Today’s league is dominated by said “super-teams.” These organizations are comprised of the best players in the world. In order to maintain such talent, it is vital to have a flexible amount of salary. By relinquishing the contract of All-Star snub Tobias Harris to the 76ers, the Clippers achieve two things: two maximum salary spots, and a plethora of young players and draft picks available for high key players through trades. Continue Reading!
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!
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!