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NBA / Dec 19, 2013 / 3:30 pm

The 5 Most Dysfunctional Franchises In The NBA

Shaun Livingston, Kevin Garnett, Joe Johnson

Andrea Bargnani (David Richard/USA TODAY Sports)

If there’s one thing more entertaining than a franchise that has all of its bearings together and knows how to put out a great, watchable product, it’s a franchise that is capable of doing the exact opposite. A dysfunctional franchise is a gift to the casual NBA viewer in need of entertainment through the early, slower part of the regular season. Even though the team is usually bad — there are dysfunctional franchises that could put out a respectable team — it brings so much joy to watch a team struggle at some of the most simple aspects of the game. 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 / Oct 28, 2013 / 4:00 pm

5 Reasons To Watch The 2013-14 Toronto Raptors

Jonas Valanciunas

Jonas Valanciunas (photo. Instagram/jonasvalanciunas)

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 Toronto Raptors team with a new GM and a starting five that’s a lot more talented than people realize. Read More »

NBA / Oct 18, 2013 / 12:45 pm

The 20 Best 3-Point Shooters In The NBA Right Now

Stephen Curry

Stephen Curry (Photo. Nicky Woo)

While Dime has done stories on both the best shooters in the NBA and the players with the deepest range, we’ve never focused solely on the three-pointer. The adoption of the three-point line in 1979 dramatically changed the future of the NBA. Would Adam Morrison have even been considered a top 10 pick had this special skill not served a purpose? (Who honestly knows with MJ?) 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 / Aug 12, 2013 / 2:35 pm

Happy Birthday, Antoine Walker! The 10 Best NBA Celebrations Ever Starring “The Shimmy”

Antoine Walker

Happy birthday Antoine Walker! The former Celtic and Heat player was born 37 years ago today in Chicago, Illinois. To commemorate ‘Toine’s big day, we thought we’d take a trip down memory lane and bring you the best celebrations in contemporary NBA history. While Walker has encountered some serious obstacles in his post-NBA life, he’ll always have “The Shimmy.” Read More »

GIFs, Video / Jul 9, 2013 / 3:45 pm

Top 10 Bench Celebrations Of the 2013 Season (Gifs)

NBA Bench Celebrations (YouTube/NBA)

NBA Bench Celebrations (YouTube/NBA)

Even though they’re not very well known, the bench guys can instill some enthusiasm and excitement all their own while pumping up their playing teammates with every towel wave and fist pump. Let’s take a look at the top 10 bench celebrations over the 2012/13 NBA season. Read More »

NBA, Video / May 31, 2013 / 3:15 pm

Happy Birthday Nate Robinson! His 30 Greatest Moments

Nate Robinson

Nate Robinson (photo. Matt Brown)

How can you not love Nate Robinson? He’s exciting, charismatic and can straight-up ball. As an undersized college basketball player myself, I was always admiring the perseverance, passion and heart that Robinson has possessed throughout his basketball career. While his antics and emotion on the court have not always been every coaches cup of tea, it has truly been a pleasure to see Robinson’s overall game mature and develop since he came into the league as a rookie in 2005. Read More »

NBA / Apr 23, 2013 / 12:00 pm

The Eastern Conference’s Most Disappointing Players This Season

Jason Terry

Jason Terry (photo. Reebok)

The marathon NBA season came to its end last week and for some, it’s a blessing in disguise. Everyone had players that didn’t live up to expectations this season. We are going to look at some of these poor souls with one minor disclaimer: The excessively injured will not be included. Read More »

Smack / Apr 13, 2013 / 1:27 am

Kobe Bryant Plays Like A Gladiator, Lakers Win In The Last Seconds; Indiana Nearly Pulls Off An Unthinkable Comeback

Kobe Bryant

Kobe Bryant (photo. Nike Basketball)

We make jokes all the time about Kobe Bryant‘s evolution from “human being” into “basketball cyborg” but last night, all of these 48-minute nights finally took their toll. We’d list the leg injuries he packed on over the course of the game against Golden State, but screw it. Let’s just say the dude’s entire lower body was a mess (and he ended up leaving with what is probably the worst injury of his career). Read More »