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Malcolm Brogdon has been Milwaukee's second-most consistent player despite being fourth on the food chain.

Give Malcolm Brogdon Props for Milwaukee Bucks’ Success

The Milwaukee Bucks are absolutely terrifying. Not only do they have the East’s second-best record (30-12), they’re the only team in the league that’s top-three in offensive and defensive rating. You can primarily thank the alien-like ability of Giannis Antetokounmpo for Milwaukee’s leap, though their success isn’t all on him. New head coach Mike Budenholzer…

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Pro Sports Agency Owner. Still in High School.

It’s Color Wars week at Ariel Levy’s high school. So, the 18-year-old senior can skip class to call me. Or call one of the 13 basketball players the sports agency he founded represents. At least every other day, Levy calls them: Professional basketball players in the US and abroad, from Germany to Chile to Israel,…

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Davis Bertans is Spurs’ Next Elite Role Player

While the San Antonio Spurs climb out of the huddled Western Conference mess and prove themselves a viable bunch, they remind us of their overall talent: First-ballot Hall of Fame coach Gregg Popovich; a world-class ownership group and front office; two All-NBA players in DeMar DeRozan and LaMarcus Aldridge; solid, dependable veterans like Rudy Gay,…

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Trae Young is ahead of schedule in some aspects, but behind in others.

Trae Young is Gonna Be Just Fine

Despite the fluctuations and depressions in the market, now is not the time to sell your Trae Young stock. If someone told you before the year that Trae would be shooting only 28 percent from 3 and still scoring more than 15 per game, you would think they were lying. Yet here we are, bumping through…

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Hail, James Harden: New King of the Unassisted 3

When Stephen Curry unanimously won MVP in 2015-16, it was in large part because he redefined the pull-up, hitting off-the-bounce shots from downtown at a previously unseen rate. The season rightfully earned Curry the honor of “Greatest Pull-up Shooter in the World”, and it’s an unofficial one he has carried to today. But James Harden…

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DeAndre Ayton is Busting Doubters and the Glass

Since the middle of December, Phoenix Suns rookie DeAndre Ayton has been a bonafide monster. Over his last eight games, he is averaging 21.4 points and 14.1 rebounds while shooting an insane 68 percent from the field on a mere 14 attempts per game. His productivity and stellar rookie season are getting drowned out by…

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Nikola Jokic is now leading the Denver Nuggets on both ends of the floor.

How Nikola Jokic Has Transformed Denver’s Defense

I have to confess, I wish I could have seen the Denver Nuggets on Christmas day. Before the season, they were projected to be an up-tempo team with one of the most unique players in league history as their engine. In hindsight, the NBA’s omission is even more glaring because fans were cheated out of watching…

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How Boston Celtics Can Fix Jaylen Brown’s Junior Slump

Something is a bit off in Boston. Instead of looking up and down the roster to see who is not carrying their weight, settle your gaze on the third-year wing from California, Jaylen Brown. A player once thought to be too filled with potential to include in a Kawhi Leonard trade, Brown has fallen short…

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Luka Doncic Proving His Euro-Doubters Wrong

There’s long been a seemingly inherent bias against the European players. The stereotype considers the Euroleague to be a “lesser” proving ground. Luka Doncic was the latest “victim” of this. Now he isn’t just proving his doubters wrong, but he’s establishing that a player can hone his skills every bit as well across the pond…

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James Harden Must Be Houston Rockets’ Ignition

James Harden drove straight at the rim, past Lonzo Ball and into the outstretched arms of JaVale McGee reaching out for the block. Harden cocked back the ball and hammered it through the rim into McGee’s chest, who staggered about on the floor before completely falling down like he’d been shot in the gut. It…

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