Articles by Jacob Smith


Gilbert Arenas or Rashard Lewis: Whose contract is worse?

Quick, name the five highest paid players in the NBA. Three of the five shouldn’t surprise you: Kobe Bryant, Kevin Garnett, and Tim Duncan. They’re franchise cornerstones, perennial All-Stars, MVPs and have 10 rings between the three of them. Kobe is The Black Mamba, dominating and intimidating all comers even as his heavy legs slow him down year by year. Kevin Garnett remains the poster boy of intensity and competition, an unquestioned leader with a…


Roy Hibbert: The past, present and future

Entering the 2008 NBA Draft, Roy Hibbert was every general manager’s dream: a defensive-minded big, a hard-nosed rebounder who could score when called upon, a high-character player with good mentality and a Georgetown pedigree to boot. While nobody expected Hibbert to be the next Patrick Ewing or Alonzo Mourning, the comparisons were there. But for the first time in his life, Roy Hibbert fell short. In his rookie season, the 7’2″, 280-pound former Hoya put…


Trevor Booker: The key to the Washington Wizards

Trevor Booker knows all about struggles. During his formative years in rough and tumble Union, South Carolina he quickly learned that nothing comes easy. In those days as a prep he averaged 22 points, 16.5 rebounds and 3.5 assists for the Union High Yellow Jackets, yet never won a state championship despite relatively thin competition in the football-first state. In a part of the state largely considered dangerous, Booker became an outstanding role model for…