Defense, Defense, and Defense

Yes, the league is exhibiting a slight uptick in scoring – but not at the expense of good defense.  We have been misguided by highlights and in-game graphics to believe the NBA has never seen such offensive production.  It’s a lie. Points have increased only in relation to the previous decade.  But let’s be clear, offensive…

Player Options Worth Noting in 2017

With a massive spike in cap space in recent summers, NBA free agency has evolved into a turbulent bidding war.  We have bloated contracts (Evan Turner), teams overspending just to hit the cap floor (Orlando Magic), and multi-year deals that could cripple future agency (Timofey Mozgov).   Superstars like Jimmy Butler and John Wall sit…

Meet the Jones

The Barry’s have long been considered the largest, oldest, and overall superior family in NBA history.  The great Rick Barry was an NBA superstar for the Warriors.  He led the franchise to its first title in 1975.  But most importantly, he fathered three NBA players: Jon, Drew, and Brent Barry, forming the legendary Barry clan of…

Don’t Blink: A Vote for Kawhi Leonard

This is all too familiar: “Nobody is talking about the Spurs…” “The Spurs are flying under the radar…” “Everyone needs to pay attention to Kawhi Leonard…” It’s almost like when a player is not underrated because everyone talks about how underrated he is.  LaMarcus Aldridge wove that wave for years.  “LaMarcus Aldridge is the most…

Dirk’s 30K and the Mavs’ Underrated Reign in the West

We forget how preposterously dominant the Dallas Mavericks have been this century. Their Texas counterpart, the San Antonio Spurs, boast five championships, a 926-370 record since 2000, and of the course the winningest coach and Big Three of the era. But really, Dirk and the Mavs aren’t far behind. Although capturing just one league title in two appearances, Dallas has…

Brace Yourself Laker Fans: Magic is in the Air

Moving on from Mitch Kupchak was undoubtedly a huge positive for the Lakers’ organization. Yes, Kupchak captained five NBA championships as the general manager of the storied franchise, but let’s not pretend he didn’t have supreme players leading the charge – players that would have flocked to Los Angeles regardless of who ran the team….

Why The Kings Era Still Haunts Cousins

Sorry Demarcus, you can’t run away from what you started in Sacramento. Verbally abusing coaches, teammates, management, fans, reporters, and referees for seven straight years warrants serious consequences – ones Cousins won’t be able to elude in New Orleans. This is how society works. A bad reputation can’t be reversed with simple maneuvers or changes…

Jordan’s Forgotten Contract and Why it Matters in the Modern NBA

We’ve all heard it: I can’t believe how much these athletes get paid! Can you believe the Grizzlies gave Mike Conley a $152 million deal? He’s not even an All-Star! It’s right up there with, I can’t believe they put pineapple on pizza! Let me be clear: it’s very real people. And it makes perfect…