By Kelly Scaletta

Spent 4.5 years in the USAF before attending University of Minnesota, Bible college in Anaheim and 15 years in youth ministry. Basketball blogger-turned-NBA Featured Columnist with Bleacher Report, BBallBreakdown, Fansided, The Step Back, Hoops Habit, SportsNet, Vantage Sports, Dime and FanRag, among others, accumulating over 25 million views. Former full-time NBA Assistant Editor at FanRag (2016-18). An NBA Twitter staple: Well-connected and respected among today’s finest basketball writers.

James Harden, Giannis Antetokounmpo Define MVP Debate

The NBA’s Most Valuable Player Award has always been hard to pin down. What does “valuable” even mean? It’s oft-debated and rarely identified, in part because even the concept of “value” is transient. Google defines it as “the regard that something is held to deserve; the importance, worth, or usefulness of something.” But there you…

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Are Houston Rockets Still a Western Conference Threat?

Last season, the Houston Rockets came within a game of defeating the defending champion Golden State Warriors and going to the NBA Finals. But after key departures from Trevor Ariza and Luc Richard Mbah a Moute last summer, their improved defense took a hit, and the chances of getting back to the Western Conference Finals—much…

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On the Strained Relationship Between NBA Stars and Media

One of the more difficult challenges as an NBA analyst or reporter is trying to find the right balance between reporting or commenting on “rumors.” There are two extremes: Report or comment on absolutely nothing until it actually happens. Run with every rumor that comes out, even if it’s completely unrealistic. I think most people…

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The NBA’s 8 Eras and Their Effect on Today’s Game

Have you ever been watching a game and heard an announcer talk about the “way the game was meant to be played” or speculated on how some star from today would fare in yesteryear or vice versa? Have you ever seen a debate raging on Twitter when someone weighs in, stipulating: “You can’t compare players…

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The Best-Laid Plans of Mice and NBA GMs

If you ever want to talk to the perfect NBA General Manager—the one who knows everything and has yet to ever make a mistake—just ask Twitter. It’s filled with them. It’s an easy job to do when it’s not yours, it seems. As Anthony Davis news swirls, and trades happen faster than we can keep…

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Don’t Get Duped in NBA Trade Season

Anthony Davis has informed the New Orleans Pelicans that he will not re-sign with them and has asked for a trade to a contender. Thus, Adrian Wojnarowski hereby officially rang the opening bell for “NBA trade season.” Over the next few weeks, roughly 1.37 million articles will have 23.45 million trade rumors about Davis and…

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The Los Angeles Lakers’ Increasingly Precarious Perch

When the Los Angeles Lakers inked arguably the greatest player ever, it seemed their prolonged playoff drought was over, and they were on the precipice of returning to dynasty form. However, that future is less certain and we haven’t even reached the All-Star Game of LeBron James’ first season. The Lakers started slow (2-5) but…

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How do we truly judge the value of an assist?

NBA Assists Are Everything and Almost Nothing

Assists are simultaneously one of the most important aspects of basketball, one of the most overrated stats and one of the most underrated. That’s right. They can mean virtually everything or almost nothing. I’ve been percolating on the idea of assists for years now, and how we could come up with a better version of them.…

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Hail, James Harden: New King of the Unassisted 3

When Stephen Curry unanimously won MVP in 2015-16, it was in large part because he redefined the pull-up, hitting off-the-bounce shots from downtown at a previously unseen rate. The season rightfully earned Curry the honor of “Greatest Pull-up Shooter in the World”, and it’s an unofficial one he has carried to today. But James Harden…

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