Basketball Articles

Draymond Green As The King Of Zone, Switch-Everything Defense

by Haven Kaplan-Miner

Draymond Green is one of the best defensive players in today's NBA as he's taken advantage of rule changes and the league going smaller. Read more »
The Maximum Available 2017 Cap Space For All 30 NBA Teams, Version 4.0

by Keith P Smith

With the NBA Trade Deadline behind us and rosters locked in for the most part, it is time for an updated look at what all 30 teams cap space picture looks likes for the summer of 2017. Read more »
The Accidental Gift Of JaVale McGee

by Colin McGowan

Whether JaVale continues to draw Shaq's guffawing ire or not, he will go on playing in his blunted, unwieldy, long-limbed way, producing anti-highlights for the ages. It's not an argument or a performance or even particularly conscious. It is just what he does. Read more »
League Pass Games Of The Week: Feb. 27-Mar. 5

by Danny Leroux

Even without Kyle Lowry, the Raptors/Wizards home-and-home takes center stage but there are quality contests almost every night of the week. Read more »
How Masai Ujiri Approached The Deadline With LeBron In Mind

by Brett Koremenos

The reason the additions of Serge Ibaka and P.J. Tucker have the potential to be so impactful are because they will give Toronto more options for combating the LeBron-related headaches that pop up not only game to game in playoff series, but possession to possession. Read more »
Magic Johnson's Belief In Laker Exceptionalism When It Matters Less

by Colin McGowan

A return to some imagined essential Lakers-ness will not save the Lakers: competence will. Read more »
NBA Trade Deadline Winners & Losers

by Michael Pina

While the 76ers, Kings, Pacers, Bulls and Pistons were the biggest losers of the deadline, the winners were Nerlens Noel, the Rockets, Raptors and Hornets. Read more »
Grading The Deal: Thunder Turn Cameron Payne Into Taj Gibson, Doug McDermott

by Keith P Smith

The Thunder had been looking for ways to add depth up front and to add more shooting around Russell Westbrook. They accomplished both of those objectives with this trade and didnít have to give up a significant rotation piece to do so. Read more »
Grading The Deal: Raptors Improve Again With Trade For P.J. Tucker

by Keith P Smith

With P.J. Tucker, the Raptors acquired a very good and versatile defender who will also help their spacing while also improving their ability to play small to finish games. Read more »
League Pass Games Of The Week: Feb. 23-26

by Christopher Reina

DeMarcus Cousins gets to play three games in four days with his new team post-deadline. Read more »
Grading The Deal: Mavs Steal Nerlens Noel From 76ers

by Keith P Smith

The Mavericks acquired their center of both the present and future for spare parts. 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 Inglorious Reboot Of The Dion Waiters/JR Smith Power Rankings

by Jonny Auping

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 »
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: Lakers Trade Lou Williams To Houston

by Keith P Smith

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 »
Boogie's Liberation From The Chaos Of Sacramento

by Colin McGowan

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 »
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 »