Are the 2019-20 New York Knicks Good?

Welcome back to the NBA, folks! It’s season preview time, and every weekday between now and the start of the season, we’ll be taking a look one at a time at all 30 teams east to west and worst to first by division and asking and answering one simple question: Is this team any good? We start by rendering the title absurd and asking about the New York Knicks. This is a team that went 17-65 last year and got pantsed by the Basketball Gods at the draft lottery, ending up with Duke’s RJ Barrett instead of the dreamed-about and …

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NBA Best And Worst Contracts Part I: Atlantic Division

We have talked extensively on the subject of Wiggins Factor, a formula designed to relate NBA salary to Win Shares on a per-minute basis and determine which players provide the most bang for the buck in terms of powering good teams to titles…or, by contrast, the players who are such a waste of money that every minute they’re on the floor all they do is bring your team closer to the draft lottery. But now it’s time to pull all the data together from across the league and give all those raw numbers some context. Over the next six days, …

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Breakfast Special: Silly College, March is for Pros

The talk on most of basketball Twitter yesterday turned from the NBA to college, as everyone’s a bracketologist om Selection Sunday. And besides my alma mater Nevada getting in as a 7 seed (and apparently 26th overall by the NCAA’s gimcrack math), that’s all I have to say about college ball until the draft. The NBA was too busy giving us amazing matchups, like… Did the Sixers Just Make a Finals Case? Philadelphia beat Milwaukee on the road 130-125. Imagine a world where either the Pacers pull off a major miracle and finish third or else Boston gets hot down …

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Breakfast Special: Brad Stevens on the Hot Seat

It’s full on Panic Time in Boston, as the Celtics got destroyed on the road by the Toronto Raptors 118-95. The chemistry is breaking down between the Celtics players, Kyrie Irving looks miserable in a Boston uniform, the fans are starting to call for the head of coach Brad Stevens (yes, this is because fans in general tend to be idiots, but Brad Freaking Stevens? If you don’t want him, Pacers fans would ditch Nate McMillan for him in a heartbeat)…and oh by the way, the actual basketball team just got destroyed by a potential second-round playoff opponent. Zach Lowe …

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Breakfast Special: Better Than the Oscars

If the Academy Awards taught us anything last night, it’s that there’s nothing Hollywood loves more than performative wokeness in the service of its own racism. But this is a basketball column, so I’m not going to rant about “Green Book” winning Best Picture, instead choosing to rant about the NBA sticking us with three games that were anything but Oscar bait. But on the other hand… The Knicks Are an Ed Wood Jr. Movie New York beat San Antonio because they can’t even tank right (or San Antonio is a disaster on the road, take your pick.) Earlier this …

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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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Tim Hardaway Jr.: Is He Any Good?

Tim Hardaway was one of the most underrated players of the 1990s, lost in the shuffle because his Warriors teams in the early part of the decade never came close to matching up with the likes of Seattle, Portland, Phoenix, Utah, San Antonio…man, the Western Conference was scary in the ’90s like it is now… And his Miami Heat teams, as good as the ’97 edition of the squad was, got pantsed by Michael Jordan and the Bulls, bowed out to Jeff Van Gundy’s Knicks in 1998, ’99, and 2000, and that was it for the title window. How odd …

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The Greatest Defensive Teams in NBA History

In a basketball era where scoring is completely off the charts and the NBA seems to break its league-wide record for Offensive Rating with each passing season and with every made three-pointer, in a world gone mad where even centers like Brook Lopez are making eight triples in a game, and in a league where defense would, it seems, be a thing of the past, there are still great teams having great defensive seasons. After all, if the average team scores 110.1 points per game (as the NBA is league-wide this year, with a 109.7 Offensive Rating because pace is …

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Breakfast Special: When Bad Teams Go Good

Riddle me this, Batman. When an NBA team becomes my ultimate idee fixe, how many times are they going to have to bear out my points about them before it literally drives me insane? Because I think I’m actually barking mad, and I have the Atlanta Hawks to blame. The Hawks beat Charlotte by one point, 124-123, snapping a 10-game losing streak, and I am leading my freaking column with it because the 9-10 Hornets have a +4.5 point differential, the kind of figure that should have them on pace for 53 wins. I don’t believe in stuff like “learning …

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Breakfast Special: White Men Don’t Have to Jump

When Boban Marjanovic got a bigger role in Los Angeles with the Clippers, we celebrated the move here at Breakfast Special HQ. When one of his dunks rocks NBA Twitter to its chirping core? Well, that leads the Special. Behold, HERO! OF! SERBIA! BOBAN throws down the FIERCE slam! 🔨#ClipperNation #KiaTipOff18 pic.twitter.com/NnQsDVci4t — NBA (@NBA) October 18, 2018 White men can’t jump? White men don’t have to jump! Did we mention Boban had 18 points and 8 rebounds in just 18 minutes of play? Boban Marjanovic puts up 18 PTS, 8 REB for the @LAClippers at home. #ClipperNation #KiaTipOff18 pic.twitter.com/ozGx9M8PlP …

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