Aditya Trivedi, Sidelines Senior Analyst
Aditya Trivedi

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3 years ago

NBA Scouting Report: Dallas Mavericks

2013-2014 NBA Season Recap:

When the Mavericks missed the playoffs two years ago, it seemed that they were finally going back to rebuilding mode with an old Dirk Nowitzki and depleted roster. 2013-2014 showed that this team is still going ...

Is a big man the missing piece for the Clippers?

It's clear that this team is revitalized. They've had great shooting, Blake Griffin is proving that he's a legit MVP candidate and CP3 is always in that discussion. Had he not been injured he probably would be ...

Damian Lillard to all events: Can he have the most successful All-star weekend ever?

Damian Lillard is having a heck of a year. He may not be the best PG in the West but he's definitely cementing himself as a top 20 NBA player. With his lightning quick speed and his amazing shooting ...

Pau Gasol vs. Marc Gasol: Which is or will be the better NBA player when it's all said and done?

A happy birthday to Marc Gasol! Who went from a chubby 7 foot high school center to arguably the best center in the league when healthy. The Gasol brothers have clearly cemented their legacy as towering figures in the NBA ...

Boozer might be a liability: Should the Bulls seriously tank this time?

Well Luol Deng is gone, Derrick Rose is out for the year and GASP MARQUIS TEAGUE GOT TRADED?!?!

Alright all jokes (Teague) I seriously feel amnestying Boozer would be ideal for this squad. They don't look to be a ...

4 years ago

Zach Randolph for Ryan Anderson: Which team will benefit more?

The Pelicans and Grizzlies aren't exactly having the types of years they want. While both teams made moves to position themselves for the Western Conference Playoffs (well....at least the Pelicans). So far neither team will be in the ...

OKC Bench mob: Should they make moves or stay stable?

It's that time of year where everyone seems to be in some sort of trading conversation. I think OKC has always been in these rumors especially after they let James Harden essentially walk away. That trade has essentially been ...

Contemporary legend: Is Tim Duncan the best PF ever?

It's hard to argue against someone who hasn't seemed to age. He may be a step slow but the man is still performing at an incredibly high level. He's an ancient legend for some but Timmy D ...

Are the Trail Blazers for real?

I was skeptical at first considering they didn't have a rough schedule, but this Blazers team proved they were for real when they beat the Pacers despite a huge night from Paul George. I think that sorta of solidified ...

NBA Predictions for the month of December

It's crazy to think we're already a month into my favorite time of the year. College Football is winding down and bowl season is coming, the NFL is coming to the beginning of playoff season, College basketball is ...

Are the Kings just trying to avoid another inevitable lottery selection?

There's no doubt that the Kings have a lot of great talent. Discipline might be a problem, but talent has always been there. With known forces like Demarcus Cousins to draft steals like Isaiah Thomas and potential draft gems ...

A monumental drop: What needs to be done for the Knicks?

This team went from Finals contender to not even in the playoff question. After the bickering between them and Nets about who really runs New York, both squads have been horrible out of the gates. While a new coach and ...

Plain and simple: Should Jason Kidd be fired?

I was like many of you a staunch supporter of Jason Kidd as a coach. I mean why not? A top 3 PG EVER with incredible court vision and a team leader, what's not to like? I thought it ...

A fresh start for Derrick Williams? Or a bad move by the T-Wolves?

Derrick Williams is definitely a talented player. After being a virtual unknown to a high draft pick, he just didn't seem to be in the right system in Minnesota despite having great players around him. But he's got ...

Kobe Bryant extension: Is this the best move for the Lakers?

As a die hard Lakers fan, I always wanted Kobe to re-sign with the squad and be a Laker for 20 years. It's a dream come true. And after he said he would take a pay cut I thought ...

Potentially the tightest NBA MVP race ever?

In my mind we have a legitimate 5 guys who could easily take the NBA MVP honors. CP3 is having a strong season and broke the record for most consecutive double doubles to start the season. His stat line today ...

What should the Celtics do with Rajon Rondo?

