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Ja Morant’s Confidence Has Memphis Grizzlies Winning

The Memphis Grizzlies selected Ja Morant with the No. 2 pick in the 2019 NBA draft. He’s been validating that selection ever since, establishing himself as the front-runner for Rookie of the Year and leading his new team to surprising success. Morant is averaging 17.9 points and 7.0 assists, leading rookies in both categories while…

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4 Up-And-Comers Currently on the NBA’s Fringe

Everybody loves a good Cinderella Story. Basketball fans get overtaken with these fairy tales each March during the NCAA Tournament, seeking the next unforeseen team to make a national impact. But with only 30 teams, endless national media coverage and a much more even playing field on a nightly basis, the NBA doesn’t create the…

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Dwight Howard’s Superman Returns

Dwight Howard’s career was crashing more dramatically to Earth than a victim of his facial dunks. Ever since abruptly leaving the Orlando Magic in 2012, injuries, team in-fighting and the modern game passing him by systematically sapped powers from the wunderkind once known as Superman. No longer more powerful than a locomotive and leaping over…

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Devonte’ Graham Emerging as NBA’s Newest ‘3-and-P’ Threat

When the Boston Celtics traded for Kemba Walker, it opened up a chance for young Devonte’ Graham to prove himself, even as the Charlotte Hornets bet far bigger money on free agent scoring guard Terry Rozier. Graham has not only seized the opportunity, he’s one of this year’s most improved players and possibly the league’s…

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Jaylen Brown Has Mastered His Role

When free agents sign contracts, NBA team PR staffers usually get busy crafting a cocky “look at how good our signing is” press release. But when Jaylen Brown signed his behemoth 4-year, $115 million extension in October, the Boston Celtics’ statement read like one big backhanded compliment. “Jaylen is a true professional who did a…

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2020 NBA Rookie Rankings: Ja Morant, Michael Porter Jr., Tyler Herro & More

As we enter the second half of the 2019-2020 NBA season, it’s time for an updated set of rookie rankings. Although Zion Williamson’s absence takes some of the sparkle from this class, there are other standouts carving out niches in the Association. The Rookie of the Year race is starting to become clearer now that…

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Robert Covington Needs a Change of Scenery

Now seven years into his NBA career, Minnesota Timberwolves forward Robert Covington is stuck in a peculiar situation. After providing a glimmer of hope for the Philadelphia 76ers during the height of their rebuild, Covington was cast away in what was seen as the completion of ‘The Process.’ He was shipped off to the Timberwolves—another…

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Shai Gilgeous-Alexander is the ‘Other’ Star From 2018’s NBA Draft Class

The NBA has seemingly forgotten about Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (again). But don’t worry, that’s not going to last much longer. SGA was overlooked entering college as well. Though he was offered and accepted a scholarship to the University of Kentucky, he wasn’t the traditional five-star recruit that John Calipari and Big Blue Nation had been accustomed…

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Russell Westbrook, Houston Rockets Have Figured Each Other Out

Russell Westbrook’s immersion into the Houston Rockets hasn’t been seamless, but it’s beginning to take hold as the season progresses. His early-season inefficiency is getting better, and wins are coming as a result. Come postseason, that could mean all the difference. Westbrook isn’t the first great point guard that James Harden has played with. His…

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