1. Can Utah Jazz Evolve with Talented Young Core but Without a Superstar?

    The Utah Jazz are like the Nuggets of being the Thunder. Allow me to parse that: They are a young ascendent team, much like OKC was and is, but they probably lack a superstar—like the Nuggets have and will...

    Ethan Sherwood Strauss Written by Ethan Sherwood Strauss about almost 2 years ago 5,360 reads 54 comments

  2. Steve Nash or Kevin Garnett: Which Aging Star Will Fall off First?

    How are they still here? How are they still this good? Steve Nash and Kevin Garnett have shown few signs of game-erosion, despite being nearly as old as James Naismith. Nash plays a young man's position at age 38...

    Ethan Sherwood Strauss Written by Ethan Sherwood Strauss about almost 2 years ago 14,562 reads 105 comments

  3. Rajon Rondo and Ray Allen Split Over Basketball, Not Personal Beef

    The rift between Rajon Rondo and Ray Allen is presented as a juicy, dramatic divorce. Jealousy! Betrayal! Or, in calmer terms, ESPN's Jackie MacMullan conveys the rift this ...

    Ethan Sherwood Strauss Written by Ethan Sherwood Strauss about almost 2 years ago 11,442 reads 13 comments

  4. Kobe Bryant's Leadership Stance Impacts His Perception

    Kobe Bryant has been vocal of late, and not in a way that jibes with the recent media framing of a veteran who just doesn't care about what you think anymore...

    Ethan Sherwood Strauss Written by Ethan Sherwood Strauss about almost 2 years ago 7,096 reads 37 comments

  5. Examining the Brooklyn Nets' Decision to Build Around Deron Williams

    There is much excitement in Brooklyn these days, as a basketball franchise has finally glommed onto the ever-ascending borough. The Nets faithful are celebrating a wholly new team for this new occasion...

    Ethan Sherwood Strauss Written by Ethan Sherwood Strauss about almost 2 years ago 3,546 reads 9 comments

  6. Is Jeremy Lin the Toughest Player to Evaluate in the NBA?

    Basketball is different from other sports in terms of how predictable it is (well, it is different for other reasons also, but we aren't addressing those today). Barring injury, LeBron James and Kevin Durant should be top-three players next season...

    Ethan Sherwood Strauss Written by Ethan Sherwood Strauss about almost 2 years ago 4,147 reads 12 comments

  7. Vinny Del Negro Stands Between L.A. Clippers and Title Contention

    The Los Angeles Clippers are largely dismissed from the ranks of title contention, and I'd agree with that assessment. Last year, they finished with a 2.6 point differential—a far cry from what you'd expect from a contending team...

    Ethan Sherwood Strauss Written by Ethan Sherwood Strauss about almost 2 years ago 2,577 reads 14 comments

  8. New York Knicks Best- and Worst-Case Scenarios for the 2012-2013 Season

    With the 2012-13 NBA season swiftly approaching, it’s time to take a look at the outlook for the New York Knicks ...

    Ethan Sherwood Strauss Written by Ethan Sherwood Strauss about almost 2 years ago 15,167 reads 65 comments

  9. Did the Boston Celtics Find the Steal of the 2012 NBA Draft in Jared Sullinger?

    "It's just preseason," they sagely intone. "Preseason doesn't matter," they swiftly dismiss. While I would agree that we need to temper judgments based on a few preseason games, I also believe such games can be helpful...

    Ethan Sherwood Strauss Written by Ethan Sherwood Strauss about almost 2 years ago 18,703 reads 45 comments

  10. Brooklyn Nets Best- and Worst-Case Scenarios for the 2012-2013 Season

    With the 2012-13 NBA season swiftly approaching, it’s time to take a look at the outlook for the Brooklyn Nets ...

    Ethan Sherwood Strauss Written by Ethan Sherwood Strauss about almost 2 years ago 5,459 reads 17 comments

  11. Why Andre Iguodala Will Blossom with the Denver Nuggets

    Here is your longshot MVP pick, folks. Yes, LeBron James and Kevin Durant should be favored against all comers, but if one wants to gamble on a plausible, unlikely choice, I like Iggy's chances...

    Ethan Sherwood Strauss Written by Ethan Sherwood Strauss about almost 2 years ago 3,714 reads 32 comments

  12. Why Criticisms About Jeremy Lin's Athleticism Miss the Mark

    Jeremy Lin has struggled in the preseason, and certain New York media types are all over what they take to be a story. Apparently, that Knicks championship road runs through Jeremy Lin underwhelming people in Texas...

    Ethan Sherwood Strauss Written by Ethan Sherwood Strauss about almost 2 years ago 5,194 reads 25 comments

  13. Re-Drafting the Top 10 Picks of the 2010 NBA Draft

    In the 2010 NBA draft, mistakes were made. And guess what? There's still time to re-make them, even if we have the advantage of hindsight. The reason? So many players from this class have produced at a near equivalent level...

