Basketball Articles

League Pass Games Of The Week (Dec. 26-31)

by Danny Leroux

The Timberwolves and Pacers both make the list three times but neither is in the Game of the Week because Bucks vs. Thunder has the potential to be an incredibly fun one. Read more »
The NBA Week That Was (Dec. 18-25)

by Keith P Smith

On the Raptors, the best Christmas Day performers and the latest two-way contract maneuverings. Read more »
In-Season Cap Cutting Trades For 17-18

by Danny Leroux

The best bet for in-season trades has been franchises that are narrowly over the luxury tax line because moving under creates three benefits. Read more »
Prospect Report: Trevon Duval Of Duke

by Rafael Uehara

Trevon Duval was the top ranked point guard in the 2017 high school class but hasn't played as well as peers Collin Sexton and Trae Young over the first month-and-a-half of the season. Read more »
We're Here For The Unpleasantness Of The NBA All-Star Draft On TV

by Colin McGowan

Why is the NBA leaning toward keeping the All-Star draft off-camera? It has to do with a peculiar squeamishness all massive corporations have toward conflict and risk. Read more »
Eight NBA Predictions For 2018

by Brett Koremenos

With 2017 just over a week away from being in the books, we'll throw out some predictions for the upcoming year in the NBA. Read more »
Joel Embiid's Punk Rock Ascendancy

by John Wilmes

A student of both the game and the fame that comes with it, Joel Embiid is not interested in prolonging traditions of generational deference, but breaking them. Read more »
Oklahoma City's Moonshot Title Hopes Are Dead But It Hasn't All Been For Naught

by Colin McGowan

If the Thunder win 45 games and Paul George bolts, is that a failure? On some level, sure, but Sam Presti will still have done an excellent job in aspiring to more during an offseason when it would have been easy to be fatalistic. Read more »
The NBA Week That Was (Dec. 11-17)

by Keith P Smith

On Chris Paul and the Rockets, Oklahoma City's triple overtime win at Philadelphia, the start of trade season and more. Read more »
Charlotte's Forthcoming Kemba Walker Decision

by Brett Koremenos

Three major roster building flaws that combined to put the Hornets in this situation where they're nearing a decision on whether to rebuild. Read more »
Prospect Report: Collin Sexton Of Alabama

by Rafael Uehara

Collin Sexton is putting up heavy usage numbers on an Alabama team without any other highly regarded pro prospects around him and has managed to score in volume on decent efficiency, despite not having the very best conditions to succeed. Read more »
How Tom Thibodeau's Minutes Load Could Work

by Brett Koremenos

Tom Thibodeau's extreme rotation management would not be as damaging as it seems, even in this era of DNP-rest, with the right setup. Read more »
Prospect Report: Jaren Jackson Of Michigan State

by Rafael Uehara

Jaren Jackson projects as a big who can simultaneously space the floor and be a plus of some sort on defense with his shotblocking and movement on the perimeter. Read more »
Matt Barnes And The Looming End Of The NBA's Enforcers

by Colin McGowan

Matt Barnes thought of basketball as war in allegory and every so often in fact. Read more »
League Pass Games Of The Week (Dec. 11-17)

by Danny Leroux

The NBA season is still taking shape but this is a nice time to take stock of different teams and players at varying levels of success. Victor Oladipo's big week earns the Pacers a few appearances on the list but the headliner is Cavs/Wizards on Sunday. Read more »
What The Nets Gave Up In The Okafor-Booker Trade

by Danny Leroux

Trevor Booker uniquely functions as a salary dump and a talent upgrade. That type of situation could have elicited a bigger return for the Nets at the deadline. Read more »
The NBA Week That Was (Dec. 4-10)

by Keith P Smith

On Victor Oladipo and Indiana's huge week, Devin Booker's 46 points against Philadelphia and more. Read more »
Grading The Deal: 76ers Trade Jahlil Okafor To Nets In Win-Win Move

by Keith P Smith

The 76ers are past 'The Process' stage of their timeline, while the Nets continue to creatively acquire reclamation projects. Read more »
Suffering For LaVar Ball's Ambition

by Colin McGowan

Lonzo Ball is obligated live up to an idea that wasn't his in the first place. He gets to be what his father wants for him or something embarrassingly lesser than that. Read more »
League Pass Games Of The Week (Dec. 4-Dec. 10)

by Danny Leroux

A month and a half into the season, we are getting a better sense of where teams are but also experiencing the buildup of injuries around the league. Some of the matchups this week will be fundamentally shifted by who returns. Read more »