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Malcolm Brogdon Has Been Even Better Than Advertised for Indiana Pacers

During former UVA guard Malcolm Brogdon’s three seasons with the Milwaukee Bucks, he ascended from an unassuming second-round pick to a legitimate top option for a contending team. He entered the league with a handful of accolades to boast from his four seasons under accomplished coach Tony Bennett, but the four-year college prospect nonetheless slipped…

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PODCAST: Surprises, Disappointments 2019-20 NBA Season’s Week 1

In this episode of The NBA Podcast, Morten Jensen (@msjnba) and Bryan Toporek (@btoporek) discuss the biggest surprises and disappointments from Week 1 of the 2019-20 NBA season. Is the Minnesota Timberwolves’ hot start sustainable? Are the Phoenix Suns genuinely not as bad as expected? Can the New Orleans Pelicans and Sacramento Kings turn their…

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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Winners of NBA’s Recent Rookie-Scale Contract Extensions

The 2016 NBA draft class cashed in on Monday. Ahead of the 6 p.m. ET deadline to sign rookie-scale extensions, Buddy Hield, Jaylen Brown, Domantas Sabonis, Dejounte Murray and Taurean Prince came to terms on deals with their respective teams. They joined Ben Simmons (five years, $170 million), Jamal Murray (five years, $170 million), Caris…

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50 Important Predictions for the 2019-20 NBA Season: Part 1

The 2019-20 season is almost here, so it’s time to be bold about what we think will actually happen. For some, these predictions may not seem incredibly bold while they may be preposterous to others. But basketball is back, and that in itself is worth celebrating: 1. Ben Simmons makes 11 three-pointers Let’s dive right…

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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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Remembering The Heatles’ Fallen Foes, Part 4: Those Pesky Indiana Pacers

For eight straight seasons, LeBron James led a team to the NBA Finals. The reign of terror upon the Eastern Conference began in the 2010-11 campaign when LeBron made the controversial decision to leave the Cleveland Cavaliers and sign with the Miami Heat. After four years and two championships, he left to return home to…

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PODCAST: 2019-20 NBA Central Division Season Preview

In this episode of The NBA Podcast, Morten Jensen (@msjnba), Bryan Toporek (@btoporek) and special guest Duncan Smith (@duncansmithnba) of Forbes preview the Central Division ahead of the 2019-20 season. How will the Chicago Bulls’ point guard rotation shake out? Are Cleveland Cavaliers guards Collin Sexton and Darius Garland compatible? Will this be Andre Drummond’s…