Hidden Contender

Despite finishing in the 48–34 jumble of the Eastern Conference last season, the Charlotte Hornets were pegged by preseason oddsmakers as a pseudo contender more in line with the conference’s eighth seed rather than vying to host a playoff series after an offseason that choked their salary cap sheet and forced the departures of Jeremy…

Strengthened defenses

So much of offseason evaluation and regular season projections is viewed through a one-way prism that highlights a team’s ball handlers, shooting, spacing, half-court sets and other entities strictly confined to the offensive perspective of the game. Constantly festering as an afterthought is how organizations formulate a defensive strategy. With the 2016-17 season on the…

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The NBA, like any other entity is a trendy outfitter, where popular and mainstream antics become renowned across the landscape due to their effectiveness within the climate. In the NBA that effectiveness is translated into winning, particularly in the postseason, where measuring logistics suddenly becomes a much more arduous task. A proven record of success…

Funky Fun: The NBA’s ultimate collection of oddities

In the NBA, there are positional standards and schematic archetypes that concede to whatever is vogue in the league at the time. Non-shooting point guards will cramp an offense’s style quite literally. A plodding ground-bound big is a walking bullseye every team is targeting with pick-and-rolls. Spacey defenders will be bombarded with back cuts. Non-shooting…

Five most intriguing moves from NBA free agency

The 2016 summer of free agency will be one where predictions were forsaken due to the presence of the unknown. In the place of common analysis was a overwhelming feeling of intrigue. These offseason moves, however, put more strain on the minds of basketball thinkers than most. Dwight Howard, Hawks (Three years, $70.5 million) For…

Best upper tier free agent signings

The exploding cap this summer was bound to surface with the bandying of barrels of cash Walter White style, but the new landscape also caused apprehensiveness due to the unknown. The $24 million increase in the salary cap left the league in a fugue state, no longer abiding by the learned principles of financial management…

The possible league wide ramifications of KD’s signing

With a simple drawn out blog post, which doubled as a monumental moment in the NBA’s oral history, Kevin Durant pledged his allegiance to Golden State, sentencing the rest of the league to a theoretical guillotine. Golden State’s courting of Durant worked, and the Warriors, temporarily dethroned as basketball’s despotic hegemon by the Cavaliers, reimagined…