It's pretty obvious the Celtics can't wait for the draft. They're in a weird state of limbo in that once Rondo comes back, they could actually win games because they're young and the East is so ...

Injuries galore: Which injury will hurt that player's team the most?

It's been an injury ridden start to the NBA season. As a fan, it's pretty heart breaking in general when a great player gets hurt. Andre Iguodala has hamstring issues and Steph Curry's ankles are not doing ...

NBA Free agent moves so far: Which ones are working and which aren't?

I know it's only an 8th of the way through the season but let's not kid ourselves, these are the most important tone setting weeks in the NBA. A lot of these tone setting factors are based on ...

How are the Miami Heat striking gold with their bench pieces?

You know after the last two years everyone wondered how this team can get ANY better. It's truly incredible seeing that last year their bench was already awesome with pieces like Mike Miller and Shane Battier and Ray Allen ...

Charlotte Bobcats: Can they sneak into the playoffs?

I know this sounded RIDICULOUS last year but let's look at the facts: The Knicks and Nets have all lost to bad teams and have also only won 6 games combined. The Wizards are having trouble and so are ...

Omer Asik: the most logical landing spot

The Rockets are another squad slowly falling prey to the media circus bought by Dwight Howard. Rather than staying quiet, their players are voicing out. Whether it be Harden allegedly punching a Lakers fan or Omer Asik constantly asking for ...

NBA Superteams: Do they still work? How should they go about it?

Ever since the Miami Heat's super team debacle it feels like every team has used free agency as a means to completely revamp a team. They bring in older super stars who had great careers but aren't the ...

Kansas City Chiefs: Legitimacy put to test this week

It's been smooth sailing for the Kansas City area. After neighbors Oklahoma City found success in the NBA, they've finally gotten back to their old ways in the NFL and currently sit at 9-0 with a defense some ...

Solving the NY Knicks woes: Would trading Shumpert be best?

You would think trading Iman Shumpert would be a bone headed move. He's their best defender, can play both guard and SF positions, gets steals and can really turn the tide of the game. But with ball hog Melo ...

Are the Miami Heat in trouble? Who will dethrone?

It's still early in the season. And we always jump the gun with everything in the NBA, especially if we see the Heat struggling. But I feel like this year it's much more noticeable.

Lebron had his wedding ...

Best NFL celebrations

It feels like Terio has taken over the NFL.....even the kickers? I don't know I feel like it's getting pretty unoriginal and I feel that the NFL in general has somewhat lacked in their NFL celebrations for ...

This is the big one everyone: Funniest Sports Commercials of all Time

The Sports industry has progressively become one of the funniest things on television for all the right reasons. Whether it be Shaquille O'Neal on basically.....anything or Peyton Manning pegging a kid in the back with a football....you ...

Best Superstar Defenders PAST and PRESENT in the NBA

You know a lot of people give the NBA flack about not having enough defense. To which I argue that the NBA is a conglomerate of the world's BEST players. So obviously that means that some defense will have ...

Hell isn't freezing over guys.....the 76ers are actually 3-0?

With the first week of the season over.....the weakest roster in possibly the history of the NBA is 3-0. Yes you heard that right casual NBA fans.....the 76ers who were projected to win anywhere between 10 and 16 ...

The all TOO early NBA 2013-2014 awards predictions

I don't think anyone really understands what's going on in the NBA right now. You've got legit super teams of the OKC, Miami Heat, Chicago Bulls all struggling this year and supposedly the worst NBA team ever ...

Which which?: Matching your favorite athlete with a halloween costume

So the SDSU baseball team did possibly the coolest thing a baseball team could do......host a scrimmage in their halloween costumes. You'd figure the coach would be a serious guy but I guess halloween brings the goodness out ...

The Best Sports game and company right now?

So for those of you who still knew this existed......Tiger Woods and EA Sport's relationship came to an abrupt end this week after 15 years together. While he did gain popularity in his early video games, it was ...

Boston Red Sox Scandal: The Severity if it's true?

Baseball has had it's share of major scandals. From the Chicago White Sox to Pete rose to PEDs......it's been somewhat bad in the scandal categories. Tampering with the ball, glove and bat has also been a major ...

