The NBA is a point guard driven league. Look at personnel on the top teams in the Association. With just a couple exceptions, the best teams in the league have stellar point guard play. After the point guard position, the power forward position is emerging as the deepest talent pool in the league.
What’s been lost in the NBA is great play from the shooting guard position. Having a great shooting guard isn’t a necessity anymore. Just look at the San Antonio Spurs for proof. Gregg Popovich used a platoon of players at the shooting guard position last year, and none of them are superstars anymore. Danny Green is an elite three-point shooter, Manu Ginobili is past his prime but still a crafty offensive weapon, and Marco Belinelli can shoot it with the best of them, but struggles in other facets of the game. None of those guys – at least at this point in their careers – could carry the offense alone. Read More »
LAS VEGAS — As part of the adidas Boost innovation unveiling yesterday, which included the newest addition to the Derrick Rose line, the adidas D Rose 5 Boost, Blazers all-star Damian Lillard stopped by to introduce the boost addition to the Crazylight franchise with the adidas Crazylight Boost that will grace the feet of a select few number of NBA players next season — the first to use boost on an NBA hardwood. Read More »
/ Jul 15, 2014 / 1:15 pm
Arron Afflalo won’t be the primary option for the Denver Nuggets this season like he was with the Orlando Magic in 2013-2014, and the career-best numbers he compiled then will surely suffer as a result. After playing two years with a franchise still in the early stages of a ground floor re-building process, though, Afflalo is thrilled to be back in Denver. And despite an absolutely loaded Western Conference and the Nuggets’ disappointing 36-46 record last season, he believes his is “a championship caliber team.” Read More »
Rumors have been running rampant the past 48 hours that the Cleveland Cavaliers were close to trading the number one pick in tonight’s draft to the Orlando Magic for Arron Afflalo and the team’s pair of lottery picks. Forget all of that, though, as Afflalo is already on the move. According to reports, the Magic have traded him to the Denver Nuggets for Evan Fournier and the 56th pick in the draft. Read More »
The Cavs are reportedly torn about the No. 1 pick. With Joel Embiid out of the dicussion after fracturing his foot, Andrew Wiggins and Jabari Parker became the top contenders for first pick. Except, reports Parker tanked his Friday workout with the Cavs so he’d go to Milwaukee — which is closer to his hometown of Chicago — are false, according to Jabari. Read More »
Leading up to the 2014 NBA Draft – in the stretch run now — we are going to preview each team in the lottery for their needs. Taking a look at each team’s individual strengths, weaknesses, roster, and what prospects would fit in with their current and future plans. Read More »
The vast majority of speculation surrounding the Chicago Bulls’ offseason has been centered on acquiring Carmelo Anthony and parting ways with Carlos Boozer. Basketball is a team game, though, and the Bulls have more than one hole to fill from both roster and salary perspectives. To that end, Chicago is reportedly pursuing a trade for Orlando Magic wing Arron Afflalo. Read More »
/ Apr 18, 2014 / 1:45 pm
The 2013-14 NBA season has officially ended, so now it’s time for regular season awards before the real season starts on Saturday. There’s a lot of wiggle room before we’re able to name some of the winners, which is why for Dime‘s 2014 NBA Awards we had our writers and contributors provide their top-three choices in an abridged version of what the NBA does with certain media members. Next up is an unusual triumvirate our writers landed on in a difficult award to empirically measure: The Most Improved Player.
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We saw many fantasy leagues this season where Isaiah Thomas wasn’t even drafted. Then there were some others where he spent weeks on the free agent list. Sacramento’s lead guard started the year as a backup before eventually earning all of the minutes after Greivis Vasquez was traded, and by that point, if you were lucky enough to have him, you reaped some huge benefits. Read More »
/ Mar 21, 2014 / 11:45 am
Like all pro leagues, the NBA is a game of dollars. In this career, the tenure is short; many NBA players won’t see 10 years in the industry. Even the league’s top crop may only see 15 to 20 years of service.
So this is where it gets tricky; how do you get an individual who has a limited career window to take less money than he’s worth? If the player is a veteran who has bought into the system and city, maybe he will take less money to help the team. Clearly that’s not Kobe Bryant. Players on rookie deals don’t have any choice in the matter and always provide teams with some flexibility. Maybe the player has an injury history, or off-court disciplinary problem that lowers his market value. Read More »