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 »
TAG: Tony Parker
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 »
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 »
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 »
There’s no question that the Portland Trail Blazers made significant upgrades to their roster over the summer. They added a more formidable frontcourt presence in Robin Lopez, a highly serviceable backup point guard in Mo Williams, and a potentially intriguing prospect in Thomas Robinson. Through a series of carefully-orchestrated moves, general manager Neil Olshey managed to not only bolster a bench rotation that was literally the worst in the league last season, he did it without breaking the bank or coughing up any valuable assets. Read More »
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 »
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 San Antonio Spurs team still reeling from coming so close to winning the 2013 NBA Finals. Read More »
Preseason stats don’t mean too much, but it’s great to finally have something to analyze. Our Offseason Top 50 was gathering a little bit too much rust, so now that we’re a few exhibition games deep, it’s time for adjustments. There aren’t too many drastic differences, but certainly there are some changes worth noting. Read More »
If I’ve learned anything about writing in sports, it’s that it’s never too early to make predictions.
In this installment of way-too-early predictions, I offer a take on who will end up representing the Eastern and Western Conferences in the 2014 All-Star Game that is not scheduled to take place until February of next year. Read More »
There are a lot of NBA superstars these days, but for which players is it a misnomer? There are obvious superstars and less obvious superstars, but what, exactly, is an NBA superstar? Let’s define it, then sort who fits into — what should be — the narrowest of designations. Read More »