Game 3 of the Western Conference Finals looked like a UFC fight where the underdog unloads the entire gas tank, only to realize their opponent still stand there. Dallas' Reggie Bullock symbolizes the feeling well. The recent winner of the Kareem Abdul Jabbar Social Justice Award, Bullock's often covering a
Few players in NBA history boast Luka Dončić’s youthful pedigree. Dončić won Rookie of the Year and topped that with All-NBA first team nods in his second and third seasons. He nearly took down the favored Los Angeles Clippers in a seven game masterpiece last playoffs, and starts the
On Wednesday night, Luka Dončić put the entire Dallas Mavericks organization on his ailing shoulders and carried them to a pivotal Game 5 win. Nearly every successful play for the Mavericks developed through the guile and brilliance of Dončić. Only six Dallas baskets in the entire game happened without Dončić's
In the crucible of the NBA Playoffs, a single play at the right time can instantly rewrite a player's story. Obi Toppin, a rookie for the New York Knicks, struggled to get his footing in an unorthodox, COVID-impacted first year. Between the veteran-heavy rotations of his head coach Tom Thibodeau
"If you just run through somebody's face, people ain't gonna be able to take that over and over and over and over and over....they're just not gonna want that" - Marshawn Lynch [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r8Rh6KuuH6w] Athletes thrive on skill and grace, but size alone can
An attempt at combining all the data into one MVP Score
Nikola Jokić will likely win the NBA MVP award this season. A lanky gamebreaker powered by guile and a Mensa-level basketball IQ, Jokić leads the Denver Nuggets and their 3rd-best record in the Western Conference. Anyone watching Jokić play will notice his unique skill set instantly. The image of a
An NBA team prioritizing development over wins produces a ton of losses and unexpected brilliance. For Luguentz Dort—Lu for short—the freedom of a developing Oklahoma City Thunder team allowed him one glorious evening of unlimited shots. Imagine becoming CEO for 4 hours for an already bankrupt company; you
A look at the relentless, one-sided grind of Jeff Teague against LeBron James.
The Raptors and Celtics look to settle this excellent series.
Denver and Utah face off tonight in their do-or-die Game 7. Denver clawed back into contention after going down 3-1, and they’re poised to complete the comeback against a Jazz team who thought they locked this down in Game 5. The series does boast some of the big man
A comparison between two of the most exciting young centers in the NBA.
We have real, meaningful, wonderful basketball again! Welcome to week one of the NBA bubble. The NBA returned not a moment too soon, as my drafts folder started to look dire. Between the superstar ascendance of TJ Warren, the Lakers clinching the top Western seed, and the replacement players of
Lou Williams left the NBA’s bubble in Orlando to attend afuneral [https://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/29538441/nba-probes-clippers-lou-williams-actions-away-bubble] of a family friend and sparked a national debate over his dinner choice.While in Atlanta to attend the funeral, Williams stopped by a famous strip club, got photographed
Why the Greek Freak deserves another accolade
The King never settles for silver medals.
A fond recollection of Mike Woodson's tenure In NYC.
Who won't be joining the NBA in the Orlando bubble?
This week, the NBA announced their plan to restart the 2019-20 season in Orlando. Teams will enter a bubble, submit to a variety of daily medical tests, and turn Fortress Disney into a summer camp featuring the best basketball players in the world. Instead of arenas, we have NBA hotels.
Who might be the newest Knicks head coach?
