Wizards Insider: Around the NBA


Posted at 08:00 AM ET, 04/11/2014

NBA End-of-the-Season Awards Report

Kevin Durant is poised to dethrone LeBron James as MVP while Chicago’s Joakim Noah stands as the league’s top defender.

By Brandon Parker  |  08:00 AM ET, 04/11/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Around the NBA, Kevin Durant, LeBron James

Posted at 03:03 PM ET, 04/04/2014

Marc Gasol has been key to Memphis Grizzlies’ late-season run

The Grizzlies area red-hot 27-12 since their center returned from a knee injury, and a closer look at the numbers bears out his importance to the team.

By John Romero  |  03:03 PM ET, 04/04/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Around the NBA, Marc Gasol, Memphis Grizzlies

Posted at 07:30 AM ET, 03/28/2014

A closer look at the Philadelphia 76ers’ historic losing streak

AROUND THE NBA | A closer look at the numbers that add up to Philadelphia’s losing streak, which tied the league record Thursday.

By Brandon Parker  |  07:30 AM ET, 03/28/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Around the NBA, Philadelphia 76ers

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 03/21/2014

Shaun Livingston resurrects his career with Brooklyn Nets

On his eighth team in nine years, Livingston’s defense has turned the Nets into a playoff contender.

By Brandon Parker  |  07:00 AM ET, 03/21/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Around the NBA, Brooklyn Nets, Shaun Livingston

Posted at 07:01 AM ET, 03/14/2014

Why NBA opponents love to hate Blake Griffin

The Los Angeles Clipper forward’s improving skills and unpopular tactics have made him a polarizing player.

By Brandon Parker  |  07:01 AM ET, 03/14/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Around the NBA, Blake Griffin

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 03/07/2014

The defense for and against Kevin Love

As the Minnesota Timberwolves forward’s free agency decision looms, some wonder if his offensive dominance outweigh his defensive struggles.

By Brandon Parker  |  07:00 AM ET, 03/07/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Around the NBA, Kevin Love

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 02/28/2014

Midseason free agency can separate NBA contenders from pretenders

The Bulls, With Saturday’s postseason eligibility deadline looming for free agents, teams like Chicago, Brooklyn and Houston could look to remedy their weaknesses.

By Brandon Parker  |  07:00 AM ET, 02/28/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Around the NBA, Brooklyn Nets, Chicago Bulls, Houston Rockets

Posted at 07:30 AM ET, 02/21/2014

Story lines for the NBA season’s second half

Questions abound as the playoffs loom, including whether Indiana can dethrone the Miami Heat.

By Brandon Parker  |  07:30 AM ET, 02/21/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Around the NBA

Posted at 02:04 PM ET, 02/14/2014

NBA Midseason Awards Report

While Kevin Durant appears to have locked up MVP, several of the other award races are not as cut-and-dry.

By Brandon Parker  |  02:04 PM ET, 02/14/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Around the NBA

Posted at 07:04 AM ET, 02/07/2014

The Decision 2.0 looms for LeBron James

Whether the Miami Heat star decides to test free agency this summer could come down to one player -- and his name isn’t Dwyane Wade.

By Brandon Parker  |  07:04 AM ET, 02/07/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Around the NBA, LeBron James, Miami Heat

Posted at 07:15 AM ET, 01/31/2014

Lance Stephenson, Anthony Davis among those with cases to be first-time NBA All-Stars

Although they aren’t household names, advanced statistics point to six players deserving of their first all-star nods.

By Brandon Parker  |  07:15 AM ET, 01/31/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  All-Star Game, Anthony Davis, Around the NBA, David Stern, DeMarcus Cousins, Goran Dragic, John Wall, Kyle Lowry, Lance Stephenson

Posted at 08:00 AM ET, 01/24/2014

How the NBA Eastern Conference was lost

East teams are performing at a subpar rate while the West is thriving, and it may come down to just four reasons.

By Brandon Parker  |  08:00 AM ET, 01/24/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Around the NBA

Posted at 09:00 AM ET, 01/17/2014

LeBron James and Kevin Durant: A tale of two shooters

LeBron says he’s jealous of Durant’s offensive freedom. But the numbers say both superstars take a sizable chunk of their team’s shots.

By Brandon Parker  |  09:00 AM ET, 01/17/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Around the NBA, Kevin Durant, LeBron James

Posted at 03:21 PM ET, 01/10/2014

Around the NBA: Does Golden State’s win streak make them a title contender?

It’s only January, but the red-hot Warriors are making a case as a NBA power.

By Brandon Parker  |  03:21 PM ET, 01/10/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Around the NBA, Golden State Warriors

Posted at 11:20 PM ET, 01/03/2014

Rajon Rondo wants to rehab in the D-League. He might have a point.

Boston guard is flirting with the idea of playing in the D-League as he recovers from a torn ACL.

By Brandon Parker  |  11:20 PM ET, 01/03/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Around the NBA, Boston Celtics, D-League, Rajon Rondo

Posted at 09:01 AM ET, 12/21/2013

Is Portland a legitimate trailblazer among this year’s NBA title contenders?

By Brandon Parker  |  09:01 AM ET, 12/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Around the NBA, Portland Trail Blazers

Posted at 05:12 PM ET, 12/13/2013

Around the NBA: Is Kevin Durant this year’s forgotten superstar?

With the emergence of Indiana Pacers forward Paul George, Durant and the Thunder are sometimes overshadowed.

By Brandon Parker  |  05:12 PM ET, 12/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Around the NBA, Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City Thunder

Posted at 05:39 PM ET, 12/06/2013

Around the NBA: Will Kobe Bryant’s return cause shake-up the Western Conference?

The Lakers star announced he will return to the court Sunday after tearing his Achilles’

By Brandon Parker  |  05:39 PM ET, 12/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Around the NBA, Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles Lakers

Posted at 02:54 PM ET, 11/29/2013

With Derrick Rose out, who in the NBA Eastern Conference can beat the Miami Heat?

The Bulls’ hopes to unseat the Heat have seemingly been derailed by another knee injury to their star. Can another team fill the void?

By Missy Khamvongsa  |  02:54 PM ET, 11/29/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Around the NBA, Chicago Bulls, Derrick Rose, Eastern Conference

Posted at 03:21 PM ET, 11/23/2013

Knicks sputter while Pacers, Spurs shine early. Will it matter come April?

History shows that an NBA team’s chances at reaching the Finals are typcially reflected in its first 10 games.

By Brandon Parker  |  03:21 PM ET, 11/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Around the NBA, Indiana Pacers, New York Knicks, Portland Trail Blazers, San Antonio Spurs

Posted at 03:40 PM ET, 11/15/2013

New York Knicks, Brooklyn Nets coming up small in the Big Apple

The New York Knicks and Brooklyn Nets sputter in their arms race for city supremacy in the NBA.

By Brandon Parker  |  03:40 PM ET, 11/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Around the NBA, Brooklyn Nets, New York Knicks

Posted at 03:20 PM ET, 11/08/2013

NBA teams tanking: No way to prove it, and no guarantee it will work

Some believe that teams with less can gain more in the NBA draft by tanking, but others scoff at the notion.

By Brandon Parker  |  03:20 PM ET, 11/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Around the NBA, NBA draft

Posted at 11:32 AM ET, 11/01/2013

Derrick Rose and other NBA stars work to rehab injuries as well as their careers

The Bulls star and a host of other stars are returning from major injuries that could impact not only their teams this season, but their individual legacies.

By Brandon Parker  |  11:32 AM ET, 11/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Around the NBA, Derrick Rose, Kobe Bryant, LeBron James