It’s been just over three weeks since the NBA trade deadline and 10 days since the March 1 buyout deadline that saw numerous players joining playoff contenders. So which acquisitions are soaring and which are flailing? We’re going to look at 15 players who were recently acquired via trade or signing and sort them into three categories: Good, Bad and Obscure. The good players are making positive impacts on their teams, the bad players just haven’t been faring very well on their new
When the biggest names on the move at the NBA trading deadline are Brandon Jennings, Jeff Green and Markieff Morris, it is a bit of a letdown. There is legitimate reasoning behind last week’s relatively quiet activity. This summer marks uncharted territory for NBA teams and their general managers, none of whom want to be the guy who shoots before aiming. The salary cap is going to jump from $70 million to more than $90 million this summer. That is an unprecedented
Not sure about you, but I am getting sick and tired of waking up each morning and getting a bigger jolt from the political news than the basketball news. If you were given a choice of reading one and only one story today, which would you pick: “Trump vs. Pope” or “Trade Dudline Passes Quietly.” Yes, it is an election year, and it is going to be a lively and historical one. But for those of us who live and breathe NBA
We waited all season for this? Are you kidding me? A day of dumpster diving? Ugh. Well, let’s break it all down: LeBron James lost a friend, and that friend, Anderson Varejao, was immediately waived and may just come back to haunt his former team if he signs with an Eastern Conference contender after spending 12 seasons in Cleveland. In related news since we are talking about LeBron’s recent past, Miami Heat owner Mickey Arison saved millions and millions of luxury tax dollars.
The LeBron James $9800 decision looms over tonight’s NBA contests at DraftKings. That’s a fantastic price on the King when he’s in full triple-double mode. Playing with some back pain after sitting out much of the preseason, his minutes and explosiveness may be limited. [Read more…]
The NBA tips off for real on Tuesday night, and daily contests at DraftKings are now open. In Thursday’s Spin, we outlined the basics of DFS basketball: pick an 8-man roster for a 1-day points league, within a $50K salary cap. [Read more…]
In his essay in Sports Illustrated last summer, LeBron James famously wrote, “I’m not promising a championship. I know how hard that is to deliver. We’re not ready right now. No way.” His prediction turned out to be correct – the Cleveland Cavaliers did not win the championship. Objectively, 2014-15 was still the best season in the history of the franchise. They made it to the NBA Finals for just the second time, won a Finals game for the first time,
In Part 1, we looked at some players who couldn’t finish last season but appear to be healthy again. Today, we will focus on players who are still getting up to full speed. [Read more…]