1. Why the Term 'Superstar' Is Used Too Loosely in the NBA

    What is the difference between a "star" and a "superstar?" Is there a definition? Do we apply the Supreme Court, "know it when I see it" rule to such a standard? Part of the issue—aside ...

    Ethan Sherwood Strauss Written by Ethan Sherwood Strauss about almost 2 years ago 7,389 reads 101 comments

  2. Breaking Down the 5 Most Difficult Passes to Make in the NBA

    These are at least the five most difficult passes to my eyes, because I cannot pull off some of these myself. Sure, I can do the occasional behind-the-back pass (in an NBA game, this would get stolen in ...

    Ethan Sherwood Strauss Written by Ethan Sherwood Strauss about almost 2 years ago 4,365 reads 34 comments

  3. Portland Trail Blazers: Breaking Down Damian Lillard's Ceiling

    A short time ago, Damian Lillard 's ceiling might have been "NBA player," if not, "Euroleague rotation guy...

    Ethan Sherwood Strauss Written by Ethan Sherwood Strauss about almost 2 years ago 8,629 reads 32 comments

  4. Can Kawhi Leonard Be Future Franchise Star of San Antonio Spurs?

    The future of the San Antonio Spurs is inextricably linked to Kawhi Leonard . Why? Because the Spurs are old and competent...

    Ethan Sherwood Strauss Written by Ethan Sherwood Strauss about almost 2 years ago 3,582 reads 14 comments

  5. Building the 2012-13 NBA All-Surprise Team

    I will focus on the good kind of surprises, because it's that time of year when optimism abounds. The NBA is back, and your team hasn't found a way to tangibly make you depressed—yet...

    Ethan Sherwood Strauss Written by Ethan Sherwood Strauss about almost 2 years ago 27,887 reads 67 comments

  6. Is Dwight Howard the Right Fit for the Princeton Offense?

    At first glance, Dwight Howard seems an incongruous fit for the Princeton offense. The attack is predicated on movement from all players, and the big men are often stationed far from the hoop...

    Ethan Sherwood Strauss Written by Ethan Sherwood Strauss about almost 2 years ago 6,849 reads 10 comments

  7. The Mighty Atlanta Hawks: Examining the NBA's Biggest Sleeper Team for 2012-13

    Friend and fellow Bleacher Report writer Zach Harper has a saying: "Never trust the Hawks." There is something about this team that feels disappointing, depressing even...

    Ethan Sherwood Strauss Written by Ethan Sherwood Strauss about almost 2 years ago 2,873 reads 17 comments

  8. Breaking Down Chris Bosh's Importance to Miami Heat Spacing

    It is indisputable that LeBron James is Miami's best player, and nearly indisputable that he is the world's best player...

    Ethan Sherwood Strauss Written by Ethan Sherwood Strauss about almost 2 years ago 2,435 reads 6 comments

  9. James Harden: Breaking Down His Importance to Oklahoma City Thunder Success

    All signs point to James Harden re-signing with the Thunder , which is fantastic news for Oklahoma City fans...

    Ethan Sherwood Strauss Written by Ethan Sherwood Strauss about almost 2 years ago 2,597 reads 3 comments

  10. Selling the Brooklyn Nets as a Championship-Caliber Team

    Not only am I selling the Brooklyn Nets as a championship contender, I eye them as perhaps ranking among the most disappointing teams next year...

    Ethan Sherwood Strauss Written by Ethan Sherwood Strauss about almost 2 years ago 6,834 reads 59 comments

  11. Why Kobe Bryant's Efficiency Is Not a Lock to Improve with New-Look LA Lakers

    There is an assumption out there on the planet, and I hope it is correct: Kobe Bryant will benefit from playing with Dwight Howard and Steve Nash...

    Ethan Sherwood Strauss Written by Ethan Sherwood Strauss about almost 2 years ago 6,363 reads 34 comments

  12. Breaking Down the Difference Between the NBA's 2 Best Shot-Blockers

    Serge Ibaka and Dwight Howard are both wildly talented shot-blockers, and the former presents a good model for the latter to aspire to...

    Ethan Sherwood Strauss Written by Ethan Sherwood Strauss about 2 years ago 4,142 reads 26 comments

  13. Is Rajon Rondo the Most Dynamic Distributor in the NBA?

    An incredible talent with overrated regular season production, Rajon Rondo defies simple analysis. He has the potential to be a first team All- NBA player next season, and he could just as easily be a mere shade above average...

