Tagged Nikola Jokic

Is This the Moment Where World Basketball Caught Up with U.S.?

For years, we’ve been hearing how the basketball world is catching up with the USA. But is it time to stop couching that in “future-tense” logic and ponder whether it’s happened, even at the highest levels? In 1992, the USA sent hoops pros to the Olympics for the first time, as the “Dream Team” captured…

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NBA Team Rivalries to Enjoy in 2019-20

There was a lot of talk heading into the 2019-20 NBA season that, thanks to parity, there would be a newfound interest in the sport. After half a decade of the Golden State Warriors storming / sleepwalking their way to the NBA Finals, this year is supposed to be different. Multiple all-star players changed teams…

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Predicting NBA’s Top 10 International Players in 2019-20: Nikola Jokić (1)

Nikola Jokić is not your average superstar. He doesn’t look the part. He doesn’t have jaw-dropping athleticism. He isn’t zipping up and down the floor at a fast pace. He won’t leave you mystified with his ability to shoot from deeper and deeper away from the basket. He’s not going to shut down an opposing…

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Believe in 2019-20 Denver Nuggets as Title Contenders

After coming within one game of a Western Conference Finals appearance this past season, the Denver Nuggets aren’t getting much love as a legitimate title contender heading into the 2019-20 campaign. As of early October, the Nuggets had the eighth-best odds to win this year’s championship (+1800) at Bovada (via OddsShark). They trailed the Los…

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Who Can Stop Giannis Antetokounmpo From Repeating as MVP in 2019-20?

Giannis Antetokounmpo will enter the 2019-20 NBA season as the odds-on favorite to repeat as the league’s Most Valuable Player at +300, and it isn’t difficult to see why. During his age-24 season, the Greek Freak erupted for a career-high 27.7 points on 57.8 percent shooting to go along with 12.5 rebounds, 5.9 assists, 1.5…

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Predicting NBA’s Top 10 International Players in 2019-20: Jamal Murray (8)

Jamal Murray has always been different. In high school, he would meditate prior to games in hopes of gaining an edge over his opponent (SPOILER ALERT: it worked).  During his one season with the Kentucky Wildcats, he became the only freshman to average 20 points in Lexington under John Calipari. When you do something that…

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New Awards NBA Should Introduce for 2019-2020

The NBA and its fans love awards. The league loves handing them out, and the fans and media love talking and debating about them all season long. From the All-NBA and All-Rookie teams to the slew of individual honors handed out at the end of the season, there are a bunch of different trophies up…

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2019-20 NBA Season Preview: Northwest 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 past few weeks, we have examined one big question hanging over each team heading into the season. We’ll finish with the Northwest Division, where all…

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PODCAST: 2019-20 NBA Northwest Division Season Preview

In this episode of The NBA Podcast, Morten Jensen (@msjnba), Bryan Toporek (@btoporek) and special guest Andy Bailey (@andrewdbailey) of the Hardwood Knocks podcast preview the Northwest Division ahead of the 2019-20 NBA season. How much of a difference will Jerami Grant make with the Denver Nuggets? Is there any hope for Andrew Wiggins? How…