Every now and then, when a player hears a whistle, they’ll throw up a prayer in the hopes of drawing the foul plus the shot. During last night’s preseason game between the Kings and Raptors, Toronto PG Kyle Lowry had his prayer answered in the form of this whirling, no-look bank shot — plus the foul. Read More »
/ Oct 2, 2014 / 7:00 pm
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 »
/ Sep 23, 2014 / 2:15 pm
If you’re a fan of hardscrabble basketball, then you’ve probably already fallen in love with the tough-nosed point out of Philly, Kyle Lowry. He’s bounced around the league since getting drafted in 2006, but finally found a home — and a new, four-year, $48 million contract — with the Raptors last season. A Lowry profile by Grantland’s estimable long-form writer Jonathan Abrams let us know that retired point guard Chauncey Billups played a big role in tempering Lowry’s tempestuous attitude, which didn’t really let Lowry catch on with a team until this past season north of the border. Read More »
The Drew League in Los Angeles is an active hotbed for summer basketball, providing fans a much-needed relief from the lull of the offseason. Fans never know who will lace up their kicks when they walk through the doors at King Drew High School. Coming off a jaw-dropping 57-point performance in Week 8, The Clozers’ and current Detroit Piston Brandon Jennings once again dazzled the crowd with a 56-point showing. After back-to-back 50-point weekends he was again named Drew League Player of the Week – and rightfully so. Read More »
/ Jul 4, 2014 / 2:15 pm
As the 2013-14 NBA season has come to a conclusion, it’s never too early to look ahead to next year for fantasy owners. Finding value is crucial in keeper leagues and is a big part of building a championship roster. Drafting fresh each year becomes a daunting task of finding players who are ready to break out and have a bigger impact than they did the year before. Below is a list of 10 players who should be selected earlier than they probably went in your fantasy draft last year. These players had impact seasons this year and should take the another step next year to become big time fantasy studs. Read More »
Kyle Lowry was Toronto’s driving force towards their first playoff berth in five years, and GM Masai Ujiri has made his signing this summer his No. 1 priority. He can check that off the list. League sources informed Yahoo! Sports Lowry is expected to sign a four-year, $48-million contract once the July moratorium ends on the tenth. Read More »
With LeBron James’ heart reportedly set on earning a maximum-level salary, it appears Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh are taking one for the team. According to multiple reports, Pat Riley and company are telling free agents they will have approximately $12 million to spend, indicating that the remaining members of Miami’s Big Three are set to take sizable pay-cuts. Read More »
It seems that Masai Ujiri’s pitch to Kyle Lowry won’t be enough to get the point guard to immediately re-sign with the Toronto Raptors. It’s hardly Ujiri’s fault, though; the market for Lowry is just that fierce. According to ESPN’s Marc Stein, the Raptors are considering offering Lowry a five-year contract to persuade him to re-up with Toronto. Read More »
Free agent Kyle Lowry is in Philadelphia for the start of the free agency, and the two head honchos for the Houston Rockets, coach Kevin McHale and general manager Daryl Morey, have flown to Philly to make their pitch to him first thing. Toronto’s formal pitch comes tomorrow. Read More »
The viability of Kyle Lowry’s future with the Toronto Raptors has been a question for months, ever since GM Masai Ujiri supposedly initiated a fire sale of his team’s veteran stalwarts by trading Rudy Gay. But it didn’t turn out that way, obviously, and Lowry’s resurgence as one of the league’s best two-way players was a major reason behind the Raptors’ second-half rise. With free agency set to begin in a matter of hours, Ujiri will reportedly waste no time in trying to secure Lowry for the long-haul. Read More »