NBA Best And Worst Contracts Part V: Southwest Division

Welcome to Part 5 of our 6-part series taking a look at every contract in the NBA—except for rookies and two-way contracts, plus anyone who didn’t play in the league last season due to injury or having been overseas or something—and quantifying the ratio of minute-weighted dollars paid to Win Shares produced. To remind folks who haven’t read previous entries in this series: As a quick reminder, a rookie, veteran minimum, or midlevel exception contract should produce a Wiggins Factor below 100, a rotation player with a rotation salary should be under 200, and ideally you want your superstar-level contracts …

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Dell Demps, Sam Hinkie, and the Meaning of NBA Genius

  Dell Demps just managed to do completely by accidental bumbling what Sam Hinkie did by deliberate, willful arrogance, and in the Process managed to prove once and for all that the gods have one heck of a sense of humor. After all, what difference is it truly between New Orleans being a garbage fire for years under an incompetent GM, lucking into a couple of top draft picks, and rebuilding the franchise into a contender under a smarter GM, and Philadelphia being a garbage fire for years under an incompetent GM, whiffing on a bunch of draft picks and …

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Is Zion Williamson Already Better Than LeBron James?

Tuesday morning, an interesting question came over the wire on Twitter. Who is the BEST FORWARD currently in the NBA that Zion will instantly be better than once he gets drafted. — Justin Grant (@ThePackageJG) May 14, 2019 “Who’s the best forward that Zion Williamson will already be better than when he gets drafted?” And I thought about it for a minute. Because Zion is, of course, so obvious a lock for Rookie of the Year that they might as well just engrave the trophy now and hope he doesn’t blow out his ACL like Blake Griffin. And then I …

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The New Orleans Pelicans Should Hire Dave Joerger

Because the Sacramento Kings are a Roland Emmerich movie of a franchise and because Vlade Divac is as power-hungry as he is incompetent—and why do those things always seem to go together like ketchup and french fries?—Dave Joerger is set to get his walking papers in a face-to-face meeting that was leaked on Twitter way in advance. This leaves Joerger as a free agent a year after taking a Kings team that was languishing in NBA hell and leading them to 39 wins, a legitimate playoff run that ended only when the insane West got away from them (if Sacramento …

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Dell Dumpster Fire: Pelicans Finally Unload Dell Demps

The New Orleans Pelicans finally, like a woman going to divorce court after a bad marriage where the love was gone ages ago, parted ways with embattled general manager Dell Demps. And across the Big Easy, someone’s bound to set “Ding Dong the Wicked Witch is Dead” to a Louis Armstrong trumpet. Let’s have something clearly understood. Demps was one of the biggest reasons the Pelicans were completely unable to build a positive environment around superstar Anthony Davis, and it doesn’t take a genius to connect the dots to the massive Demps-ter fire that resulted when Davis, LeBron James, agent …

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Breakfast Special: Limping into the Break

There were three games in the NBA Thursday night, and from the looks of them, the players on some of those teams were already dreaming of wherever it is they’re spending All-Star week, whether it’s at some travel destination, at the game itself, or just home with their families getting healthy and enjoying a brief respite from the long grind of the NBA season. The net result of all this was that we got some real stinker games. Like… Charlotte Fixes a Problem There are two ways you can fix the problem of having a positive point differential and a …

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The NBA Has a Drama Problem

by Zach d’Arbeloff On January 28th, Anthony Davis informed the New Orleans Pelicans that he would not sign his Designated Veteran Player Extension – also known as the supermax – and his agent, Rich Paul from Klutch Sports, officially informed the team that Davis “wanted to be traded to a team that allows him a chance to win consistently and compete for a championship.” This marked the biggest fish to land in the trade market since Kevin Garnett in 2007, and arguably, in terms of player value due to Davis’ age, the biggest player to hit the trade market since …

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Breakfast Special: Philadelphia 76ers 121, Brandon Ingram 36

Brandon Ingram had himself a time in the Lakers’ 121-105 loss to the Philadelphia 76ers Tuesday night. He went off for 36 points on 16-of-20 shooting, which is great. But what’s not so great is the minus-14 plus/minus he put up, part of an overall flat outing from the Lakers’ starters in which all five saw the team outscored by double digits during their minutes. Plus, if you take away Ingram’s shooting, the Lakers are left at 27-of-71 (38 percent), which is just straight-up lousy. Meanwhile, Corey Brewer is getting a 10-day lesson in why he should stay retired or …

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National NBA Media Are Idiots, But It’s Not Our Fault

As an Indiana Pacers fan, I’ve had the pleasure of watching the national NBA media cover Indiana basketball with such complete lack of foreknowledge about the team that you’d be forgiven for thinking that nobody on national television was aware that Indiana even had a team until about Game 5 of last year’s first round of the playoffs. Hastily assembled hot takes rooted mainly in “quick scan of Basketball Reference or NBA.com in order to find out who’s kinda sorta good” were and are de rigueur, and if anyone who wasn’t already a Magic or Thunder fan before 2017 knew …

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Breakfast Special: Do Not Poke the Bear

On Christmas Day, the Los Angeles Lakers went into Oakland and beat the snot out of the Golden State Warriors, weathering a furious third-quarter charge before pulling away and winning by 26. On Martin Luther King Day, the Warriors got even. Golden State beat the Lakers 130-111, scoring 36 second-quarter and 45 third-quarter points to open up a lead that got as high as 36 points (109-73) before Scrub Club finished out the fourth quarter and gave some of the lead back. The Lakers don’t look like contenders with LeBron James. Without LeBron? They poked the bear, and the bear …

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