1. Biggest Areas Where Marcus Smart Has to Improve to Succeed for Boston Celtics

    Watch Marcus Smart play basketball, and you’ll catch brief moments when the Boston Celtics rookie looks like a bona fide franchise point guard...

    Michael Pina Written by Michael Pina about almost 3 years ago 1,286 reads 0 comments

  2. Why Tobias Harris Could Be the Steal of the 2015 NBA Free-Agent Class

    The jury is out on whether Tobias Harris is a potential star or merely a stats-swallowing vulture who does productive things because someone on the Orlando Magic physically has to...

    Michael Pina Written by Michael Pina about almost 3 years ago 9,884 reads 23 comments

  3. Trading Jeff Green Is the Next Logical Move in Boston Celtics' Rebuilding Plan

    After finally wiping their hands of Rajon Rondo and his lonesome star power just a few weeks ago, it only makes sense for the Boston Celtics to continue to tear down the walls and build for the future...

    Michael Pina Written by Michael Pina about almost 3 years ago 11,528 reads 58 comments

  4. How Brandan Wright Can Help the Boston Celtics Rebuild

    The Boston Celtics are 1-3 since trading Rajon Rondo to the Dallas Mavericks for Brandan Wright , Jameer Nelson, Jae Crowder and a couple draft picks (not to mention a sweet $12...

    Michael Pina Written by Michael Pina about almost 3 years ago 7,920 reads 21 comments

  5. Why Evaluating Rajon Rondo's Worth Has to Go Beyond the Box Score

    Rajon Rondo is the most perplexing star in the NBA and will continue to be so until age naturally diminishes his relevance, or he suddenly retires to open the world's first 24-hour Connect Four dojo...

    Michael Pina Written by Michael Pina about almost 3 years ago 4,253 reads 10 comments

  6. Evan Turner's Point Guard Play Proving He's Not Traditional NBA Player

    Heading into this season, Evan Turner 's standing as a fatally flawed dissident of contemporary NBA basketball—aka the age of analytics—felt like it was lodged in ...

    Michael Pina Written by Michael Pina about almost 3 years ago 4,892 reads 13 comments

  7. Why the Charlotte Hornets Are the Most Disappointing Team in the NBA

    No team in the NBA is further below its preseason expectations than the Charlotte Hornets . The most disappointing team in basketball by a wide margin, the Hornets were ...

    Michael Pina Written by Michael Pina about almost 3 years ago 24,129 reads 45 comments

  8. How Kelly Olynyk Can Become the Star the Boston Celtics Believe He Will Be

    The Boston Celtics believe Kelly Olynyk has star potential. This may surprise a lot of people who watch basketball on a regular basis, but the elements of a very good player are there...

    Michael Pina Written by Michael Pina about almost 3 years ago 2,221 reads 4 comments

  9. How Rajon Rondo Allows Avery Bradley to Thrive with the Boston Celtics

    Boston Celtics guards Rajon Rondo and Avery Bradley are undersized, but still compliment each other very well...

    Michael Pina Written by Michael Pina about almost 3 years ago 3,891 reads 9 comments

  10. Rajon Rondo's Rebounding Key to What Makes Him Unique

    Boston Celtics franchise-everything Rajon Rondo has spent this season’s opening two weeks re-solidifying himself as one of the most magnificent passers in NBA history, and one of its most inventive playmakers...

    Michael Pina Written by Michael Pina about almost 3 years ago 2,770 reads 10 comments

  11. Boston Celtics Must Prioritize Finding Long-Term Answer at Center

    The Boston Celtics have adopted a fast-paced, exciting brand of basketball, and it’s helped up their Q rating and improve their offensive efficiency...

    Michael Pina Written by Michael Pina about almost 3 years ago 688 reads 3 comments

  12. Why Jeff Green Will Finally Succeed in the Boston Celtics' New Offense

    The evidence currently available to help gauge how well Jeff Green will fit into Brad Stevens’ shiny new expressway offense is tiny, but one blowout win’s worth...

