Wing Defenders Deserve More Credit

With the NBA season entering the stretch run, it looks as if Dwight Howard is well on his way to capturing his third straight Defensive Player of the Year Award. If Howard ends up winning the award, it will be well deserved. His work on the glass and as the defensive anchor for the [...]

Blazers, Nets Talking Harris-Miller Swap

The New Jersey Nets are not only looking at Carmelo Anthony as potential additions before the trade deadline. According to Al Iannazzone of the Berger Record, the Nets have also been in contact with the Portland Trail Blazers about veteran point guard Andre Miller. Blazers’ shooting guard Rudy Fernandez has also been discussed, per the [...]

Sixers’ Forwards Lead Their Playoff Push

When the Philadephia 76ers drafted Evan Turner second overall in the 2010 NBA Draft, a lot of people wandered what direction the franchise was headed. Over the summer, they had fired head coach Eddie Jordan and replaced him with then TNT analyst Doug Collins, signifying a total change in scheme after running the Princeton offense the previous season under Jordan. Collins would also bring with him a bigger commitment to defense, something that would be hard for the youthful Sixers to grasp.

The decision to take Turner over the likes of Derrick Favors and DeMarcus Cousins, two big men with seemingly unlimited potential, was puzzling, as his game seemed eerily similar to that of Philly’s best player, Andre Iguodala. Both are six-foot-seven point forwards with limited shooting touch but an innate ability to fill up the box score in every single category. Iguodala’s contract combined with Turner’s youthfulness led many to believe picking the Ohio State product was the first step in trading Iguodala for a more potent wing scorer (rumors at the beginning of the season involved Carmelo’s name) or a consistent power forward to give them the production they should have been getting from Elton Brand.

But instead of making the deal, the 76ers stuck with their group of guys and simply added Turner to the rotation as Iguodala’s primary back-up and as the point man for the second unit. The idea that the Eastern Conference was going to be much improved this season forced some Philly fans to panic about keeping their roster the same (other than picking Turner) while the other teams in the conference got better, but midway through the season, that belief hasn’t come to fruition and the Sixers are actually right in the middle of the playoff picture.

More on the Sixers and their playoff status after the break…

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Can The Lakers Pull Off A Blockbuster For Bynum?

Last season, around this time, there were rumblings that the Los Angeles Lakers were attempting to deal for Chris Bosh. The key to the deal would be center Andrew Bynum had any trade gone through but after a week or two of speculation (but no actual evidence from the Lakers that they were interested in Bosh), the rumors died and Bosh ended up going to Miami in the off-season. While there was never any confirmation that the Lakers were willing to deal Bynum in a deal for Bosh from the team, it was widely believed that he was on the market.

With the Lakers going through a bit of a rough patch right now (which isn’t saying much, for the defending champs in February, but still), trade rumors are starting to come up again. General Manager Mitch Kupchak mentioned last week that if he felt a trade needed to be made, that he would pull the trigger and ESPN’s Marc Stein reported today that Lakers’ forward Ron Artest is actually rooting to be traded by the defending world champions.

Clearly, Artest is not someone that teams will be calling the Lakers about, rather, if Los Angeles is going to deal him, they will be the ones having to sell Artest’s potential contributions across the league. But if Kupchak is serious about making an in-season deal with more than just a financial impact (like the Sasha Vujacic-Joe Smith swap), he does have one piece that every team in the league should be at least somewhat interested in.

If Andrew Bynum was on a team that wasn’t loaded like the Lakers and if he had avoided injuries to this point in his career, there’s no doubt in my mind that we are talking about Bynum as one of the best if not the best center in the league along with Dwight Howard. Offensively, he’s extremely talented with a bevy of moves in the post and the strength of an ox that allows him to back down almost any post defender that has the tall order of guarding his backside. On defense, we have seen just how valuable Bynum can be this season as the Lakers have been a much better defensive team when Drew is guarding the weakside.

Despite the lengthy list of injuries Bynum has suffered at such a young age, he is still just 23 years old, and as the top big man on a team with good role players and a star on the wing, he can be one of the most effective players in the entire league. Thus, almost any ballclub that isn’t already in the title chase would do well to acquire such a promising young big man.

Hit the jump to see the players I think the Lakers should target in a deal involving Bynum…

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2010-2011 NBA Season Previews: Philadelphia 76ers

The theory was good. The idea that the Princeton offense would fit the bevy of athletes that the 76ers had was a good one.  Eddie Jordan’s vision of Andre Iguodala receiving backdoor lobs from Jrue Holiday and vice versa was engenius. The execution, well, that was a completely different story.

The 76ers were one of [...]

Attacking The Boards: Where The Thunder Look Young And Old At The Same Time

With 25 seconds left in the game, Kevin Durant stepped to the free throw line looking to ice the game away for the Oklahoma City Thunder. As the ball was tossed to him by the ref, Durant heard chants of “M-V-P” come down from the rafters. He couldn’t help but crack a smile.

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Video: Andre Iguodala With The Monster Slam

Attacking the Boards: Agent Zero Is Back, Philly Survives A Close One, and Trevor Ariza Gets The Last Laugh On Brandon Roy

If Gilbert Arenas can score like he did tonight without losing the concept of team play, there is no telling what this Washington team can do. Agent Zero had 32 points (9-of-13 shooting, 3-of-4 from three) and seven assists to lead Washington to pretty nice win over the Nets in their home opener. Arenas [...]

I Ate Dinner With Rudy Gay and Andre Iguodala Tonight

Just another hot summer day in July. Sort of.

While browsing Twitter on my iPhone, I noticed this tweet by Rudy Gay that called anyone in Las Vegas to go to the Cheesecake Factory where Andre Iguodala and himself were eating dinner.

Me and @ai9 are in the cheesecakefactore! And if you can come [...]

Nate Robinson May Be Headed to Greece

The same team that took Josh Childress from the Atlanta Hawks is looking to sign free agent guard Nate Robinson from the New York Knicks. Some reports have the Olympiakos making a 2-year, $10 million offer to Nate.

This could create a hole for the Knicks. After failing to get Stephen Curry and passing [...]