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How Minnesota Timberwolves Maximize Andrew Wiggins

Five years into his NBA career, Andrew Wiggins remains an oft-frustrating enigma. The 2014 No. 1 overall pick has the physical profile of an elite two-way player, but he’s failed to become a consistent difference-maker on either end of the floor. He’ll flash explosive scoring chops or lockdown defense at times, but he has yet…

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Finding the Forgotten Hoops Value in Andre Roberson

Outcasted comedian Louis CK once did a bit about how he would try the best of anything. How do you know you don’t like something if you’ve never tried the best version of it? At least try it if you can guarantee it is the best. That may be the case with Andre Roberson. When…

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Kyrie Irving Should Be Headed for a Career Year in Brooklyn

Prognosticators don’t have high hopes for the Brooklyn Nets in 2019-20. Oddsmakers peg them for a win total somewhere in the mid-40s, while ESPN’s Kevin Pelton projected them for 41 wins and the No. 8 seed in the Eastern Conference. FiveThirtyEight’s CARMELO system is even more lukewarm, giving the Nets only a 57 percent chance…

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5 NBA Youngsters Who Just Need a Chance to Play

Sitting on the bench early in an NBA career is no easy task. Routinely, sports media will heave colloquialisms about paying dues, learning the ropes, sitting and learning from the bench. Plenty of veterans echo that, and the notion makes sense—though it’s also a completely biased position coming from those trying to protect their own…

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NBA Frontcourts of the Future: Lauri Markkanen & Wendell Carter Jr.

“The NBA is a guard-oriented league.” Modernized spacing concepts lead to wider driving lanes, making it easier than ever to be a guard. The trends are certainly changing towards skill and versatility over size and strength. So, why are teams still investing in high-caliber frontcourt tandems? This piece is the final installment in a five-part series here…

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NBA Frontcourts of the Future: Jaren Jackson Jr. & Brandon Clarke

“The NBA is a guard-oriented league.” Modernized spacing concepts lead to wider driving lanes, making it easier than ever to be a guard. The trends are certainly changing towards skill and versatility over size and strength. So, why are teams still investing in high-caliber frontcourt tandems? In a five-part series here at TBW, we dive into…

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How Jayson Tatum Can Reach His Star Potential

As soon as Twitter knew Jayson Tatum was training with Kobe Bryant, alarm bells went off. It was the 2018 offseason, months after the youngster had helped the Boston Celtics to within one game of the NBA Finals during his rookie season. Celtics fans already didn’t like Kobe. But the idea of the Black Mamba…

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Does Carmelo Anthony Still Have a Place in Today’s NBA?

After an uninspiring 10-game stint with the Houston Rockets this past season, Carmelo Anthony could be facing the end of his NBA career. Although Anthony is far more talented than some players currently on NBA rosters—hell, he would likely waltz into a starting gig on the Washington Wizards or the Charlotte Hornets—teams are rightfully skeptical…

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Examining Hassan Whiteside’s Portland Trail Blazers Fit

The Portland Trail Blazers are coming off of a surprise Western Conference Finals run. Damian Lillard is at the height of his powers, confidently operating in the superstar plane. CJ McCollum just proved his brand of three-level scoring has immense value in the postseason. There’s a spread-the-wealth system in place that the stars are comfortable…

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