The Numbers: Brook Lopez, Elite Stopper

Anthony Davis, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Rudy Gobert, Kawhi Leonard and Draymond Green are among the first that come to mind when discussing the NBA’s best defenders. But you might want to add Brook Lopez into the mix. The Milwaukee Bucks center primarily is known for scoring as an effective stretch-5, while his twin (Robin) is usually…

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NBA End-of-Season Grades: Part 2

Even since last week’s Part 1 of our end-of-season grades, there have been rumblings that a second bubble will take place (in Chicago) for the NBA’s worst eight teams. With details yet to emerge, it only seems appropriate to continue reviewing the performance of those franchises.   Sure, not even receiving an invite to Orlando…

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The Numbers: Hassan Whiteside Leads NBA in Blocks, Rebounds

Hassan Whiteside experienced some ups and downs with the Miami Heat. He had turned in a couple of statistically dominant seasons from 2015-17, especially, but the athletic 7’0”, 265-pounder was moved to the Portland Trail Blazers in a trade last summer after both parties needed a change of scenery. He promptly turned back the clock,…

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2020 NBA Draft: Sorting Through the Non-Lottery Bigs

Despite the lack of high-end talent in this draft class, the overall strategy revolving positions on draft night won’t be a surprise. Unless a post player is of transcendent talent or projects to be a franchise cornerstone, it’s hard to see him getting drafted until late in the first round. During the last two years,…

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The Numbers: Zach LaVine’s Increased Range

The Chicago Bulls don’t have much going for them the past couple seasons, but at least they can always count on Zach LaVine getting buckets. LaVine added to his game this past offseason after the front office told him to start taking more threes instead of long twos. The 6’6” high-flier already could jam and…

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2020 NBA Draft: Syracuse Sleeper Elijah Hughes

Every year, a couple of late-first or second-round NBA Draft picks outperform their selection spots. Syracuse wing Elijah Hughes has a chance to become one of those overachievers next season. Armed with ample skills and solid physical tools, he could even earn a role as a scoring threat. After posting 19.0 points, 4.9 rebounds and…

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NBA End-of-Season Grades: Part 1

The season looks set to continue for 22 of the NBA’s 30 franchises, but competitive play is over for the eight that had zero chance of reaching the 2019-20 playoffs. Sure, not even receiving an invite to Orlando suggests that these teams’ end-of-season grades will be low, but for some, there is light at the…

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