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.

Malcolm Brogdon has been Milwaukee's second-most consistent player despite being fourth on the food chain.

Give Malcolm Brogdon Props for Milwaukee Bucks’ Success

The Milwaukee Bucks are absolutely terrifying. Not only do they have the East’s second-best record (30-12), they’re the only team in the league that’s top-three in offensive and defensive rating. You can primarily thank the alien-like ability of Giannis Antetokounmpo for Milwaukee’s leap, though their success isn’t all on him. New head coach Mike Budenholzer…

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Nikola Jokic is now leading the Denver Nuggets on both ends of the floor.

How Nikola Jokic Has Transformed Denver’s Defense

I have to confess, I wish I could have seen the Denver Nuggets on Christmas day. Before the season, they were projected to be an up-tempo team with one of the most unique players in league history as their engine. In hindsight, the NBA’s omission is even more glaring because fans were cheated out of watching…

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D’Angelo Russell is in His Zone

Equipped with a deep roster, a good coach and a “Rockets East” shot profile, the Brooklyn Nets were a popular “surprise” pick to make noise at the bottom of the Eastern Conference playoff bracket. That hasn’t exactly happened—they currently sit with a 10-18 record—but they’ve at least been fun to watch. Caris LeVert’s star-level leap…

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The Subtle Brilliance of Wendell Carter Jr.

The Chicago Bulls aren’t very good. Per NBA.com, a cursory glance at their offensive rating (100.2, 30th), defensive rating (110.9, 23rd) or record (6-21) are all the indicators you need. If that isn’t enough, their mess of a front office and its questionable decisions should do the trick. On the bright side, even bad teams have…

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Jimmy Butler is the Closer 76ers Desperately Need

It’s the fourth quarter, and the Philadelphia Sixers look a little flustered. They lead 78-68 at the beginning of the frame, but the offense grinds to a halt. Joel Embiid can’t get going, missing his first two shots before being fouled on a third. And wouldn’t you know it, he splits the free throws. Meanwhile,…

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The Good, Bad and Ugly of Hassan Whiteside

As an organization, the Miami Heat pride themselves on their hard-hat, not-for-everyone culture. They don’t solve problems, they grind them into the dirt and make things tough for anyone in their path. That’s the mentality Pat Riley brought to the team with his arrival in 1995. Ironically, that same ethos has put the Heat in…

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