James Harden, Giannis Antetokounmpo Define MVP Debate

The NBA’s Most Valuable Player Award has always been hard to pin down. What does “valuable” even mean? It’s oft-debated and rarely identified, in part because even the concept of “value” is transient. Google defines it as “the regard that something is held to deserve; the importance, worth, or usefulness of something.” But there you…

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Donovan Mitchell’s Sophomore Slump Ends Just in Time

A  decline in performance following a successful debut has plagued many sophomores from the 2017 draft class. Jayson Tatum, Lonzo Ball, Lauri Markkanen and Dennis Smith Jr. all experienced it to varying degrees. However, Donovan Mitchell’s essentially topped them all. Underdrafted (13th), he exploded onto the NBA scene, even snagging rookie-of-the-year votes from Ben Simmons.…

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Putting Liz Cambage’s 2018 Dominance in Context

Liz Cambage dominated the WNBA in 2018 as we’ve never seen before in the league’s 22-year history, and there’s ample data to back it up. Cambage made a return to the WNBA and the franchise that drafted her—the Tulsa-Shock-turned-Dallas-Wings—in 2018 after four seasons out of the league. She set a WNBA single-game record with 53…

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NBA Draft Sleepers to Watch in the NCAA Tournament

For most diehard NBA fans, the NCAA Tournament is the last look at some of the biggest names discussed on draft boards. The narrative follows the top players on the top teams, like the quartet of stud freshmen at Duke, the constant parade of prospects at the Kentucky and Kansas factories, and upstart mid-majors receiving…

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Renee Montgomery is Perfect for Nicki Collen, Atlanta Dream

The Atlanta Dream made one of the 2018 offseason’s marquee moves by signing unrestricted free agent guard Renee Montgomery. 2018 WNBA Coach of the Year Nicki Collen struck a perfect balance to address what the Dream needed most. The Dream rode a late-season surge to nab the second overall seed and a double-bye into last…

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Maybe We Were Too Hard On DeAndre Ayton

Course correction can be a tough thing to manage. Everyone’s had a staunch opinion on something or someone, doubled down on it, then grudgingly changed their minds when presented with new evidence. It happens in all facets of life, but it’s especially true in NBA Twitter. Sometimes you can get so caught up in a take,…

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Week 23 Fantasy Basketball Notebook: Using NBA’s Schedule to Your Advantage

At this point in the fantasy basketball season, few things are more important than the schedule. Last week, the Golden State Warriors were one of only two teams with two games, while 10 teams played four games. For example, if you spent early-round picks on both Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson in an attempt to…

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