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 »
Jrue Holiday (photo. adidas)
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
Kevin Love, Russell Westbrook (photo. Instagram/kevinlove)
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 »
/ Nov 6, 2013 / 1:15 pm
Chris Paul (photo. Jordan Brand)
All numbers prior to games played on 11/5/13
Statistics has never been more fun.
To the writer, numbers are meant to be a sworn enemy. You become an English or journalism major at college solely because you know it’s an escape from math, and the only numbers you see are at the bottom of a page. You only wish there was a way numbers could be put into situations that make them practical and memorable. Read More »
Dwight Howard (photo. adidas Basketball)
Preseason stats don’t mean too much, but it’s great to finally have something to analyze. Our Offseason Top 50 was gathering a little bit too much rust, so now that we’re a few exhibition games deep, it’s time for adjustments. There aren’t too many drastic differences, but certainly there are some changes worth noting. Read More »
/ Oct 16, 2013 / 10:15 pm
There are so many things to love about this YES network video during a preseason game telecast. It shows Deron Williams, Joe Johnson, Andray Blatche and Brook Lopez dancing in tandem with an unnamed kid on a riser behind them. They are attempting a synched “Cookie Dance.” Read More »
/ Sep 30, 2013 / 2:45 pm
Tim Duncan (photo. Jonathan Mannion)
Frontcourts are the backbone of every successful NBA team. No team has won a championship without a dominant frontcourt since Jordan‘s Bulls, and Dennis Rodman and Scottie Pippen could certainly play a little bit. The point guard craze has taken over the NBA, but when is that last time a team led by a point guard won the championship? You could argue Chauncey Billups with the Pistons in 2004, but other than that you have to go all the way back to Isaiah Thomas and the Bad Boy Pistons in 1990. Read More »
/ Sep 26, 2013 / 5:00 pm
James Harden (photo. @jharden13)
One of the toughest decisions a NBA general manager has to make is whether or not to offer a young NBA player approaching the end of their rookie contract a max contract extension. Most of the time, if this is a successful signing, the coinciding GM will also receive a contract extension of his own. If it doesn’t work, unless they are able to get said player off the books for future draft picks, talent or cap savings, there is often trouble. Read More »