Tagged Golden State Warriors

Don’t Overlook Eric Paschall’s Unforgettable Rookie Season

The Golden State Warriors have done it again. They managed to turn another second-round pick into a needed rotation piece. Following in the footsteps of Draymond Green, Eric Paschall has become the latest underrated gem the team has found. He was overlooked by all 30 teams on draft night but finally came off the board…

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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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Grading Top NBA Rookies in Every Key Category

The NBA’s 2019-20 rookie class has no shortage of electrifying skill and intriguing potential. Even with Zion Williamson absent, several rising stars have stepped up to impress. While marquee names like R.J. Barrett and Ja Morant are shouldering the load for their rebuilding squads, some lesser-known rooks have also shattered expectations this season. For example,…

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The Zone Masters and Busters of Today’s NBA

When you think of zone defense, the first thing that comes to mind might be high school or college basketball. The NBA has always been a predominantly man-to-man league, as it’s a more effective long-term antidote to the most prolific offenses on the planet. However, zone defense has crept into many coaches’ game plans during…

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Stephen Curry’s Broken Hand Shouldn’t Cause Warriors to Tank, Right?

Remember when I urged everyone not to panic about the Golden State Warriors’ slow start to the 2019-20 season? About that. On Wednesday, superstar guard Stephen Curry broke the second metacarpal in his left hand, according to ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne. He underwent surgery Friday and will be re-evaluated in three months, according to Shams Charania…

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Buying, Selling Top Surprises from 2019-20 NBA Season’s Week 1

Week 1 of the 2019 NBA season is officially in the books, and it didn’t take long for certain preseason expectations to go up in smoke. The Golden State Warriors opened the campaign with a pair of blowout losses that raised doubt about whether they’d even make the playoffs this season, while the Phoenix Suns…

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Ranking Each NBA Team’s Prospect Cores for 2019-20, Part 1

Potentially, the most exciting part of any new season is the development of a team’s young players. Even top-tier title contenders such as the Milwaukee Bucks, Los Angeles Lakers or LA Clippers must cultivate young talent through the NBA Draft and/or undrafted G-League pipeline in order to either create a homegrown young core (like the…

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50 Important Predictions for the 2019-20 NBA Season: Part 3

The final part of our 50 Important Predictions series has a heavy focus on the Western Conference. Why? West Coast, Best Coast. There is so much drama and intrigue here; Almost six teams could legitimately win the conference, and therefore the title. It’s going to be a bloodbath. If you missed the first 33 predictions,…

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Predicting NBA’s 2019-20 DPOY Field

After a summer of roster reshuffling that resulted in many players finding new homes, one thing has remained consistent, Vegas’ odds on the Defensive Player of the Year award. The same three players listed as the favorites for last year’s honor in mid-April, return as this season’s odds-on favorites: Rudy Gobert (+145), Giannis Antetokounmpo (+375)…

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