Is This 2018 NBA Team Any Good?: New Orleans Pelicans

by Fox Doucette One of this site’s biggest running catchphrases is the term “Scott-Hollins Syndrome”. Named after disgraced NBA coaches Byron Scott and Lionel Hollins, whose failure to embrace advanced analytics and the offensive tenets from which we draw our name here, it is our term for when a coach, team, or (Charles Barkley, looking at you) TV guy shoot themselves in the foot with their ignorance of modern basketball. Well, if Scott-Hollins Syndrome put on an NBA uniform and trotted out a team, it would be the 2017-18 New Orleans Pelicans. The Pellies feature DeMarcus Cousins and Anthony Davis, …

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Is This 2018 NBA Team Any Good?: Memphis Grizzlies

by Fox Doucette The Memphis Grizzlies have finally, sort of, not really, blown up a squad that might singlehandedly have demolished the idea that sportswriters ought to be in NBA front offices. Since John Hollinger gave Lionel Hollins his walking papers for being half of the namesake of one of this site’s coinages for eye-test dinosaurs (as in Scott-Hollins Syndrome), the team has gone from 56-26 to 50-32, 55-27, 42-40, and 43-39, as Mike Conley’s $33 Million Salary has been good for an 87 rating in NBA 2K18, Zach Randolph’s been shipped out of town and his pumpkin turned back …

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Is This 2018 NBA Team Any Good?: Dallas Mavericks

by Fox Doucette Man, it’s been a long summer, hasn’t it? As a guy who doesn’t get too deep into the offseason stuff (I wouldn’t do any better on “Who He Play For?” than does Charles Barkley), this has been a bit like a school teacher’s summer, and change in the offseason has been as much a part of my life (new apartment, new girlfriend, new-ish night job I’ve had since April) as it has for 30 teams across the NBA. With that in mind, we tip off our 30-previews-in-30-weekdays set of NBA previews in the Southwest Division; we’ll have …

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