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5 Former Role Players Who Would Stand Out in Today’s NBA

One thing ESPN’s The Last Dance has really hammered home for me is just how stark the contrast in playing styles is between the modern game and even 20-30 years ago. That premise has gotten my mind racing: What players from that era would seamlessly fit in the modern NBA? Remove the brutish post-ups and…

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BbA 10: Favorite Centers of the 90s; Meet Bob Bajek

In this 10th episode of TBW’s Basketball by Association podcast, Arky Shea and Joel C. Cordes are joined by Bob Bajek to reminisce about their favorite paint patrollers of the 1990s. Inspired by Bob’s “The NBA I Grew Up Watching: When Centers Ruled the League”, they look back on why they loved (or hated) luminaries…

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2020 NBA Draft: Isaac Okoro Will Test How We Evaluate Position-less Prospects

In baseball, the term “five-tool player” gets thrown around to describe those who can hit, hit for power, run the bases, field well and throw well. In essence, they possess all the tools to be effective in every facet of the game. In basketball, I’ve been developing a similarly versatile nomenclature for those skill sets…

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BbA: Are Little Point Guards Endangered Today?; Meet Dan O’Brien

In this fifth episode of the Basketball by Association podcast, Arky Shea and Joel C. Cordes are joined by TBW’s Dan O’Brien to discuss their favorite “short” point guards from the past and present. Framed around Dan’s entertaining article “The NBA I Grew Up Watching: The Undersized Underdogs”, the guys reminisce about luminaries like Kevin…

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5 NBA Questions: Can Miami Heat Cool the Playoffs with Frigid Defense?

The past couple of weeks have seen some contenders unravel themselves (looking at you, Houston Rockets, losers of 3 straight) while others have seemingly bolstered themselves with key late-season pickups. The Los Angeles Lakers—with their additions of Markieff Morris and Dion Waiters—and L.A. Clippers (via Marcus Morris, Reggie Jackson and Joakim Noah) all certainly qualify. …

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