1. Why Derrick Rose's Return Will Be Worth the Wait

    Derrick Rose 's return might have been delayed, but it's been worth the wait. It's a wait that's lasted longer than the injury—or even Rose's career. From the fan's perspective, this has been 15 years in the making...

    Kelly Scaletta Written by Kelly Scaletta about 1 year ago 7,492 reads 107 comments

  2. Ranking the Best Defensive Centers in the NBA

    In the final installment of a five-part series ranking every rotation player in the NBA who played at least 1,200* minutes last season, here are the center** rankings...

    Kelly Scaletta Written by Kelly Scaletta about 1 year ago 14,272 reads 134 comments

  3. 5 NBA Players Guaranteed to Wind Up in Trade Rumors This Season

    Once th NBA season tips off, trade rumors will start swirling. It’s part of the season's fun. Most trade rumors involve a smattering of players, and the majority of those rumored never end up getting moved...

    Kelly Scaletta Written by Kelly Scaletta about 1 year ago 31,167 reads 95 comments

  4. What Derrick Rose's Return Means to the NBA

    The NBA loves a storyline, and Derrick Rose ’s return will be one of the biggest storylines of this coming season. His return will excite not just the Chicago Bulls , but the entire NBA...

    Kelly Scaletta Written by Kelly Scaletta about 1 year ago 10,966 reads 115 comments

  5. Ranking the Best Defensive Power Forwards in the NBA

    In the fourth of a five-part series ranking every rotation player in the NBA who played at least 1,200* minutes last season, here are the power forward** rankings...

    Kelly Scaletta Written by Kelly Scaletta about 1 year ago 50,624 reads 299 comments

  6. Why Luol Deng Is Primed to Have a Monster Season for Chicago Bulls

    Luol Deng is primed for a monster season, and that is the most overlooked aspect of why the Chicago Bulls will have a championship run in 2013-14. Not least among the reasons why is health...

    Kelly Scaletta Written by Kelly Scaletta about 1 year ago 9,652 reads 106 comments

  7. 18 Awesome New NBA Stats We'd Love to See

    The study of statistics in the NBA has progressed in a number of ways over the last decade, but there remains considerable room for growth. There are still many missing stats begging to be incorporated into the NBA mainstream...

    Kelly Scaletta Written by Kelly Scaletta about 1 year ago 13,845 reads 67 comments

  8. Ranking the Best Defensive Small Forwards in the NBA

    In the third of a five-part series ranking every rotation player in the NBA who played at least 1,200* minutes last season, here are the small forward** rankings...

    Kelly Scaletta Written by Kelly Scaletta about 1 year ago 27,261 reads 174 comments

  9. Awful NBA Rookie Seasons We Almost Forgot About

    Never, ever judge a player by his rookie season alone. There are some NBA stars from whom you never would have predicted greatness based on their inaugural years. We forget about them in the wake of the greatness that followed...

    Kelly Scaletta Written by Kelly Scaletta about 1 year ago 20,963 reads 52 comments

  10. How Michael Jordan Re-Defined His Game to Extend Legendary Career

    Michael Jordan is widely regarded as the greatest ever to play the game, and there is no shortage of reasons why that claim is made. Perhaps the most amazing thing about him is the way he re-defined himself to extend his career...

    Kelly Scaletta Written by Kelly Scaletta about 1 year ago 31,149 reads 146 comments

  11. Ranking the Best Defensive Shooting Guards in the NBA

    The second part of our five-part "best defensive players in the league" series ranks the shooting guards. All the rankings are based on Weighted Averaged Metrics (WAM) and Weighted Averaged Metrics with Scouting (WAMS), two new metrics...

    Kelly Scaletta Written by Kelly Scaletta about 1 year ago 47,218 reads 293 comments

  12. What Is the Derrick Rose Effect?

    What is the effect that Derrick Rose has on the Chicago Bulls ? How does he help the team beyond just being a highlight machine? Rose is the type of player who is defined by more than his statistics...

    Kelly Scaletta Written by Kelly Scaletta about 1 year ago 26,395 reads 131 comments

  13. Are Chicago Bulls Really Championship Contenders?

    Are the Chicago Bulls truly championship contenders? There seems to be some controversy over that question. If you’re listening to the betting public, then it would seem they are...

