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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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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…

NBA Film Study: Scouting for Opponents’ Tendencies

Scouting reports are especially vital at the highest levels of basketball. They prepare players for personnel tidbits, identify an opponent’s best or most frequent sets, and unify the team in a direction for how to attack both. Those reports will have a video and written component most times, so different learners can digest the information…

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Ranking Each NBA Team’s Prospect Cores for 2019-20, Part 4

Our rankings of each team’s young prospects conclude with teams 1-5. Remember, we only consider players entering their third season or younger. Players with a proven NBA track record are weighted quite heavily along with those who have strong collegiate production. While some rankings might seem surprising on the surface, this list’s criteria are weighted…

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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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Why Zion Williamson Isn’t a Lock for NBA Rookie of the Year

New Orleans Pelicans forward Zion Williamson enters the 2019-20 NBA season as the overwhelming favorite (-135) to win Rookie of the Year, which should come as no surprise. The No. 1 overall pick in the 2019 NBA draft averaged 22.6 points on 68.0 percent shooting, 8.9 rebounds, 2.1 assists, 2.1 steals and 1.8 blocks in…

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PODCAST: 2019-20 NBA Southwest Division Season Preview

In this episode of The NBA Podcast, Morten Jensen (@msjnba), Bryan Toporek (@btoporek) and Bobby Karalla (@bobbykaralla) of Mavs.com preview the Southwest Division ahead of the 2019-20 NBA season. What should we expect from Kristaps Porzingis this year? How will Russell Westbrook and James Harden fit together? How will the Memphis Grizzlies move on from…

2019-20 NBA Season Preview: Southwest Division

The 2019-20 NBA season is just around the corner. After an offseason full of player movement, the title race appears as wide-open as it has been in years. Over the coming weeks, we will examine one big question hanging over each team heading into the season. We’ll continue today with the Southwest Division, where a…

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Don’t Forget About These 5 Teams on NBA League Pass in 2019-20

We’re trudging through the dog days of the NBA offseason, and the final weeks before the 2019-20 tipoff won’t fly by fast enough. Other than watching USA’s C-team play in the World Cup, there’s not much to do other than wait patiently for the upcoming season if men’s basketball is your thing. Fortunately, it’s never…

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