No team in the NBA has a more athletic front-court than the L.A. Clippers, and Doc Rivers sure has taken advantage of that. While Blake Griffin continues to expand his game and propel himself into the MVP conversation, DeAndre Jordan sticks to his guns by being the backbone of the teams defense and letting everyone else do the hard work for him on the offensive end.
We've seen players from the 1996 come and go in this league, and while some have arguably had more successful careers, no one's persistence is quite as surprising as Derek Fisher's.
Since their inception in 2004, the Charlotte Bobcats have been the laughing stock of the league. Only once in the past 10 years have they won more than 36 games, and that one season happened to end quickly with a four-game sweep at the hands of the Orlando Magic. Then there's the 2011-2012 season, the one in which they won just seven games and set a record that basically made them the worst team in NBA history.
Lance Stephenson was nearly an All-Star this season. Let that sink in for a second. Four years ago, he fell all the way to the second round of the draft, where the Indiana Pacers made his night by picking him up with the 40th overall pick.
Nobody likes flies. Whether you're taking in a nice sunny day with a cool beverage in your hand or just waiting until you've finished eating dinner to clean up your mucky dishes, they seem to always find a way to mess things up.
In the past, the Oklahoma City Thunder have struggled without Russell Westbrook in their lineup, which doesn't come as a huge surprise seeing as he's a top five player in the league when healthy. However, ever since he went under the knife again before the New Year, the Thunder have been one of the NBA's hottest teams, posting a 20-8 record over a two month period which has helped hold their position at the top of a crowded Western Conference.
It's weird that the Charlotte Bobcats are good this year. Sure, you can pin it on the Eastern Conference being weak if you want to. After all, with a 24-30 record, they'd make the Playoffs by the skin of their teeth if they started today. But there is no denying that they are much, much better.
Every year for players and fans alike, the Valentine's Day and All-Star Weekend are intertwined. I mean, is there anything more romantic than watching Tim Hardaway Jr. and Dion Waiters battle it out one-on-one in the middle of the Rising Stars Challenge or feasting your eyes on Andre Drummond putting up 30 points and 25 rebounds en route to winning MVP?
A couple of weeks ago, Foot Locker came out with a new commercial. In it, some teenager is playing basketball at his house and he's talking to himself, living out his hoop dreams by counting down the seconds in some imaginary game, setting himself up for the game-winning shot.
If he's not playing against the Miami Heat, odds are that Roy Hibbert isn't going to bother you too much on the offensive end of the court. On the season, the former Hoya is averaging 11.8 points on 9.6 field goal attempts per game.