Round Table Discussion: Part 4 – Addition by Subtraction? Who Will Be Traded Next? How the West Will Play Out?

Via ESPN Why do teams like Toronto and Detroit get better after moving a player like Rudy Gay or Josh Smith? Justin Salkin The upticks seen in Toronto and Detroit highlight the shift of the NBA from its love for high volume and/or inefficient scorers, into today’s efficiency generation. Josh Smith was using 25.2% of Pistons’ possessions. He likes to hold the ball – a problem in today’s drive and kick game — and has …

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What Is The Nuggets Plan Moving Forward?

What are the Nuggets to do? This has been the worst season the Nuggets have seen in over a decade. They are on pace to miss their second straight post season. The teams right above the Nuggets in their own conference are Sacramento, Oklahoma City, and New Orleans. They are heading for the 11th or 12th best team in that conference. What might be even more telling is their record in December, 5-11.  This Nuggets …

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How Good Are The Hawks? What Has Been The Impact Of Rondo? Who Is On The Move Next?

The Hawks Are Soaring Is anyone paying attention to the Atlanta Hawks? Doesn’t seem like it if you follow daily discussions in forums or twitter. This Hawks team is positioning itself to have home court for the first two rounds of the playoffs. This might be the best team the Hawks have put together since the mid 90’s teams with Lenny Wilkens. This will be the 8th consecutive season the Hawks have made the post-season. …

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Round Table Discussion: Part 3 – Seriously, the Bucks? Buying the Morris Twins Chemistry? What’s Ainge Got to Do?

How seriously should the league take the Milwaukee Bucks? Justin Salkin Milwaukee is not a team to be overlooked. While it may not appear as such on the surface, they have considerably more talent than last year for a variety of factors. Giannis Antetokounmpo and Brandon Knight have provided internal development, with Giannis showing the outlines of a two way star and Knight developing into a quality point guard. OJ Mayo provides more production than …

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Round Table DIscussion: Part 2 – Most Improved Player? Can Clippers Win It All? Who Misses Playoffs?

With 20% of the season to judge, Who’s the Most Improved Player so far? Justin Oppenheim I know what you’re thinking: it’s Jimmy Butler. He’s the leading scorer on a star-laden Chicago Bulls team, he’s averaging almost nine more points per game than last year and he’s managed to increase both his usage and his efficiency against all measures AND he’s an all-around swell guy. But you’re wrong. It’s Brandon Knight. While the rest of …

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