The Lakers' Pyrrhic Victory Lays Bare The NBA's Flawed Incentives

With the game tied 111-111 with 0.7 seconds left in overtime, the Lakers' Jordan Clarkson made a layup to defeat the 76ers. Clarkson was the 46th pick in the draft, sandwiched between two guys named Dwight Powell and Russ Smith. Both Powell and Smith have already been traded—in Powell's case three times—and have… » 3/31/15 12:26am 3/31/15 12:26am

No Big Deal, Just Stephen Curry Dishing Another Unbelievable Pass

Stephen Curry completes passes that nobody else even thinks of. A fake behind-the-back to offhand wraparound pass isn't something you see every day, or any day. Watch Draymond Green sitting on the three-point line and Klay Thompson diving into the paint behind a ball-watching Monta Ellis, and on another day you… » 3/07/15 11:08am 3/07/15 11:08am

Did This Comments Section Nostradamus Predict The Warriors' Season?

Most internet commenters are dumb, and you're better off never venturing into the comments section. A lot of the Deadspin staff subscribes to the Cigarette Theory of internet comments, which states that reading an internet comment is akin to smoking a cigarette. It's fine if you do so sparingly, but reading dozens a… » 2/12/15 9:41pm 2/12/15 9:41pm

What The Hell Did Stephen Curry Just Do With This Pass?

The headline isn't an attempt at hyperbole but a legitimate question. I've watched this on replay four or five times now and I still can't figure out how Steph Curry smoothly pulled this off. I'm sitting on my couch trying to swing an imaginary ball from my left hand to my right and then over my shoulder to the dog… » 1/28/15 12:30am 1/28/15 12:30am

Klay Thompson's Third Quarter In Sight And Sound

What Klay Thompson did during the third quarter last night boggles the mind. Thirty-seven points on 13-13 shooting, 9-9 from three? A few of the shots—the one from five feet behind the three-point line and the one where he just sorta flung it up while covered in the corner come to mind—would have been terrible… » 1/24/15 11:40am 1/24/15 11:40am

Draymond Green Is A Taunting Goon, And He's My Favorite NBA Player

A lot of Golden State Warriors players are goons. Andrew Bogut is a goon. David Lee is a goon. Draymond Green is a goon. Steph Curry and Klay Thompson might run the most beautiful offense in the league, but the Warriors' goonery is an important component of their league-leading defense. But they've been so good… » 1/22/15 10:40pm 1/22/15 10:40pm

Harrison Barnes Forces Revision To The Definition Of A Shabazz Assist

Last week I introduced the Shabazz Assist, a revolutionary new statistic that properly credits a player for missing dunks that "ricochet perfectly to an open teammate in the corner." But like any forefront in advanced analytics, the Shabazz Assist remains a work in progress, and in hindsight its parameters were too… » 1/14/15 11:53pm 1/14/15 11:53pm