By Daniel O'Brien

After playing college ball at Franciscan University, Dan covered the NBA and the draft for Bleacher Report for four years and the FRS Network for three years. He now co-hosts the Unlimited Range podcast and continues to campaign for Doris Burke’s promotion to lead analyst at ESPN. Follow him on Twitter: @DanO_Bball

The NBA I Grew Up Watching: The Undersized Underdogs

We’re used to basketball withdrawals in August or September, not mid-March. But here we are, feeling a weird emptiness without the NBA after the league rightfully and smartly shut things down on March 11. It didn’t take long for us to realize how much we love hoops and how much more we’ll cherish it once…

NBA’s Top 25-and-Under Floor-Stretchers

One of the most amazing things about today’s NBA is how many talented shooters there are. We’ve never seen so many prolific long-range threats in the league at one time. Most young gunslingers coming into the NBA have been practicing the three-ball their entire lives, and it shows. And those who haven’t been working on…

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2020 NBA Draft: International Stock Watch

The top handful of international prospects in the 2020 NBA Draft offer intriguing skills. There aren’t any surefire megastars or franchise saviors in this year’s crop, yet there are a few worthwhile investments in the lottery range. Two of the top three international prospects are French, and arguably the best of the bunch is Israeli.…

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NBA’s Top 25-and-Under Defensive Weapons

While the NBA is littered with young offensive standouts, high-level defenders aren’t quite as abundant. It’s exceptionally difficult to shine defensively in today’s league. Scorers and playmakers are more skilled than ever while officiating lends itself toward a high-scoring brand of hoops. Nonetheless, I’m assessing the top young defensive weapons in the second part of…

NBA’s Top 25-and-Under Offensive Weapons

NBA All-Star weekend is a great time to step back and take stock of the league, its stars and who’s making the biggest impact. The league is loaded with as many young studs as ever. In this two-part series, I’m examining which 25-and-under stars are the absolute best on offense and on defense. This week,…

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NBA Draft Profile: Isaac Okoro is 2020’s Defensive Sleeper

Auburn’s explosive freshman Isaac Okoro wasn’t on everyone’s first-round NBA Draft projections entering the 2019-20 season. He wasn’t a McDonald’s All-American or a Jordan Brand Classic participant. But now he’s in nearly everyone’s lottery picture, thanks to an elite defensive profile and a resourceful offensive skill set. The 6’6” Georgia native has the makings of…

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Bam Adebayo’s Passing Brings New Dimension to Miami Heat Offense

Bam Adebayo has emerged as a versatile All-Star for the Miami Heat in his third NBA campaign. The former Kentucky forward has become an especially tenacious rebounder, elite multi-positional defender and explosive offensive weapon this season. His multifaceted skills and elite physical tools have been crucial to the club’s resurgence toward the top of the…

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Midseason NBA Coach of the Year Power Rankings

We’re more than halfway through the 2019-20 NBA campaign, and a small group of coaches have emerged as the strongest candidates for Coach of the Year honors. With so many players switching teams this offseason, some of the league’s top skippers have faced new and significant challenges. While Coach of the Year winners often have…

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2020 NBA Draft Profile: Projecting Jaden McDaniels’ Upside

The top of the 2020 NBA Draft class is filled with exciting, yet puzzling and sometimes polarizing prospects. Washington’s freshman forward Jaden McDaniels fits the bill. His combination of tangible scoring potential and physical tools are clouded by inconsistency and an unpolished playing style. He’s on the NBA radar thanks to a prolific high school…

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