With any selection in a draft, a given team must weigh the pros and cons of players who figure to be ready to contribute right away, versus guys who will undoubtedly require some time to develop before they can help their teams win games. Let's take a look at 5 players who should be ready to contribute to winning basketball from the jump versus 5 players who are long-term … [Read more...] about Immediate Contributors vs. Projects: 2020 Draft
After one of the more remarkable playoff runs in recent memory, the Miami Heat have reached the finals, where Lebron and the mighty Lakers await them. While taking the Heat to win this series has become a sexy underdog pick, I really don’t see it happening. For me, the Heat’s biggest weakness is LA’s exact strength: lack of size on the interior. Miami was able to use their … [Read more...] about NBA Finals Preview!
Now that the Western Conference Finals are officially set, and the Eastern Conference Finals are already under way, let's make some predictions. Celtics vs. Heat (written after game 1) Swing points to watch for: -I think Marcus Smart unequivocally must be in the closing lineup for Brad Stevens. Despite his erratic offensive tendencies, his value both on the defense … [Read more...] about Predictions for the Conference Finals
For those who were fortunate enough to tune in to today's game 4 matchup between the Mavericks and Clippers, you just watched an event that has little historical precedent. Luka Dončić, on a bad ankle, without his best running mate, against a finals favorite, after playing 46 minutes, hit a shot beyond belief at the buzzer to tie the series against the Clippers, capping off a … [Read more...] about We’re In Luka’s World Now
It's finally here--the playoffs start today! Let's preview the West's first round and make some predictions. (1) Lakers vs. (8) Blazers The hottest team in the bubble faces off against perhaps the coldest. The Blazers come surging into the postseason after a remarkable 9-game rampage by Dame and co. The Lakers have looked somewhat off for the entire restart, and really … [Read more...] about Let’s Dance: Previewing the West’s First Round Matchups
With the playoffs set to start today, let’s break down the participants into categories (teams listed in order of my view of their title chances). Who's ready? The True Contenders Milwaukee Bucks The Bucks charge into the playoffs on the heels of the best regular season performance since the 2018 Rockets. They dominate defensively, have length and athleticism … [Read more...] about The Ultimate 2020 Playoff Primer!
Get ready folks, the playoffs are right on the horizon! Now that the Eastern conference first round matchups have been officially locked in, let’s take a look at the action to come and make some predictions. (1) Bucks vs. (8) Magic I can’t imagine too many fans are eager to tune in to this series; Orlando is outmatched in basically every way, as they face the … [Read more...] about Let’s Dance: Previewing the East’s First Round Matchups
Among all the disappointments that surrounded the NBA’s suspension back in March, perhaps none loomed larger for the average NBA viewer than the prospect of Lebron not getting what appeared to be his best shot at a 4th ring. Before the shutdown, he was leading the Lakers on a rampage through the Western Conference, going 11-2 in their final 13 games, including statements wins … [Read more...] about Yes, It’s Time to Be Concerned About the Lakers
It was quite a weekend of action from the NBA bubble down in Orlando. Lots to address, we did our best to trim down our mess of notes, thoughts and reactions. Bucks vs. Celtics -The Bucks’ defense just leapt off the screen for me. I cannot recall a single attempt Boston had around the basket that was not met by two leaping long-armed men from Milwaukee—and this was … [Read more...] about Reactions from re-opening weekend at the NBA bubble
After a much anticipated wait spanning over four months the NBA made its return from Orlando with a Thursday night doubleheader before an action packed weekend... … [Read more...] about Reactions from the NBA’s re-opening night