A Fond Farewell to Strictly Buckets

Over the past two years, I’ve loved writing here on Strictly Buckets Sports. Having a forum to discuss everything from the shirtless habits of J.R. Smith to the absurdity that is Anthony Davis’ unibrow is what makes the world of sports (and eyebrow fashion) so great.

However I’m extremely happy to announce that as of today I will be joining the team over at BigEastCoastBias.com, a major hub for everything Big East basketball.

Keep an eye out over the next few months to see the changes that Strictly Buckets will undergo, but thanks to everyone who has made this site so much fun.

For now you can find me on Big East Coast Bias, discussing things like Big East recruiting, Jay Wright’s wardrobe choices, and everything in between.





An Ode to the Big Fundamental


Tim Duncan left the NBA in the same way he entered it: quietly. From 1997 until 2016, “The Big Fundamental” quietly dominated. He quietly made the 15-foot bank shot look like the easiest move in sports. He quietly won 5 NBA titles, 3 Finals MVPs, 2 league MVPs, and 15 all-star appearances. In a league full of loud-mouth, social media driven superstars, Tim Duncan quietly managed to become one of the greatest basketball players of all time.  Continue reading “An Ode to the Big Fundamental”

2016 NBA Draft Thoughts


Now that the dust has settled and evaluations of the 60 selections have been completed, I think it’s time we make some 2016 NBA Draft observations of our own. I’m not a scout or a GM, and I can’t tell you how Georgios Papagiannis is going to look 4 years from now. However I can try to predict how he’ll get along with Boogie Cousins and maybe give a little insight along the way. This year’s draft was bizarre to say the least, but fun nonetheless. So here is the 10,000th rendition of the 2016 NBA Draft , winners, losers, and observations.  Continue reading “2016 NBA Draft Thoughts”

Not All Role Players Wear Capes

2015 NBA Finals - Game Four

J.R. Smith is by no means a hero or a superstar. He’s not the player you want to see on the back of your son’s jersey, nor the guy you want running your favorite team’s offense come crunch time. Since coming out of high school, Smith has been generally viewed as a glorified gunner. Shooting from anywhere on the floor, it oftentimes seems as though Smith doesn’t have a care in the world. And to be honest, I don’t really think he does. I don’t want to make this seem like a bad thing, because it’s not. J.R. knows his role, and he fills it. He isn’t expected to put up 25 points every night; that’s just not him. A misunderstood shooting guard from North Jersey, Smith’s 2016 campaign finally gave him the lasting reward he’s always wanted. Continue reading “Not All Role Players Wear Capes”

Conspiracy Theories Are Dumb: So Here’s One More


Conspiracy theories are all around us in just about every portion of life. For the most part, I tend to not buy into them, and often pay little attention to the bizarre speculations. Do I think the moon landings were just a sinister hoax? No. Do I think someone other than Lee Harvey Oswald killed JFK? Probably Not. How about 9/11? Was the U.S. Government involved? Not a chance. As interesting as these theories are, many of them lack sufficient proof to back up the frequently wild claims. However when it comes to conspiracy theories in the world of sports (and one sport in particular), my opinion seems to be more vulnerable. Continue reading “Conspiracy Theories Are Dumb: So Here’s One More”

Spurs Win Offseason and Future, Close in on World Domination

Over the past decade, my basketball fandom has been tortured by the San Antonio Spurs. Fundamentally perfect and frustratingly boring, the NBA’s flawless franchise never seems to fail. As long as I have been alive, I have never gone into a regular season thinking the Spurs would be bad, or even average for that matter. My personal form of hell as a child was watching Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, and Manu Ginobili jog up and down the court and perfectly execute a balanced half court offense, ultimately finishing with uncle Tim banking one off the glass from 15 feet out for two points. The Spurs formula NEVER failed. It was constant basketball perfection and it sucked. Continue reading “Spurs Win Offseason and Future, Close in on World Domination”

NBA Free Agency: Where Bidding on Other Human Beings is Cool

With the NBA Draft behind us, it’s finally time to turn our attention towards the chaotic frenzy otherwise known as free agency. 2015 is shaping up to be another fun summer with plenty of outside suitors looking to swipe away talent from opposing organizations. As much as everyone would love to scream and shout about another “Decision”, it appears LeBron will be returning to Cleveland for another title run. So with that being said, who do we have to focus on and what can we look forward to entering this summer’s free agency period. Continue reading “NBA Free Agency: Where Bidding on Other Human Beings is Cool”

NBA Finals Quick Hits

With the series knotted at two games apiece, this year’s NBA Finals is quickly forming into one of the most entertaining postseason matchups of the last decade. With storylines aplenty, the NBA is wishing this series would last until opening night next fall. As overwhelming as these first four games have been, we still have at least two more games to try and wrap our heads around. So here are some key points following Golden State’s game four blowout, and some things to consider moving forward. Continue reading “NBA Finals Quick Hits”