Add Kawhi Leonard to MVP List

After signing his max deal the summer of 2015, Kawhi Leonard, perhaps the quietest great player in the NBA, shocked just about everyone when he admitted his individual goals for the season were becoming an All-Star and winning the Most Valuable Player award. The timing of his declaration, early July, felt somewhat awkward and uncharacteristically…

What the #@&% Timberwolves?

It wasn’t that long ago when the Timberwolves were considered to be a lock to get into the playoffs. They had Tom Thibodeau running things. Andrew Wiggins was going to be in his third year, ready to establish his All-Star credentials. Karl-Anthony Towns was the player you wanted to start your franchise with. He was…

The Normalcy of Hating Dwight Howard

If it is Lakers vs. Dwight Howard you can bet there is going to be something dramatic. Just because Kobe is gone doesn’t mean fans have drowned the torch in kumbaya waters and have forgiven Howard. Last night the Lakers roughed up Howard and the Hawks, though, to be fair, Howard got his: 19 points…

Rajon Rondo Making An Impact In Chicago

Rajon Rondo is not Derrick Rose. Four organizations in two years is the Rondo resume. You can’t spin it into something it’s not. Rajon Rondo is in Chicago and before that he was in California and before that it was Dallas and before that…you get the point. His career is as faraway from the Boston…

Who Is Winning Rebuilding Game, Lakers or Wolves?

The top two teams in the 2015 Draft Lottery- the Timberwolves and Lakers- are franchises in the midst of rebuilding. How far along are they in the process?  Minnesota Timberwolves: They had a rebuilding head start because Flip Saunders traded All-Star Kevin Love for number one pick Andrew Wiggins. In his rookie year, Wiggins turned…

Not Imitating Last Year is Bad for the Mavs

The Mavericks went after Harrison Barnes in free agency because they needed to get younger. But the winless Mavericks are still hampered by their identity: their best player is 38 years old. With the exception of 3-point percentage (16th) and points allowed (19th), the Mavs are near the bottom of every category that matters. They…

Mike Being Mike: Where’s The Defense?

What did you need to see out of the Rockets last night to make you think Mike D’Antoni has turned a page? That he has reacquainted himself with some lost soul of himself that honors, teaches and elevates defensive play? That he won’t push his best player to the brink of fatigue, nearly 38 minutes.…

The Season: Detroit Pistons

New Faces: Trey Freeman (R), Ray McCallum, Henry Ellenson (R), Michael Gbinije (R), Boban Marjanovic, Jon Leuer, Ish Smith 2015-16 Regular Season Record: 44-38 2015-16 Regular Season Achievements: 2nd: Offensive Rebounding, Total Rebounding. 5th: Free Throw Attempts Leading Scorer: Reggie Jackson, 18.8 Leading Rebounder: Andre Drummond, 14.8 The Detroit Pistons playoff drought ended last season after a…

Will the Real Harrison Barnes Please Stand Up

New Faces: Harrison Barnes, Ketth Hornsby, Jameel Warney, Kyle Collinsworth, Quincy Acy, Jonathon  Gibson, Nicolas Brussino, Seth Curry, Dorain Finney-Smith, A.J. Hammons (R), Andrew Bogut 2015-16 Regular Season Record: 42-40 2015-16 Regular Season Achievements: 2nd: Turnovers. 3rd: Free Throw Percentage. 9th: Defensive Rebounds, 3-Point Percentage (Defense). Leading Scorer: Dirk Nowitzki, 18.3 Leading Rebounder: Zaza Paculia, 9.4 When a 37…