By Adam Spinella

Adam is currently a college basketball coach at the Division III level working at Washington & Jefferson College. He loves watching for offensive schemes while specializing in individual skill development, shooting technique and coach-speak. Born in New Hampshire, Adam grew up as a Celtics fan but now claims to just love "good basketball", which does not include mid-range jumpers.

NBA Draft Sleepers to Watch in the NCAA Tournament

For most diehard NBA fans, the NCAA Tournament is the last look at some of the biggest names discussed on draft boards. The narrative follows the top players on the top teams, like the quartet of stud freshmen at Duke, the constant parade of prospects at the Kentucky and Kansas factories, and upstart mid-majors receiving…

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Players With Most to Prove in NBA’s Final Month

We are trained to love and support a team, a brand, a culture. NBA players are seemingly cogs in the wheel that come and go, ever-replaceable so long as the brand is in good health. During the stretch run of the season, fans of teams outside playoff contention shift their focus from this year to…

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Wayne Ellington Proving Key to Detroit Pistons’ Surge

And just like that, the Detroit Pistons are sitting in the 6th seed… After winning five in a row and eight of their last ten, the Pistons are also the hottest team in the Eastern Conference. Their surge includes an 8-1 record since the All-Star break, scoring an average of 118.3 points per game during that…

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Here’s How the Denver Nuggets Will Beat You

Nikola Jokic has emerged as one of the league’s top offensive big men. His rise has helped the Denver Nuggets become one of the top two Western Conference teams all season despite numerous injuries and changes to their rotation. Jokic special is as unorthodox as they come, combining fancy and unique passing with a soft…

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Trae Young’s Not the Only Atlanta Hawks Rookie Turning Heads

The 2018 draft class is turning out to be a doozy. Luka Doncic and Trae Young are setting the world on fire, while DeAndre Ayton, Jaren Jackson Jr. and Marvin Bagley III have quietly turned in strong performances. Lottery picks Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Kevin Knox, Mikal Bridges and Wendell Carter Jr. all showed enough upside to…

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The Lessons Every NBA Volume Scorer Must Learn

Last week, a few games I watched left me simultaneously impressed by young talent and worried about their development. I shouldn’t be surprised. Teenagers with immense skill don’t get enough credit for their maturity, growth and the difficulty of their tasks. These are guys a few years removed from high school social studies that are already…

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The NBA’s Pick-and-Pop Poison

The NBA has been a ball screen league for over a decade. Great guards score with advantages created by hard-set picks. Big men roll to the rim and put pressure on help defenders with their size and finishing prowess. The action is difficult to stop when run at such an elite level. As the league…

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Ten Years Later: The Day Boston Celtics’ Dynasty Hopes Buckled

I was a seventeen-year-old staring into a thirteen-inch white Mitsubishi television propped on the dresser in my bedroom. A Celtics fan growing up, my passion for the game (at the NBA level) was reignited by the success of Boston’s Big Three: Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, and Ray Allen. My favorite player, a young Rajon Rondo, colorfully…

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NBA Playoffs Roles for Buyout Market Vets

The trade deadline came and went, but player movement is nowhere near close to done. Several teams have open roster spots, and many are looking for veterans to join their playoff pursuits. The buyout market unequivocally favors teams staring down the chance to win a title, however. Many veterans who are bought out of their…

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Why Not Just Double James Harden?

Nearly two months ago, the most insane scoring streak of the last several decades began. James Harden put up a 50-piece on the Los Angeles Lakers via only twenty-six shots. The win jump-started a Houston Rockets squad that had lost seven of their last ten and served as a reminder for what a special scorer Harden…

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