St Louis Rams call Brett Favre: Just when you thought the saga was over

The St. Louis Rams are basically in a deep deep dung hole. With no real resemblance of a running game, they relied heavily on Sam Bradford to make the offense move. He had done an incredible job considering their lack ...

The Best plays of NFL Week 7

It's been another interesting week in the NFL world. The Redskins are showing life after beating the Bears in an offensive shoot out (yes you heard....the Bears were in a shootout) while the Cowboys are finally playing consistent ...

Lebron James: NFL position and NFL team he'd play for?

Lebron James always makes the basketball headlines.....but looks like he is trying to crack some NFL headlines as well. He recently came out and said that he wanted to play at least one NFL game before he can no ...

The Legacy of Allen Iverson: Best little man ever?

After what seems like years at a comeback attempt it's official......Allen Iverson will officially retire October 30th. He really did revolutionize the game for people of his height.....as well as for athletic point guards in general who ...

NFL offensive rookie of the year: Who's in the lead?

Well we're a little past the quarter mark and slowly approaching the half way poll of the NFL season. And well quite frankly......nothing has really gone as expected. We're seeing might teams fall (Falcons) and lowly teams ...

Under the radar NBA rookies for 2013-2014

Many will argue, and most will agree, that this year's draft lacked a lot of superstar power. This was pretty clear in the summer league and seems to be somewhat clear through the first few games of the preseason ...

Derrick Rose is BACK: Thoughts on him and the Bulls in 2013-2014?

The long awaited return of Derrick Rose has finally been put to rest. We saw our first major action from the Bulls PG in over a year as he returned to the court against the Pacers in what could potentially ...

Your CRAZY prediction for the NBA 2013-2014 season?

Jalen Rose is a pretty decorated NBA analyst. Many might remember him for totally shutting down Skip Bayless on live TV in regards to Skip's horrible JV career in high school......but now many might remember him for predicting ...

Denver Broncos: Superbowl bound/Best team ever?

I know I know......we always fall for this ploy of deeming a team to be the best ever and super bowl bound only 4 games into the season. But let's be honest......this Denver Broncos team is putting ...

Stone cold: Who is USC's next coach?

You didn't have to be a football guru to know that Lane Kiffin's time at USC was all but compromised this season. The blowout loss to Arizona State (and I mean....blowout) really didn't help his cause ...

The Book of Eli: Can he salvage his fantasy year?

Eli Manning has made fantasy owners and football fans all over the world one word: furious. There's no denying his strengths: he's got a cannon of an arm and he's been known to be one of the ...

NFL Week 3 Winners: Legit teams or one week wonders?

This weekend provided us with some spectacular but at the same time confusing week 3 wins. Teams that weren't expected to even compete or left for dead were able to pull off incredible wins while others that were looking ...

No more throwbacks: Is the NFL seriously overreaching it's boundaries?

A new rule has been imposed by the NFL that prevents teams from using more than one helmet during a season. Quite honestly, this baffles many people who are NFL fans, or fans in general. Granted most rules are put ...

Dez Bryant vs. Megatron: Does Dez have a legitimate shot?

It's pretty clear cut that Calvin Johnson is the number 1 wide receiver in the league. Heck, he might end up being the best to ever do it at the rate he is going. However Dez Bryant came out ...

Hakeem Olajuwon says Dwight Howards still VERY raw on offense.......thoughts?

Well Dwight Howard....it's now or never. No more 2 week training sessions with the great Hakeem Olajuwon....you're gonna have him basically all year.

Personally....you can't find a teacher better than Hakeem Olajuwon. He has ...

Shabazz Muhammad: Can he turn things around?

Alright alright.....I know it's early and all but let's be honest: Shabazz Muhammad has had a pretty inauspicious a start to his NBA career.

It started out with news about him lying about his age and instead ...

Michael Beasley arrested on Pot possesion: Is it time for the Suns to cut ties?

Well Michael Beasley has been in the spotlight for ALL the wrong reasons since he finished an incredible freshman year at Kansas State.

