1. James Harden: Why He's the NBA's Most Underrated Star Entering the '12-13 Season

    Well, I didn't expect my choice for "most underrated star" to get traded on Saturday night. Here's to hoping that James Harden will make the leap from "underrated" to "rated," as franchise player for the Houston Rockets ...

    Ethan Sherwood Strauss Written by Ethan Sherwood Strauss about 2 years ago 424 reads 51 comments

  2. NBA Power Rankings: Week 1

    First, an explanation. I'm ranking NBA teams based on how they will perform in the regular season, not in the playoffs. There is certainly a difference, as those who watched Bulls - Heat in 2011 or Cavs- Celtics in 2010 can attest...

    Ethan Sherwood Strauss Written by Ethan Sherwood Strauss about 2 years ago 408,472 reads 591 comments

  3. Are Oklahoma City Thunder Still a Title Contender Without James Harden?

    The Kevin Martin- James Harden trade shocked the world, as the Oklahoma City Thunder moved quickly once contract negotiations broke down with the NBA 's reigning Sixth Man of the Year...

    Ethan Sherwood Strauss Written by Ethan Sherwood Strauss about 2 years ago 17,707 reads 141 comments

  4. Realistic Expectations for Dwight Howard's First Season with L.A. Lakers

    Dwight Howard and the Los Angeles Lakers will be declared disappointments if they fail to win a title. This is how sports talk goes. If you have a mere chance at success, you're labeled a failure for not claiming it...

    Ethan Sherwood Strauss Written by Ethan Sherwood Strauss about 2 years ago 11,251 reads 41 comments

  5. Denver Nuggets Lowball Ty Lawson with Ridiculous Extension Offer

    Ty Lawson fell all the way to No. 18 in the 2009 NBA draft, when his college production screamed for a higher selection. His slight height caused a fall beyond the ranks of James Johnson, Austin Daye and Hasheem Thabeet...

    Ethan Sherwood Strauss Written by Ethan Sherwood Strauss about 2 years ago 17,878 reads 74 comments

  6. Why NBA Fans Should Rejoice and Mourn David Stern's Retirement as Commissioner

    David Stern is as important an NBA figure as they come, having soldiered through three decades of league stewardship. His impact is undeniable, though I would argue that the benefit of such an impact is highly deniable...

    Ethan Sherwood Strauss Written by Ethan Sherwood Strauss about 2 years ago 728 reads 1 comments

  7. Why the NBA's Position Revolution Is Here to Stay

    "Seems like a fad, something that only works for Miami." I've heard this quote a bit in response to preseason stories regarding the small-ball Heat turning the league upside down...

    Ethan Sherwood Strauss Written by Ethan Sherwood Strauss about 2 years ago 11,104 reads 17 comments

  8. Breaking Down the Different Types of Small Ball Played in the NBA Today

    "Small ball" sounds like a trick, a gimmick, an unsustainable way to cloak a team's deficiencies. This does not have to be the case, though, since the term merely means tweaking a traditional frontcourt of two large, non-three-point-shooting bigs...

    Ethan Sherwood Strauss Written by Ethan Sherwood Strauss about 2 years ago 3,488 reads 1 comments

  9. Should LA Lakers Fans Worry About Kobe Bryant's Body Breaking Down?

    Los Angeles Lakers trainer Gary Vitti is one of the best in the business. I would have to believe that Kobe Bryant is in good hands with his recent foot issues (via ESPN)...

    Ethan Sherwood Strauss Written by Ethan Sherwood Strauss about 2 years ago 13,432 reads 65 comments

  10. Why Kobe Bryant Is No Match for Kevin Durant from Long Range

    For Kobe Bryant to help the souped up Lakers , he has to stop taking so many three-point shots. It sounds a bit off, doesn't it? Bryant is ultimately defined by his shooting ability ...

    Ethan Sherwood Strauss Written by Ethan Sherwood Strauss about 2 years ago 5,842 reads 29 comments

  11. Should Raymond Felton or Jason Kidd Start at PG for the Knicks?

    Remember Jeremy Lin? The Knicks are trying to forget, as they move forward with new plans and new point guards. The challenge for NYC is that their current crop of guards isn't exactly talent-rich...

    Ethan Sherwood Strauss Written by Ethan Sherwood Strauss about 2 years ago 2,201 reads 14 comments

  12. Predictions for Jeremy Lin's First Season for the Rockets

    Jeremy Lin just might be the hardest player to judge going into the next NBA season. On the one hand, he averaged 19 points and eight assists per 36 minutes. On the other hand, it was all in a small sample size, steeped in an international hypefest ..

    Ethan Sherwood Strauss Written by Ethan Sherwood Strauss about 2 years ago 3,649 reads 19 comments

  13. Which Aging Superstar Will the NBA Most Miss Once Retired?

    I tried missing these guys a couple years ago, but they just kept turning out quality seasons. Kobe Bryant , Tim Duncan, Paul Pierce, Steve Nash and Kevin Garnett seem to have no end point, which I'm happy about...

