Tagged Kyle Kuzma

The Zone Masters and Busters of Today’s NBA

When you think of zone defense, the first thing that comes to mind might be high school or college basketball. The NBA has always been a predominantly man-to-man league, as it’s a more effective long-term antidote to the most prolific offenses on the planet. However, zone defense has crept into many coaches’ game plans during…

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Ranking Each NBA Team’s Prospect Cores for 2019-20, Part 2

Now that the NBA regular season has finally begun, it’s time to continue ranking each and every team’s young prospects. Just to reiterate, these rankings might seem surprising on the surface with some rather unorthodox choices at various slots, but this list’s criteria are weighted heavily toward teams with a high volume of prospects that…

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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 Rajon Rondo, Dwight Howard Should Not Start for L.A. Lakers

Los Angeles Lakers head coach Frank Vogel has some critical decisions to make around his starting lineup. LeBron James and Anthony Davis unquestionably have first-unit spots locked up. Danny Green, a low-usage three-and-D wing who fits perfectly alongside those two, should likewise be guaranteed to start. That leaves the point guard and center spots up…

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What DeMarcus Cousins’ Torn ACL Means for L.A. Lakers

On Thursday, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski and The Athletic’s Shams Charania dropped unexpected and unwelcome news about Los Angeles Lakers center DeMarcus Cousins. Lakers center DeMarcus Cousins has suffered a possible knee injury and will undergo further testing today in Los Angeles, league sources tell ESPN. Cousins was working out in Las Vegas on Monday when…

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Building Team USA’s FIBA World Cup Roster

Team USA has been the single most dominant team in all of basketball over the last decade. In 2008, the “Redeem Team” won Olympic gold. They dominated the FIBA World Championship during 2010. 2012’s team was arguably more talented than the original 1992 Dream Team. By 2014, they claimed back-to-back FIBA World Championship victories. They…

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What LeBron James’ Move to Point Guard Really Means

After the Los Angeles Lakers struck out on Kawhi Leonard in free agency, they quickly went out and cornered the market on remaining shooters, bringing in Danny Green, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Quinn Cook⁠—the first two of whom have earned strong defensive reputations as well. A few days later, Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports reported the…

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Breaking Down the New-Look Lakers’ Upside

For the third year in a row, the Los Angeles Lakers are trotting out a new-look roster. And although they didn’t take home the biggest prizes in free agency after the Anthony Davis trade, the latest version of the Purple and Gold should be noticeably better than its immediate predecessors—and not just because the Brow…

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Anthony Davis is Finally Getting the Attention He Ordered

This NBA season has been defined by endings. Its community has celebrated the end of Dwyane Wade’s career all season long. The same can be said for Dirk Nowitzki, though an official announcement about his future didn’t come until Tuesday. We’ve been treated to and unified by vintage shots, heart-warming tributes and Paul Pierce slander.…

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