The Hook

How the Wizards clawed back to respectability

For the past five years, Washington has hosted one of the NBA's most pointless franchises. Things are finally turning around in D.C.

Don't forget about the Spurs' defense

As expected, the Mavericks had some tricks up their sleeve for Game 1 of their first-round series. Problem is, the Spurs had more.

23 things to look forward to in the NBA playoffs

With the playoffs starting, let's get excited about a lot of playoff things.

Odds are we'll see an NBA Finals rematch

A basic prediction system warns us of impending doom to all who face the Spurs.

The Hook's 2014 NBA Awards

Let us guide you back through the 2013-14 NBA regular season with a look at the superlatives in selected categories.

How Kevin Durant became the MVP

Necessity pushed Durant further down the path to greatness. Now he has caught up to LeBron.

Hibbert's foul rate explains Pacers' road woes

One obvious culprit in Indiana's road struggles is that Roy Hibbert is called for many more fouls away from Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Why is this? Do referees let him get away with more at home, or are they too quick to whistle him on the road?

The Pacers' extreme road woes

Part of the Pacers' problem is how much worse they are on the road than the average team.

Why the Spurs stay amazing

Ho hum, the Spurs are on top of the West again. How do they keep putting together spectacular seasons and staving off the decline so many expect to see?

Overcoming tough defense wins NBA championships

The cliché is that defense wins championships. It's a little more complicated than that.


Why the Lakers are so much younger

The two most decorated teams in the NBA have each gotten three years younger since last season. But one of them chose that path.

How age correlates to team success

By looking at team age data, we can get hints on which teams face the end of their runs and which teams have bright futures.

The NBA's speed movement isn't stopping

Back in January we noted that the NBA was collectively playing at its highest pace in two decades. As the season comes to a close, that remains true.

The best non-playoff teams ever

Since the NBA playoffs expanded to 16 teams in 1984, no lottery team has been better than the current Timberwolves, Suns or Mavericks. Two of them will not make the postseason.

Who will think of the Basketball PhDs?

An anonymous ex-player is fed up with NBA owners hiring people without Basketball PhDs for general manager jobs. What the hell is a Basketball PhD?

Future NBA stars don't need college

Another year means another NCAA Tournament where top stars' teams bow out early and their self-serving head coaches try to convince them to delay their professional careers to work for free.

Small reforms to end NBA tanking

There's no need to (re)invent the wheel. The NBA's so-called tanking problem can be fixed with small, sensible reforms.

An early mock draft

It's only March and we don't even know the draft order, but it's not too early for a mock draft because mock drafts are fun. As the NCAA Tournament gets underway, here's where we think the prospects stand.

NBA Draft reform damages competitive balance

If you have some wild idea to end the so-called tanking epidemic, please be sure it also strengthens competitive balance. Chances are it will do the opposite.

The NBA age minimum serves no one

Forcing Andrew Wiggins and other top prospects to go to college for a year taught NBA teams very little. Why must we keep doing this?

Will the Sixers win again this season?

The Sixers have lost 18 straight and have 18 games left to go. What are the odds they finish the season with an NBA record 36-game losing streak?

Phil Jackson won't be the Knicks' savior

The Zen Master brings an impressive pedigree to the Knicks, but there are more reasons to be skeptical than optimistic about his chances to be a top executive.

The accidental Executive of the Year

The Suns' rookie GM is almost certainly going to win NBA Executive of the Year. Did he mean for the Suns to be this good?

The D-League as an NCAA killer

Considering Mark Cuban's plea for the NBA D-League to squash the NCAA once and for all.

How the East hurts its own draft chances

The severe conference imbalance in the NBA is self-perpetuating because of how it affects draft positioning.

A reason to hold out hope for Royce White

We can't quite call Royce White an NBA wash-out for this particular reason.

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