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Top 10 NBA Centers of All Time

Posted by Jonah Gardner on November 21, 2022

It is very difficult for an NBA team to win a title without one of the best centers of all time on their roster. Throughout history, from the Celtics of the 1950s to today’s teams, we’ve seen a lot of dynasties built around the best centers in the NBA. Today, the position is more diverse than ever, as big men like Nikola Jokic and Joel Embiid face off for MVP awards, while teams like the Golden State Warriors won with 6’6” Draymond Green playing a lot of minutes at the position.
Today, we’re going to look at the top 10 NBA centers of all-time. Rather than including currently active players, this list is going to be a celebration of the old-school center, the big man who wasn’t afraid to dominate on the block and battle for every rebound. Who’s your pick for the best NBA center of all-time?

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Top 20 NBA Players of All Time

Posted by Jonah Gardner on October 27, 2022

It’s perhaps the most controversial question in sports: Who are the best NBA player of all time? There are a million different ways to answer it, but in this post, we’re going to break down the greatest NBA players of all time according to Win Shares, an advanced stat that measure a player’s performance based on team wins and the player’s statline. We’ll also include ABA years and stats for this. 

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Top 5 NBA players of the 2021-2022 Season

Posted by Jonah Gardner on October 25, 2022

The 2021-22 season featured a number of astonishing individual performances, with a lot of NBA superstars operating at the peak of their powers. While Stephen Curry led the Warriors to another NBA championship and the Boston Celtics built a juggernaut around their stifling defense, one of the big stories of the regular season was how many players put up exceptional stat lines. Picking the top NBA players of 2021 is a challenge, so we’re using Box Plus/Minus to find out who were the top five by statistics.

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Top 10 NBA Point Guards of All Time

Posted by Jonah Gardner on October 24, 2022

As the conductor of the offense, the point guard is arguably the most important position on the floor. In the hands of an expert point guard, a team of average players can become good and a team of good players can become great. In this post, we’re going to break down the best point guards of all time, using statistics. Specifically, we’ll be looking at the leaders in Win Shares, a stat that tries to capture everything a player does on the floor. So here are the top point guards of all time, in alphabetical order, according to Win Shares.

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