The Top 14 NBA Draft Picks Of All Time

photo credit: Flickr / zennie62originaldate 1/1/0001 6:00:00 AMwidth 640height 329B: Kobe BryantKobe fell even further than Jordan in the 1996 NBA draft. He was picked by Charlotte hornets at #13. He was traded on draft day to Los Angeles Lakers with whom he won 5 championships and earned 15 All-Star selections.

photo credit: Wikimediaoriginaldate 1/1/0001 6:00:00 AMwidth 1075height 1024C: Karl MaloneKarl Malone also slipped to the 13th spot, in 1985. Dallas Mavericks promised to take him with their #8 pick, but it wasn’t until Utah Jazz drafted him that he found a home in the NBA. Malone became the second best scorer in history of NBA, with 14 All-Star selections and 2 MVP of the regular season awards.

photo credit: nbaramblings.comoriginaldate 1/1/0001 6:00:00 AMwidth 640height 360D: Larry BirdLarry Bird was first drafted in 1978 but decided to stay in college another year to play Magic Johnson for another title. Boston Celtics drafted him at #6 that year and they managed to retain the rights till 1979 when Bird actually entered the league. Once there, he led the Celtics to three titles, one of which was in his first season.

photo credit: Flickr / Kip-koechoriginaldate 10/15/2010 6:57:13 PMheight 324width 503orientation 1camerasoftware Adobe Photoshop CS2 E: Joe DumarsJoe Dumars was one of the core parts of the 1980s Detroit Pistons Bad Boys who won two titles, while also being a 6 time All-Star and a Finals MVP in 1989 when Pistons swept Lakers and he averaged 27.3 points in the four games. How low he slipped in the 1985 draft? To number 18. Yes, Dumars slipped to #18.

photo credit: Otto Greule Jr / Getty Imagesoriginaldate 1/1/0001 6:00:00 AMwidth 1200height 900F: Tony ParkerTony Parker almost slipped out of the first round at the 2001 draft until Greg Poppovich decided to draft a 19-year old kid from France. He turned out to be the perfect piece for the new big three he was building, together with Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili. And really, Tony was an integral part of four of Spurs’ titles also earning one Finals MVP award.

photo credit: sportsblog.comoriginaldate 1/1/0001 6:00:00 AMwidth 3834height 2556G: Manu GinobiliManu Ginobili not only fell out of the first round in the 1999 Draft, but he almost fell out of the second round as well. Greg Poppovich once again showed his prowess and drafted Manu at #57. He stayed with the Spurs ever since and contributed to 4 titles, while also earning one award for the Sixth Man of the Year.

photo credit: Wikimediaoriginaldate 1/1/0001 6:00:00 AMwidth 800height 597H: Willis ReedWillis Reed was a special kind of player who used his force, his strength and his will to stand up to the likes of Bill Russell, Wilt Chamberlain and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. He was the crucial part of New York Knicks’ two titles and perhaps the most beloved athlete in NYC history. Willis was picked 8th at the 1964 NBA draft, making him one of the best steals ever.

photo credit: Wikimediaoriginaldate 1/1/0001 6:00:00 AMwidth 857height 598I: Clyde DrexlerClyde the Glide was a star at Houston, but for some reason, he fell as low as #14 at the 1983 draft. He was picked by the Portland Trailblazers and he became a franchise player. He turned out to be a 10 times All-Star while winning a single championship, albeit with Houston Rockets.

photo credit: rantsports.comoriginaldate 1/1/0001 6:00:00 AMwidth 640height 360J: Stephen CurryIn 2015, Stephen Curry proved to everyone that he is a real star capable of leading his team to a championship. It also became obvious that he is one of the greatest shooters that have ever played the game. Still, in 2009, the Warriors were able to get him even though they only picked at #7.

