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The Hardest Working Player on Every NBA Conference Finals Team

May 16th, 2016
“He does the things that don’t show up in box scores.”  Those are the words we’ve used to describe the player who works as hard as anyone on the court but doesn’t have the statistical glory to prove it. Their labor is evident if you know what to watch for, but ...

Top 2016 Offseason Priorities for the Indiana Pacers

May 12th, 2016
The Indiana Pacers' season is over. In the grand scheme of things, it has to be considered a success. They made the NBA playoffs in spite of an offseason overhaul and change of direction. They lost a hard-fought series with the Toronto Raptors in which they were just one score down with ...

Top 2016 Offseason Priorities for the Houston Rockets

May 6th, 2016
The Houston Rockets had a catastrophic season in which they lost even when they won. Now with a chance to rebuild around one of the NBA’s best scorers in James Harden, they can rebound. They’ll have to do that without a first-round pick, though. They lost that when they won the chance ...

Top 2016 Offseason Priorities for the Detroit Pistons

May 5th, 2016
The Detroit Pistons got swept in their opening-round series with the Cleveland Cavaliers, but their season was a success. It was their first postseason visit in seven years, so it was just nice to have an opening-round series to be swept in. As head coach Stan Van Gundy’s philosophy took hold, ...

Top 2016 Offseason Priorities for the Milwaukee Bucks

April 29th, 2016
The Milwaukee Bucks are in the middle of a truly awkward rebuild. Two years ago, they were the worst team in the league. A year ago, they were in the playoffs and everyone’s sexy pick to break out. Now they’re a team that is struggling to find its identity and figure ...

Top 2016 Offseason Priorities for the Philadelphia 76ers

April 28th, 2016
The Philadelphia 76ers are not a very good basketball team. There probably isn’t going to be a lot of controversy over that statement. That they aren’t that far from being one probably is controversial. The Sixers started their offseason before the season ended when they hired Jerry Colangelo to advise management. ...

Top 2016 Offseason Priorities for the Utah Jazz

April 15th, 2016
The Utah Jazz were the last team eliminated from the playoffs. The Houston Rockets beat the Sacramento Kings Wednesday night and held the tiebreaker. But, as it turned out, a 60-point career finale from Kobe Bryant upended the Jazz, and it didn’t matter anyway. Still, based on their Simple Rating System ...

Top 2016 Offseason Priorities for the Chicago Bulls

April 14th, 2016
The Chicago Bulls’ season is over, and for the first time since 2007-08 (and the second time since 2003-04), they are not in the playoffs. Those are pretty dismal results for a team who had lofty expectations of making the Eastern Conference Finals. Injury, infighting, indifference and inconsistency all stymied Chicago. To ...

Free Agents the Houston Rockets Should Let Walk This Offseason

April 1st, 2016
The Houston Rockets are in the final leg of what has been a very disappointing season. If it were to conclude today, last year’s Western Conference finalists would be watching the playoffs at home. As such, they will need to take some time and evaluate who they have worth keeping ...

Issues the Chicago Bulls Must Correct Before the NBA Playoffs

March 24th, 2016
The Chicago Bulls have a lot of problems, which is why they’re currently sitting in ninth in the East, looking up at the playoffs. Not all of these wrong things are fixable. But some are, and if the Bulls can rectify those things, then maybe they can make some noise once the ...