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Series Preview: Rockets Vs. Mavericks

by Jonathan Tjarks

Apr 16, 2015 4:28 PM

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 »

Tags: Dallas Mavericks, Houston Rockets, NBA

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What Separates NBA Coaches At The Highest Levels

by Jonathan Tjarks

Apr 14, 2015 1:18 PM

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 »

Tags: Golden State Warriors, New York Knicks, NBA

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The NBA Future Of The Kentucky Seven

by Jonathan Tjarks

Apr 9, 2015 6:20 PM

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 »

Tags: Willie Cauley-Stein, Karl-Anthony Towns, Devin Booker, Trey Lyles, Aaron Harrison, Andrew Harrison, Dakari Johnson, Kentucky Wildcats, NCAA, NBA, NBA NBA Draft, NBA Draft General

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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. Heís 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 »
How Iowa State Can Make A Final Four Run

by Jonathan Tjarks

Under Fred Hoiberg's direction, Iowa State has become the most consistent threat to Kansas in the Big 12, despite not having nearly the same level of recruits. They are NCAA players running an NBA offense. Read more »
How Picking The Wrong Coach Hurts Draft Stock

by Jonathan Tjarks

A savvy NBA team at the end of the lottery may be able to squeeze a lot of value out of their pick because of the incompetence of Myles Turner's college coach. Read more »
Suns' One Step Back To Take Three Steps Forward

by Jonathan Tjarks

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 »
Enes Kanter, Thunder And The Need For The Right Fit

by Jonathan Tjarks

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 »
The Pat Riley Empire Strikes Back

by Jonathan Tjarks

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 »
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 »