photo credit: Wikimediaflash 16cameramake Canonheight 2314camerasoftware Adobe Photoshop Cameoriginaldate 2/25/2015 3:00:25 AMwidth 3015cameramodel Canon EOS-1D XK: John StocktonJohn Stockton played for Utah Jazz for 19 seasons and he missed 22 games in his career. In his entire career. He led the Jazz to playoffs every single year for those 19 years and he had more assists and steals in his career than anyone else. And it isn’t looking like anyone will match those numbers. In 1984, he was picked at #16.

photo credit: saltcityhoops.comoriginaldate 1/1/0001 6:00:00 AMwidth 576height 324L: Dirk NowitzkiDirk Nowitzki was picked at #9 in the 1998 draft and many wondered why Dallas Mavericks chose him that high actually. Don Nelson always knew what he was doing and he struck gold with the 7’0” German. Nowitzki became a regular All-Star and he led the Mavs to two finals, winning one.

photo credit: Flickr / keithallisonoriginaldate 1/1/0001 6:00:00 AMwidth 1024height 683M: Sam JonesWe are going way back with this one, more precisely to 1957 when Sam Jones was picked at #8 by the Boston Celtics. He became an important part of the first Celtics Dynasty, always coming through when the team needed him most. Jones won 10 titles with the Celtics. Yes, 10 titles.

photo credit: Dick Raphael/NBAE / Getty Imagesoriginaldate 1/1/0001 6:00:00 AMwidth 800height 450N: Denis JohnsonSeattle Supersonics drafted Dennis Johnson with their 29th pick in 1976 (which was then a second round pick). In 1979, he led them to a title and won the Finals MVP. In 1983, Red Auerbach brought DJ to Boston where he would win two more titles and serve as a Magic Johnson-stopper.

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Best NBA Dunks

7 Of The Best Slam Dunks Of All Time

There is nothing better and more exciting in basketball than a great dunk. What we have for you here is a list of the best slam dunks in the history of the game. Keep in mind that these will only be in-game dunks, meaning no slams from dunk contests.

So, sit back, relax and enjoy these monster dunks!


  1. Vince Carter Dunks over Frederic Weis

If this particular dunk had happened in the NBA, it would have easily topped our list. Unfortunately for Vince, he did this at the Olympics. In order to accomplish this one, Vince Carter jumps over a French center called Frederic Weis, who happens to be 7’2”. He literally jumps over him. Like, over his head.


  1. Darryl Dawkins Breaks Backboard

Darryl Dawkins was a very special kind of guy whose nickname Chocolate Thunder originates from none other than Stevie Wonder. He was famous for his insane dunks and one time, in 1979, he destroyed two backboards in the span of three weeks. We chose the second one because he not only destroys the backboard, but also rips the rim out of it. They changed the construction of backboards because of this dunk.


  1. John Starks Exacts Revenge on Bulls

John Starks was not exactly successful against the Bulls in the 90s. Michael Jordan and the rest of the Bulls regularly beat Starks’ Knicks in the playoffs, but this one time, in 1993, John had his revenge. He storms down the right side of the court and dunks on Horace Grant in a spectacular fashion. Not even Jordan manages to block him this time. Madison Square Garden goes berserk!


  1. Shawn Kemp Over Lister

Shawn Kemp was one of the best in-game dunkers of all time. We had to choose one of his dunks and we decided on the most brutal poster dunk – the one on Alton Lister from the 1992 playoffs. The Rain Man tomahawks Lister and then does the famous finger-point which would get him a dozen technical fouls these days. Also, you gotta love the reaction of the crowd.


  1. Jordan Spins and Dunks

Michael Jordan regularly led the Bulls over the Knicks in the 1990s and this dunk of his perhaps best summarizes how he used to demolish them. He is doubled and it seems he has nowhere to go up there in the left corner. He then does the most beautiful spin, gets rid of his defenders and leaps. Patrick Ewing tries to block him and fails miserably.


  1. Clyde Glides

Clyde Drexler got the nickname Glide while still in college and this dunk against the Lakers is the perfect example of why he got the name. The dunk truly reveals itself as one of the best ever in the replay when the camera films Clyde from the side. It is just unbelievable how he flies. He literally glides in the air.


