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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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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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Why NBA Playcalling Matters: A Defensive Masterclass in Foiling ATO’s

Earlier this week, we published a piece on the surprising analytic findings surrounding after timeout (ATO) situations. The data points show a slight shift favoring the defenses in these situations, despite the offense having the opportunity to reset in a specific and patterned manner under the coach’s direction. Thus, it’s more difficult to score after…

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Comparing ‘Basketball Without Borders’ to AAU as Pro Hoops Pipelines

As the game endlessly globalizes, organizations at the pinnacle of basketball have collaborated to develop athletes with optimal results. This is especially true with the Basketball Without Borders (BWB) program run as a collaboration by the NBA and FIBA beginning back in 2001. It has been able to help develop global talent and allow them…

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5 Teams That Won 2019 NBA Offseason

After a whirlwind start to the 2019 NBA offseason, the dust finally appears to be settling. Anthony Davis is now a Los Angeles Laker. Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving are Brooklyn Nets, while Kemba Walker is a Boston Celtic. Kawhi Leonard and Paul George are both Los Angeles Clippers, and Russell Westbrook is reunited with…

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Will Russell Westbrook, James Harden 2.0 Fit?

There is much to be made of the asset play the Houston Rockets just made in the trading for Russell Westbrook. But once the games actually start in the fall, very little will matter outside of what he can bring to the table for his new team and the strengths and weaknesses of the new-look…

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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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2019 Free Agency Player Preview: Kemba Walker

The world is Kemba Walker’s this offseason. Alongside Kyrie Irving, he is one of a pair of star point guards on the free agent market, though the Memphis Grizzlies’ Mike Conley may also be on the move via trade. Walker will have a robust market when free agency officially opens on the afternoon of June…

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Vasilije Micic, Shane Larkin Make Anadolu Efes History

An NBA hopeful and a player who is making a strong pitch for a return to the league just helped Turkish club Anadolu Efes make some history by advancing to the EuroLeague Final Four. We’re talking about Philadelphia 76ers stashed guard Vasilije Micic and former Brooklyn Net and Boston Celtic Shane Larkin. And, no, I’m…

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