Stephen Curry and James Harden are among the best guards in basketball, bar none. This doesn't just apply for this season or throughout their respective careers. They’re two of the best to ever play the game, period.
Defense wins championships, the basketball adage goes. Unfortunately for fans, defense and DPOY standing are the hardest facets of the game to measure when it comes to on-court metrics.
Julius Randle is playing the best basketball of his career, bar none. Through 34 games, he's averaging 23.4 points, 10.9 rebounds, and 5.5 assists per contest. He’s been a complete beast on both ends of the floor.
No other two-time MVP has had to face the level of scrutiny that Giannis Antetokounmpo has thus far in his career. Popular narratives surrounding the Greek Freak in mainstream media have since gone sour, focusing on his unflattering history of playoff performances or his lack of shooting.
Even before they became the top names for an MVP selection, Joel Embiid and Nikola Jokic have always, for better or worse, been compared to one another.
Here’s an objective truth readers may not want to hear: Zach LaVine, Aaron Gordon, and arguably even Bradley Beal are not better at basketball than Khris Middleton. Not only is the smooth-shooting swingman a legitimate second option on a winning team, but he also deserves a third All-Star selection.
Rockets management made it clear very early on they want a franchise cornerstone, youth, or picks return in exchange for the former MVP. That direction doesn’t seem like it’s about to change moving forward.
The future of Knicks power forward Julius Randle is one storyline that has gone relatively under the radar so far in the 2020-21 NBA season.
The Toronto Raptors, an NBA championship-winning team just two years ago and one of the league’s top teams the year before, now hold the 14th seed in the Eastern Conference and a 3-8 win-loss record.
It might not be looking good for John Collins and the Atlanta Hawks. A Collins trade has become much more likely in recent days.
To say it’s been a wild NBA season so far would be an understatement. After having just a little over two months to prepare, the first few games naturally didn’t go as planned for most teams, as the standings show.
But Westbrook, with his consistent overall production on both ends of the floor has shown that his impact on games transcends mere scoring, even though it hasn't led to much playoff success either. All-time, he may come out the better point guard, but only by the smallest of margins.
And whether a case of recency bias or agenda-setting on the part of the media, Portland guard Damian Lillard sparked not only comparisons between himself and Curry, but also conversations that he may have surpassed the three-time champion after his spirited playoff performances in the NBA bubble—a debate that has endured to this day.
This year’s NBA Christmas Day games are no different, featuring an exciting cast of young up-and-coming players with everything to prove matched up against league veterans.
A cursory glance at NBA social media betrays popular sentiment surrounding the Milwaukee Bucks: that they are destined to fall apart postseason after postseason due in part to head coach Mike Budenholzer’s inability to adjust his schemes and Giannis Antetokounmpo’s limited offensive package—both valid assessments the team has done little to prove wrong.