  1. Dr. J Pure Beauty

It is quite simply the best in-game dunk of all time. Dr. J saves the tipped ball mid-court and then races to the basket, with Michael Cooper tailing him (Coop being an All-Defense player, btw). Dr. J never touches the ball with his left hand, rocks the cradle and then slams it home in a way that was never replicated. The crowd erupts. Pure beauty of basketball.

NBA Player Comparison: LeBron James Vs. Michael Jordan

One of the most heatedly debated issues among NBA fans over the last few years has been whether LeBron James is good enough to challenge Michael Jordan for the title of the best NBA player of all time. Some people believe that King James is nowhere near Air Jordan while others think that his performances and numbers warrant a closer inspection.


In any case, we have decided to take a closer look into the whole LeBron vs. Michael thing and give our opinion on whether there is even point in comparing them.


The Numbers

As always, it is best to start with the quantifiable, i.e. the numbers. The first number we have to look at are the championships up to this point, Jordan leads convincingly, with 6 championships to LeBron’s 2. Jordan was also the league MVP 5 times while LeBron earned that recognition 4 times. Michael earned 14 All-Star Game call-ups and we are sure that LeBron will match that number given time (he already has 9).

There are other numbers that are also important. Like points per game averages, where Jordan leads 30.1 to 27.5. LeBron, on the other hand, has the upper hand when it comes to assists and rebounds per game – 6.9 apg to Jordan’s 5.3 and 7.3 rpg to Jordan’s 6.2. Their field goal and 3-point percentages are almost identical, with Jordan having better free throw percentage – 83.5% to LeBron’s 74.7%.


Style of Play

Now that we have covered the numbers, we need to look at the two very different styles of play that these players display(ed). On the one hand, you had Jordan who was noticeably less strong than LeBron and who only played shooting guard and (rarely) small forward positions. On the other hand, LeBron often had to play 4 or even all 5 positions, from point guard to center. His superhuman-like physique and athleticism allowed him to do this.

There can be no doubt that Jordan was the more elegant and savvy player of the pair, exhibiting perfect balance and rhythm he employed to get to the basket. LeBron exchanged elegance for power and we have to say that it has worked for him. Both players also display exquisite court vision, although we would have to say that LeBron is more likely to get his teammates involved than Jordan was.


Something that these players share is the incredible focus and will to win. Jordan was competitive to a fault and while many people doubt the mental aspect of LeBron’s game and his drive, we believe that he has shown enough to silence the doubters.


Different Game

It needs to be pointed out, however, that Jordan and LeBron play(ed) in two very different eras of NBA basketball. During Jordan’s championship years, NBA was a much rougher place where players on defense had much more freedom in guarding their players. It is quite possible that in today’s league, where players on the offense are virtually under a glass bell, Jordan would score 50 or 60 points per game.

Of course, this is all hypothetical, like all comparisons of two players are. Especially when they are as different as LeBron and Jordan are.

Lakers Kobe Bryant

Lakers Kobe Bryant Pros and Cons at Small Forward

Lakers Kobe Bryant Pros and Cons at Small Forward

Coach Byron Scott said that he envisions Kobe Bryant spending more time at the SF position than playing his natural SG position the following season. While that might be beneficial for both the Lakers and Kobe Bryant, the move caries some risks, but also rewards. Here some of the Pros and Cons of the Los Angeles Lakers playing Bryant at the 3.

Pros of playing Lakers Kobe Bryant at SF

Playing Bryant at SF allows the Lakers to have multiple ball handlers in their lineup. Additionally, they will have a quality player on each position in the starting lineup. If Bryant starts at the 2, the Lakers are left with Ryan Kelly or Nick Young starting at 3. Playing Bryant at SF will also allow the Lakers to start both D’Angelo Russell and Jordan Clarkson. Both can create and initiate offense, and Bryant will be relieved from those duties, something he had to do in the past two seasons.

