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

New Awards NBA Should Introduce for 2019-2020

The NBA and its fans love awards. The league loves handing them out, and the fans and media love talking and debating about them all season long. From the All-NBA and All-Rookie teams to the slew of individual honors handed out at the end of the season, there are a bunch of different trophies up…

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Takeaways from 2019 FIBA World Cup

China just served up one of the most entertaining and unpredictable FIBA Men’s World Cup (formerly “World Championship”) tournaments in recent history. There was a wide-open group of contenders, and a couple of the front-runners were toppled before the medal round. Leading up to Spain’s coronation against Argentina on Sunday, we witnessed aesthetically dazzling team…

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Do Golden State Warriors Still Have NBA Finals Shot?

When the Golden State Warriors open the 2018-19 campaign in their new digs at the Chase Center, they’ll do so with a new-look roster as well. Thanks to injuries, free agency departures and trades, Steve Kerr will have a much different rotation to work with, even if the core seems familiar. Several familiar faces won’t…

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How Each Young Chicago Bull Takes the Next Step

Although the Chicago Bulls lack a (current) top-shelf superstar or the depth to be an Eastern Conference contender, they have an intriguing stable of young talent. If they stay healthy, these up-and-coming prospects can grow into a legitimate core to build upon. Chi-town has 12 players under contract who are 25-and-under, and some of them…

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Optimal Lineups for Team USA at 2019 FIBA World Cup

After an entertaining, yet tumultuous pre-tournament schedule, Gregg Popovich’s men’s national squad arrived in China to defend its throne at the 2019 FIBA World Cup. He experimented with a variety of lineups throughout the exhibition slate, and it’s time to hone in on some optimal combinations. While the U.S. hasn’t lost a World Cup or…

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Don’t Forget About These 5 Teams on NBA League Pass in 2019-20

We’re trudging through the dog days of the NBA offseason, and the final weeks before the 2019-20 tipoff won’t fly by fast enough. Other than watching USA’s C-team play in the World Cup, there’s not much to do other than wait patiently for the upcoming season if men’s basketball is your thing. Fortunately, it’s never…

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Predicting NBA’s Defensive Hierarchy in 2019-20

Offense will always be king of the NBA. It creates superstars, packs arenas and boosts television ratings. There’s something captivating about how the sport’s top-scoring wizards make plays and create shots. Thus, it’s exceptionally difficult to play defense at a high-level thanks to the abundance of offensive talent and game rules that cater to scorers.…

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Which New NBA Duos Will Have Greatest Impact?

The biggest theme of the 2019 offseason was an unprecedented deluge of blockbuster trades and monstrous free agency moves. Unlike some recent offseasons, this year’s shuffling produced a slew of new dynamic duos rather than trios or superteams. Now that the dust is starting to settle, it’s time to examine exactly how impactful these new…

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Will Atlanta Hawks’ ‘Warriors East’ Approach Work?

When the Atlanta Hawks transitioned from the Mike Budenholzer era to the Lloyd Pierce era in 2018, general manager Travis Schlenk began to shape the franchise in the likeness of his former team: the 2015-2019 Western Conference juggernaut Golden State Warriors. Many view the hiring of Pierce and the acquisition of Trae Young, Kevin Huerter,…

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