Petty brilliance from the legend himself
Finding the odd and the unfortunate in NBA data
In a past life, I wrote a weekly column for SB Nation about daily fantasy football, finding time between incorrectly pasting code into an ad server to provide advice on Fanduel lineups. I felt like the owner of some secret, highly profitable information, capable of great riches born out of
As the world crumbles around us and the plot of the first season ofTrue Detectivegainsplausibility [https://www.vox.com/identities/2019/8/10/20799880/jeffrey-epstein-dies-suicide-jail-sex-trafficking-trial-convicted-sex-offender] , we’re again looking for distraction. Yesterday, the NBA answered our prayers by releasing the full 2019 NBA schedule for every single team. While the
Few centers in the history of the game empower their teammates like Nikola Jokic. He runs the show for the Denver Nuggets and led the team to 54 wins and the second seed in the brutally tough Western Conference. He’s grown from a forgotten second round pick in 2014
Mitchell Robinson inspired actual hope in a legion of disgruntled and long-suffering Knicks fans. A long-limbed, kinetic dervish, Robinson spent the year protecting his basket and doing his very best to break the opponents. The Knicks drafted Robinson in the mid-second round, and he’s already more than proven the
We move away from Kobe [https://warmthebench.com/simulating-a-million-kobe-bryant-games/] and on to the Splash Brothers by the bay, Steph Curry and Klay Thompson. Few experiences rival watching the Warriors when one or both of these guys start feeling it. Steph rightly holds the claim as the greatest shooter of all-time,
Often, we’ve gotten too far into our media consumption to examine the exact food we’re offered, too satisfied with the fast delivery to question the recipe or origin. The NBA offseason might be the worst offender, especially the meaningless NBA Summer League. A beautifully humanizingmoment [https://youtu.be/
Every data course will warn you to check for outliers, but for sports fans, these make up all of the fun. Outliers become the moments where a player or a team dramatically outperforms expectations and does something extraordinary. Let’s take a look at one of the most brilliant moments
We’ll always have those forty or so hours after the Raptors victory. For one beautiful moment, the NBA celebrated Toronto’s first ever championship and caught their breath. This fragile peace exploded after another Wojbomb [https://twitter.com/wojespn/status/1140023139142971392]: Anthony Davis had finally been traded to the
Finding joy amid another brutal season in New York
Consider the tale of the Monkey’s Paw, a cursed series of wishes that bring the hapless wisher everything they wanted, but nothing that they needed. I feel like that protagonist this spring, wishing for an amazing NBA playoffs. To get those games, Game of Throneshad free up our Sundays
Where was this guy in New York?
Philly and Toronto in a heavyweight battle
I can think of no better series to start our playoff previews than the Milwaukee Bucks and Boston Celtics matchup. The Bucks ended the year as the league’s top overall team, powered by a stretched out offense and the rim-breaking chaos of Giannis Antetokounmpo [https://www.basketball-reference.com/players/
My fantasy basketball addiction manifests itself in mostly harmful ways—attention span and cellular data taking the biggest hit—but it does provide one hidden benefit. Instead of watching the local teams struggle, I tune in to see how my squad performs across the league. I’ve particularly enjoyed watching
Improvements from the Atlanta Hawks point guard
MVP. A moniker that ends up powering legacy debates, player contracts, and existential arguments about the state and goal of team basketball. Each year, we distill 82 games into one first place vote. Years later, these votes judge legacies. The 2019 season produced so many fascinating storylines that we need
Our lastpost [https://www.warmthebench.com/content/2019/4/2/2019-nba-rookie-of-the-year-trae-young-bagley-kevin-knox-sexton] covered rookies four through ten [https://warmthebench.com/2019-nba-rookie-of-the-year-rankings-4-10/]. Today, we’re crowning the 2019 NBArookie of the year by our z-scoringmethodology [https://www.warmthebench.com/content/2019/2/25/how-to-grade-an-nba-rookie]. The scoring system looks at how a rookie
Finding the honorable mentions in a great rookie class.
The young Point God jumped out to instant success.
The end of an odd and dramatic GM tenure.
What's the cost of "intentional" losing?
Did the voters make the right call?
Each year, NBA franchises project the hope and ambition of their fanbase on the shoulders of their prized rookies. Fans of cellar-dwelling, tanking oddities like my darling Knicks explain away current losing by pointing to the promise of player development and future winning. A dunk here, a three there, and