Basketball Articles

The Spectacular Nonsense Of Cavs, Raptors

by Colin McGowan

May 24, 2016 5:55 PM

Many of the Cavs' shots that are now 24-footers were dunks and lay-ins during the pair of blowouts for that opened the series, while Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan ascended to being unguardable back in Toronto. Read more »

Tags: Cleveland Cavaliers, Toronto Raptors, NBA

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Will The Warriors Let Festus Ezeli Be Their Steven Adams?

by Jonny Auping

May 23, 2016 11:49 AM

The reality is Steven Adams is a better player than Festus Ezeli, but another reality is that Ezeli is almost certainly going to be paid this summer to be the type of player that Adams is right now. The Warriors are in a position to gauge whether or not he's worth it. Read more »

Tags: Festus Ezeli, Steven Adams, Golden State Warriors, Oklahoma City Thunder, NBA

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2016 Offseason Preview: Dallas Mavericks

by Keith P Smith

May 24, 2016 5:26 PM

Dallas is likely looking at a roster that is veteran heavy and filled with short-term contracts as they continue to forgo a full rebuild for as long as Dirk Nowitzki keeps playing. Read more »

Tags: Dirk Nowitzki, Dallas Mavericks, NBA

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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 »
76ers' Finally Have Optimal Optionality In Draft

by Jake Hyman

Taking three straight centers, including one who has yet to play, and neglecting to upgrade other positions played a part in the 76ers winning the lottery. This time they can pick anyone they want and the best players available fortunately aren't again centers. Read more »
2016 Offseason Preview: Detroit Pistons

by Keith P Smith

The Pistons will use their available space to add backups at PG, SG and a forward. None of the moves this offseason will likely be all that glamorous, but Detroit already made the headline moves the last two trade deadlines by acquiring Reggie Jackson and Tobias Harris. Read more »
Oklahoma City's Long, Arduous Shooting Guard Search

by Colin McGowan

The Beardless years have been difficult for the Thunder, but they may finally have figured out how to get 48 productive minutes from their Dion Waiters-Andre Robertson tandem. Read more »
Significant Traded Pick Scenarios Of The Lottery

by Danny Leroux

The draft lottery holds major importance both in the immediate and long-term in terms of traded picks. Read more »
Eastern Conference Finals Preview: Cavaliers Vs. Raptors

by Michael Pina

The Raptors enter the Eastern Conference Finals as the inferior team. They have less talent and fewer lineup combinations that can shield off the hammers Cleveland will throw. Read more »
The Year Of Traded Picks

by Jake Hyman

With seven picks traded previous to the draft, protected and unprotected, the 2016 NBA Draft Lottery has more possibilities than in a usual year. Teams that had bad seasons will further delay their ability to improve while several playoff teams will have the opportunity to further add to their roster. Read more »
2016 Offseason Preview: Memphis Grizzlies

by Keith P Smith

The Grizzlies' future depends on Mike Conley's decision in free agency. They either work to rebuild around their core or look towards a dramatic rebuild. Read more »
Allen Crabbe's Well-Timed Emergence

by Haven Kaplan-Miner

Allen Crabbe emerged this season a highly regarded 3-and-D role player who has become a solid finisher in traffic as well as a terrific midrange shooter. Read more »
Three Question Western Conference Finals Preview: Warriors Vs. Thunder

by Matthew Tynan

A point guard matchup for the ages, the lethal scoring of Kevin Durant, and the size of the Thunder versus the Warriors' smallball lineup of death. Read more »
Lakers Should View Draft As Brandon Ingram Or Bust

by Jake Hyman

The worst possible outcome for the Lakers would be to draft someone other than Brandon Ingram this year and also lose their 2017 pick. Read more »
How Oklahoma City Has Pushed The Spurs To The Brink

by Matthew Tynan

If a team like the Thunder, with all that size, length and explosiveness, has gotten a read on the Spurs' best laid plans, it could be the only extra advantage they need. As if Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant weren't enough. Read more »
Is Luol Deng A More Valuable Free Agent Than DeMar DeRozan?

by Jonny Auping

What makes Luol Deng special, what is finally being noticed in these playoffs, is that he is the rare veteran player whose game has grown perfectly in sync with the evolution of the NBA. The smart teams know this and will target him in free agency. Read more »
The Hawks' Triumph Of Maxing Out What They Could Accomplish

by Colin McGowan

The default post-mortem on this Hawks' season is an argument about whether they should blow up their roster or keep its core intact and retool. There has been little consideration of what they are and a lot of noise about how they should become different. Read more »
2016 Offseason Preview: Chicago Bulls

by Keith P Smith

If the Bulls are to get back on top, they need to keep the long view in mind. Making a questionable series of moves this offseason to salvage the last year of Derrick Rose's run could yield a short term gain while harming the future. Read more »
Looking For New Voice, Pacers Move On From Frank Vogel

by Andrew Perna

Frank Vogel preferred to play with two bigs while Larry Bird dreamed of getting up-and-down quickly to play at a faster pace. That and Bird's overriding philosophy on the tenure of coaches led to the parting. Read more »
2016 Offseason Preview: Utah Jazz

by Keith P Smith

With a smart front office led by Dennis Lindsey and Kevin O'Connor and a good young coach in Quin Snyder, in addition to their solid asset base and cap space, Utah is positioned to add a piece or two and finally take the last step back to the playoffs. Read more »