Posted April 15, 2014

Midseason grades for all 30 NBA teams

Ben Golliver
Blake Griffin

Blake Griffin is expanding his game — but he’s still pretty good at this. (Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)

Los Angeles Clippers: B-

29-15, No. 4 in the West

You can’t claim one of the West’s top-four seeds without being really good, and the Clippers, who boast the league’s sixth-best point differential, are really good. They’re also resilient: Los Angeles is 7-3 without Chris Paul, whose separated shoulder is just one of many injuries sustained by  its deep perimeter corps. Still, the cumulative effect of a rejiggered rotation (enter Jared Dudley, J.J. Redick and Darren Collison, exit Eric Bledsoe), the juggling lineups and Paul’s absence has made this somewhat of a downer start to the season, especially when contrasted to L.A.’s 2012-13 start, which was full of woofing, turnover-generating defense and a month-long winning streak.

Coach Doc Rivers arrived last summer riding a wave of hype and a strong offseason only served to ratchet up expectations. We took Rivers’ decision to cover up the Lakers’ title banners at Staples Center as a sign that the Clippers meant business, but instead their championship-ready makeover hasn’t fully formed yet. The offense, which many felt had a chance to be the league’s best, has essentially duplicated last year’s results (No. 4 ranking in 2012-13, No. 6 ranking this season). The defense, which was supposed to benefit from Rivers’ magic touch, also hasn’t taken a significant step forward (No. 9 ranking last year, No. 8 this year). The roster’s major problems — interior depth and the late-game reliability of DeAndre Jordan — remain.

Whether the Clippers are actually stuck on a plateau or merely pacing themselves in preparation for the playoffs remains to be seen. Either way, nobody delivers as many high-flying thrills, and Blake Griffin (22.6 points, 10 rebounds, 3.5 assists, 22.5 PER) deserves credit for doing a little bit of everything to keep things on track. The next three months will be about ditching the “same old, same old” vibe and recapturing the “new and improved” excitement that swirled in the fall.

VIDEO: Griffin throws down huge dunk as Lakers’ Kaman ducks for cover


Los Angeles Lakers: D

16-27, No. 13 in the West

Consider this a merged “D” grade: Los Angeles gets a “C” for playing almost exactly to expectations on the court and an “F” for all of its unfortunate injury news (and its truly unfortunate contract extension for Kobe Bryant). Entering the season, The Point Forward saw the Lakers as a non-factor in the Western Conference playoff picture, a team that was more or less dead on arrival without cohesive parts on offense and totally devoid of defensive talent. That’s exactly what has played out: The Lakers are a bottom-10 squad on both sides of the ball, they’ve gone 3-14 since Dec. 21, and they’re 8½ games out of the eighth seed in the West. Even if Bryant and the other key sidelined pieces (Steve Nash, Jordan Farmar, Steve Blake, etc.) magically returned tomorrow, this just isn’t a playoff team.

L.A.’s struggles have produced a few storylines that have, if nothing else, helped pass the time before the 2014 draft lottery. Farmar made a triumphant return from overseas before going down to injury. Kendall Marshall has had a chance to compile large assist totals in his second NBA chapter. Nick Young has provided some off-brand star power in Bryant’s absence, making sure that the Lakers’ beat writers always have something to write about. Young — aka “Swaggy P” aka “Swagtime” aka “Swag Mamba” aka whatever — is ultimately a style-over-substance fill-in for a legend whose future remains unclear.

You know what’s really swaggy in my book? Shooting above league average from the field (something Young has never done in his seven-year career), putting together a roster capable of posting a defensive rating that doesn’t look like a Death Valley temperature in mid-August (something the Lakers didn’t even really try to do) and smartly managing the salary cap (something the Lakers kicked to the curb by signing Bryant to a two-year, $48.5 million extension). You know what else is swaggy? Being a relevant factor in the postseason. Bryant’s quick knee injury after his return from an Achilles tear dashed any chance of relevance for this season. His league-leading contract and the barren roster around him paint a similar picture on L.A.’s horizon.

