Basketball Articles

DeMar DeRozan Becoming The Franchise Player Few Expected

by Michael Pina

DeMar DeRozan doesn't evolve every year, so much as he relentlessly enhances what he's already really good at. His career has been an annual step in the right direction. Read more »
League Pass Games Of The Week: Nov. 14-20

by Danny Leroux

Several must watch games this week featuring James Harden and the Rockets, Gordon Hayward and the Jazz, and Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Bucks. Read more »
How Giannis Is Being Groomed To Lead the NBA's Next 'Big Three'

by Jonny Auping

The things that the Bucks are currently doing with the Greek Freak are to develop him into a perfect complement to Jabari Parker and Khris Middleton. If it works the three of them might just take over the NBA. Read more »
Pacers At 50: Ranking Every Player In Franchise History (25-1)

by Andrew Perna

Reggie Miller, Mel Daniels, Jermaine O'Neal, Roger Brown, Paul George and Ron Artest headline the list of the best Pacers in franchise history. Read more »
Pacers At 50: Ranking Every Player In Franchise History (307-26)

by Andrew Perna

Jamaal Tinsley, Jeff Foster, Clark Kellogg, Antonio Davis and David West fell just outside the top-25. Read more »
The Revelation Of The Baby Lakers

by Colin McGowan

If you're hiring Luke Walton, you know you're getting a quintessentially laidback Californian with a holistic basketball ideology who values fun and understands the game as a vehicle for it. Which is to say he is precisely what the Lakers required after Byron Scott's dour, blinkered troglodyte reign. Read more »
Prospect Report: Lonzo Ball Of UCLA

by Rafael Uehara

Lonzo Ball starts the season rated as lottery-caliber because shot creation is extremely valuable and because his height and length suggests positional versatility might be in his future, something that is at a premium in this Era of basketball. Read more »
League Pass Games Of The Week: Nov. 7-13

by Danny Leroux

Beyond Clippers vs. Blazers as the headliner of the week, League Pass subscribers get to see some strong individual matchups, including Kyle Lowry vs. Russell Westbrook, Anthony Davis vs. Jabari Parker and Joel Embiid vs. Myles Turner. Read more »
Managing Portland's Crowded Center Rotation

by Jonny Auping

It's a testament to Lillard, McCollum and Stotts that four promising young centers are so willing to play so hard for them in whatever limited opportunities they get. But it's also worth wondering if the center by committee rotation is actually less effective than if they had a player that could settle into that role with heavy minutes. Read more »
The Maximum Available 2017 Cap Space For All 30 NBA Teams, Version 2.0

by Keith P Smith

Even though the salary cap projected to go over the $100 million mark for the first time in history, not as many teams will have cap space in 2017 as many might assume after this past summer's spending spree. Read more »
Victor Oladipo's $84M And The Continual Issues Of The NBA's Salary Cap System

by Colin McGowan

Through one lens, Victor Oladipo may have just landed a contract that's a bit richer than he deserves. Through another, he's come out on top in a game that's rigged against him. Read more »
Thunder Continue Anticlimactic Way To Build Around A Top-Five Player

by Michael Pina

Even if Steven Adams and/or Victor Oladipo reach their potential, these deals still put a cap on Oklahoma City's ceiling while Russell Westbrook is a triple-double-averaging gargoyle. Read more »
Prospect Report: Lauri Markkanen Of Arizona

by Rafael Uehara

Lauri Markkanen possesses a combination of size and skill level that immediately places him in the conversation of which guys have potential to eventually end up becoming the number one overall pick. Read more »
A Reason To Watch For All 30 NBA Teams

by Keith P Smith

From teams waiting for one break to be contenders to young players coming into their own to new faces in new places, there are all sorts of reasons to watch all 30 teams this season. Read more »
Thirty Futures: Golden State Warriors

by Colin McGowan

The Warriors will be beautiful. They'll run others off the court with sheer force of talent. You won't be able to hate the Warriors, or your hate will be grim and resigned and insufficient. Read more »
Five Question Season Preview: Northwest Division

by Brett Koremenos

How Tom Thibodeau will use Karl-Anthony Towns on offense, finding a backcourt partner for Russell Westbrook, Evan Turner's fit with Portland, Quin Snyder's false ation offense and whether one of Denver's young guards will emerge as a foundational piece. Read more »
Thirty Futures: Cleveland Cavaliers

by Colin McGowan

J.R. Smith is 31 years old. He's a not a screw-up or a clown or a locker room cancer or a jerk or a fraud or a lunatic or a dolt. He's a man with regrets, and he's better today than he has ever been before: a world champion with a contract that's going to put his grandkids through college. Read more »
Five Question Season Preview: Atlantic Division

by Brett Koremenos

On Al Horford's impact on an already good Boston defense, how the Knicks can move away from the Triangle, whether the Nets should keep Brook Lopez, how Toronto will replace Bismack Biyombo and Brett Brown's Spurs-style offense with Philadelphia. Read more »
Thirty Futures: Toronto Raptors

by Colin McGowan

The Raptors are not going to win a title with this squad, but in our lives we have to accept when absolute success is beyond us and resolve to have fun regardless. They're making the best of the league they're living in. Read more »
Thirty Futures: Minnesota Timberwolves

by Colin McGowan

The Wolves' rise from an intriguing young collective into one with teeth will be unsteady and hard and painful. Tom Thibodeau is apt to appreciate this, he has always been more obsessed with the grind of his craft than its capacity for glory. Read more »