    Ethan Sherwood Strauss Written by Ethan Sherwood Strauss about almost 2 years ago 7,904 reads 22 comments

  14. Why Blake Griffin Is on the Verge of Superstardom for LA Clippers

    The ringing taunt of "Flop City" grew louder and louder as the Los Angeles Clippers turned heel over the course of one NBA season. "Lob City" was how the Clips were sold; "Flop City" was how they came to be loathed...

    Ethan Sherwood Strauss Written by Ethan Sherwood Strauss about almost 2 years ago 8,133 reads 108 comments

  15. Examining Andre Drummond's Ceiling in His Rookie Season

    He was thought to be the most likely bust candidate among draft picks. I argued his case to quite a few people, but was summarily dismissed by friend, fan and colleague alike. They still could be right...

    Ethan Sherwood Strauss Written by Ethan Sherwood Strauss about almost 2 years ago 5,070 reads 16 comments

  16. 4 Most Overrated Signings of the 2012 NBA Offseason

    The sad truth is that most splashy free-agent signings wind up dismaying fans. Tyson Chandler's addition to last year's Knicks squad was actually a pleasant surprise, all the more ...

    Ethan Sherwood Strauss Written by Ethan Sherwood Strauss about almost 2 years ago 13,122 reads 57 comments

  17. Can Ty Lawson Blossom into a Superstar for Denver Nuggets in Key Contract Year?

    Ty Lawson has been underrated over these past two seasons. Blame the Denver market, or blame George Karl for playing Lawson less than 35 minutes per game...

    Ethan Sherwood Strauss Written by Ethan Sherwood Strauss about almost 2 years ago 2,978 reads 10 comments

  18. Why Both Health and Age Are Major Concerns for L.A. Lakers in 2012-13

    The Lakers are the focal point of next season to the casual basketball fan, and frankly, to this writer. "The Big Four" is an incredible experiment, replete with famous names and overlapping talents...

    Ethan Sherwood Strauss Written by Ethan Sherwood Strauss about almost 2 years ago 4,170 reads 12 comments

  19. Predicting 5 Biggest Disappointments of the 2012-13 NBA Season

    The old saying goes that happiness is reality divided by expectations. The bigger the expectations, the more unhappy you'll stand to be with the results (Note: I was not a math major)...

    Ethan Sherwood Strauss Written by Ethan Sherwood Strauss about almost 2 years ago 36,977 reads 70 comments

  20. Breaking Down How Boston Celtics Can Compete with Miami Heat

    Look, it's probably not happening. The 2011-2012 Celtics came closest to upending Miami, but they looked outclassed upon Chris Bosh 's return. In all likelihood, the Heat are returning to the Finals...

    Ethan Sherwood Strauss Written by Ethan Sherwood Strauss about almost 2 years ago 8,149 reads 89 comments

  21. Breaking Down Miami Heat 'Small Ball' and LeBron James' Hybrid Role for 2012-13

    You might hear that the Miami Heat are playing "small ball" now, but this is not entirely the case. Erik Spoelstra has just gained increasing comfort with playing LeBron James at power forward...

    Ethan Sherwood Strauss Written by Ethan Sherwood Strauss about almost 2 years ago 8,433 reads 13 comments

  22. Will Carmelo Anthony Effectively Silence His Critics in 2012-13?

    Next season presents an opportunity to Carmelo Anthony in that the Knicks (and most rational observers) have discovered his true role. Melo is a power forward who has spent half a career not optimizing his skill set...

    Ethan Sherwood Strauss Written by Ethan Sherwood Strauss about almost 2 years ago 2,766 reads 9 comments

  23. Why the NBA Has Brushed off Dwyane Wade Way Too Early

    You would think Dwyane Wade 's clout might endure a bit better than this. After slogging through a below-average (for him) playoffs en route to a championship, Wade has fallen down to No...

    Ethan Sherwood Strauss Written by Ethan Sherwood Strauss about almost 2 years ago 255 reads 283 comments

  24. Why NBA's New Flopping Fines Won't Stop the Flop

    The league has announced a new plan for fining players for their flops, in the hope that an economic incentive will curtail such antics. While I applaud the NBA 's inclination toward reform, I don't believe this is the best way to go about it...

    Ethan Sherwood Strauss Written by Ethan Sherwood Strauss about almost 2 years ago 237 reads 46 comments

  25. How Brook Lopez Can Improve His Rebounding Rate

    Well, he could jump for the ball. That usually helps. All kidding aside, Brook Lopez 's decline as a rebounder is surprising. Way back in 2009-2010, Lopez averaged 8.7 boards per contest...

    Ethan Sherwood Strauss Written by Ethan Sherwood Strauss about almost 2 years ago 6,031 reads 29 comments