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2014 NBA Preview "

The Definitive NBA Court Design Power Rankings — Welcome to what might become an annual tradition in these parts: using the doldrums of August and September to evaluate one of those bits of style that define the sensory experience of the NBA. When you're living and breathing the league, every piece of flair takes on an outsize meaning - the mascots, announcers, arena structures, and dysfunction of League Pass Broadband.

The NBA’s Bigs Problem — How the evolving nature of the frontcourt has created confusion about the value of players like Greg Monroe, Tristan Thompson, and Kenneth Faried As we fly toward the Halloween deadline for players entering their fourth season to sign contract extensions, two guys are especially intriguing: Kenneth Faried and Tristan Thompson.

Kyle Korver: An Offense Unto Himself — How the Hawks sharpshooter became one of the most uniquely valuable players in the NBA As the second round of the 2003 draft puttered along, the Nets watched as teams ahead of them plucked every player in which New Jersey had interest.

The Kings of Confusion — Sacramento's delicate balance between rebuilding and winning now has left many wondering what its plan actually is It was probably the most-asked question among team executives, agents, and coaches at the NBA summer league in Las Vegas earlier this month: "So, um, does anyone have any idea what the Sacramento Kings are doing?"

Lance Blows Town: The Hornets’ Gamble, the Pacers’ Loss, and the Wide-Open Eastern Conference — A few weeks ago, it would have been unthinkable to suggest that the Charlotte Hornets might be a better team next season than the Indiana Pacers. But they had nearly identical records and point differentials over the final 50 games of last season, and the Bobcats were better by a mile after February 1 - a span of nearly 40 games.

NBA Lottery Reform Is Coming — The NBA submitted an official proposal to reform the lottery this week at competition committee meetings in Las Vegas, pushing aside the Wheel idea in favor of a revised weighting system that shifts each team's odds of getting the top pick, per several sources who have seen and reviewed the league's proposal.

Free Agency Winners and Losers — While slow to start, the NBA's silly season is rolling with plenty of teams declaring victory or accepting defeat Free agency isn't over, with big names like Greg Monroe, Eric Bledsoe, and Lance Stephenson untouched in the market, and a heap of minimum-level guys waiting to fill out rosters.

The Decision 2.0: OK, What’s Next? — The discourse around LeBron James has never been all that rational. It was stupid four years ago to build a one-hour television show around one sentence, and it revealed a baffling cluelessness from LeBron and his team about how "The Decision" would torture the NBA's saddest fan base.

The Aftermath of Carmelo’s Decision — It's harder than it should be to get excited about Carmelo Anthony returning to the New York Knicks on a massive five-year contract, working the triangle within a revamped roster that carries the promise of max-level cap room next summer. This decision, spelled with a lowercase D, will send ripples across the league.
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Dec 22, 2014

@ajstarting5 I'm sure you saw the qualifier about statistical noise, yes?

Dec 22, 2014

@EdwinGutierrez Have you seen the columns Tom Haberstroh, I, and others wrote a month-plus ago?

Dec 22, 2014

@GovernorOfTN Thus the qualifier, "lots of noise" that comprised the very first 3 words of the tweet.

Dec 22, 2014

@EdwinGutierrez You kidding? Lots of "national media" have been writing about this for weeks/months

Dec 22, 2014

Still lots of noise, but the sample size keeps getting bigger:

Dec 22, 2014

@Pflanns Have to say, kinda like the 0 games on Christmas Eve to balance it out in that sense. Also hate when I'm traveling on loaded nights

Dec 22, 2014

What a strong random NBA Monday: Blazers-Rockets, Hawks-Mavs, Spurs-Clips, Drakes-Bulls.

Dec 21, 2014

@NateDuncanNBA No one else would be allowed to do what he's doing. Zero accountability, coaching, etc. It's insane

Dec 21, 2014

@darvinpin You'd have to show me an example. Many such plays have actions before them that are clearly Plans A, B, etc

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