Playing Bryant at the SF position also allows Bryant to preserve energy on the defensive end, where he won’t have to chase shooting guards through countless of screens. Playing SF also puts Bryant closer to the post, where he is most effective, playing at the elbows and using his footwork and post-game to punish opponents.
The Lakers have tried playing Bryant at the SF previously, in the 2000-2001 season, and in 2012-2013. In both cases, the Lakers had an abundance of players playing at guard positions.

Cons of playing Lakers Kobe Bryant at SF

If Bryant is moved to the small forward position, he becomes the de facto best wing defender the Lakers have. In previous seasons, the Lakers have used a small forward as a designated wing defender to preserve Bryant’s energy for the offensive end. That was the case with Ron Artest (Metta World Peace) and Trevor Ariza. If Bryant plays at the 3, he will have to defend Cleveland Cavaliers Lebron James, OKC Thunder Kevin Durant, New York Knicks Carmelo Anthony, Kawhy Leonard and others. In reality, some of them will spend time at the 4 in small ball lineups, and there are not as many quality small forwards nowadays.

Another downside of playing Lakers Kobe Bryant at SF is that it reduces the Lakers depth. While they will get to have their five best players on the floor at the beginning of the game, they have only Lou Williams and Nick Young to serve as backups to positions 1-3. Not that the Lakers have some better options at the SF position.

Another downside of playing LA Lakers Kobe Bryant at the Small Forward position is that it carries risks for his health. Bryant is not exactly the model for health in recent years, and banging inside with bigger and stronger opponents does carry certain risks.

If the Lakers elect to play Bryant at the 3 more, and give reins of the offense to the young back court, they risk the turnover-prone offense territory. Clarkson and Russell are great young players, but they do not have the experience to run an offense. Russell averaged almost 6 turnovers per game during Summer League, but that is to be expected.

But most importantly, the change could and probably will put Lakers Kobe Bryant in a secondary position. Kobe has served as the de facto unquestioned face of the franchise for so many years, and allowing Clarkson and Russell to run the show might not fare well with his ego.

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Top 5 NBA Point Guards

Ranking the Top 5 NBA Point Guards 2015-2016

Ranking the Top 5 NBA Point Guards

Having a top 5 point guard on your team is the equivalent to having Tom Brady as your quarterback or Corey Crawford as your goalie. The NBA point guard has become the dominating position in the NBA and has more influence on the game outcome than ever before.

The point guard of today’s NBA has to has the ability to not only steal but also has the leadership off and on the court like never before. With numerous factors including points and assists, efficiency, as well as a plus-minus rating here is our list of the Top 5 NBA Point Guards for the 2015-2016 NBA Season.

5. Kyrie Irving – Kyrie Irving is on this list because he is so skilled he’s an amazing shooters especially from 3 point. His handles are amazing and he is very athletic and can really score the basketball. In 4 years in his career his averages are 21 points, 3.2 rebounds, and 5.2 assists. He is a 3 time All Star, the 2012 rookie of the year and helped bring the Cleveland Cavaliers to the 2015 NBA Finals.

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4. John Wall – The Washington Wizards John Wall is on this list because he’s a great leader, he is very athletic, he has great handles and is a great passer and defender. His career averages were 17.6 points, 4.4 rebounds, and 8.7 assists. In 5 seasons he is a 2 time All Star and the 2014 Slam Dunk Champion.

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3. Stephen CurryStephen Curry is on this list because he is a pure superstar. He is the best shooter and 3 point shooter in the league, he’s a great passer and a great defender. His career averages are 20.9 points, 4.1 rebounds, and 6.9 assists. In 6 seasons he was the MVP this past season, he is a 2 time All Star, he is the defending 3 point champion, and he led the Golden State Warriors to there 1st NBA Championship in 40 years.

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2. Russell Westbrook – Russell Westbrook is on this list because is like superman on the basketball court. He is super athletic, a great scorer, can cross you over, a great defender, can pop the mid range jumper all day, he is the definition of a stat sheet stuffer and a triple double machine. His career averages are 21.1 points, 5.2 rebounds, and 7.1 assists. In 7 seasons he is a 5 time All Star, was the All Star game MVP this past season, and he helped take the Oklahoma City Thunder to the 2012 NBA Finals.

