Basketball Articles

Russell Westbrook As Antihero On An Anti-Superteam

by Christopher Reina

Jul 15, 2016 4:56 PM

Russell Westbrook playing as the unequivocal alpha and omega with a finely crafted set of elite role players is perhaps the ultimate fulfillment of his basketball destiny. Perhaps it is also the ultimate fulfillment of this asset-rich Celtics' era. Read more »

Tags: Russell Westbrook, Boston Celtics, Oklahoma City Thunder, NBA

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The Many Legacies Of Tim Duncan

by Christopher Reina

Jul 11, 2016 11:12 AM

Tim Duncan isn't the greatest player in NBA history and certainly not the most entertaining or culturally relevant, but no team has extracted more value from a player and for longer than the Spurs did with him since Bill Russell and the Celtics. Read more »

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Grading The Deal: Blazers Sign Festus Ezeli To One Of Best Bargains Of Offseason

by Christopher Reina

Jul 8, 2016 6:40 PM

Festus Ezeli is one of the best rebounders in the game and also keeps getting better as a rim protector, which was quite clearly one of Portland's biggest needs entering the offseason. Read more »

Tags: Festus Ezeli, Portland Trail Blazers, NBA

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Team USA And The Genesis Of NBA Superteams

by Christopher Reina

Without the development of friendships as teammates and the on-court test drive of playing with each other as part of Team USA, the 2010 Heat and 2016 Warriors probably never happen. Read more »
Grading The Deal: Dwyane Wade Leaves Miami For Chicago

by Christopher Reina

Players will always be interested in Miami with its advantages of weather, culture and no state income tax, but the reality of even Dwyane Wade being unable to trust his 13-year relationship with Pat Riley has caused irrevocable damage. Read more »
Grading The Deal: Harrison Barnes Signs $94M Deal With Mavs

by Christopher Reina

Harrison Barnes is not the transcendent talent many expected him to be as a hyped high school kid in Iowa, but he's figured out how to be productive and valuable as a prototypical combo forward. Read more »
Grading The Deal: Zaza Pachulia Joins Warriors As Starting Center

by Christopher Reina

The Warriors' center rotation of Zaza Pachulia and Damian Jones won't be as effective as Andrew Bogut and Festus Ezeli, but it will come at a fraction of the cost. Read more »
Grading The Deal: Pau Gasol Signs With Spurs

by Christopher Reina

The Spurs could have instead pursued a younger, more athletic big with upside to emerge to another level within their system, but they went with the safe plug and play option of Pau Gasol. Read more »
Grading The Deal: Kevin Durant Leaves Oklahoma City For The Warriors

by Christopher Reina

Signing Kevin Durant with an existing team so young and talented that just won a record-breaking 73 regular season games is an NBA miracle. Durant's legacy will now be playing within the greatest offense in the history of basketball and however many titles they win. Read more »
Grading The Deal: Rajon Rondo, Bulls Agree To Low Risk Deal

by Christopher Reina

The Bulls didn't need a ball dominant, high profile point guard who more than likely still can't shoot and has become disinterested in defense but at least the risk in years and dollars is minimal. Read more »
Grading The Deal: Marvin Williams Re-Signs With Hornets

by Christopher Reina

Marvin Williams was always destined for this combo forward role as soon as he worked on his perimeter shot and the NBA evolved to match his physical gifts. Read more »
Grading The Deal: Courtney Lee Signs $50M Deal With Knicks

by Christopher Reina

Courtney Lee has always seemed like an ideal complementary shooting guard with his stable all-around game, yet he's been traded five times in his career and has never last more than two seasons with any single team. Read more »
Grading The Deal: Rockets Sign Ryan Anderson, Eric Gordon

by Christopher Reina

Houston is loading up on shooters in Ryan Anderson and Eric Gordon to surround James Harden within Mike D'Antoni's system and must be assuming the defensive side of the floor will be a layup line regardless. Read more »
Grading The Deal: Al Horford Chooses Boston

by Christopher Reina

Al Horford quintessentially demonstrates the sum of being pretty good at everything makes you really good in the aggregate. This is also the type of team the Celtics have been over the past two seasons. By landing an All-Star without losing any assets, they've accomplished the first step in becoming great. Read more »
Grading The Deal: Bismack Biyombo Signs With Magic For $72M

by Christopher Reina

Seemingly out of nowhere, Bismack Biyombo became a plenty respectable generic drug version of Dikembe Mutombo. Now he joins a crowded yet talented Magic frontcourt on a reasonable contract. Read more »
Grading The Deal: Luol Deng Joins Lakers' Rebuilding Project

by Christopher Reina

The Lakers have rebuilt in the past at a light-speed pace full of shortcuts and since thatís clearly not happening this time around, they've instead now shifted to signing players that are effectively human gauze to stop the bleeding. Read more »
Grading The Deal: Hawks Keep Kent Bazemore On $70M Contract

by Christopher Reina

Kent Bazemore parlayed his increased opportunity with the Hawks over the past two seasons to become one of the NBA's better 3&D wings and is now one of the best paid ones. Read more »
Grading The Deal: Joakim Noah Signs $72M Contract With Knicks

by Christopher Reina

Unless Joakim Noah becomes his 2014 self again in 2016, the Knicks had a better center on a better contract in Robin Lopez. The problem with this way of team building the Knicks have found themselves pursuing an uncountable number of times is that it is unsustainable even if it breaks perfectly right. Read more »
Grading The Deal: Matthew Dellavedova Signs $38M Offer Sheet With Bucks

by Christopher Reina

There is some concern with how well Dellavedova will function outside the LeBron James' ecosystem but playing beside Giannis Antetokounmpo will be a captivating new adventure in its own right. Read more »
Grading The Deal: Dwight Howard Signs With Atlanta On Three-Year Deal

by Christopher Reina

For all of the Hawks' attempts at becoming San Antonio East, it has felt like they're making it up as they go in terms of roster construction. Signing Dwight Howard feels like another such move even if it could work out exceptionally well. Read more »