    Kelly Scaletta Written by Kelly Scaletta about 1 year ago 11,979 reads 163 comments

  14. Does Tom Thibodeau Lean on Chicago Bulls' Starters Too Heavily?

    The Chicago Bulls ’ head coach, Tom Thibodeau , has a reputation for being a brilliant general whose biggest deficiency is that he exhausts his troops, running them into the ground...

    Kelly Scaletta Written by Kelly Scaletta about 1 year ago 11,023 reads 117 comments

  15. Ranking the Best Defensive Point Guards in the NBA

    Who are the best defensive point guards in the NBA , and how are they determined? In order to answer that, we introduce Weighted Averaged Metrics (WAM) and WAM with Scouting (WAMS), ...

    Kelly Scaletta Written by Kelly Scaletta about 1 year ago 48,817 reads 187 comments

  16. Can Chicago Bulls Pair Derrick Rose with Another Star During 2014 Offseason?

    Can the Chicago Bulls pair Derrick Rose with another star during the 2014 offseason? With Luol Deng ’s contract coming off the books and the amnesty still in their pocket to use on Carlos Boozer, it would seem that they can...

    Kelly Scaletta Written by Kelly Scaletta about 1 year ago 28,341 reads 201 comments

  17. The Top 7 NBA Coaches We'd Most Like to Play For

    If you were an NBA player and you had your pick of the litter, which coach would you play for? Having given it some thought, we came up with a list of our own. In compiling this list, we considered what players want from their coach...

    Kelly Scaletta Written by Kelly Scaletta about 1 year ago 18,193 reads 165 comments

  18. How Derrick Rose and Jimmy Butler Will Make Each Other Better

    If there is a silver lining behind the cloud of Derrick Rose 's failure to return last season, it is the breakout showing by Jimmy Butler, who played particularly well after the All-Star break...

    Kelly Scaletta Written by Kelly Scaletta about 1 year ago 19,287 reads 142 comments

  19. Breaking Down How to Solve the Chicago Bulls' Stalwart Defense

    The Chicago Bulls under Tom Thibodeau have proven to be the best defense in the NBA , boasting the lowest defensive rating in the Association since his arrival per Basketball-Reference...

    Kelly Scaletta Written by Kelly Scaletta about 1 year ago 4,463 reads 17 comments

  20. Why LA Lakers' Model for Success Is Unsustainable in Today's NBA

    The Los Angeles Lakers are the best franchise in American sports over the last 65 years, but their past model of success doesn ’t guarantee future success. In fact, it’s unsustainable in today’s NBA ...

    Kelly Scaletta Written by Kelly Scaletta about 1 year ago 23,637 reads 264 comments

  21. How Mike Dunleavy Can Help Derrick Rose and the Chicago Bulls

    Mike Dunleavy , the Chicago Bulls key offseason acquisition, can help the Bulls a lot more than his mini mid-level exception might suggest. In fact, he should be the missing cog in helping the Bulls win an NBA Championship...

    Kelly Scaletta Written by Kelly Scaletta about 1 year ago 9,008 reads 51 comments

  22. Chicago Bulls Management Must Value Tom Thibodeau, Keep Him Happy

    The Chicago Bulls management needs to keep head coach Tom Thibodeau happy. The degree to which they’re doing that right now is a bit of a debate...

    Kelly Scaletta Written by Kelly Scaletta about 1 year ago 6,730 reads 21 comments

  23. Best-Case, Worst-Case Scenarios for Derrick Rose's Return Next Season

    Derrick Rose and the Chicago Bulls will soon be able to finally put “#thereturn” saga behind them. The moment Rose puts sneaker to hardwood, the saga is over. The story will then be about how Rose plays, not whether he plays...

    Kelly Scaletta Written by Kelly Scaletta about 1 year ago 26,102 reads 108 comments

  24. How Opponents Will Test Derrick Rose Physically and Mentally This Season

    Derrick Rose is about to embark on the most challenging year of his career, and he will be tested both mentally and physically by his opponents every step of the way. He is coming off the season that wasn ’t...

    Kelly Scaletta Written by Kelly Scaletta about 1 year ago 22,867 reads 175 comments

  25. Ranking the All-Time Misfires in NBA Free Agency over Last Decade

    As teams land their big-name free agents, fans across the nation revel in unbridled glee. But will any of these signings join the ranks of the worst misfires over the last decade? ...

    Kelly Scaletta Written by Kelly Scaletta about 1 year ago 60,150 reads 93 comments