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1. Chris Paul – Chris Paul is on this list because he will always just be the most fierce competitor on the court. LA Clippers Chris Paul is a great shooter, defender, and the best passer in the game and has just a pure skill set and is one of the greatest leaders in the game. His career averages are 18.7 points, 4.4 rebounds, and 9.9 assists. In 10 seasons he is an 8 time All Star, the 2013 All Star game MVP, and the 2006 rookie of the year giving Chris Paul our #1 in the ranking of the Top 5 NBA Point Guards for the 2015-2016 NBA season.

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Who do you think are the Top 5 NBA Point Guards this upcoming season?

Basketball Terms

NBA Attendance: A History

NBA Attendance – A History

NBA was not always the huge crowd-puller that it is today and has been for the last three decades. In the early days of the league, games were played in high school gyms in front of crowds of hundreds or even dozens. Players travelled by buses and trains and they slept in run-down hotels, if fortunate. Do not even get us started on the way African-American players were welcomed, especially in certain parts of the country.

By the early 1970s, things started to look up and NBA was beginning to find its way to popularity that was comparable to that of NFL, NHL and MLB. Still, the crowds were nowhere near as big as those attracted by the other major sports.

In the mid-1980s, things really started happening for NBA and it was all thanks to two players – Larry Bird and Magic Johnson. The league knew how to market their rivalry, the glitzy Los Angeles Lakers led by Magic and the blue-collar Boston Celtics led by Bird. When Michael Jordan arrived in 1984, the league exploded and the games started attracting larger and larger crowds. Since then, with only a few dips during a couple of seasons, the attendance of NBA games has been steady and on the rise.

Today, we will be looking at five NBA games with the largest attendance recorded, as well as the game with the lowest recorded attendance in history.

1. 2010 NBA All-Star Game
Some people will argue that an All-Star game does not belong here since it is not a regular season or play-off game, but we say to them that it is still organized by the Association and that it still involved NBA players, the best at the time, moreover. The game was played at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas and it was the 59th All-Star game in NBA history. It was also attended by 108,713, making it the most attended NBA game in history, and by a significant margin. The East won, 141 – 139 and Dwyane Wade was named the MVP.

2. Chicago Bulls vs. Atlanta Hawks, March 27, 1998
From the early 1970s, Atlanta Hawks played their games at the Omni Coliseum. In mid-1990s, it was decided that a new arena would be built. The Hawks’ 1996-1997 season was the last one they played at Omni. The arena was demolished and works on the new arena began.
The reason we’re telling you all this is because for the next two seasons, Hawks played at Georgia Dome, the home of Atlanta Falcons. And in 1998, more precisely March 27, Hawks hosted Chicago Bulls led by his Airness, Michael Jordan. The game is still the most attended game in the history of NBA regular season and playoff games, with 62,046 people in attendance. Unfortunately for the huge home crowd, Jordan led the Bulls to a victory, 89-74. It wasn’t even close.

3. Boston Celtics vs. Detroit Pistons, Jan. 29, 1988
The next largest crowd at an NBA game was recorded in 1988, when Detroit Pistons hosted their bitter Eastern Conference rivals, Boston Celtics. It was another classic late 1980s Pistons-Celtics game with Larry Bird and Isiah Thomas going at each other. Larry Bird just barely missed a triple-double with 25 points, 11 rebounds and 8 assists. Thomas did not bring his best game, but the team effort by the Pistons ensured a comfortable 125-108 victory. Number of people attending? 61,983 filling the seats at Pontiac Silverdome.

