Revisiting the Warriors trade that officially turned them into Stephen Curry’s team

“You’d be incorrect to assume the Ellis trade was all about turning the team over to Steph,” Schlenk said. “Yes, we felt like we wouldn’t be able to win at the highest level with both those guys in the backcourt; it’s just too hard to win with two small guards like that. And there certainly […]

Strength and weakness for every NBA team: Even Cavs, Warriors have flaws

Weakness: The bench went through a total overhaul and suddenly there are a lot of questions marks there. As the season gets closer, I start to remember how good Clifford is at taking mediocre guys and making them effective, but they’re going to miss Jeremy Lin and Jefferson. They need Frank Kaminsky to have a […]

One burning question facing each NBA team heading into 2016-17 season

Charlotte Hornets How good can they be defensively with a real-life rim protector? The Hornets went out and nabbed Roy Hibbert off the salvage pile, and everyone pretty much thinks he’s done after being a key component of that Pacers team which was one of the best defensive units of the last decade. Steve Clifford […]

Marcus Smart rises to the challenge in Game 4 to help Celtics tie up series

There was the driving dunk on the baseline. Then there were the back-to-back 3-pointers on the left wing. It all happened in 71 seconds, and it made TD Garden go crazy. When Smart grabbed a couple of key rebounds later in the game, it was clear why he’s the sort of player coaches say impacts […]

Breaking down the most important defensive player for each NBA team

The Blazers sunk $70 million into Turner last summer, and he’s going to play a huge role on a team that doesn’t have many plus defenders. He did some good things at times in Boston, but then was comparatively a weakness, and saw his role diminished in the playoffs because of it. If he can […]

X-factor for each NBA team: No more Warriors blanket for Harrison Barnes

Kaminsky did show some scoring ability and wasn’t a total nightmare defensively. If he steps up, it fills a big need for the Hornets. Providing scoring from range and down low while just having that raw size gives the Hornets an option and means they don’t have to keep offensively limited Roy Hibbert on the […]

Floors and Ceilings: Bulls, Thunder among hardest NBA teams to predict

Memphis Grizzlies Floor: In a repeat of 2015-16, the Grizzlies’ chemistry and coaching can’t sustain them when the wave of injuries hits. Their starting lineup posts one of the best net ratings in the league, but it doesn’t matter because they’re almost never all healthy at the same time. Despite Zach Randolph’s move to the […]

Deadliest lineups: Projecting the strongest 5-man units for all 30 NBA teams

New Orleans Pelicans Jrue HolidayE’Twaun MooreQuincy PondexterAnthony DavisAlexis Ajinca That’s right. Alexis Ajinca. He’s been the better center in New Orleans the past two years, and this unit takes advantage of the best of all worlds. I cannot stress this enough: When Holiday is healthy, he is a monster. His numbers on both ends of […]