    Ethan Sherwood Strauss Written by Ethan Sherwood Strauss about 2 years ago 8,121 reads 45 comments

  14. Biggest Trash-Talkers Heading into the 2012-2013 NBA Season

    Despite David Stern's best efforts, human emotion still exists in the NBA . Crazy, right? One of the joys of watching this league is beholding how publicly rude players are to one another...

    Ethan Sherwood Strauss Written by Ethan Sherwood Strauss about 2 years ago 37,367 reads 66 comments

  15. Most Overrated Player in the NBA

    Cautionary note: We are not saying these players are bad, we're saying they're worse than you think. Trust me, there is a difference...

    Ethan Sherwood Strauss Written by Ethan Sherwood Strauss about 2 years ago 191 reads 412 comments

  16. 5 Most Dynamic Playmakers in the NBA Today

    Everybody makes plays, as the game consists of them. A "playmaker" is someone who can do so on a near-whim, through a mix of sheer physical force and vision...

    Ethan Sherwood Strauss Written by Ethan Sherwood Strauss about 2 years ago 10,675 reads 49 comments

  17. Why Chris Paul Is a Top-3 NBA Star Entering 2012-13

    Dwight Howard is receiving an avalanche of positive appraisal as he makes his Lakers debut. The descriptor you'll often hear is "top-three player." You'll hear a similar title for Kevin Durant, only he's more often called a "top-two player...

    Ethan Sherwood Strauss Written by Ethan Sherwood Strauss about 2 years ago 5,456 reads 49 comments

  18. Are the Oklahoma City Thunder the Next Lakers or Spurs?

    Quaint, small-market bio-dome, or flashy, nationally gossiped-about super team? Somehow, the Thunder seem to straddle both reputations as they ascend. Obviously, OKC 's management wishes to be something like the Spurs ...

    Ethan Sherwood Strauss Written by Ethan Sherwood Strauss about 2 years ago 2,698 reads 2 comments

  19. Why Amare Stoudemire's Knee Injury Is Blessing in Disguise for NY Knicks

    The Knicks are stuck with Amare Stoudemire, but this does not mean that the Knicks are necessarily stuck with Amare Stoudemire. Let me explain...

    Ethan Sherwood Strauss Written by Ethan Sherwood Strauss about 2 years ago 9,826 reads 25 comments

  20. Will a Healthy Dwight Howard Make L.A. Lakers Defense Elite?

    I was skeptical about a player coming back from major spinal surgery. Somehow, Dwight Howard achieved the impossible Sunday night: He disabused skepticism while losing to the Sacramento Kings ...

    Ethan Sherwood Strauss Written by Ethan Sherwood Strauss about 2 years ago 4,237 reads 25 comments

  21. 5 Biggest X-Factors of the 2012-13 NBA Season

    There was a massive Dwight Howard trade, but the league powers largely remain the same in the NBA . The Miami Heat , San Antonio Spurs , Oklahoma City Thunder and, of course, the Los Angeles Lakers , should be assuredly good...

    Ethan Sherwood Strauss Written by Ethan Sherwood Strauss about 2 years ago 33,269 reads 106 comments

  22. Why Power Forward Is the Position of the NBA's Next Generation Stars

    A short time ago, the NBA was declared a point guard's league. The removal of hand-checking had helped fuel the ascendancy of quicker players, along with some other rule changes...

    Ethan Sherwood Strauss Written by Ethan Sherwood Strauss about 2 years ago 17,621 reads 62 comments

  23. Dirk Nowitzki's Knee Surgery Is Not Death Blow to Dallas Mavericks Playoff Hopes

    Dirk Nowitzki has undergone arthroscopic knee surgery, and he should be back to playing basketball "within approximately six weeks," according to the Dallas Mavericks website...

    Ethan Sherwood Strauss Written by Ethan Sherwood Strauss about 2 years ago 3,069 reads 8 comments

  24. Why Jeff Green Will Fail to Live Up to Expectations for Boston Celtics

    At age 26, Jeff Green has not been a good NBA player yet. For some reason, this fails to cease the relentless, indefatigable hyping of Jeff Green. I don't understand it, as Green has not demonstrated an elite, tangible NBA skill...

    Ethan Sherwood Strauss Written by Ethan Sherwood Strauss about 2 years ago 6,812 reads 63 comments

  25. Can This Season's Chicago Bulls Bench Mob Match the 2011-12 Version?

    The talent is gone, though I'm not quite talking about the team parting with Kyrylo Fesenko today . Chicago's regular season prowess was powered and defined by its "bench mob," ...

    Ethan Sherwood Strauss Written by Ethan Sherwood Strauss about 2 years ago 3,593 reads 9 comments