FIBA World Cup 2019 Group B Preview: Argentina, Korea, Nigeria, Russia

The rebranded 2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup begins August 31, expanding from 24 nations to 32. Said countries are split into eight groups that feature four teams apiece. The two that finish with the best record move on to the knockout round, while the other two enter a loser’s bracket with fifth place on the line.…

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Analytics Predict Positive Changes for These NBA Teams in 2019-20

Caution: The following includes overall plus-minus and lineup analytics to color optimism about the upcoming season. Put this power into the wrong hands and those conclusions can be drawn incorrectly. An over-emphasis on lineup statistics and metrics can lead to seeing players as the sole reason their lineups performed poorly, which is never the case.…

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What’s Behind Allisha Gray’s Recent Hot Streak?

Dallas Wings guard Allisha Gray is on track for her most efficient WNBA campaign. Diving into a recent hot streak and some season-long upticks in the right areas, let’s take a look at how the former Rookie of the Year has excelled in her third WNBA season (and first under new head coach Brian Agler). …

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WNBA Rookie Report: Indiana Fever’s Teaira McCowan

WNBA teams at the bottom of the standings are running out of time for one last push at the No. 8 seed. (The more heated race centers around the single- and double-byes with even the No. 1 seed still up for grabs.) As the Indiana Fever sit 3.5 games back of the postseason with just…

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FIBA World Cup 2019 Group A Preview: China, Cote D’Ivoire, Poland, Venezuela

The 2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup begins August 31. As part of the event’s rebrand, the number of countries incorporated will expand from 24 to 32. The tournament is being held in China and will crown a champion—with the added bonus of seven countries securing a spot in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. The nations are…

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Did Portland Trail Blazers Already Hit Their Ceiling?

The Portland Trail Blazers doubled down on the value of continuity this offseason. All-Star point guard Damian Lillard signed a four-year, $196 million supermax extension that will keep him in Portland through at least the 2023-24 campaign, while fellow guard CJ McCollum signed a three-year, $100 million extension that likewise runs through 2023-24. With center…

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