Strong rim protector. Promising but inconsistent jump shot. Rudimentary post game. Robotic movements. Finishes soft at the rim. Doesn’t always secure rebounds with two hands. Trouble catching/securing the ball. Foul prone. Those are all descriptors of Phoenix Mercury center Brittney Griner’s game, but they may as well have come from the scouting report on Phoenix Suns center Alex Len. Both centers arrived in Phoenix during the summer of 2013 with loads of promise but to this point have performed below expectations. Now in 2016, neither appears substantially closer to cracking that nut called “potential.” But after Griner and her teammates on the U.S. women’s national basketball team defeated
It’s been five years since the Philadelphia 76ers made the NBA playoffs, and it’s been even longer since the team made the NBA Finals (2000 – 01). Most millennial NBA fans weren’t even born the last time the 76ers hoisted the big banner to the rafters of the (now torn down) Spectrum. So, perhaps, it’s with a bit of blind loyalism that Philadelphia pro basketball fans believe the team that won 47 games over the last three seasons (The Celtics, Heat, and the Hawks all won more than that last year alone) will again make the NBA playoffs for the coming season. It took 44 wins to make the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference last season — that was the Detroit Pistons, swept in an unspectacular fashion by the eventual champion Cleveland Cavaliers.
In addition to announcing open tryouts, the 2016 NBA Development League Champion Sioux Falls Skyforce has released their 2016-17 regular season schedule. Sioux Falls' 50-game schedule features 24 home games at the Sanford Pentagon, 24 road games, and two neutral games during the 2017 NBA Development League Showcase. Their 28th season tips off on Saturday, November 12 at 7:00 p.m. at home against the Salt Lake City Stars in which their players from last season's championship season will be recognized and honored. With the introduction of new D-League expansion teams Greensboro Swarm (Charlotte Hornets affiliate), the Long Island Nets (Brooklyn Nets affiliate) and the Windy City Bulls (Chicago