The Benchwarmer

By dev kabir malik | The Thinking Fan's Guide to Basketball

The Fastest Mouth in the West

Draymond Green had just finished his stellar career at Michigan State the last time he shared a court with his aunt. Annette Babers, a former …

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Nikola Mirotic is too good for the Bulls

The Bulls are quickly finding they can't win unless Nikola Mirotic is playing a major role. That's awkward for the three great players who were supposed to be in front of him.<p>The Chicago Bulls have a problem 29 other NBA teams will take. They have a frontcourt that's the envy of the league, stocked …

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Isolation Play

It isn't Kobe's taunts or humiliating viral videos that have made this the toughest year of Jeremy Lin's life. It's the feeling that, as hard as he …

Most Valuable Person: Examining the real ‘legacy’ of Steve Nash

​<p>Steve Nash retired yes­ter­day. His career spanned most of my life as an NBA fan, but for some rea­son he has never man­aged to mat­ter as much to …

Son of the Congo

The Thunder may be writing another chapter in the book reminding us that greatness always has an expiration date<p>The Thunder forward's incredible …

The Suns provided the blueprint for stopping James Harden

Phoenix held the Rockets' superstar to 5-of-19 shooting and only five free throws in a surprising road win. Teams would be wise to copy their approach when preparing for the Rockets in a playoff series.<p>James Harden is one of the league's toughest covers, so it requires a multi-pronged team effort …

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Claw School: Kawhi Leonard’s Defensive Master Class

It’s hard to pick out the best single defensive play of the entire 2013-14 NBA season, but Kawhi Leonard’s block of Russell Westbrook in overtime of …

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Beat the Heat? How Brooklyn Turned Its Season Around, and How It Could Win the East

The Brooklyn Nets are 33-13 since January 1 — the third-best record in the league during that time. It’s quite a turnaround for a team that was left …

Basketball-Reference.com Blog

We are moving all of our site and company news into a single blog for Sports Reference. We'll tag all Basketball-Reference content, so you can …

How to Fix the Pacers

I last saw the Pacers live three weeks ago, when the team sleepwalked its way to a weirdly close win over the hapless Sixers in Philly. That ended a …

We’ve Reached the Part of the Season When We Realize the Spurs Are Just Better Than Everyone Else

The Spurs are a machine — a whirl of interchangeable parts that slices up opposing teams with an efficiency bordering on contempt. When the Spurs are …

A Beautiful Depression: The Knicks as sung by the Mountain Goats

It’s never been easy being a Knicks fan.<p>There are many mem­o­ries, but the last­ing ones are always the trau­matic ones, those that did the most …

Cavs 106, Knicks 100: Kübler-Ross Stage Five

Cleveland Cavaliers<p>106<p>Final <br>Recap | Box Score<p>100<p>New York Knicks<p>“<i>All terrible Knick losses are alike; yet each is unhappy in its own way.</i>”<br>— Leo …

PDX Problems: What Exactly Is Wrong With the Blazers?

Two months ago, the Blazers were both exciting and predictable — the feel-good story of the NBA season, but also a story with an ending we could see …

The 2014 NBA MVP Bracket, starring LeBron, Durant and Jodie Meeks

We seeded 68 NBA players in an MVP bracket, only to get back to the same place we started.<p>The NBA MVP race is boring. We all know it's going to be Kevin Durant or LeBron James, with everyone else playing for third place. And while there will be arguments about spots No. 3 through infinity on the …

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No Need for Assists: Stephen Curry Does the Collapse

Sunday night, the Warriors beat the Blazers in a game that was both incredible and important. The matchup featured some of the best young guards in …

40 & 21 @ 21: Anthony Davis puts up some serious numbers!

We called it early: the Brow was already claim­ing his place among the league’s super­stars. Already ahead of the curve, at the age of just 21, its …

Ol’ School Al: A highlight reel & tweetcap of Al Jefferson’s emergence as the most dominant offensive center in the <span class="caps">NBA</span

Face it, Al Jef­fer­son is a man out of time.<p>Per­pet­u­ally under­rated & under-appreciated, he plays an old man game { back to the bas­ket, ground …

The Patrick Beverley Appreciation Thread

<b>Chris Ryan:</b> Coming into the season, Patrick Beverley was the “man who ruined the Thunder’s chance at a title” with his cheap shot on Russell …

Jimmer Fredette, Tom Thibodeau may be perfect match

If there's anyone who can salvage Jimmer's career, it might be Thibs.<p>The Chicago Bulls really, really need offense. That fact alone makes the Jimmer Fredette deal a defensible decision. He may be a limited player in many ways, but Fredette can seriously shoot, and that's something his new team will …

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Suns career years rooted in killer pick-and-roll

With the Phoenix Suns setting season highs in scoring (129) and assisting (29) on Sunday night against the struggling Hawks, now is a perfect time to …

The New York Knicks: It’s the Hope That Kills You in the End

Hope is the most basic unit of the sports social contract.<p>The 2013-14 Knicks are the worst Knicks team I have ever experienced because of the …

Mr. Robinson’s Neighborhood: Thomas Robinson gives us a block for the ages

Even if this is what Thomas Robin­son will be for the rest his career (worst case sce­nario) — the lot­tery pick that maxed as just an energy guy off …

How D.J. Augustin changed everything for the Bulls

Chicago Bulls point guard D.J. Augustin is a reminder of how quickly things can change in the NBA.<p>TORONTO -- Here's something to keep in mind in the wake of the trade deadline: a player is not his PER. If you're in the NBA and you're not a superstar, your success is largely determined by your …

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The Worst Contracts in the NBA

The Sports Guy is no Joe Dumars, but he knows a thing or two about awful deals — these are the 30 most abysmal in the league<p><i>B ad deals are</i> …

HE was in the Slam Dunk Contest?

You know their names, not their dark dunk contest histories.<p>The "Slam Dunk Contest," historically, is not one thing. In the decades since the original 1976 ABA dunk contest, the competition has taken on many forms, growing, shrinking, twisting and sometimes even disappearing from one All-Star …

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Approaching the Finish Line

Steve Nash is out to prove that he’s more than just a cap number<p><i>T his is the accompanying column for the Steve Nash video series</i> The Finish Line<i>. If</i> …