Basketball Articles

The Inglorious Reboot Of The Dion Waiters/JR Smith Power Rankings

by Jonny Auping

Feb 22, 2017 7:02 PM

Dion Waiters and J.R. Smith chase their moments because sometimes they remind us all that they're good enough to catch them. And when they're not, well, that always seems to be worth documenting as well. Read more »

Tags: J.R. Smith, Dion Waiters, Cleveland Cavaliers, Miami Heat, NBA

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Boogie's Liberation From The Chaos Of Sacramento

by Colin McGowan

Feb 21, 2017 12:37 PM

Even if the relationship was difficult at times, the Kings made a lot of money off DeMarcus Cousins. That franchise value ticks ever-upward. Boogie, meanwhile, suffered in a hell that was mostly the Kings' creation. Read more »

Tags: DeMarcus Cousins, New Orleans Pelicans, Sacramento Kings, NBA

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Grading The Deal: Lakers Trade Lou Williams To Houston

by Keith P Smith

Feb 22, 2017 1:31 AM

Trading Lou Williams was more about the pick than the player for the Lakers and they did solid job to get a first round pick for a luxury asset at this point in their season. Read more »

Tags: Houston Rockets, Los Angeles Lakers, NBA

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Grading The Deal: Wizards Acquire Bojan Bogdanovic From Brooklyn

by Keith P Smith

Bojan Bogdanovic will give Washington a good bench weapon who can play either shooting guard or small forward and fits in any lineup the Wizards want to run. Read more »
Grading The Deal: Hawks Trade For Ersan Ilyasova

by Keith P Smith

The Hawks had one hole in their rotation and that was for another big off the bench and they found one in Ersan Ilyasova without giving up anything significant. Read more »
The NBA's No-Man's Land: Charlotte Hornets

by Brett Koremenos

For the Hornets, it's clear that the root cause of their struggles this season has been the availability of one solid, if unspectacular big man in Cody Zeller. The real mystery in this case, is why? Read more »
Grading The Deal: Pelicans Trade For DeMarcus Cousins

by Christopher Reina

DeMarcus Cousins and Anthony Davis will form one of the NBA's best big man combinations in recent memory and could do so for the next decade. The Pelicans will be big man dominant in a small ball era, yet both Cousins and Davis are capable of spreading the floor as the most enticing bigs of this generation do. Read more »
Western Conference Buyers & Sellers At The Trade Deadline

by Keith P Smith

There are a number of teams on the fringes of the playoff picture such as the Kings, Nuggets, Blazers and Mavericks, which makes predicting their deadline goals difficult. Read more »
How The Political Climate Impacts Perception Of Knicks, Bulls

by John Wilmes

As the NBA reacts to an increasingly chaotic society outside that bubble, though, and pushes back on the forms that cultural madness takes within its own world, it plays a relevant role in the ongoing American identity crisis. Read more »
Eastern Conference Buyers & Sellers At The Trade Deadline

by Keith P Smith

While the Knicks, Bulls, Hawks and Heat could be either buyers or sellers, there are a number of teams in the East that will be aggressive at the deadline. Read more »
Should The Celtics Already Be Thinking About Markelle Fultz, Lonzo Ball?

by Jonny Auping

Breaking up the Celtics' backcourt of Isaiah Thomas or Avery Bradley for Markelle Fultz or Lonzo Ball would be a one-step-backwards, two-step-forward strategy. Read more »
Celtics Remain On Asset Treadmill, Perhaps With More Miles To Log

by Andrew Perna

Every few months, with the cupboard still stocked, we opine whether Danny Ainge should pull the trigger on a deal and move some of the assets that either have or will soon begin depreciating. Read more »
The NBA's No-Man's Land: New Orleans Pelicans

by Brett Koremenos

New Orleans needs to make a firm assessment on where they stand with Jrue Holiday and then proceed accordingly heading into the deadline and offseason. Read more »
Russell Westbrook's Beautifully Useless Masterpiece Against KD's Decision

by Colin McGowan

The moment where Russell Westbrook shouted at Kevin Durant with the Thunder down 18 points perfectly explains his season. He's overmatched, brilliant, pushing too hard, and permanently incensed. Read more »
Prospect Report: Frank Ntilikina Of Strasbourg

by Rafael Uehara

Frank Ntilikina has shown he can act as a volume shot creator, capable of getting his team shots on an every-possession basis, which combined with his height, makes him an elite prospect, even in a class as strong as this 2017 one is perceived to be. Read more »
Grading The Deal: Raptors Acquire Serge Ibaka From Magic

by Keith P Smith

Toronto is going all-in on this season by acquiring Serge Ibaka to fill their longtime need at power forward, while the Magic tried to recoup some of what was lost in dealing for him while also making their roster more coherent. Read more »
The Long-Term Gains Of Being In The LeBron Business

by Christopher Reina

The Cavaliers lost money last season and LeBron James has questioned their commitment to repeat. There's no way to discount how special it is to have LeBron on your team and there will be no regret for trying to win by all means necessary. Read more »
League Pass Games Of The Week: Feb. 13-Feb. 16

by Danny Leroux

The NBA schedule gets shortened this week due to All-Star weekend but there are still plenty of fascinating games. Read more »
Grading The Deal: Nuggets Acquire Mason Plumlee From Portland For Jusuf Nurkic

by Keith P Smith

More so than most trades, this deal was about both on court impact and off the court bookkeeping, in terms of cap sheets and Luxury Tax payments. Read more »
The Mavs Are Just Doing What Comes Naturally

by Jonny Auping

The Mavericks are building something slow with small parts and what they've done so far in 2017 flies in the face of tanking rhetoric. Read more »