Taking stock in the current state of the NBA as a whole: How entertaining is the product? Can parity exist? What should we make of some of the small market teams? How can coverage of the league at large better serve the fans? And how can we get people to stop complaining blindly about analytics?
Who is the NBA's Most Valuable Player? This year's MVP race was heated from start to finish, featuring Russell Westbrook and his 42 triple doubles, James Harden of the 55 win Rockets, Kawhi Leonard of the 61 win Spurs, and the reigning champ and best player in the league, LeBron James.
We've made our 'votes' for All-NBA, All-Defense, All-Rookie, Defensive Player of the Year, Coach of the Year, 6th Man of the Year, Rookie of the Year, and Most Improved Player. Check out part 2, which is fully devoted to our MVP selection.
Are the Wizards hitting a wall of fatigue? The Vertical shares its Jerome James All Stars, Tom Ziller on Phil Jackson's future with Knicks, Harrison Barnes to Players Tribune on his introduction to Dallas beyond basketball, and Dan Levy on Philadelphia's handling of Joel Embiid's meniscus tear.