Well, the 2016/2017 NBA regular season has finally come to an end, and what a season it was. Full of historical performances, jaw-dropping moments, epic storylines, this season will surely go down as one of the most exciting seasons in NBA history… and it isn’t even over. But there is one question that still needs an answer – Who is the 2017 Most Valuable Player? It is a shame that we actually have to choose one person out of the crowd this year because there are so many dese
As the regular season comes to a close, the MVP race continues to heat up. At this point, the field has been realistically narrowed down to 2 remaining candidates: Russell Westbrook and James Harden. One player has carried a team into the championship fold, turning a fringe playoff team into a contender after a roster overhaul and a new head coach. The other has put up a historically great stat line the likes we never thought possible in today’s NBA, while virtually willing h
As is the case each season, the MVP race has slowly narrowed down to only a few players. With that being said, this year’s race is one of the closest in recent history. As we head into mid-March, only 4 players maintain any real consideration for league MVP. James Harden, Russell Westbrook, Kawhi Leonard and LeBron James have all survived long enough to keep their trophy hopes alive, however, there are still 15 or so games left and by no means is this set in stone. Furthermor
This NBA season has been a treat for us basketball fans, as we have had some of the most memorable performances from key stars around the league. With the NBA set to return to action Thursday following a somewhat disappointing All-Star weekend (All-Star Saturday, ugh), we look into what should be an exciting finish to the rest of the season. Most of the MVP chatter has been on frontrunners Russell Westbrook and James Harden. However, the MVP trophy is awarded in May as we hav
It’s funny how history has a way of repeating itself. Twelve seasons ago, Houston Rockets coach Mike D’Antoni was plying his trade with the Phoenix Suns. At the time, the league was going through an offensive trend that relied on what is now affectionately known as ‘hero-ball’. Players like Kobe Bryant, Vince Carter, Tracy McGrady and Allen Iverson were extremely ball-dominant and many of the league’s best teams used isolation basketball as their primary means to score. Altho
In recent years, statistics have become a significant part of sports culture. Basketball in particular has become one of the most analytics-driven sports in the world. More and more, advanced statistical categories have been created to give us a deeper understanding of each player’s individual contribution while they are both on and off the court.
Advanced statistics such as Player Efficiency Rating (PER), Win Shares, Player Impact Estimate (PIE), and True Shooting (TS%) ar
We’ve all heard it before. It’s the old, clichéd sports adage: Offense wins games, but defense wins championships. The reason that it is so overused is because, for the most part, it has remained true for many years. Regardless of the sport or the era, very rarely have we seen teams triumph at the end of a season having played little to no defense. The same cannot be said when it comes to the MVP trophy. For whatever reason, MVP voters don’t quite see elite defenders in the s
This is a topic that seems to pop up nearly every season. We see it all the time - a player puts together a magical season filled with gutsy performances, clutch moments and eye-popping highlight reels. They lead the league in multiple statistical categories, and perhaps they drag their team to a fringe playoff spot even if they have no business being there. Naturally you would assume these players would be at the center of the MVP conversation but unfortunately their average
Just about every advanced metric shows that Kevin Durant should be leading this year’s MVP race. The leading scorer on a team with the league’s best record, Kevin Durant also leads the league in Win Shares and True Shooting, and is second only to Anthony Davis in Player Efficiency Rating. He boasts season averages of 27 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists, and has absolutely demoralized any defender faced with the grave challenge of defending him on a given night. So why isn’t D
This year’s NBA season has already seen some of the greatest regular season performances of all time. Granted, we’re only 11 games into the season, but some of things we are seeing truly lack precedent. Often times, when we are experiencing greatness first hand, we take it for granted. It happened during the 1980s with Magic Johnson and Larry Bird. It happened in the 1990s with the Chicago Bulls. It even happened as recently as 2011 when the Heatles got together in Miami. So,
Thus far in the 2016/2017 NBA season, we’ve already seen some amazing performances from all over the league. Guys like Damian Lillard and DeMar DeRozan are putting on incredible scoring performances while other players, such as Russell Westbrook and James Harden, have displayed a dominant overall approach.
With that being said, some players have come out of the gate much slower. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but it is interesting to see how different players approach
It’s hard to separate players before even a single minute of 2016/2017 regular season basketball has been played. We have no idea how Russell Westbrook will fare on his own in OKC, or how Steph Curry and Kevin Durant will divvy up shots. Will LeBron chase a 5th MVP award, or will he coast through to the All-Star break once again? Will Chris Paul and Blake Griffin manage to stay healthy? These are all questions that will go unanswered until the opening night (tip-off on Octobe