Aftermath: Grading The Trades

The rumbles and whispers became a dull roar on Wednesday, when Suns guard Goran Dragic and Thunder guard Reggie Jackson both publicly packed their bags and hollered for one way tickets out of town. The roar became a wall shaking quake when the 1st deal trickled down my Twitter timeline: Brooklyn was sending the legend Kevin Garnett back to Minnesota for the talented forard Thad Young. “Huh. Wonder where that came fr-” Then the dam …

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The MVP Race Past and Present

The MVP award is a sham! It’s a travesty! But it’s the best conversation for basketball purists every season, because the award essentially encompasses three things. Firstly it’s for the best player in the NBA, secondly it’s for the player deemed most valuable to his team, and thirdly it’s a reward for the best player on a winning* team. The debate rages back and forth across the twittisphere all year long, fans, media, and on …

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A Snap Judgement on the NBA’s Rookie Class

There’s genius everywhere, but until they turn pro, it’s like popcorn in the pan. Some pop… Some don’t. – Jerry Maguire Isn’t that the truth of it, every year via the NBA draft we get the next generation of stars, flops, busts, role players, specialists, and everything in-between. The higher up in the draft the easier the pick is supposed to be right? Wrong. Every single year someone messes it up, and every single year …

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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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