GIVE AND GO: Sizing up Kobe’s contract extension with the Lakers


Memphis Grizzlies: C-

20-20, No. 9 in West

This has been a dizzying free fall for the Grizzlies, who have plummeted from a franchise-best 56 wins last year to .500 this year, and from a dazzling trip to the conference finals to fourth place in the Southwest Division. The major extenuating factor, of course, is a knee injury that sidelined Marc Gasol for nearly two months. The Spanish big man is the Grizzlies’ centerpiece on both sides of the ball, and his absence made for a Memphis team that bears little resemblance to last year’s group. In 2012-13, the Grizzlies’ grit-and-grind defense ranked second.  This season, Memphis is 17th in points allowed per possession, buried near the unimpressive likes of Cleveland and Orlando. Gasol, the reigning Defensive Player of the Year, will surely help pick things up on that end now that he has returned, but he is tasked with a major excavation effort.

The good news: Memphis sits just three games out of the playoff picture and could well replace Phoenix or Dallas by season’s end, thanks in large part to All-Star-caliber play from point guard Mike Conley (18.1 points, 6.3 assists, 20.8 PER) in Gasol’s absence. The bad news: The clock was already ticking on the Grizzlies’ veteran-dominated core group, and just squeaking into the playoffs won’t be enough to consider this season a success.

Indeed, the rough start to the season has been a reminder that contention windows can open and close with incredible quickness in the uber-competitive West. Falling out of the conference’s top tier — for any reason, injuries included — forces the Grizzlies to ask some tough questions. Can first-year coach Dave Joerger resurrect the team’s elite defense, or did their premier play on that end depart with former coach Lionel Hollins? Is a roster whose perimeter corps features the recently acquired Courtney Lee, the dilapidated Tayshaun Prince and the injured Quincy Pondexter capable of keeping up with the West’s premier offenses? Is it worth maintaining a payroll that’s nearly in the luxury-tax territory for a team that’s looking at an uphill battle to win a single playoff series? Is it time to start imagining a life without Zach Randolph, who is making $17.8 million this season and can become a free agent in the summer? Have we reached the point where this team’s core should really only consist of the Gasol/Conley pairing?

These aren’t questions that Memphis thought it would be facing so quickly after its 2013 joy ride, but they will all loom large unless Gasol can lead a major turnaround by April.

COURT VISION: Making the case for Mike Conley as an All-Star


Miami Heat

Life isn’t bad for the Miami Heat these days. (Bobby Metules/Getty Images)

Miami Heat: A

31-12, No. 2 in the East

The Heat held training camp in the Bahamas and they’ve been sipping Mai Tais and scoping out the bikinis ever since. I, for one, will not hold that against them. Some might crush the two-time defending champions a little bit for coasting, but it must be acknowledged that they are 24-6 (.800) when Dwyane Wade plays and that LeBron James, Wade and Chris Bosh are all approaching career lows in minutes per game. How many times do we need to see the Spurs surprise people before we realize that reducing some of that workload will pay dividends later? Shouldn’t we point out that James (No. 2 in PER), Wade (No. 16) and Bosh (No. 30) all remain elite weapons, together representing, once again, the best trio in the league?

The championship-level intensity on defense hasn’t been there on a night-to-night basis: Miami has slipped to No. 11 in defensive efficiency, its lowest mark since James arrived in 2010, and the reigning MVP acknowledged recently that his team has had to find ways to stay motivated after three straight runs to the Finals. Panic, or anything close to it, would be silly. Even with Wade resting often and Bosh playing less, the Heat have the league’s second-best offense, and they are the only Eastern Conference team that ranks in the top 11 in that category. It’s therefore difficult to envision how the Heat’s first two playoff opponents, whoever they might be, will avoid being treated like cream puffs.

Nobody benefits more from the weak East than the Heat, who can save their bullets, mold Michael Beasley, test-drive Greg Oden and prepare for their clash with the Pacers and, if they prevail, another battle with the West winner. With more than four months to go before the Finals, it’s easy for NBA junkies to forget that the Heat’s entire season really boils down to those final 14 games. Everything that’s unfolded suggests that Miami itself hasn’t forgotten.

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Milwaukee Bucks: F

8-33, No. 15 in the East

Let’s start with two pieces of good news. First: Milwaukee took a chance in drafting Giannis Antetokounmpo and smartly realized immediately that: A) his development should be a top organizational priority, and B) he was an Internet sensation waiting to happen who demands saturation coverage. That’s led us to the point where the 19-year-old Greek rookie is averaging 23.2 minutes — that’s more than Andre Drummond last year — and roughly 1,426 gushing blog posts per week by people who are rightfully captivated by his long arms, gigantic hands, crazy upside, adorable smile and general all-around friendliness.

