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Where Do New-Look Dallas Mavericks Go From Here?

The Dallas Mavericks didn’t have the offseason they desired when July opened, but that doesn’t mean they completely struck out either. As with most everything around the NBA, there are layers and nuance to their summer. In short, they’re a better team than they were last year, even if they weren’t able to complete the…

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Breaking Down the New-Look Lakers’ Upside

For the third year in a row, the Los Angeles Lakers are trotting out a new-look roster. And although they didn’t take home the biggest prizes in free agency after the Anthony Davis trade, the latest version of the Purple and Gold should be noticeably better than its immediate predecessors—and not just because the Brow…

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2nd-Round Picks Who Showed Out in NBA Summer League

What do Nikola Jokic, Draymond Green and Isaiah Thomas all have in common? They were drafted in the second round. Common conception paints second-round selections as roster filler on cheap contracts, role players at their apex or high-risk, high-reward prospects that are simply too worrisome to spend a first-round selection on. But All-Stars and primary…

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Will Russell Westbrook, James Harden 2.0 Fit?

There is much to be made of the asset play the Houston Rockets just made in the trading for Russell Westbrook. But once the games actually start in the fall, very little will matter outside of what he can bring to the table for his new team and the strengths and weaknesses of the new-look…

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Russell Westbrook Trade Primes OKC Thunder for Intriguing Rebuild

What a jaw-dropping week it’s been for the Oklahoma City Thunder. If NBA Twitter wasn’t already in flames, it’s now incinerated. First, OKC blindsided everyone by trading Paul George to the Los Angeles Clippers last Friday night for an avalanche of draft picks. (Four, actually, plus two favorable swaps.) Then it shipped out Jerami Grant…

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Potential NBA Stars Revealed at 2019 FIBA U19 World Cup

The United States claimed gold Sunday at the 2019 FIBA U19 World Cup. Team USA has been dominating international competitions yearly since the 1992 Dream Team ran through the Olympics in Barcelona. There have been a few hiccups along the way—mainly the 2002 and 2006 FIBA World Championships—but the United States remains dominant at the…

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NBA Youngsters With Big Opportunities in 2019-20

The who’s who of NBA circles are all out on the strip with Las Vegas Summer League underway, but given the change that’s happened in the last few weeks, the entire league is still adjusting to the roster turnover. Summer League not only provides a first look at new faces entering the NBA, but it…

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NBA Veterans Standing Out at NBA Summer League

Summer League is all about finding the next big stars, right? Well, sort of. For most rookies, it’s about making a great first impression and seeing how quickly they will acclimate to the new level. Top picks and “sure-thing” guys go through the motions to reinforce what we already know. For everyone else trying to…

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Chicago Bulls May Finally Have Something to Build on

While they spent most of the last few years as laughingstocks across the league, the Chicago Bulls have found their way back and may just compete for the bottom of the Eastern Conference playoff bracket. It’s been a while since the Bulls had so many good options that their head coach might have trouble finding…

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