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The Lakers' Draft Predicament

by Jonathan Tjarks

May 22, 2015 1:42 PM

Okafor and Randle both want to play around the rim on offense and makes you confident in their ability to anchor an NBA defense. The worst case scenario is they would end up getting in each other's way on one end of the floor and leave the paint unprotected on the other. Read more »

Tags: Jahlil Okafor, Julius Randle, Los Angeles Lakers, NBA, NBA NBA Draft, NBA Draft General

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Eastern Conference Finals Preview

by Jonathan Tjarks

May 19, 2015 2:18 PM

Both teams want to spread the ball and shoot 3's, but the Hawks want to do it through pick-and-rolls, ball movement and execution in the halfcourt while the Cavs prefer to hold the ball, win 1-on-1 match-ups and draw double teams. Read more »

Tags: Atlanta Hawks, Cleveland Cavaliers, NBA

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Trickling Down To Harrison Barnes, Jeff Green

by Jonathan Tjarks

May 14, 2015 11:53 AM

Memphis is trying to get points from their big men and Golden State is trying to get points from their guards. The key for both teams comes at the wing positions, which don't get a ton of offense run through them. Read more »

Tags: Jeff Green, Harrison Barnes, Golden State Warriors, Memphis Grizzlies, NBA

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The Progress Of Golden State Vs. Old School Memphis

by Jonathan Tjarks

Memphis plays the antithesis of the style Miami and San Antonio used in the last two NBA Finals and it certainly seems like more teams will be built like Golden State than like them in the future. Read more »
Finding Khris Middleton Before He Costs A Fortune

by Jonathan Tjarks

Khris Middleton will be a highly pursued restricted free agent, but you're better off looking for the next version of an overlooked player with an almost ideal combination of size, speed and shooting ability for a wing player in the modern NBA. Read more »
Breaking Down Rockets-Clippers

by Jonathan Tjarks

There was a changing of the guard in one half of the Western Conference bracket this season with the Rockets and Clippers advancing. Here's how the the two teams match up. Read more »
The Well-Rounded, Fully-Formed Blake Griffin

by Jonathan Tjarks

If Blake Griffin can crash the boards, dictate tempo and create open shots for himself or his teammates, there's little that can be done to stop the Clippers. Read more »
Jason Terry Still The Old Jet

by Jonathan Tjarks

Jason Terry had Allen Iverson's swag and Jeff Hornacek's game. In his mind, the most gangster thing you could do was hit a pull-up mid-range jumper and he's still doing it at 37. Read more »
Another Failed Partnership As Mavs Unable To Look At Roster Holistically

by Jonathan Tjarks

The Mavs are going to have to figure out some way to build a team around three guys - Dirk, Tyson Chandler and Monta - on the downswing of their careers and that need very specific types of skill-sets around them. Read more »
Dirk's Defense Proving To Be An Ever Growing Problem For Dallas

by Jonathan Tjarks

At this stage in his career, there's just nowhere you can hide Dirk Nowitzki on defense against a good team, especially one with an offense as potent as the Rockets. There's a reason most of Dirk's peers -- Duncan, KG, Pau -- have slid down to C as they have gotten older. Read more »
Series Preview: Rockets Vs. Mavericks

by Jonathan Tjarks

While the Rockets have a clear edge in terms of regular season performance as well as having two stars in the prime of their career, key Houston injuries should give some hope to a Mavs' team with a lot of talent that hasn't been able to get everything going this season. Read more »
What Separates NBA Coaches At The Highest Levels

by Jonathan Tjarks

The key for any coach is to make sure he has the necessary talent to win and that's exactly what Steve Kerr did in picking the Warriors over the Knicks. Kerr was the only one of Phil Jackson's disciples who was actually paying attention. Read more »
The NBA Future Of The Kentucky Seven

by Jonathan Tjarks

When you are drafting from a John Calipari team, you want to make sure you are taking guys based off their talent level and skill-set not their proximity to greatness at the NCAA level. So how do the seven guys from this year's team stack up with each other? Read more »
Shaka Smart Waited For This Chance At Texas

by Jonathan Tjarks

Most college games are won and lost before the ball is ever tipped into play. What Shaka Smart realized was there was no reason to leave the premier job in his conference unless he could get a premier job in one of the bigger conferences. Read more »
Tournament Wins Come From Smart Coaching In January, February

by Jonathan Tjarks

Justise Winslow's numbers have risen dramatically, in large part because Coach K put him in a position to succeed on both sides of the floor. One guy who has slipped in comparison is Stanley Johnson and it's instructive to see the difference in how they were deployed by their respective coaches. Read more »
Karl-Anthony Towns As A Specter Of The Past Or A Vision Of The Future

by Jonathan Tjarks

The biggest question NBA teams will have with Karl-Anthony Towns is whether to utilize him in post-ups or pick-and-rolls. What makes him such a great prospect is it can work either way. Read more »
The Goliaths Of The Tourney

by Jonathan Tjarks

While there is always an element of randomness involved in a one-and-done tournament, there is an underlying pattern as to who is advancing and who is going home. For the most part, higher seeds with elite big men are safe while the ones without are vulnerable. Read more »
Road Records Reveal Truth Of Tournament Teams

by Jonathan Tjarks

If you look at the numbers as a whole, teams with a .500 or lower record on the road don't tend to do all that well in the NCAA Tournament. Read more »
Why Kentucky Looks Nearly Bulletproof Entering The Tourney

by Jonathan Tjarks

Karl Towns is the closest thing to Anthony Davis since Anthony Davis and Kentucky has all the pieces around him necessary to win a championship. He’s the reason why Kentucky should go 40-0 and why the 2015 NCAA Tournament should be a lot more predictable than 2014. Read more »
How To Spot A Potential Cinderella For The NCAA Tournament

by Jonathan Tjarks

For the most part, Championship Week and the first weekend of the NCAA Tournament are all about the underdogs. For a team from a low-major or mid-major conference, winning two games in the NCAA Tournament is their equivalent of winning a national title. Read more »
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