Second, Bucks.com writer Alex Boeder continues to fight the good fight despite a brutal season, hilariously noting earlier this month that seldom-used, 25-year-old rookie Miroslav Raduljica was enjoying a higher PER than LeBron James during his own rookie season. That is some warm, tasty brew to wash down a really, really bitter pill of a 2013-14 season. Well done.

Everything else has been a train wreck. Their offense ranks dead last, their defense ranks 20th, newly extended center Larry Sanders leads the league in embarrassing headlines, O.J. Mayo has basically flamed out and a summer spent accumulating middling veterans (Caron Butler, Zaza Pachulia, Carlos Delfino, Gary Neal) has led to a league-worst record and a steady supply of frustrated postgame comments.

It seemed like the Bucks had spent enough ($24 million for Mayo, $15.6 million for Pachulia, $13 million to the Delfino/Neal pairing, $44 million to lock up Sanders, $5.5 million payroll increase in the Butler trade) to reach their usual standard of banal mediocrity. Instead, they are a surprise tank with all sorts of unnecessary gizmos and ill-fitting parts. As soon as you start thinking, “Hey, Andrew Wiggins is just the guy to turn that whole franchise around,” you can’t help but reverse course entirely, instead settling on “Man, I hope Andrew Wiggins goes somewhere else.”

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Minnesota Timberwolves: D+

20-21, No. 11 in the West

Minnesota is sharing a lot of the same “outside the playoffs looking in” disappointment as Denver and Memphis, but its plight might be more comparable to Detroit’s given the level of offseason expenditures. Quickly, a reminder: New president Flip Saunders shelled out $60 million to Nikola Pekovic, $27.8 million to Kevin Martin, $15 million to Chase Budinger, $14.1 million to Corey Brewer and $3 million to Ronny Turiaf, and the franchise has since taken on $4.4 million worth of future money to Luc Richard Mbah a Moute. That’s nearly $125 million (!) of investments that haven’t moved the needle compared to last season, when Minnesota was 17-24 at this point despite a bunch of injuries.

The spending was a calculated gamble to keep All-Star forward Kevin Love (25 points, 13 rebounds, 4.1 assists) happy, but his frustration with his teammates boiled over again earlier this month. The 2015 free-agency period is now just 18 months away,  and the 25-year-old Love is staring straight at the possibility of a sixth straight lottery trip.

Yes, the Timberwolves are the “better than their record” poster child. In fact, the Timberwolves rank in the top 10 in both offensive efficiency and defensive efficiency. Somewhat astoundingly, their point differential ranks seventh, better than that of the Warriors, Rockets, Suns and Mavericks. The obvious explanation for the disparity between their statistical body of work and their record: a 5-15 mark in “clutch” games (within three points with five minutes to go), per NBA.com.

Underperforming so badly in close games could be viewed as a sign that Minnesota is due for some late-game luck. It could also be seen as a symptom of a serious problem at point guard, where Ricky Rubio (8.6 points, 8.2 assists, 35 percent shooting) has struggled with his jumper and confidence to the point that he’s been repeatedly benched down the stretch, and J.J. Barea (8.7 points, 3.5 assists, 40.5 percent shooting) just isn’t someone you want deciding your team’s fate in the game’s biggest moments night in and night out.

Individually, Minnesota’s offseason moves were logical, and in some cases (particularly Pekovic) the alternative would be far worse than the current reality. Together, though, the moves have put Minnesota over the cap for next season, and none of its newcomers (many of whom can be classified as overpaid) carries much in the way of trade value. The Wolves lack young prospects, too. Because of these factors and Love’s free agency next year, the Timberwolves badly needed to end their playoff drought and generate some momentum this season. There might not be another team in the league that needs a second-half turnaround more than this one.

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61 comments
DavidHarte
DavidHarte

The Warriors need to find a #2…David Lee is incapable of guarding anyone, and though his rebound numbers look impressive, big power forwards like Serge Ibaka and Anthony Davis eat him alive.


This team will never compete as structured, and if Lacob insists on keeping Lee (who is clearly his favorite player after Curry), everyone is wasting their time: Bogut has a small window of, as does Iguadala.


Time to trade, Joe.  Let Jerry West work…Myers can watch and learn.



BigBubba
BigBubba

Joe Dumars drafted a Georgia guy, Pope, over a Michigan guy, Burke--who is in line to win Rookie of the Year.  And Pope?  Is he even playing?  LOL.


