Pro Hoops History HOF: Dale Ellis

It took a while for Dale Ellis to get cooking in the NBA.  Drafted ninth overall in 1983, Ellis would spend the first three years of his career buried on the bench of the Dallas Mavericks. In his limited time on court (16.4 minutes per game), Ellis provided the Mavs with instant offense averaging 8.2…

Pro Hoops History HOF: Sam Cassell

Sam Cassell enjoyed a lengthy career as an NBA point guard, but only after an arduous college basketball journey. At age 20, he began playing junior college ball with San Jacinto College outside Houston. Then, at age 22, he transferred to Florida State. After two successful seasons there, Cassell was finally drafted into the NBA…

Boston Celtics Franchise History: 1996-97 through 2005-06

Championships: 0 Conference Titles: 0 Division Titles: 1 Regular Season Record: 348-440 Regular Season Win Percentage: 44.1% Playoff Appearances: 4 Playoff Series Wins: 3 Playoff Record: 16-21 For the first time in generations, the Celtics were veering into rudderless territory. The untimely deaths of Len Bias and Reggie Lewis derailed any smooth succession plan from…

Boston Celtics Franchise History: 1986-87 through 1995-96

Championships: 0 Conference Titles: 1 Division Titles: 4 Regular Season Record: 465-355 Regular Season Win Percentage: 56.7% Playoff Appearances: 8 Playoff Series Wins: 7 Playoff Record: 37-40 Fresh off three titles in six seasons, the Boston Celtics looked to further cement their hold as the best franchise in the history of the NBA heading into…

Atlanta Hawks Franchise History: 1986-87 through 1995-96

Championships: 0 Conference Titles: 0 Division Titles: 2 Regular Season Record: 469-351 Regular Season Win Percentage: 57.2% Playoff Appearances: 8 Playoff Series Wins: 4 Playoff Record: 23-35 The most successful decade for the Atlanta Hawks thanks to the dynamics of Dominique Wilkins who was a perennial All-Star for most this period. The 1986-87 season saw…

Atlanta Hawks Franchise History: 1996-97 through 2005-06

Championships: 0 Conference Titles: 0 Division Titles: 0 Regular Season Record: 325-463 Regular Season Win Percentage: 41.2% Playoff Appearances: 3 Playoff Series Wins: 2 Playoff Record: 8-15 This was a miserable decade in Hawks’ history. They only had three winning seasons and they were all frontloaded in 1997, 1998 and 1999. During this three-year stretch,…

The 6’2″-and-Under Champions Club

Life should be grand for Chris Paul. He delivered 22.5 points, 12 assists, and 2.5 steals per game while shooting 51% FG, 75% FT, and 45.5% 3PT in the Western Conference Semi-Finals against the Oklahoma City Thunder. His regular season saw some injury woes but he’s still likely to make another All-NBA 1st Team, which…