This time.....it's on suspicion of pot possession. It seemed that he was done with that ...

Teams besides Kentucky that could contend for the NCAA basketball championship in 2014

So after this past ridiculous class of 2013 recruits finally committed....people automatically assumed Kentucky was a favorite to win it all. While it might be much more warranted now then last year.....it still isn't set in stone ...

Alex Rodriguez update: Likely BANNED till end of 2014 season

Sportscenter just tweeted that Rodriguez will be suspended Monday and the ban is likely till the end of the 2014 season

What are your thoughts sidelines?

Best GENERATION of NBA Point Guards?

Our current generation has had the remarkable pleasure of seeing a plethora of talented point guards play. We legitimately have 8-9 NBA PG's who could be perennial all-stars/ possible HOF'ers when it's all said and done.

Which ...

John Wall signs MAX extension: do YOU think he'll be a top 5 PG in the league?

John Wall recently signed a max 5 year extension for 80 million dollars for a rising Wizards squad that looks to push itself into the playoffs.

I personally found his press conference extremely heartfelt and while many considered him to ...

John Wall signs MAX extension for 80 million: He'll be a top 5 PG in the league

John Wall recently signed a max 5 year extension for 80 million dollars for a rising Wizards squad that looks to push itself into the playoffs.

I personally found his press conference extremely heartfelt and while many considered him to ...

Lebron James considering running for NBA Players' Union President: Thoughts?

Yes we can.....James 2013?

Well not in the actual presidential race.....but Lebron has definitely made headlines saying that he's seriously considering running for NBA players' union president. It would make sense since he was just voted the ...

NBA Free Agency 2014-2015: Where will the Superstars land?

So now that this free agency period is over.....the media OF COURSE will direct it's attention to next year's free agent class....which features Lebron James, Carmelo Anthony, Paul George and Kyrie Irving

Here's the list ...

NBA's best defensive players of ALL time: Who's the best?

Actually just having a discussion with one of my cousins today about how defenders are really underrated. He argued that the All-Defensive teams are basically the best all-stars who are defenders. But I argued that it isn't bias......most ...

Most underrated moves of NBA free agency

NBA Free agency period is somewhat winding down as a lot of the marquee names are finally off the board. Guys like Josh Smith, Brandon Jennings, Al Jefferson, Dwight Howard, Chris Paul, Monta Ellis all headlined the free agent period ...

Detroit Pistons Free Agency review: What's the deal?

Well after years of mediocrity from their once storied NBA Finals days.....the Pistons made BIG splashes in this year's free agency pool.

Yet one has to wonder.....were their moves good or bad?

They already showed promising signs ...

Reggie Miller vs. Ray Allen: Who you got?

Ray Allen took over Reggie Miller's title of best three point shooter.....but that's based on statistics in that he's hit the most all time.

Reggie had a lot more playoff success compared to Allen.....until Allen ...

Best Bench in the NBA?

So after the flurry of free agent moves, some benches were left completely bolstered or completely undone.

Teams like Indiana and Portland did well for their benches adding key cogs like Luis Scola and CJ Watson (Pacers) and Thomas Robinson ...

Derrick Rose vs. CP3 vs. Russell Westbrook vs. Rajon Rondo: Who would you want on your squad?

The NBA is LOADED with incredible point guards in this generation. It's pretty hard to determine which one is the best though

Westbrook, Rose and CP3 are consistently mentioned in the upper echelon.....but they're always interchangeable in ...

The best big man in the NBA?

Recently on sidelines a lot of people are telling me that Dwight is the clear cut best.

But for devil's advocate sake I'm not really sold by any means. Yes he's the best physically and a great ...

Harrison Barnes: This generation's new "best dunker"

So Harrison Barnes basically went from unassertive but really talented basketball player at UNC........to jamming on anyone who got in his way

After the somewhat underwhelming dunk contest last year......one has to ask.....is Harrison Barnes the new ...

USA Basketball 2013: Who will be on the roster?

Last night's blue and white scrimmage showed a lot of the young budding talent that the NBA has to offered. It also showed that competition to make the roster will definitely be competitive among the youngsters.

