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How NY Knicks’ ‘Offseason of Plan B’ Could Work (or Backfire)

Give the New York Knicks credit: They appear to have learned from their “money-to-burn” debacle in 2016. However, that doesn’t mean their plan B this offseason is guaranteed to pay off. When the salary cap jumped an unprecedented $24 million in 2016, the Knicks quickly came to terms with Joakim Noah on a four-year, $72…

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NBA Frontcourts of the Future: Julius Randle & Mitchell Robinson

“The NBA is a guard-oriented league.” Modernized spacing concepts lead to wider driving lanes, making it easier to be a guard than ever. Crunch time sets still revolve around isolations and ball screens where handlers that can make the reliable play are paramount. Teams are even beginning to downsize their rosters, playing more guards than…

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Yes, NY Knicks’ Newcomers Can Fit the Rebuild

As you might have heard, the New York Knicks haven’t had a banner free agency campaign. They didn’t land any of the blue-ribbon players they coveted, and then they claimed they weren’t planning on offering Kevin Durant a max contract. New York subsequently settled on Julius Randle, Taj Gibson, Bobby Portis, Reggie Bullock, Wayne Ellington…

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The Psychology of Tanking, Part 1: Can Winners Survive That Much Losing?

Editor’s Note: This piece originally ran March 5, 2019, but is so awesome we wanted to give more people a chance to read it. It’s a simple equation: tanking = top draft pick = NBA championship. The math satisfies the sensibilities of franchise owners, fans and Spike Lee alike… But what about the players? How much…

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Week 21 Fantasy Basketball Notebook: Navigating Your Playoffs

Whether your fantasy basketball playoffs begin Monday or in the coming weeks, do-or-die time is quickly approaching. Now more than ever, short-term production is critical. You can’t be married to players due to draft pedigree or upside if they’re struggling or injured. Nondescript afterthoughts emerge as fantasy difference-makers in the playoffs. Trae Young—who’s the 145th-ranked…

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NY Knicks Give Dennis Smith Jr. Room to Explore

It’s been pretty tough to be a New York Knicks fan for most of the last 15 years. Failed draft picks, odd signings, poorly thought out trades, the Allan Houston contract (and Jerome James and Eddy Curry and… ad naseum). Mishaps—to put it nicely—involving NBA Hall of Famer Isiah Thomas and former Knicks great Charles…

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Week 18 Fantasy Basketball Notebook: NBA Trade Deadline Winners & Losers

The 2019 NBA trade deadline featured no shortage of action: Tobias Harris is a Philadelphia 76er, Marc Gasol is a Toronto Raptor, Nikola Mirotic is a Milwaukee Buck, Otto Porter Jr. is a Chicago Bull and Harrison Barnes is a Sacramento King. Beyond those five, however, few other fantasy-relevant options switched teams at the deadline,…

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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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Week 15 NBA Fantasy Basketball Notebook: Will Boogie Cousins Be a League-Winner?

This weekly fantasy basketball notebook, which will publish every Monday, features waiver-wire pickups, notable injury news and players whose value is rising or falling as of late: DeMarcus Cousins made his long-awaited debut in a Golden State Warriors uniform Friday, much to the delight of Dubs fans and fantasy basketball owners alike. In 15 minutes…

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