Tagged Lauri Markkanen

Chicago Bulls May Finally Have Something to Build on

While they spent most of the last few years as laughingstocks across the league, the Chicago Bulls have found their way back and may just compete for the bottom of the Eastern Conference playoff bracket. It’s been a while since the Bulls had so many good options that their head coach might have trouble finding…

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Week 25 Fantasy Basketball Notebook: Making Your Final Championship Push

If your fantasy basketball championship round either begins or continues this week, allow me to express my condolences. With only a week-and-a-half left in the NBA regular season, this is the time of year where real-roster chicanery runs amok from playoff locks to tankers alike. Championship contenders eyeing deep playoff runs look to buy their…

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The Psychology of Tanking, Part 1: Can Winners Survive That Much Losing?

Editor’s Note: This piece originally ran March 5, 2019, but is so awesome we wanted to give more people a chance to read it. It’s a simple equation: tanking = top draft pick = NBA championship. The math satisfies the sensibilities of franchise owners, fans and Spike Lee alike… But what about the players? How much…

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Lauri Markkanen’s Breakout Should Alter Chicago’s Plans

If the month of February is any indication of what’s to come, Lauri Markkanen should get ready to represent the city of Chicago in next year’s All-Star game. The seven-foot power forward finished the month averaging 26 points, 12.2 rebounds and 2.4 assists on a true shooting percentage of 62.0%, an absolute elite number. Markkanen’s…

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The NBA’s Pick-and-Pop Poison

The NBA has been a ball screen league for over a decade. Great guards score with advantages created by hard-set picks. Big men roll to the rim and put pressure on help defenders with their size and finishing prowess. The action is difficult to stop when run at such an elite level. As the league…

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Week 19 Fantasy Basketball Notebook: Gearing Up for NBA Stretch Run

It’s time for fantasy basketball owners to gear up for the NBA Playoffs. Your approach to the final few weeks of the regular season largely depends upon your place in the standings. If you’re cruising toward a playoff berth—or, better yet, a first-round bye—now’s the time to take gambles. Owners who can survive a short-term…

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