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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The Failures that Crafted the Legends

Winning defines all athletes, especially the superstars. But, what about losing? Most have to fall down before they can climb up. Many stars have had to get their clocks cleaned before they win the big one. Currently, LeBron James is setting the world on fire with a generational Finals performance. Prior to winning a Championship in 2012 however, it was his playoff failures that defined him. LeBron isn’t the exception he is the rule. The …

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Email Chain: Discussing The Conference Finals (Round Table)

Welcome to our first ever discussion thread. We conduct these in email chains to pass the time throughout the day and thought it would be a good idea to publish one of our many discussions the team at Hoopscritic.  This conversation came yesterday prior to the Cavaliers eliminating the Atlanta Hawks in what might have been the most boring Conference Finals ever. Jacob Noble Just when you thought we would have two sweeps and arguable …

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Hoopscritic Staff: All NBA Defensive Teams

The NBA season has come to a close but the playoffs are just starting. As you have been seeing the awards come out from the league office every day or so, we have decided to sneak in our All NBA Team selections. You can catch are season awards post here and here. For the All NBA Defensive teams, we had to develop a point system based on our selections to determine who would make the first annual Hoopscritic All …

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