Marc Stein of the New York Times discusses how Derrick Rose ended up in Minnesota, the disappointing buyout market, the future in Charlotte and Rich Cho's replacement, what's next for Sam Hinkie, "active" owners, the potential for Giannis and AD to leave their small markets eventually, and whether the Tanking Eight will change anything the league is doing going forward.
We rank the NBA's top 10 players into tiers, and Nate gets so carried away he even gets into the teens. We also discuss our biggest regrets from last year's rankings, which players are the most plug-and-play, who dropped off last year's list and why, and which players we expect to have the most upward and downward mobility going forward.
We catch up on news, including the latest potential setback for Kawhi Leonard. That's followed by gamers on Indiana/Philadelphia and Denver/LA Lakers, plus a quick update on the bottom of the West playoff race.
Larry Coon joins to discuss our project at Sports Business Classroom, debate the union's decision to reject cap smoothing (and the league's decision not to make a harder push for it), what's gone right and wrong in the new CBA,. Larry also gives a lesson on how non-guaranteed contracts work for trade purposes and the evolution of restricted free agency from 1995 to today.
A look at the 15 teams in the Eastern Conference starting with Liam's team, Detroit, followed by the rest of the conference in reverse alphabetical order from Washington to Atlanta.
Ranking the point guards in the NBA. Where do Steph Curry, Kyrie Irving, Chris Paul, Damian Lillard, and the rest of the NBA's floor generals end up in the rankings?
Then some news, including the potential return of Kawhi Leonard, some actual reporting by Nate, and a roundup of everything else going on around the league
Ben Taylor discusses his wonderful series ranking the greatest players of all-time for his site Backpicks.com. We use that as the vehicle to dig into some new concepts like floor-raising, and scalability among the greatest players of all-time. We talk about how Wilt Chamberlain's game greatly differed from most people's conception of him, which players he rates higher and lower than the popular understanding, and which players were better and worse in the playoffs.
We give our picks for all the major awards, plus a few categories we've made up, through this point in the NBA season.
We break down the Bucks/Pacers, including some advice for NBA players on jump balls late in games. Then a look at Damian Lillard's masterful performance to overcome the Lakers at home, followed by news including the NBA's efforts to become more involved in youth basketball. Then it's a sneak preview of our Patreon mailbag, discussing the potential outcome for restricted free agents this summer and what, if anything we'd change about our careers.
A look at the 15 teams in the Western Conference in reverse alphabetical order. We start with the Spurs (Liam's team), then Utah through Dallas.