Size really does matter in the NBA

Five weeks into the regular season NBA Insider Chad Ford has discovered two truths: size really does matter and one bad deal can sink an entire franchise.

Updated: December 2, 2003, 12:12 PM ET
By Chad Ford | NBA Insider
The funny thing about trends is that there always seems to be one when you need to explain a perplexing problem. Five weeks into the regular season we've discovered two truths that appear to be dominating the outcome of the 2003-04 NBA season.

No. 1: If you want to be a top 10 team, you better have a serviceable-to-dominant big man to play somewhere in the paint.

No. 2: Buyer beware. Of the 10 worst teams in the league, all of them are suffering the effects of a bad contract or trade gone sour. All of them.

Insider breaks down the most intriguing story lines from Week 5, including that reign of big men, an astounding number of good deals gone bad, and the latest on the Bulls-Raptors junk swap.

Chad Ford

ESPN Senior Writer