David Vertsberger

nba

Andre Drummond and Detroit Double Down on the Low Post

In an era where low-post offense for its own sake is dismissed as inefficient, and big men increasingly attack from the elbows and the perimeter, Andre Drummond and the Detroit Pistons hope it pays off.
David Vertsberger
12.2.16
the basketball tournament

At The Basketball Tournament, Career Opportunities Are Second to Fun

The Basketball Tournament has a $2 million grand prize and an ESPN broadcast deal—which makes it that much more surprising that the players are just there to ball.
David Vertsberger
8.4.16
march madness

The NBA Elitist's Guide to March Madness

For college basketball fans, the NCAA tournament is a celebration of the game. For NBA fans, it's a low-efficiency scouting exercise. This preview is for them.
David Vertsberger
3.17.16
nba

On Josh Smith, Who Could Have Been Draymond Green

Josh Smith, who was once a prodigy, is now a punchline. Draymond Green is among the most valuable players in the NBA. They've got more in common than you might think.
David Vertsberger
1.29.16
nba

Dennis Schröder's Odd Future and Atlanta's Point Guard Quandary

The Atlanta Hawks took a chance on Dennis Schröder in the draft and wound up with a flawed if promising point guard. Which makes things complicated going forward.
David Vertsberger
1.19.16
jimmermania redux

Jimmer Fredette Is the Steph Curry of the D-League

Jimmer Fredette was a star in college and then he was a washout of a lottery pick. Now in the D-League, he's back on top again with the Westchester Knicks. Can he ride this second wave into the NBA?
David Vertsberger
1.7.16