4. Philadelphia 76ers vs. Detroit Pistons, Feb. 14, 1987
Pontiac Silverdome was the venue for the next game on our list, with the crowd of 52,745. This time the visitors were Philadelphia 76ers and the game was played on Valentine’s Day, 1987. For the 76ers, Roy Hinson had 27 points and Tim McCormick had 23. It was not enough to beat Pistons led by Adrian Dantley who scored 35 and Joe Dumars who scored 20. Pistons won, 125-107.

5. Denver Nuggets vs. Minnesota Timberwolves, April 17, 1990
Minnesota Timberwolves were one of four expansion teams to enter the NBA in the 1989-1990 season and their first year in NBA, they played their home games at the Metrodome, the home of Minnesota Vikings and Minnesota Twins. On April 17, 1990, they played the Nuggets in front of the biggest crowd in franchise history – 49,551. Unfortunately for the home crowd, Timberwolves lost, 99-89.

The Smallest Recorded NBA Crowd – San Francisco Warriors vs. Detroit Pistons, March 4, 1965
First of all, we feel we should point out that there is a very clear possibility the game played between San Francisco Warriors (who later became Golden State Warriors) and Detroit Pistons in 1965 was not the NBA game with the smallest crowd. It was, however, the game with the lowest attendance ever recorded. There were exactly 741 people in attendance that night. And it’s not like there weren’t any stars playing that night. Two of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History went against each other – Dave DeBusschere for the home Pistons and Nate Thurmond for Warriors.
It is the perfect example of how much the NBA has grown over the years.

Beyonce Facts

Beyonce Facts: A Few Quick Facts About the Superstar

Beyonce Knowles is arguably the world’s most well-renowned female entertainer. She has captivated audiences with her powerful voice, unparalleled dance moves, and unforgettable lyrics for nearly twenty years, first as a member of the group Destiny’s Child and more recently as a solo artist.

It’s common knowledge that Beyonce is married to Jay-Z, has a daughter named Blue Ivy, and an alter-ego named Sasha Fierce, but did you know these Beyonce Facts?

Here are some Beyonce Facts you might not have known

– Beyonce is the daughter of Matthew and Tina Knowles. Before managing his daughter’s affairs, Matthew worked as a sales manager for the Xerox Corporation, while Tina ran a hair salon, Headliners, in Houston, Texas. Tina would later design the outfits for Destiny’s Child.

– Beyonce is named for her mother’s maiden name, Beyince. She is descended from Acadian revolutionary Joseph Broussard de Beausoleil, who fought the British and helped establish the Acadians in Louisiana. The Acadians would later morph into the Cajuns, the French-speaking South Louisiana group whose cultural influence remains strong to this day.

– Prior to forming Destiny’s Child, Beyonce was a member of a singing group called Girl’s Tyme, a band which also included Kelly Rowland, LeToya Luckett, and LaTavia Robinson, who would later comprise Destiny’s Child.

– Destiny’s Child, which Beyonce formed with her friends from Girl’s Tyme, was named for a passage from the Biblical Book of Isaiah.

– Beyonce’s music video for “Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It)” includes “J-Setting”, a style of dance that originated at Jackson State University in Mississippi and became a fixture of pride parades in the southern United States.

– Beyonce has performed her hit song Naughty Girl over 438 times live.

– Beyonce was born on September 4, 1981 in Houston TX.

– She prefers to wear simple t-shirts. If it was her she would wear t-shirts everyday. She loves James Pierce white T-Shirts and has over 100 of them.

– Her first perfume had hints of creamy rice pudding in it. But, did you know this Beyonce Fact? Beyonce has a perfume allergy and all her perfumes have to be chemically altered so she doesn’t break out in hives.

– Beyonce really loves rock music. According to Beyonce Peter Gabriel is her favorite and his “In Your Eyes” is her favorite song.

NBA Season Guide

Welcome To Your NBA Season Guide For 2015-16!

The 2015-16 NBA Season promises to be one of the best in years, with last season’s finalists Warriors and Cavaliers remaining strong (if not stronger) and with some other teams making some great moves in the off-season and on Draft Night. There are going to be battles fought every night and our season guide will be with you all the way.

