Basketball Articles

Figuring Out Detroit's Reggie Jackson Problem

by Brett Koremenos

The players around Reggie Jackson have combined to show glimpses of a better, more balanced offensive approach. If Jackson fails to gel with this group and the team continues to sputter, it could mean that an up-and-coming young team may need an unexpected overhaul. Read more »
The Most Impactful New Element Of The NBA's New CBA

by Christopher Reina

The NBA has accorded a new financial bar to its best players and that meritocracy was certainly needed. It will also restrict their mobility to benefit owners but there will be unintended consequences. Read more »
Orlando's Many-Intentioned Mess

by Colin McGowan

To be fair to Rob Hennigan, he hasn't had much draft luck and the problem with building through the draft is when it doesn't take, GMs tend to scramble for their jobs in ways that set the franchise back even further. Read more »
Tim Duncan's Final Send Off

by Matthew Tynan

If you grew up in and around San Antonio, Tim Duncan's Spurs likely impacted you in immeasurable ways and watching his number retirement ceremony is like watching your own life flash before your eyes. Read more »
Prospect Report: Dennis Smith Jr. Of N.C. State

by Rafael Uehara

Dennis Smith, Jr. has probably been the least touted of the high profile freshman over the first month and a half of the season. Read more »
League Pass Games Of The Week: Dec. 19-25

by Danny Leroux

The final full week of 2016 features a great slate of League Pass games, partially fueled by the lack of games over the weekend due to the holiday. Read more »
Under The Radar 2017 NBA Free Agents

by Keith P Smith

JaMychal Green, Patty Mills, Bojan Bogdanovic, Dewayne Dedmon, Langston Galloway and Jonathon Simmons are amongst the most notable non-star free agents of 2017. Read more »
Trading Wilson Chandler Makes Too Much Sense For Everyone

by Michael Pina

Players like Wilson Chandler don't grow on his trees and his usefulness would increase dramatically on a championship contender, or even any team one rung below. Read more »
The Battered Grizzlies Are As Close To Perfection As They've Ever Been

by Colin McGowan

Isn't it fitting and beautiful that during this Mike Conley-less spell, one of the only franchises in the league that's had a fixed identity over the past decade is refining its aesthetic in the extreme, and that it's working? Read more »
League Pass Games Of The Week: Dec. 12-18

by Danny Leroux

While the Game of the Week features the Warriors and Blazers, many of the other best League Pass contests are with teams in the middle of the East where half the conference is within a few games of .500. Read more »
Why The Suns Need To Remain Committed To Rebuilding Timetable

by Keith P Smith

The Suns have a confusing mix of very young players, older veterans and the guys in the middle have all missed considerable time with injuries. Phoenix needs to be clear and committed to their rebuilding efforts to avoid short-term 'all-in' moves. Read more »
Frank Kaminsky, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, And When The NBA's Middle Class Barely Misses

by Jonny Auping

So the Hornets could have hoped they were selecting two players that would develop into Andre Iguodala and Pau Gasol. Falling short of those ceilings is not a disaster by any means, but failing to be reliably consistent players very well might be. Read more »
Kevin Garnett And The Deconstruction Of The Severe Basketball Self On Area 21

by John Wilmes

On Area 21, Kevin Garnett is reinforcing what we know about the wantonness of his words, but also revealing a broad, warm, and relentlessly frank sensibility. Read more »
The Mistakes Donatas Motiejunas Made In Restricted Free Agency

by Christopher Reina

The new collective bargaining agreement will contain a few fixes to help the players, but Donatas Motiejunas is testing the limits of the current system as its final restricted free agent. Read more »
The Limitations Of A Double-Threat Backcourt

by Colin McGowan

Destroying the rest of the league with speed and finesse has an enduring appeal. But despite the success of the Warriors and Raptors, it remains exceedingly difficult to build a winner through the backcourt as the Blazers and Wizards are finding this season. Read more »
League Pass Games Of The Week: Dec. 5-11

by Danny Leroux

As the season enters its second full month, it is strange that the biggest story for League Pass is players returning from injuries. Read more »
How To Fix The Magic Offense In The Short-Term

by Keith P Smith

Orlando's defense has been every bit as good as expected this season, but their offense has been dreadful. Here are several proposed fixes for the Magic to improve offensively in the short-term. Read more »
DeMarcus Cousins As An Enormous, Looming Backup Plan

by Jonny Auping

If the Warriors, Cavaliers or Clippers begin to worry that their level of talent won't be enough to defeat their fellow contenders and are ready for something drastic, they are each uniquely in a position to trade for DeMarcus Cousins. Read more »
Kevin Durant's Smooth Road To Contentment With Golden State

by Colin McGowan

Talent usually overcomes all else in the NBA, but not at first and not all at once. Kevin Durant with the Warriors has been different as we're watching a transcendent talent quickly self-actualize. Read more »
Eric Gordon As The Rockets' Diet Harden

by Michael Pina

The Rockets signed Eric Gordon for two fundamental reasons: 1) to create space for James Harden, 2) to prevent their high-powered offense from melting down whenever Harden needs rest. Read more »