New Season, New Trends: What Have We Learned?

We are now over 1.5 months into the NBA season, and it has been an incredible one  Each team in the league is between 24 and 29 games into their season.  Now, 29 games do not allow for definitive conclusions.  Some teams take longer to come together, others fizzle, and a few more make roster changes that affect performance.  Nevertheless, we have seen enough of the NBA this year to make some observations that will …

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The Plight of the Magic: Do Some Teams Stay With Their Young Core For Too Long?

August 11, 2012.  That was a long time ago, right? That was the day the Orlando Magic, after upwards of one year of drama, traded Dwight Howard to the Los Angeles Lakers.  The take at the time: Nikola Vucevic, Arron Afflalo, Moe Harkless, Josh McRoberts, Al Harrington, and Christian Eyenga.  The Magic also received a first round pick that ultimately became Elfrid Payton, a second round pick that became Romero Osby, and a $17.8 trade …

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How Long Is The Leash?: The Unpredictability Of Player Development

The NBA is a league that is seeing more and more young talent come through the ranks and either flourish or falter. For every Kevin Durant there was a Greg Oden. For every Steph Curry a Johnny Flynn. Drafting the right player seems clear on draft night, but the development of players is what makes or breaks their NBA careers. It seems obvious. If a player doesn’t improve season to season they most likely won’t …

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Triple Double Tuesdays – November 15th, 2016

Welcome to my first Triple Double Tuesday column for the 2016-17 year.  It has been a weird year to say the least with many teams overachieving (I see you Nets and Lakers) and some high expectation clubs trying to figure out what is going wrong (Pacers anyone?).  Excited to bring this weekly column back. Three Positive Plays Lakers and Nets are combined for 10-11 Well it appears that none of us saw the Nets and …

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The Unspoken Threat in the East

The Charlotte Hornets have taken the NBA and Eastern Conference by storm (or should I say, by swarm), winning 6 of their first 9. This has been Head Coach’s Steve Clifford 4th year with the team. Last year, the Hornets came back from a poor 33-49 performance in 2014-15, and won 48 games, finishing 6th in the Eastern Conference. The Hornets were badly bit by the injury bug. That they even got to 48 wins was …

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