Kevin Durant and ...

NBA Free Agency: Which free agent will have the WORST year?

Another year......another free agent period that left us somewhat confused, mad, excited, awe struck.....you name it

I think this year in particular we saw a lot of weird moves take place. From Iguodala bolting, the Jack bolting, to ...

Lebron James DONE with team USA.......Is this a good move?

Lebron has reportedly told team USA he will no longer be playing with them in the future UNLESS they really need him.

Despite being the best in the world......USA will have a lot of talent to help replace his ...

Best role model in sports?

So I remember a post on sidelines on whether athletes should or shouldn't be considered role models and quite frankly I think they should because they know they are under the spotlight and that people look up to them ...

Kyrie Irving vs. Steph Curry: Who would you start your squad with?

Dream scenario: A fantasy draft occurs and the top prospects are Kyrie Irving or Steph Curry
(PLAY ALONG)

Kyrie Irving had his first all star game and averaged 22 5 and 4 while Steph Curry was considered the biggest all ...

Andrew Wiggins: Where will he play in the NBA? The Raptors?

Canada is usually know for it's hockey.....and by that I mean it's only known for that. But recently....there's been an influx of incredible basketball talent. Whether it be Steve Nash, Tristian Thompson, Cory Joseph, Anthony ...

Do the Los Angeles CLIPPERS have the best roster in the NBA?

It STILL honestly amazes me how this team was able to turn around despite years of futile basketball

After snagging Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan.......and in a strange twist of events CP3 going to them instead of the Lakers ...

Nate Robinson to the Nuggets!?

In what I consider a REALLY surprising turn of events.....the Nuggets have found their bench spark plug in Nate Robinson.

In Karl's system he would have been perfect.....so I want to see how he does first with ...

Chris Paul vs. Carmelo Anthony: Who wins a championship first?

Well now that LBJ, Bosh and Wade have won multiple titles........I guess we can find other top players to criticize.

Haha well of course that was a joke

When you look at Cp3 and Melo, they're pretty much ...

Pistons want Rajon Rondo: Is this an actual possibility?

The Detroit Pistons were about as irrelevant as a team could have been after achieving post season and NBA Finals success in the early 2000's. They went from having a great starting 5 of solid good players (not superstars ...

Dwight Howard to sign with the ROCKETS: What does this mean?

Well popular perception for the win.......Dwight Howard has been linked to signing with the Rockets

After a pretty tumultuous tenor with the Lakers....the big man and most coveted free agent option this year will join James Harden to ...

Al Jefferson to the Bobcats!: Is this a good move?

Charlotte's first major splash in free agency since the beginning of their existence. They've come to terms with Al Jefferson on a 3 year 41 million dollar deal. He's a great low post player.....lacks some defensive ...

The Los Angeles Clippers' Year in Review, and will Rivers lead them to the finals next year?

2012-2013 Season Record: 56-26, 1st in Pacific Division, 4th in Western Conference, Lost in 6 games in first round of Western Conference.

Season Review: The Clippers started their season the way everyone expected them to start: winning A LOT by ...

NBA FINALS GAME 6 discussion post: Will the Spurs close it out?

Well while this series has been close in regards to wins and losses.....we saw another semi blow out in which the Spurs were up by 20 and ended up winning by 13

Dwayne is showing that he is back ...

Lionel Hollins OUT as Memphis Grizzlies head coach: What's next?

Well surprised or not looks like Hollins is out as Memphis's head coach. Honestly an extremely startling move considering how well this franchise had been playing the last 4 years and the upward trend they were on. But again ...

Best player to NEVER win an NBA Championship

Whether we agree or not.....most players define success and their legacy by championships and quite frankly it's warranted! I mean think about it? When you're in a local rec league or playing on a high school squad ...

Keyshawn Johnson once again proving that Justin Bieber......is a tool.

So just a fun little side story that I thought would be interesting to post.

Keyshawn Johnson was a solid and sometimes all star receiver during his NFL days. But he might become more famous for finally putting Bieber in ...

