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Fantasy Doctor, NBA / Oct 18, 2013 / 3:45 pm

The 2013-14 Head-To-Head Fantasy Basketball Top 50 – Preseason Edition

Dwight Howard

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 »

NBA / Oct 18, 2013 / 3:15 pm

The NBA’s 10 Best 1-On-1 Players

Carmelo Anthony

Carmelo Anthony (photo. Zach Wolfe)

A few weeks ago, Michael Jordan was asked who he would like to play against in a game of 1-on-1 in his prime. He listed several of the NBA’s top players and then said, “I don’t think I’d lose. Other than Kobe Bryant because he steals all my moves.” Leave it to His Royal Airness to not only declare himself as the best 1-on-1 competitor but also to take a shot at Kobe. Read More »

NBA / Oct 18, 2013 / 12:45 pm

The 20 Best 3-Point Shooters In The NBA Right Now

Stephen Curry

Stephen Curry (Photo. Nicky Woo)

While Dime has done stories on both the best shooters in the NBA and the players with the deepest range, we’ve never focused solely on the three-pointer. The adoption of the three-point line in 1979 dramatically changed the future of the NBA. Would Adam Morrison have even been considered a top 10 pick had this special skill not served a purpose? (Who honestly knows with MJ?) Read More »

All-Star, NBA / Oct 17, 2013 / 2:00 pm

Predicting This Year’s 24 NBA All-Stars

Derrick Rose

Derrick Rose (photo. adidas Basketball)

If I’ve learned anything about writing in sports, it’s that it’s never too early to make predictions.

In this installment of way-too-early predictions, I offer a take on who will end up representing the Eastern and Western Conferences in the 2014 All-Star Game that is not scheduled to take place until February of next year. Read More »

NBA / Oct 11, 2013 / 3:15 pm

Defining An NBA Superstar

LeBron James, Bill Russell

LeBron James, Bill Russell (photo. Instagram/miamiheat)

There are a lot of NBA superstars these days, but for which players is it a misnomer? There are obvious superstars and less obvious superstars, but what, exactly, is an NBA superstar? Let’s define it, then sort who fits into — what should be — the narrowest of designations. Read More »

NBA / Oct 4, 2013 / 2:15 pm

10 NBA Players On The Cusp Of Important Contract Years

Derrick Williams

Rudy Gay (photo. Douglas Sonders)

This season, one of the biggest (and soon to be most repetitive) storylines will be the ensuing craziness that occurs when superstars like Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony, Dwyane Wade, Dirk Nowitzki, and yes, even Chris Bosh can become free agents. Are you ready for another onslaught of media predictions and ESPN headlines like “LeBron wears yellow shirt outside-is Cleveland back in the mix?” or “Kobe says anything is possible” (Side note: if you think for a second that Kobe, if he comes back healthy, isn’t going to use his pending free agency to get exactly what he wants in L.A. then you’re crazy.) or “Bosh pledges eternal loyalty to Big Three; Wade, James tell him that’s REALLY not necessary.” Read More »

NBA / Oct 2, 2013 / 12:15 pm

The 15 Best Go-To Guys In The NBA

Kyrie Irving

Derrick Rose (photo. adidas)

With the formation of these “Big Threes,” no longer is it commonplace for a team to only have one player who can dominate the game’s final seconds. However, it’s still a luxury to have. Players like this are usually defined as go-to guys. A go-to guy, in my opinion, is someone who can get you that basket your team needs in the game’s closing seconds when every eye in the arena is focused on them. Read More »

NBA / Sep 27, 2013 / 2:15 pm

The Top 20 Power Forwards In The NBA Right Now

LaMarcus Aldridge

Amar’e Stoudemire (photo. Nike Sportswear)

Historically, this has been one of the most competitive positions in the entire NBA. The power forward position might not have had the iconic and celebrated figures like Michael Jordan, Wilt Chamberlain and Magic Johnson but they have more than held their place in history: Karl Malone, Charles Barkley, Elvin Hayes and Kevin McHale, not to mention the recent duo of Tim Duncan and Kevin Garnett who are both sure-fire first-ballot Hall of Famers. Read More »

NBA, Twitter / Sep 27, 2013 / 12:45 am

Mavs Star Dirk Nowitzki Was In A Time Machine (Pic)

Dirk Nowitzki

Dirk Nowitzki (photo. @swish41)

On Twitter, Dirk Nowitzki posted a photo of himself that looked like something out of the imagination of George Lucas or Arthur C. Clarke. But it was really just a futuristic way of measuring his health. Read More »

NBA / Sep 24, 2013 / 12:15 pm

The 8 Best Teams In The Western Conference This Year

Chris Paul

Chris Paul (photo. Daymon Gardner)

Unlike the East, teams in the Western Conference better be able to maintain a legitimate winning record if there is any sliver of hope for a postseason berth. Anything less than .500 in the West equals a lottery pick. This is the NBA’s juggernaut conference. Read More »