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Grading The Deal: Thunder Trade Serge Ibaka To Magic

by Christopher Reina

Jun 23, 2016 10:27 PM

Four years after trading away James Harden, the Thunder made a similar deal involving Serge Ibaka as they enter the most important offseason in franchise history. Read more »

Tags: Serge Ibaka, Orlando Magic, Oklahoma City Thunder, NBA

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Grading The Deal: Pacers Trade For Thaddeus Young

by Christopher Reina

Jun 23, 2016 2:48 PM

The Pacers' long, excessively deliberate signaled quest to improve their offense moved forward yet again hours before the draft when they traded the 20th overall pick and a future second rounder to the Nets for Thaddeus Young. Read more »

Tags: Indiana Pacers, Brooklyn Nets, NBA

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Grading The Deal: Knicks Trade For Derrick Rose

by Christopher Reina

Jun 22, 2016 5:10 PM

The Knicks wanted to improve their backcourt and have done so in name only by acquiring Derrick Rose while further limiting their ability to build a sustainable supporting cast around Kristaps Porzingis. Read more »

Tags: Derrick Rose, Jerian Grant, Chicago Bulls, New York Knicks, NBA

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Grading The Deal: Teague To Pacers, George Hill To Jazz, 12th Overall To Hawks

by Christopher Reina

It is a win for all three teams on the surface as the Pacers slightly upgrade at point guard, the Jazz definitely upgrade at point guard and the Hawks acquire a lottery pick, albeit in a weak draft, for a player that was no longer in their plans. Read more »
No Small Ball Without Draymond Green

by Christopher Reina

The Warriors have the two best shooters in the NBA and the delusion is that even if a team can play fast while maintaining a top-5 defense, attempt a ton of three's while approximating the shooting of Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson, you will still be a Draymond Green short. Read more »
Durant, Westbrook And The Right, Liberated Role Players

by Christopher Reina

No superstar has ever left a team as talented as the Thunder and Kevin Durant will be betting on being so close to figuring out how they can get that final one percent of their role players right. Read more »
The Future Stephen Curry

by Christopher Reina

Because of his shooting and basketball IQ, Stephen Curry should have three or four more seasons of MVP-level production before a slow decline into his late 30s and possibly even 40s depending on the subtle adjustments he makes in the mid-range and how the system he plays in evolves to account for his physical limitations. Read more »
Ten-Year Efficiency Differential Rankings (Infographics For All 30 Teams)

by Christopher Reina

Beyond strictly looking at wins and losses, efficiency differential gives a clear picture of team performance. Read more »
Karl-Anthony Towns As The Messianic Smallball Loophole

by Christopher Reina

Karl-Anthony Towns is the unstoppable tactical force that can do everything and go anywhere, the queen on the chessboard. In 2016, Towns is the player you would pick to build a franchise around. Read more »
Notes From The 2016 Nike Hoop Summit

by Christopher Reina

On Josh Jackson, Jayson Tatum, Jonathan Isaac, De'Aaron Fox, Markelle Fultz, DeAndre Ayton, Terrance Ferguson, Wenyen Gabriel and the other notables for the 2016 Nike Hoop Summit. Read more »
Tank Yourself Clean: The End Of Sam Hinkie

by Christopher Reina

Injuries, compounding those injuries by drafting too many bigs and not winning a lottery to draft a transcendent talent cost Sam Hinkie his job, but the assets of his ethos will continue to live on in the 76ers indefinitely. Read more »
Kobe Bryant The GM

by Christopher Reina

We uniquely have detailed knowledge of who Kobe Bryant tried to exert his pseudo GM influence for and against during multiple stages of his playing career. Read more »
The Neverending Incubation Of The Thunder

by Christopher Reina

Teams are as good as the aggregate of hundreds of details and the Thunder simply haven't yet won enough of these details to earn themselves a title. Read more »
Giannis And The Science Fiction Future Of Basketball

by Christopher Reina

Giannis Antetokounmpo is a basketball miracle that offers you the most convincing glimpse into the seemingly improbable future of the game in which every player can do everything with fluidity and athleticism at seven feet. Read more »
Asking Anthony Davis To Move Mountains

by Christopher Reina

The Pelicans have nothing to show for four years of roster construction other than Anthony Davis mercifully agreeing to an extension last summer. Fortunately he's a transcendent talent and there's enough offseasons before 2020 to fix it. Read more »
It Takes A Galaxy

by Christopher Reina

There is a wolfishness to how the Warriors and Spurs play collectively on both sides of the floor that overwhelm not just single superstar teams but even teams with a collection of superstars. Read more »
2015 Year-End NBA Team Portfolio Rankings

by Christopher Reina

The only considerations are talent, age, cap flexibility and future draft picks with the goal being to eventually compete for and win the NBA Finals. Read more »
The Prosperous Nihilism Of The Lakers Keeping Kobe Bryant To The End

by Christopher Reina

The Lakers have been rebuilding this entire time behind the veneer of keeping Kobe Bryant a "Laker for Life," which is a remarkable, unthinkable conclusion to his career. Read more »
Grading The Deal: Tristan Thompson Signs Five-Year, $82M Deal With Cavaliers

by Christopher Reina

112 days later, Tristan Thompson received an extra $2 million over five years in an agreement both sides effectively won. Read more »
Kawhi, LaMarcus, The Mid-Range And The Spurs' Next Epoch

by Christopher Reina

Beyond the mere benefit of adding a player of LaMarcus Aldridge's caliber to a team already competing for a title, the greatest impact of his signing is how it elevates what's possible for Kawhi Leonard. Read more »