Mike D’Antoni Is Why Coaches Matter

The Western Conference has dominated the NBA for the last two decades. Of the past 21 NBA champions, 13 have come from the West (Spurs, ’99; Lakers, ’00-’02; Spurs, ’03,’05, 07, Lakers’09-’10; Mavericks, ’11; Spurs, ’14; Warriors ’15, ’17). Part of the reason Western teams have dominated is because of generational talent replacing generational talent.…

More Valuable: Kawhi or Draymond?

Three years ago, Kawhi Leonard beat out Draymond Green to win Defensive Player of the Year. But Draymond Green won the NBA championship.  In 2015-16, Kawhi Leonard won Defensive Player of the Year again. But history didn’t repeat itself. Draymond Green lost the NBA championship.  Last June, Dray pulled off the doube-double: a title and…