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

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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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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