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BbA 16: Weighing Each Conference Ahead of NBA’s Return

What matters in an NBA Playoff series when momentum and homecourt advantage no longer hold as much weight? Which teams in the Eastern Conference want to avoid matching up against one another? Which Western Conference squads have a chance of forcing a play-in series between the No. 8 and 9 seeds, and who could be…

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Evaluating Denver Nuggets’ Most Likely Playoff Matchups

The Denver Nuggets are one of the NBA’s most unique teams.  In a league that has migrated to a fast pace, perimeter-oriented style of play, the Nuggets stand out as a group that continues to make their mark with the more traditional, slower half-court game that thrives on a variety of inside looks.  Per Advanced…

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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 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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Ranking Each NBA Team’s Prospect Cores for 2019-20, Part 2

Now that the NBA regular season has finally begun, it’s time to continue ranking each and every team’s young prospects. Just to reiterate, these rankings might seem surprising on the surface with some rather unorthodox choices at various slots, but this list’s criteria are weighted heavily toward teams with a high volume of prospects that…

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Breaking Down the NBA’s 2019-20 MIP Race

The NBA’s Most Improved Player race is typically one of the most difficult to predict. While the usual suspects will be in the running for MVP (i.e. Giannis Antetokounmpo, Stephen Curry, James Harden and LeBron James), Defensive Player of the Year (Rudy Gobert, Kawhi Leonard, Draymond Green and Joel Embiid) and Sixth Man of the…

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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…

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