After a rocky past two years together, the Boston Celtics finally pulled the trigger and traded mercurial All-Star point guard Rajon Rondo, along with forward Dwight Powell, to the Dallas Mavericks for Brandan Wright, Jae Crowder, Jameer Nelson, and two draft picks. The Celtics also received a $12.9 million trade exception from the deal.
This upcoming NBA season will mark the Toronto Raptors’ 20th anniversary of joining the league, as well as the second year in the Drake era. Aubrey “Drake” Graham, Grammy Award winning singer and rapper, was nine years old during the Raptors inaugural season in 1995-1996. The Canadian entertainer was brought aboard the franchise before the … More Can Drake Bring the Jay-Z/Nets Strategy to Toronto?
1. L.J. Peak is the real deal. It has been my opinion for several months now that of all current Hoyas, Peak has the best chance to 1) get drafted and 2) have a successful career in the NBA. But the 6-5, 215 pound freshman wing was even further ahead of his developmental schedule than … More 5 Things We Learned from Georgetown Basketball’s Season Opener
The Wizards are arguably a top 10 team in the NBA right now, and are arguably a much better team than they were during the Gilbert Arenas-Caron Butler-Antawn Jamison-era. One thing is for sure though: they have been more successful in the playoffs, nearly beating the Indiana Pacers in the Eastern Conference Semifinals. However, the … More Out with the Old, In with the New
The 2013-2014 San Antonio Spurs are arguably one of the greatest teams ever assembled, not just in basketball history, but in all of sports. The reasons range from obvious to subtle, but, in the end, it is their overwhelming team synergy that places them over nearly every other team that has hoisted a championship trophy.
The University of Connecticut’s women’s basketball program has left a dynastic imprint on women’s basketball in the past two decades, churning out WNBA stars by the dozen. Maya Moore, Sue Bird, and Diana Taurasi are just a few from a long list of great players. However, none of these players have attempted to reunite at … More Geno Auriemma’s Big Three
Last week, Mystics blogger Albert Lee (@aleeinthedmv) noted how an improvement in three-point shooting has helped lead to the Washington Mystics’ recent success. The WNBA, as a whole, is becoming a league where the three-point shot is key to winning championships.
There has been a lot of discussion regarding the findings of this FiveThirtyEight article praising the value of the steal in the evaluation of players (in the piece, a steal is even claimed to have the value equivalent of 9.1 points in terms of irreplaceability). The biggest question regarding the analysis appears to be this: … More Steals, Regularized Adjusted Plus-Minus, and Ignoring Position
There is something beautiful about the start of the tournament, with your bracket made and still having the possibility of achieving a perfect score. You get to see all the possible points on the board, no red lines, no disappointment. Last year, however, I didn’t have that luxury, as I had made my bracket with … More A Guide to Making an Unwinnable Bracket
When Anthony Davis was drafted with the first overall pick in the 2012 NBA Draft, it was expected that he would become an impact player on the defensive side of the court. A late growth spurt in high school resulted in a unique skillset not befitting a man of his size. After dominating in his … More A Block Party on Bourbon Street