Injuries and underwhelming play have completely changed the dynamics of this list. You’re used to seeing backcourts like the Deron Williams-Joe Johnson duo in Brooklyn or the Steve Nash-Kobe Bryant tandem in Los Angeles or Oklahoma City’s pair in Russell Westbrook and Thabo Sefolosha. Even the tandem of Derrick Rose and Jimmy Butler would stand out as one of the league’s top starting backcourts. Read More »
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Most casual NBA fans will probably see this headline and immediately vote for Klay Thompson. He plays for a championship contender. He’s a “Splash Brother.” He’s hitting an absurd 3.6 triples a game this year, and averaging over 21 points per game. The Warriors are perhaps the league’s most exciting team to watch and Thompson is a major reason why. Read More »
During Oklahoma City’s overtime victory over the Washington Wizards yesterday, the Thunder stormed back from a double digit deficit to force OT. But they lost their point guard Russell Westbrook in the process and the Wiz lost their force on the block, Nene, when both were ejected after an on-court confrontation. Read More »
Just a short year ago, we were blessed to watch the USA Men’s basketball team storm into London and pick apart each opponent with a variety of different tactics that emphasized speed and transition defense. Those lineups, at times, were sorely lacking in the height department. We would occasionally find the 6-8 Carmelo Anthony at the center position where he would rebound and “attempt” to guard opposing centers. Read More »
The Washington Wizards haven’t had expectations this heavy since the Gilbert Arenas era. After five straight years without a postseason appearance and playing sub-.400 basketball, the Wizards enter the 2013-14 season with one thing on their mind: playoffs. Read More »
With the start of the 2013-14 NBA season rapidly approaching, we thought it only fair to share what makes each team so exciting. Ontologically speaking, all 30 teams deserve our eyeballs this season. Even disastrous lineups still present oodles of plays, personalities, highlights and headaches. Here are five things to keep in mind for each team before flipping the channel.
Next up, an up-and-coming Washington Wizards team featuring one of the most exciting backcourts in the NBA.. Read More »
The engine and brains of an NBA starting lineup rest with the point guard — the orchestrator — and the complementary role often belongs to the shooting guard. When the two talents fit, an NBA backcourt is a bad place to get caught up against on either end of the floor.
When I watched the video of Kevin Durant proclaiming James Harden should replace Dwyane Wade in Sports Illustrated’s top 10 NBA players list, a few things processed through my head, in this order:
1. Sweet! This is exactly what the NBA needs: two of its biggest superstars having beef with each other, especially superstars who play on two of the league’s very best teams. 2. Wait, this is clearly fake, right? I mean, Wade and Durant did that awesome Gatorade commercial together last year, and Durant’s tone of voice doesn’t sound very convincing. This has to be some setup for another commercial or advertisement. 3. Well, even if it isn’t real, I think I agree with Durant. Wade’s getting older and Harden is really growing into a true superstar. Read More »
Yesterday, Bradley Beal was dressed for a night on the town in all-black. At some point that same night, Beal decided to grab some food and visited an American pastime almost as old as apple pie — or at least since “bros” entered the lexicon. Hooters, the tongue-in-cheek wings place where bros watch sports while being served by pneumatic women. But Beal would find something a little less enticing while visiting Hooters this past Sunday. Read More »
Social media is one of the newest phenomena of the twenty-first century. It seems no matter who you are, or where you go, people have some combination of Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram accounts (most have all three). The NBA and its players are no different. Social media has been adopted by both the league itself, and many of the players within. We at DIME took a look through Instagram profiles and compiled a list of the 25 best NBA players to follow. Read More »