1. 2011 NBA Mock Draft: Full First Round Picks, Will Brandon Knight Go to Pistons?

    Like every other potential draft pick not named Kyrie Irving, Brandon Knight's future is very much in limbo after a surprising lottery night that saw two teams -- Cleveland and Utah ...

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  2. NBA Draft Order 2011: Why Kemba Walker Is Destined for the Toronto Raptors

    After a surprising draft lottery which saw two teams jump into the top 3 picks with selections they acquired at the trading deadline, the top of the 2011 NBA Draft is wide open...

    Jonathan Tjarks Written by Jonathan Tjarks about over 3 years ago 4,453 reads 8 comments

  3. 2011 NBA Draft Lottery: Jimmer Fredette and 10 Prospects Teams Should Avoid

    There are essentially three roles in the modern NBA —points (guys who run the offense), wings (guys who play on the perimeter) and posts (guys who play on the interior)...

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  4. 2011 NBA Draft Lottery: What the Experts Are Saying

    With the possibility that a lockout eliminates a good portion, if not the entirety, of the 2011 NBA season, many of the top college prospects in the country elected to stay in school...

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  5. NBA Playoffs 2011: Will OKC Thunder's Youth and Lack of Experience Hurt Them?

    The Thunder won’t be planning any championship parades just yet, not when this group has yet to win a single playoff series. – ESPN’s John Hollinger You need extensive playoff experience to win an NBA title...

    Jonathan Tjarks Written by Jonathan Tjarks about over 3 years ago 1,233 reads 22 comments

  6. NBA Draft 2011: Kyrie Irving, Jimmer Fredette and the Best Point Guard Prospects

    When trying to evaluate how college players will fare in the NBA, it's important to consider the different roles they might have on the next level...

    Jonathan Tjarks Written by Jonathan Tjarks about over 3 years ago 3,322 reads 25 comments

  7. NBA Draft 2011: Power Ranking Enes Kanter and the Six Best European Prospects

    The specter of the upcoming labor stoppage has hung over the NBA season, particularly the upcoming Draft...

    Jonathan Tjarks Written by Jonathan Tjarks about over 3 years ago 1,878 reads 8 comments

  8. NBA MVP Award: Dwight Howard, Not Derrick Rose, Should Be League's MVP This Year

    Dwight Howard is neither the best nor the most skilled player in the NBA . But there's a strong case to be made that he's the most valuable ...

    Jonathan Tjarks Written by Jonathan Tjarks about over 3 years ago 1,515 reads 29 comments

  9. 2011 NBA Mock Draft: How Does Jared Sullinger Not Declaring Affect Draft?

    When a player is projected to be a lottery pick, they almost always declare for the NBA Draft. Not only are they forgoing millions of dollars, but there's no guarantee that their draft position will be as high next year...

    Jonathan Tjarks Written by Jonathan Tjarks about over 3 years ago 5,216 reads 20 comments

  10. 2011 NBA Draft: Has Harrison Barnes Earned His Projected No. 1 Spot Back?

    Harrison Barnes, UNC's star swingman, has had one of college basketball's most turbulent seasons, especially in terms of popular perception, in recent memory. The No...

    Jonathan Tjarks Written by Jonathan Tjarks about over 3 years ago 3,616 reads 6 comments

  11. Oklahoma City Thunder: How They Built a Title Team in 5 Steps

    With Carmelo Anthony and Deron Williams now playing in the NY metropolitan area , a new narrative about the NBA has steadily gained steam: How can small markets survive in an NBA ...

    Jonathan Tjarks Written by Jonathan Tjarks about almost 4 years ago 4,363 reads 16 comments

  12. Dallas Mavericks: 10 Reasons Why They're the Most Overlooked Title Contender

    With a 44-16 record and a plus-3.9 point differential, the Mavericks are on pace to win 59 games this season , which would give them an astonishing and nearly unprecedented 11-straight 50-plus win seasons...

    Jonathan Tjarks Written by Jonathan Tjarks about almost 4 years ago 2,920 reads 81 comments

  13. NBA Trade Deadline: Pistons, Nuggets, Nets, Celtics and the Six Biggest Losers

    By the All-Star break, an NBA team will have one of three goals : a championship, a playoff spot or ping-pong balls...