Dumars gets an F

Joe R2
Joe R2

Golliver is just another Miami/Lebron slurping NBA writer....  Miami has underachieved all season and they get an A?  And the Bulls, losing their 2 best players and still a 4 seed in the East get a D?  Keep gargling LeBron's testicles...

David S
David S

Pretty good article but the author needs to take a more in depth look at Terrence Jones play in Houston. Clyde Drexler says he can see Terrence becoming the best power forward in the NBA within two years. Terrence is the real deal and the full package at power forward.

ikhoops
ikhoops

Cleveland should get a D-. Young talent has not come together and their controversial draft picks are not panning out. Tristan Thompson has not been a difference maker for a high pick and AB is awful. Deng acquisition is the only thing that doesnt make it an F but if he leaves in the offseason then giving away those pick makes the first half of the season an F-. Even worse than the Bucks who are obviously terrible but they will pick at 1-4 this year and can continue their rebuild. But a long way to go there. On a positive side if Portland doesnt get an A ,that's crazy. Their talent is coming together and are now is a place to compete in the west for years to come. Young talented team whose leaders now want to stay in POrtland and keep their core together.


Jeremy_Lynn
Jeremy_Lynn

Derrick Rose didn't re-injure his knee... the injury occurred to the other knee, not the same one that forced him to miss last season, thus it is not a re-injury, just another injury...

RichardKeller
RichardKeller

Also, to give the Nets a "D: is ludicrous!  Their payroll should have nothing to do with expectations.  Williams has missed a ton of games and Lopez was at 50% or less in the games he played.  They deserve a B for getting to where they are as of today.

RichardKeller
RichardKeller

SO stupid to give Miami an "A".  It should be the Miami LeBron....."A".  The Heat are NOT a TEAM.

CraigWachs
CraigWachs

A  [ D ] FOR Bulls , come on , i give them A-  just for playing 500 ball with what theve gone thru ...

buzzman69
buzzman69

This idiots dislike of the Lakers is palpable. I'm not a Lakers fan, but come on. This is supposed to be sports journalism, not for some small minded guy to vent his personal frustrations. And his take down of the Bulls, like they had a choice about injuries. Where does SI find these guys? My dog could write a better column....

MidwestGolfFan
MidwestGolfFan

Moral of the story:  playing as well as possible through adversity (like the Bulls losing their star player) gets you a bad grade.

This isn't school.


Nate the Pate
Nate the Pate

The grading system is wrong.  The writer should not factor injuries into the equation - the grade should solely be based on the team's actual performance relative to the expected performance (WITH THE PLAYERS AVAILABLE).  

For example, people are pissed off that the Bulls got a D.  The writer means that they had super high expectations because of Rose' return but because of injuries, they rank only a D.  It's not a knock on how the Bulls are performing with the current available roster, which, if anything, has been not bad.  Like I said, it's a stupid grading system because it's not the team's fault when players get injured.  Grade the teams for the talent they have and the actual results.  In which case, Knicks get an F for sure.

PaulWeeldreyer
PaulWeeldreyer

This is why the NBA is stupid. Because even NBA writers have to pretend like the NBA is something that it's not. Giving Milwaukee an F, for instance, is ludicrous once you accept the obvious fact that they are trying to tank. Ask a Bucks fan what grade they would give and they would probably mostly say "A". Why do you insist on pretending like bad teams are having bad years because they are losing games?

JustinLerner24
JustinLerner24

article is garbage except for the Knicks... got it spot on and loved the no explanation 

MikeKulpa
MikeKulpa

 You are a hack. Give the Knicks who I know are not playing well an F with no explanation? They did beat The Heat and a few other good teams. Remember the Texas trip? Not a word about all the injuries either O right all you could write was Duh.

GTT
GTT

For this Hawks fan it's enough to know we now have a GM who wouldn't blow lottery picks like Billy Knight did multiple times. And, there is a coach who gets the most from his players' talents, unlike Woodson and Drew.

Stephen O
Stephen O

hahaha.  these things always make me laugh.  whatever troll.

J Diddy
J Diddy

Bulls get a D and the Cavs get a C-? No need to read the rest of this junk...


Cavs get an F for wasting a ton of money on Bynum, being at full strength most of the season, and STILL being worse than they were a year ago. If Deng is smart, he'll play out his half-season in Purgatory and go to a team with a clue next year. 

DeanHewitt
DeanHewitt

Well, this guy doesn't know what he's talking about. 