ANDREW WIGGINS TO KANSAS: Thoughts?

Well I honestly thought this was a huge surprise. Nothing much to really say but what does everyone else think about this? I figured it'd be between Kentucky and UNC

How are UNC, Kentucky and Florida going to fair ...

Indiana Pacers vs. New York Knicks 2nd Round playoff thread: A Rivalry Renewed?

So is it the 90's again? Do we have a heavy weight showdown between two recently irrelevant teams?

All jokes aside we are seeing the rise of 2 historic franchises that did battle in the 90's. Although instead ...

NBA PLAYOFFS MVP: Who do you think so far?

Well we are well into the NBA playoffs now with teams in the process of advancing and the big question has been bought up? Who is the playoff MVP?

The 16 best NBA franchises this year are facing each other ...

Kevin Durant: I'm TIRED of being second......so will he eventually be number 1?

Let's be straight here. The basketball gods have chosen Lebron as the greatest in the league. But Kevin Durant is right up on that cloud with him. It's basically Lebron and KD's beach and everyone else is ...

Memphis Grizzlies vs. LA Clippers Playoff Thread: Grizzlies lead 3-2......is this it for the Clippers?

We all know the West is stacked year in year out. But this year are you kidding me? The 4-5 match up is between two teams who won 56 games each. If these teams were in the east, we'd ...

NBA 6th man of the year: Who's sealed it?

The NBA 6th man is the extension of the starting lineup. A guy who could and should technically be starting but instead adds that scoring punch off the bench for the 2nd unit. The position has been revolutionized in recent ...

The Washington Wizards: Playoff bound in 2014?

t seems as if the Washington Wizards have been stuck in the lottery struggle for almost a decade. While they have a great core in Gilbert Arenas, Caron Butler and Antwan Jamison, it was clear that personalities were conflicting. To ...

LA Clippers vs. Memphis Grizzlies Game Thread: Final showdown before the playoffs!

Saturday the 13th marks one of the last big Western showdowns we will see before the playoffs. The Clippers currently lead Memphis due to playoff structuring the west and while they have won their last 2, the wins were against ...

OKC vs. NY: A battle of the 2 seeds

In a year where we've seen just plain ridiculous streaks (27 for Miami and 15 for Denver), the Knicks are coming in on fire winning 11 in a row. After starting out the season on a ridiculous tear, the ...

Brandon Jennings departing soon?

Brandon Jennings took one of the more unconventional routes to get to the NBA. Heralded as the next great PG straight out of high school, he decided to take the most unconventional route to the NBA: forgo college for a ...

Kobe Bryant: How long does the Mamba have left? Will he become a point guard?

Kobe Bryant has been considered a lot of different things throughout his career. Controversial, egotistic, perseverant, driven, committed, jaw dropping and so on. Yet it is clear that he has left one major word on his legacy: Greatness.

While he ...

NBA: Is Andrew Bynum a bust for Philly?

Andrew Bynum was drafted in hopes of being the Lakers cornerstone and the next great Laker center in line with Kareem, Shaq and Wilt. While it took him some time, he eventually became the number 2 center in the league ...

San Antonio Spurs vs Denver Nuggets game thread: Old school versus the New School?

While March Madness has pretty much consumed the entire sporting world, Wednesday is going to be another busy mid NBA weekday. With 14 games are on the horizon, many fans are looking specifically at the Spurs and Nuggets match up ...

NBA Centers: A dying breed?

This past Tuesday, I was listening to the Colin Cowherd program on the radio talking about the extinction of the Center position. While he pointed to the Center position being left off the ballot it dawned on me: Is the ...

The other Greats vs LBJ: Is comparing him to MJ a little premature?

Lebron is a freak and will be a top 5 players when it's all said and done.....but what about Oscar Robertson? Earvin Magic Johnson? Scottie? Barkley? (of course MJ as well but these other players are different). These ...

Lakers finding the groove....no really this time?

I'm gonna try removing all bias I have towards my favorite team....but seeing as the Lakers situation is either sky high or well just plain awful what does everyone else really think? Do they have a shot? Despite ...