    Jonathan Tjarks Written by Jonathan Tjarks about almost 4 years ago 1,185 reads 7 comments

  14. NBA Trade Deadline: Knicks, Thunder, Jazz, Rockets and the 10 Biggest Winners

    “In a lot of ways it’s harder in this league,” another NBA executive says, “to go from middle-of-the-pack to the top than from the bottom to the top.”— An NBA executive to SI's Joe Posnanski ...

    Jonathan Tjarks Written by Jonathan Tjarks about almost 4 years ago 3,477 reads 32 comments

  15. Carmelo Anthony To the Knicks: Good Move for New York and the NBA

    There have been two prevailing knocks against the Knicks' acquisition of Carmelo Anthony: they gave up too many young assets to get him and that the creation of "super teams" modeled on the Miami Heat is bad for the NBA...

    Jonathan Tjarks Written by Jonathan Tjarks about almost 4 years ago 927 reads 3 comments

  16. NBA All-Star Weekend: US vs. the World And Five Other Ideas To Spice It Up

    With NFL draft talk still in its infancy , pitchers and catchers just beginning to report for spring training and March Madness a month away, February is the only month on the sports calendar where pro basketball consistently leads Sportscenter...

    Jonathan Tjarks Written by Jonathan Tjarks about almost 4 years ago 1,151 reads 5 comments

  17. NBA Power Rankings: Jerry Sloan and 10 Recent Coaches Who Most Deserve a Title

    Jerry Sloan's resignation last week marked the end of an era in the NBA. In his twenty-three years coaching the Utah Jazz, his teams had a consistent style —pick-and-roll ...

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  18. Tim Duncan: Putting the San Antonio Spurs Big Man's Career in Perspective

    Growing up in the Virgin Islands, Tim Duncan wasn''t dreaming of NBA stardom. He didn't start playing basketball competitively until the ninth grade, after a hurricane destroyed the islands' only Olympic-sized swimming pool...

    Jonathan Tjarks Written by Jonathan Tjarks about almost 4 years ago 1,070 reads 6 comments

  19. Los Angeles Clippers: The Team of the 2010's

    Every championship team has a big man who can score efficiently in the lane, someone who can guard low-post scorers and block shots at the rim and a player who can "create" easy shots by drawing double teams for his teammates...

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  20. NBA Trade Rumors: 10 Teams That Would Love to Have David West

    With the Carmelo Anthony "melo" drama grabbing up all the headlines, David West's impending free agency has slipped under the headlines...

    Jonathan Tjarks Written by Jonathan Tjarks about almost 4 years ago 2,173 reads 8 comments

  21. Stephen Curry, Monta Ellis and 5 Other Duos That Need To Be Split Up

    In an ideal world every starter on a basketball team would be a "five-tool" player ; they would have the ability to create their own shot, defend their position, shoot, pass and rebound...

    Jonathan Tjarks Written by Jonathan Tjarks about almost 4 years ago 1,650 reads 16 comments

  22. Kobe Bryant Is Not the Wizard of Oz

    He has been the most polarizing figure in the NBA for over a decade. His fans point to his prolific scoring ability (from his run of 40+ pt games to his 81-point masterpiece ...

    Jonathan Tjarks Written by Jonathan Tjarks about almost 4 years ago 2,863 reads 79 comments

  23. Amare Stoudemire, Chris Paul and The NBA's Four Other Ticking Time-Bombs

    With Brandon Roy undergoing arthroscopic knee surgery on both knees last week, the prognosis is grim for the Trail Blazers' franchise guard...

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  24. LeBron James and Dirk Nowitzki: Two Unique NBA Stars

    The European sailors who "discovered" Australia were stunned by the island continent's black swans. All European swans were white. In their language, the expression that something was "as rare as a black swan" meant that it was impossible...

    Jonathan Tjarks Written by Jonathan Tjarks about almost 4 years ago 1,215 reads 10 comments

  25. Caron Butler: No Big Loss for the Dallas Mavericks

    At first glance, Caron Butler's season-ending knee injury is a devastating blow to the Dallas Mavericks. Butler is a two-time NBA All-Star with a $10 million salary who averages 15...

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