Roundtable Discussion: NBA Trade Deadline

Who was the big winner at the deadline? Jamie The trade deadline itself. You’re damn right that’s a cop out. With the exception of Utah and Phoenix, all the teams involved in a significant trade came out in better shape. It was a remarkable chain of events that led to a lot of teams getting exactly what they needed. Plus, it was loads of fun, something we haven’t been able to say about recent deadlines. …

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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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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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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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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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