Free Agent Profile – Serge Ibaka

Chances are you’ve heard that the 2020 NBA free agency pool is one of the weakest in recent memory. This is no misnomer. The lone superstar of this year’s class, Anthony Davis, is almost certainly going to re-up with the Los Angeles Lakers, a team constructed to contend for the foreseeable future. Sorry to burstContinue reading “Free Agent Profile – Serge Ibaka”

Win-Now Talents The Celtics Could Trade Their Draft Picks For

By Jesse Cinquini Wanna know three certainties in life? Death, taxes, and the Boston Celtics owning multiple first rounders. As of right now, Boston is in possession of three first-round picks in the upcoming draft: the 14th, 26th, and 30th. But the Celtics don’t need three new rookies; there’s simply not enough minutes to goContinue reading “Win-Now Talents The Celtics Could Trade Their Draft Picks For”

Rookie Review, Bubble Watch Edition: Keldon Johnson

By Jesse Cinquini The San Antonio Spurs — sans LaMarcus Aldridge mind you, went 5-3 in Orlando. And while guys like Derrick White, Dejounte Murray, and Rudy Gay deserve recognition for their help in keeping the Spurs afloat in the bubble — Keldon Johnson’s encouraging play might be the team’s most noteworthy storyline. His blendContinue reading “Rookie Review, Bubble Watch Edition: Keldon Johnson”

2019-20 Rookie Review : Carsen Edwards Hasn’t Lived Up To His Pre-Draft Hype (Yet)

(Image by Tomek Kordylewski) By Jesse Cinquini There were high hopes for Carsen Edwards heading into his maiden NBA season. At the time, he was coming off a superbly productive stint at the Las Vegas Summer League. Just how terrific was he? Well, Edwards’ Summer League performance ranks among the top in Celtics history. Over aContinue reading “2019-20 Rookie Review : Carsen Edwards Hasn’t Lived Up To His Pre-Draft Hype (Yet)”

Miami’s Zone Defense Will Be Pivotal To Their Success In Orlando

By Jesse Cinquini In today’s NBA, a majority of team defenses are predicated on constant switching. The Miami Heat, guided by old-fashioned head coach Eric Spoelstra, are one of few exceptions. If playing at the league’s fourth-slowest pace doesn’t scream archaic, the Heat also utilized a 2-3 zone defense this season. You’ll see teams playingContinue reading “Miami’s Zone Defense Will Be Pivotal To Their Success In Orlando”

2019-20 Rookie Review: Tremont Waters Is Ready For A Role In Boston’s Rotation

(Image by Tomek Kordylewski) By Jesse Cinquini The Playgrounder pumped out Rookie Reviews for Grant Williams, Romeo Langford, and Carsen Edwards. There’s only one Celtics draft choice left for us to tackle — Tremont Waters. Selected with the 51st overall pick, Waters made a name for himself during his sophomore campaign at LSU. The season inContinue reading “2019-20 Rookie Review: Tremont Waters Is Ready For A Role In Boston’s Rotation”

2019-20 Rookie Review: Romeo Langford’s Rookie Season (Thus Far)

(image by Tomek Kordylewski) By Jesse Cinquini The Boston Celtics landed a quartet of promising rookies in the 2019 NBA Draft. Tremont Waters, Grant Williams and Carsen Edwards all boast skill sets that are coveted at the next level. But which has the highest ceiling? I’d lean towards Romeo Langford, the 20-year-old wing from IndianaContinue reading “2019-20 Rookie Review: Romeo Langford’s Rookie Season (Thus Far)”

2019-20 Rookie Review: Grant Williams Is A Coach’s Dream

(Image by Tomek Kordylewski) By Jesse Cinquini There’s so much more to the game of basketball than scoring. Yes, it may be what draws eyeballs, but in reality it’s merely a component of the sport. Since the league’s inception, there has existed valuable albeit non-glamorous contributors who embrace doing the dirty work. Setting picks, takingContinue reading “2019-20 Rookie Review: Grant Williams Is A Coach’s Dream”

A 2019-20 Detroit Pistons Autopsy

The season has ended early for some of our beloved NBA franchises. Here at The Playgrounder we decided to do a postmortem of sorts. Specifically, we wanted to focus on five categories: what the team did well, where they struggled, free agency needs, 2020-21 expectations and a final prediction. What did the Pistons do well? Knee tendinitisContinue reading “A 2019-20 Detroit Pistons Autopsy”

A 2019-2020 Charlotte Hornets Autopsy

The season has ended early for some of our beloved NBA franchises. Here at The Playgrounder we decided to do a postmortem of sorts. Specifically, we wanted to focus on five categories: what the team did well, where they struggled, free agency needs, 2020-21 expectations and a final prediction. What did Charlotte do well? The Hornets wereContinue reading “A 2019-2020 Charlotte Hornets Autopsy”