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FIBA World Cup 2019: Ranking Team USA’s Biggest Threats

Formally known as the FIBA World Championship, the inaugural FIBA World Cup of Basketball begins on August 31 and has been rebranded in hopes of gaining more popularity—it was also moved from 2018 to 2019 so as not to conflict with the men’s FIFA World Cup. Since 2008, international basketball competitions have been dominated by…

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Predicting NBA’s Defensive Hierarchy in 2019-20

Offense will always be king of the NBA. It creates superstars, packs arenas and boosts television ratings. There’s something captivating about how the sport’s top-scoring wizards make plays and create shots. Thus, it’s exceptionally difficult to play defense at a high-level thanks to the abundance of offensive talent and game rules that cater to scorers.…

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While East Re-Tools, Milwaukee Bucks (Mostly) Run it Back

What does a team with multiple significant free agents do after getting bounced in the Eastern Conference Finals? That was the question facing the Milwaukee Bucks as they trekked into the offseason at the beginning of this month. On one hand, making the Conference Finals signals that your roster is strong. Keeping together a squad…

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PODCAST: NBA Awards Reax, Free Agency Preview

In this episode of The NBA Podcast, Morten Jensen (@msjnba) and Bryan Toporek (@btoporek) react to the NBA awards show and discuss landing spots for the top free agents on the market. Was Masai Ujiri robbed in the Executive of the Year race? Who came out ahead in the Kent Bazemore-Evan Turner trade? Should the…

2019 Free Agency Player Preview: Al Horford

These have not been a great eight months for the Boston Celtics. There was genuine excitement about this team back in October. Do you remember it? (It was soooo long ago, it seems.) A core of Kyrie Irving, Jayson Tatum, Al Horford, Jaylen Brown and Gordon Hayward was projected to run the Eastern Conference. Add…

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How to Fix NBA All-Defensive Team Voting

Every year, a select group of media members, broadcasters, and analysts are handed the responsibility of voting for individual and team awards. It’s no small thing. These votes can enhance or limit earning potential, affect Hall-of-Fame resumes, and rob players of bragging rights. (Okay, maybe the last one isn’t super important, but you get my…

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Toronto Raptors Showcase Importance of Late NBA Draft Picks

As the 2019 NBA Playoffs near its dramatic conclusion, most teams have already set their sights on improving for 2019-20. The NBA draft is coming quickly, and executives are scrambling to identify their top choices. The book on this year’s prospect haul is that it’s woefully uninspiring outside of Zion Williamson. It lacks the depth…

Financial Crunch Could Imperil Milwaukee Bucks Title Window

Although it ended in heartbreak, the Milwaukee Bucks just finished one of their best seasons in franchise history. They parlayed a 60-win regular season into their first Eastern Conference Finals appearance in nearly two decades, and 24-year-old wunderkind Giannis Antetokounmpo appears poised to seize the best-player-in-the-NBA throne in the near future. While the Bucks’ title…

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Why Milwaukee Bucks Can’t Slow Kawhi Leonard

Kawhi Leonard is going to get to his spots. His handle is too good and he’s too confident in his ability to retain possession in traffic to be scared of multiple defenders. There are only two things that have hampered Leonard offensively during the Toronto Raptors’ Eastern Conference Finals matchup with the Milwaukee Bucks: that…

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The Milwaukee Bucks Must Make These Adjustments

The Milwaukee Bucks were strolling to a series victory over the Toronto Raptors in the Eastern Conference Finals. Upon the NBA’s best regular season team taking a 2-0 series lead, ESPN wrote about how “strong” the Bucks were and previewed the type of challenge they’d present to the Golden State Warriors in the NBA Finals.…

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