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Finding Minutes For The Unorthodox Game Of T.J. Warren

by Jonathan Tjarks

Jul 28, 2015 3:35 PM

The Suns are going to have to depend on internal improvement to take the next step, but a lot of their young core is blocked in terms of potential playing time in the near future. T.J. Warren is their one young guy with the chance to take a step forward and vault them into the Top 8 out West. Read more »

Tags: T.J. Warren, Phoenix Suns, NBA

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Ty Lawson And The Rockets' Depth Of Talent In Their Prime

by Jonathan Tjarks

Jul 20, 2015 5:11 PM

The Ty Lawson trade fits Daryl Morey's modus operandi perfectly; he's taking a chance on a guy based on his basketball skills and figuring everything else will take care of itself. Read more »

Tags: Ty Lawson, Houston Rockets, NBA

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The Case For Dante Exum: Tools Over Stats

by Jonathan Tjarks

Jul 17, 2015 2:02 PM

Dante Exum still shows all the signs of becoming a really good player in the NBA for a long time to come, which makes the Jazz dangerous with all of their overwhelming length and talent. Read more »

Tags: Utah Jazz, NBA

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The Second Chances Of Perry Jones, Jeremy Lamb

by Jonathan Tjarks

Perry Jones III and Jeremy Lamb were supposed to be part of a second wave of young players who would augment the Thunder core as they started making real money. That's how fast the worm can turn in the NBA - from a key part of the future to yesterday's news in a snap of the finger. Read more »
Mavs Now Paying Bill For Avoiding Reloading Through Draft

by Jonathan Tjarks

Mark Cuban has been trying to find a shortcut to relevance over the last few seasons and all he ended up accomplishing was making the journey longer than it had to be. Read more »
Mavs Offering Perfect Marriage Of Spot, Opportunity

by Jonathan Tjarks

Superstars want to be the final piece of the puzzle. The real appeal of the Mavs' pitch was to guys like DeAndre Jordan, Wesley Matthews and Chandler Parsons who wanted to be bigger pieces in a new puzzle. Read more »
Piece By Piece With No Shortcuts

by Jonathan Tjarks

It doesn't matter whether you are in Los Angeles, New York, Milwaukee, Phoenix or San Antonio. Everyone has to build a team the same way in the modern NBA. Read more »
Cliff Alexander And NBA Teams Being Saved From Themselves

by Jonathan Tjarks

Guys like Cliff Alexander are why the one-and-done rule exists and they are why the NBA is going to fight to extend it to two seasons during the next CBA. Read more »
Top-12 NBA Draft Review

by Jonathan Tjarks

Here's some (admittedly long-winded) thoughts about what the Wolves, Lakers, 76ers, Knicks, Magic, Kings, Nuggets, Pistons, Hornets, Heat, Pacers and Jazz did in the top-12. Read more »
The Paradigm Shift For NBA Backup Centers

by Jonathan Tjarks

Every team is going to need a small-ball center capable of switching pick-and-rolls and making plays in space. Dakari Johnson is what backup centers in the NBA looked like 10 years ago - Jordan Mickey is what they will look like 10 years from now. Read more »
Smaller, Faster, Better

by Jonathan Tjarks

Instead of a league where big teams dictate the action against smaller ones, faster teams can now dictate the action against slower ones. It's all about being able to defend and shoot at a high level from every spot in the floor. Read more »
LeBron, Steph & The NBA's Constant Darwinian Struggle

by Jonathan Tjarks

The Cavs have been stripped down to the bone, but it still takes an almost flawless team to beat LeBron's team four times in seven games. The exciting thing about the NBA these days is that it is producing teams capable of doing just that. Read more »
How The Warriors Figured Out Game 4, What The Cavs Can Do To Adjust For Game 5

by Jonathan Tjarks

If Golden State was going to go down, it almost had to be this way. They became a title contender when they replaced David Lee with Draymond Green, going from a three-out team that couldn't space the floor or switch pick-and-rolls to a four-out team that could. Read more »
LeBron & Mozgov Break The Small-Ball Formula

by Jonathan Tjarks

Timofey Mozgov is the first two-way 7'0 that LeBron has ever played with and if the Cavs are going to pull off one of the more remarkable upsets in NBA Finals history, their best bet is pairing LeBron with Mozgov and trying to win three more Bully Ball games. Read more »
Adjustments For The Warriors, Cavaliers After Game 1

by Jonathan Tjarks

As the old saying goes, a seven-game series is like a heavyweight fight and Game 1 is usually the feeling-out process. Here are five adjustments apiece for the Warriors and Cavs. Read more »
How The Bulls Can Achieve The New Coach Bump

by Jonathan Tjarks

There's only so much a coach can change about a team stocked with veteran players. If the Bulls are playing Noah and Pau together for most of the game, their ceiling isn't going to change whether or not Fred Hoiberg or Tom Thibodeau is on the sidelines. Read more »
Whatever Cleveland Needs, LeBron Can Give

by Jonathan Tjarks

There's certainly scenarios where the Cavs can pull off the upset, most of them revolving around LeBron, JR and Shumpert winning their individual matchups. It just seems like there are many more routes to victory for Golden State. The NBA is becoming a wing's league and there's no team in the league with more quality wings than the Warriors. Read more »
The Post Post-Play World

by Jonathan Tjarks

While making a living by scoring with your back to the basket isn't going to work for the vast majority of young big men coming into the league, the rules that apply to the 99 percent don't necessarily hold true for the 1 percent. Jahlil Okafor. DeMarcus Cousins. Joel Embiid. Karl Towns. Post play may be gone for now but that doesn't mean it will be gone forever. Read more »
The Lakers' Draft Predicament

by Jonathan Tjarks

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 »
Eastern Conference Finals Preview

by Jonathan Tjarks

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 »
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