Basketball Articles

The Advent Of Hassan Whiteside

by Jonathan Tjarks

Jan 28, 2015 11:44 AM

Playing in Erik Spoelstraís system has turned Hassan Whiteside from a fringe NBA player to one of the most valuable players in the league. Thatís the beauty of playing 4-out basketball and allowing guys to operate in maximum space. Read more »

Tags: Hassan Whiteside, Miami Heat, NBA

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Kobe Bryant's Golden Parachute

by Jonathan Tjarks

Jan 23, 2015 12:31 PM

In a business where rain makers can choose where they want to work, itís never a bad idea to cultivate a reputation as a place that takes care of its employees. The Lakers are still a family business and their perspective is more nuanced than most. Read more »

Tags: Kobe Bryant, Kevin Love, Los Angeles Lakers, Cleveland Cavaliers, NBA

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The Nuggets' Hope Is In Jusuf Nurkic

by Jonathan Tjarks

Jan 20, 2015 5:35 PM

Rebuilding a team starts with laying a foundation and there are few better cornerstones to have laying around than a 6í11 280 two-way center who is the age of a college sophomore. Read more »

Tags: Jusuf Nurkic, Denver Nuggets, NBA

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Cutting Up The Revisionist History Of The James Harden Trade

by Jonathan Tjarks

Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook and James Harden was always going to be a 1+1+1 = 2.5 situation. As a starter, Harden would have been thrust in the Kevin Love/Chris Bosh role, except he couldnít bring nearly as much to the table in terms of rebounding, scoring from the post and spacing the floor from the front-court. Read more »
The Magic Of Four-Out Basketball

by Jonathan Tjarks

What is happening with the Pistons is a lot bigger than Josh Smith. This is the triumph of four-out basketball in action, a team being radically transformed from one of the worst teams in the NBA to one of the best merely by doing a better job of spacing the floor. Read more »
Rookie Seasons About Survival, Patience

by Jonathan Tjarks

When it comes to long-term potential, it doesnít really matter how much better Nikola Mirotic is right now than guys like Exum, LaVine and Caboclo. Mirotic is the same age as Tobias Harris, who has the better shot of being a combo forward star. Read more »
Tape Measure, Game Film, Common Sense

by Jonathan Tjarks

Jabari Parkerís early success has a self-described facial coding expert taking a victory lap, but the the biggest market inefficiency was Dante Exum falling to No. 5, especially considering how well he'd fit with the Bucks. Read more »
The Atlanta Celtics Make Their Long-Awaited Return In Houston

by Jonathan Tjarks

Ten years ago, if you had told Josh Smith and Dwight Howard they would wind up on the same NBA team, they probably would have figured they would win a title. They would have no reason not to. Read more »
Waiting On Al Horford

by Jonathan Tjarks

Al Horford is the glue that makes everyone around him better, an extremely versatile big man with a complete skill-set who can impact the game on offense and defense. This makes it easy to put a team around him. Read more »
The NBA's Last High School Class

by Jonathan Tjarks

Gerald Green, Monta Ellis, Lou Williams and Amir Johnson were part of the final high school class to go straight to the NBA. Talent was never the issue for any of these guys, but it took them awhile to find their place as they were caught between two eras. Read more »
Russell Westbrook Unleashed

by Jonathan Tjarks

The Thunder ran out of steam in the fourth quarter, but the first game of the Russell Westbrook experience was everything people hoped it would be. Westbrook is going to mount a full-fledged assault on the rest of the league and thereís no player more fun to watch in that scenario. Read more »
Internal Improvement Candidates: Southeast Division

by Jonathan Tjarks

Tobias Harris, Norris Cole, Cody Zeller, Otto Porter and Dennis Schroeder are five players in the Southeast Division that could offer their teams a boost by taking the next step in their development. Read more »
Internal Improvement Candidates: Central Division

by Jonathan Tjarks

Andre Drummond, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Dion Waiters, Tony Snell and Solomon Hill are young players of the Central Division that can offer their teams improvement from within. Read more »
Internal Improvement Candidates: Pacific Division

by Jonathan Tjarks

Wesley Johnson, Ben McLemore, Draymond Green, Alex Len and Reggie Bullock are young players that can offer their teams improvement from within. Read more »
Warriors Enter 14-15 With New Coach Yet Same Problem With David Lee

by Jonathan Tjarks

While Mark Jackson had a lot of success, he was far from a perfect coach, so thereís nothing wrong with replacing him with Steve Kerr. But if David Lee ends up having more job security than Jackson, the Warriors have been wasting their time. For as much press as coaches get in the modern NBA, basketball is still more about Jimmies and Joes than Xís and Oís. Read more »
Thunder Facing Another Extension Dilemma In Reggie Jackson

by Jonathan Tjarks

As players from the 2011 NBA Draft negotiate extensions on their rookie deals, none will have a more interesting decision to make than Reggie Jackson. Jacksonís current situation is fairly comparable to Eric Bledsoe, who spent most of his first three seasons playing behind Chris Paul. Read more »
USA Fully Restores Order In Basketball Universe

by Jonathan Tjarks

The scariest part about the United States' performance is that this wasnít even the team Mike Krzyzewski and Jerry Colangelo envisioned sending to Spain, yet they still haven't lost a game since 2006. Read more »
The 250-Pound Swiss Army Life Of France And San Antonio

by Jonathan Tjarks

Boris Diaw served as Franceís primary playmaker and one of the main hubs of their offense in their upset win of Spain. The upset is a culmination of a remarkable year of basketball for Diaw, both internationally and in the NBA. Read more »
Spain And The Beautiful Game

by Jonathan Tjarks

Everyone in Spainís rotation is an NBA-caliber player and they can all shoot, pass and make decisions on the fly. If they keep this level of play up, they could go down as the best international team of the modern era. Read more »
Why Eric Bledsoe's Max Contract Awaits

by Jonathan Tjarks

Once Eric Bledsoe gets more NBA games under his belt, thereís really no ceiling to how good he can be - imagine Chris Paulís brain in Derrick Roseís body. He's also already one of the best two-way players in the NBA. Read more »