There’s no question that since Michael Jordan the league has been transformed into a perimeter players’ league. With the exceptions of Hakeem, Shaq and perhaps Yao Ming, the most influential players of the last 20 years have all played on the perimeter: Jordan, Kobe, TMac, Vince Carter, Grant Hill, AI, DWade, Carmelo, and LeBron James. Even 7 footers who might previously have played with their backs to the basket now move more like George Gervin than they do like Patrick Ewing. Dirk Nowitzki, Pau Gasol, and Kevin Durant are three great examples of the way perception of the 7 footer has evolved over the last decade.
But the dominance of the perimeter player doesn’t mean that the center position is without value. Despite the faddish popularity of “small ball”, the traditional style of basketball with a dominant center is still incredibly effective. Dwight Howard, Marc Gasol and Roy Hibbert play more traditional center roles and are highly successful at it. So here are five up-and-coming centers to keep an eye on as they use the ’13-’14 season as they springboard into success. Continue reading →
In a few weeks the road to the NBA’s Promise Land for the 2012-13 season will commence. Even though my favorite team is currently on the outside looking in at the playoffs, I can’t wait for them to start. As the regular season comes to a close, here are a few observations I’ve had about the league over the past 45 days or so. Continue reading →
It was the biggest trade this past summer. A four team blockbuster deal involving the Denver Nuggets, Los Angeles Lakers, Orlando Magic, Philadelphia 76ers, 13 players and 2 draft picks. Three of the aforementioned teams should be at least somewhat happy with the moves they made. The last team probably isn’t. Before we get into why they aren’t let’s quickly summarize where the first three teams stand. Continue reading →
With March Madness underway, let The Peoples Court provide you with a tournament free haven. Here, it’s all NBA, all the time. This week we talked more about Miami’s impressive win streak and their chances of sustaining it, Denver’s less-publicized win streak, Andrew Bynum’s season-ending surgery, and we played a game of “Either/Or”.