The Five: Shooting Guards

Let’s rewind to the 2009-2010 season. The Celtics were still good, the Wizards were still bad, and the shooting guard position was on life support. In the NBA pantheon of stars, only the binary talents of Dwyane Wade and Kobe Bryant blazed bright. Sure, Monta Ellis was a scoring sideshow for the lowly Warriors, and  Joe Johnson plied his trade dutifully for the excellently mediocre Hawks. The rest of the two guard ranks were decidedly …

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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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Round Table Discussion: Part 1 – Best Team In East? Who Makes WCF? What’s Wrong In Detroit?

Welcome to the first series of our round table discussion. All season long, you will see round table discussions with the staff at Hoopscritic. If you have any questions you would like to submit, comment below and we will answer and tweet you. 1) With Cleveland still figuring each other out and DeRozan out for Toronto. Who’s the best team in the East (and why)? Jacob Noble We actually have a tale of two cities …

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Attack Of The Titans: Power Ranking Round-Up

Yin and Yang. Football and beer. Ben & Jerry. In all things, there must be balance. I dropped the the Eastern Conference power rankings last week, and since I haven’t had my Hoops Critic login revoked for it, I figure that I better get hot on the rankings for Western Conference. While the East is in turmoil, the Western juggernauts just churn along, devouring lesser eastern foes like handfuls of sweaty, sneaker wearing peanut M&Ms. …

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A Number’s Game: Power Ranking Round-Up

“The best laid plans of mice and men, often go awry.” Dan Gilbert, probably Back in August, I thought I had it all figured out. The new-look Cleveland Cavaliers and Derrick Rose-led Chicago Bulls would strut through the East, the eternal Spurs and high octane Thunder would rule over the loaded West, teams like Sacramento and the Bucks would stink, and all would be copacetic in the NBA world. Then the season started. I’m not sure …

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