If you were to browse through the list of NBA champions since 1980, you’d find that there is just one notable outlier to the rule that suggests title contenders need a superstar to win it all – the 2003-04 Pistons. While that Detroit team featured four players who were either already multi-time All-Stars or went on to become multi-time All-Stars later in their careers, no one would have mistaken any of those Pistons players as the prototypical “superstars” entering the 2004 postseason.
ATLANTA — With just over a minute left in the third quarter, the Hawks and Warriors were gridlocked at 83-83. Mike Scott was sitting patiently on the bench for his opportunity to make an impact. “I always tell myself when I’m sitting there on the bench and I sense the game getting a little tight, ‘I could spark the game with energy and change the game in our favor whether it be with scoring or by outrunning the bigs – just
Well, it happened. The Eastern Conference coaches left Kyle Korver off the All Star team. The boss vented on Twitter. However, if things proceed as they should, Adam Silver can right the wrong and send four Hawks to represent the Eastern Conference in New York. On Thursday, Dwyane Wade told the media that he was “going to be out for a little while.” That will include the All Star game. So now Adam Silver gets to choose Wade’s replacement. Korver and Milwaukee’s Brandon Knight
How do you measure the value of a bad shot that wasn’t taken? In the NBA, where flash outweighs substance to the common fan, it’s proven to be an exceedingly difficult proposition. And that’s the easiest way to explain why Andre Roberson of the Oklahoma City Thunder has struggled to find consistent minutes on the most star-studded team in the NBA. Glutted into a rotation with three other offensive-minded wings – Dion Waiters, Reggie Jackson and Anthony Morrow — Roberson has consistently sat on the end
ATLANTA — It seems like ancient history now, but there was a point in time when it looked like Kyle Korver and the Atlanta Hawks were about to part ways. The NBA’s best shooter, who actually threw down a dunk last night — the 16th of his NBA career but his first in two years — appeared to be heading to Brooklyn to join the Nets. At the time, it lookd like Brooklyn was building a superteam. But with the Hawks winning their
A visibly drained Jimmy Butler got off the team bus and walked through the tunnels of American Airlines Arena feeling under the weather. As he entered the locker room on December 14 in Miami, the 25-year-old swingman showed the exhausted demeanor of a player who’s led the NBA in minutes played and miles travelled per game since October of 2013. His availability for the game against Miami should have been uncertain. But with Joakim Noah sidelined with an ankle injury, Butler would not let his already-shorthanded teammates face off against
Kevin Garnett was the 2004 NBA MVP. He was the Defensive Player of the Year in 2008. He has been an All-Star 15 times. Garnett is an NBA champion, a surefire Hall of Famer and will probably go down as one of the top 25 players in NBA history. It would be unfair to place those sorts of career expectations on a 21-year-old, right? Not necessarily. If the 21-year-old in question is Anthony Davis, anything is fair game. If Davis’ first two seasons suggest
Championship contending windows in the NBA typically close a lot sooner than anyone thinks. Take the Indiana Pacers, for example. Entering last season, Indiana was considered an elite team perhaps still a year or two away from hitting its prime as a true title contender. The Pacers started out hot, became the early season championship favorites, bought into their own hype, made a couple of short-sighted trades and eventually fizzled. In the following months, Roy Hibbert went from All-Star center to meme extraordinaire,