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The LeBron James, Anthony Davis Pairing Must Get Even Better

Early out of the gates, there isn’t much question that the duo of LeBron James and Anthony Davis is clicking every bit as well as Los Angeles Lakers fans could have hoped. The Purple and Gold are off to a 10-2 start, perched merrily atop the Western Conference standings. They have the league’s second-best “Simple…

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NBA Film Study: Scouting for Opponents’ Tendencies

Scouting reports are especially vital at the highest levels of basketball. They prepare players for personnel tidbits, identify an opponent’s best or most frequent sets, and unify the team in a direction for how to attack both. Those reports will have a video and written component most times, so different learners can digest the information…

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The Zone Masters and Busters of Today’s NBA

When you think of zone defense, the first thing that comes to mind might be high school or college basketball. The NBA has always been a predominantly man-to-man league, as it’s a more effective long-term antidote to the most prolific offenses on the planet. However, zone defense has crept into many coaches’ game plans during…

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Portland Trail Blazers’ Frontcourt Has Reached Crisis Levels

After making a surprising run to the Western Conference Finals last season, the Portland Trail Blazers may be in danger of missing the playoffs entirely this year. They have their injury-ravaged frontcourt to blame for that. Starting center Jusuf Nurkic suffered compound leg fractures in March, and general manager Neil Olshey told reporters in September…

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Yeah, Let’s Just Blame David Fizdale for NY Knicks’ Endless Dysfunction

To absolutely no one’s surprise—outside of Madison Square Garden, anyway—the New York Knicks are a complete and total tire fire only 10 games into the 2019-20 season. After ruining Kristaps Porzingis’ #RevengeGame on Friday with a 106-102 win over the Dallas Mavericks, the Knicks returned home two days later only to get blown out by…

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NBA Film Study: Sets You Need to Know: Slash Action

As someone who loves X’s and O’s and the tactical side of basketball, I’ve always been fascinated by one point: If most teams in the NBA all run the same plays, why are they still so successful? The answer to that question lies in how the versatility of a set design takes away defensive pressures…

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Ranking Each NBA Team’s Prospect Cores for 2019-20, Part 4

Our rankings of each team’s young prospects conclude with teams 1-5. Remember, we only consider players entering their third season or younger. Players with a proven NBA track record are weighted quite heavily along with those who have strong collegiate production. While some rankings might seem surprising on the surface, this list’s criteria are weighted…

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Can Trae Young Keep Atlanta Hawks Afloat Through John Collins’ Suspension?

Tuesday brought both great and awful news for the Atlanta Hawks. On one hand, second-year guard Trae Young returned from the ankle sprain he suffered against the Miami Heat last week to guide Atlanta to an upset win over the San Antonio Spurs. He finished with a game-high 29 points on 10-of-23 shooting, 13 assists…

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Ranking Each NBA Team’s Prospect Cores for 2019-20, Part 3

Our rankings of each team’s young prospects continue with teams 6-10. We only consider players who are entering their third season or younger, and players with a proven NBA track record are weighted quite heavily along with those who have proven collegiate production. While some rankings might seem surprising on the surface, this list’s criteria…

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