ALPHA./Alpha DOG (n.)

Top player in the game, top team in the game.

Best In Show! (n.)

Head-to-head matchup pitting two players, teams, coaches, etc. against each other.

COLD. (adj.)

Used to describe players, teams, moves, highlights, etc. – undeniably great

Cool (adj.) 

Used to describe players, teams, moves, highlights, etc. – a step above ‘meh’ 


The game’s most elite talent: Top 12 NBA Superstars.

Think: LeBron JamesKevin DurantJames Harden.

DOG Facts (n.)

Random blurbs, accomplishments, “worth mentionings”* of a player.

*featured in Delay of Game’s Original Profiles

Future Top DOG (n.)

Upcoming players (3 yrs. experience or less) who are on the track to stardom in the NBA.

Think: Jayson Tatum.

Future Top DOG of the Night (n.)

Rook or upcoming star (3 yrs. experience or less) with the best performance of the night.

Limited to Rooks & Future Top DOGs.

Hybrid (n.)

Rare veterans (10+ years of exp. or higher) that fall under multiple categories.

Think: Trevor Ariza (Star UnderDOG, Salty DOG).

“Redshirt” Rookie (n.)

A player that sits out their “real” rookie year due to injury.

Ex. Blake Griffin (drafted in 2010, debuted in 2011)

Salty DOG (n.)

From an aging star adjusting to a lessened role or veteran leader with 10+ years experience, Salty DOGs hold everything together.

Think: Vince Carter.

Star UnderDOG (n.)

From a top-notch role player to a borderline star, these key threats always make a difference.

Ex. TJ McConnell, Robert Covington, Zach LaVine.

Star UnderDOG of the Night (n.)

Role player with the greatest impact of the day/game.

Limited to UnderDOGsStar UnderDOGs, Future Top DOGsSalty DOGs & select Hybrids.

Swish Mode (n.)

When J.R. Smith catches fire and unleashes a barrage of contested threes.

Top DOG (n.)

Featuring stars like Ben Simmons Paul George, this category includes go-to players and franchise-level talent.

Top DOG of the Night (n.)

Player with the best performance of the night.

Anyone can achieve it, from an UnderDOG to DIFFERENT BREED.

UnderDOG (n.)

From a 12th man to an undrafted rook to a role player/specialist like Ian ClarkUnderDOGs are key to any squad.

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