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NBA / Oct 26, 2014 / 8:30 pm

The Top 20 Power Forwards In The NBA Right Now

Dirk Nowitzki

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 »

NBA / Oct 24, 2014 / 4:30 pm

The Top 20 Centers In The NBA Right Now

Marc Gasol, Joakim Noah

The true center is a dying position, but big men haven’t been completely scrapped in terms of their relevance and impact in the NBA. Despite being erased from the All-Star ballot two seasons ago, when you peruse a box score the position is still manned by someone — even if only in name.

The league has a laundry-list of talented big men, but we wanted to ascertain who might be the best at the center position, so we compiled a list of the best in the NBA today. What you will find here are the names of players manning the middle who are important to their teams based on both previous history/accolades and potential impact this coming season. Stats and analytics tell the story for some, while untapped talent and opportunity tell the story for others. It’s all relevant. Read More »

GIFs, NBA / Oct 13, 2014 / 5:30 pm

The Top 20 Shooting Guards In The NBA Right Now

James Harden, Klay Thompson

The NBA is a point guard driven league. Look at personnel on the top teams in the Association. With just a couple exceptions, the best teams in the league have stellar point guard play. After the point guard position, the power forward position is emerging as the deepest talent pool in the league.

What’s been lost in the NBA is great play from the shooting guard position. Having a great shooting guard isn’t a necessity anymore. Just look at the San Antonio Spurs for proof. Gregg Popovich used a platoon of players at the shooting guard position last year, and none of them are superstars anymore. Danny Green is an elite three-point shooter, Manu Ginobili is past his prime but still a crafty offensive weapon, and Marco Belinelli can shoot it with the best of them, but struggles in other facets of the game. None of those guys – at least at this point in their careers – could carry the offense alone. Read More »

NBA / Oct 2, 2014 / 7:00 pm

The Top 20 Point Guards In The NBA Right Now

Chris Paul, Stephen Curry

To survive in today’s NBA, you need a good point guard. You just do. Of the teams that finished last season with the eight best records, six of them either had an All-Star point guard or LeBron James. The other two teams were the Indiana Pacers (who, without the stability that a good point guard brings, fell apart down the stretch) and the Houston Rockets (eliminated in the first round).

The point guard on a basketball court is like the quarterback on the gridiron. He’s the general, the leader, the boss.

The NBA in 2014 is littered with talented point guards. And just like the “Who’s the best quarterback in the NFL?” arguments, few NBA debates spark disagreement like the “Who’s the best point guard in the NBA?” debate does.

Delusional Kevin Durant and Kobe Bryant fans notwithstanding, we’re all generally in agreement that James is, hands down, the best basketball player in the world. The point guard debate is a different monster. There are four or five different guys that, depending on whom you ask, can be considered the NBA’s alpha dog point guard.

The good news is that I’m here to finally settle the debate. Here are the NBA’s top 20 point guards. Read More »

Style - Kicks and Gear / Sep 23, 2014 / 6:00 pm

Behind The Scenes Of The Nike LeBron 12 Launch

LeBron James, Nike LeBron 12

A week ago, Nike unveiled LeBron James‘ newest shoe in his signature line. The Nike LeBron 12 continues the global brand’s ongoing effort to improve and refine the sneakers worn by their signature athletes, none of whom are bigger than James. Dime was one of a handful of media reps invited to the unveiling at Nike world headquarters on their campus in Beaverton, OR, as well as a behind-the-scenes look at the research for the construction of James’ newest kick and a chance to take the LeBron 12’s for a spin on the court. Read More »

Style - Kicks and Gear, Video Games / Sep 11, 2014 / 5:00 pm

Projecting The Top-20 Rated Players In NBA 2K15

Kevin Durant NBA 2K15

With the release of basketball gaming king NBA 2K15 less than a month away, we project the ratings for the game’s top-20 players. Note that these rankings were gleaned from considering the final player ratings of 2K14 and simple player analysis, factoring in progression and regression. No exclusive knowledge nor personal bias was used in compiling them, either. Our projected rating follows the player’s name, with the difference between his final rating in last year’s game and our projection noted in parentheses. Read More »

NBA, Playground / Aug 29, 2014 / 9:00 pm

Fear & Loathing in Seattle: Jamal Crawford’s Pro-Am Helps a City Heal

Jamal Crawford

When you walk into the Royal Brougham Pavilion at Seattle Pacific University in Queen Anne, it doesn’t feel like a college arena. It feels more like a high school gymnasium, and there’s an immediate air of intimacy here that’s rare given the fact that the upcoming game features so many professional basketball players.

It’s a little before 4 p.m., and Dime arrived in Seattle this Saturday in late July just in time for the final game of Week 4 of the Seattle Pro-Am, a match-up featuring Jamal Crawford and his DRG Wolverines versus Alvin Snow and the Stranger Cougars. Read More »

Style - Kicks and Gear / Aug 29, 2014 / 8:00 pm

The 2014 Jordan Brand Holiday Preview Explores The Past, Present & Future

Jordan Brand Holiday Preview

Much like waiting on a great meal can almost be better than actually eating it, sneaker aficionados thrive on anticipation. As such, the Jordan Brand Holiday Preview has become a week to circle on the calendar, serving to whet our appetites for what lies in store for the winter. Read More »

Playground, We Reminisce / Aug 19, 2014 / 6:00 pm

Mixtaped: How And1 Changed The Way We Watch And Think About Basketball

AND1 Mixtape Vol. 6

Before the turn of the millennium, something happened that would alter the basketball landscape for the entire decade to come. It would change the way fans think about the sport, the manner in which we consume it, and it would spawn whole cottage industries of hoops that few of us could have imagined or predicted. It was the arrival of the And1 Mixtape Volume 1. Read More »

College, NBA Draft / Jun 9, 2014 / 3:30 pm

The Top 10 Sleepers Of The 2014 NBA Draft

Elfrid Payton

Happy Holidays! What are we celebrating? NBA Draft season of course! The NBA Playoffs have been tapering off in excitement by the round, and with the NBA Draft Lottery past usand the draft order locked in stone, all the fun begins. The mock drafts are rolling out faster than Auntie Anne’s pretzels on a Friday night at the local mall. The top three picks will be the hottest storyline, but that’s not where I focus my eyes on this draft. This is one of the deepest pool of players in recent history for a reason, so I’m focusing on the 2014 NBA Draft’s biggest sleepers. Read More »