An a "A" for Miami.  First, Miami is breaking down right before our eyes and he doesn't see it.  Can't wait to see if they even get the second seed.  

A "D" for the Bulls, right.  The Bulls have righted the ship since the DRose loss.  I would expect a team to have problems after losing their MVP.  I think they went 3-12 for the fifteen games after losing him. Losing Luol may seem like a loss but all the cards haven't been played  yet.  Snell is getting time to develop, Dunleavy is getting his grove and Butler continues to grow.  It's a positive.  And then in a sense we traded and got DJ Augustine for Teague.  In the Bulls system DJ can act more like a sg with assist potential.  Hinrich takes some of the pressure off along with Noah in running the offense. Big plus.  We may not catch the Heat, but don't count us out.  We've won 11 of 13 and looking solid.  41 games and counting.

dinohealth
dinohealth

@DavidHarte Nonsense.  You are not going to get anything better; Lee is one of the premier PFs in the league.  The bench needs shoring up.  If that is done, this team is a contender.

JoeCabot
JoeCabot

@Joe R2Why do some of you insist on bringing your fantasies into a sports forum?

AaronDunckel
AaronDunckel

@Joe R2 Miami is at a similar pace as last year, has had not very much Dwayne Wade, and will only get better as the season goes on - as opposed to other teams who peak regular season.... this is typical Miami the last few years for this time of year, and this writer knows it - unlike you

CLECavsOutsider
CLECavsOutsider

@ikhoops  I agree, makes absolutely no sense. They are currently 10th in the East,  5½ GB of Chicago, who just beat them at home shorthanded, but 2 GM from being 13th. They failed at making the most from the Bynum situation, nothing was at risk but time and money. The guy should have been on the floor to close games, and EASILY 10-15 FGA, he barely got 8, and yet Deng comes on, and its no problem getting him 12-14 FGA easily. While Deng may bring scoring to the position, he;s also getting MORE shots there, he isn't ADDING anything dynamic, or difference making, he was on the floor in losing at Sacramento by 44 PTS. 

I just don't believe in giving up assets for a player made expendable, in the last year of his contract, when all it takes over the summer, is money and his desire to take it. Deng was offered 3 YRS/$30 MIL, I don't see him worth more than that, in 10 years he WASN'T a difference maker in Chicago. I just don't think you overpay to keep him. If he doesn't get the Cavs to the playoffs, then it only confirms him not being a difference maker. The Cavs haven't done well in the draft, so maybe in the grand scheme of things, it really doesn't matter. I agree with the D- 

OpacTheDON
OpacTheDON

@RichardKeller The Nets should get an F. They're 3 games under .500 having played half the season. In the weak Eastern Conference they've blended in with teams like the Cavs at times. You can't honestly tell me that you thought before the season, even with D-Will and Brook Lopez out. This team was suppose to contend for a title, if one or 2 stars fall down, the other other were suppose to pick up the slack, along with their loaded bench. Payroll is 100% expectations, an organization pays the players certain amounts to reach certain expectations. And even your point of saying that they deserve a B for getting where they are is ludicrous, I'm sure the organization in the most luxury tax was not hoping to be half way through the season with a 19-22 record. The only thing where they deserve an A is their recent play, but even so I still don't think they will beat out the Raptors for the division and they look like a first round exit or a second round sweep at best.

AaronDunckel
AaronDunckel

@RichardKeller you dont watch much basketball then.  They are 2nd in the east despite heardly playing at their best and only turning it on for stretches.  This same thing happened last year.

duckfan59
duckfan59

@CraigWachsHelps to put it into context if you read the disclaimer at top of the column:

Grades are primarily determined by first-half performance relative to preseason expectations. 

Marc6
Marc6

@Nate the Pate I prefer to see teams graded based on how they've performed vs. original expectations and including injuries. Otherwise, why write an article. You'd simply look at the standings and give out the grades. Grading against expectations ties in great coaching like Stotts and Hornacek have done.

TheDistrict
TheDistrict

@Nate the Pate Yeah it is a bit ridiculous that the Bulls who lost their franchise player is graded only slightly higher than the abomination that is the Detroit Pistons. Although only four wins separate the two teams; if the writer is going to account for how much the Pistons spent on free agents he should account for the Bulls losing Rose, even if it is the second year in a row. 

