Posted April 15, 2014

Midseason grades for all 30 NBA teams

Ben Golliver
Damian Lillard

Damian Lillard and the Blazers have made it look easy this season. (Sam Forencich/NBAE via Getty Images)

Portland Trail Blazers: A+

32-11, No. 3 in the West

The league’s biggest surprise has fully earned its top mark. Portland — seen as a playoff bubble team entering the season after back-to-back lottery trips — has nearly matched its 33-win total from last season despite the fact that its biggest offseason acquisitions were Robin Lopez (dumped by the Pelicans) and Mo Williams (signed for cheap after the Jazz went a different direction).

The bulk of the credit for the Blazers’ rise goes to coach Terry Stotts, the heavy Coach of the Year favorite, who has delivered on his offensive-guru reputation by constructing the league’s most potent attack. Balancing heavy doses of three-point shooting from Damian Lillard (21 points, 42.4 percent on 7.2 attempts), Wesley Matthews (16.9 points, 42.3 percent on 6.3 attempts) and Nicolas Batum (12.8 points, 35.9 percent on 5.1 attempts) with steady pick-and-pop sniping and isolation success from LaMarcus Aldridge, the Blazers’ offense has frustrated opponents through smart construction and disciplined reads. Rare is the Portland possession that ends with a bad shot or sees a player try to freelance outside his strongest skill set.

Aldridge has played like a top-five MVP candidate, putting up career numbers (24.7 points, 11.6 rebounds, 2.9 assists), and he’s never looked happier or more comfortable. A dedicated student of the game who has studied Tim Duncan and watches video clips of defensive coverages on his iPad during timeouts, Aldridge has cultivated a better feel for when to exert himself late in games. He’s also surrounded by teammates he can trust to make defenses pay for over-committing.

Lillard, meanwhile, has made marginal improvements defensively since his rookie season while growing into one of the NBA’s most confident and lethal shooters at point guard. Together, the Aldridge/Lillard pairing gives Portland a strong star base to build around in the next few years, as Aldridge (set to become a free agent in 2015) recently indicated that he’s interested in negotiating a contract extension.

The Blazers have made it look easy, in large part because they haven’t faced much adversity. Their excellent starting five, a lineup posting a strong plus-10.1 net rating, has already logged nearly 900 minutes, and no starter has missed a game because of injury. That’s been huge, because Williams has been the only truly dependable bench player for Portland, whose below-average defense really starts to strain when multiple reserves hit the floor. Though the Blazers have defeated a number of top-shelf teams (San Antonio, Oklahoma City, Golden State), their strength of schedule has been among the weakest in the Western Conference, per Basketball-Reference. While a second-half cool-off could be coming, the Blazers did so much quality work early that their standing among the West’s top teams isn’t going to be thrown off by a little regression.

When the playoffs open, Portland will be seeking its first series victory since 1999-2000. Though the Blazers shouldn’t be considered a lock to advance, they look way, way more dangerous than anyone predicted in October.

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Sacramento Kings: C

15-26, No. 14 in the West

A decade of Maloofery wasn’t going to be undone in three months, and it hasn’t been. It’s too easy to peg the Kings as stuck in a “same old, same old” rut, but Sacramento does find itself in familiar environs, facing fit questions on offense, terrible defensive numbers and a bevy of inflated contracts to marginal producers that make it difficult to break out of this cycle of losing.

New ownership can pursue as many forward-thinking marketing moves as it likes — which so far have included a Guinness World Record for indoor crowd noise, the acceptance of Bitcoin as a legal form of tender for tickets and a streaming Google Glass in-game experience — but those shades of lipstick can’t hide the porky contracts being paid to Carl Landry (injured for most of the season after signing a four-year, $26 million deal in the offseason) and Rudy Gay (acquired in a December trade with the Raptors, he’s owed $17.9 million this season and possibly $19.3 million next season), among others. Sacramento is shelling out nearly $30 million combined this season to Landry and four players (Marcus Thornton, Jason Thompson, Derrick Williams and Travis Outlaw) who have posted below-average PERs. A mini max extension for DeMarcus Cousins kicks in next season, and starting point guard Isaiah Thomas will be expecting a big payday come summertime, so the roster refurbishing and cap quandaries aren’t going anywhere anytime soon.

