TAG: Jimmy Butler

NBA / Mar 21, 2014 / 11:45 am

The 25 Biggest Bargains In The NBA

Jimmy Butler

Jimmy Butler (Howard Smith/USA TODAY Sports)

Like all pro leagues, the NBA is a game of dollars. In this career, the tenure is short; many NBA players won’t see 10 years in the industry. Even the league’s top crop may only see 15 to 20 years of service.

So this is where it gets tricky; how do you get an individual who has a limited career window to take less money than he’s worth? If the player is a veteran who has bought into the system and city, maybe he will take less money to help the team. Clearly that’s not Kobe Bryant. Players on rookie deals don’t have any choice in the matter and always provide teams with some flexibility. Maybe the player has an injury history, or off-court disciplinary problem that lowers his market value. Read More »

GIFs, Latest News, NBA / Mar 9, 2014 / 6:47 pm

Joakim Noah, His Father, Jimmy Butler & The Bulls Beat The Heat In Overtime

Joakim Noah, Jimmy Butler, Taj Gibson

Joakim Noah, Jimmy Butler, Taj Gibson (Rob Grabowski-USA TODAY Sports)

It’s unclear whether Joakim Noah‘s dad, Yannick, had anything to do with Chicago’s impressive overtime win over the 2-time defending champion Heat on Sunday afternoon, but he was too wrapped up in his son’s game to finish an interview during the game. We now know where his son got his intensity, though, and Noah’s overall game combined with Jimmy Butler‘s stifling defense on a still struggling LeBron James, and the Bulls got a big, 95-88, overtime win against the visiting Heat. Read More »

Style - Kicks and Gear / Dec 17, 2013 / 5:00 pm

The NBA’s 50 Biggest Sneakerheads On Instagram

Damian Lillard adidas Crazyquick PE

Damian Lillard adidas Crazyquick PE (photo. Instagram.com/damianlillard)

It’s no surprise that NBA players are some of the biggest sneakerheads in the world. You can see them rocking the most exclusive kicks on a daily basis, in part because they’re always around the culture and, more importantly, because they can get basically anything they want. And thanks to Instagram, we’re getting a better look now at what’s on their feet than ever before. Read More »

College, NBA, NBA Draft / Dec 12, 2013 / 3:00 pm

15 Colleges That Produce The Best NBA Players

Vince Carter

Derrick Rose (photo. Chad Griffith)

With All-Stars like LeBron James, Kobe Bryant and Dwight Howard running the league from an attention standpoint, it’s hard to argue that high schoolers can’t make the successful jump to the NBA. Even international players like Dirk Nowitzki, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili have had Hall of Fame careers after coming to the states. Read More »

NBA / Nov 5, 2013 / 4:15 pm

The 20 Best Small-Ball Lineups In The NBA

Carmelo Anthony

Carmelo Anthony, Dime #53

Just a short year ago, we were blessed to watch the USA Men’s basketball team storm into London and pick apart each opponent with a variety of different tactics that emphasized speed and transition defense. Those lineups, at times, were sorely lacking in the height department. We would occasionally find the 6-8 Carmelo Anthony at the center position where he would rebound and “attempt” to guard opposing centers. Read More »

NBA / Oct 23, 2013 / 5:30 pm

5 Reasons To Watch The 2013-14 Chicago Bulls

Derrick Rose

Derrick Rose (photo. adidas)

With the start of the 2013-14 NBA season rapidly approaching, we thought it only fair to share what makes each team so exciting. Ontologically speaking, all 30 teams deserve our eyeballs this season. Even disastrous lineups still present oodles of plays, personalities, highlights and headaches. Here are five things to keep in mind for each team before flipping the channel.

Next up, a Chicago Bulls team that’s finally got their star back on the court. Read More »

NBA / Oct 2, 2013 / 3:00 pm

The 15 Best Backcourts In The NBA

Deron Williams

Damian Lillard (photo. Aaron Hewitt)

The engine and brains of an NBA starting lineup rest with the point guard — the orchestrator — and the complementary role often belongs to the shooting guard. When the two talents fit, an NBA backcourt is a bad place to get caught up against on either end of the floor.

With the season right around the corner, and after dropping knowledge on the 15 best frontcourts in the NBA, let’s take a look at a few backcourts that will rank at the top of the league. Read More »

NBA / Oct 1, 2013 / 1:45 pm

The Top 20 Shooting Guards In The NBA Right Now

Kobe Bryant, Kevin Durant

Kobe Bryant, Kevin Durant (photo. Nike Basketball)

When I watched the video of Kevin Durant proclaiming James Harden should replace Dwyane Wade in Sports Illustrated‘s top 10 NBA players list, a few things processed through my head, in this order:

1. Sweet! This is exactly what the NBA needs: two of its biggest superstars having beef with each other, especially superstars who play on two of the league’s very best teams. 2. Wait, this is clearly fake, right? I mean, Wade and Durant did that awesome Gatorade commercial together last year, and Durant’s tone of voice doesn’t sound very convincing. This has to be some setup for another commercial or advertisement. 3. Well, even if it isn’t real, I think I agree with Durant. Wade’s getting older and Harden is really growing into a true superstar. Read More »

NBA / Sep 20, 2013 / 3:00 pm

The NBA’s 20 Best Role Players

Andrei Kirilenko

Andrei Kirilenko

The NBA is a league dominated by stars. However, some of the most important guys are the secondary players, the ones who do the little things that help their team win. Most of the guys on this list are limited in some areas – and that is why they are role players. There are no scoring title winners or All-NBA players on this list – just guys who have a well-defined role who put the success of the team far above their own. Read More »

NBA / Sep 19, 2013 / 12:15 pm

The 20 Toughest Players In The NBA

Dwight Howard, Kobe Bryant, Jodie Meeks

Zach Randolph (photo. Nike)

Let’s establish this first: the NBA isn’t always given its fair due in regards to tough athletes. In an era where flopping has become such a frequent occurrence that fines have been instituted to eradicate them completely, the NBA’s reputation is slowly gaining traction again. Plays like Chris Bosh flopping like a sack of soggy potatoes after a Carlos Boozer post move, or Manu Ginobili flailing through the paint to draw imaginary fouls are indeed terrible, but could start dwindling now that players’ pockets are being attacked. Read More »