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Kawhi, LaMarcus, The Mid-Range And The Spurs' Next Epoch

by Christopher Reina

Jul 4, 2015 3:15 PM

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 »

Tags: Kawhi Leonard, LaMarcus Aldridge, San Antonio Spurs, NBA

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Grading The Deal: Kevin Love Re-Signs With Cavaliers

by Christopher Reina

Jul 1, 2015 8:16 PM

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 »

Tags: Kevin Love, Cleveland Cavaliers, NBA

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Grading The Deal: Anthony Davis Commits To Pelicans Until 2020

by Christopher Reina

Jul 1, 2015 2:47 PM

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 »

Tags: Anthony Davis, New Orleans Pelicans, NBA

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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 »
LeBron's Cleveland Odyssey Continues

by Christopher Reina

There has been so much evangelism for the necessity of having multiple superstars in order to compete and win titles, most of it justifiable, but maybe LeBron James was brought to the NBA to break that wheel. Read more »
Related Artists: The Curry & LeBron Finals

by Christopher Reina

There are so many surface contrasts of style and narrative between Stephen Curry and LeBron James, but they're remarkably related players carrying their teams and transfiguring basketball. Read more »
Harden Vs. Curry: An Unlikely Playoff Duel For The Ages

by Christopher Reina

Championships and deep playoff runs are the domain of big men or transcendent top-10 all-time talents like LeBron and Jordan, so these two offensive savants who are 6-5 and under MVP candidates are in truly rarefied territory as the unquestioned best players on Conference Finalists. Read more »
The Long Minnesota Rebuild Gets Better Fast

by Christopher Reina

It has been just over 4,000 days since the Wolves last had a playoff game. With Andrew Wiggins and presumably Karl-Anthony Towns, the only limit now is the imagination of Flip Saunders. Read more »
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