The NBA, like most sports, can often be defined by its different eras. And those eras are often defined by players, teams and rivalries. LeBron James has come to define this era of basketball, and he continues to shift the landscape of the NBA, specifically the Eastern Conference. In terms of competition, the East has been in another league compared to the Western Conference. And not it a good way.
Thankfully, the dominoes of the summer of 2014 have begun to fall into place for next season (and beyond). And even though it’s the middle of July, it’s never too early to think about the possibilities that lie ahead on the hardwood. Here are three offensive certainties that will make waves during the 2014-15 NBA season.
The growth of analytics in the NBA has been nothing short of phenomenal. It started with a deeper look at numbers that already were available and produced new and useful statistics such as true shooting percentage, defensive rebound percentage, offensive rating and win shares. With the use of a grid or a matrix, we now have the ability to determine a player’s offensive tendencies and hot spots. For some players, it is quite revealing. For others, such as DeAndre Jordan, it pretty
Lance Stephenson, seen posing with $1 million in cash, will be cashing in upwards of $27 million in Charlotte. Lance Stephenson has chosen to turn down longterm offers to stay in Indiana for the Charlotte Hornets. The reports seem as perplexing as his on-court behavior. He was being offered five years and $44 million guaranteed to remain with the Pacers, but opted for three years and $18 million guaranteed—the third year is a team option. While it may seem puzzling to
It is still mid-July, and there are many more NBA moves to be made, many more paydays and strange discounts to go around. Lance Stephenson reminded us of that this morning. But it feels like we went through so much already. We have to stop and take stock. Let’s inhale. Then exhale. Man, this summer’s free agency is crazy. In a couple of days, we will take a look at which teams have been the biggest winners and losers thus far in free agency. But
As NBA free agency dominated the weekend with several big headlines — see LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony and Chris Bosh — and a avalanche of new signings, teams are now getting down to the nitty gritty of available players and are even looking at which players they can clear off the roster. That brings us to the curious case of Carlos Boozer and the Chicago Bulls.
LeBron James decision to move back home, rejoining the Cleveland Cavaliers, is less than a week old. And, yet, it is old news. At the time of James’ decision, there was ample speculation that Ray Allen would surely put off retirement to play in King James’ court, and he may yet decide to play, though there has been no decision as of yet. However, former Heat teammate Mike Miller, who—against James’ wishes—was annexed prior to last season via the amnesty provision as
Change of plans. This is the last day we will be updating the Top 25 list. Beginning Tuesday, we will publish the scrap heap list (preview of the art to your left). Hopefully Lance Stephenson gets a deal done today, because it just doesn’t seem right identifying him as a member of a scrap heap. But we will get over it if that’s what it comes to. We begin this week with news that a majority of the NBA’s top free agents have