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The Post Post-Play World

by Jonathan Tjarks

May 26, 2015 5:14 PM

While making a living by scoring with your back to the basket isn't going to work for the vast majority of young big men coming into the league, the rules that apply to the 99 percent don't necessarily hold true for the 1 percent. Jahlil Okafor. DeMarcus Cousins. Joel Embiid. Karl Towns. Post play may be gone for now but that doesn't mean it will be gone forever. Read more »

Tags: Minnesota Timberwolves, NBA, NBA NBA Draft, NBA Draft General

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The Left-Handed Basketball Fraternity

by Andrew Perna

May 27, 2015 7:02 PM

Only 42 of the 492 players that played in the NBA this season are lefty - just 8.53 percent of the league. It is an intriguing collection of players and we talked with dozens of players about what makes them unique to play against and how they could have an edge. Read more »

Tags: James Harden, Isaiah Thomas, Josh Smith, Greg Monroe, NBA

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Making the Case For T.J. McConnell

by Cameron Schott

May 27, 2015 6:37 PM

While upside and athleticism may rise as the draft nears, basketball IQ and toughness may get overlooked in the process. As a player that exemplifies both of the latter categories, here's why T.J. McConnell may surprise and make an NBA roster next season. Read more »

Tags: T.J. McConnell, NCAA, NBA, NBA NBA Draft, NBA Draft General

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Related Artists: The Curry & LeBron Finals

by Christopher Reina

There are so many surface contrasts of style and narrative between Stephen Curry and LeBron James, but they're remarkably related players carrying their teams and transfiguring basketball. Read more »
Harden Vs. Curry: An Unlikely Playoff Duel For The Ages

by Christopher Reina

Championships and deep playoff runs are the domain of big men or transcendent top-10 all-time talents like LeBron and Jordan, so these two offensive savants who are 6-5 and under MVP candidates are in truly rarefied territory as the unquestioned best players on Conference Finalists. Read more »
The Lakers' Draft Predicament

by Jonathan Tjarks

Okafor and Randle both want to play around the rim on offense and makes you confident in their ability to anchor an NBA defense. The worst case scenario is they would end up getting in each other's way on one end of the floor and leave the paint unprotected on the other. Read more »
Risk-Benefit Dictates 2015 Max Players Return To 2016 Free Agency

by Louis Roxin

Signing a two-year contract with a player option for the second season, so the player can return to free agency in 2016, is the optimal choice for the 2015 free agent class. Read more »
Five Seniors Creating Late NBA Draft Buzz

by Cameron Schott

Prospects sometimes emerge late in the draft process, even after their senior year. Rakeem Christmas, Darion Atkins, Cady Lalanne, Pat Connaughton and Richaun Holmes are five such players. Read more »
The Long Minnesota Rebuild Gets Better Fast

by Christopher Reina

It has been just over 4,000 days since the Wolves last had a playoff game. With Andrew Wiggins and presumably Karl-Anthony Towns, the only limit now is the imagination of Flip Saunders. Read more »
Eastern Conference Finals Preview

by Jonathan Tjarks

Both teams want to spread the ball and shoot 3's, but the Hawks want to do it through pick-and-rolls, ball movement and execution in the halfcourt while the Cavs prefer to hold the ball, win 1-on-1 match-ups and draw double teams. Read more »
DeAndre Jordan Or Bust

by Daniel Leroux

DeAndre Jordan is the most interesting player of the 2015 offseason because leaving changes two franchises and likely takes the Clippers out of title contention for 2016. Read more »
2015 NBA Conference Finals Preview

by Christopher Reina

These infographics show the percentile rankings for each team in the critical categories of offensive efficiency, defensive efficiency, rebound percentage, assist percentage, three-point and foul rate during the regular season. Read more »
Potential Destinations For Tom Thibodeau

by Daniel Leroux

A Tom Thibodeau team should have played below expectations on defense, have some key players capable of performing at a high level who will still be under team control a few seasons from now and the total talent to be relevant within the first two seasons. Read more »
Trickling Down To Harrison Barnes, Jeff Green

by Jonathan Tjarks

Memphis is trying to get points from their big men and Golden State is trying to get points from their guards. The key for both teams comes at the wing positions, which don't get a ton of offense run through them. Read more »
Coach's Corner: The Inexact Science Of Playoff Adjustments

by Brett Koremenos

So far in these playoffs we've seen both good and bad come from adjustments and non-adjustments alike. The truly difficult part for coaches comes when "better or different" turns into "screwed either way." Read more »
LeBron, Lue Play Heroes At Blatt's Expense

by Shams Charania

David Blatt had apparently designed another play set, but he listened to LeBron James and agreed: Your ball, your shot. Your initiative, your execution. Read more »
The Progress Of Golden State Vs. Old School Memphis

by Jonathan Tjarks

Memphis plays the antithesis of the style Miami and San Antonio used in the last two NBA Finals and it certainly seems like more teams will be built like Golden State than like them in the future. Read more »
Derrick Rose Passes Critical Hurdle Against LeBron, Finding Perfect Co-Star In Jimmy Butler

by Shams Charania

Derrick Rose's unrelenting, unafraid backcourt partner hounded LeBron James, drained clutch shots even as his legs felt heavy all night and served as the perfect two-way player next to a former most valuable player. Outside of Chicago, teams are preparing possible maximum-salary offer sheets for Butler. Read more »
Jamal Jones Aims To Become Next NBA Draft Pick Out Of D-League, Possibly With 76ers

by Shams Charania

The 76ers will soon work out Jamal Jones, who is aware of the franchise’s interest and its possibility to make him a domestic draft-and-stash. Read more »
Finding Khris Middleton Before He Costs A Fortune

by Jonathan Tjarks

Khris Middleton will be a highly pursued restricted free agent, but you're better off looking for the next version of an overlooked player with an almost ideal combination of size, speed and shooting ability for a wing player in the modern NBA. Read more »
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