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Avery Johnson Fails To Maximize New Jersey Nets’ Talent

January 20th, 2011
Everyone knows, with their roster constructed as is, that the New Jersey Nets aren't going to win a championship any time soon. However, that doesn't mean that they should be 20 games under the .500 mark with a ghastly 11-31 record. Avery Johnson deserves the blame for the Nets' inability ...

The NBA’s Top 50 Players: Which King Reigns Supreme?

December 24th, 2010
It's never easy to rank the NBA's top 50 players because it requires forced comparisons between guards, forwards and centers. Nevertheless, I'm going to take a shot at it.The emphasis will be on the current season, but the previous two years will also be considered. My plan is to describe ...

Is Pau Gasol the Best Big Man in the NBA?

May 24th, 2010
Back in the summer of 2001, I took a flight from New York to Tennessee for a baseball tournament. The night before, the Memphis Grizzlies walked away from Madison Square Garden, and the NBA draft, with a pair of highly-touted prospects. As I boarded the plane to Memphis, those prospects just ...

The NBA’s Top 10 Point Guards

March 30th, 2010
What defines a great point guard? Do you have to be a pass-first floor general in order to be an effective one? How important is outside shooting ability? Is it optimal to push tempo or consistently settle into a half-court offense? These are all difficult questions to answer with certainty. Personally, I ...

The NBA’s Top 10 Teams, and Their Biggest Weaknesses

February 13th, 2010
Parity has been a bullet point for the NFL in recent years, but that magic word has slowly but surely crept its way into the culture of the NBA. Last season, I was confident that the Lakers would win it all, and the Celtics the year before that, but it's ...

The Washington Wizards: The NBA’s Perpetual Enigma

December 17th, 2009
Gilbert Arenas... Three-time All-Star, former league MVP candidate. Antawn Jamison... Another All-Star, averaging 20 points and eight rebounds per game for his career. Caron Butler... A third All-Star, averaged over 20 points per game in each of the past two seasons. And yet the Washington Wizards are 7-16, good for third from the bottom in the ...

The NBA’s Top 10: Why Kobe Is Still the Best, and Who Could Join LeBron in 2010

December 9th, 2009
As a fan of the Nets and Knicks, I'm used to watching average-to-poor players contribute to losses on a near-nightly basis (though the Knicks have picked it up of late). That being said, it's fun to play the "what if?" game, dreaming of rooting for better teams with better players. Well, ...

Who’s Worse, the Nets or the Knicks?

November 25th, 2009
This is a fun game to play, isn't it? Well, if we were going strictly by records, the New Jersey Nets would have the obvious advantage right now. New Jersey has played 14 games to this point in the season and they've won a grand total of...umm...zero. The New York Knicks, ...