TAG: Chase Budinger

NBA / Sep 30, 2013 / 2:45 pm

The 15 Best Frontcourts In The NBA

Tim Duncan

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 »

NBA / May 10, 2013 / 3:00 pm

How To Fix The Denver Nuggets

Andre Iguodala

Andre Iguodala (photo. Kelly Turso)

The second round of the playoffs is underway and with only eight teams remaining, it means another eight have been eliminated from title contention. The offseason is the time for these teams to retool to prepare for deeper runs next season. The Denver Nuggets finished the year with a franchise-best 57-25 record and were the third seed in the Western Conference. Boasting a 38-3 home record, many felt they would advance to the second round simply by winning all of their home games. Read More »

Smack / Nov 14, 2012 / 1:17 am

Carmelo Has a Mini Meltdown; The Spurs Torture the Lakers; Deron Williams & Kyrie Irving Put On A Show

Tony Parker

Tony Parker

Pau Gasol, we hope you surround yourself with protection tonight. You might turn up along the rocks in the Pacific Ocean tomorrow morning, courtesy of a crazed Kobe Bryant. Down two on the last possession last night against the Spurs, Gasol couldn’t find anyone to pass to. Instead, he launched a moon shot from the corner. Even as he was shooting it, Bryant (28 points, eight assists) already had his palms out in the ultimate “WTF ARE YOU DOING?!” stance. Read More »

NBA / Nov 13, 2012 / 4:00 pm

Why The Timberwolves’ Playoff Hopes Are Officially Dead

Chase Budinger

When Chase Budinger spoke at his introductory press conference this offseason, he called Minnesota “a young Oklahoma.” Set aside that such a self-compliment would have made zero sense just four years ago; it’s the highest aspiration a recent lottery team can dream to be now. For that reason of hope — if a Finals contender can spring up somewhere where a small market, a torturous move and a painfully awful roster all converged, why not us? — it’s also one of the most common comparisons you’ll hear about a roster believed to be on the come up. Budinger barely knew his team when he said it, but he was sort of right — and now it’s all blowing up in Minnesota’s face. Read More »

Smack / Nov 10, 2012 / 2:29 am

The Lakers Ditch Their Coach, Then Golden State; LeBron Clinches In The Clutch

Steve Nash, Dwight Howard, Kobe Bryant, Pau Gasol, Metta World Peace

And so, curing the Lakers’ five-game start of discontent might come down to this: whose knee heals faster, Phil Jackson‘s or Mike D’Antoni‘s? In case you’ve been living under a rock you know the Lakers fired Mike Brown as head coach Friday morning, pulling him out of a coaches meeting to do so. Read More »

Latest News, NBA / Jun 26, 2012 / 10:30 am

Report: Houston Trades Chase Budinger To Minnesota For No. 18 Pick

Budinger

Reports all around the league have been speculating that Houston Rockets GM Daryl Morey has been gearing up to make a run at Dwight Howard, targeting multiple top 10 draft selections as the necessary ammunition. Last season, if you remember, David Stern foiled Pau Gasol’s arrival in Houston, so it’s no surprise that the Rockets are once again going after a game-changing big man. In the meantime, the Rockets have now dealt the 24-year-old Chase Budinger to the Minnesota Timberwolves for the No. 18 pick in this year’s draft, according to Draft Express. Minnesota will also pick up the rights to Lior Eliyahu. The Rockets now have picks No. 14, 16 and 18, so don’t expect their wheeling and dealing to end any time soon. Read More »

Fantasy Doctor, NBA / Apr 20, 2012 / 11:15 am

Daily Fantasy Basketball Diagnosis: 4.20

Danny Granger

Danny Granger (photo. Stephen Hill)

Beast of the Night: Danny Granger notched 29 points, five rebounds, one assist, one steal, one block and four three-pointers last night. He shot 35 percent (7-20) from the floor and 100 percent (11-11) from the free-throw line, and had one turnover. For the season, Granger has pretty much fulfilled expectations by putting up top 30 numbers. So far in April, he’s averaging 23.1 points, 5.3 rebounds, 2.1 assists, 0.6 steals, 0.6 blocks and 2.9 threes per game, while shooting 48 percent from the field and 96 percent from the free-throw line. Read More »

Fantasy Doctor, NBA / Apr 16, 2012 / 11:00 am

Daily Fantasy Basketball Diagnosis: 4.16 (Weekend Recap)

Wesley Matthews

Wesley Matthews (photo. Aaron Hewitt)

Weekend Wonder: Wesley Matthews averaged 23.0 points, 5.0 rebounds, 3.5 assists, 2.0 steals, 0.5 blocks and 4.5 three-pointers in two games over the weekend. He hit 50 percent of his shots from the field and 100 percent of his shots from the charity stripe, and averaged 2.5 turnovers in each of those games. Matthews has struggled with major bouts of inconsistency this season, but he’s still maintained top 60 value, mostly thanks to his strong three-point making (1.9 per game) and thieving (1.4 per game). Read More »

Smack / Apr 14, 2012 / 3:05 am

Steve Nash lights up Houston; The old Sonics destroy the new Sonics

Steve Nash

Steve Nash (photo. Nike)

Friday the 13th used to be known for harmless bad luck, but thanks to a psycho with a hockey mask and every movie studio deciding they have to release horror flicks on that date, now it’s become synonymous with blood and torture. Always thinking marketing, the NBA had its bases covered last night, Friday the 13th — giving a lot of unlucky fans a lineup of boring blowouts that were murder on the eyes … It was so bad we resorted to math: The average margin of victory for last night’s 12 NBA games was 15.6 points; four games reached 20-piece status; and one of them was a 38-point laugher that shockingly involved the Wizards … Read More »

Fantasy Doctor, NBA / Apr 3, 2012 / 11:00 am

Daily Fantasy Basketball Diagnosis: 4.3

Wesley Matthews

Wesley Matthews (photo. Aaron Hewitt)

Beast of the Night: Wesley Matthews produced a fine line to the tune of 33 points, one rebound, two steals and five three-pointers. He shot 83 percent (10-12) from the floor and 80 percent (8-10) from the free-throw line, and had two turnovers. Since being reinserted into the starting lineup on March 16, Matthews has averaged top 10 numbers. Read More »