Assembled to be forgotten, they became unforgettable in a way championship teams can only aspire to. The Clipper franchise may very well be on the cusp of successes more broadly recognizable and lucrative, but could next year's victories ever be as vividly enjoyable-as precious-as this season's have been?
Dame's big moment, a smidgen under a half-decade after his last big moment, is extra sweet because of who he is and what he has come to represent.
The Knicks, Clippers, Hawks, Kings and Lakers project to have the most cap space this offseason.
Joel Embiid is both a throwback and a renunciation of present trends in basketball strategy. He also could be running a race against his own body.
At the absolute peak of his powers, Russell Westbrook is every bit as good as the very best players in the league. But he just can't do it often enough, and at some point, inefficiency loses out.