Tagged Oklahoma City Thunder

Meet the New Chris Paul, Same as the Old Chris Paul

There is a new Chris Paul, but it’s not Alfonso Ribeiro. It’s the old Chris Paul. The one who has rejuvenated his career while leading the Oklahoma City Thunder to an unexpectedly good season. After a notable decline in his numbers last year (his final with the Houston Rockets), Paul has returned to form, somehow…

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NBA Podcast: Top Post-All-Star Break Storylines to Watch

In this episode of The NBA Podcast, Morten Jensen (@msjnba) and Bryan Toporek (@btoporek) discuss the top storylines to monitor after the All-Star break. How will the 2-6 seeds shake out in the East? Can any of those teams beat the Milwaukee Bucks in the playoffs? Will the Washington Wizards or Chicago Bulls overtake the…

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Midseason NBA Coach of the Year Power Rankings

We’re more than halfway through the 2019-20 NBA campaign, and a small group of coaches have emerged as the strongest candidates for Coach of the Year honors. With so many players switching teams this offseason, some of the league’s top skippers have faced new and significant challenges. While Coach of the Year winners often have…

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4 Up-And-Comers Currently on the NBA’s Fringe

Everybody loves a good Cinderella Story. Basketball fans get overtaken with these fairy tales each March during the NCAA Tournament, seeking the next unforeseen team to make a national impact. But with only 30 teams, endless national media coverage and a much more even playing field on a nightly basis, the NBA doesn’t create the…

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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…

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PODCAST: Which Teams Should be Sellers at NBA Trade Deadline?

In this episode of The NBA Podcast, Morten Jensen (@msjnba) and Bryan Toporek (@btoporek) discuss which teams should be sellers ahead of the Feb. 6 trade deadline. Who should lottery-bound franchises like the Cleveland Cavaliers (3:27) and New York Knicks (12:47) be looking to part with? What should the Washington Wizards do with Davis Bertans?…

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NBA Sophomores Who Have Figured it Out

As new rookies come into the league, the previous year’s draft class gets supplanted in the public consciousness unless they are transcendent talents like Luka Doncic and Trae Young. However multiple players from the 2018 NBA Draft class have experienced a tremendous uptick in production during their second season, some of whom are rather surprising.…

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Can Shai Gilgeous-Alexander Become a Superstar?

Unorthodox in nearly every manner, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander is leading the Oklahoma City Thunder in scoring early in the year, a massive leap after putting up 10.8 points as a rookie. The move to Oklahoma has given him a new chance to prove himself, not just as a wiry mismatch slasher, but a focal point. His…

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