Mon. Dec 10th, 2018

Eli Yankelevich

Trading for Jimmy Butler is Reckless; Signing Him to a Max Contract could be a Team’s Biggest Mistake!

A super-max contract is an immense commitment. Such a salary establishes the notion that this player is capable of championship glory. In order for a player to be truly worthy of said contract, he must fulfill two categories: appropriate age and a premier skillset.
Today’s league is one where youth is considered a high commodity, and rightfully so! Devin Booker and Nikola Jokic are adequate examples of players deserving max deals. Booker being only 21 and Jokic 23, both fulfill the category of age as they are merely only entering their primes. The skillset they each bring to their respective teams is tremendously diverse, as it ranges from isolation to off-ball play. The Booker extension made sense because there is some guarantee on investment. In a league where the axis of power is constantly being challenged and reshaped, it is imperative to resign consistency over short term talent. Continue Reading!

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The Power Forward Position is Dying!

The NBA ten years ago was a completely different animal: it was a league dominated by back-to-the-basket bigs and limited motion offenses. Players like Blake Griffin became iconic on account of their ability to run up and done the court like super-humans. With this revelation came an eventual progression toward the three point shot. At the end of the day, three is better than two. Continue Reading!

Five Potential Cities for NBA Expansion

By Eli Yankelevich

Cincinnati

The Queen City is already a highly consolidated sports market. With franchises such as the Reds and the Bengals, there is still room to tap into professional basketball. Cincinnati is the 28th biggest market in the country with a metropolitan area that stretches to Dayton. Although the population of central Cincinnati is relatively small, the greater region is home to over two million people. This potential market size is comparable to cities like Charlotte, Orlando, San Antonio, and Denver. Continue Reading!