    Michael Pina Written by Michael Pina about almost 3 years ago 4,751 reads 15 comments

  13. Why Boston Celtics Should Target Al Horford Trade This Season

    Despite the return of Rajon Rondo at point guard, the addition of rookies Marcus Smart and James Young and steady growth from Jared Sullinger, Avery Bradley and Kelly Olynyk, the Boston Celtics are still looking to add an All-Star or two...

    Michael Pina Written by Michael Pina about almost 3 years ago 14,656 reads 54 comments

  14. Kelly Olynyk's Destiny Will Be Determined from Downtown

    The Boston Celtics are starved for three-point shooting, which makes everything about Kelly Olynyk 's offensive skill set all the more exciting...

    Michael Pina Written by Michael Pina about 3 years ago 1,374 reads 2 comments

  15. How Defensively Dominant Can Boston Celtics Backcourt Be?

    The Boston Celtics head into the 2014-15 regular season drowning in deficiency: so much weakness, such low expectations. But one bright spot is their backcourt and, more specifically, how outright feared it could be on defense...

    Michael Pina Written by Michael Pina about 3 years ago 1,411 reads 2 comments

  16. Marcus Thornton Can Carve Real Role on Shooting-Starved Boston Celtics

    Coming off their third-worst season in franchise history, with holes up and down their roster and the unreachable expectation of filling them all right away, one of the last things ...

    Michael Pina Written by Michael Pina about 3 years ago 1,284 reads 3 comments

  17. Despite Big Changes, L.A. Lakers' End Result Will Be Same This Season

    Despite a new coach, an infusion of experienced (yet flawed) veterans and the return of a healthy Kobe Bryant and Steve Nash, this Los Angeles Lakers season won’t be much better than the last one...

    Michael Pina Written by Michael Pina about 3 years ago 3,205 reads 8 comments

  18. Could Chris Douglas-Roberts Be Dark-Horse Small Forward Answer for LA Clippers?

    Chris Douglas-Roberts and the Los Angeles Clippers sort of need each other. The player, a 27-year-old journeyman who’s drifted in and out of the NBA since first ...

    Michael Pina Written by Michael Pina about 3 years ago 1,287 reads 0 comments

  19. Complete Boston Celtics 2014-15 Training Camp Preview

    Coming off a season that featured the third-lowest win total in franchise history, the Boston Celtics will head into their 2014-15 training camp licking large, open wounds...

    Michael Pina Written by Michael Pina about 3 years ago 5,096 reads 4 comments

  20. Which Boston Celtics Player Has the Most Upside Right Now?

    Entering the 2014-15 season, the one member of the Boston Celtics possessing the most upside is also majestically coiffed and commonly viewed more as a trade asset than a functioning basketball player...

    Michael Pina Written by Michael Pina about 3 years ago 5,305 reads 14 comments

  21. Which Dallas Mavericks Player Has the Most Upside Right Now?

    The Dallas Mavericks are not young. They’re built around established veterans who’ve long understood why they’re in the NBA and have a good idea what role they’ll ...

    Michael Pina Written by Michael Pina about 3 years ago 5,908 reads 6 comments

  22. What a Breakout Season for New York Knicks' Tim Hardaway Jr. Will Look Like

    In his second NBA season, Tim Hardaway Jr. could break out and make a noticeable leap forward, making him the only player on his current roster with the possibility to do so...

    Michael Pina Written by Michael Pina about 3 years ago 16,512 reads 57 comments

  23. Bold Predictions for LeBron James' 2014-15 Season

    Despite not winning MVP last season and falling in the NBA Finals, LeBron James is still the best basketball player in the world...

    Michael Pina Written by Michael Pina about 3 years ago 20,032 reads 80 comments

  24. Biggest Adjustments Chicago Bulls Must Make This Season

    The Chicago Bulls are a defensive-minded basketball team with one of the most easily recognized identities in the league...

    Michael Pina Written by Michael Pina about 3 years ago 7,597 reads 27 comments

  25. How James Harden Can Use FIBA World Cup to Jumpstart Season with Houston Rockets

    James Harden ’s Team USA experience wasn ’t supposed to be this way. The Houston Rockets shooting guard was originally expected to fill the "super sixth man" role normally reserved in Olympic competition for Carmelo Anthony...

    Michael Pina Written by Michael Pina about 3 years ago 959 reads 1 comments