You’ll be able to find all sorts of insights, stories and news in our guide, all written and updated regularly by people who watch games every night and who have all the stats you will ever need. Our guide will be your one-shop stop for everything that has to do with the 2015-16 NBA Season.

Learn who is playing who, who is on the rise and who is putting up great numbers. Read about the best performances and the best games. Check out our predictions for the playoffs and the title race. Find out who will be making the all-star teams and who will be reaping the awards come the end of the season.

All that and much, much, much more!

Basketball Terms

12 Basketball Terms You Should Definitely Know

If you are just getting into NBA, the language and the terminology can be quite intimidating, especially considering the pace of the game where you cannot blink without missing something. The following 12 terms will be heard during any NBA broadcast and they are the very basics of NBA lingo that you should know.


1. Field Goal

A field goal, or ‘fg’ as you will see it in the stats, denotes every attempt at getting the ball into the basket. Every shot, dunk, layup or three point shot is considered to be a field goal (if it is made, of course). Free throws are not field goals. Regardless of whether it gets in, every attempt at a field goal is called a field goal attempt, or ‘fga’ for short.


2. Frontcourt/Backcourt

Frontcourt and backcourt are two terms that describe the traditional positions in basketball. Point guards and shooting guards are considered to be backcourt while the small forwards, power forwards and centers are considered to be frontcourt players.


3. Fast Break

Fast break is a term used to describe an offensive possession that occurs as a result of the opposing team’s turnover or a quick rebound and outlet pass. For a possession to be considered a fast break, the team that is on the defense cannot have a set defense, meaning that they need to defend on the fly.


4. Turnover

Turnover is any action that results in the other team gaining possession of the ball. It can be a result of travelling violation, a steal made by the defending team, going out of bounds or failing to shoot at the basket within the 24 seconds teams are given for each possession.


5. Double/Double Double/Triple Double/Quadruple Double

Double is a term that is used when a player gets a double count of any of the statistical categories – points, steals, rebounds, blocks, assists. For a player to record a double double, they need to have more than 10 in any of the aforementioned categories. Triple double is achieved when a player gets 10 in three categories while quadruple double requires double figures in four categories. Quadruple double was recorded only 4 times in the history of the NBA.


6. Post-up

Post up (verb – posting up) is an offensive setup where a player, usually a forward or center, receives the ball with his or her back to the basket. The player then uses their offensive post-up skills to create a position for a high-percentage shot or to make a useful pass. Post-up game has become much less frequently used in the last decade or so.


7. Pick and Roll

Pick and roll is among the most commonly used offensive plays and it denotes a situation in which one player creates a screen for another player (usually a point guard). The player with the ball can then lose his defender thanks to the screen. P’n’R usually results in the screen-setter’s defender also defending the ball-handler, which often frees up the screen-setter, allowing him or her to “roll” to the basket without worrying about his defender. There are a number of variations where either of the two players gets a relatively undefended shot. If you want to see perfect pick and rolls in action, check out some videos of Stockton and Malone who perfected the play.


8. 3-and-D Player

A 3-and-D player is a player who combines high percentage three point shooting and great defensive skills. Such players are usually shooting guards or small forwards and they are becoming more and more useful as the game progresses. They often provide very little besides these two skills, but in today’s basketball, these two skills are enough to make a player very useful.


9. Paint

Paint denotes a part of the basketball court that is located near the basket and that is usually painted a different color from the rest of the court. You will also hear that people use the term “key” for this area, while its official name is the free throw lane. Offensive players cannot spend more than three seconds in the opposing team’s paint or else this will result in a turnover.


10. Buzzer Beater

In order for a shot to be considered a buzzer beater, the player needs to release the ball before the sound of the buzzer that announces the end of the quarter or the game and the ball needs to fall into the basket after the sound of the buzzer. In essence, the buzzer needs to occur in the time it takes the ball to go from the player’s hand into the basket.


