The San Antonio Spurs are again near the top of the NBA’s rankings at 17-4 through the NBA’s first slate of games. They’re sprinting towards the playoffs and putting last year’s Finals loss in the rearview mirror. But so far, only Tony Parker (30.2) averages over 30 minutes a game, and that’s how they’re able to run so hard, even through an 82-game regular season that matters a lot less to a team with title aspirations. Read More »
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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 »
Nowadays, if you have been paying attention to players such as Carmelo Anthony, LeBron James and Chris Paul, you will notice that these NBA stars have distinctive styles and are among the best dressed in the league. Players are starting to care a lot about what they are wearing and their off-court appearance, and that’s why I decided to talk with a stylist about some of the trends emerging among the more sartorial choices of your favorite NBA player. Read More »
This is a few years overdue, but I need to make a promise to myself. Right here, right now, I have to swear that I won’t ever again doubt the San Antonio Spurs, at least not until I have legitimate reason to.
Why am I making this pact? Because, when I make my annual preseason predictions for the Western Conference, I pick several teams over the Spurs, year in and year out. And, especially over the past few seasons, the Spurs have consistently outperformed my expectations. Read More »
Close your eyes, Knicks fans. This is not a list that you’re going to be particularly fond of. As a Knicks enthusiast, I repeatedly asked myself why I was writing this. It’s been 40 years since New York has won an NBA title and after a slow start this season, fans are close to their breaking point — myself included. Why did I feel the need to pour handfuls of salt into a wound that’s so sensitive and fresh? Because of MSG’s prominent place in NBA folklore. Read More »
Tim Duncan struggled with his shot earlier this year. He’s only shooting 42.5 percent from the field this season, which would be a career low by almost 60 percent if it persisted throughout the year. But The Big Fundamental culminated his dominant night — 23 points and 21 rebounds — by hitting the game-winning shot from the elbow. Read More »
Passing isn’t usually as sexy as a dunk or a really intimidating block. But cold, methodical ball movement can decimate a defense that’s constantly playing catch-up. The Spurs keep their opponents off-balance by whipping the ball around the court rather than letting it stagnate in a single player’s hands. Watch as Tim Duncan throws a crazy, curved outlet pass, and Marco Bellinelli flips a no-look to Boris Diaw. Read More »
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 »
“Once you gain a nickname in this league, that’s the ultimate respect” – Paul Pierce
In many cases, what Pierce said was true (see what I did there?). Many guys on this list earned their nicknames for great play on the court, and by no coincidence most of the best players in the history of the league appear on this list. Others earned their nicknames from funny commercials or movies, while still more earned them for just funny looks. We stayed away from shortening of names like “T-Mac” and “J-Kidd” or initials like “KJ,” focusing simply on the best nicknames. Read More »
The Spurs — even after their agonizing loss in last season’s NBA Finals — are sitting atop the league standings with Indiana at 12-1 to start the season. Last night, they beat the Cavs by 30 points and they dominated a whole lot more than even that lopsided score would indicate. That left plenty of time for Manu Ginobili and Tony Parker to prank Tim Duncan as he was getting subbed out of the game. Read More »