Philadelphia 76ers Rookie Haywood Highsmith on Rare Road From Division II

Working to solidify his place in the professional basketball landscape, Delaware Blue Coats forward Haywood Highsmith maintains a humble and diligent mindset everywhere he goes, and for now, that is to the G League affiliate of the Philadelphia 76ers. Highsmith was expected to sign what is known as an Exhibit 10 contract with the Phoenix…

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How Atlanta Can Prove 2019, Not 2018, Was Only a Dream

After coming within minutes of a WNBA Finals appearance in 2018, the Atlanta Dream came crashing down to earth and finished with the league’s worst record in 2019.  Longtime franchise player Angel McCoughtry ended up missing the entire season after a late-season ACL tear ended her 2018 campaign. Tiffany Hayes (ankle) was limited early on. …

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The Zone Masters and Busters of Today’s NBA

When you think of zone defense, the first thing that comes to mind might be high school or college basketball. The NBA has always been a predominantly man-to-man league, as it’s a more effective long-term antidote to the most prolific offenses on the planet. However, zone defense has crept into many coaches’ game plans during…

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Biggest Questions Facing the Dallas Wings

What a year for the Dallas Wings. After navigating the Liz Cambage trade request and finally making a deal with the Las Vegas Aces last offseason, No. 5 overall pick Arike Ogunbowale captured the imagination of Wings fans with a flurry of 20-plus point outings down the stretch.  Landing a player capable of turning in…

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These Rudy Gobert, Mitchell Robinson Comparisons Are Starting to Stick

Rudy Gobert of the Utah Jazz is a transformative, world-beating defensive talent with two consecutive Defensive Player of the Year awards. Mitchell Robinson of the New York Knicks is coming off one of the most impressive rookie campaigns in recent memory as a two-way force on a rebuilding team. These two might be at different…

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PODCAST: Key Injuries Piling Up & How to Fix the Knicks

In this episode of The NBA Podcast, Morten Jensen (@msjnba) and Bryan Toporek (@btoporek) discuss who’s to blame for the New York Knicks’ miserable start and the impact of injuries to Gordon Hayward, Khris Middleton and De’Aaron Fox. Is head coach David Fizdale the primary culprit for the Knicks’ 2-8 start? How much blame do…

Andrew Wiggins Might Not Be a Lost Cause After All

As one of the few remaining residents on Andrew Wiggins Island, the value of my beachfront property is skyrocketing after the start of the 2019-20 season. Through 10 games, Wiggins is averaging career highs in points (25.5), field-goal percentage (47.3), assists (3.3), made three-pointers (2.2) and blocks (1.1), even though he’s playing only 0.2 minutes…

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