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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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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…

PODCAST: Top NBA Storylines to Watch in 2019-20

In this episode of The NBA Podcast, Morten Jensen (@msjnba) and Bryan Toporek (@btoporek) discuss the top storylines they’re excited to watch during the 2019-20 NBA season. How will Luka Doncic and Kristaps Porzingis fare alongside one another? Can the Lakers stumble upon the correct starting lineup? What will Pascal Siakam look like as a…

Can Pascal Siakam Make the ‘Alpha Dog Leap’?

While most of the Toronto Raptors’ core will return this season to defend the 2019 NBA crown, their clear-cut No. 1 option from 2018-19 is gone. Kawhi Leonard’s departure puts a huge damper on the club’s chances to win the East or the ring again. Given the remaining contributors on the roster, the Raptors’ most…

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2019-20 NBA Season Preview: Atlantic 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 start today with the Atlantic Division, where the…

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Analytics Predict Positive Changes for These NBA Teams in 2019-20

Caution: The following includes overall plus-minus and lineup analytics to color optimism about the upcoming season. Put this power into the wrong hands and those conclusions can be drawn incorrectly. An over-emphasis on lineup statistics and metrics can lead to seeing players as the sole reason their lineups performed poorly, which is never the case.…

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What’s Next for Toronto Raptors Without Kawhi Leonard?

The news was devastating to the Toronto Raptors: Kawhi Leonard was heading home to Los Angeles. As their dreams of a repeat championship disappear, the focus must shift onto what the organization can do to replace its Finals MVP. The team’s salary situation dictates either a complete blowup of the roster or replacing Leonard with…

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Fred VanVleet Embodies Everything Raptors’ Run Has Been

Three things are true about NBA title teams: They’re defined by their (super)stars, resiliency is key, and some luck is required. It’s technically too early to declare a champion right now but, in the event that this current trend holds, the Toronto Raptors (3-1) are on their way. That’s because they easily meet all three…

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