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Detroit Pistons Marching to the Beat of a Different Drummond

If you haven’t been paying attention to the Detroit Pistons, you might have missed Andre Drummond’s incredible start. He has simply elevated his game to a different level this season. His performance is old school with a dash of new: He’s not only a nightly threat for a 20-point, 20-rebound performance, he’s effectively playing some…

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NBA Film Study: How Coaches Weaponize Their Secondary Offensive Players

One of Twitter’s premier video coordinators (and a personal friend) Zak Boisvert is an assistant coach at West Point who has noted how the NBA has moved towards a shift in off-ball placement of shooters around a pick-and-roll. On side ball screens where there is one player placed in the corner on the same side,…

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NBA Centers Just Now Joining the 3-Point Binge

“No one tells you Rome is ending until you’re the last one standing alone in a coliseum where a city had been.” – Thomas DiSabatino When a revolution takes place, those who once conquered the old way of life have two options: They can adapt with the times or be thrown by the wayside, dispatched…

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Malcolm Brogdon Has Been Even Better Than Advertised for Indiana Pacers

During former UVA guard Malcolm Brogdon’s three seasons with the Milwaukee Bucks, he ascended from an unassuming second-round pick to a legitimate top option for a contending team. He entered the league with a handful of accolades to boast from his four seasons under accomplished coach Tony Bennett, but the four-year college prospect nonetheless slipped…

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Derrick Favors is New Orleans Pelicans’ Most Underrated Addition

Few NBA teams had a busier offseason than the New Orleans Pelicans. Between the Anthony Davis trade, an NBA Lottery victory and the arrival of Zion Williamson, the often-overshadowed franchise actually made a bunch of headlines. Thanks to the buzz surrounding the Brow’s departure and the arrival of Zion, L.A. Lakers youngsters Brandon Ingram and…

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Under-the-Radar NBA Players Whose Change of Scenery Can Do Wonders

Over 100 players found themselves on a new team this summer via free agency or trade. Big names like Anthony Davis, Kevin Durant, Kawhi Leonard and Russell Westbrook finding news homes rightly dominated the off-season coverage during one of the busiest and most impactful offseasons in NBA history, but there are a number of under-the-radar…

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Breaking Down the NBA’s 2019-20 MIP Race

The NBA’s Most Improved Player race is typically one of the most difficult to predict. While the usual suspects will be in the running for MVP (i.e. Giannis Antetokounmpo, Stephen Curry, James Harden and LeBron James), Defensive Player of the Year (Rudy Gobert, Kawhi Leonard, Draymond Green and Joel Embiid) and Sixth Man of the…

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NBA Film Study: Appreciating the Brilliance of Blake Griffin’s Trailer Handoffs

We’re doing it again… Seriously. As a collective, the entire basketball universe is overlooking the brilliance of Blake Griffin. Over the last two seasons, he is shooting 35.5 percent from three and 50.6 percent from inside the line. The knock-on Griffin several years ago was his lack of outside game, but now he’s a plus…

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Predicting NBA’s Top 10 International Players in 2019-20: Nikola Jokić (1)

Nikola Jokić is not your average superstar. He doesn’t look the part. He doesn’t have jaw-dropping athleticism. He isn’t zipping up and down the floor at a fast pace. He won’t leave you mystified with his ability to shoot from deeper and deeper away from the basket. He’s not going to shut down an opposing…

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