What’s spurred the Golden State Warriors to a franchise-best 13-2 record to open the season? Suffocating defense, rapidly improving offense, and the individual play of Steph Curry, Klay Thompson, Andrew Bogut, and Marreese Speights first comes to mind. But the influence of team camaraderie can’t go overlooked, especially considering how much fun Golden State had while singing and dancing to O.T. Genasis’ “CoCo” on the team plane after beating the Charlotte Hornets last night. Read More »
/ Oct 26, 2014 / 8:30 pm
While assembling Dime’s list of the top 20 power forwards in the league today, we were struck by just how many different candidates merited consideration for various ranking thresholds.
Several players that are among their team’s most valuable contributors were left off this compilation entirely. A certain player who was barely awarded a spot somehow deserves a ranking both 10 positions better and worse. One big man just above the teens was arguably Team USA’s top performer at the FIBA World Cup. Our sixth-place finisher was voted by league general managers as the top 4-man in basketball. No player in these rankings is more accomplished than this list’s fourth-best power forward. We could go on.
Basketball is so stocked with quality power forwards that it’s impossible to deem any of these distinctions right or wrong. Those who missed the cut are that good, and those who made it are so closely comparable that ranking them seems futile. But doing so is also fun, and allows league followers to flex their empirical and analytical muscles just in time for the 2014-2015 season.
Don’t listen to naysayers who bemoan the league’s saturation of deep-shooting, playmaking big men as opposed to lumbering behemoths of the past. Power forwards aren’t dead, but instead have evolved right in line with the game as a whole. They’re better than ever, and the strongest, most versatile position group basketball has to offer. Read More »
Steve Kerr has already said he plans on lessening the offensive load of Stephen Curry this season. Speaking with reporters yesterday, the Golden State Warriors coach laid out broad strokes of his offensive system that will help do exactly that. Read More »
It was revealed this week that Hello Kitty is actually not a cat. While this might not be a big deal for most, for whatever reason Hello Kitty has been tied to the NBA a lot. The recent news is a nice opportunity to explore the odd connections between Hello Kitty and the NBA. Read More »
/ Aug 22, 2014 / 3:45 pm
Lost in the offseason shuffle to acquire Kevin Love, was the very real possibility Golden State would trade their young shooting guard Klay Thompson, along with Harrison Barnes and former all-star David Lee, to acquire Minnesota’s ubiquitous trade bait. The fact the Dubs even debated sending Klay to Minnesota has him allegedly “pissed,” sources tell Bleacher Report’s Ric Bucher. Read More »
/ Apr 18, 2014 / 5:00 pm
The NBA postseason is upon us and it should be a great one. The Western Conference has three can’t-miss first-round series, while the elite teams in the East look to get by some of the new faces in the playoffs.
For teams like San Antonio, Miami, Oklahoma City and Brooklyn, the most important key to the first round is to stay healthy. San Antonio and Brooklyn have veteran rosters and will need the extra rest to stay healthy throughout the playoffs. Read More »
TYSON CHANDLER, New York Knicks
Pretty much nothing has gone right for Tyson Chandler this season, but the Knicks as a team have turned their season around in the last couple weeks, and they won’t be able to keep it up without their man in the middle. With Chandler averaging just 7.9 points and 7.5 rebounds on the season, you probably won’t have to give up too much for him. Read More »
/ Jan 10, 2014 / 4:45 pm
Due to the constant trade rumors that swirl around the NBA — I’m looking at you, J.R. — I’ve decided to help a few teams out. Below is a list of fantasy transactions all involving players rumored to be on the trading block this season. In a perfect world, at least my world, these trades would happen. Read More »
/ Jan 7, 2014 / 3:15 pm
It’s never too early to begin thinking about the playoffs.
Sure, the regular season has been great so far, if you’re ignoring that one of the conferences currently has three teams with a winning record, but that doesn’t mean we can’t already begin thinking about the potential the playoffs have in store for us. A lot can happen in those seven games. It can make or break a franchise, sending one into the vaults of the elite and the other into a downward spiral that may result in the breakup of the team. It can also make or break a player, essentially putting their entire legacy on the line if that player’s influence on the team is that great. Read More »
/ Jan 3, 2014 / 11:00 am
Stephen Curry went off on Thursday night in Miami, and the Heat could only shake their heads and extol his virtues as a shooter before moving on to the next game. For Dubs fans, it wasn’t surprising, but the 2-time defending champion Heat were blown away after Curry went 8-of-15 from three-point land on his way to 36 points and 12 assists in Golden State’s 123-114 win at American Airlines Arena. Read More »