2017 NBA Manifesto
June 29th, 2017

Hello! I am Mark, the owner and sole proprietor of this website,

A few months ago, someone said to me, “why don’t you produce NBA content any more?” The comment, meant with genuine intrigue, still proved irksome. “I do”, I answered. “I watch more than ever. I talk about it. I still write a bit. I’m working on projects.” All these things were true.

Still, they had a point. Look at the dust on this website, after all, and this is supposed to be the pinnacle of my CV. The comment was irksome because it was correct – I wasn’t actually producing enough stuff publicly. “What happened to that English guy who we briefly heard of?”, said no one ever. But they could have done, and that resonated. So I thought I’d make some NBA content.

Over the last few months, I have created what I am calling my 2017 NBA Manifesto. I hereby launch it below.

The idea of the manifesto is thus. It outlines the assets available to every NBA team. It looks at what their financial situation is, what instruments and exceptions they have for spending, and their total salary outlook. It does the same with their draft position. It looks at the players they already have on their roster, plus the issues that need addressing as a team. And then it thinks aloud about what to do with it all.

It does this 30 times for 30 teams. All in all, it gets quite big.

Every word in here is mine. Every opinion is mine. No one paid me to write it, and no one will pay to read it. This is me and what I think, based on facts as correct as an outsider can ascertain. This is my work and my thoughts, on the current NBA, its teams, where they are at, what they can do, and what they should do. I hope it makes for a fun and informative read.

I want it to make cases, with evidence, as to how to build the best basketball teams possible.

Because that is what I want to do with my life.

Please enjoy, and for the love of God, please share it.

Thank you!

– Mark



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DISCLAIMERS: Every word in here is mine and mine alone. Please don’t worry too much about the more subjective and inconsequential pieces of information and/or opinion, especially the listed measurements or positions players are listed as playing at. It’s close enough! Salary info/tax calculations do not account for bonuses, as that information is unknown. The remainder is believed correct, though as ever, all corrections welcomed. If you’re an agent who doesn’t agree with what I’ve written on your client, that’s cool, but let’s not have a tedious exchange of emails about it, and instead part as friends. All data intended to be correct as of midnight, June 27th 2017, British time. So Jordan Hill is included, because that news broke here just after 12. I hope the font isn’t too small. If I used one of your photos, please understand there is no commercial intent here. Not a designer. Gave it a go. Will try to do better next time. One or two pages not completed at the moment of publication because my work laptop failed me and I’ve run out of time. Enjoy!

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6 Comments about 2017 NBA Manifesto

  1. Kacomanya29 June, 2017, 2:36 pm

    Why did you put 'The Williams sisters…' on the Cavs' 'Means of spending this offseason'?

    • Mark Deeks29 June, 2017, 2:58 pm

      Because (a) I needed to save words in that section wherever so as to not overly stretch and clutter the page, (b) "Williams and Williams" read a bit silly, and (c) because my anarchic sense of humour and impish sense of fun are what drown out the voices.

  2. Jive Turkey29 June, 2017, 3:26 pm

    I think you need to update the Frank Kaminsky pic you have in the Hornets players section.

    • Mark Deeks30 June, 2017, 10:22 am

      It's Christian Wood I feel bad for. He started out as Marco Belinelli, I tried to correct it, got it wrong once more, and now he's Frank Kaminsky. Two goes and I can't even get his race right. #prayforchristian

  3. dbart30 June, 2017, 10:01 am

    excellent stuff, thanks!

  4. Corban Nba30 June, 2017, 10:54 pm

    This is an amazing source, I am enjoying this so much. Thank you thank you thank you!!