Season Preview: Brooklyn Nets 2015-16

Last season followed a familiar pattern for the Nets since moving to Brooklyn.  Behind underperforming players, they stumbled to a 25-38 start.  They admirably went 13-6 to close the season at 38-44, and squeaked out a playoff berth, before giving the Atlanta Hawks a genuine mini scare over six games. However, after Cleveland dismantled Atlanta to reach the finals, showing an ability to compete with them looks pyrrhic in hindsight. The Nets now face a …

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The Next Eastern Conference Contender? The Milwaukee Bucks

Building an NBA team is not a science.  It is an art.  You must assess where you are on the arc of contention, and cannot rashly try to win now without considering that place (#HelloBrooklyn).  You also cannot scientifically engineer a method of tanking that guarantees star level draft picks to fall into your lap (sorry, Sam Hinkie).  Building a team is difficult.  Fundamentally, you have to get a star, and you must get him as …

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Barkley on Analytics, Dragic, and the True Takeaway

The current hot button issue in the NBA is a familiar one: there is a perceived disconnect between players, former players, and analytics.  Whether it’s Charles Barkley, Byron Scott, or Karl Malone, the anti-analytics chatter, up against the backdrop of the MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference, has regenerated as a hot button issue. To preface this commentary, I wish to make one point clear: I am a huge believer in analytics, and think they are …

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Story of the Rondo Trade: The Great Mark Cuban

Mark Cuban grew up a working class kid in Pittsburgh. He became a billionaire. He was a headstrong, reckless billionaire, who knew how to spend and root for his Dallas Mavericks, but was not the cool, calculating owner who typically tastes success. Time passed. Cuban mellowed. And he became the cool, calculated successful owner.  Once overly blustery and at times reckless, Cuban has channeled his inner desire to see Mavericks greatness, and has put a …

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Golden State Warriors: What’s Love Got to do With it

You know the common refrain.  The NBA is a “superstars league.” The goal for all 30 teams should be to collect superstars, because you win with top 15 players. So if you have a chance to secure a player of that caliber, you should do it.  And if you don’t have a player of that caliber, you should do everything you can to get one – literally everything (Sam Hinkie). With a chance to acquire …

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