The Brooklyn Nets are off to an 8-11 start this season, which is a far cry from title contention — a supposed goal when owner Mikhail Prokhorov moved the team to Brooklyn. They’re still in better shape than last season’s calamitous 10-21 start under now-departed coach Jason Kidd — who is working wonders in Milwaukee. Despite a better opening to the season, sources tell ESPN.com the Nets have made stars Deron Williams, Brook Lopez and Joe Johnson available in trade talks, as an attempt to retool, but without sacrificing wins. Read More »
/ Nov 13, 2014 / 11:15 am
Bench guards Gerald Green and Isaiah Thomas led the Suns to a 112-104 win over the visiting Nets last night with 28 and 21 points, respectively. Because they were playing so well, Eric Bledsoe played less than half the game. Still, on this high screen by Markieff Morris, his move on Deron Williams and mid-air switching of hands was borderline Jordanesque. Read More »
/ Oct 24, 2014 / 4:30 pm
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 »
/ Sep 11, 2014 / 11:45 am
Under the leadership of owner Mikhail Prokhorov, the Brooklyn Nets have always operated as a win now team. This year will be no different, as the Nets look to compete in the Eastern Conference with a core led by Deron Williams, Joe Johnson and a healthy Brook Lopez. This week, new head coach Lionel Hollins spoke about the Nets being ranked dead last in ESPN’s Future Rankings.
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/ Aug 21, 2014 / 2:45 pm
Brook Lopez appeared in just 17 games last season. He had season-ending foot surgery in January, and is eager to get back on the court. Lopez was at a youth health lifestyle clinic at Barclays Center yesterday and looked noticeably thinner.
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Fair Warning: There are spoilers throughout the piece below from episodes of both Season 1 and Season 2, which can be found on Netflix.
Both sports and television shows are forms of entertainment; why not combine the two? Dime analyzed the NBA and Netflix’s hottest show, House of Cards, and dug up league stars and their best-fitting counterparts from the show. Both character traits and actions, as well as player relationships and rivalries with one another, were used to determine the pairings. Read More »
Dwyane Wade (Steve Mitchell/USA TODAY Sports)
In his time with Miami, Dwyane Wade has constructed quite the highlight reel.
He has the traditional highlights that most stars possess: dunks, blocks, passes, robust statlines. It’s his timeliness, however, that separates himself from so many of the league’s greats. That rare ability to take in a moment that would usually make those who are weak to have their knees shake and their palms to sweat. Read More »
Player values are officially set in stone now, so it’s time to update the Top 50. There aren’t too many drastic differences, but certainly there are some changes worth noting.
The biggest jump, once again, goes to Anthony Davis, who’s up 18 spots since the preseason edition, and Andre Drummond, who’s up an incredible 25 spots. You’ll notice that I came around on ranking injured players. It still leaves too much up for debate in my mind, but Anthony Davis’s needed presence was the deal breaker. Read More »
Josh Smith (photo. adidas)
Today, Pistons forward Josh Smith turns 28 years old, and Dime Magazine would like to celebrate by looking back at his 15 best dunks over his nine seasons in the NBA. Smith, a.k.a. J-Smoove, is notably known for his superior athleticism as a big man. His ability in the open court instantly increases the probability that a highlight play is coming your way. Detroit’s offseason signing of Smith â€“ four years/$54 million â€“ has created a beast of a starting frontcourt â€“ along with Andre Drummond and Greg Monroe â€“ that will only get more powerful as the season wears on. Read More »
/ Nov 22, 2013 / 12:00 pm
ESPN, Sports Illustrated and many other outlets usually rank the best players in the NBA each preseason. But like the game itself, player rankings fluctuate almost on a week-by-week basis. A highly touted All-Star might suddenly fall off, and a role player might undertake a high usage within his team, reaching heights that appeared impossible earlier in the year. That’s why we’re ranking the top 20 NBA players right now. Read More »