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

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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Utah Jazz Absolutely Lighting it Up From Three-Point Range

The NBA’s hottest team is also suddenly its most accurate from three-point range. Quin Snyder’s Utah Jazz are winners of seven straight and 12 of their last 13, and they’re leading the NBA at 39.0 percent from beyond the arc. During the seven-game conquest, the Jazz have run a long-range clinic, hitting 100-of-243 (41.2 percent)…

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2020 NBA Rookie Rankings: Ja Morant, Michael Porter Jr., Tyler Herro & More

As we enter the second half of the 2019-2020 NBA season, it’s time for an updated set of rookie rankings. Although Zion Williamson’s absence takes some of the sparkle from this class, there are other standouts carving out niches in the Association. The Rookie of the Year race is starting to become clearer now that…

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Should We Be That Impressed by the NBA’s Latest Monster Statlines?

In every NBA season, the league’s deep stable of stars find new ways to entertain and amaze us. They deliver unprecedented performances, display unforeseen athletic feats and reach new statistical milestones. Today’s sports media climate is ultra-competitive, so it’s driven by clickable highlights, headlines and eye-popping stat lines. The NBA and its media mouthpieces don’t…

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2019 NBA Draft Profile: Gauging Anthony Edwards’ Ceiling

Georgia’s high-flying wing Anthony Edwards owns some of the best physical gifts and skills in the 2020 NBA Draft class. Thanks to his agility and creativity, he’s made one of the strongest auditions for the No. 1 pick so far. Through nine games, the 6’5” freshman shooting guard is posting 19.8 points, 5.2 rebounds and…

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How Spencer Dinwiddie is Carrying Brooklyn Nets Offense

It’s been a couple of years since Spencer Dinwiddie proved the skeptics wrong and established himself as a valuable standout for the Brooklyn Nets. This season, he’s proving nearly everyone wrong again. Kenny Atkinson’s much-hyped, new-look squad got off to a rocky start this fall. A three-game skid in mid-November sank Brooklyn to 4-7, then…

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Breaking Down Kristaps Porzingis’ Roller-Coaster Start With Dallas Mavericks

Shock and excitement swept the NBA world when the Dallas Mavericks traded for Kristaps Porzingis in January of 2019. Mavs die-hards, European hoops enthusiasts and all fans of dynamic basketball immediately dreamt of Porzingis forming a lethal partnership with rising star Luka Doncic and head coach Rick Carlisle. Fast forward to today, and Porzingis’ first…

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Grading Top NBA Rookies in Every Key Category

The NBA’s 2019-20 rookie class has no shortage of electrifying skill and intriguing potential. Even with Zion Williamson absent, several rising stars have stepped up to impress. While marquee names like R.J. Barrett and Ja Morant are shouldering the load for their rebuilding squads, some lesser-known rooks have also shattered expectations this season. For example,…

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Early Surprises in the 2020 NBA Draft Landscape

There have been some unforeseen developments in the 2020 NBA Draft landscape through the first few weeks of the international and college hoops season. Several prospects are adding skills and adjusting to a higher level of competition sooner than we thought. Others are thriving in a bigger role and are more versatile than anticipated. They’re…

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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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