Trade Deadline Snapshot

One of the more crazy trade deadlines has finished, with some mind boggling deals going down at the death. Here’s a really quick snapshot of the reported trades that have happened overnight



Trade Deadline Update

We’re a shade under 24 hours until the NBA Trade Deadline ends, so let’s take a quick look at some of the players and teams making headlines around the league including Goran Dragic, Reggie Jackson and more!

Phoenix’s loaded backcourt was always going to cause a stir for one of, if not more, of the talented guards currently on the Suns roster. First to break out and publicly demand a trade is Slovenian Goran Dragic, who has told the Phoenix brass he will not re-commit to the team after this season, and listing the Knicks, Heat and Lakers as destinations he would like to go. Dragic is a free agent at the culmination of the 2015 season, meaning plenty of clubs will have the opportunity to wine and dine him in an attempt to sign him, however the risk of trading assets now with the possibility that he’ll leave in free agency is too much for most.



Kamal Hylton: Five Players to Keep Watching after NBA Rising Stars

By: Kamal Hylton (@KamalHylton)

With All-Star Weekend coming to a close, I wanted to reflect on what was my favourite event over the three days in the NBA Rising Stars Challenge. The change from a Rookie vs. Sophomore format (or the introduction of TNT personalities picking the teams) to a Team USA vs. Team World format was a stroke of genius and has given this this game a shot in the arm. The World team came away victorious 121-112, but both teams showed just how much young talent the NBA has to offer and that the leagues future will be in good hands.

I’ve always been a fan of this game over the actual All-Star game on Sunday night because it gives you a glimpse of the talent that is spread across the league, even more so in this format where fans get a chance to not only see young American talent but also a taste of just how much the game has gone global. Staying away from obvious names like Andrew Wiggins and Giannis Antetokounmpo, there was tons of talent on display for both sides and I wanted to give you my list of five players to continue to watch throughout their careers.



James Johnson: The Modern Day ‘Double Threat’

By: Kamal Hylton (@KamalHylton)

Although Kyle Lowry is their All-Star point guard and DeMar DeRozan is their star player, the grit, energy and attitude of James Johnson has made him an instant hit for the Toronto Raptors.

Coming off well earned wins over the Los Angeles Clippers and San Antonio Spurs have given the Raptors a dream start to a tough stretch of games going into and coming out of the NBA All-Star break, the teams fortunes seemingly changing the moment the 6-foot-9, 245 pound small forward returned from the inactive list and checked in to a raucous cheer during the second quarter of the Clippers game on Friday night.



Face in the Crowd

You know when watching a movie or even a TV show and an actor will pop onto the screen and for the life of you, you simply cannot put a name to their face.

The most infuriating part of the equation though is that you could rattle off every single movie or show they’ve ever appeared in and even quote some of their lines.

Why is it such a struggle then to recall a name?



Raptors vs. Bucks: Middleton and Bucks snap Raptors Winning Streak

By: Kamal Hylton (@KamalHylton)

Coming off two back-to-back overtime wins on the road, extending its winning streak to six games in the process, the Raptors were unable to push it to seven. Losing 82-75 to the Milwaukee Bucks.

Khris Middleton led the way for the Bucks with a game-high 25 points, while head coach Jason Kidd’s injury riddled squad got solid contributions from the likes of Jared Dudley with 14 points, John Henson with 12 points and Giannis Antetokounmpo with 12 points. Raptors big man Jonas Valanciunas notched a double-double of 12 points and 13 rebounds, taking advantage of his size inside, while DeMar DeRozan put up a team-high 16 points.


Top Underrated Stars

Every team has their superstar. The guy who gets buckets when it counts, forces turnovers in the clutch and makes plays us mere mortals can only dream of pulling off. Cleveland have LeBron. The Lakers have Kobe. Houston have Harden and the Thunder have Durant. But what about the others on the roster? The ones who go unnoticed by the casual observer but are game changers to those in the know. These are the underrated stars. Their stats may not be great but it’s the little things they do that endear them to coaches, players and fans alike. Here are my top underrated stars thus far in the 2014/15 season. (more…)

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Brooklyn Nets: Need an Injection of East Coast Flavour

By: Kamal Hylton (@KamalHylton)

Since moving from New Jersey to the borough of Brooklyn, the Nets in my opinion just hasn’t looked right. Reviewing what they’ve done so far, this is a franchise that has been put through the wringer. From day one the focus from the outside looking in seemingly wasn’t on the players or having a successful longterm plan, but rather the glitz and glamour of new branding and popularity coming from its minority owner Jay-Z, his wife Beyonce and the shiny new Barclays Center.

Since that point, Jay-Z sold his stake in the team and Russian billionaire Mikhail Prokhorov became majority owner (who is now according to reports wanting to sell), they hired Jason Kidd as head coach moments after retirement only for him to try pulling a power move, fail and then ditch them in favour of the Milwaukee Bucks and have mortgaged their future draft picks to the Boston Celtics for an aging Paul Pierce (who has since joined the Washington Wizards) and Kevin Garnett (who will likely retire at seasons end).


Mark Cuban, Rick Carlisle

Dallas Mavericks: Masterminding a Championship Contender in Big D

By: Kamal Hylton (@KamalHylton)

Mark Cuban and Rick Carlisle have constructed for my money one of the most fascinating starting fives in the association, surrounding Dirk Nowitzki with four players that arguably might be better than the title winning squad in 2011. Although that team essentially had a younger Nowitzki and Tyson Chandler, the other three players on this starting unit make them into a much more formidable team replacing Jason Kidd, DeShawn Stevenson and Shawn Marion with Rajon Rondo, Monta Ellis and Chandler Parsons.



2015 NBA All Star Starters Announced

The 2015 All Star Game is just around the corner, and the results of the fan vote are now in! We’d like to take the opportunity to congratulate all the players on their well deserved selections and we look forward to watching them battle it out on the hardwood in just a few weeks!