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.

Maybe We Were Too Hard On DeAndre Ayton

Course correction can be a tough thing to manage. Everyone’s had a staunch opinion on something or someone, doubled down on it, then grudgingly changed their minds when presented with new evidence. It happens in all facets of life, but it’s especially true in NBA Twitter. Sometimes you can get so caught up in a take,…

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Collin Sexton Makes Strides, Gets Buckets

Everyone’s already forgotten Collin Sexton’s great game before it’s even over. The speedy Cleveland Cavaliers guard finishes with a game-high 28 points on March 11 while also dropping five dimes and grabbing four boards in a wild 126-101 win over conference power Toronto. All anyone remembers (by the end of the game) is when the…

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What Should the NBA’s Top Seeds Worry About?

We’ve officially reached the semi-dead zone of the schedule for the league’s top teams. The NBA hierarchy (in terms of record) is mostly set. At this point, teams want to make sure they’re healthy and firing at a high level before postseason play begins. Barring a collapse or major injury, the Golden State Warriors, Denver Nuggets, Milwaukee…

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Who Deserves NBA’s Sixth Man of the Year Award?

Very quietly, the Sixth Man of the Year race is pretty fun this year. The league is littered with effective reserves on good teams, making it a bit tighter than usual. By my unofficial count, there are at least 16 guys that deserve a hat tip in the award’s discussion. I won’t bore you with…

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Karl-Anthony Towns Can’t Be Stopped

“He can’t do s–t against me!” That emotionally-charged outburst felt like the defining moment of Karl-Anthony Towns’ season. It could’ve been, considering his God-given talents. Towns is an elite shooter and post player. It would surprise no one that a fellow giant struggled to contain the former Kentucky big man. It should’ve been, had the phrase…

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Don’t Forget Bradley Beal Like You Do the Wizards

To say the Washington Wizards have disappointed this year would be an understatement. They’re 11th in the Eastern Conference, 4.5 games ahead of the Trae Young-led Atlanta Hawks. 17 of Washington’s 24 wins have come in front of its rightfully disgruntled fans. Only the Cleveland Cavaliers (5-24) have a worse road record than the Wizards…

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Trae Young Puts Atlanta Hawks Back on Map

Seven seconds is all it takes. We’re late in the fourth quarter of Saturday’s Tankathon match-up between the Atlanta Hawks and the Phoenix Suns. The Hawks are down three, slightly reeling after another bucket from Tyler Johnson. Trae Young decides to stop the bleeding. He receives the inbound pass from John Collins. As he crosses…

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How Indiana’s Keeping Pace Without Victor Oladipo

Just like that, Pascal Siakam is off to the races. Following a miss, Siakam turns on the burners down the middle of the floor. Victor Oladipo flips his switch and retreats, trying to prevent the inevitable. The pass lingers a bit. Siakam high-points the ball like a wide receiver; Oladipo does not. He couldn’t. Just…

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Who Can Stop the Milwaukee Bucks?

The Milwaukee Bucks entered this season as a trendy pick to make a jump. Giannis Antetokounmpo and The Others—headlined by perennially underrated Khris Middleton and new signee Brook Lopez—were natural complements. It was up to new head coach, Mike Budenholzer, to bring order to a talented-but-underwhelming roster. That bet seemed safe enough. I’m just not…

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NY Knicks Give Dennis Smith Jr. Room to Explore

It’s been pretty tough to be a New York Knicks fan for most of the last 15 years. Failed draft picks, odd signings, poorly thought out trades, the Allan Houston contract (and Jerome James and Eddy Curry and… ad naseum). Mishaps—to put it nicely—involving NBA Hall of Famer Isiah Thomas and former Knicks great Charles…

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