11. Sixth Man

The sixth man is an NBA player who is not in the starting lineup but who is considered to be crucial to the success of the team. Many teams purposefully make one of their more useful players a bench player, the sixth man who is supposed to lead the second unit (players who come in to replace the starters at one point in the game).


12. Hack a Shaq

Hack a Shaq is a defensive strategy in which the defending team deliberately fouls a player from the opposing team who is notorious for bad free throw shooting. If their percentage is too low, it makes mathematical and statistical sense to foul him and send him to the line instead of defending. The term was coined when teams used this strategy on Shaquille O’Neal who was very bad at shooting free throws. Since then, it has been used on a number of players.

NBA Season Guide

Where will the 5 top NBA free agents 2015 will play?

Predicting where 5 top NBA free agents 2015 will play next year

We are taking Lebron James off the list for a reason. James is likely to resign with the Cleveland Cavaliers, and the only reason he opted out of his contract is to get more money. But out of the top 5 free agents, three might play for a different team next year. With free agency looming, let’s take a look where they might end up playing.

Marc Gasol

Gasol is an unrestricted free agent and arguably the best free agent on the market. The center just finished his best year, playing at an MVP level and finishing in the top 10 of MVP voting. Gasol is 30 years old and is entering his best years. And while Memphis would love to keep him, there will be plenty of other suitors for the Spaniard. One team that is constantly mentioned as a destination is the San Antonio Spurs. The Spurs would love to have Gasol, who should replace Tim Duncan and make the transition smoother Timmy’s retirement. Other teams interested are the Knicks, the Blazers, the Mavericks and almost half the league. However, the reality is that Gasol will actually pick between two teams, the Spurs and the Grizzlies. We believe Gasol will sign with the Spurs, since it looks like the Grizzlies have reached their ceiling, and it is not an NBA championship.

Lamarcus Aldridge

Where Gasol signs will have a huge effect on the free agency of Lamarcus Aldridge. Every team that will strike out on Gasol will go for Aldridge, the Spurs included. And unlike Gasol, Aldridge could set up for a number of teams, including the Dallas Mavericks. Going back home to Texas would be a great way for Aldridge to finish his career, since it looks like the Blazers are declining after having two great seasons. If Gasol resigns with the Memphis Grizzlies, the Spurs could also be players for the power forward. But the money is that Aldridge will resign with the Blazers or accept the Dallas Mavericks offer.

Jimmy Butler

Butler is an interesting player. He declined Chicago’s extension last year, and now looks like a genius doing so. He is due for a max contract, but the question is, who will give him? The Bulls can again offer him contract, and even match the one he receives from another team. The Chicago Bulls MUST keep Butler, since he is their best player after Rose. And given Rose’s injury history, the Bulls will need to build around Butler and his growing potential and game. There will be teams like the Knicks, Celtics, Lakers and others that will throw a max contract at Butler, but the safe bet is that the Bulls will match any offer he receives.

Kawhi Leonard

Leonard will be an interesting case, since he is a restricted free agent. The Spurs would prefer if Leonard could wait for a few weeks to sign an offer sheet or resign with the Spurs. This way, the Spurs will have money to pursue free agents like Marc Gasol and Lamarcus Aldridge. In some way, Leonard will impact free agency like no other player. Even Lebron James doesn’t carry such weight this year. If a team offers Leonard max contract, and the Spurs match it, they will be left without cap space to pursue Gasol or Aldridge. This will open the door for other teams to go for the top 2 free agents. The Spurs MUST retain Leonard, since he is their best young player and the future of the franchise. Timing will be everything, but one way or another, Leonard will end up in a Spurs uniform.

Kevin Love

Love wants to be a top 10 player again. That much is certain. After seeing how it looks to be the third or fourth option on a team, the money is that Love will look for a better situation than the one he has in Cleveland. And given the emergence of Tristan Thompson, Love will get fewer minutes next season. That might persuade Love to sign elsewhere, or more precisely, for the Lakers. The Lakers have struck out on big name free agents two summers in a row, and it is time they get a little relief. They are the Los Angeles Lakers after all.

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