Basketball Articles

Here's To The NBA's Big, Vibrant And Fascinating Middle Class

by Colin McGowan

Jan 17, 2017 6:48 PM

Splendidly and unexpectedly, this season has been characterized by a jubilant disregard for the facts and nearly the entire league giving themselves over to the joy of figuring out just how good they can be, no matter if that's good enough. Read more »

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Prospect Report: Josh Jackson Of Kansas

by Rafael Uehara

Jan 18, 2017 1:17 PM

Josh Jackson started the season as a contender to go first overall, but has fallen out of that conversation since then. Despite concerns about his perimeter shot and older age for a freshman, Jackson will still be a high lottery pick. Read more »

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The NBA's No-Man's Land: Portland Trail Blazers

by Brett Koremenos

Jan 18, 2017 6:22 PM

The Blazers weren't some odds-defying, feel-good story come back down to earth. The ingredients for a contender are mostly there, but unfortunately a bad summer spending spree has spoiled the batch. But with some creative maneuvering going forward, there's no reason the Blazers can get back to the playoffs. Read more »

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League Pass Games Of The Week: Jan. 16-Jan. 22

by Danny Leroux

This will be a fun League Pass week because there are a ton of East vs. West matchups which only happen twice per season. That will be highlighted by Damian Lillard facing John Wall, Isaiah Thomas and Kemba Walker in the same week while Pacers center Myles Turner gets Anthony Davis, DeMarcus Cousins and Rudy Gobert. Read more »
Nets, 76ers & The Rebuilding Roads Less Traveled

by Keith P Smith

While Bryan Colangelo inherited a rebuilding franchise with a loaded asset base, Sean Marks and the Nets are a case study in how to rebuild when you have next to nothing. Read more »
Paul George, Still A Superstar?

by Michael Pina

Amid Indiana's relative struggle, Paul George is his most efficient self; the addition of several offensive-minded players has removed the ball from his hands. But subtle signs of decline may be creeping into the frame. Read more »
The NBA's No-Man's Land: Chicago Bulls

by Brett Koremenos

With the ongoing excellence of Jimmy Butler and some tinkering with the starting lineup, the Bulls can quickly move back into the top half of the Eastern Conference. Read more »
A Future For Derrick Rose If He Realizes His Own Limitations

by Colin McGowan

If there's one thing we understand about Derrick Rose after all he's been through-and put us through-it's that he doesn't see himself the way the rest of the world does. But he can't get away with that for much longer. Read more »
Derrick Rose's Game Of Myths

by John Wilmes

Now a singular NBA pariah, unfathomably facing a summer in which he'll have a hard time finding an eight-figure contract, Derrick Rose's fall has never lost touch with his rugged individualist streak that could only be forged in the American nadir, in order to escape the American nadir. Read more »
League Pass Games Of The Week: Jan. 9-Jan. 15

by Danny Leroux

This is a strange week for the NBA, but there are plenty of fascinating contests on the schedule, including Bucks/Spurs, Grizzlies/Rockets and the Game of the Week: Cavs at Jazz on Tuesday. Read more »
Grading The Deal: Cavs Turn A Year Of Creative Moves Into Kyle Korver

by Keith P Smith

The Cavaliers turned Anderson Varejao and Matthew Dellavedova into Kyle Korver and, very likely, another player TBD, by using the Varejao TPE. Read more »
The Maximum Available 2017 Cap Space For All 30 NBA Teams, Version 3.0

by Keith P Smith

Despite the salary cap projected to go over the $100 million mark for the first time in history (latest estimate is $103 million) not as many teams will have cap space in 2017 as many might think after the free agent spending of the 2016 offseason. Read more »
The Final NBA Days Of Rajon Rondo

by Colin McGowan

All that's left from when Rajon Rondo was dominating games in ways that weren't totally comprehensible is his ego and his rage, and he's in some sense defined by that. Read more »
League Pass Games Of The Week: Jan. 2-Jan. 8

by Danny Leroux

As the calendar turns to 2017, the NBA season approaches the halfway point and some of the league's dynamics come into clearer focus. Read more »
2016 Year-End NBA Team Portfolio Rankings

by Christopher Reina

The Warriors and Cavaliers remain atop our year-end rankings but there's considerable change behind them, most notably the Raptors, Bucks and 76ers. Read more »
How Marc Gasol Has Saved The Grizzlies' Season

by Brett Koremenos

Marc Gasol's passing wizardry has saved a team that has lacked functional point guard play for large portions of this season. Read more »
Enduring The Holidays With The NBA's Best Rivalry

by Colin McGowan

There's the impenetrable small talk of the holidays and there's the pleasure of two great basketball teams pushing each other, a game-winning fadeaway jumper from the elbow as the clock ticks down, a tense bungled last-second out-of-bounds set. Read more »
The Wolves' Startlingly Bad Defense

by Michael Pina

As a group, the Wolves don't hustle back, constantly lose track of their halfcourt assignments, foul a bunch, and have poor individual defenders up and down their roster. Read more »
League Pass Games Of The Week: Dec. 26-Jan. 1

by Danny Leroux

An abbreviated national TV slate (presumably due to college bowl games) means a great week on League Pass, including some great matchups and some of the best teams and players in the Association facing significant challenges. Read more »
Prospect Report: Malik Monk Of Kentucky

by Rafael Uehara

Malik Monk's eruption of high volume scoring matched with elite efficiency has elevated his draft status. Monk is impressively scoring both on spot-ups and off the bounce. Read more »