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The NBA's Mediocrity Treadmill Since 84-85

by Matthew Gordon

Aug 1, 2013 12:35 AM

The treadmill is somehow both more and less common than some might think. While teams tend to fall within the 30-49 win range, as would be expected in such a competitive league, the dreaded never-ending stream of late lottery picks is uncommon. Read more »

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No, Really... Do You Need Him?

by Matthew Gordon

Jun 23, 2010 12:05 PM

One of the most discussed issues in terms of NBA draft strategy is the concept of drafting for need versus drafting the best player available. Read more »

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Playing The Wrong Way

by Matthew Gordon

Apr 17, 2010 8:25 PM

For those wanting the Raptors to become a contender, or wondering why marquee franchises land Garnetts and Gasols while the Raptors don't, look no further than the accumulated asset bank. Read more »

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Picking At Washington?s Bones

by Matthew Gordon

The Wizards have altered their roster drastically, and necessarily, regardless of if the return was sufficient. They have also changed the scenery of the NBA's highest echelon in the process. Read more »
Trade Deadline Fantasia

by Matthew Gordon

As the deadline comes upon us, five RealGM writers created trades that will benefit both sides, packing bags for names like Hinrich, Maggette, Hamilton, Smoove, Kaman, Deng and more. Read more »
Moving Day Arriving For Haywood

by Matthew Gordon

The Wizards don't need Brendan Haywood in his final months before free agency, but they could trade him for a return that nets real value in their rebuilding plans. Read more »
Iverson's Reality

by Matthew Gordon

On a straight roster spot basis, Detroit traded Chauncey Billups and Rasheed Wallace for Ben Gordon and Charlie Villanueva; Allen Iverson was merely collateral damage. Read more »
Delayed Player Movement 2009

by Matthew Gordon

The 2009 free agency class began quickly with signings made by the Pistons, Lakers and Raptors, but it has slowed down dramatically. Read more »
What Wins A Game 7?

by Matthew Gordon

The Celtics/Bulls series was decidedly different than the Hawks/Heat, but the victors and losers each played in similar fashion in their respective Game 7s. Read more »
Happy Marriage Or Shotgun Wedding?

by Matthew Gordon

If the Heat and Raptors complete some sort of version of a Jermaine O'Neal for Shawn Marion trade, the fallout for both teams could be very bad. Read more »
Merry Christmas, Raptors Fans

by Matthew Gordon

The Raptors might not be playing good basketball right now, but there are plenty of things for Toronto fans to be thankful for this holiday season. Read more »
Don't Call Me A Role Player

by Matthew Gordon

A role player performs a specific function, primarily on one side of the ball, but can do enough other things adequately to not be a specialist. Read more »
Cooking with Curry

by Matthew Gordon

Eddy Curry was drafted fourth overall in 2001, and was immediately dubbed one of the 'Baby Bulls' that would take Chicago back to the playoffs. Read more »
The First Three Weeks of 2008-09

by Matthew Gordon

Now that we?ve had a little time to watch free agency unfold, along with the usual accompaniment of trades, let?s look at some of the key moves and how they impact the teams involved. Read more »
A Pair Of Epic Showdowns

by Matthew Gordon

Like all classic series, and these two should be joining those ranks as soon as they?re over, post play will be a key determinant in who wins. Read more »
How The Prospects Fared: Memphis Vs. UCLA

by Matthew Gordon

Derrick Rose and Kevin Love each made compelling statements in Saturday's game for why they are such highly touted prospects, as did Chris Douglas-Roberts. Read more »
What Were They Thinking?

by Matthew Gordon

Many trades of this magnitude at first appear to be jumbled messes but then, upon careful examination, actually come out looking pretty good. This one looks like a jumbled mess at first glance and then, upon careful examination? is still a jumbled mess. Read more »
Expiring Assets: Western Conference

by Matthew Gordon

Like three of their Eastern Conference counterparts, the Spurs, Timberwolves and Lakers have expiring contracts that can shape the trading month of February. Read more »
Expiring Assets: Eastern Conference

by Matthew Gordon

Whether through meticulous calculation or sheer luck, teams often find themselves having an abundance of expiring contracts at any one time or having one enormous one. Read more »
All Hail The Lunch Bucket

by Matthew Gordon

For all the talk of acquiring star scorers, teams can?t forget that a solid rotation player on a cheap contract is the lifeblood of a team. There are several options available early this season. Read more »