What if I told you there is a player in the league that was in the same company as Giannis Antetokounmpo and Michael Jordan, but only received 19 minutes a game? And what if I told you there is a player in the league that has made an overwhelmingly positive impact for his team, but only a few have seemed to notice? Here are the only players this season averaging … [Read more...] about A Deep Dive into the Most Underrated Player in the NBA
Each year, it seems as if the question of “Who should be selected for the All-Star game?” gets tougher and tougher. 2021 is no exception, as the league has become absolutely loaded with talent, and unfortunately, some incredibly talented players won’t make the cut. Without further ado, here are my selections for the All-Star Reserves in each conference: Eastern … [Read more...] about 2021 NBA All-Star Reserves: Who Makes the Cut?
The words “Mike Conley” and “All-Star” have seemed destined to never appear in the same sentence. That should change this year. With All-Star voting closing in one week, attention on who will be selected is ramping up. As always, there is intense competition in the backcourt of the Western Conference, but the ever-underrated Mike Conley is more than holding his own this … [Read more...] about All-Star? The Case for Mike Conley
We are roughly a quarter of the way through the NBA season. In the first six weeks, teams and players are beginning to separate themselves, including the rookies. Some have fared better than others, but I believe most would be impressed with the class as a whole thus far, considering the players had very little time to adjust to the NBA competition and lifestyle. With that … [Read more...] about Rookie Quarterly Report Cards: Who’s Impressed Most So Far?
Expansion was never truly on the table for the NBA. That is, until a pandemic wiped away billions of dollars in revenue. In an effort to make some of that money back, Adam Silver has publicly stated the league is looking into the possibility of adding two teams. However, the biggest question remains: Should they do it? First, why add two teams instead of just one? The … [Read more...] about Should the NBA Really Consider Expansion?
With the NBA roughly two weeks into the new season, it’s just enough of a sample size to start making some observations about the play we’re seeing so far. However, 6 or 7 games for each team is also enough to warrant a disclaimer that all the statistics I cite in this article are from a very small sample size and can change quickly. With that said, we can only go off the … [Read more...] about Early Season Takeaways: Denver’s Defense, Atlanta’s Offense, and Blowouts
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
David Stern was NBA Commissioner from 1984-2014. He was a visionary who helped the league grow from a sport that had its biggest games shown on tape delay to a worldwide phenomenon seen in nearly every country on the planet. In Part I of this two part interview, David discusses his humble beginnings working in his father's deli to his work as a lawyer for the NBA, to his reign … [Read more...] about David Stern Part I
When we first conceived Pure Hoops Media back in August of 2018, our vision was to create a basketball community that would generate exciting and exclusive content that featured substance over “click bait.” One such example is our two part exclusive interview with NBA Commissioner Emeritus David Stern on The Mike Wise Show. … [Read more...] about The Mike Wise Show: David Stern Sit-Down Part 1