TAG: DeAndre Jordan

NBA / Apr 18, 2014 / 5:30 pm

Dime End Of Season Awards: Defensive Player Of The Year

Joakim Noah, Roy Hibbert

Joakim Noah, Roy Hibbert (Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports)

The 2013-14 NBA season has officially ended, so now it’s time for regular season awards before the real season starts on Saturday. There’s a lot of wiggle room before we’re able to name some of the winners, which is why for Dime‘s 2014 NBA Awards we had our writers and contributors provide their top-three choices in an abridged version of what the NBA does with certain media members. Next up, the topsy-turvy roller-coaster ride that was the race for the Defensive Player of Year. Read More »

NBA / Apr 18, 2014 / 5:00 pm

8 Keys To Watch For In The NBA Playoffs This Weekend

Manu Ginobili

Manu Ginobili (Soobum Im/USA TODAY Sports)

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 »

NBA / Apr 18, 2014 / 1:45 pm

Dime End Of Season Awards: Most Improved Player

Goran Dragic, Blake Griffin

Goran Dragic, Blake Griffin (Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports)

The 2013-14 NBA season has officially ended, so now it’s time for regular season awards before the real season starts on Saturday. There’s a lot of wiggle room before we’re able to name some of the winners, which is why for Dime‘s 2014 NBA Awards we had our writers and contributors provide their top-three choices in an abridged version of what the NBA does with certain media members. Next up is an unusual triumvirate our writers landed on in a difficult award to empirically measure: The Most Improved Player. Read More »

Style - Kicks and Gear / Apr 18, 2014 / 9:00 am

16 NBA Players Reveal What’s Currently Playing In Their Headphones

Notorious B.I.G.

I once asked Steve Nash if anyone in the NBA didn’t listen to rap. His answer surprised me, saying there are actually quite a few, more than you’d think, who have differing tastes. With the NBA Playoffs right around the corner, check out what 16 NBA players currently have playing in their headphones as they gear up for the most important part of the year. Read More »

Fantasy Doctor, NBA / Apr 11, 2014 / 10:30 am

2013-14 Fantasy Basketball All-Value Team

Isaiah Thomas

Isaiah Thomas (Howard Smith/USA TODAY Sports)

We saw many fantasy leagues this season where Isaiah Thomas wasn’t even drafted. Then there were some others where he spent weeks on the free agent list. Sacramento’s lead guard started the year as a backup before eventually earning all of the minutes after Greivis Vasquez was traded, and by that point, if you were lucky enough to have him, you reaped some huge benefits. Read More »

GIFs, NBA / Apr 10, 2014 / 1:23 am

DeAndre Jordan Destroys The Serge Protector

Serge Ibaka, DeAndre Jordan

Serge Ibaka, DeAndre Jordan (Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports)

When an elite defender and one of the most electric dunkers in the game meet at the rim, you almost expect to be let down. That didn’t happen on Wednesday night during the Thunder-Clippers game. Serge Ibaka rose to block a DeAndre Jordan dunk attempt from the right baseline, and you could almost see the universe folding in on itself as NBA fans froze in time. Only one would come out on top. Read More »

NBA / Apr 9, 2014 / 6:30 pm

Dime Q&A: Jamal Crawford on Doc & Defense, Seattle Love, Age Minimums & More

Jamal Crawford

Jamal Crawford (Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports)

For years, we’ve watched Jamal Crawford with our jaws dropped following his usual brilliance with a basketball. Then we waited, agog, for his next incredible offensive display because they usually came in bunches. Just as often, we heard from people around the NBA that we were unlikely to speak with a more intelligent, thought-provoking, but — more importantly — also the most genuine guy in all of the NBA. After chatting with Crawford on Tuesday before their matchup tonight against the Thunder, we can say that Crawford’s kindness, team-first attitude and nimble basketball mind made our 30 minute conversation one of the most enjoyable we’ve ever had. Read More »

GIFs, NBA / Apr 7, 2014 / 11:30 am

Video: DeAndre Jordan And-1 Dunk On Jordan Hill

DeAndre Jordan

DeAndre Jordan (Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports)

Yes, DeAndre Jordan was 1-for-5 from the free throw line on Sunday during the inverted Los Angeles matchup between the Clippers and Lakers. Yes, he’s only shooting 44 percent from the free throw line this year. But, holy hell, he’s leading the league in rebounding at 13.8 per game, and he was 5-of-6 from the field yesterday, including a filthy offensive rebound over Jordan Hill, which he then smashed on back on Hill’s face while drawing the foul. Read More »

NBA / Mar 31, 2014 / 3:30 pm

10 NBA Stars Who Made “The Leap” This Season

DeAndre Jordan

DeAndre Jordan (Troy Taormina/USA TODAY Sports)

Can anyone believe the NBA season is almost at an end? The playoffs are almost upon us, which means some teams will be reaching for NBA championships while other teams will be at home reaching for the remote. Every season that passes by there are players that have taken their game to the next level. These players have made the “leap” essentially, star players finally asserting themselves as dominant, All-Star caliber talents. Read More »

GIFs, NBA, Video / Mar 30, 2014 / 1:35 pm

Brandon Knight Excorcises DJ Demons With Block Of Birdman

Brandon Knight, Chris Andersen

Brandon Knight, Chris Andersen (Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports)

The Heat came into Milwaukee’s dilapidated BMO Harris Bradley Center on Saturday night, and stomped a Bucks team that’s been getting stomped all season. But despite the 88-67 shellacking at the hands of the 2-time defending champs, Milwaukee’s Brandon Knight rose for a block on Chris Andersen that has to alleviate some of the stink from last season’s stank face DeAndre Jordan slam. Read More »