By Nekias Duncan

Nekias Duncan is an avid NBA watcher with an appreciation for angled screens, Spain pick-and-rolls, and anything Khris Middleton does on the court. When he isn't writing about or watching basketball, he's dropping the best puns the east coast has to offer. Follow him on Twitter at @NekiasNBA.

What Would an NBA All-Rookie Third Team Look Like?

This may come as a shock, but the NBA is on a different tier (or seven) from college hoops. Games are longer with less time to make decisions thanks to the shorter shot clock shorter. The court is bigger, giving defenders even more ground to cover. Players are bigger, faster, stronger and (mostly) smarter. There’s…

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The Portland Trail Blazers are Still Closer Than You Thought

I’ll be the first to admit it: I was dead wrong about the Portland Trail Blazers. After their embarrassing showing against the New Orleans Pelicans last postseason, I thought it was time for them to blow things up. Damian Lillard was obviously a top-five guy at his position, but I had questions about his ability…

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Blazers, Warriors Game 2 Must be Defined by Coverages

What makes Stephen Curry and Damian Lillard so special? Their ability to carve up defenses off the dribble. With the NBA emphasizing space more than ever, these two put tangible fear into the hearts of defenses every time they touch the rock. Neither guard needs more than a sliver of space to make teams pay,…

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Let’s Squash the Mid-Range Jumpers Debate, Shall We?

All the Denver Nuggets need is one stop to have a chance. The Portland Trail Blazers, on the other hand, need one more score to give themselves some breathing room. It’s amazing the Blazers are even in this game, much less leading. Damian Lillard has been flinging bricks all day, and his Blazers trailed by nearly…

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Paul Millsap is Quietly Killing the Blazers

The Denver Nuggets are one win away from shutting up some haters. It seems odd on the surface to argue the Nuggets are overachieving right now when they were the West’s second-best team with a 54-28 record. A Western Conference Finals berth should be the natural goal for any two-seed. But the Nuggets are a…

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LeBron-less NBA Playoffs Giving Stars Room To Shine

As fun as it is to slander the Los Angeles Lakers on Twitter (and everywhere, really), their failure to make the NBA Playoffs appeared to be problematic. It wasn’t a big deal in years past while the once-iconic franchise muddles through its darkest days. But this year is different. It marks the first time since…

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Pending FA Khris Middleton is Worth Way More Than You Think

We (collectively) have talked a ton about this summer’s free agency class, and for good reason. Not only is this summer’s class filled with studs, their decisions may be swayed heavily by what happens in this round. Kevin Durant could be changing teams. Kawhi Leonard might not be long for Toronto. Kyrie Irving and Jimmy…

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Game 2 Adjustments for Milwaukee Bucks

A Game 1 loss isn’t fatal by any means, but the Milwaukee Bucks have some things to think about. The Boston Celtics didn’t just steal home court on Sunday, they did so in convincing fashion. They slowed the Bucks down to a crawl and bludgeoned them in a half-court fest. High-level shotmaking from Kyrie Irving…

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Do OKC Thunder Have a ‘Russell Westbrook Problem?’

The most memorable moment from the Portland Trail Blazers’ series-sealing win came at the buzzer. Damian Lillard concluded his eff-you performance with a step-back triple over the outstretched arms of Paul George. The shot was equal parts impressive, absurd and hilarious. Nobody will forget Lillard waving “goodbye” to the Thunder after the near-40 foot bomb.…

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Kawhi Leonard Reminds Us What Makes Him Great

Normally when an NBA superstar falls from public grace, it’s due to something out of his control. His play slips as he ages, or his body breaks down after thousands of wild forays to the basket. Or a younger player at his position reinvents what we accept as possible and said superstar loses relevancy. (Hello…

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