Tagged Dallas Mavericks

What Would an NBA All-Rookie Third Team Look Like?

This may come as a shock, but the NBA is on a different tier (or seven) from college hoops. Games are longer with less time to make decisions thanks to the shorter shot clock shorter. The court is bigger, giving defenders even more ground to cover. Players are bigger, faster, stronger and (mostly) smarter. There’s…

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How 2019 NBA Draft Lottery Can Reshape NBA’s Future

Whichever team wins the NBA draft lottery Tuesday night will land the rights to Duke forward Zion Williamson. That’s a given after he put up one of the most dominant freshman seasons in college basketball history. The 6’7″, 285-pound athletic marvel will provide an immediate jolt to whichever team he suits up for next season.…

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Week 22 Fantasy Basketball Notebook: Which Players Should You Drop?

The fantasy basketball playoffs have arrived in most leagues, which means you can no longer afford to keep dead weight on your roster. That means it’s time to say “Bye, Felicia” to the following players. Boston Celtics swingman Gordon Hayward (84.5% owned in ESPN.com leagues) has played better as of late, but you can’t depend…

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Kristaps Porzingis Trade is Right, Risky Swing for Mavs

The Mavericks pulled off a stunning blockbuster trade with the New York Knicks on Thursday, shipping out Dennis Smith Jr., the expiring contracts of Wesley Matthews and DeAndre Jordan and two future first-round picks for Kristaps Porzingis, Tim Hardaway Jr., Courtney Lee and Trey Burke. While the Knicks’ rationale for the deal is obvious—they wanted…

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Kristaps Porzingis Trade is Predictable NY Knicks Non-Rebuild

The New York Knicks have found yet another way to fail at rebuilding: Slash-and-Burn. The Knicks traded injured star stretch-4 Kristaps Porzingis, point guard Trey Burke and veteran wings Courtney Lee and Tim Hardaway Jr. to the Dallas Mavericks on Thursday. In exchange? Sophomore point guard Dennis Smith Jr. and two veterans on expiring contracts,…

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Put Luka Doncic in the All-Star Game, You Cowards

The last rookie to make it to the NBA All-Star Game was Blake Griffin in 2010-11. But if going by Donovan Mitchell’s definition of a rookie, Griffin wouldn’t qualify since he missed his first NBA season after fracturing his kneecap. That would mean Yao Ming was actually the last rookie to earn an All-Star berth back…

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Busting NBA Myths: Big Man Edition

No position has changed more over the last five years than the center position. Don’t believe me? Just ask Roy Hibbert. The transformation from large, back-to-the-basket scorers and interior defenders that bang down low to stretch-shooting, rim protecting and multi-positional defenders has swept across basketball’s entire landscape. Some players evolve with the curve or get…

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How Scheduling Can Tell NBA’s Subtlest Lies

You often hear about the “lies” that statistics tell, but they ain’t got nothin’ on the lies scheduling tells. Everything from hot streaks to disappointing starts, to hitting the right team at the wrong time or the wrong team at the wrong time can influence outcomes of games. Those things get aggregated, and often, that…

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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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