First-year coach Michael Malone has come onto the scene as one of the league’s most intense personalities, unafraid to take his team to task or go after the officials over disputed calls. He has overseen career years for both Cousins (22.6 points, 11.6 rebounds, three assists) and Thomas (19.5 points, 6.3 assists) and found a way to fit in Gay offensively, but Sacramento’s defensive shortcomings, particularly discipline and awareness on the perimeter, continue to hold the team back. These guys clearly still have a long way to go, but at least they’ll be able to make that journey unencumbered by last season’s circus act.

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Tony Parker; Tim Duncan

Tony Parker (left) and Tim Duncan are playing career-low minutes, but still winning. (Sam Forencich/NBAE via Getty Images)

San Antonio Spurs: A

32-10, No. 2 in the West

Still really good. Not too old.

For the umpteenth year in a row, that’s the six-word story of the Spurs, who have shaken off a heartbreaking collapse in the 2013 Finals by racing out to another strong start this season. Boasting a top-five offense, a top-five defense and the league’s second-best point differential, the Spurs have feasted on the weaker East (12-2) while struggling against some of their top competition in the West.

Coach Gregg Popovich continues to adroitly manage the minutes of his best players, as Tony Parker (18.4 points, 6.3 assists, 51.6 percent shooting, 20.5 PER) is the only Spur to average 30 minutes. That deep distribution of playing time has continued despite injuries to Tiago Splitter, Danny Green and (this week) Kawhi Leonard, but neither the injuries nor the large minutes for lesser-known role players has stunted San Antonio’s accumulation of victories.

The Spurs’ balanced system, which has produced the league’s top assist rate for the second straight season, continues to chew up the opposition, even if Tim Duncan  (14.5 points, 47.3 percent shooting) isn’t quite playing to last year’s standard. Typical brilliance from Parker, a mini-resurgence from Manu Ginobili (12.6 points, 4.6 assists, 20.4 PER) and serious sharpshooting from newcomer Marco Bellineli (11.1 points, 49.3 percent from three-point range) have more than picked up the slack.

Leonard’s hand injury will have Spurs observers sitting on pins and needles for the next month or so, but the big-picture plan is still intact. If the Spurs enter the postseason with good health for Parker, Duncan, Leonard and Ginobili, they will join Oklahoma City as the West’s two blue-chip favorites. The magnitude of their playoff success will likely hinge on whether Duncan is able to approximate his beastly 2013 postseason performance. Popovich’s “slow and steady wins the race” treatment should have his 37-year-old big man prepared to make another memorable run.

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Toronto Raptors: A-

21-20, No. 4 in the East

Nothing Was The Same for the Raptors once they hired general manager Masai Ujiri, who breathed life into the organization by dumping Andrea Bargnani last summer. That move displayed a competence that had been lacking in Toronto in recent years, and following it up by quickly sending Rudy Gay to Sacramento showed that fit and logic would triumph over name recognition under this new regime. Gay’s resurgence in a more compact role with the Kings is irrelevant to the Raptors’ first-half mark: Toronto is clearly a better, more inspired and more fun team since his departure (6-12 with Gay, 15-8 without him).

Addition by subtraction rarely is this cut-and-dried. Kyle Lowry (16.1 points, 7.3 assists, 39.7 percent three-point shooting, 19.5 PER) and DeMar DeRozan (21.8 points, 17.8 PER) have made cases for All-Star selections as they have filled in the gaps, and the Raptors’ ball movement has picked up noticeably (Toronto averaged 17 assists before the trade and 22.5 since). The trade will pay dividends for years to come, too, as it places a greater burden on promising young center Jonas Valanciunas (10.1 points, 8.4 rebounds, 14.2 PER), who hasn’t yet taken the leap forward this season that The Point Forward anticipated.  The Lithuanian center is still just 21, though, and coach Dwane Casey is making him earn his minutes as Toronto has emerged to compete for a division title.

