TAG: Al Horford

NBA / Oct 24, 2014 / 4:30 pm

The Top 20 Centers In The NBA Right Now

Marc Gasol, Joakim Noah

The true center is a dying position, but big men haven’t been completely scrapped in terms of their relevance and impact in the NBA. Despite being erased from the All-Star ballot two seasons ago, when you peruse a box score the position is still manned by someone — even if only in name.

The league has a laundry-list of talented big men, but we wanted to ascertain who might be the best at the center position, so we compiled a list of the best in the NBA today. What you will find here are the names of players manning the middle who are important to their teams based on both previous history/accolades and potential impact this coming season. Stats and analytics tell the story for some, while untapped talent and opportunity tell the story for others. It’s all relevant. Read More »

GIFs, NBA / Oct 19, 2014 / 5:30 pm

GIF: Andre Drummond Twice Rejects Al Horford

Andre Drummond, Jeff Teague

Andre Drummond brought the ruckus yesterday against in Atlanta. He had 19 points and 17 rebounds in 38 minutes of action as the Pistons won 104-100. With Al Horford making his return to the court from a pectoral tear, Dre decided to re-introduced himself by way of a pair of rejections. Read More »

NBA / Aug 22, 2014 / 2:15 pm

Danny Ferry And The Transformation Of The Atlanta Hawks

Mike Budenholzer, Danny Ferry

The Atlanta Hawks of the late 2000s and early 2010s were the laughing stock of the NBA. Entrenched in the dark confines of mediocrity, General Manager Rick Sund made one ill-timed move after another to maintain his big-name, slightly-above-average core for the sake of perennial playoff berths, (all of which ended in first- and second-round exits).

It wasn’t matching Memphis’ five-year, $58 million offer sheet to Josh Smith that killed them; that was an understandable move in principle, despite its repercussions: they wanted to keep a 23 year-old hybrid forward oozing potential on both sides of the floor and touting a PER above 19. What killed them in the long run, were the moves which followed, the ones that reeked of desperation in an attempt to keep a middling roster in a small market heading to the playoffs every year. Then came Danny Ferry and everything changed. Read More »

NBA, Smack, Twitter / Apr 29, 2014 / 4:00 pm

NBA Players React On Twitter To Donald Sterling’s Lifetime Ban

Donald Sterling

Earlier this afternoon in a live news conference, Adam Silver announced he has banned Clippers owner Donald Sterling for life and is fully committed to forcing him to sell his franchise. Read More »

College / Mar 12, 2014 / 4:30 pm

The 5 Best Florida Gators Since 2000

Joakim Noah

It’s that time of the month. No, fellas I don’t mean that vexing thing that your lady has to go through. It’s getting warmer. The air is getting a tad bit crisper. The madness is upon us. Half-court heaves, tantalizing losses, the shifting of power within conferences is here. March is here, people. Expectations are paramount. One loss and it’s over. The dance you’ve prepped for, got your suit dry cleaned for, is here. Read More »

NBA / Feb 7, 2014 / 1:30 pm

The 10 Best Passing Centers In The NBA

Joakim Noah

The center position is becoming a role that emphasizes versatility. The art of passing is a beautiful concept in the sport, but when executed appropriately by centers, it is a strength that should not be overlooked. Superstars like Bill Walton and Chris Webber–even though he normally manned the four-spot–exemplified the effective passing center, and their offenses instantly became more dangerous because of this ability. Read More »

College / Jan 14, 2014 / 12:00 pm

The 10 Best College Teams Of The Past Decade

Derrick Rose

The best college basketball teams of the decade is a debate that can take forever to hash out, depending on how you define best. When people think of best their first thought is probably always going to be championships. Although that is a great indicator, should that be the only measuring stick to judge the quality of a team and the lasting impression it left on a decade? Read More »

NBA / Jan 6, 2014 / 4:45 pm

Dime Q&A: Elton Brand On Defining An NBA Legacy

Elton Brand

Ray Allen, in his 18th year in the league and arguably the greatest three-point shooter of all time, backpedals to the three-point line and rises up for the biggest shot of his career. “BANG!” Mike Breen is yelling as it swishes through the net and the Heat go on to win the NBA Finals in Game 7. Ray Allen’s legacy describes itself, but he put it best after that shot, saying “I’m still defining my career.” It’s funny, because when Ray Allen’s career is over, the first thing we will remember is Game 6, not the 2900-plus three-pointers he made before that in his 18-plus years in the league. That shot did more than just bring another ring home to Miami. Read More »

NBA, Video / Jan 3, 2014 / 12:30 pm

Dwyane Wade’s 20 Best Dunks In The NBA

Dwyane Wade

Dwyane Wade (Gary A. Vasquez/USA TODAY Sports)

Once in awhile, we’re treated to watching Dwyane Wade unleash his athleticism all over the heads of multiple defenders, just as a reminder to know that he’s still capable of doing so. The poster dunks are less frequent, partly because of age and the fact that he doesn’t get the ball nearly as much as he did pre-LeBron, but they’re still harrowing to watch because of just how impressive Wade makes it look. Read More »

NBA / Dec 13, 2013 / 10:45 pm

Video: Al Horford Hits The Game-Winner In OT To Beat The Wizards

Al Horford, Atlanta Hawks

On a night where Washington’s little-used power forward, Trevor Booker, recored double-double, it was John Wall‘s 11 points in the fourth quarter that forced overtime against the Hawks. But in the extra session, Al Horford gave the hometown fans something to get excited about with a game-winning fallaway as the buzzer sounded. Read More »