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Why Are NBA Analytics and Mid-Range Jumpers Fighting Each Other?

Twitter is an interesting world. The long-time debate regarding analytics informing shot selection jumped to the forefront once again on Tuesday, as two drastically different worlds chimed in from their respective camps. Matt Moore, (also known as Hardwood Paroxysm and a writer for the Action News Network), responded to a video debate about Zach LaVine…

The 2019-20 NBA Milestone Watch

When we discuss players’ legacies, we consider the totality of their careers. That includes things like All-Star appearances, championships and All-NBA nominations. It also includes the sum of their statistical achievements. And as the NBA has carved out its history, there are certain milestones that garner admittance into the Hall of Fame and/or help people…

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The Anatomy of an NBA Backdoor Set

If you’ve played youth basketball, you know how frequently coaches at any level bemoan getting beat with a basket cut. Hell, even if you’ve watched enough basketball, you probably notice a clear distaste for letting players go wherever they want. Defenders have the primary responsibility of preventing their opponent from getting open to a point…

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Who Can Stop Giannis Antetokounmpo From Repeating as MVP in 2019-20?

Giannis Antetokounmpo will enter the 2019-20 NBA season as the odds-on favorite to repeat as the league’s Most Valuable Player at +300, and it isn’t difficult to see why. During his age-24 season, the Greek Freak erupted for a career-high 27.7 points on 57.8 percent shooting to go along with 12.5 rebounds, 5.9 assists, 1.5…

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New Awards NBA Should Introduce for 2019-2020

The NBA and its fans love awards. The league loves handing them out, and the fans and media love talking and debating about them all season long. From the All-NBA and All-Rookie teams to the slew of individual honors handed out at the end of the season, there are a bunch of different trophies up…

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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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PODCAST: Ranking the NBA’s Top-10 Duos

In this episode of The NBA Podcast, Morten Jensen (@msjnba) and Bryan Toporek (@btoporek) rank the top 10 duos in the NBA today. Where do Russell Westbrook and James Harden rank after joining forces this summer? How high are Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving in the wake of the former’s Achilles injury? Which L.A. duo…

Which New NBA Duos Will Have Greatest Impact?

The biggest theme of the 2019 offseason was an unprecedented deluge of blockbuster trades and monstrous free agency moves. Unlike some recent offseasons, this year’s shuffling produced a slew of new dynamic duos rather than trios or superteams. Now that the dust is starting to settle, it’s time to examine exactly how impactful these new…

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