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10 NBA Questions: How Obnoxious is the ‘Giannis Leaving Milwaukee’ Chatter?

How much more obnoxious can this made-up storyline get? The answer is none. None more obnoxious. (But it somehow will.) And thus the reason why so many people hate the “big boys” of sports media and its talking heads who typically have no idea what they’re talking about. Instead of analyzing the games using anything…

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Ja Morant’s Confidence Has Memphis Grizzlies Winning

The Memphis Grizzlies selected Ja Morant with the No. 2 pick in the 2019 NBA draft. He’s been validating that selection ever since, establishing himself as the front-runner for Rookie of the Year and leading his new team to surprising success. Morant is averaging 17.9 points and 7.0 assists, leading rookies in both categories while…

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PODCAST: NBA Midseason Awards Edition

In this episode of The NBA Podcast, Morten Jensen (@msjnba) and Bryan Toporek (@btoporek) make their midseason picks for every major award. Who is the front-runner for MVP: James Harden, Luka Doncic or Giannis Antetokounmpo? Can anyone catch Ja Morant for Rookie of the Year? Who’s leading the wide-open Defensive Player of the Year and…

2020 NBA Rookie Rankings: Ja Morant, Michael Porter Jr., Tyler Herro & More

As we enter the second half of the 2019-2020 NBA season, it’s time for an updated set of rookie rankings. Although Zion Williamson’s absence takes some of the sparkle from this class, there are other standouts carving out niches in the Association. The Rookie of the Year race is starting to become clearer now that…

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How to Structure NBA’s Proposed Mid-Season Tournament

Let’s take inventory of where the National Basketball Association is as a whole. Television ratings are in decline, despite an all-time high in interest and social media traffic. Television deals are the top form of revenue that must be protected, regardless of overall industry trends with cord-cutters. In an instant gratification era, an 82 game…

Coach Spins’ NBA Film Room: How to Stop the Pick-and-Pop

The pick-and-pop has become one of the NBA’s most common plays on offense, even more so as skilled big men continue to get stretchier and the lanes are kept open for ball-handling drivers rather than lumbering rollers. With everyone frequently running this action—even going so far as to invert the look with guards and wings…

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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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