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Carmelo Anthony's Third Act

by Colin McGowan

Jul 18, 2017 8:50 PM

The way we think now, Carmelo Anthony is a remarkable talent whose best years were squandered primarily on unremarkable teams. But turn that logic over in your head and let it settle into a fresh orientation: is beauty, rare as it is, ever really wasted? Read more »

Tags: Carmelo Anthony, Cleveland Cavaliers, Houston Rockets, New York Knicks, Portland Trail Blazers, NBA

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2017 Summer League Notes On All 30 NBA Teams

by Keith P Smith

Jul 18, 2017 1:19 PM

Notes and observations on all 30 NBA teams from how they evaluated their offseason moves and what they saw from their Summer League prospects. Read more »

Tags: Atlanta Hawks, Boston Celtics, Charlotte Hornets, Chicago Bulls, Cleveland Cavaliers, Dallas Mavericks, Denver Nuggets, Detroit Pistons, Golden State Warriors, Houston Rockets, Indiana Pacers, Los Angeles Clippers, Los Angeles Lakers, Memphis Grizzlies, Miami Heat, Milwaukee Bucks, Minnesota Timberwolves, New Orleans Pelicans, New York Knicks, Orlando Magic, Philadelphia Sixers, Phoenix Suns, Portland Trail Blazers, Sacramento Kings, San Antonio Spurs, Toronto Raptors, Utah Jazz, Washington Wizards, Oklahoma City Thunder, Brooklyn Nets, NBA

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Grading The Deal: James Harden, Rockets Commit To $228M Extension

by Christopher Reina

Jul 8, 2017 6:02 PM

The Rockets have provided James Harden the infrastructure of an imaginative GM and a committed owner where the dead ends that have plagued team and superstar combinations have been avoided. Read more »

Tags: James Harden, Houston Rockets, NBA

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Grading The Deal: Rockets Trade For Chris Paul

by Christopher Reina

The Warriors still appear to be an immovable, unbreakable force, but the Rockets have taken their high variance three-pointers and layup strategy and plunked Chris Paul down right in the middle of it. Read more »
There's Nowhere For Chris Paul To Go

by Colin McGowan

The very best athletes can let us down while also playing all the way up to their lofty standards. The opportunity doesn't exist, but if Chris Paul could make the same kind of choice Kevin Durant did last summer, would he? Read more »
2017 Offseason Preview: Houston Rockets

by Keith P Smith

Even if the Rockets don't get Chris Paul or Paul George, you can bet Daryl Morey will continue to tinker with the roster throughout the summer and all the way up to the trade deadline. Read more »
Tactical Quandaries: Spurs Vs. Rockets Series Preview

by Brett Koremenos

Looking at how the Spurs can keep Ryan Anderson quiet and whether Houston can slow down Kawhi Leonard in the pick-and-roll. Read more »
A Series 22 Years In The Making

by Matthew Tynan

Can the Spurs effectively corral James Harden in the pick-and-roll while still defending the smorgasbord of shooters Houston puts on the floor? The Rockets will have issues of their own in how to defend Kawhi Leonard. Read more »
Oklahoma City Effectively Made Adjustments Yet No Lead On Houston Is Safe

by Matthew Tynan

The Thunder came in doing things a bit differently and it worked for most of Game 2, until it didn't. The scariest aspect of the Rockets was put on display: if you're going to throw your best punch at them, you'd better get way out in front because they can catch up in a hurry. Read more »
The Big Problems For Oklahoma City Against The Rockets

by Matthew Tynan

The best success for the Thunder have come when they've played big but how can you do that when the offense you're defending is so far from the basket? More specifically, where does Kanter fit in? Read more »
Tactical Quandaries: Rockets Vs. Thunder Series Preview

by Brett Koremenos

On Oklahoma City defending the Ryan Anderson pass and follow, while the Rockets will try to make Russell Westbrook on defense. Read more »
Tactical Quandaries: Celtics Vs. Bulls Series Preview

by Brett Koremenos

How the Celtics can combat Rajon Rondo's length versus Isaiah Thomas in the pick-and-roll and the Bulls finding good post ups for Jimmy Butler. Read more »
Ten-Year Net Rating Rankings (Infographics For All 30 Teams)

by Christopher Reina

Beyond strictly looking at wins and losses, net rating gives a clear picture of team performance. The following infographics show the trajectory of every team in the NBA in terms of how they rank in the category. Read more »
No One Can Take Our MVP Debates From Us

by Colin McGowan

If you can get beyond the bromides of the rudimentary who-ya-got MVP discussions that abound, there is the democratic nature of them. Read more »
The Maximum Available 2017 Cap Space For All 30 NBA Teams, Version 4.0

by Keith P Smith

With the NBA Trade Deadline behind us and rosters locked in for the most part, it is time for an updated look at what all 30 teams cap space picture looks likes for the summer of 2017. Read more »
Grading The Deal: Lakers Trade Lou Williams To Houston

by Keith P Smith

Trading Lou Williams was more about the pick than the player for the Lakers and they did solid job to get a first round pick for a luxury asset at this point in their season. Read more »
Western Conference Buyers & Sellers At The Trade Deadline

by Keith P Smith

There are a number of teams on the fringes of the playoff picture such as the Kings, Nuggets, Blazers and Mavericks, which makes predicting their deadline goals difficult. 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 »
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 »
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 »