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It Takes A Galaxy

by Christopher Reina

Jan 25, 2016 7:57 PM

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 »

Tags: Cleveland Cavaliers, Golden State Warriors, San Antonio Spurs, Oklahoma City Thunder, NBA

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2015 Year-End NBA Team Portfolio Rankings

by Christopher Reina

Dec 29, 2015 8:16 PM

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 »

Tags: Atlanta Hawks, Boston Celtics, Charlotte Hornets, Chicago Bulls, Cleveland Cavaliers, Dallas Mavericks, Denver Nuggets, Detroit Pistons, Golden State Warriors, Houston Rockets, Indiana Pacers, Los Angeles Clippers, Los Angeles Lakers, Memphis Grizzlies, Miami Heat, Milwaukee Bucks, Minnesota Timberwolves, New Orleans Pelicans, New York Knicks, Orlando Magic, Philadelphia Sixers, Phoenix Suns, Portland Trail Blazers, Sacramento Kings, San Antonio Spurs, Toronto Raptors, Utah Jazz, Washington Wizards, Oklahoma City Thunder, Brooklyn Nets, NBA

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The Prosperous Nihilism Of The Lakers Keeping Kobe Bryant To The End

by Christopher Reina

Dec 2, 2015 3:09 PM

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 »

Tags: Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles Lakers, NBA

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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 »
Grading The Deal: Kevin Love Re-Signs With Cavaliers

by Christopher Reina

Kevin Love's first round injury gave both he and the Cavs time to miss each other. They quickly agreed upon a five-year, $110 million deal instead of a 1+1. Read more »
Grading The Deal: Anthony Davis Commits To Pelicans Until 2020

by Christopher Reina

No team in the NBA has a better five-year title window now than the Pelicans simply because they know they'll have their franchise player under a five-year, $145 million contract. Read more »
Strengths, Weaknesses Of All 30 NBA Teams Entering Draft, Free Agency

by Christopher Reina

These infographics show the percentile rankings for all 30 teams in the critical categories of offensive efficiency, defensive efficiency, rebound percentage, assist percentage, three-point percentage and foul rate during the 14-15 regular season. Read more »
NBA 2015 Draft Comparison Guides

by Christopher Reina

Comparisons of draft prospects to current NBA players is always an inexact science, but these projections are a combination of statistical profiles from when the NBA players were at a similar age and from stylistic similarities. Read more »
Draft Report: Frank Kaminsky Of Wisconsin

by Christopher Reina

There's been a growing belief that the NBA has finally moved to a place where a long, skinny, agile four-year late blooming senior can become a starter-quality player. With the right situation, Frank Kaminsky can surely become a useful player with where the league has gone, but he doesn't have the talent to thrive anywhere. Read more »
Draft Report: Stanley Johnson Of Arizona

by Christopher Reina

Stanley Johnson can score in a multitude of ways with his blend of strength and quickness from the wing. Johnson has the mentality and body of a big to pair with the traditional skill-set of a wing with his perimeter shooting. Read more »
Draft Report: Willie Cauley-Stein Of Kentucky

by Christopher Reina

Willie Cauley-Stein has a transcendent, on-trend, NBA-ready skill and can transform a team's defensive identity immediately. Read more »
Draft Report: Mario Hezonja Of Barcelona

by Christopher Reina

You have to be built in a special, irrational confidence way to be an effective high usage wing scorer. The question is whether Mario Hezonja has the skills and ability to back it up and if he can't, whether he can dial it down from his default of 11 to an eight. Read more »
Draft Report: Kristaps Porzingis Of Sevilla

by Christopher Reina

Kristaps Porzingis is a prodigy capable of having one of the NBA's most unique skill-sets as a floor stretching big that will also protect the rim. While he's NBA-ready to contribute, Porzingis is more of a gadget player than he is a franchise-changing centerpiece. Read more »
Draft Report: Justise Winslow Of Duke

by Christopher Reina

Justise Winslow is the type of player who is going to find a role on any team, but the team drafting him may get a deluxe role player instead of a true two-way star for their core. Read more »
Draft Report: Emmanuel Mudiay Of Guangdong

by Christopher Reina

Emmanuel Mudiay has a high bar for the certainty of his combination of skill and athleticism, but the true question is whether he can sustain his level of play on a nightly basis to become a high efficiency 20, five and eight player. Read more »
Draft Report: D'Angelo Russell Of Ohio State

by Christopher Reina

D'Angelo Russell plays with as confidence as anyone in this draft and can evolve into a combination of Harden and Wall with an efficient NBA offense built around him if he can also maximize his potential physically. Read more »
Draft Report: Karl-Anthony Towns Of Kentucky

by Christopher Reina

Karl-Anthony Towns is perhaps the most jack of all trades center prospect in NBA history and he really could become a master of them all to become one of the best two or three players in the league. Read more »
Draft Report: Jahlil Okafor Of Duke

by Christopher Reina

People watch Jahlil Okafor's preternatural post game and think he just wasn't made for these times. Outside shooting has never been more important, but low post scorers that command a double team can be transformative to an offense. Read more »
All Hail Smallball Thou Shalt Be King Hereafter

by Christopher Reina

Everything for an NBA champion begins and ends with that team's best player, but Draymond Green was undoubtedly the Warriors' good to great factor all season and was the key to unlocking a title for a smallball team. Read more »
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