Player values are officially set in stone now, so it’s time to update the Top 50. There aren’t too many drastic differences, but certainly there are some changes worth noting.
The biggest jump, once again, goes to Anthony Davis, who’s up 18 spots since the preseason edition, and Andre Drummond, who’s up an incredible 25 spots. You’ll notice that I came around on ranking injured players. It still leaves too much up for debate in my mind, but Anthony Davis’s needed presence was the deal breaker. Read More »
/ Dec 6, 2013 / 1:45 pm
Injuries and underwhelming play have completely changed the dynamics of this list. You’re used to seeing backcourts like the Deron Williams-Joe Johnson duo in Brooklyn or the Steve Nash-Kobe Bryant tandem in Los Angeles or Oklahoma City’s pair in Russell Westbrook and Thabo Sefolosha. Even the tandem of Derrick Rose and Jimmy Butler would stand out as one of the league’s top starting backcourts. Read More »
The Pelicans were missing their dominant forward, Anthony Davis, and the Bulls have been without their former MVP point guard, Derrick Rose, but that didn’t stop either team from battling into three overtimes on Monday night. Jrue Holiday was the hero with a driving and-1 layup with under 3 seconds remaining in the final overtime period for the 131-128 Pelicans victory. Read More »
/ Dec 2, 2013 / 12:15 pm
As a fan of the Philadelphia 76ers, I’ve seen it all. I’ve seen Allen Iverson carry this team to the NBA Finals on his own back. I’ve seen Andre Iguodala nail two free throws to carry the Sixers to the second round of the NBA Playoffs for the first time since 2003. I’ve also seen Jrue Holiday blossom from an unknown youngster from UCLA to an All-Star point guard. While I’ve seen the ups, the downs have also been unavoidable. All three of these All-Stars had illustrious beginnings with the Sixers, only to see them comeback in a different uniform and have a memorable homecoming. Read More »
/ Nov 22, 2013 / 2:30 pm
In a league full of show-stopping athletes who can practically 360 dunk at will, it’s refreshing to sit back and appreciate the players who excel with such tranquility in their game. The way they dribble, shoot and pass – it’s just so calm and smooth.
Being smooth is an all-around characteristic and goes beyond just having a buttery jumper. These players rarely play out of their pace, never look fazed and are unflappable in clutch moments. There’s a graceful flow and elasticity that makes everything they do on the court seem natural. Read More »
/ Nov 13, 2013 / 4:00 pm
The phrase numbers never lie is used a lot when referring to basketball statistics, but is this always the case? Whenever I see a player that scores 25-plus points in a game, the first thought that pops into my head is “Wow, that player had a great game, but how many shots did he have to throw up to get those points?” There are guys notorious in the NBA for being prolific scorers, but with a shooting percentage in the mid 30s. These players aren’t exactly what we would call efficient. Read More »
/ Nov 5, 2013 / 4:15 pm
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 »
/ Nov 5, 2013 / 12:45 pm
The NBA has become a point guard-dominated league over the past few years. With athleticism, speed and showmanship taking over, point guards shine in the spotlight just a little more as of late. Playmaking and passing has become more creative than ever, and a team’s success relies heavily on the point guard position. Read More »
There was talk that in Anthony Davis‘ second season, he’d finally make good on the gushing enthusiasm for him after his lone season in Kentucky resulted in an NCAA Championship. After a rookie season that saw him get dinged up enough to temper that enthusiasm just a smidgen, he came out tonight and showed everyone they might be right about his sophomore campaign. Read More »
/ Oct 28, 2013 / 12:15 am
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 Pelicans team that’s banking on Anthony Davis leading them to the playoffs. Read More »