Anthony Davis and the Elite Career (So Far)

It feels like Anthony Davis is an old veteran. He has led the league in PER. He has been to two All-Star games, won gold at the Olympics, and gold at the FIBA World Cup.  He was the motivation behind one of the greatest tank jobs in Charlotte history, and it changed the trajectory of…

The Clippers Bench is Their Weak Link (Again)

Doc Rivers and the Los Angeles Clippers entered this offseason with the hopeful yet precarious status of championship contenders.  Not for the first time, the Clippers find themselves maxed out and with very few options to fix any of their glaring depth issues.  However, due to their star talent and solid coaching, they are still…

Toronto Raptors: Avoiding the Middle

For the Toronto Raptors, the upcoming season is a make or break year.  They were the only team in the East with nearly enough star power to compete with the Cleveland Cavaliers, which they showed by taking them to six games in the 2016 playoffs. Just taking the Cavs to six games should be validating…

Creating Function out of Dysfunction in NY, but Will it Matter?

After years of organizational dysfunction, the New York Knicks are finally a relevant team again.  They have two foundational players, albeit on different career paths.  Carmelo Anthony, fresh off his third Olympic Gold, and Kristaps Porzingis, who took off summer play to work out in the U.S., are the two cornerstones of the Knicks franchise.…

The 4 Contracts Every Team Wants To Have

In an unprecedented summer where the salary cap went up 30 percent and teams were faced with the challenge of spending, many players were overpaid.  A few of those players will grow into their contracts and perform up to their value. There will be inevitable busts who will hurt their team’s chances of competing going…

Believe In Scott Brooks and Take The Wizards Seriously

Scott Brooks, newly appointed Washington Wizards head coach, has inherited one of the least attractive coaching jobs available.  Much of the recent history of the Wizards is disastrous.  From the most recent embarrassing pursuit of Kevin Durant to missing out on several first-round picks, the Wizards have had significant lows in the past decade.  As a…

James Harden: Less Is More

Shooting guard James Harden will officially spend the rest of the decade – and his prime – in a Houston Rockets uniform.  That is all but certain as GM Daryl Morey and the Houston front office worked together with Harden to sign him to an extension.  This served to engender goodwill between the two sides,…

The Carmelo Season: Olympic Basketball

Carmelo Anthony’s Olympic history, like his NBA career, is mixed.  He was part of the infamous 2004 team which lost to the eventual Gold Medal winners Argentina.  The U.S. was awarded the bronze medal in an embarrassing moment for USA Basketball.  Carmelo then went on to be a part of the 2008 and 2012 Olympic…

Al Horford, Boston

Accompanying the first great spending spree in NBA free agency history is a recent trend towards position-less basketball.  The Golden State Warriors winning the 2015 title while starting 6’7 Draymond Green at center had the league scrambling for players like Green who are versatile and fit anywhere in the lineup.  The ability to switch between…

The Pacers MVP? Larry Bird

The Indiana Pacers front office, led by Larry Bird as Team President, is undergoing a culture and style change.  They are also starting over with a new coach. They made two big trades before draft night. These trades, along with the remaining offseason moves, should improve on last year’s run, in which the Pacers took the…