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.
We look at the trajectory of every team in the NBA in terms of how they rank in the category.
If there is something deeply satisfying about watching Blake Griffin play these days- and to be clear, despite the gloomy overtones, there certainly is- it's the extent to which he's mastered his craft.
The past several weeks of NBA basketball have been scantly watchable, and it's primarily because of structural issues wrought by businessmen.