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Essay: Grading The 2009 Draft Class Extensions

November 5, 2012 Leave a comment

Seven players from the NBA Draft class of 2009 signed extensions this week. Some were surprising, others not so much. Let’s take a look.

Los Angeles Clippers sign Blake Griffin (No. 1 pick) to five-year, $80 million extension

The best player of the ’09 class receives as much money as the rules allow. Seems fair. This was a great move for the Clippers, who locked up a young franchise player capable of bringing in fans and endorsements. Blake is the sole All-Star/All-NBA player from the 2009 class up until now, and he’s clearly shown he can dominate. He still has a long way to go before truly becoming one of the elite—his defense and lack of offensive creativity are problematic—but all signs point up for his development.

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Essay: With Harden Out, Who Takes 6th Man Of The Year?

October 30, 2012 Leave a comment

Ah, the Sixth Man of the Year award. Obviously not as special as Most Valuable Player or Defensive Player of the Year, but still, fans seem to have a special affinity with it—the endearing concept of this “spark plug” who comes off the bench and tries to be as electric as possible while the starters sit.

Last year, new Rockets guard James Harden won the award, coming off the bench for 60 out of 62 games, and averaging around 17 points per game. With Harden out of Oklahoma City, it’s fair to say he’ll probably be starting, and many NBA analysts will have to change their pick for a potential winner. The crop of possibilities contain a few previous winners. No winner has repeated since Detlef Schrempf in the 1991-92 season, but it’s hard to pick otherwise, due to the production of some of these previous winners and their roles on their teams. Read more…

Essay: Projecting Future Value, Power Forwards

November 4, 2011 Leave a comment

Rising: Taj Gibson

The Chicago Bulls have as blatantly obvious an identity as any team in the league. What they preach to their players—code for what everyone eats, sleeps, breaths, and makes love to—is defense. Their entire makeup of key players (ironically, except for two: their MVP and big free agent splash signing whose name rhymes with Shmarlos Shmoozer) are in Chicago for a singular reason: prevent the opposing team from putting the ball in their basket. They help defend as good as anyone; when an offensive player beats his man, a wave of false achievement crashes down as he realizes just one of the many walls he needs to overcome in order to achieve his goal has been climbed.  Read more…

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Essay: An Ode To Defense

May 16, 2011 2 comments

Here’s my ode to defense. A collection of scattered, partially contradicting thoughts that come in response to the recently announced NBA All-Defensive team. As these playoffs near an end, with each possession being valued like a rare jewel, watching defense is as equally stirring as offense. Kendrick Perkins banging on the block with Chandler and Haywood, maybe even stepping out to try his luck guarding Dirk and the Mavericks’ previously unsolvable pick and roll; wondering if after chasing Ray Allen for five games in the second round whether Dwyane Wade will have enough energy to not only counter Derrick Rose’s relentless scoring, but directly keep him from doing so; Dallas deciding who they’ll stick on Kevin Durant. All these subplots are fascinating and bring an added layer to the game’s narrative. Because of this and so much more, I decided to give this thankless duty a salute. It’s too important not to. Read more…

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