thunder, NBA

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The Heat Could Be Much Better Than This

by Jonathan Tjarks

Miami has a great collection of individual talent - they just need to figure out how to make them better than the sum of their parts and they are running out of time to do it. Read more »
The Big 12's Final Four Problem

by Jonathan Tjarks

When you look at the Big 12 as a whole, you see guard-heavy teams without great big men and teams with great big men whose style of play can be exploited by well-coached teams. Read more »
Brooklyn And The Usefulness Of Pursuing Restricted Free Agents

by Jonathan Tjarks

Restricted free agents who change teams are young guys looking to prove their worth and wanting more shots and minutes than they can receive if they stay put. Here are five the Nets should pursue. Read more »
North Carolina's New Reality Without Future Lottery Picks

by Jonathan Tjarks

Roy Williams has had to take a different tack when it comes to recruiting. He's still bringing in McDonald's All-Americans but he's no longer getting the guys whom NBA scouts have been salivating over since high school. This year's team is the perfect example. Read more »
Beating The Warriors

by Jonathan Tjarks

The Spurs might be playing right into the Warriors hands by trying to out-execute them and beat them with ball movement. The best chance anyone might have is to ugly up the game, muck up the action and play a Brutalist style of 1-on-1 offense for seven games. Read more »
Finding The Right Combination For The NBA's Best Big 3

by Jonathan Tjarks

If the NBA was a 3-on-3 league, the Thunder would be the favorites to win it all. The question is whether they can get the right combo of players to complement them. Read more »
The World Of Possibilities Of Karl-Anthony Towns

by Jonathan Tjarks

Karl-Anthony Towns is the first player since LeBron who could theoretically do all five things from all five positions. His ceiling is KG with the ability to play center full-time and knock down 3's at a high volume. He has no ceiling. Read more »
College Basketball Finding Parity Without Elite Big Men

by Jonathan Tjarks

There's a reason there's less excitement about the draft in NBA front offices than there has been in some time and it's tied directly to parity. There aren't any great big men out there and the returns on this year's lottery don'tt project to be nearly as high as they were a year ago. Read more »
Thankfully Boston Has The Brooklyn Lifeline

by Jonathan Tjarks

The Celtics are trying to make the jump from good to great - the hardest leap to make in the NBA - without any of the pieces on the roster necessary to make that possible. You can't follow the Hawks' blueprint without having the Hawks' big men. Read more »
The Mystery Boxes Of Highly Rated Draft Prospects With Limited Minutes

by Jonathan Tjarks

At this point, NBA people would probably prefer if Cheikh Diallo and Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk go back to school, but a weak draft means they might still be able to secure first-round contracts worth millions of dollars without ever getting much playing time at Kansas. Read more »
Rolling Back The Kevin Love Trade For Cleveland

by Jonathan Tjarks

There's just not a lot of room for what Kevin Love brings to the table when the Cavs are playing the best teams in the league and what they could really use is another 6'7+ wing defender who could slide between the 3 and 4 positions and push LeBron down to the 4 and the 5 more often. Read more »
Mavericks' Future Revolves Around Maximizing Chandler Parsons

by Jonathan Tjarks

If the Mavericks want to get the most out of Chandler Parsons they should be targeting another 3-and-D player at SF and a better version of JaVale McGee at center. Read more »
Cal's Talent, Cal's Issues

by Jonathan Tjarks

With a lack of three-point shooting and their coach's desire to play a low-possession game and you have the formula for a team that plays down to their competition, one that can beat anyone and lose to almost anyone. Read more »
The Kings' Best Playoff Shot In Years

by Jonathan Tjarks

The Kings have all the pieces to make a playoff run: an All-NBA big man, a stretch 4, a ball-dominant wing, a PG who can control tempo and run the offense and two wings who can be serviceable as 3-and-D players. Read more »
When You're Only As Good As The End Of Your Bench

by Jonathan Tjarks

When Alvin Gentry has gone to the end of his bench this season, he has been forced to play NBA retreads while the Warriors have received meaningful minutes from Ian Clark. Read more »
Going Back To McDonough's Original Plan In The Suns' Lost Season

by Jonathan Tjarks

This is the perfect time for the Suns to play Alex Len, Devin Booker and T.J. Warren as much as possible in roles that emphasize their strengths in order to figure out exactly what they have. Read more »
An Argument For College Basketball

by Jonathan Tjarks

There's no draft and there's no point in tanking to get better - if an NCAA program ever decided to start punting away games, they can go on a tailspin that can take years (or even decades) to get out of. Read more »
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