Tagged Detroit Pistons

PODCAST: NBA Trade Deadline Chatter; Was Kyrie Irving Right?

In this episode of The NBA Podcast, Morten Jensen (@msjnba) and Bryan Toporek (@btoporek) discuss the Jeff Teague-Allen Crabbe trade, Kyrie Irving’s leadership and the latest trade rumors involving Robert Covington, Andre Drummond and D’Angelo Russell. Who won the Crabbe-Teague trade? Was Kyrie right about the Nets needing more pieces to contend for a title?…

PODCAST: NBA Midseason Awards Edition

In this episode of The NBA Podcast, Morten Jensen (@msjnba) and Bryan Toporek (@btoporek) make their midseason picks for every major award. Who is the front-runner for MVP: James Harden, Luka Doncic or Giannis Antetokounmpo? Can anyone catch Ja Morant for Rookie of the Year? Who’s leading the wide-open Defensive Player of the Year and…

10 NBA Questions: Trade ‘Rumors’ Time

You probably knew this already, but doesn’t it kind of blow your mind that the highest-trafficked portions of the NBA season are Free Agency, Trade Deadline and the Draft? That’s no joke. The hypothetical season indeed outweighs the concrete stuff like Opening Day, the Playoffs and even the NBA Finals by a pretty significant margin.…

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How to Structure NBA’s Proposed Mid-Season Tournament

Let’s take inventory of where the National Basketball Association is as a whole. Television ratings are in decline, despite an all-time high in interest and social media traffic. Television deals are the top form of revenue that must be protected, regardless of overall industry trends with cord-cutters. In an instant gratification era, an 82 game…

PODCAST: Which Teams Should be Sellers at NBA Trade Deadline?

In this episode of The NBA Podcast, Morten Jensen (@msjnba) and Bryan Toporek (@btoporek) discuss which teams should be sellers ahead of the Feb. 6 trade deadline. Who should lottery-bound franchises like the Cleveland Cavaliers (3:27) and New York Knicks (12:47) be looking to part with? What should the Washington Wizards do with Davis Bertans?…

Where We Hit and Missed on NBA Season Predictions So Far

Before the first game of the season, I threw out 50 fairly bold predictions for the NBA season, all of which were rooted in optimism and belief. As always, one subtle action can change how the dominos fall, whether it’s an injury (here’s looking at you, Stephen Curry) or the unforeseen ascension of talent. We’re…

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NBA Injury Replacements with Big Opportunities to Shine

Though every NBA campaign is rife with injuries to notable players, every minute lost for one ostensibly opens up playing time for someone else. These opportunities often can be leveraged into bigger roles. Sometimes, even a career can be drastically altered simply by maximizing such a moment. (See: Draymond Green filling in for David Lee…

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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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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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