Casey’s Raptors are back to scrapping defensively like they did in 2011-12, and Toronto ranks just behind Charlotte as the most-improved team on that end. The Raptors have leaped from 22nd in defensive efficiency last year to sixth this year. They excel at defending the basket area (top five in opponent shooting percentage from five feet and in) and limiting opportunities from beyond the arc (sixth in opponent three-point attempts).

In sum, it might be argued that the Raptors have performed a little bit over their heads, but they’ve done it by playing intelligent defense and unselfish offense and by making a savvy trade that improves their cap and basketball picture. Drake should be proud.

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Utah Jazz: C

14-29, No. 15 in the West

The Jazz possess the Western Conference’s worst record and the league’s third-worst point differential, which is right on track with preseason prognostications. Replacing Paul Millsap and Al Jefferson with the expiring contracts of Richard Jefferson and Andris Biedrins was a clear recipe for short-term heartburn and long-term asset acquisition, and that’s where Utah finds itself.

The return of 2013 lottery pick Trey Burke from a finger injury has given Jazz fans reason to watch, something that was clearly lacking during their 1-12 run without him. Burke (13.5 points, 5.6 assists, 39 percent shooting, 14.4 PER) has fit the stereotype of a young guard getting his bearings as he transitions to the NBA, but he’s been an upgrade over the comically bad minutes-fillers who were standing in during his absence. Burke’s net rating of minus-5 is unsightly, but it blows away Utah’s minus-11 when he’s been off the court. His return has also made life easier for leading scorer Gordon Hayward (17.3 points, 5.4 rebounds, 4.9 assists), whose shooting numbers (42.1 percent overall, 32 percent from three-point range) took a major hit when he was thrust into the role of lead playmaker earlier this season.

Utah ranks last in defense, the product of a talent-deficient rotation and the calculated decision to throw young big men Derrick Favors and Enes Kanter into major roles. Favors, who signed a four-year, $48 million extension in October, has done fairly well (13.5 points, 9.1 rebounds, 51.8 percent shooting), but Kanter has been more of a mixed bag. The 2011 No. 3 pick has a team-worst defensive rating of 110.7, and he hasn’t been able to scale his rebounding rate from his two previous seasons in expanded minutes.

The Jazz hit the halfway mark confident that Burke is a keeper and with the knowledge that paying whatever it takes to retain Hayward next summer will be a worthwhile endeavor. Past that, they’re left counting down to the draft lottery with loads of roster holes to address during the offseason. A full-on, late-season tank makes all the sense in the world for the Jazz, who need a franchise-defining talent.

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Washington Wizards: B

20-21, No. 6 in the East

Washington joined the Clevelands and Detroits of the world in seeking a lottery-to-playoffs leap this season, and that plan is tracking nicely. Unfortunately, achieving a .500-ish record and a middling playoff seeding came at the expense of its 2014 first-round pick (top-12 protected), which had to be sacrificed to the Suns to acquire Marcin Gortat as a hole-plugger for the injured Emeka Okafor. The Wizards knew what they were doing when they made that move, and so far a strong season from John Wall (20 points, 8.5 assists, 4.2 rebounds, 20.3 PER) has prevented that calculated risk from backfiring.

Outside of Wall, who has been a surefire All-Star, the Wizards don’t have a ton to hang their hats on. They are decidedly mediocre on offense and nothing to write home about defensively, and coach Randy Wittman, who survived some early-season hot-seat talk, has employed a very short rotation to squeeze out every last win. Six Wizards play at least 29 minutes a game, including Bradley Beal, who was among the league leaders in minutes before sustaining a stress injury to his leg in late November. The 2012 No. 2 pick has bounced back from the injury nicely, averaging 17.1 points and shooting 44.2 percent from deep, and he looks destined for All-Star appearances in years to come.

Assuming the Wizards’ key players can remain healthy, watching the Wall/Beal combination get its postseason legs should be a treat. Otherwise, this has been a “meh” season. That’s an improvement on the “immensely frustrating and often unprofessional” vibe that has dominated in recent years, but it still falls short of a top-shelf standard. If Washington is bounced quickly in the first round (or disaster strikes), expect a regretful round of second-guessing over the loss of its draft pick from outsiders. PS: Yes, No. 3 pick Otto Porter is in the NBA; he just hasn’t done anything yet.

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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.