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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…

Should We Be That Impressed by the NBA’s Latest Monster Statlines?

In every NBA season, the league’s deep stable of stars find new ways to entertain and amaze us. They deliver unprecedented performances, display unforeseen athletic feats and reach new statistical milestones. Today’s sports media climate is ultra-competitive, so it’s driven by clickable highlights, headlines and eye-popping stat lines. The NBA and its media mouthpieces don’t…

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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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Is This the Moment Where World Basketball Caught Up with U.S.?

For years, we’ve been hearing how the basketball world is catching up with the USA. But is it time to stop couching that in “future-tense” logic and ponder whether it’s happened, even at the highest levels? In 1992, the USA sent hoops pros to the Olympics for the first time, as the “Dream Team” captured…

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PODCAST: Early Front-Runners for 2019-20 NBA Awards

In this episode of The NBA Podcast, Morten Jensen (@msjnba) and Bryan Toporek (@btoporek) discuss the early front-runners for every NBA award through the first month of the 2019-20 NBA season. Can Luka Doncic legitimately challenge Giannis Antetokounmpo for MVP? Who’s emerging as a candidate for Most Improved Player? Does Ja Morant have any competition…

Coach Spins’ NBA Film Room: How Giannis Antetokounmpo Beats Double Teams

Coach Adam “Spins” Spinella of Dickinson College breaks down how the Milwaukee Bucks thwarted the Portland Trail Blazers’ defense whenever they went to double-team Giannis Antetokounmpo in the post during Thursday’s 137-129 home win. Antetokounmpo posted a triple-double with 24 points, 19 rebounds and 15 assists, despite the Blazers’ best efforts to contain him: “Coach…

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PODCAST: Top NBA Storylines to Watch in 2019-20

In this episode of The NBA Podcast, Morten Jensen (@msjnba) and Bryan Toporek (@btoporek) discuss the top storylines they’re excited to watch during the 2019-20 NBA season. How will Luka Doncic and Kristaps Porzingis fare alongside one another? Can the Lakers stumble upon the correct starting lineup? What will Pascal Siakam look like as a…

PODCAST: Predicting All the 2019-20 NBA Awards

In this episode of The NBA Podcast, Morten Jensen (@msjnba) and Bryan Toporek (@btoporek) make their picks for all of the NBA’s major awards ahead of the 2019-20 season. Will Giannis Antetokounmpo repeat as MVP? Can anyone dethrone Rudy Gobert as Defensive Player of the Year? Is Zion Williamson a lock to win Rookie of…

Predicting NBA’s Top 10 International Players in 2019-20: Giannis Antetokounmpo (2)

A lot is made of passing the baton in sports. Magic Johnson and Larry Bird begat Michael Jordan, Jordan led to Kobe Bryant. After Kobe came LeBron James. James is closing in on the end of his basketball career, and the league is ripe for the taking. Giannis Antetokounmpo will be the prime face of…

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