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NBA Film Study: Sets You Need to Know: Slash Action

As someone who loves X’s and O’s and the tactical side of basketball, I’ve always been fascinated by one point: If most teams in the NBA all run the same plays, why are they still so successful? The answer to that question lies in how the versatility of a set design takes away defensive pressures…

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Ranking Each NBA Team’s Prospect Cores for 2019-20, Part 3

Our rankings of each team’s young prospects continue with teams 6-10. We only consider players who are entering their third season or younger, and players with a proven NBA track record are weighted quite heavily along with those who have proven collegiate production. While some rankings might seem surprising on the surface, this list’s criteria…

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PODCAST: Which NBA Teams Should be Worried After Slow Starts?

In this episode of The NBA Podcast, Morten Jensen (@msjnba) and Bryan Toporek (@btoporek) discuss which teams should be concerned about their slow start to the 2019-20 NBA season. Should the Portland Trail Blazers be worried about their frontcourt in the wake of Zach Collins’ shoulder injury? How concerned should the Sacramento Kings be? What’s…

Chicago Bulls’ Growing Pains Are Getting Painful

The Chicago Bulls’ start to the season has been __________. Go ahead and fill in the blank with whatever adjective you want because it’s been such a roller coaster ride, virtually any of them work. Promising, frustrating, disappointing, hilarious… Take your pick. Not to worry, though, because what we’ve been seeing is a  team experiencing…

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PODCAST: Surprises, Disappointments 2019-20 NBA Season’s Week 1

In this episode of The NBA Podcast, Morten Jensen (@msjnba) and Bryan Toporek (@btoporek) discuss the biggest surprises and disappointments from Week 1 of the 2019-20 NBA season. Is the Minnesota Timberwolves’ hot start sustainable? Are the Phoenix Suns genuinely not as bad as expected? Can the New Orleans Pelicans and Sacramento Kings turn their…

NBA Film Study: The Stagger Twirl Action

How do great shooters get open when everyone in a 20,000-seat arena knows they are looking to snipe from three? Some are fantastic cutters, some are able to change direction quickly and others are simply low priorities for defenses based on their teammates. But in most instances, choreographed offense helps get them open in ways…

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50 Important Predictions for the 2019-20 NBA Season: Part 1

The 2019-20 season is almost here, so it’s time to be bold about what we think will actually happen. For some, these predictions may not seem incredibly bold while they may be preposterous to others. But basketball is back, and that in itself is worth celebrating: 1. Ben Simmons makes 11 three-pointers Let’s dive right…

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Will This Be Zach LaVine’s Breakout Year?

The Chicago Bulls are in the phase of their rebuilding where things either start to pay off or they start to fall apart. They’ve won just 49 games in the last two seasons as they rebuild. To take that next step, they’ll need Zach LaVine to go from “player on the rise” to “franchise player.”…

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Predicting NBA’s Top 10 International Players in 2019-20: Lauri Markkanen (10)

A lot of times, the best way to judge international players is based on how they performed at FIBA events.  Unlike AAU in America, playing for your country’s Junior National Team provides a more structured experience. Tournaments start at the under-12 level and go all the way up to the under-20. However, Lauri Markkanen didn’t start…

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