TheDistrict
TheDistrict

@PaulWeeldreyer Yeah it's weird that the writer account for how much the roster cost to put together, yet wouldn't account for the benefit of tanking over winning a few more meaningless games and not getting a top-3 pick. 

AaronDunckel
AaronDunckel

@MikeKulpaA hack because he didn't like your team.... LOL..... dude you just sound plain homer - everyone knows why the Knicks deserve an F

mjw149
mjw149

@MikeKulpa I'm a Knicks fan.  F is right.  


How is it that one of the largest cities in the entire world, with some of the best schools and some of the smartest money people in the ENTIRE WORLD, has TWO extremely rich franchises run by owners who don't understand salary caps, training science or basketball analytics?


This Knicks team looked like contenders.  You know, LAST year, before they traded Lin and Novak.  Even with Chandler back, they haven't looked nearly as good, even if they beat the (underachieving) Heat.  This is a team that can barely compete, let alone contend but all the draft picks are gone.  How could this happen in just one short year?

cc24ny
cc24ny

@MikeKulpa I don't think he's a hack, but I do think he's lazy and unprofessional. 

pdiamond
pdiamond

@MikeKulpaI assume you're kidding but, well, you never know around here.  You're calling the guy a 'hack' because he didn't feel like he needed to explain why and how the Knicks are terrible this year?  Really?  Most people would agree that no explanation is needed. If you think about it, the fact that they have the talent to beat the Heat on a given night, and yet suck so righteously almost every other night, is reason enough to give them an F.  And this has been going on for 2 or 3 generations.

AaronDunckel
AaronDunckel

@J DiddyCavs do get a lower grade, but come on - that Bynum deal was smart and anyone with a brain knows it. 

AaronDunckel
AaronDunckel

@DeanHewittMiami is breaking down just like last year at this time?  Really?  They are similarly situated and have been visibly disinterested just as they were last year around January and early February.  Pay attention to the whole thing and not just the big headlines

pickle
pickle

@DeanHewitt I think he is giving Miami an A because just like last year they underachieved in the regular season for their talent level but dominated the playoffs. Lebron and co. know that they just need to get a top 4 seed and they will be able to at least get the rematch with Indiana. Still, I would probably give them a B.

J Diddy
J Diddy

@DeanHewitt I'm a Bulls fan, too, and agree with most of your thoughts. But I still think it's fools gold with our Bullies right now. They're winning on grit and tenacity--which is enough to beat everyone in the East except Miami and Indy. However, their future (and any title hopes) is in the upcoming draft, bringing over Mirotic (sp? LOL), Butler & Taj continuing to develop, and a healthy D-Rose. My point: Winning this year only helps one of those things (the development of Butler & Taj).


I'm not suggesting tanking (I'm too afraid Thibs might read this and come after me! :), but the best thing would be for 4 or 5 other teams in the East to wake up and push the Bulls out of the playoff picture. Noah, Boozer, and Butler aren't winning a championship. And that's the goal for this franchise, not just getting to the playoffs and maybe out of the first round. We aren't the Hawks or Cavs for Heaven's sake. ;)

JoeCabot
JoeCabot

@Joe R2 And you keep reading his column.  That'll really show him.

pickle
pickle

@mjw149 @MikeKulpa Agree completely. I am also a Knicks fan and I was simply floored when I heard that the big offseason moves to help them make the Eastern Finals were getting Ron Artest and Bargnani. Immediately I knew that the season was lost and I haven't even watched a single game. I don't think I will until there is some new management. 


Call me a fair weather fan, but I just can't even stand to watch when I know that my mom could probably make better offseason moves than this franchise. 

TheDistrict
TheDistrict

@cc24ny @MikeKulpa Did you read the descriptions of any of the other teams? He gives plenty of good reasons for his grades and offers a lot of interesting data points - clearly he's done his homework. Just because he did't grade the Knicks doesn't mean he's lazy and unprofessional. 

JustinLerner24
JustinLerner24

 @MikeKulpa im a die hard knick fan... but he got it spot on, the knicks dont even deserve an explanation 

J Diddy
J Diddy

@AaronDunckel Wait, how was the Bynum deal smart? Did he add even one extra win for the money and headaches the Cavs expended on him? He didn't even last until the all star break. No, it was a useless move for them in the offseason that cost them more in team chemistry than anything they gained. 


Now, if you're talking about sending him over for Deng, then yes, that was a brilliant, can't-lose deal for them. But that's not what I was referring to in my original comment.