Over the years, the professional game of basketball has changed a lot. From the addition of the three-point line to the shot clock, the game has been pushed to new heights in an effort to keep fans on the edge of their seats and coming back for more. Though it might not be entirely fair to pull players across NBA eras for an all-time greatest list, here is a sequential list of top players to ever step onto the court since the first NBA season in 1949.Follow paulmbanks
Anthony Davis is no stranger to making big guarantees. At a summer USA Basketball event, he predicted that his New Orleans Pelicans would make the NBA playoffs this year (podcast here). That prediction is looking good right now; New Orleans is currently in the #8 slot in the Western Conference.
He also referred to Beyonce as “his future wife.” (audio of this here)Follow paulmbanks
Andrew Wiggins made history Wednesday night, as his 30 points were the most ever by a player on his 20th birthday. He entered last night’s contest at Chicago leading all NBA rookies in scoring (15.6 ppg) and field goal percentage (.438) and minutes per game (34.7).
Just a few weeks ago, it seemed like the Chicago Bulls Nikola Mirotic was the favorite to win the NBA Rookie of the Year Award. Both Wiggins and the Wolves were struggling at the time.
Now, as the Minnesota Timberwolves have improved and Wiggins is looking like a guy who could actually be “making the leap” right now, we have a two horse race.Follow paulmbanks
The best thing that happened to Adreian Payne, NBA career wise, was getting traded away from the Atlanta Hawks and to the Minnesota Timberwolves. He wasn’t going to get much playing time with the Eastern Conference’s first place team; who have now pretty much solidified the #1 seed in the East.
Payne was drafted 15th overall by Atlanta, but never broke into their rotation; hence he was traded to the T’Wolves for a lottery-protected first round pick.Follow paulmbanks
With Kevin Garnett, the 2014-15 Minnesota Timberwolves season has new life. It wasn’t long ago that the T’Wolves had the worst record in the NBA. They have come on stronger as of late, and they won’t make the playoffs, but at least now they are more compelling.
KG, now in his 20th season in the NBA, isn’t what he once was or anything close to it, but he makes this team much more interesting.Follow paulmbanks
NBA All-Star weekend marked the anniversary of Adam Silver’s remarkably successful first year on the job as NBA
Commissioner. The weekend was also symbolic in many ways. It was held in NYC, between Brooklyn and Madison Square Garden (the mecca of basketball) where the NBA showcased the best of the sport and NYC (from the Rockettes to hit Broadway shows). On display was what is great about the NBA and makes it the most well managed and “high growth” sports property in the world.
There are numerous reasons for this.
(Editor’s note: this “behind the scenes” NBA All-Star article is from Leonard Armato, read his blog here).Follow paulmbanks
Washington Wizards franchise player John Wall sat down for an extended interview with Hot 97 in New York City. The in-depth interview occurred on the birthday of Washington Quarterback Robert Griffin III. Wall had some advice for RG III on how to deal with all the haterade.
And as we all know, Griffin has received a ton of criticism lately.Follow paulmbanks
Basketball fans all over the world enjoy both NCAA basketball and the NBA. These two entities are certainly much different in their approaches to basketball entertainment. But we can still compare the two to figure out which league offers more exciting basketball action.Follow paulmbanks
Here’s your 2015 NBA All-Star Game guide. Rosters, schedules, television information, odds, etc. it’s all here. TNT serving as the exclusive home of the weekend’s premium events including the Rising Stars Challenge on Friday, Feb. 13, at 9 p.m., State Farm All-Star Saturday Night, Feb. 14, at 8 p.m., and the 64th annual NBA All-Star Game [Read more…]Follow paulmbanks
ESPN on ABC Analyst Jalen Rose was on media conference call a couple days ago, and the tail end of it might have been the most entertaining and interesting part. There were not one but two international reporters calling, one from Turkey, the other from Greece.
One of the European NBA reporters asked Jalen Rose about the “hack-a-Deandre Jordan” strategy employed by Los Angeles Clippers opponents this season.Follow paulmbanks
As horrible as the Philadelphia 76ers are, they’re on the right track now in their rebuild. They won’t be making the playoffs any time soon, but they do have some nice pieces in place. They’re building something, and with the soft underbelly of the NBA Eastern conference, it won’t be long before the Sixers are back in postseason contention.
Yes, they are started 0-17, and they’re 8-34 right now, so by no means are we saying they’re going to be respectable overnight. We’re just saying that the 76ers are not as awful as they may first appear.Follow paulmbanks
The NBA rookie of the year race is pretty much a two horse race between the Chicago Bulls Nikola Mirotic and the Minnesota Timberwolves Andrew Wiggins. Also, Philadelphia, as bad as they are, have a couple guys who could become dark horses in the race (as we’ve covered here).
We’ve covered Mirotic in detail, now we’ll talk shop on Andrew Wiggins.Follow paulmbanks