The Sixth Man of the Year (6MOY) award is one of the strangest NBA whimsies. A tribute to the best non-starter is both unnecessary and…View More Five dark horse Sixth Man of the Year candidates
A power forward is drafted in 2017. He makes an immediate on-court impact and slides onto the All-Rookie team. He averages nearly 20 and 10…View More Is John Collins Lauri Markkanen 2.0?
I’ve written plenty about how much I love Jaden McDaniels’ defense. He’s a legitimate menace on that end, and I put him third on my…View More The Jaden McDaniels Roadmap
Today, we’re going to do something a little different. I’ve gathered an assortment of oddballs — guys who are better at something than they should…View More 6 Players With Surprising Skills
The Pistons are unique. They’ve amassed a vast collection of young talent without regard for the trivial things, like “positional overlap,” or “fit,” or “shooting,”…View More Can the Pistons’ Isaiah Stewart-Jalen Duren pairing work?
It’s back-to-school season, and I have a toddler about to start preschool. I’m excited for him but also fretting about how he’ll adjust. Will he…View More 4 players I like, but I’m worried about
The Thunder are weird. Their ostensible point guard and alpha dog, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, scored more than 30 points per game by dancing through and around…View More Josh Giddey can unlock the Thunder, but he has to be better
The Celtics have been good enough to win the Finals for the last half-decade, but they’ve never won the prize. Brad Stevens decided that major…View More How Will The Celtics Change?
By now, you know the drill. I’m here to say something nice about the final 10 teams. Don’t forget to check out Part I and…View More Something Positive About Every NBA Team, Part III
Don’t forget to check out Part I here. Charlotte Hornets — Mark Williams, free at last It took nearly the entirety of his rookie year,…View More Something Positive About Every NBA Team, Part II
We’re entering the dog days of the NBA offseason, that too-long period between the end of Summer League and free agency and the start of…View More Reasons for every team to feel optimistic, Part I (Pacific and Southwest Divisions)
Before the 2022-23 season began, I made 20 wild predictions. I didn’t expect most of them to pan out. Instead, I wanted those to be…View More Revisiting 2022-23 NBA Preseason Predictions
I decided to take in the second Victor Wembanyama game from the Thomas and Mack Center’s upper deck to give myself a little more room…View More NBA Summer League Diaries 2023
As recently as *checks Far Side calendar* two days ago, it was widely assumed that most of the NBA’s star free agents were staying put.…View More Five Thoughts Before Free Agency and Summer League
When it comes to player acquisition, free agency has become, if not an afterthought, a clear third oboe to the circus of the NBA Draft…View More The Winningest 2023 NBA Free Agents Available
Let’s be Swarovski-clear: Bradley Beal is an outstanding basketball player in a vacuum who will help teams win games, maybe important ones. That little nugget…View More Bradley Beal’s no-trade clause doesn’t matter
The 2023 Finals concluded with a fittingly hideous, appropriately frantic Game 5 Monday night. The Denver Nuggets clinched their first-ever NBA championship, fighting off a…View More The Nuggets prove that any teambuilding philosophy is valid
Writing about the NBA Finals isn’t easy. Every schmuck with a laptop is watching the same games, hitting on the same stories, and covering the…View More 3 stats proving that Denver isn’t playing anywhere near its peak… and why it doesn’t matter
The Finals are here, and they will be glorious. In one corner, we have the eighth-seeded, scrappy try-hards in Miami trying to make history. In…View More Three Questions Before Game 1 of the 2023 NBA Finals
Winner: NBA teams hoping to upgrade The Jaylen Brown situation is very, very complicated. Brown nabbed a Second Team All-NBA spot this year (although he…View More 4 Winners and a Loser of Boston-Miami Game 7