Five years may not seem like a long time (considering LeBron is in his 11th season already), but little known rookies can turn into household superstars in that small time frame. Just consider that five years ago players like Russell Westbrook, Derrick Rose, Kevin Love, Roy Hibbert and Eric Gordon were young rookies looking for their place in the NBA. Read More »
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The NBA has evolved into an athletic, perimeter-heavy league. While this type of emphasis can excite the audience with spectacular plays, strong froncourts are still the belly of the beast for many teams. Teams that boast dominant frontcourts are a force to be reckoned with, especially in the postseason when the game slows down. Read More »
Counting down from last Saturday, it’s the 10 best dunks of the week, featuring a pair of windmills from the league’s top athletes and a few of the top posterizations of the early season, led by a rookie and a couple of newcomers. Read More »
The first half of the Pacers vs. Clippers game has been remarkable viewing this Sunday. The 15-1 Pacers haven’t faced off against a winning team yet, and the 12-5 Clippers have survived a tough schedule to open their inaugural season under coach Doc Rivers. The Pacers had the lead at the break, but Chris Paul and DeAndre Jordan have lit up their league-leading defense on a couple different lob slams. Read More »
The Pacers are flying high this year after starting 13-1 through their first 14 games, including a 9-game winning streak to open things up. Everyone knew they improved their bench, but not many were expecting Paul George to make such a dramatic leap in his fourth season. But the Pacers’ wing has improved his ball handling, cut down on his turnovers and become more efficient shooting the ball, all of which means we need some funk. Read More »
The Indiana Pacers and Miami Heat are the only two teams in the East with preseason title aspirations who haven’t fallen apart in the season’s first month. They’re two of just three teams above .500 in the East (the Hawks are the third), but there are 12 teams at .500 or above in the West. Despite the lopsided Conferences, the Pacers beat one of those West teams, the Timberwolves, and Paul George punctuated his big night with a sick windmill dunk after a steal. Read More »
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 »
ESPN, Sports Illustrated and many other outlets usually rank the best players in the NBA each preseason. But like the game itself, player rankings fluctuate almost on a week-by-week basis. A highly touted All-Star might suddenly fall off, and a role player might undertake a high usage within his team, reaching heights that appeared impossible earlier in the year. That’s why we’re ranking the top 20 NBA players right now. Read More »
All stats from games prior to Friday
Even when sample sizes are small and records give no indication of anything worthwhile, the first week or two of the NBA season can still show audiences which teams are contenders and which are merely pretending.
The contenders, the teams that built off of either their offseason success as a result of keen free agency moves or those that are thriving off of the development of certain players, are already giving notice that they are a squad worth recognizing. Read More »
The NBA gave fans a great week of basketball in the second week of the 2013-14 season. There were a few upsets, a couple of comebacks, and plenty of matchups that made the fans rise to their feet and go wild. Week 2 in the NBA season proved there is nothing predictable in basketball. There are 52 games in the schedule this week (Monday-Sunday). What are the five must-see games of Week 3? Let’s find out. Read More »