    Ethan Sherwood Strauss Written by Ethan Sherwood Strauss about 2 years ago 9,560 reads 76 comments

  14. Who's the Most Valuable Player on the NY Knicks?

    Most New York Knicks fans would reflexively say, "Carmelo." He takes the most shots, and when it was time for All Star selection, Anthony was the lone Knick named...

    Ethan Sherwood Strauss Written by Ethan Sherwood Strauss about 2 years ago 6,022 reads 61 comments

  15. Can Goran Dragic Fill the Steve Nash Void for Phoenix Suns?

    Goran Dragic once stepped up and filled Steve Nash's shoes—quite dramatically, in fact. It was back in 2010, when the Phoenix Suns were on the cusp of finally getting one over on the San Antonio Spurs ...

    Ethan Sherwood Strauss Written by Ethan Sherwood Strauss about 2 years ago 4,387 reads 36 comments

  16. What Does the Charlotte Bobcats' Future Look Like?

    In a word, "bleak." Sure, they have a lot of cap space three years from now. But so does your local little league team. Just because Charlotte has the capacity for paying talent does not mean that talent wants to play in Charlotte...

    Ethan Sherwood Strauss Written by Ethan Sherwood Strauss about 2 years ago 4,553 reads 34 comments

  17. 5 Best Value Pickups of the 2012 NBA Offseason

    I'm not even going to include Dwight Howard on this list. It's too obvious, and you know about it. More to the point, Howard was traded, thus making the acquisition not exactly a "pickup...

    Ethan Sherwood Strauss Written by Ethan Sherwood Strauss about 2 years ago 16,233 reads 79 comments

  18. What Should the Chicago Bulls Do with Carlos Boozer?

    My default position has been, "The Bulls should amnesty Carlos Boozer." Maybe not today, maybe not tomorrow, maybe not even for another year...

    Ethan Sherwood Strauss Written by Ethan Sherwood Strauss about 2 years ago 8,495 reads 50 comments

  19. Can Kevin Love Be the Best Player on a Championship Contender's Roster?

    In theory, almost any all-star could be the best player on a championship roster. Chauncey Billups may have been good and/or may have been underrated. Still, his leading of the 2004 Pistons reflects this principle...

    Ethan Sherwood Strauss Written by Ethan Sherwood Strauss about 2 years ago 5,385 reads 52 comments

  20. Did the San Antonio Spurs Do Enough in the 2012 Offseason to Remain Contenders?

    Hey, remember the San Antonio Spurs ? It's a bit difficult to recall that this team was once thought of as title favorites in the early summer of 2011...

    Ethan Sherwood Strauss Written by Ethan Sherwood Strauss about 2 years ago 7,506 reads 137 comments

  21. What Is the Ceiling for Sacramento Kings PG Isaiah Thomas?

    Isaiah Thomas took Jimmer Fredette's spot and refused to give it back. It's a common enough story. An otherwise great prospect is downgraded due to his short stature. Quickly, he proves that his height is less of a factor than scouts had feared...

    Ethan Sherwood Strauss Written by Ethan Sherwood Strauss about 2 years ago 6,393 reads 16 comments

  22. Can Andre Drummond-Greg Monroe Be Froncourt of the Future for Detroit Pistons?

    I'm pretty lonely on the Andre Drummond bandwagon—feel free to join me at any juncture. While you consider jumping on, take a gander at this over-dramatic highlight mix from Andre Drummond 's not-terrible 2012 Summer League...

    Ethan Sherwood Strauss Written by Ethan Sherwood Strauss about 2 years ago 3,812 reads 13 comments

  23. Can Andray Blatche Rejuvenate His Career with the Brooklyn Nets?

    I would say no, mostly because we're talking about Andray Blatche here. Occasionally a player completely changes course at age 26, but it's smarter to bet against this happening...

    Ethan Sherwood Strauss Written by Ethan Sherwood Strauss about 2 years ago 3,980 reads 13 comments

  24. Who Is the Most Unappreciated Player in the NBA Today?

    There are so many players outside the Los Angeles, New York , Miami and, yes, even Oklahoma City spotlights. I know it sounds implausible, but good players actually do exist elsewhere...

    Ethan Sherwood Strauss Written by Ethan Sherwood Strauss about 2 years ago 21,806 reads 148 comments

  25. Can a Jeff Teague-Lou Williams Backcourt Work for the Atlanta Hawks?

    The Hawks have parted with their "franchise player" in Joe Johnson. Though his max contract was viewed as something of an albatross, it wasn't because Johnson was bad...

    Ethan Sherwood Strauss Written by Ethan Sherwood Strauss about 2 years ago 3,741 reads 7 comments