Podcast Shanks – Mavs and Thunder Free Agency

NBA free agency is always one of the more excitement and in many cases, tense times of year. Contenders can be reduced to bottom feeders with the devastating loss of a superstar while other teams who may be on the bubble could surge ahead thanks to a key acquisition. Or, you could just be the damn Warriors and Spurs and sign everybody…

For teams who don’t have that luxury, however, Darreck Kirby and Brennan Scala of Podcast Shanks take a look at the prospects for the Dallas Mavericks and Oklahoma City Thunder and discuss how they can try to get back in the thick of contention.


2013 NBA Awards Wrap Up

By Robbie Marbury
PSDC Big Man

This year’s NBA award winners for Most Valuable Player (LeBron James), Rookie of the Year (Damian Lillard) and Sixth Man of the Year (J.R. Smith) didn’t really take too much thought. They were all three winners by a landslide. The remaining awards for the 2013 NBA season (Defensive Player of the Year, Most Improved Player of the Year and Coach of the Year) are a little tougher to decide, so we have to break out a full scale ballot and reasoning with each award.

Defensive Player of the Year

1. Marc Gasol – Gasol has anchored the number two ranked defense for the Memphis Grizzlies. He is third in the NBA in defensive rating at 95.5 points-per-100-possessions, and is seventh in blocks and steals combined in the league. The most telling part of Gasol’s greatness is that according to 82games.com when he is off the court the Grizzlies defensive rating jumps to 105.5 per-100 possessions. That means that with Gasol on the court Memphis has the second-best defense, but when he is off the court they rank 24th, the equivalent of Phoenix. [Read more…]