Tagged Jimmy Butler

Olympics 2020: Building a Gold Medal Roster for Team USA Men’s Basketball

The last time Team USA played in an international tournament was an embarrassment. The inaugural FIBA World Cup took place in China this past summer and, after taking home the gold in the previous five events, the Americans finished seventh. They lost back-to-back games against France and Serbia to close out the tournament. It was…

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Bam Adebayo’s Passing Brings New Dimension to Miami Heat Offense

Bam Adebayo has emerged as a versatile All-Star for the Miami Heat in his third NBA campaign. The former Kentucky forward has become an especially tenacious rebounder, elite multi-positional defender and explosive offensive weapon this season. His multifaceted skills and elite physical tools have been crucial to the club’s resurgence toward the top of the…

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NBA Film Study: The League’s Best Backdoor Cutters

From a young age, basketball players are taught not to get beat backdoor and give up layups, yet this still happens at the highest levels because the art of cutting is emphasized just as heavily. A few months ago, I published an article here regarding The Anatomy of a Backdoor Set, detailing all the necessary…

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10 NBA Questions: End-of-the-Decade Edition

We like to get granular here at TBW, digging into the players and trends that help shape the NBA, WNBA, eSports and FIBA games we love so much. We also believe that irresponsible, clickbaity speculation is both out of control over the past few years and also not helping the game in the long run.…

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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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League-Leading Philadelphia 76ers Have Ditched Traditional Point Guards

Never underestimate the value of a great backup point guard. Having a reliable floor general to lead the second unit—or step into a starting role when necessary—is a luxury most NBA teams don’t have.  At first glance, the Philadelphia 76ers have questionable depth at point guard, but that shouldn’t be a problem for this title…

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2019-20 NBA Season Preview: Southeast Division

The 2019-20 NBA season is just around the corner. After an offseason chock-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 Southeast Division, where two…

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PODCAST: 2019-20 NBA Southeast Division Season Preview

In this episode of The NBA Podcast, Morten Jensen (@msjnba), Bryan Toporek (@btoporek) and special guest Jeff Siegel (@jgsiegel) of Peachtree Hoops and Early Bird Rights preview the Southeast Division ahead of the 2019-20 NBA season. Could the Atlanta Hawks make the playoffs this year? Are the Orlando Magic the favorites in the division? How…

Can Miami Heat Find Jimmy Butler a Co-Star?

Despite entering the offseason well over the salary cap, the Miami Heat managed to finagle their way into the Jimmy Butler sweepstakes. The Heat landed the four-time All-Star in a four-team sign-and-trade after complications arose with the original deal’s structure. That move hard-capped Miami for the remainder of the season, which means it cannot go…

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