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Suns' One Step Back To Take Three Steps Forward

by Jonathan Tjarks

Feb 28, 2015 6:06 PM

If the Suns kept Goran Dragic and Channing Frye, they would be a win-now team with a much lower ceiling than their competitors. Instead, they spun the whole thing forward, confident in their ability to project talent into the future. Read more »

Tags: Phoenix Suns, NBA

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Enes Kanter, Thunder And The Need For The Right Fit

by Jonathan Tjarks

Feb 23, 2015 2:21 PM

Enes Kanterís addition allows the Thunder to play total basketball in much the same way as the Spurs. They can attack you on offense from all five positions, something which they couldnít do before. Read more »

Tags: Enes Kanter, Utah Jazz, Oklahoma City Thunder, NBA

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The Pat Riley Empire Strikes Back

by Jonathan Tjarks

Feb 20, 2015 11:15 AM

The combination of Chris Bosh and Hassan Whiteside is a perfect fit for Goran Dragicís skills, as Miami now has a prototype spread pick-and-roll alignment, with a rim-rolling 5, a stretch 4 and an elite 1. Read more »

Tags: Goran Dragic, Miami Heat, NBA

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Why SMU Has The Pieces For A Deep Tournament Run

by Jonathan Tjarks

Nothing has gone according to plan at SMU this season. The NCAA is already sniffing around the program. Nevertheless, the Mustangs keep on winning. Read more »
Willie Cauley-Stein And The Two-Way College Basketball Superstar

by Jonathan Tjarks

Willie Cauley-Stein is the best player on the best team in the country and heís not going to be a first-team All-American. Thereís lot more that goes into helping your team win basketball games than scoring a lot of points. Read more »
NBA Prospects From The Big 12

by Jonathan Tjarks

The Big 12 is widely considered the deepest conference in the country this season. And while there isnít a ton of high-level talent outside of Kansas and Texas, almost every team has at least 1-2 guys being seriously looked at by NBA scouts. Read more »
How Kansas Continues Big 12 Dominance

by Jonathan Tjarks

You still have to give Bill Self his props for what he has done, but the basketball coach at Kansas is expected to beat a bunch of football schools just about every season. There are no other blue-blood programs in the Big 12. No Duke to his UNC. Read more »
Hurry Up And Wait

by Jonathan Tjarks

Archie Goodwin is such a phenomenal athlete that he will eventually get a chance in the NBA, even if it isnít with the Suns. The question is whether the two years he is spending on the bench were really the ideal place for him to grow as a player. Read more »
The Advent Of Hassan Whiteside

by Jonathan Tjarks

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 »
Kobe Bryant's Golden Parachute

by Jonathan Tjarks

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 »
The Nuggets' Hope Is In Jusuf Nurkic

by Jonathan Tjarks

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 »
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 »